Therefore, since we are surrounded by
such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off
everything that hinders and the sin that so easily
entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race
marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the
author and perfecter of our faith. .
John Calvin was the virtual founder of America.
Leopold Van Ranke, German historian
It is estimated that at the time of the American Revolution:
*75% of the colonists were Calvinists;
*50% of the soldiers in Washington's army were Presbyterians;
*when the war ended, all but one of the colonels in the Continental Army were Presbyterian elders;
*the only clergyman to sign the Declaration of Independence was a Presbyterian, John Witherspoon.
There is no good crying about it the matter, Cousin America has run off with a Presbyterian Parson, and that is the end of it.
Horace Walpole, Member of Parliament
America was meant to be a Christian Nation
'"The highest glory of the American Revolution was this: it connected in one indissoluble bond the principles of civil government with the principles of Christianity."'
America, As Our Forefathers Envisioned it
Our vision controls the way we think and, therefore, the way we act. .
What was the vision of our Calvinists Forefathers?
God is sovereign, and the Bible is right.
At the Synod of Dordt, 1618, this simple statement of fact was systematized in the now famous, if overlooked and forgotten, doctrines of TULIP;
is sin-dead, and incapable of contributing
anything toward salvation (Ps. 14:1-3; 51:5, Rom. 3:10,
23; Jer. 17:9; Eph. 2:8-9)
Unconditional Election: God chose to save us despite our complete unworthiness (Eph. 1:4, 2:8-9; John 1:12-13; 15:16,Rom. 8:28-30, 9:11)
Limited Atonement: Christ sacrifice secured salvation for all the elect. It did not make salvation possiblefor all who might choose to accept it. (Col. 1:21-22; John 6:37, 44, 64; 10:26; Acts 13:48)
Irresistible Grace: God will draw all the elect to Himself and none will be lost (John 6:37, 39; 10:28; 18:9; Rom. 8:31-39; Eph. 2:8-9)
Perseverance of the Saints: As Christians, we are eternally secure; none of the elect can ever lose the gift of salvation (John 5:24; 6:39; 10:28; Rom. 3:29; II Tim. 4:18; Heb. 7:23-25; 10:14; I Peter 1:4-5; II Cor. 1:21-22; Eph 1:13-14; 4:30)
Because Calvinists knew that their God was sovereign, and that their salvation was a gift, and that they were eternally secure, they had the courage to be free.
Three Spheres of Calvin's Influence
In England, the moral result of Calvin's teaching was Puritanism. The first Puritans actually studied with Calvin in Geneva, where they published the Geneva Bible, whose marginal notes infuriated Queen Elizabeth.
When the Puritans returned home, they launched a campaign to end corruption in government; vulgarity in the theater; worldliness in the clergy; and vagrancy and idleness in society.
The Puritan influence spread so quickly that within 50 years, historian Richard Green observed: "England became a people of a book, and that book was the Bible."
Another historian said, "It may be doubted if all history can furnish another instance of such victory of moral force,"
called those Puritans "the most remarkable body of
men the world has ever produced."
These were the people who came to America and laid the foundation for our freedom today.
Capitalism is the direct result of Calvinism. Capitalism is the only economic system that is not founded on an assumption of the basic goodness of humanity.
*Socialism/communism: You have two coats; your neighbor has no coat. You give him one of yours.
have two coats; your neighbor has no coat. You work out
a deal whereby he gives you in money, goods, or services
fair value for your coat. This is called enlightened
Enlightened self-interest, the product of the Calvinist doctrine of Total Depravity, has made the United States of America the wealthiest, most productive nation the world has ever known.
The meanest peasant, once called of God, felt within him a strength stronger than the might of kings. In that mighty elevation of the masses embodied in the Calvinistic doctrines of election and grace, lay the germs of the modern principles of human equality.
John Richard Green
His [Calvin's] was the only system that the Reformation produced that could organize itself powerfully in the face of government hostility. It trained strong men, confident in their election to be fellow workers with God in the accomplishment of His will, courageous to do battle, insistent on character, and confident that God has given in the Scriptures the guide of all right human conduct and proper worship. This was Calvin's work.
Because our nation was founded on Calvinist principles, our government was established with checks and balances. Our leaders are chosen competitively. Where the Calvinist influence is strong, democracies flourish.
the Gospel be preached and followed;
May Thy kingdom be extended and strengthened;
and may all Thy people grow up into Him who is the Head of the Church,
our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Teach us to seek after Truth and enable us to gain it;
But grant that we may ever speak Thy Truth in love.
Make us humble, brave, and compassionate; make us ready for the work Thou hast created us to do.
do not ask that Thou wilt keep us safe, but that Thou
will keep us ever faithful to our Lord and Savior Jesus
in whose name we pray.