Without a clear understanding of the concepts in the article below, Christians are being set up to become dupes for Satanic forces who plan to lure them with the promise of a return to the foundations of this nation. Unfortunately, those foundations were not Christian. They were demonic. Just as has been the case since the Garden of Eden, history has run on two parallel tracks - one godly, one satanic. And each has a plan - not necessarily the one we have been led to believe.
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The Christian Right is forever claiming that our nation was founded on biblical principles to be a Christian nation. That this myth persists in the face of the stark reality that many of the nation's Founders were not Christians themselves, is testimony to the aggressiveness with which the Christian Right's leaders have spread falsehoods successfully blinding millions of Americans.
Pat Robertson, on The 700 Club, December 30, 1981:
Pat Robertson, New York Magazine, August 18, 1986:
For today, I want to enter a lone exhibit, [which] I think profound it its tangibility: Jefferson's own hand...Thomas Jefferson's draft of the Declaration of Independence. In the final version of the Declaration, which is devoid of all mention of Christianity, Jesus, the Bible, etc., there is a reference to "Nature's God."
Not "the Christian God," not "Jesus' Father," not "Our Heavenly Father," not even "mankind's God," or "our God" - the words used are, and the concept is, "Nature's God." The words appeal to and evoke neither Christianity nor the Bible. So un-Christian is it that if we playfully, anachronistically, view the terminology "Nature's God" through the lens of American culture today, we'd likely see (dismiss?) the term as "New Age."
It's little wonder then that the Christian Right of Jefferson's era went after him as today they go after everyone from President Clinton to Gov. Howard Dean.
On July 4th, 1798, President of Yale, Rev. Timothy Dwight, preached that religious people can't support in the coming election "the philosophers, the atheists and the deists" like Thomas Jefferson, who was running for President He worried that "our churches may become temples of reason" should Jefferson win the election.
Rev. William Linn, a Dutch Reformed minister, authored an anti-Jefferson tract in 1800 complaining about Jefferson's "disbelief of the Holy Scriptures; or...his rejection of the Christian Religion and open profession of Deism."
Dr John Mason preached that Jefferson was "a confirmed infidel."
The New England Palladium wrote: "Should the infidel Jefferson be elected to the Presidency, the seal of death is that moment set on our holy religion...some infamous prostitute, under the title of Reason will preside..."
What did Jefferson say of these attackers? He had harsh words that resonate as strongly today as they did in his own lifetime. He wrote that the religious conservatives of his day were "most tyrannical and ambitious.... They pant to re-establish by law, that holy inquisition, which they can now only infuse into public opinion."
Jefferson foresaw a day when all rational Americans would be Unitarians [which are not Christian]. He seemed unable to imagine a future in which "public opinion" infused with the spirit of "inquisition" would seek to subvert the Constitution (even as so many conservative Christian Americans attempt shamefully to claim it and all of its authors, including Jefferson, as their own), and subvert the Enlightenment concepts of deists like Washington, Jefferson, Franklin, and Adams. Those concepts Jefferson must have thought secure - untouchable ultimately, and self-evident. After all, the governing document of the United States, our Constitution, nowhere mentions God. The Constitution demands that there will never be religious tests for public office, and Jefferson's ideals of the separation of Church and State were embraced by the day's thinkers.
And if society is to be healed now, in no other way can it be healed save by a return to Christian life and Christian institutions. When a society is perishing, the wholesome advice to give to those who would restore it is to recall it to the principles from which it sprang.
But there is a conflict. If the Church is to govern politically, then where is the Scriptural authority for such an assumption? The Bible, our only authority, distinguishes three groups of people: Gentiles, Jews and Christians. Collectively, these three groups live in a polluted world, ruled by Satan himself, who is also named the god of this world. John confirms this when he says, "The whole world lieth in wickedness."
While to the Jews a geographic area has been assigned by God, there is no such promise given to His Church. The Apostle Peter identifies the Church with the words: "Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims." Such "strangers and pilgrims" are definitely not a political identity. The chapter of faith - Hebrews 11 - speaks of the believers who "confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on earth." Verse 14 adds: "For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country." It is self-evident that believers in ancient times and the Church in our time, have no political allegiance. We are in this world but not of this world.
Moreover, the Apostle Peter gives this instruction to the Church: "Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme: Or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well" (I Peter 2:13-14).
Romans 13 does not authorize the Church to be in power, but rather that the believer subject himself to the prevailing power of any government: "Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God...For this cause pay ye tribute also: for they are God's ministers, attending continually upon this very thing. Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour" (Romans 13:1, 6-7).
The Catholic doctrine has saturated Churchianity to such a degree that the border between the Church and the world is being eradicated. And just as the Roman church usurped political power, the evangelical religious right is following in the footsteps of Vatican doctrine.
In summary, the Bible makes no provision for the existence of a Christian nation or a Christian government.
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