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Never in American history have our illustrious Founding Fathers been under such vile attack from within our own country as they are now. Both the Left and Right, secularists and “Christians,” feel constrained to “warn” us about the evil, sinister hearts and motives of the great men and women whom God inspired to raise up—at great personal cost—the greatest free nation man ever created.
The insidious attacks against our Founders from the political Left are not difficult to understand. Leftists control public school textbooks; they control the mainstream media; they control Washington, D.C.; they control the entire mainstream narrative in this country. The result is obvious.
If our Founding Fathers are mentioned in public school textbooks at all, it is to disparage them. Local governments have destroyed the monuments of these great men all over America. Schools named in their honor are being rebranded. In mainstream circles, the men who sacrificed their “lives, fortunes and sacred honor” in order to bequeath to their posterity a free country have been relegated to the dustbin of forgotten history—little more than relics for a basement museum.
And we all know their reasons for this assault against America’s history and heritage: Leftists are on a crusade to purge the principles of Liberty that our Founding Fathers enshrined in our founding documents, including our Declaration of Independence, Constitution and Bill of Rights. In order to do this, they must destroy America’s reverence for its Founders. No brainer!
But over the past couple of decades, there has been a burgeoning movement within the so-called Right—and Christian Right at that—to join the anti-Founding Fathers crusade of the Left. Why? Why would so-called Christians and conservatives treat America’s Founders with such disdain?
Do they intend to collapse America’s liberties? Do they want to purge the Bill of Rights? Do they want to help create a socialist/Marxist/totalitarian state in this country? Why are they working so hard to destroy the reputation and honor of America’s parents? Have the great, great grandchildren of the patriots really become such spoiled, arrogant, ungrateful brats that they would show such despicable disrespect for the American bloodline which they inherited from the “Children of the Pilgrims”?
I believe the answer to the above question is both “yes” and “no.”
The answer is “yes” in that they carry an innate sense of anger and resentment against America’s Founders, but not for the same reasons as those on the Left. The anger and resentment carried by these so-called Christians and conservatives against America’s Founding Fathers is similar to the anger and resentment carried by today’s Ashkenazi Jews against Christ and His Church.
Modern Pharisees hate Jesus Christ for resurrecting from the dead and for destroying their holy city (Jerusalem) and their holy temple. The spiritual descendants of the Pharisees (the Ashkenazi Jews) have been engaged in a 2,000-year blood feud with Christ ever since 70 AD.
In like fashion, Right-wing antagonists of America’s Founding Fathers have held a 200-year grudge against our Founders for destroying their sacred (albeit devilish) doctrine of Divine Monarchy, known in ancient times as the “Divine Right of Kings.”
You see, in their hearts, our Founding Fathers’ antagonists on the Right are Monarchists. So while they might theoretically disagree with the Left’s infatuation with socialism and Marxism, they share the belief that nations should be ruled by kings—”Christian” kings, of course.
Therefore, their real beef with America’s Founding Fathers is that they destroyed monarchical rule in America.
At this point, I urge you to read Of Monarchy and Hereditary Succession from Common Sense by Thomas Paine published on February 14, 1776, which we carry in our giant compilation of America’s founding documents called THE FREEDOM DOCUMENTS.
Though after America’s War for Independence Paine was deceived by the proponents of the French Revolution—which was based on humanistic principles and anti-Christian reasoning, and from which he repented before his death—his grasp of biblically based Liberty principles in Colonial America equaled any of our Founders.
As I said, in our FREEDOM DOCUMENTS, we carry Paine’s treatise mentioned above. His scriptural scholarship regarding God’s warning to Israel on the evils of monarchy as pronounced by the Prophet Samuel surpasses almost any pastoral exegesis on the subject that you will ever hear—especially these days.
I urge you to read Paine’s amazingly accurate and astute analysis recorded in his treatise Of Monarchy and Hereditary Succession from Common Sense.
America’s Christian Founders were influenced by both the Bible and the theistic Natural Law philosophers such as Hugo Grotius (1583 – 1645), John Locke (1632 – 1704) Samuel Von Pufendorf (1632 – 1694), Charles Secondat De Montesquieu (1689 – 1755) and Emer de Vattel (1714 – 1767).
These are not to be confused with humanistic enlightenment philosophers such as Voltaire, Kant, Hume and the radical and bloodthirsty French Jacobins.
In reality, the inception of the American republic was a Natural and spiritual outgrowth of the Protestant Reformation.
Before the Zionist-inspired notes contained in the Scofield Reference Bible saturated evangelical thinking, the great Western commentators of the Word of God were as scholarly in the principles of God’s Natural Law as they were in the history, languages and interpretation of the Holy Scriptures. In fact, their knowledge of Natural Law greatly assisted their understanding and interpretation of Holy Scripture.
Here is a sample list of several great pre-Scofield Bible scholars and the references they made to the theistic Natural Law philosophers in their respective commentaries:
Albert Barnes quotes Grotius at least 297 times. He quotes Locke at least 72 times. He quotes Montesquieu at least once. Adam Clarke quotes Grotius at least 54 times. He quotes Locke at least 11 times. He quotes Montesquieu at least once. John Gill quotes Grotius at least 293 times. Matthew Henry quotes Grotius at least 41 times. He quotes Locke at least twice. Jamieson, Fausset and Brown quote Grotius at least 297 times. They quote Locke at least 4 times. Keil and Delitzsch quote Grotius at least 92 times. And if the entire volume of each of these massive commentaries could be thoroughly researched, those numbers would doubtless prove to be much higher.
To try and mask the hidden motives of their corrupt hearts, “Christian” monarchists attack the honor and reputation of the Founders by slanderously calling them “satanic occultists.” They then go into elaborate schemes to cast these great Christians (most of them) as servants of Satan. I seem to recall something in the Scripture about ascribing things of the Spirit to things of Satan. Oh well.
For the record, here is a brief summary of the ubiquitous Christian faith of America’s Founding Fathers:
Of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, 71% were adherents and members of Protestant churches; 2% (1) were Catholics. The particular church affiliation of 27% of them is unclear; but that certainly does not mean that they were not men of Christian faith—not by any stretch of the imagination.
Of the signers of the U.S. Constitution, 95% were adherents and members of Protestant churches; 5% (2) were Catholics. Of the Constitutional Convention delegates, 96% were adherents and members of Protestant churches; 4% (2) were Catholics.
Thomas Jefferson never professed to be a Deist, though just about everyone today calls him that. He was most definitely and without debate a Theist. He believed in God and said so often. He wrote, “The God who gave us life gave us liberty at the same time.” To John Adams he wrote referring to “the God whom you and I acknowledge and adore” while denouncing atheism. He believed in Heaven and fondly spoke of meeting loved ones there.
Jefferson obviously denied the deity of Christ and His miracles, which means he probably died in an unredeemed state—unless turning to Christ as God and Savior before he died, and only the LORD knows that. But he said that Christianity was the “best” religion and the most suitable for a free republic—especially for the United States. He regularly attended church services, but not any one church.
The only profession of faith I have read from Jefferson is his statement: “I am a Christian, in the only sense in which he [Jesus] wished anyone to be; sincerely attached to his doctrines, in preference to all others.”
Those are hardly the beliefs of a Deist.
The only professing Deist among the Founding Fathers that I am familiar with is Benjamin Franklin, who called himself a Deist in his autobiography. But his definition of Deism is polar opposite from the definition of Deism today.
For example, it was Benjamin Franklin, at age 81, who said these words during the Constitutional Convention at Philadelphia in 1787:
I've lived, Sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing Proofs I see of this Truth — That God governs in the Affairs of Men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without his Notice, is it probable that an Empire can rise without his Aid? We have been assured, Sir, in the Sacred Writings, that “except the Lord build the House they labor in vain who build it.” I firmly believe this, — and I also believe that without his concurring Aid, we shall succeed in this political Building no better than the Builders of Babel.
So, even though Franklin professed the title Deist, his personal philosophy was anything except that God was an impersonal, detached-from-man’s-affairs-and-fate Creator. In fact, Franklin and the great English preacher George Whitefield, who was one of the ministers whom God used to bring about America’s First Great Awakening, became fast friends; and each expressed deep admiration for the other.
Were our Founders perfect? Of course not! Were there flies in the ointment? No doubt. But on the whole, “He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at [them].” (John 8:7)
As I said in this column last week:
With all of the bashing and demonizing of America’s Founding Fathers from both the Left and the Right these days, I think it fitting to remember the words of our LORD, who said, “By their fruits ye shall know them.” (Matthew 7:20)
We can know the manner of giant oak trees that were our Founding Fathers by the fruits of Liberty which they produced.
And don’t let anybody tell you differently.
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