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Arguing from the greater to the lesser, “If honest labour be forbidden, much more honest recreations; for recreation is but the means to prepare and fit men for labour; therefore if labour, which is the end of recreation, be forbidden; much more recreation, which is but the means to labour.” Daniel Cawdrey and Herbert Palmer.
“The Lord’s day, though a moral and divine institution, and generally acknowledged in the Churches of Christ, to be the key of religion, and that ordinance which keepeth all the rest in life and being, by separating us one day of every week from the world and worldly business, to be solemnly set apart and exercised in religious duties, chiefly those that concern the public worship of God, in the public assemblies of his people; yet is by many of the sectaries of this time also cried down, and the keeping thereof slighted and opposed; which being added to that natural averseness and enmity that is in the hearts of all carnal and profane men (the number of which in all quarters of our land is not small) unto the giving or keeping a day unto the Lord, threatens no small danger unto this most necessary and divine institution, and to the public worship of God.” James Guthrie
The observance of the uncommanded holy-days is ever found to interfere with the due sanctification of the Lord’s-day. Adding to the appointments of God is superstition; and superstition has ever been found unfriendly to genuine obedience (Samuel Miller, Presbyterianism, 1835).
“When the Sunday is spent, not only in games and pastimes full of vanity, but in things which are altogether contrary unto God, that men think they have not celebrated Sunday, except God therein be by many and sundry ways offended; when men, I say, unhallow in such sort this holy day, which God has instituted to lead us unto Himself, is it any marvel if we become brutish, and beastly in our doings all the rest of the week? (John Calvin).
[It] “is an evil thing to profane the Sabbath day. I use the word Sabbath, not as intending to speak of, or to give any countenance to the observation of the Jews’ Sabbath (now); but as purposing to speak of the Christian Sabbath, and to take in [under that term] that only of the Jews’ day, which sometime belonged to it in the general nature and notion of a Sabbath, and with respect to that observation of a Sabbath, which (being prescribed in the Fourth Commandment) belongs to every Sabbath of God’s appointment. Nor do I (while I make use of the name [Sabbath]) deny the Lord’s day to be the more evangelical name; but I call it a Sabbath, because it will never be the Lord’s day, unless it be a Sabbath day, that is, it will never be a day of holy rest, unless it be a day of rest, which the word Sabbath signifies” (William Thomas, from Practice of Piety , wherein he says, due to the pending great ejection, August 24, 1662, he penned the work for his people not having long to be their minister, among whom he labored so long; died 1667, age 74).
“For seeing the Sabbath day is the school-day, the fair day, the market day, the feeding day of the soul, when men purely knowing the use of it, separate it wholly from other days, they shall see how they may recover themselves from sins already past, arm themselves against sin to come, grow in knowledge, increase in faith, and how much they shall be strengthened in the inner man. Wherefore in the book of God, when the Lord will urge the observation of the whole law, He often does it under this one word of keeping the Sabbath” (Richard Greenham).