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This course will challenge your intellect and touch your heart as you explore principles of American government–both civil and self (personal). You will acquire a Biblical worldview as Ben Gilmore, a world-class Master Teacher, guides you through America’s Christian history. Meet some of our country’s founding fathers and those who influenced them like Montesquieu, Locke, Blackstone, Bradford and Adams. Learn the truth about what it means to be an American Christian before it is too late. Then ask the Lord to show you His role for you in His story.
I am an 81 year old grandma in the midst of taking the Principle Approach to Government course on Skype with Mr. Ben Gilmore. My 16 year old grandson is taking the same course. If you are into homeschooling, or are interested in the history of the Constitution, this is what you need to know about the course. –
You will need “Skype” ability and two large books with which many homeschoolers are familiar: The Christian History of the Constitution of the United States of America: Christian Self Government, Compiled by Verna M. Hall; and Teaching and Learning America’s Christian History: The Principle Approach, Developed by Rosalie J. Slater.
This course is strong in character development, and gets to the very basic foundation of understanding God’s Hand in Human History.
The course consists of twenty-four 75 minute classes (mine is twice a week) and about 4 hours a week study. I found I put in much more time because of interest.
I would like to see this course as a prerequisite for all who want to be involved in homeschooling. But why stop there? It would do wonders for our Public School System, character building for all our youth, and in our Higher Education System for any person who desires to be a teacher.
Mr. Gilmore told my son one day that he has observed, over the years, that it takes 3 elements to make a successful class: 1) a worthwhile subject; 2) a knowledgeable teacher; and 3) a willing student. I would like to discuss each of these in relation to the PAG course:
1) WORTHWHILE SUBJECT–To discover God’s hand in America’s history is valuable. To learn how to evaluate ideas, choices, and actions that we make as an individual, church, and/or nation are priceless. Our individual happiness and that of our church and nation rely on the choices we make–often tacit, (def. consent by silence)–to submit to God’s laws and find peace or walk outside of His laws and into chaos. Meet some of America’s founding fathers such as Samuel Adams (Father of the Revolution, Christian patriot and precursor to Facebook, blogs and texting), William Blackstone (God’s natural law), John Locke (philosopher of American liberty), and Rev. Samuel Payson (liberty and order are supported by knowledge and virtue). The ideas learned in this course are as old as creation, developed during the 17th & 18th centuries, and apply flawlessly to all areas of life. Whether dealing with my own individual character, building a Christ-honoring home or understanding what is happening in tonight’s news from a decidedly Christian perspective, this course is worthwhile.
2) KNOWLEDGEABLE TEACHER–Mr. Gilmore has acquired multiple degrees and titles from some of America’s most prestigious universities, fought for our country, a YWAM missionary and has been actively involved in politics for four decades. But, the knowledge he possesses that I value most is the Godly “grid” through which he views all of life. He acquired this knowledge from the Lord along with some special mentors. And, he is willing and able to teach his student to do the same. As a connoisseur of teachers, I can truly say that he is a teacher/mentor with the highest quality character that I have ever sat under. He uses a variety of teaching methods, brilliant in his presentation, and pours into the student as much as he/she is able to receive, always careful not to embarrass. I also appreciate his willingness to tailor his presentation to meet me right where I am at as he often weaves my personal concerns and questions into the lessons so that I can reason biblically to discover God’s direction. I loved the first day of class when he set the stage by saying that he is nothing more than the straw through which I will be drinking in the best milkshake ever. Mr. Gilmore is truly a humble man, with great wisdom and virtue making him a knowledgeable teacher of the highest value.
3) WILLING STUDENT–That is up to you. My story is that I have known about the Principle Approach for nearly 3 decades and had sought, to no avail, the mysterious keys to unlock the doors to it. When the Lord placed Mr. Gilmore into my life, I was beyond awe at my Lord’s grace and mercy. If you want to learn how to evaluate life from a truly Christian perspective, to be able to make wise choices confidently, and are willing to invest some time in study (anything of value comes with a price), then this course may just be the greatest investment you make in your entire life.
In conclusion, if you would like to discover what the U.S. Constitution means by “secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity” or “the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God”, to which you are entitled in the Declaration of Independence, I would suggest that you take this course, find out, and then allow the Lord to lead you in the way that you should go.
I wanted to take the time to thank you, thank you, thank you for the profound study and teaching you did with my daughter. This course is a treasure store of wisdom that will help her evaluate situations and people throughout her life with discernment, and will encourage her to grow in “quality character”. I am going to have her start bringing some of what she learned to the dinner table to enliven our conversations and challenge our thinking through current events!
Where to start? This course [Principles of American Government] is simply profound, to say the least. But as it stands, no mere tapestry weaved of words will best describe it for everyone. Each individual will take something different from this course, and in the same way, will be challenged where their fortes are lacking. And to continue this paradigm of diversity, the course is difficult in its own way. But that is not to say it is impossible. If you work at it you will do well or even excel. If I had the choice, I would take it again, and enjoy it a second time. In closure, I would deeply recommend this class for anyone who takes the care to broaden their intellectual horizons
Taking the PAG online course was like getting my first pair of prescription glasses. Now I see the Principles popping up in things that I read, view on tv, or in conversations; prior to this I would have missed them and their significance. I am also now much more aware of ideas that are antithetical to the Principles!
We have an invaluable treasure available to us in the original source documents that the Founders produced, as well as the individuals who influenced and inspired the Founders. For me, Mr. Gilmore has opened the treasure vault and set me on a path to learn even more. God bless you!
[PAG Alumni - along with his Wife, Son, and Daughter]
Thank you so much for this valuable course. I cannot express enough how much it blessed me. This course is indeed a life changer and as a high school student it is a solid foundation for beginning my life journey. This course is not for the faint hearted, but it is crucial for in our education.
I do feel, though, that this course is best suited for High School Seniors and up. It challenged me, but taught me so many other things than just biblical government. I highly recommend the class!! Thank you again, Mr. Gilmore. Hugs and blessings, Catherine
Catherine Sharp [Homeschool Student]
Guess I’m a little late posting as well (re: “American Exceptionalism” series)- I missed that the date for the event was so soon. Either way, for those of you who were invited and could not attend, I highly recommend this course of study. My first exposure to the topic was ACH Seminars and my entire world was turned upside down. So much that I thought I knew, and frankly, was so very complicated, slipped away. All that remained was the simple truth, properly reasoned and infused by the Holy Spirit. If you are able, attend. you will be SO blessed.
Lisa Frank Sinnock [Homeschool Mom]
Thank you Ben for forwarding this piece on ethics.
Folks, I took Ben’s American History and Government Study seminar last year and will take it again this June 15-18 . He and other nationally recognized instructors give you more than your money’s worth and you will be ever thankful you took the course. It is packed (and I mean packed full) of REAL American History, not the revisionist baloney force fed to us by the socialist infested educational system.
Go to his website: www.ACHStudyGroups.com and sign up today.
Deborah Jackson [Blogger]
Dear Mr. Gilmore,
How can I express my thanks?
“You’ve made a difference in my life…” Becky Sharp
The PAG [Principles of American Government] on-line course was life-changing for me! I am so grateful for the opportunity to learn “what I did not know.” It seems as though I have been given a wonderful gift to unwrap and discover, and pass along to others. As I continue to study and learn about the seven principles, I pray they will sink in deep, and direct my life and my choices.
Thank you, Mr. Gilmore, for your steadfastness and faithfulness; for being obedient to what the Lord has called you to do! Your investment in the lives of individuals is making a difference for eternity! May the Lord richly bless you!
Merry Christmas to you and your family.
Becky Sharp [Home-schooling Mother]
I am writing this to anyone who might be considering taking the ACH Seminar (June 23 – 26, 2010). I took the class as an adult several years ago and found it to be most enlightening in so many ways.
It caused me to fall in love with American History for the first time. I would so like to see this course taught in our public schools at every grade level. This is probably not going to happen although I believe that nothing is impossible with God. For this reason I would recommend that you consider taking the course for yourself and also make certain that your children have the benefit of learning the truth about our awesome American History.
What it did for me, was cause me to grow in patriotism. It gave me a great hunger to get informed concerning what was taking place in the political arena. Today I am actively supporting candidates I believe in, who share my Christian political views. I have always voted, but now I feel my votes are made with greater understanding, after having done my homework.
Now I feel that I am the very best American I can be. And that is a very good feeling.
Claudia Bonfante [Housewife]
Morgan Hill, California
Once I was in Arizona at a minister’s training school, and a local Christian chief talked about his unsaved tribe’s heritage and culture. All around the crowded room I could feel a universal longing from the students for something like the chief described. A student voiced it and the chief looked at us and said, “But you have God! Jesus’ salvation and truth! We need what you have!” True, but it wasn’t until the ACH seminar that I finally learned our miraculous one of a kind American heritage! We need to know our Christian heritage!!!
Did you know we’re the only nation in the history of the world who’s people set out to establish their government on God’s Biblical principles!
The PAG online course? I can’t get enough of it!
I learned: the history and principles of Christian government and the Why behind the scenes, How to see through the issues to principle, And how to answer opponents, To recognize manipulation, how to govern and make changes now and for the future!
I’m convinced a Christian is not fully equipped to make a difference in this nation/world without training in government and I have found nothing better than this online course!
Julianna [Missionary / Teacher]
My wife and I attended last years conference [ACH Seminar] and even though we have attended the class many times over the years, we found it refreshing and exciting.
In fact there is no other conference offered anywhere that will inform you about the seven principles of American government. The course will teach you how the Founding Fathers set up our nation according to Biblical Principles.
Taking this course will be a life changing event. It is especially helpful to pastors and teachers as well as home school parents.
David Brown [Pastor]
My husband and I would like to thank you for teaching PAG and for accepting Corey (age 13)into the class. I must honestly say that Corey was a little hesitant at first – especially after realizing that he was the youngest student in the class. It isn’t often that Corey comes to me and shares how much he enjoys a class. But he did with this one! He also mentioned how much he has learned and that he was a “little sad” when the class came to an end.
Thank you for blessing and challenging Corey in so many ways. I was not able to participate as much as I would have liked because of the baby. But I have enjoyed learning PAG along with my child. The notebook has been overwhelming for Corey at times, but he was able to stay on task and rise to the occasion.
We especially appreciated the meaningful and thought-provoking conversations and tests. Most importantly, thank you for glorifying the Father in all that you do! Thank you for bringing us along with you as we explored the history of ideas that have helped shape our culture and for clinging to that solid biblical standard in which we evaluate those ideas. What a wonderful role-model you are for the students and also the parents! I can’t thank you enough!!!
We look forward to joining you in the upcoming history class!
Deborah Rogers (Corey’s Mom)
[Principles of American Government Course participant and parent of participant]
Meadows Place, Texas
There have been certain times in my life when I have learned a truth that has drastically changed me. These truths have been “milestones” because they influence my perspective and relationship with the Almighty God and man. The information in this course [PAG], taught by Ben Gilmore, is a milestone in my life. As a farmer and cattle rancher, the knowledge impacts my daily decisions; as I steward what the LORD has entrusted to me.
Kristian Knutson [Farmer / Rancher]
The Principles of American Government course has had a profound impact on my understanding of the principles on which the American system of government were founded. Mr. Gilmore brought these truths to light and nurtured each student in the class to think, reason and act upon the truths that formed our nation and are still working today! This class has also strengthened my faith in Christ and empowered me to speak with authority on the current issues of our day. I have already had the opportunity to apply some of these principles to my business. I would HIGHLY recommend this class and am considering taking it a second time! Thank you Mr. Gilmore!
Mark Wainwright [Business Owner]
Dear Mr. Gilmore,
Thank you so much for your instruction these last three months. [PAG] What I have learned in this course allows me to appreciate and love this country even more. I also have a deeper understanding of The Lord’s providence and provision for His people. Also, thank you for your kindness and care when I was deep in the “valley”. Your words were very comforting to my soul. I will never forget that.
May our Lord bless you even more, and keep you safe.
Susan Brown [Home-schooling Mother]
Boca Raton, Florida
I wanted to tell everyone who reads this, that this Principles of American Government course taught by Mr. Gilmore, has truly been LIFE-CHANGING to me, I would highly recommend this course to ANYONE who has the means to take it.
Harrison Dean [Student]
I believe the phrase “life-changing” is probably overused, but I must say that it applies to my son’s experience in the Principles of American Government course. The combination of the course content along with Mr. Gilmore’s experience, teaching ability and heart for his students makes this course unique and unmatched. I highly recommend the course for your teen and expect that your teen’s life will be changed as a result!
Maria Dean [Parent of Student]
As a high schooler, having taken The Principles of American Government class, taught by Mr. Gilmore, I can now understand how and why different situations occur in politics and everyday life. I am able to use what I learned about the seven fundamental principles that our founding fathers advocated for, when I engage in politics, conversations, and when I present speeches to the public.
On April 15, 2010, I had the honor to speak at the Downtown Fort Lauderdale Tax Day Tea Party. Although I had a three minute allotted speaking time, I was still able to choose one very essential principle of the seven that Mr. Gilmore teachings on. I focused in on what I believe is the root cause of America’s “big government”-our lack of self-government.
For generations Americans have been dumbed down and indoctrinated with lies. Unless we change it and become reeducated with the importance of this nation’s founding principles and educate others about them and reincorporate them in our daily thoughts and actions, America will no longer stand. As the people go, so goes the nation.
Yes, in America we have rights, but as citizens we also have duties. It is our duty to be stand up for these seven principles that are paramount for reclaiming America for what it once was.
I will leave you with this quote by the director of the Heritage Foundation’s B. Kenneth Simon Center for American Studies, Dr. Matt Spalding, who as Mr. Gilmore and everyone else who took this class now fights for, “If we intend to govern ourselves from this point forward, we have to go back to these principles. Otherwise, someone is going to govern us.”
I profoundly recommend every American citizen to take this extremely well taught course. It will leave a lasting impact on your life, as your every decision will be based on valuable principles and it will give you the urge to speak for the truth.
Do not think twice about enrolling for the PAG class. Do it for you. Do it for your country.
Thank you so much, Mr. Gilmore, for sharing what you know with us!
May God be with you and continue to bless America,
Brittney Deoliveira [Student]
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
When I first signed up for the American History & Government Seminar last June, I thought the twelve-hour days were excessive. But history came alive to me for the first time in my life and the days flew by. At the end, I thought the study could use a few more days and I didn’t want it to be over! The instructors captivated my interest and sparked a zeal for wanting to learn more about our founding fathers, our Constitution, and what made America a great nation. I have since taken a keen interest in our government, become aware of the movement to dissolve and make irrelevant our Constitution and dismiss our founding fathers as archaic. Until we learn our history and Constitution—something that is not, and has not, been taught in American schools for some time—we are doomed to lose what those who went before us fought for so valiantly. I highly recommend this study to everyone and will definitely take it again.
Debra Jackson [Constitutional Activist]