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The Higher Liberty
by Gregory HHC, d
Minister of His Holy Church
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In the beginning we were free
souls under God until we sinned and Cain created his city state,
Nimrod his Babylon, Pharaoh his corvee system of statutory bondage, and of course all those other governments with men who promise
liberty and benefits at the expense of your neighbor and bring you
back into bondage again.
Of course if Titus stated “to
obey magistrates” that would set the manner of the
arrangement. Here is the interesting point, Titus does not say obey
magistrates. The word “magistrate” is not in the
original text. We see only the word “peitharcheo” which simply means “obey”. It could mean obey
magistrates, but it could mean obey God, since that is who we
were to obey in the “beginning” if we would “remember”.
The statement seems clear if you will believe.
In fact Peter and others use the
same word in Acts 5:29:
“...and the [other] apostles
answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.”
In Acts 5:32 the word is used to
tell us to obey God and His Holy Spirit. We also see it in Acts 27:21 when Paul stood forth and
said, Sirs, ye should have hearkened unto me.
How can the word be translated obey magistrates in one place and listen to Paul in another?
While archo can mean leader, the word peitho means to persuade. A
problem of interpretation should not arise since the leaders of the
Church led by persuasion while
the leaders of the world often operated by force.
History is filled with the record of successful governments that did
not exercise authority one over the other. The nations that neglected
the responsibility of the individual by centralizing the power of
choice in the hands of a few always declined into decadence and
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