I consider that the chief dangers which confront the coming century will be religion without the Holy Ghost; Christianity without Christ; forgiveness without repentance; salvation without regeneration; politics without God; and Heaven without Hell.  William Booth, Founder of the Salvation Army

“Before God, I believe the hour is come. My judgment approves this measure, and my whole heart is in it. All that I have, and all that I am, and all that I hope, in this life, I am now ready here to stake upon it; and I leave off as I began, that live or die, survive or perish, I am for the Declaration. It is my living sentiment, and by the blessing of God it shall be my dying sentiment. Independence now, and Independence forever.” (John Adams, expressing his sentiments on signing the Declaration of Independence)

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In contemplating the effect that separation from England would mean to him personally, John Adams wrote:

“If it be the pleasure of Heaven that my country shall require the poor offering of my life, the victim shall be ready at the appointed hour of sacrifice, come when that hour may. But while I do live, let me have a country, and that a free country.”

The Cost of Freedom

John Adam's letter to his wife Abigail following the approval of the Declaration.

I was reading a book this morning about our founders that so deeply impacted me, I had to put it down three times to wipe the tears. It’s a beautiful book called America’s God and Country by William Federer.   A simple dictionary with quotes from our founding fathers as enough to give me the […]

Suppose a nation in some distant region should take the Bible for their only law book, and every member should regulate his conduct by the precepts there exhibited! Every member would be obliged in conscience, to temperance, frugality, and industry; to justice, kindness, and charity towards his fellow men; and to piety, love and reverence toward Almighty God…What a Eutopia, what a Paradise would this region be. – John Adams

(In his diary entry dated February 22, 1756)

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A patriot without religion in my estimation is as great a paradox as an honest Man without the fear of God. Is it possible that he whom no moral obligations bind, can have any real Good Will towards Men? Can he be a patriot who, by an openly vicious conduct, is undermining the very bonds of Society?… The scriptures tell us “righteousness exalteth a Nation.”

(Near the time of November 5, 1775, Abigail Adams wrote to her friend, Mercy Warren)