Perkins on zeal for Lord's Day vs. holy days observance in late 16th century England

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Just a follow up to my question to Daniel that he answered here.
Here is a quotation from William Perkins.
"Indeed the ignorant multitude among us fail greatly in the observing of days. For they greatly solemnize the time of the birth of Christ, and then they keep few or no markets: but the Lord's day is not accordingly respected: and men will not be dissuaded."
 

Tom Hart

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Just a follow up to my question to Daniel that he answered here.
Here is a quotation from William Perkins.
"Indeed the ignorant multitude among us fail greatly in the observing of days. For they greatly solemnize the time of the birth of Christ, and then they keep few or no markets: but the Lord's day is not accordingly respected: and men will not be dissuaded."
May I ask where he says this?
 

Regi Addictissimus

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It is from his commentary on Galatians. You can find it in volume two of his collected works from RHB. He is commenting on Gal. 4:10 and writes:

This text of Paul discovers unto us a great part of the superstition of the popish church in the observation of holy days. First, beside the Lord’s Day, they appoint many other Sabbaths. Whereas it is the privilege of God to appoint an ordinary day of rest and to sanctify it to His own honor. Secondly, they bind men’s consciences to the observation of their holy days, which Paul here forbids (and Col. 2:16). Thirdly, they place the worship of God in the observation of their holy days, but God is worshiped in vain by men’s precepts (Matt. 15). Fourthly, they place a great holiness in their festival days, more than in other days. Fifthly, they dedicate many of their holy days to the honor of saints and angels. Whereas the dedication of ordinary and set days is a part of divine or religious worship. Lastly, their holy days for number are more than the festival days of the Jews. And thus they bring people into their old bondage, nay to a greater bondage than ever the Jews endured in respect of days and times. It may be said that the church of the Protestants observes holy days. Answer. Some churches do not because the church in the apostles’ days had no holy day beside the Lord’s Day. And the fourth commandment enjoins the labor of six days. Indeed the Church of England observes holy days, but the popish superstition is cut off. For we are not bound in conscience to the observation of these days. Neither do we place holiness or the worship of God in them. But we keep them only for order’s sake, that men may come to church to hear God’s word. And though we retain the names of saints’ days, yet we give no worship to saints, but to God alone. And such days as contained nothing in them but superstition, as the conception and assumption of the Virgin Mary, we have cut off. Thus does the church with us observe holy days, and no otherwise. Indeed the ignorant multitude among us fail greatly in the observing of days. For they greatly solemnize the time of the birth of Christ, and then they keep few or no markets. But the Lord’s Day is not accordingly respected. And men will not be dissuaded from following of fairs on that day.

William Perkins (2015). Commentary on Galatians. The Works of William Perkins (Vol. 2). Grand Rapids, MI: Reformation Heritage Books.
 

Regi Addictissimus

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If there is a Puritan that deserves more careful study in our day, it is undoubtedly Perkins. Many Protestants would do well to read volume seven in particular of Perkins. It would prove to be an antidote for Protestants that are flirting with Papist errors. This is not directed towards anyone on here.
 
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Regi Addictissimus

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Yes; major pet peeve that folks don't cite. Thanks for providing the reference.

It is a big problem on social media as well. People do not realize how much time and money goes into bringing these works to the public. My apologies for derailing the thread, but it grinds my gears.
 
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