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The people who pay into Social Security do not have "an earned right"[1] to benefits nor does the government have a "contractual obligation" to make any return payment. Once an individual applies for participation an obligation attaches to the privilege of employment. “Congress could, in its future discretion, spend that money for whatever Congress then judged to be the general welfare of the country” having “no constitutional power to earmark or segregate certain kinds of tax proceeds for certain purposes, whether the purposes be farm-price supports, foreign aid or social security payments.”[2]

Not so Secure Socialism

The United States Supreme Court in 1937 validated Social Security as an exercise of the Constitutional taxing power of Congress for the benefit of the general fund of the United States Treasury.[1] The Supreme Court also said that “Congress could, in its future discretion, spend that money for whatever Congress then judged to be the general welfare of the country” having “no constitutional power to earmark or segregate certain kinds of tax proceeds for certain purposes, whether the purposes be farm-price supports, foreign aid or social security payments.”[2]

What this means is that there is no division of funds in the treasury and there has never been from the beginning of Social Security. There is no separate fund created by payments of the Social Security tax.[1]

It is also important to understand that since 1838 the United States has been in continuous debt. In January 1835, the national debt had been paid off by President Andrew Jackson who opposed a national bank. That debt had skyrocketed during peacetime between 1930 to 1934. The Federal Reserve began tightening the money supply as the debt expanded which brought about several economic crashes of the "money supply". Something needed to be done to guarantee the payment of the interest on that debt.

“Protection draws to it subjection; subjection protection.”[3]

At the time of the introduction by FDR[4] of the Social Security Act to Congress and the American people, “The President wanted everybody covered for every contingency in life---’cradle to the grave,’ he called it... the social insurance[5] system… But the Government of the United States is not an insurance company and so it could be done.”[6]

While the system of Federal Social Security was “sold as if it were insurance”[5] it was not. There is a great confusion among the participates, if not deception of and a strong delusion, that social security taxes are payments of insurance premiums to obtain specified benefits at a specified time. There is no such right nor any trust fund.[1]

Number one myth concerning Social Security is that there is a "Social Security trust fund". The Supreme Court has ruled from the beginning that the money could be spent “...for whatever Congress then judged to be the general welfare of the country” and because there is “no constitutional power to earmark or segregate certain kinds of tax proceeds for certain purposes, whether the purposes be farm-price supports, foreign aid or social security payments.” [2] 548; Helvering vs.Davis, in the first year that the funds collected "... are not earmarked in any way.”[1]
There is no "trust fund".

People need to decide whether they want to deal in the rhetoric of politics or the truth. The government, in debt from the beginning, borrows against its assets to operate and it is the people as beneficiaries, and their children, who become a surety for that debt.

According to the Social Security Tax Act, the government has no moral obligation to pay benefits as "an earned right".[7] This is because the government has "no contractual obligation" to make any return payment,[8] and it has carried the provision from the very beginning that, “The right to alter, amend, or repeal any provision of this act is hereby reserved to the Congress.”[9] Therefore “Congress could continue to collect the so-called social security pay roll taxes even though Congress discontinued all social security benefit payments.”[10]

This may seem a little scary for some who are or may be dependent upon such payments, but that is exactly what you should expect as the national and world economies continue their descent into a domain of devastating decline, debt and disaster. An essential purpose of the system of corvee introduced as social security was to add the labor of Americans to the collateral of the State so the people would become a surety of the already increasing debt financing the power of that central government. To believe that you have a right to get back specified benefits because you paid into Social Security is a foolhardy fallacy, if not a delusion of false hope.

According to Dr. Clarence E. Manion, the Supreme Court held that Congress can “tax payments and earnings of employers and employees in the same way that it can tax a bottle of whiskey or a ticket to the ballgame” which means it is an excise or tribute tax.[11]

A man and his naturally endowed right to his labor was not originally the same as a bottle of whiskey nor a ball of twine. The idea of people laboring for a portion of each day without pay (as 'volunteers' for the government) is as old as the pyramids. It is known by many names, such as statutory labor, Corvee,[12] or tribute[13] and is nothing more than a form of subjection and servitude used by rulers to gain power. Many have used this power, including from Cain to Nimrod and Pharaohs to Constantine.

Corvee of Consent

Comment on the purpose
Some believe that Social Security is a government-run public insurance program. Some called it "social insurance"[5], "But the Government of the United States is not an insurance company...”[6]. So what is it?
Some say it is a Ponzi Scheme[14].
The idea that Social Security is a pay-now for current beneficiaries system by the redistribution of wealth from the current generation of workers only exists in theory.
Social Security does not fit the scenario of a true Ponzi[14] scheme either which generally offer bonds offered for voluntary purchase to obtain gains on an investment. Because it is operated to give the illusion of a profitable investment by paying out with funds from new sales they inevitably collapse.
The purpose of Social Security was not to save the people but to snare them.
Milton Friedman Speaks - Myths That Conceal Reality. Myths and other air mattresses. What you think is true and just aint so. at 25 minutes in that he talks about the third myth which includes the Social Security. Time 52:46


Corvee’ is a French word which can mean “Gratuitous labor exacted from villages or communities, especially for repairing roads, constructing bridges, etc.”[15] In Latin it would be covata from corrogare meaning “to gather by request”. Webster says it is an “obligation on the inhabitants of a district to perform services” or “forced labor exacted by government”.

To take a man’s labor without consent[16] falls within a broad definition of slavery.[17] Involuntary servitude is not legal in the United States[18] but voluntary servitude is.

Neither the President nor the congress had the power to compel a free people to begin to labor without pay. They could not force the entire population into becoming tax collectors and serfs, or taskmasters and statute laborers without some form of consent.[19]

Like all these systems that begin as a “request”, they end up a “forced obligation” with some form of consent. The Romans had a Corvee system in their protected provinces and eventually throughout the empire to maintain public works. The Jews often opposed this, because it was like the system of bondage in Egypt which God told the people never to return to in the Biblical instructions for writing a constitution.[20]

Some of the citizens of Judea had appealed to the Roman Commander in chief, Pompey, for their protection. Not all Jews practiced the same religion. The Pharisees brought in their own system of social welfare under the guise of religious obligations. There had been some exclusion of Jews from individual tribute because of the Roman respect of religious freedom recognized in their law.

Pure republics have always cared for the social welfare of its inhabitants through freewill offerings, but when the people neglect their responsibility in a free society they often decline into states of socialism that begin with promises of benevolent benefaction and end in decadence, decay, and despotism. Managing social welfare by exercising authority over the people has often been a part of governments from Babylon to Rome, and they all failed or betrayed their public members. No matter what promises are made by a government at its beginning, the deals are often altered before their demise.

Expansion of powers

Comment on the effects
Social Security is virtually no longer voluntary for the most part because without no man might buy or sell, save he that had the number
Those who sign up become a surety for the debts of the United States which may require them to work without pay to alleviate the interest on that debt.
Social Security does not require an increase of participants to make a payment, but it borrows money from the next generation cursing them with debt.
Social Security is a contract between generations, binding together the interests of both young and old in a system that is centralizing power to redistribute wealth, and it makes each generation a surety for the debt of its predecessors.
No one is borrowing from a social security fund and leaving IOUs, because there is no division of the funds; it was that way from the beginning. The purpose of the scheme was not the same as Charles Ponzi's purpose, but social security was offering the people the chance of becoming a surety for the debt of the United States so that it could borrow more money from the Federal Reserve which had tightened the money supply in the 1920's as the US ran out of collateral.
Bernard Weisberger writing for people like Bill Moyer arguing against the claim that Social Security system is like Charles Ponzi's criminal enterprise stated that "It’s beyond outrage" to compare it to Social Security which has "for more than two generations ... allowed seniors to live their post-working lives with a modicum of dignity and security... "
That statement suggests that Seniors did not live their lives "with a modicum of dignity and security" prior to the Social Security Act, which is simply not true. Caring for yourself at the expence of others through systems of force is not dignity but only the delusion of it.
Social Security is a system of Corban which "makes the word of God to none effect".

Because power corrupts the expansion of powers is the expansion of corruption.

All governments expand their power or influence over the people in schemes with offers of gifts, gratuities, and benefits to purchase consent of the governed.

  • “The real destroyers of the liberties of the people is he who spreads among them bounties, donations and benefits.” Plutarch, 2000 years ago.

When men of power offer to do for you what you should do for each other the people should be forewarned because they are about to be deceived.[21] This offer to the people by the government will increase its right and authority and compel a corresponding decrease in the individual’s right to choose.

What the people will contribute, to whom and for what purpose becomes the province of the government, and the “Will of the People” is imposed upon the people by the men they call benefactors who exercise authority supposedly for the welfare of the people.[22] Giving the power to the government to dip into the pocket of others to obtain benefits or security at your neighbor's expense as if the whole nation had one purse is a covetous practice and a "run to evil". [23]

These political and economic systems of welfare are not new in history for there have always been at least two types. One is based on charity and the [hope] of reciprocation and the other is based on force and the promise of rulers. Both are types of trust. The word "Mammon" means trust and evidently, there is both an unrighteous mammon and a righteous mammon.

Herod the Great had a grand scheme of a vast membership in a social welfare scheme called Corban.[24] You joined with a ceremony of ritual baptism after filing an application for membership with the administering “scribe”.[25] Payment of prescribed fees was required and annual accounting of what you paid or did not pay was made available to the proper authorities.

With annual contributions collected and recorded by the scribes, this system of individual sacrifice to support the needy of society became popular with many people who were jealous and envious of the rich or just covetous of their neighbor’s goods. With guaranteed entitlements and forced contributions, the apathy and avarice of the people flourished.

Members were given a marked white stone as a form of national ID[26] and Herod was able to expand his hope of a kingdom of God on earth by this religious system of social security (Corban) which provided for a statutory enforcement and collection from membership in the form of a tax.

While the administers of these social trusts always had the power to determine the manner in which the funds would be spent or distributed there was considerable power remaining with the people as long as the funds were voluntarily submitted to the individual minister of choice. Once those ministers could force the sacrifices of the people and exercise authority from the top down over other public servants the trust relationship became unbalanced and often corrupting of both leaders and the people.

The actual carved stone used in the 20-mile aqueduct that brought water into Jerusalem. Using social security funds of the temple for this government project enraged the people in a bloody riot mentioned by Flavius Josephus.

Pilate "... used the sacred treasure of the temple, called corban (qorban), to pay for bringing water into Jerusalem by an aqueduct. A crowd came together and clamored against him..."[27] Because those funds were for their individual social welfare and the people complained.

  • "The treasury Flavius Josephus describes as Corbonas is known from Jewish sources as Qorban, and Jewish law permitted the use of money from this treasures for social welfare and public works."[28]

Few understood that what should have been for their welfare had been a snare that brought them into bondage, though they had been warned centuries before in the sacred text.[22] Paul and others repeated that warning for the First century Church.[29] But Modern Christians are oblivious because they hire pastors who tickle their ears with Christian fables.

Even Polybius had warned Rome more than a century earlier:

"The masses continue with an appetite for benefits and the habit of receiving them by way of a rule of force and violence. The people, having grown accustomed to feed at the expense of others and to depend for their livelihood on the property of others... institute the rule of violence; [30] and now uniting their forces massacre, banish, and plunder,[31] until they degenerate again into perfect savages and find once more a master and monarch." [32]
What was the alternative?
'Seniors could have lived their post-working lives with a modicum of dignity and security... " had they practiced Pure Religion and raised their families in the traditions of the early Church without pursuing the covetous practices of Social Security schemes which make the word of God to none effect and cause children to do no more ought for their parents, as Christ said.
The liturgy of the early Church actually made a difference in how people lived and their practices of Pure Religion.
If the definition of Religion has changed over the years, has the definition of worship also changed?
Understanding the meaning of liturgy and the difference between Public religion and private welfare explains the Christian conflict.
People curse the next generation in these covetous practices while making themselves merchandise because they covet benefits not yet paid for when no one is practicing Pure Religion. There are more comments on the discussion page.

Why do I say this social security system was religious?


Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit[33] the fatherless and widows in their affliction, [and] to keep himself unspotted from the world.” James 1:27

John the Baptist offered a similar plan of social welfare but without the use of force used to collect the contributions of his people.[34] His plan was based on freewill offerings like ancient Israel[35] when it was still a Republic.[36] Christ objected to the plan offered by Herod and the Pharisees[37] not only because it weakened the character of the people, and therefore society as a whole, but it also violated the precepts of God found in the Ten Commandments.

Jesus preached a system of social welfare that operated under the perfect law of liberty[38] by faith, hope and charity.[39] Christians stood fast in the liberty of Christ [40] and cared for each other through their own system of social welfare managed by the Church. [41] The Church in those days actually understood the Gospel of the Kingdom appointed by Christ and would never send their people to the men of government that called themselves benefactors but exercised authority one over the other in opposition to His specific instructions.[42]

The early Church called people to repentance of that system and a new baptism of John. This was not just some meaningless ritual. They would no longer covet their neighbor’s goods through the agency of Herod’s socialist government nor Rome’s free bread and extensive welfare state. They learned to care for one another in a network of love and service.[43]

Rome and Jerusalem would soon falter and fail under the weight of their own corruption. Christians hearing the fullness of the Gospel of the Kingdom preached by John and Christ formed a new society that would survive and prosper in true faith during that decline and fall of the Roman Empire.

* What is Public religion compared to Pure Religion?
* What was Christian conflict with Rome?
* Who are the Nicolaitans? They are like Nimrod. What was the practice of Nimrod? What did he accomplish? Are the Nicolaitans in today's society also doing the same things?
* What were the altars of Abraham, Moses and how do they relate to Lively stones of Christ?
* So where do the Nimrod's of the world fit into this idea of liturgy of the early Church? Where do we fit into the liturgy of Christ and the early Church?
* The Nimrod's and Cain's of the world come about because we love our neighbor less than we love ourselves. Small acts of charity may make us look like nice people but the command is to love our neighbor as much as we love ourselves. We claim to love one another in the comfort of our churches but in covetous practices we are biting one another according to the liturgy of the world, the flesh and the devil. Seeking the kingdom of God and His righteousness is not seeking a comfortable church or home church that has the right rituals and music or comfortable pews or right calendar or imagined Hebrew roots and festivals. It is seeking and edifying with a daily sacrifice a network supported by freewill offerings, the Corban of Christ where the people provide for all the people in hope and faith through charity rather than a socialist society that instituted the "rule of force and violence" which has turned us "into perfect savages and find once more a master and monarch." John the Baptist said make straight the way of the Lord but the Modern Church has become promoters of the abomination of desolation which is the socialist state.

Social security schemes in every country today are the antitheses of the Corban of Christ which make the word of God to none effect like the Corban of the Pharisees and identical to the unrighteous Mammon mentioned by Christ which will fail.[44] When it fails, what will you do if you have not been seeking the Kingdom of God and His righteousness nor attending to the Weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith which include caring for the needs of our neighbors and the widows and orphans of our society through Pure Religion in matters of health, education, and welfare. We are NOT to provide for the needy of society through the Covetous Practices and the men who call themselves benefactorsbut who exercise authority one over the other like the socialists do.

The Way of Christ was like neither the way of the world of Rome nor the governments of the gentiles who depend on those fathers of the earth through force, fear and fealty who deliver the people back in bondage again like they were in Egypt. Christ's ministers and true Christians do not depend upon systems of social welfare that force the contributions of the people like the corban of the Pharisees which made the word of God to none effect. Many people have been deceived to go the way of Balaam and the Nicolaitan and out of The Way of Christ and have become workers of iniquity.

The Christian conflict with Rome in the first century Church appointed by Christ was because they would not apply to the fathers of the earth for their free bread but instead relied upon a voluntary network providing a daily ministration to the needy of society through Faith, Hope, and Charity by way of freewill offerings of the people, for the people, and by the people through the perfect law of liberty in Free Assemblies according to the ancient pattern of Tuns or Tens as He commanded.

The modern Christians are in need of repentance.

"Follow me!" —Jesus the Christ.


Jesus condemned the Corban of the Pharisees which became popular under Herod the great who offered social welfare through a system of social security because it was a practice that coveted what should belong to your neighbor making the people human resource of the power elite.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Helvering v. Davis (1937), Court had ruled that Social Security was not a contributory insurance program, saying, “The proceeds of both the employee and employer taxes are to be paid into the Treasury like any other internal revenue generally, and are not earmarked in any way.”
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 The Social Security Tax, by Clarence E. Manion. U.S. vs. Butler, 297 U.S. 1 (1936); Steward Machine Company vs. Davis, 301 U.S, 548 (1937); Helvering vs.Davis, 301 U.S. 619 (1937).
  3. Coke, Litt.65.
  4. That "table" is a snare.
    "For a long time I felt that FDR had developed many thoughts and ideas that were his own to benefit this country, the United States. But, he didn't. Most of his thoughts, his political ammunition, as it were, were carefully manufactured for him in advanced by the Council on Foreign Relations-One World Money group. Brilliantly, with great gusto, like a fine piece of artillery, he exploded that prepared "ammunition" in the middle of an unsuspecting target, the American people, and thus paid off and returned his internationalist political support.
    "The UN is but a long--range, international banking apparatus clearly set up for financial and economic profit by a small group of powerful One--World revolutionaries, hungry for profit and power.
    "The depression was the calculated 'shearing' of the public by the World Money powers, triggered by the planned sudden shortage of supply of call money in the New York money market...The One World Government leaders and their ever close bankers have now acquired full control of the money and credit machinery of the U.S. via the creation of the privately owned Federal Reserve Bank." Curtis Dall, FDR's son-in-law as quoted in his book, My Exploited Father-in-Law
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 On page 936 through page 946 of the Ways and Means hearings (1953) the originator of the Act, Edwin E. Witte, stated that the phrase “sold as if it were insurance” was a mistake and should not have been published as such. It was not until 1953 when the originator admitted that it is not insurance as published in 1936. To be like insurance is not being insurance.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Forward by Frances Perkins Sec. of Labor 1933-45, The Development of the Social Security Act, by Edwin E. Witte, pp VII
  7. It is incorrect to think the "idea that Social Security benefits are 'an earned right'. This is true enough in a moral and political sense. But like all federal entitlement programs, Congress can change the rules regarding eligibility--and it has done so many times over the years. The rules can be made more generous, or they can be made more restrictive. Benefits which are granted at one time can be withdrawn, as for example with student benefits, which were substantially scaled-back in the 1983 Amendments." Social Security History
  8. "It is apparent that the noncontractual interest of an employee covered by the Act cannot be soundly analogized to that of the holder of an annuity, whose right to benefits is bottomed on his contractual premium payments" Richardson v. Belcher, 404 U.S. 78, 80, 92 S.Ct. 254, 257 (1971).
    "The fact that social security benefits are financed in part by taxes on an employee's wages does not in itself limit the power of Congress to fix the levels of benefits under the Act or the conditions upon which they may be paid". Califano v. Goldfarb, 430 U.S. 199, 210, 97 S.Ct. 1021, 1028 (1977).
    "Congress has wide latitude to create classifications that allocate non-contractual benefits under a social welfare program." and United States Railroad Retirement Board v. Fritz, 449 U.S. 166, 174, 101 S.Ct. 453, 459 (1980).
    Social Security is clearly a "noncontractual governmental benefit" and has never been and is not now a contract. See Flemming v. Nestor, 363 U.S. 603, 610, 80 S.Ct. 1367 (1960).
  9. Social Security Act of 1935 Title XI- General Provision, Section 1104. "The right to alter, amend, or repeal any provision of this Act is hereby reserved to the Congress."
  10. The Social Security Tax, by Clarence E. Manion.
    "the Supreme Court noted that, because Congress had anticipated that it would need to respond to changing conditions, it had included in the law 42 U.S.C. § 1304, a clause expressly reserving to Congress the right to alter, amend, or repeal any provision of the Social Security Act." Bowen et. al. v. Public Agencies Opposed to Social Security Entrapment et al., _____ U.S. _____, 54 U.S.L.W. 4699 (6/19/86)
  11. Dr. Manion, formerly Dean of the Law School at Notre Dame, who practiced law in South Bend, Indiana.
  12. Slavery and Serfdom, “Other forms of servitude related to slavery, and sometimes indistinguishable from it, are serfdom, debt bondage, indentured service, peonage, and corvee (statute labor).” Compton’s Encyclopedia.
  13. Tribute is, “A sum of money paid by an inferior sovereign or state to a superior potentate, to secure the friendship or protection of the latter.” Brande. Black’s Law Dictionary 3rd Ed. p. 1757. Proverbs 12:24 “The hand of the diligent shall bear rule: but the slothful shall be under tribute.”
  14. 14.0 14.1 a form of fraud in which belief in the success of a nonexistent enterprise is fostered by the payment of quick returns to the first investors from money invested by later investors.
  15. Black’s Law Dictionary 3rd p445.
  16. “What is mine cannot be taken away without consent.”
    Quod meum est sine me auferri non potest. Jenk. Cent. Cas. 251.
  17. “All government without the consent of the governed is the very definition of slavery!” Jonathon Swift.
  18. "Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction. Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation." SECTIONS 1 AND 2, Thirteenth Amendment of the US Constitution.
  19. “For imposing taxes on us without our Consent:” from The Declaration of Independence.
  20. Deuteronomy 17:14-20
  21. Proverbs 23:1-3 "When thou sittest to eat with a ruler, consider diligently what is before thee: And put a knife to thy throat, if thou be a man given to appetite. Be not desirous of his dainties: for they are deceitful meat.
  22. 22.0 22.1 Psalms 69:22“And David saith, Let their table be made a snare, and a trap, and a stumblingblock, and a recompence unto them:” Romans 11:9. Exodus 20:17, Exodus 23:32, Exodus 34:12...; Proverbs 1:10, 23:1...; Romans 13:9, Mark 7:22, Matthew 5:34, James 5:12, 2 Peter 2:3
  23. Proverbs 1:10 "My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not. 11 If they say, Come with us, let us lay wait for blood, let us lurk privily for the innocent without cause:12 Let us swallow them up alive as the grave; and whole, as those that go down into the pit:13 We shall find all precious substance, we shall fill our houses with spoil:14 Cast in thy lot among us; let us all have one purse:15 My son, walk not thou in the way with them; refrain thy foot from their path:16 For their feet run to evil, and make haste to shed blood.17 Surely in vain the net is spread in the sight of any bird.18 And they lay wait for their own blood; they lurk privily for their own lives.19 So are the ways of every one that is greedy of gain; which taketh away the life of the owners thereof.
  24. Mark 7:13 “Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye.”
  25. Scribe is from the Greek grammateus meaning “a clerk, scribe, esp.a public servant, secretary, recorder, whose office and influence differed in different states”
  26. “The missionaries… with their... white stones, would come back with the same wallets full of money, in foreign currency. Once put into Jewish currency by the money-changers [porters of the temple], it would be stored in vaults ...Herod’s scheme of initiation into a new form of Judaism was immensely successful....” Jesus and the Riddle of the Dead Sea Scrolls by Barbara Thiering, Harper Collins: 1992
  27. The Aqueduct- Josephus, War 2.175-177, Antiq 18.60-62.
  28. The aqueduct riot, Livius
  29. Episkeptomai “ to look upon or after ... have care for, provide for:”
  30. Matthew 11:12 And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.
  31. Luke 16:16 The law and the prophets [were] until John: since that time the kingdom of God is preached, and every man presseth into it.
  32. "But when a new generation arises and the democracy falls into the hands of the grandchildren of its founders, they have become so accustomed to freedom and equality that they no longer value them, and begin to aim at pre-eminence; and it is chiefly those of ample fortune who fall into this error. 6 So when they begin to lust for power and cannot attain it through themselves or their own good qualities, they ruin their estates, tempting and corrupting the people in every possible way. 7 And hence when by their foolish thirst for reputation they have created among the masses an appetite for gifts and the habit of receiving them, democracy in its turn is abolished and changes into a rule of force and violence. 8 For the people, having grown accustomed to feed at the expense of others and to depend for their livelihood on the property of others, as soon as they find a leader who is enterprising but is excluded from the houses of office by his penury, institute the rule of violence; 9 and now uniting their forces massacre, banish, and plunder, until they degenerate again into perfect savages and find once more a master and monarch" Polybius: The Histories (composed at Rome around 130 BC)Fragments of Book VI, p289
  33. Matthew 11:12 “And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence [biazo=to use force, to apply force, violence], and the violent [biastes] take it by force [harpazo = to seize, carry off by force].” Luke 16:16 “ The law and the prophets [were] until John: since that time the kingdom of God is preached, and every man [all] presseth [biazo] into it.”
  34. Matthew 11:12 “And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence [biazo=to use force, to apply force, violence], and the violent [biastes] take it by force [harpazo = to seize, carry off by force].” Luke 16:16 “ The law and the prophets [were] until John: since that time the kingdom of God is preached, and every man [all] presseth [biazo] into it.”
  35. Exodus 35:29, 36:3, Leviticus 7:16, Leviticus 22:18-23, Leviticus 23:38, Numbers 15:3, Numbers 29:39, Deuteronomy 12:6, Deuteronomy 12:17, Deuteronomy 16:10, Deuteronomy 23:23, 2 Chronicles 31:14, 2 Chronicles 35:8, Ezra 1:4, Ezra 3:5, Ezra 7:13-16, Ezra 8:28, Psalms 54:6, Psalms 68:9, Psalms 110:3, Psalms 119:108, Ezekiel 46:12, Hosea 14:4, Amos 4:5.
  36. Luke 3:11 “He answereth and saith unto them, He that hath two coats, let him impart to him that hath none; and he that hath meat, let him do likewise.”
  37. The Corban of the Pharisees,
  38. James 1:25 “But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth [therein], he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.”
  39. 1 Corinthians 13:13 “And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these [is] charity.”
  40. Galatians 5:1 “Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.”
  41. “And they who are well to do, and willing, give what each thinks fit; and what is collected is deposited with the president, who succours the orphans and widows and those who, through sickness or any other cause, are in want, and those who are in bonds and the strangers sojourning among us, and in a word takes care of all who are in need.” The Church government in 150 AD are described in Justin’s First Apology:
  42. Luke 22:25 “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 it shall not be so among you:” Matthew 20:25, Mark 10:42.
  43. Living Network Index page,
  44. Luke 16:9 And I say unto you, Make to yourselves friends of the mammon of unrighteousness; that, when ye fail, they may receive you into everlasting habitations.
  45. Matthew 20:25-26 But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them. But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister;
    Mark 10:42-43 But Jesus called them to him, and saith unto them, Ye know that they which are accounted to rule over the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and their great ones exercise authority upon them. But so shall it not be among you: but whosoever will be great among you, shall be your minister:
    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.

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