Revelation Fulfilled
Unveiling the Mystery of the Book of Revelation

  
Chapter 14

The Message For Americans:

Don’t Forget the Motto in Your Wallet:

"In God We Trust"

 

2. “Separation of Church and State”

Although most early settlers in North America had strong faith in Christianity, the founding fathers of America learned the lessons from religious persecution, conflicts and wars in Europe, and decided to separate Church from State and advocate tolerance for all religions. The first President of the United States, George Washington, never limited himself into any one religion and was always respectful and kind to all people of God from different religions and denominations, like Catholics, Lutherans, Baptists, Methodists, Presbyterians, Universalists, Judaists, and Deist, etc. There is no state religion in this country, but most people went to church under the guidance of God and their own conscience. That’s where the blessing of God came from.

As more and more immigrants came to America from different parts of the world, different religions, like Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and some other religions and traditions of worship were also brought to America. People of different faiths could practice their religions freely in this land of freedom. The separation of church and state and the constitutional guaranty of religious freedom gave people an opportunity to learn the Word of God from each other and have a broader view and better understanding on the Word of God thus brought more blessings from God to this nation. There is no other country that has the religious diversity and freedom like the United States of America. Therefore, it is no wonder that this country got more blessings from God and is more prosperous than others.

The US Constitution is designed to protect people’s religious freedom by preventing government from interfering in people’s religious life. As we can see from the past record, the founding fathers of this New Nation of God were mostly the faithful people of God and their intention of separation of church and state did not mean the separation of God from His people. For God is not just a Religion, God is a Reality. Some people don’t recognize God because they don’t know how to find God. It is like the radio wave in the air. You cannot see a radio wave or touch it in the air, and you can’t even hear it until you get a good receiver and tune it to the right frequency. But you cannot deny the existence of a radio wave in the air simply because your radio receiver doesn’t work or if you can’t tune to the right frequency.

In the same way, you cannot deny God due to ignorance and lack of faith. A good receiver for God is your heart and the right frequency to receive the signal of God is your faith. Hundreds of millions of people, including some of the most famous scientists in the world, have given their testimony that God is a living God who loves, cares, and interacts with people during their earthly lives and throughout the history of the world. But God will only answer the prayers of those who have deep faith in Him, or who tune to the “right frequency”.

When the founding fathers of America wrote the First Amendment of the US Constitution, they tried to protect people from the persecution from any dominant religion. But they never had any intention to separate God from people or government. In fact, the phrase of “Separation of Church and State” is not even in the First Amendment. The First Amendment actually reads:

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; 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.”

It was in Thomas Jefferson’s private letter to the Danbury Baptist Association of Connecticut on January 1, 1802, that the phrase “separation between Church and State” first appeared and was linked to the First Amendment. According to Jefferson, the main writer and contributor to the Declaration of Independence, US Constitution and the First Amendment, the forbiddance of government controlling religion is due to “Almighty God hath created the mind free; that all attempts to influence it by temporal punishment… are a departure from the plan of the Holy Author of our religion, who, being Lord both of body and mind, yet chose not to propagate it by coercions on either.”

The US Constitution and the First Amendment never had any intention to deny God’s existence and influence in this country, as most of the founding fathers and the writers of the Constitution and First Amendment were God-believing Christians and deists. They just wanted to create a new nation of freedom for all religions of God without fearing the religious persecution from the government. Unfortunately, the goodwill of the founding fathers of this country was misused lately by some Godless people to deny and fight against God.

In the second half of the twentieth century, some non-believers used the phrase “Separation of Church and State” to simplify the First Amendment or even against the First Amendment. They filed lawsuits to forbid students praying to God or studying the Bible in the public schools. Some judges even ordered to remove anything related to God, like the plates of the “Ten Commandments”, from public places, even though some of them had great historical heritage and connection to this country. These were the exact examples of religious discrimination due to its religious background and “prohibiting the free exercise” of religion which the First Amendment is against. They didn’t know how much damage these blasphemous actions would cause to this country.

After World War II, the cold war between western Christian countries and Godless Communist countries started to develop. To differentiate from the godless communist countries, in 1954, the US Congress passed the law to add “under God” into the Pledge of Allegiance and put the motto “In God We Trust” on all US currencies in 1956. That’s the same request for God’s blessing and protection that George Washington made when he led his Continental Army to fight for the independence of this nation. Since then, America entered a great period of peace and progress with the blessing of God. Most people had a stable jobs and good family lives. The economy grew steadily and so did the stock market. But after 1963, everything changed.

In 1963, an atheist and a Unitarian filed separate lawsuits to the Supreme Court of the United States to prohibit the prayer to God and Bible reading in public schools. And the Supreme Court ruled in favor of their requests. These justices in the US Supreme Court who voted for it did not know what they were doing. To separate church and state is not to separate God from His children. To advocate religious freedom and encourage open-mindedness and religious tolerance, people can teach the moral teachings and words of wisdom from different religions on a non-discriminating basis. But forbidding students to pray to God and learn the word of wisdom in the Bible in public school is unfairly in favor of the godless and doctrine-less atheism while discriminating the traditional time-tested religions of God. How could the Supreme Court dictate what book students could not read in public schools under the First Amendment? That’s the “prohibiting the free exercise” of religion and “abridging the freedom of speech” that the First Amendment is against. Students should have the right to learn the Word of Wisdom in the Bible since it has such a profound influence in human history.

After those fools in the US Supreme Court decided to take away people’s legal right to pray to God and read the Bible in public schools in 1963, God also took away His blessing on America. And soon misfortunes followed. A few months later, on November 22, 1963, American’s beloved President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. Then America was dragged into the Vietnam War, which caused nothing but a humiliating loss for America, along with the casualty of 50,000 US soldiers. The succeeding President Lyndon Johnson ended his term with low popularity and the following President Richard Nixon was forced to resign from the presidency for the first time in U.S. history. When a nation lost the blessing of God, the consequence would often show upon its leaders as well as upon the whole nation.

On the economic side, the stock market also fell into eighteen-year stagnancy with the Dow Jones Index starting around 800 at the beginning of 1964 to 770 in the summer of 1982. That’s zero growth for more than eighteen years.

Dow Jones Stock Index 1963 – 1983
(Almost 20 years of flat market)

On the other hand, the incidents of campus crime, unwanted pregnancies, suicides, and murders had increased several hundred percent since the banning of prayer and Bible reading in 1963. The generation of youth became a “Lost Generation” with sex and drug abuse. These were the baits of Satan, or the Beasts in Revelation 13, which still catch and kill young victims in America today.

The purpose of the separation between church and state is to protect people’s religious freedom, not to separate God from people and government. When George Washington was struggling against the mighty British army at the early stage of the War of Independence, he increased religious services in the Continental Army, which brought the blessing of God to his army and led to the victories and the creation of this New Nation of God. But when the Supreme Court forbade American school children from praying to God and learning the Word of God at school, they left their children unprotected from the prey of Satan and the Beasts, which caused the lost generation and the fall of the nation. Isn’t that the clear evidence on the consequence with or without the blessing of God?

In the past, Israel had paid the hefty price for turning their back to the Lord; France and Communist countries also had paid great price for denying and blaspheming against God. Would Americans be willing to pay these prices for abandoning God? That’s the freedom of choice for American people. This choice should belong to all Americans through majority votes or referendum, not only to a few Godless people in the Supreme Court. While the majority of Americans are Christians, they do not get the fair representation in the US Supreme Court. That’s how the beast of the Antichrist could “open his mouth to blasphemy God, and… make war against the saints and to conquer them” as prophesied in the Book of Revelation 13:6-7 almost two thousand years ago.

Now it’s time for people of God to stand up and fight for their right to let their children learn the Word of God in public schools and to be protected by God from Satan. If George Washington could demand more religious services for the Continental Army in order to get the blessings from God, then all parents should have right to demand the restoration of prayer to God and Bible-reading in public schools for their children to be protected by God.

Don’t let the government of this New Nation of God be hijacked by some Godless people through a misinterpretation of the First Amendment. If the First Amendment clearly states that government should not prohibit the free exercise of religions, then why should government or the Supreme Court forbid the students reading the Bible in the public schools? To forbid students the opportunity to learn the Word of God in public schools is against the First Amendment and unconstitutionally favors the Godless ideologies.

All students should have the opportunity to learn the Word of God in the public schools. They should learn world religions as part of history and learn the works of God throughout human history. Teachings American history without mentioning the faith of the founding fathers and the blessings of God is like teachings the cause of moonlight without mentioning the Sun. It’s superficial, incomplete, and untruthful. All students should also learn the Word of God from those time-tested doctrines in different religions to open up their mind and do some comparisons by themselves. Currently, most conflicts in the world are caused by religious conflicts due to the lack of knowledge of the Word of God in other religions. Using world history as the testimony of God is the best way to find out the truth of the Word of God. Don’t let the spirit of the Antichrist drive God out of the public schools under the name of “civil liberty” or “separating church from state”. The liberty without God is like the freedom without law; it will only lead to chaos and disasters, like what happened in the French Revolution.

People can have their free will to do anything they want, but God is the One who decides the outcome of all the social activities in human history. In the past several thousand years, every nation that had denied or blasphemed against God had faced misfortune and judgment from God WITH NO EXCEPTION. That’s the fact! God has shown His works throughout human history beyond the boundary of religions. Only those people who were blinded by ignorance and arrogance cannot see the reality of God beyond religions. God is not just a religion; God is a reality. The purpose of separating church from state is to protect people’s religious right and religious freedom, not to separate God from people or to deny the truth from facts. If people go to the extreme and misuse it to against God, the consequence will be disastrous.

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