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David Barton’s Christian Revisionism

A Publication of Old Paths Baptist Church Separation of Church and State Law Ministry


Exposing Catholic/Calvinist/Reformed Historic Revisionism

See, for more proof of the thesis of this article, some of the authorities in the Endnotes below and also List of Scholarly Resources Which Explain and Comprehensively Document the True History of Religious Freedom in America.

Suggestion: Read this article in conjunction with:

For much more on David Barton, click: David Barton/Glenn Beck Ecumenical Trojan Horse 

See also, the resources in the Endnotes: EN 1: On David Barton and Glen Beck. EN 2: On Ted Cruz with David Barton at his side. EN3: Other resources . See also.

For a complete but concise analysis of Christian (and Secular) Revisionism including that of David Barton plus an accurate history of the First Amendment (a knowledge of which totally discredits David Barton’s revised history) click hereThe Trail of Blood of the Martyrs of Jesus/A Case of Premeditated Murder: Christian Revisionists on Trial 


Jerald Finney
Copyright © August, 2009
Revised on November 30, 2016

In John Adams: Was He Really an Enemy of Christians? Addressing Modern Academic Shallowness David Barton wrote, “non-Biblical Christianity and non-Biblical Christians still drive people away from the Christian faith rather than to it,” a true statement. However, sad to say, David Barton’s form of Christianity is non-Biblical and is driving people from the Christian faith. Please read further before summarily discounting this truth which is offered by a believer who once admired David Barton and worked with millions of other “Christians” in the Republican Party to bring America back under God. After 20 years of work as a voter, precinct chairman, election judge,  member of various Republican Party committees, and delegate to Republican conventions, etc. starting in the early 1980’s after being saved, I saw that all our efforts in the political system were anti-productive. Then, I became lead counsel for the Biblical Law Center helping churches to remain free from government control. As a believer first and a lawyer second, I began intense, in-depth studies of the relevant Biblical/legal/historical principles which continue to this day. To my dismay, I began to realize that for 20+ years I had worked for a misguided cause led by men such as David Barton who are “Christian Revisionists.” 

“The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light” (Romans 13:12). This author could spend every minute of every day refuting the false teachings of David Barton and other Christian revisionists, but he does not have the time to do that. Every believer has God-given responsibilities, but most may not have the time to do the study needed to discern truth about, for example, some Biblical principles, history, and law. One who has grown weary of witnessing the futility of his efforts in politics and elsewhere may go to the resources mentioned below for light which will expose the works of darkness. When a believer proceeds with knowledge, understanding, and wisdom, he will not be fooled by the works of darkness.

On August 23, 2009, I began a radio broadcast series on the “History of the First Amendment.”  This series is loaded with facts that every Christian who desires to makeDavidBarton2 a difference in turning America back to God must know. The facts presented are irrefutable, but most Christians don’t know them. I do not give all my sources on the broadcasts, but the sources are fully cited in God Betrayed: Separation of Church and State: The Biblical Principles and the American Application. The broadcasts are archived on the following website page, so that you can listen to them at any time: Audio series on God Betrayed/Separation of Church and State: The Biblical Principles and the American Application. The audio series is a summation of  The History of the First Amendment , which is the online version of Section IV of God Betrayed. God Betrayed is available free in PDF and online or may be ordered is softback and Kindle by going to the Order Information for books by Jerald Finney Page. Section IV, Chapter 2, of God Betrayed – Secular and Christian Revisionism – and Section IV, Chapter 3 of God Betrayed – The consequences of secular and Christian revisionism – will help the reader understand the Christian revisionist history of David Barton and others, especially when considered in conjunction with a reading of the whole of Section IV. of God Betrayed. Also, for a summary of the history of religious freedom in America, one may read An Abridged History of the First Amendment. These Biblical/historical/legal teachings present verifiable facts which David Barton and other Christian revisionists never mention or which they pervert.

For many years I followed Christian revisionism. I was ignorant, but not willfully ignorant. If you have obtained your information from men such as the men I had followed and applauded for many years (the most influential of which was David Barton), you have been mislead. Please read further before you get mad, delete this message, and continue your futile work building a house of cards. For a complete but concise analysis of Christian (and Secular) Revisionism including that of David Barton plus an accurate history of the First Amendment (a knowledge of which totally discredits David Barton’s revised history) click here: The Trail of Blood of the Martyrs of Jesus/A Case of Premeditated Murder: Christian Revisionists on Trial 

Hosea 4:6-11  “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.  As they were increased, so they sinned against me: therefore will I change their glory into shame. They eat up the sin of my people, and they set their heart on their iniquity.  And there shall be, like people, like priest: and I will punish them for their ways, and reward them their doings.  For they shall eat, and not have enough: they shall commit whoredom, and shall not increase: because they have left off to take heed to the LORD. Whoredom and wine and new wine take away the heart.” See also, 2 Peter 1.3-10;  Romans 10.2 (“For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge.”), 15.14; Ephesians 1.15-23; Colossians 1.9-10, 28-29; 1 Corinthians 1.5.

Years ago, I read The Myth of Separation by David Barton. I was enlightened in many ways because I had not done my own research on the subject he was addressing. However, even in the first reading, I noticed how sloppy his writing was. Later, I began to realize that he made many factual errors and that many times his citations did not go back to reliable sources. In spite of this, I was a faithful follower of and advocate for David Barton for many years because I did not have the time to do an independent study.

Secularists, who are the worst of revisionists, find Barton (and his followers) easy prey for criticism because Barton’s works (books, DVD’s, etc.) have many  inaccurate statements. Barton also relies heavily on half truths, often failing to tell the whole story behind selected historical incidents. Furthermore, he advocates a false biblical interpretation concerning the relationship of church and state. He believes in union of church and state. The correct biblical principle for Gentile nations is separation of chuch and state, but not separation of God and state, a concept which is alien to Barton. I fully explain these biblical concepts in God Betrayed. Because he is so charismatic, he has gained probably millions of Christian followers. He and others of like mind have done irreparable harm to the cause of Christ in America. The blind are leading the blind.

Actually, the tactic of Christian revisionists do not change. Isaac Backus wrote in the late 1700’s of the tactics of the Calvinists (Puritans) that which is historically verified by comparing Puritan writings and subsequent Calvinist historical offerings with true facts:

  • “[I] appeal to the conscience of every reader, whether he can find three worse things on earth, in the management of controversy, than, first, to secretly take the point disputed for truth without any proof; then, secondly, blending that error with known truths, to make artful addresses to the affections and passions of the audience, to prejudice their minds, before they hear a word that the respondent has to say; and thirdly, if the respondent refuses to yield to such management, then to call in the secular arm to complete the argument?” Isaac Backus, A History of New England With Particular Reference to the Denomination of Christians called Baptists, Volume 1 (Eugene, Oregon: Wipf & Stock Publishers, Previously published by Backus Historical Society, 1871), p. 150.

See List of Scholarly Resources Which Explain and Comprehensively Document the True History of Religious Freedom in AmericaOf course, Calvinists and Catholic establishments with the power to call in the secular arm (the civil government) no longer exist, but if they did, this article would be not be published and the author would be put to death.

Let me give you just one example of his fallacies (here pointed out by a secularist, but which has also been pointed out along with other mistakes and fallacies in Barton’s works in Christian literature I have read):

“On page 120 of David Barton’s book The Myth of Separation, David Barton quotes James Madison as saying:

‘We have staked the whole future of American civilization not upon the power of government, far from it. We have staked the future of all our political institutions upon the capacity of mankind for self-government, upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves, to control ourselves, to sustain ourselves according to the Ten Commandments.’

“Barton gives the following footnote for the quotation:

” Harold K. Lane, Liberty! Cry Liberty! (Boston: Lamb and Lamb Tractarian Society, 1939), pp. 32-33. See also Fedrick Nyneyer, First Principles in Morality and Economics: Neighborly Love and Ricardo’s Law of Association (South Holland” Libertarian Press, 1958), pp. 31.

“The only problem with the above is, no such quote has ever been found among any of James Madison’s writings. None of the biographers of Madison, past or present have ever run across such a quote, and most if not all would love to know where this false quote originated. Apparently, David Barton did not check the work of the secondary sources he quotes….”

You can access the entire article from which the above information is quoted at: http://candst.tripod.com/misq1.htm. Again, this is just one of manifold examples.

God is very clear about what happens when one makes lies his refuge:

 Isaiah 28:14-18:  “Wherefore hear the word of the LORD, ye scornful men, that rule this people which is in Jerusalem. Because ye have said, We have made a covenant with death, and with hell are we at agreement; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, it shall not come unto us: for we have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood have we hid ourselves: Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste. Judgment also will I lay to the line, and righteousness to the plummet: and the hail shall sweep away the refuge of lies, and the waters shall overflow the hiding place. And your covenant with death shall be disannulled, and your agreement with hell shall not stand; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, then ye shall be trodden down by it.”

Endnotes

EN1. A Christian friend wrote me over the internet:

“What I can’t figure out is why David Barton embraces Glenn Beck.  He knows better.”

My answer to her was:

Good to hear from you, _______________. David Barton knows exactly what he is doing. He is among those “Christians” who believe it is OK to lie for a higher cause. The problem is that his cause is not the cause of the remnant of Bible believing Christians.
At one time, David Barton was a hero of mine. However, when I began to intensely study the Bible (the Bible doctrines of church, state, and separation of church and state), history (the history of the First Amendment), and law (as to the First Amendment, church organization, the relationship between church and state), I found that David Barton was a false teacher (biblically, and especially historically). I had followed his, and other “Christian” writings (starting with The Light and the Glory  in the 1980s). I just believed these writings, the teachings of which are regularly repackaged, published, and sold to unknowledgeable “Christians” who go into the political realm and fight a political battle not according to knowledge.
I always knew that Barton’s writings were sloppy; but the real problems with his teachings and writings are much deeper. David Barton (and other leading “Christian” authors) select historical facts that support their goals, but leave out facts which give the whole truth. They, distort, lie, etc. This was a hard pill for me to swallow, but the truth is there when one studies it out. Once I learned that I had been used, lied to, and misled in order to support religious beliefs that were contrary to Scripture I became angry for a time.
EN 2. The following was my e-mail reply to a question from a friend concerning Ted Cruz:

April 4, 2016 at 10:16 AM

The following is what little I have gleaned from my limited time looking at the matter. He is Pentecostal. He believes the church should control the state – that the state should prop up the church. He is a dominionist. He is part of the establishment; this is no problem for him because he believes the church and state are destined to work together to bring peace and unity. Of course, deceived “Christians” follow him because they have no understanding of history and Bible principles since, if they study at all, they follow the teachings of Christian revisionists such as David Barton. Cruz has David Barton at his side. Barton has done tremendous damage to the cause of Christ, since he is an outright liar and a dominionist. He revises history and lies. Lying is part of the arsenal of dominionists;  according to them, it is right to lie to those (like Christians who do not agree with their theology) who do not have the right to know the truth, especially if lying promotes their vision (which they, as heretics believe to be of God based upon their perverted interpretations of Scripture) for the world. That is why most “Christians” follow a perverted view of history which is more despicable than secular revisionist history. Most “Christians” just proceed ignorantly and follow their heretical and apostate leaders down the road to destruction – to a nation where church controls state and to a one world government where their hope is that church will control the world. So when articles state that Cruz is “deeply Christian” they just fall in line to support him. He is deeply heretical and tied directly to the establishment. Etc. Some things to google:

Ted cruz’s father and religion
Ted cruz’s father youtube
Ted Cruz’s religion
Ted Cruz religion youtube

There are some good youtubes of his father and other Pentecostals with whom Cruz has been associated preaching.

Some good articles and resources to begin:

http://www.religionnews.com/2016/02/04/ted-cruzs-campaign-fueled-dominionist-vision-america-commentary/

https://jeraldfinney.wordpress.com/2009/08/29/david-bartons-christian-revisionism/

https://jeraldfinney.wordpress.com/2009/09/04/exposing-the-dangers-of-david-bartons-teachings/

Understanding the history of the First Amendment is a very important (maybe the most important) piece of the puzzle. For the true history of the First Amendment and more on Christian revisionism, see:

https://jeraldfinney.wordpress.com/contents/online-version-of-the-book-god-betrayed/the-history-of-the-first-amendment/

To understand it all, see:

https://jeraldfinney.wordpress.com/contents/online-version-of-the-book-god-betrayed/

EN 3. Other resources:


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