The Higher Liberty
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The Higher Liberty
by Gregory HHC, d
Minister of His Holy Church
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FEMA of the LORD
According to some the basics
things that exist in a de facto government is a method of
identification of its members, international acceptance of its
existence and its documentation and consular support.
Of course the early Church gave
letters of credence to its minsters by way of Ambassadors who served
a vast network of congregations of people according to that perfect
law of liberty. There was a system of ID in place at that time issued
by governments like that of the Pharisees working out of the temple
There should be little doubt,
based on the union and disciple of early Christian society that
Christians adopted similar practices while they worked daily in the
temple and went from house to house rightly dividing the word and
bread in times of short fall.
It is also clear by the biblical
text alone that the Christians were their own Faith Emergency
Management Auxiliary, especially when it came to their government
sending relief to their society.
The church had its own system of
health care based on free will offerings, special oils that had
antibiotic and healing properties. The community had its own system of mutual banking similar to
a modern credit union in order to help in time of calamity.
Unlike a bank, a credit union’s
board of directors is composed of seven unpaid volunteers. No profit
or gain can be realized in a credit union, only bills paid. Anything
extra goes back to the members yet members can help each other get
out of burdensome debt and move funds around in an emergency.
“... the twelve called the
multitude of the disciples... and said, It is not reason that we
should leave the word of God, and serve tables.”
Could the apostles have been
setting up a bank or credit union in Acts 6. We should note that the
word “tables” in Acts 6:2 actually means bank and
is translated bank in Luke 19:23. These men were not the first
ministers of the Church by any means.
Every Pentecost people of Israel
would reaffirm the tens, hundreds, and thousands by coming together
in a well organized network. The people of Judea knew this from the Torah and their own history.
They needed this network based on charitable bonds to maintain a free
state. They knew they no longer could depend on the benefaction of
the Pharisees’ government if they were to receive the Baptism
of Christ and His redemption from the Pharisees.
They had counted the cost. They
had repented of coveting their neighbors’ goods, of forcing
their neighbor to contribute to their social welfare in a system of
Corban that made the word of God to none effect.
This understanding should shed light on why Stephen, one of the seven men, was one of the first to be martyred. Follow the money. It was the chief motivation to rid
themselves of this charitable King who fired the money changers and
turning over their “bank”.
Stephens activity was taking
away from the treasury of the Pharisees. People were investing in the
service oriented government of the Kingdom of God rather than the
authoritarian benefactors of the Hellenistic followers of the
Pharisees that bound the people.
We may all pick seven men we
choose to assist us in the world today. The spirit of greed or love
in those men will define our society and the life we live in it. We
know that evil will come, calamities shall fall. We do not choose
what evil shall be upon the earth.
may choose how we shall prepare for it and meet it. The form of
government and institutions we choose or create is defined by our own
hearts and minds and the spirit that lives in us. If we do not like
what we see we must allow a new spirit to dwell in us.
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