A conservative Soul-Mate body that fully complies with all that scripture teaches, modernised and minus controversial unbiblical baggage. Soul-mate.org avoids controversial matters, advocating and returning to those ways practised by Jesus and the apostles. To build our house on the rock rather than sand.
- Similar to the Mennonite way of life for leaders, but more thorough and modernised.
- True to all the 10 and Jesus commandments, including Saturday sabbath, and communal expensive property, ie Christian neo-Levite
- Having an audited Trust to lease or rent budget housing to those involved in the great commission, using 3d printed houses on a communal NZ property like a camp ground or like a hostel. And to own expensive items of property, for leasing longterm or a lifetime, for free, to campus members.
- Teaching those things elucidated on by http://god-help.org
- Only reverencing infinite God/Jesus.
- Operating an internet radio or TV channel, producing programs for those broadcasts.
- Researching scientifically robust answers to the deep questions raised by society, in a faith building manner. Recognizing that society no longer have a basic understanding of christian concepts (more so in nonchristian cultures), per Ken Ham's Foundations DVD series at answersingenesis.org or search youtube foundations ken ham . Even christians in developed nations have varying degrees of ignorance according to Pew research surveys.
- Having a church to be run by campus pastors who fully believe in this movement, with contributions to/from god-help.org and soul-mate.tv Being somewhat like Mennonites in communal living for Christian public figures, and SDAs in commandment keeping, but different in a few matters. If we relaxed those way of life issues, i think we would become ineffective, due to lack of any anointing.
- Tending toward self sufficiency, and hydroponic glasshouse gardens.
If struggling with the position that we keep God/Jesus commandments, then reading The Great Gospel Deception by D Servant chapter 5 'The Antinomian "Christian"' offers to clear up the confusion. The easy way to remember it is that, authentic faith is the root and biblically consistent works are the fruit. Like the parable of the Talents, our authentic faith is discerned by the fruit we bear, as we're to be fruit inspectors. Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments
1 John 2:3-4. As contrasted with Laodicean believers.
Gal 5:13-14 'For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: "You shall love your neighbor as yourself."'
Authentic Faith (the root) also bears fruit by walking in the biblically consistent Holy Spirit.
We like to select appealing verses while minimizing momentarily challenging verses, but only if we consider "the whole counsel of God" can we avoid gambling with eternal life. For example, highlighting some comments from Afterlife.html, and CulturalChristians.html, we remind ourselves that the great commission says to Mat 28:20 "teaching them to obey all that I have commanded you", and the teaching of the Apostles too, rather than pursuing lawlessness.
1. You shall have no other gods before Me.
2. You shall make no idols.
3. You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.
4. Keep the (Saturday, same as Jews & Jesus from whom it originated) Sabbath day holy.
5. Honor your father and your mother.
6. You shall not murder.
7. You shall not commit adultery.
8. You shall not steal.
9. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
10. You shall not covet.
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Also reiterated by Paul in Rom 13:9 For the commandments,
"You shall not commit adultery,"
"You shall not murder,"
"You shall not steal,"
"You shall not bear false witness,"
"You shall not covet,"
and if there is any other commandment, are all summed up in this saying, namely, "You shall love your neighbor as yourself."
10 Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.
1 John 2:3-4 "Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments." As contrasted with Laodicean *believers*. Again, Rev 14:12 "... keep the commandments of God and the (authentic) faith of Jesus".
There's more to righteousness than the 10 commandments. Discussion is completed by the apostles, beyond this introduction. God/Jesus discipleship depends on the (infinite and authenticated by heptadics - biblical and modern day) Holy Spirit raising our awareness of matters in each of our lives, through personal and group study; hence the need for cell groups and Christian TV.
Also including the golden rule, Matt 7:12 "Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets".
Rom 8:14 "As many as are led by God/Jesus' Holy Spirit, (in scholarly & biblically consistent ways [cf heptadics]), are children of God".
That *key* approach results in us growing in our discipleship -- in line with 2 Peter 1:5-8 , detailed below; and from milk to meat of the Word. In other words, we'll know if we're being led by the Holy Spirit because our lives will progressively become biblically consistent.
It's been said, "How do you spell love? -- TIME".
Mat 5:19 Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven. Acts 5:32 "And we are His witnesses to these things, and so also is the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey Him." Such obedience is progressively learnt, until it becomes second nature.
Instructions on the way we ought to live sound like drudgery when our heart isn't in it, as rules/instructions without a relationship often lead to rebellion or rote learned religiosity (going through the motions, rather than circumcision of the heart, ie when our heart isn't in it). It makes all the difference when our hearts are motivated by a labour of love - Hebrews 6:10.
When we study and learn to appreciate the noble and majestic facets of God's ways and nature then His love for humanity enlightens our souls. As the creator of all beauty in the world, as seen in our scientific appreciation of that, we have tangible examples of God's will for beauty in our lives too; for noble standards of behaviour, that recognize God endowed purpose or function.
We oughtn't to assume that Jesus didn't care about the 10 commandments, or Christ's Law of love (1 Cor 9:21, Gal 6:2, Jam 2:8), for God and our neighbours. As works that bear 'fruit' they demonstrate authentic faith as the 'root'. The example of the fig tree, and parable of the Talents, show us all that faith without works is dead, though when we have authentic faith, works are the fruit of that root. And when we're innocent as little children, then Jesus yoke is light. The 'fruit' of God's Holy Spirit is Gal 5:22-23 "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law." Eph 5:9 "for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth." Laodicean lawlessness isn't part of that 'fruit', again, we're reminded to seek "the whole counsel of God". Further details are in LawAndGrace.html &
And when we're innocent as little children then Jesus yoke is light.
2Pet 1:5 For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge;
2Pet 1:6 and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness;
2Pet 1:7 and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love.
2Pet 1:8 For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
In some ways, ideas rule (ie Wisdom/Truth = "The Way/Truth/Life" & Prov 2:1-11, 31:26), and their proponents are only temporary contributors to that. Infinite God/Jesus, through the (biblically consistent, with Words having heptadic structure)Holy Spirit, chart a path of life through humanly/finitely intractable possibilities.
More on this topic --
God's Wisdom & Truth Rather Than Man's (20 minutes Charles Stanley)
If somehow this movement rings true, in it's entirety, to sponsors, then funding will enable quick development and hiring staff. To be worthy of God's blessing, we strive for thoroughly biblical practices or way of life. Disobedience of different degrees has limited the Holy Spirit in our nations, so that authentic revival seems impossible, until things are sorted out in a thorough manner. While we dismiss that reality check, other belief systems are prevailing, in multicultural societies.
As an engineer, i cherry pick the best of Christian teaching, thought to optimize fruitfulness through orthodoxy, and deemphasize highly controversial aspects that aren't essential to the Christian way of life.
That's not necessarily saying deemphasized topics don't have a suggested contribution, but to build on the rock rather than on the sand of disputed or controversial scholarship.
If we aspire to lead internationally in our scientific society we are required to emulate the rigor of modern cultures, not dealing in half truths, however unintentional. Sloppy scholarship is a recipe for crisis of confidence and counterfeit pet theories, not untypical of what cause youth to abandon church once they go to university.
To dot our i's and cross t's requires dissecting the whole counsel on the topic, not just parts, and writing a webpage treatise or ebook about it. I'm also interested in gaining further insight by considering the chronological order in which the NT books were written, to learn when Paul, James, and other books made summary statement/s on the topic -- https://www.biblestudytools.com/resources/guide-to-bible-study/order-books-new-testament.html .
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Discussion documents are alright, no one has all the insights, but where there's rigor available, discussion ought to address it's pros and cons in a well reasoned thorough and logical -key issues- manner, and ebook, that reduces susceptibility to half truths, in the international community. Such an effort can require input from special interest folks or forums, to manage unknowns and the work.
If we want to find treasure buried in a field, if we want to find the words of life we need to begin practicing the works of life -- defined by and along with Christian faith in Jesus; expounded on at soul-mate.org
God of Nations at thy feet, In the bonds of love we meet, hear our voices we entreat, God defend our free land.
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The Seal Of God Text eBook , PDF eBook
Designs in Nature : "Would you say that these millions of exquisite designs, far exceeding in beauty and workmanship anything produced by man, are the result of mere chance ?"
It needs to be mentioned that with so much emphasis on biblical theology or theory that we can overlook God's mercy. I don't adjudicate on issues that may or not fall into this category but prayerfully defer to God & Jesus.
The Great Gospel Deception by D. Servant
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Apparently God requiring humanity to work for a living, while seeking first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and "all these things will be added unto you"/us, is resolved with some type of asceticism / austerity DS describes. He later explains it, Jesus concluded: "So therefore, no one of you can be My disciple who does not give up all his own possessions" Luke 14:33 . "In order to be Jesus' disciple, we must relinquish ownership of all our possessions to His control. We become stewards of what is now His, and our material wealth will be used for His purposes. Otherwise we are not His disciples." Kindle Loc 1163. This is a transformed view of how we conduct our affairs in light of Jesus' teaching. Again, we become faithful stewards, holding those things lightly until God requires them of us, and not indulging in the practice of self serving purchases that don't predominantly build God's influence.
To improve on the somewhat adhoc nature of stewardship we might adopt the neo-Levite modus operandi for property ownership, primarily using church Trust/s to manage lease housing, and expensive items of property, for those fulfilling the great commission -- similar to real estate companies that manage rental properties, purchased as a rent/lease to own -- but eventually owned by the Trust/s. With 3D printed housing it's no longer prohibitive to build new houses at a budget price -
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Churches -- Home/Cell Groups are a good alternative for those who prefer it.