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Fighting Words

Peter Muhlenberg gave perhaps the most dramatic sermon of the Revolutionary era.

Though Peter Muhlenberg had preached regularly for the cause of the American colonists, he decided that, in his last sermon before leaving to join Washington's army, he would have to do something unusual to drive home his point.

After reading from (Ecclesiastes 3:1), he said, "There is a time to preach and a time to pray, but there is also a time to fight, and that time has now come." Muhlenberg threw off his robes to reveal the uniform of a militia colonel.

He then recruited the men of his congregation, who became known as the "German Regiment," which Muhlenberg commanded throughout the war. He eventually rose to the rank of major general, and after the war, returned to Philadelphia a hero. He spent the remainder of his life in local and national politics.

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