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Friday February 12th 2016

‘Founding Era Sermons’

Overcoming Evil With Good—By Stanley Griswold

Overcoming Evil With Good—By Stanley Griswold

CALLED UNTO LIBERTY, FOUNDING ERA SERMONS, STANLEY GRISWOLD, 1801 A Yale graduate in 1786 and Congregational clergyman at New Milford, Connecticut, Griswold led a checkered life and died of a fever at Shawneetown, Illinois Territory. He was expelled from the pulpit in 1797, allegedly because of his disbelief in human depravity and for preaching [...]

Jonathan Swift—Essay upon the Art of Political Lying

Jonathan Swift—Essay upon the Art of Political Lying

Commentary In 1710, Jonathan Swift writes an essay for The Examiner. Besides, as the vilest writer has his readers, so the greatest liar has his believers; and it often happens, that if a lie be believed only for an hour, it has done its work, and there is no farther occasion for it. Falsehood flies, and Truth comes limping after it; [...]

Joseph Sewall: Nineveh’s Repentance and Deliverance

Joseph Sewall: Nineveh’s Repentance and Deliverance

CALLED UNTO LIBERTY, FOUNDING ERA SERMONS A SERMON Preach'd before His EXCELLENCY THE GOVERNOUR The HONOURABLE COUNCIL AND Representatives of the Province of the Massachusetts-Bay in New-England, on a Day of FASTING and PRAYER in the Council Chamber, Dec. 3. 1740. By Joseph Sewall, D.D. Pastor of a Church of CHRIST in Boston. Jer. [...]

Abraham Williams: An Election Sermon

Abraham Williams: An Election Sermon

CALLED UNTO LIBERTY, FOUNDING ERA SERMONS, ABRAHAM WILLIAMS Boston 1762 Independent and audacious enough while a student at Harvard to be known in some ministerial groups as “the Grand Heretick Williams,” Abraham chose to pursue a course of caution and reasonableness after his selection for a Congregationalist pulpit in Sandwich, [...]

Jonathan Dickinson on God and Atheism

Jonathan Dickinson on God and Atheism

Jonathan Dickinson (1688–1747). CALLED UNTO LIBERTY, FOUNDING ERA SERMONS BOSTON, 1741 Born in Hatfield, Massachusetts on April 22, 1688, Jonathan Dickinson studied theology at the Collegiate School of Connecticut (which later was later renamed Yale College), graduating in 1706. In 1709 Dickinson was ordained minister of the first [...]

Moses Mather On Free Agency

Moses Mather On Free Agency

CALLED UNTO LIBERTY, FOUNDING ERA SERMONS, MOSES MATHER 1775 Free agency, or a rational existence, with its powers and faculties, and freedom of enjoying and exercising them, is the gift of God to man. The right of the donor, and the authenticity of the donation, are both incontestable; hence man hath an absolute property in, and right of [...]

Jacob Cushing: The Workings of Divine Providence

Jacob Cushing: The Workings of Divine Providence

CALLED UNTO LIBERTY, FOUNDING ERA SERMONS APRIL 1778 ... That there is a God, “is the prime foundation of all religion.” We should therefore employ our utmost diligence to establish our minds in the stedfast belief of it. For when once we have firmly settled in our minds the belief of God’s being, it will mightily influence all our powers [...]

Thomas Jefferson Testimonial for Reverend Charles Clay

Thomas Jefferson Testimonial for Reverend Charles Clay

CALLED UNTO LIBERTY, FOUNDING ERA, THOMAS JEFFERSON 15 August 1779 The reverend Charles Clay has been many years rector of this parish, and has been particularly known to me. During the whole course of that time his deportment has been exemplary as became a divine, and his attention to parochial duties unexceptionable. In the earliest [...]

Calamities, Trials, Justice Meant for Good – John Witherspoon

Calamities, Trials, Justice Meant for Good – John Witherspoon

CALLED UNTO LIBERTY, FOUNDING ERA SERMONS: JOHN WITHERSPOON 1776 The wrath of man praiseth God, as it is the instrument in his hand for bringing sinners to repentance, and for the correction and improvement of his own children. Whatever be the nature of the affliction with which he visits either persons, families, or nations; whatever be [...]

Isaac Backus: Five Reasons Religious Taxes Are Wrong

Isaac Backus: Five Reasons Religious Taxes Are Wrong

CALLED UNTO LIBERTY, ISAAC BACKUS 1773 In civil states the power of the whole collective body is vested in a few hands, that they may with better advantage defend themselves against injuries from abroad, and correct abuses at home, for which end a few have a right to judge for the whole society; but in religion each one has an equal right to [...]

The American Vine: A Sermon—Jacob Duché

The American Vine: A Sermon—Jacob Duché

CALLED UNTO LIBERTY, FOUNDING ERA SERMONS July 20, 1775 Preached in Christ-Church, Philadelphia, before the Honourable Continental Congress, July 20, 1775. Being the Day Recommended by Them for a General Fast throughout the United English Colonies of America. THE AMERICAN VINE: A SERMON Psalm 80, Verse 14 Return, We Beseech Thee, [...]

John Tucker: An Election Sermon

John Tucker: An Election Sermon

CALLED UNTO LIBERTY, FOUNDING ERA SERMONS: JOHN TUCKER Boston 1771 Editor's Note English colonists in America began living under local government based upon the consent of the majority before John Locke was born, and by the time he wrote his Second Treatise they had evolved most of the institutions and practices that Locke’s theory [...]

Moses Mather: America’s Appeal to the Impartial World

Moses Mather: America’s Appeal to the Impartial World

Called Unto Liberty, Moses Mather: 1775, Founding Era Sermons Moses Mather (1719–1806). Born in Lyme, Connecticut, into a famous New England family of divines, Mather was a graduate of Yale in the class of 1739. He began preaching in 1742 in what is now the town of Darien, where he remained, preaching for sixty-four years. He was ordained in [...]

Anonymous, a Dialogue Between the Devil, and George III, Tyrant of Britain

Anonymous, a Dialogue Between the Devil, and George III, Tyrant of Britain

CALLED UNTO LIBERTY, FOUNDING ERA SATIRE Anonymous: 1782 Not a sermon and by an author anonymous and unknown, this satirical dialogue first appeared in 1782 in Boston, was reprinted in the Frederick-Town, Maryland, Chronicle on June 27, 1787, and appeared yet a third time in Augusta, Maine, in 1797. Much in the spirit in which we have [...]

The Bible and the Sword – John Fletcher

The Bible and the Sword – John Fletcher

Called Unto Liberty, John Fletcher: 1776, Founding Era Sermons John Fletcher (1729–1785). Born John de la Flechere in Nyon, Switzerland, Fletcher studied at the University of Geneva, where he excelled in classical literature, and became a commissioned officer in the Portuguese army. He emigrated to England in 1752 and became an intimate of [...]

John Leland: Religious Liberty Promotes Greatest Revival of True Religion

John Leland: Religious Liberty Promotes Greatest Revival of True Religion

CALLED UNTO LIBERTY, FOUNDING ERA SERMONS: JOHN LELAND 1791 Divines generally inform us that there is such a time to come (called the Latter-Day Glory) when the knowledge of the Lord shall cover the earth as the waters do the sea, and that this day will appear upon the destruction of antichrist. If so, I am well convinced that Jesus will [...]

Men That Are Pillars: Benjamin Colman

Men That Are Pillars: Benjamin Colman

Called Unto Liberty, Benjamin Coleman, Founding Era Sermons Integrity, uprightness, faithfulness added to knowledge and wisdom, makes men strong and beautiful pillars, whether in church or state. Every man is ready to pretend to a competency of wisdom, and as ready to proclaim his own Goodness; but a faithful Man who can find? Prov. xx. 6. He [...]

The Surest Foundation of a People’s Prosperity

The Surest Foundation of a People’s Prosperity

CALLED UNTO LIBERTY, FOUNDING ERA SERMONS, JOSEPH SEWALL Learn that true religion lays the surest foundation of a people’s prosperity. Righteousness exalteth a Nation, Prov. 14. 34. When we turn to God by Jesus Christ, and do works meet for repentance; we take the best way to obtain salvation from the help of his countenance, who is the [...]

Spirit of Power, Love, & of a Sound Mind – Benjamin Colman

Spirit of Power, Love, & of a Sound Mind – Benjamin Colman

CALLED UNTO LIBERTY, FOUNDING ERA SERMONS, BENJAMIN COLMAN A spirit of peace and love, meekness and humility, candor and gentleness; whereby persons are ready to unite their counsels, and act in concert with one another; paying a just deference one to another and preferring one another in honor; glad to receive light from any one, and well [...]

Elisha Williams: The Right of Judging in Matters of Faith

Elisha Williams: The Right of Judging in Matters of Faith

CALLED UNTO LIBERTY, FOUNDING ERA SERMONS, ELISHA WILLIAMS That the sacred scriptures are the alone rule of faith and practice to a Christian, all Protestants are agreed in; and must therefore inviolably maintain, that every Christian has a right of judging for himself what he is to believe and practice in religion according to that rule: Which [...]

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