…in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
Colossians 2:3, NKJV
Lessons in Liberty is a series of 9 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. A new topic begins in September of every year. 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.”
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“For He Himself is our peace, who made both groups into one and broke down the barrier of the dividing wall.”Ephesians 2:14
Learn how the planting and growth of Christian self-government in America was achieved, first as individual colonies and then as confederated states; this was the providential result of the westward extension of the Chain of Christianity® that we examine in the Biblical foundations of the U.S. Constitution.
The Bible was one of America’s chief political textbooks, used by colonial pastors to teach both the principles of good government and God’s expectations of elected representatives. As a political textbook, the Bible joined the works of Baron Montesquieu, Emmerich Vattel, Hugo Grotius, John Locke, William Blackstone and others. Scripture was frequently drawn upon to reinforce political debate throughout the thirteen states, including during the Constitutional Convention of 1787.
The 2023-24 Lessons in Liberty series will teach from the Biblical Foundations of the Constitution, to be published later this year, that completes the narrative begun in Parts I and II of the series. It answers the question: how did the United States Constitution finally come into existence and what are its many foundational elements rooted in the Bible?
Learn to identify Biblical principles in a current issue or topic in today’s culture. Being able to identify principles or Biblical truth teaches you to quickly recognize the Biblical Worldview position on issues. In Lessons in Liberty our goal is to bring clarity from a Biblical perspective on many topics that we face today using Principle Approach® proven methods of Biblical reasoning.
Equip yourself to readily Biblically defend liberty and restore light to our nation clearing the clutter in the important discussion.
The Bible as a Textbook: Informing the Constitution series is packed with practical presentations, detailing Biblical principles which are found in our Constitution and how to protect and preserve these critical truths.
Speakers include: Dr. Carole Adams, Dr. Max Lyons, Gary Porter, Dr. Mike Myers, Jim Wallis, Pastor David Whitney, Dan Wolf, and Kim Bebb
Register for the entire nine-part The Bible as Political Textbook: Informing the Constitution 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.
The Bible as Political Textbook: Informing the Constitution
Session One: September 11, 2023
The U.S. Constitution and Principles of Liberty
Presented by Gary Porter
The Seven Principles of Christian Liberty have been central to an understanding of America’s Christian history since 1965 when Rosalie Slater first explained them in Teaching and Learning America’s Christian History, the Principle Approach. Various presenters have turned to the Principles as a standard to illuminate America’s founding period. To what extent does the structure of the U.S. Constitution align with these Seven Principles of Liberty?
Session Two: October 2, 2023
The Biblical Foundation of Law and the Constitution
Presented by Jim Wallis
The United States Constitution was the very first written constitution drafted by representatives of the people. How did the idea of a written constitution germinate and take root? Even more fundamental, where did the idea of law originate, and how did Christianity influence the development of the law? To what extent did the Hebrew Republic guide the formation of the U.S. Constitution?
Session Three: November 6, 2023
“The Event is in the Hand of God.”
Presented by Dr. Max Lyons
Shortly before the Constitutional Convention began, George Washington, soon to be elected convention president, explained his conviction that God’s providential hand must guide the event. Was the U.S. Constitution indeed inspired of God, i.e., did its framers believe God played any role in its formation or ratification? How did the framers rely upon Biblical principles and allusions to scripture at the “Grand Convention?””
Session Four: January 8, 2024
Colonial Pastors Lead the Way
Presented by Pastor David Whitney
In addition to teaching their flocks the principles of salvation, brotherly love, and Christian citizenship, colonial pastors played a key role in preparing their congregations for first independence and then, Christian self-government. Who were these brave pastors? What was the focus of their annual “Election Sermons?”
Session Five: February 12, 2024
Theology: The “Glue” that Unified Constitutional Thought
Presented by Dr. Carole Adams
The Puritan concept of Eupraxia or “Living to God” was taught in the colleges of New England during the founding period using the theology textbook The Marrow of Sacred Divinity by William Ames. Is there a “chain of custody” between this teaching and the men who drafted the Constitution?
Session Six: March 4, 2024
Republicanism, Will We Keep It?
Presented by Dr. Mike Myers
The Hebrew Republic demonstrated the success of republican principles (until the people clamored for a king). Which republican principles found their way into the U.S. Constitution? Will those Biblical republican principles survive modernity?
Session Seven: April 1, 2024
The Great Endowment of Natural Rights
Presented by Dan Wolf
Today, there is a great debate in America over whether our rights are a creation and gift of government or an endowment of God, as Thomas Jefferson famously claimed in the Declaration of Independence. If the latter, what natural rights beyond life, liberty, and the freedom to pursue happiness can we call upon the government to protect? What was God’s original purpose in creating and providing these rights? How do they differ from what are today called “civil” rights? How do we preserve our natural rights against the onslaught of atheistic progressivism?
Session Eight: May 6, 2024
The Necessity of Property to Liberty
Presented by Kim Bebb
The Bible states unequivocally that we are God’s property, and yet God commands mankind to take dominion over the earth, an impossible task without the right to acquire and use property. Through “Thou Shalt Not Steal,” God created a right to use and enjoy our property. Is property also foundational to all our other rights? Does God expect us to use our property for His purposes?
Session Nine: June 3, 2024
Warning Voices: Will We Listen This Time?
Presented by Surprise Guest
The Anti-Federalists warned of several troublesome features in the proposed Constitution. Some were addressed in the Bill of Rights. Later in the 19th and early 20th Centuries, new voices added warnings that went largely unnoticed. What are today’s warning voices saying? Does the republic hang in the balance if they are not heeded?