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BOOKS ON THE FOURTH COMMANDMENT (THE LORD'S DAY)
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Sabbath Keeping: A Biblical Defense by Reformed Ministers from the Past by Robert Lewis Dabney, Thomas Boston, Thomas Ridgeley, Robert Shaw, Edward Fisher and James Bannerman ($0.99)
Six articles, compiled from the major writings of the authors named in the title, demonstrating the continuing validity and morally binding nature of the fourth commandment. Much needed in our day! Media: Digital Download (Adobe PDF). Searchable: Yes. SWRB PDF Index: Embedded, Appended. Pages: 148.
The Sabbath: A Discourse on the Duty of Civil Government in Relation to the Sanctification of the Lord's Day (1829) by James R. Willson ($0.99)
Nations, as moral persons before God, are bound to keep the moral law. Here Willson shows what this means in regard to the fourth commandment, explaining why civil Antichrist finds it especially useful to overthrow the law of God at this point. "And say unto them, Hear ye the word of the LORD, ye kings of Judah, and all Judah, and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, that enter in by these gates: Thus saith the LORD; Take heed to yourselves, and bear no burden on the sabbath day, nor bring it in by the gates of Jerusalem; Neither carry forth a burden out of your houses on the sabbath day, neither do ye any work, but hallow ye the sabbath day, as I commanded your fathers" (Jer. 17:20-22). Media: Digital Download (Adobe PDF). Searchable: Yes. SWRB PDF Index: Embedded, Appended. Pages 50.
The Christian Sabbath (With The Nature, Design And Proper Observance Of The Lord's Day) by Robert Lewis Dabney ($0.99)
States that, "Theism is essential to the state" and that "the Sabbath is essential to maintain theism." Upholds the view of the Lord's Day found in the Westminster Confession of Faith concerning this holy day.Digital Download (Adobe PDF) Searchable: Yes. SWRB PDF Index: Embedded, Appended. Pages 58.
The Sabbath Viewed in the Light of Reason, Revelation, and History, with Sketches of Its Literature (1882) by James Gilfillan ($0.99)
A massive and thorough book which covers so much ground that it is almost impossible to do justice to it in a short book summary. We will simply say that if you are interested in any aspect of the Sabbath question you will almost certainly find much help here.
Major heads include:
- "Sketches of Sabbatic Controversies and Literature"
- "Proofs, From Reason and Experience, of the Excellence and Divine Origin of the Sabbath"
- "Testimony of Revelation to a Sacred and Perpetual Sabbath"
- "Evidence from History for a Weekly Day of Rest and Worship"
- "The Sabbath Defended Against Opposing Arguments, Theories, and Schemes"
- "The Claims of the Sabbath Practically Enforced"
Includes a general index and an index of texts. Digital Download (Adobe PDF). Searchable: Yes. SWRB PDF Index: Embedded, Appended. Pages: 648.
The Works of Thomas Shepard (volume 3 of 3) Theses Sabbaticae ($5.97)
On the morality of the Sabbath, the change of the Sabbath from the seventh day to the first, the beginning of the Sabbath, and how the Sabbath is to be sanctified by God's people. A major Puritan work.
Thomas Shepard became a minister whose sermons and Puritan ways drew the ire of Church of England Archbishop William Laud, and he was forbidden to preach. Following the death of his eldest son, he left England in 1635 with wife and younger son on a difficult voyage for Massachusetts in colonial America. Shepard was regarded as one of the foremost Puritan ministers of his day, esteemed in the company of individuals like Richard Mather and John Cotton. Digital Download (Adobe PDF). Searchable: Yes. SWRB PDF Index: Embedded, Appended. Pages: 535.
The Day of the Sabbath (1883) by Original Covenanter Magazine ($0.99)
Defends the first day of the week as the Apostolic (Christian) Sabbath. Digital Download (Adobe PDF). Searchable: Yes. SWRB PDF Index: Embedded, Appended. Pages: 10.
The Ten Commandments (Exposition of the Shorter Catechism Drawn Up By the Westminster Assembly) by Thomas Watson ($0.99)
Contains an excellent section on the fourth commandment.
In this book Thomas Watson (c. 1620-1686) continues his exposition of the Shorter Catechism drawn up by the Westminster Assembly.
Thomas Watson was one of the most popular preachers in London during the Puritan era... The series of three volumes, of which this is the second (Thomas Watson's A Body of Divinity Contained in Sermons Upon the Westminster Assembly's [Shorter] Catechism is the first and Watson's, The Lord's Prayer [also on the Westminster Shorter Catechism] - ed. is the third -ed.), makes an ideal introduction to Puritan literature.
There are few matters about which the Puritans differ more from present-day Christians than in their assessment of the importance of the ten commandments. The commandments, they held, are the first thing in Christianity which the natural man needs to be taught and they should be the daily concern of the Christian to the last.
In this book Thomas Watson examines the moral law as a whole as well as bringing out the meaning and force of each particular commandment. In view of the important function of the law in Christian life and evangelism, this is a most valuable volume (backcover).
Digital Download (Adobe PDF). Searchable: Yes. SWRB PDF Index: Embedded, Appended. Pages: 248.
Commentary on the Westminster Shorter Catechism (Volume 2 of 2) by Thomas Boston ($3.97)
Two large volumes of over 1300 pages! Boston's work is the most comprehensive reference set ever penned on the Westminster Shorter Catechism. Contain an very useful section on the fourth commandment.
Concerning the Westminster Shorter Catechism, A.F. Mitchell states,
...it is a thoroughly Calvinistic and Puritan catechism, the ripest fruit of the Assembly's thought and experience, maturing and finally fixing the definitions of theological terms to which Puritanism for half a century had been leading up and gradually coming closer and closer to in its legion of catechisms (The Westminster Assembly: Its History and Standards).
The Westminster Shorter Catechism is the "king of the catechisms" for shear power of expression, combining logical cogency with succinctness. Thomas Boston's exposition is unrivalled; there is nothing else like it. Here you have the cream of Puritan catechisms married to the cream of clear Puritan exposition!
This is likely Thomas Boston's most important work. A set that will meet numerous needs, ranging from use in family worship, Christian education and personal study, to sermon preparation -- and for help in settling debated questions on the Presbytery floor. A one-of-a-kind set of books that will serve your family for generations to come!
Volume 1: Contains Thomas Boston's exposition of questions 1 through 35 of the Westminster Shorter Catechism.
Volume 2: Contains Thomas Boston's exposition of questions 35 through 107 of the Westminster Shorter Catechism.
Media: Digital Download (Adobe PDF). Searchable: Yes. SWRB PDF Index: Embedded, Appended. Pages: 1,346.
Commentary on the Larger Catechism (2 Volumes) A Body of Divinity: Wherein the Doctrines of the Christian Religion are Explained and Defended. Being the Substance of Several Lectures on the Westminster Assembly's Larger Catechism by Thomas Ridgeley ($5.97)
Originally entitled: A Body of Divinity: Wherein the Doctrines of the Christian Religion are Explained and Defended. Being the Substance of Several Lectures on the Assembly's Larger Catechism, we have re-titled it to better reflect its contents for contemporary readers.
Consisting of over 1300 pages, this massive and extensive two-volume commentary on the Westminster Larger Catechism is unrivaled in scope or extensiveness.
It also contain a splendid section on the fourth commandment.
Ridgeley himself notes, in "The Author's Preface" (p. ix),
The work is large, but the vast variety of subjects will render it more tolerable.... especially since it is rather designed to be read in families than committed to memory...
The editor of this edition, John Wilson, pronounces Ridgeley's work as "the best book of its class," stating,
no book in the English language, or, so far as I know, in any other, will serve so efficiently the purposes of a daily companion to a reflecting Christian in his inquiries into Divine truth, or a guide to a candidate for the Christian ministry in introducing him to his theological studies (p. xi)... In 1731 appeared the first edition of Mr. Ridgeley's great work -- that in connection with which chiefly his name lives in history, and whose influence, as an instrument of good, will probably render him celebrated and useful for generations to come... (p. xxii).
Moreover Wilson writes,
a taste, however, for the racy and substantial theological writings of the days of Britain's moral giants has of late revived; and it will scarcely fail to adopt, as one of the richest dishes of its multifarious banquet for the intellect and the soul, Dr. Ridgeley's Body of Divinity (p. xxi).
Additionally, Wilson concludes his "Life of the Author" with these words,
His method of reasoning he has adapted to the capacities of those who are unacquainted with the abstruse terms made use of by metaphysicians and schoolmen, and when introduced into subjects of theology, have a tendency rather to perplex than to improve the mind. His scheme of divinity is evidently Calvinistic; but; then, he has explained his subjects with so much moderation and latitude, as to obviate many of the objections raised against the system of doctrines that passes under that name. Upon the whole, it is probable that the English language does not furnish a work of this nature that, for perspicuity of language, extent of research, accuracy of judgement, and judicious description of the numerous subjects that fall under examination, any way equals this work of Dr. Ridgeley... he was accounted one of the most considerable divines of his age (emphasis added, p. xxiii).
Volume 1: Contains Thomas Ridgeley's exposition of questions 1 through 60 of the Westminster Larger Catechism.
Volume 2: Contains Thomas Ridgeley's exposition of questions 61 through 196 of the Westminster Larger Catechism.
Digital Download (Adobe PDF). Searchable: Yes. SWRB PDF Index: Embedded, Appended. Pages: 1,350.
THE FOURTH COMMANDMENT
(ON THE LORD'S DAY, HOLY DAYS, etc.)
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keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it." - Exodus 20:8-11
"Remember the sabbath day, to
"For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous." - 1 John 5:3
"If ye love me, keep my commandments."
- The Lord Jesus Christ (John 14:15)
A search for "Lord's Day," using the Master Search Index (on the Puritan Hard Drive) returns 4,515 results in 592 documents, all available in the context of one line (and listed alphabetically by book title, including the author of each book). Also, if you click on any of these individual Master Search Index results for " Lord's Day," the Puritan Hard Drive opens the book to the correct page and highlights "Lord's Day"! Just think of all the ways these search results can be of benefit to you, and to those you love and minister to, in growing closer to the Lord Jesus Christ.
There are also 112 Reformation resources (books, MP3s and videos) under the category "Holy Days (Lord's Day, Christmas, Easter, etc.)" on the the Puritan Hard Drive, 77 Reformation resources (books, MP3s and videos) with the word "Lord's Day" in the title and 101 Reformation resources (books, MP3s and videos) with the word "Lord's Day" in the resource descriptions on the Puritan Hard Drive. Many other searches could also be accomplishment on related words and topics.
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by Jonathan Edwards, Thomas Watson, Greg Price, Thomas Boston, Dr. Francis N. Lee, David Dickson, Dr. Steven Dilday, David Steele, Charles Hodge, John Murray, the Reformed Presbytery, Greg Barrow, James Bannerman, Brian Schwertley, Thomas Shepard, J.C. Ryle, et al.
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The five free MP3s sermons below, by Greg Price, are the best audio series on the Lord's Day (fourth commandment) of which we (SWRB) are aware.
"The reason that so many people feel it (the Lord's Day - ed.) as a burden is partly that we have so much leisure, we don't feel the need for the sabbath rest; but more important, I think, is the fact that not many people really enjoy what God intended us to enjoy on the sabbath, namely, himself. Many professing Christians enjoy sports and television and secular books and magazines and recreation and hobbies and games far more than they enjoy direct interaction with God in his Word or in worship or in reading Christian books or in meditative strolls.
Therefore, inevitably people whose hearts are set more on the pleasures of the world than on the enjoyment of God will feel the sabbath command as a burden not a blessing. This is what John says in 1 John 5:3, "For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome." The measure of your love for God is the measure of the joy you get in focusing on him on the day of rest. For most people the sabbath command is really a demand to repent. It invites us to enjoy what we don't enjoy and therefore shows us the evil of hearts, and our need to repent and be changed."
History of Holy Days (1/7) The Christian Sabbath/Lord's Day, Christmas, Easter, Antichrist And Removing Monuments To Idolatry by Dr. Steven Dilday
History of Holy Days (2/7) The Christian Sabbath/Lord's Day, Christmas, Easter, Antichrist And Removing Monuments To Idolatry by Dr. Steven Dilday
History of Holy Days (3/7) The Christian Sabbath/Lord's Day, Christmas, Easter, Antichrist And Removing Monuments To Idolatry by Dr. Steven Dilday
History of Holy Days (4/7) The Christian Sabbath/Lord's Day, Christmas, Easter, Antichrist And Removing Monuments To Idolatry by Dr. Steven Dilday
History of Holy Days (5/7) The Christian Sabbath/Lord's Day, Christmas, Easter, Antichrist And Removing Monuments To Idolatry by Dr. Steven Dilday
History of Holy Days (6/7) The Christian Sabbath/Lord's Day, Christmas, Easter, Antichrist And Removing Monuments To Idolatry by Dr. Steven Dilday
History of Holy Days (7/7) The Christian Sabbath/Lord's Day, Christmas, Easter, Antichrist And Removing Monuments To Idolatry by Dr. Steven Dilday
"It is not an accident that the great decline of Lord's-day observance has occurred at the same time that unbelief, apostasy and wickedness have permeated western culture.  The love of God and of His day go hand in hand. When the love and fear of God no longer exist, His day is not honored.
"If we did indeed love God as we ought, with all our heart, and soul, and mind, and might, we would not say, when we have been attending upon him two or three hours in public worship, 'Now we have surely done enough for this day,' when we are invited, encouraged and appointed still to continue our communion with him, -- still to feast upon his holy word, and repeat our addresses at the throne of his grace in our closets and families. Would we be so soon weary of an intimate conversation with a friend we love and take pleasure in? No; with such a friend we contrive how to prolong the time of converse, and when the hours of sitting together are expired, we stand together, and, as those that are loath to part, bid often farewell, and we add to this a walk together for further discourses; is this thy kindness to thy friend, and wilt thou say of communion with thy God, 'Behold what a weariness is it!' and contrive excuses to contract it, to break it off, or cut it short?" 
May God increase our love toward Him and thus enable us to sanctify His day as we ought. "The stream of all religion runs either deep or shallow, according as the banks of the sabbath are kept up or neglected."
- Brian Schwertley, Christian Sabbath Examined, Proved, Applied (emphases added).
Many useful articles on the fourth commandment and the Lord's Day are at A Puritan's Mind
Of the Fourth Commandment by Thomas Boston
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On the Fourth Commandment from the Westminster Larger Catechism:
Q. 115. Which is the fourth commandment?
A. The fourth commandment is, Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work; but the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy man-servant, nor thy maid-servant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates. For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested in the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath-day and hallowed it..
Q. 116. What is required in the fourth commandment?
A. The fourth commandment requireth of all men the sanctifying or keeping holy to God such set times as he hath appointed in his Word, expressly one whole day in seven; which was the seventh from the beginning of the world to the resurrection of Christ, and the first day of the week ever since, and so to continue to the end of the world; which is the Christian sabbath, and in the New Testament called The Lord's day.
Q. 117. How is the sabbath or the Lord's day to be sanctified?
A. The sabbath or Lord's day is to be sanctified by an holy resting all the day, not only from such works as are at all times sinful, but even from such worldly employments and recreations as are on other days lawful; and making it our delight to spend the whole time (except so much of it as is to be taken up in works of necessity and mercy) in the public and private exercises of God's worship: and, to that end, we are to prepare our hearts, and with such foresight, diligence, and moderation, to dispose and seasonably dispatch our worldly business, that we may be the more free and fit for the duties of that day.
Q. 118. Why is the charge of keeping the sabbath more specially directed to governors of families, and other superiors?
A. The charge of keeping the sabbath is more specially directed to governors of families, and other superiors, because they are bound not only to keep it themselves, but to see that it be observed by all those that are under their charge; and because they are prone ofttimes to hinder them by employments of their own.
Q. 119. What are the sins forbidden in the fourth commandment?
A. The sins forbidden in the fourth commandment are, all omissions of the duties required, all careless, negligent, and unprofitable performing of them, and being weary of them; all profaning the day by idleness, and doing that which is in itself sinful; and by all needless works, words, and thoughts, about our worldly employments and recreations.
Q. 120. What are the reasons annexed to the fourth commandment, the more to enforce it?
A. The reasons annexed to the fourth commandment, the more to enforce it, are taken from the equity of it, God allowing us six days of seven for our own affairs, and reserving but one for himself in these words, Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: from God's challenging a special propriety in that day, The seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: from the example of God, who in six days made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: and from that blessing which God put upon that day, not only in sanctifying it to be a day for his service, but in ordaining it to be a means of blessing to us in our sanctifying it; Wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.
Q. 121. Why is the word Remember set in the beginning of the fourth commandment?
A. The word Remember is set in the beginning of the fourth commandment, partly, because of the great benefit of remembering it, we being thereby helped in our preparation to keep it, and, in keeping it, better to keep all the rest of the commandments, and to continue a thankful remembrance of the two great benefits of creation and redemption, which contain a short abridgment of religion; and partly, because we are very ready to forget it, for that there is less light of nature for it, and yet it restraineth our natural liberty in things at other times lawful; that it cometh but once in seven days, and many worldly businesses come between, and too often take off our minds from thinking of it, either to prepare for it, or to sanctify it; and that Satan with his instruments labours much to blot out the glory, and even the memory of it, to bring in all irreligion and impiety.
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Would you like to volunteer some of your time to read classic Puritan and Reformed books and sermons to MP3, to make permanent digital audio versions of the best Puritan and Reformed books for our generation and for posterity? If so, we then list the Puritan and Reformed MP3s you have read on the Web, to give them away for free to people in every nation of the world - and, by God's grace, we reach between 45,000 to over 100,000 people each month with these free Puritan and Reformation MP3s! You may listen to other readings, by people just like yourself (who love the Lord and want to reach others with the love of the Lord Jesus Christ and the truth of His holy Word, the Bible) at FREE PURITAN & REFORMATION MP3 AUDIO SERMONS/BOOKS and from our "Audio Book" section on SWRB's sermonaudio site. You may also use the FREE SWRB iPHONE, iPAD, iPOD (Touch) APP to listen. It is very easy to get started with your new international Reformation reading ministry, just email us at email@example.com requesting our "PURITAN and REFORMED BOOK READER INSTRUCTIONS." Thank you!
It may also be of interest to you to know that at SWRB we strive to use as much of the proceeds from sales, as is possible, to produce more free and discounted Puritan books, Reformation MP3s and Calvinistic videos. This is how, by God's grace, we have published so many books, MP3s and videos over the years (with a relatively small staff and the help of volunteers) and why we are able to distribute so much material for free and at such low prices - may our Lord get all the glory! With your continued prayers, support and purchases we will be able to reach even more people, in the future, all around the world with the truth of the Scriptures - using the latest and best technologies available, in the service of the Lord, to greatly multiply all the good that can be done, and aiming to fill the world with the best Christian (Puritan and Reformation) resources available (Acts 17:6).
Your Servant in Christ (for the Third Reformation),
Dr. Reg Barrow
Still Waters Revival Books
Serving Christians Worldwide (In Over 100 Countries) For 27+ Years
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"'That God's word damns your ceremonies, it is evident; for the plain and straight commandment of God is, 'Not that thing which appears good in thy eyes, shalt thou do to the Lord thy God, but what the Lord thy God has commanded thee, that do thou: add nothing to it; diminish nothing from it.' Now unless that ye are able to prove that God has commanded your ceremonies, this his former commandment will damn both you and them." (John Knox's History of the Reformation in Scotland [Ed. by William Croft Dickinson; New York: Philosophical Library, 1950], Vol. 1, p. 91.)
With this understanding of worship, the Scottish Church cast out a multitude of the monuments of idolatry which were part of papal worship; graven images, the Mass, false sacraments, Romish liturgical ceremonies, and Roman bishops were all removed from the Church. Ecclesiastical holidays were also expelled from the Church of Scotland.
- Kevin Reed, Christmas: An Historical Survey Regarding Its Origins and Opposition to It (free book, emphases added in quote above).