If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do? (Psalm 11:3)
Have you ever wondered how it is that America finds herself teetering on the precipice of moral depravity and destruction? The answer is found in a comparison of two constitutions, one (the Fundamental Agreement of New Haven, Connecticut) that celebrated its 375th anniversary on January 14, 2014:
The Bible: America’s Original Constitution
Fundamental Agreement of the Colony of New Haven, CT, 1639: Agreement; We all agree that the scriptures hold forth a perfect rule for the direction and government of all men in duties which they are to perform to God and to man, as well in families and commonwealth as in matters of the church; so likewise in all public officers which concern civil order, as choice of magistrates and officers, making and repealing laws, dividing allotments of inheritance, and all things of like nature, we will, all of us, be ordered by the rules which the scripture holds forth; and we agree that such persons may be entrusted with such matters of government as are described in Exodus 18:21 and Deuteronomy 1:13 with Deuteronomy 17:15 and 1 Corinthians 6:1, 6 & 7….
John W. Welch commented on the outstanding influence Yahweh’s1 law had in Colonial America:
Indeed, it has rightly been concluded that “the ideal polity of early Puritan New England was thought to comprehend divine intentions as revealed in Mosaic law.” The rule of law began, not with the rules of man but with the rules of God. One Puritan document directly states, “[T]he more any law smells of man, the more unprofitable,” and thus, it asserts, the only proper laws were in fact “divine ordinances, revealed in the pages of Holy Writ and administered according to deductions and rules gathered from the Word of God.”2
Almost as impressive as New Haven’s agreement are the testimonies to it:
John Clark Ridpath, History of the United States, 1874: In June of 1639 the leading men of New Haven held a convention in a barn, and formally adopted the Bible as the constitution of the State. Everything was strictly conformed to the religious standard. The government was called the House of Wisdom…. None but church members were admitted to the rights of citizenship.3
Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America, 1835: They exercised the rights of sovereignty; they named their magistrates, concluded peace or declared war, made police regulations, and enacted laws as if their allegiance was due only to God. Nothing can be more curious and, at the same time more instructive, than the legislation of that period; it is there that the solution of the great social problem which the United States now presents to the world is to be found.
Amongst these documents we shall notice, as especially characteristic, the code of laws promulgated by the little State of Connecticut…. The legislators of Connecticut begin with the penal laws, and … they borrow their provisions from the text of Holy Writ … copied verbatim from the books of Exodus, Leviticus, and Deuteronomy.4
Tocqueville testified that it was the “legislation of that period,” in particular, that set America apart from other nations and that provided solutions to the rest of the world. This was in fulfillment of Deuteronomy 4:
Behold, I have taught you statutes and judgments, even as YHWH my God commanded me, that ye should do so in the land whither ye go to possess it. Keep therefore and do them; for this is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the nations, which shall hear all these statutes, and say, Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people. For what nation is there so great, who hath God so nigh unto them, as YHWH our God is in all things that we call upon him for? And what nation is there so great, that hath statutes and judgments so righteous as all this law, which I set before you this day? (Deuteronomy 4:5-8)
America was exalted in the eyes of the world because of her applied righteousness, embodied in Yahweh’s perfect law (Psalm 19:7). This is no longer true. America has, instead, become the most despised nation upon the earth. This is not because other nations are envious of her, as politicians often claim, but because her laws no longer reflect Yahweh’s righteousness. In fact, her laws have not reflected Yahweh’s righteousness since the adoption of the framers’ secular Constitution.5
The Framers’ Secular Traditions: America’s Second Constitution
In the late 1700s, a change of law and government occurred, not only from English rule, but also from the Colonies’ Biblically based governments. From that moment on, the nation that had been predominately Christian became progressively secular and humanistic. In short, America’s Biblical and Christian foundations were destroyed.
The framers nowhere attributed the inspiration for any specific article or amendment in the Constitution to the Bible or the laws of Yahweh. After reviewing over 2,200 political writings published between 1760 and 1805, David S. Lutz and Charles S. Hyneman came to some very interesting conclusions regarding the Bible’s influence upon the constitutional framers and others of that period. Lutz admitted that while the “book … most frequently cited by Americans during the founding era [was] … the Book of Deuteronomy, … the Bible’s prominence disappears [during the Federalist/Anti-Federalist debate over the Constitution],” and “the Federalists’ inclination to Enlightenment rationalism is most evident here in their failure to consider the Bible relevant.”6
The United States Constitution was inspired, not by Yahweh, but by a small group of men claiming to represent their new god We the People.7 Patrick Henry (who refused to be one of Virginia’s delegates to the Constitutional Convention, saying he smelled a rat) later insisted the conventioneers had no right to claim they represented the people. Nevertheless, by their silence, the people gave their assent, as did those in 2 Samuel 24 when King David pursued an unlawful census. David did not take the brunt of Yahweh’s wrath, but rather the people who allowed David to proceed with the census.
Judgment of the people for the transgressions of their rulers is found time and again in the Bible (2 Kings 24:1-4, 2 Chronicles 28:19, etc.). The people are ultimately responsible. They were responsible when the constitutional conventioneers chose a new god, and we will continue to be responsible until we rise up, repent of our forefathers’ sins, overthrow We the People’s constitution, and return to Yahweh’s constitution.
Since 1789, when the United States of America, as a nation, stopped following Yahweh’s laws and began following the laws of We the People, our legislation has ceased providing righteous instruction to others. It instead reflects America’s haughty imperialistic posture. And the rest of the world now holds America in disdain. If America hopes to regain her favored status in the eyes of the world, she must return to her original Constitution as expressed in the Fundamental Agreement of New Haven, Connecticut.
Until America restores her Biblical foundations, the righteous will continue to flounder and America will continue to teeter on, if not fall into, the precipice of moral degradation.
Preamble (Biblical rewrite)
Article 1 (Biblical rewrite)
Article 2 (Biblical rewrite)
1. YHWH, the English transliteration of the Tetragrammaton, is most often pronounced Yahweh. It is the principal Hebrew name of the God of the Bible and was inspired to appear nearly 7,000 times in the Old Testament. It was unlawfully deleted by the English translators. In obedience to the Third Commandment and the many Scriptures that charge us to proclaim, swear by, praise, extol, call upon, bless, glorify, and hold fast to His name, we have chosen to memorialize His name here in this document and in our lives. For a more thorough explanation concerning important reasons for using the sacred name of God, see “The Third Commandment.”
2. John W. Welch, “Biblical Law in America: Historical Perspectives and Potentials for Reform,” Brigham Young University Law Review, 30 September 2002, <http://www.contra-mundum.org/essays/theonomy/WEL1.pdf.>
3. John Clark Ridpath, History of the United States, 4 vols. (New York, NY: The American Book Company, 1874) vol. 1, p. 181.
4. Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America, 2 vols. (New York: NY: The Colonial Press, 1899) vol. 1, pp. 36-37.
6. Donald S. Lutz, “The Relative Influence of European Writers on Late Eighteenth-Century American Political Thought,” The American Political Science Review (March 1984) pp. 189-97.
7. Chapter 3 “The Preamble: WE THE PEOPLE vs. YAHWEH” of Bible Law vs. the United States Constitution: The Christian Perspective