To make my case, I began the exploration of Emerson’s 1947 Supreme court decision using the Bible(Word of God), because it is the foundation for all truth (Jn17:17; Jn1:14;Jn14:6).However, moving forward, I would now like to cite historical evidences to further establish my case.
In 1854, following a year of extensive investigation into the contention that the United States is not founded upon Christianity the ‘United States Congress’ declared,
“Had the people during the revolution ever had a suspicion of an attempt to war against Christianity, that revolution would have been strangled in its cradle. At the time of the adoption of the Constitution and the amendments, the universal sentiment was Christianity should be encouraged, but not any one denomination. In this age, there can be no substitute for Christianity. It was the religion of the founders of the republic, and they expected it to remain the religion of their descendents.”
Nearly 40 years later in the 1892 Trinity case, the topic arose again, but this time the ‘Supreme Count’ (SCOTUS) took on the challenge, conducting a thorough study of American history and citing over 60 historical precedents. The ‘Supreme Court of the United States’ concluded: “There is no dissidence in these declarations. There is a universal language pervading them all having one meaning, they affirm and reaffirm that this is a religious nation. This is a Christian nation.”
Nearly 100 years later, the topic arose again. In 1985, University of Houston political science professors Donald Lutz and Charles Hyneman published a monumental work taking ten years. In excess of 15,000 items were included in their findings: 2,200 books, newspaper articles, pamphlets and monographs of political materials. The parameters for the study items were set between the years of 1760-1805. The point of this massive undertaking was to uncover ‘who’ the constitutional framers quoted most often. Their conclusions produced three men most often cited by our Founding Fathers:
1) Barron Charles Montesquieu (1689-1755)- 8%
2) William Blackstone (1723-80)- 8%
3) John Locke (1632-1704)- 3%
However, the fourth was by far the most intriguing:
4) Bible- 34%
I repeat, Lutz and Hyneman concluded a 10-year study finding that the Founding Fathers of America used ‘DIRECT REFERENCES’ from the Bible the vast majority of the time to support their conclusions on government!
Just in case you are wondering, ‘ALL’ three of the aforementioned men believed in an indivisible connection between law and morality. In other words, they all believed that morality originated in the Judaeo-Christian ethic, which they concluded is the foundation for law!
As a quick example, John Locke wrote the “Treatise of Government”, where he used over one thousand Bible verses to support his conclusions. And, William Blackstone’s Law books, which for decades were used as the standard for law schools all across America, were read by atheist at the time, Charles Finney(1792-1895). He read so many Bible verses in Blackstone’s law books, that he decided to read the Bible for himself. As a consequence of studying the Bible, he gave his life to Christ, dropped his study of law, and became one of America’s greatest Christian evangelists!!! Allow me to repeat that: William Blackstone’s law books, which for decades were used in America’s law schools to train lawyers and judges—were instrumental in leading Charles Finney to Christ!!! Ironically, and tragically, these are the same law schools that ‘now’ produce lawyers and judges that have adopted Emerson’s 1947 liberal separation of church and state!!!
As a side note, Reverend Finney also served as the second president (1851-1866) of Oberlin college in Ohio, which at the time was a bastion for the abolition movement.
Allow me to conclude by asking a silly rhetorical question: Does any of this sound like a ‘separation of God from the state’?*
*As established in Tidbit 2, using their patented ‘word manipulation’ method, liberalism changed: ‘the separation of church and state’ to ‘the separation of God from the state’—allowing them to use Emerson as a battering ram to smash any vestiges of God, Jesus, or the Bible, from public discourse.
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