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
Green Baggins explains why the Christians are still to set aside Sunday, the Lord’s Day/Christian Sabbath, for worship:
The normative response, based on the confessionally expressed conviction, is: if God summons us to worship him, and that on the First Day of the week, that’s obligatory. It’s the law of God, morally (the one-day-in-7 principle) and positively by a particular prescription.
That some worship on Saturday still is commendable this far (and no further): they obey their conscience, though it happens to be misinformed. “Whatsoever is not of faith is sin.” Better to commit to remembering the moral dictum, and fail in the positive prescription; than to ignore both.
A complicated analogy would relate to the matter of polygamy. It is morally wrong to be involved in sexual immorality, adultery or anything like it or prior to it. Thus far the moral law of the seventh commandment. Scripture does not solve for the departure from the norm of one-man/one-woman marriage for a lifetime by compelling divorce and separation from all but one of many wives. A man of many wives and concubines may not be an elder in Christ’s church; but he is not put outside of the church for failing the prescription (at least, not if those marriages were contracted before conversion). Reforming cultural aberrations takes time.
Source: http://www.puritanboard.com/showthread.php/90896-We-don-t-define-the-4th-commandment-s-requirements-by-our-inability-to-keep-it, Comment 13
“The Scriptures mention the Sabbath much sooner than Adam fell into sin. Was it not appointed at that time that he should work six days and rest on the seventh? … Nature teaches that the working classes…who have spent the whole week in their work…absolutely require a day in which they can…rest and refresh themselves and…attend to the worship of God.”
~Martin Luther, Larger Catechism.
Per F.N. Lee: “Compare too the citation in J.N. Andrews & L.R. Conradi: History of the Sabbath and the First Day of the Week, Washington, Review & Herald, 1912, pp. 609 & 627”
Source: qtd. in “The Protestant Reformation on Sabbath-Keeping” by Rev. Prof. Dr. F.N. Lee at http://www.dr-fnlee.org/the-protestant-reformation-on-sabbath-keeping/
“It would be as difficult to take an inventory of the benefits the world receives from the sunshine as to enumerate the blessings we derive from the Christian Sabbath.”
–Henry Doddridge Ganse, American Dutch Reformed pastor.
“The Church as a visible force and power could not exist without the Sabbath”
— Donald McLeod, Presbyterian pastor
“He who ordained the Sabbath loves the poor.”
— James Russell Lowell, founding editor of the Atlantic Monthly.
“The keeping of one day in seven holy, as a time of relaxation and refreshment as well as public worship is of inestimable benefit to a state, considered merely as a civil institution.”
— Sir William Blackstone
OF THE LORD’S DAY, SERMONS, AND WEEK DAYS
From, John Bunyan’s Dying Thoughts
Have a special care to sanctify the Lord’s day; for as thou keepest it, so it will be with thee all the week long. Make the Lord’s day the market for thy soul; let the whole day be spent in prayer, repetitions, or meditations; lay aside the affairs of the other part of the week; let thy sermon thou hast heard be converted into prayer: Shall God allow thee six days, and wilt not thou afford him one?
In the church, be careful to serve God; for thou art in his eyes, and not in man’s. Thou mayest hear sermons often, and do well in practicing what thou hearest; but thou must not expect to be told thee in a pulpit all that thou oughtest to do, but be studious in searching the Scriptures, and reading good books; what thou hearest may be forgotten, but what thou readest may better be retained. Forsake not the public worship of God, lest God forsake thee, not only in public, but in private.
In the week days, when thou risest in the morning, consider,
- Thou must die.
- Thou mayest die that minute.
- What will become of thy soul. Pray often.
At night consider,
- What sins thou hast committed.
- How often thou hast prayed.
- What hath thy mind been bent upon.
- What hath been thy dealing.
- What thy conversation.
- If thou callest to mind the errors of the day, sleep not without a confession to God, and a hope of pardon.
Thus every morning and evening make up thy accounts with Almighty God, and thy reckoning will be the less at last.
“Let us never forget that our feelings about Sundays are sure tests of the state of our souls. The person who can find no pleasure in giving God one day in the week, is manifestly unfit for heaven. Heaven itself is nothing but an eternal Sabbath. If we cannot enjoy a few hours in God’s service once a week in this world, it is plain that we could not enjoy an eternity in His service in the world to come. . . . They shall find Christ and a blessing while they live, and Christ and glory when they die.”