Thursday, July 4, 2013

Christian Quotes from President George Washington

"It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and Bible."

“The propitious smiles of Heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right which Heaven itself has ordained”

"Make sure you are doing what God wants you to do---then do it with all your strength."

“What students would learn in American schools above all is the religion of Jesus Christ.” "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 favors."

"My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her."

"The General hopes and trusts that every officer and man will endeavor to live and act as becomes a Christian soldier defending the dearest rights and liberties of his country."

"If to please the people, we offer what we ourselves disapprove, how can we afterwards defend our work? Let us raise a standard to which the wise and honest can repair. The rest is in the hands of God."

"No people can be bound to acknowledge the Invisible Hand which conducts the affairs of men more than the people of the United States. Every step by which they have advanced to the character of an independent nation seems to have been distinguished by some token of providential agency"

“I am sure that never was a people, who had more reason to acknowledge a Divine interposition in their affairs, than those of the United States; and I should be pained to believe that they have forgotten that agency, which was so often manifested during our Revolution, or that they failed to consider the omnipotence of that God who is alone able to protect them.”

“Happiness and moral duty are inseparably connected.”

"I earnestly pray that the Omnipotent Being who has not deserted the cause of America in the hour of its extremist hazard, will never yield so fair a heritage of freedom a prey to "Anarchy" or "Despotism"."

George Washington


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Anonymous said...

Of all the animosities which have existed among mankind, those which are caused by difference of sentiments in religion appear to be the most inveterate and distressing, and ought most to be deprecated. I was in hopes that the enlightened and liberal policy, which has marked the present age, would at least have reconciled Christians of every denomination so far that we should never again see the religious disputes carried to such a pitch as to endanger the peace of society. [George Washington, letter to Edward Newenham, October 20, 1792; from George Seldes, ed., The Great Quotations, Secaucus, New Jersey: Citadel Press, 1983, p. 726]

Anonymous said...

...the path of true piety is so plain as to require but little political direction. [George Washington, 1789, responding to clergy complaints that the Constitution lacked mention of Jesus Christ, from The Godless Constitution: The Case Against Religious Correctness, Isacc Kramnick and R. Laurence Moore W.W. Norton and Company 101-102]


If they are good workmen, they may be from Asia, Africa or Europe; they may be Mahometans, Jews, Christians of any sect, or they may be Atheists.... [George Washington, to Tench Tighman, March 24, 1784, when asked what type of workman to get for Mount Vernon, from The Washington papers edited by Saul Padover]


To give opinions unsupported by reasons might appear dogmatical. [George Washington, to Alexander Spotswood, November 22, 1798, from The Washington papers edited by Saul Padover]


...I beg you be persuaded that no one would be more zealous than myself to establish effectual barriers against the horrors of spiritual tyranny, and every species of religious persecution. [George Washington, to United Baptists Churches of Virginia, May, 1789 from The Washington papers edited by Saul Padover]


As the contempt of the religion of a country by ridiculing any of its ceremonies, or affronting its ministers or votaries, has ever been deeply resented, you are to be particularly careful to restrain every officer from such imprudence and folly, and to punish every instance of it. On the other hand, as far as lies in your power, you are to protect and support the free exercise of religion of the country, and the undisturbed enjoyment of the rights of conscience in religious matters, with your utmost influence and authority. [George Washington, to Benedict Arnold, September 14, 1775 from The Washington papers edited by Saul Padover]


The blessed Religion revealed in the word of God will remain an eternal and awful monument to prove that the best Institutions may be abused by human depravity; and that they may even, in some instances, be made subservient to the vilest of purposes.

The Ignorant Fishermen said...

Anonymous (critics always hide behind anonymous)


That was a different day but
such things did exist even Paul and John spoke of such things... Liberal "churches" today are zealots and dogmatic - filled with hate and spiritual oppression - in their twisting of the Holy Scriptures and any that challenge their relativistic scriptural view point must be destroyed. It was in Washington's day and in our day.
Becareful that you are not found in the camp among those who seek to make relative Almighty God's ETERNAL absolutes of moral laws and ETERNAL RIGHTEOUS absolutes... Isa. 5:20)

Remember Washington also quoted the quotes we posted....
I.F.


What is religion?


http://www.theignorantfishermen.com/2013/01/the-true-definition-of-religion.html

Josh said...

I.F.
I take serious offence to your false quotes and pray you do a little research before writing a another blog claiming facts. Also if you could please cite the resources you are using to come up with these fake quotes it would save me time when I fact check your information.

The Ignorant Fishermen said...

Josh, What false quotes???

Anonymous said...

Washington was a soldier, a statesman, and in his personal correspondence write about his reliance in God. Do not misconstrue, he was a man and did make mistakes, but it seems all your souls are withered. His quotes may in some cases be for religion and in some cases against it, he might have detested religion but love Jesus. The famous painting of Washington praying at Valley Forge is most surely not painted out of a lie. In his inauguration he was sworn in with a Bible, why is that I wonder if he was so against God?

The Ignorant Fishermen said...

My friend we fully agree with you but post haters and truth haters will see only evil in God fearing and virtuous men.

Thanks for your reply!

Dave

Manilla Ice said...

George Washington said Christianity was the most stupid, ignorant, and discriminitive things that mankind created. sorry for those who think otherwise, but i totally agree

The Ignorant Fishermen said...

Nilla, If you totally understood what the Lord Jesus (who is Almighty God the ETERNAL Son) did for you you would never have made such an adolescent and foolish remark. (John 3:16-17). Has anyone ever LOVED you like that?

Jesus Saves kid! Think about it... I'll be praying for you.

Romans 1:18-32

I.F.

Sandy said...

great site, brutha...keep the faith...don't let these atheists get you down "for they know not what they do".

The Ignorant Fishermen said...

Sandy, Thanks and To God Be The glory!! Not at all... victory all the way till we meet in the air! May it be!

David

Anonymous said...

Well if George Washington said that Christianity is stupid and discrimitive, I would really want the idiot who posted that comment to prove it from the Library of Congress. Because most of you fools didn't even know the man and yet you debate on his religion. The proof is in his writings, not your minds. Leave the man dead in peace, he achieved more than all of you will ever gain. And now this man who made this blog is trying to build and the wolves try to break.

The Ignorant Fishermen said...

Don't let it bother you. That is what the godless left do. They love to agitate and destroy as you stated because they truly hate themselves and their miserable lives (Rom. 1:18-32). One more thing they are always anonymous.

Thanks for your reply!

David

Anti- said...

I think its great you posted some quotes, but you left a few out...Here is one by Washington Date: May, 1789

I have often expressed my sentiments, that every man, conducting himself as a good citizen, and being accountable to God alone for his religious opinions, ought to be protected in worshipping the Deity according to the dictates of his own conscience.

letter to the General Committee of the United Baptist Churches in Virginia

Where did your quotes come from? Were you intentionally being deceitful in your supposed quotes by Washington? It is pretty much common knowledge that Washington like most of the notable Founding Fathers were not to religious.

Anonymous said...

Why does everyone keep saying Washington was not religious. How come you say he was not when his OFFICIAL LETTERS in the LIBRARY OF CONGRESS state that he was? So Wikipedia is also probably lying about Washington's religion? “It is impossible to rightly govern a nation without God and the Bible.”
― George Washington “Make sure you are doing what God wants you to do--then do it with all your strength.”
― George Washington. “No Man has a more perfect reliance on the all-wise and powerful dispensations of the Supreme Being than I have, nor thinks His aid more necessary...The man must be bad indeed who can look upon the events of the American Revolution without feeling the warmest gratitude towards the great Author of the Universe whose divine interposition was so frequently manifested in our behalf... In war He directed the sword, and in peace, He has ruled in our councils.”
― George Washington Quoted: Library of Congress. Idiot.

Anonymous said...

"Eyewitness accounts exist of Washington engaging in morning devotions. Jared Sparks recorded the following account from Washington's nephew George W. Lewis: "Mr. Lewis said he had accidentally witnessed [Washington's] private devotions in his library both morning and evening; that on those occasions he had seen him in a kneeling position with a Bible open before him and that he believed such to have been his daily practice." Sparks also reports that Washington's adopted daughter, Nelly Custis-Lewis, in response to his request for information on Washington's religions views, wrote, "He attended the church at Alexandria when the weather and roads permitted a ride of ten miles (a one-way journey of 2-3 hours by horse or carriage). In New York and Philadelphia he never omitted attendance at church in the morning, unless detained by indisposition [sickness]." She continued by saying "No one in church attended to the services with more reverential respect." She added: "I should have thought it the greatest heresy to doubt his firm belief in Christianity. His life, his writings, prove that he was a Christian. He was not one of those who act or pray, that they may be seen of men." In closing, Nelly attempted to answer the question of whether General Washington was a Christian. She responded, "Is it necessary that any one should certify, 'General Washington avowed himself to me a believer in Christianity?' As well may we question his patriotism, his heroic, disinterested devotion to his country. His mottos were, 'Deeds, not Words'; and, 'For God and my Country.'"

During the Revolutionary War, General Robert Porterfield stated he "found him on his knees, engaged in his morning's devotions." Alexander Hamilton corroborated Porterfield's account, stating "such was his most constant habit." A French citizen who knew Washington well during the Revolutionary War and the presidency stated "Every day of the year, he rises at five in the morning; as soon as he is up, he dresses, then prays reverently to God." Indeed, Washington had purchased a prayer book "with the New Version of Psalms & good plain Type" a few years before the Revolutionary War." SOURCE: Wikipedia.

Anti- said...

Well no offense but Wikipedia is not a good example. Its easily changed by whoever, and often by people who refuse to accept what our nation’s most notable Founding Fathers proscribed to, Deism. They fear the truth, so they attempt to rewrite it.
Its important to note what Washington was best, and that’s a statesman and leader. To effectively lead people he had to be like them to some degree. Washington was smart and even in your quotes he uses his words choicely. “God”, “Supreme Being”, those words don’t necessarily make you Christian. (Thomas Jefferson also used those words and then went and wrote his own Bible, removing anything he thought was supernatural, research Jefferson bible) But those words do reflect the majority of the people’s thoughts, they bind with them, though he may or may not be using them within the same reasoning as they would. Some have pointed to the fact Washington at one time was a member of his church’s Vestry, but again that doesn’t make you Christian, especial when the Vestry were the tax collectors. So being on the Vestry gave him privileges. Its important to note his own priest said he NEVER took communion. That’s something that does make you Christian.
The founding fathers were greatly influenced by the Age of Enlightenment, denying this will not make it go away. Embracing our founding fathers as men who thought outside the box is uplifting, and nothing to ashamed of.

Anonymous said...

I truly understand what you are saying, sir. I was never implying that all founding fathers where indeed "Christians". But most people on this blog try to make Washington out as a heathen. A godless man. However, he may not have been necessarily Christian, but he was religious. Deism is also a religion, but deists only believe in one creator (a form of religion). I never even assumed that Jefferson nor any of the other were religious men. But the good General's letters still prove otherwise. I myself am a mason, sir, and "Supreme Being" has no other reference to anything except God...?

Anti- said...

well he certainly wasn't a heathen, but I'm afraid if he was to explain his beliefs to most so called "Christians" of today thats certainly what he would be called. The use of key words, like Supreme Being and God, again though don't make you Chrisitian. Recall Jefferson saying those same words....

Anonymous said...

the maxim that 'the living can make the dead do any tricks they find necessary' comes to mind. I honestly don't see why people feel the need to twist a dead man's words to fit their own views. I just finished writing a paper on him, and regardless of what religion I am, there is no way to deny the influence of HIS faith throughout his life. Another question: why leave hateful comments on a page just because you don't agree with what the author is saying? Why not just leave and find something that you do agree with?

Anti- said...

"I just finished writing a paper on him, and regardless of what religion I am, there is no way to deny the influence of HIS faith throughout his life."

Hmm, "Faith" is a odd thing, it differs to many. I am sure Thomas Jefferson "faith" influenced him also throughout his live, but as Christian of today his "Faith" would be hard for me to take, as it would be to most Christians of today. Same as it would be for me I to understand Washingtons'. So yes we can deny he was a Chrisitan, but nope we can't deny HIS faith. So called Christians who want to LIE to themselves and the rest of the world to promote an agenda are they really "Christian"? We all want to feel good about where we come from and we want our founders to be like us and many were, but the most notable for the most part, just weren't. The Church had commited to many evil deeds as they saw it. The influence of "Free Thinkers" had come to light. Denying that America was based largely on this is silly and just plain wrong. So I hope your great paper was a true reflection of Washinton and not a hope and a prayer of how you think he should have been.

Anonymous said...

I understand your agenda, sir. I truly do, but your attacks on Christians are unfair. In many ways I truly do agree with you. If religion is so great then why has it started so many wars? It builds huge churches but fails to feed the poor. But you misconstrue everything about "Christianity". Jesus Christ came not to promote religion but abolish it. I myself detest religion, I truly resent it because it is a set of rules, not faith. It has murdured more people over the ages than war. Do not get me wrong, I love going to church, but if Jesus came to a modern church would they ever let Him in? So because the church commits these heinous deeds does not justify you to attack the true Christians, those whose faith is the only thing they have left. You act as if though you have the right to declare this doctrine of yours right and all that oppose it to be wrong. You keep going on about Jefferson, it's Jefferson this and Jefferson that... Yes we all know Jefferson was not religious, but this blog is about Washington not Jefferson, Jefferson has no significance here. No wonder Jefferson always disagreed with Washington. Your comment on religion is true, but your comments on Washington are of no merit. You will never be able to remove the proof of Washington's writings, which are kept by the Library of Congress.

KnowledgeTracker said...

I find it funny that people would actually try to paint Washington as a Deist or a non-Christian. The beauty of Washington's writings is that he clearly is "bearing fruit" and following Christ's model of the redeemed life. Washington wasn't "religious", which is something Jesus Christ fervently preached against. Washington is clearly a consummate example of a Christian. He doesn't make a production for "men" like the Pharisees and Saducees. The so-called proof offered by those who think Washington was not a Christian is the very thing that underscores he was. Unfortunately, those writing that he was not, most certainly do not understand what it means to be a Christian. It is a way of life that is subdued and not boasted about and recognized by others who are of the Body of Christ. If you are not possessed by the Holy Spirit, it can be difficult for one to spot a fellow Christian. Don't be fooled by pomp and circumstance surrounding "religiosity". The fact that Washington was not "religious" is the very proof that he is a true Christian. Become a true Christian based on what Jesus Christ himself taught, and you will never have any doubt of Washington's convictions and commitment to his Lord and Savior. :) There is truly nothing to argue here. The man was beyond any shadow of any doubt a follower of Jesus Christ.

Anti- said...

KnowledgeTracker

Under your great wisdom, Gandhi was also a Christian.

You can't make our forefathers into whatever makes you feel better about yourself. Accept the fact, Washington just wasn't a Christian. Your ciricluar argument, is moot.

Show me where he says, "I am a Chrisitan". I do tell there are plenty of writings of his that would lead one to doubt he was. Throw into the fold the times, the fact he was an intellectual and well read, the fact the church was a product of England, the fact in all his private letters, all of them, he never mentions Jesus Christ, it becomes even more clear.

May the Lord Be With You,
Anti-

Zombie Al said...

http://fakehistory.wordpress.com/2009/07/03/fake-quotations-washington-and-governing-without-god/

These guys bother with supporting their facts. And, yes, many of the quotes posted here are fakes. Not sure if the author of this blog is being deceptive or is the original IF.

northierthanthou said...

Your first quote is spurious. http://www.mountvernon.org/research-collections/digital-encyclopedia/article/spurious-quotations/

Anonymous said...

“What students would learn in American schools above all is the religion of Jesus Christ.”

Actually, this is NOT what he said. In May of 1779 in GW's speech to Delaware's tribal leaders, he says:

"My ears hear with pleasure the other matters you mention. Congress will be glad to hear them too. ****You do well to wish to learn our arts and ways of life, and above all, the religion of Jesus Christ.**** These will make you a greater and happier people than you are. Congress will do every thing they can to assist you in this wise intention; and to tie the knot of friendship and union so fast, that nothing shall ever be able to loose it."

This is not the same as the quote you list, in wording or in context. I've noticed several misquotes/false quotes on your page.

Anonymous said...

the so-called jefferson Bible was not rewritten in the way people think. Jefferson and washington believed in God and had many Bibles, they did not try to change it. Most were Christians and very few were deists. An extremely small number were non-believers. In fact, not sure any were. If you read their own letters and what people at the time said about them, they were deeply religious. The idea that they were all deists or didn't care or rewrote the Bible, etc., is revisionist history and nonsense. I have books that get into detail with copies of the original writings. Much more accurate and well cited than the internet.

Anonymous said...

Jefferson did rewrite the bible or at least take out almost every miracle.

Jefferson said the God of the Old Testament was a mean person to put it nicely
Jefferson did think religion was between man and his God
Jefferson along with quite a few of the founders were not believers in the diety of Jesus