Chaplains and Clergy: Chapter 33 – Alexander McWhorter

Chapter 33:  Alexander McWhorter.

The quick picture of Alexander McWhorter: — His Early Life. — Zeal In The Cause Of Liberty. — Sent South By Congress To Rouse The Inhabitants. — Accompanies Washington In His Retreat Through New Jersey. — Made Chaplain Of Knox’s Brigade. —Leaves The Army. — Settles In North Carolina. — His Library And Furniture Destroyed By The British. — Flees To Pennsylvania. — Sent To England To Raise Funds For Princeton College. — Revisits His Native Place. — His Death.

Alexander McWhorter had such a clear understanding or the deepest aspects of the reason for the revolt against England that he was made an envoy to North Carolina. Congress sent him south to North Carolina because of his zeal for Liberty. He went to rouse the people to Action. For this, McWhorter was greatly maligned by the Tories and had to leave the effort.

McWhorter was with Gen. Washington on the march to Trenton. He gave his all of himself in service to the army. He was all in for the cause of Liberty but his service was cut short when his wife was hit by lightning.

Through the course of the war, McWhorter has great personal loss but was strong in his faith and love of country. He was made a trustees of Princeton College and served well in this capacity. The story of his old age is most interesting. It reminds us that in the end only God knows who we are as an individual.

The Book

The Chaplains and Clergy of the Revolution is the Historical Fact that Christianity (see the link at the end) is the root of our American Heritage and a key factor in the inspiration of the Revolution. God governance is God’s governance and the Citizenry understood this. Those that were Chaplains and Clergy were not just religious mouth pieces. NO, They were warrior Patriots that spoke first the Word of God and then the musket or sword.

I am reading this book as if to my Grandchildren. My great  hope is that parents and Grandparents would do the same. I hope and pray more that Pastors would be in these tumultuous times as the same that these Founding Clergy and Chaplains were.

Let us all learn and act according to the Blessing and examples they set for US in our Foundation.

https://ia902704.us.archive.org/25/items/clergyo00head/clergyo00head.pdf

Table of Contents:

You can find the other chapters of the book by following the highlighted link to the Table of Contents here.

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Chaplains and Clergy of the Revolution: Chapter 32 – Judah Champion

     Chapter 32:  Judah Champion.  Judah Champion

The quick picture of Judah Champion: — The Pastor of Litchfield. — His Prayers For His Country. — Extraordinary Scene In Church On The Arrival Of News From The Army. — Women Working On The Sabbath To Prepare Garments For The Soldiers. — The Pastor On The Field Of Battle.

Judah Champion was powerful in prayer to the extent that when someone called for a doctor they also sent for him. Many believed in “the efficacy (the ability to produce a desired result) of his fervent prayer.” Most of all he hated every form of oppression and put ‘the weight of his personal character and his eloquent tongue to the cause of the Colonies.” Continue reading

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4-4-20 Political Theology – The Same Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow?

Revolving History

In evangelical circles over the last 40ish years I have heard preachers say, “God is the Same Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow!” Over these many years, I have always wondered if these were parrots chirping the words or if in fact they believed them. I’m results oriented. I believe that ‘words’ have meanings. As I discussed, when reacquainting with a O’l Navy shipmate now top theologian, I believe we live our eternity Now. And I absolutely believe that God is unequivocally the Same Today as well as Yesterday and Tomorrow.

What’s all that have to do with the present panic and political theology? Continue reading

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3-28-2020 Prudence In Governance

Prudence

This week I find myself looking at: what is Prudence in Governance? I am addressing this from the hoopla that has not only occurred in Ohio but also across the Nation. The May 1764 Letter of Instruction is critical for all to read. Follow the link in the last sentence or in the References below.

This Letter of Instruction is so relevant to this very moment in time that it is uncanny. The situation in Boston is the present issues in the whole United States: Economic issues, Trade impacting local manufacturing and epidemic crushing upon it all.

I will be bold and dare you to read this Letter of Instruction if you have the courage to reflect on history and then apply the lessons to the present.

I implore you to read your State Constitution! Continue reading

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3-21-20 Coronavirus and Liberty, Deep Dive Into the Ohio Constitution

Coronavirus and Liberty  Chinese Virus

I have received a number of questions about the Coronavirus and Liberty in regards to what happened in Ohio. The primary question being: Is the cancelation of the Ohio election an Ohio Constitutional Crisis? The simple answer is No.

Not by the March 16th, 2020 actions of Governor DeWine.

The actual Constitutional Crisis was Amending the State Constitution in 1960. There is more that has diminished the Constitution of Ohio through Amendment which I will discuss on next weeks program.

How Governor DeWines lawful actions absolutely does affect Liberty, which is a longer discussion that I will have to cover in next Saturday’s Program as well..

Ohio Constitutional Crisis?

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3-14-20 Question of Sedition and Trump listens to Dr Franklin

This program will focus on The Question of Sedition and Trump listening to Dr. Franklin following a quick opening discussion. Further down in this posting, I give my thoughts on the Coronavirus (Flu) issues. More important for this program, I reflect on two points:

Local Issues and Duel Citizenship

In Ohio the election is this coming Tuesday, March 17th. As I noted last week, it is critical that you understand the local issues and candidates. It is our responsibility to participate in our government!

This takes me to the quick second point that I hammer on all of the time: Christians have duel Citizenship. That means that we are absolutely responsible to participate in governing with God’s principles! The culture and dysfunctional governing bodies are the way that they are because Biblical Christianity is sitting on the rooftops – disengaged from the reality in front of them.

It is time to get a grip and jump into the mire with the Truth of Biblical Principles to lead in our Constitutional Republic. It is your responsibility!

Question of Sedition:

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3-7-2020 What Gender is Your Library?

What Gender is Your Library?  What Gender is Your Library

In Ohio, State wide libraries get over $400,000,000.00 in funding as well as local property tax levy money. From this, can you answer ‘What Gender is Your Library?’

This is an interesting question when it comes to Geauga County Ohio in that the Library Board believes it is not accountable to the tax payer, the County Commissioners nor the appointing Judges of the Common Pleas Court. In fact, it seems that the Seven Member Board are intent on pressing Local Political Theology of gender dysphoria into a forum for teens.

Can it be that these Seven appointed individuals do not understand the moral positions of the majority and are intent on ignoring a letter from the Ohio Speaker of the House? More important, Are they intent on defining – What Gender is Your Library?

Unpacking the Issue

On this program my guest is Jim Mac Neal. Not withstanding Jim’s technical and engineering background, he will Unpack the Issue of What Gender is Your Library. Jim has studied the section of the Ohio Revised Code that brought the Library Boards into existence. His insights should resonate with all Ohioans as well as reach across the whole US on this topic.

Jim and I have an informative and engaging conversation in respect to what Sam Adams always noted – That all politics is local and that their must be moral continuity in all local politics.

Christian Confusion

It is obvious by the non-participation of strong evangelicals at the various agency board meetings codified by state constitutions, that they have no use for ‘living peacefully’ in this nation. The issue of What Gender is Your Library is in the forefront because Christians are confused about their biologics and gender. Look at the Pew Report in the references: “Six-in-ten Christians say gender determined at birth; six-in-ten religious ‘nones’ disagree.”

When the pulpits refuse to engage the extensibility of the Gospel as the Sovereign Authority in every aspect of life – including culture and politics – then they are culpable in the demise and destruction of both.

Action Item

Get to the next Library Board meeting in you county!

The one in Geauga County is mentioned in the program.

Take action or morality will be legislated or ruled out of the public square by even the religious that accept immorality.

Sam Adams Wisdom:

“Were the talents and virtues which Heaven has bestowed upon men given merely to make them more obedient drudges, to be sacrificed to the follies and ambitions of the few? Or were not the noble gifts so equally dispensed with a divine purpose and law that they should as nearly as possible be equally exerted, and the blessings of poverty be equally enjoyed by all Away, then, with those absurd systems, which, to gratify the pride of a few, debase the greatest part of our species below the order of men. What an affront to the King of the universe, to maintain that the happiness of a monster sunk in debauchery and spreading desolation and murder among men, of a Caligula, a Nero, or a Charles, ° is more precious in His sight than that of millions of His suppliant creatures, who do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with their God!” – Writings of Sam Adams Volume I

And because you keep asking!

References:

For today’s program:

1. Transgenderism: A Christian Perspective – Journal on Reformed Faith and Practice

2. Pew Report: Views of transgender issues divide along religious lines

3. Public Libraries – American Library Association – Chapter 5

4. A Public Library Canceled a Drag Class After Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder, Other Republicans, Got Angry

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2-29-20 Murder, Patriotism and Bernie

Murder, Patriotism and Bernie

Wow, Murder, Patriotism and Bernie sounds like a swamp movie or book. It is in fact the present, history reflected in the present and a unique reference about socialism.

Murder  Mommy tried....

Returning to Ohio to live after leaving for the military when the ’70s just rolled in has had its awakenings to change. Yet, Ohio is systemic of the nation in that moral continuity has degenerated and the bastion of active moralism, the churches, have left the battle-field. Therefore, Murder, a most heinous head of the Hydra is codified in law without restriction.

Murder – an acceptable component of moral continuity? When a mother watches her new born twins die on her chest because the law says – they are too young to receive care after being born. I have bit to say on this topic.

Patriotism

Ah, the mirrors of history how the reflection shines from the wet ink forming the words from Sam Adams quill pen. The resounding echo that trumpets through the justice doled out after five are killed on “The Green.”

When the smoldering passions of the citizens cry injustice, yet, it was a jury of peers that convict. The call to patriotism rings in the words of Sam Adams in his Article of January 21st 1771. He calls to the future, to our very present and virtually describes our President.

Is the intrigue and treachery of “that at present there are good grounds to apprehend a settled design to enslave and ruin the colonies (these United States); and that some men of figure and station in America, have adopted the plan, and would gladly lull the people to sleep, the easier to put it in execution:” And that the Citizens see the folly and elect a Champion?

The fears and jealousies of the people are not always groundless: And when they become general, it is not to be presum’d that they are; for the people in general seldom complain, without some good reason. The inhabitants of this continent are not to be dup’d “by an artful use of the words liberty and slavery, in an application to their passions,” as the deamoncrats and socialist would have us think – No, Our present Citizenry – “They can distinguish between “realities and sounds”; and by a proper use “of that reason which Heaven has given them “, they can judge, as well as their betters, when there is danger of slavery.”

And here I will take you to the description that Sam writes of President Trump, a True Patriot: “The true patriot therefore, will enquire into the causes of the fears and jealousies of his countrymen; and if he finds they are not groundless, he will be far from endeavoring to allay or stifle them: On the contrary, constrain’d by the Amor Patrae, and from public views, he will by all proper means in his power foment and cherish them: He will, as far as he is able, keep the attention of his fellow citizens awake to their grievances; and not suffer them to be at rest, till the causes of their just complaints are removed.”

Bernie

Bernie is the quintessential socialist – marxists. I have spoken on his ilk for years. To give you another flavor of discussing these purveyors of immoral continuity, I thought a refreshing approach by Pastor Doug Wilson would be enjoyed by all. I don’t have time to justly expound on his blog post titled “3 Reasons Why Socialism Should Not Be Considered as the Butterfly’s Boots” but I will hit a couple of points and let you delve into the posting for a refreshing educational experience.

And because you keep asking!

References:

For today’s program:

1. The Hospital Refused To Treat My Twin Babies. Nurses Forced Me To Watch Them Die. “There was just one nurse sitting in the room. I asked her, ‘Why are you even in here if you’re not going to help?’ She replied, ‘I am here to call the time of death.’”

2. Lawsuit: Google Secretly Monitors Millions of Kids

3. Sam Adams Article “VINDEX” January 21, 1776

4. 3 Reasons Why Socialism Should Not Be Considered as the Butterfly’s Boots by Douglas Wilson

5. Marxism and Marriage by David Solway

6. The Washington Free Beacon: Pelosi, Who Said Democrats Don’t Support Socialism, Would Support Sanders as Nominee

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2-22-20 Davos 1776 – A Question of Economics

Davos 1776  The New Global Mercantilism

Davos and Davos 1776 are parallels in history. I often comment that there is ‘Nothing New Under the Sun.’ The location is different in that Switzerland was know as the bastion and root of the Reformation while now it is the bastion for the ‘World Economic Forum.’ Ha… and dispensationalists thought that Brussels was the ‘beast!’

Clarification, there is nothing wrong with working hard and smart to develop wealth. Yet, to assume that ones wealth allows them to be the leader and lord of all things is antithetical to Foundational Biblical and American principles.

Just to quote an interesting observation from 2017 (the article is in the references):

“(People) have witnessed the rise of the Davos class, a hyper-connected network of banking and tech billionaires, elected leaders who are awfully cosy with those interests (neoliberal policies), and Hollywood celebrities who make the whole thing seem unbearably glamorous,” Naomi Klein, an author and social activist said in an opinion piece for The Guardian newspaper just a day after Trump’s victory in November. Continue reading

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2-15-20 Adam Retych Talking Israel

Adam Retych Complexity of Situation

I am delighted to have Adam Retych back on the program Talking Israel. Many of you will remember Adam from last year as he brought us fantastic insights into SEL.

Adam is a friend who is in his second year of college and getting ready to move into additional challenges as he will be taking on his major studies throughout the summer and into the next couple of years.

I know, you are still scratching your head… SEL??? Remember the Ohio Board of Education plans regarding Social Emotional Learning. Go back and review what Adam enlightened us about regard this topic in these two programs:

December 2018 SEL: Stealing Individualism and Making Minions

April 2019 4-6-19 Ohio SEL and Electoral College

Talking Israel

Adam Retych spent about ten days in Israel last summer. He did it as a boots on the ground investigative student. He had a number of questions regarding the facts about modern Israel. Based on what Adam learned, He is Talking Israel; modern Israel as he sought the answers to his questions as well as developed more.

We engage in a conversation that focusses on the Palestinian issue as Adam was able to consider key facets from the historical to the present. I appreciate his insights and fresh thoughts on this issue that will help all listeners get a boots on the ground perspective.

As we are Talking Israel, the intent is to give this first hand perspective to conservatives and Christians that do not have the same experiences as Adam. Hopefully this is the beginning of more questions for all interested in this topic.

Thank You Adam!

Sam Adams Wisdom – Anecdote

A RECORD OF “THANKS.”

The papers of Samuel Adams’ day contained many political satires, directed at different parties, according to the political bias of the papers, usually personal, often disrespectful, even irreverent, sometimes witty, but generally finding their point in local fitness and the relish which personality always gives to newspaper squibs. In Rivington’s Royal “Gazette, “ on the occasion of a day of general thanksgiving being appointed by the Massachusetts Congress, appeared the following:

THANKS UPON THANKS.

(“A Grace for the Port of Boston.)

Thanks to Hancock for thanksgiving:

Thanks to God for our good living:

Thanks to Gage for hindering evil:

and for source of discord civil,

Thanks to Adams and the devil.”

NO FAITH IN THE KING.

Whatever may have been the private views of Mr. Adams with regard to the ultimate future and independence of the colonies, no one can read the letters and petitions to the government, framed and many of them penned by Samuel Adams, up to 1769, and fail to observe and admire the clearness and moderation with which the grievances are stated, as well as the firmness with which their rights are asserted.

Yet an incident related by Mrs. Hanna Wells, Mr. Adams/ daugher, shows how little faith he himself had in the mercy or justice of the king.

The young girl remarked, as she glanced over the petition to the king, “That paper will soon be touched by the royal hand.” Her father quickly replied, “It will, my dear, more likely be spurned by the royal foot.”

– the above from: Samuel Adams Great Americans of History, Pages 161 and 162

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