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1 Tim 2:1-4 1 First, I tell you to pray for all people, asking God for what they need and being thankful to him. 2 Pray for rulers and for all who have.

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2 1 Tim 2:1-4 1 First, I tell you to pray for all people, asking God for what they need and being thankful to him. 2 Pray for rulers and for all who have authority so that we can have quiet and peaceful lives full of worship and respect for God. 3 This is good, and it pleases God our Savior, 4 who wants all people to be saved and to know the truth. Do you pray for your country, America?

3 “America is great because she is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, she will cease to be great.” Psa. 9:17 The wicked return to the grave, all the nations that forget God.

4 Ancient Civilizations MayanEgypt Assyrian Babylon Persian Inca Antarctica Job 12:23 [God] makes nations great, and destroys them; he enlarges nations, and disperses them. May 2009

5 Great Nations have passed and now lay in ruins Assyrian Babylon Persia Greece Rome Ottoman Is America exempt?

6 Daniel Webster, 1903 “If we and our posterity reject religious instruction and authority, violate the rules of eternal justice trifle with the injunctions of morality, and recklessly destroy the political constitution which holds us together, no man can tell how sudden a catastrophe may overwhelm us that shall bury all our glory in profound obscurity.” Daniel Webster 2 term Congressman

7 “The American government and the Constitution is the most precious possession which the world holds, or which the future can inherit. This is true—true because the American system of government is the political expression of Christian ideas.” In 1867 the North American Review summed up the Founding Fathers’ accomplishment:

8 “Not until I went into the churches of America and heard her pulpits flame with righteousness did I understand the secret of her genius and power. The Americans combine the notions of Christianity and of liberty so intimately in their minds, that it is impossible to make them conceive of one without the other.”

9 A speaker from the esteemed Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing said in a scheduled lecture for tourists: “One of the things we were asked to look into was what accounted for the success, in fact, the pre-eminence of the West all over the world. At first, we thought the power of the West was because you had more powerful guns than we had. Then we thought it was because you had the best political system. Next we focused on your economic system. Jer 9: This is what the Lord says: "Let not the wise man boast of his wisdom or the strong man boast of his strength or the rich man boast of his riches, 24 but let him who boasts boast about this: that he understands and knows me, that I am the Lord, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight," declares the Lord.

10 “But in the past twenty years, we have realized that the heart of your culture is your religion: Christianity. That is why the West has been so powerful. The Christian moral foundation of social and cultural life was what made possible the emergence of capitalism and then the successful transition to democratic politics. We don’t have any doubt about this.”

11 ‘Our laws and our institutions must necessarily be based upon ` and embody the teachings of The Redeemer of mankind. It is impossible that it should be otherwise; and in this sense and to this extent our civilization and our institutions are emphatically Christian [dicta] ’... “this is a religious people. This is historically true. From the discovery of this continent to the present hour, there is a single voice making this affirmation. [465] ”... we find everywhere a clear recognition of the same truth... “These, and many other matters which might be noticed, add a volume of unofficial declarations to the mass of organic utterances that this is a Christian nation. [471] ” Cite: Church of the Holy Trinity v. United States, 143 U.S. 457 (1892) 1892 U.S. Supreme Court Church Holy Trinity vs. U.S.

12 U.S. Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black The Beginning of the End “The First Amendment has erected a wall between church and state. That wall must be kept high and impregnable. We could not approve the slightest breach.” [Majority opinion in Emerson v. Board of Education, 330 U.S. 1 (1947), last words] 1947 Everson vs Board of Education 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.

13 U.S. Supreme Court The Beginning of the End 1947 Everson vs Board of Education “wall of separation between church and State” Chain of Events: 1962: Engel v. Vitale school prayer outlawed 1963: Murray v. Curlett Bible-reading outlawed 1979: Florey v. Sioux Falls Schol District unconstitutional for kindergarten class to ask whose birthday is celebrated at Christmas 1980: Stone v. Graham Ten commandments outlawed “unconstitutional for the Ten Commandments to hang on the walls of a classroom, since the students might be led to read them, meditate upon them, respect them, or obey them.” James Madison, author of Bill of Rights 4 th US president, “Godfather of Constitution” “We have staked the whole future of American civilization not on the power of government. Far from it! We have staked the future of all of our political institutions upon the capacity... of each and all of us to govern ourselves... according to the Ten Commandments of God.”

14 U.S. Supreme Court The Beginning of the End 1947 Everson vs Board of Education “wall of separation between church and State” Chain of Events: 1962: Engel v. Vitale school prayer outlawed 1963: Murray v. Curlett Bible-reading outlawed 1979: Florey v. Sioux Falls Schol District unconstitutional for kindergarten class to ask whose birthday is celebrated at Christmas 1980: Stone v. Graham Ten commandments outlawed 1985: Wallace v. Jaffree unconstitutional for kindergarten class to recite: “God is great. God is good….etc.” 1990: Roberts v. Madigan Christian books in classroom library & teacher w/Bible in hand outlawed

15 U.S. Supreme Court The Beginning of the End 1947 Everson vs Board of Education “wall of separation between church and State” Chain of Events: 1973 – Roe v Wade legalized abortion 2003 – FL Supreme Court granted girls under 18 abortion w/o parental consent 2003 – legalized sodomy in all 50 states Rom 1: They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator — who is forever praised. Amen. 26 Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. 27 In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion.

16 1 Tim 2:1-4 1 First, I tell you to pray for all people, asking God for what they need and being thankful to him. 2 Pray for rulers and for all who have authority so that we can have quiet and peaceful lives full of worship and respect for God. 3 This is good, and it pleases God our Savior, 4 who wants all people to be saved and to know the truth. Do you pray for your country, America?


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