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Sabbath Breaking
The Columbian Star and Christian Index, 1830

      Some people consider it no harm to violate the Sabbath, because while almost every other sin is mentioned in the New Testament, that of Sabbath breaking is not once named. To consider the practice above named no sin, for such a reason as this, would be about as rational, as for any one to have supposed that because the Grecian lawgiver did not fix a punishment for one who should kill his father, therefore it was no sin for a man to kill his father. — The sins of suicide, and of polygamy, are not once mentioned in the New Testament. - Many other enormities have no place there. A man who should undertake to allow himself the commission of every act, not expressly forbidden in the New Testament, would soon find himself arrested and punished by the laws of his country; and would expiate his crimes either at the Gallows - or in the Prison. But the Spirit of the New Testament does forbid Sabbath breaking - for whatever can there be found to confer a sacred character on the LORD'S DAY, must, so far at least, recommend the day to the observance of all; and consequently must tacitly forbid the violation of the day.


[From W. T. Brantly, editor, The Columbian Star and Christian Index, Volume III, July 3, 1830, p. 78, on-line edition. Scanned and formatted by Jim Duvall.]


     Editor's note: Hebrews 10:25 — "Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching."

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