John Adams Proclamation for a Day of Fasting & Humiliation

John Adams Proclamation for a Day of Fasting & Humiliation

This is the text of a national day of humiliation, fasting, and prayer issued by President John Adams as printed in the Columbian Centinel, April 4, 1798. This proclamation was issued on March 23, 1798 declaring May 9, 1798 the day of fasting for the nation.

While this is not a Thanksgiving Day proclamation, it is still a great reminder of the need for prayer and God’s blessing in our daily life.

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John Adams, 2nd President of the United States of America in office from March 4, 1797 – March 4, 1801.

As the safety and prosperity of nations ultimately and essentially depend on the protection and blessing of Almighty God; and the national acknowledgment of this truth is not only an indispensable duty which the people owe to Him, but a duty whose natural influence is favorable to the promotion of that morality and piety, without which social happiness cannot exist, nor the blessings of a free government be enjoyed; and as this duty, at all times incumbent, is so especially in seasons of difficulty and of danger, when existing or threatening calamities, the just judgments of God against prevalent iniquity are a loud call to repentance and reformation; and as the United States of America are at present placed in a hazardous and afflictive situation, by the unfriendly disposition, conduct and demands of a foreign power, evinced by repeated refusals to receive our messengers of reconciliation and peace, by depredations on our commerce, and the infliction of injuries on very many of our fellow citizens, while engaged in their lawful business on the seas: —Under these considerations it has appeared to me that the duty of imploring the mercy and benediction of Heaven on our country, demands at this time a special attention from its inhabitants.

I have therefore thought it fit to recommend, that Wednesday, the 9th day of May next be observed throughout the United States, as a day of Solemn Humiliation, Fasting and Prayer; That the citizens of these states, abstaining on that day from their customary worldly occupations, offer their devout addresses to the Father of Mercies, agreeably to those forms or methods which they have severally adopted as the most suitable and becoming: That all religious congregations do, with the deepest humility, acknowledge before GOD the manifold sins and transgressions with which we are justly chargeable as individuals and as a nation; beseeching him, at the same time, of his infinite Grace, through the Redeemer of the world, freely to remit all our offences, and to incline us, by his holy spirit, to that sincere repentance and reformation which may afford us reason to hope for his inestimable favor and heavenly benediction; That it be made the subject of particular and earnest supplication, that our country may be protected from all the dangers which threaten it; that our civil and religious privileges may be preserved inviolate, and perpetuated to the latest generations; that our public councils and magistrates may be especially enlightened and directed at this critical period; that the American people may be united in those bonds of amity and mutual confidence, and inspired with that vigor and fortitude by which they have in times past been so highly distinguished, and by which they have obtained such invaluable advantages: That the health of the inhabitants of our land may be preserved, and their agriculture, commerce, fisheries, arts and manufactures be blessed and prospered: That the principles of genuine piety and sound morality may influence the minds and govern the lives of every description of our citizens; and that the blessings of peace, freedom, and pure religion, may be speedily extended to all the nations of the earth.

And finally I recommend, that on the said day; the duties of humiliation and prayer be accompanied by fervent Thanksgiving to the bestower of every good gift, not only for having hitherto protected and preserved the people of these United States in the independent enjoyment of their religious and civil freedom, but also for having prospered them in a wonderful progress of population, and for conferring on them many and great favours conducive to the happiness and prosperity of a nation.

Given under my hand and seal of the United States of America, at Philadelphia, this twenty-third day of March, in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety-eight, and of the Independence of the said States the twenty-second.

[BOOK REVIEW] Supernatural

[BOOK REVIEW] Supernatural

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Do you really believe what the Bible says?

This is the opening question for Dr. Michael S. Heiser’s new book, “Supernatural: What the Bible Teaches about the Unseen World And Why It Matters.” His book is dedicated to discussing the strange, and often troublesome, passages of the supernatural that most pastors ignore in their preaching. Examples include:

  • God takes counsel with heavenly beings on who will deceive the king Ahab (1 Kings 22:19–23).
  • God keeping fallen angels in chains (Jude 1:6).
  • Jesus proclaiming the good news to imprisoned spirits (1 Peter 3:18).
  • “God presides in the heavenly council; in the assembly of the gods he gives his decision.” (Psalm 82:1)

If you are fascinated by the supernatural, but confused by what passages like this mean, then Dr. Heiser’s book is for you. But, this is more than just a novelty book, as Heiser asserts,

[T]he truths presented in this book have everything to do with our understanding of who God is, and how we relate to him, and what our purpose is on earth (pg. 23).

To that end, Heiser ends each chapter with a series of practical applications for these difficult passages.

This is not to say the book is without some controversy. For example, regarding the Creation account where God proclaims, “let us make man in our image (Gen. 1:26),”  Heiser concludes the “us” in this passage is not the “Trinity” as many Christians conclude, but God’s heavenly council. Heiser writes,

Supernatural-SocialShare-612x612-2His heavenly host—his council. He’s not talking to the other members of the Trinity, because God can’t know something they don’t (pg. 23)!

What Heiser writes is in line with what most early commentators from Philo on taught, but diverges from what many contemporary scholars and pastors teach.

Given the breadth of content Heiser covers in Supernatural, it is worth reading. It is easy to digest and most Christians will find it helpful in addressing some of the most difficult passages.

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Review Disclaimer

Dr. Miller was a former Logos Employee from 2010 through 2011. He was provided a free copy of the product for review purposes. Dr. Miller is also a published author with Logos Bible Software.

University System a Victim of Their Own Success

University System a Victim of Their Own Success

The news is ablaze with the rising firestorm of student protests across the country who, after seeing the success of students at the University of Missouri force the resignation of both the President and Chancellor, hope to share in that success by forcing “change” at their schools too. The latest news is reported by Fox in their article titled, “Chaos on campus: Students protest, call for heads to roll at schools around country.”

As many as 20 other campuses around the country were planning marches Thursday, including St. John’s, Syracuse and Columbia universities in New York, Harvard and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Disaffected students at Loyola University in Chicago and the University of Michigan were preparing a list of demands and threatening action, according to The Seattle Times. Black alumni at Georgia Tech were crafting a letter to that university’s president, urging a continued commitment to diversity.

A popular professor at Missouri said he resigned Wednesday after students lashed out at him for pledging to give a scheduled exam amid spiraling protests, but the university said Thursday it rejected his resignation. Students at Ithaca College in New York, Yale University and Vanderbilt University in Tennessee were calling to ax administrators over responses to perceived incidents of racism, and even more campuses were pledging solidarity with the burgeoning social justice movement.

As an outside observer, I can’t help but think these protests are a result of what these very same Universities have taught their students for decades. The two University of Missouri Professors inciting violence against Tim Tai and another reporter in this video provides is just one example of how the Universities have sowed the seed of violent protest. Listen as Professor Melissa Click called in “the muscle” to physically attack a reporter.

Despite having resigned from leadership, the former President of U of M should be proud of his success in teaching students to look for the Microaggressions that exposed his hidden racism.

Prof. Carol M. Swain should take joy in being called an insensitive racist by her students who demand she take sensitivity training. Sure, the charges are hurtful to her ego as she writes on her FB page.

Only an idiot would think a 61-year-old black woman who has spent much of her life in academia would benefit from sensitivity training.

…but, after the sting of the accusation goes away, I am sure Dr. Swain will take joy in knowing her students have been trained well and these attacks are really the fruit of her awesome teaching.

So while these student protests at our Universities may seem chaotic, they are really a success story of the quality education they provide. The fact that these same Presidents, Provosts, and Professors are losing their jobs, is just a hard reality of their ultimate success.

Congratulations Prof. Dale Brigham, your resignation proves you are a successful University President!

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