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In Part 1, we lamented the loss of ‘community’ in today’s modern world. But what is becoming more and more apparent, is that we have forsaken the Most High God and hewn out cisterns that hold no water in that we have made the ‘State’ our God.

Now, before you start looking around, to see who I am talking about and exclaiming "Not me", let’s go back to the Bible for some basics in living.

The 1st Commandment that God gave the Children of Israel, reads "You shall have no other gods before Me."
- (Exodus 20:3)

And this is explained in Deuteronomy 6:4-7: "Hear O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD; and you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your wealth.

And these words which I command you this day shall be in your heart, and you shall teach them diligently unto your children and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lay down and rise up. . ."

To begin with many of us have entered into ‘contracts’ with the ‘State’ in numerous areas of our lives.

Occasionally we forget about these ‘contracts’ only to have our chain yanked short . In this article, we will only have space to touch upon two of these ‘contracts’ - Marriage & Social Security.

We begin these foreign entanglement with the ‘state’ when we enter into Marriage. Shortly there after, we dedicate our first born to the ‘state’ by giving him or her a ‘Social Security’ number.

At this point I can do no better than reprint a tract written by Pastor Matt Trewhella.

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by Pastor Matt Trewhella

Every year thousands of Christians amble down to their local county courthouse and obtain a marriage license from the State in order to marry their future spouse.

They do this unquestioningly. They do it because their pastor has told them to go get one, and besides, "everybody else gets one." This pamphlet attempts to answer the question - why should we not get one?

1. The definition of a "license" demands that we not obtain one to marry. Black’s Law Dictionary defines "license" as, "The permission by competent authority to do an act which without such permission, would be illegal."

We need to ask ourselves- why should it be illegal to marry without the State’s permission? More importantly, why should we need the State’s permission to participate in something which God instituted (Gen. 2:18-24)?

We should not need the State’s permission to marry nor should we grovel before state officials to seek it.

What if you apply and the State says "no"? You must understand that the authority to license implies the power to prohibit.

A license by definition "confers a right" to do something. The State cannot grant the right to marry. It is a God-given right.

2. When you marry with a marriage license, you grant the State jurisdiction over your marriage.

When you marry with a marriage license, your marriage is a creature of the State. It is a corporation of the State! Therefore, they have jurisdiction over your marriage including the fruit of your marriage.

What is the fruit of your marriage?

Your children and every piece of property you own. There is plenty of case law in American jurisprudence which declares this to be true.

In 1993, parents were upset here in Wisconsin because a test was being administered to their children in the government schools which was very invasive of the family’s privacy.

When parents complained, they were shocked by the school bureaucrats who informed them that their children were required to take the test by law and that they would have to take the test because they (the government school) had jurisdiction over their children.

When parents asked the bureaucrats what gave them jurisdiction, the bureaucrats answered, "your marriage license and their birth certificates."

Judicially, and in increasing fashion, practically, your state marriage license has far-reaching implications.

3. When you marry with a marriage license, you place yourself under a body of law which is immoral.

By obtaining a marriage license, you place yourself under the jurisdiction of Family Court which is governed by unbiblical and immoral laws. Under these laws, you can divorce for any reason.

Often, the courts side with the spouse who is in rebellion to God, and castigates the spouse who remains faithful by ordering him or her not to speak about the Bible or other matters of faith when present with the children.

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As a minister, I cannot in good conscience perform a marriage which would place people under this immoral body of laws.

I also cannot marry someone with a marriage license because to do so I have to act as an agent of the State! I would have to sign the marriage license, and I would have to mail it into the State.

Given the State’s demand to usurp the place of God and family regarding marriage, and given it’s unbiblical, immoral laws to govern marriage, it would be an act of treason for me to do so.

4. The marriage license invades and removes God-given parental authority.

When you read the Bible, you see that God intended for children to have their father’s blessing regarding whom they married.

Daughters were to be given in marriage by their fathers (Deut. 22:16; Ex. 22:17; I Cor. 7:38).

We have a vestige of this in our culture today in that the father takes his daughter to the front of the altar and the minister asks, "Who gives this woman to be married to this man?"

Historically, there was no requirement to obtain a marriage license in colonial America. When you read the laws of the colonies and then the states, you see only two requirements for marriage.

First, you had to obtain your parents permission to marry, and second, you had to post public notice of the marriage 5-15 days before the ceremony.

Notice you had to obtain your parents permission. Back then you saw godly government displayed in that the State recognized the parents authority by demanding that the parents permission be obtained.

Today, the all-encompassing ungodly State demands that their permission be obtained to marry.

By issuing marriage licenses, the State is saying, "You don’t need your parents permission, you need our permission."

If parents are opposed to their child’s marrying a certain person and refuse to give their permission, the child can do an end run around the parents authority by obtaining the State’s permission, and marry anyway. This is an invasion and removal of God-given parental authority by the State.

5. When you marry with a marriage license, you are like a polygamist. From the State’s point of view, when you marry with a marriage license, you are not just marrying your spouse, but you are also marrying the State.

The most blatant declaration of this fact that I have ever found is a brochure entitled "With This Ring I Thee Wed."

It is found in county courthouses across Ohio where people go to obtain their marriage licenses. It is published by the Ohio State Bar Association. The opening paragraph under the subtitle "Marriage Vows" states, "Actually, when you repeat your marriage vows you enter into a legal contract.

There are three parties to that contract. 1.You; 2. Your husband or wife, as the case may be; and 3. the State of Ohio."

See, the State and the lawyers know that when you marry with a marriage license, you are not just marrying your spouse, you are marrying the State!

You are like a polygamist! You are not just making a vow to your spouse, but you are making a vow to the State and your spouse. You are also giving undue jurisdiction to the State.

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When Does the State Have Jurisdiction Over a Marriage?

God intended the State to have jurisdiction over a marriage for two reasons - 1). in the case of divorce, and 2). when crimes are committed i.e., adultery, bigamy. etc.

Unfortunately, the State now allows divorce for any reason, and it does not prosecute for adultery.

In either case, divorce or crime, a marriage license is not necessary for the courts to determine whether a marriage existed or not.

What is needed are witnesses. This is why you have a best man and a maid of honor. They should sign the marriage certificate in your family Bible, and the wedding day guest book should be kept.

Marriage was instituted by God, therefore it is a God-given right. According to Scripture, it is to be governed by the family, and the State only has jurisdiction in the cases of divorce or crime.

History of Marriage Licenses in America

George Washington was married without a marriage license. Abraham Lincoln was married without a marriage license. So, how did we come to this place in America where marriage licenses are issued?

Historically, all the states in America had laws outlawing the marriage of blacks and whites.

In the mid-1800’s, certain states began allowing interracial marriages or miscegenation as long as those marrying received a license from the state. In other words they had to receive permission to do an act which without such permission would have been illegal.

Blacks Law Dictionary points to this historical fact when it defines "marriage license" as, "A license or permission granted by public authority to persons who intend to intermarry."

"Intermarry" is defined in Black’s Law Dictionary as, "Miscegenation; mixed or interracial marriages."

Give the State an inch and they will take a 100 miles (or as one elderly woman once said to me "10,000 miles.") Not long after these licenses were issued, some states began requiring all people who marry to obtain a marriage license.

In 1923, the Federal Government established the Uniform Marriage and Marriage License Act (they later established the Uniform Marriage and Divorce Act). By 1929, every state in the Union had adopted marriage license laws.

What Should We Do?

Christian couples should not be marrying with State marriage licenses, nor should ministers be marrying people with State marriage licenses. Some have said to me, "If someone is married without a marriage license, then they aren’t really married."

Given the fact that states may soon legalize same-sex marriages, we need to ask ourselves, "If a man and a man marry with a State marriage license, and a man and woman marry without a

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State marriage license - who’s really married? Is it the two men with a marriage license, or the man and woman without a marriage license?

In reality, this contention that people are not really married unless they obtain a marriage license simply reveals how Statist we are in our thinking.

We need to think biblically.

You should not have to obtain a license from the State to marry someone anymore than you should have to obtain a license from the State to be a parent, which some in academic and legislative circles are currently pushing to be made law.

When I marry a couple, I always buy them a Family Bible which contains birth and death records, and a marriage certificate. We record the marriage in the Family Bible.

What’s recorded in a Family Bible will stand up as legal evidence in any court of law in America. Both George Washington and Abraham Lincoln were married without a marriage license. They simply recorded their marriages in their Family Bibles. So should we.

(Pastor Trewhella has been marrying couples without marriage licenses for ten years. Many other pastors also refuse to marry couples with State marriage licenses.

If you would like an audio sermon regarding this matter, just send a gift of at least five dollars in cash to: Mercy Seat Christian Church 10240 W. National Ave. PMB #129 Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53227.


1. When the State demands that we trust in it for such needs, it is usurping the place of God because the State has no God-given authority to demand that it care for people in their old age. It is demanding that it be recognized as God.

It is declaring itself to be a god. Therefore, Social Security is a violation of the 1st commandment.

And if we trust God above all things when we commit our lives completely to His keeping and rely on Him for help in every need (Psalm 118:8,9; Matthew 6:25-34; Philippians 4:19). When it comes to Social Security, the State is demanding that we trust it for our needs in our old age.

2. Social Security is a violation of the 10th Commandment.

God says in Exodus chapter 20, verse 17, "You shall not covet your neighbors’ house, you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, nor his man-servant, nor his maid-servant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is your neighbors."

In this commandment, God forbids every sinful desire to get our neighbors’ possessions openly or by trickery.

Hence, He requires us to be content with what He has given us.

Dorcas Hardy, who was the Commissioner of Social Security from 1986 to 1989, in her book Social Insecurity, makes it clear that Social Security is not insurance, nor is it a pension. She states that Social Security is "a transfer of wealth from young to old."

Social Security is the State taking money from one group of people and giving it to another group of people.

It is old people coveting young people’s money through the coercive arm of the State. The covetous nature is seen in old people by how vocifer-

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ously they respond to any legislation which might touch Social Security (Colossians 3:5).

They have an attitude of "I’ve paid all these years, so I want mine." Therefore, Social Security is a violation of the 10th commandment because it is based on covetousness and it breeds covetousness.

3. Social Security violates God’s work ethic.

The Bible has much to say against laziness. Sluggards and sloths are mentioned 15 times in the book of Proverbs alone.

Proverbs 26:14 states, "As the door turns upon its hinges, so doth the slothful upon his bed." The Bible extols the virtues of hard work, yet says nothing about retirement.

God requires us to be honest and industrious and to help our neighbor in their need. Retirement is what Americans look forward to in order to pursue their own self-interests such as golf and fishing.

Rarely is retirement used as an opportunity for further service to God.

At the turn of the century, two-thirds of the men over age 65 were still working.

Today, since Social Security was enacted, 5 out of 6 men over the age of 65 are not working. Social Security encourages laziness and self-centeredness, therefore, Social Security violates God’s work ethic.

4. Social Security violates the jurisdiction of the Family and the Church.

God has established four governments.

1.) Self-government
2.) Family government
3.) Church government, and
4.) Civil government.

Each government has its own jurisdiction and function. The Scripture declares in First Timothy chapter 5, verse 8, "But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an infidel." God has established that families provide for the needs of their members.

Sadly, many children do not want to care for their parents in their old age. They like the State to care for their parents so that they can carry on with their self-centered life.

God has also established that when the need is too much to bear for the family alone, the Church is to help with the needs of the family (Romans 12:13; Galatians 6:10). T

he Scriptures do not place care for the needs of the family in the hands of the State. Social Security is an attempt to bypass God’s order and trust the State to care for our needs, or the needs of our parents, in old age, therefore, Social Security violates the jurisdiction of the family and the Church.

5. Social Security undermines the Family.

The family’s chief end is to glorify God, obey His laws, advance His kingdom, and enjoy His blessings, now and forever. The enemies of God and the family are all those who seek to destroy the family and tread upon God’s Holy Law.

When the State demands that we trust in it for our needs, it is usurping the place of God. It is demanding that it be recognized as God.

The reason the State wants people to trust in it for their needs is because it wants to win the allegiance of family members to itself (rather than to one another).

The State knows that if we trust in it for our needs, it will win our allegiance. Therefore, Social

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Security undermines our allegiance to our family members and to God. It is an attack on the family and a violation of God’s Holy Law (Exodus 20:3,12).

6. A person who numbers his child with the State is giving him or her a mark.

In Ezekiel 9:4-6, God instructs one of His agents to "put a mark on the foreheads of the men who sigh and cry over all the abominations that are done" within Jerusalem.

All were to be slain except those who received the mark. They were spared death. They belonged to the Lord.

In Exodus 12, the door-posts were marked with blood so that the destroyer did not touch those who belonged to the Lord. In Revelation 7:3, we see that God seals those that are His on their foreheads.

Satan also wants to mark those that are his. In Revelation 13:16-17, he marks them in the forehead and hand with a number. A mark is a sign of ownership.

Webster’s Dictionary defines mark as "a letter, numeral etc. put on something to indicate quality, provenance, ownership etc." The Social Security number establishes a guardian/ward relation with the State.

A number given by the State for such a purpose denotes ownership by the State, therefore we should not allow our children to be numbered by the State. Our children belong to God, not the State.

7. A person who numbers his child with the State renders unto Caesar that which is not Caesar’s.

Marriage is the joining together by God of a man and a woman in order to raise a family and exercise dominion.

Children, under the parents’ God-bestowed authority, are to receive education and discipline, and are to be trained as trustees of the family property.

In the family, the husband, under Christ’s leadership, is in loving authority over his wife and children, and both parents are in authority over their children as directed by the Bible.

The Scriptures teach that children are gifts from God (Psalm 127:3-5). The Scriptures teach that God gives children to parents (I Chronicles 25:5). P

arenthood is a right given by God, not a privilege granted by the State. Jesus taught, "Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s" (Mark 12:17).

Children are made in God’s image. They bear His inscription, not Caesar's. We are not to render them unto Caesar.

A number given by the State denotes ownership by the State, therefore, we should not allow our children to be numbered by the State.

8. A person who numbers his child with the State enslaves his child.

Jesus is Lord, not Caesar. Our children belong to God. They are not to be the slaves of men.

What is the purpose of a number given by the State? Control. The State wants to control, which is to enslave our children by giving them a number. The Scriptures declare, "You were bought with a price; do not become the slaves of men." (I Corinthians 7:23).

We are to be the slaves of God (Romans 6:22). We are to be the slaves of Christ (Romans 1:1; Galatians 1:10). He bought us. A number given by the State denotes ownership by the State, therefore, we must uphold the Lordship of Christ and not allow our children to be numbered by the State.

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A Historical Perspective

Some years after the Revolutionary War, the U.S. Congress passed a pension plan for all veterans of that war.

All veterans desiring a pension were to apply at designated places, show evidence of their military status, and dictate to a court clerk their memories of the war.

The resultant memoirs give us vivid glimpses of that war. When you read these memoirs however, you notice a blatant lack of reference to religion or God or the Bible.

You are left wondering, "weren’t there any Christian people that fought in this war or lived in this era?"

The reason for these blatant omissions to religion, God, or the Bible is because no Christian veteran would apply for a federal pension, and the churches were united in their opposition to any such application.

They believed that participation in a state or federal pension plan was morally wrong. -

Our thanks go to Pastor Matt Trewhella for these excellent insights. - J.B.



In a prior Issue of THE SEVENTH TRUMPET, I pointed out that our Senators and Congressmen do not pay into Social Security and, of course, they do not collect from it. Social Security benefits were not suitable for persons of their rare elevation in society.

They felt they should have a special plan for themselves. Many years ago they voted in their own benefit plan.

In more recent years, no congressperson has felt the need to change it. After all, it is a great plan.

For all practical purposes their plan works like this: When they retire, they continue to draw the same pay until they die, except it may increase from time to time for cost of living adjustments.

For example, former Senator Byrd and Congressman White and their wives may expect to draw $7,800,000.00 (that's Seven Million, Eight-Hundred Thousand), with their wives drawing $275,000.00 during the last years of their lives.

This is calculated on an average life span for each. Their cost for this excellent plan is $0.00. Nada. Zilch. This little perk they voted for themselves is free to them.

You and I pick up the tab for this plan. But hang onto your hat.

In 2000, presidential candidate George Bush, as well as Republicans and Democrats painted themselves into a corner when, in response to public pressure, they all promised not to keep raiding the Social Security piggy bank.

They all vowed not to touch her sacred trust fund, the excess money coming in for the nation's retirement plan, over and above what is being paid out.

We're going to need this money because the time is coming (around the year 2015) when we will be bottom upwards, with more going out than is coming in.

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The primary reason is the graying of our population. The Social Security administration projects that the number of people age 65 or older will rise by more than 90 percent in the next three decades.

During the same period, the number of adults under age 65 – the ones paying the taxes to support their elders – will grow by only about 15 percent.

Moreover, the number of elderly people is expected to keep rising at a faster rate than the number of non-elderly people as life spans continue to lengthen, leading to a crisis of behemoth proportions.

Presently, Social Security costs the government about $430 billion a year, roughly one-quarter of the entire federal budget. The federal government spends another $370 billion on the companion Medicare and Medicaid programs.

Together they eat up nearly half of all federal spending, excluding interest payments on federal debt. According to the Congressional Budget Office, if these programs are not changed, by 2030 they could consume two-thirds of the federal budget.

But wait until you hear this:


The United States and Mexico are in preliminary talks to merge both countries' Social Security systems under a plan that would add tens of thousands of residents south of the border to the rolls and cost American taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars annually.

Excerpts from a recent U.S. Social Security Administration memo say the agreement "is expected to move forward at an accelerated pace," and could be in place by next October.

Critics, as well as some on the Bush administration economic team, worry that adding more beneficiaries would burden an already ailing system, just as American baby boomers begin to retire.

"We are concerned about the sheer magnitude of the agreement," said a House Republican aide who is an expert on Social Security.

Currently, around 94,000 beneficiaries living abroad have been brought into the U.S. system under the auspices of about 20 international treaties.

One estimate said the number of Mexicans coming into the system under the plan being considered number around 164,000 in the first five years.

White House spokeswoman Claire Buchan said the issue is being explored at this time only on a "technical level" and that no decision to move forward has been made.

In 1996, the U.S. passed a law stating that foreigners not legally residing in the country could no longer claim benefits unless their home countries were subject to a treaty.

Mexico says those beneficiaries, numbering around 13,000, were owed some $50 million in 1998.

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Negotiators working on the plan say the U.S. will have to build a new building in the embassy complex in Mexico City to handle the crush of claims expected, sources said.

Steven A. Camarota, director of research at the Center for Immigration Studies, says if Mexicans receive the $8,100 in benefits that Mexican-born retirees in the U.S. currently get, the total expenditure for the program will easily surpass $1 billion annually.

And then, there’s the new Iraqi war with it’s expected "Marshal Plan" to rebuild Iraq.

Congressman Ron Paul of Texas, wrote his constituents, (September 24, 2002) warning:

"Our national debt is over $6 trillion and is increasing by nearly half a trillion dollars a year.

Since Social Security funds are all placed in the general revenues and spent and all funds are fungible, honest accounting, of which there has been a shortage lately, dictates that a $200 billion war must jeopardize Social Security funding.

This is something the American people deserve to know.

Since there are limits to borrowing and taxing, but no limits to the Fed printing money to cover our deficit, we can be assured this will occur.

This guarantees that Social Security checks will never stop coming, but it also guarantees that the dollars that all retired people receive will buy less.

We have already seen this happening in providing medical services. A cheap dollar; that is, an inflated dollar, is a sinister and deceitful way of cutting benefits.

Rest assured, a $200 billion hit on the economy will have economic consequences, and the elderly retirees on fixed incomes, and especially Social Security beneficiaries, will suffer the greatest burden of policy, reflecting a belief that our country is so rich that it can afford both guns and butter.

Remember, we have tried that before.

The tragedy is that once the flaw in policy is discovered, it is too late to prevent the pain and suffering, and only finger pointing occurs.

Now is the only time we can give serious attention to the true cost of assuming the burden of an endless task of being the world’s policeman and starting wars that have nothing to do with defense or national security."

To my readers who have already paid into Social Security and only have a few months to start collecting checks, I’d say, stay with it. But if I were a young person in my twenties or

thirties, knowing what I know now, I’d opt out of the Social Security - Medicare/Medicaid swindle and invest my earnings in real assets. This can be done fairly easy.

We must get out of Babylon, with its false money, false dreams and broken cisterns.

Until next time, God bless you and yours, Jeffrey Brackeen


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