From “No Trespassing”
The first principle of a Biblical covenant is transcendence. God is the Creator. How does this apply to man in his relation to the creation? Man is made in God’s image. Therefore, man is a ruler over creation, too.
In the Old Testament, the guardians of God’s holy sanctuary were the priests. This is why the Old Testament occasionally refers to the religious leaders as gods. “God standeth in the congregation of the mighty; he judgeth among the gods. How long will ye judge unjustly, and accept the persons of the wicked?” (Psalm 82:1-2). Men are rulers, or judges, over the creation. “I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High. But ye shall die like men, and fall like one of the princes” (Psalm 82:6-7). God’s judgment was to tall on the religious leaders just as it was about to fall on princes. They all judged unrighteously.
Thus, men are to exercise their rulership over the creation, which is similar to the absolute rulership which God exercises over His creation. This is what the first principle of the covenant, the Creator-creature distinction between a transcendent God and dependent men, points to. Man is God’s image and God’s lawful representative on earth.
All Christians, even all men, have legitimate authority – but this authority is derived from God, and is not original to us. A our authority is derived, we must give an account on how we used our authority to God.
All the power we have is in God’s Name. But when we do what is contrary to God’s will, we defile His Name, and so bring down judgement on ourselves. When we do what is right, we bring blessings.
Praise God, when we do what is wrong, there is a way to set it right: to repent, to despise what is evil, in the name of Jesus Christ. When we call Jesus Lord, and repent from our evil, He takes the punishment of hell and eternal death from us – the hardest punishment that is rightfully ours.
The person who owns a piece of land has the right to exclude most people most of the time. There are a few exceptions to this rule. In emergencies, the police, as officers of the court who have been issued court orders or warrants, have the legal right to intrude on otherwise protected private property. But the owner has the legal right to keep people from coming onto his property most of the time.
The fence is a sign of this right, or the locked gate. The locked door on a home is another example. The idea is that “a man’s home is his castle”–a legal fortress which must be respected. When some property owner sticks a “No Trespassing” sign at his gate, or somewhere inside the boundaries of his property, his wishes are legally enforceable. He has the legal right to keep people off his property. The legal right to exclude someone from using your property is the essence of all ownership.
There are limits on this right of exclusion. For example, Biblical law says that a traveler who walks along the highway has the right to pick food from privately owned farms. He does not have the right to place the food in baskets or in the folds of his garment, but he has the right to whatever he can carry away (Deuteronomy 23:25). Jesus and His disciples picked corn on the sabbath, but the Pharisees didn’t criticize them for stealing, only for taking corn and rubbing it together on the sabbath (Luke 6:1-5).
Nevertheless, there are only a few cases of such exceptions to exclusion. Property ownership is supposed to be widely dispersed in a Bible-based society, and this means that many people are to have near-exclusive use of their property.
As we do have the derived authority of God, we have the right to lawfully keep out people from our lawful property. This right is clearly drawn from the Bible. It extends to all of what we own: homes and cars and businesses. To the extent that this right is violated – by thugs with muscle, or by bureaucrats in suits – to that extent is the society and nation lawless, and under a curse.
God set Adam and Eve in the garden. “And the Lord God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it” (Genesis 2:15). What does “to keep” mean? It means to keep something away from someone else. To keep the garden away from whom? From the intruder, Satan. They were to maintain it under God’s authority as His appointed agents.
God’s lawful subordinates, Adam and Eve, were to keep the snake out of the garden. But Satan gave smooth lies, on how Adam & Eve could steal from the tree of knowledge, the only place God forbade them from entering and touching.
The moment that they stole God’s property by invading the forbidden boundary, they had in principle abandoned the garden, as well as the world outside, to the devil. If they could rightfully assert their power by violating God’s property, then Satan could rightfully violate their property, too. If they were not willing to honor another owner’s right to exclude them, to what law could they appeal to enforce their property rights? They had violated the rights of the cosmic Enforcer. Who could then enforce their claims against Satan?
By accepting the legitimacy of theft, they became the victims of the greatest thief in the universe. By accepting this cosmic thief’s interpretation of God’s property rights, they thereby placed themselves under Satan’s moral (immoral) rule. They acknowledged their belief in his view of biblical law. What could they say against him after their act of rebellion?
The poisonous act of Adam & Eve has poisoned our lives. And when we imitate their theft with socialism, the future of our children and our society is also poisoned.
In his article Trump, the Establishment, and the Middle Class, Gary North advises us to read Samuel T. Francis’ From Household to Nation. Here, we read of the middle-class’ love of the Right Sort of Welfare: that is, stolen government money directed to their pockets. But much of the middle class is doomed due to technical advances: see Immigration: The Red Cape. Computerization: The Hidden Sword and Infrastructure by Robotics: Jobs in the Future for an introduction.
The welfare state is going to die. Yes, the poor will be kicked off the gravy train first: but the middle class is second in line, and due to the impossible financial cost of those prices, they must be kicked off.
Exclusion is inescapable. The question is: Who will exclude whom, and on what basis? Will power rule, or will God’s law? Will God’s law determine who should be excluded, or man’s law? By what authority will we act, the Voice of God and God’s Law, or the Voice of Powerful Men?
Redeemed men are to increase their authority and dominion. They are to progressively exclude Satan’s followers from positions of authority, in every area of life. How is this to be done? Not by the exercise of power, but by the exercise of following God’s law. Redeemed men are to compete. They are to get rich through productivity. They are to give money away, in a grand exercise of charity. They are to run for political office, especially at the local level, where the Bible says that primary civil responsibility is to be located. They are to bear more and more responsibility in every area of life. Power flows to those who bear responsibility.
In short, the exclusion of the unrighteous from positions of public power is to be accomplished through the enforcement of biblical law. First and foremost, by the Christian’s self-government under biblical law. Second, by Christians gaining majority political support among the voters in favor of biblical law. Third, by enforcing biblical law publicly. This means the steady and systematic replacement of today’s humanist judges with judges who agree to enforce biblical law.
Let us make no mistake: Christian dominion necessarily involves the exclusion of anti-Christians from positions of public power. This is in part a political process. It is a bottom-up process, not a top-down process. But there must be winners and losers politically. Our goal as Christians is to make political and cultural losers out of the humanists and satanists. We must do this through better performance, better organization, and the blessings of God.
I said it before, and I’ll say it again: Christians must rule themselves, or be ruled by those who despise them – be it secularists, or Muslims, or anyone else. In contrast, if Christians wish to rule over their enemies, they must uphold the Commandments of God, in public and private. Righteousness, not the will to power, is the way to please God and gain His delegated authority to uphold His will on earth.
THIS is how we work repair the breach that Adam made, imitating Jesus Christ, who perfectly upheld the Law, and thus gained total power over creation from the hand of God the Father, in time and on earth.
Engels himself later made this remarkable observation: “It is a curious fact that in every large revolutionary movement the question of ‘free love’ comes to the foreground.” Of course it does; what the revolutionaries hate is Christianity’s principle of legal exclusion. What they hate is God’s right to exclude them from eternal life, and every aspect of exclusive legal rights points to the legal right of God’s people to enjoy God’s favor on earth and in eternity.
It should not be surprising to learn that Engels never married and had several mistresses, and that Marx seduced his wife’s lifetime maid (yes, “Dr. Communism” had a full-time, lifetime servant) and was the father of her illegitimate son, Fred Demuth.
But the concept of exclusion is inescapable. The socialists and humanists want people to exclude babies from life. They want people to “keep their gardens” away from crying infants. Again, it is not a question of exclusion vs. no exclusion. It is always a question of who excludes whom, and on what basis.
Someone must decide who lives,and who dies. It can be done righteously, in accordance to the commandments of God, or it can be decided by wealthy and powerful men, in the name of some idol or other (usually themselves).
God has exclusive claims on the lives of all people. As limited creatures, none of us has an unlimited claim on any- thing or anyone, for only God has unlimited claims. But we do have legitimate limited claims on each other: as marriage partners (I Corinthians 7:4-5), as parents (Exodus 20:12; Ephesians 6:1-3), as church members (Ephesians 5:21), and as citizens (Romans 13:1-7).
These claims are defined and described by Biblical law. They are therefore protected relationships. We are speaking of legal protections for mutual ownership (exclusion). For example, parents cannot legally beat their children to death, but they can legally impose physical punishment, and the Bible insists that they must. A parent who refuses to do this hates his child (Proverbs 13:24). (Look up the listing of the word “rod” in Strong’s Concordance, especially in the Book of Proverbs.) So the State has some degree of control, but it is minimal. It can protect a child’s life–a legal boundary, or legal exclusion–but not his behind. It cannot legitimately prohibit physical punishment of children by parents or by those who have been given legal power by parents to represent them in giving physical punishment (school teachers).
All socialists hate the idea that God excludes those who hate Him from eternal life. This division between saved and lost is horrifying to them. They do their best to exclude Christianity and its evil doctrine of God’s exclusive eternal favor to some (but not all) men. Wherever socialism is widely believed by the people, the church is persecuted, or at least discriminated against. Socialism is inherently anti-Christian, and Christianity is inherently anti-socialist.
God owns us, not the State.
The core division in life is that God own our lives, and has the right to divide us into two groups: those who are raised to heaven (and then, the New Creation), and those are flung into hell (and then, the Lake of Fire.)
Socialism is primarily an act against God’s right to use His property as He sees fit. This is in contrast to Islam, which is about killing/stealing/oppressing the Infidel, and giving to themselves – as their deity, their prophet, and their Angel of Light (which calls himself ‘Gabriel’) commands.
The Bible says that God excludes the lost at the day of judgment. It also says that the family and the economy are to be based on the right of individuals to own private property and to exclude others from access to their family members and the property of the members. This outrages socialists, who want the State atone to possess this right of exclusion.
The Biblical principle of exclusion leads us to the following conclusions:
1. God, as the sovereign owner, excludes men from whatever He chooses to keep for Himself.
2. He chooses some for eternal life (adoption, John 1:12), and excludes others (Romans 9).
3. He delegates to men a limited legal power to exclude others in every area of life.
4. Redeemed men are to take dominion from Satan’s followers in every area of life.
5. Redeemed men are therefore to exclude rebellious men from ownership in every area of life.
6. The means of lawful economic exclusion is productivity within a competitive market, not political force.
7. This power of exclusion operates in every area of life: family, church, State, business, education, etc.
8. Exclusion is basic to dominion; it is the training ground for personal responsibility.
9. Ownership (the right to exclude) of property is not to be violated by the State, just as the right to exclude others in marriage is not to be violated.
10. The State is not to become the single owner; therefore, the State cannot legitimately abolish private property.
11. Socialism is theft: the illegitimate exclusion by the Slate of lawful owners.
12. Socialism is therefore anti-dominion and pro-power.
13. Socialism is historically and theoretically anti-family.
Jesus Christ is Lord, not the Socialist State.