A Short Extract
There is one general conclusion to be drawn from the conduct of those who publicly desecrate the Sabbath in the way I have described. They show plainly that they are at present “without God” in the world. They are like those of old who said, “When will the Sabbath be gone?”—“What a weariness is it!” (Amos viii. 5; Mal. i. 13.) It is an awful conclusion,. but it is impossible to avoid it. Scripture, history, and experience all combine to teach us, that delight in the Lord’s Word, the Lord’s service, the Lord’s people, and the Lord’s Day, will always go together. Sunday railway excursionists and Sunday pleasure seekers are their own witnesses. They are every week practically declaring, “We do not like God—we do not want Him to reign over us.”
It is not the slightest argument, in reply to what I have said, that many great and learned men see no harm in travelling on Sundays and visiting exhibitions. It matters nothing in religious questions, “who does a thing:” the only point to be ascertained is, “whether it be right.” Let God be true and every man a liar.
We must never follow a multitude to do evil The public ways of profaning the Sabbath I have referred to are likely to be often thrust on our notice, if we live many years in England. Let us remember that they are an open breach of God’s commandment. Let us have nothing to do with them ourselves, and let us use every lawful means in our power, both publicly and privately, to prevent others having anything to do with them.
Taken from: “The Sabbath”
J. C. Ryle 1816-1900