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January 21, 2011
Every individual, whether a believer or an unbeliever, has the liberty to choose what he believes is right in the religious realm. No one should be forced to assent to any belief against his will. Baptists have always opposed religious persecution.
Rom 14:5 One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind.
While the Bible is true, and is not subject to any private interpretation, as individuals, God gives us a free will. We have a God-given liberty to determine what we will believe or reject. This is evidences in the vast number of religions both those of the true faith as well as the countless religions based upon the false teachings of men.
Rom 14:12 So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.
If one chooses not to accept the Word of God, that person will be judged according to their works - according to the fruits of their sin nature. Choosing to reject the Word of God does not remove one's responsibility. Still, we all have that choice before us. We would consider the Apostle Paul to be one of the greatest Christians to ever live. Yet, Paul described himself as the chief of sinners (1 Tim 1:15).
Tit 1:9 Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers.
Finally, we have the freedom to convince or attempt to convince those who are crazy enough to not believe. Yes, the United States was founded as a Christian nation. It is because the United States is a Christian nation with the principle of Individual Soul Liberty that the United States has been successful. If the U.S. were a country, like others, where a particular religion were all but forced upon the individual, it would have failed.