Reader's Comments on "Give to Caesar; Give to God"

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by Jason Hommel, August 6th, 2010

Before I begin sharing some comments on my last article, I must confess, I did not give the best translation of Romans 13, as a few readers so helpfully pointed out.  The word that is typically translated "powers" or "authorities" (which I said could refer to a sovereign people as the ultimate earthly authority) is actually the Greek word "exousia," and could also be translated as "liberty", or even "rights".

http://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?Strongs=G1849&t=KJV

So, the following, in the KJV:

Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.

Could also read:

Romans 13:
Let every soul be subject unto the higher liberty. For there is no liberty but of God: the liberties that exist are ordained of God.

Whosoever therefore resisteth liberty, resisteth the disposition of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.

For leaders are not a terror to good works, but to the evil.  Wilt thou then not be afraid of liberty?  Do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same:

For (liberty) is the minister of God to thee for good.  But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for [free people] beareth not the sword in vain: for [free people] are the minister of God, a revenger to [execute] wrath upon him that doeth evil.

Wherefore [ye] must needs be self-controlled, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake.

For for this cause [bring to an end] tribute also: as are God's ministers attending continually upon this very thing.

Pay therefore what you owe: tribute to whom tribute; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour.

Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.

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Remember, as a Pauline book, Romans 13 was written well after the gospel accounts, where Jesus said that the sons were exempt from paying even the temple tax of about 1/4 oz. of silver, about $4.50, per year.

If you examine the entire book of Judges, you will see that God's people, when subject to paying tribute, the tribute payment was always a punishment for disobedience and not following God's ways.  Thus, if you are following God's ways, you are therefore NOT bowing down to enemy kings, or false idols, and not paying tribute.  Every judge sent by god liberated the people from having to pay tribute, usually by conquoring their enemies with the sword (or with God's help, trumpets and torches) - thus, they did not bear the sword in vain, but used it to restore liberty, time and time again.  

Now, to the reader's comments:

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I enjoyed your article “Give to Caesar, Give to God".  I grew up in a nice middle class family but could never reconcile my feelings for liberty and the god given rights of man with the Christian churches. I gave up on Christianity at a very young age. When I was 18 I was thrown in jail by the FBI for destroying my draft records and refusing to serve. My father  said that I had dishonored him by my actions and his Baptist Preacher told me that I would have better served the community by coming home in a box. When it came to income taxes. I never could reconcile what belonged to God and what belonged to Caser all I knew was that this was slavery. The IRS nearly killed me and in tax matters you are not allowed to sue. Then came the 501 C3 and it was clear that churches had given it all to Caesar.  I hated Christianity and Christians, considering them nothing but cowards that reveled being slaves.

Your article has helped me to see that it was my misunderstanding that was the source of my hatred of God and religion.  With more understanding and wisdom I would have been in a better position possibly convince my advisories that they were wrong.  I wish that I would have been more aware and ask God for wisdom. I’ll be 60 in January and perhaps it is time to put away this shield of atheism and pick up a bible and ask for that wisdom.
 
Thank you.

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Best explanation of subject I haver ever read in my 76 years.  Thank you and GOD bless you.

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Mr. Hommel, thank you for your wonderful Lew Rockwell piece today.  

http://www.lewrockwell.com/orig10/hommel2.1.1.html

Christ also directed us to swear no oath.  That is what the entire tax system is based on and also begins with bearing false witness when employers falsely inform the IRS that their employees are Code-defined employees when they are not.  See attached.  I am a Minneapolis attorney, LRC Contributor and am representing a fellow named Pete Hendrickson, who wrote Cracking the Code on his appeal from a tax crime conviction.   I was retained after the trial, but it is apparent to me that the trial was a Soviet show trial. 

I may use some of those Bible passages in the reply brief.

Sincerely,

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I read your article on www.LewRockwell.Com today.

I wanted to email you to encourage you and to point out some thoughts of mine that would support your argument.

Notice in the end of Romans 12 and the end of Romans 13 the context of those two paragraphs. The ones on either side of the beginning of Romans 13. Interesting that Paul would put obedience to government (the authorities) in the middle of extolling the virtues of loving our neighbors as ourselves, isn't it? And that right after he said to give to others what you owe them (money, respect, honor, etc.) he says to owe no man anything but love.

Perhaps loving our neighbors as ourselves is the embodiment of Godly obedience to government?

After all, if obedience to government absent loving our neighbors as ourselves is Godly then why did we abhor the German Nazis for the Holocaust? Didn't their government tell them to do round up the Jews and other "undesirables" for execution? So even Jewish resistance would have been a violation of God's command?

Also, anytime the Pharisees/Sadducees approached Jesus with a trick question we should naturally take into account that His answer will certainly be a trick answer! You pointed this out, just not directly.

I also wanted to call to your attention the fact that as early as King Saul the Israelite kings started fulfilling the words of Samuel's prophecy. I cannot think of specific references but I distinctly remember reading of several instances where Kings Saul, David and Solomon had officials in charge of "forced labor." Solomon especially. In fact, for all his wisdom, Solomon was the most tyrannical of the three. His taxes were excessive and oppressive, and the levies he called up of laborers and overseers was great. So great, in fact, that the people approached his son about reducing that heavy burden. As we know, his son just wanted to make things even more oppressive.

Speaking of which. Notice that the split during Rehoboam's reign was not only sanctioned by God but also orchastrated by God. (Read when the prophet tells Jeroboam(?) that God's going to take 10/12 of the kingdom from Solomon's descendants and give it to Jeroboam(?).) The revolt, by the way, was a Tax Revolt by the majority of the Israelite tribes against King Rehoboam.

Tax revolutions in the bible that are sanctioned by God?

Makes one think that maybe God doesn't like taxes (i.e. extortion, since payment is compulsory)...

But very good article you've written. Thanks. Keep up the good work. And know that so long as you follow His guidance you will be cared for, even in persecution. ;-)

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Jason's notes on the previous letter:

I see in 2 Chronicles 10, the story of Rehoboam; who tried to vastly increase the very heavy tax burden of the former King Solomon. 

It appears that God did cause the tax rebellion of the northern 10 tribes.

2 Chronicles 10:15 So the king did not listen to the people, for this turn of events was from God, to fulfill the word the LORD had spoken to Jeroboam son of Nebat through Ahijah the Shilonite.

The last line of the chapter is:

2 Chronicles 10:19 So Israel has been in rebellion against the house of David to this day.

Interestingly enough, it appears to me that the House of Judah is still continuing to try to excessively tax the House of Israel.

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Jason,

I just wanted to counter-balance some of the hate mail you'll receive, and say THANK YOU for writing such an AWSOME ARTICLE. 

(I immediately posted a link to it on my facebook 'wall', where it - along with other choice LRC articles - will be ignored by most of the people I know.  Let it not be said that we did nothing!)

God Bless you!!!

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I read your article and saw some good thoughts . The two key points are- the 5 dollars are ours not the federals and they should be in silver if we wanted them to be (how would you like to carry $100 around all day in metal?)  The other is why should we pay taxes and not the churches who preach 'giving money to the government is good'.
I have other thoughts-why is it the waiters want 15% or more to bring your food to a table when the churches only want 10%. Why does the current governments want 40% or more when the churches want 10%. So if the churches paid their share maybe we could pay less?

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Jason,
 
Amen to all that you say. A wonderful and very useful explanation.
 
One could also add that political human government, in whatever nasty form it takes, is part of the curse placed upon man from the beginning. (Your husband shall "rule" over you - not God's "order," a curse.) Or part of the subjection to vanity God has placed those who live by this world under. From God's appointment, yes. His will? In no way.
 
He has redeemed us from every part of the curse.
 
So if some come against you, be encouraged, there are truer hearts who stand with you.
 
In Him,

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   Sir,
 
  Thank you for listening to your wife and taking the time to write this; it is very much needed. The Christian church today, generally speaking, is full of hypocrites and people who don't even take the time to understand their own God-given text (the Bible) and we all suffer for it.
 
  I am writing this out of my own experience as a born-again Christian and I know all too well the poor condition the Church is in. I am constantly amazed (and saddened) when I hear debates among Christians as to what's wrong with this country and how "we" need to fix it (i.e., through the state).
 
  Continue to be salt and light, my brother.

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Loved it. I understand completely why you've hesitated so many years. Similar to my own interpretation, which adds to your, this ...

(I apologize for not being able, this morning, to pull together the scriptural quotations)

The Israelites were to stone to death anyone who led them out of God's will, out of His covenant, away from their estate. Seducers were to be harshly dealt with.

By kneeling unto Caesar (acknowledging his power over them) the Sanhedrin not only acknowledged they no longer believed in God, but that even if they did they no longer had faith that God is greater than earthly powers that threaten God's people.

God further instructs the Israelites to slay out of hand any enemy who attempts to take His Land.


So ... I further read Jesus' answer as including Slay Caesar, for that is his due, then come back here and present yourselves to be stoned for having led the children of Israel down this path of unbelief.


The assembled priests and scribes (lawyers) knew scripture thoroughly. To me, Jesus handed them the ultimate sentence.

Render unto Caesar what he is due .... under the Covenant God your Father made with you. Then come back here and render unto God what you owe him for your sins against the Covenant and against Israel itself.

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Jason,

God Bless you for writing this article. Through the Lord Jesus Christ you are speaking what should our ministers, priests and rabbis should be saying re today's government.
You will be blessed a thousand times over for this writing. Do not worry about any negativity as you have spoken through the Lord. And, God bless your wife for encouraging you to speak through the Lord. I plan to pass it along to many because it spoke to me in a new way and I want the message to be spread.
God bless you and your family,

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Kudos to you!!!  I, also, am a Christian man who interpereted the words of Jesus exactly as you did. But for thirty years I had found not one single person who called himself a Christian who agreed with me- until today. What belongs to Caesar? Exactly what Caesar has earned- just like everyone else!!!!
 
Thank you

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Jason, I just finished reading your article, http://www.lewrockwell.com/orig10/hommel2.1.1.html and wholeheartedly agree and no accountant can show you in title 26 of the code your requirement to file, State or Federal. Thanks for bringing this to the Sheep, this will be the way to cut the head off the snake of ungodly and unconstitutional government. The people need to know they are in the right to refuse to pay these taxes.
 
Another issue I wish you would clarify is the issue of who the true people of God are. Who is true Israel and who is NOT. Just like the tax question, the identity of true Israel is misunderstood by many. Revelation 2:9 and 3:9 expose those that say they are Jews but are not, but are of the synagogue of satan. Also 2 john tells us those who deny Jesus is the Christ come in the flesh are the anti-Christ. The false prophets in the pulpits today are leading Gods people astray by teaching that the people we call "Jews" are descended from Abraham, Issac, and Jacob Israel, they are not, they have no blood connection to Jacob.The Bible tells that true Israel would lose their identity and in the latter days regain their true identity. The Bible also says that true Israel would number the earth like the sands of the seas and stars of the sky, set up a multitude of nations, be benificial to all nations, and many other traits unique to Israel. The people known as "Jews" have none of these traits, the peoples who settled western Europe and migrated to America (Godly Kingdom) possess these traits and are awakening to their true identity as the people of God called Israel.
 
I pray you address this most important issue, this knowledge will solidify in the minds of true Israel the fact that we truly are "Kings and Priests of the most high God". You can't know where you are going unless you know where you came from.
 
Yours in Christ.

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Talk about an eye opening experience... Thank you!
God Bless you!
Bruno J

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Sir,

I read with great interest your article on LRC for July 30.  I have been attempting to get Christians to understand this for years but with little success.
Your article explains it much more clearly than I am able to do.  With your permission I will print out the article and put it in their hands.

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Jason  Hi.
 
Great article on give to Caesar-NOT..... on Lew Rockwell.
 
May you be blessed for writing it.

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Jason,

Interesting article.  However there is a much more efficient answer for both believers and non believers: When one reads to Constitution of the United States, one discovers, he IS Caesar!  We are all Caesars.  Case closed.  It is not a spiritual question.  Christ could have no more referred to our form of government than he might have alluded to a six lane interstate highway or a Boeing 747.  All were irrelevant to the people.  He, no doubt, understood the future birth of our country but apparently chose not to confuse the public with such info. 

Sadly, we here in America, act more like serfs than Caesars.


Thanks,

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“The Secret of Happiness is Freedom; and the Secret of Freedom is Courage”
Thucydides; Classical Greek philosopher and General.

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Excellent article.
 
Pastor Baldwin put in much similar terms 2 weeks ago in his Sunday morning live stream video service and said basically that Christians i.e. believers in Christ are in fact Kings and, or sons of a King so they need not pay taxes.  However, he also pointed out that the reason people pay taxes is because they are afraid of going to jail.  I agree on both but have always asked this question to both Pastors and pew sitters.
 
I believe that all the money I have belongs to God and God expects me to use it for His glory.  This means that all the "taxes" I pay is also God's money so here's the question to Pastors and Pew Sitters:
 
If you agree that all the m money you have is given you by God and you know that part of your taxes which is still God's money is used to murder the innocent while yet in the womb, do you think you will be judged and found lacking by God?
 
Or do you think that since you knowingly are just as guilty of murder as the tax collector, that since Jesus has forgiven you for all of your sins you can just shrugg your shoulders and leave it there?
 
Never have got a straight answer.
 
Again, great article,
 


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Jason,

Just read your article on Lew Rockwell's site, you hit the nail on the head.

Thanks for being bold and speaking the truth. Just as Jesus tossed over the money changer's tables in the temple, we should seek to toss over anything that seeks to impose tyranny on the hearts and minds of mankind.

Cheers,

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It is too bad that one that can reason as well as you did on taxes did not take the  time to find out that the NIV has never been Gods word!!!

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Dear Jason,

Great article.  I have made this argument to believers for years.  It is nice to see a fellow believer who understands that theft is theft, and now I can send this article to people to vindicate what I have been saying all this time.  Thank you.

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Good article.  I completely agree with you.
 
Mike Schroeder, Pastor/Author
Amazing Grace Bible Study Fellowship
http://www.agbsf.com/
 
PS
 
"I will be viscously attacked for this article, primarily by Christians whose government approved, tax-exempt, 501(c)3 Churches teach them, in full hypocrisy, that the people attending their Church need to pay taxes that the Church need not pay."
 
501(c)3 is the vehicle  which the government and its officers (lawyers) have used to ensnare willfully ignornant Christians and their apostate organizations.
 
Hos 4:6-7
"My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.
As they were increased, so they sinned against me: therefore will I change their glory into shame."
KJV

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You missed a REALLY big point - render unto Caeser

The denarius had Caeser's image on it.
The temple money didn't.

So you had money changers.  You bought coins without graven images for use within the temple.  At a premium.
Y'shua (Jesus) kicked their asses for selling temple coins.  Profitability rocks until you start selling God.  Then you piss him off.

Many had both coins with them.  Kinda like if we had Federal Reserve Notes, AND real money too.  I could pay YOU in silver coin, but Caeser/current regime in FRNs.  Since Caeser owns the FRNs, he has the right to tax them, at least he thinks.

So render unto Caeser what is Caeser's, and render unto YHWH what is YHWH's.

Simple.

Just don't carry FRNs.  Carry silver.

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Mr. Hommel,

You will get no argument from me.  I have known these things for many years, and have yet to find someone who will totally agree with me.  The real irony (humor) in the passage about rendering unto Caesar is the fact that, as He spoke, our Lord knew that He Himself, by right of creation, owned not only Caesar himself, but the stones upon which Caesar stood! 

I am so happy to read your words after all these years, and we should both be thankful for your wife.  Please tell her I said to tell her so.

Keep your powder dry.  We have been instructed to sell our cloaks to buy a sword for self-defense.

In Christ,

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Kudos for standing up!
deborah@save-a-patriot.org

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Well said, your discernment will reveal much truth as the time unfolds into the coming age.

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Dear Jason:
 
Thank you for the sharing your excellent essay entitled, "Give to Ceasar, Give to God." I found it on Lewrockwel.com, and it was one of the most inspirational articles I've read all year.
 
Sincerely,

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If you would like to learn how to step out of their matrix, please visit us at pacinlaw.org  We help people to correct their status in law so they can rejoin and regain their rights under God.

The People's Awareness Coalition (PAC) teaches the law to those ready to hear the truth of their enslavement.  Frankly, with the sweeping success of the deliberate dumbing down of America, people with your level of understanding are becoming exceedingly difficult to find.

I think you will find many kindred spirits in our group.  The study of the law although fairly complex and misunderstood starts and ends with the only one true sovereign.  The rest is just bread and circuses.

Thanks for the article and your time.

Rich in Illinois

pacinlaw.org
deprogram.us
notmygovernment.us

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Hi J,
 
Great message!!!!! Thank you so much for sharing the truth on this issue! I stand with you 100% and have felt the exact same way for 3 years now myself.
 
Here is the question that I, as well as many may have though; do you pay taxes?
 
Whether you do or don't, (and this is not asking for advice nor legal council) how can a true Bible believing Christian get out of the "system" when everywhere we turn there are obstacles preventing us (or trying to prevent us) from doing so? Having ones own business certainly gets the ball rolling in the right direction on this issue, but how can we apply this teaching to its fullest? To me, THAT is the question. Any thoughts you can offer, to me, is considered biblical truths/principals that cannot be misconstrued to mean legal advice and therefore would not fall under the "legal advice" qualification. My question is simply being stated from a biblical standpoint only.
 
Thanks for your thoughts,

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Dear Jason,

Thank you for writing your article, Give to Caesar; Give to God. And pass my thanks to your wife too, for her successful encouragement.

Thank you for the perspective. I've been attacked with this verse when I've talked of the legitimacy of our rulers and paying only what you are obligated to pay. I have made my argument but most just shake their heads in disbelief.

You have showed me the absolute context. And explained who I am, within the verses and the material world.

I am glad to have read it, early on this Sunday morning.

Be well. Glory be to God.

Sincerely,
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PS: Also, the insight about Federal Reserve notes, about who owns the liability and who owns the asset - I thought I knew a good deal on the subject but you woke me up to an aspect I haven't given much thought to before. Thanks.

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Hi, Jason.

I enjoyed reading your article posted on Lew Rockwell's website today.

I noticed that you did not include Jesus's explanation of taxes given
to Peter when confronted about paying temple taxes.

He also explains that kings will demand tribute from strangers
(foreigners) rather than their own children.  I've included the KJV
version of the reference below.

Please thank you wife for encouraging you to write the article.  I
want to thank you for listening to her.

Matthew 17:
24 And when they were come to Capernaum, they that received tribute
money came to Peter, and said, Doth not your master pay tribute? 25 He
saith, Yes. And when he was come into the house, Jesus prevented him,
saying, What thinkest thou, Simon? of whom do the kings of the earth
take custom or tribute? of their own children, or of strangers?
26 Peter saith unto him, Of strangers. Jesus saith unto him, Then are
the children free. 27 Notwithstanding, lest we should offend them, go
thou to the sea, and cast an hook, and take up the fish that first
cometh up; and when thou hast opened his mouth, thou shalt find a
piece of money: that take, and give unto them for me and thee.

Thank you,

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Jason's comments on Matt 17: the temple tax dispute.

First of all, this was NOT income taxes, nor taxes to Ceasar.  It was the Biblical temple tax of 1/2 of a silver shekel per person.  My research has shown me that a shekel was anywhere from about 1/3 of an oz. of silver to 2/3 of an oz. of silver, so a 1/2 shekel was about 1/4 of an oz. of silver, or about $4.50 per year, at today's silver price of about $18/oz.  This tax was soon to "go away" given that Jesus tore down and replaced the entire system of animal sacrafices with his own sacraficial death, and there is no need for a temple anymore, since our bodies are the temple.

Second of all, JESUS DISPUTED EVEN THIS TINY $4.50 per year TAX!  As a son of God, he climed he did not have to pay it -- and thus, neither do we, as his followers, WE ARE EXCEMPT!  IF YOU DISAGREE, THEN PLEASE SEND IN YOUR 1/2 SHEKEL TO THE TEMPLE OF ISRAEL EVERY YEAR, IN OBEDIENCE TO THE LAW.  Or, if you believe that we are now the temple, as God says, then give yourself 1/2 of a silver shekel per year!  Or more, as you see fit, of course! 

Third, But Jesus did want to pay it, so as to not give offense.  Why?  What offense?  For if he did not pay it, he would turn Peter into a liar, who spoke out of place!  Peter did that more than once; he's the guy who later cut off a guy's ear!  If you read the Bible book of Judges, God cannot deliver Isreal, because Israel makes pacts of peace with their enemies, in contrast to the commandment of God to not make peace with their enemies.  Why?  Because if God helped them to conquor their enemies, God would be helping his people lie, and God does not lie!

Fourth, Jesus uses a miracle, of a prophecy of a coin appearing in a fish's mouth to pay the tax.  But Peter has to still actually do the work of catching the fish, because he spoke out of place.  Therefore, it would not be inconsistent with this Biblical example to say that if you speak out of place and falsely claim that you need to pay taxes, you are going to require a miracle of God for your own deliverance, and you will still end up doing the work!

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Hi Jason,
I won't persecute you because, as a follower of the Truth, (Jesus) I happen to agree with you.  I knew all this in my heart (via discernment)  but just haven't taken the time to put together all the appropriate verses to prove it.  I hate the way the apostate, freemasonic controlled "pastors" love to fall back on Rom 13 to enslave their sheep to the antichrist they truly serve.   I always fall back on Psalm 62:9 "Men of high degree are a lie" to which they have no response.   That pretty much says it all to me about our so called "leaders".  Also Isaiah 9:16: "For the leaders of this people cause them to err, and those who are led by them are destroyed."  But they always say "that's old testament" because they are devoid of the "spirit of prophecy which is the TRUE testimony of Jesus Christ."  Rev 19:10  Thanks for the excellent article.  You didn't leave the apostates much wiggle room, so of course they will have to resort to persecution of some kind or simply ignore you as is usually the case with me when I expose darkness to them.   It won't be long until God pours out His wrath on the daughter of Babylon (America, Jeremiah Chpt. 50 & 51, Isa Chpt. 13&47, Rev Chpt. 18) and destroys her in one hour.  The time of Jacobs trouble is definately near......Sincerily,

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Dear Jason,
 
    Thanks for the article. This is just a note to say I totally agree with you and your position. I understand your hesitantcy to write it as I have went through some pesecution myself and it was very hard on my wife. I would appreciate keeping in touch with you.
 
                        Blessings,

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Thanks for the article, Jason.  I will pray for His protection over you and your family.

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Dear Pastor Hommel,

I continually marvel that no one cites Matthew 17:24-27. And that no one couples that with Matthew 23:23, 24.

It's all there, if we have but eyes -- and courage -- to see.

They like kings and war and power.

While the real message is Mercy = love (of/for) God = obedience.

Thank you for your explication in this article today.

Blessings always,

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Jason,  I am writing to you to commend you for speaking the Truth .  I do not attend the 501c3 whorehouses anylonger because of the lack of Truth operated by whores that dont know the bible or dont care.  Thanks and keep on speaking Truth.   I always enjoy your muses. 
John Killen another Bible reader

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Dear Sir,

Your article about Giving to Caesar has answered some questions about taxation that I have had for a very long time. It was an area that I knew that taxation was wrong but I didn't have the Biblical answer as proof. A great article.

I have some ideas about starting a ministry but I want to do it without any governmental ties, 5013c, etc.

Do you have any ideas or info on being a truly non-associated "religious institution" not controlled by state or federal laws?

I have other ideas that are really pro-freedom but some will think that I am just anti-governmental, city, state & federal.

I believe Christians should become totally free from all laws, except the Laws of God, which will put US at odds with all agencies, city, state & federal.

Any thoughts?

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Hi,
 
I read your Caesar and taxes article.
 
I would like to comment, I think you missed the point about the Bible quotation, because you are looking at the taxes incident naturalistically instead of from the supernatural / spiritual point of view.
 
TO SUMMARIZE  my views: Jesus meant to say that we should dedicate ourselves to God completely, and any person truly loving God and not wishing to engage in blasphemy (a spiritual crime), should avoid Caesar and anything with his image or his doings.
 
Jesus mostly speaks in terms of the supernatural, since he is from there, the Kingdom of Heaven.
 
The Caesar coin showed the face of Tiberius, son of Augustus.  Augustus first started Emperor Worship of himself, and had 2 temples to worshiped as a god.
 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Augustus
 
Augustus Caesar lived 23-Sep-63BC to 19 Aug 14AD,
Declared Divus Iulius-Divi filius (Son of God) on 1 January 42 BC  (this title is especially problematic and in direct conflict with Jesus, Son of God)
Declared Pontifex Maximus (Highest Priest) on 6 March 12 BC  (Jesus is also seen by Christians especially traditional Catholicism as the Highest Priest).
 
Tiberius inherited Emperor Worship from August but in a limited fashion. Later Caesars had it more strong and persecuted Christians for not worshipping with incense to the Emperor.
 
Here is a great article about Caesar Worship:
 
http://www.apocalipsis.org/rev-hist.htm
 
“This worship was never intended to wipe out other religions. Rome was essentially tolerant. A man might worship Caesar and his own god. But more and more Caesar worship became a test of political loyalty; it became, as has been said, the recognition of the dominion of Caesar over a man's life and soul. Let us, then trace the development of this worship up to, and immediately beyond, the writing of the Revelation.
i. Augustus, who died in AD. 14, allowed the worship of Julius Caesar, his great predecessor. He allowed non-citizens in the provinces to worship himself but he did not permit citizens to do so; and he made no attempt to enforce this worship.
ii. Tiberius (AD. 14-37) could not halt Caesar worship. He forbade temples to be built and priests to be appointed for his own worship; and in a letter to Gython, a Laconian city, he definitely refused divine honours for himself. So far from enforcing Caesar worship, he actively discouraged it.
iii. Caligula (AD. 37-41), the next Emperor, was an epileptic, a madman and a megalomaniac. He insisted on divine honours. He attempted to enforce Caesar worship even on the Jews, who had as always been and who always were to remain exempt from it. He planned to place his own image in the Holy of Holies in the Temple in Jerusalem, a step which would certainly have provoked unyielding rebellion. Mercifully he died before he could carry out his plans. But in his reign we have an episode when Caesar worship became an imperial demand.”
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IN CONCLUSION:  Jesus asked to be shown the coin with the face of Caesar, He did not even wish to touch the blasphemous thing, a man in a position given the honors of Son of God and High Priest…none of the true living God but rather from His enemy.
 
What does this mean about taxes?
 
We have no moral imperative to go out of our way to pay taxes to blasphemers against the true living God the Father and his one and only Son.
In todays world, paying taxes is feeding the great antichrist machinery out there, and we will not go to Hell for not feeding the evil machinery.  We might get some negative consequences in this life from taxers but that’s it.

However, we do have a moral imperative for Charity and we should attempt to follow the Old Testament example of Abraham to donate 10% of our income to Charity, especially if we converse our income by withdrawing ourselves from the antichrist system.

And in a truly Christian government, in which Christ the King is recognized and the Natural and Divine Laws are legislated and followed in society, in THAT society, we do have the moral obligation before God to pay taxes.

But in that society, taxes and tax rates would be just and not injust, meaning low reasonable taxes because society would be organized organically (civil society) rather than through an all-powerful collectivist State which takes over the functions of Life and Death just as a god.
 
I think the above is the best foundation of being properly anti-tax.
 
Thanks for your article,
 
Daniel Mota
 
PS On a side note, traditional Catholicism shows that there are many Popes who proclaimed in Papal Bulls, that we are not to follow Princes who go against God and His Saints
 
Pope Urban II declared that "subects are by no authority constrained to pay the fidelity which they have sworn to a Christan Prince, who opposes God and his saints, or violateth their precepts."
 
http://tinyurl.com/27adbt2
 
So anyone who wants to go tax-free under authority from God, can only do so if the taxing authority is anti-God. If the taxing authorithy recognizes Christ the King, then we are morally compelled to pay taxes.
 
In general, if you want to read more about our rights given by God under the Divine and Natural Laws, best to read books about the School of Salamanca from Spain, Dominican priests who wrote about our freedoms given by God that no tyrannt may take away.
 
I don’t like John Locke, who is not a Christian.  We have our rights to GOD, Life, Liberty and Property…he forgot to add God first to the list, he was a naturalistic Deist, which eventually with time turns in to Atheism and then the war against Life, Liberty and Property itself.
 
More info but I don’t agree with this:
 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Render_unto_Caesar

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Jason, thank you so much. I've been recieving your e-mails for a little over a year now, mostly under a different address. This was by far my favorite of the many great letters you have written. Your wife was right encouraging you to write this one. The way you explained Romans 13 was a beautiful thing. You are by far my favorite Silver guy. I always look forward to your next letter. Your friend and brother that you don't know

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Dear Mr Hommel
 
I agree that Jesus didn't say to pay taxes, but I contend that he went further and emphatically told us do not pay taxes.  Jesus asks whose portrait is on the coin.  The Pharisees reply "Caesar's"  He then says give to Caesar what is his.  But Caesar does not own the coin, therefore we must not give it to him.  By asking whose face is on the coin He manages to get the pharisees to confuse that with who owns the coin.  By then mentioning ownership He simultaneously conveys to Christians the fact that Caesar does NOT own the coin.  Thus when we are told to render unto Caesar's what is Caesar's, we are being told that we must in no way give our money to "Caesar" (coercive institutions/people) because it does not belong to them.  So, in point of fact, Jesus told people that they must not pay taxes/tributes to Caesar.
 
Please see the attached for a more detailed discussion on the matter.
 
Also, please feel free to provide any feedback/critism you feel my argument deserves.

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Jesus said do not pay taxes

By
Connan Hartworth

“And they send unto him certain of the Pharisees and of the Herodians, to catch him in his words.  And when they were come, they say unto him, Master, we know that thou art true, and crest for no man; for thou regardest not the person of men, but teachest the way of God in truth: Is it lawful to give tribute to Caesar, or not?  Shall we give, or shall we not give?  But he, knowing their hypocrisy, said unto them, Why tempt ye me?  bring me a penny, that I may see it.  And they brought it.  And he saith unto them, Whose is this image and superscription?  And they said unto him, Caesar’s.  And Jesus answering said unto them, Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.  And they marvelled at him.  ”

Mark 12: 13-17
Holy Bible
King James Version 1611

See also: Matthew 22: 15-22
     Luke 20: 20-26


Statists believe that they have moral and religious backup for imposing taxes on people against their will.  This false belief on their behalf pisses me off to this day.  They believe that Jesus Christ of Nazareth, the son of God, said that we should pay taxes, or, at the very least, condoned or consented to the paying of taxes (paying tribute to Caesar).  I find this very hard to believe.  I am most confident that Jesus is an anarchist.  I cannot believe that the only man who has never sinned is okay with the idea of taking money from people against their will. 

This particular argument has bothered me for many years.  Up until recently, I had no retort for this argument.  The statist I happened to be arguing with at the time uses this line as a final “the defence rests” argument.  It’s a closer for statists. 

This was the case a short while ago when trying to get a semi laizze-faire bible thumper to understand that any and all government is evil simply because they take money from people against their will.  I was arguing that I don’t want to pay taxes, therefore the government is stealing from me, and nothing that is funded by theft can be anything but evil.  She was quite happy with the argument that being funded by theft equates to evil.  But she did not agree that tax is evil because, to paraphrase her, “tax isn’t evil because Jesus said give unto Caesar”.  She was of course referring to the opening quote. 

It was at this moment that I came to understand that Jesus never once said that tax is good.  He never said “pay your taxes”.  The situation surrounding that quote was one in which the Pharisees were trying to trick Jesus into saying something seditious.  They either wanted him to say “don’t pay tax” so that they could arrest him, or say “pay taxes” so that he lost popularity with his followers.  However, he said neither.  He knew they were trying to trick him, so he used a straw man argument: he answered a question that they did not ask. 

Jesus asked the Pharisees to bring him a coin.  When they did He asked them “whose image” is on the coin.  They answered “Caesar’s”.  He then stated that you should give (render) to Caesar what is Caesar’s.  Well of course He did.  He stated that one should give to Caesar what is his property.  Being a good (the best) anarchist Jesus is obviously in favour of property rights.  The confusion of the matter comes into effect when people assume that Jesus pointing out that Caesar’s face is imprinted on the coin is the same as Jesus implying that that means that Caesar owns the coin.  This is the mistake.  After this assumption is made it is easy to see how they think that He said you should pay taxes when he followed this up with “Render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s”. 

The problem is that people do not realise that they have made an assumption.  They think that it is logic, not a non-logic based assumption. 

If you’re face is on an object does that mean that you own it?  Do all those dead presidents own ever single Dollar that their faces appear on?  Does Lisa own Da Vinci’s painting?  My face appears on several class photos from high school.  Does that mean that I own every single copy of that photo?  What about the other people in the photo, do they own it at the same time as me? 

Obviously not.  Having your face imprinted on an object does not equate to ownership.  In fact, even if we assume that he did own it originally, you traded your labour for his coin.  Now Caesar owns the fruits of your labour, and you own the coin. 

Knowing this, we come to realise that when Jesus asked whose face is on the coin, He was in no way saying that Caesar owned the coin (this is the neutral interpretation of His words).  Thus when He followed it up with his famous (infamous) statement “give unto Caesar”, He was not saying that one should pay taxes.  In fact He was merely espousing anarchist values.  In fact one could argue that Jesus was waiting for us to come along one day and question what He said.  To delve deeper into His words and uncover the hidden meaning. 

As for me, I like to take it one step further.  I like to think that not only was Jesus not saying that the coin belonged to Caesar, I feel that by asking whose face was imprinted on the coin, Jesus was in fact pointing out that Caesar had no claim to the coin (or any state to any coin), and thus was actually giving direct, if somewhat obscure, instructions to NOT pay taxes.  If Caesar doesn’t own the coin, and one must follow anarchist principles and give Caesar his property and his property alone, i.e. no-one else’s, in accordance with anarchy’s one law, then one must absolutely not give Caesar one’s money.  Thus I feel that Jesus was, in point of fact, telling the world to not pay taxes, as the money does not belong to the state, and therefore the state has no claim to it.  Therefore when a state claims taxes, they are stealing, and therefore the state is evil because it is funded by stealing.  (I think of this as the active interpretation of His words). 

To summarise:  The Pharisees (and some other dude) approached Jesus with a devious plan in mind.  They were going to trick Jesus.  What with Jesus being Divine and all, this was not going to prove a good plan.  They attempted to trick Him with a question about whether Caesar’s taxes (coercive) were just, and he answered them with a series of statements that:

- At minimum, had absolutely nothing to do with what they asked.  When asked if taxes are just, He might have well have answered “look at that pretty cloud over there”.  To paraphrase:

“Jesus, is tax just?”

“Bring me a coin.”

Not exactly overwhelming consent, or anything to do with the question for that matter.  Thus Jesus in fact gave no answer to their question. 

At most (as far as Jesus is limited by such trivial things as human imagination), Jesus made a series of obscure statements that seemingly had nothing to do with their answer, thus placating/confusing them, while in fact carefully worded these statements such that later generations (us) could find the less than subtle meaning, and come to the logically provable conclusion that Jesus was actually stating that one should actually not pay tax.  From this acknowledgement from Christ that coercive tax is evil, Jesus has enabled us to prove logically that any state making use of a coercive tax is evil (thus also leaving an opening for panarchy). 

Ladies and Gentlemen, boys and girls.  Jesus and God is on our side. 

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Not exactly related, but if you are regularly writing of passages of scripture which clearly discourage faith in state rulers and encourage industry and faith in God, consider the following. I heard this on my audio Bible on the way to work today. Never really thought about it in terms of current events until today:
 
Proverbs 6: (AMP) 6 Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider her ways and be wise!—
7 Which, having no chief, overseer, or ruler,
8 Provides her food in the summer and gathers her supplies in the harvest.
9 How long will you sleep, O sluggard? When will you arise out of your sleep?

Amazing how relevant! It is an indictment against sluggards. Of course, such a society of ‘workers’ like the ant happily working together (division of labor) actually takes work (and not filching off a state ruler, chief or overseer). But it is worth envisioning!

Psalms 68:30 (AMP) Rebuke the wild beasts dwelling among the reeds [in Egypt], the herd of bulls (the leaders) with the calves of the peoples; trample underfoot those who lust for tribute money; scatter the peoples who delight in war.

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Jason,  I am writing to you to commend you for speaking the Truth .  I do not attend the 501c3 whorehouses anylonger because of the lack of Truth operated by whores that dont know the bible or dont care.  Thanks and keep on speaking Truth.   I always enjoy your muses. 
-- another Bible reader

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Dear Pastor Hommel,

I continually marvel that no one cites Matthew 17:24-27. And that no one couples that with Matthew 23:23, 24.

It's all there, if we have but eyes -- and courage -- to see.

They like kings and war and power.

While the real message is Mercy = love (of/for) God = obedience.

Thank you for your explication in this article today.

Blessings always,

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I applaud your message. It rings true with my spirit in which abides the Spirit.
Thank you.

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Dear Jason I would like to tell you how I look forward to your e-mails,not for the silver or gold updates but for biblical writings. I buy small amouts of silver when ever I can.I don't have much cash to buy large amount. But I beleave that my relationship with God is far greater than all the silver and gold in the world. I don't always agree with the way you put things across. But I know that the Lord has given  you the the gift of understanding the word and to share that with others. Keep up your ministery the way that you are are doing. God bless you and your loved ones. Your brother in Christ our Lord and savior. B

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Thank you for such a well thought out and well documented exposition.

However, you are right that you should expect retribution. I have personally experienced it and have chosen to take my family out of the country as a result of the downfall of our once great republic. I pray you continue free and prosperous in spite of your public declaration.

Unfortunately, I have found that "those that have ears to hear" are largely deaf when it comes to these taxation/liberty issues although they are born again. I think one of the more powerful arguments is "thou shalt not steal" and the basic premise that the government we created has no more power or right to steal than we do. Seems pretty basic to me.

God bless you and your family,


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Jason,
 
 Maybe consider speaking the truth like Jesus did with 2 meanings leaving the world and Christians with different takes.  This would keep the concern of any review / prosecution to minimum.  Thank you for your wisdom.

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Jason,
     Limited (small) gov't is definitely God's blessing upon a people who are capable of governing themselves because they live under the authority of the Sovereign;  big gov't, with myriads of laws to regulate behavior,  is God's judgment.  I enjoyed your article.  I will have to re-read and think about your conclusions.  But as usual, I appreciate your message even if I may not completely agree with it.  Keep it up.  J

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God Bless you and your family, Jason.

Communicating this clearly based on the spiritual principles involved, avoids even having to mention the fraudulent establishment of our current income tax system for payoffs to the Fed families.

Other than the bit of misspelling that catches us all from time to time (God luv that spell-check inventor) I found your presentation of these truths to be at least as sufficient as my own previous attempts and yet more concise, so thank you, and may God continue to use your willing heart and engage your fertile mind, as his angels stand guard at your door and protect your family.  

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Jason, God bless you for this article!   And, your wife is 100% right.....you should preach this message.

I am Native American (First American) and I understand the need to know the meaning of the word 'sovereignity'.

I also understand that God wishes to be our king (and our ONLY king) like you said, and when we allow Him to rule our lives - we truly then (and only then) can call ourselves 'Christians'.

But, be also very careful - I have an aquaintance now in prison who preached and taught a message very similar to this one - and, it seems 'freedom of speech' doesn't apply to those taking on this task. 

Your assertion that kings are thieves and tyrants hits the nail right on the head - therefore, they will use any method they have to quiet anyone threatening to undermine the authority they have stolen in the first place.

I believe (know) we here in America are soon to receive the punishment God delivers to those who choose a king (President) over Him and refuse to abide by His (God's) law.

As a Christian, I do not fear - and I am learning to trust God more and more, and those in authority less and less.

Again, God Bless - there are many more of us than you think who believe just like you do.

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Dear Jason - Good for you! And Bless Your Wife too! One must be very careful re: Taxes however it is good that people at least are exposed to truth & knowledge so that they at least have the opportunity to "make a personal choice"... sad, but most are already given  over to the enemy.
Be Well

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Jason,

I thought this was great. We discussed this in mens Bible study the other night. God bless you and your family!

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Jason,
I thought this was quite interesting and insightful.  OUTSTANDING WORK!!  I cannot find a flaw in yout reasoning or Biblical understanding.  This covers several of the topics which I am have a very high interest.  God, Bible, Government, Money, Taxes, 501c3, Church, Wisdom, Standing for what is right, Persecution, our very life, etc.  Interestingly, these are all major topics within the Bible and spoken about quite extensively by Jesus Himself.  These are issues I have been speaking and acting upon for years.  I am elated to see you standing up and speaking about something sooooo very important.  Without it there is no more America or freedom!  Keep up the good work!!
 
"My people perish for lack of knowledge."
I second the recommendation of http://www.TaxReturnTeam.org/  They are pioneers working together to educate patriots (and a large population of believers) to how to fight the battle to push the beast back into its proper place in America.  Its amazing to to the advances being made in such a short time.  I believe God's hand is on this team!

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Simpler answer: By asking the Pharisees, "whose image is on this coin?" Jesus directed them to the 2nd commandment, which forbids bowing down to any image for any reason. The Pharisees instantly knew the answer, without Jesus having to say anything more.

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"Give to Caesar what is Caesar's, and to God what is God's."
Jesus was saying, Caesar is not God!  At the time, the people would say
Caesar is Lord. Likewise, the Christians would say, Jesus is Lord.

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Jason, 
 
Thank you for your explanation.  A great lesson!

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Hey Jason,
 
You might get some slack for this from others, but as far as I am concerned, you hit it right on the nail.  Let me encourage you Brother, NEVER hold GODS WORD back, listen to your wife, they are usually right.  This is probably the best explanation I have ever heard about this.  That is what’s the matter with the church today, they do not tell it like it is.  If they would, we probably would not be in the apostate condition that the church is in now.  But at the same time, it is a sign that we are just around the corner to going home.  All prophecy is fulfilled for the rapture to come.  You seem to have a mature mind in Christ. --

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Dear Jason,
I look forward to your welcome reports, and read them from beginning to end.  As Christians we are obliged to witness to a dark and sin-sick world and I commend you for your courage.  Remember, the closer one gets to God, the more the enemy will try to destroy him/her.  You and I know that those who criticize and attack are doing the work of the enemy. 
May God continue to bless you richly for your efforts.
I have been buying silver from your Mom on a regular basis and it feels so...right!
Sincerely,

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Great info! Right on and may the true Sovereigns rise up and be who they were called to be!

Please disregard the "Christian" mockers who are unable to think clearly or discern truly. They do not know history or scripture and serve only to obscure the clear and simple truth. They are the old wine skins and cannot contain new wine.

Go Jason go!

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You are a brave soul. I shall pray that God's protection be upon you-as you will likely be needing it.

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Jason,
 
Bravo brother.  You may also say that Rev. James J. Hamrick also preaches this truth as well.  Just remember, there has to be at least 6,998 more God's people that are preaching the same thing.  (2 of us + 6998 = 7,000)
 
It is my prayer that your readers spiritual eye(s) are opened to this truth, and we begin to act upon it accordingly.
 
Keep up the great work.  God will not fail us.  "We The People" have been, and are ordained by God to govern this great nation of ours.  He will give us Wisdom beyond our years to know not only what to do, but how to implement it.
 
Then after we have done all that we can do to stand, as we stand therefore, then God will show up and once again the Providence of God that started this experiment called "The United States of America" will give us our second wind to finish the race to the end.
 
Keep the Faith

Rev. James J. Hamrick
Catch the Vision Ministries

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Awesome article .

I've wondered for a long time about this topic and have never understood it .

Many thanks again .
Kindest regards

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Good article. Thank you.
You will be attacked. There are too many people that want to drag you down to their level. Their way of being smarter is by dragging everybody else down. I think this is an example of casting your pearls before swine. Some folks don't want to be any smarter. They have made themselves unteachable. I hope I'm not like that.
Thanks again. I just wanted to encourage you.

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heh, Jason,

I have written you before, but before the storm of condemnation and false accusations hit you, this is to say that you and wife are on the right track here. To understand the craziness around us in this age, we need to understand God first. If we fail there, the lies of this world will snare us, and we are caught in an ankle trap, not dead, but stumbling around in circles, until the day of slaughter.

God uses prophets to encourage his people, and those who have ears will listen, and hearken, and turn back to Him. The 'amazing things' that a prophet performs is not so much in foretelling the future -- amazing to earthly intellect that may be -- but in speaking of things on God's heart. And it is all done for the love of God. So, I see a prophet's impact on the earthly world as an encourager first.

That is who you are, and that was what I wrote you earlier about.


blessing you & wife
with increasing discernment,
so that you will increasingly
be an encourager
for His love's sake.


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Your words are a blessing. The Holy Spirit is within you. You're up against a lot. But no need for fear. I have read all your testimonies, Jason! How much more can you top it? I know you're a messenger of our Lord. I pray over you and your family. Bless you! Thank you so much for words that might be meaningless to some, however precious to me. Thank you so very much

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Jason This is an excellent article . Most people need to spend more time studing the WORD

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Jason,
 
God bless you for this excellent interpretation, and God bless your wife and family for supporting you in publishing it.
Keep up the great work.
 
Your brother in Christ

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I may not agree with all you say, but I admire your basic testimony. Your wife is right - God bless her. If God lays something on your heart you must listen to Him. You seem to be a brave as well as an intelligent man and I pray that God will use you more and more. Amen!

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during Viet nam  general Haig said  let them protest all they want,as long as they pay their taxes.The atheian senat e  war is not so mucha matter of arms .but money ,that make arms of use.Income tax was invented in  England by Pitt and Peel to pay for war against Neopleon.Now we have killed one million  in Iraq,for no reason,no wmd.  Your tax dollars at work

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THANK YOU......On the way home from the mine a few days ago this was very much upon me... i totally agree with you... ive tried to express it but it always comes out wrong..
 
i have to run off for a bit; we're in duluth MN with the kids... id like to converse about this topic later if you could grant me a little of your time..
 
Blair
 
GREAT ARTICLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Way too much scripture. This wiil cause you to lose readers-&-that would be a shame.   Al,

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I do understand what you wrote and am truly grateful and excited to hear about that which most are afraid to touch upon, but usually stick to the typical translation of mindlessly giving anything these false leaders will demand for, which seems to change on a daily bases.
 
Give to Caesar what obviously is given him by God, otherwise, God should be our protection and ruler in all else. But as anyone with insight can see,
our present day earthly rulers are out of control when WE ourselves were
meant to be the the final sovereign rulers.
 
Thanks again for an awesome article and for making me think.

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Dear Jason, Thank you for your emails. It is good to know real truth about the Bible. Love from T

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Jason you just might be surprised just how many of us out here are cheering your latest email!  I rarely agree with anyone 100%, but I can walk down the road with you on this issue for a long way.  Keep it up!
 
Randy
Civ USAF AFMC 580 SMXS/FLT I

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Good for you, brother Jason.
 
The new covenant of Jesus frees us from the old laws- all of them (even though we are grafted into the Jewish family). Obviously many of the old laws are beneficial (day of rest, what not to eat) but following them is not the way into Heaven. What church will tell people they do not need to tithe to an institution (church or government)? I give to the jailed, widows, orphaned, etc. and am a cheerful giver.
 
God Bless you and your family.
 
Scott Stuart
 
Galatians 5 (New International Version)
 
Freedom in Christ
 1It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.

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Excellent!  Thank you for sharing your wisdom with us.
Persecution will come.
We will stand.

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one of your better articles Jason.  awsome.

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THANK YOU JASON FOR YOUR COURAGE TO SEND OUT THIS VERY VALUABLE EMAIL, CALLING FORTH GOD'S WORD IN TRUTH.

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As I have grown in understanding I have come to the conclusion that I will obey a leader that obeys Yahweh.
 
This one does not so my first step was to refusing to answer the census questions. I am prepared to be persecuted but just as Yahweh protected the Hebrew women who would not kill the newborn males I pray for His help as I defy an evil government.
 
Thanks always for your words of wisdom.
May the Lord bless thee and keep thee.

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Hey, Jason!  I've thought this way for years.  Many people I've talked to thought I was crazy for thinking this way.  Glad to hear I'm not the only one who came to this conclusion. 

God bless and keep up the good work!

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Jason,
 
You are right on the money (real money that is, G & S).  I have been so frustrated by Christians, pastors, the President of the Southern Baptist Convention is their incorrect interpretation of Romans 13.  Chuck Baldwin did a great article on this recently I will look it up and send it over.
 
Great job!  Thanks for writing this!

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May GOD bless you for your constant wisdom on the scriptures and financial matters!!

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what great info. Thank you

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Jason,
 
Thank you, for your articles I really get a lot of encouragement from them.  And I appreciate you no nonsense Biblical perspective.  I have a few things that I would like to share with you that I believe can greatly enhance your life the first is the PDF at the following link
http://assemblypost.com/uploads/Foundations_of_Freedom_pdf.pdf  I believe this to be the peoples government setup by our founding fathers and my Father in Heaven (God)  The second is http://www.beinhealth.com/public/?theme=bih_r1 a Church with a program and biblical understanding that gave my wife and I the understanding that my family all had allergies due to spiritual defects in out lives mainly fear.  Once we can to that understanding and asked for forgiveness from my Father in Heaven in the name of my Savior Yashua (Jesus) He healed my family of all out allergies.
 
God Bless, and keep up the good work,

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May God bless you and protect you for telling the truth... I wish all America understood what you wrote.

Thanks,

Andy  :-)  †

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Greetings Mr. Hommel,
 
                   Greatly appreciated your article "Give to Caesar; Give to God". This is one of the sharpest arguments we've seen for the Kingdom of God. We're always looking for articles like this to put on our website (freedomuniversityonline.com).
 
One suggestion: your article was sound and stayed on point and was almost unassailable until you concluded with your restated version of Romans 13.  Rather than being a concise and fitting conclusion it opened up more questions than answers and may confuse readers. It might have been handled better as the central theme of a second article with better explanation, in character with the rest of your article.
 
Your friends in Christian Liberty at Freedom University,
Mark Moore
Vice President

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Jason, this was excellent and I am sure the Holy Spirit was guiding you in this writing. I am a new Christian and I came to faith because of what I saw happening in this world. Through a series of events and a good neighbor I started reading the Bible. First I read the NT then started on the OT. By the Time I got to Ruth 4:14 and read "Praise be to the LORD, who this day has not left you without a kinsman-redeemer" it came over me that Christ was the redeemer for humanity. I thank you for your writing it is the Holy Spirit working through you.
And it has been written before all of this is done that all Christians will have to make a choice, I pray that when that day comes our faith will shine through fro each of us.

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Jason,
I receive your emails but don't often comment or reply.  I thought today's was spot on.  Not sure why so many Christians miss the truths you shared today. "The Church" has been dumbed down in much the same way America has, unfortunately.

Although God's word reigns supreme for answers to all of life's questions, some great books on todays topics you talked about that I thought you might like to pass the titles of on to your readers:

THE CHRISTIAN AND CIVIL GOVERNMENT (Romans 13) by Pastor John Weaver

CHRISTIAN DUTY UNDER CORRUPT GOVERNMENT - a revolutionary commentary on Romans 13:1-7 by evangalist Ted R. Weiland

IN CEASARS GRIP by Peter Kershaw
why its unbiblical for churches to be a 501(c)3

INCOME TAX - Shattering the Myths by Dave Champion
this was just released, and is the book I recommended you read about a month or two ago.  book can be found here www.taxrevolt.us

Although your probably already aware of these books, perhaps your readers are not.
Regards,

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In Samuel the "King" only took 10%.  Now the Fed-King takes over 50% in taxes in one form or another in order to pay the interest on the national debt and to take money out of circulation to preclude runaway inflation.  You are correct, the people are sovereign under God -King but most people are like dogs that return to it's vomit and will pay homage to the earthly kings and queens which helps to explain American fascination with European royalty and why they accept bondage under the Zionist-Jew controlled Federal government because they think it offers them security when all they will get is slavery (un-payable bonded indebtedness.) Christian-Zionists are the worse of the lot.  Pure idiots.  I have said this before; the holy grail of the old writings is the loaning of monies for interest that compounds.  We live in a debt forever system that the Jews have perfected through the ages since the time of ancient Babylon. (What do you think they were doing in ancient Babylon, playing numbly peg?)  Don't kid yourself.  The peoples of ancient times were better off when their Kings and priest hood took only 10%.  Now the Talmudic Zionist Jew will take it all because people have been hard wired to believe that they are God's chosen people and they deserve to have it all.  Read "The Invention of The Jewish People"  by Shlomo Sand.


Jason comments:

Be careful about cursing God's Chosen people.  While they may sin through attempting to enslave people through usury, God asks us in the Bible, as I understand it, not to curse those people, but rather, to come out of the usurious system, and condemn the actions, not the people.  All people, especially Jews, and the lost Israelites who may be "most white people", are all called to repentance, to turn away from sin, and to turn back towards God.

God will bless those who Bless the offspring of Abraham, and curse those who curse them.

And I have been battling the sin of usury for years:  See especially:

The Great Harlot of Rev 17-18 is Jerusalem, & what that means.  October, 2002
http://www.bibleprophesy.org/rev1718.htm

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I've enjoyed your emails for quite a while and I never reply to these types of things , but Im making an exception this time. Jason, that's probably the best one youve ever done. I really enjoyed it. No doubt there will be those who will criticize you for that one, but it's not going to come from me.
 
Your take on Romans 13, however, could be a little skewed perhaps. I'll have to pray and look in to that. What I find questionable is your translation of the greek word "exousia". If youre interested, I attached a short study on Romans 13 that you may find interesting. It's not so different from your take on it, but I think it clarifies the true intent of Paul's message very well.
 
YHVH bless you and your family,

Http://www.hisholychurch.net/

Romans 13 the Higher Right to Choose
http://www.hisholychurch.org/news/articles/Romans13s.html

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Thank-you Jason.  You did this at a good time. Awareness is growing about the misapplication of the income tax and the ruse that's been spun to make people believe that they are required by law and duty to country to pay income taxes. The more that's taken from us for this monstrous government, the more it grows. It's got to stop! We need to get the truth out.
 
There's some great work being done by this group http://www.taxreturnteam.org/.

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I recommend that you go to www.sermonaudio.com and listen to the sermons from Pastor John Weaver regarding Romans 13, the Christian and Civil Government.  Next I advise that you go to www.chuckbaldwin.live and listen to his Sunday Sermon 7-12 17 regarding the passage you noted.

First I ask you this, you have money in your pocket right?  Who's money is it?  Is it God who gave you that money or did you earn it by yourself?  And if it is God's money, then  He gave it to you to be used for His glory right?

And is paying taxes and using God's money for the murder of the innocent in the womb  for God' glory?  And if not, do you pay taxes?  And if so, one day do you believe that you will stand in  front of your creator and give an account of how you gave the money accounted to you for the murder of the innocent?

And if not, may I recommend that you attend the Old Paths Conference at the Church at Kaweah in October where the guest speakers will be Pastors Baldwin and Weaver.