T h e C e n t r a l C o n c e p t s
P r e a m b l e
Religion is about how best to share a spiritual teaching or
practice, with a wider audience. Religions begin with a
spiritual encounter, an insight or a revelation. Over time,
a movement grows around the original 'practitioners'.
The insights or experiences are codified in sacred texts, rituals
form, and followers organise around a priesthood and venue.
A spiritual movement needs to organise, if the benefits of it's
teachings are to be shared widely. Spiritual wisdom should not
be confined to an elite. Thus many religions become missionary
with the realisation that it is unethical to confine their knowledge
(and the benefits of this knowledge) to a select few.
Any spiritual movement, will become more complex as it grows.
However, with growth, a movement can loose it's essence, becoming
distracted with managing it's organisation, or having it's original
insights (teachings) distorted or poorly interpreted.
When religions loose their way, it is often necessary to go back
to the start - and rediscover the core insights and teachings.
Rituals, rules and roles may need to be pealed back, in order
to reveal the beauty of the original spiritual insight.
Our Ecumenical Church emerges in a time of religious fundamentalism.
Some religions have become narrow-minded, legalistic and dogmatic.
Some practitioners have also acted in ways that clearly go against their
Modern Christian Spirituality presents us with an opportunity to return
to a true spirituality, based on a Gospel of Love, that brings healing and
happiness to people living in today's world.
The Central Concepts of the Modern Ecumenical Church are divided into
three parts ( and in total, there are 10 Central Concepts ) :
1 ) Considerations for a modern Christian spirituality and church
2 ) Considerations for personal spiritual growth
3) Considerations for a modern Christian community.
T H E C E N T R A L C O N C E P T S
Considerations for a modern
Christian Spirituality & Church
i) An open minded spirituality.
The first pillar of Modern Christian Spirituality is love.
There is one God. He is YaH-u-ah : the God of Adam, Noah, Abraham
& Moses ; the God of Israel and the father of YaH-u-sha, our Messiah (i.e.
Jesus the Christ, who was with God before creation). He is our LORD.
YaH-u-ah in Hebrew means "I AM", meaning : 'I exist'. The word 'God'
is derived from the Germanic word for a deity and is not Yahuah's name.
We also know the transliterated tetragram YHWH is inaccurate, as there
was no "W" in Hebrew ( the W came again, from other languages before
being accepted into the English language ). In ancient China, Yah-u-ah
was known as "S-ang-di" - the single supreme God (or simply " Di "). Di
predates Tao-ism, Confucianism or Buddhist philosophy.
YaH-u-ah is not only a Creator, but a LOVING God - who transcends all
time and space, to be with us, ' in spirit '. It is God who desires us, and
welcomes us with open arms, to freely be a part of one family, both here
on earth, in this life, and in heaven, in our next life.
Our Messiah ( Christ / Anointed One ), is YaH-u-sha ( Jesus the Christ ).
His mission to his people ( Nazarenes ), his nation ( Juda-hites ), and all
the people of the world, was to reveal the 'Way of God'.
1400 years after Moses, the Messiah entered our world, and gave us a
final "commandant", centred on a LOVE of God, our neighbour, and
even those who call us "enemy". Christ's Gospel of Love is humanity's
final counsel from God. No further instruction is necessary, for love is
God's ultimate teaching. The Gospel of Love can be applied anywhere
and anytime : and the results are ALWAYS the same : love saves us.
Love's efficacy is proof of the Messiah's efficacy, and God's efficacy.
If there be any higher teaching than love, then Jesus is not the Messiah.
That there is no greater teaching than love, affirms that Jesus' Messiah
ship is truly from God, for God is the source of love. ( 1 John 4 : 8).
Jesus rebuked Israel for it's increasingly heartless religion & society, and
instead, offered a path to healing & happiness, through love. The Messiah
revealed to us, a loving God who offers us eternal grace (forgiveness). For
his radical Gospel of Love, he was crucified. After his execution, his loyal
followers continued to experience his powerful presence, and proclaimed,
with great energy and passion, that he is with us, always "in spirit".
So who does Jesus love ? Book of Ephesians ( 5 : 25 ) tells us that Christ
loves his church. " Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her,
to make her holy, cleansing her, by washing with water through the word.
& to present her as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other
blemish, but holy and blameless ".
In this holy family (God's Kin-dom/realm/spiritual world), we are promised
eternal life. When we become Christ-ians : we don't just join a church, we
affirm our intention, to be part of an eternal family. We are today, already
in the Kin-dom of God. We are already in the Trinity. We are already, loved
members of God's family.
We are not simply "creatures" : puppets of some god. We are not an accident
of nature, but a vital part of God's great design, for we are God's co-creators
& co-custodians of life, here on earth. We create life & we take responsibility
for life. Our purpose is anything but trivial.
Being a custodian, is a great responsibility, and requires us to become mature
and wise. Maturity & wisdom is best achieved, when we're free to learn, and
experience all that life can teach us. To be effective custodians, we must
develop problem solving & analytical skills. These skills, require intelligence &
creativity. For creativity to flourish, we need to be FREE to explore, and even
take risks. Thus freedom, is an essential ingredient for the development of
healthy, creative and intelligent minds : minds worthy of God's co-custodians.
But in the end, none of this is possible, if we don't feel loved. Being loved creates
confidence & enhances our self worth. Thus Love is our essential nourishment.
When we are GREAT custodians, we create healthy & happy communities,
as well as a good habitat for all inhabitants. Sadly, few people today think
about our incredible role here on earth. Thus many live un-inspired lives,
and succumb to selfish or trivial pursuits, rather than rising up, and taking
up God's offer of greatness.
We are a part of God's family, together with his Son, our Messiah, and all
the Angels and saints. As in any good family, we are bonded by a love for
each other. As God loves us, so we can love God too as our Father. God is
not some distant spirit, but a loving parent. We extend the idea of a loving
family, to all people in our lives - even to those who call us their enemies.
This endless love, is what makes Christianity unique : we are are saved by
love : God's love.
In Mark 12:28 the Bible tells of a scribe who came to Jesus with a question.
His question was simply this: "Which is the greatest commandment of all?"
Jesus responded to his question by quoting Deuteronomy 6:4.
“ Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with
all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second
is like it : ‘Love your neighbor as yourself. "
The second pillar of modern Christian spirituality, is freedom. God, being free,
blesses his creation with freedom. We have free will to become the best that we
can be. We are not puppets of the gods. We can freely choose between good
and evil. Freedom is essential for us to grow and become truly mature adults :
ready to take up our responsibilities, as co-creators and co-custodians of life.
But freedom has a downside : being human, we can fail God. That leads us to
the critical third pillar.
The third pillar is . . . forgiveness. God always forgives us when we repent.
We are only human. Our fragile egos, can lead us to behave badly. God
understands, and eternally offers us his grace (loving forgiveness). Thus we
are cleansed of our sins, and are renewed (reborn / purified). Forgiveness is
one of the most powerfully healing and liberating blessings that we can ever
God knows how critical forgiveness is, in helping us to stay on the good path.
Without forgiveness from a loving God, we would hit a road block : we would
become bound by our sins, and thus, no longer truly free. Sin would constrain
us. Guilt and disgust would haunt us, leading to self loathing and depression.
We could become slaves to sinful addictions leading to complete moral decline.
Without forgiveness, there is no hope of salvation.
Forgiveness is necessary if God is truly loving. Otherwise, God has failed us !
If unforgiven sin be our only path, then we human beings, could never rise
up to become " partners of God " : righteous custodians of life here on earth.
God does not fail us. God desires us to be great. Want proof ? Look around
you - observe people who feel truly loved, truly free, and truly forgiven ( if
they sin). These people are filled with true happiness, real purpose, and
unbounded energy, for they are partners of God : loved and loving, free and
free-ing, forgiven and forgiving.
These are the three pillars ( foundations ) of modern Christian Spirituality :
love, freedom and forgiveness. Together, they create for us, the pre-condit-
ions, for a healthy, holy & happy life. God's way (love+freedom+forgiveness)
becomes our formula, for how best to live our lives !
ii) A open hearted church.
We are ecumenical. We open our hearts to all. Our church is Christian,
but all denominations are welcome, as are people from other religions or
those without a religion or church.
We believe other religions, that promote love and freedom, share in the
central truth : that God is loving, and love is liberating (salvational), as
our Messiah ( YaH-u-sha / Jesus) taught. Through their own language,
culture and traditions, many religions point to the truth of love and free-
dom. We welcome them to our church as brothers and sisters.
We will not discriminate against ANY person. We are truly ecumenical.
All who come in peace, are welcome. We don't impose our truths on any
one. We invite you to come freely, to study the Gospels for yourself, and
come to your own conclusions - just as many of us did.
We are a church. We dare to gather in open-spaces, just as Jesus once did.
You won't find us in any church building. Out-door church, is open for all
to see - a visible witness to Christ's work in our city. However, we're not
God-sellers : we simply gather to pray, hear the Gospel, & share a sacred
meal of bread and wine, in fellowship with all present. We don't preach
at people, or try to sell our religion using fear and condemnation.
Our church offers companionship, a contemporary outlook & a sensible
spirituality. May this modern-day sanctuary be an effective well-spring :
nourishing & energising each of us to go out & become true "Vessels of
love and freedom" in today's world.
Part 2 Considerations for
personal spiritual growth
a) Cultivate a healthy spirit . . .
Our LORD God (YaH-u-ah) is one, the Creator of all life, and the Messiah is his Son.
Their "spirit" is with us.
We honour God through daily prayer.
We avoid temptations that destroy us, and banish all evil thoughts
that can lead us to commit evil deeds.
We bathe daily, as a ritual and symbolic act of purity.
We keep our sexual activity natural (pure) - avoiding sodomy, for the anus is not a
sexual organ. We avoid sex during menstration - this is a time of rest for a woman.
We never ever have sex with children or teens, and / or animals.
We encourage all teens to abstain from sex with others. Desire is understandable,
but it is always better to defer sexual partnering, until the age of mental maturity
(which does not occur during teenage years). By encouraging abstinence, we can
help young people to avoid pregnancy and sexual diseases. We recommend that
teens explore self pleasuring, rather than partnering for pleasure.
We nourish our bodies and minds with healthy food, activity, rest and recreation.
We set time aside to study, reading the Scriptures & studying the Central Concepts.
We live simply and humbly. We avoid being greedy.
We avoid people who are harmful to us. We don't need their stressful presence.
We live in the present moment - we don't get absorbed in past thoughts or future concerns.
We seek to live peacefully and avoid violence.
We have a purpose in life, and find great meaning in life *
* Those who hold confident views on the after-life, abound with
hope, joy and contentment. But those who deny that life has
any meaning, purpose or design, often find themselves
descending deep into an existential despair.
b) Live a holy life . . .
Let the Messiah's central teaching - love one another - be our foundation for a holy life
Be a constant Vessel of Love and Compassion. (First Central Concept)
Do not intentionally harm / hurt anyone.
Forgive those who harm / hurt you.
Act justly, and be merciful and kind to those around you.
The Messiah taught us to turn the other cheek, rather than seek revenge.
It is alway better to avoid those who seek to harm you, but at times, we
must defend the defenceless with careful force (i.e. children).
c) and bring healing & happiness to others.
Help those around you, who are in need.
Bring happiness to those who suffer, so their spirits be lifted ;
their healing, will be your healing.
M o d e r n E c u m e n i c a l C h u r c h
M o d e r n C h r i s t i a n S p i r i t u a l i t y
Commentary on the Central Concepts :
A Modern interpretation of the Bible
Companions are always free to interpret the Bible. Some take a literal
view, whilst others read aspects of Bible text, as allegorical or symbolic.
The Messiah himself, used parables to present his teachings. Our church
seriously studies the Bible, and honours all the 66 books, as a story of a
people seeking to understand God and their part in life's mystery. The
Hebrew Bible was written from a Judah-ite perspective, and sometimes
contains a nationalistic flavour. The Old Testament also reflects a very
patriarchal culture, that so dominated all aspects of life in those times.
The New Testament was written by disciples of the Messiah, that we can
call the Nazarenes (proto Christians). Their Messiah (Jesus) was clearly
rejected by mainstream Ju's. This inspired the authors of the Gospels
to write a powerful justification for why their Messiah, is in fact, the one
for all Ju's. They mined the Old Testament for "proofs" that justified their
claims for their Messiah. What emerged, was one of history's greatest and
most inspired collection of texts. Added to that, was the unique force that
was St Paul ( Saul of Tarsus ). Alone, Paul is responsible for shaping the
faith that came to be called Christianity (post Nazarene). His passion and
inspired letters, paved the way for Christianity to emerge as THE faith, of
the Roman empire.
The early Hebrew (Old) Testament, and even the New Testament, would
be translated from the original language, into Greek, Latin, and then our
modern languages such as English. With each translation, there is a great
potential for mistranslation, and even translator bias. Today, many
scholars are discovering that many key words and phrases have had their
meaning changed by accident or on purpose. Thus the Bibles we most
commonly read today, are filled will inaccuracies and errors. We need to
be open to rediscovering the original intent or meaning of certain passages,
which may clarify or shed new light on our understanding of certain events
in the Bible.
A true "ecumenical" church does not force one interpretation of the Bible
over another, but welcomes debate and discussion and a tolerant attitude
where differences emerge between interpretations.
We believe the Messiah's Kin-dom is not a physical kingdom, here on earth.
Nor is God's Kin-dom only in some distant heaven. Rather, he taught often,
that the kin-dom of God was here and now, whenever & wherever, we act
with love & compassion, to others around us. Christ's Kin-dom of God is
relational : it's about how I treat you : and when I treat you well - THAT'S
THE KIN-DOM !! True Christianity isn't about church buildings, structures
and organisations : it's about a way of living that's inspired by God's love,
for only love can soothe our primitive selfish egos (where many of our evil
thoughts & deeds originate ).
Concerning "the end times" and the "return of Christ". We teach that
the Messiah's prophecies concerned the FIRST CENTURY, namely
the destruction of Jerusalem and the rise of the anti-Christian Nero
also in the first century. Jesus never promised a SECOND COMING,
rather, he promised to be with us always - IN SPIRIT - (we call his
spiritual presence ' the HOLY SPIRIT ' ).
A modern-minded church
We are a modern church. We offer a contemporary approach to Christianity.
We are inclusive. We don't discriminate. We don't judge people. Judgement
is for God (not for any church). The Messiah welcomed everyone to his
table, so we too, welcome all to our church. We take the Bible seriously, but
we don't worship the Bible. We study the Gospels with modern eyes. There
are many ways to interpret the Bible, such as literal, allegorical or symbolic.
There may even be errors in translation, which has effected how we have
understood key passages in the Bible. With the help of modern scholarship,
we hope to discover the original intent of the authors, and gain new insights.
What unites us, is the Messiah's core message of love - that God loves us, and
we can love God and one another. Love therefore, is salvational : be in this
life, or in heaven.
An open-minded approach to the Bible.
Companions are free to interpret the Bible. Some may take a literal view of
a text, whilst others see some parts of the Bible as allegorical writing. A truly
"ecumenical" church does not dictate how a text is to be interpreted.
What is important for us, are the lessons we can learn from studying a text.
The Primacy of the Messiah's words and deeds.
The words and deeds of our Messiah, as best as we can determine them
to be true, constitute for us, the highest level of instruction : i.e. what the
Messiah teaches (his words), is what we should follow & how the Messiah
lived (his deeds), is how we should live too. View the Westar Institute's
analysis of the words & deeds, most likely to be attributed to Jesus himself :
http://www.westarinstitute.org/projects/the-jesus-seminar/jesus-seminar-phase-1-sayings-of-jesus/ ( this link will direct you to the Westar Institue )
The writings of others in the Bible, for example, Saul ( Paul of Tarsus )
are considered inspired commentary on the Messiah and his teachings.
Their texts can help us to better understand the Messiah's teachings.
Saul (Paul), and the other authors of the Gospels, including the Book of
Revelation (and other non-cannonical texts), attempt to interpret the
Messiah's Gospel of Love, for their times, and for a future time. Whilst
each of the Gospel's authors wrote for a specific audience, nonetheless,
the wisdom of their insights, can remain highly relevant for us today.
Some Companions will find a literal reading of the Gospels inspiring.
Others will consider a symbolic or allegorical interpretation helpful. A
truly Ecumenical Church does not enforce one position over another.
Companions are always free to search for the truth. What unites us,
is our search for a Gospel of Love, in any of the texts we study.
The Ecumenical Church honours the Old Testament as inspired text.
The Hebrew Bible is a story of a people learning to love. The ancient
Hebrew Bible is a story of hope : that God will save us, as we are not
capable of saving ourselves. Thus, the Hebrew Bible is an anticipation
of coming salvation, through the Messiah.
As a story of a people, on a mission to understand life, the Old Testament
Bible is filled with vivid accounts of almost every human failing possible.
Events in the Bible, are a witness to unachieved purposes, unappeased
desires and unfulfilled prophecies. In the coming of the Messiah, there
is fulfilment of purpose, desire and prophecy. In the coming of Christ,
the old way (an eye for an eye), is replaced with a new way ( an offer of the
other cheek). i.e. Exodus 21:24 v Matthew 5:38-39 v Chapter (5) sūrat l-māidah
Verse 5 :45 of the Quran : " We ordained for them therein a life for a life, an eye for
an eye, a nose for a nose, an ear for an ear, a tooth for a tooth, and for wounds is
legal retribution ".
The Origin of Love
The magnificence of the universe should inspire us to consider the
very real probability of intelligent design." The heavens declare the
glory of God : the skies proclaim the work of his hands. " Psalm 19
Creation demands a Creator. This law of nature* states that something cannot
come from nothing. Thus we can be confident, that a Creator exists, and the
Creator loves us, as to create something so magnificent as life, is an act of love.
1 John 4 : 8 proclaims that " God is love ". Creation is proof of that love.
Further "proof" of the Creator's love, is our freedom. We are created to be
free thinking beings - not puppets or slaves of any god or man.
* the law of Cause and Effect is one of nature's fundament laws & is found consistently throughout
the universe. The Law of Cause and Effect can be expressed as "Creation demands a Creator".
The Ecumenical Church teaches that as God is the creator of life, evolution
is possible. All life began with God. This doesn't mean life can't evolve !
The six days of creation story in GENESIS, can be interpreted in ways that
does not exclude evolution. Just as the Church once struggled to accept our
helio-centric solar system ( Copernican model ), some literalist elements in
the Christian church today, are struggling with evolution. Yet creation and
evolution ("continuous creation"), are both possibilities for a Creator who is
unlimited ! Evolution does not disprove God. If anything, evolution shows
that God can create the fundamentals for life, & then allow life to emerge -
according to his laws of nature. As God exists outside of the time and space
dimension, could he not have created all life forms, with an end in mind : us ?
Could God's laws of nature, be the invisible guiding hand, that allowed life to
evolve to its climax : human life ( in the image of God ). Are we the purpose
of evolution ? Are God's laws of nature, simply a means of guaranteeing that
evolution will produce THE intended outcome : the evolution of God's master
creation : human-beings ? Are God's Laws of Nature, simply the " invisible "
guiding hand, that leads creation towards it's intended end point : humanity ?
Finally : is evolution complete? Did the Messiah come to help us to rise above
our primitive ways, and be re-born as a new creation ? In the future, will we
turn to technology and become trans-humans, or will we turn to Christianity
and be real humans : is this is the dramatic choice that we face in the future !
The Messiah taught us that love saves us from spiritual death. When we
act with love, we are re-born : no longer primitive and selfish. When we
are loving, we are a new creation : a transformed being. Sin has no power
The central teaching of the Messiah, is this : we should love God and one
another, as he loved us. John 13 : 34 This be our Gospel of Love. The rest,
The Ecumenical Church accommodates many views on the Messiah
( Jesus ). Some declare that Christ is truly God with us (Emmanuel).
Some believe, the Messiah is a true Son of God, whose words & deeds
elevated him, above all others. Others conclude that Jesus was a man,
who was accorded divine status, by those he inspired. Many believe the
story of Jesus was not only a literal account of his life and teachings, but
there are allegorical (hidden) elements, with deeper meanings for those
who can interpret the text. Clement of Alexandria (A.D. 155-216) was influenced by
Greek philosophy, including Philo & proposed a system of interpretation where any passage
of the Bible might have up to five meanings! This allegorical tradition continues in esoteric
and mystic elements of the Judah-ite faith, and in some Christian groups.
What unites all these views, is the efficacy of Christ's teachings and his
selfless acts for others, including accepting death on the cross for his
We look forward to the Messiah's promise that God loves us, and desires unity with us,
and we shall be united with the Creator and his Son ( our Messiah ), in heaven. G-o-d
desires unity will all humanity : thus each and every one of us is welcomed to unity with
God, but always, only in total freedom : we can reject God, and instead, join Satan in
his realm ( a true den of thieves !). These are life's choices : Good or evil.
Fundamentalist Christians believe the Book of Revelation & other texts
in the bible, outline with accurate precision, events that will take place
at the End of Times. Thus Fundamentalists await the end of times, and
a final cosmic battle between Satan and Christ, where the forces of evil
are defeated for eternity, and the good (saints), will be rewarded with
"many mansions" in heaven.
The Ecumenical Church favours a praeter-istic eschatology : that is,
Christ's prophecies were concerned with his era & not some distant
time in the future. The pivotal year : AD 70 - the fall of the Ju'ish
city of Jerusalem, was the central focus of the Book of Revelation
and other prophetic texts. The threat of Emperor Nero - the first
persecutor of Christians, was also the concern of the prophetic texts.
His name, numerated, in Hebrew, translates exactly to 6-6-6 : the
so called "number of the beast".
For more, visit : http://www.ecclesia.org/truth/2nd.html
Thus we today, focus our efforts on building a kin-dom of love, here
on earth, as the Messiah taught us to do, rather than awaiting some
cosmic battle in the future.
Of course, Companions look forward to an after-life, where
a higher purpose will be served & rewards will be enjoyed in
Those who fail to repent of their sins, may find that Hell is their
final destination : where their existence will be no more. G-o-d
is not a torturer. Hell may not be a place of eternal imprisonment.
That concept actually comes from Dante's work of fiction. The
Bible teaches that hell is a final destination : where life ends.
Many suggest that evil must be eliminated, for evil to have any true
meaning. The Bible teaches that all sinners who face God's Judgement,
will have an opportunity to repent : a final extension of God's grace.
Those who reject God's grace, will be sent to hell with Satan (the fallen
angel ) and may simply cease to exist. Thus all judgement is for God
(and not for the Church). Our task is therefore, is to preach the Gospel
to the spiritually dead, and sinners, so that they too, may live again, &
be granted eternal life with God in heaven. This involves accepting God
and his ways (as taught by his Son, the Messiah).
The Centrality of Love
The Ecumenical Church is a broad church, accommodating many
positions : but uniting on the understanding that love is central to
our salvation : the love of God for us, and our love for each-other.
The Apostolic Era
On the feast day of Pentecost, the gathered Apostles, began to feel
a new energy : a vitality : a confidence. They would rouse from their
slumber, and begin to stand tall, and proclaim that the power of the
Messiah was with them ! Simple fisherman became super-men.
Now, filled with the spirit, they would boldly go out and proclaim the
Gospel, without fear. It must have felt like the very power of God had
descended upon them.
The authors of the New Testament, tried to describe the power and the
emotion of this event, in words that made sense to them. The experience
was described as an encounter with the divine. The Gospel authors also
remembered the ancient concept of the Holy Shekhinah : the presence
of God. In time, the emotion of the event came to be described as a person
descending upon the Apostles - firing their spirits - filling them with love,
wisdom, and courage ( like a coach firing up his sport's team ).
The descent of 'the Spirit' occurred during the Ju'ish festival, also known
as Shavuot - the "feast of weeks". Shavuot occurs 50 days after Passover -
the same time period, since the crucifixion of the Messiah.
The Feast of Weeks celebrates the giving of the Law to Moses. At Pentecost,
the Apostles "received" a new gift : not a new law, but a realisation (insight)
that THEY could transform their world, with the Messiah's Gospel of Love.
Thus a new spirituality emerged, and began it's spread around the world.
Soon, the simple spiritual path of the Messiah, would mature into a fully
fledged, world religion called Christianity.
In time, the Pentecost experience became mythologised by the Roman Church.
The experience was represented as a divine personality, called the Holy Spirit.
Holy Spirit became part of who God was : a divine Trinity ( Father, Son, and
their spirit presence - the Holy Spirit).
The Ecumenical Church is guided by the Messiah's words & deeds, and not
by subsequent teachings of Latin Councils. Thus, the Ecumenical Church
turns to the Scriptures (Old & New T.), for it's understanding of the Trinity.
Ecumenical Church's teaching on the Trinity :
Hope for the Messiah was an ancient hope. In Jesus, his followers believed,
they had encountered God, and declared Jesus (or " YAH-U-SHA "), to be
the true Messiah of Israel. In the Gospels, the Apostles declared that Christ
(the Word) had always existed (before the beginning of time, along with the
Creator). Christ then entered our history, as a man. He lived & died. After
his death, his presence was deeply felt by those who loved him. They even
swore he was with them again. Profoundly inspired by Jesus, they continued
to follow his teachings, live as he lived, and set about building the church.
The Trinity, is our attempt to explain a loving relationship between beings :
the love of the Creator for his Son; the Son's love for his Father; the Creator
and Son's love for us ; and our love for the Creator and the Messiah. This be
the Trinity. The Trinity inspires us to see that love is truly the foundation
for all that is good.
" where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there ... "
Matthew 18 : 20
When we gather in Christ's name, we can feel Christ's presence with us :
as if Christ is no longer some historical figure, but our Companion, here
and now. His very words and deeds come alive - as if they were meant
for us ! He is thus " with us " in spirit : the Spirit of God, through Christ,
The Messiah's powerful Gospel of Love, transformed his disciples into heroic
teachers. For the next 300 years, apostles learned to live out the Messiah's
'way'. So successful were the early Christians, that when Constantine came
to choose a uniting religion for his empire, he could not exclude Christianity.
However, when Christianity became Roman Catholicism - an imperial religion,
the essence of the gospel teachings became more and more distorted. What
started as a revolutionary love-filled movement, declined into a power obsesed
and dogmatic empire, hell bent on growth and conquest. Unchecked, grace
always becomes supplanted by legalism.
Today, Imperial Christianity continues, in both the Roman Church, and in
many fundamentalist Christian churches, who maintain a militant religious
outlook - often at odds with the grace and love of the Messiah's teachings.
The Roman Church and many like it, have continued to promote attitudes,
inherited from the Dark Ages (Middle Ages). Thus they abuse women and
children or discriminate against minorities, such has those who are same -
Same sex attraction and marriage.
The Ecumenical Church opens it's doors - to all people - from all walks of
life. As Christ invited everyone to eat at his table, so there is a place for
everyone in our ecumenical table. The Modern Ecumenical Church's first
priority, is to preach the Gospel of Love, so that the (spiritually) dead may
find true life again. The Church does not judge individuals : all judgement
is for God. Our task, is to love one another, as the Messiah loved us, and
preach this message.
In Matthew 19 : 11, the Messiah asks his disciples to accept Eunuchs, who
are so "from birth". The implications of this statement are very profound.
The Messiah taught his followers to accept difference and diversity.
Eunuchs*, gays or trans-gendered folk are not destroyed at birth by God,
but live, as we live. If thus, they live & all life is from God, then they must
be equally blessed. If this be true, then what justification is there for us
to discriminate again same-sex oriented or transgendered people ?
* Eunuchs were, in the ancient world, often associated with same-sex orientation.
Genuine same-sex attraction is described as deeply ingrained, an attraction
that is deeply a part of who a person is : as true, as a hetro-sexual's desire
for a person of the opposite sex. Thus, can we condemn a person, because
of their orientation, if that orientation is natural and loving ?
The self appointed apostle Paul - an arch conservative ( & ex-Pharisee ),
viewed same-sex acts, as a trait of a people who have turned away from
his God *. The Ju's viewed themselves as a chosen people, set apart by
their God. They sought to preserve their 'unique' identity in various ways.
Homosexuality was a common feature in many neighbouring communities
of the Mediterranean region. Hard-core hetro-sexuality, became a feature
of Ju'ish identity (as was circumcision & Kosher food laws), which helped
set Ju's apart from their neighbours, and preserved their " tribal purity ".
Today, few Christians seriously consider eating pork (that has been ethically
raised & prepared), an offence against their God. Christians today, do not
circumcise their infant boys, as a religious duty. Therefore should we today,
seriously consider, that a naturally gay inclined person is evil because of an
ancient Ju'ish identity issue ? Certainly a more considerate approach
to same-sex oriented people may help many people in traditional churches
(including church ministers), to openly declare their orientation & live an
honest life in their community (without fear of discrimination). Certainly,
the pressures of hidden homo-sexual orientation, may account for SOME
abuse of young boys, by supposedly celibate men. Forcing men to conceal
their sexual impulses, may be contributing to unhealthy & abusive sexual
activity, in many religious communities.
Ruth's love for Naomi, detailed in the Old Testament, may serve as a most
helpful text, for those pained by anti homosexual rhetoric (Book of Ruth 1 : 14).
Luke's account of the genuine hospitality shown by the Apostle Philip, towards
an Ethiopian (Nubian) Eunuch is also worthy of study. (Book of Acts 8:32-33).
The acceptance of same-sex oriented persons by a modern Christian church
should not be confused with our rejection of genuinely un-natural & abhorrent
deviations, such as anal sex, or sex with children and teens, or animals.
Companions of the church should not engage in these behaviours.
Christians, no matter their orientation, should maintain sexual purity, and
avoid un-natural acts of sodomy, as the anus is not a sexual organ, and real
physical damage or the spread of disease is very possible. Sexual purity is
an abiding aspect, of a truly holy life for a companion of the M.E. Church.
We understand a teenagers natural desire for sexual experiences. We
suggest self pleasuring, rather than partnering with others for pleasure.
Delaying sexual partnering until one reaches an age of mental maturity
(ie. in one's 20's), is a better strategy, if one is to avoid sexual diseases,
pregnancy outside partnership, or simply be more mentally mature :
able to cope mentally with sex with another person (this is rarely the
case with teenage sex). Our message to teens is simple : don't partner
for sex. Wait until your mind is mature enough to cope, even though
you think your body (and your "heart") is ready. Don't let anyone ever
pressure you into teen sex. Don't exploit anyone to fulfill your desires.
Companions, in a loving relationship, should honour and love each other,
working hard to build trusting and enduring relationships, that provide
security and stability for each other, and for their children.
Marriage and Unions
Matthew 19 : 4 establishes the Messiah's standard for marriage : a union
between a man and woman ( which no person should try to destroy * ).
The Ecumenical Church supports the tradition of marriage & furthermore,
supports every child's right to both a father and a mother. Many same-sex
couples desire children. That is understandable. However, we believe it is
far more important to preserve a child's moral right to both a mother AND
a father. than it is to give a gay person, parenting rights.
We observe, an increasing secular-socialist attack on the traditional family.
The institution of the family (and it's associated clan bonds), compete with
the socialist state's desire for total control over every aspect of our lives.All
socialist states have behaved in this way, as for socialism to work, it needs
the "co-operation" of all citizens. Freedom undermines socialism - always,
for nobody likes a (Socialist) slave state (except those at the very top).
The homosexual parenting "rights" argument, is simply one more way, the
socialist state seeks to undermine traditional families. If gays can have
families - this would "prove" a child does not need a father or mother, and
then we are one step closer to the State assuming even greater control over
Our socialist states are encouraging single-parent families, as a means of
eroding the father-mother family. Gay parenting and solo parenting, are
nothing less, that a concerted attack on the family, and must be opposed
by all Christians who understand a child's natural right, to a father AND
a mother. If states truly valued our children, they would help couples
be good partners, great parents and create healthy families. Instead, the
socialist secular state, enables easy marriage (no preparation required),
easy separation (no fault divorce), and fully-funded single parenting (no
obligation to partner, to have a child). Single parents are partnered to
the state ! No need for daddy when you have Big Brother to care for you!
Gay family & single family incentives, all erode the traditional Christian
family, that has been the cornerstone of many great nations.
Big Brother is watching his registered children (residing in your homes).
But why are your children, so valuable for the state ?
The State already owns your child, through birth certification, which
takes ownership from the parents, and legally transfers it to the state.
'Registration' of any thing, transfers superior ownership to the entity
accepting the registration. Once an item has been registered, you are
no longer the OWNER even though you may still be paying for the item.
Instead you become the Keeper. This includes cars, houses & children
(who become 'wards of the state' by virtue of a birth registration).
At birth, we are all registered to our state for the purposes of establish-
ing a legal identity (under corporation law), that 1) enables the state to
register us as a security for the purposes of the obtaining loans on the
international finance market, and 2) enabling the state, or any private
corporation, to legally transact with us, as they cannot contract with a
person, but only with a legal entity. This all came about after the Great
Depression. Global banking cartels, demanded securities from nations
for their loans, & a nation's populace was deemed acceptable security.
Thus each person, became a loan security, when registered at birth.
This also explains why countries are hell-bent on growing their popu-
lation : the more people, the more security can be offered, and thus
more loans can be obtained.
Our title, legal name & birth date (often in upper-case) i.e. Mr. Michael
Miłość 20.01.1977, has become the legal registered entity, for the real
flesh & blood person, who would otherwise, be commonly known as :
Michael (Christian name) of the family Miłość, conceived 19 days after the
Summer Solstice, in the year AD 1977. (this is how we refer to Companions).
Companions of the Modern Ecumenical Church are encouraged to mark
their Day of Creation (Conception), instead of celebrating the socialist's
Berthing date (birth day - the day you passed through the waters, rather
than were created). Passage through waters, is another commercial law
concept, which originated in Maritime Law (the law of the sea). The state
wishes that you to always know your legal birth date, as it is their identity
for you ! (read - Freedom : Veronica: of the Chapman family, Tamare House 2010).
Hence, we are unknowingly encouraged to celebrate our birth-ing days,
instead of our Conception or Name Days (Name Days was the traditional
celebration day, only a generation ago, in many Roman Catholic nations).
As freedom is a blessing from God, our freedom (including freedom from
state, corporate or church tyranny), becomes for the Modern Ecumenical
Church, a matter of great interest. (see our Justice web-page).
(A nation state is also a legally registered entity, which enables it to trade
as a commercial entity and raise loans. If you doubt this, check a nation's
status on the New York or the City of London stock exchange, for example,
"Commonwealth of Australia" is a registered corporation, on the N.Y.S.E.
registry. Your nation state, must be a registered corporation, so it can
legally contract and transact in the commercial world. For more details,
read 'Freedom . . . is more than just a seven letter word', by Veronica of
the Chapman family, published 2010 Ramare House or forum.fmotl.com)
Whilst we accept the rights of a couple to divorce, we uphold the rights of
a child to continue to have a meaningful relationship with both parents, if
there are no safety / welfare threats to the child by being in the company /
care of a parent.
The Church supports a total ban on social abortion. We do not stand against
abortion, where there is a threat to the mother's life, or if there is significant
abnormal development of the embryo, which is known to result in significant
and permanent detriment to the health of the unborn.
Should a couple or single parent be unable to care for a new born child,
we encourage communities to facilitate low-cost adoption programs.
The Ecumenical Church offers an equal blessing to male-female couples,
and same-sex unions. Our Church is not a registered institution (a body
controlled by state laws), and thus we do not certify either marriages or
unions. Legal sanction is a concern of the State, & couples should contact
their local authorities if they seek legal registration for a marriage/union.
Our love of God
It is entirely natural, to thank someone for doing something good ! Thus
it is also natural, that we should thank a loving Creator, for creating us !
( and everything around us ! ). Gratitude is the first expression of love.
So whether we call the Creator : God or YaH-u-ah or simply my LORD,
let us make time each day, to meditate on the Creator's love for us, and
be thankful by saying so to him !
If we start the day by nourishing our minds with loving thoughts, it should
be easier for us to become Vessels of Love and Compassion, every day
Thus a spirituality grounded in love, not only brings us healing & happiness,
in this life, but may lead us to salvation in next life ! Hallelu Yah !
The Name of our LORD God : Yah-u-ah