PART 1: CLARIFYING THE REAL LIBERAL CHRISTIAN POSITION ON THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST

This began as a post-comment-reply to a caring comment, quoted below, that quickly developed into a full-fledged post.

Hello Tom,
My husband and I have been looking over your website. We just thought we would pop in and say "Howdy" So how is it going?
Any prayer requests?
Bye the bye I was wondering if you would clarify RLCC's position on the Gospel of Jesus Christ? Feel free to use scripture
Thanks alot,
Loving You
Saijah & Quazi

Thank you for visiting and for spending some time on the site to look around. Thank you also for taking the additional time to leave a loving comment inquiring after us, showing a desire to pray for others, and wanting clarification about our position on the Gospel.

The clearest statement we know of is the New Commandment. "A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another." John 13:34. For us, it summates the good news. To love as Jesus is the right path. It leads to salvation. He showed forever the kind and degree of love necessary to rise up and lift up.

We know from the Gospels that Jesus exposed hypocrisy as damaging to that real love. Consistency into the infinitude of God is the right path. We must perceive and understand within the fullest context of our ability and grow in that.

Making plain distinctions between the RLCC and other entities helps to separate out occlusions and to gather together (conflate) those who love the Holy Spirit of truth. What distinguishes the RLC Church is the movement to doing no harm and to doing good. Jesus called for us to do both of those things. We are to be harmless while we are to feed his lambs and sheep (those who hear his voice) even while returning good for evil. "Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves." Matthew 10:16. "So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs." John 21:15. Of course, this means both physically and spiritually. "But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you." Matthew 5:44.

This is where we part company with what we've termed the false spectrum that has permeated nearly all the institutions calling themselves Christian churches. We find for instance that homosexuality is obviously harmful while we also find that greed and violence {broadly: coercion, threats, war, punishment, torture, abuse (including also psychological and sexual), and the like} are likewise harmful. All three come out of the same spirit of the knowledge of evil (selfishness) that arose to tempt others, has spread ever since, and must be overcome.

Consequently, we fit neither the current, twisted usage of conservative nor liberal but rather the meaning of those terms as Isaiah (Isaiah 32:5) and Jesus (for example: Luke 22:25-26) gave us to discern.

The good news (the Gospel) is that if we will act accordingly and persevere, we will have life (real life) in the highest. The good news is also that 1) giving and sharing all with all 2) peace (total pacifism) and 3) sexual harmlessness (physically, psychologically, and spiritually disease-free) also work here and now! One need only do a little research on monasticism, communes (Hutterites and kibbutzim), cooperatives, intentional living, employee ownership, and other such topics to readily see that uncoerced-and-loving communism not only works but works best and is well within human nature. All statements to the contrary come out from false-heartedness, which is antichrist. This understanding and desire starts not with seeking reward for self but rather seeing an end to harm out of a growing sense of mercy, compassion, and empathy. We feel the emotions that Jesus experienced, and we are ashamed and full of regret for our having fallen to temptation (even as a consequence of abuse that hardens the heart if not overcome) and for the consequent harm we've done, knowingly and in ignorance. We repent and want to atone first and foremost and entirely for righteousness' sake. It becomes its own reward. No matter how dark it gets on account of the manifestation of hearts willfully rejecting the correctness of Jesus's words and exemplary life, goodness will follow for those who believe in his name. God saves the anointed ones. God will deliver the elect out of the hands of evil and into eternal righteousness.

Something else that distinguishes us is that we see the current system of charity helping in the immediate short-term, which is important, but geared (by design of the rich), to perpetuate the class structure, which structure is diametrically opposed to Jesus's message of the leader being the servant and everyone being that servant/leader. We want to divert the flow of peoples' efforts from that system into what peacefully will displace that class structure. This is why we envision the Christian Commons where Christians may live, work, and farm, etc., to care for each other, feed the lambs and sheep without price, and generally magnify the light of truth that such is the right lifestyle conducive to everything Jesus manifested.

As you may readily see, people have yet to make that leap of faith that really isn't a leap of faith but rather certain (absolute) knowledge that doing this is the right thing. We ask people to soften their hearts to support this movement of the Holy Spirit by praying in secret (while also shining the light) for everyone and by communicating; planning; executing; following up; donating (tithing or better if that be possible, as we say, but only as the Spirit directs and in the full knowledge that we don't live by mammon or by mundane bread alone); and by all the other things that will bring the Christian Commons to fruition.

The following should help anyone find more information and ways to help:

  • About Our Name gives a quick overview.
  • Our series of Wikipedia Articles gives a more in-depth view.
  • Of course, one may read all the posts and pages on this site.
  • For some specific ways to help, see Ways to Support the Real Liberal Christian Church. Communicate with the Church and with others (spread the word, and certainly enlist others to help the cause of helping others to help yet others until all are enthusiastically served by each other, as Jesus would, and we all should, love to see).
  • For deeper reading, we have posted, There is No Such Thing as a Conservative-Republican Christian: Jesus is a small-c communist and Supplement.

We want to be able to continue this effort fulltime. It has taken literally everything we had to get this far. We cannot continue to work fulltime on building this movement without the generosity of kindred spirits.

This of course, will require suffering the slings and arrows of those sent by those hell bent to lord it over the whole world, with or without us in it. It isn't for the faint at heart, as you may be able to see from some of the other comments on the site. (They may turn yet. It isn't for us to judge or condemn anyone, just sound the alarm.) We must gird up our loins, to use the Old Testament expression. We must make bold in humility, as Jesus, Peter, John, and others did in their turn, before the Sadducees and Pharisees of our generation.

Saijah and Quazi, thank you for the opportunity to express these things to you and to other visitors who each will care to take the time to grasp the message with all of his or her heart, mind, soul, and strength leading to becoming one heart, mind, and soul with God.

May God bless you and your house.

Thank you again for brightening the website.

Tom Usher

About Tom Usher

Employment: 2008 - present, website developer and writer. 2015 - present, insurance broker. Education: Arizona State University, Bachelor of Science in Political Science. City University of Seattle, graduate studies in Public Administration. Volunteerism: 2007 - present, president of the Real Liberal Christian Church and Christian Commons Project.

3 Responses to PART 1: CLARIFYING THE REAL LIBERAL CHRISTIAN POSITION ON THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST

  1. Quazi & Saijah says:

    Howdy Tom,

    Thank you for your prompt reply concerning your position on the Gospel.

    I do like your idea of building self-sufficient communities (by the way, I believe the term you are looking for is communal, not commune-ism), and have often dreamed of doing something similar, although the Lord has not yet prompted me to get started.

    You said: “To love as Jesus is the right path. It leads to salvation.”

    Permit me to expand on your comment, and let me know if you agree.

    For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

    (Eph 2:8-10)

    Jesus Christ paid the price for our sins with His Blood so that we may have communion with God; it is by faith, believing that Jesus’ sacrifice was sufficient in our place, that we receive grace. God never says “clean up your act, and then come see me.” He says rather "Welcome Home, your sins are forgiven. Now go and sin no more."

    The following verse is the most important part of the death of Jesus Christ:

    "But God commends His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him."

    (Rom 5:8-9)

    The following verses show what is the most important part of Jesus’ resurrection: So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. (1Co 15:54-57)

    Now that we have the cleansing and forgiveness to put us in right relationship to the Heavenly Father, AND we now have the power over sin, death and the grave, the Holy Spirit can live in us. To love as Jesus loves is the right path, but we have to surrender to Him first and ask for the indwelling of the Holy Spirit before we can love with the limit-less love of GOD.

    “And hope makes not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.”(Rom 5:5)

    1Co 15:1-6 Is a wonderful statement of the Gospel of Jesus Christ

    I hope you can understand my zeal with this particular issue considering how fundamental the salvation message is.

    You wrote about the current class structure as being diametrically opposed to Jesus’ message. Help me understand how you expect to displace the current class structure if not everyone is onboard with your plan? Did you expect for this to be only for the Christians that follow you, or were you planning for this to spread to other parts of the Body? Are you proposing for this plan to encompass the non-Christians as well?

    You mentioned that “…people have yet to make that leap of faith that really isn’t a leap of faith but rather certain (absolute) knowledge that doing this is the right thing.” In a world that has moved towards right and wrong being a relative thing, what is the authority declaring that this is the right thing?

    “We are to be harmless while we are to feed his lambs and sheep (those who hear his voice) even while returning good for evil”. Is this to say that we are to feed only those that hear Jesus’ voice, and if so, how do we know who is who?

    If you would be so kind as to permit me one more question, it would be about your statement:

    ”Consistency into the infinitude of God is the right path.”

    What exactly are you saying here?

    Thank you for your time and consideration of my questions.

    May our Father in Heaven draw you ever nearer to Himself.

    Shalom

    Quazi and Saijah

  2. Tom Usher Tom Usher says:

    Hello Quazi and Saijah,

    Thank you for your further inquiry. I've read it, and I will respond just as soon as I wrap up a mini-project. Thank you for your patience. It's most appreciated.

    In the interim, please feel that you are most welcome to keep visiting and reading sections on the site.

    God bless,

    Tom

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