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Re: Sabbath, Sunday, and Legalism
« Reply #560 on: Fri May 15, 2020 - 08:24:46 »
https://www.msn.com/en-in/autos/news/ker-shops-remain-shut-vehicles-off-the-roads-as-total-lockdown-on-sundays-comes-into-force/ar-BB13RxyH

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Ker: Shops remain shut, vehicles off the roads as total lockdown on Sundays comes into force

Thiruvananthauram, May 10 () Shops remained shut and vehicles were off the roads in Kerala as the stategovernment's order on total shutdown on Sundays came intoforce since morning as part of the efforts to prevent thespread of COVID-19. The Left government had on Saturday night issued anorder on "total shutdown across the state on Sundays" while exempting shops selling essential items and essentialservices...........................

With a view to prevent the spread of COVID-19, improvethe quality of life, reduce the carbon emissions, protect the environment and greenery of the State, the Standard OperatingProtocols (SOPs) for lockdown would be observed on Sundays across the State, the order by Chief Secretary Tom Jose said.

"Sundays will be observed as total shutdown days untilfurther orders," it said.

"Movement of persons on Sundays are allowed only for health emergencies, government servants on emergency duties and persons engaged in activities connected with COVID-19 containment, persons involved in the activities from exempted in the order, priests and other religious persons responsible for conducting rituals in worship places," the order said.

Movement of persons, if case of any exigencies, willbe allowed only with the travel passes obtained from District Collector or police authorities concerned, the order stated adding certain major roads of Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi and Kozhikode will also remain closed on Sundays.

Covid-19 containment is being used to implement Sunday closing laws in many places. As pointed out in the highlighted areas in article above, the mechanism of implementation is Covid-19, but Green Deal or climate change  agenda measures are added to the reasons for doing so. These laws will no doubt continue to be implemented according to climate change regulations after Covid-19 threat ends. This is in accordance with the Pope's suggestion in his last Encyclical, Laudato si'. The end approaches.

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Re: Sabbath, Sunday, and Legalism
« Reply #561 on: Fri May 15, 2020 - 08:49:08 »
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The problem with the above testimony in relation to what the article terms the Lord's day, is of course that scripture never refers to Sunday or the first day of the week as such, or commands or even suggests it as a day of worship

Scripture actually DOES command it.

Hebrews 10,25
Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries

SOME Christians were assembling JUST on the Sabbath, in the Synagogue  - they weren't assembling "THEMSELVES TOGETHER" as the Apostolic command stated. Scripture is explicit that Christians are to assemble THEMSELVES together and this day since Apostolic times has been Sunday.

1Corinthians 16,1
Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given order to the churches of Galatia, even so do ye. Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come.

It is forbidden to take a collection up on the Sabbath, Jews today don't do it and they didn't do at the time of Jesus or earlier either. Christians were assembling THEMSELVES together on the 1st day of the week just like the Bible (and secular history) affirms. Claiming that some conspiracy happened whereas the Pope or some other element of the Catholic Church supplanted the Sabbath with Sunday is simply a canard for the uneducated in Scripture and history.



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Re: Sabbath, Sunday, and Legalism
« Reply #562 on: Fri May 15, 2020 - 09:07:51 »
https://www.breakingbelizenews.com/2020/04/09/complete-shutdown-announced-for-businesses-in-cayo-on-sunday/

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Complete shutdown announced for businesses in Cayo on Sunday

Ву ВВN Ѕtаff: Тhе Gоvеrnmеnt оf Веlіzе’ѕ ѕummаrу оf Ѕtаtutоrу Іnѕtrumеnt 52 оf 2020 іndісаtеѕ thаt оn Ѕundауѕ іn thе Сауо Dіѕtrісt, thеrе muѕt bе а соmрlеtе ѕhutdоwn оf buѕіnеѕѕеѕ (ехсерt еntіtіеѕ dеѕіgnаtеd аѕ  24-hоur аnd ѕеvеn dауѕ а wееk аrе аllоwеd tо ореrаtе. Тhеѕе іnсludе fооd mіllѕ, оіl рrоduсtіоn, ѕugаr, сіtruѕ аnd аррrоvеd fооd fасtоrіеѕ, роrt ореrаtіоnѕ, рublіс utіlіtіеѕ.)

Аnу mоvеmеntѕ оn Ѕundау muѕt bе bу еѕѕеntіаl wоrkеrѕ оnlу оr fоr еmеrgеnсіеѕ оnlу.


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Re: Sabbath, Sunday, and Legalism
« Reply #563 on: Fri May 15, 2020 - 09:20:46 »
Have you been to Jerusalem lately, most of the businesses are closed down there between Friday and Saturday night. It should be no more shocking that a place primarily made up of Christians would slow things down on Sunday than it would for a place primarily made up of Jews would do the same thing for Saturday. There is nothing sinister going on here Amo.

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Re: Sabbath, Sunday, and Legalism
« Reply #564 on: Fri May 15, 2020 - 09:28:14 »
https://www.tiranatimes.com/?p=145065

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Albanian gov't tightens restrictive measures amid COVID-19

TIRANA, March 28 - As of Monday, only one person per household will be allowed to go out in order to do grocery shopping or run errands for one hour a day between 5 a.m. and 1 p.m. in Albania. Each person is required to apply online or via text message in order to receive the movement authorization by the Albanian government.

However, the authorization is not required for those who go to work. Moreover, those who surpass the 1-hour permit will not be fined, as this only serves to regulate the movement of people. As of now, no special requirements have been announced for foreigners currently living in Albania.

Citizens may apply for the permit in two ways. One way requires sending a a text message to 55 155, stating the ID card number and the time during which one chooses to run their errands. The authorization will be received within 24 hours.

The second way requires downloading the e-Albania app or going directly to the website, where citizens have to register an account and apply under 'Leje per dalje' (Permit to go out). In this case, the authorization will be received immediately.

In both cases, the police will check if the citizen is authorized to move during the permitted curfew by looking at each person's ID card number, while the elderly will be prohibited from going out at all.

Meanwhile, the Albanian government has restricted all movement from 1 p.m. on Saturday to 5 a.m. on Monday, thus prohibiting all activity and movement on Sunday.

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Re: Sabbath, Sunday, and Legalism
« Reply #565 on: Fri May 15, 2020 - 09:34:16 »
Have you been to Jerusalem lately, most of the businesses are closed down there between Friday and Saturday night. It should be no more shocking that a place primarily made up of Christians would slow things down on Sunday than it would for a place primarily made up of Jews would do the same thing for Saturday. There is nothing sinister going on here Amo.

Coming from a member of a denomination which believes and preaches civil legislation should support Sunday closings, the above does not carry much weight. Any government closures supporting any religion or religious observance is sinister. In the last several years, Israel has also been embracing Sunday closures. Yes there is definitely something sinister going on here, as the witness of this thread has continued to testify for several years now.

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Re: Sabbath, Sunday, and Legalism
« Reply #566 on: Fri May 15, 2020 - 09:40:31 »
https://www.chaniapost.eu/2020/03/25/govt-announces-changes-to-supermarket-hours-no-more-sunday-opening/

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Gov’t announces changes to supermarket hours, no more Sunday opening

The govenrment on Tuesday announced changes to supermarket opening hours, which had been extended to respond to additional demand amid restrictions on movement imposed to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

As of Thursday, supermarkets will be open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. from Monday to Friday, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday and will be closed on Sundays.

The opening of supermarkets on Sundays had been broadly denounced by labor groups as an unacceptable burden on supermarket workers.

Labor groups or unions are very active about Sunday closings. The Catholic Church is also very active among them.


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Re: Sabbath, Sunday, and Legalism
« Reply #567 on: Fri May 15, 2020 - 09:49:20 »
https://cyprus-mail.com/2020/04/03/coronavirus-shoppers-and-supermarkets-say-sunday-closing-makes-no-sense/

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Coronavirus: Shoppers and supermarkets say Sunday closing makes no sense 

Shoppers and supermarkets alike are unhappy with the latest restriction imposed by the government that will see supermarkets closed from this Sunday.

The decision to close supermarkets, grocery shops, bakeries and butcheries on Sundays for the next few weeks is meant to protect shop workers in essential services. Kiosks are allowed to remain open under the decree but can only sell a list of items decreed under previous regulations (listed below).

“For sure it is a mistake to restrict hours even more so more people will be in the supermarkets at the same time,” the head of the supermarket association Andreas Hadjiadamou told the Cyprus Mail. “We hope they will have second thoughts on the matter but I don’t think it will happen.”

He believes the measure is contrary to what common sense dictates, namely that opening up the hours would mean less people thus less crowded places, and thinks those who were against opening the supermarkets on Sundays before a relevant legislation was passed are trying again to have their way.

Those meant to be protected also disagree. “What does it help us?” A supervisor of a big supermarket in Nicosia who didn’t want to be named said. “You see there are 20 people waiting outside the place now [on Friday afternoon]. They shouldn’t be standing there, these large gatherings are not allowed and are dangerous. Imagine how many there will be on Saturday when they all know the shops will be closed on Sunday.”

A cashier shrugged. “I guess we will feel a bit safer, as one day we will not be surrounded by people. But they will all be back on Monday, even those who don’t need anything, because people just come and buy a few things to get out of the house.”

One of the shoppers queuing outside also commented.

“I hate crowds at all times. Normally I would go shopping first thing in the morning when they open and are empty. Now they already force me to go after 10am, so that leaves the afternoons because I work during the day. I don’t understand this decision at all. They are making crazy times even worse.”

Only kiosks will remain open on Sundays, and they are allowed to sell the following:

Newspapers and magazines
Cigarettes and other tobacco related products
Batteries and other small items such as extension cables and alarm clocks
Items related to photography and blank computer disks
Telephone cards, prepaid mobile connection packages, mobile phone accessories, fax and photocopier services
Bandages, cotton, first aid kits, condoms, sanitary napkins, baby and adult diapers, toilet paper, napkins, tissue, shaving, deodorants, shampoos, soaps, toiletries, creams, combs, hairbrushes
Stationery and other related items
Christmas and Easter items, balloons, sunglasses, hats, sticks, nail clippers, rosaries, keychains and imitation jewelry
Charcoal, motorcycles, cutlery, glasses, disposable plates and gas cylinders
Gifts and gift-wrapping materials
Packaged dairy products and packaged sausages, eggs, milk, jams, butter, margarine, honey, instant soups, oils in up to one-litre containers
Tea, instant coffee, sugar and sugar substitutes, salt and ground coffee
Carbonated drinks, juices, bottled water, ready-made coffees, beer, bottled drinks with less than 5 per cent alcohol content, ice creams and ice cubes
Chocolates, wafers, biscuits, sugars, crisps, croissants, dried breakfast cereals, packaged nuts
Dog and cat foods
Baby food
Detergents in liquid or solid form, the weight or volume of which does not exceed two kilogrammes or two litres respectively

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Re: Sabbath, Sunday, and Legalism
« Reply #568 on: Fri May 15, 2020 - 09:58:54 »
https://www.exploregov.ky/coronavirus-curfew

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What Is The Curfew?
Grand Cayman is currently following a "soft curfew" during the day from Monday to Saturday, 5am to 8pm, followed by a "hard curfew" from 8pm to 5am daily and all day on Sunday, i.e. from 8pm on each Saturday evening through 5am the following Monday morning.

The soft curfew allows the population limited movement to conduct essential tasks and builds on previous meeting bans enacted by Government under the Public Health Law (2002 Revision).

A still ongoing, hard curfew at nighttime and all day Sunday that requires closure of all but essential businesses is enacted under the Police Law (2017 Revision). The order strictly curtailing access to all beaches across Grand Cayman is also enacted under the Police Law......................................... ...........

Penalties
In Grand Cayman, during the "soft curfew", a person who, without lawful authority, remains in a place other than the confines of their own residence or yard space commits an offence and is liable on conviction to a fine of $1,000 and to imprisonment for six months.

Any other breach of the terms of the "soft curfew" is liable to a similar penalty. A new ticketing system will allow persons to choose to pay a smaller fine or appear in court and risk paying the full fine. For more information, see Ticket Offences and Fines below.

Violations of the "hard curfew" fall under the Police Law and persons are liable on conviction to a fine of $3,000 and to imprisonment for twelve months.

Those who break the Sunday laws are subject to 3000 dollar fines or twelve months in prison. No, nothing sinister about that.


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Re: Sabbath, Sunday, and Legalism
« Reply #569 on: Fri May 15, 2020 - 21:16:12 »
And non-Muslims are prohibited from practicing their religion in Saudi Arabia - what about that? How does that fact factoring into where you're going with this?

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Re: Sabbath, Sunday, and Legalism
« Reply #570 on: Sat May 16, 2020 - 08:00:47 »
https://www.cnnphilippines.com/regional/2020/4/4/general-santos-city-covid-19-lockdown.html

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Total lockdown in General Santos City every Sunday

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 4) — A new rule in General Santos City: now even those with quarantine passes will be forced to stay home every Sunday, as the local government steps up measures to remain coronavirus-free.

A total lockdown will be imposed every Sunday starting April 5, the city government of General Santos announced in its Facebook page Friday night.

"Suspendido ang Home Quarantine Pass tuwing Linggo (Home quarantine passes are suspended every Sunday)," the city government said, except those with emergency and medical needs.

Only the following people will be allowed to leave their homes every Sunday: frontliners in the fight against the COVID-19 outbreak, pharmacy staff, police and military personnel, barangay tanods (village watchmen), government workers under the skeletal workforces, workers involved in offering basic necessities such as food, and church leaders and their assistants who will conduct online service................................

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Re: Sabbath, Sunday, and Legalism
« Reply #571 on: Sat May 16, 2020 - 08:07:25 »
https://www.croatiaweek.com/shops-in-croatia-to-close-on-sundays/

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Shops in Croatia to close on Sundays

ZAGREB, April 25 (Hina) – Croatia is about to start the first of its three-phase lifting of lockdown measures. The first phase, starting on Monday, 27 April, will enable the opening of all retail entities apart from those in shopping centres, the exception being those stores that have been operating in shopping centres the entire time since the introduction of restrictions.

There will be a return to normal working hours for shops on Monday. Trading, however, has been banned on Sundays. Only kiosks, bakeries, bread and bakery product shops and shops at gas stations will be allowed to open on Sundays and public holidays until further notice. 

The head of the national coronavirus crisis management team, Interior Minister Davor Bozinovic, said on Saturday that the decision banning Sunday work was made based on recommendations by epidemiologists, declining to comment on the speculation that the present situation was being used for political purposes.

“We have regulated shop opening hours as part of our measures. This decision was made based on recommendations by epidemiologists. All decisions are made in accordance with recommendations from professionals. All shops will be working as they worked before, except on Sundays and national holidays,” Bozinovic told a regular press conference of the national coronavirus crisis management team.

Asked if he feared that the decision banning Sunday work might be overturned by the Constitutional Court, he reiterated that all the decisions were made based on the recommendations by professionals. He declined to comment on the speculation that the present situation was being used for political purposes.

“Here we discuss only the situation caused by the coronavirus epidemic. As for these questions, you know who you should address them to,” Bozinovic said in response to questions from the press.

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Re: Sabbath, Sunday, and Legalism
« Reply #572 on: Sat May 16, 2020 - 08:11:59 »
https://www.total-slovenia-news.com/business/6143-jansa-the-left-call-to-keep-stores-closed-on-sundays?__cf_chl_jschl_tk__=d45f7eae30b2559f9761a0c9f459fdbd581eb502-1589634523-0-AeXNaUXWStYnOFZ0vetODkUybXpZCRrVKmPulJLUvjdR2fOsVQc6ZJ8b6AWbmA8BL9HMySmbl8mDGQ2cZLfrn1foMOF4A91rIFt_D7Wy21ma6Lmu6KyvmHVsoxPEBGqSEploltep5wuvT39z8t0G7MSzzH0Cax7BzcQyjpFg55WaHqTIgFEpKfkKs6FdTZUsEgYxPiA9M0NPHvPMFN7Dui93HYFXsXVyqDmQWMdpWk9OfjjTAs2esQTXUIFupv0jOqPidKlXF_gGNi1YWUeFNQwhJuFNoX_l1J2ZT_-2n6rpSXi7Vshw8xzudhX26kf3nsmRrnUTio-8xqk5Z9veoen6sPvDvpTmRkX6UOkCIgeh

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Janša & the Left Call to Keep Stores Closed on Sundays

STA, 30 April - It seems increasingly likely that the closure of stores, including groceries, on Sundays as a result of the coronavirus epidemic will become a permanent arrangement and be extended also to the period after the crisis. A legislative initiative to this effect, announced by the opposition Left, was backed on Thursday by PM Janez Janša.

In announcing the legislative proposal, the Left joined today the Trade Union of Shop Assistants, which argued ahead of Labour Day in favour of keeping stores closed on Sundays and bank holidays also after the epidemic.

The Left pointed out that voters had already decided in a referendum in 2003 that stores should be closed on Sundays, but were ignored later due to pressure from retailers.

Prime Minister Janša responded to the Left's tweet by tweeting "We support". Support was also expressed at the government's coronavirus briefing by Interior Minister Aleš Hojs, who said he had been an advocate of this all along. Hojs said those working in stores should be free at least one day a week and that it did not matter if consumers spent their money in six or seven days.

The Chamber of Commerce responded to the developments by arguing that the trade union and the Left should be aware one working day less would result in redundancies.

"Such a change depends on a change of the collective bargaining agreement that needs to be agreed by social partners, meaning the trade unions and employers," the chamber's president Marija Lah told the STA.

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Re: Sabbath, Sunday, and Legalism
« Reply #573 on: Sat May 16, 2020 - 08:21:51 »
https://www.dlapiper.com/en/us/insights/publications/2020/04/puerto-rico-governor-extends-lockdown-and-curfew-key-deadlines-and-governmental-measures/

Quote below from link above, emphasis is mine.

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Puerto Rico: Governor extends lockdown and curfew; key deadlines and governmental measures in response to COVID-19

(This alert contains information which is current as of April 3, 2020. We are actively monitoring activities in this rapidly changing area; please contact the authors of this alert for the most current information.)
 
On March 12, 2020, the governor of Puerto Rico declared a state of emergency across the island amid the threat of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) global pandemic. On March 15, 2020, the governor issued an Executive Order setting out a nightly curfew for all citizens, a daytime lockdown with limited exceptions (such as grocery and pharmacy visits), and the closure of all private and government operations, except for those related to essential services, until March 30, 2020.
 
These orders were effectively superseded by Executive Order 2020-029, issued on March 30, 2020, in which the governor has extended the temporary lockdown and curfew and taken additional measures. Until April 12, 2020, the daytime lockdown shall be in effect from 5 am to 7 pm, except for those citizens working in security, health, or food distribution, or for those in specific circumstances (such as those purchasing food or essentials); the curfew shall be in effect from 7 pm to 5 am. Violators may face a six-month jail term or a fine of up to $5,000.

Additional restrictions scheduled to go into effect on April 1, 2020 include:
 
Limiting traffic. Only certain individuals may travel by car each day according to the last number of their vehicle’s license plate. Those with odd numbers may travel by car on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. Those with even numbers and license plates ending in a letter may travel by car on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. No one may use their cars on Sundays except in case of emergencies. Essential service providers are not subject to these traffic limitations during the week.

Increasing business closures on Sundays. Grocery stores must remain closed on Sundays, and pharmacies will only be allowed to sell medicines and personal hygiene products. Gas stations may only sell fuel.......................................................



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Re: Sabbath, Sunday, and Legalism
« Reply #574 on: Sat May 16, 2020 - 08:29:32 »
https://www.philstar.com/nation/2020/05/12/2013340/lockdown-sundays-helps-curb-covid-infections-bacolod

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‘Lockdown Sundays’ helps curb COVID infections in Bacolod

MANILA, Philippines — Life in Bacolod City has stood still in the past four Sundays as people stayed home to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19.

Launched when the city went on an enhanced community quarantine (ECQ), the “Lockdown Sundays” is mandated in an executive order signed by Mayor Evelio Leonardia.

“This is our collective bid to halt the spread of the coronavirus,” Leonardia said as he appealed to residents to comply with the order.

“At the very least, with this measure, we can say the global foe that is COVID-19 stands still for 24 hours. One cannot underestimate the importance of that, when the virus cannot move for a long time,” he added.

The infection rate in Bacolod has been manageable and most of the cases involved people who came from other places.

“The level of infection rate can be attributed to the ECQ, but for sure Lockdown Sundays helped, too,” Leonardia said.

He attributed the success of the measure to the unity of the people.

“It shows we can act as one, and we are confident that we will win this war against COVID-19,” he said.

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Re: Sabbath, Sunday, and Legalism
« Reply #575 on: Sat May 16, 2020 - 09:04:02 »
https://www.dw.com/en/germany-rejects-sunday-package-deliveries-as-online-shopping-booms-amid-lockdown/a-53212619

Article below from link above, emphasis is mine.

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Germany rejects Sunday package deliveries as online shopping booms amid lockdown

Delivery giant DHL is doing a roaring trade during the coronavirus pandemic. It's hiring extra staff, and appealed for special permission to deliver on Sundays — when a lockdown of sorts always applies in Germany.

Germany's Ministry of Labor on Wednesday rejected Deutsche Post's (DHL) request to deliver post on Sundays despite a surge in orders amid the coronavirus lockdown.

The ministry maintained that even during the coronavirus crisis, the supply and delivery of DHL's parcels was not under serious threat, meaning that delivery staff would not be required to meet "further demands" and work on Sundays.

"As the Berlin Administrative Court has already ruled in several proceedings, there is no supply crisis that would make it urgently necessary to supply the population by delivering packages on Sundays," said a spokesperson for Labor Minister Hubertus Heil in Berlin on Wednesday.

Germans' right to rest on Sundays

The spokesperson attributed the recent increase in the volume of postal packages to the Easter holidays, adding that contact restrictions and the closure of numerous shops during the coronavirus outbreak was not a reason to intervene in the originally religious custom of resting on Sundays, something that's also anchored in German law.

"It is also politically incomprehensible why the parcel delivery drivers, who were significantly burdened in the crisis, should be exposed to further impositions," the spokesperson added.

Germany is one of comparatively few remaining countries in the world to shut down almost all non-essential industry and commerce every Sunday. Almost all stores are closed — apart from services like restaurants, cafes and pubs or the absolute essentials like petrol stations and corner stores — while public transport also runs less frequently.

Germany's constitution protects Sunday and public holidays, describing them as "days of rest from work and of spiritual improvement," having borrowed the custom from Christian religions.

Postal boom amid crisis

Eight million packages and small parcels are currently being delivered every day, well above the annual daily average of 5.2 million. Because of the extra demand, as high streets shut down and Germans use online shopping services more and more, the Bonn-based postal company employed more staff and lobbied to have the right to deliver packages on Sundays during the pandemic.

"It would be helpful if we could get another day to deal with the current flood of parcels," DHL Chief Operating Officer Thomas Schneider told the local newspaper Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung earlier this week.

The company emphasized that it was not aiming to secure regular, nationwide deliveries on Sundays, but that due to the current landscape, it hoped it could use Sundays "selectively" after having also coordinated with local work councils, Der Spiegel reported.

However, the German United Services Trade Union (ver.di) had also criticized Deutsche Post's request to authorize Sunday deliveries, with another major union saying it was "extremely skeptical" of the proposal.

The following is from the CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH. Emphasis is mine.

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Sunday- fulfillment of the sabbath
2175 Sunday is expressly distinguished from the sabbath which it follows chronologically every week; for Christians its ceremonial observance replaces that of the sabbath. In Christ's Passover, Sunday fulfills the spiritual truth of the Jewish sabbath and announces man's eternal rest in God. For worship under the Law prepared for the mystery of Christ, and what was done there prefigured some aspects of Christ:[107] 
Those who lived according to the old order of things have come to a new hope, no longer keeping the sabbath, but the Lord's Day, in which our life is blessed by him and by his death.[108]

2176 The celebration of Sunday observes the moral commandment inscribed by nature in the human heart to render to God an outward, visible, public, and regular worship "as a sign of his universal beneficence to all."[109] Sunday worship fulfills the moral command of the Old Covenant, taking up its rhythm and spirit in the weekly celebration of the Creator and Redeemer of his people.

A day of grace and rest from work
2184 Just as God "rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had done,"[121] human life has a rhythm of work and rest. The institution of the Lord's Day helps everyone enjoy adequate rest and leisure to cultivate their familial, cultural, social, and religious lives.[122]

2185 On Sundays and other holy days of obligation, the faithful are to refrain from engaging in work or activities that hinder the worship owed to God, the joy proper to the Lord's Day, the performance of the works of mercy, and the appropriate relaxation of mind and body.[123] Family needs or important social service can legitimately excuse from the obligation of Sunday rest. The faithful should see to it that legitimate excuses do not lead to habits prejudicial to religion, family life, and health. 
The charity of truth seeks holy leisure- the necessity of charity accepts just work.[124]

2186 Those Christians who have leisure should be mindful of their brethren who have the same needs and the same rights, yet cannot rest from work because of poverty and misery. Sunday is traditionally consecrated by Christian piety to good works and humble service of the sick, the infirm, and the elderly. Christians will also sanctify Sunday by devoting time and care to their families and relatives, often difficult to do on other days of the week. Sunday is a time for reflection, silence, cultivation of the mind, and meditation which furthers the growth of the Christian interior life.

2187 Sanctifying Sundays and holy days requires a common effort. Every Christian should avoid making unnecessary demands on others that would hinder them from observing the Lord's Day. Traditional activities (sport, restaurants, etc.), and social necessities (public services, etc.), require some people to work on Sundays, but everyone should still take care to set aside sufficient time for leisure. With temperance and charity the faithful will see to it that they avoid the excesses and violence sometimes associated with popular leisure activities. In spite of economic constraints, public authorities should ensure citizens a time intended for rest and divine worship. Employers have a similar obligation toward their employees.

2188 In respecting religious liberty and the common good of all, Christians should seek recognition of Sundays and the Church's holy days as legal holidays. They have to give everyone a public example of prayer, respect, and joy and defend their traditions as a precious contribution to the spiritual life of society. If a country's legislation or other reasons require work on Sunday, the day should nevertheless be lived as the day of our deliverance which lets us share in this "festal gathering," this "assembly of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven."[125]

IN BRIEF
2189 "Observe the sabbath day, to keep it holy" (Deut 5:12). "The seventh day is a sabbath of solemn rest, holy to the Lord" (Ex 31:15).

2190 The sabbath, which represented the completion of the first creation, has been replaced by Sunday which recalls the new creation inaugurated by the Resurrection of Christ.

2191 The Church celebrates the day of Christ's Resurrection on the "eighth day," Sunday, which is rightly called the Lord's Day (cf. SC 106).

2192 "Sunday . . . is to be observed as the foremost holy day of obligation in the universal Church" (CIC, can. 1246 # 1). "On Sundays and other holy days of obligation the faithful are bound to participate in the Mass" (CIC, can. 1247).

2193 "On Sundays and other holy days of obligation the faithful are bound . . . to abstain from those labors and business concerns which impede the worship to be rendered to God, the joy which is proper to the Lord's Day, or the proper relaxation of mind and body" (CIC, can. 1247).

2194 The institution of Sunday helps all "to be allowed sufficient rest and leisure to cultivate their amilial, cultural, social, and religious lives" (GS 67 # 3).

2195 Every Christian should avoid making unnecessary demands on others that would hinder them from observing the Lord's Day.

Only God sanctifies or makes anything holy. No number of people can make anything holy by observing it. The sabbath of God was pronounced and made holy by Him alone who can make anything holy, before being observed by anyone of this fallen human race. No number of people observing a "tradition" of humanity will ever make anything holy. Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ staunchly chastised those of his day that exalted a tradition of man above a commandment of God. Such is and will continue to be the exact nature of all and every Sunday law ever implemented among men and nations. So be it.

Exo 20:8  Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. 9 Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: 10 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: 11 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.

Mat 15:2 Why do thy disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? for they wash not their hands when they eat bread. 3 But he answered and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition? 4 For God commanded, saying, Honour thy father and mother: and, He that curseth father or mother, let him die the death. 5 But ye say, Whosoever shall say to his father or his mother, It is a gift, by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me; 6  And honour not his father or his mother, he shall be free. Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition. 7 Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying, 8 This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. 9 But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.


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Re: Sabbath, Sunday, and Legalism
« Reply #576 on: Sat May 16, 2020 - 09:17:09 »
https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Tiruchirapalli/no-total-lockdown-on-sundays-in-thanjavur-ariyalur/article31545239.ece

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No total lockdown on Sundays in Thanjavur, Ariyalur

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Officials of the district administration in Ariyalur and Thanjavur have announced that the total lockdown enforced on Sundays in the district has been lifted.

In Ariyalur, Collector D. Rathna said that the norms would be relaxed in accordance with the instructions given by the State government. All shops, except salons, could be opened, she added.

Shops selling essential commodities will function between 6 a.m. and 5 p.m. Stand alone shops in non-containment zones can function from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Restaurants can function from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. with takeaway service alone is allowed. The Collector urged the public to continue to follow personal distancing and ensure that facemasks are worn at all times when they venture outdoors.

In Thanjavur too, the district administration announced that there will not be a total lockdown in the district on May 10.

However, the shops and business establishments and the general public would have to adhere to the regulations laid down by the State government while announcing the relaxation of lockdown conditions recently, the Collector, M. Govinda Rao said in a press release issued here on Saturday.

One Sunday lockdown ended. Maybe others will follow this example.

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Re: Sabbath, Sunday, and Legalism
« Reply #577 on: Sat May 16, 2020 - 11:56:09 »
Amo,

There are similar law in the Southern part of the United States, even to the point where you can't purchase alcohol on Sunday. This doesn't mean anything more sinister is going on than in Jerusalem or an Islamic Country - it just means the majority of the people in those areas legislated to have more prohibitions for X, Y & Z.

I've noted that generally SDA's don't go out of their way to condemn Islam in how they subjugate minority religions in their area - it's because Islam and SDAism share somewhat of a commonality.

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Adventist Review and Sabbath Herald, October 28, 1909[/b]

In the pervious article the chivalrous and romantic story of the birth of the Ottoman empire was traced. In this paper will be shown the rapid and remarkable rise of that people to opulence and power, and also the motive force back of this and all Mohammedan movements.

Perhaps it will be best to take the last feature first. The Turks hold that they are descended from Japheth, the son of Noah. He was the father of three sons. The Turks teach that to his firstborn Aboul-Turk, he gave the sovereignty of Turkestan.

Again: the Turks profess the religion of Mohammed: "The creed of that faith is generally compressed into the well known formula: "There is no god but God, and Mohammed is his prophet." But there is another and longer form which reads as follow: --

"I believe in God and his angels, and his books, and his prophets, and the last day, and the predestination of good and evil by God, and the resurrection after death. I bear witness to that there is no God but God, and I bear witness that Mohammed is his slave and his prophet."

From the above IT MUST BE PERFECTLY CLEAR that Mohammedanism is very far from being a heathan religion, as some are wont to believe. It teaches belief in God, angels, the prophets, the last day, and the resurrection of the dead. MORE THAN THIS ABOUT ONE HALF OF THE KORAN IS A POLEMIC AGAINST POLYTHESIM AND TRINITARIANISM. In fact the word Allah is an abbreviation of Al-iah, which means the ONE, TRUE, ONLY God
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That's pretty direct I'd say.

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Re: Sabbath, Sunday, and Legalism
« Reply #578 on: Sat May 16, 2020 - 19:13:13 »
Scripture actually DOES command it.

Hebrews 10,25
Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries

SOME Christians were assembling JUST on the Sabbath, in the Synagogue  - they weren't assembling "THEMSELVES TOGETHER" as the Apostolic command stated. Scripture is explicit that Christians are to assemble THEMSELVES together and this day since Apostolic times has been Sunday.

1Corinthians 16,1
Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given order to the churches of Galatia, even so do ye. Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come.

It is forbidden to take a collection up on the Sabbath, Jews today don't do it and they didn't do at the time of Jesus or earlier either. Christians were assembling THEMSELVES together on the 1st day of the week just like the Bible (and secular history) affirms. Claiming that some conspiracy happened whereas the Pope or some other element of the Catholic Church supplanted the Sabbath with Sunday is simply a canard for the uneducated in Scripture and history.


The book of Hebrews does not mention the first day of the week at all, let alone command Christians to gather together on that day. Presumption alone would conclude that Heb. 25 was a command to keep Sundays holy or as a special time of gathering for God’s people of the new covenant era. If any day might be suggested in Heb. 25, it would no doubt be the seventh day sabbath which is alluded to in several verses and specifically mentioned in others.

Heb 4:1Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it. 2 For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it. 3 For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said, As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world. 4 For he spake in a certain place of the seventh day on this wise, And God did rest the seventh day from all his works. 5 And in this place again, If they shall enter into my rest. 6 Seeing therefore it remaineth that some must enter therein, and they to whom it was first preached entered not in because of unbelief:

God’s seventh day sabbath is referred to by the author of Hebrews in chapter 4 as representative of the rest we have by faith in Christ Jesus.  As pointed out in the same, the problem of the Jews of old was a lack of faith in God’s word. The fourth commandment is a crucial element of maintaining biblical faith in God as our creator and sustainer. It is a weekly reminder of who He is and who we are in relation to Him. No one who maintains faith in the testimony of the fourth commandment especially by the observance of it, can forget this most crucial and basic truth. God created heaven, earth, and us, and He sustains all as well. This basic truth must be acknowledged by those who would maintain a proper salvific relation with God, as the author of Hebrews points out in the following verses.

Heb 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. 2 For by it the elders obtained a good report. 3 Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.

Chapter 11 is all about faith and the faith of our fathers in Christ. The creation account in scripture, and therefore also the fourth commandment of God by extension, are the fundamental basic elements of our faith. If there was to be any day attached to the author of Hebrews admonition to gathering together, it would obviously be on the seventh day at which time God’s people had already been gathering together for a couple of millennia, and were at the time as well. Not the first day of the week or Sunday which scripture never admonishes anyone to gather together on, contrary to your false claims.

The verse you quoted supporting this false claim does not call for a gathering at all, but for each individual to lay aside some money themselves for collection, so no gathering for such would be necessary when whoever came to collect it. Nevertheless, even if there had been a call to collect money or what have you on Sunday, this would certainly not equal a command to disregard an existing commandment of God. Such a conclusion is utter nonsense.

Thank you for pointing out that no offerings were taken up on Sabbaths, though I will have to check this out for myself. It is a good explanation of why Paul told the Christians to lay something aside on the first day of the week, he and they were obviously still keeping God’s seventh day sabbath, so they wouldn’t take up a collection on that day. It seems the verse you chose to prove your point, actually leans toward proving the opposite.

As far as your claim concerning a conspiracy theory about the Catholic Church transferring the sabbath day from the seventh day of the week to the first day of the week, it is a matter of recorded history, and testified to by the Catholic church and some Popes as well. No doubt you already know this but just do not want to go there, nevertheless we will go there.

https://walklikeyeshua.home.blog/2019/03/26/documented-history-of-torah-sabbath-keeping-in-the-church/

http://www.remnantofgod.org/sabhist.htm

The above links testify of the fact that Christians kept the seventh day Sabbath from the beginning of the formation of the church. As a matter of fact, Sunday sacredness developed over time with many observing both days for a time before a major separation between them began. Eventually Sunday keepers whose numbers grew rapidly began to denounce Sabbath keepers, and eventually disfellowshipped or excommunicated them. No doubt Sabbath keepers denounced Sunday keepers as well for abandoning God’s Sabbath, we just don’t have many records of the same. No doubt the church of Rome, as her habit was, burned all such written records. Nevertheless, the record of Sunday keepers denouncement of Sabbath keepers is proof enough of their existence and the division and controversy which took place between them. The history of which reveals the falsity of your above claim of conspiracy regarding the replacement of seventh day worship with first day worship. Observe -

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The Synod of Laodicea - 343-381 A.D. - furnishes a decree which is quoted by many: "Christians shall not Judaize and be idle on Saturday [Sabbatum is always used for the Sabbath and is translated Saturday in the English edition of Hefele], but shall work on that day; but the Lord's-day they shall especially honor, and as being Christians, shall, if possible, do no work on that day. If, however, they are found Judaizing they shall be shut out from Christ. (Canon 29, Hefele, Vol. 2, p. 316.)


There would be no sense in making such a proclamation, if there were not Christians still keeping the seventh day sabbath. Nor of course is there anything in scripture at all of such a radical nature denouncing anyone for keeping God’s Sabbath. Yet obviously many “Christians” by the fourth century, did exactly what you have denounced as a false conspiracy theory. They replaced the seventh day sabbath with Sunday sacredness by denouncing all who would keep the seventh day as shut out from Christ, while promoting the honor of the first day of the week. This is a definite departure from scripture.

Pope Gregory I (AD 590-604) said:

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“ Gregory, bishop by the grace of God to his well-beloved sons, the Roman citizens: It has come to me that certain men of perverse spirit have disseminated among you things depraved and opposed to the holy faith, so that they forbid anything to be done on the day of the Sabbath. What shall I call them except preachers of anti-Christ?.”(Epistles of Gregory I, b. 13, epist. 1, found in Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers.)


More of the same. There are still Christian sabbath keepers, and they are denounced by Pope Gregory I as preachers of anti-Christ.

The following is from the CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH.

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Sunday- fulfillment of the sabbath

2175 Sunday is expressly distinguished from the sabbath which it follows chronologically every week; for Christians its ceremonial observance replaces that of the sabbath. In Christ's Passover, Sunday fulfills the spiritual truth of the Jewish sabbath and announces man's eternal rest in God. For worship under the Law prepared for the mystery of Christ, and what was done there prefigured some aspects of Christ:[107] 
Those who lived according to the old order of things have come to a new hope, no longer keeping the sabbath, but the Lord's Day, in which our life is blessed by him and by his death.[108]

2176 The celebration of Sunday observes the moral commandment inscribed by nature in the human heart to render to God an outward, visible, public, and regular worship "as a sign of his universal beneficence to all."[109] Sunday worship fulfills the moral command of the Old Covenant, taking up its rhythm and spirit in the weekly celebration of the Creator and Redeemer of his people.

A day of grace and rest from work

2184 Just as God "rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had done,"[121] human life has a rhythm of work and rest. The institution of the Lord's Day helps everyone enjoy adequate rest and leisure to cultivate their familial, cultural, social, and religious lives.[122]

2185 On Sundays and other holy days of obligation, the faithful are to refrain from engaging in work or activities that hinder the worship owed to God, the joy proper to the Lord's Day, the performance of the works of mercy, and the appropriate relaxation of mind and body.[123] Family needs or important social service can legitimately excuse from the obligation of Sunday rest. The faithful should see to it that legitimate excuses do not lead to habits prejudicial to religion, family life, and health. 
The charity of truth seeks holy leisure- the necessity of charity accepts just work.[124]

2186 Those Christians who have leisure should be mindful of their brethren who have the same needs and the same rights, yet cannot rest from work because of poverty and misery. Sunday is traditionally consecrated by Christian piety to good works and humble service of the sick, the infirm, and the elderly. Christians will also sanctify Sunday by devoting time and care to their families and relatives, often difficult to do on other days of the week. Sunday is a time for reflection, silence, cultivation of the mind, and meditation which furthers the growth of the Christian interior life.

2187 Sanctifying Sundays and holy days requires a common effort. Every Christian should avoid making unnecessary demands on others that would hinder them from observing the Lord's Day. Traditional activities (sport, restaurants, etc.), and social necessities (public services, etc.), require some people to work on Sundays, but everyone should still take care to set aside sufficient time for leisure. With temperance and charity the faithful will see to it that they avoid the excesses and violence sometimes associated with popular leisure activities. In spite of economic constraints, public authorities should ensure citizens a time intended for rest and divine worship. Employers have a similar obligation toward their employees.

2188 In respecting religious liberty and the common good of all, Christians should seek recognition of Sundays and the Church's holy days as legal holidays. They have to give everyone a public example of prayer, respect, and joy and defend their traditions as a precious contribution to the spiritual life of society. If a country's legislation or other reasons require work on Sunday, the day should nevertheless be lived as the day of our deliverance which lets us share in this "festal gathering," this "assembly of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven."[125]

IN BRIEF
 
2189 "Observe the sabbath day, to keep it holy" (Deut 5:12). "The seventh day is a sabbath of solemn rest, holy to the Lord" (Ex 31:15).

2190 The sabbath, which represented the completion of the first creation, has been replaced by Sunday which recalls the new creation inaugurated by the Resurrection of Christ.

2191 The Church celebrates the day of Christ's Resurrection on the "eighth day," Sunday, which is rightly called the Lord's Day (cf. SC 106).

2192 "Sunday . . . is to be observed as the foremost holy day of obligation in the universal Church" (CIC, can. 1246 # 1). "On Sundays and other holy days of obligation the faithful are bound to participate in the Mass" (CIC, can. 1247).

2193 "On Sundays and other holy days of obligation the faithful are bound . . . to abstain from those labors and business concerns which impede the worship to be rendered to God, the joy which is proper to the Lord's Day, or the proper relaxation of mind and body" (CIC, can. 1247).

2194 The institution of Sunday helps all "to be allowed sufficient rest and leisure to cultivate their amilial, cultural, social, and religious lives" (GS 67 # 3).

2195 Every Christian should avoid making unnecessary demands on others that would hinder them from observing the Lord's Day.



The following quotes are from the APOSTOLIC LETTER DIES DOMINI by John Paul II

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Chap. 1
8.…………The People of God are called to enter into this same rest by persevering in Christ's example of filial obedience (cf. Heb 4:3-16). In order to grasp fully the meaning of Sunday, therefore, we must re-read the great story of creation and deepen our understanding of the theology of the "Sabbath".

13. The Sabbath precept, which in the first Covenant prepares for the Sunday of the new and eternal Covenant, is therefore rooted in the depths of God's plan. This is why, unlike many other precepts, it is set not within the context of strictly cultic stipulations but within the Decalogue, the "ten words" which represent the very pillars of the moral life inscribed on the human heart.

14. In the first place, therefore, Sunday is the day of rest because it is the day "blessed" by God and "made holy" by him, set apart from the other days to be, among all of them, "the Lord's Day".

18.………….In the light of this mystery, the meaning of the Old Testament precept concerning the Lord's Day is recovered, perfected and fully revealed in the glory which shines on the face of the Risen Christ (cf. 2 Cor 4:6). We move from the "Sabbath" to the "first day after the Sabbath", from the seventh day to the first day: the dies Domini becomes the dies Christi!

Chap.2
23. It was this newness which the catechesis of the first centuries stressed as it sought to show the prominence of Sunday relative to the Jewish Sabbath. It was on the Sabbath that the Jewish people had to gather in the synagogue and to rest in the way prescribed by the Law. The Apostles, and in particular Saint Paul, continued initially to attend the synagogue so that there they might proclaim Jesus Christ, commenting upon "the words of the prophets which are read every Sabbath" (Acts 13:27). Some communities observed the Sabbath while also celebrating Sunday. Soon, however, the two days began to be distinguished ever more clearly, in reaction chiefly to the insistence of those Christians whose origins in Judaism made them inclined to maintain the obligation of the old Law.


Chap.4
59.……………….More than a "replacement" for the Sabbath, therefore, Sunday is its fulfilment, and in a certain sense its extension and full expression in the ordered unfolding of the history of salvation, which reaches its culmination in Christ.


62. It is the duty of Christians therefore to remember that, although the practices of the Jewish Sabbath are gone, surpassed as they are by the "fulfilment" which Sunday brings, the underlying reasons for keeping "the Lord's Day" holy — inscribed solemnly in the Ten Commandments — remain valid, though they need to be reinterpreted in the light of the theology and spirituality of Sunday: "Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy, as the Lord your God commanded you. Six days you shall labour, and do all your work; but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. Then you shall do no work, you, or your son, or your daughter, or your servant, or your maid, or your ox, or your ass, or any of your beasts, or the foreigner within your gates, that your servant and maid may rest as well as you. You shall remember that you were a servant in the land of Egypt, and the Lord your God brought you out from there with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm. Therefore the Lord your God commanded that you keep the Sabbath day" (Dt 5:12-15). Here the Sabbath observance is closely linked with the liberation which God accomplished for his people.


63. Christ came to accomplish a new "exodus", to restore freedom to the oppressed. He performed many healings on the Sabbath (cf. Mt 12:9-14 and parallels), certainly not to violate the Lord's Day, but to reveal its full meaning: "The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath" (Mk 2:27). Opposing the excessively legalistic interpretation of some of his contemporaries, and developing the true meaning of the biblical Sabbath, Jesus, as "Lord of the Sabbath" (Mk 2:28), restores to the Sabbath observance its liberating character, carefully safeguarding the rights of God and the rights of man. This is why Christians, called as they are to proclaim the liberation won by the blood of Christ, felt that they had the authority to transfer the meaning of the Sabbath to the day of the Resurrection. The Passover of Christ has in fact liberated man from a slavery more radical than any weighing upon an oppressed people — the slavery of sin, which alienates man from God, and alienates man from himself and from others, constantly sowing within history the seeds of evil and violence.


How about that, Pope John Paul II testifies above that certain “Christians” did exactly what you claim is just a conspiracy theory. Transferred the meaning of the seventh day sabbath to the day of the resurrection or Sunday. Go figure. Let’s put just the part of the quotes above claiming to do just that, in a list below.

2175 Sunday is expressly distinguished from the sabbath which it follows chronologically every week; for Christians its ceremonial observance replaces that of the sabbath.

Those who lived according to the old order of things have come to a new hope, no longer keeping the sabbath, but the Lord's Day

2176 Sunday worship fulfills the moral command of the Old Covenant,

2190 The sabbath, which represented the completion of the first creation, has been replaced by Sunday which recalls the new creation inaugurated by the Resurrection of Christ.

John Paul II  18.………….In the light of this mystery, the meaning of the Old Testament precept concerning the Lord's Day is recovered, perfected and fully revealed in the glory which shines on the face of the Risen Christ (cf. 2 Cor 4:6). We move from the "Sabbath" to the "first day after the Sabbath", from the seventh day to the first day: the dies Domini becomes the dies Christi!

Chap.4
59.……………….More than a "replacement" for the Sabbath, therefore, Sunday is its fulfilment, and in a certain sense its extension and full expression in the ordered unfolding of the history of salvation, which reaches its culmination in Christ.

62. It is the duty of Christians therefore to remember that, although the practices of the Jewish Sabbath are gone, surpassed as they are by the "fulfilment" which Sunday brings, the underlying reasons for keeping "the Lord's Day" holy — inscribed solemnly in the Ten Commandments — remain valid, though they need to be reinterpreted in the light of the theology and spirituality of Sunday: "Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy, as the Lord your God commanded you. Six days you shall labour, and do all your work; but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. Then you shall do no work, you, or your son, or your daughter, or your servant, or your maid, or your ox, or your ass, or any of your beasts, or the foreigner within your gates, that your servant and maid may rest as well as you. You shall remember that you were a servant in the land of Egypt, and the Lord your God brought you out from there with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm. Therefore the Lord your God commanded that you keep the Sabbath day" (Dt 5:12-15). Here the Sabbath observance is closely linked with the liberation which God accomplished for his people.

63. This is why Christians, called as they are to proclaim the liberation won by the blood of Christ, felt that they had the authority to transfer the meaning of the Sabbath to the day of the Resurrection.

Why do you deny the testimony of your church, Popes, church fathers, and history Cathlodox?
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Re: Sabbath, Sunday, and Legalism
« Reply #579 on: Sat May 16, 2020 - 19:44:23 »
Amo,

There are similar law in the Southern part of the United States, even to the point where you can't purchase alcohol on Sunday. This doesn't mean anything more sinister is going on than in Jerusalem or an Islamic Country - it just means the majority of the people in those areas legislated to have more prohibitions for X, Y & Z.

I've noted that generally SDA's don't go out of their way to condemn Islam in how they subjugate minority religions in their area - it's because Islam and SDAism share somewhat of a commonality.

That's pretty direct I'd say.

Any time the religious dogma's of any religion are enforced by the state, there is something sinister going on. Catholics and Muslims share the sinister trait of combining church or religion and the state. Though at times during the past, Protestants preferred to live under Muslim leadership over Roman Catholic leadership because the former were far more tolerant. It is no surprise that religions outside of Christ abuse their authority. I suppose SDA's see a "Christian" professing entity doing the same as more of a threat because they are supposed to represent the truth in Christ.

A Catholic such as yourself accusing SDA's of having to much in common with Muslims is much like the pot calling the kettle black. Your Pope and church have entered into agreement and compact with them, not ours. Nevertheless, some SDA's have begun following Catholic example concerning such and other things as well. You will not find me denying it, to the contrary, the SDA church is increasingly involved in all kinds of crap it should be avoiding like the plague. Which is why I no longer attend services. The churches close enough for me to attend and I are just no longer on the same page. Apostasy is increasingly prevalent everywhere.

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Re: Sabbath, Sunday, and Legalism
« Reply #580 on: Wed Jun 17, 2020 - 20:49:23 »
https://www.crisismagazine.com/2020/bring-back-the-blue-laws

Article below from link above.

Crisis Magazine / A Voice for the Faithful Catholic Laity

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JUNE 17, 2020

Bring Back the Blue Laws

CASEY CHALK

In the United States on the seventh day of the week, trade and industry seem suspended throughout the nation; all noise ceases. A deep peace, or rather a sort of solemn contemplation, takes its place. The soul regains its own domain and devotes itself to meditation.

Alexis de Tocqueville wrote these words in his 1835 masterpiece of political and social analysis, Democracy in America. During America’s finally-abating coronavirus quarantine, our nation, at least outwardly, seemed to have gained a more noiseless, contemplative, revivifying spirit. Now, in the terrible wake of murder, protests turned arsonous riots, and looting, not so much. Nevertheless, Americans in those early quarantine days—after the haze of their Netflix-binge had evaporated—woke up with a surprised appreciation for what earlier generations had considered normal: Sunday laws, otherwise known as blue laws.  As America returns to normality, we should consider these laws and their manifold benefits afresh.

Acknowledging the rewards of the Sabbath are not limited only to Christians like Pope Francis, who in a 2018 interview declared: “One day of the week. That’s the least! Out of gratitude, to worship God, to spend time with the family, to play, to do all of these things. We are not machines.” Jay Lefkowitz, a lawyer in New York City, in a May 7 op-ed for The Washington Post argues that the Jewish Sabbath observance brings healthy separation and balance. He explains:

when Jews sanctify the Sabbath and keep it holy, they are making a conscious act of separation. At its most elementary, Shabbat is about separating the profane from the sacred; the workweek from the Sabbath… Shabbat is about balance or, to use a modern word, mindfulness… We can’t recharge ourselves via a USB port.

This aligns with other movements that appreciate the need to “disconnect,” such as digital minimalism or “secular monkhood,” a phrase coined in a March First Things essay by Andrew Taggert.

More seriously, de Tocqueville identified several benefits to the once-common American inclination to rest. The first is how the worship of God orients man towards the transcendent and its purposes. At church, the American “hears of the need to control his desires, of the subtle pleasures of virtue alone, and the true happiness they bring.” When the American returns home,

he does not hurry back to his business ledgers. He opens the Holy Scriptures and discovers the sublime or touching depictions of the greatness and goodness of the Creator, the infinite magnificence of God’s handiwork, the lofty destiny reserved for man, his duties, and his claims to everlasting life.

In the worship of God, and recognition of His goodness in creation, man perceives his own created goodness and the goodness of the world he inhabits, including his peculiar nation. This in turn directs him towards his civic duties to love and serve his neighbors in an act of stewardship. He feels “the urgent necessity to instill morality into democracy by means of religion.”

The second benefit is the tempering quality of Sabbath observance on an American capitalism that can tend towards exclusively materialist ends that obscure man’s inherent dignity.

Thus it is that from time to time the American hides away to some degree from himself and, snatching a momentary respite from those trivial passions which agitate his life and the fleeting concerns which invade his thoughts, he suddenly bursts into an ideal world where all is great, pure, and eternal.

De Tocqueville perceived that democratic capitalism, if untethered from religion, would devolve into a dehumanizing, materialistic wasteland where men manipulate and exploit one another for profitable gain. This is because “democracy encourages the taste for physical pleasures which, if excessive, soon persuades men to believe that nothing but matter exists.” And if only matter exists, men are liable to do whatever they want to others (or themselves) to satiate their desires. Sabbath laws, in their implicit (or explicit) endorsement of the transcendent, remind citizens that there are greater, more noble pursuits than “self-actualization” and “self-realization.”

Third, in directing citizens towards transcendent ends, Sabbath laws inspire men to pursue societal goods that will endure beyond their own circumscribed lives.

Religious nations have often achieved such lasting results. They discovered the secret to success in this world by concentrating upon the next. Religions instill into men the general habit of conducting themselves with the future in mind and are no less useful to happiness in this life than to bliss in the next.

Citizens aware of their finitude and their spiritual, immaterial natures will work not just for today, but for the future of their children and grandchildren. Notre Dame Cathedral, that splendid manifestation of human skill and ingenuity, took about 180 years, or six generations, to build. Such glorious projects require a character defined by willingness to suffer and sacrifice, fully aware that one’s unknown descendants will be the ones who enjoy the fruits of one’s labor.

When nations abandon consideration of transcendent ends, their citizens are more inclined to selfishly live for today without consideration for their neighbors or their progeny. “Let’s do it tonight, ’cause we may not get tomorrow,” the popular 2012 song goes. De Tocqueville warns:

In skeptical times, therefore, there is always the danger that men will surrender themselves endlessly to the casual whims of daily desire and that they will abandon entirely anything which requires long-term effort, thus failing to establish anything noble or calm or lasting.

For this reason, de Tocqueville warns and cajoles Americans to preserve their peculiar religiosity: “Do not seek to snatch from men their ancient religious opinions… lest…the soul finds itself momentarily void of beliefs and the love of physical pleasures spreads to fill it entirely.”

Yet this is precisely what America has done, eliminating remnants of once-common blue laws for the sake of the worshipful dollar. There was a time when even the United States Supreme Court favored these ordinances, Justice Stephen Johnson Field writing in Hennington v. Georgia (1896), “the prohibition of secular business on Sunday is advocated on the ground that by it the general welfare is advanced, labor protected, and the moral and physical well-being of society promoted.” No less than George Washington was once detained by a tithing-man for violating Connecticut’s law forbidding unnecessary Sunday travel. (He was permitted to continue after promising to go only as far as his destination.)

Now, with a few anomalous holdouts, Sundays are more or less indistinguishable from other days. Some counties still prohibit the sale of alcohol on Sunday. Some Florida counties prohibit the sale of sex toys on Sunday. Among other curiosities, horse racing and car dealerships are closed in Illinois.

Many European nations never abandoned Sunday trading restrictions, and their economies have managed just fine. Indeed, keeping stores open on Sunday disproportionately favors big retailers at the expense of mom-and-pop businesses. In Poland, the 2017 Sunday trading ban was “about helping small family stores, but also about letting people who are effectively forced to work on Sundays be free,” said President Andrzej Duda. Since the ban’s introduction, Duda has noted, more families have engaged in outdoor activities, and the domestic tourism industry has benefited.

America, for the sake of its own emotional and spiritual welfare—for the sake of its own sanity—needs to restore the blue laws.

There was a time, surprising as it may be, when Amazon did not deliver on Sunday, and Americans somehow survived. There was a time when citizens had to do their shopping at the hardware store on a weekday, or early Saturday morning, in order to complete their home projects.

To preempt accusations of “theocracy,” I am not advocating mandatory church-going (though it wouldn’t be the worst idea), but rather simple restrictions on which businesses remain open on Sunday. Political and cultural leaders could “opt-out” of things like social media: as de Tocqueville rightly notes, leaders who set the standard should “act every day as if they believed in it themselves.”

Blue laws may limit “freedom,” but only the freedom to limitless consumption. If promulgated in a prudent and focused way, they can cultivate virtue, strengthen neighborliness, and protect small businesses. Most importantly, they can help promote prayer and peace—now, when America needs them most.

Our nation has been and continues to be inundated with Catholic immigrants. There is a Catholic majority in our Supreme court, six out of nine justices are Catholic at this time. A third of our Congress is Catholic, who invited the Pope of Rome to politically address our entire federal government. The last 7 or 8 house speakers have been Catholic. The last three Presidential terms have had a Catholic Vice President and the prior President was mentored by Catholics and Jesuits. Just a few years back as much as 44% of our Governors were Catholic, I'm not sure if that number is higher or lower today. As discussed on these boards many times, Catholics are called to make Sundays legal holidays by their church wherever possible. As most continue to deny the obvious eventual results of all this, here we are examining an article by Catholics calling for our country to reinstate blue laws. At a time when they are far more capable of making such happen than at any other time in history, according to their own professed design as expressed in the past. There are many "Christian" denominations that will likely join in and support this effort. How long will those denying such an agenda remain in denial of what is and has been transpiring right in front of their faces.

Revisionist history is of course employed in the above article starting with referring to Sunday as the seventh day of the week which it never has been. Then following by referring to accepting Sunday sacredness as acknowledging the Sabbath, which Sunday sacredness never has been either. The claim by some to the effect the Sunday sacredness has replaced God's seventh day sabbath as scripture testifies, is found nowhere at all in scripture. This is a change which has no scriptural foundation. Suggesting the Supreme Court once favored blue laws by quoting one member of it from 120 some odd years ago is misleading at best. Blue laws are a part of our history which many or most once supported, which most today have rightly determined are an enforcement of religion by government which denies our nations stance of separation of church and state. Bringing up the Supreme Court is no doubt by way of the power of suggestion, as todays Supreme Court has a Catholic majority on any vote, and could therefore be heavily influenced by the church of Rome in such a decision. Justices would have to decide whom to serve, the Pope of Rome and the church, or the Constitution of the United States.

As Americans are now more ignorant and confused about the real history of this nation by design, which the church of Rome has been directly involved in, they will now use some of their own revisionist history to help bring about their power over all others within this once free nation. [Correction - the Supreme Court has never made a decision regarding a national Sunday law.] This nation though, has already dealt with the issue of a national Sunday law, arguments for which our fiftieth Congress rejected in a bill proposed by Senator Blair concerning the same in the late 1800s.

The separation of church and state which has lead to leaving Sabbath observance up to people by faith in their religion alone, is of course despised by the church of Rome who is ever seeking to be backed up and promoted by government. Now she calls for the forced acceptance and or observance of her chosen day of worship upon all again through the blue laws of former days according to her same agenda. Her calls for a false unity of humanity in supporting her own created day of worship as a form of repentance and reform toward godliness from the exact condition of society she has helped to foster and create, and the false crisis she has helped to create and promulgate toward the same, will bring the judgments of God down upon this world and create authentic global crisis and disaster. This is the truth which the SDA church has proclaimed to this world for over 150 years now.

When this agenda actually succeeds, then will this world face real crisis such as it never has before, but those who reject the truth will not repent. So be it. Come Lord Jesus.

Rev 16:8 And the fourth angel poured out his vial upon the sun; and power was given unto him to scorch men with fire. 9 And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues: and they repented not to give him glory. 10 And the fifth angel poured out his vial upon the seat of the beast; and his kingdom was full of darkness; and they gnawed their tongues for pain, 11 And blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and repented not of their deeds.

Rev 14:6 And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, 7 Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters. 8 And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication. 9 And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, 10 The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: 11 And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name. 12 Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.



 
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Re: Sabbath, Sunday, and Legalism
« Reply #581 on: Sat Jun 20, 2020 - 12:56:58 »
https://www.vox.com/the-big-idea/2018/10/2/17925828/what-were-blue-laws-labor-unions

Interesting article concerning this thread below, from link above. Emphasis is mine.

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Why we need “blue laws,” the religious tradition that sanctifies life outside of work

Religious “blue laws” achieve many of the same goals as progressive labor unions.

During a recent cross-country road trip this summer, my wife and I were driving around Little Rock, Arkansas, looking for a place to eat lunch. We had a hard time finding any place that was open. Then we realized it was Sunday.

It’s not too surprising that in conservative-leaning Arkansas, certain blue laws — or laws that restrict commerce on Sundays for religious reasons — remain in force in many parts of the state. Arkansas banned most businesses from opening on Sunday until 1982. Until 2009, it banned all Sunday liquor sales, which, in practice, shut down many establishments that served alcohol. Not until July of this year did the town of Fort Smith repeal a law banning dancing on Sundays. Many towns in Arkansas, including more left-leaning college towns, still maintain a wide array of local blue laws, especially regarding liquor.

While I’m not aware of a specific law that led to my difficulty finding a place to eat in Little Rock, the cultural tradition of blue laws was strong enough that restaurants offering Sunday brunch appeared far less common than in more secularized places where I’ve lived.

And in an era with increasingly fewer protections for workers, progressives and religious conservatives alike should unite to push for more blue laws that protect the sanctity of life outside of of work.

American life is increasingly market-driven. Religious bodies have traditionally provided an antidote.

Over the past 50 years, many institutions that once protected American workers and families from the ravages of unbridled capitalistic excess have been eroded. The most prominent such institution that may come to mind is the labor union: Once powerful bodies that pushed for shorter working days, longer weekends, better pay, and safer working conditions, today, labor unions represent just 10 percent of American workers.

But unions are not the only social institution that once sought to carve out time for Americans away from work. Religious bodies have, since time immemorial, claimed certain days and times for themselves, set apart for worship, prayer, or rest. The Jewish Sabbath is perhaps the most notable example of this practice, but virtually all religions have some sense of times that are set apart, during which many forms of labor or commerce are taboo. These restrictions are known as “blue laws,” and in today’s climate of economic anxiety, religious conservatives and economic progressives should make common cause to restore them.

While these practices have their origins in various kinds of religious convictions, they are ultimately part of what economic historians would call a “moral economy,” or an economic system where the moral or ethical norms of a society are sufficiently strong that, with or without the intervention of the state, certain values are prioritized above the market itself.

Industrialization mostly destroyed this system, but some pieces of it, like abstention from work during churchgoing hours in Christian societies, either remained normative or were enshrined in law. In the United States, “blue laws,” so called due to the blue paper on which Puritan leaders printed the Sunday trade restrictions, date back to the 18th century at least. Many forms of commerce were regulated or restricted so that workers should spend time in church or with their families.

Blue laws continue to dwindle across the United States

Today, blue laws are increasingly rare. The last statewide full-day restriction on commerce in North Dakota, was repealed in 1991. The only place in America where general retail remains totally prohibited on Sundays is Bergen County, New Jersey, where the law remains popular: A 2013 push for repeal couldn’t even get enough signatures to get on the ballot. I am unaware of polling on this issue to determine what the partisan mix of support for county blue laws may be, but Bergen County’s presidential election vote share was about the same as the state of New Jersey on the whole, meaning it went for Hillary Clinton.

Many states and counties around the United States have a wide range of partial restrictions on certain hours or businesses for religious reasons. North Dakota prohibits retail before noon on Sundays, although voters may get a chance to repeal the statewide restriction in a ballot measure in November. A huge number of states and counties restrict the sale of alcohol or cars on Sundays, and many places also, somewhat bizarrely, restrict hunting on Sundays.

But while the very secularly minded may celebrate the end of blue laws, seeing them as a violation of church-state separation, the result of blue law repeals may be distinctly non-progressive. To begin with, the Supreme Court has repeatedly, and fairly recently, ruled that blue laws are constitutional: The state can prohibit commercial activities on certain days, even if the days are selected for apparently religious reasons. The reasoning is that the state may have an interest in people spending social time away from work or commerce in a coordinated way, and it is reasonable for the state to accommodate existing social forms, such as religion.

While this may seem like a back door to the establishment of religion, it’s actually a distinctively progressive view of how the law functions. Implicitly, by approving blue laws, the Supreme Court is admitting the view that the state may implement very specific, apparently arbitrary rules to achieve non-economic, general well-being-related goals like “leisure time for workers.”

In other words, blue laws are also a way that the state enshrines a special time for citizens to exercise rights to assembly, religious and secular. Assembly requires that people have time off together, so it doesn’t work to simply mandate that businesses close for any random 24-hour period, because that doesn’t ensure that people have time off together. The state cannot force you to go to church or a community meeting or spend time with loved ones, but it can force your employer to close up shop, raising the odds that you’ll invest in social and civic capital instead of paid labor.

This compelling interest in togetherness is vital, as it suggests the state may have a valid legal interest in supporting the formation of strong communities and social bonds outside of taxpaying employment.

Progressives have much to celebrate about blue laws

Conservatives and progressives have already found common ground on this issue: Labor unions have historically supported blue laws. Aside from boosting religious participation and strengthening civic behaviors like voting, blue laws also serve to protect huge swaths of working-class service-sector employees (who, in today’s world, often do not have access to union representation) from arbitrary scheduling and seven-day workweeks.

In the absence of robust unions, blue laws are a vital second-best policy for progressives, and probably a more achievable policy given the political success of state right-to-work laws in recent years. Without blue laws, the five-day workweek — and generations of labor activism — is in serious jeopardy.

Even beyond the service sector, more and more white-collar workers are having their time invaded by emails, Slack messages, and other work responsibilities. A generalized law restricting the ability of nonessential businesses from functioning one day a week would go a long way to protect workers from the creeping commodification of every second of their time. Put bluntly, it would make sense to legally interdict the ability of your boss to expect you to respond to an email on Sunday morning.

Blue laws are sometimes opposed on efficiency grounds: The service sector, we are assured, must be open on weekends, so that other workers can obtain those services. It’s true that essential services probably must remain open regardless of the day. But brunch is not as essential as the emergency room. Nobody dies if they can’t buy a flat-screen TV on Sunday.

More to the point, this logic implies that service-sector workers should be a permanent second class of workers: rather than simply providing services, service workers are defined as existing to serve higher-status workers. Economists call the work “service sector” because it doesn’t produce a physical commodity; but increasingly, “service sector” seems to be used to denote social class.

Around the world, blue laws are widely practiced: Most of France until recently was covered by restrictive Sunday laws, but President Emmanuel Macron’s neoliberal government has opened up Sunday shopping. Much of Germany is covered by blue laws, most notably in religious Bavaria. Poland recently implemented blue laws to give service workers time off and families time together.

The social choice to protect a single day of the week for society to collectively step back from work and commerce and spend some time together should be endorsed across the political spectrum (except, perhaps, among totalitarians and libertarians; the former due to a distaste for robust private assembly, the latter due to an overzealous desire for the universal commercialization of humanity).

And yet blue laws continue to fall by the wayside. They are inconvenient for a busy society. But their inconvenience is precisely why they must be defended, and defended as a matter of legal requirement. People need to have their rest defended from the constant encroachment of busyness, particularly at the hands of business.

Lyman Stone, a Vox columnist, is a regional population economics researcher who blogs at In a State of Migration. He is also an agricultural economist at USDA. Find him on Twitter @lymanstoneky.


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Re: Sabbath, Sunday, and Legalism
« Reply #582 on: Sat Aug 29, 2020 - 18:59:56 »
https://www.talanei.com/2020/06/08/samoa-pm-wants-to-ban-sunday-trading/

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Samoa PM wants to ban Sunday trading

The Samoa Government is about to permanently ban all commercial activities on Sundays.

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi said on Radio 2AP last week that he had instructed the Attorney General’s office to draft a law to permanently close business activities on Sundays.

Under the current COVID-19 State of Emergency orders, all major supermarkets have been allowed limited opening hours on Sunday evenings except smaller shops who are allowed to open “normal hours”..

Tuilaepa also introduced a ban on beach excursions as well as swimming in public swimming places like rivers and public swimming pools.

He quoted the Bible and referred to the fate of Sodom and Gomorrah after straying into the ways of the devil.

“These are all clear in the Bible but these days other countries have legalized businesses such as prostitution,” he said.

He went on to say that currently his government was using the SOE Orders to do away with Sunday trading.

He said that people have been pushing to go back to normal Sunday trading but he said it is not going to happen and that all commercial activities shall cease on Sundays.

“The Attorney General’s office has already been told to prepare a law that will continue these Sunday closures,” he said.

Ironically the ruling Human Rights Protection Party is responsible for reintroducing Sunday trading in the late 1980s, after complaints from the business community, including Chinese construction companies who wanted to continue working on Sundays.

The Samoa Chamber of Commerce has been advocating the easing of restrictions to commercial trading hours including Sunday trading.

Tuilaepa did not give a timeline for the new law to be tabled in Parliament.

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Re: Sabbath, Sunday, and Legalism
« Reply #583 on: Sat Sep 19, 2020 - 13:07:01 »
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=icpgkR0zwfg

Good video addressing Protestants and Catholics coming together, Climate change debate, and Sunday law agenda advancement.

Strange that today, even with the present Pope and papacy continually seeking unity with all of the false religions and politics of this world, and embracing Mother earth paganism, many Protestants are still seeking unity with them. Such is an obvious indication of the level of deception existing within "Protestantism" itself. So much for the scriptures alone.

I appreciated the first hand experience and knowledge of the real cause of the fires in California shared in the video. Trump is right on this one as well. The fires are not the result of climate change, but poor government policy and forest management.

No question but that these climate Sundays, are part of the agenda for Sunday observance by law, which the Church of Rome does always foster and support.

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Re: Sabbath, Sunday, and Legalism
« Reply #584 on: Sun Oct 04, 2020 - 10:13:40 »
https://emerging-europe.com/news/croatias-work-free-sunday-aims-to-improve-emerging-europes-work-life-balance/

Article quoted below is from link provided above. Emphasis is mine.

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Croatia’s work-free Sunday aims to improve emerging Europe’s work-life balance

September 28, 2020Milana Nikolova

Croatia last week announced a new law that would regulate Sunday work. Government spokesperson Marko Milic said that new legislation would significantly limit the number and type of workplaces allowed to stay open on Sundays, in order to improve the balance between work, spare time, and family obligations for the country’s residents. It follows similar legislation in Poland, introduced in 2018 and subsequently expanded since then, most recently earlier this year when the number of Sundays that shops are allowed to stay open each year was halves from 14 to seven.

According to Eurostat data for 2019, Croatians have some of the longest working hours in the European Union. The average employee is shown to spend 39.9 hours a week at work, with only Bulgarians and Romanians pulling longer hours – 40.4 and 40.5 hours per week respectively. These are significantly higher than, for example, the Netherlands where only 29.3 hours per week are spent at work, but in line with much of the rest of emerging Europe. While almost every Western European country falls below the EU average of 36.2 working hours per week, not a single emerging Europe country does. Estonia comes closest with 38 hours per week spent at work.

These numbers are not just statistics but have a genuine impact on people’s quality of life, as reflected in some of the most recent EU surveys of work-life satisfaction. The data reveals that Croatia has the largest share of people facing all three work-life balance issues as defined by the survey. Over 80 per cent of Croatians reported being too tired from work to complete household chores, almost 70 per cent describe not having sufficient time to fulfill family duties, and over half struggle to concentrate at work because of family responsibilities at least several times a month.

The new work-free Sunday law aims to address these issues and is in line with the Directive of Work-Life Balance adopted by the European Parliament last year and is expected to be incorporated into the national legislation of EU countries by 2022. The directive seeks to improve the working rights of Europeans by requiring member states to provide more opportunities for flexible work, at least 10 days paternity leave for new fathers and/or non-primary caregiving partners, strengthened rights to longer paid parental leave, and the introduction of the right to five days of carer’s leave.

Long working hours and the accompanying inappropriate work-life balance can lead to a significant drop in the well-being of citizens, frequently leading to issues related to poor mental and physical health. While seriously endangering welfare, overworking has been shown to have a negative effect on business and economic growth as well. Lower quality work-performance and inefficiency are some of the business-related problems stemming from long working hours.

In the US, the psychological harm to employees from overworking has been estimated to cost employers up to 190 billion US dollars a year in healthcare spending, reveals the Harvard Business Review. Speaking to the Guardian about Sweden’s success in minimising working hours, IT sector business owner Jakob Lagander argues: “There’s so much more lazing around, especially in the United States. They put in a lot of work hours, but they’re so inefficient.”

If emerging Europe is to increase its people’s longevity and quality of life, while also creating an environment that fosters innovation and commitment to the workplace, there is a pressing need to address the work-life balance issue in the region. Croatia remains one of the worst-performing EU members in this realm, but the country’s commitment to a work-free Sunday law shows promise for an improvement in the coming future.

No mention of the Catholic Church in the above article or any religious significance attached to these Sunday laws of course, even though Sunday rest by law is a stated purpose of Catholicism in its own Catechism. Catholics are to seek to establish Sunday laws in whatever nation they live. You can be sure these laws were supported if not straight up inspired by the Catholic church itself.

The article directly infers that the United States needs these kind of laws more than anyone else. The ever increasing number of Catholics in these United States, and especially in our legislative halls, points forward to similar laws in our near future. With the latest nominee to the Supreme Court being yet again Catholic, which will bring the number of Catholics occupying the court to seven out of nine members, a national Sunday law is almost a given if or when it ever comes before this court. This third Supreme Court justice to be installed by President Trump is also the third Catholic Supreme Court justice to be installed by him. No agenda to see here, move along. Wake up America! The Romanization of our country is the political end of both of the political parties of this nation.

The chaos and drama performed daily by our actor politicians on both sides of the isle and cohort media coverage, are just diversionary tactics employed in the political asymmetrical warfare being executed against our nation  and Constitution. Babylon the great has key players on both sides of the isle manipulating the outcome of national emergencies and controversies of her own creation, and others according to Hegelian Dialectic methodology. Our legislative halls being ever increasingly inhabited by her constituents, are poised to put the final touches of her coup detente of our nation and Constitution.

Strange that the main argument of the Sunday law under examination is related to people being over worked, during this plandemic causing so very many people to be out of work altogether. This poor argument at the wrong time in history, reveals another agenda underneath or behind the argument for these Sunday laws which they have been using in the recent past, but just does not make much if any sense at this point in time. People need more work right now, not less. The article also defeats its purpose or claim in declaring Americans to be lazy workers. Lazy workers would of course require less time for rest than hard workers. To the contrary though, there are still a great many Americans who work hard, play hard, and rest hard if they so choose. Which is exactly the point of the personal freedoms and liberties guaranteed by our Constitution. We can choose for ourselves when to work, play, or rest thank you. We do not need or want the government to mandate such things, at the behest of a behind the scenes religio-politcal entity which intends to dominate the entire world, and force its religious dogmas and social justice teachings upon all.


 
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BILL FOR ESTABLISHING RELIGIOUS FREEDOM IN VIRGINIA (1799)

Well aware that Almighty God hath created the mind free; that all attempts to influence it by temporal punishments or burdens, or by civil incapacitations, tend only to beget habits of hypocrisy and meanness, and are a departure from the plan of the Holy Author of our religion, who being Lord both of body and mind, yet chose not to propagate it by coercions on either, as was in his Almighty power to do; that the impious presumption of legislators and rulers, civil as well as ecclesiastical, who, being themselves but fallible and uninspired men have assumed dominion over the faith of others, setting up there own opinions and modes of thinking as the only true and infallible, and as such endeavoring to impose them on others, hath established and maintained false religions over the greatest part of the world, and through all time; that to compel a man to furnish contributions of money for the propagation of opinions which he disbelieves, is sinful and tryannical; that even the forcing him to support this or that teacher of his own religious persuasion, is depriving him of the comfortable liberty of giving his contributions to the particular pastor whose morals he would make his pattern, and whose powers he feels most persuasive to righteousness, and is withdrawing from the ministry those temporal rewards, which proceeding from an approbation of their personal conduct, are an additional incitement to earnest and unremitting labors for the instruction of mankind; that our civil rights have no dependence on our religious opinions, more than our opinions in physics or geometry; that, therefore, the proscribing any citizen as unworthy the public confidence by laying upon him the incapacity of being called to the offices of trust and emolument, unless he profess or renounce this or that religious opoinion, is depriving him injuriously of those priviledges and advantages to which in common with his fellow citizens he has a natural right; that it tends also to corrupt the principles of that very religion it is meant to encourage, by bribing, with a monopoly of worldly honors and emoluments, those who will externally profess and conform to it; that though indeed these are criminal who do not withstand such temptation, yet neither are those innocent who lay the bait in their way; that to suffer the civil magistrate to intrude his powers into the feild of opoinion and to restrain the profession or propagation of principles, on the supposition of their ill tendency, is a dangerous fallacy, which at once destroys all religious liberty, because he being of course judge of that tendency, will make his opinions the rule of judgment, and approve or condemn the sentiments of others only as they shall square with or differ from his own; that it is time enough for the rightful purposes of civil government, for its offices to interfere when principles break out into overt acts against peace and good order; and finally, that truth is great and will prevail if left to herself, that she is proper and sufficient antagonist to error, and has nothing to fear from the conflict, unless by human interposition disarmed of her natural weapons, free argument and debate, errors ceasing to be dangerous when it is permitted freely to contradict them.
    Be it therefore enacted by the General Assembly, That no man shall be compelled to frequent or support any religious worship, place or ministry whatsoever, nor shall be enforced, restrained, molested, or burthened in his body or goods, nor shall otherwise suffer on account of his religious opinions or belief; but that all men shall be free to profess, and by argument to maintain, their opinions in matters of religion, and that the same shall in no wise diminish, enlarge, or affect their civil capacities.
    And though we well know this Assembly, elected for the people for the ordinary services of legislation only, have no power to restrain the acts of succeeding assemblies, constituted with the powers equal to our own, and that therefore to declare this act irrevocable, would be of no effect in law, yet we are free to declare, and do declare, that the rights hereby asserted are of the natural rights of mankind, and that if any act shall be hereafter passed to repeal the present or to narrow its operation, such act will be an infringement of natural right.







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Re: Sabbath, Sunday, and Legalism
« Reply #585 on: Sun Oct 11, 2020 - 11:03:20 »
https://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/2017/november/poland-reclaims-day-of-rest-by-slowly-phasing-out-sunday-shopping

Article quoted below from link above. Emphasis is mine. I probably have already posted this article in the past, but as the article itself pints out, the Sunday law referred to became complete this year.

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Returning to the Bible, Poland Reclaims Sunday as a Day of Rest

Polish lawmakers voted last week to reclaim Sunday as a day of rest by slowly phasing out Sunday shopping by 2020.

The bill, which was backed by trade unions, passed with a vote of 254 to 156.

The bill is expected to pass the Polish Senate and will be signed into law by the country's president.

Poland is among the last European countries to hold on to its Christian heritage. Abortion and homosexual marriage are still forbidden in the country of 38 million, which is predominately Catholic.

In the Old Testament, the Bible teaches that Sunday is a day of rest since God rested on the seventh day after creating the world.  Sunday, the first day of the week, became the Catholic "seventh day" and a day of rest after the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead on Sunday.

According to the new law, from March 1 to December 31, 2018, stores will be open on the first and final Sundays of the month.  In 2019, stores will only be open on the last Sunday of the month. Then in 2020, most retail establishments will be closed in the country on all but eight Sundays.

Small businesses staffed by their owners will not be forced to close. Gas stations and railways will remain open on Sundays.

Father Paweł Rytel-Andrianik, the spokesman for the Polish Bishops Conference, said while the law is a "step towards the recovery of Sundays free from work," the bill overall remains "unsatisfactory."

"The bishops underscore the need to restore Sunday to society as a day of rest and time of building family ties as well as strengthening social relationships,"  he told LifeSiteNews.com. "They point out also that Sunday rest cannot be a luxury for a chosen few but is an integral part of equal treatment for all employees. Therefore, there is an urgent need to make all Sundays free from work, just as is already the case in many European Union countries."


Economists are against the bill, saying it's a disgrace. They argue some people could lose their jobs with the Sunday shutdown.

In 2012, Pope Benedict said that in defending Sunday as a day of rest, one "defends human freedom."

He noted how time for the family is "threatened by a sort of 'dictatorship' of work commitments."

"Sunday is the day of the Lord and of men and women, a day in which everyone must be able to be free, free for the family and free for God. In defending Sunday we defend human freedom!" he said.

The bible of course, never calls for a Sunday rest. This is a man made, or as the article admits, Catholic made tradition. The stance taken by Catholic clergy on Sunday laws throughout Europe is in direct conformance to the Catholic Catechism, and reveals the intentions of the Church of Rome where ever she can dominate the political landscape. These United States are no exception.

The soon to be seventh Catholic Justice on our nine member Supreme court, will all but guarantee the passing of a national Sunday law should such a bill ever come before our Catholic dominated Supreme court. It is certainly not beyond our heavily Catholic influenced Congress which recently invited and gave the Pope of Rome the podium to politically address our entire Federal government, to submit such a bill in our near future. The downward spiral of our national politic, debt, polarization, and general chaos has been in direct concurrence to the ever increasing number of papal influenced Catholics and lefty progressives within our government.

The papacies success within any nation, is almost always the ruin of all other interests save her own. Their debasement is her exaltation. She and her lovers have always ridden upon the backs of those they eventually rule. Global governance under her guidance will equal global ruin, and the return of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. So be it. Come Lord Jesus.
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Re: Sabbath, Sunday, and Legalism
« Reply #586 on: Sat Nov 21, 2020 - 11:13:18 »
https://www.malaymail.com/news/malaysia/2020/01/11/sunday-should-be-made-rest-with-family-day-says-hannah-yeoh/1827046

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Sunday should be made ‘rest with family’ day, says Hannah Yeoh

Saturday, 11 Jan 2020 09:23 PM MYT

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 11 ― Women, Family and Community Development Deputy Minister Hannah Yeoh has proposed that Sunday be made as a “rest with family” day.

She said the proposal could also serve as part of preventive measures in dealing with work-related stress issues.

“ so that those who work would have the time to rest on Sundays. If they don’t do so (get rest), they will be physically tired and get stressed to go to work the next day.

“This can indirectly affect their mental and physical health,” she told Bernama after officiating the Kiara Green Townhouse Family Day here today.

Yeoh who is also Segambut MP also encouraged all residents’ associations to carry out community programmes on a regular basis to foster closer relationships among neighbours.....................

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Re: Sabbath, Sunday, and Legalism
« Reply #587 on: Sat Jan 30, 2021 - 10:19:06 »
This could have been posted in the Roman politics thread, but since Hungary is one of the nations which has recently passed Sunday laws, and this is about a gathering of religions, I'll put it here.

http://adventmessenger.org/adventists-catholics-and-evangelicals-unite-in-hungary-by-order-of-pope-francis/

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Adventists, Catholics and Evangelicals Unite in Hungary “By Order of Pope Francis”

On Sunday, January 24, 2021, Roman Catholic Cardinal Peter Erdo organized a service during the last day of the 2021 Ecumenical Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. This final ceremony took place at St. Teresa the Great Catholic Church in Budapest, Hungary and was attended by Catholics, Lutherans, Baptists, Methodists, Jews, Seventh-day Adventists and Pentecostals.

The leaders included: Catholic Cardinal Peter Erdo, Reformed Church Bishop Jozsef Steinbach, Catholic Bishop Abel Szocska, Lutheran Bishop Paul Lackner, President of the Hungarian Baptist Church Janos Papp, President of the Methodist Church in Hungary Laszlo A. Khaled, President of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Hungary Tamas Ocsai,  Chief Rabbi Robert Frolich; President of the Hungarian Pentecostal Church Albert Pataky and Secretary General of the Ecumenical Council of Hungarian Churches Pastor Vilmos Fischl.  [1]

Roman Catholic Cardinal Peter Erdo welcomed the participants with the following words:

“Dear Brothers and Sisters, Today is the Sunday of the word of God in the Catholic Church by order of Pope Francis. On the last day of the ecumenical week of prayer, this feast reminds us that the Word of God connects the various Christian communities.”  [1]

In other words, Cardinal Erdo revealed that this group of ecumenical leaders had gathered on Sunday, God’s Day, January 24, 2021, in obedience to Pope Francis’ “order” to celebrate the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. That is what the Catholic Cardinal said and that is what the local news published along with photos of the different leaders apparently obeying the Pope’s call, including Tamas Ocsai, the President of the Hungarian Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventist Churches, the top Adventist in the country.

Notice what else was published about the ecumenical leaders gathered inside the Roman Catholic Church:
“Following the preaching, the representatives of the various Christian denominations thanked the Lord for their coexistence, prayed for the acceptance of one another, for growth in faith and in all life; for those who are persecuted for their faith and for those who help them; so that we can confront all injustice.” [1]

The growing prominence of the papacy in political and religious affairs is astonishing. Both political and religious leaders are paying respect and obedience to Pope Francis. The world is basically saying, “Who is like unto beast? Who is able to make war with him? (Revelation 13:4).

This is the same presumptuous power described by inspiration in the following words: “And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies” (Revelation 13:5). Not only does Rome speak “blasphemy” by claiming to have changed God’s law by calling Sunday the Lord’s Day, but it also blasphemes by claiming that it is infallible and has the power to forgive sin. Are we now receiving orders from this power?

This is the same persecuting power that “was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations” (Revelation 13:7). Have Protestants forgotten their own history? Don’t we remember the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes, the St. Bartholomew’s Day Massacre and the Papal Crusades against the Huguenots, the Waldensians, the Albigensians and the Anabaptists? What about the Holy Roman Inquisition and the tens of millions of Protestants who were executed during the long dark period in which Rome ruled both spiritual and temporal power?

Are we now ignoring all of this church history today? Apparently, yes. We have not only forgotten our sacred history, we are repeating it again and we are fulfilling Bible prophecy by honoring the beast: “And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world” (Revelation 13:8).

And yes, this is the same power that everyone seeks to please, including many Seventh-day Adventists, and the same power that we’ve been warned about in the Third Angel’s Message of Revelation 14: “If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead or in his hand, the same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God which is poured out without mixture into the cup of His indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence Of the Lamb” (Revelation 14:9).

Church and state are coming together to elevate the Papacy again. This will result in the healing of the deadly wound. Every true student of Bible prophecy and every defender of religious liberty should know what papal supremacy means. This is a power that requires the praise and submission of kings, emperors, religious leaders and all people on the earth.

Is this power greater than Christ? Our Savior stood before Pilate and said, “My kingdom is not of this world” (John 18:36). He also said, “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s” (Mark 12:17). When did Jesus require that every nation send Him ambassadors? When did Jesus usurp the authority of earthly governments? When did Jesus accumulate great wealth, fame or political power?

The Papacy’s desire to be recognized worldwide by all people has never been so well organized today. Rome’s ambition to be the sole authority in global affairs is causing the world and the Protestant churches to wonder after the beast. As we witness the closing scenes of Bible prophecy being staged, let us proclaim with power the most emphatic message of Revelation. As the world worships the great impostor called the First Beast of Revelation 13, God will send a mighty angel from heaven with the divine call to every nation and people to “Come out of her, my people” (Revelation 18:4).


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Re: Sabbath, Sunday, and Legalism
« Reply #588 on: Sun Mar 14, 2021 - 09:46:25 »
https://www.churchtimes.co.uk/articles/2021/12-march/news/world/german-churches-call-for-protection-of-work-free-sundays

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German Churches call for protection of work-free Sundays

Digitisation, online shopping, and growing work-life imbalances compromising rest day

CHURCHES in Germany have urged the protection of work-free Sundays in the face of digitisation, online shopping, and growing work-life imbalances, on the 1700th anniversary of the official designation of Sunday as a day of rest by the Emperor Constantine.

“The coronavirus pandemic has again made us aware of how much people need a time structure: Sunday visits to relatives in nursing homes could not take place, the daughter’s football team was not allowed to play, while church services were possible, if at all, only under strict conditions,” the joint appeal said.

It was co-signed by the chairman of the Council of the Evangelical Church in Germany, Dr Heinrich Bedford-Strohm; the Bishop of Limburg and president of the German RC Bishops’ Conference, the Rt Revd Georg Bätzing; and the Orthodox chairman of Germany’s Working Group of Christian Churches, Archpriest Radu Miron.

“We have had to say goodbye to what is familiar, valued, and sometimes necessary, while the important rhythm between work and leisure time is becoming increasingly blurred due to home and mobile working and asynchronous hours. Digital transformation will not only change how we work, it will also change the togetherness and common celebration of Sunday — and possibly us, too.”

The appeal, published in Bonn and Hanover, said that Constantine the Great, who ruled from 306 to 337, had established the “dies solis” as a protected holiday on 3 March 321, and Sunday was a legal guarantee enshrined for “rest and spiritual elevation” under Germany’s Basic Law.

It was, however, already a normal working day for those maintaining basic services and meeting urgent needs in hospitals, care homes, transport, and power facilities, as well as in food, leisure, and culture, and looked set to be further eroded by advancing technology and changing work-patterns.

“People who are active despite Sunday deserve our appreciation and special compensation,” the Churches’ appeal said. “Just as the state is called on to protect work-free Sundays and prevent their erosion, so we are all called to ensure that, in striving for supposed freedom, we do not give up our actual freedom.”

Calls for the preservation of free Sundays have increased over the past decade across Europe, where family and worker organisations launched a Brussels-based European Sunday Alliance in 2012, with support from the Conference of European Churches and Roman Catholic organisations, as well as the Solidarity union in Poland, Force Ouvrière in France, and other groups.

In a statement accompanying the latest church appeal, Germany’s Alliance for Free Sundays said that economic lobby groups had continually pressed for Sunday to be made a “normal working day”, and were now using the Covid-19 crisis “as an opportunity to weaken, even demand, the abolition of Sunday protection in retail and other industries”.

First and foremost, the plandemic did not shut down societies and cause the above suggested confusion in relation to a 1700 year old Roman emperors edict to "Christians" and pagans alike to observe rest on the day of the sun. Catholic inspired big globalist governments did this. They created the very situation they are now complaining about, not their plandemic, which they also created.

At least they rightly referred to the real power behind the origin of Sunday sacredness and laws, the power of Rome, and not some false claim that such comes from scripture. I guess they could not really harp upon the matter of everyone needing physical rest, since the shutdowns have caused no doubt quite a bit more free time than there was before them. The insidiousness and invasiveness of the Sunday law movements intentions to control the populace is very certainly exposed in this above article and endeavor. They now wish to enter right into everyones homes and personal lives to prevent them from even online shopping and activity on their chosen day of traditional observance. Yes, they wish to force compliance of their own religion upon all through government right into everyone's own homes. This is evil, and exactly what laws erected separating church and state in this world were put in place to prevent. The real intensions of Rome and apostate Protestantism joining hands upon this issue is blatantly evident in the above endeavors. They wish to intrude upon every individuals life, and force the issue of worship according to their own faith upon every living soul. This is exactly what biblical prophecy predicts will happen before the end of this world in relation to the mark of the beast.

If you think our country is safe from such government intrusions, your better think again. Our present Catholic President's best ally is the Pope of Rome. He intends to work closely with the Pope to establish Roman Catholic social doctrine through legislation in this country. Sunday sacredness established by law is Roman Catholic social teaching and doctrine. All three branches of our government are filled with Roman Catholics and seven or eight out of nine of our Supreme Court justices who would make the final decision concerning a national Sunday law or not, are Catholics.

The world and many Christians continue to deny the final warning message the SDA church has been giving them for well over a hundred years now. Nevertheless, the political atmosphere, ever growing power of the papacy in the world, and Sunday law movements around the world, have only been heading steadily straight for what the SDA church has been warning against. Everything is almost in place, and the final events will be rapid ones. No doubt those who consistently deny the truth of what is transpiring right in from of their faces, will continue to deny it until it is fulfilled, and then deny the truth of it even then as well. So be it. Come Lord Jesus.

Rev 13:11 And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon. 12 And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed. 13 And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men, 14 And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live. 15 And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed. 16 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: 17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. 18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.

Rev 14:6 And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, 7 Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters. 8 And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication. 9  And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, 10 The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: 11 And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name. 12 Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus. 13 And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.

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Re: Sabbath, Sunday, and Legalism
« Reply #589 on: Sun Mar 14, 2021 - 10:08:54 »
http://mtceurope.org/en/our-actions/48-campaigns/free-sundays/296-european-christian-worker-movement-statement-in-the-international-day-of-free-sunday-3rd-march.html

Quoted article below from link above. Emphasis mine. My comments in blue.

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European Christian Worker Movement Statement in the International Day of Free Sunday (3rd March)

European Christian Worker Movement (ECWM) expresses its full support to all the initiatives taking place on 3rd March that is the International Day of Free Sunday. ECWM considers very important to keep free Sunday of dispensable work, since it must be a day off from ordinary professional work because it has healthy effects by several reasons. In addition, it is a sacred day for us as Christians.

We consider a work-free Sunday as an occasion to reconcile professional and family life, since it provides adequate time for dedicating to family and the strengthening of good social relations that are essential for living together favourable humanly. In our times, in the age of growing individualism and selfishness, free Sunday can build bridge among people, help them to relate more and be more interested for the others’ lives, forgetting themselves and thinking more about people’s needs. This fact is particularly important for the healthy development of families whose role in the social development is fundamental.

Historically, free Sunday is a part of structure created by man for thousands of years which has been kept in several cultures and has still its original meaning of providing the person with a normal important rest for a whole development of personality. Free Sunday helps man to reflect deeply about the past and the future, it allows him a more detached vision about himself and the discernment between what is the most and the least important. From the physiologic point of view, free Sunday is an opportunity to recover strength and then to go on working with a renewed motivation.

Finally, work-free Sunday is very important for spiritual life of person, since, in this way, he pays homage to the Creator who has destined this day for resting. Sunday also remembers the Resurrection of God’s son that is the supreme reason of joy for Christians and it must be, therefore, considered sacred day.

So, we consider free Sunday as an unique occasion for people, their families and, in short, for the whole society. We invite, therefore, all the people who know how to value well time and do not forget the fundamental thing. We demand to all responsible people (entrepreneurs, politicians, people in public life) that enable an integral human development of people for a greater good of society.


There you have it, plain and simple. Babylon's minions demanding the observance of an admitted man made holy day. Bypassing God's chosen day for all the above stated blessings, they now seek to establish and make something holy by their own observance of it, rather than observe that which God's word has plainly stated He has made holy. They can make nothing holy, as none of us can by creating this or that tradition. God alone makes anything holy, especially in this fallen world.

It does not get any simpler than this folks. Before the end arrives all will make this most basic and simple decision, worship according to fallen humanities word and tradition, or worship according to the plain testimony of God's word. In so choosing all of humanity will be choosing to either worship God or humanity. This decision also will be forced upon all by their own hand in forcing their chosen day upon all. So be it, come Lord Jesus.

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Re: Sabbath, Sunday, and Legalism
« Reply #590 on: Sat Aug 07, 2021 - 18:42:31 »
https://www.christiantoday.com/article/time.to.recover.the.sabbath.says.new.report/137192.htm

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Time to recover the sabbath, says new report

Home working, zero hours contracts, the switch to home deliveries and online retailing, and an 'always on' culture - the world of work is changing fast and massively.

The Covid pandemic has accelerated changes and turbo-charged trends that make the old 'nine to five' office-based routines seem a far, distant memory.

Now UK faith-based think tank Theos has come up with key proposals aimed at helping modern-day workers survive and thrive despite both the current changes – and the major challenges coming down the track. One proposal suggests 'recovering the sabbath.'

In a new report, 'Just Work: humanising the labour market in a changing world', Theos identifies three 'great disruptions' facing the world of work. They highlight: the technological - Artificial Intelligence, machine learning, and automation; the ecological - climate change and loss of biodiversity; and human vulnerability, as seen through the pandemic, migration and declining birth rates.

Theos explains, "Any of these would see many jobs eliminated, replaced, or changed. Together they create an unpredictable environment in which work could be dehumanised – or we could seize these disruptions as an opportunity to humanise work and working conditions.

"As the relationship between work, time and place changes, there is a need to rediscover patterns of rest for human beings and for ecosystems."

Even before the pandemic, writers such as John Mark Comer were encouraging Christians to rediscover a slower, simpler way of life. His bestselling 'The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry' advocates a return to spiritual practices such as Sabbath, Silence and Solitude, Simplicity and Slowing, and a rejection of the 'always on' culture promoted by 21st century working practices, social media and communications.

Organisations such as the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity have long emphasised the importance of the world of work – often neglected by church leaders. LICC points out that most Christians spend the vast majority of their waking lives outside of church 'on the frontline' – in shops and schools, in homes and offices and gyms.

LICC is committed to "empowering Christians to make a difference for Christ in their Monday to Saturday lives, helping church leaders equip their church communities to do it, and fuelling a movement to reach and renew the nation."

During the pandemic, increasing numbers of people have shifted to working from home, from in-person shopping to ordering online, having take-aways delivered, and watching streaming services instead of going to the cinema. Multiple lockdowns have propelled many changes in the way society functions.

But people working from home or in the 'gig economy' delivering food or online orders, have discovered they are being watched - and watched closely. Software fitted to home computers or installed in vehicles is monitoring when and how people are working. The move to home working has meant an increased erosion of defined working hours, with 'the boss' able to make demands round-the-clock.

In response, Theos makes three key proposals:

1. First, a focus on a full work, rather than full employment economy. Paid employment is the main – but not the only – form of work, and unpaid labour, such as caring responsibilities and volunteer work, need greater esteem and focus from a policy perspective. Thinking around labour should also acknowledge, create space for, and properly support unpaid but essential forms of work, as well as recognising disparities in paid employment.

2. Recognition of the human person as central to any healthy understanding of work. Investors, and first and foremost church investors, have achieved tangible changes through activism in areas such as climate change and governance. They should add clear requirements on the fair handling of wages, benefits, agency work, outsourcing and employee surveillance to the social criteria they look at within environmental, social and governance investing.

3. Recovery of shared practices of rest to counter our culture of overwork. Dissolving boundaries between employment and leisure – exacerbated during the pandemic – have negatively affected many workers. Overwork is literally killing people. For many, a combination of technology and the pandemic have broken the link between work and particular places and times – leading to an expectation, even if it is only an expectation of ourselves, that we will always be available.

Theos also recommends that the UK should have more public holidays, that we look for ways to eliminate at least some of the vast quantity of unpaid overtime in the economy, and that the Living Hours movement of the Living Wage Foundation be supported by faith groups.

Paul Bickley, one of the report's authors, explains: "The issue is not work itself, but rather what happens when we make work, rather than the people who do it, our focus. We are disconnected from a healthy sense of work, and severing the needed boundaries between work and rest has set us adrift.

"The biblical idea of Sabbath is an ancient answer to modern anxieties. It's time to rediscover it.

"Work is changing rapidly. Churches have a somewhat forgotten heritage of addressing these questions, and a strong intellectual framework from which they can think through many of the emerging issues.

"The pandemic, horrendous crisis though it is, represents a rare opportunity for societies to think about what they value highly."

Rev Peter Crumpler is a Church of England minister in St Albans, Herts, UK and the author of 'Responding to Post-truth'.

There is no recovering the biblical sabbath, by Sunday rest or closures. The bible speaks of no such thing. So whose sabbath is this article really referring too? If not God's, then whose?

 

     
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