The Oath of Office made Before God and Treason                                                                                   by Jack Kettler 

“Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.” Exodus 20:7

Oaths made before God using His name involve His divine honor. To swear falsely, is to misuse God's name and in essence, call God a liar.

An oath of office is an affirmation or covenant that a person takes before assuming the duties of office. Ordinarily, this is a position in government for legislators and civil servants or a church office holder. An oath that is made by calling God as a witness is clearly a religious oath. The only effective way to warrant that a candidate's affirmation is truthful was to put his words before God by way of an oath with his hand upon God's Word, the Bible.

Because of calling God as a witness, an oath is a solemn promise made in God's presence. Significantly when making an oath, the candidate elect places his left hand on the Bible and raises his right hand toward heaven, and promises to uphold and carry out the duties required in the Constitution of the United States. It should be clear, God is the witness in this covenant! If a man does not believe in God or has no intention of keeping the oath, then he is committing blasphemy.

There are oaths, that call for God's intervention, such as; “I swear to tell the truth, so help me God.” It should be noted, to swear to tell the truth with God as a witness is a religious oath even if made in a civil setting. To perjure oneself, or go against God, and willingly lie would place the violator of the oath before God, awaiting His judgement.

In particular and of interest to our study, an oath of office is a statement of loyalty to the Constitution of the U.S. Under the laws of a state it may be considered treason or a high crime to betray a sworn oath of office.

The oath to be taken by the President on first entering office is specified in Article II, Section 1, of the Constitution:

“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

By established pattern, the incoming Presidents raise their right hand and place the left on a Bible while taking the oath of office. In reference to the phrase: "So Help Me God," according to Wikipedia, "Although the phrase is mandatory in these oaths, the said Act also allows for the option that the phrase be omitted by the officer, in which case it would be called an affirmation instead of an oath: 'Which words, so help me God, shall be omitted in all cases where an affirmation is admitted instead of an oath.'" In essence, even if omitted, the oath is understood to imply this.

Employees of the United States Government including all members of Congress are required to take the following oath before assuming elected or appointed office. 5 U.S.C. 3331:

“An individual, except the President, elected or appointed to an office of honor or profit in the civil service or uniformed services shall take the following oath: ‘I, AB, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.’”

Again, it should be noted that this oath references the God revealed in the Bible as a witness!

Treason is defined in Article III, Section III of the Constitution:

“Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort. No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the

Testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in open Court.”

Giving “Aid and Comfort” to an avowed enemy of the United States is clearly treasonous even if the violator claims to be fulfilling dictates of the United Nations or it's Security Council. There is nothing in the oath of office binding the elected United States Representative or President to a foreign deliberative body. The claim to be carrying out the dictates of a foreign body is nothing more that a sophisticated way of justifying a violation of the elected oath.

Now to the relevance of oaths of loyalty to our Constitution made by Representatives of the people of the United States.

Consider the assessment of a former United States, Congressman in response to recent war propaganda coming out of the White House in regards to a current situation in Syria:

Bombing Syria would make US pilots ‘Al-Qaeda's air force’ - Dennis Kucinich

And potentially even more serious, where was Congress when?

“President Barack Obama has signed a secret order authorizing U.S. support for rebels seeking todepose Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his government, U.S. sources familiar with the matter said.” And “Mr. Obama’s order, approved earlier this year and known as an intelligence “finding,”broadly permits the CIA and other U.S. agencies to provide support that could help the rebels oust Assad.” - Mark Hosenball, Washington, Reuters (underlining emphasis mine)

It should be presumed without clear evidence, that Bashar al-Assad is not a national security threat to the United States. In addition, his government protects and allows freedom for Christians and Jews, something the Al-Qaeda rebels in Syria have no intention of doing. Instead, they have killed Christians, even beheading a priest.

Is Al-Qaeda an enemy of the United States?

Al-Qaeda is the sworn enemy of the United States and have murdered many hundreds of Americans, both civilians and military personnel. Moreover, many of the Syrian “rebels” have openly identified themselves with Al-Qaeda. The Al-Qaeda rebels in Syria have said: “When we finish with Assad, we will fight the U.S.” And, it was not long ago that Al-Qaeda members flew planes into the World Trade Center Towers in New York City.

Therefore it is an inescapable conclusion, any private person or official of the U.S. Government either elected or non-elected giving any type of aid, including military aid to Al-Qaeda in Syria or elsewhere would be engaging in treasonous activity in every sense of the word.

Unfortunately, it appears that there is wholesale violations of the civil oath of office made by elected Representatives and President. The comfort lies in the fact that God is the witness and the judgement for the violators of these oath swill surely be brought under God's judgment. Remind your elected representatives, if they agree to support America's enemies in violation of the oath of office, God will surely bring them into judgement.

Some Wisdom from the Past and Present:

“From the day of the Declaration . . . they (the American people) were bound by the laws of God, which they all, and by the laws of The Gospel, which they nearly all, acknowledged as the rules of their conduct.” - John Quincy Adams (July 4, 1821)

“If the judge does not represent God’s Law order, he is ultimately a political hack and hatchet man whose job it is to keep the people in line, protect the establishment, and, in the process, to feather his own nest. Ungodly judges are to be feared and hated: they represent a particularly fearful and ugly form of evil, and their abuse of office is a deadly cancer to any society.”- Rushdoony, Institutes of Biblical Law, p. 613.

“The more a power departs from God’s Law, the more impotent it becomes in coping with real offenses, and the more severe it becomes with trifling offenses or with meaningless infractions of empty statutes which seek to govern without moral authority and with reason.- Rushdoony, Institutes of Biblical Law, p. 620.

“While man has never seen, heard, touched, smelled, nor tasted God's invisible laws, he has observed their effects through the blessings resulting from man's obedience and the curses from disobedience. At the heart of the common law was a Biblical definition of law. One of its great expositors, Sir William Blackstone, noted that God, as the Creator of the heavens and the earth, created the rules of action that all creation was bound to obey.” - Herbert W. Titus, from Biblical Principles of Law

Mr. Kettler has previously published articles in the Chalcedon Report and Contra Mundum. He and his wife Marea attend the Westminster, CO, RPCNA Church. Mr. Kettler is the author of the book defending the Reformed Faith against attacks, titled: The Religion That Started in a Hat. Available at:

For More Helpful Information, Consult:

So Help Me God: A Biblical View of Oaths by David G. Hagopian