“The knowledge that Thomas Paine brought to the colonies was the knowledge needed to separate us from a tyrant that would not be ruled by God.”
Thomas Paine, the author of “Common Sense,” was read by most to make the break between the colonies and that of the tyrant’s rule across the pond (Amos 3:3).
Paine is continually equated to that of the least religious forefather during that era. Yet, when you see his writings, you would look to him today as one of the most religious (Christian) men in America (Mark 3:22).
Where is this misinformation coming from? It is coming from those who would have you believe their lies (Proverbs 19:9), the modern-day revisionists (propagandists) that have continuously and incrementally watered down the truth of who Thomas Paine was so that you might believe what it is that he is not (Isaiah 5:20)!
So, rather than go back and forth and debate what is not true concerning Thomas Paine, let’s go directly to his writing and judge him by his fruits (Matthew 7:16).
“Near 3000 years passed away from the mosaic account of the creation, till the Jews under a national delusion requested a king. Till then their form of government except in extraordinary cases, where the almighty interposed was a kind of Republic administered by a judge and the elders of the tribes (Judges 2:18).
Kings they had none, and it was held sinful to acknowledge any being under the title but the Lord of hosts. And when a man seriously reflects on the idolatrous homage which is paid to the person of kings, he need not wonder, that the almighty ever jealous of his honor, disapprove of a government which so impiously invades the prerogative of heaven.
Monarchy is ranked in Scripture as one of the sins of the Jews, for which a curse in reverse is the announced against them. The history of that transaction is worth attending to.
The children of Israel being oppressed by the Midianites, Gideon marched against them with a small army, and victory, throw the divine interposition, decided in his favor (Judges 6).
The Jews elate with success, and attributing it to the general ship of Gideon, proposed making him a king, saying rule thou over us, thou and thy son and thy sons’ sons (Judges 8:22).
Here was temptation in its fullest extent not a Kingdom only, but an hereditary one, by Gideon in the piety of his soul replied, I will not rule over you, neither shall my son rule over you. The Lord shall rule over you.
Words need not be more explicit, Gideon doth not decline the honor, but denieth their right to give it, neither doth he complements them with invented declarations of his thanks, but in the positive style of a prophet charges them with disaffection to their proper sovereign, the king of heaven.
About 130 years after this, they fell again into the same error. The hankering which the Jews had for the idolatrous customs of the heathens, is something exceedingly unaccountable, but so it was, that lane hold of the misconduct of Samuel’s two sons who are entrusted with some secular concerns, they came in abrupt and clamorous manner to Samuel, saying, behold thou art old, and thy sons walk not in thy ways, now make us a king to judge us like all other nations (1 Samuel 8:6).
And here we cannot but observe that their motives were bad, viz that they might be like unto other nations ie. the heathens, whereas their true glory lading being as much unlike them as possible. But the thing displeased Samuel when they said, give us a king to judge us: and Samuel prayed unto the Lord, and the Lord said unto Samuel, hearkened unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee for they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected me, that I should not reign over them.
According to all the works which they have done since the day that I brought them out of Egypt, even under this day: wherewith they have forsaken me and served other gods: so do they also unto thee. Now therefore hearken unto their voice, howbeit, protest solemnly unto them and show them the manner of the king that shall reign over them, ie viz. not of any particular king, but the general manner of the kings of the earth, whom Israel was so eagerly copying after.
And now we’re standing the great distance of time and difference of manners, the character is still in fashion.
And Samuel told all the words of the Lord under the people, that ask of him a king. And he said this is the manner of the king that shall reign over you: he will take your sons and appoint them for himself, for his Chariots, and to be his horsemen, and some shall run before his Chariots this description agrees with the present mode of impressing men and he will appoint him captains over thousands and captains over fifties, and will set them to ear his ground and reap his harvest, and to make his instruments of war, and instruments of Chariots and he will take your daughters to be confectioneries, and to be cooks and to be bakers this describes the expense and luxury as well as the oppressions of kings and he will take your fields and your olive yards, even the best of them, and give them to his servants: and he will take the tenth of your feed, and your vineyards, and give them to his officers and to his servants (but which we see that bribery, corruption and favoritism are the standing voices of kings) and he will take the tenth of your feed, and of your vineyards, and give them to his officers and to his servants and he will take the tenth of your men servants, and your maid servants, and your goodliest young men and your asses and put them to his work: and he will take the tenth of your sheep, and you shall be as servants, and you shall cry out in the day because of your king which you shall have chosen, and the Lord will not hear you in that day.
This account for the continuation of monarchy: neither do the characters of the few good kings which have lived since, either sanctify the title, or blot out the sinfulness of the origin: the high encomium given of David takes no notice of him officially as a king, only as a man after God’s own heart.
Nevertheless, the people refused to obey the voice of Samuel, and they said, Nay, we will have a king over us, that we may be like all the nations, and that our king may judge us. And go out before us and fight our battles.
Samuel continued to reason with them, but to no purpose; he set before them they’re ingratitude. But all would not avail, and seeing them fully bent on their folly, he cried out, I will call under the Lord, and he shall send Thunder and rain which then was a punishment, being in the time of wheat harvest that we may perceive and see that your wickedness is great which you have done in the sight of the Lord, and asking you a king.
So, Samuel called unto the Lord, and the Lord sent thunder and rain that day, and all the people greatly feared the Lord and Samuel. And all the people said unto Samuel, pray for thy servants unto the Lord thy God that we do not for we have added unto our sins this evil to ask a king. (1 Samuel 8:4-22)
These portions of scripture are direct and positive. They admit of no equivocal construction. That the almighty hath here entered his protest against monarchical government is true, or the scripture is false. And a man hath good reason to believe that there is much of king craft as priest craft and withholding the scripture from the public and popish countries. For monarchy in every instance is the popery of government period!”
Conclusion: Does this sound like a man that lacks Christian virtue? I didn’t think so! (Matthew 7:16-18)
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