Origins and History
The definition of the word post originally meant "any of a number of riders or runners posted at intervals to carry mail or messages in relays along a route; postrider or courier" (Webster's New World Dictionary, Third College Edition, 1988, page 1054). People, thousands of years ago, didn't write letters to one another like we do nowadays. They didn't even have paper, everything was done on clay tablets and papyrus (but that was a very expensive thing to engage in). And therefore, the posts were really set up for governmental purposes, between different rulers in their own country as well as neighboring countries. It was set up by the government originally.
But there was another entity, known as the general post-office, which was not for commercial purposes and it was strictly for fellowship between the brothers, and they did it amongst themselves. Paul's letters were not delivered by Caesar's men, but by brothers in Christ, and that is the general post-office. And throughout history, there's always been the general post-office and the governmental post office; and they're different. One's done strictly for fellowship, the other's done for commercial purposes.
The current postal system, which is known as the United States Postal Service, is commercial, but it still retains the non-commercial aspect. It's based on the original general post-office, It does not exist without tracing its root to the original general post-office. And as with everything, the created cannot do away with the creator. Therefore, that original creation by the brothers fellowshipping amongst each other is still in existence, they've never done away with it. In all their statutes, every time they come up with a new statutory entity, they never do away with the general post-office, therefore it is still there.
The general-post-office is not mentioned in the Domestic Mail Manual because the Domestic Mail Manual denotes commerce. If you've got a problem, that's what the postal service employees and managers will refer to, but that's because everyone's presumed to be in commerce. But it's only a presumption, and that's where you have to come in and rebut that presumption. You rebut it by not engaging in commercial activity and not receiving your mail at an address, etc. Most people don't realize that when you receive mail at an address, or even at a P.O. Box, you're receiving a free benefit from Caesar. The postage you put on the envelope only covers the cost to deliver it from post office to post office, it does not cover any delivery beyond the post office (and the price for a P.O. Box covers the cost to rent the box itself, not for the cost of delivery). That's called free delivery, which was instituted during the Civil War, on July 1st, 1863. It was basically an act of war by Abraham Lincoln. Even though they did have free mail delivery service prior to that, it was strictly for commercial businesses. But then, in 1863, they spread it to everyone. Up to that time, nobody had an address on their house. The numbers were brought in on the houses strictly so the postman would know where to deliver the mail. Before 1863, people would collect their mail by going to the local post office and asking for it.
The U.S.Postal Service was established in 1971. This was preceded by the Post Office Department, which was established in 1872. And before the Post Office Department, the general post-office preceded that. In the early 1800's, they started referring to the general post office as the Post Office Department. However, it did not officially become the Post Office Department until 1872. Previous to that it was known as the general post-office.
There was actually two different general post-offices. The Post Master General today wears about seven hats; there's about seven different entities to the postal system. He wears the original hat as a caretaker of the original general post-office. He's also the caretaker of the general post-office that was created on February 20, 1792, which was for governmental business. And then in 1872 they created the Post Office Department.
In 1639, the original foundation for the post office was given in Massachusettes to Richard Fairbanks, the owner of Fairbanks Tavern in Boston. He was the first Postal officer in the history of the United States.
The General Court of Massachusetts
November 5, 1639:
"For preventing the miscarriage of letters, it is ordered, that notice be given that Richard Fairbanks's house in Boston is the place appointed for all letters which are brought from beyond the seas, or are to be sent thither,'to be brought unto; and he is to take care that they be delivered or sent according to their directions ; and he is allowed for every such letter one penny, and must answer all miscarriages through his own neglect in this kind; provided that no man shall be compelled to bring his letters thither, except he please."
Following the adoption of the Constitution in May 1789, the Act of September 22, 1789 (1 Stat. 70), temporarily established a post office:
NINETEENTH ACT of CONGRESS
An ACT for the temporary establishment of the POST OFFICE.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That there shall be appointed a Post-Master General; his powers and salary and the compensation to the assistant or clerk and deputies which he may appoint, and the regulations of the Post-Office shall be the same as they last were under the resolutions and ordinances of the late Congress. The Post-Master General to be subject to the direction of the President of the United States in performing the duties of his office, and in forming contracts for the transportation of the mail. Be it further enacted, That this act shall continue in force until the end of the next session of Congress, and no longer.
Approved, September 22th, 1789.
The post office was temporarily continued by the Act of August 4, 1790 (1 Stat. 178), and the Act of March 3, 1791 (1 Stat. 218). The Act of February 20, 1792 made detailed provisions for the post office, and also established a separate general post office for governmental purposes:
Chapter VIII - An Act to establish the Post Office and Post Roads within the United States.
Section 3. And it be further enacted, That there shall be established, at the seat of the government of the United States, a general post-office.
Note that this one page statutory creation by Congress established that general post-office for governmental business at the seat of the government of the United States in Washington D.C. The general post-office, which already existed, was never designated as being repealed in this Act. Therefore, it still remains in existence, separate from the governmental business' set up by this Act. There's nothing in that whole act which repeals the original general post-office. There's nothing in the act of 1872, when they created the Post Office Department, that did away with the original general post-office. So it's still there. There's nothing in the act of July 1, 1971, which created the Postal Service. The creation cannot do away with the creator, they cannot abolish the creator. Otherwise it has no foundation. And that's why the current Postmaster General wears about seven hats, because he has all of those different things that were created all the way through there.
In the early 1800's, the general post-office began to be referred to as "the Post-office department," but was not officially created until June 8, 1872:
Chapter CCCXXXV. - An Act to revise, consolidate, and amend the Statutes relating to the Post-office Department.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That there shall be established, at the seat of government of the United States of America, a department to be known as the Post-office Department.
And again, the general post-office was not repealed in this statute. It is for this cause that the re-organized service and its employees have no authority over the general post-office - it precedes their creation and has its Source and Origin in God through His Lawful assembly. The Post Office Department of the Confederate States of America was established on February 21, 1861, by an Act of the Provisional Congress of the Confederate States. The resumption of the federal mail service in the southern states took place gradually as the war came to an end.
Then the Post Office Department was replaced by the United States Posal Service on July 1, 1971. Title 39, the Postal Reorganization Act, details this change as well.
The general post office has its beginnings in scripture.
Jeremiah 51:31, "One post shall run to meet another, and one messenger to meet another, to shew the king of Babylon that his city is taken at one end..."
A "post" is another name for a courier:
2 Chronicles 30:6, "So the posts went with the letters from the king and his princes throughout all Israel and Judah,"
Esther 3:13, "And the letters were sent by posts into all the king's provinces..."
Scripture records messages being sent "by the hands of messengers" (1 Samuel 11:7) from as far back as the book of Job, which is the oldest book in the bible:
Job 1:14, "And there came a messenger unto Job, and said, The oxen were plowing, and the asses feeding beside them:"
These messages were delivered using the current means of movement at the time:
Esther 8:10,14, "And he wrote in the king Ahasuerus' name, and sealed it with the king's ring, and sent letters by posts on horseback, and riders on mules, camels, and young dromedaries: So the posts that rode upon mules and camels went out..."
And sending messages refreshes the soul:
Proverbs 25:13, KJV, "As the cold of snow in the time of harvest, so is a faithful messenger to them that send him: for he refresheth the soul of his masters."
Proverbs 25:13, Septuagint, "As a fall of snow in the time of harvest is good against heat, so a faithful messenger refreshes those that sent him: for he helps the souls of his masters."
In times passed, people sent messages to others by posting their letters on a "post" in the middle of town, with the name of the one who it's intended for. People would go to this "post" and look for letters with their name on it, and if they saw their name on a letter they would take it down from the post and read it. However, due to theft of messages, an office was built around the post to prevent people from stealing messages. This office became known as the general post-office. People would then go to the general post-office to pick up their messages.
Today, the stamp on an envelope pays for delivery of that envelope from the sender's post-office to the receiver's post-office. It does not pay for the costs when that envelope leaves the area behind the clerk's desk and gets delivered to the receiver's address, mailbox, post office box, mail slot, etc. This is a "free" service. The alternative to free mail delivery is to receive all Postal Matter either in general delivery, or through the general post office.
Be sure to take these measures when using the general post office:
- Remove the mailbox from your home. Seal the mail slot in your door or apartment. Cancel your post office box.
- All numbers should be removed from the house, and from around your land.
- Always use stamps on envelopes. Avoid having your outgoing mail meter-stamped by the post office because this is a "free service" from the government. Besides, you must provide a zip code in order for them to weigh it and place the postage on it (which shows its commercial nature).
- When sending mail matter, one should drop it off inside the Post Office itself if possible. The stamp on an envelope covers the cost to send it from one post office to another post office; it does not cover the cost to have it personally delivered from or to a mailbox or post-office box. If you drop out-going mail into mail boxes outside the Post Office (including mail boxes on the sidewalk and parking lot of the Post Office itself), the government must pick it up and delivery it for you, and it is a free benefit from the Postal Service.
- Never accept mail that is not First-Class, mail that is addressed in all capital letters, mail that uses abbreviations, or mail that places a zip code in your mailing location (unless the zip code is contained in brackets).
- Do not use a zip code. If you must use one, always put brackets around it. In man's law, this is considered extraneous, explanatory, and interpolated matter; meaning it's separate and distinct from the rest of the document. Whether or not anybody recognizes that is another question, but in their own law that's how it's written. After the five-digit zip code, one should put the following four digit extension after it, "-9999". For example: [28715-9999]. This indicates the non-commercial side of the post office. The commercial side of the post office, through general delivery, is indicated by the extension "-9998".
- Never allow the post office to forward mail to the general post office or from the general post office. It is a free service and benefit. You want to stay away from that. Inform people about the change in your mailing location yourself. Those you don't notify are most likely unsolicited mailers anyway.
- Never receive commercial mail through the general post office. To avoid receiving bills through the US Postal Service, pay all bills in person before they send out the bill (phone bills, electric bills, etc.). You can contact the billing department to find out when you can go in person to pay the bill to avoid them sending it out. You may tell them, "I no longer have a place to receive mail, so I'll just go there and pay it in person." Or you can send them money in advance before the billing cycle starts.
- The evidence of a mailbox on a house, in front of a house, or using a Post Office Box, prove military commercial residency as an 'enemy in the field.' A doorbell or door knocker is an 'invitation' under military and statutory law to break down the door, if necessary, within their own discretion, because it is presumed that the existence of such is to permit or allow anyone to enter for any reason once announcement has been made and without any further protocol necessary to gain entrance.
General Post Office
The only post-office in your town you may use to pick up postal mail matter is the main post office. Always bring a copy of the scripture with you. This shows who and what you are, and the Law you follow.
Bondmen of Christ should always pick up mail in the name of Christ, and not in their own name.
Colossians 3:17, "And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him."
One reason that general delivery is denied to so many is because they come in their own name to pick up their own mail, which denoted self-will. Another reason is because general delivery was created under the Post Office Department and Postal Service, which were both created by the government, and is under their jurisdiction. Therefore, they can deny it to whoever they wish since they created it. The general post-office, on the other hand, was created before these two departments, and precedes the legal memory of man. The general post-office is not regulated in the postal laws because they can only regulate what they have created. So they cannot lawfully deny it.
The general way to proceed to pick up mail matter at the general post-office, instead of general delivery, can be as follows: Send, or have others send, First-Class mail matter (do not send a 'signature requires' class) to the main post office within the area of the Lawful Assembly, directed to the Lawful assembly, such as:
the Christ's assembly
Enka, North Carolina
Or, if you have many people in your assembly, you may write:
the Christ's assembly
Enka, North Carolina
So the assembly knows who that mail is personally for. Or, the simplest way is to just use:
the Christ's assembly
Enka, North Carolina
But the reason you may want to keep the "general post office" in the mailing location is to differentiate the general post office from general delivery service.
After three or four days, send two or three Brothers with a Letter of Appointment to call forth the mail matter that was sent. The initial verbal introduction can be, “Greetings, we were sent by the Christ's assembly at California to call forth their First-Class mail matter that was sent here to the general post-office. Here is their Letter of Appointment.” The post-office may even offer to keep your letter of appointment in their files for their records.
Once the mail matter is handed to you, the general post-office is revived. Keep in mind that you may be told that you can only receive “general delivery,” but once the mail matter is handed to you, the question is moot, for they have already born witness otherwise, because they handed over mail addressed to the general post-office, thus confirming they recognize the general post office (especially if they do not return it to the sender or junk it). So, you may say, "You acknowledge that this is the general post-office by handing this mail matter to me, otherwise you wouldn't have handed it to me."
Questions and Answers
The following is an overview of how one may speak to those in the Post Office concerning the general post-office.
Sojourner: Greetings! We were sent by the Christ's assembly at California to call forth their First-Class mail matter that was sent here to the general post-office. Here is their Letter of Appointment.
Post Office: Who are you?
Sojourner: I'm a messenger sent by the Christ's assembly at California.
Post Office: You must fill out a government form.
Sojourner: I'm sorry, I don't really fill out government forms.
Post Office: We must insist on you filling out this form.
Sojourner: This is a form for General Delivery Service. I am not requesting general delivery service, but am here to pick up First-Class mail matter sent through the general post-office. Those who get free mail delivery service at their homes don't fill out any government forms.
Post Office: I need to see some I.D.
Sojourner: I do not have any I.D. But if you want to know who I am, I'll be happy to write it down on a piece of paper and leave you my signature so that when I come in to pick it up you can identify me that way.
Post Office: You can't pick up mail without I.D.
Sojourner: Would it help if those who sent the mail call you up and give their permission for me to pick it up? (If the answer is "yes," then have those people call up the post-office, and have them say that those who it is addressed to will pick it up. If the post office asks how they will know if the ones who pick it up are the ones who it is addressed to if they don't have I.D., have them say, "Whoever asks for that mail in Christ's Name may receive it".)
Post Office: You can only receive mail through general delivery.
Sojourner: We fellowship with other brothers and sisters in Christ around the country, and they only send First-Class mail matter through the general post-office. That's the only means we have of fellowshipping with one another. (Stress to the post office that you receive mail matter specifically for fellowship between yourself and the body of believers in Christ Jesus, and not for any commercial purposes).
Post Office: This mail must have a zip code on it.
Sojourner: I have no control over whether or not the sender uses a zip code. If they don't believe in zip codes, they won't use them. It's not up to me, but them.
Post Office: There is no room to keep your mail (this may be true, especially if you are part of a commune).
Sojourner: We'll build a box for you so you could have something to put our mail in. If this box is just on your side of the clerk's desk, we can pick up our mail without you having to get our mail for us.
Post Office: But anybody can take your mail if it's by the counter.
Sojourner: Well, we'll put that in the hands of the Lord. This mail is posted and moved by the Grace of God, and if it's His Will, we'll receive what he wants us to receive. Besides, those who receive free home delivery of their mail have mail boxes, and anybody can take the mail out of those boxes as well.
If the post office refuses to acknowledge the general post-office, and returns the mail back to the sender, then send a letter to the general post-office with a "delivery confirmation" on it. This way, if the post office returns that to the sender, they have to explain why it was returned. But they may be hesitant to send something back with a delivery confirmation on it, and if they hand it to you, then the general post-office is revitalized.
If the post master refuses the general post-office (or general delivery) to you, then go to a small town, preferably a town that does not have free mail delivery service. The post offices in these areas are very friendly and willing to serve you, and very rarely even ask for I.D. to pick up mail matter.
As a last resort, if the post office is giving you a hard time, you may request a "U.S. Postal Service Consumer Service Card" (PS Form 4314-C) from the post-office that is refusing you (or you may walk in the post-office with one already). This is an official complaint form that is sent to the Postmaster in charge of the main distribution center that controls all the post-offices in their area. Tell them that since you have a vested right in the general post-office, you need to have their name and Employee Identification Number, so you can fill out that form so somebody can straighten them out. Nobody wants to have complaints on their personal work record, and they're really using their own discretion when they say "you can't receive it here" because there's no direction from the Post Master General stating they can do that. And therefore, if they think you're going to put in a complaint against them, those at the post-office may re-consider and allow you to go through the general post-office, without you even having to send this form in to their superiors. However, we do not recommend that you actually send this card to the area post-office, because then you'd be considered a consumer, and a 'consumer' is a commercial term. Just the threat of using a consumer complaint card may change their attitude.
If the postal clerk is not sure what you are asking for, tell them the mail matter will probably be bundled near or with the general delivery items. They will then proceed to that area of the post office to look for the mail.
Unlike mail delivery service, if, after you mail a letter or package, it does not have enough postage on it and it's returned to you in the general post office, the stamps on it are still valid (as long as you don't leave the post office with it...just add more stamps to it right there and then if it has insufficient postage on it) and may be used again, because it never left the post-office! Once it leaves the post-office through home delivery, or a P.O. Box, then the stamps cannot be re-used.
Another advantage of receiving mail through the general post-office is that you will not receive any junk mail. They do not deliever mail without spelling everything in ALL CAPS, abbreviations, and zip codes. They only deliever to commercial addresses.
Also, if you get any mail that you cannot accept (such as an envelope having your name in all capital letters, or abbreviations, or zip codes, etc.), you may return it to the sender. If the clerk asks, "Why do you want to refuse it?" You may say, "I am not refusing that mail, it's not deliverable as addressed." If they ask, "But isn't your name RICHARD ANTHONY?" You may say, "My name is not spelled in all capital letters, therefore, that is not my name. If that's not my name, that mail is not addressed to me. I cannot accept somebody else's mail." If they ask what they should put on the envelope when they return it, make sure they stamp, "Not deliverable as addressed" on it.
As far as the issue of identification, if you get the mail on your own, and it's personally addressed to you, they're going to want identification. But if you're with the assembly, and go with one or two other brothers (or sisters) from the assembly, and have a letter of appointment from the assembly, you have an official duty to engage in, and therefore the post office has a very difficult time asking for I.D. So that is one of the advantages of receiving mail on behalf of the Christ's assembly, rather than in your own name.
Some may ask about the postage. The postage is the same for matters mailed from the general post-office as it is for everything else. They have their costs. And the Postage is not what makes it commercial, it's the free delivery that goes beyond the post office where the problem is.
Some may ask about parcels. They'll hold them there at the general post-office for you until you pick it up. You don't have to have it sent to an address or anything like that.
We also recommend giving the clerk (who hands you the mail) a pre-1964 silver coin each time you pick up the mail. This separates you from the world's way of doing things. The clerk may say, "You don't have to give me that," but you may reply, "I know I don't have to, but the Lord is directing me to give it to you." Or you may also say, "It is better to give than to receive." If they ask why you are doing that, you may say, "I'm receiving something from you, so I'm giving in return. We give to those who help us."
Letter of Appointment
From the Christ's assembly at North Carolina, to all whom this matter does concern, Greetings in the Name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus, the Christ, and ourselves in Lawful assembly in and through His Name.
On this ____________ day of the _____________ month in the ________________ Year of Our Lord and Savior Christ Jesus, solely by the Grace of God, in His Blessed Name, by His Authority, and under Lawful Warrant in, of, and through Him, the Christ's assembly at North Carolina calls, appoints, and directs, our Brothers and Sisters in possession of this appointment, having shown and evidenced to us by the word of their Testimony, and the Witness of God our Father, to be of one Mind, Body, and Spirit with us in the Christ, to:
One; call forth our First-Class mail Matter from the general post-office located at Enka, North Carolina and return the same to us and each of us; and,
Two; to exercise due diligence, sound Wisdom and Judgment with which God our Father in the Christ has blessed them, in carrying out the duties appertaining to this appointment; and to continue to exercise the duties in and of this appointment until:
One; his or her recall by, and return to, our Blessed Sovereign Lord and Saviour Jesus, the Christ; or,
Two; this appointment is withdrawn by us in Lawful assembly in His Name for Cause.
Locus sigilii ecclesia:
[place signature (black or blue ink) and right thumb print (red ink) here] , a bondservant of Jesus, the Christ
[place signature (black or blue ink) and right thumb print (red ink) here] , a bondservant of Jesus, the Christ
Sealed under Authority of the Christ, by His Direction of our own hands.
This is the way we formerly called for our First-Class Matter. We no longer use general delivery, because we have discovered this is a service created by man, and is under their control since it's in their codes, rules and regulations. But for those who would rather receive general delivery, or for those who are not able to go through the general post-office because of an adamant Post Master, we have left this section in tact.
When going to the main post office for the first time to receive general delivery, these items should be brought with you.
The following is an overview of how one may speak to those in the Post Office concerning general delivery.
- Family Bible and Baptismal Certificate. This shows who and what you are, and the Law you follow.
- Sections 776-797 from the Postal Laws and Regulations of 1932. This shows that a request for general delivery, if insisted upon, must be complied with.
- Section D930 from the DMM (Domestic mail Manual). This is the law concerning general delivery. It states that it's for transients and customers, and then goes on to limit general delivery to customers only, but does not limit it to transients.
- A copy of Postal Bulletin #21877, issued 9-29-94, page 7. This shows that those without identification may receive indefinite general delivery. It also shows that the 30 day limit in DMM 930.1.4 refers to how long mail is usually held in general delivery, not to how long one can receive general delivery.
- A copy of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, section 410 (c). This states that the Postal Service shall not require the disclosure of identification from any postal patron.
- A copy of section A010, section 1.2e, from the DMM. This shows that zip codes are voluntary under the law, for First-Class mail matter.
Sojourner: I wanted to inform you that I'll be receiving postal matter in general delivery and I would like you to hold it for me.
Post Office: Fill out this form.
Sojourner: I'm sorry, I don't really fill out government forms. But if you want to know who I am, I'll be happy to write it down on a piece of paper and leave you my signature so that when I come in to pick it up, you can identify me that way.
Post Office: You must fill out this form.
Sojourner: This is a form for General Delivery Service. Since I'm not requesting General Delivery Service, it's impossible for me to fill out that application. Calling for my First-Class Matter in general delivery is not a 'service', but an extended government duty of the Post Office Department.
Post Office: Well, you'll need identification to pick it up.
Sojourner: I would like an interview with the Postmaster of the general post office. I am in general delivery specifically for fellowship between myself and the body of believers in Christ, Jesus, and not for any commercial purposes.
Post Office: I'll let you know my decision.
Sojourner: I'm not here seeking any permission, but to assert a traditionally vested right in general delivery, established for and by the church, which existed prior to the creation of the Postal Service, The Post Office Department, the general post office, and the Constitution. Thus, it isn't within your discretion to deny such rights.
Post Office: Mister so and so…
Sojourner: Being a Godly Man, I do not attach, or allow to be attached, commercial designations such as 'Mister' to my Godly Name, for to do so is an abomination to my Lord and Saviour, Jesus, the Christ. Since I am a Sojourner in Christ, on the land, homeless and transient, and not a commercial resident with a fixed address, I would draw your attention to Postal Bulletin 21877. Those that write your DMM are very careful not to restrict transients and Patrons from calling their postal matter from general delivery, because they say here that we may receive "indefinite" general delivery. The church uses general delivery to communicate with each other, not as residents but as sojourners.
Post Office: You need Identification.
Sojourner: Well, let's examine the law and see what it says regarding general delivery. In D930, please note that general delivery is intended primarily, not exclusively, as a temporary means of delivery. Section 1.1 says it's for transients and customers only. Sections 1.2 and thereafter restrict customers only, not transients. It appears to me that those learned men and women in the law who write your DMM would not differentiate between 'transients' and 'customers' at section 1.1 if the two terms conveyed the same meaning, and would not have dropped 'transients' after section 1.1 if the restrictions applied to transients. I pray that you will note the significance of these differences at law.
NOTE: An example of a mailing location in general delivery may be:
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