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Written by Hulan Bass   
Wednesday, 03 August 2011 17:27

Compiled by: Hulan F. Bass (elder)

SUNDAY SCHOOLS                 
Brief Outline of the History of:                                          

1.  PROTO-TYPE:
Robert Raikes of Gloucester, England, was the founder of
SUNDAY SCHOOLS in 1781, by teaching the poorer class of  
children on SUNDAYS in the "Rudiments of a Common School
Education", and NOT in instructions in the THEOLOGY of
The Bible.  See: Pages 539, 771, 844 in - Hassel's History

2.  TYPE:
David Benedict (Fifty Years Among The Baptist) in Pawtuckett,
Rhode Island, (Life - 1779-1874) did the same thing exactly
in the U.S.A., as did Robert Raikes in England.     

See: Pages, beginning with 751 - - -, in Hassel's History.

3. ANTI-TYPE:
Modern Day THEOLOGICAL Sunday Schools are UN-SCRIPTURAL.
John Wesley, first in 1784, expressed the hope that SUNDAY
SCHOOLS would become :"NURSERIES FOR CHRISTIANS".  (Wesley
was the founder of "The Method" - The Methodist.

In McClintock & Strong's Cyclopaedia of Biblical, Theological
and Ecclesiastical Literature, vol. 10, page 21, it states
that "within the last 50 years SUNDAY SCHOOLS have come to be
regarded as an ESSENTIAL BRANCH of CHURCH ACTION, not merely
in England and America, but throughout the PROTESTANT WORLD,
whether in home or mission fields"; and this further states
"that the problem of the CONVERSION OF THE WORLD is in PRO-
CESS OF SOLUTION."
If this all be true, thusly it appears that, for nearly 1800
years of the Christian era, the TRUE CHURCH, as set up by
Jesus Christ in the Days of John The Baptist and The Apostles,
has been DESTITUTE of an "ESSENTIAL" requisite in it's work,
and the problem of the CONVERSION OF THE WORLD had not begun
to be solved until the 19th Century.  Wonder why Jesus did
not institute SUNDAY SCHOOLS, if they are so important to,
and a function of, and a branch or part of the TRUE N.T.
CHURCH ?   Also, wonder why Jesus, nor any of His Apostles,
nor any of the NEW TESTAMENT WRITERS did not mention SUNDAY
SCHOOLS ? Also see: Hassel's History, pages:
311, 319, 323, 325, 348, 364-67, 539, 557, 583,
584, 589, 591, 599, 600, 616, 619, 623, 625, 642,
748, 751, 752, 766, 771, 772, 844, 845, 872, 892,
899, 904, 935...

Also Notice: It was the so-called modern contemporary New
School Missionary Baptists, and others, including the
Protestants, that have built this addition onto the Church.
These Scriptures forbids such:  Deut. 4:2; Prov. 30:5;
Rev. 22:18-19 

From the times of The Children of Israel in the Old Testament God
taught the Parents to teach their children The Word of The Law -
Deut. 6:1--6; 11:18-21.  The benefits of such teaching would be that
they would inhabit the Land flowing with milk and honey; their days
would be multiplied and the days of their children, in the land which
The Lord sware unto their fathers to give them, as the days of Heaven
upon the earth.  The Parents were to teach such, speaking of them when
they sittest in their house, when walking by the way, when lying down,
and risest up.  These Laws were written upon the door posts of their
house and upon the gates.  They would possess great and goodly cities,
which they built not; houses full of all good things, which they did
not have to buy; wells digged, which they diggedst not, vineyards and
olive trees, which they plantedst not.  This is the a historical pic-
ute of the New Testament Church of Timely Gospel benefit.

Solomon wisely wrote in - Prov. 22:6 - "Train up a child in the way
he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it."
Again he taught in - Ecc. 12:1 - "Remember now thy Creator in the days
of thy youth..."   Jeremiah taught in - Lam. 3:27 - "It is good for a
man that he bear the yoke in his youth."  This teaching was to come
directly from The Parents.  These prophesies point us directly to the
same PRINCIPLE in the New Testament.

The anti-type, the literal substance realized and fulfilled was taught
in the New Testament Church Kingdom in - Matt. 19:14 - "But Jesus said,
Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me, for of
such is the kingdom of heaven."  Also see: Mark 10:14; Luke 18:16...
The Apostle Paul further magnifies this principle in - Eph. 6:4 - by
telling the fathers (Parents) - "And, ye fathers, provoke not your
children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of
the Lord."  Paul lays this teaching responsibility at the door of the
Parents.  Further, Paul amplifies this principle in - 2nd Tim. 1:5 -
where he relates that young Timothy was taught at home by his Grand-
mother and Mother.  2nd Tim. 3:15 - "And that from a child thou hast
known the holy scriptures..."  There is no scripture teaching us to
send our children to some other teaching instructor apart from the
The Parents at Home; a God-called Preacher/Pastor/Teacher in the       
Assembly at Church.  Further, the O.T. procedure for teaching The Law
is illustrated in - Deut. 31:12 - Gather the people together, men,
and women, and children, and thy stranger that is within thy gates,
that they may hear, and that they may learn, and fear the Lord your
God, and observe to do all the words of this law:"  V.13 - "And that
their children, which have not known any thing, may hear, and learn
to fear the Lord your God, as long as ye live in the land whither
ye go over Jordan to possess it."
Moreso –
Joel 2:15-16 – “Blow the trumpet in Zion, sanctify a fast,
call a solemn assembly: Gather the people, sanctify the
congregation, assemble the elders, gather the children, and
those that suck the breasts: let the bridegroom go forth of
his chamber, and the bride out of her closet.”

Therefore, it is clear, that the teaching of children about spiritual
matters, is not to be "farmed-out" to some other entity (organization),
but first by the Parents at Home, then in the Assembly where the men,
women and children are GATHERED TOGETHER.  Separating children and
others into various class-rooms by age, sex, marital status, etc., is
not scriptural.

We even need to teach these facts to our children also...


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