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Sinister forces (read: the Vatican) are conspiring to enact a national Sunday law in the United States, which would be the trigger that unleashes the fulfilment of the prophecies found in the Biblical books of Daniel and Revelation.In addition, this law would outlaw worshipping on Saturday, thus beginning a period of persecution of those who worship on Saturday, or Sabbath.Fears about a national Sunday law date almost to the founding of the SDA church. White wrote: "and even in free America, rulers and legislators, in order to secure public favor, will yield to the popular demand for a law enforcing Sunday observance." The most notable attempt at passing a national blue law was in 1888, coincidentally the same year the third edition of The Great Controversy was released. Senator Henry Blair writing that "my predecessor Pope Leo XIII in his Encyclical Rerum Novarum spoke of Sunday rest as a worker's right which the State must guarantee" and "Christians will naturally strive to ensure that civil legislation respects their duty to keep Sunday holy." Some Seventh-day Adventists believe that a national Sunday law was a clear and present danger to their religious freedom.
In the formation of written codes of law among the barbarians, clerics played an important part, assisted in the beginning by lay experts in the Roman law, in Mediterranean countries where that law survived in its strongest form.
For example, in those distant days, the office of king combined executive, judicial and religious functions, and pagan priests participated in the making of law and in its execution.
The early assemblies and rudimentary courts of the barbarians met under the auspices of their pagan religions, which also provided some religious sanctions for the enforcement of law.
Widows, orphans and helpless folk in general were protected by the Church, which also dealt with such a wide range of semi-secular offenses as falsification of measures, weights and coins; forgeries of documents; libel and scandal; perjury, including false witness and failure to perform an oath or vow; and usury, which then meant taking any interest for the use of money.
In many of the above cases, the Church had a jurisdiction that was not exclusive, but exercised concurrently with that of the secular courts.
The chancellories and administrations of absolute monarchies of feudal states in Europe imitated the organization and procedure of the ecclesiastical hierarchy.