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Courageous Pastors Were Founding Fathers

July 2, 2008

 

Peter Muhlenberg

1746-1807

 

Frederick Muhlenberg

1750-1801

 

Photo of Peter Muhlenberg Many ministers of the gospel were influential in the founding of America. Two such men were brothers Peter and Frederick Muhlenberg. They were sons of the illustrious Henry Muhlenberg, founder of the Lutheran Church in America.

Peter served as minister in both the Lutheran and Episcopalian denominations. Unlike many pastors today, ministers in our founding era spoke out strongly on political matters. Peter was a great supporter of American independence and worked to widen the breach between the colonies and the king. With hostilities about to break out in 1776, he summoned his congregation for his last sermon. The sermon was on Ecclesiastes 3 (a time for everything under heaven). Reaching the climax of his sermon, he shouted, "There is a time for all things—a time to preach and a time to fight. Now is the time to fight!"

With those immortal words, he cast aside his clerical robes revealing his dazzling uniform as an officer in the Revolutionary Army. That day he enlisted men in his congregation to join the cause. Peter went on to win glory as a Major General, serving in numerous engagements. He proved himself a courageous, level-headed officer, strict in discipline, but vigilant for the welfare and comfort of his men, and was possessed of marked executive ability. Among the Germans of his native state of Pennsylvania, he was a hero second only to George Washington. He was elected to the first, third, and sixth Congresses and later served in the Senate. His statue stands in the famous Statuary Hall in the nation's capital.

 

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 Frederick Muhlenberg Photo

Brother Frederick, also a pastor, initially disagreed with Peter's decision to be involved in politics and the war. But during the war, he was in New York when the British marched on the city, forcing him and his family to flee to his parents' home in Pennsylvania. Frederick changed his mind and became involved. He became active in Pennsylvania politics. He was elected to the US Congress and became the first Speaker of the House of Representatives. He was also the first signer of the Bill of Rights. While serving in Congress, he cast the deciding vote on a controversial bill, and was stabbed by his brother-in-law. He survived the attack, but apparently his vote did cost him his political career, proving that taking a stand on political issues is dangerous, even among close relatives.

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James Spencer
Posts: 70
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I am a Christian First, But I am also an American!
Reply #2 on : Fri July 04, 2008, 14:47:06
While I respect the opinion of the Brother from Nigeria, I as a Christian first and then an American, realize that had we not fought with Great Britian, World Missions as funded by 90% of USA dollars, would not have flowed to all parts of the world, including Nigeria! My brother must not have read the Book of Joshua and the conflict that The Israelites had to conquer and take control of The Land promised by Jehovah God to Abraham, Issac, and Jacob.

He mentions Jesus and Simon Peter where Jesus told Peter to put up his sword; the context of that passage is Jesus did not want the disciples to keep Him from accomplishing what His Divine mission which Jesus came for in the first place. If it had not been for the USA entering the World Wars, my brother from Nigeria would be under German control, and probably even worse, killed because he was the wrong culture or color. While I readily agree that our warfare is Spiritual, Jesus said if the goodman of the house would have known what watch the thief would have come, he would have watched and not suffered (allowed) his house to be broken in. The context here is that the goodman would have done whatever was necessary to protect his family. This is no more true of a Nation. Passivism will never do anything but surrender to whatever the will of the agressor is.

In closing, Jesus stated "that the Kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, but the violent take it by force". If we yield to the will of the few, without resistance, the many will have no voice.

In Christ Alone,

Pastor James Spencer
okorie c.okorie
Posts: 70
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courageous fathers were founding fathers.
Reply #1 on : Fri July 04, 2008, 04:59:54
How courageous, were these founding fathers,Noah and Abraham were courageous, isaac was also courageuos,jacob, moses to joshua all this
have courage in them.

What sort of courage do these men exhbit, There is time for everything, yet jesus the christ and our messiah told Peter to drop that sort of weapon. When will the equipments of war turn to Agricultural weapon; for plowing, ploughing, planting pruning and harvesting?

Its sad to note that jesus said none is a father among you, rather brothers. But the Nicolotians took over lording it over the gullible majority to believe that they are the vicars of Christ.

I WILL GLADLY MAKE FUTHER COMMENT ON THIS issue, using the scripture to point out that the gospel has no contradiction rather men like the "so called founding fathers" have contradicted themselves and uttered what thier original intentions and quest were.

But before then, let any one show me one man from isreal that vied for a position in BABYLON OR EGYPT?

IAM
bro. OKORIE C. OKORIE
from NIGERIA

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