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Is America a Christian Nation?

July 12, 2021


The anti-Christs who have taken over our government by fraud and our culture by stealth and deceit say that America is not, and never has been a Christian nation. But we know beyond any doubt that  the United States of America is a covenant Christian nation; “One nation under God.” With more than 75% of Americans declaring that they are Christians, the Christian majority is the largest religious group in America. Christians uniting in Christ are our nation’s only hope for unity. 


A quick search of the Internet reveals thousands of statements that prove our country was established by Christians as a Christian nation. These include Founding Fathers, almost every president, Supreme Court Justices and hundreds of other educators, historians, and leaders. A small sampling of these decisive declaratory statements will be included here.

American children prayed and read the Holy Bible together in schools for 355 years (1607 – 1962). Congress paid for, printed and distributed Bibles throughout the nation; funded Christian missionaries; and declared our national our motto to be “In God we trust.”


Is this a Christian nation? I believe that every fair-mind person, even though they might not be Christians themselves, would agree that at the very least we began as a Christian nation. So, let's look at the beginnings, starting with our first founding document.


Their Sacred Honor


The Unanimous Declaration of Independence was signed below these words: “With a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.” It also contained this important phrase: “are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights.”

The declaration of independence was signed below these words: “With the firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other, our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.”

Those who signed the declaration knew that they were putting their lives at risk, that there would be a bounty on their head that the bridge would try to kill them. And yet they signed it because they said we firmly rely on the protection of divine Providence. That was their way of saying God, the most important treaty the us ever signed was the one that ended the revolutionary war.


The Declaration also proclaimed, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights…” Self-evident” means obvious to anyone with the power to reason. “Endowed by their Creator” is an acknowledgement that we have a Creator Who has blessed us with the rights we possess. Many Constitutions refer to the rights of the people. But they are rights granted by the government, which can also take them away. The word “Unalienable” emphasizes the fact that since God gave us our rights, only He can take them away.


So, the next time someone like Jimmy Carter talks about a Socialist/Communist nation like Cuba, and praises its dictator as a “Great Revolutionary,” remind them that ours is the only nation whose rights were given to them by the highest power in the universe, and were simply formally codified in our Constitution.


The First Act of the First Congress – A Call to Prayer


The first act of the first Congress was to appoint a Chaplain whose job it was to ask the Lord for guidance in their deliberations as they began each session of Congress. Following this they began each session of Congress with prayer. So, our country was founded on prayer.


The first Prayer in Congress WAS offered by Rev. Jacob Duche on September 7, 1774, at  Carpenters Hall in Philadelphia. This was no formal prayer, given out of a sense of duty or propriety. No, it was a desperate appeal to the only One who could save or nation, which was in grave peril. So, before he prayed the prayer recorded below, Duche read Psalm 35. 

Plead my cause, Oh, Lord, with them that strive with me, fight against them that fight against me. Take hold of buckler and shield and rise up for my help. Draw also the spear and the battle-axe to meet those who pursue me; Say to my soul, ‘I am your salvation.’ Let those be ashamed and dishonored who seek my life; Let those be turned back and humiliated who devise evil against me.”

O LORD, OUR HEAVENLY FATHER, high and mighty King of Kings, and Lord of Lords, who dost from Thy throne behold all the dwellers on earth, and reignest with power supreme and uncontrolled over all the kingdoms, empires and governments; look down in mercy we beseech Thee, on these American States, who have fled to Thee from the rod of the oppressor, and thrown themselves on Thy gracious protection, desiring henceforth to be dependent only on Thee; to Thee they have appealed for the righteousness of their cause; to Thee do they now look up for that countenance and support which Thou alone canst give; take them, therefore, Heavenly Father, under Thy nurturing care; give them wisdom in council and valor in the field; defeat the malicious design of our cruel adversaries; convince them of the unrighteousness of their cause; and if they persist in their sanguinary purpose, O let the voice of Thy own unerring justice, sounding in their hearts, constrain them to drop the weapons of war from their unnerved hands in the day of battle! Be Thou present, O God of wisdom, and direct the counsels of this honorable assembly; enable them to settle things on the best and surest foundation, that the scene of blood may be speedily closed, that order, harmony, and peace may be effectually restored, and truth and justice, religion and piety prevail and flourish among Thy people. Preserve the health of their bodies and vigor of their minds; shower down on them, and the millions they here represent, such temporal blessings as Thou seest expedient for them in this world, and crown them with everlasting glory in the world to come. All this we ask in the name and through the merits of Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Our Savior. Amen.


John Adams wrote this to his wife, Abigail, of the impact of the Bible reading and prayer on the delegates: “Who can realize the emotions with which they turned imploringly to heaven for divine interposition and aid. It was enough to melt a heart of stone. I never saw a greater effect upon an audience. It seems as if heaven had ordained that Psalm to be read that day. I saw tears gush into the eyes of the old, grave pacific Quakers of Philadelphia. I must beg you to read that Psalm.”



The Church in the Capitol


Here’s a shocking piece of history that I am sure schoolteachers keep from our children. Even before Congress occupied the Capitol building in1800, church services were held there every Sunday. Five years before Congress moved in, this report was printed  in the Federal Orrery newspaper of Boston on July 2, 1795:

“City of Washington, June 19. It is with much pleasure that we discover the
rising consequence of our infant city. Public worship is now regularly administered
at the Capitol, every Sunday morning, at 11 o’clock by the Reverend Mr. Ralph.”


Every Sunday for 70 years saw an average of 2,000 in attendance at the Capitol church service. They ended in 1865 when sufficient church buildings had been built in Washington, D.C. Thomas Jefferson was just one of the many presidents, Supreme Court Justices, and other luminaries who attended these services.


Wait! Thomas Jefferson? Wasn’t he the one who demanded separation of church and state? No. He never advocated keeping God, the Gospel, or the Bible out of the government. He did demand that the government be kept out of the church. 


The Main Textbooks


Does this sound like a man who believed that there should be no Christian influence on our government? Thomas Jefferson believed that the Bible should be the main textbook of the schools. He was the author of the first plan of public education adopted for the city of Washington, D.C. It required the use of the Bible and Isaac Watts' Hymnal as the principal textbooks to be used in teaching reading in the public schools.


Can you imagine the uproar in Washington, DC, which has become such cesspool of anti-Christ activities and sentiment, if the Bible once again was used as the main textbook in our schools? The heads of a lot of liberal politicians would explode.!



The First Harvard University Student Handbook, 1636


Harvard was founded by Christians as an institution for the training f pastors, evangelists, and missionaries. They would be shocked to see the factory of lies, false history, and atheism that formerly great university has become. To understand what Harvard used to be, read this excerpt from its first Student Handbook…


“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 Christ in the bottom, 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 (Prov. 2.3).”



William McGuffy, Renowned Educator 


He was the author of McGuffy Reader, which was used for over 100 years in American schools as the primary textbook


“The Christian religion is the religion of our country. From it are derived our nation, on the 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 this author drawn more conspicuously than from the Sacred Scriptures. From all these extracts from the Bible, I make no apology.”


The Most Important Treaty


During the Revolutionary War, some nations recognized the newly born United States as a sovereign nation. Others considered England the rightful owner of the colonies and refused to recognize the U.S. diplomatically. The reason the Treaty of Paris is considered the most important treaty to which we have ever been a party is that it forever settled the question of American sovereignty. And it was written in the Name of God. 


The Treaty of Paris, signed by Great Britain and the United States in 1783 begins with these words: “In the Name of the most holy and undivided Trinity…” It began with these words in the name of the most holy. And undivided Trinity. So, the most important treaty that our country ever entered into was in the name of God,



Contention Almost Destroyed the Convention


Our nation’s first attempt at a governing document was the Articles of Confederation. You probably haven’t heard much about this because it wasn’t very effective, and it was used for less than twelve years. Why wasn’t more thought and care given to such a vital document? Well, the Founders were pretty busy. They were guiding the prosecution of the war for independence, trying to stay alive, and being forced to move the seat of government to avoid being captured by the British. The writing of the Constitution we all love and cherish wasn’t written until twelve years after the Declaration was sent to King George III.


The convention that eventually produced our Constitution was not assembled for that purpose, as we are usually taught. Its original purpose was to revise the Articles of Confederation so that they could properly rule 13 colonies – with widely differing views, and in many cases open animosity among them. 

Fortunately, the delegates were given wide latitude to do their work. Within a short time, they realized the Articles wee not repairable, and constituted themselves as a Constitutional Convention, which started from the ground up to create an entirely different document, unique in the world, which recognized that only God can bestow rights on mortal man.


We tend to romanticize our founding. We leave out important facts when teaching our children about our foundations – if we teach them at all. For instance, we jump from the Declaration to the Constitution, completely ignoring the weak Articles of Confederation which almost derailed our fledgling nation. We talk about the delegates to the convention as if they were all happy patriots dancing around a flagpole. But in fact, many of the New England delegates looked down on those from the Southern states as country bumpkins. Some delegates talked of the Northeasterners as “silk-stocking dilettantes” who thought they were better than everyone else.


Several states’ entire delegations threatened to walk out if they didn’t get their way. We should teach history s it is – warts and all. Without so doing, we can never truly understand what a miracle God wrought when He directed our Founders, flawed as they were, to create the greatest nation that ever existed.


God used Dr. Benjamin Franklin in perhaps the greatest miracle of our Founding. Ben Franklin is generally considered to be the least religious of the founding fathers. Yet he saved the Constitutional Convention from disaster by an appeal for prayer. He reminded the delegates of how prayer had smoothed may of the controversies during the writing and approval of the declaration. He asked that the Convention adjourn for three days in order for tempers to have time to cool down. Then he surprised everyone by these words…


“Before I sit down, Mr. President, I will suggest another matter; and I am really surprised that it has not been proposed by some other member at an earlier period of our deliberations. I will suggest, Mr. President, that propriety of nominating and appointing, before we separate, a chaplain to this Convention, whose duty it shall be uniformly to assemble with us, and introduce the business of each day by and address to the Creator of the universe, and the Governor of all nations, beseeching Him to preside in our council, enlighten our minds with a portion of heavenly wisdom, influence our hearts with a love of truth and justice, and crown our labors with complete and abundant success!”


When they reassembled, it wasn't all smooth sailing. They were politicians, after all, so there were still disagreements. But it was nothing like the contention that almost ended all hopes of a successful Constitution. Old Ben’s wise words were a definite turning point in the Convention, making it possible for the creation of a wonderful document that has guided our nation through 233 years of war, peace, and trials and tribulations.

The Constitution of the United States Honored the Lord


The Constitution itself ends with these words: “Done in convention by the unanimous consent of the states in the Year of Our Lord one thousand, seven hundred and eighty-seven, and of the independence of the United States, the twelfth.


The Supreme Court of the United States: “This is a Christian Nation”


On February 29, 1892, The Supreme Court declared (in Holy Trinity vs United States) that the historical record of America overwhelmingly demonstrated that the United States "… is a Christian nation." Contrary to this historical and legal record, judges throughout the end of the twentieth and beginning of the twenty-first centuries have repeatedly ruled that the United States is a Christian Nation.


The Supreme Court of the United States of America in the case of Holy Trinity Church in 1783, ruled that: “These and many other matters add a volume of unofficial declarations to the masses of official utterances that this is a Christian nation.”


“Our laws and our institutions must necessarily be based upon and embody 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…This is a Christian nation”


Unfortunately, The Supremes of today have abandoned the precedent set by the Courts in the Founding period – precedents that they are legally obligated to honor, but which they dishonor their oaths by ignoring. In 2001 a Liberal majority Court ordered the State of Alabama to remove a monument from the Capitol building engraved with the Ten Commandments, which are important historically since so much of our law is derived from them. In 2005 the Court ordered framed copies of the Ten Commandments removed from two Kentucky courthouses.


However, when I walked up the steps to the US Supreme Court, I observed carved into the building a row of famous lawgivers, each one of which faces Moses, who is standing in the middle holding the Ten Commandments. As you enter the Supreme Court courtroom, the two huge oak doors have the Ten Commandments engraved on the doors. And as you sit inside the courtroom, you can see a display of the Ten Commandments right above where the Supreme Court justices sit.


But if you’ve never been to the building, you will have no way of knowing any of this. When the cameras from the Liberal news media portray the justices sitting at their bench, they are extremely careful to keep the camera angle low enough that the Ten Commandments cannot be seen in the shot.



A “Political Textbook”?


Have you ever thought of the Bible as a political textbook? Well, in 1777, the continental Congress ordered 22,000 imported Bibles to be distributed in this country, “…so that the people would be well-supplied with the political textbook of this nation."


I had never thought of the Bible as a political textbook, but if you think about it, that’s what it is to our nation, because its words provide the moral foundation of nation. It's the same all over the world. In Muslim countries, the Qur'an is the political textbook. Muslim governments follow the dictates of the Qur'an. It's the same with other religious countries.


So, it's not a stretch to say that the Bible is the political textbook of the U.S., or at least it was at the time of our Founding. 


The “Bible Congress”

Congress provided funding for the first Bibles printed in the U.S. On September 10, 1782, the Congress that became known as “The Bible Congress” authorized funds to pay for the printing of thousands of Bibles so that every citizen would have access to the Word of God. Apparently, someone forgot to tell Congress about the separation of church and state.



Northwest Ordinance 


The Northwest Ordinance enacted by Congress on July 13, 1787, was an organic act of the Congress of the Confederation of the United States. It created the Northwest Territory, the new nation's first organized incorporated territory, from lands beyond the Appalachian Mountains, between British North America and the Great Lakes to the north and the Ohio River to the south.


It provided a path to statehood for the territories Northwest of the Ohio River. This are would eventually become the states of Illinois, Indiana, and Michigan .


Article 3 of the Northwest Ordinance reads, “Religion, morality, and knowledge, being necessary to good government and the happiness of mankind, schools and the means of education shall forever be encouraged.”


A Litmus Test


We're always told that we're not supposed to have a litmus test to decide whom we will vote for. In other words, if you don't believe in abortion, you shouldn't let that be a test of whether you vote for someone or not. I don’t believe in that philosophy. I won't vote for anyone of any party who believes that it's okay to murder babies in the womb.


In the days for our country our leaders though like I do. In virtually every state public office holders were required to affirm their belief in biblical teachings. For instance, the Delaware constitution actually required this formal oath to be taken by anyone seeking any public office: “I do profess faith in God, the Father, and in Jesus Christ, his only Son and in the Holy Spirit of God blessed forever. And I do acknowledge the holy scriptures and the Old and New Testaments to be given by divine inspiration.” 


Wow. They certainly hadn't heard about the separation of church and state, but you could be elected to any state office in all 13 states or any local office, unless you're a Christian and attested to your faith. They wanted their leaders to be spiritual people who understood the Bible and would lead them according to its dictates.


By the way, these requirements did not violate the “No Religious Test” clause of the U.S. Constitution found in Article VI, Clause 3, because that only applied to federal offices. And the clause itself was only allowed to be inserted in the Constitution over the strenuous objections of many delegates, and only passed by a slim majority. It certainly did not represent the values of a significant portion of Americans.


Can you imagine a Muslim as the President of the United States? That religion requires its adherents to force non-Muslims to convert, pay a huge fee, or be killed. And Muslims are required to lie and use any type of manipulation or deception to convince non-Muslims that they are sincere and truthful. Many Muslims are like many Christians and Jews; religious in name only. But the serious Muslims, the ones who would try to gain power in order to destroy our country, are bound by their Koran. 


Muslim nations would not never allow a Christian to hold even a minor public office. Most of them would not even allow a Christian church to be built. So why should we allow anyone who hates our country and the principles upon which it was founded, and is bound by his religion to harm us, ever be allowed to hold public office?


So, is ours a Christian nation? Let’s summarize what we have just learned and seen documented…


The very first act of the first Congress was a call to prayer. 

The Declaration said that everyone, every person, had God-given rights from their Creator which cannot be taken away by the government. 

The treaty of Paris, the most important treaty we've ever entered into, began with an acknowledgement of God: “In the name of the most holy and undivided Trinity.”

Ben Franklin’s appeal for prayer is what saved the constitutional convention. 

The Supreme court of the United States ruled that, “Our civilization and institutions are emphatically Christian,” and that, “This is a Christian nation.”


Next week we will hear from our Founders, who know best the purposes for and the meaning behind our Founding documents to see if they considered America to be a Christian nation.

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