The 5,000 Year Leap

On Wednesday nights starting Sept 7th we will begin a video study that discusses the birth and core values of the foundation of the U.S. Constitution.  We will seek out Scriptures that support these core values.  Stay tuned to this blog for updates on the study. A video promo:  Principles of Freedom inspired by our Founding Fathers

A key question this study raises is this: What is the difference between a Democracy and a Republic.  This article address this: "An Important Distinction"

The book we will use can be purchased at Central' Bookstore or at Amazon

You can download the book in audio format for FREE here.

There is a "liberal" rebuttal to this book that can be seen here.  It has some rough language and honestly I was surprised at the lack of credibility and professionalism with which it's perspectives were presented.  I would have thought the liberal agenda would have tried a little harder to be convincing.

I like the Patriots Bible, but also keep in mind that some people take their patriotism to a level that Jesus never intended.  Below are three reviews of that Bible representing different perspectives on the Bible.

  1. A conservative view suggesting America is God's creation and favored nation.
  2. A view similar to mine
  3. A liberal Christian's view suggesting this publication is too nationalistic.

That has been called Dominion or Liberation Theology  . This theology/perspective might be pictured like McNaughton's painting.  While there is no doubt that God has done a very specific work in bringing America to it's glory, it is too easy to become nationalistic and begin to unwittingly communicate to others that to be American is to be a Christian and vice versa.  I think my all time favorite book on the Christian perspectives of our fore fathers is: America's God and Country: Encyclopedia of Quotations.  Another fascinating perspective regarding the Bible's place in America's formation is describe in James Turner Johnson's book, "The Bible in American Law, Politics, and Political Rhetoric".

Here are some good websites to help you in your research:

Some suggest a growing interest in the Constitution has been stirred by recent news of Islamic Sharia Law:
  • An affiliate of the Heritage Foundation suggests these are legitimate concerns:
  • A politically liberal rebuttal was posted by CBS News:
Leave a comment below if you plan to attend or want more information about the class!  Brother Dick Koffarnus and I (Doug Delp) will be team leading this video discussion session.  In a recent class on preaching I drafted a document that describes my views of preaching, politics and the pulpit.  This is a description of what I will and won't do in the pulpit regarding issues that some may call political. (political issues & scripture)
Session #1
Answers to the quizzes - lesson 1 ANSWERS 5000 year leap
Session #2

Principle #1 Natural Law in Scripture -

 Principle #2 Virtue Brings Freedom -

Answers to the quizzes - lesson 2 ANSWERS 5000 year leap
Session #3

Principle #3 Virtuous People elect Virtuous Leaders -

  • Scriptures:

Principle #4 Religion and Government -

    • Scriptures:

 Principle #5 Equal Rights -

  • Scriptures:

Principle #6 Unalienable Rights -


Answers to the quizzes session - lesson5 ANSWERS 5000 year leap Principles 5&6

 Principle #7  - Equal Rights, Not Equal Things

  • Scriptures:

Principle #8  - Unalienable Rights


Answers to the quizzes - Session #6

 Principle #9  - To protect human rights, God has revealed a code of divine law.

  • Scriptures:

Principle #10 - The God-given right to govern is vested in the sovereign authority of the whole people.

Principle #11  - The majority of the people may alter or abolish a government which has become tyrannical.


Answers to the quizzes - Session #7

10/26 - Session #8

Principle  #12  - The United States of America shall be a republic.

Principle #13  - A Constitution should protect the people from the frailties of their rulers.

Answers to the notes - Session #8

11/2 - Session #9

 Principle #14  -Life and liberty are secure only so long as the rights of property are secure.  46 min. video

Principle #15 -The highest level of prosperity occurs when there is a free-market economy

Answers to the quizzes - Session #9

11/9 - Session #10

 Principle #16  -The government should be separated into three branches.

Principle #17  -

Answers to the quizzes - Session #10