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Foundations for Freedom and Faith, Part 3 (A Christian Manifesto Today #10)

A Christian Manifesto Today, Podcast

Foundations for Freedom and Faith, Part 3 (A Christian Manifesto Today #10)

Our Christian Manifesto Today passage from the Word of God today is Psalm 50:6 which reads: “And the heavens shall declare his righteousness: for God is judge himself. Selah.”

Our Christian Manifesto Today quote today is from George Washington. He said: “True religion affords to government its surest support.”

In this podcast, we are using as our text: “A Christian Manifesto” by Francis A. Schaeffer.

When the First Amendment was passed it only had two purposes. The first purpose was that there would be no established, national church for the united thirteen states. To say it another way: There would be no “Church of the United States.” James Madison (1751-1836) clearly articulated this concept of separation when explaining the First Amendment’s protection of religious liberty. He said that the First Amendment to the Constitution was prompted because “the people feared one sect might obtain a preeminence, or two combine together, and establish a religion to which they would compel others to conform.”

Nevertheless, a number of the individual states had state churches, and even that was not considered in conflict with the First Amendment. “At the outbreak of the American Revolution, nine of the thirteen colonies had conferred special benefits upon one church to the exclusion of others.” “In all but one of the thirteen states, the states taxed the people to support the preaching of the gospel and to build churches.” “It was not until 1798 that the Virginia legislature repealed all its laws supporting churches.” “In Massachusetts the Massachusetts Constitution was not amended until 1853 to eliminate the tax-supported church provisions.”

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