Did Lewis Bayly watch InfoWars?

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Reformed Covenanter

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Also a certain nobleman profaning the Sabbath, usually in hunting, had a child by his wife with a head like a dog, with ears and chaps, and which cried like a hound.

Lewis Bayly, The Practice of Piety: Directing a Christian to walk, that he may please God (1612; Grand Rapids MI: Soli Deo Gloria, 2019), p. 182.

This comment reminded me of Alex Jones talking about lizard people. :eek:
 

Reformed Covenanter

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On a more serious note: Obviously, Sabbath profanation is a serious matter, but this claim is so outlandish that it almost makes light of the issue.
 

Joshua

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Yeah, superstition occurs in the best of hearts, no? I mean, it may be true that the man had a child with deformities, etc., but tying that affliction inextricably to the man's profanation of the Sabbath is unwarranted, cannot be proven, and pretends a knowledge of God's secret will.
 

Reformed Covenanter

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Yeah, superstition occurs in the best of hearts, no? I mean, it may be true that the man had a child with deformities, etc., but tying that affliction inextricably to the man's profanation of the Sabbath is unwarranted, cannot be proven, and pretends a knowledge of God's secret will.
Now, that was an edifying response to something that seemed totally bizarre.
 

NaphtaliPress

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This and several like it are in Bownd's work which predates Bayly a bit. It may be in Dod and Cleaver on the commandments which, some say, Bayly borrowed heavily from if I'm remembering rightly.
 

Joshua

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Now, that was an edifying response to something that seemed totally bizarre.
I appreciate the kind words, but I'm speaking from experience of the thoughts of my own heart, wherein perhaps I've indulged superstition, or "intuition," or reading providence upon my own affliction, or those of others. So, it was a good reminder for me, as I seek to put to death that little Pharisee that tries to keep residing in my heart.
 
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