JUDGES 2: 10 – 12
JUDGES 2: 10 – 12 And also all that generation were gathered unto their fathers: and there arose another generation after them, which knew not the LORD, nor yet the works which he had done for Israel. 11 And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD, and served Baalim: 12 And they forsook the LORD God of their fathers, which brought them out of the land of Egypt, and followed other gods, of the gods of the people that were round about them, and bowed themselves unto them, and provoked the LORD to anger. 13 And they forsook the LORD, and served Baal and Ashtaroth.
JAMES 4: 7 – 10 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. 9 Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. 10 Humble your-selves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.
OUR NATION WAS FOUNDED ON GODLY PRINCIPLES 52 of 55 men that worked on Declaration of Independence were believers in God and members of denominations Patrick Henry: 1736-1799 “Give me liberty or…” It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded not by religionists, but by Christians, not on religion, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ.”
THE NEW ENGLAND PRIMER First textbook published in America Textbook of American schools from 1690 – 1900 1st graders learned alphabet from this book Each letter used a phrase from the Bible: A – A wise son maketh a glad father – Pr.10:1 B – Better is a little with the fear of the Lord, than a great treasure and trouble therewith – 15:16 C. – Come unto me all ye that labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest. Mt.11:28 E – Except a man be born again he cannot enter the kingdom of God. Jn.3:3
THE NEW ENGLAND PRIMER Questions in back of the book: • What is the 5th Commandment? • What is forbidden in the 5th Commandment? • What is required in the 6th Commandment? • What is forbidden in the 6th Commandment? 200 years it was the foundation of our educational system
FIRST CHIEF JUSTICE OF SUPREME COURT - JOHN JAY “Providence has given to our people the choice of their rulers, and it is the duty as well as the privilege and interest of our Christian nation to select and prefer Christians for their rulers” How long since you’ve heard such language?
GEORGE WASHINGTON’S FAREWELL ADDRESS “Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism, who should labor to subvert these great pillars.” This part of his speech, if in a textbook today, is taken out. Religion, morality and politics can’t be separated – G. Washington
FOR 200 YEARS WE’VE BEEN UNDER THE SAME DOCUMENT – CONSTITUTION FRANCE HAD A REVOLUTION SAME TIME WE DID AND THEY HAVE BEEN UNDER 7 DIFFERENT FORMS OF GOVERNMENT ITALY HAS GONE THROUGH 51 FORMS OF GOVERNMENT WANT TO TRADE?
FROM WHOM DID OUR FOUNDING FATHER’S QUOTE? UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON SURVEY FROM 15,000 DOCUMENTS AFTER 10 YEARS RESEARCH “34% OF FOUNDERS QUOTES WERE DIRECTLY OUT OF THE BIBLE”
FOUNDING FATHER’S CONCEPT FOR: 3 BRANCHES OF GOVERNMENT ISAIAH 33:22 For the LORD is our judge, the LORD is our lawgiver, the LORD is our king; it is he who will save us. Judge – Judicial Lawgiver - Legislative King - Executive
FOUNDING FATHER’S CONCEPT FOR: SEPARATION OF POWERS JEREMIAH 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it? Thus a check and balance system
FOUNDING FATHER’S CONCEPT FOR: TAX EXEMPTION FOR CHURCHES EZRA 7:24 You are also to know that you have no authority to impose taxes, tribute or duty on any of the priests, Levites, singers, gatekeepers, temple servants or other workers at this house of God.
- FIRST AMENDMENT - “CONGRESS SHALL MAKE NO LAW RESPECTING AN ESTABLISHMENT OF RELIGION OR PROHIBITING THE FREE EXERCISE THEREOF” See any mention of “Separation of church and state” in the First Amendment? None of those words are used Leaders today don’t want “Freedom of Religion” but “Freedom From Religion”
- FIRST AMENDMENT - “CONGRESS SHALL MAKE NO LAW RESPECTING AN ESTABLISHMENT OF RELIGION OR PROHIBITING THE FREE EXERCISE THEREOF” Purpose of First Amendment: So one denomination wouldn’t run the nation They had that in England They wanted God’s principles
Dr. William James – Father of modern psychology “There’s nothing so absurd but that if you repeat it often enough people will believe it.” Supreme Court after 1947 began saying that “Separation of church and state” was what Founding Fathers wanted without proving it. Remember: “Say it often enough and people will believe it”
SUPREME COURT CASE – 1958 BAER V. KOLMORGEN A dissenting Judge warned that “Continuing talk about the ‘separation of church and state’ would make people think it was part of the Constitution”
SUPREME COURT CASE – JUNE 25, 1962 ENGEL V. VITALE Prayer was taken out of schools under the pretense that “Separation of church and state” was in the 1st Amendment This case for the first time separated Christian principles from education
Engel v. Vitale – 1962 – A Turning Point Separation of church and state is not in the Constitution A BRAND NEW LAW School prayer had never been challenged before After prayer was removed, next was • Bible reading in school • Bible classes and religious instruction in school
SUPREME COURT CASE – JUNE 17, 1963 “If portions of the New Testament were read without explanation, they could be and had been psychologically harmful to the child.” In other words: It could cause brain damage
SUPREME COURT CASE –1965 Children were allowed to pray over lunch at school as long as no one could tell it was a prayer Later: No prayer at athletic contests People in Texas didn’t get that memo
SUPREME COURT CASE –1967 A 4 line nursery rhyme was considered Unconstitutional. Reason: Although the word “God” was not mentioned if someone were to hear the rhyme he might think it was talking about God. Probably more brain damage
SUPREME COURT CASE –1980 10 Commandments Display: “If the posted copies of 10 Commandments are to have any effect at all it will be to induce the schoolchildren to read, meditate upon, perhaps to venerate and obey the Commandments (which) is not a permissible objective” In other words: Don’t let the kids see it because they might want to obey it
JAMES MADISON CHIEF ARCHITECT OF CONSTITUTION “We have staked the whole future of American civilization, not upon the power of government, far from it. We have staked the future of all of our political institutions… upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves according to the 10 Commandments of God.” Now they are removed!
A 22 WORD PRAYER – UNCONSTITUTIONAL “Almighty God, we acknowledge our dependence upon Thee, and we beg thy blessings upon us, our parents, our teachers, and our country.” “God” mentioned only 1 time Same as in Pledge of Allegiance “Under God” threatened
SUPREME COURT CASE – 1962 The Court reported that only 3% of our nation did not believe in religion or God. So, 3% has now become a majority First time a minority every won - 97% lost EVER HEARD OF “SILENT MAJORITY”? Washington’s Farewell Address he says: Morality cannot be maintained without religious principles
4 GROUPS MENTIONED IN THE 22 WORD PRAYER STUDENTS PARENTS TEACHERS COUNTRY
4 GROUPS MENTIONED IN THE 22 WORD PRAYER 1. HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS: Birth per 1000 unwed: In 1951 – 12 until ’63 In 1987 – 35 per 1000 still climbing 10-14 year olds – 553% increase since 63 And STD’s,Murders, Drugs, Alcoholics, Suicides Not to mention 40% of H.S. grads read @ 4th grade level
4 GROUPS MENTIONED IN THE 22 WORD PRAYER 2. PARENTS: Divorce had been on the decline, but in ’63 it began to climb U.S. now leads the world 5 million Americans “Living together” Single-parent families up 150%
4 GROUPS MENTIONED IN THE 22 WORD PRAYER 3. TEACHERS: S.A.T.scores plummeted since ’63 Graduates can’t read, don’t know math, history, etc. More private schools and home schools No Bible principles in public school Killings, fights, teachers threatened
4 GROUPS MENTIONED IN THE 22 WORD PRAYER 4. COUNTRY: Has anything changed since you graduated high school? Remember when chewing gum was punishable or talking in class No 10 Commandments: So, I can kill, steal, commit fornication, forget God, dishonor parents…
GEORGE WASHINGTON’S FAREWELL ADDRESS “Let it be simply asked where is the security for life, for reputation and for property, if the sense of religious obligation desert.” The sense of religious obligation has deserted our country
13 Colony Constitutions In each states Constitution every person appointed to public office shall say, “I do profess faith in God the Father and in Jesus Christ his only Son, and in the Holy Ghost one God blessed forever-more, and I do acknowledge the holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be given by Divine Inspiration.”
CRIME ON THE INCREASE World leader in violent crimes, divorce Increased 794% since 63 God’s law stops all crime – e.g. Sermon on the mount cfMt.15:18-19 Don’t be angry – stops abuse, murder Don’t lust – stops fornication Love neighbor as self Do unto others…
The authors of the Constitution understood the individual will answer to God in the future and will either be punished or rewarded When does a nation answer to God? George Mason – Father of Bill of Rights “As nations cannot be rewarded or punished in the next world, so they must be in this by an inevitable chain of events, causes and effects, Providence punishes National sins by national calamities.”
In 1963 we told God to “Get out!” And he did. Psalm 127:1 Except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it: except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain. Pr.14:34 Righteousness exalteth a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people
Will United States Last Forever? So what if we take care of: Economy Borders Terrorists
WHERE ARE WE OBEYING GOD? Family Schools Political Churches Materialism Drugs Gambling Drinking
God Warned Israel – They did not hear Dt.6:12; 28:15ff Jer.6:17 “We will not hearken” We, like they are not mourning Mt.5:4; Jas.4:7-10 Jer.2:1-13 What happens when we don’t hear? Lam.1:1-12
WHAT CAN “I” DO? PRAY 2Chr.7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
WHAT CAN “I” DO? WRITE TO REPRESENTATIVES RUN FOR OFFICE BE A LIGHT