Historical revisionists have long tried to deny or obscure the fact that our nation was founded upon belief in God. Because our founding fathers are obviously nolong er with us, the debate will probably continue to rage about exactly where they stood faith-wise. Were they committed Christians or simply theists (those who believe in God or a god) or deists (those who believe God created the world but takes no part in its functioning)? Consider these quotes:

George Washington, first president. “It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible.” “Let us raise a standard to which the wise and honest can repair; the rest is in the hands of God.”

William Penn, founder of the Province of Pennsylvania. “If you are not governed by God, you will be ruled by tyrants.”

Samuel Adams, one of our founding fathers. “The rights of the Colonists as Christians...may be best understood by reading and carefully studying the institution of the great Lawgiver and Head of the Christian Church, which are to be found clearly written and promulgated in the New Testament.”

Benjamin Franklin, founding father, nicknamed “the First American” for his early campaigning for colonial unity. “Here is my creed. I believe in one God, the creator of the Universe. That he governs it by his Providence. That he ought to be worshipped.”

John Adams, helped draft the Declaration of Independence, second president. “The Christian religion is, above all the religions that ever prevailed or existed in ancient or modern times, the religion of wisdom, virtue, equity, and humanity.”

Thomas Jefferson, third president. “The Bible is the cornerstone of liberty. Students’ perusal of the sacred volume will make us better citizens.”

James Madison, fourth president. “We’ve staked the whole future of American civilization not on the power of government, far from it. We have staked the future of all our political institutions upon thecapacity of each and all of us...to govern ourselves according to the commandments of God.”
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Pastor Heggen