On Revelation & the
Canonisation of New Scripture
The original revelation which comprised section 134 of the old Covenants & Commandments was concerned with the proceedures to be followed in presenting new revelations to the Church for canonisation. With the closing of the old Covenants & Commandments in 1995 towards the end of the pupal stage of the Church's development, the whole body of revelations was reviewed and edited for use as part of the secondary Canon of Scripture in the newly organised New Covenant Church of God, the Bible being its primary Canon. Much of the earlier revelation has been replaced by new revelation by the original revelator to conform to instructions received since concerning the place of modern revelations in the New Covenant (960801) [Rosenborg, Oslo, Norway].
1. Thou shalt appoint the Patriarchate, consisting of the three presiding Patriarchs and the three presiding Matriarchs, to review all revelations that have been received by this New Covenant Church of God.
2. Let them select those revelations and items of instruction, by the Holy Spirit, for presentation to the Body for acceptance [or rejection] as the covenants and commandments of the Colonies of the Church, withholding the deeper mysteries for the Holy Order.
3. And the decision of the Patriarchate must be unanimous otherwise thou shalt not present the revelations to the people.
4. When all in the Patriarchate are agreed, let them present their selection to the remaining nine members of the Apostolate, who shall meet in closed session, in consultation with the remaining nine [standing] members of the Apostolic Matriarchal Council.
5. And the decision of the Apostolate must be unanimous.
6. If there is disagreement, let there be much fasting and prayer, and let them meet as often as required until all are satisfied.
7. And if there is still disagreement, ye shall remove those sections that ye are not agreed upon after a period of no longer than forty days, giving adequate time for each apostle to meditate and pray, so that there may be perfect unity in that which shall be published unto the world.
Review by the General Councils
8. When all the Apostolate are agreed, let them present their selection to the General Councils of Elders and Eldresses consisting of all Elders and Eldresses in the Church, who shall meet in closed session during General Conference to discuss, fast and pray over the revelations.
9. Those revelations which are not accepted shall be returned to the Holy Order where they shall be stored, and remain in the historical archives, for a period of not less than fifty years before they may be evaluated again, if the Patriarchate so chooseth, the people having received copies of all revelationsto be canonised at least three months before General Conference.
10. At the same time the General Councils of Deacons and Deaconesses consisting of all deacons and deaconesses in the Church, shall meet in closed session during General Conference to discuss, fast and pray over the revelations, having received copies of all revelations to be canonised at least three months before General Conference.
11. These General Councils shall then vote as to whether they shall recommend acceptance or rejection of each revelation under consideration and this shall be reported back to the Patriarchate.
12. If more than one third of the elders and eldresses, and more than one third of the deacons and deaconesses, reject any revelation, it shall be withdrawn from the canonisation proceedure, and not be considered again until the next General Conference.
13. If the revelation is rejected in three consecutive General Conferences, it shall be stored in the historical archives of the Holy Order and not be opened for re-evaluation for another fifty years.
Review by the General Assembly
14. If the General Councils of Elders and Eldresses, and Deacons and Deaconesses, meet the requirements for acceptance of any revelation stated above, the revelation shall be presented before the whole General Conference, in which every member of the Church shall have the right to vote.
15. If two thirds of the General Assembly accepts the revelation, it shall be canonised in the Church's book of revelations of the New Covenant, the New Covenants & Commandments, even the Olive Branch.
16. Those who are unable to be present at General Conference, may voteby proxy on documents validated in confidence by the signatures of the Pastorate of their local Colony on a special form, which shall be filed in the Church Archives and used, if necessary, to check voting, as required.
17. When the General Assembly has voted on the inclusion of a revelation into the secondary canon, that revelation becomes binding on every member who has entered the Church by covenant, whether they vote for or against acceptance.
The Jubillee Review
18. Thou shalt review the whole body of secondary canonical scriptures every fifty years (the Jubillee Review), beginning in the year 1996, and continuing in 2046, 2096, and so on, following the procedure given above, until the Son of Man returneth and passeth judgment on the canon of Scripture for the Millennium.
Imprimatur of the Patriarchate
19. Let the signatures of the Patriarchate be printed in the preface of every book containing the revelations of the Church as a seal of authority, even as the apostle Paul inscribed the concluding words of his own epistles.
20. And this shall be done with all sub-canonical scriptures produced by the Church, including the Epistles of the New Covenant Apostles and such historical records as shall be produced recording the Acts of the New Covenant apostles.
Conditions for Making Changes to Revelations
21. It is the right of the Presiding Patriarch to re-write in part or whole anyrevelation given in his name, by the spirit of revelation, in order to improve grammar, correct spelling, change ambiguous words, make cosmetic alterations that do not change the sense of the revelation, add clarifications, make internally consistent expansions or amplifications, insert new complimentary revelation, and delete any personal uninspired commentaries or opinions which may be found in the text or its preface, provided this is done with the unanimous approval of the Patriarchate and Apostolate, and provided this is done before canonisation.
22. Once a revelation has been canonised it may not be altered until the time of Jubillee Review;
23. And if there is a new Patriarch he may only alter the text by inserting a footnote explaining the change or deletion giving the original text in either a footnote or an appendix.
24. Revelations deemed no longer relevent to the work of the Church, or to have been overshadowed by fuller revelations containing more light, may be deleted at the time of Jubillee Review, provided the unanimous consent of the Patriarchate and Apostolate is given.
The Rights of Dissenters
25. It is the right of every member of the Church to express his opinion about a revelation prior to its canonisation, for or against, provided he does so in a spirit of gentleness, humility and love.
26. But once a revelation is canonised by the majority consent of the people, dissention must cease, and the dissenters be reconciled in order to avoid schism from the Covenant.
Parts of Revelations
27. It is not possible to vote on parts of a revelation unless this clearly containsdifferent topics and the revelation is amenable to division without disrupting the flow of the whole, and provided the consent of the Patriarchate and Apostolate is given to divide it.
Remember the Great Commission Always
28. Let not the canonisation of new scriptures become a distraction to the greater work of proclaiming My Word as recorded in the New Testament, saith the Lord.
29. Let the Patriarchate and Apostolate be senstive to the spirit of the people always, bringing to bear the reconciling and healing Spirit of the Messiah, ministering to broken souls.
30. Go not the way of the fallen churches who claim revelation, but ever have in mind the call I have given unto you, even the call to bring souls unto Me, the living Christ.
31. And it is better to secrete revelations in the Holy Order where they may be used to better profit than to publish them to the world where they will only distract you from the Great Comm- ission.
32. Suffer no divisions to come among you because of revelations not designed for the whole Body, neither lay burdens on those who are too weak to bear them. Be wise and holy. Even so. Amen.
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