Mixed response I rejoice in Mr Gay's clear call to proclaim the gospel alone as the way of salvation - Christ and Him alone is the way of salvation - amen to that.
However, I was very concerned about the misrepresentation of Calvin and other reformers as 'law mongers', saying that they were 'playing the game of the Judaisers'. This couldn't be further from the truth - Calvin and the reformers, in contradiction of Rome, taught salvation as the free gift of God's mercy. Calvin and the reformers taught the apostolic doctrine. There is no law keeping as a requirement to be saved, there is grateful obedience to the law of Christ in thanksfulness for His mercy.As Paul says in Romans 3:31, 'on the contrary, we uphold the law!' The Christian obeys out of thankfulness and this is what Calvin and the other reformers taught.
Great Sermon! Excellent analysis of the core problems with this erroneous teaching. Love how he demonstrates that there is a universal law and that can be seen pre-Moses, Moses and in NT for all 10 commandments. Shows that particular category of law (the ceremonial and civil) is distinct from the universal - this is a major error of the NCT advocates and potential very destructive of sound teaching.
Great Sermon! Mr Gay makes a lot of assertions and claims to be upholding the true teaching of Scripture - particularly his equating the Lord's Day as an OT Mosaic sabbath. I hope he sees that the law of God is eternal and universal; all Moses did was restate it for the period of Israel. Otherwise Christ's active obedience is to what law? What is it that I take refuge in for my salvation, i not the universal moral law of God?
Interesting Sermon! Makes some good points about the inconsistency of the strict Sabbatarian position adopted by some - the wording of the WCF and related documents is unfortunate around this point.
Ignores the creation ordinance of a day of rest - says Adam, Noah, Job etc did not have a day of rest which is implausible though not clearly stated in Scripture AFAIK.
Is very polemical - accuses those who believe in a Christian Sabbath of blaspheming God.
Doesn‚Äôt seem to realise that the 4th commandment as understood in the Christian context is strong proof of our sinfulness - not one of us is able to keep a Sabbath to perfection - Jesus made the point that ‚Äúthe Sabbath is made for man, not man for the Sabbath‚ÄĚ implying He knows that we humans will never be able to keep the strict interpretation - it shows us our sinfulness.
Seems to conflate strict sabbatarian views with just holding to a day of rest principle.
Ignores the NT examples of God‚Äôs people gathering on the first day of the week, doesn‚Äôt explain what the ‚ÄúLord‚Äôs Day‚ÄĚ is or even mention it. Yet implies keeping ‚Äúdays‚ÄĚ is what Christians who hold to a day of rest are doing. IOW holding a day of rest is being ‚Äėunder the Law‚Äô for salvation - this seems to be the implication.