The following is from a message entitled Teaching Children preached by C. H. Spurgeon. He is dealing with the topic of getting children to attend Sunday School.
"Don't bribe them - that is the only plan we object to; it is only adopted in schools of the lowest order; schools of so mean a class that, even the fathers and mothers of the children have too much sense to send them there; but then farmer Brown won't employ them, or the squire will turn them out of their situations; of if the children don't go to the school on Sundays, they shall not go on week days. O, that beggarly trick of bribing! I wish there were an end of it; it only shows the weakness, and degradation, and abomination of a sect that can not succeed without using so mean a system."
Of course the main difference today is the parent will generally send their kids anyplace that will take them off their hands for a few hours and consequently have no problem with the "bribe". Also, today churches have taken to bribing adults. We should not be surprised when kids who were coaxed to church with bubblegum and candy in the 60's and 70's are now demanding larger bribes in a new century. The bribes now come in the form of contemporary music, short sermons, casual dress, stroking the self-image, etc. . . . . . . . . . . . .