Council of Laodicea – 364 AD
This council was held to stop the Sabbath keeping tendencies in the Eastern Roman Empire. The main Christian group in the Eastern Empire were the Arians, who were known to practice the commandments of God, especially the Sabbath. We will look at them in our next historical segment.
Below, we have two exact quotes from this council. Believe it or not, MOST Christians at this time were keeping the Sabbath!
“Canon 29: Christians shall not Judaize and be idle on Saturday, but shall work on that day; but the Lord’s day they shall especially honour, and, as being Christians, shall if possible, do no work on that day. If, however, they are found Judaizing, they shall be shut out from Christ.
Canon 37: No one shall accept festal presents from Jews and heretics, or keep the festivals with them.
Canon 38: No one shall accept unleavened bread from the Jews or take part in their profanity.”
(Quotes from this Synod taken from: Hefele, Joseph. A History of the Councils of the Church from the Original Documents. Edinborough, 1896. Vol 2, Pages 295-324.)
We can see the enemy’s plan to stamp out commandment keeping in Christianity. Though he may try his best, we know he can never win! Councils like this were the foundation for anti-Semitism that would form Christian thinking centuries later, and even today.
Kelly McDonald, Jr.