Did you know that 52 of the 55 signers of The Declaration of Independence
were orthodox, deeply committed Christians? The other three all believed in
the Bible as the divine truth, the God of scripture, and His personal
It is the same congress that formed the American Bible Society. Immediately
after creating the Declaration of Independence, the Continental Congress
voted to purchase and import 20,000 copies of scripture for the people of this
Patrick Henry, who is called the firebrand of the American Revolution, is still
remembered for his words, "Give me liberty or give me death." But in current
textbooks the context of these words is deleted. Here is what he said:
"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 of 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."
These sentences have been erased from our textbooks. Was Patrick Henry a
Christian? The following year, 1776, he wrote this "It cannot be emphasized
too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded not by
religionists, but by Christians; not on religious, but on the Gospel of Jesus
Christ. For that reason alone, people of other faiths have been afforded
freedom of worship here."
Consider these words that Thomas Jefferson wrote on the front of his well-
worn Bible: "I am a Christian, that is to say a disciple of the doctrines of
Jesus. I have little doubt that our whole country will soon be rallied to the
unity of our Creator and, I hope, to the pure doctrine of Jesus also."
Consider these words from George Washington, the Father of our Nation, in
his farewell speech on September 19, 1796: "It is impossible to govern the
world without God and the Bible. Of all the dispositions and habits that lead
to political prosperity, our religion and morality are the indispensable
supporters. Let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be
maintained without religion. Reason and experience both forbid us to expect
that our national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle."
Was George Washington a Christian? Consider these words from his
personal prayer book: "Oh, eternal and everlasting God, direct my thoughts,
words and work. Wash away my sins in the immaculate blood of the lamb
and purge my heart by the Holy Spirit. Daily, frame me more and more in the
likeness of thy son, Jesus Christ, that living in thy fear, and dying in thy
favor, I may in thy appointed time obtain the resurrection of the justified unto
eternal life. Bless, O Lord, the whole race of mankind and let the world be
filled with the knowledge of thy son, Jesus Christ."
Consider these words by John Adams, our second president, who also
served as chairman of the American Bible Society. In an address to military
leaders he said, "We have no government armed with the power capable of
contending with human passions, unbridled by morality and true religion.
Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly
inadequate to the government of any other."
How about our first Supreme Court Justice, John Jay? He stated that when
we select our national leaders, if we are to preserve our Nation, we must
select Christians. "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."
John Quincy Adams, son of John Adams, was the sixth U.S. President. He
was also the chairman of the American Bible Society, which he considered
his highest and most important role. On July 4, 1821, President Adams said,
"The highest glory of the American Revolution was this: it connected in one
indissoluble bond the principles of civil government with the principles of
Calvin Coolidge, our 30th President of the United States reaffirmed this truth
when he wrote, "The foundations of our society and our government rest so
much on the teachings of the Bible that it would be difficult to support them if
faith in these teachings would cease to be practically universal in our
In 1782, the United States Congress voted this resolution: "The congressof
the United States recommends and approves the Holy Bible for use in all
William Holmes McGuffey is the author of the McGuffey Reader, which was
used for over 100 years in our public schools with over 125 million copies
sold until it was stopped in 1963. President Lincoln called him the
"Schoolmaster of the Nation."
Listen to these words of Mr. McGuffey: "The Christian religion is the religion
of our country. From it are derived our notions on character of God, on
the great moral Governor of the universe. On its doctrines are founded the
peculiarities of our free institutions. From no source has the author drawn
more conspicuously than from the sacred Scriptures. From all these extracts
from the Bible I make no apology."
Of the first 108 universities founded in America, 106 were distinctly Christian,
including the first, Harvard University, chartered in 1636. In the original
Harvard Student Handbook rule number 1 was that students seeking
entrance must know Latin and Greek so that they could study the scriptures:
"Let every student be plainly instructed and earnestly pressed to consider
well, the main end of his life and studies is, to know God and Jesus Christ,
which is eternal life, John 17:3; and therefore to lay Jesus Christ as the only
foundation of all sound knowledge and learning. And seeing the Lord only
giveth wisdom, let everyone seriously set himself by prayer in secret to seek
it of him
For over 100 years, more than 50% of all Harvard graduates were pastors!
It is clear from history that the Bible and the Christian faith, were
foundational in our educational and judicial system. However in 1947, there
was a radical change of direction in the Supreme Court. It required ignoring
every precedent of Supreme Court ruling for the past 160 years. The Supreme
Court ruled in a limited way to affirm a wall of separation between church
and state in the public classroom.
In the coming years, this led to removing prayer from public schools in 1962.
Here is the prayer that was banished:
"Almighty God, we acknowledge our dependence on Thee. We beg Thy
blessings upon us and our parents and our teachers and our country. Amen."
In 1963, the Supreme Court ruled that Bible reading was outlawed as
unconstitutional in the public school system. The court offered this
justification: "If portions of the New Testament were read without
explanation, they could and have been psychologically harmful to children."
Bible reading was now unconstitutional , though the Bible was quoted 94
percent of the time by those who wrote our constitution and shaped our
Nation and its system of education and justice and government.
In 1965, the Courts denied as unconstitutional the rights of a student in the
public school cafeteria to bow his head and pray audibly for his food. In
1980, Stone vs. Graham outlawed the Ten Commandments in our public
The Supreme Court said this:
"If the posted copies of the Ten Commandments were to have any effect at
all, it would be to induce school children to read them. And if they read them,
meditated upon them, and perhaps venerated and observed them, this is not a
Is it not a permissible objective to allow our children to follow the moral
principles of the Ten Commandments? James Madison, the primary author of
the Constitution of the United States, said this: "We have staked the whole
future of our new nation, not upon the power of government; far from it. We
have staked the future of all our political constitutions upon the capacity of
each of ourselves to govern ourselves according to the moral principles of
the Ten Commandments."
Today we are asking God to bless America. But how can He bless a Nation
that has departed so far from Him? Prior to September 11th, He was not
welcome in America. Most of what you read in this article has been erased
from our textbooks. Revisionists have rewritten history to remove the truth
about our country's Christian roots. You are encouraged to make copies , and
share with others, so that the truth of our nation's history will be told.
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