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FEMA of the LORD

 

According to some the basics things that exist in a de facto government is a method of identification of its members, international acceptance of its existence and its documentation and consular support.

Of course the early Church gave letters of credence to its minsters by way of Ambassadors who served a vast network of congregations of people according to that perfect law of liberty. There was a system of ID in place at that time issued by governments like that of the Pharisees working out of the temple complex.

There should be little doubt, based on the union and disciple of early Christian society that Christians adopted similar practices while they worked daily in the temple and went from house to house rightly dividing the word and bread in times of short fall.301

It is also clear by the biblical text alone that the Christians were their own Faith Emergency Management Auxiliary, especially when it came to their government sending relief to their society.302

The church had its own system of health care based on free will offerings, special oils that had antibiotic and healing properties.303 The community had its own system of mutual banking similar to a modern credit union in order to help in time of calamity.

Unlike a bank, a credit union’s board of directors is composed of seven unpaid volunteers. No profit or gain can be realized in a credit union, only bills paid. Anything extra goes back to the members yet members can help each other get out of burdensome debt and move funds around in an emergency.

“... the twelve called the multitude of the disciples... and said, It is not reason that we should leave the word of God, and serve tables.”

Could the apostles have been setting up a bank or credit union in Acts 6. We should note that the word “tables” in Acts 6:2 actually means bank and is translated bank in Luke 19:23. These men were not the first ministers of the Church by any means.

Every Pentecost people of Israel would reaffirm the tens, hundreds, and thousands by coming together in a well organized network.304 The people of Judea knew this from the Torah and their own history. They needed this network based on charitable bonds to maintain a free state. They knew they no longer could depend on the benefaction of the Pharisees’ government if they were to receive the Baptism of Christ and His redemption from the Pharisees.

They had counted the cost. They had repented of coveting their neighbors’ goods, of forcing their neighbor to contribute to their social welfare in a system of Corban that made the word of God to none effect.305

This understanding should shed light on why Stephen, one of the seven men, was one of the first to be martyred. Follow the money. It was the chief motivation to rid themselves of this charitable King who fired the money changers and turning over their “bank”.

Stephens activity was taking away from the treasury of the Pharisees. People were investing in the service oriented government of the Kingdom of God rather than the authoritarian benefactors of the Hellenistic followers of the Pharisees that bound the people.

We may all pick seven men we choose to assist us in the world today. The spirit of greed or love in those men will define our society and the life we live in it. We know that evil will come, calamities shall fall. We do not choose what evil shall be upon the earth.

We may choose how we shall prepare for it and meet it. The form of government and institutions we choose or create is defined by our own hearts and minds and the spirit that lives in us. If we do not like what we see we must allow a new spirit to dwell in us.

 

 

 

 

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    Footnotes:

     

    301Acts 2:46 “And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart”

    302Acts 11:29 “Then the disciples, every man according to his ability, determined to send relief unto the brethren which dwelt in Judaea:”

    303Luke 9:2 “And he sent them to preach the kingdom of God, and to heal the sick.” Matthew 10:8; Luke 10:9; Mark 6:13 “... anointed with oil many that were sick, and healed [them].”

    304http://www.hisholychurch.info/network/index.php

    305Matthew 15:6 “...honour not his father or his mother, he shall be free. Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition.

    Mark 7:13 Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye.

     

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