How is the Lord’s Day to be sanctified?


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Excerpts from the Westminster Larger Catechism:

QUESTION 116. What is required in the fourth commandment?

ANSWER. The fourth commandment requireth of all men the sanctifying or keeping holy to God such set times as he hath appointed in his word, expressly one whole day in seven; which was the seventh from the beginning of the world to the resurrection of Christ, and the first day of the week ever since, and so to continue to the end of the world; which is the Christian Sabbath, and in the New Testament called The Lord’s day.

QUESTION 117. How is the Sabbath or the Lord’s day to be sanctified?

ANSWER. The Sabbath or Lord’s day is to be sanctified by an holy resting all the day, not only from such works as are at all times sinful, but even from such worldly employments and recreations as are on other days lawful; and making it our delight to spend the whole time (except so much of it as is to be taken up in works of necessity and mercy) in the public and private exercises of God’s worship: and, to that end, we are to prepare our hearts, and with such foresight, diligence, and moderation, to dispose and seasonably dispatch our worldly business, that we may be the more free and fit for the duties of that day.

(Scripture verses which substantiate the catechism answers may be found here, if you are inclined to look into this subject further.)

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