The modern doctrine of "separation of church and state" is a myth. It is anti-American. In our day it has nothing to do with "church" or "churches." It really means the separation of God and State, an idea opposed by every single person who signed the Constitution.
Modern secularists have problems understanding the American relationship between religion and government because they do not understand that the Founding Fathers believed:
Every single person who signed the Constitution agreed with these four premises, and they agreed that the true religion was Christianity.
What matters is that not a single signer of the Constitution believed in the "separation of church and state" where the word "church" means "Christianity, the true religion." A secular (that is, atheistic) government was not in the mind of a single signer of the Constitution. None of them accepted the possibility of a Civil Magistrate separated from true religion and independent of God, owing no duties to God to abide by His Standard of Justice. There was a "Law above the law."
Both Church and State were under God, though there was a "wall of separation" between these two spheres. And make no mistake: the "minister of justice" in the State was just as directly responsible to God as a "minister of the Word" in the Church.
All of these beliefs were encapsulated in a single passage of Scripture well known by all of the Founding Fathers.
Probably one of the most important Biblical texts in the history of political science in Western Civilization is the thirteenth chapter of the Apostle Paul's letter to the Romans. Since the time of Augustine, this passage has been the starting point for all discussions of government. And that starting point led to the conclusion -- universally held by the Founding Fathers -- that the human task of forming civil governments was a religious obligation.
Yet most Secular Humanists haven't the foggiest idea what this passage of Scripture says, nor have they the remotest sensitivity for how the Founding Fathers reverenced and built upon this text. History shows it pervaded their thinking. It was an underlying assumption. Not knowing what the text says, nor familiar with those who preached and wrote about it, Secularists don't recognize it when they see it in America's founding charters and speeches. Even today, when people speak of "the powers that be" they are using the language from Romans 13, likely without knowing the source.
Here are links to pages which explain the meaning of this Biblical text, the understanding of this text which the Founding Fathers had, and how the text should shape our understanding of "the separation of church and state":
Romans 13 says that the civil magistrate is "the minister of God." The Founding Fathers, to a man, agreed.Anti-Pluralism Home Page
The pages below are designed to expose the myth of pluralism and to show that pluralism was universally denied by the Founding Fathers. The truths found in the links below stem from the belief of our Founding Fathers that the institution of civil government is ordained by God. The "separation of church and state," as understood today (the separation of religion and civil government) is a myth.
& Fig Tree's Romans 13 Home Page
The most disastrously misunderstood Biblical text in history!
|| Romans 13 and Parallel Texts || Romans 13 in American History || Romans 13 in Western Political Thought || Romans 13 and the American Revolution || Romans 13 and the "Separation of Church and State" ||
Christian "Anarchism" is Our Goal | | All Evil is Predestined by God | | Pray for a Servant's Understanding | | Angels and God's Throne of Government | | Stars and Idolatry | | Why the State Always Encourages Immorality | | Unlucky 13 -- Romans 13, Revelation 13 and Isaiah 13 | | A Roman's-Eye View of Romans 13 | | "Principalities and Powers" | | Lakes of Fire in "Smoke-Filled Rooms" | | Romans 13: The Burden is on the Archists | | Taxation, Representation, and the Myth of the State | | Why the State is not a "Divine Institution" | | Angels and Autarchy | | 95 Theses Against the State | | Here is what a Christian Anarchist looks like after he has joined The Christmas Conspiracy.