To proclaim the truth of the Gospel of Christ in the context of relationship, to confront the Church to return to "true truth," and to disciple and encourage people to grow in faith and participate in influencing their culture.
If the atheists
and progressives had their way, God would be eliminated from all facets of
life. However, they are content for the moment to have God eliminated from the
public forum. These same people quote the Constitution, pointing out that there
is complete separation of Church and State. This is the law of the land since
the Supreme Court decision in the Case of
Everson vs. The Board of Education in 1947. We may argue the rationale
behind the decision is flawed, but it is the law of the land. In fact, whatever
the Supreme Court decides is “constitutional” is therefore “constitutional.”
Yet, the intent of the Founding Fathers should matter if one is a “strict constitutionalist.
The question should be asked, “Did the founding fathers want God removed from
the public forum? Modernity says “yes,” but history says “no!”
God was not to
be separated from the daily operation of government. How do we know this?
First, prayer was a constant activity during the Continental Congress. The
Constitution, itself, implicitly regards Sunday as a day of rest by excluding
Sunday from the days to be counted in the period that the President has to veto
a Congressional bill. And by common consent, Thanksgiving and Christmas were
recognized holidays although they are now under attack in our post Christian
Christian mottoes on coins, currency, public buildings, and monuments were
commonly accepted. “In God We Trust” was stamped on our coins of old and is
etched over the south entrance to the Senate Chamber in the U.S. Capitol. Over
the west entrance is engraved Annuit
Coeptis, which the Colonials interpreted to mean that God had favored their
undertakings. In 1782 Sam Adams and the third Congress commissioned an artist to
create a national seal. The artist, William Barton of Philadelphia, suggested a
13-layered pyramid underneath an eye, which stood for the Eye of Providence. He
chose the motto, Deo Favente (“with
God favoring). The final version, suggested by Charles Thomson (a former Latin
teacher) retained the pyramid and eye, but replaced the motto with Annuit Coeptis. His explanation for the
change was that the eye over the pyramid and the motto Annuit Cœptis indicated the many “signal interpositions” or ways
that Provide favored the American cause.
Third, judicial oaths ended with the phrase, "So help me God!"
Court decisions pronounced the place of God in the early growth of our nation.
In People v. Ruggles, an 1811 Supreme
Ct. of New York decision, Ruggles was indicted for calling Christ a bastard and
his mother a whore. He was fined $500 and served a 3-month imprisonment term.
Part of the prosecutor’s argument was that while the Constitution of the State
of New York preserved the right of conscience and has allowed for the free
discussion of religion, it has nevertheless left the principal engrafted in our
common law that Christianity is part of the laws of the State, untouched and
unimpaired. Justice James Kent said that, “Nothing could be more offensive to
the virtuous part of the community, or more injurious to the tender morals of
the young, than to declare such profanity lawful…We are a Christian people and
the morality of the country is deeply engrafted upon Christianity, and not upon
the doctrines or worship of those impostors [other religions].”Basically, he said that cursing Christ is
cursing the State of New York.
In Updegraph v. The Commonwealth, an 1824
Pennsylvania case, Abner Updegraph on December 12, 1821, with intent to
scandalize, vilified the Christian religion by saying, “That the Holy Scriptures
were a mere fable: that they were a contradiction, and that although they
contained a number of good things, yet they contained a great many lies.” He
was found guilty of blaspheming and the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania upheld
In Vidal v. Girard’s Executors (1844) the
U.S. Supreme Ct. stated that Christianity was not to be openly and maliciously
denigrated. Stephen Girard, a native of France, died in 1831 leaving $7 million
dollars to the city of Philadelphia to construct an orphanage and college where
the “purest principles of morality” are to be instilled. He stipulated
that no clergyman or missionary shall ever hold any positions in the college
nor were they allowed on campus as visitors. In allowing Philadelphia to retain the bequeath, Court pointed out that
although no clergy were allowed, Christian religious principles could still be
taught by laymen. In fact, the City Attorney argued, “The purest principles of
morality are to be taught. Where are they found? Whoever searches for them must
go to the source from which a Christian man derives his faith--the Bible.
...There is an obligation to teach what the Bible alone can teach, viz. a pure
system of morality.” Justice Joseph Story, an appointee of James Madison, the
major architect of the Constitution, delivered the unanimous opinion of the
Supreme Court. He said, “Christianity…is not to be maliciously and openly
reviled and blasphemed against…It is unnecessary for us, however, to consider
the establishment of a school or college, for the propagation of…Deism, or any
other form of infidelity. Such a case is not to be presumed to exist in a
In Church of the
Holy Trinity v. United States (1892) immigration law was interpreted to an
absurd degree by the U.S. Attorney’s office to accuse the church of hiring a
foreigner as pastor. The Supreme Court ruled, “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.” The reasoning in this case
cited the above three cases.
In Davis v.
Beason (1889) the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against bigamy and polygamy among
Mormons. Justice Stephen Field (a Lincoln appointee who also sat for the Holy
Trinity Case) delivered the Court’s ruling by saying, “Bigamy and polygamy are
crimes by the laws of all civilized and Christian countries….” By commenting
so, he virtually declared that America was a Christian nation. Such a
declaration was also made in U.S. v. Macintosh (1931) in which the reasoning
said, “We are a Christian people.”
Supreme Court Justices made statements and rendered opinions supporting the
notion that the United States was a Christian nation. Note the following:
Jay (the First Chief Justice) said, “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
Wilson (signer of both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution)
articulated, “Christianity is part of the common-law.”
Story (in his Commentaries on the Constitution) noted, “Probably, at the time
of the adoption of the Constitution, and of the Amendments to it…the general,
if not the universal, sentiment in America was, that Christianity ought to
receive encouragement from the State…An attempt to level all religions, and
to make it a matter of state policy to hold all in utter indifference, would
have created universal disapprobation, if not universal indignation.” He also
said, “It yet remains a problem to be solved in human affairs, whether any free
government can be permanent, where the public worship of God, and the support
of religion, constitute no part of the policy or duty of the state in any
Marshall (who served on the Supreme Court for 34 years) was a captain during
the Revolutionary War and served with Washington at Valley Forge. Later in
life, while staying at a roadside tavern, he politely listened to arguments for
and against the Christian religion by younger men from 6:00PM to 11:00PM.
Finally one of them turned to Marshall and said, “Well, my old gentleman, what
think you of these things?” Marshall then proceeded to talk for an hour
answering, “every argument urged against” the teachings of Jesus. The listeners
were captivated by his eloquence and energy. Some thought him a preacher and
were astonished to find out he was the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.
Atheists may try to rewrite the
history of America and recreate the thoughts of the founders, but facts are
facts and truth is truth. Those who suppress the truth will discover to their
peril the wrath of a holy God (Rom. 1:18). God has made it plain to all that
his power and divine nature is clearly seen in his creation (Rom. 1:19-20).
There is no excuse for those who live on the earth God created, for his witness abounds. In fact, Paul says that the creation makes God known, but atheists do
not honor the God they know through the intricacies and beauty of creation. God therefore
darkens their foolish hearts; and although they claim to be wise, they are in
fact fools (Rom. 1:21-22), for it is the fool that says, “There is no God!”
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