WAS AMERICA FOUNDED AS A ‘CHRISTIAN’ NATION?
During the presidential campaign of 1880, the Christian Union made the startling admission that, of the nineteen men who, up to that time, had held the office of President of the United States, not one, with the Possible exception of Washington, had ever been a member of a Christian church.
—Six Historic Americans: George Washington
If you hear something repeated over and over and over again, after awhile you might end up believing what you heard.
So it is with the old wives’ tale of “America was founded as a Christian country.”
We’ve heard this whopper over and over and over again. It must be true, right?
If is were true that the USA was founded as a Christian nation, it stands to reason that the name of Christ or Jesus must be in at least ONE of our founding documents, right?
A Christian nation that was founded without mentioning the name of Christ (the supposed object of our founding)? How can this be?
Yes, the majority of the people in the colonies (and later, the USA) were Christians. But practically none of the country’s leaders were followers of Jesus. In spite of their public pronouncements to the contrary, their private lives and writings declared otherwise.
Americans have been taught that the politicians of 230+ years ago were somehow different from the breed of political animals that exist today.
Like the politicians of today, the American founders talked of “god”–but never specified which one. Like politicians of modern America, they rarely used the name of Jesus–at least not in a complimentary way
And those same unbelieving leaders/founders steadily steered the country in the direction of their unbelief. Slowly, very slowly at first, they prodded and nudged: always slowly enough so as not to arouse the anger of the great masses of Americans who did believe.
By the mid-1900s, the groundwork of the previous 180-200 years was laid and made it possible for the American political class to take the USA into new depths of unbelief. Especially after the federal government completely hijacked public education. After the invention of the electronic mass media, the pagan-ization of America snowballed.
This has led to the United States of 2013: a country where there are small, surviving pockets of Biblical Christianity surrounded by unbelief, pagan beliefs, corruption in the churches and outright hostility to Christians–and it will continue to get worse. The Bible assures Christians of that outcome.
But then, this nation was founded to ensure such an endgame.
When something has turned out for the better in America, the media and history books have always been quick to give the credit to the unbelieving American founders and leaders. The largely Christian population received no credit.
Why don’t those same sources assign blame to those same leaders, now that the wheels are rapidly coming off the American cart? When times were good, generations were drilled that it was because of the ingenuity of man: our men, our founding fathers.
So, let’s start with a few founding fathers. Media talking head, Glenn Beck, is continually going on about these men and “their sacred honor.” Their honor may have been sacred–but it clearly was an honor not dedicated to Jesus Christ.
Thomas Jefferson – author of the Declaration of Independence
(from Jefferson on Christianity and Religion)
“Question with boldness even the existence of a god; because if there be one he must approve of the homage of reason more than that of blindfolded fear.”
–Thomas Jefferson, letter to Peter Carr, August 10, 1787
“Among the sayings and discourses imputed to him [Jesus] by his biographers, I find many passages of fine imagination, correct morality, and of the most lovely benevolence; and others again of so much ignorance, so much absurdity, so much untruth, charlatanism, and imposture, as to pronounce it impossible that such contradictions should have proceeded from the same being.”
–Thomas Jefferson, letter to William Short, April 13, 1820
“Where the preamble declares, that coercion is a departure from the plan of the holy author of our religion, an amendment was proposed by inserting “Jesus Christ,” so that it would read “A departure from the plan of Jesus Christ, the holy author of our religion;” the insertion was rejected by the great majority, in proof that they meant to comprehend, within the mantle of its protection, the Jew and the Gentile, the Christian and Mohammedan, the Hindoo and Infidel of every denomination.”
–Thomas Jefferson, Autobiography, in reference to the Virginia Act for Religious Freedom
“The whole history of these books [the Gospels] is so defective and doubtful that it seems vain to attempt minute enquiry into it: and such tricks have been played with their text, and with the texts of other books relating to them, that we have a right, from that cause, to entertain much doubt what parts of them are genuine. In the New Testament there is internal evidence that parts of it have proceeded from an extraordinary man; and that other parts are of the fabric of very inferior minds. It is as easy to separate those parts, as to pick out diamonds from dunghills.”
–Thomas Jefferson, letter to John Adams, January 24, 1814
Thomas Paine – author of ‘Common Sense’
“I do not believe in the creed profesed by the Jewish church, by the Roman church, by the Greek church, by the Turkish church, by the Protestant church, nor by any church that I know of. My own mind is my own church.”
–Thomas Paine, Age of Reason
“Each of these churches shows certain books, which they call revelation, or the word of God. The Jews say that their word of God was given by God to Moses, face to face; the Christians say that their word of God came by divine inspiration; and the Turks say that their word of God, the Koran, was brought by an angel from heaven. Each of these churches accuses the others of unbelief; and, for my own part, I disbelieve them all.”
–Thomas Paine, Age of Reason
“It is the fable of Jesus Christ, as told in the New Testament, and the wild and visionary doctrine raised thereon, against which I contend. The story, taking it as it is told, is blasphemously obscene.”
–Thomas Paine, Age of Reason [Quotes taken from Six Historic Americans: Thomas Paine]
George Washington – 1st President, United States of America
Bishop White, the father of the Protestant Episcopal church of America, is one of the most eminent names in church history. During a large portion of the period covering nearly a quarter of a century, Washington, with his wife, attended the churches in which Bishop White officiated. In a letter dated Fredericksburg, Aug. 13, 1835, Colonel Mercer sent Bishop White the following inquiry relative to this question:
“I have a desire, my dear Sir, to know whether Gen. Washington was a communicant of the Protestant Episcopal church, or whether he occasionally went to the communion only, or if ever he did so at all. …No authority can be authentic and complete as yours on this point.”
To this inquiry Bishop White replied as follows:
“Philadelphia, Aug. 15, 1835.
“Dear Sir: In regard to the subject of your inquiry, truth requires me to say that Gen. Washington never received the communion in the churches of which I am the parochial minister. Mrs. Washington was an habitual communicant.
…I have been written to by many on that point, and have been obliged to answer them as I now do you. I am respectfully,
“Your humble servant,
“WILLIAM WHITE.” (Memoir of Bishop White, pp. 196, 197).
“Washington was a man of valor and wisdom. He was esteemed by the whole world as a great and good man; but he was not a professing Christian.”
–The Rev. Dr. Byrd Wilson D.D., author of the “Memoir of Bishop White,”
…and the list goes on.
Almost 2000 years ago, the apostle Paul wrote, “For the mystery of iniquity doth already work.” [2 Thessalonians 2:7]
Almost 237 years ago, that same iniquity was at work in the founding of the USA. Only in a land dedicated to complete freedom could the virulent pagan and Luciferian belief systems that plague the country today have incubated; protected by those very same founding documents that Americans have been taught to worship.
American Babylon could never have been birthed without Thomas Jefferson and the rest of the unbelieving “founding fathers.”
Like it or not, the New World Order was nurtured, came of age and has spread like a worldwide cancer: thanks to the good, old U.S. of A.
But don’t trust this author. Those with a few hours on their hands and a desire to do a bit of research can turn up dozens–no, make that HUNDREDS–of quotes by America’s founding fathers in which Christianity and its founder, Jesus Christ, are maligned, impugned, slandered and denied.
It’s 2013 and the “mystery of iniquity” is still working to the max in the USA.
All which leads to the inevitable, inescapable, completely correct conclusion:
America, though 90+% of her citizens were Protestants, was not founded as a Christian nation.
NOTE: Don’t let the above information discourage the reader from sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ with the lost. Although America was not founded as a Christian nation, for most of our history, most of its citizens were Christians. As such, the nation reaped the blessings of God.
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- Are 83 Percent of Americans Really Christian? (theworldhatedmefirst.wordpress.com)
- Why is Christianity So Hated? (onereturn.wordpress.com)
- Asking Mikey Weinstein: Is America really a “Christian nation”? (communities.washingtontimes.com)
- Christian Nation? (therelativityquestion.wordpress.com)
by Jeremiah J. Jameson
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36 thoughts on “The Myth of America Founded as a Christian Nation”
Thank you for the great post. I wish I had read it when you wrote it. After reading and listening to famous preachers and popular Christians, I believed America had a Christian heritage. In numerous books, I read the founding fathers were Christians and they instilled the beliefs in the constitution.
As I read the quotes, I realized these are now the beliefs of most Americans as per recent surveys. I have written two articles on that. The most recent is this one.