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As Sept 17 is Constitution Day, I want to pay Tribute to The Biblical Basis of America’s Bill of Rights.
The Dec’ Of Independence says, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain inalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. – That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men.
The Founding Fathers Recognized:
- God gives Us Our rights (not institutions) and
- Government’s Role is to Cooperate with God to
- Secure the Biblical Rights God Gives Us
America’s Founding Fathers stated in The Declaration of Independence. That we have INALIENABLE Rights (also called NATURAL rights) that come from Our CREATOR. These NATURAL rights are secured by the 10 COMMANDMENTS which express we each have a right to not be per Commandment #6) murdered, per Commandment #7) not to be sexually molested, per Commandment #8) not to be stolen from; per Commandment #9) lied to nor about, per Commandment #10) nor have our persons, people, positions and possessions coveted by people who would use government power to deny us what God provides for us.
America’s Founders Understood The 10 Commandments secure our rights by explaining what we should not do to each other. So America’s Founders established The 10 Bill of Rights to secure our freedom by explaining what gov’t should not do to We The People!
The Bill of Rights compels Gov’t to Treat US according to The 10 Commandments
The First Amendment of The U.S. Constitution
Congress shall make no law respecting (favoring) an establishment of religion (as a national church), or prohibiting the free exercise thereof (thus leaving the people free to publicly pursue and practice the Biblical Christianity they came to the America to practice); 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.
BILL OF RIGHTS # 1
The First Amendment says government can’t interfere with the way God says He is to be worshipped in Ten Commandments 1 — 4.
The 1st Amendment conjoins FIVE (5) RIGHTS that begin with Freedom of Religion because RELIGION – meaning Biblical Christianity – is supposed to FULFILL 10 Commandments 1-4 by being the guide for …
- what is considered acceptable SPEECH,
- how the PRESS should report on sin as crime and praise worthiness as noteworthiness.
- how and why we ASSEMBLE to have church services and Bible studies, and
- what issues we need to Pétition the gov’t to REDRESS (seek correction, remedy & resolution of) our grievances, if government sins against “We the People” by violating the 10 Commandments
The First Sessions of the Continental Congress began in September, 1774 in Carpenter’s Hall, Philadelphia, PA. America’s Founders were determined to secure the freedom to practice and express Biblical Christianity in all personal, government and civic affairs, as stated in the Lord’s prayer in “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven” and which also will be done in Christ’s coming Millennial Kingdom on earth. They knew this would be opposed by despots and monarchs like Britain’s King George III, who commanded the most powerful military and navy on the planet.
On September 7, 1774, Rev. Jacob Duche’ stepped forward to encourage the convention by reading Psalm 35 which Donna will lead as our call to worship today. Rev. Jacob Duche’ also exhorted Philadelphia’s soldiers, July 7, 1775: “Considering myself under the twofold character of a minister of Jesus Christ, and a fellow-citizen…involved in the same public calamity with yourselves … addressing myself to you as freemen … ‘Stand fast, therefore, in the liberty, wherewith Christ hath made us free’ (Galatians, ch. 5).” He did not pray such prayers from human arrogance, but with a reliance on God whom they implored to do HIs work to help them secure what His Word says we are to have. Today, we in America are in a similar struggle – though only a few Christians understand this.