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This country was founded on Christian principles. The nation was founded to allow liberty to choose one’s own faith. We do not regulate via the government which faith anyone must adhere.  There seems to be a great increase in ‘atheistic’ expression, demanding restrictions on Christian expression, attacks on churches, laws hindering certain Biblical messages to be mentioned.  It seems that atheistic dogma is on the increase.

Many Americans think that the First Amendment in our Constitution say that there must be ‘Separation of Church and State’. The media, many politicians, and even church leaders often use that statement. A recent poll showed that 69% of the nation believes that the First Amendment has that wording within it. Yet, those words are not anywhere in the Constitution. 
What the First Amendment does say is this:
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.”

What that tells us is that the government cannot establish a state religion, nor can it pass laws that hinder or control one’s religion. Free press, free speech, freedom to peaceably assemble, and freedom to petition the government on grievances, is also included. The government is not to be ‘religion free’, but rather the church is to be guaranteed the state will not try to control it.

From where did the words ‘separation of church and state’ come? They were words of Thomas Jefferson in 1802. In 1801, the Danbury Baptist Association of Connecticut wrote to President Jefferson, and asked about religious freedom. On January 1, of 1802, the president answered them, and his answer underscored the First Amendment as being a guard against government interfering in religious matters. Jefferson stated that the First Amendment created a ‘wall of separation’ to protect churches from the government making laws prohibiting the free exercise of their religion.  The First Amendment restricts the government, not the people. 

The Warren Court misinterpreted the Constitution, and put restrictions on the exercise of one’s religion, by restricting the people from ‘prayer in school, religious displays at Christmas, etc. Jefferson never intended that interpretation of his letter. In fact, it is quite the opposite of what he was telling the Danbury Baptist group. Three days after writing that letter, Jefferson attended church at a worship service on government property, in the House Chambers of the U.S. Capital Building.  The church was having a service on government property, without government interference.

Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, William Rehnquist has said:
The metaphor of a wall of separation is bad history and worse law. It has made a positive chaos out of court rulings. It should be explicitly abandoned.”

We have freedom of religion, we need to exercise that freedom. It is fine for one to be very religious, to stand on Biblical ethics and morals, and to speak those in any location of the nation, even in the government buildings. The government can make no law stopping us from worshiping, from voting with a Christian conscience, from speaking forth our religious beliefs. We can pray aloud, we can read and quote Scripture in government meetings. Our presence does not need apology, does not need hidden, and can be declared freely without government restraint or punishment.

The government has stated that it is illegal for children to pray in school for it violates the ‘separation of church and state.’ Praying does not establish a state religion.  Prayer in schools was always voluntary. Ruling that students cannot pray violates the Constitution. The founding fathers of our nation tried, with the First Amendment, to stop government interference in religious matters.

Atheists have often seemed demanding that the Christian voices, the Christian ethics, the Christian message is to be stopped, hindered, denied, or punished if expressed and demonstrated in any way.  Their voices seem to be increasing, and some of the media gives constant notice and approval to their ideas.    

The name ‘atheist’ comes from the Greek word ‘atheos’.  That word is derived from two words, ‘a’ meaning ‘no’, and ‘theos’ meaning ‘God’. So, literally, it means ‘no God’ or ‘without God.’

The word is found only once in the New Testament, in Ephesians 2:12:

Ephesians 2:12 (KJV)
That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world: 

One can be an ‘deprived atheist’ due to circumstances of never having heard of God.  One can be a ‘true atheist’ due to refusal to accept by willful choice the evidence of the reality there is a God.  And also, one can be a practical atheist, if they acknowledge the reality of God, but live as though there is no God.  Their actions deny what their lips declare.

There are far too many ‘deprived atheists’ causing us to push for more evangelic proclamations, and a call for the church to remember its mission.
The ‘practical atheists’ are far too often found in the church, and this means we need revival. 

The ‘true atheists’ have seemingly become alarmed, and are vehemently speaking out against Christians.  In 2003, Daniel Dennet and Richard Dawkins decided that ‘atheists’ needed a less offensive name, and chose the word ‘bright’. This reminds us of when adulterers chose the name ‘affair’ to describe their sin. Homosexuals chose the name ‘gays’ to describe themselves. Unfortunately, some in the church choose to call themselves ‘Christian’ (meaning ‘Christ-like”) when they are far from living a truly Christ-like life. 

Church attenders should live up to the name ‘Christian’ if they want to claim the name, and atheists should examine the evidence of God if they want to claim to be ‘brights’.

The atheists defined ‘bright’ as someone who holds ‘a naturalistic worldview’ which is ‘free of supernatural and mystical elements’. (New York Times, July 12, 2003, THE BRIGHT STUFF, by Daniel C. Dennet)

Many are turning from the ignorance of the atheistic teachings. Some of the notable ministers in Christianity were former atheists.  Brighter after converting are C.S. Lewis, Josh McDowel, Alister McGrath, Lee Strobel, and many others.

Only Christians are in relationship with the true God.  There are approximately 2.3 billion Christians alive today. Other none atheists serve a devil god, impersonating the real God.  There are 1.6 billion Muslims, 951 million Hindus 486 million Buddhists.  The number of atheists, who deny any
god is 137 million.

Ephesians 2:12 (KJV)
That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:

Christianity, serving the true God, is increasing in size by 80,000 per day.
Muslims are increasing by 79,000 per day, when taking into account that it is sometimes, convert or die, for them to reach that number.

Atheists have 300 fewer in their numbers every day. So that explains why the fewer and fewer of them are growing more and more angry.

Devils inspire their anger against the Christian true God. The devils are not so angry at those deceived by false gods.  The atheists try to justify their increase hatred for Christians by accusing us of being murderous.  They use the Crusades of long ago, when actually those killed by Christians in that time were Muslims who were attacking and killing all Christians who would not convert. They had reached what is now France in their murderous conquests, when the Christians organized crusades to stop them.

The atheists also us the Inquisition, in which 2000 were killed over a period of 350 years.

Then they use the Salem witch trials, wherein they never mention that less than 25 died in that injustice. Nineteen were killed and a few died in captivity.

The atheists try to fault Christianity as being murderous using those examples, but never mention that atheists like Hitler who was responsible fir 19 million deaths, most of which were Christians and Jewish victims. They also forget to mention Stalin who had 20 million killed, and Mao who had 70 million killed. 

The voices of atheists seems loud and threatening now to Christians, but the devil is just angry at the soon coming of Jesus, and the ultimate realization of the whole of creation, that the Trinity of God the Father, Jesus our Savior, and the Holy Spirit are the only Gods.  

There is coming a day, when EVERY knee shall bow before the real Trinity. Just before that day comes, Elijah (and Enoch too) will arrive to preach messages from God. Then, the second coming of Jesus occurs. So, the recognition of the real Godhead, will not fully take place till the Perfect, Loving, Just, Wise, Ruler of the universe takes His throne to rule all here.   That will be the day of glorious realization.

Till then, we have to do as God spoke through Paul in Romans 13.  We behave in a Christian manner. We obey the laws of God. We are ‘ambassadors’ for God.

There is a doctrine called ‘kingdom theology’ or ‘dominion theology’ that misconstrues Genesis 1:26 to apply to Christians supposing to rule secular governments over all humans and institutions. This is found in Mormonism, and in some protestant denominations. God meant to give mankind dominion over the animal kingdom with that verse, but that was stymied by the fall of man. It will be restored in the millennial kingdom, where the lion and kid shall lie down together, and a child shall play over the site where a serpent lives, and not fear nor be hurt.

As far as having dominion over all humans and institutions, that will not come to us, for Jesus will rule. He will return for a 1000 year millennial period and take rule. We, till then will find the devil using those serving false gods, and atheists who do not realize their anger is spurred by the devils, to deal with. Remember, our goal is evangelization, spread the good news that there is a God, Who provided Jesus to make atonement for the sins of mankind.

At the beginning of His ministry, Jesus declined satan’s offer to have the kingdoms of this earth.  Jesus knew, as we should, that first Jesus wants to rule in the hearts of mankind, and then, at a later time will He come to ‘rule and reign.’ We are not there yet, we are waiting for the ‘Ruler’, i.e. Jesus, to arrive in Person.

It is wonderful to have Christians in the White House, in Congress, on the Supreme Court, etc, but our true goal for now, is evangelization. The Scriptures tell us to go into all the world and preach the good news, to be ‘servants’, to minister to, not to have dominion in this present world.  We are not in the kingdom yet, it is awaiting the second coming of Jesus.

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