Though some people claim that Thomas Paine was not a Christian, the fact remains that in "The American Crisis, Number One," Paine claims that,
God Almighty will not give up a people to military destruction, or leave them unsupportedly to perish.
Here, Paine indicates that the American colonies need not fear defeat at the hands of the British forces. Paine assures his readers that the colonies' cause is a just one that God will support and that they can rely on His intervention on their behalf.
Additionally, Paine observes that though Britain appears to believe that it can hold the American colonies in a manner he calls "slavery," Britain's declaration that it can "bind us in all cases whatsoever" is sacrilegious because "so unlimited a power can belong only to God." Paine builds his argument that Britain's claims on the colonies must be displeasing to God and implies that British aggression will not be allowed to stand. Paine realizes that the British forces are formidable, and he also realizes that he must convince his readers to stay in the fight by offering a "guarantee" that they will not fight alone.