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Saturday February 13th 2016

‘Called Unto Liberty’

Samuel Cooke: The True Principles of Civil Government

Samuel Cooke: The True Principles of Civil Government

Called Unto Liberty, Samuel Cooke, 1770 Introduction: The Reverend Samuel Cooke was a graduate of Harvard College in the class of 1735, then in the sixty-second year of his age, was "a man of science, of a social disposition, distinguished by his good sense and prudence, and a faithful servant of the Lord Jesus." He died June 4, 1783, aged 74. [...]

The politics of St. Paul

The politics of St. Paul

MARK W. HENDRICKSON, CENTER FOR VISION & VALUES In Romans 13:1-7 the apostle Paul writes: “ is the minister of God to thee for good” (v. 3); “Wherefore ye must needs be subject...” (v. 5); “...pay ye tribute ” (v. 6). St. Paul seems to be saying that God ordains human governments and that Christians should honor and obey the [...]

True liberty of man is, to know, obey and enjoy his Creator

True liberty of man is, to know, obey and enjoy his Creator

Called Unto Liberty, Founding Era Sermons, Isaac Backus: 1773 It is supposed by multitudes, that in submitting to government we give up some part of our liberty, because they imagine that there is something in their nature incompatible with each other. But the word of truth plainly shews, that man first lost his freedom by breaking over the rules [...]

This Nation Did Not Come Into Being By Chance

This Nation Did Not Come Into Being By Chance

Called Unto Liberty, 20th Century Sermons, Delbert L. Stapley This nation did not come into being by chance. God declared that the gentiles who came here were to be brought out of captivity by his hand. The prophecies previously quoted concerning the establishment of this nation have been fulfilled to the letter. The people coming here in the [...]

The Fountain and Purpose of All Legitimate Civil Government

The Fountain and Purpose of All Legitimate Civil Government

CALLED UNTO LIBERTY, FOUNDING ERA SERMONS, ELISHA WILLIAMS 1744 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 [...]

The Heinous Sin of Profane Cursing – George Whitefield

The Heinous Sin of Profane Cursing – George Whitefield

Reverend George Whitefield CALLED UNTO LIBERTY, FOUNDING ERA SERMONS Matthew 5:34, "But I say unto you, Swear not at all." Among the many heinous sins for which this nation is grown infamous, perhaps there is no one more crying, but withal more common, than the abominable custom of profane swearing and cursing. Our streets abound with persons [...]

Three Tests for Proposed Federal Programs: Ezra Taft Benson

Three Tests for Proposed Federal Programs: Ezra Taft Benson

CALLED UNTO LIBERTY, 20TH CENTURY SERMONS April 1952 With you, I love this great land in which we live. I pray for the chief executive and his cabinet and the legislative and judicial branches, the officials of our states and our cities. But I wonder sometimes ... what our founding fathers, our pioneer fathers, would do and say if they were [...]

God and Jesus, Politics and Government

God and Jesus, Politics and Government

MARK W. HENDRICKSON, CENTER FOR VISION & VALUES Is God a Democrat? A Republican? Was Jesus a conservative, liberal, socialist, or libertarian? Those are jarring questions. Yet, because faith informs one’s values and values inform one’s political leanings, it is understandable why religion and politics often intersect and overlap. And [...]

Family: The Most Important Organization in Time or Eternity

Family: The Most Important Organization in Time or Eternity

Joseph Fielding Smith CALLED UNTO LIBERTY 20TH CENTURY SERMONS, JOSEPH FIELDING SMITH To all the families in Israel we say: The family is the most important organization in time or in eternity. Our purpose in life is to create for ourselves eternal family units. There is nothing that will ever come into your family life that is as important as [...]

Dominion of Providence Over the Passions of Men – John Witherspoon

Dominion of Providence Over the Passions of Men – John Witherspoon

CALLED UNTO LIBERTY, FOUNDING ERA SERMONS John Witherspoon (1723–1794). Born in Scotland and educated at Edinburgh, Witherspoon came to America in 1768 to be president of the College of New Jersey (Princeton), a position he held until 1792, when blindness forced his retirement. He had led the Popular Party among Scottish Presbyterians before [...]

License Cleverly Posing as Liberty – Neal A. Maxwell

License Cleverly Posing as Liberty – Neal A. Maxwell

CALLED UNTO LIBERTY, 20TH CENTURY SERMONS Today, lust openly parades as love, license cleverly poses as liberty, and raucous sounds mockingly masquerade as music. Evil even calls itself good and often gets away with it! While I would not shrink the circumference of freedom, the size of that circle is not the sole measure of social [...]

Civil Government is of God, Tyranny of Man – Benjamin Colman

Civil Government is of God, Tyranny of Man – Benjamin Colman

CALLED UNTO LIBERTY, FOUNDING ERA SERMONS GOD hath set: As well in the nature of things, as in his word. Government is not a creature of man’s lust and will, but of divine constitution, and from a necessity in the nature of things. The very being and weal of society depends thereon. Government was not in the original of it assumed or usurped [...]

Witherspoon: There are Bounds to the Evil of Men and Nations

Witherspoon: There are Bounds to the Evil of Men and Nations

Called Unto Liberty, Founding Era Sermons, John Witherspoon May 1776 Surely the Wrath of Man shall praise thee; the remainder of Wrath shalt thou restrain. Psalm LXXVI. 10. There is not a greater evidence either of the reality or the power of religion, than a firm belief of God’s universal presence, and a constant attention to the [...]

Standard of Purity: David O. McKay

Standard of Purity: David O. McKay

David O. McKay CALLED UNTO LIBERTY, 20TH CENTURY SERMONS One principle that seems to me to strike right at the base of the happiness of the marriage relation, and that is the standard of purity taught and practiced among true members of the Church. In The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints there is but one standard of morality. No young [...]

Necessity & Benefits of Religious Society: George Whitefield

Necessity & Benefits of Religious Society: George Whitefield

CALLED UNTO LIBERTY, FOUNDING ERA SERMONS Eccles. 4:9–12 — “Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe be to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up. Again, if two lie together, then they have heat; but how can one be [...]

Get All We Can From The Government?

Get All We Can From The Government?

Called Unto Liberty, 20th Century Sermons, J. Reuben Clark, Jr. The thought that we should get all we can from the government because everybody else is getting it, is unworthy of us as American citizens. It will debauch us. Judged by my standards it is wicked, and followed out it will destroy us. The government of the United States has not and [...]

When the Wicked Rule the People Mourn

When the Wicked Rule the People Mourn

Called Unto Liberty, 19th Century Sermons, Brigham Young We say that we live in a Republican Government, and we hold that we have the best national constitution in the world; but a wicked people will corrupt themselves and do wickedly under any government, and, in so doing, will sooner or later be destroyed. The most excellent human or divine [...]

Republic of the Israelites An Example To The American States

Republic of the Israelites An Example To The American States

BY SAMUEL LANGDON Called Unto Liberty, Founding Era Sermons, 1788 A native of Boston, Langdon was graduated from Harvard in the class of 1740 with Samuel Adams. The two young men shared the same political views during the revolutionary and early national periods—which is to say, Langdon was a Whig and a patriot in the sacred cause of [...]

Century Sermon on the Glorious Revolution: Elhanan Winchester

Century Sermon on the Glorious Revolution: Elhanan Winchester

Called Unto Liberty, Founding Era Sermons, 1788 A native of Brookline, Massachusetts, Winchester was at first a Baptist and later a Universalist clergyman at churches in Massachusetts and South Carolina, in Philadelphia and London. A remarkable personality possessed of a photographic memory, he became learned in biblical languages and [...]

A Discourse on the Love of Our Country: Richard Price

A Discourse on the Love of Our Country: Richard Price

Called Unto Liberty, Founding Era Sermons, 1790 Portrait of Richard Price (1723–1791), Welsh philosopher and preacher.Copyright: public domain. Born at Tynton in Glamorganshire, Wales, Price gained fame as a supporter of the American and French revolutions. A friend of Benjamin Franklin, he was a liberal Presbyterian minister and a moral [...]

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