Out of the mouths of presidents

“We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of heaven. We have been preserved, these many years, in peace and prosperity. We have grown in numbers, wealth, and power, as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God. We have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own.” Abraham Lincoln, proclaiming a National Day of Fasting, Humility, and Prayer in 1863.

George Washington said, “It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible. Reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.”

Andrew Jackson said, “The Bible is the rock upon which our republic rests.”

Franklin Pierce: “There is no national security but in the nation’s humble, acknowledged dependence on God and His over-ruling providence.”

Ulysses S. Grant: “Hold fast to the Bible as the sheet rock of our liberties. Write its precepts on our heart and practice them in your lives.”

Grover Cleveland: “Let us trust the power and goodness of Almighty God who presides over the destiny of nations and who has, at all times, been revealed in our country’s history.”

Benjamin Harrison: “There are some things we cannot dispense with, and among these are God’s Word and truth, and those religious influences by which He brings the heart of man into subjection to moral law.”

Woodrow Wilson: “America was born a Christian nation for the purpose of exemplifying to the nations of the world the principles of righteousness found in the Word of God.”

Warren G. Harding: “I have always believed in the inspiration of the Holy Scriptures, whereby they have become the expression to man of the Word and will of God.”

Calvin Coolidge: “We do not need more material development; we need more spiritual development. We do not need more brains; we need more character. We do not need more of the things which are seen; we need more of the things which are not seen.”

Herbert Hoover: “We are indebted to the Book of books for our national ideals, and institutions. Their preservation rests in adhering to its principles.”

Harry S Truman: “The Bible is the moral code of our nation, and of civilization.”

The same year that President Lincoln declared a National Day of Fasting, Humility, and Prayer, he issued a Thanksgiving Proclamation, which said in part, “It is the duty of nations as well as of men to own their dependence upon the overruling power of God; to confess their sins and transgressions in humble sorrow, yet with assured hope that genuine repentance will lead to mercy and pardon; and to recognize the sublime truth, announced in the Holy Scriptures and proven by all history, that those nations are blessed whose God is the Lord.”


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One Response to Out of the mouths of presidents

  1. A worthy list of quotes. I’m impressed. And sobered.

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