These terms like altars of stones or earth are metaphors for elements of a system by which men may remain free souls under God the Father in Heaven with no other gods before them. While reading the Old Testament we may believe that we are being told to pile up stones and kill sheep and oxen as if by doing so we will create the loyalty and honor required to maintain and protect a free society. The truth is much simpler and far more practical once we understand the Sophistry of false teachers. We know the Pharisees had strayed from the teachings of Moses because Moses and Christ were in agreement.
Every man is an altar of earth. The Hebrew word for earth when talking about altars of earth is "adamah". We are Adamah. We are all sons of Adam. Each man plays his part in the kingdom of God by being a conduit for the sacrifices of his family in the practice of "pure religion".
- "Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, [and] to keep himself unspotted from the world." James 1:27
The Elder of each family chooses how his family is to serve his congregation and the whole community.
Religion is the performance of our duty to God and our fellow man. Everyone in the kingdom or seeking the kingdom must realize that they are ministers to each other. Ministers of the Kingdom are those who gather together to facilitate that ministry on a national and world-wide basis.
The stone altars are also men, lively stones. The living ministers of the Church chosen by men, and ordained of God are the living altars of stone of the kingdom. They are titular leaders and benefactors who do not exercise authority over the contributing of the people but minister their offerings for the good of those they serve with Freewill offerings in a system of Daily ministration according to the Perfect law of liberty.
The church is an alternative government form based on "the perfect law of liberty" composed of families in congregations, and ordained ministers who are servants of servants facilitating a system of welfare through faith, hope, and charity that sets men free.
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Ministers of Recorded Elders
- "And he ordained twelve, that they should be with him, and that he might send them forth to preach," Mark 3:14
Christ chose ministers to serve the people who were seeking the kingdom of God.
The Family was the creation of God. When families gathered in free assemblies by their mutual witness and freewill offerings to their Minister of testimony, or Minister of record, they formed the Congregation of testimony or Congregation of Recorded Elders CORE of the kingdom, and therefore the the Church. At the head of every family was the eldest living Father of that family unit. They were known as Elders.
Those Elders chose a minister of good report to help keep their fellow congregants connected. The minister looked out for their needs and kept them connected to the rest of the people of God. This peculiar bond of the people forms a literal nation, connected by their love and caring for one another as much as they care for themselves.
Those Ministers of Recorded Elders took care of the needy of that society in a network of mutual service as they taught the ways of Christ. They were to receive, preserve, and propagate His doctrines and ordinances as a body or community, united under one form of government by the profession of one faith, and the observance of the same rituals and ceremonies.
Those rituals and ceremonies were nothing more than the ways in which they took care of one another and conducted themselves in the world without applying to the Fathers of that world and their Benefactors.
All governments take care of the needs of the people they serve, but they do not all provide the benefits of that society by faith, hope and charity, nor by the perfect law of liberty. The Church is commanded not to exercise authority one over the other, yet it is defined as one form of government.
As ministers one to another, we are commanded to feed the sheep who follow Christ and the ways of His kingdom. Who is truly a minister of Christ? How will we know them? Can we ordain men as ministers of Christ, of His Church?
- "Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and [that] your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you." John 15:16
The Ministers of God are ordained of God, but as the seekers of His kingdom, each of us must learn to recognize who is God's minister and who is not. Every Elder is a minister and king of his own home, but to become and to remain free people under God, every family must seek to serve their fellow brothers in Christ by serving one another.
- "... In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established." 2 Corinthians 13:1
As God writes upon our hearts and upon our minds, we should learn to recognize the ministers of God; and in bearing witness to our faith in God we may also bear witness to those who serve Him. That witness is the covering every minister needs to do his job in the world. And that witness must be a tangible record to keep the Minister and the world separate or holy.
God desires that the diligent people who live by His love remain free souls under God. The ministers who facilitate the Love of Christ in the daily ministration to the people are the true servants. The ministers that send the people to men who call themselves benefactors but exercise authority, take the Lord's name in vain. It is the responsibility of the people and true ministers of God to bear witness to the Father by bearing witness to each other.
God establishes His Spirit, but the world does not see things of the Spirit; so we have created a chain of authentication where the people may bear witness to their faith in God and His ways of righteousness by bearing witness to one another in a Sacred Purpose Trust.
Ministers are servants of the people. The Ministers of Christ are forbidden to exercise authority one over the other and therefore they are titular leaders like those of the early pure Republics of more ancient history.
Ministers of the Church should:
- Come together to obey Christ according to the will of the Father
- Come together to serve Christ by serving the people
- Come together to propagate Christ's doctrines an ordinances
- Come together that the people might be saved
Even Polybius warned the people of their "appetite for benefits and the habit of receiving them by way of a rule of force". John the Baptist said the same things encouraging charity amongs those who received his Baptism.
You cannot covet the property of others to provide your livelihood or your society and you will "degenerate again into perfect savages and find once more a master and monarch."
The authoritarian State uses force and violence to become the Benefactors of the people. They force one class of citizen to provide for another. Proverbs 23 warned and Christ forbid that type of government.
Their solution was to not pray to the Fathers of the earth for their free bread and benefits which was a snare but to set the table of the Lord through the Eucharist of Christ which was a daily ministration established by His Church through faith, hope, charity and the perfect law of liberty.
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- ↑ Exodus 20:24 An altar of earth thou shalt make unto me, and shalt sacrifice thereon thy burnt offerings, and thy peace offerings, thy sheep, and thine oxen: in all places where I record my name I will come unto thee, and I will bless thee.
- ↑ Matthew 17:3 And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias talking with him.
- ↑ Romans 16:26 But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith:
- ↑ 1 Peter 2:5 Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.
- ↑ : “Church. In its most general sense, the religious society founded and established by Jesus Christ, to receive, preserve, and propagate his doctrines and ordinances.”
- “A body or community of Christians, united under one form of government by the profession of one faith, and the observance of the same rituals and ceremonies.” Black’s Law Dictionary 3rd ed. Page 325. also 4th, 5th 6th Ed.