“While our country remains untainted with the principles and manners which are now producing desolation in so many parts of the world; while she continues sincere, and incapable of insidious and impious policy, we shall have the strongest reason to rejoice in the local destination assigned us by Providence. But should the people of America once become capable of that deep simulation towards one another, and towards foreign nations, which assumes the language of justice and moderation, while it is practising iniquity and extravagance, and displays in the most captivating manner the charming pictures of candour, frankness, and sincerity, while it is rioting in rapine and insolence, this country will be the most miserable habitation in the world. Because we have no government, armed with power, capable of contending with human passions, unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge and licentiousness would break the strongest cords of our Constitution, as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other. Oaths in this country are as yet universally considered as sacred obligations. That which you have taken, and so solemnly repeated on that venerable ground, is an ample pledge of your sincerity and devotion to your country and its government.” -John Adams (Letter to the Officers of the First Brigade of the Third Division of the Militia of Massachusetts, 11 October 1798)
1. God’s Creation – God created all things; the Biblical account of creation is completely trustworthy.
(Genesis 1-9, Deuteronomy 4, Job 4, 10, 14, 28,35-37, Exodus 3, 10,19, Ecclesiastes 1, Psalm 19,94,102,104,107,115,119,121,135, Jeremiah 27,51, Amos 4, Acts 14, Proverbs 20, Matthew 19, Nehemiah 9, Isaiah 40,42,44, Zechariah 12, Jonah 1, John 1, Acts 14,17, Romans 1, Corinthians 15, Ephesians 3, Colossians 1, Hebrews 1,16, Revelation 14)
2. Sovereignty of God – He has created us for Himself of His good pleasure. We are restless until we are reconciled unto God and ultimately restored by the blood of the Savior, Jesus Christ!
(Psalm 22,103, Deuteronomy 8, Daniel 4, 1 Chronicles 26,29, John 3, 1 Timothy 6, 2 Timothy 1, Acts 2, Revelation 4, 1 Corinthians 8)
3. Original Sin – The fall of man has left everything broken and bruised. Nobody is sparred from the effects of sin internally or externally, spiritually or physically. We are all created in God’s image, but all of creation has been deeply wounded from the effects of sin. Although there are moments of prosperity, peace, and tranquility, this life is often a vale of tears…we must live for something more, something better.
(Romans 3,5,7, 1 Corinthians 15, Genesis 3,8, Psalm 14,51, Mark 7, Ephesians 2, Proverbs 22, Job 15, Jeremiah 17, Ecclesiastes 9, 1 John 3)
4. Moral law – The commands of God are still binding, although they cannot be kept perfectly. Once made alive through Jesus Christ, who paid the price on our behalf, we are now dead to sin and will no longer desire to have it live in our hearts.
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