POLITICAL SERMONS FROM PASTORS IN THE FOUNDING ERA
Pastor Roger Anghis
April 27, 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
In the last issue we saw how Reverend West declared that it was government’s responsibility to promote public worship. This was not an uncommon mindset in the time leading up to the Founding Era. When you consider that most of everything that was listed in the Declaration of Independence as far as grievances and liberties a few months after this sermon was given had been preached from the pulpits of America from the time of the first settlement so is it any wonder that he called for the government to not just support public worship but endorse it. They knew that it would take a concentration of mans dedication to serving God to make the nation continue to prosper and to keep the favor of God in their presence. The only way to show the younger generation that this service to God was imperative was to have it visible in the public square. Here he confirms this belief: “But for the civil authority to pretend to establish particular modes of faith and forms of worship, and to punish all that deviate from the standard which our superiors have set up, is attended with the most pernicious consequences to society.
It cramps all free and rational inquiry, fills the world with hypocrites and superstitious bigots —nay, with infidels and skeptics; it exposes men of religion and conscience to the rage and malice of fiery, blind zealots, and dissolves every tender tie of human nature; in short, it introduces confusion and every evil work. And I cannot but look upon it as a peculiar blessing of Heaven that we live in a land where everyone can freely deliver his sentiments upon religious subjects, and have the privilege of worshipping God according to the dictates of his own conscience, without any molestation or disturbance, —a privilege which I hope we shall ever keep up and strenuously maintain.” (Emphasis mine)
We have seen this privilege taken away from us by the minute minority who do not believe in God and the ignorant few that believe that any worship is to be within the four walls of a church.
In this next comment we see that even though America is a place where a person can worship as he believes is required by his god it is also pointed out that any worship that creates violence, such as we see with islam today, that ‘worship’ is not to be tolerated: “No principles ought ever to be discountenanced by civil authority but such as tend to the subversion of the state. So long as a man is a good member of society, he is accountable to God alone for his religious sentiments; but when men are found disturbers of the public peace, stirring up sedition, or practicing against the state, no pretence of religion or conscience ought to screen them from being brought to condign punishment. But then, as the end and design of punishment is either to make restitution to the injured or to restrain men from committing the like crimes for the future, so, when these important ends are answered, the punishment ought to cease; for whatever is inflicted upon a man under the notion of punishment after these important ends are answered, is not a just and lawful punishment, but is properly cruelty and base revenge.” (Emphasis mine)
West then describes the importance of good character in men who are put in authority and what will happen if these men are the type and character that we have seen take over Washington in the last 40 years: “From this account of civil government we learn that the business of magistrates is weighty and important. It requires both wisdom and integrity. When either are wanting, government will be poorly administered; more especially if our governors are men of loose morals and abandoned principles; for if a man is not faithful to God and his own soul, how can we expect that he will be faithful to the public? There was a great deal of propriety in the advice that Jethro gave to Moses to provide able men, —men of truth, that feared God, and that hated covetousness, — and to appoint them for rulers over the people.
For it certainly implies a very gross absurdity to suppose that those who are ordained of God for the public good should have no regard to the laws of God, or that the ministers of God should be despisers of the divine commands. David, the man after God's own heart, makes piety a necessary qualification in a rule " He that ruleth over men (says he) must be just, ruling the fear of God." It is necessary it should be so, for the welfare and happiness of the state ; for, to say nothing of the venality and corruption, of the tyranny and oppression, that will take place under unjust rulers, barely their vicious and irregular lives will have a most pernicious effect upon the lives and manners of their subjects : their authority becomes despicable in the opinion of discerning men. And, besides, with what face can they make or execute laws against vices which they practice with greediness?
A people that have a right of choosing their magistrates are criminally guilty in the sight of Heaven when they are governed by caprice and humor, or are influenced by bribery to choose magistrates that are irreligious men, who are devoid of sentiment, and of bad morals and base lives. Men cannot be sufficiently sensible what a curse they may bring upon themselves and their posterity by foolishly and wickedly choosing men of abandoned characters and profligate lives for their magistrates and rulers.” (Emphasis mine)
West just described the state of America’s political system! With the most ungodly man that has ever set in the White House shoving homosexual marriage and abortion down our throats and it was corruption and greed that gave him his second term.
The voter fraud that has been exposed since the last general election does nothing but prove that the political system we have now is so corrupt it may take years to clean up. But the only way it will be cleaned up is by electing moral godly men and women. In the last general election Congress had a 9% approval rating yet we returned 90% of Congress. The character quality of the people that we put into office will have to be exponentially better than what we chosen in the last 20 years. The apathy of the people is the biggest problem we have in Washington. The refusal by most pastors to preach what pastors like West preached not just to the people but to the legislators themselves is another big part of the problem.
It is the duty of all men to question in depth the character of the men and women we place in authority. The results of not doing so are exhibited in the ‘rule of law’ that we have today.
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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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