Friday, December 28, 2012

Manifesto of the Disciples of the Way (Apostolic)


When a new enterprise is embarked upon, and others are expected to be influenced or to join in its proceedings it is only proper to set forth a manifesto detailing the purpose, views, and intention of the endeavor under consideration. Therefore, the following manifesto is set forth for Disciples of the Way (Apostolic)

As we view Christianity alongside other world religions, especially Islam and Judaism, it becomes very clear that the character of Christianity differs in very many ways from the character of all other faiths, but especially Islam and Judaism. The basic difference lies in the fact that both Islam and Judaism are masculine religions expressing aggressive characteristics; Christianity on the other hand is feminine and expresses herself through the softer characteristics of love, mercy, and forgiveness. 
In a world that hosts three monotheistic religions, two masculine -- one feminine, the aggression that is innate in the masculine constantly threatens the feminine.  This threat is apparent when the theology of all three groups are juxtapose. All three, Christianity, Islam and Judaism have theologies that decree world dominance. Christianity and Islam, in particular, are mandated by their holy Scriptures to convert all peoples of the earth to their individual faiths. Christianity is to “make disciples of all nations” through the preaching of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and manifesting Christ to the world through acts of love, mercy, forgiveness; the characteristics of a mother (the Bride of Christ). While, Islam, on the other hand, is instructed by the Koran to convert all to itself by the means of the sword. Dozens of times the Koran states“slaughter is better than turmoil.” Christianity offers the world peace through the teachings of Jesus Christ; while, Islam offers the same world a different peace through the teachings of Mohammed: whose teachings declare that there are only two options apart from sharia law: death or subjection to servitude.
In the spirit of “speaking the truth in love” it must be stated with certainty that the Jewish world view is no friend to the Faith of Christ. Religious Jews hate Christians and teach that Jesus was the bastard son of a Jewish peasant girl. Zionist Jews (secular Israel) have driven Palestinian Christians from their homes throughout the area they control. The energy the West expends on Zionist Israel would better serve the Kingdom of Christ by being applied to the aid of Christians the Zionist have disenfranchised. Disciples of the Way (Apostolic) is opposed to the support of a political/religious system which rejected their Messiah and wars, even today, against His Kingdom. Christians who believe and teach Christian Zionism are misguided and must be instructed from their error.

Although Christianity claims one-third of the  earth’s population the enemy that she is facing in the 21st century is unprecedented in its ferocity. Disciples of the Way (Apostolic) will offer Christians a way to man-up in the face of the aggressive challenge coming from both Islam and Judaism.
To facilitate the the strengthening of feminine Christianity, to help position her as the militant force in the earth she must become, Disciples of the Way (Apostolic) proposes the blending of two ancient warrior/priest paradigms: the Warriors of Light of the Essenes - an ancient Jewish sect of the time of Christ and His apostles, and the Celtic Culdees (warrior society of the Celtic Church). Indeed, many historians see them to be one and the same. It is argued that the Essenes were transported to the British Isles in A.D. 37 by the Jewish Christians who accompanied Joseph of Arimathea. In this view the Jewish Essenes became the Celtic Culdees.
Continuing in the tradition of the Essene/Culdee, Disciples of the Way (Apostolic) will vouchsafe the deposit of faith that has been committed to the church by whatever means the Holy Spirit allows through the teachings of the holy Scripture; and, will propagate the Gospel of Christ throughout the earth.
Disciples of the Way (Apostolic) will be comprised of communities called Abbeys (physical and virtual). Each Abbey will be organized with the following structure: Novices, Culdees, Warriors of Light, Bishop, and an Abbot who serves under an Abbot General.
The Novice:
Upon entering association with Disciples of the Way (Apostolic) one enters his/her novitiate. The novitiate is a probation period where the novice may determine his/her suitability to the ministry of Culdee. The most important lesson for the novice to learn is obedience to the Mysteries of the Faith. The novice has no vote in the community.
The Culdee:
A Culdee is any person who has entered the office of Warrior Monk; and, who freely binds himself/herself to service either for a limited time or for life, and who accepts the sitting Abbot General as his/her earthly commander in chief. The Culdee advances through seven degrees of discipleship to attain to the position of a Warrior of Light. Each Culdee shall have an equal vote to elect his/her Abbot.
The Warrior Of Light:
A Warrior of Light shall be any Culdee who has mastered all seven degrees of discipleship, who has freely taken an oath of service for life, and who accepts the sitting Abbot General as his/her earthly commander in chief. Only the Warriors of Light may vote for a new Abbot General.
Bishop:
The Bishop shall be a Warrior of Light who has received the calling and unction of the Holy Spirit to be the Spiritual overseer and confessor for the community. Upon the manifestation of this calling and unction the Bishop shall be appointed by the Abbot who occupies the seat of Moses in the community with the Bishop occupying the seat of Aaron.
Abbot:
The Abbot shall be of the Warriors of Light and shall be elected for life. In the case of a new Abbey the Abbot may be appointed by the Abbot General. The Abbot sits in the seat of Moses and exercises full temporal authority over the community. The Abbot will acquiesce in spiritual matters to the judgement of the Bishop. The Abbot may be male or female.
Abbot General:
The Abbot General shall be of the Warriors of Light and shall be elected by that class of the Culdees for life. The Abbot General is recognized as the earthly commandeer in chief of all Abbeys. It will be assumed that the Abbot General alone hears from God in matters which concerns Disciples of the Way (Apostolic), through God's Word, spirit filled counselors, and direct inspiration. The Abbot General may be male or female.
The Community:
Disciples of the Way (Apostolic) will consist of communities called Abbeys. A mature Abbey will consist of thirteen persons: the Abbot and his/her Culdees. In the true spirit of the Celtic tradition the Abbey will be made up of both male and female Culdees which may include family units. When and where possible the members of an Abbey should live in close physical community. However, when separated by great distances Culdees will function as members of a Virtual Abbey.
The Mission Of The Abbey:
The mission of Disciples of the Way (Apostolic) is the defense and the propagation of the Kingdom Gospel of Jesus the Messiah. This is a polemic mission of Apologetics. The Lord of all the earth has chosen preaching as the means of salvation for the world; therefore the Culdee will be master swordsman in the craft of spiritual warfare. Education of the Culdee is the foremost objective of each Abbey. The Abbey must strife to provide the intelligentsia for its secular community. False religion, and especially false teaching within Christianity, will be confronted at every opportunity. The marching orders of the Abbey is “Educate and Engage.”
Veneration Of The Family:
 The cohesiveness of every society is the family unit. Disciples of the Way (Apostolic) emphasizes the veneration of the family.  The love shared between a man and a woman which in turn produces offspring as holy seed is considered the ultimate will of Father God for His children. (Consequently, the practice of homosexuality is an affront to the human race and is not to be looked upon with any degree of toleration; the practice of such a lifestyle betrays the fundamental purpose of mankind.)
Children of believing parents are holy seed; who qualify for all kingdom prerogatives. Such offspring are born into covenant privileges and are not to be considered as aliens from the Commonwealth of Israel, but are citizens by right of birth. Consequently, children born to Christians are Christians by birthright and eligible for all Kingdom blessings.
Children are to be initiated into the community through a series of rites of passage. Christian baptism is to be administered by eight days old; following the Old Testament example of circumcision; first Holy Communion will be administered at eight years of age; confirmation into the faith at 12 years of age; and ordained a warrior monk at 18 years old.


Friday, December 14, 2012

Glory With the Father


Glory With the Father

Written by Bishop Jerry Hayes Sr. Abbot General of the Disciples of the Way (Apostolic)
John 17:5
And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.


Of course, the Trinitarian feels that this scripture proves the pre-existence of the Son of God.  We will show that too much has been attempted, in that the problem created by such a view of this passage is insurmountable, even by those who hold it.  To the Trinitarian Jesus is asking the Father to glorify Him with the Father’s glory; notice: “And now, Father, glorify thou me with thine own self…”  If there are two God-persons in view here, and if Jesus is a separate God-person from the Father, there is a very big problem.  The problem lies in the simple fact that Father God will give His glory to NO other. Two passages of scripture declare this clearly:

1.     Isaiah 42:8 “I am the LORD (Yahweh), that is my name, and my glory will I not give to another.”

2.      Isaiah 48:8 “… and I will not give my glory unto another.”


Is Jesus praying an impossible prayer?  Obviously not.  Jesus is praying a correct prayer.  He is praying a proper prayer that could and would be answered.  If He was asking Father God, a separate being from Himself, to share His (the Father’s) glory with Him (the Son) then that would have been an exercise in futility.  It would have been so, because Isaiah 42:8 and 48:11 are Bible absolutes that can never be altered. (Psalms 119:89, “forever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven.”)  If, on the other hand, the MAN Christ Jesus was praying to the Father to be glorified into fore ordained Son-ship, and not into Deity, then the prayer has great merit.


Second, Timothy 2:15 instructs us to “rightly divide the word of truth.”  In all truthfulness it is the Son which is praying, and the Son prays to be glorified with the glory that He (the Son) had with the Father before the world was created.  In order to understand what this  glory, which the Son enjoyed with the Father before the world was, we must “rightly divide the word of truth.”


The text before us (John 17:5) gives us two very important bits of information:

1.     Where this glory was experienced,

2.      When this glory was experienced. 

The ‘where’ was in the Father’s presence; the ‘when’ was before the world was.  We must then ask the question,”  What was with Father God, before the creation of the universe? (I say “creation of the universe”, because that is what the word kosmos means – here, translated world.)


The answer to the question, “What was with Father God before the creation of the universe?” is not another person of deity; although, this is what the Trinitarian concept of John 17:5 would demand.  We may be confident in this, because of the declarations of Father God Himself: He says in Deuteronomy 32:39 “See now that  I, even I, am he, and there is no God with me:…”  Isaiah 44:24 “…I am the LORD that maketh all things, that stretcheth forth the heavens alone; that spreadeth abroad the earth by myself.”  God the Father asks, “To whom will ye liken me and make me equal and compare me, that we may be like?” (Isaiah46:5).  The Trinitarian says “We will compare thee to the Son of God, and we will make thee equal to Him.” To such people the prayer of Jesus (John 17:5) was a request to be restored to equality with the Father.  No! And as thousand times No!  The assumed answer to Yahweh’s question put to Isaiah is: None, LORD, is Your equal, and we cannot compare You to any.


Now that we have seen what the answer to the question, “What was with the Father before the world (kosmos) was” is not, perhaps we can ascertain what the answer IS.


This we know, The Counsel of God was with God in the beginning.  John 1:1 says, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God…”  The logos  was with the Father before the world was. Logos is the expression of thought, as embodying a concept or idea (Vine).  Hebrews 11:3 states, “Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God …”


The Word (logos) was not a separate being from God the Father in the beginning, but was simply the expression of His thought, which embodied the conception or idea of Creation, and Redemption. (Therein, rests His Counsel.)


Three elements existed in the “Counsel of God,” before the world was:

1.     The Atonement;

2.     God’s Elect; and

3.     The Kingdom. 

Paul makes us aware in Ephesians 1:11 that God counsels with Himself before He performs any work.  What a work creation was!  But the work of creation pales in the energetic aurora from the labor of Calvary’s summit.  Creation and Redemption, one is predicated upon the other. Both were in the Counsel of God before the world was.


In the Counsel of God was The Atonement – before the world was: 1 Peter 1:19:20, “But with the precious blood of Christ, as a lamb without blemish and without spot: who verily was fore ordained before the foundation of the world …” Again: Revelation 13:8 “…Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.”  And again, Hebrews 4:3 “… although the works were finished from the foundation of the world.”


In the Counsel of God was God’s Elect – before the world was: Ephesians 1:4 “…he has chosen us in him before the foundation of the world.” Again, 2 Thessalonians 2:13 “… because God hath from the beginning chose you to salvation …” And again, Revelation 17:8 “… names … written in the book of life from the foundation of the world …” 


In the Counsel of God was The Kingdom – before the world was: Matthew 25:34 “…then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.”


In the full Counsel of Cod, the Son (the humanity) was the paramount part.  When Jesus prayed to be glorified with the FORMER glory that He (the Son) had with the Father before the world was, He was referencing the Atonement; God’s Elect; and the Kingdom.  He was saying (this prayer He prayed the night he was betrayed): “Father, I am now ready to realize this FROMER GLORY through the suffering of the cross.  I was in your Counsel before the world was; I (as a man suffering for mankind) had glory with you, there and then, now, I am ready to receive that glory.” He said, “No man takes my life from me, I lay it down.”
Amen

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Hebrews 13:8 vs 1 Corinthians 15:28


Hebrews 13:8 vs 1Corinthians 15:28
By Bishop Jerry Hayes Sr

 

Jesus as Yahweh - The existing One.

He 13:8 'Jesus Christ the same yesterday, today, and forever".

This is referencing the eternality of Jesus. It is the same genre of saying as "He who is, was, and is to come" Re 1:8. Here, the writer of Hebrews is speaking of Jesus’ eternal Godhood. This is a "Yahweh saying" (Ex 3:14 "I am that I am" - the existing One, the One Who is) of the NT - there are many:(Jn 8:58;Jn 20:6 Ego eime "I am"; Col 1:17;He 12:2; Rev 1:8,*17;21:6; 23:13.)

 

Yesterday = past, into eterity past; today = present; tomorrow = future, into the eternal future.

 

This saying of the writer is a continuing of his theme of the surety of God to secure and equip the believer from:  v6  "The LORD (Yahweh) is my helper., I will not be afraid."  This theme continues through to the end of the chapter; see vv20-22: “The God of peace, ..., equip you in every good thing to do His will." So we are shown a Jesus that is truly the Author and Finisher of our Faith (He 12:2).

 

The Sonship, or Humanity of Christ

1 Cor 15:28 "...then the Son Himself also will be subjected to the One who subjected all things to Him, that God may be all in all,"

This signals the end of the administration of the Sonship of Christ.  Jesus, the Son of God, said: "…for the things concerning me have an end." peri emou telos echei (Lk 22:37).

 

 The present arrangement of deity as: the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit is not eternal. It is only God's present "economy." Before creation there was just God. After the redemption story is finished all of His economy will fold back into Himself and God will be as He was in eternity past - God will be all in all. (1Cor 15:28).

 

The end of the Sonship is not the end of Jesus the Great I Am. It is only the end of one administration of the economy of deity. "There are differences of administrations, but the same Lord" (1 Cor 12:5). Now, in relation to God there is but One Lord (Eph 4:5). On the road to Damascus Saul asked the arresting force: "Who are you Lord? and the Lord said: I am Jesus..."

 

The reason so many have a difficult time with this is because of a refusal to accept the biblical teaching of the Dual Nature of Jesus; Fully God and Fully man. The New Testament draws a stark distinction between these two different planes of Jesus' existence: