When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for a people to dissolve the spiritual bonds which have kept them in captivity, and to assume by the Power of God, the separate and sanctified state to which the Grace of God entitles them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men have sinned, that God has endowed them with certain opportunities to experience the revelation of Himself, that among these are Life, Love, and the pursuit of Truth. That to secure these opportunities, the Almighty has instituted among men one Mediator between God and Men, Jesus Christ, deriving His just power from the authority of the Lord. That when any Form of Spiritual Darkness employs its destructive means to enslave Creation, it is the Right of the Creator to abolish it, and to institute a Divine plan of Redemption, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to ensure the completeness of God’s plan for mankind.
Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Spiritual Darkness so long established is impossible to be changed by the power of the enslaved; and accordingly all experience hath shown, that mankind is more disposed to suffer for their sin, than to right itself by abolishing the forms to which it is accustomed. But when a long history of iniquity and deception, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under spiritual Despotism, it is God’s right, it is His love, to deliver them from such a power, and to provide a new means for future redemption.
Such has been the sufferance of Mankind; such is now the necessity which constrains God to alter Man’s perceptions of Love and Life. The history of the former Ruler of Darkness is a history of repeated injuries and lies, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over Mankind. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a waiting world.
He has refused his Submission to God’s laws, the most holy and necessary for all good.
He has forbidden Men their true heart’s desire, to seek their Creator.
He has dissolved the dreams of Men repeatedly, binding them to their pasts and depriving them of their spiritual heritage.
He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to allow new dreams to be birthed; whereby the hopes of Men have been lost to despair and shallow lives.
He has endeavored to prevent the population of God’s Kingdom for the purpose of obstructing the Redemption of God, and raising the conditions of guilt and shame so high as to render freedom unattainable for the natural man.
He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing to Assent to the Laws of God, and has given men over to repeated injustices among themselves.
He has made Men dependent on his Lies alone, for the duration of their lives, and the amount and payment of their souls.
He has erected a multitude of Deceptions and false gods, and sent hither swarms of minions to harass God’s people and consume the fruits of their labor.
He has kept among us, in all times, Standing Armies of a spiritual nature with the deceived consent of men.
He has combined with others to subject Men to a jurisdiction foreign to the spiritual nature which God has given them; giving his Assent to their acts of falsified Laws:
For quartering large bodies of spiritual Taskmasters among us;
For protecting them, by his Tyrannical hand, from Punishment for any injuries which they should commit on the race of Men;
For cutting off our fellowship with the One True God, the Almighty Creator of all;
For imposing unattainable standards on us without God’s consent;
For depriving us of Justice;
For transporting us beyond our ability to attain Justice;
For attempting to abolish the free System of God’s holy Laws.
He has attempting to overthrow the Righteous Lord of all, and waged War against the People of God.
He has plundered and persecuted the People of God.
He is continuing at this time to commit acts of War against the entire race of Mankind, and working to undermine the Divine plan of Salvation that God has enacted.
He has worked to prevent Men from fighting back by depriving them of their hopes, and has afflicted them with their past failures and iniquities.
In every stage of the Oppressions the hearts of the Remnant have prayerfully Petitioned the Almighty for Revival in the most humble terms; in response, the Prince of Darkness has responded by inflicting continued persecution on them. A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free People.
Nor have we, that Remnant, been wanting in attention to our brethren of Men. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their oppression to extend an unwarranted jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of God’s demonstration of Grace in our lives. We have appealed to their native spiritual desire for Truth, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common nature – that is, that we are created in the Image of the Almighty – to disavow this sinful lifestyle that keeps them in bondage, which, would inevitably separate them from the Love and Presence of God. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our separation, and hold them in the Love of God as potential members of the Kingdom to which we have pledged allegiance.
We, therefore, the Remnant of God, the Body of Christ, the Church in General Agreement, appealing to the Supreme Grace of God for the rectitude of our intentions, hopes, and dreams, do, in the Name, and by the Authority of the Almighty of this Universe, solemnly publish and declare in Faith, That this Kingdom of God is, and of right ought to be Free and Dependent upon the Grace of God, that its members are absolved from all Allegiance to the State of the Sinful nature by the power and love of Jesus Christ, and that all spiritual connection between it and the Powers of Enmity toward God, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as a Redeemed People, they have full power to wage war against the Spiritual Darkness in the natural world, share the Love of God with those still in Darkness, establish Relationship with the Creator, and to do all other Acts and Things which Dependent People may of right do as Sons and Daughters of God. And for the support of this Declaration, we mutually pledge to Christ and each other our Lives, our Dreams, and our Sacred Honor.