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AND PROOF THAT THE FIRST DAY OF THE WEEK IS THE TRUE CHRISTIAN SABBATH.
THE SON OF MAN IS LORD ALSO OF THE SABBATH DAY.
TO THE READER.
SOME may think it strange, since God’s Church has already been so well furnished with sound grounds and reasons by so many wise and godly men for proof that the first day of the week is our true Christian sabbath, that I should now offer this small treatise upon the same account. But when the scales are even by what already is put in, a little more, you know, makes the weight the better.
Besides, this book, being little, may best suit such as have but shallow purses, short memories, and but little time to spare, which usually is the lot of the mean and poorest sort of men.
I have also written upon this subject for that I would, as in other Gospel truths, be a fellow-witness with good men that the day in which our Lord rose from the dead should be much set by of Christians.
I have observed that some, otherwise sound in faith, are apt to be entangled with a Jewish sabbath, etc.; and that some also that are far off from the observation of that, have but little to say for their own practice, though good; and might I help them I should be glad.
Perhaps my method here may not in all things keep the common path of argumentation with them that have gone before me; but I trust the godly wise will find a taste of Scripture truth in what I present them with as to the sanction of our Christian sabbath.
I have here, by handling four questions, proved that the seventh-day sabbath was not moral. For that must of necessity be done before it can be made to appear that the first day of the week is that which is the sabbath day for Christians. But withal it follows that if the seventh-day sabbath was not moral, the first day is not so. What is it then? Why a ;sabbath for holy worship is moral, but this or that day appointed for such service is sanctified by precept or by approved example. The timing, then, of a sabbath for us lies in God, not man; in grace, not nature; nor in the ministration of death written and engraven in stones; God always reserving to himself a power to alter and change both time and modes of worship according to his own will.