Friday, January 22, 2021
“But if ye will not do so, behold, ye have sinned against the LORD: and be sure your sin will find you out” (Numbers 32:23 KJV).
Doubtless, we never want to sensationalize or exaggerate. However, the fact remains, some dark days are ahead for the United States and the rest of the world. What can we Bible-believing Christians do?
Escaping religious persecution in England, the Pilgrims traveled by ship, the Mayflower, to arrive on North American shores in 1620. Establishing Plymouth Colony in what is present-day Massachusetts, these settlers of the “New World” brought the 1599 Geneva Bible with them. (Although the King James Bible had been in circulation for a decade, they disliked it because it was the Bible of King James I and the state Church of England that had oppressed them. Hence, their preference for the Geneva.) As the decades passed, various other Bibles were also used in early America—some printed here and others imported from England. The King James Bible would later be printed in America for the first time circa 1782.
What we want to understand is that, long before the United States officially became a nation, American settlers were aware of Divine revelation. They had a Holy Bible, a copy of God’s words the very moment they set foot on this continent! Unfortunately, as we move into the 18th century, and our Founding Fathers finally declaring our Independence from England in 1776, it is clear early Americans as a whole still languished in spiritual darkness. As evidenced in their writings and our foundational national documents they drafted, despite the presence of the Scriptures in America for over a century, our Founding Fathers operated on varying degrees of theological deficiency.
Although some may have been genuine Bible-believing Christians, it seems as though most of our Founding Fathers were nominal Christians (“in name only,” mere church members) or Deists (“intellectuals” who believed in some “Higher Power,” not necessarily the LORD God of the Bible, and who had very little to no use for the Scriptures). In the coming years, their lack of spiritual stability would prove fatal to that “New World” the Pilgrims envisioned. As per the pattern laid out in the Bible, sin would find out that nation, and fracture it in twain….