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What is mutual assurance or a health share?
It is a network of people who help one another by making personal commitments to do so. There are numerous ways to do this. One what works something like insurance without a central depository of funds and investment by those who administrate that fund.
Good Samaritan Ministries is a Medical share program with differences from what the early Church did.
- Good Samaritan Medical Share health care takes an annual membership fee.
- An amount like an insurance premium is paid by members to the people that have medical expenses that are covered on a list.
- There is some oversight.
- They have some exemption from the new medical care systems of the world.
- In really hard times and for other emergencies there is no connection or relationships established between the members.
While these systems do work for health care in good times they have some fundamental weaknesses. There are some problems with this system that stray from what the early Church was doing and from what Christ was doing and telling us to do.
We offer an alternative and set the scene for your understanding with a look at the history of health care and welfare for early Christians with #Life and Death, and offer a solution with #LIFE share.
Life and Death
The conflict between Christians and the people who persecuted them in the early days of the Church was mostly over their system of social welfare which was managed through their temples like Ephesus, Temple of Saturn and the Parthenon. The Christians depended on a Holy temple made of living stones which was a network of people living by the perfect law of liberty and faith, hope and charity. Those that had shared with those who had true needs. Our modern ideas of religion differ from the meaning of the word in the days the Bible was written. Pure religion was a religion rooted in charity alone.
Celsus, a Platonist, writing during the term of Marcus Aurelius, “opposed the ‘sectarian’ tendencies at work in the Christian movement because he saw in Christianity a ‘privatizing’ of religion, the transferal of religious values from the public sphere to a private association.” 
The difference between public and private welfare is the difference between socialism and charity. The nation of Rome and those of the Pax Romana were all going socialist and made the power of the state their benefactors while Christians were living by love for one another according to the commandments of Christ.
This persecution which began under the Emperor Septimius Severus:
- "Severus returned victorious from having vanquished the kings who had taken part with Nigar against him, he published his cruel edicts against the Christians in the year of Christ 202, the tenth of his reign. But the general laws of the empire against foreign religions, and the former edicts of several emperors against the Christians, were a sufficient warrant to many governors to draw the sword against them before that time; and we find that the persecution was very hot in Africa two years before, under the proconsul Saturninus..." 
The emperors maintained the loyalty by the sword and by the temples which supplied free bread and welfare for the people in a welfare state. A welfare state is a "concept of government in which the state plays a key role in the protection and promotion of the economic and social well-being of its citizens. It is based on the principles of equality of opportunity, equitable distribution of wealth, and public responsibility for those unable to avail themselves of the minimal provisions for a good life. The general term may cover a variety of forms of economic and social organization." Welfare state, Britannica Online Encyclopedia
The Church is one form of government that depends upon charity rather than force. As Christians, the six principal among them were Speratus, Narzalis, and Cittinus; and three women, Donata, Secunda, and Vestina, declined the proconsul's offer to them of the emperor’s pardon if they would worship the gods of the Romans, and sign up for their system of Qorban, social welfare. They knew that system of sacrifice made the word of God to none effect. Christians relied upon the Genius of God the Father working through the freewill offerings given in congregations of the Church by faith, hope, and charity.
Vigellius Saturninus, proconsul of Africa in 180 CE, addressed the seeming antisocial behavior of the twelve Scillitan Christian martyrs with the statement, “We too are religious, and our religion is simple, and we swear by the Genius of our lord the emperor, and we apply for his benefits, as you also ought to do.” The true Christians like Speratus, one of the twelve, would not apply to that Emperor for their daily bread and social security or common welfare, but claimed Christ as “Lord, the King of kings” and ruler of all nations saying:
- "I know not the genius of the emperor of this world; but I serve the God of heaven, whom no mortal man hath ever seen or can see. I never committed any crime punishable by the laws of the state. I pay the public duties for whatever I buy, acknowledging the emperor for my temporal lord; but I adore none but my God, who is the King of kings, and sovereign Lord over all the nations of the world. I have been guilty of no crime, and therefore cannot have incurred punishment."
Most modern Christians are not following in the way of Christ and his system of social welfare by charity alone but have been seeking the system that early Christians died to avoid. The result is that modern society has become fit subjects for tyrants and despots. They have not only weakened the poor but themselves. Christians should turn around and begin to seek the ways of Christ and the prophets by forming charitable systems based not on force but on the love of Christ.
Those that are a part of the Living Network and have read the book Thy Kingdom Comes understand what altars of clay (families) and altars of stone (ministers) are parts of a system of social welfare that have strengthened societies for much of man's history and kept them free. You also should know that the networking of these families and ministers had a structure and pattern that has been repeated successfully by diligent and virtuous people throughout history.
This was done in several ways and depended on the free exercise of choice, which is liberty and charity, which is love for one another and the love of righteousness that is God.
We seek to bring that better plan...the plan that Christ taught the early Church.
All you need is a network of congregations of record and charitable ministers who can be trusted to keep books.
If someone is ill or any emergency arises in those congregations the people go to church and pray with their minister for help and aid is provided through a living network. Christ, Moses and Abraham appointed ministers as living stones of a charitable altar of what was called the Church. Those ministers are a part of a recorded network of ministers established by two or more witnesses.
All the elders (heads of every family/altars of clay) are informed in their congregation/free assembly and all the other ministers/living stones in that established congregation of ministers are notified. The other ministers notify their congregations. Gifts to the ministers are collected and distributed including paying directly to the needs of the people. This may be done by paying negotiated bills for medical treatment or providing medication or resources for health and welfare of the family.
The idea is to:
- Build real relationships within a congregation and network of congregations.
- Distribution is monitored so as to not squander the offerings.
- Bills may be negotiated so as to not squander the offerings.
- Oversight of ministers by a network of ministers and elders themselves determines the honorable meeting of needs to avoid waste and abuse.
- Alternatives are sought within the resources of a whole network of people seeking to serve and love one another.
- You are not alone in the time of other calamities of society because a networking system is already established.
- The people become the benefactors who exercise love for one another which sets them free as they freely provide for one another.
The idea is that congregations of elders come together to be many groups but one flock - His flock of faithful doers of the word.
James 1:22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.
Health Share works if We Care enough to share our lives with others.
His Church should be your social welfare.
Your ministers should be the benefactors who do not exercise authority one over the other in pure religion
What is given and received as welfare is not a "snare" but a share of one life to another.
John 15:13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
Again - His Church should be your social welfare. You ministers should be the benefactors who do not exercise authority one over the other.
It is not a guarantee either - but true faith, hope and charity.
Join the Living Network in your area and find out more.
John 4:14 But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.
The Living and the Dead
Matthew 22:32 I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? God is not the God of the dead, but of the living.
We are facing the new health care plan that is more than just unchristian. It is based on the state being your benefactor and the state, which James calls the world, exercises authority one over the other.
This is not Pure Religion. This is not the way that Christ wants you to live. He does not want you taking from your neighbor by applying to men who exercise authority one over the other.
We were a Christian nation but someone has come into our world and carried it off with a new idea, the idea that it is okay to take from others. The whole world seems to come with their hands out to take the sweat and happiness and the life itself from their neighbor. We are in the midst of a Socialist Apocalypse.
Mark 12:27 He is not the God of the dead, but the God of the living: ye therefore do greatly err.
Your government is not responsive. Over 70% of the people opposed the new health care plan yet three minutes after Congress got a copy they voted for it.
The problem is in part that a great deal of what is called the right is actually left of center. They are not doing the job. But in the beginning the job was yours as the government of the people, for the people and by the people.
So what is the answer?
Where can we find a solution?
Where is the cure for a forced health care system that will not work?
What is the disease?
We must isolate the disease to find a cure.
The disease of socialism has infected too much of America along with other infirmities like apathy and sloth. The pro-socialist position in America and the world today is the Zombie Apocalypse of mindless dead souls going about devouring who they will.
They are the heart and soul of the beast.
There is little hope as long as the Zombies can feed on the living. We need health care in the world but it needs to be voluntary and not run by a government filled with zombies and other liberal save-the-zombies advocates.
Mark 12:44 For all [they] did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want did cast in all that she had, [even] all her living.
The way to do it is to get off your slothful butts and create a private system based on faith, hope and charity and the perfect law of liberty.
That used to be called Christianity about a thousand years ago.
It was the job of the church through the love of the people for one another. Love is the cure for the Zombie Apocalypse.But in addition to the Zombies there are the darn werewolves.
Someone let the werewolves into the Church wearing sheep's clothing. And they let the zombies in; to say nothing of the vampire bats in the Church belfry sucking the life out of the people with their hypnotic ways of false religion.
We are supposed to be caring about our neighbor as much as ourselves. Don't be a Zombie. Be the cure. Stop looking to the men who call themselves benefactors. We on the living network are looking into our own mutual assurance/health share type program.
No Zombies need apply.
In Ezekiel 37:1 The hand of the LORD was upon me, and carried me out in the spirit of the LORD, and set me down in the midst of the valley which [was] full of bones,
That is where we are at today.
But the Lord asked "Son of man, can these bones live?" So what did he do? He said: "Prophesy upon these bones, and say unto them, O ye dry bones, hear the word of the LORD.... Behold, I will cause breath to enter into you, and ye shall live:""And those who have among us help the needy; and we always keep together; and for all things wherewith we are supplied, we bless the Maker of all through His Son 186 Jesus Christ, and through the Holy Ghost." Chapter LXVII.—Weekly worship of the Christians. The Apostolic Fathers with Justin Martyr
- Christians as the Romans Saw Them, by Robert Wilken page 125.
- The Lives of the Saints. Volume VII: July. 1866. Rev. Alban Butler (1711–73).