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2 Hope of Israel Ministries BIBLE Correspondence Course Lesson 37

An Open Letter from the Staff...

When men are under submission to another
man’s will and bidding without adequate compensation
for their services rendered, it is SLAVERYno matter by
what name such service may be called. Because this is
so, the amount of wages received for services rendered
-- and the right to sell one’s services to whom one
wishes -- is VITAL to the independence and standing of
the laborer. Unless a laborer has freedom of choice and
receives FULL and ADEQUATE RETURN for his
services and the goods he produces by the expenditure
of either mental or physical activity, the scale tips
towards SLAVERY rather than towards freedom and
The status of the laborer and the amount of
wages due him has been the basis of class warfare and HOPE OF ISRAEL MINISTRIES
has led to STRIFE and BLOODSHED. Men have BIBLE
resented classification and low wages and have CORRESPONDENCE COURSE
continually organized to BETTER their conditions. But LESSON 37
it is IMPOSSIBLE to make an equitable adjustment of
wages that will be satisfactory to both employer and Published at Arcadia, California by Hope of
employee UNTIL CERTAIN FUNDAMENTAL Israel Ministries (Ecclesia of YEHOVAH).
Also, no question is so important and vital in EDITOR AND DIRECTOR
the establishment of an orderly and peaceful social John D. Keyser
system than a proper and equitable definition of
PROPERTY RIGHTS. Unless there is vested in the
human race the right to own and have possessions, there TECHNICAL ADVISOR
can be NO SUCH THING as stealing or covetousness. Sean C. Keyser
Any laws against such would be totally ridiculous -- for
a man cannot steal that which belongs to no one, nor can YOUR ENROLLMENT has been paid by
he covet that which is not another’s! Without personal others. Bulk copies for distribution not
ownership, a man can take and use anything he sees -- given or sold.
until one strongerthan he attemptsto possess it. Without ADDRESS COMMUNICATIONS to the
property rights that are properly defined and enforced, Editor at the following address:
the world would be awash with chaos and violence. Hope of Israel Ministries, P.O. Box 2186,
By their very prohibitions the Ten Command- Temple City, California 91780, U.S.A.
ments presuppose definite inherent PROPERTY _________________________________
RIGHTS vested in mankind as illustrated in the words
“Thou shalt not steal” and “Thou shalt not covet.” Those About Our Cover...
who demand the abolition of property rights seem
unable to realize that to attain such a state of affairs British council workers on strike over
would ABOLISH stealing and covetousness and reduce pensions.
men to the level of animals, with the weak in fear of the

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