We Are Americans

1st Chapter Excerpt

By Dr. Samuel C. Gipp

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We are citizens of the greatest nation the world has ever known. Some are jealous of our greatness, others are thankful for it. But, what made America rise above every other country in history in greatness? Was it our vast reserve of natural resources? No. Africa has far more natural resources than we do yet it is a desperately poor continent. Is it our form of government? No. Numerous countries have instituted our form of government and yet failed to prosper as we have. Is it free enterprise? No, numerous Eastern European countries have tried free enterprise and have not excelled. So just what has made America the greatest nation on earth? In a word, God.

Liberals would have us believe that America was founded with a dedication to "free enterprise." That it was founded to be a "God neutral," multi-cultural society. They teach little children that America wasn't founded by Christians, but by "faith neutral" deists. This simply isn't true. But, rather than claim America was founded on the Bible by Christians, we will simply review the very words of the Founding Fathers themselves.

The Founding Fathers

Their Faith

Were they deists? In an attempt to hide the Christian founding of America, many teachers and college professors claim that the founders of the United States were not Christians but rather deists who believed in an impersonal Deity but rejected the divinity of Jesus Christ and the inspiration of the Bible. This simply isn't true. Although both Ben Franklin and Thomas Jefferson were what may be referred to as "deists," the vast majority of the remaining founders were unapologetic, born-again Christians. Let's let them speak for themselves.

JOHN QUINCY ADAMS, the Sixth President of the United States, said, "My hopes of a future life are all founded upon the Gospel of Christ..."

JOHN JAY, First Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, said, "Unto Him who is the Author and Giver of all good, I render sincere and humble thanks for His manifold and unmerited blessings and especially for our redemption and salvation by His beloved Son... Blessed be His holy name!" (John Jay's last will and testament)

GEORGE MASON, the Father of the Bill of Rights: "My soul I resign into the hands of my Almighty Creator. Whose tender mercies are all over His works, humbly hoping from His unbounded mercy and benevolence through the merits of my blessed Savior, a remission of my sins."

ROGER SHERMAN, a signer both of the Declaration and Constitution: "I believe that there is one only living and true God, existing in three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost... that the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are revelation from God... that God did send His own Son to become man, die in the room and stead of sinners, and thus to lay a foundation for the offer of pardon and salvation to all mankind so as all may be saved who are willing to accept the Gospel offer [and] that at the end of this world there will be a resurrection of the dead and a final judgment of all mankind when the righteous shall be publicly acquitted by Christ the Judge and admitted to everlasting life and glory, and the wicked be sentenced to everlasting punishment. "

SAMUEL ADAMS, Signer of the Declaration of Independence, said, "Principally and first of all, I recommend my soul to that Almighty Being who gave it and my body I commit to the dust, relying upon the merits of Jesus Christ for a pardon of all my sins." (Samuel Adam's last will and testament.)

JOSIAH BARTLETT, Signer of the Declaration of Independence, also said "Firstly, I commit my Soul into the hands of God, its great and benevolent author. "

DAVID BREARLEY, Signer of the Constitution, stated, "First and principally, I commit my Soul unto Almighty God."

CHARLES CARROLL, Signer of the Declaration of Independence, said, "On the mercy of my Redeemer I rely for salvation and on His merits; not on the works which I have done in obedience to His precepts."

GABRIEL DUVALL, selected as a Delegate to the Constitutional Convention and a U.S. Supreme Court Justice, boldly declared, "I resign my soul into the hands of the Almighty who gave it in humble hopes of his mercy through our Savior Jesus Christ."

JOHN HART, Signer of the Declaration of Independence, said, "[T]hanks be given unto Almighty God therefore, and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die and after that the judgment [Hebrews 9:27]... principally, I give and recommend my soul into the hands of Almighty God who gave it and my body to the earth to be buried in a decent and Christian like manner... to receive the same again at the general resurrection by the mighty power of God."

JOHN DICKINSON, a General during the American Revolution and a signer of the Constitution, declared: "Rendering thanks to my Creator... for my birth in a country enlightened by the Gospel to Him I resign myself, humbly confiding in His goodness and in His mercy through Jesus Christ for the events of eternity." (John Dickinson's last will and testament.)

ROGER SHERMAN, Signer of both the Declaration and the Constitution, "I believe that there is only one living and true God, existing in three person, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, the same substance equal in power and glory. That the scriptures of the old and new testaments are a revelation from God and a complete rule to direct us how we may glorify and enjoy Him."

, Signer of the Declaration declared: "I am constrained to express my adoration of the Supreme Being - the Author of my existence - in full belief of... His forgiving mercy revealed to the world through Jesus Christ, through Whom I hope for never ending happiness in a future state." (From the Last Will and Testament of Robert Treat Paine, attested May 11, 1814)

GUNNING BEDFORD, Signer of the Constitution declared: "To the triune God - the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost - be ascribed all honor and dominion, forevermore - Amen."

RICHARD STOCKTON, Signer of the Declaration stated: "I subscribe to the entire belief of the great and leading doctrines of the Christian religion,... [and I exhort] that the course of life held up in the Christian system is calculated for the most complete happiness that can be enjoyed in this mortal state." (From the Last Will & Testament of Richard Stockton, attested May 20, 1780)

DR. BENJAMIN RUSH, Signer of the Declaration said, "My only hope of salvation is in the infinite transcendent love of God manifested to the world by the death of His Son upon the Cross. Nothing but His blood will wash away my sins [Acts 22:16]. I rely exclusively upon it. Come, Lord Jesus! Come quickly! [Revelation 22:20]"

prayed, "Almighty God,... I beseech thee, my sins, remove them from thy presence, as far as the east is from the west, and accept of me for the merits of thy son Jesus Christ, that when I come into thy temple, and compass thine altar, my prayer may come before thee as incense; and as thou wouldst hear me calling upon thee in my prayers, so give me grace to hear thee calling upon me in thy Word...for his sake, who lay down in the Grave and rose again for us, Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen."

The following inscription is found on a granite memorial at the grave of George Washington in Mount Vernon. It was written by Mrs. John Washington, the wife of George's nephew.

A sincere Christian Doing in all things the will of his Master And resting his hope of eternal happiness Alone on the righteousness of Jesus Christ.

Even THOMAS JEFFERSON, called a deist by many, called himself a Christian. He stated that his views were, "the result of a life of inquiry and reflection, and very different from the anti-Christian system imputed to me by those who know nothing of my opinions. To the corruptions of Christianity I am indeed opposed, but not to the genuine precepts of Jesus Himself. I am a Christian in the only true sense in which He wished anyone to be, sincerely attached to His doctrines in preference to all others..."

Notice several important things about Mr. Jefferson's statement. First, that it stands in contrast to what some today claim of him. Second, during those days in which this country was founded, Jefferson saw nothing negative attached to being considered a Christian, unlike some of today's politicians and teachers. Third, he not only saw no negative stigma to Christianity, but he himself wanted to be included with those who wore that label. This is not the Thomas Jefferson of the average college political science class.

Their esteem for the Bible and Christian principles

Today many politicians, educators and entertainers have little regard for the Bible or Christianity. They mock it, disdain it or try to raise the writing of heathen religions to equal status in hopes of being considered "politically correct." But the Founding Fathers would not be found among them if they were alive today. They were open and shameless concerning their reverence for God, Jesus Christ and the Bible and the conviction that to turn to the Bible and Christianity would be beneficial to anyone.

Our first president, GEORGE WASHINGTON said, "It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible."

"Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports."

JOHN ADAMS, our second president said, "The Bible is the best book in the world." He also believed, "Suppose a nation in some distant region should take the Bible for their own law book, and every member should regulate his conduct by the precepts there exhibited...what a utopia; what a paradise this region would be!"

Our third president, THOMAS JEFFERSON said, "The Bible is the source of liberty." He further stated, "The Bible makes the best people in the world."

, our sixth president said, "So great is my veneration of the Bible that the earlier my children begin to read it, the more confident will be my hope that they will prove useful citizens to their country and respectable members of society. I have for many years made it a practice to read through the Bible once a year."

If a president, politician or anyone else made any of these statements today the liberal bullies in the News Media would viciously attack them. But it is they who are wrong, not our Founding Fathers and not those who would espouse Christianity today. The intolerant tyrants in the News Media are to be ignored and chastened for their shameless bigoted hatred for the faith of the founders of this great nation.

But these views were not limited to just our early presidents. ROBERT TREAT PAINE said, "I believe the Bible to be the written word of God and to contain in it the whole rule of faith and manners."

Chief Justice, JOHN JAY urged, "The Bible is the best of all books, for it is the Word of God and teaches us the way to be happy in this world and the next. Continue, therefore, to read it and to regulate your life by its precepts."

ABRAHAM BALDWIN, a Signer of the Constitution advised, "It should therefore be among the first objects of those who wish well to the national prosperity to encourage and support the principles of religion and morality."

OLIVER ELLSWORTH, a member of the Constitutional Convention and the third Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, declared, "The primary objects of government are the peace, order, and prosperity of society...To the promotion of these objects, particularly in a republican government, good morals are essential. Institutions for the promotion of good morals are therefore objects of legislative provision and support: and among these... religious institutions are eminently useful and important."

So we see that the views of our Founders were that the Bible and its teachings were superior to any and every belief system on earth. Having no television through which to be intimidated and cowered, they did not feel at all bigoted or intolerant about their views. The fact is, if they were alive today the News Media would portray them as "intolerant," higher education would declare them "religious extremists" and tyrannic liberal judges would accuse them of violating the very Constitution that they wrote!

Their Evangelistic fervor

The argument may be put forth by those who are desperate to obliterate the Christian history of the United States that, although these men were indeed Christians, they had "too much character" to propagate their faith to others. That simply isn't true.

BENJAMIN FRANKLIN desired to start a colony in Ohio with the Rev. George Whitefield to "facilitate the introduction of pure religion among the heathen" in order to show the Indians "a better sample of Christians than they commonly see in our Indian traders."

GEORGE WASHINGTON told a gathering of Indians, "You do well to wish to learn our arts and ways of life, and above all, the religion of Jesus Christ. These will make you a greater and happier people than you are."

JOHN JAY the first Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court stated, "I recommend a general and public return of praise and thanksgiving to Him from whose goodness these blessings descend. The most effectual means of securing the continuance of our civil and religious liberties is always to remember with reverence and gratitude the source from which they flow."

If a public official made such a statement, today the slave masters in the News Media would go through the roof criticizing him for his freedom of speech.

, Signer of the Declaration of Independence, said, "I shall now entreat...you in the most earnest manner to believe in Jesus Christ, for 'there is no salvation in any other' [Acts 4: 12]...(I)f you are not clothed with the spotless robe of His righteousness, you must forever perish."

, Signer of the Constitution, "Don't forget to be a Christian. I have said much to you on this head and I hope an indelible impression is made."

JOHN JAY, the original Chief-Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, stated" I have long been of the opinion that the evidence of the truth of Christianity requires only to be carefully examined to produce conviction in candid minds, and I think they who undertake that task will derive advantages. . . ."

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