America’s Spiritual Heritage

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The discussion over whether the United States of America was founded as a Christian Nation, by men who intended that the new government of America would allow the expression of religion in government and schools, is an important subject today. There are many people today who are under the impression that the first amendment, which is referred to as “the establishment” clause of the Constitution, was intended by the framers, as a “wall of separation” between church and state. When we examine the facts of early American history, we find that this was never the intention of this clause. It is only in recent years that the revisionist justices of the Supreme Court have sought to change the original intent of the first amendment.

In this article, the reader will see for themselves, that the intent of the framers of our Constitution was to make certain that the government of the United States, would be prohibited from restricting the free exercise of religion. The establishment clause was not written to keep religion out of government, it was to keep government out of religion. This clause was necessitated by the action of king George of Britain, who sought to make his words, above the words of the Bible. Because he was the king, the people were forced to obey.

The framers of the Constitution wanted to ensure that government never again, infringed on the rights of the people to practice their religion in America. For this reason, they formed a “more perfect union,” that allowed the citizens of America to worship according to the dictates of their conscience, without interference from the newly formed government.

As you read about the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence, and the 39 signers of the Constitution, you will be struck by the deeply held belief of these men that the land they were founding should be based upon the Bible and the laws of God.

The Role Christianity and the Bible Played in the Formation of the United States of America

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Several years ago,  I attended a special Congressional Briefing hosted by our United States Senators and Congressmen in Washington D.C.

The purpose of this gathering was to inform pastors and Christian leaders of the importance in teaching our congregations the Roles that Jesus Christ, Christianity, and the Bible played in the forming of the United States of America.

During our Congressional briefing, 8 Senators and Congressmen spoke to us on the Spiritual issues that concern our nation.

The first Senator that spoke to us was  Senator Tom Coburn

Senator Tom Coburn
Senator Tom Coburn

Senator Coburn began by telling us this:

Jesus said that the Holy Spirit would remind us of all the things that he had taught us…how can how can we be reminded if we do not know what Jesus said.”

Pastors need to teach from the pulpit the Word of God, and what our spiritual heritage is.”

Senator Coburn continued:

Freedom is not guaranteed, it must be fought for by every generation…”

The Constitution is a Divine document, and today we have began to abandon the Constitution…”

“Pastors must call people back to the basics of our faith and the basis for our freedom… to keep the people informed of their spiritual heritage

Senator Randy Forbes:

Senator Randy Forbes
Senator Randy Forbes

The 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence were the greatest men the country has ever known.”

They understood two things:

  1. Our rights came to us from our Creator.
  2. These set of rights cannot be taken away by man because they came from our Creator.

There is an attack today on the first principle that our rights came from our Creator.”

“Those today in government would have us believe that our rights come from government, not from a Creator.”

Senator Pete Hoekstra:

Senator Pete Hoekstra
Senator Pete Hoekstra

To be a great nation we must integrate God into everything.”

“There is pressure everyday in the nations capital to pull God out of Government and give control of people’s lives to government.”

Esther 4:4 “God has placed each one of us in just the right place at just the right time…”

Senator Sam Johnson

Senator Sam Johnson
Senator Sam Johnson

Captured while flying a mission over Vietnam, he spent nearly 7 years in a Hanoi prison.  Senator Johnson said that he never prayed in all his life as he did when he was captured by the Vietnamese.

Placed before a firing squad several times, each time all of the guns of the soldiers, would not fire, they finally gave up trying to shoot him.

They placed him in leg stocks for 72 days, and solitary confinement for months at a time.

Through it Senator Sam Johnson said that in all he went through, the Lord never left.

Lt Colonel Brian Birdwell.

Lt. Colonel Brian Birdwell
Lt. Colonel Brian Birdwell

The only survivor of the outer ring of the Pentagon during the attack by the airliner on the Pentagon September 11, 2001.

Burned over 60 percent of his body, unrecognizable he was burned so severely…

Testified for almost an hour how the Lord had been with Him through those impossible days.

Congressman Todd Aikin

Congressman Todd Aikin
Congressman Todd Aikin

Congressman Aikin said this of Americas beginning:

The Puritans understood 4 points of Government:”

  1. Civil
  2. Church
  3. Family
  4. Self

They believed that all four of these forms of government came by a covenant with God.

Today, because the Church is not strong, the family is not strong, therefore self government is not strong, therefore we see the effects upon our civil government, it is weak and our freedoms are in great danger of being taken away.

It all started because America has been weakened Spiritually.

America is weak Spiritually because we do not know our Spiritual Heritage, we allow Secular Humanists to dictate to us the lie that America was not formed as a Christian Nation, and that the men that were used to found our nation, were not Christians.

They tell us that Religion has no place in American government, when in fact there would have been no American government had in not been for deeply Spiritual men who loved Jesus Christ and based our entire government on the Bible.

  • Fortunatly for all of us today, there is a public record of all of the events that happened at the forming of our nation.
  • You will be absolutely amazed at the amount of information that is available that confirms and establishes that the men that framed our constitution and signed our Declaration of Independence, were seeking to base the constitution and the laws of the United States on the Bible and Christian Principles.

The information I will be sharing with you this morning, is just a small sample of what is available to you and of all that Melinda and I learned this past week.

On the Tuesday night before the Congressional Briefing, we were take on a private tour of the Capital  building and told of the wonderful spiritual heritage that all of have.

  • Most people in America do not know the Spiritual roots of the Capital Building in Washington DC.
  • Most Americans have been taught that America is a secular Nation.
  • The Rotunda of the United States of America is where we began our tour.
  • The Rotunda is so tall that that entire Statue of Liberty could stand inside the dome and still have over 30 feet to spare.
A Cross Section of the U.S. Capitol Building
A Cross Section of the U.S. Capitol Building

When the public was first permitted in the Rotunda in 1824, the first things that you saw when you entered were the massive oil paintings along the inside wall.

Each painting is 14 feet by 20 feet and depicts an important event in American History.

Four Pictures on the East side of the Rotunda were placed here from 1840-1855

U.S. Capitol Rotunda Floor
U.S. Capitol Rotunda Floor

1. Columbus landing in America in 1492, shows the religious service conducted after his landing.

Columbus Landing In America
Columbus Landing In America

2. Desoto discovering the Mississippi River in 1544

Desoto Discovers the Mississippi River
Desoto Discovers the Mississippi River

3. The Baptism of Pocohontus at James Town in 1613

The Baptism of Pocohontus
The Baptism of Pocohontus

4. The Pilgrims praying before departing from Holland to America in 1620

The Pilgrims Departing Holland For America
The Pilgrims Departing Holland For America

In just the first 4 paintings, we see 2 prayer meetings and a Baptism

Contrary to what is being taught in our public schools and in the media today, America began with a deep love and worship of Jesus Christ.

The 4 Paintings on the west side of the Rotunda were in place when the Building originally opened in 1824

They represent events from Americans quest for independence

1. The Signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776

Signing of the Declaration of Independence
Signing of the Declaration of Independence

2.    The Battle of Saratoga in 1777, our first victory in the American Revolution.

Surrender at the Battle of Saratoga
Surrender at the Battle of Saratoga

3.    The Victory at Yorktown in 1781, which was the last battle in the American Revolution.

The Surrender at Yorktown
The Surrender at Yorktown

4.    George Washington as the commander and Chief of the Continental army on 1783

George Washington Resigns His Commission
George Washington Resigns His Commission

The first painting of the Pilgrims in 1620, kneeling in prayer, committing themselves to the Lord, gathered around the Bible.

  • The bible is the Geneva bible, it was printed in 1560.
  • It was the favorite Bible of the Pilgrims, the Puritans, the Descenters and Separatists.
  • These groups believed that there was too much corruption in the organized church of the 16th century.
  • They believed that much of what the church was doing was not Biblical.
  • They objected to these corrupt practices and this is why they were called the “Descenters”.
  • Many dedicated themselves to the Lord and separated themselves from the church, and the anti Biblical practices, and so they were called “Separatists”.
  • Others wanted to cleanse and purify the church from within, so these were called the “Puritans”.

The Bible that these 4 groups used was called the Geneva Bible.

  • The Geneva bible was the first portable Bible that the common person could own and use for themselves.
  • One of the best features in the Geneva bible was the commentaries written in the margins of the Bible.
  • The commentaries were anti-king and anti-church which both had grown corrupt.
  • The former Bibles were owned by kings and the commentaries in these Bibles were directed at obedience to the kings and the state church.
  • Because those that carried this new Geneva Bible had within them, commentaries against the state and the state run church, they were persecuted by the government, they sought a place where they could worship the Lord according to what the Bible said and not according to what man said.
  • It was for this reason that the Pilgrims left England and eventually arrived in America in November of 1620

While still anchored offshore, relying on the Geneva Bible as their source of strength and light, the Pilgrims authored the Mayflower compact.

Signing the Mayflower Compact
Signing the Mayflower Compact
The Mayflower Compact
The Mayflower Compact

It was the first government document written in America.

The Mayflower compact highlighted two important Biblical Principles.

  1. The Pilgrims stated that they had come to this continent for the express purpose of Evangelizing those here to a saving Knowledge of Jesus Christ.
  2. Individuals would knit themselves together into a community which would govern themselves according to the standards found in God’s Word.

These are the events shown in this first painting found in the United States Capital Building Rotunda.

The Pilgrims Departing Holland For America
The Pilgrims Departing Holland For America

150 years later, when the Declaration of Independence was authored, it was from these first principles that the Declaration declared that all of America could and now would completely govern itself under God’s laws, the “Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God”.

This belief was so strong, that they would rely upon Gods Word, that it was written on the currency of the American Revolution.

On the back of the currency is the words “The Law is our King” across an open bible

During the American Revolution, the Bible and God’s Law were recognized as the Basis for our self government.

These principles were instituted 150 years previously by the Pilgrims.

In 1611, When King James printed his bible, it was essentially the same translation of the Bible as the Geneva bible printed in 1560, except King James removed all the commentaries to try to silence those who no longer wanted to be ruled by a corrupt king and a corrupt church.

  • The King James Bible became the official Bible of many British Monarchs and was the official Bible of the English Colonies.
  • The British Government instituted a law in which it was illegal to print any English bible, so that they could maintain control over which bible was produced.

Another painting that is in the Rotunda of the U.S. Capital in Washington D. C. is that of the Baptism of Pocahontas.

The Baptism of Pocohontus
The Baptism of Pocohontus
  • Pocahontas was one of the first converts to Christianity in the new world.
  • She was led to Jesus by John Rolfe, who later became her husband.
  • The Geneva Bible was used in leading Pocahontas to Jesus.
  • In this picture in the Rotunda, Pocahontas is being baptized in 1613 by the reverend Alexander Whitaker.
  • During her baptism, Pocahontas changed her name to “Rebekah”, wanting a new name from the Bible in her new life.
  • From that moment on, in every writing of her, she is referred to as “The Princess Rebekah”
  • She never again wanted to be referred to Pocahontas, but wanted to be know as “Rebekah” for her new life in Jesus Christ.
  • Why is it that when we hear of her story, she is called “Pocahontas” and not The Princes Rebekah?
  • Because the secular world does not want to acknowledge that America began by people seeking to come to this land to tell the gospel of Jesus Christ and form a Christian Nation.

The next paintings on the other side of the Rotunda are from 150 years later in Washington D.C.

  • All 4 of these paintings are by John Trumbull, one of the founding fathers of the United States.
  • John Trumbull was an officer during the American Revolution.
  • What makes his painting so meaningful is that he personally witnessed what he was painting.
  • He knew those in the paintings personally, so these paintings are eye witness accounts.
  • Because of John Trimbull’s commitment to accuracy, the faces of those in these paintings of our founding fathers, are as accurate as we can get of what the founding fathers really looked like.
  • John Trumbull came from a family of outspoken Christians.
  • There are also other members of John’s family honored in the Capital.

There are several proclamations issued by John Trumbull’s brother Jonathan.

  • Jonathan was an officer under George Washington during the Revolutionary war

In this picture in the Rotunda is Colonel Trumbull seated with the other officers at the surrender of Lord Cornwallis at Yorktown.

The Surrender at Yorktown
The Surrender at Yorktown

After the Revolution, Jonathan became the governor of Connecticut.

  • He issued a proclamation while governor, calls the entire state of Connecticut to a day of prayer and thanksgiving.
  • The language is strongly evangelical.
  • He issued several proclamations like this one.

Jonathan Trumbull was one of the majority of our founding fathers who were strongly and openly followers of Jesus Christ.

There are many people today that say that our founding fathers were not Christians and that Christianity did not play an important role in the formation of America as a Nation.

One of today’s historians has said that at most, the founding fathers were “Deists”.

  • In one article called “the founding fathers were not Christians”, the writer states that the early presidents and leaders were generally “Deist”, or Unitarians that did not believe in a personal God or in the Lord Jesus Christ.
  • They say that the Bible played no role in the founding of American.
  • One book called “The Godless Constitution

How can these lies and false representations go unchallenged?

  • Most Americans do not even know who our founding fathers were.

As we look at the next painting  the Signing of the Constitution of the United States of America, how many of the 39 signers could the average American identify?

The Signing of the United States Constitution
The Signing of the United States Constitution

Two; Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson.

How about the Declaration of Independence, those 56 signers, how many could you identify?

Signing of the Declaration of Independence
Signing of the Declaration of Independence

Congress approved the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, 1776.

  • It was not signed until August 2, 1776.
  • In these days before the signing, some of those who had been called on to sign, were called away to battle before their signature could be added.
  • George Clinton approved the Declaration on July 4th, but before he could sign, he was called to military service in New York.
  • Some of those who actually signed the Declaration, were not in Congress when it was approved.
  • Matthew Thornton, Thomas Stone, Francis Lightfoot Lee

Every person in this painting in the Rotunda either contributed either by voting or by signing.

What were the signers of the Declaration of Independence Spiritual Views

John Witherspoon