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1 C HURCH AND S TATE (P ART 2) Psalm 67

2 Guiding Words 1 God be gracious to us and bless us, and cause Your face to shine upon us 2 that Your way may be known on the earth, Your salvation among all nations. 3 Let the peoples praise You, O God; let all the peoples praise You. 4 Let the nations be glad and sing for joy; for You will judge the peoples with uprightness and guide the nations on the earth. Selah. (Psalm 67:1-4) 1 God be gracious to us and bless us, and cause Your face to shine upon us 2 that Your way may be known on the earth, Your salvation among all nations. 3 Let the peoples praise You, O God; let all the peoples praise You. 4 Let the nations be glad and sing for joy; for You will judge the peoples with uprightness and guide the nations on the earth. Selah. (Psalm 67:1-4)

3 Guiding Words 5 Let the peoples praise You, O God; let all the peoples praise You. 6 The earth has yielded its produce; God, our God, blesses us. 7 God blesses us, that all the ends of the earth may fear Him. (Psalm 67:5-7) 5 Let the peoples praise You, O God; let all the peoples praise You. 6 The earth has yielded its produce; God, our God, blesses us. 7 God blesses us, that all the ends of the earth may fear Him. (Psalm 67:5-7)

4 Guiding Words Virginia Settlers: We do hereby dedicate this Land, and ourselves, to reach the People within these shores with the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and to raise up Godly generations after us, and with these generations take the Kingdom of God to all the earth. May this Covenant of Dedication remain to all generations, as long as this earth remains, and may this Land, along with England, be Evangelist to the World. May all who see this Cross, remember what we have done here, and may those who come here to inhabit join us in this Covenant and in this most noble work that the Holy Scriptures may be fulfilled.Virginia Settlers: We do hereby dedicate this Land, and ourselves, to reach the People within these shores with the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and to raise up Godly generations after us, and with these generations take the Kingdom of God to all the earth. May this Covenant of Dedication remain to all generations, as long as this earth remains, and may this Land, along with England, be Evangelist to the World. May all who see this Cross, remember what we have done here, and may those who come here to inhabit join us in this Covenant and in this most noble work that the Holy Scriptures may be fulfilled.

5 Guiding Words “From these very shores the Gospel shall go forth not only to this New World but the entire world.” – Rev. Robert Hunt“From these very shores the Gospel shall go forth not only to this New World but the entire world.” – Rev. Robert Hunt 27 All the ends of the earth will remember and turn to the LORD, and all the families of the nations will worship before You. 28 For the kingdom is the LORD’S and He rules over the nations. (Psalm 22:27-28) 27 All the ends of the earth will remember and turn to the LORD, and all the families of the nations will worship before You. 28 For the kingdom is the LORD’S and He rules over the nations. (Psalm 22:27-28)

6 Were the Founding Fathers Christians? 95% of the delegates at the Constitutional Convention were Christians95% of the delegates at the Constitutional Convention were Christians 95% of the 250 Founding Fathers were Christians95% of the 250 Founding Fathers were Christians Almost half of the signers of the Declaration of Independence had seminary degrees and many were ministers of the gospelAlmost half of the signers of the Declaration of Independence had seminary degrees and many were ministers of the gospel

7 Were the Founding Fathers Christians? The American Tract Society – formed by Founders and tracts were written by FoundersThe American Tract Society – formed by Founders and tracts were written by Founders The New England Primer – a Bible-based curriculum for students encouraged for public school usage from 1690 until 1930The New England Primer – a Bible-based curriculum for students encouraged for public school usage from 1690 until 1930

8 Were the Founding Fathers Christians?

9 Founders’ Testimonies Samuel Adams: “I rely upon the merits of Jesus Christ for a pardon of all my sins.”Samuel Adams: “I rely upon the merits of Jesus Christ for a pardon of all my sins.”

10 Founders’ Testimonies Charles Carroll: “On the mercy of my Redeemer I rely for salvation and on His merits; not on the works I have done in obedience to His precepts.”Charles Carroll: “On the mercy of my Redeemer I rely for salvation and on His merits; not on the works I have done in obedience to His precepts.”

11 Founders’ Testimonies John Witherspoon: “I entreat you in the most earnest manner to believe in Jesus Christ, for ‘there is no salvation in any other.’ If you are not reconciled to God through Jesus Christ, if you are not clothed with the spotless robe of His righteousness, you must forever perish.John Witherspoon: “I entreat you in the most earnest manner to believe in Jesus Christ, for ‘there is no salvation in any other.’ If you are not reconciled to God through Jesus Christ, if you are not clothed with the spotless robe of His righteousness, you must forever perish.

12 Founders’ Testimonies Robert Treat Paine: “I am constrained to express my adoration of the Supreme Being – the Author of my existence – in full belief of His forgiving mercy revealed to the world through Jesus Christ, through Whom I hope for never ending happiness in a future state.”Robert Treat Paine: “I am constrained to express my adoration of the Supreme Being – the Author of my existence – in full belief of His forgiving mercy revealed to the world through Jesus Christ, through Whom I hope for never ending happiness in a future state.”

13 Founders’ Testimonies Dr. Benjamin Rush: “My only hope of salvation is in the infinite transcendent love of God manifested to the world by the death of His Son upon the Cross. Nothing but His blood will wash away my sins. I rely exclusively upon it. Come, Lord Jesus! Come quickly!”Dr. Benjamin Rush: “My only hope of salvation is in the infinite transcendent love of God manifested to the world by the death of His Son upon the Cross. Nothing but His blood will wash away my sins. I rely exclusively upon it. Come, Lord Jesus! Come quickly!”

14 Founders’ Testimonies John Dickinson: “Rendering thanks to my Creator for my birth in a country enlightened by the Gospel. To Him I resign myself, humbly confiding in His goodness and in His mercy through Jesus Christ for the events of eternity.”

15 Founders’ Testimonies Roger Sherman: “I believe that there is only one living and true God, existing in three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit…and that at the end of this world there will be a resurrection of the dead and a final judgment of all mankind when the righteous shall be publicly acquitted by Christ the Judge and admitted to everlasting life and glory, and the wicked be sentenced to everlasting punishment.”Roger Sherman: “I believe that there is only one living and true God, existing in three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit…and that at the end of this world there will be a resurrection of the dead and a final judgment of all mankind when the righteous shall be publicly acquitted by Christ the Judge and admitted to everlasting life and glory, and the wicked be sentenced to everlasting punishment.”

16 A Warning “You will never know how much it has cost my generation to preserve your freedom. I hope you will make good use of it.” – John Adams (2 nd U.S. President)“You will never know how much it has cost my generation to preserve your freedom. I hope you will make good use of it.” – John Adams (2 nd U.S. President)

17 Were Our Founding Documents Based on the Bible? “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, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”“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, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

18 Were Our Founding Documents Based on the Bible? In the Declaration: Nature’s God, our Creator, our Supreme Judge, and Divine ProvidenceIn the Declaration: Nature’s God, our Creator, our Supreme Judge, and Divine Providence “The Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God” is from Blackstone’s legal commentaries The “Laws of Nature” referred to God’s moral laws in the conscience. “The Laws of Nature’s God” referred to the Bible

19 Were Our Founding Documents Based on the Bible? “And for the support of this Declaration with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.”“And for the support of this Declaration with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.”

20 Were Our Founding Documents Based on the Bible? “It is impossible to govern the world without God and the Bible. Of all the dispositions and habits that lead to political prosperity, our religion and morality are the indispensable supporters. Let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Reason and experience both forbid us to expect that our national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.” – George Washington“It is impossible to govern the world without God and the Bible. Of all the dispositions and habits that lead to political prosperity, our religion and morality are the indispensable supporters. Let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Reason and experience both forbid us to expect that our national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.” – George Washington

21 Were Our Founding Documents Based on the Bible? “The highest glory of the American Revolution was this: it connected in one indissoluble bond the principles of civil government with the principles of Christianity.” He also said in 1837, 46 years after the 1 st Amendment, that “the Declaration of Independence first organized the social compact on the foundation of the Redeemer’s mission upon earth. It laid the cornerstone of human government upon the first precepts of Christianity.” – John Quincy Adams, the 6 th President of the United States, July 4, 1821“The highest glory of the American Revolution was this: it connected in one indissoluble bond the principles of civil government with the principles of Christianity.” He also said in 1837, 46 years after the 1 st Amendment, that “the Declaration of Independence first organized the social compact on the foundation of the Redeemer’s mission upon earth. It laid the cornerstone of human government upon the first precepts of Christianity.” – John Quincy Adams, the 6 th President of the United States, July 4, 1821

22 Were Our Founding Documents Based on the Bible? Donald Lutz and Charles Hyneman examined over 15,000 documents from the Founding era, (between 1760 and 1805), over a ten year period in The Origins of American ConstitutionalismDonald Lutz and Charles Hyneman examined over 15,000 documents from the Founding era, (between 1760 and 1805), over a ten year period in The Origins of American Constitutionalism 34% of the quotes came from the Bible34% of the quotes came from the Bible Montesquieu, 8.3% of the quotesMontesquieu, 8.3% of the quotes William Blackstone, 7.9% of the quotesWilliam Blackstone, 7.9% of the quotes John Locke, 2.9% of the quotes (these three were highly influenced by the Bible)John Locke, 2.9% of the quotes (these three were highly influenced by the Bible)

23 Were Our Founding Documents Based on the Bible? “For centuries the Bible has exerted an unrivaled influence on American culture, politics and social life. Now historians are discovering that the Bible, perhaps even more than the Constitution, is our founding document.” – Newsweek, How the Bible Made America, Kenneth Woodward and David Gates“For centuries the Bible has exerted an unrivaled influence on American culture, politics and social life. Now historians are discovering that the Bible, perhaps even more than the Constitution, is our founding document.” – Newsweek, How the Bible Made America, Kenneth Woodward and David Gates

24 Were Our Founding Documents Based on the Bible? For the Lord is our judge, the Lord is our lawgiver, the Lord is our king; He will save us. (Isaiah 33:22)For the Lord is our judge, the Lord is our lawgiver, the Lord is our king; He will save us. (Isaiah 33:22) “The heart is more deceitful than all else and is desperately sick; who can understand it?” (Jeremiah 17:9)“The heart is more deceitful than all else and is desperately sick; who can understand it?” (Jeremiah 17:9)

25 Were Our Founding Documents Based on the Bible? We also notify you that it shall not be lawful to impose tribute, custom, or toll on anyone of the priests, the Levites, the singers, the doorkeepers, the temple servants, or other servants of this house of God. (Ezra 7:24)We also notify you that it shall not be lawful to impose tribute, custom, or toll on anyone of the priests, the Levites, the singers, the doorkeepers, the temple servants, or other servants of this house of God. (Ezra 7:24)

26 Were Our Founding Documents Based on the Bible? “You shall surely set a king over you whom the LORD your God chooses, one from among your brothers you shall set as king over yourselves; you may not put a foreigner over yourselves who is not your countryman.” (Deuteronomy 17:15) “You shall surely set a king over you whom the LORD your God chooses, one from among your brothers you shall set as king over yourselves; you may not put a foreigner over yourselves who is not your countryman.” (Deuteronomy 17:15)

27 Were Our Founding Documents Based on the Bible? “On the evidence of two witnesses or three witnesses, he who is to die shall be put to death; he shall not be put to death on the evidence of one witness.” (Deuteronomy 17:6)“On the evidence of two witnesses or three witnesses, he who is to die shall be put to death; he shall not be put to death on the evidence of one witness.” (Deuteronomy 17:6)

28 Were Our Founding Documents Based on the Bible? Moreover, look for able men from all the people, men who fear God, who are trustworthy and hate a bribe, and place such men over the people as chiefs of thousands, of hundreds, of fifties, and of tens. (Exodus 18:21)Moreover, look for able men from all the people, men who fear God, who are trustworthy and hate a bribe, and place such men over the people as chiefs of thousands, of hundreds, of fifties, and of tens. (Exodus 18:21)

29 Were Our Founding Documents Based on the Bible? “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. For that reason alone, people of other faiths have been afforded freedom of worship here.” – Patrick Henry“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. For that reason alone, people of other faiths have been afforded freedom of worship here.” – Patrick Henry

30 What Was the Intent of the 1 st Amendment? Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

31 What Was the Intent of the 1 st Amendment? Purpose: to protect people from being forced to worship against their conscience in a certain denomination and to protect the free exercise of religionPurpose: to protect people from being forced to worship against their conscience in a certain denomination and to protect the free exercise of religion

32 What Was the Intent of the 1 st Amendment? “Had the people during the Revolution had a suspicion of any attempt to war against Christianity, that Revolution would have been strangled in its cradle. At the time of the adoption of the Constitution and the amendments, the universal sentiment was that Christianity would be encouraged, but not any one denomination…In this age, there is no substitute for Christianity…That was the religion of the founders of the republic and they expected it to remain the religion of their descendants.” – Congress, 1854“Had the people during the Revolution had a suspicion of any attempt to war against Christianity, that Revolution would have been strangled in its cradle. At the time of the adoption of the Constitution and the amendments, the universal sentiment was that Christianity would be encouraged, but not any one denomination…In this age, there is no substitute for Christianity…That was the religion of the founders of the republic and they expected it to remain the religion of their descendants.” – Congress, 1854

33 What Was the Intent of the 1 st Amendment? The Supreme Court called America a Christian nation in 1799, 1878, 1892, and 1931The Supreme Court called America a Christian nation in 1799, 1878, 1892, and 1931

34 What Was the Intent of the 1 st Amendment? And afterward Moses and Aaron came and said to Pharaoh, “Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, ‘Let My people go that they may celebrate a feast to Me in the wilderness.’” (Exodus 5:1)And afterward Moses and Aaron came and said to Pharaoh, “Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, ‘Let My people go that they may celebrate a feast to Me in the wilderness.’” (Exodus 5:1) Or Exodus 8:1 Then the LORD said to Moses, “Go to Pharaoh and say to him, ‘Thus says the LORD, “Let My people go, that they may serve Me.’” (Exodus 8:1)Or Exodus 8:1 Then the LORD said to Moses, “Go to Pharaoh and say to him, ‘Thus says the LORD, “Let My people go, that they may serve Me.’” (Exodus 8:1)

35 What Was the Intent of the 1 st Amendment? On the same day that Congress ratified the First Amendment, it also called on George Washington to proclaim a day of national prayer and thanksgivingOn the same day that Congress ratified the First Amendment, it also called on George Washington to proclaim a day of national prayer and thanksgiving “The God who gave us life gave us liberty. Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed a conviction that these liberties are the gift of God?” – Thomas Jefferson“The God who gave us life gave us liberty. Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed a conviction that these liberties are the gift of God?” – Thomas Jefferson

36 What Was the Intent of the 1 st Amendment? Jefferson approved federal funding for Christian missionaries and setup weekly worship at the CapitolJefferson approved federal funding for Christian missionaries and setup weekly worship at the Capitol Jefferson extended the Northwest Ordinance which stated: “Religion [i.e. Christianity], morality, and knowledge, being necessary to good government and the happiness of mankind, schools, and the means of education, shall be forever encouraged.”Jefferson extended the Northwest Ordinance which stated: “Religion [i.e. Christianity], morality, and knowledge, being necessary to good government and the happiness of mankind, schools, and the means of education, shall be forever encouraged.”

37 What Was the Intent of the 1 st Amendment? After Washington’s inauguration, there was a worship service dedicating the nation to God in St. Paul’s Cathedral, commissioned by CongressAfter Washington’s inauguration, there was a worship service dedicating the nation to God in St. Paul’s Cathedral, commissioned by Congress “A wall of separation between church and state” was written by Jefferson in a personal letter to the Danbury Baptists“A wall of separation between church and state” was written by Jefferson in a personal letter to the Danbury Baptists The context shows it meant that the government must not interfere with the church (Jefferson borrowed the phrase from a Baptist preacher)The context shows it meant that the government must not interfere with the church (Jefferson borrowed the phrase from a Baptist preacher)

38 What Was the Intent of the 1 st Amendment? Jefferson wrote that he didn’t want his administration to be a “government without religion,” but one that would “strengthen… religious freedom.” (1802)Jefferson wrote that he didn’t want his administration to be a “government without religion,” but one that would “strengthen… religious freedom.” (1802)

39 What Was the Intent of the 1 st Amendment? Jefferson extended this Act of Congress three times: “For the sole use of Christian Indians and the Moravian Brethren missionaries for civilizing the Indians and promoting Christianity.”Jefferson extended this Act of Congress three times: “For the sole use of Christian Indians and the Moravian Brethren missionaries for civilizing the Indians and promoting Christianity.”

40 morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge, or gallantry, would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the governing of any other.” – John Adams “We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by“We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by

41 What Was the Intent of the 1 st Amendment? “The general principles on which the fathers achieved independence were…the general principles of Christianity…Now I will avow that I then believed, and now believe, that those general principles of Christianity are as eternal and immutable as the existence and attributes of God.” – John Adams“The general principles on which the fathers achieved independence were…the general principles of Christianity…Now I will avow that I then believed, and now believe, that those general principles of Christianity are as eternal and immutable as the existence and attributes of God.” – John Adams

42 What Was the Intent of the 1 st Amendment? Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, Thomas McKeanChief Justice of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, Thomas McKean McKean preached the gospel to a man sentenced to deathMcKean preached the gospel to a man sentenced to death

43 How Has Secularism Impacted America? The Index of Leading Cultural Indicators by William Bennett, former Secretary of Education under President ReaganThe Index of Leading Cultural Indicators by William Bennett, former Secretary of Education under President Reagan 200% increase in the birth rates of unwed girls ages % increase in the birth rates of unwed girls ages % increase in the birth rates of unwed girls ages % increase in the birth rates of unwed girls ages Cohabitation rates went up by 1000%Cohabitation rates went up by 1000% A 463% increase in the number of state and federal prisons in 40 yearsA 463% increase in the number of state and federal prisons in 40 years Quadrupling of divorce ratesQuadrupling of divorce rates

44 How Has Secularism Impacted America?

45 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being My priest. Since you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children. (Hosea 4:6)My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being My priest. Since you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children. (Hosea 4:6) Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people. (Proverbs 14:34)Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people. (Proverbs 14:34)

46 How Has Secularism Impacted America? “The propitious smiles of Heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right which Heaven itself has ordained.” – George Washington“The propitious smiles of Heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right which Heaven itself has ordained.” – George Washington “I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just—that His justice cannot sleep forever.” – Thomas Jefferson“I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just—that His justice cannot sleep forever.” – Thomas Jefferson

47 How Has Secularism Impacted America? “It is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and to humbly implore His protection and favor.” – Thomas Jefferson“It is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and to humbly implore His protection and favor.” – Thomas Jefferson

48 How Has Secularism Impacted America? Chinese Academy of Social Sciences: “One of the things we were asked to look into was what accounted for the success, in fact, the pre-eminence of the West all over the world. We studied everything we could from the historical, political, economic, and cultural perspective. At first, we thought it was because you had more powerful guns than we had. See htmlChinese Academy of Social Sciences: “One of the things we were asked to look into was what accounted for the success, in fact, the pre-eminence of the West all over the world. We studied everything we could from the historical, political, economic, and cultural perspective. At first, we thought it was because you had more powerful guns than we had. See html html html

49 How Has Secularism Impacted America? Then we thought it was because you had the best political system. Next we focused on your economic system. But in the past twenty years, we have realized that the heart of your culture is your religion: Christianity. That is why the West is so powerful.” – Niall Ferguson, Civilization: The West and the RestThen we thought it was because you had the best political system. Next we focused on your economic system. But in the past twenty years, we have realized that the heart of your culture is your religion: Christianity. That is why the West is so powerful.” – Niall Ferguson, Civilization: The West and the Rest

50 Will We Learn Our Lesson? Blessed are the people whose God is the Lord! (Psalm 144:15)Blessed are the people whose God is the Lord! (Psalm 144:15) Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD (Psalm 33:12)Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD (Psalm 33:12) 1 God be gracious to us and bless us, and cause Your face to shine upon us 2 that Your way may be known on the earth, Your salvation among all nations… 7 God blesses us, that all the ends of the earth may fear Him. (Psalm 67:1, 7) 1 God be gracious to us and bless us, and cause Your face to shine upon us 2 that Your way may be known on the earth, Your salvation among all nations… 7 God blesses us, that all the ends of the earth may fear Him. (Psalm 67:1, 7)

51 Recommended Resources American’s Christian History by Gary DeMarAmerican’s Christian History by Gary DeMar One Nation Under God by David GibbOne Nation Under God by David Gibb Twilight’s Last Gleaming by Robert JeffressTwilight’s Last Gleaming by Robert Jeffress Politics by Wayne GrudemPolitics by Wayne Grudem The Role of Pastors and Christians in Civil Government by David Barton (or do some research on the “black regiment”)The Role of Pastors and Christians in Civil Government by David Barton (or do some research on the “black regiment”) America’s Godly Heritage by David BartonAmerica’s Godly Heritage by David Barton America’s God and Country by William J. FedererAmerica’s God and Country by William J. Federer The American Heritage DVD Series by David BartonThe American Heritage DVD Series by David Barton

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