“The Foundation of American Liberty” Film Series on America’s Christian Roots (Updated Regularly)
The Foundation of American Liberty Series:
American History Documentary Series on Our Christian Roots
“Who controls the past, controls the future: who controls the present controls the past.”
—George Orwell, 1984
In our time, the history books have been rewritten, and our Judeo-Christian heritage has been erased. This has frightening implications as we continue to see riots in the streets of America, and open rebellion toward the rule of law in general and law-enforcement in particular. Ultimately, our future is at stake.
Oppression, tyranny, slavery, and despotism have been the norm throughout human history. The founders of this nation sought to rise above that norm, risking their very lives and everything dear to them, to forge an entirely new form of government, one based squarely on Biblical principles and ideals, that all men are created equal.
The Foundation of American Liberty is a new multiple-part film series produced by Dr. Jerry Newcombe for Providence Forum (founded by Dr. Peter Lillback, now a division of D. James Kennedy Ministries). This series of hour-long documentaries tell the story of America, showing how the Judeo-Christian heritage is the source of our freedom.
****Now Here: “A CITY ON A HILL”—PORTIONS OF WHICH WILL AIR IN NOVEMBER ON “TRUTHS THAT TRANSFORM,” THE FLAGSHIP TELEVISION PROGRAM OF D. JAMES KENNEDY MINISTRIES, NOW HOSTED BY REV. ROBERT J. PACIENZA. SEE WWW.DJKM.ORG FOR FOR MORE INFORMATION.
Here is a portion of A CITY ON A HILL as seen on Truths That Transform of DJKM in November 2022. This particular clip is called “A City on a Hill” (which is the name of the whole special).
Here is another portion of a CITY ON A HILL as aired on Truths That Transform.
Listen to Jerry Newcombe on A CITY ON A HILL in a discussion with Dr. Tim Clinton, co-host or Family Talk with Dr. James Dobson.
Listen to Bob Crittenden of Faith Radio of Mongomery, Alabama as he interviews Jerry Newcombe about A CITY ON A HILL.
Listen to Eric and Brigitte (with Jill Duquette filling in for Brigitte) interviewing Jerry Newcombe on WRMB, a Moody-affiliate radio station on A CITY ON A HILL.
Listen to Kerby Anderson talk with Jerry Newcombe on Point of View radio about A CITY ON A HILL
Watch Jerry Newcombe being interviewed on A CITY ON A HILL for Victory-TV. Note: Jerry’s part begins at about 18:15 in, from the beginning.
Listen to Alex McFarland on the “Hamilton Corner” of American Family Association radio talk with Jerry Newcombe about the film.
I mentioned this documentary in a recent column……..
“A City on a Hill” by Jerry Newcombe, D.Min., 11/9/22
In eight years, America will celebrate a major milestone—the 400th anniversary of Boston. I passed through Boston’s airport in 2021 and noticed that they seem to be gearing up for this milestone with lots of signs and images celebrating major events in Boston’s history.
Alas, they grossly underplayed the role of the Puritans in this upcoming anniversary. The Puritans established Boston. Their leader, Rev. John Winthrop, even said, famously, “For we must consider that we shall be like a City upon a Hill, the eyes of all people are on us.” The “city on a hill” reference comes ultimately from Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount, as his hearers knew.
There was only one reference to the Puritans that I could see in the display of notable events of nearly 400 years in Boston. In 1636, Harvard University was established. That school was named after the Puritan Reverend John Harvard, a Congregationalist minister.
Recently, I produced an hour-long documentary that begins with the founding of Boston. It’s called “A City on a Hill,” and it’s part of the Foundation of American Liberty series I have made for Providence Forum (now a division of D. James Kennedy Ministries).
Guests in this program include Dr. Os Guinness, Alveda King (niece of Martin Luther King, Jr.), Dennis Prager, and Dr. Peter Lillback, the founder of Providence Forum.
The late Marshall Foster, author of The American Covenant, also appears, speaking of the link between the Puritans and much of the freedoms we enjoy today.
He told me, “The Puritans are often maligned today” because of The Scarlet Letter and the Salem Witchcraft Trials of 1692. “These sidelights of history should be put in context that these Puritans, the vast majority of them, not only were they biblical thinkers, they were open-minded and developed a form of government that allowed liberty and justice for all. If you believe in America’s Constitution and in the freedoms we have today, you can look no further than the Puritans.”
John Winthrop was the leader of the Puritans who founded Boston, a decade after their “spiritual cousins” (the Pilgrims) founded Plymouth. The Puritans had tried to work for the “purity” (hence the name “Puritans”) of the Church of England in their native homeland.
But under King Charles I’s horrific persecution, it became hopeless. Thus, in 1620 the Pilgrims found a toehold in New England, and the Puritans began mass migrations to New England ten years later.
British historian Paul Johnson, author of A History of the American People, writes that John Winthrop was “the first great American.”
Johnson calls Rev. Roger Williams “the second great American.” Williams disagreed with Winthrop on some points of leadership. So he struck out on his own to spare being sent back to England. He eventually made it to what is today Rhode Island, the colony he created.
Because God in His Providence spared his life during this trek in the wilderness in winter, Williams decided to name the city he founded after God: Providence. About Rhode Island, Williams declared, “I desired…it might be for a shelter for persons distressed for conscience.”
Another splinter group of Puritans also left Boston and founded their own colony, that of Connecticut. Their leader, Rev. Thomas Hooker, preached a sermon in 1638 which became the foundation of the constitution they wrote up in 1639—the Fundamental Orders of Connecticut.
The Fundamental Orders says, “We…do, for ourselves and our successors…enter into combination and confederation together, to maintain the liberty and purity of the Gospel of our Lord Jesus which we now profess.”
That constitution, a forerunner to the U.S. Constitution (1787), was the first fully developed constitution written on American soil, which is why, to this day, Connecticut calls itself “the Constitution State.”
By 1643, the various colonies of New England came together to create the New England Confederation, in which they declared, “[W]e all came to these parts of America, with one and the same end and aim, namely, to advance the Kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
The “city on a hill” reference of Rev. Winthrop is a great metaphor for America. President Ronald Reagan certainly appreciated it.
Said Reagan in his last presidential radio address in 1989: “The hope of human freedom, the quest for it, the achievement of it is the American saga. And I’ve often recalled one group of early settlers making a treacherous crossing of the Atlantic on a small ship when their leader, a minister, noted that perhaps their venture would fail and they would become a byword, a footnote to history. But perhaps, too, with God’s help, they might found a new world, a city upon a hill, a light unto nations.”
The Puritans should be remembered, not maligned, for their indispensable contribution to America as a “city upon a hill.” ###
Note: “A City on a Hill” is dedicated to the late Marshall Foster, a recurring guest in the program.
Meanwhile, in July, we rolled out “The Road to Independence”…..another film in the Foundation series.
All we ever hear these days about why we became an independent nation is the founding fathers, who were supposedly mostly Deists, were upset at “taxation without representation.” But was there was a religious element that drove American independence. There indeed was. This documentary, “The Road to Independence,” shows that Christianity played a pivotal role in the push for us to become a free nation. For example, the Great Awakening was one of the major factors that helped to unite 13 separate British colonies. Furthermore, pastors (especially those in New England) preached liberty so often that they helped to create the United States.
Written, directed and produced by Jerry Newcombe, this one hour documentary on the Road to Independence features commentary from Os Guinness, Eric Metaxas, Dennis Prager, Rabbi Daniel Lapin, Bill Federer, Jenna Ellis, Travis Witt, David Gibbs III, Dr. Cal Beisner, and others, including the late Dr. Walter Williams.
A man with decades of television experience has highly praised this film. He wrote:
“I am really enjoying The Road to Independence; as I said last week, everyone in America needs to see it, and every Church needs a copy….Congratulations, it’s a great series and I find myself learning so much watching it. I keep saying to myself, why is this the first time I am hearing this information….You’ve done a great job of integrating narration, B-role and the interviews. It’s very well done. I would love copies of the program!…Thank you for the incredible work you do.”
***To get a DVD copy of “The Road to Independence,” click here.
***Hear an interview by Chris Salceda of Newsmax with guests Pastor Rob Pacienza, president of D. James Kennedy Ministries, and Jerry Newcombe of Providence Forum. This includes comments on “The Road to Independence.” “The Salcedo Storm Podcast.” Host: Chris Salcedo. Listen here.
***Here are some of the stations that have aired the special, “The Road to Independence:” Cornerstone (CTVN) Pittsburgh, PA, NRB, TCT Network,WTGL-TV45 Orlando, KVTN – Little Rock Arkansas, KVTH Hot Springs, Arkansas, and KVTJ Jonesboro AR/Memphis TN.
***Also, here is how one can order a copy of the DVD, “The Road to Independence.”
***Although not directly related to “The Road to Independence,” Jerry Newcombe, executive director of Providence Forum, was a guest on an OANN segment on a recent historical development
DON’T MISS THE FILM ON THE LIFE AND FAITH OF GEORGE WASHINGTON
At Providence Forum, we are committed to educating Americans on America’s Judeo-Christian roots, which is the foundation of our liberty. Dr. Jerry Newcombe, executive director, has been working on a series of many films in the Foundation of American Liberty, which are now a part of the ministry of Providence Forum.
In November 2021, on the 400th anniversary of the first Thanksgiving in Plymouth, we had a special on the Pilgrims. (Please see below for more information on that).
In February 2022, in honor of George Washington’s birthday, look soon for the TV special on the life and faith of our first president. Portions of this film will be shown on the D. James Kennedy Ministries flagship program, Truths that Transform, hosted by Dr. Frank Wright. Jerry Newcombe produced the film on George Washington (with major help from Sarah Kittle).
Here are comments on this new film:
- “As someone who grew up under complete tyranny in Romania and came to America with gratitude to God for the liberty here, it was wonderful to see how the Lord raised up the father of this country to help us become free. This powerful film is a reminder of how God and the Christian faith played a key role in the founding of this great nation. But many Americans take our liberties for granted—they need to see this film and movies like it to appreciate the sacrifices in the creation of America. My heart aches when I see misguided young people tear down statues of George Washington—he was a great man. People need to see the truth about him, and this film presents the truth. I highly recommend it. This powerful film is a reminder of how God and the Christian faith played a key role in the founding of this great nation – America!” –Virginia Prodan, International Human Rights Attorney, author of Saving My Assassin
- “I enjoyed the George Washington documentary, and learned a lot. I even re-watched and shared it with my friend who also really liked it!” – Michael Portillo, 18 year old Christian High school student
- “I loved, loved the Washington Video. I pray you do one for every Founding Father. I hope to find a good way to distribute to our Salt & Light Ministries. Well done good and faithful servant.” – Dran Reese, Founder/President, Salt & Light Council, who adds to those who have not seen the film yet: “You will learn details about his inspiring life that will reignite your love for America.”
- “This new George Washington documentary proves beyond question that the Father of our nation served and knew well his Heavenly Father. Washington argued often that without God’s hand and many interventions, America could not have come into being. The documentary also directly takes on the Woke, politically-correct crowd that would erase Washington’s name and topple his many statues because he owned slaves. As far back as 1774, Washington was maneuvering to end the slave trade and became the only American president to free his slaves on his own initiative. This vastly-entertaining 59-minute video covers every exciting facet of Washington’s life and shows how his Christian faith burned bright in them all. It seals the deal that America is indeed a God-blessed nation and God wrapped His divine hand around its first leader time and time again.” -Paul Strand, former CBN News Senior Washington Correspondent
***WATCH A 3-MINUTE TRAILER OF THE GEORGE WASHINGTON FILM HERE***
***WATCH PORTIONS OF THE GEORGE WASHINGTON FILM HERE***
In early February 2022, portions of the George Washington special aired on Truths That Transform, the flagship program of D. James Kennedy Ministries. Here’s a segment on Washington’s Christian commitment. Here’s a segment refuting the notion Washington was a Deist.
***Listen to Alex McFarland talking with Jerry Newcombe about George Washington
***Listen here to Kerby Anderson of Point of View radio talk with Jerry Newcombe about the film on George Washington.
***Jerry Newcombe was a guest on Cornerstone-TV, based in Pennsylvania, to discuss the George Washington film. You can view it here.
***The film was highlighted on CBN’s Newsletter.
***The film was briefly highlighted on CBN’s The 700 Club.
***Jerry Newcombe was a guest on a segment on One American News Network to discuss Washington
***Here’s an appearance on Newxmax-TV on the Chris Salcedo program. Jerry’s part comes at about 51:00 in.
***I was a guest on AFA radio for a few minutes with Tim Wildmon to talk about the GW film.
***I was a guest on Eric and Brigitte on WRMB, a Moody radio affiliate (South Florida)
Thanksgiving 2021 was a milestone—Thanksgiving was first celebrated 400 years ago in 1621. There is a new Providence Forum documentary telling the true story of the Pilgrims. In their own words, they came “for the glory of God and the advancement of the Christian faith.”
This documentary, THE PILGRIMS, celebrates the journey of a small group of outcasts in their quest for religious freedom. Guests in this particular episode include: Dennis Prager, Alveda King, Paul Jehle, Leo Martin, Rod Gragg, Bill Federer, and William Wrestling Brewster, the great-grandson (by 9x) of the defacto Pilgrim Pastor, Elder Brewster. This special was produced by Dr. Jerry Newcombe and is a presentation of the Providence Forum.
What Others Are Saying About “The Pilgrims”:
- “Excellent video” – Pat Robertson, (Former) Host of the 700 Club
- “Brilliant…absolutely wonderful.” –Paul Strand, CBN News-TV Producer/Reporter
- “timely…riveting…I believe Dr. Newcombe’s film is a must see for Americans today.” –ALEX MCFARLAND, Christian apologist/author
- “A must watch for all Americans, especially young people! It is a quick, yet thorough, real education on the Pilgrims, and the back story, for such a time as this!” -Tracy Pons, Florida Parent Educators Association (FPEA.COM) (Home school leader)
- “Awesome” –Christian publisher, Jerry Nordskog
- “Sets the record straight about the Pilgrims at Plymouth Rock.” Thomas Mann-Librarian, Broward County
- “Masterpiece.” –Rod Gragg, historian, author of “The Pilgrim Chronicles”
- “Jerry, thanks for sending the first installment in what will surely become an important and popular series — congratulations to you, and may you enjoy strength and providential power as you continue to progress through our amazing history.” –Michael Medved, Bestselling author/Talk Radio Host
- “Taught me the history I never learned” –Joe Huggins, Former executive producer of “The Coral Ridge Hour” (which he named)
- One man who monitors television ratings noted in reference to portions of the Pilgrims special: “It was a great program that every family in America should see. The audience liked it.”
Portions of this special have aired and can be seen on TRUTHS THAT TRANSFORM .
On November 14 and 21, 2021, around the 400th anniversary of the first Thanksgiving in Plymouth, Truths That Transform (TTT), the flagship program of D. James Kennedy Ministries, hosted by Dr. Frank Wright, showed portions of Dr. Jerry Newcombe’s documentary, “The Pilgrims.” This documentary is a production of Providence Forum (founded by Dr. Peter Lillback). Providence Forum is now a part of D. James Kennedy Ministries, and Jerry Newcombe is the executive director.
The first PORTION (Nov. 14 of TTT) explains who the Pilgrims were.
The second PORTION (Nov. 21) explains some of what they dealt with once the Mayflower landed in America.
To learn how to get a copy of the DVD and other resources on this subject, please see this PAGE on djkm.org.
To get your own copy of just the DVD, please click here.
Please keep checking for further updates on this program.
CBN did a REPORT on the film on Thanksgiving 2020.
Here’s a short trailer of THE PILGRIMS….
The film has now been translated into Chinese (using subtitles).
Note: This documentary, The Pilgrims, which celebrates the journey of a small group of outcasts in their quest for religious freedom, is the first episode of The Foundation of American Liberty series by award-winning TV-producer and author Dr. Jerry Newcombe (on behalf of Providence Forum), highlighting the critical role that the Judeo-Christian tradition played in the shaping of America. Guests in the series include Os Guinness, Eric Metaxas, John Eidsmoe, Cal Beisner, David Gibbs, Peter Lillback (the founder of Providence Forum), Jenna Ellis, Father Leon Hutton, Rev. Billy Falling, the late Walter Williams, Marshall Foster, Daniel Dreisbach, Judge (Ret.) Darrell White, and Joyce Burgess, etc. Voice work in different parts of the series include Mike Huckabee, Richard Land, Michael Medved, Allen West, Nick Mancuso, Jim Angle, etc.
One of my recent COLUMNS mentions “The Pilgrims” special. This column deals with the Pilgrims and the Indians.
Some media outlets have interviewed Jerry Newcombe about “The Pilgrims” special…such as
- Alex McFarland on AFA Radio: available HERE
- Adam McManus: available HERE
- Virginia Prodan’s program (audio); video HERE
- The Power Hour: HERE
- WRMB radio, Mornings with Brigitte and Eric: HERE
- CBN News: HERE
- Kerby Anderson of “Point of View” who called “The Pilgrims” special “very well done”: HERE
- Ken and Deb Mornings (Moody affiliate): HERE
- David Wheaton on TheChristianWorldview.org: HERE
- Video from AMERICANMEDIAPERISCOPE.COM: HERE
Take a journey of discovery into our nation’s roots in this Providence Forum original documentary. From TV producer and author Jerry Newcombe, The Pilgrims celebrates the nation-shaping saga of a small group of outcasts in their quest for religious freedom. Unlike revisionist history, you will encounter the true story of the men and women who came to these shores “for the glory of God and the advancement of the Christian faith.” Filmed in Plymouth, Massachusetts, and England, and with insights from experts and scholars, The Pilgrims is a memorable and deeply informative look at a vital opening chapter in our nation’s life.