Theonomic constitutional amendment.

Theonomic constitutional amendment.

1. Before continuing in this article or any article in this blog, I recommend that you read the article entitled, Lakewoodites for McCartney: (which was originally written when I was running for a seat on the city’s council,) otherwise the paragraphs that are numbered 2 – 5, and 77 – 78, and 81 of that article. But persons ought to know that they (and you) are responsible, (although some act recklessly,) and ought to act responsibly. If you choose to only read those seven (7) paragraphs, for your convenience you may read the page called, Preface.

2. A related article that I wrote is, Theonomic amendment. (That title has a link to that article.) In that article I proposed a shorter version under paragraph 31. Although I prefer a short version to keep it consistent with the length of some of the articles of amendment of the constitution of the United States of America, for some reasons I have since seen that some things might need to be presented by using more words to solve some problems that have arisen over the years, whether they are due to a lack in the constitution, or an error in the constitution, or a mistake by the Supreme Court of the United States, according to my opinion.

3. I sought to write a rough draft for a constitutional amendment to fix some problems that have occurred. Some or all of these problems are inconsistent with the scriptures, which are of course superior to the constitution; for the constitution is of creatures or men, but the scriptures are of the Creator or God.

4. A summary of some or all of the problems that are in the United States of America’s constitution, and my effort to fix them, are the following.

5. Section six of article one wrongly implies that an entity other than the Creator (God) can create. Being sensitive to not dishonour God, I think that that ought to be amended to state the obvious, that only the Creator can create; and that a similar word be understood to be in the stead of the word, created, such as the word, made. A similar application is for future amendments that might misuse the word, create, or a similar word, lest God be displeased with us.

6. The supremacy clause of article six wrongly states that the constitution is the supreme law of the land. Although it could probably be argued that when that was written that it was common knowledge that the law of God is higher than the constitution, for God is higher than men, on the other hand it could be argued that the United States’ Supreme Court is to judge according to the constitution. In recent decades the Supreme Court has made some judgments regardless of the common or Christian knowledge of the supremacy of God’s law. Because that is wrong, and has caused America some damage, apparently the obvious needs to be put into the constitution to rightly guide the judiciary.

7. The religious test ban of article six needs to either be clarified or corrected so that there be a Christian test to know whether a potential federal officer is a Christian or not, without the test being denominational or sectarian. Further information about that proper policy can be gotten by reading the scriptures, and considering some American history such as the fundamental agreement, or original constitution of the colony of New Haven, of June 4, 1639, which can be read at the following link.

http://avalon.law.yale.edu/17th_century/ct01.asp

8. It is my opinion that when the first amendment was written, that the two religious clauses were either not as clear as they could have been, or the word, religion, has some times been used broadly to alter the way some of the people think about that word. In either case, a problem has arisen, and problems to the point that Christianity is being taken to be somewhat meaningless, if not wholly without meaning in the real world that is outside of church buildings.

9. Regarding the first amendment, my thinking is that the word, respecting, means, favouring, or, preferring. The word, establishment, means, denomination, sect, or, society. The word, religion, means, Christianity. The word, free, means, unlimited, or, unrestricted. And the word, exercise, means, practise.

10. The secularisation or dechristianisation of America is gradual, but measurable, with damaging effects. It has allowed idolatry into this land, immorality, and other unnecessary problems. See Deuteronomy 13, Genesis 19, Leviticus 26, and other scriptures.

11. We the people, that are under God, with God’s help can help to fix all of those problems, and related problems, with one amendment to the constitution. Constitutional amendments are costly pertaining to time, effort, and money. Rather than wasting time, labour, and money by working on a constitutional amendment for each fundamental problem, by giving our American society clear and undoubted access to the scriptures to solve our problems, we can handle various problems with one amendment. We could teach the ignorant or wicked what a marriage is. We can balance the budget. We can fix our money problem. We can ban immorality, and improve safety. We can dish out harsh punishments that are appropriate for criminals that deserve them. We can do all of that and more by one good amendment.

12. Lest there be a conflict, in consideration of the principle of there being one law, which is taught in Exodus 12:49, so there ought to be one official Bible. For some reasons I think that the King James Version, or the Authorized Version, is the best. Some reasons for that are found in Luke 2:33 when the King James Version is contrasted with some or most modern translations. Some or most of the modern versions err by having the word, father, there rather than the correct word of, Joseph; for God is the Father of the Lord Jesus Christ according to Mark 1:1, and other scriptures. Because some of the modern versions produce a conflict there where the King James Version doesn’t, the King James Version is shown to be superior at that point. Many other reasons showing the superiority of the King James Version can be given.

13. The following five sections are a rough draft for the possibility of amending America’s constitution to rightly recognise the superiority of the law of God over the laws of men. Its file name is 2011.12.21.2e.

Section 1.        (1)        This article of amendment is for the purpose of improving the United States of America (United States) according to the scriptures, so that the federal (United States’) government acts in a godly manner, that the will of God be done, and that the religious (Christian) liberty or freedom and right of the people and governments of the several states be not abrogated or nullified, to the intent that God be obeyed and pleased.

            (2)        We, the people of the United States of America, may and ought to practise religion (Christianity) in a meaningful way in all areas of our lives, such as in homes, governments, schools, commercial establishments, and every other area; not only in churches.

            (3)        The legislative power (the senate and house of representatives or congress or legislature or legislators or law makers or legislative branch) is prohibited to legislate in a manner that is inconsistent with the scriptures. No legislation or law shall be unscriptural. The congress shall make laws that conform to the scriptures when the scriptures are pertinent or relevant, (when the matter can be handled by using the Bible) such as concerning subjects that are, but are not limited to, marriage, and morality.

            (4)        The executive power (executor or president or executive departments or office holders or other officers or executive branch) may not execute or enforce or act (act) in any manner that is not consistent with the scriptures. No act shall conflict with the scriptures. The executive branch may and shall act in a manner that is according to the scriptures, when the scriptures are relevant, to produce and maintain the godly and good order of the American union of the several or separate states or republics.

            (5)        The judicial power (supreme court or inferior courts or judges or judiciary or judicial branch) is forbidden to judge in any way that is unscriptural. No judgment may be contrary to the scriptures. The judiciary shall consider, comply with, and judge according to, the scriptures when the scriptures are pertinent.

            (6)        Regarding the relevancy of the scriptures, this section or article shall not be construed or taken to exclude the scriptures or the effect of the scriptures. Although it is recognised that the scriptures might not pertain to all subjects, it is the expressed intent that the scriptures are relevant to some, if not most or all, subjects. Some, but not all, subjects that the scriptures pertain to are the following. Anthropology, astronomy, atomic energy, balanced spending, biology, building construction, character, child training, commerce, crime and punishment, decency, environmentalism, familiar (family) relations, farming, generosity, goodness, health, history, honesty, honour, integrity, justice and judgment, law and government, liberty, love, marital relations, mathematics, money, nutrition, order, origins, peace, politeness, prosperity, race, religion, righteousness, science, ship building, theocracy, truth, virtue, war, zoology.

            (7)        Although churches shall respect and may and ought to promote or advance Christianity, and may be denominational or sectarian, if they don’t violate the eighth clause or paragraph of this section, (A church of any denomination or sect may be in any state, unless such a state has prohibited that Christian denomination or sect.) the United States’ government may and ought to respect and promote nondenominational or nonsectarian Christianity.

            (8)        Although the several states may respect an establishment of religion, (be denominational or sectarian regarding Christianity) they are allowed to be nondenominational or nonsectarian concerning Christianity.

            (9)        Although there may be no religious (denominational or sectarian) test for any office or public trust so called under the United States, there may and ought to be a Christian test to wit whether a person is qualified or not to hold an office or public trust so called under the United States.

Section 2.        (1)        God is the Creator. He is the person that brought the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt when the Israelites were in bondage. God is the judge, lawgiver, king, and saviour. He is the Father of the Lord Jesus Christ.

            (2)        God’s will is expressed in the holy scriptures.

            (3)        The holy scriptures (the scriptures) are the Authorized Version or the King James Version of the Christian Bible, which is the old testament and the new testament.

            (4)        The law of God is the law that God gave to Israel by Moses that is in the four biblical books of Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. The preisraelite divine law that is in the book of Genesis also may be considered.

            (5)        Christianity is a way of life that includes acts that are supported by the scriptures, and excludes acts that are against the scriptures, with an emphasis on the new testament. The supreme written authority for Christianity is the Christian Bible (the old and new testaments).

            (6)        Churches are congregations of persons that believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, their Saviour from their sins, and is the Lord, and that practise Christianity.

            (7)        Sin is the transgression of God’s law, or any person neglecting to do that which such a person knows to be good, such that it (the good) is not contrary to the scriptures.

Section 3.        (1)        God, being the Creator, is superior to creatures, such as men. Consequently God’s law and the rest of his written word to men (the scriptures) are superior to the laws and other words of men.

            (2)        The law of God and the rest of the holy scriptures rightly have dominion over the constitution. No thing in the constitution shall be contrary to the holy scriptures. If any thing in the constitution conflicts with the holy scriptures, the scriptures shall prevail or control.

            (3)        If any thing in the scriptures of the old testament is inconsistent with the scriptures of the new testament, the new testament’s scriptures shall control or govern. (No part of the old testament’s scriptures may be disregarded, unless it has been clearly abrogated or nullified by the new testament’s scriptures, such as the sacrifice of animals for the sins of the people.)

Section 4.        (1)        This article of amendment amends any part of the constitution to honour God by showing that only the Creator can create. But this amendment does not nullify a similar meaning, such as the word, made, for, created, in the second clause or paragraph of the sixth section of the first article of the constitution.

            (2)        This article modifies the supremacy clause, so called by some, of the sixth article of the constitution by subordinating the constitution to the scriptures. Consequently this article also places the laws and treaties of the United States under the scriptures. Therefore if any thing in the constitution or the laws or the treaties of the United States is incompatible with the scriptures, the scriptures shall govern or have the preeminence.

            (3)        This amendment clarifies or corrects the religious test clause so called of the sixth article of the constitution to make that clause consistent with this article’s amendment of the establishment and free exercise clauses so called. The Christian test shall be with no regard for denominationalism or sectarianism.

            (4)        This article or amendment clarifies the seventh article of the constitution to identify our Lord to be Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Jesus Christ is the Lord of the United States of America.

            (5)        This article clarifies or corrects the establishment and free exercise clauses so called (first sixteen words) of the first amendment of the constitution to mean the following sentence. The United States’ legislature may not legislate favouring a denomination (sect or society) of Christianity, [more than any other Christian denomination or sect or society] or stopping the unlimited practise of Christianity. The United States of America’s legislative branch is not allowed to make any law to prefer any denomination or sect or society of Christianity more than any other Christian denomination or sect or society, nor may the federal law makers legislate to forbid the unrestricted application of Christianity. The establishment clause so called prohibits congressional legislative sectarian favouritism pertaining to Christianity. The free exercise clause so called forbids any congressional legislative stoppage of the unfettered acting of Christianity. This amendment maintains or establishes the separation of the governments of the United States and the several states for the purpose of allowing the governments of the several states to respect an establishment of religion (prefer or favour a denomination or sect or society of Christianity). This article protects and promotes the practise of Christianity by the government of the United States, and the practise of Christianity by the people and governments of the several states by directing the judiciary of the United States, and by other means that are herein mentioned.

Section 5.        To shew some of the divine authority for this article of amendment, some of the scriptures to support this amendment are Exodus 1:15-17, (the fifteenth through the seventeenth verses of the first chapter of the second book of Moses, called Exodus) Acts 5:29, Matthew 4:4, and 6:9-10, Genesis 1:1, Isaiah 40:28, and 33:22, Hebrews 1:1-8, I Corinthians 14:40, Acts 17:11, Matthew 1:21, Philippians 2:5-11, Luke 6:46, I John 3:4, James 4:17, Exodus 20:1-3, Mark 1:1, Luke 2:33, I John 5:7, Leviticus 26, Deuteronomy 28, Joshua 21:43-45, II Kings 17, I Kings 4:24, Acts 19:20, Proverbs 13:13, John 1:29, Hebrews 7:12 and 10:1-18, II Samuel 23:3, Psalm 119, Daniel 2:44 and 3:28 – 4:3 and 5:17-21 and 6:25-26 and 7:27, Isaiah 30:1-2, Psalm 33:12, Proverbs 14:34, Matthew 6:33, and 7:24-27, Psalm 9:17, Romans 13, II Timothy 3:16-17, III John 1:9, Isaiah 8:20, Matthew 7:28-29, I Corinthians 11:3, II Corinthians 10:5, and Psalm 2.

14. Some of the persons that would be for an amendment that promotes obedience to the commandments of God and the rest of the scriptures are some or all of the following. Christians that believe the Bible, persons that are for justice and judgment, persons that reasonably prefer the blessings of God rather than his curses, persons that favour morality, persons that know that marriage pertains to a man and a woman, persons that would like a balanced budget, voters that would preserve the earth, persons that oppose war unless it is righteous, persons that promote a godly unity rather than an ungodly diversity, persons that esteem money to be beneath the will of God, and persons that have enough sense to know that the law of God is above the laws of men.

15. Some of the persons that would oppose an amendment that promotes obedience to the commandments of God and the rest of the scriptures are some or all of the following. Idolaters or nonchristians, murderers, rapists, pederasts, sodomites, adulterers, fornicators, liars, thieves, lovers of money, destroyers of the earth (polluters) for profit, (See Genesis 1:31 and Revelation 11:16-18.) opponents of the death penalty and other toleraters of the wicked, present politicians, atheists, and some others of that ilk.

16. To my surprise, there are some others that I did not expect that are not in favour of such an appropriate amendment. Before mentioning them, I will point out that II Corinthians 11:26 teaches that there are false brethren, or false Christians. I am learning that some preachers would not support an amendment to direct the people to obey God, although the Bible does. And some attorneys that apparently litigate for Christian liberty would also not desire a judicial or constitutional problem to be fixed. You can wonder why in both cases. I have my suspicions.

17. God created the earth and the creatures that are upon it. Through weakness and tolerance of error and disobedience, America is being lost to secularists and others that disregard the will of the Creator. We have seen a Supreme Court judge against the public display of the law of God. That incorrect judgment was ostensibly by an inferior law (the American constitution). The Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is being treated by some as though he is not the Lord. Those of us that seek to obey God are not obligated to tolerate such error and disobedience. In the light of Leviticus 26, disobedience to God’s commandments can jeopardise our national security.

18. When any subject comes up that affects us, we may and ought to have the meaningful liberty to discuss such matters so that proper legislation can be prepared and enacted to rectify any thing that is wrong, whether that subject be religion, race, morality, money, history, science, or any thing else.

19. But because of pressure and a lack of character, some persons feel intimidated about publicly discussing some of those subjects that were just mentioned. Putting the Bible back into public school rooms can help to give children the character to discuss all pertinent matters; for the scriptures can give children the confidence of knowing a correct and absolute standard to determine that which is right, and that which is wrong. And allowing the Bible in public school rooms for the students to read can make better persons to act in our society, to vote better, it can make better candidates to run for public offices, and better politicians that will regain the common or Christian sense of esteeming God and his law to be superior to men and their laws.

20. We the people may and ought to redress or rectify a judicial or constitutional problem by stating the obvious, (theonomic supremacy) and putting it into the constitution. If we don’t, we’ll have no one other than ourselves to blame for the expected curses upon America that are mentioned in Deuteronomy 28. Americans can and ought to learn some lessons from what the Israelites went through according to the scriptures, and from what is happening in America.

21. Based on some American Supreme Court opinions, we are told that according to the constitution, the federal government may neither advance nor hinder religion. It is my opinion that the constitution does not support a statement that the federal government may not advance religion. We have been told some other things that I think are inaccurate.

22. Some of the good effects of a theonomic constitutional amendment could be the following. Students may read the Bible in public schools. Students may pray in Jesus’ name in public schools. (See John 14:9,13.) Scientific creationism or intelligent design, with references to the scriptures, may be taught to children in public schools. The ten commandments of God may and ought to be publicly posted in such public places as public schools, court rooms, legislative houses, parks, and elsewhere. Laws that have the foundation of the scriptures can be enacted. Corporal punishment can be enforced against children and adults. Harsh punishments, including cruel so called, can be executed or enforced against criminals. (See Isaiah 13:9.) Those can be done with no bias shown to any Christian denomination. There therefore shall be no constitutional violation.

23. By rightly subordinating the constitution to the scriptures, one can claim a thing to be unscriptural. To give an example, freedom of speech and of the press without limits could lead, and has led, to that which is wrong, and can cause damage, such as pornography. By linking the first amendment with the scriptures, pornographers, for an example, may no more be protected by judges that lack common or Christian sense. One may sue a pornographer by showing nakedness to be a shame by citing Revelation 3:18. Feeding a lustful desire is not a right; for it is not right: it is wrong. (See Matthew 5:27-28, and II Timothy 2:22.) Legislatively banning the publication of photographs of naked bodies for an erotic purpose does not favour the Presbyterians and ignore the Methodists, for an example. It is nonsectarian religious or Christian; and therefore should be constitutional.

24. If you disagree with the rough draft for a theonomic constitutional amendment, I suggest that you read the scriptures that are referred to in that rough draft, and in this article. If after that you do not agree with it, I suggest that you read the King James Bible.

25. If such a good amendment cannot be ratified with America being as dangerously diverse as it is becoming, a remedy could be to make and ratify a federal constitutional amendment to allow for state secession, so that Christians that know better may act in a manner that is consistent with a life boat. That could allow those of us that realise scriptural supremacy to form some Christian states that are not under the present federal government, that is moving in a secular or ungodly direction. We can then let the rest of the diverse United States of America sink: otherwise if they are wise, they could copy our good example of obeying God.

Edward M. McCartney

Cleveland, Ohio

Posted on December 21 anno Domini 2011.

This fifth (5th) edition was revised on December 30 A. D. 2013.

2011.12.21.3e.

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