- Category: Articles
The Government of the Church: A Theocratic Democracy
Volume 18, Number 1 Jan/Feb/Mar 2017 Issue 70
By President James Vun Cannon
What do you think when you hear the word "government" in relation to the church? Maybe you get a mental picture of General Conference or stake conference or a branch business meeting? Some may view the government of the church as secular or institutional and separate from God. The idea of government is so ingrained in our culture and so much a part of us that it is sometimes hard to distinguish what God originally had in mind.
In the Remnant Church, we have a government similar to that of the United States of America. The founding fathers of the United States believed that the government would only work if its people were a righteous people.
" . . . that He (God) would make us deeply sensible that 'righteousness exalteth a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people;'" John Adams, second President of the USA.1
However, in these last hours before the Lord comes, we must be careful not to judge the government of the church in the same way we judge the federal government. So what is the government of the Remnant Church?
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ZION SHALL FLOURISH
by Presiding Patriarch Carl VunCannon , Jr.
Volume 18, Number 1, Issue 70 Jan/Feb/Mar 2017
"Zion Shall Flourish" because God has commanded that it will flourish. To enable this to happen, there needs to be a group of God's children with a belief system so strong that they will be willing to give all their resources, everything, to do the will of God and his Son, Jesus. This will include our agency, freely given, so Zion can flourish and be a blessing to the world and our neighbors.
By so doing, we fulfill the two great commandments; "...Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it; Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets"(Matthew 22:36-39).
- Category: Editorials
Why the Remnant Church?
Volume 18, Number 1, Issue 70, Jan/Feb/Mar 2017
Several months ago, during my journey into Kenya, I was asked this question by an elderly gentleman. The question was posed to me after Seventy Friday Mbaoma and I had spent some time sharing the gospel with a group from the Massai tribe of that area of Kenya.
My response, after a brief moment of thought, was the simple statement, “Because we’re going to build the kingdom.”