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Let us today give thanks to the Lord and rejoice that David Wilkerson is in heaven with Him. David was/still is a great inspiration to me and a powerful encourager. Our loss is heaven's gain.
Thursday, April 28, 2011
Of Evil and Good: The faith of Founding Fathers
No small amount of controversy has been stirring among Christian circles over the faith of the Founding Fathers of America, their beliefs about Jesus Christ and how followers of "Dominion" or "Kingdom Now" theology are trying to use the Founders to get Christians involved in politics. Dominion theology is the belief that Christians must establish the Kingdom of God here on earth in order to prepare the way for the return of Jesus Christ. Those who believe in Dominion theology, therefore, believe Christians must be involved in high places of government in order to effectively establish this kingdom. It is wrong minded and bad theology in that Jesus himself will establish his kingdom when he returns.
There has been strong evidence provided by filmmaker Christian Pinto that many of the Founding Fathers, while accepting and following the moral code established in the Bible, did not believe in miracles, especially those regarding the virgin birth of Jesus and his resurrection. Thomas Paine, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin are among those Pinto documents through their letters and books who did not believe that the Christ had come in the flesh. Pinto rightly claims that they are as described in 2 John 7, "For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist."
Many Christians are using these documentations to discredit the Founding Fathers completely as well as an excuse to shun any form of civic responsibility relating to good government. Another Founding Father John Jay, however, on October 12, 1816, said, "Providence has given to our people the choice of their rulers, and it is the duty, as well as the privilege and interest of our Christian nation to select and prefer Christians for their rulers." The scriptures show that God judges nations as well as people. Irrespective of their imperfections, the Founders gave us a nation where Christians have the freedom and right to choose men of truth, who fear God and hate covetousness to govern this nation righteously.
There were deists, unitarians, Christians and other forms of religious beliefs represented in the framing of the Founding Documents. These men agreed, however, that the social contract of self government spawned from the inalienable rights endowed by the Creator, and the basic principles of our government were derived from the Bible. As Joseph said in Genesis 50:20, "But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive." Is this what God did through our Founders? Is our response as Christians measured in heaven by our actions personally and collectively as a people (nation)? Is the light of Christ to shine everywhere except in our nation's government? Are we not to overcome evil with good?
Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!