to the Roman pontiff. In Central Africa, from the first part ofthe Christian era -- possibly from the time ofthe conversion ofthe Ethiopian officer of great authority (Acts 8:26-40) but very certainly as early as A.D. 330 -- have existed the churches of Abyssinia and Ethiopia. About the time ofthe accession ofthe Roman Bishop to supremacy, they were lost sight of by the nations of Europe. "Encompassed on all sides," says Gibbon, by the enemies oftheir religion, the Ethiopians slept near a thousand years, forgetful ofthe world, by whom they were forgotten." In the latter part ofthe fifteenth century, they were again brought to the knowledge ofthe world by the discovery of Portuguese navigators. Undoubtedly they have been greatly affected by the dense darkness of pagan and Mahometan errors with which they are encompassed; and in many respects they have lost the pure and spiritual religion of our divine Redeemer. A modern traveler says ofthem: "They have divers errors and many ancient truths." Michael Geddes says ofthem:-- "The Abyssinians do hold the Scriptures to be 736
the perfect rule ofthe Christian faith; insomuch that they deny it to be in the power of a general council to oblige people to believe anything as an article of faith without an express warrant from thence." They practice circumcision, but for other reasons than that of a religious duty. Geddes further states their views:-- "Transubstantiation andthe adoration ofthe consecrated bread in the sacrament, were what the Abyssinians abhorred. . . . They deny purgatory, and know nothing of confirmation and extreme unction; they condemn graven images; they keep both Saturday and Sunday." Their views oftheSabbath are stated by the ambassador ofthe king of Ethiopia, at the court of Lisbon, in the following words, explaining their abstinence from all labor on that day:-- "Because God, after he had finished the creation ofthe world, rested thereon; which day, as 737
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.