Pastor Roger Anghis
April 18, 2010
We have begun to look at the influence of the Bible on our legal profession. We saw that scripture was not only the basis of our civil law but our Founding Fathers believed that if man did not know how God governed man, then man could not properly govern man. The Bible was the basis for every aspect of the lives of our Founding Fathers. They maintained the importance of knowing the Bible throughout their lives and saw to it that the Bible was the foundation for the following generations so that each one of those generations would have the same ability to excel, increase, and live in peace.
We have learned that our Founding Fathers, the ones revisionist historians have told us held no belief in God, did not believe in religion, wanted religion to be kept out of the public realm, had started Bible Societies to put into the hands of every American, a copy of the Holy Bible.
The most famous Bible Society was the American Bibles Society, which began in 1816 and is still in operation today and distributes 250 million Bibles a year. The first president of American Bibles Society was Elias Boudinot, the 1st President of Congress. One of his vice-presidents was John Jay, the original Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, A General in the Revolutionary War; he was also a president of congress and a diplomat. Matthew Clarkson, a major general during the American Revolution was also one of the vice-presidents as was Smith Thompson, associate justice on the Supreme Court. There are several others who were involved in the founding of this Bible Society that were signers of the Constitution, Presidents, Vice-Presidents, the first Attorney General, Governors, other members of the original Supreme Court, the point is all were Founding Fathers and all were involved in spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ.
John Jay, Delegate to the Continental Congress, Member of the New York Constitutional Convention, First Chief Justice of New York, Delegate and elected President of Continental Congress, Minister to Spain, Minister to treat the peace with Great Britain, Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Contributor to The Federalist, First Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, Negotiator of Jay Treaty with Great Britain, Elected Governor of New York, stated “The Bible is best of all books, for it is the Word of God. And it 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.” This is the exact opposite of what modern historians are telling us. There is a push to remove the heritage of our religious foundation from the eyes of the public by those who do not like or want religion. They want to bring up generations that have no knowledge of God and His influence on this nation. Their goal is a socialistic society. When you look at the goals of organizations like the ACLU, you see that communism is the ultimate goal.
They will deny that but the founder of the ACLU, Roger Baldwin, actually stated that communism was his ultimate goal. The church has not fought to hold the ground that it once had and now we have most of the church, including, the pastors, that have no idea of how much influence the Bible had in the founding of this nation. Today we can’t even say a prayer in the name of Jesus when there is a town meeting, all based on the so-called separation of church and state, but when we review the records or the very early years of this nation we see a much different picture. In 1619 at a meeting of the House of Burgesses it is recorded: “But, for as much as men’s affairs do little prosper when God’s service is neglected, all the Burgesses took their places in the Quire till prayer was said by MR. Bucke, the Minister, that it would please God to guide and sanctify all our proceedings to His Own Glory, and the good of this plantation.”
This document went on to state what was decided at that meeting: “Be it enacted by this present Assembly that for laying a surer foundation for the conversion of the Indians to Christian religion, each town, city, borough, and particular plantation do obtain unto themselves, by just means, a certain number of natives’ children to be educated by them in true religion and a civil course of life. . . ” It was even decided in a similar meeting a month later that ALL persons of the settlement were to attend ‘Divine Services’ on the Sabbath or be fined 3 shillings. Can you imagine the lawsuits that type of legislation would bring today?
We, today, do not understand just how important our Founding Fathers and most of the people in their day, felt the Bible was to, not just their everyday life, but the manner in which the government was designed and run. In the Virginia colony in 1618 they even made the proclamation that obedience was due to the King as long as the things he commanded were not against the Word of God.
Moving to 1828 we can look at Founding Father Noah Webster. He was a soldier in the American Revolution, a legislator and judge after the Revolution, and one of his main endeavors was to provide learning materials for the younger generations so that they would have the proper education on how this government had been built. For 61 years he spent the majority of his time writing educational books for our public schools. What he is most noted for is the dictionary. That dictionary took him 20 years to write and in the process he also learned 20 different languages. In his definitions of words and to show how they are used he used scripture. About 27% of his definitions used Bible quotes.
His 1828 American
Dictionary contained the greatest number of Biblical definitions given
in any reference volume. Webster considered "education useless without
"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."
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Webster released his own edition of the Bible in 1833, called the Common Version. He used the King James Version as a base, and consulted the Hebrew and Greek along with various other versions and commentaries. Webster molded the KJV to correct grammar, replaced words that were no longer used, and did away with words and phrases that could be seen as offensive. Webster was also known to have the entire bible committed to memory.
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Pastor Roger Anghis is the Founder of RestoreFreeSpeech.org, an organization designed to draw attention to the need of returning free speech rights to churches that was restricted in 1954.
President of The Damascus Project, TheDamascusProject.org, which has a stated purpose of teaching pastors and lay people the need of the churches involvement in the political arena and to teach the historical role of Christianity in the politics of the United States. Married-37 years, 3 children, three grandchildren.
Web site: RestoreFeeSpeech.org