Pastor Roger Anghis
June 6, 2010
Too many of today’s so-called historians try to put religion behind closed doors like it is something to be ashamed of. Paul stated in Romans 1:16 “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.” Why are the preachers today afraid to preach the truth? When they stand before God they will have to answer to Him as to why they preached another gospel. Paul spoke of this in Galatians 1:6 “I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel:” How easily we are swayed. Those that stand strong on the Word have been labeled racist, bigots and even worse, but when they stand before God, they will be able to say that they preached the truth.
When I hear that we have never been a Christian nation and that our Founding Fathers were deists, atheist and agnostics, I wonder why these lies are not confronted. In looking at historical documents that record who and what our Founding Fathers were and did, it amazes me how these lies are allowed to be taught without confrontation. To just scratch the surface of this historical evidence I want to share with you what some of these so-called deists and atheists did. John Quincy Adams: Vice-President of the American Bible Society, member of the Massachusetts Bible Society. Elias Boudinot: (President of the Continental Congress)Founder and first President of the American Bible Society, President of the New Jersey Bible Society, member of the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions, member of the Massachusetts Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge. Alexander Hamilton: (Signer of the Constitution) Proposed formation of the Christian Constitutional Society to spread Christian governments to other nations. John Jay: (Original Chief Justice of the Supreme Court): President of the American Bible Society, member of the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions.
I could go on for the rest of the 250 Founding Fathers and the story would be the same except for a small handful. NONE can be called atheist.
In an article in American Heritage authored by Gordon Wood he states: “The Founding Fathers were at most deists . . . and were a very thin veneer on their society.” According to ALL historical documents, that statement is a lie!
In another national article Steve Morris claimed: “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 relevance of the Bible.” Contemporary works incorrectly claim that Jefferson called himself a deist. Yet historical records are clear that he never called himself a deist, but he did call himself a Christian: “I am a real Christian, that is to say, a disciple of the doctrines of Jesus Christ.”
The definition of deist in the days of our Founding Fathers is different that today’s definition. Benjamin Franklin called himself a deist, but rejected the ‘clockmaker’ theory of today’s deists. He did believe in prayer and he believed that those prayers brought intervention from God.
Patrick Henry defended his position as a Christian even in his day: “The rising greatness of our country . . . is greatly tarnished by the general prevalence of deism which, with me, is but another name for vice and depravity. . . I hear it is said by the deists that I am one of their number; and indeed that some good people think I am no Christian. This thought give men much more pain that the appellation of Tory (being called a traitor), because I think religion infinitely higher importance than politics. . . Being a Christian. . is a character which I prize far above all this world has or can boast.” John Witherspoon declared: “Shun, as a contagious pestilence. . . those especially whom you perceive to be infected with the principles of infidelity (denying scripture) or who are enemies to the power of religion. Whoever is an avowed enemy of God, I scruple (hesitate) not to call him an enemy to his country.”
In 1825 the grandson of Richard Henry Lee, President of the Continental Congress and the man who introduced to Congress the call for American independence, compiled documents of his grandfather which consisted of hand written letters from many of the Founding Fathers, Goerge Washington, Benjamin Rush, and many others. He studied these letters and described this great body of men who founded this nation in these words: “The wise and great men of those days were not ashamed publicly to confess the Name of our blessed Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! In behalf of the people. As their representatives and rulers, they acknowledged the sublime doctrine of his meditation.”
Ignoring all the historical evidence is the only way the contemporary historians can bolster their argument for the unfounded separation of church and state that they demand.
The Founding Fathers understood the multiple benefits of religion. They therefore aggressively promoted religion throughout American society. The departure from that practice was facilitated by the laxness of the citizenry in understanding, and the Supreme Court in upholding the Constitutions original intent. When the intent undergirding a law is abandoned, then that law can be applied in a manner that is contrary to its intended purpose; the result of that can be devastating.
The Supreme Court, in either complete ignorance of our history or because of the agenda they felt should be applied (I believe both), declared: “A union of government and religion tends to destroy government and to degrade religion.” This is in direct contrast to James Wilson, a signer of the Declaration of Independence AND a signer of the Constitution who stated “Far from being rivals, religion and law are twin sisters.” Of course what James Wilson meant by ‘law’ was government. We must not let these truths be forgotten.
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Ronald Reagan warned us “If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a nation gone under.” Will we stand up for what our Founding Fathers fought and died for or will we let it slip through our hands? John Quincy Adams declared “Posterity: you will never know how much it has cost my generation to preserve your freedom. I hope you will make good use of it.” It is now in our hands. What will you do?
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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: RestoreFreeSpeech.org