There is a story that is told about a frog that is placed in a pot of warm water. Gradually the water is turned warmer and warmer until it is so hot that the frog does not realize he is being burned to death. He fails to jump out of the pot before it is too late. Such is where we see
We are convinced that
- Towards the Conversion of
In the first Reformation, Martin Luther did us a great service by bringing the Word of God to the common man and woman. The second Reformation is taking the work of God to the common man and woman. We are now seeing early glimpses of what can happen in and through the life of a Christian who is willing to break the sacred/secular divide that has held sway since the days before the Reformation.
However, we have yet to be fully liberated. At present, it is reported that less than two percent of the population attends church in
For years, the organized Church has sought to make an impact on the culture through various religious activities, such as city prayer meetings, pastor unity meetings, spiritual warfare conferences, intercessory prayer, spiritual mapping, and so on. These activities are very important, yet we have not seen one major city transformed for Jesus Christ. And we have seen a continued secularization of society by attempting to remove Jesus Christ from the public record. Why is that?
We have wrongly equated "ministry" to what takes place inside the four walls of the local church. We have failed to affirm the worker at IBM, the clerk at Wal-Mart, the nurse at the hospital or the sixth-grade teacher at the elementary school that the work they do five days a week is as important as any ministry they do within the four walls of their local congregation. In fact, surveys reveal that more than 90 percent of church members do not feel they are being equipped by the Church to apply their biblical faith in their daily work life. As a result, they are ineffective for Christ at their places of employment, which allows the culture to continue to take away spiritual ground from the
Evidences of Our Christian Foundations
There has been a continued move by a minority in the
It is not too difficult to trace the spiritual roots of
Patrick Henry once 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. For this very reason, peoples of other faiths have been afforded asylum, prosperity, and freedom of worship here." [May 1765 Speech to the House of Burgesses]
Lastly and chiefly the way to prosper and achieve good success is to make yourselves all of one mind for the good of your country and your own, and to serve and fear God the Giver of all Goodness, for every plantation which our Heavenly Father hath not planted shall be rooted out.
The First Charter of
"Having undertaken, for the glory of God, and advancement of the Christian faith, and honor of our King and Country, a voyage to plant the first colony in the northern parts of Virginia, do by these presents solemnly and mutually, in the presence of God, and one of another, covenant and combine our selves together." The Mayflower Compact (authored by William Bradford) 1620
We Recognize No Sovereign but God, and no King but Jesus!
John Adams and John Hancock, April 18, 1775
"The general principles upon which the Fathers achieved independence were the general principals of Christianity. I will avow that I believed and now believe that those general principles of Christianity are as eternal and immutable as the existence and attributes of God. [July 4th] ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty."
-John Adams in a letter written to Abigail on the day the Declaration was approved by Congress
"We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge, or gallantry, would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other." --October 11, 1798
"I have examined all religions, as well as my narrow sphere, my straightened means, and my busy life, would allow; and the result is that the Bible is the best Book in the world. It contains more philosophy than all the libraries I have seen." -- December 25, 1813 letter to Thomas Jefferson
"Why is it that, next to the birthday of the Savior of the world, your most joyous and most venerated festival returns on this day [the Fourth of July]?" "Is it not that, in the chain of human events, the birthday of the nation is indissolubly linked with the birthday of the Savior? That it forms a leading event in the progress of the Gospel dispensation? Is it not that the Declaration of Independence first organized the social compact on the foundation of the Redeemer's mission upon earth? That it laid the cornerstone of human government upon the first precepts of Christianity"?
-- John Quincy Adams, 1837, at the age of 69, when he delivered a Fourth of July speech at
"God governs in the affairs of man. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without his notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without His aid? We have been assured in the Sacred Writings that except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it. I firmly believe this. I also believe that, without His concurring aid, we shall succeed in this political building no better than the builders of
In Benjamin Franklin's 1749 plan of education for public schools in
"The Bible is worth all other books which have ever been printed." Patrick Henry
"The doctrines of Jesus are simple, and tend to all the happiness of man."
We could go on and on with such evidences that reveal our forefathers founded the nation of
When the president of the
Yet, the minority in our society is seeking to remove these evidences for the sake of pandering to a few secularists.
It is time for the Body of Christ to stand up and educate those in our society who would want to remove Christ from the foundation of our nation.
To learn more about our Christian foundations and your legal rights in the expression of your faith, visit these sites.
American Christian Heritage
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