Posted: Sun Feb 14, 2016 1:45 pm
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Barack Obama told an audience of Argentinian youth that the differences between socialism and capitalism make interesting conversation but just pick whatever works. The ideological-left US president suddenly doesn’t have an affinity for ideology.
He said in the past there was a sharp division between communists, socialists and capitalists but that is merely an intellectual argument and it’s not so today.
The Marxist in the White House is erasing the lines between two dangerous ideologies and the one that made the US great, just as he erased our borders. This is a man who would be at home in communist China.
“So often in the past there has been a division between left and right, between capitalists and communists or socialists, and especially in the Americas, that’s been a big debate,” Obama said at the Buenos Aires town hall.
“Those are interesting intellectual arguments, but I think for your generation, you should be practical and just choose from what works. You don’t have to worry about whether it really fits into socialist theory or capitalist theory. You should just decide what works.”
For Obama, high taxation, wild spending, government agency domination over the people and heavy regulations work which tells you what he is.
Obama made his comments in response to a question about establishing nonprofit community organizations and said it’s important to get government and private sector investment, which for him is a sketchy relationship between Wall Street and DC.
“To president Castro, I said you’ve made great progress in educating young people [Cuban dictators indoctrinate its youth]. Every child in Cuba gets a basic education. Medical care, the life expectancy of Cubans is equivalent to the United States despite it being a very poor country because they have access to health care. That’s a huge achievement,” he said about the repressive regime. “They should be congratulated. But you drive around Havana and you see the economy is not working. It looks like it did in the 1950s.”
The US president likes socialism but also likes the capitalism, both of which he has subscribed to for the last seven years.
Then he told them not to rigidly adhere to labels as if the systems of socialism and capitalism are mere labels.
“You have to be practical in asking yourself, How do you achieve the goals of equality and inclusion, but also recognize the market system produces a lot of wealth and goods and services and innovation and it also gives individuals freedom because they have initiative, depending on the social issues you are trying to address, what works? What you’ll find is the most successful societies and economies are the ones that are rooted in a market-based system but also realize a market does not work by itself. It has to have a social and moral and ethical and community basis.”
His love of wealth redistribution and social [unfair] justice trumps all.
During his trip, he told the Cuban dictator that his revolution was like ours – it was a liberation movement – and he told Argentinians earlier in the week that he is frustrated with the separation of powers.
"Divide and conquer," the main tactical mode of today's Roman fascism is found not only residing in the governmental and political structures of all of the States of the world but is also to be found in the same structures of the "Church world," such as those that call themselves "The Protestant Church," "a New Testament Church," and other such self-defining terms.
We understand that the above statement will be considered by many as an affront or attack on His Lawful assembly--the church--which it is not. The church--His remnant--the body of Jesus, the Christ--has never been divided, and never will be (Matthew 16:18). Therefore, this article does not pertain to the bondmen of Christ Jesus who abide, live, move, and have their being in Him; but is for the edification of those who have been deceived through those "organizations of the world" who have dubbed themselves to be "a New Testament Church," "Protestant Church," or any other "personal" and "divisive" self-engrandizing designations not found in the Word of God or in His Creation, i.e., Roman Catholic, Lutheran, Methodist, Mormon, Calvinist, Anglican, Jehovah's Witnesses, Baptist, Congregational, Unitarian, Orthodox, Pentecostal, Reformed, Presbyterian--and all other "evolutionary" cults and creations by and of the "reasonable" mind of the natural man (see "Denominationalism" in "Bits and Pieces, Page five).
We understand that all of the statements above will also be considered by many as an assault to divide. Again, it is not, and cannot be, for it also pertains to the natural men of those "organizations" which have already "sanctified" themselves from The Way, The Truth, and The Life as a result of their self-willed restatements of the Truth--through the man-made science called theology.
One of the results of theology is the redefinition of God into the pagan image "created" by the particular theologician's "science":
"Theology. The science of God or religion;..." Webster's New International Dictionary (1933), page 2140.
"Science is a subculture among subcultures. It can claim to be useful. It may claim rather more dubiously to be good. It cannot claim to give validity." Boulding, The Image: Knowledge of Life in Society (1956), p. 16.
"Theology. a. The study or science which treats of God, his nature and attributes, and his relations with man and the universe; 'the science of things divine' (Hooker); divinity. b. A particular theological system or theory 1669. c. Applied to pagan or non-Christian systems 1662" The Oxford Universal Dictionary (1933), page 2167.
Theory. 1. Mental view, contemplation--1710. 2. A conception or mental scheme of something to be done, or of the method of doing it; a systematic statement of rules or principals (*creeds, confessions of faith, etc.) to be followed 1597." The Oxford Universal Dictionary (1933), page 2167.
But all bondmen of Christ Jesus do not engage in theory and its systematic mental speculations, for they have the Truth in Christ Jesus, The Word:
"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.
Do ye look on things after the outward appearance? If any man trust to himself that he is Christ's, let him of himself think this again, that, as he is Christ's, even so are we Christ's." 2 Corinthians 10:3-7
One of the many snares of this "falsely named knowledge," called theology, (see 1 Timothy 6:20) that hese "'synagogues of Satan" have created since the third century is the Pharisaical outward show through the notions of creeds, confessions, covenants, articles of faith, ad nauseam.
Today the Lawful assembly appears to be divided. Why? First, let us look at Scripture for the answer and then we will get to the heart of the matter. We will note here that Brother Paul addressed the issue of division in and of the Lawful assembly in his epistle to our Brothers at Corinth:
"For it hath been declared unto me of you, my brethren, by them which are of the house of Chloe, that there are contentions among you. Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ. Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized in the name of Paul? I thank God that I baptized none of you, but Crispus and Gaius; Lest any should say that I had baptized in mine own name. And I baptized also the household of Stephanas: besides, I know not whether I baptized any other." 1 Corinthians 1:11-16.
"For it was shown to me concerning you, my brethren, by those of the house of Chloe, that strifes among you there are. But I say this, that each of you says, I am of Paul, and I of Apollos, and I of Cephas, and I of Christ. Has the Christ been divided? Was Paul crucified for you? or to the name of Paul were ye baptized? I thank God that not one of you I baptized, except Crispus and Gaius, that not any one should say that unto my name I baptized. And I baptized also the house of Stephanas; as to the rest I know not if any other I baptized." 1 Corinthians 1:11-16 (Berry).
Note that there were those who were contending for their "new" masters whom they claimed, though the ones they claimed never once made such claims. We know of no statements made by Cephas, Apollos or Paul claiming themselves to be masters, for it is written,
"Behold, I have given Him for a witness to the people, a leader and commander to the people." Isaiah 55:4.
"Behold, I have made Him a testimony among the Gentiles, a prince and commander to the Gentiles." Isaiah 55:4 (LXX).
"But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren. Neither be ye called masters: for one is your Master, even Christ." Matthew 23:8 & 10.
"But be ye not called Rabbi; for one is your leader, the Christ, and all ye are brethren. Neither be ye called leaders; for one is your leader, the Christ." Matthew 23:8 & 10 (Berry).
So then we can state that there were others who made such claims without their knowledge until such was brought to Paul's attention. He at once dispelled these myths; for these claims appealed to the flesh, and drew them away from Christ Jesus. Such are the same ones who make confessions, creeds, covenants, or articles of faith. They make the claim that they have come to an "understanding" of Scripture and demand that if you want their fellowship, you must come to their same private knowledge--or to put it in modern terms--their pagan systematic theology having them as its god. Thus, their understanding of Scripture is at the fore, and not Christ. This is evidence that these are not in and of Christ, but are impostors, who
"are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ." Jude 4.
"For came in stealthily certain men, they who of old have been before marked out to this sentence, ungodly persons changing the grace of our God into licentiousness [*license] and denying the only master--God and our Lord Jesus Christ." Jude 4 (Berry).
They deny the Lord Jesus Christ revealed to us in Scripture, to conjure and preach another christ based on their understanding and pagan theology of the world. Theology is pagan and is not of God. How does one reason "I Am" or "He Who Is"? We can see this in the encounter between Moses and our Father at the burning bush. Moses, who had learned all the wisdom of the Egyptians, asked Who sent him to Pharaoh. He could never have arrived at the Truth in and of God, using the wisdom of men. Therefore, creeds, confessions, covenants, or articles of faith speak of the world of their creators, and not of God revealed in Christ Jesus:
"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.
"They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them. We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error." 1 John 4:5-6.
Is God's Revelation of Himself in Christ Jesus sufficient? It was for Moses; are these "divines" more "enlightened" than Moses? And who is the source of that light? For it is written, "Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light." 2 Corinthians 11:14. And it stands written,
"The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!" Matthew 6:22-23.
"The lamp of the body is the eye; if therefore thine eye single be, thy whole body light will be. But if thine eye evil be, thy whole body dark will be. If therefore the light that is in thee darkness is, the darkness how great;" Matthew 6:22-23 (Berry).
Satan will appear to be light when the darkness of the eye is dark in respect to him. So that we clearly see that these impostors who "create" false knowledge are representative of the ungodly licentious men spoken of at Jude 4 by making merchandise of Christ and His flock. See Ezekiel 34. Just how did they come in? This is shown plainly to us:
"This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, Ever learning [*through pagan systematic theology based on scholasticism], and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth [*because they have not and have received not the Spirit of God]. Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds [*seared consciences], reprobate concerning the faith." 2 Timothy 3:1-8.
"But this know thou, that in the last days difficult times will be present; for men will be lovers of self [*self-will from which the fruit is creeds, covenants, confessions, or articles of faith] lovers of money, vaunting, proud, evil speakers, to parents disobedient, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, implacable, slanderers, incontinent, savage, not lovers of good, betrayers, headlong, puffed up, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God; having a form of piety, but the power of it denying; and these turn away from. For of these are those who are entering into houses and leading captive silly women laden with sins, led away by various lusts, always learning and never to the knowledge of the truth able to come. Now in the way [*manner] Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, thus also these withstand the truth, men utterly corrupted in mind, found worthless as regards the faith [*for their faith is in creeds, covenants and confessions of faith]." 2 Timothy 3:1-8 (Berry).
Truly they are covenant-breakers with God in Christ Jesus, writing another covenant outside Scripture with another Jesus found in their pagan theology and their history--"the historical Jesus." "Form of godliness" is outward show, without any inward renewal by the Spirit of God; and, we know the kingdom of God comes not with outward show. See Luke 17:20. "Denying the power thereof" means they deny Christ Jesus to Whom all Authority, Power and Judgment was given to judge both the living and the dead. This has the result of another and alien interpretation of Romans 13. Their words in their covenants are dead words for adhering to and performing dead works of their dead religion and not execution of Law in and of Christ. Their works are their own works and not the Works of Christ:
"I hate, I despise your feast days, and I will not smell in your solemn assemblies. Though ye offer me burnt offerings and your meat offerings, I will not accept them: neither will I regard the peace offerings of your fat beasts. Take thou away from me the noise of thy songs; for I will not hear the melody of thy viols. But let judgment run down as waters, and righteousness as a mighty stream. Have ye offered unto me sacrifices and offerings in the wilderness forty years, O house of Israel? But ye have borne the tabernacle of your Moloch and Chiun your images, the star of your god, which ye made to yourselves." Amos 5:21-26.
By "creation" of these dead creeds, confessions, covenants, or articles of faith, they join or conform themselves to the dead (a religious society)--the "new man" of or with dead and forbidden morality (a moral person)--and not a life renewed by in and of Christ. Barflies are one breed of those who stealthily crept in:
"A century and a half ago Edwin Burke said, Civilization is a contract between the great dead, the living and the unborn--A contract between the great dead, the living and the unborn. I want to talk to you very briefly this afternoon, my brethren, if I may, about the thing we are trying to do here in America. You and I wanted something to do and engaged in the business of trying law suits for clients, in order that we may make a living, but back of and bigger than it all, you and I--whether or not we know it and whether or not we are wholly conscious of it--are engaged in the most extraordinary thing the world has ever seen. We are helping to build, maintain, and hand to future ages the contract between the great dead, the living and the unborn. And with the band of American lawyers consecrating themselves to that great patriotic duty, we will hand to the ages untarnished the great contract between the dead, the living and the unborn." F. F. Faville, former Justice of the Supreme Court of Iowa, The Great Contract (1935), 15 Nebraska Law Bulletin 88. [*Note carefully the religion connected to the law profession].
The sole purpose of the barfly is to join the living to the dead through artifices of his reasonable conjuring--all outside Christ:
"The theoretical and practical expressions of religious experience are complemented by a third aspect, the sociological. 'Vital religion, by its very nature, must create and sustain a social [*human--without the Spirit of God in Christ Jesus] relationship.'
"In the United States of America, the Declaration of Independence marked a significant epoch in Church-State relations whose import will be assessed below. Disestablishment of all cults-- though only slowly carried out in practice--was to insure the freedom of religious association. The State was [*and still is] to be concerned only with the social [*human] and not with the theological character of religious organizations [*all corporate businesses are the same under the State], and, as a result, all groups, regardless of how they defined themselves (covenant, church, etc.) [*sans Warrant of Authority in, of and from Christ Jesus], are officially classified as religious societies. Complete freedom is given to each group to disseminate religious propaganda." Joachim Wach, Sociology of Religion (1944), pp. 27, 277-278.
Creeds, confessions, covenants, and articles of faith change His Lawful assembly into a "religious society," and are, in contemplation of law, just like all corporations under American constitutional law (see also "The Police Power," Page twelve):
"RELIGIOUS SOCIETY. A body of persons associated together for the purpose of maintaining religious worship [*specific and private rites outside Christ and therefore outside the Law--outlawry]. The communicants of a denomination who statedly attend services (*commercial) in the church edifice. Fiske v. Beaty, 201 N.Y.S. 441, 444, 206 App.Div. 349." Blacks Law Dictionary (4th ed., 1957 & 1968), p. 1456.
"BODY POLITIC OR CORPORATE. A social compact by which the whole people covenants with each citizen, and each citizen with the whole people, that all shall be governed by certain laws [*covenants, confessions of faith, creeds, ad nauseam, all restatements of Law, but not Law] for the common good [*based on the morals expressed in the aforesaid documents]. Uricich v. Kolesar, 54 Ohio App. 309, 7 N.E.2d 413, 414. A term applied to a corporation. County. Bazzoli v. Larson, 40 Ohio App. 321, 178 N.E. 331, 332; Lindburg v. Bennett, 117 Neb. 66, 218 N.W. 851, 855. Municipality. Middle-States Utilities Co. v. City of Osceola, 1 N.W.2d 643, 645, 231 Iowa 851, 855. School district. Patrick v. Maybank, 198 S.C. 262, 17 S.E.2d 530, 534.
"State or nation or public associations, Utah State Building Commission, for Use and Benefit of Mountain States Supply Co. v. Great American Indemnity Co., 105 Utah 11, 140 P.2d 763, 767." Black's Law Dictionary (4th ed., 1957 & 1968), p. 222.
"Ecclesiastical and Lay. In the English law, all corporations private are divided into ecclesiastical and lay, the former being such corporations as are composed exclusively of ecclesiastics organized for spiritual purposes, or for administering property held for religious uses, such as bishops and and certain other dignitaries of the Church and (formerly) abbeys and monasteries.1 Bl. Comm. 470. Lay corporations are those composed of laymen, and existing for secular or business purposes. This distinction is not recognized in American law. Corporations formed for the purpose of maintaining or propagating religion or of supporting public religious services (*commercial), according to the rites of particular denominations, and incidentally owning and administering real and personal property for religious uses (*private), are called 'religious corporations,' as distinguished from business corporations; but they are 'lay' corporations, and not 'ecclesiastical' in the sense of the English law." Black's Law Dictionary (4th ed., 1957 &1968), "Corporation," p. 410.
"Man has been created [*by] in and for the Word of God, and this makes him the being who is responsible.
"Masses, collectives, and species have no responsibility; they are not capable of assuming responsibility [*because they have no souls (10 Rep. 32 b)]." Brunner, Man in Revolt (The Westminster Press, 1947), p. 279.
Civilizations and societies, corporations and schools have no responsibility to God and therefore are of the spirit of anti-Christ, for they receive not the things of the Spirit of God, but the spirit of the natural men that put the creeds, etc., onto a soulless and dead piece of paper:
"They [corporations] cannot commit trespass nor be outlawed nor excommunicated, for they have no souls. 10 Rep. 32 b." Heard, Curiosities of the Law Reporters (1876), p. 67.
Corporations, including ecclesiastical corporations, are dead to Christ and therefore have no authority or right to the Tree of Life in the midst of the Paradise of God, for they are engaged in, and try to recruit others into, their Baal worship:
"They joined themselves also unto Baal-peor, and ate the sacrifices [*creeds, confessions, covenants, or articles of faith] of the dead." Psalm 106:28.
"BAAL-PEOR. (lord of the opening, i.e., for others to join the worship. We have already referred to the worship of this god. The narrative (Numbers 25) seems clearly to show that this form of Baal-worship was connected with licentious rites [*creeds, confessions of faith, licensing, etc.]. Smiths Bible Dictionary, p. 70. [*So much for "Christian attorneys"].
So that we state what was said before:
"On the 26th of May, 1786, James Madison, who subsequently became president of the United States, said in a sermon he delivered before the Protestant Episcopal Church in the State of Virginia: I earnestly recommend to our Christians to reject every system as the fallible production of human contrivance, which shall dictate the articles of faith; and adopt the gospel alone as their guide. Those Christian societies will ever be found to have formed their union upon principles, the wisest and the best, which make the Scriptures alone, and not human articles, a confession of belief, the sole rule of faith and conduct." W. D. Frazee, Reminiscences and Sermons (1896), p. 63. [*Madison, being knowledgeable of the Law, knew the consequences of joining the living to the dead].
It is also stated,
"Articles, Creeds, and Confessions of Faith alike fail to give us this full knowledge of God which is so essential to our faith and walk. They are all only mans impressions, inferences, and conclusions drawn from Scripture; and have themselves to be judged by Scripture.
"Whatever of truth there may be in them; or however useful, or even necessary, they may be in their proper place, they can never take the place of the Word of God.
"Only in the "person" of the Living Word, and in the pages of the Written Word, can we get to know God.
"We do not, therefore, now propose to discuss doctrines, or to use any non-scriptural expressions; not even such words as Trinity or Unity, or any Ecclesiastical terminology. These are the things which divide the members of the One Body, instead of uniting them. These introduce the seeds of strife and contention. These have been the causes of controversies and martyrdoms. But, if we confine ourselves to the Word of God, and that alone, both writer and readers may, and will, all learn together what God has revealed concerning Himself." E. W. Bullinger, The Knowledge of God (1920), page 3.
Because these creeds, covenants, confessions, and articles of faith are judged by the Word of God, they are not of Christ Jesus nor of God our Father. Pick up a Strong's or Cruden's Concordance and you will not find any of these terms, except covenant. But the covenant spoken of is with God through Christ Jesus, not through a higher'archy (higher anarchy) of men. Have you Peace with God through creeds, covenants, confessions, and articles of faith that are judged by God? Does God our Father second-guess His own Work? It is written,
"For the word of the LORD is right; and all His works are done in truth." Psalm 33:4.
Because these creeds, covenants, confessions, and articles of faith are judged by the Word of God, they are not of Christ Jesus nor of God our Father. Pick up a Strong's or Cruden's Concordance and you will not find any of these terms except covenant. But the covenant spoken of is with God through Christ Jesus, not through a higher'archy (higher anarchy) of men. Have you Peace with God through creeds, covenants, confessions, and articles of faith that are judged by God? Does God our Father second-guess His own Work? It is written,
"For the word of the LORD is right; and all his works are done in truth." Psalm 33:4.
"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.
"And also the Strength of Israel will not lie nor repent: for he is not a man, that he should repent." 1 Samuel 15:29.
If not originating in Him, they are condemned:
"But he answered and said, Every plant, which my heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up." Matthew 15:13.
We can see they do not originate in Him from the following, because they are written on paper that has not corroboration of and by the Spirit of God:
"But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, 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 31:33.
The bondmen of Christ then do not look to these counterfeit covenants of men that appeal to the "old man" of the flesh possessing a living soul:
"At that day shall a man look to his Maker, and his eyes shall have respect to the Holy One of Israel. And he shall not look to the altars, the work of his hands [*creeds, covenants, confessions, or articles of faith], neither shall respect that which his fingers have made, either the groves, or the images [*creeds, covenants, confessions, or articles of faith]." Isaiah 17:7-8.
Because his mind is renewed in the knowledge of God our Father,
"And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God [*not creeds, covenants, confessions, or articles of faith]." Romans 12:2.
"And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God [*not creeds, covenants, confessions, or articles of faith] is created in righteousness and true holiness." Ephesians 4:23-24.
"And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of Him [*not the makers of creeds, covenants, confessions, or articles of faith] that created him:" Colossians 3:10.
and he is conformed to the image of His Maker:
"And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son [*not creeds, covenants, confessions, or articles of faith], that he might be the firstborn among many brethren." Romans 8:28-29.
having been quickened by His Spirit,
"And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath He quickened together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses;" Colossians 2:13.
"For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit;" 1 Peter 3:18.
for the works of men, i.e., creeds, covenants, confessions, or articles of faith quicken no one and save no souls from hell:
"It is the spirit [*not creeds, covenants, confessions, or articles of faith] that quickeneth; the flesh [*creeds, covenants, confessions, or articles of faith] profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life [*not the words of men dead to Christ]." John 6:63.
and from this they know that:
"For from Israel was it also: the workman made it [*creeds, covenants, confessions, or articles of faith]; therefore it is not God: but the calf of Samaria shall be broken in pieces."Hosea 8:6.
So that he, being "instant in season," always bears good fruit for his Master:
"Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD [*not in dead creeds, confessions, covenants, or articles of faith], and whose hope the LORD is. For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit." Jeremiah 17:7-8.
Trusting in such creeds, confessions, covenants or articles of faith prevents one from bearing good fruit for Christ, for he is like the dead things he trusts, for he receives not the things, i.e. Life, of the Spirit of God:
"Not unto us, O LORD, not unto us, but unto thy name give glory, for thy mercy, and for thy truth's sake. Wherefore should the heathen say, Where is now their God? But our God is in the heavens: He hath done whatsoever He hath pleased. Their idols are silver and gold, the work of men's hands [*the molten images of creeds, confessions, covenants, articles of faith]. They have mouths, but they speak not: eyes have they, but they see not: They have ears, but they hear not: noses have they, but they smell not: They have hands, but they handle not: feet have they, but they walk not: neither speak they through their throat. They that make them are like unto them; so is every one that trusteth in them." Psalm 115:1-8.
"For the LORD will judge his people, and He will repent Himself concerning his servants. The idols of the heathen are silver and gold, the work of men's hands [*the molten images of creeds, confessions, covenants, articles of faith]. They have mouths, but they speak not; eyes have they, but they see not; They have ears, but they hear not; neither is there any breath in their mouths. They that make them are like unto them: so is every one that trusteth in them." Psalm 135:14-18.
In addition, the bondmen of Christ know that:
"No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one [*creeds, covenants, confessions, or articles of faith], and love the other [*Christ Jesus]; or else he will hold to the one [*Christ Jesus], and despise the other [*creeds, covenants, confessions, or articles of faith]. Ye cannot serve God and mammon [*creeds, covenants, confessions, or articles of faith]." Matthew 6:24.
"No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one [*creeds, covenants, confessions, or articles of faith], and love the other [*Christ Jesus]; or else he will hold to the one [*Christ Jesus], and despise the other [*creeds, covenants, confessions, or articles of faith]. Ye cannot serve God and mammon [*creeds, covenants, confessions, or articles of faith]." Luke 16:13.
Further, the Word of God testifies against these dead creeds, covenants, confessions, or articles of faith:
"...we are debtors, not to the flesh [*dead creeds, covenants, confessions, or articles of faith], to live after the flesh [*dead creeds, covenants, confessions, or articles of faith]. For if ye live after the flesh [*dead creeds, covenants, confessions, or articles of faith] ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God [*not dead creeds, covenants, confessions, or articles of faith], they are the sons of God. For ye have not received the spirit of bondage [*to dead creeds, covenants, confessions, or articles of faith] again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with Him, that we may be also glorified together." Romans 8:12-17.
"But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ [*not dead creeds, covenants, confessions, or articles of faith]. For He is our peace [*not dead creeds, covenants, confessions, or articles of faith], who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us; Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances [*not dead creeds, covenants, confessions, or articles of faith]; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace; And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby: And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh." Ephesians 2:13-17.
"And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances [*dead creeds, covenants, confessions, or articles of faith] that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a show of them openly, triumphing over them in it. Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ [*not dead creeds, covenants, confessions, or articles of faith]." Colossians 2:13-17.
For those that have, by their "free will," chosen to look to creeds, covenants, confessions, or articles of faith for any thing, evidence that they have no thing in or with Him or His Lawful assembly:
"Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him." John 13:16.
By the Grace and Will of God in our Sovereign Lord and Saviour Christ Jesus, stand we in bondage to Christ, abiding, living, moving and having our being in Him, receiving and having Liberty in and from Him alone (2 Corinthians 3:17), with God our Father, and dwelling in His House forever; rather than be the slaves of the natural man, bastards of his dead creeds, covenants, confessions, or articles of faith of his dead religious society and his religions founded by those condemned of old by the righteous Judgment of God by Christ Jesus our Sovereign Lord and Saviour:
"He that is not with Me is against Me; and he that gathereth not with Me scattereth abroad." Matthew 12:30.
"He that is not with Me is against Me: and he that gathereth not with Me scattereth." Luke 11:23.
Those who are not with Him are against Him, and therefore evidence they are of the spirit of anti-Christ, for theology itself is of anti-Christ:
"Let us recapitulate the chief elements of the scientific method, as described so far. There are ten of them:
"1. A problem [*to the natural man God or His Will is the problem--see 1 Corinthians 2:14] to be solved [*by His pathetic creatures!?!?!?] which bothers somebody [*the anti-Christ or those of him], maybe cosmic rays, may be juvenile delinquency.
"2. Gathering the available facts about it [*to the theologian God is a thing], searching the literature [*Scripture--this is why textual/historical criticism is important to the anti-Christ theologian so if Scripture does not "conform" to his own image and likeness, he can throw it out as "corrupted" text.]
"3. A theory [*lie--no Truth, morphosis] to explain the problem, a pattern sketched [*of Him Whose shape no man has seen].
"4. Rigorous verification of the theory [*lie] by other scientists [*theologians]. Emotion and bias ruled out [*except when we must re-define in our own image who our god is].
"5. A stubborn atmosphere of doubt [*of whether God exists or not]. The cheerful ability to say, 'I was wrong.'
"6. Prediction [*of His behavior--prognostication] in terms of probabilities [*no Truth], not absolutes.
"7. Thinking [*by a seared conscience] more in terms of process than of linear cause and effect.
"8. Thinking [*by a seared conscience] in terms of structure [*systematization--morphosis]. How things are related [*though we can re-define the relation as we re-define God] to one another; the order in which they come--the structure of a skyscraper, a corporation, a community, a conference, an argument, an agenda.
"9. No closed solutions; room always allowed for new data which may give a closer fit. [*Leave room for molding our god in our image of ourselves as our moods change by our self-estimation--morphosis.]
"10. No secrets, no monopolies, no payoffs. The storehouse open to all men everywhere [*but it is none the less a private storehouse]." Stuart Chase, The Proper Study of Mankind (1954), p. 17.
Those who look to the theories of the natural man and not to the Truth evidence that they are not His, for they exchange His Testimony in and of Truth, for a lie:
"But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you." Matthew 6:33
In Roman Imperial terms, the pagano-Christian/heathen concept, or image, of 'the temple of truth" is found in fas:
Fas. Lat. "Right; justice; the divine law." 3 Bl. Comm. 2. Calvin.
"In primitive times fas was the will of the gods, embodied in rules regulating not only ceremonials, but the conduct of all men." Taylor, Science of Jurispr. 65.
The "gods" (or the creations of natural reason) spoken of above are, of course, Mercury and Mars (the Roman gods of Commerce and War). This "belief" of the heathen (that all "men" are subject to the same human law) becomes evident when we see the further development of the idea of fas into the created image of Roman Imperial law, found in the fasces:
"Fasces (fash'ez), n. (usu. with a sing. v.) "a bundle of rods containing an ax with the blade projecting, borne before Roman magistrates as an emblem of official power." Random House Dictionary (1992), page 484.
"Fasces. A punitive emblem of the State's power over the individual. For Mussolini, the fasces provided a suitable coercive symbol for the political aims of Fascism, in which the interests of the individual were subordinated to the direct action of a nationalist elite. In a show of communal idealism, Italian Fascism interpreted the bundled rods as different social classes, the axe as the supreme authority of the State." Jack Tresidder, Dictionary of Symbols.
For those who "believe" that such an image has no relevance in today's world, this image of heathen "power" is found today sculpted into the front of the armrests of Abe Lincolns "great white throne" upon which his "larger than life" likeness, or image, sits at the Lincoln Memorial (also called "The People's Temple") in Washington D. C. Additionally, a pair of fasces is displayed to the right and left behind the Speaker of the Senate in the same city.
From the image of the fasces, all of the modern "governments of the world" find their mode of operation, deceitfully called Democracy, but is in reality Fascism and Imperialism, also called Federalism:
"Fascism (fash'iz cm) n. A totalitarian governmental system led by a dictator and emphasizing an aggressive nationalism, militarism, and often racism. [1915-1920 < Italian fascismo = fas(io) bundle, political group (see FASCES) + -ismo -ism." Random House Dictionary (1992), page 484.
"Fascism. (Lat., from fasces, the bundle of rods and axe carried before the Roman consuls [commercial agents] as an insignia of authority). A love of political symbolism such as uniforms and other emblems of militarism. The whole cocktail is animated by a belief in regeneration through energy and struggle." Oxford Dictionary of Philosophy (1994), p. 136.
"Fascism. A system of government that exercises a dictatorship...typically through the merging of State and business leadership." The American Heritage Dictionary.
The article "The things which are Caesar's" in Issue the Thirty-eighth contained a section on "the fasces," which has sparked an interest by readers of The News for more information on the use of Roman symbolism in today's society. Following that article, by the Grace of God, we also received several letters and telephone calls from Patrons with additional information on the Roman fasces. We were informed that the base of the statue atop the Capitol Dome is laced with six sets of fasces. Additionally, I was informed of my misprint which stated that there are two sets of fasces behind the Speaker of the "Senate." That should have read "Speaker of the House."
Brother John Trevor in Washington state sent us the two tributes to Lincoln with fasces below. Beneath each is a summary of the information about them.
Brother John Nelson in Indiana sent us the following definition of fasces from the 11th Edition (1914) of The Encyclopedia Britannica, page 191:
FASCES, in Roman antiquities, bundles of elm or birch rods from which the head of an axe projected, fastened together by a red strap. As the emblem of official authority, they were carried by the lictors, in the left hand and on the left shoulder, before the higher Roman magistrates; at the funeral of a deceased magistrate they were carried behind the bier. The lictors and the fasces were so inseparably connected that they became to be used as synonymous terms. The fasces originally represented the power over life and limb possessed by the kings, and after the abolition of the monarchy, the consuls, like the kings, were preceded by twelve fasces. Within the precincts of the city the axe was removed, in recognition of the right of appeal (provocatio) to the people in a matter of life and death; outside Rome, however, each consul retained the axe, and was preceded by his own lictors, not merely by a single accensus (supernumerary), as was originally the case within the city when he was not officiating. Later, the lictors preceded the officiating consul, and walked behind the other. Valerius Publicola, the champion of popular rights, further established the custom that the fasces should be lowered before the people, as the real representatives of sovereignty (Livy ii. 7; Florus i. 9; Plutarch, Publicola, 10); lowering the fasces was also the manner in which an inferior saluted a superior magistrate. A dictator, as taking the place of the two consuls, had 24 fasces (including the axe even within the city); most of the other magistrate had fasces varying in number, with exception of the censors, who, as possessing no executive authority, had none. Fasces were given the Flamen Dialis and (after 42 b.c.) even the Vestals. During the times of the republic, a victorious general, who had been saluted by the title of imperator by his soldiers, had his fasces crowned with laurel (Cicero, Pro Ligario, 3). Later, under the empire, when the emperor received the title for life on his accession, it became restricted to him, and the laurel was regarded as distinctive of the imperial fasces (see Mommsen, Romisches Staatsecht, i., 1887, p. 373.)
The University of California in Berkeley was again the scene of violence recently, as protesters claimed license to silence those with whom they disagree. Their fight against “fascism” took the form of not just stopping a speech, but assaulting those who came to hear it.
For those of us at universities and colleges, these counter-demonstrators, and in particular the masked antifa protesters, are a troubling and growing presence on our campuses. They have been assaulting people and blocking speeches for years with relatively little condemnation. They flourish in an environment where any criticism is denounced as being reflective of racist or fascist sentiments.
However, as the latest violence in Berkeley vividly demonstrates, there is no distinction between these protesters and the fascists they claim to be resisting. They are all fascists in their use of fear and violence to silence others. What is particularly chilling is how some academics have given this anti-speech mob legitimacy through pseudo-philosophical rationalizations.
At Berkeley and other universities, protesters have held up signs saying “F--k Free Speech” and have threatened to beat up anyone taking their pictures, including journalists. They seem blissfully ignorant of the contradiction in using fascistic tactics as anti-fascist protesters. After all, a leading definition of fascism is “a tendency toward or actual exercise of strong autocratic or dictatorial control.”
CNN recently interviewed antifa protesters who insist that violence is simply the language that their opponents understand. Leftist organizer Scott Crow endorsed illegal actions and said that antifa activists cover their faces to “avoid the ramifications of law enforcement.” Such violent logic is supported by some professors.
Last week, Clemson University Professor Bart Knijnenburg went on Facebook to call Trump supporters and Republicans “racist scum.” He added, “I admire anyone who stands up against white supremacy, violent or nonviolent. This needs to stop, by any means necessary. #PunchNazis.” He is not alone. Trinity College Professor Johnny Williams, who teaches classes on race, posted attacks on bigots and called on people to “let them f-----g die.”
These voices go beyond the troubling number of academics supporting speech codes and the curtailment of free speech. These are scholars who have embraced the antithesis of the life and values of academia. They justify violence to silence those who are deemed unworthy to be heard. Dartmouth Professor Mark Bray, the author of a book entitled “Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook” is one of the chief enablers of these protesters. Bray defines antifa as “politics or an activity of social revolutionary self defense. It’s a pan-left radical politics uniting communists, socialists, anarchists and various different radical leftists together for the shared purpose of combating the far right.”
Bray speaks positively of the effort to supplant traditional views of free speech: “At the heart of the anti-fascist outlook is a rejection of the classical liberal phrase… that says I disapprove of what you say but I will defend to the death your right to say it.” He defines anti-fascists as “illiberal” who reject the notion that far right views deserve to “coexist” with opposing views.
Bray says that the protesters do not “see fascism or white supremacy as a view with which they disagree as a difference of opinion.” Their goal is not co-existence but “to end their politics.” Bray and other academics are liberating students from the confines of what they deem the false “allegiance to liberal democracy.” Once freed of the values of free speech and democratic values, violence becomes merely politics by other means.
When pushed, Bray’s rationalization for the antifa movement rapidly descends into intellectual gibberish:
“There is a certain political lens that - agree or disagree with the lens - there is an element of continuity in terms of the types of groups targeted. I don’t know of any Democratic Party events that have been ‘no platformed,’ or shut down by anti-fascists. So there is a political lens, people will quibble about what the lens is, who designs the lens, but I don’t think the slippery slope is actually, in practice, nearly as much of a concern as people imagine it would be.”
There does not have to be a “lens.” Indeed, that it is the principle of the “liberal democracy” so casually cast aside by Bray and his braying followers. While Bray insists that he is not in favor of violent protests or even free speech, he insists that there is a duty to stop those who threaten the existence of others and the antifa protests are a form of “community self defense.”
Ironically, Bray and others have come to use the intellectual freedom of our universities to advance the most anti-intellectual movement in our history. They are destroying the very academic institutions that have protected their extreme views. Just as the father of the atomic bomb, Robert Oppenheimer, said that “physicists have known sin,” the antifa movement is the sin of academia in abandoning our core values.
These protesters believe that history shows the dangers of free speech and the need to deny it to those who would misuse it.
It is a familiar sentiment that “all the experience... accumulated through several decades teaches us... to deprive the reactionaries of the right to speak, and let the people alone have that right.” Those were the words of another early anti-fascist, China's Communist Party leader Mao Zedong.