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Lathan Watts First Liberty God is Our True freedom 082721

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August 27, 2021 4:21 pm

Lathan Watts First Liberty God is Our True freedom 082721

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Thanks so much for being here. Man, I hope you got some freedom in that first half hour. Seriously.

Put your hands on your head. Claim Galatians 2-20 and get free. I know. I don't do a lot of preaching on this show per se. This is a mix of bringing, well it's bringing God into a realm that the left wants to tell us He doesn't belong. And I mean that would be like you breaking into somebody's bedroom window and locking the bedroom door and camping out in that bedroom and then telling the owner of the house, you can't come over here.

I'm sorry I'm taking possession of your house in this bedroom. Seriously? Seriously? My Bible says the earth is the Lord's and the fullness thereof. And yet we have a whole, we have churches that seem to think that God is, oh there are certain things that we don't, God, we don't talk about. What does God not have an opinion? Okay.

Well, my next guest fully understands God's opinion and they fight for that First Amendment right to share God's opinion. And it's my pleasure to welcome the Director of Public Relations and Communications for First Liberty, Lathan Watts. Lathan, welcome. Good to have you. Thank you, sir. Thanks for having me back. Absolutely.

Absolutely. Well, you know, I was telling folks as I was introducing this segment last half hour, I introduced all four of my guests to give people an idea of what's coming up. And I said, you know, we've got a Congress, a legislative branch, and it's kind of like having an illness where the virus attacks the body's own DNA.

I'm familiar with that because my wife suffered with that for a number of years. And that's literally what we're watching. We're watching a legislative body. The Constitution of the United States, folks, should be viewed as the DNA of America. It is the DNA of America. The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution are American DNA.

And we have a Congress, Lathan, that is attacking the DNA of the very country that they were elected to represent. Talk to me about these threats specifically to the very First Amendment, the very first thing written in the First Amendment, the free exercise of religion. So just as you said, I mean, first Liberty Institute, this is the only kind of case that we litigate around the country. It's protecting religious liberty. We defend people of all faiths anywhere in the country. So long as people are just trying to live according to what they believe in a way that's in keeping with the law and the Constitution, we will protect their right to do so. And that's what free exercise is about. The folks on the other side of this have sort of coined the phrase, you know, you're free to believe whatever you want, which implies then that your religious freedom really only exists between the ears of the believer. Because if you're free to believe whatever you want, you may not necessarily be free to act on those beliefs. And the free exercise of religion is about acting on those beliefs. And your religious liberty is protected by those causes in the First Amendment to protect your right to live according to your beliefs in all aspects of your life, not just about choosing where you go to church or if you go to church is about acting on those beliefs. Jefferson called it the right of conscience. So even people that aren't necessarily religious should actually still care about religious liberty, because that's what it is. That's what it protects for them, the right to live their life according to what they believe. And we are seeing, you know, we're very, very busy in our office these days with cases all around the country. But the good news is, you know, always want to try to give people some hope.

The good news is we're winning. And there are people out there who need to know that you don't have to fight these fights on your own. If you feel like your religious liberty is under threat, then you need to contact First Liberty Institute.

It's very simple to do so. You just go to our website, firstliberty.org, and at the top of the page, there's a button that says get legal help. If you click that, it will take you to a real short, simple form, just contact information and a place for you to tell us in general what's going on.

And then we'll be in touch with you to get more of the details. But just as you said, you know, people that either misunderstand what the First Amendment is about or they intentionally twist it into something that it is not. Because, frankly, you know, their political beliefs conflict with some of those people of faith who are just trying to live their lives as devoutly as they can. But that right is not limited to the four inside the four walls of your church or between your own ears just to believe what you want to believe. It is about how you go about living daily life and you have a right to do that. And that's what First Liberty exists to protect. And in this instance, what we're looking at is three specific bills that Congress is trying to pass to push through. You know, the House of Representatives in the first one has already passed it. But now they're waiting for the U.S. Senate to approve it and they call it the Equality Act. Can you talk to me about why the Equality Act is so deadly dangerous to religious freedom? Well, the short answer is because it guts the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The Religious Freedom Restoration Act was passed nearly unanimously. It was carried in the House by then Congressman Chuck Schumer, sponsored in the Senate by Ted Kennedy, signed into law by Bill Clinton.

So that tells you just how far we've come since the early 90s. But it passed, I think it only had two votes against the total in the House and Senate, if I remember correctly. And it was passed because of the Supreme Court decision, Employment Division v. Smith, which drastically lowered the level of scrutiny by courts on government action that impacts religious freedom. And so the Congress did what Congress should do when you when you get a Supreme Court decision that you don't like. They took action. They passed this bill, which created protections for greater protections for people of faith who find themselves under some sort of penalty or in some sort of legal situation because of their religious beliefs.

And that's the proper response to a Supreme Court decision, not to say, well, we're just going to pack the court with more judges that think the way we do so that we can get the decisions we want. That's not Congress's role. But the Equality Act takes sexual orientation and gender identity and makes it a part of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protected class. And it specifically says that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act cannot be used as a defense to any violation of the Equality Act.

So it is a serious threat to religious liberty. And as you said, it's already passed the House. It is currently bottled up in the Senate because it's 50-50 and Senator Manchin and Senator Sinema are still holding their ground and saying they will not abolish the filibuster. So as long as the filibuster is in place, I don't think that bill will see the light of day in the Senate. But I'm sure those two senators are under immense pressure to change the rule so that this law could be passed.

So people need to be very vigilant and I would pray for Senator Manchin and Senator Sinema that they stand firm on their position currently that is keeping this bill and others from becoming law because this president will sign it if it gets to his desk. Well, and you make an interesting point, you know, that just 30 years ago, folks, just 30 years ago, we're not talking about, you know, we don't have to go back to the founders. We can just go back 30 years to the 1990s where America united around Christian faith. Were there differences then? There were differences then. There's differences now. There's been differences.

Certainly we can see a very dark shade when it comes to the Democratic Party and some of the things that they have been engaged in for many years and what was the purpose of the founding of the Republican Party. But the point is that America had a commonality in Christian faith. In fact, when Bill Clinton and the Monica Lewinsky situation happened, and I do believe that was a significant turning point in our nation in a lot of different ways, especially morality-wise, but Bill Clinton sought out Billy Graham, Lathan. He went and he sought out Billy Graham and he invited Billy Graham to come to the White House to counsel and to pray with him and to ask God for forgiveness.

Now, you know, I know that he has done other things and there's other things that have been exposed about that and so on since, but he was seeking what all of us understood back then, where do you go? And people still saw the church and the Bible as the moral absolutes, as the glue that held us together and as the moral foundation upon which we based all of our legal system, and now that is what is under assault in the bill that you just described. Yeah, you know, John Adams said that our Constitution was written for a moral and religious people and it is wholly inadequate to the government of any other. What the founders sought to do with the First Amendment was protect the proper role of religion in a free civil society. That common understanding of morality, some people refer to like Judeo-Christian ethics or Judeo-Christian principles, but that common source of morality, it starts first in the home and then in the church.

Now, they didn't want there to be an official church in the United States. That's why we have the first clause in the First Amendment. But they understood that morality and liberty are inextricably linked, that you can't just be free to do whatever you want, that you have to have a common sense of morality because that common sense of morality restrains the individual from doing things he shouldn't do. You know, self-government as a country begins with self-government by the individual. And I think that you can look throughout history when our nation has sort of engaged in what some call nation building, when we have tried to take our form of government and plan it in other parts of the world, if you think of our constitutional republic as the seed, the reason that it worked here, because it was planted in soil that was hospitable to it, there was a common sense of morality here, the Judeo-Christian ideas of men being created in the image of God. And because we are, we have rights from God, exactly, and therefore the purpose of government is to protect those rights. If you take that seed, that constitutional republic, and try to plant it in soil where that doesn't exist, it doesn't work. And that's why we've seen that throughout history.

So those things are inextricably linked. That's what the First Amendment is about, preserving the role of religion in a free civil society. That's why it's got to be protected. That's why we do what we do at the First Liberty Institute. Well, just as a contrast to that, you look at portions of the Middle East where that has been attempted and failed, but you look at a place like Poland, which broke free from the USSR. Well, it broke free because there was a Great Awakening. There was a religious revival, actually, that took place in Poland that led to Walensky's ability to build a party that could then break off the shackles of communism so that they could experience a level of freedom in that country. Oh, absolutely. And you had aided greatly by Pope John Paul II, who was Polish.

100 percent. And again, because why? Because there was a Christian biblical undercurrent foundation that took place with regards to that. And bringing that forward to where we are right now, that is one of the reasons why it's so important for First Liberty to fight these fights. Because literally the very soul of this nation is at risk if religious liberty falls, if they are able to do what they're trying to do with the equality bill, with the quote unquote for the people bill, with the quote unquote misinformation act.

They give them nice little, you know, fancy feel good names, but they are deception at their roots in their attempts to destroy the one thing that makes America, America. And that is that foundation, that Christian foundation with God holding us in the palm of his hands. Lathan, thanks for all that you do. FirstLiberty.org. FirstLiberty.org. Get over there today. Get read up and fight the good fight.

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God bless you. And as I said earlier in this program, the earth is the Lord's and the fullness thereof. This is all God's property, all of it. And Jesus didn't say I'm bringing the kingdom of heaven when I come back. In fact, he said I'm bringing judgment is going to come upon the world when it comes back. In total, he's going to act on the judgment. He goes back just to John chapter three. The Word of God says, For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whoever believes in Him would not perish but have everlasting life. And then he goes on to talk about, I didn't come to condemn the world. That's great.

Oh, he's here for love. No, he says the world's already condemned. Read the rest of it.

3.18, 3.19, 3.20. The world is already condemned and the light came into the world and man rejected the light because man would rather live in the darkness. Let's talk about that. The church, ladies and gentlemen, today we're living in darkness. We want the pastor to tell us what we want the pastor to tell us, not what's in the Word of God, not challenge us with the Bible. And yet when we walk outside of the church, we say to the government, OK, now you tell us what we're supposed to do. So God in the church doesn't get to tell you what to do because you want to tell God what you're going to do in the church.

It's not out of the church. It's the government telling you what to do. Can you see how upside down we are, folks? This is America's problem. This is our dilemma. We've lost our soul.

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