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November 6 , 2010

A Lamp in the Dark

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Beck and BartonThe anti-Republican website, Right Wing Watch recently featured an article on our newest film, “The Hidden Faith of the Founding Fathers” with the headline: “Bad News for Beck and Barton: the Founding Fathers Were Antichrists.” 

The headline was based on the powerful information contained in the documentary, which reveals what the chief founders of the American Revolution actually believed about the Christian faith.  To read the full article from Right Wing Watch, click here.

The Bible tells us that we are saved by God’s grace through faith, not of works lest any man should boast.  As such, our documentary is not a diatribe into the works or deeds of the founders, as if to accuse them of some immoral acts. Instead, it is an examination of their FAITH.  But what was their faith?  What did these men actually believe about God, the Bible, and Jesus Christ?  Incredibly, men like Jefferson, Adams and others wrote extensively about Christian doctrine and the teachings of Scripture.  But what most Bible believers are unaware of is that these men were radically anti-Christ.  Unfortunately, many professing Christians seem to be abandoning the Gospel in favor of “conservative values” which allow for “all faiths” to be included that are willing to take a stand against abortion, gay marriage, and the general wave of liberalism in the country today.  We have come to believe that this is a snare prepared by the devil to diminish the power of preaching the cross of Christ, and render ineffective the Church in our country.

Sadly, the devil’s tactic seems to be working, and the key instrument of the deception is the Founding Fathers of the American Revolution.  Conservatives present these men as “angels of light” who are exalted more highly than any apostles or prophets in our country today, quoting their great swelling words as if they were equal to the record of Scripture.  What is devastating and diabolical, is that the glow of “faith” said to emanate from these oracles is quite the opposite of what is presented in many churches.  In short, their own letters prove that many of the founders hated Biblical Christianity and wanted to see the Gospel destroyed.  The letters in question are beyond dispute and can be found among many collections of the Founders writings, and in the Library of Congress.  They were not merely deists or agnostics or humanists (which we have come to believe are very deceptive terms) but were antichrists according to the Word of the Living God. 

We have further come to believe that Christians who prefer to define these men in worldly terms (calling them “deists” or “theistic rationalists” etc.,) do no service to the Church or to the unbelieving world, since political correctness in matters of spiritual importance tends to lull the hearers into a place of uncertainty; whereas the holy scriptures give no uncertain sound as to how those who reject Christ are to be regarded. 

“Who is a liar but he that denies that Jesus is the Christ?
He is antichrist, that denies the Father and the Son.”
(1 John 2:22)

The importance of this is seen in the reaction of those (even among believers) who become especially troubled at hearing that the Founders were “antichrists.”  The initial thought is that such a term is too extreme.  “Well, I wouldn’t necessarily say that they were anti-Christ,” is a common reply.  “They just held to certain humanist ideas, and did not believe in the divinity of Christ.”  Yes, but that is the spirit of antichrist.  The name “Christ” is not merely the last name of the man Jesus, as if we might call him Jesus Jones or Jesus Johnson.  The name “Christ” embodies the whole doctrine of who the promised Messiah is, according to the scriptures set forth by Moses and the prophets, with the witness of the apostles.  This is why John in his second epistle to the Church tells us that one is “a deceiver and an antichrist” who “abides not in the doctrine of Christ.” (2 John 7, 9)

Furthermore, we also consider how Jesus said:

“And if any man hear my words, and believe not,
I judge him not … He that rejecteth me, and receiveth
not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word
that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the
last day.” (John 12:47-48)

When the Lord returns, He comes with a two-edged sword from His mouth, by which He smites the nations (Revelation 19:15).  That sword from His mouth is the Sword of the Spirit, the Word of God (Ephesians 6:17).  In other words, when the Lord returns, He will judge the nations according to His Word – not according to secular terminology.  Not according to the wisdom of man, or of the rulers of this age which comes to nothing (1 Corinthians 2:6).  That is the wisdom of the Founding Fathers – it will ultimately come to nothing.  One might just as soon invest in Enron stock as in the philosophies of Jefferson, Adams, Franklin and Washington.  You will find prosperity for a while, but in the end you will be bankrupt, and only once it’s too late, realize that you have been lied to.  This is the place our country is reaching even today, as the wicked leaven of “universalism” sown by the Founders through the U.S. Constitution seems to produce more tares than wheat in the fields of the American harvest. 

It is our responsibility as believers to obey the Lord, to declare the wisdom of God, and teach men to observe all things that Jesus has commanded (Matthew 28:20), that through the words of God, men might know the truth.

“For the priest's lips should keep knowledge, and they
should seek the law at his mouth: for he is the messenger
of the LORD of hosts.” (Malachi 2:7)

If we accept that all who believe Christ are counted as “priests” under the New Covenant (1 Peter 2:9), then it is our responsibility to communicate the words that God has given us; to set forth the wisdom of God, not of man.

“… we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom
teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth …”
(1 Corinthians 2:13)

Our pastors tell us, “Well, the Founders spoke of God as Divine Providence, and they believed that God was active in the affairs of men.  They were just influenced by the Enlightenment, and could not see Jesus as the Divine Son.”  This is often offered as an apologetic to excuse their unbelief, and gives Christians (not to mention unbelievers) the false hope that perhaps these men went to heaven in spite of their rejection of the Gospel.    
Again, such ambiguity is unknown in the New Testament:

“Know ye not that the unrighteous will not inherit
the Kingdom of God?  Be not deceived …” (1 Cor. 6:9)

“… when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven
with his mighty angels, in flaming fire taking vengeance on
them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel
of our Lord Jesus Christ: who shall be punished with
everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord,
and from the glory of his power …” (2 Thessalonians 1:7-9)

For those who have not seen “The Hidden Faith of the Founding Fathers,” I will present here some of the quotes that we show in the film.  Here are some examples of things said by the key founders.  First, from Thomas Paine, the man who is said to have inspired the Declaration of Independence:

“Whenever we read the obscene stories, voluptuous
debaucheries, the cruel and tortous executions, the
unrelenting vindictivenes, with which more than half
the Bible is filled, it would be more consistant that we
called it the word of a Demon than the word of God.
It is a history of wickedness that has served to corrupt
and brutalize mankind, and, for my part,
I sincerly detest it …” (Thomas Paine, The Age of
Reason, part first, 1852 edition, p. 19)

Next, from Thomas Jefferson, author if the Declaration of Independence:

“… where did we get the ten commandments?
The book indeed gives them to us verbatim, but
where did it get them?  For itself tells us they were
written by the finger of God on tables of stone,
which were destroyed by Moses … But the whole
history of these books is so defective and doubtful,
that it seems vain to attempt minute inquiry into
it … we have a right to entertain much doubt
what parts of them are genuine …” (Jefferson, letter to
John Adams, January 24, 1814)

Concerning the teachings of Jesus Christ, Jefferson wrote:

“Among the sayings and discourses imputed to
Him by His biographers, I find many passages of
fine imagination, correct morality, and of the most
lovely benevolence; and others, again, of so much
ignorance, so much absurdity, so much untruth,
charlatanism and imposture … I separate, therefore,
the gold from the dross … and leave the latter to the
stupidity of some, and roguery of others of
His disciples. Of this band of dupes and impostors,
Paul was the … first corruptor of the
doctrines of Jesus.” (Jefferson, letter to
W. Short, April 13, 1820)

When Jefferson makes reference to separating “the gold from the dross,” he is referring to his so called Jefferson Bible, in which he literally cut out all references to the supernatural: the virgin birth, the miracles of Christ, His resurrection, etc.  Jefferson elsewhere called the Book of Revelation “the ravings of a maniac.” 

Then we have this testimony from Benjamin Franklin, who had this to say just a short time before his death.  In fact, it is shown in this letter to Ezra Stiles (the President of Yale College at the time) that Franklin himself expected to die in the near future.  Here is what he said:

“As to Jesus of Nazareth, my Opinion of whom
you particularly desire, I think the System of Morals
and his Religion as he left them to us, the best the
World ever saw, or is likely to see; but I apprehend
it has received various corrupting Changes, and
I have with most of the present Dissenters in England,
some Doubts as to his Divinity: tho' it is a Question
I do not dogmatise upon, having never studied it, and
think it needless to busy myself with it now, when
I expect soon an Opportunity of knowing the Truth
with less Trouble.” (Benjamin Franklin Letter, to
Ezra Stiles, March 9, 1790)

Then we have this testimony from John Adams, who is probably most often seen as a Founder who believed in Christianity.  But as we show in “Hidden Faith,” Adams’ faith in Christianity was like the faith of the Pharisees in Abraham and Moses.  If they had really believed Abraham and Moses, they would have also believed Jesus.  Likewise, if Adams really believed in the “Christian principles” he is so often quoted for, he would never have written these words to Thomas Jefferson:

“The Europeans are all deeply tainted with prejudices,
both ecclesiastical and temporal, which they can never
get rid of. They are all infected with … creeds, and confessions
of faith. They all believe that great Principle (God) which
has produced this boundless universe … came down
to this little ball (the earth), to be spit upon by Jews. And
until this awful blasphemy is got rid of, there never will be
any liberal science in the world.” (John Adams, Letter to
Thomas Jefferson, January 22, 1825, emphasis added)

Finally, we come to George Washington, who was certainly the most moderate of the Revolutionaries, and who was careful not to offend the religious beliefs of anyone.  As a Freemason, Washington defined “God” with the traditional vaguery Masonry is known for, employing the name “Great Architect of the Universe” in his letters. 

“I sincerely pray that the Great Architect of the
Universe may bless you and receive you hereafter
into his immortal Temple.” (George Washington,
Letter to the Massachusetts Grand Lodge, December
27, 1792)

What is interesting is that David Barton, who defends the idea of Washington as a Christian, says in his own writings that the god of Masonry is not the God of the Bible.
Barton writes that in Christianity:

“Only one God is worshipped – and that God is not the
universalist deistic god that Masonry denotes as the ‘Great
Architect of the Universe’ (G.A.O.T.U.)” (David Barton,
The Question of Freemasonry and the Founding Fathers, p. 20)

Barton, while failing to acknowledge it, is inadvertently admitting that the “god” of George Washington was not at all the God of the Christian faith.

Perhaps the most convicting testimonies come from Washington’s own pastors who ministered to him for more than 20 years.  One of them (Bishop William White) said there was no evidence that Washington believed the Gospel; the other (Dr. Ashbel Green) said that Washington did not believe the Jewish-Christian revelation, while the opinion of the third, Dr. James Abercrombie was recorded by Dr. Bird Wilson this way:

“Long after Washington’s death, in reply to Dr.
Wilson, who had interrogated him as to his illustrious
auditor’s religious views, Dr. Abercrombie’s brief
but emphatic answer was: ‘Sir, Washington was a
Deist.’” (Six Historic Americans, by John E. Remsburg)



Glenn Beck's Common Sense BookWe have been encouraged by a number of teachers who have told us that this film is very timely, because of all that is being stirred up by Glenn Beck and David Barton, who are rallying Conservative Christians in an effort to “stop Obama” and “take back America.”  To do this, however, they are using bogus history and outright deception to convince the population that the Founders were Christians who were trying to set up a Christian nation.
In truth, the Founders were the beginning of the problems we are facing in our country today.  Abortion, gay marriage, irresponsible government – these are all the fruits of the lies set forth by the Founders who denied the Gospel, and fought for their ideas of universal licentiousness masquerading as “liberty.”  They wanted the God of the Bible to be worshiped along side all of the demons of the world, and for each to be counted equally in America.  This is explained in detail in “Hidden Faith.” 

[Glenn Beck's book was named after the famed pamphlet "Common Sense" by Thomas Paine, who desired witnesses to be with him to testify that he rejected Christianity with his dying breath.]


I have truly and steadily come to believe that the Founding Fathers are the prophetic fulfillment of the false teachers prophesied by Jude and Peter.  These were not men of God, but were messengers of Satan, who ought to be confronted by any minister who loves the Lord in truth.  We have shown before how Jude warned of these men who would corrupt themselves with “what they know naturally, as brute beasts.”  But the apostle Peter also warned of how such men would deceive others, saying:

“While they promise them liberty, they themselves
are the servants of corruption …” (2 Peter 2:19)

The above verse perfectly describes the Founding Fathers.  How could they serve anything but corruption apart from saving faith in Christ?  We know that all men are sinners (Romans 3:23), and we also consider how Jesus said, “Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin.” (John 8:34) 

Also, notice how Peter used the word “liberty” in his description, and how this is the chief focus of the Revolutionary Founders, who came promising liberty to the world through their pagan philosophies, all the while, denouncing Christ who was the only Person through whom men can be free (John 8:36).  Peter went on to say of them:

“For when they speak great swelling words of vanity,
they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through much
wantonness …” (2 Peter 2:18)

Why are the Founders so famous?  It is for their “great swelling words” about “liberty” and the allegedly “inalienable rights” of men to believe whatever they want to about God. 

(Note: As we show in our film, the idea of religious liberty was a deception set forth by Rome and the Jesuits to give entrance to Catholicism in America in order to eventually overtake the country.  Toward the same end, this doctrine of “religious toleration” is being used by the Vatican today to unite the whole world.  As we document, this was Rome’s ambition dating back to 1688.)

Peter also described how they “allure through the lusts of the flesh.” How did the Founders inspire such lust through their ideas?  They changed the focus of America from Christ (as it was under the Puritan/Pilgrims) to “the pursuit of happiness.”  As the apostle John tells us:

“For all that [is] in the world, the lust of the flesh,
and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not
of the Father, but is of the world.” (1 John 2:16)

Rather than deny self and live for Christ, as the early settlers clearly taught; the Revolutionaries promoted the love of self, and the exaltation of the will of “We the people.”  This is the very reverse of God’s wisdom, as we see from Aaron’s declaration to Moses: “thou knowest the people, that they [are set] on mischief.” (Exodus 32:22)

Can any sincere Christian honestly say that the Founding Fathers have not inspired men to pursue “the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life” through their doctrines?


One of the questions repeatedly asked concerning Hidden Faith is, “What do you want Christians to learn from this film?”  This is an important question, and one that we believe should be answered from the Scriptures. 

I have many brothers who love the founding fathers, and embrace their ideas of “natural law” and “natural wisdom” because of its universal nature, and how it was promoted by the Revolutionaries.  This is what the Founders meant in the Declaration of Independence when they referred to “the laws of Nature and Nature’s God” – that is, the idea of “God” as understood by natural wisdom.  What many Christians do not understand (which we detail in the film) is that the term “Nature’s God” is intended to be a rejection of the supernatural or spiritual characteristics of the true God as defined in the Bible. 

But in the scriptures, we are warned that “the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God; for they are foolishness unto him” (1 Cor. 2:14), and that the “carnal (natural) mind is enmity against God” (Romans 8:7).  Jude, far from commending natural wisdom, actually warns against those who teach in this manner, saying:

“… these speak evil of those things which they know
not; but what they know naturally, as brute beasts, in
those things they corrupt themselves.  Woe unto them!”
(Jude 10-11)

Remember this the next time someone tries to seduce you through ideas of “natural law.”  The Founding Fathers were brought to spiritual ruin because their natural wisdom caused them to hate the wisdom of God.  Jude says, “Woe unto them!” not, “These are men we can learn from.” 

For years, I have seen and heard the enraged response of Patriot Christians, who are so corrupted by the spirit of the Founding Fathers, that they are often led to hate and revile certain passages of the scripture that disagree with founding philosophies.  If you were to quote, “Let every soul be subject to the higher powers,” or “Turn the other cheek,” to these men, they will often explode with indignation.  Why?  Because, far from acknowledging that they are “dead” as Paul says (Colossians 3:3), their flesh is quite alive, kicking and screaming with the idea that “rebellion … is obedience to God!”  What the Church needs to understand in this time is that the spirit of so-called liberty working through men like Jefferson and Adams was, in fact, the spirit of antichrist. 

For the sake of our own souls, and of those we love, we ought to consider Jude’s warning; that those who are corrupted by natural wisdom are as “wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness forever.” (Jude 13)


Consider the following verses that compel us as Christians to be separate from the world.  Jesus and the apostles did not inspire an earthly revolution.  Paul said specifically, “the weapons of our warfare are not carnal …” (2 Cor. 10:4) Furthermore, we read:

“Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my
kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight,
that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my
kingdom not from hence.” (John 18:36)

“I have given them thy word; and the world hath
hated them, because they are not of the world, even
as I am not of the world.” (John 17:14)

“If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before
it hated you.  If ye were of the world, the world would
love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but
I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world
hateth you.” (John 15:19)

“No man that warreth entangleth himself with the
affairs of [this] life; that he may please him who hath
chosen him to be a soldier.” (1 Timothy 2:4)

“For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and
now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies
of the cross of Christ: whose end is destruction, whose
God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who
mind earthly things. For our conversation is in heaven;
from whence also we look for the Savior, the Lord
Jesus Christ …” (Philippians 3:18-20)

“These all died in faith … and confessed that they were
strangers and pilgrims on the earth.  For they that say such
things declare plainly that they seek a country.  And truly,
if they have been mindful of that country from which they
came out, they might have had opportunity to return.  But
now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly; wherefore,
God is not ashamed to be called their God; for he hath
prepared for them a city.” (Hebrews 11:13-16)

“… he looked for a city which hath foundations,
whose builder and maker is God.” (Hebrews 11:10)

“For here we have no continuing city, but we seek one
to come.”  (Hebrews 13:14)

“If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which
are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.
Set your affection on things above, not on things on
the earth.  For ye are dead, and your life is hid with
Christ in God.  When Christ, who is our life, shall appear,
then shall ye also appear with him in glory.”
(Colossians 3:1-4)

May God, who knows all things, grant all who love the Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity and truth, wisdom and discernment in the times that are before us; and may we who love Him be as lights shining in the darkness of these days.



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