15 Apr 4/15/18 “THE AMERICA YOU NEVER KNEW” – Pastor Shane Idleman
Complete Sermon Notes
The America You Never Knew
Most don’t care because it doesn’t affect them – YET.
DANIEL WEBSTER (1782-1852): “There is no nation on earth powerful enough to accomplish our overthrow. Our destruction, should it come at all, will be from another quarter. From the inattention of the people to the concerns of their government, from their carelessness and negligence.”
What’s this have to do with the Gospel?
Men/Women who are filled with God’s spirit have to say something.
Weep before you wip.
Freedom is a GIFT from God!
“I don’t want to get INVOLVED!”
THE BIG QUESTION: Does God desire that marriages . . . Governments?
The church is to be the conscience AND the government the sword.
EXAMPLE: THE PRESIDENT IS “MINISTER OF JUSTICE” – Churchill / Patton
Romans 13 The wrath of the US military –
“The origination and descent of all human power [is] from God first, to terrify evil doers; secondly, to cherish those who do well. Government seems to me to be a part of religion itself.” WILLIAM PENN (1644-1718); FOUNDER OF PENNSYLVANIA
BUT You can’t legislate morality…
“Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord” (Psalm 33:12).
Stop comparing Rome’s government in the N.T. to ours.
JESUS Wouldn’t Run for Office
He is Sovereign / King of kings / Government rests upon His…
He doesn’t need 3 branches of government he is the Branch. He doesn’t need separations of powers He is the Power. He doesn’t need the Supreme Court; He is the Supreme Court.
THE AMERICA YOU NEVER KNEW – Be careful where you get your info.
PROVIDENCE – Pilgrims AND Puritans.
“We shall be a city upon a hill, the eyes of all people are upon us; so that if we shall deal falsely with our God in this work we have undertaken, and so cause Him to withdraw His present help from us, we shall be made a story and a byword through the world.” JOHN WINTHROP (1588-1649); ONE OF THE RECOGNIZED LEADERS OF THE PURITANS. “In this age there can be no substitute for Christianity. That was the religion of the founders of the republic, and they expected it to remain the religion of their descendants.” HOUSE & SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE; REPORTS TAKEN BETWEEN 1853-1854
If a proposed article for the Constitution was not supported by, or rooted in the Bible, it was not considered. In their early writings, many of the Founding Fathers quoted or referenced the Bible nearly four times more than any other source.
In 1982, Newsweek magazine in an article entitled, How the Bible Made America, made this revealing statement, “Historians are discovering that the Bible, perhaps even more than the Constitution, is our Founding document.”
“From the discovery of this continent to the present hour, there is a single voice making this affirmation . . . that this is a Christian nation.” THE U.S. SUPREME COURT, 1892
“Remember ever, and always, that your country was founded by the stern old Puritans whose first act on touching the soil of the new world was to offer on bended knees thanksgiving to Almighty God.” HENRY WILSON (1812-1875); 18TH V.P.
In 1790, Dr. Benjamin Rush, signer of the Declaration of Independence, said this about public schools, “But the religion I mean to recommend in this place is that of the New Testament . . . .”
UNBELIEVABLE – “Let every student be plainly instructed, and earnestly pressed to consider well, the main end of his life and studies is, to know God and Jesus Christ which is eternal life (John 17:3)…” The 1642 Rules and Precepts of Harvard University founded by Reverend John Harvard:
“The rebellious lifestyle” doesn’t want to hear this!
Like Elijah in the Old Testament – “TROUBLER OF ISRAEL.”
HOW LONG WILL YOU WAVER!
The O.T. prophets cried / John the Baptist cried / Jesus lifted up…cried!
WHAT IF – We’ve been called for such a time as this!
BENJAMIN RUSH (1745-1813) SIGNER OF THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE, “I sat next to John Adams in Congress, and upon my whispering to him and asking him if he thought we should succeed in our struggle with Great Britain, he answered me, ‘Yes—if we fear God and repent of our sins.’”
WHAT IS THE RESPONSE? If My people…
You fly the flag, but you don’t carry your cross.
You go on political tirades, but you don’t love others!
Church – YOU repent…
I preached to the choir – now let me preach to the unconverted:
This isn’t about political parties – it’s about God’s love
If you’re lost and confused – afraid and anxious.
Matthew 11:28-29, “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS.”
You must repent and believe – and swear allegiance to the true political power.
Jesus died on the cross, not just for America, but for all …