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$20 Trillion and Counting

Posted By Foundation for American Christian Education, Thursday, August 11, 2016

American citizens are increasingly fed up with their government, observing shocking waste of taxpayer money, and bureaucrats regulating and limiting freedoms.

At a recent FACE sponsored “Lessons in Liberty”, Dr. Gai Ferdon presented a synopsis of the federal government budget process. Dr. Ferdon disclosed that many Americans are aware that our national debt is now almost $20 trillion, but most are shocked to know that funds designated to discretionary spending items include defense spending, while mandated budget items include many entitlement programs (including anti-poverty programs). The President’s proposed budget for FY 2017 is $4.2 trillion, but with projected tax revenues at only $3.6 trillion. No debt relief is on the horizon.

As this debt-fueled budget moves our country towards socialism, we sink deeper in dependence and despair.

What is the antidote? We must return to the Christian idea of man and government.

As Americans and Patriots, we must incorporate the same sense of government that was apparent among churches of the first century. These local, self-governing bodies were, in fact, little republics, all decisions being made by the congregation. Thus were the ideas of Constitutional liberty and government planted.

How is the structure of Constitutional liberty and government built?

First, let us return to the Christian home where the foundations of character and self-government are laid.

Secondly, families form churches where God’s principles and precepts are taught.

Thirdly, we must lay Christ as the bedrock of all sound knowledge and learning by establishing schools (and home schools) with a Biblical curriculum to educate and prepare our future citizens and leaders.

Will left-leaning leaders mandating progressive socialist fiscal policies keep us free? Or will true liberty with Christian self-government remain as the heart of our American Republic?

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The Real Meaning of the Fourth of July

Posted By Foundation for American Christian Education, Friday, July 1, 2016
Updated: Thursday, June 30, 2016

John Trumbell, The Declaration of Independence, 1817

On Monday, we celebrate one of the most solemn days in American history, the signing of the Declaration of Independence. It was a transforming moment in the history of North America, which changed the British colonies into a self-determining nation.

It is easy today, 240 years later, amidst the celebratory parties, barbecues, and fireworks displays, to forget that American independence was not inevitable and did not happen overnight. It was a hard-won victory that required a struggle of more than 30 years and great personal sacrifice from many men and women. And on July 4, 1776, that victory still hung in the balance.

At first, the future citizens of the United States wanted only to preserve their rights and liberties as British citizens. The colonists strongly opposed the acts of trade enacted by the British Council in 1760, authorizing, among other things, search warrants on any pretext, and the Stamp Act of 1765, which levied heavy taxes on the colonists without their own parliamentary representation, seeing in these laws a violation of the rights guaranteed by British common law. When it became clear that insisting on their rights would not be enough, those opposed to tyranny took action on that sultry July day in 1776 and declared independence from Great Britain. The gravity of this act was not lost on any present at that meeting of the Second Continental Congress. The Declaration, as far as the British sovereign was concerned, was a deliberate act of treason and the signatories were all in danger of their lives. Benjamin Franklin quipped to his fellow representatives at the signing, "We must, indeed, all hang together, or most assuredly we shall all hang separately."

The War of Independence marks a second stage, although it began 15 months before the signing of the Declaration, at the Battle of Lexington on April 19, 1775, and ended in 1782 with the signing of the Treaty of Peace in Paris. The third and final stage reached its conclusion when Congress ratified the Constitution in 1789, bringing into being a new country and a new kind of government.

A contest of principle

But the great work of the American struggle for independence was not winning the conflict of arms. The birth of liberty was a contest of principle. At each stage, the struggle for independence was met by individuals, providentially prepared with minds and spirits trained to the issues of the times. The Declaration of Independence was the standard heroically waved in this war of ideas because it annulled the idea that men were subjects to any tyrannical powers and affirmed the natural right to be self-governed. The tie to British rule was dissolved by one common act, the signing of that document. It made Americans into members of a distinct community in relation to each other, bound by the laws of nature and the Union. It was the opening to a new era in the science of government and in the history of mankind.

From “John Quincy Adams on the American Revolution,” The Christian History of the American Revolution, Consider and Ponder, published by the Foundation for American Christian History

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The True Story of the First Thanksgiving

Posted By Rosalie J. Slater, Friday, November 13, 2015
Updated: Friday, November 13, 2015

We remember the Pilgrims sailed across the Ocean on the little ship named The Mayflower. The first year at Plymouth was very hard for the Pilgrims. It was very cold—there was snow and ice on the ground. The Pilgrims built houses for shelter. But first, they built a house for the Lord, a church where they could gather to worship Him and to give thanks for their safe voyage across the ocean to America. The Pilgrims came to America to “propagate and advance the Gospel” of Jesus Christ in these “remote parts of the world.” They also wanted to educate their little children in the ways of the Lord.

After that first winter, the Pilgrims had a surprise. This is how Governor William Bradford described it in his history of the Pilgrims, Of Pilmoth Plantation:

But about the 16th of March, a certain Indian came boldly amongst them and spoke to them in broken English, which they could well understand but marveled at it… His name was Samoset. He told them also of another Indian whose was Squanto, a native of this place, who had been in England and could speak better English than himself.

A few day later Samoset returned with the great chief, Massasoit, and with Squanto. The Pilgrims and the Plymouth Indians made a Peace Treaty which they both kept for over fifty years.

Now that Spring had come it was time to begin to plant their crops so that they might have enough food for the winter. Squanto was a big help to the Pilgrims. He showed them how to plant corn and how to put a little fish in the ground with each grain of corn. With the little fish Squanto was providing fertilizer for the soil—he was feeding the ground with the fish to make the corn grow up big and tall. In many other ways Squanto was a big help to the Pilgrims. He was their guide when they went exploring in their little boat which they called a shallop. He was their interpreter when they wanted to trade with the other Indians because he could speak both Indian and English languages.

William Bradford, the Governor of Plymouth Plantation, from whose book we learn about the Pilgrims, wrote about Squanto, that he was “A special Instrument sent of God for their good beyond their expectation.”

When the first harvest was gathered the Pilgrims had enough to eat but not for long. Soon the corn crop was all eaten up. They were very hungry again. They gathered nuts and berries. They lived on fish and shell-fish, like lobsters. Sometimes they felt weak from lack of food. But the Lord gave them strength to go on. What could they do to raise more corn—enough to feed themselves, enough to feed the visitors that came to them—enough to trade with the Indians for beaver skins?

William Bradford wrote in his book, “So they began to think of how they might raise as much corn as they could, and obtain a better crop than they had done, that they might not still thus languish in misery.”

All this time they had been going to work in the same big field. This was very confusing. Some men worked only a little. Other men and women worked very hard and their children, too. The result was that many of the lazy ones let the weeds kill their corn plants. The Pilgrims who worked diligently to keep the weeds out of the corn patch grew a big corn crop. Then they had to feed not only their own families, but also the lazy ones who had been careless. This made for injustice and hard feelings.

The Pilgrims talked these matters over with Governor William Bradford. They wanted him to divide up the land so that each family could have their own acres to work. In this way each one could work as hard as he wanted. Each one would be responsible for his plot of land. Some of the young boys had lost their parents the first hard winter. These were given to a family where they could help in the fields. In turn, the family would take care of the boy and feed him with their own. With this new plan there were many individual fields of corn planted. The Governor was pleased at the new attitude of diligence and industry on the part of those especially who were willing to work as hard as they could. Even the lazy ones began to work with new purpose.

The corn was planted just as Squanto had taught them: each grain of corn was planted with a little fish. The families hoed and weeded. They were happy in the thought a good harvest. Soon the young corn shoots stuck their heads out of the soil and began to reach toward the sun. The fields were beautiful to see with the little green shoots.

But now came a great drought. No rain fell to give the young corn plants a needed drink. Every day the sun became hotter and hotter. The drought started in the third week of May and continued until the middle of July. The Pilgrims saw that unless they had some rain their young corn shoots would all wither and dry up. The sun would burn them up. What should they do?

Always the Pilgrims had turned to the Lord when they were in trouble or when they had problems. This time was no exception. They decided to set apart a whole day to pray to God for rain. They also fasted which means they did not eat any food all day. The Pilgrims humbled themselves before the Lord and asked forgiveness for their sins. How did God answer them? Let us look at the words of William Bradford:

All the morning, and the greatest part of the day, it was clear weather and very hot, and not a cloud or any sign of rain to be seen; yet toward evening it began to overcast, and shortly after to rain with such sweet and gentle showers as gave them cause of rejoicing and blessing God. It came without either wind or thunder or any violence, and by degrees in that abundance as that the earth was thoroughly wet and soaked therewith. Which did so apparently revive and quicken the decayed corn and other fruits, as was wonderful to see, and made the Indians astonished to behold.

One of the most remarkable results of their prayers was the “gracious and speedy answer” that the Lord gave in sending them such gentle showers. Had the rain been hard and the drops too big, the little green shoots would have flattened out. But “as the small rain upon the tender herb” the showers fell softly and gently. This gentle rain opened the hearts of the Indians to receive the Gospel message of Salvation through Jesus Christ. It was the beginning of the evangelistic efforts of the Pilgrims. The Indians felt the Pilgrims’ God was bigger than the God they prayed to, for when they had prayed for rain it had come with storms and tempests. Instead of doing good it had layed the corn flat on the ground. But this had not happened to the Pilgrims’ corn.

Bradford tells us that “afterwards the Lord sent them such seasonable showers, with interchange of fair warm weather as, through His blessing, causes a fruitful and liberal harvest, to their no small comfort and rejoicing. For which mercy, in time convenient, they also set apart a day of Thanksgiving.” The year was 1623.

Setting apart a special day of Thanksgiving in America honors the Hand of God in our History. It especially honors the Pilgrims as a Christian people whom God sent to America to bring the Gospel of Jesus Christ. On Thanksgiving Day, let us thank the Lord for what He has done for our Land and for us.

I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase. So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase.

Read more about the Pilgrim story in The Christian History of the Constitution of the United States of America: Christian Self-Government by Verna M. Hall. Visit for more information.

Use this guide to help your students and children apply the Pilgrim story to their own lives.

Principles From God’s Word
• God loves humility and repentence for sin (see James 4:6)
• God answers the prayers of His people (see James 5:15–16)

Pilgrim Christian Character
• Diligence and Industry in working
• Faith and Steadfastness in prayer
• Humility in asking God’s forgiveness for sin
• Thankfulness to God for answered prayer

Questions for Reflection
• Does God answer your prayers?
• What does God require of us when we pray?
• What are some of the unexpected ways that God helps us in our lives? Who are our Samosets and Squantos?

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Reformation Day: The Roots of Our Republic

Posted By Max Lyons, Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Every year on October 31st, we as Americans can choose to celebrate either the pagan Halloween or the Biblical Reformation Day. The Reformation was one of the most important events in history, second only to the birth of Christ, and it should be especially important to Americans. The Reformation in its challenge to false doctrine and endeavor to spread Biblical literacy, is the source of freedoms that we—and many other people of the world—enjoy today.

On October 31, 1517, an obscure Augustinian monk and the rector or President of Wittenberg University, named Martin Luther, challenged the intellectual community to a debate concerning indulgences, which freed souls from Purgatory. His now famous Ninety-Five Theses, which he nailed to the door of the church in Wittenburg that day, were 95 statements of opposition to sale of indulgences, which Luther saw as a grave abuse. Although Luther did not then realize the significance of the posting of these theses, scholars mark the date of his protest against the Catholic Church as the beginning of the Protestant Reformation.

Watch Dr. Max Lyons give a dramatic presentation of Martin Luther's life.

Luther was one of four university level educators—John Wycliffe, John Huss and William Tyndale were the other three—who were used mightily by God to bring about the Reformation. These men opposed the authority of the Pope as Christ’s vicar on earth and taught justification by faith (sola fide) and the sole authority of the Bible in deciding true doctrine (sola scriptura). Recognizing that the Christians are always in need of conversion, the motto of the Reformation became semper reformanda—always reforming.

One outcome of the Reformation was the establishment of the United States. Historian Alan Grimes begins his book American Political Thought, with a chapter entitled, “The Rise of Protestantism.” His opening words underscore the importance of the Puritans, who were one of the Reformation communities in England:

Although American political thought begins with a study of Puritan thinking, an understanding of the Puritan in America requires at least a brief survey of the religious forces which brought forth Puritanism. Socially, politically, and economically, colonial Puritan thinking reflected the heritage of late medieval Europe tempered somewhat by the humanism of the Renaissance and the nationalism of Elizabethan England. Fundamentally, however, Puritanism was another step in the march of the Protestant Reformation.

American government is grounded in the principles of the Reformation and the Biblical Christian worldview that the Reformation restated and revived. “Conscience is the Most Sacred of all Property” was one of the Reformation’s main principles. Without it, it would be hard to imagine the establishment of a system of government based on self-government. The Founders assumed that citizens would be governed by their conscience, formed by their reading of Scripture.

The Reformers’ activities and teaching led them to become involved in promoting Christian education and starting Christian schools. FACE continues this work today through its advocacy of the Principle Approach. The Principle Approach is a process of ongoing reformation intended to help students grow closer to Christ by becoming principled thinkers.

What an opportunity we have as Christians on October 31st to teach our children and others about one of the monumental events in the advancement of liberty!

Dr. Max Lyons, Director of Teaching Services at the Foundation for American Christian Education (FACE). Dr. Lyons has been involved in Christian education over 30 years in every aspect including: teacher, administrator, board member, curriculum development, and policy. He is the author of several books including, Government Takes All, a Biblical case for limited government. Dr. Lyons and his wife Margie reside in Virginia Beach, Virginia and together homeschooled their four children using the Principle Approach for American Christian Education curriculum.

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Columbus in Reverse?

Posted By John Eidsmoe, Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi, Columbus, Providence Rhode Island, 1893

O n September 25, 1973, American Cherokee Chief Adam Nordwall stepped off a plane in Rome, Italy. He announced that he had “discovered” Italy, claimed it on behalf of the Cherokee Nation, and took possession of it “by right of discovery.”

Needless to say, the people of Italy took little notice of Chief Nordwall’s claim. But what makes his claim any less valid than that of Christopher Columbus, when the Admiral landed on what is probably Watling Island near Florida on the 12th of October 523 years ago, named it San Salvador (Holy Savior) and claimed it for Spain?

That’s easy, one might say, Italy didn’t need to be “discovered;” it had been inhabited and governed for thousands of years.

But the same is true of America. Over 500 tribes of Native Americans had lived in North and South America for thousands of years with forms of government ranging from the despotic rule of the Aztec emperors to the relative freedom of the Cheyenne Council of Forty-Four and the Iroquois Confederacy. As one tribal chief recently said, “We knew who we were and where we were, and we didn’t need to be discovered.”

And Columbus wasn’t the first European to visit America, or even the first Christian. The excavation of the L’Anse Aux Meadows site on the coast of Newfoundland verifies the Norse sagas’ claim that Leif Ericson established a colony on the North American coast around 1000 AD, and other Europeans may have visited America even before that.

Those who haven’t read the Norse sagas may not realize that Leif’s expedition took place shortly after the conversion of Norway to Christianity, and the colonies established by Leif Ericson and his kinsman Thorfinn Karlsefni contained a mixed population of Christians and pagans, the former being the strong majority. But why did the Norse colonies fail? Why were they abandoned after only a few years? Would God not look with favor upon Christian outposts on a pagan continent?

One possible reason: Although the Norse colonists were mostly Christians, they showed little interest in sharing the Gospel with the people of the New World. The sagas describe the Norse relations with natives in Greenland and North America as almost invariably hostile, using terms of derision like skraelings and trolls. And the natives responded in kind. The Vikings’ courage and weaponry enabled them to fend off native attacks, but they knew they could not ultimately prevail as a small band on a hostile continent, and they returned to Greenland, Iceland, and Scandinavia.

By contrast, Christopher Columbus came to bring the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

His modern detractors suggest all sorts of motives – gold, glory, power, conquest, fanaticism – but they ignore his own words, clearly stated in his Book of Prophecy:

It was the Lord who put into my mind (I could feel His hand upon me) to sail to the Indies. ...There is no question that the inspiration was from the Holy Spirit, because He comforted me with rays of marvelous illumination from the Holy Scriptures. ...Our Redeemer Jesus Christ said that before the end of the world, all things must come to pass that had been written by the prophets. ...These are great and wonderful signs for the earth, and the signs are that the Lord is hastening the end. The fact that [the] gospel must still be preached to so many lands in such a short time – this is what convinces me.

When Columbus spoke of the “Indies,” he meant islands off the coast of Asia, and he never really understood that he had discovered a New World. European Christians hoped to bring the Gospel to China. The Khan had asked Marco Polo to return with priests to proclaim Christianity in China, but the Church had failed to respond, partially because the land routes to Asia were blocked by the forces of Islam, particularly the Ottoman Empire. Some Europeans were building ships that could sail around South Africa's Cape of Good Hope and reach China via the Indian Ocean. Columbus said the best way to reach China was to sail west from Spain.

Columbus never abandoned that goal. In 1504, shipwrecked off the coast of Jamaica and in bad health, Columbus wrote to King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella:

Jerusalem and the Mount of Zion are now to be rebuilt by Christian hands, and God through the mouth of the prophet in the fourteenth Psalm said so. The abbot Joachim said that this man was to come from Spain. St. Jerome showed the way thither to the Holy Lady. The Emperor of Cathay [China] some time since send for wise men to teach him the religion of Christ. Who shall offer himself for this mission? If Our Lord takes me back to Spain, I vow in God’s name I will undertake to convey them thither.

The spirit was willing, but the flesh was weak. Columbus returned to Spain in November 1504, but he never regained his health. On 20 May 1504 his condition worsened, and after receiving the Lord's Supper and the Last Rites, he passed into eternity. His last words were “In manus tuas, Domine, commendo spiritum meum.” (“Into thy hand, Lord, I commend my spirit.”)

Columbus’s modern critics ignore his stated purposes and accuse him of engaging in a war of genocide upon the native population, and the sad truth is that millions died in the wake of his voyage and colonization. But the vast majority of these deaths were from disease, especially smallpox, to which the native population had little immunity. Inevitably, contact between the two worlds would have brought these epidemics, whether Columbus discovered America or Chief Nordwall discovered Italy. This makes the deaths no less tragic, but it does make them less blameworthy.

Columbus had urged King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella to allow only “good Christians” to settle in the Indies. But his advice was forgotten, and ungodly and unscrupulous men came to the Indies, some who wanted to get rich quick without working, even convicts who settled in the Indies in exchange for clemency. As a result, great cruelties often took place.

But this was not Columbus’s intention. In his October 12, 1492 Journal entry, he exulted in the discovery of the island he named San Salvador and wrote that its inhabitants were “a people who could better be freed and converted to our Holy Faith by love rather than by force.” He added, “I believe that they would easily be made Christians, because it seemed to me that they belonged to no religion.” Four days later, on October 16, he wrote of them, “I don’t recognize in them any religion, and I believe that very promptly they would turn Christians, for they are of very good understanding.”

Certainly Columbus looked for gold. Purchasing and outfitting three ships, hiring and provisioning crews for those ships and paying them for a voyage that could last for years, takes a lot of money. To get this expedition off the ground, and to interest investors in future expeditions, Columbus had to find ways to make the expeditions profitable. My advice to stuffy academics who decry Columbus as materialistic or greedy is this: Try thinking of it as a “research grant.”

The aftermath of Columbus’s expedition should remind us that Christian motives are not enough; we must act upon those motives with sound biblical principles. But despite the Spaniards’ sins and failures, Columbus succeeded where his predecessors had failed: he brought the Old World and the New World together in a way that they could never be separate again. And because he did so, hundreds of millions have heard the Gospel and trusted Jesus Christ for salvation, and biblical principles of law and government have taken root in the United States and have spread throughout the world.

In fact, the contact between Columbus and the Taino, between Europe and America, between the Eastern Hemisphere and the Western Hemisphere, between the Old World and the New World, has been called the most important inter-cultural meeting in world history.

Because he initiated that contact, Christopher Columbus deserves to be called a “discoverer,” while Chief Nordwall does not.

John Eidsmoe is a frequent lecturer and debater at colleges, universities, churches, and civics groups and the author of 12 books, including Christianity & the Constitution and Columbus and Cortez. As a constitutional attorney, he has successfully litigated court cases involving First Amendment religious freedom and has defended home education and Christian schools, championed the right of students and teachers to study the Bible in public schools, debated ACLU attorneys on radio and television, and served on the Ten Commandments Legal Defense Team. He is an ordained pastor in the Association of Free Lutheran Congregations, and with his family, he lives in rural Pike Road, Alabama. Learn more about Dr. Eidsmoe at his website. His books are available for purchase at

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Teaching Christopher Columbus

Posted By Foundation for American Christian Education, Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Sebastiano del Piombo, Posthumous Portrait of Columbus, 1519

This Monday celebrates Columbus Day, the anniversary of the arrival of Christopher Columbus in the New World on October 12, 1492. Although many today ignore the providential aspects of this momentous event, American Christians can celebrate and remember the heroic actions of Christopher Columbus and his crew.

Columbus is often portrayed as an opportunist and a villain in today's secular culture, but the "Christ-bearer" (as the explorer's name, Christopher, means) saw his primary mission to be the spreading of the Gospel. He believed his name was given him, not by accident, but by the will of God. As he wrote in his journal, King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain, “determined to send me, Christopher Columbus, to...India, to see the...people, and territories, and to learn their disposition and the proper method of converting them to our holy faith....”

Columbus’ journey changed forever the concept which people had of the Earth and opened a new stage of God’s plan for the redemption of the world. Columbus's zeal planted the Gospel on the shores of the Americas and along with it, the seeds of liberty.

Columbus said of his venture, “No one should be afraid to take on any enterprise in the name of our Savior, if it is right and if the purpose is purely for this holy service…”

This year, as we commemorate Columbus’s voyage to the New World, let us remember that God sees history not as a haphazard series of accidental and unrelated events, but rather as the working out of His plan for His creation.

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What Keeps Us Free

Posted By Carole Adams, Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Updated: Thursday, September 24, 2015

Most Americans have never been taught the real truth and genius of our U.S. Constitution—an extraordinary document rooted in the Christian idea of man and government, and that the fundamental principles of sacredness of life, liberty and property are at the very heart of self and civil government.

Some have said, next to the Holy Bible, it is the most important document that has ever been written for the benefit of mankind. This is the document that guarantees each American the protection of cherished, God-given life, and to the extent that the internal and external principles of the Constitution are applied, we experience liberty, justice and prosperity.

Today, American citizens are increasingly fed up with their government. We observe shocking waste of taxpayer money, and bureaucrats regulating and limiting freedoms. Debate rages over what the Constitution allows the government to do.

How did we reach this point? The answer is “ignorance of the very clear limits that the U.S. Constitution places on government.” We have forgotten what we were taught in school, or worse, we never learned the basics of that document. 

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia said, “What has made us free is our Constitution. Think of the word ‘constitution.’ It means structure.” He went on to say that the Framers of our Constitution did not debate the Bill of Rights in 1787. Those do not keep us free. It is the structure of the federal government, the balance of power, that places limits on each branch that keeps us free. The true genius of our Constitution is that dispersal of power, not centralized power, is at the heart of that structure.

Sadly, we see that the structure of our government that Justice Scalia discussed is being hijacked. Instead of observance of our written Constitution, the law of the land, we are startled that the power structure in our nation has become more centralized in the Oval Office and confirmed by an activist Supreme Court. The result has been truly alarming:

  • An out of control federal budget plunging our country into debt, even though the Constitutional idea was to discharge debt as quickly as possible in times of peace and prosperity

  • An unprotected border allowing illegal immigration through presidential fiat, resulting in increased public assistance spending, lawlessness and violence

  • The sacredness of marriage as defined Biblically and historically between a man and woman has been destroyed in the name of the Constitution

  • Innocent lives have been sacrificed through abortion and their body parts trafficked in the name of healthcare rights purportedly guaranteed by the Constitution

  • Lawless contracts are signed with foreign entities who export terror and threaten nuclear proliferation endangering our nation and closest allies, skirting the demand of the Constitution that these be called treaties that must be confirmed by Congress

What does the Constitution really say, and how do we return to a Biblical, self-governing republic as documented in the original draft? It is essential that the original ideals of our governing document be preserved and sustained, and every generation of Americans educated in these ideals.

One important aspect of our work at FACE is The Hall-Slater Library and Teaching Center—over 12,000 primary sources relating to the founding and establishment of our nation during the colonial era. This extensive collection was developed over many years of research, each volume being hand picked to document America’s Christian history, the Christian idea of man that values life at every stage, and the history of the ideas that formed the design of the U.S. Constitution. It has become a primary resource for thousands of students, educators, authors, statesmen, ministers, and others documenting and teaching the role of Biblical principles in the founding of our nation.

The Hall-Slater Library and Teaching Center is a vibrant beacon of light and hope against the darkness that threatens to envelope our nation. I need your help in preserving these archives that teach today’s Christian Patriots, and our children, the truth about America’s founding era.

For example, we have an original translation of the Wycliffe Bible, Blackstone’s treatise on Common Law, Montesquieu’s brilliant understanding of “separation of power and balance of power,” and John Locke’s writings on self-government. These ideas, embodied in our U.S. Constitution, were hard won by our Founders and colonial forebears and are held dearly by Patriots today.

Your gift today will help preserve this valuable resource and continue the mission of FACE to teach, publish and prepare the next generation of Americans for self and civil government. Your generosity will ensure that this priceless collection will support many more generations of research—and the fulfillment of the mission of FACE.

As we stand against the erosion of the principles of our Constitution, the written law of the land, your continued support is vital. We must act now before it is too late!

  • While the Washington elite work to centralize power, let us teach the balance of power as laid out in the Constitution.

  • As political parties jockey to tout the latest ideas to take over healthcare or the educational goals of our children, let us retain the idea of local government as the source of public policy.

  • When media pundits tout immoral and disgusting laws that allow for marriage of same-sex partners, or the killing and trafficking of unborn children and their body parts, let us hold fast to the ideas of Biblical morality and character, because only that will allow us to maintain our Christian self-government with liberty.

Will you join with me today? Your gift will further the work of FACE and The Hall-Slater Library and Teaching Center. When you enclose a gift of $100 or more, I will send you We the People: Keepers of Liberty—Biblical Law and the United States Constitution. This 175-page book contains reproductions of original essays and articles by noted authors, including Verna Hall, Gary Amos, Stephen McDowell and others, reprinted from the archives of The Hall-Slater Library and Teaching Center. 

Articles, such as “The Christian Roots of Our Constitution,” “Montesquieu and the Spirit of Laws,” and “Warren Burger and the Christian History of the U.S. Constitution,” will enlighten and renew your understanding of our founding document. You will be equipped and emboldened to give a defense to the many onslaughts to the law of our land.

We have no time to lose to protect our free, constitutional Republic and our children.

Please respond today with your most generous gift of any amount. It is deeply appreciated and will be gratefully acknowledged. Thank you for standing with us as we teach, publish, and preserve the principles that will keep us free.

With your immediate gift of $100 or more you will receive We the People: Keepers of Liberty and will help preserve dozens of irreplaceable historic documents in The Hall-Slater Library. We must educate today’s Christian Patriots, but most of all our children, America’s hope and future.

The Library's irreplaceable collection must be protected to ensure that the ideas and principles that flourished during our nation’s founding, and resulted in the U.S. Constitution, will always be accessible for today’s and future generations. It is our responsibility as Americans to preserve it! May God bless you!

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The Value of the Constitution

Posted By Gary Porter, Tuesday, September 22, 2015

The Reverend Jacob Duché, Rector of Christ Church in Philadelphia, leads the delegates in prayer at the first Continental Congress in 1774

At the 1787 Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, John Dickinson, one of our greatest Founding Fathers, and one of the least known, was troubled by the bickering and lack of progress by his fellow delegates on so propitious an occasion, that of crafting a new and unique form of government. Back in his boarding room that night, Dickinson drafted a speech he intended to give the following day. For reasons that remain unexplained to this day, Dickinson never delivered the speech, but he saved his notes and several months later, while the ratification battles over the proposed new constitution were in full swing, he published this admonition in one of a series of newspaper letters penned by “Fabius.” In this letter, Dickinson admonished his fellow delegates that they are not forming plans “for a day, month, year or age, but for an eternity.”

Had the Convention delegates received Dickinson’s speech that day in Philadelphia, they would have fully understood his charge. They had studied the republics of old, all of them; and they knew that none had survived long. Alexander Hamilton said it succinctly:

It is impossible to read the history of the petty republics of Greece and Italy without feeling sensations of horror and disgust at the distractions with which they were continually agitated, and at the rapid succession of revolution by which they were kept in a state of perpetual vibration between the extremes of tyranny and anarchy.

Would the American experiment succeed and endure? No one at the time could know for sure. Franklin summed the situation: “I consent, sir, to this Constitution, because I expect no better, and because I am not sure that it is not the best.”

But the American Republic survives still, 228 years later, due in no small part to the foresight of the fifty-five men that met at Philadelphia. To what do we owe this permanency? As Thomas Jefferson put it,

Though written constitutions may be violated in moments of passion or delusion, yet they furnish a text to which those who are watchful may again rally and recall the people; they fix too for the people the principles of their political creed. [emphasis added]

Similarly, in the Virginia Declaration of Rights, penned in May 1776, George Mason wrote:

That no free government, or the blessings of liberty, can be preserved to any people but by a firm adherence to justice, moderation, temperance, frugality, and virtue and by frequent recurrence to fundamental principles. [emphasis added]

The longevity of the U.S. Constitution is owing to the principles on which it was established. But which fundamental or fixed principles, exactly, do we find embedded there that can account for its distinction as “the longest operating written Constitution in the history of the world?”

Federalist Writer, first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and President of the American Bible Society John Jay, proposed this connection:

that Providence has been pleased to give this one connected country to one united people--a people descended from the same ancestors, speaking the same language, professing the same religion, attached to the same principles of government....

Rosalie J. Slater, in her groundbreaking work: Teaching and Learning America’s Christian History identifies seven principles of America’s Christian History. They include the principles of Individuality, Self-Government, Christian Character, Conscience, Christian Form of Government, Local Self-Government and Political Union. Ms. Slater writes:

Our Founding Father generation was alert to detect the slightest infraction of their liberties, freedoms, rights. This was because they were knowledgeable on principles. This enabled them to stand fast despite every effort to insinuate legislation which would threaten their right of Christian self-government, their property of conscience, their initiative and enterprise. We, too, need to become so knowledgeable about the principles of our American Christian Constitution that we can once again restore its spirit and purpose in the preservation of our “Lives, Liberties and Estates.”

(1) The Principle of Individuality is found clearly in terms of the value of each citizen. Individual votes determine the passage of laws, overriding of vetos, confirmation of appointments and ratification of treaties. The creativity of individuals is to be protected by patents and copyrights, as is individual property from search and seizure. The testimony of two or more individuals is required for conviction of treason.

(2) The Principle of Self-Government is found in the very fabric of the document, as recognized by its chief architect:

It is evident that no other form would be reconcilable with the genious (sic) of the people of America; with the fundamental principles of the Revolution; or with that honorable determination which animates every votary of freedom: to rest all our political experiments on the capacity of mankind for self-government."

(3) The Principle of Local Self-Government is recognized in the Tenth Amendment through its reservation of all powers not delegated to the federal or state governments; they are to remain with the people for their use in local and self-government.

(4) The Principle of Christian Character is not to be found in the Constitution itself, but rather in the lives and decorum of the fifty-five men who drafted the document. A particularly poignant example of which is to be found in Dr. Franklin’s impassioned plea for prayer on 28 June in the midst of contentious proceedings.

In the beginning of the Contest with G. Britain, when we were sensible of danger we had daily prayer in this room for the divine protection. ”Our prayers, Sir, were heard, and they were graciously answered. All of us who were engaged in the struggle must have observed frequent instances of a Superintending providence in our favor. To that kind providence we owe this happy opportunity of consulting in peace on the means of establishing our future national felicity. And have we now forgotten that powerful friend? I have lived, Sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth- that God governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without his notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without his aid? We have been assured, Sir, in the sacred writings, that "except the Lord build the House they labour in vain that build it." I firmly believe this; and I also believe that without his concurring aid we shall succeed in this political building no better than the Builders of Babel: We shall be divided by our little partial local interests; our projects will be confounded, and we ourselves shall become a reproach and bye word down to future ages. And what is worse, mankind may hereafter from this unfortunate instance, despair of establishing Governments be Human Wisdom and leave it to chance, war and conquest.
I therefore beg leave to move, that henceforth prayers imploring the assistance of Heaven, and its blessings on our deliberations, be held in this Assembly every morning before we proceed to business, and that one or more of the Clergy of the City be requested to officiate in that service.
It is no coincidence that the Constitution is subscribed on the “Seventeenth Day of September in the Year of our Lord (Jesus Christ) one thousand seven hundred and Eighty seven,” and that each President is given Sundays off when counting the ten days he has to take action on a presented bill.

(5) The Principle of Conscience can be found in the protections of conscience afforded by the First Amendment, as well as allowing for affirmation in place of solemn oath when taking office at the state or federal level. Although Article 6’s prohibition of a religious test for taking office would seem to run counter to the preceding principle (Christian Character), it actually protects the conscience of believers and unbelievers alike.

(6) The Principle of Christian Form of Government, according to Ms. Slater, includes the concept of representation and separation of powers, both of which are self-evident in the structure of the government the Constitution created.

(7) The Principle of Political Union is of course also inherent in the structure of the Constitution, beginning with the familiar declaration: “We the People of the United States, in order to form a more perfect Union…” and also reinforced by Article 1’s and the Tenth Amendment’s acknowledgement of the concept of Federalism, or shared political power, a decidedly Biblical concept. Federalism comes from foedus, Latin for covenant:

The tribes of Israel shared a covenant that made them a nation. American federalism originated at least in part in the dissenting Protestants' familiarity with the Bible.

Beyond the seven Principles as described by Ms. Slater, there are a few more Biblical principles upon which the Constitution is based, and which therefore can account for its stability. These include, first and foremost, an acknowledgement of the fallen nature of man, which is accommodated by the Constitution’s system of checks and balances.

Ambition must be made to counteract ambition. The interest of the man must be connected with the constitutional rights of the place. It may be a reflection on human nature that such devices should be necessary to control the abuses of government. What is government itself but the greatest of all reflections on human nature?

The true value of the Constitution is to be found in these Biblical and Christian principles. Despite the onslaught by forces intent on tearing down the structure the Founders gave us so long ago, if we are to survive as an independent republic, a “frequent recurrence to fundamental principles” should be our common goal.

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Reflections for Constitution Day

Posted By Foundation for American Christian Education, Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Junius Brutus Stearns, Washington at Constitutional Convention of 1787,Signing of U.S. Constitution

On September 17, 1787, 40 bold men from 12 states signed the document that would guarantee in writing the rights and liberties of citizens of the newly formed United States of America. The signers knew, however, that the freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution were only secure if the Christian character of the people remained strong.

Two hundred and twenty-eight years later, we commemorate this world-shaking event with these reflections:

The Tree of Liberty must be nourished with our attention to what constitutes the Constitution. This has to do with Conscience and Character, and must—in the home, church, and school—restore Christian conscience and Christian character as the keystone to the foundation of liberty and freedom.
Rosalie J. Slater, Co-Founder of The Foundation for American Christian Education

The record of America as a Christian nation resides in the documented history of her founding. This record has been deliberately obscured in order to deprive the American of his Christian heritage of individual liberty. The rediscovery of the Christian foundation of our country and its form of government can restore Christian Leadership to America. But in order to return America to Christianity, this knowledge must be the background of every individual engaged in the education of American youth—parents, clergymen, and educators.
From “The Christian Roots of Our Constitution” by Verna M. Hall, Co-Founder, The Foundation for American Christian Education

American constitutionalism was rooted in the absolutes of God’s law. True law is in accord with God’s law. William Blackstone, whose Commentaries of the Laws of England (1765) was a primary resource for those studying law in America until the twentieth century, said that “no human laws are of any validity, if contrary to the law of nature [which is] dictated by God himself…[or to] the law of revelation [which is] to be found only in the holy Scriptures.”
From “Noah Webster, God’s Law, and the U.S. Constitution” by Stephen McDowell

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A Republic... If You Can Keep It

Posted By The Foundation for American Christian Education, Wednesday, September 9, 2015
Updated: Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Howard Chandler Christy, Scene at the Signing of the Constitution of the United States, 1940

“A lady asked Dr. Franklin, ‘Well, Doctor, what have we got, a republic or a monarchy?’ –‘A Republic,’ replied the Doctor, ‘if you can keep it.’
Quoted in Dr. Gai Ferdon, A Republic If You Can Keep It, frontispiece

September 17, 2015 marks the 228th anniversary of the signing of the Constitution of the United States of America. On this day in 1787, 40 bold men from 12 states signed the document that would guarantee in writing the rights and liberties of citizens of the newly formed United States of America. They would no longer be subject to the arbitrary whims of lawmakers or monarchs, but be governed by a written document guaranteeing their rights and liberties. Several months later on June 21, 1788 the remaining nine states ratified the document, and a Bill of Rights was added to further insure protection for individuals and states from a central federal government.

We Americans hold a document so unique and remarkable it has only been amended 16 times in over 200 years. British Prime Minister William Gladstone once said of our Constitution, “…the most remarkable work known…in modern times to have been produced by the human intellect, at a single stroke.”

But, more importantly, our Constitution was not only the work of men who applied their education and knowledge to the task of crafting new governing ideas in writing, but it was also their understanding of the Bible, and the principles therein, applied to the subject of civil government. It was a governing document created for individuals who were already governed by the Word of God and had formed internally the character to be “self-governing.”

John Adams said, “ Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”

And Noah Webster declared, “The religion which has introduced civil liberty, is the religion of Christ and his apostles…to this we owe our free constitutions of government.”

With grateful hearts and thanksgiving to God, let us acknowledge that our Constitution is unequaled in the world and continue to allow Him to refine our “character as gold,” the currency that builds our Republic.

Preamble to the Constitution

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

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