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We are in the bondage of Egypt and Babylon, not because of Pirates but because we have believed a lie and fallen under a strong delusion.
“Those captured by pirates and robbers remain free.”[1]

The same could be said for land or any other property. If something is stolen, has the ownership changed? But, if something is sold, given away, or abandoned, the ownership is considered to have been transferred. “Things captured by pirates and robbers do not change ownership.” [2]

People are in bondage because of Covetous Practices or sloth but not unwarranted usurpation.
If the Levites belong to God[3] then the ministers of the Kingdom of God should also belong to God and not to the world.
The Church in the wilderness appointed by Moses and the early Church appointed by Christ both belong to God as his servants but could not exercise authority over the people. They were naked of authority and the both needed a covering of the people, for their service to the people for their service to become pure Religion, which is confirmed by the freewill offerings or charity by the people.
“Servitude. A term which indicates the subjection of one person to another person, or of a person to a thing, or of a thing to a person, or of a thing to a thing.” Bouvier’s Law Dictionary 8th, 1859
“USE n. 11. Law. That enjoyment of property that consists in its employment, occupation, exercise, or practice; specif., Roman and Civil law, a personal servitude consisting in a jus intendi, or right to make use of a thing, as distinguished from the usufruct. The usuary had only a personal right that was limited by his own necessities or those of his family. He was not entitled to the use and profits of the subject of the use. … advantage; benefit; profit; specif., the benefit or profit of lands and tenements the legal title to which is given to a person other than the one entitled to the occupation or use( (in sense 11); a trust of real estate. Deeds of land made to one person to, or for, the use of another.” [see doctrine of the law of uses, Statute of Mortmain][4]
“No passport shall be granted or issued to or verified for any other persons than those owing allegiance, whether citizens or not, to the United States.”[5]
“Patronus (Lat.) In Roman Law. A modification of the Latin word Pater, father. A denomination applied by Romulus to the first senators of Rome, and which they afterwards bore.”
“A person who stood in the relation of protector to another who was called his ‘client.’” [6]
“Excise (tribute), in its origin, is the patrimonial right of emperors and kings."[7]
“A person shall not be allowed to enrich himself unjustly at the expense of another” [8]
“Constantly bearing in mind that entering into society individuals must give up a share of liberty…” [9]
Questions
* Do you understand corporations?
* Are the Congregations and the Free Church considered one body in law?
* Can a Corporation be formed without an agreements, contracts or accord which include a common investment of things or rights.
 : Can you be a member without being a person?
* Can repentance and the practice of Pure Religion heal the trauma of sin?
* Is taxation justice or theft?
* Do you understand Baptism?
* Do you understand Social Contracts?
* Do you understand the Person of Christ?
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One Body, One Corpus, One Church

The Church, properly organized according to the precepts of God and Christ, with its members dependent not upon the state, but upon themselves, can not arbitrarily be brought under another government. If that Ordered Church fulfills the duties, homage, and rituals of a government based on charity, hope, and mutual love, not only to itself, but to the congregation of people it serves and who are seeking His kingdom and His righteousness, then it not only has the right to exist with no further incorporation, but its rights are more excellent than those of collateral governments of the world who are found resorting to common methods of subjection, including arbitrary and forced governance, i.e. benefactors who exercise authority.

Are the Congregations and the Free Church considered one body in law?

While the Church, in its most general sense, would include the ordained ministers, those ministers acting in their ex officio capacity, and the members of congregations in free association, there is a very unique relationship established by the ordained Church as a body of ministers and congregations of people bound only by charity and love, and a loyalty to justice and mercy. The Church consists of self-governing qualified ordained ministers belonging to autonomous orders in a network of sacred trust and fidelity.

One definition or form of corporation is described here:

Corporation (Latin corpus, a body). An artificial being created by law and composed of individuals who subsist as a body politic under a special denomination.”1

Some people believe that a corporation has no rights because it is an artificial person. Nothing could be further from the truth. A corporation is often invested with the rights of its members, who are real persons. The extent, nature and form of that investment often changes the nature of the corporation. A corporation, including its representatives and its members, is, by agreement, application, and participation, a body politic. All national governments involve some of the fundamental aspects of incorporation.

Corporations require some sort of assignment, contribution, or investment to bind the body together and to give that corporate body an existence. In the corporate state, this investment is often composed of the people themselves, in the form of pledged rights or the right to do (or own) something.

Ancient societies often went under the authority of a ruling body who could choose to compel an equitable contribution for the welfare of society. Sometimes people would voluntarily contribute some portion or place something of value at the disposal of a body in hope of some return. In the former the people are snared under an exercising authority who may force contributions. In the latter the substance of the corpus would be established by freewill donations laid upon the altar of that body politic. It is this latter which we see Abraham, Moses, and Christ teaching and preaching. The former oppresses the people and is Nicolaitan.

Associations are often considered corporations from the point of view of the civil State. The congregation should not be considered a corporation. The congregation of the people - from the point of view of the Church - must always remain free. Although the families of the congregation may individually bind themselves to institutions of the world, any enfranchisement2 of the Church by the corporate State would provide a nexus for the State to assume a role of authority within Christ’s Church.

Corporation. An Artificial person or legal entity created by or under the authority of the laws of a state. An association of persons created by statute as a legal entity.”3

When Christ, like Moses, called out and appointed His ministers they became one body belonging to God under the conditions laid down by God through Moses and Jesus. Any enfranchisement4 of the ordained ministers by the corporate State would provide a nexus for the State to assume a role of authority within the whole body or corpus of the Church. Even the state recognizes that the legal process of applying for benefits by ordained ministers must be universal and irrevocable.5

How does one form a large body of individuals as one assembly, without the incorporation of some of the rights of the individual? In one sense the church is the whole body of the congregation and those who minister to it. In another sense there is a separation between the Church, specifically the ministers, and the status or state of the people. Can a portion of the corpus of the people be bound in the body of the Church without diminishing the rights of either?

It is important to make a distinction between the congregation as a fellowship and the Church as a body of Ministers. There are many examples of “free” churches who have blurred this distinction with disastrous results. It is the nature of those distinctions that have played a vital role in the success of the Church since its foundation.

The early Church was created by the authority and appointment of Jesus Christ, and consisted of those ministers who Jesus had trained up for this task of ministering to the people seeking His kingdom and its righteousness. The Church or “called out’” was a specific group gathered in one accord, including the 12 apostles and others who numbered 120 by name. At Pentecost we see thousands more being baptized into the whole church. All that were baptized were not appointed but in the most general sense they were all one body. Those who received Christ’s baptism were cast out6 of one system of authoritarian government of the Pharisees and entered a government of faith, hope, and charity under the perfect law of liberty.

Incorporation is often accomplished by a social contract created through the execution of oaths, applications, or acquiescence, if not acceptance. Under such conditions the people give up a share of their freedom and grant an exercising authority to others. Mankind is “called out” of such foolhardy infidelity to God. To make that exodus from such bondage possible and contiguous, Moses and Jesus appointed a body of Ministers who were called out to be separate. In hopes of becoming and remaining a free society under God, the people must remain separate from that body of ministers.

1Bouvier’s Law Dictionary

2Enfranchise (v. t.) To endow with a franchise; to incorporate into a body politic and thus to invest with civil and political privileges; to admit to the privileges of a freeman.

3Black’s Law Dictionary 6th ed.

4Enfranchise (v. t.) To endow with a franchise; to incorporate into a body politic and thus to invest with civil and political privileges; to admit to the privileges of a freeman.

5See rules on filing an SS16 and His Church Minister’s Manual.

6John 9:22 “These [words] spake his parents, because they feared the Jews: for the Jews had agreed already, that if any man did confess that he was Christ, he should be put out of the synagogue.”


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Footnotes

  1. A pirates et latronibus capti libera permanent.Dig.49. 15. 19. 2.
  2. A piratis et latronibus capta dominium non mutant.1 Kent, Comm. 108, 184; 2 Wooddesen, Lect. 258,259.
  3. Numbers 3:12 And I, behold, I have taken the Levites from among the children of Israel instead of all the firstborn that openeth the matrix among the children of Israel: therefore the Levites shall be mine;
    Numbers 3:45 Take the Levites instead of all the firstborn among the children of Israel, and the cattle of the Levites instead of their cattle; and the Levites shall be mine: I am the LORD.
    Numbers 8:14 Thus shalt thou separate the Levites from among the children of Israel: and the Levites shall be mine.
  4. Legal Thesaurus by William C. Burton Second Edition
  5. Title 22 Persons entitled to passport of the Act, “Foreign Relations and Intercourse,” Chapt 4, Section 212
  6. Black’s Law Dictionary 3rd Ed. page 1338.
  7. Vectigal, origina ipsa, jus Caesarum et regum patrimoniale est.
  8. Blacks 3rd p 425.
  9. Andrew Jackson (March 4, 1833)