"Though in later times we find considerable reference to a sort of consecration ofthe day, it does not seem at any period ofthe ancient church to have assumed the form of such an observance as some modern religious communities have contended for. Nor do these writers in any instance pretend to allege any divine command, or even apostolic practice, in support of it . . . Chrysostom (A.D. 360) concludes one of his Homilies by dismissing his audience to their respective ordinary occupations." It was reserved for modern theologians to discover the divine or apostolic authority for Sunday observance. The ancient doctors ofthe church were unaware that any such authority existed; and hence they deemed it lawful and proper to engage in usual worldly business on that day when their religious worship was concluded. Thus, Heylyn bears witness concerning St. Chrysostom that he "Confessed it to be lawful for a man to look 618
unto his worldly business on the Lord’s Day, after the congregation was dismissed." St. Jerome, a few years after this, at the opening ofthe fifth century, in his commendation ofthe lady Paula, shows his own opinion of Sunday labor. Thus he says:-- "Paula, with the women, as soon as they returned home on the Lord’s Day, they sat down severally to their work, and made clothes for themselves and others." Morer justifies this Sunday labor in the following terms: "If we read they did any work on the Lord’s Day, it is to be remembered that this application to their daily tasks was not till their worship was quite over, when they might with innocency enough resume them, because the length of time or the number of hours assigned for piety was not then so well explained as in after ages. The state ofthe church is vastly different from what it was in those 619
Christians desire that their children grow up and live as followers of Christ. In this book, you will find biblical advice and God's promises on how you can shape and mold the lives of your children for eternity.
The Children for Christ, contains 52 devotional readings on the subject of parental duty. Each lesson includes passage from the Bible and Murray's thoughts on how the passage illuminates the important role of parenting. The lessons all conclude with a short prayer. Christian Parenting is a timeless resource for parents who want to learn more about strengthening their Christian household.