From just this sampling of infringements of religious liberty, it is plain to see that the trend iswidespread. Christians, especially, are seeing their religious freedoms limited by federal, state, and local governments; schools and universities; institutions and corporations; and community groups.
Do Christians have any rights?
Therefore, in a sense, Christians have no rights—or at least they are commanded to not exercise them in most circumstances—for the sake of God’s glory, the love of God’s people, or for the purpose of bearing testimony to God’s grace in them.
What does the Bible say about defrauding other Christians?
The Bible teaches that Christians are not to claim their rights against each other, but rather to be defrauded if necessary (1 Corinthians 6:7-8; 1 Thessalonians 4:6). It is part and parcel of being a Christian to prefer others and to esteem others better than themselves (Romans 12:10; Philippians 2:3-4).
What does the Bible say about the right to life?
By asserting fundamental rights to life, liberty, and property, Christians demonstrate the goodness of God in the world and sow peace and prosperity for men. To do the opposite would be to sin—harming their neighbors by worsening their terrestrial misery (Romans 13:10).
Why did the early church fight for their rights?
They were not merely fighting for “their” rights. They were fighting to preserve a system of social cooperation. Many endeavored to engender peace and prosperity “to them and their posterity”, for the glory of God, for the benefit of the church, and for the expansion of the testimony of Jesus Christ in the world.
What does the Bible say about working?
The Bible gives every indication that Christians are to work, buy, sell, give of their earnings, hold property, pass on an inheritance, and enter into commercial agreements with others. Thus, Christians need to both assert and comply with social customs for economic cooperation.
What did Jefferson say about Christians?
Christians understand the sinful nature of men and thus understand, in the words of Jefferson, “that to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.”.
What does it mean to be a good steward of the mysteries of God?
Conceptually, being “ stewards of the mysteries of God” ( 1 Corinthians 4:1) and being “good stewards of the manifold grace of God” (1 Peter 4:10) includes not only the Gospel itself but also in caring for all of the works of God that promote His kingdom and peace in the world.
What are the most peaceful, generous, and cooperative civilizations?
Although no civilization is without its imperfections, it is clear that the most peaceful, generous, and cooperative civilizations have been those which exalt private property rights, esteem life highly, and prize liberty. Christian commitment does not preclude the use of law and order in business or social behavior.
Why did many endeavor to engender peace and prosperity “to them and their posterity”, for the glory of God?
Many endeavored to engender peace and prosperity “to them and their posterity”, for the glory of God, for the benefit of the church, and for the expansion of the testimony of Jesus Christ in the world. They were not wrong in performing acts of love and sowing the seeds of peace.
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Originally published in The Times Examiner on July 20, 2005.
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What is the feminist movement?
The feminist movement is grounded in secular humanism. The aim of feminism is to ferment a war between the sexes. It aims to convince a woman that she is not man’s helper but his opponent. The biblical concept of male headship in marriage and the church is anathema to the feminist mind.
What is secular marriage?
Marriage ceremonies take place in a secular arena, and vows are secular in nature. Secular marriage is all about personal fulfilment and psychological growth. In the 19th century around 90% of all marriages were solemnized by a church service. In 2005 only a third of marriages took place in church, and many of those who marry in church have a secular attitude towards their marriage. The notion that marriage has a religious or moral dimension is debunked by modern secular thought.
What do humanists view man as?
Having rejected the biblical concept of original sin, humanists view man as a self-directed being with unlimited potential. They put their faith in man’s ability to solve all problems. Psychotherapy has been developed to make man feel good in his sin.
What is a secular humanist?
Secular humanists are usually atheists or agnostic. They come from widely divergent philosophical and religious backgrounds, ranging from socialism, to Marxism, to feminism, to environmentalism. However, we must stress that some humanists have secretly donned the clothes of the faith and infiltrated the visible church. They plan to destroy the church from within. The Bible refers to them as false teachers.
What is the humanist association?
When the British Humanist Association was formed in 1963, Sir Julian Huxley remarked, ‘Human knowledge, worked over by human imagination, is seen as the basis to human understanding and belief, and the ultimate guide to human progress.’ Polly Toynbee, columnist for the Guardian newspaper, was appointed President in July 2007. The Association, with its dazzling intellectual representation, has blossomed in public influence and political activity. It campaigns for a number of causes and is deeply committed to human rights. ‘We promote the recognition of human rights in all of our work, from marriage law, to education, to equalities, to our public services campaign. We use the language of human rights.’ The Association wants an end to religious broadcasting by the BBC. It has called for unification of existing anti-discrimination legislation into a Single Equality Bill, and it fully supports the Government’s equality and diversity agenda. In October 2008, the Humanist Association supported a fundraising drive to raise money for the Atheist bus campaign initiated by a Guardian journalist. The campaign placed the slogan ‘There’s probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life’ on the sides of London buses in January 2009.
Why was Great Britain considered a great nation?
Great Britain was once considered to be great nation under God, because of its worldwide influence in spreading the Christian gospel. British missionaries took the gospel across the world, to China, Africa, North America and India. Bibles societies translated, printed and distributed God’s word. The culture and laws of the country were largely based on biblical principles. Although not everybody followed the Christian faith, everybody knew the difference between right and wrong. Great Britain was a nation greatly blessed by God. Today, many Christians are disturbed by the way society has changed over the past three or four decades. The purpose of my talk is to show how the rise of secular humanism has eroded Christian values in our nation and in the Church.
Is human autonomy a pillar of secular humanism?
Human autonomy is one of the pillars of secular humanism. Psychotherapists have made a great contribution to the cause of secular humanism and many, including Carl Rogers, Erich Fromm and Abraham Maslow have been awarded the accolade of Humanist of the Year. The psychological way is undoubtedly a major weapon in the onslaught against the Christian faith—the worship of God is replaced with self-worship.
Why does the HHS mandate violate the RFRA?
The HHS mandate violates the RFRA because it substantially burdens the religious exercise of numerous entities and individuals, and the government cannot prove that requiring these entities and individuals to provide objectionable services is the least restrictive way to achieve any compelling government interest.
What is freedom of speech?
The freedom to live and speak in accordance with one’s religious tenets is one of the core principles upon which the American system of government is based , with a historical foundation that predates the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution . For example, one year before the Declaration of Independence was signed, the Continental Congress passed a resolution exempting individuals with pacifist religious convictions from military conscription:
Why did the principal not allow students to drop music classes?
The principal told the student that he would not allow him to drop the class because he wanted the student to learn “tolerance.” The principal ultimately allowed him to drop the class. 
What is the rising disregard for religious liberty?
This rising disregard for religious liberty represents a marked break from the long-standing American tradition of accommodating religious practice and expression that predates the ratification of the Constitution. The freedom to live and speak in accordance with one’s religious tenets is one of the core principles upon which the American system …
Why was a middle school suspended?
A New York middle school indefinitely suspended a student for wearing rosary beads for religious reasons in violation of a dress code. The student sued, and after the court issued an injunction, the case was settled, with the school clearing the student’s record and paying nearly $25,000 in damages, fees, and costs.
What is religious freedom?
Abstract: Religious freedom is one of the core principles upon which the American system of government is based. And yet religious freedom in America is under assault: Politicians mock the faithful’s claims of religious conscience, while government entities and actors treat religious freedom and expression as obstacles to be overcome rather …
Which act imposes an affirmative duty on many private employers to reasonably accommodate the religious practices and beliefs of their employees?
In particular, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 imposes an affirmative duty on many private employers to reasonably accommodate the religious practices and beliefs of their employees unless doing so would impose an undue hardship on the employer.
What was the legal creation of separate spheres for church and state?
Broadly, the church was required to obey the law, while the state was prohibited from interference in either worship or the interpretation of scripture.
What is the most extraordinary thing about the UK today?
One of the most extraordinary things about the UK today is the sense of collective amnesia relating to our history. It was largely in Britain and among the English-speaking peoples who emerged from her that freedom of religion developed and spread around the world. In other words, freedom of religion is one of our greatest contributions to the world and until very recently, was clearly understood to be one of our historic national values.
How did the English Bible impact the Catholic Church?
The impact of the English Bible translation broke the Catholic Church’s monopoly and allowed a variety of different Biblical interpretations to co-exist within a broad church. Although those worshipping outside it, known as Separatists, faced imprisonment or even execution.
What is the growing global persecution of Christians?
In the last few years, we have seen a growing increase in the global persecution of Christians. Many people are all too aware of the violent side of this – with the attacks on Christians by groups like Islamic State and al Qaeda in the Middle East and Boko Haram in West Africa.
Why did Ahok go to jail?
Ahok had simply stated that claims made by his hard-line Islamic opponents that the Qur’an forbade Muslims from voting for non-Muslims were ‘misleading’. Yet for this, he was sentenced to two years in prison for offending Islam. In such contexts even criticising the blasphemy law is itself seen as an act of blasphemy.
When were street preachers arrested?
Throughout almost the entire twentieth century there were no arrests of street preachers, the first such arrest in recent times being in 1997. However, since then we have increasingly seen multiple arrests of street preachers every year.
When did the test act for freedom of religion end?
Full freedom of religion or belief was achieved by the repeal of these various ‘Test Acts’ between 1719 and 1871, followed by a further Act in 1888 allowing even Atheists to become MPs. It is hard to underestimate the importance of these developments.