What is the role of righteous law? That is what we considering secession must consider in our fight with tyranny. How would we justly structure a new society? We must not plant the seeds of oppression within legal structures forming a new political state in seeking to uphold our God-given rights in liberty. What are proper responsibilities for free people? What moral precepts should we rightfully obey for individual liberty and social justice?
I agree with Thomas Paine stating “That government is best which governs least.” Best is the Law of Nature, and Nature’s God, which Thomas Jefferson noted citing the authority of our Creator in The Declaration of Independence. If you will bear with me, I offer basic concepts for a localized decentralized society prospering in truth, justice, and liberty.
Jefferson believed “the law of nature refers to the will of God observable in creation, while the law of Nature’s God refers to the divine law which is revealed through scriptures,” Kent Schmidt wrote in Blackstone’s View of Natural Law and Its Influence on the Formation of American Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. Citing William Blackstone, a member of Britain’s Parliament opposing the rebel colonists, and author of a benchmark in jurisprudence, Commentaries on the Laws of England, Schmidt has outlined biblical principles the Founding Fathers embraced in shaping American law. Another concise bullet-pointed listing of biblical verses supporting America’s founding tenets is seen at: www.faithfacts.org/christ-and-the-culture/the-bible-and-government .
Of course, Lucifer was at work in colonial America, and many of our Founding Fathers were Freemasons, as Washington was. Like all political documents, the US Constitution was but a compromise, and not equal to Holy Writ. Seeds of tyranny were sown within it, to be nurtured by egos departing God’s Law and yielding to Mammon in Satan’s subtle subversions. As William Penn remarked, “Men who are not governed by God will be ruled by tyrants.” Early America prospered under the Constitution, with its liberties and flaws, because the people were largely rooted in the Christian faith and they were free to practice their religious beliefs in private and public matters. America has fallen far away from Christ in the allure of lucre and hedonism, confusion and fear. To study the role of Lucifer’s pagan influences in American history, do read Thomas Horn’s scholarly book, Apollyon Rising 2012. The seed sown early has grown to become a huge tree with many branches bearing evil fruits sweet in many mouths, but deadly to body and soul.
I have been accused of being lawless, or antinomian, regarding my assertion that Christ’s summation of The Ten Commandments is sufficient to rule a Christian community. Some clergy insist the many scribed statutes and judgments recorded in the Holy Bible should be implemented as law in government courthouses, with quick execution of homosexuals, witches and adulterers across America under the Pentateuch. One clergyman insists our original Bill of Rights, democratic elections, trial by jury, etc., are ungodly unbiblical miscarriages of justice, which I disagree with. His assertion that God is our ultimate ruler in all three modes of government, legislative, executive, and judicial, I agree with. But how is He represented in Earthly governments, and by who? This issue was the basis for the division of governmental powers among three branches to diminish the threat of egos with checks and balances. The Constitution was written to restrain the excesses of men in government, not restrain the people, who largely, at that time, were schooled in the Bible.
Certainly God’s Law is for the best. It is also least, in view of The Ten Commandments often regarded as the basis of western civilization. This brief but broad Canon is most prominently displayed in the US Supreme Court. But whose religious understanding of God’s Law will prevail, and using which edition of Holy Writ? This is the problem the Founders addressed with a secular rendering of constitutional law which was recognized our freedom of conscience in the First Amendment. It allowed Christians the freedom to exercise their Christianity, as long as they recognized others’ right to their freedom of conscience. In Christian America, it was sufficient. Unfortunately, America has forsaken Christianity. The freedom granted in godly charity was not well guarded responsibly. Law is now used to war against Christ, to destroy Christianity. Tyranny drives us to flee this modern Babylon, seek a new estate like the Mayflower pilgrims. We are compelled by God to “come out of her,” per Revelation 18:4, as His Church “called out” from among nations, not to take Babylon in slaughtering infidels. We must congregate under Christ’s Law of Love, recalling offense is forbidden, but defense is duty.
I rest with Jesus under His Golden Rule. Christ summarized God’s Commandments for an inquiring Pharisee, when “one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a question, tempting him, and saying, Master, which is the greatest commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets,“ we read in Matthew 22:35-40. God’s Law is truly rooted in love, respect is integral with love, respect expresses justice. “Love is the fulfilling of the law,” Paul stated in Romans 13:10. Why is this concept so difficult and so often rejected?
I rebuke zealots pushing “bondage to Christ” as meaning people have no rights. The ten precepts YHWH scribed on two tablets of stone for Israel spelled out such as the right to know and worship Him, to not be killed, robbed of dignity or possessions, deceived by false witness or have our marriages and bodies violated. Our right to defense is implied, as God wants those protections for us, hence the Second Amendment. He wants us to know Truth and exercise Justice, as we in Liberty live and prosper in responsibility wary of the law of cause and effect. Christ said “You shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free.“ If you avoid truth and harm others, expect retribution to the detriment of your life and liberty. That’s natural law, the essence of the Golden Rule. God’s laws are very basic, natural. Any truly moral statutes for social behavior scribed by men are rooted in The Ten Commandments. God intends for us to freely prosper joyfully in mind, body, and soul with love for all. But we must know and love Him first, heed His truth, and we must hear it via His Holy Spirit reasoning within us. Infinite God cannot ever be fully represented by finite persons, which is why images ascribed godly status were prohibited. What is the image you are beholden to? In Matthew 11:29-30, Christ urged us to “Take my yoke upon you and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
Arrogant elitists insist on scribing many rules to micromanage every niche, enforcing law to build self-serving monolithic systems much akin to the “Tower of Babel” in their vain attempt to attain Godly stature organizing Marxist collectives. Elitist egos only institute oppressive slavery rather than loving liberty. God dispersed the people collected to labor for Nimrod in Babylon. God’s motif was the Garden of liberty, not the statute of City.
Yes, God began His commandments calling us to worship Him first and foremost, and to have no others before Him in our respect. The fear of God is the beginning of wisdom, not the tyranny some would make it. Our Creator is the ground of being, author of life, love, truth, justice, liberty, & Nature‘s Law. Is it not best to know these things? Can we progress in civilization disregarding them? God gave us reasoning minds and free will, personal liberty to choose, inviting us to grow in seeking to know His infinite Being. In truth God’s law structures a wholesome healthy happy life for us who heed His counsel in discerning timeless loving wisdom. We must choose wisely, wary of consequences to our actions. To disregard His providence is to invite peril, as a fallen leaf can only decay in separation from its root.
Yet some clergy are calling for an autocratic theocracy saying Christ’s New Testament of grace did not eclipse Old Testament law. Some would impose the Torah, even some who claim to follow Christ, like those rebuked by the Apostle Paul. Do I exaggerate? I have heard from those who are seeking an American theocracy like that. Search the internet for Jewish “Noahide Laws” cited in US House Joint Resolution 104, Public Law 102-14, during the Reagan administration, to honor Lubbavitch Rabbi Schneerson. And Muslims insist Sharia must rule all peoples, and pursue Jihad to that end. Such zealots are blindly obstinate and deadly oppressive. Is hateful oppression proper in pursuing God’s love?
Of course, even God hates some things, like injustice and selfish pride.
Egotists are eager to swing the sword of state according to scales weighted in favor of their own fallible sinful human perspectives regarding law. Some seeking to be seen as “holier than thou” presume to speak for Almighty God and pronounce His judgment upon others. Who is worthy? Did Rome not teach us anything about the vanities and tragedies of ecclesiastic rulers? Were Luther and Calvin perfect churchmen innocent before God? Jim Jones, Jim Baker or Pat Robertson? Christ said “He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her,” intervening for the adulterous woman about to be stoned unto death under Mosaic Law. See John 8:7. Can God’s grace long endure in the hands of vain scribes and Pharisees who can never write enough laws commanding others to submit to their own “superior” views? As Paul the Apostle said, “Ye are not under the law, but under grace,“ in Romans 6:14, ruled by the spirit of the law rather than the letter.
Just laws address respect, for God, ourselves, and others. Laws prescribe responsibilities and boundaries on freedom. Righteous laws respect liberty responsibly exercised in love for others, including the God of Truth, and warn against traps laid for us. Satan’s tools are essentially temptations, confusion, force and fear. God provides immutable Truth, while Satan attempts to obscure and distort it, or distract us. God gave us rational minds to know all truth, see through evil charades. Be content in God’s providence, fear not, He instructs us for a good life. “The law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ,“ reads Paul’s letter in Galations 3:24. Christ leads our understanding to transcend the letter of the law to embrace the Holy Spirit of YHWH in nurturing the eternal laws of truth and love.
Never is liberty legislated, as the letter of the law only restricts. But exercised in brotherly love, liberty can prevail. Just law restricts us from harming ourselves and others, and it applies equally to ALL persons under God. Who is equal to God? Even Lord Jesus placed Himself in obedience to His Heavenly Father. Law‘s “letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life,“ we find in II Corinthians 3:6. The spirit of any proper law is defined best as love, as Christ said in reply to that lawyer of the Pharisees. True liberty is lovingly responsible to God first, and to others as ourselves, not selfishly greedy, licentious and hurtful. Within a Christian society, living in Christ’s love, we need not be burdened under huge complex volumes of statutes and ordinances, rules and regulations. These serve to enrich lawyers serving corporatists’ ungodly ends and lead us to a police state enforcing a vast fascist collective dividing labor for profit and dividing people from rights and dignities. God’s Commandments were few and simple, and should suffice in every situation. We should not let men obfuscate and negate God’s Law with their own legal traditions to greedily inflate insatiable socializing egos. Israel rejected God’s authority, noted in I Samuel 8, to seek the trappings of a corporate state like other nations, despite God’s great blessings.
Following in the wake of my previous essay, Law of Love v. Love of Law, I offer this as a rebuttal to legalistic lovers of law who are driven to exercise dominion over other, and as an encouraging clarification to those embracing Christ’s law of love. I chastise those who insist they must subdue the Earth to make ready for Christ’s return as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Recall Jesus telling the Roman Governor Pilate “My kingdom is not of this world.” in his court. When Christ’s time arrives, He will claim His own with no need of our help. The book of Revelation reveals that. I will have no King but Jesus! No man is worthy to rule us in His stead and pronounce judgments in His name. No one.
This is not to say an Earthly nation founded on biblical Christian principles can have no statutory laws or courts to try charges against those seriously doing wrong. One pastor has said I was being “antinomian”, lawless, in stating God’s Commandments were sufficient, citing the law against usury as essential yet not listed in the Commandments. I would beg to differ, as usury is unloving, often deceitful, in continuing, even a greedy ploy for theft and bondage. Like the fractional banking system monetizing debt in the Federal Reserve Bank now bankrupting many Americans. Banks impose fraudulent mortgage foreclosures after taking hundreds of billions in taxpayer bailouts to cover shortfalls of overdue payments, and Obama allows the exposed injustice to continue. Enforcement of justice is needed.
I do advocate a decentralized form of government much like Israelis enjoyed under God in the Time of Judges, prior to their calling for a king in I Samuel 8. Of course, the local judges would implement the law with a New Testament Christian understanding, and not impose Leviticus. Pastors would uphold God’s Law for a land of strong Christian family values maintaining ties that bind many extended families, clans and tribes in churches. There would be no soulless amoral fictitious persons of corporatist law seeking infinite profit and dominion over us. Like the twelve tribes, decisions would be made in open assemblies of local people and each community would send an envoy to counsel with other communities in larger assemblies necessary to address their common interests in a loose confederation under God. Like the Swiss, the whole public is armed and thereby locally defended. No corporate army is kept to invade other lands, or needed. Pastors must not only desire to lead their flocks in God‘s Word, but use the shepherds’ staff to deal firmly with wicked wolves daring to set upon the sheep in his care, with respect to stewardship in the Lord’s estate and maintain cultural integrity within church boundaries. As scripture counsels, we should not trouble the strangers within our gates who are not troubling us. We should witness to them demonstrating Christ’s love, while respecting their freedom of conscience and dignity. But we should never let an ungodly foreign culture overwhelm us in numbers or influence, and keep aliens mindful they are visitors. If they disrespect a Christian community, they do not belong. Citizenship should be very meaningful, defined and defended, not merely afforded all who set their foot in a land of unguarded borders and nebulous rules selectively enforced under corrupt laws of men. Christ’s Church must lead, posting Christian leaders as civil officers under God’s Law.
I could go on, but I think you have a thumbnail sketch here for biblical principles upon which to establish a free and godly nation. I cannot presume to spell out every detail, as all politics are local, and home rule is best. It is your home. I do suggest that we keep it simple. It is a matter of the Law of Love v. Love of Law. Which side are you on? Will you follow Christ to freedom in the spirit of justice under God, or scribes and Pharisees to bondage under a confusing proliferation of the letter of the law? It is time to walk away from Uncle Sam’s ungodly corporatist empire. No king but Jesus! Live free or die!