With this being an election year, I thought I would remind everyone that the Lord has no part in this fraud we call a presidential election! The Lord will use all of this nation’s political backstabbing and corruption to further His own will and defeat His enemy, who rules with such impunity over this morally (and economically) bankrupt nation, but He will never embrace this Godless nation or its ways and agendas! Once again, read the following post and then tell me “the founding fathers” were practitioners of the Christian religion, not to mention true “born-from-above” sons of God.
Originally posted on May 28, 2010.
I have written on this particular subject several times, but some new information has come to my attention that will even further serve to show the U.S. of A. was not founded on Christian principles and belief. As I’ve stated before, many or most of the “founding fathers” didn’t believe the bible to be anything other than a poorly-written man-made text; and, thus, they didn’t believe in a God who would be personal and loving enough to send His only begotten Son to die for them or anyone else.
Here, as examples of what I’m referring to, are just a few quotes from clergymen who knew George Washington, personally:
A person who makes no claim of belief in the Christ, and refuses to take part in the Lord’s supper, is, most likely, an unbeliever (unregenerate). Our first president, as Reverend Wilson stated, was “a Deist and nothing more”:
“When Congress sat in Philadelphia, President Washington attended the Episcopal Church. The rector, Dr. Abercrombie, told me that on the days when the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper was to be administered, Washington’s custom was to arise just before the ceremony commenced, and walk out of the church. This became a subject of remark in the congregation, as setting a bad example. At length the Doctor undertook to speak of it, with a direct allusion to the President. Washington was heard afterwards to remark that this was the first time a clergyman had thus preached to him, and he should henceforth neither trouble the Doctor or his congregation on such occasions, and ever after that, upon communion days, ‘he absented himself altogether from church.’” [emphasis added]
(– The Reverend Bird Wilson, an Episcopal minister in Albany, New York, biographer of Bishop White, in his sermon on the “Religion of the Presidents,” published in the Albany Daily Advertiser, in 1831, quoted from Franklin Steiner, The Religious Beliefs of Our Presidents, pp. 26)
“I have diligently perused every line that Washington ever gave to the public, and I do not find one expression in which he pledges, himself as a believer in Christianity. I think anyone who will candidly do as I have done, will come to the conclusion that he was a Deist and nothing more.” [emphasis added]
(– The Reverend Bird Wilson, an Episcopal minister in Albany, New York, in an interview with Mr. Robert Dale Owen written on November 13, 1831, which was publlshed in New York two weeks later, quoted from Franklin Steiner, The Religious Beliefs of Our Presidents, pp. 27)
Deists typically reject most supernatural events (prophecy, miracles) and tend to assert that God (or “The Supreme Architect”) has a plan for the universe that is not altered either by God intervening in the affairs of human life or by suspending the natural laws of the universe. What organized religions see as divine revelation and holy books, most deists see as interpretations made by other humans, rather than as authoritative sources.
Deism became prominent in the 17th and 18th centuries during the Age of Enlightenment, especially in what is now the United Kingdom, France, United States and Ireland, mostly among those raised as Christians who found they could not believe in either a triune God, the divinity of Jesus, miracles, or the inerrancy of scriptures, but who did believe in one god. Initially it did not form any congregations, but in time deism strongly influenced other religious groups, such as Unitarianism and Universalism, which developed from it. It continues to this day in the forms of classical deism and modern deism. [emphasis added]
Note the use of the words “enlightened” and “liberal” in Washington’s following statement:
Of all the animosities which have existed among mankind, those which are caused by a difference of sentiments in religion appear to be the most inveterate and distressing, and ought to be deprecated. I was in hopes that the enlightened and liberal policy, which has marked the present age, would at least have reconciled Christians of every denomination so far that we should never again see the religious disputes carried to such a pitch as to endanger the peace of society. [emphasis added]
(– George Washington, letter to Edward Newenham, October 20, 1792, quoted from Albert J Menendez and Edd Doerr, The Great Quotations on Religious Freedom, also James A Haught, 2000 Years of Disbelief)
“Enlightened and liberal” This doesn’t sound much like a conservative American Christian speaking here, does it? That’s because it wasn’t a conservative Christian speaking. George Washington was an “enlightened” and “liberal-leaning” Deist. A Deist (agnostic), in my estimation, is nothing more than a hypocritical and cowardly atheist seeking to cover his temporal/eternal gluteus-maximus. Deism (agnosticism) is a “JUST IN CASE” religion/philosophy: “JUST IN CASE my atheism turns out to be false, in the end, I’ll claim, right now, to believe in a god of the universe: ‘The Great Architect’. In this way, then, I can do as I please, here and now, and not suffer any wrath and judgment in the next life; that is, if there truly is a next life and a god to judge me!” Atheists, unlike Deists, are at least honest about their hatred of all things pertaining to creation and their Creator.
Here is more proof of Washington’s, and the other “founding father’s”, almost anti-Christian stance?
Here is further evidence of the “founding father’s” unbelief, only this time it’s Thomas Jefferson speaking:
Wilson: Early Presidents Not Religious
“The founders of our nation were nearly all Infidels, and that of the presidents who had thus far been elected [Washington; Adams; Jefferson; Madison; Monroe; Adams; Jackson] not a one had professed a belief in Christianity….
“Among all our presidents from Washington downward, not one was a professor of religion, at least not of more than Unitarianism.” [emphasis added]
(– The Reverend Doctor Bird Wilson, an Episcopal minister in Albany, New York, in a sermon preached in October, 1831, first sentence quoted in John E Remsberg, Six Historic Americans, second sentence quoted in Paul F Boller, George Washington & Religion, pp. 14-15)
Question with boldness even the existence of a god; because if there be one he must approve of the homage of reason more than that of blindfolded fear.
-Thomas Jefferson, letter to Peter Carr, August 10, 1787
I concur with you strictly in your opinion of the comparative merits of atheism and demonism, and really see nothing but the latter in the being worshiped by many who think themselves Christians.
-Thomas Jefferson, letter to Richard Price, Jan. 8, 1789 (Richard Price had written to TJ on Oct. 26. about the harm done by religion and wrote “Would not Society be better without Such religions? Is Atheism less pernicious than Demonism?”)
I never submitted the whole system of my opinions to the creed of any party of men whatever in religion, in philosophy, in politics, or in anything else where I was capable of thinking for myself. Such an addiction is the last degradation of a free and moral agent.
-Thomas Jefferson, letter to Francis Hopkinson, March 13, 1789
Among the sayings and discourses imputed to him [Jesus] by his biographers, I find many passages of fine imagination, correct morality, and of the most lovely benevolence; and others again of so much ignorance, so much absurdity, so much untruth, charlatanism, and imposture, as to pronounce it impossible that such contradictions should have proceeded from the same being.
-Thomas Jefferson, letter to William Short, April 13, 1820
And the day will come when the mystical generation of Jesus, by the supreme being as his father in the womb of a virgin will be classed with the fable of the generation of Minerve in the brain of Jupiter. But may we hope that the dawn of reason and freedom of thought in these United States will do away with this artificial scaffolding, and restore to us the primitive and genuine doctrines of this most venerated reformer [Jesus] of human errors.
-Thomas Jefferson, Letter to John Adams, April 11, 1823
Christianity neither is, nor ever was a part of the common law.
-Thomas Jefferson, letter to Dr. Thomas Cooper, February 10, 1814 [emphasis added]
So, was Jefferson a believer in Jesus as the Son of God and Savior of all mankind?
“Question with boldness even the existence of a god… if there be one…”
“Such an addiction [faith in Christ] is the last degradation of a free and moral agent.”
“And the day will come when the mystical generation of Jesus, by the supreme being as his father in the womb of a virgin will be classed with the fable of the generation of Minerve in the brain of Jupiter.”
I see nothing in Jefferson’s proclamations, here, to back up any other conclusion than this: Jefferson denied the deity of Jesus the Christ, and, therefore, he could not have been a Christian. The whole basis for Christian belief is Jesus (the Son of God) and His death on the cross and resurrection. Just believing in Jesus as an historical figure is not enough:
For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
19For it is written,
“I WILL DESTROY THE WISDOM OF THE WISE,
AND THE CLEVERNESS OF THE CLEVER I WILL SET ASIDE.”
20Where is the wise man? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not come to know God, God was well-pleased through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe. 22For indeed Jews ask for signs and Greeks search for wisdom; 23but WE PREACH CHRIST CRUCIFIED, to Jews a stumbling block and to Gentiles foolishness, 24but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men. (1 Corinthians 1)
Jefferson’s most revealing statement, on the subject at hand, was this,
“Christianity neither is, nor ever was a part of the common law.”
English common law was the basis for the American constitution!
Jefferson was not, in any way, shape or form, a Christian. Jefferson, like Washington, Paine and most of the other “founding fathers”, was merely an atheist masquerading as a “man of God” (a deist): his god was “reason” and “freedom”; Jesus was nothing more to Jefferson than a first century Gandhi! Jefferson was just like many of the other “founding fathers” in that he claimed belief in a supernatural being, but the supernatural being would turn out to be the false god of this age (2 Corinthians 4: 4). He was a man who spoke of the need for “enlightened reasoning” and yet could not discern anything beyond that which can be seen, heard, smelled, tasted, felt or tripped over. Jefferson, like almost all of the other “enlightened and reasoning founding fathers”, was a spiritually deluded individual, an atheistic narcissist who, in reality, hated all things pertaining to a sovereign, loving, personal, omniscient, omnipotent and omnipresent God.
These so-called “founding fathers” hadn’t, like our tainted history books claimed, left England to escape “religious persecution”, they had left England to escape the rule of an earthly monarch and their heavenly Father. They had left England to pursue their “enlightened” and atheistic/agnostic goals in life: “free moral agency”, which amounts to this, “If it feels good, do it!” Deism was merely the “founding father’s” cover, or disguise, which had helped to hide their atheist/agnostic beliefs and tendencies. Since many of the “New World” folks were devout Christians (Puritans etc), the “founding fathers” had to walk a narrow line between their atheistic and “enlightened” ways of doing business and the ways of the believers and followers of Christ they were about to rule over. The “founding fathers” didn’t want to be ruled by anyone, but they didn’t seem to have any problems with ruling others.
I share some of Washington’s and Jefferson’s dislike for organized Christianity, especially when it comes to Catholicism, but my dislike for organized Christianity, and religion in general, will never keep me from loving and seeking my Lord, Creator and Savior.
The point of this post, and all others I’ve written on this subject, is to exhort my brothers and sisters in Christ to stop mixing their belief and faith in the Lord with “The American Dream:” “love of country”, or patriotism, is idolatry! We cannot serve two masters:
“No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth. [Matthew 6: 24]
America is not one nation under God nor has it ever been: the following motto should read, “In God we DO NOT trust!” The U.S. of A., when it comes to the Lord, is no different than any other nation on earth: it’s a Godless political/economic system whose constituents, for the most part, are in desperate need of the Lord’s Truth, Salvation, Peace and Life!
Here is just one more example of this government’s constitution-driven and politically-correct disdain for anything pertaining to the Lord, and this is a recent news item:
May 27, 2010
House rejects amendment on chaplains’ prayers
by Ankita Rao
Religion News Service
WASHINGTON (RNS) The House on Thursday (May 27) rejected a proposed amendment that would have allowed military chaplains to close public events with faith-specific prayers.
The amendment, offered by Tea Party favorite Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., to the Military Construction Authorization Act, was deemed not relevant to the bill, Bachmann’s office said.
The amendment would have specified that “a chaplain shall have the prerogative to close the prayer according to the dictates of the chaplain’s own conscience.”
Bachmann’s proposed amendment comes after church-state separationists have tussled with military chaplains over the appropriateness of praying “in Jesus’ name.” Secularists say it’s insulting to nonbelievers; Christian clergy say they know no other way to pray. (emphasis added)