Pastor Roger Anghis
March 18, 2012
Some have said that America is just another nation with laws and civil government just like any other nation. I do not believe that to be the truth.
Our government is like no other government that has ever ruled on this earth. It has lasted longer than any other type of government ever established. Some would say that the Roman Empire lasted longer, but it did not have the same style government throughout its history as the United States has. No other government has afforded its citizens the freedoms and prosperity that we have enjoyed for 231 years.
We hear almost daily anymore that this is not a Christian nation. Several of the politicians that are running for president have even made that statement. Can you imagine that someone that is running for the presidency of the United States is so ignorant of the history of this nation that he would make a statement like that.
In previous articles we learned about why the majority of the people that came to this country in the 1600 and early 1700’s was to escape religious persecution and have the ability to worship God the way they felt they should instead of how the government told them to. The Mayflower Compact, the first legal document drawn up for political reasons, is a document that calls for the spreading of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the inhabitants of the land.
Two hundred and thirty-six years ago this July 4th, a committee of five patriots, headed by a young farmer from Virginia, presented the final draft of the Declaration of Independence to 55 of his colleagues in the Second Continental Congress. After making relatively few changes to Thomas Jefferson’s work and then, pledging “to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor,” all 56 members signed their names to this Declaration of Independence. In so doing, they created something that was then unique on the planet earth: a country based on the concepts of individual liberty, religious freedom, private property and democratic government. Since then, the people of this nation have taken great risks to offer others the hope of that same freedom.
An article in the L.A. Times a few years back stated that all of the Founding Fathers were either deists or atheists and that religion played no role in the founding of this great nation. That is nothing more than a lie! 52 of the 56 signers of America's Declaration of Independence were orthodox, deeply committed Christians. The other four all believed in the Bible as the divine truth, they all believed in the God of Scripture, and in His personal intervention in the affairs of man.
One of the most vocal members of the Founding Fathers was Patrick Henry. Most school books have eliminated his ‘Give me liberty or give me death’ speech because it may cause a student to be patriotic and patriotism isn’t good for the humanistic/one world government agenda that our public schools now teach, but that wasn’t all he said. He stated his Christianity in many of the things that he said, as did virtually all of the Founding Fathers. His full ‘Give me liberty or give me death’ speak proves this: "An appeal to arms and the God of hosts is all that is left us. But we shall not fight our battle alone. There is a just God that presides over the destinies of nations. The battle sir, is not to the strong alone. Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it almighty God. I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death." He also made a statement that you will not find in any of the history books that describes our nation and its founders: "It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great Nation was founded not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religions, but on the Gospel of Jesus Christ. For that reason alone, people of other faiths have been afforded freedom of worship here." That is NOT a statement that an atheist would make or even a deist. Those are the words of a dedicated born again Christian.
God had a plan for this nation in its founding and it was to be the source for spreading the gospel throughout the world. We, as a nation, have drifted far from our roots and many have declared that God will judge America. A prophet from India was in deep prayer when Jesus came to him. He asked when he was going to judge America. Jesus answered “I’m not. I have a covenant with them that was made on the Mayflower, and I remember that covenant.” Part of that covenant reads: “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 northern parts of Virginia; do by these presents, solemnly and mutually in the Presence of God and one of another, covenant and combine ourselves together into a civil Body Politick, for our better Ordering and Preservation, and Furtherance of the Ends aforesaid;” That covenant was established to further the kingdom of God and that covenant has saved this nation many times and it will continue to preserve this nation until the church is taken out.
This year we will celebrate the 236st birthday of the United States. Celebrate means to perform (a sacrament or solemn ceremony) publicly and with appropriate rites. It also means to honor (as a holiday) especially by solemn ceremonies or by refraining from ordinary business: to mark (as an anniversary) by festivities or other deviation from routine.
For most of us we will take a day or two off of work and have a barbeque with family and friends and watch a few fireworks displays. This is all good, but we must also take the time to remember the reasons for which this nation was founded. If we do not take the time to remember, our children will not know the importance of the faith of our Fathers and how their faith established the greatest nation this world has ever or will ever see.
The religious persecution in Europe had reached a point where people could no longer endure it. There was the promise of a new country where a person could worship God in the manner described in the Bible so the people gave up everything to come here. The results of their efforts was the founding of a nation where God was in the forefront of every part of their lives, public, private and even the basis of the civil and federal government. We do not have the time in one or even 10 articles to examine all of the details that culminated in the Nation of America, (I have done that in an upcoming book Defining America’s Exceptionalism), but at the same time it would be a tragic injustice to not affirm and admit that our Founding Fathers were under a special and constant guidance of an overruling Providence. The Bible, as the divine charter of their political rights, as well as their hopes of immortality, they reverently studied it, and on it laid the cornerstone of all their compacts and institutions. That is to say, it was on Jesus that our nation was designed and built upon. They based it on the Word: John 1:1 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”
Reverend Benjamin F. Morris stated “The Christian men who formed our civil institutions were trained and prepared for their work in scenes of conflict in which the truest ideas of liberty and religion were developed.” “God sifted in these conflicts a whole nation, that He might send choice grain over into this wilderness.”
The time that lead up to the citizens of America declaring their independence defined, inspired and prepared our Christian Forefathers to develop the true form of civil government. The Christian religion has a clear and full recognition in the civil constitutions and state papers of the original colonies. This fact is embedded in our history and is undeniable. We see in every state constitution the spirit and sentiments of the Christian religion. Many states would not allow a person to run for office unless he professed his belief in Jesus Christ, the divinity of the Bible, and in the evangelical truths of Christianity. That requirement is against the law today. John Jay, our first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, stated: "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."
Our Founding Fathers were not ashamed of publicly speaking about their faith. Today very few do and those that do speak are chastised and ridiculed by the far left. Our Founding Fathers affirmed, in every form, the indissoluble union of religion and liberty. It didn’t matter if it was in the pulpit or before assemblies, in court rooms or in town meetings, in the local papers and their everyday books, all were an extension of their faith and what they believed.
Even the Revolution and the call for independence and liberty had its beginnings in the Christian faith. No other basis would have allowed the rag-tag army of America to defeat the greatest military might on the face of the earth. The Christian religion was the breath of life for the revolution and carried it to victory by intervention of Providence time and time again. It was the inspirations of Christianity that strengthened the Founding Fathers for war, it was the inspirations of Christianity that inspired our statesmen, and it was the inspirations of Christianity that filled the hearts of the people with hope and courage. Romans 10:17 “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Their faith in God was so strong and their prayers were answered so many times that George Washington stated: “I am sure that there never was a people who had more reason to acknowledge a divine interposition in their affairs than those of the Unites States: and I should be pained to believe that they have forgotten that agency which was so often manifested during the Revolution, or that they failed to consider the omnipotence of that God who is alone able to protect them. He must be worse than an infidel that lacks faith, and more than wicked that has not gratitude enough to acknowledge his obligations.” Washington, DC is full of the people that would ‘pain’ George Washington today. All that he fought for, they are now fighting to take away. All that was gained by the sacrifices of that early ragtag army are being taken away by elitists and socialists that want to redirect America down the path of socialism. Russia tried that and failed, miserably. No nation has prospered as we have and that prosperity is the result of a nation of people depending on God for their existence. We cannot forget what this nation was founded on “on the Gospel of Jesus Christ.”
Today we can see monuments to our heritage. Some have been removed because of actions taken by anti-American organizations like the ACLU, AU, People for the American Way. Many of these organizations have names that lead you to believe that they are standing up for the American heritage when in reality they oppose everything that America stands for. The founder of the ACLU Roger Baldwin stated that the ultimate goal of the ACLU was communism. The only way that communism will work is for the will of the people to be disallowed. No personal property. All property is state owned. Patriotism is strongly discouraged and then outlawed all together. Religion is decided by the state and as we saw in Russia, religion was outlawed. The state MUST be the ultimate power. The state is the resource for everything. The state controls everything including the size and makeup of the family. In China a family can only have one child and it must be a male. Now there are not enough women for the available men. Gee, maybe that idea of aborting all the female babies wasn’t such a good idea after all.
A nation is known by its monuments. Younger generations learn from these monuments. Our history is inscribed on the monuments. The thoughts and deeds of our Founders and national heroes are inscribed on these monuments. In Washington, DC you will find Bible verses inscribed on most of the monuments to our forefathers. The Ten Commandments are inscribed in stone on the wall behind the seats of the Supreme Court Justices. These monuments are Biblical. We are to display the religious heritage to our younger generations so that they will know that we are a Christian nation.
Psalm 48:12 “Walk about Zion, and go round about her: tell the towers thereof.
(13) Mark ye well her bulwarks, consider her palaces; that ye may tell it to the generation following.
(14) For this God is our God forever and ever: he will be our guide even unto death.”
These monuments are under attack by the people that we thought fought for the rights of the American people. They are attempting to remove all vestiges of our religious heritage so that the younger generations will not know the truth about their heritage.
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We are fighting against those who have rejected the knowledge of God, the wisdom of God and the will of God. Hosea 4:6 “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.”
The church needs to take back this country, it politics, the government and the laws. We need to repent of ignoring the will of God. 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.”
This November is the most important election in history. Be involved and help bring America back to Godly heritage.
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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
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