Black’s Law Dictionary defines:
“Church. In its most general sense, the religious society founded and established by Jesus the Christ to receive, preserve and propagate His doctrines and ordinances. It may also mean a body of communicants gathered into church order; body or community of Christians, united under one form of government by the profession of the same faith and the observance of the ritual and ceremonies; place where person regularly assemble for worship; congregation; organization for religious purposes; religious society or body; the clergy or officialdom of a religious body.”
What is a “society”?
“Society. An association or company of persons (usually unincorporated) united together by mutual consent, in order to deliberate, determine, and act jointly for some common purpose. In a wider sense, the community or public; the people in general…” (Black’s Law 5th Ed.)
What is a “community”?
“Community. Neighborhood; vicinity; synonymous with locality. People who reside in a locality in more or less proximity. A society or body of people living in the same place, under the same laws and regulations, who have common rights, privileges, or interests. It connotes a congeries of common interests arising from associations – social, business, religious, governmental, scholastic, recreational.” (Black’s Law 5th Ed.)
What is an “ordinance”?
“Ordinance. A rule established by authority; a permanent rule of action; a law or statute. In its most common meaning, the term is used to designate the enactments of a legislative body or a municipal corporation. An ordinance is the equivalent of a municipal statute, passed by the city council, or equivalent body, and governing matters not already covered by federal or state law… The name has also been given to certain enactments, more general in their character than ordinary statutes, and serving as organic laws, yet not exactly to be called “constitutions”. Such was the “Ordinance for the government of the North-West Territory” enacted by Congress in 1787.” (Black’s Law 5th Ed.)
What is a “government”?
“Government. From the Latin gubernaculum. Signifies the instrument, the helm, whereby the ship to which the state was compared, was guided on its course by the “gubernator” or helmsman, and in that view, the government is but an agency of the state, distinguished as it must be in accurate thought from its scheme and machinery of government… The system of polity in a state; that form of fundamental rules and principles by which individual members of a body politic are to regulate their social actions. A constitution, either written or unwritten, by which the rights and duties of citizens and public officers are prescribed and defined, as a monarchical government, a republican government, etc. The sovereign and supreme power in a state or nation. The machinery by which the sovereign power in a state expresses its will and exercises its functions; or the framework of political institutions, departments, and offices, by means of which the executive, judicial, legislative, and administrative business of the state is carried on. The whole class or body of office holders or functionaries considered in the aggregate, upon whom devolves the executive, judicial, legislative, and administrative business of the state…” (Black’s Law 5th Ed.)
What is a “state”?
“State. A people permanently occupying a fixed territory bound together by common law habits and custom into one body politic exercising, through the medium of organized “government”, independent “sovereignty” and control over all persons and things within its boundaries, capable of making war and peace and of entering into international relations with other “communities” of the globe… The organization of social life which exercises “sovereign” power in behalf of the people. In its largest sense, a “state” is a “body politic” or a “society” of men. A body of people occupying a definite territory and politically organized under one “government”. Term may refer either to “body politic” of a “nation” or to an individual “government” unit of such “nation”. (Black’s Law 5th Ed.)
What is a “nation”?
“Nation. A people, or aggregation of men, existing in the form of an organized jural “society”, usually inhabiting a distinct portion of the earth, speaking the same language, using the same customs, possessing historic continuity, and distinguished from other like groups by their racial origins and characteristics, and generally, but not necessarily, living under the same “government” and “sovereignty”.” (Black’s Law 5th Ed.)
What is a “body politic”?
“Body Politic or corporate. A social compact by which the whole people covenants with each citizen, and each citizen with the whole people, that all shall be governed by certain laws for the common good. Also a term applied to a municipal corporation, school district, county, city. “State” or “nation” or public associations.” (Black’s Law 5th Ed.)
What is a “sovereign”?
“Sovereign. A person, body, or “state” in which independent and supreme authority is vested; a chief ruler with supreme power; a king or other ruler with limited power.” “Sovereign power or sovereign prerogative. That power in a “state” to which none other is superior or equal, and which includes all the specific powers necessary to accomplish the legitimate ends and purposes of government.” (Black’s Law 5th Ed.)
What is a country?
“Country. The territory occupied by an independent “nation” or people, or the inhabitants of such territory. In the primary meaning “country” denotes the population, the “nation”, the “state”, or the “government”, having possession and dominion over a territory.“ Black’s Law 5th Ed.
So are “Christians” an independent “nation”, “state”, “country”, “society”, “body politic” inhabiting a distinct territory, the whole earth, since the Kingdom of God, aka the Kingdom of Heaven, Christ’s kingdom has a geographical jurisdiction everywhere on earth under the heaven, or vaulted expanse of the sky, wherever two or three of His people, His sheep, are gathered in His name (name meaning His character, nature, spirit), with an independent form of “government” called “His Church“, sharing the same customs, law, ritual and ceremonies, possessing a historic continuity going back to Abel, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, Jesus, etc. Does this explain how true Christians can be “in the world but not of the world“? Because the Christian “territory” they inhabit is anywhere on earth under the heavens, so Christians will be found among the pagan gentiles, members of other countries (pagun) and nations (gentiles), but Christians are not members of those “body politics or corporates”, they are not members of those “nations”, “states”, “countries”, “governments”. True Christians as a peculiar people, a salty nation, that ministers to all nations of the earth, have “died, been born again and baptized into the kingdom”, or in worldly legalese, “expatriated from one nation, and been naturalized into a different nation”.
What happens to a “church” if it attorns toward a new “sovereign”? Asking a new “sovereign power” to re-incorporate it under the new sovereign’s laws? What happens to the original incorporation, foundation and establishment of the “body” calling itself a “church”?
If any other “Sovereign”, besides Jesus the Christ, aka, Yahushua ha Mashiach, establishes and founds a so-called “church” is it really Jesus’ religious society that He founded and established to receive, preserve and propagate His teachings (doctrines) and “ordinances” (laws and statutes)? The answer is a resounding, “NO!”
So when Constantine was able to get a few hundred “Christian” bishops to attorn or turn to him and help him, as the Roman king, to establish and found the Roman Church, was that really The Church, Jesus’ Church? Or was it Constantine’s imitation? A lesser, inferior, reproduction in the name, nature and character of Constantine, not Yahushua the Highest Son of David, the de jure, Rightful, King of Peace, King of God the Father in Heaven Kingdom on earth as it is in Heaven?
If a so-called “church” applies to a “state” for incorporation under the laws of the “sovereign” “state”, and then applies to the Internal Revenue Service of the United States, another “sovereign power” in order for the IRS to determine and conclude that this so-called “church” is legally a “non-profit, tax-exempt, organization of the State and United States” hasn’t it, as a “corporate body”, attorned and reorganized itself under a new “god“, choosing to abandon its original “sovereign” (God) committing an act of “adultery” with new “husband”, “father“, “sovereign” and “god” (mighty one of authority, law maker, judge, magistrate, ruling authority)?
So can an American, a member, a citizen, a national, of a state, nation, country, a organized jural society, with its own constitutions, and laws also be a Christian, a member, citizen, of the Christian nation, Church, government of one King, one Jesus, the anointed King of the Kingdom of God, aka, the Kingdom of Heaven? Of course not. One must “die” to their old master and be “born again” and “baptized” into a new “body politic”, a new “nation”, “state”, “country”, “government”, “society”, “community” under a new “sovereign” and agree to receive, preserve and propagate the laws of the new “sovereign” they are now faithfully worshiping and giving their allegiance to as their new lord, master, God, mighty one of authority. In the legal speak of the civil world of men, it’s called “expatriating and naturalization”, aka, “dying, being born again and baptized”.
The thing is, your old “sovereign” may not let you go that easily, especially if you are bound to him by a massive public debt. But you can choose to strive and seek the kingdom of God and His righteousness. You can render to “Caesar” what is “Caesar’s” and begin rendering to God what is God’s. Don’t fret. Just begin to do. You’ll know them by their “fruit“. Are you truly rendering to God what is God’s? Are you acting like a “dual citizen” right now? Faithful to two different “nations”? Truly loving the “Christian nation and Kingdom” more than you love the “pagan (country) nation (gentile)” that you may have been born and registered into at birth as a “member”, “citizen”, “national”? If the two were at “war” which would you choose in spirit and in truth? Which Father, Yahuwah (YHWH) or Uncle Sam, etc. do you pray to for your “daily bread” (social welfare, education, protections, justice, benefits, subsidies, entitlements, privileges, immunities, pensions, bounties, licenses, permits, etc.)? You’ll know them by their fruit.
If you had “dual citizenship” with two pagan nations, say Germany and the USA, might you be obligated to pay taxes to both “sovereign governments” of those two distinct pagan (country) nations (gentile)? Of course you might have to pay your “tithes” (taxes) to both “sovereigns”, and you would if you wanted to keep receiving the “daily bread” (privileges, benefits, immunities, franchises, protections, pensions, bounties, entitlements, etc.) from off both the German altar and the American altar, or else these two foreign and alien “gods” will punish you for non-compliance with their laws, statutes and “ordinances”.
A comparison of two ministers, one of the kingdom of God the other of the government of man.
When the members of the United States nation, who are registered to vote in that body politics’ elections, go to the polls and they elect, choose, call out, one of their own to serve as a minister in a specific government office, for example, the county attorney, does the individual who the people have called out with their vote take a sworn oath of “chastity”, “obedience”, and “faith” to fulfill the duties and obligations imposed upon the individual by the government office they have been elected to fill?
Can anyone run around the county declaring themselves to be a minister of the county, specifically, the county attorney? Who has the power to say, “This is the county attorney”? Isn’t it the members of the corporate body politic, the nation, that are residents in that county, which are registered to vote for their civil government public ministers? “They say that I am”, so to speak. No other member of the body politic for the term of office can just declare themselves on their own authority (delusion) to be the county attorney. The people that elected that individual to be their county attorney say, “this is our county attorney”. Once this “calling out” occurs, can the individual the voting members chose now say righteously, “I’m the county attorney”?
When the civil government minister is sworn into their government office of service and trust, such as the county attorney, do they swear to “receive, preserve and propagate the doctrines and ordinances” of their “sovereign”? Does a United States county attorney swear to defend the Constitution of the United States, defend the Constitution of their State, swear to uphold, defend, protect and enforce the laws of the United States, their State, etc.? Of course they do.
What would happen if a foreign sovereign were to approach a United States county attorney and demand that the county attorney, attorn and swear out an oath of obedience to the foreign sovereign, which would give the foreign sovereign the power of determination and conclusion over the county attorney, like the power to punish the county attorney according to the laws of the foreign sovereign for perjury? What happens to the old oaths of the county attorney they swore out when they took their office of county attorney? Are they now in breach of the public trust that was created by the people that elected them and their oath they swore when accepting the government office of county attorney because they have chosen to attorn to a new sovereign and give that sovereign some authority over them? Of course they are in breach. And depending on the circumstances, not only can they be lawfully removed from their office of service and trust the voting members chose them to fill, but they could also be charged with treason, and if found guilty put to death for that high crime.
When a minister of the kingdom of God is called out via the pattern of tens, hundreds and thousands of laity and ministers of record, to be a bishop (a minister for ten ministers who are each serving ten laity families) or an archbishop (a minister for ten bishops all serving ten ministers who are each serving ten laity families) in the government of Jesus the Christ, called His “Church” who are all expected to “receive, preserve, and propagate His doctrines and ordinances”. Are they under solemn vows, prayers, to Jesus the Christ and to the Father, to faithfully execute the duties and obligations imposed by Jesus on His minister servants? Are they to be “faithful”, “obedient”, “chaste” to their ONLY KING, and NO OTHER foreign sovereign? OF COURSE. They are no different than the elected minister servants of the governments of men who exercise authority who also take oaths of obedience, fidelity (allegiance) and chastity to their sovereign masters, lords, gods (mighty ones of authority, law givers, judges, magistrates), presidents, congresses, kings, potentates, etc.
The Kingdom of God, aka the Kingdom of Heaven is a government. A lawful, de jure, government that has a “historic continuity” stretching all the way back to Abel, Noah, Abraham, Moses, John the Baptist and Jesus the Christ, aka Yahushua ha Mashiach (the anointed king of the Kingdom of God). There has always been a remnant that has not attorned from their founder, establisher, sovereign, king and creator, to give their allegiance, fidelity, obedience and chastity to foreign and alien gods or sovereigns.
I am a minister of the Most High, not because I say so, but because others say so. The Elders of families that have elected me to serve them in a Sacred Office of Service and Trust called His Church, specifically, my office is called His Church at Loess Hills. I prayed out vows to my sovereign King, master (Lord), and God to be faithful to Him and His Laws, His form of Government. I prayed out a vow to receive, preserve and propagate the Doctrines of Jesus the Christ (Yahushua ha Mashiach) the rightful King of God the Father’s Kingdom of Heaven on earth, as it is in Heaven. I am under vows of poverty (not owning a personal estate nor having any worldly/family inheritance, I gave up all my property, gave it away to others, I gave up all my professional licenses and ratings, and left my worldly career in the aviation industry), chastity (I cannot attorn and commit an act of adultery with a foreign sovereign or ruling authority), faith (I give my full fidelity and allegiance to the Anointed King of the Kingdom of God at hand, rather than to any other government system like the United States), obedience (I cannot disobey the Will and Laws of my King and His Father, which is also my Father who rules from Heaven).
My solemn vows (prayers to God) are really no different, or less important, than the oaths sworn out by the elected or appointed ministers of the governments of the systems of man are to them. Both ministers can be punished, even put to death, by their sovereigns for breach of trust and violations of the duties and obligations their government offices impose upon them.
The question is “Who’s your sovereign? Who’s your Daddy?” You’ll know them by their fruit. Are you an “American” or another pagan gentile (countryman or national), or are you a true “Christian”? Have you died to your old “god”, “father”, “sovereign” and been “born again” and “baptized” into a truly “Christian nation” or are you just a wet American who thinks magic words can “save” them? Are you righteously seeking to repatriate the kingdom of God at hand by doing the Will of the Father, i.e. keeping His Law, loving Him with all your heart and truly loving your neighbor as much as you love yourself? Are you really walking in the name (character/nature/spirit) of Jesus the Christ? You’ll know them by their fruit.
Repent!! Seek the Kingdom of God at hand, the de jure government for all mankind, for the Creator never surrendered His rightful position on this planet. His Government has been here since the beginning and it changes not, it is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow, for anyone who freely chooses to repent and seek His kingdom and His righteousness.
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