Summary: We must remember those who are suffering for their faith around the world.
Prisoners of Hope
Persecution has not been in America, but it is coming. In fact in some ways it has already started. The government is watching us, and have tore down our sign out front as a warning for us to no longer continue having worship services that aren’t state sponsored. We have been comfortable for so long we somehow think that persecution is unbiblical. However, more than 25% of Jesus words in the New Testament refer to suffering and persecution for our faith. It was so widespread that Paul concluded that everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ.
Yes, and everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.
2 Timothy 3:12 (NLT)
Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. (KJV)
Don’t forget about those in prison. Suffer with them as though you were there yourself. Share the sorrow of those being mistreated, as though you feel their pain in your own bodies.
Hebrews 13:3 (NLT)
Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body. (KJV)
I Religious Freedom was what our Country was founded on.
I am not a conspiracy theorist that sees conspiracy everywhere, but there is a major anti Christian movement in education system. The history textbooks are being rewritten to be more politically correct. Giving different reasons why our ancestors came to Amercia in the first place.
The last three generations of Americans simply have not been told the truth about American history. Active humanists and the liberal media have for years undertaken a concentrated effort to misinform the American public by attacking the "Religious Right" and rewriting America’s Judeo-Christian history in a humanistic tone. The motto at the heart of the American experiment "in God we trust" has been exchanged for "in Man we trust." www.jeremiahproject.com
A few years ago, Dr. Paul Vitz, then professor of psychology at New York University, worked with a committee that examined sixty social studies and history textbooks used in public schools across the United States. The committee was amazed to find that almost every reference to the Christian influence of early America was systematically removed. Their conclusion: the writers of the commonly used textbooks exhibited paranoia of the Christian religion and intentionally censored Christianity’s positive role in American history. Www.worthynews.com
If you want more information see Wallbuilders.com and David Barton.Because the #1 reason was religious freedom. They were fleeing religious persecution. The separation of church and state concept was to keep the government out of the Church, but liberal lawyer and judges have completely misapplied to mean keeping religion out of the government. That was the furthest thing from our founders minds.
William Penn, Roger Williams, Purtians , Pilgrims
This exhibition demonstrates that many of the colonies that in 1776 became the United States of America were settled by men and women of deep religious convictions who in the seventeenth century crossed the Atlantic Ocean to practice their faith freely.
Many of the British North American colonies that eventually formed the United States of America were settled in the seventeenth century by men and women, who, in the face of European persecution, refused to compromise passionately held religious convictions and fled Europe. The New England colonies, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Maryland were conceived and established "as plantations of religion." Some settlers who arrived in these areas came for secular motives--"to catch fish" as one New Englander put it--but the great majority left Europe to worship God in the way they believed to be correct. They enthusiastically supported the efforts of their leaders to create "a city on a hill" or a "holy experiment," whose success would prove that God’s plan for his churches could be successfully realized in the American wilderness. Even colonies like Virginia, which were planned as commercial ventures, were led by entrepreneurs who considered themselves "militant Protestants" and who worked diligently to promote the prosperity of the church.
Beginning in 1630 as many as 20,000 Puritans emigrated to America from England to gain the liberty to worship God as they chose. Most settled in New England, but some went as far as the West Indies. Theologically, the Puritans were "non-separating Congregationalists." Unlike the Pilgrims, who came to Massachusetts in 1620, the Puritans believed that the Church of England was a true church but in new of reform. (Cotton Mather -Puritan -accused unfairly of beginning the Salem witch trials.)
"All persons living in this province, who confess and acknowledge the One Almighty and Eternal God to be the Creator, Upholder, and Ruler of the world, and that hold themselves obliged in conscience to live peaceably and justly in civil society, shall in no wise be molested or prejudiced for their religious persuasion or practice, in matters of faith and worship; nor shall they be compelled at any time to frequent or maintain any religious worship, place or ministry whatsoever." April 25, 1662- William Penn signed this to establish religious liberty in the new Provence of (Pennsylvania).