What is a Religious Order Q and A
|What is Religion?|
|What is The Autonomous Church?|
|Why are congregations not Unincorporated Associations?|
|How are we One Body, One Corpus, One Church|
|Matthew 23:9 And call no [man] your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven.|
|To Appoint and Ordain the kingdom and the Church|
|An Appointment Ex Officio|
|Ex officio | Ordain|
|All things common | Vow of poverty|
|Allegations of Authority by reference|
|Monks | Lost_Monks | Married_Monks|
|Monasticism | Modern_Monastic_life ||
|Votive | Orders | Religious Orders ||
|Rules of St Benedict|
|There was also a question about not eating or drinking until he did so in the kingdom.|
What is a Religious Order? Q and A
Question: What must I do to become a member of the ministry of the Church?
Answer: You must become an ordained, licensed or commissioned minister. Ordained members should be member of a religious order, which is a congregation of ministers.
Question: What must I do to become a licensed minister?
Answer: A licensed minister is elected by a congregation and appointed by an ordained minister to act ex officio on behalf of the Church.
Question: What must I do to become a commissioned minister?
Answer: A commissioned minister is someone appointed by an ordained minister to act ex officio on behalf of the Church on matters that he cannot or may not do himself. He is a minister with a mission, a missionary.
Question: What must an individual do to become an ordained minister?
Answer: They must obey the requirements of Jesus Christ according to His calling and be recognized by an ordained minister of the Church. This usually involves the laying on of hands, anointing with oils or some form of recording of the event by witnesses or documentation within a congregations of ordained ministers called an Order.
Question: What is an Order?
Answer: An order is a congregation of ordained ministers. It usually is not much larger than 10 ordained ministers, and their Family members.
Question: What is the purpose of an Order?
Answer: Like a congregation it serves the needs of the ministers and their Families and is a part of an over all network of the kingdom binding the people in faith, hope, and charity in practical ways.
Question: Are only Ministers members of Orders?
Answer: Orders consist of Ministers and Members and their Families and ministerial servants if any.
Question: Who are Members of an Order?
Answer: Members of an order are either those seeking to be full time Ministers, are retired from active ministry of congregations or support the order with special skills, piety or devotion. An Order is a small group of men or families, ideally ten to twelve, that have chosen to become a brotherhood or body with all things in common as a part of His Holy Church and the appointed kingdom of the Messiah, who is called Jesus Christ.
Questions: How does an Order differ from a congregation?
Answers: A congregation is merely a fellowship of men and women giving as they see fit and loving one another as much as they love themselves. An order is an autonomous brotherhood with no personal estate. They have chosen to live entirely in the service of Christ’s purposes as bond servants with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, they have mutually pledged their estates and inheritance to live in service to Christ for His purposes alone.
Questions: What do you mean by “with all things in common”?
Answers: Each order is like a commonwealth. A commonwealth is defined as “The people of a nation or state; the body politic. A nation or state governed by the people; a republic.”259 We use the word “order” rather than commonwealth to refer to a self-governing, autonomous subdivision voluntarily associated with His Holy Church established by Jesus Christ. Each member of an order may hold a semblance of a “legal title” in accordance to the rules of that order, but it is the order that holds the beneficial interest in common of his estate.
Questions: How is an order created?
Answers: An order is created by the will of Christ through vows of intent given before witnesses by three or more men who renounce their personal wealth for the purpose of Christ. It has clearly defined articles of governance, excepted creeds, and its words and deeds express those commitments to Christ.
Questions: Who establishes the rules of an order?
Answers: Those who join the order at the time of its edification need to adopt basic forms, precepts and ordinances that will give that order its individual identity within the whole Church. Those guidelines and ordinances must be in compliance with the teachings and ordinances of Christ and agreed upon by the original members and all those who subsequently join.
Questions: What is a vow?
Answers: A “Vow” can be defined as, “Specifically, a promise of fidelity; a pledge of love or affection; as, the marriage vow.” Or is further defined as, “A solemn promise made to God... an act by which one consecrates or devotes himself, absolutely or conditionally, wholly or in part, for a longer or shorter time, to some act, service, or condition; a devotion of one’s possessions; as, a baptismal vow; a vow of poverty.”260 The word vows is used in the sense of the Greek word euche, meaning “to pray to God.”
Questions: Can the rules be changed by a vote of the majority?
Answers: Vote is defined as, “An ardent wish or desire; a vow; a prayer.”261 When a vow is taken the rules of an order may not be changed without the unanimous consent of the order and its leader and overseer, remaining in compliance with the teachings and ordinances of Christ.
Questions: Can I leave the order when I choose?
Answers: Anyone may leave an order at any time, but they may not be able to take any of the corpus with them. If the order so deems it may grant a gratuity according to its ordinances to aid in their establishment outside the order.
Questions: What are the vows that I might have to take?
Answers: Vows of poverty, obedience, loyalty, chastity, etc..
Questions: Does a vow of poverty mean I have to live like a beggar?
Answers: A vow of poverty means that you have no personal estate. Everything you own belongs to Christ and held by the Order where you are either a minister or a member.
Questions: Does a vow of Chastity mean I cannot get married?
Answers: A vow of chastity has to do with remaining pure from involvement outside the order. There is nothing impure about Holy Matrimony. See rules of the order about procedures.
Questions: Does a vow of obedience give an exercising authority to the leaders of the order?
Answers: No. Ministers of God’s kingdom do not exercise authority, but are only servants. They do have authority over the manner of their service according their God given conscience.
Questions: What are novitiate or temporary vows?
Answers: Vows are often taken for a period of time because of their serious nature and long range implications and consequences. Vows are always taken with an intent to renew.
Questions: Is a vow an oath?
Answers: Vows and oaths are not the same thing.262 Vows are made in the heart and mind of the individual in daily communion with God. They may be expressed in word and deed within the Church and written as a matter of record and witness to the world.
Questions: Why do we need all this documentation?
Answers: God does not need it for he sees the heart, but the world needs to see a notice or witness that they may comprehend the identity of the Church, its ministers and members.
Questions: Can I keep my Social Security number or benefits under such a vow?
Answers: Members or ministers of an order must have total faith and allegiance to Christ’s kingdom and are excluded from having or using an SSN.
Questions: May an order file an SS16 with the IRS on behalf of its members?
Answers: No. It would cease being an order of the Church.
Question: Once a member is excluded, as opposed to exempt, can he use such prior SSN to obtain benefits such as a drivers license or identification?
Answers: If you have given up all you no longer have an SSN to use. Under a vow of poverty as described in the Bible a minister is truly a new man in Christ such as we see of men like Joses who became Barnabas after relinquishing his property and giving its value to the Church. Acts 4:36...
Question: What is an Aspirant?
Answers: Any mature individual who is person aspiring to become a member of the Order and apply to at least one order for entry accepting some duty or mission in order to validate that application.
You can find more in the '''Article VI''' of the '''Governing Articles''' found in the [[FCR|Free Church Report]]. [http://www.hisholychurch.org/ministries/church/orders/Aspirantpacket.pdf Application instructions for an Aspirant]
Question: What is a Presbyters.?
Answers: A presbyter is an elder of a family but may also be an applicant to an order who has experienced a period of work, service, and communion with the Order, and may upon application, be accepted into the Order as a Novitiate.
Question: What is a Novitiate?
Answers: A Novitiate shall take the temporary vows of an order, renewable annually. A novitiate may freely leave the Order at any time during the period of study and training and may, by consensus of the members of the Order, be dismissed. Upon successful completion of a probationary period, and by consensus of the members of the Order, a Novitiate shall be accepted into full membership.
259 The American Heritage ® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
260Webster’s Dictionary 1913.
262At least one definition of “Oath” is “An appeal (in verification of a statement made) to a superior sanction, in such a form as exposes the party making the appeal to an indictment for perjury if the statement be false.” It is the going under authority that comes of evil for it tempts and corrupts and breeds apathy and avarice.
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- Matthew 26:29 But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.
- Mark 14:25 Verily I say unto you, I will drink no more of the fruit of the vine, until that day that I drink it new in the kingdom of God.
- Luke 22:16 For I say unto you, I will not any more eat thereof, until it be fulfilled in the kingdom of God.
- Luke 22:18 For I say unto you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine, until the kingdom of God shall come.
- Luke 22:30 That ye may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom, and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
- But Jesus also said
- John 15:1 I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.
- But as to eating with Him there are several quotes:
- Luke 24:40 And when he had thus spoken, he shewed them [his] hands and [his] feet. 41 And while they yet believed not for joy, and wondered, he said unto them, Have ye here any meat?
- John 21:9 As soon then as they were come to land, they saw a fire of coals there, and fish laid thereon, and bread. 10 Jesus saith unto them, Bring of the fish which ye have now caught.
- Acts 10:41 Not to all the people, but unto witnesses chosen before of God, [even] to us, who did eat and drink with him after he rose from the dead.