Declaration of Independence

Did you know that 52 of the 55 signers of the Declaration of Independence were orthodox, deeply committed Christians? The other three all believed in the Bible as the divine truth, the God of scripture, and His personal intervention.

It is the same Congress that formed the American Bible Society. Immediately after creating the Declaration of Independence, the Continental Congress voted to purchase and import 20,000 copies of scripture for the people of this nation.

Patrick Henry, who is called the firebrand of the American Revolution, is still remembered for his words, «Give me liberty or give me death.»

But in current textbooks the context of these words is deleted. Here is what he actually said: «An appeal to arms and the God of hosts is all that is left us. But we shall not fight our battle alone. There is a just God that presides over the destinies of nations. The battle sir, is not to the strong alone. Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and s lavery? Forbid it almighty God. I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death.»

These sentences have been erased from our textbooks. Was Patrick Henry a Christian? The following year, 1776, he wrote this «It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great Nation was founded not by religionists , but by Christians; not on religions, but on the Gospel of Jesus Christ. For that reason alone, people of other faiths have been afforded freedom of worship here.»

Consider these words that Thomas Jefferson wrote on the front of his well-worn Bible: ‘»I am a real Christian, that is to say, a disciple of the doctrines of Jesus. I have little doubt that our whole country will soon be rallied to the unity of our Creator «‘ He was also the chairman of the American Bible Society, which he considered his highest and most important role.

On July 4, 1821, President Adams said, «The highest glory of the American Revolution was this: it connected in one indissoluble bond the principles of civil government with the principles of Christianity.»

Calvin Coolidge, our 30th President of the United States reaffirmed this truth when he wrote, «The foundations of our society and our government rest so much on the teachings of the Bible that it would be difficult to support them if faith in these teachings would cease to be practically universal in our country.»

In 1782, the United States Congress voted this resolution: «The Congress of the United States recommends and approves the Holy Bible for use in all schools.»‘

William Holmes McGuffey is the author of the McGuffey Reader, which was used for over 100 years in our public schools with over 125 million copies sold until it was stopped in 1963. President Lincoln called him the «Schoolmaster of the Nation.»

Listen to these words of Mr. McGuffey: «The Christian religion is the religion of our country. >From it are derived our notions on the character of God, on the great moral Governor of the universe. On its doctrines are founded the peculiarities of our free institutions. From no source has the author drawn more conspicuously than from the sacred Scriptures. From all these extracts from the Bible I make no apology.»

Of the first 108 universities founded in America, 106 were distinctly Christian, including the first, Harvard University, chartered in 1636. In the original Harvard
Student Handbook, rule number 1 was that students seeking entrance must know Latin and Greek so that they could study the scriptures: «Let every student be plainly instructed and earnestly pressed to consider well, the main end of his life and studies is, to know God and Jesus Christ, which is eternal life, John 17: 3; and therefore to lay Jesus Christ as the only foundation for our children to follow the moral principles of the Ten Commandments.»

James Madison, the primary author of the Constitution of the United States, said this: «We have staked the whole future of our new nation not upon the power of government; far from it. We have staked the future of all our political constitutions upon the capacity of each of ourselves to govern ourselves according to the moral principles of the Ten Commandments.»

Today, we are asking God to bless America. But, how can He bless a Nation that has departed so far from Him? Prior to September 11, He was not welcome in America. Most of what you read in this article has been erased from our textbooks. Revisionists have rewritten history to remove the truth about our country’s Christian roots

America’s founders did not intend for there to be separation of God and
state, as shown by the fact that all 50 states acknowledge God in their
state constitutions:
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America’s founders did not intend for there to be a separation of
God and state, as shown by the fact that all 50 states acknowledged God in
their state constitutions:

Alabama 1901, Preamble. We the people of the State of Alabama invoking the
favor and guidance of Almighty God, do ordain and establish the following
Constitution …

Alaska 1956, Preamble. We, the people of Alaska, grateful to God and to
those who founded our nation and pioneered this great land …

Arizona 1911, Preamble. We, the people of the State of Arizona, grateful to
Almighty God for our liberties, do ordain this Constitution…

Arkansas 1874, Preamble. We, the people of the State of Arkansas, grateful
to Almighty God for the privilege of choosing our own form of government …

California 1879, Preamble. We, the People of the State of California,
grateful to Almighty God for our freedom …

Colorado 1876, Preamble. We, the people of Colorado, with profound
reverence for the Supreme Ruler of Universe …

Connecticut 1818, Preamble. The People of Connecticut, acknowledging with
gratitude the good Providence of God in permitting them to enjoy …

Delaware 1897, Preamble. Through Divine Goodness all men have, by nature,
the rights of worshipping and serving their Creator according to the
dictates of their consciences …

Florida 1885, Preamble. We, the people of the State of Florida, grateful to
Almighty God for our constitutional liberty … establish this Constitution

Georgia 1777, Preamble. We, the people of Georgia, relying upon protection
and guidance of Almighty God, do ordain and establish this Constitution …

Hawaii 1959, Preamble. We, the people of Hawaii, Grateful for Divine
Guidance … establish this Constitution …

Idaho 1889, Preamble. We, the people of the State of Idaho, grateful to
Almighty God for our freedom, to secure its blessings …

Illinois 1870, Preamble. We, the people of the State of Illinois, grateful
to Almighty God for the civil, political and religious liberty which He
hath so long permitted us to enjoy and looking to Him for a blessing on our
endeavors …

Indiana 1851, Preamble. We, the People of the State of Indiana, grateful to
Almighty God for the free exercise of the right to chose our form of
government …

Iowa 1857, Preamble. We, the People of the State of Iowa, grateful to the
Supreme Being for the blessings hitherto enjoyed, and feeling our
dependence on Him for a continuation of these blessings … establish this
Constitution …

Kansas 1859, Preamble. We, the people of Kansas, grateful to Almighty God
for our civil and religious privileges … establish this Constitution .

Kentucky 1891, Preamble. We, the people of the Commonwealth of Kentucky,
grateful to Almighty God for the civil, political and religious liberties …

Louisiana 1921, Preamble. We, the people of the State of Louisiana,
grateful to Almighty God for the civil, political and religious liberties
we enjoy …

Maine 1820, Preamble. We the People of Maine … acknowledging with
grateful hearts the goodness of the Sovereign Ruler of the Universe in
affording us an opportunity … and imploring His aid and direction .

Maryland 1776, Preamble. We, the people of the state of Maryland, grateful
to Almighty God for our civil and religious liberty …

Massachusetts 1780, Preamble. We…the people of Massachusetts,
acknowledging with grateful hearts, the goodness of the Great Legislator of
the Universe… in the course of His Providence, an opportunity … and
devoutly imploring His direction …

Michigan 1908, Preamble. We, the people of the State of Michigan, grateful
to Almighty God for the blessings of freedom … establish this
Constitution …
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I did not Relinquish My Citizenship When I Became A Pastor

By Chuck Baldwin

January 11, 2005

One of the great fallacies in America today is the assumption that because one is involved in church ministry he is disqualified from being involved in political affairs. This is totally contrary to the values and principles that made this nation great.

If one will read American history, he or she will discover that pastors and religious leaders had as much to do with fighting The War for Independence and bringing into existence this great republic as did the political figures of that day. Furthermore, most of the political figures in Colonial America were Christians.

For example, fifty of the fifty-five men who signed the Declaration of Independence were faithful members of organized Christian churches. They were not atheists, agnostics, or Deists. They were not people that omitted God from their lives. They were not people to whom matters of faith were foreign. America’s Founding Fathers were, on the whole, deeply religious. They were committed Christian men who believed in God and His Word.

In fact, we would not have the Bill of Rights today if it was not for a Baptist pastor by the name of John Leland. In addition, Lutheran pastor, John Peter Muhlenberg, Presbyterian pastor, John Witherspoon, and countless other Christian ministers were very influential in America’s founding.

Frankly, I am a little weary of pastors and Christians who, under the myth of «separation of church and state,» have allowed themselves to be removed from civic involvement. By doing this, they have allowed secularists, humanists, and others to expunge Christian influence from our society.

As I’m sure many readers know, the phrase «separation of church and state» is not found in any founding document of this country. That phrase was taken from a personal letter that Thomas Jefferson wrote to a group of Baptists in Danbury, Connecticut.

The Danbury Baptists were concerned that the new U.S. Constitution might allow governmental intrusion into the private affairs of the church. And, as it was religious persecution that initially precipitated the flight of many Europeans to these shores, they certainly did not intend to go through that again. Therefore, they wrote President Thomas Jefferson inquiring of him what safeguards churches could expect regarding federal encroachments upon their liberties.

Jefferson wrote back a personal letter and said to them, (paraphrase) «You don’t have to worry about the federal government intruding into the affairs of the church, because the First Amendment in the Bill of Rights puts a fence around the federal government which prohibits it from interfering with the affairs of the church.» This was the spirit of Jefferson’s «separation of church and state» letter.
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How High The Price
For Signing The Declaration Of Independence

Five signers were captured by the British as traitors and tortured before they died. Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned. Two lost their sons in the Revolutionary Army; another had two sons captured. Nine of the 56 fought and died from wounds or the hardships of the Revolutionary War.

What kind of men were they? Twenty-four were lawyers and jurists. Eleven were merchants; nine were farmers and large plantation owners, men of means, well educated. But they signed the Declaration of Independence knowing full well that the penalty would be death if they were captured.

They signed and they pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor. Carter Braxton of Virginia, a wealthy planter and trader saw his ships swept from the seas by the British navy. He sold his home and properties to pay his debts, and died in rags.

Thomas McKeam was so hounded by the British that he was forced to move his family almost constantly. He served in Congress without pay, and his family was kept in hiding. His possessions were taken from him and poverty was his reward.

Vandals or soldiers, or both, looted the properties of Ellery, Clymer, Hall, Walton, Gwinnett, Heyward, Rutledge, and Middleton.

At the Battle of Yorktown, Thomas Nelson, Jr. noted that the British General Cornwallis had taken over the Nelson home for his headquarters. The owner quietly urged General George Washington to open fire, which was done. The home was destroyed and Nelson died bankrupt.

Francis Lewis had his home and properties destroyed. The enemy jailed his wife, and she died within a few months.

John Hart was driven from his wife’s bedside as she was dying. Their 13 children fled for their lives. His fields and his gristmill were laid waste. For more than a year he lived in forests and caves, returning home after the war to find his wife dead, his children vanished. A few weeks later he died from exhaustion and a broken heart.

Norris and Livingston suffered similar fates.

Such were the stories and sacrifices of the American Revolution. These were not wild-eyed, rabble-rousing ruffians. They were soft-spoken men of means and education. They had security, but they valued liberty more. Standing tall, straight, and unwavering, they pledged: «For the support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of the Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other, our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.»

From a play presented by the Masons

When the New England colonies were first planted, the settlers endured many privations and difficulties. Being piously disposed, they laid their distresses before God in frequent days of fasting and prayer. Constant meditation upon distress kept their minds gloomy and discontented and made them disposed even to return to their fatherland, with all its persecutions. At length, when it was again proposed to appoint a day of fasting and prayer, a plain, common-sense old colonist rose in the meeting and remarked that he thought they had brooded long enough over their difficulties. He said it seemed high time they should consider some of their mercies; that the colony was growing strong, the fields increasing in harvests, the rivers full of fish, the woods full of game, the air sweet, the climate salubrious, their wives healthful, and their children dutiful; above all, that they possessed what they came for, full civil and religious liberty. On the whole, he would amend the resolution for a fast, and propose in its stead a DAY OF THANKSGIVING. His advice was taken.

Tom M. Olson, in Now

I Thessalonians 5:18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

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If you feel led to use the following material as a tract, please do so.


Matthew 7:21-23 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father, which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name DONE MANY WONDERFUL WORKS? And then will I profess unto them, I NEVER KNEW YOU: DEPART FROM ME, ye that work iniquity.

John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

Matthew 16:26 For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?

Have you confessed Jesus Christ before men?

Romans 10:9-11 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.

I Timothy 1:8a Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, …

The following statement is His!

Mark 8:38 Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation: of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels

Matthew 10:32-33 Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.

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God’s Simple Plan of Salvation:

My Friend: I am asking you the most important question of life. Your joy or your sorrow for all eternity depends upon your answer. The question is: Are you saved? It is not a question of how good you are, nor if you are a church member, but are you saved? Are you sure you will go to Heaven when you die?

God says in order to go to Heaven, you must be born again. In John 3:7, Jesus said to Nicodemus, «Ye must be born again.»

In the Bible God gives us the plan of how to be born again which means to be saved. His plan is simple! You can be saved today. How?

First, my friend, you must realize you are a sinner. «For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God» (Romans 3:23).

Because you are a sinner, you are condemned to death. «For the wages [payment] of sin is death» (Romans 6:23). This includes eternal separation from God in Hell.

«…it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment» (Hebrews 9:27).

But God loved you so much He gave His only begotten Son, Jesus, to bear your sin and die in your place. «…He hath made Him [Jesus, Who knew no sin] to be sin for us…that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him» (2 Corinthians 5:21).

Jesus had to shed His blood and die. «For the life of the flesh is in the blood» (Lev. 17:11). «…without shedding of blood is no remission [pardon]» (Hebrews 9:22).

«…God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us» (Romans 5:8).

Although we cannot understand how, God said my sins and your sins were laid upon Jesus and He died in our place. He became our substitute. It is true. God cannot lie.

My friend, «God…commandeth all men everywhere to repent» (Acts 17:30). This repentance is a change of mind that agrees with God that one is a sinner, and also agrees with what Jesus did for us on the Cross.
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My Dear Friend:

I have a compelling need to send you this letter. You see, I have a real problem; a problem with which I hope you can help. My problem is that I love people; in fact, the Word of God commands that WE LOVE GOD FIRST and that we love our neighbors as ourselves.

Matthew 22:37-40 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt LOVE THY NEIGHBOUR as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

So, if I am to have a real love for my neighbor, I must be concerned about his physical well being, and, most importantly, truly concerned about the well being of his soul.

Psalms 142:4 I looked on my right hand, and beheld, but there was no man that would know me: refuge failed me; NO MAN CARED FOR MY SOUL.

If only one person in the world was lost, and was going to miss heaven and dwell eternally in hell, and that one person was me, then that would make that one soul extremely important. If that were the case, I would hope and pray that someone would be concerned about my soul. By that same argument, I never want it said that I do not care for the souls of others.

Mark 8:36-37 For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?

God puts more value on one soul than he does on the whole world. So, if God places that kind of value on one soul, then I had better be concerned about the souls of others. I must see the same value in one soul as God does. I must see their souls as equally important as I see my own.

I ask that you help me by taking the time to read this letter. There is only one reason I would ever send anyone a letter such as this, because «I CARE.» I truly care what happens to you now, and I care what happens to you eternally. I do care for your soul. I am asking that you read this letter as if your «SOUL’S SECURITY» depends on it, BECAUSE IT DOES.

In this day of uncertainties there is only one thing that is truly certain about the future and that is this:

Hebrews 9:27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.

The future Day of Judgment is sure. If we are willing to talk about the love of God and His forgiveness, and there is nothing I would rather talk about, we must also be willing to talk about His justice and judgment as well.
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QUESTION: What chapter in the Word of God best describes the atoning work of the crucifixion?

Isaiah 53:1-12 Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the Lord revealed?

For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant,

and as a root out of a dry ground:

he hath no form nor comeliness;

and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.

He is despised and rejected of men;

a man of sorrows,

and acquainted with grief:

and we hid as it were our faces from him;

he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

Surely he hath borne OUR GRIEFS,

and carried OUR SORROWS:

yet we did esteem him stricken,

smitten of God, and afflicted.

But he was wounded for OUR TRANSGRESSIONS,

he was bruised for OUR INIQUITIES:

the chastisement of OUR PEACE was upon him;


All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way;

and the Lord hath laid ON HIM the iniquity of us all.

He was oppressed, and he was afflicted,

yet he opened not his mouth:

he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter,

and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.

He was taken from prison and from judgment:

and who shall declare his generation?
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QUESTION: Why did God send His Son into the world?

John 3:16-21 For God SO LOVED THE WORLD, that he gave his only begotten Son, that WHOSOEVER believeth in him should NOT PERISH, but HAVE everlasting life.

For God SENT NOT his Son into the world to condemn the world;

but that the world «THROUGH HIM» might be SAVED.



but he that believeth not is condemned already,

because he hath not believed in the NAME of the only begotten son of God.

And this is the condemnation,

that LIGHT is come into the world,

and men LOVED DARKNESS rather than light,

because their deeds were evil.

For every one that doeth evil HATETH THE LIGHT,

neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.

But he that doeth TRUTH COMETH to the light,

that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.

ANSWER: That the world THROUGH HIM might be saved.


SETTING: You are in the home and at the bedside of a dying man who has but a few hours to live. He reaches out with his hand and takes your wrist with a very firm grip and won’t let go. He says to you, «I know I am dying and I don’t want to go to hell, what must I do to be saved?» He has no phone and there is no time to go for help.

QUESTION: According to the Word Of God, what would be the only appropriate answer?

NOTE: To use the following set of verses the soul winner only has to remember the first verse. Along side the first verse write a reference to the next verse and then repeat the procedure.

Example: Along side Hebrews 9:27 write Revelation 20:11-15 along side Revelation 20:11-15 write Roman 3:10-18 along side Roman 3:10-18 write Roman 3:22-26 and so forth…

Hebrews 9:27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.

Revelation 20:11-15 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away: and there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. THIS IS THE SECOND DEATH. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

Romans 3:10-18 As it is written, There is NONE righteous, no, NOT ONE. There is NONE that understandeth, there is NONE that seeketh after God. They are ALL gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is NONE that doeth good, no, NOT ONE. Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips: whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness: their feet are swift to shed blood: destruction and misery are in their ways: and the way of peace have they not known: there is no fear of God before their eyes.

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