7/17/2024

THE ROLE OF RELIGION AND MORALITY IN A FREE REPUBLIC

On Thursday evening, Donald Trump Trump closed a Republican National Convention, filled with prayers and expressions of faith in Jesus Christ, with a speech in which he said, "I am here by the grace of Almighty God." It was too much "God" for many Democrats and one liberal journalist derisively wrote, "Though the RNC meant to pitch a big tent, it ended up being a tent revival."  


This, of course, has reignited arguments about the role of religion, particularly Christianity, in American politics. Also, the attempted assassination of Trump has renewed arguments about the need to curtail rights guaranteed in the U.S. Constitution, such as freedom of speech and the right to bear arms. 


Those who want to limit these rights argue that unregulated hate speech can stir violent reactions, often with guns, and laws must be put in place to limit and regulate both. Opponents argue that this would be a violation of rights guaranteed in the Constitution and Bill of Rights. 


America's Founders Had the Answer


America’s founders had an answer to this problem, but from a completely different perspective. The restraints they advocated were religious and moral. They believed that only a religious and moral people would be capable of enjoying the freedoms they had enshrined in the Constitution and Bill of Rights. An irreligious and amoral people, they believed, would turn freedom into lawlessness and anarchy.

This is why George Washington, in his 1796 Farewell Address, urged the new nation to maintain "religion" and "morality," which he called "indispensable" supports for national prosperity. Interestingly, Washington did not see religion as something to be "tolerated," but as something "indispensable" for the life of the nation.

In this same Address, Washington called religion and morality “those great pillars of human happiness” and he warned against indulging the supposition that morality could be had apart from religion. “Both reason and experience,” he said, “forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle” (Hyatt, 1726: The Year that Defined America, 165).

By "religion" Washington meant Christianity, and like the other Founders, he believed that only Christianity provided the intellectual and moral underpinnings for a stable and prosperous society. John Adams made this clear in a 1798 speech in which he said, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate for the government of any other.”

Thomas Jefferson completely agreed with Washington's Farewell Address and he made it required reading at the University of Virginia, which he had founded. Jefferson also said, "The philosophy of Jesus is the most sublime and benevolent code of morals ever offered to man. A more beautiful or precious morsel of ethics I have never seen."

Indeed, the Founders believed that the teachings of Jesus and the entire Bible would awaken the best in the human heart and be a constraining force on the baser elements of human nature. This is why Dr. Benjamin Rush, member of the Continental Congress and signer of the Declaration of Independence, declared,

The only foundation for a republic is to be laid in Religion. Without this there can be no liberty, and liberty is the object and life of all republican governments (Hyatt, 1726: The Year that Defined America, 163).

Understanding the First Amendment

The opening clause of the First Amendment says, “Congress shall make no law concerning the establishment of religion nor hindering the free exercise thereof.” This was not a rejection of religion, for the day after ratifying the First Amendment, those same Founders proclaimed a national day of prayer and thanksgiving.

The First Amendment merely blocked Congress from ever establishing a European-style, official state church. The First Amendment created in America a free and open marketplace for the exchange and propagation of religious ideas and teachings without government interference. 

The Founders believed such religious liberty, influencing every part of society, to be necessary for a stable and prosperous nation. And this was still the American way in 1831 when the French sociologist, Alexis de Tocqueville, visited America to study her institutions.

After spending six months travelling throughout the land, he concluded that Americans had so merged Christianity with civil liberty in their thinking that it was impossible to make them conceive of one without the other. He wrote, "From the beginning, politics and religion contracted an alliance which has never been dissolved." These facts led the late Dr. Michael Novak to declare, 

Far from having a hostility toward religion, the Founders counted on religion [Christianity] for the underlying philosophy of the republic, its supporting ethic, and its reliable source of rejuvenation (Hyatt, 1726: The Year that Defined America, 171).

The Choice for America is Clear

Fast forward to 2024 and for the past 70 years America has been in the process of eradicating the very things -- Religion and Morality -- her Founders said would preserve her. Crosses, Christian symbols, and Ten Commandments displays  have been systematically removed from public properties. Prayer and Bible reading have been banned from public schools. 

The consequences have been devastating with failing test scores, moral confusion, and horrendous school shootings. This is why it is so refreshing to read of Louisiana  requiring the posting of the Ten Commandments in the public classroom. Other states, including Texas, are promising to follow suit. 

This could signal a turn in the direction that will save America from the deadly, un-American idea that the answer for every problem is more government regulation. As James Madison is reported to have said,

We have staked the whole future of the American civilization, not upon the power of government, far from it. We have staked the future . . . upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves according to the Ten Commandments (Hyatt, Pilgrims and Patriots (Second Edition), 172).

After watching the RNC this week, I would say that the choice for America is quite clear. We will either choose leaders who believe we should be a free people, governed from within by Christian principles of morality and ethics, or we will choose leaders who want to control us from without with burdensome laws and tyrannical authority. As William Penn put it, "Those who will not be governed by God, must be ruled by tyrants."

Dr. Eddie L. Hyatt is the author of 1726: The Year that Defined America from which the above article has been derived. He is on a quest to "Save America"  by reconnecting this current generation with the nation's severed roots in Faith and Freedom. His books are available from Amazon and his website at www.eddiehyatt.com




7/15/2024

THE MARXIST PLAN TO TAKE OVER AMERICA

And How We Can Stop It

A vital part of the Marxist strategy to take over a nation is to rewrite its history and thereby destroy its heritage. Karl Marx himself said, “People without a heritage are easily persuaded.” Alexander Solzhenitsyn, who spent eight years in a Soviet labor camp, observed how the Marxist Bolshevik’s separated the Russian people from their Christian past, and wrote, “To destroy a people you must first sever their roots.”

If America is to survive, we must reclaim our Christian heritage, which secularist and Marxist historians have destroyed by rewriting our history. Modern textbooks leave out the significant roles of faith and prayer in the founding of this nation. In their place, they emphasize the influence of the secularist Enlightenment out of Europe, and of slavery, and they demonize the founders as wicked and evil men.

As a result, a generation has arisen that knows little or nothing of America’s true founding out of the Great Awakening, which spiritually and morally transformed Colonial America and had a direct bearing on both founding of this country and the ending of slavery on this continent. We are now at the place Carl Sandburg, a Pulitzer Prize winning historian, spoke about when he said,

When a nation goes down or a society perishes, one condition may always be found; they forgot where they came from. They lost sight of what had brought them along.

Yes, the political fight is very important and every Christian should vote on November 5. However, another election will not save America. If America is to be saved, we must reclaim our Christian Heritage. And we must do it now, for as Ronald Reagan said, “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.”

In 2010 God supernaturally called me to play an important part in reclaiming America’s Christian Heritage. Since that time have written five books documenting how the Great Awakening, birthed in faith and prayer, had a direct bearing on both the founding of this nation and the ending of slavery on this continent. I have also just completed a 5-Lesson PowerPoint course based on these writings.

The challenge now is to get them into the hands of as many people possible between now and November 5. If you are not already partnering with us through Hyatt Int’l Ministries, I ask you to prayerfully consider partnering with us in prayer and a monthly financial gift until the end of this year.

This will enable us to get these materials into the hands of as many people as possible, including political and Christian leaders, between now and November 5. The America of Washington, Jefferson, Douglass, and King can be saved!

Eddie Hyatt


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7/09/2024

AMERICA'S CHRISTIAN BIRTH: THE UNTOLD STORY

Below are five outstanding PowerPoint videos that document how America was birthed out of a Great Spiritual Awakening, which also unleashed anti-slavery outrage that turned America's Founders against slavery and brought about the end of slavery on the American Continent.

The Original American Vision - Lesson 1
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UIu0EigwDMQ
We have been taught that the first immigrants to this land, such as the Pilgrims, were fleeing religious persecution. That is true, but that is only part of the story. There was also a proactive vision that was drawing them to America.

The Great Awakening - Lesson 2
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yVF2c4xyauY
Beginning in 1726, a great, spiritual awakening engulfed the American colonies with entire towns repenting and turning to God. Benjamin Franklin wrote, "It seemed as if the whole world was growing religious so that one could not walk through the town in an evening without hearing Psalms being sung by families on every street."

Slavery and the Great Awakening - Lesson 3
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zLfyTt-kbXw
The Great Awakening ignited a powerful anti-slavery movement that resulted in America's Founding Fathers turning against slavery at a time that it was accepted and practiced in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and most of the world.

A Nation is Born from the Awakening - Lesson 4
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b0nX0QsU3po
The impact of the Great Awakening is obvious in America's founding because of the prominence of Bible reading and prayer in all the proceedings.

America's Founding Fathers - Lesson 5
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rt0WXKXjXyc
This lesson is an overview of the Founding Fathers, their character and faith, and what it was that set them apart from the rest of society.

The textbooks for this course are available from Amazon and Eddie's website at http://eddiehyatt.com. If you would like to invite Dr. Hyatt to present one or all of these teachings in your church or venue, contact him at DrEddieHyatt@gmail.com

7/07/2024

THE PROUD AND ARROGANT ARE COMING DOWN

While preaching and elaborating on the dramatic encounter of Saul of Tarsus with Jesus on the Damascus Road, something unusual happened. As I began commenting on Acts 9:6, something stirred deep in my heart. I suddenly stopped in the middle of my message and found myself praying, “O God, bring down the proud and arrogant leaders in our nation, both political and religious.”

Acts 9:6, where this experience occurred, reads, So he, trembling and astonished, said, “Lord, what do you want me to do” Saul, who was on his way to Damascus to arrest followers of Jesus, had been struck down by a bright light from heaven. Lying in the dust, he heard a voice saying, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me? Astonished and trembling, he inquired as to the identity of the voice and heard, I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting (Acts 9:5).

As I elaborated on these passages, I was so taken at how shattered Paul must have been lying in the dust of the Damascus Road, having encountered the risen Lord. His world had suddenly been turned upside down. It was at that moment that I spontaneously prayed to God that He would bring down the proud and arrogant leaders in our nation, both political and religious.

God Hates Pride

God hates pride and both James 4:6 and I Peter 5:5 quote Proverbs 3:34 that warns, God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble. Paul warned against putting a novice (one new to the faith) into a place of leadership, lest being puffed up with pride he fall into the same condemnation as the devil (I Timothy 3:6).

Pride is deadly because it asserts the “self” or ego against God. The middle letter of pride is “I.” Pride is the root of all sin, for the end of all sin is self-gratification. It was pride that brought down the beautiful archangel, Lucifer. It was pride that caused our first parents to declare their independence from God and think they could be gods and make it on their own.

Their prideful action plunged the world into what is theologically known as the fall, which opened the door to sin, evil and death. No wonder that Proverbs 16:18 warns, Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.

Pride Destroys Revival

Charles Finney, who has been called the Prince of Revivalists, commented on how in the midst of a revival Christians often “sin against their own mercies,” because they get lifted up with their success, take the credit to themselves, and do not give glory to God.” He further elaborated, saying,

Perhaps it has been published in the papers what a great revival there has been in that church, so that they begin to think how high they will stand in the estimation of other churches all over the land, because they have had such a great revival. And they get puffed up and vain and they can no longer enjoy the presence of God. The Spirit of God withdraws from them, and the revival ceases.

Some years ago I was sitting in a “Revival Now” conference when I suddenly had an overwhelming urge to bow down before the Lord. I considered how to respond for it was during a time when people were being invited to come forward and stand to receive prayer. The urge to bow before the Lord intensified and I finally turned and bowed at my seat. As soon as my knees touched the floor, I heard the voice of the Lord saying,

I am going to be doing some incredible things in the days ahead; and when you see My power and My glory, this is to always be your posture. You are to bow down and acknowledge that I am the Sovereign Lord of this universe.”

I believe God is dealing with pride in America and in the American church. The proud and arrogant are coming down. Isaiah 33:11 says, The eyes of the arrogant will be humbled and human pride brought low; the Lord alone will be exalted in that day.

The Power of Humility & Prayer

I have done extensive research into America’s origins, and one thing that has deeply impressed me was their emphasis on both “prayer and humiliation.” For several generations, the first immigrants to America, and later America’s founders, would set aside days for what they called “prayer and humiliation.”

It was not a time of groveling or self-flagellation, but a time of confessing the sin of pride and the sin of trusting in themselves and their own strength instead of totally relying on the Lord. Out of their days of “prayer and humiliation” emerged the most powerful nation on earth.

We should not be surprised for God promises that those who will humble themselves, He will exalt. I Peter 5:6 says, Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God that He may exalt you in due time. Isaiah 66:3 says, These are the ones I look on with favor: those who are humble and contrite in spirit, and who tremble at my word (NIV).

It is time that we as American Christians humbled ourselves before God, confessed that in our pride we have relied on our own strength and talents, and confess how much we need Him. This is necessary if we are to see another Great Awakening across the land. On the other hand, if we do not humble ourselves, we can expect to be humbled. The proud and arrogant are coming down.

 Dr. Eddie Hyatt is an author, revivalist and Bible teacher. His books, 1726: The Year that Defined America and America's Revival Heritage (Second Edition) document the power of prayer and humility in the founding of America. They are available from Amazon and his website at http://eddiehyatt.com.  

7/03/2024

THREE IMPORTANT FACTS EVERY AMERICAN SHOULD KNOW ABOUT 1776

On July 4th America will celebrate her 248th birthday. Many are wondering if she can survive the current political, economic, cultural, and moral crises that presently envelop her. Below are three important facts about America this generation desperately needs to know—facts that can carry her through the current crises.


Fact #1
America was Birthed Out of a Great Spiritual Awakening

When George Whitefield, the most famous preacher of the Great Awakening, came to America to preach the Gospel for the first time in 1738, his prayer was that the American colonists would “no longer live as 13 divided colonies but as one nation under God.”

His incessant travels up and down the eastern seaboard, with thousands coming out to hear him preach in the open air, played a vital role in seeing his prayer answered.  Denominational, cultural, and racial walls were breached and for the first they began to see themselves as a single people with one divine destiny.

In this First Great Awakening, which began in 1726, entire towns were transformed up and down the eastern seaboard. So great was the change that a British appointed governor wrote to his superiors in England, “If you ask an American who is his master, he will tell you he has none, nor any governor but Jesus Christ.”

These facts led the late historian and Harvard professor, Perry Miller, to declare, “The Declaration of Independence of 1776 was a direct result of the preaching of the evangelists of the Great Awakening.”

Fact #2
America’s Founders Were Not Racists

Out of the Great Awakening, an anti-slavery movement was ignited that led to virtually every Founding Father, including those who owned slaves, taking a public stand against it. George Washington, for example, declared, “There is not a man living who wishes more than I do to see a plan adopted for the abolition of slavery.”

The Declaration of Independence, with its colorblind language and statement that "all men are created equal and are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights," was understood by the founding generation to be a statement against slavery.

Indeed, abolitionists used both the Declaration of Independence and the U.S.  Constitution, which came 11 years later, as weapons in the fight against slavery. Because the Founders took this stand at a time when slavery was accepted and practiced in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and most of the world, Frederick Douglass would declare,

Fellow Citizens, I am not wanting in respect for the fathers of this republic. The signers of the Declaration of Independence were brave men. They were great men too—great enough to give fame to a great age. It does not often happen to a nation to raise, at one time, such a number of truly great men.

Fact #3
America Has Been Sustained by National Spiritual Awakenings

By the dawn of the 19th century, a generation had arisen that knew little of the Great Awakening of the previous century that had given birth to the nation. Spiritual indifference, immorality, and agnosticism seemed to pervade the land, prompting many churches to designate days and seasons for prayer and fasting for another “revival of religion.”

In response to their prayers, another Great Awakening rolled across the land like a giant tsunami wave.  Peter Cartwright (1785-1872), the circuit-riding, Methodist revivalist of the era, said, “The work went on and spread almost in every direction gathering additional force till our country seemed all coming to God.” The noted historian, Dr. Mark A. Knoll, called it, “The most influential revival of Christianity in the history of the United States.”

There was also a Third Great Awakening that brought the nation through its most trying time—a horrible Civil War. In my book, America’s Revival Heritage, Second Edition, I document what I believe was a Fourth Great Awakening that sustained the nation through another perilous time in her history.

The Conclusion of the Matter

Yes, in her most critical moments, America has been sustained by heaven-sent spiritual awakenings. It would seem, therefore, that Revival is in our national DNA. Knowing this adds confidence to our prayers that God will send another Great Awakening that will sweep across the land and save America from this present critical and dangerous moment in which she finds herself.

This article is derived from Dr. Eddie Hyatt's books, 1726: The Year that Defined America and America's Revival Heritage, Second Edition, available from Amazon and his website at http://eddiehyatt.com.