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Rev. Daniel Shute: On Religious Tests, 1788

CALLED UNTO LIBERTY, AMERICAN FOUNDING ERA, REV. DANIEL SHUTE Reverend Daniel Shute defends the proposed U.S. Constitution and specifically its prohibition of religious tests—Massachusetts Ratification...

Election Sermon, by Rev. Timothy Stone, Hartford CT, 1792

CALLED UNTO LIBERTY, REV. TIMOTHY STONE ELECTION SERMON, MAY 10TH, 1792 A SERMON, PREACHED BEFORE HIS EXCELLENCY SAMUEL HUNTINGTON, ESQ. L.L.D. GOVERNOR, AND THE HONORABLE...

John Leland: Religious Liberty Promotes Greatest Revival of True Religion

CALLED UNTO LIBERTY, FOUNDING ERA SERMONS: JOHN LELAND 1791 Divines generally inform us that there is such a time to come (called the Latter-Day Glory) when...

John Woolman’s Ministry: Learning to Suppress ‘My’ Will

CALLED UNTO LIBERTY, JOHN WOOLMAN From an inward purifying, and steadfast abiding under it springs a lively operative desire for the good of others. All...

Jonathan Shipley’s Speech—1774

Background of the American Revolution Following the Boston Tea Party, Dr. Jonathan Shipley—Bishop of St. Asaph—writes a speech intended for the debate in the House...

Thomas Jefferson Testimonial for Reverend Charles Clay

CALLED UNTO LIBERTY, FOUNDING ERA, THOMAS JEFFERSON 15 August 1779 The reverend Charles Clay has been many years rector of this parish, and has been particularly...

Elisha Williams: The Great End of Civil Government

CALLED UNTO LIBERTY, FOUNDING ERA SERMONS Elisha Williams, 1744 I shall first, briefly consider the Origin and End of Civil Government. First, as to the origin—–Reason...

Civil Magistrates Must Be Just, Ruling in the Fear of God

Called Unto Liberty, Founding Era Sermons, Charles Chauncy Charles Chauncy (1705–1787). The most influential clergyman in the Boston of his time and—apart from Jonathan Edwards...

Overcoming Evil With Good—By Stanley Griswold

CALLED UNTO LIBERTY, FOUNDING ERA SERMONS, STANLEY GRISWOLD, 1801 A Yale graduate in 1786 and Congregational clergyman at New Milford, Connecticut, Griswold led a checkered...

Jonathan Swift—Essay upon the Art of Political Lying

Commentary In 1710, Jonathan Swift writes an essay for The Examiner. Besides, as the vilest writer has his readers, so the greatest liar has his believers;...

Joseph Sewall: Nineveh's Repentance and Deliverance

CALLED UNTO LIBERTY, FOUNDING ERA SERMONS A SERMON Preach'd before His EXCELLENCY THE GOVERNOUR The HONOURABLE COUNCIL AND Representatives of the Province of the Massachusetts-Bay...

Joseph Sewall: Nineveh’s Repentance and Deliverance

CALLED UNTO LIBERTY, FOUNDING ERA SERMONS A SERMON Preach'd before His EXCELLENCY THE GOVERNOUR The HONOURABLE COUNCIL AND Representatives of the Province of the Massachusetts-Bay...

Abraham Williams: An Election Sermon

CALLED UNTO LIBERTY, FOUNDING ERA SERMONS, ABRAHAM WILLIAMS Boston 1762 Independent and audacious enough while a student at Harvard to be known in some ministerial...

Jonathan Dickinson on God and Atheism

CALLED UNTO LIBERTY, FOUNDING ERA SERMONS BOSTON, 1741 Born in Hatfield, Massachusetts on April 22, 1688, Jonathan Dickinson studied theology at the Collegiate School of Connecticut...

Moses Mather On Free Agency

CALLED UNTO LIBERTY, FOUNDING ERA SERMONS, MOSES MATHER 1775 Free agency, or a rational existence, with its powers and faculties, and freedom of enjoying and exercising...

Jacob Cushing: The Workings of Divine Providence

CALLED UNTO LIBERTY, FOUNDING ERA SERMONS APRIL 1778 ... That there is a God, “is the prime foundation of all religion.” We should therefore employ our...

Calamities, Trials, Justice Meant for Good – John Witherspoon

CALLED UNTO LIBERTY, FOUNDING ERA SERMONS: JOHN WITHERSPOON 1776 The wrath of man praiseth God, as it is the instrument in his hand for bringing sinners...

Isaac Backus: Five Reasons Religious Taxes Are Wrong

CALLED UNTO LIBERTY, ISAAC BACKUS 1773 In civil states the power of the whole collective body is vested in a few hands, that they may with...

The American Vine: A Sermon—Jacob Duché

CALLED UNTO LIBERTY, FOUNDING ERA SERMONS July 20, 1775 Preached in Christ-Church, Philadelphia, before the Honourable Continental Congress, July 20, 1775. Being the Day Recommended by...

John Tucker: An Election Sermon

CALLED UNTO LIBERTY, FOUNDING ERA SERMONS: JOHN TUCKER Boston 1771 Editor's Note English colonists in America began living under local government based upon the consent of the...

Moses Mather: America’s Appeal to the Impartial World

Called Unto Liberty, Moses Mather: 1775, Founding Era Sermons Moses Mather (1719–1806). Born in Lyme, Connecticut, into a famous New England family of divines, Mather...

Anonymous, a Dialogue Between the Devil, and George III, Tyrant of Britain

CALLED UNTO LIBERTY, FOUNDING ERA SATIRE Anonymous: 1782 Not a sermon and by an author anonymous and unknown, this satirical dialogue first appeared in 1782 in...

Elisha Williams: The Great End of Civil Government

CALLED UNTO LIBERTY, FOUNDING ERA SERMONS Elisha Williams, 1744 I shall first, briefly consider the Origin and End of Civil Government. First, as to the origin—–Reason...

The Bible and the Sword – John Fletcher

Called Unto Liberty, John Fletcher: 1776, Founding Era Sermons John Fletcher (1729–1785). Born John de la Flechere in Nyon, Switzerland, Fletcher studied at the...

Men That Are Pillars: Benjamin Colman

Called Unto Liberty, Benjamin Coleman, Founding Era Sermons Integrity, uprightness, faithfulness added to knowledge and wisdom, makes men strong and beautiful pillars, whether in church...

The Surest Foundation of a People’s Prosperity

CALLED UNTO LIBERTY, FOUNDING ERA SERMONS, JOSEPH SEWALL Learn that true religion lays the surest foundation of a people’s prosperity. Righteousness exalteth a Nation, Prov....

Spirit of Power, Love, & of a Sound Mind – Benjamin Colman

CALLED UNTO LIBERTY, FOUNDING ERA SERMONS, BENJAMIN COLMAN A spirit of peace and love, meekness and humility, candor and gentleness; whereby persons are ready to...

Elisha Williams: The Right of Judging in Matters of Faith

CALLED UNTO LIBERTY, FOUNDING ERA SERMONS, ELISHA WILLIAMS That the sacred scriptures are the alone rule of faith and practice to a Christian, all Protestants...

Light Shining out of Darkness

Light Shining Out of Darkness. ————— GOD moves in a mysterious way His wonders to perform; He plants his footsteps in the sea, And rides upon the...

Great Key to the Rise and Fall of Liberty – Jedediah Morse

Called Unto Liberty, Founding Era Sermons, Jedediah Morse OUR dangers are of two kinds, those which offend our religion, and those which offend our government....

Samuel Cooke: The True Principles of Civil Government

Called Unto Liberty, Samuel Cooke, 1770 Introduction: The Reverend Samuel Cooke was a graduate of Harvard College in the class of 1735, then in the...

True liberty of man is, to know, obey and enjoy his Creator

Called Unto Liberty, Founding Era Sermons, Isaac Backus: 1773 It is supposed by multitudes, that in submitting to government we give up some part of...

The Fountain and Purpose of All Legitimate Civil Government

CALLED UNTO LIBERTY, FOUNDING ERA SERMONS, ELISHA WILLIAMS 1744 That the sacred scriptures are the alone rule of faith and practice to a Christian, all...

The Heinous Sin of Profane Cursing – George Whitefield

CALLED UNTO LIBERTY, FOUNDING ERA SERMONS Matthew 5:34, "But I say unto you, Swear not at all." Among the many heinous sins for which this nation...

Dominion of Providence Over the Passions of Men – John Witherspoon

CALLED UNTO LIBERTY, FOUNDING ERA SERMONS John Witherspoon (1723–1794). Born in Scotland and educated at Edinburgh, Witherspoon came to America in 1768 to be president...

Civil Government is of God, Tyranny of Man – Benjamin Colman

CALLED UNTO LIBERTY, FOUNDING ERA SERMONS GOD hath set: As well in the nature of things, as in his word. Government is not a creature...

Witherspoon: There are Bounds to the Evil of Men and Nations

Called Unto Liberty, Founding Era Sermons, John Witherspoon May 1776 Surely the Wrath of Man shall praise thee; the remainder of Wrath shalt thou restrain. Psalm LXXVI....

Necessity & Benefits of Religious Society: George Whitefield

CALLED UNTO LIBERTY, FOUNDING ERA SERMONS Eccles. 4:9–12 — “Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor. For if...

Republic of the Israelites An Example To The American States

BY SAMUEL LANGDON Called Unto Liberty, Founding Era Sermons, 1788 A native of Boston, Langdon was graduated from Harvard in the class of 1740 with Samuel...

Century Sermon on the Glorious Revolution: Elhanan Winchester

Called Unto Liberty, Founding Era Sermons, 1788 A native of Brookline, Massachusetts, Winchester was at first a Baptist and later a Universalist clergyman at churches...