‘Are men the property of the state? Or are they free souls under God? This same battle continues throughout the world today.’ -Cecil B. DeMille, The Ten Commandments, 1956
The Ten Commandments are best interpreted when they are understood in the context of a constitution given to a people recently freed from human civil bondage who were formally property of the State of Egypt. The Israelites, having repented of and forsaking Egyptian citizenship, then received the ten Laws in the wilderness as they endeavored to form their new, free society. Likewise, the Christians, having repented of and forsaking Roman citizenship, received the Perfect Law of Liberty as they underwent their baptisms and began to form their network of congregations sustained by charity and jurisdictional purity. Both historical ceremonies, the Exodus and Pentecost, establish a salvation of men from civil bondage into the Kingdom of God, and therefore one fact becomes increasingly clear. The law of God becomes the only constitution capable of keeping men free from the dominion of man. One stark implication of this reality is that one common suggestion that the constitution of the United States was inspired by God, like many american patriots endeavor to claim, is one that shows an ignorance of the purpose of the American constitution and a willingness to ally oneself with a god other than the one of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
Referring to the Ten Commandments as a constitution might be a foreign concept to most, but this is most likely due to the fact that churchians look at Scripture through a hyper-spiritual, fairly superstitious, and strictly personal lens. Under such a worldview, the ten commandments become personal guide stones and a moral checklist rather than a framework by which to judge nations which it is meant to be.
‘The Bible is for the Government of the People, by the People, and for the People.’ -John Wycliffe, 1384
The preamble of God’s constitution reads thusly:
‘I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.’
The bondage that Egypt provided for its citizens was one of ‘corvee’, also known as statute labor. Scripture tells us that the Israelites had suffered under an income tax agreement with Joseph of twenty percent of their labor. (In fact, that rate is still the relative average for Egypt today.) God had unequivocally referred to that arrangement as a bondage and slavery that can only be remedied through redemption. Americans today, however, pay anywhere from thirty to 50 percent and foolishly refer to their own arrangements as an evidence of their liberty in ‘the greatest country on earth’, in crippling ignorance of God’s constitution that offers real liberty. The point that God is making in declaring the He brought the Israelites out of bondage is to establish that the Israelites did not free themselves from their own covetous and slothful entanglements, but that it was the Providence of God that liberated them upon their repentance, by their hope and faith.
‘Redemption is deliverance from the power of an alien dominion and the enjoyment of the resulting freedom. It involves the idea of restoration to one who possesses a more fundamental right or interest. The best example of redemption in the Old Testament was the deliverance of the children of Israel from bondage, from the dominion of the alien power in Egypt.’ -Zondervan’s Pictorial Encyclopedia of the Bible
‘Thou shalt have no other gods before me.’
Whereas most people who read this phrase assume it to refer to imaginary, superstitious, and ‘religious‘ figureheads, in actuality the Hebrew, Greek and even Latin words for ‘god‘ also means ‘magistrate, or ruling judge.’ It is true that pagan nations have often ‘worshipped‘ other ‘deities’, the most familiar being the Greek, Roman, Egyptian or even Norse pantheons, all of which having strikingly similar characteristics and mythologies to each other. This probably has something to do with the fact that they all represent civil institutions, whose temples were places of government bureaucracy including banking, public education, welfare, agriculture, and military. All of which are included by the pantheon of the United States. The Israelites were instructed to not raise up men to rule over them which is an affront to God who desires to be their ruler without competition. It is almost arbitrary for translators to take the Hebrew word ‘elohyim’ and the Greek word ‘theos’ and make them both say either ‘judges’ or ‘gods’, but those two terms are indistinguishable in their original languages and have the same meaning. ‘God’ is undoubtedly a concept closely related to being an authority with civil jurisdiction, moreso than it is strictly a theological reference. So, the point in God declaring that His people should have ‘no other gods’ is to tell his people not to establish a ruler to exercise authority over themselves, determining right and wrong through a legal system, and establishing a providence through benefits and military protection is in direct competition with the God of the Bible. This necessarily includes the magistrates that Americans have established for themselves through the authoritarianism of democracy.
‘For so it was, that the children of Israel had sinned against the Lord their God, which had brought them up out of the land of Egypt, from under the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt, and had feared other gods, and walked in the statutes of the heathen, whom the Lord cast out from before the children of Israel, and of the kings of Israel, which they had made.’ (2 Kings 17:7-8)
‘Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth:’
The purpose of statues made out of precious metals like a golden calf, which was a common practice throughout the ancient world (it was even practiced in New Testament Rome) was to display a reserve fund of the people. When the people pool their collective resources together and make monetary sacrifices to the community reserve for the socialist good of their whole society, then the result is that they have enslaved each other and themselves through a social contract as a mutual surety for the well-being of their society. When this occurs, every participant is consenting to be forced to provide for their neighbor through taxation unto the collective fiscal bureaucracy because it promises them strength-in-numbers where they live their lives by the assured contract of sight rather than the organic relationships of faith and personal responsibility. The federal reserve bank in America may not be represented by a literal graven image of a man or an animal, but the United States does have plenty of that kind of symbolism that readily corresponds to its own institution of statue labor and national identity. Between Mount Rushmore, the Statue of Liberty, and animism in bald eagles are just a few of the examples that serve the same purpose as the golden calf and other institutional idolatry for those who are enslaved by an income tax in the United States.
‘In Egypt, the centralized system and the excellent organization of harvests in state warehouses facilitated the development of the banking system.’ -A Sketch History of Banking, Camelia Maria Manea, University of Pitesti
‘Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.’
Most of what is considered ‘the legal system’ in the United States right now is boiled down in principle to contract law (exemplified by the constitution). When you receive a benefit or make yourself eligible to receive a benefit from false gods and human magistrates (like socialist security), then you are compelled to become a liability for the institution that grants it. Anyone who can partake in a national economy with its fiat currency (because all of the real wealth is stored away by false gods, out of reach of the people), is also someone who has to provide for that economy with their labor (at least thirty to fifty percent of it in the United States). As we can see in America, as a prime example, that socialist curse is lasting to at least the third and fourth generation of those who began to enter in to such agreements. That curse will continue to affect future generations until the national economy collapses and the moth and rust have eaten up the worthless, paper currency. However, as the repentant slaves in Egypt, God will show mercy to those who forsake that socialist lifestyle and turn the other way, willing to go into the proverbial wilderness without institutional security and be ruled by God alone. You cannot have two constitutions to dictate your lifestyles and political existence, especially when they are in such direct contradiction to each other.
‘Labour was the first price, the original purchase-money that was paid for all things. It was not by gold or by silver, but by labour, that all wealth of the world was originally purchased.’ -Adam Smith, The Wealth of Nations
‘Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.’
While the Israelites were serving false gods in Egypt through statute labor and nationalistic identity, they were hypocritically calling themselves ‘God’s people’. Christians in America are doing the same thing today, despite the fact that God says he spits the lukewarm out of his mouth. However, He has established a kingdom for people who want to be ruled by him exclusively and not be ruled by human judges and magistrates while falsely calling themselves servants of God. Christ said not to pray to the fathers of the nations for daily bread (welfare) but to pray to ‘our Father who art in Heaven’. You cannot do both at the same time. To take God’s name or Christ’s name in vain, means that you are unfaithful to the principles and ideas represented by those names, while calling yourself faithful. Much like in matrimony, if a wife takes her husband’s name and devotes herself to another man, then she has taken his name in vain. In other words, thinking that nominally taking the label ‘Christian’ for yourself will spare you from the scrutiny and judgment about whether you have taken it sincerely, is practicing a form of witchcraft, relying on mere words to have a spellbinding effect of protection, while God will not hold you guiltless if your composure, lifestyle and citizenship do not reflect the Kingdom of Heaven and the God of Heaven. To take God’s name sincerely is to born again in God’s image.
‘For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people.’ (Hebrews 8:10)
‘Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.’
In civil bondage, the Israelites learned to take their rest before their work, by borrowing against the future, only to have to pay back the debts of society later by contract. In fact, this is the practice that they were committed to in order to even be eligible to sell themselves into civil bondage. They had to look to Pharaoh for protection and provision because they were not diligent to prepare against the famine that put their lives in jeopardy. In this way, they broke the Sabbath Principle through their sloth, reinforced by their covetous socialism. To become a free people, they had to learn to do the opposite: To labor today, and work hard to provide themselves and each other with a comfortable lifestyle so that they did not have to put their neighbor or children up as collateral to be enslaved to a system that they are borrowing from through benefits and welfare and entitlements. If they worked now, they could rest later without accrued debt. If they rested now, they would have to work twice as hard later, working off not just the principle of the credit, but the interest too. This is why the national economy of the United States is so far in debt that the people will never be able to pay it off. As a result, the people are selling their own children into bondage so that they may be able to collect social security later on, and to keep the national economy from drowning in its own reckoning. The bill always comes due, and societies based on this socialist model invariably collapse. Social security is the readiest available example of a collective credit scheme. Anything you pay into the system, through taxation, goes to alleviate the credit received by your parents and grandparents who signed you away as collateral. Anything you receive from the system, through benefits, is borrowed against your children and grandchildren whom you have delivered unto Baal as a surety for your promised prosperity and fiscal harvest.
‘But when a new generation arises and the democracy falls into the hands of the grandchildren of its founders, they have become so accustomed to freedom and equality that they no longer value them, and begin to aim at pre-eminence; and it is chiefly those of ample fortune who fall into this error. 6 So when they begin to lust for power and cannot attain it through themselves or their own good qualities, they ruin their estates, tempting and corrupting the people in every possible way. 7 And hence when by their foolish thirst for reputation they have created among the masses an appetite for gifts and the habit of receiving them, democracy in its turn is abolished and changes into a rule of force and violence. 8 For the people, having grown accustomed to feed at the expense of others and to depend for their livelihood on the property of others, as soon as they find a leader who is enterprising but is excluded from the houses of office by his penury, institute the rule of violence; 9 and now uniting their forces massacre, banish, and plunder, until they degenerate again into perfect savages and find once more a master and monarch.’ –Polybius: The Histories Fragments of Book VI, p289
‘Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.’
Children should remain in the equity of their parents instead of being adopted by rulers through legal citizenship which breaks up the family and installs human Benefactors as equitable ‘fathers‘ and demotes parents as ‘legal guardians‘. Through birth certification, human civil governments assume equitable rights to the education, discipline, healthcare, welfare, and best interests of the child. In exchange, parents receive tax write-offs, and the assurance that their biological offspring will be taken care of by the collective through taxation and bureaucracy. The honor prescribed by this commandment is a double-edged sword. Children should also take care of their parents in their old age and not rely on the social security of socialist benefactors which makes their neighbor liable for them through covetousness and sloth. Christ called this ‘the Corban that makes the word of God to none effect.’ Children should assume personal responsibility to care for the elderly of society and not rely on the man-made institutions that appear to be fine establishments but change the nature of society by giving it hard hearts as those personal responsibilities are outsourced, again, to the collective. When children effectively honor their parents, the political party of the family thrives, and the equity and allodium of the family taking dominion over the earth remains in the family instead of being broken up by institutions that weaken the family. In this way, free societies demand strong families, which enable for ‘thy days to remain long upon the land.’
Pursuant to the parens patriae doctrine, ‘the primary control and custody of infants is with the government…’ – Ex parte Wright, 225 Ala. 220
‘Thou shalt not kill.’
Literal murder is certainly wrong. It is self-evident that nobody needs to be instructed in this. Cain understood the gravity of fratricide. Moses originally fled Egypt to escape the recompense of killing an Egyptian. Certainly, the Israelites in Egypt were familiar with the atrocity of murder. Not only was it proscribed by Egyptian legalism, but they experienced first-hand their own attempted murder fleeing from Pharaoh’s military at the parting of the Red Sea. This point should not be belabored with too many examples, but it should be obviously absurd to think that God redeemed the Israelites into the wilderness to teach them not to murder.
All throughout scripture, God uses the words ‘kill’ and ‘murder’ as hyperbolic references to socialist practices like taxation and enticing each other into bondage. The most repetitive example is in Proverbs 1:
‘My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not. If they say, Come with us, let us lay wait for blood, let us lurk privily for the innocent without cause: Let us swallow them up alive as the grave; and whole, as those that go down into the pit: We shall find all precious substance, we shall fill our houses with spoil: Cast in thy lot among us; let us all have one purse: My son, walk not thou in the way with them; refrain thy foot from their path: For their feet run to evil, and make haste to shed blood. Surely in vain the net is spread in the sight of any bird. And they lay wait for their own blood; they lurk privily for their own lives. So are the ways of every one that is greedy of gain; which taketh away the life of the owners thereof.’ (Proverbs 1:10-19)
When men establish societies through greed by making every person responsible for every other person through taxation, statute labor, and socialism, they are taking the rights of their fellow man, especially regarding property and labor. God calls this ‘murder’, for any man who is a slave cannot be said to be truly alive so long as he is oppressed. Even if he is the author of his own oppression. Life is inseparable from liberty. Rights are the essence of ourselves. Death is inseparable from bondage. When you receive benefits, services, or bureaucratic policy extracted from your neighbor’s labor, you are compelling him to live for you. You have taken his life and stripped him of God’s image, and made him something debased, like a beast of burden, or a tool in the hands of your arbiters of human civil government. You have conquered his spirit, corrupted his essence, and drunk his lifeblood, strangled by contracted violence and force, polluting his sacrifice to provide for your creature comforts. It is no wonder that the patriarchs of Israel consequently found themselves in bondage after stripping their brother Joseph of his life by selling him into bondage.
‘Society will develop a new kind of servitude which covers the surface of society with a network of complicated rules, through which the most original minds and the most energetic characters cannot penetrate. It does not tyrannise but it compresses, enervates, extinguishes, and stupefies a people, till each nation is reduced to nothing better than a flock of timid and industrious animals, of which the government is the shepherd.’ ― Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America Volume 2
Thou shalt not commit adultery.
Like murder, the Israelites did not have to be escorted into the wilderness to learn that marital unfaithfulness is wrong. If the people had to be instructed that breaking marital vows is ignoble, then there would be no purpose in making marital vows in the first place. The vow itself implies the immorality of unfaithfulness.
God is using this conclusion of common sense as an idiom to describe political infidelity. When God’s people look for providence in the form of provision, justice, mercy, and protection from other gods in the form of magistrates, rulers, or Benefactors who exercise authority, and learn to serve that relationship through corvee, taxation, democracy, and nationalism, they are being unfaithful to God. Most of the time that the concepts of ‘adultery‘ and ‘fornication’ are mentioned in Scripture they are referring to those made in God’s image forsaking the responsibility that comes with being made in God’s image, and trading it for the benefits of being remade in the image of false gods who make them civil slaves in the transaction. Making false gods your lawgivers and judges, the heads of your religious organizations and marital unions, and the arbiters of your possessions and choices, is a rejection of God’s desire to have exclusive authority over your life. Turning to another provider, authority, and savior from temporal struggle and strife by anointing human rulers to offices of power and judgment, is to break the covenant with the God of the Bible, taking his name in vain while pledging yourself to another, and becoming unequally yoked with his civil harem.
‘And I saw, when for all the causes whereby backsliding Israel committed adultery I had put her away, and given her a bill of divorce; yet her treacherous sister Judah feared not, but went and played the harlot also. And it came to pass through the lightness of her whoredom, that she defiled the land, and committed adultery with stones and with stocks. And yet for all this her treacherous sister Judah hath not turned unto me with her whole heart, but feignedly, saith the LORD.’ (Jeremiah 3:8, 10)
‘Thou shalt not steal.’
The common denominator, and lowest hanging fruit, for those who passively imagine liberty to be a favorable notion is the idea that ‘taxation is theft.’ That statement may be true in the most general contexts, but a more detailed reality reveals that those who benefit from public religion are the thieves. Civil slaves are entitled to civil infrastructure, which is fueled by taxation. Bureaucratic policies and figureheads could not exist without salaries fueled by taxation. Benefits and services like welfare, healthcare, unemployment benefits, social security, military, police, firefighters, public education, subsidized corporations, all cannot exist apart from taxation. Stealing is not always direct. Sometimes it is done by governments for our ‘benefit’. When we take them up on that offer, we are stealing. We give them permission to steal for us through our application while simultaneously giving them license to take from us in order to benefit our neighbor. We are under tribute because we have accepted the notion that the ends justify the means and that the needs of the many outweigh the liberties of the individual. We are in bondage because we are pragmatists.
‘The essence of all slavery consists in taking the produce of another’s labor by force. It is immaterial whether this force be founded upon ownership of the slave or ownership of the money that he must get to live.’ -Leo Tolstoy
‘Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.’
Lying is wrong. Again, the Israelites did not need to be liberated from generations after generations of bondage in order to learn that truth. However, there were many facets of their civil citizenship in Egypt that they took for granted which would qualify as deception by misrepresenting or concealing the truth. For instance, when we change the meaning of words in scripture to shy away from its inherent political injunctions or proscription of yoking with unbelievers in civil citizenship, in order to make our sins and shame more palatable, then we have lied to ourselves. When we offer up fiat currency as real wealth, we defraud our neighbor for his goods and services, exchanging ever-inflating debt notes for real equity and tangible means. When we say to human civil government with our applications for services, licensing, benefits and political reform: ‘Yes, my neighbor can provide for my greed. He can become collateral for my covetousness’, then we are bearing false witness against our neighbor. When we call ourselves God’s people while living in bloodthirsty bondage, claiming to have been baptized into God’s Kingdom while enjoying the citizenship of other kingdoms, committing witchcraft in assuming that mere words and phrases can make us something we are not, then we are bearing false witness, not only to our neighbor, but to ourselves. We are careless with the truth, inventing superstitious, heady theology that puffs up, tricking us into believing what we want to be true rather than what is, and our need for repentance along with it.
‘The modern banking system manufactures money out of nothing. The process is perhaps the most astounding piece of sleight of hand that was ever invented. Banking was conceived in iniquity and born in sin. Bankers own the Earth. Take it away from them, but leave them the power to create money, and with the flick of the pen they will create enough money to buy it back again…
Take this great power away from them and all great fortunes like mine will disappear, and they ought to disappear, for then this would be a better and happier world to live in. But if you want to continue to be slaves of the banks and pay the cost of your own slavery, then let bankers continue to create money and control credit.’ –Sir Josiah Stamp, Director, Bank of England, 1928-1941
‘Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour’s.’
The word house here does not mean something akin to ‘domestic structure of brick and mortar’, or ‘hut’, or ‘igloo’ or some other physical domicile. It is the same sort of ‘house’ mentioned in the preamble: ‘I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.’ It is a reference to a man’s dominion and equity. The house and lineage of a patriarch included all of the accumulated property and power of choice that came with it. When you, through political pursuit in civil elections or bureaucratic entitlements, are able to determine how your neighbor’s rights and property are distributed, you are telling a man how to use his liberty and property. That makes them your liberty and property. Any benefit received through income tax or property tax, like public education for your children, or funds for food stamps, or social security benefits, or policy execution at the hands of public ‘servants’ are all acquired by coveting your neighbor’s goods. When a working man must surrender a part of his labor to human civil government through income tax in order to provide for services you take advantage of, then you have not only coveted the sweat of his brow, but the tools he uses to feed his family.
‘Accustomed to trample on the rights of others, you have lost the genius of your own independence and become the fit subjects of the first cunning tyrant who rises among you.’ -Abraham Lincoln, at Edwardsville, Illinois, September 13, 1858
The role of Abolitionism, as a vehicle for the Gospel, is to liberate man from the dominion of man. In order to do this, it must teach mankind to love Jesus the Christ, who measures that love by an effort to keep his commandments, summed up in loving God (as opposed to the false gods of pagan kingdoms), and loving your neighbor by keeping the weightier matters of the law (as opposed to outsourcing them to idolatrous, human institutions.) Obeying these natural laws is not only pleasing to God, keeping you righteous in your generations, but will keep you under the higher liberty, granting you eternal life, preventing you from engaging in the destruction inherited by socialist idolaters and nationalist fornicators. Every other contract, compact, covenant, and constitution are in direct competition with this constitution of God because they are deals made with the devil, notarized by false gods.
‘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.’ (2 Peter 2:19)
The Kingdom of God was taken from those who ’caused it to suffer violence’ and who ‘took it by force‘ through the means mentioned above, and it was given to those who endeavored to keep God’s constitution and keep his commandments. This constitution is the only philosophy that can keep a nation free, and preserve a society from generation to generation. The good news is that the only thing that can even purchase a nation who has forsaken these commands and found itself in civil bondage, is the only thing that can give it another opportunity to maintain a free society: The blood of Christ, shed voluntarily for the redemption of mankind. That redemption restores to the people the right to be ruled by God alone, through grace, having these laws written on their hearts and minds, walking upright, as long as the people are repentant of the sins that led them into bondage in the first place.
‘Yet the LORD testified against Israel, and against Judah, by all the prophets, and by all the seers, saying, Turn ye from your evil ways, and keep my commandments and my statutes, according to all the law which I commanded your fathers, and which I sent to you by my servants the prophets.’ (2 Kings 17:13)