A New Great Awakening
A growing number of the American People are educating themselves about America’s Christian heritage and the principles of Liberty which led to the establishment of the United States of America as an independent republic—those ideals stated in the Declaration of Independence and imbedded in the Constitution of the United States. As more Americans are made aware of the great heritage which with we have been blessed—and which we now stand in danger of losing—we earnestly hope to bring about A New Great Awakening, the return of America to the God of our fathers, and a restoration of the Liberty and independence under our Constitution that she once knew. Then we will be a testimony to the world of the love and the grace of God; and the Life and Liberty He grants to those who will seek Him.
The early settlers of America fled civil and religious tyranny in the Old World, and came to the New World with a glorious vision: to bring the light of the gospel of Jesus Christ to every tribe, and tongue, and people, and nation on the face of the earth. The Pilgrims stated in the Mayflower Compact that they came here “for the glory of God and the advancement of the Christian faith.” A few years later the New England Confederacy declared, “We all came into these parts for the same end and aim: the advancement of the gospel of Jesus Christ.”
The Pilgrims who founded the Plymouth Plantation were separatists who saw themselves as the instruments of a great ‘breaking out of the gospel’ in England in which “the churches of God [would] revert to their ancient purity, and recover their primitive order, liberty, and beauty.” This revival of First Century Christianity was squelched by hostile civil and religious authorities—causing these humble Christians to flee, first to Holland then to America. They were soon followed by a much larger group of reformers and non-conformists, the Puritans, who settled at Massachusetts Bay.
The inhabitants of the Massachusetts Bay Colony sought to effect a more complete reformation of the church and society by establishing a Christian commonwealth, which was to be “a city set upon a hill” and “a light to the nations.” Their vision was a church patterned after the 1st Century church of the New Testament, and a civil society based upon the moral and legal principles of both the Old and New Testaments—not in mere pretense, but in truth—not as window dressing as a guise for corruption and tyranny, but in reality. Their goal was a good and just society where liberty could flourish, where all men could prosper, and where the gospel could freely advance, not at the point of a sword, but through love and the unfettered debate of reasonable men. They envisioned a commonwealth which was sincerely and practically “a model of Christian charity” incorporated into a body politic. The Plymouth Plantation was over time assumed into the Massachusetts Bay Colony. These along with Connecticut and the Providence Plantations (Rhode Island) would become the New England Confederacy. It was here that the roots of American Liberty, of republican government, and of American constitutionalism were formed.
To modern generations, the Christian nature of our forefathers and its connection to the Liberty and greatness of the American republic has been largely hidden. Even those that give tacit acknowledgement to the religious character of our forefathers tend to associate it with slavery, suppression of free speech, and other fruits of tyranny. Or they align it with current forms of religion, which promote a withdrawal of believers from the public arena. The Christianity practiced by our forefathers—which is responsible for all that we hold dear as Americans—was profoundly different from the religious systems of Europe and those in modern America in several ways. It recognized the need of each person for redemption and regeneration. It stressed a personal, individual relationship with God through His Son Jesus Christ. It promoted a covenant relationship of believers toward one another both as a local congregation and a commonwealth. It was based upon a thorough knowledge of and obedience to the Scriptures, and not upon human traditions. It emphasized the equality of all believers, and eschewed an elite clerical hierarchy. It recognized no inherent earthly authority, either civil or religious; but the Scriptures in the hands of the people were the source of all authority. This people God blessed with abundance, with growth, with peace, and with liberty.
The Falling Away
God blessed our forefathers because they had made a covenant with Him and incorporated His precepts into every aspect of their spiritual, social, economic, and political life. He multiplied and prospered them, and gave them peaceful enjoyment of the fruits of liberty. But with the blessing came a warning:
“Beware…lest, when you have eaten and are satisfied, and have built good houses and lived in them, …and all that you have multiplies, then your heart becomes proud, and you forget Jehovah your God…” (Deuteronomy 8:11-14)
Like Israel of old, America has gone through recurring cycles of forsaking God, experiencing trouble and distress, and returning to God by great revivals and reform movements.
“And the sons of Israel did what was evil in the sight of Jehovah, and forgot Jehovah their God. Then the anger of Jehovah was kindled against Israel, so that He sold them into the hands of their [enemies]. And when the sons of Israel cried to Jehovah, Jehovah raised up a deliver for them. ”
So it was for the early settlers of the American colonies, who saw themselves as a modern Israel of God, in a covenant relationship with their Creator. Even into the 19th Century this attitude prevailed such that when trouble and strife arose among the States the following proclamation was issued in 1860 by President Abraham Lincoln on a National Day of Fasting, Humiliation, and Prayer:
“We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of heaven. We have been preserved, these many years, in peace and prosperity. We have grown in numbers, wealth and power, as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand, which has preserved us in peace, and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us; and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us! It behooves us, then to humble ourselves before the offended Power, to confess our national sins, and to pray for clemency and forgiveness.”
Our Constitution was ordained to “secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity.” Though our Founders claimed liberty as a right with respect to other men, nevertheless they recognized it as a gift with respect to God. They saw liberty as His gift to a good and vigilant people. However, a self-indulgent, ignorant, and lazy people combined with the shrewd and deceitful schemes of power-seeking men, provides the perfect recipe for tyranny. The people are not fit for liberty, and God in His Providence sells them into slavery. This was the understanding of our forefathers. As William Penn, the founder of Pennsylvania, concisely put it, “If we are not governed by God, we shall be ruled by tyrants.” John Witherspoon, a signer of the Declaration, said it this way, “A republic, once equally poised, must either preserve its virtue, or lose its liberty.”
But God, in His mercy and providence, has ordained trouble and oppression, so that men might seek Him, and call out to Him for deliverance. Throughout America’s history, as our ancestors have strayed from God and their zeal for liberty has waned, troubles have arisen, and tyranny has planted its foot. But at these times, movements of revival have swept across America—Great Awakenings, which changed the moral, cultural, and political landscape, and caused Americans to take up once again the vision of our ancestors, to make America “a city set upon a hill, which cannot be hidden.”
Certainly, America is in need of such an Awakening today. Our nation is in deep trouble: foreign wars and terrorist threats; crushing debt and economic chaos; moral confusion and social upheaval; and massive expansion of government power which threatens to reduce us to slaves. Add to all this, the danger of losing our independence to a globalist New World Order. We have forsaken God and His truth, and He has permitted evil men to creep into power, to lead our nation into ruin and corruption, and to put us in bondage to an ever more powerful totalitarian state and to World Government. As George Washington warned, “We ought to be no less persuaded that the propitious smiles of Heaven can never be expected on that nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right which Heaven itself has ordained.” Having lost our spiritual and moral sense, and having grown lax in our vigilance, we have thrown all constitutional restraint upon government to the wind; and we have allowed enemies of liberty and truth to direct the affairs of this nation.
Having come to the brink of national collapse and despotism, we are witnessing the last days of the America we have known and love. But we ought not to say, “If destruction be our lot, there is nothing we can do to stop it.” This is nothing less than fatalistic fortune telling, cowardice, and unbelief. Things may in fact get worse, but we are not left without hope. Even now, God is beckoning us to return to Him, that He might return to us.
“If My people, who are called by My Name, will humble themselves and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven, will forgive their sins, and will heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 17:9)
So now is the time for us to look to the heavens and cry out to the God of our fathers—both individually and as a people—so that He would forgive our sin and deliver our land.
Lift up your voice to Jesus Christ today. Call out to Him who died and rose again on your behalf, and you will receive the gift of eternal life. “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Then gird up your loins and follow Him into battle. For He comes as “Captain of the Hosts of the LORD,”—to lead the great American army of patriots to overthrow the tyrants among us, to tear down falsehood and lift up the truth, to restore the Constitution of the United States, and to save the American Republic! Then we will see the blessings of liberty restored and we will be a blessing to all the nations of the earth.
He has sounded forth the trumpet that shall never sound retreat,
He is sifting out the hearts of men before the judgment seat;
O be swift my soul to answer Him, be jubilant my feet,
While God is marching on!
[from The Battle Hymn of the Republic]
Join the growing tide of your fellow Americans to pray and work for the awakening of America, carrying in your breast these words from the final stanza of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s epic poem, The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere:
For borne on the night wind of the past,
Through all our history, to the last,
In the hour of darkness and peril and need,
The people will waken and listen to hear,
The hurrying hoof beat of that steed,
And the midnight message of Paul Revere!
Do it today!
God is awakening America! It will be our greatest Awakening. Millions of Americans are now searching out our history, learning the principles of liberty, recognizing the evils that have ruined our Republic, and are rising up in resistance. But know—just as our forefathers knew—that we will not regain our liberty without the favor of the Author of Liberty. Seek Him today and be part of the Great Awakening of the American People! You won’t regret it, both now and for eternity; nor will your children.
~ Joseph Healy, April 2012