Ten Commandments radio program delivered
in the early 90's.
The Sabbath Day
The United States Supreme Court
(Free men don't have to work seven days a week.)
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ANNOUNCER: Welcome to the Bible Law Course Program. This is a
series of broadcasts about The Ten Commandants, not as a means to salvation, but
as a code of conduct for Christians. In these programs we will show that all our
nations problems can be solved with the application of God given laws.
SPEAKER: Hello. In the late 50's seven employees of a discount department
store were arrested for selling on Sunday, a three-ring loose-leaf note book
binder, a can of floor wax, a stapler and staples, and a toy submarine. All this
in violation of Maryland Code. This was a blue law.
A law that prohibited certain Sunday
sales, work, and bodily labor. Maryland's blue law statutes excepted all work of
necessity and charity. The seven employees were found guilty. And they were
fined five dollars and costs.
This conviction was appealed. They appealed all the way up
to the United States Supreme Court. What did the Supreme Court say, guilty or
not guilty? Today I will talk about The Ten Commandments and our Supreme Court.
In this program I will show that the Supreme court of the
fifties knew more about the fourth commandment, then do most modern day
preachers. Let's get started by listening to the fourth Commandment. This is
from Deuteronomy 5 of your Bible. listen;
ANNOUNCER: Deuteronomy 5:1-15: (1) And Moses called all Israel, and said unto
them, Hear, O Israel, the statutes and judgments which I speak in your ears this
day, that ye may learn them, and keep, and do them. . .
(4) The Lord talked with
you face to face in the mount out of the midst of the fire, ...
(6) I am the Lord thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt, from
the house of bondage.
(7) Thou shalt have none other gods before me.
(8) Thou shalt not make thee any graven image, ...
(11) Thou shalt not take the name of
the Lord thy God in vain: ...
(12) Keep the sabbath day to sanctify it, as the
Lord thy God hath commanded thee.
13) Six days thou shalt labor, and do all
thy work: (14) But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it
thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, nor thy
manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thine ox, nor thine ass, nor any of thy
cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates; that thy manservant and thy
maidservant may rest as well as thou.
(15) And remember that thou wast a servant
in the land of Egypt, and that the Lord thy God brought thee out thence
through a mighty hand and by a stretched out arm: therefore the Lord thy God
commanded thee to keep the sabbath day.
SPEAKER: In effect God said, "I brought you out of a land of slavery and
I made you a nation of free men. And free men don't have to work seven days a
week, therefore keep the Sabbath day."
Well those who were arrested and
fined five dollars for doing business on the Sabbath day were so upset, that
they appealed all the way to the Supreme court. The case it titled McGowen vs.
Maryland. The legal citation is 366 US 420 - 1961
I have in my hand a copy of the Supreme Court report. The Court Report is 142
pages of fine print. It contains a very detailed study of the Sabbath day, from
the time of Moses 3,500 years ago, all he way to the present. You can read it
for yourself at any court house or University Law Library. (Or find it on the
This is one of the
Supreme Court cases, that can be used to prove that the United States is a
Christian Nation. I have read the complete report and have marked some of it
with a yellow highlighter pen. So reading from the report, this is the argument of
the people were arrested and fined five dollars, they are called 'the
(The question before the Court is) "whether the Maryland
Sunday Closing Laws (conflict) with the Federal Constitution's provisions for
religious liberty. The appellants contend that the statutes violate the
guarantee of separation of church and state.
The essence of the appellants' "establishment" argument is that
Sunday is the Sabbath day of the predominant Christian sects; (they argue) that
the purpose of the enforced stoppage of labor on that day, is to facilitate and
encourage, church attendance; ... to induce people with no religion or people
with marginal religious beliefs to join the Christian sects;.. to aid the
conduct of church services and religious observance."
That's their side of the argument. American law is based upon
English law that was in effect before our nation was founded. So the court
studied the history of Sabbath observance in England. And this is the court's
conclusion. This is what the court said about England, listen;
"The observation of the above language, and that of the prior mandates,
reveals clearly, that the English Sunday legislation was in aid of the
The Court studied English history and English law. And the court concluded
that, in England, before our declaration of Independence, Sunday legislation, in
England, was in support of the established church. So at this point in the case,
those charged with Sabbath breaking are ahead, they win this round.
Now for round two. Then the court studied American history and American law.
Now, I will continue reading from the court report, listen;
"But, despite the strongly religious origin of these laws, beginning
before the eighteenth century, non-religious arguments for Sunday closing began
to be heard ... (and) statutes began to lose their totally religious
flavor. The preamble to the 1679 Rhode Island (law) stated the reason
for the ban on Sunday employment. (the reason) was that "persons being evil
minded, have presumed to employ in servile labor, more than necessity requireth
(of) their servants...
In England, during the First World War, a committee investigating the health
conditions of munitions workers, they reported that, "if the maximum output
is to be secured and maintained for any length of time, a weekly period of rest
must be allowed ... On economical and social grounds alike this weekly period of
rest is best provided on Sunday."
How about that? The Court found that employers worked their people too hard
and for that reason, the government found it necessary, on purely social
grounds, to enforce a weekly day of rest. The Court report also says, and listen
"The (reasons for) Sunday closing legislation, are no longer ...
exclusively religious. (even though) Sunday laws evolved from wholly religious
sanctions..." "Laws setting aside Sunday as a day of rest are upheld,
not from any right of the government to legislate for the promotion of religious
observances, but from its right to protect all persons from physical and moral
debasement which comes from uninterrupted labor...
One day in seven is the rule,
founded in experience, and sustained by science ... The prohibition of secular
business on Sunday is advocated, advocated on the ground(s) that . . . the
general welfare is advanced, labor (is) protected, and the moral and physical
well-being of society is promoted."
Now, isn't that interesting? The United States Supreme court said,
can tell you not to work on Sunday but it did not say, that the State can not
tell you to go to church on Sunday. Now, concerning our Bill of Rights The
First Amendment to our Constitution says, "Congress shall make no law
respecting an establishment of religion." This is what the Court wrote about
the first amendment, listen;
"An early commentator opinioned that the real object of the (first)
amendment was ... to prevent any national ecclesiastical establishment, which
should give to a hierarchy the exclusive patronage of the national
Here is more from this United States Supreme Court report, it reads;
"However, the State's purpose is not merely to provide a one-day-in-
seven work stoppage. In addition to this, the State seeks to set one day apart,
(apart) from all others as a day of rest, repose, recreation and tranquility - a
day (on) which all members of the family and (all the) community have the
opportunity to spend and enjoy together, a day on which there exists relative
quiet and (a) disassociation from the everyday intensity of commercial
activities, a day on which people may visit friends and visit relatives, who are
not available during normal working days."
How about that, the state, for the common good, sets aside a day to visit
relatives and friends, a day of relative quiet. a day upon which we can take it
easy. A day when, as free men, your employer can not force you to work. The
court even quoted the Congressional Record. Here is the quotation from the
Congressional Record of 1936, These are the words of Representative Loftus.
He said, "(The Sunday Trading Restriction Act) is a Bill.
A bill which is necessary to secure family life and (the) liberty of hundreds of
thousands of our people.... I will explain to the House that there are thousands
of shopkeepers who hate opening on Sunday. They dislike the whole idea, but are
forced to open because their neighbors open not for the sake of the Sunday
trading, but because, if they let their customers get into the habit on Sunday
of going to other shops they may lose their weekday customer ...
They have a right to a holiday on Sunday, to be able to rest
from work on that day, to go out into the parks or into the country on a summer
day. That is the liberty for which they are asking, and that is the liberty
which this Bill would give them."
So, my friends, there you have it. Representative Loftus was not arguing
religion, but rather, he was concerned about business and industry. He was
concerned about liberty. He was concerned about the social welfare of the
people. And later in the debate of the House floor another congressman said,
Once again going to read from the Court papers, listen,
"Frankly, I am afraid of a seven-day week. I see it coming gradually,
and a seven-day work week means, six days pay for seven days' work..."
How about that my friends, six days pay for seven days' work? Now, in these
Supreme Court papers the court talked about exceptions that the blue laws
allowed. And these exceptions were almost always stated as "except works of
necessity and charity."
Jesus Christ healed on the Sabbath, that was a work
of necessity and charity. In Matthew 12:11, Jesus Christ said that it was O.K.
to pull an animal out of a pit on the Sabbath day. In Luke 13:15 Jesus Christ
said that it was O.K. to feed and water farm animals on the Sabbath day. That is
a work of necessity and charity.
In addition, There are a lot of footnotes in this Supreme Court report.
Footnote #86 mentions a Massachusetts law forbidding Sunday work in commerce
and industry. Section 51 of the Massachusetts law is quoted, it says,
"Before operating on Sunday, every employer subject to section 48 ...
shall post in a conspicuous place, on the premises, a schedule containing a list
of his employees required or allowed to work on Sunday, and designating the day
of rest for each. No employee shall be required, or allowed, to work on the day
of rest designated for him."
Now, isn't that interesting? If something had to be done in a factory on
Sunday, Massachusetts law required that those workers had to take day off during
the week. The law of Massachusetts, at that time, did not allow anyone to work a
seven day schedule.
And here is another footnote. It is footnote #68. Here we find a law drafted by
Thomas Jefferson. The law drafted by Thomas Jefferson was entitled, "A Bill For
Punishing Disturbers of Religious Worship and Sabbath Breakers."
(The Bill) also forbade the arrest for any minister of the
gospel, while engaged in public preaching or (while performing religious worship
in any church, and (to) punish any person who would maliciously disturbing
worshipping congregation or misuses any minister therein.
After this message I will tell you the Supreme Court's decision. Whether it
upheld the fine or let the Sabbath breaking drug store employees off the hook.
ANNOUNCER: In the Middle ages millions died of leprosy and bubonic plague. Europe
was saved when the leaders applied the health laws found in your Bible. Today
aids and other contagious diseases threaten the lives of millions more. The
solutions that worked then will work now. But only if we know what they are and
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MUSIC: Our Father's God
SPEAKER: This all started in the late 50's when seven employees of a discount
department store were arrested for selling on Sunday, a three-ring loose-leaf
note book binder, a can of floor wax, a stapler and staples, and a toy
submarine. All in violation of Maryland Code. A "blue law". A law that
prohibited certain Sunday sales, work and bodily labor. Guilty or not guilty?
At this point in the Court Report we find the words, "Accordingly, the
decision is affirmed." In other words, the seven workers were found guilty
of breaking the Sabbath and the five dollar fine was upheld. And thus far I read
from only a few of the 142 pages of this report. If you want to learn more about
the Sabbath day, you will probably find more information at the court house law
library than in most church libraries.
Now, let's turn to the Old Testament, to the Book of Nehemiah. Who was
Nehemiah? Was he a prophet? Was he a priest? No, he was not a prophet or priest.
In chapter 1 we find him in the king's palace. He was the king's cup bearer.
Later he was promoted to the office of governor of Jerusalem. Here is Nehemiah
5:14, Listen to the words of Nehemiah.
ANNOUNCER: Moreover from the time that I was appointed to be their governor in the land
of Judah, from the twentieth year even unto the two and thirtieth year of Artaxerxes the king, that is, twelve years, ...
Nehemiah was a man in government. Nehemiah was a governor of Judea the king
of Babylon. He was a governor, just as Pilate was governor of Judea under
Caesar. Nehemiah, the governor of Judea, he wrote one of the books of your
Bible. Now listen to these words found in chapter 13 of the Book of Nehemiah.
The governor is speaking.
ANNOUNCER: (Nehemiah 13:15-21 KJV) (15) In those days saw I in Judah some
treading wine presses on the sabbath, and bringing in sheaves, and lading asses;
as also wine, grapes, and figs, and all manner of burdens, which they brought
into Jerusalem on the sabbath day: and I testified against them in the day
wherein they sold victuals.
(16) There dwelt men of Tyre also therein, which
brought fish, and all manner of ware, and sold on the Sabbath unto the children
of Judah, and in Jerusalem.
(17) Then I contended with the nobles of Judah, and
said unto them, What evil thing is this that ye do, and profane the Sabbath
(18) Did not your fathers thus, and did not our God bring all this evil
upon us, and upon this city? yet ye bring more wrath upon Israel by profaning
(19) And it came to pass, that when the gates of Jerusalem began to
be dark before the Sabbath, I commanded that the gates should be shut, and
charged that they should not be opened till after the Sabbath: and some of my
servants set I at the gates, that there should no burden be brought in on the
SPEAKER: Governor Nehemiah gave orders that were equal to any modern day blue
law. Nehemiah shut down business and industry on the Sabbath. And remember
Nehemiah, he was not a priest, he was not a Levite. But he was the governor. As
Governor of Judea, and he enforced the Sabbath,.
But he had problems. Some
business men were anxious to open shop immediately after the Sabbath. They came
with their merchandise and lined up at the city gate . What did Nehemiah do about
this traffic jam? These merchants were lined up at the city gates. Today, it
would be like 18 wheel trucks lining up at the city limits sign. Here is
Nehemiah 13:20-21, listen;
ANNOUNCER: (20) So the merchants and sellers of all kind of ware lodged without
Jerusalem once or twice.
(21) Then I testified against them, and said unto them,
Why lodge ye about the wall? if ye do so again, I will lay hands on you. From
that time forth came they no more on the Sabbath.
SPEAKER: Who threatened to arrest these merchants? A clergyman? Who
forbid business and industry on the Sabbath? A clergyman? NO!, The governor.
Governor Nehemiah. The Bible is about government. Moses was the president while
Aaron the priest was head of the church. Moses wrote five books of your Bible.
The next book of your Bible is Joshua. Joshua was the next
governor after Moses. Then Israel was ruled by Judges. That is the title of
the next book in your Bible. Judges. Your Bible contains four books titled Kings
and Chronicles. These are the histories, not of churches, not of religious
movements, but histories of the governments of the nation.
The first eleven books of the Bible were either written by
governors or they were about government. And who wrote Psalms and Proverbs? Not
priests, not prophets, but the kings of Israel. King David wrote Psalms and King
Solomon wrote Proverbs.
Ezra and Nehemiah are two books of your Bible. Ezra and Nehemiah
were both governors under the king. They were not priests, They were men in
government. Yes, your Bible has says about government. After this message we
will talk more about Government in the Bible.
ANNOUNCER: Shrinking pay checks. Loss of health insurance. High taxes. More
taxes. . Disappearing pensions. Why does the most productive, most advanced
nation that ever existed find itself with a national dept that seems unpayable?
The people of Nehemiah five of your Bible had similar problems. The solutions
that worked then will work now. Your Bible offers practical solutions to our
national problems. You can have a part in turning things around. It's exciting.
Call now - toll free- 1 800 (deleted).
MUSIC: Let freedom ring.
SPEAKER: Now, put your thinking caps on? And ask yourself these questions.
Does the government enforce one of The Ten Commandments, the commandment, thou shalt not kill, by arresting murderers and drug peddlers?. Does the government
enforce another of The Ten Commandments, Thou shalt not steal, by arresting
shoplifters? And burglars?
And does the government enforce still another of The
Ten Commandments Thou shalt not commit adultery by arresting prostitutes. Does
the government enforce the commandment, thou shalt not bear false witness by
enforcing laws against forgery, perjury and libel?
And, if government can
enforce these commandments, Then can government also enforce the other
commandments? Commandments such as, keep holy the Sabbath day?. The answer is
Yes. It can, and it did in the past, and our Supreme court said so over 40 years
ago, when it upheld the $5.00 fine for selling on Sunday, a three-ring
loose-leaf note book binder, a can of floor wax, a stapler and staples, and a
toy submarine. All in violation of Maryland Code.
Why would the government want to enforce a Sabbath day? For the general
welfare, to protect labor and prevent the exploitation of workers, to promote
the family. To protect society from moral debasement. And to show to the world
that a nation of free people do not have to work a seven days a week.
And if the
government can enforce one of The Ten Commandments then it can enforce all of
The Ten Commandments, including the Sabbath day. That is the very purpose of
government. A forgotten and neglected purpose. Our constitution says the
government is to promote the general welfare. The Supreme Court called Sabbath
day legislation, promoting the general welfare. More after this message.
ANNOUNCER: Something is terribly wrong here in America! Foreigners are buying
up our business and industry; factories are being closed. Millions who had good
jobs now struggle to make ends meet. Everything bad is on the increase - what's
wrong? What's the explanation? What are the practical solutions?
The explanation is in your Bible, but the Bible's forbidden in
public schools - ridiculed in the media, and chased out of government.
Call now - toll free- 1 800 (deleted).
MUSIC: Long May Our Land Be Bright. (Freedom's Holy Light - The
SPEAKER: In the Bible, God often gives us a choice between good and evil. A
choice between a blessing and a cursing. This Sabbath day business. It is
important to God. And it should be important to you. And it should be important
to the men in the legislature. Here is what God said to his people in ancient
Jerusalem. This is the bad news, this is one of the curses for national Sabbath
day violation. It is found in Jeremiah 17, listen.
ANNOUNCER: (Jeremiah 17:21-27 KJV) (Jeremiah 17:19-20 KJV) (19) Thus said the
Lord unto me; Go and stand in the gate of the children of the people, whereby
the kings of Judah come in, and by the which they go out, and in all the gates
(20) And say unto them, Hear ye the word of the Lord, ye kings of
Judah, and all Judah, and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, that enter in by
(21) Thus saith the Lord; Take heed to yourselves, and bear no
burden on the Sabbath day, nor bring it in by the gates of Jerusalem;
Neither carry forth a burden out of your houses on the Sabbath day, neither do
ye any work, but hallow ye the Sabbath day, as I commanded your fathers....
But if ye will not hearken unto me to hallow the Sabbath day, and not to bear a
burden, even entering in at the gates of Jerusalem on the Sabbath day; then will
I kindle a fire in the gates thereof, and it shall devour the palaces of
Jerusalem, and it shall not be quenched.
SPEAKER: God told the people of old Jerusalem. No business on the
day. And if you refuse to listen, then I will burn your city to the ground. Now
here is the good news. God says, take it easy on the Sabbath day and enjoy all
these national blessings.
ANNOUNCER: (24) And it shall come to pass, if ye diligently hearken unto me, saith
thee Lord, to bring in no burden through the gates of this city on the Sabbath
day, but hallow the Sabbath day, to do no work therein;
(25) Then shall there enter into the gates off this
city kings and princess sitting upon the throne of David, riding in chariots and
on horses, they, and their princes, the men of Judah, and the inhabitants of
Jerusalem: and this city shall remain for ever.
SPEAKER: How about that? A nation that will obey this commandment will stand forever.
The government will not be overthrown. What did the people do? And since
Jeremiah delivered his message direct to the king, what did the men in
government do? Did they choose the blessing, or did they choose the cursing?
ANNOUNCER: (23) But they obeyed not, neither inclined their ear, but made their neck
stiff, that they might not hear, nor receive instruction.
SPEAKER: Old Jerusalem was destroyed. Let's learn from the past. We
have a decision to make. America has a decision to make. To last for ever as a
nation as the kingdom of heaven, or like rebellious old Jerusalem, to be burned
to the ground. We have a long way to go to restore America to God's good graces.
Let's start now. How? It's easy, by taking it easy this week
end. Visit your parents. Visit your friends. Go for a picnic. Just take it easy.
Free men don't have to work seven days a week. Now a final word from our king. These are the words of Jesus Christ as found in
Matthew 11:28-30, listen:
ANNOUNCER: (28) Come unto me, all ye that
labor and are heavy laden, and I will give
(29) Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly
in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
(30) For my yoke is easy,
and my burden is light.
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|Moses taught the Sabbath before the giving of the Ten
Commandments. Pharaoh wanted the people to work a seven days a week.
Moses wanted a day of rest.
Exodus 5:5. And Pharaoh said,
Behold, the people of the land now are many, and ye make them
rest from their
Strong's Number: 7673
Pronunciation: shabath shaw-bath'
1) to cease, desist, rest
1a1) to cease
1a2) to rest, desist (from labour)
1b) (Niphal) to cease
1c1) to cause to cease, put an end to
1c2) to exterminate, destroy
1c3) to cause to desist from
1c4) to remove
1c5) to cause to fail
to keep or observe the Sabbath
Additional Sabbath day info:
Total Onslaught #217
Crime of All Ages
Challenge saying "Protestants follow Catholic Church".
Rome v. 7th Day
(An 1893 Catholic document)