POLITICAL SERMONS FROM PASTORS IN THE FOUNDING ERA
Pastor Roger Anghis
June 22, 2014
Preached before the Honorable Council, And the honorable House of Representatives of the Colony of the Massachusetts-Bay, in New-England. MAY 29th, 1776.
Being the Anniversary for the Election of THE honorable COUNCIL FOR the Colony. By Pastor Samuel West of Dartmouth.
And I will restore thy judges as at the first, and thy counselors as at the beginning : afterward thou shalt be called the city of righteousness, the faithful city, Isaiah 4:26:
Their children also shall be as aforetime, and their congregations shall be established before me, and I will punish all that oppress them : and their nobles shall be of themselves, and their governor shall proceed from the midst of them, Jeremiah 30:20- 21.
As free and not using your liberty for a cloak of maliciousness, but as the servants of GOD, 1 Peter 2: 16.
The beast that thou sawest, shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast. Revelation 17:8
We have all heard of those that claim conscientious objector status for their refusal to be in the armed forces and go to war based on biblical grounds. There is nothing in the bible that gives a person that right. Many use the Commandment 'Thou shalt not kill' as their reason but that has nothing to do with going to war, it was for those that were too afraid. This can be seen in the story of Gideon. That deals only with taking a life for no good reason, i.e. murder. Jesus Himself told His disciples to buy a sword if they didn't have one when He sent them out.
It wasn't for making a fashion statement, it was for self defense. West addresses this misconception here: "There are some who pretend that it is against their consciences to take up arms in defense of their country; but can any rational being suppose that the Deity can require us to contradict the law of nature which he has written in our hearts, a part of which I am sure is the principle of self-defense, which strongly prompts us all to oppose any power that would take away our lives, or the lives of our friends? Now, for men to take pains to destroy the tender feelings of human nature, and to eradicate the principles of self-preservation, and then to persuade themselves that in so doing they submit to and obey the will of God, is a plain proof how easily men may be led to pervert the very first and plainest principles of reason and common sense, and argues a gross corruption of the human mind. We find such persons are very inconsistent with themselves; for no men are more zealous to defend their property, and to secure their estates from the encroachments of others, while they refuse to defend their persons, their wives, their children, and their country, against the assaults of the enemy. We see to what unaccountable lengths men will run when once they leave the plain road of common sense, and violate the law which God has written in the heart.
Thus some have thought they did God service when they unmercifully butchered and destroyed the lives of the servants of God ; while others, upon the contrary extreme, believe that they please God while they sit still and quietly behold their friends and brethren killed by their unmerciful enemies, without endeavoring to defend or rescue them. The one is a sin of omission, and the other is a sin of commission, and it may perhaps be difficult to say, under certain circumstances, which is the most criminal in the sight of Heaven. Of this I am sure, that they are, both of them, great violations of the law of God." (Emphasis mine)
There are so many churches today that will not preach the importance of maintaining the liberties that God has given us and we have allowed way to many liberties to be taken away from us. In my newsletter, The American Intelligence Briefing I cover almost weekly the liberties that the government has taken away from us or turns a blind eye to when others deny us liberties such as there is a section of Dearborn, MI where a female American citizen cannot walk through without wearing a hijab because it has been declared a 'sharia zone'. Church bells cannot be rung in Dearborn because church bells are offensive to muslims. Keep in mind that Dearborn is in America and that part of Dearborn does not allow the Constitution to be exercised and city officials do nothing to keep the Constitution alive there.
The tyranny that we face today is not only from our federal, State and local governments it also comes from those that we have allowed to immigrate to America. Many are here illegally are trying to force their culture on us because they refuse to assimilate and there are those that have legally immigrated here that have no history of ever assimilating into any nation that they have immigrated to and that is the muslims. We the people should be able to put our foot down and demand that if they will not assimilate and demand that they be allowed to do things that violate the laws and the Constitution of this nation that they go back to their own countries. They need us, we don't need them! West addresses the need to defend our way of life and the preachers of today need to do the same thing. "Having thus endeavored to show the lawfulness and necessity of defending ourselves against the tyranny of Great Britain, I would observe that Providence seems plainly to point to us the expediency, and even necessity, of our considering ourselves as an independent state. For, not to consider the absurdity implied in making war against a power to which we profess to own subjection, to pass by the impracticability of our ever coming under subjection to Great Britain upon fair and equitable terms, we may observe that the British Parliament has virtually declared us an independent state by authorizing their ships of war to seize all American property, wherever they can find it, without making any distinction between the friends of administration and those that have appeared in opposition to the acts of Parliament.
This is making us a distinct nation from themselves. They can have no right any longer to style us rebels; for rebellion implies a particular faction risen up in opposition to lawful authority, and, as such, the factious party ought to be punished, while those that remain loyal are to be protected. But when war is declared against a whole community without distinction, and the property of each party is declared to be seizable, this, if anything can be, is treating us as an independent state. Now, if they are pleased to consider us as in a state of independency, who can object against our considering ourselves so too ?" (Emphasis mine) It was less than forty days after West gave this sermon that the Colonies declared their independence from Britain and the Revolutionary War was in full swing and everything that the pastors had been preaching was put into practice and the liberties that God had given man were either going to be maintained or lost in that shot heard around the world.
In my book Defining America's Exceptionalism, I discuss that the people of America felt that it was so important that all could read the Word of God and understand the Word of God that very early in America's history, 1642, laws were passed that required parents to educate their children on the principles of God's Word so that they would be able to know when those in authority tried to violate God's principles; "The first laws providing public education for all children were passed in 1642 in Massachusetts and in 1647 in Connecticut and it was called the “Old Deluder Satan Law”. These colonists believed that the proper protection from civil abuses could only be achieved by eliminating Bible illiteracy.
“It being one chief project of that old deluder, Satan, to keep men from the knowledge of Scriptures, as in former time. . . . It is therefore ordered . . [that] after the Lord hath increased [the settlement] to the number of fifty householders, [they] shall then forthwith appoint one within their town, to teach all such children as shall resort to him, to write and read. . . . And it is further ordered, that where any town shall increase to the number of one hundred families or householders, they shall set up a grammar school . . . to instruct youths, so far as they may be fitted for the university.” (emphasis added)
Note that they put a premium on the ability to understand the Word of God." (Emphasis mine)
Too many pastors today are not truly acquainted with the Word of God and therein lies the problem. You cannot teach what you do not know. When you have uneducated teachers it is no better than the blind leading the blind. Everyone ends up in the ditch when this is accepted as what is right and proper.
Pulpit of the American Revolution, John W. Thorton, The Federalist Papers
Project, (Gould and Lincoln, Boston), p.314
2. Pulpit of the American Revolution, John W. Thorton, The Federalist Papers Project, (Gould and Lincoln, Boston), p.315
3. Defining America's Exceptionalism, Roger Anghis, (Westbow Press), p. 46.
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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.
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