The following quote is but one instance of what Pastor John Elliott wrote in 1800 in a discourse on the death of George Washington: “Earthly affairs are controlled by divine wisdom, power and goodness...
The following quote is but one instance of what Pastor John Elliott wrote in 1800 in a discourse on the death of George Washington: “Earthly affairs are controlled by divine wisdom, power and goodness. Great were the preparations made, in the state of the nations, for the glorious appearance of the Messiah in the flesh; and the mighty revolutions of the present era are doubtless designed as preparatory steps to the happy, millennial state of the Christian church.”
It was at this time that President John Adams “recommended to the People of the United States to assemble on the 22nd day of February next” to remember “by suitable eulogies, orations and discourses, or by public prayers” the death of President Washington.
A discourse at New Haven by Timothy Dwight, D.D. (president of Yale College) said of Washington: “He was not, like Moses, the emancipator of a nation, the head of a new church, or the founder of an empire; but he was the most illustrious follower of the Son of God, in establishing Christianity, and in accomplishing the salvation of men. No labours of man claim a higher moral distinction, than his ...” (All excerpts above from “Passing the Torch of Liberty to a New Generation,” AV Press).
This was the belief of the men who lived during and just after the American Revolution. The idea that our country was founded on Christian principles and was considered a Christian nation is currently being challenged by revisionists. The desire to destroy this unique American concept was started by anti-religious French revolutionists whose idea of liberty was to be able to do anything one pleases. We can see today how that kind of thinking has not changed America for the better, but for the worse.