Church and State Separation
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…”
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…”(my emphasis added) – The First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America
OUR CHALLENGE TO YOU!
If you believe in today’s distorted definition of the phrase “Separation of Church and State” our standing challenge to you is to personally read the Constitution of the United States of America and the other Founding Documents for yourself, including the preambles to the constitutions of each of our fifty states.
We challenge you to find even the faintest concept which prohibits the free exercise or expression of the Christian faith in the public or even the federal arena. If you are one who thinks today’s current misaplication of the phrase is correct, you will probably not like what you won’t find in any of these documents.
Was our Nation founded upon Judeo-Christian principles?
Here are the Facts… You Decide:
It is a matter of historical record that the phrase “wall of separation between the church and the state” is found only in a private letter written by Thomas Jefferson to the First Baptist Church of Danbury, Connecticut, in which he expresses his thoughts for the need of such a “wall” to protect the church from intrusion by the state; not the other way around. Unfortunately, when the people are repeatedly told a lie, they will eventually begin to believe it. That is exactly what has happened in America over the years.
In 1963 the US Supreme Court banned public prayer to the God of the Bible in our public schools. Believe it or not, before that time our public schools actually sponsored and led students in prayer to the God of the Bible! It was not viewed as an “establishment of a religion.” People back then simply recognized the value of honoring the God of the Bible and the morals of the Judeo-Christian faith: morals and Biblical Truth upon which this nation was originally founded, and upon which a law-abiding society functions smoothly.
Since that ban in 1963, the statisics of major crimes occurring in schools and our society have literally skyrocketed. After the massacre at Columbine, many asked God how He could allow such a thing to happen. Don’t blame God! You banned him from campus back in 1963, remember?
It is a clear sign of the times when our society will go to extraordinary lengths to tolerate, accommodate, and actively champion the rights of religious expression for those of any faith other than that of historic Biblical Christianity.
DID YOU KNOW?
– The preambles to each of our fifty states contain clear, specific, and undeniable acknowledgements of God and His sovereignty in the forming of their state constitutions.
– William Penn said, “Those people who will not be governed by God will be ruled by tyrants.”
– As Governor of Virginia, Patrick Henry said, “It cannot be emphasized too clearly and too often that this nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religion, but on the Gospel of Jesus Christ.”
– The Supreme Court of the Unites States of America has statues of the world’s lawgivers affixed near the top of the building. Front and center is found the likeness of Moses holding the Ten Commandments.
– As one enters the Supreme Court courtroom, the two huge oak doors have the Ten Commandments from the Bible engraved on each lower portion of each door. Displayed upon the wall above and behind where the Justices sit can again be seen the Ten Commandments .
– There are Bible verses etched in stone all over the federal buildings and monuments in Washington, D.C.
– James Madison, the fourth president and known as “The Father of our Constitution” said, “We have staked the whole of all our political institutions upon the capacity of mankind for self-government, upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves, to control ourselves, to sustain ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God.“
– Every session of Congress begins with a prayer prayed by a paid preacher, whose salary has been paid by the American taxpayer since 1777.
“O Lord our Heavenly Father, high and mighty King of king, and Lord of lords, who dost from Thy throne behold all the dwellers on earth and reignest with power supreme and uncontrolled over all the kingdoms, empires and governments; look down in mercy, we beseech Thee, on these our American States, who have fled to Thee from the rod of the oppressor and thrown themselves on Thy gracious protection, desiring to be henceforth dependent only on Thee. To Thee have they appealed for the righteousness of their cause; to Thee do they now look up for that countenance and support, which Thou alone canst give. Take them, therefore, Heavenly Father, under Thy nurturing care; give them wisdom in council and valor in the field; defeat the malicious designs of our cruel adversaries; convince them of the unrighteousness of their cause and if they persist in their sanguinary purposes, of own unerring justice, sounding in their hearts, contstrain them to drop the weapons of war from their unnerved bands in the day of battle! — Be Thou present, O God of wisdom, and direct the councils of this honorable assembly; enable them to settle things on the best and surest foundation. That the scene of blood may be speedily closed; that order, harmony, and peace may be effectually restored, and truth and justice, religion and piety, prevail and flourish amongst the people. Preserve the health of their bodies and vigor of their minds; shower down on them and the millions they here represent, such temporal blessings as Thou seest expedient for them in this world and crown them with everlasting glory in the world to come. All this we ask in the name and through the merits of Jesus Christ, Thy Son and our Savior. Amen.” – The first prayer offered in Congress, September 7, 1774 by Jacob Duche
– Fifty-two of the 55 founders of the US Constitution were members of orthodox Christian churches in the colonies.
– The very first Supreme Court Chief Justice, John Jay, said, “Americans should select and prefer Christians as their rulers.”
– Abraham Lincoln said, “Study the Constitution. Let it be preached from the pulpit, proclaimed in the legislatures, and enforced in the courts of justice.”
– Daniel Webster said, “Whatever makes men good Christians, makes them good citizens.”
– Thomas Jefferson said, “The reason that Christianity is the best friend of Government is that Christianity is the only religion that changes the heart.”
Trying to separate Christianity from the foundation of the Constitution of the United States of America is impossible.
SO WHY THE CONTROVERSY?
From childhood the two things we are taught never to discuss in public are politics and religion; yet for some reason there is still no concerted legal effort in America to ban political discussion in public, at least not to the degree we see applied to religious discussion.
Shortly after the attacks on 9/11 we saw and heard a lot of public “God talk,” but that quickly died down. Most people are comfortable talking about “God” in a public conversation, but the line in the sand is quickly crossed when the name of Jesus Christ is mentioned. He is the burr under the saddle.
Thomas Jefferson’s original concept of “Separation of Church and State” was intended to protect the church from governmental intrusion; not the other way around. It is clear from the historical record that personal faith in Jesus Christ and the belief in the principles of Biblical Christianity by the majority of our nation’s Founding Fathers formed the foundational bedrock of our Declaration of Independence, the US Constitution, and all of our nation’s founding documents.
The purposeful distortion of Jefferson’s original intent in his use of the phrase “Separation of Church and State” has evolved into a rampant phobia of the Biblical Christian’s involvement in government to the extent that it has now somehow become a Constitutional concept applied and enforced to the exact opposite of Jefferson’s original intent. This has happened in our culture largely because people do not want to be held accountable to a holy God for their sin. They deny His existence and censor any public acknowledgement of His Name, believing that if they can remove Him from public areas by legislation, then that somehow solves their problem (Exodus 9:16; 2 Chronicles 7:14).
One would think that if God does not really exist, then disproving His existence would not require legislative action…
You have probably heard the old saying, “There are no atheists in foxholes,” and you know it’s true; but when death is near, whether in combat on the streets or on the military battlefield; or even in a hospital bed, most people pray. Some pray out loud; others pray silently. But most people pray.
They pray because the human soul knows by itself the existence of its Creator without having to be told. That awareness is written on our hearts. The Bible says that human beings are image-bearers of the Living God (Genesis 1:27; Romans 1:19-22). People who refuse to believe in the existence of God have an absolute right to do so. However, they do not have the right to silence or punish those who do believe, nor do they have the right to deceive others by repeating a text out of context.
WHERE WE ARE TODAY
It is stunning to see the all-out assault on Biblical Christianity in this country because of the deliberate distortion and misapplication of a simple phrase. Today we have “civil liberty” groups trying to have all crosses removed from federal property! Imagine the millions of military graves that would have to be desecrated to accomplish this task.
In 2003, Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore was removed from his position for refusing to remove the Ten Commandments from his courtroom. (Does it not make you wonder just which one of those commandments it is that gives our society so much trouble? Is it the part about not lying or stealing? Maybe it’s the one about not committing adultery or the one about not bowing down to graven images…)
It is not the commandments themselves that trouble men as much as it is the authority of the One who gave them in the first place… “Thou shalt have no other gods before me.”
WHERE DO YOU STAND?
People often ridicule and reject those who have chosen to receive God’s free gift of mercy and grace through Jesus Christ. So many people hate those who have chosen to live their lives by faith, obeying the Truth of His Word, but Jesus told Christians not to be surprised if the world hates and mistreats them. It does that because it hated Him first (I John 3:13).
Romans 13:1-4 gives some great news of encouragement to law enforcement officers. Your job is ordained by God Himself. The Biblical Chaplain is a resource for officers; not a requirement. Although the presence of a Biblical Chaplain in a time of crisis can often be a source of tremendous encouragement and strength to his officers, his mere presence may be an uncomfortable and convicting reminder to others of their continued rebellion against God (Luke 21:12-17; Revelation 3:8).
If you are still personally rejecting the Saviour, I want to share with you the fact that He loves you and desires to redeem you to Himself through the blood of His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ (See “Are You Sure?“). It’s not too late for anyone to repent and to receive the mercy and forgiveness of the Lord (John 6:37).
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