Standing for Truth and Defending Your Freedom
Standing for Truth and Defending Your Freedom

February Impact 2016

by Frank Wright, Ph.D

Recently, the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) requested that several major hotel chains stop allowing Bibles to be placed in hotel rooms. They wrote:   

An invasive species is defined as“not native to a specific location and which has a tendency to spread to a degree which causes damage in some respect upon exposure.” You could say that sounds a lot like Gideon bibles in a bedstand drawer.

The Bible—an “invasive species!”

Ironically, the FFRF characterizes their group in terms of “freedom,” something that is largely a product of the biblical, Judeo-Christian worldview they reject. And they are not alone in their efforts:

  • In 2014, a Marine corporal was court-martialed because her work computer displayed the Bible verse, “No weapon formed against me shall prosper.” A military appeals court upheld her discharge so that other Marines wouldn’t be “exposed to biblical quotations in the military workplace.”
  • When a Nevada sixth-grader included John 3:16 in an assignment to tell of her life and include an inspirational message, she was forced to resubmit her paper without the “offensive” Bible verse. (The district subsequently issued an apology.)
  • A first-grader, during “free reading time” at her school brought out her small New Testament. A young classmate, interested, asked if she had a Bible he could read too. When she brought him one, she was upbraided by her teacher.

On and on it goes. Why is there so much hostility toward the Bible? Because it is the Word of God. As the writer of Hebrews says:

For the word of God is alive, and active, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, of joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intents of the heart (Hebrews 4:12).

Our society rejects the Word of God today because it rejects God Himself. But as they seek to escape the Bible, they fail to realize that they are also cutting themselves off from the very source of much of the good they cherish. Indeed, our western, prosperous, healthy, free lives are largely a gift of the Bible.

You only need to look at the atheistic regimes of the 20th century to see where secularism leads: over 100 million dead at the hands of God-denying, totalitarian governments. By contrast, the Bible has influenced the Western world in ways that have brought about unprecedented human freedom and prosperity.

In this month’s e-Impact, we take an in-depth look at the vital influence of the Bible on our world— particularly on the United States of America. This was a passionate issue for Dr. Kennedy who understood that the Bible provided a foundation of freedom for the settlers and founders of this nation. Today, however, organizations like the FFRF, the ACLU, the so-called People for the American Way, and others now use these very freedoms in order to erode our religious liberty—to the detriment of us all.

We are determined to continue to stand up against this assault by broadcasting biblical truth and educating people about the vital importance of the Bible for maintaining our freedoms as Americans.

This month, we begin pre-sales of what is perhaps the most ambitious project in the history of this ministry: the D. James Kennedy Topical Study Bible. This brand new Bible could be considered Dr. Kennedy’s magnum opus. Dr. Kennedy was my friend and mentor, and his teaching ministry was one-of-a-kind, as he preached the Gospel to millions and applied God’s Word to every area of life—including government, science, the arts, education, and more.

Now, very few preachers address these issues, and none of them do so with Dr. Kennedy’s singular intelligence, wit, perceptiveness, and clarity. This new study Bible is utterly unique, and fills a teaching void within the American church. Whether you get one for yourself, your pastor, your children, or your grandchildren, you will find the D. James Kennedy Topical Study Bible, which is filled with hundreds of compelling notes, articles, and comments, to be a life-changing, culture-transforming resource.

Right now, you can pre-order the new D. James Kennedy Topical Study Bible and receive your copy as soon as it is released the beginning of March. If you send a generous donation of $100 or more now, you will also receive a two-CD set, The Art of Studying the Bible. These two audio messages by Dr. Kennedy have never been heard outside the four walls of his church—until now. For your donation of $100 or more, you can be among the first to receive both this special Bible and these inspiring messages by Dr. Kennedy.

God bless you, and God bless America,

Frank Wright, Ph.D.

President and CEO

D. James Kennedy Ministries

 

P.S. Make sure to be among the first to receive the groundbreaking D. James Kennedy Topical Study Bible when it is released later this spring, along with the two never-before-heard audio messages from Dr. Kennedy, The Art of Studying the Bible, as our way of thanking you for a generous donation of $100 or more!