Commissioning Service at Patrick Henry College
Experience Virginia History in the making!
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Wednesday, September 19, 2012, 7-9:30 PM
Patrick Henry College, 10 Patrick Henry Circle, Purcellville, Virginia 20132
Two American Generals and an Enduring Legacy
Maj. Gen. John “Peter” Gabriel Muhlenberg
Rev. Peter Muhlenberg (October 1, 1746-October 1, 1807) has become the iconic symbol of American Black Robe Regiment Founding history. Ordained in both Lutheran and Anglican traditions, Muhlenberg preached his final sermon at Emmanuel Church in Woodstock, VA on January 21, 1776 from Ecclesiastes 3:1-8. Henry Augustus Muhlenberg, Peter’s granduncle, wrote:
The rude country church was filled to overflowing with a vast multitude of hardy mountaineers … who had gathered together … in behalf of their suffering country … the decided step taken by their pastor, all aroused the patriotic enthusiasm of the vast multitude, and rendered it a magazine of fiery passion …”
Reading verse 8, Muhlenberg removed his clerical robe to reveal his colonel’s uniform and thundered, “There is a time to preach and a time to fight. This is a time to fight.” He added more than 300 recruits to the Eighth Virginia Regiment. At the end of the war, he was brevetted to the rank of Maj. Gen. and went on to serve 3 terms in Congress and one in the Senate.
Jerry Boykin is a decorated US military veteran and a patriotic clergyman who embodies the faith, patriotism, and fighting spirit of Rev. Peter Muhlenberg and the original Black Robe Regiment. He is a founding member of Delta Force (Army) which he commanded in combat operations. He also commanded the Green Berets and the Army’s Special Warfare Center and School. From 2003 to 2007, General Boykin served as US Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence. He has played a major role in almost every major American military operation in the last four decades.
Lt. Gen. William G. “Jerry” Boykin (Retired)
Today, General Boykin is Executive Vice President for the Family Research Council where he oversees policy, Church ministries, finance, development, Human Resources, and communications. Today his passion is spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ and encouraging Christians to be warriors in God’s Kingdom.
The Mission of the Black Robe Regiment of Virginia
The Black Robe Regiment of Virginia is a fellowship of Virginia clergy and laymen who identify with the faith, patriotism and fighting spirit of Reverend John Peter Gabriel Muhlenberg and the “Black Robe Regiment” of the Founding Era, the preachers who inspired, led, fought in, and recruited soldiers from their own congregations to fight in the American War for Independence. We stand together with other patriotic ministers and ministries across Virginia and America, the vanguard of a national clergy-led movement to restore America’s godly heritage and Constitutional Government of, by, and for the American people.
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Bishop E W Jackson
President, S.T.A.N.D. (Staying True to America’s National Destiny)
Executive Director, Congressional Prayer Caucus Foundation
VP of Policy & Communications, The Family Foundation
Rev. Dean Nelson
Founder & Vice Chairman, Frederick Douglass Foundation
Chairman & President, Virginia Christian Alliance
Founder & Director, Virginia Family Forumn
Executive Director of Operations, Operation Restored Warrior
“This is a time to fight!”
As the Winthrop Fleet sailed toward Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1630, Governor Reverend John Winthrop penned these words on board the Arbella:
“For we must consider that we shall be as a City Upon a Hill, the eyes of all people are upon us; so that if we shall deal falsely with our God in this work we have undertaken and so cause him to withdraw his present help from us, we shall be made a story and a byword through the world, we shall open the mouths of enemies to speak evil of the ways of God and all professors for God’s sake; we shall shame the faces of many of God’s worthy servants, and cause their prayers to be turned into curses upon us till we be consumed out of the good land whether we are going.”
Winthrop concluded his prophetic discourse with a warning from the 30th chapter of the book of Deuteronomy:
“Beloved there is now set before us life, and good, death and evil in that we are Commanded this day to love the Lord our God, and to love one another to walk in his ways and to keep his Commandments and his Ordinance, and his laws, and the Articles of our Covenant with him that we may live and be multiplied, and that the Lord our God may bless us in the land whither we go to possess it: But if our hearts shall turn away so that we will not obey, but shall be seduced and worship other Gods our pleasures, and profits, and serve them, it is propounded unto us this day, we shall surely perish out of the good Land whether we pass over this vast Sea to possess it.”
For most of American history, pastors understood that they bore primary responsibility for the spiritual, moral, and political welfare of the nation. Clergy have always figured prominently in the American Story and until recently, most felt that the charge to preach the “whole counsel of God” included a duty to equip their flocks with a biblical understanding about citizenship, voting, and civic engagement.
It was God, working through the Church and its ministers that made America Rev. John Winthrop’s “Shining City Upon a Hill.” Yet today, with our nation careening toward a lethal precipice, Church leaders as a whole, have yet to match the ardor of their Founding Era predecessors who through fearless proclamation, toil, and blood, showed us how to secure and preserve liberty.
Jesus told his followers that they were the salt of the earth and light of the world. The Church is the primary curator of society and preserver of the American Idea. Believers dare not stand on the sideline while our nation spirals toward catastrophe or God will hold us accountable for abandoning our cure. If America succumbs to tyranny, pulpits, indeed the Church in America, will be forever haunted by the question, “Did I do my part to prevent it.”
One hundred and seventy years after Rev. Peter Muhlenberg made his stand in Woodstock, Virginia, another Lutheran minister in Germany drew a line in the sand against implacable evil in his own country against the Third Reich:
“Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.” – Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Will pastors and other leaders in the Church in America rise to the challenge and take up the mantle bequeathed to us by men like Muhlenberg and Bonhoeffer before it is too late? On September 19 at 7:00 PM, The Black Robe Regiment of Virginia will take up its God-given duty and join a national clergy-led movement to restore America’s godly heritage and government of, by, and for the American people. Please join us for this historic event.
Rev. Peter Muhlenberg Reenactment by Rev. Travis Witt
On January 21, 1776, the Reverend John Peter Gabriel Muhlenberg stood confidently in the pulpit of Emmanuel Church in Woodstock, Virginia. He had crafted that morning’s sermon around the text found in the third chapter of Ecclesiastes, which begins with the well known phrase, “To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven.” He preached through the passage with great care, verse by verse. After finishing his thoughts on verse seven, he paused, then thoughtfully continued with verse eight, “a time of war, and a time of peace.” With those words, Muhlenberg removed his minister’s robe. He now stood before his congregation in a full military uniform. “There is a time to pray and a time to fight, and that time has now come!” he proclaimed. Within half an hour, 162 men had joined him. By the end of the following day, Rev. Muhlenberg had recruited more than 300 men. Together, they formed the core of the Eighth Virginia Regiment. Muhlenberg and his men served under General George Washington throughout the war.
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Lt. Gen. Boykin Speaks at the Commissioning Service for Virginia’s Black Robe Regiment — Part I
Lt. Gen. Boykin Speaks at the Commissioning Service for Virginia’s Black Robe Regiment — Part II