And he seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years, and threw him into the pit, and shut it and sealed it over him, so that he might not deceive the nations any longer… Revelation 20:2-3
On January 16, 1786, after deviously removing the formidable opposition of Patrick Henry by electing him Governor, the Virginia General Assembly passed Thomas Jefferson’s Act for Establishing Religious Freedom. The history of our nation would prove it to be a tragic legislative move. You’d think Virginia’s legislators would have been suspicious of any proposed “religious” legislation coming from a notorious antichrist like Jefferson, but this was not the case. The rationale of the Virginia Act would permeate the minds of Americans and later find its way into the founding document of our National government.
Despite the polytheistic religious freedom concept propagated by the likes of Jefferson, Madison, Leland, and others, and officially made part of our Constitution, nevertheless, for a long time after its conception our nation continued to operate with a de facto “Protestant Christian” establishment of religion. The establishment continued until it was first challenged by an influx of Irish-Catholic immigrants, which began to break the de facto establishment down. Eventually, it was totally broken down with the later influx of even more immigrants from all types of religious backgrounds. We simply had no defense.
While foreign to us, from a political — and Biblical — standpoint it is perfectly just, rational, and prudent for a people once given political dominion over a land, to make an official declaration of dependence on the LORD, and to subsequently require simple outward allegiance from all its citizens and would-be immigrants. This is not to “impose religion” but to guard against the clear and ever-present danger of subversion. Consequently, it is the height of folly for a nation possessing such a privilege, to squander it away through internal consent or indiscriminate immigration. Our nation is testament to the deceptive and destructive nature of error.
“Almighty God hath created the mind free,” Jefferson said. But God says, “Satan, who is the god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don’t believe. They are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News.” We must let this sink in. The Gospel converts men; Government restrains them, especially from propagating blatant religious error. We must ditch the deadly concept of Polytheistic Religious Freedom.