In 1644, Roger Williams penned the famous work; “The Bloody Tenet”. This chronicle of Christian religious liberty was the basis for the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States.
Roger Williams was considered a “Separatist” who believed that only Christianity held the key to eternal life. In spite of his firm stance on Jesus only for salvation, he pushed for acceptance by government for the allowance of all religions to worship God in the manner to which they saw fit.
Mr. Williams believed that the only way that Christians could thrive in their faith was if the government was kept from interference in how and where believers could exercise their faith. This could only be possible if all religions were protected by the government.
The purpose of the “Bloody Tenet” was to allow the influence of Religion in the government of the United States, while at the same time, preventing Government from establishing a state religion to which they could control, as with the Church of England. At no time did Mr. Williams ever consider that the government would preclude Christianity from influencing government. At the time the Constitution was framed, a majority of the signers were believers in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.