Prophet T. E. Deckard
Laws That Ruled In The Beginning
Mayflower Compact of November 11, 1620, was America's first great
governmental document, signed by the Pilgrims before they
disembarked the Mayflower. This covenant was so revolutionary that
it has influenced all other constitutional instruments in America
since. It reads:
ye name of God, Amen. We whose names are underwriten, the loyall
subjects of our dread soveraigne Lord, King James, by ye grace of
God, of Great Britaine, France, & Ireland king, defender of ye
faith, etc., having undertaken, for ye glorie of God, and
advancemente of ye Christian faith, and honour of our king &
countrie, a voyage to plant ye first colonie in ye Northerne parts
doe by these presents solemnly & muttually in ye presence of God,
and one of another, covenant & combine our selves togeather into a
civill body politick, for our better ordering & preservation &
furtherance of ye ends aforesaid;
and by vertue hearof to enacte, constitute, and fram such just &
equall lawes, ordinances, acts, constitutions & offices, from time
to time, as shall be thought most meete & convenient for ye generall
good of ye Colonie, unto which we promise all due submission and
witnes wherof we have hereunder subscribed our names at Cap-Codd ye
11. of November, in ye year of ye raigne of our soveraigne lord,
King James, of England, France, & Ireland ye eighteenth, and by
Scotland ye fiftie fourth. Ano:Dom. 1620.
November 29, 1623, three years after their arrival and two years
after the first Thanksgiving, Governor William Bradford made an
official proclamation of a day of Thanksgiving:
as much as the great Father has given us this year an abundant
harvest of Indian corn, wheat, peas, beans, squashes, and garden
vegetable, and has made the forests to abound with game and the sea
with fish and clams, and inasmuch as he has protected us from the
ravages of the savages, has spared us from pestilence and disease,
has granted us freedom to worship God according to the dictates of
our own conscience;
Now I, your magistrate, do proclaim that all ye Pilgrims, with your
wives and ye little ones, do gather at ye meeting house, on ye hill,
between the hours of 9 and 12 in the day time, on Thursday, November
ye 29th, of the year of our Lord one thousand six hundred and
twenty-three, and the third year since ye Pilgrims landed on ye
Pilgrim Rock, there to listen to ye pastor and render thanksgiving
to ye Almighty God for all His blessings. William Bradford, Ye
Governor of Ye Colony.
Notice that William Bradford paralleled serving the Lord to: the
good harvest, the game and fish, safety from the savages, and
freedom from pestilence or disease. They knew that God had given to
them all that they had, and they were going to set aside one day
especially for Him.
Exeter, New Hampshire, August 4, 1639, the colonists defined the
purpose for government, stating:
Considering with ourselves the holy will of God and our own
necessity, that we should not live without wholesome laws and civil
government among us, of which we are altogether destitute, do, in
the name of Christ and in the sight of God, combine ourselves
together to erect and set up among us such governments as shall be,
to our best discerning, agreeable to the will of God...
John Winthrop wrote honestly of his trust in the Lord in his private
will ever walk humbly before my God, and meekly, mildly, and gently
towards all men... To give myself, my life, my wits, my health, my
wealth to the service of my God and Saviour. Teach me, O Lord, to
put my trust in Thee, then shall I be like Mount Sion that cannot be
moved.... Before the week was gone... I waxed exceeding discontent
and impatient... Then I acknowledged my unfaithfulness and pride of
heart, and turned again to my God, and humbled my soul before Him,
and He returned and accepted me, and so I renewed my Covenant of
walking with my God.
May 19, 1643 he organized the New England Confederation among the
colonists of New Plymouth, New Haven, Massachusetts & Connecticut.
They covenanted together under the Constitution of the New England
Whereas we all came to these parts of America with the same end and
aim, namely, to advance the kingdome of our Lord Jesus Christ, and
to injoy the liberties of the Gospell thereof with purities and
peace, and for preserving and propagating the truth and liberties of
can see early on that the primary purpose for the migration to this
country was based solely upon Christ. Jesus was the center of their
every move, and they were obviously not ashamed of their beliefs.
The New Haven Colony Charter of April 3, 1644, adopted the rules for
governing the courts of New Haven Colony, stating:
The judicial laws of God, as they were delivered by Moses ... [are
to] be a rule to all the courts in this jurisdiction ...
April 25, 1682, William Penn wrote the famous Frame of Government
for his new colony. This demonstrated such wisdom that it strongly
influenced the charters of the other colonies. In it Penn stated:
The origination and descent of all human power [is] from God. First,
to terrify evil doers; secondly, to cherish those who do well ...
Government seems to me to be a part of religion itself a thing
sacred in its institutions and ends ...
Government, like clocks, go from the motion men give them; and as
governments are made and moved by men, so by them they are ruined
too. Wherefore governments rather depend upon men, than men upon
governments. Let men be good, and the government cannot be bad ...
That, therefore, which makes a good constitution must keep it,
namely men of wisdom and virtue, qualities that, because they
descend not with worldly inheritance, must be carefully propagated
by a virtuous education of youth ...
[It is therefore enacted] that all persons ... having children ...
shall cause such to be instructed in reading and writing, so that
they may be able to read the Scriptures and to write by the time
they attain to 12 years of age.
the children were able to read the scriptures then they themselves
would be able to discern right from wrong according to the Bible.
(1632-1704), was an English philosopher whose writings had a
profound influence on the Founding Fathers, and in turn, the writing
of the Constitution. Of nearly 15,000 items of the Founding Fathers
which were reviewed; including books, newspaper articles, pamphlets,
monographs, etc., John Locke was the third most frequently quoted
author. In his Two Treatises of Government, 1690, he cited 80
references to the Bible in the first treatise and 22 references in
John Locke elaborated on fundamental concepts such as inalienable
rights, government by consent, the social compact (a constitution
between the people and the government), a separation of powers,
parental authority, private property and the right to resist
Thomas Jefferson was strongly influenced by John Locke, to the
extent that his ideas can be seen in the Declaration of
Independence. John Locke wrote in The Second Treatise on Civil
Thus the Law of Nature stands as an eternal rule to all men,
legislators as well as others. The rules that they make for other
men's actions, must ... be conformable to the Law of Nature, i. e.
to the will of God ... No human sanction can be good, or valid
Laws human must be made according to the general laws of Nature, and
without contradiction to any positive law of Scripture, otherwise
they are ill made.
1689, John Locke published his Treatise Of Civil Government
in which he asserted:
[The] great and Chief End, therefore, of Mens uniting into
Commonwealths, and putting themselves under Government, is the
preservation of their property ...
For Men being all the Workmanship of one Omnipotent, and infinitely
wise Maker: all the Servants of one Sovereign Master, sent into the
World by his Order, and about his ... business, they are his
Property, whose Workmanship they are, made to last during his, not
one another's Pleasure ...
God, who hath given the World to Men in common, hath also given them
reason to make use of it to the best Advantage of Life and
addition to writing paraphrases of the books of Romans, First and
Second Corinthians, Galatians and Ephesians, John Locke wrote a
seldom mentioned book titled A Vindication of the Reasonableness
of Christianity. In it he writes:
that shall collect all the moral rules of the philosophers and
compare them with those contained in the New Testament will find
them to come short of the morality delivered by our Saviour and
taught by His disciples: a college made up of ignorant but inspired
Such a law of morality Jesus Christ has given in the New Testament,
but by the latter of these ways, by revelation, we have from Him a
full and sufficient rule for our direction, and conformable to that
of reason. But the word and obligation of its precepts have their
force, and are past doubt to us, by the evidence of His mission.
was sent by God: His miracles show it; and the authority of God in
His precepts can not be questioned. His morality has a sure
standard, that revelation vouches, and reason can not gainsay nor
question; but both together witness to come from God, the great
And such a one as this, out of the New Testament, I think, they
would never find, nor can anyone say is anywhere else to be found
one who is persuaded that Jesus Christ was sent by God to be a King
and a Saviour to those who believe in Him, all His commands become
principles; there needs no other proof for the truth of what He
says, but that He said it; and then there needs no more but to read
the inspired books to be instructed.
John Locke stated:
The Bible is one of the greatest blessings bestowed by God on the
children of men. It has God for its author; salvation for its end,
and truth without any mixture for its matter. It is all pure, all
sincere; nothing too much; nothing wanting.
New Jersey Colony 1697, Governor Basse proclaimed:
being very necessary for the good and prosperity of this province
that our principal care be, in obedience to the laws of God, to
endeavor as much as in us lyeth the extirpation of all sorts of
looseness and profanity, and to unite in the fear and love of God
and one another ...
Take due care that all laws made and provided for the suppression of
vice and encouraging of religion and virtue, particularly the
observance of the Lord's day, be duly put into execution.
Boston, Massachusetts, 1765, was the place where the famous
Congregational Minister of West Church, named Jonathan Mayhew, gave
a patriotic sermon which reflected the colonists' feelings toward
King George III's hated Stamp Act. He said:
The king is as much bound by his oath not to infringe the legal
rights of the people, as the people are bound to yield subjection to
him. From whence it follows that as soon as the prince sets himself
above the law, he loses the king in the tyrant. He does, to all
intents and proposes, unking himself."
Boston Gazette September 1768, carried an article which read:
an army should be sent to reduce us to slavery, we will put our
lives in our hands and cry to the Judge of all the earth ... Behold,
how they come to cast us out of this possession which Thou hast
given us to inherit. Help us, Lord, our God, for we rest on Thee,
and in Thy name we go against this multitude.
Early in the year of 1773, the men of Marlborough, Massachusetts
Death is more eligible than slavery. A free-born people are not
required by the religion of Jesus Christ to submit to tyranny, but
may make use of such power as God has given them to recover and
support their laws and liberties ... [We] implore the Ruler above
the skies, that He would make bare His arm in defense of His Church
and people, and let Israel go.
Josiah Quincy, the American orator of freedom, voiced the Colonists
sentiments in 1774:
Blandishments will not fascinate us, nor will threats of a 'halter'
intimidate. For, under God, we are determined that wheresoever,
whensoever, or howsoever we shall be called to make our exit, we
will die free men.
The Colonist grew in their resilience and confidence in God, to the
point where one Crown-appointed Governor wrote of the condition to
the Board of Trade back in England:
you ask an American, who is his master? He will tell you he has
none, nor any governor but Jesus Christ.
The Committees of Correspondence soon began sounding the cry across
“No King but King Jesus!”
The Provincial Congress of Massachusetts, meeting in Boston on
October 22, 1774, began to voice their serious concerns, as
President John Hancock declared:
think it is incumbent upon this people to humble themselves before
God on account of their sins, for He hath been pleased in His
righteous judgement to suffer a great calamity to befall us, as the
present controversy between Great Britain and the Colonies.
[And] also to implore the Divine Blessing upon us, that by the
assistance of His grace, we may be enabled to reform whatever is
amiss among us, that so God may be pleased to continue to us the
blessings we enjoy, and remove the tokens of His displeasure, by
causing harmony and union to be restored between Great Britain and
The Provincial Congress of Massachusetts, in addressing the
inhabitants of Massachusetts Bay in 1774, resolved:
Resistance to tyranny becomes the Christian and social duty of each
individual.... Continue steadfast, and with a proper sense of your
dependence on God, nobly defend those rights which heaven gave, and
no man ought to take from us.
The Provincial Congress of Massachusetts of 1774 reorganized the
Massachusetts militia, providing that over one third of all new
regiments be made up of "minutemen." The minutemen, known as such
because they would be ready to fight at a minute's notice, would
drill as citizen soldiers on the parade ground, then go to church to
hear exhortation and prayer. Many times the deacon of the church, or
even the pastor would lead the drill. They proclaimed, "Our cause
is just" and believed it was their Christian duty to defend it.
The Provincial Congress of Massachusetts charged the minutemen:
You ... Are placed by Providence in the post of honor, because it is
the post of danger ...
The eyes not only of North America and the whole British Empire, but
of all Europe, are upon you. Let us be, therefore, altogether
solicitous that no disorderly behavior, nothing unbecoming our
characters as Americans, as citizens and Christians, be justly
chargeable to us.
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