Peace Polling (920 Words)

The Governing Principles project has become nothing less than Peace Polling. Traditions of unbelief are diehard traditions. The only way to negotiate through it all is by using the words of Christ as a compass.

To sum up the Governing Principles project from our experience, …it is a total disaster! The Lord has offered a covenant, but requires from us a statement of principles, representing our unity. You’d think that with all of us who have been cast-out of church, excommunicated, and cut-off, because we have studied the doctrine extremely close, to dedicate ourselves to living by it, …that we could write a document representing our unity. We have so much in common, that it should be a light thing, given our commonality of experience. However, among those in this movement, despite what he has repeatedly stated, people have substituted “following the prophet,” to become followers of Denver Snuffer. A certain  man now claims divine authorization to write the document of our unity on our behalf. As his justification, he claims being assigned by “Denver the Divine,” supported by a small committee of men, and justified by the vote of a people. Three attempts were made to write it, two failed, and the third was nothing less than “Peace Polling.”

By Peace Polling, I mean, a threat loomed overhead, as the Lord has reproved us for our failure to do a light thing twice. So the last meeting produced a 100% unanimity by those attending the meeting (I wasn’t there). People who voted to agree with the final document varied from:

  • …those who genuinely “agreed,”
  • …to those who “somewhat” agreed but not quite,
  • …to those who “totally disagreed,” but feared the possible loss of a covenant (knowing that the guy with the “assignment” wouldn’t budge unless his document won) so they voted to accept it any way.

Since the Lord expressed expectation of a vote of “mutual agreement,” they think that by voting for a “common document,” it now represents “mutual agreement,” ..checking-off that box. Those who didn’t quite agree were tricked into agreeing under the flag of “PEACE.” Thus, the vote wasn’t a depiction of the people, …but a Peace Polling. LDS sustaining of men into office, without the ability to voice a legitimate objection, is something carried over, making Peace Polling a diehard tradition of unbelief. Peace Polling discourages the unique value of individuality, supporting group-think only, …like a herd of cows.

Among this movement, and among your congregations of the LDS church, our only tool of discernment to help us negotiate through all the false traditions, is our knowledge of the words of Christ, …in word, …in deed, and by His …direct voice to you. Without a personal relationship, your confidence will never wax strong in His presence, and those without confidence will be unable to stand on a foundation of truth in the storm. Instead they will sway back and forth with the wind, having no strength to endure it. Alma calls it our Liahona, and he instructs us to use it as Nephi did to cross the ocean to the promised land. Alma promises it will lead you beyond this veil of sorrow, into a far better land of promise. Alma would know, he was born and raised in the Americas, and he ascended to a far better land of promise, …beyond the veil.

Alma 37:45

“45. And now I say, is there not a type in this thing? For just as surely as this director [Liahona] did bring our fathers, by following its course, to the promised land, shall the words of Christ [word/deed/voice], if we follow their course, carry us beyond this vale of sorrow into a far better land of promise [Ascension through the veil].”

The Lord desires that we be hot or cold. The lukewarm are spit out. While I respect those who have totally supported the document, and those who have stood against it (myself included), ..I consider them either hot or cold. Those who have voted to accept it, when they weren’t in total agreement, have done all a disservice, being lukewarm. They haven’t acted according to what they claim to believe, justifying their actions as an act of “keeping the peace.” My Ohana, I would prefer you be hot or cold, rather than Peace Polling, and negotiating without certainty, without a Liahona, unable to cross the veil of sadness into a better land of promise.

Conclusion: Consider your knowledge of the Book of Mormon, and repent by studying it more seriously. Accumulation of worldly wealth comes at a sacrifice of relationships, even the relationship with God. Since knowing God, now and in this life, is defined as eternal life, …your time investment in studying to know God will pay-off in grandest dividends, and offers a better land of promise. When you come to know God personally, you will find it easy to stand against the storm generated by the opinions of men, because your knowledge will no longer be a matter of opinion.

Peace Polling depends upon the opinions of men. Vote campaigns depend on Peace Polling to track their success of controlling men’s opinions. The endowment penalties were removed by Peace Polling. Church public relationship and general conference speeches are done as a result of Peace PollingPeace Polling is evidence of a weak relationship with Christ. We all should know that “exercising faith in the words of Christ” now, would be no easier for us than it was for all others in previous dispensations.

Know God and stand strong!

 

 

 

Love Christ! (896 Words)

I recognize that Christ is in all things, including the plants, the animals, and in each person. The act of loving Christ positions us near to Him in proximity. The power of godliness is to know Christ, and when we know Him, all things testify of Him.

Christ is the creator of the world. He is in all things, and gives life to all things.

D&C 88:6-13

6. He that ascended up on high, as also he descended below all things, in that he comprehended all things, that he might be in all and through all things, the light of truth;

7. Which truth shineth. This is the light of Christ. As also he is in the sun, and the light of the sun, and the power thereof by which it was made.

8. As also he is in the moon, and is the light of the moon, and the power thereof by which it was made;

9. As also the light of the stars, and the power thereof by which they were made;

10. And the earth also, and the power thereof, even the earth upon which you stand.

11. And the light which shineth, which giveth you light, is through him who enlighteneth your eyes, which is the same light that quickeneth your understandings;

12. Which light proceedeth forth from the presence of God to fill the immensity of space

13. The light which is in all things, which giveth life to all things, which is the law by which all things are governed, even the power of God who sitteth upon his throne, who is in the bosom of eternity, who is in the midst of all things.”

Christ is in the light of the sun, moon, stars. He is in the Earth and the very light that gives you life, enlightening you, and making your understanding “quickened,” or sanctified, or Holy. So that you are able to understand things, not only on Earth, but also into the world of glory, into the eternities. It is Christ’s light that is called the power of God.

The act of loving Christ positions us near to Him in proximity. The BOM message is to position yourself near Christ, such that every prophet’s account invites you to enter into Christ’s presence in the flesh, literally removing the distance between you and Him. The redemption of Christ was to return you to Christ’s presence.

Ether 3:13

13. And when he had said these words, behold, the Lord showed himself unto him, and said: Because thou knowest these things ye are redeemed from the fall; therefore ye are brought back into my presence; therefore I show myself unto you.

The power of godliness is to know Christ, and when we know Him, all things testify of Him.

Helaman 8:22-24

“22. Our father Lehi was driven out of Jerusalem because he testified of these things. Nephi also testified of these things, and also almost all of our fathers, even down to this time; yea, they have testified of the coming of Christ, and have looked forward, and have rejoiced in his day which is to come.

23. And behold, he is God, and he is with them, and he did manifest himself unto them, that they were redeemed by him; and they gave unto him glory, because of that which is to come.

24. And now, seeing ye know these things and cannot deny them except ye shall lie, therefore in this ye have sinned, for ye have rejected all these things, notwithstanding so many evidences which ye have received; yea, even ye have received all things, both things in heaven, and all things which are in the earth, as a witness that they are true.

To Love Christ is to know Christ!

Conclusion: The two great commandments come in a specified “ORDER.” Love God with all your heart, mind and soul is the first. Those who love God, know God. Just as to Love Christ is to know Christ!

When we know God and Christ, only then can we keep the second commandment to love our neighbor. Since Christ is in all things, and through all things, and is the light and life that animates all things, …the reason we love our neighbor only after we love God is because …we see God in them! Those who haven’t loved God first, will find it difficult to see God in their neighbor, because they never knew God.

Satan rejects God. The destruction of the wicked killing the wicked is because the wicked have rejected God too. Accusations fly rampant, contention thrives, and the hearts of men run cold, because they have wandered in the dark, rejecting the light of this world. Rejecting Christ.

This shall all men know, ye are Christ’s disciples, if you have love, one to another. You can love others because you have first loved Christ. You can love Christ because He first loved you.

John 4:18-21

“18. There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.

19. We love him, because he first loved us.

20. If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?

21. And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.”

Be Humble And Don’t Grumble (940 Words)

What is God doing when those who come into His presence cower, shrink, and fall down? Is it God’s presence condemning you, or is it your impurity condemning you? Christ’s redeeming love offers to make you pure, if you would Be Humble And Don’t Grumble.

God is just being God. He is pure light. He is without impurities. However, He isn’t doing anything but “being.” Standing in the presence of such light tends to be an awful reminder of your individual darkness, so a veil is drawn to provide a probation, a time for men to prepare to meet God. To God, not only do you have value, you are as valuable as He is. He sent a savior to sanctify and make you holy, so you can endure His presence. Those who enter into His presence cower, shrink, and fall down, because God values them more than they value themselves, and they cannot imagine being worthy of His love. Often times impure men wish the mountains fall upon them, to cover them from the reality of God’s presence.

Who is condemning you? Is it me, because I have spoken the words of truth, or is it you because the idea of returning into Christ’s presence requires that you face your own impurities? I have not condemned you for your imperfections. I have simply stated that your ignorance will not produce anything but a desire for the mountains to fall upon you in the day of judgement, because of our choice to put aside salvation for aspiring in the Earth. You think I hold myself above you, and that somehow, being a stay-at-home Dad means that I’m retired young, retired rich, sitting in my pool house, sipping artsy drinks, with umbrellas. Is that how it was as a stay-at-home Mom? There is enough knowledge being offered you in the scriptures to remove your ignorance of Christ, and to bring you back into His presence in the flesh. I have simply chosen to spend my time there. People choose to invest in sports, spending hours training, outside of the hours in practice, and the hours of playing games. Others have chosen to spend hours in study in medical school, architecture, engineering, coaching, doing construction, etc. If they were to advise you of your ignorance in their fields of emphasis, would you reject the truths they offer, simply because you don’t want to face the truth? Just because a doctor is a doctor, it doesn’t make them healthy, does it? They simply understand why it is important to be healthy. Likewise for me, I have chosen to invest my time in the gospel. Just as a doctor, architect, engineer, or contractor, that knowledge comes at a great sacrifice. I have simply chosen to sacrifice in this area. It doesn’t mean that I have no responsibilities and I have somehow picked up the gospel of Christ as a hobby, to occupy my free time as a stay-at-home Dad. And It doesn’t mean that I am perfect at it. It only means that it’s very important to me. I gotta pay bills too. I got chores to do. I have responsibilities to attend to, different than my wife, who gets paid for what she does. I value being corrected by God, even if it is through my mother. Do you value God enough to hear the truth, even if it is through your son?

Mormon 9:31

31. Condemn me not because of mine imperfection, neither my father, because of his imperfection, neither them who have written before him; but rather give thanks unto God that he hath made manifest unto you our imperfections, that ye may learn to be more wise than we have been.”

Would I ever condemn or damn you? Nope, only you have the power to do that. All I will ever do is to beckon that you come and partake of the fruit of the tree of life, which is the love of God, which source is Christ. If you choose to come and partake, it will be because you were Humble and Did Not Grumble.

Christ was sent as the redeemer of the world because within Him is the power to make holy, to sanctify, to make you into a new creature, so that you can endure the presence of the Father. You must come to Christ in order for that work to be done. That is literal, not figuratively come unto Christ, by coming to your bishop, stake president, or general authority. No man has the power to make you holy, to sanctify you, or to make you into a new creature. It is the role of Christ alone. All a prophet can do is point to Christ. Prophets point to the words of Christ. They speak the words of Christ. They hunger for the words of everlasting joy, and they want it from the source of all truth, from Christ! He atoned for you and I. He was resurrected. He was triumphant over the grave. Don’t look at me, or anyone else for that matter. Look to Christ and live. Christ will redeem you, while you are tabernacled in the flesh, if you would just Be Humble And Don’t Grumble.

Conclusion: Consider what I’m saying, rather than defending your current position. Where you currently stand is unredeemed, in the dark, outside of the presence of Christ. Why would that give you comfort? I recommend a path that offers you a confidence that will wax strong in the presence of God. It will require you to let go of what you think you know and Be Humble And Don’t Grumble.

 

Key of Knowledge (926 Words)

Godliness is to be near God, and the power of Godliness is to know God, thus God is the Key of Knowledge. False teachers fail to come to God, stand in the way of others approaching God, fearing their own failure, and proclaiming a corrupt message. Eternal life is to know God.

Those who are near God are Godly. To be in the presence of God requires nothing less than Godliness, otherwise His presence alone is sufficient for the ungodly to wish the mountains would cover them in their guilt and shame. The Savior has provided a way for all to be Godly, while in the flesh. He offers the Key of Knowledge. He offers the Holy Ghost, which gives access to the mind and will of God.

Moses 6:61

“61. Therefore it is given to abide in you; the record of heaven; the Comforter; the peaceable things of immortal glory; the truth of all things; that which quickeneth all things, which maketh alive all things; that which knoweth all things, and hath all power according to wisdom, mercy, truth, justice, and judgment.”

The power of Godliness is to know God. Having been near God, an individual comes to know God, and from that knowledge they can act in confidence that what they are doing is pleasing to the God that they know. It is through confidence that power is produced.

If someone were to tell me that they’re sure that they saw Dad dancing on the streets of Waikiki, I would know that they got the wrong Dad. However, if someone reported that they saw Dad at a home improvement show, a lumber yard, a construction site, a chicken feed store, a laundry supply house, or a green house, the certainty that they were talking about our Dad is high. And if they claimed seeing him at all of those places, I have extreme confidence that they knew who I was, and knew who my Dad is. Likewise Godliness is to be near to God, and the power of Godliness is to know God. What matters most is the Key of Knowledge.

False teachers are described in Luke:

Luke 11:52

“52. Woe unto you, lawyers! for ye have taken away the Key of Knowledge: ye entered not in yourselves, and them that were entering in ye hindered.”

False teachers have never experienced what they try teaching. Luke is clear that false teachers haven’t entered into the heavens themselves, and when they see people trying to do what they’ve failed to do, false teachers stand in the way of those that were in fact entering in. They remove Key of Knowledge. They prevent salvation and redemption, discouraging those who are working at returning into the presence of the Lord while in the flesh. They proclaim a corrupted message, even the philosophies of men, mingled with scriptures. And they are certain that it cannot happen, because they’ve never had it happen to them. In their ignorance they establish rules, corporate standards, uniformity, and massive marketing campaigns, to justify their ignorance, and they label it a “House of Order.” When they make their claims, they do it in Christ’s name, taking His name in vain. It is all in vain, if you fail to actually know God and Christ.

Ignore the ignorant, and keep seeking His face in the flesh. Those who are wise will not respect the lie intended to deceive true disciples to stop seeking after Christ. Instead, they will awake and arise by studying the words of Christ, to know God.

John 17:3

“3. And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.”

Conclusion: Knowing God and Christ is the only way to eternal life. It doesn’t matter how many apostles you know, how many scriptures you memorized and can recite, or how many months of consecutive visit/home teaching you have done in your life. It doesn’t matter how many names you have gathered, and done ordinances for, none of it matters if all you have is ignorance. Sealing yourselves to the ignorant dead, is sealing yourselves to the damned. However, when you have knowledge, then you have value to your dead, and you can be a savior on mount Zion.

When you have the Key of Knowledge, what you have is the power of Godliness, and you are Godlike. The Holy Ghost is offered to those who will receive it, to make men and women more Godlike. The beatitudes say blessed are… or Godlike is… and instructions are given there, to assist those who sincerely seek Christ to become Godlike. When you have been redeemed, and brought back into the presence of God, then you are Godly, and have the power of Godliness, and can testify that you do know, not merely believing, who Christ and God is. Then you can save your kindred dead by teaching them about the God that you know.

Don’t be mad because the gospel doesn’t work from your vantage point as an LDS, following traditions of men that have kept you outside of the presence of the Lord in the flesh. Repent, simply turn around, be humble and don’t grumble. Just search the words of Christ so that you can be reconnected to the Key of Knowledge. It will not only give you an advantage now, it will be to your benefit in the life to come. Don’t let the fear of man stop you from Knowing God and Christ. Once you know them, then will your confidence wax strong.

IMUA!

Final Final- Governing Principles (993 Words)

Governing Principles

Governing Principles are prepared for the benefit of new fellowships, to maintain an eye single to the glory of God, as they navigate in a new environment of self-governance.

Salvation is individual, requiring a personal relationship with Christ. The doctrine of Christ makes this possible through faith in Christ, repentance, and baptism. The Holy Spirt is the mind and will of God. Christ and God the Father share the same mind and will. Thus, receiving the Holy Ghost provides individuals with the ability to access the mind and will of God.

Fellowships exist to assist the individual on their path to becoming one with Christ. They are to govern themselves freely as the spirit dictates to them, choosing to gather when, where, and with whom they please. Meeting in fellowships provides the opportunity to teach, serve, and learn from both the Spirit, and one another’s experiences. Equality requires that no one is above another and that all individuals have value. Regional and general conferences ought to adhere to the same principles and guidelines as fellowships, and can be called and organized by anyone at any time.

Tithing is to relieve the poor among you. It can be collected and distributed as a group, a fellowship, or as individuals. If done as a group or fellowship, tithes accumulated in a common fund must be distributed by the common consent of the group or fellowship. Separate fellowships can assist one another on a case by case basis, maintaining independence and autonomy. Tithes are not to be accumulated for wealth. If there are no poor among you, excess tithes can be contributed to the needs of a temple.

Performing ordinances, such as baptism and sacrament, requires priesthood. Priesthood is confined to men because of the fall. In order to exercise priesthood in fellowships, three key elements are required of priesthood bearers: ordination, sustaining, and confirmation.

Ordination: A man with the priesthood lays hands on another man’s head, calls him by name, and confers upon him the priesthood in the name of Jesus Christ.

Sustaining: A vote of seven women is required to sustain a man to the priesthood. If the man is married, his wife must be one of the seven women, or he is unauthorized to exercise priesthood among fellowships.

Confirmation: Ultimately, the man must obtain confirmation of his priesthood from heaven.

If there is not a man authorized to confer priesthood, a man may perform the ordinances of baptism and sacrament within his family, with the confirmation of heaven alone. Record of priesthood ordination, sustaining, and confirmation should be kept in the personal journals of the man given priesthood and the women who sustained him. A certificate, signed by the seven sustaining women, should accompany the man should he perform ordinances outside of his family. The man is responsible to record and know his priesthood lineage.

In the event that priesthood is abused, exercising priesthood in fellowships can be revoked by a fair trial where a unanimous vote of at least twelve women vote to end his authority among fellowships.

The ordinance of baptism is a sign to heaven of an individual’s choice to receive the gospel of Christ. It does not offer membership into a fellowship or church. A man who has priesthood may baptize all those who desire as follows:

  • Both go down and stand in the water.
  • The man with priesthood will call the person being baptized by name, saying: “Having authority given me of Jesus Christ, I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, Amen.”
  • And then immerse them in the water, and come again out of the water

As circumstances allow, the ordinance of baptism should be performed in living waters. A record of the baptism ought to be kept in a personal journal and also submitted to a central recorder so that the names of those baptized will be preserved within the temple of God.

The ordinance of sacrament should be performed as prescribed in the scriptures. It instructs that all kneel. The emblems of bread and wine are to be used as symbols of the flesh and the atoning blood of Christ. If any are opposed to alcohol, or have a medical condition preventing the use of wine, red grape juice may be used as an alternative. Bitter wine, in remembrance of Christ’s blood, is symbolic and appropriate. A man with the priesthood will pray to the Father in the name of Christ saying:

O God, the Eternal Father, we ask thee in the name of thy Son, Jesus Christ, to bless and sanctify this bread to the souls of all those who partake of it; that they may eat in remembrance of the body of thy Son, and witness unto thee, O God, the Eternal Father, that they are willing to take upon them the name of thy Son, and always remember him, and keep his commandments which he hath given them, that they may always have his Spirit to be with them. Amen.

 

O God, the Eternal Father, we ask thee, in the name of thy Son, Jesus Christ, to bless and sanctify this wine to the souls of all those who drink of it, that they may do it in remembrance of the blood of thy Son, which was shed for them; that they may witness unto thee, O God, the Eternal Father, that they do always remember him, that they may have his Spirit to be with them. Amen.

The oneness of fellowships is a testimony to the world that Christ is the redeemer of all. Agency must be respected and preserved, allowing new fellowships the freedom to learn correct principles and govern themselves. Keep your eye single to the glory of God. Seek to receive God’s mind and will. Bear one another’s burdens that they may be light. Associate with one another as equals. God will gather his choice fruit.

Surprise! (636 Words)

God’s ways are not our ways. Revelation is intended to invite all to make our ways God’s ways. When revelation is received through the mind and will of God, and not through our own expectations, it will always be a Surprise!

God’s ways aren’t our ways, but we tend to prescribe how God ought to answer our prayers. Mortals like writing prescriptions for revelations, failing to recognize that our prescriptions come from our experiences, when revelations comes from “God’s experiences”. We ought to prefer to receive God’s revelation, from God’s experiences, so that our current condition can provide us a God-experience. It is our accumulation of God’s revelations, providing us with God-experiences, that produce in us God’s mind and will, making us precisely what He is. Thus, revelation builds upon revelation, bridging the gap between who we are, and who God is, producing out of us, Gods and Goddesses.

When revelation is given, and received, through the mind and will of God, and NOT through man’s prescription, what is produced in the end will always be a Surprise! The brother of Jared prayed for stones to be touched, providing light for the journey. What God had in store for him, however, was far more. It was to be redeemed from the fall, and brought back into the presence of God in the flesh. The reaction of the brother of Jared, falling to the ground, astonished at seeing the finger of God, is a perfect example of the SurpriseWhen Nephi was being beaten, it was a Surprise when the angel showed up. All Nephi was doing was trusting in God’s mind and will. Nephi was further Surprised, when the man that judged him falsely, and stole his stuff, fell into his hands, drunken and helpless. Alma and Mosiah prayed for their sons, Alma the younger and the son’s of Mosiah. Although Alma and Mosiah trusted in God, it was a total Surprise when their son’s were struck down, having seen an angel. So, if God’s ways aren’t our ways, and when He moves in our lives it will always be a Surprise, then why would we ever limit our interaction through a prescribed answer, based on fleshy/mortal expectations?

It will be a long time after you pass through the veil before you know of the things of the heavens, it is true. But no one said that passing through the veil required your death. Nephi wrote his two records forty years after having passed through the veil, and having contemplated that experience. Many have gone through the temple, not taking the time to consider what it all means, and if there is more to be had, on the other side of the veil, once you have been there. The ordinance has been reduced by men’s prescription of God’s ways, to only represent a promise for the after life. That was never the intention. If you read the scriptures, it’s clear that what was being offered was a ritual ordinance of a lesser portion. Those who would receive the mind and will of it, would be given further light and knowledge, once they had passed beyond the veil. Our greatest condemnation is tied to our prescribing revelation, rather than receiving more of the mind and will of God.

Conclusion: My recommendation of what to do instead is to first, receive a revelation. Next, ponder the revelation, asking the question, “What is the mind and will of God concerning the matter?” Then, act upon that revelation, as far as the revelation was given. No less, AND NO MORE! Once you have done what you understand, stop, and seek for more revelation, before moving forward. Using this method, God will Surprise you, giving you far more than you bargained for, revelations upon revelations, bringing you back into His presence.

Governing Principles

Section 20 of the Doctrine and Covenants has been removed from the restored edition of the scripture project, and this is my recommendation to replace Governing Principles with what was taken out. It is incomplete, as I have not included anything regarding the process of baptism, sacrament, and priesthood. But what I have included is a good start to restoring the mind and will of God to lead out, and for individuals and fellowships to remain free and independent. The step-by-step instructions of baptism, sacrament, and priesthood seems to be straight forward among the fellowships involved. Here’s what I wrote:

Concerning The Doctrine of Christ: The objective of the doctrine of Christ is “Progression.” Progression is changing a person from who they are, to become precisely what God is. Belief in God, learning His correct attributes, perfections, and characteristics, and knowing that the path you are on is acceptable to God, is the starting point of the process of change, beginning progression, through the doctrine of Christ.

Process: Repentance is an individual’s choice to participate in progression. Baptism is a sign from the Earth to the Heavens that a person has repented and seeks progression by changing his ways to align with God’s. Sacrament is offered to those who have been baptized to receive Christ’s Spirit to always be with them, as a guide through the long process of progression to be like God. Priesthood is given by God to administer the gospel, holding the keys of the knowledge of God, so that in the ordinances the power of godliness is manifest, progressing God’s children to see His face and live. The repeated pattern of the process of progression can be expressed:

  1. Change (repentance)
  2. Ordinances (baptism, sacrament, etc.)
  3. Knowledge/Wisdom (power in the Priesthood)

Caution: This pattern, if properly repeated, will produce sweeter fruits through an increase in light, until the perfect day, knowing the mysteries of God in full. Deviation from the principles of the doctrine of Christ will manifest itself in a gradual decay of light, increasing darkness and ignorance, until you know nothing of the mysteries of God, and are eventually bound by the chains of hell.

Concerning The Government of Fellowships: A fellowship is a friendly association amongst people who share common interests, and ought to be self-governed, freely and independently. The greatest potential of a fellowship is the power within it’s people to unite and rise-up in the effort of individually progressing through the doctrine of Christ. Salvation is an individual matter, and NOT collective, as all people differ in progression. The people united in a fellowship, and how that fellowship operates must be governed by the mind and will of God “to them.” Thus it is known in scripture as the church of Christ, because it operates by the same Spirit that directs Christ.

Valuing Individuals: The responsibility of uniting a people into one is God’s. Each person has value. Everyone has gifts from God and are called to contribute to the effort of building the Kingdom of God on the Earth. Because all individuals require a customized approach, one fellowship will not be the same as another, just as revelation to one is not revelation to another. God is the giver of such gifts, therefore it is the application of the mind and will of God that will converge His people into one, and NOT man’s innovations.

Work: The pattern of work within a fellowship is intended/designed to progress all through the gate, in the path, and into the way. While baptism does NOT offer membership, it does offer those entering through the gate the option of fellowship with like minded believers. If fellowships are done by the mind and will of God to them, the Spirit of Christ will guide them in the path, increasing their individual and collective knowledge. As a fellowship is united by the sharing and proper application of knowledge, having no poor among them, the Spirit of Christ will affect a continuous ascending spiral of light, producing power, and progressing individuals into the way. The pattern is simplified as such:

  1. The Gate (ordinances)
  2. The Path (knowledge/wisdom)
  3. The Way (power)

Caution: Fellowships will find greater success in their change, progression, and unity as their efforts are exercised through seven attributes: persuasion, long suffering, gentleness, meekness, love unfeigned, kindness, and pure knowledge. It is sound counsel to not run faster than you are able. Waiting upon the Lord expresses faith in God, entrusting God to implement the necessary change, progression, and unity in the doctrine of Christ. The world is full of lying spirits intending to deceive. If fellowships choose to use haste, hypocrisy, guile, compulsion, coercion, or manipulation, to force change, only to put on the appearance of unity, it will result in pestilence, confusion, hurt and ultimate loss.

Concerning Initiatives: The objective of initiatives is to seek and discover more light, bringing all closer to Christ. Initiatives are not governed by fellowships, but are temporary in nature, as an experimental effort. The same principles governing fellowships can be applied towards initiatives. The gate casts a broad net of ideas, the path narrows the efforts guided by the spirt, and the way arrives at a desired destination, bringing all participants closer to Christ. Those who volunteer to participate will be those who seek to increase agency, and to exercise and expand their individual gifts in the direction of the initiative. If the initiative failed, the findings may be helpful, but it’s results are easily and peacefully discarded. If the initiative proves successful, their findings can be presented in a conference by a spokesman and a witness, so that other fellowships can choose to adopt the idea, in part, or as a whole, in their individual efforts in progression. Participants may include more than two people, but only two are necessary to legitimize the initiative. All attempts to force a uniformity of new initiatives disrespects the gift of agency, expresses no confidence in Christ, initiates priestcraft, and rejects trust in the mind and will of God to lead and direct the affairs of the individual fellowships into unity.