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Sabbath, Sunday, and Legalism

Started by Amo, Sat Feb 11, 2012 - 10:39:55

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Amo

http://adventmessenger.org/protestants-call-on-the-ni-football-league-to-stop-organizing-games-on-sundays-to-avoid-desecrating-the-sabbath-and-discriminating-against-christians/

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

QuoteProtestants Call on the NI Football League to Stop Organizing Games on Sundays to Avoid Desecrating the Sabbath and Discriminating Against Christians

In many places where the church possesses significant political power, it will often use its influence to advocate for laws that protect what they call the sanctity of Sunday as a day of rest and worship. Such efforts seek to encourage people to focus on religious activities and family time rather than secular pursuits and sports. Historically, these laws were based on religious traditions and reflected the social and moral values of the past. While such laws have gradually relaxed over the years, there is a movement underway that is seeking to reintroduce Sunday into society.

On June 5, 2024, the Belfast News Letter Today published an article titled "Free Presbyterian Church Accuses Northern Ireland Football League of Anti-Christian 'Discrimination' for Staging Matches on Sunday" that called for an end to the desecration of Sunday. In other words, playing football on Sunday violates both the Sabbath and discriminates against Christians, neither of which is true.

The Belfast News Letter Today published the following:

• "The Free Presbyterian Church has written to the NI Football League (NIFL) to complain that it is discriminating against practicing Christians by staging matches on the Sabbath."

• "The letter says ... 'We, in keeping with the historic position of Protestant Churches hold Sunday to be the Christian Sabbath'."

• "We hold it to be a special day and a day that is marked by the worship of God and rest and it has been kept this way by thousands of evangelical Christians for hundreds of years."

• "Now, however, with Premiership football matches to be held on Sunday NIFL are robbing Christian fans of the opportunity of supporting their team from week to week and they are closing the door for Christian footballers to be able to play in the top league in Northern Ireland."

• "In a day when we are being told that there should be equal opportunities for all, this does not seem to include evangelical Christians."

• "We are calling on NIFL to reverse course on the matter of Sunday football."


Basically, the argument that the Free Presbyterian Church in Ireland is making is that playing football on Sunday is both immoral and illegal. This message was not just conveyed to the football league but also published in the local press. The terms "robbing" Christians, "discrimination," "closing the door" for Christians, and "equal opportunity" are all loaded with legal implications.

These are the types of pressure tactics that the church will use on its citizens in order to revive Sunday laws. As societies grapple with issues like the loss of spirituality, overwork, burnout, and the erosion of family time, there will be renewed interest in preserving Sundays as a day for worship, reflection, and community engagement. The revival of Sunday rest will be driven by a desire to promote a sense of well-being and solidarity in an increasingly fast-paced and spiritually devoid world.

"The dignitaries of church and state will unite to bribe, persuade, or compel all classes to honor Sunday. The lack of divine authority will be supplied by oppressive enactments. Political corruption is destroying love of justice and regard for truth; and even in free America, rulers and legislators, in order to secure public favor, will yield to the popular demand for a law enforcing Sunday observance" (Great Controversy, p. 592).

I wonder if these Sunday keepers have the same concerns for those who keep the seventh day sabbath, or possibly other days? Won't hold my breath waiting for them to show such concern. This appears to be a case of professed Christians, who are not even willing to suffer the slightest inconveniences for their faith, let alone be persecuted for it. 


Cathlodox

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QuoteAmo said: I wonder if these Sunday keepers have the same concerns for those who keep the seventh day sabbath, or possibly other days? Won't hold my breath waiting for them to show such concern. This appears to be a case of professed Christians, who are not even willing to suffer the slightest inconveniences for their faith, let alone be persecuted for it.

Amo, I'm happy for you that you worship on Saturday - I can assure you that the Catholic Church isn't concerned or offended in the least that you observe the Sabbath day. This isn't a problem whatsoever, the issue with Adventism is it's rejection of the Trinity Doctrine.  THAT, is a problem.

Amo

#773
Yes, I am sure that freedom among our members to have perhaps differing views regarding the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, irks Catholic leadership. Nevertheless, we care nothing for a great many Catholic teachings, nor do we recognize their authority on any matter. To the contrary, we preach against their tendencies, and present as well as ancient efforts to force their beliefs upon all. Such as their teaching and support of local, city, state, and or national Sunday laws. Which would force their chosen and created rest day upon all.

Amo

http://adventmessenger.org/over-100-million-people-in-1500-cities-around-the-world-will-celebrate-car-free-sunday-on-september-22-2024/

Article below from link above.

Over 100 Million People in 1,500 Cities Around the World will Celebrate Car-free Sunday on September 22, 2024

National Today is a news media company that tracks all the special holidays and events around the world. National Today just announced that the International Car-Free Sunday celebration will be held on Sunday, September 22, 2024. Sponsoring this kind of global event on Sunday serves two purposes. First, it establishes a global forum for community action aimed at promoting more sustainable car and transportation habits. Secondly, it designates Sunday as the official day to sponsor these kinds of leisurely activities due to the fact that so many people already see Sunday as the collective day of rest. Sunday is traditionally associated with family gatherings, church worship, and relaxation, which makes it the perfect day to participate in environmental stewardship.

National Today published the following about Car-Free Sunday 2024:

"World Car Free Day is celebrated every September 22. The day encourages motorists to give up their cars for a day. Some cities and countries organize events in celebration of this day. The events, which vary by location, give motorists and commuters a glimpse of what their locality would be like with fewer cars."

• "Car-Free Sunday has its origins from when the Environmental Transport Association (ETA) set the inaugural annual Car-Free Day on the first Tuesday in their Green Transport Week, which was sometime around 17 June. In 2000, the agreement was made for it to be a self-standing day held on September 22 — originally as a pan-European day — organized under the sponsorship of the European Commission. It was later expanded globally — during this time, a large number of cities around the world were invited to close their centers to cars. Pedestrians, cyclists, and other forms of sustainable transportation were encouraged instead."

• "The idea of this holiday is that people can reflect on what their city would look like with fewer cars, and what measures would be required to bring that picture to reality. Advocates report that over 100 million people in 1,500 cities around the world celebrate International Car-Free Day, though it is done on days they choose and in ways they choose as well."

• "The idea behind Car-Free Sunday is to do without your car that whole day. You can cycle or take another means of sustainable transportation instead."


In an effort to lessen pollution and save the environment, there is a global movement underway that is seeking to ban automobiles on Sunday for at least one day a year. But dedicating even a single Sunday to the environment creates a dangerous precedent because it sets a standard for others to follow in the future, which could very easily lead to a weekly day of rest.

One thing is certain: the idea that Sundays are for the environment is becoming increasingly popular. How popular is it? It has become so popular that on September 22, 2024, 100 million people will join in on Car-Free Sunday. How can anyone deny that Sunday rest and ecological sustainability are being aligned together—hand in hand—in today's society?

"In free America, rulers and legislators, in order to secure public favor, will yield to the popular demand for a law enforcing Sunday observance" (Great Controversy, p. 592).

Rella

Car free Sunday?????????????????????????rofl  rofl  rofl

A great way to keep the masses from going to church... OR
Sunday brunch. Or to the game.

Or to the emergency rooms if needed.

Idiots.

Texas Conservative

Quote from: Rella on Sun Jun 16, 2024 - 06:11:18Car free Sunday?????????????????????????rofl  rofl  rofl

A great way to keep the masses from going to church... OR
Sunday brunch. Or to the game.

Or to the emergency rooms if needed.

Idiots.

Yes.  People would need to go to assemble with other Christians on Saturday.

That's why we would call this "Saturday Law."

4WD

There is a continuing push to get everyone centrally located in cities and get rid of any significant "rural" element to society. It is in the rural element that most of the fight against the "New World Order" originates. The no-cars holiday is but one such move. I believe that the push for EV transportation is along that same line.

Amo

Quote from: Texas Conservative on Sun Jun 16, 2024 - 06:55:44Yes.  People would need to go to assemble with other Christians on Saturday.

That's why we would call this "Saturday Law."

Darn. You figured out our master plan immediately.

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