America: The Nation Founded on Christian Principles By: Joshua Cooper

Election Sermons

In the early time of the founders, sermons were spoken before the newly-elected government officials that were appointed in office. In New England, election sermons were used to remind newly elected officials of their duties as officials and the requirement that they act virtuously and justly in their public office. Election Day sermons were the primary speech used by pastors in New England to express their political ideals and justify resistance to British oppression or moral values.

4th of July prayer

On June 28, 1787, Benjamin Franklin preached about his call to serve God. That year on July 4th, Rev. William Rogers in reply, prayed before the service that was held at the Reformed Calvinist Church in Philadelphia. The prayer is recorded in The Massachusetts Centinel on August 15, 1787. This is just another instance where are founding fathers turned to pray to God.

America Bible Society

America Bible Society in America date back to 1809. Declaration Signer Benjamin Rush helped establish the first Bible society in America. The American Bible Society was the first national Bible society. By 1816, 121 more Bible societies had been created across the nation, many of them with the help of the key Founding Fathers. The original officers of the Society includes signers of the U. S. Constitution, generals of the revolutionary war, U.S. Supreme Court Justices, a U.S. Attorney General, and others.

Marriage sermon 1837

The pastor of this sermon, Henry Handley Norris preaches on marriage from a Biblical perspective. He carefully progresses through the scriptures by establishing his point that marriage is most importantly a religious act, therefore it should never be characterized as a governmental act. Norris emphasizes that God created and established marriage for a man and a women and therefore His intent and purposes should be followed by both religious and civil rulers.

Christian love sermon 1773

The minister who preached this sermon was Charles Chauncy. He was a minister in Boston when he preached this sermon at 1773. This sermon was preached about the Church and how they should examplify Christian behaviour while still being their own unique body believers. Also he spoke to deacons on how they were to be the leaders of the church and that they were to care for the people.

Slavery sermon 1791

This sermon was preached by Jonathan Edwards. He was expressing his opposition to the slave trade and slavery. The sermon covered the injustice and the strong wrong-doings of the slave-trade, and of the slavery of the Africans. He also mentioned the conditions of the slaves and how they were treated. His main points were from the Bible, saying that all men are equal and made in God's own image.

The Founders as Christians

Samuel Adams: I recommend my Soul to that Almighty Being who gave it, and my body I commit to the dust, relying upon the merits of Jesus Christ for a pardon of all my sins. John Hancock: I John Hancock, being advanced in years and being of perfect mind and memory-thanks be given to God. Benjamin Rush: My only hope of salvation is in the infinite, transcendent love of God manifested to the world by the death of His Son upon the cross. This is just a number of Christian signers of the Constitution, Congresssman, and Politictians who are proof that America was founded on Godly principles.

Give me Liberty or give me Death!

On March 23, 1775, Patrick Henry spoke to the Second Virginia Convention. He is best known for his speach to the convention that convinced them to pass a resolution delivering Virginian troops for the Revolutionary War. Throughout his speech he quoted verses of the Bible while stating that God always has overall authority. He ended his speech with the legendary line, "Give me Liberty, or give me Death!

Why are you a Christian?

In 1795, John Clarke addressed the question, Why are you a Christian? He made the point that Jesus Christ was not merely a teacher of virtue, but that he had a special gospel to teach. He also states that Christianity has established itself even with the persecution and anti-governmental support. He said that Christianity has a divine ruler who walked this earth, saved many people with His message and miracles, and spoke prophecies that have been fulfilled and are yet to be fulfilled. Upon these several facts, John Clarke stated his belief as a Christian.


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