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George Washington's Secret of Survival ... His Christian Faith

He Accomplished the Impossible ... Yet Today Most Americans Have Forgotten Or Simply Never Knew

George Washington's Christian Beliefs
With incredible stories of defeating the British and powerful speeches and prayers for seeking the will of God in the birth of the United States of America, fast forward 241 years and we can tell you why it still matters today. America is in grave danger when we depart from what we were founded on...
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"It is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits."

George Washington

George Washington Prayer at Valley Forge

George Washington Prayer at Valley Forge

With no concept of what it means to battle for the common good, especially when those beliefs are based on seeking the will of the Almighty, in the modern age most Americans have no idea just what took place in the Revolutionary War that created the nation that would become the mightiest nation in history.


However, as a nation we have forgotten the faith of the founding fathers or dismissed it entirely, as though it doesn't matter -- when actually, it truly does matter.

It's only because of that faith that we ever survived in the first place.

Don't Forget... the Revolutionary War

New York -- July to August 1776

Blood and bodies. Cannons. Bullets. Screams ...

The New York Campaign of 1776 (July to August 1776) seemed to be one loss after another. George Washington had prepared his army in New York to oppose General Howe.

The Battle on Long Island and the Evacuation of New York

The Battle on Long Island was a catastrophic event and led to the evacuation of all of New York and serious losses for Washington's Continentals. Before sending his troops into battle, and in a display of battlefield leadership, General Washington issued a general order to the troops on July 2.

George Washington: Our Duty is Under God

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He reminded them of their duty under God to secure the future of the nation.

"The time is now near at hand which must probably determine whether Americans are to be freemen or slaves; whether they are to have any property they can call their own; whether their houses and farms are to be pillaged and destroyed, and themselves consigned to a state of wretchedness from which no human efforts will deliver them. The fate of unborn millions will now depend, under God, on the courage and conduct of this army. Our cruel and unrelenting enemy leaves us only the choice of brave resistance, or the most abject submission. We have, therefore, to resolve to conquer or die."

George Washington: Man of Faith Who Led on the Battlefield

George Washington was a giant. Not only was he 6'3" towering over the contemporary 5'8" average man, but on horseback he was unmistakable in his supreme visibility. In those days a general led from the front. No one hid in well-guarded bunkers or caravans, no giving orders for drone strikes on "targets"; the soldiers saw their commander and dared not disappoint him.

Christian Conviction and Integrity: Words Backed by Actions

But in an age of giants who led the founding of a Republic he also stood tall as a man of religious conviction and integrity. Regretfully, there has been no one to match his example since. Washington conducted his life, personal and public, deep in faith in a God he declared often in his public words and in private when he rose early to pray and entreat his Creator in camp, and in his home. Personal associates testified to the General's early rising and saying his devotions from the prayer book owned and carried with him.

History Says He Rarely Referred to Jesus … But is that the Case?

He rarely referred to the Person of Jesus Christ in personal documents or statements, preferring in the practice of the times to use Divine Providence or other terms of reverence for the Almighty.

However, in many respects, the majority faith was Christianity and most persons automatically knew to Whom the reference had been made.

In comparison and to put George Washington's words in context, in churches across America in the modern day pastors often end prayers with "In Your Name We Pray, Amen" while many others say "In the Name of Christ We Pray, Amen."

"It's In Jesus Name We Pray"

Both prayers are directly to God, through the name of Christ -- yet only one of these common prayer endings actually mentions Christ. But they're both said in the name of Jesus.

Without a doubt, that would have been George Washington's context as well. Don't let today's critics or spineless revisionist historians tell you otherwise.

At the time, it would have been obvious, this was Jesus, the Christ, George Washington referred to

In his public statements and documents he did however cite "Jesus Christ" several times. This included an admonition to Chiefs of the Delaware Nation who presented a petition. But Washington's status as a believing Christian can never be disputed.

Revisionist Historians and Critics Try to Twist the Faith of the Founding Fathers into Lies

Today's revisionist historians and those critics in the past declare mercenary and selfish causes of the eventual parting of the ways of the King of England and his subjects in North America. Revisionist radicals claim that fear of loss of income, stature, egos and other reasons caused the leaders of the Revolution to declare independence in 1776. These writers pay no heed to "our lives our fortunes and our sacred honor." Dare we expect such courage from today's crop of poll-taking, media pandering pluralists? The example of Washington and his faith stand in the way. Washington was raised in the Anglican Church of Virginia. Washington was a vestryman in his church and attended services. In Philadelphia's Christ Church his pew, number 56, is still there. His presence in public at worship is a fact.

Fort Necessity (Pennsylvania) and Dorchester Heights (Boston)

Washington's first military mission in service to Virginia was to the Ohio Territory claimed by both Virginia and France. A short but portentous skirmish with French soldiers resulted in the death of an officer, who was by chance a relative of the King's; Washington had his men build a stockade, Fort Necessity.

But the enthusiastic yet inexperienced officer had built the fort on low ground, not the heights, where the advantage would have been. Washington's surrender was demanded and given. He and his troops left the area humiliated and returned to Virginia. Yet, he learned from the experience.

Washington learned from his mistakes and never made them again

Washington persisted and learned, drilled and read military science texts. Washington never surrendered to an enemy again.

Battlefield Victories

The persistence and determination paid off when the resulting war between England and France erupted in North America. Serving as a volunteer aide from the Virginia Militia to General Braddock, Lt. Colonel of the Virginia Militia Washington won the respect that drove him as a soldier and commanding officer in battle.

The Regulars would soon regret their attitude towards the "Provincials" when the men who served as captains and sergeants faced them on the battlefields to come.

Washington's proof of his ability to learn from mistakes triumphed at Dorchester Heights in November 1775 when the deeply entrenched Regulars were surprised by Washington's artillery on the high ground that made Boston undefendable. Washington's mistake at Fort Necessity of not holding the high ground was reversed and the Regulars evacuated the city of Boston. The skirmish at Lexington and the rout at Concord were eclipsed by the daring and inventive fortification of Dorchester Heights. Washington may have made mistakes but he always learned from them and his successes proved just that.

The Faith of the Founding Fathers

The signers of the Declaration of Independence were believers in God. The Declaration held that the unalienable (non-negotiable, and most basic) rights of all come from God "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness".

No atheist or nonbeliever could ever attach his signature to such a document and still represent his constituency. The following is list of the religious affiliations of the signers. Note there are no agnostics or atheists.

Name of Signer, State, Christian Affiliation

Charles Carroll, Maryland, Catholic
Samuel Huntington, Connecticut, Congregationalist
Roger Sherman, Connecticut, Congregationalist
William Williams, Connecticut, Congregationalist
Oliver Wolcott, Connecticut, Congregationalist
Lyman Hall, Georgia, Congregationalist
Samuel Adams, Massachusetts, Congregationalist
John Hancock, Massachusetts, Congregationalist
Josiah Bartlett, New Hampshire, Congregationalist
William Whipple, New Hampshire, Congregationalist
William Ellery, Rhode Island, Congregationalist
John Adams, Massachusetts, Congregationalist; Unitarian
Robert Treat Paine, Massachusetts, Congregationalist; Unitarian
George Walton, Georgia, Episcopalian
John Penn, North Carolina, Episcopalian
George Ross, Pennsylvania, Episcopalian
Thomas Heyward Jr., South Carolina, Episcopalian
Thomas Lynch Jr., South Carolina, Episcopalian
Arthur Middleton, South Carolina, Episcopalian
Edward Rutledge, South Carolina, Episcopalian
Francis Lightfoot Lee, Virginia, Episcopalian
Richard Henry Lee, Virginia, Episcopalian
George Read, Delaware, Episcopalian
Caesar Rodney, Delaware, Episcopalian
Samuel Chase, Maryland, Episcopalian
William Paca, Maryland, Episcopalian
Thomas Stone, Maryland, Episcopalian
Elbridge Gerry, Massachusetts, Episcopalian
Francis Hopkinson, New Jersey, Episcopalian
Francis Lewis, New York, Episcopalian
Lewis Morris, New York, Episcopalian
William Hooper, North Carolina, Episcopalian
Robert Morris, Pennsylvania, Episcopalian
John Morton, Pennsylvania, Episcopalian
Stephen Hopkins, Rhode Island, Episcopalian
Carter Braxton, Virginia, Episcopalian
Benjamin Harrison, Virginia, Episcopalian
Thomas Nelson Jr., Virginia, Episcopalian
George Wythe, Virginia, Episcopalian
Thomas Jefferson, Virginia, Episcopalian (Deist)
Benjamin Franklin, Pennsylvania, Episcopalian (Deist)
Button Gwinnett, Georgia, Episcopalian; Congregationalist
James Wilson, Pennsylvania, Episcopalian; Presbyterian
Joseph Hewes, North Carolina, Quaker, Episcopalian
George Clymer, Pennsylvania, Quaker, Episcopalian
Thomas McKean, Delaware, Presbyterian
Matthew Thornton, New Hampshire, Presbyterian
Abraham Clark, New Jersey, Presbyterian
John Hart, New Jersey, Presbyterian
Richard Stockton, New Jersey, Presbyterian
John Witherspoon, New Jersey, Presbyterian
William Floyd, New York, Presbyterian
Philip Livingston, New York, Presbyterian
James Smith, Pennsylvania, Presbyterian
George Taylor, Pennsylvania, Presbyterian
Benjamin Rush, Pennsylvania, Presbyterian

The great shaking: Washington resigns as commander and as President retires after two terms. An act unheard of in his age.

Washington lived his faith. Integrity was deep in his soul. He honored his God first and followed the road set out for him no matter how many ruts, defeats and detours. His determined strategy wore down the mightiest empire of its time. When the peace treaty was signed, Washington did the unheard of: he disbanded the army and resigned. Even George III was astounded. Almost universally it was a practice for the leader of the victorious state to assume permanent leadership. This was not to be in America thanks to Washington.

Not Out for Power: Washington Was Committed to Birthing a Nation Under God

Even more earthshaking, he left the office of President after two terms and retired from public and political life. The new Republic would adopt this tradition and seek renewal every four years of the commitment of Washington to a Republic he helped establish at great cost, both financially and to his health.

He Prayed to God in Public and Affirmed God in Public

Never did he doubt, never did he abandon hope, he prayed to his God in private and affirmed Him in public. This was the giant, this was Washington. Let us pray that our current leaders may somehow seek to follow his example.

But it has to be real.

Wolves in sheep's clothing don't get us anywhere closer to God.

The Consequences if We Leave God Are Disasterous

The Almighty won George Washington's wars and birthed the greatest nation in history.

While God is still there, it's us that have strayed away. As a believer, and Bible reader, and committed to prayer -- and one of history's most courageous leaders ever -- George Washington would have warned us: The consequences if we leave God are disasterous.

We can't afford that.

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