The Apostle Paul wrote in Galatians 5:1, "Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage." The brave men who put to ink their signature upon the Declaration of Independence knew they were about to change the world. They knew they would either be successful in establishing this new nation or die in the process and they bound themselves in covenant that they would live free or die. Today, even this past week, the U.S. Supreme Court and many elected officials and ministers of the Gospel deny these men had anything to do with Christ. But history and the facts prove otherwise. Here are a few direct quotes from some of these men:
"We have this day restored the Sovereign, to Whom alone men ought to be obedient. He reigns in heaven and from the rising to the setting sun, may His Kingdom come"--Samuel Adams, July 4, 1776. "The moral principles and precepts contained in the scripture ought to form the basis of all our civil constitutions and laws. All the miseries and evil men suffer from vice, crime, ambition, injustice, oppression, slavery, and war, proceed from their despising or neglecting the precepts contained in the Bible"--Noah Webster. "We have no government armed in power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Our Constitution was made only for a religious and moral people. It is wholly inadequate for the government of any other"--John Adams.
"I have lived, Sir, a long time, and the longer I live the more convincing proofs I see of this truth-that God governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without His aid? We have been assured, Sir, in the Sacred Writings, that "except the Lord build the house they labor in vain that build it." I firmly believe this. I also believe that without His concurring aid we shall succeed in this political building no better than the builders of Babel"--Benjamin Franklin.What? Benjamin Franklin referring to scripture? I'm sure this is rarely, if ever, taught in the public school system.
In Ezekiel 3:19, the Lord says, "Yet if you warn the wicked, and he turn not from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but you have delivered your soul." Hear this: Those who would deny God, deny the deity of Jesus Christ, and seek to diminish the role of the Godhead in establishing and blessing this nation as set in the words and deeds of the Founding fathers, whether so done in the pulpit, or in the classroom, or in the courtroom, or on the street, or in the secret place of the heart, should fear God and repent. The Lord has seen fit to provide us-even this generation of Americans-freedom to worship and to share the gospel of Christ. Freedom is so precious in sharing the good news, and life is essential to share it. Know Christ, know liberty, know life.