Religious Liberty vs. Erotic Liberty — Religious Liberty is Losing | AlbertMohler.com

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Albert Mohler

Barely five days after The New York Times ran a major news article on the firing of Atlanta’s fire chief for his views on homosexuality, a major Times opinion writer declared that religious liberty is a fine thing, so long as it is restricted to “pews, homes, and hearts” — far from public consequence.

The firing of Kelvin Cochran as chief of Atlanta’s Fire Rescue Department came after the city’s major, Kasim Reed, determined that the chief could not effectively manage the department after he had written a book in which he cited Scripture in defining homosexuality as a sin. Continue reading →

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  1. Due to the lack of knowledge of American History, even on the part of believers, it is a very easy thing to forget or, much more likely, to not know about the contribution and participation of Christian churches in the American Revolution and the development of the US government. For example, a noted minister in Virginia, Elijah Craig, head up a committee of Baptist ministers who met with the colonial legislators and made an agreement that in exchange for their freedom to practice their faith, the Baptist ministers would encourage the young men in their communities to enlist in the Patriots’ Cause (read take part in a Civil War against a duly constituted government, the one with the most freedoms in Western Europe even though it had problems). Look at the effort: One whole regiment of the Virginia Colonial Militia was composed of Craigs. Every last member of the regiment had the same last name. I know I copied them out a volume of the DAR, all 2000 of them (give or take a few hundred). They were, very likely, a part of the Clan Craig which is another term for an extended family. Whether Elijah was the main cause of this, I do not know as there were two other Craigs involved, Lewis and James Craig. My best friend of years ago was a descendant of Elijah Craig and a Southern Baptist pastor. The Rev. Donald Lee Craig died in 1996. I helped him get his first church and was the best man in his wedding.. There is more much more to Baptist participation in the development of religious liberty as well as participating in the American Revolution. For example, the establishment of religious liberty in precept and practice is owed to two men, namely, Roger Williams and Dr. John Clarke who accomplished that reality in Rhode Island where the first synagogue in the New World was build and, at my last account of it, still in use by a Jewish community. There was a Baptist Chaplain in the American Revolution, who supposedly baptized George Washington by immersion at the General’s request. The late Dr. Garland Hendricks wrote a pamphlet on the matter. He said there were some 60-70 witnesses to the affair and, in his opinion, the event did take place. In any case, according to what I have read, the last person to address the American Continental Army was the man ho performed that baptism, the Rev. John Gano. There is more, much more that I could write about participants in and supporters of the American Revolution, including Presbyterians, Congregationalists, Reformed, Lutherans Episcopalians and probably some Methodists (John Wesley was opposed to the Revolution). At least one former Quaker took part, the well known General Nathaniel Greene. At least one of my ancestors served under him in the battle of Guilford Courthouse, in the Virginia Colonial Militia. One could say the denominations earned the right to free and open expression of their viewpoints, and it would be a big mistake on the part of the secularists and humanists to forget that fact. Washington, Jefferson, and others acknowledged the indebtedness of the young nation to the support and participation of those religious bodies..

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