Why We Are Where We Are Part 18
The Wake-up Herald
And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light. Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying. But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfill the lusts thereof. Romans 13:11-14
Robert McCurry, Editor & Publisher
April 24, 2012
Why We Are Where We Are
by Robert McCurry
There is no disagreement among historians that the Pilgrims who arrived in November of 1620 on the ship Mayflower at New Plymouth, now Provincetown Harbor near Cape Cod, Massachusetts, did not come to America to establish a Hindu, Buddhist, Judaic, Catholic, or Islam nation. A written agreement known as the Mayflower Compact was signed by all 41 of the adult male members on the Mayflower that declared they came here
"In the name of God, Amen. We, whose names are underwritten … Having undertaken for the Glory of God, and Advancement of the Christian Faith …”
Everyone knew what was meant by ‘the Christian Faith.’
Christian n. = 1. A believer in the religion of Christ. 2. A professor of his belief in the religion of Christ. 3. A real disciple of Christ; one who believes in the truth of the Christian religion, and studies to follow the example, and obey the precepts, of Christ; a believer in Christ who is characterized by real piety. ~Webster’s 1828 Dictionary.
The Pilgrim’s posterity also knew what was meant by ‘the Christian Faith’. The colonial charters of Virginia, Massachusetts Bay, Maryland, Connecticut, Carolina, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania and Georgia acknowledged the Christian religion and subscribed to this compact:
"We, whose names are underwritten, do hereby solemnly, in the presence of Jehovah, incorporate ourselves into a body politic; and as he shall help, will submit our persons, lives, and estates unto our Lord Jesus Christ, the King of kings and the Lord of lords, and to all those perfect and absolute laws of his, given us in his holy Word of truth, to be judged and guided thereby."
Twelve of the thirteen original state constitutions contained explicit acknowledgments of God and Christianity. (The 1776 Constitution of South Carolina even provided that no person should be eligible to the Senate or House of Representatives unless "he be of the Protestant religion.") The exception, Virginia, revised its constitution's preamble in 1870, adding "invoking the favor and guidance of Almighty God." Article 22 of the Constitution of Delaware (1776) required all officers to profess:
"faith in God the Father, and in Jesus Christ His only Son and in the Holy Ghost, one God, blessed forevermore; and I do acknowledge the Holy Scripture of the Old and New Testament to be given by divine inspiration."
The fundamental orders of Connecticut (1638-39) contained these words:
"to mayntayne and preserve the liberty and purity of the gospell of our Lord Jesus, which we now profess, as also the disciplyne of the churches, which according to the truth of the said gospell is now practiced amongst us."
In a pamphlet for Europeans titled Information to Those Who Would Remove to America, 1754, Benjamin Franklin wrote:
"Atheism is unknown there; Infidelity rare and secret; so that persons may live to a great age in that country without having their piety shocked by meeting with either an Atheist or an Infidel.
And the Divine Being seems...pleased to favor the whole country."
On September 28, 1776, as Governor of Pennsylvania, Benjamin Franklin signed the State's first Constitution, which stated in Frame of Government, Section 10:
"And each member, before he takes his seat, shall make and subscribe the following declaration, viz:
'I do believe in one God, the Creator and Governor of the Universe, the Rewarder of the good and the Punisher of the wicked. And I do acknowledge the Scriptures of the Old and New Testament to be given by Divine Inspiration. And no further or other religious test shall ever hereafter be required of any civil officer or magistrate in this State.'"
Yet somehow, and unfortunately, none of this rhetoric made it into the federal documents, including the ‘We the People’ U.S. Constitution.
American’s have come a long way in a short span of time; from a confession and practice of ‘the Christian Faith’ of only one God (monotheism) and its inclusion in the original civil government documents to today’s Constitutional protected ‘plurality of gods’ (polytheism) and an ever-increasing ‘anti-Christian Faith’ agenda advanced by civil government.
Remember God’s warning in Psalm 9:17, “The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.”
Wake-up, Pastors! Wake-up, Christians!
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