Pilgrimage of the Pilgrims
Founding of the Founders
Deism Among the Founders
Arguments: Treaty of Tripoli
Arguments: Seperation of Church and State
A standard history textbook teaches that our founding fathers mostly consisted of men who just had a new "enlightened" philosophy that discovered the perfect type of governmental system that will save mankind. The hope of modern-day, new-age humanists is to give people the impression that Christianity had little or no influence on the foundation of the united States of America. The purpose of these lies is so that God-hating materialists can try to take credit for moral standing, and thereby glorify themselves for something their wicked philosophies can never hope to achieve. The principles of liberty we enjoy in the united States of America are founded on the doctrines of the Lord Jesus Christ, which many of the founding fathers not just believed, but lived out in their daily lives, and the Constitution was developed on the reliance that 'We the People' would do the same.
Before I begin, I need to make it clear that
"Having undertaken for the Glory of God, and Advancement of the Christian Faith, and the Honour of our King and Country, a Voyage to plant the first colony in the Northerne Parts of Virginia; doe, by these Presents, solemnly and mutually in the Presence of God and one of another, covenant and combine ourselves together into a civill Body Politick, for our better Ordering and Preservation, and Furtherance of the Ends aforesaid;"
To clarify, it states two main purposes for their departure to the Americas:
- For the glory of God.
- For the advancement of the Christian faith.
(In fact, there is no documented evidence that the Natives ever taught the pilgrims to use fish to grow corn; See R. Douglas Hunt, American Agriculture: A Brief History, Purdue University Press, 2002, p. 4-5, ISBN: 9781557532817)
So as not to create confusion, I must clarify that this was not Catholicism. (i.e. Catholicism is not Christianity) James I, who is mentioned in the Mayflower Compact, was king on the throne of England at the time, and he was a Christian, who gave some relief to a nation oppressed by Catholicism. It was Catholic royalty who were allowing the Roman pontiffs (popes) to torture and murder Christians everywhere who would not submit to their pagan church, and Christians sought a land where they could practice the doctrines of Christ without persecution from the pope and his legion of priests.
(Read Corruptions of Christianity: Catholicism here at creationliberty.com for more details.)
|The Capitol Building's Rotunda, in Washington D.C., contains paintings of showing the history from the pilgrms through the revolution. As we will see, these paintings will demonstrate the Christian influence of this country's earliest founders. The earliest of these is called the Embarkation of the Pilgrims:|
Another painting in the Rotunda shows us the initial purpose of the pilgrims being successful by showing us Pocahontas, baptized in Jamestown, Virginia in 1613, who was one of the first Native American converts to Christianity. She was led to Christ by John Rolfe, who later became her husband, and upon her baptism, she changed her name to Rebecca (Rolfe) to have a Biblical name in her new life.
The pilgrimage of the pilgrims was clearly established in the Word of God, and carried out for the advancement of the Christian faith; a fact little-known, and even more rarely taught. Of course, it is important to mention, as time went on and the colonies were developed, a number of people began to drift away from the Bible and adhere themselves to other doctrines like "Universalism," which is a false doctrine that all will be saved no matter what. We will point out some of these men who fell from the true doctrines of Jesus Christ, but the foundation of their beliefs was still originally planted in God's Word.
"The early presidents and patriots were generally Deists or Unitarians, believing in some form of impersonal Providence but
rejecting the divinity of Jesus and the absurdities of the Old and New testaments."
-Steven Morris, The Founding Fathers Were Not Christians, 1995; See also "America's Unchristian Beginnings," The Los Angeles Times, August 3, 1995, B-9
founding fathers of our nation were not Bible-believing Christians; they were deists. Deism was a philosophical belief that was widely accepted by the colonial intelligentsia at the time of the American Revolution."
-Farrell Till, "The Christian Nation Myth," The Secular Web, retieved July 1, 2013, [http://www.infidels.org/library/modern/farrell_till/myth.html]
"Most of our other patriarchs were at best deists... but
not the God of the Old and New Testaments."
-Michael McDonald, "Founding Fathers Weren't Devout," The Charlotte Observer, Jan 15, 1993, 7A
In this author's experience, these are common statements made almost word-for-word by Bible scoffers, but these statements are not true. Certainly SOME of the founders were deists, but not most of them, and certainly not all of them.
It is common for scoffers of any subject to make illogical claims like this when they hate an idea, and it would be like having a man in jail for murder, when 50 separate saw him do it, and when one drunk walks in the sherriff's office and says he didn't do it, the man is released. Historical data is not determined in that matter, but Bible-hating materialists are willing to lie to people to make it so.
Many of the paintings in the Rotunda are by John Trumbull, commonly known as "The Painter of the Revolution." Trumball served as an officer of the American Revolution, was present at the depiction of his paintings, and personally knew most of the people involved. Trumbull's paintings are the closest we will ever get to an actual photograph of our founding fathers.|
John Trumbull came from a family of strong, devoted Christians. Some of them are in his paintings, for example, his brother, Colonel Jonathan Trumbull, at the Surrender of Lord Cornwallis:
After the revolution, Colonel Jonathan Trumbull became governer of Connecticut, where he issued many proclamations of thanksgiving and prayer to Almighty God. Here is one example:
WHEN we seriously consider the Being and Perfections of God, with our relation to and dependence on Him, as
deism: belief in the existence of a God on the evidence of reason and nature only, with rejection of supernatural revelation
(See 'deism' Random House Dictionary, 2013, retrieved July 1, 2013, [www.dictionary.com]; see also Collins English Dictionary, 10th Edition, 2009, William Collins Sons & Co.)
Let's continue to another of Trumbull's paintings, The Declaration of Independence, which shows a large number of our founding fathers. Included are those that approved and supported the draft Declaration on July 4th, 1776, but there are also some who were unable to be present to sign the finalized edition on Aug 2nd.
- Signer of the Declaration of Independence
- Vice-President under Jefferson and Madison
- Governer of New York
It is, therefore, recommended to the several States to set apart Thursday the seventh day of December next, to be observed as a day of public thanksgiving and prayer-that all the people may assemble on that day to celebrate the praises of our divine benefactor-to confess our unworthiness of the least of his favours, & to offer our fervent supplications to the God of all graces... and to
- Signer of the Declaration of Independence
- Ordained Christian Minister
- Author of several books and America's first family Bible
- President of the College of New Jersey [Princeton University]
I entreat you in the most earnest manner to believe in Jesus Christ, for there is no salvation in any other[referring to Acts 4:12]... If you are not reconciled to God through Jesus Christ, if you are not clothed with the spotless robe of His righteousness, you must forever perish."
-John Witherspoon, The Works of John Witherspoon, Princeton University, Edinburgh: J. Ogle, 1815, Vol. 5, p. 276 & 278; See also John Witherspoon, The Absolute Necessity of Salvation Through Christ, Printed for W. Miller, Jan 2, 1758
- Officer in the American Revolution
- Secretary of Congress
- Author of "Thomson's Bible," 25-year work of translation
(See The Holy Bible, translated by Charles Thomson, printed by Jane Aitken, No. 71, 1808)
It is therefore recommended... that all the people may assemble on that day with grateful hearts to
- Signer of the Declaration of Independence
- Delegate to the Continental Congress
- Last surviving signer of the Declaration [1832, died at age 95]
the mercy of my RedeemerI rely for salvation and on His merits; not on the works I have done in obedience to His precepts."
-Charles Carroll, Letter to Charles W. Wharton, Sept 27, 1825, from Doughoragen, Maryland
- Signer of the Declaration of Independence
- Known as "Father of American Medicine"; trained over 3,000 medical students
- National leader in the abolition movement to free the slaves
- Started five colleges, including the first college for women
- Founded the Sunday School movement in 1791; "The First Day Society"
- Founded the first Bible society in America in 1808
- Responsible for America's first stereotyped, mass-produced Bible
"My only hope of salvation is in the infinite, transcendent 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. I rely exclusively upon it.
Come, Lord Jesus! Come quickly!"
-Benjamin Rush, The Autobiography of Benjamin Rush, Princeton University Press for the American Philosophical Society, 1948, p. 166
We should note that Benjamin Rush did, in his later years, adopt a "Universalist" doctrine, which is not the truth of the Gospel. Universalism teaches that all would be saved by Jesus Christ eventually, and that is clearly opposite to what the Bible teaches. However, despite that Rush fell into Universalism, the foundations of his views in relation to the creation of the united States was in the Word of God from the Old and New Testament Scriptures.
(For evidence of Universalism in Rush's letters, see Ernest Cassara, Universalism in America: A Documentary History of a Liberal Faith, Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations, 1997, p. 90-92, ISBN: 9780933840218)
- Signer of the Declaration of Independence
- Church music director & choir leader
- Set the 150 Psalms to music
- Author of one of the first printed hymnals in America; 1767
"We believe, that
God who is perfectly merciful and just, sent his Sonto assume that Nature, in which the Disobedience was committed, to make Satisfaction in the same, and to bear the Punishment of Sin by his most bitter Passion and Death.God therefore manifested his Justice against his Son, when he laid our Iniquities upon him, and poured forth his Mercy and Goodness on us, who were guilty and worthy of Damnation, out of mere and perfect Love giving his Son unto Death for us, and raising him for our Justification, that through him we might obtain Immortaility and Life eternal."
(See The Psalms of David, "The Confession of Faith," authored by Francis Hopkinson, Nahum Tate, & Nicholas Brady, 1767, Translation of Heidelbergh Catechism, p. 61)
- Signer of the Declaration of Independence
- Officer in the Revolutionary Army
- Prisoner of War capture by the British
"I think it proper here not only to subscribe to the entire belief of the great and leading doctrines of the Christian religion, such as the Being of God, the universal defection and depravity of human nature,
the divinity of the person and the completeness of the redemption purchased by the blessed Savior, the necessity of the operations of the Divine Spirit, of Divine Faith, accompanied with an habitual virtuous life, and the universality of the divine Providence, but also... that the fear of God is the beginning of wisdom;"
(See Richard Stockton, Will; Documented by Phil Webster, 1776 Faith, Xulon Press, 2009, p. 77, ISBN: 9781615794256; See also Benjamin F. Morris, Christian Life and Character of the Civil Institutions of the United States, published G.W. Childs, 1864, p. 122)
- Signer of the Declaration of Independence
- President of Congress
- Chief Justice of Pennsylvania Supreme Court
- Author; helped create the constitutions of Pennsylvannia and Delaware
- Governor of Pennsylvania and Delaware
"You will probably have but a short time to live... it behooves you most seriously to reflect upon your past conduct; to repent of your evil deeds, to be incessant in prayers to the great and merciful God to forgive your manifold transgressions and sins, to teach you to
rely upon the merit and passion of a dear Redeemer, and thereby to avoid those regions of sorrow, those doleful shades where peace and rest can never dwell; where even hope cannot enter... May you, reflecting upon these things, and pursuing the will of the great Father of light and life, be received into company and society of angels and archangels, and the spirits of just men made perfect, and may you be qualified to enter into the joys of Heaven, joys unspeakable and full of glory."
-Cheif Justice Thomas McKean, Res Publica vs John Roberts, Court of Oyer and Terminer, Philadelphia, PA, 1 U.S. 39, Nov 7, 1778; See also William B. Reed, Life and Correspondence of Joseph Reed, published Lindsay and Blakiston, 1847, p. 36-37
- Signer of the Declaration of Independence
- One of the two men to sign the original draft of the Declaration
- President of Congress
- Governor of Massachusetts
"[I am] Hereby calling upon Ministers and People of every denomination, to assemble on the said Day—and in the name of the Great Mediator, devoutly and sincerely offer to Almighty God, the gratitude of our Hearts, for all his goodness towards us; more especially in that HE has been pleased to continue to us so a great a measure of Health... And above all, not only to continue to us the enjoyment of our civil Rights and Liberties; but
the great and most important Blessing, the Gospel of Jesus Christ: And together with our cordial acknowledgments, I do earnestly recommend, that we may join the penitent confession of our Sins, and implore the further continuance of the Divine Protection, and Blessings of Heaven upon this People;"
-John Hancock, A Proclamation to the State of Massachusetts for Thanksgiving Day, issued Oct 5, 1791; See also D. James Kennedy & Jerry Newcombe, How Would Jesus Vote?: A Christian Perspective on the Issues, Random House, Inc., 2008, ISBN: 9781400074068
Do these sound like men who were "at best deists?" Do they sound like they "reject the God of the Old and New Testaments?" These are a few of many examples that many of the founding fathers were Christian men. The true purpose, however, in the quotes by the scoffing, Bible-hating community is to try and disregard the Christian influence altogether from the good that came out of the basic liberties established in the origins of our free society, and they wish with all their hearts in the hopeless idea that godless materialists can maintain liberty without the Christian God of the Bible.
But Jesus called them [to him], and saith unto them, Ye know that they which are accounted to rule over the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and their great ones exercise authority upon them. But so shall it not be among you: but whosoever will be great among you, shall be your minister: And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all.
I understand there are some Christians who want to say that ALL the founders were Christians, but this is simply not true. For example, a famous advocate of the Christian beliefs of the Founding Fathers is David Barton, who has an article on his website about
Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.
When we don't have any documentation of Washington's public confession of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, letters from men like Bishop White, who was a personal friend of the Washingtons and frequently had dinner in their home, carry a lot more weight:
I do not believe that any degree of recollectionwill bring to my mind any fact which would prove General Washington to have been a believer in the Christian revelation, further than as may be hoped from constant attendance upon Christian worship, in connection with the general reserve of his character.""
-Bishop White, letter to Reverend B.C.C. Parker, Nov 28, 1832, quoted by Hilton Hotema, Secret of Regeneration, Health Research Books, 1998, p. 81, ISBN: 9780787304294; See also Ron Chernow, Washington: A Life, Penguin, 2010, ISBN: 9781101444184
Attendance in church does not automatically equate one to be a Christian. If it did, just walking into a the doors of a church would get you into heaven, and that's not the Gospel of Jesus Christ. There are many today who attend churches on a regular basis that will end up in hell, according to Matthew 7:21-23.
More of Washington's strange behavior concerning the Christian religion is given in the testimony of Dr. Abercrombie, one of his pastors:
"The Rector of the church in Philadelphia, Dr. Abercrombie, observed that every Sunday the
Lord's Supperwas celebrated; it was Washington's custom 'to arise just before the ceremony commenced, and walk out of the church.This became a subject of remark in the congregation as setting a bad example.' When asked in an interview why Washington did this, Abercrombie responded, ' Sir, Washington was a Deist.'"
-Steven Jones & Eric Sheffield, Role of Religion in Twenty-first Century Public Schools, Peter Lang, 2009, p. 110, ISBN: 9781433107641; See also Steve Coffman, Word of the Founding Fathers, McFarland, 2012, p. 32, ISBN: 9780786458622
Though Washington attended churches, his personal beliefs were based in deism, which is simply belief in a "god," of some sort, denying the revelation of the Word of God found in the Old and New Testament.
"But the greatest of the all the reformers of the depraved religion of his own country, was Jesus of Nazareth. Abstracting what is really his from
the rubbish in which it is buried, easily ditinguished by its lustre from the dross of his biographers, and as separable from that as the diamond from the dunghill, we have the outlines of a system of the most sublime morality which has ever fallen from the lips of man; outlines which it is lamentable he did not liveto fill up."
-Thomas Jefferson, letter to Wiliam Short, Oct 31, 1819, quoted by Cassius Amicus, Ante Oculos - Epicurus and the Evidence-Based Life, self published, 2010 ISBN: 9780557822737
As you can see, Thomas Jefferson, didn't even believe Christ rose from the dead, and his book The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth, removes all miracles Christ performed, including His Resurrection. Despite that some Christians try to uphold him as some sort of Christian example, Jefferson declares the Apostles letters (i.e. biographers) of the New Testament as the "dross" (filthy film clinging to the words) of Jesus Christ. Jefferson reaffirms this in multiple letters where he uses the same terminology about separating the "diamond from the dunghill," where he calls portions of the New Testament "ignorance."
(See "Was John Adams a Deist," Creation Revolution, retrieved July 6, 2013, [http://creationrevolution.com/2011/07/was-john-adams-a-deist/]
"Philosophy, which is the result of reason, is the first, the original revelation of the Creator to his creature, man.
When this revelation is clear and certain by intution or necessary induction, no subsequent revelation supported by prophecies or miracles can supersede it.Philosophy is not only the love of wisdom, but the science of the universe and its cause."
-John Adams, letter to Thomas Jefferson, Dec 25, 1813, Correspondance, H.W. Derby, 1861, p. 279
Again, though John Adams may talk of Jesus Christ here and there, we have no public confession of his faith in His divinity and miracles. When he says that no subsequent revelation supported by prophecies can supersede a man's intuition, he's saying that his brain and reasoning processes are far superior to that of God's Revelation to mankind, which any born-again Christian knows is an offense to the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and it fits perfectly the description of a deist.
So because some of the Founding Fathers of this nation were deists, does that automatically mean Christianity had no influence on the development of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States? No, that is not a logical argument. Because of the gradual shift away from the Christian God of the Bible in our country, I see many Christians desperate to hang on to the original moral foundation of our country to such a degree, that they are willing to deceive, and be deceived, to give people these impression that all the founders were wholesome Christian men who could do no wrong, and it is a shame that so many believers are not more willing to sacrifice their impressions to find the truth.
The basic concept that Christians should remember is that NO GOVERNMENT SYSTEM THE WORLD HAS EVER SEEN CAN SUCCEED WITHOUT A SOLID MORAL FOUNDATION. If we look at the example of King David in the Bible, it shows us that even monarchies can produce lavish goodness throughout the land if those in charge have a moral foundation in God's Word, but as a Constitutional Republic, THE PEOPLE are in charge, and if THE PEOPLE don't have a good moral grounding in God's Word, it WILL fail. Since modern day pagan religions (like atheism and evolutionism for example) can't even begin to justify morals at all, we can see that our government too will fail as have all others in the end.
Aside from John Adams being a deist, he said something very true to the Massachusetts militia on Oct 11, 1789:
"We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions
unbridledby morality and religion... Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people.It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other."
-John Adams, quoted by Theodore Johnson, The Second Amendment Controversy Explained, iUniverse, 2002, p. 154, ISBN: 9780595241880; See also John R. Howe Jr., The Changing Political Thought of John Adams, Princton University Press, 1966, p. 185
Despite some of the Founding Fathers not believing in the truth of the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, they were still students of His doctrines of morality. And though these Founding Fathers will end up in hell because they rejected the Gospel of Jesus Christ, they were correct in their understanding that
"[Men] may as well build their houses upon the sand and expect to see them stand,when the rains fall, and the winds blow, and the floods come, as to found free institutions upon any other basis than that of morality and virtue, of which the Word of God is the only authoritative rule, and the only adequate sanction.
(See Glen Tucker, Dawn Like Thunder: The Barbary Wars and the Birth of the U. S. Navy, Original from University of Michigan, Bobbs-Merrill Company, 1963, p. 127
After the revolutionary war, the united States was already heavily in debt to other nations, like Spain and France, so naturally, a war with the Barbary pirates was out of the question. However, our nation was going into further debt having to buy back prisoners and present "gifts" such as warships or frigates to gain safe passage. A process to develop a Navy was in the works, but again, the cost was too great during the fragile beginnings of the USA. In attempt to make peace with the Barbary pirates after so many years of debt, hassle, frustration, and fear, the Treaty of Tripoli was signed.
(See Gardner Weld Allen, Our Navy and the Barbary Corsairs, Original from Harvard University, Houghton, Mifflin and Company, 1905, p. 33-60)
As the government of the United States of America is not in any sense founded on the Christian religion as it has in itself no character of enmity [hatred] against the laws, religion or tranquility of Musselmen [i.e. muslims] and as the said [united] States have never entered into any war or act of hostility against any Mahometan nation, it is declared by the parties that no pretext arising from religious opinions shall ever produce an interruption of the harmony existing between the two countries.
Most of those who hate of the Christian God of the Bible will read that first underlined section, and then stop reading anything else. The claim is that this line from this treaty proves that Christianity had nothing to do with the founding of our nation, but let's analyze the context of the situation, who authored it in this way, and why it was supported.
I fully agree that the government of the united States is not founded on the Christian religion. The federal government is a non-living entity that is not bound to any religion for the purpose of allowing all individuals the God-given liberty to worship as he pleases. The united States federal government has no conscience and should take no stance other than to preserve itself and the rights of the people established in our Constitution. However, the problem here is that atheists/humanists will commonly use this cherry-picked phrase and incorrectly apply it to the beliefs of the founders, which were obviously Christian-based as we have seen.
In addition, I am surprised that the atheists/humanists making these claims are not completely embarrassed by their statement: "The United States was not a Christian nation," and then back it with the Treaty of Tripoli, because
When reading Article 11 as a whole, it says the united States government has no hatred against the laws or religion of the muslims, and the united States government had never entered into any act of hostility against the muslim nations. The purpose of this article is then summed up in the last line, which basically states that no war would ever be initiated over religious opinions. Article 11's existance is to reassure the Muslims, in a simplistic way, that we were different from other nations bound by Catholicism and their unscriptural practices, and the united States would not "crusade" against them in a so-called "holy" war.
(Crusading in a "holy" war is completely against the doctrines of our Lord Jesus Christ, though many Catholics and Muslims ignore it. See 2Cor 10:3-5.)
Noah Webster, known as the "Father of American Scholarship and Education," said it best:
The "ecclesiastical establishments of Europe" is referring to the Catholic church, and their centuries long oppression of knowledge and torture/murder of countless men and women who stood on the truth of Scripture and sought to preserve it in the face of the popes who were having Bibles banned and destroyed.
(Read Why I Use a King James Bible here at creationliberty.com for more details.)
Furthermore, there are many atheists/humanists using the Treaty of Tripoli to claim that its signer, John Adams, did not believe that Christianity had anything to do with the founding of our nation. John Adams signed the document, but he did not author it. Despite what the Bible-scoffers say about him, Adams himself delcared the following:
Even though John Adams was a deist, and even though he signed the Treaty of Tripoli which the Bible-hating crowd says "proves" that this nation has nothing to do with Christianity, Adams still the principles on which our nation achieved independence was on the principles of Christianity, which come directly from the Gospel of Jesus Christ. They can whine and cry all they want, but anti-Christian groups can't change the facts.
The Treaty of Tripoli does not serve to claim that the united States was not a Christian nation, nor does it serve to make a statement of the beliefs of any of our founding fathers. This document's purpose was to make peace with the Barbary pirates and end a terrorist battle originally aimed at the warmongering of the Catholic church, by explaining that the federal government of the united States took a neutral position on religion, and that their trade ships were for trade only.
(The Qur'an teaches Muslims that it is their duty to kill and pillage all non-Muslims anyway, so a treaty was impossible in the end because Muslims are commanded to also lie and decieve; read "Islam: Religion of Terror" here at creationliberty.com for more details)
The First Amendment has erected a wall between church and state.That wall must be kept high and impregnable. We could not approve the slightest breach."
-Everson v. Board of Education, 330 U.S. 1, 1947; See also Derek Davis, The Oxford Handbook of Church and State in the United States, Oxford University Press, 2010, p. 210, ISBN: 9780195326246
This often misused quote was not "erected by the First Amendment," but was taken from letters between Thomas Jefferson and the Baptist Association of Danbury, Connecticut. Jefferson was the country's first anti-federalist president, which excited many Baptists, because at the time, most of them were against the federal government claiming more power than the individual states. The Danbury Baptists wrote Jefferson a letter of praise for his elected position, and also included their concerns about the potential threat on their religious liberty in the future:
"Our sentiments are uniformly on the side of religious liberty: that religion is at all times and places a matter between God and individuals, that no man ought to suffer in name, person, or effects on account of his religious opinions, and that the legitimate power of civil government extends no further than to punish the man who works ill to his neighbor. But sir, our constitution of government is not specific...
Therefore what religious privileges we enjoy (as a minor part of the State) we enjoy as favors granted, and not as inalienable rights."
-Danbury Baptist Association, Letter to Thomas Jefferson, October 7, 1801, Thomas Jefferson Papers Manuscript Division, Library of Congress, Washington, D. C.; See also James H. Hutson, Religion and the New Republic: Faith in the Founding of America, Rowman & Littlefield, 2000, p. 70, ISBN: 9780847694341
According to the Danbury Baptists, the first amendment's statement of the "free exercise of religion," was not specific enough; that the clause of the amendment made it seem like right of religion was granted by the government, instead of God-given, which would leave it open to one day being regulated. As stated in the letter, the only religion they would want regulated was one that caused a man to "work ill to his neighbor," or in other words, caused him to violate the laws of God in accordance to his neighbor, to which the courts would handle crimes against fellow citizens.
Jefferson, because of his conviction and agreement on this point, made numerous statements emphasizing government's limited role to the rights of the people:
"In matters of religion, I have considered that its free exercise is placed by the Constitution independent of the powers of the General [Federal] Government."
-Thomas Jefferson, The Jeffersonian Cyclopedia, #7218, Second Inaugural Address, 1805, Funk & Wagnalls Co, 1900, p. 742
"I consider the government of the United States as interdicted [prohibited] by the Constitution from intermeddling in religious institutions, their doctrines, discipline, or exercises."
-Thomas Jefferson, The Jeffersonian Cyclopedia, #2901, Letter to Samuel Miller, 1808, Funk & Wagnalls Co, 1900, p. 324
"No power over the freedom of religion... [is] delegated to the United States by the Constitution."
-Thomas Jefferson, The Jeffersonian Cyclopedia, Kentucky Resolution, 1798, Funk & Wagnalls Co, 1900, p. 977
Based on Jefferson's writings, there are three VERY important things we need to consider:
- Jefferson's position was the same as the original meaning of Constitution: The federal government is completely prevented from getting involved in the church's business.
- Jefferson's position was also to prevent the federal government from claiming any brand of religion.
- Neither of these positions claim that the church has no business in the federal government. The federal government has no power to label itself with a church, but the church has all the power to be involved in the federal government.
In that day, Jefferson established clearly his intentions of not allowing, as some churches would desire, the federal government to claim an official government church:
"[T]he clause of the Constitution which, while it secured the freedom of the press, covered also the freedom of religion, had given to the clergy a very favorite hope of obtaining an establishment of a particular form of Christianity through the United States; and as every sect believes its own form the true one, every one perhaps hoped for his own, but especially the Episcopalians and Congregationalists. The returning good sense of our country threatens abortion to their hopes and they believe that any portion of power confided to me will be exerted in opposition to their schemes. And they believe rightly."
-Thomas Jefferson, The Jeffersonian Cyclopedia, #5272, Letter to Benjamin Rush, 1800, Funk & Wagnalls Co, 1900, p. 559
The problem of today's society is not that freedom of religious worship has changed, but that Christian men and women have become complacent in their lives, not caring much for the responsibilities of government, and in turn, the government has found round-about ways to infiltrate the churches of America through the IRS with 501c3 corporations.
(Read 501c3: The Devil's Church here at creationliberty.com for more details.)
When the morals of Christianity are removed from the government as Christians relinquish their responsibilities, new philosophies take their place. Today, we have humanists that are applying the philosophic principles of the religion of evolution to our government, and though government does not establish religion, the governmental actions are a direct reflection of our societies philosophical values.
(Read Seeds of Evolution here at creationliberty.com for more details.)
Today, we need a president to reestablish proper Constitutional accuracy, as Jefferson did in his day. Jefferson states clearly his intentions in the reply he sent to the Danbury Baptists, so to take "seperation of church and state" for its meaning, we must read the letter in its context:
"Gentlemen, – The affectionate sentiments of esteem and approbation which you are so good as to express towards me on behalf of the Danbury Baptist Association give me the highest satisfaction... Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between man and his God; that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship; that the legislative powers of government reach actions only and not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should 'make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,' thus building a wall of separation between Church and State. Adhering to this expression of the supreme will of the nation in behalf of the rights of conscience, I shall see with sincere satisfaction the progress of those sentiments which tend to restore to man all his natural rights, convinced he has no natural right in opposition to his social duties. I reciprocate your kind prayers for the protection and blessing of the common Father and Creator of man, and tender you for yourselves and your religious association assurances of my high respect and esteem."
-Thomas Jefferson, The Jeffersonian Cyclopedia, #1269, Letter to Danbury Baptist Association, 1802, Funk & Wagnalls Co, 1900, p. 142
Originally used as a defense of church and free exercise of religion, today, this commonly misinterpreted phrase is used in defense of federal government and the atheistic/humanistic stance that the united States was not a Christian nation. Though we may not have been a Christian nation, we were a nation of Christians. The phrase "seperation of church and state," was almost never used in the past, but today is commonly used with a meaning that is completely opposite to its original intent. Difficult as it may be to fight against the deception and brainwashing of the humanistic mainstream media, we owe duty to God and country to speak the truth on this matter, not allowing lies to continue.
Thomas Mullen, the author of A Return to Common Sense: Reawakening Liberty in the Inhabitants of America sent me a copy of his book and requested that I review it. After reading this book, I found this to be another corrupt work that lacks historical accuracy, and attempting correspodance with him, have come to the conclusion that he purposefully lies to throw people off the Christian foundation of our country in support of his humanist agenda:
(Note: Total combined clips run about 90 minutes. This is primarily for those that want to see a detailed modern example of humanists working to deceive the majority against God and Bible.)
In addition, David Barton, who is claimed to be a Christian defender of a Christian foundation to our nation also has many false teachings in his books and on his website, most especially about men like Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and a few others. David Barton does teach a lot of accurate information, but with all the money that is being made from his Wallbuilders 501c3 organization, it is unlikely that Barton will correct his material that is deceiving Christians.
On the flip-side, we have other Christians like Chris (and Meg) Pinto, who correctly oppose Barton on some of his deceiving articles and reveal the truth, but also misquotes, and misinterprets, a number of quotations of a variety of Founding Fathers in hopes to convince Christians that all the founders were deists, universalists, or unitarians. Digging up dirt is not what disproves Christianity, as even Paul admitted he sinned of the flesh in Romans 7 & 8, but what do they confess about Jesus Christ? Again, I hold the position that so many Christians, like Pinto, seem to be taking extremes on the position of the founders, and forgetting to look at the big picture, that our moral system must reflect that of God's Word, whether one believes in Jesus Christ or not, or this country is doomed to fall.
If you are a Christian that thinks Christians should not be involved in government, then tell that to King David, King Solomon, or Queen Ester. The very pilgrims that came to form the first colonies were dedicated Christians involved in their government because they created it for the purpose of advancing the Christian faith and establishing order while doing so. The pilgrim Christians brought enormous prosperity to the people by doing what is right (although future generations went wickedly corrupt), and they were not politicians -- there were statesmen of their time that knew what ought to be done.
And of the children of Issachar, which were men that had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do;
-1 Chronicles 12:32
Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, [even] unto the end of the world. Amen.
For ye were sometimes darkness, but now [are ye] light in the Lord: walk as children of light: (For the fruit of the Spirit [is] in all goodness and righteousness and truth;) Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove [them]. For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret. But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light. Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.