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The Constitutional Convention






In June, 1787, The Constitutional Convention was in full swing in Philadelphia.




  • Do you know how many delegates attended the Constitutional Convention?
  • Do you know how many delegates signed the Constitution?
  • Who was the olderst delgate?
  • Who was the youngest delegate?




                                                (Answers at the bottom)                                        





The Constitutional Convention was called in an effort to seek solutions to problems the nation experienced under the Articles of Confederation. The gathering started with optimism, but after five weeks of frequent disagreements, they were almost at a full impasse. Addressing their frustration, on June 28, delegate Benjamin Franklin told the others:




In this situation of this assembly, groping, as it were, in the dark to find political truth, and scarce able to distinguish it when presented to us, how has it happened, sir, that we have not hitherto once thought of humbly applying to the Father of Lights to illuminate our understandings? In the beginning of the contest with Britain when we were sensible of danger, we had daily prayers in this room for the Divine Protection. Our prayers, sir, were heard, and they were graciously answered. . . And have we now forgotten that powerful Friend? or do we imagine we no longer need His assistance? I have lived, sir, a long time; and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth: that God governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without His aid? We have been assured, sir, in the Sacred Writings that except the Lord build the House, they labor in vain that build it. I firmly believe this; and I also believe that without His concurring aid, we shall succeed in this political building no better than the builders of Babel . . . and we ourselves shall become a reproach and a byword down to future ages. I therefore beg leave to move, that henceforth prayers imploring the assistance of Heaven, and its blessings on our deliberations, be held in this Assembly every morning before we proceed to business.




The Convention then adjourned for three days. During that time, they gathered at the Calvinist Reformed Church in Philadelphia, where the Rev. William Rogers prayed a special prayer over the Constitutional Convention (WallBuilders has a 1787 newspaper that records this prayer), and according to George Washington, they also "hear[d] an oration on the anniversary of independence."





Following those three days, the Convention reconvened and experienced unexpected success. Ten weeks later they had finished the U. S. Constitution (under which America has become the longest on-going constitutional republic in the world), and the Founders were quick to acknowledge God's help in their endeavors.


Alexander Hamilton is reported to have declared:


For my own part, I sincerely esteem it a system which without the finger of God never could have been suggested and agreed upon by such a diversity of interests.


James Madison agreed:


It is impossible for the man of pious reflection not to perceive in it the finger of that Almighty Hand which has been so frequently and signally extended to our relief in the critical stages of the Revolution.


As far as these delegates were concerned, the finger of God – that is, His Divine power – had guided their writing of the Constitution. Benjamin Franklin also believed this to be the case, explaining:


[I] beg I may not be understood to infer that our general Convention was Divinely inspired when it formed the new federal Constitution . . . [yet] I can hardly conceive a transaction of such momentous importance to the welfare of millions now existing (and to exist in the posterity of a great nation) should be suffered to pass without being in some degree influenced, guided, and governed by that omnipotent, omnipresent, and beneficent Ruler in Whom all inferior spirits “live and move and have their being” [Acts 17:28].


Others delegates declared the same, so as we remember the call to prayer that Franklin delivered on this day, let's also follow George Washington's advice "to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor."




We look at the condition that America finds itself today and wonder what happened.

Morally, economically, socially we are in total chaos. Political leaders blame the other party. Everyone blames the Christians, a lot of finger pointing but no resolutions. There are no answers because we as a people, a church a nation have denied the one who holds the solution to our state of decay, and we will continue to decline into this moral and social abyss until we are totally self-destructed unless we are willing to turn to the true answer.

This is more than just my opinion—this is from the one who states the truth and is the truth.  These words are from the one who told us this would happen.

-         We struggle with the debate over same-sex marriage

-         We are appalled at the number of shootings, school and workplace violence and murders.

-         Drug and alcohol addiction is epidemic.

-         STD cases are up 60% in some areas because of our acceptance of sexual impurity.

-         Greed and corruption has infiltrated our businesses, our government (starting at the top), and even our churches.

“What has happened?”

From the book of Romans 1: 21 +

“For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened.”

Leaders of the immoral majority claim that because we now accept homosexuality we have become an enlightened society.  Scriptures tells it a little differently—“Men turned from the light and preferred the darkness.”

Romans go on to say—

“Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools. Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts tom sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another.”

“Because of this God gave them over to shameful lust. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion.”

“Furthermore, since they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, he gave them over to a depraved mind; to do what ought not to be done. They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant, and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; they are senseless, faithless, heartless, and ruthless.”

The homosexual culture is a predator culture.

In the Old Testament account of Lot and the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah—when the angels came to Lot and entered his house. The men of the city surrounded the house and beat upon Lot’s door demanding that he send those men out so they could have their way with them.

Today the homosexual community is demanding that Christians approve of and participate in their perverse life style.

And there are demanding that our children be taught in grade school that same-sex relationships are natural and acceptable.

They are demanding—“Give us your children!”

 What has happened?

We have turned away from and rejected God and unless we turn back to him we have no hope!

Pastor Neal Brown

We are blessed to have a dedicated leadership team that recognizes the authority of God, and realizes that we are shepherds who serve under the Chief Shepherd, Jesus Christ. We desire to devote ourselves to prayer and ministry of the Word. Our passion and goal is to equip believers for the work of the ministry and to reach out to non-believers sharing the love of God.















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