“Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.” 2 Corinthians 3:17
Thomas Paine (1737-1809), was the American Revolutionary author who wrote a famous 16 pamphlet series entitled, The American Crisis, which he signed “Common Sense.” Greatly fanning the flames of colonial independence, his first essay issued December 23,1776, was read aloud to the Colonial Army at Valley Forge by order of General Washington. In it, Paine wrote:
“Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.
What we obtain too cheaply, we esteem too lightly; ’tis dearness only that gives everything its value. Heaven knows how to put a price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as freedom should not be highly rated.
Yet that we may not appear to be defective even in earthly honors, let a day be solemly set apart for proclaiming the charter; let it be placed on the divine law, the Word of God; let a crown be placed thereon.
The Almighty implanted in us these inextinguishable feelings for good and wise purposes. They are guardians of His image in our heart. They distinguish us from the heard of common animals.”