Mayflower Compact 1620: Beliefs Expressed

America's Christian Roots Series
Excerpts from The Mayflower Compact,
Signed by those aboard the Mayflower, November, 1620
“In the Name of God, Amen. We whose names are underwritten . . . having undertaken for the glory of God, and advancement of the Christian faith, . . . a voyage to plant the first colony in northern Virginia; do by these present, solemnly and mutually in the presence of God and one another, covenant and combine ourselves together into a civil body politic . . .”

Three biblical truths those on board the Mayflower believed:
(a) They believed the new nation would glorify God.
(b) They believed the new nation would extend Christianity -- “the advancement of the Christian faith.”
(c) They believed their authority came from God. They planted a colony “in the name of Almighty God.”

“Blessed is the nation, whose God is the Lord.” Psalm 33:12
This verse indicates God has blessed America because we made God to be our Lord. But, what happens when we make other things our Lord?

“Righteousness exalteth a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people.” Proverbs 14:34
The Bible promises that we would be blessed when we followed righteousness, and the United States has experienced an abundance of blessings. But, the Bible also promises that when we follow sin, it will be our reproach (rebuke, disgrace, shame).

“The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.” Psalm 9:17
God hates our sin, and God will judge our sin. God does not hate America; He hates our rebellion of sin toward Him.

Contributing source for above - Sermon by Dr. Jerry Falwell - posted online, 2009

Original wording:
In ye name of God Amen• We whose names are vnderwriten,
the loyall subjects of our dread soueraigne Lord King James
by ye grace of God, of great Britaine, franc, & Ireland king,
defender of ye faith, &c

Haueing vndertaken, for ye glorie of God, and aduancemente
of ye christian ^faith and honour of our king & countrie, a voyage to
plant ye first colonie in ye Northerne parts of Virginia• doe
by these presents solemnly & mutualy in ye presence of God, and
one of another, couenant, & combine our selues togeather into a
ciuill body politick; for ye our better ordering, & preseruation & fur=
therance of ye ends aforesaid; and by vertue hearof, to enacte,
constitute, and frame shuch just & equall lawes, ordinances,
Acts, constitutions, & offices, from time to time, as shall be thought
most meete & conuenient for ye generall good of ye colonie: vnto
which we promise all due submission and obedience. In witnes
wherof we haue herevnder subscribed our names at Cap=
Codd ye •11• of Nouember, in ye year of ye raigne of our soueraigne
Lord king James of England, france, & Ireland ye eighteenth
and of Scotland ye fiftie fourth. Ano: Dom •1620•|
There are 41 signers of the Mayflower Compact.
John Carver-- Edward Tilley-- Degory Priest--
William Bradford-- John Tilley-- Thomas Williams--
Edward Winslow-- Francis Cooke-- Gilbert Winslow--
William Brewster-- Thomas Rogers-- Edmund Margesson--
Isaac Allerton-- Thomas Tinker-- Peter Brown--
Myles Standish-- John Rigsdale-- Richard Britteridge--
John Alden-- Edward Fuller-- George Soule--
Samuel Fuller-- John Turner-- Richard Clarke--
Christopher Martin-- Francis Eaton-- Richard Gardinar--
William Mullins-- James Chilton-- John Allerton--
William White-- John Crackstone-- Thomas English--
Richard Warren-- John Billington-- Edward Doty--
John Howland-- Moses Fletcher-- Edward Leister--
Stephen Hopkins-- John Goodman


Do not include honorifics.

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