The Body And The Beast -
Can an Eagle Be Born Again? -- Continued
Faith of the Founding Fathers (?)
In addition to the
Israelconnection philosophies, a major basis used to assert the Christian identity of the United Statesis the alleged Christian faith of ’s founders at the time of the Revolution. Christian-America apologists look to a variety of circumstantial evidences to prove that a significant number of the founders were true believers in Christ, and thereby to prove that America is a Christian nation. America
Undoubtedly, a number of the founders were true believers, some even possessing ardent faith. (The majority were not believers.) But in most cases, the evidence we have of the faith of these men is very circumstantial, indirect and seriously compromised—being tied in most cases to the false occult religious system known as Freemasonry. Only with difficulty can one find a clear unequivocal witness to faith in Christ among any of them. In all cases, even those who seem to clearly be believers demonstrated no ability to discern flesh from spirit in the realm of nation building. Even if they were believers, they certainly were not disciples.
- The Faith of George Washington (?)
Americans acknowledge George Washington to be the chief father of their country. Thus Christian-America apologists have expended much labor trying to prove the fact of his personal faith in Jesus Christ. After all, it’s hard to prove your nation is “Christian” if you can’t prove the father of your nation was a Christian.
What then does the historic evidence regarding Washington’s personal faith in Christ yield? The answer is, we find not one single direct statement of personal testimony to salvation through Jesus Christ at any time during Washington's adult life, either recorded by his own hand or in his oratory, or by any one else’s testimony. All that is available is one indirect statement by Washington as to the value of "the religion of Jesus Christ" alongside second and third party "affirmations" of Washington's faith based on circumstantial evidences regarding his habitual practices cloaked in silence and secrecy.
What ordinarily would be the strongest documentary evidence proving Washington’s personal testimony is a collection of prayers he allegedly wrote as a youth. In this collection, the writer's testimony is absolutely clear. In fact, it is deeply passionate. The only problem is that handwriting experts have demonstrated the work to be a forgery. (Consequently, the most reputable proponents of Washington’s faith such as David Barton do not rely on it.)
The next strongest testimonial evidence of
Washington’s personal faith is a general exhortation he made to the Delaware Indians in 1779:
You do well to wish to learn our arts and our ways of life and above all, the religion of Jesus Christ. These will make you a greater and happier people than you are.
While these words carry some weight by showing us Washington valued the Christian faith, they fall short of a clear personal testimony to Washington's own saving faith. This statement could have as easily been made by Benjamin Franklin or Thomas Jefferson, certifiable non-believers who yet valued the moral aspects of Christianity. Indeed, the Christian faith was held in highest regard by many statesmen of that day who recognized the benefits of Christian morality on society. Millions have esteemed the Christian faith this way without ever having known the Lord.
Outside this single statement, apologists next look to a second-hand account offered some 34 years after his death by
’s adopted granddaughter, Nellie Custis-Lewis, who grew up at Mount Vernon and so knew her grandfather intimately. Yet not even she can testify to Washington’s own verbal testimony to salvation through Christ. In a partially defensive tone, she can only testify to a presumption of his faith based on silent circumstantial religious habits and practices he maintained, which she contends should essentially be "proof enough" of his faith .(Click here for the details of her account.) Washington
In point of fact, Washington’s personal knowledge of Jesus Christ can only be alleged based on circumstantial evidence—evidence which at best can prove only that Washington was a deeply pious, religious man. Washington was clearly known to be a praying man, a devoted churchman, and one who made reference to "God" a mainstay in his letters and oratory. There is no debate about this. But so shrouded in privacy is any personal testimony to saving faith that debate between Christian apologists and deists rages over the substance of Washington's faith. The secrecy responsible for this debate may actually hold an important key to drawing a realistic conclusion about him. But let's read on.....
- The Freemasonry of George Washington ( ! )
By significant way of contrast, while George Washington was very private about any personal saving faith in Christ, he was anything but silent about his devotion to the tenets of Freemasonry--a hybrid quasi-religion shrouded in secret rituals and lore subsuming within itself elements of pagan religions, Judaism and Christianity. Testimony and evidence as to Washington’s love for the freemasonic brotherhood abounds. He speaks freely in public of "God" in all the impersonal generic variations used by Freemasonry—perhaps the most notable being that of the "Great Architect." On all this there is no debate, though Christian apologists seek to downplay the significance of Washington's commitment to Freemasonry.
Nor was Washington alone in his very public devotion to this humanistic umbrella social religion. Many of the American forefathers were also committed Freemasons. It is in fact the Freemasonic platform of the universal brotherhood of man whose broad, lofty moral principles find foremost articulation in the forefathers' public discussions leading to the national founding. It is also key in our search for the truth regarding the personal Christian faith of the forefathers.
An Inside Out Faith
Once we discern between "what was said" and "what was not said" by Washington and the forefathers relative to personal Christian faith and the tenets of Freemasonry, we begin to unravel the mystery surrounding the truth about America's Christian identity. For as we consider what was and what was not declared, we are faced with a shocking spiritual irony. Consider this carefully please:
- On one hand, the Christian gospel, which is ordained to be proclaimed by public testimony from man to man, and which also ought to figure publicly in any discussion of a nation to be founded as an organically Christian nation, is instead proffered to have been bottled up in secret within the heart of the "father of the nation"--a faith known only to the man himself and to God.
- On the other hand, the creeds of Freemasonry, a society whose rites, rituals, vows and lore are kept in utmost secrecy away from public view and knowledge--are publicly extolled by the father of the nation. In particular, its beliefs of humanistic brotherhood under an unnamed Being form the moral basis and common platform of discussion leading to the establishment of the nation!
When the underlying influence of Freemasonry is taken out of the shadows and factored into our search regarding Washington's and the forefathers' faith, it becomes a real "game changer." Indeed, the question of the personal faith of the founders can't be considered apart from understanding the role of Freemasonry which, acting as a co-opting universalist anti-christian social religion, borrows Christian virtues, values and language where it suits its humanistic purposes. The presence of this shadow religion throws the case for America's "Christian identity" into utter pandemonium. But first, let's finish assessing Washington's faith before making the point that really counts.
What can we conclude about Washington's faith?
In favor of any case for George Washington’s personal faith in Christ, in lieu of any personal testimony from him, the best we can allow is that
was “likely” a believer in Jesus Christ for personal salvation. This assessment is based solely on the witness of his ardent prayer life. It’s unlikely (to my mind at least), that anyone with less than a genuinely reborn spiritual affection for the Lord would spend as much time in prayer as Washington was witnessed to have spent. Washington's praying was not merely ritual habit, but demonstrated passion in the crucible of life events. We may reasonably assume—but not prove—that his possessing a private but real “closet” faith was the operable hidden force that drove such an indefatigable prayer life. Washington
But from a disciple’s viewpoint, Washington's devotion to prayer notwithstanding,
faith would have to be deemed so rudimentary and driven by worldly issues, and otherwise so shrouded and compromised by Freemasonic darkness as to make it of little effect in the ongoing salvation of his soul. His spirit may indeed have been saved. But his soul garment so “spotted" by the spiritual filthiness of Freemasonry and questionable worldly enterprises?—that is entirely another question. (The last three years of his life after the presidency, Washington supervised the downsizing of his vast farming operation at Mount Vernon into an industrial scale whiskey distillery. Is there perhaps a prophetic statement hidden in this little discussed "dénouement" of Washington's career?) his
Allowing that his personal faith was genuine, the fact that Washington's faith was so introverted while he was simultaneously so vocal about the principles and brotherhood of Freemasonry indicates that his was a faith under bondage to another religion holding spiritual mastery over him. It is no different than with the millions throughout church history who have discovered the seed of eternal life in Christ amidst religious systems of darkness, but never come to full public proclamation, stature and ministry because of bondage to such systems, beginning with Roman Catholicism. In Washington's case, any true faith was bound up under the oppressive spirits of the Church of England and of Freemasonry. That is the best that we can allow regarding Washington's personal faith, being far short of the ability to prove he possessed it.
Once we reckon with the spiritually bound nature of Washington's Christian faith under the dominant spirit of Freemasonry's virtues to which he so easily testified, we find at last that any truth to the belief in Washington's new birth becomes a moot point for determining the Christian identity of the United States!
For while the circumstantial evidence ‘”intimates” that Washington was a believer, the truth is that his role as national leader and founder was not based on any personal testimony to salvation in Christ. Rather, Washington's public testimony--the testimony on which his leadership is based--is centered on the virtues of human morality under "divine providence" and the "Great Architect" as put forth by Freemasonry. This proves of itself that America cannot be said to have been founded as a Christian nation—at the heart of which faith is the clear unequivocal proclamation of the gospel of salvation through Jesus Christ!
had been founded as an intrinsically Christian nation, the gospel would have been at the heart of its stated purpose for existence. The founders’ testimonies to its saving power would have also been bold and prolific in the course of deliberations—the chief founding father’s testimony being chief among all! But it is not. Rather, it's because all the founders were not converted that a more imprecise Deity with humanist principles to which believers and non-believers alike could reasonably ascribe had to form the basis for their unity and common social vision. Else no new nation could have been formed. America
Does this all not come abundantly clear now? Again, even allowing that Washington and other American founders were true believers in Christ, their muffled, compromised faith in Jesus Christ under the larger umbrella of humanist Freemasonic tenets are not what we would expect of the fathers of an allegedly "Christian nation" --certainly not one chartered directly by God on the comparable order of calling and destiny as Israel was under Moses. (Can one imagine if Moses had been as private about his commitment to the Law as Washington was about his own faith in Christ? What "national covenant" in the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob would Israel have had at all?)
[ Continued in Part VI ]
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