We, the undersigned, do unanimously declare loyalty to the one true God who is rightly called the Holy Trinity—one in divine essence yet three in persons—the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

Moreover, we wholeheartedly subscribe to God’s holy Word, namely, the Bible. We do this understanding fully that such adherence to the Word of God is an expression of trust in and obedience to the One who is the Word made flesh, namely, Jesus Christ. To deny God’s Word is to deny Jesus Christ, and this we will not do.

We confess the authority of God over and into all things, including the kingdoms of this world administered by men, as well as that which is readily perceivable within the unchanging framework of Natural Law.

“Thou couldest have no power at all against me,” Jesus said to Pontius Pilate, “except it were given thee from above” (John 19:11). And the Psalmist proclaims, “Who laid the foundations of the earth, that it should not be removed forever” (Psalm 104:5).

Accordingly, we affirm God as the author of gender, marriage, and human sexuality, all three having been clearly defined by His Word. Natural Law is in harmony with God’s Word, and so we acknowledge that it not only affirms the objective truth of the biologically unique, yet complementary, roles of male and female, but in tandem, it heralds the societal-stabilizing estate of marriage as a union in fidelity between one man and one woman for mutual companionship, selfless delight, and the procreation of children (Genesis 1:27; Matthew 19:4-6).

Likewise, we hold true that the United States of America was founded as John Adams affirmed for Thomas Jefferson through correspondence on 28 June A.D. 1813 when he wrote: “The general principles on which the Fathers achieved independence were the only principles in which that beautiful assembly of young gentlemen could unite… And what were these general principles? I answer, the general principles of Christianity, in which all those Sects were united—and the general principles of English and American Liberty, in which all those young men united, and which had united all parties in America, in majorities sufficient to assert and maintain her independence” (The Jefferson Papers).

We also hold true that the Founders gave allegiance to Natural Law “which, being coeval with mankind and dictated by God Himself, is, of course, superior in obligation to any other. It is binding over all the globe, in all countries, and at all times. No human laws are of any validity, if contrary to this” (Alexander Hamilton quoting Sir William Blackstone, The Papers of Alexander Hamilton, 23 February A.D. 1775). Noah Webster rightly noted in An American Dictionary of the English Language in 1828 that the laws of nature are “established by the Creator and are, with peculiar felicity of expression, denominated in Scripture, ‘ordinances of heaven.’”

Beneath this two-tiered spirit of the Founders well-represented by the documents they produced, we humbly submit our loyalty to the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution as they are born from the General Principles. Where these documents have been altered, misrepresented, or found to be in conflict with the General Principles or Natural Law, we do not submit.

In accordance with this confession, it follows then that the rendering of any executive, legislative, judicial, or generally bureaucratic conclusions that would inevitably require us to forsake the religious convictions that underpin this brief statement or urge for us to stray beyond its borders, such conclusions must be considered illegitimate and would be met by a disposition of great concern from the undersigned.

We mean no disrespect, as honor is certainly due our rulers and those in authority as servants of God. Nevertheless, as indicated, if such actions were to occur, the government would cease to be as God ordained it. This would require careful Christian discernment, and may even necessitate Christian dissent. Let it be stated again in reverent gentleness that our highest allegiance is to the God of creation who revealed Himself in Jesus Christ (John 1:1-3,14; Colossians 1:15-20; Hebrews 1:2-3) and who is the only way of salvation (John 14:6). With such respectful humility, we submit before the rulers of this world that we are bound to obey God and His Word rather than men (Acts 5:29).

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