Pastor Roger Anghis
April 3, 2010
In the last segment we ended with a quote from Benjamin Rush: “If they were ever to take the Bible out of public schools, we would be spending all of our time and all of our money fighting crime when it could be prevented in the classroom.” This was a very prophetic statement in 1791. In 1963 we saw the Bible and prayer taken out of our public schools. From that day we started to see a rise in crime not just in the school, but in society in general. Divorce rates began to rise after several years of decline. Pre-1963 the trouble in schools was chewing gum in class, cutting in line, talking in class and passing notes. Today we have metal detectors because students are bringing guns and knives to school to kill other students and teachers. The NEA claims that there is no correlation, but it all started when prayer and the Bible were removed from our public schools. Our Founding Fathers lived by this scripture: "For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ." - 1 Corinthians 3:11
Without the Great Awakening in the 1730s and the political thinking it generated, we would have had no American Revolution a generation later. Without the Second Great Awakening of the early 19th century and the abolitionist movement that it spawned, we would not have seen the end of slavery a generation later. Similarly, without the courage of many pastors and of groups like the Southern Christian Leadership Conference we would not have seen the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s. Without the prolife movement Ronald Reagan would not have been elected in 1980, and the Cold War might have gone on. Bill Clinton put a person in charge of Voice of America that broadcast world events, Christian programs and other programs that would give people hope and he stopped all of that and broadcast Britney Spears and other so-called musicians and even made the statement that the reason the Iron Curtain came down was because of MTV.
That is the epitome of stupidity. This person, and so many more in government, have no wisdom because their foundation is not is Jesus Christ. Our Founding Fathers proved what could be done when we base our lives on Jesus and His Word and those people then are placed in government in places of authority. We have gone so far from that belief and to survive as a nation we MUST return. That is our mandate. We have allowed unrighteous men and women to rule over us. Solomon warned about the type of people that rule over us. Proverbs 29:2 “When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.” Bill Clinton vetoed a ban on partial birth abortion twice. He disgraced the office of the presidency in the Oval Office with immoral acts. People may not like the Bible but they love the results of obeying its precepts. Prosperity, good health and peace.
Our studies so far have been concerning the extent that our Founding Fathers were influenced by their determination to live according to the moral precepts of not just any religion, but Christianity. We have seen that it was their belief in moral teachings of the Bible that led to the type of government that our nation began with AND it was the rearing of our children on those Biblical teachings that kept our great nation strong and prosperous.
In the last 75 years, with the advent of the ACLU, American’s United for the Separation of Church and state, Freedom From Religion Foundation, and others have worked overtime to remove God, the Bible and all vestiges of our religious heritage from public view. All claim that our Constitution declares that we are to do so, even though none of our Founding Fathers were aware of that provision. Most people quote Thomas Jefferson as the one who proves that church and state must be separated even though he never stated that in the context of keeping religion out of government and the public eye. What he did state is this: "One of the amendments to the Constitution... expressly declares that '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,' thereby guarding in the same sentence and under the same words, the freedom of religion, of speech, and of the press; insomuch that whatever violates either throws down the sanctuary which covers the others." --Thomas Jefferson
We have not been allowed to pray in public schools either as a teacher or as a student for over 40 years, Thomas Jefferson commented about the removal of religious freedoms: "The rights [to religious freedom] are of the natural rights of mankind, and... if any act shall be... passed to repeal [an act granting those rights] or to narrow its operation, such act will be an infringement of natural right." --Thomas Jefferson
Jefferson also commented on government intermeddling in religious affairs: "I consider the government of the United States as interdicted by the Constitution from intermeddling with religious institutions, their doctrines, discipline, or exercises. This results not only from the provision that no law shall be made respecting the establishment or free exercise of religion, but from that also which reserves to the states the powers not delegated to the United States. Certainly, no power to prescribe any religious exercise or to assume authority in religious discipline has been delegated to the General Government. It must then rest with the states, as far as it can be in any human authority." --Thomas Jefferson.
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We see with this statement that the federal government has no say whatsoever in religious matters. Jefferson stated: “no power to prescribe any religious exercise or to assume authority in religious discipline has been delegated to the General Government.” Yet the courts have declared that a student cannot pray at a graduation ceremony, a teacher cannot have a Bible in his/her desk, Ten Commandments cannot be displayed in a classroom. The arrogance of judges today to think that they know more about the meaning of the Constitution than the ones that wrote it is amazing. These activist judges must be removed. The liberties that our Founding Fathers fought and died for are at stake.
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Pastor Roger Anghis is the Founder of RestoreFreeSpeech.org, an organization designed to draw attention to the need of returning free speech rights to churches that was restricted in 1954.
President of The Damascus Project, TheDamascusProject.org, which has a stated purpose of teaching pastors and lay people the need of the churches involvement in the political arena and to teach the historical role of Christianity in the politics of the United States. Married-37 years, 3 children, three grandchildren.
Web site: RestoreFeeSpeech.org