Ten Commandments No other gods No Idols No profaning God’s name Keep the Sabbath Honor your parents
Ten Commandments Do not murder Do not commit adultery Do not steal Do not lie Do not covet
According to a USA Today Poll: “Sixty percent of Americans can not name five of the Ten Commandments.”
Only 14% can accurately name all Ten Commandments(1 in 7) Yet 78% of Americans are in favor of having public displays of the Commandments(8 in 10)
Tragic Removal of the Ten Commandments Judicial Building in Montgomery, AL
The Greatest Tragedy: The Ten Commandments are disappearing from the minds, hearts, and lives of most Americans.
Why focus on the Ten Commandments? • God’s blueprint for successful relationships. • God’s moral absolutes have consequences. • God’s commandments bring blessing to those who obey and teach them. • God’s answer to the greatest moral crisis America has ever faced.
First Commandment: "I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. You shall have no other gods before me.” Exodus 20:2-3.
Second Commandment: “You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below.” Exodus 20:4
“There are three points of doctrine the belief of which forms the foundation of all morality. The first is the existence of God; the second is the immortality of the human soul; and the third is a future state of rewards and punishments. Suppose it possible for a man to disbelieve either of these three articles of faith and that man will have no conscience, he will have no other law than that of the tiger or the shark. The laws of man may bind him in chains or may put him to death, but they never can make him wise, virtuous, or happy.”John Quincy Adams
Third Commandment: “You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God, for the LORD will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.” Exodus 20:7
General George Washington condemned “profane cursing and swearing” in the Continental Army, convinced that that “we can have little hopes of the blessing of Heaven on our Arms, if we insult it by our impiety.”
The Third Commandment requires that God’s name must be treated reverently.
Fourth Commandment: "Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God.” Exodus 20:8-10a.
General George Washington also issued orders to attend “Divine service” every Sunday at 11:00 AM and added: “To the distinguished character of Patriot, it should be our highest Glory to laud the more distinguished Character of Christian.”
The Fourth Commandment requires that God’s day of rest must be observed devotedly.
Fifth Commandment: "Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you.” Exodus 20:12
Young George Washington copied the 110 Rules of Civility & Decent Behaviour in Company and Conversation, which included Rule 108: “…Honor & Obey your Natural Parents altho they be poor.”
The Fifth Commandment requires that God’s delegated authorities must be treated honorably.
Declaration of Independence “We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.”
Abortion: • A 9/11 attack on the unborn happens every day in America – over 3,000 die. • More than 1.2 million unborn children killed in America every year. • Fully 22% of all pregnancies end in abortion (over 1 in 5). • 50 million babies and counting murdered by abortion. • American Holocaust!
“to compel a man to furnish contributions of money for the propagation of opinions which he disbelieves, is sinful and tyrannical.”Virginia Act for Establishing Religious Freedom – 1779/86 Thomas Jefferson
The Sixth Commandment requires that God-given human life be treated respectfully.
Obama ushers in “Gay” Pride Month
Gay “Marriage” Book read toSecond Graders in Massachusetts
“It is the first fact of civilization; whoever captures the kids owns the future.” Patricia Nell WarrenLesbian Activist
The Seventh Commandment requires that God’s plan for human sexuality in the marriage covenant be kept faithfully.
“The moment the idea is admitted into society that property is not as sacred as the laws of God, and that there is not a force of law and public justice to protect it, anarchy and tyranny commence. If “Thou shalt not covet,” and “Thou shalt not steal,” were not commandments of Heaven, they must be made inviolable precepts in every society before it can be civilized or made free.”
“The First Amendment has erected a wall between church and state. That wall must be kept high and impregnable. We could not approve the slightest breach.” Everson v Board of Education, 1947 Justice Hugo Black
Supreme Court Rulings • Engel v. Vitale, 1962 – Prayer in Schools • Abington Township v. Schempp, 1963 – Public Bible Reading • Stone v. Graham, 1980 – Display of the Ten Commandments in Schools • Wallace v. Jaffree, 1985 – Moment of Silence in Schools • Lee v. Weisman, 1992 – Prayer at Graduations