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  • 5162550-133350The Christian In A Secular AmericaParkside Bible FellowshipAdult Sunday School
    September 6, 2009
    1. Welcome/Opening Prayer
    Separation of Church and State2. Review
    • Key Verse---Matthew 22: 36-40
    • Theme
    • Last week: Began Separation of Church and State
    3. The True Meaning of Separation of Church and State
    • Jefferson’s Danbury Baptist Letter
    4. So, what has happened to the true meaning of the Separation of Church and State?
    • Several factors led to radical disassociation of Christianity from the public forum.
    • Secular Humanists and relativism
    • Darwinian Revolution
    • Scopes Monkey Trial
    • Natural Law (God’s Law) to Humanism
    • United States Supreme Court
    • Contradictions to Separation of Church and State
    • American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
    • Court Cases:
    • Everson vs Board of Education, 1947
    • Engel vs Vitale, 1962
    • Abington School District v Schempp, 1965
    • Eperson v. Arkansas, 1968
    • Stone vs. Graham, 1980
    5. Church and State today------Three views
    • Anti-religious Separatists
    • Positive Neutral
    • Christian America
    6. Our Defenders for Religious Freedom
    • Alliance Defense Fund
    • Liberty Counsel
    • American Center for Law and Justice
    7. So, how should Christians respond to a country, society and government which is increasingly, promoting the radical disassociation between Christianity and the State?
    • Never reference a MAN in defense of your religious beliefs unless that man is Jesus.
    • If you are going to reference our nation's Christian background, first arm yourself with the facts, ALL the facts.
    • Why should we be surprised that America is turning away from our Christian roots?
    • 2 Thess. 2: 7—12; 1 Tim.4: 1—5; 2 Tim. 3: 1—5; 2 Pet. 3:3
    • What should be our FOCUS? The Great Commission: Matt. 28: 19—20
    • The Way We Were: Let’s be REALISTIC
    • No Golden Age of Christianity and there never will be until we get to heaven
    • The Victim Mentality
    • Christians should stop whining and use their God-given religious freedoms.
    • In God We Trust
    • God is SOVEREIGN and we can put our faith and trust in Him
    • Over Satan and sin: Job 1: 12; 2: 6; Luke 5: 21; 22: 31
    • Over all governments and military powers: 2 Chronicles 20: 6, Romans 13: 2
    • Over nature and natural disasters: Psalm 107: 29; Nahum 1: 3—6
    • Over sickness and disease: John 9: 3; 11: 4; Revelation 21: 4
    • Over every human being: Acts 13: 48; Romans 9: 17—18
    • Including you and me: Prov. 16: 9; 19: 21; James 4: 13—15
    • God does what He pleases unto His Will: Psalms 115: 3
    • Our Commitment Is To Pray
    • Pray for those who are in authority over us
    • Paul prayed for the king who eventually executed him. 1 Timothy 2: 1—2
    • Pray for the salvation of our leaders. Titus 3: 1—2
    • Romans 13: 1