If you didn’t want people to know about America’s Christian heritage, how would you obscure the big picture?
In a Christ in Prophecy series titled “America’s Christian Heritage,” Dr. David Reagan interviews a historian who can identify the methodology liberal historians use to achieve the divorcing of God from American history.
For over forty years the Rev. Peter Marshall has gained national recognition as a teacher and writer on America’s Christian heritage. Because he believes that our nation is in moral and spiritual crisis and that the only hope for restoration is revival, his increasingly prophetic ministry focuses on two major themes — recovering the original American vision with the truth about our Christian heritage, and putting 2 Chronicles 7:14 on national repentance into practice.
Son of the famous Senate chaplain Dr. Peter Marshall and author Catherine Marshall, Rev. Marshall has devoted himself to a continent-wide ministry of preaching, teaching and writing. He has co-authored three best-selling books about God’s call on America and His hand on our history — The Light and The Glory, From Sea to Shining Sea, and Sounding Forth the Trumpet. His ministry is called Peter Marshall Ministries.
Dr. Reagan: One of the things that seems to drive the liberal historians up the wall is the assertion by anyone that this nation was founded as a Christian nation.
Rev. Marshall: Oh, absolutely. Washington and these men were determined to put Biblical principles into practice and they did.
It is virtually impossible in many colleges and universities today to get a decent education in American history because the courses have been politically driven to be narrowed down to silly kinds of focuses on subjects I kiddingly label “The History of Women’s Rights in South Dallas,” or some such overly focused topic. Fracturing history like this thus leaves us so that we can no longer put together a basic comprehensive understanding of what this nation was really all about. Colleges rarely have courses that focus on the broader brushstrokes of history anymore.
Dr. Reagan: The speed of the abandonment of God in our lifetime and from historical accounts we’ve seen happen so fast.
Rev. Marshall: Oh, yes, it has deteriorated totally.
Dr. Reagan: I want to get your reaction to this. This is a statement that Earl Warren made to Time Magazine in 1954. He was the Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court at that time. If a Justice were to make this statement today there would be an immediate move to impeach him. But, here is what Earl Warren said to Time Magazine:
“I believe no one can read the history of our country without realizing that the Good Book and the Spirit of the Savior have from the beginning been our guiding geniuses. Whether we look to the First Charter of Virginia or to the Charter of New England or the Charter of Massachusetts Bay, or the Fundamental Orders of Connecticut, the same objective is present, a Christian land governed by Christian principles. I believe that the entire Bill of Rights came into being because of the knowledge of our Forefathers had of the Bible and there belief in it. Freedom of belief of expression, of assembly, petition, dignity of the individual, sanctity of the home, equal justice under the law, reservation of powers of the people. I like to believe we are living today in the spirit of the Christian religion. I like also to believe that as long as we do so, no great harm will come to this country.”
Rev. Marshall: Yes, that is right. As we drift away from those principles and reject them, we are incurring the judgment of Almighty God. I think that is exactly what is going on today in America.
That was an accurate statement of Warren’s shared by all kinds of people. Harry Truman said that all the fundamental rights that are built into American government come from Isaiah and Saint Paul. We know he knew perfectly well where those rights all came from — Scripture.