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? ? ? *-? ? RICHMOND, NEW ORLEANS, ATLANTA, FEBRUARY No. 6 SAVE OUR SABBATH SO. S. is the distress call of a ship at sea ? sent out by its wireless apparatus. When-" ever this signal is picked up by another vessel, it rushes immediately to the rescue of tho ship that is supposed to be in some great danger. It is the law of the sea that any vessel hearing this call shall go with all speed, and it matters not at what sacrifice, to the distressed ship, lo render all the aid needed so far as it has the power to do so. It is said that these letters in the wireless code have no special meaning. They have been adopted merely because they are easily sent out. They have been given a meaning on this page, which ought to demand and command the attention of every thoughtful reader. Save Our Sabbath is a cry that goes up from many an earnest and faithful child of God. On the 4 4 old ship of Zion" there are many travelers who feel that there is great danger for the ship. Ene mies are abroad on every hand. ? There is no point at which the Christian religion is not being at tacked. The day of the open attack upon a clear field is past in con flict of armed hosts. Concealed, secret attacks are the more com mon kind. There was a time when Satan sent bis forces forth to make open attack upon the Chris tian religion. Infidels, agnostics, atheists attacked the fundamental principles of Christianity. They had their day, and many prison ers were taken for their master. But Satan has learned that the day for such tactics has passed. The -nan who would make a vi rion i attack upon Jesus Christ or hi? religion, would in this country not gain much of a hearing. Chris tianity occupies too high a place in the esti mation of the vast majority of the people for them to be deceived by the arguments or in vectives of its enemies. One of the most common forms in which Satan now makes his attack upon true religion is through the Sabbath. He recognizes the value of the Sabbath as a means of defense for the Christian religion. If he can destroy it he realizes that he will have gone a long way towards destroying or at least weakening the power of religion over the hearts and lives of the people of this world. Religion demands worship. Where there is no worship of God there is no religion. Un less there is a specific time for worship, it is likely to be neglected. A matter that may be put off to another time may easily be over looked, and the oftener this is done the more easily will the habit be confirmed. This is one reason why God established a special day for His worship. Give up the Sabbath, and public worship would soon be given up. When public worship ceases in a community or in an individual life private worship ceases. When public and pri vate worship have ceased then there will soon be an end of all true religion. There is a vital and a close relationship between the two. De stroy either and the other will suffer very great ly, at least to the verge of destruction. God in Ilis word speaks no more emphatical ly upon any subject than He does upon the "Remember the Sabbath tiny, to koep it holy. Six days shalt thon labor, and do all thy work: but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Ix?rd thy <kxl: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor any stranger that- is with in thy gates: for in six days the Ix?rd made heaven and earth, the sea, and all tliftt in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord bleancd the Sabbath day, and hallowed it." ? tJ od's I -aw. Sabbath. At least by His example the law of the Sabbath was the first law promulgated for the government of mankind. This law was often repeated, but it has never been revoked or modified. There are some people who take the strange position that the law of the Sabbath was given to the Jews only. It was given before there were any Jews. When God codified His laws and summed up their fundamental principles in the Ten Commandments, He gave them to the Jews, because they were His chosen people to whom He was entrusting the preservation of the true religion. It is, to be noted that the Commandment in reference to the Sabbath has several striking peculiarities. It is the only one that men tions the various classes of people who are to observe it, and they ar? so stated aa to ineluds every one, no matter what is his position. It is the only one that holds us responsible for the acts of others. It is the longest of all the Commandments, and goes into detail more thnn any other one. Nowhere in all the Bible is this law repe nor is it separated from the others. If this law of the Sabbath was intended only for the Jews, then the other nine must have been in tended only for them. But we have never known any one to claim that the law against murder or against stealing was intended only for the Jews, or that they are not now binding. But if one of these laws is to be thrown out of the Divine Code while the oth ers are to be preserved, the ques tion may well be asked who is to decide which one can be thrown out; and if one, why not all? A careful study of the Scrip tures will show that probably no other law governing our actions is more emphasized or oftener re iterated than the law in regard to the observance of the Sabbath. In the administration of God's laws among the Jews no greater penalty was attached to the vio lation of any of them than was to be intTicted upon him who broke this Fourth Commandment. So sa cred did God consider this law that He ordered that he who broke it should be put to death. We need not stop to consider the difference between the execution of the law under a theocratic gov ernment and the government un der which we live. It is enough to see that God must consider the law very sacred when such a pen alty was attached to its violation. There is nothing to show that it is less sacred in His sight now than it was when given to the Israelites. The obligation upon us to observe it is not diminished by the fact that under changed conditions the physical punishment is not in flicted. God deals with us now upon the* principle of the honor system. He expect* us to observe His laws, because they are Ilis laws, and because we are His people. There cannot be laid down by any human being any hard and fast lines as to just what any individual may or may not do. Only broad and fundamental principles can be given. General suggestions, advice and counsel may be given by individuals and by the Church, as to many of the details of the ob servance of the Sabbath law, but each one must largely deeide matters of detail for him self. This lays upon him all the greater re sponsibility, for he must be the judge of his own actions as they have reference to God's law.