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Nov-Dec, Year of Our Lord, 1998
Number 986

What's Inside

Not the Pearly gates!

Attorneys Run the World

Dear Friends,

A toast to "our" world.One evening a friend of ours received some startling information on how attorneys view the world. Lance was having dinner atop the Seattle Space Needle with a group of lawyers. Lance was soon to graduate with honors from law school. One of the attorneys put his arm around Lance and led him over to the window. From their high perch, they looked down on the city below. The attorney pointed out corporation after corporation headquartered in various skyscrapers. "We lawyers control all that power and the glory of them," he said. "Maybe someday the meek shall inherit the earth, but until then, we're running things."

Lance left the meeting horrified. He had just started reading the New Testament and the attorney's smug words haunted him. To Lance, the attorney appeared like the devil who tempted Jesus in Matthew, Chapter 4. Lance's ideals were shattered that night. He dropped out of law school and began the most important pursuit of all - seeking the Kingdom of Heaven.

The One Behind the Scenes

When a dispute arises between you and your neighbor, who is first in line to solve it? Who is the one you turn to? Usually, it is an attorney. Yes, every time anyone has a matter they need to settle, they run to an attorney. They are afraid they might make a "legal mistake," so they do everything right as prescribed by their attorney.

It's awesome when you realize that attorneys have their hand in every major decision. We think the CEO heads a corporation. But his power is limited. There's always a lawyer behind the scenes advising him on what he can or cannot do.

It's the same way with secular government. I was very interested in finding out how the county commissioners operate. I was told they are the gods of the county. They are the ones that determine what is going to happen within their territory. When I attended a meeting of the Marion County Commissioners, I saw all the Commissioners seated at a large table. At the end of the table sat the County Attorney. As each item on the agenda was discussed, the Commissioners asked the Attorney for her legal position on the matter. It is not the elected county commissioners and other officials who are making the decisions. It is the attorneys.

Do you realize that behind every bureaucrat, mayor, governor and president is an attorney giving them advice? Attorneys are everywhere. Maybe the attorneys that were having dinner in the space needle were right. Attorneys are running the world.

The world needs somebody to run things. And it looks like the world uses attorneys as mediators to go before their gods. And who are their gods?

It turns out that the one they call "judge," the one who wears the black robe, is also known as "god." He is feared and obeyed by inmates, jailers, jurors, plaintiffs and defendants. I remember one time when I was in Marion County jail, I refused to go before their court. One of the jail guards reprimanded me saying, "While you are here in this world, Judge Mills is god!" I told him that this person might be his god, but Jesus Christ is my God.

There's something else we learned about those black-robed gods. Almost 100 percent of them are attorneys. The same is true with the lawmakers. Almost all of them are attorneys, too.

One Mediator

We know that the whole world looks to attorneys to intervene in their behalf. But this is not true in the Kingdom of Heaven. Who is going to help us when we get into trouble? Who is our mediator? Let's look at the Scripture. "My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for our's only, but also for the sins of the whole world" (1 John 2:1,2)

I wonder if Jesus Christ can be our lawyer? Scripture says, He is "an advocate with the Father." In England, lawyers are called "advocates." An advocate is a person who pleads another's cause, specifically a lawyer. In Jesus Christ we have an advocate who will take our case. I tried this once in court. They did not say I had sinned against God Almighty. They accused me of sinning against them. Then they wanted to know if I had a lawyer.

"Yes, I do," I replied.

"What is his name?"

"Jesus Christ."

"Oh, Jesus Christ can't practice in this court."

"Oh, He can't?"

"No. He is not a member of the bar association."

"You mean Jesus Christ has to be a member of the bar association in order to practice?"

"Yes, that is correct. Besides, He is not around. He has been dead for almost 2,000 years."

"Excuse, me, haven't you read your history books? Jesus Christ was raised from the dead. He is a living Advocate and He is the one who is going to represent me."

"I'm sorry. We cannot have Him."

The reason the court did not want Jesus Christ is because He was not an officer of their court. And besides, Jesus Christ would not plead before their false gods. Jesus would not plead before a black-robed judge. No way! Jesus would plead before the Heavenly Father, where our plea should really be. Because you see, we have not sinned. And even if we did sin, even if we did stumble, Jesus Christ will still plead our cause.

Jesus is different from the attorneys. This particular Advocate, this Jesus, does something special. He forgives. By His grace, and His grace alone, we are forgiven.

If I have sinned, I deserve punishment. I should pay the full penalty of the law. But with Jesus, the Advocate before the Father, He allows me to go free to try again, to be perfected in Him.

According to the Scripture, there is only one Mediator "For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time" (1 Timothy 2:5-6).

Lawyers Won't Save Us

Will a lawyer lay down his life for you?Let's make a comparison between the attorneys and Christ. I have asked a number of attorneys if they were willing to die for me. I could not find a single one who would lay his life down for me. But Jesus did. I could not find one attorney who would go to jail for me in case I lost. None of them would take my punishment. But Jesus did.

"For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him" (Romans 5:7-9).

Now what attorney in history has received the atonement for us? I don't know any. Jesus is the only One throughout all history. Why are we even considering one of their attorneys? Not a one of them comes close to doing what Jesus Christ has done for us. They bind heavy burdens that are grievous to bear. But if we come to Christ, His burdens are light (Matthew 11:28-30). If we forgive those who have wronged us, as Christ has forgiven us, then we have no need for the attorney system of "man-judging-man."

What relationship are we to have with lawyers? Did Jesus say, "If you sin, go get yourself a lawyer"? No. Jesus never promoted the use of a lawyer as a mediator. In fact, He denounces them angrily at Luke 11:39-54 and Matthew 23:13-33.

The attorneys are working to shut up the Kingdom of Heaven against us with their oppressive burdens. But if we simply take the light burden of Christ, then we don't need lawyers any more.

Let us put on the Lord Jesus Christ and make Him our only Advocate. Jesus Christ is the Light. He is the Way. He is the door. For the LORD is our defence; and the Holy One of Israel is our king (Psalm 89:18).

Lawyers

law.yers (loi-ers) n. l. children of hell, serpents, generation of vipers 2. blind guides, fools, hypocrites 3. children of them which killed the prophets 4. whited sepulchres.

Christian lawyer Same as hot ice.

The definition above includes some of the biting words Jesus used to describe these "experts in the law." There are six direct references to lawyers in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke. All these references portray lawyers in a negative light. They are shown tempting the Lord (Matthew 22:35, Luke 10:25), justifying themselves (Luke 10:29), rejecting the purpose of God for themselves (Luke 7:30), loading men with burdens grievous to be borne (Luke 11:45,46), and taking away the key of knowledge (Luke 11:52). Jesus rebukes them soundly with the Seven Woes (Matthew Chapter 23 and Luke 11:37-54).

Whenever we are dragged before their tribunals, the question of counsel must be resolved. The court is eager to have us accept a state-appointed lawyer to act in our behalf. Lawyers are very cunning. They may attempt to deceive us into thinking they are working on the side of truth and righteousness. Jesus said lawyers outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within are full of hypocrisy and iniquity (Matthew 23:28). Because of our desire to save our lives and our lack of expertise in matters of law, it may be very tempting to accept the court's offer. But woe unto the one who takes the counsel of a lawyer. Jesus said, "He who is not with me is against me" (Matthew 12:30). Lawyers openly show they are against Christ's principles by returning evil for evil and encouraging vengeance rather than forgiveness. Jesus said of lawyers, "How can ye escape the damnation of hell?" (Matthew 23:33)

Directory of Christian Lawyers

Directory of Christian LawyersOur latest booklet is a comprehensive listing of Licensed Bar Attorneys who are also born-again Christians.

As you page through the Directory, you will notice that all the pages are intentionally left blank. The reason: a Christian lawyer is an oxymoron. It is the same as hot ice.

At the end of the Directory, we have reprinted the "Lawyers" article from the previous page.

Scientists Using Lawyers

Defusing the Courts

Angel of DeathFor most of us, the thought of appearing in court before a black-robed priest sends cold shivers down our spine. No one wants to be dragged into their courts. The entire court system is evil. Its objective is to destroy human life and human souls. Courts are the gateway to hell. You're not looking at the pearly gates. Oh, no. The pearly gates are made up of forgiveness and love and kindness. But the gates of hell are made up of judgment and punishment and destruction. That's what the courts are - the synagogues of Satan.

Most of us are scared of the power of the courts. But there is a way to defuse the courts and render them harmless. When you "defuse" a bomb, you remove the plug so that it can't blow up and destroy anything. That's what we're going to do with the courts. We're going to defuse their power and render them harmless.

1. The first plug we're pulling on the courts is "judgment." The lifeblood of courts is judging. Jesus says, "Judge not, that ye be not judged" (Matthew 7:1). If we cannot judge one another, then what will become of the black-robed men sitting in their high seats? They will have no work to do. In the Kingdom of Heaven there can be no courts, no prosecutors, and no judges.

"For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged." I don't want to judge you. For if I do, the same measuring stick that I use to judge you, will be used to judge me. How can I possibly see to remove the speck in your eye, when there's a log in mine own eye? (Matthew 7:1-5).

2. The next fuse to pull is "oath taking." Courts depend upon oaths. Those who testify must swear to tell "the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth." Jesus says, "Swear not at all. Let your communication be Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil" (Matthew 5:33-37).

Swearing requires telling the whole truth. That is more than just answering "yes" or "no." Yet, whatsoever is more than "yes" or "no" comes from the devil! (verse 37) Here is more proof that the courts belong to Satan and are the gateway to imprisonment and destruction of the souls of men. The court absolutely requires swearing of oaths. An affirmation is treated just like an oath and brings the one affirming under the same pains and penalties for false swearing. Without oath taking, the courts could not exist.

To swear an oath is to promise to tell the truth in your upcoming testimony. But how do you know what you will be saying? You do not know what the future will be. You cannot even make one hair black or white.

Pull another fuse out of their courts by not swearing an oath. If you do not testify in their courts because you are unable to swear, then they cannot use your testimony or bring you under their power. (1 Corinthians 6:12)

3. Next, pull out the fuse of "vengeance." The whole focus of courts is on vengeance. "We will prosecute you to the full extent of the law," declares the "judge." "Let's show him no mercy," cries the prosecution.

"Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth" (Matthew 5:38). Now isn't that exactly what the courts are all about? If a man makes a claim in court, he wants "an eye for an eye." He says, "That man over there harmed me, he should be harmed." And the courts take up the torch, avenging the man they judge to have been injured.

But Jesus does not want us to try to get even. "Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine: I will repay, saith the Lord" (Romans 12:19).

In the Kingdom of Heaven, "ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also" (Matthew 5:39).

If you turn your cheek, there is no court date. If you forgive your neighbor, there is no trial. You've just pulled a big fat fuse out of the court system. It cannot exist in a government of love and forgiveness.

4. The last plug to pull is "lawsuits." "And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloke also" (Matthew 5:40). If you don't sue, what work is there for the courts to do? You put them to shame. "And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain" (Matthew 5:41). Now you've done even more than you've been asked. Who could condemn you for doing good?

When someone wrongs you, what if you do something unexpected? What if you forgive your neighbor for his trespass? What if you lend to those who ask to borrow, hoping for nothing again? What if you love your enemies and bless them that curse you? What if you do good to them that hate you and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you? (Matthew 5:43-44) If you do this, your reward shall be great and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for He is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil (Luke 6:35). In other words, Love defuses the courts. Forgiveness ends the quarrel. It is that simple.

Trial of Jesus

Let's look at the trial of Jesus at Matthew, Chapter 26. Here is a court system very similar to the courts of today. That court system convicted and sentenced to death our Lord and Messiah. Their procedures judged our King guilty of death. To this day, many people put their faith in the wicked court system. We must realize the court system is not a Divine institution. God would not divide His own house. These courts are the works of the devil. The works of the devil crucified our Lord.

The devil had no power to do this unless it was given from the Almighty. And why was that power given? To demonstrate that the court system from the beginning was not of God. And to show that man is so blind that he judges the most perfect man worthy of death. The Father instructs us through His Son to put away those courts.

Casting First Stone

Do you remember the woman caught in the very act of adultery? (John, Chapter 8)) She was brought before a type of court. The scribes and Pharisees were the prosecutors and they brought her before Jesus to be the judge. They argued that Moses commanded that such a woman should be stoned. But they wanted to know how this new King Jesus would respond.

Verse six reveals their evil intent. They were tempting him, that they might accuse Him. Jesus stooped down and with his finger wrote on the ground as if he had not heard them. Finally Jesus said, "He that is without sin among you, cast the first stone." Jesus was putting them on trial first. If they wanted to judge her, then they needed to be on trial first. The scribes and Pharisees must have been outraged. "Hey, she didn't pay the full penalty of the law." But, they left her alone because their lives were also in sin.

The woman caught in adultery illustrates that man must not judge, because he himself is guilty. All men are guilty. Who are we to judge another man?

The courts judge and condemn man. Jesus forgives and saves man. Then He tells us to "go and sin no more."

Splitting up Marriages

Till Death Do Us Part.Many folks exalt the courts and hold them in awe. But the courts are not saving lives, they are destroying them. You cannot expect to get justice from an institution that promotes sin.

There is a wickedness that the courts do every day. They grant divorces for every cause. Jesus says that Moses' law granted divorce "because of the hardness of their hearts, but from the beginning it was not so." God's way is one man, one woman, until death do they part. And if a man or a woman divorces and marries again, they shall be called adulterers or adulteresses. And anybody who marries someone who has been divorced is an adulterer or adulteress (Matthew, Chapter 19, Luke 16:18).

Yet every single day in those courtrooms, men pull apart what God has joined together. The courts are granting divorces against the Word of God. They are filthy home wreckers! "What God hath joined together, let no man put asunder!" No man on the face of the earth can pull apart what God has joined together through holy matrimony.

Study the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew Chapters 5 through 7) and look at how Jesus defuses the courts. Without judging, without oaths, without vengeance and without lawsuits, there are no courts. They have no fuses left. They cannot explode. When you realize the courts are not of God, they lose their power to terrorize us.

The courts are condemned because they are in direct disobedience to Jesus Christ. They are not sitting in God's seat. They are doing the works of their Father the devil.

If we obeyed Jesus, there would be no courts. If there were no courts, can you imagine what would become of attorneys? The attorneys would have no jobs. They would have no work to do. There would be no cases to present in court. If you pull out the fuses from the courts, then it also pulls the fuses out of the attorneys. Judges, prosecutors, and defense attorneys would all become history.

Quit financing them. Quit paying them homage. Quit worshiping the beast. Quit worshiping Babylon. Come out. Wake up. Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand. Come into the Kingdom of Heaven where Jesus Christ is Lord, where all is forgiveness of sins and where every man's life and soul can be saved.

No Lawsuits for Christians

All those who avenge themselves or go to law and wrangle in the courts over their property and honor are nothing but heathen masquerading under the name of Christians. It cannot be otherwise, I tell you. Do not look to the multitude and to the common practice, for, have no doubt, there are few Christians on earth; and God's Word is something very different from the common practice.

---Martin Luther on Secular Authority: To What Extent It Should Be Obeyed, published in 1523.

Lawsuit, n. A machine which you go into as a pig and come out as a sausage. - From: The Devil's Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce, 1906.

Natural Dentistry

Dental bills can be devastating to those of us living a simple, separated life. When I was in grade school, my mother put drops of fluoride in my milk every day for years. Yet, despite her diligence, every year I had a mouth full of new cavities.

By the time our eldest daughter Brooke was four years old, her teeth were so full of cavities that her molars needed stainless steel caps and several of her other teeth required dental fillings. At age six, our daughter Skye complained of tooth pain. A dental exam revealed that she needed 12 dental fillings. I saw my children repeating the same pattern of decaying teeth that I experienced growing up.

The SolutionCleanse your teeth by brushing.

We cried out to the Lord and He answered our prayers in the form of a mouthwash with Sanguinaria root to destroy plaque. The purpose of dental hygiene is to prevent the buildup of plaque. Plaque is a thin, transparent film on the surface of the teeth, containing bacteria. If the plaque is removed on a daily basis, there will be little tooth decay or gingivitis of the gums.

Over the years, we have found the daily use of a Sanguinaria-based mouthwash is the easiest, least expensive way to maintain healthy teeth and gums. Sanguinaria root, also called Bloodroot, is a proven plaque-killing herb. This powerful herb was the active ingredient in Viadent mouthwash.

A few years ago, Viadent was purchased by Colgate-Palmolive Company. Sanguinaria root is no longer an active ingredient in their mouthwash, even though it is still listed as an extract on the label. All our family's teeth started deteriorating again using their new formula. We quit using Viadent and formulated our own mouthwash. We now use a nonfluoride toothpaste and then rinse the mouth daily with Sanguinaria-Mint Mouthwash. Our teeth and gums are healthy again.

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Sanguinaria-Mint Mouthwash

This mouthwash is quick to prepare once you have assembled the ingredients. Ready to use in two weeks. Our family has proved its effectiveness in preventing plaque buildup. There are no harmful additives. The mint freshens breath. We add myrrh because it is wonderfully healing for mouthsores. It does taste somewhat bitter, but adding sweetener would defeat its purpose.

YIELD: One 30-ounce bottle (3-3/4 cups)Sanguinaria Root is active ingredient.

3 Tablespoons dried Spearmint leaves
1 Tablespoon Myrrh (pea size pieces)(optional)
1/2 ounce of Sanguinaria root (Bloodroot) or about 1 rounded Tablespoon of root pieces
1-1/2 cups of Vodka

 

 

Step 1

  1. Break up Sanguinaria root into small pieces (1/2 to 1 inch).
  2. Put all ingredients in a glass quart jar with a tight-fitting lid.
  3. Close lid tightly and shake vigorously.
  4. Label and date jar.
  5. Leave at room temperature for two weeks, shaking contents once a day.

    Step 2

  6. After mouthwash has set for 2 weeks, strain into a quart measuring pitcher or wide-mouth jar. Strain through several layers of cheesecloth or an old, clean pillowcase.
  7. Wring and squeeze any remaining liquid into pitcher, being careful not to allow herb particles into the pitcher.
  8. Ten drops of mint oil extract may be added to mouthwash for a stronger mint flavor.
  9. Add 2-1/4 cups water to make 3-3/4 cups (30 ounces).

Using Mouthwash

Store mouthwash in bottle with tight-fitting lid. We use an old mouthwash bottle. Rinse mouth daily with 1 to 2 tablespoons of mouthwash, swirling in mouth for at least 1 minute, then spit out. Avoid eating or drinking for at least 30 minutes after mouthwashing.

Abscesses

If a tooth abscesses, hold mouthwash in mouth for several minutes every hour throughout the day. We know of abscesses healing after three days using this method. Mouthwash also helps relieve the pain as the tooth heals.

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No Court

Courts love to make decisions. It is a game to them. Most of the players are paid big bucks to participate. They make a living playing this form of civilized combat. They have nothing to lose. But you, as their victim, have everything to lose, including your soul.

To start the combat, they send out one of their agents to pick a fight. You are captured, roughed up and possibly hauled to jail. They make accusations and then demand that you appear before their tribunal to give answer (Matthew 10:17-20).

Most people facing this situation are traumatized by all that might happen. They fall into the snare of fearing what men will do to them (Proverbs 29:25). The temptation is strong to compromise. By the time they are scheduled to appear in court, they are eager to either strike a bargain with the other players, or build a defense to clear their name. And that is exactly what the players in the court game want them to do.

When you are dragged into court, you are not called to build a defense, but to testify of the Kingdom of Heaven. God will open doors and instruct you on what words to say in court. You are not to be anxious. In the meantime, here are some principles that will help you become as wise as a serpent, while remaining as gentle as a dove:

1. The courts gain jurisdiction because of your residency. If you have residency with the State, then the lawmakers make your laws. But if you have residency in the Kingdom of Heaven, then the State lawmakers do not make your laws. That is really the only issue that can be raised. And these courts cannot hear it because they are merely creatures of the legislature. They cannot decide upon something greater than themselves.

2. Do not build a defense. If you do, you have consented to the decision-making power of the court.

3. Our purpose as Christ's ambassadors is not to win favorable court decisions. Our purpose is to reconcile the world to Christ. We are not seeking a Supreme Court ruling that we have a right to travel from place to place preaching the gospel of the Kingdom. That issue has already been decided in Heaven (Psalms 119:89). There is nothing for the courts of the world to decide.

Reader RespondReader Respond
A Nut Case


Dear Pastor Paul,

I want to thank you so much for your ministry. It means a great deal to me. When I first began listening to you, several months ago, I must admit I thought you were some kind of a nut case. I mean, why go to the extremes of refusing to carry a state drivers license or a social security card? What did those things have to do with being a Christian? However, there was something about you, and what you were saying, that kept me listening every week to the Embassy of Heaven Hour on Saturday nights.

I began to read the scriptures that you were listing on the show. I prayed to God for discernment on these matters. I ordered some of your materials and read them. I began taping your shows (now on weekdays) and listening to them in my truck as I drove to and from work.

I was aware of the issue of state incorporated churches, but how could I have been such a hypocrite? How could I expect the churches to come out from under the authority and jurisdiction of an antichrist government, when we as individuals were in bondage and slavery to the same system? I now feel like I have had the scales removed from my eyes (like Apostle Paul). The scriptures have come alive to me. How could I have missed it! The command to separate from the world and the kingdoms of the world is all through the Bible, from Genesis through Revelation.

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The problem that I now have is that I believe you are completely sane, but everyone else thinks that I am a nut case. But seriously, I am encountering a great deal of resistance to the idea of separating from the kingdoms of this world, even within my own family. The last time I ordered materials from you, I wrote you about this, and I want to thank you for your letter of encouragement and the tape you sent me (Lonely Battle #T9830B).

I am taking some steps to come out of the kingdoms of the world. I will not take part in their government anymore by voting. I am taking steps to try to become as debt free as possible. I believe the biggest obstacle is earning a living without a social security card. Recently you had a show about earning a living distributing and writing Christian literature. (Where Do I Work? T9831C) I would be interested, as I like to write. Please send me any information you have on this.

You and your family, and Abe are in my prayers. Please pray also for me and my family, especially that my wife would have her eyes opened to the truth. Thank you.

Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.

Galatians 5:1

TR - Florida

Want More Information?

T9843, A Nut Case. Contains many lighthearted stories of Pastor Paul's personal experiences with being considered a "nut-case." You're not alone.

T9842E, Mental Evaluation. Shows what happens when the court wants to examine you to see if you are crazy.

Working without numbers,

T9831C, Where do I Work?

T9833C, KOH Business License

T9824, How Shall We Labor?