The freedoms which the United States of America revere and cherish are due to the hearts and minds of godly forefathers who came to this land seeking freedom from government which had become unfriendly to religion. The Constitution of the United States was written and signed by many men who believed in freedom of religion. That is “Freedom of religion” not ‘freedom from religion’.
It is written, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof”. The government of the USA is never to tell any church what they can do, and it is never to recognize any one denomination over another. There is to be no State sanctioned religion.
This freedom which we have is endorsed and espoused by Baptists. We love freedom. Maybe because it comes from our Creator, and He is the One who gives the true freedom from sin, which is available through His Son Jesus Christ.
Our Statement of Faith on Religious Liberty:
“XVII. Religious Liberty
God alone is Lord of the conscience, and He has left it free from the doctrines and commandments of men which are contrary to His Word or not contained in it. Church and state should be separate. The state owes to every church protection and full freedom in the pursuit of its spiritual ends. In providing for such freedom no ecclesiastical group or denomination should be favored by the state more than others. Civil government being ordained of God, it is the duty of Christians to render loyal obedience thereto in all things not contrary to the revealed will of God. The church should not resort to the civil power to carry on its work. The gospel of Christ contemplates spiritual means alone for the pursuit of its ends. The state has no right to impose penalties for religious opinions of any kind. The state has no right to impose taxes for the support of any form of religion. A free church in a free state is the Christian ideal, and this implies the right of free and unhindered access to God on the part of all men, and the right to form and propagate opinions in the sphere of religion without interference by the civil power.
Genesis 1:27; 2:7; Matthew 6:6-7,24; 16:26; 22:21; John 8:36; Acts 4:19-20; Romans 6:1-2; 13:1-7; Galatians 5:1,13; Philippians 3:20; 1 Timothy 2:1-2; James 4:12; 1 Peter 2:12-17; 3:11-17; 4:12-19.”
Baptist churches are dependent upon the Lord for our support. We receive tithes and offerings from members of our congregation, and believe that is how the church and its ministries are to be funded. We are not, nor will not be dependent upon the government for our support.
We believe each Christian is responsible to our government to pay taxes, for the support of law enforcement, and maintaining services available for the benefit of our Nations people. We are to obey our government when the things required of us do not violate our conscience or God’s Word, which should coincide with one another. One of our responsibilities as citizens of the United States of America is to go and vote at every opportunity. In our vote we have a voice, and can change the course of a Nation which is drifting away from God.
We also believe that prayer is the greatest means of changing the way our government operates. The change of heart in our leaders is the only thing that will turn our Nation back to God.