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THE IMPORTANCE OF HISTORY
PART 1

 

By Pastor Roger Anghis
June 20, 2010
NewsWithViews.com

Foundation Scripture

Hosea 4:6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.

Some people do not pay much attention to history, any history and the problem with that is if you are not aware of where you came from, you will not know where you are going. We are seeing this nation taking a path towards socialism because we, as a nation have either forgotten or simply do not know where we have come from. We do not know our roots. We do not know the role of Christianity in the founding of America. We do not know what our real history is and what has been fabricated to re-write American History.

This series will expose the truth about our Founding Fathers and expose the lies the revisionist historians have taught the last 100 years. For over 200 years we were taught the truth about the godly men and moral foundation our nation was founded upon. Today the religious foundation of our Founding Fathers is not taught in our schools and the real reasons for our fight for independence are ignored. Even books about our Founding Fathers written in their day and reprinted today have all references of their faith removed. Woodrow Wilson, though he was a man who despised our Constitution, stated “A nation which does not remember what it was yesterday, does not know what it is today, nor what it is trying to do. We are trying to do a futile thing if we don’t know where we have come from, or what we have been about.”

We have forgotten so much of our history that many pastors that I have spoken with in recent years believe that the church has never been involved in the political arena and should not be involved today. Scripture tells us to be informed about our past, Job 8:8 “Ask the former generations and find out what their fathers learned.” This verse uses strong language in requesting their actions to find out about the past. The literal translation says ‘I beg you’, in stating the request to search for information. This gives us an indication that the information about the fathers is very important for them to know. The word for ‘find out’ is cheqer and it means to examine. But that word also has a deeper meaning in this verse and that is the questions of the heart. This means that we are to look deep into what our forefathers learned for the purpose of duplicating their actions that were derived from their faith. The importance of knowing where we came from cannot be emphasized too much. When you study about King Josiah (2 Kings 23) and find that Josiah realized that the nation had gone so far from its roots and realizing that those roots were vital to the national health of Israel, he called for the nation to return to God and honor the Book of the Covenant.

We, as a nation, have forgotten the importance of how our Founding Fathers viewed their faith and how that faith governed their private and civic life. When we look at the reasons we declared our independence from Great Britain most people believe it was because of taxes. All of us have heard about the Boston Tea Party but taxation without representation was only one of 27 grievances listed in the Declaration of Independence. The biggest grievances we had were the abuse of representative powers. This was mentioned 11 times more often than taxes. The abuse of military powers was listed 7 times more often, the abuse of judicial powers, 4 times as often. Taxation without representation was listed number 17 of the 27 grievances yet it is the only one that we hear about today.

We began to change the way we look at our history in the 30’s and 40’s. We went from a very religious point of view to a very secular point of view. In the 1700’s and 1800’s we used to teach children that if you don’t see Divine intervention in the establishing of this nation then the history of this nation will be an ‘incomprehensible enigma’. God has been taken out of our history and all we have are dates with no meanings.

In the early part of the 20th century a new group of so-called historians began to put our history into a different light. In believing that the only thing that motivates people is money they began to write history only in the light of monetary economics. For 50-60 years we have only seen that the Declaration was written strictly for economic reasons henceforth we only think of economics when we look at our struggle for independence. This group of people made economics the basis for our Constitution, the Revolution, and the establishment of our political system. We must NOT forget the other 26 reasons we declared independence. Most of the reasons are more important than taxes. By teaching only the economic aspect of the Constitution in our struggle for independence, we lose the moral and religious importance of the foundation of America.

We have to look at the background of some of the people that have re-written our history to see why they wrote a strictly secular view of history. Some of these writers are Charles and Mary Beard, W.E. Woodward, and Fairfax Downey. Another of these writers is Robert Green Ingersoll. He was the first well known atheist in America. He advocated that America’s government had been secular from the beginning. He even stated that our Constitution was a secular document, but when you read it, it mentions God 4 times. In 1876 the American Liberal Union was formed and their platform called for the removal of God from all public affairs, all public knowledge, and remove God out of textbooks. Many of the writers in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s were from that mindset.


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Real historians taught true history. George Bancroft, who is considered the Father of American History, taught that God’s providence in history was as important in history as the event itself. Daniel Webster stated that ‘History is God’s providence in human affairs’. Most of the men who signed the Declaration of Independence did so to pursue religious liberty. King George did not allow Bible societies, he vetoed their mission societies, he demanded an established church which was government run and controlled. We are not told these things in our public schools now. We began to move away from this in the early part of the last century and since 1960 we have only taught the economic aspect of history and by doing so we have eliminated 95% of our true history.

Because we only look at economics our elections tend to concentrate on that instead of moral issues. We ignored the fact that one of the candidates in the last presidential election endorsed infanticide by voting for it 3 times. He believes that we should have what communists call ‘social justice’ which is nothing more than a redistribution of wealth. This man supported abortion at any time for any reason and is now forcing all Americans to pay for abortions around the world. Even though this man is the most ungodly man to ever run for and be elected to the presidency, thousands of churches supported him from the pulpit!

A recent poll states that in the last election 45% of evangelicals stated that economics were more important than morals and national leaders are judged, not by character or leadership, but the success of the economy.

Some of the more important things that caused us to declare our independence were more important to those in America at that time. The abuse of representative powers was the most quoted in the declaration. The states had passed anti-slavery laws but King George vetoed all of them. The states passed religious freedom laws and the king vetoed them. We believed in the consent of the governed and the will of the people, but the king set all of that aside. We had 7 complaints about abuse of military. England’s military was run by the military separate from civilians. Under our form of government our Commander-in-Chief is a civilian. There were 4 mentions of judicial abuse in our declaration. They were tired of judges making policy. We are seeing a lot of that in today’s courts in demanding that homosexual marriage be established as a right in some states, parents denied of their right to control what is taught to their children, and judges legislating from the bench as Sotomayor declared that they did.

Reasons for our Founding Fathers joining the revolution are never discussed in history. Charles Carroll and Sam Adams, both signers of the Declaration of Independence, declared religious freedom was the reason they joined the Revolution. When you look at the charters of the colonies you will find that at the top of the list of the reasons for establishing the colony was the propagation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Today’s history books ignore that truth and state that the colony was established to find gold, or acquire land or some other aspect of gain which was one of the reasons but it was not the most important reason.

We all have heard about Thomas Jefferson, Ben Franklin, Thomas Paine, the three most irreligious Founders, and these are the ones that modern historians use to ‘prove’ that America was established as a secular nation. But there are 250 Founding Fathers. A Founding Father is one who had a substantial impact on the birth and establishment of America as an independent nation. There are 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence. We don’t exist without that document and we don’t have that document without these men. We have 55 who were at the Constitutional Convention that framed the Constitution. We don’t exist without those 55 and their efforts.

Without the Bill of Rights we would not have a free nation and there were 90 who framed the Bill of Rights. There were many that did not sign any document but were just as important as those that did. John Jay, the first Chief Justice of the United States, Patrick Henry, who was instrumental in military victories in Virginia and many more that we are never told about. Benjamin Rush signed the Declaration of Independence, he was a ratifier of the Constitution, served under three administrations and when he died in 1813, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams stated that he was the third most influential and notable of the Founding Fathers. The three or four that are taught about are portrayed as typical of all of them. We are not told that around 95% of the 250 Founding Fathers were orthodox Christians that were very outspoken about their faith.

Many articles have been written by many prominent publications that have stated that our Founding Fathers were not Christian. One article in the LA Times states “America’s Founding Fathers, despite preachings of our pious rights, were deists who rejected the divinity of Jesus.” The concentration on Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin, the two least religious of the Founding Fathers leads us to believe that they were all like that. But in a study of their own writings you will find that these two are more religious than most in the church today. Franklin suggested that Christianity be taught in public schools in Pennsylvania. Franklin called for the establishment of chaplains and daily prayer at the Constitutional Convention. Thomas Jefferson recommended that the Great Seal of the United States depict a Bible story and that God should be used in the national motto.

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As president in the treaties with American Indians Thomas Jefferson used federal funding to pay for Christian missionaries to teach the Indians the gospel. These treaties were ratified by The House and the Senate. Even his signature on government documents declared “In the year of our Lord Christ”. As vice president he approved of the capitol building being used as a church and as President he attended church there for 8 years. He even had the Marine Corps band do the praise and worship in the services. These are not actions of a man that believed that government should be totally devoid of religious influence.

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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.

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We have to look at the background of some of the people that have re-written our history to see why they wrote a strictly secular view of history.