Throughout our long history, one of the greatest influences on America has been what was taught from the pulpit. Sermons shaped the way Americans thought, and helped established our worldview on everything from the Bible and Jesus to law and government, and from economics and taxes to science and foreign affairs. For example, every right set forth in the Declaration of Independence had been preached from the pulpit prior to 1763. And historians specifically point to sermons by the Rev. John Wise (a pastor in the late 1600s and early 1700s) as providing much of the specific language that found its way into the Declaration. No wonder John Adams cited ministers as some of the key leaders in helping secure American independence. Over the years, WallBuilders has collected hundreds of old sermons that cover scores of topics. We encourage you to read some of these interesting sermons that helped shape American thinking and culture.