Journal of the Central Texas Conference, Fourth Annual Session, Methodist Episcopal Church South Page: 61
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CENTRAL TiEPh'XAS CONTiEREaiNCE JOURNAL
Standing and Speci il Cosiril't;ees
The importance of the prescribed -i,;eki- re& 1,S to both ian
and beast is beyond a proper es'timaioti: It .S i disapensable
to man mentally, physicallya and iora.i!y T'h:' Sabbaftl is
essential to our Christianity, and irs pr1,!e o:j service fosters
every institution. Its desecration leads te the greatest sins,
and debauches society. There is a grow, :g tendency to ignore
its sanctity and to convert the day into '-a da o0f conenience for
anything that the individual may elec t. ne element of society
makes it a day of commercial gain; not another day for pleasure;
while comparatively few people regard it as a holy day to be
kept as a day of rest and of worship.
The wholesale desecration of the Sabbath calls for the mirost
serious consideration. We can but look with alarm upon the
sentiment that tolerates, without protest, the constant inroads
being made upon the sanctity of this day. It is hardly necessary
to mention the many profanations of this day; yet we will
mention Sunday excursions, riding on trains, ball games of all
descriptions, the opening of fairs, selling and buying.
We regret to say that many of our Church members are
to be found among the Sabbath desecraters. We believe the
time has come when our ministers, and members of the Church,
should by strict observance of the Sabbath as well as by precept
seek to create Sabbath sentiment and should withhold support
and encouragement from any phase of Sabbath desecration. We
quote approvingly the following from the action of our last
"1. Never before has humanity so much need to devote one
day in seven to rest, and communion with God as in these days
of absorption in material, worldly enjoyment and social unrest,
and, at the same time, never has the temptation to obliterate
the Lord's day been so great.
"2. That we therefore appreciate and commend the faithful
efforts of the Sunday League of America to secure in sentiment,
in law and in customs, the proper observance of this day
throughout this great nation.
"3. That we render our endorsement of the League and
commend its purpose, plans and representatives to the cordial
co-operation of all our people."
In this connection we most heartily endorse the work done
so faithfully by Rev. R. C. Armstrong, and request the Bishop
to reappoint him State Secretary of the Sunday League in
America, and urge our pastors to co-operate with him in this
great work by giving him access to the people through their
Signed: J. A. RUFFNER, Chairman,
J. F. CLARK, Secretary.
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Methodist Episcopal Church, South. Journal of the Central Texas Conference, Fourth Annual Session, Methodist Episcopal Church South, periodical, November 1913; (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth49826/m1/61/: accessed April 25, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Archives of the Central Texas Conference United Methodist Church.