Necessity Does Not Convert Sacred Time Into Civil

“We are enjoined to keep the Sabbath “from polluting it; to call it a delight, the holy of the Lord and honourable; not finding our own pleasures, not speaking our own words.” Notwithstanding these explicit injunctions, an allowance is given for doing such things as are of moral necessity. Man and beast must have their necessary food: both must be relieved in distress, and defended against imminent danger. Jesus himself wrought miracles on the Sabbath to relieve the distressed, and justified the disciples in plucking the ears of corn, &c. The doing of these things does not convert sacred time into civil. It is still the Lord’s day, and, in doing these, a spiritual frame of soul should, as much as possible, be studiously maintained.”

Source: A TESTIMONY AND WARNING AGAINST SOME PREVAILING SINS AND  IMMORALITIES: ADDRESSED TO CHRISTIANS IN GENERAL, BY THE REFORMED PRESBYTERY, at http://www.truecovenanter.com/reformedpresbyterian/reformed_presbytery_testimony_against_immoralities.html

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