"My hopes of a future life are all founded upon the Gospel of Christ..."
~JOHN QUINCY ADAMS
"Unto Him who is the Author and Giver of all good, I render sincere and humble thanks for His manifold and unmerited blessings and especially for our redemption and salvation by His beloved Son... Blessed be His holy name!"
~John Jay's last will and testament
"My soul I resign into the hands of my Almighty Creator. Whose tender mercies are all over His works, humbly hoping from His unbounded mercy and benevolence through the merits of my blessed Savior, a remission of my sins."
"I believe that there is one only living and true God, existing in three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost... that the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are revelation from God... that God did send His own Son to become man, die in the room and stead of sinners, and thus to lay a foundation for the offer of pardon and salvation to all mankind so as all may be saved who are willing to accept the Gospel offer [and] that at the end of this world there will be a resurrection of the dead and a final judgment of all mankind when the righteous shall be publicly acquitted by Christ the Judge and admitted to everlasting life and glory, and the wicked be sentenced to everlasting punishment."
"Principally and first of all, I recommend my soul to that Almighty Being who gave it and my body I commit to the dust, relying upon the merits of Jesus Christ for a pardon of all my sins."
~Samuel Adam's last will and testament
"Firstly, I commit my Soul into the hands of God, its great and benevolent author."
"On the mercy of my Redeemer I rely for salvation and on His merits; not on the works which I have done in obedience to His precepts."
"I subscribe to the entire belief of the great and leading doctrines of the Christian religion,... [and I exhort] that the course of life held up in the Christian system is calculated for the most complete happiness that can be enjoyed in this mortal state."
~From the Last Will & Testament of Richard Stockton, attested May 20, 1780)
"My only hope of salvation is in the infinite transcendent love of God manifested to the world by the death of His Son upon the Cross. Nothing but His blood will wash away my sins [Acts 22:16]. I rely exclusively upon it. Come, Lord Jesus! Come quickly! [Revelation 22:20]"
~DR. BENJAMIN RUSH
"Almighty God,... I beseech thee, my sins, remove them from thy presence, as far as the east is from the west, and accept of me for the merits of thy son Jesus Christ, that when I come into thy temple, and compass thine altar, my prayer may come before thee as incense; and as thou wouldst hear me calling upon thee in my prayers, so give me grace to hear thee calling upon me in thy Word...for his sake, who lay down in the Grave and rose again for us, Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen."
The following inscription is found on a granite memorial at the grave of George Washington in Mount Vernon. It was written by Mrs. John Washington, the wife of George's nephew.
"A sincere Christian Doing in all things the will of his Master And resting his hope of eternal happiness Alone on the righteousness of Jesus Christ."
"[My views are] the result of a life of inquiry and reflection, and very different from the anti-Christian system imputed to me by those who know nothing of my opinions. 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 true sense in which He wished anyone to be, sincerely attached to His doctrines in preference to all others..."
"You do well to wish to learn our arts and ways of life, and above all, the religion of Jesus Christ. These will make you a greater and happier people than you are."
~George Washington to leaders of various Indian tribes
"I recommend a general and public return of praise and thanksgiving to Him from whose goodness these blessings descend. The most effectual means of securing the continuance of our civil and religious liberties is always to remember with reverence and gratitude the source from which they flow."
"I shall now entreat...you in the most earnest manner to believe in Jesus Christ, for 'there is no salvation in any other' [Acts 4: 12]...(I)f you are not clothed with the spotless robe of His righteousness, you must forever perish."
****See We Are Americans by Dr. Sam Gipp for more information regarding the Christianity of the Founders of our Republic****