Presentation on theme: "Of the Gospel of Jesus Christ"— Presentation transcript:
1Of the Gospel of Jesus Christ I am not ashamed…Of the Gospel of Jesus Christ
2HeritageIf you do not know where you came from – you will lack the ability to know your purpose, values, and mission.
3Benjamin Rush– Wrote policy for Adams, Jefferson, and Madison, Bible must be used in education Wrote in 1791 – there would be an increase of crime
41 Timothy 1:8-10We know that the law is good if one uses it properly. We also know that the law is made not for the righteous but for lawbreakers and rebels, the ungodly and sinful, the unholy and irreligious, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers, for the sexually immoral, for those practicing homosexuality, for slave traders and liars and perjurers—and for whatever else is contrary to the sound doctrine
5Fisher Ames-Authored 1st amendment – 1801 – Wrote the he was concerned that the Bible was not always going be textbook.
6Noah Webster– Wrote Art 1 Sec 8 of Constition “All the miseries of man come from… despising or rejecting the Bible
7President John Adams –1798 – No government is large enough to control the behavior of man. Our government is only for a moral people.
8George WashingtonFarewell address – most significant address ever given by a President – to survive we must honor two foundations – morality and religion - “indispensible supports
9Robert Winthrop–Man must be Governed by a power within or a power without…
10Separation?1801 – Rumor that the congressional denomination would be the national religion. Danbury Baptists wrote to Thomas Jefferson
11Abstinence Programs – 113/ 1000 vs. 4/1000 Teaching Morality?Abstinence Programs – 113/ 1000 vs. 4/1000
12Washington“By the all-powerful dispensations of Providence, I have been protected beyond all human probability or expectation; for I had four bullets through my coat, and two horses shot out from under me.” – Yet I was not harmed
13Indian Chief to Washington “I have traveled a long and weary path that I might see the young warrior of the great battle… “I am come to pay homage to the man who is the particular favorite of Heaven, and who can never die in battle.”
14John Quincy AdamsNew England Primer – 1st grade Filled with Scripture 14 years – Secretary to Ambassador to Catherine the Great.
15John Jay“Providence has given to our people the choice of their rulers, and it is the duty – as well as the privilege and interest – of our Christian nation to select and prefer Christians for their rulers.”
16“Religion and morality” “Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensible supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism, who should labor to subvert these great pillars.” Washington’s Farewell Address
17US is Unique among Nations Italian, and Russian, and French Revolution Longest Constitutional Republic Last 200 years – 7 for France 51st for Italy
18Source of Founders doctrines 3154 quotes Baron Charles de Montesquieu – 8.3% - (Bible 4X) Sir William Blackstone – 7.9% - (4X) John Locke – 2.9% - (12X) 34% Founders quotes – from Bible
19Blackstone“The doctrines thus delivered we call the revealed or divine law, and they are to be found only in the Holy Scriptures.” Author of our Judicial System
203 Branches of Government For the Lord is our judge, the Lord is our lawgiver, the Lord is our king; it is he who will save us. Isaiah 33:22
21Separation of PowersThe heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it? Jeremiah 17:9 -
22Tax Exemption for Churches You are also to know that you have no authority to impose taxes, tribute or duty on any of the priests, Levites, musicians, gatekeepers, temple servants or other workers at this house of God. Ezra 7:24
23Church of the Holy Trinity vs. US “No purpose of action against religion can be imputed to any legislation, state or national, because this is a religious people… This is a Christian nation.” 16 pages quoting 87 precedents
24Vidal vs. Girard“Why may not the Bible, and especially the New Testament... Be read and taught as a divine revelation in the (school) - … and its glorious principles of morality inculcated?... Where can the purest principles of morality be learned so clearly or so perfectly as from the New Testament?” US Supreme Court
25People vs. Ruggles“Whatever strikes at the root of Christianity tends manifestly to the dissolution of civil government.” US Supreme Court
26Tax Day in AmericaFederal – 17 State S.S. Medicaid 7.65 Corp 3 Property 2.5 Fuel 7 Sales 4.1 Other 0.5 Total 51.95%