Was America Founded as a Christian Nation-Who Are Real Christians

A few years back the president of the United States declared that the United States was no longer a Christian nation. It was not clear whether he meant it as a criticism or if he was praising the nation. But the statement brings a few questions to mind. I would like to address some of these in this article.

Was America founded as a Christian nation?

If you take a surface study of the founding of the United States one might think that the United States was set up as a Christian nation. However, that is not the case. There have been religious nations set up in history. The most prominent one that I can think of is Israel. It was established as a theocracy. It was governed by laws handed down by God to them.

There have been other countries that claim to governed by the laws of their religion. The most obvious of these countries are those that are of the religion of Islam.

The United States was not set up as a nation to promote Christianity. What it was, though, is a nation that adopted the laws that were set forth in the sacred scriptures of the Holy Bible. Almost all the founding fathers claimed to be Christians or at least they recognized the God of the Christian religion. Though not promoting Christianity as a state religion, one of the founders, James Madison, said that without the spirit of Christianity that the constitution and liberties set forth would not be able to be sustained. They realized that without the moral foundation taught in the Bible that the nation would not survive.

Can America survive?

Though the Bible is not the law of the land, just about every part of the original Constitution and the first ten amendments can trace their roots to the Bible and the Christian faith. So, if the United States is to survive as a nation with the Constitution it was founded on, it must become learned in the principles taught in the Bible. That is not to say that everyone must be a Christian. Christianity is not a religion that forces itself on people. Christianity presents what is called “the gospel” to everyone and then offers an invitation to share in the blessings of that “good news”.

Contrast that approach to Islam. Islam is spread, not by sharing “good news”, but by forced subjugation. You either accept it or you die. The Constitution of the United States would never fit a nation that is governed by Islamic leaders.

A government based on the foundation of Christian doctrine is the only government that will allow diverse people to carry on a productive life no matter what their religion is as long as their lifestyle does not go against the foundations of living morally within Biblical guidelines.

The Roots of Christianity

If you know a little about history you are aware that Christianity’s roots are in Judaism. The first Christians were Jews. But the “Good News”(Gospel) was not just for the Jews but for the Gentiles(non-Jews), also. So, as the Good News spread, the title used to describe the new believers was “Christians”. That name was first applied to them in Antioch in what is now Syria.

You may wonder why they called them “Christians”. The title given to the promised Deliverer of Israel was “Messiah”. Messiah in Jewish meant “anointed one”. In the New Testament the term was translated to the Greek form which is “Christ”. Thus the New Testament title of Jesus Christ really meant “Jesus, the anointed one”. Anointing usually meant to empower that person for a particular service.

So, Jesus went about doing what He was anointed to do and completed what He was anointed to do when He died on a cross, was buried, and rose from the dead on the third day never to die again. He was anointed to give that gift to all who would receive it by faith.

Christianity comes from Christ

Now we know that they were first called Christians in Antioch. Why do you suppose they used the term “Christian”? A little understanding and study should open our eyes to the reason. They did not choose to call themselves by that name, others did. Why? If we read the gospels of the New Testament in the Bible we see that they present the life of Jesus while He was here on the earth. What did He do? He healed the sick. He opened blind eyes. He made the lame to walk. He gave speech to the dumb. He gave hearing to the deaf. He raised the dead. He calmed weather. He walked on water. He fed the hungry with five loaves and two fish. He made fishermen prosperous with one fishing trip.

All of these events were known by the people to whom was preached the Gospel of Jesus. Those who were preaching the Gospel were doing the same things that Jesus had done while He was here on the earth. Jesus, Himself, had prophesied this, that “if you believe, the things that I do, you shall do also and even greater, because I go to the Father.”

So, as these signs and wonders were being performed it became evident that these people had the same anointing that Jesus had. One person may not have had all the gifts of the anointing but together they presented the same “gospel” that Jesus came to preach. Rather than calling the “body” of anointed ones, Christ, they called them Christians, little Christs. So when you are asked, “What does the term ‘Christian’ mean?”, you can let them know that it means “not the Anointed One, but an Anointed One.” To be an anointed one means that you have the same anointing on you that Jesus had on Him as He walked on the earth. That “anointing” has not changed. It is the same Holy Spirit that indwelt Mary and conceived the baby Jesus in her womb. It is the same Holy Spirit that descended on Jesus in the Jordan river when The Father declared, “This is my beloved Son in Whom I am well pleased.”

There are a lot of people who call themselves Christian, but have no idea what they are saying when they do so. To say that I am a Christian is to say that I have been given a mission to fulfill and all the tools that are necessary to carry out that mission. Because the Holy Spirit lives in me it is really not me doing the things that are being accomplished. It means that things are done that without the “Anointing” they would never be done. The things that are done are no longer just the natural but the supernatural, even as Jesus did when He walked on the earth. The “Anointing” is what makes one a Christian, not just saying you are a Christian.

Original Question

Was America founded as a Christian nation? No, not really. It was founded by Christians who based its laws on the Christian teaching of the Bible. Because America was based on the Word of God, God blessed His word as He promised to do and blessed America more than any nation has ever been blessed. As long as America continues to honor the Word of God through its laws and legislating, God will bless her. But, if America refuses to honor God’s Word through its laws and national goals, God has no covenant with America by which He must bless her. The blessing or destruction of America is in her own hands. Seek God and be blessed. Or turn from God and receive destruction.

Where do you stand?

If America turns from God, where will you stand? If you turn from God, your Creator, you stand on the brink of eternity with no hope. The Good News that Jesus, The Anointed One, came to bring is, that He has paid the price for your salvation by which you can have a renewed relationship with your Creator and spend eternity with Him in heavenly bliss, and not with the devil in a torturous hell. Do not think that God will send you to hell. He has already done everything necessary for you to spend eternity with Him. He sent Jesus to suffer and die on a cross and somehow spend an eternity in hell so that you could be with Him for ever and ever. But God will not force you to receive His gift. If you wish to continue to live in your pride, you will doom yourself to eternal suffering in hell.

I encourage you, I plead with you, turn from your sin and pride and receive Jesus. You, too, can become an “Anointed One”, a Christian.

God bless you!

 

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Morality and the United States Constitution

John Adams once said, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious People. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other”. In light of what our nation is facing today this statement looms as a judgment against the direction that our government and elected officials are taking us.

Because our nation is a constitutional republic it is not necessarily our leaders that are misdirecting us, but it is “we the people” who have allowed ourselves to be “dooped” into believing certain things that are not true. I shall endeavor to address some of this misdirection in this blog.

Founding Father

The statement quoted at the head of this article was one made by one of the “founding fathers” of this great nation. He was a man of integrity and a God-fearing leader. It would behoove us all to read more about him and learn from his example. He believed in the Bible and the God of the Bible. He was convinced, and so stated, that without the application of Biblical principles in the establishment and building of this nation that it could not and would not be done.

If John Adams were the only founding father to believe such then that would be of little consequence. But, the truth be known, he was one among many who believed so. Even the few that were not as firm in that belief gave acknowledgment of the fact.

Morality

Morality Law
God’s Moral Law

When addressing morality one must consider the foundation from which and on which the moral standards are built. Since the middle of the 19th century and the introduction of Darwinian evolution, the foundations of western civilization morality have been very fluid. Humanistic materialism has sought to do away with the God of the Bible and the moral standards that are set forth in the Bible, and replace them with a fluid ever changing set of morals which change with the situation and the person and his or her views regarding what they believe.

Though this did not begin with Darwin, it was promoted and escalated by him and those who believed his teachings. Those who follow the humanistic doctrine have elevated the individual to the status of being a “god” to one’s self. Therefore, whatever is best for one’s self in any given situation is what is “right” or moral. Ethics are then become situational. What is right for you in this situation may not be right for me.

With the advent of situational ethics came the demise of set moral standards by which all would be measured. John Adams must have had a foresight of such a situation when made the statement about our country and “a moral and religious people”. Furthermore, it should be understood that he was not referring to just “any religion”, but was referring to the Christian religion which had its foundation in the teachings of the Holy Bible. We understand this because of the volumes of his writings in which he constantly referred to the principles taught in the Bible. To infer any other thing one must twist the facts.

The Constitution

The document known as The Constitution of the United States of America is itself based on the teachings of the Bible. We shall at some point write another blog showing all the structures of the Constitution which directly relate to the laws established in the laws of the Bible. In the meantime I invite you to check out WallBuilders at https://wallbuilders.com.

Situational ethics

True morality
What God Says

Since the middle of the 19th century and the promotion of situational ethics there has been a concerted effort to undermine any connection of our Constitution and Biblical Christianity. Rather than a straight forward reading and understanding of the Constitution we see judges who insert their personal “interpretation” of what the Constitution says. This was done in an effort to divorce the Constitution from its moorings to Biblical principles.

A prime example of this is by the use of phrases which are not in the Constitution. For instance, the phrase, “separation of church and state”. Most people are not aware that such a phrase is not in the Constitution. But when those who oppose the Biblical foundations of our Constitutions use the phrase they imply, without clearly defining it, that this is stated in the Constitution. They do not wish for you to know the truth of the matter.

When using the phrase they are usually referring to instances where one religious group may have with public encouragement and almost unanimous consent have carried on a tradition which may have been founded in the practice of their religion or worship. More often than not,(about 99% of the time) this is a Christian tradition such as Christmas or Easter or the Cross or a manger scene at Christmas. The accusers, such as the ACLU, often claim that religious groups cannot use public situations to further their religion, therefore they are breaking the law “because of the separation of church and state clause” of the Constitution. As stated above, they are putting up a smoke screen. The very law that they cite does not forbid such an action on the religions part, but what it does is to forbid the government from interfering with the practice of their religion.

(A note: Because we have seen an influx of so many religions into the United States, and that some of these religions advocate violence and even overthrow of the government, that this is why the founding principles of the Christian religion are those that were used in the founding of this country. Christian principles teach to be subject to those in authority. It teaches to address the wrongs done in society with patience and understanding. When all else is exhausted, doing what is right according to the Bible, must be done.)

Because the Biblical principles promote brotherhood and peace, it was the guiding work of the foundation of this nation.

Conclusion

As you consider the atmosphere being propagated by some leaders of our nation, it is imperative that you know the foundation on which they stand. There are many who promote “resistance and confrontation”. You will find that those who promote such are not interested in the Biblical foundation of our nation.

For instance, most of those who promote rebellion believe in abortion. People in congress who believe in abortion wish to aid in that under the guise of “women’s health rights”. If you mention abortion to them, they smear you as if you do not wish for women to have good health care. But, have they considered the health of the unborn baby girl that will be killed in the process of aborting it and ripping it from the womb in which it is housed?

You ask, “How could they not see these facts?” The reason is that they do not claim the Bible as the foundation of their morality. Their morality is based on their own situation or their own convenience. It does not matter what it means to anyone else. Without a Biblical foundation of morality, it becomes very easy to morally justify almost anything. Ask Hitler. Ask Stalin. Ask Mao.

Remedy

God's Word
Holy Bible

What is the answer? If we are to be the United States that the founding fathers had in mind, then we must re-establish the foundation on which they said it must be founded. Even if one is not a practicing Christian, one can logically see and understand that only Biblical principles, because they do not change, can be the principles on which a country can be founded and thrive.

Do we as a nation wish to be a glorious example of what great things can be done for mankind by establishing and practicing Biblical principles or will we choose to follow the humanistic doctrine of self-centered declining morality.

God has given us this great opportunity. May we embrace it and give Him all the glory.