WAS GEORGE WASHINGTON A CHRISTIAN OR A DEIST? I HAVE READ A FEW AUTHORS WHO SAID HE WAS A DEIST AND DID NOT BELIEVE IN A PERSONAL GOD BUT REFERRED TO HIM AS PROVIDENCE? WHAT IS THE TRUTH ABOUT HIS FAITH?

 

We must first understand what deists believe. They believe what Einstein believed. It is a belief in an impersonal God who created the universe and set it in motion and then abandoned it to run on its own. He abandoned all control over it or any influence on the affairs of humanity.

Washington’s use of providence meant the opposite. Providence refers to God’s governing and controlling all things within certain bounds, overruling and directing according to His eternal purpose. This includes man’s free will. He does not interfering with free will but He does direct it

This includes man’s good and sinful actions. Sinful actions are allowed, never caused or approved of by Him, but controlled and directed by Him for

Good. God’s Controlling evil for good is vividly illustrated in the life of Joseph, whose brothers hated him faked his death to their father Jacob and sold him into slavery. Then he was falsely accused of a crime against his master’s wife and thrown into prison.

But God overruled and controlled their sinful actions and while in prison he interpreted some dreams that led him to be placed in charge of Egypt’s food supply during a great famine. He was made ruler under pharaoh and saved many lives including his own family. At every turn God had overruled evil intensions for good. When the famine hit Israel and affected his family his father sent his son’s to Egypt to buy food where they were put at Joseph’s mercy.

His brothers were afraid when they faced Joseph and threw themselves before him and said: “We are your slaves”. Joseph then explained about God’s overruling providence. “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. So then, don’t be afraid, I will provide for you and your children”.

So George Washington appealing to providence is the opposite of what a deist would do. He was known for beseeching God in prayer, and for his giving thanks, for

God’s help and blessing as a personal God, who was vitally concerned about His creation. On March 11, 1792, President Washington wrote a letter to John Armstrong, from Philadelphia:

“I am sure that never was a people, who had more reason to acknowledge a Divine interposition in their affairs, than those of the United States; and I should be pained to believe that they have forgotten that, which was so often manifested during our Revolution, or that they failed to consider the omnipotence of that God who is alone able to protect them”.

And as President he many times called for days of prayer and thanksgiving for God’s protection and care of America. George Washington was a true Christian and by the true standard of greatness he was one of the greatest men that America ever produced.

WHERE WAS JESUS FOR THREE DAYS BETWEEN DEATH AND RESURRECTION?

 

The dying thief on the cross next to Jesus said: “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom. Jesus answered him, ‘I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise”. Paul uses the term “paradise” in II Cor. 12:4 and identifies it with the third heaven. Jesus refers to it as “the Father’s house” (John 14:2). Jesus’ body was placed in the tomb while His human spirit went to heaven with the thief who put his faith in Christ.

Some teach that Jesus went to hell and battled Satan there and completed our salvation there. But the hell that Jesus suffered was on the cross where He was judged for our sins. It was while He was on the cross that Jesus cried out “It is finished” and bowed His head and died.

There was no need for Him to go to hell and battle the demons. On the cross He cried out, in the Greek it is one word “Tetelestia”, a word used in connection with a debt being paid and means that the debt is “finished” or “paid in full”. The debt is “ended” or “completed”, “fulfilled” or “finished”. And it is done so “forever” or “once for all”. Satan was complexly defeated on the Cross for all those who put their faith in Christ.

WHAT IS THE SIGNIFICANCE OF BAPTISM

Water baptism is the outward testimony or sign of an inward reality of being born again. It means the entry into fellowship with believers through Christ’s death and resurrection symbolized by going under the water and rising out of it. It symbolizes that our old way of living is buried and we now live by Christ’s resurrection life. Obviously it is only for true believers otherwise the symbolism has no meaning!

This outward baptism with water symbolizes the inward washing away of our sins through faith in Christ: “He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit” (Titus 3:5). Through faith in Christ the Holy Spirit washes away our sins and imparts the new birth.

Jesus referred to this as being “born of the water and the spirit” (John 3:5). It is not some magical ritual that gives us a relationship with God. It does not impart anything to the recipients. It is a symbol of faith in Jesus Christ that does impart the new birth and the washing away of our sins.