Trying to collect theological issues all together. Obviously, this is a work in progress.
Lent & Christmas: The Anti-Sabbath
The ESV Disappoints On An Important Verse (Translations)
This article helps us understand why Jesus shifted the observance of the Sabbath from the last day of the week, to the first day of the week. Jesus makes the change, not the church. When we see Hebrews 4 as it should be translated (as in the NKJV), we see that He rested from His works on the first day of the week. He visited the disciples on the first day of the week. He sent the Spirit on the day of Pentecost, which was on the first day of the week. No longer do we worship Him on the seventh day, but on the first day of the week, the LORD’s day.
Genesis 1 and Special Pleading (Apologetics)
This article deals with the argument of special pleading in which people ask “how can we really know what the words in Genesis 1-2 really mean?
A quote from J.C. Ryle showing the benefits of keeping the LORD’s day.
Showing that we have more reverence for Christmas and Thanksgiving, we make idols of the days instead of honoring God as He intended us to do on the LORD’s day.
This post helps us see that the LORD’s day is a perpetual commandment. In other words, the command has not been removed from the Ten Commandments and like the other nine, we are duty bound to keep them in obedience to the LORD.
A quote from R. Scott Clark, showing the irony of how fundamentalist will spend millions of dollars on an ark exhibit, but then turn around and open that exhibit on the LORD’s day.
Another post on keeping the LORD’s day, the example given in acts by the apostles, and a case being made for the need to keep the Ten Commandments. In other words, simply because Christ fulfilled the commandments, doesn’t mean He removed them.
Another quote by R. Scott Clark, showing how the NFL moved their games to Sunday, and have done more damage to the Christian than same-sex marriage has.
Deals with Alcorn’s promotion of a pseudo-ministry that provides video testimonies of NFL players, to be used at the church’s Super Bowl Party, giving an emotional experience and poor justification for the desecration of the LORD’s day with football.
Quotes from J.C. Ryle and John Calvin showing the seriousness of the LORD’s day. No other command is mentioned as frequently in Scripture as the Sabbath. Given that, there is no room for the recreation and amusement we use the day for. The day is to be holy unto the LORD and only in these modern times have we found so many poor excuses to abuse what God has given us for our benefit.
Rev. Ferguson ends up trouncing upon the Regulative Principle of Worship in his attempt to defend the practice of observing Christmas. His argument is based on the faulty premise that if a church does not celebrate Christmas every year, then it will miss out on preaching about the incarnation. This is flawed because Christ’s entire ministry is about the incarnation, not just the manger scenes.
Dealing with more specifically on the faulty reasoning of Ferguson.