Tuesday, January 24, 2017

The Holy Sabbath

In his introduction to The Holy Sabbath, A.W. Pink makes an observation about The Lord's Day (p. 3):

"Two things are absolutely essential for the maintenance of vital godliness: the profession of its truth and the practice or exercise of its power, for they mutually assist each other.  Where there is no profession of faith in its truth, none will express its power in obedience: and without obedience, profession is worthless.  Clearly is this exemplified in connection with the Holy Sabbath.  In proportion as the pulpit has failed to insist on and press the claims of the Sacred Day, vital godliness has been weakened and all but destroyed, and commensurate with the growth of an empty profession has been the decay of genuine piety.  Things have now come to such a deplorable state that we may well exclaim, 'truth is fallen in the street' (Isa. 59:14), yea, is being ruthlessly trampled under foot not only by the masses in general but also by the great majority of those in high places.  It is therefore incumbent upon all who fear and love God to do whatever lies within their power to rescue the Sabbath from its present profanation."

This excerpt could easily describe Christianity in America today.  However, it originally appeared in A.W. Pink's Studies in the Scriptures, from January 1939 to April 1940.  It's easy to surmise that our present state of ungodliness among professing Christians is worse than the previous generations that have gone before us, but really, "there is no new thing under the sun"...

"The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.  Is there any thing whereof it may be said, See, this is new? it hath been already of old time, which was before us," (Eccl. 1:9-10).