Bible Instruction At Home
( Originally Published 1902 )
DANIEL WEBSTER pays this beautiful tribute to the Bible as an inspiration to him intellectually: " From the time that, at my mother's feet, or on my father's knee, I first learned to lisp verses from the Sacred Writings, they have been my daily study and vigilant contemplation. If there be anything in my style or thoughts to be commended, the credit is due to my kind parents, in instilling into my mind an early love of the Scriptures."
The old-fashioned plan of teaching the children the Bible in the home was an excellent one. In New England and in other parts of our country the parents had the children read and study and commit to memory the Holy Scriptures. That fact had very much to do with the foundation and perpetuity of the civil and religious institutions which we enjoy.
The Sunday School is the strong right arm of God in saving the world at the present time. Most of those who are brought into the church to-day come through the instrumentality of the Sabbath school, and yet the teaching of the Bible to the children in the Sunday School must not be made a substitute for instruction in the Divine Word in the home. In these days of organization some parents seem willing to shirk their individual responsibility by delegating the Biblical and religious instruction of their children to the Sunday School teacher and the pastor.