Pastor Roger Anghis
May 16, 2010
To think that today’s government would allow the Christian religion to strongly influence its decisions is not hard to do. The removal of 100 of the ungodly men and women that have influence in Washington is all it would take. It’s not like our government was never influenced by Christianity in the past. On September 11, 1777 it was requested of Congress to print or import Bibles: “That the use of the Bible is so universal, and its importance so great . . . your Committee recommend that Congress will order the Committee of Commerce to import 20,000 Bibles from Holland, Scotland, or elsewhere, into different ports of the States of the Union.” Congress agreed and ordered the Bibles.
On March 28,1778 the General Assembly of Vermont asked the Rev. Peter Powers to address them in an ‘election sermon’ (a discourse on the application of Biblical principles to civil government). His message “Jesus Christ, the True King and Head of Government” based on Matt. 28:18. His message was so stirring that the General Assembly of Vermont ordered it printed and distributed among the people of Vermont.
The church and pastors in particular, were of the utmost importance during the Revolutionary war. Today’s so-called historians want us to think that the church had no influence at all on the people or the government, but that could not be farther from the truth. The pastors were effective from both sides of the pulpit. From the backside they would build the people up and provide Biblical guidance with topical sermons, election sermons and even artillery sermons, a discourse on the application of Biblical principles to the military. For those who believe that Christian are not supposed to fight have never read the Bible. Ecclesiastes tells us that there is a time of peace and a time of war. Jesus said to the ones He sent out to preach, if you don’t have a sword, sell your tunic and buy one. We aren’t supposed to let people walk all over us. John Adams stated that there were two ministers in particular that extremely ardent and influential in awaken a revival of American principles and feelings, Rev. Dr. Mayhew and the Rev. Dr. Cooper.
the front side of the pulpit you usually found the pastor directing the
troops as military leaders and officers. Rev. John Peter Muhlenberg of
Virginia preached a message on January 21, 1776 concerning the crisis
that was facing America. He reminded them of how America was founded in
the pursuit of religious and civil liberties and how they were now in
danger of losing those hard fought for liberties. He concluded with these
“In the language of the Holy Writ there is a time for all things, a time to preach and a time to pray, but those times have passed away. There is a time to fight- and that time has come!”
His sermon finished, he offered the benediction and then proceeded to disrobe in front of the congregation, revealing a military uniform of a military officer beneath his robes. He called for recruits and 300 men joined him that became the 8th Virginia Regiment.
There were so many clergy in the war that the British called them the ‘Black Regiment’, because of the usual black robes they wore as preachers.
Washington addressed his troops as the winter at Valley Forge was leaving:
“While we are zealously performing the duties of good citizens and soldiers, we certainly ought not to be inattentive to the higher duties of religion. To the distinguished character of Patriot, it should be our highest glory to add the more distinguished character of Christian.”
We have let our heritage be pushed back into a closet. We can bring it back to the forefront. We MUST bring it back to the forefront. We can remove the ungodly politicians that we have put into office and replace them with Godly, righteous, spirit filled men and women of God that are not afraid to legislate according to the commandments of God. I’m not calling for a theocracy, just a government based on Biblical principles, the same that our Founding Fathers envisioned and established.
2 Chronicles 7:14 “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”
We have seen in this study a completely different America than what the new revisionist historians have tried to make us believe. We have seen that the Bible was the most important book for their personal lives, business lives, civil law, foundation for our government, and even for military government. It was very important to our Founding Fathers to make sure that our military personnel reflected the Christian lifestyle in their actions. Samuel Adams made this comment in 1780: “May every citizen in the army and in the country have a proper sense of Deity upon his mind and an impression of the declaration recorded in the Bible, ‘Him that honoreth me I will honor, but he that despiseth me shall be lightly esteemed.’ -1 Samuel 2.30”
In October of 1781 the Americans won the Battle of Yorktown in which the British laid down their arms. This was the decisive battle of the Revolutionary War. The British press reported the event as follows: “It was on the 19th of October that Lord Cornwallis surrendered himself and his whole army. . . . Two days after the capitulation took place, Divine service was performed in all the different brigades and divisions of the American army in order to return thanks to the Almighty for this great event; and it was recommended by General Washington to all the troops that were not upon duty, in his general orders, that they would assist at Divine service” with serious deportment and with that sensibility of heart which the recollection of the surprising and particular interposition of Providence in their favor claimed.” General Washington wanted all to pay tribute to Almighty God for the great favor for which He had bestowed upon America. They had just defeated the mightiest army in the world and they had done it with a ragtag army of volunteers.
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Congress even got involved on October 24, 1781 set aside a time to honor God. “Resolved, That Congress will at two o’clock this day go in procession to the Dutch Lutheran Church and return thanks to Almighty God for crowning the allied armies of the United States and France with success by the surrender of the whole British Army under the command of Earl Cornwallis.” Oh, for a Congress with the courage of these men.
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Pastor Roger Anghis is the Founder of RestoreFreeSpeech.org, an organization designed to draw attention to the need of returning free speech rights to churches that was restricted in 1954.
President of The Damascus Project, TheDamascusProject.org, which has a stated purpose of teaching pastors and lay people the need of the churches involvement in the political arena and to teach the historical role of Christianity in the politics of the United States. Married-37 years, 3 children, three grandchildren.
Web site: RestoreFeeSpeech.org