Modern claims that America is not a Christian nation are rarely noticed or refuted today because of the nation’s widespread lack of knowledge about America’s history and foundation.
So I will share with you the facts out of the mouths of our Founding Fathers.
Christopher Columbus: "It was the Lord who put into my mind (I could feel His hand upon me) the fact that it would be possible to sail from here to the Indies.... There is no question that the inspiration was from the Holy Spirit, because He comforted me with rays of marvelous inspiration from the Holy Scriptures.... I did not make use of intelligence, mathematics or maps. It is simply the fulfillment of what Isaiah had prophesied.... No one should fear to undertake any task in the name of Our Savior, if it is just and if the intention is purely for His holy service. The working out of all things has been assigned to each person by our Lord, but it all happens according to His sovereign will, even though He gives advice. He lacks nothing that is in the power of men to give Him. Oh, what a gracious Lord, who desires that people should perform for Him those things for which He holds Himself responsible day and night, moment by moment, everyone should express their most devoted gratitude to Him."
When the Pilgrims on the Mayflower sailed to America, it was out of a pure desire to worship God in peace and raise their children to do the same. They were escaping a religious tyranny. “They believed that the Church [of England] could only be under the headship of Jesus Christ, and hence no person, not even the Queen, could take the title of “Head of the Church.” The Light and the Glory [Ch 5]
“The Separatists were hounded, bullied, forced to pay assessments to the Church of England, clapped into prison on trumped-up charges, and driven underground. They met in private homes, to which they came at staggered intervals and by different routes, because they were constantly being spied upon.” They decided it was time to leave.
William Bradford stated their resolve:
· They had cherished a ‘great hope and inward zeal’ of at least playing a part, if only as a stepping stone for others, in the carrying forth of the Light of Christ to remote parts of the world [The Light and the Glory ch 5]
· They ‘verily believe and trust the Lord is with us, unto Whom and Whose service we have given ourselves in many trials, and that He will graciously prosper our endeavors according to the simplicity of our hearts herein’
After surviving their first winter in the new world, the Pilgrims were so grateful for the blessings of God, Governor Bradford declared a day of public Thanksgiving.
Patrick Henry: "It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded not by religionists but by Christians, not on religion but on the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We shall not fight alone. God presides over the destinies of nations.”
This is the same patriot that said: “Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, ALMIGHTY GOD! Give me liberty or give me death!"
John Adams: "The general principles on which the fathers achieved independence were. . . . the general principles of Christianity.
Thomas Jefferson: "No nation has ever existed or been governed without religion. Nor can be. The Christian religion is the best religion that has been given to man and I, as Chief Magistrate of this nation, am bound to give it the sanction of my example.
George Washington: "It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible."
Noah Webster: "The religion which has introduced civil liberty is the religion of Christ and His Apostles....This is genuine Christianity and to this we owe our free constitutions of government." (History of the United States, 1832, public school textbook)
In 1852-1853 when some citizens sought a complete secularization of the public square and a cessation of all religious activities by the government, Congress responded with unambiguous declarations about America as a Christian nation:
"HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE: Had the people, during the Revolution, had a suspicion of any attempt to war against Christianity, that Revolution would have been strangled in its cradle. At the time of the adoption of the Constitution and the amendments, the universal sentiment was that Christianity should be encouraged, not any one sect [denomination]. Any attempt to level and discard all religion would have been viewed with universal indignation. . . . In this age there can be no substitute for Christianity; that, in its general principles, is the great conservative element on which we must rely for the purity and permanence of free institutions."
The House of Representatives also declared:
"[T]he great vital and conservative element in our system is the belief of our people in the pure doctrines and divine truths of the Gospel of Jesus Christ." - 1856
On March 3, 1863 while in the midst of the Civil War, the U. S. Senate requested President Abraham Lincoln to “designate and set apart a day for national prayer and humiliation” because:
"[S]incerely believing that no people, however great in numbers and resources or however strong in the justice of their cause, can prosper without His favor; and at the same time deploring the national offences which have provoked His righteous judgment, yet encouraged in this day of trouble by the assurances of His word to seek Him for succor according to His appointed way through Jesus Christ, the Senate of the United States do hereby request the President of the United States, by his proclamation, to designate and set apart a day for national prayer and humiliation. "
Supreme Court Justice John McLean: "For many years, my hope for the perpetuity of our institutions has rested upon Bible morality and the general dissemination of Christian principles. This is an element which did not exist in the ancient republics. It is a basis on which free governments may be maintained through all time. . . . Free government is not a self-moving machine. . . . Our mission of freedom is not carried out by brute force, by canon law, or any other law except the moral law and those Christian principles which are found in the Scriptures” –(1785-1861) appointed to the Court by President Andrew Jackson.
Justice David Brewer: " [I] have said enough to show that Christianity came to this country with the first colonists; has been powerfully identified with its rapid development, colonial and national, and today exists as a mighty factor in the life of the republic. This is a Christian nation. . . . [T]he calling of this republic a Christian nation is not a mere pretence, but a recognition of an historical, legal, and social truth." - (1837-1910), appointed to the Court by President Benjamin Harrison
Supreme Court Justice Earl Warren: "I believe the entire Bill of Rights came into being because of the knowledge our forefathers had of the Bible and their belief in it: freedom of belief, of expression, of assembly, of petition, the dignity of the individual, the sanctity of the home, equal justice under law, and the reservation of powers to the people. . . . I like to believe we are living today in the spirit of the Christian religion. I like also to believe that as long as we do so, no great harm can come to our country." – (1891-1974)
Rabbi Daniel Lapin: "Without a vibrant and vital Christianity, America is doomed, and without America, the west is doomed."
IN GOD WE TRUST
Was not originally part of the Pledge of Allegiance, until a pastor from Scotland pointed it out in a sermon. President Dwight Eisenhower was in the audience for that sermon!
The new phrase received official recognition by Congress in an Act approved June 22, 1954 and the pastor’s hope that the words honoring God would be added to the Pledge was fulfilled. For fifty years people have been saying "one nation under God" when they say the pledge to the flag.
It is significant that President Eisenhower said at that time, "In this way we are reaffirming the transcendence of religious faith in America’s heritage and future; in this way we shall constantly strengthen those spiritual weapons which forever will be our country’s most powerful resource in peace and war."
How does a person know all of this? Simply by reading our history. The REAL history. Read what those who founded this great nation wrote from their hearts. You won't get history like this from any textbook available today.
This information is valuable and should be shared. I not only give my consent to share this information, I BEG you to. Please educate your fellow Americans and help preserve the principles this mighty nation was founded upon.
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