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The Cover of this book, The Bride of Christ

The picture on the cover of this book is a sketch by George Edmund Blair Leighton. It is a picture of the famous Lady Godiva who reportedly rode through town naked to spare the poor a tax.

Godgifu means a “gift of God”. The Countess Godgifu, or Lady Godiva as we know of her today, was historically famous for a number of reasons. She is mentioned in the Stow charter, Spalding charter and the Domesday Book survey of 1085, ordered by William the Conqueror.1 She was one of the few Anglo-Saxons to retain land after the Norman conquest, and the only woman mentioned as a landholder. She was known as a kind and beautiful woman. As a widow, and wealthy in her own right, she became the wife of a second husband, Leofric III who was Earl of Mercia and Lord of Coventry.

Leofric, Godiva’s Norman husband, was a man of authority and power. He “was regarded by contemporaries as an upright man…[and] maintained himself in power for more than twenty years without violence and aggression.”2 “He was very wise in all matters, both religious and secular, that benefited all this nation.”3 Leofric had been pressed by the king to burden the people with taxation to improve the lot of the whole community. His wife, the “pious Countess Godiva”4 continually appealed to her husband to grant a relief and free the people from these rigorous and regulatory burdens. But she did not just talk about the needs of the people, she acted upon those needs.

She was also famous for her building projects and is still considered the patron saint of engineers. What she often built were Churches, Monasteries, and Abbeys.5 These buildings and institutions were not just centers of religious rituals and spiritual preaching. The Church was still the center of all social welfare. Its charitable administration to those in need, its educational centers, and its records, had maintained a free society for a thousand years. The daily ministration of widows, orphans, and the needy was conducted through a system of free will offerings and the service of that Church in remembrance in charity of our religious duty to God and our fellowman.

There was a new age of change in State and Church. New taxes, new courts, and new ideas concerning the gospel. Rulers became the fountainhead of justice, replacing the more popular people’s courts. Contribution were forced from the people by these new authoritarian benefactors who considered themselves rulers over men and makers of law. These new rulers were crowned by a church that believed that these rulers were to be benefactors that should exercise authority over others through the imperium of a centralized state. They even forced contributions as a tax, to be collected and given to that church.

We are led to believe that Godiva’s husband grew weary of her entreaties for kind benevolence and caustically proclaimed that he would grant her request on one condition. His modest and saintly wife must ride naked through the streets of Coventry. The people of Coventry agreed to turn away from looking at her nakedness as she rode by out of respect for her years of generosity and charity.

Legend has it that one man named Tom was overcome by the temptation and bored a peephole in his shutters that he might gaze upon the naked Godiva. For his disregard he was forever struck blind. Her husband kept his word and abolished the onerous tax.

This story of a naked rider on horseback, clothed only in her long blond hair, was published more than a century after her death. Did the saintly Lady Godiva actually ride through the streets naked? Was this a colorful legend or is the truth hidden behind the esoteric fable of an idol monk?

The Church was appointed by Christ. Those who followed His way had been around serving the people for a thousand years. But it was not alone. From the beginning there had been some who did not understand the ways of John and Christ and yet claimed to be His Church. This false church often supported men who sought to rule over their brothers and altered the message of Christ's gospel.

It has been suggested by some historians that the reference to Lady Godiva being “naked” had nothing to do with being without clothes. As a widow under Saxon law her wealth was her own. Norman’s had brought a more chauvinistic approach to a widows right to disperse and manage her first husbands or even her own wealth and property. The challenge was more likely that Lady Godiva would have to give up some of that wealth before her husband would give up his Norman right to tax the people as subjects.

Reading actual accounts of their character at the time it seems more likely that her husband was merely convicted by her charitable heart and there was no real challenge between them. Her heroism, personal piety, humility, and charity obliged the people’s love and respect, strengthening the whole community by her faithful example. The people who loved Christ had managed all social welfare for centuries with little more than free will offerings. That practice bound communities together and made them strong, secure, and self reliant. The Babylonian idea of taxing one class of society for the benefit of another had not yet become a part of modern Christian doctrine.

The story and principles of this giving widow symbolizes the nature of the true Church established by the Messiah. She became poor for the sake of others.6 The servant Church, like the Levites of old, were a gift from God commissioned by Him to feed His sheep and keep the people from the bondage and entanglements of the world. The early Church had cared for the daily ministration of the widows, orphans and needy with free will offerings only love can provide. They had brought supplies and food in time of famine, sending Baranabas, who was the former Levite Hoses,7 to complete that mission.8

Unlike the authoritarian benefactors of the Gentile nations, the Church, as the government of God, was to provide their service only by the charity and free will offerings of the people. Love, humility and forgiveness are required to make such systems, operating under the perfect law of liberty, a true blessing for both rich and poor alike.

The Levites were also naked of any exercising authority. They could not go up by steps lest they reveal that nakedness. The people were told to make underwear, a covering, for them.9 Giving them a covering and being naked has nothing to do with the clothes they wear. It is about coverture and the power or authority to act and lead by serving. The Levites had no inheritance, no personal estate, nor any exercising authority. They were a government. Their success depended upon the good will of the people who freely gave them their covering by tithing to them according to their service.

Charity is marked by Paul as the greatest of gifts and that personal sacrifice not only saves those who fall on hard times but also frees and matures the grantors of charity in the practice of the virtues, sacrifices and ways of Christ. Those called out ministers of Christ’s were appointed a kingdom at hand. They were restricted by several of Christ’s proclaimed conditions.

They were not to exercise authority in the management and service to the people seeking the kingdom but they were to be benefactors of the people.10 They were to willing become new members of His Family, a brotherhood belonging to God.11 They were to give up their personal estate and like the Levites before them they became the Poor Preachers of His Kingdom. Christ was specific in His requirements for the ministry of His Holy Church.12 Modern ministers often object to the mention of Christ’s clear doctrine.13

The faithful Ministers of His Church, like the Levites before them, are the ordained ministers of His form of government owning all things in common, with no personal estate. They are without authority, naked before the people. They are His ordained bondservants14 as the public servants of His Kingdom under the perfect law of liberty.

For whether [is] greater, he that sitteth at meat, or he that serveth? [is] not he that sitteth at meat? but I am among you as he that serveth.” Luke 22:27

As each man is an altar of “adamic clay”, so are the ministers of His Holy Church the living stones of God’s holy altar. He has a practical purpose. We are to preach the kingdom in service and charity, hope and faith so that all men might be free souls under God.

“But blessed [are] your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear.” Matthew 13:16

This book offered as revealing guide for those seeking the ways of His Kingdom, the purpose of His altars, the status of His ministers, and the ways of His Holy Church in the world, but not of it. Understanding and applying these precepts upon precepts has liberated people and formed free nations generation upon generation, age upon age, by Abraham, Moses and Christ. His righteousness shall set the captive free and return every man to his family and to his possessions.

“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness;

and all these things shall be added unto you.” Matthew 6:33

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The Free Church Report is a unique path for the modern Church according the nature of the first century Church  by explaining the duty and purposes of that institution of Christ. While Rome declined under runaway inflation, corrupt government, martial law, and endless threat of war the Christians found an alternative in the “kingdom of heaven”.

The early Christian knew rights and responsibilities were indivisible. They sought the right to be ruled by God, professing another king, one Jesus. They governed themselves, with the service of “called out” ministers who lived in the world, but not of it. Their rights were granted by God. Their government benefits did not come from men who “called themselves benefactors but exercised authority one over the other” but through a divine network of faith, hope, and charity under the perfect law of liberty as the unrighteous mammon failed.

by Gregory Thomas Williams d HHC
Minister of His Holy Church
Published By His Holy Church 2006 ©
reedited 2008 ©
reedited 2010 ©




Footnotes

1a.k.a. William of Normandy and William the Bastard. He was the illegitimate son of Robert the Magnificent who claimed to be the Duke of Normandy and Herleva the daughter of a tanner.

2Sir Frank Stenton, Anglo Saxon England published by Oxford 1971.

3The Anglo Saxon Chronicle, translation edited by Dorothy Whitelock, David C. Douglas and Susie I Tucker, Eyre and Spottiswode 1965, revised.

4Quoted from the chronicle about Prior Æfic of Evesham who knew Lady Godiva.

5The monasteries at Stow, Lincolnshire, Coventry, Spalding, Leominster, Wenlock in Shropshire, Worcester, Evesham ...

62 Corinthians 8:9 “For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich.”

7Acts 4:36 And Joses, who by the apostles was surnamed Barnabas, (which is, being interpreted, The son of consolation,)a Levite, [and] of the country of Cyprus, Having land, sold it, and brought the money, and laid it at the apostles’ feet.”

8Acts 11:29 “Then the disciples, every man according to his ability, determined to send relief unto the brethren which dwelt in Judaea: Which also they did, and sent it to the elders by the hands of Barnabas and Saul.”

9Exodus 28:42 “And thou shalt make them linen breeches to cover their nakedness; from the loins even unto the thighs they shall reach:”

10Luke 22:25 “And he said unto them, The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and they that exercise authority upon them are called benefactors. But ye shall not be so: but he that is greatest among you, let him be as the younger; and he that is chief, as he that doth serve.”

11Luke 14:26 “If any [man] come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.”

12Luke 14:33 “So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.”

13The word hath in Luke 14:33 is also translated: hast in Matthew 19:21, “Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go [and] sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come [and] follow me.”

substance in Luke 8:3, “And Joanna the wife of Chuza Herod’s steward, and Susanna, and many others, which ministered unto him of their substance.”

Have in Luke 12:33, “Sell that ye have, and give alms; provide yourselves bags which wax not old, a treasure in the heavens that faileth not, where no thief approacheth, neither moth corrupteth.”

goods in Luke 19:8, “And Zacchaeus stood, and said unto the Lord; Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have taken any thing from any man by false accusation, I restore [him] fourfold.” Ands, 1 Corinthians 13:3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed [the poor], and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.

possessed in 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.”

14Numbers 8:14 “Thus shalt thou separate the Levites from among the children of Israel: and the Levites shall be mine.”

 

 

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

A Free Church and Free Congregation Report. 1

Elements of support and succor for a His Church Ministry 1

Studying this Material 2

The Church 2

Simple and Complex 2

The Precepts of the Christ define the Church 3

The Liturgy of the Church 4

The Governments of God and other gods 6

Church, Chapel, and Congregations 9

Conversation in Heaven 10

Unincorporated Associations 11

Living Altars of Men 12

Lively Stones of a Living Altar 13

One Body, One Corpus, One Church 14

Trusting in the Kingdom 16

Pacta servanda sunt, Agreements must be kept. 17

Election, Acceptance, Recognition and Assignment of the Church 18

Things to do to form a Church 19

Three Step Plan to organize and to form the Church: 20

First Step: 20

Second Step: 20

Third Step: 20

Numbered Outline Steps to form the Church: 21

Three Steps in Detail. 21

His Church Commission 22

Additional Assistance 22

To Appoint and Ordain the kingdom and the Church 23

An Appointment Ex Officio 25

Allegations of Authority by reference 28

Banking on the Kingdom 29

The Autonomous Church 31

The Poor Overseers of a Free Church 32

David and the Messiah until now, the power to discharge 34

Worship Services of the People 35

The Kingdom, a Society under God 36

Taking and Giving the Kingdom 37

A Basic Biblical Belief and Responsibility 38

Pure Religion of Christ vs. Impure Religion of Nimrod 39

The Congregation of, for, and by the People of God 41

The Elders of Liberty are the Altars of Earth 42

The Election to Give is the Eucharist of Christ 43

The Corpus of the Free Church 43

The Church is Defined by Christ 45

The Hasmonean Whoredom, and gods Many 46

The Poor Princes of of the kingdom 48

The Riches of the Ministry 50

The Kingdom of God, Q and A. 51

His Church and His Congregations Q and A 52

What is a Religious Order? Q and A 54

Removing scales: Additional Essays 57

Feeding the Sheep 57

The Corban of the Nicolaitan 58

Right Side Up or Upside Down 59

Temples and Churches 60

Investing in Diana 61

Debasing the Kingdom 62

Temples, Banks and the Brokerage House. 64

The Right and the Left Hand 65

The Kingdom Within 66

The Bank of the Golden Calf 67

The Riches of Poverty 68

The Royal Treasury 69

The Temples of Satan 70

Firing the money-changers 72

Sons of Belial 73

Our Father who art not in Rome 74

Summing Up 77

Appendix 1. Communion of the Kingdom 78

Appendix 2. Nicolaitans. 79

Appendix 3. Forms of the Church. 80

Declaration of Sacred Purpose 81

The Instructions for His Church Declaration of Sacred Purposes 82

Notification of Ministry Information 83

Instructions Ministry Information Form J10:37 and Form Ex 30:16 84

Annual Report Information Form 2Cor6:8 85

The Instructions : the Annual Report form 2Cor6:8 86

Appendix 4. Position Statement for Ministers under a Vow of Poverty 87

Status of no Inheritance in the world 88

Status of Ordained Ministers or their family in service 89

Appendix 5. Biblical Support of Vows 90

The vow of poverty 90

Minister Vows of the Church 91

The vow of chastity 92

The vow of faith 94

The vow of obedience 95

Appendix 6. Governing Articles 96

Appendix 7. An Accord for an Order of His Holy Church 105

Appendix 8. A Creed 111

Appendix 9. Position Statement 112

Duties, Obligations and Requirements 112

Special Rules and Churches 113

Letter of Determination 114

501c3 vs 508 114

Trusting in the Church 115

Special numbers for a Church? 116

The Beneficial Owner 117

The “customer”: 118

Overseers and the Orders 118

Ordained Trust 118

Purpose and Obligations 119

Appendix 10. Guidelines of His Church, Altars and Auxiliaries 122

Appendix 11. Ministrative Guidelines 124

Appendix 12. Sample: CALL AND CONSENT to GUIDELINES 131

Termination, Decommission, and Distribution. 131

Appendix 14. The Criteria of His Church and Congregations 132

Appendix 15. The Polity of the Church 133

Appendix 16. General Terms: 139

Appendix 17. Preamble to the Articles and Accord of the Church 143

Bound by the Directives of our Lord 143

Appendix 18. Seals 144

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