We have been taught for years that George Washington was a Deist and not a Christian. And most of us accepted this as fact since we were told so by ‘experts.’ But is it true?
Some time back I got curious and started investigating this question. What follows is the result of that investigation.
I am a Christian and within that I am a Baptist. But I don’t feel it would be fair to check on whether Washington was a Baptist or not (and I don’t believe he was). So in the table below I am comparing his beliefs against commonly held tenets of the Christian faith regardless of the denomination.
QUOTES BELIEF CHURCH G.W.
“The propitious smiles Creator Yes Yes
of Heaven can never be
expected on a nation that
disregards the eternal
rules of order and right
which Heaven itself has
“O eternal and ever Eternal God Yes Yes
“It is the duty of all Providence Yes Yes
Nations to acknowledge
the providence of Almighty
God, to obey his will, to
be grateful for his benefits,
and humbly to implore his
protection ad favors.”
“What students would Jesus Christ Yes Yes
learn in American schools
above all is the religion
of Jesus Christ.”
“Direct my thoughts, words
and work. Wash away my sins
in the immaculate blood of
the lamb, and purge my
heart by thy Holy Spirit,”
Wrote his own Prayer Prayer yes yes
This table admittedly only has a few quotes, but if you’re interested there are many more quotes of George Washington regarding his faith. I would also add that history has shown God’s protecting hand upon the General during the Revolutionary War and before. This may not be proof of his being a Christian, but surely it gives us pause to consider.
Ultimately you decide what his faith amounts to, but I would contend that he was a Christian in thought and action. Just the few quotes above show that Washington trusted God’s guidance, and protection. Although he never mentions salvation the weight of all his quotes suggest this was a private man who trusted God for everything, including his salvation.
Not only did he write his own Prayer Journal but there was at least one witness to his prayer life. I expect to meet him in heaven someday!
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