[8: THE SABBATH, PAGES 299-301]

John Wilbur

Wilbur, John. A Narrative and Exposition of the Late Proceedings of New England Yearly Meeting, With Some of its Subordinate Meetings & Their committees, in Relation to the Doctrinal Controversy Now Existing in the Society of Friends: Prefaced by a Concise View of the Church, Showing the Occasion of its Apostacy, both Under the Former and Present Dispensations, With an Appendix. Edited from Record Kept, From Time to Time, of Those Proceedings, and Interspersed With Occasional Remarks and Observations. Addressed to the Members of the Said Yearly Meeting. New York: Piercy & Reed, Printers, 1854, pages 277-325.

(All italics added by J.W. for emphasis. All words supplied in [Square Brackets] by J.W.
Page numbers from original publication by -pds in {Set Brackets.}

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J. J. Gurney (on the Sabbath, p. X.): "In applying to the Christian's day of rest and worship, the name of Sabbath,  I conslder that I am fully justified both by the simple meaning of the word," &c."
(p. 1.) The moral and therefore permanent nature of that divine institution," &c. &c.
(p. 85) "And the day on which Jesus rose from the dead, had been hallowed by the Lord himself," &c.
(p. 85.) "The Lord of the Sabbath was again honoring the day which He had chosen for himself."
(p. 102.) "On this hallowed day we are bound by a sacred obligation," &c. &c.
(p. 104.) "The whole man ought then to be presented, a living Sacrifice unto God."                  ·
(p. 107.) "Althoagh these assemblies [in the middle of the week] are the means of much edification, they are seldom found to serve the purpose of social worship and communion, in their full extent."
(Conuribution to a Lady's Album, Norwich, 1827, p. 5): "No person of serious reflection would, I presume, object to those outward institutions--such as the Sabbath day, appointed hours and places of meeting, {p. 300} &c. &c., which are essential, in the order of Providence, to the congregational worship of the Deity," &c. &c.

Contrast the above with--

Robert Barclay (Apol. Prop. XI, p. 340): "We may not therefore think with the papists, that these days are holy, and lead people into a superstitious observation of them; being persuaded that all days are alike holy in the sight of God." "We not seeing any ground in Scripture for it, cannot be so superstitious as to believe, that either the Jewish Sabbath now continues, or that the first day of the week is the antitype thereof, or the true Christian Sabbath; which with Calvin we believe to have a more spiritual sense, and therefore we know no moral obligation by the fourth commandment, or elsewhere, to keep the first day of the week more than any other, or any holiness inherent in it. But first, forasmuch as it is necessary that titere be some time set apart for the saints to meet together to wait upon God; and that secondly, it is fit that at some times they be freed from their other outward affairs; and that thirdly, reason and equity doth allow that servents and beasts have some time allowed them to be eased from their continued labor; and that fourthly, it appears that the apostles and primitive Christians did use the first day of the week for these purposes; we find ourselves sufficiently moved for these causes to do so also, without superstitiously straining the Scriptures for another reason, which, that it is not to be there found, many Protestants, yea, Calvin himself, upon the fourth command, hath abundantly evinced. And though we therefore meet, and abstain from working upon this day, yet doth that not hinder us from having meetings also for worship at other times."
(Truth Cleared, &c., Works, p. 204, Vol. I.): "And the Lord's people have frequent times, more than once a week, wherein, laying aside their outward affairs for a season, they may and do meet together to Wait upon the Lord, and be quickened, refreshed, and instructed by Him, and worship Him in his spirit, and may be useful unto one another in exholtation, or admonition, {p.301} or any other way, as the Lord shall furnish." "And it were said, if the Lord had only allowed but one day of seven unto this effect." "And our souls do oft bless the Lord, in allowing us many times of refreshment and strengthening, to the establishing and confirming us in his love and life, and disburdening our minds of earthly things much more frequently than in one day of seven," &c, &c.
George Fox (Journal, Vol. II., p. 188): "For we were redeemed out of days by Christ Jesus, and brought into the day which hath sprung from on high, and are come into him who is Lord of the Jewish Sabbath, and the substance of the Jews' signs."--See also Discipline of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting on this subject.

Next: Prayer


    J. J. Curnest, (Observations, p. 291, 7th edit.): "No one can, .with any show of reason, deny that our Lord's precept respecting our entering into the closet~shutting the door~and praying to our Father, who sooth in secret, is to be understood literallF; and therefore such a practice, as far as circumstances allow, is universally incumbent upon Christians. If we would grow in .grace, and in the knbwledge of our Lord Jesus Christ, it must be our frequent practice--especlally at the commencement and end of each day--to retire into solitude, and there seek for ability to pour out our prayers to theLord, with a diligent and fervent spirit. Nor ought we to forget, that we may beassisted in the performance of this Christian duty, by kneeling down in a deliberate and solemn manner, &c. (p. 292.) "To the occasional use of the prayer which our Lord condescended to recite, I cannot conceive that any reflecting Christian can for a moment object: and I believe that our cMl~ren ought to be accustomed to it from earlst

    (On Love to God, p. 77.) "With respect to our children, more particularly, it ia surely our duty, by watchful instruction, and sometimes by uniting with .thoro in their private religious exercises, to train thera