Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Were the founders of the United States Christians?

There are those who would change history to get their way. The progressives in government and education would have us believe our forefathers were not Christians, or at most, deists, i.e., those who believe in some type of God, but not necessary the God of Israel and of the Christians. Following are some representative quotes from some of our founders:

“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. For this very reason, peoples of other faiths have been afforded asylum, prosperity, and freedom of worship here” (Patrick Henry in May 1765 Speech to the House of Burgesses).

"And as it is our duty to extend our wishes to the happiness of the great family of man, I conceive that we cannot better express ourselves than by humbly supplicating the Supreme Ruler of the world that the rod of tyrants may be broken to pieces, and the oppressed made free again; that wars may cease in all the earth, and that the confusions that are and have been among nations may be overruled by promoting and speedily bringing on that holy and happy period when the kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ may be everywhere established, and all people everywhere willingly bow to the sceptre of Him who is Prince of Peace" (Samuel Adams, Governor of Massachusetts, Proclamation of a Day of Fast, March 20, 1797.)

"I have tender reliance on the mercy of the Almighty; through the merits of the Lord Jesus Christ. I am a sinner. I look to Him for mercy; pray for me" (Dying words of Alexander Hamilton, July 12, 1804).

“I am a real Christian, that is to say, a disciple of the doctrines of Jesus. I have little doubt that our whole country will soon be rallied to the unity of our Creator and, I hope, to the pure doctrine of Jesus also” (Thomas Jefferson).

"As to Jesus of Nazareth, my Opinion of whom you particularly desire, I think the System of Morals and his Religion, as he left them to us, is the best the World ever saw, or is likely to see" (Benjamin Franklin, March 9, 1790 in a letter to Ezra Stiles, President of Yale University).

And finally, George Washington, the first president of the United States:
"I now make it my earnest prayer the God would have you and the State over which you preside, in His holy protection, that he would incline the hearts of the citizens to cultivate a spirit of subordination and obedience to government; to entertain a brotherly affection and love for one another, for their fellow citizens of the United States at large, and particularly for their brethren who have served in the field; and, finally, that he would be most graciously pleased to dispose us all to do justice, to love mercy, and to demean ourselves with that charity, humility, and pacific temper of mind, which were the characteristics of the Divine Author of our blessed religion, and without an humble imitation of whose example in these things we can never hope to be a happy nation" (June 8, 1783 in a letter to the governors of the states on disbanding the army).

I have read multiple dozens of quotations from those who would have us think these men quoted above, were not Christians, by quoting those sayings of our founders warning against religious control, and other negative aspects of religion. They are dishonest. In searching through their quotation, they know that these men were Christians, but they do not want Americans to know the true history of our Christian beginnings.

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