PM3001: Auxiliary Ecclesiae

We acknowledge what is good in all the great spiritual traditions. We believe that all these traditions began in the truth, even though they have since fallen from their original glory. Thus we believe, not in rejecting them, but in restoring them to that original glory.

The traditions all contain error and falsehood; even so, none is entirely devoid of truth and goodness. The precise mix of truth and falsehood varies from tradition to tradition, and can vary also between different expressions of the same tradition. We wish to keep all that is good and truthful, while putting aside all that is in error.

Many people have a deep emotional connection to one of these traditions. The pursuit of spiritual truth does not require them to cast aside this connection. Truth can be expressed in the terms of their tradition, using the symbols and language to which they are attached; or they can put aside their tradition, and seek fresh ways of expressing the truth. This we leave entirely to the freedom of each individual, and their own wishes; only they know what is best for them in this matter. For those who seek the truth in fresh and new forms, there is the Holy Maratrean Ecclesia; for those who seek the truth in the form of a familiar tradition, there are Auxiliary Ecclesiae.

The Auxiliary Ecclesiae express the same truth as is taught by the Holy Maratrean Ecclesia, but in the terms of a particular existing tradition. Their clergy are initiated Maratreans, but their individual members need or need not be. The general authority of the Maratrean Ecclesia has the power to charter Auxiliary Ecclesiae as needed.

Membership in the auxiliary ecclesiae is not exclusive - one may be a member of as many as one wishes at once. But within the bounds of the practice of each, one may not mix their practices, to enable each to retain their distinct identity and integrity.

Fivefold classification of ecclesiae
This is the fivefold classificaton of ecclesiae:
  • the holy Maratrean ecclesia: the chief vessel of the cause as herenow in these herenow branches established
  • auxiliary ecclesiae: express the whole truth of the holy cause through the restoration of an existing tradition to its original glory of truth, whether that originality be understood in explicitly chronological terms, or as truth always preceeds falsehood
  • derogative ecclesiae: express not the fulness of the truth of the cause, but the bulk thereof, being by agreement granted a derogation for now from part thereof
  • federative ecclesiae: unlike the first three, these do not belong to the authority of the cause in this herenow establishment, in these herenow establishments, but by agreement having entered into a relationship of solidarity with the cause, affirming whatever truths of the cause the agreement provides
  • prefederative (aka alien) ecclesiae: those which have not yet been brought into relation with the cause and the chief vessel of this its herenow establishment, not even federally; the causal spirits do not govern them, even de minimis, but they are under subjection of either the neutral spirits or the enmity spirits, as the case may be.
The first two belong wholly to the cause, being differing expressions of the one same cause, one central and the others peripheral; the last is wholly apart from the cause; the third and fourth are intermediate forms, partly under the cause, partly outside of it; the third being nearer to being wholly under the cause, the fourth being nearer to being wholly apart from it.

An initiate of the chief vessel is required to believe in the truth of the teaching of the Prophets and the Scriptures of that vessel; they are free to believe or believe not in the Prophets and Scriptures of the auxiliary ecclesiae as they feel fit, but even if they believe them not, let them speak respectfully thereof. And a member of an auxiliary ecclesia is not required to believe in the Prophets and Scriptures of the chief vessel, but must be respectful thereof, and also of those of the other ecclesiae. But a member of an auxiliary ecclesia must believe in the Prophets and Scriptures of their own auxiliary ecclesia, and if they be of the clergy thereof, of the chief vessel also, since to be clergy of an auxiliary ecclesia it is necessary to be both a member of that auxiliary ecclesia and also an initiate of the chief vessel.

And in the first tirumph the fifth disappears, yet four remain; and in the second triumph the third and fourth disappear, but two remain; and the two which remain, they remain even unto the final perishing of all things.

Fivefold classification of prophets
  • true prophet: one who, all that they teach, as a prophet, is true; that is not to say that they may not from time to time express opinions which are in error, but they are careful not to claim such opinions which may be in error as an expression of their office of prophecy. (The failure by their successors to observe so carefully this distinction is one among the causes of the near inevitable corruption of every true prophet's teaching as the years grow evermore since their passing.)
  • complete prophet: one who, teaches not the entirety of the truth, for such would be impossible, but all of the chief parts of the truth concerning the true nature of things, such as is sufficient for the cause to by them be thereby established or re-established
  • fully-enlightened prophet: one who has attained the fullness of the great enlightenment, and who expresses that fullness in all that they say and do
  • fully-indwelt prophet: one who has been fully-indwelt by the captain of the causal spirits (Navalatus)
  • anointed prophet: one who has been anointed with rememberance, such that that which we have forgotten and still do not remember, even if we may learn some truth so concerning without remembering, such a one has been granted the restoration of memory thereof, as a foretelling and rememberance of the Great Anointment which preceeds the Later Lesser Sabbath.
Catalogue of the auxiliary ecclesiae
These are but some among the auxiliary ecclesiae which may be or will be established. We should note that within one tradition there may be many subtradition; an auxiliary ecclesiae need not prefer one thereof, but may accept as many or even all of them as it may in equality of respect; and this variety of subtraditions may be expressed as different practices or opinions within the one auxiliary ecclesia, or formalised as separate divisions of the one auxiliary ecclesia, or even separated into multiple auxiliary ecclesiae; whatever is most practical under the circumstances at the time being.

Union of Maratrean Hebrew Congregations (UMHC)
Acknowledging Moses as at least a true and complete Prophet, and even more so; and the other Prophets of the Hebrew tradition as true and even complete prophets also. Acknowledging the Torah as delivered by Moses at Sinai, in both its written and oral forms, as true scripture; yet also acknowledging that the Torah in both forms has been corrupted from its original glory, and is in need of restoration. Respecting what is good in the Mishnah, Tosefta, the two Talmuds, the Midrashim, and the latter Rabinnical works; yet also acknowledging that these works contain the original truth of the Torah of Moses at Sinai intermixed with much accumulated error. Acknowledging the diversity of the Hebrew faith: Jewish and Samaritan; Sadducee, Pharisee and Essene; Hillel and Shammai; Rabbanite and Karaite; Kabbalistic and non-Kabbalistic; Hasidic or Misnagdim; Sephardi, Ashkenazi, Mizrahi and others; Orthodox, Conservative, Liberal, Masorti, Reformed, Reconstructionist: all of these are in waiting of restoration to their original glory, insofar as they may be so restored, either inherently, or on account of the means of the present. But we reject the error of false Zionism, which confuses the true spiritual Israel with a debased, unspiritual, material and fradulent Israel; we call upon all Jews to come out of the abomination known as the "State of Israel", to be saved from its impending destruction; save that, those whose ancestors dwelt therein before false Zionism arose, may remain therein, but may they pray that they be kept from the impending destruction on account of their own innocence. As to those subsequent to Moses and the Hebrew Prophets whom are claimed as prophets, such as Jesus and Muhammad and others, the UMHC teaches that they may or may not be true or complete or even moreso Prophets, but if they be, then belief in them is not necessary, for the true teaching of Moses and the Hebrew Prophets by itself sufficies.

Maratrean Christian Church
Acknowledging Jesus as a fivefold Prophet, and the scriptures of the Western and Eastern canons, yet acknowledging that said scriptures have been corrupted from their original truth into falsehood, and must to their original truth be restored. And it acknowledges as Biblical books, the 22 books of the Hebrew scriptures, and also the books of the Septuagint, including both those accepted in the West and in the East; and also the books of the Syriac and Ethiopic churches; and the New Testament, including also Hermas, the Epistle of Barnabas, the two epistles of Clement, the Didache and others. The Maratrean Christian Church accepts the Apostles' Creed and the Nicene Creed (without the filioque clause), but it does not accept the Athanasian Creed. A Restorationist church, we believe in the vanquishment of the Cause as established by Jesus through a Great Apostasy. We do not specify precisely when this apostasy occurred, but we affirm it took place in the early church; it was most likely near complete within a century of Jesus' Ascension. While the councils which produced the Nicene Creed were apostate, we nonetheless acknowledge the Nicene Creed as a truthful expression of the deposit of the faith, in spite of their apostasy.

Maratrean Islamic Umma
Acknowledging Muhammad as a true and complete Prophet; and the original and uncorrupted Quran, as opposed to the presentday product of corruption, as a true scripture; and acknowledging the truly authentic hadith, as words of a true Prophet, as opposed to the many false hadith which are falsely claimed as authentic. And in its Shi'ite division it acknowledges the glory of the Imam Ali, and his sucessors as Imam up to the presentday.

Maratrean Buddhist Sangha
Acknowledging the Gautama Buddha as a true and complete and fully-enlightened Prophet, and the scriptures thereof, Theravada, Mahayana and Vajrayana; yet acknowledging that these scriptures have been corrupted from their original glory, and are in need of restoration.

And indeed there may many other auxiliary ecclesiae be established as the need may be: Hindu, Sikh, Jain, Daoist, Baha'i, Druze, Mandaean, Zoroastrian, Pagan, and others as the need may be.