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The Foundation Was Established
Psalm 12:6-7 “The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.”
For over 170 years the United States Supreme Court always maintained that the phrase: “a wall of separation between Church and State” meant that Congress should not choose any one single Christian denomination in order to make it the “state” denomination.
Church And State: The Walls Of Separation Re-Defined
Old Paths Baptist Mission © 2011 Richard St.James
Early U.S. History
Church And State
For over 170 years the United States Supreme Court always maintained that the phrase: "a wall of separation between Church and State" meant that Congress should not choose any one single Christian denomination in order to make it the "state" denomination.
Then in the 1960's our Supreme Court redefined this phrase made by Thomas Jefferson ... for the purpose of throwing God and The Bible out of our national institutions ... our schools ... our colleges ... our government.
To usurp God and his moral law can only corrupt us as a people, and in the end destroy our nation.
In January 1, 1802, President Thomas Jefferson replied to concerns of the Danbury Baptist Church in Connecticut by sending them a personal letter with the express purpose to calm their fears that Congress was not in the process of choosing any one single Christian denomination in order to make it the "state" denomination.
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AMERICAN QUOTATIONS Version 1.3 ©1997 by William J. Federer. All rights reserved. Published in the United States of America.
Thomas Jefferson, while serving as the 3rd U.S. President (1801-09), chaired the school board for the District of Columbia. He authored the first plan of education adopted by the city of Washington, which used the Bible and Isaac Watts' Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs, 1707, as the principal textbooks for teaching reading to students.1186
Jefferson, Thomas. 1801-1809, as chairman of the school board for the District of Columbia during his Presidential term, authored a plan of education for the city of Washington which used the Bible and Isaac Watts' Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs, 1707, as the principle textbooks to teach reading to students. John W. Whitehead, The Second American Revolution (Elgin, IL: David C. Cook Publishing Co., 1982), p. 100. Quoting from J.O. Wilson, Public School of Washington (Washington, D.C.: Columbia Historical Society, 1897), Vol. 1, p. 5.
On March 23, 1801, President Thomas Jefferson wrote to Moses Robinson:
"The Christian Religion, when divested of the rags in which they have enveloped it, and brought to the original purity and simplicity of its benevolent institutor, is a religion of all others most friendly to liberty, science, and the freest expansion of the human mind."1187
Footnote:1187. Jefferson, Thomas. March 23, 1801, in a letter from Washington, D.C. to Moses Robinson. Barnes Mayo, ed., Jefferson Himself - The Personal Narrative of a many-sided American (Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1942), p. 231
The Baptist denomination was one of the sects which had received severe persecution under the state Anglican church in several colonies prior to the Revolutionary War. There was concern that the newly formed Federal Government may choose a national denomination, similar to the Anglican Church in England and Virginia, the Lutheran Church in Germany, the Calvinist Church in Switzerland, or the Catholic Church in Italy and Spain, etc.
The Baptist Association of Danbury, Connecticut, wrote a letter to the newly elected President Thomas Jefferson, expressing their concern. In preparing his reply, Jefferson borrowed phraseology from the Baptist minister, Roger Williams, who founded the Baptist Church in America. Roger Williams had written:
"When they have opened a gap in the hedge or wall of separation between the garden of the church and the wilderness of the world, God hath ever broke down the wall itself, removed the candlestick, and made His garden a wilderness, as it is this day. And that therefore if He will eer please to restore His garden and paradise again, it must of necessity be walled in peculiarly unto Himself from the world..." 1188
Jefferson, Thomas. January 1, 1802, in using phraseology of famous Baptist minister Roger Williams. Lynn R. Buzzard and Samuel Ericsson, The Battle for Religious Liberty (Elgin, IL: David C. Cook, 1982), p. 51. John Eidsmoe, Christianity and the Constitution - The Faith of Our Founding Fathers (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, A Mott Media Book, 1987, 6th printing 1993), pp. 215, 243.
On January 1, 1802, President Thomas Jefferson replied to their concerns by sending a personal letter to Nehemiah Dodge, Ephraim Robbins, and Stephen Nelson of the Danbury Baptist Association, Danbury, Connecticut, calming their fears that Congress was not in the process of choosing any one single Christian denomination in order to make it the "state" denomination. He stated:
"The affectionate sentiments of esteem and approbation which you are so good as to express towards me, on behalf of the Danbury Baptists Association, give me the highest satisfaction. My duties dictate a faithful and zealous pursuit of my constituents, and in proportion as they are persuaded of my fidelity to those duties, the discharge of them becomes more and more pleasing. Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between man and his God, that he owes account to none other for faith or his worship, that the legislative powers of government reach actions only, and not opinions, I contemplate with solemn reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should "make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof," thus building a wall of separation between Church and State. Adhering to this expression of the supreme will of the nation in behalf of the rights of conscience, I shall see with sincere satisfaction the progress of those sentiments which tend to restore man to all his natural rights, convinced he has no natural right in opposition to his social duties. I reciprocate your kind prayers for the protection and blessing of the common Father and Creator of man, and tender you for yourselves and your religious association, assurances of my high respect and esteem."1189
Jefferson, Thomas. January 1, 1802, in a personal
letter to Nehemiah Dodge, Ephraim Robbins, and Stephen Nelson of the
Danbury Baptist Association, Danbury, Connecticut. Reynolds v. U.S., 98
U.S. 164 (1878). A.A. Lipscomb and Albert Bergh, eds., The Writings of
Thomas Jefferson 20 vols. (Washington, D.C.: The Thomas Jefferson
Memorial Association, 1903-1904). Norman Cousins, In God We Trust - The
Religious Beliefs and Ideas of the American Founding Fathers (NY: Harper
& Brothers, 1958), p. 135. Arthur Frommer, The Bible in the Public
Schools (New York, NY: Liberal Press, 1963), p. 19. Charles E. Rice, The
Supreme Court and Public Prayer: The Need for Restraint (New York:
Fordham University Press, 1964), p. 63. Merrill D. Peterson, Jefferson
Writings, Merrill D. Peterson, ed., (NY: Literary Classics of the United
States, Inc., 1984), p. 510. Henry Steele Commager, ed., Freedom of
Religion & Separation of Church and State (Mount Vernon, New York: A.
Colish, Inc., 1985), pp. 28-29. John Eidsmoe, Christianity and the
Constitution - The Faith of Our Founding Fathers (Grand Rapids, MI:
Baker Book House, A Mott Media Book, 1987, 6th printing 1993), pp. 215,
242. Gary Wills, Under God (NY: Simon & Schuster, 1990), p. 350. Gary
DeMar, America's Christian History: The Untold Story (Atlanta, GA:
American Vision Publishers, Inc., 1993), pp. 115-116. Letter transcribed
in its entirety from the courthouse in Danbury, Connecticut, by William
Vigue, 18 Clapboard Ridge Rd., Danbury, CT, 06811:
Next: The Salient Points In American History
Men Never Learn From History!
It is a heart problem!
Men refuse to learn the “lessons” afforded by the light of HISTORY:
the recorded historical events which occurred as fulfillment of Bible prophecy. Now, these are the basic truths with which we all must deal with one way or another!
Two Basic Reasons For Our Failing Our History Lesson!
The Removing Of The Anchoring Landmarks
We have steadily almost imperceptibly at times removed one by one the great principles that were part of the formulation of the United States of America.
We have been busy for generations removing the anchoring landmarks that came as a result of the revivals God blessed this country with in its early years by the preaching of the word of GOD.
We have disobeyed the commandment in Proverbs 22:28- “Remove not the ancient landmark which thy fathers have set.”The Departure from the BIBLE
What was the catalyst or reason for this downward spiral? Are you ready! The eyes of men everywhere had been clouded over with cataracts because of our apostasy or departure from the BIBLE … God’s word (and more exactly including the multiplicity of translations and corruption's to God's written word).
This apostasy began in America in the BIBLE SCHOOLS early in the last century (1901) when Philip Schaff (with other rank liberals who had rot-gut unbelief in God's word within their hearts) colluded with the English RV committee of 1885 (Westcott and Hort) to produce the American Standard Version (ASV), also known as “the Rock of Bible Honesty” by the scholars, or more accurately, by Bible believers, as a prime example of a new age version of a corrupted bible.
Baptist HeritageIt is to the Baptists ... that we owe primarily ... our religious freedom, and it is Roger Williams [of Rhode Island] in particular, that is the most important contributor of our religious freedom we enjoy in the United States of America.
The Bloody Tenet of Persecution for Cause of Conscience is the primary document, which provided the underlying principles for religious freedom, which in turn gave rise to the then future documents of The Declaration of Independence, The United States Constitution and The Bill Of Rights.