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We wish to contribute to the discussion about the gradual eroding of our personal rights and freedom to act according to our conscience.  Seventh-day Adventists have long believed that the United States will enact laws requiring the observance of Sunday as a day of worship.
 
Many Adventists consider the Sunday law as the key event that shows we are entering the beginning of the end. The "sign of the times" most significant to students of prophecy is efforts to enact Sunday legislation in the United States.
  
 
Testimonies Vol. 5, page 451  
 
“When Protestantism shall stretch her hand across the gulf to grasp the hand of the Roman power, when she shall reach over the abyss to clasp hands with spiritualism, when, under the influence of this threefold union, OUR COUNTRY SHALL REPUDIATE EVERY PRINCIPLE OF ITS CONSTITUTION as a Protestant and republican government and shall make provision for the propagation of papal falsehoods and delusions, then we may know that the time has come for the marvelous working of Satan and that the end is near."  - ( written in 1885 )
 
also Maranatha, page 193
 
The North America Religious Liberty Association (NARLA) and Liberty Magazineare sources of information that will help you track these events.  The North American Division promotes an awareness of religious liberty issues in January and February of each year and the local churches participate in the campaign by delivering at least one sermon. 
The 2011 campaign was launched with a message written by Charles D. Brooks - Read this message
The 2010 campaign was launched with a message written by Dr. Bruce N. Cameron - here is the text of this message.
Video: Perspective on Religious Liberty by Ed Reid  ( 74 minutes )
Events
Trump's Executive Order promoting Free Speech
https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/05/04/presidential-executive-order-promoting-free-speech-and-religious-liberty 
Religious Liberty Rally in NYC - Aug. 26-27, 2016 
Here is a video recording of the Rally on Aug. 27th at Goshen Temple, it is 1 hours 55 minutes.
Many church leaders were present and presenters.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EftW4vG7Wl4

 
In the News
The Parsonage, is it constitutional?    Article by Michael Peabody - April 14, 2014
Trump's Executive Order promoting Free Speech - May 4, 2017
https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/05/04/presidential-executive-order-promoting-free-speech-and-religious-liberty
The Religious Liberty Summit in June 2013
Several videos from the Summit - http://www.youtube.com/user/NARLAvideo 
 
Last year's NARLA Convention was held in Atlanta, Georgia in October 2012
Videos of the presentation by David Asscherick, "The Coming Storm" - Here are the LINKs 
Part 1 - is about the time of the early church founded by Jesus until 1844 this sets the table, 
http://www.3angelstube.com/video/3527/the-coming-storm-david-asscherick-part-1
and part 2 is the meat of this "awakening call to the people of prophecy"
http://www.3angelstube.com/video/3528/the-coming-storm-david-asscherick-part-2
Audio file of this message http://www.inverity.org/sermon/part-2-one-interest/  ( 72 minutes )
 
 
Threats to our religious freedom can come from different directions and in different ways but God has designed the unfolding of last day events . . .
   
"We may have to plead most earnestly before legislative councils for the right to worship God according to the dictates of conscience. Thus in his providence God has designed that the claims of His law shall be brought before men in positions of highest authority . . ."   Review & Herald, Feb. 11, 1904
 
A.T. Jones appears before US Congress - Dec. 13, 1888  ( transcript )

Audio presentation of transcript

Religious Liberty Quotation of the Month

“If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.” - George Orwell

The situation in Europe is different than in the United States, for example, in Europe the leaders are concerned about the influx of immigrants from muslim countries and that the number of Islamic people in their country is increasing to a point that alarms them. A backlash is developing in some European countries where people support Christian institutions like Sunday observance laws. This is something to watch carefully.


      New section:  selected quotations about Religious Liberty from the writings of Ellen White
 
             Words and Phrases related to Religious Liberty
Lessons from the Sunday Law Crisis of late 1880's and 1890's
The Impending Conflict - Testimonies, Volume 5, Chapter 86
Quotes about Religious Liberty:   18MR, 223-225
 

   Sunday Blue Laws - this page lists Sunday Laws on the books or under consideration by a state legislature.
 
Countdown to the National Sunday Law

    There are several websites for religious freedom and here are a few
 
www.religiousLiberty.info
www.AdventistLiberty.org
www.libertymagazine.org
 
 Non-Adventists organizations
www.religiousfreedom.com
 www.ReligiousTolerance.org 
 
   
 
Watch List:     Organizations  that  promote  Sunday  sacredness
  Christian Coalition, founded by Pat Robertson in 1989   www.cc.org
 
 
  This Religious Liberty page has active discussions on our Forum. For more info about the Forum.  Click Here
  Members can go directly to the forum http://diggingfortruth.org/forum/


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