…and this too

  1. We believe that the triune God is the origin and the ultimate goal of all things; and that, through Jesus Christ, we are called to give our allegiance to God and to make the Church our true dwelling place. We believe that the claims of Christ have priority over those of the state, the market, race, class, gender, and other functional idolatries. “You shall have no other Gods before me” (Ex. 20:3). 
  2. We believe that communal worship is the heart of the Christian life. We seek the guidance of the Holy Spirit to bring our everyday practices into greater conformity with our worship, such that our entire lives may be lived to glorify God. Similarly, we pledge to give and receive counsel about how we might better embody the Gospel in its individual and communal expressions. “Praise the Lord; praise the name of the Lord; give praise, O servants of the Lord” (Psalm 135: 1). 
  3. We believe that the church undercuts its own vocation when it compromises with the institutions, allegiances and assumptions that undergird the “culture of death” in our world. We remind all Christians that, in rejecting the sword and other lethal means to advance His goals, Jesus set an example for all of us who seek to follow Him. While accepting rather than imposing death may still be foolish and scandalous in the eyes of non-Christians (cf. 1 Cor. 1:23), it remains central to what it means to follow a crucified and risen Messiah. We believe that the process of renewing the church in our day requires Christians to rethink all those values and practices that presume a smooth fit between killing and discipleship no matter how disturbing or divisive this reappraisal may be (cf. Matt. 10:34-8). Jesus said, “I have come that they may have life, and have it abundantly” (John 10:10). 
  4. We do not accept the ultimacy of divisions imposed on the Body of Christ — whether they be national borders, denominational divides, cultural and social stereotypes, or class divisions. We seek to restore the bonds of ecclesial unity and solidarity that are always under threat from the powers and principalities of the present age. “For I am sure that neither death, nor life, . . . nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Rom. 8:38-39). 

From Ekklesia Project 


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  1. The truth of the matter is that Christianity has ALWAYS been a divisive force and always will be. That was INEVITABLE when Christianity was coopted by the Roman state and thus became an integral part of the western imperial misadventure.
    A “holy” empire being the ultimate oxymoron!
    And people of “coloured” skin know all to well the fruits of western imperialism! Plunder and death!
    And in and of themselves egos and collections of egos are inherently godless and are always actively separative in their presence and actions in the world. Always! Even (especially) egos that believe in and talk about “jesus”!

    That having been said please check out:

    1. http://www.dabase.net/dht7.htm
    2. http://www.dabase.net/dht6.htm
    3. http://www.dabase.net/divhscrt.htm
    4. http://www.dabase.net/noface.htm
    5. http://www.dabase.net/proofch6.htm
    6. http://www.aboutadidam.org

  2. Didn’t Paul affirm the governmental powers and implicitly their authority to kill and to keep peace when writing:

    first of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgiving be made for everyone, for kings and all who are in high positions. from Timothy


    Titus 3:1

    Remind them to be subject to rulers and authorities…

    Or Romans 13:1

    Let every person be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except by God, and those authorities taht exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists authority resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incure judgement. for rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but bad.

    So, why all this incendiary political talk? Is that the role of a Christian leader? No, you are caught up in a political movement veiled as Christianity. Moreover, you are off into an Anti-Christ movement. You are an Anti-Christ.

  3. “So, why all this incendiary political talk? Is that the role of a Christian leader? No, you are caught up in a political movement veiled as Christianity. Moreover, you are off into an Anti-Christ movement. You are an Anti-Christ.”

    Your criterion for what falls under anti-christ is pretty thin. At least read your bible “Ma…” I mean “James”.

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