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Spiritually Speaking

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Spiritually Speaking

By The Staff

 

Spiritually Speaking God Must Be Included in America Pearl Harper Do you realize that it is getting almost impossible to read and find the complete truth when researching some things? It isn’t anything new, but it is causing generations, not just a generation to literally be in the dark- to how things really happened or came about. Some may not understand what secular humanism means. Secular means, not sacred, not religious, worldly, temporal, profane. Humanism means, a doctrine or way of life centered on human interest or values; willing to tolerate differing ideas of others; to be broadminded or permissive. And I will add, they are not tolerant of any religion. One of the first big moves to destroy what our nation was founded on; began when our schools began to teach from books that literally left our true beginnings. The Bible was the first textbook. William McGuffey was an American educator and clergyman from 1836 to 1857; he published illustrated reading books for the first six grades of elementary school. More than 120 million copies of eclectic reader were sold, and for many years American school children learned to read from it. The word eclectic means politically or religiously inclusive, God was included. McGuffey was born in 1800; the Declaration of Independence had been signed July 4, 1776. Thank God for a man of God that put such books into the school rooms. He included our Christian heritage in the books; he also wrote about being honest, having good manners, being a good citizen. He knew how important it was to teach our youth the truths. The Revolutionary War was started in 1775 ended in 1783, what a crucial time in America’s History. I read that there were two great spiritual awakenings in our land, one before the Revolution, the other after it. This may have saved our young nation from calamity in its most formative years. The revivals begin in 1734 with Jonathon Edwards. Edwards who entered Yale at the age of 13 and graduated valedictorian at 17. As he grew in his Christian faith he sought to know more about God. Edwards married a prominent young Christian lady, Sarah Pierrepont. Two years later Edwards took over his prestigious father in laws pulpit in North Hampton, MA. At this time spirituality was low ebb. This is how Edwards described his conditions: “Licentiousness for some years greatly prevailed among the youth of the town: there were many of them very much addicted to night walking and frequenting the taverns and lewd practices wherein some by their example exceeding corrupted others.” The revival began when Edwards was preaching a series of sermons on justification by faith alone. This started in 1734, Edwards wrote that by the spring of 1735 the town seemed to be full of the presence of God, it spread. In 1740 it took a new surge; George Whitefield preached some powerful sermons. By the end of the 1700’s the nation again seemed to be headed for disaster (read the history), again morals declined. It seemed impossible for godly men to change the course of events. But once again God intervened a movement called the Second Great Awakening, beginning in 1799 going to 1803. More next week about great revivals. Do you think revivals in the land would help us now?

God Bless.