- God is one
- We are to love our neighbors as ourselves
- Our neighbors are everyone
- We are to love our enemies and do good to them, returning good for evil
- We are to treat others as we want to be treated
- We are to love each other as Jesus loves his closest friends
- We are to be of one heart and soul
- The Holy Spirit conflates (congregates) like souls
- We are to enter into each other's labors
- We are not to take up the sword of violence
- We are not to take up the stone of punishment
- We are to forgive and show mercy
- We are not to sacrifice anyone else
- We are to be harmless
- We are not to commit the sins of Sodom or Capernaum
- We are to be Christlike
- The Kingdom is within
- The Temple is where we worship and it is everywhere the Holy Spirit is present
- Money is not to be necessary in that Temple
- The children of God are to be free of taxes
- We are to give without holding out for recompense
- We are to let people borrow without concern about being paid back
- We are not to seek worldly profit
- We are to be each other's servants
- We are not to lord it over each other
- The whole of creation is the inheritance of each and all
- You own nothing by yourself, but God owns all
- We are to pray for that Kingdom to come to the Earth
- It is more blessed to give than to receive
- The measure of a person is not material possessions
- We are to be perfect
- Being perfect includes giving all to the cause of those with the least
- God performed the miracles because of Jesus's great faith and knowledge
- We are to have such faith and pray
- God shares all with Jesus and Jesus shares all with his friends who believe and therefore do all these things
The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord. Mark 12:29. Even the scribes, who hated Jesus, knew that. The scribe said unto him, Well, Master, thou hast said the truth: for there is one God; and there is none other but he. Mark 12:32.
Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. Matthew 22:39. Even a scribe knew this. A scribe said unto him, Well, Master, thou hast said the truth: for there is one God; and there is none other but he: And to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love his neighbour as himself, is more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices. And when Jesus saw that he answered discreetly, he said unto him, Thou art not far from the kingdom of God. Mark 12:32-34. You will notice that the kingdom of God is a place of relative distance from where each individual sinner stands. Jesus was a relativist, even while he believed in the absolute.
Jesus came to fulfill those two greatest commandments. Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. Matthew 5:17. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. Matthew 22:40.
And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him, saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life? He said unto him, What is written in the law? how readest thou? And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself. And he said unto him, Thou hast answered right: this do, and thou shalt live. But he, willing to justify himself, said unto Jesus, And who is my neighbour? And Jesus answering said, A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead. And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side. But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him, And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him. And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee. Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves? And he said, He that shewed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise. Luke 10:25-37.
Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you. Matthew 5:44.
Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets. Matthew 7:12. This is the summation of the two greatest commandments Jesus came to fulfill. What we should want people to do is be consistent with all that Jesus teaches.
A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. John 13:34.
Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself. Luke 10:27. We are to love God with all our heart and soul. God shares all with Jesus. They are one. We are to be one with them. That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. John 17:21. It follows as day follows night that we are to share all holding back nothing. How can we not share all with part of our one heart and soul?
And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever. John 14:16.
But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. John 14:26.
But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me. John 15:26. The Holy Spirit reminds us of all these things said here that come from God and Jesus.
For I feared thee, because thou art an austere man: thou takest up that thou layedst not down, and reapest that thou didst not sow. And he saith unto him, Out of thine own mouth will I judge thee, thou wicked servant. Thou knewest that I was an austere man, taking up that I laid not down, and reaping that I did not sow. Luke 19:21-22. It means that God expects his children gladly to share the fruits of their labors regardless of when someone comes to the table or converts or what task has been divided to that one. The inheritance belongs to all. So long as souls believe and share that's what matters. Jesus came, and those lording it over others refused to share his inheritance with him even though God freely gives to those selfish ones for a while. If there is still time to convert, all Christians are glad whenever people convert. And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal: that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together. And herein is that saying true, One soweth, and another reapeth. I sent you to reap that whereon ye bestowed no labour: other men laboured, and ye are entered into their labours. John 4:36-38. Therefore, don't act as if you own the results or that you did it all yourself or that you are self-sufficient. That attitude is arrogant nonsense. John 4:36-38 means the same thing as the parable of the ten pounds. This is about free, cooperative effort rather than enforced, coercive competition or always going it alone in your imagination. Jesus formed a congregation that he sends out to do work and that he re-gathers. In fact, they are always gathered together in the spirit of sharing all. This is anarchism (free cooperation) and non-Marxist communism (pacifistic, voluntary) with credit to the Holy Spirit and full faith in the source of all righteousness, God. Lest anyone say Jesus was advocating commercial trading in the parable of the ten pounds, be aware that Jesus said to buy treasure in Heaven. That's where the investment is made. The pounds are not earning mundane usury. The parable is an allegory. Although mundane money can be translated into real treasure by turning it to bringing forth the good things in the heart, such as feeding his lambs and sheep, as he asked. Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. Matthew 6:19-21. How does one lay up treasure in Heaven? Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me. Matthew 19:21. How can one do that without starving? We want to redistribute land to the poor to grow the daily bread for the flesh.
So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs. He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep. He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep. John 21:15-17. This was very important to Jesus, because he repeated it three times.
We do not want to confiscate land from anyone, even though it has all been misappropriated to start with buy the thieves of the inheritance of all. If enough souls will convert what they hold and come together to buy land where real Christians may live and invite the poor to supper (provide food surpluses — bounty to the poor), they will all have treasure in Heaven. Their hearts will be truly unselfish and compassionate.
And unto him that smiteth thee on the one cheek offer also the other; and him that taketh away thy cloak forbid not to take thy coat also. Luke 6:29.
And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst, They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act. Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou? This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not. So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her. And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground. And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee? She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more. Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life. The Pharisees therefore said unto him, Thou bearest record of thyself; thy record is not true. Jesus answered and said unto them, Though I bear record of myself, yet my record is true: for I know whence I came, and whither I go; but ye cannot tell whence I come, and whither I go. Ye judge after the flesh; I judge no man. John 8:3-15.
Forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. Luke 11:4. But if ye had known what this meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice, ye would not have condemned the guiltless. Matthew 12:7. Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone. Matthew 23:23.
Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves. The harmful are blameworthy. They are not trustworthy or just plain worthy. They are not of the peace.
And into whatsoever city or town ye shall enter, enquire who in it is worthy; and there abide till ye go thence. Matthew 10:11. And into whatsoever house ye enter, first say, Peace be to this house. And if the son of peace be there, your peace shall rest upon it: if not, it shall turn to you again. Luke 10:5-6. Woe unto the world because of offences! for it must needs be that offences come; but woe to that man by whom the offence cometh! Matthew 18:7. Violence is offense. We are to turn the other cheek and not cast stones. We are to be non-violent and non-punishing but rather forgiving, good, and a blessing. That is harmlessness. We are to leave vengeance to God. The vengeful, the wrathful, are hardened and full of evil. Leave them to God to handle. They will not be with God. They will be taken by the other spirit. It is divine retribution that is their own standard meted out against them in perfect, all-knowing, infallible justice, for God alone knows every last thing about the heart and soul of each being. For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son. John 5:22. Ye judge after the flesh; I judge no man. John 8:15. He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him. John 3:36. How does the wrath of God abideth on one? We judge ourselves. Our own standard is used. What we know and knew that we should and shouldn't do is that by which we are and will judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. Matthew 7:2. Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat. Luke 22:31. Those who are close to God, Satan may not hold long to punish.
And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted unto heaven, shalt be brought down to hell: for if the mighty works, which have been done in thee, had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day. But I say unto you, That it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment, than for thee. Matthew 11:23-24. You will note that sin is greater for those who have less excuse of ignorance. The same infraction is worse when done by one who has been told. That servant, which knew his lord's will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes. But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more. Luke 12:47-48.
For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother. Matthew 12:50. When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven. Luke 11:2. If he told us to pray Our Father, then we are the children of God. I am the son of God. The son of God, Jesus, is my brother. This does not make us usurpers, not when we are to adhere to the great commandment. We are to join, not attempt usurpation. We are to rejoin, not rebel. Each falls on his or her face and says, "I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight." Luke 15:21. I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me. John 5:30. Jesus did God's will. We are to do God's will; otherwise, God is not our father. Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. John 8:44. What are the lusts? As Jesus said immediately above, they include murder. They are also the forms of sexual harm, such as adultery, even in one's heart. Whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart. Matthew 5:28. The lusts include the deceitfulness of riches. Mark 4:19. Violence, lies, inappropriate sexuality, harmful feelings and thoughts, hoarding material possession, and the like are wrong.
Behold, the kingdom of God is within you. Luke 17:21.
As he was driving them from the Temple, cleansing it, purging it of evil, he said to them Make not my Father's house an house of merchandise. And his disciples remembered that it was written, The zeal of thine house hath eaten me up. Then answered the Jews and said unto him, What sign shewest thou unto us, seeing that thou doest these things? Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up. Then said the Jews, Forty and six years was this temple in building, and wilt thou rear it up in three days? But he spake of the temple of his body. When therefore he was risen from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this unto them; and they believed the scripture, and the word which Jesus had said. John 2:16-22. His body is the temple. There is no commerce in it. The whole Church (each member of it together) is of his body. There is to be no commerce in it. When Jesus was in Samaria, a woman saith unto him, Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet. Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship. Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father. Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews. But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. John 4:19-24. Therefore, in spirit and in truth, wherever we worship, which is to be everywhere and all the time, there is to be no commerce.
God dwells in the Temple. God dwells within. God is in one's heart. There is to be no commerce in the heart. There is to be only giving and sharing.
And when they were come to Capernaum, they that received tribute money came to Peter, and said, Doth not your master pay tribute? He saith, Yes. And when he was come into the house, Jesus prevented him, saying, What thinkest thou, Simon? of whom do the kings of the earth take custom or tribute? of their own children, or of strangers? Peter saith unto him, Of strangers. Jesus saith unto him, Then are the children free. Matthew 17:24-26. You see, Jesus said that the children of God are not to pay taxes. Only the false-hearted extort and coerce taxes from others. In Heaven, all is given and shared freely, and no one harms another but rather serves each and all in pure love.
But when thou makest a feast, call the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind: And thou shalt be blessed; for they cannot recompense thee: for thou shalt be recompensed at the resurrection of the just. Luke 14:13-14. Now, today there are maimed and lame and blind who are rich, but there are the poor and the maimed, lame, and blind who are poor. How do we call them to eat? Some sow and some reap. Together we feed his lambs and sheep. A certain man made a great supper, and bade many: And sent his servant at supper time to say to them that were bidden, Come; for all things are now ready. And they all with one consent began to make excuse. The first said unto him, I have bought a piece of ground, and I must needs go and see it: I pray thee have me excused. And another said, I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to prove them: I pray thee have me excused. And another said, I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come. So that servant came, and shewed his lord these things. Then the master of the house being angry said to his servant, Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in hither the poor, and the maimed, and the halt, and the blind. And the servant said, Lord, it is done as thou hast commanded, and yet there is room. And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled. For I say unto you, That none of those men which were bidden shall taste of my supper. Luke 14:16-24. Whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple. Luke 14:33. It means that we don't have any excuses from partaking of what Jesus is teaching and doing what he says. It is what God wants. It is God's will. It will be done. Those who do it will inherit the Kingdom eternally. Those who make any excuses for themselves will be out with the other spirit.
Lend, hoping for nothing again. Luke 6:35.
For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Mark 8:36.
No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. Matthew 6:24. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. Luke 4:8. And he said unto them, The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and they that exercise authority upon them are called benefactors. But ye shall not be so: but he that is greatest among you, let him be as the younger; and he that is chief, as he that doth serve. For whether is greater, he that sitteth at meat, or he that serveth? is not he that sitteth at meat? but I am among you as he that serveth. Luke 22:25-27. Remember, we are to be Christlike. Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching: verily I say unto you, that he shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve them. Luke 12:37.
But when the husbandmen saw the son, they said among themselves, This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and let us seize on his inheritance. Matthew 21:38. Who is the son? Jesus is the son. What is the inheritance? Who shall inherit it? The inheritance is the whole of the Earth, and the meek shall inherit. Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. Matthew 5:5. The inheritance is eternal life, real life, the eternal spirit free of all falseness of heart. Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. Matthew 25:34. It is the Kingdom of God. It is the Heaven of the God of Jesus. Heaven comes to Earth. Who are the husbandmen? They are those who existed then and exist today who take and hoard and call it theirs alone and their heirs' alone apart from the whole of the children of God. If they don't turn, repent, and atone, they will not inherit eternal life or the Earth and Heaven conflated — the real New World Order.
For the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which went out early in the morning to hire labourers into his vineyard. And when he had agreed with the labourers for a penny a day, he sent them into his vineyard. And he went out about the third hour, and saw others standing idle in the marketplace, And said unto them; Go ye also into the vineyard, and whatsoever is right I will give you. And they went their way. Again he went out about the sixth and ninth hour, and did likewise. And about the eleventh hour he went out, and found others standing idle, and saith unto them, Why stand ye here all the day idle? They say unto him, Because no man hath hired us. He saith unto them, Go ye also into the vineyard; and whatsoever is right, that shall ye receive. So when even was come, the lord of the vineyard saith unto his steward, Call the labourers, and give them their hire, beginning from the last unto the first. And when they came that were hired about the eleventh hour, they received every man a penny. But when the first came, they supposed that they should have received more; and they likewise received every man a penny. And when they had received it, they murmured against the goodman of the house, Saying, These last have wrought but one hour, and thou hast made them equal unto us, which have borne the burden and heat of the day. But he answered one of them, and said, Friend, I do thee no wrong: didst not thou agree with me for a penny? Take that thine is, and go thy way: I will give unto this last, even as unto thee. Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own? Is thine eye evil, because I am good? So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen. Matthew 20:1-16. What does it mean? The Kingdom of Heaven is God's. God can do with it what God wants. God's will is that regardless of when someone finally turns, converts, repents, atones, spreads the word, does the deeds and the rest, all will receive a whole share, which in full context means everything for those who comprehend. Those who don't like this are just too hardhearted to partake.
Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Matthew 6:10.
I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive. Acts 20:35
A man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth. Luke 12:15.
Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect. Matthew 5:48.
If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me. Matthew 19:21.
Jesus rebuked the devil; and he departed out of him: and the child was cured from that very hour. Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could not we cast him out? And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief. Matthew 17:18-20. Jesus took him by the hand, and lifted him up; and he arose. And when he was come into the house, his disciples asked him privately, Why could not we cast him out? And he said unto them, This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer. Mark 9:27-29.
This is explained with one heart and soul above. We are to be as willing to share as unspoiled little children do. And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 18:3.
If you believe all of the foregoing, which you ought to, but you do not believe that it is the following:
- To apply here and now
- The Kingdom is the Christian Commons (there is only one Commons, one real Commons that is)
then you and I are listening to different spirits and will not end up in the same place.
Wherever the Holy Spirit is, the Commons is also. They are one Spirit, inseparable. This is his Church — one Church doing the Fathers' will who is in Heaven.
And all that believed were together, and had all things common; And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need. And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved. Acts 2:44-47. They sold all and parted the proceeds according to need rather than doing it another way, because they knew the prophecy. They would be persecuted and mostly martyred. The Romans would come and level the Temple building and destroy and scatter, taking away the nation and the place, exactly what the Sanhedrin had feared would happen if they didn't eliminate Jesus. Their calling for Jesus's crucifixion backfired on them, of course. You will notice that the disciples were of one accord. They also took communal meals in the various houses of believers. Food was shared. Finally, only true believers in their way were to be saved. And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common. Neither was there any among them that lacked: for as many as were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the prices of the things that were sold, And laid them down at the apostles' feet: and distribution was made unto every man according as he had need. Acts4:32;34-35.
If you refuse to be conflated by the Holy Spirit, you are not far from the thieves of the inheritance who stoned the servant who has come to you in the name of the LORD. And again he sent unto them another servant; and at him they cast stones, and wounded him in the head, and sent him away shamefully handled. Mark 12:4. O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, which killest the prophets, and stonest them that are sent unto thee; how often would I have gathered thy children together, as a hen doth gather her brood under her wings, and ye would not! Luke 13:34.
And one of the company said unto him, Master, speak to my brother, that he divide the inheritance with me. And he said unto him, Man, who made me a judge or a divider over you? And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth. Luke 12:13-15. Yea, and why even of yourselves judge ye not what is right? Luke 12:57.
A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came and sought fruit thereon, and found none. Then said he unto the dresser of his vineyard, Behold, these three years I come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and find none: cut it down; why cumbereth it the ground? And he answering said unto him, Lord, let it alone this year also, till I shall dig about it, and dung it: And if it bear fruit, well: and if not, then after that thou shalt cut it down. Luke 13:6-9. This is prophesying.
Where is the fruit for all your poor, America? How much longer will God wait before he cut down the nation? I am digging and fertilizing to bring forth in accordance with the original Word. Who will help me work in the vineyard?
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- The Real Liberal Christian Church and Christian Commons Project not only do not endorse any candidate for any secular office, we say that Christianity forbids voting in such elections.
- Furthermore, when we discuss any public-office holder's position, policy, action or inaction, we definitely are not encouraging anyone to vote for that office holder's position.
- We are not trying to influence secular elections but rather want people to come out from that entire fallen system.
- When we analyze or discuss what is termed "public policy," we do it entirely from a theological standpoint with an eye to educating professing Christians and those to whom we are openly always proselytizing to convert to authentic Christianity.
- It is impossible for us to fully evangelize and proselytize without directly discussing the pros and cons of public policy and the positions of secular-office holders, hence the unconstitutionality of the IRS code on the matter.
- We are not rich and wouldn't be looking for a fight regardless. What we cannot do is compromise our faith (which seeks to harm nobody, quite the contrary).
- We render unto Caesar what is Caesar's. We render unto God what is God's.
- When Caesar says to us that unless we shut up about the unrighteousness of Caesar's policies and practices, we will lose the ability of people who donate to us to declare their donations as deductions on their federal and state income-tax returns, we say to Caesar that we cannot shut up while exercising our religion in a very reasonable way.
- We consider the IRS code on this matter as deliberate economic duress (a form of coercion) and a direct attempt by the federal government to censor dissenting, free political and religious speech.
- It's not freedom of religion if they tax it.
And when they were come to Capernaum, they that received tribute money came to Peter, and said, Doth not your master pay tribute? He saith, Yes. And when he was come into the house, Jesus prevented him, saying, What thinkest thou, Simon? of whom do the kings of the earth take custom or tribute? of their own children, or of strangers? Peter saith unto him, Of strangers. Jesus saith unto him, Then are the children free. (Matthew 17:24-26)