Do you think our Founding Fathers believed in God and founded
America as a Christian nation? The Supreme Court answered this
question in 1892 and cited 50 historical examples to prove America was
indeed a Christian nation. These are just a few:
Governor Bradford, in writing of the Pilgrims’ landing,
describes their first act: "Being thus arrived in a good harbor and
brought safe to land, they fell upon their knees and blessed the God
The New England Charter, signed by King James I, confirmed the
goal of the first settlers to be: "…to advance the enlargement of
Christian religion, to the glory of God Almighty."
The goal of government based on Scripture was affirmed by
individual counties, such as is found in the Rhode Island Charter
of 1683, which begins: "We submit our persons, lives and estates
unto our Lord Jesus Christ, the King of kings and Lord of lords and to
all those perfect and most absolute laws of His given us in His holy
Benjamin Franklin stood and addressed the Continental Congress
with these words: "In the beginning of the contest with Britain, when
we were sensible of danger, we had daily prayers in this room for
divine protection. Our prayers, sir, were heard and they were
graciously answered. All of us who were engaged in the struggle must
have observed frequent instances of a superintending Providence in our
favor…. Have we now forgotten this powerful friend? Or do we imagine
we no longer need His assistance? I have lived, sir, a long time, and
the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth:
that God governs in the affairs of man. And if a sparrow cannot fall
to the ground without His notice, is it probable that an empire can
rise without His aid?"
George Washington, in his inaugural address to Congress as the
first President of the nation stated: "No people can be bound to
acknowledge and adore the invisible hand which conducts the affairs of
men more than the people of the United States. Every step by which
they have advanced to the character of an independent nation seems to
have been distinguished by some token of providential agency.... "
One of George Washington’s first official acts was the first
Thanksgiving proclamation, which reads, "Whereas, it is the duty of
all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His
will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly implore His
protection and favor..." It goes on to call the nation to thankfulness
to Almighty God.
Thomas Jefferson said: "Indeed, I tremble for my country when I
reflect that God is just, and that His justice cannot sleep forever."
President John Quincy Adams: "The first and almost the only
book deserving of universal attention is the Bible."
Andrew Jackson: "Go to the Scriptures ...the joyful promises it
contains will be a balsam to all your troubles."
From President Abraham Lincoln’s Proclamation for a National Day
of Fasting, Humiliation and Prayer, April 30, 1863: "We have been
the recipients of the choicest bounties of heaven. We have been
preserved, these many years, in peace and prosperity. We have grown in
numbers, wealth and power, as no other nation has ever grown. But we
have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand which
preserved us in peace, and multiplied and enriched and strengthened
us; and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts,
that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and
virtue of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become
too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving
grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us! It behooves us,
then, to humble ourselves before the offended Power, to confess our
national sins, and to prayer for clemency and forgiveness."
The Supreme Court Decision 1892—Church of the Holy
Trinity vs. The United States: "Our laws and our institutions must
necessarily be based upon and embody the teachings of The Redeemer of
mankind. It is impossible that it should be otherwise; and in this
sense and to this extent our civilization and our institutions are
emphatically Christian…. This is a religious people. This is
President Woodrow Wilson: "...the Bible...is the one supreme
source of revelation of the meaning of life, the nature of God and
spiritual nature and need of men. It is the only guide of life which
really leads the spirit in the way of peace and salvation."
In spite of the above statements, many people today say that the
Founding Fathers never intended for religious principles to be part of
public life or public affairs. They add: Doesn’t being a Christian
nation really threaten pluralism? Interestingly, the Founding Fathers
discuss that and they felt that it enhanced it.
Patrick Henry made a very clear statement: "It cannot be
emphasized too often or too strongly that this great nation was
founded not by religionists but by Christians; not on religions but on
the gospel of Jesus Christ.... It is for this reason that people of
other faiths have been afforded asylum, prosperity and freedom of
Thus, we conclude that our Founding Fathers did believe in
God and founded America as a Christian nation.
(For documentation, see The Founding Fathers Series of the
John Ankerberg Show.)