Pastor Mark's Newsletter (July 2017)

Today we celebrate the 241st anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence of the United States of America from the rule of Great Britain. While today the United States enjoys a great relationship with our mother country, and greatest modern ally, 241 years ago it was altogether a different situation.  Among other things there was the issue of taxation without representation, the right to free speech, and the right to preach the gospel without a license from the government. Patrick Henry’s famous quote “Give me liberty or give me death…” was a reaction, in part, to having witnessed a Baptist preacher being flogged in Culpepper, Virginia for preaching without a license. Today we enjoy great religious liberty because of our Founding Father’s actions on this historic date.

While we celebrate the founding of our nation today with parades, picnics, cookouts, ball games and other activities, let us not forget the heavy price the signers of that declaration of independence paid in order that we might enjoy our freedoms and blessings.  We need to pause and give thanks for their sacrifice and commitment to a cause greater than themselves. We need to thank God for the millions of men and women who have served in our armed forces over the past 241 years, many of whom paid the ultimate price to ensure the preservation of our way of life here in America. We need to thank the men of God who, through these many years, have beckoned the clarion call of revival to keep the nation walking in the light of the Truth of God. And the Truth is Jesus! As long as the Truth is proclaimed and obeyed we shall be free! For as Jesus said, “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. …Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.” John 8:32, 36