A Fantastic Change Has Begun in Christianity
The slogan above is displayed on each page of www.churchofinterfaithchristians.org signifying to progressive Christians that they have found a fresh breath of air, and after reading several web pages, Christians that also practice other paths such as Buddhism, Hinduism, Wicca,Paganism, or other Earth based traditions, realize that they have found an inclusive home. Others who may practice only a Christian path, but who are tired of doctrine and dogma that seems to be the anti thesis to the very teachings of Christ also find a spiritual home here as well.
We are a light to other faiths. We are a source of enlightenment. We help people remember who they really are and help them connect back to God so that each person can grow in divine love, wisdom and the power of God. We are here to reveal the truth and to do away with the dogma and manmade doctrines. We are here to stop the hurt and harm that’s being done in the name of religion. We are here to teach tolerance and understanding and how to get along with each other and work together. We are here to teach unconditional love.
Welcome to this new ‘breed’ of church. We are a new church, a progressive inclusive church, a new denomination. We are not Catholic, we are not Protestant, we are not any other traditional faith. We cross the boundaries of all faiths. In that we are Interfaith. The basis of our faith is Jesus Christ’s teachings. In that we are Christian. We are here for the benefit all God’s children. In that people of all nations on this earth are God’s children. In God’s plan no nation is to be left out.
In the western world Christians use the Bible as their sacred scriptures. The Scriptures are simply paper and ink. The Bible is a collection of words written by people inspired by God, and those words point to Jesus, the one who has life, gives life and is life. In some religious traditions, when the term “Word of God” is used it means the Bible. However, the Bible itself calls Jesus “the Word of God.” The phrase “Word of God” is reserved exclusively for Jesus. It is not the words that make the ‘Word’ sacred, but the Word (Jesus Christ) that makes the ‘words’ sacred. Sadly, it has become common practice in many of our traditional Christian religions to elevate certain phrases, certain verses, certain scriptures to pre-eminent positions, so that they, rather than God, occupy the spotlight. In such an environment even Bible verses can become idols and hide the true teachings of Jesus. There are other sacred writings inspired by God and other traditional religions that latch onto them in much the same way traditional Christians latch onto the Bible.
WARNING,THE LORD SAYS: “THESE PEOPLE COME NEAR TO ME WITH THEIR MOUTH AND HONOR ME WITH THEIR LIPS, BUT THEIR HEARTS ARE FAR FROM ME. THEIR WORSHIP OF ME IS MADE UP ONLY OF RULES TAUGHT BY MEN-Isa 29:10-13 NIV.
JESUS TEACHES US TO DO EVERTHING OUT OF LOVE:
“THOU SHALT LOVE THE LORD THY GOD WITH ALL THY HEART, AND WITH ALL THY SOUL, AND WITH ALL THY MIND. THIS IS THE FIRST AND GREAT COMMANDMENT. AND THE SECOND IS LIKE UNTO IT. THOU SHALT LOVE THY NEIGHBOR AS THYSELF. ON THESE TWO COMMANDMENTS HANG ALL THE LAW AND THE PROPHETS.”
How did the church of Interfaith Christians come about?
A man of vision, the Reverend Ernest Steadman first spoke of this church of the future in his book “Path Way To The Stars” which was originally published as “Sic IturAd Astra” in 1982. Twenty years later he founded an e-mail discussion group as a place of fellowship for those that shared his opinions and vision. This group evolved into a bona fide church in 2002, one that is listed in the Encyclopedia of World Religions as a new denomination of Christianity. Unlike other Christian denominations, the COIC never dictates the manner in which its ordained
ministers conduct their individual ministries nor does it require its lay members to adhere to a strict doctrine, but rather encourages the ministers and members to seek out the spirit and explore their individual callings, in their worship of God. The one doctrine that the COIC has authored is a doctrine to establish no doctrines.
The Difference between the COIC and other Christian Denominations
To explain and define the difference between the COIC and other Christian denominations, the founder of the COIC, Reverend Ernest A. Steadman wrote; “The Interfaith Christian embraces all positive spiritual paths including Shamanism and earth-based traditions, often being called upon to heal gaps between the many disparate religious faiths using the original teachings of Jesus Christ, minus convoluted man made doctrine.” He went on to
further explain his concept(s) with a quote of the Dalai Lama:
“The greater our awareness is regarding the value and effectiveness of other religious traditions, then the deeper will be our respect and reverence toward other religions. This is the proper way for us to promote genuine compassion and a spirit of harmony among the religions of the world.”
Our Church Community
The Church of Interfaith Christians’ goal is to bring together an atmosphere of sharing and community in an area which is too often fractured by bigotry and elitism. As Interfaith Christians (a new denomination of Christianity), we recognize those who include the Christ in their worship, regardless of what faith they might be. We see the validity of the Creator of the Universe having had His/Her hand in all faiths and : 10pt” why all are so close to each other, differing only because of society, environment or individual temperament. The purpose of this site is to spread the TRUE TEACHINGS of Jesus Christ, to inform, educate and save souls in the tradition that “No man is saved in ignorance”.
On this day, God wants you to know
… that there are many truths, and they all point to one source – God. Do not spend energy arguing whose truth is righter, – just like all life springs forth from one source, so are all truths but a reflection of God. Accept another truth as another way of loving God.
We are a group of individual ministers and our ministries making a difference in this world. It is through our individual ministries that we are making the biggest difference. Working together our goal is to bring about an atmosphere of sharing and community. We are to spread the true teachings of Christ to enlighten, uplift and heal those we serve.