original Confession of Faith of that church was drawn up by Knox in A.D. 1560. In that document Knox states the duties ofthe first table ofthe law as follows:-- "To have one God, to worship and honor him; to call upon him in all our troubles; to reverence his holy name; to hear his word; to believe the same; to communicate with his holy sacraments, are the works ofthe first table." It is plain that Knox believed theSabbath commandment to have been stricken out ofthe first table. Dr. Hessey, after speaking of certain references to Sunday in a subsequent work of his, makes this statement respecting the present doctrine oftheSabbath in the Presbyterian church:- - "On the whole, whatever the language held at present in Scotland may be, it is certainly not owing to the great man whom the Scotch regard as the apostle ofthe Reformation in their country." 776
That church now holds Sunday to be the divinely authorized memorial ofthe resurrection of Christ, enforced by the authority ofthe fourth commandment. But not thus was it held by Calvin and Knox. A British writer states the condition of things with respect to Sunday in Scotland about the year 1601:-- "At the commencement ofthe seventeenth century, tailors, shoemakers, and bakers in Aberdeen were accustomed to work till eight or nine every Sunday morning. While violation ofthe prescribed ritual observances was punished by fine, the exclusive consecration ofthe Sunday which subsequently prevailed was then unknown. Indeed, there were regular 'play Sundays' in Scotland till the end ofthe sixteenth century." But the Presbyterian church, after Knox's time, effected an entire change with respect to Sunday observance. The same writer says:-- "The Presbyterian Kirk introduced into 777
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.