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Faith of The Founders

While much has been written in recent years to try to dismiss the fact that America was founded upon the biblical principles of Judeo-Christianity, all the revisionism in the world cannot change the facts. Anyone who examines the original writings, personal correspondence, biographies, and public statements of the individuals who were instrumental in the founding of America will find an abundance of quotations showing the profound extent to which their thinking and lives were influenced by a Christian worldview.

This is not to say that all of the Founding Fathers were Christians. Clearly, they were not. But the point is that even those who were not Christians were deeply influenced by the principles of Christianity, a mind set that helped to shape their political ideals. It is possible to be so distracted with whether Benjamin Franklin or Thomas Jefferson ever put their personal faith in Jesus Christ that one misses the fact that the Founders almost all thought from a biblical perspective, whether they believed or not.

A nation is made great by its people and its values, particularly by its leaders and the values they embrace. It has been said that a nation rises and falls on its leadership. Throughout the Bible, when ancient Israel had a king who reverenced God and held the Word of God in high esteem, the nation prospered. When they had a bad king, life within the nation was full of misery.

American history is vividly clear that a faith in God and a reverence for the Bible provided the basis for the founding of our nation. That same reverence for God by many of our presidents has had a profound impact on the greatness of our nation. One fact is undeniable: the Bible has been one of the greatest influences on America's presidents.
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HONOR
In his fare well speech to corps of Cadets at West Point, General Douglas MacArthur gave a moving tribute to the ideals that inspire the great American soldier.  For as long as other Americans serve their country courageously and honorably, his words will live on.  The following excerpt from May 1962 is one small paragraph of his famous speech:

Duty-Honor-Country

The code which those words perpetuate embraces the highest moral laws and will stand the test of any ethics or philosophies ever promulgated for the uplift of man-kind.  Its requirements are for the things that are right, and its restraints are from the things that are wrong.  The soldier, above all other men, is required to practice the greatest act of religious training, sacrifice.  In battle and in the face of danger and death, he discloses those driving attributes which his Maker gave when He created man in His own image. No physical courage and no brute instinct can take the place of the Divine help which alone can sustain him.  However horrible the incidents of war may be, the soldier who is called upon to offer and to give his life for his country is the noblest development of mankind.
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10/24/16
Democratic Senator Robert Byrd, the longest serving member in the U,S. Senate, delivered a message on June 27th, 1962, jus two days after the Supreme Court declared prayer in schools unconstitutional, warning Congress about disastrous decisions such as this one; "Inasmuch as our greatest leaders have show no doubt about God's proper place in the American birthright, can we, in our day, dare do less?...In no other place in the United State are there so many, and such varied official evidences of deep and abiding faith in God on the pat of government as there are in Washington.

10/4/16
Our Founding Fathers held to  biblical principle that human life s precious n created equal. They provided this in the Declaration  Independence which stated that God our creator endowed everyman, woman, and child with the right to "life, Liberty, and the pursuit of happiness." The signers called them self-evident truths. 

9/19/16
In 1836 Noah Webster often called, "The Father of American Education,' expressed the purpose of schools was meant for the advancement of the Christian faith; "In my view, the Christian religion is the most important and one of the first things in which all children, under a free government ought to be instructed....No truth is more evident to my mind than that the Christian religion must be the basis of any government intended to secure the rights and privileges of a free people."

9/13/16
"It should always be remembered that this law......made for men or for nations, flows from the same Divine source: it is the law of God....What we do, indeed, must be founded on what He has done; and the deficiencies of our laws must be supplied by the perfections o His. Human law must rest its authority, ultimately, upon the authority of that law which is Divine....We now see the deep and the solid foundations of human law......" Justice James Wilson. Original member of the Supreme Court. Signer of the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution.

9/29/16
THE CIVIL WAR

This most tragic event in America's history was the Civil War. It started as a war over states rights. People thought it would be over in three months but lasted four horrible years (1861-1865), and the cost was more American lives than in all others American wars combined. By the end of the Civil War, over 360,000 Union and approximately 260,000 Confederate soldiers would be dead and where an incalculable sacrifice of "brothers blood" was spilled to restore to one nation a nation bitterly torn in two. The reason for the war is still being debated today. Quarrels over unfair taxes paid on goods brought into the South fro foreign countries as well as shifts of political power in the federal government to favor he Northern and Midwestern states fueled the Southern call away from the central federal authority in Washington and to a restoration of states' rights. 
HOWEVER, SLAVERY WAS THE DEFINING ISSUE that drove the Southern resolve to make war on the Union rather than accept Abraham Lincoln's election as president in 1860, who was credited as being the Founder and was a member of the REPUBLICAN Party. That was the last straw for the South. The bottom line was that if the South lost her slaves, her socio-economic system would collapse.
South Carolina became the first state to officially secede from the United States, soon followed six others. Together, they formed the "Confederate Stats of America" and elected Jefferson Davis, a DEMOCRATIC senator and champion of states' rights from Mississippi, as their first president. The southern democrats believed that the Northern Republicans were threatening their way of life, that it was their sovereign right to secede from the Union, and the "peculiar institution" of slavery was ordained by God and upheld in the Bible. As the era of Southern plantation aristocracy ended and the power of a democratic government defused, the days of big industry and business began. This provided the greatest opportunity for Americans in our history. As Abe Lincoln said perhaps the war was about a "New Birth of Freedom"    From that period of time forward, the Republican Party has always been anti-slavery stood against slavery and at the furious resistance of the Democratic party authored and passed the Civil Rights Acts of the twentieth century. Let Us All Bind Together and Pull Together and practice 2 Chronicles 7:14..."If MY people which are called by MY name shall humble themselves and pray and seek MY face and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land" ................God Bless America. 

9/8/16
State Constitutions After Declaring Independence

Faith: ........set magistrates and judges....such as know the laws of thy God...........Ezra 7:25

Following the declaration of independence from Great, all the state governments, which had been controlled by the British, had to be established with new state constitutions. It is interesting to read what many of the Founders who signed the founding documents placed in their original new state constitutions. Delaware provides one example, but other states were similar:

.............Every person appointed to public office shall say "I do profess faith in God the Father, and in Jesus Christ His only Son, and in the Holy Ghost, one God, blessed for evermore; and I do acknowledge the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testament to be given by divine inspiration........

8/25/16
The Book of proverbs tells us that "the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge" (1:7) The American Founders certainly understood this truth, and from the beginning stressed the relationship between a sound education based upon biblical absolutes and the future of the nation.....In 1776, the future President John Adams said, "Statements......may plan and speculate for liberty, but it is religion and morality alone, which can establish the principles upon which freedom can securely stand."


8/22/16
It is amazing that, at a time when such a concerted effort is underway to erase the role of God and faith in America's public life, our nation's Capital, Washington D. C., is filled with Christian religious symbols that adorn its buildings and monuments as an abiding evidence of God's role in American's heritage. From the halls of Congress, to the monuments, to nearly every  landmark building, biblical and religious quotations and images are inscribed and preserved as an official testimony to te true place God has in our nation's birthright an history.  (Author unknown)

8/17/16
"He who made all men hath made the truths necessary to human happiness obvious to all....Our forefathers opened the Bible to all..... Samuel Adams. Signer of the Declaration of Independence.

8/10/16
"The general principles upon which the Fathers achieved independence were the general principles of Christianity...I will avow that I believe and now believe that those general principles of Christianity are as eternal and immutable as the existence and attributes of God"...John Adams. 2nd President.


12/7/15
Providence has given to our people the choice of their rulers, and it is the duty, as well as the privilege and interest of our Christian nation to select and prefer Christians for their rulers. (John Jay, First Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court)

11/30/15
Principally and first of all, I give and recommend my soul into the hands of God that gave it: and my body I recommend to the earth... nothing doubting but at the general resurrection I shall receive the same again by the mercy and power of God......John Hancock.

8/11/15
Without Morals a republic cannot subsist any length of timer: they therefore who are decrying the Christian religion, whose morality is so sublime and pure...are undermining the solid foundation of morals, the best security for the duration of free governments. Charles Carroll. Signer of the Declaration of Independence

8/1/15 
Providence has given to our people the choice of their rulers, and it is the duty, as well as the privilege and interest of our Christian nation, to select and prefer Christians for their rulers.


5/27/15
When the colonial settlers arrived in America, the influence of the Bible on their lives came with them. For many, their Christian faith was as much a part of who they were as their brave spirit, and it touched all they touched. This stands out boldly as one sees the goal of government based on Scripture being affirmed over and over by individual colonies, such as the Rhode Island Charter of 1683.

Rhode Island Charter of 1683

"We submit our person, lives, and estates unto our Lord Jesus Christ, the King of kings and Lord of lords, an to all those perfect and most absolute laws of His given us in His Holy Word"


4/28/15
The Bible and American Education

The Book of proverbs tells us that "the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge" The American Founders certainly understood this truth, and from the beginning stressed the relationship between a sound education based upon biblical absolutes ad the future of the nation. 
In 1776, the future President John Adams said, "Statesmen...may plan and speculate for liberty, but it is religion ad morality alone, which can establish the principles upon which freedom can securely stand." That mind -set was widely held among the Founders who helped shape the political, educational, and legal foundations of the new nation. Men such as Daniel Webster, Benjamin Franklin, Benjamin Rush, Samuel Adams, and George Washington echoed these same sentiments, believing that the strength of the republic was dependent upon the morality of her people, and that religion must undergird it. They saw the education of young minds being at the heart of it.


4/20/15
State Constitutions After Declaring Independence

Faith: ........set magistrates and judges....such as know the laws of thy God...........Ezra 7:25

Following the declaration of independence from Great, all the state governments, which had been controlled by the British, had to be established with new state constitutions. It is interesting to read what many of the Founders who signed the founding documents placed in their original new state constitutions. Delaware provides one example, but other states were similar:
.............Every person appointed to public office shall say "I do profess faith in God the Father, and in Jesus Christ His only Son, and in the Holy Ghost, one God, blessed for evermore; and I do acknowledge the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testament to be given by divine inspiration........

4/15/15  
Kingship of David, Forerunner of the Messiah
2 Sam 22:21-22

21 The Lord rewarded me according to my righteousness: according to the cleanness of my hands hath he recompensed me. 22 For I have kept the ways of the Lord, and have not wickedly departed from my God. KJV (Key Chpter:2 Sm. 11)

All of the abundant blessings enjoyed by David's family and kingdom are quickly removed when God chastises David for his sin with Bathsheba. This episode demonstrates how intricately the affairs of a nation are tied to  the spiritual and moral conditions of its leaders.
Just as choices made by King David dramatically impacted the light of hi people, similarly, choices made by our own national leaders can and do determine whether we will suffer or be blessed as a nation. America's Founding Fathers took this truth very seriously. John Adams, second president of the United States, wrote that America's tradition of liberty "is productive of everything which is great and excellent among men. But its principles are as easily destroyed as human nature is corrupted...." Noting that effective government can only be built upon a moral foundation, Adams concluded, "Private and public virtue is the only foundation of Republics."


4/13/15
Moral Strength
The loss of Virtue

Saul Adams, the great American patriot accused by King George III of being "the chief rabble-rouser" of American independence, wrote a letter to James Warren in 1779:
A general dissolution of principles and manners will more surely over throw 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. How necessary then is It for those who are determined to transmit the blessings of liberty as a fair inheritance to posterity, to associate on public principles in support of public virtue.


4/10/15
FAITH OF THE FOUNDERS

While much has been written in recent years to try to dismiss the fact that America was founded upon the biblical principles of Judeo-Christianity, all the revisionism in the would cannot change the facts. Anyone who examines the original writings, personal correspondence, biographies, and public statements of he individuals who were instrumental in the founding of America will find an abundance of quotations showing the profound extent to which their thinking an lives were influenced by a Christian worldview. That is not to say that all of the Founding Fathers were Christians. Clearly, they were not. But the point is that even those who were not Christians were deeply influenced by the principles of Christianity, a mind set that help shape their political ideals.
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"The Seven Principles of the Judeo-Christian Ethic"
(From the American Patriot Bible)

When our nation's founding fathers gave us documents such as the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and others, they had to lean upon a common understanding of law, government, social order, and morality. That understanding sprang from the common acceptance of what has come to be known as the Judeo-Christian Ethic, which is the system of the moral and social values that originates in the Old and New Testaments of the Word of God.

Whether each of the Founding Fathers was a Christian is not the issue. Their writings, their statements and their notes evidence the fact that the majority of them embraced these great principles as the basis for a civilized nation.

I will post one of the seven principles at least once a week. Thank you for reading them, their value cannot be measured, yet they are almost extinct.

Principle #1. The Dignity of Human Life:

The Scriptures emphatically teach the great importance of the respect and preservation of human life.   In the Declaration of Independence our nation's Founding Fathers wrote that everyone has "inalienable rights," and that among these rights are "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."   We Americans not only believe this for our land, but also we send our brave military men and women around the world to defend the rights of those who are threatened.
If people and nations do not grant ultimate respect and protection to both the born and the unborn, all other professed morals and values are meaningless.   The dignity of human life is not just a principle of the Bible, it is the first principle of any civilized society. 

Exodus 20:13...Thou shall not Kill.   Matthew 22:39...Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.
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Principle #2. The Traditional Monogamous Family:

Our society has been based upon the belief that the biblical view of traditional marriage and family is the backbone of a healthy social order.  Since the joining together of Adam and Eve, marriage has been recognized as a holy union between one man and one woman, and out of that union comes children, born into a home with a father and a mother to love them, nurture them, and teach them how to become healthy, productive, and responsible citizens.

The plan of God, nature, and common sense is a man and a woman producing children within the institution of marriage.  When that plan is lost, "marriage" and "family" become meaningless, and a nation and its people will follow the road to ruin.  World history has proven it over and again. Preserving the traditional family is vital to the future of any great nation.........

Gen 2:23-24.  23.  And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.
24.  Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh. KJV
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Principle # 3. A National Work Ethic:

Ingrained deep with the American spirit is the willingness and the desire to give an honest day's work for an honest day's pay.  This independent spirit has no desire to simply exist on handouts from the government or to depend on the generosity of others.  It is this same independent spirit that has allowed America to create the greatest and strongest economy in the history of the world.

Americans have had their challenges.  The Great depression of the1930s knocked us to our knees, but it did not beat us.  Together, Americans helped one another and lifted our nation back to its economic might. The powers of the world look at our nation and ask where that spirit of honest labor came from and where this work ethic originated.  It came from the men and women who lived before us.  Those generations were raised to believe in this third principle of honest work, which is found throughout the Word of God.

2 Thess 3:10  For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.  KJV
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Principle # 4. The Right to a God-Centered Education.

We see in Proverbs 1:7 that "the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge."  How can one understand the creation without first knowing its Creator?  The answer is that one cannot.
Our forefathers certainly understood this.  For example, did you know that most of America's oldest​ universities such as Harvard, Yale,  Princeton, and Dartmouth were founded by Christian preachers or churches?  Harvard University, founded in 1636, adopted "Rules and Precepts" which stated: "Let every Student be plainly instructed, and earnestly pressed to consider well, the main end of his life and studies is, to know God and Jesus Christ which is eternal life."  Harvard's original seal has upon it these words: "Truth for Christ and the Church." 

The early children's textbook, The New England Primer, taught the ABC's by having children memorize: "A--In Adam's fall, we sinned all.  B__Heaven to find, the Bible mind."  Today's youth and tomorrow's America.  There is truth in the statement attributed to George Washington: "Reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail to the exclusion of religious principle....It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible." 

Eph 6:4  And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. KJV
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Principle # 5. The Abrahamic Covenant

A covenant is a decision involving two individuals or groups stating that they will keep a promise or fulfill an agreement between them.  The Book of Genesis records the story of God making a covenant with Abraham.  The basis of that covenant was that if Abraham would follow God, obeying His laws and commandments, God would bless Abraham with generations of children that would outnumber the stars in the heavens (Gen. 15:5).  Abraham believed God, obeyed His Word, and God rewarded him with many descendants, a nation of people now known as Israel.

This principle of the Abrahamic covenant states that if a person or a nation obeys God, observing the moral truths found in the Bible, that person or nation will be blessed.  If they disobey, they will bring punishment upon themselves.  For most of our nation's history, Americans have accepted the belief that good deeds produce good results and that people who were "God-fearing" in language and in lifestyle, would be blessed by Him.  That belief has been proven to be true time and again.  The writer of Proverbs tells it plainly, "Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people."   Pro. 14:34)

 Gen 12:1-3
1.  Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will shew thee:
2.  And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:
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Principle # 6. Common Decency

Simply put, this is the belief that a decent nation is made up of decent people.  That nation, when faced with any trying or difficult situation, will do the decent, right, and honest thing.  And for the most part, that has been the record of our national history.  For example, Americans have given their lives in wars on foreign soil so that others might experience freedom.   Americans have worked to feed the world,s poor, to clothe the naked, and to aid the hurting.  Americans have opened their arms to many of the world's oppressed and given them safe haven.

Engraved on a bronze plaque on the base of the Statue of Liberty are these words from the poem "The New Colossus" by Emma Lazarus: "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore.  Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me; I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"  A world-renowned symbol of freedom, this statue stands to remind us all that America has indeed been, and continues to be today, a nation of common decency. 
"Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.  Matt. 22:39.
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  Principle # 7. Our personal Accountability to God

Perhaps the greatest restraint against acts of evil toward others is the knowledge that every person and nation will one day give an account for their actions to Almighty God.  Certainly the Bible tells us that we are responsible for our actions and we must be accountable for what we do or don't do.  It also teaches that there is a penalty for doing wrong and a blessing when we do that which is right, noble, and just. 

The great American statesman Daniel Webster was once asked, "What is the most sobering thought that ever entered your mind?"  He quickly responded, "My personal accountability to God."  Webster knew that he would one day stand before God in eternity and give an account for his actions.  The same applies to every man, woman and nation.... "And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment. Heb. 9:27
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"The American Sound" Ronald Reagan"

Few presidents had the ability to ignite hope in the hearts of those who love liberty more than President Ronald Reagan.  In his Second Inaugural Address in 1985, he stated:

"History is a ribbon, always unfurling; history is a journey.  And as we continue our journey, we think of those who traveled before us. . . . Now we hear again the echoes of our past: a general falls to his knees in the hard snow of Valley Forge; a lonely president paces the darkened halls and pounders his struggle to preserve the Union; the men of the Alamo call out encouragement to each other; a settler pushes west and sings a song, and the song echoes out forever and fills the unknowing air.
It is the American sound.  It is hopeful, big-hearted, idealistic, daring, decent, ad fair.  That's our heritage; that is our song.  We sing it still. for all our problems, our differences, we are together as of old, as we raise our voices to the God who is the author of this most tender music.  And may He continue to hold us close as we fill the world with our sound--sound in unity, affection, and love--one people under God, dedicated to the dream of freedom that He has placed in the human heart, called upon now to pass that dream on to a waiting and hopeful world.

Jer. 29:11  For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.  KJV
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Christianity  in Colonial America: Charter of Virginia

Beginning early in the seventeenth century, settlers from Spain, France, Sweden, Holland, and England claimed land and formed colonies along the eastern coast of North America, and the struggle for control of this land continued for well over a hundred years. By the time the Declaration of Independence was signed in 1776, there were thirteen fully operational American colonies with independent governments and constitutions.

The first permanent settlement was the English colony at Jamestown, in 1607, in what is now Virginia.  Similar to the other colonial charters, the First Charter of Virginia emphasized the Christian character of their purpose: We, greatly commending, and graciously accepting of, their desires for the furtherance of so noble a work, which may, by the providence of Almighty God, hereafter tend to the glory of His Divine Majesty, in propagating of Christian religion to such people, as yet live in darkness and miserable ignorance of the true knowledge and worship of God."
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Quotes From Our Founding Fathers

John Adams:  Second President.  The general principles upon which the Fathers achieved independence were the general principles of Christianity...I will avow that I believed and now believe that those general principles of Christianity are as eternal and immutable as the existence and attributes of God.
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"The first and almost the only book deserving of universal attention is the Bible.  I speak as a man of the world.....and I say to you, Search the Scriptures".  John Quincy Adams,
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Samuel Adams:  Signer of the Declaration of Independence.  He who made all men hath made the truths necessary to human happiness obvious to all...Our forefathers opened the Bible to all.
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Patrick Henry:  It cannot be emphasized too clearly and too often that this nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religion, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ.
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John Hancock:  Signer of the Declaration of Independence.  Principally and first of all, I give and recommend my soul into the hands of God that gave it: and my body I recommend to the earth...nothing doubting but at the general resurrection I shall receive the same again by the mercy and power of God.
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