Irreligion and wrong religion have been the two greatest causes of human suffering throughout world history. Wrong religions—including forms of Christianity that have strayed from biblical truth—have arisen, gained control over human governments, and have produced untold human suffering. Islam is among the many wrong religions that have littered world history with unspeakable atrocities.
The rival of wrong religion as the greatest source of human misery is irreligion. Aggressive efforts to deny and disparage America’s Christian heritage began in earnest in the late 1940s in United States’ courtrooms. Irreligious or secular influences used Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution to deny the existence of God, and generations of public-school children were educated with the anti-American notion that creation had no Creator. One does not have to search too far or too long to uncover the consequences of secular irreligion that denies God’s right to govern what He has created.
Cuomo Makes No Appeal to God
When a liberal United States Supreme Court sanctioned abortion in 1973, many Americans believed this act was a short step to infanticide—and they were correct. On January 22, 2019, New York Democratic Governor, Andrew Cuomo, signed the Reproductive Health Act allowing an unborn baby to be killed at any time for any reason, decriminalizing any killing of an unborn baby via abortion or other means. In Virginia, Democrats toyed with a similar measure of third trimester abortions, and other states have reportedly been poised to follow the example of New York.
Wherever the government of God is replaced by the mere government of man, sorrow and suffering are sure to follow. This fact is supported by the godless governments of the twentieth-century followers of Charles Darwin.
Darwin and Irreligious Government
But the true secularist or the irreligious are less hypocritical, for they follow the manual of Darwin’s “tooth and talon” set forth by his myth of evolution.
In his book, Darwin: Portrait of a Genius, distinguished author, Paul Johnson, is candid concerning the devastating impact of the application of Darwin’s philosophy to social agendas around the world. These social policies were the rational extension of Darwinism and used by numerous world regimes to suppress and control ethnic populations that were considered inferior. Adolph Hitler adopted the use of Darwin, using Darwin’s dominant theme of struggle his own autobiography, Mein Kampf—My Struggle! Two of Hitler’s right-hand men “were students of Darwin”—Joseph Goebbels and Heinrich Himmler. The Fathers of Communism, Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, “pounced upon the Origin the week of its appearance,” and bequeathed to their disciples Vladimir Lenin, Leon Trotsky, Joseph Stalin, Mao Tse-tung (Mao Zedong), and Pol Pot Darwin’s legacy of struggle and death. These followers of Charles Darwin, and many others unmentioned, have wielded a staggering influence upon world history that is difficult to comprehend. As author, Paul Johnson, concluded his chapter on Darwin’s global social and political impact, he offered this dismal summary:
In the twentieth century, it is likely that over 100 million people were killed or starved to death as a result of totalitarian regimes infected with varieties of social Darwinism. . . . At the time Origin was published, there were about 1,325 million human beings in the world. By the time Mao Tse-tung, last of the great “exterminators,” died—having himself presided over the deaths of 70 million—the human total had risen to 3,900 million.
The truth is, Origin is a book that . . . had a devastating intellectual and emotional impact upon world society.
God in the Government of the Founders
From the very beginning, the Founding Fathers established America’s federal government upon a religious foundation. Thomas Jefferson’s first paragraph in the Declaration of Independence established the national right to exist upon the “Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God.” That is, the Founding Fathers believed it was a God-given right to rebel against a form of government that did not submit to God’s laws. The second paragraph of the Declaration of Independence moves from the divine source of national rights to the divine source of human rights: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness…”
When George Washington left the presidency in 1796, he bid adieu to the nation in what is known as his Farewell Address. In it, he warned of the place Christianity must maintain if the nation would continue to enjoy the blessings of God. Focusing upon Christianity’s influential role in the political life of the nation, he said:
Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism, who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens. The mere politician, equally with the pious man, ought to respect and to cherish them. A volume could not trace all their connections with private and public felicity. Let it simply be asked: Where is the security for property, for reputation, for life, if the sense of religious [Christian] obligation desert the oaths which are the instruments of investigation in courts of justice‒ And let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure, reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.
The Founding Fathers protested against King George III because they believed he was relinquishing the rights God had given to them and were replacing them with his own tyrannical laws. If Americans (or any people group) will not live under the government of God, they will certainly groan under the heel of irreligious tyrants—as the example of Andrew Cuomo and New York state legislators have recently shown.
Conclusion: Founders Banish Godless Government
Most Americans are completely unaware that from the beginning of the federal government in the Continental Congresses that America’s Founding Fathers rejected secularism. From June 1775 to August 1784, Congress issued sixteen spiritual proclamations asking all the states to call their citizens to fast, pray, and give thanks to God. In the ninth proclamation of March 11, 1780, Congress made explicit what was previously implicit in its proclamations, that secularism or irreligion should be accorded no place in the halls of American government. After establishing a date for “a day of fasting, humiliation and prayer,” Congress proceeded to identify one of the chief reasons for calling the nation to prayer, which was…
…to banish vice and irreligion from among us, and establish virtue and piety by his divine grace to revive and spread the influence of patriotism, and eradicate, that love of pleasure and of gain which renders us forgetful of our country and our God.
King George III was an example to America’s Founding Fathers of what happens when government abandons the law of God. Inevitably, secular or irreligious government becomes tyrannical, and for this reason, the Founders sought “to banish vice and irreligion from among us.” They understood that irreligion and wrong religion always produced great suffering. They understood that the “Creator” had established “the Laws of Nature” for the well-being of the natural world, and the same God who had established natural order according to laws was the same God who established human governments under moral order for the well-being of their citizens.
When the values of God are absent in human government, all societies will certainly groan under the heels of irreligious tyrants!
 See chapter seven, “Evils of Social Darwinism.” Paul Johnson, Darwin, Portrait of a Genius, 123-136.
 Paul Johnson, Darwin, Portrait of a Genius, 135.
 Paul Johnson, Darwin, Portrait of a Genius, 135.
 Pol Pot received his Darwinism via professor Jean-Paul Sartre.
 Paul Johnson, Darwin, Portrait of a Genius, 136.
 Paul Johnson, Darwin, Portrait of a Genius, 130-31.
 Journals of the Continental Congress, 16:252-253. Orthography updated and emphasis added “to banish vice and irreligion from among us.”
Our booklet, The Christian Origin of Mother’s Day, is only one of thousands of pieces of evidence demonstrating the remarkable influence the Christian faith has exercised upon the development of America. First appearing in this form prior to Mother’s Day 2019, this booklet provides brief insight into the origin of this important holiday and the Christians who were active in advocating their faith to the nation and the world.
In appreciation for the support of family and friends of Christian Heritage Fellowship, we are sending complimentary copies of this booklet to those who have stood by our ministry. Your encouragement is allowing CHF to communicate more clearly the truth concerning America’s glorious Christian heritage. Thank you very, very much.
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Late spring and summer has always been one of my favorite times of the year. Just the other day my wife Tammy and I were out riding our motorcycles viewing the beautiful scenery of East Tennessee. Our journey took us to the Foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains where it quickly becomes obvious why I love this season so much. Having just come through the winter months where colors are absent, you can now see the green of the trees with their leaves, along with the yellow buttercups growing wild in the fields. Springtime and the following summer bring new life and new opportunities. This applies, not only to the natural world, but also to us as individuals as well, and so it is with Christian Heritage Fellowship. This new year, this new season, presents us all with untold and countless opportunities to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ, but also share with our friends, family and acquaintances, the truth about America’s Christian heritage.
In the business world there is an old saying that goes like this, “A company is only as good as its people.” That statement is certainly true for without good people any company would be far less than successful. While true for companies, this can be applied to any organization for it does indeed take good people to support and operate an organization and CHF is no different. Ours is a message that must be heard by all who will listen, therefore, ours is a message that must be told. Question is, who will tell it? Will you?
Would it not be wonderful if CHF had a message that would tell itself? Sounds funny, but think about that for a moment. Reality is the message of CHF will not tell itself so we need good people, people willing to support our mission and tell what needs to be told.
I am happy to introduce to you one such person. A person willing to step up, support and tell the story of America’s Christian heritage. In December 2018, Terry Freeman became a welcomed addition to the Board of Directors of CHF. Terry has spent over 30 years serving as an Evangelist, as well as pastor, mostly in the Nazarene and Wesleyan traditions. His experience in ministry, leadership skills and zeal to share the Gospel make him a wonderful addition to the work of CHF. Join me in extending a warm welcome to Terry!
So, now that summer is upon us, are you going to get out and explore its beauty and opportunities or are you going to remain in the dead of winter and allow all those opportunities to pass you by? Another old saying popular when I was a kid comes to mind, “Try it, you’ll like it.” Give summer a try and give CHF a try, I know you will like it!! If you would like to join Terry and others who generously support CHF, please visit our contribute page to see how you may participate in this important ministry.
Secretary, Christian Heritage Fellowship
Keith Click was born and raised in Knoxville, TN and is married to Tammy Click, wife of 38 years, also of Knoxville. He is a graduate of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and The Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, majoring in Church history. Keith and Tammy enjoy their spare time by riding motorcycles in the beautiful East Tennessee area.
Throughout the entire calendar year, Americans are provided with numerous opportunities to call attention to the influence of Christianity upon the founding and development of America and cultures around the world. A few suggestions are offered for your consideration in the brief list below. Additional resources and suggestions may be accessed by clicking the image to the left of each listing.