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Our Nation Under God

Promoting America as a Nation Under God, But Not a National Church as the Church of England

Refuting foreign cultures, legal precedents, languages, and religions that are in opposition to Christianity.

Introduction:   While, in this day and age, it is difficult to see the United States as a nation under God, it was once commonplace for politicians to consult their Bibles, for children to pray openly in schools, for the Bible to be taught in public schools, and for the court system to reference the Bible for guidance.[1] These times have passed. The 1960s brought rampant change to American society, and years since have struck even heavier blows to our nation’s Christian heritage. Something integral to our nation has been lost, and it must be found again if America is to endure as its founders envisioned. This discourse will primarily focus on the United State’s Christian roots by examining the beliefs and practices of its founding fathers, namely George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, among others. By examining the claims of Thomas Jefferson, in particular, we hope to shed some light on common misconceptions about the meaning of the phrase, “separation of church and state,” and its modern day implications. We will also look at the various ways our nation has fallen from its Christian heritage and how Christians can make a difference.

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The Supreme Court Ruling Makes Way For Polygamy and Pedophilia

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Fortress of Faith Radio by Tom Wallace and Shahram Hadian discuss recent decision of the Supreme Court to make same-sex marriage the law of the land in all 50 states. Listen to the program HERE (mp3 download link) and below are the “show notes” from this program.

 Segment One

Our hearts are heavy over the recent decision of the Supreme Court to make same-sex marriage the law of the land in all 50 states. I must say that we are not surprised by this decision. Our nation has removed God's standard of righteousness that once governed this nation. We now have a nation where every man does that which is right in his own eyes.

Equality has become the standard instead of righteousness. If we give certain rights to heterosexuals, we must give the same rights to homosexuals.

There are a number of violations to the law in the two decisions that came down from the High Court last week. Today I want to talk about what really happened in these decisions.

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Is It the Fourth?

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Those were the last words recorded of Thomas Jefferson. He had authored the Declaration of Independence exactly fifty years before he took his last breath. He died on July 4, 1826. That same day, his great rival and dear friend, John Adams, died five hundred sixty-two miles to the North. Adams' last words were: "Thomas Jefferson still survives."

Do those self-evident truths of which Jefferson wrote so eloquently in the Declaration mean anything today? Following last month's Supreme Court rulings, do any words mean anything today?

"I have never had a political idea that did not come from the Declaration of Independence," said Abraham Lincoln as he raised the American flag over Independence Hall in Philadelphia on February 22, 1861. And he added in an uncharacteristically emotional tone for him: He would rather be assassinated where he stood than surrender any portion of that great Declaration -- or a single star of that Union's flag.

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Would our Nation’s Founders Recognize our Nation Today?

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"Every Fourth of July in the United States, we celebrate our liberty with parades, cookouts and fireworks.  But the rest of the year, we tend to take our freedom for granted, believing that we’ll always have it.  After all, this is America, the land of freedom and opportunity.  However if we're really honest with ourselves, we must acknowledge that our country has changed. As a result, many of us are wondering what we can do to help our Nation recover its Christian values." Charles Stanley, 2014.

If our Founders were to return today what would they find? They would find that we have lost much of the Republic they gave to us. They would find a people who have turned their back on God the Creator and turned to god the government. They would find a nation no longer governed by We The People but a nation governed by we the courts, we the elite, we big business, and by we the unelected bureaucracy.

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David Barton Returns for "America's Godly Heritage: Part 2"

“Of all the dispositions and habits which lend to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports.  In vain would that man claim the tribute of Patriotism who should labor to subvert these great Pillars of human happiness.”  George Washington, Farewell Address, 1796

Our Godly Heritage at Risk
Dean Welty and David Barton

Why are we putting so much emphasis on America’s Godly Heritage?  Is it because we see the Obama administration attacking our Judeo-Christian values, violating clear Constitutional principles, and limiting our “inalienable” rights to life and to liberty?  Is it because of growing government efforts to silence the church and to expel God from our public schools and from the public square?

Might there be a connection between these attacks on our Judeo-Christian heritage and the moral decline in our culture -- including crime, abortions, broken homes, rampant pornography, and government corruption?  Is it possible for America, or any nation, to prosper apart from obedience to God’s principles in our daily lives and in the public square? 

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Memorial Day 2015 from On This Day Devotional

Graves at Arlington on Memorial DayGraves at Arlington on Memorial DayJesus told his disciples “Do this to remember me.” Luke 22:19

Memorial Day, formerly known as Decoration Day, was instituted to honor the Civil War dead. Local observances were held as early as 1866, many of them in the South where most of the war dead were buried. The first official and large observance took place on May 30, 1868, at Arlington National Cemetery, which held the remains of twenty thousand Union soldiers and several hundred Confederate dead. Five thousand people attended the ceremony.

New York was the first state to declare the holiday, in 1873; other states quickly followed. After World War I, citizens expanded the observance to honor those who died in all American wars. In 1971, Congress declared Memorial Day a national holiday and changed the date to the last Monday of May. In recent years, many use the occasion to decorate the graves of loved ones.

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ACTION NEEDED: Impeach Attorney General Mark Herring

Chairman Don BlakeChairman Don BlakeMany of our VCA subscribers have signed petitions to impeach Attorney General Mark Herring. We started the petition drive about a week after he declared he would not defend our Commonwealth’s marriage amendment just days after being sworn in as Virginia’s Attorney General and pledging to defend the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Virginia Christian Alliance held a press conference in Richmond attended by Pastors from across the Commonwealth to call for Herring’s impeachment.

One week later, VCA participated in another press conference in Norfolk where 25 Pastors who voted for Herring called for his impeachment. A month later, VCA joined the leaders of The Frederick Douglass Foundation and the Coalition of African American Pastors at Capitol Square in a third press conference to condemn Herrings action and to call for his impeachment.

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Islam Is Satanic, Says Dallas Pastor Robert Jeffress

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Jennifer LeClaire | BARBWIRE

Robert Jeffress, pastor of the First Baptist Dallas megachurch, is not mincing words when it comes to Islam.

Indeed, he’s telling it exactly like it is in his six-week “Countdown to Apocalypse” series: Islam is a false religion that will take you straight to hell.

“It was Satan himself who delivered those delusions to those people to lead people by the millions away from God,” Jeffress told his 11,000-member congregation. “Islam is a false religion that will lead you to hell. It is based on a false book that is based on a fraud. It was founded by a false prophet who was leading people away instead of to the one true God.”

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Pray and Grab a Hoe!

America: A Great Godly Heritage

Dean WeltyDean WeltyThis 64th National Day of Prayer is a good time to reflect on our history as a Christian nation and whether we still deserve that name yet today. America: A Christian Nation?

Our earliest settlers in Jamestown planted a large cross at Cape Henry in 1607 and prayed that “ … from these very shores the Gospel shall go forth to not only this New World, but the entire world.” Yes, Christian!

Later arrivals like the Pilgrims and Puritans dreamed that this would become a “City on a Hill” like the one Jesus referred to in His Sermon on the Mount. Christian!

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Virginia Christian Alliance Voter Guide

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Impacting Virginia through well-reasoned, respectful advocacy and education on public policy issues and by challenging Christians to engage the culture and serve their communities.

It’s time for a different kind of Voter Guide!

How is the Virginia Christian Alliance Voter Guide DIFFERENT?

We give YOU the ability to complete the same survey completed by the candidates participating in the June 9 Primary election in YOUR district(s) and compare your answers side-by-side with the candidates’ answers on a broad range of issues, both fiscal and social.

Click here to take the Candidate Survey

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Reflections on the National Day of Prayer

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2nd Chronicles 15:3. Now for a long time Israel has been without the true God, and without a teaching priest, and without law. Has America become the Israel of 2nd Chronicles?

Ronald Reagan, the 40th president of the United States (1981-1989), spoke to a prayer breakfast in Dallas, TX in August 1984 and stated:

We establish no religion in this country, nor will we ever. We command no worship. We mandate no belief. But we poison our society when we remove its theological underpinnings. We court corruption when we leave it bereft of belief. All are free to believe or not believe; all are free to practice a faith or not. But those who believe must be free to speak of and act on their belief, to apply moral teaching to public questions.

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Rebellion Is Here

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239 years ago, Americans rebelled against an out-of-control government, declaring their independence from England. Today, many Americans are also rebelling against an out-of-control government often perpetrating similar abuses upon them. But, fortunately, the situation is different this time.

As written in THE LIBERTY REBELLION:

Be encouraged. While the Founding Rebels—after patiently petitioning the British government for a long time—ultimately were forced into a brutal war to end their oppression, we’re not in that situation. We still have a voice today and can effectively use the government the Founders sacrificed so much to implement to prevent further governmental abuse. Our rebellion occurs in the halls of Congress and state legislatures, in school board meetings, and in the hearts and minds of reasonable people across America. Our rebellion is orderly, peaceful, and lawful. In fact, it is the [Big-Government Disciples] who are acting unlawfully, ignoring America’s ultimate authority—the Constitution—as well as many existing laws.

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Principled Civil Resistance is Coming

Mathew D. Staver | Barbwire

Today, in America, we are witnessing an all-out demonization of Christians and their values. I believe that you and I must be among those principled citizens who rise up and stand against forces bent on the destruction of our nation’s religious and cultural underpinnings.

There is an aggressive movement against people of faith taking place in our nation the likes of which we have never seen. Right now, this movement is aggressively targeting natural marriage, seeking to redefine this God-ordained institution in courts of law and halls of legislatures… This destructive movement is also attacking our religious liberties. The movement’s leaders know that these two pillars of American culture are inextricably linked, and stand in the way of their takeover of virtually every aspect of our culture!

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