Italian Bishop Pressures CEO to Keep Sunday Sacred

Posted: August 28, 2015 in Uncategorized
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 The papacy has changed Sabbath to Sunday.

Since the August 12, 2015 radio broadcast of Pope Francis, Bishop Gianfranco Todisco of Melfi-Rapolla-Venosa has written an open letter to Nicola Glimpse, the CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles urging him to close his plant in Melfi from 10:00pm on Saturdays to 10:00pm on Sundays.

Thankful that an improving economy will improve fathers’ ability to provide for their families, the bishop wrote that “experience teaches us that Sunday Rest is essential, not only to restore their physical strength – work on an assembly line is hard, despite efforts to make it lighter – but also to strengthen family ties, which are essential for the healthy growth of human relations.” He also cited Pope Francis radio message on August 12, by writing that “the time for rest, especially on Sundays, is meant for us because we can enjoy what is not produced and does not wear out, do not buy and do not sell…”

Sunday rest, he continued “not only promotes the welfare of the family, but also becomes the best investment a company can make… because it gives top priority to the dignity of the human person, with his legitimate needs and aspirations that cannot be put to death by the law of profit.”

Notice that the bishop makes the case for not buying and selling on Sunday. Also notice that he does not keep Sabbath time (sundown to sundown) on Sunday, but his own suggestions, i.e. 10:00pm to 10:00pm. It is also worthy of note, that the bishop did not quote scripture in his letter as his authority for pressuring the CEO to observe Sunday sacredness in his plant. He only quotes Pope Francis and Pope Benedict XVI.

“And he shall think to change the times and the law.” Daniel 7:25, RSV.* “Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition.” “In vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.” Matthew 15:6, 9. “Her priests have violated my law.” “And her prophets have daubed them with untempered mortar, … saying, Thus saith the Lord God, when the Lord hath not spoken.” Ezekiel 22:26, 28.

Misguided men of long years past announced that God’s holy day was changed from Sabbath to Sunday. God predicted it would happen, and it did. This error was passed on to our unsuspecting generation as gospel fact. Sunday-keeping is a tradition of uninspired men and breaks God’s law, which commands Sabbath-keeping. Only God can make a day holy. God blessed the Sabbath, and when God blesses, no man can “reverse it.” Numbers 23:20.

Here is the proof: the papacy, “Did you really change Sabbath to Sunday?”

She replies, “Yes, we did. It is our symbol, or mark, of authority and power.”

We ask, “How could you even think of doing that?”

It’s a pertinent question. But the question the papacy officially asks Protestants is even more pertinent. Please read it carefully:

“You will tell me that Saturday was the Jewish Sabbath, but that the Christian Sabbath has been changed to Sunday. Changed! but by whom? Who has authority to change an express commandment of Almighty God? When God has spoken and said, Thou shalt keep holy the seventh day, who shall dare to say, Nay, thou mayest work and do all manner of worldly business on the seventh day but thou shalt keep holy the first day in its stead? This is a most important question, which I know not how you can answer. You are a Protestant, and you profess to go by the Bible and the Bible only and yet in so important a matter as the observance of one day in seven as a holy day, you go against the plain letter of the Bible, and put another day in the place of that day which the Bible has commanded.

The command to keep holy the seventh day is one of the ten commandments you believe that the other nine are still binding who gave you authority to tamper with the fourth? If you are consistent with your own principles, if you really follow the Bible and the Bible only, you ought to be able to produce some portion of the New Testament in which this fourth commandment is expressly altered.” 11 11Library of Christian Doctrine: Why Don’t You Keep Holy the Sabbath-Day? (London: Burns and Oates, Ltd.), pp. 3, 4.

Yet this very class put forth the claim that the fast-spreading corruption is largely attributable to the desecration of the so-called “Christian sabbath,” and that the enforcement of Sunday observance would greatly improve the morals of society… It is one of Satan’s devices to combine with falsehood just enough truth to give it plausibility. The leaders of the Sunday movement may advocate reforms which the people need, principles which are in harmony with the Bible; yet while there is with these a requirement which is contrary to God’s law, His servants cannot unite with them. Nothing can justify them in setting aside the commandments of God for the precepts of men. The Great Controversy, pages 587 and 588. For more info. Check out

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