Thursday, October 28, 2010

The Faith of Adams & Jefferson

Christians have been fed a lie for many years concerning the faith of our founding fathers. I posted on the topic about a week ago, and have since then received the book containing the letters between John Adams and Thomas Jefferson. The following are quotes that directly pertain to their faith. I think that we can conclude that they are not Christian.

Letter: Adams to Jefferson, Quincy, July 16th, 1813 -
"In your Letter to Priestly on March 21, 1801, dated at Washington you call "The Christian Philosophy, the most sublime and benevolent, but the most perverted System that ever shone on Man." That is the most sublime and benevolent, I agree. But whether it has been more perverted than that of Mosse, of Confucius, or Zoroaster, of Sanchoniathan of Numa, of Mahomet of the Druids, of the Hindoos ect, ect, ect. I cannot as yet determine; because I am not sufficiently acquainted with those Systems or the History of their Effect to form a decisive Opinion of the result of the Comparison."
Letter: Jefferson to Adams, Monticello, Jan. 24, 1814 -
"Where get we the ten commandments? The book indeed gives them to us verbatim. But where did it get them? For itself tells us they were written by the finger of god on tables of stone, which were destroyed by Moses: it specifies those on the 2d. set of tables in different form and substance, but still without saying how the others were recovered. But the whole history of these books is so defective and doubtful that it seems vain to attempt minute enquiry into it: and such tricks have been plaid with their text, and with the texts of other books relation to them, that we have a right, from that cause, to entertain much doubt what parts of them are genuine. In the New testament there is internal evidence that parts of it have proceeded from an extraordinary man; and that other parts are of the fabric of very inferior minds. It is as easy to separate those parts, as to pick out diamonds from dunghills."
Letter: Adams to Jefferson, Quincy, 23rd January 1825 -
"The Europeans are all deeply tainted with prejudices both Ecclesiastical, and Temporal which they can never get rid of; they are all infected with Episcopal and Presbyterian Creeds, and confessions of faith. They all believe that great principle, which has produced this boundless Universe. Newton's Universe, and Hershells universe, came down to this little Ball, to be spit-upon by Jews; and untill this awful blasphemy is got rid of, there will never be any liberal science in the world."
The author of this book has written an introduction to each chapter, which precedes a handful of letters. He has read the content of each of the letters and draws this conclusion:
"In religion as in science of politics the two retired statesmen could turn philosophers without effort. But their frank discussion of religion, it should be remembered, was confined to their private correspondence. Their sharp condemnation of the priestcraft, their ridicule of the mystical Trinity as untenable by rational men, and their use of historical criticism to distinguish fact from "revelation" would have raised public furor. Under the aegis of the Enlightenment, freedom of thought won least recognition in the field of religion and theology. To Adams and Jefferson the achievement of religious freedom in most of the states during the Revolution and the adoption of the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States had done more, they hoped, than establish a grudging toleration. They insisted on the ultimate truth "that Almighty God hath created the mind free."
                    Lester F. Cappon, The Adams-Jefferson Letters
Why have Christians been led to believe these men were Christians? Christian J. Pinto, the writer and director of the DVD titled The Hidden Faith of the Founding Fathers, spoke on the topic. He said that this was a way to draw Christians away from God and have them focus on politics. This may be so, but there is something else happening here. 

The Christian Nationalism movement, a byproduct of Dominion Theology, which asserts that in preparation for the second coming of Christ, godly men have the responsibility to take over every aspect of society. Dominion Theology comes out of Christian Reconstructionism, a fundamentalist creed that was propagated by the late Rousas John Rushdoony and his son-in-law, Gary North.

Reconstructionists, the ones leading the deception, believe in postmillennial theology; meaning its followers believe Jesus won't return until after Christians establish a thousand year reign on earth. While other Christians wait for the messiah, Reconstructionists want to build the kingdom themselves.

The doctrine of Dominion/Kingdom Now Theology and their purpose for rebuilding our country as a Christian nation in which ours has been founded country (the lie), have been promoted in Christian homeschool curriculum and the Church. Many Christians don't believe in Dominion Theology, once they learn what it is, but they do believe our country was founded by Christians, which provides the Reconstuctionists with the fuel to feed their beliefs.
"Many if not most Christians following Dominion Theology leaders will be surprised to know it. For example, almost all of “Word of Faith” leaders are dominionists. The “Christian Right” has many dominionist leaders, especially those that are pushing ecumenicalism and those that teach that we need to take the nation or the world for Christ. Liberal Christians pushing ecumenicalism often are dominionists. Dominion Theology teachers lead a large segment of the Charismatic and Pentecostal movements. Much of the leadership of the “Promise Keepers” mens movement embraces Dominion Theology. Much of the “seeker friendly purpose driven” church growth movement has a dominionist world social agenda. The Catholic Church has a Dominion worldview. Even the ultra right Christian patriot and the Christian identity cults believe the unbiblical worldview of Dominion Theology." [1]
Do you believe it matters that our country was founded by Christians? The Puritans laid good ground when they came to this land. There were revivals that kept the hearts of men towards God. Jefferson helped the Christians by adding the Freedom of Religion, but it was primarily provided to gain the support of the people for the Revolution.

We Christians are such a trusting, sorry bunch.