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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

I am part of a team developing a course on the Ohio Constitution. This course is as the national project by the Institute On The Constitution to ensure that there is a solid lecture series for each State.

For Ohio, to complete the printing and shooting the videos that will be associated with this course we need to raise $10,000.00 total. We have $1,000.00 in the kitty now so we need to raise $9,000 more. Contact me for the address to the Institute On The Constitution who holds the money in escrow for this effort.

Please see this page for more details on this Ohio and National Progects.

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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3-6-21 Liberty, Freedom and Resistance – Mayhew ‘Unlimited Submission’

Liberty, Freedom and Resistance

Liberty, Freedom and ResistanceThere are the subtle differences in Liberty and Freedom that need to be clarified. In our modern times those words have become synonymous. With having clarity of the differences we can then look at what is proper Resistance to evil – tyranny and despotism.

Liberty and Freedom, in these modern times, are defined moment by moment as the postmodern elites chose to recite the sounds so as to be the ‘Pied Piper’ leading the masses into the river of slavery.

In this era of the ChicomFlu data manipulation and deceptions, the rational for bureaucrats and governors to be despots is for the securing of your ‘Freedom’ to be ‘normal.’ But… you must give up your fundamental Liberties to regain your Freedom.

Enter the ‘new age’ of slavery: at least four future generations of debt to international and fiat money (China and the Federal Reserve), voting nationalized and meaningless (HR1), the Logan’s Run Carousel-Renewal (Covid inoculation), travel only with documentation (inoculation certificate), forced method of transportation and comfort (Green New Deal), muzzled (masks and communications), anxiety-depression-disassociation (manipulated mental health). Continue reading

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11-28-20 Unseen Warfare

Unseen Warfare Unseen Warfare

For all of created time mankind has been a part of Unseen Warfare. It is time to return to ‘A Defense of Liberty Against Tyrants’ since we are experiencing the warfare before our eyes in the ‘Battle for the White House,’ Our Free Christianity, Our Western Culture and the Republic as a whole.

Now, this is the short newsletter version and if you are interested, you can find the full version on the web site Monday. I must tell you clearly, that the program is a rerun since we ran out of time in this sort Thanksgiving week. It was not possible to get things to the producer in any timely manner. The Producers pick for this Saturday, 11/28, is “Samuel Langdon – Government Corrupted By Vice.” Face it, the demon-crats and establishment repudicans are corrupt! Continue reading

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6-20-20 Political Theology – Escape From CHAZ

Escape From CHAZ Escape From CHAZ

I thought it appropriate to consider what is would be like to make the movie ‘Escape From CHAZ’. As I noted in last weeks program, I am not remotely surprised by the upheaval or the emergence of the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone ‘CHAZ.’ As any of us who have been watching what has happened in education, particularly over the last fifty plus years, is the inculcation of Marxists agitation, the withdraws of Foundational Christianity from all of life and the expulsion of truthful foundational history.

To see the cauldron of cultivated indoctrination frothing and boiling over with the witches brew of anarchy and Bolshevism running the likes of CHAZ and the riots across the land is the utter failure of the establishment churches in these United States. The only means for an ‘Escape From CHAZ’ is another ‘Great Awakening’ with a foundational and historical – Biblical reformation of the churches in America. Bad theology is at the core of the unrest Continue reading

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5-30-20 Political Theology: Unmasking and Richard Baxter

Political Theology: Unmasking and Richard Baxter

This week we are returning to my theme of Political Theology. In particular the Unmasking of masking in relationship to Richard Baxter.

For those of you who do not know Richard Baxter, he was one of the key 17th Century Puritan church leaders. Now many pastors out there like Baxter because he is known as ‘a Pastors – Pastor.’ He has a lot to say about what that means in relationship to congregational leadership and development but… What they ignore is that he was a standard barer for Liberty and what moderns have come to term in a nasty way – Theonomy or a 17th Century variation of it. Continue reading

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4-4-20 Political Theology – The Same Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow?

Revolving History

In evangelical circles over the last 40ish years I have heard preachers say, “God is the Same Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow!” Over these many years, I have always wondered if these were parrots chirping the words or if in fact they believed them. I’m results oriented. I believe that ‘words’ have meanings. As I discussed, when reacquainting with a O’l Navy shipmate now top theologian, I believe we live our eternity Now. And I absolutely believe that God is unequivocally the Same Today as well as Yesterday and Tomorrow.

What’s all that have to do with the present panic and political theology? Continue reading

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2-1-2020 Political Theology Part 2 – Eliminate History

Political Theology Part 2  Moral Relativism

Political Theology Part 2 is the next installment in that the two-hundred and twenty year downward spiral of Foundational truth, philosophy and Reformation Christianity. Over the course of the last two weeks I’ve continued to research the decline of our National Heritage, being Reformation Orthodox Christianity.

It continuously appears that America has never really been able to make a full disconnect from the travesties that occur in England or on the European Continent. This is in complete context to that which Lord North said should be the subversive means of destroying the Liberty mindedness of We The People. His effectively stated that – if the frivolity of the Continent (Europe) was introduced and kept at the forefront of the Colonies; they would lose their desire for liberty. This is still true in our present time!

Not only frivolity but the vain philosophies that came as part of education in the 1700’s. That being the so called scholars, theologians or political ideologies. Let’s not get all mushy and put clarity aside when considering the Foundational Religious positioning during the kick start of this Nation. I’m talking this on the program. Continue reading

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1-11-20 Political Theology Part 1

Political Theology  Political Theology

What is Political Theology? Many chant the deception of ‘Separation of Church and State’ while at the same time institutionalizing social justice, cultural marxism, socialism, climate change, immorality, non-biological compatible marriage, abortion/infanticide, euthanasia and many other belief systems. Not only have these belief systems – religions – been institutionalized but they have been codified or justified (made precedents) by the courts. Is this anything new in regard to sustaining ‘Liberty’ as assumed in the uniqueness of American Constitutionalism? Did the challenges of controversial Theological positions foster the ‘call to arms’ by the Revolutionary Founders of the United States? Did Sam Adams have a say in this Controversy? What is the simple definition of ‘religion’ and associated ‘theology?’

The simple answers are right out of Ecclesiastes 1:9 – there is nothing new under the sun and The First Commandment. Continue reading

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2018 Summary and Theological Governance

2018 SummaryJehu takes out Ahab's relations

Another year has passed with many Blessings and travails. Today’s program is a quick 2018 Summary. I have been teasing you over the last year regarding my perspective of Theological Governance. Obviously I don’t have sufficient time to cover the depth of Theological Governance in any academic manner. There in lies the problem, in the last 100 years: Academics have babbled and blundered the Foundational Theology of Governance.

I make a very heartfelt attempt at the KISS principle regarding this topic. There are others that I prefer to reference regarding Theological Governance / Theonomy – who can be found in a number of the other programs. So you can either go search the archives or just take today for what it is. Continue reading

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8-22-18 Local Levies plus Political Theology and International Law

Early voting (Absentee Voting) in Ohio begins in two week. We have critical issues on the ballot of which Local Levies are the most impacting to every property owner. I Unaffordability of Local Levieshave been a member of a nine county Tax Working Group since the end of May. This program will ultimately focus on “YOU” taxing yourself to the potential of eviction. Where I live we are seeing more people, especially those on fixed incomes, having to sell their homes and property because the property taxes are forcing them to do so. This is a National Epidemic that only a Citizen can address.

The Links to Self-inflicted Eviction and Part 3 of the article I wrote for the Geauga County TEA Party Newsletter are in the References for you to get the details on this issue. Most is particular to Geauga County Ohio but the concept of “inside and outside” millage is the same everywhere. Continue reading

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