The following is from a speech by Pastor James Wiley posted on The Dryer Report
Pastor James Wiley has been in pastoral ministry for more than 24 years. His long and rich history with Oak Grove Church in Port St. Joe dates back to 1984 when he began leading the youth ministry. Over the next 19 years, he served in children’s ministry, served as the worship leader, and for 8 years served as the Associate Pastor. In 2003 Pastor James accepted a call as the Senior Pastor of First Assembly of God in Princeton, WV. After serving there for three years, Pastor James returned to Oak Grove Church as the Senior Pastor.
Securing Liberty For the Future
This is a discussion about where liberty is derived, why America is losing it, and especially how we may secure it again for our country, our children, and our children’s children.
There are some who would revise American History to portray Thomas Jefferson as a Deist who intended to divorce religion from government altogether. Nothing could be further from the truth! It was Thomas Jefferson who said:
“Can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are of the gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with his wrath?”
I am a conservative constitutionalist who agrees wholeheartedly with the Republican platform of small government limited to the express power provided by the constitution. I agree with the principles of a free market, unencumbered by layers of bureaucracy and government regulations.
But that platform must be built on foundations that go deeper than human opinions and philosophical arguments. Who is to say that one man’s opinion is superior to another? In order for liberty to be secure, we must realize that it does not originate in the minds of men.
Our founding fathers understood that the only basis for liberty must originate and remain firmly rooted in faith in Almighty God. Our inalienable rights are only so because there is a Divine Creator whose impartation of what is morally right and morally wrong is immutable!
We must raise the consciousness of America, that religious morality is the glue that holds the constitution together; without it there is no basis for the protection of liberty.
Our constitution without religious morality will only produce short sighted selfish ambition to procure temporary gratification at the expense of long term freedom. I fear that the majority of our nation has slipped into a stupor of entitlement, looking to government as their savior and forgetting that there is only one Savior.
Without religious moral conviction, the freedoms provided in the constitution become tools of destruction.
Free speech becomes a license for exploitation, obscenity, perversion, and pornography.
The first amendment clause, intended to protect the free exercise of religion, is twisted to become a hindrance to religious expression in the public arena.
Read more on reclaiming the American culture at The Dryer Report.