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Are we headed for a God-free society?

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Chaplains working at a Florida hospice for the terminally ill were told they would no longer allowed to say the word “God” to staff members.

At about the same time several police chaplains lost their jobs for praying “in Jesus name” in Virginia. The Virginia Senate’s Justice Committee voted along party lines to kill a bill which would have restored the rights of Virginia State Police chaplains to pray publicly “in Jesus’ name.”

These developments about a year ago delighted humanist Greg Epstein who said he is building “a God-free model of community” that he hopes helps humanists increase in numbers and influence. Epstein says an increasing number of people have no religion, an apparent reference to the latest American Religious Identification Survey which claims 15 percent of respondents in 2008 said they had no religion, nearly twice the number of 1990.

“There is a broader acceptance of those with no faith, as indicated by President Barack Obama’s mention of non-believers in his inaugural address,” Epstein told reporters. “There are so many millions of people out there who basically share our views, that we’ve got room for everybody. What we’re doing here at Harvard University has got to grow even more.”

Clergy who open the Indiana House of Representatives in prayer have been forbidden to pray in Jesus’ name, according to the Indianapolis Star. Judge David Hamilton has required “any person chosen to give the invocation be instructed it must not advance any one faith or be used in bid to convert listeners.” Judge Hamilton’s ruling included the prohibition of invokers praying in Jesus’ name.

Does prohibiting Christians from praying in Jesus’ name violate the “free exercise” clause of the Constitution of the United States?

The Constitution prohibits any law that blocks the “free exercise” of religion, however, increasingly Christians are told that prayers must be generic and inoffensive to citizens with differing religious or secular views.

Forbidding Christians to pray in Jesus’ name violates our guarantees of free speech in the Bill of Rights.

Prohibiting Christians from praying in Jesus’ name also violates the authority of Almighty God. The reason we pray in Jesus’ name is because the Word of God instructs us to do so. If we do not pray in Jesus’ name, we ignore the very Word of God that we believe and teach.

In the early church, the apostles were commanded not to teach in that “name” (Acts 5:27, 28). To which they responded, “We ought to obey God rather than men” (Acts 5:29).

Praying in the name of Jesus is prevalent throughout the New Testament. Wonderful works were done in His name (Acts 3:6). Eternal salvation comes through His name (Acts 4:12).

Men have access to the very throne of God and receive promises of answered prayer through His name (John 14:13, 14; 15:16; 16:23, 24).

Therefore to deny Christian ministers the right to pray in Jesus’ name is to cause them to disobey the teachings of God’s Word.

The apostle Peter gave encouragement to believers facing similar persecution in his day. He writes, “If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified” (1 Peter 4:14).

Want to read more? CLICK HERE to read whether faith in Jesus is just too shocking for the news media to handle.
CLICK HERE to consider more about why the media is offended by people of faith
To read “Why do they want to censor Jesus?” CLICK HERE
Is Jesus an illegal word that cannot be uttered in public anymore? CLICK HERE
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to read about recent legal efforts to ban church bells
And CLICK HERE to consider a British journalist’s concern that Christianity is becoming criminalized in Western society.



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  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Mae

    It’s plain to see that God doesn’t exist here in Virginia nor Washington nor our Congress. Look at how they handle the budget and the fact that a shut down could hurt many families. If they had worked in private industry and couldn’t get the work done they all might have been fired but they are our leaders and employed but our government. Let all not believe in God it’s their choice but it’s our choice to believe if we so desire. Personally i rather believe and find out i was wrong than not to believe in God and find out i was wrong.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Gary Mac

    There will come a day when we will be persicuted for our stance in Christ, it is written. The big turnoff to the ones of the world is actually not Christ but the ones professing to be of Christ but are not like Him at all and do not follow His way, the way of Gods exqample sent for us to follow — Jesus. The world only knows what they view from those proclaiming to be of Christ but act like hell and try and force their laws for tradition onto the other condemning them to hell. It isnt Christ they rebell against it is these who are hypocrites who do not know what it is to be like Jesus wasand have what he had they rebell against. Christ doesnt try and force anyone to follow Him, His lead is by example and how many do you know who walks as He? This is the big turn off, Christ is innocent. It isnt the world who is guilty it is out churches who are the guilty and no better than the ones they condemn.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Laci

    “Freedom of expression…”, “Freedom of religion…” “Land of the free…”, & the land of the BIGGEST hypocrites. & with all of the “BLANK” (I censored on my own accord, SHOCKINGLY enough!)going on in the country now, why should God continue to “Shed His grace on thee” when all people do is talk about knocking Him out of the equation? If their is turmoil in this country now, natural & otherwise, all we can do is blame all of the IGNORANCE & IGNORANT people who obviously think that THEIR way & views are the best. In the words of Dr. Phil, “How’s that workin’ for ya?” MY guess? We ain’t seen NOTHIN’ yet! THANX…

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Marcia P-B

    This essay might be in error when it says “forbidden to pray” –no one can legislate true prayer, which is often silent and private. But its not appropriate for people in public secular organizations to organize prayers in which they profess their beliefs to be the only way. Lots of people think that.
    While I am not a religious person (I am not an atheist) I do think there are Christians who simply have no concept of how they conduct themselves and preach their beliefs turns thousands of people off, and feel intruded upon. I have to chuckle when Christians in my area feel that Christmas has been banned—seriously? There are churches every mile in my community, Christmas parties all December long…Christmas is everywhere. So we don’t sing about Jesus’s birth in the public schools? So what. Christmas is hardly in danger.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Lee

    So beliefnet.com continues to deliberately bury–but run–these deliberately misleading “Culture Wars” pieces. From the prior comments it’s obvious that this website has become a fave of the Bible Belt. Nothing wrong with that. To each his own. Whatever floats your boat.

    HOWEVER, as Christians, I thought we were supposed to consider WWJD.
    I do not think that Jesus ever endorsed lying. Beliefnet.com–Let’s get honest here. Your multicultural claim is a shameful varnish on your right-wing, partisan, ignorant interpretation of the Bible. Sad.

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