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Fear of man

"First, it is certainly true that America is not a Christian nation." - Michael Horton

First, this can't simply be ignorance on the part of Michael Horton. Although I've read enough confessions from late 20th century graduates of institutions of higher learning (like Oxford) who state that they weren't once asked to read a single work of history in all their time in said institution. But I'm going to assume Michael Horton knows this nation was not founded by Hindus or Muslims or Jews or Buddhists or Sikhs; and certainly not atheists or agnostics or some definition of humanists or secular humanists. I'll also assume - but this is a less confident assertion on my part - that Michael Horton knows what law is at the foundation of our Constitution and that it's not the laws of Manu.

What we see actually in Michael Horton's statement above is the *fear of man.* It is the statement of an academic theologian who does not know the fear of God alone and is clearly in bondage to the fear of man.


Blogger Ryan Gill said...

Sir, you are incorrect. You would claim America to BE a "Christian nation"? Since when does a "Christian nation" promote the slaughter of its own young or profaning marriage with the great level of divorce and the label of "gay marriage"? Are those things what defines a "Christian nation"? Does a nation full of people who refuse to repent and trust the gospel constitute a "Christian nation"?

Clearly, America is not a "Christian nation." There is no "Christian nation." There are only pagan nations with God's people in it working to further the gospel of Jesus Christ's death, burial, and resurrection for the forgiveness of sins.

Were many of America's founders Christians? Yes. Many of them were also, undoubtedly, false converts, as we have many false converts today. How many repentant believers signed the Declaration of Independence? How many would it take to make a nation a "Christian nation"?

No one would deny there are echos of Christian morality reflected in our laws... but this does not a "Christian nation" make.

June 10, 2012 at 7:10 PM  
Blogger c.t. said...

The United States of America is indeed a Christian nation. Founded so, and is so today.

We don't define Christian in this context as theocracy. Nor do we define it on a scale of some kind of perceived Christian perfection. Anyway, theocracies can be as whited sepulchre in nature as any other population of fallen human beings.

This is not a difficult subject, nor is it a radical statement to say the United States of America is a Christian nation. Leftist, 'liberal' Christians who blindly hate (usually in extreme and no-excuse ignorance) anything having to do with America are being pious and, again, ignorant.

June 10, 2012 at 11:14 PM  

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