The Pulpit of the American Revolution: Or, The Political Sermons of the Period of 1776: With a Historical Introduction, Notes, and Illustrations

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Gould and Lincoln, 1860 - United States - 537 pages
 

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Written for those who wish to understand the impact upon the country before the Revolution of those brave men who spoke from the pulpit. Massachusetts is the site for these sermons where many men spoke the words that became a part of our Constitution. Church and State were integrally part of the eventual decision to draw the line based on a principle, that England could regulate exterior trade, but not interior. The Tax Law did not cost the colonists much, but that they were subjected to frivolous laws brought the pastors, preachers, deacons, and patriots to draw the line in the sand. Wonder where the term "on a shining hill" came from? Read where the simple Election Sermons made the language of freedom ring. 

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Page 168 - He that ruleth over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God ; and he shall be as the light of the morning, when the sun riseth, even a morning without clouds ; as the tender grass springing out of the earth by clear shining after rain.
Page 378 - For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and raiment let us be therewith content. But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is the root of all evil : which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
Page 117 - As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country.
Page 284 - Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake : whether it be to the king, as supreme ; or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well.
Page 316 - ... the same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of His indignation : and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb : and the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever : and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.
Page 467 - The archers have sorely grieved him, and shot at him, and hated him : but his bow abode in strength, and the arms of his hands were made strong by the hands of the mighty God of Jacob...
Page 338 - Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism, who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens. The mere politician, equally with the pious man. ought to respect and to cherish them. A volume could not trace all their connections with private and public felicity.
Page 338 - And let us with caution indulge the supposition, that morality can be maintained •without religion. Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure ; reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principles.
Page 138 - No people can be bound to acknowledge and adore the invisible hand which conducts the affairs of men more than the people of the United States. Every step by which they have advanced to the character of an independent nation seems to have been distinguished by some token of providential agency...
Page 453 - OATS [a grain which in England is generally given to horses, but in Scotland supports the people], — Croker.

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