Episode 424: A Sermon And Of Declared Charges

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Considering all the mess created by politicians and bureaucrats it’s time toSermon and charges hear the ‘Sermon And Of Declared Charges’ from the founding era. The sermon is ‘The Election Sermon of May 26, 1773. This sermon is even more pertinent now than when it was preached to Governor Hutchinson, the Council and the House of Representatives. You will understand more as I bring you excerpts and explanations from the Founders.

Consider this quote being directed to the ministers of the Founding era:

‘…for religious liberty is so blended with civil, that if one falls it is not to be expected that the other will continue.’

Just as it is now, remember that the early 1770’s were some of the most tumultuous times that had brought forth the ‘Declared Charges,’ which eventually were brought forth in 1776. I intend to show that the majority of those charges are the same as we are experiencing in our present age.

The Sermon

Reverend Turner not only has much to say to the political leaders and bureaucrats of 1773 but also to the general citizenry as well as specifically to ministers and church leaders. In this sermon, he very directly addresses the rights of the Citizens to act according to good conscience as well as resist tyranny. He tells the ministers that they are responsible to bring the Gospel truth to governance. He clearly charges the pulpits and christians to apply every aspect of Biblical principles into every aspect of government under the sovereignty of Christ.

I would have to conclude from this sermon that Rev. Turner is a foreshadow of a Christian Nationalist. He calls on the elected to put down moral degenerates, ensure the liberty of the Gospel and govern as servants of Almighty God. Otherwise, be under judgement, even as we are in this present age.

Consider this from the middle of the sermon, beginning with:

‘The people ought to have the end of government, the public good, at heart, as well as the magistrate; and therefore, to yield all loyal subjection to well regulated government, in opposition to every thing of a factious nature and complexion: and, for the same reason, it is not only their privilege, but it is also their duty, properly to assert their freedom, and take all rational and necessary methods for the public security and happiness, when constitutional boundaries are broken over, and so their rights are invaded. This affirmation supposes, the People have a right to judge of the conduct of government, and its tendency; and this again supposes them capable of judging in things of such a nature.’

‘If the establishment of a constitution together with the religion and virtue rulers may be supposed to be possessed of, appears insufficient, it is this people’s duty to take those further steps, which may be seen proper and needful, that the public may not suffer. The people’s duty, in this respect, arises from the regard they owe to the great immutable Law of Self-preservation, and from the indebtments every person in society is under to all the rest, and to posterity, by the laws of Christian Charity.’

The core truth for anyone in politics or governing bureaucracies must understand is that they must recognize the sovereignty of God, as noted Reverend Turner:

Agreeably, civil rulers, in this world, are in the number of His ministers, or servants. They are constituted by Him. There is no power (says the Apostle) but of God: the powers that be, are ordained of God. It is agreeable to the will of God, that there should be civil government: He has given to mankind that reason which points to it, as useful and necessary; and, in general terms, the magistrate is raised up, and invested with his office, in the course of divine providence.

CIVIL rulers are ordained of God; but the doctrine of their being divinely appointed, rightly understood, no more militates against the supposition that the people ought to have a voice in the elevation of those who are, in a civil sense, to rule them, than the doctrine of God’s appointing gospel ministers interferes with the supposition of a right in the churches to elect their own pastors. He never designed, mediately or immediately, to appoint rulers over the people, in state or church, so as to debar them from the privilege of choosing their own officers (except in a few extraordinary instances of ancient date) and they, who attempt to deprive the people of such a privilege, oppose themselves equally, to the will of God, and so the rights of mankind,

Magistrates, that are lawful, are appointed of God, to be his ministers; but for what purpose? Not too manage the affairs of the world so as to increase the felicity of the Supreme Being, for He is above the possibility of being benefited, by the services of men or Angels—not to enslave mankind, and involve them in misery and ruin—not surely to enrich and aggrandize themselves and their families, prejudicially to honest industry, as if God had a partiality for them.

And take head to these words as well:

‘When the virtuous and the good are frowned on and disgraced, when laudable exertions for public utility are damped and checked, when the perpetrators of wickedness noxious to society are not terrified and suppressed, but screened and promoted, there is a sorrowful, and not blameless deviation from the design of the righteous God, the father of mercies, in the institution of civil government.

To answer the purpose of Government, it is of consequence that men should be blessed with capacity, and possessed of enlarged knowledge, respecting the nature of their office, the extent of their power, the state sufferings, and dangers of the people, their interests, and what may conduce to their relief, security and happiness: but men of such greatness (like elephants in war) are not to be depended on, as persons who will steadily pursue the publick good, unless they are possessed of that publick splrit, which, the charitable Gospel infuses, and fo have the end of government at heart. Avarice and ambition may carry men considerable lengths, in measures which are for publick advantage, when: they perceive that such measures will best gratify these passions; but if they are enriched with no higher principles; whenever it so happens, that there is an interference between the gratification of these passions, and a pursuance of the publick good, which is likely to be frequently the case, the happiness of multitudes will probably fall a sacrifice to the vile affections of a few. Whereas, publick spirit, possessed as it ought to be, predominates over every private worldly affection, and causes every private worldly interest, incompatible with the publick welfare, to fall a sacrifice to the general felicity: It carries the magistrate,’with firmness, uniformity and perseverance, through his course of duty; however environed with warping temptations: It inspires him with compassion, forbids the appearance of oppression: It quickens to vigilance and activity, renders him a father to the community, a minister of God, in event, for good, a God-like, blessing.’

Lastly for now:

‘THROUGH the misguiding arts of designing men, mistakes and freakish passions, things hurtful to society, are apt to take place in popular governments, which might be prevented by absolute monarchy; while it ought in justice to be acknowledged, that some absolute princes have been great benefactors to the public: But such confederations scarcely furnish a better argument in favor of yielding up to despotism, than the religious divisions in protestant countries, and the degrees of service ever done to the churches by the Popes, afford, in favor of the re-admission and establishment of the papacy;

UNLIMITED power has generally been destructive of human happiness. The people are not under such temptations to thwart their own interests, as absolute government is under to abuse the people: and, that the public interest has, generally and on the whole, succeeded beyond all comparison better, where the people have, by the barrier of a constitution, retained power in a great degree in their own hands, than it has under despotic governments, we dare appeal to all the sensible, humane, impartial examiners of universal history.’

I have been modernizing the sermon so it is easier to read. If you are a subscriber, you can access the pdf of the sermon here.

Of Declared Charges

These points ‘of declared charges’ are twenty-seven specifically. I will only deal with two this week: ‘He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.’ And ‘For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury.’

Take note from the descriptive corresponding analysis compiled by National Humanities Center, 2010/2013. AMERICA IN CLASS® :

Quick SummaryOf Declared Charges

  • Charge Number 23: He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.

The analysis: By waging war on the colonies, the king rescinded his promise to protect his subjects and renounced his authority to govern them.

Modern instances of the charge: (three examples)

    1. In the early 20th Century, Congress gave over the monetary system to a private, self-governing entity, the Federal Reserve; thus renouncing their authority to govern the monetary system according to the Constitution.

    2. Over the 124 years Congress has abdicated its governance to bureaucrats, oligarchs, technocrats and internationalism such that U. N. treaties and various executive agreement have greater policy affect on our liberties.

    3. The invasion of illegals at the borders. Complete violation of the Constitution regarding protecting the States from invasion as well as existing Federal law on immigration. See the articles in the References.

  • Charge Number 18: For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:

The Analysis: New colonial courts created in 1768 provided for trials of accused smugglers with no jury, the judge alone delivering the verdict, thus removing a right long valued by British subjects. [The 1789 Bill of Rights guarantees trial by jury and other due process rights.]

    1. Just read the conservative news outlets and listen to the main-stream-media and you have all the examples of a weaponized Department of Justice and leftist judges. The Trump New York trial and the January 6th trials are key examples.

    2. The Department of Justice and leftist organizations engaging in lawfare against Christian and Patriotic Citizens.

Starting Strategy

Read and understand the 1773 Election Sermon by Charles Turner

To The Point

According to the sermon we not only have the right to resist all the evils occurring but also, the moral duty to do so. Otherwise, we are sinning against God and our fellow humans.

Sam Adams Wisdom

Sam Defers to the Election Sermon of 1773 discussed in this program.

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