The Protestant churches have accepted the spurious sabbath, the child of the papacy, and have exalted it above God's holy, sanctified day. It is our work to make plain to our children that the first day of the week is not the true Sabbath, and that its observance, after light has come to us as to what is the true Sabbath, is a plain contradiction of the law of God. Do our children receive from the teachers in the public schools ideas that are in harmony with the word of God? Is sin presented as an offence against God? Is obedience to all the commandments of God taught as the beginning of all wisdom? We send our children to the Sabbath school that they may be instructed in regard to the truth, and then as they go to the day school, lessons containing falsehood are given them to learn. These things confuse the mind, and
should not be; for if the young receive ideas that pervert the truth, how will the influence of this education be counteracted?
Can we wonder that under such circumstances some of
the youth among us do not appreciate religious advantages?
Can we wonder that they drift into temptation?
Can we wonder that, neglected as they have been, their
energies are devoted to amusements which do them no
good, that their religious aspirations are weakened and
their spiritual life darkened? The mind will be of the
same character as that upon which it feeds, the harvest
of the same nature as the seed sown. Do not these facts
sufficiently show the necessity of guarding from the
earliest years the education of the youth? Would it not be
better for the youth to grow up in a degree of ignorance
as to what is commonly accepted as education than for
them to become careless in regard to the truth of God?