Arminianism and the Lord’s Day

While Arminian converts usually manifest a strict and praise-worthy abstention in the life they lead from drink, smoking, gambling, cinemas, etc., and a self-denying zeal for propagating their gospel and winning converts, their attitude to the Lord’s day is not one of tenderness and love. “Ye are not under the law, but under grace,” is the Scripture which they wrest in order to justify themselves. True believers in Christ are not under the condemnation of the law—”for there is therefore no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus,” but they are ‘under the law to Christ’ as their rule of life. This the apostle states in 1 Cor. 9:21. Love to Christ is manifested and proved by love to His commandments. “If you love Me keep My commandments.” “He that saith, I know Him, and keepeth not His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.” (1 John 2:4). All who have no love for God’s holy day, who are not grieved over how far short they come in keeping the Sabbath holy to the Lord and who are not wounded and grieved in soul when they see the Lord’s day desecrated, whatever their profession, and whatever name they may have, they have but a name to live: they are still in the gall of bitterness, and in the bond of iniquity. “This is the love of God that we keep His commandments, and His commandments are not grievous.” (1 John 5:3). When the Lord writes His law in the heart in regeneration there is love for the Fourth Commandment, as surely as for the other commandments. Love to the Lord, to His Word, to His Cause, to His people and to His commandments, the holy Sabbath included, cannot be separated.

Arminian church bodies of our day have removed the ancient landmarks set by the godly fathers in the past as safeguards and bulwarks of the sanctity of the sabbath. The result is obvious. The curse of the Popish or “continental Sunday” has overspread the land like a flood. Is it any wonder that Dr. Kennedy of Dingwall said that Voluntaryism and Arminianism must be pioneers of Rationalism, for they are both the off-spring of unbelief?

~Rev. William MacLean, M.A., “Arminiamism: Another Gospel” under “Saving Faith”

Source: http://www.truecovenanter.com/gospel/arminianism_another_gospel.html

Wednesday is the New Sunday

Churches are now making up a new Christian Sabbath “day” where God gets a couple hours on a weekday while His ordained day is spent in amusement:

Some churches are even rescheduling their services on weekdays, like those churches in Minnesota that have appointed “Wednesday as the new Sunday,” according to StarTribune
Meanwhile in Minnesota, many families are reportedly abandoning Sunday services to accommodate children’s sports schedules, week-end work shifts or out-of-town travel.

Read more at http://www.christianpost.com/news/why-many-churches-are-dropping-the-11-a-m-sunday-service-and-looking-at-wednesday-as-the-new-sunday-182201/#FL84Lxii1i8XO6bA.99

Free from Lawlessness

Kodos on the Puritan Board:

Often people when stating that “Christ came to set us free from legalism” forget too that “Christ also came to set us free from lawlessness (sin).”

I think it is interesting that of all the Commandments, the 2nd and 4th Commandments are the most heavily under assault within the Church. Both directly are connected with the Worship of God.

But it is no wonder that Satan and the Sinful Nature despise the 4th Commandment. It is the Commandment that gives us time for deepened Communion with God, for being fed by the Means of Grace, for proclaiming Salvation to the Lost, for Performing Deeds of Mercy to the Poor and Afflicted.

It is rest for those who have labored, both physically and spiritually – those who have been slaves to sin and the world. It is a time of refreshment for the Church. It is time spent when her Lord recharges her, and gives her the Spiritual Food for the following 6 days of warfare. It loudly proclaims the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, that this world is passing away, that a New Creation has come, old things have passed, all things being powerfully brought under the feet of Jesus Christ. It teaches us of the gospel – that salvation is not by works, but by rest in the finished work of Christ. It gives us a foretaste of heaven, time being spent with our Lord and His People for all eternity. It should excite us that heaven will be like this, yet more glorious!

In kindness we also have strangers to the promises of God (Exodus 20:10) cease from their labors towards us so that they too can hear of these things and may be saved by the faithful preaching of the Word of God (Romans 10:17) by the working of the Spirit. We do not try to shut them out of the means of grace, praying that they too will come and attend the worship services and hear of the spiritual rest that is found in Jesus Christ, and that they may be saved.

Powerfully bound up in the 4th Commandment are Love to God and Love to Neighbor! How can the Church not see these things, as we see people wishing instead to waste away the day on trifles, and vanities. The pots of meat back in Egypt as it were.

No wonder Satan and the Sinful Nature of our Flesh have managed to deceive ourselves that the Sabbath is Cruel, Unkind, Uncharitable – when it is the very opposite of all of these things.

The Super Bowl attempts to rob God of His Glory, and to weaken God’s People.

So yes, please do decry legalism. But decry true legalism, and do not decry the Sabbath Day of the Lord – where Love to God and Love to Neighbor are rightly and lawfully expressed.

Source: https://www.puritanboard.com/threads/christians-watching-the-super-bowl.85756/, Comment 17

A Repose for the Soul

How to Keep the Sabbath Holy

By Thomas Manton (1620–1677)

Puritan clergyman.

Keeping the Sabbath day holy.  It is a sure mark of an ungodly person to be a Sabbath-breaker, as a conscion-ableness to celebrate it to God’s glory is both a mark and a work of godliness.  It is the description of the godly eunuch, Isa. 56:4, “Thus saith the Lord to the eunuchs that keep my Sabbaths, and choose the things that please me, and take hold of my covenant.” Mark, it is one of the chiefest things that is taken notice of there, the observance of God’s own day.  If you would exercise yourselves to godliness, this is a great means.  Profaning the Lord’s day is the cause of profanes all the week after; and so a careless keeping the Lord’s day is the cause of the carelessness and formality you are guilty of in the business of religion.  God hath appointed this day for a repose for the soul, that by a long uninterrupted continuance in worship, it might be more seasoned, and fit to converse with God all the week after.  Doet thou love Christ?  Then observe his day.  Ignatius calls it the queen of days.  The primitive Christians were very careful of the Sabbath, they would run all hazards rather than not keep the Sabbath day.  When thy were accused as guilt of Sabbath-violation, they would answer, I am a Christian, how can I choose but love the Lord’s day? This is the day wherein we do most solemnly and publicly profess the worship of God; therefore it is to be celebrated with all care  Thus much for the description of godliness from the disposition of the heart, and the duties about which it is conversant.

Source: http://thecontinuingwitness.com/menu/id/54/The%20Lord%27s%20Day

Nature’s Law As Well As God’s

“Sunday is nature’s law as well as God’s. No individual or nation habitually disregarding it has failed to fall upon disaster and grief.”

— Daniel Webster

Source: http://thecontinuingwitness.com/menu/id/54/The%20Lord%27s%20Day

Not Long Sustained

“Where there is no Christian Sabbath, there is no Christian morality, and without these our free institutions cannot long be sustained.”

— John McLean, U.S. Supreme Court justice and dissenter in Dred Scott decision.

Source: http://thecontinuingwitness.com/menu/id/54/The%20Lord%27s%20Day

The Last Best Hope

“As we keep or break the Sabbath, we nobly save or meanly lose the last best hope by which man rises.”

— Abraham Lincoln

Source: http://thecontinuingwitness.com/menu/id/54/The%20Lord%27s%20Day

The Top-stone of No God

“Let a man lay the foundation of having no Sabbath and I am never surprised if he finished with the top-stone of no God.”

–J. C. Ryle, Anglican bishop of Liverpool

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No Way To Regain The Benefits

“But if Lord’s Days are lost or frittered away, there may be no way to regain the benefits they would have given us.”

— Glen Knecht, modern-day American Presbyterian pastor

Source: http://thecontinuingwitness.com/menu/id/54/The%20Lord%27s%20Day

The Seed of Decay

“Show me a nation that has given up the Sabbath, and I will show you a nation that has got the seed of decay.”

— Dwight L. Moody

Source: http://thecontinuingwitness.com/menu/id/54/The%20Lord%27s%20Day