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The Higher Liberty

by Gregory HHC, d
Minister of His Holy Church

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Church and State 

True Christians existed in an extensive network of faith throughout Europe and even the far east for centuries after Christ while apostasy courted a dying breed of despots and tyrants. Their names, history, and blood were stamped or poured out during years of sanguineous Church reform and inquisitions.

Groups seeking to be genuine Christians were to be found in every century, from the Montanists, Novatians to the Vaudois, Waldenses, or Albigenses about the thirteenth century. Their doctrines were varied but their common ground was in resistance to the doctrines and tyranny which marked them for persecution. While their heresies will be debated until the end of time, there can be no doubt as to the heresy of those who held their feet to the fire and the sword to their throat.

Moses, and Abraham before him, had set up systems of self government that could be called truly republican in nature.

There was no king62 to exercise authority and the Family was the supreme institution of God. Those Families eventually owned the beneficial interest of their labor and the land they occupied.63 They banded together in congregations bound only by faith, hope, and charity under the perfect law of liberty. They were free.

Their laws were administrated through a network of tens, hundreds and thousands. Since there was no king the “state” remained in the hands of the people. As a free people there was no body to make new laws, sign treaties, compel conscription, or impose taxes. Both Abraham and Moses, according to the direction of God, provided an additional element to this free government.

Abraham had his altars,64 and Moses called out the Levites to be the first born of the nation. This system did not affect the autonomy of the people nor the power of the first born in each family. The Levites belonged to God as His bond servants.65 Their purpose was at least two fold. First it was to establish a local and national system of charity that would bind the people together in common faith and trust; and, second it was to give them a standing amongst the nations without diminishing individual rights.

That is the purpose of a pure republic. The resources to maintain the welfare of society were freely given to the ministers of that society. They were completely given to the Levites of choice, who used them to care for the widows, orphans, and needy of society in a form of “pure religion” as living altars.

Each congregation chose a titular leader. They in turn chose their titular leaders. This repeated pattern linked a nation through a system of mutual caring and love. This takes a virtuous commitment and spiritual awakening. This is the Kingdom of God.

This union was consummated by marriage between the families but to maintain broad union of families outside the local congregations national feasts were instituted to bring families together. These marital unions amongst villages and tribes continually strengthened the national bonds of community from all corners of the Kingdom with the feasts playing a practical part.

Such systems only work amongst people of virtue who tend to the weightier matters of law, justice, mercy, and faith.66 It requires a people who love their neighbor as they love themselves.67

But God was not enough and the voice of the people cried out for a ruler. They gave up some of their liberty and power of choice. They gave power to rulers who were no longer titular. This rejection of God brought the people of the Republic under the authority of the monarch and others they elected to rule. [see 1 Samuel 8:]

 

 

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    Footnotes:

     

    62Judges 17:6 “In those days [there was] no king in Israel ...”

    63Leviticus 25:10 “And ye shall ... proclaim liberty throughout [all] the land unto all the inhabitants thereof:... and ye shall return every man unto his possession, and ye shall return every man unto his family.”

    64The Sophistry and the Sacrifice, His Church Publishing.

    65Numbers 3:12 “And I, behold, I have taken the Levites from among the children of Israel instead of all the firstborn that openeth the matrix among the children of Israel: therefore the Levites shall be mine;”

    66Matthew 23:23 “Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye ... have omitted the weightier [matters] of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.”

    67Leviticus 19:18 “... thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I [am] the LORD.” Matthew 5:43, 19:19, 22:39 “...Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.” Mark 12:31, 12:33, Luke 10:27, Ro. 13:9, 10, Gal. 5:14, Ja. 2:8

     

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