The Higher Liberty
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The Higher Liberty
by Gregory HHC, d
Minister of His Holy Church
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A Knife to Thy Throat
What is Proverbs 23 telling us when it says, “When thou sittest to eat with a ruler, consider diligently what [is] before thee: And put a knife to thy throat, if thou [be] a man given to appetite. Be not desirous of his dainties: for they [are] deceitful meat”?
What did Jesus mean when he told us to pray (apply) to our Father in Heaven and to “call no man father upon the earth”? Why did he say the Corban of the Pharisees made the word of God to non effect? Why did James say that religion was pure when it took care of your needy without being blemished by the “world”?
Why did Paul in Romans 11:9 repeat David’s warning, their table being a snare, and a trap, and a stumblingblock, and a recompense?
And what did David mean in Psalms 69:22 when he said, “Let their table become a snare before them: and [that which should have been] for [their] welfare, [let it become] a trap”?
Why is it that “The hand of the diligent shall bear rule: but the slothful shall be under tribute”? (Pr 12:24)
How is it that you are under tribute, when we are told that the slothful shall be under tribute? The answer is before you.
For one simple reason said in many ways:
“The real destroyers of the liberties of the people is he who spreads among them bounties, donations, and benefits.” 1
“As long as we look to government to solve our problems we will always suffer tyranny.”2
“And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.” 2 Peter 2:3
“While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage.” 2 Peter 2:19
Why have not your ministers told you? Governments of men are created by men. The righteous power of government to tax the people comes from the people’s unrighteous consent.
When the voice of the people called for a leader who could rule over them in the days of Samuel, the election of the people was a rejection of God.3 Is it still a rejection of God?
The people had lived without such authoritarian benefactors for centuries.4 They were now doing evil and rejecting their Father in heaven, because they were tired of bearing the responsibility of protecting one another by faith, hope, and charity. This rejection of God had been a long time coming, since the days God took them out of Egypt.
Is it evil to reject God, covet your neighbor’s goods through the agency of others, eat at the table (or altars) of authoritarian rulers and have gods many? If you do then you will be snared and you will owe Caesar his tribute and your service, and you will bow down with heavy burdens and be his servant, just as in the days of Egypt.
“Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute [is due]; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour. Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.” Romans 13:7,8
You will have to render but you can start to repent. In colonial America, “The ordinary citizen... untroubled by any relics of Feudalism, untaxed save by himself, saying his say to all the world in town meetings, had gained a new self-reliance..., he was becoming a tough nut for any imperial system to crack.”5
In colonial America, the welfare of the people was attended to by the people and for the people through the charity and hope of the people exercised through their Churches.6 If people are to return to the freedom and liberty God ordained they must return to the duty and obligations correlative to rights endowed by God. Only the diligent shall bear rule.
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