Protestants and Sunday Keeping


In my last article [see: The De-liberation of the Worldwide Church of God] I mentioned that J. Michael Feazell and his company of high-ranking former WCG leaders asserted with absolute certainty that the late WCG founder and pastor-general Herbert W. Armstrong [HWA] had been in error in accusing Protestants of keeping the wrong day of the week [Sunday] as holy time to worship God.

In this present article, I will show you what the Roman Catholic Church testifies on this very matter! It will come as a surprise that the RCC itself has become an unlikely ally of HWA in this issue!

The details of the RCC’s argument are found in this link:, click ENTER HERE, select “Reference Materials,” and scroll down to the article titled “Rome’s Challenge to Protestants –Why do Protestants keep Sunday?”

In Rome’s own words, here is the introductory paragraph, which summarizes the argument:

“Most Christians assume that Sunday is the biblically approved day of worship. The Roman Catholic Church protests that indeed, it is not. The Roman Catholic Church itself without any Scriptural authority from God transferred Christian worship from the Biblical Sabbath (Saturday) to Sunday, and to try to argue that the change was made in the Bible is both dishonest and a denial of Catholic [that is, papal] authority [emphasis and bracketed words, mine]. If Protestantism wants to base its teaching only on the Bible, it should worship on Saturday [emphasis supplied].

I strongly suggest that you read the rest of this reference material, as well as a related one, titled “Roman Catholic and Protestant Confessions About Sunday.” I believe this literature presents a telling rebuttal to the accusation made by Feazell and company against Herbert Armstrong on this matter.

One of the reasons advanced for Sunday worship is that Christ supposedly rose from the dead or the grave on a Sunday morning. A thorough understanding of the exact time of Christ’s resurrection as infallible proof of His being the Messiah can be had by staying on the HWA link and choosing “Books & Booklets,” and scrolling down to the booklets titled “The Crucifixion Was not on Friday” and “The Resurrection Was not on Sunday.”

An honest and unbiased student of the Holy Scriptures will find Herbert Armstrong to have preached and taught the truth of God, while the young turks who have accused him of having been a heretic and a false prophet to have been sorely misled and deceived!

My prayers and desire for them to change remain.


Pedro R. Meléndez, Jr.