1)  Walk Thru The Word:   Psalm 33: 10—22   (ESV)

BlessedI Is The Nation Whose God Is The LORD

10The LORD brings the counsel of the nations to nothing; he frustrates the plans of the peoples.  11The counsel of the LORD stands forever, the plans of his heart to all generations. 12Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, the people whom he has chosen as his heritage!

13The LORD looks down from heaven; he sees all the children of man; 14from where he sits enthroned he looks out on all the inhabitants of the earth, 15he who fashions the hearts of them all and observes all their deeds.

2) Walk Thru The Word:  Psalm 33: 10—22   (ESV)

Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD

16The king is not saved by his great army; a warrior is not delivered by his great strength. 17The war horse is a false hope for salvation, and by its great might it cannot rescue. 18Behold, the eye of the LORD is on those who fear him, on those who hope in his steadfast love, 19that he may deliver their soul from death and keep them alive in famine.  20Our soul waits for the LORD; he is our help and our shield. 21For our heart is glad in him, because we trust in his holy name.22Let your steadfast love, O LORD, be upon us, even as we hope in you.

 3) Blessed IsThe Nation Whose Freedom God Secures 

  • God Is Sovereign over the nations & Only the People he blesses to be his people thrive the rest are thwarted
  • The 10 Commandments Express our Natural inalienable rights
  • John The Baptist Ministered God’s Bill of Rights
  • Man’s Quest to Codify God’s Freedom = The Genealogy of The Declaration of Independence
  • THE Biblical Basis of The Bill of Rights = The Declaration of Independence is a doctrinal Statement of How The bible Applies to Civics

 4) God Is Sovereign over the nations & Only the People he blesses to be his people thrive the rest are thwarted (God’s Sovereignty Determines If We Thrive or are Thwarted)

 “Psalm 33: 10-12  10The LORD brings the counsel (designs, plans, purposes, schemes, strategy) of the nations to nothing; he frustrates (makes ineffectual, annuls, breaks up (by shriveling) the plans of the peoples. 11The counsel of the LORD stands forever, the plans of his heart to all generations. 12Blessed is the nation whose God (divine being) is the LORD, the people whom he has chosen as his heritage!  ( those who inherit His blessings, those who share in what His possession).

NW 1828 HER’ITAGE, Inheritance; an estate that passes from an ancestor to an heir by descent or course of law; that which is inherited. In Scot’s law, it sometimes signifies immovable estate, in distinction from movable.

  1. In Scripture, the saints or people of God are called his heritage as being claimed by him, and are the objects of his special care.

1 Peter 5:3 KJV = 3Neither as being lords over God’s heritage, but being ensamples to the flock.

1 Peter 5:3 NAS = nor yet as lording it over those allotted to your charge, but proving to be examples to the flock.

If God does not bless us, we bomb out!!

5) Thomas Aquinas, John Locke, Blackstone “Natural Law is god’s ten commandments law”

The Preamble to The Declaration of Independence says, “… the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God …”

Thomas Aquinas & John Locke — “natural Law” is stated by divine Law, in The Decalogue of The Ten Commandments.  Further, the Divine law is more perfect than human law.”

Aquinas “…the Divine Law should come to man’s assistance where human reason fails him. (Gen 3:6-7 explains the fall, which corrupts human reasoning.  we have fallen reasoning.)  Locke “government exists to preserve natural rights and, by extension, man’s happiness and security.

Man has the capacity to understand and see the validity in God’s law, because God has wired us by writing His laws on our hearts. Rom. 2: 14-15

Aquinas “… just as the principal intention of human law is to create friendship between man and man; so the chief intention of the Divine law is to establish man in friendship with God.

(Leviticus 19:2; 11:45): “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”

6) Christian Civilization’s Journey to Express God’s Freedom in Civics

The documents listed in the white are the main and most well-known codifications seeking to express God’s will for man’s freedoms, but there were a lot of other stepping stones to the culmination of this thought, which is capped off as the Declaration of Independence and the First Amendment of The US Constitution.

  • “In Latin, Lex Rex means “the law is king”.
  • Rule of Law means that a written code of norms is agreed to by everyone; the law rules and men do not. Our rule of law was not born in a Philadelphia meetinghouse in 1787, but began with the Compact of Ethelred in 1014 A.D., when the English people forced a king to meet their demands. For the first time, kings could not do as they pleased.

The major birthmarks of American Constitution’s Genealogy are traced as follows:

1) 9th century, King Alfred the Great acknowledged that God gives us rights, and he codified them into law with a code that actually began with a with recitation of The 10 Commandments!  He said God’s10 Cmds Law Are What all Must obey

The moral and religious well-being of his people was as important to King Alfred as their physical protection. Influenced by Christian kingship ideals developed during the Carolingian Renaissance, he introduced law-codes based on traditional Old Testament legislation. The Royal Court became a magnet for eminent scholars who became the nucleus around which a great resurgence in Christian learning developed. As well as Asser, Alfred’s biographer, Frankish & Germanic scholars such as St. Grimbald (later appointed Dean of the New Minster in Winchester) and John the Old Saxon (appointed Abbot of Athelney) were a great influence on the King.

Above according to the David Nash Ford’s Royal Berkshire History and Biography of king Alfred

http://www.berkshirehistory.com/bios/alfred.html 

    © Nash Ford Publishing 2003. All Rights Reserved.

Alfred the Great (AD 846-899) – King of the English AD 871-899

All Rights & Law Come from God, So Separate of Church and State – Not God and Government

Read more at http://freedomoutpost.com/2014/01/separation-of-church-and-state-not-god-and-government/#XvM6dAsToLJVwGh8.99

Under the true, original American View of law and government, all law, and therefore all rights, originate in God.

Therefore, what is not in accord with God’s Law is not law.

The acknowledgement of this first principle of law and government is foundational to our lives and to our liberties.

We are informed of this principle in Scripture, and we are the beneficiaries of centuries of application of this view by those on whose shoulders were are privileged to stand. Aquinas “…the Divine Law should come to man’s assistance where human reason fails him. (Gen 3:6-7 explains the fall, which corrupts human reasoning. we have fallen reasoning.) Locke “government exists to preserve natural rights and,… Click To Tweet

  • The Charter of Liberties (1100 A.D.),

2) 1215 Magna Carta – Kings must Rule In compliance with God’s laws

  • The Magna Carta (1215 A.D.), (No one is above God’s laws, and the church shall be free to practice faith as God explains in the Bible.)

The Magna Carta was signed on June 15, 2015.  Bishop Stephen Langton of Canterbury was a major drafter and mediator between the king and the barons, and ensured the first and last clauses stated that ‘the Church in England shall be free”— meaning free from the King’s control!  The Magna Carta codified the Western World’s concept of the “Free Church” — the church free from government influence, so it could support without compromise the human rights and freedoms the Bible expresses. 

The Magna Carta codified that governments must treat people according to God’s laws.    

  • The Provisions of Oxford (1258 A.D.), t
  • The Declaration of Arbroath (1320 A.D.),

3) 1620 Mayflower Pact – pledged To Live by god’s Laws in the New World

The Mayflower Compact (1620), (Its Signers Pledged to organize ourselves under God’s ordinances to further the Gospel!)

In the 1600’s, Bible-believing Puritans codified god’s laws and overcame the tyrannical view that the king and government was above the law and could do no wrong.  These Puritans escaped religious persecution by coming to the New World.  Free from tyranny they decided to live and codify God’s will for both their individual and civic lives.  From their work we derive our legal views on freedom of speech, the press, exercise of religion, no  self-incrimination, independence of the jury, and imprisonment only after due process.

  • Petition of Right (1628),
  • Grand Remonstrance (1641),
  • English Bill of Rights (1689), (sought to get protestants out from under Roman Catholic Tyranny)

4) 1776 Declaration of Independence &

  • The Declaration of Independence (1776), (We’ve a right to self-govern under the 10 Commandments)
  • and Articles of Confederation (1781).

5) 1790 US Constitution Ratified & applied The Bible To civics!

  • The drafting of the Constitution of the United States began on May 25, 1787, when the Constitutional Convention met for the first time with a quorum at the Pennsylvania State House (now Independence Hall) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to revise the Articles of Confederation, and ended on September 17, 1787, the day the Constitution drafted by the convention’s delegates to replace the Articles was adopted and signed. The ratification process for the Constitution began that day, and ended when the final state, Rhode Island, ratified it on May 29, 1790
  • Our Constitution is the culmination of a 1,000-year western rule of law and We The People are sovereign over it to defend it!”

The US rule of law, meaning everyone submits to higher code of conduct than mere human reasoning would do, under situational ethics, whereby today, you proclaim this is right, but perhaps tomorrow you proclaim that is not right.  No what we’ve enjoyed in America as the pinnacle of Western/Christian Civilization was acknowledged in the Philadelphia meeting house in 1787, that it began with the Christianized English people insisting the king honor their rights to exercise the freedoms God bequeaths to us as natural , inalienable rights!

The Next slide will provide details of The Mayflower Compact

 7) The Mayflower Pact of 1620 (# 1)

was the first documented agreement created in America, where by people based their civic association on self-governing by obeying God’s Laws.

It’s signers pledged to apply God’s will in civics for Christian evangelism and Biblical living!

Blessed is the nation, whose God is the Lord Psalm 33:12 (NIV)

And God certainly did honor their faith and desire to glorify God, and He blessed America!

 8) Mayflower Compact:  Authors Edward Winslow and William Bradford. (# 2)

In the name of God, Amen. We whose names are underwritten, the loyal subjects of our dread sovereign lord King James, by the grace of God, of Great Britain, France, and Ireland King, Defender of the faith, etc.  Having undertaken, for the glory of God, and advancement of the christian faith, and honor of our king and country, a voyage to plant the first colony in the northern parts of Virginia, do by these presents solemnly and mutually in the presence of God and one of another, covenant, and combine ourselves together into a civil body politic, for our better ordering and preservation, and furtherance of the ends aforesaid;

 9) Mayflower Compact:  Authors Edward Winslow and William Bradford. (# 3)

… and by virtue hereof to enact, constitute, and frame such just and equal laws, ordinances, acts, constitutions, offices from time to time, as shall be thought most meet and convenient for the general good of the colony: unto which we promise all due submission and obedience. In witness whereof we have hereunder subscribed our names;

Cape Cod, the 11th of November, in the year of the reign of our sovereign lord King James, of England, France and Ireland eighteenth and of Scotland fifty-fourth, Anno Domini 1620.

“just and equal laws” – mean they want to reflect God’s Biblical laws to which each person equally submits.

 10)  The Declaration of Independence 1776 Declared God’s Will For Governance That Secures The Freedoms God Creates Each Person to Enjoy!

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain inalienable Rights (reflected in the 10 Commandments), that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. – that to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men

The Founding Fathers Recognized:

  • God gives Us Our rights (not institutions) and
  • Government’s Role is to Cooperate with God to
  • Secure (codify & protect) the Biblical Rights He Gives Us

Because America’s Founders said these truths are self-evident, because they and all their peers knew them well, so they didn’t feel they had to explain them.  It was obvious to them that they and those from whom they directly were descended came to America to establish  a lifestyle in which they could apply Biblical Christianity to both their personal and civic lives!  Anyone telling us differently is a lying, revisionist historian  

11)  God Provides for Our Inalienable Rights Through the Ten Commandments The framers of the US Constitution– the

Constitutional fathers did not intend that Americans would live in a Godless society.  They did not want religion prohibited because they knew that for Democracy to work, each citizen has to be self-governing– by adhering to the moral code of the 10 Commandments.  In the absence of this consensus, what results is societal chaos, mob rule and anarchy, because everyman will do what is right in his/her own eyes—rather than obey law.  

Here is a quick verbal history of how each of America’s original 13 colonies, which became states, acknowledged that religious beliefs have political and civic outcomes, and they wanted to ensure that anyone serving in public office in America had Biblical Christian, Pro-Testament Faith

Harvard President Rev. Samuel Langdon addressed the New Hampshire delegates with a message titled “The Republic of the Israelites an example to the American States”:

“Instead of the twelve tribes of ISRAEL, we may substitute the thirteen states of the American union, and see this application plainly …

The Israelites may be considered as a pattern to the world in all ages … Government … on republican principles, required laws; without which it must have degenerated immediately into … absolute monarchy …

Laws were founded on the plain immutable principles of reason, justice, and social virtue …

How unexampled was this quick progress of the Israelites, from abject slavery, ignorance, and almost total want of order, to a national establishment perfected in all its parts far beyond all other kingdoms and states!

From a mere mob, to a well regulated nation, under a government and laws far superior to what any other nation could boast! …”

Every preamble to every state constitution mentions Christianity, and/or the Bible as confirmation that those beliefs are foundational building blocks of American societal order.

All 13 Colonies Had a Religious Test for Holding Any Public Office

DELAWARE, the first state to ratify the U.S. Constitution, stated in its 1776 State Constitution:

“Every person … appointed to any office … shall … subscribe …

‘I … profess faith in GOD THE FATHER, and in JESUS CHRIST His only Son, and in the HOLY GHOST, one God, blessed for evermore; and I do acknowledge the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testament to be given by Divine inspiration.'”

PENNSYLVANIA, the 2nd state to ratify the U.S. Constitution, stated in its 1776 State Constitution, signed by Ben Franklin:

“Each member, before he takes his seat, shall … subscribe …

‘I do believe in one GOD, the Creator and Governor of the Universe, the Rewarder of the good and the Punisher of the wicked. And I do acknowledge the Scriptures of the Old and New Testament to be given by Divine Inspiration.'”

NEW JERSEY, the 3rd state to ratify the U.S. Constitution, stated in its 1776 State Constitution:

“All persons, professing a belief in the faith of any PROTESTANT sect, who shall demean themselves peaceably under the government … shall be capable of being elected.”

GEORGIA, the 4th state to ratify the U.S. Constitution, stated in its 1777 State Constitution:

“Representatives shall be chosen out of the residents in each county … and they shall be of the PROTESTANT religion.”

CONNECTICUT, the 5th state to ratify the U.S. Constitution, retained its 1662 Colonial Constitution, which was established PROTESTANT CONGREGATIONAL, till 1818:

“By the Providence of GOD … having from their ancestors derived a free and excellent Constitution … whereby the legislature depends on the free and annual election … The free fruition of such liberties and privileges as humanity, civility and CHRISTIANITY call for.”

MASSACHUSETTS, the 6th state to ratify the U.S. Constitution, stated in its 1780 State Constitution, written by John Adams:

“Any person … before he … execute the duties of his … office … [shall] subscribe … ‘I… declare, that I believe the CHRISTIAN religion, and have a firm persuasion of its truth’ …

The legislature shall … authorize the support and maintenance of public PROTESTANT teachers of piety, religion and morality.”

MA – ensured that public schools were Pro-Testament Bible schools.  Billy Sunday said, “We will burn city hall down before we let you take the Bible out of our schools!

MARYLAND, the 7th state to ratify the U.S. Constitution, stated in its 1776 State Constitution:

“No other test … ought to be required, on admission to any office … than such oath of support and fidelity to this State … and a declaration of a belief in the CHRISTIAN religion.”

SOUTH CAROLINA, the 8th state to ratify the U.S. Constitution, stated in its 1778 State Constitution:

“No person shall be eligible to a seat … unless he be of the PROTESTANT religion … The CHRISTIAN PROTESTANT religion shall be deemed … the established religion of this State.”

NEW HAMPSHIRE, the 9th state to ratify the U.S. Constitution, stated in its 1784 State Constitution:

“No person shall be capable of being elected … who is not of the PROTESTANT religion.”

VIRGINIA, the 10th state to ratify the U.S. Constitution, stated in its 1776 State Constitution, Bill of Rights, written with the help of James Madison and George Mason:

“It is the mutual duty of all to practice CHRISTIAN forbearance, love, and charity towards each other.”

NEW YORK, the 11th state to ratify the U.S. Constitution, stated in its 1777 State Constitution:

“The United American States … declare … ‘Laws of nature and of NATURE’S GOD … All men are created equal; that they are endowed by their CREATOR with certain unalienable rights … Appealing to the SUPREME JUDGE of the world … A firm reliance on the protection of DIVINE PROVIDENCE’ …

People of this State, ordain … the free exercise and enjoyment of religious profession and worship, without discrimination …

Provided, That the liberty of conscience, hereby granted, shall not be so construed as to excuse acts of licentiousness (sexuality immorality).”

NORTH CAROLINA, the 12th state to ratify the U.S. Constitution, stated in its 1776 State Constitution:

“No person, who shall deny the being of GOD or the truth of the PROTESTANT religion, or the Divine authority either of the Old or New Testaments, or who shall hold religious principles incompatible with the freedom and safety of the State, shall be capable of holding … office.”

 RHODE ISLAND, the 13th state to ratify the U.S. Constitution, retained its 1663 Colonial Constitution till 1843, which stated:

“By the blessing of God … a full liberty in religious concernments … rightly grounded upon GOSPEL principles, will give the best and greatest security … in the true CHRISTIAN faith and worship of God … They may … defend themselves, in their just rights and liberties against all the enemies of the CHRISTIAN faith.”

Samuel Adams on Aug 1, 1776, Explained The Philosophy Behind The Declaration of Independence

Samuel Adams was Gov of MA 1793-1797 & 2nd Cousin of 2nd US President John Adams, who was America’s chief government executive from March 4, 1797 – March 4, 1801 and was the Revolutionary political leader, who helped spearhead The Boston Tea Party to resist “Taxation w/o Representation” Converted under the ministry of Evangelist George Whitfield Samuel Adams ask America’s Founders and us to …

  1. Hear with caution, and examine without prejudice
  2. Consider how religious beliefs have political outcomes
  3. Realize Christ on the throne of our hearts motivates civics

This speech is a must read for anyone who wants to understand America’s Founding, and we encourage you to take a copy, and pay special attention to the 3rd paragraph. .

12) John Quincy Adams (October 30, 1735 – July 4, 1826) was an American statesman, diplomat and political theorist. A leading champion of independence in 1776 & 6th US President

6th US President John Quincy Adams said,

“The highest glory of the American Revolution was this: it connected in one indissoluble bond the principles of civil government with the principles of Christianity.”

13) George Washington Esteemed The Bible and Its Commands

Nearly every Founding Father mentioned Christianity’s positive influence to produce the behaviors necessary for our society to survive as one characterized by civil order. 

Every preamble to every state constitution mentions Christianity, and/or the Bible as confirmation that those beliefs are foundational building blocks of American societal order.

George Washington had esteem for the Bible, and kissed it during his inauguration.  Both he and John Adams understood that a democracy would thrive and survive only as long as its citizens adhered to Biblical principles.

George Washington declared in his 1796 farewell address, “Reason and experience  both forbid us to expect that the national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principal.”

14) James Madison, Jr. American statesman political theorist, & 4th President of the United States, said in 1778 to the Virginia House of Commons “We have staked the whole future of American civilization, not upon the power of the government, far from it. We have staked the future of all of our political institutions upon the capacity … of each and all of us to govern ourselves, to control ourselves, to sustain ourselves according to the Ten commandments of God.”

— James Madison, 1778

15) John Adams signer of the Declaration of Independence in 1776, and 2nd U.S. President Said our democratic republic will thrive as long as citizens obey the Bible John Adams wrote in 1798, “Our Constitution is designed only for a moral and religious people.  It is wholly inadequate for any other.”

Thus the U. S. Constitution says these rights are bestowed upon us by our Creator.  Government is to be a steward of the rights God bestows on us

Everyone can live in America — as long as they adhere to the treating each other according to the Ten Commandments.

But only those who are born again disciples of Christ are equipped morally and spiritually to be in office to administer the US Constitution and its laws.

16) Abraham Lincoln said that America is a government of the People, by the People and for the People.

This phrase did not originate with Lincoln, but first was coined by a Christian Theologian and Martyr.

Abraham Lincoln quoted the 1382 introduction of the John Wycliffe Bible, when he said ”The Bible is for the government of the people, by the people and for the people.”

In his 1382 publication of the Wycliffe Bible, John Wycliffe wrote in the introduction:

“The Bible is for the government of the people, by the people and for the people.” 

17) Proverbs 29:8 (ESV)  Do not move an ancient boundary stone set up by your ancestors.

Psalm 11:3 if the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?

Repent & Repair! = Stop, Drop to our knees, and put our faces on the floor/ground, and Roll back to God. 

10The LORD brings the counsel of the nations to nothing; he frustrates the plans of the peoples. Tonight I’m going to explain how this graphic is true – that the American Constitution is based on the Bible, and that to restore our nation, we to Repent, Return & Repair!

Proverbs 29:8 (ESV)  Do not move an ancient boundary stone set up by your ancestors.

Psalm 11:3 if the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?  done?

God offers US an “If – Then” Proposition in 2 Chronicles 7:14

“if my people who are called by my name humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”  

  • Humble ourselves (See self as God sees us / believe what the Bible says about us.)
  • Pray (Speak with God & Let God Speak to You)
  • Seek God’s face (seek a relationship with Him; love Him & His Word & not just want blessings from His hand.)
  • Turn from our wicked ways, (Repent and do a 180 degree about face towards God.)

“if my people who are called by my name humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”  

  • I will hear from Heaven.
  • I will forgive their sin, and
  • I will heal their land.

We must call appropriately for God to hear. We must ask for forgiveness & repent! 

18) Revivalist Charles Finney on The Church’s  Role in Politics

http://www.azquotes.com/author/18860-Charles_Grandison_Finney

“The Church must take right ground in regard to politics. . . God cannot sustain this free and blessed country which we love and pray for unless the Church will take right ground. Politics are a part of a religion in such a country as this, and Christians must do their duty to the country as a part of their duty to God.

It seems sometimes as if the foundations of the nation are becoming rotten, and Christians seem to act as if they think God does not see what they do in politics. But I tell you He does see it, and He will bless or curse this nation according to the course [Christians] take [in politics].”

19) Revivalist Charles Finney on The Church’s  Role in Politics

No government is lawful or innocent that does not recognize the moral law as the only universal law, and God as the Supreme Lawgiver and Judge, to whom nations in their national capacity, as well as individuals, are amenable. 

No man can possibly be benevolent or religious, to the full extent of his obligations, without concerning himself, to a greater or less extent, with the affairs of human government.

http://christian-quotes.ochristian.com/Charles-Finney-Quotes/

20) Let’s Pray that God ReAwakens, ReInvigorates & ReEstablish Us in Our Calls In Christ!

Let’s Pray:

God, please reconnect us to what You have done through Your Historical Body of Christ, so we honor the work you did through them, and repent of the lie that You are not concerned about how humans are governed.

Give us grace and mercy to apply Your Bible to every aspect of life, including our Civic life. 

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