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When Congress Asked America to Fast, Pray, and Give Thanks to God

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106 0 0 0 0 0 1Total107 1776 – 1784 Congress issues sixteen spiritual proclamations From 1776 to 1784 (during the years of the American Revolution), the Congresses[1] of the United States issued sixteen separate spiritual proclamations, calling Americans to humble themselves, fast, pray, and give thanks to God. Few realize that during the American War of Independence, Congress issued spiritual proclamations to the thirteen states in which they asked citizens to seek the Lord in one of the darkest moments of the nation’s history. Having been told for decades that America was birthed by...Read more... Read more... -->

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"Almost all the civil liberty now enjoyed in the world owes its origin to the principles of the Christian religion. Men began to understand their natural rights, as soon as the reformation from popery began to dawn in the sixteenth century; and civil liberty has been gradually advancing and improving, as genuine Christianity has prevailed. By the principles of the Christian religion we are not to understand the decisions of ecclesiastical councils...No; the religion which has introduced civil liberty, is the religion of Christ and his apostles, which enjoins humility, piety and benevolence; which acknowledges in every person a brother, or a sister, and a citizen with equal rights. This is genuine Christianity, and to this we owe our free constitutions of government. "
– Noah Webster, "Schoolmaster of America"
History of the United States, 299f
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