The Neglect of it is the Neglect of all Religion

In the observance of the 4th command consists the practice of the other 9; in the neglect of it is the neglect of all religion.

As in the first commandment the substance of God’s worship is set down—namely that we, knowing and acknowledging the only true God to be our God, are bound but to love Him, and fear Him, and put our trust in Him above all, etc.; and in the second, the outward manner of it—which must be not after our own fantasies, but in those things which He has prescribed in His Word; and in the third, the end both of that, and all our actions, even the glory of His name; so here in the fourth, the special day and time, when and how long this should be, not only or so much privately, but most of all openly and publicly thus practiced of the whole Church, and of every man, from time to time unto the world’s end. In giving of which commandment, the Lord uses such manner of words and matter as might most stir us up to the careful keeping of it; for in the practice of it consists the practice of all the other, and in the neglect of it is the neglect of all religion. Our natural corruption and rebellion therefore against this commandment above all the rest, especially appears in that the Lord stirs us up to it so many ways; yea, in the first pronouncing of it. Our natural corruption and rebellion therefore against this commandment above all the rest, especially appears in that the Lord stirs us up to it so many ways; yea, in the first pronouncing of it.

~Nicholas Bownd, The True Doctrine of the Sabbath (1606; 2015), 36.

Source: http://www.puritanboard.com/showthread.php/90845-In-the-observance-of-the-4th-command-consists-the-practice-of-the-other-9, Comment 1

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