Pastor Roger Anghis
June 27, 2010
Discovering America’s Christian Heritage
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 God, I will also forget they children.”
The last 100 years have seen revisionist historians remove the truth about our Founding Fathers and replace a history that never occurred. The new so-called history books used in our public school classes do NOT tell the truth about the Christian heritage of our nation. As pastors, we are mostly to blame by allowing our religious rights be trampled on without fighting back. We are no longer allowed to participate to any degree in the political process. Most of the pastors that I speak with today don’t even know that the church used to be the guiding force in the elections. Now we can’t endorse nor can we come against a candidate or party. Many pastors like it that way. They don’t want to ‘offend’ one party or the other. Simply put, they are cowards. When preaching the truth, someone will be offended no matter what. It is better to err on the side of truth than on the side of political correctness.
I have always said that if you are politically correct you are more often than not wrong! Over the last 100 years we have seen our Founding Fathers be denigrated almost to the point of irrelevance. The most attacked of our Founding Fathers is George Washington. He was Commander and Chief of the Continental Army, President of the Constitutional Convention that produced the Constitution, first President of the United States and the president that oversaw the creation of the Bill of Rights. He spent 50 years in public service in leadership roles. He was a prolific writer. There are almost 100 volumes of his writings as well as the writings of his contemporaries about him. In 1855 John Frederick Schroeder went through all of the available writings of George Washington and assembled a book entitled “The Maxims of George Washington’. These were divided into four categories: political, social, moral and religious.
Each of the categories began with a testimonial about Washington by one of his contemporaries concerning that particular topic. Some of these comments are: J.M. Sewall- “George Washington was a firm believer in the Christian religion.” Chief Justice John Marshall stated “George Washington was a sincere believer in the Christian faith.” Elias Boudinot, president of Congress during the Revolutionary War and was a member of Congress under George Washington, stated “The General was a Christian.” The book, The Maxims of George Washington, was recently reprinted and in the religion section all of the comments from Washington’s contemporaries were omitted and a professor’s commentary was inserted that claimed that Washington was a deist.
When you want to change the perception of someone you attack the character of the leader and that is what has been done with Washington. The revisionist historians dwell on the fact that Washington was a slave owner. He was. He was given the slaves when he was a teenager. He refused to break up the slave families and almost went broke in the process of keeping them together. He was against slavery and did all he could to end it. He lived in a state where you were not allowed to free a slave. Upon his death he did free them but many were put right back into slavery because of the states laws.
Another way the revisionist historians are attacking Washington is an article that stated that he was a Unitarian. All of his life he was an Episcopalian and this is well documented. The Unitarian church was not founded until 19 years after Washington had died. And the Unitarian church of that time period is not the Unitarian church of today.
During the framing of the Constitution many were tired of the bickering and lack of progress in establishing fundamentals of the Constitution. There was a call to take a few days break and during that break they attended church and in the local paper the prayer that was prayed over the attendees of the Convention was printed which called for God to help direct the proceedings. When they began deliberations again things began to come together, they were able to agree to things and they were able to complete the document and it was ratified.
Washington was elected president unanimously. He was the only president to be elected unanimously and during his inauguration after he took the oath of office he added “So help me God.” He requested that he be sworn in on the Bible and afterwards he leaned over and kissed the Bible indicating that this oath was not just to the people of the United States, but to God as well.
He then offered a pray for the nation. After the inauguration Congress went into session and before they did anything they went to church where a sermon was preached and prayers were offered for the elected officials and the nation and then they went back to the Congressional hall before adjourning. This made going to church an act of Congress. This would bring the ACLU to a boiling point today. They claim that our Founding Fathers demanded that there be no public display of religion especially within government proceedings. Somebody forgot to tell our Founding Fathers that.
This is what the revisionist historians are doing to our real history. They are distorting it to what they want it to be. This is why we need to not just know, but to teach our true history. If we don’t know it, we have to learn it. Christianity is the foundation of this nation and it is up to us to keep that history before the eyes of the people.
John Adams gave the first presidential speech ever given in the statehouse and according to Congressional records that included this prayer, “May this territory (Washington, D.C.) be the residence of virtue and happiness! In this city, may that piety and virtue, that wisdom and magnanimity, that constancy and self-government which adorned the greater character whose name it bears, be forever held in veneration! Here and throughout our country, may simple manners, pure morals, and true religion flourish forever!” Adams even published a book of poems that are based on scripture.
The teachings that our Founding Fathers were NOT Christians has no basis at all. Only in the writings of the revisionist historians do we see them portrayed as anything but Christians.
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James Garfield, the 20th President, was involved in a revival where he preached 19 times during the revival, 34 people accepted the Lord and he personally baptized 31 of them. What President today would be allowed to do this without being chastised by the left and accused of attempting to ‘establish a religion’? Today we have very little of our ‘Freedom of Religion’ left. It is our responsibility to get it back so our future generations can enjoy the freedoms that our fathers enjoyed.
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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: RestoreFreeSpeech.org