by Dr. Gerald B. Collingsworth
Atheists and secular humanists would have us to believe that our founding fathers were non-Christian, anti-God people who believed Christianity should not be part of our government or even in our way of thinking. However, do their writings and statements reveal what our nation’s founders actually believed?
The Words They Spoke
For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned. – Matthew 12:37
Patrick Henry said, “It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians. Not on religion, but on the Gospel of Jesus Christ.”
This statement is abundantly clear! Sadly, our Christian heritage is being deliberately withheld from our children in the public, taxpayer-funded schools by presenting distorted views of our founding fathers and what they actually believed.
John Adams wrote to his wife about Congress having devotions from Psalm 35 and 36. He wrote, “God so spoke to Congress out of Psalm 35 and 36 that it built our faith.” When the Continental Congress met on September 7, 1774, they opened in prayer. The prayer time lasted for three hours.
If any of those men were deist or anti-God people (as many would have us to believe) then why would they spend three hours praying to a God Who meant nothing to them? I could list the words that revealed the faith of every founding father of our nation, but time will not permit.
The Writings We Have
And further, by these, my son, be admonished: of making many books there is no end; and much study is a weariness of the flesh. – Ecclesiastes 12:12
The Declaration of Independence starts with these words, “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…”
It is interesting to note that of the fifty-six men who signed the Declaration of Independence, twenty-seven of them had degrees from Bible seminaries. One was Dr. John Witherspoon, who was responsible for the printing of two Bibles and who taught in college. His most notable student was James Madison, who was known as “The Father of the Constitution.”
The requirement for public office included these vows: “I, profess faith in God the Father, and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, and in the Holy Ghost. One God, blessed forevermore. And I do acknowledge the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testament to be given by divine inspiration.” This vow was required to be signed in order to hold public office in our country!
The Wealth of Information Left Behind
For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope. – Romans 15:4
The beliefs and writings of our forefathers have been carefully protected, but rarely read. There are ninety-seven volumes on file of what George Washington said and believed. The last man to sign the Constitution of the United States, Gouverneur Morris I, wrote two books about the Constitution. He said, “Religion is the only basis of good morals. Therefore, education should teach the precepts of religion, and the duties of man towards God.” This does not sound similar to what we would hear from a man who would vote to withdraw the Bible and prayer from the public school.
The very first Bible printed in English in America was printed in 1782. It was authorized and printed by the Congress of the United States of America. Why would they have done this if they had believed that they should separate their works from their religion?
Today we have removed from our classrooms what our forefathers held dear. Our government supports same-sex marriage, fornication, and murder of millions of helpless babies. Many Americans now refuse to believe those principles upon which our nation was founded.