I have been challenged; “This country was not founded on Calvinism.”
This individual quotes but a few historical figures and feels he has justified his claim and position. (See comments—Paths and Directions Continued (2#)—– I say rather then look at those few main characters his purpose would have been better served if he could have shown or proved the culture of the citizenship was of a Secular Humanist nature. If so, he would have proved the country was founded by nothing more then a bunch of “Pagans” with a pagan philosophy thereby making void the fact that the Colonies hinged and were founded on Calvinism and the Christian Faith.
First let me make it clear the period of History I am calling the founding and/or formulating years of the colonies are (1620-1776). History had already gone by John Wycliffe (Late 1300’s) John Hus (early 1400’s) John Calvin and Martin Luther (1500’s) with Calvin’s “Institutes of Christian Religion” having gone through its revisions and final printing, first published in 1536 and with the finished edition published in 1559, with French, Dutch, and Latin publishing by that time. It can not be stated to strongly that John Calvin’s “Institutes of Christian Religion” had a serious impact on Christianity in the late 1500’s and 1600’s on both Europe and England of that day.
In Ernest F. Kevan’s book “The Grace of Law” A study on Puritan Theology—Sol Deo Gloria reprint of 1993
One of the key points that Dr. Kevan makes of the Puritan’s is: The Puritans did not view God’s Law as legalism, as is the charge made today against Calvin. The Puritans delighted in the law of God and made the claim that sanctification can only be rescued from the realm of the merely subjective and emotionalism, if there is an accurate application of the law and the Holy Scriptures, with proper doctrine—-it guides both church and the individual saved soul. We had a culture coming together (1620-1776) in the new world whose heart and soul believed what Calvin and the Puritan’s preached. Also we had a large percentage of the people coming to the new world because of persecution in Europe and England with most having a strong Calvin, Puritan mind set.
They had the King James Bible (1611), The Westminster Confession (1643), The Puritan writings of (1600-1700) and Samuel Bolton book “The True Bounds of Christian Freedom” (1645), along with many other Puritan writers all contributing to the understanding of freedom and their Covenant with God. Samuel Bolton opened up the teachings of Jesus Christ in his book using the verse:
John 8:36 King James Bible:
“ If the son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.”
The Puritans as did the colonist knew:
(1) That every man by nature is a sinner and in a state of bondage.
(2) That some are set free from this bondage.
(3) That those who are set free are set free by Christ
(4) That such as Christ sets free are free indeed.
This 4 points were a powerful realization that came upon the people here in America with revivals in the mid-1700’s . Without the teaching of the Bible—–with Calvin, the Puritans and Godly men in the pulpit along with their Puritan writings we would have no “Declaration of Independence” the colonist understood freedom and would not be denied. It took those years 1620-1776 to formulate the direction we were to go, and the Godly path we by providence and His mercy placed us on—-these simple facts can not be questioned.
Fast forwarding to today, can it be said that our direction is in a Godly way and/or are we on the path God wants us to be?
Proverbs 1:24,25,26 King James Bible
(24) “Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded.”
(25) “But ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would none my reproof.”
(26) “I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh.”
Is today’s path and direction right?
We Shall See—shortly—Don’t you think??????