Known as the "Father of the American Revolution," Sam Adams organized the famous Boston Tea Party, a landmark event that sparked the War of Independence with Great Britain. He also formed the "Committees of Correspondence" which organized the colonists to actively resist the authority of the British Government. A cousin of John Adams, Sam Adams was a signer of the Declaration of Independence and called the first Continental Congress. He served in the Congress until 1781. Adams was a steadfast Christian. In his work, The Rights of the Colonists, which was circulated in 1772, Adams boldly asserted:
The right to freedom being the gift of the Almighty...The rights of the colonists as Christians...may be best understood by reading and carefully studying the institutions of The Great Law Giver and Head of the Christian Church, which are to be found clearly written and promulgated in the New Testament.
As the Declaration of Independence was being signed in 1776, Sam Adams declared:
We have this day restored the Sovereign to Whom all men ought to be obedient. He reigns in Heaven and from the rising to the setting of the sun, let His kingdom come.
And Adams wrote these poignant words in his Last Will and Testament:
Principally, and first of all, I resign my soul to the Almighty Being who gave it, and my body I commit to the dust, relying on the merits of Jesus Christ for the pardon of my sins.