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"Resistance to tyranny becomes the Christian and social duty of each individual... Nobly defend those rights which Heaven gave..." -Massachusetts Provincial Congress, 1774
In September of 1774, Dr. Joseph Warren wrote the Suffolk Resolves.

British statesman Edmund Burke cited the Suffolk Resolves as a major development in colonial animosity, which eventually lead to the Declaration of Independence

The Suffolk Resolves stated:

"...That it is an indispensable duty which we owe to God, our country, ourselves and posterity, by all lawful ways and means in our power to maintain, defend and preserve those civil and religious rights and liberties,

for which many of our fathers fought, bled and died, and to hand them down entire to future generations...

and that the inhabitants of those towns and use their utmost diligence to acquaint themselves with the art of war as soon as possible,

and do, for that purpose, appear under arms at least once every week

On OCTOBER 26, 1774, the Provincial Congress of Massachusetts reorganized their defenses with one-third of their regiments being "Minutemen," ready to fight at a minute's notice.

These citizen soldiers drilled on the parade ground, many times led by a deacon or pastor, then went to church for exhortation and prayer.

The Provincial Congress charged:

"You...are placed by Providence in the post of honor, because it is the post of danger...

The eyes not only of North America and the whole British Empire, but of all Europe, are upon you.

Let us be, therefore, altogether solicitous that no disorderly behavior, nothing unbecoming our character as Americans, as citizens and Christians, be justly chargeable to us."

The Provincial Congress issued a Resolution to Massachusetts Bay, 1774:

"Resistance to tyranny becomes the Christian and social duty of each individual...

Continue steadfast, and with a proper sense of your dependence on God, nobly defend those rights which heaven gave, and no man ought to take from us."

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On July 6, 1775, the Continental Congress passed "The Declaration of
the Causes and Necessity for Taking Up Arms," composed by Thomas Jefferson, to explain to the British the presence of militiamen from several colonies gathering near Boston:

"We most solemnly, before God and the world, declare, that, exerting the utmost energy of those powers, which our beneficent Creator hath graciously bestowed upon us,

the arms
we have been compelled by our enemies to assume, we will, in defiance of every hazard...employ for the preservation of our liberties;

being with one mind resolved to die freemen rather than to live slaves..

With a humble confidence in the mercies of the Supreme and impartial
God and Ruler of the Universe, we most devoutly implore His divine goodness to protect us happily through this great conflict..."

Boston patriot Josiah Quincy stated:

"Under God, we are determined that wheresoever, whensoever, or howsoever we shall be called to make our exit, we will die free men."

Prayers and Presidents-Inspiring Faith from Leaders of the Past

On June 17, 1775, John Adams wrote to his wife about the Continental Congress' decision to declare a Day of Public Humiliation, Fasting, and Prayer:

"We have appointed a Continental fast. Millions will be upon their knees at once before their great Creator, imploring His forgiveness and blessing; His smiles on American Council and arms.


The South Carolina Constitution stated March 26, 1776:

"The colonists were therefore driven to the necessity of taking up arms, to repel force by force, and to defend themselves and their properties against lawless invasions and depredations."


Georgia Rules and Regulations, 1776, stated

"Whereas, the unwise and iniquitous system of administration obstinately persisted in by the British Parliament and Ministry against the good people of America hath at length driven the latter to take up arms as their last resource for the preservation of their rights and liberties which God and the Constitution gave them."

New York Constitution April 20, 1777, stated:

"Every man who enjoys the protection of society to be defend it...the all times...shall be armed...and in readiness for service.

That all such of the inhabitants of this State being of the people called Quakers as, from scruples of conscience, may be averse to the bearing of arms, be there from excused by the legislature; and do pay to the State such sums of money, in lieu of their personal service."

Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, May 29, 1790, stated:

"All men, have an equal, natural and unalienable right to the free exercise of religion...

That the people have a right peaceably to assemble together...

That the people have a right to freedom of speech and of writing, and publishing their sentiments...

That the people have a right to keep and bear arms."

Vermont Constitution, July 4, 1786, stated:

"That the people have a right to bear arms, for the defense of themselves and the State."

President James Monroe stated:

"Of the liberty of conscience in matters of religious faith,

of speech and of the press;

of the trial by jury of the vicinage (neighborhood) in civil and criminal cases;

of the benefit of the writ of habeas corpus;

of the right to keep and bear arms...

If these rights are well defined, and secured against encroachments, it is impossible that government should ever degenerate into tyranny."

President John Quincy Adams stated December 6, 1825:

"Were we to slumber in indolence or fold up our arms and proclaim to the world that we are palsied by the will of our constituents, would it not be to cast away the bounties of Providence and doom ourselves to perpetual inferiority?"

From the time of America's Revolution, generations of oppressed peoples throughout the world have looked to America as a light of freedom.

In 1967, after 14 years in a Communist prison in Romania, Rev. Richard Wurmbrand stated:

"America is the hope of every enslaved man, because it is the last bastion of freedom in the world.

Only America has the power and spiritual resources to stand as a barrier between militant Communism and the people of the world.

It is the last 'dike' holding back the rampaging flood waters of militant Communism.

If it crumples, there is no other dike, no other dam; no other line of defense to fall back upon..."

Rev. Wurmbrand ended:

"America is the last hope of millions of enslaved peoples. They look to it as their second fatherland. In it lies their hopes and prayers.

I have seen fellow-prisoners in Communist prisons beaten, tortured, with 50 pounds of chains on their legs-praying for America... that the dike will not crumple; that it will remain free."

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