2nd Century Sabbath ObservanceEARLY CHRISTIANS
"The primitive Christians had a great
veneration for the Sabbath, and spent the day in devotion and
sermons. And it is not to be doubted but they derived this practice
from the Apostles themselves, as appears by several scriptures to
the purpose." "Dialogues
on the Lord's Day," p. 189. London: 1701, By Dr. T.H. Morer (A
Church of England divine).
"...The Sabbath was a strong tie which united them with
the life of the whole people, and in keeping the Sabbath holy they
followed not only the example but also the command of Jesus." "Geschichte
des Sonntags," pp.13, 14
2ND CENTURY CHRISTIANS
"The Gentile Christians observed also the Sabbath," Gieseler's
"Church History," Vol.1, ch. 2, par. 30, 93.
"The primitive Christians did keep the Sabbath of the
Jews;...therefore the Christians, for a long time together, did keep
their conventions upon the Sabbath, in which some portions of the
law were read: and this continued till the time of the Laodicean
council." "The Whole
Works" of Jeremy Taylor, Vol. IX,p. 416 (R. Heber's Edition,
Vol XII, p. 416).
"It is certain that the ancient Sabbath did remain and
was observed (together with the celebration of the Lord's day) by
the Christians of the East Church, above three hundred years after
our Saviour's death." "A
Learned Treatise of the Sabbath," p. 77
Note: By the "Lord's
day" here the writer means Sunday and not the true
Sabbath," which the Bible says is the Sabbath. This quotation
shows Sunday coming into use in the early centuries soon after the
death of the Apostles. Paul the Apostle foretold a great
"falling away" from the Truth that would take place soon
after his death.
2ND, 3RD, 4TH CENTURIES
"From the apostles' time until the council of Laodicea,
which was about the year 364, the holy observance of the Jews'
Sabbath continued, as may be proved out of many authors: yea,
notwithstanding the decree of the council against it." "Sunday
a Sabbath." John Ley, p.163. London: 1640.