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Now may the Lord Jesus Christ and our Father God, who loved us and in his wonderful grace gave us eternal comfort and a beautiful hope that cannot fail, encourage your hearts and inspire you with strength to always do and speak what is good and beautiful in his eyes (2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 TPT).

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Do You Know the Reasons for the Revolutionary War?

by Barbara Latta

Some theologians have declared that American resistance to British rule was unscriptural and that the founding fathers acted in disobedience to the Bible by fighting. However, by

Do you know the reasons for the Revolutionary War?
doing so they are using selective reasoning and taking scripture out of context to support their views.

Over the centuries, the British monarchy became a self-appointed god. James I introduced the Divine Right of Kings which states that kings stand in the place of God, representing him to the people and Complete Submission and Non-Resistance to Authority, which states that kings have an allegedly divine position and are not to be resisted ever for any reason. This principle was carried out to the point of torture and murder of those who stood for biblical rights according to scripture.

The Bible teaches us in many places to obey civil laws. But when those laws resist God, His Word prevails. When the Israelites were under the rule of heathen nations, God raised up judges and prophets such as Gideon, Samson and Deborah to fight against lawlessness and free his people so they could worship him again.

In Acts 4:1-22, Peter and John were arrested for breaking the religious laws, but they stated they must obey God rather than men. Paul was imprisoned numerous times for preaching the gospel despite Jewish tradition and Roman law.

The Declaration of Independence stated 28 abuses
of power by King George III.
With these examples in mind, we can see what our Founding Fathers were up against by fighting against ungodly British rule. They tried to reason with King George by sending representatives declaring their stand and asking for equal consideration as British subjects. When the king refused to listen to their requests, they had no choice but to become slaves of the British empire with no rights or fight for freedom and become their own country.
Here are a few of the reasons listed on the Declaration of Independence that were presented to King George III:
  • He has refused his assent to laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
  • He has made judges dependent on his will alone for the tenure of their offices and the amount and payment of their salaries.
  • For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us: for protecting them, by mock trial, from punishment for any murders which they should commit on the inhabitants of these States.
  • For transporting us beyond seas to be tried for pretended offenses.
  • He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

There are 28 of these reasons listed on the Declaration which gave the colonists justifiable cause to resist the government of Britain for abuse of power. You can read the entire document here.

If the colonists had not fought against these abuses and won, the rights we have enjoyed for over 200 years would not be in existence today and the freedom to worship God would have been hindered. That’s why we need to still take a stand with our legislators when these rights are violated and attempted to be stripped from the citizens of America.

Happy Independence Day! God bless America, and may she continue to be a beacon of freedom and hope to the world.

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