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    • WELCOME!
      The Christian In A
      Secular America
      Parkside Bible Fellowship
      Adult Summer Sunday School
      August 30, 2009
      12th Session
    • The Separation of Church and State
    • CHURCH AND STATE
      America, the Beautiful….A Country God Has Blessed!
      Why Has God Blessed This Nation?
      • Joshua 24:13-15
      • Psalm 56: 1-4
      • Ephesians 5:1, 20
      • Isaiah 33:22
      • Proverbs 14:34
      • 2 Chronicles 7:14
      • Psalm 33:12
      • Psalm 9:17
      • Ezra 7:25
      • Fear and serve God
      • Put our faith in God, not man
      • Be Godlike and thank Him
      • God is our ultimate authority
      • Stay true to God’s Word
      • God’s promise to His people
      • God blessings who heed Him
      • God’s wrath upon nations who forget Him
      • Godly leaders
    • CHURCH AND STATE
      French writer Alexis de Tocqueville, after visiting America in 1831, said,
      "I sought for the greatness of the United States in her harbors, her ample rivers, her fertile fields, and boundless forests--and it was not there. I sought for it in her rich mines, her vast world commerce, her public school system, and in her institutions of higher learning--and it was not there. I looked for it in her democratic Congress and her matchless Constitution--and it was not there.
    • CHURCH AND STATE
      French writer Alexis de Tocqueville, after visiting America in 1831, said,
      Not until I went into the churches of America and heard her pulpits aflame with righteousness did I understand the secret of her genius and power. America is great because America is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great!“
      “For Americans, the ideas of Christianity and liberty are so completely mingled that it is almost impossible to get them to conceive of the one without the other…”
    • Was the United States Founded On Christian Principles?
    • CHURCH AND STATE
      Depends On How The Term Christian Nation Is Defined. Every Nation Is Founded On Certain Basic Principles Or Values, And Those Values Have Their Source In Religious Belief.
      If by Christian nation one means a nation in which everyone is a Christian, or in which only Christians are welcome, or in which non-Christians are second-class citizens.
      If by the term Christian nationone means a nation that was founded on Biblical values that were brought to the nation by its Founding Fathers who were Christians or influenced by God’s Word.
    • CHURCH AND STATE
      So, how do we know that our Founding Fathers were Christians and/or influenced by God?
      By the documents which established this nation.
      Mayflower Compact 1620
      Fundamental Orders of Connecticut 1639
      Maryland Religious Toleration Act of 1649
      Seven of the original 13 Colonies were founded for religious purposes.
      Declaration of Independence
      13 State Constitutions all acknowledged God----Today, all 50 State Constitutions acknowledged God.
    • CHURCH AND STATE
      So, how do we know that our Founding Fathers were Christians and/or influenced by God?
      Their own religious beliefs (55 writers of U.S. Constitution)
      28 Episcopalians 8 Presbyterians
      7 Congregationalists 2 Reformed
      2 Lutherans 2 Methodists
      2 Roman Catholics 1 unknown
      3 Deists
    • CHURCH AND STATE
      So, how do we know that our Founding Fathers were Christians and/or influenced by God?
      Their own words.
      Analyzing the historical record.
    • CHURCH AND STATE
      So, As We Have Reviewed What The Founding Fathers Said And Intended, What Do You Think They Would Say About Our County Today?
      Disallowing Christian Practice in Government and Public
      Removing Prayer, 10 Commandments & the Bible from Schools
      Teaching Evolution in Schools
      Legalizing / Promoting Abortion
      Promoting Euthanasia / Assisted Suicide
      Promoting / Celebrating Homosexuality
      Same Sex marriage is equal to traditional marriage
    • The Separation of Church and State
    • CHURCH AND STATE
      True Meaning of“Separation of Church and State”
      First Amendment
      “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble; and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
    • CHURCH AND STATE
      “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise there of”
      TWO CLAUSES
      Establishment clause
      Free Exercise clause
    • CHURCH AND STATE
      Government CANNOT establish a national religion or promote one religion over another and must stay neutral in regards to religion is referred to as the ESTABLISHMENT CLAUSE
    • CHURCH AND STATE
      Government CANNOT stop you from worshipping as you please is referred to as the FREE EXERCISE CLAUSE
    • establishment
      CHURCH AND STATE
      STATE
      • US Government
      • No national religion can be established
      • “No governmental involvement or entanglement with religion”
      • Government promotes religion but remains neutral
      CHURCH
      • Any type of religious group in this country
      WORSHIP FREELY
      • As long as it does not violate any law.
    • CHURCH AND STATE
      True Meaning of“Separation of Church and State”
      It was used by Thomas Jefferson in 1803, nearly 12 years after the Bill of Rights was ratified
      Used the phrase to assure the Connecticut Danbury Baptist Ass’n that the federal government lacked jurisdiction over religion
      By virtue of the fact that it was a government of limited powers and by virtue of the Establishment Clause