…in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
Colossians 2:3, NKJV
Lessons in Liberty is a series of lectures and courses sponsored by The Foundation for American Christian Education (FACE) to help citizens better understand the source of liberty in our American Christian Constitutional Republic. Join like-minded patriots who love God’s Word, and together, master the “lessons of liberty” so you can be used of God to help bring every aspect of culture “captive to the obedience of Christ.”
Register now for lifetime access to all 9 lectures in the 2022-23 Culture Wars series. Join us live in-person and online, or watch recorded lectures at your convenience.
“For He Himself is our peace, who made both groups into one and broke down the barrier of the dividing wall.”Ephesians 2:14
This course addresses the relationship between religion and politics and the practical implications of these ideas. Many secularists want a wall of separation between church and state so Biblical principles will not be brought to bear on public policy and law, giving the secularists free reign to implement their agenda. Many Christians want to retreat into the four walls of the church and avoid getting involved in the dirt of politics and government. The truth is that neither of these perspectives are Biblical. Speakers in this series will show Christians the way to combine religion and politics Biblically. Our American Founders got it right but we have lost or abandoned their Biblical thinking.
The 2022-23 Lessons in Liberty Series. Tearing Down the Wall: Religion and Politics, addresses the issues of our day. Join us September 2022- June 2023 in an exciting and thought provoking exploration of the controversial juncture of religion and politics; church and state. You will be become an influencer, able to readily defend our liberty and restore light to our nation.
Learn to reason Biblically and apply Biblical truth to all areas of life. Equip yourself and your family with the tools to develop a solid Biblical worldview. Give your children the “God confidence” they will need to stand for their faith in an increasingly hostile culture. This series is an excellent resource to build your understanding of Biblical reasoning and the Principle Approach, America’s historic method of Biblical reasoning.
Equip yourself to readily Biblically defend liberty and restore light to our nation clearing the clutter in the important discussion.
Tearing Down the Wall: Religion and Politics series is packed with practical presentations, detailing God’s view on major worldview issues and contrasting the Biblical view with the prevailing counterfeit ideology.
Speakers include: Dr. Carole Adams, Dr. Max Lyons, Dr. Gai Ferdon, Gary Porter, Dr. Mike Myers, Jim Wallis, Bob Wallace, and Pastor David Whitney.
Register for the entire nine-part Tearing Down the Wall: Religion and Politics for only $80 (individual or family) includes live presentations, video-recorded sessions, and handouts. Individual sessions are $10 each. Sessions may be accessed live in our classroom, live online, or at your convenience through watching the recorded presentation.
Tearing Down the Wall: Religion and Politics
Session One: September 12, 2022
Church and State, Separate or One?
Presented by Jim Wallis
At various times in history, church and the state were one and the same; at other times they were separate, even antagonists. This presentation will provide examples of both from history. In Puritan New England, pastors preached to the newly elected assembly and explained what the people expected of them. Could this happen today? In the Islamic world the line separating church and state is also ill-defined, and the results can be jarring.
Session Two: October 3, 2022
How we got the “Wall;” Church-State Relations Before the “Wall
Presented by Gary Porter
Jefferson coined the phrase: “Wall of separation between church and state” in 1802; it took 145 years for the Supreme Court to declare it a constitutional doctrine. Church-state relations during that time were largely unremarkable, but there were still controversies that reached the high court. What were they?
Session Three: November 14, 2022
Effects of the “Wall.”
Presented by Gary Porter
After the Everson decision in 1947, legal challenges concerning the First Amendment’s religion clauses increased dramatically. There is a reason for this. What were these new issues and how did the Supreme Court deal with them? What’s the Lemon Test, and has it helped or hindered the Court in dealing with “The Wall?”
Session Four: January 9, 2023
Pastors Navigating “The Wall;” impact of the “Johnson Amendment.”
Presented by Pastor David Whitney
The Johnson Amendment, enacted in 1954 and named for then-Senator Lyndon B. Johnson who proposed it, unconstitutional as it may be, is nevertheless mis-understood by many pastors today, leading to self-imposed, unnecessary restrictions on what can be said and done by churches and pastors What is the truth?
Session Five: February 6, 2023
Check Your Faith at the Door?
Presented by Bob Wallace
At Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination hearing for a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court, Senator Diane Feinstein remarked: “The dogma lives loudly in you,” referring to Barrett’s Catholic faith. When Associate Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson joins the court this summer, there will be six Catholics, two Protestants, and one Jew on the court. Should a judge be allowed to bring faith into the courtroom, at any level of the federal court system? Do recent opinions on abortion, school tuition and football field prayer provide an answer?
Session Six: March 6, 2023
Education is inherently religious, are Public Schools violating the “Wall?”
Presented by Dr. Max Lyons
This teaching examines the issue of “neutrality” in education. Many believe that subjects taught in public schools: ex: math, history, science, and English, are “neutral,” having nothing to do with religion, theology or a person’s worldview. If this is true, some say, let parents and preachers instruct in religion, and the government schools teach just the facts of basic school subjects. Let’s examine this assertion.
Session Seven: April 3, 2023
Don’t Talk About Politics and Religion!
Presented by Dr. Mike Myers
The “Wall” of separation has stifled dissent in the public square. Americans are afraid of losing friends, offending their media “followers,” or even severing ties with relatives. Yet conversations about religion, politics and their intersection is precisely what we need more of, whatever the consequences. How can we best have such conversations?
Session Eight: May 1, 2023
The War Against Christianity; Freedom of Religion or Freedom from Religion?
Presented by Dr. Max Lyons
Our Founding Fathers wisely gave us the First Amendment, guaranteeing among other things, the freedom to worship as we choose. What exactly does this freedom in entail? There are those who believe that we should have a secular society, with no influence of religion in the areas of government, economics, education, health care, arts and entertainment.
Session Nine: June 5, 2023
Stay in Your Lane! It’s a Matter of Jurisdiction
Presented by Dr. Gai Ferdon
Jurisdiction is defined as the lawful use of lawful authority. Our Constitution set forth the structure for limited government with most authority being retained by individuals, families, churches and voluntary associations. Civil government has not stayed in its lane; instead it threatens to manage, regulate and control literally every area and function of our lives.