"But the day is past. The second day of July, 1776, will be a memorable epocha in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations, as the great Anniversary Festival. It ought to be commemorated, as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp, shews, games, sports, guns, bells, bon-fires and illuminations, from one end of the continent to the other, from this time forward forever."[John Adams to Mrs. Abigail Adams, 1776] This great Anniversary Festival which Adams spoke of is what we call today Independence Day. For the most part the way we celebrate this day of independence, and its significance has held true for the last 200 years. There are huge displays of fireworks, shows and yes many solemn acts of devotion to God. Americans throughout history have looked to this day as a defining moment, a day that has become an embodiment of what a true American should be. We continue this celebration, by honoring the dead heros of America's past with those of our present. From school children on, we have been taught to revere the men of the Revolution as great men, men who sacrificed life for the pursuit of life, liberty and happiness. We have been taught, spoon fed, the doctrines of the Revolution that separation from a tyranical government was lawful and a God given right. These doctrines have been taught ever since that fateful year the pen was struck to paper. The Declaration would produce the revolution that the rest of the world would see as the beginning of the end of the monarchial system of government. Dr. Elias Boudinot, former president of the Continental Congress in 1783, taught these doctrines 17 years after the end of the Revolution: "It is not then an unreasonable expectation which, I well know, generally prevails, that this day should be usually devoted to the perpetuating and respectfully remembering the dignified characters of the those great men with whom it has been our honor to claim the intimate connection of Fellow-Citizens-men who have purchased our present joyful circumstances at the individual price of their blood."[Speech before the New Jersey Society of the Cincinnati on July 4, 1793.] Such a mentality prevailed upon the American mind of the past. Today, our religious leaders teach these same doctrines. James Dobson writes, "Hundreds of other quotes exist in the record, including brilliant statements by military heroes, authors and patriots such as Benjamin Franklin, Patrick Henry and Robert E Lee. I can't read their writings without marveling at the spiritual heritage that has been handed down to us through the ages." "Given this vast volume of historical evidence, it is utterly foolish to deny that we have been, from the beginning, a people of faith whose government is built wholly on a Judeo-Christian foundation. Yet those of our people who do not study history can be duped into believing anything." [An Examination Of Our American Spiritual Heritage, Pamphlet, James Dobson] Yes, I must agree many people have been duped, but it is James Dobson (and those who follow him) who has been "duped". He has been hoodwinked into believing in the lie that our forefathers were godly men, and that the American Revolution was pleasing in God's eyes. These men, "Christians" and the secularists alike, have been duped into believing and following the traditions of men. Beware lest anyone cheat your through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ. (Colossians 2:8) This warning should be well taken when considering this subject, because of the duplicities of doctrines being taught in the realm of our so called godly heritage. It is a danger, because the so called Christian world has embraced the doctrines of the Revolution as their own, and have propagated the same deceit that the forefathers themselves propagated. For example, the doctrine Jefferson wrote in the Declaration stated that God had given them the right, "to alter or to abolish it [government], and to institute a new government. . ." Most of American "Christians," along with the secularists, have joined together in praising this heritage (i.e. the right of man to rebel against the authority). Instead, the Christian is to be governed by this doctrine: For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), finding out what is acceptable to the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them. (Ephesians 5:8-11) Let us be Children of light and expose the darkness of the American Revolution. . .