[E]xamine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good; abstain from every form of evil. (1 Thessalonians 5:21-22)

As well-intentioned as President Trump may be, it should be abundantly clear that without allegiance to Yahweh’s1 exclusive sovereignty2 and His moral law3 as government and society’s standard,4 his achievements for a better America will be severely limited. Trump’s victories will ultimately be overshadowed by the harm the nation suffers via his policies based upon man-made traditions.

Letting Trump speak for himself

Donald Trump: “At the bedrock of our politics will be a total allegiance to the United States of America, and through our loyalty to our country we will rediscover our loyalty to each other.”

Bedrock allegiance to the United States of America: What about total allegiance to Yahweh as God, King, Judge, and Lawgiver?5 Of course, Trump was not about to swear allegiance to Yahweh and thus His law as supreme, especially after having just sworn allegiance to We the People6 and the biblically seditious Constitution as supreme.7

The alleged bedrock to which Trump referred is anything but rock:

Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it. (Matthew 7:24-27)

The house known as the Constitutional Republic was not built upon the rock of Yahweh’s word, but instead upon the ever-shifting sands of humanistic Enlightenment and Masonic traditions.8 The day is therefore approaching when the Republic’s cup of iniquity will be full9 and God’s longsuffering exhausted. At that time, the Republic will be subject to His judgment. Like all nations before her built on sand, she will cease to exist. The question that remains is whether that generation’s Christians will be prepared to build upon her ruins. If not, another ungodly government will fill the void until finally a future generation of our posterity are prepared to erect a government and society upon Yahweh’s righteousness as expressed in His triune moral law (His commandments, statutes, and judgments).10

It’s evident from his own words that Trump has rejected the only bedrock that can again make America a righteous nation, which is the only thing that can again make her great. It is therefore incumbent upon this generation of Christians to cease promoting Trump’s biblically incompatible politics and do everything in their power to help prepare for that future generation of Christians to do it right(eous) the next time.11

DT: “When you open your heart to Patriotism, there is no room for prejudice.”

No room for prejudice: It’s true. When one finds himself under the spell of patriotism (one of the most potent propaganda tools of all time), there’s no room for prejudice—except as defined by the object or focus of your patriotism.

There are no vacuums when it comes to prejudice: some people like apples and dislike bananas and other like bananas and dislike apples. Some people are opposed to heterosexuality and some are opposed to homosexuality. Some people prefer to slaughter infants in their mothers’ wombs while others are intent on protecting them.

Everyone’s prejudiced. In fact, everyone’s a bigot,12 a word derived from the German phrase bī got, meaning “by God.” Consequently, what you’re bigoted for or against depends on your god and the ethics of that god. Beware! Trump has all-but proclaimed We the People his god. Consequently, there’s no telling what all constitutes his patriotism and prejudices. However, you can be sure his definition of patriotism will dictate his prejudices. Or, his prejudices—as determined by his moral standard—will dictate his patriotism.

DT: “The Bible tells us how good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity.”

God’s people: This is Trump’s only reference to the Bible in his inaugural speech and it’s used improperly. It’s taken from Psalm 133:1 and doesn’t say “God’s people” but instead “brethren.”

Trump used the term “God’s people” to imply all Americans—regardless their religion or sexual orientation—to promote his idea of patriotism. Neither are all Americans God’s people nor are they all brethren. In fact, quite the contrary. In Matthew 7:13-14,13 Christ informs us the majority at any given time are in the broad way leading to destruction. God’s Word is clear in its distinction between those on the narrow path and those on the broad way—that is, between brethren and non-brethren. He also has stringent and consequential restrictions on relationships between the two:

For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist…. Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son. If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine [such as Rabbi Marvin Hier who led a prayer at Trump’s inauguration], receive him not into your [personal, State, White, Senate, or] house [of Representatives], neither bid him God speed: For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds. (2 John 1:7-11)

Most of those to whom Trump referred to as “God’s people” are non-brethren. Consequently, to have unqualified unity with such people is to find ourselves complicit in their sins:

Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, and will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty. (2 Corinthians 6:14-18)

This begins with our individual interpersonal relationships. How much more so government? The consequences are much more far-reaching when those governing the nation are unequally yoked with unbelievers.

DT: “We must speak our minds openly, debate our disagreements honestly, but always pursue solidarity. When America is united, America is totally unstoppable….”

A united America is an unstoppable America: At this point in Trump’s speech, I didn’t hear Cyrus, but rather Nimrod giving the same speech at the Tower of Babel. Listen and see if you too don’t hear echoes from the Tower.

DT: “When America is united, America is totally unstoppable…. Do not allow anyone to tell you that it cannot be done. No challenge can match the heart and fight and spirit of America. We will not fail. Our country will thrive and prosper again. We stand at the birth of a new millennium, ready to unlock the mysteries of space, to free the earth from the miseries of disease, and to harness the energies, industries and technologies of tomorrow.

“A new national pride will stir ourselves, lift our sights and heal our divisions. It’s time to remember that old wisdom our soldiers will never forget, that whether we are black or brown or white, we all bleed the same red blood of patriots. We all enjoy the same glorious freedoms and we all salute the same great American flag.”

When united, America cannot fail: Cyrus or Nimrod?

Regardless how united America may be under a Trump presidency, only Yahweh determines what constitutes greatness, and only He can make America great again, as determined by America’s surrender to Him and His moral standard as the supreme law of the land.

The fact is, America is anything but united. She’s probably more divided and splintered than at any time in her history, including during the Northern War of Aggression. And the divides in America are only widening under polarizing President Trump. If you believe Christ, you already know how impossible it is for Trump to make America great again:

[E]very kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand. (Matthew 12:25)

The United States Constitutional Republic began and continues as a divided house. Nothing’s going to change under today’s Nimrod, who’s promising a return to the same man-made traditions that are responsible for America’s present volatile state of affairs.

A future Cyrus, or better yet a David

Might President Trump yet prove to be a modern-day Cyrus, or better yet a King David totally committed to leading the nation back to Yahweh and His moral standard? I hope so, and we need to pray for him to that end.

I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; for kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. (1 Timothy 2:1-4)

Just a month into his presidency, Trump has delivered some Cyrus accomplishments. However, it must not be overlooked that even if Trump proves himself more of a Cyrus than a Nimrod, but still doesn’t become a David, all the good he accomplishes can just as easily be undone by a future President and Congress. This demonstrates the incredible volatility of the Constitutional Republic.

As contrasted with Yahweh’s immutable moral law as the standard for government and society, there’s no enduring continuity in such capricious traditions. They provide a never-ending cycle that invariably will send America over the precipice. Alleged conservative Presidents like Trump periodically keep other alleged conservatives happy just long enough to keep them from searching for the real solutions for society’s woes.

America needs more than just a Cyrus. She needs a David who will look to Yahweh as sovereign and His law as supreme. In order for Trump to be a David, he’ll need to give another inaugural speech that includes something akin to the following:

Today marks the beginning of a return to what made America great: Our 17th-century Christian Colonial roots when they formed governments of, by, and for God established upon His immutable moral law, as contrasted with the humanistic government of, by, and for the people based upon capricious Enlightenment and Masonic traditions, responsible for America’s fall into degradation and disrepair.

“I, therefore, Donald J. Trump, renounce my oath to support and defend the biblically seditious Constitution of the United States Republic, and in its place I now look to Yahweh God of the Bible as the only sovereign per 1 Timothy 6:15, His son as my Savior per John 14:6, and, in turn, I swear to uphold only His moral law as the supreme law of the land per Psalm 19:7-11.

“May America bless God again!”

The great opportunity presented by President Trump

It is not my intent with this series of articles to bash President Trump, but instead to make the most of the great opportunity he presents for waking up God’s people. I fully anticipated Trump would win over Hillary for the simple reason that he provides a much greater opportunity for awakening people than she ever could.

Without the kind of repentance I just depicted, Trump will fail to fulfill his promise to make America great again. For those who have put so much faith and hope in him, the opportunity couldn’t be greater to use his failure in demonstrating the superiority of a government established upon Yahweh as king, judge, and lawgiver and His moral law as supreme.14

But we don’t need to wait for Trump to fail. These articles (and my two-part audio series by the same title15) can be used to this end immediately by sending their links to your family and friends. But, whatever you do, do not let this opportunity be squandered. The destiny of America, the state of the kingdom here on earth, and the future of our posterity is at stake.

For the eyes of Yahweh move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His…. (2 Chronicles 16:9)

But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord. (1 Corinthians 15:57-58)

 

Related posts:

Donald J. Trump: Cyrus or Nimrod? Pt. 1 (blog article)

Donald J. Trump: Cyrus or Nimrod? Pt. 2 (blog article)

Donald J. Trump: Cyrus or Nimrod? Pt. 3 (blog article)

Donald J. Trump: Cyrus or Nimrod? Pt. 1 (audio sermon)

Donald J. Trump: Cyrus or Nimrod? Pt. 2 (audio sermon)

Law and Kingdom: Their Relevance Under the New Covenant

A Biblical Constitution: A Scriptural Replacement for Secular Government

 

1. YHWH, the English transliteration of the Tetragrammaton, is most often pronounced Yahweh. It is the principal Hebrew name of the God of the Bible and was inspired to appear nearly 7,000 times in the Old Testament. Regrettably, it was deleted by the English translators. In obedience to the Third Commandment and the many Scriptures that charge us to proclaim, swear by, praise, extol, call upon, bless, glorify, and hold fast to His name, we have chosen to memorialize His name here in this document and in our lives. For a more thorough explanation concerning important reasons for using the sacred name of God, see “The Third Commandment.”

2. “I charge you in the presence of God … and of Christ Jesus … who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords.” (1 Timothy 6:13-15, NASB)

3. Law and Kingdom: Their Relevance Under the New Covenant

4. A Biblical Constitution: A Scriptural Replacement for Secular Government

See also series of ten free online books on each of the Ten Commandments and their respective statutes, and judgments, beginning with Thou shalt have no other gods before me.

5. “For Yahweh is our judge, Yahweh is our lawgiver, Yahweh is our king; he will save us.” (Isaiah 33:22)

6. Chapter 3: “The Preamble: WE THE PEOPLE vs. YAHWEH,” of Bible Law vs. the United States Constitution: The Christian Perspective.

7. Chapter 9: “Article 6: The Supreme Law of the Land,” of Bible Law vs. the United States Constitution: The Christian Perspective.

8. Bible Law vs. the United States Constitution: The Christian Perspective

9. “And he [Yahweh] said unto Abram, Know of a surety that … the fourth generation [of thy seed] they shall come hither again [to the land of whom the Israelites were to procure, but postponed]: for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet full.” (Genesis 15:13-16)

10. See series of ten free online books on each of the Ten Commandments and their respective statutes, and judgments, beginning with Thou shalt have no other gods before me.

11. A Biblical Constitution: A Scriptural Replacement for Secular Government

12. Everyone’s a Bigot, By God!

13.  “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat. Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” (Matthew 7:13-14)

14. Deuteronomy 4:5-8, Deuteronomy 28:1-14, Psalm 19:7-11, Romans 13:1-7

15. Donald J. Trump: Cyrus or Nimrod? Pt. 1

Donald J. Trump: Cyrus or Nimrod? Pt. 2

[E]xamine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good; abstain from every form of evil. (1 Thessalonians 5:21-22)

President Trump, Americas King Cyrus?

In Part 2, I began a biblical examination of President Trump’s inaugural speech. For everyone who looks to Yahweh1 as their sovereign and thus His Word as their authority, I cannot imagine they don’t already view his speech in a completely different light:

To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them. (Isaiah 8:20)

There was no mention of Yahweh’s law in Trump’s speech. This alone speaks volumes as to Trump’s intentions for America. Consider the following telling statement from then Congressman Mike Pence:

The Constitution and the Declaration should be on a president’s mind all the time, as the prism through which the light of all question of governance passes.2

Not the light of God’s Word but the alleged light of the Constitution—the Constitution that established a government of, by, and for the people.3 In other words, a secular government4 like in Habakkuk 1, in which authority and alleged justice originates with itself. This is the government that’s cursed by God in Deuteronomy 28:15-68. Is it any wonder today’s America finds herself on the brink of destruction?

On the other hand, Deuteronomy 28:1-14 depicts a nation blessed by God for having established government of, by, and for Him—a nation above all other nations and first in a great number of blessed areas. A nation like early Colonial America that became a light to the rest of the world:

Behold, I have taught you statutes and judgments, even as Yahweh my God commanded me, that ye should do so in the land whither ye go to possess it. Keep therefore and do them; for this is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the nations, which shall hear all these statutes, and say, Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people. For what nation is there so great, who hath God so nigh unto them, as Yahweh our God is in all things that we call upon him for? And what nation is there so great, that hath statutes and judgments so righteous as all this law, which I set before you this day? (Deuteronomy 4:5-8)

Contrasted with America’s former greatness, today’s America finds herself first in reported rapes, murders and total crimes, first with the highest incarceration rate and prison population, first in divorce rate, first in illegal and legal drug use, first in pornography distribution, first in national debt, and worst of all, first in infanticides (wrongly termed “abortions”5). These are not firsts the rest world wants imported to their shores.

These firsts represent just a small sampling of the abominable firsts America is presently reaping as a result of the wind sown by the 18th-century founding fathers:

[B]ecause they have transgressed my covenant, and trespassed against my law … they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind…. (Hosea 8:1,7)

This is a whirlwind that will continue to intensify until repented of.

As we return to examining Trump’s inaugural speech, do not overlook that Trump intends to use this “wind” to allegedly return America to her former greatness. This is tantamount to throwing a drowning man an anchor instead of life preserver.

Letting Trump speak for himself

Donald Trump: “The oath of office I take today is an oath of allegiance to all Americans.”

Allegiance to all Americans: Without a superseding declaration of allegiance to Yahweh as his sovereign, Trump’s declaration of allegiance puts him at the beck and call of the people’s will—but, of course, only as Trump interprets the people’s will and only the people he chooses to interpret. In other words, Trump’s allegiance to Americans is, at best, arbitrary, as it always is when not working from an immutable standard.

In this instance, it’s the people’s will as determined by the President, or in some overriding instances as determined by Congress or the Supreme Court, all of which represent We the Peopleism—aka, man doing what is right in his own eyes.6

DT: “For many decades we’ve enriched foreign industry at the expense of American industry, subsidized the armies of other countries while allowing for the very sad depletion of our military. We’ve defended other nations’ borders while refusing to defend our own. And we’ve spent trillions and trillions of dollars overseas while America’s infrastructure has fallen into disrepair and decay. We’ve made other countries rich while the wealth, strength and confidence of our country has dissipated over the horizon. One by one, the factories shuttered and left our shores with not even a thought about the millions and millions of American workers that were left behind. The wealth of our middle class has been ripped from their homes and then redistributed all across the world.”

America’s wealth spread across the world: All of the above abuses are more consequences of the whirlwind today’s America is reaping.

To employ the genesis of America’s woes as the solution is folly, if not insanity. It’s what’s depicted in Isaiah 5:207 as calling evil good and good evil. Isaiah 5:248 describes this transposition as the consequence of casting aside Yahweh’s law and despising His word as society’s standard. I submit to you that this is precisely what Trump is doing or he would have acknowledged Yahweh’s moral law as America’s ethical standard for government and society somewhere in his speech.

DT: “From this day forward, it’s going to be only America first, America first. Every decision on trade, on taxes, on immigration, on foreign affairs will be made to benefit American workers and American families. We must protect our borders from the ravages of other countries making our product, stealing our companies and destroying our jobs.”

America first: I appreciate Trump’s America-first sentiments. Nevertheless, it needs to be understood that if America would only put God first, “America first” would take care of itself.

God first requires America be governed by His law, including the First Commandment as our foundational border, immigration, and international trade law.9 As such, America would be blessed for her obedience to the First Commandment in all of these crucial areas of national and international commerce.

The same holds true with liberty. Liberty was formally lost in America when the 18th-century Enlightenment founders made it a goal (almost a god10) instead of a corollary of implementing Yahweh’s perfect law of liberty11 as the supreme law of the land.12

What we have today in America is comparable to what the Prophet Jeremiah confronted in his day:

For from the least of them even unto the greatest of them … from the prophet even unto the priest every one dealeth falsely. They have healed also the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace. (Jeremiah 6:13-14)

Today’s mantra is “Liberty, liberty!” when there is no liberty. Patrick Henry, who refused to attend the Constitutional Convention as one of Virginia’s delegates (declaring “I smelt a rat!”), understood the framers’ specious claim to liberty. Convinced the Constitution would fail to secure and protect liberty, Patrick Henry voiced his concerns to the Virginia Ratifying Convention in 1788:

…I say our privileges and rights are in danger. …the new form of Government … will … effectually … oppress and ruin the people…. In some parts of the plan before you, the great rights of freemen are endangered, in other parts, absolutely taken away…. There will be no checks, no real balances, in this Government: What can avail your specious imaginary balances, your rope-dancing, chain-rattling, ridiculous ideal checks and contrivances? …And yet who knows the dangers that this new system may produce: they are out of the sight of the common people: They cannot foresee latent consequences…. I see great jeopardy in this new Government.13

In contrast to the federalists’ failed predictions, this and nearly everything the anti-federalists forecast about the Constitution (even with the addition of the Bill of Rights) has come true. The constitutional framers could not provide their fellow Americans with liberty (nor can their disciples today) for the simple reason that blind leaders cannot lead other blind men to safety, any more than slaves can confer freedom on fellow slaves:

[I]f the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch. (Matthew 5:14)

While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption…. (2 Peter 2:19)

The answer to this self-imposed delusion is provided by Jeremiah two verses later:

Thus saith Yahweh, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls…. (Jeremiah 6:16)

Put succinctly, put God first (which requires establishing His moral law as the standard for government and society) and both America first and liberty will take care of themselves as natural corollaries.

DT: “America will start winning again, winning like never before.”

Winning: Only our Creator determines what constitutes greatness and thus winning.

There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death. (Proverbs 16:25)

I’m confident that many of the things Trump intends to do for America will look like winning, especially when juxtaposed with the last eight years of the Obama administration. However, in the end, America will, in fact, lose, regardless what Trump does (short of repentance). America will continue to be cursed per Deuteronomy 28:15-68. How do I know this? Because:

God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good? (Numbers 23:19)

It was inevitable from the inception of the secular Constitution14 that America would someday find herself teetering on the precipice. Even with any reprieve Trump might provide, America will find herself there again. Without Yahweh’s law as America’s supreme law, Trump’s intentions for America, as well-intended as they may be, are just more of the same.

He who turns away his ear from listening to the law, Even his prayer is an abomination. (Proverbs 28:9)

Consequently, America will not win but instead lose under Trump’s presidency because God is always true to His word.

See Part 4.

 

Related posts:

Donald J. Trump: Cyrus or Nimrod? Pt. 1 (blog article)

Donald J. Trump: Cyrus or Nimrod? Pt. 2 (blog article)

Donald J. Trump: Cyrus or Nimrod? Pt. 1 (audio sermon)

Donald J. Trump: Cyrus or Nimrod? Pt. 2 (audio sermon)

Law and Kingdom: Their Relevance Under the New Covenant

A Biblical Constitution: A Scriptural Replacement for Secular Government

 

1. YHWH, the English transliteration of the Tetragrammaton, is most often pronounced Yahweh. It is the principal Hebrew name of the God of the Bible and was inspired to appear nearly 7,000 times in the Old Testament. Regrettably, it was deleted by the English translators. In obedience to the Third Commandment and the many Scriptures that charge us to proclaim, swear by, praise, extol, call upon, bless, glorify, and hold fast to His name, we have chosen to memorialize His name here in this document and in our lives. For a more thorough explanation concerning important reasons for using the sacred name of God, see “The Third Commandment.”

2. Republican Representative Mike Pence, Speech at Hillsdale College, “The Presidency and the Constitution,” quoted in Imprimis, October 2010, Volume 39, Number 10, https://imprimis.hillsdale.edu/the-presidency-and-the-constitution/.

3. Chapter 3: “The Preamble: WE THE PEOPLE vs. YAHWEH,” of Bible Law vs. the United States Constitution: The Christian Perspective.

4. What makes a government secular is its rejection of Yahweh as its sovereign and thus His law as supreme. See blog series “Ten Reasons Why Romans 13 is Not About Secular Government.”

5. The battle against this atrocity begins with identifying it correctly. By calling it “abortion,” we’ve acquiesced to the opposition’s terminology. Look up “abortion” and “miscarriage” in any dictionary. A miscarriage is an abortion. What doctors (and parents) do to infants in the womb is infanticide. Had Roe v. Wade been waged over infanticide rather than abortion, it would have never made it to the court room. In fact, by employing the word “abortion,” Roe v. Wade was won before it ever got to court.

The Greek word brephos employed in the New Testament for infants already born is the same word used for infants in the womb (Luke 2:12 and Luke 1:41), without specifying the precise moment they became a brephos. Our only option is to then to accept that they became such at conception. Thus, intentionally killing a brephos at any point is “brephocide” or, more properly, infanticide.

6. “In those days … every man did that which was right in his own eyes.” (Judges 21:25)

7. “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” (Isaiah 5:20)

8. “Therefore as the fire devoureth the stubble, and the flame consumeth the chaff, so their root shall be as rottenness, and their blossom shall go up as dust: because they have cast away the law of Yahweh of hosts, and despised the word of the Holy One of Israel.” (Isaiah 5:24)

9. Immigration: Lawful, Legal, and Illegal, The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

10. Liberty: The God that Failed: Policing the Sacred and Constructing the Myths of the Secular State, from Locke to Obama, Christopher A. Ferrara.

Caveat: Mr. Ferrara aggressively promotes Catholicism as the answer to America’s woes.

11. Psalm 19:7-11; Psalm 119:44-45; and James 2:12

Law and Kingdom: Their Relevance Under the New Covenant

12. A Biblical Constitution: A Scriptural Replacement for Secular Government

13. Patrick Henry, Ralph Ketcham, ed., “Speeches of Patrick Henry (June 5 and 7, 1788),” The Anti-Federalist Papers and the Constitutional Convention Debates (New York, NY: Penguin Books, 2003, 2nd ed.) pp. 200-08.

14. Bible Law vs. the United States Constitution: The Christian Perspective

[E]xamine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good; abstain from every form of evil. (1 Thessalonians 5:21-22)

Letting Trump speak for himself

Patriots and Christians alike got so caught up, first, with someone finally appreciating their concerns and then again in the euphoria of Trump overcoming all odds to win the presidency, that they’ve predominantly failed to follow Paul’s instructions in 1 Thessalonians 5.

Christians so desperately want Trump to be “our” guy that they’ve failed to examine him, his oath of office, and his inaugural speech by the only true ethical standard: Yahweh’s1 unchanging morality as reflected in His Ten Commandments and their respective statutes and judgments.2

Let’s remedy this wrong:

Donald Trump: “Chief Justice Roberts, President Carter, President Clinton, President Bush, President Obama, fellow Americans and people of the world, thank you. We, the citizens of America, are now joined in a great national effort to rebuild our country and restore its promise for all of our people.”

Restoring America’s promise: Whether Trump is able to succeed in this noble endeavor depends upon what he means by “its promise.” As will become apparent from the rest of his speech, Trump is not referring to the only thing that can restore America’s promise, but instead to that which from its inception has provided a false sense of hope because it was built on the shifting sands of humanism.3

DT: “Together, we will determine the course of America and the world for many, many years to come. We will face challenges. We will confront hardships. But we will get the job done.”

For many years to come: This is true. We’re involved in a multi-generational battle that demands we get this right—that is, if you’re at all concerned with the America we’re leaving our children and grandchildren.

DT: “Today’s ceremony, however, has a very special meaning because today we are not merely transferring power from one administration to another or from one party to another, but we are transferring power from Washington, D.C., and giving it back to you, the people.”

Power to the people: This, of course, was precisely what the people wanted to hear. However, where in the Bible do we find anything close to Trump’s declaration? We don’t. Instead, we find the Bible replete with warnings against looking to the people as the source of power or authority:

Thus saith Yahweh; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm [of strength]…. (Jeremiah 17:5)

Regardless the numbers—whether the few in Washington D.C. or the majority of the populace—power or authority given to humans is an act of humanism. It’s also a repudiation of what Christ claimed in the Great Commission, namely, that all authority has been given to Him in both heaven and on earth.4 It’s also a contemporary manifestation of what the Prophet Habakkuk warned against:

[Yahweh’s] law is slacked, and judgment doth never go forth: for the wicked doth compass about the righteous; therefore wrong judgment proceedeth … their judgment and their dignity shall proceed of themselves. (Habakkuk 1:4,7)

The New American Standard translates Verse 7 more accurately as, “Their justice and authority originate with themselves.” Sound familiar? It should:

The Preamble of the United States Constitution: WE THE PEOPLE of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, ensure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.5

Because the Constitution is a Godless, Christless, and biblically lawless document, We the Peopleism is just an agreed-upon form of humanism. It is man doing what is right in his own eyes, per Judges 21:25. That this is true is demonstrated throughout the Constitution itself.6 It has, furthermore, been attested to by some of the framers and founding fathers themselves. Note the affinity between Trump’s statement “we are giving … [power or authority] back to you, the people” and the declarations that follow:

In one of his many arguments on behalf of the Constitution, James Madison revealed where ultimate power resides in a Constitutional Republic:

As the people are the only legitimate fountain of power … it is from them that the constitutional charter under which the [authority of the] several branches of government … is derived.7

Alexander Hamilton stated it similarly:

The fabric of American empire ought to rest on the solid basis of THE CONSENT OF THE PEOPLE. The streams of national power ought to flow immediately from that pure, original fountain of all legitimate authority.8

John Adams confessed to the same humanism regarding the States’ Constitutions:

It will never be pretended that any persons employed in that service [the establishment of the States’ Constitutions] had interviews with the gods, or were in any degree under the inspiration of Heaven … it will forever be acknowledged that these governments were contrived merely by the use of reason and the senses…. Thirteen governments [of the original states] thus founded on the natural authority of the people alone….9

In other words, returning power to the people, as Trump put it, is a return to the 18th-century Enlightenment founders’ sedition against Yahweh’s authority. Not to be overlooked: “Power to the people! Power to the people!” didn’t originate with the constitutional framers. It was expelled from the Garden with Adam and Eve.

DT: “What truly matters is not which party controls our government….”

Which Party matters not: How very true. When examined by the only standard by which left and right is determined, the Democrats and Republicans are just two different wings of the same liberal bird.10

DT: “What truly matters is not which party controls our government, but whether our government is controlled by the people.”

Government controlled by the people: What truly matters is not that government is controlled by the people, a recipe for disaster if ever there were one. This is especially true since, according to Matthew 7:13, the majority of the population at any given time is in the broad way leading to destruction. Just where do you suppose the broad-way folk are going to lead America? The only place such people can lead America is to the precipice of moral depravity and destruction, which is precisely where she finds herself today.

What truly matters is not that government is controlled by the people, but that government is under the control of Yahweh and governed by biblically qualified authorities, servants of God who are continually a deterrent to the wicked and a blessing to the righteous, as depicted by Paul in Romans 13:3-6.11

DT: “January 20th, 2017, will be remembered as the day the people became the rulers of this nation again.”

Rulers of the nation: Cursed be January 20, 2017, if this proves to be true. The term “rulers” is just another term for “sovereigns.” Just as there is only one lawgiver per Isaiah 33:2214 and James 4:12,13 there is likewise only one sovereign:

I give thee charge in the sight of God … and before Christ Jesus … who is the blessed and only Potentate [sovereign, NASB], the King of kings, and Lord of lords. (1 Timothy 6:13-15)

Any ruler who doesn’t recognize Yahweh’s sovereignty is not a God-ordained authority for our blessing, but merely a God-established power for our judgment.14 If Trump were otherwise, he would have unequivocally acknowledged Yahweh’s sovereignty like King Jehoshaphat did when setting up judges in his realm:

And he [King Jehoshaphat] set judges in the land throughout all the fenced cities of Judah, city by city, and said to the judges, Take heed what ye do: for ye judge not for man, but for Yahweh, who is with you in the judgment…. And he charged them, saying, Thus shall ye do in the fear of Yahweh, faithfully, and with a perfect heart. (2 Chronicles 19:5-9)

Note, unlike President Trump, King Jehoshaphat clearly acknowledged that his and the judges’ authority was subordinate to Yahweh’s.

DT: “At the center of this movement is a crucial conviction that a nation exists to serve its citizens.”

Serving its citizens: Of course, this tickles the ears of the people and explains why so many were so exhilarated with Trump’s speech. The following warnings also explain the people’s intoxication with Trump:

An appalling and horrible thing has happened in the land: The prophets prophesy falsely, And the priests [also presidents] rule on their own authority; and my people love it so! But what will you do at the end of it? (Jeremiah 5:30-31)

For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires; and will turn away their ears from the truth, and will turn aside to myths. (2 Timothy 4:3-4)

This last statement by Trump and the overwhelming response to it by alleged conservatives15 is just more evidence of how entrenched the humanism of the 18th-century Enlightenment founding fathers’ is in America. This is not the solution to America’s woes. Government of, by, and for the people is the crux of the problem.16

In the 1600s, the Colonial Puritans established governments, not to serve the people, but to serve Yahweh. It follows that the people are best served when Yahweh is served first:

Thy kingdom come. They will be done in earth, as it is in heaven … seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. (Matthew 6:10, 33)

The 17th-century Colonials sought first Yahweh, His kingdom, and His righteousness and because Yahweh is always true to His word, America became great, blessed by God, per Deuteronomy 28:1-14.

With this last statement and others like it—lauded by non-Christians and Christians alike—Trump is not calling down Yahweh’s blessings upon America but rather the continued curses of Deuteronomy 28:15-68.

Stay tuned for Part 3.

 

Related posts:

Donald J. Trump: Cyrus or Nimrod? Pt. 1 (blog article)

Donald J. Trump: Cyrus or Nimrod? Pt. 1 (audio sermon)

Donald J. Trump: Cyrus or Nimrod? Pt. 2 (audio sermon)

Law and Kingdom: Their Relevance Under the New Covenant

A Biblical Constitution: A Scriptural Replacement for Secular Government

Bible Law vs. the United States Constitution: The Christian Perspective

 

1. YHWH, the English transliteration of the Tetragrammaton, is most often pronounced Yahweh. It is the principal Hebrew name of the God of the Bible and was inspired to appear nearly 7,000 times in the Old Testament. Regrettably, it was deleted by the English translators. In obedience to the Third Commandment and the many Scriptures that charge us to proclaim, swear by, praise, extol, call upon, bless, glorify, and hold fast to His name, we have chosen to memorialize His name here in this document and in our lives. For a more thorough explanation concerning important reasons for using the sacred name of God, see “The Third Commandment.”

2. The bulk of contemporary Christianity has approached the United States Constitution in the same optimistic but insubordinate fashion.

3. “And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.” (Matthew 7:26-27)

4. “And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power [authority, NASB] is given unto me in heaven and in earth.” (Matthew 28:18)

5. Chapter 3: “The Preamble: WE THE PEOPLE vs. YAHWEH,” of Bible Law vs. the United States Constitution: The Christian Perspective.

6. Bible Law vs. the United States Constitution: The Christian Perspective

7. James Madison, The Federalist, No. 46 (New York, NY: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1888) p. 217.

8. Alexander Hamilton, The Federalist, No. 22 (New York, NY: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1888) p. 135.

9. John Adams, The Works of John Adams, 10 vols. (Boston, MA: Little, Brown, and Company, 1865) vol. 4, pp. 292-93.

10. Right, Left, and Center: Who Gets to Decide?

11. Ten Reason Why Romans 13:1-7 is Not About Secular Government

12. “For Yahweh is our judge, Yahweh is our lawgiver, Yahweh is our king; he will save us.” (Isaiah 33:22)

13. “There is one lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy: who art thou that judgest another?” (James 4:12)

14. For more regarding God-ordained authorities versus God-established powers, see blog article “Ten Reasons Why Romans 13 is Not About Secular Government, Part 3.”

15. Right, Left, and Center: Who Gets to Decide?

16. Chapter 3: “The Preamble: WE THE PEOPLE vs. YAHWEH,” of Bible Law vs. the United States Constitution: The Christian Perspective.

[E]xamine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good; abstain from every form of evil. (1 Thessalonians 5:21-22)

January 20, 2017, Donald J. Trump was inaugurated the 45th President of the United States Constitutional Republic. His inauguration was preceded by a historical campaign and run for the presidency. Love him or hate him, Trump has everyone’s attention.

Cyrus, Nebuchadnezzar, King David, or Nehemiah?

I couldn’t begin to tell you how many times this past year I heard someone compare Trump to King Cyrus, King Nebuchadnezzar, King David, or Nehemiah. Predominantly, it was Cyrus, King of Persia:

Thus saith Yahweh,1 thy redeemer, and he that formed thee from the womb, I am Yahweh that maketh all things; that stretcheth forth the heavens alone; that spreadeth abroad the earth by myself; that frustrateth the tokens of the liars, and maketh diviners mad; that turneth wise men backward, and maketh their knowledge foolish; that confirmeth the word of his servant, and performeth the counsel of his messengers; that saith to Jerusalem, Thou shalt be inhabited; and to the cities of Judah, ye shall be built, and I will raise up the decayed places thereof…. That saith of Cyrus, He is my shepherd, and shall perform all my pleasure: even saying to Jerusalem, thou shalt be built; and to the temple, thy foundation shall be laid. (Isaiah 44:24-28)

Isaiah’s prophecy was written approximately 100 years before Cyrus was born, demonstrating that Yahweh is sovereign over His entire creation, including kings, princes, and presidents. This is true whether they are God-ordained authorities (depicted in Romans 13:1-72 as a blessing to nations that look to Yahweh as their Sovereign) or God-established powers (depicted in Daniel 4:173 as part of His judgment upon nations that reject Him as their God and King).4

Whether Trump is a modern-day Cyrus, Nimrod, or someone else, he was put in the position he’s in as President of the United States by God. And he was chosen to be President at this time to do God’s will and pleasure, whatever that is. The is true for all of us:

For it is God which worketh in you to both to will and to work for his good pleasure. (Philippians 2:13)

Yahweh’s good pleasure for King Cyrus was to use him to bless the Judahites returning from their seventy-year Babylonian captivity by helping—even financing—them in rebuilding Jerusalem and His temple:

Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia … Yahweh stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom, and put it also in writing, saying, Thus saith Cyrus king of Persia, … Yahweh God of heaven … hath charged me to build him an house in Jerusalem, which is in Judah. Who is there among you of all his people? Yahweh his God be with him, and let him go up. (2 Chronicles 36:22-23)5

In short, God used Cyrus to make the house of Judah great again. Thus, the comparison many have made between Cyrus and Trump, believing God has called Trump to be America’s Cyrus. They believe God will use Trump to lead America back from the precipice of moral depravity and destruction she’s presently teetering on—in Trump’s words: make America great again.

Utterly Impossible!

Many believe Trump’s the man. I hope he is such a man.

Believing it when it’s yet to be seen isn’t going to make it so and will likely blind us to the reality of who Trump is presently. This has already been demonstrated in that many Christians were euphoric over Trump’s inaugural speech when they should have instead lamented.

With things as they are presently, it’s utterly impossible for Trump to make America great again. Might he make some things better than they were under Obama? (Which shouldn’t be difficult!) Of course, and it would seem he already has. It could thus be argued he’s already shown himself a Cyrus to America. Nevertheless, regardless what good he accomplishes as President, it remains impossible for him to make America great again.

Americas former greatness

The case can certainly be made that America was once a great nation and consequently one that was exemplary in her testimony to the rest of the world. But the reason most people believe she was great is a classic case of Isaiah 5:20, calling evil good and good evil.

Ultimately only Yahweh as sovereign Creator determines what it is that constitutes greatness, and only He can make nations great. With this in mind, according to Deuteronomy 28:1-14, Yahweh blesses nations that look to Him as their sovereign and His moral law6 as supreme. America’s early greatness and prosperity was the result of 17th-century Christian Colonial America’s governments of, by, and for God, established upon His unchanging moral law as the law of the land:

Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America, 1835

[The 17th-century Colonials] exercised the rights of sovereignty; they named their magistrates, concluded peace or declared war, made police regulations, and enacted laws as if their allegiance was due only to God. Nothing can be more curious and, at the same time more instructive, than the legislation of that period; it is there that the solution of the great social problem which the United States now presents to the world is to be found [in perfect fulfillment of Deuteronomy 4:5-8, demonstrating the continuing veracity of Yahweh’s law and its accompanying blessings, per Deuteronomy 28:1-14].

Amongst these documents we shall notice, as especially characteristic, the code of laws promulgated by the little State of Connecticut in 1650. The legislators of Connecticut begin with the penal laws, and … they borrow their provisions from the text of Holy Writ … copied verbatim from the books of Exodus, Leviticus, and Deuteronomy.…7

America was great because God made her great, and He made her great because she looked to Him as her sovereign, demonstrated in that she initially established government and society upon His immutable, unchanging, and perfect law.8

On the other hand, according to Deuteronomy 28:15-68, Yahweh curses nations that reject His sovereignty and replace His law with man-made surrogates. Thus, America became cursed—only incrementally at first, thanks to God’s long suffering—when the 18th-century founding fathers replaced the 17th-century Colonial governments with their own humanistic government of, by, and for the people, based upon capricious Enlightenment and Masonic traditions.9 Without repentance for our complicity in this sedition against Yahweh, it was inevitable that America would find herself where she is today.

Which is Trump restoring?

Just as Yahweh was true to His word in blessing early America for their obedience, He has likewise been true to His word in cursing present-day America for her mutiny.10 The only thing that can change America’s suicidal course is a return to her righteous 17th-century foundations:

If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do? (Psalm 11:3)

Restore the foundations!

The obvious question regarding Trump is: Is he restoring America’s righteous foundations—that is, government of, by, and for God, established upon His moral law? Or is he merely rearranging the deck chairs on what’s presently a sinking Titanic—a government of, by, and for the people based upon capricious man-made traditions?

If you’ve listened to any of his speeches—including and especially his inaugural speech—the answer to this question should be apparent and should help us determine whether Trump is currently a modern-day Cyrus, a modern-day Nimrod, or a little of both.

See Part 2, in which we’ll begin to biblically examine Trump’s inaugural speech.

 

Related posts:

Donald J. Trump: Cyrus or Nimrod? Pt. 1 (audio sermon)

Donald J. Trump: Cyrus or Nimrod? Pt. 2 (audio sermon)

America’s Greatest Constitution

Ten Reasons Why Romans 13 is Not About Secular Government, Part 3

Law and Kingdom: Their Relevance Under the New Covenant

A Biblical Constitution: A Scriptural Replacement for Secular Government

 

1.  YHWH, the English transliteration of the Tetragrammaton, is most often pronounced Yahweh. It is the principal Hebrew name of the God of the Bible and was inspired to appear nearly 7,000 times in the Old Testament. Regrettably, it was deleted by the English translators. In obedience to the Third Commandment and the many Scriptures that charge us to proclaim, swear by, praise, extol, call upon, bless, glorify, and hold fast to His name, we have chosen to memorialize His name here in this document and in our lives. For a more thorough explanation concerning important reasons for using the sacred name of God, see “The Third Commandment.”

2. “Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God…. For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same: For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil…. [T]hey are God’s ministers, attending continually upon this very thing….” (Romans 13:1-7)

3. “This matter is by the decree of the watchers, and the demand by the word of the holy ones: to the intent that the living may know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will, and setteth up over it the basest of men.” (Daniel 4:17)

4. For more regarding God-ordained authorities versus God-established powers, see blog article “Ten Reasons Why Romans 13 is Not About Secular Government, Part 3.”

5. See also the books of Ezra and Nehemiah.

6. Yahweh’s moral law is comprised of three integral components: the Ten Commandments and their respective statutes and judgments, per Deuteronomy 6:1, etc. For how God’s triune law applies today under the New Covenant, see free online book Law and Kingdom: Their Relevance Under the New Covenant.

See also A Biblical Constitution: A Scriptural Replacement for Secular Government

7. Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America, 2 vols. (New York: NY: The Colonial Press, 1899) vol. 1, pp. 36-37.

8. “The law of Yahweh is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of Yahweh is sure, making wise the simple. The statutes of Yahweh are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of Yahweh is pure, enlightening the eyes. The fear of Yahweh is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of Yahweh are true and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward.” (Psalm 19:7-11)

9. Bible Law vs. the United States Constitution: The Christian Perspective

10. “God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good.” (Numbers 23:19)

I wrote unto you in an epistle not to company with fornicators … the covetous, or extortioners, or with idolaters … if any man is called a brother … with such an one no not to eat. For what have I to do to judge them also that are without? do not ye judge them that are within? But them that are without God judgeth…. (1 Corinthians 5:9-13)

Because 1 Corinthians 5:13 informs us it’s Yahweh1 who judges non-Christians, this passage is often employed as alleged evidence that Christians are never to have anything to do with administering civil judgments against non-Christians. This, in turn, would also eliminate implementing government based upon Yahweh’s moral law, governed by biblically qualified Christian men. In other words, 1 Corinthians 5:13 is used to condemn Christian involvement in advancing Yahweh’s kingdom by means of a biblical government, such as occurred in 17th-century America.2

How does God judge lawbreakers?

In Isaiah 33:22, we’re not only informed that Yahweh is our king and lawgiver, but that He’s also our judge. As Creator, He has the ultimate authority to judge mankind. So how does God judge non-Christians who violate His law? Of course, everyone’s eventually judged eternally by God Himself. But how does Yahweh do so in time and history?

Romans 13:3-4 reveals that one of the methods of His doing so is by means of civil government. Paul depicts those responsible for this duty as ministers, or servants, of God. Consequently, if 1 Corinthians 5:13 eliminates Christians from judging non-Christian lawbreakers, it also eliminates Christians from serving as judges in civil government. Consequently, the position depicted by Paul as servants of God in Romans 13 must be filled by non-Christians.

However, the government Paul depicts in Romans 13 is a biblical civil government.3 Would anyone dare suggest that a biblical civil body politic is to be governed by non-Christians?4 Consequently, there must be more to 1 Corinthians 5:13 then first meets the eye.

More contradictions

Not only is the usual interpretation of 1 Corinthians 5:13 incompatible with Romans 13:1-7, it also conflicts with what immediately follows it in 1 Corinthians 6:

Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? …  Know ye not that we shall judge … things that pertain to this life? If then ye have judgments of things pertaining to this life, set them to judge who are least esteemed in the church. (1 Corinthians 6:2-4)

What appears to be a contradiction by Paul in his first epistle to the Corinthians is solved in his second epistle to the Corinthians:

We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ, and we are ready to punish all disobedience, whenever your obedience is complete. (2 Corinthians 10:5-6, NASB)

1 Corinthians 10:6 declares a time was coming when Christians would not only punish their own when required but all disobedience. This cannot be referring to disobedience in the church because Paul declares this is to occur when the Christians’ obedience is complete, or fulfilled. If the punishment is here referring to that which is to be meted out upon Christians, why would Paul wait to do so after the Christians become obedient? When someone is obedient, you don’t punish them for their disobedience, but instead reward them for their obedience.

Instead, Paul is referring to the future when the Christian ecclesias5 would be large enough and potent enough to have established biblical governments over society through which all violations of Yahweh’s law—by Christians and non-Christians alike—would be adjudicated by biblically qualified judges, in similar fashion as found prescribed in Exodus 18:

And thou shalt teach them ordinances and laws…. Moreover thou shalt provide out of all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness; and place such over them, to be rulers of thousands, and rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens: And let them judge the people at all seasons. (Exodus 18:20-22)

Past and future ecclesias

According to 1 Corinthians 6:1-2, Christian ecclesias were expected to judge themselves. But the time for governing society had not yet arrived when Paul penned 1 Corinthians 5:9-13, nor when he penned 1 Corinthians 6:2-4, nor even when he penned 2 Corinthians 10:4-6. But he understood that there would in fact be a time when this would occur under the watch of future diligent kingdom ambassadors, like those right here in 17th-century Christian Colonial America:

The Portsmouth, Rhode Island, Compact, 1638

We whose names are underwritten do hereby solemnly in the presence of Jehovah incorporate ourselves into a Bodie Politick and as He shall help, will submit our persons, lives and estates unto our Lord Jesus Christ, the King of Kings, and Lord of Lords, and to all those perfect and most absolute laws of His given in His Holy Word of truth, to be guided and judged thereby.

Fundamental Agreement of the Colony of New Haven, Connecticut, 1639

Agreement; We all agree that the scriptures hold forth a perfect rule for the direction and government of all men in duties which they are to perform to God and to man, as well in families and commonwealth as in matters of the church; so likewise in all public officers which concern civil order, as choice of magistrates and officers, making and repealing laws, dividing allotments of inheritance, and all things of like nature, we will, all of us, be ordered by the rules which the scripture holds forth; and we agree that such persons may be entrusted with such matters of government as are described in Exodus 18:21 and Deuteronomy 1:13 with Deuteronomy 17:15 and 1 Corinthians 6:1, 6 & 7….

1 Corinthians 5:13 does not limit Christians from governing society. When coupled with Romans 12:21-13:7, 1 Corinthians 6:2-4, and 2 Corinthians 10:4-6, 1 Corinthians 5:13 instead anticipates the times when Christians would do precisely that.

 

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1.  YHWH, the English transliteration of the Tetragrammaton, is most often pronounced Yahweh. It is the principal Hebrew name of the God of the Bible and was inspired to appear nearly 7,000 times in the Old Testament. It was unlawfully deleted by the English translators. In obedience to the Third Commandment and the many Scriptures that charge us to proclaim, swear by, praise, extol, call upon, bless, glorify, and hold fast to His name, we have chosen to memorialize His name here in this document and in our lives. For a more thorough explanation concerning important reasons for using the sacred name of God, see “The Third Commandment.”

2.  America’s Greatest Constitution

Chapter 3 “The Preamble: WE THE PEOPLE vs. YAHWEH” of Bible Law vs. the United States Constitution: The Christian Perspective

3. “Ten Reasons Why Romans 13 is Not About Secular Government, Part 1

4. “Ten Reasons Why Romans 13 is Not About Secular Government, Part 3

Ten Reasons Why Romans 13 is Not About Secular Government, Part 4

5. Ecclesia is poorly translated “church” in our English Bibles. Instead, ecclesia refers to a Christian community, in the fullest sense of the word, governed by biblically qualified Christian overseers, such as depicted by Paul in Romans 13:1-7.

[Jesus] answered … and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you. (Luke 17:20-21)

Without pomp and circumstance

Luke 17:21 is another favorite proof text of those who reject our dominion mandate1 to expand Yahweh’s2 kingdom here on earth. This statement, however, cannot be used to impugn the other kingdom passages that reveal the kingdom and its laws as reinstated in the 1st-century AD,3 as prophesied in Daniel 2:44.

It should be self-apparent that if the kingdom of God is within His people, it is not something yet to occur, but has already come into existence. If the kingdom is in us and we’re here on earth, then the kingdom of heaven must be here on earth, as well.

John 3:3-5 informs us that in order to see and enter the kingdom of God, we must be born again of water and spirit.4 Thus, if the kingdom does not exist at this time, then no one has yet been born from above.

The New American Standard Bible translates the phrase “within you” in Luke 17:21 as “in your midst”:

[T]he king of Israel, even Yahweh, is in the midst of thee…. Yahweh thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save…. (Zephaniah 3:15-17)

If the King is in our midst, then so is His kingdom.

Everexpanding

For each of as individuals, the kingdom commences when the King indwells us as His temple:

[Y]our body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s. (1 Corinthians 6:19-20)5

The kingdom is here, if for no other reason than because the King is here in us. But Yahweh does not intend that His kingdom be limited to just within us, or merely to the four walls of our homes or church buildings. This is tantamount to hiding your light under a bushel basket:

Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. (Matthew 5:14-16)

These verses are contextually married to the next three verses:

Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 5:17-19)

In other words, our being salt to the earth (Verse 13) and light to the world is intrinsically linked with the implementation of the King’s law here on earth.

The kingdom begins with the King indwelling His temple, but the temple is not His kingdom in its entirety. It’s merely the seat of government, here on earth, in addition to His temple in heaven, from which the King rules His kingdom. In the case of our King, this means over His entire creation:

The earth is Yahweh’s, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein. (Psalm 24:1)

The kingdom—the King’s reign and dominion here on earth—begins in the hearts of His loyal subjects, and is to then be expanded throughout all of society by His faithful ambassadors6:

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of Yahweh of hosts will perform this. (Isaiah 9:6-7)

This ultimately means His Son’s stone kingdom topples and replaces all other kingdoms:

And in the days of these [Roman] kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom …. shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever. (Daniel 2:44)

How is this realized? It was definitively realized when He resurrected from the grave. It will be finally accomplished to its fullest effect when Christ returns. And, in the intervening age, it’s progressively achieved by His ambassadors overcoming evil with good, including evil government with good government, per Romans 12:21-13:17, 1 Corinthians 6:2-4, 2 Corinthians 10:3-6, and 1 Timothy 1:8-11.

Worldwide impact

Individual conversions cannot be observed. Under the New Covenant, it’s the heart, not the flesh, that’s circumcised.7 Only Yahweh sees and knows the heart of man.8 The kingdom is thus imperceptible in its beginning (at least as compared to how earthly kingdoms usually commence) and its progression, at least initially, is slow in development. The following was especially true at the time Christ declared to the Pharisees that the kingdom comes without observation:

[T]he kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field: Which indeed is the least of all seeds: but when it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs, and becometh a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in the branches thereof. Another parable spake he unto them; The kingdom of heaven is like unto leaven, which a woman took, and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened. (Matthew 13:31-33)

Although the kingdom’s advance is to many what might be considered unobservable, the intent is that the entire “loaf,” the entire world, be eventually leavened by its impact.

[T]he earth shall be full of the knowledge of Yahweh, as the waters cover the sea. (Isaiah 11:9)

This is accomplished on two fundamental levels:

1. For the remnant, individually through conversion by means of Christ’s blood-atoning sacrifice and resurrection from the grave.

  1. For society by means of Yahweh’s perfect law of liberty.9

Behold, the days come, saith Yahweh, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah…. [T]his shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel … I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people. (Jeremiah 31:31-33)

A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them. (Ezekiel 36:26-27)

Kingdom blessings

What is observable are God’s blessings, cited in Deuteronomy 28:1-14, upon those who look to Him as sovereign and thus His law as supreme. This, in turn, results in others—even entire nations—seeking the same God who provides the blessings for obedience to His law:

Behold, I have taught you statutes and judgments, even as Yahweh my God commanded me, that ye should do so in the land whither ye go to possess it. Keep therefore and do them; for this is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the nations, which shall hear all these statutes, and say, Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people. For what nation is there so great, who hath God so nigh unto them, as Yahweh our God is in all things that we call upon him for? And what nation is there so great, that hath statutes and judgments so righteous as all this law, which I set before you this day? (Deuteronomy 4:5-8)

This may very well have been the passage Alexis de Tocqueville had in mind when he penned the following:

…Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America, 1835: “They [the 17th-century Colonials] exercised the rights of sovereignty; they named their magistrates, concluded peace or declared war, made police regulations, and enacted laws as if their allegiance was due only to God. Nothing can be more curious and, at the same time more instructive, than the legislation of that period; it is there that the solution of the great social problem which the United States now presents to the world is to be found [in perfect fulfillment of Deuteronomy 4:5-8, demonstrating the continuing veracity of Yahweh’s law and its accompanying blessings, per Deuteronomy 28:1-14].

“Amongst these documents we shall notice, as especially characteristic, the code of laws promulgated by the little State of Connecticut in 1650.10 The legislators of Connecticut begin with the penal laws, and … they borrow their provisions from the text of Holy Writ … copied verbatim from the books of Exodus, Leviticus, and Deuteronomy.…”11

What begins imperceptibly within us as individuals eventually turns an upside-down world right side up, provided Yahweh’s remnant are diligent in being the salt of the earth and a light to the world.

 

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The Kingdom is Not Of the World But In the World

 

1. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven…. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness….” (Matthew 6:10, 33)

“Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.” (Romans 12:21)

“[T]he weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ, and we are ready to punish all disobedience, whenever your obedience is complete.” (2 Corinthians 10:4-6)

2. YHWH, the English transliteration of the Tetragrammaton, is most often pronounced Yahweh. It is the principal Hebrew name of the God of the Bible and was inspired to appear nearly 7,000 times in the Old Testament. It was unlawfully deleted by the English translators. In obedience to the Third Commandment and the many Scriptures that charge us to proclaim, swear by, praise, extol, call upon, bless, glorify, and hold fast to His name, we have chosen to memorialize His name here in this document and in our lives. For a more thorough explanation concerning important reasons for using the sacred name of God, see “The Third Commandment.”

3. The Kingdom is Not Of the World But In the World

Law and Kingdom: Their Relevance Under the New Covenant

4. Baptism: All You Wanted to Know and More

5. See also Romans 8:9-11 and Acts 2:38.

6.“Now we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us….” (2 Corinthians 5:20)

7. Colossians 2:11-13

8. 1 Samuel 16:7; Proverbs 21:2; Acts 1:24

9. Psalm 19:7-11, Psalm 119:44-45, and James 2:12

Law and Kingdom: Their Relevance Under the New Covenant

A Biblical Constitution: A Scriptural Replacement for Secular Government

10. America’s Greatest Constitution

11. Chapter 3 “The Preamble: WE THE PEOPLE vs. YAHWEH” of Bible Law vs. the United States Constitution: The Christian Perspective

Today, January 14, marks the 338th anniversary of America’s first Constitution, the Fundamental Agreement of the Colony of New Haven, Connecticut, 1639. Unlike the 18th-century Enlightenment and Masonic boys’ federal Constitution of the United States of America,1 which created a humanistic government of, by, and for the people, the New Haven Fundamental Agreement was uniquely biblical, creating a government of, by, and for God established upon His immutable moral law:

New Haven Fundamental Agreement; We all agree that the scriptures hold forth a perfect rule for the direction and government of all men in duties which they are to perform to God and to man, as well in families and commonwealth as in matters of the church; so likewise in all public officers which concern civil order, as choice of magistrates and officers, making and repealing laws, dividing allotments of inheritance, and all things of like nature, we will, all of us, be ordered by the rules which the scripture holds forth; and we agree that such persons may be entrusted with such matters of government as are described in Exodus 18:21 and Deuteronomy 1:13 with Deuteronomy 17:15 and 1 Corinthians 6:1, 6 & 7….

The 1639 agreement makes no reference to any other government as its source of authority:

It is worthy of note that this document contains none of the conventional references to a “dread sovereign” or a “gracious King,” nor the slightest allusion to the British or any other government outside of Connecticut itself….2

Its longevity is also remarkable:

…Thomas Hooker, founded the colony of Connecticut.… In 1639, he wrote the Fundamental Orders of Connecticut, which many consider to be the first full-fledged written constitution in history. Whereas other documents in the Colonies were later modified or replaced, the Connecticut Constitution remained intact up to and well beyond the adoption of the national Constitution.3

Almost as impressive as New Haven’s agreement are the testimonies to it and other similar documents:

John Clark Ridpath, History of the United States, 1874
‘In June of 1639 the leading men of New Haven held a convention in a barn, and formally adopted the Bible as the constitution of the State. Everything was strictly conformed to the religious standard. The government was called the House of Wisdom…. None but church members were admitted to the rights of citizenship.’4

Richard Mosier identified the Puritan Bible as not “only the holy restored word of God, but a constitutional document of the Protestant movement.”5 Note, an American constitution existed almost 150 years prior to the United States Constitution.

Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America, 1835
‘They exercised the rights of sovereignty; they named their magistrates, concluded peace or declared war, made police regulations, and enacted laws as if their allegiance was due only to God. Nothing can be more curious and, at the same time more instructive, than the legislation of that period; it is there that the solution of the great social problem which the United States now presents to the world is to be found [in perfect fulfillment of Deuteronomy 4:5-8, demonstrating the continuing veracity of Yahweh’s moral law and its accompanying blessings, per Deuteronomy 28:1-14].

‘Amongst these documents we shall notice, as especially characteristic, the code of laws promulgated by the little State of Connecticut in 1650. The legislators of Connecticut begin with the penal laws, and … they borrow their provisions from the text of Holy Writ … copied verbatim from the books of Exodus, Leviticus, and Deuteronomy. Blasphemy, sorcery, adultery, and rape were punished with death….’6

America was exalted in the eyes of the world because of her applied righteousness, embodied in Yahweh’s7 perfect law. Since 1788, when the United States of America, as a nation, stopped following Yahweh’s laws and began following the laws of WE THE PEOPLE, our legislation has ceased providing righteous instruction to others. Instead, the rest of the world now holds America in disdain. If America hopes to regain her favored status in the eyes of the world, she must return to her original Constitution.8

 

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1. Bible Law vs. the United States Constitution: The Christian Perspective

2. John Fiske, The Historical Writings of John Fiske, 12 vols. (Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1902) vol. 6, p. 155.

3. Mark A. Beliles, Douglas S. Anderson, Contending for the Constitution: Recalling the Christian Influence on the Writing of the Constitution and the Biblical Basis of American Law and Liberty (Charlottesville, VA: Providence Foundation, 2005) p. 95.

4. John Clark Ridpath, History of the United States, 4 vols. (New York, NY: The American Book Company, 1874) vol. 1, p. 181.

5. Richard Mosier, The American Temper (Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 1952) p. 44.

6. Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America, 2 vols. (New York: NY: The Colonial Press, 1899) vol. 1, pp. 36-37.

7. YHWH, the English transliteration of the Tetragrammaton, is most often pronounced Yahweh. It is the principal Hebrew name of the God of the Bible and was inspired to appear nearly 7,000 times in the Old Testament. It was unlawfully deleted by the English translators. In obedience to the Third Commandment and the many Scriptures that charge us to proclaim, swear by, praise, extol, call upon, bless, glorify, and hold fast to His name, we have chosen to memorialize His name here in this document and in our lives. For a more thorough explanation concerning important reasons for using the sacred name of God, see “The Third Commandment.”

8. Chapter 3 “The Preamble: WE THE PEOPLE vs. YAHWEH” of “Bible Law vs. the United States Constitution: The Christian Perspective.”

The eternal kingdom

Yahweh’s1 kingdom is eternal: it exists yesterday, today, and forever. It is definitive in that it has always been and always will be in existence:

Thy kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and thy dominion endureth throughout all generations. (Psalm 145:13)

God’s kingdom is also progressive in that He intends it to fill the entire earth:

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of Yahweh of hosts will perform this. (Isaiah 9:6-7)

[T]he kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field: Which indeed is the least of all seeds: but when it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs, and becometh a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in the branches thereof. Another parable spake he unto them; The kingdom of heaven is like unto leaven, which a woman took, and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened. (Matthew 13:31-33)2

And God’s kingdom is perpetual—that is, without end. Yahweh is the creator of the universe, He is sovereign over the universe, time without end:

[H]is kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and his dominion is from generation to generation. …the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will…. (Daniel 4:3, 17)

Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen. (1 Timothy 1:17)

Yahweh never abdicated His throne. He is as much King now as He was at the beginning of creation. As perpetual King, the kingdom He rules over is also perpetual.

Thy kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and thy dominion endureth throughout all generations. (Psalm 145:13)

To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen. (Jude 1:25)

The notofthisworld kingdom

Many Christians reject these inescapable facts about Yahweh’s sovereignty, believing He has no kingdom at present or that His kingdom is limited to heaven. They lift their favorite proof text from John 18:

Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence. (John 18:36)

The exact same Greek phrase ek toú kósmou, translated “not of this world,” is used several times and is elucidated in the preceding chapter:

I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil. They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world…. As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world. (John 17:14-18)

Clearly ek toú kósmou does not mean Yahweh’s kingdom exists only in heaven. Although it is certainly true that His kingdom is not of this world, this does not mean He does not intend for it to be in this world. His statement in John 18 is better understood to mean His kingdom is nothing like the other kingdoms of this world. As someone once said, “The only kingdom that will prevail in this world is the kingdom that is not of this world.” Martin Luther correctly taught John 18:36:

…Christ came in order to begin the kingdom of God and to establish it in the world. This is why he said before Pilate: “My kingdom is not of this world, but whoever belongs to the truth hears my voice,” and why throughout the Gospel he announces the kingdom of God, saying: “Repent, for the kingdom of God is at hand;” and again: “Seek first the kingdom of God and its righteousness.” And indeed he calls the Gospel a gospel of the kingdom of God, in that it teaches, governs and preserves the kingdom of God.3

The extant kingdom

That the kingdom has already been reestablished under Christ’s kingship is made abundantly evident in the New Testament. The kingdom was, in fact, restored in the second chapter of Acts when the first Judahite Israelites, in faith and repentance, were immersed into Christ. This occurred during the Roman Empire in perfect fulfillment of Daniel 2:44. Before this event in the book of Acts, John the Baptist, Jesus, and the Apostles all preached that the kingdom of God was at hand:

In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea, and saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven4 is at hand. (Matthew 3:1-2)

From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. (Matthew 4:17)

These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, …But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand. (Matthew 10:5-7)

…if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God [instead of Beelzebub, Verse 27], then the kingdom of God is come unto you. (Matthew 12:28)

Either the kingdom was literally at hand when Jesus made this last statement, or He was casting out demons by Beelzebub, just as the Pharisees accused Him. In Mark 1:15, the kingdom is described as being at hand because its preparation time was fulfilled:

Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, and saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel. (Mark 1:14-15)

Perhaps the most potent proof that the kingdom under Christ has already been reestablished is that the Apostles were told some of them would live to see the kingdom restored:

And he [Jesus] said unto them [His disciples], Verily I say unto you, That there be some of them that stand here, which shall not taste of death, till they have seen the kingdom of God come with power. (Mark 9:1)

In Acts 1, the Apostles anticipated the restored kingdom in their lifetime, and, in Acts 2, it was indeed restored with power on the day of Pentecost. The renowned 18th-century commentator Matthew Henry agreed:

…the kingdom of Christ began … immediately after his ascension, and will continue in the doing till the mystery of God be finished.5

Following the events in Acts 2, the 1st-century Christians proclaimed Jesus to be a reigning King and themselves to be citizens of His kingdom—not sometime yet future or merely in heaven, but then and there:

But the Jews which believed not … set all the city on an uproar, and assaulted the house of Jason … crying, These that have turned the world upside down are come hither also; whom Jason hath received: and these all do contrary to the decrees of Caesar, saying that there is another king, one Jesus. (Acts 17:5-7)

Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son. In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins…. (Colossians 1:12-14)

As ye know how we exhorted and comforted and charged every one of you, as a father doth his children, that ye would walk worthy of God, who hath called you unto his kingdom and glory. (1 Thessalonians 2:11-12)

But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, to the general assembly and church of the firstborn … and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect, and to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant…. Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved…. (Hebrews 12:22-24, 28)

I John, who also am your brother, and companion [fellow partaker, NASB] … in the kingdom…. (Revelation 1:9)

Redemption through Jesus’ blood results in deliverance from the power of darkness. Because we are delivered from the power of darkness into the kingdom, the Colossians passage demands that if the kingdom is not in existence now, then redemption and forgiveness of sins are not yet valid. If the kingdom is yet future, no one has been delivered from the power of darkness, nor partaken of the inheritance of the saints. In short, no one has yet become a Christian.

Hebrews 12 equates the kingdom with “com[ing] unto … Jesus” and with the “church of the firstborn.” Because both of these are presently relevant, so is the kingdom.

In Acts 17:7, the disciples were described as already serving Jesus as their King on earth, according to His laws. The very fact that Rome persecuted, imprisoned, and murdered Christians demonstrates Caesar understood the kingdom the Christians preached and lived was an extant, rival kingdom. Had Christendom been merely a religion, Rome would not have concerned itself with it anymore than with the other religions in its realm. Christendom’s King, His kingdom, and His laws posed a threat to the Roman Empire, just as Daniel prophesied.

And in the days of these [Roman] kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever. (Daniel 2:44)

The rejected kingdom

The kingdom is presently under the rule of non-Christians, not because it has yet to be established, but because Christians have bought into the lie that the kingdom doesn’t exist on earth at this time. They have consequently abdicated leadership of society. The church has become governmentally and culturally impotent because Christians have been convinced everything outside the four walls of their church buildings is off-limits to them as Christians.

The teaching that God’s kingdom does not exist on earth or that He has abandoned the earth to His enemies is not new to this age:

…Son of man, hast thou seen what the ancients of the house of Israel do in the dark, every man in the chambers of his imagery? For they say, Yahweh seest us not; Yahweh hath forsaken the earth. (Ezekiel 8:12)

Yahweh has not abandoned the earth nor forsaken His kingdom:

Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world…. (John 8:37)

Whereas Yahweh has not abandoned the earth, contemporary Christians all-but have—despite their commission in Matthew 5:13-14 to be the salt of the earth and light of the world. There’s also nothing new about God’s subjects neglecting the kingdom:

Then came the word of Yahweh by Haggai the prophet, saying, Is it time for you, O ye, to dwell in your cieled [paneled, NASB] houses, and this house [the Temple] lie waste? Now therefore thus saith Yahweh of hosts; Consider your ways. Ye have sown much, and bring in little; ye eat, but ye have not enough; ye drink, but ye are not filled with drink; ye clothe you, but there is none warm; and he that earneth wages earneth wages to put it into a bag with holes. Thus saith Yahweh of hosts; Consider your ways…. Ye looked for much, and, lo, it came to little; and when ye brought it home, I did blow upon it [blow it away, NASB]. Why? saith Yahweh of hosts. Because of mine house that is waste, and ye run every man unto his own house. (Haggai 1:3-9)

Christians who reject Yahweh’s extant kingdom here on earth are looking for a future king and a future kingdom. This has resulted in many of today’s Christians being so future-minded they’re of little present good. This erroneous theology has all but destroyed Yahweh’s kingdom, at least in practice, here on earth. It is certainly one of the principal reasons why the anti-Christs and non-Christians rule today. This anti-kingdom, anti-dominion theology has been one of the prime contributors to today’s fulfillment of Jesus’ warning in Matthew 5:

Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? It is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. (Matthew 5:13)

This is a fulfillment of one of God’s curses in Deuteronomy 28:

But it shall come to pass, if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of Yahweh thy God, to observe to do all his commandments and his statutes which I command thee this day; that all these curses shall come upon thee…. The stranger that is within thee shall get up above thee very high; and thou shalt come down very low…. Therefore shalt thou serve thine enemies which Yahweh shall send against thee…. (Deuteronomy 28:15, 43-48)

One cannot get any lower than beneath the feet of those who rule over you. Rejecting God, His kingdom, and His laws has always been prime cause of His people’s calamities. By rejecting God’s laws, Christians abdicate dominion and relinquish God’s earthly kingdom to His enemies:

And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force. (Matthew 11:12)

Then spake Jesus …, Saying, The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat…. But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in. (Matthew 23:1-13)

Neither of these passages can be referring to the kingdom in heaven. Instead, they refer to the kingdom of heaven here on earth. The only difference between what was occurring in Jesus’ day and what has occurred in modern times is that God’s enemies have not needed to take the kingdom by force. Because Christianity is glutted with doctrines proclaiming that Yahweh’s laws are irrelevant under the New Covenant, that Christians are obligated to keep man’s laws, and that the kingdom is yet to come or that it is found exclusively in heaven, the kingdom has been handed over to Yahweh’s enemies without a struggle. Most pastors have colluded with the Internal Revenue Service in exchange for their 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status, turning over the jurisdiction and ultimate control of even their churches and ministries to secular government.6

The reconstructed kingdom

On the other hand, when Yahweh’s subjects are diligent to observe His law, He promises His people dominion rather than servitude:

And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of Yahweh thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that Yahweh thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth. (Deuteronomy 28:1)

And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth. (Revelation 5:10)

Many Christians are peering into heaven and wondering when God is going to clean up this mess. Could it be He’s looking down upon us and wondering when we are going to clean it up? Yahweh is not responsible for our making a mess of things. He has given us the tools by which to right society, if we would only believe in Him and implement His perfect laws.7 Every generation that rejects His plan for the kingdom is another generation destined to live under the heel of non-Christian dominion.

Restoration of the kingdom will not happen overnight. Ours is a mustard-seed ministry. The few who understand the relevance of the kingdom for today are beginning to prepare the ground for a future generation so that they might live under the mustard tree.8 This preparation begins with convincing modern Christianity that they are supposed to be ruling instead of serving the non-Christians and anti-Christs. Eventually, Christendom will be able to establish and prosper as the kingdom Yahweh intends us to be.

All thy works shall praise thee, O Yahweh; and thy saints shall bless thee. They shall speak of the glory of thy kingdom, and talk of thy power; to make known to the sons of men his mighty acts, and the glorious majesty of his kingdom. (Psalm 145:10-12)

Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven…. Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness…. (Matthew 6:10, 33)

Pursuing Yahweh’s kingdom begins by speaking of its glory and power to the sons of men. This is the very least we can do as Yahweh’s ambassadors, and it is something we can all do. May God open our eyes to the possibilities of His glorious kingdom and His perfect laws. May He grant us the same fervor for Him and His kingdom as the liberals have for their democracy and the Constitutionalists have for their republic:

Let thy work appear unto thy servants … and establish thou the work of our hands…. (Psalm 90:16-17)

And Yahweh stirred up the spirit of … all the remnant of the people; and they came and did work in the house of Yahweh of hosts, their God. (Haggai 1:14)

 

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1. YHWH, the English transliteration of the Tetragrammaton, is most often pronounced Yahweh. It is the principal Hebrew name of the God of the Bible and was inspired to appear nearly 7,000 times in the Old Testament. It was unlawfully deleted by the English translators. In obedience to the Third Commandment and the many Scriptures that charge us to proclaim, swear by, praise, extol, call upon, bless, glorify, and hold fast to His name, we have chosen to memorialize His name here in this document and in our lives. For a more thorough explanation concerning important reasons for using the sacred name of God, see “The Third Commandment.”

2. “In his days shall the righteous flourish; and abundance of peace so long as the moon endureth. He shall have dominion also from sea to sea, and from the river unto the ends of the earth.” (Psalm 72:7-8)

“[T]he stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth…. And in the days of these [Roman] kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed … it shall stand for ever.” (Daniel 2:35, 44)

3. Martin Luther, On Secular Authority: how far does the Obedience owed to it extend?, quoted in Harro Hopfl, trans., Luther and Calvin on Secular Authority (Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 1991, 1993) pp. 8-9.

4. That the kingdom of God and the kingdom of heaven are one and the same is demonstrated when comparing Matthew 4:17 with Mark 1:15; Matthew 5:3, 10 with Luke 6:20, 22; Matthew 8:11 with Luke 13:28; Matthew 10:7 with Luke 9:60; Matthew 11:11 with Luke 7:28; Matthew 11:12 with Luke 16:16; Matthew 13:11 with Mark 4:11; Matthew 13:31 with Mark 4:30-31; Matthew 13:33 with Luke 13:20-21; Matthew 19:14 with Mark 10:14; Matthew 19:23 with Mark 10:23; and Matthew 25:14 with Luke 19:11-13.

5. Matthew Henry, Commentary on the Whole Bible: Genesis to Malachi, 3 vols. (Brattleboro: Brattleboro’ Typographic Company, 1837 [orig. publ. 1708-1710]) vol. 3, p. 60.

6. For additional information on the idolatrous implications of the 501(c)(3) tax exempt status, see Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, the second book in a series of ten online books on each of the Ten Commandments and their respective statutes and judgments.

7. “The law of Yahweh is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of Yahweh is sure, making wise the simple. The statutes of Yahweh are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of Yahweh is pure, enlightening the eyes. The fear of Yahweh is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of Yahweh are true and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward.” (Psalm 19:7-11)

For more on how Yahweh’s moral law applies today, see Law and Kingdom: Their Relevance Under the New Covenant.

8. A Biblical Constitution: A Scriptural Replacement for Secular Government

See also series of ten online books on each of the Ten Commandments and their respective statutes, and judgments, beginning with Thou shalt have no other gods before me.

Mt. Carmel Christianity

Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord’s table, and of the table of devils. (1 Corinthians 10:21)

To partake of both the Lord’s table and the table of devils is to be as double minded as were the Israelites on Mt. Carmel with Elijah:

So Ahab sent unto all the children of Israel, and gathered the prophets [of Baal and of the groves] together unto mount Carmel. And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? If Yahweh1 be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word. (1 Kings 18:20-21)

Most people straddling the fence find it quite comfortable, not realizing it’s ultimately their undoing:

No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. (Matthew 6:24)

I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. (Revelation 3:15-16)

If in the end, you haven’t chosen to serve Christ as your King, it will be too late, as with the five foolish virgins in the Parable of the Ten Virgins.2

Double mindedness, a Christian peculiarity

Double mindedness is not so much a problem with non-Christians as it is with Christians. Non-Christians don’t normally try to serve both Yahweh and Baal at the same time. They’re quite content with Baal or whatever false god it is they serve.

Spiritual duplicity is predominantly a Christian problem. Christians are often found trying to make Yahweh a partner to their idolatry. This is not something novel to this time in history. Reinsert Yahweh’s name3 where He inspired it to appear in the Old Testament and you’ll discover even Aaron named his molten calf Yahweh:

And Aaron said unto them, Break off the golden earrings … and bring them unto me…. And he … fashioned it … [into] a molten calf…. And when Aaron saw it, he built an altar before it; and Aaron made proclamation, and said, To morrow is a feast to Yahweh. (Exodus 32:2-5)

Old Covenant Baalism was just an ancient form of We the Peopleism, which, in turn, is just a contemporary form of humanism. Many American Christians are fixated on We the People. They’re adamant the Constitution (responsible for We the Peopleism) was even inspired by Yahweh,4 thereby “making” Him a collaborator in their idolatry.

The fouryear fervor

We the Peopleism is especially prominent every four years, during the Presidential Election season. This is true even with the two candidates we have today:

We vote, what does that mean? It means that we choose between two bodies of real, though not avowed, autocrats. We choose between Tweedledum and Tweedledee. (Helen Keller)5

Oh for the day when our choice again is merely between tweedledum and tweedledee! Instead, today our choice is between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, arguably the two worst candidates in the history of the Constitutional Republic.

In a Born Loser cartoon by Art and Chip Sansom, Brutus Thornapple asks a bum at the bus stop, “Have you decided who you’re going to vote for in the election?” The bum replies, “Oh, I never vote; I find it only encourages them.” Worse, the god We the People (not to mention the candidates themselves) is empowered by its participation in the Constitutional Republic’s election process.

Perpetuating constitutional idolatry

Election day is the Constitutional Republic’s national idol’s high holy day by which its god We the People6 are empowered and further entrenched in their constitutional idolatry. Why would any Christian want to perpetuate this idolatry?

Constitutionalists often contrast the divine right of kings with the divine right of the people…. The only difference between the divine right of kings and the divine right of the people is the number of people involved. Whether ruled by one or many, it is still humanism. The “divine right” of the people to elect whomever they wish replaced not only the divine right of kings and parliament, but also the divine right of Yahweh as God, King, Judge, and Lawgiver.7 James Wilson, one of Pennsylvania’s delegates to the Constitutional Convention, labeled this divine attribute “sovereignty”:

Election is the exercise of original sovereignty in the people….8

There is only one Sovereign and it is certainly not the people:

…He who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords…. (1 Timothy 6:15, NASB)9

It’s for this reason constitutional elections represent treason against Yahweh. How could it be otherwise? Constitutional elections, perhaps more than anything else, perpetuate this ungodly system, which was created by freemasons, enlightenment thinkers, and legalers when they replaced the 17th-century Colonial governments of, by, and for God established upon His immutable moral law.

For Christians, this amounts to drinking from the cup of the Lord and the cup of devils at the same time. It’s essentially the same as if an Old Covenant Israelite participated in electing a Baal priest.

Complicity

Furthermore, doing so makes you complicit in the crimes of the one you elect:

Do not lay hands upon anyone to hastily and thus share responsibility for the sins of others; keep yourself free from sin. (1 Timothy 5:22, NASB)

When you elect someone to office (especially someone who is biblically unqualified), you become responsible for any crimes that person commits while he is in office—and sometimes even after he’s left office. Two Verses later, Paul wrote:

The sins of some men are quite evident, going before them to judgment; for others, their sins follow after. (1 Timothy 5:24, NASB)

Because no man can look into the heart of another man, voters seldom have knowledge of the entirety of the crimes they will be complicit in until after the election and sometimes not until the one elected has left office. For example, on August 4, 2010, Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn R. Walker overturned California’s Proposition 8, known as “California’s Marriage Protection Act,” (which declared, “only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California”), paving the way for sodomites like himself to “marry” one another. Vaughn was appointed to the bench in 1989 by President George H.W. Bush. Christians who helped elect the allegedly conservative (or was it just the “lesser of two evils”?) Bush into office are therefore accomplices to this wickedness.

The same is true regarding Roe v. Wade. When Roe v. Wade was decided, six of the nine Supreme Court Justices had been appointed by Republican Presidents. Many Christians helped elect these Presidents into office and are therefore complicit in the murder of an untold number of infants in the wombs of their mothers.

This complicity is one of the principle reasons why it was such an insane idea for the constitutional framers to usurp Yahweh’s exclusive election authority, turning it over to We the People:

You shall surely set a king over you whom Yahweh your God chooses…. (Deuteronomy 17:15, NASB)

Note: you shall surely set a king (or any civil leader) over you whom Yahweh your God chooses. He chooses from among biblically qualified candidates, nominated by those who can personally attest to their qualifications, and then elected by casting lots, whereby the election is left completely to the only One who knows the heart of each man:

The lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision is from Yahweh. (Proverbs 16:33, NASB)

The lot puts an end to contentions, and decides between the mighty. (Proverbs 18:18, NASB)

Because only God knows the future, He’s the only one who knows which biblically qualified man best fits the position. This eliminates our complicity in the crimes of anyone we might elect on our own.

This method of election should sound familiar:

And in those days Peter stood up … and said, …  Men and brethren, this scripture must needs have been fulfilled, which the Holy Ghost by the mouth of David spake before concerning Judas … Let his habitation be desolate … and his bishoprick [office, NASB] let another take. Wherefore of these men which have companied with us all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us … must one be ordained to be a witness with us of his resurrection. And they appointed two, Joseph called Barsabas, who was surnamed Justus, and Matthias. And they prayed, and said, Thou, Lord, which knowest the hearts of all men, shew whether of these two thou hast chosen…. And they gave forth their lots; and the lot fell upon Matthias; and he was numbered with the eleven apostles. (Acts 1:15-26)

The BroadWay Folks

When elections are left to the discretion of finite humans—the majority of whom are in the broad way leading to destruction10—they inevitably lead to the precipice of destruction. This is precisely where America finds herself today. The participation of many Christians in the Republic’s unbiblical elections has helped America reach this point.

Thou shalt not follow a multitude to do evil…. (Exodus 23:2)

George Carlin reputedly said, “Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups.”

Rule of Thumb: If the majority are involved in something (such as electing a particular candidate, who under the Constitutional Republic’s system of election is self-nominated with little or no biblical qualifications), there are bound to be significant repercussions.

Case in Point: Following every single constitutional election, America has become more ungodly, less Christian, and further enslaved, regardless whether a Democrat or a Republican has been elected.

I can’t help but wonder what would happen if, instead of donkeys and elephants electing donkeys and elephants, sheep instead followed their Shepherd.

Take fast hold of instruction; let her not go: keep her; for she is thy life. Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men. (Proverbs 4:13-14)

Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, and will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty. (2 Corinthians 6:14-18)

What do you suppose we’re doing when we join the broad-way majority in helping them to unbiblically elect a biblically unqualified man (or woman) into an unbiblical position of leadership? At his inauguration, he will lay his hand on a Bible and swear to uphold the biblically seditious secular Constitution as the supreme law of the land. Could this be an instance of dining at the “devil’s table”?

In the grand scheme of things—Clinton or Trumpdoes it really matter?

In today’s election, it’s common to hear some alleged conservative declare “We can’t just stand by and let Hillary destroy America!” Okay! So help elect Trump, watch him destroy America, and find yourself complicit in America’s destruction because you put him into office. Trump might not drive the bus over the cliff as fast as Clinton, but he’s still taking America over the precipice with him.

How can anyone know for certain which of the two will have the heavier foot on the gas pedal? Such prognostications border on soothsaying. That’s something only the infinite God knows—and another reason He never intended elections to be left to the discretion of fickle finite men.

For most Christians, the belief that Donald Trump is America’s last chance stems entirely from a fear of Hillary Clinton. This, in turn, is a violation of the First Commandment’s statute to fear only Yahweh:

The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in Yahweh shall be safe. (Proverb 29:25)

This fear of Clinton disregards the fact that Trump is himself unbiblically fit to rule other men in any capacity:

Moreover thou shalt provide out of all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness; and place such over them, to be rulers…. (Exodus 18:21)

[T]he God of Israel said, the Rock of Israel spake to me, He that ruleth over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God. (2 Samuel 23:2-3)

Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth. Serve Yahweh with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way…. (Psalm 2:10-12)

Christians have all but forfeited the Kingdom in trying to save the Republic. They’ve traded biblical qualifications for campaign promises and the fear of Yahweh for the fear of Hillary.

Save America?

How is Trump going to save America by swearing allegiance to the same biblically seditious Constitution that is in turn responsible for sending America to her destruction?

If America is ever going to be saved, Americans must repent of their constitutional idolatry. We must restore government of, by, and for God, based upon His unchanging moral law.11 (You can take it to the bank, if elected, that’s not the Constitution Trump will swear to uphold as the Supreme law of the land.)

America will get precisely whom she deserves in this election. It’s not by chance America has ended up with these two candidates for President. Yahweh is sovereign, and everything goes wrong just right:

This matter is by the decree of the watchers, and the demand by the word of the holy ones: to the intent that the living may know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will, and setteth up over it the basest [lowliest, NASB] of men. (Daniel 4:17)

Ultimately, whether Clinton or Trump wins, it will be Yahweh who puts him or her in office, as part of His judgment upon America. This does not mean, as Christians, we should be complicit with the broad-way folk in seeing it accomplished:

Woe unto the world because of offenses! for it must needs be that offences come; but woe to that man by whom the offence cometh! (Matthew 18:7)

We must do something!

I very much appreciate people’s desire to do something to stop the death march America finds herself on. But perpetuating America’s demise through unblibical elections is not what you want to be doing.

If you really want to do something to save America, be a Gideon. In Judges 6, he understood that before any significant victory for King and kingdom could occur, his father’s idol had to come down first.

Instead of spending time, effort, and money trying to elect some biblically unqualified nincompoop, scoundrel, or outright criminal, help tear down America’s 18th-century founding fathers’ idol—the United States Constitution.

How long will you halt between two opinions? If We the People be God, follow them. But if Yahweh be God, follow Him! Whose table are you sitting at?

Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upn the children of disobedience. Be not ye therefore partakers with them. For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light…. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. (Ephesians 5:7-11)

 

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Salvation by Election

Today’s Mt. Carmel Christians

Could YOU be a Disciple of Baal and Not Know It?

Bible Law vs. the United States Constitution: The Christian Perspective

 

1. YHWH, the English transliteration of the Tetragrammaton, is most often pronounced Yahweh. It is the principal Hebrew name of the God of the Bible and was inspired to appear nearly 7,000 times in the Old Testament. It was unlawfully deleted by the English translators. In obedience to the Third Commandment and the many Scriptures that charge us to proclaim, swear by, praise, extol, call upon, bless, glorify, and hold fast to His name, we have chosen to memorialize His name here in this document and in our lives. For a more thorough explanation concerning important reasons for using the sacred name of God, see “The Third Commandment.”

2. Matthew 25:1-12

3. YHWH, the English transliteration of the Tetragrammaton, is most often pronounced Yahweh. It is the principal Hebrew name of the God of the Bible and was inspired to appear nearly 7,000 times in the Old Testament. It was unlawfully deleted by the English translators. In obedience to the Third Commandment and the many Scriptures that charge us to proclaim, swear by, praise, extol, call upon, bless, glorify, and hold fast to His name, we have chosen to memorialize His name here in this document and in our lives. For a more thorough explanation concerning important reasons for using the sacred name of God, see “The Third Commandment.”

4. The idea that the Constitution was divinely inspired originated with the Mormon’s Doctrine and Covenants at 101:80, etc. Tragically, many Christians are more inclined to follow Doctrine and Covenants than they are the Bible as it pertains to the Constitution. See Bible Law vs. the United States Constitution: The Christian Perspective.

5. Helen Keller, Ellen Bilofsky, ed., “Letter to Mrs. Grindon, January 12, 1911 published in the Manchester Advertiser, March 3, 1911,” To Love This Life: Quotations by Helen Keller (New York, NY: AFB Press, 2000) p. 79.

6. Chapter 3, “The Preamble: We the People vs. Yahweh” of Bible Law vs. the United States Constitution: The Christian Perspective.

7. “For Yahweh is our judge, Yahweh is our lawgiver, Yahweh is our king; he will save us.” (Isaiah 33:22)

“There is one lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy….” (James 4:12)

8. James Wilson, Chief Justice of the State of New York and one of New York’s delegates to the Constitutional Convention, quoted in Robert Yates “Secret Debates of the Federal Convention of 1787,” Secret Proceedings and Debates of the Constitutional Convention 1787, Entered according to Act of Congress in the year 1838 (Hawthorne, CA: Omni Publications, 1986) pp. 160-61.

9. Chapter 5, “Article 2: Executive Usurpation” of Bible Law vs. the United States Constitution: The Christian Perspective.

10. “Enter ye in at the strait gate; for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat.” (Matthew 7:13)

11. Law and Kingdom: Their Relevance Under the New Covenant

A Biblical Constitution: A Scriptural Replacement for Secular Government

See also series of ten online books on each of the Ten Commandments and their respective statutes, and judgments, beginning with Thou shalt have no other gods before me.

Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation. For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same: For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil. Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake. For for this cause pay ye tribute also: for they are God’s ministers, attending continually upon this very thing. Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour. (Romans 13:1-7)1

Following are the ten reasons that prove Romans 13 is not about secular government:

  • Reason #1: Romans 12 does not allow for Romans 13 to be interpreted so as to reflect secular government.
  • Reason #2: The Apostle Paul is not addressing God-established powers but God-ordained authorities.
  • Reason #3: The God-ordained authorities are identified as ministers of God.
  • Reason #4: The ministers of God are identified as a terror to evil.
  • Reason #5: The ministers of God are further delineated as those who do good to the righteous.
  • Reason #6: The government depicted by the Apostle Paul, which does good to the righteous and deters the wicked, does so continually.
  • Reason #7: If Romans 13 is depicting a secular government, the Apostle Paul contradicts himself in 1 Corinthians 6 and 2 Corinthians 6.
  • Reason #8: The Apostle Paul charges Christians to submit to the government he depicts from a Holy Spirit-convicted conscience.
  • Reason #9: The government depicted by the Apostle Paul is due tribute, custom, fear, and honor.
  • Reason #10: If Romans 13 is about secular government to which Christians must submit, the Apostle Paul contradicts the Apostle Peter in 1 Peter 5.

Not only do these ten reasons establish a biblical government, there is absolutely nothing in Romans 13 that’s indicative of a secular government.

Good intentions, but still wrong

There are many Christians who champion Romans 13 for noble reasons, however, many of them still fall short of expounding it correctly. They’re often heard declaring that, as Christians, we’re obligated to keep only the laws that comport with Yahweh’s2 law. While this is true as it pertains to secular governments, it overlooks the fact that the biblical government Paul depicts is established exclusively upon Yahweh’s perfect law and altogether righteous judgments.3 Laws contrary to Yahweh’s law are never an issue for Christians living under a Romans 13 government, because such laws are nonexistent under such a government.

At any point government enacts legislation incompatible with Yahweh’s law, it ceases to be a Romans 13 government. Only then does civil disobedience become necessary.

Our dominion mandate

Romans 13 provides us with the template for establishing biblical governments under the New Covenant. Paul arms us with essentially the same commission in 2 Corinthians 10:

For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; and having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled. (2 Corinthians 10:3-6)

In addition to Genesis 1:27-28,4 Matthew 28:18-20,5 and Mark 16:15-16,6 this is our commission. For 21st-century Christians, this mandate begins with proclaiming another King, Judge, and Lawgiver7 than what’s found in America’s secular Executive, Judicial, and Legislative branches. This should, Lord willing, engender the same accusation leveled against the 1st-century disciples in Acts 17—that of turning today’s ungodly secular Republic upside down.8

Romans 12:21 declares we’re to overcome evil with good, which is in fact a synopsis of our 2 Corinthians 10 commission. 2 Corinthians 10 depicts the front lines for overcoming evil with good. Preachers and evangelists who preach King and kingdom are the point men in this battle for dominion. It’s always been so. For example, in Judges 6, the unnamed prophet came before Gideon the general. Moses the preacher in Egypt came before Moses the lawgiver at Mt. Sinai and Joshua the colonizer in the land of Canaan.

When Moses went to Egypt preaching Yahweh as Sovereign God, he wasn’t there merely to persuade Pharaoh but, more importantly, to prepare Israel to wholeheartedly serve Yahweh once delivered from Pharaoh. Israel’s deliverance was not so much from their geographical slavery as from their mental and spiritual slavery to Pharaoh and his false gods. It’s no different today.

Tangible effect

At the same time we must be careful not to spiritualize the intended tangible effect out of our dominion commission. Whereas Paul is declaring our battle to be of a spiritual nature, he’s not removing it from where you and I presently live. We walk in the flesh but the battle is spiritual. However, this does not mean it’s some kind of mystical, out-of-this world clash with unidentifiable forces. Instead, it’s spiritual because of the nature of the battle, one that pits righteousmess against unrighteousness, and thus God’s kingdom against man’s kingdom, and therefore biblical government against secular government.

Weapons of mass destruction

Furthermore, do not overlook the potent weapons God has put at our disposal—weapons powerful enough to demolish the opponent’s strongholds. The battle begins and is principally waged for hearts and minds but, in so doing, we will likewise witness their physical fortresses fall. For example, destroy today’s fortresses of usury and false weights and measures in the minds of the people, replacing them with Yahweh’s equitable economic laws, and the Federal Reserve’s literal fortress and today’s debt-laden fiat banking system eventually comes down as well.

All of the secularists’ physical fortresses are vulnerable to the spiritual weapons at our disposal, particularly the sword:

For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12)

Is not my word like as a fire? saith Yahweh; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces? (Jeremiah 23:29)

Yahweh’s word is a hammer in the hands of His remnant. It demolishes strongholds and is a fire that burns up the refuse of those opposed to our God and His kingdom. What might be accomplished if only a remnant would prove faithful to their 2 Corinthians 10 commission in employing the powerful weapons Yahweh has provided us?

It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people’s minds. (Samuel Adams)

Allencompassing commission

Note the words “every” and “all” in our commission:

For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds; casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; and having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled. (2 Corinthians 10:3-6)

What’s left?

The inevitable complacency of those who teach that Romans 13 is about secular government is inescapably conflicted with 2 Corinthians 10’s sweeping, all-encompassing commission. Our job is not finished until every thought is taken captive for Christ and every opposing fortress built upon biblically adverse world views is razed and all disobedience is revenged. In short, until all evil has been vanquished by good. As Christ’s objective, this must therefore be his subjects’ goal as well:

For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet. (1 Corinthians 15:25)

Revenging disobedience

What does revenging disobedience in 2 Corinthians 10:6 mean? It doesn’t mean Paul is waiting for the church to get their act together and be obedient so he can punish their disobedience. That makes no sense whatsoever. But that’s how it’s usually interpreted by those who have no vision for dominion beyond the four walls of their homes and church buildings.

Why would Paul wait for the saints to become obedient to punish their disobedience? At the point someone becomes obedient, you don’t punish them but reward them.

The key to this phrase is found in the word “revenge,” or better “punish,” as rendered in the New American Standard Bible:

[W]e are ready to punish all disobedience, whenever your obedience is complete. (2 Corinthians 10:6, NASB)

The Greek word translated “revenge” in 1 Corinthians 10 is the verb form of its noun counterpart “revenger” in Romans 13:

For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger [or punisher] to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil. (Romans 13:4)

Romans 13:4 is describing biblical judges responsible for carrying out what’s depicted in 2 Corinthians 10:6—that is, punishing all disobedience to Yahweh and His law.

At this point—as depicted in 2 Corinthians 10—the existing Christian ecclesias will already be fulfilling their responsibility of judging themselves, per 1 Corinthians 6:1, 4-5. When every thought of those opposed to Christ and their resulting strongholds have been taken captive, this will culminate in these same ecclesias adjudicating all societal violations of Yahweh’s law, per 1 Corinthians 6:2-4, 2 Corinthians 10:6, and 1 Timothy 1:8-11.

The goal of Romans 12:21 and 2 Corinthians 10:3-6 is dominion, overcoming all evil with Yahweh’s good as reflected in His moral law, to the end that the Romans 13 biblical government will become a reality over all society. In other words, in order that Matthew 6:10 and 33—that is, Yahweh’s kingdom and righteousness here on earth as it is in heaven—becomes a reality, at least as much as is possible under human oversight. When every thought of those opposed to Christ and their resulting strongholds have been taken captive, this will culminate in these same ecclesias adjudicating all societal violations of Yahweh’s law, per 1 Corinthians 6:2-4, 2 Corinthians 10:6, and 1 Timothy 1:8-11.

This will occur when once again the remnant becomes obedient to their commission in 2 Corinthians 10 and when their obedience is complete. In other words, this will occur when our obedience has matured and grown to the point we are able to install and administer the Romans 13 civil body politic over all of society in the fashion described by Paul in 1 Corinthians 6 and as was accomplished right here in 17th-century Colonial America. Anything else is defaulting to another king and is thus sedition against the King of kings.

A kingdom vision

The battle we’re engaged in as Christians is principally for the hearts and minds of the people, beginning with equipping the Christian remnant with a kingdom vision,9 without which we all but perish as Yahweh’s distinct people.

Where there is no vision, the people perish [lit. are uncovered, and thus unprotected]: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he. (Proverbs 29:18)

Without a kingdom vision, Christians become all but culturally impotent—that is, savorless salt. Case in point: what used to be Christendom (Christians dominionizing on behalf of Christ their King) in 17th-century America is now predominantly saltless, four-walled Christianity, good for nothing but to be trampled under the foot of man:

Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. (Matthew 5:13)

Romans 12:21 and 2 Corinthians 10:3-6 depict Christians taking back dominion of the kingdom from those who have usurped it.10 This, in turn, begins with establishing Romans 13 ecclesias. This will never be accomplished by those who teach Romans 13 is about secular government and who are thus content with the status quo of governments based upon man-made capricious laws.

This perverted doctrine only strengthens the resolve of Christ’s enemies. It is, in fact, the secularists most-beloved theology.

Coming out and taking over

As servants and ambassadors of the King of kings, we’re charged with both coming out and taking over, with both separating from the world and overcoming the world. Balancing these two commands is challenging to say the least, especially when under secular government ruled by ungodly powers (which is precisely where we find ourselves in America today). To not balance these two commands turns separation into isolation, and isolation effectively removes us from the battle altogether or at least limits our impact for King and kingdom:

I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil. They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world. (John 17:14-18)

When separation results in isolation, it’s an extreme comparable to that of rapturists, antinomians, antidominionists, and those who render themselves ineffectual via their belief that Romans 13 is about secular government. God has not called us to be isolationists but both separatists and dominionists. Each man must biblically determine for himself and his family where God intends for the lines to be drawn in accomplishing these two mandates in his home and community when living under ungodly powers.

A threepronged response

Today’s secular Constitutional Republic is of same nature as was the 1st-century Roman Republic. As such, it requires a three-pronged response by those coming out and taking over: First we’re to reprove its evil, per Ephesians 5:11.11 Second, we’re to resist its evil, per 1 Peter 5:8-9.12 And third, we’re to overcome its evil, per Romans 12:21.13 The first response involves being a light to the world that exposes its evil, and the second and third responses involve being the salt of the earth that both purifies and preserves—that is, restores kingdom control to its rightful heirs and safeguards it for future generations.

The Romans 13 government, established upon Yahweh’s triune moral law, under the oversight of God-ordained authorities, is the result of coming out and taking over. This task, which begins on small local levels, is not complete until Isaiah 11:9 becomes reality:

[T]he earth shall be full of the knowledge of Yahweh, as the waters cover the sea. (Isaiah 11:9)

This will initially be realized by local ecclesias. However, as with Gideon’s father’s idol, today’s national idol and its central government—the United States Constitution and its secular Republic14—must someday be replaced in order for us to have a more inclusive dominion impact. Nevertheless, the last thing we want is to replace its central government with another national central government.

The Constitutional Republic will eventually fall, but not because of any armed rebellion. That’s how Christ, in John 18:36, informed Pilate His disciples would handle the situation if His kingdom were of this world. They would have stormed Pilate’s palace and delivered Christ by force of arms. That’s not the nature of the battle Jesus’ servants are called to wage. Instead, it’s principally won by preaching the gospel of the kingdom, the same gospel that turns the world upside down, which the disciples in Acts 17:6-7 were accused of preaching.

Even without this, the seeds of the Constitutional Republic’s own destruction were sown at its inception by its 18th-century founders. See Matthew 7:26-2715 and 12:25.16 It will fall. The only remaining question is will Christians be ready to replace it with a Romans 13 government when it does?

Conclusion

If Romans 13 is about secular government, Paul contradicts 2 Corinthians 10’s comprehensive dominion mandate. It furthermore effectively eliminates the motivation to fulfill our privileged calling in manifesting ourselves as sons of God, whereby Yahweh’s righteous foundations are restored:

For the earnest expectation of the creature [creation, NASB] waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God…. Because the creature [creation] itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. (Romans 8:19-21)

It’s in this calling that the world is turned right side up and ultimately the entire creation is delivered from the bondage endured under secular governments that have rejected Yahweh as sovereign and the restorative power of His law as supreme.

It’s at the local ecclesia level that the sons of God begin to manifest themselves. This is accomplished in two ways: by means of individual liberty via Christ’s blood-atoning sacrifice and resurrection from the grave17 and national liberty via Yahweh’s perfect law of liberty18 as society’s standard.

Do not miss out on participating in the thrilling commission we’ve been blessed with because of faulty interpretations of Romans 13. Even the agnostic Will Durant recognized the dominionizing, world-altering power of the gospel of the kingdom:

There is no greater drama in the human record than the sight of a few Christians, scorned or oppressed by a succession of [Roman] emperors, bearing all trials with fierce tenacity, multiplying quietly, building order while their enemies generated chaos, fighting the sword with the word, brutality with hope, and at last defeating the strongest state that history has known. Caesar had met Christ in the arena, and Christ had won.19

We will win again in time and history if only the King’s sons and daughters will apply themselves to His kingdom work—to seeking first His kingdom and His righteousness here on earth as it is in heaven.

For the eyes of Yahweh move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His…. (2 Chronicle 16:9, NASB)

 

Related posts:

Christian Duty Under Corrupt Government: A Revolutionary Commentary on Roams 13:1-7

Law and Kingdom: Their Relevance Under the New Covenant

A Biblical Constitution: A Scriptural Replacement for Secular Government

 

1. Christian Duty Under Corrupt Government: A Revolutionary Commentary on Roams 13:1-7

2. YHWH, the English transliteration of the Tetragrammaton, is most often pronounced Yahweh. It is the principal Hebrew name of the God of the Bible and was inspired to appear nearly 7,000 times in the Old Testament. It was unlawfully deleted by the English translators. In obedience to the Third Commandment and the many Scriptures that charge us to proclaim, swear by, praise, extol, call upon, bless, glorify, and hold fast to His name, we have chosen to memorialize His name here in this document and in our lives. For a more thorough explanation concerning important reasons for using the sacred name of God, see “The Third Commandment.”

3. “The law of Yahweh is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of Yahweh is sure, making wise the simple. The statutes of Yahweh are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of Yahweh is pure, enlightening the eyes. The fear of Yahweh is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of Yahweh are true and righteous altogether.” (Psalm 19:7-9)

4. “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.” (Genesis 1:27-28)

5. “And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” (Matthew 28:18-20)

6. “And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved….” (Mark 16:15-16)

7. “For Yahweh is our judge, Yahweh is our lawgiver, Yahweh  is our king; he will save us.” (Isaiah 33:22)

8. “[T]hey [“lewd fellows of the baser sort”] drew Jason and certain brethren unto the rulers of the city [intending to criminally incriminate them at law], crying, These that have turned the world upside down are come hither also … and these all do contrary to the decrees of Caesar, saying there is another King, one Jesus.” (Acts 17:6-7)

9. Law and Kingdom: Their Relevance Under the New Covenant

A Biblical Constitution: A Scriptural Replacement for Secular Government

10. “And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.” (Matthew 11:12)

“Then spake Jesus to the multitude, and to his disciples, Saying, The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat…. But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in.” (Matthew 23:1-13)

11. “And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.” (Ephesians 5:11)

12. “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the [diabolos, i.e. slanderer], as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist stedfast in the faith….” (1 Peter 5:8-9)

13. “Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.” (Romans 12:21)

14. Bible Law vs. the United States Constitution: The Christian Perspective

15. “And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.” (Matthew 7:26-27)

16. “[E]very kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand.”(Matthew 12:25)

17. John 8:32, 36; 2 Corinthians 3:17, etc.

18. Psalm 19:7-11; Psalm 119:44-45; James 2:12, etc.

19. Will Durant, Caesar and Christ: A History of Roman Civilization and Christianity From Their Beginnings in AD 325, The Story of Civilization, Part 3 (New York: Simon and Schuster, 1944) p. 652.