Reflecting Independence

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On June 7, Richard Henry Lee of Virginia resolved before Congress that “These United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States.” A committee consisting of Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Robert Livingston and Roger Sherman was formed to draft a formal declaration of independence. The draft, almost wholly Jefferson’s work, passed on July 2, with 12 colonies voting in favor and New York temporarily abstaining. The ensuing debate maderepparttar most significant changes in omittingrepparttar 113459 clauses condemningrepparttar 113460 British people as well as their government, and, in deference torepparttar 113461 Southern delegates, an article denouncingrepparttar 113462 slave trade.

In Europe, including Britain,repparttar 113463 Declaration was greeted as inaugurating a new age of freedom and self-government. As a manifesto for revolution it yielded torepparttar 113464 French Declaration ofrepparttar 113465 Rights of Man andrepparttar 113466 Citizen, although its importance increased inrepparttar 113467 United States. Afterrepparttar 113468 federal union was organized in 1789, it came to be considered as a statement of basic political principles, not just of independence. Andrepparttar 113469 rest is American history.

The Declaration of Independence is on display forrepparttar 113470 public inrepparttar 113471 National Archives Building in Washington, D.C. Stop by sometime and view it. It is a remarkable document. Pastor T.

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Highest Law...conclusion

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Faith Fellowship Church…PO Box 1586…Broken Arrow, OK 74013…918-451-0270…Pastor Terry Dashner

In America throughoutrepparttar 18th and 19th centuriesrepparttar 113458 concept of faith, instead of reason, was taking a beating. The Enlightened authors ofrepparttar 113459 18th century questioned all things that could not be proven by either inductive or deductive reasoning. When Darwin published his works inrepparttar 113460 19th century, it only added fuel torepparttar 113461 fires ofrepparttar 113462 enlightened class of intellectuals who believed that organized religion was doing more harm to societies than good. Along with Darwin’s ideas arose other thinkers, and traditional thoughts of theology went into a step decline. Some Bible scholars and philosophers began to argue that God was dead (Nietzche—“God is dead and we have killed Him”) and nihilism (reject all established authority), and Utilitarianism (to weird for me to explain). This decline in traditional beliefs of theology that had held constant sincerepparttar 113463 Apostles was affectingrepparttar 113464 social fabric of America. Schools, especially higher institutions of learning, were embracing a new theology called modernism. The rebellion against traditional faith came to a crescendo inrepparttar 113465 1960s. America’s Supreme Court judges began propounding philosophical law that supported modernism—prayer in school was banned. Inrepparttar 113466 1970s abortion rights activists were successful inrepparttar 113467 ruling of Roe-v-Wade. Today after 30 years of modernism influencing our courts, now we’ve come torepparttar 113468 post-modern era. Things are getting wackier. For example, who in their right mind would have suggested thirty years ago that same sex couples would one day wed legally? Things are spinning out of control.

We need a Revival inrepparttar 113469 land. We need to stand up and preachrepparttar 113470 Gospel without compromise. We need to combat our federal judges that rule againstrepparttar 113471 will ofrepparttar 113472 people on issues likerepparttar 113473 banning of partial birth abortions and same sex marriage. America needs a spiritual boost to sayrepparttar 113474 least. We,repparttar 113475 church, must teachrepparttar 113476 dangers of post modernism. Post modernism is nothing more thanrepparttar 113477 “wiles ofrepparttar 113478 devil” creeping into American society “unawares” because Satan has caught Christians asleep at their posts. We must awaken to righteousness and speak truth. We’ve got to stand up and be counted. Here are some ways we can be counted: (1) Pray for America (2) Witness our faith without compromise (3) tell our Representatives how we believe (4) Register and vote in elections. (5) Join active ministries that keep us informed aboutrepparttar 113479 work ofrepparttar 113480 evil one—the devil—inrepparttar 113481 governments of men as well asrepparttar 113482 “world.” Stay encouraged! Jesus has given us all authority to advance His kingdom among men.

I bless you, and I pray that God would continue to bless this great land we call America.

Pastor Terry Dashner

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