Dr. Michael Richardson
A. Mark 7:7 “Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.”
B. Blue Laws are laws prohibiting certain activities such as shopping on Sunday.
C. In fact, you may think of them as “Sunday Laws”.
D. A good number of them are still on the books and are basically ignored today
E. Many of them were created during the Colonial period. A period that lasted from 1607-1776.
F. Few Americans today understand that what we call the United States of America was a colony of
England for 169 years. If you add 169 years to 1776 it would bring you to the year 1945 the year
of my oldest sister’s birth.
G. The term Blue Law was first used in 1755.
H. It referred to the blue paper on which the Puritans printed the law.
I. Punishment for violating these blue laws could range from a financial fine, jail time, or time spent
in a pillory.
J. Today, when we read these seemingly arbitrary laws, we find them quite amusing such as:
concerning the doctrine of salvation that are just not found in the Bible.
L. Unfortunately, their “blue laws” are not found on blue paper but in their hearts and their minds
M. “Today I want to discuss some arbitrary “Blue Laws” that some Christians add to the issue of
salvation, the results of these “Blue Laws” and then what the Bible really says about the terms of