|OUR REAL AMERICAL HISTORY...
The Revolutionary War
Class Number 2
By Ken Williams
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In the 130 years since the first missionaries had come to Jamestown and Plymouth to reach the Indians for Jesus Christ, many more people had come, and many had been born. The population had mushroomed. Major cities had grown up along the east coast. Churches of many denominations were represented. The Church of England, today known as the Episcopal Church in the United Sates, was the first to send missionaries. The church established by the Pilgrims is today the Congregational Church, still strong in New England. The Roman Catholics settled Maryland. The Quakers made their home in Pennsylvania. Presbyterians from Scotland moved into New Jersey. The Baptists, a rather loosely knit group, which originally settled Rhode Island, had spread throughout the colonies, becoming the largest single group. The second largest denomination was the Methodists, as Wesleyan doctrine had crossed the Atlantic.
While all of these groups had different beginnings, all had one thing in common - they fiercely defended the Scriptures, and demanded their adherents live by biblical precepts. The pulpits of the colonies were aflame with revival preaching.
It is in these pulpits that the Revolution began. The preachers proclaimed that God was King, and that the King of England was to be obeyed only so long as he did not require his subjects to violate God's holy commands. They said God's law, or natural law, superseded anything the King of England might order of them. Then from one church to another, in cities and rural communities, the resident pastors and itinerant preachers began to list the twenty-seven mandates of the King that were in violation of God's law, and God's will. They preached that all mankind was created equal before God; that they all have inalienable human rights; and that government was instituted to protect the rights that came from God.
Judge Robert Borke, during his Senate confiration hearings for appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court, was ridiculed because he admitted he believed our Consitution was based on "natural law" or "God's Law." Supreme Court Jusice Clarence Thomas, during his confirmation hearings, was badgered by Senator Joseph Biden (who later became Vice President) over this issue. He had been advised that if he admitted to believing in "natural law," or "inalienable human rights," he would not be confirmed. So he side-stepped the issue. Can it be that anyone who believes in the foundation upon which our country and our Constitution was built can no longer serve in an appointed position in our federal government?
Four times the Declaration of Independence refers to God. If you read he writings of our Founding Fathers, you will discover the twenty-seven violations of "natural law" or "God's Law," which resulted in the Declaration of Independence and the Revolutionary War. By the way, can you name any of the 27 reasons? Today's history books list only one - "Taxation without Representation." It was number 17 on the list, and the only one that did not have a Scripture reference attached to it.
The American Revolution was the result of holy people, wanting to live a holy life, in a holy land. Despite the many theological differences, they were united under God.
Britain's thirteen colonies had become an economic force in the world. Living standards along the North American coast had already surpassed much of Europe. The Colonies were exporting to Europe much more than they were importing, and some of the imports were forced on them by the King.
When war did break out, the colonists were no match for the well trained and well equipped British soldiers arriving from England. The colonists were seriously lacking in arms and ammunition. As America's men and boys went to war, America's churches went to prayer. But still the British prevailed.
The day after being named commander of the Revolutionary Forces, General George Washingtn issued his first order. It read, "The general most earnestly requires and expects the observance of those articles of war established by the government of this army, which forbid profane swearing, profane cursing, swearing and drunkenness. And in like manner he requires and expects of all of the officers and soldiers not engaged in actual duty, a punctual attendance upon divine service, to implore the blessing of Heaven upon the means used for our safety and defense.
Washington considered profanity to be a traitorous act, saying, "We cannot expect the blessing of Heaven upon our arms, if we offend the God of Heaven by our conduct."
Now, his troops had been pushed back into the rugged hills northwest of Philadelphia at Valley Forge. Washington was distraught. Men were dying for lack of food and shalter in an unusually severe winter. Washington was ready to give up the fight.
As was his custom, Washington walked away from the camp, back into the woods to pray in the mid-afternoon. There he bared his soul to the Lord. A story that used to appear in our history books, tells of a man (a Quaker, and therefore a pacifist, and a Torre - a loyalist to the King) was walking through the woods and came upon Washington praying. He heard his impassioned plea; and saw the tears running down his cheeks. When he got home that evening, he told his wife, "Our cause is lost. I came upon a man praying in the woods this afternoon, and if you would have seen his face and heard his prayer, you would know that God is on his side." The man and his family, it was said according to historical record, changed to the Whig Party and became supporters of the Revolution.
History tells us that Washington would pray fervently, aloud, and with tears running down his face for his beleagured troops, and the godly cause for which they fought. As spring approached, Washington was to the point of surrender. As he was praying in the woods, he said he had a vision. Whether it was the Son of God or an angel, he did not know. But the messenger told him the battle would be won. Shortly thereafter, encouraged by the heavenly messenger, Washington crossed the Delaware River, and engaged the British at the Battle of Monmouth, June 28, 1778. It was a cold rainy day. While the numbers of soldiers were nearly even, the colonists were much inferior in guns, ammunition, training and supplies. The battle raged all day long. In the afternoon, it was apparent the British were getting the upper hand, and the colonists were about to be driven back. Washington began furiously riding up and down the line on his white horse, in full sight of the British and their gunfire, shouting encouragement to his troops. He was never hit. Just as the colonists were about to be completely over run, the British turned around and fled back toward New York City. The British retreat was caused by the sight of thousands upon thousands of colonist troops on horseback riding toward them at breakneck speed. But the fact is there were no troops on horseback coming to the aid of Washington's forces.
What role did the local church play in the founding of our nation? Did church pastors and ministers engage in the battlefield and the political arenas of their day? Or were they, as modern soceity now informs us, relegated to serving only religious matters within the four walls of the church?
Prior to and during the American Revolutionary War, pastors and churches played an important role in shaping the direction of the colonists. Pastors actually had as much, or likely even more influence over the people, than any other single group in the years approaching the Revolutionary War. Not only did they talk about the issues from their pulpits, but they were on the battlefield leading their congregations into the struggle.
We have all heard the story of Paul Revere riding from Boston to tell all the surrounding communities that the British were coming. I always thought he rode wildly through the countryside shouting, "The British are coming! The British are coming!" As he did, the settlers along the way grabbed their guns and headed to the battle. That is not at all what happened.
There were two men waiting for the light to appear in the steeple of the Old North Church in Boston to signal that the British were coming. One was Paul Revere. The other was an African-American patriot named Wentworth Cheswell, a strong Christian, a politician and a businessman. When the signal came, Cheswell rode north to warn that the British were coming. Revere rode west to Lexington to warn of the approaching British army. Revere was not riding from home to home yelling the warning. He was riding to the home of one man - the Rev. Jonas Clark. Clark was the pastor in Lexington and the most respected man in town. He was a member of the Massachusetts legislature and helped write the resolutions for the colony to separate from Britain, and was a delegate from Lexington to help write the Massachusetts State Constitution followng the Revolutionary War. When Revere arrived, he discovered that John Hancock and Samuel Adams were staying at Clark's home that night.
When Revere passed along the warning, Hancock and Adams looked at Rev. Clark and said, "Pastor, are your people ready?" Clark's response was, "I have trained them for this very moment!" The church bell was rung, and 150 townsmen showed up at the church to fight the British. Clark gave them final instructons. He said, "God blesses a defensive war. He does not bless an offensive war. So do not fire the first shot." [Perhaps you have heard something about not firing until you see the whites of their eyes. A total fabrication of the revisionists!] By the time it was over, eight of Clark's church members were dead and ten were wounded. As the British troops returned to the safety of Boston, they lost many more men. For now, instead of fighting 150 members of Clark's church in Lexington, there were many hundreds of men from several churches to the north that had lined the roadway back to Boston and were sniping from both sides of the road. Those groups along the road were individual pastors leading their congregations against the British.
John Adams wrote that the Rev. Dr. Jonathan Mayhew, and the Rev. Dr. Samuel Cooper were two of the individuals who were the "most conspicuous, the most ardent, and influential in the awakening and revival of American principles and feelings" that led to our independence. Others included the Rev. George Whitfield, the Rev. James Caldwell, the Rev. John Peter Gabriel Muhlenburg, the Rev. Fredrick Augustus Muhlenburg and many others. These names used to be an integral part of any writings on the founding of the United States. But they have been expunged by the revisionists who are dedicated to removing any mention of religion from our history.
Whitfield was the leader of one of the great early revivals in America. But Whitfield also was a leader in the push toward independence from Britain. He said Britain was trying to force a national church on them, and taking their God-given liberties away, both civil and religious. Whitfield is credited with leading thousands to faith in Jesus Christ. But his sermons, by today's standard, were also very, very political. He never considered that there could be a separation between the church and politics. His understanding of the Scriptures was that it was the church's responsibility to demand righteousness on the part of government and its leaders. Whitfield even sailed to England to confront the British Parliment over the Stamp Act in 1765. He was very much in the forefront of American preparations for the Revolution. However, he never lived to see it, dying in 1770.
Rev. John Muhlenburg pastored two churches in the tiny Virginia town of Woodstock, on the west side of the Blue Ridge Mountains. One was an English speaking Episcopal Church (Church of England). The other was a German speaking Lutheran Church. He was also a member of the Virginia Legislature. On January 21, 1776, Rev. Muhlenburg stood in his pulpit. He first read from Ecclesiastes chapter 3 in the Old Testament. Then he said, "In the language of Holy Writ, there is a time for all things: a time to pray, a time to preach, but a new time has come - a time to fight." As he said those final words, he pulled back his robe to reveal a soldier's uniform. He went on, "And that time is now. If we fail to stand against the oppressor; if we don't rise up to protect ourselves and our precious liberties, we will lose them to the tyrants. For none else will take up this cause for us. We must make the sacrifice. We must bear up arms in the fight. So I call you now, to stand with me in this cause most urgent and noble." Outside the church drummers beat the call to arms, and some 300 men from both churches came to join him. He went on to become one of the highest ranking military officers in the Revolution.
The Rev. James Caldwell, a Presbyterian minister from New Jersey was another great early American leader. The Americans had very little to work with. They were short of guns and ammunition. They were short of food and clothing. Most of the soldiers fought for three years without being paid. During a battle outside Rev. Caldwell's church, the Americans ran out of wadding for their guns. The wadding was used to shove into the firing chamber to separate the powder from the lead. Without the wadding, the guns were useless. Rev. Caldwell ran inside the church and came out with the hymnbooks. Many of the hymns in the book had been written by Isaac Watts. Caldwell joked that they could deliver a double message to the British: the message that they wanted to be free of the British, and the Christian message of Isaac Watts. The British tried to assassinate him. They shot through the window of his house, missing him, but killing his wife. Caldwell fought the British during the week, leading his church members. On Sunday he preached in his church with two pistols lying on top of his pulpit Bible.
Many today, including many Christians, have fallen into the belief that Christians should not be involved in civil government. We are told that there should be some sort of compartmentalization - that our faith should be kept in one arena and real life in another, and that the two should never meet. The Bible does not teach that such a separation is even possible, and fortunately our Founding Fathers and early church leaders did not believe that.
Have you ever heard of "The Black Regiment?" Some history books today are trying to tell us that this referred to African-American troops; and there were quite a few. Not only were there totally black regiments, but there were black fighters among the white troops - Washington had several in his troops in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. But the fact is that "The Black Regiment" was a name the British gave to the American ministers on the front lines, because they frequently fought dressed in their black robes. [Now you see why the revisionists can't tell the truth. The Black Regiment had to do with religion.] The British understood that it was the pastors who were recruiting the armies and out on the front lines leading them on. The British accused the preachers of stirring up sedition. When the British captured a preacher as a prisoner of war, they were treated much more harshly than other captured American fighters.
Eventually the war came to an end with the surrender of the British forces. The war, which on paper was impossible for the colonists to win, was won. They had no doubt that it was God who had won their independence for them. The English troops, and the King's appointed governors in each colony, were on their way back to their homeland. The colonies were FREE! There is much more that could be written; but perhaps this will whet your appetite to look into this subject more closely.
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The very first Congress began with the studying of four chapter of the Bible, the reading of a Psalm and what was described as "an extensive and extended time of prayer."
John Adams described the prayer session is a letter to his wife Abigail in a letter. He wrote: I never saw a greater effect upon an audience. It seemed as if Heaven had ordained that Psalm to be read on the morning. I must beg you to read that Psalm... Read this letter and the 35th Psalm to your friends. Read it to your father." Abigal's father was the Rev. Williams Smith, the pastor of their local church.
Silas Dean wrote of that Bible Study and Prayer Time: This time of prayer an Bible reading was so powrful that even the Quakers shed tears."
"Of all the institutions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports."
President George Washington
"It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians; not on reigion, but on the Gospel of Jesus Christ."
"Providence (a reference to God) has given to our people the choice of their rulers, and it is the duty as well as the privilege and interest of our Chistian nation to select and prefer Chritians for their rulers."
John Jay, first Chief Justice of the U. S. Supreme Court
Essays on our Real American History
By Ken Williams
If you were to read an Ameican history book written before 1930, and compare it to an American history book written in the past 25 years, you would hardly recognize the two as being the history of the same country. Revisionists have systematically changd the history of our country as a springboard to changing our society. They have deleted many of the events of our history, changed the emphasis of others, robbed many of the important figures in our history of their voices, and actually deleted the very purpose and impetus that propelled the United States into greatness. We want to bring back the truth about our past.
Essay #1: The Real Story of Columbus
Essay #2: The Real Story of the Jamestown Settlement
Essay #3: The Story of thePilgrims as it Used to Appear in Our History
Essay #4: The French and Indian Wars
"A Story Lost to Modern Day History Books"
Essay #5: The American Revolution
Essay #6: The Birth of the Constitution of the United States of America
Essay #7: The Bill of Rights
Essay #8: The Role of the Church in the Founding of America
Essay #9: George Washington
Essay #10: The Greatest Depression and the Greatest Revival
Essay #11: Abraham Lincoln
Essay #12: James Garfield
Essay #13: Who Has Hijacked the Government of the United States of
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