You've heard the rest, right? ...is obedience to God." The quote is attributed to both Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin. The word rebellion is also used in place of resistance in many instances. Most of the Founders believed that what they were being subject to under the tyranny of King George were in direct conflict with their philosophical, spiritual, and religious beliefs. In 1800 in a letter penned by Jefferson, it is documented that he said "I Have Sworn Upon the Altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man."
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The phrase was a rally cry during the Revolution, and it was a slogan on the personal seal of Benjamin Franklin. Franklin had even suggested it be put on the Great Seal of America.
In 1774, the Massachusettes Provincial Congress set forth this resolution:
"Resistance to tyranny becomes the Christian and social duty of each individual....Continue steadfast, and with a proper sense of your dependence of God, nobly defend those rights which heaven gave, and not man out to take from us."Do you recognize the Tyrants among us today?
Patriot's Prayer: Today, Lord, I pray for the protection of this nation. May I do all that I can to maintain the rights and individual freedoms You have granted us.
Patriot's Promise: "Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God."~ Romans 13:1
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NOTE: All source material(unless otherwise noted)from God's Promises for the American Patriot by Dr. Richard D Lee & Jack Countryman; In God We Still Trust by Dr. Richard D Lee; and The American Patriot's Bible: The Word of God and the Shaping of America(NKJV) by Richard G Lee (general editor).