Monday, July 27, 2009

Example of Christian legalism

The story below is an example of how some Christians can twist the concept of "perseverance" into using the ten commandments as a "rule of life" that appears to put them right back under the law after claiming to be saved by grace.

This is too often found among the reformed.

Paul teaches us that Christians who insist on requiring such "works" of the law as circumcision are denying the one saving work of Christ. "Behold, I Paul say unto you that if ye be circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing." Galatians 5:2.

The Scottish folk in the story below don't believe they are saved by observing what they see as the "Christian Sabbath," however that observation has become so much a tradition that they are insisting everyone respect and observe it. They themselves have become so like the pharisees that any witness to Christ their Sabbath observance was supposed to be has failed miserably as they try to force it on others.

Scottish island's sacred Sunday under threat
July 18th, 2009 @ 11:38am
By BEN McCONVILLE Associated Press Writer

ULLAPOOL, Scotland (AP) - An unholy row has broken out over a ferry company's decision to sail on Sunday between a remote Scottish island and the mainland.

Residents on the Isle of Lewis who keep a strict Sabbath _ no television, no housework, no shopping _ are angry that the Caledonian MacBrayne ferry company is to start running services between Stornoway, the island's capital, and Ullapool on the Scottish mainland.

The company, known as CalMac, says it has no choice because not to run the service would potentially put it in breach of European laws on equality. Presbyterian residents on the predominantly Gaelic-speaking island say the service is threatening both their faith and their lifestyle.

"This is an affront to the wishes and religious beliefs of the people of the island and CalMac has run roughshod over us," said John Roberts, spokesman for the Lord's Day Observance Society.

"The Sunday ferry service is a direct threat to this way of life which stands for Christian beliefs, the Bible and the word of God. We'll end up with Sundays like they are in the rest of the U.K. or the U.S. where it is just, go to church on Sunday morning and the rest of the day is yours."....

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