Reviving the Spirit of Liberty

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Our Sacred Honor
From the Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776
True Penitence of Heart
Continental Congress, March 1776
Return of Praise
John Jay, 1826
Except the Bible
John Jay, February 28, 1797
Enemy of God
John Witherspoon, May 17, 1776
Religion and Civil Liberty
John Witherspoon
Supreme Ruler of the World
Samuel Adams, 1794
Restored the Sovereign
Samuel Adams, 1776
Let Us Humbly Commit Our Righteous Cause
John Hancock, President of the Continental Congress
Obedience to Thy Law
Thomas Jefferson, March 4, 1805
Our Sacred Honor
And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.

From the Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776
True Penitence of Heart
It becomes the indispensable duty of these hitherto free and happy colonies, with true penitence of heart, and the most reverent devotion, publickly to acknowledge the over ruling providence of God . . .

Continental Congress, March 1776
Return of Praise
. . . earnest hope that the peace, happiness, and prosperity enjoyed by our beloved country may induce those who direct her national counsels to recommend a general and public return of praise to Him from whose goodness these blessings descend.

John Jay, 1826
Except the Bible
. . . except the Bible there is not a true history in the world.

John Jay, February 28, 1797
Enemy of God
Whoever is an avowed enemy of God, I scruple not to call him an enemy of his country.

John Witherspoon, May 17, 1776
Religion and Civil Liberty
God grant that in America true religion and civil liberty may be inseparable . . .

John Witherspoon
Supreme Ruler of the World
I conceive we cannot better express ourselves than by humbly supplicating the Supreme Ruler of the world . . .

Samuel Adams, 1794
Restored the Sovereign
We have this day restored the Sovereign to Whom all men ought to be obedient.

Samuel Adams, 1776
Let Us Humbly Commit Our Righteous Cause
Let us humbly commit our righteous cause to the great Lord of the Universe . . . Let us joyfully leave our concerns in the hands of Him who raises up and puts down the empires and kingdoms of the earth as He pleases. [Upon signing the Declaration of Independence]

John Hancock, President of the Continental Congress
Obedience to Thy Law
. . . and that through obedience to Thy law, we may show forth Thy praise among the nations of the earth. [National Prayer for Peace]

Thomas Jefferson, March 4, 1805
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Promoting Hatred or Love? By Jerry Newcombe, D.Min., Executive Director of the Providence Forum. 4/14/2021. ### While America has unquestionably had deep racial problems and an agonizing history of oppressing Black people through slavery, Jim Crow, and other outrages, it seems that there are some among us who do not ever want to see the problems solved—or to admit progress in any form. There are those who make enormous profits, both monetarily and socially, by perpetuating the friction caused by America’s racist past, in contrast to Martin Luther King Jr.’s hope of a color-blind society.

Now comes word of a new “devotional” by a professor at a once-Baptist college. This “devotional,” a book geared toward helping its readers walk with God, is sold at a major retailer. Source: “Not the Bee,” 4/7/21.

It includes a “Prayer of a Weary Black Woman,” supplicating, “Dear God, please help me to hate White people. Or at least to want to hate them….I want to stop caring about their misguided, racist souls, to stop believing that they can be better, that they can stop being racist.” She also prays that she won’t just hate the Trump-supporters and Fox News-viewers.

[Photo: “Devotional” with a prayer for God for the reader to learn hatred of some people.]

This is wokeness on steroids---promoting hatred instead of love---in the name of God, no less, as long as it’s hatred promoting the right kind of racism. Is there a right kind of racism? Of course not.

Jesus said that we should love those who hate us and pray for those who persecute us. To whom is this “theologian” praying? It is certainly not the God of the Bible.

The sad thing about this example of horrible theology is that it exacerbates America’s racist problems, but worse, it pollutes the solution. The very solution to racism can be found in the Bible---but this book perverts it, as the KKK has perverted it.

I remember once interviewing a former killer for the Ku Klux Klan, Tommy Tarrants, Jr. The FBI agent trailing him called him a “mad dog killer.” When he was captured, he was sentenced to 30 years.

While in prison, he came across a Bible. He told me that formerly, he used to skim through the Bible---but just in a cherry-picking way, to find things that supposedly supported his racist views. But later when he actually read the Scriptures, he was convicted of his sin, including his sin of racism. Through the power of Jesus Christ, Tommy was thoroughly transformed. Tarrants even went on to pastor a biracial church and to co-write a book with a black evangelical minister, John Perkins. The book was entitled, He’s My Brother.

Evangelist Alveda King, MLK’s niece, once told me that we have stop thinking in racist terms: “You go to Acts 17:26, ‘Of one blood God created all people to live together on the earth.’ Now, if we are separate races, we cannot possibly be brothers and sisters. So, we have to see ourselves as one race, one human race, created by God, and we’re supposed to live together in this world as brothers and sisters. So, that’s a fundamental truth that America has not yet embraced. I believe in America in the twenty-first century, we still see ourselves as separate races. But we are one human race, and we are one blood.”

Indeed, we are all creatures of God, created in His image. And those who know the Lord through Jesus Christ are all children of God.

Many of America’s founders recognized how important private, voluntary religion was---how it shaped character. For example, Virginia’s first governor, Patrick Henry, observed: “The general diffusion of Christian knowledge hath a natural tendency to correct the morals of men, restrain their vices, and preserve the peace of society.”

Though primarily a Deist, Ben Franklin once noted (in a letter to the president of Yale): “the most acceptable service we render to Him is in doing good to His other Children.”

Dr. Peter Lillback, the founder and president emeritus of the Providence Forum, wrote this when asked about blacks and American history: “Ideally the story of African-Americans should emphasize both sides of their hyphenated identity as they have played a key role both as blacks and as citizens. Thus more should be said, but it ought not to be presented in a one-sided prejudicial manner as tends to be the approach of many such as white supremacists, critical race theorists and polarizing groups such as Black Muslims and Black Lives Matter activists.  My ideal in this context is the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s magisterial work, Letter From Birmingham Jail.  He captured this balance in a way that has sadly been lost by many today. I quote a couple passages from his letter below.”

Here is a sample quote from MLK’s classic letter from that Alabama prison: “Will we be extremists for hate or for love? Will we be extremists for the preservation of injustice or for the extension of justice? In that dramatic scene on Calvary's hill three men were crucified. We must never forget that all three were crucified for the same crime--the crime of extremism. Two were extremists for immorality, and thus fell below their environment. The other, Jesus Christ, was an extremist for love, truth and goodness, and thereby rose above his environment. Perhaps the South, the nation and the world are in dire need of creative extremists.” To which, Dr. Lillback added: “May God give us more extremists for love in both the black and white communities!”

We tend to forget that this slice of time is between Christ’s first coming and His second coming.

What will things be like under Christ’s reign? In the book of Revelation, the Apostle John got a taste of life in heaven: “After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands.”

In heaven, there is no distinction between the races, so why should be there such distinctions here on earth among those created in the image of God? And why should anyone pray to God to put in their hearts a hatred for people with different skin color? May God grant us the grace to replace hate with love.

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The Significance of the Empty Tomb By Jerry Newcombe, D.Min., Executive Director of the Providence Forum ### Job in the Bible once asked, “If a man dies, will he live again?” The Biblical answer is, Yes, through faith in Christ.

One of the greatest miracles of Jesus was when He raised Lazarus from the dead---after the latter had been buried for four days. At that time, Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life.” These words were of great importance to George Washington, the father of our country.

For example, in 1755, during the French and Indian War, the young George Washington was the only American or British officer to survive a particular massacre near modern Pittsburgh.

Having no chaplain on hand, Washington honored the memory of slain General Edward Braddock in an impromptu service, using the Anglican Book of Common Prayer (1662 version). Washington was a regular reader of the Book of Common Prayer, as well as the Bible.

The service Washington read that night by torchlight includes Jesus’s quote, “I am the resurrection and the life.”

But can historians prove that Jesus of Nazareth literally, bodily rose from the dead 2000 years ago? The Scottish Enlightenment skeptic David Hume opined that Jesus could not have risen from the dead because dead men don’t rise from the dead. Well, generally, they don’t. That’s why the Easter story is so significant.

The bodily resurrection of Jesus from the dead was so momentous it ended up changing the world. The very year you were born is indirectly tied to that event. Time is measured by the birth of Jesus because His coming was so significant.

The resurrection is so significant because if it is true, it means all the other claims of Christ are true---that He was the Son of God, that He died for sinners, that He will one day judge us all. Every beat of the human heart is dependent on Jesus. Even the most hard core skeptic draws every breath he draws courtesy of Christ. We all have a vested interest to know what happened on that first Easter morning.

Dr. Paul L. Maier is a best-selling author and a retired professor of ancient history from Western Michigan University. He’s a first rate, Harvard-trained historian. I’ve had the privilege to interview him for TV and radio several times through the years.

He once told me in an interview for Christian television: “The tomb of Joseph of Arimathea, into which Jesus was buried on Friday, was in fact empty on the morning of the resurrection. Now I’ll be the first to say that an empty tomb does not prove a resurrection, but reverse it: You can’t have a resurrection without the tomb being empty as its first symptom. And the empty tomb can be proven.”

Maier notes that it can be proven by sources hostile to Christianity.

He states, “Where on earth did Christianity first begin? The answer would be Jerusalem. The first proclamation that Jesus was the Messiah who rose from the dead took place in Jerusalem.

But there it would have been least likely that the resurrection would have been announced, if the moldering body of Jesus of Nazareth were still available.”

“Imagine the scenario,” opines Maier: “[The Chief Priest] Caiaphas---confronted by the apostles claiming the resurrection---would say, ‘Oh you poor, benighted fisherman, follow me; let’s go over to the tomb.’ Then he would have had the stone removed and say, ‘Behold, the moldering body of Jesus. What is this claim about a resurrection?’ If that had been the case, if that tomb had the body of Jesus, there wouldn’t have been a Christian church on earth at all. It would have died out as some peculiar Jewish sect.”

The temple authorities claimed the disciples stole the body during the night. This claim, notes Maier, is positive evidence for the empty tomb from a hostile source. Why would they see the need to explain away the empty tomb? Only because it was actually empty—thus establishing this historically-inarguable fact.

Another convincing proof that Jesus rose from the dead is the sudden transformation of the apostles, the original skeptics of the resurrection. They were dejected and ready to move on to other things (or even back to fishing or their previous occupations). They hid for their lives out of fear after the arrest and crucifixion of Jesus. 

And then something happened that changed them---they claimed they had seen Him risen from the dead---in a multitude of appearances, over many weeks, in a variety of settings, day and night. And seeing the risen Jesus transformed them into bold, unstoppable witnesses. They became fearless, even in the face of martyrdom, which many of them experienced.

Through the ages, Christians from all walks of life have found great comfort in the resurrection of Christ. Take, for example, George Washington, the father of our country.

Behind George Washington and Martha’s sarcophagi in Mount Vernon, chiseled in stone, are these words from Jesus in John 11:25, “I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live.” You can see these words for yourself in what is reported to be the most visited home in America.

During these days of great upheaval and uncertainty, what a privilege it is to trust in Jesus Christ, the only one who ever conquered the grave.

He is risen. He is risen indeed.

[Photo by Jerry Newcombe is Mount Vernon, where George and Martha Washington is buried, with the words of Jesus chiseled in stone behind them.]

 

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"Why Do So Many Americans Hate America?" by Jerry Newcombe, D.Min., executive director of the Providence Forum. ### So many Americans hate America. Why? There’s so much to love. Besides, people sometimes die in the process of trying to get here, so they might have a chance to enjoy the freedom we take for granted every single day.

The hatred against America is often fostered by our schools and our media. It’s cool to bash America. And this America-bashing is taking a toll on society. We have a beleaguered presidency, like we’ve never seen before. Many young people hold up protest signs, “He’s not my president.” Some of them didn’t even vote.

Look at these recent headlines from the Drudge Report in mid-September:

  • NFL HELL: LA Teams Massive Attendance Drop...
  • Ratings UGLY...
  • 8-year old football players take knee during national anthem
  • Fury fuels modern political climate in USA...
  • Anger about EVERYTHING...
  • Anti-Trump Witch Compares Casting Hexes To Singing National Anthem, Saluting Flag...

What’s going on? Classes in college target white supremacy and routinely denounce America for its racist past. One would think that pre-modern America was on the level of Nazi Germany---which truly was a racist country, as they sought to create a Master Race and kill those they deemed unworthy of life.

On my mp3 player, I have some of the words of Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream” speech set to music. I hear it sometimes at the gym. And I look around me, and I see white people and black people working out, talking together, having fellowship---without even thinking about it. I think that aspect of MLK’s vision has greatly come to pass.

Meanwhile, I think there are others who seemed to have a vested interest in harping on America’s racist past and never letting it go. They would be out of a job if we were truly at the point that we judged people by the content of their character and not the color of their skins.

Lately, agitators are targeting statues of historical figures for destruction. I can understand those who are railing against anyone who in any way defended slavery. But our history is sometimes being grossly distorted by the American Taliban that is all set on tearing down historical statues from our past.

Recently, the American Taliban have even targeted Ben Franklin in Dallas. Ben Franklin? This founding father started one of the earliest anti-slavery societies in America.

America is more of an idea than a nationality. We are a proverbial melting pot of all sorts of nationalities.

Dr. Richard Land, president of Southern Evangelical Seminary, once told me in a television interview, that America is more of an idea than a nationality per se. He said, “We’re the only nation in the world that is a creedal nation. Every other nation in the world is tied to ethnicity. We’re not; we’re tied to ideas, to beliefs and those beliefs are embodied in the Declaration of Independence… that all men are created equal and that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights.”

Land continues, “So anybody can become an American in a way that you can’t become a Frenchman or become a German….That makes us unique in the world; and that creed is formed and shaped by the Puritans, by those who came here seeking religious freedom. As Martin Marty once said, we are a nation with the soul of a church.”

And Land added, “If you want to understand America, you have to go back to Massachusetts Bay, and you have to go back to Governor Winthrop; and we came here to be a shining city on a hill, the New Jerusalem, to light the way for the old world.”

America is far from perfect. That’s why the prayer in the hymn America the Beautiful is so appropriate: “America, America, God, mend thine every flaw.” Praying for that and working together for the common good far-exceeds America-loathing and working to destroy the nation from within.

[Originally posted 10/3/17]

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Promoting Hatred or Love? By Jerry Newcombe, D.Min., Executive Director of the Providence Forum. 4/14/2021. ### While America has unquestionably had deep racial problems and an agonizing history of oppressing Black people through slavery, Jim Crow, and other outrages, it seems that there are some among us who do not ever want to see the problems solved—or to admit progress in any form. There are those who make enormous profits, both monetarily and socially, by perpetuating the friction caused by America’s racist past, in contrast to Martin Luther King Jr.’s hope of a color-blind society.

Now comes word of a new “devotional” by a professor at a once-Baptist college. This “devotional,” a book geared toward helping its readers walk with God, is sold at a major retailer. Source: “Not the Bee,” 4/7/21.

It includes a “Prayer of a Weary Black Woman,” supplicating, “Dear God, please help me to hate White people. Or at least to want to hate them….I want to stop caring about their misguided, racist souls, to stop believing that they can be better, that they can stop being racist.” She also prays that she won’t just hate the Trump-supporters and Fox News-viewers.

[Photo: “Devotional” with a prayer for God for the reader to learn hatred of some people.]

This is wokeness on steroids---promoting hatred instead of love---in the name of God, no less, as long as it’s hatred promoting the right kind of racism. Is there a right kind of racism? Of course not.

Jesus said that we should love those who hate us and pray for those who persecute us. To whom is this “theologian” praying? It is certainly not the God of the Bible.

The sad thing about this example of horrible theology is that it exacerbates America’s racist problems, but worse, it pollutes the solution. The very solution to racism can be found in the Bible---but this book perverts it, as the KKK has perverted it.

I remember once interviewing a former killer for the Ku Klux Klan, Tommy Tarrants, Jr. The FBI agent trailing him called him a “mad dog killer.” When he was captured, he was sentenced to 30 years.

While in prison, he came across a Bible. He told me that formerly, he used to skim through the Bible---but just in a cherry-picking way, to find things that supposedly supported his racist views. But later when he actually read the Scriptures, he was convicted of his sin, including his sin of racism. Through the power of Jesus Christ, Tommy was thoroughly transformed. Tarrants even went on to pastor a biracial church and to co-write a book with a black evangelical minister, John Perkins. The book was entitled, He’s My Brother.

Evangelist Alveda King, MLK’s niece, once told me that we have stop thinking in racist terms: “You go to Acts 17:26, ‘Of one blood God created all people to live together on the earth.’ Now, if we are separate races, we cannot possibly be brothers and sisters. So, we have to see ourselves as one race, one human race, created by God, and we’re supposed to live together in this world as brothers and sisters. So, that’s a fundamental truth that America has not yet embraced. I believe in America in the twenty-first century, we still see ourselves as separate races. But we are one human race, and we are one blood.”

Indeed, we are all creatures of God, created in His image. And those who know the Lord through Jesus Christ are all children of God.

Many of America’s founders recognized how important private, voluntary religion was---how it shaped character. For example, Virginia’s first governor, Patrick Henry, observed: “The general diffusion of Christian knowledge hath a natural tendency to correct the morals of men, restrain their vices, and preserve the peace of society.”

Though primarily a Deist, Ben Franklin once noted (in a letter to the president of Yale): “the most acceptable service we render to Him is in doing good to His other Children.”

Dr. Peter Lillback, the founder and president emeritus of the Providence Forum, wrote this when asked about blacks and American history: “Ideally the story of African-Americans should emphasize both sides of their hyphenated identity as they have played a key role both as blacks and as citizens. Thus more should be said, but it ought not to be presented in a one-sided prejudicial manner as tends to be the approach of many such as white supremacists, critical race theorists and polarizing groups such as Black Muslims and Black Lives Matter activists.  My ideal in this context is the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s magisterial work, Letter From Birmingham Jail.  He captured this balance in a way that has sadly been lost by many today. I quote a couple passages from his letter below.”

Here is a sample quote from MLK’s classic letter from that Alabama prison: “Will we be extremists for hate or for love? Will we be extremists for the preservation of injustice or for the extension of justice? In that dramatic scene on Calvary's hill three men were crucified. We must never forget that all three were crucified for the same crime--the crime of extremism. Two were extremists for immorality, and thus fell below their environment. The other, Jesus Christ, was an extremist for love, truth and goodness, and thereby rose above his environment. Perhaps the South, the nation and the world are in dire need of creative extremists.” To which, Dr. Lillback added: “May God give us more extremists for love in both the black and white communities!”

We tend to forget that this slice of time is between Christ’s first coming and His second coming.

What will things be like under Christ’s reign? In the book of Revelation, the Apostle John got a taste of life in heaven: “After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands.”

In heaven, there is no distinction between the races, so why should be there such distinctions here on earth among those created in the image of God? And why should anyone pray to God to put in their hearts a hatred for people with different skin color? May God grant us the grace to replace hate with love.

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