BIBLE INFLUENCED FOUNDING FATHERS

The Scripture verse found in Psalm 119:105 states that, “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” Our early forefathers and those that were instrumental in forming our government were a people who acknowledged God and his sovereignty over our lives. Although secularists question the faith of our founding fathers, there is no question they had a fundamental belief and understanding of God and His word. Dr. Donald Lutz, Professor of Political Science and Author of early American history at the University of Houston, said in an interview that founders knew the Bible “down to their fingertips.”

Historical evidence establishes that the Bible had more influence on the founding fathers of America than any other book. Our founding fathers were a diverse group that held beliefs from deism to full faith and trust in Jesus Christ. Their particular practice of faith ranged from belief in personal salvation to formal church members holding theological positions that ranged from Reformation beliefs, Calvinism, to more liberal and Unitarianism. Some believed in a state church and others were separatists.

One sure thing we know; these founding fathers believed in God Almighty and His word influenced them. It is without question that this common thread brought these men together and God’s Divine Providence drew them to find common ground to establish our government.

John Adams stated, “Now I will avow, that I then believed, and now believe, that those general Principles of Christianity, are as eternal and immutable, as the Existence and Attributes of God; and that those Principles of Liberty, area as unalterable as human Nature and our terrestrial, mundane System.” [1]

Samuel Adams fought vigorously for independence. He committed his life to Christ during the Great Awakening revival while attending Harvard. George Bancroft, historian, wrote,

“The austere purity of his life witnessed the sincerity of his profession. Evening and morning his house was a house of prayer, and no one more revered the Christian Sabbath.” [2] Adams wrote, “The right to freedom being the gift of God Almighty… The rights of the Colonists as Christians…maybe best understood by reading and carefully studying the institutions of The Great Law Giver and the Head of the Christian Church, which are to found clearly written and promulgated in the New Testament.” [3]

There are many more writings and speeches by the founding fathers that continue to reinforce our Christian foundations. One has to wonder why secularists continue to deny and attempt to prove this is not true. It is the very Christian faith they attack and the laws founded on the Biblical laws that give them the freedom to question and form their opinions. Although they try to eradicate Christ and legislate Him from our society, their very actions may prove to be their enemy in the end. It is in our interests to reaffirm our faith and study our Christian foundations so that our Christian roots will not be lost by the increasing secularism in our educational system.

[1] John Adams, June 28, 1813, in a letter to Thomas Jefferson. Norman Cousins, In God We Trust: The Religious Beliefs and Ideas of the American Founding Fathers (New York Harper & Brothers, 1958) 230.
[2] George Bancroft, History of the United States of America, From the Discovery of the Continent, Volume 5, Page 195, Harper & Brothers, 1958
[3] The Annuals of America, Encyclopedia Britannica, Chicago, 1976, 2:218-219

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