Rick Joyner exclaimed that the Constitution is from the Bible. This warped teaching shows the influence of David Barton. Joyner is teaching disinformation and reveals not only does civics need to be taught more. But also as to how evangelical Christians have a problem with disinformation.
“If men were angels, no government would be necessary.“
“The essence of Government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse.”
Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 9 Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.
1 Peter 5:8-9 NIV
I came from a third wave charismatic church in the Milwaukee area that was known as Wooded Hills Bible Church. When I was at Wooded Hills I was a grad student at Marquette University. At Wooded Hills Rick Joyner was pushed by Trish Stern who did adult education. Wooded Hills was into Joyner, Mike Bickle, The Elijah List and other like minded material. You can read about Rick Joyner in, “Recalling When Trish Stern Pushed Rick Joyner. Plus Considering Joyner’s New Comments on Militias is Theo Williams’ Wooded Hills Outside Germantown, Wisconsin Preparing for the Next Civil War?” The other day I saw something about Rick Joyner that I had to comment on. It is too important to ignore it.
What Rick Joyner Said
On a Facebook live stream which you can see above Rick Joyner made an outrageous claim. Joyner claimed that every precept in the Constitution and the Bill of Rights is linked to the Bible. Joyner has been deeply influenced by David Barton who is best known for creating Christian Nationalist propaganda. Barton doesn’t write history as he struggles with basics of American history. And he plays into what evangelicals want to believe. This is what Joyner said, “Believe it or not, everything in our Constitution and Bill of Rights is linked to a scripture or scriptures. All of it.” Joyner then claimed that the founding fathers wrote about how it was linked in the Federalist Papers. Joyner then praised David Barton and stated that he had more original sources in his collection then the Smithsonian did.
What is the United States Constitution?
Before I get into the problems with what Rick Joyner said lets look at some basics. The question needs to be asked, what is the United States Constitution? The Constitution is the document upon which out federal government rests. It was created when a young nation realized that the Articles of Confederation was too weak. A Constitutional Convention was held in Philadelphia from May to September of 1787.
The Constitution was a new form of government. Article 1 deals with the legislative branch of government. It explains how the House of Representatives and the Senate works. The rules of Congress such as states cannot declare war and how a bill becomes law. Article 2 deals with the executive branch and explains the president and vice-president. For example it goes into how long a president can serve and the powers that he has such as the right to pardon criminals. Article 3 establishes the Supreme Court and the judicial system. Article 4 explains that states must respect and follow laws from other states. The next section Article 5 details how the Constitution can be amended. Article 6 explains how the Constitution is to be followed and how it is the law of the land. Then the last Article 7, deals with how the Constitution is amended.
The first 10 Amendments are known as the Bill of Rights. They include free speech, freedom of the press, and the right to bear arms. Also includes are the rights of the accused and the outlawing of double jeopardy and much. If you want to read more about the Constitution and the Bill of Rights go right here. The Bill of Rights were a check on too much federal power and the new government had checks and balances. Congress could hold a president accountable. Passed laws could be reviewed by the courts, etc… The Constitution is the brainchild of James Madison, George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, John Jay. Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, James Madison and Thomas Jefferson. The Federalist Papers are the essays to sway people to support the new Constitution. Most o them were written by Alexander Hamilton. Our Constitution is the oldest, active one in existence and as Americans we should be proud of out government.
The Importance of Civics and Danger of Disinformation
Rick Joyner is someone who is off base and warped. He is not grounded in reality. His comments show how important education actually is. Colleges and schools need to be teaching civics and the Constitution. When I was in junior high school in California we spent 3 months studying the Constitution and then had to pass a test. This is one of the problems with home schooling in my view is that you can determine what curriculum you want to follow. Democracies can die due to ignorance. Rick Joyner is dangerous. What Rick Joyner is doing is perpetrating misinformation. And while I have not read all the Federalist Papers, I have read a couple and I have studied history in an academic setting to see that what David Barton and Rick Joyner are perpetuating is some disturbing material.
The founding fathers reflected the Age of Enlightenment. They were familiar with other governments that failed and knew Greek and Rome. They were not evangelical Christians as how people think evangelicals are today. You will not find references to the Bible in the Federalist Papers. The founding fathers were concerned about separation of church and state because it was healthy and good for both the state and the church. Rick Joyner needs to remembered as a fraud. He doesn’t have a leg to stand on and he needs to be ignored by people. What worries me is the following. How many evangelicals are going to take the time to read up and research the Constitution and understand how it works? Not many and yet that is why I am writing posts like this one. My advice to people to educate themselves there are a lot of good historical books on the Constitution or some of the founding fathers. For example read Ron Chernow on George Washington or Alexander Hamilton. Another good read is Joseph Ellis who is known for his work on Thomas Jefferson and John Adams. Warren Throckmorton also wrote a strong post on this topic which you can access here.