Walter Sobchak is a memorable character in the brilliant Coen Brothers’ film, The Big Lebowski. For all that he is not (e.g., careful about his use of certain a Anglo-Saxon profanity), Walter is faithful to his commitment to Shabbos (the Yiddish term for the Jewish Sabbath). Strangely, however, it seems that among confessional Reformed and Presbyterian Christians, Sabbath observance is declining. Strangley, because few things are clearer in the Reformed confessions than our commitment to the entire moral law, including the fourth commandment. Yet reports are that ministerial candidates regularly take exception to the Westminster Standards on the Sabbath. Of course, many evangelicals, who assume that the Sabbath is utterly Mosaic and therefore expired with the Mosaic administration, have effectively rejected the fourth commandment as part of God’s abiding moral law.
So, last night those internet raconteurs Wresbyterian, Chortles Weakly and I spent some time talking about the doctrine and practice of the Christian Sabbath. We also wandered into the question of the administration of the Lord’s Supper and how it relates to sola Scriptura.
Here is the HB audio archive of the episode.