Hi: Welcome to Revival USA; designed to help “We the People” restore ourselves and then our government to the Godly Standards that we shared at an earlier time in our history.
We had a wonderful start: our clergy in our New England Churches taught God’s philosophy regarding government in our “embryonic colonial” years.
The New England clergy taught the essential doctrines of political philosophy, thus making familiar to every church-going New Englander long before 1763 not only the doctrines of natural right, the social contract, and the right (duty) of resistance but also the fundamental principle of American constitutional law. One such law: that government, like its citizens, is bounded by law and when it (the government) transcends its authority it acts illegally.
The clergy’s taught God’s laws for establishing government and their giving pre election messages was a wonderful asset to the people and the government. The churches freedom in this area is guaranteed by the first amendment clause: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”
Some colonies taxed the people to pay for the clergy; this practice was ended because people wanted choice in their mode of worship; including the choice not to worship. Separate funding of church and state was accepted at both the federal and state levels of government.
The above information about our early history was brought to us by Alice M. Baldwin, as part of her doctoral thesis on the topic of “The New England Clergy and The American Revolution,” she was awarded her PhD from the University of Chicago in 1926. Her career included a position as Instructor of History, and later head of the Department of History, at the Baldwin School in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania.
Baldwin’s book had a copyright by Duke University Press, 1928. That book is now in the public domain. The complete work is available on line. This link is best if it is intended to copy, paste or search for study purposes. For reading ease, this link may be more convenient.
Sadly, at some point in time we the people have deviated from our guiding principles and our nation, which politically reflects we the people, appears to be crumbling.
I believe that the crumbling action has been going on since about 1850.
Our goal is to recognize our deviations from God’s standards and then hope to find a way to correct those deviations. I believe that our guiding principles are in our founding documents; primarily our US Constitution, The Declaration of Independence and The Holy Bible.
Pastors, when they speak on some subjects, contrary to the freedoms of our earlier churches; they must be careful to comply with appropriate laws. The IRS in their Pulblication 1828 states that ”Congress has enacted special tax laws applicable to churches.” The Clergy and or other church leaders must be careful to remain within the law when and if they speak out.
Please visit the pages that explain our crumbling in sufficient detail both to understand what happend and how we can restore ourselves and our country to the US Constitution.