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September 21, 2018
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Have You Noticed? America is Becoming Secularized.

Os Hillman • Legal Rights
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 America right now as it relates to the secularization of society.

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 America right now as it relates to the secularization of society.

We are convinced that England will never be converted until the laity use the opportunities daily afforded by their various professions, crafts and occupations.

-          Towards the Conversion of England (1945)

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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 England. It has become a secularized society because the above warning issued in Towards the Conversion of England in 1945 was not heeded by the Christian leaders of the day. America is rapidly moving in the same direction if something does not change.

 

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?

 

It is because we in the Church have not equipped or commissioned those who have the authority in the cities to impact their spheres of influence for Jesus Christ. We have not helped them to realize that they are the army of the Lord-not merely the supporting personnel who supply the tools and equipment to those in the Church.
 

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 kingdom of God. In other words, by not equipping those in the Church to impact their workplaces for Christ, we give over every area of society to the kingdom of darkness.

 

Evidences of Our Christian Foundations

There has been a continued move by a minority in the US that seeks to remove the historical foundations of the United States by removing prayer in the public sector, faith in the workplace and now the removal of the term, 'Merry Christmas", in lieu of a more politically correct phrase like "Happy Holidays". Some say the recent trend about Christmas is a lot to do about nothing. Do not be fooled by this. It is the classic frog in the kettle example of how we will wake up one day just as England and the entire European world that has kicked God out of their nations. When this happens, America will no longer be the great nation that it is. We are currently in a window of decision that will decide our fate.

 

It is not too difficult to trace the spiritual roots of America and realize that our founding fathers had a very strong Christian foundation in forming this nation. Allow me to cite just a few of these evidences.

 

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]

 

We, greatly commending, and graciously accepting of, their Desires for the Furtherance of so noble a Work, which may, by the Providence of Almighty God, hereafter tend to the Glory of his Divine Majesty, in propagating of Christian Religion to such People, as yet live in Darkness and miserable Ignorance of the true Knowledge and Worship of God. Instructions for the Virginia Colony (1606)

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 Virginia (granted by King James I, on April 10, 1606)

 "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 Newburyport, Massachusetts.


"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 Babel" - Benjamin Franklin Constitutional Convention of 1787

In Benjamin Franklin's 1749 plan of education for public schools in Pennsylvania, he insisted that schools teach "the Excellency of the Christian religion above all others, ancient or modern."

"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."

"Of all the systems of morality, ancient or modern which have come under my observation, none appears to me so pure as that of Jesus." "I am a real Christian, that is to say, a disciple of the doctrines of Jesus." Thomas Jefferson
 

We could go on and on with such evidences that reveal our forefathers founded the nation of America because of a profound faith in Jesus Christ and their desire to establish a nation rooted in this faith. They did not say that all people had to believe the way they believed as they also cited a freedom to exercise individual faith. Yet, they also were not afraid to say what the driving force was behind their own efforts in forming this nation

 

When the president of the US and our Supreme Court justices are sworn in they put their hand on a book - the Bible. It is not a Koran, not a book of Mormon, not a book that represents different faith persuasions. That is because we are a nation founded upon Judeo-Christian beliefs found in the Bible. Behind the Speaker of the House of  Representatives we have the words large on the wall and on our money:  In God We Trust, yet we are trying now to remove Christ from Christmas for political correctness and moving toward the secularization of society and limiting how people can pray in public. Simply take a tour of the public buildings in Washington, D.C. and you will see the many evidences of the faith of our forefathers such as the Thomas Jefferson Memorial: "God who gave us life gave us liberty. And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are a gift from God? That they are not to be violated but with His wrath? Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, and that His justice cannot sleep forever." (Excerpts are inscribed on the walls of the Jefferson Memorial in the nation's capital) [Source: Merrill. D. Peterson, ed., Jefferson Writings, (New York: Literary Classics of the United States, Inc., 1984), Vol. IV, p. 289. From Jefferson's Notes on the State of Virginia, Query XVIII, 1781.]

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

http://www.wallbuilders.org

 

Legal Rights in the Workplace

http://www.intheworkplace.com/articles.asp?columnid=1935&keywords=&byline=&topicid=149

American Center for Law and Justice  http://www.aclj.org

 

Freedom to say Merry Christmas

http://www.alliancedefensefund.org/news/pressrelease.aspx?cid=3579

 

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