The Synod of Dort on Parents Catechising Their Children
Thanks to R. Scott Clark for linking to Wes Bredenhof’s post on the importance of parents catechising their children. As Bredenhof was reading the Acts of the Synod of Dort he noted several things:
On Friday November 30, 1618 in its morning session, the Synod of Dort issued its decree on the manner of catechesis. Dort followed Bremen’s division of catechetical duties. The work of parents, however, was put up front. According to Dort, it is the work of parents to instruct their children and the whole family with all diligence in the elements of Christian religion. With an eye to each one’s capacity, parents are to seriously and diligently exhort their families in the fear of God and sincere piety. They are to discuss the sermons and especially the teaching of the Catechism. They are to read the Scriptures and explain them. If parents were not faithful in these duties, they were to be admonished by the pastors, and if necessary reprimanded and censured by the consistory.
You can read the entire post over at YINKAHDINAY.