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    Section 113

    Duties of the Priesthood Ministry

    The following revelation is one of the most important statements on the duties of the ministry, and has become the foundation stone of the Priesthood Manual of the New Covenant Church of God. Parts of it have been prophetically rewritten to reflect the 1996 changes in Priesthood offices; and some parts relating to obsolete ministries and structures (e.g. the Zadokian Elder and various women's organisations) have been deleted. Instructions to the former Priests and Priestesses are now a part of the ministry of the Elders and Eldresses. The ministry of Deacons and Deaconesses. The ministry of Elders and Eldresses [Oppsal, Oslo, Norway].

    1. The Word of the Lord concerning the responsibilities and duties of the several priesthood councils in the Church of God:


    2. Let the Deacons and Deaconesses aquaint themselves with the Law of Gos- pel and all scriptures pertaining unto their office, that they may be found blameless in their stewardship.

    The Law of Temporalities

    3. Let none suppose that the office of a Deacon or Deaconess is of no consequence for this is the foundational ministry of My Church, saith the Lord, having an especial responsibility toward temporalities1.

    4. And if My Church is not established temporally it cannot be established spiritually.

    5. It is the responsibility of the Deacons and Deaconesses to so order their temporal life that they may be living examples unto the people.

    6. They are to teach the financial law in the homes of the saints that all may receive the keys and blessings thereof.

    7. They should know and understand the law of temporalities that they may teach it in all its degrees, receiving instr- uction from the Council Presidents of the Deacons and Deaconesses.

    Administering the Financial Law

    8. The financial law is encumbant upon all the saints; and if the Deacons and Deaconesses teach not the financial law, and the saints abide it not, the sin shall be upon their {the Deacons' and Deaconesses'} heads, saith the Lord.

    9. But if they teach the law, in humility and understanding, and the saints refuse to obey My Word, then the sin shall be upon the heads of the saints, and the Deacons and Deaconesses shall be justified.

    Educational Responsibilities

    10. The Deacons and Deaconesses shall not exercise compulsion in any degree.

    11. Their duty is to instruct. Thereafter the duty of those thus instructed is to receive inwardly that which they have been taught outwardly by the Priesthood, responding to their conscience, which is the Light of the Christ.

    12. And if they are touched by My Word, they shall obey with gladsomeness of heart.

    13. The Deacons and Deaconesses shall instruct the people in the manner in which they should organise their finances, teaching the Law of Tithing2.

    14. And they shall teach them to budget wisely, discerning between needs and necessities, that they may be honest in all their deliberations and doings.

    15. They shall teach the people how to tithe their increase3, suppress unnecess- ary wants, obtain a vision of the redemp-tion of the world through temporal stew- ardship4, and to consecrate their surplus for Zion5.

    16. The Law of Tithing is the Law of Total Consecration, being the lesser degree of the Celestial Law after the Order of Enoch {United Order}.

    17. The Deacons and Deaconesses must teach the people that their wealth is Mine, saith the Lord, and that I have deeded them their wealth that they may learn to be independent stewards.

    18. They shall teach them to have regard for the poor and to contribute their oblation for the needy and suffering, having a consciousness of the trials and sufferings of the whole family of Abraham which groaneth because of famine, sickness and war.

    19. The ministry of the Deacon and Deaconess is wide and not limited by the prescriptions of My Scriptures and the financial law.

    20. All that is temporal is embraced by the ministry of the Deaconate, which ministry is only limited by the boundaries established by each Deacon and Deaconess.

    21. It is not expedient that I, the Lord, should command the Deaconate, or any other Priesthood Order, in all things, that the ministry might arise and learn the independence of heaven, receiving instruction [as local councils] directly from Me in harmony with that which hath already been revealed.

    Attending to Physical Comfort

    22. The Deacons and Deaconesses are to see to the needs and comforts of the people by being architects and creators of the vessel, or the House of Worship.

    23. It is their duty to arrange, clean and consecrate the items and space in the Lord's house that the saints may enter into a worshipful atmosphere at the times of their convocations and meetings.

    24. If the vessel is pure then the spirit is given greater freedom to express itself in worship.

    Assising the Pastorate

    25. Deacons are assistants to the Pastor, and Deaconesses are assistants to the Pastress in the administration of the financial Law, even as Evangelists are assistants to the Apostles.

    Colony Treasurers

    26. Colony Treasurers should be Deacons and Deaconesses holding the office of Sub-Administrator, having the especial responsibility of custodianship over the Colony's Funds under the direction of the Pastorate.

    27. The Deacons and Deaconesses should labour together whenever possible in harmony with the Law of the Gospel.

    28. They should receive the tithes and offerings of the people on the Sabbath day, doing so in My Name and with My authority;

    29. The Pastor shall direct a Deacon or Deaconess to deliver the vessel containing the tithes and offerings to him that he might bless and consecrate this Oblation for the Kingdom.

    The Lord's Supper

    30. The officer administering the emblems of the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper should call upon Deacons and Deaconesses to distribute the emblems to the congregation assembled for worship.

    31. The number of Deacons and Deaconesses thus employed shall be determined by the size of the congregation and practical necessity.

    32. The officer administering the emblems shall choose those Deacons and Deaconesses to distribute the emblems according to inspiration, that each Deacon and Deaconess may have the opportunity to magnify his or her stewardship in all things and thus become sanctified by priesthood service.

    33. And this shall be done in all the duties of the Deaconate, that all may develop and multiply their gifts.

    As Representatives

    34. When the Deacons or Deaconesses go forth to distribute the emblems or to deliver the tithes and offerings, they do so in My Name.

    35. The Deacons and Deaconesses are agents of he who blesseth the emblems, as he who blesseth is the agent of the Pastor or Presiding Officer who standeth as My representitive before the people as though I, the Lord, were personally present in the flesh.

    Male and Female Principle

    36. When the Deacons and Deaconesses go forth to serve the people by distributing the emblems of the Lord's Supper and collecting the tithes and offerings, they do so in female position, for the servant is female and he or she who is served is male.

    37. When they go forth to teach they do so in male position, for he or she who teacheth is male, and he or she who heareth and receiveth is female.

    38. Nevertheless the balance of man is male, and the balance of woman is female.

    The Temporal Becomes Spiritual in Christ

    39. Let the Deacons and Deaconesses understand the harmony of the Deaconate, labouring together in purity and wholeness, having the Son of Man as their centre always, yielding their own wills and passions to the Cross that their ministry may be spiritual.

    40. For that which is temporal is spiritual when it is governed by the Holy Spirit.

    41. The Deacons and Deaconesses go forth in their ministery under the direction and authority of their respective Councils.

    42. The Deaconate shall assume responsibility for all temporal projects and may call for assistance from other Councils as needs arise.

    43. For they who are in higher [Priesthood] Councils remain Deacons and Deaconesses always and shall not disdain the ministry of the Deaconate.

    44. It is expedient that Elders and Eldresses should perform the ministry of the Deaconate from time to time that they might not forget that they are servants of all the people in all things, and that they might not regard any calling as being too low.

    45. For My Priesthood is not a rank, saith the Lord, but a service.

    46. And he or she who will not serve, in even the most menial task, is not worthy to stand in any Priesthood.

    For Adults

    47. The office of Deacon and Deaconess is a high and holy calling, saith the Lord, and shall be disdained by none.

    48. It is not to be given unto children, save they be especially sanctified and called and able to carry out the duties of their office6.

    49. It is the especial duty of the Dea- cons and Deaconesses to prepare the emblems before the sacramental worship service, to arrange the place of worship, to ensure adequate heating, ventilation, seating, and all that is expedient accord- ing to situation and climate.

    50. These things they should do before the general body of worshippers arrive, whether it be for Sabbath worship or any other meeting, that those coming to My House may do so with their minds andhearts single to My glory, being not distracted by that which is worldly or disorderly.

    51. Deacons and Deaconesses shall be selected for their several duties by the Deacons' and Deaconesses' Council Presidents7 sufficiently in advance of meetings that all may be done in order.

    52. The Councils should meet together to accomplish this task in Priesthood meetings.

    53. The Deacons' Council President and the Deaconesses' Council President are equals in their respective callings and shall be respected as such, but the Deacons' Council President shall preside in all joint meetings that there may be order and all things be done according to the true pattern.

    54. And this shall be the law for all Councils meeting in joint session.

    All Things Temporal

    55. The Deaconate shall be responsible for building maintenance, welfare projects, printing equipment, sports, camps and education concerning these things.

    56. All that is practical belongeth unto the stewardship of the Deaconate.

    57. They shall be responsible for scouting, farming, health, visiting the sick and the poor, organising the feeding of the saints, homemaking, crafts of every kind, and all that is necessary for the preservation of the body.

    58. The Deaconate should seek education as their time and means allow, that they may become knowledgeable in science and art.

    59. Behold, there is no end to the calling of the Deacons or Deaconesses.

    60. They who are sanctified by their calling shall never be idle but shall be seeking to bring to pass much good according to their several talents.

    61. Hearken unto what I have told you; search the scriptures and draw close unto Me in prayer and fasting and ye shall be the instruments of much blessing unto Zion and be sanctified and enlarged by your callings. Amen.


    62. The principle duty of the Teacher, whether Elder or Deacon, is education in spiritual things, though the emphasis for the Teacher-Deacon shall be on temporalities.

    Church Schools

    63. They are to teach the Gospel in the several Schools of the local colonies of the Church of God (Schools of Taphim {Deacons & Deaconesses}, Alumim {Deacons & Deaconesses}, Goyim {Elders & Eldresses}, Israel {Elders & Eldresses}, and Temple or Priesthood {Elders & Eldresses}).

    Know Your Doctrine

    64. The Teacher-Elders should know and understand the doctrines and thehistory of the Church of God that they might make an intelligent defence of the Gospel at all times and in all places.

    Public Education

    65. I am also calling them to be involved in public education8, as shall be expedient, by speaking out against the wickedness of corrupt laws and practices.

    66. Let them speak out against social injustice, against the murder of the unborn, against pornography, and all that corrupteth the soul.

    67. Let them speak where their voices may be heard that per chance they may bring some to repentance and cause the ungodly to examine their consciences.

    68. Their ministry is not limited to bringing souls to the fullness of the Gospel, but to also be agents and collaborators with those working in the world to bring to pass greater righteousness.

    Gospel Education

    69. Nevertheless their first calling is the teaching of the Gospel, and unto this shall be added such work as I shall move the Colonial Councils, or individual Council Members, to do.

    70. They should have a knowledge of things which are in heaven and on earth, of history, and of countries and nations, that they might teach the saints all things that shall be sufficient for their salvation.

    Know Your Pupils

    71. It is the duty of all Teachers to know those whom they are teaching, that their ministry may be fruitful.

    72. They are to ensure that no iniquity ariseth in My Church, by teaching the Gospel and correct living in the homes of the saints as well as in the Schools.

    Teach the Commandments

    73. They are to teach the commandments and reveal the keys that will enable them to live My Law inwardly and outwardly [through grace], that their families may become sanctified and ordered after the true pattern of Heaven.

    74. The Teachers shall be worthy of their offices or they shall not stand, for theirs is a high and holy calling, saith the Lord (NC&C 72).

    75. There is no end to teaching and learning, which is male and female respectively, and no end to the stewardship thereof.

    76. Into the hands of the Teachers of Israel I place great responsibility, therefore let them be diligent and sober in all their works. Amen.


    77. The principal calling of Elders and Eldresses is spiritual.

    Spiritual Ministers

    78. They are to be the spiritual ministers in the homes of the saints, teaching the families of Zion to study, worship and pray.

    79. Behold, they must therefore know all the saints personally like unto the Deacons and Deaconesses, being acquainted with their innermost natures, andable to bear the responsibility and sacred trust of such knowledge.

    Home Ministry

    80. The Elders and Eldresses are the principal home ministry9 and shall be assisted by the Deacons and Deaconesses.

    81. They shall visit the homes of the saints as regularly as the ministry warrants it, not intruding upon the homes of the saints, but by invitation and appointment, and according to wisdom.

    82. It is the duty of the Teacher-Deacons and Teacher-Deaconesses to give instruction on the importance of Home Ministry, thereby supporting the Elders and Eldresses in their ministry.

    83. The home consecrated unto Me is My Temple, saith the Lord, for it is requisite that each family should have its Temple.

    Home Temple Worship

    84. The Elders and Eldresses should encourage Home Temple worship and invite each family, under Priesthood direction, to consecrate and dedicate their homes as places of worship, instruction, family unity and love.

    85. This should be done by the Elders, and by invitation of the head of the home, or by the head of the home according to his or her Priesthood office.

    The Local Elder

    86. Behold, the local ministry {Deacons, Deaconesses, standing Elders and Eldresses} is a standing ministry and ahome ministry and is the heart of My Church, saith the Lord.

    87. If the local ministry observeth not its high and holly callings, then the traveling ministry {Apostles & Evangelists} cannot labour according to its especial callings.

    88. The local ministry shall continually be aware of the needs of the saints, both those who are ordained and those who are not, for all must be ministered unto.

    89. Let those who visit the homes of the saints determine the needs of each home, giving themselves over to fasting and prayer that they might be prepared of Me to give ministry.

    90. I am sending you in My Name, saith the Lord, and ye shall therefore remember always that ye are sent in My place.

    91. Ye shall administer ordinances, inwardly and outwardly, unto the families ye visit, and ye shall not converse on wordly things.

    92. When ye visit as a Priesthood ye shall administer as a Priesthood, for a Home Visit is an ordinance, saith the Lord, like unto a holy convocation.

    93. Ye shall begin and end your ministry with prayer, inviting My presence, and I shall be with you.

    94. By this means ye shall be the instruments of salvation, which is the saving of life, that none of My sheep shall perish for under-nourishment.

    95. If ye neglect this calling then the sins of the families to whom ye have been sent shall be upon your heads.

    96. But if ye administer in love and faith, remembering the sanctity of your calling, then ye shall save them through Christ.

    97. And if they reject your ministry, after ye have done all that is expedient and in Me, then their own sins shall be upon them.

    Body Ministry

    98. Ye must yet arise and understand the meaning of the Body, saith the Lord, for the sins of one in the New Covenant are the sins of all until ye have done all ye can in My Name.

    99. When ye have born witness of the truth to one who is in sin and who will not repent, then the Body is absolved, for that sinner is no longer a part of the Body inwardly.

    100. And thus the Body, which is the Church, is preserved, and his sins are no longer upon the Body inwardly.

    Dealing with Transgressors

    101. I have given you the Law that ye may deal with transgressors outwardly, that the Body may be held blameless before the world and the righteousness of the Son of Man not impuned.

    102. It is not expedient that Home ministry be conducted by pairs from the male and female Councils save they be husband and wife, or under special dispensation from the Pastorate of a local Colony, that all appearance of evil may be avoided before the world which ever seeketh to accuse you.

    Two by Two

    103. Home ministry shall be conducted two by two, like unto the traveling Elders, under the direction of the Elders' Council who shall meet together with the Deacons' Councils each Sabbath day for this purpose, or on other occasions, as is expedient and practical.

    Ministry of the Eldress

    104. The Eldresses shall conduct Home ministry unto the sisters also underthe direction of the Eldresses' Council who shall meet together with the Deaconess' Councils each Sabbath or on other occasions, as is expedient and practical, for this purpose.

    Elders are Also Deacons

    105. The Elder is also a Deacon, and may be used in that capacity.

    106. The Eldress is likewise a Deacon- ess.

    107. Therefore let those who have not served as Deacons or Deaconesses10, not suppose they are absolved of the responsibilities of these offices when they are called upon to exercise them, for the greatest office is also the least.

    The Burden of Office

    108. Behold, I lay upon My Priesthood great burdens, saith the Lord, but he whose Master is the Lord of Hosts shall be able to do all things that I call him unto, his strength being full and running over.

    109. They who are sanctified by their Priesthood, upon whom hath been laid no greater burden than they are able to bear, shall not tire, but receive of the bounty of Heaven.

    Priesthood and Family

    110. Remember, that your families are also your Priesthood responsibility, and ye are in no wise to neglect your families.

    All are Called to Priesthood

    111. For this cause all are called unto Priesthood, that the Body may labour together, each member upholding the other.

    112. He who layeth all the burdens upon another because he is unwilling to serve is an unwise and unprofitable servant and shall not [be spiritually enabled to] partake of the nourishment of the Body.

    The Curse of Selfishness

    113. Selfishness is as a cancer to the Body and will destroy it, saith the Lord;

    114. Therefore if ye love this work, ye will all thrust in with your might, mind and strength, sharing equally the yoke; otherwise ye cannot arise into your endowment.

    115. And if My Church is not endowed, it will whither away and perish.

    Do Your Duties

    116. Ye Priesthood men and women of God -- learn and accomplish all your duties, for if ye love Me, ye will obey Me, and see to it that all things work together for Zion.

    117. The hope of Zion is the light of the Priesthood, and if the Priesthood is without light, Zion cannot be.

    Pastoral Calls

    118. The Priesthood minister [who has received the Spirit of his office] shall not wait until he is called but go unto he or she who presideth, and say: "Here am I. What will the Lord have me do?"

    119. And the presiding officer shall approach Me in prayer and shall receive instruction, for all are called, and there isa task for every man and woman at all times.

    120. Nevertheless there are many things a man or woman can be about without seeking out the presiding officer, and should not excuse himself by yielding to idleness because he hath not been called to labour in every particular.

    121. The Priesthood minister is a dispenser of Light in all its forms and must therefore have a close walk with the Father.

    122. He must dispense what I, the Lord, give unto him through his faithfull- ness in abiding the Gospel.

    Authority in Priesthood

    123. His authority must be inward as well as outer, else he is hollow and empty, and cannot minister the spiritual unto anyone.

    124. Such a one shall not minister until he hath been endowed inwardly in some part, doing that which My Spirit has empowered him to do.

    Purity of Character

    125. Upon the Elders of My Church falleth the greatest of responsibilities and none are chosen save they be pure in mind, word and deed.

    126. They are called to serve as both corporate [congregational] and personal ministers, discerning the needs of the Body and the will of Heaven.

    127. They are to provide direction in spiritual worship, holding the keys of the mysteries of the Kingdom of Heaven, which is the knowledge of My Father.

    128. The Elders must be blameless that they may administer these keys, for if their minds and hearts are dirty in any degree they shall not receive them inwardly, and will not discern the Heavens.

    Fast and Pray

    129. They must fast and pray often in preparation for ministry like unto the Deacons and Deaconesses.

    130. They must teach, preach and expound with power, bringing forth the gifts of their ministry, being prophets and prophetesses in corporate worship.

    Missionary Work

    131. The Elders and Eldresses are missioners {missionaries};

    132. The local Elders and Eldresses (Bishops, Pastors, Local Missioners, Ad- ministrators and Teachers) are standing missioners to the local Colonies in which they reside;

    133. And the traveling Elders (Apostles and Evangelists) are traveling missioners in the Central Colonies and Apostolic Fields in which they reside.

    Administer to the Sick

    134. The Elders are to administer to the sick and afflicted through the prayer of faith and the laying on of hands, bringing healing according to My power (Jas.5:14).

    Bear Testimony Always

    135. The calling of the Elders is to be apostolic, bearing witness in power and surety of that which is true.

    136. Their testimony must be strong and unwaivering, sure but not unto boasting;

    137. My Word must be alive in them, and doubt must be put to flight.

    138. Yea, they must boldly bear testimony of Me and of My New Covenant work, apologising not for My Gospel, but bearing affirmative witness.

    139. All that is outer must likewise be inner, for they are called to be without outer crutches and to stand independently as ministers of power.

    No Hypocrisy

    140. Their honour and integrity must be unquestionable, and no hypocrisy must be found on their lips, otherwise it would be better if they had never been ordained.

    Local Missionaries

    141. Local Elders and Eldresses are overseers of congregations {colonies}, teachers, preachers, administrators, councellors, and deacons/deaconesses.

    142. Both are missioners within their local Colony.

    143. Whereas the ministry of the Deacon and Deaconess is principally exoteric, and the ministry of the Patriarch and Matriarch is esoteric, the ministry of the Elder and Eldress is mesoteric11.

    144. The local and central colonial Priesthood (Elders and Deacons) administereth the outward ordinances, and the firstborn colonial Priesthood administereth the inward ordinances, or the keys of pure knowledge.

    A Bridging Ministry

    145. The Eldership is the bridging ministry between the remainder of the ministry of the Deaconate and the Patriarchal Ministry.

    Apprentice Patriarchs

    146. Elders and Eldresses are apprentice Patriarchs and Matriarchs, holding the rod in their left hands and the cup of the waters of mercy in their right.

    Marriage Councelling

    147. It is the especial responsibility of the Elders and Eldresses to be marriage counsellors and they may be assisted by Deacons and Deaconesses who hold the office of Pastoral Assistant as they are called upon. 148. Marriage is the deepest and one of the most sacred mysteries of the faith and must only be taught by those who are married and have understanding of the inner principles. 149. Elders and Eldresses should should be married, or have been married (their companion having been taken away in death or divorced because of adultery), save I, the Lord, especially call one who is not married, by revelation to the Patriarchate.

    Seven Kinds of Elder

    150. There are seven kinds of Elder12: the Apostle (traveling), the Evangelist (traveling), the Bishop (standing), the Pastor (standing), the Missioner (traveling) the Teacher (standing), and the Administrator (standing).

    Six Kinds of Eldress

    151. There are seven kinds of Eldress: the Matriarch-Eldress (belonging to the Matriarchal Council, which advises the Apostolic Council), the female Evangelist, the Bishopress {Metropolitan Pastress}, the Pastress, the local Missioner, the Female Teacher, and the Administrator, all of whom are standing ministers.

    152. Go forth in your several duties, magnifying your callings unto sanctification, and I will surely justify you and hasten the coming forth of Zion. Even so. Amen.

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