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...even you more fun-loving girlfriends know that it’s getting a little frightening.

I’m jumping in...one particular recent statement disturbed me “The politicians are the government“. That’s ONLY because WE THE PEOPLE have made them so! Sisters, beautiful women, we WILL work, hash and hammer this out. DON‘T STOP! There is too much at stake for ourselves, our children, our elderly parents and our friends.

To Enslave a Nation  

In ancient Egypt the people paid 20% of everything they earned each year to the government and they called it bondage,1 but in most countries of the "world" today the people pay far more to their governments each year and they call it freedom.2 There has been a plethora of theories as to why and how governments obtain the legal power to compel people to labor without pay under the enforceable authority of statutory systems of public service. The answer is rather straightforward, but most people will not want to hear the truth of it.  

In the Bible God explained that we were not to give any elected leader the power to return us to the bondage of Egypt because we were not to live under that kind of government ever again.3 When the "voice of the people"4 elected Saul God brought up this tendency of men to return to that subjective servitude and detailed what would come of us if we were foolish enough to reject Him and go back to those wicked ways. Thomas Paine extensively quotes that warning in his pamphlet Common Sense. It was a topic of discussion in every chapel and Church in early America, but the modern Church seldom even mentions it. Jesus even warned us about men like Pharaoh who could exercise authority.5 The warnings have been extensive from the Old Testament6 to Peter,7 Paul8 and Revelations9.

People always have and always will return to that servitude when they reject God. The truth is, like in the days of the Israelite bondage in Egypt,10 the people sign up for servitude. That is exactly what people have done in America and around the world.11 Edmund Burke once said that "The people never give up their liberties except under some dilution." This was a sentiment seconded by Benjamin Franklin who said, "Many a man thinks he is buying pleasure, when he is really selling himself a slave to it."  

The natural man has, from the beginning, been seduced by promises of vain glory and self serving security with disastrous consequences.12 Because of a lack of faith, or knowledge, or both, people often believe they cannot obtain what they think they need without applying to and making agreements with men who call themselves benefactors but exercise authority. This is the process by which people have gone into social, political, and economic servitude13 since the dawn of mankind.

According to some versions of history and the theatrical images handed us by Hollywood the Israelites were slaves in Egypt. The vision of skinny half starved slaves, dragging monolithic stones, while fat taskmasters whipped them, may provoke cinematic sympathy, but it is a distortion of reality which leads us into a vulnerable state of mind where we fail to learn from history because we are distracted and deluded by deceptive images of it.

"Slaves never became an important ingredient of Egyptian civilization. The large subject population and enforceable corvée system - by which serfs had to work temporarily as slaves - made a permanent force of slaves unnecessary."14

The bondage of Egypt was not like what we identify as slavery, yet, Moses was sent to free the people from it. If people are to understand what will set the captive free15 they must first understand how they got to that shackled state of servitude.  

The French and old English word corvée means "work on public projects that is required by law. Under the Roman Empire, certain classes of the population owed personal services to the state or to private proprietors"16  

How can you seduce a whole nation, even the whole "world" into servitude? The burden at first is often light or placed on a select few to spread the seeds of covetousness through envy and jealousy. Over time the taskmaster’s whip may smart like the bite of a scorpion17 as the burdens increase and the promise of security and liberty18 becomes a lie, existing only in the people’s hopeful, but deluded imagination.

After the civil war in the United States a need for a permanent force of slaves also became unnecessary with the advent of a new type of citizenship,19 however the "large subject population and enforceable corvée system" was not well established until August 14, 1935.20  

We all know that "Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude ... shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to its jurisdiction."21 But voluntary servitude is not only legal it has become the way of the "world". This was also true in Egypt and knowing that history repeats itself we might take a closer look at the successful solution and salvation which brought redemption.22  

The Israelites had been conquered by their own greed, jealousy, and envy. They found themselves in a position where they needed to contractually volunteer into a system of perpetual servitude or starve. They joined an eleemosynary trust, as enfranchised citizen members of an Egyptian run bureaucracy of government welfare established by the Pharaoh through Joseph.  

The administration of this governing agency at first was truly the benefactor of the people because it was able to provide for their needs during the "climate change" that had caused once fertile plains to become dust bowls of failed crops and famine. The great depression which engulfed the land was relieved with provisions supplied at the Pharaoh’s personal expense.

What this Egyptian government did was make an offer to the people which you might call a new deal. Under the Pharaoh’s Eleemosynary Department, which we might call the PhED, his government provided a social security system for it’s members. In turn the people would annually give the PhED a portion of their labor.

This made the Egyptian government very powerful and the people very subject. The process continued after each Pharaoh, living on in a succession of Egyptian corporations. Each new administration was progressively less benevolent. The benefits might increase or decrease, but always at the expense of the people, not the PhED itself.

Income tax in Egypt today is still only 20% for individuals and corporations, as set by Joseph thousands of years ago, yet employees23 in the United States and many other nations contribute a much higher amount of their labor each day through federal taskmasters24 in unpaid personal service to a modern contemporary PhED making them very powerful and the people very subject.

These rulers of the people may call themselves benefactors, but in fact they never give away anything they have not taken away from the people first. This kind of government and social welfare has always been a snare25 that brings the people into servitude by consent of the covetous.26 The bondage of this civil servitude is made more secure and escape proof through two common factors, democracy and debt.

When the people choose to take from their neighbor for their personal benefit and rulers are given the power to borrow against the full faith and credit of the future of the people this form of political and economic social servitude is almost inescapable and personal redemption impossible. What is the answer? People petition rulers who exercise authority for answers but the truth is not in them.

The Social Security Administration points out that "All peoples throughout all of human history have faced the uncertainties brought on by unemployment, illness, disability, death and old age."27 They go on to explain how the Greeks "stockpiled olive oil" to provide economic security. Or the medieval feudal system provided an economic security through the Lords of the manor and even go so far as to suggest that during the Middle Ages "charity as a formal economic arrangement also appeared for the first time."  

Nothing could be farther from the truth unless the Social Security Administration considers the phrase "formal economic arrangement" to mean a compulsory system of compelled offerings based on contractual application, membership, and participation, which created a statutory obligations and duty of one class of citizen to the ruling elite, elected or not. Of course, if it did then the word charity is completely out of place. In fact this would be identical to the Corban of the Pharisees that violated the commandments and made the word of God to none effect.28

Under Cain, Nimrod, Egypt and Imperial Rome, and even to this very day, the people have applied for the free bread and benefits from rulers who exercise authority and secured their personal welfare at the expense of their liberty and the liberty of their neighbors. This was and is a clear violation of biblical29 and prophetic30 commandments31 and the directives of Christ.32 These bonds of servitude result from our prayers and applications, agreements and acceptance,33 to and these so called benefactors who exercise authority one over the other contrary to the will and words of Christ. Claims of no full disclosure, no law, or unconstitutional usurpations will and should fall on deaf ears. It is our own covetous agreements, apathy, our sloth and our failure to live and love our neighbors by faith, hope and charity, that has brought us back into bondage.

"The hand of the diligent shall bear rule: but the slothful shall be under tribute." Proverbs 12:24  

What can we do about our present state of servitude? We do have choices. We can plead and protest, shake a fist at taskmasters and tyrants, or we can listen to the advise of the redeemers of nations like Abraham, Moses and Christ who freed and saved the people as these systems of servitude and unrighteous trust failed. We can repent and seek the Kingdom of God and His righteousness.

Stop coveting your neighbor’s goods through the agency of men who call themselves benefactors but exercise authority over the people. Come together in the liberty and name of Christ loving your neighbor as yourself. Learn to live by faith, hope, and charity instead of the sword of your rulers. Seek the perfect law of liberty in a living network of love.34 You will not be free until you are willing to set your neighbor free.

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Employ vs Enslave, SS Video Series 7-10 7:28

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      Laurie Zieber wrote Sep 5, 2009
    • Deb,

      Interesting article with plenty to consider...

      I know it is true that a while after the Israelites were freed they began to complain that they didn’t have an earthly king to lead them.  After enduring bondage for so long- why would they desire a king to rule over them? Was freedom too much responsibility?

      That’s an interesting concept to consider individually, isn’t it?  And defining the terms is a good place to start...

      What does  freedom mean?  I'm thinking about this now.

      tongue out



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      Tuliplady wrote Sep 5, 2009
    • Great food for thought Deb!



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      Marilyn09 wrote Sep 6, 2009
    • I dont get it. worried

      I mean that I get that bondage sucks; and that it started by all of our wants and desires.
      But now what?



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      Mary Clark wrote Sep 6, 2009
    • Responsibility is the key here.....and some of us....just don’t want the responsibility anymore....some want the government to make all the decisions for you....

      I’m ready to undo the bondage...........

      Great post Deb....I posted one related to that under Sisters of Christ....



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      Tamra wrote Sep 6, 2009
    • Excellent post Debj!  I firmly believe personal accountability would solve nearly all of the problems in this country today.  I teach my kids constantly that personal privileges come with responsibility. The more responsibility you can handle, the greater your rewards will be.

      I hope Pres O says the same thing Tuesday in his speech to our nation’s children.



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