Wilhelmus à Brakel: the so called evangelical feast days should be abandoned

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I have been reading George Gillespie's English Popish Ceremonies on this point, and I doubt that any defender of holy days will ever attempt to answer him. Not only are holy days not commanded in scripture and constitute monuments of idolatry, but they also foster gross superstitions. Gillespie points out that Richard Hooker is driven to defend the holiness of special days and places in order to defend the evangelical feasts days. How anyone can read Colossians and Galatians - not to mention much else in the New Testament - and defend such foolishness is beyond me.
 

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I have been reading George Gillespie's English Popish Ceremonies on this point, and I doubt that any defender of holy days will ever attempt to answer him. Not only are holy days not commanded in scripture and constitute monuments of idolatry, but they also foster gross superstitions. Gillespie points out that Richard Hooker is driven to defend the holiness of special days and places in order to defend the evangelical feasts days. How anyone can read Colossians and Galatians - not to mention much else in the New Testament - and defend such foolishness is beyond me.
This à Brakel passage does remind of Gillespie. I think the only reason the AngloCatholics had to go beyond, "remember the King," in pressing votes for the King's Perth articles pressing such things as holy days and in resting in his authority for such things, is because of the strong polemics condemning their ceremonies by Calderwood, etc. Or maybe not; it is not as though the modern AngloCatholics don't use these defenses; or don't they?
 

Grant

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From pg. lvii in the introduction section of volume I of The Christian's Reasonable Service

"He [Koelman] also condemned ecclesiastical feast days. Their institution was not commanded in the Bible and was a human invention reminiscent of the Roman Catholic Church with all her anniversaries and holy days. The Lord instituted the Sabbath so that the salvific events of Jesus‟ birth, passion, death, resurrection, and ascension could repeatedly be commemorated. Due to his consistent stand—he refused to read the forms and preach about the salvific event related to a given Christian feast day—charges were filed against Koelman by his opponents. The parliament of Zeeland (the civil government) involved itself and gave Koelman a choice: yield or leave Sluis. He neither could nor [Picture omitted: Rev. Jacobus Koelman (1633-1695). Wilhelmus à Brakel permitted the deposed Koelman to preach and thereby brought himself into great difficulty.]"
 
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