The Phrase "Separation Of Church And State"

In this Apologetics Press video, presented by Dr. Dave Miller, brother Miller provides us the answer as to where the phrase, "separation of church and state" originated from. The phrase is not found in the Constitution of the United States.

Quoting from the above video at time juncture 16:14:

"The phrase was in a private piece of correspondence written by Thomas Jefferson when he was President. He was responding to a letter written to him by a Baptist Association that had become concerned about whether or not the government was going to interfere with the free and open practice of the Christian religion. Thomas Jefferson responded by assuring the author of the letter that the government cannot do that. This phrase is now being used and interpreted to say the exact opposite of what the phrase intended to mean."

Sad to say, as Dr. Miller states in the above video, "Americans are apparently disinterested in checking out the facts."

Beloved, there's a great danger in jumping to conclusions before knowing and understanding all of the facts involved in a situation, especially when it comes to correctly understanding the Bible.

Let us be willing to follow the illustration found in Acts 17:11, regarding the willingness of the noble Bereans, to "search the scriptures" to see whether or not the teaching that Paul and Silas were providing them was true.

Mike Riley, Gospel Snippets

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