(Slave Freedom Movement)

Saturday, November 15, 2003

"Slavery Must Stop Here And Now!"

The other day, I was listening through the New Testament being read on tape, and I Corinthians 7:20-24 jumped out at me so much so that I couldn't get to sleep until 2 a.m. Let's have a look at the death blow God offers slavery of every kind.

In verse 20, Paul the Apostle is telling the church at Corinth that "servants" (ie. slaves) who are saved while already "servants" shouldn't go around causing upheaval in the society around them. When you get saved, don't be jumpy; rather, stay at your post.

In verse 21, Paul uses a Greek word which means "slave," as I've already alluded to above. The King James 1611 Bible could just as easily have been written, "Art thou called being a slave?" So Paul is telling slaves in specific not to run off or cause conflict with their master.

God does lay out a through-the-back-door moral challenge to both slaves (vs. 21) and slave owners (ie. "free" vs. 22) that they are to use freedom when it is given, assuming they are a slave. And the free person is to be as a slave to Christ Jesus (vs. 22). The moral idea is that slavery is not the preferred state of a person in God's eyes. So slave owners have to go to bed each night knowing that God wants everyone to "use" (vs. 21) any freedom they are given. This is the moral argument that led the United Kingdom and later America out of the African Slave Trade.

Now for the death blow to slavery. In I Corinthians 7:23, Paul, under the guidance of the Holy Ghost writes for us all, down through the ages, "Ye are bought with a price; be not ye the [slaves] of men." If you are a "free born Christian" or a "free now Christian," you are the purchased possession of Jesus Christ, by his finished work on the cross. As such, you do not have the authority to be a slave to a man or any system made by man.

Let's nail the coffin shut. The word, "servants" in I Corinthians 7:23 is the Greek word, "doulos." It means, "a slave," as I already indicated. But there is a linguistic nature to this word that is important. The word "slave" mentioned here is either "literally or figuratively," and either "volunary or involuntary."

So, a 'free born' or 'free now' Christian is instructed by God that they do not have the authority to become a slave to a man or a slave to a man made system, either literally or figuratively, either voluntarily or involuntarily. We are the property of Jesus Christ (vs. 23).

So whether you are a Christian Tax Slave in America, an Christian African sold into slavery in the Sudan or in Ghana, Africa, where I am to do the 41 day fast against the slave runners in November, 2004, or whether you are one of those listed on and a Christian, God's instruction to you is that you do not have the authority to be a slave to anyone but God. And God wants you free to do his work of Love.

You can't even "volunteer" to be a slave, according to I Corinthians 7:23.

Finally, in verse 24, God tells us that wherever we are saved into the family of God, stay. If you are born in slavery, don't fight it. If you are "free born" or "free now," then "be not ye the slaves of men," literally, figuratively, voluntarily or involuntarily. It is the instruction of your God.

My experience is that they are slaves who stand, speak, walk and work when told. They who tell you to do these things are not your master. Jesus is your master, and his instruction to you is not to stand, speak, walk or work when told by these presumed masters. Do not participate in their evil deed, lest you become a part of their enslavement effort and disobey God's instruction to every free born or free now Christian: "BE NOT YE THE SLAVES OF MEN!"

Pastor Gene Chapman

Thursday, November 13, 2003

This is my 3rd trip through Arizona to give Ed $20 out of the church funds. He lost everything to the IRS about a year ago. Divine hands move us together. Gene.

Wednesday, November 12, 2003

"A Persuaded Prince"

In Proverbs 25:15a, we find King Solomon, under the inspiration of the Holy Ghost, sharing some valuable instruction to those of us who seek to be wise, especially in the dealings we have in the TAX HONESTY MOVEMENT with Government officials. King Solomon states: "By long forbearing is the prince persuaded . . . ."

The word, "forbearing" is the Hebrew word, " 'aph." It means, "the nose or nostril (the face); from rapid breathing in passion; anger, countenance, wrath." In other words, in order to expect change in a Government policy, one must be willing to spend great sums of time breathing their concerns in the face of a "prince."

The word, "prince" is the Hebrew word, "qatsiyn." It means, "magistrate or other leader, captain, guide, prince." Clearly, my idea to follow President Bush on his election rounds with my mobil billboard machine (motor home) for six months next year, Lord willing, is based in this text penned by King Solomon.


Pastor Gene Chapman

I gave Ed another $20 out in Arizona this week. He had the IRS take his home and put him on the street about a year ago. I'm sending a picture of him off to Doug with my other pictures for posting here. Gene.

President George W. Bush:

As much as I like you, I have to get you to start answering reasonable questions. If I get $18,000 in funding, I assure you that I shall be a constant trouble to your election hopes between May 7, 2003 and Election Day, as I follow your campaign around the country.

My moblie rv billboards will read in part:

'"If, as Irwin Schiff asserts, there is no tax liability for individuals in the law, then, to the extent that you remain silent in these matters, you are complicit with IRS employees, the Department of Justice, and members of the U.S. House and Senate in an 'extortion' of funds from the American people."

'Extortioners shall not inherit the kingdom of God' (see: I Corinthians 6:10).'"

If we get the $18,000, I'm going to work. Gene.

Well, it's Wednesday night, and I'm in Richland. Washington, going to a place north of Spokane, Washington for a load of lumber tomorrow. It's destined for Texas (Tyler area). I'll be seeing Montana and Denver on the way.

We are working to get my websites updated for playing live tv broadcasts from satellite, if I can afford it.

I've run an idea for me to follow President Bush around the country in an rv past some of our folks. I'd need $18,000 to do it from May 7th thru Election day. We would be hounding him to answer the question on the election stump, "Where is my tax liability in the law?" or something of the sort. Gene.

Monday, November 10, 2003

Pictures From The Road

Texas, along I-10.