John Chrysostom – 380 AD
John Chrysostom was a Bishop for the Catholic Church in the late 300s AD. He spent most of his time in the Eastern part of the Roman Empire. He was a an ardent enemy of any practices that imitated the Jewish people. In his writings, we learn that MOST Christians of His time actually honored and kept the Sabbath as well as the annual Festivals of Leviticus 23.
In the late 300s, John Chrysostom wrote, “What is this disease? The festivals of the miserable and pitiful Jews are upon us….There are many in our ranks who say they think as we do. Yet some of these are going to watch the festivals and others will join the Jews in keeping their feasts and observing their fasts. I wish to drive this perverse custom from the church right now…” (Eight Homilies against the Jews, 1:5).
“…we have become a laughing stock to Jews and Greeks, seeing that this Church is divided into a thousand parties…There are many among us now, who fast on the same day as the Jews, and keep the Sabbaths in the same manner…” (Commentary on Galatians 1:7)
The main religious sect in the Roman Empire at this time were Arians, and they were known for practicing the Sabbath and other commandments of God. We shall look at them in a future segment.
Kelly McDonald, Jr.