by Brother Gregory
August 1, 2010
“The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government…”
“The term republic, res publica, signifies the state independently of its form of government.”
A pure Republic allows the people the power of choice. They may retain their right to choose or waive it for what they believe is profitable or for gain. People change and governments change. It has been said, “All roads lead to Rome”, but if we turn around, repent, all roads lead to the Kingdom of God. It is all about which direction you choose to go, which path you choose to take.
“Because strait [is] the gate, and narrow [is] the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” Matthew 7:14
Is the United States a democracy within the original republic and has it changed as its citizenry changes? Relationships have been altered by choice and consent. The dreams and desires of the people may become a nightmare of despair before those who slumber choose to awake.
The term republic in its pure form comes from the words Libera Res Publica, Free from Things Public.
“Tacitus repeatedly contrasts the res publica under the emperors with the pre-Augustus libera res publica; and in the Germania 37, encountering the disasters which Germans inflicted upon the res publica Romanorum, he distinguishes between the old res publica, which he calls the populus Romanus, and the new res publica, which he calls “Caesar”. The old res publica hardly had the mixed constitution which dreamers assigned it and which actually never can exist, but it was something greater and majestic which lives on as a glorious memory in a mean age.”
History will repeat itself if we will not learn from it. If you are not free from things public then you have subscribed to a republic fashioned after the precepts of Caesar rather than a free society.
Somewhere along the way, some people began to believe that we collectively had the right to decide what was good and evil, not only for ourselves, but for our neighbor, as well. We called that right democracy.
In early America, the success and prosperity of the people was, no doubt in part, due to the fact that “The churches in New England were so many nurseries of freemen, training them in the principles of self-government and accustoming them to the feeling of independence. In these petty organizations were developed, in practice, the principles of individual and national freedom. Each church was a republic in embryo. The fiction became a fact, the abstraction a reality...”
Americans have moved from a virtuous self reliant republic to covetous “democracy in a republic.” This process are done more by contract, application, and participation than by vote.
The people have become a nation of consumers, who willing bite their neighbor for their own personal security. People have fallen in love with the benefits offered by democracy.
James Madison, 1787, stated in the Federalist Paper #10 that “Democracy is the most vile form of government ... democracies have ever been spectacles of turbulence and contention: have ever been found incompatible with personal security or the rights of property: and have in general been as short in their lives as they have been violent in their deaths.”
Fisher Ames, an author of the First Amendment, said, “A democracy is a volcano which conceals the fiery materials of its own destruction. These will produce an eruption and carry desolation in their way.”
1815 John Adams: “Democracy... while it lasts is more bloody than
either [aristocracy or monarchy]. Remember, democracy never lasts long.
It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself.
There is never a democracy that did not commit suicide.”
John Marshall, longest serving Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, “Between a balanced Republic and a democracy, the difference is like that between order and chaos.”
Even Alexander Hamilton said “Real Liberty is never found in despotism or in the extremes of Democracy.”
Benjamin Franklin warned emphatically that “When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.” He understood that a “Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote!”
Long before these men voiced their objections Plato postulated “Dictatorship naturally arises out of democracy...” And long after Adams, Ralph Waldo Emerson said “Democracy is morose, and runs to anarchy.”
More recently historian and Congressman Ron Paul said “Our country’s founders cherished liberty, not democracy.”
In my search to find something good said about democracy I did find that Karl Marx, who was an advocate of communism, claimed “Democracy is the road to socialism.”
Winston Churchill wrote that: “Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.” He went on to say that “The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.”
“It is difficult to understand, how any one who has read the proceedings of the Federal Convention can believe that it was the intention of that body to establish a democratic government.”
“Liberty is not collective, it is personal. All liberty is individual liberty.” Individual rights given by God and the privileged power of government granted by men have been at war since Cain killed Able.
The State’s duties never should venture into the redistribution of wealth in a moral society because man was not endowed with the right to take from from his brother. “Redistribution is immoral... it allows one person to treat another as no more than a means...” The welfare state is the enemy of religion. When pure religion diminishes, socialism flourishes.
A pure Republic is a network of people who care abut each other as much as they care about themselves. Some people through social compact give the state the power to take from its members for the welfare of society. That power has been deemed a foolish rejection of God. “It is impossible to introduce into society a greater change and a greater evil than this: the conversion of the law into an instrument of plunder.” “All socialism involves slavery” “Socialism is the religion people get when they lose their religion” 
“I will never live for the sake of another man or ask another man to live for mine” 
“We must learn to distinguish between charity and socialism. Charity is good, socialism is evil. (Pr. 14:30, 31, 19:17) Charity is for the helpless poor while welfare makes the poor helpless. (Ga. 2:10)”
Have we become “Accustomed to trampling on the rights of others[.If so,] you have lost the genius of your own independence and become the fit subjects of the first cunning tyrant who rises among you.”
“A simple democracy is the devil’s own government.” “Under a democratic government, the citizens exercise the powers of sovereignty; and those powers will be first abused, and afterwards lost, if they are committed to an unwieldy multitude.” “Thou shalt not follow a multitude to [do] evil; neither shalt thou speak in a cause to decline after many to wrest [judgment]:” Exodus 23:2
The Democratic Deception
Caesar was right, mankind is governed by names and their definitions. This was the U.S. Army Training Manual definition of democracy in 1928:
“DEMOCRACY: A government of the masses. Authority derived through mass meeting or any form of direct expression. Results in mobocracy. Attitude toward property is communistic - negating property rights. Attitude toward law is that the will of the majority shall regulate, whether it is based upon deliberation or governed by passion, prejudice, and impulse, without restraint or regard for consequences. Results in demagogism, license, agitation, discontent, anarchy.”
By June 1952, the American people were having their thinking modified by the Army Field Manual Soldier’s Guide:
“Meaning of democracy: Because the United States is a democracy, the majority of the people decide how our government will be organized and run - and that includes the Army, Navy and Air Force. The people do this by electing representatives, and these men and women carry out the wishes of the people.”
Changing definitions deceives the people and “The multitude of those who err is no protection for error.” This is why over a hundred years ago British Prime Minister, Benjamin Disraeli(1804-1881), stated, “If you establish a democracy, you must in due time reap the fruits of a democracy... with great increase of the public expenditure. You will in due season have wars entered into from passion and not from reason; and you will in due season submit to peace ignominiously sought and ignominiously obtained, which will diminish your authority and perhaps endanger your independence. You will in due season find your property is less valuable, and your freedom less complete.”
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Ben Franklin advised that “A nation of well informed men who have been taught to know and prize the rights which God has given them cannot be enslaved. It is in the region of ignorance that tyranny begins.” Those rights depend upon us valuing our neighbors’ rights as much as we value our own, which is virtue. “Can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are of the gift of God?”
James Russell Lowell said “Democracy gives every man the right to be his own oppressor” and he begins the process by oppressing his neighbor.
“And I will walk at liberty: for I seek thy precepts.” Psalms 119:45 
Constitution of the United States, Section 4.
2. Bouvier’s Law Dictionary Vol.1. page 13 (1870).
3. The Ruling Power: A Study Of The Roman Empire In The Second Century After Christ Through The Roman Oration Of Aelius Aristides, James H. Oliver, Kessinger Publishing, July 25, 2006. ISBN-13: 978-1428659315.
4. Lives of Issac Heath and John Bowles, Elders of the Church and of John Eliot, Jr., preacher in the mid 1600’, written by J, Wingate Thorton. 1850
5. April 3, 1918, the American creed was read in Congress, “I believe in the United States of America as a government… whose just powers are derived from the consent of the governed: a democracy in a republic.”
6. The Spirit of American Government, Professor J. Allen Smith.
7. John Calvin Coolidge, Jr., 1872 – 1933, 30th President of the United States.
8. The Kantian ethic of capitalism. Harold B. Jones, Jr.
9. State Welfare Spending and Religiosity, A Cross National Analysis by Anthony Gill and Erik Lundsgaarde.
10. Find a local Living Network Group around the world.
11. Ex. 20:17, 1 Sa. 8; 13:13, Ro. 7:7, 13:9, Col. 3:5, Heb. 13:5, 2 Pe. 2:3-14
12. Frederic Bastiat, 1801 – 1850, French theorist, political economist.
13. Herbert Spencer, 1820 – 1903, an English philosopher.
14. Richard John Neuhaus, 1936 – 2009, prominent American clergyman.
15. Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand. Inscription above Galt’s Gulch powerhouse.
16. Evangelical Bible College of Western Australia Commentary. Revelation by Dr Peter Mose [Book 97-2] July 2004
17. Abraham Lincoln, September 11, 1858.
18. Benjamin Rush, John Joachim Zubly, pastor and delegate to Congress, in a 1788 letter to David Ramsay. William Elder, Questions of the Day, (Baird publisher, 1871) p.175. Also attributed to Jefferson & Jedidiah Morse.
19. Edward Gibbon, The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, 1776.
20. Army Field Manual Soldier’s Guide,1952.
21. Multitudo errantium non parit errori patroeinium. 11Coke, 73.
22. Benjamin Disraeli(1804-1881), British Prime Minister
23. Thomas Jefferson: Notes on Virginia Q.XVIII, 1782. ME 2:227
24. Ex. 23:9 “Also thou shalt not oppress a stranger... seeing ye were strangers in the land of Egypt.”
Lev. 25:17 “Ye shall not therefore oppress one another; but thou shalt fear thy God: for I [am] the LORD your God.”
25, Excerpts from the book The Higher Liberty by Brother Gregory
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Brother Gregory was born in America in 1948. His father was a practicing attorney and his mother the daughter of Norwegian immigrants. He Married in 1973, and is the Father of 6 children with a growing number of grandchildren. He grew up in southeast Texas, attending private schools, entering the seminary at 13, where he studied Latin, Greek, and theology. In the course of these studies he began to become aware of secrets hidden for centuries within ancient libraries that began to reveal a more fundamental purpose in the gospel of Christ. His quest to understand the “whole truth” has led him down a labyrinth of law and language, history and prophecy, fable and fallacy, in a unique portrait of bondage and betrayal, liberty and freedom, and the solution and salvation.
He is the author of several books, include The Covenants of the gods, Thy Kingdom Comes, and The Free Church Report, dozens of pamphlets, audio, and video recordings. He has appeared on radio and television “preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God” which is at hand, within your reach. His common theme is how are men brought into bondage and how are they made free souls under God. His hope and prayer is to bring man's relationship with the God of creation and his relationship with the gods of the “world” into a new perspective and light. Knowing the truth shall set you free, if we will do the will of our Father in heaven.
He now lives near Summer Lake, Oregon where he continues to care for his family, tending sheep of the Church and overseeing the edification of the Church established by Christ in the hearts and minds of congregations of the people, for the people, by the people who will seek the Kingdom of God and His righteousness.