There was no better-prepared place to inaugurate the first battle of the War for Independence than the little village of Lexington. For Pastor Clark “discussed from the pulpit the great questions at issue, and that powerful voice thundered forth the principles of personal, civil, and religious liberty, and the right of resistance, in tones as earnest and effective as it had the doctrines of salvation by the cross” (J. T. Headley, Heroes of Liberty: Chaplains and Clergy of the American Revolution, 21). “It was to the congregation, educated by such a man, that Providence allowed to be entrusted the momentous events of April 19, events which were to decide the fate of a continent—that of civil liberty the world over” (Headley, 23).
Today, the Battle of Lexington is little spoken of, for as a nation we have forgotten our history. We have neglected the heroes of our freedom and liberty. But there was a time when this day was remembered and odes were written to commemorate the occasion. Paul Revere’s Ride and the Concord Hymn are two examples. (See Appendix, pages 75–88.) Our history books no longer tell the true story of Lexington, so we must.
America is perishing for the need of preachers who apply God’s holy Word to every area of life including personal, civil, and religious liberty. The Church needs more pastors like Jonas Clark, a preacher who taught the great doctrines of salvation in Christ alone and the Biblical right to resistance, which gave his congregation courage to stand in the face of great odds. The Battle of Lexington should inspire every man, in all stations of life, to stand and make a difference.
Rev. Christopher Hoops, Theology Editor for Nordskog Publishing
To hear more about the virtues of this Patriot Pastor, author of The Battle of Lexington, please view this sermon by the late Dr. D. James Kennedy, Pastor, Coral Ridge Ministries, entitled “Will the Church Forget?” (Jump to 5:00 for commentary on Jonas Clark.)
On the 233rd anniversary of the infamous Battle of Lexington (April 19, 2008) in Irvine, CA, Brad Dacus, President of Pacific Justice Institute, at its annual Celebration of Justice banquet. There publisher Jerry Nordskog (PJI Advisory Board) presented a signed copy of the book with Patriot Pastor Jonas Clark’s sermon to modern-day Black Regiment (Patriot Pastor) Ron Gleason of Grace Presbyterian Church (Yorba Linda, CA), who is also President of California Exodus, for his patriotism and commitment to Christ.