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The noun minister in the testaments means servant.

In the Church there are two types of altars, Clay and Stone.[1]

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. Have Modern Christians also been led astray into an apostate state and under a strong delusion?

Moses and Christ were in agreement.[2]

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".

Christ appointed his ministers to do a job and provide the services of Pure Religion through charitable practices, freely giving what was freely received like the Levites who were the Church in the Wilderness. Providing welfare through the state where men may call themselves benefactors creates a social compact with a corporate body that exercises authority which makes the word of God to none effect and snares the people as surety for debt. They relied on charity but were not what has become known as mendicant which would be contrary to the early Church and the true Church 1000 years later in the days of Lady Godiva.
  • "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.[3]

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[4]. 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[5] 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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It is the mission of His Holy Church to teach The Way of Christ and document the boundaries of the Church, congregations, and the families as a witness of the the world of the Kingdom of God at hand.

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Why Minister

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

They should be assisting in the Corban of Christ and aiding the people in their duty of Pure Religion like the early Church who were attending to the Weightier matters as Christ warned.

The should be making it possible for the people of faith not to have to depend upon any minister of the world who exercises authority one over the other.

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.

The most predominant form of government throughout history has been based on voluntary systems composed of a Network of what was called the tens, hundreds, and thousands. The original Israel, the Teutons and many others societies all did this including the early Church which did this to create a Daily ministration in order to practice Pure Religion which was the Corban of Christ.

Ministers of Recorded Elders

A Minister of Record of a Group of recorded Elders of congregations which is a Free Assembly of congregants may be referred to as a MORE or MOR

"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.

Minister Qualifications

The ministers of the early Church were elected by the people from the pool of natural Elders of families to serve a purpose and mission of the early Church which were designated by Jesus Christ.

Everyone in seeking the kingdom of God and His righteousness were to love one another and strive to keep the commandments of Christ.

Those natural Elders were the heads of families who also ministered to their families while learning to care for their neighbor's families in free assemblies as much as they cared for their own family.

Titus 1:5 "For this cause left I thee in Crete, that thou shouldest set in order the things that are wanting, and ordain[6] elders in every city, as I had appointed thee:"

We see a list of Character qualification that should be looked for in choosing a minister of the Church in Titus 1.[7] and Titus 2[8]

There is a reference to "aged men" which is translated from the word presbutes [9] Which can also mean ambassador ans is from the word presbuteros [10]

The word Senator in Rome meant old men before it became an office of the State. At first they had little power because Rome was a Republic but later as the people became slothful in the ways of liberty the Senate like we see in the Sanhedrin became an office of power.

In the Church those Elders elected to the offices of the Church and or Ordained may not exercise authority over the people like the Benefactors of the World or they will cease to be His Church. The Corban of the Church must remain the result of Faith, Hope and Charity through the Perfect law of liberty.

While an Elder is first Father and Husband to his own family he does not usurp that role in the families he may serve when elected to an office of the Church. He is not a conscripted Father like the Fathers of the earth nor substitute Father or Husband to other families. He is a minister to the people of the offerings entrusted to him for the purposes of Christ.

According to Diocletian second edict it targeted "deacons, lectors, priests, and bishops" in 300 A.D. before the corruption of the church by the followers of Constantine. Deacons were ministers of tens.

While the people chose the elders who would be their minister those ministers were also appointed by the appointed disciples of Christ who were often called apostles. Jesus placed additional requirements upon His disciples concerning being in the world but not of the world, owning property, feeding His sheep and not exercising authority one over the other.

Priests in the kingdom did not rule over the people but they did rule over the votive offerings of the people. In the world the priests force the contributions of the people because they do rule over others.

Bishops were merely overseers and servants of servants. But what were lectors? One simplistic definition was a reader of liturgy. A liturgical book was a book published by the authority of a church, that contains the text and directions for the liturgy of its official religious services.

(Titus 1:6; 1 Tim 3:2).


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The Church is "one form of government" according to the legal definition of the Church but it is not like the governments of the world.

Every minister is the overseer of what he receives on behalf of Christ but connected by that common[11] possessions of Christ in the Communion and Eucharist of its Daily ministration.

Even though they may not exercise authority one over the other they are joint heirs or what is also called co-heirs which by appointment through Christ makes them one body, the Church.[12]

Again this is clarified in 1 Timothy 3[13] for Ministers of 10 called Deacons[14]

Liberty and the Ministers of God's kingdom are dependent upon the Charitable and Forgiving hearts of the people.

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Footnotes

  1. 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.
  2. Matthew 17:3 And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias talking with him.
  3. 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:
  4. 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.
  5. : “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.
  6. 2525 ~καθίστημι~ kathistemi \@kath-is’-tay-mee\@ from 2596 and 2476; v AV-make 8, make ruler 6, ordain 3, be 2, appoint 1, conduct 1, set 1; 22
    1) to set, place, put
    1a) to set one over a thing (in charge of it)
    1b) to appoint one to administer an office
    1c) to set down as, constitute, to declare, show to be
    1d) to constitute, to render, make, cause to be
    1e) to conduct or bring to a certain place
    1f) to show or exhibit one’s self
    1f1) come forward as
    Ordain#An_Appointment_Ex_Officio
  7. Titus 1:6 :If any be blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children not accused of riot or unruly. 7 For a bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God; not selfwilled, not soon angry, not given to wine, no striker, not given to filthy lucre; 8 But a lover of hospitality, a lover of good men, sober, just, holy, temperate; 9 Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers. 10 For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, specially they of the circumcision: 11 Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre’s sake. 12 One of themselves, even a prophet of their own, said, The Cretians are alway liars, evil beasts, slow bellies. 13 This witness is true. Wherefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith; 14 Not giving heed to Jewish fables, and commandments of men, that turn from the truth. 15 Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled. 16 They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.
  8. Titus 2:1 But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine: 2 That the aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in charity, in patience. 3 The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; 4 That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, 5 To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed. 6 Young men likewise exhort to be sober minded. 7 In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine shewing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity, 8 Sound speech, that cannot be condemned; that he that is of the contrary part may be ashamed, having no evil thing to say of you. 9 Exhort servants to be obedient unto their own masters, and to please them well in all things; not answering again; 10 Not purloining, but shewing all good fidelity; that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things.
  9. 4246 ~πρεσβύτης~ presbutes \@pres-boo’-tace\@ from the same as 4245; n m AV-old man 1, aged man 1, aged 1; 3 1) an old man, an aged man 2) ambassador
  10. 4245 ~πρεσβύτερος~ presbuteros \@pres-boo’-ter-os\@ comparative of presbus (elderly); adj AV-elder 64, old man 1, eldest 1, elder woman 1; 67
    1) elder, of age,
    1a) the elder of two people
    1b) advanced in life, an elder, a senior
    1b1) forefathers
    2) a term of rank or office(Was this just an office of the family? Were they appointing elders of families to the offices of the Church?)
    2a) among the Jews
    2a1) members of the great council or Sanhedrin (because in early times the rulers of the people, judges, etc., were selected from elderly men)
    2a2) of those who in separate cities managed public affairs and administered justice
    2b) among the Christians, those who presided over the assemblies; (or churches) the NT uses the term bishop, overseers, 1985 pastors, 4166 elders, and presbyters 4245 interchangeably {#Ac 20:17,28 Eph 4:11 Titus 1:5,7 1Pe 5:1-4 etc.}
    2c) the twenty four members of the heavenly Sanhedrin or court seated on thrones around the throne of God
  11. Acts 2:44 And all that believed were together, and had all things common; Acts 4:32 And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common.
  12. Plures cohaeredes sunt quasi unum corpus, propter unitatem juris quod habent. :: Several co-heirs are as one body, by reason of the unity of right which they possess. Co. Litt. 163.
    Haeredem Deus facit, non homo. God and not man, make the heir.
    Haeredem est nomen collectivum. Heir is a collective name.
    Haeris est nomen juris, filius est nomen naturae. Heir is a term of law, son one of nature.
    Haeres est aut jure proprietatis aut jure representationis. An heir is either by right of property or right of representation. 3 Co. 40.
    Haeres est alter ispe, et filius est pars patris. An heir is another self, and a son is a part of the father.
    Haeres est eadem persona cum antecessore. The heir is the same person with the ancestor. Co. Litt. 22.
    Haeres haeredis mei est meus haeres. The heir of my heir is my heir.
    Haeres legitimus est quem nuptiae demonstrant. He is the lawful heir whom the marriage demonstrates.
  13. 1 Timothy 3:1 This is a true saying, If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work. 2 A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach; 3 Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous; 4 One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity; 5 (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?) 6 Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil. 7 Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil. 8 ¶ Likewise must the deacons be grave, not doubletongued, not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre; 9 Holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience. 10 And let these also first be proved; then let them use the office of a deacon, being found blameless. 11 Even so must their wives be grave, not slanderers, sober, faithful in all things. 12 Let the deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well. 13 For they that have used the office of a deacon well purchase to themselves a good degree, and great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus.
  14. Deacon: The word deacon means leader of ten. Leadership in the Church is by service. In the Greek the word diakonos means servant or Ministers. Minister is the Latin word for doer of little deeds. Minister is a generic term that includes all who serve others, whether deacon, bishop, archbishop or other.
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