Do We Need Jesus in America?


Here is a compilation of statements by the Founders of this nation and from other important leaders throughout history:

“In the formative days of the Republic, the directing influence the Bible exercised upon the Fathers of the Nation is conspicuously evident…We cannot read the history of our rise and development as a Nation without reckoning with the place the Bible has occupied in shaping the advances of the Republic. I suggest a nationwide reading of the Holy Scriptures.” President Franklin Delano Roosevelt

“America was born to exemplify that devotion to the elements of righteousness which are derived from the revelations of Holy Scripture.”  President Woodrow Wilson

“The teachings of the Bible are so interwoven and entwined with our whole civic and social life that it would be literally — I do not mean figuratively, I mean literally — impossible for us to figure to ourselves what that life would be if these teachings were removed. We would lose almost all the standards by which we now judge both public and private morals.” President Teddy Roosevelt

“It (the Bible) is the rock on which our Republic rests.” President Andrew Jackson

“Of the many influences that have shaped the United States of America into a distinctive Nation and people, none may be said to be more fundamental and enduring than the Bible….The Bible and its teachings helped form the basis for the Founding Fathers’ abiding belief in the inalienable rights of the individual–rights which they found implicit in the Bible’s teachings of the inherent worth and dignity of each individual.” President Ronald Reagan

“The Bible is the best of books and I wish it were in the hands of everyone. It is indispensable to the safety and permanence of our institutions: a free government cannot exist without religion and morals, and there cannot be morals without religion, nor religion without the Bible.” President Zachary Taylor

“Resolved, that the United States in Congress assembled…recommend this edition of the Bible to the inhabitants of the United States.” Congressional endorsement in the front of America’s first printed English language Bible paid for out of the treasury of the United States (September 12, 1782).

“American life is builded, and can alone survive, upon…the fundamental philosophy announced by the Savior nineteen centuries ago.” President Herbert Hoover

“This is a Christian Nation. In this great country of ours has been demonstrated the fundamental unity of Christianity and democracy.” President Harry Truman

“A day of humiliation, fasting, and prayer that we may…appease His righteous displeasure, and through the merits and mediation of Jesus Christ obtain His pardon and forgiveness.” Proclamation for a day of prayer issued by the Continental Congress (March 1776).

“In the name of the most holy and undivided Trinity.” Opening line of the September 8, 1783 peace treaty between the U.S. and Britain signed by John Adams, John Jay, and Benjamin Franklin.

“I believe the entire Bill of Rights came into being because of the knowledge our forefathers had of the Bible and their belief in it: freedom of belief, of expression, of assembly, of petition, the dignity of the individual, the sanctity of the home, equal justice under law, and the reservation of powers to 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 can come to our country.” U.S. Supreme Court Justice Earl Warren

“In this age there can be no substitute for Christianity; that, in its general principles, is the great conservative element on which we must rely for the purity and permanence of free institutions.” House Judiciary Committee 1853

“Providence has given to our people the choice of their rulers, and it is the duty, as well as the privilege and interest, of our Christian Nation to select and prefer Christians for their rulers.” John Jay, First Chief Justice of the Supreme Court

“It is the duty of nations as well as of men to own their dependence upon the overruling power of God, to confess their sins and transgressions in humble sorrow yet with assured hope that genuine repentance will lead to mercy and pardon, and to recognize the sublime truths announced in the Holy Scriptures and proven by all history that those nations only are blessed whose God is the Lord.” President Abraham Lincoln

“Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor….to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue.”  President George Washington

“I attended public worship in the hall of the House of Representatives; where Mr. Tustin, the Chaplain of the Senate preached…”

Attended public worship this morning in the hall of the House of Representatives. Mr. Cookman preached from Acts 5-29-32.” Diary entries recorded by John Quincy Adams recording that church services were held openly in the Capitol Building after its completion in 1800.

“For the support of this Declaration, with the firm reliance on the protection of the divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our Sacred Honor.” The Declaration of Independence

“Do not move the ancient boundary stone that your fathers have set.” Proverbs 22:28


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