“Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth. Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling.”                                                                                                                                             Psalms 2:10 – 11

     For over two hundred years America has grown and been blessed like no other nation on earth. This is because those who came to the new world wanted a haven in which they could worship God as they pleased. Most of the laws and decisions handed down through our nation’s history were based on the principals found in the Bible. Our children went to school and were taught from the Bible. They were taught how to read with it and know the principles of good government. Because we were a Christian nation, those who worshipped a different faith could enjoy the blessing of freedom of religion because of the principals of Christianity. Today, that has become almost a myth and a crime in our culture.

How Did This Happen?

“Wisdom resteth in the heart of him that hath understanding: but that which is in the midst of fools is made known.” Proverbs 14:33

     There is a principle that a person’s morality dictates his beliefs, also what a person is taught will cause them to see things differently. This is the reason our laws have changed so dramatically in the last 40 years.
      During the turn of the 20th century, Darwinian philosophies were taking a stronghold in our colleges and universities. Laws schools were no longer using Blackstone’s Commentaries. It taught that the foundation of law was the Bible, which meant that the Law is absolute and does not change regardless of society. Chief Justice Earl Warren said that the Constitution is an elastic document that changes as society changes. The Supreme Court was designed by the constitution to enforce the law, not to make new ones. Please understand that our judicial system is based on the Bible.

The Spiritual Atomic Bomb!

     In 1947, in Everson v Board of Education, Justice Black delivered the opinion of the Court when he said, “The First Amendment has erected a wall between church and state. That wall must be kept high and impregnable.” This was the first time ever in the history of U.S. Supreme Court, or any other court, that the term “wall of separation” was used. What did he mean by that? Where did it come from? What has it done to our country since that time?

      Justice Black was saying that the first amendment of the constitution meant that religion had to be separate from the government. What’s interesting about this statement is that no other judge had ever made that claim. Justice Reed did not agree on his interpretation of the term as well.
     During the passage of the Constitution, James Madison who was considered the “Father of the Constitution”, said that the first amendment meant that Congress should not establish a religion and enforce the legal observation of it by law, nor compel men to worship God in any manner contrary to their conscience. The phrase separation of church and state came from a letter written by Thomas Jefferson to a group of Baptists in Danbury, Connecticut. His meaning of the term was that the government would not interfere with the church, but that Christian principals would influence the government. It was never challenged to mean anything else until 1947. If Jefferson meant that there was not to be any reference to religion in any way, why did he do the following:
• Wrote the Declaration of Independence, which uses the phrases, “Endowed by our Creator certain …rights” and “laws of nature and of Nature’s God” that gave direct reference to the laws of the Old and New Testaments.
• Sent missionaries to evangelize the Indians and paid them from the treasury.
• In his government documents, he would end the letter with the term, “In the year of our Lord Christ”.

     Jefferson was not involved with the Constitution. Even if his note meant that religion could not be in government, there was no law accepting it. Schools and colleges would have been in violation of the establishment clause for over 150 years. The only reasonable answer is that the first amendment only meant that there would be no national church. That was what our founding fathers were trying to get away from. In fact, the whole concept of a three branch government came from the book of Isaiah in the Bible.

The Damage that has been done!
     Since 1947, courts have been hearing the term Separation of church and state as if it was in the Constitution. Some law professors even teach that it is. On June 25th, 1962, the U.S. Supreme Court decided that prayer in the schools was unconstitutional and therefore should be removed. A year later, June 17, 1963, this same Supreme Court decided that Bible reading violated the Constitution. Like a cancer, if it is not dealt with, it will grow until it eventually destroys a nation.
      When the First Amendment was being discussed for ratification, Rep. Peter Sylvester of New York feared that the amendment would be used to abolish religion altogether. Rep. Benjamin Huntington of Connecticut was concerned that if the amendment was not worded properly it could be “extremely hurtful to the cause of religion.”
With prayer and the Bible removed our nation went into a spiritual tailspin. Other court cases would be passed to further restrict the freedom of religion. Such cases are as follows:
• 1968- Evolution is no longer against the law to teach.
• 1973- Since there are no longer absolutes, murdering of babies is now a choice.
• 1980- The Ten Commandments are outlawed from schools, because if the children read them, they might obey the commandments.
• 1985- Moment of Silence is outlawed
• 1987- Teaching of Creation science is no longer allowed.
• 1993- Coach sponsored prayers during practice or at the end of games is outlawed.
• 2004- the Pledge of Allegiance wording “Under God” is now questioned.

The winds of deception and rebellion have hit our nation. The following are just a few of the casualties:

• Divorce rates have increased by 500% since the removal of prayer and Bible reading.
• The Generation Gap was born. People living together is now accepted and growing.
• Rock groups were promoting immorality and saying, “We are more popular than Jesus”
• The Church pulls out of Hollywood and movie producers have no accountability. Movies like Rosemary’s Baby and others, promoting hellish lifestyles were on the rise. Nudity was increasing and now profanity was common.
• Absolute of right and wrong was replaced with, “What is right for you, may not be right for somebody else”.
• Abominations like Sodomy are no longer seen as an act against nature itself. Even churches are now accepting this sin, forgetting that their blood will be on the churches hands come judgment day.
      Just like in the days of the judges of Israel, when there was no king, every man did that which was right in their own eyes thus bringing destruction to their nation.
      Even those who believe in the separation of church and state agree that since the removal of moral absolutes from the classroom, immorality has been out of control.
      Once our nation was blessed like no other nation. We were a God-fearing and praying nation. Now the protection we once enjoyed from the Almighty has been removed. God was told to stay out of the classrooms of America and thus out of the hearts of our youth.
      Our society is now producing children that have no concept of God, modesty, morals or vision.

You may be reading this and you have never answered the most important question in your life and that is …

How does anyone get to heaven?

First realize that they cannot get to heaven on their own merits. The Bible says that “For all have sinned and come short (that means everybody can’t get to Heaven on their own) of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23)

Jesus Christ (who is the Son of the living God) came to earth and was born of a virgin woman (therefore he was not born of the curse of mankind) he lived a sinless life and died on a cross for all the sins in the world. Three days later, God the Father raised Him from the dead. He was seen of 500 witnesses and returned to heaven. God’s word says that if we believe these things and call upon the Lord, we will be saved. Romans 10:9 - 13