by Brother Gregory
August 18, 2013
If we are going to find a solution to our modern dilemma we are going to have to meet the challenge head on. That means the first thing we need to do is define our terms, and to do that properly we need to dig deep enough to get to the root of the problem. I won't trifle you with cliches like “this will hurt me more than it hurts you.” This is liable to hurt you far more than it hurt me when I first began to put the evidence together and discovered what I thought I knew was in fact, a lie.
The word “religion” has not always meant what religionists, non-religionists or even anti-religionists would like to think the word means today. In the last chapter of this series we demonstrated how the word religion has evolved or rather how it has been hijacked by lexicographers since the term was used within the text of the Constitution of the United States several hundred years ago.
All the problems in our modern society stem in part from confusion about words like religion. We have all heard the advice that if we are to avert conflict in gatherings we should avoid mentioning Politics or Religionand keep our remarks limited to the weather, but things have become so permutated that even the weather is no longer a safe topic.
So “Fear not, nor be dismayed, be strong and of good courage.” Let us see how deep this rabbit hole goes and let us not shrink from controversy.
Today, religion is defined as “a set of beliefs.” whereas a hundred years ago it was defined as an “outward act”. According to John Bouvier's 1856 Law Dictionary which was adapted to the Constitution of the United States, religion “in practice” consists of “the performance of all known duties to God and our fellow men.”
So what would those duties be?
Before we look into an answer to that question we must realize that changing the definition of words can change the thinking of society. Throughout man's history the definition of religion and other words has shifted back and forth, and with that shift man's individual liberty also rises and falls. As liberty declines and falls, so does society.
It is no coincidence that it is also at the time of America's greatest liberty and achievements as a society that men still believed that religion was the performance of their duty to God and their fellow men and not merely what we think about a superhuman creator.
There is a war going on in America and the world today. It is not a new battle, but our life and even our very soul will depend upon which side we choose. The question that I have pondered for nearly the last half century of my life was asked by Cecil B. DeMille when I was a young boy at the beginning of the movie the Ten Commandments, which I watched in the Santa Rosa theater in Houston Texas:
“Are men the property of the state? Or are they free souls under God?
This same battle continues throughout the world.”
An honest answer to this question may be painful to hear but the explanation will turn your world upside down. If you have accepted a lie as the truth, recovery will require humility and patience more than any other element of virtue but before we are done you will need every virtue known to man.
Many modern religionists will cling to their personal delusion that they are saved by what they think, by what they call faith. Unfortunately faith is another word that has been changed over time.
The Greek word for faith was not merely what you think nor believe but was the compelling conviction of the truth that controlled your actions, which means of course if your deeds, e.g. your fruits, are not what should be expected then that faith is not true faith.
This of course was why Jesus was talking about doers rather than those who just say they believe and why He explains that many who think they are saved will be cast out because they are doers of iniquity rather than righteousness.
Two hundred years ago the English word faith was defined as “Probity; good faith is the very soul of contracts. Faith also signifies confidence, belief; as, full faith and credit ought to be given to the acts of a magistrate while acting within his jurisdiction. Vide Bona fide.” While we see that faith is defined as probity. Probity was defined as “Justice, honesty. A man of probity is one who loves justice and honesty, and who dislikes the contrary.”
To understand that religion and faith are simply the performance of duty to God and your fellow men, and not just what you think not only overturns many of the modern religious doctrines it also brings the nature of modern government and its politics into a new light and understanding.
Real faith controls what you do in matters of justice and honor compelling virtue.
Can we now understand what Paul's first verse in Hebrews 11 means? What is the evidence of faith? If we are to know them by their fruits and be known by our fruits or works then what is the fruit of faith? If faith used to be probity (justice and honor) then the fruit of faith is a life of justice and honor. It is a life of justice and honor which gives substance to our claim that we believe in Christ and confirms the integrity and uprightness of our faith in God. It is not a matter of earning salvation by works. Salvation is by faith. However, it is our performance of pure religion that verifies the truth validity of our faith or testifies of our delusion.
In any case the idea that Faith is “Belief without evidence in what is told by one who speaks without knowledge, of things without parallel” is the doctrine of devils and the adversary of the truth.
But how does modern government and its politics relate to religion and faith?
Today faith is defined in modern dictionaries as “confidence or trust in a person or thing” or a “belief that is not based on proof” or a “belief in God or in the doctrines or teachings of religion [which has become simply what you think].” This major shift has been a long time coming and is perpetuated by the doctrines of the modern Church as much as by those against the modern versions of religion.
So, if the province of religion used to include the way in which we performed our duty to our fellow man, what would those duties be and are they not managed by modern government and its politics?
According to the law of Nature and Natures God “The first absolute duty of an individual toward others is to do injury to no man and, where this might have happened, to make good the damage.” All legal systems are presumed created within the jurisdiction of the Natural Law. Natural law is composed of moral obligation, called duty, and moral power called right. You cannot separate duty from right without doing an injustice.
“The lex fundamentalis of natural law is the duty of every man, so far as in him lies, to strive that the welfare of human society in general be secured and maintained” They include duties toward their Creator, toward themselves and toward other men who are entitled to the same rights and duties including the duty to our fellow-men to promote as far as possible the advantage of others.
This itemization is of the absolute duties of the individual to his equals. There are also conditional duties, which “arise from engagements or agreements, from the mere use of language, of oaths, of acquisition of ownership, and of bona fide ownerships; … to contracts, to the dissolution of obligations to which agreement has been made, and to the method of interpretation of agreements and laws. All these things, however, as stated, are treated only from the standpoint of the individual in his relation to other individuals or rather to society; of the state or even of the association of states we hear nothing.”
None of these duties are associated with the state because our rights are endowed by nature and nature's God. The foundation of all liberty is established in a state of nature “status naturalis, wherein there was only a dependence upon God and society had not yet been constituted into a state.”
Society and state are not the same thing. They may merge by those same elements that “arise from engagements or agreements...” imposing conditional duties but it begins through individual consent or acquiescent. Government is even a more general term. When the people are in a state of nature as God intended, their government is one of, for and by the people. When man entrusts his duties and obligations along with their correlative rights to others then you have government by the state. When individuals enter into civil society by membership through those engagements or agreements with the state there is a binding of the people into a social compact.
The “social contract, agreement, or covenant by which men are said to have abandoned the ‘state of nature’ to form the society in which they now live.... Assumes that men at first lived in a state of anarchy where there was no society, no government, and no organized coercion of the individual by the group… by the social contract men had surrendered their natural liberties in order to enjoy the order and safety of the organized state.”
This is done often at the cost of liberty. History has shown that as the rulers of an organized state seek more and more power, once they acquire a taste for it, the order promised commonly degenerates into chaos and what is done in the name of safety becomes a threat.
The state is a product of man, not of God. The government of men is the collective fruit of their souls. Evil men produce evil governments. Righteous men bear the fruit of a righteous government. The government of the Pharisees was to be taken from them because they did not bear fruit. The fruit was evident in the practices and performance of their government, specifically their system of Corban.
Corban was a system of free will sacrifices that took care of the needy in their society. It had always been rooted in a system of charity. Herod had brought it into the province of his government and ran it as a part of a political tool of his popularity. What had once been the province of patience, charity and religion had become the pawn of politics and governments.
In this single element of society Christ and Christians came into conflict with governments of the world. This entrusting of obligation to our fellow men, called duty, and moral power to perform that duty called right was a shifting of the power of choice[liberty] out of the hands of the individual people into the hands of an authoritarian state. This was contrary to the way and path of Abraham, Moses, Samuel, John the Baptist and Christ and certainly the early Church.
Every time we ask men who exercise authority one over the other to provide the benefits of society through forced contribution we are snared and trapped into elements of bondage with the world. Here is where the battle is lost. If it becomes okay in your mind to take forced contributions from your neighbor to provide individual or general welfare then you legalize injury to your fellow man. Rights and obligation are correlative and if you give away or entrust one you will lose access to the other.
There has always been an element of society that wants to separate the obligations and duties from rights and authority. It is not that they want to have their cake and eat it too but they want to have their cake and eat yours. They have no moral compunction in eating out the substance of their neighbor for their own personal benefit. They are progressive and passive socialists.
The militant progressives may include extreme groups that bring containers of feces, urine and blood to a debate on third trimester abortion. They believe they have a personal right to choose to have an abortion but deny others the personal right to choose not to finance what they believe to be murder.
They consistently separate the duty and obligation from the right of how to meet it. They want a house, a paycheck, food and clothing, medical care with an endless list of comforts and benefits and they want someone else to carry the burden of paying for them. They want the right to decide for themselves but want to take away the right of others to decide. Their tactics are often rude, aggressive and even militant. They want the price of sin to be paid for by others.
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The passive socialists are actually worse but appear innocent and righteous by their new standards of modern morality. They often are dedicated or at least participants in modern religion but still covet their neighbor's goods through the agency of governments they look to and trust as a matter of their personal public policies. They often want to claim the state was created by God rather than admit that it is a product of their own greed or apathy. They are complacent in their understanding of righteousness and unrighteousness,  believing that they are saved by the power of their own thinking which is what faith has become to them. Will or can they change? Not without repentance which will require a willingness to admit they have been deceived and are wrong.
There is another group. It is small and scattered about society. They actually care about other people's rights as much as they care about their own. They care for their family, often home-schooling, are self-motivated, charitable, patient, and sometimes disappointed with the hypocrisy that is posing as religion. They are not self-absorbed and often feel something is wrong in the world today. They are looking for answers, willing to admit they do not have them all.
All of society can be divided into these three groups and between the two extremes the battle lines are drawn by nature and nature's God. Your only choice is between these two sides. One leads to bondage and the other to liberty. One is death, the other is life.
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Amendment I “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment
of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging
the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably
to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”
2. “Without debate, without criticism, no Administration and no country can succeed-- and no republic can survive. That is why the Athenian lawmaker Solon decreed it a crime for any citizen to shrink from controversy.” President John F. Kennedy gave at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel on April 27, 1961.
3. “Real piety in practice, consisting in the performance of all known duties to God and our fellow men.” John Bouvier's 1856 Law Dictionary.
4. Matthew 7:16 “Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?” Matthew 7:20 “Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.”
5. Luke 13:27 “But he shall say, I tell you, I know you not whence ye are; depart from me, all [ye] workers of iniquity.”
6. Hebrews 11:1 “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”
7. FAITH, n. L. fides, fido, to trust; Gr. to persuade, to draw towards any thing, to conciliate; to believe, to obey. In the Greek Lexicon of Hederic it is said, the primitive signification of the verb is to bind and draw or lead, as signifies a rope or cable. But this remark is a little incorrect. The sense of the verb, from which that of rope and binding is derived, is to strain, to draw, and thus to bind or make fast. A rope or cable is that which makes fast. Heb. Webster's 1828 Dictionary.
8. Probity, confirmed integrity; uprightness. World English Dictionary. from Latin probitas honesty, from probus virtuous.
9. THE DEVIL'S DICTIONARY ((C)1911 Released April 15 1993)
10. Black's Law Dictionary 5th Edition, page 208, Cestui Que Trust. He who has a right to a beneficial interest in and out of an estate the legal title to which is vested in another. The person who possess the equitable right to property and receives the profits and benefits of the estate, but the legal title and possession (as well as the duty of defending the same) reside in another....page 1353,
11. Pufendorf: On the Duty of Man and Citizen: Introduction By Walther Schucking and translated by Herbert F. Wright.
15. John Wycliffe introduced his translation of the Bible in 1382 with the words, “This Bible is for the Government of the People, by the People, and for the People.”
16. The Columbia Encyclopedia, Columbia University Press, 1968, p. 1983
17. Matthew 21:43 “Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof.”
Matthew 21:19 “And when he saw a fig tree in the way, he came to it, and found nothing thereon, but leaves only, and said unto it, Let no fruit grow on thee henceforward for ever. And presently the fig tree withered away.”
18. The Corban of the Pharisees.
19. Psalms 69:22 “Let their table become a snare before them: and that which should have been for their welfare, let it become a trap.”
Romans 11:9 “And David saith, Let their table be made a snare, and a trap, and a stumblingblock, and a recompence unto them:”
20. Galatians 4:3 “Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world:”
Galatians 4:9 “But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage?”
Colossians 2:8 “Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.”
Colossians 2:20 “Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances,”
Hebrews 5:12 “For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which [be] the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat.”
Galatians 5:1 “Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.”
2 Peter 3:10,13 “But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.”
21. 2 Peter 2:20 “For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning.” The word world is the Greek word defined “1) an apt and harmonious arrangement or constitution, order, government” Video
22. 2 Timothy 3:5 “Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.”
23. Revelation 3:16 “So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.”
24. Audio files in this series.
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.