Thursday, March 22, 2018

Charles Spurgeon on Sunday School

"Nowadays, the world has in it, alas, so few of Christian mothers and grandmothers, the church has thought it wise to supplement the instruction of home by teaching held under her fostering wing. Those children who have no such parents the church takes under her maternal care.. . . They endeavor to perform the duties of fathers and mothers, for God's sake, to those children who are neglected by their own parents; and therein they do well. Let no Christian parents fall into the delusion that the Sunday-school is intended to ease them of their personal duties. The first and most natural condition of things is for the Christian parents to train up their children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord."

~Charles Spurgeon "The Child Timothy and His Teachers." Come Ye Children.
Perhaps this is one of the Church's grave errors in our modern times.  Many Christian parents are guilty of doing just what Charles Spurgeon long ago warned parents against.  They are neglecting their duty to train up their own children, and instead leave it to the church, Sunday School programs, and send them off to school during the week.

But whose job is it to raise our children?  Who will bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord?  Who knows our children best and will stand before the Lord in accountability?  Exactly whom the Lord gave the job to.  Parents.  No one is better suited.

Sunday School is a wonderful thing for children who have no Christian parents, just as Charles Spurgeon states.  But Sunday School was never meant to replace the family altar, the parents teaching their children the truths of the Bible.  Let us never be guilty of neglecting our duty.  Let us never do something just because others are doing it, even in the church.  Let us remember the purpose of Sunday Schools, and remember it is our own duty to teach our children.

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  1. My children are now grown, but totally in agreement! Amen!

  2. Sheridan S.

    Loved the article! Such a true insight! God bless!


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