By Dr. Sam Gipp
We are citizens of the greatest nation the world has ever known. Some are jealous of our greatness, others are thankful for it. But, what made America rise above every other country in history in greatness? Was it our vast reserve of natural resources? No. Africa has far more natural resources than we do yet it is a desperately poor continent. Is it our form of government? No. Numerous countries have instituted our form of government and yet failed to prosper as we have. Is it free enterprise? No, numerous Eastern European countries have tried free enterprise and have not excelled. So just what has made America the greatest nation on earth? In a word, God.
Liberals would have us believe that America was founded with a dedication to "free enterprise". That it was founded to be a "God neutral",multi-cultural society. They teach little children that America wasn't founded by Christians, but by "faith neutral" deists. This simply isn't true. But, rather than claim America was founded on the Bible by Christians, we will simply review the very words of the founding Fathers themselves. (From Sam Gipp's booklet, We Are Americans, DayStar Publishing,1-800-311-1823) Archived News letters
Were they deists? In an attempt to hide the Christian founding of America, many teachers and college professors claim that the founders of the United States were not Christians but rather deist who believed in an impersonal Deity but rejected the divinity of Jesus Christ and the inspiration of the Bible. This simply isnt true. Although both Ben Franklin and Thomas Jefferson were what may be referred to as deists, the vast majority of the remaining founders were unapologetic, born-again Christians. Lets let them speak for themselves.
JOHN QUINCY ADAMS, the Sixth President of the United States, said, "My hopes of a future life are all founded upon the Gospel of Christ..."
JOHN JAY, Fist Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, said, "Unto Him who is the Author and Giver of all good, I render sincere and humble thanks for His manifold and unmerited blessings and especially for our redemption and salvation by His beloved Son...Blessed be his holy name!" (John Jay's last will and testament)
GEORGE MASON, the Father of the Bill of Rights: "My soul I resign into the hands of my Almighty Creator. Whose tender mercies are all over His works, humbly hoping from His unbounded mercy and benevolence through the merits of my blessed Savior, a remission of my sins."
SAMUEL ADAMS, Signer of the Declaration of Independence, said, "Principally and first of all, I recommmend my soul to that Almighty Being who gave it and my body I commit to dust, relying upon the merits of Jesus Christ for a pardon of all my sins." (Samuel Adam's last will and testament.)
JOSIAH BARLETT, Signer of the Declaration of Independence, also said "Firstly I commit my Soul into the hands of God, its great and benevolent author."
DAVID BREARLEY, Signer of the Constitution, stated, "First and principally, I commit my Soul unto Almighty God."
CHARLES CARROL, Signer of the Declaration of Independence, said, "On the mercy of my Redeemer I rely for salvation and on His merits; not on the works which I have done in obedience to His precepts."
GABRIEL DUVALL, selected as a Delegate to the Constitution Convention and a U.S. Supreme Court Justice, boldly declared, "I resign my soul into the hands of the Almighty who gave it in humble hopes of his mercy through our Lord Jesus Christ."
JOHN HART, Signer of the Declaration of Independence, said, "[T]hanks be given unto Almighty God therefore, and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die and after that the judgment [Hebrews 9:27] ... principally, I give and recommend my soul into the hands of Almighty God who gave it and my body to the earth to be buried in a decent and Christian like manner ... to receive the same again at the general resurrection by the mighty power of God."
JOHN DICKINSON, a General during the American Revolution and a signer of the Constitution, declared: Rendering thanks to my Creator...for my birth in a country enlightened by the Gospel...to Him I resign myself, humbly confiding in His goodness and in His mercy through Jesus Christ for the events of eternity. (John Dickinsons last will and testament.)
RODGER SHERMAN, Signer of both the Declaration and the Constitution, "I believe that there is only one living and true God, existing in three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy ghost, the same substance equal in power and glory. That the scriptures of the old and new testaments are a revelation from God and a complete rule to direct us how we may glorify and enjoy Him."
ROBERT TREAT PAINE, Signer of the Declaration declared: "I am constrained to express my adoration of the Supreme Being - the Author of my existence - in full belief of...His forgiving mercy revealed to the world through Jesus Christ, through Whom I hope for never ending happiness in a future state." (From the Last Will and Testament of Robert Treat Paine, attested May 11, 1814)
GUNNING BEDFORD, Signer of the Constitution declared: "To the triune Dod - Teh Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost - be ascribed all honer and dominion, forevermore - Amen."
RICHARD STOCKTON, Signer of the Declatation stated: [I] subscribe to the entire belief of the great and leading doctrines of the Christian religion...[and I exhort] that the course of life held up in the Christian system is calculated for the most complete happiness that can be enjoyed in this mortal state." (From the Last Will & Testament of Richard Stockton, attested May 20, 1780)
DR. BENJAMIN RUSH, Signer of the Declaration said, "My only hope of salvation is in the infinite transcent love of God manifested to the world by the death of His Son upon the Cross. Nothing but His blood will wash away my sins [Acts 22:16]. I rely exclusively upon it. Come, Lord Jesus! Come quickly!" [Revelation 22:20]
GEORGE WASHINGTON prayed, "Almighty God,...I beseech thee, my sins, remove them from thy presence, as far as the east is from the west, and accept of me for the merits of thy son Jesus Christ, that when I come into thy temple, and compass thine alter, my prayer may come before thee as incence; and as thou wouldst hear me calling upon thee in my prayers, so give me grace to hear thee calling upon me in thy Word...for his sake, who lay down in the Grave and rose again for us, Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen."
The following inscription is found on a granite memorial at the grave of George Washington in Mount Veron. It was written by Mrs. John Washington, the wife of George's nephew.
Even THOMAS JEFFERSON, called a deist by many, called himself a Christian. He stated that his views were, "the result of a life of inquiry and reflection, and very different from the anti-Christian system imputed to me by those who know nothing of my opinions. To the corruptions of Christianity I am indeed opposed, but not to the genuine precepts of Jesus Himself. I am a Christian in the true sense in which He wished anyone to be, sincerely attached to His doctrines in preference to all others..."
Notice several important things about Mr. Jefferson's statement. First, that it stands in contrast to what some today claim of him. Second, during those days in which this country was founded, Jefferson saw nothing negative attached to be considered a Christian, unlike some of today's politicians and teachers. Third, he not only saw no negative stima to Christianity, but he hinself wanted to be included with those who wore that label. This is not the Thomas Jefferson of the average college political science class.
Their esteem for the Bible and Christian principles
Today many politicians, educators and entertainers have little regard for the Bible or Christianity. They mock it, disdain it or try to raise the writing of heathen religions to equal status in hopes of being considered "politicall correct". But the Founding Fathers would not be found among them if they were alive today. They were open and shamless concerning their reverence for God, Jesus Christ and the Bible and the conviction that to turn to the Bible and Christianity would be benefical to anyone.
Our first president, GEORGE WASHINGTON said, "It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible."
"Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to polical prosperity, religion and morality are indispenable supports."
JOHN ADAMS, our second president said, "The Bible is the best book in the world." He also believed, "Suppose a nation in some distant region should take the Bible for their own law book, and every member should regulate his conduct by the precepts there exhibited... what a utopia; what a paradise this region would be."
Our third president, THOMAS JEFFERSON, our second president said, "The Bible is the source of liberty." He futher stated. "The Bible makes the best people in the world."
JOHN QUINCY ADAMS, our sixth president said, "So great is my veneration of the Bible that the earlier my children begin to read it, the more confident will be my hope that they will prove useful citizens to their country and respectable members of society. I have for many years made it a practice to read through the Bible once a year."
If a president, politician or anyone else made any of these statements today the liberal bullies in the News Media would viciously attack them. But it is they who are wrong, not our Founding Fathers and not those who would espouse Christianity today. The intolerant tyrants in the News Media are to be ignored and chastened for their shameless bigoted hatred for the faith of the founders of this great nation.
But these views were not limited to just our early presidents. ROBERT TREAT PAINE said, "I believe the Bible to be the written word of God and to contain in it the whole rule of faith and manners."
Chief Justice, JOHN JAY urged, "The Bible is the best of all books, for it is the Word of God and teaches us the way to be happy in this world and the next. Continue, therefore, to read it and to regulate your life by its precepts."
ABRAHAM BALDWIN, a Signer of the Constitution advised, "It should therefore be among the first objects of those who wish well to the national prosperity to encourage and support the principles of religion and morality."
OLIVER ELLSWORTH a member of the Constitutional Convention and the third Chief-Justice of the Supreme Court, declared, "The primary objects of government are the peace, order, and prosperity of society...To the promotion of these objects, particularly in a republican government, good morals are essential. Institutions for the promotion of good morals are therefore objects of legislative provision and support: and among these...religious institutions are eminently useful and important."
So we see that the views of our Founders were that the Bible and its teachings were superior to any and every belief system on earth. Having no television through which to be intimidated and cowered, they did not feel at all bigoted or intolerant about their views. The fact is, if they were alive today the News Media would protray them as intolerant, higher education would declare them religious extremists and tyrannic liberal judges would accuse them of violating the very Constitution that they wrote!
The argument may be put forth by those who are desperate to obliterate the Christian history of the United States that, although these men were indeed Christians, they had too much character to propagate their faith to others. That simply isnt true.
BENJAMIN FRANKLIN desired to start a colony in Ohio with the Rev. George Whitefield to facilitate the introduction of pure religion among the heathen in order to show the Indians a better sample of Christians than they commonly see in our Indian traders.
GEORGE WASHINGTON told a gathering of Indians, "You do well to wish to learn our arts and ways of life, and above all, the religion of Jesus Christ. These will make you a greater and happier people than you are."
JOHN JAY the first Chief-Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court stated, "I...recommend a general and public return of praise and thanksgiving to Him from whose goodness these blessings descend. The most effectual means of securing the continuance of our civil and religious liberties is always to remember with reverence and gratitude the source from which they flow."
If a public official made such a statement, today the slave masters in the News Media would go through the roof criticizing him for his freedom of speech.
JOHN WITHERSPOON, Signer of the Declaration of Independence, said, "I shall now entreat...you in the most earnest manner to believe in Jesus Christ, for there is no salvation in any other [Acts 4:12]...(I)f you are not clothed with the spotless robe of His righteousness, you must forever perish."
JACOB BROOM, Signer of the Constitution, "Dont forget to be a Christian. I have said much to you on this head and I hope an indelible impression is made."
JOHN JAY, the original Chief-Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, stated "I have long been of the opinion that the evidence of the truth of Christianity requires only to be carefully examined to produce conviction in candid minds, and I think they who undertake that task will derive advantages. . . ."
So, was this great nation founded to advance multi-culturalism, enjoy free enterprise or pretend that there was no God to answer to for our actions? The Founding Fathers can explain it best.
JOHN QUINCY ADAMS, the Sixth President of the United States, said concerning the founding of the United States, "The highest glory of the American Revolution was this: that it connected in one indissoluble bond, the principles of civil government with the principles of Christianity..."
The greatest thing PATRICK HENRY said was not, "Give me liberty or give me death." Outstanding though that courageous statement was, the greatest thing Patrick Henry ever said was, 'It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians, not on religions, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ."
Even those in Congress recognized that America was founded to be distinctly Christian rather than"multi-cultural." In 1853 THE SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE of the United States declared: "We are Christians, not because the law demands it... but from choice and education...But they [the Founders] had no fear or jealousy of religion itself, nor did they wish to see us an irreligious people...they did not intend to spread over all the public authorities and the whole public action of the nation the dead and revolting spectacle of atheistic apathy."
In 1854 THE HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE of the United States affirmed the same thing: "Had the people during the revolution had any suspicion of an attempt to war against Christianity, that revolution would have been strangled in its cradle...At the time of the adoption of the constitution and its amendments the universal sentiment was that Christianity should be encouraged...That was the religion of the founders of the republic and they expected it to remain the religion of their decedents."
America's founding was so steeped in Bible that even that fountain of disinformation, Newsweek, couldnt deny it. In the December 27, 1982 edition in an article entitled "How the Bible Made America", this bastian of anti-Americanism had to admit that the Bible "has exerted an unrivaled influence on American culture, politics and social life, now historians are discovering that the Bible, perhaps even more than the Constitution, is our founding document...Bible study was the core of public education and nearly every literate family not only owned a Bible but read it regularly and reverently...Because of this Biblical influence, the United States seemed to europeans (sic) to be one vast public congregation- a nation with the soul of a church."
Are Are people of other faiths welcome here? Yes, theyre welcome here. But once they get here they are to forsake their inferior religion and join up with the Christianity of America. The god of their ancestors wasnt able to make their country as great as the God of the Bible made America. So why stick with a loser god? Come to America and accept Americas God and enjoy the blessings of that God. Think about it. The god/s of the Hindus have certainly not made India greater than the USA. Why would we, or even Indian emigrants want to stick with those impotent gods? Buddha has not produced any great nations. Why stick with Buddha? The god of Islam thinks murdering school children on a bus is a virtuous act and Heaven is an orgy. Who would keep such a god once they have access to the true, living and loving God of the Bible. America was never intended to be a nation of many faiths. It was intended to be a nation of one God, the God of the Bible.
Was the United States of America intended to be a "Christian" nation? Not only was that the intention, but it was universally accepted that it was a Christian nation. In 1892, the U.S. Supreme Court, after conducting a thorough and unbiased review of American history declared, "There is no dissonance in these declarations. There is a universal language pervading them all, having one meaning; they affirm and reaffirm that this is a religious nation....this is a Christian nation."
Today Today, the bullies in academia and the News Media have forced us to allow atheists and God-haters as an integral part of our society. But it was not always so. None other than BENJAMIN FRANKLIN wrote in a tract encouraging immigration to the United States, "Bad examples to youth are more rare in America, which must be a comfortable consideration to parents. To this may be truly added, that serious religion, under its various denominations, is not only tolerated, but respected and practiced. Atheism is unknown there; infidelity rare and secret; so that persons may live to a great age in that country without having their piety shocked by meeting with either an Atheist or an Infidel."
The facts of history illustrate the this nation never intended to be "God neutral." Public displays of worship and subservience to the God of creation have always been made matter-of-factly. There can be no greater example of this than casual and unapologetic declarations concerning God in the constitutions of every one of the fifty states!
Alabama 1901, Preamble, "We the people of the State of Alabama, invoking the favor and guidance of Almighty God, do ordain and establish the following Constitution..."
Alaska 1956, Preamble, "We, the people of Alaska, grateful to God and to those who founded our nation and pioneered this great land..."
Arizona 1911, Preamble, "We, the people of the State of Arizona, grateful to Almighty God for our liberties, do ordain this Constitution..."
Arkansas 1874, Preamble, "We, the people of the State of Arkansas, grateful to Almighty God for the privilege of choosing our own form of government..."
California 1879, Preamble, " We, the People of the State of California, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom..."
Colorado 1876, Preamble, "We, the people of Colorado, with profound reverence for the Supreme Ruler of Universe..."
Connecticut 1818, Preamble, "The People of Connecticut, acknowledging with gratitude the good Providence of God in permitting them to enjoy..."
Delaware 1897, Preamble, "Through Divine Goodness all men have, by nature, the rights of worshipping and serving their Creator according to the dictates of their consciences."
Florida 1885, Preamble, "We, the people of the State of Florida, grateful to Almighty God for our constitutional liberty establish this Constitution..."
Georgia 1777, Preamble, "We, the people of Georgia, relying upon protection and guidance of Almighty God, do ordain and establish this Constitution..."
Hawaii 1959, Preamble, "We, the people of Hawaii, Grateful for Divine Guidance...establish this Constitution."
Idaho 1889, Preamble, "We, the people of the State of Idaho, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom, to secure its blessings..."
Illinois 1870, Preamble, "We, the people of the State of Illinois, grateful to Almighty God for the civil, political and religious liberty which He hath so long permitted us to enjoy and looking to Him for a blessing on our endeavors."
Indiana 1851, Preamble, "We, the People of the State of Indiana, grateful to Almighty God for the free exercise of the right to chose our form of government."
Iowa 1857, Preamble, "We, the People of the State of Iowa, grateful to the Supreme Being for the blessings hitherto enjoyed, and feeling our dependence on Him for a continuation of these blessings... establish this Constitution..."
Kansas 1859, Preamble, "We, the people of Kansas, grateful to Almighty God for our civil and religious privileges...establish this Constitution."
Kentucky 1891, Preamble, "We, the people of the Commonwealth of Kentucky grateful to Almighty God for the civil, political and religious liberties..."
Louisiana 1921, Preamble, "We, the people of the State of Louisiana, grateful to Almighty God for the civil, political and religious liberties we enjoy."
Maine 1820, Preamble, "We the People of Maine...acknowledging with grateful hearts the goodness of the Sovereign Ruler of the Universe in affording us an opportunity ... and imploring His aid and direction."
Maryland 1776, Preamble, "We, the people of the state of Maryland, grateful to Almighty God or our civil and religious liberty..."
Massachusetts 1780, Preamble, "We...the people of Massachusetts, acknowledging with grateful hearts, the goodness of the Great Legislator of the Universe . in the course of His Providence, an opportunity ..and devoutly imploring His direction."
Michigan 1908, Preamble, "We, the people of the State of Michigan, grateful to Almighty God for the blessings of freedom...establish this Constitution..."
Minnesota 1857, Preamble, "We, the people of the State of Minnesota, grateful to God for our civil and religious liberty, and desiring to perpetuate its blessings..."
Mississippi 1890, Preamble, "We, the people of Mississippi in convention assembled, grateful to Almighty God, and invoking His blessing on our work."
Missouri 1845, Preamble, "We, the people of Missouri, with profound reverence for the Supreme Ruler of the Universe, and grateful for His goodness...establish this Constitution .."
Montana 1889, Preamble, "We, the people of Montana, grateful to Almighty God for the blessings of liberty. establish this Constitution..."
Nebraska 1875, Preamble, "We, the people, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom...establish this Constitution."
Nevada 1864, Preamble, "We the people of the State of Nevada, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom establish this Constitution..."
New Hampshire 1792, Part I. Art. I. Sec. V., "Every individual has a natural and unalienable right to worship God according to the dictates of his own conscience."
New Jersey 1844, Preamble, "We, the people of the State of New Jersey, grateful to Almighty God for civil and religious liberty which He hath so long permitted us to enjoy, and looking to Him for a blessing on our endeavors..."
New Mexico 1911, Preamble, "We, the People of New Mexico, grateful to Almighty God for the blessings of liberty..."
New York 1846, Preamble, "We, the people of the State of New York, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom, in order to secure its blessings."
North Carolina 1868, Preamble, "We the people of the State of North Carolina, grateful to Almighty God, the Sovereign Ruler of Nations, for our civil, political, and religious liberties, and acknowledging our dependence upon Him for the continuance of those..."
North Dakota 1889, Preamble, "We, the people of North Dakota, grateful to Almighty God for the blessings of civil and religious liberty, do ordain..."
Ohio 1852, Preamble, "We the people of the state of Ohio, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom, to secure its blessings and to promote our common."
Oklahoma 1907, Preamble, "Invoking the guidance of Almighty God, in order to secure and perpetuate the blessings of liberty..."
Oregon 1857, Bill of Rights, Article I. Section 2., "All men shall be secure in the Natural right, to worship Almighty God according to the dictates of their consciences..."
Pennsylvania 1776, Preamble, "We, the people of Pennsylvania, grateful to Almighty God for the blessings of civil and religious liberty, and humbly invoking His guidance."
Rhode Island 1842, Preamble, "We the People of the State of Rhode Island grateful to Almighty God for the civil and religious liberty which He hath so long permitted us to enjoy, and looking to Him for a blessing."
South Carolina, 1778, Preamble, "We, the people of the State of South Carolina, grateful to God for our liberties, do ordain and establish this Constitution."
South Dakota 1889, Preamble, "We, the people of South Dakota, grateful to Almighty God for our civil and religious liberties...establish this..."
Tennessee 1796, Art. XI.III., "That all men have a natural and indefeasible right to worship Almighty God according to the dictates of their conscience..."
Texas 1845, Preamble, "We the People of the Republic of Texas, acknowledging, with gratitude, the grace and beneficence of God."
Utah 1896, Preamble, "Grateful to Almighty God for life and liberty, we establish this Constitution..."
Vermont 1777, Preamble, "Whereas all government ought to...enable the individuals who compose it to enjoy their natural rights, and other blessings which the Author of Existence has bestowed on man..."
Virginia 1776, Bill of Rights, XVI, "Religion, or the Duty which we owe our Creator ... can be directed only by Reason...and that it is the mutual duty of all to practice Christian Forbearance, Love and Charity towards each other..."
Washington 1889, Preamble, "We the People of the State of Washington, grateful! to the Supreme Ruler of the Universe for our liberties, do ordain this Constitution."
West Virginia 1872, Preamble, "Since through Divine Providence we enjoy the blessings of civil, political and religious liberty, we, the people of West Virginia...reaffirm our faith in and constant reliance upon God..."
Wisconsin 1848, Preamble, "We, the people of Wisconsin, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom, domestic tranquility..."
Wyoming 1890, Preamble, "We, the people of the State of Wyoming, grateful to God for our civil, political, and religious liberties...establish this Constitution..."
WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO AMERICA
The The question begs to be asked, how did the only nation in history founded on the Bible and its God become so "tolerant" of paganism, heathenism and atheism? The answer is as simple as it is sad.
The United States of America is the only nation in history that was Christian from its founding. Every other nation (with the exception of Israel) was pagan and had to be "Christianized." The United States was Christian and had to be "paganized." Powers that hated God, His Book and His country set about to do that very thing.
There have always been people in this country who hated God and resented Him being the God of this country. For most of our history, these people have been ignored and kept on the sideline while those who were true to the founding of this country ran it. Occasionally they made attempts to gain control of the helm but they were always thwarted by God-conscious Americans who, in spite of shortcomings in their personal lives, acknowledged the preeminence of God.
But slowly, the attention of Americans was carefully steered to less important, but all-consuming pursuits. Slowly, sports, education, money, and world acceptance absorbed all of the attention of Americas citizenry. They became more interested in this months new movie than the voting record of their congressional representative. It wasnt a matter of supreme trust in their representatives as much a supreme disinterest - supreme preoccupation.
Then, ever-so-slowly, dishonest educators fooled a generation into believing that the United States was intended to be a land of multiple faiths. These mini-dictators hid their hatred for the God of America behind their insincere demand for "tolerance", all the while being intolerant of the God upon which this great nation was founded. The God that made it the greatest nation in the world. It has been said that, Americans quit thinking the day after they got their television sets". That is a sadly realistic evaluation. "Americans quit thinking and instead simply believed every television special that falsely declared that our founders were really deists, and that America was founded to establish free enterprise and it was intended to be "multi-cultural". Then, the facts of American history were replaced with "revisionist" (read that false) fairy tales. Soon, the God-haters were using our public school system to reproduce citizens after their own image.
SAMUEL ADAMS` referred to these people as "internal invaders", as deadly and dangerous as any invading army sent to our shores to destroy our country. "A general dissolution of the principles and manners will more surely overthrow the liberties of America than the whole force of the common enemy. While the people are virtuous, they cannot be subdued, but when once they lose their virtue, they will be ready to surrender their liberties to the first external or internal invader."
These "internal invaders" have taken over the teaching duties in our schools, colleges and universities. They ruthlessly run the nations newsrooms and many of them are our favorite entertainers. When an army invades and conquers a country they change its social fabric. That is exactly what these invaders have done. They have rewritten our history, thrown God out of our schools, set up clinics to murder our babies and generally demanded subservience to their gods and their social ideals. We are victims of an occupying army that wish to eradicate every visage of our country just as thoroughly as if we had been conquered by a communist or Muslim country.
The invaders took over our schools and replaced academic excellence with courses based on their immoral social values. Once the citizens of the United States were sufficiently dumbed-down there was another necessary step to be taken. The movers & shakers of paganist teaching had to gain absolute, iron-clad control of their lives. The only way to control someone is to get them addicted to something and then control the source of their personal drug. Thus, public schools boldly introduced drugs to children to control them. Through movies, public schools and the new morality sex, alcohol, gambling, environmentalism, pornography and other addictive, destructive actions were introduced into the lives of unsuspecting Americans. The very victims of these acts knew these things were wrong but, they were so enjoyable that they allowed themselves to be swept up and corrupted until now, if anyone calls for a curbing of such actions, they foolishly stand against it.
"Isn't the only hope for the planet that the industralized civilizations collapse?
Isn't it our responsibiblity to bring that about?"
Maurice Strong, founder of the UN Environmental Programme
Opening speech, Rio Earth Summit, 1992
Give Us the Young (Control of Science and Religion )
If you have a tattoo, body piercing, drug habit, morality problem, it is not because you are exceedingly wicked. It is because you have been duped. Someone smarter, and far more wicked than you, has corrupted you and is now confident you will do their bidding for fear of having the source of your addiction dry up. Hollywood, public education and the News Media want your children to be homosexual, drug-addicted, alcoholics who are so given to the desires of the flesh that they will never take any action that might reduce the availability of their favored vice.
The result of this wicked practice is a nation of seemingly selfish, carnal, vile, immoral pagans who want to know nothing more than the location of the next party. Thus we now see a generation whose sole goal in life seems to be a minor part in Girls Gone Wild. Over two hundred years ago our Founders knew a populace without God and morality would lead to the end of our nation.
JOHN ADAMS our second President observed, "Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other."
WILLIAM PATERSON, a signer of the Constitution and a Justice on the U.S. Supreme Court, castigated his own generation when he saw them turning away from God to frolic and sensualism, "Infatuated Americans, why renounce your country, your religion, and your God? Oh shame, where is thy blush? Is this the way to continue independent, and to render the 4th of July immortal in memory and song?" (July 4th was originally set aside as a national day of fasting and prayer to thank God for the countrys victory in the War of Independence. My, my hasnt it changed?)
WILLIAM PENN warned, "Those people who will not be governed by God will be ruled by tyrants."
The poor character of our leaders is a direct reflection of the poor character of our citizenry. PRESIDENT JAMES GARFIELD reminded Americans at our nations one hundredth birthday, "Now, more than ever before, the people are responsible for the character of their Congress. If that body be ignorant, reckless, and corrupt, it is because the people tolerate ignorance, recklessness, and corruption. If it be intelligent, brave, and pure, it is because the people demand these high qualities to represent them in the national legislature...[I]f the next centennial does not find us a great nation...it will be because those who represent the enterprise, the culture, and the morality of the nation do not aid in controlling the political forces."
ROBERT WINTHROP, Speaker of the House of Representatives (1847-1849) explained it this way, "Men, in a word, must necessarily be controlled either by a power within them or a power without them, either by the Word of God or by the strong arm of man, either by the Bible or the bayonet."
Christianity instills and empowers the "power within" a person to resist and overcome the forces of evil. As our young people are trained to be totally unrestrained, they lose all "power within." They think they dont want to resist evil but what they do not realize is that they do not possess the power to do so even if they did wish to resist. They are slaves and their masters in the media are giving the commands that they do not have the power within to resist...to their own destruction.
Among others, NOAH WEBSTER, educator and the author of the first American dictionary, plainly saw the danger in this unrestricted wantonness. "The principles of all genuine liberty, and of wise laws and administrations are to be drawn from the Bible and sustained by its authority. The man therefore who weakens or destroys the divine authority of that book may be accessory to all the public disorders which society is doomed to suffer."
Thus , according to Webster, the disorder, hedonism and immorality that is rampant in our country is to be laid directly on the doorstep of the Bible rejecters who have permeated the upper echelons of our society.
Even Thomas Paine, not one who was ever considered a "paragon" of Christianity, saw the real culprit in the corruption of American youth." When we study the elements of geometry, we think of Euclid. When we speak of gravitation, we think of Newton. How is it then, that when we study the works of God in the creation, we stop short, and do not think of God? It is from the error of the schools in having taught those subjects as accomplishments only and thereby separated the study of them from the Being who is the Author of them....
"The evil that has resulted from the error of the schools in teaching natural philosophy as an accomplishment only has been that of generating in the pupils a species of atheism."
"Instead of looking through the works of creation to the Creator Himself, they stop short and employ the knowledge they acquire to create doubts of His existence. They labor with studied ingenuity to ascribe everything they behold to innate properties of matter and jump over all the rest by saying that matter is eternal...."
"And when we speak of looking through nature up to natures God we speak philosophically the same rational language as when we speak of looking through human laws up to the Power that ordained them."
"God is the power of first cause, nature is the law, and matter is the subject acted upon."
"But infidelity, by ascribing every phenomenon to properties of matter, conceives a system for which it cannot account, and yet it pretends to demonstrate."
WHAT CAN YOU DO
Your country is in grave danger. are in grave danger. Your children and their children are in grave danger. If the slide away from God continues, and that small, vicious minority who hate Him are allowed to continue to hold sway over the will of the majority, then this country stands to end up like all great pagan civilizations of the past. It will fall. Freedom will cease to exist. Blood will flow in the streets. Terror and grief will be everyday acquaintances. If you count yourself a patriot and love this country then what can you do to stop the slide?
Who Who better to go to for advice than to the man ever known as "The Father of Our Country?" Our very first president, GEORGE WASHINGTON, would tell you, "To the distinguished character of patriot, it should be our highest glory to add the more distinguished character of Christian."
Even as you read this booklet you may realize your own moral weaknesses and the danger you are in because of them. No one is judging or berating you for this. Rather, someone is trying to rescue you. Do you want to be rescued? Heres what to do:
1. Apologize to God - It takes honesty to admit youre wrong. It take real character go humble yourself and apologize. You know God has been good to you. Not only have your sins been against Him, but your self-serving nature has caused you to place yourself in a position superior to God. It isnt wise to compete with God. Why dont you simply bow your head and apologize to God for what you know to be your shortcomings?
Wait! It youre about to excuse your actions by blaming someone else, save your breath. Any cheap, intellectual midget can play the "Blame Game". If youre going to claim that its one of your parents fault, your spouse, your boss or anyone else then youre not really taking responsibility for your actions.
2. The Faith of Our Fathers - The best citizens of our country, the original leading citizens of our country, the most influential citizens of our country were Christians. But they were not mere believers but shamelessly so. They were unintimidated by those who resented Gods claim on us. How can you ever hope to imitate the courage of the Founding Fathers without an active faith the same God as them?
Remember those things you apologized to God about? Well, there is good news. Gods anger about them has been satisfied. No matter how bad your actions are they have been paid for. There are only two kinds of sin: 1. The sins we brag about and, 2. the sins were ashamed of. There may be some sins that you have laughed with your friends about but even as you were laughing there were things you knew about yourself that you didnt want anyone in the room to find out about. If your friends knew what you know about yourself, they would never speak to you again. But there is good news. Its found in Romans 5:8 and 9, But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
9 Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.
Jesus Christ knew every secret sin in your life when He went to the cross and He still went and paid for your sins by dying in your place. But He didnt stay dead. The Resurrection of Jesus Christ is one of historys undisputed facts. Three days and three nights after His crucifixion Jesus Christ came back to life and left His tomb. That tomb is still empty and can be viewed in the land of Israel today. The Apostle Paul explained it this way when he penned the words of 1 Corinthians 15:3 and 4 when he said, For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; 4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
Think about it. The founders of all the other religions in the world are still dead. What good is a religion that cant even get the founder out of the grave? But Jesus Christ, the Founder of Christianity is alive right now. Now your problem is that you still have the guilt of your sins resting on you which leaves you in grave eternal danger. But, there is even more good news in 2 Corinthians
5:21, For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
If you are willing to give up on your own attempts at righteousness, willing to quit trusting in your baptism, church membership, noble deeds, self-sacrifice and any other acts you may consider virtuous on your part, and accept the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ as the sole payment for your sins, you can have all of the sins of your past forgiven and forgotten right now. That fact is also promised in Gods Book in 2 Corinthians 5:17, Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.</</b>i>
Would you like your past sins and failures wiped out, forgotten, and be awarded a new start in life? Then why dont you bow your head right now and accept the payment that Jesus made for your sins as your own? Heres all you have to do:
1. Address your prayer to Jesus Christ because the Bible states: For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved
2. Accept the payment He made on the cross as the sole payment for your sins. There is nothing you could do yourself that could better atone for your sins. This is called accepting Jesus Christ as your personal Saviour.
3. Ask him to give you His gift of eternal life.
Pray this in the best words you can. You dont have to worry about getting the words "exactly right" because God looks on the heart and He will correctly understand your hearts desire
If you have accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Saviour, your sins are forgiven and forgotten and you have been given a brand new life. There may be a problem here though. If you had messed up your first life, there is probably a good chance you will mess up this new one. Your track record isnt all that good. Why dont you offer your new life to Jesus Christ to have Him direct it? He certainly cant steer you wrong. Those Christians who have allowed Jesus Christ to run their new lives have found extreme joy as a result. You may have to gather your strength and get rid of some drugs, pornography or other things that have been ruling your life and making you too weak to resist evil. Making those changes may seem scary but you will be better for it and you will most certainly get out from under both the guilt of your sin and the power of those who addicted you to it.
Concerning those shortcomings that have been giving you trouble, you need that "power within" spoken of by Robert Winthrop. It would profit you greatly to attend a Bible believing church. It will also greatly enhance your life to read the Bible. Since the words of the Bible are the words of God, the entrance of those words can only have a positive effect on you. Psalm 119:11 says, Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. Psalm 119:130 assures you that, The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple. (By the way, since you have accepted the God of the Founding Fathers, why not use the same Bible they did, the King James Version. Some may criticize it as "hard to read" but it has stood the test of time and has the United States of America as its fruit. If the modern translations were so good, how did our country get so far from God while it was using them?)
There will be times of failure but fortunately and lovingly, God has provided for those times also. 1 John 1:9 reassures us by explaining, If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. That doesnt mean you should confess your sins to some man but to the same God who forgave you in the same manner in which you did it before, private prayer.
3. Resist! Everyone knows that a dead fish floats downstream. There is nothing easier than doing nothing. That is what got our country into the trouble we are in today. If America is going to be reclaimed for God, it is going to require some people who are resolved to be a force for good. If you wish to be part of that force, at some point a God-hater is going to try to intimidate you into silence. Resist that intimidation. Be stubborn about being right. Right about America. Right about God. Right about morality. Dont be bullied by what the News Media or anyone else says against God, the Bible or America.
4. Refuse! Sometimes what you refuse to do is as important as what you do. Since the problem most
Americans have is in allowing wrong to go unchallenged, you need to resolve yourself to refuse to give in to the forces that hate your country and your God. Try resolving yourself to the following:
I refuse to be intimidated into not living for the Lord.
I refuse to give myself to the flesh.
I refuse to let anyone change my country into something it was never intended to be.
I refuse to allow myself to be bullied into silence by those who wish to turn my country away from God.
I refuse to let my failures stop me.
I refuse to back down from a confrontation in defense of my country and its God.
I refuse to let my country be defined by those who dont love it
5. Define yourself - The Bible states that God is not the author of confusion. One of the tactics of the God-haters is to try to create a fog of doubt with confusing definitions of what America and Americans really are. When you hear an argument and come away confused, you know you have been attacked by someone who means you no good. Therefore, it is best to define yourself and stick by that definition even when pressed by a mean-spirited opponent of our country. Say:
I am an American, I forsake any allegiance to the ethnic background of the country my ancestors came from.
I am an American, I will not join in criticisms of my country, its history, its language or its people.
I am an American, I will respect and defend the flag of my country.
I am an American, I will gladly pledge my allegiance to this "one nation under God."
I am an American, I will give my employer an honest days work.
I am an American, I will endeavor to keep myself pure from the corruptions that weaken my power to do good.
I am an American, I will openly and without apology worship the God of the Bible, the God of America, and will concede no ground to any false god.
There is only one hope if you wish to see America pure and strong again. It will take a commitment to stand for God, the Bible and purity.
Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people. Proverbs 14:34
Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance. Psalm 33:12
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By Editorial Staff
Published April 2008
There are many today who would doubt or deny that this is true. There has even been an attempt to cover up and, in some cases, to destroy the legacy of Christian thinking that has gone into the formation of our republic. Yet what were the true thoughts and intentions of the men and women who came before us?
A careful look into the past reveals landmarks which were essential in guiding America along the pathway that led us to where we are today. More often than not, at each one of these landmarks, there also appears irrefutable evidence that a sense of divine destiny accompanied the most important events of our history.
Here in part are some of these landmarks:
1490-1492 – Columbus’ commission was given to set out to find a new world.
According to Columbus’ personal log, his purpose in seeking undiscovered worlds was to “bring the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the heathens. …. It was the Lord who put into my mind … that it would be possible to sail from here to the Indies … I am the most unworthy sinner, but I have cried out to the Lord for grace and mercy, and they have covered me completely … No one should fear to undertake any task in the name of our Saviour, if it is just and if the intention is purely for His holy service.” (Columbus’ Book of Prophecies)
April 10, 1606 – The Charter for the Virginia Colony read in part:
“To the glory of His divine Majesty, in propagating of the Christian religion to such people as yet live in ignorance of the true knowledge and worship of God.”
November 3, 1620 – King James I grants the Charter of the Plymouth council.
“In the hope thereby to advance the enlargement of the Christian religion, to the glory of God Almighty.”
November 11, 1620 – The Pilgrims sign the Mayflower Compact aboard the Mayflower, in Plymouth harbor.
“For the glory of God and advancement of ye Christian faith … doe by these presents solemnly & mutually in ye presence of God and one of another, covenant & combine our selves togeather into a civill body politick.”
March 4, 1629 – The first Charter of Massachusetts read in part:
“For the directing, ruling, and disposeing of all other Matters and Thinges, whereby our said People may be soe religiously, peaceablie, and civilly governed, as their good life and orderlie Conversacon, maie wynn and incite the Natives of the Country to the Knowledg and Obedience of the onlie true God and Savior of Mankinde, and the Christian Fayth, which in our Royall Intencon, and The Adventurers free profession, is the principall Ende of the Plantacion..”
January 14, 1638 – The towns of Hartford, Weathersfield and Windsor adopt the Fundamental Orders of Connecticut.
“To mayntayne and presearve the liberty and purity of the Gospell of our Lord Jesus, which we now professe…”
August 4, 1639 – The governing body of New Hampshire is established.
“Considering with ourselves the holy will of God and our own necessity, that we should not live without wholesome laws and civil government among us, of which we are altogether destitute, do, in the name of Christ and in the sight of God, combine ourselves together to erect and set up among us such government as shall be, to our best discerning, agreeable to the will of God…”
September 26, 1642 – The rules and precepts that were to govern Harvard were set up.
“Let every Student be plainly instructed, and earnestly pressed to consider well, the maine end of his life and studies is, to know God and Jesus Christ which is eternall life, John 17:3 and therefore to lay Christ in the bottome, as the only foundation of all sound knowledge and Learning. And seeing the Lord only giveth wisdome, Let every one seriously set himselfe by prayer in secret to seeke it of him Prov. 2.3.”
Harvard College was founded on Christi Gloriam and later dedicated Christo et Ecclesiae. The founders of Harvard believed that “all knowledge without Christ was vain.”
The charter of Yale University clearly expressed the purpose for which the school was founded: “Whereas several well disposed and Publick spirited Persons of their sincere Regard to & zeal for upholding & propagating of the Christian Protestant Religion … youth may be instructed in the Arts & Sciences who through the blessing of Almighty God may be fitted for Publick employment both in Church & Civil State.”
In addition to Harvard and Yale, 106 out of the first 108 schools in America were founded on the Christian faith.
April 3, 1644 – The New Haven Colony adopts their charter.
“That the judicial laws of God, as they were delivered by Moses … be a rule to all the courts in this jurisdiction …”
1647 – Governor William Bradford publishes Of Plimouth Plantation.
“Lastly, (and which was not least,) a great hope and inward zeall they (the Pilgrims) had of laying some good foundation, or at least to make some way thereunto, for ye propagation and advancing of ye gospell or ye kingdom of Christ in those remote parts of ye world; yea, though they should be but stepping-stones unto others for ye performing of so great a work … their desires were set on ye ways of God, and to employ his ordinances; but they rested on his providence, and know whom they had beleeved.”
April 21, 1649 – The Maryland Toleration Act is passed.
“Be it therefor … enacted … that no person or persons whatsoever within this province … professing to believe in Jesus Christ shall … henceforth be any ways troubled, molested (or disapproved of) … in respect of his or her religion nor in the free exercise thereof …”
April 25, 1689 – The Great Law of Pennsylvania is passed.
“Whereas the glory of Almighty God and the good of mankind is the reason and the end of government … therefore government itself is a venerable ordinance of God …”
May 20, 1775 – North Carolina passes the Mecklenburg County Resolutions.
“We hereby declare ourselves a free and independent people; are, and of a right ought to be, a sovereign and self-governing association, under control of no other power than that of our God and the general government of Congress.”
Summer 12, 1775 – Continental Congress issues a call to all citizens to fast and pray and confess their sin that the Lord might bless the land.
“And it is recommended to Christians of all denominations, to assemble for public worship, and to abstain from servile labor and recreation on said day.”
Summer 2-4, 1776 – Declaration of Independence written and signed.
“We hold these truths … that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights … appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world … And for the support of this Declaration, with firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence…”
As the Declaration was being signed, Samuel Adams said: “We have this day restored the Sovereign to Whom all men ought to be obedient. He reigns in heaven, and from the rising to the setting of the sun, let his kingdom come.”
On the same day, Benjamin Franklin suggested that the national motto be: “Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God.”
Historian and philosopher G.K. Chesterton said of the founding of America that it is “the only nation in the world that is founded on a creed. That creed is set forth in dogmatic and even theological lucidity in the Declaration of Independence.”
September 17, 1787 – The Constitution of the United States is finished.
At least 50 out of the 55 men who framed the Constitution of the United States were professing Christians. (M.E. Bradford, A Worthy Company, Plymouth Rock Foundation., 1982).
Eleven of the first 13 States required faith in Jesus Christ and the Bible as qualification for holding public office.
The Constitution of each of the 50 States acknowledges and calls upon the Providence of God for the blessings of freedom.
1787 – James Madison, the “architect” of the federal Constitution and fourth president:
“We have staked the whole future of American civilization, not upon the power of government, far from it. We have staked the future .. upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves, to sustain ourselves, according to the Ten Commandments of God.”
April 30, 1789 – Washington gives his First Inaugural Address.
“My fervent supplications to that Almighty Being Who rules over the universe, Who presides in the council of nations, and Whose providential aid can supply every human defect, that His benediction may consecrate to the liberties and happiness of the people of the United States a government instituted by Himself for these essential purposes.”
March 11, 1792 – President George Washington:
“I am sure that never was a people who had more reason to acknowledge a Divine interposition in their affairs than those of the United States; and I should be pained to believe that they have forgotten that agency which so often manifested in the Revolution.”
December 20, 1820 – Daniel Webster, Plymouth Massachusetts:
“Let us not forget the religious character of our origin. Our fathers brought hither their high veneration for the Christian religion. They journeyed by its light, and labored in its hope. They sought to incorporate … and to diffuse its influence through all their institutions, civil, political and literary.”
July 4, 1821 – John Quincy Adams:
“The highest glory of the American Revolution was this: it connected, in one indissoluble bond, the principles of civil government with the principles of Christianity. From the day of the Declaration … they (the American people) were bound by the laws of God, which they all, and by the laws of the Gospel, which they nearly all, acknowledged as the rules of their conduct.”
1833 – Noah Webster:
“The religion which has introduced civil liberty, is the religion of Christ and his apostles … This is genuine Christianity, and to this we owe our free constitutions and government … the moral principles and precepts contained in the Scripture ought to form the basis of all our civil constitutions and laws.”
1841 – Alexis de Tocqueville (Democracy in America):
“In the United States of America the sovereign authority is religious … there is no other country in the world in which the Christian religion retains a greater influence over the souls of men than in America.”
Summer 8, 1845 – President Andrew Jackson asserts:
“The Bible is the rock upon which our Republic rests.”
February 11, 1861 – Abraham Lincoln, farewell at Springfield, Illinois:
“Unless the great God who assisted (Washington) shall be with me and aid me, I must fail; but if the same Omniscient Mind and Mighty Arm that directed and protected him shall guide and support me, I shall not fail … Let us all pray that the God of our fathers may not forsake us now.”
Lincoln on the Bible:
“In regard to this Great Book, I have but to say, it is the best gift God has given to man. All the good the Savior gave to the world was communicated through this book. But for it, we would not know right from wrong. All things most desireable for man’s welfare, here and hereafter, are to be found portrayed in it.” (George L. Hunt, Calvinism and the Political Order, Westminster Press, 1965, p.33)
1884 – U.S. Supreme Court reiterates the Declaration’s reference to our rights as being God-given.
These inherent rights have never been more happily expressed than in the Declaration of Independence, “we hold these truths to be self-evident” that is, so plain that their truth is recognized upon their mere statement “that all men are endowed” – not by edicts of emperors, or by decrees of parliament, or acts of Congress, but “by their Creator with certain inalienable rights and that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, and to secure these” – not grant them but secure them “governments are instituted among men.”
1891 – The U.S. Supreme Court restates that America is a “Christian Nation.”
“Our laws and our institutions must necessarily be based upon and embody the teachings of the Redeemer of mankind. It is impossible that it should be otherwise; and in this sense and to this extent our civilization and our institutions are emphatically Christian … this is a religious people. This is historically true. From the discovery of this continent to the present hour, there is a single voice making this affirmation … we find everywhere a clear definition of the same truth … this is a Christian nation.” (Church of the Holy Trinity vs. United States, 143 US 457, 36 L ed 226, Justice Brewer)
1909 – President Theodore Roosevelt:
“After a week on perplexing problems … it does so rest my soul to come into the house of The Lord and to sing and mean it, ‘Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty’ … (my) great joy and glory that in occupying an exalted position in the nation, I am enabled, to preach the practical moralities of the Bible to my fellow-countrymen and to hold up Christ as the hope and Savior of the world.” (Ferdinand C. Iglehart, Theodore Roosevelt – The Man As I knew Him, A.L. Burt, 1919)
1913 – President Woodrow Wilson:
“America was born to exemplify the devotion to the elements of righteousness which are derived from the Holy Scriptures.”
1952 – US Supreme Court defines the “Separation of Church and State.”
“We are a religious people and our institutions presuppose a Supreme Being … No Constitutional requirement makes it necessary for government to be hostile to religion and to throw its weight against the efforts to widen the scope of religious influence. The government must remain neutral when it comes to competition between sects … The First Amendment, however, does not say that in every respect there shall be a separation of Church and State.”
January 20, 1977 – President Jimmy Carter:
“Here before me is the Bible used in the inauguration of our first President in 1789, and I have just taken the oath of office on the Bible my mother gave me just a few years ago, opened to the timeless admonition from the ancient prophet Micah: ‘He hath showed thee, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God’” (Micah 6:2).
1980 – President Ronald Reagan:
“The time has come to turn to God and reassert our trust in Him for the Healing of America … our country is in need of and ready for a spiritual renewal.”
May 3, 1990 – President George Bush proclaims National Day of Prayer.
“The great faith that led our Nation’s Founding Fathers to pursue this bold experience in self-government has sustained us in uncertain and perilous times; it has given us strength to this very day. Like them, we do very well to recall our ‘firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence,’ to give thanks for the freedom and prosperity this nation enjoys, and to pray for continued help and guidance from our wise and loving Creator.”