SOUTH CAROLINA was the 2nd State to ratify the Articles of Confederation, February 5, 1778.
At that time, South Carolina’s Constitution, adopted 1778, stated:
“We, the people of the State of South Carolina … grateful to God for our liberties …
No person shall be eligible to sit in the House of Representatives unless he be of the Protestant religion … (changed in 1870 to current “the existence of the Supreme Being”)
All persons and religious societies who acknowledge that there is one God, and a future state of rewards and punishments, and that God is publicly to be worshiped, shall be freely tolerated.
The Christian Protestant religion shall be deemed … the established religion of this State.
That all denominations of Christian Protestants in this State … shall enjoy equal religious and civil privileges …
That every society of Christians … shall have agreed to … the following five articles … (See Locke’s Constitution, Article 97-100):
1. That there is one eternal God, and a future state of rewards and punishments.
2. That God is publicly to be worshiped.
3. That the Christian religion is the true religion
4. That the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are of Divine inspiration, and are the rule of faith and practice.
5. That it is lawful and the duty of every man being thereunto called by those that govern, to bear witness to the truth …
No person shall officiate as minister … until the minister … shall have … subscribed to the following declaration ..:
That he is determined by God’s grace out of the Holy Scriptures, to instruct the people committed to his charge, and to teach nothing as required of necessity to eternal salvation but that which he shall be persuaded may be concluded and proved from the Scripture;
That he will use both public and private admonitions, as well to the sick as to the whole within his cure, as need shall require and occasion shall be given, and that he will be diligent in prayers, and in reading of the same;
That he will be diligent to frame and fashion his own self and his family according to the doctrine of Christ, and to make both himself and them, as much as in him lieth, wholesome examples and patterns to the flock of Christ.”