America’s Dying Resolve: The Government (Part II)
by Carl Parnell
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For the past fifty years, many Americans, including many of their elected leaders, have denied that America has ever had a Judeo-Christian heritage. However, many of America’s documents contain references to Biblical principles and scriptures. According to Charles Meek of faithfacts.org, some of the main Biblical principles contained in America’s foundational documents are:
Sovereign authority of God, not sovereignty of the state, or sovereignty of man
Mayflower Compact, Declaration, Constitution, currency, oaths, mention of God in all 50 state constitutions, Pledge of Allegiance
Ex. 18:16, 20:3, Dt. 10:20, 2 Chron. 7:14, Ps. 83:18, 91:2, Isa. 9:6-7, Dan. 4:32, Jn. 19:11, Acts 5:29, Rom. 13:1, Col. 1:15-20, 1 Tim. 6:15
Existence of objective moral values, Fixed standards, Absolute truth, Sanctity of life
Declaration ("unalienable" rights—life, etc., "self-evident" truths)
Ex. 20:1-17, Dt. 30:19, Ps. 119: 142-152, Pr. 14:34, Isa. 5:20-21, Jn. 10:10, Rom. 2:15, Heb. 13:8
Rule of law rather than authority of man
Ex. 18-24, Dt. 17:20, Isa. 8:19-20, Mat. 5:17-18
All men are sinners
Constitutional checks and balances
Gen. 8:21, Jer. 17:9, Mk. 7: 20-23, Rom. 3:23, 1 Jn 1:8
All men created equal
Gen. 1:26, Acts 10:34, 17:26, Gal. 3:28, 1 Pet. 2:17
Judicial, legislative, and executive branches
1 Tim. 2:1-2
Church protected from state control (& taxation), but church to influence the state
Dt. 17:18-20, 1 Kgs. 3:28, Ezra 7:24, Neh. 8:2, 1 Sam. 7:15-10:27, 15:10-31, 2 Sam. 12:1-18, Mat. 14:3-4, Lk. 3:7-14, 11:52, Acts 4:26-29
Republican form of government and warnings against kings but in favor of Godly ruler
Ex. 18:21, Dt. 1:13, Jud. 8:22-23, 1 Sam. 8, Pr. 11:14, 24:6
Importance of governing self and family as first level of governance
First, Second, Ninth, and Tenth Amendments
Mat. 18:15-18, Gal. 5:16-26, 1 Cor. 6:1-11, 1 Tim. 3:1-5, Tit. 2:1-8
Ex. 23:1-9, Lev. 19:15, Dt. 1:17, 16:19-20, 24:17-19, 1 Sam. 8:3, 2 Sam. 8:15, 1 Kings 3:28, 10:9, Mic. 6:8, Rom. 13:4
Fair trial with witnesses
Ex. 20:16, Dt. 19:15, Pr. 24:28, 25:18, Mat. 18:16
Private property rights
Biblical liberty, Free enterprise
Lev. 25:10, Jn. 8:36, 2 Cor. 3:17, Gal. 5:1, James 1:25, 1 Pet. 2:16
Creation not evolution
Religious education encouraged
Dt. 6:4-7, Pr. 22:6, Mat. 18:6, Eph. 6:4 (
(Charles Meeks, “Biblical Principles: Basis for America’s Laws,” faithfacts.org)
Unfortunately, though, America’s leaders have lost the resolve displayed by its Founding Fathers, as evidenced by the governmental documents that they produced. Therefore, America’s leaders no longer place God the Father at the forefront of all their decisions that affect the American people. Instead, they have replaced the Holy God of the Founding Fathers with the idol god of humanism. According to Wikipedia, “Humanism is a group of philosophies and ethical perspectives which emphasize the value and agency of human beings, individually and collectively, and generally prefers individual thought and evidence over established doctrine or faith.” Also, according to Wikipedia, “Humanism is a democratic and ethical life stance, which affirms that human beings have the right and responsibility to give meaning and shape to their own lives. It stands for the building of a more humane society through an ethic based on human and other natural values in the spirit of reason and free inquiry through human capabilities. It is not theistic, and it does not accept supernatural views of reality.” As a result, America’s humanist leaders do have an agenda which is completely opposite of the agenda promoted by the Founding Fathers. Their agenda, which is stated in the 2003 Humanist Manifesto III, declares the following:
Knowledge of the world is derived by observation, experimentation, and rational analysis.
Humans are an integral part of nature, the result of evolutionary change, an unguided process.
Ethical values are derived from human need and interest as tested by experience.
Life’s fulfillment emerges from individual participation in the service of humane ideals.
Humans are social by nature and find meaning in relationships.
Working to benefit society maximizes individual happiness.
Respect for differing yet humane views in an open, secular, democratic, environmentally sustainable society. (Wikipedia)
Therefore, as a result of the main goals of humanism, Steven Hall of Abounding Joy.Com thought it was extremely important for Americans to know several specific examples of the humanist anti-God and anti-Christ agenda. They are as follows:
Humanists usually do not believe that God even exists. Humanists believe mankind is the highest entity. (“Man is the measure of all things.”)
Uses God’s name as a byword. God’s name means nothing to the humanist, because he does not believe God exists.
Jesus Christ, if He existed at all, was a mere man. He may have been an interesting teacher, but when he died, he stayed dead like any other man.
Acts and talks as if evolution is a scientific fact and that anyone who disagrees is ignorant. Evolution is the only way he knows of to explain the existence of life, since he denies the existence of God.
Considers the Bible of little interest. Believes the Bible to be the work of men (perhaps with a religious ax to grind). Certainly does not accept it as the Word of God.
Sees man as basically good. Thinks that people should feel good about themselves regardless of their behavior. Tries to deal with guilt by positive self-talk.
Sanctity of Life
Since man is a merely highly evolved animal, some human life is not so special. Supports abortion, euthanasia, and even infanticide in some cases.
Rejects the idea of a “sin nature.” Believes that whatever I want to do is ok, as long as it “doesn’t hurt anyone else.” (But is often shortsighted in deciding what may hurt someone else!) Tendency to rationalize that all behavior that I wish to do is acceptable.
Since this physical life is all there is, my goal is to get as much happiness and gain as many things as I can before time runs out and I cease to exist.
Since man is only a highly evolved animal, sexual gratification is not to be denied as long as it “doesn’t hurt anyone.” (Again, the humanist is often shortsighted about what kinds of behavior “hurt” others.)
Since man is merely an animal, no sexual acts should be considered improper as long as “it doesn’t hurt anyone.”
Humanists believe some things are right for some people and some situations that may be “wrong” for other people and other situations. T here is no absolute right and wrong. Everything depends on the situation.
Believes that values, morals, and ethics are determined by each person for him or herself. Therefore, to tell someone else that their behavior is “wrong” or “sinful” is considered to be intolerant. “Intolerance” (defined this way) is not tolerated!
Secular Humanists prefer to think of “family” in larger groups of perhaps unrelated people. Many secular humanists would affirm the legitimacy of same-sex marriages or civil unions. Many would deny the importance of fathers, encouraging "single parenting by choice." Many secular humanists trust schools more than parents to know what is best for children. Some humanists believe that the child’s first responsibility is to a representative of the state, not necessarily to the parents. (For example, humanists often support the right of a child to an abortion without parental consent.) (Steven Hall, “Humanism vs. Christianity Comparison,” aboundingjoy.com)
Ultimately, as can be seen in these specific examples of humanism, America is no longer the “City upon the Hill” that John Winthrop, the Puritan governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony from 1629 to 1649, had envisioned when he arrived in the New World. According to Winthrop in “A Modell of Christian Charity,” “For we must consider that we shall be a city upon a hill. The eyes of all people are upon us, so that if we shall deal falsely with our God in this work we have undertaken, and so cause Him to withdraw His present help from us, we shall be made a story and a byword through the world.” Therefore, based the fact that most of America’s governmental leaders have rebelled against the God of the Founding Fathers, have rejected the Biblical principles that became the foundational truths of America’s Judeo-Christian society, and have made humanism their new, pagan god, John Winthrop was accurate in his assumption that name of America would become a byword and the story of America would be one similar to all other great nations that turned their back on God, a story of death, destruction, and total disgrace.
PS. In the Old Testament, in Deuteronomy 8:10-20, a description of the Hebrews after the Exodus mirrors the United States, just because it permitted its resolve to live for the Lord God Jehovah to die. It reads:
10 When thou hast eaten and art full, then thou shalt bless the Lord thy God for the good land which he hath given thee.
11 Beware that thou forget not the Lord thy God, in not keeping his commandments, and his judgments, and his statutes, which I command thee this day:
12 Lest when thou hast eaten and art full, and hast built goodly houses, and dwelt therein;
13 And when thy herds and thy flocks multiply, and thy silver and thy gold is multiplied, and all that thou hast is multiplied;
14 Then thine heart be lifted up, and thou forget the Lord thy God, which brought thee forth out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage;
15 Who led thee through that great and terrible wilderness, wherein were fiery serpents, and scorpions, and drought, where there was no water; who brought thee forth water out of the rock of flint;
16 Who fed thee in the wilderness with manna, which thy fathers knew not, that he might humble thee, and that he might prove thee, to do thee good at thy latter end;
17 And thou say in thine heart, My power and the might of mine hand hath gotten me this wealth.
18 But thou shalt remember the Lord thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day.
19 And it shall be, if thou do at all forget the Lord thy God, and walk after other gods, and serve them, and worship them, I testify against you this day that ye shall surely perish.
20 As the nations which the Lord destroyeth before your face, so shall ye perish; because ye would not be obedient unto the voice of the Lord your God.
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