by Walter Giddings
January 30, 2022
“But those mine enemies ... slay them before me.” --- Jesus.
In our 1st Lesson, The Birth of America, we studied The Evidence that demonstrated America was not born in rebellion. At every turn of circumstance or event our Forefathers who framed The Republic worked tirelessly to preserve their 13 Colonial governments under 13 Charters. Two parties voluntarily forged these 13 Charters: Englishmen and their King. We found 2 forgotten historical events. The 1st forgotten event was the October 26, 1775 Speech by King George III to Parliament proposing to remove The Colonists from His Protection and treat them as Foreign Enemies ! The 2nd forgotten event was Parliament’s passage of The Prohibitory Act December 22, 1775. A member of Parliament David Hartley, said, “An inflexible majority in the Parliament have now declared all America to be an independent hostile state.”
“An independent hostile state.” Does this mean that the Englishmen of all thirteen states (!) had independence 7 months before July 4, 1776? Did that mean then they were no longer Englishmen? Were they now Americans? Did that mean the proverbial Rug of humbly appealing to return to their Rights as English-men was yanked from under foot?! Do we recall from Lesson 1, The Birth of America, “The Notes of Proceeding” of the Second Continental Congress of 1776?
“That the question was not whether by a declaration of independence, we should make ourselves what we are not; but whether we should declare a fact which already exists.” The Notes of Proceeding Second Continental Congress, 1776.
Did this mean that American Englishmen were now Americans and Enemies of England?
All 13 Charters were contracts of and for governments in the New World. One of the Voluntary Parties to those Contracts, the King, breached all 13! Is Breach of Contract a serious allegation in any court?
Was every humble and impassioned Appeal to King George III met with multiple perverse provocations? Were the Minutemen on Lexington Green under strict orders not to fire first? Were the Colonists in all 13 Colonies determined to preserve their Colonial Governments under the King, not to overthrow them? Is there a Body of Evidence the generation that framed The Republic was never in Rebellion?
In our last Lesson, The Rebellion, did we see Evidence that We the People in succeeding Generations entered into rebellion against The Perpetual Covenant of “a more perfect Union”? Did the North engage in secession through two-faced back- stabbing, corkscrewing, dirty dealing and Schemes of Skullduggery? Was the South one-faced and more honest about their secession? Does History show the Southern states, one after another, beginning with South Carolina, held public Conventions on the question of secession and formed The Confederate States of America?
How could we be so forgetful? How could We the People fail to remain in “Remembrance”? Did The Scriptures inspire an entire generation to frame a Republican form of government in a Covenant of Perpetual Union? Do The Scriptures tell us we need to remain “in remembrance”?
2 Peter 1:12-15
12 Wherefore I will not be negligent to put you always in remembrance ofthese things, though ye know them, and be established in the present truth.
13 Yea I think it meet, as long as I am in this tabernacle, to stir you up by put-ting you in remembrance;
14 Knowing that shortly I must put offthis my tabernacle, even as our Lord Jesus Christ hath shewed me.
15 Moreover I will endeavour that ye may be able after my decease to have these things always in remembrance.
“To have these things always in remembrance.” Is Peter the only one of the Twelve Apostles “to endeavour” that we may be able “to have these things always in remembrance”? The Apostle Jude in his salutation identifies himself as the “brother of James”, the composer of The General Epistle of James. Does Jude endeavour that we may be able “to have these things always in remembrance”? Jude 1:5 “I will therefore put you in remembrance, though ye once knew this, how that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed them that believed not.”
“Destroyed them that believed not.” Was the not so civil Civil War, brother killing brother, the greatest butchery of We the People in all of America’s Wars? Were most of the Survivors soldiers who had a revival experience in the bloody trenches?
Did they return home on fire to restore Godly government on the grassroots level?
Did Paul who called himself “the least of the Apostles” drive this very point home also? Did Paul describe how “the destroyer” destroyed them of Israel who rebelled in The Wilderness? p>
1 Corinthians 10:9-12
9 Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents.
10 Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer.
11 Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.
12 Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.
Look again at Verse 11. What does “admonition” mean? What does it mean to “admonish” someone? Does admonish mean “to warn”? Do both Paul and Jude warn us that we are equal before God? Is every member of Adamkind free on bond during mortal life, commanding us all to “appear before the judgment seat of Christ”?
2 Corinthians 5:10 "For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ: that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad."
Does Paul explain how that trial before the judgment seat of Christ is conducted?
Romans 14:12 "So then everyone of us shall give account of himself to God."
Does the composer of Hebrews explain that we are no different from the Hebrews in The Wilderness? Do The Scriptures explain to us how and why we are equal to the Hebrews? Was Abraham an Hebrew?
Hebrews 4:2 "For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them. But the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it. "
“For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them”. Does The Declaration of Independence witness the self-same thing?
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, ... “ Action of Second Continental Congress, July 4, 1776. The unanimous Declaration of the Thirteen united States of America.
Are we endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable responsibilities? Duties. Do Children have duties to their father and mother? Do we, the children of God have duties to our Heavenly Father, “Our Father which art in Heaven”? Are we allowed to alienate Duties? If we all have the same Subpoena to appear before the Judgment Seat of Christ, are we all equal before God? Did generations before us frame our Republican form of Government according to the dictates of Scripture? Are we their Posterity? How did We the People become so negligent?
Are we any better than them? How well have we executed Our Duties? Are we part of The Problem or part of The Solution? Did John Quincy Adams, the 6th President, the son of John Adams, the 2nd President under The Constitution, say, “Duty is ours. Results are God’s”? How well have we executed our Duty? Are We the continuing Cause of The Curses that have befallen America? Does God want His Family back?!
We have asked this question before: What about our Fruit? What is The History of We the People? In succeeding Generations did We rebel? If We the People rebelled, who is talking about it? If nobody else is, can We talk about it?
Thomas Hart Benton, one of the 1st Senators from the new state of Missouri, who served 30 years in Congress wrote Thirty Year’s View, a history of the Legislative function of The Republic. He noted there was a Danger that came in “to swell the objects of The Thirty Years’ View”, The Doctrine of Secession.
“The leading language in respect to it south of the Potomac was, that no state had a right to withdraw from the Union --- that it required the same power to dissolve as to form the Union --- and that any attempt to dissolve it, or to obstruct the action of constitutional laws, was treason.” Thomas Hart Benton. Thirty Years’ View. 1854. Page 4-5.
“It required the same power to dissolve as to form the Union.” Do we recall that the 13 States constituted the “more perfect Union” in Conventions whose delegates were chosen by The People? Do we recall those same 13 Conventions erected the “more perfect Union” by ratifying The Constitution unanimously? Do we recall the Continental Congress in the 3rd year of the Independence of America mentioned the Perpetual Union in The Articles of Confederation 5 times?! Do we recall that the representatives of The People in the 2nd Continental Congress honored The Union in The Declaration?
We, therefore, the representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, that these united Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States.” The 1776 Declaration of Independence.
“The united States of America.” “These united Colonies.” How did We the People, North and South, end up engaging in Secession against The Covenant of Perpetual Union? How did We the People become so blinded against “the glorious gospel of Christ” to commit Treason against The American Covenant of Perpetual Union? How many among us today even know there is The American Covenant of Perpetual Union? How many of us were taught in The History of We the People to find in The Scriptures where The Framers of the Republic knew to frame a Government of Legislative, Executive, and Judicial Departments? How many of us were taught that our Forefathers obtained from The Scriptures our 3-tiered Judicial System: trial court, appellate court, and Supreme Court? Are “unalienable Rights” “unalienable” Duties? Are we, or were we ever, allowed to alienate these Duties from ourselves? Were we?! Do we, His Children, have unalienable Duties to God our Father?
How did We the People fail to remain in Remembrance of The American Covenant of Perpetual Union? Thomas Hart Benton, in his book, Thirty Years’ View showed how soon the Doctrine of Secession made its first Appearance in The History of We the People during the War of 1812.
“6. The Doctrine of Secession --- the right of a state, or a combination of states, to withdraw from the Union, was born of that war. ... secession ... presented the first instance of the greatest danger in the working of the double form of our government -- that of a collision between a part of the states and the federal government. This question, and this danger, first arose then -- grew out of the War of 1812 -- and were hushed by its sudden termination.” Benton. Thirty Years’ View. page 4.
What “hushed” The Doctrine of Secession at the end of the War of 1812? Why did that Doctrine go nowhere? Benton offers a reason:
“At the time of its first appearance the right of secession was repulsed and repudiated by the democracy generally, and in a large degree by the federal party -- the difference between a UNION and a League being better understood at that time when so many of the fathers of the new government were still alive.” Thomas Hart Benton. Thirty Years’ View. From 1820 to 1850. New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1854. pp. 4-5.
“The difference between a UNION and a LEAGUE being better understood at that time when so many of the fathers of the new government were still alive.”
Does this mean that if the united States were a league instead of a Union, The Doctrine of Secession would apply? Rather than a League did the Framers choose “a more perfect Union”? Did The Constitution represent a departure from the Framework of a League in the 13 Articles by ordaining a Constitutional Republic in the Framework of “a more perfect Union”? Was the Perpetual Union ordained as “a more perfect Union” when The Constitution gave it the Framework of The Union instead of a League? When did any civics course or American history class tell us about these conversations our Forefathers had? Have we rebelled in ignorance? Must an earthly father correct his children when they trespass in ignorance? Should we expect our Heavenly Father to correct His children when they trespass?
Does the 23rd Psalm remind us that we are Sheep in need of The Shepherd? How gullible are Sheep? Are we official Public Fool Graduates? What if we resist the Crook in The Shepherd’s Staff meant to Guide us. When do Sheep ever fail to need Guidance? What if we stiffen our necks and harden our hearts and go on to secede again? Would that make us covenant breakers? As covenant breakers do we damage our relationship with Our Heavenly Father? Will The Covenant God of The Bible view unrepentant covenant breakers in His Family as Enemies?
What does The History of We the People tell us about our willingness to repent and return to The Great Shepherd’s Sheep Fold? The Rebellion of the States began when the Militia of South Carolina fired upon Fort Sumter April 1861. South Carolina was the first to hold Convention and vote to secede from the Perpetual Union. How did “we” ever get suckered into breaking The Covenant of Perpetual Union? In this era of politically incorrect Pronouns, it is my duty to tell you “we” is the correct and historical pronoun. The North was just as guilty as the South. They concealed their backstabbing daggers while the South rebelled openly.
Did Israel of Old become covenant breakers?
2 Kings 17:15-18
15 And they rejected his statutes, and his covenant that he made with their fathers; and his testimonies which he testified against them; and they followed vanity, and became vain, and went after the heathen that were round about them, concerning whom the LORD had charged them that they should not do like them.
What happens to God’s People, God’s Family, when they do the heathen way instead of the Jesus Way? Where does this go? What follows?
16 And they left all the commandments of the LORD their God, and made them molten images, even two calves, and made a grove, and worshipped all the host of heaven, and served Baal.
Is one of the commanded rituals or customs of Baal worship sacrifice of the first born (son) to Baal? Does that sound like we get dead children instead of Posterity? Are the abortion mills of America religious temples of Baal worship?
17 And they caused their sons and their daughters to pass through the fire, and used divination and enchantments, and sold themselves to do evil in the sight of the LORD to provoke him to anger.
Have Americans “sold themselves to do evil”? Do our kindred in hospitals converted to death camps; tell distraught relatives that if they do not follow CDC directives, they lose their jobs?! How are “we” any different from Israel? Who are we?!
18 Therefore the LORD was very angry with Israel, and removed them out of his sight : there was none left but the tribe of Judah only.
Does 2 Kings 17 warn us? Should Christians obey the heathen way instead of the Jesus Way? Does Verse 18 say “very angry”? Did God’s People Israel become the enemies of God? Have Americans become the enemies of God?
Luke 19:27 "But those mine enemies, which would not that I reign over them, bring hither, and slay them before me."
Which one of us wants to be one of those Enemies??!
Notes of Proceeding. 2nd Continental Congress. 1776. [“the question”].
2 Peter 1:12-15. [“remembrance”].
Jude 1:5. [“remembrance”].
1 Corinthians 10:9-12. [“written for our admonition”].
2 Corinthians 5:10. [“the judgment seat of Christ”]. Romans 14:12. [“give account”].
Hebrews 4:2. [“the gospel preached”].
Declaration of Independence 1776. [“equal”].
Thomas Hart Benton. Thirty Years’ View. 1854. “Preliminary View”, pp. 4-5.
Declaration of Independence 1776. [“united”].
Benton. Thirty Years’ View. page 4. [“secession”]
Ibid. pp. 4-5. [“difference between a UNION and a league”].
[23rd Psalm “sheep”].
2 Kings 17:15-18. [“rejected his covenant”].
Luke 19:27. [“mine enemies .. slay them”].