What complaint is made against Sunday trains and Sunday newspapers?


"They get a great many passengers, and so break up a great many congregations." "The laboring
classes are apt to rise late on Sunday morning, read the Sunday papers, and allow the hour of worship to go
by unheeded."-Elgin (Illinois) Sunday-law Convention, November, 1887.
NOTES. - In the fourth century, Sunday games and Sunday theatres, it was complained,
"hindered" the "devotion" of the "faithful," because many of the members attended them in preference to
the church services. The church, therefore, demanded that the state should interfere, and enforce Sunday
observance by law. "In this way," says Neander, "the church received help from the state for the
furtherance of Her ends." In this way church and state were united, and the Papacy was placed in power.
The same course pursued now will produce the same results.
It is proper and right for the church to teach Sabbath observance, and to decry Sabbath
desecration; but it should not attempt to secure Sabbath observance through compulsory legislation; nor
should it seek to fasten upon the people by any means the observance of a day which God has never
enjoined, and for which, as is admitted on all hands, there is no Scriptural command. See admissions on
pages 133, 134, 146-148.

What was predicted of Christ's preaching?
In the interpretation of the vision, how is this self exaltation set forth?
19. What testimony does Eusebius (AD. 270-338), a noted bishop of the church, a flatterer of Constantine, and the reputed father of ecclesiastical history, bear upon this subject?
What was the object of the church bishops in securing these Sunday laws?
18. Answering the question as to what would be the sign of His coming and the end of the world, what did Christ say?
Why did Christ, in the parable, reprove the man who hid his talent?
What class only have part in the first resurrection?

Questions & Answers are from the book Bible Readings for the Home Circle