Loss of Religious Freedom in the USA

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I have been saying for years that the topics of creation, evolution, and the age of earth all relate to an authority issue: who is the ultimate authority in this world, God or man?  It’s the battle that has been going on for 6,000 years since the devil tempted Eve stating that “you will be like God” (Genesis 3:5).  In Genesis 3:1, the devil attacked the authority of God’s Word, saying to Eve, “Did God really say?” So his first attack in the world was one directed at the Word of God.  That attack has not let up since Genesis.  The battle for 6,000 years has been one between God’s Word and man’s word.  It’s the same attack happening around us today.

Sadly, much of the church has surrendered in this battle, allowing man’s fallible word to be used in judgment over God’s infallible Word.  The church did this starting in the 1800s when so many leaders and others compromised God’s Word in Genesis with evolution and/or millions of years.

As a result of this surrender by much of the church, we have seen the erosion of biblical authority in the culture.  And the more the culture determines that its worldview is built on man’s Word instead of God’s Word, the more we will see the collapse of the Christian worldview and increasing moral relativism.  At the same time, we will see an increasing intolerance of the Christian worldview and a growing loss of religious freedom, as those intolerant of Christianity impose their anti-God worldview on the culture.

Yesterday’s news article (see below) about the fall-out concerning the Hobby Lobby vs. Obamacare abortion case decided by the U.S. Supreme Court is a reminder of this battle and a warning to Christians concerning the increasing intolerance against the Christian faith.

The news item begins in this way:

The U.S. Senate’s near-embrace of legislation to curtail the conscience rights of business owners has left religious liberty advocates disturbed at the narrow margin for the cherished freedom.

Senators voted 56-43 Wednesday (July 16) -- four votes shy of cloture -- to bring to the floor for consideration a bill that would effectively reverse the U.S. Supreme Court’s opinion in the Hobby Lobby case upholding the religious freedom of for-profit employers. The attempt to invoke cloture, as it is known, fell short of the 60 votes needed to begin debate on the legislation and set up a pathway to its passage.

Religious freedom defenders were stunned that a majority of senators would vote for the proposal, signaling the strength of the threat to religious freedom.

I urge you to read the entire article on the Baptist Press website.

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