“In questions of power then, let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution,” – Thomas Jefferson
It’s evident that Jefferson had been reading his Apostle Paul, for Paul said by inspiration of the Holy Spirit that he put no confidence in the flesh.
We had wise leaders in the infancy of our nation. They recognized the depravity of man.
If only more of our leaders and citizens today would open God’s book and apply it to their lives. When I hear politicians talking about the “enduring flame of the human spirit” and other such garbage, it makes me think they’ve been reading Marx instead of Mark, Darwin instead of Daniel. Goodness comes from God, not man. Man is a sinner by nature and by practice, and he needs to be restrained by law.
Our federal government is supposed to be kept as small as possible. Our founders knew that too much power at the top in a centralized fashion would result in that power growing uncontrollably until it could not be contained.
It’s time our leaders and citizens return to these truths.
“If ye know that he is righteous, ye know that every one that doeth righteousness is born of him.” – I John 2:29
“Beloved, follow not that which is evil, but that which is good. He that doeth good is of God: but he that doeth evil hath not seen God.” – III John 1:11
“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.” – James 1:17
“For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh” – Philippians 3:3
“Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:” – Romans 5:12
“What then? are we better than they? No, in no wise: for we have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sin; As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one. Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips: Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness: Their feet are swift to shed blood: Destruction and misery are in their ways: And the way of peace have they not known: There is no fear of God before their eyes. Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God. Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin. But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;” – Romans 3:9-23