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Discussion in 'Quotes Forum' started by Joshua, Dec 24, 2013.
And on just what page out of some 744 pages in the entire tome does that venerable quote appear, kind sir?
Our children seem to be bearing up okay without the idolatry today so far! 5pm, 32 degrees Celsius outside and I have a whole 4kg schnapper to throw in the BBQ!
Your last sentence confused me. Then I just imagined reading it in your Australian accent and it suddenly made much more sense.
That's a good quote (275-276); thanks for digging that out Josh; I don't find that anyone else has done so (except for you).
I cited Burroughs previously from the same work which is page 108 in the 19th century Nichol edition you cite.
There is an extended section at p. 109 that is also good.So for days, if any man set apart a day, so that his conscience condemn him before God as sinning against Him if he do any thing upon that day but such holy duties; secondly, that though the same holy duties be done upon another day, they shall not be accounted so acceptable to God as done upon that day; this is superstitious. Yet, certainly, of this nature have many of our days been, for if you opened your shops what disturbance was there in the city! it was profaning the day, every proctor had power given him to molest you. Did not they also account it a greater honour to God to have service read that day than to have it read upon an ordinary Tuesday or Thursday? yea, preaching upon a lecture day that was not one of their holy-days, they accounted not so acceptable to God as upon one of them. Here comes their institution, which puts more upon it than God does, and thus it becomes sinful. So if you set apart the time you call Christmas, so as to make conscience of not doing any other service or work on that day, and think that to remember Christ, and to bless God for Christ, upon another day, is not so acceptable to God as to do it upon this day, here is the evil of man's instituting days. p. 109
I especially like this part!
Here is one from Thomas Boston, in a sermon preached the 26th of December, 1725:
Since Christ is presented to us as a child born, then see well how you entertain the honour done you, in the Prince of Peace being upon his birth presented to you. Some at this season pretend to honour his birth, by observing a day they count the day of it. But where is the divine appointment of that day? is it not like Jeroboam’s feast? 1 Kings 12:33, “So he offered upon the altar which he had made in Bethel, the fifteenth day of the eighth month, even in the month which he had devised of his own heart; and ordained a feast unto the children of Israel, and he offered upon the altar, and burnt incense.” And can men soberly think, that their feasting, eating, and drinking, as usual on that day, does indeed honour Christ?
Boston, T. (1851). The Whole Works of Thomas Boston: A Series of Sermons and the Christian Life Delineated. (S. M‘Millan, Ed.) (Vol. 10, p. 185). Aberdeen: George and Robert King.
Burroughs preached these sermons just prior to and during the sitting of the Westminster Assembly up until his death. I think I am remembering correctly that two texts in particular gave themselves to a refutation of holy days, and these fell providentially at the time of Christmas two years apart.