Josiah Quincy: Under God… We Will die Free Men

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Published on: October 26, 2014

October 26, 1774, the Provincial Congress of Massachusetts reorganized their defenses with one-third of their regiments being “Minutemen,” ready to fight at a minute’s notice. 

These citizen soldiers drilled on the parade ground, many times led by a deacon or pastor, then went to church for exhortation and prayer. 


The Provincial Congress charged: 

“You…are placed by Providence in the post of honor, because it is the post of danger… The eyes not only of North America and the whole British Empire, but of all Europe, are upon you. 

Let us be, therefore, altogether solicitous that no disorderly behavior, nothing unbecoming our character as Americans, as citizens and Christians, be justly chargeable to us.” 

The Provincial Congress issued a Resolution to Massachusetts Bay, 1774:  

Resistance to tyranny becomes the Christian and social duty of each individual… Continue steadfast, and with a proper sense of your dependence on God, nobly defend those rights which heaven gave, and no man ought to take from us.” 

Boston patriot Josiah Quincy stated: 

Under God, we are determined that wheresoever, whensoever, or howsoever we shall be called to make our exit, we will die free men.


For generations, America has been a light of freedom to oppressed peoples of the world.

In 1967, after 14 years in a Communist prison in Romania, Rev. Richard Wurmbrand stated:

America is the hope of every enslaved man, because it is the last bastion of freedom in the world. Only America has the power and spiritual resources to stand as a barrier between militant Communism and the people of the world. It is the last ‘dike’ holding back the rampaging floodwaters of militant Communism. If it crumples, there is no other dike, no other dam; no other line of defense to fall back upon…” 


Rev. Wurmbrand, who founded The Voice of the Martyrs, ended:

America is the last hope of millions of enslaved peoples. They look to it as their second fatherland. In it lies their hopes and prayers. I have seen fellow-prisoners in Communist prisons beaten, tortured, with 50 pounds of chains on their legs-praying for America… that the dike will not crumple; that it will remain free.”

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