by Brother Gregory
March 2, 2011
I have been seeing articles appear on NewsWithViews.com like Blind Guides by Daubenmire and State-Owned Churches Are Killing America by Chuck Baldwin or earlier indictments of the Church like Today's 'Chistianty' by Paul Proctor. These articles used words like milquetoast, sissified “yes” men and Feelianity.
Has the church become superfluous and impotent or is the church even the Church at all? We know that the Church was established by Jesus Christ for His purposes. All churches would like to think that they are fulfilling that purpose. But are they?
The Pharisees thought they were fulfilling the purposes of God according to Moses but we know that Jesus complained that Pharisees were actually hypocrites, outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of iniquity, doing bad things and making the word of God to none effect.
In truth they had turned Israel away from God while they still thought they were the children of God. Could we be deceived like the Pharisees were? History does repeat itself and evil is very clever about creeping in with “damnable heresies”. Could we be under a strong delusion that we are following Christ when in fact we are doing contrary to what He taught us to do?
I have been accused of being an iconoclast which I honestly do not mind. And the truth is compared to some of the other people writing for NewsWithViews.com, I am likely to be considered to be the radical. That is okay with me too. Being called an iconoclast or radical might be considered terms of endearment before I am done. The truth is, anyone who actually preaches what John the Baptist and Jesus Christ taught is not going to be very popular with much of modern mainstream Christianity or just about anyone else. That goes with the job description from the beginning.
I don't need to call anyone names or point the finger at any particular group. Once we put the original scripture into the context of law and history a richer view of the early Church's activities and purpose comes into view. The importance of early Church activities in the survival of millions of “believers” as Roman Civil Law faltered should not be underestimated. Fortunately those Christians who actually heard the whole message of Christ knew that the righteousness of God would set men free. They also knew that the ways of Cain and the laws of men continually returned mankind to bondage.
In asking what should the Church be doing today, a question arises. Which of the more than 40,000 modern denominations should we use as a model? And what of the growing number of non-denominational churches? There is clearly an element of discontent in what is representing itself as Christianity and there is some movement to get the Church back on track.
An examination of the causes of the decline in the Roman Empire, the function of their temples, and the contrast offered by the early Church should help change our thinking. Understanding the the nature of the “union and discipline” of the the early Christian community may bring many who found the modern Church void and without purpose. It also might enrage if not drive away some of those who think they are following Christ now, but are really the modern hypocrites, who outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within are full of iniquity.
When Jesus found the people doing contrary to the ways of God, He called them to repent, which means “change one’s mind.” Change it from what to what? What did it mean to believe in Christ? I have heard the modern catechism version of what that is supposed mean, but what did it mean back then in the first century Church? What did Christians do to sustain themselves, and even prosper, as Rome declined. What were these model citizens doing which got them persecuted?
There was a lot of religious freedom in those days. One element of that world was their temples. They were not just places to go if you had a particular theology. They had a function in society. The welfare systems of those days were often managed at or by the personnel of these temples. Some temples provided services such as: investment houses, minting coins, underwriting of commercial ventures, and insurance.
temples even stored official documents and contracts including birth certificates.
In the Temple of Saturn on the eastern slope of the Capitoline Hill there
was a common treasury. It was supported by the general taxes as a special
reserve fund. The aerarium sanctum ---originally consisting of the spoils
of war--- was maintained chiefly by a 5% tax on slaves who were fired
or discharged. It was not to be touched except in cases of extreme necessity.
Aerarium was the name for the public treasury, and it included the operation of public finances. Elected Quaestors had oversight of these funds. They had no imperium. In the Republic they were elected by the people, but in the Empire it became an appointed position. The point of this tidbit of history is that these temples, which we often think represented religious institutions, were actually government buildings providing social services and other governmental aid.
Herod in Judea was using the same methods. Some of the people who availed themselves of the services of Herod's Temple believed in a Heaven and Hell, some in reincarnation and some believed when you were dead you were dead. All of them attended the temple and even provided “sacrifice”. When the word sacrifice is mentioned you should not think of the ritual blood-letting sacrifice practiced by the Pharisees. Nor should you imagine that was the only sacrifices they demanded.
Many who took advantage of the benefits and services of the temple did not believe in ritual animal sacrifice. They believed the Pharisees had misinterpreted the ancient text. The sacrifice they did participate in was called Corban. Corban had been around from ancient times. The first forms of the word appear in Genesis and meant offer or sacrifice. It had a very practical purpose in the culture of Israel and other nations. Even Rome had Qurban back in the origins of their own society. That original Corban was very much like what we see in the early American Churches in successful colonial communities.
Was the temple a religious building? According to the definition of religion we see in the Bible “Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father” is the manner in which you care for the widows, orphans and other needy of your society. Herod's temple and the Temple of Saturn on Capitol Hill were simply not pure religion.
Jesus had a problem with the Corban of the Pharisees. Until Americans and those people who want to follow Christ understand why Jesus said that form of Corban made the word of God to none effect, they will continue to miss a major element of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, His doctrines and the purposes of the Church. The will establish a different kind of Church.
The Corban of early Israel consisted of freewill offerings of the people to their ministers. Those ministers were elected by the free choice of individual congregations who, through a network of charity, supplied financial oversight of the funds which composed their own treasury. They too had no imperium.
So the original temples in both Rome and Israel were supported by free-will offerings. It was later when the “power of choice” was centralized by the sloth of the people and the rise of civil law, kings and Emperors. The people again desired to have one purse and coveted the goods of their neighbors. Their temples were no longer institutions of virtue and charity but became tools of the civil law. The use of the civil law to force the charity of society robs the individual of his natural virtue.
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The Corban of the Pharisees had become welfare system under civil law. Once you understand why Jesus had a problem with that kind of welfare system then the question is not what track should the Church be on, but how can the train be turned around? It is time to repent and seek the kingdom of God which is at hand and the righteousness of God.
We will be touring the country from March to May this year showing people what the early Church was really doing during the decline of Rome and what you can do if the world you live in begins to decline. If you would like to meet with us, contact us.
John 15:18 “If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before
[it hated] you.”
2. “‘Civil Law,’ ‘Roman Law’ and ‘Roman Civil Law’ are convertible phrases, meaning the same system of jurisprudence.”Black’s Law Dictionary 3rd Ed. p 332
3. Jude 1:11 “Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core.”
4. “The civil law reduces the unwilling freedman to his original slavery; but the laws of the Angloes judge once manumitted as ever after free.” Libertinum ingratum leges civiles in pristinalm servitutem redigulnt; sed leges angiae semel manumissum semper liberum judicant. Co. Litt. 137.
5. Thy Kingdom Comes
6. Mt 23:28 “Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.”
7. Temple. Parts 1-6 Chapter 9 of the book Thy Kingdom Comes
8. Livy vii. 16, xxvii. 10, Encyclopedia Volume 1 AKA Encyclopedia Anglicana and part 1 of the Interpedia Project.
9. Translated “power status”. The imperium could be used as a term indicating a characteristic of people, the wealth held in items, or the measure of formal power they had or could exercise.
10. History of the Essene
11. Call no man father
12. Pure Religion
13. The Sin of Korban
14. The Coercive Church
15. Nu 3:12 Nu 3:45 Nu 8:14 Nu 18:20,21
16. “Civil Law,” “Roman Law” and “Roman Civil Law” are convertible phrases, meaning the same system of jurisprudence.” Black’s 3rd Law Dictionary p 332.
17. One Purse, NN Video Series:5-10 3:48
18. “The civil law reduces the unwilling freedman to his original slavery; but the laws of the Angloes judge once manumitted as ever after free.” Libertinum ingratum leges civiles in pristinalm servitutem redigulnt; sed leges angiae semel manumissum semper liberum judicant. Co. Litt. 137.
19. “Man is a term of nature; person, of the civil law” Homo vocabulum est; persona juris civilitis. Calvinus, Lex
20. “The civil law is what a people establishes for itself.” Jus civile est quod sibi populus constituit.1 Johns. N.Y.424, 426.
21. Ps 69:22 Let their table become a snare before them: and that which should have been for their welfare, let it become a trap. [Ro 11:9 And David saith, Let their table be made a snare, and a trap, and a stumblingblock, and a recompence unto them:]
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Brother Gregory was born in America in 1948. His father was a practicing attorney and his mother the daughter of Norwegian immigrants. He Married in 1973, and is the Father of 6 children with a growing number of grandchildren. He grew up in southeast Texas, attending private schools, entering the seminary at 13, where he studied Latin, Greek, and theology. In the course of these studies he began to become aware of secrets hidden for centuries within ancient libraries that began to reveal a more fundamental purpose in the gospel of Christ. His quest to understand the “whole truth” has led him down a labyrinth of law and language, history and prophecy, fable and fallacy, in a unique portrait of bondage and betrayal, liberty and freedom, and the solution and salvation.
He is the author of several books, include The Covenants of the gods, Thy Kingdom Comes, and The Free Church Report, dozens of pamphlets, audio, and video recordings. He has appeared on radio and television “preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God” which is at hand, within your reach. His common theme is how are men brought into bondage and how are they made free souls under God. His hope and prayer is to bring man's relationship with the God of creation and his relationship with the gods of the “world” into a new perspective and light. Knowing the truth shall set you free, if we will do the will of our Father in heaven.
He now lives near Summer Lake, Oregon where he continues to care for his family, tending sheep of the Church and overseeing the edification of the Church established by Christ in the hearts and minds of congregations of the people, for the people, by the people who will seek the Kingdom of God and His righteousness.