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What about it? Well, do we or don’t we keep the Sabbath as Christians?  Many Evangelicals in our day believe that the Sabbath was only for Old Testament Israel and thus don’t allow it to factor into New Testament Christianity with any particular importance. Interestingly enough, however, this hasn’t been the position nor attitude of the Christian church throughout history. And especially during and after the Reformation, Christians indeed had a very high sense of the Sabbath and its integral place in Christian practice and piety.

Dr. R. Scott Clark digs into this issue as it especially involves the so-called “Young, Restless, and Reformed” movement in Evangelicalism:

It’s interesting to see where the Young, Restless, and Reformed fellows depart from the Reformed confession. What exactly in the Reformed confession animates them? So far as I can tell the only aspect of the Reformed confession that they really like is the doctrine of divine sovereignty (predestination and providence). Everything else seems to be negotiable. They don’t accept our hermeneutic (covenant theology). They don’t seem much animated by our Trinitarian doctrine of God, our anthropology (do they even think about the covenant of works?), our Christology (two natures, federalism). They seem divided over the Reformed doctrine of justification (even though the confessions are unanimous), and certainly they reject our ecclesiology (including our confession of the sacraments). So it shouldn’t be surprising to see them rejecting the Reformed confession of the law of God.

…The Reformed churches all confessed and practiced the Christian Sabbath. The Germans, the French, the Dutch, the English, the Scots all set aside one day a week on the basis of the creational pattern and on the basis of the resurrection of our Lord on the first day of the week.

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Have you ever asked yourself that question? What does it mean to be Reformed?

Does it mean one believes in the ‘doctrines of grace’? Is predestination the common denominator, or bare essential?

What about the ‘Young, Restless, and Reformed’ movement? Or even broader Evangelicalism? Can they fit under the rubric of ‘Reformed’?

Michael Horton tackles some pretty hard-hitting questions here.

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