David J Keyser PhD

B.S., Sec. Edu., The Citadel  

M.S.I.R., Loyola

M.Div., Columbia Theo. Sem.  

M.Th., Edinburgh

Ph.D.(Theo), St. Andrews, UK

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“The last hope of human liberty in this world rests on us. We ought, for so dear a state, to sacrifice every attachment and every enmity.”

Thomas Jefferson, Letter To Colonel William Duane, Monticello, Virginia, March 28, 1811.
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"Well aware that the opinions and belief of men depend not on their own will, but follow involuntarily the evidence proposed to their minds; that Almighty God hath created the mind free, and manifested his supreme will that free it shall remain by making it altogether insusceptible of restraint; that all attempts to influence it by temporal punishments, or burdens, or by civil incapacitations, tend only to beget habits of hypocrisy and meanness, and are a departure from the plan of the Holy Author of our religion..."

Thomas Jefferson

"A Bill for Establishing Religious Freedom", Section I:3

Jefferson Memorial, Washington, D.C. National Park Service

Was Thomas Jefferson a Christian?

There has long been a debate as to whether Jefferson was a Christian.   He fully realized that he was very hesitant to talk about religion. He himself said  "...the subject of religion, a subject on which I have ever been most scrupulously reserved. I have considered it as a matter between every man and his maker, in which no other, & far less the public, had a right to intermeddle." (1813 May 31.  Letter Of Thomas Jefferson to Richard Rush).  

In this 21st century we need to remember that in Jefferson’s time the United States was being born out of an ancient kingdom that had an Official State Church. Thomas Jefferson and John Adams were two of the principal midwives of the new republic, Anyone in Britain who did not profess submission to the State Church was called a “nonconformist” and was the subject of considerable discrimination. Jefferson’s focus was to eliminate this kind of discrimination in the United States.  

"I must ever believe that religion substantially good which produces an honest life, and we have been authorized by One whom you and I equally respect, to judge of the tree by its fruit. Our particular principles of religion are a subject of accountability to our God alone. I inquire after no man's, and trouble none with mine; nor is it given to us in this life to know whether your or mine, our friends or our foes, are exactly the right." (1814 September 26.  Jefferson to Miles King).

By Jefferson’s time there were many churches and groups who all believed that they were right and others were wrong. He knew that they all had to be partly wrong. Today there are many more divergent Christian groups than in Jefferson’s time.

We should let Jefferson speak for himself:

"To the corruptions of Christianity I am indeed, opposed; but not to the genuine precepts of Jesus himself. I am a Christian, in the only sense in which he wished any one to be; sincerely attached to his doctrines, in preference to all others; ascribing to himself every human excellence; and believing he never claimed any other."  (1803 April 21. Letter Of Thomas Jefferson to Benjamin Rush).

"I too have made a wee little book, from the same materials, which I call the Philosophy of Jesus. it is a paradigma of his doctrines, made by cutting the texts out of the book, and arranging them on the pages of a blank book, in a certain order of time or subject. a more beautiful or precious morsel of ethics I have never seen. it is a document in proof that I am a real Christian, that is to say, a disciple of the doctrines of Jesus, very different from the Platonists, who call me infidel… (1816 January 9. Letter Of Thomas Jefferson to Charles Thomson).  

"But let them [members of the parliament of Great Britain] not think to exclude us from going to other markets, to dispose of those commodities which they cannot use, nor to supply those wants which they cannot supply. Still less let it be proposed that our properties within our own territories shall be taxed or regulated by any power on earth but our own. The god who gave us life gave us liberty at the same time: the hand of force may destroy, but cannot disjoin them.”

Thomas Jefferson

"A Summary View of the Rights of British America"

Section 4

"For in a warm climate, no man will labour for himself who can make another labour for him. This is so true, that of the proprietors of slaves a very small proportion indeed are ever seen to labor. And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are the gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with his wrath? Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just: that his justice cannot sleep for ever . . . ." 

"The whole commerce between master and slave is a perpetual exercise of the most boisterous passions, the most unremitting despotism on the one part, and degrading submissions on the other. Our children see this, and learn to imitate it. . . ."

Thomas Jefferson “Notes on the State of Virginia,” Query 18:5,6

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4. 9/8/13e  1 Corinthians 2

5. 9/15/13e A Meditation On Prayer

6. 9/22/13e With Whom We Have To Do

7. 9/29/13e The Emmaus Walk

8. 10/6/13e Micaiah

9. 10/13/13e Ephesians 4

10. 10/20/13e A Double Portion

11. 10/27/13e Throw In The Tree

12. 11/3/13e Hold Fast

13. 11/10/13 Peter’s Journey

14. 11/17/13 King David On Mercy

15. 11/24/13 Basics Of Faith

16. 12/1/13 An Encounter With Jesus

17. 12/8/13 King David’s Lord

18. 12/15/13 Offended

19. 12/22/13 Melchizedek


68. 1/4/15  Open Doors In 2015

69. 1/11/15 The Servants

70. 1/18/15 Ambushments

71. 1/25/15 Do You See This God?

72. 2/1/15  It Is The Lord

73. 2/8/15  Cryptology

74. 2/15/15 In The Midst

75. 2/2/15  Covenant

76. 3/1/15  Comprehensive Christianity

77. 3/8/15  John’s Portrait Of The Father

78. 3/15/15 Butter And Honey

79. 3/22/15 His Provision

80. 3/29/15 Five Grace Bridges

81. 4/5/15  Called By Name

82. 4/26/15 The Invisible God

83. 5/1/15  One Thing I Know

84. 5/17/15 Spiritual Blindness

85. 5/24/15 Elijah Revisited



20. 1/5/14  Thirsty?

21. 1/12/14 Refuge And Strength

22. 1/19/14  Jerusalem Above

23. 1/26/14 He Is The Answer

24. 2/9/14  Write The Vision

25. 2/16/14 Only Begotten Life

26. 2/23/14 See Or Believe

27. 3/2/14  Spirit Reality

28. 3/9/14  He Will Glorify Me

29. 3/16/14 The Lord Is My Shepherd

30. 3/23/14 Mystery Of Godliness

31. 3/30/14 Faith To Love Map

32. 4/6/14  Prayers Of Ephesians Part 1

33. 4/13/14 Occupy

34. 4/27/14 Forgiveness – Schmidt

35. 4/20/14 Prayers Of Ephesians Part 2

36. 5/11/14 Close And Settled

37. 5/18/14 Everlasting Covenant

38. 5/25/14 Joshua And Caleb Strategy

39. 6/1/14  The Name

40. 6/8/14  The Death Of Sennacherib

41. 6/15/14 Promises Of God

42. 6/22/14 Kingdom One

43. 6/27/14 The Name Of Jesus

44. 7/13/14 The LORD Is Good

45. 7/20/14 Child, Adult, Father

46. 7/27/14 Leading Of The Holy Spirit I

47. 7/27/14 Leading Of The Holy SpiritII

48. 8/3/14  God’s Leading In Your Heart

49. 8/10/14 Pointing Fingers - Schmidt

50. 8/17/14 David And Abigail

51. 8/31/14 Outrageous Grace

52. 9/7/14  Jesus’ Message

53. 9/14/14 Secrets

54. 9/21/14 Palms Of His Hands

55. 9/28/14 N T Church Model

56. 10/12/14 God’s Ways

57. 10/19/14 Carrying The Presence

58. 10/26/14 Jesus Prays

59. 11/2/14 The Prodigal Revisited

60. 11/9/14 God’s Goal In Your Life

61. 11/16/14 Fear Of God Is Good

62. 11/23/14 Transformed

63. 11/30/14 Transformed Part 2

64. 12/7/14 Transformed Part 3

65. 12/14/14 Transformed Part 4

66. 12/21/14 Worshippers

     67. 12/28/14 Jesus Only