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The Fourth of July--a day to celebrate and get down on our knees to thank God, if there ever was one on the human calendar.  It's the greatest day in our American history, even possibly the world, except for the day Christ gave His life for us.

This day also is the work of God.  The establishment of this nation was by Him and for His purpose of building His kingdom.  It's not one of human events, by human beings, for human beings without God in their lives.

And it's not a religious holiday, a man thinks of religion.  It's a spiritual holiday--a day for celebrating  patriotism.  That day means freedom to every man who lives on this soil!  It means the God who created man, gives him the right to be a man, to stand and choose as his conscience dictates.

That date, July 4, 1776, is written on the tablet the Statue of Liberty is holding, a statue given to our citizens by a country that knows the meaning of freedom. France, whose patriots have struggled for centuries to gain freedom, only to lose it again and again, can be proud to look toward the land shadowing with wings and see the sentinel of freedom standing in the harbor welcoming the people gathered out of the nations-- those who are seeking religious freedom.

On her pedestal is written what America stands for: "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"

 

Ellis Island National Monument

Ellis Island National Monument, located in upper New York Bay near Manhattan, was made part of the Statue of Liberty National Monument in 1965. Ellis Island is best known for the immigrant station located there between 1892 and 1954. An estimated 12 million immigrants passed through the station.

Ellis Island National Monument

It never occurred to me there would be anyone living on these God-blessed shores of America who wouldn't celebrate it. I was shocked when I read that at least 55 million American "citizens" snub that freedom by nonobservance of the Fourth of July.  It isn't one of their calendar festival days. (Albeit, they celebrate Saint Ulric's Day instead). 

Roman Catholic Americans are subtly taught to ignore this celebration of freedom, while their calendar is full of observances for "saints" whose feast days are the same as those of the pagan gods and goddesses.

There can be only one reason for this: Rome, the whore, who denies the freedom of men everywhere, in every nation on earth, wants to enslave them.

Like Spain and other nations whose citizens have risen up to break the yoke of Rome for freedom, then been broken under its armies sent in to crush that hope, Rome denies the liberty of conscience of a man. Rome hates the Constitution of the United States for granting it.  Rome is teaching her people from the cradle up to deny themselves their own God-given freedom.  And that would include everyone else's' also.  And what's worse, Rome doesn't even try to hide that fact.  Some people call it Papal "Bull."

Don't believe it? Then look at this and see. A statement by Pope Gregory XVI (1831-1846) reflects the teaching of the Roman Catholic Church throughout the centuries, and to the death of that organization this evil doctrine will prevail. It's found in an article titled Papal Bull, written by a Roman Catholic who can understands what bull it is. He wrote:

"In official church parlance, a bull is an important decree issued by the Holy Father. Some popes, however, have been known for an entirely different kind of bull. Some examples:

'From the polluted fountain of indifferentism flows that absurd and erroneous doctrine, or rather, raving, which claims and defends liberty of conscience for everyone. From this comes, in a word, the worst plague of all, namely, unrestrained liberty of opinion and freedom of speech. . . .It is no way lawful to demand, to defend, or to grant unconditional freedom of thought, or speech, of writing, or of religion, as if they were so many rights that nature has given to man.' " 1

Good patriotic men, ex-Roman priests have warned us over the years.   It's hard to believe such an evil thought could exist in the minds of so many, and yet, it does.  Rome is teaching her members to be Roman Catholics before they can be American citizens sworn to uphold the Constitution of the Unites States.  That, in broad terms, labels them traitors to the purpose for which this nation was founded by our forefathers.  And they proved it in the Civil War. Yet because of those very principles of freedom, this nation is bound to let into her borders those who seek to destroy the reason for her prosperity.   What, then, is that purpose for living here if it is not to cherish freedom? Abraham Lincoln expressed his concern over this when he became aware of the danger it presents.

Questions That Need Answering

All Europe was bowed under this slavery of the mind and body. If undenied paganism didn't hold them captive, Roman Catholic paganism did--a devouring 7-headed dragon hiding under the cloak of Christianity. God sent Columbus to open up a land where men could flee from this oppression by darkened minds, where men could determine their own destiny.

God blessed America will never be ruled by a king (or ruler) whom the papacy can control. America will never become Roman Catholic in the majority for that very reason. God will not allow it. He will send in the armies to burn out the dead branches before the sheep can be devoured by the wolves of Catholicism. The attempt during the Civil War to seize America is a good example. The South, with its major Roman Catholic centers, was stopped by Divine intervention, and devastated. God has a purpose for America. He made it; He will decide America's destiny and guide it to the end.

Why did the White Man come to the Red Man's country?
God Sent Them

Christopher Columbus
"It was the Lord who put into my mind--I could feel His hand upon me--the fact that it would be possible to sail from here to the Indies. All who heard of my project rejected it with laughter, ridiculing me. There is no question that the inspiration was from the Holy Spirit because He comforted me with rays of marvelous inspiration from the Holy Scriptures."2

 

 What was the intent of the men who came to these shore?
Freedom of Religion

 

 

Cape Henry Memorial, Virginia

In front of the Cross on the memorial site (photo left), members of the 700 club heard the dedication speech of Pat Robertson (photo below right).

 

 

Cape Henry Memorial, Virginia

Cape Henry Memorial (left) marks the spot where a cross was planted in 1607 dedicating this land to the Lord.

 

Two Dedications: In 1607 On Cape Henry, Virginia a cross was planted dedicating this land to Jesus Christ. On the same spot April 29, 1976, a rededication of the land and planting of another cross took place by the founders of CBN 700 Club. The photo (above left), is a reenactment by the CBN Staff of that first dedication. Pat Robertson (above right) gave the dedicatory speech in which he said:

"Our forefathers realized the importance of the gospel. They did not come here with some frivolous goal. I believe the significance of this day for us is that God has this particular city, in this particular area, to bring forth a Christian witness and message to this nation and to the world.

I believe that God is a God of order, and He is a God of the established order; and normally God goes back to the place where it started to bring something to pass. It isn't coincidence that God chose this area. For years people asked, 'Why in the world did you go to that place? Why didn't you go to one of the bigger cities like Dallas or Atlanta, Washington or Chicago?' Well, it didn't start in those places. It started right here as those people walked up on this beach carrying a cross and said, 'God we claim this land for the Lord, Jesus Christ, and we bow before Him to indicate His sovereignty over us.' "

At that dedication ceremony the cross in (photo above left) was brought in from Cape Henry and planted anew. Pat said, "The center of the building is going to be right here where this cross is going to be placed as we bring it in from Cape Henry where it was dedicated unto the Lord. . . ."

CBN University now stands on that spot and broadcasts all over the world helping millions. Pat Robertson and those around him are strong patriotic citizens who uphold the Constitution of the U.S., and the freedom, and liberty granted American citizens.

God Led The Pilgrims

Mayflower Compact, 1620
"Having undertaken, for the Glory of God and the advancement of the Christian Faith and the honor of our King and country, a voyage to plant the first colony in the northern parts of Virginia, do by the presents solemnly and mutually in the presence of God and of one another, covenant and combine ourselves together into a civil body politic. . . ."

Called to my attention is the rainbow to the left of the ship. Without knowing the Everlasting Covenant, the true meaning of the rainbow (that God will bring Zion again on earth), it is very possible that God inspired the artist to paint it in to remind those who do know its true meaning, that this is His work, and He is in the process of redeeming mankind as He promised.

Book of Mormon Testifies of God Sending People To America

The following is an excerpt from a sermon on the reformers of the gospel, and the founding fathers of this land. W.W. Blair, of the First Presidency of the RLDS Church said:

wwblair.jpg (846 bytes)"We are told still more in this same direction--that after the discovery of America by this man [Columbus] there were others of the Gentiles upon whom rested the Spirit and power of God, and they came across to this continent. Now I recognize in this the people that settled at Plymouth Rock, also the Huguenots that settled in Maryland and in North and South Carolina, and very many others of the early reformers that pressed their way forward where they might worship God according to the dictates of their own conscience and none to trouble them or make them afraid. There is a lesson here--namely that the Spirit and power of God was impelling and guiding and informing men in this wonderful work of peopling the land of America."4

The Huguenots fled France after a hundred years of fighting with Roman Catholics and being massacred for generations.



 

God Inspired The Writing of The Constitution

"...We go to the book of DOCTRINE AND COVENANTS and we are told that God founded this nation of America that man should have his moral agency according to the divine purpose before the world was made, and that God raised up and inspired men to form the constitution of our country.

'What! What! What!' says one, 'Did God have anything to do with Tom Paine? Did He have anything to do with inspiring men noted for infidelity?'  Why not my dear friends, just as much as He did in inspiring the heart of Caiaphas who was ready to sign the death warrant of Jesus Christ if he could have done it. Why not inspire the heart of Paine to bring about His purposes just as quickly as He would the heart of Caiaphas, who was anti-Christ in heart so far as his own will was concerned. Why not?

We believe, as Latter Day Saints, that our government was founded by the special interposition of the Almighty, and that that great charter of human rights, the Constitution, was framed by wise men; that its authors were inspired of the Lord.

You may take the great Magna Charta of England and it will not compare with the excellencies of the Constitution of the United States. The latter is a marvel of wisdom and simplicity, and is so regarded wherever it goes a broad among the civilized nations of the earth; and I remark in connection that only the infinite God could have inspired men to be the authors of such a wondrously noble work as is that.

Mark you--that is Latter Day Saint doctrine. You will find it right here in the Book of Doctrine and Covenants. When we come to read these things and ponder them well, it enlarges the heart and makes the bosom swell with gratitude to God in respect to His watchcare over His works, even though they do not belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints [Reorganized]. . . ."5 

 

 Sign That Parchment
 

 "Manly Palmer Hall brings his book, The Secret Destiny of America to a climax with the account of a mysterious stranger who swayed the Signers of the Declaration of Independence at the State House in Philadelphia: On July 4, 1776, in the old State House in Philadelphia, a group of patriotic men were gathered for the solemn purpose of proclaiming the liberty of the American colonies. From the letters of Thomas Jefferson which are preserved in the Library of congress, I have been able to gather considerable data concerning this portentous session.

In reconstructing the scene, it is well to remember that if the Revolutionary War failed every man who had signed the parchment then lying on the table would be subject to the penalty of death for high treason. It should also be remembered that the delegates representing the various colonies were not entirely of one mind as to the policies which should dominate the new nation.

There were several speeches. In the balcony patriotic citizens crowded all available space and listened attentively to the proceedings. Jefferson expresses himself with great vigor; and John Adams, of Boston, spoke, and Franklin, quiet and calm as usual, spoke his mind with well chosen words. The delegates hovered between sympathy and uncertainty as the long hours of the summer day crept by, for life is sweet when there is danger of losing it. The lower doors were locked and a guard was posted to prevent interruption.

According to Jefferson, it was late in the afternoon before the delegates gathered their courage to the sticking point. The talk was about axes, scaffolds, and the gibbet, when suddenly a strong, bold voice sounded:

'Gibbet! They may stretch our necks on all the gibbets in the land; they may turn every rock into a scaffold; every tree into a gallows; every home into a grave, and yet the words of that parchment can never die! They may pour our blood on a thousand scaffolds, and yet, from every drop that dyes the axe a new champion of freedom will ring into birth! The British King may blot out the stars of God from the sky, but he cannot blot out His words written on the parchment there. The works of God may perish; His words never!

The words of this declaration will live in the world long after our bones are dust. To the mechanic in his workshop they will speak hope; to the slave in the mines freedom; but to the coward kings, these words will speak in tons of warning they cannot choose but hear. . . .

Sign that parchment! Sign, if the next moment the gibbet's rope is about your neck! Sign, if the next minute this hall rings with the clash of falling axes! Sign, by all your hope in life or death, as men, as husbands, as fathers, brothers, sign your names to that parchment, or be accursed forever! Sign, and not only for yourselves, but for all ages, for that parchment will be the textbook of freedom, the Bible of the rights of man forever.

Nay, do not start and whisper with surprise! It is truth, your own hearts witness it; God proclaims it. Look at this strange band of exiles and outcasts, suddenly transformed into a people; a handful of men, weak in arms, but mighty in God-like faith; nay, look at your recent achievements, your Bunker Hill, your Lexington, and then tell me, if you can, that God has not given America to be free!

Methinks I see the recording angel come trembling up to that throne and speak his dread message, "Father, the old world is baptized in blood. Father, look with one glance of Thine eternal eye, and behold evermore that terrible sight, man trodden beneath the oppressor's feet, nations lost in blood, murder, and superstition, walking hand in hand over the graves of the victims, and not a single voice of hope to man!"

He stands there, the Angel, trembling with the record of human guilt. But hark! The voice of God speaks from out the awful cloud; "Let there be light again! Tell My people, the poor and oppressed, to go out from the old world, from oppression and blood, and build My altar in the new!"

As I live, my friend, I believe that to be His voice! Yes, were my soul trembling on the verge of eternity, were this hand freezing in death, were this voice choking in the last struggle, I would still, with the last impulse of that soul, with the last wave of that hand, with the last gasp of that voice, implore you to remember this truth--God has given America to be free! Yes, as I sank into the gloomy shadows of the grave, with my last faint whisper I would beg you to sign that parchment for the sake of those millions whose very breath is now hushed in intense expectation as they look up to you for the awful words; "You are free." '

The unknown speaker fell exhausted into his seat. The delegates, carried away by his enthusiasm, rushed forward. John Hancock scarcely had time to pen his bold signature before the quill was grasped by another. It was done.

The delegates turned to express their gratitude to the unknown speaker for his eloquent words. He was not there.Who was this strange man who seemed to speak with a divine authority, whose solemn words gave courage to the doubters and sealed the destiny of the new nation?

Unfortunately, no one knows. His name is not recorded; none of those present knew him; or if they did, not one acknowledged the acquaintance. How he had entered into the locked and guarded room is not told, nor is there any record of the manner of his departure. No one claimed to have seen him before, and there is no mention of him after this single episode. Only his imperishable speech bears witness to his presence.

There are many interesting implications in his words. He speaks of the rights of man, although Thomas Paine's book by that name was not published until thirteen years later." 6

 

Signing of the Constitution of the United States
For Whom was the Constitution of the Unites States Written?
 "Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people.
It is wholly inadequate for the government of any other."
John Adams
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 Long Live God-Blessed America! 

Again the words of the Spirit of General George Washington remind us of America's destiny:

'General McClellan, while yet in the flesh I beheld the birth of the American Republic. It was indeed a hard and bloody one, but God's blessing was upon the nation, and therefore, through this great struggle for existence, He sustained her with His mighty hand and brought her out triumphantly. A century had not passed since then and yet the child Republic has taken her position. A peer with nations whose pages of history extend for ages into the past. She has (since those dark days, by the favor of God) greatly prospered and now, by the very reason [of] all this prosperity, she has been brought to her second great struggle. This, so far the most perilous ordeal she has to endure, pass, as she is, from childhood to opening maturity.

She is called on to accomplish that fast result, self-conquest; to learn that important lesson, self-control, self-rule, that in the future will place her in the van of power and civilization.

It is here that all the nations have hitherto failed and she, too, the Republic of the earth, had not God willed otherwise, would by tomorrow's sunset, have been a heap of stones, cast up over the final grave of human liberty, but her cries have come up out of the borders like sweet incense unto heaven. She will be saved. Then shall peace once more be upon her and prosperity fill her with joy. But her mission will not then be finished for ere another century shall have gone by, the oppressors of the whole earth, hating and envying her and her exaltation, shall join themselves together and raise up their hands against her; but IF she shall be found worthy of her high calling, they shall be truly discomfited, and then will be ended her third and last struggle for existence. Henceforth shall the Republic go on, increasing in goodness and power, until her borders shall end only in the remotest corners of the earth, and the whole earth shall, beneath her shadowy wings become a Universal Republic.' "

Refs.
1. Pope-Pouuri, p. 9 by John Dollison
4. Excerpt from a sermon by W.W. Blair, The Saints' Herald, Oct. 1892 (copied from Book of Sermons, pp. 217-218)
5. Ibid.
6. Book of Mormon Deeps 2:283-285, by Roy E. Weldon and R.Edward Butterworth, copied from Restoration Voice, July/Aug 1986, p. 8,9

Photos
2. Columbus by John Vanderlyn/Architect of the Capitol. Located in the Rotunda of the United States Capitol. Copied from The Christian Coalition Calendar for 1994
3. Mayflower Compact by Robert W.Weir/ Ibid.
7. Signing of the Constitution Howard Chandler Christy/ Architect of the Capitol. The Christian Coalition Calendar for 1994
8.
G. Washington Monument from Christian American March/April 1997, p. 4
"This 9-foot sculpture of George Washington at prayer is located on the grounds of Freedom Foundation at Valley Forge."