[Note: This series takes the reader through chapter 12 of Dr. David Reagan’s newest book titled God’s Prophetic Voices to America. Order your copy today! Dr. Reagan includes the following excerpt of a sermon made by Robert Jeffress, pastor of First Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas. Watch the conference presentation!]
Explosion Number Two
From that decision eventually came the decision in 1980 of Stone v. Graham which stopped the posting of the Ten Commandments in public schools. Specifically, that case came out of the public schools of Kentucky where copies of the Ten Commandments were posted on the school walls.
And what was the Court’s reasoning for removing the Ten Commandments from our schools? If I were to paraphrase this for you, you would think I was making it up. So I want to read to you the Supreme Court’s decision and their reasoning for removing the posting of the Ten Commandments.
The Court said:
If the posted copies of the Ten Commandments are to have any effect at all, it will induce the school children to read, meditate upon, perhaps venerate and obey the Commandments. This is not a permissible state objective under the establishment clause of the First Amendment.
In other words, if we post the Ten Commandments, children may actually read, venerate and, heaven forbid, obey them!
Now, even if the Supreme Court had ruled correctly, that doesn’t change God’s law. You see, God’s law never changes. But the fact is the Supreme Court did not rule correctly. Consider this — 118 years earlier the Supreme Court had said in the case of Vidal v. Girard‘s Executors:
Why may not the Bible, especially the New Testament without note or comment be read and taught as a divine revelation in the [schools] — its general precepts expounded, its evidences explained, and its glorious principle of morality inculcated? Where can the purest principles of morality be learned so clearly, or so perfectly as from the New Testament?
The Meaning of the First Amendment
Now you have to ask yourself the question, “What’s changed?” The Constitution hasn’t changed. What has changed is our culture. We have allowed the liberal activists to pervert the meaning of the First Amendment. Let’s be clear about what the First Amendment says and what it doesn’t say.
The First Amendment, commonly known as the establishment clause, says, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” That Amendment simply says Congress cannot establish a state church and it cannot prohibit the free exercise of religion. And yet we have people who have perverted that into meaning that there is some imaginary freedom from religion that is found in the Constitution.
Did you notice here in our metroplex, just a couple of weeks ago, that a Joshua High School student who was valedictorian of his class dared to violate the school’s regulation and mentioned Jesus Christ in his speech? He was threatened with having his career at the Naval Academy ruined because he did such a thing! And the public school district lawyer said this: “We have to balance this student’s right and freedom of religion with other students’ freedom from religion.”
Where is that in the Constitution? There is no constitutional guarantee that somebody doesn’t have to listen to a prayer at a graduation ceremony or see a nativity in the public square, or look at the Ten Commandments in the courthouse. That is nowhere in the Constitution. What the Constitution says is everyone is free to practice his or her religion.
In the fourth segment of Robert Jeffress’ warning of America’s impending judgment, Dr. Jeffress launches into the third and fourth explosions that has resulted in the grisly mass murder of over 50 million Americans.
References are available in the References section at the end of the book.
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