Christopher Columbus, according to his personal log – his purpose in seeking “undiscovered worlds” was to; “ . . . bring the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the heathens. [And] . . . bring the Word of God to unknown coastlands.”
Samuel Adams, the Father of the Revolution – as the Declaration of Independence was being signed Adams declared; “We have this day restored the Sovereign to Whom all men ought to be obedient. He reigns in heaven and from the rising to the setting of the sun – let His Kingdom come.”
Samuel Chase, member Continental Congress and Associate Supreme Court Justice – “By our form of government, the Christian religion is the established religion; and all sects and denominations of Christians are placed upon the same equal footing, and are equally entitled to protection in their religious liberty.”
William Paterson, signer of the Constitution, placed on the Supreme Court by George Washington, constantly pointed out that – “the Constitution would not keep America on course.” He said that what would keep America safe would be to obey what God has told us in the sacred scriptures. He would close his speeches with Proverbs 29:2 “When the righteous rule, the people rejoice. When the wicked rule, the people groan.”
John Jay, First Chief Justice U.S. Supreme Court – “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.”
Alexander Hamilton – “The sacred rights of mankind are not to be rummaged for, among old parchments, or musty records. They are written as a sunbeam in the whole volume of human nature, by the hand of Divinity itself; and can never be erased or obscured by mortal power.
John Adams – “We have no government armed with the power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion . . . Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”
President George Washington – “It is impossible to rightly govern . . . without God and the Bible.” Note: Washington’s religious and moral maxims alone fill over 50 pages of a book, “Maxims of George Washington”, published Mount Vernon Ladies Association in 1989. Most people only know 2 or 3 of his maxims.
George Washington – “It is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor . . .”
George Washington – “True religion affords government it’s surest support.”
Patrick Henry – “ It can not 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.”
Chancellor Kent, the great commentator on American law, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of New York – “The people of this State, in common with the people of this country, profess the general doctrines of Christianity, as the rule of their faith and practice … We are a Christian people, and the morality of the country is deeply engrafted upon Christianity, and not upon the doctrines or worship of those imposters [other religions] . . . It is also said, and truly, that the Christian religion is a part of the common law . . . proven by the volume of unofficial declarations to the mass of utterances that this is a Christian nation. We find everywhere a clear recognition of this same truth.”
William Holmes McGuffey, called the Schoolmaster of the Nation – “The Christian religion is the religion of our country . . . on its doctrines are founded the peculiarities of our free institutions. The Ten Commandments and the teachings of Jesus are not only basic but plenary.”
David Josiah Brewer, Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court – quoting the charters of Virginia, the pilgrims in the Mayflower compact, the fundamental orders of Connecticut, the charter of privileges granted to the Province of Pennsylvania and the Declaration of Independence said this: “. . . we find everywhere a clear recognition of the same truth . . . because of a general recognition of this truth [that we are a Christian nation], the question has seldom been presented to the courts.
NOTE: Read about the Plymouth Colony, read the Mayflower compact [a covenant with God] and read about the New England Confederation binding the colonies of New Plymouth, New Haven, Massachusetts and Connecticut.
“Whereas we all came to these parts of America with the same end and aim, namely, to advance the Kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to enjoy the liberties of the Gospel thereof with purities and peace, and for preserving and propagating the truth and liberties of the Gospel.” – New England Confederation
Francis Scott Key – our National Anthem – “ The patriot who feels himself in the service of God, who acknowledges Him in all his ways, has the promise of Almighty direction, and will find His word in his greatest darkness, ‘a lantern to his feet and a lamp unto his paths’. He will, therefore, seek to establish for his country in the eyes of the world, such a character as shall make her not unworthy of the name of a Christian nation.”
Thomas Jefferson called “the Bible” the cornerstone for American liberty, and wanted it placed in our schools as the light that should lead their way.
Benjamin Morris, Historian 1818-1867 – in one of his books he wrote; “The fundamental objects of the Constitution are in perfect harmony with the revealed objects of the Christian religion. Union, justice, peace, the general welfare, and the blessings of civil and religious liberty, are the objects of Christianity, and always secured under its beneficent reign. The State must rest upon the basis of religion, and it must preserve the basis, or itself must fall … this is a Christian Nation, first in name . . . The chief security and glory of the United States of America has been, is now, and will be forever, the prevalence and domination of the Christian faith.”
Jedediah Morse, Founding educator, called the Father of American Geography – “To the kindly influence of Christianity we owe that degree of civil freedom, and political and social happiness which mankind now enjoys. . . . Whenever the pillars of Christianity hall be overthrown, our present Republican forms of government, and all the blessings which flow from them, must fall with them.”
Joseph Story, Father of American Jurisprudence – “One of the beautiful boasts of our municipal jurisprudence is that Christianity is a part of the Common Law … There never has been a period in which the Common Law did not recognize Christianity as lying at its foundations … I verily believe Christianity necessary to the support of civil society.
Noah Webster – “The moral principles and precepts contained in the Scriptures ought to form the basis of all our civil Constitutions and laws . . . All the miseries which men suffer from – vice, crime, ambition, injustice, oppression, slavery, and war, proceed from their despising or neglecting the precepts contained in the Bible.”
Patrick Henry – “The great pillars of all government and of social life . . . [are] virtue, morality and religion. This is the armor, my friend, and this alone, that renders us invincible.”
John Jay, Original Chief Justice U.S. Supreme Court – “[N]ational prosperity can neither be obtained nor preserved without the favor of Providence.”
Teacher’s Note: Remember these words of the man, who day after day for four and a half months, wrote down the Constitution by hand. I firmly believe that he understood well; the intent, purpose and meaning of what their work was about.
Gouverneur Morris, Penman and signer of the Constitution – “[T]he most important of all lessons [from the Scriptures] is the denunciation of ruin to every State that rejects the precepts of religion.”
Also – “Education should teach the precepts of religion and the duties of man towards God.”
John Adams – “The glory of the American revolution was this; that it combined in one indissoluble bond, the principles of Civil Liberty, with the principles of Christianity.”
George Mason, a founding father, prophetically proclaimed – “As Nation’s cannot be rewarded or punished in the next world; they must be in this.”
George Washington – “If I shall be able to rise superior to these [his problems with enlistments] and many other difficulties which may be enumerated, I shall most religiously believe the finger of Providence [God] is in it.”
Note: 55 of the most notable Founding Fathers were members of, or leaders in, a Bible Society. Several were ministers themselves; many others were laypersons. All were members of a Christian church and many Founders were involved in organizations similar to Bible Societies (i.e.. Mission Societies, Sunday School Unions, etc.).
Some words on what the Supreme Courts had to say about religion:
In 1846 the Supreme Court of South Carolina declared – “Christianity is a part of the common law of the land, with liberty of conscience to all. It has always been so recognized… it is the foundation of those morals and manners upon which our society is formed; it is their basis. Remove this and they would fall.”
The U.S. Supreme Court in 1892 ruled – “Our laws and institutions must necessarily be based upon the teachings of the Redeemer of Mankind. It is impossible that it should be otherwise; and in this sense and to this extent our civilization and our institutions are emphatically Christian.”
U.S. Supreme Court 1892 – “No purpose of action against religion can be imputed to any legislation (State or National) because this is a religious people . . . this is a Christian nation.”
In the Supreme Court’s ruling of Updegraph v. The Commonwealth it was decide that – “Christianity, general Christianity, is, and always has been, a part of the common law …not Christianity with an established church … but Christianity with liberty and conscience to all men.”
United States Supreme Court, 1952 – “We are a religious people whose institutions presuppose a Supreme Being . . . When the state encourages religious instruction or cooperates with religious authorities by adjusting the schedule of public events to sectarian needs, it follows the best of our traditions. For it then respects religious nature of our people and accommodates the public service to their spiritual needs. To hold that it may not, would be to find in the Constitution a requirement that the government show a callous indifference to religious groups. That would be preferring those who believe in no religion over those who do believe . . . We find no Constitutional requirement which makes it necessary for government to be hostile to religion and to throw its weight against efforts to widen the effective scope of religious influence.”
Historical information from 1776 gave us the following . . .
98% of the people in America profess themselves to be Protestant Christians; 1.8% declared themselves to be Roman Catholic Christians; and only two-tenths of one percent said they were Jewish. Therefore 99.8% of all Americans declared themselves to be Christian in the year 1776. (This information from the book ‘Tipping The Scales’, Coral Ridge Ministries, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, Dr. D. James Kennedy. Proof positive that Christians founded us. Do you think that is why we were (and should still be) “one nation under God”.
Teacher’s note: In the next few quotes listed, please observe the common thread all these men shared; they all pledged allegiance – first to God, then to their country.
Josiah Bartlett, signer of DI – “Firstly I commit my soul into the hands of God, its great and benevolent author.”
David Brearly, signer – “ First and principally, I commit my soul unto Almighty God.”
Gabriel Duvall, delegate and U.S. Supreme Court Justice – “I resign my soul into the hands of the Almighty who gave it in humble hopes of His mercy to our Savior Jesus Christ.”
George Mason, Father of The Bill of Rights – “my soul I resign into the hands of my Almighty Creator, whose tender mercies are all over His works, . . . humbly hoping from His unbounded mercy and benevolence . . . a remission of my sins.”
John Dickinson, signer of the Constitution – “Rendering thanks to my Creator for my existence and station among His works, for my birth in a country enlightened by the Gospel and enjoying freedom . . .”
Robert Treat Paine, signer of the Declaration – “I am constrained to express my adoration of the Supreme Being, and author, of my existence . . .”
Charles C. Pinckney, signer of Constitution – “To the eternal and only true God be all honor and glory now and forever. Amen!”
Teacher’s Note; Even a frontiersman, home schooled, understood the importance of faith and how it was to guide one’s life. Also, note the clarity of his speech and proper use of English grammar.
Daniel Boone – Revolutionary Officer and legislator – “The religion I have (is) to love and fear God, believe in Jesus Christ, do all the good to my neighbor, and myself that I can, do as little harm as I can help, and trust on God’s mercy for the rest.”
Founding Father’s view expressed in the Encyclopedia Britannica of 1897 of the true source of America’s liberty and blessings . . . “The presence of such institutions, and the Christian charity to which they bore witness, must have had a wonderfully restorative influence on the corrupt pagan society in which they were set up. Law and religion became allied, not opposing forces . . . it was Christianity which gave to the world those two great factors in civil liberty – a consolidated public opinion and an efficient system of representative government.”
“It is by the mandates relating to public education that the original character of American civilization is at once placed in the clearest light.” Alexis de Tocqueville. He then cited the preamble to the Puritan provision that every township should have a school “Whereas,” says the law, “Satan, the enemy of mankind, finds his strongest weapons in the ignorance of men, and whereas it is important that the wisdom of our fathers shall not remain buried in their tombs, and whereas the education of children is one of the prime concerns of the state, with the aid of the Lord. . . .”
Here is what the Lord says:
Hosea 4:1 –
“Hear ye the Word of the Lord! Ye children of Israel [America]; for the Lord hath a controversy with the inhabitants of the land, because there is no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of God in the land.”
“For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, . . . Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things they ought not, for filthy lucre’s [money] sake.”
Matthew 24:4 –
And Jesus answered and said unto them, “Take heed that no man deceive you.”
Galatians 5:4 –
Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace.
Teachers note: Justified by the laws of man not God.
The law of man justifies abortion.
The law of man justifies homosexuality.
The law of man justifies licentiousness.
Daniel 11:32 –
“But the people who know their God shall stand firm and take action.”
Teacher’s note: The views of faith and Christianity expressed by our founding fathers, that you have been studying, carried on strongly for nearly 100 years. In 1864, President Abraham Lincoln recorded:
I believe in national humiliation, fasting, and prayer, in keeping a day holy to the Lord, devoted to the humble discharge of the religious duties proper to such a solemn occasion. . . .
I believe in Him whose will, not ours, should be done. I believe the people of the United States, in the forms approved by their own consciences, should render the homage due to the Divine Majesty for the wonderful things He has done in the nation’s behalf, and invoke the influence of His Holy Spirit to subdue anger….
I believe in His eternal truth and justice. I believe the will of God prevails; without Him all human reliance is vain; without the assistance of that Divine Being I cannot succeed; with that assistance I cannot FAIL.
I believe I am a humble instrument in the hands of our Heavenly Father; I desire that all my works and acts may be according to His will; and that it may be so, I give thanks to the Almighty and seek His aid. I believe in praise to Almighty God, the beneficent Creator and Ruler of the Universe.
Teacher’s note: In several states the above speech cannot be taught in our public school system. A Federal district court ruled that teaching the above information (as well as other famous quotes and speeches) unconstitutional! God bless America.