History of the First Amendment

Jerald Finney
© October, 2009

Do you know the history of how America got her First Amendment which gives Americans freedom of religion, press, speech, assembly, and the right to petition their government for a redress of grievances? If not, you can learn that history by listening to the following audio teachings. You can learn what happened in the colonies between the time of the arrival of the Pilgrims, Puritans, and others that led to the ratification of the First Amendment. You will learn what Baptists as opposed to Protestants such as the Pilgrims, Puritans, and Anglicans believed about the issue of separation of church and state. You will learn of the theological warfare that went on in the colonies that led to the First Amendment. Every American, and especially every Christian, should know this history.

This blog is made up of the edited radio broadcasts of Jerald Finney which follow the outline of Section IV of God Betrayed/Separation of Church and State: The Biblical Principles and the American Application (Ordering information on this and other books is on the “Books” page of churchandstatelaw.com)The broadcasts are an edited version of God Betrayed.

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I. Introduction to “History of the First Amendment” Introduction (20 min. 44. sec).

II. The Light Begins to shine The Light Begins to Shine (22 min. 26 sec. Includes introductory song, remarks, and prayer).

III. The Pilgrims and Puritans in Massachusetts  (62 min.).

IV. The Baptists in Rhode Island (63 min. 14 sec.).

V. The Separates and the Baptists in New England (45 min. 42 sec.).

VI. From New England to the South (14 min. 36 sec.).

VII. To Virginia (70 min. 6 sec.).

VIII. To the new nation (10 min. 43 sec.).

IX. Conclusion of “The History of the First Amendment” (3 min. 17 sec.).

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For His Glory,
Jerald Finney
Christian and practicing attorney

Supreme Court Religion Clause Jurisprudence

Jerald Finney
© October, 2009

Do you know how the Supreme Court has gone about removing God from practically all civil government matters? Don’t feel bad if you don’t know the answer to that question because most Christians in America have not had time to do the intense study required to understand this issue. If you are interested in knowing the answer, the following audio teaching will give you a basic understanding of the history of Supreme Court religion clause jurisprudence.

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Supreme Court religion clause jurisprudence (Abbreviated audio lecture)(Opening song and prayer are 4 min. 41 sec. and the total length of the audio is 34 min. 20 sec.): Supreme Court Religion Clause Jurisprudence

Even though the Supreme Court has used the religion clause and the term “separation of church and state” to remove God and create a pluralistic nation, the Court still recognizes the original meaning of the clause. Churches can still choose to operate under God only and be in line with the First Amendment and the Supreme Court interpretation of the Amendment. In other words, churches can, without violating man’s law and/or being persecuted, choose not to become legal entities such incorporate, become corporations sole or unincorporated associations and get the 501(c)(3) tax exemption. In other words, they can choose to remain “First Amendment” churches organized according to the principles of the New Testament without being persecuted.

Should you desire a more in depth study of this issue, the complete written studies are now posted on this website at The Supreme Court Reinterprets the First Amendment and Removes God (from practically all civil government matters). Or you may go to Order information, free PDF, and free online version page for books by Jerald Finney for access to all books by Jerald Finney including God Betrayed/Separation of Church and State: The Biblical Principles and the American Application. The complete study is in Section V of that book.

For His Glory,
Jerald Finney
Christian and practicing attorney