We are Closed for the Sabbath

This website is closed today in observance of the Lord’s Day. Please do visit again on any other day of the week. Ordinarily all our churches are open for worship, and all are welcome.

Biblical Sabbath-keeping, on the first day of the week (the day that the world calls “Sunday”), is an important part of Christianity. When you visit again, you can find out more in the section of the site dealing with the Sabbath.

While most of the material on this site is suitable for reading on the Sabbath, we are cautious about using the internet on the Lord’s Day. There are aspects to using the internet that are not conducive to keeping the Sabbath. There is a lot more to faithful Sabbath-keeping than is usually acknowledged. The Shorter Catechism (Ans. 60) records the view, in better days than ours, of the Westminster Assembly:

The sabbath is to be sanctified by a holy resting all that day, even from such worldly employments and recreations as are lawful on other days; and spending the whole time in the publick and private exercises of God’s worship, except so much as is to be taken up in the works of necessity and mercy.

After weighing the issues involved, the Free Presbyterian Synod issued the following statement:

The Synod which met at Glasgow on Tuesday, 22nd May 2012, advises the people of the Church not to use the internet on the Sabbath, except for the purposes of necessity and mercy.

But “what saith the Scripture?”

“Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: but the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: for in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.” (Exodus 20:8-11.)

“If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on My holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the Lord, honourable; and shalt honour Him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words: then shalt thou delight thyself in the Lord; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.” (Isaiah 58:13-14.)

“And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them . . .” (Acts 20:7.)

“I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day . . .” (Revelation 1:10.)