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Five Pillars on which the American Republic was Founded

America as a Christian nation was understood as late as 1892 as expressed in the Supreme Court ruling of “Church of the Holy Trinity vs The United States.” After reviewing thousands of historical documents, the nation’s highest Court declared,

Our laws and our institutions must necessarily be based upon and embody the teachings of The Redeemer of mankind. It is impossible that it should be otherwise; and in this sense and to this extent our civilization and our institutions are emphatically Christian … From the discovery of this continent to the present hour, there is a single voice making this affirmation … we find everywhere a clear recognition of the same truth that this is a Christian nation (Hyatt, Pilgrims and Patriots, 167)


It Only Takes a Spark to Get a Fire Going

The Founders believed that only a virtuous people could maintain the American Republic they brought into existence, and that such virtue could only be sustained by a vital Christianity. During the nation’s history, virtue has waned more than once and put the nation at risk. God, however, has been faithful to send Spiritual awakenings in response to the prayers of His people and these awakenings have restored virtue to the American populace and preserved the nation.

We are at a time in America’s history when virtue has once again waned, perhaps as never before. Nonetheless, we have every reason to believe that if American Christians will begin to sincerely pray for another Great Awakening across the land, God will answer.

A popular Christian camp song says, “It only takes a spark to get a fire going.” Spiritual awakenings that have preserved America have come when a committed few have determined to pray and be salt and light in their generation. God is now looking for a few good men and women who will be the spark to ignite the fire of another great, national, spiritual awakening.



This article is derived from Dr. Eddie Hyatt’s book, Pilgrims and Patriots, available from Amazon and his website at Dr. Hyatt has a passion to see another Great Awakening in America and he conducts “America Reawakening” events in which he shows how America was birthed out of a great Spiritual awakening and then calls those present to a new commitment to be salt and light and to pray for another Great Awakening in our generation.

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Category: Living the Faith, Summer 2018

About the Author: Eddie L. Hyatt, D.Min. (Regent University), M.Div. and M.A. (Oral Roberts University), serves the body of Christ around the world by teaching with academic excellence and the anointing of the Holy Spirit. He has authored several books, including 2000 Years of Charismatic Christianity. His passion is to see authentic spiritual awakening transform the Church and impact the world in the Twenty-first century.

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