The Catechumen's Guide: Prepared with Special Reference, to the Wants of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in the United States (Classic Reprint)

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When it was determined by the American congress to contend with England for the independence of these United States, and when an army was raised for this purpose, every individual belonging to that band of patriots, was well acquainted with the superior strength and facilities of the enemy. It was known that the English troops were well disciplined, that their means of carrying on the war were abundant, that the contest would, in all pro hability, be prolonged for years, unless America should consent to yield to the unjust oppressions of her foe, and that there were many circumstances to threaten the total defeat of our arms. With this knowledge of the difficul ties they would have to encounter in contending for their rights, our forefathers, nevertheless, pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor, in the cause of freedom. And why did they persevere until they con quered'.z Was it simply because they were engaged in a righteous undertaking? No. It was because they had counted the cost. They pledged their lives, under the conviction that life might be the forfeit of their exertions. Danger (lid not intimidate them, because they expected to meet it. Defeat did not dishearten them, because their own inferiority in numbers and resources, scarcely allowed them to hope for conquest.

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