We need to stand up for what is Biblically correct. We must defend religious freedom with a vengeance! Our Lord Jesus Christ made it very plain when He stated,
Mat 22:17 Tell us therefore, What thinkest thou? Is it lawful to give tribute unto Caesar, or not?
Mat 22:18 But Jesus perceived their wickedness, and said, Why tempt ye me, ye hypocrites?
Mat 22:19 Shew me the tribute money. And they brought unto him a penny.
Mat 22:20 And he saith unto them, Whose is this image and superscription?
Mat 22:21 They say unto him, Caesar’s. Then saith he unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s; and unto God the things that are God’s.
Mat 22:22 When they had heard these words, they marvelled, and left him, and went their way.
Jesus did NOT say we are to render to Caesar the things that are God’s!
Just now, in the news, the Roman Catholic Church and its Bishops in America are rightly objecting to certain provisions of “Obama Care” that violate their conscience and their doctrine. One of the Roman Catholics I read of made it plain that he would encourage all 70 million Roman Catholics to vote against Obama in the next election.
That should be enough to swing the election the right way. I only hope and pray that they will “remember in November.”
But this is not only a Roman Catholic issue. This is a Biblical issue, and therefore must be of supreme concern for all Christians, particularly those who believe the Bible (and those are the only true Christians, by the way).
Here in the United States of America we have been privileged to live under a Constitution with a specific Bill of Rights. The First Amendment declares we have the God-given right to absolute religious freedom, a freedom that “shall not be infringed.”
This is not merely “freedom of worship.” That limited “freedom” is even granted in Communist countries. What we have is “freedom of religion,” and this includes the public expression of religion.
This freedom is not a privilege granted by government. It is a freedom given by God. I intend that we keep this freedom. The way to do that is to get more people busy reading the Bible for themselves, believing it, and obeying it. That is what Real Bible Study is all about.
Today I received an important email from Chuck Colson of Prison Fellowship, urging me to sign the following petition. I did, based on obeying what Jesus taught in Mark 12:17,
Mark 12:17 And Jesus answering said unto them, Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s. And they marvelled at him.
MR. PRESIDENT, I STILL BELIEVE
Dear President Obama,
I am deeply disappointed at your recent failure to protect religious liberty in the context of the HHS preventive care mandate. As Americans we are used to having political and religious disagreements. But we should all be able to agree that the government should not force religious people and institutions to provide drugs and services that violate their faith.
The recent statement from HHS that it will give religious objectors one extra year to change their religious views added insult to injury. It is as if you are saying to religious people “We respect your religious views so much that we’ll give you one extra year to abandon them.” Religious principles have no expiration date. True protection for religious liberty–the kind required by the Constitution you swore to uphold and the federal laws you are obliged to enforce–requires a broad religious exemption, one that protects any person or institution from being forced to provide services in violation of sincerely held religious beliefs.
Please reconsider your administration’s actions and order HHS to provide the kind of broad protection for religious liberty that our laws require. Doing so would honor the sacrifices of those who fought and died to give us our freedoms. It would allow religious employers across the country to stay in business and keep offering health insurance to their employees. And it would pay tribute to the great heritage of religious diversity upon which this great nation was built.
SIGN THE PETITION:
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Remember, the Bible instructs us that we are to obey God rather than man,
Acts 5:29 Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.
As far as I am concerned, the “compromise” recently offered (as of this posting date) by President Obama that is being hailed in the news media is utterly unsatisfactory. It is not in accord with the intended protection provided by the First Amendment. It is not in accord with what the Bible teaches. I commend President Obama for reading the Bible nightly as once reported in the news. I hope the news report is correct about that. But President Obama and everyone else in this country needs to learn how to dig deeper into the truths of the Bible for themselves.
And to do that, I invite everyone to come here and start reading. I suggest that you look to the right under “Archives,” and begin reading the oldest posts from January 2010 first, and work your way up to the current posts. By the time you get that far, you surely will have learned a whole lot about Real Bible Study!