If you read what the Founding Fathers themselves said about freedom of religion, you will quickly discover that this is not what they intended. Only by a deliberate misinterpretation and degradation of the Constitution has this type of thing come about.
Jim, I see now why you insist on using the ESV instead of the KJV. Rather than â€śgreed,â€ť in the verse you quoted, the KJV uses the word â€ścovetous.â€ť What possible motivation could you have, other than plain, old-fashioned covetousness, for continually railing on those who happen to enjoy greater financial blessings than you do? Sure is handy to find a Bible version that lets you off the hook, isnâ€™t it? Where there is no law, there is no sin, and where there is no clear expression of the law there is no conviction.
John has deliberately and petulantly slandered and ridiculed IFBs ever since I asked him several questionsâ€”all of which remain unansweredâ€”that point out his inconsistency and hypocrisy. I know hundreds of IFBs, and John knows what? Two? I can assure you they are nothing like the malicious mischaracterizations our UK brother has tried to palm off on us.
If you want to have a bloodless â€śPassover,â€ť you are being far less scriptural than those who have an Easter sunrise service. I suppose the only thing worse than â€śEaster worshippersâ€ť are opinion worshippers, of whom we have several regularly posting on SA.
...Our ancestors established their system of government on morality and religious sentiment. Moral habits, they believed, cannot safely be trusted on any other foundation than religious principle, nor any government be secure which is not supported by moral habits...Whatever makes men good Christians, makes them good citizens... â€”Daniel Webster
As usual, Jim, you get your (mis)information from Democratic talking points, and not from any source of factual data. At least 27 presidents did not share tax returns with the public and the press. No doubt there were others, but I could name at least 27.
Ladybug, I realize you werenâ€™t addressing me, but I agree that adherence to Matthew 5:44 is a wise choice. When it comes to dealing with a certain gentleman who has delusions of infallibility, Proverbs 23:9 is another good scripture to bear in mind.
One of the shallowest and most childish tactics in existence is to attempt to divert attention from oneâ€™s own misbehavior by pointing out the misbehavior of another. It has been around since the fall of man, when Adam blamed both God and Eve but never took one iota of responsibility for his own actions.