Clark on the Sabbath
I love Clark’s succint writing.
…But the faults of those who were too strict do not exonerate those who are too lax; and no one can deny that this age errs on the side of laxity. I know one man and wife who could not come to church because that was the time they had to walk their dog. Again, many fundamentalists who refuse to play dominoes or go to the movies or use lipstick on any day of the week contend that keeping the Sabbath is legalistic and have no compunctions against going on a picnic or studying their high school or college lessons. They have made their own rules without any divine warrant, while at the same time they reject the Ten Commandments. Note well, if keeping the Sabbath holy is legalistic, a ritualistic requirement meant only for the Mosaic dispensation, then not only is the Sabbath before Moses inexplicable, but also the first, second, sixth and other commandments are ritualistic too. These other commandments are obviously not ritualistic, and it is hard to see how with that context the fourth alone could be such.
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