“Father and mother are treated with contempt in you.” (Ezekiel 22:7a ESV).
I am currently teaching through the book of Ezekiel on Wednesday nights at Calvary Chapel of Lima (www.cclohio.org). The series is archived on the Calvary YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/c/CalvaryChapelLimaOhio
Chapter 22 is Yahweh's point-by-point denunciation of the Jewish civic and religious leaders. It contains a scathing indictment against the rulers of the people because of their wanton disregard for leading in righteousness, holiness, and honor. The rulers spit in Yahweh's face and saw the people as their personal means of wealth and treated them with less dignity than they did their material things.
What a picture of America we see in Ezekiel. American culture has been perverted by the government, media, and educational institutions that have beat a steady drum of the irrelevance of fathers to their children and family. I've watched this steady erosion for decades. Today, mothers have become the target of the government and even religious institutions. How is that you ask? Mothers have become the target when government and religious institutions adopt the insanity of gender dysphoria and begin to accept that men can menstruate and become pregnant. Sheer lunacy? No, it is strategic deception.
This is all intentional and purposely designed to aid in the replacement of fathers and mothers and their God-given responsibility to their children by the government and educational institutions. Here is one example: Did you know that up until the early 20th century in America, most couples who married simply recorded their marriage in the family Bible with witness signatures? That was all that was required. What has changed today? Couples that desire to be married go to the state and request permission to marry. They fill out an application to marry and the state then issues them the privilege of receiving a marriage license. What an overwhelming majority of Americans do not know is that when you sign the state’s application to marry, you are inviting the state into the marriage as a third party. You heard me right; the state becomes part of your marriage. That means if the state desires at any time they can insert themselves into your marriage.
Here is how the Ohio BAR Association interprets the Ohio Revised Code related to marriage:
“Marriage is a legal as well as a spiritual and personal relationship. When you state your marriage vows, you enter into a legal contract. There are three parties to that legal contract: 1) you; 2) your spouse; and 3) the state of Ohio. The state is a party to the contract because, under its laws, you have certain obligations and responsibilities to each other, to any children you may have, and to Ohio.”
Did you catch how Ohio attorneys are taught to interpret law related to marriage? They state that marriage is a legal contract. Did you know that? The fact that the state did not disclose this information makes it a fraudulent contract. I spent a good many years of my working career managing contracts. I can tell you that for a contract to be valid there must be several items clearly expressed. None of those necessary items are stated in the marriage contract disguised as a marriage application.
In an article titled “Marriage Licenses: The Real Truth About Marriage Certificates,” Virgil Cooper recounts a conversation he had with the head of the Maricopa County, Arizona, Superior Court, Marriage License Bureau supervisor. He asked her a number of questions related to the general and statutory implications of the marriage license as it operates in Arizona. Cooper says that when it came to the technical questions, the head of the bureau called her assistant. Here is a somewhat lengthy narrative that explains clearly what the government has done.
“He then explained some of the technicalities of the marriage license. He said, first of all, the marriage license is a Secular Contract between the parties and the State. The State is the principal party in that Secular Contract. The husband and wife are secondary or inferior parties. A Secular Contract is a three-way contract between the State, as the Principal, and the husband and wife as the other two legs of the Contract.
“He said, in the traditional sense a marriage is a covenant between the husband and wife and God. But in the Secular Contract with the state, reference to God is a dotted line, and is NOT officially considered included in the Secular Contract at all.
“He said, if the husband and wife wish to include God as a party in their marriage that is a ‘dotted line’ they will have to add in their own minds. The state’s marriage license is “strictly secular,” he said. He said further, that what he meant by the relationship to God being a “dotted line” meant that the State regards any mention of God as irrelevant, even meaningless…
“He said in the traditional religious context, marriage was a covenant between the husband and wife and God with husband and wife joined as one. This is not the case in the secular realm of the state’s marriage license contract. The State is the Principal or dominant party. The husband and wife are merely contractually ‘joined’ as business partners, not in any religious union. They may even be considered, he said, connected to each other by another ‘dotted line.’”
“The picture he was trying to ‘paint” was that of a triangle with the State at the top and a solid line extending from the apex, the State, down the left side to the husband, and a separate solid line extending down the right side to the wife, a ‘dotted line’ merely showing that they consider themselves to have entered into a religious union of some sort that is irrelevant to the State.
“He further mentioned that this ‘religious overtone’ is recognized by the State by requiring that the marriage must be solemnized either by a state official or by a minister of religion that has been ‘deputized’ by the State to perform the marriage ceremony and make a return of the signed and executed marriage license to the State.
“Again, he emphasized that marriage is a strictly secular relationship so far as the State is concerned and because it is looked upon as a ‘privileged business enterprise’ various tax advantages and other political privileges have become attached to the marriage license contract that has nothing at all to do with marriage as a religious covenant or bond between God and a man and a woman.
“He went on to explain that every contract must have consideration. The State offers consideration in the form of the actual license itself – the piece of paper, the Certificate of Marriage. The other part of the consideration by the State is ‘the privilege to be regulated by statute.’ He added that this privilege to be regulated by statute includes all related statutes, all court cases as they are ruled on by the courts, and all statutes and regulations into the future in the years following the commencement of the marriage. He said in a way the marriage license contract is a dynamic or flexible, ever-changing contract as time goes along – even though the husband and wife didn’t realize that.
“My thought on this is can it really be considered a true contract as one becomes aware of the failure by the State to make full disclosure of the terms and conditions. A contract must be entered into knowingly, intelligently, intentionally, and with fully informed consent. Otherwise, technically there is no contract.
“Another way to look at the marriage license contract with the State is as a contract of adhesion, a contract between two disparate, unequal parties. Again, a flawed ‘contract.’ Such a contract with the State is said to be a “specific performance” contract as to the privileges, duties, and responsibilities that attach.
“Consideration on the part of the husband and wife is the actual fee paid and the implied agreement to be subject to the state’s statutes, rules, and regulations and all court cases ruled on related to marriage law, family law, children, and property. He emphasized that this contractual consideration by the bride and groom places them in a definite and defined-by-law position inferior and subject to the State. He commented that very few people realize this.
“He also said that it is very important to understand that children born to the marriage are considered by law as ‘the contract bearing fruit’ – meaning the children primarily belong to the State, even though the law never comes out and says so in so many words.
“In this regard, children born to the contract are regarded as ‘the contract bearing fruit,’ he said it is vitally important for parents to understand two doctrines that became established in the United States during the 1930s. The first is the Doctrine of Parens Patriae. The second is the Doctrine of In Loco Parentis.
“‘Parens Patriae’ means literally ‘the parent of the country’ or to state it more bluntly – the State is the undisclosed true parent. Along this line, a 1930s Arizona Supreme Court case states that parents have no property right in their children, and have custody of their children during good behavior at the sufferance of the State. This means that parents may raise their children and maintain custody of their children as long as they don’t offend the State, but if they in some manner displease the State, the State can step in at any time and exercise its superior status and take custody and control of its children – the parents are only conditional caretakers. [Thus the Doctrine of In Loco Parentis.]
“He also added a few more technical details. The marriage license is an ongoing contractual relationship with the State. Technically, the marriage license is a business license allowing the husband and wife, in the name of the marriage, to enter into contracts with third parties and contract mortgages and debts. They can get car loans, home mortgages, and installment debts in the name of the marriage because it is not only a secular enterprise but it is looked upon by the State as a privileged business enterprise as well as a for-profit business enterprise. The marriage contract acquires property throughout its existence and over time, it is hoped, increases in value.
“Also, the marriage contract ‘bears fruit’ by adding children. If sometime later, the marriage fails, and a ‘divorce’ results in the contract continuing in existence. The ‘divorce’ is merely a contractual dissolution or amendment of the terms and conditions of the contract. Jurisdiction of the State over the marriage, over the husband and wife, now separated, continues and continues over all aspects of the marriage, over marital property, and over children brought into the marriage.
“That is why family law and the Domestic Relations court call ‘divorce’ a dissolution of the marriage because the contract continues in operation but in amended or modified form. He also pointed out that the marriage license contract is one of the strongest, most binding contractual relationships the State has with people.
“At the end of our hour-long meeting, I somewhat humorously asked if other people had come in and asked the questions I was asking. The Assistant replied that in the several years he had worked there, he was not aware of anyone else asking these questions. He added that he was very glad to see someone interested in the legal implications of the marriage license and the contractual relationship it creates with the State.”
This explains precisely why Child Protective Services believes they can take your children at any time. According to the state, they have legal jurisdiction over your children. This is showing a most wicked form of contempt toward fathers and mothers imaginable. This is the modern expression of verse 7 – “They have treated father and mother with contempt/lightly.”
One organization that is seeking to restore the natural family to a place of authority and influence is The Natural Family Foundation. Here is their mission and ministry briefly explained:
“The Natural Family is the cornerstone of all civilization. Societies must do all they can to maintain, nurture, promote and protect this critical family unit. The moral fabric of a society is obliged to protect this family representation, and virtuous social contracts act like constraints surrounding and providing for its support. When the fabric is torn and/or the social contracts become immoral, working against the traditional family, then society as a whole is threatened with extinction. For society to survive, the fabric must be mended by readjusting the social constraints/contracts (public opinion) to once again favor the age-old Natural Family prototype.
“Institutions within a society are obliged to acknowledge the validity and legality of original Natural Family model and build their institutional foundations upon and around it. This means that the business community, news media, education providers, entertainment, government and the church should all do whatever is necessary to support the natural family as if their organizational lives depended upon it...because they do.
“Within the family there must be a clear male leader (e.g. father, grandfather, uncle, male elder cousin) and that leader must come from the family's lineage. Leadership should not come from the church, the state or any of the other key influences in a society. The stability of the family rests on the extent to which family leadership is able to keep itself from being threatened or co-opted by outside influences that are not fully supportive of the Natural Family. When traditional roles within the family become challenged, are made unclear or altered, a hostile environment is created that threatens the strength and viability of the family.
“The key role of any good society is to develop and maintain laws with a foundation rooted in a morally strong value system that has the Natural Family's benefit as its primary purpose for existing. Once again it is critically important that the business community, media, education, entertainment, government, and the church should all base their written or spoken agreements, commitments and understandings of how to be a moral role model in society on this primary purpose. In short..." as goes the family so goes the nation"...end of story, and if we are not extremely careful at this juncture, it will be the end of our history as Americans.”
Any nation that by statute, ordinance, rule, or law, undermines the natural family of a biological man married to a biological woman, who has children by birth or adoption, is seeding its own destruction. God’s perspective of any nation is based on how it treats people with little to no voice or power.
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