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by Dave Doc Rogers
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From the 1750s, the seeds of dissent were sown. The growing kingdom of Great Britain was becoming deaf to its colonies in the Americas. The royal and noble houses had become disinterested parasites pressing for additional taxes and goods to continue its conflicts with the kingdoms of France, Spain, and the Dutch. Parliament had become mostly interested in what was good for England and their estates than what was good for greater Britannia. A caste system of sorts arose. Those born to the landed gentry in England proper were ‘citizens’ and subjects to the Crown of the first order. Those who were not born in England or not landed gentry were not. Not being truly English then, they were subject to the needs of the home country and Crown. To be fair, there were some in Parliament who argued differently, but not enough of them.

The results of a deafened Parliament and an uncaring monarch led to greater and greater stricture on goods and services outside of England. Parliament enactments to generate additional revenues for the Parliament and the Crown did not consider the impact to the lives of the individuals required to pay these additional burdens. In England at the time, the subjugation of others as liege lord to fief, vassal, peasant, slave was still the norm. It was acceptable thought to those who owned land, resource, and cannonade. Mr. Wilberforce’s time had not yet come. But those adventurous souls who left Europe behind and crossed the Atlantic did not feel that hard won industry in the Americas made them less equal as humans than those still in Europe; specifically England.

The result of additional enactments by Parliament, with the approval of the Crown, was more dissention in the American colonies. With the enactment of the Townshend Acts in 1767, the Parliament in England established it had the power and authority to tax and levy the American colonies. The result was demonstrations and unrest requiring additional military force to control the main location of dissent, Boston. In 1770, five civilians would pay with their lives in a Boston square.

The East India Trading Company enjoyed a monopoly in tea trade to England, yet was a failing company due to over taxation and duties required by Parliament to be paid. Rather than looking for ways to bolster the efficiency and profitability of the company, Parliament enacted additional taxation and monopoly of tea to its American colonies. Rather than pay this additional tax, a group of American colonials pretended to be ‘indian raiders’ and dumped the boycotted tea into Boston harbor in 1773. Parliament responded by closing the Boston port until the East India Trading Company was refunded the value of the tea.

Letters began to circulate among the American colonies. Dissent became planned and armed insurrection. If the quartered British military was afforded a free hand to quell colonial unrest by force of arms, there would be those who would be willing to defend themselves from this harsh treatment. Colonial militia began to form, not in support of England and Frontier, but in opposition to Parliament and Crown. The price of insurrection was trial and slavery at best; perhaps a firing squad; at worst, hanging in the public square. Life and fortune was in the balance for taking up arms against an unhearing Parliament and Crown deaf to the plight of its subjects.

In 1775, the Crown authorized British forces in the American colonies to seek out and confiscate any munitions held in reserve for American militiamen. In April 1775, a contingent of 700 British regulars marched from Boston to search out and destroy military supplies thought to be held in Concord. Between Concord and Boston was Lexington and Captain Parker’s troop of colonial militiamen. On the Lexington Commons, Captain Parker’s band arranged themselves against a force superior in numbers, training, experience, and equipment. Historians are not certain of events that occurred but a shot was fired. The result was eight colonial militiamen were killed and an American colonial force exchanged fire with a British Regular force. These first shots became a rallying point for thirteen British colonies in America.

How deaf does a government have to become, how blind to the plight of its people must it be, that it no longer concerns itself with the people for whom it represents but instead feeds its own needs and wants for the game of empire?

At costs of life, family, and all their fortune, the American colonials pondered their actions. Remain under a government that no longer has its people as its best interest or to pursue a course of action that was succinctly stated by Benjamin Franklin, “We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately.”

The form of government within the United States of America was formed with the understanding that all men were created equal. There was no caste system of royals, nobles, landed gentry, and commoners. The overriding pretext was and is “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, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.” The government was to be a vehicle for the voice of the people, a common and unifying purpose to ensure self-rule not oversight by a body who thought they were superior to the ‘commoner.’

April 19th is remembered as the first day of the British civil war in America; or as Americans refer to it: the American Revolutionary War. It is remembered as a ‘Patriots Day’ in Massachusetts. It should be remembered across the United States of America as a day when our forefathers held a line of ‘no more.’

On this Patriots Day, April 19th, 2010, let us reflect on our place in history. Let us honor the memory of the men and women, slave and free, who laid down their lives, their futures, their fortunes for the cause of freedom. Freedom is not free. It comes at a great price. Let us remember those men and women who paid that price with their lives in combat and with their lives in service to their country. There have been other times in our history, other than the late 1770s, that have required a response to those who would remove the freedoms of this union. And good men and women stood up as patriots then to do what was needful and required to ensure the blessings of liberty remained so in the United States of America; not just for themselves alone but to their posterity, their grandchildren and their grandchildren.

It may seem alarmist to say today we are facing similar threats to our people. I am sure in 1776 there were arguments that a declaration of grievances was too harsh or alarmist, but after 25 years of worsening relationships with a government that no longer represented the people of the British colonies in America a change in government was required.

Under the Constitution of the United States of America, we possess a tool for change in government: the individual vote.

Unlike other governments in the world, when a body of representatives move from representation to plutarchy, oligarchy, and autarchy it is time for their removal from office in governing the United States of America.

In times past, men and women have taken up arms in opposition to unjust government. In times current, men and women can take up their vote as their voice and replace a government that does not hear with one that will remember their role. Let President Lincoln remind us as he stated in his address to Gettysburg.

“… It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us – that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion – that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain – that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom – and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

Let us resolve to remember at what price Liberty was purchased for this generation. Let us resolve to serve Liberty in this current hour that we might purchase again Liberty with our voice and vote for succeeding generations. Let us resolve to hold to those ideals that led to risk of life and fortune for the cause of being able to live free. Whether this is your first generation in Liberty or your 5th, let us hold dearest this Constitution of ours and to the surety of the intent of its authors. Let us resolve this day to be in remembrance of the price of being a Patriot and at what price Liberty must be purchased continually.

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I. We know this

Hebrews 11.1 KJV:
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”

If you have been in church for more than one year you may have heard this verse. It is a popular reference for discussing ‘faith’, what it is, and what it is not. You may have heard the dissertations and the break down exegetically, word by word. You may have even studied this verse on your own. So we know this verse. Faith equals substance equals stuff hoped for equals evidence even though not seen. We know this.

Be teachable. Allow God to show us something new every time we read the scriptures.

When exegeting the scripture – breaking it down word by word, it is best to remember what went before that led to the point you are now. Chapter 11 is preceded by Chapter 10. What happened in Chapter 10?

II. Entering In

Hebrews 10.1-6 KJV
“For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect. For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins.  But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance again made of sins every year. For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins. Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me:  In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure.”

Before ‘faith’ there was the ‘law’. The law was all about stricture; what you could and could not do. It was regulation and requirement. It proved Mankind’s best efforts at personal righteousness failed repeatedly. Acts and substitutions by the hand of Man would not cover it.

Hebrews 10.9-10 KJV
“Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second. By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.”

Jesus, Yshua Ha Massiach, The Anointed Salvation of God’s People (that is what Jesus’ name means), traded places. Rather than continuing in animal sacrifices, Jesus became our sacrifice and took upon himself our just punishment so that we could have no separation from GOD the Father.

Hebrews 10.15-18 KJV
“Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us: for after that he had said before, 16This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them; 17And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.  18Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin.”

The required sacrifices under the law have been replaced by a more permanent sacrifice, once for all. Those receiving that sacrifice enter into a new covenant and relationship with GOD. Rather than laws written on stone and paper, the laws were written into hearts and minds; meaning it is their heart and mind to do the will of GOD the Father. And God’s further part in this covenant is He chooses to not remember your sin and iniquities [acts making one not equal]. There is now no need for additional sacrifices for sin. You can enter boldly into the throne of GOD Almighty and call Him Abba Father.

III. Walking out the promise

  Hebrews 10.36-38a KJV
“36For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise. 37For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry. 38Now the just shall live by faith:

It is a cross-country, long distance race. The terrain is not smooth. It is not a sprint. It is not a straight line, run all out, flat, even, short-sighted goal. There are many times that you will not, cannot see around the bend or guess at what is coming next. You must persist. Distance running requires patience and focus on the goal and talking to yourself. Many times, you will need to encourage, cajole, or just plainly make yourself continue. Because, you have an end goal in mind, even if you do not see it, you know it is there. You press on toward your promise. The long distance runner makes their ‘faith’ happen by active action in each and every moment. The will to continue is sometimes a huge struggle. The desire to quit is sometimes the only thought. Every pressure and pain can be screaming at you to stop what you are doing. You must exercise your control, your faith, your confidence, your will to continue on to the end.

Know this: this race has been run by many others before you and they ended it well. If you cannot run, walk. If you are tired of both, learn to fly.

Isaiah 40.31 KJV
“But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”

IV. Now Faith

When running, or some other physical exertion, ‘right now’ can become a really long moment. Time can seem to stretch forever because of the pressures or the energy expended to maintain the level of performance. That is a perfect reminder that our ‘faith’ must be a ‘right now’ faith.

The faith and Bible teacher Kenneth Copeland observed that every time you say “now” it is “now”. At that point in time, it is “now,” immediate, occurring at this instant. In the same way so should be your faith.  Right now.

  Hebrews 11.1
  “Now faith …”

After having discussed the difference between law and the new covenant, we come to faith. Under the law there was sacrifice and regulated obedience. Under the new covenant the law is written in the heart and mind. It becomes the will of those in the new covenant to do GOD’s commandments. What has to be accepted is that Jesus completed that covenant, fulfilled that righteous requirement of the old law to make available the covenant and the new law, and performed the final sacrifice to stay the judgment of GOD. All must now exercise ‘faith’ [hope, confidence, trust] that what Jesus did was enough, because we do not follow after the Law given to Moses or any other prophet.  Now we must daily – sometimes moment by moment – consider that ‘faith’ in the works of Jesus Christ is enough to stay the judgment of GOD for Adam’s sin and ours!

So, we come to the question “now faith…” and must exercise our decision to either live by faith or to not. Some have cast away all restraint and said there is no GOD, that they are their own god. Their faith is misplaced in whatever it is they believe. In surety, there is a GOD [YHWH Elohim] who chose Israel to be His people and out of them all the nations of the Earth would be blessed. The only real question is where we apply our ‘faith’.

V. Applied faith

Hebrews 11.1 KJV:
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”

Any serious student of literature, any serious or casual student of the Bible, must realize that the book titled “Hebrews” was written to the descendants of Israel, who was born Jacob, son of Isaac, son of Abraham, who was born Abram. From Abram to now, all of the descendants realize, recognize, the GOD of Israel is real. He is a part of the Israeli culture, not just the ‘Jewish faith’. The Book of Hebrews tries to explain the theology between faith in the law and faith in Christ. In both instances, it is accepted that ‘faith’ is part of the equation. You either have faith, hope, confidence, trust that the obedience and sacrifice required of the law will save you or you have faith, hope, confidence, trust that the law was fulfilled in the prophesied Messiah who was/is Jesus Christ / Yshua ha Massiach and He will save you. What was accepted universally is GOD is who He said He is; therefore there is a judgment for sin and GOD’s righteous requirement due for sin.

Where do you apply your faith?
– No GOD of Israel
– Know GOD through the law
– Know GOD through His Messiah

VI. Substance, Evidence, Invisible

Hebrews 11.1 KJV:
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”

Now, let us remove the question of ‘faith’. If ‘faith’ is a given, our suppositional truth – our basis upon which we build further, then we come to ‘in what’ or ‘in whom’ do we place our ‘faith’? If in the law, then practice the law wholeheartedly and seek the GOD of Israel in regulation and sacrifice. But if in the new covenant and the sacrifice once for all by Jesus, then practice those things He taught wholeheartedly and seek the GOD of Israel through the obedience and sacrifice of Jesus at the Cross.

So apply your faith / hope / confidence / trust. It is the substance of that thing for which you hope. And according to the writer of Hebrews, that hope is that Jesus Christ was enough to assuage the GOD of Israel from not judging you along with all other sinners, to freeing you from the law of sin and death, to giving you peace with your Everlasting Father, YHWH Elohim, the GOD of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and you.

This kind of faith is considered ‘invisible’, because it is a decision. The substance of your decision may be your countenance, your appearance of assurance. The evidence of your decision may be your unwillingness to do other than what is pleasing to GOD.

A further activity of faith in things hoped for and not seen is living out the benefits of being back in right relationship with the GOD of Israel. To those in the world and outside of GOD’s covenant through Jesus Christ, your life becomes factual as if substance, evidence, and the signs that the GOD of Israel is who He says He is – even though they cannot yet see Him. In you, they can see Him.
Part Two – Now Faith … Applied Benefits

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Isn’t one way of socializing punitive taxation to ‘tax’ someone into submission? Taxation without a reasonable basis is governmental theft. Madoff went to prison for stealing. Isn’t misuse of tax revenue for personal gain or promoting one’s socialistic, self-agrandizing agenda the same as embezzlement for personal gain?

Our government, the US government model, is there as a watch dog to speak on our behalf. Our government is not the guard dog ensuring everyone stays in step.

This country – the USA – has no vassal class. There is not a monarchy, noblesse, prolitboro overseeing a peasant, serf, or peon class. Once you are a citizen [leagally] of this country (USA) you are one among equals. You do not perform obeisance [bowing down to another]. You have – in this country – individual sovereignty. And, some of that individual sovereignty is ceded toward unified self-government via our US Constitution and its 50 individual states’ constitutions.

Taxation without representation and due course of responsibility to those so taxed led to the disassembly of the largest empire of the 1700s by the cessation of 13 colonies in its American holdings.

If the European models of government were so good, then why has not the USA reverted prior to this century? Even the UK model has changed dramatically from 1789 to 2010. The evidence in this is the BE Commonwealth and their PMs meeting amicably periodically to discuss their combined affairs.

The USA is not like European governments on purpose.

The USA is not like any other government on purpose.

The USA is an opportunity as self government as equals without the restraint of whims of monarchs [whether in name or not, role is still the same … singular leader for life with all powers vested in same].

The USA is where free peoples congregate. The USA is where people go to great efforts and costs to be. The USA has to turn back more than it can take in … legally and currently.

It is a country where success or failure has been put in the hands of the individual. No amount of forcing compliance will work.

This land was discovered by people who were looking for better. This land was colonized by people who were looking to escape the heavy hand of European government. This people group came together and wrenched their freedom from Europe’s mighty hand. This country opened its arms wide to whomever wanted to come here and be free. This country has a culture of being free, standing up for those who wish to be free, fighting for our own freedom, and fighting – at great personal cost – for those who wish to be free.

Taxation funds the government and is necessary. It is how a free and independent people remain free and independent. BUT … when a government is tempted to turn taxation into a noose whereby they can control a people, I must remind that government that there are no slaves in the USA. There are no vassals. There are no serfs. There are no peones. There are no fiefs to your liegelord self styling.

Government – this government of the USA – must remain a government of the people, by the people, and for the people. And if it is not, … there is no place left in the world where it will be. If the big brother of the democractic republics falls, how can the others stand alone?

This government must be run with all of the acumen, energy, and fear of failure that a small business has. Every cost and expense is suspect. Every customer is a joy, the reason to be. A fierce tenacity and ownership to stay alive, to stay afloat, to care for those who in you have placed their trust.

A great weight of 300,000,000+ voices must weigh heaviest on those in Washington DC and in the 50 individual states to ensure prosperity [not redistribution wealth] and an opportunity to make one’s own way unfettered by micromanaging, heavy handed government and psuedo-goverment.

There is not enough money in government to make everyone equal in opportunity. Equality in opportunity comes from the indivdual or it does not. Those who risk all, try and do, just may succeed and succeed well. Those that “do naught” get paid for their efforts. The wage of inactivity is emptiness. Actually, it is a vaccum pulling from those who already have risked all and are rewarded for their efforts.

I have no problem paying tax, even to the Fed. I have a problem with a mentality that says “Spend, spend. If we need more money we will print it and demand more from them.”

Irresponsibility in managing the affairs of others should be criminal when that misconduct impacts the lives of millions.

There has been no real consideration of basis for taxation or spending by this Congress or Presidency. If there had been, then there would have been other, more cost effective plans for the spending bills that have been put forward by this Congress and Executive Administration.

Taxation has become unrestrained. The watch dogs that we let into the field to watch over our affairs have become guard dogs afraid of losing their powers and place. It is time for an Oliver Cromwell of our own making. When a government does not heed the voices of its people it needs to be replaced. Cromwell had the might of his party and the armies of England. We in the USA are better equipped for change. We have a pen and a vote!!

In 2010, remove those who so blatantly disregarded your country for their own personal gain and ‘place in history.’ Whatever happened to country first? Whatever happened to ‘uphold the Constitution’ and the public trust? Whatever happened to ensuring the blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity?

We need new watch dogs that are more interested in what is right for this nation and what will still be right 200 years from now.

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Moses teaches us the Passover was a time to remember salvation from the judgment of GOD was the blood of a lamb on your doorposts; without which the cost was the death of the first born of every house. Jesus taught He was the lamb of GOD, the first born of many, traded so that the judgment of GOD would pass over, but you still must have His blood on the doorposts your house – your heart.

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