It’s true: the Bible cannot save you! However, it can guide you to the Person Who can — but you have to read it and embrace its teachings first. This is because salvation comes through faith/trust in the One True God in the form of Jesus Christ. If you let it, the Bible will teach you how to have a personal relationship with God, and how you can be saved through that relationship. In this sense, God’s Word (i.e. the Bible) is a guide to salvation, but not salvation, itself. The Constitution is very similar: it cannot save us, but it can help us keep from destroying ourselves. However, just like the Bible, you have to understand the principles behind it. In the case of Scripture, the Bible teaches faith, trust and love. In the case of the Constitution… Well, the principle is the same, but the way it is presented is a little different, and that is the point of this post: understanding the true relationship between the Constitution and the preservation of individual rights and liberty.
There are many who point to the Constitution, but there is one voice in particular who speaks in terms that suggest the Constitution is the source of our national salvation. This belief is driven by this person’s religious beliefs. When you hear phrases similar to ‘the Constitution is hanging by a thread,’ you need to understand that it is very likely a reference to the Mormon ‘white horse’ prophecy. In short, this prophecy says that there will come a time when the Constitution is in great peril, but the nation will be saved by Mormon elders who ride in “on a white horse’ — so to speak — and ‘save’ the nation by restoring the Constitution. To the Mormons, the Constitution is of divine origins. Therefore, by restoring the Constitution, the idea is they will be restoring God’s plan, which will lead to a new era of peace and lawfulness. In other words, Mormons see themselves as the ‘saviors’ of the nation because they believe they will ‘save’ the Constitution which will then save the nation. But this is all is all bunk!
First, the Constitution is not a divine document, but you would have to read and understand Scripture to understand why this is true. The Constitution is nothing but a vehicle: a means through which our nation can strive for the ideal upon which it was founded. But the Constitution does not contain that ideal. The founders assumed the people would understand that the ideal which founded this nation is contained in the Declaration of Independence. This is why I often tell people the Declaration of Independence is the ‘what’ and ‘why’ of America, the Constitution is just the ‘how.’ This means the Declaration contains the destination toward which this nation was intended to travel; the Constitution was just one vehicle by which we could travel toward that destination.
Now, let me return to my original analogy between the Bible and Salvation. If Salvation is the destination, the Bible is the vehicle that will get you there, but it is not what saves you. Your faith/trust in God saves you. So the Bible functions as a compass. It points you in the direction of your goal and warns you how to stay on the correct path. In the same way, individual rights and liberty was the goal of our founding fathers. Our Constitution was just the vehicle they created to help guide us in that direction, but it is not the source of our individual rights and liberty. To find that source, you must look to the Declaration, and if you look to the Declaration, you will find that it points directly to the Creator. But then, those who actually read what the founders wrote with their own hand and not what politically motivated ‘historians’ claim the founders believed, this will not come as a surprise. The founders saw the hand of God in the creation of this nation, and — to them — the Declaration and Constitution were growths resulting from a People trying to actually apply and live the teachings of the Bible. It is also why the founders said that, unless the nation stuck with the Judeo/Christian principles underlying the foundations of this nation, we would lose our way. It is why John Quincy Adams said:
Before the formation of this Constitution…[t]his Declaration of Independence was received and ratified by all the States in the Union and has never been disannulled.
Is it not that the Declaration of Independence first organized the social compact on the foundation of the Redeemer’s mission upon earth? That it laid the cornerstone of human government upon the first precepts of Christianity?
The highest glory of the American Revolution was this; it connected in one indissoluble bond the principles of civil government with the principles of Christianity.
Now here is the point: if a society rejects the foundation upon which the Constitution is built (i.e. the God of the Bible), then there is no way the Constitution can guide us because the compass has been rejected. The compass of this nation is the Declaration, and it points to God. This is why the godless who seek to control the nation and its people severed the connections between the Constitution and the Declaration: so they could convince us we were heading in the wrong direction, which then allowed them to take control of the vehicle. We, the People, have allowed men to convince us of lies. So long as we believe those lies, the Constitution is useless: it can be made to take us in any direction our masters tell us to go.
Now, ask yourself, how can restoring the constitution save a nation that no longer knows where it is going? You can’t. Before you can fix the car, you have to convince people of where they want to go. Only then can the vehicle get you there. And, again, if we would bother to read history, real history and not what revisionists claiming to be historians tell us. If we read the first hand records, we will find that our founding fathers understood the need to change hearts before you can create a vehicle to guide society on its chosen path:
“The Revolution was effected before the War commenced. The Revolution was in the minds and hearts of the people; a change in their religious sentiments of their duties and obligations … This radical change in the principles, opinions, sentiments, and affections of the people, was the real American Revolution.”
You see, the American Revolution, and the nation which was created out of it, came from the Great Awakening: a religious revival that convinced the nation that Salvation comes only from a faith/trust in God, and that a faith/trust in God leads to obedience to His law. This belief is stated in the Declaration and the means to guard us on our way was created in the Constitution. But the Constitution is just a vehicle: it cannot save us and no amount of restoration is going to work until we first change the hearts of our countrymen. Beware of anyone who tells you otherwise. They are trying to seize control of the vehicle so they can take you in whatever direction they wish to go.
[NOTE: I no longer think of my voice as anything special. There was a time when I believed I had something important to say, but not so much these days. I write now because I feel driven to do so. Something inside me will not let me rest until I post the pages you just read. I’d just as soon not bother anymore. It all seems like no one is listening and I do more harm than good. So I have come to trust that whatever it is driving me has all this under control. Personally, I believe it is God, but others may not. All I ask is that, if anything I write helps you, or you think it might help others in any way, please, share this page. Re-blog it, share it on FB or send the link to your friends. So long as you feel it will do more good than harm, then please, use this page however you wish. Thank you.]
12 thoughts on “The Constitution Cannot ‘Save’ Us Any More Than The Bible!”
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This is a Fantastic Post….. Epic Joe I must say. Will comment later, but this story just caught my eye with respect to the Degradation of the Church.
It kind of says it all in a way…..including when you say : ” the Bible cannot save you! However, it can guide you to the Person Who can — but you have to read it and embrace its teachings first. ”
What a clear example of doing the opposite….of using the Bible for political purposes…and dare I say for punishment.
Thanks, Don, but all I did was put Scriptural teachings into my own words and then applied them to the real world. Nothing more.
As for the Pope (and Catholic church), I’ll say this again:
I firmly believe there are saved people in the Catholic church, but it is an apostate church, and the Pope is NOT a godly man. He puts forth the appearance of one, but he is of the SPIRIT of antichrist. Not my opinion, or even my words, but again, Scripture!
I look forward to any additional thoughts/comments you may have on this post. As always, I find wisdom in your thoughts.
Thanks….. If only I could find the same wisdom….. then I might have “pitch” huh …… ;- ))
This is a wonderful post! So many great point but the one that stood out to me most was the fact that the leftists intentionally wanted the “severing between the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.” This reveals why secular humanism has dirtied the minds of several generations (I’d say, since the baby boomers); causing them to muddy what has been historically labeled as right and wrong. Furthermore, we have the ongoing grievance industry meme (as well as all the “isms” being promoted now) which has changed it to an “us vs. them” mentality. Causing such strife in our nation keeps the wannabe dictator-types in power.
No wonder Ben Franklin answered that woman’s question at the founding of our nation when she asked, “What type of government have you given us, sir?” with “A Republic, if you can keep it.”
And why our founders told us we would have to remain virtuous to remain free, and religious to remain virtuous 🙂
You may like some of my comments on Kellybelly’s Never say Never thread on TRNL.
Kells? Oh, brother. OK, I’ll have a look 🙂
We have neither Leaders nor Readers any more.
You beautifully connect….the disconnect between people and their guiding principles……the disconnect between the lip service given to their faith and to their Liberties, and the results of a decaying society.
Of course I agree with all of what you say here. The why and wherefore is encapsulated in the process and progress of Left and Right Progressivism that you and Utah have written about. The schools don’t teach the art of reading and understanding any more. ( notice I DIDN’T use the term Interpreting). Because they have supplanted “interpreting” for understanding. In doing this they leave open the supplanting of Self into any text. When that is done the author’s original intentions are pushed further away thus limiting any real interaction between the reader and author. In the void the “Voice” of the interpreter slips in as meaning and truth.
This process is perhaps part of the reason that Faith plays so little part of Religion today, I don’t know. Certainly without reading for understanding and author intention there can be little to no “teaching” going on. Thus the Bible as a guide become moot for the “reader-interpreter”.
Similar for the Declaration-Const-Bill of Rights. It has been “interpreted” as a guide for a Central Government divorced from its scriptural moorings. By doing this they accomplished two things at least. They separated our Founding Documents from any objective morality. And they isolated original intent as merely another “interpretation”.
See? Wisdom (not to mention insight) 🙂
But then, this is an area (interpreting/post-modernism) is more in Utah’s wheelhouse than mine.
Have you read this one ? I haven’t.
Parts of it. It’s on my shelf, but I never finished it. Honestly (and this is NOT meant as a slight to anyone), it is beneath the level of understanding at which you and I would prefer these issue be discussed. More of a beginners book.