from Commentary of John - Dr. Samuel Gipp - pp 148-157
A grave injustice, bordering on treason, has been committed in the teaching of the early history of our country by our present day federal education system. The goal of this action (a tremendously successful action) has been to hide and even dispose of the true history of America's founding in order to rewrite a false "Godless" history that would be used to perpetrate the unrighteous goals of those who desire a one world government. Rather than teach the truth, that America was founded by Bible believing Christians, this system has hidden that truth and substituted in its place the false teaching that America was founded on "free enterprise" and that it was founded to be a "multi-cultural society." Nothing could be farther from the truth.
It is a fact that America was founded by Christians on Biblical ideals. These men, conscious of the importance of raising each successive generation in the fear and admonition of the Lord initiated public education with the goal of teaching Biblical morality.
In the history of America there are three great documents. Everyone knows about the third, The Constitution. They also know about the first, The Declaration of Independence. But between these was the Northwest Ordinance. It was passed by Congress on July 13, 1787. In this document public education was promoted as a means to teach "Religion, morality and knowledge..." Note that the Founding Fathers did not feel that God had no place in public education. They did believe that they should not have a state religion as they pointed out in the First Amendment, but NOT that our society should be "God sterile."
What did the Founding Fathers believe concerning God and the Bible? Let's allow them the opportunity to speak for themselves.
John Adams, Second President of the United States, said, "The Bible is the best book in the world."' He also prophesied, "Suppose a nation in some distant region should take the Bible for their own law book, and every member should regulate his conduct by the precepts there exhibited ... what a utopia; what a paradise this region would be!, America did take the Bible for their rule of law and America was a wonderful place to live until public education and humanism succeeded in banishing it from our young people. Now look at what we have!
John Quincy Adams, Sixth President of the United States, said, "The highest glory of the American Revolution was this: that it connected in one dissoluble bond, the principles of civil government with the principles of Christianity..."' "So great is my veneration of the Bible that the earlier my children begin to read it, the more confident will be my hope that they will prove useful citizens to their country and respectable members of society. I have for many years made it a practice to read through the Bible once a year." "My hopes of a future life are all founded upon the Gospel of Christ...""
John Jay, First Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, said, "I render sincere and humble thanks for His manifold and unmerited blessings, and especially for our redemption and salvation by His beloved Son...""
Patrick Henry, Patriot and American Statesman, said "it cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians, not on religions, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ.""
Samuel Adams, Signer of the Declaration of Independence, said, "First of all, I... rely upon the merits of Jesus Christ for a pardon of all my sins.""
Benjamin Franklin, Founding Father, American Statesman, said "Whoever shall introduce into public affairs the principles of primitive Christianity will change the face of the world."" (We did. And we did!) "Bad examples to youth are more rare in America, which must be a comfortable consideration to parents. To this may be truly added, that serious religion, under its various denominations, is not only tolerated, but respected and practiced. Atheism is unknown there; infidelity rare and secret; so that persons may live to a great age in that country without having their piety shocked by meeting with either an Atheist or an Infidel."
Charles Carroll, Signer of the Declaration of Independence, said, "On the mercy of my Redeemer I rely for salvation and on His merits; not on the works which I. have done in obedience to His precepts." "The Bible makes the best people in the world.""
John Witherspoon, Signer of the Declaration of Independence, said, "I shall now entreat ... you in the most earnest manner to believe in Jesus Christ, for `there is no salvation in any other' [Acts 4:12] ...(I)f you are not clothed with the spotless robe of His righteousness, you must forever perish."
Noah Webster, Educator, Author of the first American dictionary, "The principles of all genuine liberty, and of wise laws and administrations are to be drawn from the Bible and sustained by its authority. The man therefore who weakens or destroys the divine authority of that book may be accessory to all the public disorders which society is doomed to suffer."
Thomas Jefferson, Third President of the United States, said, "The Bible is the source of liberty."
George Washington, First President of the United States, said, "It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible.'
These are just a few of the men responsible for the birth of this nation. Even those who were not truly born-again Christians were strongly influenced by the Bible.
But what was the general sentiment of the nation? The House Judiciary Committee of the United States, declared in 1854, "Had the people during the revolution had any suspicion of an attempt to war against Christianity, that revolution would have been strangled in its cradle ... At the time of the adoption of the constitution and its amendments the universal sentiment was that Christianity should be encouraged ... That was the religion of the founders of the republic and they expected it to remain the religion of their decedents."" Mind you. This statement was made in 1854, within sixty years of the ratification of the U.S. Constitution and less than 100 after the Declaration of Independence! I would say that they would know a little more about the feelings of the Founding Fathers than any of today's Liberal, misguided college professors!
There was nothing "multi-cultural" about the founding of this nation. That is a lie told and propagated by people who hate the Bible and America's Biblical founding! America's founding was so steeped in Bible that even that fountain of disinformation, Newsweek couldn't deny it. In the December 27, 1982 edition in an article entitled "How the Bible Made America" this bastion of anti-Americanism had to admit that 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 ... Bible study was the core of public education and nearly every literate family not only owned a Bible but read it regularly and reverently ... Because of this Biblical influence, the United States seemed to europeans (sic) to be one vast public congregation- a nation with the soul of a church."
"A nation with the soul of a church" is the perfect description of this nation as the Founding Fathers intended it to be. This "Soul" was evident in all facets of American culture. Daily newspapers printed Sunday's sermons from the local church every week. A serpent-on-a-pole (Num. 21:9) became the symbol for healing and thus of the medical profession.
Because the overwhelming number of people in colonial America went to church faithfully they unconsciously began to talk like the Bible. People just naturally used the language and phrases that they were familiar with to describe everyday occurrences. This left our common language filled to overflowing with Biblical phraseology. Even our modern day English is laced with references to Scripture that never has nor ever will be supplanted. We say things like; "learned by experience" (Gen. 30:27), "in the pits" (Gen. 37:24), "put him down" (II Chron. 36:3), "skin of his teeth" (Job 19:20), "right on" (Pro. 4:25), "apple of his eye" (Pro. 7:2), "a little bird told me" (Ecc. 10:20) and many, many more.
One of the first things Congress bought to equip the continental army was Bibles and even during the Civil War the army had army-wide revivals preached in its encampments. Dwight L. Moody was famous for his revival work during the Civil War. (Although mention of him has been deleted from secular history books.) In fact, America was very jealous for the King James Bible for the majority of its years. In 1854 in the little town of Ellsworth, Maine it was required that every student in their public school read the King James Bible. A Jesuit priest by the name of Father Bapst came to town and advised his parishioners not to obey the requirement and then left town. When the town residents found out what he had said they called a town meeting where it was decided that if Mr. Bapst returned to Ellsworth he was to tarred and feathered and ridden out of town on a rail! Bapst returned a few months later and the town's people did as they had promised. He was tarred, feathered and run out of town. Was anyone arrested? No. The common sentiment was that the King James Bible was the word of God and was to be respected and no one was exempt from that.
In fact, this nation was deeply effected by the preaching of Evangelist George Whitefield who helped spark The Great Awakening and kept America pointed toward God. This penchant for a national Evangelist continued through the ministries of men like Dwight L. Moody, Mordecai Ham and Billy Sunday. For decades when an Evangelist spoke, the nation listened. Thus, following Billy Sunday's lead against the devastation caused by alcohol, the country voted in Prohibition, a time period that resulted in fewer wife beatings, less child abuse and fewer murders of anyone other than gangsters.
As Billy Sunday passed off the scene the "powers that were" realized that they couldn't afford to have another man of God turned loose on the country lest he hurt business. Yet they also knew that the nation as a whole would look to an Evangelist for spiritual guidance. So, media barons Henry Luce and Randolph Hearst decided it was safer for them to manufacture a new national Evangelist rather than have God pick one. Just as at that time those in the music industry were looking for, "a white man with a black man's singing style" ...and found him in Elvis Presley; the movers and shakers of the nation were looking for a man with good preaching ability who could be molded by their hand. They found the man they were looking for, a young Southern preacher by the name of Billy Graham. They then set out to make him great before God's man could show up. They wrote feature stories about him in their newspapers and reported favorably about his meetings until America took the bait and accepted him in place of a man of God.
There was also at that moment a young man who was just beginning a television ministry, before there were television ministries. He was intelligent, knew the Bible thoroughly and even drew chalk drawings while he preached. Instead, Billy Graham appeared, was given all the press and to add more to this: this Bible man's marriage was sabotaged [by his wife] & "Brethren" who knew what they were doing. He was prevented from rising to national prominence yet he still has managed to have a great influence over the past fifty years.
Graham worked just fine for his media masters. He sent Roman Catholic converts back to the Catholic Church from the very beginning of his ministry. Years later he "couldn't see" any persecution of Christians in Communist countries. His masters called on him to come to the rescue of Bill Clinton during the Monica Lewinski scandal so Graham dutifully announced that he had "forgiven" Clinton and parroted the news media's "Clinton's just too sexy, he can't help himself," lie: In the last days of his career (It was a career, not a ministry!) Graham denied the existence of a place of literal, burning fire called Hell and finally ended up claiming that even Buddhists could get to Heaven without trusting Jesus Christ as their Saviour. Obediently, he never stood against the lies and treasonous acts of the news media that made him. He was a good employee of the liberal establishment.
And America has paid the spiritual price!