#243 Super Bowl LI, Sports and the Sabbath

We are joined on today’s programme by Mark Fitzpatrick, Minister of Arann Reformed Baptist Church, to discuss the observance of the Christian Sabbath. With so many Christians watching the Super Bowl LI last Sunday, what does this tell us about the health of the Christian Church in America or in other nations? How are we to observe the Lord’s Day?

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#235 Christmas Vs The Lord’s Day

Can Christmas be lawfully observed? Can Christmas be considered purely a secular holiday? Can someone honour the Lord’s Day and celebrate Christmas this year, as December 25th falls on the Lord’s day? What does the modern church’s love of Christmas, and neglect of the Sabbath, tell us about how we view God’s law in our day? How should we treat subjects like Santa Claus with our children?

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#207 John MacArthur Refuted on the Sabbath

On today’s show Paul critiques a sermon by John MacArthur on the Sabbath Day. Is the Sabbath Day for today? What is the moral law? How is it different to the ceremonial law of the Old Testament? How important is this issue to the Church?

#142 Christmas, Christian Liberty and Antinomianism

Can a believer in Jesus Christ observe Christmas lawfully under the principle of Christian Liberty in the New Covenant? What does Christian Liberty mean? What did many of the Reformers understand by the term? Paul discusses these and other related topics on this last radio show of 2014.

“When it can be proved that the observance of Christmas, Whitsuntide, and other Popish festivals was ever instituted by a divine statute, we also will attend to them, but not till then. It is as much our duty to reject the traditions of men, as to observe the ordinances of the Lord. We ask concerning every rite and rubric, “Is this a law of the God of Jacob?” and if it be not clearly so, it is of no authority with us, who walk in Christian liberty.”
–Charles Spurgeon, The Treasury of David, Psalm 81:4

The Westminster Confession of Faith Chapter 20:2 states:
“God alone is Lord of the conscience,(k) and hath left it free from the doctrines and commandments of men, which are in any thing contrary to His Word; or beside it, if matters of faith or worship.(l) So that, to believe such doctrines, or to obey such commands, out of conscience,(m) is to betray true liberty of conscience: and the requiring of an implicit faith, and an absolute and blind obedience is to destroy liberty of conscience, and reason also.(n)

(k) Jam. 4:12; Rom. 14:4.
(l) Acts 4:19; Acts 5:29; I Cor. 7:23; Matt. 23:8, 9, 10; II Cor. 1:24; Matt. 15:9.
(m) Col. 2:20, 22, 23; Gal. 1:10; Gal. 2:4, 5; Gal. 5:1.
(n) Rom. 10:17; Rom. 14:23; Isa. 8:20; Acts 17:11; John 4:22; Hos. 5:11; Rev. 13:12, 16, 17; Jer. 8:9.”

#141 The Lord’s Holy Day: The Christian Sabbath

Should Christians keep the Sabbath today? Paul looks at the fourth commandment of the Decalogue and looks at how it is to be kept today. Was the Sabbath introduced at Mount Sinai or was man to keep the Sabbath from the first creation week? Paul also looks at some common arguments against the Sabbath position. What day is the Sabbath on in the New Covenant?

“The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath”
–Mark 2:27

“If ye love me, keep my commandments.”
–John 14:15

“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 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

“Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.”
–Psalm 1:1-2

The Westminster Confession of Faith writes in Chapter 21:8 that the “Sabbath is then kept holy unto the Lord, when men, after a due preparing of their hearts, and ordering of their common affairs beforehand, do not only observe an holy rest, all the day, from their own works, words, and thoughts about their worldly employments and recreations, but also are taken up the whole time in the public and private exercises of His worship, and in the duties of necessity and mercy.”