We want to praise God for the blessing and the honor of uniting this beautiful couple. This marks the 41st Holy Union Rite done by our church for the GLBTI community in the Philippines. Every Holy Union is a proclamation of Marriage Equality in our country. International Human Rights Law “Yogyakarta Principles” have already declared that “Every Human Beings has the right to found a family regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity” – Yogyakarta Principle 24
- JESUS CHRIST founded the Church in 33 AD. (Matthew 16:18).
- The Apostles named it the Church of God and preached it from 33 AD to 100 AD. (Acts 20:28, I Corinthians 1:2, 10:32, 11:16, 11:22, 15:9, 2 Corinthians 1:1, Galatians 1:13, I Thessalonians 2:14, 2 Thessalonians 1:4, I Timothy 3:5, I Timothy 3:15).
- The Early Apostolic Fathers and the Early Church Fathers wrote about the Church of God 200 to 300 AD. see the 51 Quotations from the Apostolic Fathers about the Church of God.
- The Church of God became the Holy Roman Catholic Apostolic Church in 315 AD when Emperor Constantine declared that Christianity will be the official religion of the Roman Empire. 315 – present.
- In 1054 AD. The Roman Catholic Church and the Greek Orthodox Church separated.
- In the 1800’s the Old Catholic Church disaffiliates itself from the Roman Catholic Church because of the Doctrine of Papal Infallibility.
- In the 1900’s the Old Catholic Church reaches America and the American Catholic Church was founded.
- In 1996 H.E. Bishop David C. Strong was ordained as a Bishop of the American Catholic Church. In 2009 he became the Bishop of the Christian United Church.
- In 2010, Pastor Regen Luna joins the Christian United Church and started the work of Jesus Christ the Good Shepherd Church of God in union with CUC.
- Roman Catholic Apostolic Church
- Eastern Orthodox Churches
- Eastern Rite Catholic Churches
- Oriental Orthodox Churches
- Old Catholic Churches
- Moravian Churches
- Independent Catholic Churches
- Assyrian Church of the East
- Anglican Churches
- Evangelical Lutheran Church of America
- United Methodist Churches
- Philippine Independent Church
- Charismatic Episcopal Churches
- American Catholic Church
- Christian United Church
- Church of God in union with CUC
THE VALIDITY OF OLD CATHOLIC CHURCHES
This is from the American Catholic Church website: http://www.accus.us on the validity of Old Catholic Churches.
The statements presented here are from official authorities, theologians and publications of the Roman Catholic Church in the affirmation of the validity of Old Catholic Holy Orders and Sacraments.
Rev. Konrad Algemissen, Christian Denominations.
“The Old Catholic Church has received valid Episcopal consecration.”
Donald Altwater, A Catholic Dictionary.
“Their (Old Catholic) Orders and Sacraments are valid.”
” . . . Whenever there is no appearance of simulation on the part of the minister, the validity of the sacrament is sufficiently certain . . . ”
Addison Arnold. Roman Catholic Dictionary.
“The [Old Catholics] have received valid orders.”
Catholic Almanac, (1993), p. 319.
“Old Catholics have valid Sacraments and a valid Priesthood. The Old Roman Catholic Church disavows connection with Old Catholics. The Old Roman Catholic Church accepts the first seven Ecumenical Councils only and rejects Papal Infallibility. They accept only those doctrines formulated before 1054.”
Thomas P. Doyle, O.P., Rights and Responsibilities, A Catholics’ Guide to the New Code of Canon Law, p. 44.
“When a Catholic sacred minister is unavailable and there is urgent spiritual necessity, Catholics may receive the Eucharist, penance, or anointing from sacred ministers of non-Catholic denominations whose holy orders are considered valid by the Catholic Church. This includes all Eastern Orthodox priests, as well as priests of the Old Catholic or Polish National Church.”
Dr. Ludwig Ott,(1952), Fundamentals of Catholic Dogma. p. 456.
“Every validly consecrated bishop, including heretical, schismatic, simonistic, or excommunicated bishops, can validly dispense the Sacrament of Order, provided that he has the requisite intention, and follows the essential external rite (set. Certa). Cf. D 855, 860; CIC 2372.”
Dominic Prummer, O.P., Handbook of Moral Theology, “The Minister of Valid Ordination”, p. 383.
The Ordinary Minister is every consecrated bishop and no one else. (Council of Trent. Sess 23, c. 7.) Therefore even a schismatic bishop or one who has been degraded or one who has been declared irregular etc, may ordain validly provided that his own consecration was valid and that he uses the essential matter and form.”
Feliecian A Roy, OFM, (1974) Catholic Almanac, “The Sunday Visitor”, p. 368.
“The Roman Catholic Church recognizes the validity of Old Catholic Orders and other Sacraments.”
St. Columban Fathers of St Columbans, NE, (1928, June), The Far East Magazine.
“These (Old Catholics) Orders are valid”
William Whalen, Separated Brethren, pp. 204, 248.
“We have no reason to doubt that the Old Catholic Orders are valid. The Apostolic Succession does not depend on obedience to the See of Peter, but rather on the objective line of succession from Apostolic sources, the proper matter and form, and the proper intention . . . likewise Old Catholic bishops are bishops in Apostolic Succession . . . The Old Catholics, like the Orthodox, possess a valid Priesthood.”
Father Stanislaw Woywood, OFM , Cardinal Billot, de Sacraments, 6th ed., vol. 1, p. 201, Practical Commentary of the Code of Canon Law.
“If a person has seriously and correctly used the due matter and form, he is that very reason presumed to have intended to do what the Church does.” (Apostolicae Curae) . . .” “Whenever there is no appearance of simulation on the part of the minister, the validity of the sacraments is sufficiently certain . . .”
Father Stanislaw Woywood, OFM LLB , A Practical Commentary on the Code of Canon Law, (revised and enlarged edition), Vol 1, sec 881, p. 558.
“A validly consecrated bishop can validly confer all orders from the minor orders to the episcopate inclusively…for this reason the ordinations performed by the Bishops of the Old Catholics and Old Roman Catholics are considered valid.
[These sources were printed with the imprimatur of various Roman Catholic Bishops.]
IS THE OLD CATHOLIC CHURCH OF THE UNITED STATES REALLY CATHOLIC?
If the Roman Catholic Church is your source of truth in these matters, see what the Roman Catholic Church teaches in its official documents. The “Dominus Iesus,” was issued during the reign of Pope John Paul II, June 16, 2000, and signed by Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, August 6, 2000. Refer to Section IV: Article 17:
“Therefore, there exists a single Church of Christ, which subsists in the Catholic Church, governed by the Successor of Peter and by the Bishops in the communion with him. The Churches which, while not existing in perfect communion with the Catholic Church, remain united to her by means of the closest bonds, that is, by apostolic succession and a valid Eucharist, are true particular Churches…”
WHY DID WE USE THE NAME “CHURCH OF GOD”?
There are numerous churches today with the name CHURCH OF GOD, from Pentecostal, Adventists, Holiness, and non Trinitarian denominations of Christianity. All of them claim that they are the true church founded by our Lord Jesus Christ because they used or declare the biblical and historical name of the local churches of the New Testament: the Church of God. So the question is why did we use this name?
BECAUSE THE NAME “CHURCH OF GOD” IS BIBLICAL
Let us look in the Holy Bible for guidance and evidence that this name is a biblical name for the local churches in the New Testament.
Act 20:28 (GNB) So keep watch over yourselves and over all the flock which the Holy Spirit has placed in your care. Be shepherds of the church of God, which he made his own through the blood of his Son.
1 Corinthians 1:2 (GNB) To the church of God which is in Corinth, to all who are called to be God’s holy people, who belong to him in union with Christ Jesus, together with all people everywhere who worship our Lord Jesus Christ, their Lord and ours:
1 Corinthians 10:32 (GNB) Live in such a way as to cause no trouble either to Jews or Gentiles or to the church of God.
1Corinthians 11:22 (GNB) Don’t you have your own homes in which to eat and drink? Or would you rather despise the church of God and put to shame the people who are in need? What do you expect me to say to you about this? Shall I praise you? Of course I don’t!
2 Corinthians 1:1 (GNB) From Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by God’s will, and from our brother Timothy — To the church of God in Corinth, and to all God’s people throughout Achaia:
Galatians 1:13 (GNB) You have been told how I used to live when I was devoted to the Jewish religion, how I persecuted without mercy the church of God and did my best to destroy it.
1 Timothy 3:5 (GNB) For if a man does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of the church of God?
1 Corinthians 15:9 (KJV) For I am the least of the apostles, that am not meet to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.
1 Corinthians 11:16 But if any man seem to be contentious, we have no such custom, neither the churches of God.
1 Timothy 3:15 (KJV) But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.
1 Thessalonians 2:14 For ye, brethren, became followers of the churches of God which in Judaea are in Christ Jesus: for ye also have suffered like things of your own countrymen, even as they
have of the Jews:
2 Thessalonians 1:4 So that we ourselves glory in you in the churches of God for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that ye endure:
12 verses in the Bible declares and proclaims that one of the names of the local churches in the New Testament is the Church of God.
OTHER NAMES FOR THE LOCAL CHURCHES IN THE BIBLE
Romans 16:16 Salute one another with an holy kiss. The churches of Christ salute you.
Romans 16:4 Who have for my life laid down their own necks: unto whom not only I give thanks, but also all the churches of the Gentiles.
1 Corinthians 14:33 For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.
There are other names of local churches in the Bible aside from the name Church of God.
BECAUSE THE NAME CHURCH OF GOD IS HISTORICAL
After the death of the Apostles. The Apostolic Fathers Clement, Polycarp, Ignatius and Hermas wrote about the Church of God.
I Clement 1:1 “The Church of God which is at Rome, to the Church of God which is at Corinth…”
Ignatius to the Trallians 1:7 “…For they are not the ministers of meat and drink, but of the church of God…”
Ignatius to the Trallians 3:1 “I Salute you from Smyrna together with the churches of God that are present with me…”
Ignatius to the Philadelphians 1:1 “Ignatius, who is also called Theophorus, to the church of God the Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ which is at Philadelphia in Asia…”
Ignatius to the Smyrneans 1:1 “Ignatius, who is also called Theophorus, to the church of God the Father, and of the beloved Jesus Christ…”
Polycarp to the Philippians 1:1 “Polycarp, and the presbyters that are with him, to the church of God which is at Philippi…”
I Hermas Vision 2:32 “Thou art mistaken, said he, she is not. I replied, Who is she then sir? He answered me, It is the church of God…”
III Hermas 9:175 “So the church of God, when it shall be purified…shall become one body, and there shall be one understanding, one opinion, one faith, and the same charity…”
MY PERSONAL EXPERIENCE
There are so many churches today who uses the name CHURCH OF GOD, and sadly most of them are anti-catholic and anti-gay. I believe that one of the biblical names of the local church is the Church of God it is biblical and also historical as preached by the Apostles of Jesus Christ and the Apostolic Fathers. It is time to restore the church of God to its original state. It is time to restore the church of God back to the primitive church or the New Testament times. While other churches of God are anti-catholic and anti-gay, Jesus Christ the Good Shepherd Church of God in union with the Christian United Church will always defend unity, ecumenism, inter-faith relations, justice for all, liberation and freedom from oppression, creedal or catholic expression, and inclusivity. Here everyone is welcome, men, women, gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgenders. This is our church, this is our denomination, this is the Church of God – CUC.
King David once wrote in Psalms 23 “The Lord is my shepherd”. Our Lord Jesus Christ declared in John 10:11 “I am the good shepherd”. This is the name of our Chapel. It speaks about the goodness of our Lord. His unconditional love and His passion to take care of us just like a Shepherd who takes care of his flock. God will take care of YOU. Jesus will take care of YOU. The Holy Spirit will take care of YOU.
Welcome to our Chapel. Welcome to our church, the Church of God – CUC. Welcome to our denomination, the Christian United Church. Whoever you are, whatever you do, if you are looking for a church-home that will really take care of you then we invite you to come and join us. We are an inclusive, welcoming and affirming community. We propagate the message of Christ without discrimination on your race, religion, social status in life, education and gender.
We welcome everyone straights, gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgenders to be one with us in worship, in the holy communion, in prayer, in Bible studies, in service to God and to his people. Welcome to the Chapel of JESUS CHRIST the Good Shepherd Church of God – CUC.
SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES
- Worship Service with Holy Communion – Sundays @ 5:00 pm
- Bible Study and Fellowship – Fridays @ 7:00 pm
- Praise & Prayer Meeting – Wednesdays @ 7:00 pm
- HIV/AIDS Prevention Seminars – by schedule
- Homosexuality & Spirituality Seminar – by schedule
- Annual Retreat – by schedule
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