In a 1798 letter to the Massachusetts Militia, President John Adams wrote, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” America’s Founding Fathers knew it was crucial for pastors and church leaders to influence the legislative process. Otherwise, laws would reflect the interests of those whose worldview is incompatible with the preservation of ordered liberty. Freedom without virtue leads to chaos and virtue has never been shown to exist on a grand scale in the absence of faith. Many of the recent problems in American culture and policy can be traced to an upside-down interpretation of the First Amendment, which threatens the pulpit with penalties for political engagement. However, recently the landscape has shifted and pastors are waking up to their Constitutional liberty and duty to bring virtue back to the public square. RampartPAC exists to recruit, train and fund these brave pastors and church leaders, who in the Spirit of the Founding, have answered the call to run for political office.
Rampart PAC | The Muhlenberg Model for America’s Future
During the Revolutionary War, a substantial number of pastors took up arms and led the men of their congregations to battle. They were dubbed by the British “The Black Robe Regiment” for the black robes ministers wore in that day. A well-known example is John Peter Muhlenberg, a Lutheran minister and Revolutionary War hero. His biography includes the account of preaching a sermon on January 21, 1776 from Ecclesiastes 3, which teaches “To everything there is a season...a time of war and a time of peace.” In his conclusion, he declared, “This is the time of war!” and removed his black robe to reveal his Colonel’s uniform in the Continental Army. Outside military drums rolled as Reverend John Peter Muhlenberg led 300 men out of his church to form the backbone of the famed 8th Virginia Regiment. The rest is history. There is a statue of John Peter Muhlenberg, dressed in battle attire with his black robe draped over his right arm, at the United States Capitol building.
When John Peter felt the call to accept George Washington’s personal invitation to the fight, he was first opposed by his brother Fredrick, also a Lutheran minister, who felt it was below the call of a pastor to fight in the army or engage in politics. Fredrick’s mind changed when British burned down his church in front of him and he joined the Revolution. Setting fire to that church turned out to be one of the Redcoats’ greatest blunders, an early turning point in the Colonial cause for liberty.
After our fledgling Representative Republic had miraculously won her freedom against the world’s biggest military force, the Muhlenberg brothers both were elected to the First Congress (1789-1791), with Reverend Fredrick serving as the nation’s first Speaker of the House. Can you imagine the Muhlenbergs arguing that pastors shouldn’t be involved in politics?
The Muhlenberg brothers’ political duty in the legislative branch brings to mind the words of another great minister during the Revolutionary period, the sixth president of Princeton University, Reverend John Witherspoon, who was responsible for recruiting James Madison (The Father of the Constitution) and training him for national service. Witherspoon remarked: “So true is this, that civil liberty cannot be long preserved without virtue.”
The Muhlenberg brothers were instrumental in establishing the conditions of freedomon the battlefield and liberty to live and preach the Gospel in the political arena, honoring Jesus as Lord over all areas of life. Through their sacrifice and service they stand as a timeless model for America’s clergy.
Today The Muhlenberg Model is needed more than ever. As the great preacher of the Second Great Awakening, the Reverend Charles Finney prophetically declared in his Decay of Conscience sermon, the pulpit is responsible for the condition of the culture:
"If there is a decay of conscience, the pulpit is responsible for it. If the public press lacks moral discernment, the pulpit is responsible for it. If the church is degenerate and worldly, the pulpit is responsible for it. If the world loses its interest in Christianity, the pulpit is responsible for it. If Satan rules in our halls of legislation, the pulpit is responsible for it. If our politics become so corrupt that the very foundations of our government are ready to fall away, the pulpit is responsible for it."
Indeed, American culture has decayed and the nation responsible for more wealth creation than all other nations in world history combined and ninety cents for every dollar of world missions has taken a desperate turn for the worst. We are the world’s primary exporter of media produced sexual debauchery. We lead what’s left of Western Civilization in abortion rates and legal permissibility, far ahead of secular western Europe. We are twenty trillion dollars in fiscal operating debt. We have allowed our halls of legislation and judiciaries to be overrun by a determined minority in our society that replaces the role of God with the tyranny of absolute human government. The nation of the inalienable rights from the Creator, First Amendment religious liberty, and private virtue as a public concern has become the nation of identity politics, sexual liberty, abortion on demand without apology, and transgender bathroom bills. The universities founded as institutions for biblical instruction have been abandoned to secular intellectuals, who have substituted the search for truth with speech codes, trigger warnings, safe spaces and free speech zones. All while by some great trick conceived in hell convinced the pulpits of America to watch the great decline from the sidelines.
No more. It’s time to put The Muhlenberg Model into action. Due to American clergy waking up to the biblical duty of the pulpit to the public square, a record number of evangelicals rose up and, all during the past several election cycles, created a Republican majority in both houses of Congress. The pastors of America sent their congregations to the polls in record numbers this past Presidential election cycle and ensured the victory of President Donald Trump, who has pledged to remove the secular instrumentalities of ungodly government pressure on our nation’s pulpits to abstain from politics. Reverend Finney is right on: the pulpit is to blame for America’s current cultural plight. However, it will also be responsible for America’s resurrection. We have been granted, by the grace of God, a respite to fight for the revival and restoration of the greatest nation in world history. The key is for today’s pastors and Christian leaders cut in the mold of John Peter and Fredrick Muhlenberg to answer the call of battle in what has become a second Civil War for American culture, a war much less between the forces of Right and Left than it is between Up and Down. The pulpits of America are rising and taking their rightful place of biblical influence in the halls of legislation. Locally, statewide and nationally, from the city councils and school boards to the United States Senate, the Christian leaders of the nation founded Under God and on His Law, are resuming their role to society.
Rampart PAC exists to find and finance these wonderful men and women of God who raise their hand in bravery to follow the example of the Muhlenberg brothers in public service to our nation. Our purpose is to train and fund the pastor or Christian leader who is ready to answer the call of God to do battle in the political realm to restore America to her founding fabric of faith and freedom.
Please prayerfully consider supporting us in three crucial ways:
Prayer. As King Solomon is attributed with saying, “Unless the LORD builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the LORD watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain” (Psalm 127:1 ESV). Please keep Rampart PAC and the brave Christian candidates we support bathed in prayer.
Recruitment. Know anyone that fits The Muhlenberg Model? Please send them our way. We will take care of the rest.
Financial Support. Without God’s people giving to this work, it cannot be accomplished. Solomon’s wisdom speaks to us again, “A gift opens the way and ushers the giver into the presence of the great” (Proverbs 18:16). Indeed, we rely on your support to open the way, whether it’s a $5 or $5,000 one-time or monthly contribution, we are so appreciative of your partnership in this most worthy of causes.
As the Declaration states, “we pledge our lives, fortunes, and sacred honor” to preserve this great lighthouse of the Gospel to the nations and restore the rightful place of America as a beacon of righteousness to the world.
In His Service,