What is Caesar's Anyway?
CAS Kidnapping of seven Christian children in Aylmer,
Ontario fuels a call for righteous civil disobedience
In light of the abduction of seven Christian children from the home
of good parents in Aylmer, Ontario, Canada, simply because they
could not promise the CAS (Children's Aid Society) that the would
never spank again, I have some pastoral advice to give to
1. Pray that God almighty, the God of our salvation, will graciously
deliver those [CRIMINALLY -ed] innocent children from these evil
2. Stand united. I had one Pastor shamelessly tell me that we
shouldn't overreact and get hysterical. Instead, he suggested that
we ought to trust that the authorities will do their job. Well they've
done their job alright. This man is a disgrace to himself and the
church. We must stand united in support of the parents because this
issue affects the church corporate; the body of believers who take
seriously the biblical standards of child rearing.
3. Have a family conference and explain to your children, if you
haven't already, why you spank. Show them from scripture.
Especially show them that you are following the pattern of our
Heavenly Father--Hebrews 12:5-11:
5 And you have forgotten the exhortation which speaks to you as to sons:
"My son, do not despise the chastening of the LORD,
Nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him;
6 For whom the LORD loves He chastens,
And scourges every son whom He receives."
7 If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for
what son is there whom a father does not chasten? 8 But if you are
without chastening, of which all have become partakers, then you
are illegitimate and not sons. 9 Furthermore, we have had human
fathers who corrected us, and we paid them respect. Shall we not
much more readily be in subjection to the Father of spirits and live?
10 For they indeed for a few days chastened us as seemed best to
them, but He for our profit, that we may be partakers of His
holiness. 11 Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present,
but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of
righteousness to those who have been trained by it."
There are two principles to glean here:
a. The Lord scourges every son whom He receives.
b. If the Lord doesn't chasten you, then you are not His son.
Every parent who loves his child is interested in moulding his
character. We call this discipline. Discipline takes many forms:
admonition, instruction, correction and if necessary a spanking. If
you don't do these things you are neither a loving parent, nor are
you imitating God, since you aren't interested in moulding the
character of your children according to the biblical pattern.
4. After you've explained to them why you do what you do, VERY
CLEARLY and concretely explain to them that they are never to
speak to strangers or mere acquaintances about any detail of family
discipline. Warn them about "nice" people who will try to approach
them at school, or elsewhere, with questions like: "Does your daddy
or mommy spank you?" "I'm sure daddy or mommy are good
parents, but spanking is bad. We just want to talk to them about
They are not to answer "nice" people in the least, except to say, "I
don't talk to strangers." If the "nice" person persists, train your
children to SCREAM for help. Under no circumstances are they to
say anything about what happens in the home.
If there is anything we can learn from this sorry display of
government tyranny in Aylmer it is that our bother and sister were
naive about the CAS's devious intentions. They should never have
allowed any questioning to take place. The CAS has NO legal
authority to question you or your children. YOUR CHILDREN DO
NOT HAVE TO ANSWER THEIR QUESTIONS!
5. To reiterate: If the CAS, or any other such organization wants to
speak to you, you are legally permitted to refuse them an audience.
They must have a warrant to come into your house or to ask you
anything pertaining to your family. As a couple, you must insist on
this as a strategic defence. And neither of you should speak to CAS
members individually. WHAT YOU SAY CAN AND WILL BE
HELD AGAINST YOU!
[ESSENTIALLY THE CHILDREN'S AID SOCIETY HAS DECLARED WAR ON CHRISTIAN PARENTS.
PLAN YOUR DEFENSE STRATEGY BEFFORE YOU LOSE YOUR FIRST BATTLE TO THEM. -ed]
6. If the CAS, or any other authority, comes to your house with a
warrant you should have already had a heads up (you would have
had them at your door a few times previous to this point), so make
sure you have good legal representation and several witnesses. The
first time they come get in touch with an informed lawyer--I suggest
getting in touch with Dallas Miller's e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org.
He heads up the Legal defence for Home Schoolers. I also suggest
that you become a member of the organization regardless of
whether or not you home school.
**What I'm going to suggest here is my theological and
7. If you know ahead of their intention to take your kids, get your
kids out of your house and take them somewhere they will be safe
and secure. Tell the authorities NOTHING (of course you may
decide the risk is to great, and as one family has already done, leave
the country for good).
But I firmly believe that in this case it is your solemn obligation
before God to defend your family against tyrants. This is no
different than hiding Jews from the Nazis. In fact, hiding and
defending your children is your MORAL obligation. In this case, if
you do not hide your children and lie to the authorities about their
whereabouts you will be aiding and abetting a greater evil--even if it
is not your wish to do so.
>From a theological standpoint the commandment "thou shalt bear no
false witness against your neighbour" cannot be held in tension
against the command "thou shalt not steal" and "thou shalt not
commit murder" (there is enough biblical evidence to argue that
kidnapping is a form of murder--but I don't have the time to
develop this here).
If you tell the authorities the "TRUTH" you contravene the other
two commandments. You don't violate them actively, but passively,
because the commandments not only require that you don't break
them, but do everything in your power to keep them. This means
that you not only ensure that you don't murder, but that you protect
and defend innocent life and preserve it to the best of your
ability--anything less is breaking the commandment.
Also, the commandments presume a covenant context. If
the "authority" under whose jurisdiction you are, comes to your
home with the intent to do evil (even if they believe their motives
are sincere. Remember, Nazis sincerely believed in their views) they
are no longer entitled to the truth because they cease to be
"neigbours," but have become your enemy. They have broken
covenant with the citizens under their authority. Certainly the police
in this case violated an oath they swore to up hold--they swore to
uphold the law and defend innocent citizens. They are no longer
police, but paid thugs!
As in war, where the enemy is not entitled to vital national secrets,
in this case the "authorities" are not entitled to vital familial secrets.
You children's safety and security is vital to the interests of the
family and any authority which seeks to harm them is an enemy.
Therefore it is suggested that you hide them and lie about their
whereabouts (perhaps you might have to hide yourself).
[AS IN ANY WAR, YOU MUST ESTIMATE THE ENEMY'S STRENGTH BEFORE ENGAGING HIM.
IT'S DOUBTFUL ANY FAMILY COULD ELUDE POLICE FOR VERY LONG IN CANADA. FLEEING IS
PROBABLY A MORE VIABLE OPTION. IF THE U.S. IS UNWELCOMING, AT SOME POINT THIRD
WORLD ANARCHY BECOMES MORE LIVABLE THAN SYSTEMATIC TYRANNY. -ed]
I realize this is controversial, however, to insist on telling the truth
to an enemy is insisting on a standard holier than God insists on.
Hebrews makes it categorically clear that Rahab's righteousness was
directly related to her lying to the authorities of her pagan tribe (she
was under their jurisdiction and covenantally bound to them as we
are to Canadian authorities, they were her neighbours so to speak).
But God says that in hiding the Jewish spies she was righteous. If
God says she was righteous, who are we to insist that she still
sinned? Sin is never "righteous" in the sight of God.
Also there is the example of Moses's mother who defied the
Egyptian authority and hid her child. Had she not, Moses would
have been murdered by the Egyptians. But so that the decree of
God would be fulfilled She hid her child and the rest is history.
These are just two examples, there are others.
We cannot pervert the intent of the law of God to justify pietism.
One law cannot be kept against another of God's laws. It is
not simply the letter of the law but the spirit of the law that God
I don't mean to sound judgmental of our Aylmer brother and sister,
I do believe they sincerely believed they could not lie, but
unfortunately they were sincerely wrong. Enemies are not entitled to
truth, especially if that "truth" will put innocent people in danger.
My friends, Jesus said, "give unto Caesar what is Caesar's." Caesar
(the government and their agencies) is not entitled to our children.
For Christ and His crown rights,
Rev. Tristan Emmanuel
Pastor of Living Hope OPC
(905) 562 0858