The New Black Robed Regiment

Contrary to public opinion, there has never been an official document written by the founding fathers that intended a separation of church and state. This was a concept put forth by an ACLU attorney named Leo Pfeffer in 1947. The Supreme Court in the case of Everson versus Board of Education of Ewing Township used his words, “the separation of church and state” to impose a decision by a five to four vote that coupled that phrase with the First Amendment.

In truth, the First Amendment was not intended to remove Christian principles nor the proclamation of our nation’s dependence on God from government.

The First Amendment simply states, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” The founding fathers wrote those words to assure that each state would have the freedom to worship as the people desired and that government could not prohibit worship nor impose its own religion. Thus, a grave error evolved about the separation of church and state that historians and constitutionalists are now re-examining.

David Barton, founder of Wallbuilders, Inc., states that the ACLU and other anti-Christian Organizations and individuals, as well as evolutionists use the phrase “separation of church and state” to harass Christians, and use this court ruling to keep a theistic explanation of origins out of the public schools. He also contends that they have used this ruling to completely revise the history books and thus what our children are taught about our nation. He further explains that the basis for their argument came from an out-of-context quote from a letter written by Thomas Jefferson and from which they claimed that Jefferson was a deist, meaning that he believed in God but not in God’s personal and continuing interest in man, rather than the committed Christian his writings show him to be. The truth about our history and the Christian foundation upon which our country was founded is very different than what revised history books have portrayed to students over the past sixty years.

The founding fathers’ intent for the First Amendment is documented in discussions recorded in Congressional Records from June 7th through September 25th of 1789. Their goal was to prevent America from falling under the same rule that forced them to flee Great Britain where one religion was imposed by the government on all the people. The founding fathers intended that our nation would not dictate any single denomination for the nation, yet wanted Biblical principles and the acknowledgement of our dependence on God to continue to dictate behavior.

It is interesting to note that twenty seven of our fifty six founding fathers had degrees from a Christian seminary. They clearly developed the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence to assure that the church was protected from the government and not that the government was protected from the church. The majority of founding fathers were committed Christians whose speeches contained direct quotes from the Bible and whose intent was to obtain and retain God’s blessing on our nation. Research demonstrates that they desired our nation to be built and maintained upon a foundation of Biblical principles which they understood was paramount to the continued success and protection of our country. This is why our Constitution, Declaration of Independence, and Bill of Rights, along with our government buildings, currency and original text books, clearly acknowledge the Divine Providence of our country.

Even earlier, on October 11, 1782 a congressional proclamation declared that Thanksgiving Day was a day that our nation was to give thanks to God for the many blessings He bestowed on our country and in our lives. The Bill of Rights and all laws were passed on the basis of Biblical principles and the assumption that they were and always would be subordinate to the more authoritative Bible. The assumption and expression of Divine Providence was thought to be common knowledge. Even the Establishment Clause dating back to 1791 when the United States Constitution was officially ratified, lacks any mention of a separation of church and state. Its intent was also based on the assumption that Judeo/Christian Biblical principles were the basis upon which the country was founded. This document sought only to protect religion and allow the people of the nation to worship freely with no government interference.

Revolutionary Patrick Henry said that this great nation was founded by Christians; not on religions, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ. As Chief Justice of the State of Maryland and a signer of the Declaration of Independence, Samuel Chase declared in a court ruling in 1799, “By our form of government, the Christian religion is the established religion, and all sects and denominations of Christians are placed on the same and equal footing.” Later, in 1950 President Harry Truman told an Attorney Generals Conference that the fundamental basis of this nation’s laws was given to Moses on the Mount and that the fundamental basis of our Bill of Rights comes from the teaching we can obtain from Exodus and the Apostle Matthew, from Isaiah and the Apostle Paul. He also said without a proper moral background we would end up with a totalitarian government.

Despite the erroneous Supreme Court ruling in 1947 and its detrimental consequence of no church in government as opposed to no government in churches, over the past few years an incredible revival of faith and patriotism has been sweeping this country. Ministers, Rabbis, Priests and even Imams have come together to fight for the reinstatement and proclamation of returning God to our schools and government. Rightfully so, these brave men are standing together to teach their congregants to fight for the fundamental faith upon which this country was founded. They have reinstituted the “Black Robe Brigade” of the founding fathers’ era. The name evolved from the black robes that all ministers wore in those days when behind the pulpit. According to David Barton, as of this writing, this group is made up of over 1300 well known and well respected religious leaders representing huge congregations across the country.

The original Black Robe Brigade was initiated by a Lutheran Minister named John Muhlenberg who became a Virginia Colonel in Washington’s army in the fight for religious freedom. Washington asked Muhlenberg to help him raise a regiment of volunteers, and as Muhlenberg gladly complied he gained the support of a large number of ministers. They began to preach that Christianity was the foundation of our country and urged their parishioners to fight for the Biblical concept that all men are created in the image of God, entitled to equal treatment and inalienable rights, and that the government must never interfere with the advancement of Christian liberty.

The goal of the new Black Robe Brigade is to teach Christians once again that they must fight to retain their religious freedom and their religious expression. They hope to teach Christians that they must fight to undo the damage that the Progressive Movement has wrought by stifling Christian expression and removing any expression of God and the Biblical principles upon which this nation was founded from our government, our schools and our children’s textbooks. These courageous ministers are leading our nation back to a place where God can once again bless us and bless this nation. But it is up to Christians and other people of God to support their efforts and also demand this effort from their politicians, their school boards, those who write text books, and those who teach our children.

It is interesting to note that according to David Barton, 33 tapes of sermons which address these admonitions to congregants were sent to the IRS in 2008 and 84 were sent in 2009 challenging the IRS to prevent these sermons by withholding tax credits to these churches. Over 100 ministers were expected to participate in 2010 and by 2011 they expect the number to double. There is an army of attorneys ready to meet this challenge although to date the IRS, apparently acknowledging that they would lose such a challenge in court, have looked the other way. These sermons and future sermons which encourage congregants to take back their country and their Biblical values have come to be known as “Pulpit Freedom Sundays”. Christians need to stand behind these courageous men of God and take an interest in the values of those they elect to any governing office.

There is scriptural support for these efforts which provides both direction and warning about governing. Scripture describes the attributes of those who should govern as those who walk in truth and fear God, and warns that those who do not follow these admonitions will personally pay a heavy price for the damage that will befall their nation. Here are but eight of the many verses in scripture that address governing, the nations that are governed, and the people who are governed.

Exodus 18:21 teaches, “Moreover thou shalt provide out of all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness; and place such over them to be rulers of thousands, and rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of ten.” This clearly tells us to support and vote for men of truth who fear God.

11 Chronicles 19:5-7 tells us, “And he set judges in the land throughout all the fenced cities of Judah, city by city. And said to the judges, Take heed what ye do; for ye judge not for man, but for the Lord, who is with you in judgment. Wherefore now let the fear of the Lord be upon you; take heed and do it: for there is no iniquity with the Lord our God, nor respect of persons, nor taking of gifts.” Here a warning is clearly issued to those who govern. They are told to fear God and govern according to His will.

11 Chronicles 19:10 adds, “….between law and commandments, statutes and judgments, ye shall even warn them that they trespass not against the Lord, and so wrath will come upon you, and upon your brethren; this do, and ye shall not trespass.” Here scripture tells us that where governing occurs, no trespass upon God must occur or we will all suffer God’s wrath.

Psalms 9:16-17 warns, “The Lord is known by the judgment which he executeth; the wicked is ensnared in the work of his own hands….The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.” Here we are warned that we will be ensnared by our allowance of evil lawmakers, and that our nation will suffer when we are ensnared by what wicked lawmakers have wrought. Further, that if we forget God, as a nation we may face hell.

11 Chronicles 7:14 comforts us with the words, “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” Clearly God is offering us a second chance to stop the wickedness and turn back to Him. If we add works to our faith to accomplish this, He will heal our nation.

Malachi 2:8 acknowledges, “But ye are departed out of the way; ye have caused many to stumble at the law; ye have corrupted the covenant of Levi, sayeth the Lord of hosts.” Christians have clearly departed from God by allowing, even encouraging the corruption of government to continue. God notices those who have been corrupt and who cause our nation and their people to stumble.

Matthew 18:6 warns, “But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged around his neck, and that he drowned in the depth of the sea.” This scripture clearly warns those who were and are responsible for removing God, and the Biblical principles upon which this nation was founded, from the schools and textbooks of our Christian children.

Malachi 2:17 warns, “Ye have wearied the Lord with your words…..When you say, Every one that doeth evil is good in the sight of the Lord, and he delighteth in them; or Where is the God of judgment?” Here God acknowledges that we are complaining about our situation. However, He also tells us that our complaining wearies Him and will be of no avail because we ourselves are the cause of allowing our Biblical principles to be lost.

These are just a few verses from scripture that address the governing of the people. In every verse, God warns that His principles and His might must always be respected. We as Christians need to find the backbone to fight against corruption and fight against the removal of God from our government and our schools. We should encourage politicians, ministers and teachers to support the adherence to the Biblical principles basic to Christianity and to Judaism from which it flowed. Each of us must value them enough to retain them. If we don’t, we will lose those gifts, and lose the blessing of God for ourselves and our country.

Bullet Points
• 27 of the 56 founding fathers had Christian seminary degrees
• It is not true that the First Amendment requires a separation of church and state
• The founding fathers wanted to prevent government from dictating a specific religion but agreed that in order to flourish this nation must retain its Judeo/Christian Biblical principles upon which it was founded
• The separation of state and church fallacy developed from a phrase coined by an ACLU attorney by taking out of context words from a letter by Thomas Jefferson
• In 1947 a Supreme Court case was won by a vote of five to four to support an anti-Christian movement to remove God from all government run or assisted entities
• Today thousands of ministers are now banding together to re-form the original Black Robe Brigade of ministers who supported the founding fathers. They are working together for the right to reinstate and proclaim our nations Judeo/Christian principles.

Supporting Scripture

Exodus 18:21
11 Chronicles 19:5-7
11 Chronicles 19:10
Psalms 9:16-17
11 Chronicles 7:14
Malachi 2:8
Matthew 18:6
Malachi 2:17

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