Geoffrey L. Willour: "It is often suggested that the fourth commandment is the most openly violated and least observed of the commandments in the Decalogue. It should not be surprising to find this among the secular and unbelieving, who profess no interest in the public ordinances of Divine worship, nor in the holy rest offered to weary souls on the sacred day. Indeed, while all men are duty-bound as God’s creatures to render unto Him whatsoever worship or service He is pleased to require of them, the unregenerate lack genuine interest in spiritual things, and feel no inward compulsion to observe moral duties such as keeping the Sabbath day holy. Only the renewing work of the Holy Spirit in effectual calling can awaken such individuals from their spiritual indifference and implant within their souls the disposition and desire for holy things. But what ought to be both alarming and sad to those of confessionally Reformed and Presbyterian sensibilities is how many there are in the church today who profess faith in and allegiance unto our Lord Jesus Christ with all evident sincerity, and yet who appear almost as dismissive of the the duty of observing the fourth commandment as their secular and unbelieving neighbors, except perhaps in the matter of attendance in the public assembly of worship." Geoffrey L. Willour, "Is the Westminster Confession’s Doctrine of the Sabbath a Judaizing Doctrine?," The Confessional Presbyterian, vol. 12, p. 195The twelfth issue of The Confessional Presbyterian which is almost wholly on the topic of the Christian Sabbath, remains on sale through June, as do all back issues; there is also a set sale and one can buy 10 copies of the Sabbath issue for $99 postage paid (USA only). This is likely the most important issue since our inaugural issue of 2005. List of contents by issue is here, the v12 contents are:
Contents of volume 12 (2016).
3. Pastoral Letters on the Observance of the Sabbath. By Thomas E. Peck, T. V. Moore and Benjamin Morgan Palmer
29. Southern Presbyterian Sabbatarianism. By James Henley Thornwell, et al.
40. Dropping the Subject, Again? The Decline of Sabbatarianism in Old Southern Presbyterian Church and in the Presbyterian Church in America. By Chris Coldwell
100. The Doctrine of the Sabbath with a Particular look at its Application in the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church. By Benjamin P. Glaser
109. Politics, International Relations, and the Sabbath: The 1915 International Lord’s Day Congress. By Frank J. Smith
130. Leviticus 23 and the Christian Sabbath. By Benjamin Shaw
135. What Should a Typical Sabbath Look Like and Why? By Ryan M. McGraw
142. The Christian Sabbath: Destiny not Drudgery. By Roy Mohon
149. John Calvin, the Nascent Sabbatarian. By Stewart E. Lauer
161. The Sabbath Day and Recreations on the Sabbath. By Lane Keister
173. Regulae de Observatione Sabbathi: The Synod of Dort’s (1618–19) Deliverance on the Sabbath. By Daniel R. Hyde
185. Our Reasonable Service: Sabbath Doctrine of the Nadere Reformatie. By Justin B. Stodghill
195. Is the Westminster Confession’s Doctrine of the Sabbath a Judaizing Doctrine? By Geoffrey L. Willour
206. The Fourth Commandment: Annulled or Sustained? By Carl E. Erickson
210 Reviews & Responses: Terry L. Johnson, worshipping with Calvin: Recovering the Historic Ministry and Worship of Reformed Protestantism and Serving with Calvin: Leading and Planning Services of Worship in the Reformed Church (Barry Waugh) 225 ■ Nicholas P. Lunn, The Original Ending of Mark: A New Case for the Authenticity of Mark 16:9–20 (Benjamin Shaw) 226 ■ John C. Clark and Marcus Peter Johnson, The Incarnation of God: The Mystery of the Gospel as the Foundation of Evangelical Theology (Scott Cook) 229 ■ Benjamin Morgan Palmer, The Broken Home; or Lessons in Sorrows (C. N. Willborn) 235 ■ Sean Michael Lucas, For a Continuing Church: The Roots of the Presbyterian Church (Lane Keister) 236 ■
239 Psallo: Psalm 5:1–12
242 In Translatiōne: John Brown of Wamphray: Recreations and the Sabbath
262 Antiquary: A Transcription of James Durham’s Sermon on Ephesians 4:11-12, taught before the Synod of Glasgow, October 5, 1652.
295 The Editors
. In Brief: The Lord’s Day is no Human Constitution (134) ■ In Brief: John Owen on Isaiah 58:13 (141) ■ In Brief: Zanchius on “Remember the Sabbath day” (148) ■ In Brief: We must rest also from speaking & hearing of worldly matters (172) ■ In Brief: The Sabbath Day a Creation Ordinance (183) ■ In Brief: Junius on the Morality of a Sabbath day (203) ■