The Truth About the Constitution
by Pastor Cary Gordon
On June 29 and 30th, of 2010, Opinion Dynamics conducted a scientific national poll.[i] It revealed that 78% of Americans believe the founding fathers would be unhappy with our condition as a nation today. No doubt, the corruption and abuse of the 1st Amendment in our courts would be their chief horror.
Unbeknownst to most of today’s attorneys, judges, and even modern political science professors, (much less our public school students and elected officials), the United States Constitution, according to Professor Lutz of the University of Houston, can only be correctly interpreted in the light of the pre-existing state constitutions. Lutz laments, “We cannot understand much of what we find in the [federal constitution] without also reading the state constitutions in effect at that time.”[ii] Only in an extended reading, can one correctly place the Federal Constitution in its intended context, as framed in 1787.[iii]
Again, Lutz states, “…the Constitution is an incomplete foundation document until and unless the state constitutions are also read…obviously, the United States Constitution assumes, in fact requires, the existence of state constitutions if it is to make any sense.”[iv] Proof of this fact may be demonstrated when one considers that the Constitution refers directly or indirectly to the thirteen state constitutions, (in existence in 1787), more than fifty times in its own forty-two sections.[v]
So where did the Constitution come from? From what ingredients was it made? Well, unlike Campbell’s Vegetable Soup, taken from the shelf at your local market, one can’t just read a sticky-label affixed to the back of the sacred old parchment. The answer requires the careful research of books written prior to 1900 (before revisionism took-hold, in concert with the experiment of government-run education).
Sure, we assumed our teacher of American History 101 from “Darwin High” knew what he was talking about when he taught “the founders were proud secularists who fled from England to escape religion.” As it turns-out, we were given half-truths, distortions and omissions – classic revisionism that began at the text book level. To be fair, the public school teacher was just passing along what he learned at the University, from “Professor Hedonism,” who openly shared his adoration of Karl Marx as “a philosophical genius” on the first day of class, (just prior to explaining how Marx invented the “great teachers unions” of today!)
So if the public educators didn’t give us the whole truth (and they didn’t), was the Constitution the brain-child of secularists or Christians? To answer that, we should begin with the 10 Amendments. They form the Bill of Rights and contain twenty-seven separate rights.
- Six of these rights (20%) were first stated in Magna Carta.
- Twenty-one of these rights (75%) were first found in COLONIAL DOCUMENTS written before the 1689 English Bill of Rights.
- All but one (98%) could be found in several of the STATE CONSTITUTIONS written between 1776 and 1787. [9th amendment was missing].[vi]
If the Federal Constitution was virtually copied and pasted from existing state constitutions…were they “secular” state constitutions? To quote Dr. Gary DeMar, the enlightenment secularists of 1789 France created a “…top-down, centralized social and political philosophy that was sanctioned by the blood Madam Guillotine. The Right-Wing [American] version kept the basic elements of a Christian world and the adoption of a social and political philosophy that promoted a bottom-up, decentralized society that led to the War of Independence, but without the excesses of the French bloodletting that became known as the “Reign of Terror.”
Right-Wing Enlightenment philosophy was tempered by Christianity. The French version had thrown off every vestige of Christianity and declared Reason to be god. This did not happen in America. Right-Wing representative James Madison understood that reason has its limitations and man’s nature is often governed by passion. In fact, he argued against the political theories popular in France by saying:
“As long as the reason of man continues fallible, and he is at liberty to exercise it, different opinions will be formed. As long as the connection subsists between his reason and his self-love, his opinions and his passions will have a reciprocal influence on each other; and the former will be objects to which the latter will attach themselves.” [See The Federalist, No. 10]
…Today’s Enlightenment figures, many of whom go by the moniker “Brights,” have made reason an absolute. Man’s nature is not the problem; it’s man’s claim that there is something more than nature. They are “Nothing Butters.” Of course, the Nothing Butters [atheists who claim we are all “nothing but…packs of neurons”, or “nothing but…pitiless indifferences, or “nothing but…evolved single-cell organisms, etc., etc.] can’t tell us what really matters. Like Enlightenment figures of centuries ago, the “Nothing Butters” must borrow from a Christian worldview to make sense of the world.”
No, neither the State Constitutions, nor the Federal Constitution were “written by Secularists” as so many declare today. To prove the point: let’s play a game of “Christian-Nation Trivial Pursuit” and see if you can guess the famous founding documents where these politically incorrect grenades are found. Ready? Here goes:
“Every person appointed to public office shall say, “I do profess faith in God the Father, and in Jesus Christ His only Son, and in the Holy Ghost, one God blessed for evermore; and I do acknowledge the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testament to be given by divine inspiration.”
What? You don’t recognize this unabashed and lawfully required profession of Christian faith? Well, it’s from the Delaware Constitution of 1776, of course! Let’s try another, shall we?
“Each member [of the legislature], before he takes his seat, shall make and subscribe the following declaration: “I do believe in one God, the Creator and Governor of the universe, the rewarder of the good, and the punisher of the wicked”
What? You aren’t familiar with this paragraph either? I’m not surprised. You see, your university professor had a political agenda. He didn’t want you to know the truth about America’s founding as a “Christian nation.” This mysterious paragraph was shared by the Constitutions of two separate states. They liked the language so much, they just…copied and pasted. It is found in both the Pennsylvania and Vermont State Constitutions of 1776 and 1777.
But wait, there’s more:
“That no other test or qualification ought to be required, on admission to any office of trust or profit, than such oath of support and fidelity to this State, and such oath of office, as shall be directed by this Convention or the Legislature of this State, and a declaration of a belief in the CHRISTIAN religion.”
I’ll just cut to the chase, and tell you where this one is from: it’s the Constitution of Maryland, written in 1776.
Here’s another one, but I’ll give you a hint on this one, okay? This one was written by James Madison (chief author of the FEDERAL Constitution written the same year as the state constitution you’re about to attempt to guess. It was also written with the help of George Mason (called the “Father of the [federal] Bill of Rights)! See if you can guess this one:
“That religion, or the duty which we owe to our Creator, and the manner of discharging it, can be directed only by reason and conviction, not by force or violence; and therefore all men are equally entitled to the free exercise of religion, according to the dictates of conscience; and that it is the mutual duty of all to practice CHRISTIAN forbearance, love, and charity towards each other.”
Still don’t know where this is from? It’s found in the 1776 Constitution of Virginia! Wow! The examples just go on and on. Obviously, the founders weren’t “deists who desired a secular nation.” Clearly, this is (pardon the pun) “nothing but…and embarrassing lie” fomented by the desperate leftists of today, who wish to apply the “theory of evolution” to your Constitution.
Yes, THERE WERE a few secularists involved in early America! Yes, you can find their religion-hating quotes, but they LOST the argument! Yes, they did attempt to foist the theories of the French Enlightenment upon our cities. But, obviously, they were outnumbered, and failed to adequately influence our young Republic. Thank God, because, 16 failed constitutions later…it’s safe to say their experiment in France turned out to be an utter disaster!
Denominational Impartiality Required
With these simple facts offering a disapproving gaze upon modern American secularists, we correctly interpret the purpose and intent of the first amendment, by acknowledging that ONLY THE FEDERAL tier of government, specifically, “congress” was restrained…told they could “make NO law” showing either favoritism toward, or scorn against any particular Christian denomination.
Okay, I know what you’re thinking: “Denomination? No, silly…it says “religion” not “denomination!” Firstly, it is a matter of public record that the discussions, recorded in the U.S. Congressional Records, between June 7 and September 25, 1789, make the framers intentions for the First Amendment very clear.
In the interest of time, I will provide a simplified chronology of the events that lead up to the final draft of what we now know as the first amendment. It is provided as follows:
- 1771 – The State of Virginia jails 50 Baptist worshipers for preaching the Gospel contrary to the Anglican Book of Common Prayer.
- 1774 – Eighteen Baptists are jailed in Massachusetts for refusing to pay taxes that support the Congregational church.
- 1777 – Thomas Jefferson completes his first draft of a Virginia state bill for religious freedom, which states: “No man shall be forced to frequent or support any religious worship, place, or ministry whatsoever.” The bill later becomes the famous Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom.
- 1787 – The first Congress goes into committee in an attempt to finalize the language of the Bill of Rights. An early-draft of the 1st Amendment reads: ‘Congress shall not make any law infringing the rights of conscience, or establishing any religious sect or society.’
A tussle ensues, followed by an updated draft of the 1st Amendment which reads: ‘Congress shall make no law establishing any particular denomination of religion in preference to another, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, nor shall the rights of conscience be infringed.’
While in committee, Theodore Sedgwick of Massachusetts inserts a bit of sardonic humor arguing that to list both the freedom to speak and to assemble was unnecessary. After all, there are countless rights -”a man’s right to wear a hat, to go to bed when he wants, to ride a horse in the afternoon.[vii] Should we list those as well? He quips. Madison, responds to Mr. Sedgwick’s impatience by urging the committee to “confine [them]selves to an enumeration of simple, acknowledged principles.”
And finally, on August 24th, after deleting a great many words and phrases, the House narrows it down to 17 amendments for the Senate to consider. Eventually, the 17 amendments are reduced to 10 amendments, and the final draft of the first amendment is agreed upon to read: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof. [viii]
- 1791 – On Dec. 15, Virginia becomes the 11th state to approve the first 10 amendments to the Constitution, thereby ratifying the Bill of Rights…the 1st Amendment becomes law limiting the power of congress.
Conclusion: The first amendment simply DID NOT, nor should it today, fall prey to the abusive secularist perversion of intent used to prohibit public religious expressions…a sacred issue of FREE SPEECH the framers were attempting to protect from Congressional authoritarianism!
- 1947 – Well, the language for the first amendment, decided upon by the first congress, did a very fine job protecting the church from government intrusion, until the dishonest activist court of 1947 distorted a comment from one of Jefferson’s personal letters, and perverted 156 years of unwavering precedents. (See Emerson v. Board of Education).
- 1954 – Churches were finally stripped of their 1st Amendment rights seven years later, in 1954, by an appropriations rider designed to shift public policy against religious institutions. Basically, the rider stated the government would only recognize the valuable contributions of religious organizations (through tax exemptions enjoyed by houses of worship for the previous 163 years) IF they gave up their constitutional right to free speech in the pulpit. In other words… Congress, who was plainly told to “make no law” for or against religion…made a law… against religion.
Vulnerability of Free Speech Arises
Ever since that day, free-speech has been unnecessarily vulnerable to attack in the United States! Hate speech anyone? What about the beginning of the end for the American free-press that began in 1972, when the U.S. Supreme Court, in Branzburg v. Hayes, began a first-of-its-kind assault against the media. More recently, the New York Times reporter, Judith Miller, was jailed by a federal judge for refusing to divulge the identity of a person she interviewed, on condition of anonymity? Presently, although most states have responded to this judicial abuse by writing “shield laws”, there is still no federal-level shield law to rebuff federal judges, (all of which might benefit from the education provided by this treatise).
When the press isn’t being attacked, the church gets to face the draconian Internal Revenue Service, who continues to be used as a “1st Amendment Gestapo” of sorts, to arbitrarily squelch non-profit organizations from their right to free speech in the pulpit.
The sordid irony, of course, is the overwhelming majority of media pundits who seem to support, even cheer, the limitation of the church’s right to speak freely! The same who celebrate the recent creation of “hate-speech” laws which attempt to divine and punish the thoughts of the “guilty” in-addition-to the “criminal” act. Conclusion? Some media pundits aren’t mentally sharp enough to recognize the symbiotic nature of religious freedom and their own employment at the local newspaper – that their cases rise and fall TOGETHER!
Secularists should argue with historical integrity. But they often don’t. They should make the argument that they wish to change America INTO a secular government, but they often don’t. Secularists should stop lying about what the founders actually intended. I predict they won’t. The Framer’s intentions are further ensconced, as I’ll demonstrate momentarily, in the opening remarks of 49 state constitutions.
We were founded as a Christian nation! With respect to the faint, more supplementary influences of classical Greek philosophy, English common law, English Whig political theory and the Enlightenment… Biblical traditions, more specifically, Protestant theology, played the most direct and significant role in the birthing of American constitutionalism.
De-centralized Government: Uniquely Christian-American
The experiment of DECENTRALIZED power came from two things: 1) colonial EXPERIENCE in the American wilderness…too far away from England to be ruled by them. 2) That wilderness experience INTERPRETED in the light of “radical protestant church doctrine.” Those are the two PUREST sources of the western invention of what is now known around the world as “constitutionalism.” (A concept learned from the 15 written biblical covenants that governed the men of antiquity (the first fourteen contained in the Old Testament), in and through the Jewish, and subsequent Christian believers of the world.
The “Pilgrim Code of Law” is agreed to be the first justifiable “constitution” in world history, and its contents…overtly Christian. Why? Because wherever “rebel” Protestants colonized on the American frontier, so appeared the church covenants of those radical Christians. Their covenants, not only provided structure for their churches, but, as their campsites inevitably grew into villages, towns and cities, those same church covenants evolved into what we know today as “constitutionalism.” You see, the men of the colonial frontier knew through close study of Scripture, that it provided all the principles and procedures necessary to establish a successful city.
Vuala! While constitutionalism in its embryonic stages certainly existed prior to this date, de-centralized constitutionalism was born, on November 15, 1636 when the Calvinist colonists gathered to approve the Pilgrim Code of Law![ix]
Our American Constitution, in fact, is squarely the invention of Christian people, both before and after 1787. Ultimately, the modern secularist who argues against this fact of history is almost always biblically illiterate, so they aren’t capable of offering proper credence and respect to the appropriate role of the modern Christian faith in American politics.
The Days of Franklyn are Long-Gone
Instead of following the intelligent example of non-Christian "deists" (a term often misapplied) from the founding era, like Benjamin Franklyn, who praised Christianity as the finest source of civic principles of governance, they choose, rather, to marginalize, compartmentalize, insult and restrict, through an illegitimate anti-speech, anti-Christ twist of the 1st Amendment. In short, while yesterday’s Franklins praised and encouraged the public expression of faith, today’s deists might just as well spit upon those who attempt them.
A sad commentary of this subject is the reality that if the framers of both the Federal and 49 state constitutions were alive today (particularly those responsible for the 13 state constitutions pre-existing our Federal version), the ACLU, an insidious organization given tacit support by the Democrat Party and our current President, would sue them for a “violation” of the very amendment they inspired – an amendment which exists, in many instances, through their direct corroboration. (FYI: This is a seditious act against our Constitution called “judicial activism.”)
The saddest, perhaps the most grievous consideration of all? These great men, framers of our state constitutions (many who had seminary degrees), would be rejected from the pulpits of most modern churches, if not simply for fear of the IRS, for reasons of a new and unscriptural dogma, more in-line with the secular humanistic Lutheran doctrines espoused in the era of Nazi Germany, than through Bible-reading.
With that said, (remembering the key to proper interpretation of the American Constitution…that it can’t be accurately interpreted, in context, without including a reading of all state constitutions as originally written), the federal constitution, in fact, propagated a “Christian” nation, (would someone please tell our secular/humanist/socialist President?) and this reality is demonstrated by the preambles of 49 OVERTLY NON-SECULARIST, NON-HUMANIST, NON-SOCIALIST state constitutions.
We, the people of the State of Alabama, in order to establish justice, insure domestic tranquillity and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, invoking the favor and guidance of Almighty God, do ordain and establish the following Constitution and form of government for the State of Alabama.
We, the people of the State of Arizona, grateful to Almighty God for our liberties, do ordain this Constitution.
We, the people of the State of Arkansas, grateful to Almighty God for the privilege of choosing our own form of government, for our civil and religious liberty, and desiring to perpetuate its blessings and secure the same to ourselves and posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution.
We, the people of the State of California, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom, in order to secure and perpetuate its blessings, do establish this Constitution.
We, the people of Colorado, with profound reverence for the Supreme Ruler of the Universe, in order to form a more independent and perfect government; establish justice; insure tranquillity; provide for the common defense; promote the general welfare and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity; do ordain and establish this Constitution for the “State of Colorado.”
The people of Connecticut acknowledging with gratitude, the good providence of God, in having permitted them to enjoy a free government, do, in order more effectually to define, secure, and perpetuate the liberties, rights and privileges which they have derived from their ancestors, hereby, after a careful consideration and revision, ordain and establish the following Constitution and form of civil government.
Through Divine goodness, all men have by nature the rights of worshipping and serving their Creator according to the dictates of their consciences, of enjoying and defending life and liberty, of acquiring and protecting reputation and property, and in general of obtaining objects suitable to their condition, without injury by one to another; and as these rights are essential to their welfare, for the due exercise thereof, power is inherent in them; and therefore all just authority in the institutions of political society is derived from the people, and established with their consent, to advance their happiness; and they may for this end, as circumstances require, from time to time alter their Constitution of government.
We, the people of the State of Florida, grateful to Almighty God for our constitutional liberty, in order to secure its blessings and to form a more perfect government, insuring domestic tranquillity, maintaining public order, and guaranteeing equal civil and political rights to all, do ordain and establish this Constitution.
To perpetuate the principles of free government, insure justice to all, preserve peace, promote the interest and happiness of the citizen, and transmit to posterity the enjoyment of liberty, we, the people of Georgia, relying upon the protection and guidance of Almighty God, do ordain and establish this Constitution.
We, the people of the State of Idaho, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom, to secure its blessings and promote our common welfare, do establish this Constitution.
We, the people of the State of Illinois–grateful to Almighty God for the civil, political and religious liberty which He hath so long permitted us to enjoy, and looking to Him for a blessing upon our endeavors to secure and transmit the same unimpaired to succeeding generations–in order to form a more perfect government, establish justice, insure domestic tranquillity, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessing of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the State of Illinois.
To the end that justice be established, public order maintained, and liberty perpetuated: We, the people of the State of Indiana, grateful to Almighty God for the free exercise of the right to choose our own form of government, do ordain this Constitution.
We, the people of the State of Iowa, grateful to the Supreme Being for the blessings hitherto enjoyed, and feeling our dependence on Him for a continuation of those blessings, do ordain and establish a free and independent government, by the name of the State of Iowa, the boundaries whereof shall be as follows:
We, the people of Kansas, grateful to Almighty God for our civil and religious privileges, in order to insure the full enjoyment of our rights as American citizens, do ordain and establish this Constitution of the State of Kansas, with the following boundaries, to wit: Beginning at a point on the western boundary of the State of Missouri, where the thirty-seventh parallel of north latitude crosses the same; thence running west on said parallel to the twenty-fifth meridian of longitude west from Washington; thence north on said meridian to the fortieth parallel of north latitude; thence east on said parallel to the western boundary of the State of Missouri, thence south with the western boundary of said state to the place of beginning.
We, the people of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, grateful to Almighty God for the civil, political and religious liberties we enjoy, and invoking the continuance of these blessings, do ordain and establish this Constitution.
We, the people of the State of Louisiana, grateful to Almighty God for the civil, political and religious liberties we enjoy, and desiring to secure the continuance of these blessings, do ordain and establish this Constitution.
MAINE 1820 and 1876
We, the people of Maine, in order to establish justice, insure tranquillity, provide for our mutual defense, promote our common welfare, and secure to ourselves and our posterity the blessings of liberty, acknowledging with grateful hearts the goodness of the Sovereign Ruler of the Universe in affording us an opportunity, so favorable to the design; and, imploring His aid and direction in its accomplishment, do agree to form ourselves into a free and independent State, by the style and title of the State of Maine, and do ordain and establish the following Constitution for the government of the same.
We, the people of the State of Maryland, grateful to Almighty God for our civil and religious liberty, and taking into our serious consideration the best means of establishing a good Constitution in this State for the sure foundation and more permanent security thereof, declare:
We, therefore, the people of Massachusetts, acknowledging, with grateful hearts, the goodness of the great Legislator of the universe, in affording us, in the course of His providence, an opportunity, deliberately and peaceably, without fraud, violence, or surprise, of entering into an original, explicit, and solemn compact with each other; and for forming a new Constitution of civil government, for ourselves and posterity; and devoutly imploring His direction in so interesting a design, do agree upon, ordain, and establish the following Declaration of Rights, and Frame of Government, as the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
We, the people of the State of Michigan, grateful to Almighty God for the blessings of freedom, and earnestly desiring to secure these blessings undiminished to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution.
We, the people of the State of Minnesota, grateful to God for our civil and religious liberty and desiring to perpetuate its blessings and secure the same to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution.
We, the people of Mississippi in convention assembled, grateful to Al. mighty God, and invoking his blessing on our work, do ordain and establish this Constitution.
We, the people of Missouri, with profound reverence for the Supreme Ruler of the Universe, and grateful for His goodness, do establish this Constitution for the better government of the State.
We, the people of Montana, grateful to Almighty God for the blessings of liberty, in order to secure the advantages of a State government, do in accordance with the provisions of the enabling act of Congress, approve the twenty-second of February A. D. 1889, ordain and establish this Constitution.
We, the people, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom, do ordain and establish the following declaration of rights and frame of government, as the Constitution of the State of Nebraska.
We, the people of the State of Nevada, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom, in order to secure its blessings, insure domestic tranquillity, and form a more perfect government, do establish this Constitution.
NEW HAMPSHIRE 1784
Every individual has a natural and unalienable right to worship God according to the dictates of his own conscience, and reason * * * morality and piety, rightly grounded on evangelical principles, will give the best and greatest security to government, and will lay, in the hearts of men, the strongest obligations to due subjection; and the knowledge of these is most likely to be propagated through society by the institution of the public worship of the Deity.
NEW JERSEY 1947
We, the people of the State of New Jersey, grateful to Almighty God for the civil and religious liberty which He hath so long permitted us to enjoy, and looking to Him for a blessing upon our endeavors to secure and transmit the same unimpaired to succeeding generations, do ordain and establish this Constitution.
NEW MEXICO 1912
We, the people of New Mexico, grateful to Almighty God for the blessings of liberty, in order to secure the advantages of a State government, do ordain and establish this Constitution.
NEW YORK 1895
We, the people of the State of New York, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom, in order to secure its blessings, do establish this Constitution.
NORTH CAROLINA 1876
We, the people of the State of North Carolina, grateful to Almighty God, the Sovereign Ruler of Nations, for the preservation of the American Union and the existence of our civil, political and religious liberties, and acknowledging our dependence upon Him for the continuance of these blessings to us and our posterity, do, for the more certain security thereof and for the better government of this State, ordain and establish this Constitution.
NORTH DAKOTA 1889
We, the people of North Dakota, grateful to Almighty God for the blessings of civil and religious liberty, do ordain and establish this Constitution.
We, the people of the State of Ohio, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom, to secure its blessings and promote our common welfare, do establish this Constitution.
Invoking the guidance of Almighty God, in order to secure and perpetuate the blessing of liberty; to secure just and rightful government; to promote our mutual welfare and happiness, we the people of the State of Oklahoma, do ordain and establish this Constitution.
We, the people of the State of Oregon, to the end that justice be established, order maintained, and liberty perpetuated, do ordain this Constitution.
We, the people of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, grateful to Almighty God for the blessings of civil and religious liberty, and humbly invoking His guidance, do ordain and establish this Constitution.
RHODE ISLAND 1843
We, the people of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, grateful to Almighty God for the civil and religious liberty which He hath so long permitted us to enjoy, and looking to Him for a blessing upon our endeavors to secure and to transmit the same unimpaired to succeeding generations do ordain and establish this Constitution of Government.
SOUTH CAROLINA 1895
We, the people of the State of South Carolina, in convention assembled, grateful to God for our liberties, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the preservation and perpetuation of the same.
SOUTH DAKOTA 1889
We, the people of South Dakota, grateful to Almighty God for our civil and religious liberties, in order to form a more perfect and independent government, establish justice, insure tranquillity, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare and preserve to ourselves and to our posterity the blessings of liberty, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the State of South Dakota.
That all men have a natural and indefeasible right to worship Almighty God according to the dictates of their own conscience; that no man can of right, be compelled to attend, erect, or support any place of worship, or to maintain any minister against his consent; that no human authority can, in any case whatever, control or interfere with the rights of conscience; and that no preference shall ever be given, by law, to any religious establishment or mode of worship.
Humbly invoking the blessings of Almighty God, the people of the State of Texas, do ordain and establish this Constitution.
Grateful to Almighty God for life and liberty, we, the people of Utah, in order to secure and perpetuate the principles of free government, do ordain and establish this Constitution.
That all men have a natural and unalienable right, to worship Almighty God, according to the dictates of their own consciences and understandings. as in their opinion shall be regulated by the word of God: and that no man ought to or of right can be compelled to attend any religious worship, or erect or support any place of worship, or maintain any minister, contrary to the dictates of his conscience, nor can any man be justly deprived or abridged of any civil right as a citizen, on account of his religious sentiments, or peculiar mode of religious worship; and that no authority can, or ought to be vested in, or assumed by, any power whatever, that shall in any case interfere with, or in any manner control the rights of conscience, in the free exercise of religious worship. Nevertheless, every sect or denomination of christians ought to observe the sabbath or Lord’s day, and keep up some sort of religious worship, which to them shall seem most agreeable to the revealed will of God.
That religion or the duty which we owe to our Creator, and the manner of discharging it, can be directed only by reason and conviction, not by force or violence; and, therefore, all men are equally entitled to the free exercise of religion, according to the dictates of conscience; and that it is the mutual duty of all to practice Christian forbearance, love and charity towards each other.
We, the people of the State of Washington, grateful to the Supreme Ruler of the Universe for our liberties, do ordain this Constitution.
We, the people of Wisconsin, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom, in order to secure its blessings, form a more perfect government, insure domestic tranquillity and promote the general welfare, do establish this Constitution.
We, the people of the State of Wyoming, grateful to God for our civil, political and religious liberties, and desiring to secure them to ourselves and perpetuate them to our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution.
The Bible’s Influence is Profound
In the light of the previously listed preambles of 49 states, is it any wonder to additionally discover from this reading that the seven fundamentals of the American Constitution can be shown as having their origin drawn directly from verses of the Bible? Unbeknownst to many, numerous signers of both the Declaration and the Constitution were ordained Christian ministers with the equivalent of Christian theological degrees – 24 of the 56 signers of the Declaration had such degrees, and 34% of the signers of the Constitution, to be exact. A far higher percentage (called a “super-majority”) identified themselves as fundamentalist “Christians.” In addition, many Americans fail to understand that the following information has been, more or less, erased from modern-day public school history books.
1) The “Separation of Powers,” segregating the mostly independent authority of our three distinct branches of government, was an idea that came directly from Jeremiah 17:9.
2) The concept to create “three branches of government” came directly from Isaiah 33:22
3) The practice of honoring the most valuable organizations in our society by granting such with exemption from taxation (tax exemption for churches) finds its origin in the command of Ezra 7:24.
4) The foundation for America’s compassionate immigration law, described in Article 1, Section 8, came from Leviticus 19:34.
5) The eligibility for president, described in Article 12, Section 1, came from Deuteronomy 17:15.
6) The number of witnesses required in a capital punishment case, located in Article 3, Section 3, came from Deuteronomy 17:6.
7) The general syntax of Article 3 possesses the identical structure found in the language of Ezekiel 18:20.
Bible literacy among the crafters and signers of the Constitution was, and remains to be, chiefly responsible for the formation of both the Declaration and the Constitution of the United States. The inspiration of the Holy Bible and its profound influence upon the minds of the founders of America is documented and acknowledged by all legitimate political science professors and historians. It is the work of the deceiving and shameless school book revisionists (with a left-leaning political ax to grind), who corrupt the accurate records of our rich spiritual history as a nation. The “poster-children” of this deviant movement is embodied in the communist-leaning ACLU, and every community is in danger where such like-minded cronies eagerly await either lawsuits or the cowards who will surrender before they are made.
Consider further that congress enjoyed church under the capitol dome for many years in our early history. I’ll never forget standing beneath that same capitol dome in Washington, D.C. and hearing my tour-guide, holding an extremely rare copy of the Aitken Bible in his hand, state: “On January 21, 1781, Robert Aitken presented a petition to Congress offering to print ‘a neat Edition of the Holy Scriptures for the use of schools.’ Congress responded to that request by authorizing the first American printing of the Holy Bible. ‘Approved and recommended by the Congress of the United States of America in 1782’ was printed upon its front pages once it was completed.”
Bear in mind that the Declaration of Independence might as well have been a work of plagiarism copied from the book, “Two Treatises on Government,” written by Christian theologian, John Locke, as a book of doctrinal apologetics. A book, arguing correctly interpreted scriptures against the heretical “divine right of kings” doctrines of England, a book which quoted the Bible more than 1,400 times.
“If it’s true that the framers didn’t intend for America to be a secular state”, they protest, “then why doesn’t the constitution say the word ‘Jesus’ somewhere in its paragraphs?” I could easily respond to that question with a question of my own: If it’s true that the framers intended for America to be a secular state, then why doesn’t the constitution say the word “secular” as do the French constitutions? (Checkmate!) In addition, there’s a simple answer to a very simple question: “The Constitution doesn’t say the word ‘Jesus’ within its paragraphs for the same reason that the word ‘Jesus’ is not found printed on the blueprints of my new church facility, presently under construction, on the east side of Sioux City.
Finally, read and, perhaps, re-read the pre-ambles of the State Constitutions (listed previously for your educational pleasure) before preaching too loudly about the so-called “founder’s dream for a secular America.”
There’s Still Hope for America!
The secret of our success as a nation lies within its foundation. We are a nation built upon the wise counsel of the Holy Bible. The unique concept of constitutionalism came from the application of Bible truths; from the minds and pens of well-studied colonial pastors, incorporating the wise old tenets of Protestant covenant theology into their respective communities. From the succession of those biblical principles (arising out-of the numerous and evil “isms” of world history) burst forth a new “ism”…a great and glorious light for the whole world – Americanism: the Key to Peace!
There’s still hope for America! We can retreat from humanism, hedonism, secularism, socialism and communism. We can return to Americanism…a nation of individuals who practice the discipline of self-government. This can be done only through repentance to Jesus Christ! There is no such thing as “collective repentance” but, each of us, as individuals, can humbly repent of our sins and return to living lives in submission to God’s standards. These individualist, self-governed acts of repentance could compound, and spread across our land, restoring us, once again, as a full-fledged “Christian nation”.
There is a small band of men who hold the key to whether or not that day will ever come again. They are the bearers of the true “Key to Peace.” They stand in a pulpit near you… every Sunday morning! Should history someday tell the story of brave pastors, who heeded the divine-call to cry-out against evil, (as well as to offer biblical solutions to cultural/political problems) even when it was unpopular, then the same God-breathed sermons that once stoked the fires of an American Revolution, will rise again, to deliver this nation’s third “Great Awakening.”
On the other hand, if history tells the story they were found to be cowards, who were “bought-off” by the promise of popularity and “tax-exempt status”…or whether they be found confused men, who mistook the secularism of the French Enlightenment period as alleged “church doctrine”…we are doomed to close the final chapter of a once great nation, and enter the tomb of lost empires.
May God Shake His Pastors! May God Save America!
[ii] Donald S. Lutz, The Origins of American Constitutionalism, Louisiana State University Press, 1988, page 5.
[iii] Ibid., page 2.
[iv] Ibid., page 96.
[v] Ibid., page 2.
[vi] Ibid., page 62.
[vii] THE DEBATES IN THE SEVERAL STATE CONVENTIONS ON THE ADOPTION OF THE FEDERAL CONSTITUTION, 338 (Jonathan Elliot ed., 2d ed. 1836). They have been reprinted in R. BARNETT, supra note 10, at 353-85. 1 ANNALS OF CONG., supra note 5, at 759-60 (statement of Rep. Sedgwick).
[viii] “Seventeen Proposed Amendments” Positive Photostat.; Evans 22201.; Imprint 3.; U. S. Constitution- Amendments.; On verso p. Copy 2 and p. Copy 3: [Stamp] Gift, HERBERT PUTNAM, SEPT. 22 1938.; On verso p. Copy 2 and p. Copy 3: [Stamp] Issued by the United States Congress. See photostat of original document here:
[ix] David Pulsifer (ed.), Records of the Colony of New Plymouth in New England, Vol. I, The Laws, 1623-81 (Boston, 1681),pages 6-12.