The word anarchy comes from the ancient Greek ἀναρχία (anarchia), or αναρχικός (anarchikós) which combines ἀ (a), "not, without" and ἀρχή (arkhi), "ruler". Thus, the term anarchy refers to a system or society "without rulers". On the other hand, the term government is presently defined as "the governing body of a nation, state, or community." If there is a form of government that did not require rulers to function that government would be an anarchy.
The word anarchism has been hijacked by numerous authors who attempt to redefine its original meaning. There were Ancient Anarchists who sought a form of voluntary government that did not require rulers who might be corrupted by the power to exercise authority one over the other, oppressing the people.
By the "mid 17th century: from Greek anarkhos ‘without a chief’ + -ist was coined as those who believed in no rulers exercising authority one over the other; later influenced by French anarchiste." The word originally meant rulerlessness, but in 1840 Pierre-Joseph Proudhon adopted the term in his treatise What Is Property?.
Pierre-Joseph Proudhon used the term to refer to his political philosophy called anarchism, which advocates societies without a ruling class and based on voluntary associations with legitimate property as the result of possession, labor and occupation. The idea that "property is theft" begins to fall short of both common since and a free society.
Proudhon defended the right to inherit "as one of the foundations of the family and society" but he refused to allow that right to extend beyond personal possessions. He limited, by his own desire to rule people of society, the right of inheritance to the instruments of labor. But this arbitrary limitation on the accumulation of wealth is neither natural nor just. A herd, a cultivated and preserved pasture, timberland, as well as an orchard or buildings like apartments or warehouse are all inheritable tools.
A true anarchist would want to see equality through the individual choices concerning the weightier matters of justice and mercy not through the arbitrary ruler-ship of men, including Pierre-Joseph Proudhon.
- Anarchy does not mean a violent opposition to government.
- It does not even mean without government.
- It does not honestly mean without a leader.
- Anarchy is from the Greek, meaning no ruler.
It means without rulers who exercises authority one over the other.
It also does not mean "without laws".
The law of gravity existed before government.
The laws of physics were not made up by a legislature of physicists.
Nor were the laws of chemistry voted on by Chemists.
These laws of physics and chemistry were discovered and recognized.
The same is true of Natural Law.
The anarchist may debate what the Natural Law is but its existence must be accepted just like the laws of physics and chemistry etc..
The word "anarchy" in its original sense is about governing ourselves and coming together in some form of mutually connected society by voluntarism. Anarchy is government without Archists, without people who may call themselves Benefactors but exercises authority one over the other. It is about choosing for ourselves and providing for the needs of society without the dominion and control of others over the private lives and choices of its citizens. Anarchy is not about ruling over others and forcing our neighbors to do what we want, or to give us what we want.
Anarchy, in order to work, must become a voluntary system of self-government of the people, for the people and by the people living and working together under the Perfect law of liberty. Rather than coveting our neighbor's goods through men who desire to "rule over" others, the people of society are bound together only because they learn to care for and about one another and their neighbor's rights as much as their own. In the governments of the world people often stop caring about their neighbor as much as themselves. Because they are coveting their neighbor's goods they elect men who call themselves Benefactors to be the conscripted fathers of society. These "fathers of the earth" become the despots and tyrants, corrupted by the power to rule.
"An" is a prefix meaning "without" and "archy" means "a ruler that exercises authority". You will never be without the threat of tyrants and despots until you give up the idea that it is okay to use force to rule over your neighbor to get benefits. Expect such threats until you stop coveting what belongs to your neighbor for your personal benefit, which was the message of Abraham, Moses, John the Baptist and, yes, even Jesus Christ.
The Beloved Anarchist
When I first heard of Christian Anarchism, I thought it was an oxymoron. Can you be a Christian and an anarchist?
The problem with this combination of ideas is that most people do not understand what “anarchism”, as a word describing an idea, is really all about.
Another problem is that most people do not know what being a Christian meant in the fist centuries or should mean to us today.
The early Church was doing things much differently than the Modern Christians. They would not pray to the State Benefactors who exercised authority one over the other nor pray to the Fathers of the earth for their daily bread or any of the Benefits offered by that world.
The Modern Christians also do not fully understand the original definition of that word Religion and therefore Pure Religion. Nor do the understand the Christian conflict with governments like Rome. They were not to be a part of that world. The truth is, the early Christian was accused of being an anarchist and even an atheist, because Jesus was their Beloved Anarchist.
Since He was in agreement with Moses and Elias who sought to set men free from the bondage of Egypt and the rule of oppressive kings, they were all some sort of anarchist. Also their positions on treasuries and central banks were another clue to their anarchist policies. The prophecies and protocols were evidence that they were to return every man to his family and possessions as a matter of policy and the parable about the talents suggests that that they were Capitalists as well.
If Moses and Elias and Jesus were all anarchists then what were the early Christians and the early Church really doing according to the directives of Christ and His truth which was supposed to set men free?
Certainly there are anarchists who want chaos. And they may wish to do evil. But the same is true of some so-called democracies and other forms of government.
According to Wikipedia, “Anarchism is a political philosophy which considers the state undesirable, unnecessary, and harmful, and instead promotes a stateless society.”
While that might be a legitimate definition, it is misleading. All the power of the state originates in the people. All the potestas and imperium exercised by the State was originally with the individual in the state of nature before any social compact.
With that in mind, many choose to not depend upon the corporate State as an institution. They do not want to depend upon its power to provide, because that power is based on taking choice away from their neighbors. To take the benefits of the State is to consent to the power of the State to rule over their neighbors and even themselves.
This is usually excused because people covet benefits that are provided at the expense of their neighbor. These benefits are called the wages of unrighteousness. That is not loving your neighbor as yourself. Anarchists seek to to be in a natural state of liberty and to live as if the State does not exist.
They can only do that if they take back their personal responsibility and voluntarily do what many people ask the corporate State to do. They have to voluntarily form a Living Network of free assemblies that provides the services of the State without force.
Anthropologists agree that for the most part human society was without a separate class of established authority or formal political institutions throughout history. This was not because the idea of rulers in society had not evolved to a higher state of collective governance as much as they had not devolved to a greater state of sin.
Most of what we see as government today is the evolution of Cain who ruled over his brother with brute force. Nimrod, Pharaoh and Caesar may have leaned on the institution of a social compact through the application for benefits like free bread and social welfare but ultimately their authority relies on force.
It was not only Christ and John the Baptist who preached against praying to these fathers of the earth and benefactors who exercised authority but others throughout history tried to teach the people how to live without rulers.
Lao Zi (Lao Tzu) took an "anti-polity" position with a philosophy of "non-rule". Many Taoists took similar positions which we see in the Zhuang Zhou and Tao Te Ching promoting an anarchist lifestyle.Taoism, which developed in Ancient China, has been embraced by some anarchists as a source of anarchistic attitudes.
Before 400 AD, Pao Ching-yen argued that there should be neither lords nor subjects. But the words "anarchia" and "anarchos", both meaning "without ruler", originated with the Ancient Greece.
The term can be traced back to Homer's Iliad which is believed to originate as a story late 8th or early 7th century B.C. and Herodotus's Histories from the fifth century B.C.. As a political term it appears in Aeschylus play Seven Against Thebes which was written in 467 B.C..
The Cynics Diogenes of Sinope was born in 404 B.C. and Crates of Thebes born in 365 B.C. were both advocates anarchism. But it was Zeno of Citium (333 – 264 BC), the Stoic, and Aristippus, who said that "the wise should not give up their liberty to the state" who write of the anarchial utopian society and "repudiated the omnipotence of the state, its intervention and regimentation, and proclaimed the sovereignty of the moral law of the individual".
Zeno's Republic was opposed to the state-Utopia of Plato's Republic. Zeno argued that his Republic could only exist among those who would be faithful to the natural moral law of the individual and "only the virtuous can be regarded as true citizens".
Leaders without Rulers
To suggest that the Greek word for anarchy (anarchía) literally means “lack of a leader” is misleading.
The word leader is defined as a “person or thing that leads”; “a guiding or directing head.” A leader does not necessarily have the power to order people to do anything. They merely take the lead. They step out first and everyone else must choose to follow or not follow. We may and should, as we see in the above definition, distinguish between a leader as a guide and rulers as a directing head.
A leader may only be a guide - who is typically passionate for their cause and has experience - with whom one identifies and follows through voluntary participation or association. So an anarchy is not absent of leaders, but absent of rulers.
A ruler (archon) is clearly one who forcibly commands others and/or is at or near the top of a bureaucracy or hierarchical system that controls society with an exercising authority.
The Bible translates the Greek word hodegos as leader or guide. This Greek word is related to the idea of a journey. The leader leads on a journey, and he follows the way which seems right. What if the leader journeys on a path leading to folly?
If men can use you like Merchandise, it is usually because you asked them to rule someone else for your benefit. Then in taking that benefit, you yourself became snared or trapped under their authority.
When you make application to men who exercise authority one over the other thinking they are your Benefactor, you give them power that will come back to bite you. That is because, by doing so, you have chosen to take a bite out of one another for personal gain as if you all had One purse - as if Socialism is benevolent in its nature. Now, this is the way followed by leaders (hodegos) of a world (kosmos), who, like Nimrod, offer something else instead of the way leading to heaven (ouranos).
- They lead you on a socialist journey to become merchandise under leadership of rulers (archos) who exercise authority one over the other.
The Greek word archon is translated ruler 22 times, prince 11, chief twice and magistrate and chief ruler once each. It means “a ruler, commander, chief.” The ancient Greek anarchia (ἀναρχία) does not mean the "absence of a leader", but it means the absence of “a ruler, commander, chief.” In an anarchy, there may be many leaders but no “rulers, commanders, and chiefs.”
Was Christ actually setting His people free in spirit and in truth?
The Asylum State
Can there be a State which is also an anarchy?
There are at least two definitions of the word state.
The first is the particular condition that someone or something is in at a specific time.
And the second is a nation or territory considered as an organized political community under one government.
The phrase "organized political community under one government" can mean many different things depending on which form of government you are talking about since there are many forms of government.
To suggest that a “stateless society” means there is no government, would not do the history of man justice. To promote a stateless society might simply mean there is no desire for a centralized corporate state ruling over the people by coercive means.
But the term stateless society would not mean there are no leaders among the people.
It is possible that the term stateless is a misnomer. It may mean the nature or status of those leaders differs from a ruler or lawmaker state. If the leaders are truly titular as they are in a pure republic then those that perform the duties of government have no actual power to exercise authority over the people. In truth they are to only serve, not rule over the people.
There are a number of characteristics that might be attributed to such a State in the sense of a political community, which can be defined as one whose members have a real stake in political institutions and, for that reason, subject themselves to the decisions of those institutions.
By that definition no one can "subject themselves to the decisions of those institutions" and be free. By that definition someone would be exercising authority one over the other. The people could not be free under such a state. The only way to have both a political community and a truly free people is that the State is separate from the people.
Form of government
Natural Law is often contrasted with the positive law of a given political community, society, or state. And Natural law is where rights originated.
All government or State power or power of the State originates in the people. The rights of man are endowed by God but man may choose to endow governments with a portion of those rights or powers of choice.
There are at least two ways to do that. One is you support the government by Freewill offerings and the other is when you give the power to government to force the offerings of all the people. The former requires, if we wish to call it "one form of government", a servant body of titular leaders who respect your right to choose but freely receive and freely give what you offer in support of the government. The latter has the power to force offerings and sacrifices from the people but has never been God's plan for the righteous. Whenever the voice of the people elect a ruler who exercises authority one over the other they are rejecting God.
The first operates by faith, hope and charity in that system or Kingdom of love.
What is commonly called the State is the result of the acts of people vesting power in another. The election of a man who could rule over the people, even if by the Voice of the People was, from the beginning, called a rejection of God and carried with it a long list of consequences prophesied by God through Samuel. God allows the people to make foolish choices and tells them that he will not hear their prayers if they do.
This was a matter of Common Sense at one time in America.
In a true government of, for and by the people, natural rights remain with the people. Where the people remain in a “natural state” as God intended before the creation of a “social contract” (whether implied or actual, defacto or dejure), the power of government remains with the individual. In this natural “state of society” the power of choice (liberty or right to choose), called the potestas, remains with every man within the family.
The Romans called this form of government libera res publica, which means free from things public. It is this phrase which is the origin of the Latin word republica. But over time the word developed two senses and uses.
A Republic in one sense is “that form of government in which the administration of affairs is open to all the citizens". In another sense, it signifies "the state, independently of its government.”
In the latter sense we can envision a republic as a system where the people retain their rights, hold the power of the state and the ministers are titular servants of the people. In such systems taxes remain voluntary and it is every man’s responsibility to protect his neighbor as he would desire to be protected by his neighbor.
What would hold such a society together as a nation?
Are there examples of such a government anywhere in man's history?
There is a rich history of such governments and nations operating as diversified networks of voluntary systems of faith, hope, and charity. In fact, “our modern reliance on government to make law and establish order is not the historical norm.”
Modern history books have not only removed this record of independent and successful voluntary government but have expunged the concept from our thinking until we cannot even imagine the possibility of such a government.
Israel for almost 400 years operating with no central authority in their government, with little more than freewill offerings given to support that form of government. The Levites were the benefactors who did not exercise authority one over the other but the highest among them were servants of servants. They were only tithed to "according to their service" in this system of national charity and social welfare.
With an all-volunteer army, organised by the same system of tens they thrived as a nation. We also saw the early Christians surviving and even thriving during the decline and fall of the Roman Empire under off-and-on persecutions. Christians who said there was another king and because of their faith in Christ excluded themselves from the welfare of the Roman socialist state and provided for themselves through one of those networks of faith, hope and charity.
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When society has no legal bonds between the parties within the community to coerce them to do righteousness in order to maintain their liberty, one must exercise their responsibility to God and neighbor to retain their rights. Without legal bonds limiting the rights of the people in free society, the emphases is upon relationship rather than any social contract itself.
Those relationships require diligence in voluntarism, forgiveness and giving. The slothful should be under tribute. At one time this diligence within society was called Pure Religion. But when people do not care about the rights of their neighbor they must redefine the term Religion.
A government where taxes are voluntary would require a peculiar kind of people. Their citizenship would have to be written upon their hearts and their minds. They would have to exercise their divine responsibilities to maintain their individual right as kings of their own house by aiding their fellow citizen in doing the same. It would require a citizenry that did not steal, injure or even covet his neighbor's goods or family. It would require every natural citizen to come at a minute's notice to the aid of his neighbor to protect their God-given rights.
This would mean they would have to love the righteousness of God and their neighbor as much as themselves. This was required when Christ appointed a kingdom, His government, to his faithful disciples . His prime directive to the people included the decree for those who would lead that they were not to exercise authority one over the other. His government ministers of His appointed kingdom were not to be rulers (archo). They were expected to be the benefactor to the people by the free will contributions of the people, for the people, in pure religion.
The Corban of the Christians was not like that of the Pharisees nor that of the modern State. If an anarchy is a way of governing ourselves without the coercive rulers of the corporate state then Christ preached anarchy for the righteous. But the voice of the evil people who fear liberty, are slothful, reject God, and elect rulers who do exercise authority, they are snared in a net of their own making. No people, no nation, can be free nor should be free, as long as they covet their neighbor's goods through the socialist state, through rulers and lawmakers who exercise authority one over the other. If they have entered into such covetous schemes their only hope is to repent and seek the kingdom of God and His righteousness. They must form a body of free assemblies bound by faith, hope and charity alone which is righteousness.
This is what the early Church did and what the modern Church has failed to do.
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- Steward Edwards, Introduction to Selected Writings of Pierre-Joseph Proudhon.
- Luke 9:32 But Peter and they that were with him were heavy with sleep: and when they were awake, they saw his glory, and the two men that stood with him. 33 And it came to pass, as they departed from him, Peter said unto Jesus, Master, it is good for us to be here: and let us make three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias: not knowing what he said.
- Leviticus 25:10 And ye shall hallow the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof: it shall be a jubile unto you; and ye shall return every man unto his possession, and ye shall return every man unto his family.
- Leviticus 25:41 And then shall he depart from thee, both he and his children with him, and shall return unto his own family, and unto the possession of his fathers shall he return.
- a state of disorder due to absence or nonrecognition of authority.
"he must ensure public order in a country threatened with anarchy"
synonyms: lawlessness, nihilism, mobocracy, revolution, insurrection, disorder, chaos, mayhem, tumult, turmoil
"conditions are dangerously ripe for anarchy"
absence of government and absolute freedom of the individual, regarded as a political ideal.
- hodegos “ a leader of the way, a guide” to lead properly, to guide in a way.
- Mark 10:42 But Jesus called them to him, and saith unto them, Ye know that they which are accounted to rule <archo> over the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and their great ones exercise authority upon them.
- Matthew 15:14 Let them alone: they be blind leaders <hodegos> of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.
- Psalms 69:22 Let their table become a snare before them: and that which should have been for their welfare, let it become a trap. Romans 11:9 And David saith, Let their table be made a snare, and a trap, and a stumblingblock, and a recompence unto them:
- : Habakkuk 2:6 Shall not all these take up a parable against him, and a taunting proverb against him, and say, Woe to him that increaseth [that which is] not his! how long? and to him that ladeth himself with thick clay! 7 Shall they not rise up suddenly that shall bite thee, and awake that shall vex thee, and thou shalt be for booties unto them?
8 Because thou hast spoiled many nations, all the remnant of the people shall spoil thee; because of men’s blood, and for the violence of the land, of the city, and of all that dwell therein.
- Galatians 5:15 But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another.
- : Matthew 23:16 Woe unto you, ye blind guides <hodegos>, which say, Whosoever shall swear by the temple, it is nothing; but whosoever shall swear by the gold of the temple, he is a debtor!
- Matthew 23:24 Ye blind guides <hodegos>, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel.
- Acts 1:16 Men and brethren, this scripture must needs have been fulfilled, which the Holy Ghost by the mouth of David spake before concerning Judas, which was guide <hodegos> to them that took Jesus.
- Romans 2:19 And art confident that thou thyself art a guide <hodegos> of the blind, a light of them which are in darkness,
- World: kosmos; Strongs #2889. Has the idea "to provide for"; orderly arrangement, that is, decoration; by implication the world (in a wide or narrow sense, including its inhabitants, literally or figuratively [morally]): - adorning, world.
- Heaven: ouranos: Strongs #3772. Has the idea of elevated; the sky; by extension heaven (as the abode of God); by implication happiness, power, eternity; specifically the Gospel (Christianity): - air, heaven ([-ly]), sky.
- Luke 22:29 “And I appoint unto you a kingdom, as my Father hath appointed unto me;“ Matthew 21:43 “Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof. Luke 12:32 “Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” Matthew 4:17 “From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”
- “In name only” see Definition of a republic http://www.hisholychurch.org/study/gods/cog7rvd.php
- The Church is legally defined as ""A body or community of Christians, united under one form of government..."
- 1 Samuel 8:5-22 “... And the LORD said unto Samuel, Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee: for they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected me, that I should not reign over them.”
- 1 Samuel 8:5-22 “According to all the works which they have done since the day that I brought them up out of Egypt even unto this day, wherewith they have forsaken me, and served other gods, so do they also unto thee.9 Now therefore hearken unto their voice: howbeit yet protest solemnly unto them, and shew them the manner of the king that shall reign over them. And Samuel told all the words of the LORD unto the people that asked of him a king. And he said, This will be the manner of the king that shall reign over you: He will take your sons, and appoint them for himself, for his chariots, and to be his horsemen; and some shall run before his chariots. And he will appoint him captains over thousands, and captains over fifties; and will set them to ear his ground, and to reap his harvest, and to make his instruments of war, and instruments of his chariots. And he will take your daughters to be confectionaries, and to be cooks, and to be bakers. And he will take your fields, and your vineyards, and your oliveyards, even the best of them, and give them to his servants. And he will take the tenth of your seed, and of your vineyards, and give to his officers, and to his servants. And he will take your menservants, and your maidservants, and your goodliest young men, and your asses, and put them to his work. He will take the tenth of your sheep: and ye shall be his servants....”
- Thomas Paine, Common Sense, warnings of Samuel http://www.hisholychurch.org/documents/commonsense.php
- In the law of the Latins, the word potestas signifies generally a power or authority by which we do anything. Patria Potestas signifies the authority which a father had over of his children, grandchildren, and other descendants. When this right or power was vested in the State the agent of government became the father of the people. See Call no man Father http://www.hisholychurch.org/sermon/fatherabba.php
- Leviticus 25:10 “And ye shall hallow the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout [all] the land unto all the inhabitants thereof: it shall be a jubile unto you; and ye shall return every man unto his possession, and ye shall return every man unto his family.”
- Republic. Black’s Dictionary 3rd Ed. p1536.
- Part I of The Enterprise of Law : Justice without the State by Dr. Bruce L. Benson.
- Psalms 69:22 “Let their table become a snare before them: and [that which should have been] for [their] welfare, [let it become] a trap.”
- The Corban http://www.hisholychurch.org/sermon/corban.php
- Leviticus 19:18 Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I [am] the LORD.
- Matthew 5:43 ¶ Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.
- Matthew 19:19 Honour thy father and [thy] mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
- Matthew 22:39 And the second [is] like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
- Mark 12:31 And the second [is] like, [namely] this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.
- Mark 12:33 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.
- Luke 10:27 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.
- Romans 13:9 For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if [there be] any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
- Romans 13:10 Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love [is] the fulfilling of the law.
- James 2:8 ¶ If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well:
- Mark 7:22 “Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness:”
- Luke 12:15 “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.”
- Romans 1:29 “Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,...they which commit such things are worthy of death...”
- Romans 7:7 “What shall we say then? [Is] the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet.”
- Romans 13:9 “For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if [there be] any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.”
- 1 Corinthians 5:10 “Yet not altogether with the fornicators of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or with idolaters; for then must ye needs go out of the world.”
- 1 Corinthians 5:11 “But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat.”
- Ephesians 5:3 “But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints;”
- Ephesians 5:5 “For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.”
- Colossians 3:5 “Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:”
- 2 Timothy 3:2 “For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, … Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.”
- Hebrews 13:5 “[Let your] conversation [manner, way] [be] without covetousness; [and be] content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.”
- 2 Peter 2:3 “And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.”
- 2 Peter 2:14 “Having eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease from sin; beguiling unstable souls: an heart they have exercised with covetous practices; cursed children:”
- 2 Corinthians 6:16 “And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in [them]; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.”
- Proverbs 12:24 “The hand of the diligent shall bear rule: but the slothful shall be under tribute.”
- Matthew 5:43 “Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.”
- Matthew 19:19 “Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.”
- Matthew 22:39 “And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. [Mark 12:33 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.]”
- Luke 10:27 “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.”
- Romans 13:9 “For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.”
- Romans 13:10 “Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.”
- Galatians 5:14 “For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.”
- James 2:8 “If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well:”
- Matthew 20:25 “But Jesus called them [unto him], and said, Ye know that the princes [archon] of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them. But it shall not be so among you”
Mark 10:42 “But Jesus called them [to him], and saith unto them, Ye know that they which are accounted to rule [archo] over the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and their great ones exercise authority upon them. But so shall it not be among you:”
Luke 22:25-26 “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.”
- Pure Religion http://www.hisholychurch.org/news/articles/religion.php
- To Heal Our Land http://www.hisholychurch.org/sermon/healland.php
- Romans 13:3 “For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same:”
- Proverbs 1:10-19 “My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not. If they say, Come with us, let us lay wait for blood, let us lurk privily for the innocent without cause: Let us swallow them up alive as the grave; and whole, as those that go down into the pit: We shall find all precious substance, we shall fill our houses with spoil: Cast in thy lot among us; let us all have one purse: My son, walk not thou in the way with them; refrain thy foot from their path: For their feet run to evil, and make haste to shed blood. Surely in vain the net is spread in the sight of any bird. And they lay wait for their own blood; they lurk privily for their own lives. So are the ways of every one that is greedy of gain; which taketh away the life of the owners thereof.”
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