This week I witnessed an astonishing statement of tyranny in our land. That testimony was given by Jared DeMarinis, the Director of Candidacy and Campaign Finance for the Maryland State Board of Elections. He is one of the highest authorities on so-called election law in Maryland. He is responsible for the implementation of electoral policy as well as the interpretation of state candidacy and campaign finance laws.
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His testimony, essentially, was that the First Amendment is dead when it comes to any form of political speech – as the State Board of Elections define political speech.
So if you email five friends with your opinion regarding a candidate or sitting politician, the State Board of Elections claims that you must attach a tag line to that message which they approve of. In essence, they own and control that speech. A candidate emails a message to his circle of friends – “I pray you have a great day” – and even though you may ask, What is political about that?, they claim to own that as well. Make a post on social media regarding any political issue, and again, they claim to own and control that speech.
What are political issues? Abortion, the definition of marriage, what constitutes justice in society, what taxing powers are legitimate, and on and on the list goes. Wait a minute, doesn’t the Word of God address each and every one of these issues? So, a tyrannical, out-of-control institution called Maryland State Board of Elections claims to own and control any expression of God’s Word on issues which it deems political. If you were to tweet Leviticus 18:22, without even quoting the verse which states that sodomy is an abomination, it sounds like they would own that too; now that sodomy is a political issue. Satan has made them political issues, but they are moral issues above all. By the way, most important political issues were and are moral issues. It is a tragedy of enormous importance that we-the-people have allowed our servants, the civil government, to attack and strip away our God-given right to freedom of speech.
Now this particular civil servant is a lawyer. Not just any lawyer; Mr. DeMarinis was adjunct professor of law at American University-Washington School of Law, where he taught a class on political and election law. So as a law professor one would expect that he had actually studied the law, the supreme law of the land; and therefore, he would have at least a semblance of understanding of the First Amendment. But it appeared to me that he was blissfully unaware of the First Amendment and the five God-given rights it protects. He was also obviously completely unconcerned about his own violation of his oath of office which he swore to Almighty God. But God will hold him accountable and there will be a reward of eternal damnation should he not repent of his egregious sin. I pray for his soul as it appears that he is a lawyer on the highway to hell. He certainly is not alone among those who practice law. There isn’t a shortage of lawyer jokes in our land, largely because many Americans are well aware of the destructive damage lawyers have done to our Constitutional Republic. It might lead one to ask a question parallel to what Christ’s disciples asked of Him. They asked, Can a rich man be saved? We might ask in our day, Can a lawyer be saved? The answer to both questions is the same. Yes. We know of at least one lawyer recorded in Scripture that was saved.
Titus 3:13 “Bring Zenas the lawyer and Apollos on their journey diligently, that nothing be wanting unto them.”
Zenas was a Christian and a lawyer. It is also clear that he was a devoted disciple of Jesus Christ.
Jesus had some very sharp words for lawyers in His day.
Luke 11:46 “And He said, “Woe to you also, lawyers! For you load men with burdens hard to bear, and you yourselves do not touch the burdens with one of your fingers.”
So, Jesus labels the lawyers of his day hypocrites; loading burdens on others that they will not lift themselves. Kind of like Congress requiring everyone to be in Obamacare, but giving themselves special subsidies to pay for their participation. I understand President Trump is working on changing that, but draining the swamp means making all the swamp creatures homeless, and they don’t tend to like that prospect.
Luke 11:52 “Woe to you lawyers! For you have taken away the key of knowledge. You did not enter in yourselves, and those who were entering in you hindered.”
Here in verse 52 it is even worse. Not only were they refusing salvation, they were turning away and even hindering everyone they possibly could from traveling the narrow road that leads to eternal life. They themselves choose the road of damnation, and they wanted everyone damned with them. Does any of this criticism of the lawyers of Jesus’ day ring true today?
Consider what Paul teaches us in Galatians 3:24: “Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.” So, if the purpose of the law is to teach us, it teaches us about our sinful violations of God’s Holy Law, and teaches us that God who governs the Universe is perfectly just and that His justice cannot sleep forever. It will teach us that a day of reckoning is coming for all mankind, and that God’s justice demands a retribution for sin. That retribution is eternal hell to all sinners. That’s what law is supposed to teach everyone in a society. Then the Gospel comes along as the Good News, that God in His abundant mercy has sent His Son to be our Savior, to pay the full penalty for our sins, to take the hell we deserved and complete that payment on the cross.
But, notice what happens when you take away the teaching purpose of the Law. The Gospel, instead of being the tremendous astonishing Good News that we can be saved from the eternal damnation we so justly deserved, it becomes Jesus wants to be your friend – will you check “like” on Facebook, or send Him a friend request? The Gospel is not truly the Gospel without the instructive power of the Law.
What has happened in our land to the Law? It began more than a century ago with the first Dean of Harvard Law School, Christopher Columbus Langdel. Langdel rejected the Biblical absolutes, and rejected the fact that God’s moral law is as fixed in the universe as fixed as the law of gravity. He began training whole generations of lawyers to promote the lie that Law evolves. That’s where it began. It has led to the current insanity where they claim they have redefined God’s Holy institution of marriage. When you reject God’s Law, then you are left to your own insanity, calling Law what is not Law, and pretending the Laws of the universe are completely different than they actually are. That’s insanity. So, Law schools today do not teach law. Lawyers today do not know what law is or where it comes from. They are taught the folly that people have a right to sodomy. But that begs the question, where do rights come from? Rights come from God and therefore you never have a right to do what is wrong, what is a violation of God’s Law. Therefore, you have no right to steal, no right to murder, no right to commit adultery, and no right to sodomy. These are not rights, they are wrongs. And a proper justice system punishes those who violate the God given rights of others and those who violate God’s Law in that limited realm where civil government is given the power of the sword by God.
Consider the evil done by the Supreme Court in 1973. By telling women they have permission to hire a contract killer to murder the baby God has created in their own wombs, the Supreme Court has led tens of millions of women to become accomplices to murder. The Supreme Court’s precedent has taught them that murdering their babies is a good thing, that they can not only get away with murder, but that it is such a good thing that the civil government will – at gun point – take money from other citizens in the land, forcing those citizens to pay for hiring the contract killer to conduct the murder. So instead of Law teaching people what sin is, and the terrible consequences of sin – eternal damnation – the lawyers in black teach the opposite and send millions to hell.
It is the same thing regarding divorce, sodomy, and redefining marriage – the Supremes teach that God’s Law is no longer valid, and that you can violate God’s Law freely without any fear of punishment in this life or eternal punishment in the lake of fire. The “law schools,” the lawyers and the courts in our land, are doing the exact same thing Jesus identified in His day:
Luke 11:52 “Woe to you lawyers! For you have taken away the key of knowledge. [promoting instead ignorance, idiocy and insanity] You did not enter in yourselves, and those who were entering in you hindered.”
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