Christian Quotes of Our Founding Fathers


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

~President George Washington

Christian Quotes of Founding Fathers

“The name of the Lord (says the Scripture) is a strong tower; thither the righteous flee and are safe (Proverbs 18:10). Let us secure His favor and He will lead us through the journey of this life and at length receive us to a better.”

“I [rely] upon the merits of Jesus Christ for a pardon of all my sins.”

“We have this day [Fourth of July] restored the Sovereign to whom all men ought to be obedient. He reigns in Heaven, and from the rising to the setting of the sun, let His Kingdom come.”

~Samuel Adams, Signer of the Declaration of Independence and Father of the American Revolution

“And as it is our duty to extend our wishes to the happiness of the great family of man, I conceive that we cannot better express ourselves than by humbly supplicating the Supreme Ruler of the world that the rod of tyrants may be broken to pieces, and the oppressed made free again; that wars may cease in all the earth, and that the confusions that are and have been among nations may be overruled by promoting and speedily bringing on that holy and happy period when the kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ may be everywhere established, and all people everywhere willingly bow to the sceptre of Him who is Prince of Peace.”
~As Governor of Massachusetts, Proclamation of a Day of Fast, March 20, 1797

James Madison
4th U.S. President

“A watchful eye must be kept on ourselves lest while we are building ideal monuments of Renown and Bliss here we neglect to have our names enrolled in the Annals of Heaven.”
~Written to William Bradford on November 9, 1772, Faith of Our Founding Fathers by Tim LaHaye, pp. 130-131; Christianity and the Constitution — The Faith of Our Founding Fathers by John Eidsmoe, p. 98.

Notice of Correction: I wish to acknowledge that the following quotation, previously attributed to James Madison, has been found to be the actual declaration of Rev. Jonathan Dickinson, first president of Princeton University where James Madison studied. In researching this correction, I discovered as well that some sources wrongly attribute the quote to Rev. John Witherspoon, the president of Princeton University when James Madison graduated.

“Cursed be all that learning that is contrary to the cross of Christ.”
~America’s Providential History by Stephen K. McDowell, p. 93.

James Monroe
5th U.S. President

“When we view the blessings with which our country has been favored, those which we now enjoy, and the means which we possess of handing them down unimpaired to our latest posterity, our attention is irresistibly drawn to the source from whence they flow. Let us then, unite in offering our most grateful acknowledgments for these blessings to the Divine Author of All Good.”
~Monroe made this statement in his 2nd Annual Message to Congress, November 16, 1818.

John Quincy Adams
6th U.S. President

“The hope of a Christian is inseparable from his faith. Whoever believes in the divine inspiration of the Holy Scriptures must hope that the religion of Jesus shall prevail throughout the earth. Never since the foundation of the world have the prospects of mankind been more encouraging to that hope than they appear to be at the present time. And may the associated distribution of the Bible proceed and prosper till the Lord shall have made ‘bare His holy arm in the eyes of all the nations, and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God’ (Isaiah 52:10).”
Life of John Quincy Adams, p. 248.

William Penn
Founder of Pennsylvania

“I do declare to the whole world that we believe the Scriptures to contain a declaration of the mind and will of God in and to those ages in which they were written; being given forth by the Holy Ghost moving in the hearts of holy men of God; that they ought also to be read, believed, and fulfilled in our day; being used for reproof and instruction, that the man of God may be perfect. They are a declaration and testimony of heavenly things themselves, and, as such, we carry a high respect for them. We accept them as the words of God Himself.”
–Treatise of the Religion of the Quakers, p. 355.

Roger Sherman
Signer of the Declaration of Independence and United States Constitution

“I believe that there is one only living and true God, existing in three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, the same in substance equal in power and glory. That the scriptures of the old and new testaments are a revelation from God, and a complete rule to direct us how we may glorify and enjoy him. That God has foreordained whatsoever comes to pass, so as thereby he is not the author or approver of sin. That he creates all things, and preserves and governs all creatures and all their actions, in a manner perfectly consistent with the freedom of will in moral agents, and the usefulness of means. That he made man at first perfectly holy, that the first man sinned, and as he was the public head of his posterity, they all became sinners in consequence of his first transgression, are wholly indisposed to that which is good and inclined to evil, and on account of sin are liable to all the miseries of this life, to death, and to the pains of hell forever.

“I believe that God having elected some of mankind to eternal life, did send his own Son to become man, die in the room and stead of sinners and thus to lay a foundation for the offer of pardon and salvation to all mankind, so as all may be saved who are willing to accept the gospel offer: also by his special grace and spirit, to regenerate, sanctify and enable to persevere in holiness, all who shall be saved; and to procure in consequence of their repentance and faith in himself their justification by virtue of his atonement as the only meritorious cause.

“I believe a visible church to be a congregation of those who make a credible profession of their faith in Christ, and obedience to him, joined by the bond of the covenant.

“I believe that the souls of believers are at their death made perfectly holy, and immediately taken to glory: that at the end of this world there will be a resurrection of the dead, and a final judgement of all mankind, when the righteous shall be publicly acquitted by Christ the Judge and admitted to everlasting life and glory, and the wicked be sentenced to everlasting punishment.”
–The Life of Roger Sherman, pp. 272-273.



1 The gates of Jericho were tightly shut:

            No one went out and no one came in because

            The people feared the Israelites. 2 The LORD

Then said to Joshua, “Jericho, its king,

            And all its fighting men have lost the war,

            For I’ve delivered them to you. 3 You’ll march

The army round the city once a day

            For six days, 4 and have seven priests walk in

            Front of the Ark, each with a trumpet made

From horns of rams, and on the seventh day,

            March round the city seven times. The priests

            Should blow the trumpets. 5 When you hear them sound

One long, loud blast, the people are to give

            A mighty shout, and then the city walls

            Will crumble and the people will go up,

Each man straight in,” 6 so Joshua son of Nun

            Summoned the priests and said to them, “Take up

            The Ark of Covenant of God. You should

Have seven priests to carry trumpets out

            In front of it,” 7 and he commanded all

            The people, “Go and circle Jericho

And have the warriors lead the Ark of God.”

            8 Once Joshua had addressed them, seven priests

            Who carried seven trumpets of ram’s horns

Went on and blew the trumpets, with the Ark

            Of God behind. 9 The warriors marched ahead

            Of all the trumpet-blowing priests. Behind

The Ark the rear guard followed. All this time

            The trumpets sounded. 10 “Do not give a war

            Cry,” Joshua had commanded, “do not raise

Your voices, do not say a word until

            The day I order you to shout. Then shout!”

            11 The Ark was carried round the city once

That day, then everyone returned to camp

            And spent the night there; 12 then, next day at dawn,

            Joshua arose. The priests took up the Ark

Of God, 13 and then the seven priests who bore

            The seven trumpets marched before the Ark

            Of God and blew the trumpets. Warriors went

Before them, but the rear guard came behind

            The Ark of God, the priests still blowing on

            The trumpets, 14 so the second day they marched

Around the city once and then returned

            Into the camp. They did this for six days,

            15 And on the seventh day they rose at dawn

And marched around the city seven times

            The same way as before except that day

            They circled round the city seven times.

16 The seventh time ‘round, when the priests let

            Out blasts upon their trumpets, Joshua yelled

            Out at the people, “Shout! Because the LORD

The Battle of Jericho: When the Trumpets Destroy the Walls

Has given you the city! 17 Jericho

            And everything that’s in it are to be

            Destroyed save for the harlot Rahab and

For anyone who’s in her house, because

            She hid the spies we sent, 18 but keep away

            From the devoted things, so that you will

Not bring about your own destruction by

            Removing them. For otherwise, you’ll bring

            Disaster on the camp of Israel,

19 But all the silver, gold and articles

            Of bronze and iron–they are sacred to

            The LORD and must go in his treasury.”

20 So when the people heard the trumpets blast,

            They shouted loud, and suddenly the walls

            Of Jericho collapsed and fell down flat,

And so the people charged straight in and took

            The city. 21 They devoted it to God

            And utterly destroyed with swords each thing

Alive there–men and women, young and old,

            The cattle, sheep and donkeys. 22 Joshua said

            To his two spies, “Go in the harlot’s house

And rescue her and everyone with her,

            According to your promise.” 23 The young men

            Who had been spies went in and rescued her,

Her father, mother, brothers, and the rest

            Of Rahab’s relatives. They brought them out

            And put them in a place outside the camp

Of Israel. 24 The Israelites then burned

            The city and each thing in it except

            The silver, gold and articles of bronze

And iron, which went in God’s treasury.

            25 Thus Joshua spared the harlot Rahab with

            Her family and relatives because

She hid the men that he had sent as spies

            To Jericho–and she still lives among

            The Israelites; 26 then Joshua spoke an oath:

“Cursed before the LORD is he who might

            Rebuild this city, Jericho. He’ll lose

            His firstborn son when the foundation’s laid.

His youngest son will die when he sets up

            Its gates,” 27 and so the LORD was at the hand

            Of Joshua, and his fame spread through the land.