Faith: Crumbling Foundation of America
Dr. Mike Johnston
The Oklahoma City bombing brought us face to face with terrorism in a new way. Then 9-11. But for years educational terrorism has silently yet methodically ravaged our public schools with humanistic ideas clearly inspired by the unseen spirit behind the New World Order. Ironically, the very educational system developed by seventeenth century puritans to teach their children how to read the Bible now tells them not to read it. What evil genius!
Please understand. This didn’t happen last night. It was a deceptively slow process requiring two lethal and unstoppable components: apathy and time.
Abraham Lincoln understood all too well that “The education in one generation determines the politics in the next.” Look around if you doubt his wisdom. Today’s policy makers were sculpted from the scandalous sixties where malcontents popularized hatred for America. When they graduated, these America haters became professors, journalists, politicians, and of course the “scholars” that produced textbooks depicting an America that never existed outside their minds. How sad that students educated in government funded schools for the past 30 years have been deprived of the knowledge that at one time America actually represented the oath of our pledge as “one nation, under God.”
Dear friend, if you think this hasn’t happened, I challenge you to read any textbook on American History published in the past 30 years– and weep with blood-soaked patriots who fought valiantly for our freedoms. Many of them aren’t even mentioned!
Is there hope? The Word of God affirms that there is! Jesus said: And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free (John 8:32).
My prayer is that you will be America’s hope as you become armed with the truth contained in this pamphlet. I am praying that you will sense a fresh motivation to intercede for, and inform our people. The fact is, doing nothing is how we got here!
AMERICAN HISTORY AS IT WAS
America has not always been the swill of pluralism it is today. You might be surprised by just how deep our religious roots go as a Christian nation.
The Discovery of America (1492): The fact that Christopher Columbus was a Spirit-filled Christian is well founded. Secular historian August J. Kling documented that all of Columbus’ sailing journals and most of his private letters give evidence of his Biblical knowledge and his devout love for Jesus Christ. Concerning the discovery of America Columbus wrote: “It was the Lord who put into my mind (I could feel His hand upon me) to sail from here to the Indies.”
The First Colonial Grant (1584): Granted to Sir Walter Raleigh, authorizing him to establish government and statutes for the proposed colony in America with the following stipulation. It read: “…they be not against the true Christian faith…”
Virginia’s Charter (1606) was granted for “propagating (the) Christian religion…” The first act at Jamestown (1607) was to erect a cross and hold a prayer meeting. (Believe it or not, a school was recently forbidden from showing a film depicting this Jamestown Prayer Meeting because it violated the separation of church and state). God help us!
The Mayflower Compact (1620), attributes “… the glory of God and the advancement of the Christian faith…”
The Massachusetts Charter (1629): “obedience of the onlie true God and Savior of mankinde, and the Christian fayth.” (their spelling has been kept- J ). Puritan New England formed Christian Government based on Scripture! They built churches, and started schools using the New England Primer and Bay Psalm Book (both saturated with Scripture), to teach their children the Bible and Christian values.
The Fundamental Orders of Connecticut (1638-39): This was the foundation for their government. It reads: “…and well knowing where a people are gathered together the word of God requires that to maintain the peace and union…there should be an orderly and decent government established according to God…to maintain and preserve the liberty and purity of the gospel of our Lord Jesus which we now profess…which is practiced amongst us.”
The New England Confederation (1643): “to advance the kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Did you know that all of the 50 State Charters contain religious language?)
The Charter of Rhode Island (1683): “We submit our persons, lives, and estates unto our Lord Jesus Christ, the King of kings and Lord of lords…”
Just eighteen years after landing, Christians built an Ivy League School to train pastors and missionaries to evangelize the Atlantic seaboard.
Harvard (1638) was founded in Massachusetts by the Puritans. In their “Rules and Precepts” (1646) they adopted the enrollment requirement: “Every one shall consider the main end of his life and studies to know God and Jesus Christ which is eternal life…” Is it any wonder that 52% of 17th century graduates became ministers of the Gospel? Godless liberals have killed this school!
Yale (1701), Princeton (1746), and Dartmouth (1754) were all founded to train pastors and missionaries to propagate the Gospel of Jesus Christ! Visit any of these campuses today and you’ll see first hand the cancer of liberalism eating its way across America. May God grant us repentance before it’s too late!
The Declaration of Independence (1776) was based upon Judeo- Christian principles (faith in a living Creator and necessity of law for depraved man). Two-thirds of its signers were members of established churches. When it was approved, the religious composition of America was 98% Protestant Christian; 1.8% Catholic, and .2 of 1% Jewish– not very secular, is it!
The Northwest Ordinance (1787) was in force until a Constitution could be ratified. It required every state entering the union to teach Christianity and morality in their schools.
The Delegates to the Constitutional Convention (1787) were brilliant statesmen that would not have adopted any document restricting the faith they held so dear! Article VI states that no “religious test” could be required for holding public office. Obviously, in a growing nation where many states had established State churches and required politicians to be Christian, “religious” meant something other than it does today. (Liberals loathe this, because it removes the choke hold they have on our religious freedoms). The Founding Fathers understood “religious” as pertaining to a particular denomination.
However, still foreseeing problems with government intrusion, the Bill of Rights was added to limit the power of government. The easiest way to understand the First Amendment is that it restricted congress from establishing the First “Baptist” Church of America, and then forcing membership.
WORDS FROM GREAT MEN
Disingenuous liberals seeking to secularize America have turned their back on centuries of easily provable Christian heritage for the sake of their unholy aspirations. In an attempt to turn America into a non-religious entity, they willfully hide the writings of the Founding Fathers in hopes that you never read them!
William Penn (1681): “If you are not governed by God, you will be ruled by tyrants.”
George Washington (1789): Enacted Thanksgiving as a national duty to “acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, (and) to be grateful for his benefits…” (not to thank the Indians, like Godless liberals tell us).
Noah Webster: “The religion which has introduced civil liberty is the religion of Christ and His apostles…to this we owe our… government.”
Samuel Adams (1772): “The rights of the Colonists as Christians…may be best understood by reading and carefully studying the institution of the great Law Giver and Head of the Christian Church.”
Alexander Hamilton (1787) soon after the Constitutional Conventional, he praised the Lord: “For my own part, I sincerely esteem it a system which without the finger of God, never could have been suggested…”
Benjamin Franklin (1787): “Here is my creed. I believe in one God, the creator of the universe. That he governs it by his Providence. That he ought to be worshipped.”
John Jay was the first Chief Justice of the 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.”
The Supreme Court (1892): After reviewing historical documents regarding the founding of America, the Supreme court rendered the following decision: “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.”
REVIVAL OR REJECTION?
Dear friend, America has changed- but God hasn’t! The Founding documents give undeniable testimony that America has a Christian origin. How thankful I am to live here while it is yet free. I pray that you won’t be tempted to join the cadre of compromisers who have sold our birthright for the promise of monetary gain.
The Precious Word of the Lord promises: If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land (2 Chronicles 7:14). Your response will make a difference.