Donald Trump was not my first choice for president. He wasn’t even my second choice. In fact, when the 2016 presidential campaign began, he was far down the list. Ted Cruz, Scott Walker, Ben Carson, Mike Huckabee, and Carly Fiorina were all ahead of Trump on my list of candidates.

Like many others I was concerned about Trump’s temperament. He seemed overly brash, bombastic, and rude. I didn’t like how he labeled people, even his fellow Republicans, with derogatory names like “Little Marco,” Lying Ted,” “Low Energy Jeb,” etc.

With the advantage of hindsight, however, I now see that the temperament of a combative, New York businessman is just what was needed. With political perversion and corruption so deeply imbedded in Washington, D.C., a businessman from Queens, who had spent years battling corrupt NY politicians, the mafia, and other competitive business-people, is exactly what was needed at this time in history. A “nice” person would never do.

In Scripture, the people whom God used were not always “nice.” John the Baptist was rough and uncouth in both his appearance and his mannerisms. He used harsh language even calling the proud religious leaders of his day a “brood of vipers” and warning them to flee from the coming wrath of God (Matthew 3:7-10). Yet, he was the one chosen by God to announce the coming of the Messiah to the earth.

If you asked the temple money changers about their perception of Jesus, they would not describe him as “nice.” He walked into their midst with a whip in his hand, a somber and fierce look on His face, and began turning over their tables. He shouted that they had turned His Father’s house into a “den of thieves” (Matthew 21:12-13).

I am not comparing Trump with John the Baptist or Jesus, but merely making the point that in a sinful and fallen world, “niceness” is not always the most needed and desirable characteristic.

In this respect, I see a parallel with Martin Luther, who was relentless, bombastic, and sometimes crude in his verbal attacks on the papacy and the medieval Roman Catholic Church. Even some Protestants thought he crossed the line. At his funeral, his friend, colleague, and fellow-theologian, Philip Melanchthon, addressed this, saying,

Some have complained that Luther displayed too much severity. I will not deny this. But I answer in the language of Erasmus, “Because of the magnitude of the disorders, God gave this age a violent physician.” But we may say of such a one, “rough indeed but worthy of all praise” (Hyatt, The Charismatic Luther, 52)!

Mike Huckabee has compared Trump with a doctor with gruff mannerisms but who knows how to get the job done. He said,

Donald Trump is kind of like a doctor who sometimes has a rather gruff bedside manner. But by golly the patient is alive and I’d rather have this president, who gets things done, than one who comes in, he’s nice and he’s polite and he smiles, but my family member dies in the hospital bed.

When this era of American history is written by future generations, when hindsight is 20/20, it may well be acknowledged that because of the deep political and moral corruption of the times, Donald Trump was exactly the one needed to save the American Republic from utter ruin.

Yes, I no longer see his personality and temperament as a negative but as a positive and precisely what is needed at this time in America’s history. This change in my own perspective is a big reason I have changed my mind about Donald Trump and now believe he was God’s choice to be president of these United States of America.

This article iis derived from Chapter 1 of Dr. Eddie Hyatt's latest book, 5 Reasons I Changed My Mind About Donald Trump, available from Amazon and his website at www.eddiehyatt.com.


This is the "Preface" to Eddie Hyatt's New Book
Five Reasons I Changed My Mind About Donald Trump

I have always considered myself a political independent, and still do. In the past, I avoided publicly supporting a political candidate or party. As a minister of the Gospel, I knew that the message of Jesus Christ transcended politics and I did not want to associate His name with ugly political battles.

There are times, however, when social, political, moral, and spiritual forces converge, and it seems impossible to be on the right side of one without being on the wrong side of the other. This is one of those times.

Another such time was the mid-19th century when the issue of slavery was coming to a head. At that time, the renowned revivalist, Charles G. Finney, declared, “It is impossible to be on the right side of God and the wrong side of the slavery issue.”

Taking a stand against slavery, however, meant that you would be opposed to Democrat politicians for the Democrat party was supportive of slavery. The Republican Party was formed in 1854 to oppose what it called “those twin relics of barbarism: slavery and polygamy.” The Democrat Party was not opposed to either.

So, when Abraham Lincoln was elected the first Republican president in 1860, the Democrat-controlled state of South Carolina succeeded from the Union. The lines were being drawn and they were not just political lines of demarcation, but of morality, righteousness, and truth.

This meant that taking a strong stand for righteousness and truth would position you against a certain political party. Taking God’s side would of necessity put you at odds with the Democrat party and land you on the same side as the Republican party on the major issues.

History seems to be repeating itself in this regard. There is a gigantic, cultural shift taking place in America away from Biblical Christianity and toward secularism and Marxist socialism. If it continues, this shift will lead to the destruction of America as we have known her.

Five years ago, I was not a fan of Donald Trump. However, as I have observed the Democrat party shift from the principles and values on which this country was founded, I have also observed Donald Trump taking a strong stand for those founding principles.

Yes, Donald Trump has been a pleasant surprise for me and on the following pages I lay out 5 reasons that I changed my mind about Donald Trump.

This is the "Perface" to Dr. Eddie Hyatt's latest book, 5 Reasons I Changed My Mind About Donald Trump, available from Amazon and his website at www.eddiehyatt.com.



I write with a sense of urgency for powerful forces are seeking to destroy the America of Washington, Jefferson, and Lincoln and replace her with a godless, socialist regime. They are doing this by "reframing" America’s history and presenting her as an evil, racist nation forever defined by slavery. She must, therefore, be fundamentally transformed.

This is the narrative of the NY Times' "1619 Project," which insists that 1619, when the first African slaves were brought to this land, represents the true founding of America, not 1776. This "warped history" is now being taken into America's public schools where students will be indoctrinated with this one-sided, anti-American view without the knowledge to refute it.

Before I had even heard of this "warped history," I was deeply stirred, during the summer of 2019, to write a book that, lo and behold, refutes it. The book, 1726, has proven to be very strategic and timely for it documents that at a time when slavery was accepted and practiced in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and most of the world, there was a great movement in America against it.

George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin and other American founders turned against slavery in the 18th century. 1726 shows that, far from being a founder of slavery, America was at the forefront of the fight to end slavery at a time it was accepted and practiced in most of the world.

The book is entitled 1726 because it shows that 1726, not 1619, was the year that defined America. It was in 1726 that a great, spiritual awakening began that transformed Colonial America and gave birth to a powerful, anti-slavery movement that impacted America’s founding generation.

This book is both strategic and timely, for as Goerge Orwell said, "Whoever controls the past, controls the future." 

I am sending copies of the book to both Christian and political leaders. Billye Brim just purchased 250 copies for her Fall Prayer Assembly. I urge you to obtain copies for yourself, your pastor, your public school history teacher, and any others you deem appropriate.

It is not too late to save America!  #1726

Dr. Eddie Hyatt is the author of 1726: The Year that Defined America, available from Amazon and his website at www.eddiehyatt.com. His is also the founder of the "1726 Project" with a goal of educating Americans about their country's overt Christian origins out of a great, spiritual awakening.



America is being torn by racial tensions and strife. This is being fueled by a false narrative that is being propagated concerning America’s origins. This false narrative says that America was forever defined by slavery and is incurably bigoted and racist at her core.

According to this "twisted history," America’s true founding was 1619 (not 1776) when the first African slaves were brought to these shores. Those who promote this false narrative also claim that the Revolutionary War was fought, not to gain liberty from Great Britain, but to maintain slavery on this continent.

The chief purveyor of this "racist" view of America is the New York Times and its “1619 Project” whose stated purpose is to “reframe” American history. Sadly, Oprah Winfrey has bought into this narrative and plans to promote it to her massive audience. This can only stoke more anger, resentment, and hatred of this country.

If we are going to have racial harmony in America, the truth must be told about her history. The key is to be found in understanding the significance of 1726; for 1726, not 1619, ultimately defined America.

This understanding dawned on me during the summer of 2019 when the Holy Spirit moved on me to write a book about the Great Awakening (1726-1770) and document how it had a direct bearing, not only on the founding of this nation, but on the ending of slavery on this continent.

As I proceeded with this assignment, I was astounded at the resources and documentation that providentially came into my hands. I discovered that out of the Great Awakening racial barriers were breached and a powerful anti-slavery movement emerged that impacted all of Colonial America, including America’s founders.

George Washington, Patrick Henry, Thomas Jefferson, and others turned against slavery as a result of this movement. Several of America’s founders became passionate abolitionists. This meant that at the time of her founding, America was at the forefront of the fight to end slavery, which was accepted and practiced in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and most of the world.

It was a long hard battle for slavery had become entangled with the culture and economy of the South. Nonetheless, the nation moved forward at great sacrifice and eventually put an end to slavery in a Civil War where approximately 400,000 mostly white northern soldiers sacrificed their lives (through death and injury) to end this horrendous institution.

Contrary to what the twisted history implies, slavery is not an “American” thing. It was a foreign and exotic plant, nurtured in many nations, and brought to these shores where it ran into a spiritual buzz saw known as the Great Awakening, which began in 1726.

David Horowitz is thus correct in saying, “Since slavery was a normal institution in all societies for 3,000 years before 1776, America should rightly be seen, not as 'a founder' of slavery, but its grave digger” (Horowitz, Blitz, 79).

There is no question that understanding 1726 is a key to racial harmony in America and for Americans of every race and ethnicity standing proud for the flag and national anthem.

Dr. Eddie Hyatt is the author of 1726: The Year that Defined America, available from Amazon and his website at www.eddiehyatt.com. His is also the founder of the "1726 Project" with a goal of educating Americans about their country's overt Christian origins out of a great, spiritual awakening.



Shut out of church buildings, believers in CA have found the beach a great place to gather and worship.

Despite the multitude of prayers, prophecies, and proclamations, the coronavirus pandemic is still with us disrupting our normal way of doing church and throwing our worship programs into chaos.

Is it possible that God has allowed this for a reason? Is it possible that we had become settled, and even proud, in our charismatic way of doing “church” and had come to love and trust our outward forms of church more than Him?

Is it possible that this uprooting of our ways of doing “church” is necessary preparation for what God is about to do next?

A Time to Plant and Time to Uproot What is Planted

Ecclesiastes 3:1-3 tells us that there is a time to plant and a time to pluck up what is planted and a time to pull down and a time to build up. In a similar vein, God instructed Jeremiah that his prophetic ministry to Israel and the nations would be, to root out and to pull down, to destroy and to throw down, to build and to plant” (Jeremiah1:9-10).

The uprooting and pulling down becomes necessary when we become too comfortable, settled, and even proud in our outward forms of “church.” We may come to trust in the outward form while our hearts drift away from God. This is what the prophet was referring to when he warned, Woe to you who are at ease in Zion (Amos 6:1).

God’s Old Testament people turned from God in their hearts while keeping the feasts and outward forms of their religion. They came to trust in the religious form rather than God Himself. This was serious and God gave them a scathing rebuke through Isaiah, saying,

I am sick of your sacrifices, says the LORD. Don’t bring me any more burnt offerings. Why do you keep parading through my courts with your worthless sacrifices? The incense you bring me is a stench in my nostrils! Your celebrations of the of the new moon and the Sabbath day, and your special days for fasting—even your most pious meetings—are all sinful and false. I want nothing more to do with them (Isaiah 1:11-13; NLT).

Jesus was referring to this sort of thing when He said, These people draw near to Me with their mouth, and honor Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me (Matthew 15:8). We may go through the outward motions of church--singing the songs and mouthing the confessions--but if our heart is not pressing into Him, the outward form has become a curse and not a blessing.

No Prescribed Church Order in the New Testament

We must remember that in the New Testament there is no sacred or prescribed church form, order, or structure. The New Covenant is about a heart relationship with Almighty God through faith in Jesus Christ and lived out in the power of the Holy Spirit. Church order and forms will vary in different places at different times and in different situations.

Professor Burnett Streeter, the well-known British biblical scholar and Provost of Queen’s College, addressed this matter of church order and form. After carefully examining the development of early Christianity, he wrote,

Whatever else is disputable, there is, I submit, one result from which there is no escape. In the primitive church there was no single system of church order laid down by the apostles. During the first hundred years of Christianity, the Church was an organism alive and growing—changing its organization to meet changing needs. Uniformity was a later development.

The order or form of church is merely a means to the end. The end or goal is to bring people to Christ and help them grow up into Him. C. S. Lewis put it succinctly when he said,

The Church exists for nothing else but to draw men to Christ, to make them little christs. If they are not doing that, all the cathedrals, clergy, missions, sermons, even the Bible itself, are simply a waste of time.

Throughout history the danger has been that those who name the name of Christ have begun to idolize their way of doing “church” and their church form becomes the end or goal that is defended at all costs. People are expected to find comfort in their form of “church” rather than in the Living God Himself. The means has become the end.

It is at this point that the old form and order must be disrupted, and a new wineskin formed that will carry the New Wine of God’s dynamic presence and power.

Old Wineskins Must be Replaced With New Wineskins

Jesus spoke of this principle in Matthew 9:17 where He said,

Nor do they put new wine into old wineskins, or else the wineskins break, and the wine is spilled and the wineskins are ruined. But they put new wine into new wineskins and both are preserved.

Old wineskins had become hard and rigid with no elasticity. New wineskins, on the other hand, would stretch and bend. Because new wine would ferment and expand, it was not put in old wineskins; otherwise the old wineskin would break, and both the wine and wineskin would be lost. New wine must be put in new wineskins.

Our old wineskins may have to be broken and replaced with new and more flexible wineskins to hold the new wine the Lord is about to pour out on His church. This may well be the reason for the disruption of “church” as we have known it. 

Life Out of Death – Order Out of Chaos

Out of this present chaos, God is about to bring forth fresh life and order just like He did at the time of creation.

In the creation account of Genesis 1:1-2 it says that the earth was without form and void and darkness was on the face of the deep. In other words, the earth was in a chaotic state. There were, however, two things that brought life and order from the chaos—the Spirit of God and the Word of God.

Genesis 1:2 says, And the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. Verse 3 begins with, And God said, and this phrase is repeated throughout the creation account as God’s Spirit and Word bring light from the darkness and order from the chaos.

I believe that the Spirit of God is even now hovering over the chaos that so many are feeling at this time. I encourage you to stop fighting the disruption and even for one day turn to God with all your heart. Settle into Him and ask Him for wisdom and understanding.

He will bring light out of the darkness and order out of the chaos. I truly believe that we are on the edge of something incredible and that this disruption of our traditional way of doing church is part of the preparation. A fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit—perhaps another Great Awakening—is coming and it will not fit in our old wineskins.

Dr. Eddie L. Hyatt is the author of 1726: The Year that Defined Americaavailable from Amazon and his website at www.eddiehyatt.com. In 1726 he documents how the Great Awakening transformed Colonial America and had a direct bearing on both the founding of the nation and the ending of slavery on this continent. 



America's history has been far from perfect, but because of God's grace, her sins have not defined her. She has been defined by great, spiritual awakenings that lifted her to incredible heights of goodness, charitableness, and prosperity. Unfortunately, there is a new way of looking at America that denies God's grace and focuses only on her sins. 

The riots, vandalism, and chaos we are seeing are the fruit of this new way of looking at America. According to this new paradigm, America is not The Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave, but a land of bigotry, oppression, and tyranny.

According to the NY Times’ “1619 Project,” which is now being promoted by Oprah Winfrey, America was forever defined by slavery and is bigoted, prejudiced, and racist at its very core. According to this new paradigm, white supremacists created America and people of color are still victims of their oppression.

When seen though this paradigm, everything “American” is racist. Even the math and grammar taught in American schools are seen as racist, as pointed out by Dr. Michael Brown in an article posted at Charisma News

Marxists in the land are using this false paradigm to stoke anger, resentment, and division. They also use it as the basis for demanding a complete make-over and transformation of America into a socialist utopia like Argentina, Cuba, or the old Soviet Union.

The Truth About What Really Defined America

Slavery, although a terrible blight on America’s history, did not define her. It could have, but in 1726 God poured out His grace and Holy Spirit on the land. A great, spiritual awakening ensued that transformed Colonial America and unleashed the spiritual and moral forces that eventually brought an end to slavery on this continent. 

This “Great Awakening” changed everything! By God's grace, America became defined as a land of godliness, churches, missionaries, and spiritual awakening. When the French sociologist, Alexis de Tocqueville, visited America in 1831, he declared, "The religious atmosphere of the country was the first thing that struck me on arrival in the United States" (Hyatt, 1726: The Year that Defined America, 166).

Succeeding Awakenings spawned charitable organizations, abolition societies, the underground railroad, missionary societies, and tens of thousands of churches. This was noted by the U.S. Supreme Court in the 1892 ruling, “Church of the Holy Trinity vs. the United States.” After reviewing thousands of historical documents, the nation’s highest court declared,

From the discovery of this continent to the present hour, there is a single voice making this affirmation, this is a religious [Christian] people. There is a universal language pervading them all, having one meaning. They affirm and reaffirm that this is a religious nation . . .. The churches and church organizations which abound in every city, town, and hamlet; the multitude of charitable organizations existing everywhere under Christian auspices; the gigantic missionary associations, with general support, and aiming to establish Christian missions in every quarter of the globe. These, and many other matters which might be noticed, add a volume of unofficial declarations to the mass of organic utterances that this is a Christian nation (Hyatt, 1726: The Year that Defined America, 170).

Yes, America's history has been far from perfect, but her sins have not defined her. In God's sovereign grace, He has poured out His Spirit again and again in Great Awakenings that have defined her as a land of godliness, freedom, and Christianity. As the patriotic hymn says, "America! America! God shed His grace on thee!" 

Many years ago, an Indian pastor, now deceased, told me that visiting America was like “praying through” in his home country, for he experienced such inner peace and freedom just by coming here.

It’s Time to Take a Stand!

We are on the brink of losing this America to godless, malevolent forces that deny God's grace in America's history and existence. If we care about America’s future, we must take a stand and reclaim the truth of His grace in our history. We must preserve our nation’s true heritage, for as George Orwell said, “Whoever controls the past, controls the future.”

A good place to start is the book, 1726: The Year that Defined America, available from Amazon and the website www.eddiehyatt.com. This book documents how God's hand was on the founding of America and how she became defined by Spiritual Awakening. Get a copy for yourself and a copy for your pastor, senator, and congressperson.

Last, but not least, pray for God's grace and another Great Awakening to sweep across this land.

Dr. Eddie L. Hyatt is the author of 1726: The Year that Defined America, availavble from Amazon and his website at www.eddiehyatt.com. He is also the founder of the "1726 Project," with the purpose of educating Americans about the overt Christian roots of of our nation in Spiritual Awakening.



Common Sense Reasons for Ending the Lockdown
Life is filled with risks. There is no progress in life without taking risks. In fact, the greatest risk can be in not taking one.

What if the Pilgrims had decided not to sail from England because of the risks involved? What if Thomas Jefferson and 55 others had decided not to sign the Declaration of Independence because of the risks? What if Abraham Lincoln had decided not to issue the Emancipation Proclamation because of the risks? We could go on and on!

There is no such thing as a risk-free life. We take major risks every day without giving it a second thought. For example,

1.       Every time you ride in car you are taking a major risk for each year in America 50,000 people die in car accidents and over 3 million are injured.

2.       Even apart from COVID-19, every time you are around people you are taking a risk for 40,000-60,000 Americans die every year from the flu and over 200,000 are hospitalized.

3.       Every time you go to a hospital for treatment you are taking a major risk for an estimated 440,000 Americans die each year from hospital mistakes.

4.       Over 600,000 people die of cancer each year in America.

5.       Over 600,000 people die of heart disease each year in America.

Why is the media silent about these millions of deaths and tragedies, but daily inundate us with statistics, warnings, and personal, heart-wrenching stories about the coronavirus? Is it possible that COVID-19 has become politicized and is being used for political leverage?

OPEN THE COUNTRY! Let the people and businesses go back to work. We are willing to take the risk.

Yes, we understand that COVID-19 is contagious and that some will die. We also know that around 99% of the people who contract it will recover. Dr. Matthew Ellman, Director of Yale Internal Medicine Associates, says that 80-85% of the COVID-19 patients he treats have mild symptoms and require no hospitalization. We actually have a greater chance of dying of a hospital mistake than from COVID-19.

We understand the need to wash our hands, socially distance, and wear a mask where required. But we do not need governors, mayors, and politicians treating us like serfs and peons. Just give us the information we need about the virus and leave it to us to decide if we want to re-open our business, go to work, go to church, etc. 

We are citizens of a free Republic and we demand to be treated as such. Governors like Gavin Newsom of California cause us to echo Abraham Lincoln's concern that, "government of the people by the people and for the people shall not perish from the earth." 

The collateral damage of trying to have a risk-free existence is far greater than the coronavirus itself. Already, the lockdown has destroyed a booming economy, put millions out of work, and upended the lives and livelihoods of countless millions. Suicides have spiked and domestic violence has increased as people struggle with trying to make ends meet in this government-imposed shutdown.


 Dr. Eddie Hyatt is an ordained minister, Bible teacher, and revivalist. His latest book, 1726: The Year that Defined America, documents how the Great Awakening had a direct bearing on the founding of America and the ending of slavery on this continenent. It is available from Amazon and his website at www.eddiehyatt.com.



A “black lives matter” movement erupted in 18th century colonial America that is generally ignored by modern historians. This movement breached racial and cultural barriers in colonial America and unleashed the spiritual and moral forces that eventually brought about the end of slavery on this continent.

Instead of anger and political rhetoric, this movment was characterized by passionate faith and love that flowed out of hearts that had been transformed through the preaching of the Gospel in a great, spiritual awakening. This "Great Awakening," as it has been called, transformed colonial America and profoundly impacted the attitude of the populace about slavery and race.

Benjamin Franklin told how the Awakening transformed his hometown of Philadelphia when George Whitfield preached there in 1739. He wrote,

It was wonderful to see the change soon made in the manners of our inhabitants. From being thoughtless or indifferent about religion, it seemed as if all the world were growing religious so that one could not walk through the town in an evening without hearing psalms sung in different families of every street (Hyatt, 1726: The Year that Defined America, 79).

That blacks and whites worshipped together in this Awakening, is made clear by Whitefield’s account of the same revival. This is documented on page 70 of the book, 1726, in the following paragraph.

After preaching his farewell sermon to a massive crowd gathered in front of the Philadelphia courthouse, Whitefield noted in his Journal, “Near 50 Negroes came to give me thanks for what God had done for their souls.” Whitefield considered this an answer to prayer, saying, “I have been much drawn in prayer for them, and have seen them wrought upon by the word preached."

Whitefield, Jonathan Edwards, Gilbert Tennant, and other early revivalists of trhe Awakening, all speak of the response of blacks, both slave and free, to the Gospel message that was spread far and wide during the Awakening.

For example, Samuel Davies (1723-1761) gave special attention to blacks, both slave and free, during his time of ministry in Virginia and found them especially responsive to the Gospel message. In 1757, he wrote,

What little success I have lately had, has been chiefly among the extremes of Gentlemen and Negroes. Indeed, God has been remarkably working among the latter. I have baptized 150 adults; and at the last sacramental solemnity, I had the pleasure of seeing the table graced with 60 black faces (Hyatt, 1726: The Year that Defined America, 70).

At the beginning of the Awakening in 1726, outreach to the black population was evangelistic in nature; it was not characterized by opposition to slavery. The early preachers, such as Whitefield, Tennant, and Edwards, saw their primary purpose to be in getting people ready for the next world, not necessarily improving their lot in this one. In their thinking, a slave on his way to heaven was far better off than a king on his way to hell.

Nonetheless, the inclusive Gospel message they preached and their sharing of Christian fellowship with blacks broke down racial barriers and created a climate conducive to the anti-slavery sentiments that would burst forth through the 2nd generation Awakening preachers.

The Attack on Slavery Begins

Evangelists who came after Whitefield, Edwards, Tennant, Davies and others carried the message of their predecessors to its logical conclusion: if we are all creatures of the same Creator and if Christ died that all might be saved, then how can slavery ever be justified? The movement thus took on an anti-slavery component and spread throughout the colonies.

Samuel Hopkins (1721–1803), for example, who had been personally tutored by Edwards, pastored for a time in Newport, Rhode Island, an important hub in the transatlantic slave trade. His response to what he saw in Newport was like Paul’s response to the idols in Athens.

Paul’s spirit was “provoked” by the idols of the Athenians, and Hopkins was offended and outraged by the "violation of God’s will” he saw in Newport. He began passionately preaching against slavery and declared, “This whole country have their hands full of blood this day” (Hyatt, 1726: The Year that Defined America,  

In 1774, after the First Continental Congress had convened in Philadelphia, Hopkins sent a pamphlet to every member of the Congress, asking how they could complain about “enslavement” to England and overlook the “enslavement” of so many blacks in the Colonies. He was, in effect, saying, “Black lives matter!”

As liberty became a watchword throughout the Colonies, the preachers of the Awakening began applying it to the enslaved in America. Like Hopkins, they pointed out the hypocrisy of demanding freedom from England while continuing to uphold the institution of slavery in their midst.

In a sermon preached and published in 1770, Samuel Cooke declared that by tolerating the evil of slavery, “We, the patrons of liberty, have dishonored the Christian name, and degraded human nature nearly to a level with the beasts that perish.” The Baptist preacher, John Allen, was even more direct, and thundered,

Blush ye pretended votaries of freedom! ye trifling Patriots! who are making a vain parade of being advocates for the liberties of mankind, who are thus making a mockery of your profession by trampling on the sacred natural rights and privileges of Africans (Hyatt, 1726: The Year that Defined America, 93-94).

Opposition to Slavery Increases

Freeborn Garrettson (1752-1827), an evangelist from Maryland, freed his slaves after hearing God speak to him supernaturally. According to Garrettson, he heard the Lord say, “It is not right for you to keep your fellow creatures in bondage; you must let the oppressed go free.” Garrettson immediately informed his slaves that they did not belong to him and that he did not desire their services without giving them proper compensation.

Garrettson began preaching against slavery and advocating for freedom, provoking intense opposition, especially in the South. One enraged slave-owner came to the house where Garrettson was lodging and swore at him, threatened him, and punched him in the face. Garrettson did not retaliate but sought to reason with the man who finally gave up and left.

Garrettson took his message to North Carolina where he preached to slaves, seeking to “inculcate the doctrine of freedom in them.” His opposition to slavery was firmly rooted in the Gospel and he described a typical meeting with slaves, in which, he says, “Many of their sable faces were bedewed with tears, their withered hands of faith were stretched out, and their precious souls made white in the blood of the Lamb.”

Garrettson visited the Stokeley Sturgis plantation in Delaware and preached to both the slaves and the Sturgis family. He was able to convince Sturgis that “black lives matter” and that slavery is a sin. Sturgis proceeded to renounce slavery and began making arrangements for his slaves to obtain freedom.

One of those who obtained his freedom was Richard Allen who became a successful evangelist to both black and white audiences. In 1784, he preached for several weeks in Radnor, Pennsylvania, to a mostly white audience, and he recalled hearing it said, “This man must be a man of God; I have never heard such preaching before.”

In 1787, he founded Bethel Methodist Church in Philadelphia out of which emerged the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) denomination. On page 96 of the book, 1726, is the following statement.

It was out of the Awakening that the American black church was born and became a positive force in American society, producing some of the nation’s greatest preachers, singers, and musicians. The Civil Rights movement of the 1960s-1970s was anchored in the black churches of America and its most prominent leaders, such as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., (1929-1968) were ordained ministers—a legacy of 1726.

The Methodists Join the Movement

In 1744, John Wesley (1703–1791) spoke publicly against slavery, declaring that, in God’s sight, blacks and whites are equal and that Christ died for all. Many Methodists in America, in both the North and South, picked up on Wesley’s call and became some of the leading abolitionists in America. They believed that “black lives matter.”

James O’Kelly (1735-1826), for example, faced physical attacks because of his bold, excoriating preaching against slavery. He painted slaveholding as a debilitating and demonic kind of sin. It was, he said, “A work of the flesh, assisted by the devil; a mystery of iniquity, that works like witchcraft to darken your understanding, and harden your hearts against conviction.”

Because of the bold preaching of evangelists such as Garrettson and O’Kelly, an anti-slavery movement gained momentum, even in the South. This movement faced intense opposition, as was the case in 1800 when Methodists in South Carolina circulated a petition calling for emancipation. A mob burned the handouts and dragged one of the Methodist preachers through the streets and almost drowned him in a well.

Despite the opposition, the momentum against slavery continued to spread and proponents of slavery scrambled to devise moral arguments to justify the institution.

A commonly held notion was that it was God’s way of delivering Africans from paganism in their homeland, giving them an opportunity to hear the Gospel. Samuel Hopkins, however, dismantled this argument in his pamphlet entitled, A Dialogue Concerning the Slavery of Africans.

Although Hopkins would acknowledge God’s providence in working out His plan—even through human acts of sin, as in the Old Testament story of Joseph—he systematically dismantled this argument as merely being an excuse for slavery. He thundered,

What sort of “gospel” message is being conveyed when people are enslaved because of the color of their skin? The Declaration of Independence says all men are created equal with certain unalienable rights. Oh, the shocking, the intolerable inconsistencies! (Hyatt, 1726: The Year that Defined America, 98).

The moral arguments were rooted in both Creation and Redemption. Creation tells us that all people are equal, with the genealogy of all humanity beginning with Adam and Eve. There is also equality in Redemption, for Christ died for all and His salvation is equally available to all who will believe. The old value systems that judged a person on the basis of race, gender, and social class were abolished in Christ (Galatians 3:27-28).

A Founder’s Call for Action

Not all ministers and churches embraced the Awakening and the “black lives matter” movement that accompanied it. Benjamin Rush (1745-1813), a Philadelphia physician, boldly confronted these timid custodians of the status quo.

Rush was a member of the Continental Congress (1774–1781), as well as a signer of the Declaration of Independence. He helped found the first abolition society in America and in the following address he admonished the Christian ministers of America to take a bold stand against slavery. He wrote,

But chiefly—ye ministers of the gospel, whose dominion over the principles and actions of men is so universally acknowledged and felt, - Ye who estimate the worth of your fellow creatures by their immortality, and therefore must look upon all mankind as equal; let your zeal keep pace with your opportunities to put a stop to slavery. While you enforce the duties of “tithe and cumin,” neglect not the weightier laws of justice and humanity. Slavery is a Hydra sin and includes in it every violation of the precepts of the Laws and the Gospels. In vain will you command your flocks to offer up the incense of faith and charity, while they continue to mingle the sweat and blood of Negro slaves with their sacrifices. Remember, that national crimes require national punishments, and without declaring what punishment awaits this evil, you may venture to assure them, that it cannot pass with impunity, unless God shall cease to be just or merciful (Hyatt, 1726: The Year that Defined America, 100).

The Founders Are Affected

The spiritual power of the Awakening and the moral arguments it produced against slavery were overwhelming. In fact, by the time of the writing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776 and the Constitution in 1787, virtually every Founder had taken a public stand against slavery. All agreed with John Adams, who stated the following:

Every measure of prudence . . . ought to be assumed for the eventual total extirpation of slavery from the United States. I have throughout my whole life held the practice of slavery in abhorrence (Hyatt, 1726: The Year thatDefined America, 101).

However, deciding what to do with over two-million slaves who had not been prepared for freedom was another question. Dr. Thomas Sowell writes,

Deciding that slavery was wrong was much easier than deciding what to do with millions of people from another continent, of another race, and without any historical preparation for living as free citizens in a society like that of the United States, where they were 20 percent of the population. It is clear from the private correspondence of Washington, Jefferson, and many others that their moral rejection of slavery was unambiguous, but the practical question of what to do now had them baffled. That would remain so for more than half a century (Hyatt, 1726: The Year that Defined America, 102).

Despite the challenge of knowing exactly how to move forward at this point, the power of the Awakening is obivous in the words and deeds of the founders. For example, two years before the Constitutional Convention, Benjamin Franklin liberated his two slaves and joined the abolition society of Philadelphia, later serving as its president.

George Washington’s situation was more complex. He had inherited a large plantation with a large number of slaves, and he realized that to thrust them suddenly and unprepared out into the world would have been unwise and harmful to many of them.

To remedy the situation, Washington set up a compassionate program to disentangle Mt. Vernon from the institution of slavery. Those slaves who wanted to leave were free to do so. Those who chose to remain were paid wages, and he began a program to educate and prepare the children of slaves for freedom. Concerning the abolition of slavery, he declared,

Not only do I pray for it, on the score of human dignity, but I clearly foresee that nothing but the rooting out of slavery can perpetuate the existence of our union by consolidating it in a common bond of principle (Hyatt, 1726: TheYear that Defined America, 103).

It is obvious that something unique was happening in America at this time in world history. Dr. Thomas Sowell has said,

Among those who turned against slavery in the 18th century were George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry and other American leaders. You could research all of 18th century Africa or Asia or the Middle East without finding any comparable rejection of slavery there (Hyatt, 1726: TheYear that Defined America, 90).

Although it would take a Second Great Awakening (ca. 1800- ca. 1830), a Great Prayer Awakening (1857-58), and a Civil War (1861-1865) to bring final closure, slavery’s end was sealed in that First Great Awakening that swept Colonial America.

The Key for Racial Healing Today

This 18th century “black lives matter” movement is ignored by those on the political left because it does not fit their narrative of America being an irredeemable racist nation, forever defined by slavery. But as I argue in my book, 1726, America became defined by Christian awakening and opposition to slavery because of the Great Awakening and the "black lives matter" movment it produced, beginning in 1726.

We ought, therefore, to take a lesson from history. Defaming the police and throwing money into new social programs will never heal the contemporary racial divides in our land. The modern Black Lives Matter movement, based in Marxism and with a stated goal of destroying the traditional, nuclear family, will never be a channel of healing.

We must remember 1726 and turn to our Creator who created us all--black, white, red,  and brown--in His image and likeness (Genesis 1:26-27). The Creator has revealed Himself to this planet in the person of Jesus Christ and only in Him will we find individual and national healing. 

We should recall the words of Samuel Adams (1722–1803), a passionate abolitionist, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, and known as The Father of the American Revolution.

While serving as governor of Massachusetts (1793- 1797), he declared April 2, 1795 as a Day of Fasting and Prayer for both Massachusetts and America. The words of that Proclamation reveal the profound depth of Christian faith in America’s founding generation. In part, it reads as follows:

The Supreme Ruler of the Universe, having been pleased, in the course of His Providence, to establish the independence of the United States of America . . . I have therefore thought fit to appoint, and with the advice and consent of the Council, I do hereby appoint Thursday, the Second Day of April next, to be observed as a Day of Public Fasting, Humiliation and Prayer throughout this Commonwealth: Calling upon the Ministers of the Gospel, of every Denomination, with their respective Congregations, to assemble on that Day, and devoutly implore the Divine forgiveness of our Sins, To pray that the Light of the Gospel, and the rights of Conscience, may be continued to the people of United America; and that his Holy Word may be improved by them, so that the name of God may be exalted, and their own Liberty and Happiness secured (Hyatt, 1726:The Year that Defined America, 104).

This article is derived from Dr. Eddie Hyatt's latest book, 1726: The Year that Defined America, available from Amazon and his website at www.eddiehyatt.com. He is the founder of the "1726 Project," dedicated to educating American citizens about their nation's overt Christian origins and advocating for another national, spiritual awakening as the ultimate answer for the nation's ills.