SERMONS, OUTLINES, ILLUSTRATIONS, AND PREACHING IDEAS

ABOLITION OF SUNDAY

by T. De Witt Talmage


Abolition Of Sunday
T. DeWitt Talmage
Ex. 31:13


While the evangelical denominations put especial emphasis upon the sanctity of the Sabbath, I am glad to know that the wisdom of resting one day in the seven is almost universally acknowledged. Men have found out that they can do more work in six days than they can in seven. The world has found out that the fifty-two days of rest in a year are not a subtraction, but an addition. It has been demonstrated in all departments. Lord Castlereagh thought he could work his brain three hundred and sixty-five days in the year, and he broke down and committed suicide; and Wilberforce said in regard to him: "Poor Castlereagh! this comes from non-observance of the Sabbath." A prominent merchant of New York said: "I should long
ago have been a maniac but for the observance of the Sabbath." The nerves, the brain, the muscles, the bones, the entire physical, mental, and moral constitution cry out for Sabbatic rest.

What is true of man is true of beast. Travelers have found that they come sooner to their destination if they stop one day in the seven. What is the matter with some of these horses attached to the street cars as the poor creatures go stumbling and staggering on? They are robbed of the Sabbatic rest. In the days of old, when the sheep and the cattle were driven from
the far West to the sea-coast, it was found out by positive test that those drovers got sooner to the seaboard who stopped one day in seven on the way. They came sooner to the seaboard than those who drove right on. The fishermen off the banks of Newfoundland have experimented in this matter, and they find that they catch more fish in the year when they observe the Sabbath than in the year when they do not observe the Sabbath.

When I asked a Rocky Mountain locomotive engineer, as I was riding with him, "Why do you switch off your locomotive on a side track and take another?" -as I saw he was about to do- "it seems to be a straight route." He re ...

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