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Just Who Is Rewriting History?
Barbwire ^ | November 26, 2018 | Dr. Jerry Newcombe

Posted on 11/26/2018 12:20:51 PM PST by fwdude

Glenn Beck has recently raved about a book on the faith of George Washington, helping to propel the book to #1 on Amazon for six days in a row. MediaMatters, which is funded by George Soros, accuses this book of being “revisionist history.” But just who is rewriting history?

The book in question is near and dear to my heart, because I co-wrote it. The chief author of George Washington’s Sacred Fire is Dr. Peter Lillback, president of Westminster Theological Seminary, who researched the subject for some 20 years before we met. We began to collaborate in late 2004, and finished the book in the early summer of 2006. The late Dr. D. James Kennedy launched the book through his television and radio outreach, Coral Ridge Ministries, where I have worked for 25 years now.

George Washington’s Sacred Fire is not revisionist history. It’s a rebuttal to revisionist history—all 1200 pages of it (700 pages of text with 500 pages of appendices and endnotes).

The goal of the book is to set the record straight about George Washington’s faith. Since the early 1960s, many scholars have essentially called our first president a deist—someone who believed that there was a God, but that He was far removed from the daily affairs of men and was not a prayer-answering God.

However, an honest look at the facts of history shows that George Washington was a devout eighteenth century Anglican. He believed the basics of that orthodox, Trinitarian faith, including the substitutionary death of Jesus Christ on behalf of sinners and His bodily resurrection from the dead.

From what we can tell, he had an exemplary private prayer life, he read the Scriptures regularly, and he habitually used the 1662 Book of Common Prayer from the Church of England. This was a very orthodox book—more theologically sound than the average book available in a Christian bookstore today.

We believe that modern skeptics have read into Washington their own unbelief. They have remade Washington into their own image—even though:

These and many other indicators show that revisionists have been misreading George Washington and ignoring the true nature of his spirituality. By so doing, they have presented a very truncated picture of Washington the man.

Washington said that America will only be happy if we imitate “the divine author of our blessed religion.” This is a direct reference to Jesus Christ. This was not an obscure letter; it is the climax of a critical farewell letter the Commander-in-Chief wrote to the governors of all the states at the end of the Revolutionary War. It is known as the Circular to the States, from June 1783. Furthermore, Washington writes about the need to be a good Christian—using the word “Christian”—in several different letters and communiqués.

Because America began on a Christian base, people of all faiths (or no faith) are welcome here. That’s not true of other worldviews, including secular fundamentalism. But to the founders, like Washington, freedom of conscience was paramount.

We have hundreds of pages of documentation of these things—much of it from George Washington himself.

In 1779, he was asked by the Delaware Indian chiefs his advice on how they could better train their sons. He wrote them: “You do well to wish to learn our arts and ways of life, and above all, the religion of Jesus Christ.”

In light of these kinds of facts, just who is revising history here? Glenn Beck or George Soros?

By Jerry Newcombe, co-author of George Washington’s Sacred Fire

TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Philosophy
KEYWORDS: 1779; anglican; belongsinbloggers; bloggers; deist; ffs; foundingfathers; georgewashington; revisionism; washington
Good recapitulation of the true philosophies of our Founders.
1 posted on 11/26/2018 12:20:51 PM PST by fwdude
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In 1779, he was asked by the Delaware Indian chiefs his advice on how they could better train their sons. He wrote them: “You do well to wish to learn our arts and ways of life, and above all, the religion of Jesus Christ.”

That one's going to blow a few gaskets, lol. People are so bizarrely misinformed regarding relations between the early European settlers and the native tribes on the east coast. There were certainly skirmishes, even a few situations that might qualify as wars, but it was largely peaceful cohabitation to the point of intermarriage, particularly in frontier areas.

2 posted on 11/26/2018 12:27:18 PM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: fwdude

• He would not be a candidate for either party because they would not have him, nor standing as a candidate for either party, be elected.

3 posted on 11/26/2018 12:32:04 PM PST by PIF (They came for me and mine ... now it is your turn ...)
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To: fwdude

bookmark for later.

4 posted on 11/26/2018 12:32:06 PM PST by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Federal-run medical care is as good as state-run DMVs.)
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We are constantly told that GW did not attend church - that he dropped off Martha and went his own way. Which is true?

Also, we’re told he almost never wrote “GOD”, but used other metaphorical names, so must not be actually religious.

5 posted on 11/26/2018 12:34:11 PM PST by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Federal-run medical care is as good as state-run DMVs.)
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6 posted on 11/26/2018 12:35:03 PM PST by Pajamajan ( Pray for our nation. Thank the Lordf for everything you have. Don't waiting. Do it today.)
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To: fwdude

Even though the article is presented here in its entirety, I urge everyone to click on the link, tweet out and/or share on Facebook. These sites need and deserve our clicks. They are our alternative to the MSM. Thank you.

7 posted on 11/26/2018 12:41:05 PM PST by upsdriver
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8 posted on 11/26/2018 12:50:58 PM PST by Sergio (An object at rest cannot be stopped! - The Evil Midnight Bomber What Bombs at Midnight)
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To: fwdude

The bible itself tells us what the fate was of the Jewish people when they turned their backs on God. Fire, brimstone, holocaust subjugation you name it. If it was just what you don’t want to happen to you that covered it.

9 posted on 11/26/2018 12:54:42 PM PST by Don Corleone (Nothing makes the delusional more furious than truth.)
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To: upsdriver

Thank you. I hesitated to post the entire article because I like to encourage FReepers to view the article at the original site (and give due viewership credit) but many claim they are limited on what sites they can visit (work computers, etc.) It was important enough to post it here in its entirety.

10 posted on 11/26/2018 12:55:11 PM PST by fwdude (Forget the Catechism, the RCC's real doctrine is what they allow with impunity.)
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11 posted on 11/26/2018 12:55:26 PM PST by Southside_Chicago_Republican (The more I learn about people, the more I like my dog.)
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The book referenced here, George Washington’s Sacred Fire, is comprehensive and extensively researched. There really can be no quarrel with the central thesis, that George Washington was a man of deep Christian faith.
12 posted on 11/26/2018 12:59:22 PM PST by free-in-nyc (Freeping from the heart of the anti-American phony "resistance")
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Rules of Civility & Decent Behaviour In Company and Conversation

George Washington

Ferry Farm, c. 1744]

1st Every Action done in Company, ought to be with Some Sign of Respect, to those that are Present.

2d When in Company, put not your Hands to any Part of the Body, not usualy Discovered.

3d Shew Nothing to your Freind that may affright him.

4th In the Presence of Others Sing not to yourself with a humming Noise, nor Drum with your Fingers or Feet.

5th If You Cough, Sneeze, Sigh, or Yawn, do it not Loud but Privately; and Speak not in your Yawning, but put Your handkercheif or Hand before your face and turn aside.

6th Sleep not when others Speak, Sit not when others stand, Speak not when you Should hold your Peace, walk not on when others Stop.

7th Put not off your Cloths in the presence of Others, nor go out your Chamber half Drest.

8th At Play and at Fire its Good manners to Give Place to the last Commer, and affect not to Speak Louder than Ordinary.

9th Spit not in the Fire, nor Stoop low before it neither Put your Hands into the Flames to warm them, nor Set your Feet upon the Fire especially if there be meat before it.

10th When you Sit down, Keep your Feet firm and Even, without putting one on the other or Crossing them.

11th Shift not yourself in the Sight of others nor Gnaw your nails.

12th Shake not the head, Feet, or Legs rowl not the Eys lift not one eyebrow higher than the other wry not the mouth, and bedew no mans face with your Spittle, by appr[oaching too nea]r him [when] you Speak.

13th Kill no Vermin as Fleas, lice ticks &c in the Sight of Others, if you See any filth or thick Spittle put your foot Dexteriously upon it if it be upon the Cloths of your Companions, Put it off privately, and if it be upon your own Cloths return Thanks to him who puts it off.

14th Turn not your Back to others especially in Speaking, Jog not the Table or Desk on which Another reads or writes, lean not upon any one.

15th Keep your Nails clean and Short, also your Hands and Teeth Clean yet without Shewing any great Concern for them.

16th Do not Puff up the Cheeks, Loll not out the tongue rub the Hands, or beard, thrust out the lips, or bite them or keep the Lips too open or too Close.

17th Be no Flatterer, neither Play with any that delights not to be Play'd Withal.

18th Read no Letters, Books, or Papers in Company but when there is a Necessity for the doing of it you must ask leave: come not near the Books or Writings of Another so as to read them unless desired or give your opinion of them unask'd also look not nigh when another is writing a Letter.

19th let your Countenance be pleasant but in Serious Matters Somewhat grave.

20th The Gestures of the Body must be Suited to the discourse you are upon.

21st Reproach none for the Infirmaties of Nature, nor Delight to Put them that have in mind thereof.

22d Shew not yourself glad at the Misfortune of another though he were your enemy.

23d When you see a Crime punished, you may be inwardly Pleased; but always shew Pity to the Suffering Offender.

[24th Do not laugh too loud or] too much at any Publick [Spectacle].

25th Superfluous Complements and all Affectation of Ceremonie are to be avoided, yet where due they are not to be Neglected.

26th In Pulling off your Hat to Persons of Distinction, as Noblemen, Justices, Churchmen &c make a Reverence, bowing more or less according to the Custom of the Better Bred, and Quality of the Person. Amongst your equals expect not always that they Should begin with you first, but to Pull off the Hat when there is no need is Affectation, in the Manner of Saluting and resaluting in words keep to the most usual Custom.

27th Tis ill manners to bid one more eminent than yourself be covered as well as not to do it to whom it's due Likewise he that makes too much haste to Put on his hat does not well, yet he ought to Put it on at the first, or at most the Second time of being ask'd; now what is herein Spoken, of Qualification in behaviour in Saluting, ought also to be observed in taking of Place, and Sitting down for ceremonies without Bounds is troublesome.

28th If any one come to Speak to you while you are are Sitting Stand up tho he be your Inferiour, and when you Present Seats let it be to every one according to his Degree.

29th When you meet with one of Greater Quality than yourself, Stop, and retire especially if it be at a Door or any Straight place to give way for him to Pass.

30th In walking the highest Place in most Countrys Seems to be on the right hand therefore Place yourself on the left of him whom you desire to Honour: but if three walk together the mid[dest] Place is the most Honourable the wall is usually given to the most worthy if two walk together.

31st If any one far Surpassess others, either in age, Estate, or Merit [yet] would give Place to a meaner than hims[elf in his own lodging or elsewhere] the one ought not to except it, S[o he on the other part should not use much earnestness nor offer] it above once or twice.

32d To one that is your equal, or not much inferior you are to give the cheif Place in your Lodging and he to who 'tis offered ought at the first to refuse it but at the Second to accept though not without acknowledging his own unworthiness.

33d They that are in Dignity or in office have in all places Preceedency but whilst they are Young they ought to respect those that are their equals in Birth or other Qualitys, though they have no Publick charge.

34th It is good Manners to prefer them to whom we Speak befo[re] ourselves especially if they be above us with whom in no Sort we ought to begin.

35th Let your Discourse with Men of Business be Short and Comprehensive.

36th Artificers & Persons of low Degree ought not to use many ceremonies to Lords, or Others of high Degree but Respect and high[ly] Honour them, and those of high Degree ought to treat them with affibility & Courtesie, without Arrogancy.

37th In Speaking to men of Quality do not lean nor Look them full in the Face, nor approach too near them at lest Keep a full Pace from them.

38th In visiting the Sick, do not Presently play the Physicion if you be not Knowing therein.

39th In writing or Speaking, give to every Person his due Title According to his Degree & the Custom of the Place.

40th Strive not with your Superiers in argument, but always Submit your Judgment to others with Modesty.

41st Undertake not to Teach your equal in the art himself Proffesses; it Savours of arrogancy.

[42d Let thy ceremonies in] Courtesie be proper to the Dignity of his place [with whom thou conversest for it is absurd to ac]t the same with a Clown and a Prince.

43d Do not express Joy before one sick or in pain for that contrary Passion will aggravate his Misery.

44th When a man does all he can though it Succeeds not well blame not him that did it.

45th Being to advise or reprehend any one, consider whether it ought to be in publick or in Private; presently, or at Some other time in what terms to do it & in reproving Shew no Sign of Cholar but do it with all Sweetness and Mildness.

46th Take all Admonitions thankfully in what Time or Place Soever given but afterwards not being culpable take a Time [&] Place convenient to let him him know it that gave them.

47th Mock not nor Jest at any thing of Importance break [n]o Jest that are Sharp Biting and if you Deliver any thing witty and Pleasent abtain from Laughing thereat yourself.

48th Wherein wherein you reprove Another be unblameable yourself; for example is more prevalent than Precepts.

49th Use no Reproachfull Language against any one neither Curse nor Revile.

50th Be not hasty to beleive flying Reports to the Disparag[e]ment of any.

51st Wear not your Cloths, foul, unript or Dusty but See they be Brush'd once every day at least and take heed tha[t] you approach not to any Uncleaness.

52d In your Apparel be Modest and endeavour to accomodate Nature, rather than to procure Admiration keep to the Fashio[n] of your equals Such as are Civil and orderly with respect to Times and Places.

53d Run not in the Streets, neither go t[oo s]lowly nor wit[h] Mouth open go not Shaking yr Arms [kick not the earth with yr feet, go] not upon the Toes, nor in a Dancing [fashion].

54th Play not the Peacock, looking every where about you, to See if you be well Deck't, if your Shoes fit well if your Stokings sit neatly, and Cloths handsomely.

55th Eat not in the Streets, nor in the House, out of Season.

56th Associate yourself with Men of good Quality if you Esteem your own Reputation; for 'tis better to be alone than in bad Company.

57th In walking up and Down in a House, only with One in Compan[y] if he be Greater than yourself, at the first give him the Right hand and Stop not till he does and be not the first that turns, and when you do turn let it be with your face towards him, if he be a Man of Great Quality, walk not with him Cheek by Joul but Somewhat behind him; but yet in Such a Manner that he may easily Speak to you.

58th Let your Conversation be without Malice or Envy, for 'tis a Sig[n o]f a Tractable and Commendable Nature: And in all Causes of Passion [ad]mit Reason to Govern.

59th Never express anything unbecoming, nor Act agst the Rules Mora[l] before your inferiours.

60th Be not immodest in urging your Freinds to Discover a Secret.

61st Utter not base and frivilous things amongst grave and Learn'd Men nor very Difficult Questians or Subjects, among the Ignorant or things hard to be believed, Stuff not your Discourse with Sentences amongst your Betters nor Equals.

62d Speak not of doleful Things in a Time of Mirth or at the Table; Speak not of Melancholy Things as Death and Wounds, and if others Mention them Change if you can the Discourse tell not your Dreams, but to your intimate Friend.

63d A Man o[ug]ht not to value himself of his Atchievements, or rare Qua[lities of wit; much less of his rich]es Virtue or Kindred.

64th Break not a Jest where none take pleasure in mirth Laugh not aloud, nor at all without Occasion, deride no mans Misfortune, tho' there Seem to be Some cause.

65th Speak not injurious Words neither in Jest nor Earnest Scoff at none although they give Occasion.

66th Be not froward but friendly and Courteous; the first to Salute hear and answer & be not Pensive when it's a time to Converse.

67th Detract not from others neither be excessive in Commanding.

68th Go not thither, where you know not, whether you Shall be Welcome or not. Give not Advice with[out] being Ask'd & when desired [d]o it briefly.

69th If two contend together take not the part of either unconstrain[ed]; and be not obstinate in your own Opinion, in Things indiferent be of the Major Side.

70th Reprehend not the imperfections of others for that belong[s] to Parents Masters and Superiours.

71st Gaze not on the marks or blemishes of Others and ask not how they came. What you may Speak in Secret to your Friend deliver not before others.

72d Speak not in an unknown Tongue in Company but in your own Language and that as those of Quality do and not as the Vulgar; Sublime matters treat Seriously.

73d Think before you Speak pronounce not imperfectly nor bring ou[t] your Words too hastily but orderly & distinctly.

74th When Another Speaks be attentive your Self and disturb not the Audience if any hesitate in his Words help him not nor Prompt him without desired, Interrupt him not, nor Answer him till his Speec[h] be ended.

75th In the midst of Discourse ask [not of what one treateth] but if you Perceive any Stop because of [your coming you may well intreat him gently] to Proceed: If a Person of Quality comes in while your Conversing it's handsome to Repeat what was said before.

76th While you are talking, Point not with your Finger at him of Whom you Discourse nor Approach too near him to whom you talk especially to his face.

77th Treat with men at fit Times about Business & Whisper not in the Company of Others.

78th Make no Comparisons and if any of the Company be Commended for any brave act of Vertue, commend not another for the Same.

79th Be not apt to relate News if you know not the truth thereof. In Discoursing of things you Have heard Name not your Author always A [Se]cret Discover not.

80th Be not Tedious in Discourse or in reading unless you find the Company pleased therewith.

81st Be not Curious to Know the Affairs tof Others neither approach those that Speak in Private.

82d Undertake not what you cannot Perform but be Carefull to keep your Promise.

83d When you deliver a matter do it without Passion & with Discretion, howev[er] mean the Person be you do it too.

84th When your Superiours talk to any Body hearken not neither Speak nor Laugh.

85th In Company of these of Higher Quality than yourself Speak not ti[l] you are ask'd a Question then Stand upright put of your Hat & Answer in few words.

86th In Disputes, be not So Desireous to Overcome as not to give Liberty to each one to deliver his Opinion and Submit to the Judgment of the Major Part especially if they are Judges of the Dispute.

[87th Let thy carriage be such] as becomes a Man Grave Settled and attentive [to that which is spoken. Contra]dict not at every turn what others Say.

88th Be not tedious in Discourse, make not many Digressigns, nor rep[eat] often the Same manner of Discourse.

89th Speak not Evil of the absent for it is unjust.

90th Being Set at meat Scratch not neither Spit Cough or blow your Nose except there's a Necessity for it.

91st Make no Shew of taking great Delight in your Victuals, Feed no[t] with Greediness; cut your Bread with a Knife, lean not on the Table neither find fault with what you Eat.

92d Take no Salt or cut Bread with your Knife Greasy.

93d Entertaining any one at table it is decent to present him wt. meat, Undertake not to help others undesired by the Master.

94th If you Soak bread in the Sauce let it be no more than what you [pu]t in your Mouth at a time and blow not your broth at Table [bu]t Stay till Cools of it Self.

95th Put not your meat to your Mouth with your Knife in your ha[nd ne]ither Spit forth the Stones of any fruit Pye upon a Dish nor Cas[t an]ything under the table.

96th It's unbecoming to Stoop much to ones Meat Keep your Fingers clea[n &] when foul wipe them on a Corner of your Table Napkin.

97th Put not another bit into your Mouth til the former be Swallowed [l]et not your Morsels be too big for the Gowls.

98th Drink not nor talk with your mouth full neither Gaze about you while you are a Drinking.

99th Drink not too leisurely nor yet too hastily. Before and after Drinking wipe your Lips breath not then or Ever with too Great a Noise, for its uncivil.

100th Cleanse not your teeth with the Table Cloth Napkin Fork or Knife but if Others do it let it be done wt. a Pick Tooth.

101st Rince not your Mouth in the Presence of Others.

102d It is out of use to call upon the Company often to Eat nor need you Drink to others every Time you Drink.

103d In Company of your Betters be no[t longer in eating] than they are lay not your Arm but o[nly your hand upon the table].

104th It belongs to the Chiefest in Company to unfold his Napkin and fall to Meat first, But he ought then to Begin in time & to Dispatch [w]ith Dexterity that the Slowest may have time allowed him.

105th Be not Angry at Table whatever happens & if you have reason to be so, Shew it not but on a Chearfull Countenance especially if there be Strangers for Good Humour makes one Dish of Meat a Feas[t].

106th Set not yourself at the upper of the Table but if it Be your Due or that the Master of the house will have it So, Contend not, least you Should Trouble the Company.

107th If others talk at Table be attentive but talk not with Meat in your Mouth.

108th When you Speak of God or his Atributes, let it be Seriously & [wt.] Reverence. Honour & Obey your Natural Parents altho they be Poor.

109th Let your Recreations be Manfull not Sinfull.

110th Labour to keep alive in your Breast that Little Spark of Ce[les]tial fire Called Conscience.

13 posted on 11/26/2018 1:15:32 PM PST by zeugma (Power without accountability is fertilizer for tyranny.)
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To: fwdude

A few years ago, Mark Levin devoted a major portion of his show to assert that the Founding Fathers were not Christians, but rather were deists.

Not that he used the term “Founding Fathers”. He referred to them as Founders or Framers, which is an annoying bit of revisionism in itself.

14 posted on 11/26/2018 1:23:44 PM PST by Stalwart
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To: fwdude

From the C-Span archive, a 90 minute talk about the book by author Lillback. Recommended:

15 posted on 11/26/2018 1:44:44 PM PST by Stalwart
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Even Mark Levin gets it wrong on occasion.

Yeah, a lot of Deists did exist in the enlightenment era. That doesn’t diminish the fact that they were a minority smattering in the Founders’ groups.

16 posted on 11/26/2018 1:45:24 PM PST by fwdude (Forget the Catechism, the RCC's real doctrine is what they allow with impunity.)
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I remember when Beck was on Fox, he had historian David Barton of “Wall Builders” on a lot.

17 posted on 11/26/2018 2:26:04 PM PST by JohnnyP (Thinking is hard work (I stole that from Rush).)
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To: fwdude

Haven’t read the book, but, I wonder how he addressed the blessing out that Washington gave Charles Lee at the Battle of Monmouth.

It was said that Washington’s cussing out(reportedly) could be heard at more that 1/4 mile away.

He was a GREAT man, but, you did not cross him.

18 posted on 11/26/2018 3:09:49 PM PST by Conan the Librarian (The Best in Life is to crush my enemies, see them driven before me, and the Dewey Decimal System)
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I’m no fan of Beck but still remember his interview with Sarah Palin in which both of them said their favorite founding father was George Washington. And the next day on Morning Slow, they sneered at that choice rather than “intellectuals” like James Madison, Hamilton and Jefferson. That’s when I stopped watching that effen show.

Imagine sneering at admiration for Washington! He’s always been my hero. Just last month I finally made it to Valley Forge!

19 posted on 11/26/2018 3:10:44 PM PST by miss marmelstein
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Populist. Theocratic. Extremist. Deplorable.

20 posted on 11/26/2018 4:14:06 PM PST by YogicCowboy ("I am not entirely on anyone's side, because no one is entirely on mine." - J. R. R. Tolkien)
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