As mentioned in a previous article, the subchristian cults can be demonstrated as counterfeit religious systems on the fact that these groups do not have a continuous, reliable story founded in the annals of time and space. Their missing memoirs are strong testimonies that they do not originate from the one, true God of ages past. There were no Muslims before Muhammad. No Latter Day Saints (Mormons) before Joseph Smith. No Jehovah’s Witnesses before Charles Taze Russell. Conversely, beginning with Adam and Eve [i] there has always been a people of God looking forward to the redemptive works of the Messiah. The prophecy in Genesis 3:15-16 finds ultimate fulfillment in the triumph of the Second Adam, Jesus Christ of Nazareth who won victory over the forces of sin, death, and the devil [ii].
Religious systems outside of historic trinitarian Christianity are counterfeits. They are mere aberrations of mainstream, authentic Christianity. To gain acceptance and credibility, the subchristian cults employ the language and traditions of established Christianity; as a result they imitate some components of old covenant Judaism.
Observe, for example, that while the Jehovah’s Witnesses deny the deity and majesty of the Lord Jesus Christ, they gather together for worship services on Sunday, the Lord’s Day. Why Sunday and not Saturday, or any other day? We need to know why they have selected Sunday instead of the Jewish Sabbath.
A special honor was reserved for Sunday, the first day of the week, starting from New Testament times. This was the day on which the Jewish Messiah was raised from the dead. It is THE LORD’S DAY. Every Sunday, therefore, is a weekly memorial of Christ’s resurrection – it is a day of special worship, honor and importance in Christian faith.
The Feast of Weeks (Pentecost) fell on the day after the seventh Sabbath after the Feast of First Fruits; it served to dedicate the “first fruits” of the wheat harvest. It foreshadowed the outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon the church, which occurred on the very day of Pentecost [iii]. During New Testament times Sunday became the day of worship for Christians [iv]; undoubtedly, this was so because two great events occurred on the first day of the week: (1) Christ was resurrected from the grave bodily on the Feast of First Fruits, a Sunday, and (2) the Holy Spirit was poured out upon the church on the Day of Pentecost, a Sunday.
Paul writes in his letter to the Corinthians, “… On the first of the week let each one of you lay aside [something to share]” On Sunday the disciples broke bread together [v] and the Lord met with the disciples on two successive Sundays [vi].
Note that the change of Jehovah’s worship day from Saturday to Sunday was inaugurated by first-century orthodox Jews who believed in Jesus, the Redeemer and King of the Jews. Because of the resurrection Jewish Christians had exchanged the Sabbath as a primary day of worship for the first day of the week, the day of Christ’s victory over the grave. This change in the major day of assembly and worship also serves as a clear distinction between old Judaism on the one hand and New Covenant on the other. The Lord’s Day, then, is the first day of the week and is sanctioned by the apostles as the proper day of worship. Historically, Christians have always observed Sunday, the first day of the week, as the New Covenant day of worship. Sunday, therefore, is the New Testament day of worship of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Jehovah’s Witnesses unknowingly attest to the deity and majesty of the Lord Jesus Christ by worshipping Jehovah God on Sunday, the Lord’s Day.
[i] Genesis 3:15
[ii] Daniel 7:13, 14; Romans. 5:12–19; 16:20; 1 Corinthians. 15:45–49; Hebrews. 2:14, 15
[iii] Acts 2:1
[iv] Acts 20:7; 1 Cor. 16:2; Rev. 1:10
[v] Acts 20:7
[vi] John 20:19, 26