Bill Federer Recalls Fiery Patriot’s Prescient Warnings for Nation

By Bill Dederer

September 26, 2016

Crying “No taxation without representation,” he instigated the Stamp Act riots and the Boston Tea Party. After the “Boston Massacre,” he spread Revolutionary sentiment with his network of Committees of Correspondence. Known as “the Father of the American Revolution,” his name was Samuel Adams, born Sept. 27, 1722.

Samuel Adams called for the first Continental Congress and signed the Declaration of Independence, stating: “We have explored the temple of royalty, and found that the idol we have bowed down to, has eyes which see not, ears that hear not our prayers, and a heart like the nether millstone. We have this day restored the Sovereign, to whom alone all men ought to be obedient. He reigns in Heaven. …”

Samuel Adams continued: “There are instances of, I would say, an almost astonishing Providence in our favor; our success has staggered our enemies, and almost given faith to infidels; so that we may truly say it is not our own arm which has saved us. The hand of Heaven appears to have led us on to be, perhaps, humble instruments and means in the great Providential dispensation which is completing. …”

A cousin of the second President John Adams, Samuel Adams wrote in “The Rights of Colonists,” 1772: “Among the natural rights of Colonists are: first, a right to life; secondly, to liberty; thirdly, to property; together with the right to defend them. … The supreme power cannot justly take from any man any part of his property without his consent.”

In “The Rights of the Colonists,” section “The Rights of the Colonist as Subjects,” Samuel Adams wrote: “Government has no right to absolute, arbitrary power over the lives and fortunes of the people; nor can mortals assume a prerogative … reserved for the exercise of the Deity alone.”

In “The Rights of the Colonists,” section “The Rights of the Colonist as Men,” Samuel Adams wrote: “In regards to religion, mutual toleration in the different professions thereof is what all good and candid minds in all ages have ever practiced. … It is now generally agreed among Christians that this spirit of toleration, in the fullest extent consistent with the being of civil society, is the chief characteristical mark of the church.”

In “The Rights of the Colonists,” section “The Rights of the Colonist as Christians,” Samuel Adams wrote: “The right to freedom being the gift of God Almighty, the rights of the Colonists as Christians may best be understood by reading and carefully studying the institutions of The Great Law Giver and the Head of the Christian Church, which are to be found clearly written and promulgated in the New Testament.”

On April 30, 1776, Samuel Adams wrote to John Scollay of Boston: “Revelation assures us that ‘Righteousness exalteth a nation.’ Communities are dealt with in this world by the wise and just Ruler of the Universe. He rewards or punishes them according to their general character. … Public liberty will not long survive the total extinction of morals. ‘The Roman Empire,’ says the historian, ‘must have sunk, though the Goths had not invaded it. Why? Because the Roman virtue was sunk.’ Could I be assured that America would remain virtuous, I would venture to defy the utmost efforts of enemies to subjugate her.

Samuel Adams stated: “Neither the wisest constitution nor the wisest laws will secure the liberty and happiness of a people whose manners are universally corrupt.”

Samuel Adams was elected as governor of Massachusetts, and wrote to James Warren, Feb. 12, 1779, warning: “A general dissolution of the principles and manners will more surely overthrow the liberties of America than the whole force of the common enemy. While the people are virtuous they cannot be subdued; but once they lose their virtue, they will be ready to surrender their liberties to the first external or internal invader.”

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