The Sabbath and double-heartedness (Richard Vines)

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As a harlot whose heart goes after unchaste loves, will yet have a husband too, (that is) to colour and hide her lewdness; such are these which are double hearted: they have a Sabbath for God, and six days for their lusts: they retain to God, and wear his cloth, and sometimes wait and attend, but they are their own men for the most part, and work for themselves …

Richard Vines, The purifying of unclean hearts and hands: opened in a sermon preached before the Honourable House of Commons, at their solemn fast, January 28. 1645 in Margaret’s Westminster (London: Abel Roper, 1646), p. 24 (emphasis added).

While the proper observation of the Lord's Day is crucial to Christian piety, the above-mentioned temptation is a pit-fall that we can all too easily fall into if we are not careful. The wickedness of my heart in abusing what is good and corrupting it to base ends never ceases to amaze me.
 
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