II Corinthians 3:17 states “Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.”
The Word of God abounds with words promoting freedom. We should feel comfortable talking about religion in our nation. Our Founding Fathers prohibited a Federal establishment of religion, but there is not a single thread of evidence that they intended to set up a wall of separation between the state and religious belief. The first amendment of the U.S. Constitution was not written to protect the citizens from religion, but was penned to protect religion from government tyranny.
A woe is given to liberal-minded lawyers and judges in Luke 11:52, when they try to take away the key of divine knowledge from our lands.
I. History Records the Loss of Religious Freedom.
Anti-God forces have steadily assaulted religious liberty and wicked landmark court decisions have curtailed the spread of the Good News. Many have remained silent in the halls of history as the liberals raged.
II. Present Day Issues Confront Religious Freedom.
If we do not begin reaffirming our Judeo-Christian values at all levels of government, we will soon be a large country without freedom. There are many who oppose and strive to remove religious freedoms. Russia and China are prime examples of nations that have removed religious freedom due to alien-anti Christian forces. We cite past attacks and changes:
A. A Lower Lake, California teacher forbids her students to repeat the words “under God” during class recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance. (AP)
B. A woman in Collinsville, Oklahoma was awarded $390,000 by a jury because her church excluded her from the membership. (60 Minutes)
C. The ACLU, through the courts, has forced Kentucky schools to remove the Ten Commandments from school classroom walls. (NBC)
D. The courts have forced Gideon in Illinois and other states to end its practice of giving Bibles to public school children. (BNS)
E. The ACLU sought to establish the unconstitutionality of the Presidential proclamation declaring “The Year of the Bible.”
The most aggressive organizations in America against religious freedom are the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union), the AHA (American Humanist Association), NEA (National Education Association), NOW (National Organization of Women), and PAW (Norman Lear’s People for the American Way). These groups and many others pose a serious threat to America’s religious freedoms. The ACLU alone has over 6,000 active court cases pending, with a budget of $1.7 million, and over 4000 liberal lawyers.
III. God’s Word Advocates Religious Freedom.
The Bible declares in Psalms 2:1-2 that the heathen will rage and people will imagine vain things, as they set themselves against the Lord and His ways. We believe that freedoms for all people flourishes when religion is vibrant and the rule of the law of God is acknowledged.
As King David of Israel was dying, his last kingly message was “He that ruleth over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God.” II Samuel 23.3. Even King Nebuchadnezzar of the renowned Babylonian Empire recognized the need of serving God...Daniel 3:28-29. Paul told the Roman Empire that “the creature (human beings) shall be delivered from bondage into the glorious liberty of God”..Romans 8:21.
Religious freedom is being assaulted time and time again. We need to raise the “Banner of the Lord” higher! Contact your Senators, Congressmen and Congresswomen and the President of the United States with your Biblical convictions. These addresses are available to you at our website: www.macbma.net .
Freedom Offering for Moral Action Committee
July 5, 2009
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