The Community as One
We are indeed the "inventors/initiators" (or whatever you want to call it) of this special community, which is nowhere to be found in Germany and which is finally about time.
Nevertheless, we are not necessarily leaders of this church. We keep it as it is written in 1 Corinthians 12:
Now concerning1 spiritual gifts, brothers, I do not want you to be uninformed. You know that when you were pagans you were led astray to mute idols, however you were led. Therefore I want you to understand that no one speaking in the Spirit of God ever says “Jesus is accursed!” and no one can say “Jesus is Lord” except in the Holy Spirit. Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. For to one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the ability to distinguish between spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues.
All these are empowered by one and the same Spirit, who apportions to each one individually as he wills.
One Body with Many Members
For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit. For the body does not consist of one member but of many.
If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body.
If the whole body were an eye, where would be the sense of hearing? If the whole body were an ear, where would be the sense of smell?
But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose. If all were a single member, where would the body be?
As it is, there are many parts, yet one body. The eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you,” nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.”
On the contrary, the parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and on those parts of the body that we think less honorable we bestow the greater honor, and our unpresentable parts are treated with greater modesty, which our more presentable parts do not require. But God has so composed the body, giving greater honor to the part that lacked it, that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together. Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it.
And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, helping, administrating, and various kinds of tongues. Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? Do all possess gifts of healing? Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret?
But earnestly desire the higher gifts. And I will show you a still more excellent way.“
This means that it is not only us who pour out our gifts to our church, but that all members of the congregation participate together in the worship service. If anyone can baptize, let him or her baptize. If anyone can preach, let him or her preach. If anyone can speak in tongues, speak in tongues. If one can heal, he or she shall heal. If a man can cast out demons, he or she shall cast out demons. And if anyone is a leader and can lead a church, he or she should do so. We are not both the leaders of this church, but the one, who received this gift from God. So if ever this online church is "transformed" or "supplemented" into a presence church, someone can recommend themselves as the leader and pastor. Just like someone who has a founding personality to build this church out in the world. We two are only the "visionaries" regarding this church, those who have born this church into the world. But we as a church "divide" them so that everyone can use his or her gift of the Holy Spirit exactly as he or she was given it.
In this church, everyone is allowed to preach if it corresponds to the purpose and philosophy of the church, no one has to sit "passively" here and listen, but may also teach and speak for themselves.
Everything as the Holy Spirit gives it to us.
Furthermore, our church is conceived as an "All Nations", i.e. a church for all nations, which is available in all languages, even during the worship service by interpreters, understandable for all and not limited by language or nation. In addition, we do not have certain groups that are divided into age groups or sexes, such as "seniors group" or "men group" or "children group" etc., as is the case in many other churches. Everyone enriches each other, the young learn from the old and vice versa. We do everything together and do not hack our church into groups, so that certain people are excluded. Already the Old Testament points out in several verses that the young should learn from the old and so we hold this also. Our undertakings take place together and do not separate young from old, man from woman.
Of course, it is also part of our veggie church that we let nature as well as the animals into our worship services, because they are creatures of God and have a soul as well and are allowed to worship and praise their Creator as well. Our church house will have to be built accordingly, so that we can offer the animals and the plants, trees, etc. ground and space so that we can all worship and celebrate GOD together - all creation together. God has put it on our heart that our congregation should be built in such a way that the floor of the house of God - not as in ordinary churches made of stone - is made of earth and grass and provided with flowers and made of them, that is to say to build a house where the floor is open, so that animals and plants - nature - can also take part in our worship service, because nature and animals also want to worship God. Everyone may bring his pets and flowers and more to the divine service, every single creature of God who breathes and lives can worship, praise and honour his Creator with us! A divine service for people, animals and nature! For it does not say in Psalm 150:6 for nothing: "Let everything that has breath praise the Lord! Praise the Lord!"
Summarized, then, belongs to our church contents:
- A vegan or frutarian lifestyle, as the first people Adam and Eve lived in the Garden of Eden; Garden-Eden lifestyle (this includes not wearing fur, leather and if possible no animal wool).
- Live through the grace of God and His glory and live through the Holy Spirit and not through one's own effort and achievement (surrender to the will of God).
- Fruitful faith through healing and prophecy; going out and healing the sick ("kickstarting" other people s lives); a vegan or frutarian lifestyle, as the first people Adam and Eve lived in the Garden of Eden: Garden-Eden lifestyle (including not wearing fur, leather, and if possible no animal wool).
- Life out of the grace of God and His glory and life out of the Holy Spirit and not out of one's own effort and achievement (surrender to the will of God).
- Fruitful faith through healing and prophecy; going out and healing the sick (other "kickstarting" as it happens in the movement around "The Last Reformation" by Torben Sondergaard (as in Acts of the Apostles); see chapter 3.6!)
- Frequently receive the Lord's Supper: sitting together at tables and receiving real bread and real red grape juice - real fellowship!
- Expecting the return of Jesus Christ and the Rapture of the congregation.
- Respect for all creation: man, animal and nature - no violently tearing and plucking of leaves from bushes or trees and their blossoms (life as it was in the Garden of Eden, see first point!).