One of the great miracles not only of the founding, but in American history is the miracle of exposing the traitor Benedict Arnold. Interestingly, because of his incredible leadership at the battles of Fort Ticonderoga and Saratoga, Benedict Arnold was on the path to becoming one of the greatest generals of the War for Independence ….and then, there was the love of money!
Integral to the diabolical plot was Peggy Arnold, the wife of General Arnold. On September 25,1780, the very day General Arnold’s plan of betrayal was exposed, ironically, (I call it providentially), Generals Washington, Knox, and Lafayette, along with their aides, were scheduled to meet with Benedict Arnold at his house, where his wife had prepared breakfast. General Arnold sat at the table as the guests arrived, minus General Washington, who, once again, as providence would have it, decided to make a short stop.
Suddenly, a courier arrived with important news for General Arnold. As he read the notes that Major John Andre had been captured the night before, along with the General’s papers of betrayal describing West Point’s weaknesses and points to attack; along with the passes possessing his own signature, he immediately excused himself from breakfast, ran upstairs told Peggy, and scurried for the British lines. Believing they would not be prosecuted, Arnold left his wife and new born son. It was not for 200 years that the real truth surfaced regarding Peggy Arnold’s involvement.
Although she had been ‘friends’ with George Washington from the age of 14, distraught with the colonials, and a secret British loyalist, Peggy began telling Arnold he was under appreciated. All the incredible sacrifices he had made, daring leadership in winning battles, were going unnoticed—she incessantly whispered in his ear; all the while secretly communicating with Major John Andre, of the British army. As her ‘Delilah-like words’ took root in General Arnold’s foolish heart, he slowly began to turn. However, when he learned of the 20,000 pounds offered by the British, equivalent to one million dollars in today’s currency, he went over to the dark side. On August 30, 1780, he made his final decision to abandon all character, and began to draw-up the plans to deliver West Point, which would have included George Washington, into the hands of British General Henry Clinton. The capture of West Point would have divided the colonies in half; and without Washington, the war would have been all but over…and America a faded dream!!
However, the God who pre-determined a plan and purpose for America’s birth; for Black people; and for the world—showed Himself strong through a mighty deliverance!!! General Arnold forgot Americans were a praying people; and our God, ‘the’ prayer answering God! On November 11,1779, the Continental Congress* issued a public proclamation of prayer, which Thomas Jefferson, then Governor of Virginia, chose to join. The prayer declared:
“Congress...hath thought proper...to recommend to the several
States...a day of public and solemn Thanksgiving to Almighty
God, for his mercies, and of Prayer, for the continuance of his
That He would grant to His church, the plentiful effusions of
Divine Grace, and pour out His Holy Spirit on all Ministers of the
Gospel; That He would bless and prosper the means of
education, and spread the light of Christian knowledge through
the remotest corners of the earth...”
On April 6,1780, George Washington gave his consent for his troops to join with this prayer proclamation, and I repeat, by the government of the United States!!! So yes…the prayers of the righteous contributed to America’s great deliverance on that fateful day!
After returning from their secret meeting with General Arnold in the woods in the dead of night, British spy John Andre and Joshua Smith were travelling back through colonel lines carrying the infamous papers. Suddenly several colonists popped-out with guns, demanding the two stop, and dismount their horses. The colonists then proceeded to search them from head to toe—even removing their clothing. Finding nothing, they decided to release them. Suddenly, they decided to search them a second time; from head to toe they poked, prodded, shook, and dangled. Finding nothing again, they decided to release them a second time. However, for some unknown reason**, they decided to search them a third time. This time, in the one place they missed, a hollowed heal of the boot of Major John Andre, the American sentries discovered hidden maps of the West point betrayal! The treachery of Benedict Arnold was exposed!!!
Interestingly, the sentries immediately rushed their findings to their commanding officer---guess who that was? If you guessed Benedict Arnold, you win a prize!!***
Hollywood could not have created this script!!! Ohhhhh…but for the providence of God!!
-This miracle is evidence for a prayer answering God, Who delivers His
-This miracle is a sign of God’s providence upon America!
-This miracle is the foundation for American exceptionalism!
…for all who choose to believe!!!
God has blessed America! …from White to Black, rest assured…
…what God has blessed, no man can curse!
…what God has blessed, no nation can curse!
…what God has blessed, no political party can curse!
…what God has blessed, no movement can curse!
…what God has blessed, no movie star (or starlet) can curse!
…what God has blessed, no multi-million dollar athlete can curse!
*Notice this says the Continental Congress!! The government of the United States declared public prayer for the colonies!!!! Notice too, Thomas Jefferson, the author of the Declaration of Independence, and to whom the term ‘separation of church and state’ is attributed, joined Virginia to this national prayer proclamation!!
**We all know the “unknown reason” is the providence of God.
***And very wisely they sent originals to George Washington, who as providence would have it, was at Benedict Arnold’s home!
“The fate of unborn millions will now depend, under God, on the courage and conduct of this army.” -General George Washington, 7/1776