Was “The Original Intent”

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 Whose Divine Hand Was behind the Establishment of the United States of America and our Founding Documents.

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“It is difficult for man to look into the destiny of future ages; the designs of Providence are vast and complicated, and our own powers are too narrow to admit of much satisfaction to our curiosity. But when we see many great and powerful causes constantly at work, we cannot doubt of their producing proportionate effects. The colonies have not only taken root and acquired strength, but seem hastening with an accelerated progress to such a powerful state as may introduce a new and important change in human affairs.”

— Jonathan Shipley (1714-1788) Bishop of St. Asaph, England, 1773"There are two ways to enslave a nation. One is by the sword. The other is by debt."

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“It is difficult for man to look into the destiny of future ages; the designs of Providence are vast and complicated, and our own powers are too narrow to admit of much satisfaction to our curiosity. But when we see many great and powerful causes constantly at work, we cannot doubt of their producing proportionate effects. The colonies have not only taken root and acquired strength, but seem hastening with an accelerated progress to such a powerful state as may introduce a new and important change in human affairs.”

— Jonathan Shipley (1714-1788) Bishop of St. Asaph, England, 1773


“The reason why men enter into society is the preservation of their property. ….[Therefore,] whenever the legislators endeavor to take away and destroy the property of the people, or to reduce them to slavery under arbitrary power, they put themselves into a state of war with the people, who are thereupon absolved from any farther obedience, and are left to the common refuge which God hath provided for all men against force and violence. Whensoever, therefore, the legislative shall transgress this fundamental rule of society, and either by ambition, fear, folly, or corruption, endeavor to grasp themselves, or put into the hands of any other, an absolute power over the lives, liberties, and estates of the people, by this breach of trust they [the government officals] forfeit the power the people had put into their hands…  and it devolves to the people, who have a right to resume their original liberty, and ….provide for their own safety and security.”

— John Locke (1632-1704) British Philosopher & Author with works on the biblical basis of government.


“The more a man is versed in business the more he finds the hand of Providence everywhere."

— William Pitt - 1st Earl of Chatham (1708–1778) British Statesman during the French and Indian War


“Remember, George, that God is our only sure trust;  to Him, I commend you …My son neglect not the duty of secret prayer.”

— Mary Ball Washington (1708-1789) Mother of George Washington, parting words to George Washington leaving for the French Indian war.


“Father Abraham, whom have you in heaven? Any Episcopalians? No! Any Presbyterians? No! Any Independents or Methodists? No, No No! Whom have you there? We don’t know those names here. All who are here are Christians...Oh, is this the case? The God help us to forget your party names and to become Christians in deed and truth.”

— George Whitefield (1714-1770) Preacher in The First Great Spiritual Awakening traveled by horseback from New Hampshire to Georgia


“[I] believe that Almighty God himself will look down upon your righteous contest with gracious approbation. You will be a ‘band of brothers,’ cemented by the dearest ties, and strengthened with inconceivable supplies of force and constancy, by that sympathetic ardor, which animates good men, confederated in a single cause. Your honor and sides, you are assigned by divine providence, in the appointed order of things, the protectors of unborn ages, whose fate depends on your virtue. Whether they shall arise the generous and indisputable heirs of the noblest patrimonies, or the dastardly and hereditary drudges of imperious task-master, you must determine.”

— John Dickinson (1732–1808)  Patriot, Founding Father and lawyer


“Stand your ground! Don't fire unless fired upon! But if they want to have a war, let it begin here!”

— Captain John Parker or the Lexington Militia, Lexington Massachusetts, April 19, 1775


“Does the gospel cease to be a law of liberty, because some of its professors pervert it into an engine of tyranny, oppression, and injustice? The assertion, that all religion countenances despotism, and Christianity more than any other, is diametrically opposite to fact. Survey the globe, and you will find that liberty has taken its seat only in Christendom, and that the highest degree of freedom is pleaded for and enjoyed by such as make profession of the gospel.”

— Rev. John Joachim Zubly (1724-1781) Pastor, farmer and statesman


“So speak and so act as those who are to be judged under the law of liberty.”

— James 2:12 RSV


"Blessings have in many instances been given, after fervent prayers have ascended to God, when none but God could have contributed to their existence ; when they were utterly unattainable by any human efforts, and after all hope of obtaining them, except by prayer, had vanished. I am bound, as an inhabitant of New England, solemnly to declare, that, were there no other instances to be found in any other country, the blessings communicated to this, would furnish ample satisfaction concerning this subject, to every sober, much more to every pious man. Among these, the destruction of the French armament under the Duke D' Anville, in the year 1746, ought to be remembered with gratitude and admiration by every inhabitant of this country. This fleet consisted of 40 ships of war; was destined for the destruction of New England; was of sufficient force to render that destruction, in the ordinary progress of things, certain; sailed from Chebuc to, in Nova Scotia, for this purpose; and was entirely destroyed, on the night following a general fast throughout New England, by a terrible tempest. Impious men, who regard not the work of the Lord, nor the operation of his hands, and who, for that reason, are finally destroyed, may refuse to give God the glory of this most merciful interposition. But our ancestors had, and it is to be hoped their descendants ever will have, both piety and good sense sufficient to ascribe to Jehovah the greatness, and the power, and the victory, and the majesty; and to bless the Lard God of Israel forever and ever. And have we the same encouragement to present our supplications before the Lord that our fathers had? Most assuredly, His power and grace are still the same."

— Mr Dwight, (Regarding being saved from the French Invasion of America in 1746)


"It deserves very particular attention, that the doctrine of the gospel is called a law of liberty. Liberty and law are perfectly consistent; liberty does not consist in living without all restraint; for were all men to live without restraint, as they please, there would be no liberty at all; the strongest would be master, the weakest go to the wall; right, justice, and property must give way to power, and, instead of its being a blessing, a more unhappy situation could not easily be devised unto mankind, than that every man should have it in his power to do what is right in his own eyes; well regulated liberty of individuals is the natural offspring of laws, which prudentially regulate the rights of whole communities; and as laws which take away the natural rights of men are unjust and oppressive, so all liberty which is not regulated by law is a delusive phantom, and unworthy of the glorious name."

— Rev. John Joachim Zubly (1724-1781) Pastor, farmer and statesman


“Remove not the ancient landmark which your fathers have set.”

— Proverbs 22:28 RSV


Passaconaway's Oration


"Hearken to the words of your father I am an old oak, that has withstood the storms of more than a hundred winters. Leaves and branches have been stripped from me by the winds and frosts. My eyes are dim; my limbs totter; I must soon fall. When young, no one could bury the hatchet in a sapling before me. My arrows could pierce the deer at a hundred rods. No wigwam had so many furs, no pole had so many scalp-locks as Passaconaway's. Then I delighted in war. The whoop of the Penacooks was heard on the Mohawk, and no voice so loud as Passaconaway's. The scalps upon the pole in my wigwam told the story of Mohawk suffering. The English came; they seized the lands; they followed upon my footpath. I made war on them; but they fought with fire and thunder. My young men were swept down before me when no one was near them. I tried sorcery against them, but they still increased, and prevailed over me and mine; I gave place to them, and retired to my beautiful island, Naticook. I, that can take the rattlesnake in my palm as I would a worm without harm, — I, that have had communication with the Great Spirit, dreaming and awake, — I am powerless before the pale-faces. These meadows they shall turn with the plow; these forests shall fall by the axe; the palefaces shall live upon your hunting-grounds, and make their villages upon your fishing-places. The Great Spirit says this, and it must be so. We are few and powerless before them. We must bend before the storm; peace with the white man is the command of the Great Spirit, and the wish — the last wish — of Passaconaway."

— Passaconaway (~1550,1570-1697) - Chief of the Pennacook tribe, is said to have lived to one hundred and twenty years of age.


“The aim and final end of all music should be none other than the glory of God and the refreshment of the soul. If heed is not paid to this, it is not true music but a diabolical bawling and twanging.”

— Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750) German Composer and Musician


“The reason many of us find history boarding is that we fail to see the sovereign hand of God at work as history unfolds. The way you look at history depends in a large part upon your world view.”

—  John Eidsmoe,  Retired (Book Columbus & Cortez, Conquerors for Christ, pg 13)


“We must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt.”

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