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Today, January 14, marks the 338th anniversary of America’s first Constitution, the Fundamental Agreement of the Colony of New Haven, Connecticut, 1639. Unlike the 18th-century Enlightenment and Masonic boys’ federal Constitution of the United States of America,1 which created a humanistic government of, by, and for the people, the New Haven Fundamental Agreement was uniquely biblical, creating a government of, by, and for God established upon His immutable moral law:

New Haven Fundamental 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….

The 1639 agreement makes no reference to any other government as its source of authority:

It is worthy of note that this document contains none of the conventional references to a “dread sovereign” or a “gracious King,” nor the slightest allusion to the British or any other government outside of Connecticut itself….2

Its longevity is also remarkable:

…Thomas Hooker, founded the colony of Connecticut.… In 1639, he wrote the Fundamental Orders of Connecticut, which many consider to be the first full-fledged written constitution in history. Whereas other documents in the Colonies were later modified or replaced, the Connecticut Constitution remained intact up to and well beyond the adoption of the national Constitution.3

Almost as impressive as New Haven’s agreement are the testimonies to it and other similar documents:

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.’4

Richard Mosier identified the Puritan Bible as not “only the holy restored word of God, but a constitutional document of the Protestant movement.”5 Note, an American constitution existed almost 150 years prior to the United States Constitution.

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 [in perfect fulfillment of Deuteronomy 4:5-8, demonstrating the continuing veracity of Yahweh’s moral law and its accompanying blessings, per Deuteronomy 28:1-14].

‘Amongst these documents we shall notice, as especially characteristic, the code of laws promulgated by the little State of Connecticut in 1650. 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. Blasphemy, sorcery, adultery, and rape were punished with death….’6

America was exalted in the eyes of the world because of her applied righteousness, embodied in Yahweh’s7 perfect law. Since 1788, 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. Instead, 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.8

 

Related Posts:

Bible Law vs. the United States Constitution: The Christian Perspective

Law and Kingdom: Their Relevance Under the New Covenant

A Biblical Constitution: A Scriptural Replacement for Secular Government

 

1. Bible Law vs. the United States Constitution: The Christian Perspective

2. John Fiske, The Historical Writings of John Fiske, 12 vols. (Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1902) vol. 6, p. 155.

3. Mark A. Beliles, Douglas S. Anderson, Contending for the Constitution: Recalling the Christian Influence on the Writing of the Constitution and the Biblical Basis of American Law and Liberty (Charlottesville, VA: Providence Foundation, 2005) p. 95.

4. John Clark Ridpath, History of the United States, 4 vols. (New York, NY: The American Book Company, 1874) vol. 1, p. 181.

5. Richard Mosier, The American Temper (Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 1952) p. 44.

6. Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America, 2 vols. (New York: NY: The Colonial Press, 1899) vol. 1, pp. 36-37.

7. 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.”

8. Chapter 3 “The Preamble: WE THE PEOPLE vs. YAHWEH” of “Bible Law vs. the United States Constitution: The Christian Perspective.”

  1. Ethan Ellingson says:

    Early Christian dominion, a theonomic Monarchy if you will, is easy to prove with these resources. Thanks Ted.

  2. Atossa says:

    Trump’s famous slogan, “Make America Great Again”, reminds me of Jeremiah 51:9, “we would have healed Babylon, but she cannot be healed.”

    • Ted Weiland says:

      Atossa, thanks for joining the conversation.

      I’m not sure whether you’re promoting Trump as the means to America’s greatness or not. Regardless, I would ask that everyone hear consider the following:

      Trump will never be able to America great–that is, unless he repents of placing his hand on a Bible and swearing to uphold the biblically seditious Constitution as the supreme law of the land, per Article 6.

      America was once great but not for the reason most people believe it was. In fact, quite the opposite–a classic case of Isaiah 5:20, calling evil good and good evil.

      Yahweh, God of the Bible, blesses nations (makes them great and prosperous) when they look to Him as their sovereign and thus His moral law as the standard for government and society, per Deuteronomy 4:4-8, 28:1-14, etc. Consequently, America’s greatness was the result of the 17th-century Christian Colonial governments of, by, and for God established upon His unchanging moral law.

      On the other hand, Yahweh curses nations who reject His sovereignty and replace His law with their own man-made surrogates. Thus, America began to be cursed (by God’s long suffering only incrementally at first) when the 18th-century founders replaced the 17th-century Colonial governments with their own humanistic government of, by, and for the people based upon capricious Enlightenment traditions. Without repentance for these sins of sedition our complicity therein, it was inevitable that America would find herself teetering on the precipice of moral depravity and destruction.

      For more regarding these two polar opposite forms of government, see online Chapter 3 “The Preamble: WE THE PEOPLE vs. YAHWEH” of “Bible Law vs. the United States Constitution: The Christian Perspective” at http://www.bibleversusconstitution.org/BlvcOnline/biblelaw-constitutionalism-pt3.html.

  3. gregory alan johnson says:

    The “Millennial Reign” of our Savior/Lord will be fascinating and fearful.

  4. Edward Budny says:

    See a biblical constitution perhaps just as Good:
    See:Ted R. Weiland s A biblical Constitution. : http://www.bibleversusconstitution.com/biblicalConstitution.html
    We need more samples of A biblical constitution like Ted’s ,in
    Preparation for the coming generations.
    Remember Yahweh-nisi is a Generational God
    When America is finally destroyed(via. Duet.28)
    only to be rebuilt, we need to have a wealth of
    Biblical Constitutional writs ,for our future
    Generational progeny .Brethren in Yahweh
    It starts with our Children to prepare the Way of
    The Lord.Praise Yahweh-nissi.

  5. Atossa says:

    @ Ted Weiland

    Trump embraces antichrists.

    The America Trump touts is multi-racial, multi-religious, multi-cultural Babylon.

    This is why Trump’s famous slogan, “Make America Great Again”, reminds me of Jeremiah 51:9,

    ” We would have healed Babylon, but she is not healed: forsake her, and let us go everyone into his own country: for her judgment reaches unto heaven, and is lifted up even to the skies. ” KJV

    In ancient times, Israelites left Babylon and returned to rebuild Jerusalem and the temple. Today, antichrist Edomites maliciously occupy God’s ancient holy land, We await the return of God’s Temple made without hands, Jesus Christ, and God’s New Jerusalem.

  6. Atossa says:

    @Ted Weiland

    The US constitution is a deist freemasonic antichrist abomination that is contrary to God’s Law.

    As it says in the beginning of Jeremiah’s prophecy of the fall of Babylon… Babylon’s idols will be broken. Reprobate Americans worship the US constitution. Over the years, I have witnessed many Americans claim the secular US constitution… that is contrary to God’s Law… is “divinely inspired.” Because of this blasphemy… God has used their constitution idol to destroy them. The evil “days of Noah” [race-mixing], “days of Lot” [sodomites], blasphemy, abortion, etc… all were legalized via their precious idol constitution and the blasphemous secular voice of their idol, the US “Supreme Court.”

    Lawless men forsook God to worship their humanistic idols… and not only have America-Babylon’s idols fallen… the idols have fallen on the idol worshipers.

  7. Jesse says:

    Wow! Another excellent article! Thanks Ted!

    I thought of Isaiah 45:22-25 “Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else. I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, That unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear. Surely, shall one say, in Yahweh have I righteousness and strength: even to him shall men come; and all that are incensed against him shall be ashamed.
    In Yahweh shall all the seed of Israel be justified, and shall glory.”

    May Yahweh reign forever!