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Monday, November 28, 2005

Three Things That Christians Are NOT To "Render To Caesar"/ Jesus Christ: World's Greatest Tax Protestor
by Minister of Christ Gene Chapman
In a November, 2005 Internal Revenue Service envelope from New Jersey, I was informed that an IRS employee (we gather) sent inquiry on my views concerning Matthew 22:21: "Render therefore unto Caesar the things that are Caesar's and God the things that are God's." Other quotes from Romans 13 and Matthew 17:26 were brought up in the letter, but I think I can fully address all these textual questions by addressing the "render to Caesar" and Matthew 17 points. (Note: The same "render to Caesar" story is also found in Mark 12:13-17 and Luke 20:20-26.)
First, we must begin our examination of Christ's famous statement, "render to Caesar" (Mark 12:17), understanding that the motive of the group was to "catch" or trap Jesus "in his words" (Mark 12:13). "Jesus perceived their wickedness" (Matthew 22:18), not their high morality, and responded to placate the crowd, in PUBLIC, "Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's" (Mark 12:17).
At another time, in PRIVATE, Jesus talks to Peter the Apostle about the exact same type of tax policy described above, in Matthew 17:24-27. Jesus verifies to Peter that both the apportioned Temple tax and the apportioned head tax of Rome are not intended to be imposed upon the locals (also, the Children of God) but are for "strangers" (see: Matthew 17:26). An apportioned head tax is not quite grinding slavery, as the income tax or property tax, and is not quite a moral tax either, like the excise tax on consumed goods, import and export taxes. It falls into a kind of no man's land of arguably moral/ immoral taxation, like the toll. The message of Jesus is that we should be the best citizens we can be and try not to "offend" (Matthew 17:27) the civil government where possible.
Additionally, in Luke 23:2, the accusers of Christ say to Pilate, "We found this fellow perverting the nation, and forbidding to give tribute to Caesar." Christ did make the assertion to Peter that the "children" (Matthew 17:26) did not owe the tax to either the Temple or to Caesar. So it is probably true that Jesus was the greatest PRIVATE (behind the scenes) tax protestor of all time.
Second, we must also remember that we Christians have things we are to render to God that are not Caesar's. For three examples, I present the following:
1) Holy Scripture (see: All texts on crucifixion of Christ and death of Apostles in New Testament) indicates that we Christians are not to stop preaching the Gospel, even if temporal Government demands it. I'm sure Nero Caesar looked Paul the Apostle in the eye and said, "Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's" the day he had Paul beheaded in A.D. 67 Rome for preaching the Gospel. And I'm sure Paul replied, "and unto God the things that are God's," as his head then tumbled into the basket.
2) We Christians are not to "render to Caesar" the education and correction of our children. In Ephesians 6:4, Paul lays out God's word for us: "And, ye fathers, provoke not your children unto wrath: but bring them up (educate) in the nurture (within a protective educational and training environment) and admonition (correction) of the LORD." In other words, Christian fathers are to ensure that their children have a godly protective educational and correcting environment within which their children may grow to adulthood. (Note: The word, "nurture" has its Greek root in the word, "Eden.") God wants Christian education in a Garden of Eden type of environment, not desert of state education and a little Jesus on the weekends, as so many propose.
3) We Christians are absolutely not to go into the slavery of the government called "Beast" in Revelation.
In my conversations with Greek scholars at the highest theological levels of both Bob Jones University and the Southern Baptist Convention, along with my own studies, I found three primary attributes of slavery in antiquity:
a) Taxation of Property (1st, 3rd, 4th and 5th Planks of "The Communist Manifesto").b) Taxation of Labor (2nd and 5th Planks/ income tax: flat or graduated).c) Counting People Like Cattle (to control labor and property/ 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th Planks).
Intuitively, I submit five more attributes of slavery for your examination from my own thoughts:
d) Control and Supervision of the Physical Location and Activities of uncondemned Free Persons (i.e. electronic monitoring/ video cameras on toll ways, high ways, city streets, etc./ 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th Planks).e) Control and Supervision of the education/ information presented to uncondemned Free Persons (FCC/ Secular Public Schools/ 6th and 10th Planks).f) Control and Supervision of Weapon Possession and Ownership by uncondemned Free Persons (i.e. gun control laws/ Stallin's tactic to kill 10 million people in the Ukrane by starvation of the unarmed).g) Control and Constraint of the Personal Finances of uncondemned Free Persons (5th Plank). h) Control and Supervision of food, water, shelter, clothing and sex of uncondemned Free Persons (1st thru 10th Planks/state imposed marriage licenses).
The slavery of the Beast in Revelation 13 and 14 includes a Government control number (Revelation 13:18) placed in the forehead or right hand (Revelation 13:16) of the voluntarily enslaved (you volunteer or starve to death, just like in America). The Beast will head a globally influential government (Revelation 13:17), and he will count all the world like cattle so that none may "buy" homes, cars, cell phones, credit cards, pass ports, etc., etc., etc. "or sell" (Revelation 13:17) most labor and /or property without the number/ mark. He will have income taxes and property taxes, one may easily deduce, for buying and selling controls on individuals are only needed for taxation of labor and/ or property, in their end. Those who cave into the system and take the mark of the beast "shall face the wine of the wrath of God" (Revelation 14:10). Those who do not cave will be Christians (Revelation 15:2), 'tax cheats' by worldly standards, worthy of prison time and death. Sound familiar? And since legal changes brought on after 9/11/2001, we are no longer in a position to differentiate between the mark of the beast and the Social Security number; it fits in every way for the first time in American history.
Additionally, if we are to believe John 1 and Mark 14:62, then Jesus is the "I AM" in Exodus 3:14 who sent Moses unto Pharaoh and ultimately killed Pharaoh's army over the enslavement of the people of God (taxation of labor, property, and counting them like cattle). According to Exodus 10:3, Almighty God asserts that there is a direct causal relationship between the people of God being enslaved and their inability to properly "serve" God.
In Judges 3, we find two stories of how God raised up a man and sent him to kill a king who had enslaved the people of God (taxed their labor and/ or property). In the latter story, the people of God are sent on to attack and kill the enslaving army of Moab, and they defeated it.
In I Corinthians 7:21b, Christians are informed by Paul that we are to "use" any freedom from slavery (taxation of labor and/ or property), obviously to serve God. We are to love and dream of liberty.
In I Corinthians 7:23, already free Christians are instructed to categorically reject slavery (taxation of labor, property and being counted like cattle).
And I also present our slave related term in I Timothy 1:10 -- "enslavers." Enslaver is most accurately presented as "one who unjustly reduces free men to slavery," in the Greek word, "andrapodistes." This person is under the judgement of the Moral Law of God in verse 9.This may also be represented accurately as, "one who imposes a labor tax / burden (i.e. income tax) upon an uncondemned free person; thus, under the judgement of the Moral law of God."The Old Testament discussion of this type of person in the Law of Moses is found in two places: Exodus 21:16 and Deuteronomy 24:7.Exodus 21:16 reads, "And he that stealeth a man, and selleth him, or if he be found in his hand, shall surely be put to death" (KJV).Deuteronomy 24:7 reads, "If a man be found stealing any of his brethren of the children of Israel, and maketh merchandise of him, or selleth him; then that thief shall die; and thou shalt put evil away from among you."
We are now raised in a culture in America that thinks slavery is the price of "liberty" (Greek word: elutheria -- without liability) and that individual liberty in unAmerican. It's an upsidedown world that only Orwell could predict; he and Revelation.
Yes Christians are to try to get along with civil government the best we can and still uncompromisingly follow God. We are not to lie down and be raped of our liberties and be extorted of the "gift of God" (see: Eccl. 3:13; Prov. 31:31) in this free nation, our homes invaded by IRS agents one upon another. Rather, we are to slaughter their army, kill their king and resist unto death, if their good reason will not prevail.
Americans have no real Caesar, in fact, and never have. We are a people unique in the world, where every man is a king, every woman a queen, every daughter a princess, every son a prince, and every home is a castle. And if I live, we shall have no Caesars and no slaves on our shores, so help me God!
Gene Chapman, Minister of

Saturday, July 10, 2004

"No Fellowship With Darkness"

In Ephesians 5:11 we read the following: "And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them." As I look back over my life, this verse has influenced me more than most.

I remember being in high school and listening to my Government teacher talk about how Dallas, Texas needed a gay limo service to a bunch of 17 year olds. I walked out of class afterward and never returned. I got a GED within two weeks and was off the Bible College within less than a year. Having no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness means alot to me.

At Baylor University, my Christian Ethics professor started talking up the ordination of practicing homosexuals to the ministry and that America needed to introduce abortion for population control like China. I walked out of class and never returned to my $104,000 scholarship.

The IRS may think that I will break someday. But I wouldn't count on it, if I were them. It is darkness for as free Christian to be a slave (I Corinthians 7:23), and my history says that I will die rather than live in open public sin as an income tax/ labor tax slave.

Gene Chapman, Pastor
Gentle Love Christian Fellowship

Saturday, June 05, 2004

"Reflections of Death Fasting"

As I think of all the theology and prayer involved in the Austin Death Fast last year, I'm taken to I John 3:16, as one example. We read, "Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren."

It should be in the nature of every Christian to have a willingness to lay down our lives for one another, according to this text. When I prayed about doing the Death Fast in previous months to April, 2003, I was motivated by this and other like texts.

Like a soldier on a battle field, I sought to lay myself before God and man to see a solution to a terrific tax problem which sought to enslave me and my entire nation. I was there to lay down my life for the whole of mankind.

Only at the loss of my mental capacity after day 34, Irwin Schiff's command to stop the fast (knowing he was my "off switch" from the beginning) on day 36, hoards telling me to live in e-mails from around the world since day 7 and the Gandhi letter saying that 'we do not fast against those who do not love us,' did I end the Death Fast on day 40. And I ended it only to regroup for a possible restart of the Death Fast at a later date, should the situation warrant.

Don't count me out on death fasting, as much as some would like. I still have a drive to lay down my life for the people and causes God places before me to address, as his minister.

Minister of Christ Gene Chapman

Sunday, May 23, 2004

"All Scripture"

There are those who would like to throw the Old Testament in the trash and continue on with the New Testament for life guidance. Paul the Apostle asserts: "All scripture is given by the inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness" (II Timothy 3:16).

Once, I heard Robert Tilton on the tv say, "We don't need no doctrine around here!" Knowing above passage from memory in Bible College, I just clicked the channel and never turned back ever again to give him the time of day.

No, all scripture has value, the Bible tells us. We do not live under the tithe mandate in the New Covenant, but we can glean from Malachi 3:8 and see that God is interested in us consistently giving to His work: "Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings."

God is looking for an economic exchange with his people, and we rob him of that interaction when we do not give to His work. It's as if God is sitting there with a big pile of everything we could ever need or want and is waiting for an interaction. He wants to see some faith; it's just his way. God wants to play marbles with us, but we just sit there and say, "We'll use your marbles, God." God wants to go to the beach with us but we say, "We'll use your towels and gas and air and sunlight and sun blocker, etc." God begins to feel abused in such circumstances and uses the word "robbed" to describe our arrogance that he has to do everything, when He is looking for a relationship. Treat God with a little respect and pay some of the way; you'll be surprised where it gets you.

Gene Chapman

Sunday, May 16, 2004

"Grieve Not The Holy Spirit"

In the book of Ephesians, we find God sharing with the Church down through the ages the practical application of the Christian walk in this world. In Ephesians 4:30 we read, "And grieve not the holy Spirit of God . . . ."

The greatest argument for Christians to oppose those sins in the culture that presumably defile no one other than those involved in "mutual consenters sins" like adultery or homosexuality, is that they grieve the holy Spirit of God.

A free society can only remain free if it is constrained by the ungrieved Holy Spirit. Even President George Washington asserted that our form of Democratic Republic was made only for a religious people. He meant that we must have an internal constraint to our freedom or else we would destroy ourselves with the very freedom we seek.

Holy means "set apart." It means that we Christians are people who are different than those who live like animals for their own passions. We live in constraint of our passions in order to ensure that we do not sadden the Holy Spirit and thus destroy our own selves and our culture in the end.

If there is one dominate issue that destroys nations and homes, it's the matter of grieving the Holy Spirit. Every government that has ever fallen has done so because the Holy Spirit that dwells in man was in the end so saddened that the people held no faith in the authority of the rule of that Government. Every Caesar must remember not to grieve the Holy Spirit or face national destruction.

When the Spirit of God says, "left," then go left. If he says, "right," then go right. That's what it means to be led by the Spirit. And refusing the leadership of the Holy Spirit leads only to his grief and your and our destruction. Grieve not the holy Spirit of God.

Gene Chapman, Minister of Christ

Tuesday, April 06, 2004

"Tribute/ Custom"

In Romans 13:7, we read, "Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute [is due]; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honor to whom honor."

First, a "tribute" is the Greek word "phoros" meaning: "an annual tax levied upon houses, lands, and persons."

Second, a "custom" is the Greek word "telos" meaning: "a toll, custom (i.e. indirect tax on goods)."

Third, the word "dues" is the Greek word "opheile" {of-i-lay'} meaning: 1) that which is owed, or 2) a debt.

So, if we find a liability in the law for houses (property), lands, person or an indirect tax on goods, we Christians are absolutely to pay the tax. Assuming labor is property, we would be instructed to pay the tax on labor, if such were found in the law. I'm still waiting to see the Statute that makes me liable for an income tax/ labor tax in now year five of asking the question.

Gene Chapman