Episode 320: Render Therefore Unto Caesar

Render Therefore Unto Caesar  Render to Caesar

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Lately, I have been asked how did the Founders, Sam Adams in particular, deal with ‘Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s; and unto God the things that are God’s.’

The simple and yet complex answer is that they knew the truth and facts of the Reformation. They studied the historical perspective of what occurred and clearly understood that the Protestant perspective of the Complete Gospel would have been wiped out, destroyed, eliminated if God, in His wisdom and power, did not show the Reformers how to resist and defeat tyranny, despotism and terror.

** If this is to hard for you to want to deal with. I suggest that you scroll down to the section on Covid – A Fool and His Folly for another look at the present from the more recent past, the ‘70’s.

Continuing: Yes, it is Biblically sound to be resistant against that and those who would interfere with ones relationship with the Living God of all that is. See one of my fav podcast on this: The Obverse Image of God Other writers on this in the references below.

Starting this week program with a simple look into the mirrors of history to that time when Sam Adams was at Harvard. Remember, Sam as many young me of the time was sent to Harvard to become a Minister. Sadly, now Harvard produces acolytes and ministers of the devil. To study Samuel Adams, one becomes very clear that he was in deed, in thought and in action a Reformed Puritan through and through.

On this program and in the References below, I am taking you into the writings of both past and modern ‘divines’ who have the historical and Biblical capacity to develop the arguments which our Founding Fathers had to decide upon in the ideas, theology and actions to separate from England. It is only our modern secularist, uninformed, uneducated, hidebound, incurious, nescient, philistine evangelicals that would have us Render ALL to Caesar so that they can spiritualize what is Gods. They pay lip-service to God’s authority and sovereignty over ALL that is.

‘Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s; and unto God the things that are God’s.’ This can only be understood in the historical context of Jesus time and then how it was applied by those who not only physically fought for American Liberty but did so as the battle Cry resounded: ‘No King but King Jesus.’

Rendered Evangelicalism

The majority of the seminaries and protestant church leaders Render therefore unto Caesar freely. In my previous description of this ilk, the fact is that evangelicalism has been rendered, like in cooking, to the subjugation of the ungodly.

My Studies are in the same lineage as Samuel Adams when it comes to the historical and Biblical perspective of the Reformation. I have been well aware for decades that America is in the condition that it is because of church leaders and ministers not have the same insights, education and understanding as the church leaders and ministers of the past. Remember that Sam Adams father was a Deacon in Old South and New South churches in Boston. He was a full fledge Reformation Biblical kind of gent that was instrumental in developing leaders who would live out the full extensibility of ‘The Gospel’ in every arena of life.

To bring the fat of reform into your life and that of the nation, your congregation needs reformation. The Reference below are just a start in what you can know to restore America as the Patriots of Old restored Liberty in the land.

Here is another lesson to read or listen to: The Tribute Money

Render Therefore … unto God the things that are God’s

The most significant aspect of this Rendering from the looking into the mirrors of history and the reflection in our present is something Sam Adams said about the Declaration of Independence in his August 2nd speech:

‘Our forefathers threw off the yoke of popery in religion: for you is reserved the honor of levelling the popery of politics. They opened the Bible to all, and maintained the capacity of every man to judge for himself in religion. Are we sufficient for the comprehension of the sublimest spiritual truths, and unequal to material and temporal ones? Heaven hath trusted us with the management of things for eternity, and man denies us ability to judge of the present, or to know from our feelings the experience that will make us happy. “You can discern,” say they, “objects distant and remote, but cannot perceive those within your grasp. Let us have the distribution of present goods, and cut out and manage as you please the interests of futurity.” This day, I trust the reign of political protestantism will commence. We have explored the temple of royalty, and found that the idol we have bowed down to, has eyes which see not, ears that hear not our prayers, and a heart like the nether millstone. We have this day restored the Sovereign, to whom alone men ought to be obedient. He reigns in Heaven, and with a propitious eye beholds his subjects assuming that freedom of thought, and dignity of self-direction which He bestowed on them. From the rising to the setting sun, may His kingdom come.’

And further in the speech his says:

‘Were the talents and virtues, which Heaven has bestowed on men, given merely to make then more obedient drudges, to be sacrificed to the follies and ambition of a few? Or, were not the noble gifts so equally dispensed with a divine purpose and law, that they should as nearly as possible be equally exerted, and the blessings of Providence be equally enjoyed by all? Away then, with those absurd systems, which, to gratify the pride of a few, debase the greatest part of our species below the order of men. What an affront to the King of the universe, to maintain that the happiness of a monster, sunk in debauchery and spreading desolation and murder among men, of a Caligula, a Nero, or a Charles1, is more precious in his sight than that of millions of his suppliant creatures, who do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with their God! No! In the judgment of Heaven there is no other superiority among men, than a superiority in wisdom and virtue. And can we have a safer model in forming ours? The Deity then has not given any order or family of men authority over others, and if any men have given it, they only could give it for themselves. Our forefathers, ’tis said, consented to be subject to the laws of Great Britain. I will not, at present, dispute it, nor mark out the limits and conditions of their submission: but will it be denied that they contracted to pay obedience, and to be under the control of Great Britain, because it appeared to them most beneficial in their then present circumstances and situations? We, my countrymen, have the same right to consult and provide for our happiness, which they had to promote theirs. If they had a view to posterity in their contracts, it must have been to advance the felicity of their descendants. If they erred in their expectations and prospects, we can never be condemned for a conduct which they would have recommended had they foreseen our present condition.

’ Ye darkeners of counsel, who would make the property, lives, and religion of millions, depend on the evasive interpretations of musty parchments: who would send us to antiquated charters, of uncertain and contradictory meaning, to prove that the present generation are not bound to be victims to cruel and unforgiving despotism, tell us whether our pious and generous ancestors bequeathed to us the miserable privilege of having the rewards of our honest industry, the fruits of those fields which they purchased and bled for, wrested from us at the will of men over whom we have no check? Did they contract for us that, with folded arms, we should expect that justice and mercy from brutal and inflamed invaders which have been denied to our supplications at the foot of the throne? Were we to hear our character as a people ridiculed with indifference? Did they promise for us that our meekness and patience should be insulted: our coasts harassed: our towns demolished and plundered, and our wives and offspring exposed to nakedness, hunger and death, without our feeling the resentment of men, and exerting those powers of self-preservation which God has given us? No man had once a greater veneration for Englishmen than I entertained. They were dear to me as branches of the same parental trunk, and partakers of the same religion and laws; I still view with respect the remains of the constitution as I would a lifeless body which had once been animated by a great and heroic soul. But when I am roused by the din of arms: when I behold legions of foreign assassins, paid by Englishmen to imbrue their hands in our blood: when I tread over the uncoffined bones of my countrymen, neighbors and friends: when I see the locks of a venerable father torn by savage hands, and a feeble mother, clasping her infants to her bosom, and on her knees imploring their lives from her own slaves, whom Englishmen have allured to treachery and murder: when I behold my country, once the seat of industry, peace, and plenty, changed by Englishmen to a theatre of blood and misery, Heaven forgive me, if I cannot root out those passions which it has implanted in my bosom, and detest submission to a people who have either ceased to be human, or have not virtue enough to feel their own wretchedness and servitude.’

Covid – A Fool and His Folly

A dear and valued friend sent me the link to a sermon by Dr. Rushdooney that is timely and descriptive of our very present situation. This sermon, Negativism and the Law, not only points to the our very present health care despotism but touches on the ‘defund the police’ crowd (time stamp 0:4:07 in sermon) of the Black Panthers.

What I see significant in this sermon related to Render Therefore Unto Caesar is captured in the following quotes here, yet I want you to go read the quote in context from the full sermon linked in the last paragraph.

The quotes:

Negativism is to it very offensive, tyrannical, and we frequently find, especially among the intellectuals and college youth, a longing for a positive conception of law and its function. The law, we are told, should have a positive note. It should be for something instead of being mere negation. Indeed, this aspect of law is dealt with by the Peace and Freedom Party and its candidate for President, the Black Panther, Aldridge Cleaver, has called for a more positive note in all law. Indeed he has said that police officers should be abolished, because their work is essentially a negation, and be replaced by public safety officials, whose work would be positive.’

But now, the General Welfare Clause in the Preamble has been read in terms of the Roman principle, “the health of the people is the highest law.”

Law is limited in its power, and therefore the State is limited. The State as an enforcing agency, is limited to dealing with evil, not controlling the {?}.’

*** ‘For when law has a positive function, the State has total jurisdiction to compel the total health of the people. As a result, a positive law has a double penalty. First, it posits an omnicompetent State. A totally competent State. The State, has the concern with the total health of the people. And if a State has a concern with the total health of the people, you have to assume that the State has the ability and the power and the knowledge to give total health to the people. Everything is now a part of the State’s jurisdiction, because now everything can contribute to or hurt the health of the people. The law is now unlimited and the State becomes unlimited.’

When the law has a positive function it becomes the business of the state not to control evil, but to control all men. A positive conception of the law is basic to all totalitarianism. Moreover, this means that no area of liberty can exist for man. There is no area of things indifferent, or to use the New Testament expression, ” {?} ,” of things that are not in the province of the law. All actions, thought, and concerns, the State must govern in the name of “public health.” The health of the people is the highest law. And of course, the idea of an omnicompetent State, a totally competent State means an incompetent people. So when the State assumes a positive function, it means that the people are a negative factor. When the law as in scripture is given a negative function, it is assumed that the people are a positive force. And under positive law, the State becomes nursemaid, to childish, immature people who are not developed enough, not capable enough to take care of themselves.’ (0:13:23 in the sermon)

At this point, it is instructive to understand what the scripture means by the word “a fool.” And I think since Proverbs teaches us most about fools, it would be worthwhile to examine a commentary on Proverbs, and a summation of what Proverbs teaches concerning the fool. And I shall quote, this is a summation of the teachings of scripture, and I shall not take the time to read all of the Biblical citations. “The root of his trouble is spiritual, not mental. He likes his folly, going back to it like a dog that returns to his vomit. He has no reverence for Truth, preferring comfortable illusions. At bottom, what he is rejecting is the fear of the Lord. It is this that constitutes him a fool. And this that makes his complacency tragic. For the careless ease of fools shall destroy him. In society, the fool is in a word, a menace. At best, he wastes your time. You will not find a word of sense in him.” That’s a literal quotation from Proverbs 14: 7. And he may be a more serious nuisance if he has an idea in his head nothing will stop him. “Let a bear robbed of her whelps meet a man rather than a fool in his folly.” Whether that folly is some prank that is beyond a joke, or some quarrel he must pick and run to death. Give him a wide berth for the companion of fools shall smart for him. And if you want to send him away, don’t send him with a message. This is the fool. And folly is built into a fool! It is his nature, it is his love, it is his being.’

Let us examine then a little more closely, a positive functioning of the law where most people do consider it good in the area where I have just been discussing: doctors. It is interesting to note that the federal control and federal and state legislations governing doctors was a work of the Rockefeller Foundation and family. It began about the time most of us were born. The Rockefeller family felt the State should enter into this area and control the doctors. Not too long ago there was an anniversary volume written, I think, on the 50 years of the Rockefellers in this area, congratulating themselves on the tremendous progress in medicine. Now the question we need to ask, “Has this progress be due to governmental control or the work of the medical profession? Has not the profession been responsible for its own progress?” And here is another fact: as the State controls increase, there are growing charges of malpractice. And suits for malpractice. Why? As a matter of fact, the federal government is busy now investigating doctors and drug companies. This book for example, is based entirely on testimony before Congress about the evils of the profession. What is involved here?’

Now I must leave you on your own. I hope I have given you enough to tickle your curiosity to finish reading or listening to: Negativism and the Law

A SONG NOW MUCH IN VOGUE IN NORTH AMERICA

1768

Instead of Sam’s Wisdom, Today learn a new song

Here are the lyrics and this is the link to the song with its musical score.

Come join band in hand, brave Americans all,

And rouse your bold hearts at fair Liberty’s call;

No tyrannous acts, shall suppress your just claim,

Or stain with dishonor America’s name.

In freedom we’re born, and in freedom we’ll live;

Our purses are ready,

Steady, Friends, steady,

Not as slaves, but as freemen our money we’ll give.

Our worthy forefathers – let’s give them a cheer –

To climates unknown did courageously steer;

Thro’ oceans to deserts, for freedom they came,

And, dying, bequeath’d us their freedom and fame.

Their generous bosoms all dangers despis’d,

So highly, so wisely, their birthrights they priz’d;

We’ll keep what they gave, we will piously keep,

Nor frustrate their toils on the land or the deep.

The Tree, their own hands had to Liberty rear’d,

They lived to behold growing strong and rever’d;

With transport then cried, – ” Now our wishes we gain,

For our children shall gather the fruits of our pain.”

How sweet are the labors that freemen endure,

That they shall enjoy all the profit, secure, –

No more such sweet labors Americans know,

If Britons shall reap what Americans sow,

Swarms of placemen and pensioners’ soon will appear, Like locusts deforming the charms of the year:

Suns vainly will rise, showers vainly descend,

If we are to drudge for what others shall spend.

Then join hand in hand brave Americans all,

By uniting we stand, by dividing we fall;

In so righteous a cause let us hope to succeed,

For Heaven approves of each generous deed.

All ages shall speak with amaze and applause,

Of the courage we’ll show in support of our laws;

To die we can bear, – but to serve we disdain,

For shame is to freemen more dreadful than pain.

This bumper I crown for our sovereign’s health,

And this for Britannia’s glory and wealth;

That wealth, and that glory immortal may be,

If she is but just, and we are but free.

In freedom we’re born, &c.

Ohio Constitution Project

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Because you keep asking –

References:

1. I found this presentation from Doug to mirror the Liberty Pastors and Ministers of not only the Founding Era but also the First Great Awakening. On Humming “A Mighty Fortress” Through Your Masks | Doug Wilson

2. John Calvin’s Theology Of Resistance by Michael R. Gilstrap

3. Belcher Foundation: Samuel Cooke, The True Principles of Civil Government (1770)

4. Belcher Foundation: Abraham Keteltas, God Arising and Pleading His People’s Cause (1777) (PDF)

5. Belcher Foundation: Foreshadowing the American Revolution: Edward Holyoke States That the Form of Government Originates from the People — But That Theory Only Works If the People Have Integrity and Religion

6. Roman Principle accepted by Great Britain After WW II: The NHS proves there’s always been an alternative

 

1Historical reference to King Charles IX who allowed the single day murder of Huguenots know as the St. Bartholomew massacre. Three to five thousand Huguenots were murdered in one day in Paris alone.

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