QUESTION #4: How did our founders incorporate God’s laws into the Declaration of Independence to begin with?


Dave Kistler:

“Let me just preface my comments by saying this, there cannot be a violation of the law, or there cannot be a violation without there being an objective standard by which to judge or determine what a violation is. Of course, the founders believed that which determined what was wrong, what was right, what was a violation, what was not, was the law of God, the word of God, and all of that codified in the 10 Commandments. If you were to read the Declaration of Independence, and I have it right in front of me, the most well-known part is the part that says, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, all men are created equal and endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights,” et cetera, et cetera. And then as you get to the end of that paragraph, it says, and this is a direct quote from the Declaration of Independence, “The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated,” now I want you to listen to the wording, “injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States.” Then they listed 18 things that the King had done.

Every one of those 18 we deemed by the drafters of the Declaration of Independence to be usurpations, injuries, tyrannical actions, by what standard? The standard by which they were judging it was God’s law and the 10 Commandments. If you read through those 18, every one of the 18, in some way, is connected to a violation of the 10 Commandments of God. Either the first four, man’s relationship to God, or the last six of the 10 Commandments, man’s relationship to man. The King had violated one or a variety of those and so the very Declaration brings in this belief of the 10 Commandments, God’s law, God’s word, God’s truth.”

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