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One form of Government

Why were the apostles accused of saying that there is another king, one Jesus?94

The Church was a government, established by Christ, for His purposes according to the precepts of God. The natural state of man is the image of God and the natural state of God’s government for men is a community of men serving God by freely serving one another. It would be composed of men in possession of their endowed rights exercising the power of choice. It would be a community under the authority of God rather than men.95

Even today the definition of the Church is:

“In its most general sense, the religious society founded and established by Jesus Christ, to receive, preserve, and propagate his doctrines and ordinances.”

“A body or community of Christians, united under one form of government by the profession of one faith, and the observance of the same rituals and ceremonies.”96

While this definition of the Church may be accurate our understanding of it can be greatly altered by altering our understanding of “His doctrines and ordinances.” To change our understanding of the gospel, it is only necessary to change our understanding of words used in it and their context in history.

If God said that he desired the people to be free of the bondage of Egypt and to never return there again then the purpose of Christ can be no less. Our opinion of the purpose of the Church established by Christ has been altered over the years by the teachings and interpretations of men until the Church gives the appearance of a form of godliness, but denies the power of the Gospel of the Kingdom of God and the truth that Christ’s sacrifice set men free in Spirit and in truth.

If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.” John 8:36
And ye shall know the truth,
and the truth shall make you free. John 8:32

Republics may take many forms and may have different types of governments within their general condition of recognized and individual freedom. In one sense a republic signifies97 the state of the people existing independently of their form of government.98 In such republics the leaders are not rulers because they are titular99 in nature.

“Natural law was the first defense of colonial liberty...Some colonists went so far to claim that they were granted by the ‘King of Kings’ and therefore ‘no earthly Potentate can take them away.’”100

This idea of the government being separate101 from the people is not unique or foreign to the Church. Israel was originally a republic102 dependent on free will offerings and the voluntary participation of its citizens in service of its nation and society. Its leaders or government ministers were kept separate from the people.103 The people’s contribution to government and their participation in it was always by freewill choice.

Their ministers did not stand between God and the people as some teach today. They were doing something unique and essential for a healthy society. They stood between the “gods of the world” and a free people living in liberty under God.

They did this by supplying the services and benefits of government without exercising authority one over the other, as God and Christ has said from the beginning.

But the adversary works his sorcery through the servants of subversion. Promising liberty from their responsibilities through sloth he brings in servitude.104 Turning minds and hearts through the sophistry of scholars, the promises of politicians, and the apostasy of the modern church the voice of the people is tempted to reject God again and return to the tribute and bondage of rulers.

Instead of living by the perfect law of liberty through charity the voice of the people elect “men who call themselves benefactors” of the people but “who exercise authority one over the other”, contrary to the decrees of Jesus.

The Kingdom of God only binds men together by faith, hope, and charity. Jesus Christ and the apostles, like Gideon,105 would not rule over the people. Moses led the people out of bondage into a system of government where there were no kings who could exercise authority one over the other, no government to make laws and cause the people to bow down and serve them.

God uses such governments to punish the people who reject and turn from Him to set up men as gods through sloth or consent. The Ministers of God’s government are not like Cain, Nimrod, Pharaoh, or Caesar, but are to be titular leaders of a peculiar people.

 

 

 

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    Footnotes:

     

    94Acts 17:6, 7

    95Galatians 4:8 “Howbeit then, when ye knew not God, ye did service unto them which by nature are no gods.”

    96Black’s Law Dictionary 3rd ed. Page 325. also 4th, 5th, 6th Ed.

    97“The term republic, res publica, signifies the state independently of its form of government.” Bouvier’s Law Dictionary Vol.1. page 13 (1870).

    98“Republic... it signifies the state, independently of its government.” Republic. Black’s Dictionary 3rd Ed. p1536.

    99“A state or nation in which the supreme power rests in all the citizens… A state or nation with a president as its titular head; distinguished from monarchy.” Webster’s New Dictionary unabridged 2nd Ed. 1965.

    100Origins of the American Revolution, By John C. Miller. Published by Stanford University Press, 1959. And The Other Side of the Question: or A Defence of the Liberties of North America. In answer to a ... Friendly address to all reasonable Americans, on the subject of our political confusions. By a Citizen, New York, 1774, J. Rivington, 16. Bulletin of the New York Public Library. By New York Public Library.

    101Holiness then denotes the separateness, or otherness, of God from all his creation. The Hebrew word for holy, qados, in its fundamental meaning contains the note of that which is separate or apart.” Easton Illus. Dictionary

    102“Some scholars regard the ancient confederation of Hebrew tribes that endured in Palestine from the 15th century BC until a monarchy was established about 1020 BC as an embryonic republic. That would make the ancient Israelite commonwealth the earliest republic in history...” “Republic” Microsoft ® Encarta. © 1994 Ms. Corp. and F & W Corp.

    103Nu. 8:14 “Thus shalt thou separate the Levites... Levites shall be mine.”

    1042 Peter 2:19 “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.”

    105“And Gideon said unto them, I will not rule over you, neither shall my son rule over you: the LORD shall rule over you.” Judges 8:23

     

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