Are there modern day Paul Revere’s, fervently warning a nation of impending danger?
In a Christ in Prophecy series titled “America’s Christian Heritage,” Dr. David Reagan interviews a modern day Paul Revere who is on a mission to save his country by bringing it back into God’s grace by returning in repentance to it’s Christian roots.
For over forty years the Rev. Peter Marshall has gained national recognition as a teacher and writer on America’s Christian heritage. Because he believes that our nation is in moral and spiritual crisis and that the only hope for restoration is revival, his increasingly prophetic ministry focuses on two major themes — recovering the original American vision with the truth about our Christian heritage, and putting 2 Chronicles 7:14 on national repentance into practice.
Son of the famous Senate chaplain Dr. Peter Marshall and author Catherine Marshall, Rev. Marshall has devoted himself to a continent-wide ministry of preaching, teaching and writing. He has co-authored three best-selling books about God’s call on America and His hand on our history — The Light and The Glory, From Sea to Shining Sea, and Sounding Forth the Trumpet. His ministry is called Peter Marshall Ministries.
A Man On a Mission
Dr. Reagan: Peter, tell us about yourself and your ministry.
Rev. Marshall: I was ordained as a Presbyterian Minister in 1965, a long time ago now, and served as an Assistant Pastor and then had my own church on Cape Cod until the end of 1977. At which time I decided that the Lord wanted me to do full-time what I had been doing part-time, which was traveling to respond to invitations from different churches and groups across the country to come and minister on growing in Jesus, growing in discipleship, and living the Christian life.
But, in that same year The Light and the Glory, our first book, was published on America’s Christian heritage. What has happened in the years since then is that the Lord has sort of changed my ministry into a national ministry of helping modern American’s recover the truth about this nation’s Christian heritage and His hand in our histories specifically.
I still travel, teaching and preaching wherever I am invited to do that. Often it is weekend conferences on America’s Christian heritage or sometimes Christian growth and discipleship. I also do a lot of writing and have been doing a lot of that since 1977, and I plan on continuing that.
Dr. Reagan: Well, folks, as Peter said, in 1977 his life was really changed by the publication of his seminal study of the Christian Heritage of our nation. The book was entitled, The Light and the Glory. It traced the religious heritage of our nation from 1492 to 1793. And, in the 30 years since that time, Reverend Marshall has published two sequels, bringing the history up to the year of 1860. He is now working on one that covers the Civil War.
The Light and the Glory
Dr. Reagan: In 2009, a second edition of the original book was published. Peter, let’s talk about this great book of yours, The Light and the Glory. The first edition of this came out over 30 years ago. What motivated you to write this book?
Rev. Marshall: Back in 1975 when I started, it became obvious to me that America was starting to slide downhill. We were losing the moral and spiritual foundations of the nation of the society. We were a society that was increasingly in trouble. We’d been through the Watergate Crisis and our institutions were beginning to show signs of corruption. The sexual revolution was in full bloom. Things were not going well.
I began to feel the Spirit of the Lord leading me to check into American history. I had been a history major in college, but that was before I had given my life to Jesus. I thought I would never have anything to do with history anymore when I went into the ministry. I thought that was just a part of my former life. But, I had a great love of the history of this nation and wanted to see if I could find the evidence of God’s hand in our American past. And, that is what prompted the beginning of that book.
Dr. Reagan: I tell you, it does seem like we’ve been going downhill ever since then.
You have just come out with a new edition of this book after 30 years. Why did you do that?
Rev. Marshall: We found with the original book overwhelming evidence of God’s hand in our American past. I mean, far more than we could begin to put into one book. Through the years since that book came out, oh, there were a few mistakes, minor things that probably nobody but me would notice that I wanted to correct, but I also wanted to add some new material. For people who loved the first book they will love this new edition even more. There is new material on George Washington, on Samuel Adams and on the lost colony of Roanoke. I did a whole new appendix on the Christian faith of other Founding Fathers beside Washington, because I get so sick and tired of hearing this endlessly repeated mantra that the Founding Fathers were all a bunch of deist, which is flatly untrue.
Dr. Reagan: I can attest to the fact that you have a lot of new material, because I have read both editions my edition is very much marked up. I just loved it! I couldn’t put it down.