Faith of Our Fathers

Jesus quoted His Father saying, “I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob”

(Matthew 22:32).

When the Sadducees came to Jesus and tried to discredit Him about the resurrection of the dead, Jesus replied, “And as touching the dead, that they rise: have ye not read in the book of Moses, how in the bush God spake unto him saying, ‘I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, He is not the God of the dead…” (Mark 12:26, 27).


Throughout the entire Bible we can find many references to our God as being the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.  There was an underlying message in these references.  We find it in Moses’ instructions to the Hebrews during their trek through the wilderness on their way to the Promise Land.  As fathers, they were to keep the law that Moses received on Mt. Sinai, and they were to diligently teach it to their children from generation to generation—and it passed on down through many generations, eventually even to us!

“And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up” (Deuteronomy 6:7).


“Faith of their fathers” was to be processed unaltered for each succeeding generation and persistently so.  Had they failed to pass the faith down to the next generation, it would have gotten weaker with each passing year until they would have forgotten the “God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.”

Abraham would teach Isaac; Isaac would teach Jacob; Jacob (Israel) would teach a nation and that nation would teach the whole world.


Remember when the temple was rebuilt after being destroyed by Israel’s enemies how some cried and some rejoiced?  The “rejoicers” thought it was wonderful, but they didn’t remember the grandeur of Solomon’s Temple.  The older generation did recall its splendor and were grieved because the new temple was so far removed from the glorious first one (Ezra 3).  It only takes one generation of fathers to neglect following the admonition of Moses (Deuteronomy 6:7) to wipe the memory of their faith from the next generation.


During the teaching of Bible lessons at our Wednesday night youth service, we are learning that some children don’t even know about David/Goliath, Daniel/lions’ den, Noah/flood, etc.  They cannot tell you one of the Ten Commandments.  These are the children who come to church alone without any adult, so we must assume they don’t have a father-figure who has taught them about God and the Bible.  What if we don’t plant some seeds in the hearts of these kids?  Their kids will know even less, and less with each generation.


God intended that fathers (and mothers) “teach them (His Commandments) diligently unto thy children….” every morning, evening and throughout the day.  When God led Abraham from the paganism of UR, He had a grand plan in mind for him, and this plan included his son, his son’s son, etc.

Are we going to have enough “Faith of our Fathers” to share with this generation so they can pass it on to the next and the next and the next?  We can’t let even one generation pass without instilling the Faith in them.  If we do, guess who is sitting by the wayside where they sojourn to fill their minds with lies and destructive thoughts leading them into destructive behavior—that’s right—the devil!  The roaring lion, the father of lies.  And it is his express purpose to lead them further from the truth until he has captured and destroyed them. 

It happened to Israel after Joshua died.  “And also all that generation were gathered unto their fathers: and there arose another generation after them, which knew not the LORD, nor yet the works which he had done for Israel” (Judges 2:10).  How sad!


We must not let that happen to this generation!


Those who try to erase our forefathers’ faith from the history books and replace it with only secular instruction are enemies of God!  I am well aware that our founding fathers had feet of clay and failed in many instances, but they acknowledged the God who helped them establish law and order in the new country—the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.  God intended that Israel never forget their founding fathers, nor may we without dire consequences.


Consider this:

George Washington, Samuel Adams, James Madison, John Witherspoon, Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, John Adams, Patrick Henry, and even Thomas Jefferson--their personal correspondence, biographies, and public statements are replete with quotations showing that these thinkers had political philosophies deeply influenced by Christianity.

The denominational affiliations of these men were a matter of public record. Among the delegates were 28 Episcopalians, 8 Presbyterians, 7 Congregationalists, 2 Lutherans, 2 Dutch Reformed, 2 Methodists, 2 Roman Catholics, 1 unknown, and only 3 deists--Williamson, Wilson, and Franklin--this at a time when church membership entailed a sworn public confession of biblical faith..

This is a revealing tally. It shows that the members of the Constitutional Convention, the most influential group of men shaping the political foundations of our nation, were almost all Christians, 51 of 55--a full 93%. Indeed, 70% were Calvinists (the Episcopalians, Presbyterians, and the Dutch Reformed), considered by some to be the most extreme and dogmatic form of Christianity.

Even Franklin the deist is equivocal. He was raised in a Puritan family and later adopted then abandoned deism. Though not an orthodox Christian, it was 81-year-old Franklin's emotional call to humble prayer on June 28, 1787, that was the turning point for a hopelessly stalled Convention. James Madison recorded the event in his collection of notes and debates from the Federal Convention. Franklin's appeal contained no less than four direct references to Scripture.

The Founders were deeply influenced by a biblical view of man and government. With a sober understanding of the fallenness of man, they devised a system of limited authority and checks and balances.

The Founders understood that fear of God, moral leadership, and a righteous citizenry were necessary for their great experiment to succeed.

Therefore, they structured a political climate that was encouraging to Christianity and accommodating to religion, rather than hostile to it.

Protestant Christianity was the prevailing religious view for the first 150 years of our history.

Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports....And let us indulge with caution the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principles.


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Founding Fathers


“The God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and of Jacob, the God of our fathers, hath glorified his Son Jesus…” (Acts 3:13).  On the Day of Pentecost, Peter boldly stood up and made this proclamation.  Jesus had been crucified, left in a tomb which had a Roman seal at its entrance and was considered dead forever.  But on the third day, He could not be found in the tomb—He had risen as He said!


The message has echoed down to our day.  Are we going to tell this generation that the “God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob” still lives and seeks a relationship with them?  Are the fathers of this generation going to rise up and declare the faith that has been passed down from Abraham, Isaac and Jacob?


What better way to celebrate Father’s Day than to pass this faith to the children so “the faith which was once delivered unto the saints” will live on and not die with this generation?


It is a mistake for fathers to take the position that they are not going to instill their faith in their children, just wait for them to grow up and make up their own minds.  The Bible does not support that notion.  Fathers are instructed to instill their faith in their children from the time they are born.  Based on what Jude wrote, fathers may be required to “contend for the faith” to make sure it is extended to future generations.  May God give us a generation of fathers who will “contend” and ensure that their children know their faith and will live it so faithfully that it will be available, and desirable, for generations to come.


 “Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints” (Jude 1:3).


“If there be trouble, let it be in my day, so my child will be safe.” (Thomas Paine)

(My interpretation:  At all costs, protect the “Faith of our Fathers” that it will always endure for my child.)


We “inherit” values from our fathers.  Peter knew that when he wrote “Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation [life style] received by tradition from your fathers” (1 Peter 1:18).

Never underestimate a father’s influence; it’s far reaching into the next generation!


June is the month that we honor our fathers, and I am thankful that my father earnestly contended for the faith and passed it down to me!  Also, June sends our thoughts to brides.  A father needs a bride to stand by his side and fight the good fight of faith for his family.  Many families are troubled and need our prayer and support.  Satan has been waging a war against families for a long time.  Isn’t it time for fathers and their brides to wield the Sword of the Spirit against him, contend for the faith and say, “No more! We will not allow the devil to destroy our families.  We embrace the Faith of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and teach it to our children!”

Happy Father’s Day to every man who fills that role.  God bless you and help you to keep and to pass on the “Faith of our Fathers”!




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