Happy Independence Day Christian Works of the Founders for the 4th of July- part 4Submitted by MaxK on Mon, 07/02/2012 - 10:10
Christian works of the founding fathers – part 4, 4th of July – Independence Day list.
Happy Fourth of July – American Independence Day!
The following is a special collection for the Fourth of July of works of the founding fathers who signed the Declaration of Independence, more properly called Independence Day.
These documents are not only Christian, but a vital part of understanding the War for Independence. You might want to read the earlier lists, all written by founding fathers, before the following if you haven’t already. Namely, a book of Christian sermons, books of Christian hymns, a translation of the Christian Holy Bible, a Christian gospel tract, a call to teach the Bible in schools, instruction to go to church, a congregation’s creed, a tract on self examination before taking the Lord’s supper, and a print on being Baptized in Jesus Christ’s death (Romans 6) was listed.
Roger Sherman’s gospel tract – The Greatest Concern in the World – What must I do to be saved? Is particularly important – it is the first concern.
10) John Hancock
John Hancock - Day of Fasting and Prayer Proclamation
April 15 1775
John Hancock is one of the best known figures of the American Revolution. His name and Charles Thompson (previously listed for translating the Christian Holy Bible), were the only names that originally appeared on the Declaration of Independence’s broadside published on July 4th, 1776 (The signers didn’t sign it until August 2nd), and are here as well.
One of the firebrands of the Revolution, he was frequently threatened by the British. He and Samuel Adams (mention in 12), were the only ones specifically excluded by name from pardon by General Gage. The British tried to arrest John Hancock and Samuel Adams on April 18th/19th, 1775, the day at the start of the American war for Independence. They were staying at Reverend Jonas Clark’s house that day – see below.
This proclamation calling for fasting and prayer was given on April 15th, 1775, just before that. The first paragraph of it is sometimes cut off, which clearly states the injustice of the British, and the last line, where the proclamation is ordered to be given to all the religious assemblies in the colony. It’s rather pivotal to understanding that day. Gage’s order – linked below, should be considered too.
11) Jonas Clark
Jonas Clark – The Fate of Bloodthirsty Oppressors and GODs Tender Care of His Distressed People
Sermon and Account given of April 19, 1775 – given April 19, 1776.
Jonas Clark was a pastor of the church at Lexington where John Hancock’s father was previously the pastor. Although not a signer of the Declaration of Independence like John Hancock and Samual Adams, he is unavoidable in talking about those two or the start of the American War for Independence, as he was right there.
John Hancock and Samuel Adams, the firebrands of the American Revolution, were staying at his house the day the war broke out. The British were being sent to arrest them.
The first battle of the American Revolution occurred at Lexington in front of Jonas Clark’s (previously John Hancock’s (grand)father's) church. The men killed were from Jonas Clark’s congregation. Also, it should be noted that Lexington was founded as a religious colony, and all the land used to be owned by the church and given out by covenant, so in fact, the whole battle of Lexington was a church’s battle. (Jonas Clark’s notes, as leader of the town in the town minutes, I’ve also heard are good reading). (Note meeting house is their word for church building).
Here is a sermon on that day, and a firsthand account of the first battle of the American Revolution from Jonas Clark.
12) Samuel Adams
American Independence speech (10 pages)
Samuel Adams is also one of the best known figures of the American Revolution, and part of the above accounts.
Here is Samuel Adams famous speech on American Independence given on the steps of Freedom Hall before the Declaration of Independence was to be signed. It gives his view of what they were doing from a Christian standpoint.
So here you have the two firebrands of the American Revolution,John Hancock and Samuel Adams, with documents starting from the very beginning of the war to the signing of the Declaration of Independence, given proclamations, and speeches, and being chased by the British together. These documents go very well together for celebrating the 4th of July , also properly called American Independence Day!
To these you might also want to read General Gage’s Proclamation of June 12, 1775 and Paul Revere’s account from 1798.
General Gage’s proclamation offered pardons to everyone except specifically by name John Hancock and Samuel Adams. Gage also mentions the problem of men calling for American Independence from the pulpit, which might be seen in these documents as well (depending on whose side you were on).
Paul Revere has church sexton Robert Newman hang lanterns in the North Church steeple for signaling. He then borrows a horse from Deacon Larkin, and commences his famous ride to Reverend Jonas Clark’s house, from which John Hancock and Samuel Adams take their leave before the British come, and Jonas Clark’s congregation commences to fight the British in the first battle of the American Revolution in Lexington.
It’s harder to get Christianity so integral to the beginning of the American Revolution. They’re leaving from a church to go to a church where the two men the British are trying to arrest is staying at the pastor’s house, and his congregation is then engaged in the first battle of the American Revolution. Samuel Adams then sums it up in his view in a speech a little over a year later for the signing of the Declaration of Independence.