"Is The United States A Christian Nation? (Part 1)"
The Founders and Biblical Principles
Given 15-Nov-08; Sermon #910; 75 minutes
By Mr.John W. Ritenbaugh
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Description: John Ritenbaugh, acknowledging that major evangelical denominations insist that America was founded as a "Christian nation," cautions that America, in its traditions and political underpinnings was, contrary to the belief of most Protestant evangelicals, never established as a Christian nation. The founding fathers, largely influenced by Deism, suggested that morality, religion, and knowledge were conducive to good government. George Washington suggested that morality was impossible without religion. Thomas Jefferson felt that a nation without moral principals would quickly perish. Benjamin Franklin, a practicing Deist, believed that the tenets shared by all religions should provide the foundation for shared national moral principals. Chief Justice Joseph Story of the U.S. Supreme Court prohibited the federal government from establishing a national religion. The entirety of mankind's governments (including the governments of ancient and modern Israel) is at enmity with God: to participate in their activities is tantamount to idolatry. As God's called out ones, we are admonished to separate ourselves spiritually (but not physically) from the world"s political and religious systems. Real Christianity is not divided into thousands of denominations, nor is it subdivided into competing and conflicting political systems. Our allegiance can be only to Jesus Christ, and not to the hopelessly corrupt political systems of the world.
Topics: Adams, Samuel Amoral Antichrist Churchianity 'Christianity,' Covenant Denominations Evangelicals Franklin, Benjamin Islam Jefferson, Thomas Kingdom of God Knowledge Morality Political conflict Politics Religion Sheep Story, Joseph Ten Commandments.