We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. -Declaration of Independence
To summarize the first half of that paragraph, this is saying that we’re all equal, created by God, and that we all have the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. It then says that after God gave us these rights the people created government to secure these rights. So it is definitely okay to have a Bible study in your own home in America. No doubt about it! But wait, more to come on that. Back to the declaration, basically based off what the founders of this country wrote, it’s pretty much okay to do whatever you want on your property and to your body as long as you’re not harming someone else or their property. That’s what this means: “all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness”. As long as I don’t get in the way of someone else’s life, liberty, or pursuit of happiness I am free to do as I please. No other person including the government, which was created to secure our rights per our own Declaration of Independence, can go next door and tell you that you can’t worship Christ. The government’s role is to protect our liberties not to tell us what we can put in our bodies, grow on our land, or who or when we worship.
It goes on to say whenever any form of government becomes destructive to our rights we are to alter or abolish it and then institute a new government. Then we’re supposed to build the foundation of this new government on the principles that will most likely bring us safety and happiness. This country has been around for over a couple of hundred years now and it might be time to revisit what the founders were telling us to do. Why you ask? How about the violation of your 4th amendment rights at the airport or the football game. How about the government tracking your every move from a 1.9 Billion dollar (tax payer paid!) NSA spy center in Utah. How about the unconstitutional, expensive, and immoral war on drugs; aka war on your personal rights. How about the simple right to feed the homeless at a park being taken away. I haven’t even brought up the Patriot Act and its ills yet. Wait back up, it’s illegal to feed the homeless??? That’s right, unfortunately. And apparently you can’t have a bible study anymore either…..
20 For where two or three gather together as my followers,[a] I am there among them.”
12 “But before all this occurs, there will be a time of great persecution. You will be dragged into synagogues and prisons, and you will stand trial before kings and governors because you are my followers.
California City Closes Down Bible Study in Private Home
In Orange County, California, it is illegal to hold a religious meeting in your home.
This is what Chuck and Stephanie Fromm, of San Juan Capistrano, discovered when they were fined $300 earlier this month for holding a Bible study class on their property.
Officialdom in the county said the couple were singled out because it is considered illegal to hold “a regular gathering of more than three people” on private property. Officials stated that the Fromms require a license to hold meetings in their home.
San Juan Capistrano authorities claim home Bible study is not allowed because it is a “church,” and churches require a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) in residential areas.
The Fromms face additional fines of $500 per meeting for any further “religious gatherings” in their home, according to the Pacific Justice Institute.
The city’s action is a brazen violation of the First Amendment, which guarantees free worship without government intervention.
PJI and the Fromms plan to appeal a decision made by the city to uphold the fine and restriction to the California Superior Court in Orange County, according to KCOY 12 News, a Fox affiliate.
Ironically, the city of San Juan Capistrano was founded as a mission in the late 1700s by Catholic priest Junipero Serra. A local chapel established by Serra is the oldest standing building in California.