“My son, if thou be surety for thy friend, [if] thou hast stricken thy hand with a stranger, thou art snared with the words of thy mouth, thou art taken with the words of thy mouth. Do this now, my son, and deliver thyself, when thou art come into the hand of thy friend; go, humble thyself, and make sure thy friend. Give not sleep to thine eyes, nor slumber to thine eyelids. Deliver thyself as a roe from the hand of the hunter, and as a bird from the hand of the fowler.” Proverbs 6:1-5
"The real destroyers of the liberties of the people is he who spreads among them bounties, donations and Benefits."57 For, "No one is obliged to accept a benefit against his consent. But if he does not dissent, he will be considered as assenting."58 Because, "Every man is presumed to intend the natural and probable consequences of his own voluntary acts."59
“He was a mighty hunter before the LORD: wherefore it is said, Even as Nimrod the hunter before theLORD.” Genesis 10:9
In Genesis 10:9, the word hunter is from the Hebrew word tsayid which is more often translated provision, food, food-supply, or victuals. The word paniym is translated before in the sense in the face of, before or in stead of. It could be said that “Nimrod was a mighty provider instead of theLORD.”
It is not only by overt consent that a just and actual authority is established by governments and assented to by individuals, but also by application for or the acceptance of benefits gratuities, entitlements and privileges not owed. These entitlement systems demand a corresponding entitlement of allegiance and service. They exercise a power and dominion not intended by God the Father.
"Membership in a political society, implying a duty of allegiance on the part of the member and a duty of protection on the part of society."61
"Protection draws to it subjection; subjection protection"62 Allegiance is, "'The tie or ligamen which binds the subject [or citizen] to the king [or government] in return for that protection which the king [or government] affords the subject, [or citizen]'63 It consists in 'a true and faithful obedience of the subject to his sovereign.'"64 We are told that we are to give our allegiance to men and governments, or to ideas and documents, but is that what God really intended?
Few rulers in history have not abused power. They often establish order but at what cost. Responsibility breeds character. Entitlements breed apathy and avarice. Power corrupts. This is why Abraham left Ur, Israel left Egypt, and Moses established a government with no central powers. But men continue to return to the vomit, and wallow in the mire,65 binding themselves under tribute, due to their ignorance, apathy, avarice and sloth.
What State do you live in? A State is, "That quality which belongs to a person in society, and which secures to and imposes upon him different rights and duties in consequence of the difference of that quality."66
"Although all men come from the hands of nature upon an equality, yet there are among them marked differences… Three sorts of different qualities which form the state or condition of men may, then, be distinguished: those which are purely natural, those purely civil, and those which are composed of natural and civil or municipal law."67
God has said, "Thou shalt have no other gods before me." Because of its importance it bears repeating, the words "gods" and "God" are translated from the single word 'elohiym in the plural. 'Elohiym is defined: "rulers, judges" and was "applied as deference to magistrates", while in the New Testament the word God is translated from the Greek word theos which figuratively means "a magistrate."
God expounds that, "Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness [of any thing] that [is] in heaven above, or that [is] in the earth beneath, or that [is] in the water under the earth:"68 The words graven image comes from pecel meaning "idol, image" while likeness is translated from temuwnah meaning "something portioned (i.e. fashioned) out… likeness, similitude."
Tribute is, "A sum of money paid by an inferior sovereign or state to a superior potentate, to secure the friendship or protection of the latter."69
Income tax is an excise tax. "Excise (tribute), in its origin, is the patrimonial right of emperors and kings."70 If income tax is a patrimonial right then it is a right of the Father to receive honor from his children. It actually stems from the ancient commandment to honor your father. It is from the Hebrew word kabad meaning to make heavy, give weight to or to fatten. The government becomes the father of the nation, Pater Patriae and demands Parens Patriae requiring your contribution.71
Men have done this in every age. Men make constitutions, pledge allegiance, strike hands in agreement, and fill out applications to corporate entities created by human imagination to gain security. By doing so they themselves become surety for another and go under the authority and power of those man created institutions even though it is written, "Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them:"72
Serve is translated from `abad meaning "to work (in any sense); by implication to serve…" Because men apply to other men and the systems they create for security and protection they also in turn go under those authorities. They give away their responsibility and therefore their rights. Men have developed an appetite for the dainties of the tables of rulers and governments of men. They have again returned to the bondage of Egypt where they serve their Benefactor who exercises authority.