Declaration of Independence
Did you know that 52 of the 55 signers of
the Declaration of Independence were orthodox,
deeply committed Christians? The other three
all believed in the Bible as the divine truth,
the God of scripture, and His personal
It is the same Congress that formed the
American Bible Society. Immediately after
creating the Declaration of Independence,
the Continental Congress voted to purchase
and import 20,000 copies of scripture for
the people of this nation.
Patrick Henry, who is called the firebrand
of the American Revolution, is still remem-
bered for his words, "Give me liberty or
give me death."
But in current textbooks the context of these
words is deleted. Here is what he actually
said: "An appeal to arms and the God of hosts
is all that is left us. But we shall not fight
our battle alone. There is a just God that
presides over the destinies of nations. The
battle sir, is not to the strong alone. Is
life so dear or peace so sweet as to be pur-
chased at the price of chains and slavery?
Forbid it almighty God. I know not what
course others may take, but as for me,
give me liberty, or give me death."
These sentences have been erased from our
textbooks. Was Patrick Henry a Christian?
The following year, 1776, he wrote this
"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. For that reason alone, people of
other faiths have been afforded freedom
of worship here."
Consider these words that Thomas Jefferson
wrote on the front of his well-worn Bible:
'"I am a real Christian, that is to say, a
disciple of the doctrines of Jesus. I have
little doubt that our whole country will soon
be rallied to the unity of our Creator "' He
was also the chairman of the American Bible
Society, which he considered his highest and
most important role.
On July 4, 1821, President Adams said, "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."
Calvin Coolidge, our 30th President of the
United States reaffirmed this truth when
he wrote, "The foundations of our society
and our government rest so much on the
teachings of the Bible that it would be
difficult to support them if faith in
these teachings would cease to be prac-
tically universal in our country."
In 1782, the United States Congress voted
this resolution: "The Congress of the
United States recommends and approves
the Holy Bible for use in all schools."'
William Holmes McGuffey is the author of
the McGuffey Reader, which was used for
over 100 years in our public schools with
over 125 million copies sold until it was
stopped in 1963. President Lincoln called
him the "Schoolmaster of the Nation."
Listen to these words of Mr. McGuffey:
"The Christian religion is the religion
of our country. >From it are derived our
notions on the character of God, on the
great moral Governor of the universe.
On its doctrines are founded the pecu-
liarities of our free institutions.
From no source has the author drawn
more conspicuously than from the sa-
cred Scriptures. From all these ex-
tracts from the Bible I make no apology."
Of the first 108 universities founded in
America, 106 were distinctly Christian,
including the first, Harvard University,
chartered in 1636. In the original Har-
vard Student Handbook, rule number 1 was
that studentsseeking entrance must know
Latin and Greek so that they could study
the scriptures: "Let every student be
plainly instructed and earnestly pressed
to consider well, the main end of his
life and studies is, to know God and
Jesus Christ, which is eternal life,
John 17:3; and therefore to lay Jesus
Christ as the only foundation for our
children to follow the moral principles
of the Ten Commandments."
James Madison, the primary author of the
Constitution of the United States, said
this: "We have staked the whole future
of our new nation not upon the power of
government; far from it. We have staked
the future of all our political con-
stitutions upon the capacity of each
of ourselves to govern ourselves
according to the moral principles of
the Ten Commandments."
Today, we are asking God to bless America.
But, how can He bless a Nation that has
departed so far from Him? Prior to
September 11, He was not welcome in
America. Most of what you read in this
article has been erased from our text-
books. Revisionists have rewritten
history to remove the truth about our
country's Christian roots.
You are encouraged to share with others,
so that the truth of our nation's history
will be told.