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These Cometh of Evil?

Oaths, Affirmations and Unsworn declarations under penalty of perjury87 are all more than Yes for Yes and No for No.

There is little distinction between an oath and a declaration in the effect of the law. One subjects themselves to the power and the rulers of the courts, the laws that are made for them.

Many Christians think it is okay to take oaths or make affirmations before courts and governments. Jesus expressed a different opinion in the New Testament:

“Again, ye have heard that it hath been said by them of old time, Thou shalt not forswear thyself, but shalt perform unto the Lord thine oaths: But I say unto you, Swear not at all; neither by heaven; for it is God’s throne: Nor by the earth; for it is his footstool: neither by Jerusalem; for it is the city of the great King. Neither shalt thou swear by thy head, because thou canst not make one hair white or black. But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil.” (Matthew 5:33-37)

Taking oaths or swearing allegiance, service or obedience was a great controversy between Christians and the other nations and lead to their persecution from the earliest history of the Church. For centuries Christians would not take oaths but modern Christians think it is okay now and even encouraged. Why?

“But above all things, my brethren, swear not, neither by heaven, neither by the earth, neither by any other oath: but let your yea be yea; and [your] nay, nay; lest ye fall into condemnation.” James 5:12

To not swear at all created suspicion and persecution but was the earliest policy of the Church after Christ.

“And with regard to our not swearing at all, and always speaking the truth, He enjoined as follows: ‘Swear not at all; but let your yea be yea, and your nay, nay; for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil.’ And that we ought to worship God alone, He thus persuaded us: ‘The greatest commandment is, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and Him only shall thou serve, with all thy heart, and with all thy strength...’”88

Oaths under the authority of governments that are created by men are not established by Christ or the Father. It is by your own consent and the words coming out of your own mouth that entangles you back into the bondage of the world.89

Those governments of men require that you “absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince,” and that you “will bear true faith and allegiance to the same” You will not only be required to “bear arms” and “perform noncombatant service in the armed forces” but you “will perform work of national importance under civilian direction” and that you “take this obligation freely without any mental reservation”90

Taking an “affirmation in lieu of oath” makes no difference in the outcome, binding or effect. In Bouvier’s Law Dictionary an Oath is defined as “one form of attestation as commonly called an affirmation.” Even the definition of swear includes an “affirmation with an appeal to God or to someone or something held sacred for confirmation”

There is no more difference between taking an oath or affirmation than there is in committing adultery or have an affair. Both of these activities are the same just as an affirmation is the same as an oath.

Christians used to be persecuted for refusing to take oaths, affirmations of allegiance in obedience to Christ but now churches preach their own brand of Christianity that is an adversary to the teachings of Christ. They by their own private doctrines and customs have delivered the people into bondage. By their customs they make the law of God to no effect.

We were told from the beginning and Christ restated, “Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.”91 The oath and affirmations of government are recorded to bind you under the authority of men. What you bind on earth is bound in heaven and you shall be held to your word.

 

 

 

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    Footnotes:

     

    87“like force and effect” USC Title 28, Part V, Chapter 115, Sec. 1746.-

    88Justin Martyr, First apology of Justin, A.D.165

    89Matthew 15:11 “Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man.”

    90Naturalization Oath of Allegiance to the United States of America

    91Ex. 20:16, De. 5:20 , Mt. 19:18, Mk. 10:19, Lk. 18:20, Ro. 13:9.

     

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