Was “The Original Intent”

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 Whose Divine Hand Was behind the Establishment of the United States of America and our Founding Documents.

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"The government of God is the only government which will hold society against depravity within and temptation without."

— Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887) Miniser, educator and anti-slavery activist

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"Moral evils constitute or produce most of the miseries of mankind and these may be prevented or avoided. Be it remembered then that disobedience to God's law, or sin is the procuring cause of almost all the sufferings of mankind. God has so formed the moral system of this world, that a conformity to His will by men produces peace, prosperity and happiness; and disobedience to His will or laws inevitably produces misery. If men are wretched, it is because they reject the government of God, and seek temporary good in that which certainly produces evil."

— Noah Webster (1758-1843)  Father of the Dictionary & American Patriot


"This principle, that a whole nation has a right to do whatever it pleases, cannot in any sense whatever be admitted as true. The eternal and immutable laws of justice and morality are paramount to all human legislation. The violations of those laws is certainly within the power of a nation, but it is not among the rights of nations."

— John Quincy Adams, (1767-1848)  6th President of the United States


"If this nation is, in the providence of God, destined to lead the way in the moral and political emancipation of the world, it is time she understood her high calling, and were harnessed for the work.”

— Henry Ward Beecher (1813–1887) Minister, educator and anti-slavery activis


“The law given from Sinai was a civil and municipal as well as a moral and religious code; it contained many statutes  … of universal application,—laws essential to the existence of men in society, and most of which have been enacted by every nation which ever professed any code of laws. … Human legislators can undertake only to prescribe the actions of men; they acknowledge their inabihty to govern and direct the sentiments ot the heart; the very law itself is a rule of civil conduct, not of internal principles.”

— John Quincy Adams, (1767-1848)  6th President of the United States


"The relations which exist between man and his Maker, and the duties resulting from those relations, are the most interesting and important to every human being and the most incumbent on his study and investigation."

— Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) Third President of the United States


“A [the] law established by the Creator, which has existed from the beginning, extends over the whole globe, is everywhere and at all times binding upon mankind. . . .I hold that all laws and compacts imposing any such conditions [slavery] upon any human being absolutely void, because contrary to the law of nature, which is the law of God by which he makes his way known to man and is paramount to all human control.”

— Rufus King (1755-1827) Signer of the Constitution of the United States, framer of the Bill of Rights, politician, and diplomat.


“God is the author of the natural law, is proved by the natural reason ... Of the duties incumbent upon man in accordance with natural law the most convenient division seems to be according to the objects in regard to which they are to be practiced. From this standpoint they are classified under three main heads: the first of which instructs us how, according to the dictate of sound reason alone a man should conduct himself toward God, the second, how toward himself, the third, how toward other men.”

— Samuel von Pufendorf (1632-1694) German jurist, historian, philosopher and statesman


“The power of the legislative being derived from the people by a positive voluntary grant and institution, can be no other than what that positive grant conveyed, which being only to make laws, and not to make legislators, the legislative can have no power to transfer their authority of making laws, and place it in other hands.”  “The reason why men enter into society is the preservation of their property. ….[Therefore,] whenever the legislators endeavor to take away and destroy the property of the people, or to reduce them to slavery under arbitrary power, they put themselves into a state of war with the people, who are thereupon absolved from any farther obedience, and are left to the common refuge which God hath provided for all men against force and violence. Whensoever, therefore, the legislative shall transgress this fundamental rule of society, and either by ambition, fear, folly, or corruption, endeavor to grasp themselves, or put into the hands of any other, an absolute power over the lives, liberties, and estates of the people, by this breach of trust they [the government officals] forfeit the power the people had put into their hands…  and it devolves to the people, who have a right to resume their original liberty, and ….provide for their own safety and security.”

— John Locke (1632-1704) British Philosopher & Author with works on the biblical basis of government.


“Now all acts of legislature apparently contrary to natural right and justice, are, in our laws, and must be in the nature of things, considered as void. The laws of nature are the laws of God; whose authority can be superseded by no power on earth. A legislature must not obstruct our obedience to him from whose punishments they cannot protect us. All human constitutions which contradict His [God’s] laws, we are in conscience bound to disobey.”

— George Mason (1725-1792) Founding Father & Author of the Virginia Declaration of Rights


“It has been often remarked that the people of the United States come nearer to a parallel with Ancient Israel, than any other nation upon the globe. Hence ‘Our American Israel’ is a term frequently used; and our common consent allows it apt and proper.”

— Abiel Abbot (1770–1828) Graduate from Harvard Divinity School, Clergyman (Thanksgiving Sermon, 1799)


"When a government is in its prime, the public good engages the attention of the whole; the strictest regard is paid to the qualifications of those who hold the offices of state; virtue prevails; everything is managed with justice, prudence, and frugality; the laws are founded on principles of equity rather than mere policy, and all the people are happy. But vice will increase with the riches and glory of an empire; and this generally tends to corrupt the Constitution and in time bring on its dissolution. This may be considered not only as the natural effect of vice, but a righteous judgment from Heaven, especially upon a nation which has been favored with the blessings of religion and liberty and is guilty of undervaluing them and eagerly going into the gratification of every lust.”

— Samuel Langdon (1723-1797) – Thirteenth President of Harvard University, Delegate to the New Hampshire convention that adopted the Constitution



“BECAUSE no People can be truly happy, though under the greatest Enjoyment of Civil Liberties, if abridged of the Freedom of their Consciences, as to their Religious Profession and Worship: And Almighty God being the only Lord of Conscience, Father of Lights and Spirits; and the Author as well as Object of all divine Knowledge, Faith and Worship, who only doth enlighten the Minds, and persuade and convince the Understandings of People.”


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— William Penn (1644-1718) Quaker and founder of Pennsylvania


“Of law there are different kinds. All, however, may be arranged in two different classes. 1. Divine. 2. Human laws. The descriptive epithets employed denote, that the former have God, the latter, man, for their author.


I. That law, the book of which we be neither able nor worthy to open. Of this law, the author and observer is God. He is a law to himself, as well as to all created things. This law we may name the “law eternal.”


II. That law, which made for angels and the spirits of the just made perfect. This may be called the “law celestial.” This law, and the glorious state for which it is adapted, we see, at present, but darkly and as through a glass: but hereafter we shall see even as we are seen; and shall know even as we are know. For the wisdom and the goodness of the adorable Author and Preserver of the universe, we are justified in concluding, that the celestial and perfect state is governed, as all other things are, by his established laws. What those laws are, it is not yet given to us to know; but on one truth we may rely with sure and certain confidence—those laws are wise and good. For another truth we have infallible authority—those laws are strictly obeyed: “In heaven his will is done.”


III. That law, by which the irrational and inanimate parts of the creation are governed. The great Creator of all things has established general and fixed rules, according to which all the phenomena of the material universe are produced and regulated. These rules are usually denominated laws of nature. The science, which has those laws for its object, is distinguished by the name of natural philosophy. It is sometimes called, the philosophy of body. Of this science, there are numerous branches.


IV. That law, which God has made for man in his present state; that law, which is communicated to us by reason and conscience, the divine monitors within us, and by the sacred oracles, the divine monitors without us. This law has undergone several subdivision, and has been known by distinct appellations, according to the different ways in which it has been promulgated, and the different objects which it respects.


“As promulgated by reason and moral sense, it has been called natural; as promulgated by the holly scriptures, it has been called revealed law. As addressed to men, it has been denominated the law of nature; as addressed to political societies, it has been denominated the law of nations. But it should always be remembered, that this law, natural or revealed, made for men or for nations, flows from the same divine source: it is the law of God. Nature, or, so to speak more properly, the Author of nature, has done much for us; but it is his gracious appointment and will, that we should also do much for ourselves. What se do, indeed, must be founded on what he has done; and the deficiencies of our laws must be supplied by the perfection of his. Human law must rest its authority, upon the authority of that law, which is divine.”… “Far from being rivals or enemies, religion and law are twin sisters, friends, and mutual assistants. ….divine laws form an essential part of both.”

— James Wilson (1742-1798) Founding Father, assisted in drafting the Constitution, Supreme Court Justice.


“You have rights antecedent to all earthly governments; rights that cannot be repealed or restrained by human laws; right derived from the Great Legislator of the Universe.”

—  John Adams (1797-1801) Second President of the United States and Patriot


"For that all law, properly considered, supposes a capable subject and a superior power, and the law of God which is binding, is published by the dictates of right reason as other ways. … God has established the law of nature, as the general rule of government, is further illustrable from the many sanctions in providence, and from the peace and guilt of conscience in them that either obey or'violate the law of nature. But, moreover, the foundation of the law of nature with relation to government ...

— John Wise (1818-1883) Clergyman from Ipswich, MA, protested unjust taxes, influenced many Founding Fathers on the Biblical basis of American Liberty


"Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers; for there is no power but of God: the powers that be, are ordained of God. Here he urges the duty of obedience from this topic of argument, that civil rulers, as they are supposed to fulfil the pleasure of God, are the ordinance of God. But how is this an argument for obedience to such rulers as do not perform the pleasure of God, by doing good; but the pleasure of the devil, by doing evil; and such as are not, therefore, God’s ministers, but the devil’s! Whosoever, therefore, resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God; and they that resist, shall receive to themselves damnation. … But how is this an argument, that we must honor, and submit to, such magistrates as are not enemies to the evil actions of men, but to the good; and such as are not a common blessing, but a common curse, to society! But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid: For he is the minister of God, a revenger, to execute wrath upon him that doth evil."

— Jonathan Mayhew (1720–1766) Minister from the time of the First Great Awakening who heavily influenced many of the Founding Fathers


“From the day of the declaration … they (the American people) were bound by the laws of God, which they all, and by the laws of the gospel, which they nearly all, acknowledged as the rules of their conduct.”

— John Quincy Adams, (1767-1848)  6th President of the United States


“Laws, in their most general signification, are the necessary relations arising from the nature of things. In this sense all beings have their laws: the Deity His laws, the material world its laws, the intelligences superior to man their laws, the beasts their laws, man his laws. They who assert that a blind fatality produced the various effects we behold in this world talk very absurdly; for can anything be more unreasonable than to pretend that a blind fatality could be productive of intelligent beings?


There is, then, a prime reason; and laws are the relations subsisting between it and different beings, and the relations of these to one another. God is related to the universe, as Creator and Preserver; the laws by which He created all things are those by which He preserves them. He acts according to these rules, because He knows them; He knows them, because He made them; and He made them, because they are in relation to His wisdom and power.


Since we observe that the world, though formed by the motion of matter, and void of understanding, subsists through so long a succession of ages, its motions must certainly be directed by invariable laws; and could we imagine another world, it must also have constant rules, or it would inevitably perish."

— Barron Charles de Montesquieu (1689-1755) French political thinker & writer on separation of powers of government


“I have read it through many times; I now make a practice of going through it once a year. It is a book of all others for lawyers, as well as divines; and I pity the man who cannot find in it a rich supply of thought and rule for conduct.”

— Daniel Webster (1782-1852) Author, Lawyer and Patriot


"Has it any solid foundation, any chief cornerstone but what accident, chance, or confusion may lay one moment and destroy the next? I think it has an everlasing foundation in the unchangeable will of GOD, the author of nature, whose laws never vary. …The end of government being the good of mankind points out its great duties: it is above all things to provide for the security, the quiet, and happy enjoyment of life, liberty, and property. There is no one act which a government can have a right to make that does not tend to the advancement of the security, tranquillity, and prosperity of the people. If life, liberty, and property could …


The sum of my argument is: that civil government is of God that the administrators of it were originally the whole people; that they might have devolved it on whom they pleased; that this devolution is fiduciary, for the good of the whole."

— James Otis (1725-1783) Early American Patriot, lawyer and defender of the Writs of assistance and rights of the colonies. (coined the phrase a mans house is his castle & taxation without representation is tyranny)


"The future and success of America is not in this Constitution, but in the laws of God upon which this Constitution is founded.”

— James Madison (1751-1836) Father of the Constitution, 4th President of the United States  


“All the forms of civil polity have been tried by mankind, except one, and that seems to have been reserved in Providence to be realized in America.  Most of the states, of all ages …have been founded in rapacity, usurpation, and injustice; so that in the contests recorded in history …the military history of all nations being but a description of the wars and invasions of the mutual robbers and devastators of the human race.”

— Ezra Stiles (1727– 1795) Minister, Theologian, Author and President of Yale College


"A nation which does not remember what it was yesterday, does not know what it is today, nor what it is trying to do. We are trying to do a futile thing if we do not know where we came from or what we have been about.....The Bible is the one supreme source of revelation of the meaning of life, the nature of God, and spiritual nature and needs of men. It is the only guide of life which really leads the spirit in the way of peace and salvation. America was born a Christian nation. America was born to exemplify that devotion to the elements of righteousness which are derived from the revelations of Holy Scripture.”

— Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924) 28th President of the United States


"The fundamental basis of this nation's law was given to Moses on the Mount. The fundamental basis of our Bill of Rights comes from the teachings we get from Exodus and St. Matthew, from Isaiah and St. Paul. I don't think we emphasize that enough these days. If we don't have the proper fundamental moral background, we will finally wind up with a totalitarian government which does not believe in rights for anybody but the state."

— Harry S. Truman (1884-1972, 33rd President of the United States


“Woe to you lawyers! for you have taken away the key of knowledge; you did not enter yourselves, and you hindered those who were entering."

— Luke 11:52 RSV


"Among the natural rights of the Colonists are these: First, a right to life; Secondly, to liberty; Thirdly, to property; together with the right to support and defend them in the best manner they can. These are evident branches of, rather than deductions from, the duty of self-preservation, commonly called the first law of nature.  …The natural liberty of man is to be free from any superior power on earth, and not to be under the will or legislative authority of man, but only to have the law of nature [God] for his rule. … These may be best understood by reading and carefully studying the institutes of the great Law Giver and Head of the Christian Church, which are to be found clearly written and promulgated in the New Testament. … his natural right to worship God according to the dictates of his own conscience. And, by the charter of this Province, it is granted, ordained, and established (that is, declared as an original right) that there shall be liberty of conscience allowed in the worship of God to all Christians."

 — Samuel Adams (1722–1803) Father of the American Revolution, Patriot and Statesman


"The gospel is called a law of liberty, because it bears a most friendly aspect to the liberty of man; it is a known rule ...the gospel makes no alteration in the civil state; it by no means renders man's natural and social condition worse than it would be without the knowledge of the gospel. …  the gospel is a law of liberty in a much higher sense; by whomsoever a man is overcome, of the same he is brought into bondage; but no external enemy can so completely tyrannize over a conquered enemy, as sin does over all those who yield themselves its servants; vicious habits, when once they have gained the ascendancy in the soul, bring man to that unhappy pass, that he knows better things and does worse; sin, like a torrent, carries him away against knowledge and conviction, while conscience fully convinces him that he travels the road of death, and must expect, if he so continues, to take up his abode in hell ... till the grace of God brings salvation, when he would do good, evil is present with him; in short, instead of being under a law of liberty, he is under the law of sin and death; but whenever he feels the happy influence of the grace of the gospel, then this "law of liberty makes him free from the law of sin and death:" it furnishes him with not only motives to resist, but with power also to subdue sin; sin reigns no longer in his mortal body, because he is not under the law, but under grace.  By this law of liberty he is made free from sin, and has his fruit unto holiness, and the end of it eternal life.”

— John Joachim Zubly (1724-1781) Pastor, farmer and statesman


“In short it is the greatest absurdity to suppose it in the power of one or any number of men at the entering into society, to renounce their essential natural rights, or the means of preserving those rights when the great end of civil government from the very nature of its institution is for the support, protection and defense of those very rights: the principal of which as is before observed, are life liberty and property. If men through fear, fraud or mistake, should in terms renounce & give up any essential natural right, the eternal law of reason and the great end of society, would absolutely vacate such renunciation; the right to freedom being the gift of God Almighty, it is not in the power of Man to alienate this gift, and voluntarily become a slave.”

— John Adams (1797-1801) Second President of the United States and Patriot


“In short, it is the greatest absurdity to suppose it in the power of one, or any number of men, at the entering into society, to renounce their essential natural rights, or the means of preserving those rights; when the grand end of civil government, from the very nature of its institution, is for the support, protection, and defence of those very rights; the principal of which, as is before observed, are Life, Liberty, and Property. If men, through fear, fraud, or mistake, should in terms renounce or give up any essential natural right, the eternal law of reason and the grand end of society would absolutely vacate such renunciation. The right to freedom being the gift of God Almighty, it is not in the power of man to alienate this gift and voluntarily become a slave.


These may be best understood by reading and carefully studying the institutes of the great Law Giver and Head of the Christian Church, which are to be found clearly written and promulgated in the New Testament.”

— Samuel Adams (1722–1803) Father of the American Revolution, Patriot and Statesman


"Our ancestors established their system of government on morality and religious sentiment. Moral habits, they believed, cannot safely be trusted on any other foundation than religious principle, nor any government be secure which is not supported by moral truth. ‘Whatever makes men good Christians, makes them good citizens.’


Our fathers came here to enjoy their religion free and unmolested, and, at the end of two centuries, there is nothing upon which we can pronounce more confidently, nothing of which we can express a more deep and earnest conviction, than the inestimable importance of that religion to man, both in regard to this life and that which is to come."

— Daniel Webster (1782-1852) Author, Lawyer and Patriot


“It has been said with much vivacity, that the felicity of the American colonists consisted in their escape from the past. This is true so far as respects political establishments, but no further. They brought with them a full portion of all the riches of the past, in science, in art, in morals, religion, and literature. The Bible came with them. And it is not to be doubted, that to the free and universal reading of the Bible, in that age, men were much indebted for right views of civil liberty. The Bible is a book of faith, and a book of doctrine, and a book of morals, and a book of religion, of especial revelation from God ; but it is also a book which teaches man his own individual responsibility, his own dignity, and his equality with his fellow-man.”

— Daniel Webster (1782-1852) Author, Lawyer and Patriot


"It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religions, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ! For this very reason peoples of other faiths have been afforded asylum, prosperity, and freedom of worship here.”

— Patrick Henry (1736-1799) Patriot, Lawyer and Orator


“The Ten Commandments and the Sermon on the Mount contain my religion...”

— John Adams (1797-1801) Second President of the United States and Patriot


“The duties of men are summarily comprised in the Ten Commandments, consisting of two tables; one comprehending the duties which we owe immediately to God-the other, the duties we owe to our fellow men.”

— Noah Webster (1758-1843)  Father of the Dictionary & American Patriot


“But the time would fail me to recount the wonder-working providence of God in the events of this war. Let these serve as a specimen, and lead us to hope that God will not forsake this people for whom He has done such marvelous things--whereof we are glad, and rejoice this day--having at length brought us to the dawn of peace.  O Peace, thou welcome guest, all hail!  Thou heavenly visitant, calm the tumult of nations, and wave thy balmy wing to perpetuity over this region of liberty!  Let there be a tranquil period for the unmolested accomplishment of … events in God's moral government designed from eternal ages to be displayed in these ends of the earth.”

— Ezra Stiles (1727– 1795) Minister, Theologian, Author and President of Yale College


“The Law given from Sinai [The Ten Commandments] was a civil and municipal as well as a moral and religious code.”

— John Quincy Adams, (1767-1848)  6th President of the United States


The Ten Commandments


1. I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. You shall have no other gods before me.


2. You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain.


3. Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.


4. Honor your father and your mother.


5. You shall not kill.


6. You shall not commit adultery.


7. You shall not steal.


8. You shall you bear false witness against your neighbor.


9. You shall not covet your neighbor's wife.


10. You shall not covet your neighbor's house, or his field, or his manservant, or his maidservant, or his ox, or his ass, or anything that is your neighbor's.


“I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. You shall have no other gods before me. You shall not make for yourself a graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is on the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them or serve them; for I the LORD your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments. You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain: for the LORD will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain. Observe the sabbath day, to keep it holy, as the LORD your God commanded you. Six days you shall labor, and do all your work; but the seventh day is a sabbath to the LORD your God; in it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, or your manservant, or your maidservant, or your ox, or your ass, or any of your cattle, or the sojourner who is within your gates, that your manservant and your maidservant may rest as well as you. You shall remember that you were a servant in the land of Egypt, and the LORD your God brought you out thence with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm; therefore the LORD your God commanded you to keep the sabbath day. Honor your father and your mother, as the LORD your God commanded you; that your days may be prolonged, and that it may go well with you, in the land which the LORD your God gives you. You shall not kill. Neither shall you commit adultery. Neither shall you steal. Neither shall you bear false witness against your neighbor. Neither shall you covet your neighbor's wife; and you shall not desire your neighbor's house, his field, or his manservant, or his maidservant, his ox, or his ass, or anything that is your neighbor's.”

— Deuteronomy 5:6-21 RSV


“And God spoke all these words, saying, I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. You shall have no other gods before me. You shall not make for yourself a graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them or serve them; for I the LORD your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments. You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain. Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor, and do all your work; but the seventh day is a sabbath to the LORD your God; in it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your manservant, or your maidservant, or your cattle, or the sojourner who is within your gates; for in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day; therefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day and hallowed it. Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land which the LORD your God gives you. You shall not kill. You shall not commit adultery. You shall not steal. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor. You shall not covet your neighbor's house; you shall not covet your neighbor's wife, or his manservant, or his maidservant, or his ox, or his ass, or anything that is your neighbor's.”

— Exodus 20:2-17 RSV

** Biblical basis of Law, the Ten Commandments

** Biblical basis of the Sunday "Blue Laws" or the Sabbath Day


“And as he was setting out on his journey, a man ran up and knelt before him, and asked him, "Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?" And Jesus said to him, "Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone. You know the commandments: 'Do not kill, Do not commit adultery, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Do not defraud, Honor your father and mother.'"

— Mark 10:17-19 RSV

** Biblical basis of Law, the Ten Commandments


“Now we know that the law is good, if any one uses it lawfully, understanding this, that the law is not laid down for the just but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, immoral persons, sodomites, kidnapers, liars, perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound doctrine, in accordance with the glorious gospel of the blessed God with which I have been entrusted.”

— 1 Timothy 1:8-11 RSV

** Biblical basis of Law, to restrain the wicked, not the good.


"Men may devise and adopt new forms of government; they may amend old forms, repair breaches, and punish violators of the constitution; but there is, there can be, no effectual remedy, but obedience to the divine law."

— Noah Webster (1758-1843)  Father of the Dictionary & American Patriot


"It is our duty to endeavor always to promote the general good; to do to all as we would be willing to be done by were we in their circumstances; to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly before God. These are some of the laws of nature which every man in the world is bound to observe, and which whoever violates exposes himself to the resentment of mankind, the lashes of his own conscience, and the judgment of Heaven. This plainly shows that the highest state of liberty subjects us to the law of nature and the government of God."

-- Samuel West, On the Right to Rebel Against Governors, 1776


"The Government of God is the only government which will hold society against depravity within and temptation without."

— Henry Ward Beecher (1813–1887) Minister, Educator and Anti-slavery Activist


“The government of God is the only government which will hold society against depravity within and temptation without; and this it must do by the force of its own law written upon the heart. This is that unity of the Spirit and that bond of peace which alone can perpetuate national purity and tranquility -- that law of universal and impartial love by which alone nations can be kept back from ruin. There is no safety for republics but in self-government, under the influence of a holy heart, swayed by the government of God. “

— Lyman Beecher (1775-1863) Presbyterian Minister & Founder of the American Temperance Society


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Other Quotes on the Only Legitimate Government is of God

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"This is what is called the law of nature, "which, being coeval with mankind, and dictated by God himself, is, of course, superior in obligation to any other. It is binding over all the globe, in all countries, and at all times. No human laws are of any validity, if contrary to this; and such of them as are valid, derive all their authority, mediately, or immediately, from this original."

— Sir William Blackstone (1723-1780) English jurist & author of Blackstone’s Commentaries on the Laws of England.


“We Americans are so used to [brain washed] thinking that government authority should come from the people that we might see nothing wrong with the political ramifications of Liberalism. We need to be reminded that all authority comes from God, and if authority is not exercised in harmony with God’s law, then it is not legitimate the standard is not,”Is it the will of the people?” but, “Is it the will of God?”

— Anne W. Carroll - Author of Christ and the Americas


“Upon these two foundations, the law of nature and the law of revelation [the Bible], depend all human laws; that is to say, no human laws should be suffered to contradict these."

— Sir William Blackstone (1723-1780) English jurist & author of Blackstone’s Commentaries on the Laws of England.


“Government exist not so much to create laws as to secure laws, to apply God’s laws to general and specific situations, and to act as an impartial enforcer of such laws.”

— David A. Noebel (1937 - ) Christian writer and author

“Blasphemy against the Almighty is denying his being or providence, or uttering contumacious [rebellious] reproaches on our Savior Christ. It is punished, at common law by fine and imprisonment, for Christianity is part of the law of the land.”

— Sir William Blackstone (1723-1780) English jurist & author of Blackstone’s Commentaries on the Laws of England.


“An unjust law is no law at all..”

 — Saint Augustine (354-430) Christian theologian, scholar and bishop


“For we must consider that we shall be as a City upon a Hill, the eyes of all people are upon us;… Beloved there is now set before us life, and good, death and evil in that we are commanded this day to love the Lord our God, and to love one another to walk in his ways and to keep his commandments and his ordinance, and his laws, and the Articles of our Covenant with him that we may live and be multiplied, and that the Lord our God may bless us in the land whether we go to possess it: But if our hearts shall turn away so that we will not obey, but shall be seduced and worship other gods, our pleasures, and profits, and serve them, it is propounded unto us this day, we shall surely perish out of the good Land whether we pass over this vast Sea to possess it.”

— John Winthrop (1588-1649) Puritan & First Governor of Massachusetts


"Any single man must judge for himself whether circumstances warrant obedience or resistance to the commands of the civil magistrate; we are all qualified, entitled, and morally obliged to evaluate the conduct of our rulers. This political judgment, moreover, is not simply or primarily a right, but like self-preservation, a duty to God. As such it is a judgment that men cannot part with according to the God of Nature. It is the first and foremost of our inalienable rights without which we can preserve no other."

— John Locke (1632-1704) British Philosopher & Author with works on the biblical basis of government


“To instance in the case of murder: this is expressly forbidden by the divine, and demonstrably by the natural law; and from these prohibitions arises the true unlawfulness of this crime. Those human laws that annex a punishment to it do not at all increase its moral guilt, or superadd any fresh obligation in foro conscientice (in the court of conscience) to abstain from its perpetration. Nay, if any human law should allow or enjoin us to commit it, we arc bound to transgress that human law, or else we must offend both the natural and the divine. But with regard to matters that are in themselves indifferent, and are not commanded or forbidden by those superior laws; such, for instance, as exporting of wool into foreign countries; here the inferior legislature has scope and opportunity to interpose.”

— Sir William Blackstone (1723-1780) English jurist & author of Blackstone’s Commentaries on the Laws of England.


"The Christian religion, which ordains that men should love each other, would without doubt have every nation blest with the best civil, the best political laws; because these, next to this religion, are the greatest good that men can give and receive."

— Barron Charles de Montesquieu (1689-1755) French political thinker & writer on separation of powers of government


"No government can have a right to obedience from a people who have not freely consented to it …whenever the legislators endeavour to take away, and destroy the property of the people, or to reduce them to slavery, under arbitrary power, they put themselves into a state of war with the people, who are thereupon absolved from any farther obedience, and are left to the common refuge which God hath provided for all men, against force and violence. I Whenever, therefore the legislative shall transgress this fundamental rule of society, either by ambition, fear, folly, or corruption endeavour to grasp themselves, or put into the hands of any other, an absolute power, over the lives, liberties, and estates of the people; by this breach of trust they forfeit the power the people had put into their hands for quite contrary ends, and it devolves to the people, who had a right to resume their original liberty, and, by the establishment of a new legislative (such as they should think fit) provide for their own safety and security, which is the end for which they are in society.”

— John Locke (1632-1704) British Philosopher & Author with works on the biblical basis of government


“Power and the law are not synonymous. In truth they are frequently in opposition and irreconcilable. There is God's Law from which all equitable laws of man emerge and by which men must live if they are not to die in oppression, chaos and despair. Divorces from God's eternal and immutable Law, established before the founding of the suns, man's power is evil no matter the noble words with which it is employed or the motives urged when enforcing it. Men of good will, mindful therefore of the Law laid down by God, will oppose government whose rule is by men and, if they wish to survive as a nation, they will destroy that government which attempts to adjudicate by the whim or power of venal judges."

— Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43BC) Roman Philosopher, Lawyer, Statesman and constitutionalist


“What God requires of individuals among themselves, he also requires of nations. What ever the moral duties are of people they are extended to nations. Because nations are corporate individuals on the world stage like individuals act in a neighborhood. The extension of foreign policy is merely the extension of what happens in private affairs to what happens in public affairs, all still covered by God.”

— Paul Jehle - Historian, Pastor & Director of The Plymouth Rock Foundation (The Law of Nations I)


(If we condone or encourage homosexual behavior.) “We risk incurring God’s judgment by legitimizing homosexuality, permitting gay marriage, and misusing science for procreation. If we legalize homosexual marriage in America, we will go ‘on the record’ as disregarding God’s laws and offending the laws of nature. We would do well to count the cost of such disobedience before we reap divine displeasure.”

— William (Bill) R. Bright (1921-2003) Minister, Author, and Film Producer


"Our laws and customs were constructed to reflect the Ten Commandments, not only to provide for a good life after death, but for a good life on earth. Christians believe Christs' order to Love thy God with all thy heart, thy whole soul, thy whole mind and with all thy strength, and love thy neighbor as thyself. We try to live by that Golden Rule in our public and private life. Unfortunately, the Commandments and the Golden Rule are being forgotten by our society; to achieve our rebirth, we must recall them. Only than we can expect to survive."

— Jeremiah Andrew Denton, Jr. (1924– 2014) Naval Aviator held as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam for almost eight years, U.S. Senator


"The Declaration of Independence has established certain moral confines, and governs in a manner consistent with the spirit under which our nation was founded: Love God; love thy neighbor as thyself.“

— Jeremiah Andrew Denton, Jr. (1924– 2014) Naval Aviator held as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam for almost eight years, U.S. Senator


"Our coin bears the inscription: In God We Trust. And our Bible reassures us: The Lord is just and merciful. With the Lord thence our protector, whom or what shall we fear?"

— Jeremiah Andrew Denton, Jr. (1924– 2014) Naval Aviator held as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam for almost eight years, U.S. Senator


What is the foundation of America? "The Laws of Nature and of Nature's God" - Website


“Where-ever law ends, tyranny begins.”

John Locke (1632-1704) British Philosopher & Author on the Biblical Basis of Government


“Human freedom and human responsibility in bringing about either good or evil.”

THE ONLY LEGITIMATE GOVERNMENT IS OF GOD

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