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Church & State – Revisionist History?

I read a post on Facebook recently which stated that “Christianity is the source of all hatred in this country”, and the post continued by saying “All Christians should be burned.”   Needless to say, I was shocked by the audacity and boldness of the post, and have since frequently wondered how someone could be so deranged as to arrive at this conclusion.  Yet, it is not unusual.  If many in America today were willing to speak the beliefs of their hearts, they might say similar.  Where does this come from I wonder?

This post remained active, even though it was flagged by some for violating Facebook’s “hate speech” rules.  In all likelihood, Facebook didn’t view this as “hate speech” because it was not a “pro Trump” post, or in any way connected to the types of speech they view as offensive.  But that’s another rabbit hole I am not going down here. 

Instead, I want to focus on the VERY Christian foundation of The United States and ALL of its major institutions, both public and private.  After seeing these facts, you will see that Christianity is the very reason The United States is here, the reasons that our freedoms are here, and that “Religion and Morality” were and are very much meant to be a part of our government and institutions! 

In fact, Christianity is the very foundation of the freedoms we enjoy, and not the cause of the hatred described above.  I also want to focus on how those who document history (many who believe as that Facebook poster above does) have worked overtime to erase and revise this Christian heritage, such that even teachers in our schools today are often teaching a false history!

The Pilgrims

History, as it is taught today and as I learned it as a child, would have us believe the pilgrims were a group of 102 people who came to America in 1620 aboard the Mayflower to escape the evils of the King of Great Britain persecuting their Christian faith.  Nothing could be further from the truth!

On November 11, 1620, they signed an agreement called the Mayflower Compact to organize their new settlement off Cape Cod, today known as “Plymouth”.  William Bradford was their leader on this journey.

The very short Mayflower Compact reads as follows:

IN THE NAME OF GOD, AMEN. We, whose names are underwritten, the Loyal Subjects of our dread Sovereign Lord King James, by the Grace of God, of Great BritainFrance, and Ireland, King, Defender of the Faith, &c. 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 another, covenant and combine ourselves together into a civil Body Politick, for our better Ordering and Preservation, and Furtherance of the Ends aforesaid: And by Virtue hereof do enact, constitute, and frame, such just and equal Laws, Ordinances, Acts, Constitutions, and Officers, from time to time, as shall be thought most meet and convenient for the general Good of the Colony; unto which we promise all due Submission and Obedience. 

IN WITNESS whereof we have hereunto subscribed our names at Cape-Cod the eleventh of November, in the Reign of our Sovereign Lord King James, of EnglandFrance, and Ireland, the eighteenth, and of Scotland the fifty-fourth, Anno Domini; 1620.

(list of names who signed the agreement)

Persecuted “separatists” escaping evils do not typically refer to themselves as “Loyal Subjects” of their prior government.  It should be noted that the word “dread” in the Mayflower Compact does not have the same meaning as the word does today, but instead is a term of “respect” or “greatness”, as well as something that could be looked at with “trembling”……a respectful term of a powerful sovereign king.  In this document, the Pilgrims are actually HONORING their king, and stating their loyalty to his sovereignty!

So if they were not “escaping” England, what was their purpose?   They clearly state that their purpose was to “plant the first colony”, and it was “for the Glory of God and Advancement of the Christian Faith”, and for “the honor of King and Country”.

Per their own words, the Pilgrims did not arrive in America as a persecuted group of outcasts as social studies teachers would have us believe today, but instead came to plant a colony for the glory of God and the Advancement of the Christian faith!  The United States was created and founded for the glory of God and Christianity, documented straight from the pen and mouths of those who took the action!

The New England Confederation:

As the new country grew, and colonies began to spring up throughout New England, the New England Confederation was signed on May 19, 1643 to ensure these colonies could work together in peace, and provide for the common defense.  The very first sentence of the New England Confederation document states:

“Whereas we all came into these parts of America, with one and the same end and ayme, namely, to advance the Kingdome of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to enjoy the liberties of the Gospel, in purity with peace; and whereas in our settling (by a wise providence of God)…..”

Article 2 of the New England Confederation text reads as follows:

“The said United Colonies for themselves and their posterities do jointly and severally hereby enter into a firm and perpetual league of friendship and amity for offence and defence, mutual advice and succor upon all just occasions both for preserving and propagating the truth and liberties of the Gospel and for their own mutual safety and welfare.”

References:

The New England Confederation – Teaching American History

https://avalon.law.yale.edu/17th_century/art1613.asp

Clearly and without a doubt, 23 years after the pilgrims first arrived in America, the primary purpose of our country was to “Advance the Kingdom of the Lord Jesus Christ” and to spread the “Truth and Liberties of the Gospel”.

Harvard and Princeton:

Harvard University was founded in 1636.  It is the oldest university in America.  The original motto of Harvard in Latin, and adopted in 1692 as part of their original seal, reads as follows:


“Veritas Christo et Ecclesiae”

In English, this motto means “Truth for Christ and the Church”, and is still visible in many places throughout the Harvard campus today. 

The latest version of the motto is simply “Veritas”, meaning “Truth”.  In other words, revisionists over the years have eliminated Christ and the Church from Harvard’s teaching.  The obvious question though is that without Christ and the Church, how can one ever know truth?

Today’s motto:  

Some of the original “Rules and Precepts” adopted by Harvard in 1646, include the following:

“2. Let every Student be plainly instructed, and earnestly pressed to consider well, the maine end of his life and studies is, to know God and Jesus Christ which is eternal life (John 17:3) and therefore to lay Christ in the bottome, as the only foundation of all sound knowledge and Learning. And seeing the Lord only giveth wisedome, Let every one seriously set himself by prayer in secret to seeke it of him (Prov. 2:3).”

“3. Every one shall so exercise himselfe in reading the Scriptures twice a day, that he shall be ready to give such an account of his proficiency therein, both in Theoreticall observations of Language and Logick, and in practical and spiritual truths, as his Tutor shall require, according to his ability; seeing the entrance of the word giveth light, it giveth understanding to the simple (Psalm 119:130).”

The original purpose of Harvard was to “Educate Clergy”, and the school was actually named after Rev. John Harvard.  In other words, Harvard was founded as a Christian University with the purpose of teaching students the Christian Biblical Gospel and to promote that teaching.   https://www.bestcollegereviews.org/history-behind-harvard-university/#:~:text=Harvard%20University%20possesses%20the%20title,John%20Harvard.

Harvard University has the distinction of graduating the most persons who ultimately became President of the United States.  This list includes:

  • John Adams
  • John Quincy Adams
  • Rutherford Hayes.
  • Theodore Roosevelt
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • John F. Kennedy
  • George W. Bush
  • Barack Obama

Changing gears to Princeton University, they have a motto of “Dei Sub Numine Viget”, which in English means “Under God’s power she flourishes”.

It was the New Light Presbyterians who founded the College of New Jersey, which later became Princeton University.  In 1746, its primary purpose was to “train ministers dedicated to their views(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Princeton_University).

John Witherspoon became an ordained minister and served as President of Princeton University from 1768 to 1776, until New Jersey elected him as a representative to the U.S. Congress.

The Founding statement of Princeton University was as follows: (https://www.cluonline.com/restoring-the-historical-roots-of-american-education/):

“Cursed is all learning that is contrary to the cross of Christ”

Like Harvard, Princeton University was a Christian college.  U.S. Presidents who graduated from Princeton include:

  • James Madison
  • Grover Cleveland
  • Woodrow Wilson

Three U.S. Vice Presidents, along with numerous cabinet members and Congressmen also graduated from Princeton.

Without a doubt, America’s Ivy League educational institutions were mostly founded on Christianity, with the purpose of training ministers and spreading God’s word as stated in the Gospels.

Other universities with obvious Christian foundations include Yale, University of Pennsylvania, Dartmouth, and Rutgers, among many others.

The Declaration of Independence:

The Declaration of Independence document, whose very foundation, is based on Christian principle has come under recent heavy attack by forces who today believe “freedom” is the enemy.  These enemies of freedom work tirelessly to discredit Christianity and erase its importance in the founding of our country and the freedoms we enjoy.

Freedom itself is a Christian principle.  The Bible, containing the history of the Hebrew/Israeli people, outlines how God delivered the Israelites from slavery under the Egyptians, helping them obtain freedom.  Furthermore, Jesus sets Christian believers free, with him having paid the price for the consequences of their sin. This biblical concept of freedom is incorporated into the Declaration of Independence as understood by the very Christian authors who drafted the document!

Consider the following clauses from the Declaration of Independence:

“The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen United States of America, When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them…..”

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights

This declaration, which announced the official separation of the Colonies from Great Britain on July 4, 1776, is essentially stating that God is entitling them to the separation, that his truth is self-evident in this decision, that they are endowed with the unalienable rights to do so by their Creator.  In other words, they don’t need a “king’s permission” to do what is right, as God is sovereign, not the king!   

Per other writings, a king’s sovereignty only comes from God, and when governments get this relationship backwards, it is the right and duty of the people to throw off the king!  Consider this phrase from the Declaration of Independence:

“That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.“

And….

“But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”

The concept outlined in the Declaration of Independence is that God institutes governments, and that governments are subservient to God and the Gospel.  Freedom itself comes from the Gospels, as God gives people the freedom to choose him or not.  Unholy kings and despots do not offer such freedom!

The Constitutional Convention:

During the Constitutional Convention, the meetings purposed for creating and drafting The United States Constitution, the men framing our country had knowledge of the Christian Bible as their spiritual guide and God’s law.  They also had knowledge of the Roman Empire along with the Kingdom of Great Britain.  They referenced all three primary sources when deciding upon the form of government that the United States should have, and referenced the Bible and its scriptures extensively during the debates.  They were ALL biblical students.

ALL of the founding fathers of our country had a common theme that “Religion and Morality” are the solid bedrock of a country that is to have strength and permanence.  Religion was the core foundation, with morality being the second layer, thereby essentially placing God and Christ as the “rock” of our nation, and also the rock of the freedom it represents.  This includes the free economic system we “should” be enjoying (but is a source of struggle today as much of that original economic system has been dismantled and replaced with various forms of corruption). 

ALL of the founding fathers were Christian men who, like men today, struggle with evil thoughts and deeds.  Many were educated in the Christian institutions above, and they were well aware of the sinful nature of mankind, and his propensity toward corruption.

Consider the following quotes from various founding fathers, who strove to make “Religion and Morality” the bedrock of our nation:

I could easily list another 50 quotes from various founding fathers, the signers of our Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution, that show that the Christian “Religion and Morality” are the foundation of Liberty and our nation.  But I think you get the picture.

They ALL recognized God as the sovereignty over their government.  That Liberty and Justice are from God, his Biblical word, and Jesus, who paid the ultimate sacrifice in an unjust world.  Not only our government, but our educational institutions were similarly founded on these principles. Thomas Jefferson spoke extensively about educating our youth on the foundations of our country for fear that someday, that foundation would be forgotten, or worse, corrupted.

I have a great fear for our nation at this point in time.  We have removed that bedrock of religion and morality.  We have removed Christ and the Church from our Ivy League schools, and we are similarly dismantling the foundations of liberty and freedom, the foundations that our Constitutional Bill of Rights were based on……..all falsely the name of “security” and “fairness”.  My fear is justified by this quote from John Adams:

Before us, the leaders of Rome burned Christians alive, making human torches of them in the streets.  Nero Persecutes The Christians, 64 A.D. (eyewitnesstohistory.com) In parallel to what we see today, the Christians were falsely blamed for starting the fire that burned Rome when in fact it was a mentally ill Nero himself who torched their city!

Today, we see attacks on our freedom of speech, not only at the government level, but from corporate leaders as well.  It starts with limiting “hate speech”, and later becomes “offensive speech”, and eventually “political speech” or speech that promotes freedom. And they always need a scapegoat, so those who promote freedom and defend it are seen as the “cause” of their situation.

We see attacks on the right to bear arms.  You have an unalienable right to defend your life, your liberty, and your property if they are attacked.  Many in our government today want to limit those rights by removing from you the very tools you need to defend yourself…….whether you committed a crime or not.

We see attacks on the freedom of religion, as churches everywhere this past year were forced to close their doors, or were run out of existence.  Since freedom is a Biblical concept and truth, many in government who do not respect freedom or the Bible it is based on, seek to silence freedom educators in the Church.  Had it not been for a U.S. Appeals Court ruling last year stating it was illegal for a governor to close a church, our nation’s churches…..the bedrock of freedom itself…. would still be closed under the guise of “safety”.

Our U.S. Constitution and its Christian foundation have never been under greater attack than it is today.  The most common form of attack is to publish articles that “revise” or “reframe” the truth!  To “rewrite” the past if you will, and to start teaching the false past at a young age.

As for Thomas Jefferson advocating for a separation of Church and State, his debate at the time was NOT one of Christian vs. Non-Christian, but rather it was where the government should not be involved in a debate as to which Christian practices were right vs. wrong, as there were many “flavors” of pilgrim puritans who occupied various parts of New England. It is not known for certain if Benjamin Franklin, whose quotes you can see above, accepted Christ as his lord and savior. Yet he did believe in God, and had great admiration for Jesus Christ, as evidenced in his words. The Christian faith provided him the freedom to choose.

As for the deranged Facebook comments,…..The individual who wrote those words should be grateful and reverent to live in a Christian country whose founding Biblical principles of freedom permit comments to burn the very people who died for them, thereby permitting the freedom to speak such vulgar evil thoughts. But I do appreciate that individual’s truthfulness of how they feel. It provides a clear concise summary of just how far away from our roots we have fallen, and who we need to once again look to for our salvation and freedom!

In closing, consider these words:

I pledge allegiance, to the flag, Of The United States of America, And to the republic for which it stands, One Nation, Under God, indivisible, With Liberty, and Justice, for ALL.

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