Charter Members should:
A. Maintain a close connection with God through personalAs Charter Members, each of us should strive to have a deep relationship with Jesus through prayer, praise, the written Word and personal prophecy. As disciples we should pray, both individually and with others, and we should strengthen our spirits by spiritually feasting upon God's Word, privately and unitedly.
communion with Jesus, personal and united prayer and praise, personal and united reading of His Word (both the Bible and the Letters), Scripture memorization, and the minimizing and resisting of ungodly and unedifying influences in their lives; thus exhibiting the fruits of the Holy Spirit, which are: «Love, joy, peace, long- suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and temperance» (Galatians 5: 22,23).
˛ We want to be a sample of His Love to others. — To constantly practice walking in Love and in His Spirit, manifesting in our lives the fruits of the Spirit.... We are striving to «put on the Lord Jesus Christ» and to let Him make us into the kind of loving, Christ- like people He wants us to be (Maria #76: 8).There are a number of differences between the churches and us, but the main one is that God gave us David, His Endtime Prophet, as our founder, shepherd and leader. Through the years Dad trained Maria as his successor, and with his passing, the Lord has anointed her as His Prophetess and Shepherdess of the Family. Years ago, in prophecy through Dad the Lord said, «When David is taken from thee, you shall be known as a prophetess, and you shall be heeded as the Oracles of God and you shall become as another one— as the Prophetess of God!» (ML #111: 22.) We know by the wonderful fruit of Dad and Mama's ministry, the billions reached with the Gospel and the millions of souls saved through the Family, that they are called and chosen of God.
B. Believe that David was God's Endtime Prophet and that Maria is God's chosen and anointed successor, who has inherited David's mantle as God's Prophetess.
˛ All the successful moves of God throughout time and the Bible were led by God's chosen man for that time and purpose. Read your Bible and Church history and you'll see this always has been true (ML #161: 40).The Lord, through the Bible, Dad, Mama and Peter, has poured forth an immense amount of teaching, training, guidance, spiritual truths, revelations and direction. The Bible and the Letters embody our religious beliefs and doctrine. These beliefs vary in importance, but some are an integral and essential part of our faith, which as Charter Members we must believe and teach.
˛ If you think you can be a part of God's mighty movement without following its leadership— His chosen leadership— you are mistaken! (ML #155: 31.)
˛ When I'm gone, [Maria] will inherit that power and that mantle and she will be the channel. So don't think that my death is going to kill the movement! But you are going to do better than ever, do you understand? Because you're still going to have the same spiritual leadership that you had before: Jesus Christ and dear little Maria (ML #706: 62,70,71).
C. Believe and teach the Family's fundamental beliefs, both Biblical and revealed, as published in our «Statement of Faith,» or otherwise declared as such in a publication with a ML number.
˛ If you want to know what the Lord has revealed to us on how to run His Revolution, you've got to read the MO Letters!… You've got to listen to what He's told us to do and how to do it (ML #161: 38).Not every Letter is designated by WS to be a fundamental or essential belief, meaning that if you don’t believe and practice it, you will lose your Charter membership. Every Letter does, however, contain spiritual or practical guidance, counsel and instruction, which as Charter Members you are expected to conscientiously apply to your life and Home.
˛ The inspired and the revelatory [MO Letters] are still true and as helpful as ever, just as when God gave them, but the long diatribes and lengthy business Letters on the endless details of the affairs of the moment ... are soon out of date and no longer appropriate (ML #311B: 10).
˛ I think we all heartily agree on all the fundamentals and all the major doctrines and the things that are really essential. So we don't need to split theological hairs over some of these little things that I say, «Well, it may be, it may not be, I can't prove it. It's my opinion, my private interpretation, you don't have to believe it!» But what the Scripture says, that's it! You'd better agree with this! (ML #2234: 27.)
D. Live in accordance with the Word by endeavoring to apply the spiritual and practical counsel given in the Letters to their daily lives.
E. Read the Bible, the Letters, and other Family publications, both old and new.God's Word says, «faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God» (Romans 10: 17). In order to strengthen our faith, and to be in tune with the Lord and the directions that He is giving the Family, it is imperative that we read and study His Word, both the Bible and the Letters and other WS publications, for they contain a wealth of needed counsel, direction and spiritual feeding.
˛ So that's the secret— the Word! — The secret of power and victory and overcoming and fruitfulness and fire and life and warmth and light and leadership, everything, is the Word! (ML #1089: 63.)Dad succinctly explained the Law of Love in the following quote. «'Love doeth thy neighbor no harm, ' for 'thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself': This is God's Law of Love! 'Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. ' 'Against such love there is no law. ' This is the Lord's Law of Love. Obey it and you can have total love, life and liberty in the Lord. These are God's conditions. (Romans 13: 10; Matthew 22: 39; Matthew 7: 12; Galatians 5: 22,23.)» (ML #302C: 8; DB1.)
˛ Some people need the Bible and some people need MO, and frankly, I think the Family needs both! (ML #1691: 11.)
F. Endeavor to live by the principles of the Law of Love: To love and care for, and interact lovingly and harmoniously with all members of the Home in which they reside and with Family members at large.
˛ «Whatsoever you do in word or in deed, do all to the glory of God!» That's our rule, God's rule. What are the greatest commandments? «Love God with all your heart, love your neighbor as yourself!» (ML#292: 29.)The Lord has called all Christians to partake in the Great Commission: «Go ye into all the World and preach the Gospel to every creature» (Mark 16: 15). We have answered that call, and as such, we have a commitment to win others to Jesus by dedicating ourselves to the goal of preaching the Gospel to every creature.
˛ Love is the stricter law in the long run because it really goes further than anything else does. The Old Law was only obeyed because they had to and they were made to and they would only do as much as they were made to do, whereas love goes all the way! It'll go to the death and die for someone else to do the right thing (ML #1705: 25).
G. Engage in evangelism.
˛ If the Revolution is anything at all, it is a soul- winning, disciple- winning revolution or it is nothing at all!... The Revolution was born in the white- hot fires of a soul winning ... and a disciple- gaining movement! (ML #328B: 79.)The «Fundamental Family Rules» is a separate section at the end of the «Charter of Responsibilities and Rights.» (See page 227.) Within it are both behavioral and procedural rules, which Charter Family members are expected to follow. Charter Members who violate these rules will be disciplined according to the severity of the infractions of these rules.
˛ Unless you witness, I don't believe you love your fellow man! If you don't love your fellow man, I don't believe you love God (ML #2531: 2).
H. Live in accordance with the «Charter of Responsibilities and Rights,» and the «Fundamental Family Rules,» which are determined, defined, and published by World Services.
˛ Human beings simply need rules as guidelines to help them do a good job and work in unity with each other and accomplish what they need to do (ML #2857: 43).Our Family believes in Acts 2: 44- 45, which says, «And all that believed were together, and had all things common; and sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need.» This is an essential verse in our Family way of life, as it governs the use and ownership of our material possessions. The goal of these verses and of their companion verses, Acts 4: 34- 35, is that everyone has what he or she needs, and that those who have more than they need should lovingly share it with those who lack.
I. Reside in a Charter Home and appear on a Home's monthly report each month. (See World Service Reporting and Mailing Rules, A. page 338, as well as Right of Mobility, A. 7. page 50.)
J. Share their material belongings with the Family in
general, and with the Home where they reside in particular, according to Acts 2: 44- 45, and be good stewards of all Family materials.1. While 16- and 17 -year -olds are not held responsible for the Home’s financial decisions and obligations, they are still required to live according to Acts 2: 44- 45 when it comes to funds they raise either through outreach or secular employment or donations they receive.
˛ We are doing what the Lord wanted the Church to do in the first place, and which the Church did in the first place, in the days of the Early Church where they lived communally and «no man called anything his own» (Acts 4: 32) and «owed no man anything save to love him» (Romans 13: 8) and shared all things, just as it says in Acts 2. — They really lived communally and it worked, like it's working with us, because of the Lord and our love and sacrificial service and wanting to help others and help each other (ML #2342: 25).God's Word instructs us, «Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ» (Galatians 6: 2). This is another Law of Love clause. As Jesus laid down His life for us, so we should lay down our lives daily for the brethren. As disciples, we should manifest our love one for another by doing all we can to make sure that we are aware of the physical, spiritual and emotional needs of those around us, and we should do whatever we can to help care for them in their need. Since so much within the Home will be decided by the Home's voting members, it will become even more important that we all are mindful of the burdens, hardships, battles and needs of others in the Home. And that we are willing to put their needs and the good of the Home before our own wants and desires.
˛ Let's be more faithful stewards and diligent caretakers of the materials, resources, properties, provisions, vehicles, etc., which the Lord gives or loans to us for His use!... Let's take much better care of what God has already given us so He will be able to trust us with more, so we can do a better and bigger job in the future! (ML #197: 23.)
K. Endeavor to fulfill the Scriptural injunction to «bear one another’s burdens» — to put the needs of the Home and its members before their own.
˛ I always try to put myself in the other fellow's shoes, and not expect any more of him than I would expect of myself, and not ask any more of him than I would want him to ask of me, were our positions reversed! (ML #52: 47.)Voting members have a great deal of authority in their Home through their right to vote. Throughout the Charter you'll find that there are many issues which the Home is required to democratically vote on in order to decide their course of action. Because each voting member has the right to participate in deciding these matters, they are responsible for the results of their vote. So when a Home is doing poorly, either spiritually, physically or economically, the blame will fall on the voting members of the Home, instead of solely on the Home teamwork, because the policies of the Home are determined by the voting members and not only the Home teamwork.
L. Bear, with all other voting members of the Home, the spiritual, physical, material, educational and financial responsibilities of the Home in which they reside.
It is very important for everyone to fully understand that the Home in which they live belongs to all who live in it, and all voting members are expected to participate in its decision- making process. Your Home teamwork is only a fraction of the membership of your Home, and as such, your Home does not belong to them; nor does your Home belong to the area or continental office; it's yours. As such, it is up to you to help govern your Home and make the decisions that affect it.˛ Once a united decision has been made ... in prayer and open discussion, etc., then a majority united decision is made, ... then they certainly should stick to it without complaint (ML #962: 79).M. Participate in the governing of the Home, in which they reside; accept responsibility for the collective decisions and actions of that Home, and for the results of those decisions and actions.
˛ It's God's business, thank the Lord, but it is business! There's a lot to be dealt with in such an operation. — I don't have the wisdom, you don't have the wisdom, none of us alone has the wisdom to take care of all that. Decisions must be made in counsel, first of all with the Lord, and then together and in agreement on all major decisions (ML #301A: 5).Since you will have an equal vote with all other members of your Home, and you will be participating in the governing of the Home through your vote, you are expected to abide by all joint decisions made by the voting members of the Home. Once your Home has voted on a matter, then you must comply with the decision made, even if you voted against it, because the majority of the voting members agreed to it.
N. Live in accordance with the agreed- upon «Home regulations» of the Home in which they continue to reside.
˛ Freedom costs something. With freedom you take on the responsibility of making your own decisions and taking the consequences (ML #985: 6).The voting members determine their Home's basic nature, goals and direction by a two- thirds majority. If, for example, you collectively decide that your Home is going to major on a «Consider the Poor» ministry, such as ministering to juvenile delinquents, then all of you are expected to contribute your all— your gifts, talents, energy, etc. — to achieve that goal, within your capabilities and health. If you don't agree with the goals of the Home, and therefore don't want to participate in reaching that goal, you will be expected to move elsewhere.
˛ If you have given your point of view and a decision is made which is contrary to the way you think things ought to be done, then the best thing is to be quiet! If you think they're wrong, then you can pray that they'll realize it and they'll change or they'll change their mind or something will happen that will change things (ML #1935: 10).
O. Commit their resources, time, energy, knowledge, gifts and talents towards reaching the agreed- upon goals of the Home in which they reside and the goals of the Family at large.
˛ God always seems to bless harmony, people living at peace with each other and loving each other and helping each other and showing a large measure of love (ML #530: 43).In order to be able to distribute our tapes and videos through commercial means, such as mass marketing, TV broadcasting, sales in retail stores, the companies that own the rights to the finished products must also own the copyrights to or have licenses to use all of the songs on the tape or video.
P. Grant the use of their intellectual property, such as songs, written works, etc., to the Family, or a company endorsed by World Services.
Q. Perform, to the best of their ability, the duties and responsibilities assigned to them by the Home's duly elected officers.The voting members of a Home elect the Home teamwork with the understanding that the teamwork is commissioned to manage and spiritually shepherd the Home within the authorized boundaries of this Charter. This includes carrying out matters that the majority of the Home agrees to. Home members are therefore expected to perform the duties that are assigned to them by the Home officers they have elected.
˛ Do you have a job?... Are you treating it like God's job, and doing it as faithfully as the Lord would expect you to do it? (ML #2522: 60.)The voting members of the Home determine the way the Home operates, what the Home's ministries will be, etc., and the members of the Home are expected to comply with those decisions and to support them.
˛ Let's carry the burden of our responsibilities bravely, courageously, cheerfully and thankfully, and not be heard to grumble, groan and gripe! (ML #197: 25.)
R. Cooperate with and support the joint decisions of the Home's voting members, or if in disagreement, or unable to cooperate for any other reason, voluntarily remove themselves from the Home by moving to another Home or pioneering their own Home.
˛ As long as you remain in a Colony, you are still under the authority of its leaders to keep the Colony rules, unless you want to leave! (ML #173: 6.)An important part of showing love and concern for others, whether in the Family or not, is to fulfill your obligations, legally, morally or otherwise, to them. For example, if someone lends you his or her vehicle, your duty as a good Christian is to return the vehicle in the condition in which it was lent to you. Or if you borrow an expensive piece of equipment from someone and break it, the loving thing to do would be to get it fixed or replace it before returning it to them. Another example of fulfilling your obligations to others would be if you were to sell your car to another Family member. Your obligation to them would be to ensure that they receive the title to the car, and that all other necessary paperwork is in order. Being faithful in business dealings with others — whether Family members or not — is an important part of your sample as a good Christian.
S. Endeavor to conduct themselves as good Christians, showing outgoing love and concern for others and fulfilling their obligations, legal and otherwise to them.
T. Refrain from activities or behavior that would be a reproach to the cause of Christ and/ or reflect negatively on the Family.Each of us should be a good example of a Christian and of a Family member, for our sample speaks much louder than our sermon. As much as possible, our actions should lift up Jesus, and none of them should defame or blemish either the Lord or the Family.
˛ Help us, Lord, to be a good sample of You and Your Love. Help us, Lord, to understand them enough, and their religion and their customs and their ways, so that we shall be aware of the differences which might cause friction or difficulty in things we do or say, so we will not offend them in any way (ML #631: 146).Charter Members are expected to work on their personal weaknesses and NWOs, as if these get out of hand, they could eventually result in an individual causing problems for themselves and/ or the Home, which, if long- lasting or serious enough, could eventually warrant moving them to Fellow Member status.
U. Endeavor to overcome, and when necessary request united prayer against, those personal weaknesses and besetting sins that cause physical or spiritual disruption in the Home, and/ or physical, spiritual or emotional harm to themselves or others.
˛ We occasionally have serious spiritual problems that become of sufficient magnitude to seriously hinder our relationship with the Lord or with others. — In which case, we need to actually be delivered from them, and thank the Lord, we can be delivered!... We can— and should— make progress and show some improvement even in the weak areas of our lives as we walk with the Lord and continue to grow spiritually. In fact, if we don't try to make progress and grow and continually strive to overcome such weaknesses, but we just resign ourselves to them and sort of give up in our struggle against them, we may find that they move from the category of being mere human frailties to the category of being serious spiritual problems! (ML #2553: 35,36.)The Bible says, «Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's. Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are» (1 Corinthians 6: 19- 20; 3: 16- 17).
V. Recognize that their body is the temple of the Holy Ghost, and as such, do not abuse it in any way. Keep a clean and presentable appearance, and actively and regularly endeavor to stay healthy and physically fit.
˛ You need to maintain healthy habits: A good diet eating the right kind of foods, be sure you get plenty of rest, and then, of course, get lots of good exercise, which most of you probably get because you've got lots of work to do. Always try to get out some each day in the fresh air and sunshine. And then, live right. In other words, keep at peace with the Lord and obey His natural and spiritual laws (ML #353: 2).As the Charter and the «Fundamental Family Rules» define our responsibilities, our rights, and the rules that we must follow to be Charter Members, obviously each of us should have a basic working knowledge of these documents. This doesn't mean that you need to become an expert on the intricacies of the Charter, but neither will you be able to claim ignorance of the law if you fail to obey it. We have endeavored to compile and clearly explain in this book all of your responsibilities and rights, as well as the rules, and having done so, it is now your responsibility to familiarize yourself with them.
˛ Straighten up! Trim up, dress up, and behave like the good Christian missionaries you're supposed to be (ML #1202: 63).
W. Have a working knowledge of the «Charter of Responsibilities and Rights» and the «Fundamental Family Rules.»
˛ They have to become their own judges now. «What do you think about this? You know the facts, you know the truth, you know the law, you know the rules» (ML #1399: 9).This ends the section outlining the «Responsibilities of Individual Members.» Those who fulfill these responsibilities consequently have certain rights as Charter Members.