Sovereign “Church of Refuge “
BCO, Book of Church Order
First Edition July 19th 2015
Proverbs 6:16 "These six things doth the Lord hate: yes, seven are an abomination unto him; 17 A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood; 18 A heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, 19 a false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren."
FORM OF GOVERNMENT –
Governmental order is this; God creates man; Man is a foreign Sovereign to all other, Man creates Churches and holds to himself the freedom to establish religion, contracts, and beliefs; Churches are exclusive private property of a man, a living soul and/or people, and the man, intermediary between other jurisdictions; this for man, a living soul to work by faith as Ambassadors, Diplomats of the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth; a man establishes domicile on the Land, and the soil of his birth and the Air from whence the soul lives and does business at trade as vessel of Heaven on earth, from the beginning, in and at the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth and a man is a transient foreigner residing in the same Kingdom of Heaven on Earth; a living soul has it’s domicile in a physical body and is living in that same body, kept alive by the living soul; The soul and body create a man. A diplomat of God has no other domicile or residence outside of the physical body without sinning against God; a man is sovereign as his/her God is sovereign bearing the full weight as Ambassador and Diplomat in and unto the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth;
A church is set in stone, 100% separate and sovereign, from all opposing jurisdictions; compare to other jurisdiction including other sovereign Churches, and or any foreign State, country, or government:
The Ministry is not attached to any foreign doctrine, or foreign government, but is free, which is as our God is truly sovereign, so the Church of Refuge is sovereign; so as God's Law is sovereign, so then church Law is peaceable and sovereign;
God created everything; some through man, and God owns all the property as sovereign, no other jurisdiction has authority to say different; if any man or non-man say different, then they set themselves up as a religion or a God and any such as government would violate there own Law;
note; sovereign meaning 'self governing.
The Doctrine of Church Government.
1-1. The form of church government, which is whole, is comprehended under five heads: a. The Church; b. Its elders; c. Its members; d. Its courts; e. Its orders or guidelines.
1-2. The Church which Christ is taught in this world for the gathering and perfecting of the saints is the visible and non-visable kingdom of heaven on earth, grace, mercy, love and is one and the same in all ages.
1-3. The (officers) or elders of the Church, by whom all its powers are administered, are, according to the Scriptures and conscience revelation, teaching and ruling leaders and deacons.
1-4. The members of this nonpublic visible and or faithful Church are all those peoples attaining to the doctrine of Christ as is taught by teachings of old and newly recognized revelation, together with their children, property who make profession of their faith in the teachings of God and including the power of love in the Holy Spirit and promise submission to the Law of God as Christ Jesus taught by example as accepted by the leadership of this assembly.
1-5. Church jurisdiction is not a several, but one founder or a joint power, to be exercised by leaders and or deacons in courts according to church government. These courts may have jurisdiction over one or many members or churches relative, but they sustain such mutual relations as to realize the idea of the unity of the Church at Godly Common Law, and the Law of God.
1-6. The ordination of officers is ordinarily by a Senior Key minister, except in the case of ordination by a Senior Key leader(s) according to written orders or joint Key leaders agreement. See 1-8.
1-7. This scriptural doctrine of Representative is necessary to the perfection of the order of the visible Church, but is not essential to its existence.
1-8. Church membership is a Man or Woman (a man with a womb) from age zero to infinity, membership is people sovereign on the Land and in the Heaven(s), today excepted within church authority, all living souls from live birth in agreement with Senior Key leaders doctrine, and is not dead, nor defacto corporate; nor will ever allow defacto corporate person, human, child, neither public; Any people claiming other benefits and or different jurisdiction can not claim membership but can stand as deacons or helpers of the ministry only. Also See 6-1.
1-9. The sovereign Church of Refuge and it's members are at peace with the world.
a-The Visible Church Defined
2-1. The Visible Church by the law, under the law, and or by the Gospel, is one and the same and consists of all those who make profession and duty of their conviction in the Christ whether one or all to the creation of the Christ present in manifestation: not waiting for an obscurity but creating presently the greater faithful manifestations in attitudes of pure love, behaviors, and creations;
2-2. This visible unity of the body of Christ, though obscured, is not destroyed by its division into different bodies of professing members; but all of these which maintain the truth of Word and Sacrament ( putting aside Adamic pretense) in their fundamental integrity are to be recognized as true sovereign branches of the sovereign "Church of Refuge."
2-3. It is according to scriptural example that the Church can be divided into many individual branches.
CHAPTER 3 DONE
The Nature and Extent of Church Power
3-1. The power which Christ has committed to this Church vests in the whole body sovereign, the sovereign rulers and those sovereigns ruled, constituting it a spiritual commonwealth. This power, as exercised by the leader, extends to the choice of those officers whom are appointed in Church. God creates Law, Law governs Man, Man is judged by the Law and not by God; it is the Senior Key Minister whom is Apostle, and the flowing Natural Law from the top downward that keeps a peaceful, heavenly and corporal Church:
3-2. Church power is two-fold. The representatives from Apostle downward exercise it sometimes severally, as in teaching the Gospel, helping the Sacraments, reproving the erring, visiting the sick, and comforting the afflicted, etc. which is the power of order; and they exercise it sometimes jointly in Church courts, after the form of judgment, which is the power of jurisdiction; the Church being sovereign and jurisdiction is sovereign from the beginning of the first in Christ;
3-3. The sole functions of the Church, as a kingdom and government distinct from the civil commonwealth, corporate demons, or judgment, are to proclaim, to administer, and to enforce the law of Christ in disciplines revealed in the Scriptures; and or to enforce the law of grace and mercy in Christ revealed in the Scriptures;
3-4. The power of the Church is visible and spiritual and uses the exercise of strength as a sovereign. The constitution of the Church derives from divine revelation; the constitution of the State must be determined by Man’s reason and the course of providential events on the land. The Church has no right to construct or modify a government for any Nation (state), and the State has no right to frame a Law, creed or polity for the Church. (Matthew 22:21).
3-5. The Church, with its ordinances, officers and courts, is the agency which Christ has ordained for the edification and government of His people, for the propagation of the faith, and for the evangelization of the world.
3-6. The exercise of church power, whether joint or several, has the divine sanction when in conformity with the order enacted by Christ, the Law keeper, and when put forth by courts or by officers appointed thereunto in His Word.
The Particular Church
4-1. A particular church consists of any number of professing members, with their children (children being a young man or young woman), associated together for divine worship and godly living, agreeable to the Scriptures, and submitting to the lawful government of Christ's kingdom.
4-2. Its representatives are its teaching and ruling leaders and its sovereign deacons.
4-3. Its jurisdiction, being a single sovereign Senior Key Minister and second a joint power, is lodged in the church Session, which consists of its Minister (leader), Minister’s, deacons and or its ruling elders.
4-4. The order established by Christ, the Head, in Church are prayer and fasting; singing praises; reading, expounding and preaching, etc. the teaching of worthy disciplines in Christ also in the Word of God; public solemn fasting and thanksgiving; catechizing; creation of gifts and making offerings for the relief of the poor and for other pious uses; and exercising discipline; the taking of solemn vows of choice, and the ordination to sacred office.
4-5. We do not entreat to keep numbers; such as the actual numbers of professing members, we do acknowledge the leadership and the jurisdiction of the office their sovereignty holds. (There is no honor in giving if one expects to receive form the action.) A gift given to the church is hidden in the hearts of those giving and receiving; if a Person desires to be recognized, that person must ask in writing and only then will the acknowledgement be given in writing (such as for civil public tax purposes);
The Organization of a Particular Church.
A. Mission Churches
5-1. A mission church may be properly described in the same manner as the particular church is described in BCO 4-1. It is distinguished from a particular church in that it has no permanent governing body save the original body of Ministry, and thus must be governed or supervised by others. However, its goal is to mature and be organized as a particular church as soon as this can be done decently and in good order. It is a sovereign entity unto in its self but still under jurisdiction of the Main body and its ministers. It is the goal of any mission to become a permanent church. When a sovereign Senior Minister is established through ordination, then it will become a stand alone church with no ties to the first church save through brotherly love and devotion to the same Laws and principles.
5-2. Ordinarily, the responsibility for initiation and oversight of a mission church lies with the Leader (s), exercised through its committee.
5-3. The mission church, because of its transitional condition, requires a temporary system of government. Depending on the circumstances and at its own discretion, Representative may provide for such government in one of several ways:
1. Appoint an Leader as prescribed in BCO 5-1.
2. Cooperate with the people of a particular church in arranging a mother-daughter relationship with a mission church. The Session may then serve as the temporary governing body of the mission church.
5-5. Mission churches and their members shall have the right of judicial process to the court having oversight of their temporary governing body.
5-6. Mission churches, not for the purpose of numbering, may maintain a roll of sovereign communicant and non-communicant members, in the same manner as, but separate from, other particular churches.
5-7. It is the intention of the sovereign "Church of Refuge" that mission churches enjoy the same status as particular churches in relation to church civil government.
B. The Organization of a Particular Church
5-8. A new church can be organized only by the authority of leadership. The Leader which must be an ordained, by the church of Refuge, Senior Minister may proceed with the organization directly, or through an especially appointed commission created by the Senior Key Minister, or through a Leader to whom the leader has entrusted the power to organize churches. In the organization of a church, whatever be the way in which the matter originated, the procedure shall be as follows a Mission Church: 5-1 thru 5-7;
1. The Representative shall receive and approve a petition subscribed to by those people seeking to be organized into a congregation of the Sovereign, Church of Refuge, appointing a time and date for a service of organization.
2. At the service and following the preaching of the Word, testimonials shall be presented to the Representative by such peoples as are members of the church, if there be any, and applicants for admission to the church on profession of faith in Christ shall, on satisfactory examination, be received.
3. These peoples shall in the next place be required to enter into covenant, by answering the following question affirmatively, with uplifted hand:
Do you, in reliance on God for strength, solemnly promise and covenant that you will walk together as an ordered church, on the principles of the faith and order of the Sovereign Church of Refuge, and that you will be zealous and faithful in maintaining the purity and peace of the whole body?
4. The presiding minister shall then say:
I now pronounce and declare that you are constituted a church according to the Word of God and the faith and order of the Sovereign Church of Refuge in the name of the Father, Holy Ghost, and of the Mother, mother earth and of the Son, Christ. Amen.
5. Action shall be taken to secure, as soon as practicable, the regular administration of the Word and Sacraments (putting aside one’s personal desires to fulfill the process of being born again).
5-9. The following procedures shall be used in nominating and training ruling elders prior to organization and the election of a Session:
1. All men of the mission church (unless they decline) shall receive instruction in the qualifications and work of the office of ruling elder by the organizing commission or the leader or evangelist.
2. These men shall be examined by the evangelist or sent leader concerning their Christian experience, their knowledge and acceptance of the sovereign constitutional biblical standards of the church, and their willingness to assume the responsibility of the office of ruling elder according to the qualifications set forth in 1 Timothy 3 and Titus 1. The organizing commission or the evangelist shall present a list of all who are found qualified to be nominated.
3. Not less than thirty (30) days prior to the date of election by the Senior Key Minister and or chosen Leaders, petitioners shall submit, through the Senior Minister, or the Sovereign representative, or from the list of all those sovereign people found qualified, nominations of members for the office of ruling elder to the Representative-designated evangelist or sent leader.
Note; Then till now, from the point of the Senior Key Minister’s sovereignty, all rules of sovereignty shall apply eternal. Sovereignty is to be unattached to any other Sovereignty; other sovereignty’s may include any defacto government or corporation which is the worshipping of idols, this may be through contract or presumption not challenged; the worship of other Sovereign’s, the membership to other clubs, associations, churches or other specified by Senior Ministry.
Note: All final actions are subject to leadership jurisdiction and consciousness.
6-1. Members Declaration of Sovereign (to declare physical and spiritual separation from the fear of Corporality and those loyal to serving evil) upon Senior Ministry approval may obtain a Certificate of Baptism of new life and membership. (Certificate of Baptism replaces a Birth Certificate which declared a people dead and under an authority other than God) God has no time reservations to baptism and neither can the Church of Refuge.
6-2. The children of believers are, through the covenant and by right of birth, communing and non-communing members of the church. Hence they are entitled to Baptism which gives them sovereign acknowledgement in the church body (Baptism as only recognized within the sovereignty of the Church of Refuge and no outside partnership), and to the pastoral oversight, instruction and government of the church, with a view to their embracing Christ and thus possessing individually all benefits of the covenant; Children are considered young adults with the same calling and fullness of sovereign character but with an immature wisdom and philosophy;
6-3. Communing members are those who have made a profession of faith in Christ, have been baptized in fire, air, water, earth and have been admitted by the Leadership to the Lord's Table.
6-4. All faithful peoples are entitled to the watchful care, instruction (in baptism) and government of the church, even though they are adults and have made no manifestation of their faith in Christ.
6-5. Those only who have made a sovereigns profession of faith in Christ, have been baptized, and admitted by the Leaders to the Lord's Table, are entitled to all the rights and privileges of the church.
(See BCO 57-4 and 58-4)
Church Officers-General Classification
7-1. Under the New Testament, our Lord at first collected His people out of different nations, and united them to the household of faith by the ministry of extraordinary officers who received extraordinary gifts of the Spirit and who were agents by whom God completed His revelation to His Church.
7-2. The ordinary and perpetual classes of office in the Church are Leaders and deacons.
First; One Senior Key Minister; second; Senior Ministers which may be such as (not in any specific order) the Inheriting Minister which is the successor of the Senior Key Minister; Ministers and Deacons; Scribe or record keeper, evangelist or the leader in charge of recruiting churches and members, Ministers of every sort such as, keeper of the gardens, keeper of foods, keeper of janitorial, music Ministers and song writers, Grounds keeper, Children’s Minister, Sunday school teachers, court leadership, court counsel and friend, and more;
( Ministers may hold any, many, or all offices as need required; under the authority of Leadership)
CHAPTER 8 void at this time
9-1. The office of deacon is set forth in the Scriptures as ordinary and perpetual in the Church. The office can be one of sympathy and service, or power after the example of the Lord Jesus; it expresses also the communion of saints, especially in their helping one another in time of need.
9-2. It is the duty of the deacons to minister to those who are in need, to the sick, to the friendless, and to any who may be in distress. It is their duty also to develop the grace of liberality in the members of the church, to devise effective methods of collecting the gifts of the people, and to distribute these gifts among the objects to which they are contributed. They shall have the care of the property of the congregation, both real and individual, and shall keep in proper repair the church edifice and other buildings belonging to the congregation. In matters of special importance affecting the property of the church, they cannot take final action without the approval of the Session and consent of the congregation.
In the discharge of their duties the deacons are under the supervision and authority of the Leaders. In a church in which it is impossible for any reason to secure deacons, the duties of the office shall devolve upon the ruling elders.
9-3. Deacons are a witness to the attributes of the church; to the office of deacon, which is spiritual in nature, shall be chosen men of spiritual character, honest repute, exemplary lives, brotherly spirit, warm sympathies, and sound judgment.
Church Courts in General
10-1. The Church is governed by courts, leadership, as being composed exclusively of folk of the same sovereign church doctrine.
10-2. These courts are visible church Sessions of leadership, and the General Assembly.
10-3. The Senior Key Minister is, for prudential reasons, moderator of the Session. Chief keeper of law, and in case of his absence or plaintiff the next leading minister longest a member of the court, shall open the next meeting.
The moderator has all authority necessary for the preservation of order and for the proper and expeditious conduct of all business before the court, and for convening and adjourning the court according to its own ruling. In any emergency, he may by circular letter change the time or place, or both, of meeting to which the court stands adjourned, giving reasonable notice thereof.
10-4. A court clerk and record keeper shall be appointed by the Senior Key Minister or if by default elected by the Session or the Leadership, Representative, and General Assembly to serve for a definite period as determined by the court.
It is the duty of the clerk, besides recording the transactions, to preserve the records carefully, and to grant extracts from them whenever properly required. Such extracts under the hand of the clerk shall be evidence to any ecclesiastical court, and to every part of the Church.
10-5. Every meeting of the Session, Representative and General Assembly shall be opened and closed with prayer, and in closing the final session a psalm or hymn may be sung and the benediction pronounced.
10-6. The expenses of ministers and ruling elders in their attendance on the courts if defrayed, if practical, may be defrayed by the bodies which they respectively represent.
Work in progress;
Update; November 06, 2017
This body of work being the Book of Church Order is the first BCO of the sovereign, Church of Refuge and is incomplete as written. Further editing is planned. For finishing details write to the address below.
Senior Key Minister, Timothy Alan, house of Harmon
Sovereign Church of Refuge
100 Lincoln Street
c/o 1049 Hill Drive, Reynoldsville, Penna.
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