It is the responsibility of the Overseers/Bishops
of a gathering
place of our Lord’s Flock to help provide:
Protection, Sound Doctrine, Fellowship, Instruction
and the necessary process to help the flock come to be like their
The following teaching of our Lord and His Apostles
are seen as the very “Essentials”
of the Christian faith for unity.
There are six basics of the Christian faith, which
are essential for salvation and upon which all Christians must agree.
- The Deity of our Lord Jesus Christ (John 1:1, John 20:28,
Heb. 1:8 9), the Creator God Himself (Col. 1:16. Compare Gen.
1:1). Who "laid the foundation of the earth" (Heb.
1:10 12. Compare Psalms 102:24 27).
- The Virgin Birth (Isaiah 7:14, Mt. 1:23, Luke 1:27).
- The Blood Atonement (Acts 20:28, Ro. 3:25, Ro. 5:9, Eph.
- The Bodily Resurrection (Luke 24:36 46, 1 Cor. 15:1 4, 1
Cor. 15:14 15).
- The Second Advent of Christ Jesus to set up His Kingdom on
Earth and in Eternity (Isa. 9:6,7)
- The inerrancy of the Holy Scriptures themselves (Psalms 12:6
7, Ro. 15:4, 2Tim. 3:16 17, 2Pet. 1:20). This is a reference
to people who claim to have revelations apart from the Holy
Scriptures and which can not be supported by Holy Scripture.
So among ourselves, we may vigorously debate other
items, such as the merits or means of baptism, the validity of various
Bible translations, the authority of the Presbytery, etc. Such quests
for truth in love are totally acceptable within the confines of
Christianity, because our salvation does not rest upon those doctrines.
The Following Positions of doctrines are
also considered of importance by
Caritas Catholic Church International.
God is manifested in a Trinity of, God the
Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit similar as to water
as liquid, solid and vapor. This essence of God's nature is
found in: 1 Jn.5:7. Love, Holiness and Power may be seen in
these three manifestations of God as in the Evangelical, Sacramental
and Charismatic expressions of faith and without the balance
of each other they tend to become indulgent, sanctimonious and
perhaps a carnival. For more on God's authority and nature:
The Word of God became flesh and was born
of a virgin. Under God's judgment of sin Jesus died in our place
and was raised from the dead by the power of God for our justification
and He shall come again as Jesus the Christ, King of Kings and
Lord of Lords and His reign shall be forever, Isa.9:6.
Disciples may also be filled with the Holy
Spirit and learn to enjoy the fruit, gifts and ministries of
the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit can give power to live a holy
life and to minister the Kingdom of God on earth as it is in
heaven to those who truly walk in faith and love and make Jesus
Christ the King of Kings in their lives. Roman chapter 8-12
are support here.
Events are closing for the final judgment
in the history of mankind. Those who have yielded to Jesus as
Lord will become His brethren in the eternal family of God.
Those who reject the Lordship and forgiveness offered through
Jesus Christ and have lived egocentric lives will be separated
from God's presence, creation and light and exiled into isolation
and outer darkness for eternity. God will not force any one
to come under the authority of the Kingdom of Jesus the Christ.
Free will is most precious in God's creation and God has made
all souls eternal. The choice in time is to learn to want to
live with Him in light. To reject His right to be God and King
in our lives is to be removed from His presence and His creation.
An expanded confession of faith:
I confess that Jesus Christ is my Lord, Master
and Savior. By faith in Christ Jesus I am forgiven, cleansed, healed
and made a citizen of His eternal kingdom. Jesus Christ has redeemed
me from the curse of the law of sin, sickness, weakness and eternal
death through His death on the cross for me. I believe in the Trinity
of one God: Almighty Father, Son and Holy Spirit. I believe that
Jesus Christ is the Creator made flesh, The Word of God who was
begotten as the second Adam. He was born of a virgin, died for my
sins, rose for my justification and is coming again soon, in great
glory, to establish His Kingdom on earth. I believe in the new birth
from above, the baptism in water, and the baptism in the Holy Spirit.
I confess that the blood of Jesus Christ has cleansed me from all
my sin and I am now made the righteousness of God in and through
Christ Jesus. I confess that I can do all things through Christ
who is my strength as I abide in Him. I confess that this world
is not my home. I confess that I am a pilgrim in a foreign land
and I look for that certain return of my Lord Jesus Christ and His
Kingdom. I confess that there is but one holy universal and apostolic
Church of Jesus Christ and all those who are born from above are
brethren and citizens of His kingdom. I believe that the Church
of Jesus Christ is being perfected by the Holy Spirit through the
Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors, Teachers and other ministries
of His Church until all the faithful come into the unity of the
faith and the bond of peace and are changed into the image and likeness
of Jesus Christ, (Eph. 4:1 16).
The qualifications for Bishops (Elders, Overseers, Eph.4:11) are
clearly laid out in 1 Tim.3:1 7, Titus 1:5 16 and Deacons (Servants
of the Church) 1 Tim.3:8 13 .
Concerning "Proving or Trying" 1 Tim.3:10
This indicates that the calling of God made room for the acknowledgment
of ministry and not the other way around. It is the fruit that determines
the kind of tree and not the name pasted on the tree.
Concerning "Elders - Bishops" Titus 1:5
& 7 Here Paul uses the words Elder and Bishop as the same. The
concept is one who oversees for our Lord Jesus Christ.
The Apostolic "company" of Eph.4:11 are
"Elders" in general but specifically are "Apostles,
Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors and Teachers" for the perfecting
of the saints. The Greek word for Overseer is Bishop. So these Elders
are the servant consensual authority on earth for a local area Church
of our Lord Jesus Christ. They are not a dictatorship nor a democracy.
They are the stewards of the Kingdom of God while the King is away.
There is usually a first among equals who is the moderator and takes
care that the decisions of the council are all in loving influence.
Great care is given for the unity of the faith in the bond of peace
as unity is more important that action. Therefore great care must
be give in selecting the Elders/Bishops/Overseers/Apostolic Company
as there is a need for pure holy unity or nothing can happen.
The election of the church to use a democratic
voting system among the congregation is not Biblical and falls under
the condemnation of Laodicea in Rev. 3:14 22 and the other excess
is the dictatorship of Rev.17 & 18, Please note that Mystery
Babylon sits on 7 hills.
The Early Church had 5 layers of teaching and
The Elder with an assistant who he was mentoring.
The local weekly "House Church" gathering.
The local "Eldership Council" for guiding
the local church in a given community area.
The gathering of Christians in a given area of
all the "House Churches" to hear an Apostle, Prophet,
Evangelist or ?
The gathering of the Presiding Elders to an international
gathering to keep the unity of the faith in the bond of peace.
Our western traditional theater church polity has
greatly changed this original design and is not near as effective.