Date: July 5, 2020 ()

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  1. The Foundation of Religious Freedom

    1. The most frequently used passages
      1. Parable of the tares, Matthew 13:24-30
      2. Rich young ruler, Matthew 19:16-30
    2. Three basic principles of religious freedom
      1. The nature of God
      2. The nature of humanity
      3. The nature of faith
    3. Historic Baptists and their understanding of religious freedom
      1. John Freeman
      2. 2 important men in English history – John Smyth / Thomas Helwys
      3. American Baptists
        1. 1600’s – Roger Williams, John Clarke, Obadiah Holmes
        2. 1700’s – Isaac Backus, John Leland
  2. The Meaning of Religious Freedom

    1. We believe in religious liberty not just religious toleration.
    2. We believe that religious liberty is for all not just a select few.
    3. We believe in separation of church and state and not accommodation of church with state.
    4. “The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings. The inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.” – Winston Churchill
  1. The Threats to Religious Freedom

    1. Weak Biblical training
    2. The breaking down of the family unit
    3. Civil religion
    4. Judicial activism
    5. Marxism
      1. Marxism defined
      2. Marxism is a false religion
      3. Marxism’s defined
        1. No private property
        2. No understanding of human nature
        3. Violent destruction is always necessary of opposing views

“Sixty-five million were murdered in China – starved, hounded to suicide, shot as class traitors. Twenty million in the USSR, 2 million in North Korea, 1.7 million in Africa. The nightmare of Cambodia (2 million dead) is especially vivid. ‘Reactionaries’ were sorted out from the base population on the grounds of being supporters of the old regime, having gone to school or just for wearing glasses. They were taken to the side of paddy fields and hacked to death by teenagers.”



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