Returning to God
If we wish to fix the Root Cause, we must return to God, as the only sensible object of trust.
“But without faith it is impossible to please Him: for anyone who comes to God must believe that He exists, and that He is the One Who rewards those who diligently seek Him.”
“I say to you, ‘Ask, and it shall be given you. Seek, and you shall find. Knock, and it shall be opened to you. For every one who asks, receives; he who seeks, finds; and he who knocks, it shall be opened to him.
‘If a son asks for bread from any of you fathers, will he give him a stone? If he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent instead of a fish? If he asks for an egg, will he offer him a scorpion?
‘If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him?’ ”
“When the Spirit of truth comes, He will guide you into all truth: for He shall not speak of Himself; but whatever He hears, He shall speak: and He will show you things to come. He shall glorify Me: for He shall receive My things, and show them to you. All things that the Father has are Mine: therefore I said, that He shall take My things, and show them to you.”
These three passages are enough to get anybody started. God is the Greatest of all Monarchs. Yet, He did not say to Adam, “This is how it is.” He brought the animals to Adam, and said in effect, “Figure it out.” As the teaching ministry of the Holy Spirit again becomes active in our lives, we will discover more and more truth with each passing day. We will learn to trust God as our true and only best friend. As we grow in understanding the Bible, we will learn to participate in God’s conversation with Moses and all the prophets. As we learn to trust God, we will learn to love Him. But trust and love do not spring into full bloom in an instant: they develop day-by-day and year-by-year as the direct consequence of diligent searching for truth and wisdom.
Trust God; Love God and Man
But what about man? How can I develop trust in my fellow man? You should never trust your fellow man. You shouldn’t even trust yourself. Trust God: that is enough. You have no need for idols in your life, and you shouldn’t make your brother or sister into such an idol by deferring trust to them. Trust belongs to God alone. But as you learn to love God, you will learn to love your fellow man. You will learn how to confess your own sins, and how to be forgiven. In that process, you will learn how to accept the confessions of others, and how to forgive them in return. You will discover that God’s Kingdom is the Kingdom of forgiveness. You will also come to know that God hates slavery and the central result of His law and love is the crushing of slavery and the bringing of freedom.
Do you trust our government leaders? Why? A recent 60 Minutes broadcast revealed common ways our leaders defraud the populace. Legal, but corrupt use of PAC funds; legal, but immoral insider trading; unjust use of influence; retiring to the lobbying profession are a few of the issues that top the list of offenses. Our government leaders are unworthy of our trust.
Crushing Debt Slavery
By now it should be clear to you that our current system of debt is appropriately called debt slavery. This death grip that debt has on us must be broken. Historically, we have tried to solve the problem of debt slavery by bailing out mega-banks and giant corporations. How is this working out for you? Take a look at your life savings, and then take a look at Detroit.
Detroit is fighting to fix its own problems, without any help from the federal government. Local action can, will, and must win the day. If we stand around waiting for handouts, we will wait in vain. The sort of financial aid that is available for natural disasters, is simply not available in Detroit.
I don’t know about your life savings; but the series of bailouts for the hyper-wealthy took at least half of mine.
The solution is the same in both cases: sweat equity in local action; neighbor helping neighbor; getting out of debt, and staying out of debt; building a zero leverage economy; putting the Banker Barons out of business; eliminating predatory loans and other corrupt lending practice.
The current policy of bailouts must be stopped. If any bailouts are extended, they should be given to the working poor: people on the brink of losing their homes; victims of predatory loans; college kids in debt up to their eyeballs, who can’t find jobs.
The current practice of lending money to gullible college kids needs to be crushed: it is predatory. If a college education is necessary, there must be a demand for it. Such a demand must come from fishing, farming, factories, or government. Those who stand to profit by education must pay for it. If education is unprofitable, it doesn’t need to exist. Only a sucker buys such an expensive product with no hope of financial return at the other end. This means that all higher education should be scholarship driven: no scholarship, no education.
Many large businesses have an education package for full time employees. Tuition is paid for a wide variety of subjects: usually dependent on receipt of a passing grade. Get a job first, then get your employer to pay for school; or else find another source of grant money: not mom and dad. Do not go in debt to go to college. The promise of better jobs is a lie, it is so much propaganda. If there are better jobs, they will be willing to pay for education up front.
Don’t get suckered-in to education idolatry: it’s a business transaction, bargain until you find a profitable deal. If a more profitable deal is not forthcoming, your current minimum wage job may be the best offer you have. Don’t jump out of the frying pan and into the fire trying to make it better. A college degree that gets you another minimum wage job and a mountain of debt is no bargain.
Breaking the Back of the Industrial-Political Complex
Currently, the law sees corporations as persons. They possess nearly every right, except the right to vote. This doesn’t really matter, because they control vast amounts of money and enormous power. Many folks seem to confuse corporation with cooperation. But a corporation is frequently a cruel totalitarian dictatorship that strips people of all dignity and freedom: it is another form of slave state. The feudal leaders of giant corporations control: education, and how we think; government, and what our vote means; powerful lobbies that manipulate change in their favor, all to the detriment of the people.
Some of you will see this as a tirade against wealth. It is not. The vast oceans of wealth controlled by massive corporations were not obtained by earning, but by fraud; not by effort, but by theft. They are called Robber Barons for a reason. These feudal empires not only stole the country’s wealth, they stole the country’s legal government. There is nothing wrong with wealth rightfully earned. There is something dreadfully wrong with special privilege at law.
We must find the way to restore State supremacy and Constitutional authority. If necessary, we need to go on a massive trust busting spree. Corporate lobbying of any kind or amount must be made against the law. We need to change the way we elect public officials to make them responsible to the law and to the populace.
Abolishing Gigantic Central Government
Nor is this a plug for the Libertarian Party. As far as I can tell the Libertarian Party has never fielded a credible candidate; or produced any platform other than, if it’s big, we’re against it. The Constitution of the United States has an adequate idea for handling man’s inherent lack of trustworthiness. It rests on mutual accountability between brothers and sisters in balance of power, and limitation of government.
However, the framers of the Constitution, developing a system to coordinate thirteen colonies, could not have foreseen either fifty States or the industrial revolution coming. What is necessary is that the Constitution be shored up to restore its original effectiveness, to reclaim State supremacy, and to replace every possible administration and decision with local action. There are only three exceptions to this rule; there are only three reasons to have a central government at all.
The only three fundamental objectives of national government are: to provide for the national defense, to administer international trade and relations, and to insure domestic tranquility. Let us be exceedingly clear. We need a national defense, we do not need to be the world’s dominant warlord enforcing our policy on any and every other nation. We need to administer international trade and relations, we do not need to pursue a demonic ideal of manifest destiny, or shove democracy down our neighbor’s throats. We need domestic tranquility, we need a method to arbitrate inter-State disputes, not a way to take over State government, responsibility, and sovereignty.
In my view, this last goal would be best served by a board of the States Governors. In other words all “Police Powers” would be removed from federal control. The National Guard would once again become State Militias, only accountable to the President upon Congressional declaration of war. States would retain all rights of conscription. The FBI would be reorganized to report to the Governors. Homeland Security would be dissolved. The secretaries of the Treasury, Attorney general, Interior, Agriculture, Commerce, Labor, HHS, HUD, Energy, Education, EPA, and SBA would all be removed from the President’s Cabinet and placed under the authority of the board of Governors. Court resolution of inter-State disputes would be resolved by inter-State courts.
The President would be left with Secretaries of State, Defense, and Administrative staff. The federal government would have no right of conscription. Federal military organizations would by manned only by volunteers. It would be against the law to delegate defense activities, CIA or otherwise, to contractors.
The Congress and Supreme Court would be limited in scope to these same national issues. The Supreme Court would confine itself to Constitutional law and get out of the business of criminal and tort law unless such specifically pertain to federal fraud or international crime.
It is easy to see this as federal government bashing. It is not. The sober reality is that the States share the blame for this Constitutional fraud: they are derelict in their duty. The federal government stepped into the power vacuum when States refused to exercise their Constitutional responsibilities. There is no good reason to fight for the restoration of Constitutional law, as this paper does, if it means that the States will continue with business as usual. States need to get off their respective dead derrieres, and swing into decisive and responsible Constitutional action. If necessary, they must form an alliance to do so.
The Problem is Global
We are concerned about far more than a shutdown of the United States economy. The world economy is now in danger. This cannot be fixed as long as people believe that democracy is the road to freedom. Freedom lies along the path of minimal national governments, maximum local control; people allowed to become problem-solvers in the field of their own choice, without fear of being eaten alive by their own governments. Learning to keep our noses out of our neighbor’s business, as long as he doesn’t burn our house down. This is what a republic is and does. A growing number of militant Christians seems to be developing: Christians who want a dictatorship. Neither democracy nor dictatorship is a solution.
What is the Biblical form of Government
We have previously called the universal Divine Government a Monarchy. This is not technically correct. The Divine Government is a Triarchy, which presents as a Monarchy. The Father is the head of the Trinity, but He is co-equal with the Son and with the Holy Ghost. The Father has delegated all authority to the Son, Who reigns at the Father’s right hand as the Sovereign Monarch of the Universe. Yet in the same eternal plan, the Father delegates the administration of the Kingdom through the Holy Ghost, Who proceeds from the Father. At the Son’s request the Holy Ghost is sent into the world in the Son’s Name to comfort The Church on earth.
Many people believe that the best form of government is a benevolent dictatorship. This cannot be true. We observed that in the case with Adam, God let Adam figure things out for himself. It is man’s God given task, through the proper use of science and other problem solving tools to figure things out. God has never acted with man as a benevolent dictator. Instead, He has always been to us a patient and loving Father.
When mankind achieved sufficient maturity in time, God provided for the establishment of a Divine nation under law. The purpose of that law was to more fully disclose the nature of God’s love for His creation; to gently persuade them to love Him in return; and finally to love their fellow man. The nature and result of that law was to abolish slavery from the face of the earth, and crush it out of existence. Unfortunately, the bulk of mankind was insufficiently mature to grasp even this. Many people, through their own cruelty and slavery to idols, brought themselves under the penalty of death. This penalty was always present from Adam onward, but God’s grace was always available, even though it was generally refused. Man has always, since Adam, had a bent toward waging war with God.
When that Divinely instituted nation had advanced enough, God provided them with a king. At first God gave them the king that the people wanted. From this the people learned the painful lesson that things became disastrous when they got what they thought they wanted: they still needed guidance and teaching, even under a perfect law. Then God replaced the popular king with the shepherd king. This shepherd king did not behave as an ordinary monarch. At no time did God give them a benevolent dictator. Yet, even under the shepherd king, they were not sufficiently mature to resist the temptations of idolatry.
As the years passed, God witnessed the sinful human division of His Divinely instituted nation and the ultimate collapse of both of its halves. Evidently, God’s teaching method involves letting rebellious sinners suffer under their own devious plots, until they learn to live better lives. This is a constant theme in the Psalms.
Eventually, the Divinely instituted nation learned to hate idolatry, but when they re-gathered, God refused to dwell among them; they remained as vassals to other nations for hundreds of years; and lapsed into a cruel and bitter legalism, even though their idolatry appeared to be gone.
The final outcome of this was that when the Shepherd King finally returned they murdered Him. He however, could not be defeated by death; He raised from the dead; was seated on David’s throne; and petitioned the Father to send the Holy Ghost in His name. Now God has provided for the establishment of a Divine world under law and Gospel.
The Holy Ghost proceeded to complete the reorganization of the Divine Kingdom on earth, The Church: not by dictatorship, but by guidance of the individual citizens in the way of truth.
For the organization of this Kingdom, He provided Apostles, as He had previously provided prophets: not as dictators, but as living foundation stones for the Kingdom. And so this Kingdom continues in construction to this very day, as this same Holy Ghost gently leads people into becoming living stones in this Kingdom, this Glorious Temple, the Wonderful City of God.
How is this Government Applied Today?
I’m not sure that there is any one best way. These things are certain: One, it is not now, nor has it ever been any form of democracy. Two, it is not now, nor has it ever been any form of dictatorship. The most successful governments have been those of shepherd monarchies with limited power. The best of these governments was limited. The monarch confined himself to international relations, and peacekeeping. Worship was regulated under a distinct headship, as the Kingdom of priests was gathered under a leading priest, ultimately under and for the worship of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. The monarch was never the head of the Church. The metropolitan was never a government official. The office of the Laity in the common pursuits of society was not usurped. Thus, people were set free for the love and worship of God, and to their individual gifts and pursuits. There is a collegiality, not a democracy, shared by those who are given the Holy Ghost.
The United States originally envisioned such a collegial plan. The foundational monarchy belonged to those whose homes were their castles. States and Counties had sovereign dominion. A federal government was establish to facilitate cooperation, not domination, particularly in national defense: even here the States acted largely independently.
The Constitution even provides for a national monarch, whose powers and terms are limited, and who is elected from the common people. What is different about the Unites States is that there is no American royalty: there is collegiality among the Populace. The monarch is not royalty, nor does he pass his scepter to his heir. The American monarch is never above the law, but always under it.
In science, this form of behavior is known as a swarm. Three things are necessary for the behavior of a swarm: One, a designed-in and created capability is necessary. The swarm is not free and cannot function outside of its capabilities. Two, the swarm members function as interdependent individuals that find their relationships through built in laws, or codes: most specifically, the Decalogue. Three, the swarm is frequently led by one of its members: namely, Jesus Christ.
As with a flock of ducks or geese, the members seem to function independently: they do function voluntarily. If one member dies the others fill in the vacancy and continue to function. The formation is unbroken. The swarm or flock finds its optimum freedom in the formation: especially as observed in flight. In the case of Christ, He can no longer die, He cannot be replaced.
What are the Main Forms of Slavery Today?
The main forms of slavery today are: the selling of democracy and dictatorship as forms of freedom; the encroachment of strong central government that usurps Constitutional authority granted to States; the development of the industrial-political establishment into a feudal system; debt.
How Do We Restore Freedom?
As it stands today, the United States federal government is out of control, and sees itself as answerable to no one, not even to God. What’s the point of having a Constitution if we’re not going to live in accordance with it? Once a nation commits to living outside of the law, there is very little chance of convincing the populace to obey the law. Disrespect only breeds more disrespect. This is not what I signed up for in military service.
In the business of spinning propaganda we never discuss zero debt. We always sell the theoretical ideal of a balanced budget. The supposedly free-market economy is never again allowed to be free. The demagogues who insist that the only way out of economic disaster is to spend our way out, are unwilling to let the economy self-balance to zero debt. Consequently, they pontificate that budget cutting does not work. They are simply unwilling to return to a zero debt economy.
Having said that, the growth of the Gross National Product is not a good indicator of economic health and stability. It is only a good indicator of an encroaching and growing powerful central government. The surefire indicators of economic health and stability are zero debt and a surplus of jobs. With the generation of surplus jobs, minimum wages cease to be an issue, provided that the Robber Barons are not permitted to defraud the workforce.
What Must We Do?
For starters, we must return to God. No, I don’t mean more lip-service; we must get serious and sincere in our worship. We must stop trying to tell God what we want, and start begging Him to lead us in His mercy.
When we do that, everything else will pretty much fall into place. We will find the way to Unite in following God. This will not, and can never be a Unity of compromise; it is, and will ever be a Unity of obedience, a Unity of Law in Grace. God will give us the courage, creativity, and wisdom to figure this out. We will find the way to undue all the evils discussed in this paper, and many others. We have until January, when the next disaster is scheduled to hit.
 Hebrews 11:6, my paraphrase
 Luke 11:9-13
 John 16:13-18
 Genesis 2:19-20
 Exodus 33:11
 Exodus 20:1-2; Deuteronomy 5:6; Exodus 20:3-17; Deuteronomy 5:7-21; John 8:32, 36; 10:10.
 Washington's open secret: Profitable PACs, October 20, 2013 4:37 PM: http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/ ?id=50157523n.
 http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/2013/03/student-loan-borrowers-shouldn-t-get-a-degree-in-debt/index.htm, http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/magazine/2012/04/student-debt-grows-to-alarming-levels/index.htm
 Ironically, a friend of mine busted his neck to finish college this way, but his employer then refused to promote him. He quit. The employer is bankrupt. Which of them mismanaged their resources?
 ROTC and the GI Bill are excellent resources, but you have to join the military. Four years work for a full ride scholarship is not a bad deal.
 This is not my idea, see James 5:4.
 Unidentified citizens crippled a railroad trestle at Skeleton, Oklahoma (1894), ostensibly because the railroad refused to obey public law and stop. The idea that corporate power can overthrow State and local law is foreign to the constitution. Today, railroads are still granted special privileges under federal law: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ Railroad_Wars.
 It is possible that we should have paid better attention to Ross Perot. Unfortunately, Mr. Perot is more of a problem-solver than a decision-maker or implementer: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ross_Perot.
 We need to level the economic playing field. As long as Americans are going jobless, it is foolish to send those jobs out of country just to cut costs. The real purpose of sending jobs out of country is to crush American labor, through unfair and unjust competition. We need to exact stiff duties, say ten percent for starters, on all imported goods and services. This is especially tricky in the case of services, because these are virtually invisible. Even so, it is absurd to try to build our national technology, while the jobs for that technology are being undercut by other nations. We need to make it illegal for noncitizens to own United States real estate or stock in American corporations and other businesses. We need to stop large corporations from moving their, often phantom, headquarters overseas, as a tax dodging strategy.
 Democracy is a form of slavery anyway, and we ought to hate it with flaming passion.
 Veterans Affairs would be handled either by State Militias or by the Secretary of Defense, whichever employs them.
 Individuals fomenting terrorism would be returned to the asylum of their nation of origin, and banned from reentry into the United States, upon penalty of death.
 Please give attention to the plural, thrones. “For there are set thrones of judgment, the thrones of the house of David.” Psalm 122:5
 There never were twelve tribes of Israel: for Jacob adopted both of Joseph’s sons, bring the number to thirteen. When Paul is added he becomes the thirteenth Apostle. The Apostles replace and become the heads of the thirteen tribes of Israel. Jesus also trained and sent out seventy: these replace and become the new Sanhedrin, although we know little of their activities, the number seventy, when considered alongside all the other Old Testament tangencies, cannot be accidental. Jesus intended to replace Israel-Judah with a new kingdom, The Church. The Holy Ghost implements this Divine plan according its Divine schedule. Today, a republic most closely resembles this form of government.
 This structure under Anglicanism appears to be a serious mistake, both is civil and in church government.
 This is not a plug for any of those excesses sometimes found in tongue speaking, snake handling, lying miracles, and the like. It simply notes that God’s principle gift to The Church, to all Christians everywhere, is the gift of the Holy Ghost.
 We are reminded that this is the historic meaning of Senatus Populusque Romanus (SPQR). Rome had a monarch, but Rome was never a pure monarchy: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SPQR