Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Another Evangelical Key Founder: John Hancock

John Hancock was perhaps the most ardent Statesman to promote governmental support of Christianity. He was the first man to sign the Declaration of Independence, the President of Congress while it was framed, long standing Governor of Massachusetts, and a devout Christian.
To the Honourable the Senate and the Honourable House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

The Society for propogating the Gospel  among the Indians and others, in North America, beg leave to show, That one design of our venerable Fathers in emigrating to this land, was professedly to extend the knowledge of our Glorious Redeemer among the savage natives, that this design was expressed and adjoined under both the charters, granted by the patent state to this colony, and is, in the opinion of the Society, necessary and fastable (sp?) at all times to be persued, by a people who profess Christianity..The want of funds alone prohibits them from exerting themselves in propagating the Gospel among the Indians, and extending the means of Christian knowledge among those of the inhabitants of this land, who are now destitute of them. They humbly request your Honours, to recommend to his Excellency the Governour, to issue a Brief to be read in all the Churches of this Commonwealth, requesting the aid of all piously disposed persons, in carrying out this truely benevolent design, and taking their contributions, in Specie, Public Securities, or any other property, to enable the Society to send the knowledge of our Glorious Redeemer, among those who are now perishing for lack of vision, and to extend the means of instruction to our fellow citizens in the western and other parts of the State, who are now destitute of them. [bold face mine]
--A Brief, Signed and promoted to the various Churches by Gov. John Hancock, June 20, 1788. Written by Francis Dana, Wigglesworth, and Thacher.

The following Thanksgiving Proclamation is very orthodox. 18th Century unitarians never understood Jesus Christ as Mediator, or a High Priest, but a man whom God showed His mercy through. Whenever you read the words: Mediator, Merits, Redeemer, that person is orthodox. In signifying Christ's Godhead, Hancock capitalizes Lord. LORD in the Bible is for Father:
Hereby calling upon Ministers and people of every Denomination to assemble on the said day--and in the name of the GREAT MEDIATOR, devoutly and sincerely offer to ALMIGHTY GOD..And above all, not only to continue to us the enjoyment of our civil rights and liberties; but the great and most important Blessing, the Gospel of JESUS CHRIST..I do earnestly commend, that we may join the penitent confession of our Sins..that all my bow to the Scepter of our LORD JESUS CHRIST, and the whole earth be filled with HIS Glory. 
--John Hancock, A Proclamation for a Day of Public Thanksgiving, October 5, 1791.

Here is another Orthodox Fast Day Proclamation Calvinist in its obligatory duty to God:
It being the incumbent duty of a people believing in the over-ruling Providence of God..Calling upon Ministers and Christians of every denomination, to assemble on that Day, and devoutly to offer to ALMIGHTY GOD, a sacrifice acceptable to HIM, through the Merits of JESUS CHRIST..And that we enjoy, not only our civil rights and liberties--but that great and important blessing, the Gospel of JESUS CHRIST..affording HIS influence in the ensuing elections..and above all, that HE would revive the Spirit of Christianity in all nations professing the same; and that the Spiritual KINGDOM OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOUR JESUS CHRIST may be continually increasing until the whole earth shall be filled with HIS GLORY. 
--John Hancock, October 29, 1788

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