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Who will rise up for me against the evildoers? Or who will stand up for me against the workers of iniquity? Psalm 94:16Dear Praying Friends,
No force shaped the worldview of our Founding Fathers more than Christianity, and in particular, Calvinist Protestantism. The "Puritan work ethic" made America the hardest working, most productive and innovative nation in world history. But our Forefathers' views on Providence, morality, justice, grace, and liberty contributed far more to our nation and the world.
Calvinism came to America in the Mayflower, and Bancroft, the greatest of American historians, pronounces the Pilgrim Fathers "Calvinists in their faith according to the straightest system." John Endicott, the first governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony; John Winthrop, the second governor of that Colony; Thomas Hooker, the founder of Connecticut; John Davenport, the founder of the New Haven Colony; and Roger Williams, the founder of the Rhode Island Colony, were all Calvinists. William Penn was a disciple of the Huguenots [French Calvinists]. It is estimated that of the 3,000,000 Americans at the time of the American Revolution, 900,000 were of Scotch or Scotch-Irish origin, 600,000 were Puritan English, and 400,000 were German or Dutch Reformed... Episcopalians had a Calvinistic confession in their Thirty-nine Articles; and many French Huguenots also had come to this western world... about two-thirds of the colonial population had been trained in the school of Calvin. Never in the world's history had a nation been founded by such people... [They] came not primarily for commercial gain or advantage, but because of deep religious convictions. It seems that the religious persecutions in various European countries had been providentially used to select... enlightened people for the colonization of America... Let it be especially remembered that the Puritans... the great bulk of the settlers in New England... were truly devoted to the doctrines of the great Reformers, that they had an aversion for formalism and oppression whether in the Church or in the State...John Knox, Matthew Henry, Jonathan Edwards, George Whitefield, Charles Spurgeon, Martyn Lloyd-Jones, William Carey, Charles Hodge, Abraham Kuyper, J. Gresham Machen, D. James Kennedy, and other great men were Calvinists. But America needs all Bible-believing pastors and leaders today, regardless of their views on the "Doctrines of Grace," who like those patriot pastors of the founding era, will preach the word boldly and lead the church to stand against evil and evildoers in the public square. Praise God they are arising!
Watchmen on the Wall - When Tony Perkins joined FRC as President over ten years ago, he launched a Church Ministries Initiative to help pastors across America increase their impact upon our nation for righteousness. We are seeking pastors who can pledge before God to: 1) Pray and teach their people to pray for our nation; 2) Preach the Word as it applies to the great moral issues over which our culture is now warring; and 3) to Partner with likeminded pastors to defend faith, family and freedom in their communities and states. Pastors who work closely with us are developing "Culture Impact Teams" in their churches to watch the news, keep their churches informed, and to motivate their members to make a positive, "Salt and Light" impact on their communities. These pastors and churches are making a marked difference across our nation. You can help!
Rev. Pierre Bynum
Chaplain & National Prayer Director
Family Research Council
801 G Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001