Joseph Pipa (a Hero of the Sabbath!)
A book called "The Lord's Day" by Joseph A Pipa is an excellent resource in understanding the Lord's Day. I have read it several times, and always come away with more insights. Mr. Pipa concentrates on principles, not lists of "do's" and "don't's".
He specifically addresses the issue of eating out on the Sabbath, and instructs his readers to ask a few questions, "...is good being done to my neighbor --- physically, and and more importantly, spiritually? What spiritual benefit is there for the waitress in the restaurant who has to work because church-goers are eating there on Sunday? Does your act promote her salvation? Does your act free her to be able to worship? Is she able to enjoy the purposes of the day? The issue is not that she would be doing it whether or not you were there. The issue for you is whether you are doing those things that promote or hinder her spiritual well-being? Apply that question to every decision you make, to every choice you contemplate, to everything that you do, because that is what we all should desire as Christians."
In response to the common belief that Sabbath-observance equals legalism, Mr. Pipa says, "The Bible calls us to demonstrate our separateness by living according to the commands of Scripture, including keeping the Sabbath. We are not being legalistic when we observe the Sabbath carefully; rather we are demonstrating Biblical separation. Legalism, by contrast, is adding to the law of God...We should note that conscientious precision in our obedience is not legalism.":book:
Kristine Ozaine ~ 22
(Residing in Vancouver, WA)
Attending Hill Crest Chapel (Portland,OR)
PCA-girl for 10+ years, and still one at heart!