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July 4, 2007 -- American Minute with Bill Federer July 4, 2007.
The Declaration of Independence was approved JULY 4, 1776.
John Hancock signed first, saying "the price on my head has just doubled."
Benjamin Franklin said "We must hang together or most assuredly we shall hang separately."
Of the 56 signers: 17 lost their fortunes, 12 had their homes destroyed, 5 became prisoners of war, 1 had two sons imprisoned on the British starving ship Jersey, 1 had a son killed in battle, 1 had his wife die from harsh prison treatment and 9 signers died during the War.
As Samuel Adams signed the Declaration, he said: "We have this day restored the Sovereign to whom all men ought to be obedient. He reigns in heaven and from the rising to the setting of the sun, let His kingdom come."
John Adams said: "I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary Festival. It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty.... I am well aware of the toil and blood and treasure that it will cost to maintain this Declaration... Yet through all the gloom I can see the rays of ravishing light and glory...
[Comment: The general Biblical foundations
of both Sam and John Adams is clear from the above. Sam Adams was an open
and unabashed Christian. John Adams was not a trinitarian, more likely a
unitarian. But neither was he a deist. He understood with all the
rest, including Franklin, that we are both personally and corporately
accountable to God. The American revolution would never have happened
apart from the fervent support of the Presbyterian clergy, preaching the
sovereignty of God over all, including King George III.
America is, by original design and intent, a democratic republic under God. Either we recover our Biblical foundations and submit ourselves willingly and joyfully to God, or we lose our freedoms. Only God can supply and guarantee them -- civil government cannot. E. Fox]
July 5, 2007 -- American Minute
with Bill Federer
Once political enemies, they became close friends in later life. Both served in the Continental Congress. One was elected the second President and the other elected the third. An awe swept America when they died on the same day, JULY 4, 1826, exactly 50 years since they both signed the Declaration of Independence.
Their names were John Adams and Thomas Jefferson.
In his Second Annual Message to Congress, December 5, 1826, President John Quincy Adams [son of John Adams] stated:
"Since your last meeting at this place, the fiftieth anniversary of the day when our independence was declared...two of the principal actors in that solemn scene - the hand that penned the ever-memorable Declaration and the voice that sustained it in debate - were by one summons, at the distance of 700 miles from each other, called before the Judge of All to account for their deeds done upon earth."
President John Quincy Adams added in an Executive Order, July 11, 1826: "A coincidence...so wonderful gives confidence... that the patriotic efforts of these...men were Heaven directed, and furnishes a new...hope that the prosperity of these States is under the special protection of a kind Providence."
[Comment: John Quincy was apparently a more orthodox Christian in his religious beliefs than his father, John. In a later Fourth of July speech, he made direct reference to Jesus. E. Fox]
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