Pastor Roger Anghis
May 2, 2010
William and Mary was the 2nd college in the American colonies. It was chartered in 1693 and Rev. James Blair was its first president. Needless to say, it was founded as a Christian college.
Just this last year, the president of W&M removed the cross that adorned the Wren Chapel, because he felt that it could offend those who were not of the Christian faith. After 314 years as a Christian college, they are now afraid that the cross may offend somebody. The president, Gene Nichol (President, North Florida ACLU, 1984; Chair, University of Colorado Task Force on Gay and Lesbian Issues, 1992-93; Colorado Democrat of the Year, 1999; Member, Board of Directors, North Carolina Civil Liberties Union (2002); Colorado ACLU (1999- 2000); Keynote Address Speaker, North Carolina - American Civil Liberties Union annual banquet, North Carolina, October, 2004.), needs to read Romans 1:16 “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ, for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone who believes. . . ” This decision cost the college dearly. Many stopped their donations to the college; one was for $12 million.
This got the attention of Mr. Nichol and he will now display the cross, but only in a limited manner. Why is there such a fear of anything Christian? As I’ve stated before, there is no fear of Islam, no push to keep it out of schools. New York state will have the nation’s only Islamic school, teaching Islam, most of the classes will be taught in Arabic and paid for by the taxpayers of New York and nobody, not even the ACLU has a problem with that. Why? Because Islam is not a threat to the true churches enemy, satan. Islam is satan’s cohort. Hinduism is satan’s cohort, Buddhism is satan’s cohort, but Christianity is satan’s enemy. Christianity is the ONLY religion that can defeat satan.
Christianity is the only religion that can do any damage to satan’s kingdom; therefore Christianity is the only religion that is attacked by the unreligious. This is why so many people are trying to rewrite history attempting to show that Christianity had nothing to do with how this nation was born.
When you take the time to study our history, something that the revisionists don’t want you to do, you will find that every aspect of the lives of the people involved the Bible. Every major college was started by churches. William and Mary, Harvard, Yale, Dartmouth, Princeton, which celebrates the fact that many of the signers of the Constitution graduated from Princeton, James Madison, Richard Stockton, Benjamin Rush, Gunning Bedford, Jonathan Dayton and many more.
Princeton was originally a seminary. King’s College, now called Columbia University, founded in 1754, and was very strong in the belief that Christianity was the most important part of a person’s life. The commencement speech given to the graduates by its first president, Founder and signer of the Constitution, William Samuel Johnson affirms this belief: “You this day, gentlemen, have received a public education, the purpose whereof hath been to qualify you the better to serve your Creator and your country. . . Your first great duties, you are sensible, are those you owe to heaven, to your Creator, and Redeemer. Let these be ever present to your minds and exemplified in your lives and conduct. Imprint deep upon your minds the principles of piety towards God and a reverence and fear of His Holy Name.
The fear of God is the beginning of wisdom. Remember, too, that you are redeemed of the Lord, that you are bought with a price, even the inestimable price of the precious blood of the Son of God. . . Love, fear, and serve Him as your Creator, Redeemer, and Sanctifier. Acquaint yourselves with Him in His Word and holy ordinances. Make Him your friend and protector and your felicity is secured both here and the hereafter.”
Rutgers University was founded by a pastor. By 1860 there were 246 colleges founded and all but 17 were founded by different religious denominations. These religious denominations were all Christian denominations.
George Washington, which many of the modern day revisionists claim was a deist, commented to Chiefs of the Delaware Indian tribes when they brought three Indian youths to be trained in American schools; “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. Congress will do everything they can to assist you in this wise intention.” Here, Congress is involved in teaching the Christian religion to American Natives.
The total fallacy of the teaching that our young nation was not a Christian nation is an inexcusable and outright lie. Samuel Adams and Richard Henry Lee of Virginia formed the Committees of Correspondence to educate the populace as to what the status was concerning the struggle with Britain and to give inspiration to those loyal to America. Samuel Adams wrote a piece called “The Rights of the Colonists’ and in that work he stated: “The Rights of the Colonists as Christians. These may best be understood by reading and carefully studying the institutes of the Great Law Giver and Head of the Christian Church, which are to be found clearly written ad promulgated in the New Testament.”
The spiritual nature of the American resistance to the oppression of England was so clear that during debates in the British Parliament it was brought forth by Sir Richard Sutton . . . “If you ask an American, “Who is his master?” He will tell you he has none, nor any governor, but Jesus Christ.” That is not a statement from an atheist, or a deist, but from a believer in Jesus Christ.
At the time of the Boston Tea Party when Parliament passed the Boston Port Bill to blockade Boston harbor, to eliminate all trade to and from one of America’s key ports, the news reports in Great Britain reported: “The province of Virginia appointed the 1st day of June, the day on which the Boston Port Bill took place, to be set aside for fasting and prayer and humiliation, to implore the Divine interposition to avert the heavy calamity which threatened destruction to their civil rights with the evils of civil war, and to give one heart and one mind to the people firmly to oppose every injury to the American rights. This example was either followed or a similar resolution adopted almost everywhere and the 1st of June became a day of prayer and humiliation throughout the continent.” This is an action of believers. This is the mindset of the members of the Body of Christ. This is the direction that the church today needs to go. We have to rise up and stand for our rights. The rights that our forefathers fought and died for.
Little by little we have had our religious freedoms taken away from us. It has been so subtle that some have not even noticed. The greatest threat we face is the complacency of the Body of Christ.
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At the start of the American Revolution Congress passed the Articles of War to govern the Continental Army. In it were these directives: It is earnestly recommended to all officers and soldiers diligently to attend Divine service; and all officers and soldiers who shall behave indecently or irreverently at any place of Divine worship, shall . . . be brought before a court-martial. Now days, we court-martial a Christian chaplain who prays in the Name of Jesus. We have come a long way in the wrong direction and have a long way to go to get back to where the church is supposed to be.
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Pastor Roger Anghis is the Founder of RestoreFreeSpeech.org, an organization designed to draw attention to the need of returning free speech rights to churches that was restricted in 1954.
President of The Damascus Project, TheDamascusProject.org, which has a stated purpose of teaching pastors and lay people the need of the churches involvement in the political arena and to teach the historical role of Christianity in the politics of the United States. Married-37 years, 3 children, three grandchildren.
Web site: RestoreFeeSpeech.org