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Federation of the Evangelical Christian
Our vision is meant to be an answer to the following official reports:
Without any pretentiousness of claiming that we are the only ones to react, we want to add our stone to the building and to construct a Confederation answering to the following criteria:
Churches members, the ministers and other ministries acknowledged by the Confederation promise officially and unconditionally to live and to teach the following points:
1 - BIBLE TOPICALITY
We assert, according to the Holy Scriptures that God does not change (Malachy 3.6). We are therefore situated under the triple authority of Jesus Christ, Holy Ghost, and the sovereign Word of God, the Father of our Lord who operates on all there.
We confess Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior by the Holy Spirit, and across the Holy Scriptures (absolute rule of faith) .We acknowledge that our ethics of life must comply with this irremovable Word.
We respect those who do not participate in this vision but we refuse for ourselves to corrupt Judeo-Christian morality.
2 - SALVATION
We confess, in accordance with the Gospels that there is salvation only in Jesus Christ (Acts 4.12), and that He is the only intermediary between God and men (1Timothy 2.5).
We confess that salvation is possible only by creed and by the writings which are only the fruits of creed.
We maintain that christening has value only if it is the culmination of a personal repentance and also a personal commitment to become adherent of Jesus Christ. It has value therefore only if he answers these criteria. As show it all educations of Jesus Christ and apostles it is played by immersion at the request of the concerned person able of making alone this decision.
We all respect those who have another vision, but we consider that the only form of collaboration with different religions consists in constructing reciprocal relationship of peace and respect. We refuse any form of syncretism that we consider to be a violation of the will of God (Hebrews 10.29, 2Timothy 2.16).
3 - The CHURCH
We acknowledge privilege in no church or religious organization to be situated above the others, neither as model, nor for stronger reason as « means of salvation ». The Church belongs to Jesus Christ, and He is the one we must recognize as chief (Ephesians 1.22 and 5.23). Ecclesiastical structures being only the support of the life of the people of God, every local community gets organized therefore according to what the Holy Spirit says in the Church.
Our relations between churches members of the Confederation, very as with other names, are therefore meant to be imprinted by respect and by love for all souls.
A bridge is therefore desirable between born Christians once again. However, we refuse any associations purposes of which would be to corrupt the essential doctrine enunciated in the Word of God (2 Timothy 4.3).
This concerns the ethics, particularly debates regarding homosexuality, right to life, genetic manipulations... If we reject any form of homophobia, we profoundly respect in our churches as for ourselves the sacred rule of marriage, only between persons of different sexes (Lévitics 18.).
4 - COMMUNION
Communion takes all its sense in the Holy Last Supper. We however draw attention of each to the importance to participate in this memory of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, in full knowledge of reason, and not as a simple ritual (Corinthian 1 11.29). We demonstrate our fraternal love by inviting the Christians to share the bread and the wine, if it wants it, when they visit our churches.
5 - THE HOLY GHOST FREEDOM
It is to accept that the Holy Ghost comes on all members of the Church to make living witnesses of Jesus Christ. Blowing Spirit « where He wants and when He wants » (Corinthian 1 12.7-11) we do not have to judge anybody in comparison with their « spiritual donations ». On the contrary, it is up to us to search them passionately (Corinthian 1 14.12) for the edification of the Church.
6-THE RETURN OF JESUS CHRIST
We think that God fixed a time for the return of Christ. If it is not possible to us to know the day of its return, it however gave us signs allowing holding us awakened. We think that He wants to put the Church in the shelter to celebrate the wedding of the lamb (1 Thessalonicians 4.16-17), and we must get ready in the realization of this promise (2 Timothy 4.8)
7 - MINISTRIES
All those who exercise a ministry have to try hard to live in the research of sanctity, for them even and however the witness they give (1Timothy 3.2 and 3.12).
Ministries are provoked by the Spirit of God and acknowledged by ancient in place (Acts 13.2). Any self-proclaim ministry could therefore be suspicious. The freedom of the Holy Ghost also consists in moving an established ministry, changing it or replacing when it is necessary.
Every Christian must therefore take the place which Holy Spirit indicates him in the Church today. The minister more than quite other must search the will of the Lord and help in the emergence of new vocations.
The Church is not managing as a firm; it is not either a family business. A minister must be ready to let his place to a successor at the come instant. He must help his successor to take over and to get ready in this transition so that she is not lived as a break, either by the local church, or by him.
Our relations must be transparent.
8 - RECOGNITION OF MINISTRIES
Once a ministry was disclosed by the local Church, he must be subjected to his recognition by the Confederation. In order to do that, the President fulfilling the duties must be informed by the local minister. After consultation of the Office, and as far as the majority of his members acknowledge the well-grounded of this ministry, it will be introduced during a general meeting which is alone competent to make final decision in the name of the Confederation. It can be asked a grading period or one time to think if a firm belief was not apparently established. In such hypothesis, and as far as the Office supports recommendation at the end of cogitation or of grading delay, case will once again be subjected to the General meeting which will take position definitely.
Consecration will take place in its church, in the presence of several attendants, of which at the very least a member of the Office.
9 - AUDIT
Every member acknowledges the right in the Office of the Confederation to perform an audit of the local Church, which will be able to hit on:
A check on the good manners of pounds and lawful documents, the compliance of education, the help to the regulations of specific problems.
These audits will have to make member regularly in every association and each promises to accept them.
In case of refusal, or if after portrayal of an important and justified anomaly, the association refuses to undertake necessary corrections; case must be subjected to the Office which, in fine, will be able after revival to consider case to be serious breach and to treat it according to the dispositions of statutes.
Vision is the development of the Gospel impact, according to vocations or specific calls of each.
10 - Development of associations
The religious associations not being authorized to have other objectives than the exercise of worship, it is necessary to create associations.
- From cultural associations, as far as their object is in touch with the development of Christian creed,
- And/or from associations having vocation the help to the needy.
It is desirable that these associations can collaborate between them, and the Confederation having vocation to act as link will help them in the measure of its competences.