Friday, July 18, 2008

Purpose Statement

The purpose of Lamplighter’s Celebration, an International House of Prayer (LC-IHOP), is to build a community of volunteer servants who exist for the sole purpose of ministering to God by working together to accomplish the following seven goals.

  1. LC-IHOP’s first goal is to love the Lord our God with all our hearts, minds, strength, and souls then to love our neighbors as ourselves, Mark 12:30-31.

    1. Members will be provided an environment in which they may corporately pursue the knowledge of God directly from God in accordance with Matthew 23:8-12; John 16:5-16; Hebrews 8:8-11; and 1 John 2:26-27.

    2. Members will be held corporately accountable for the knowledge they individually receive from God, 1 Peter 3:15, and will be subject to that knowledge, Matthew 12:6; Luke 12:47-48; John 9:41, 13:17, 15:22-24; Romans 1:20-21, 32, 2:17-23; James 4:17.

    3. Members will be given the privilege to corporately “keep” the word of God according to Deuteronomy 4:2, 10; 1 Kings 6:12; Joshua 1:13; 1 Chronicles 16:15; Psalms 119:67, 101, 127:1; Jeremiah 23:36; John 8:55, 14:23-24, 15:20; Hebrew 13:7; 2 Peter 3:2; Jude 1:17; Revelation 3:10.

  2. LC-IHOP’s second goal is to bring mankind into the unified one mind of Christ:

    1. Unity within the LC-IHOP context is defined as 100% agreement with 100% of the words of God as recorded in the Bible. This unity gives no place for man’s interpretation or conjecture. In other words, if any person has not found explicit clarification on a given topic within the Bible, the topic is to be treated as a disputable matter and closed for discussion until significant research into the Bible yields explicit instruction on the matter. Research into the Holy words of God must not nullify other explicit words found in the Bible or the research will be considered from Satan. THE BIBLE PROVES THE BIBLE or the teachings are rejected, John 14:10.

      1. Implicit instructions within the Bible will also be accepted on a specific topic of discussion provided the matter is substantiated via recorded signs (physical demonstrations of all levels of power) and wonders (emotional expressions of all levels of gratitude) within the Bible. For example, when Abraham offered up Isaac in obedience to God’s instructions, Abraham and Isaac became types of the Father and His Son. Their obedience to God’s words was the sign that pointed to God one day doing the exact same thing to His own Son. Jesus said no one takes His life but He lays it down, John 10:18. Jesus also said that the Father came for Him, John 14:30, right before He laid His life down. So we know the Father sacrificed His Son who was willing to be that sacrifice just like what happened in Genesis 22. Satan did NOT kill Jesus, NOR DID THE JEWS.

      2. If evidence for a matter is given using words or statements that are not found in the Bible, the evidence will be rejected and the matter closed to discussion. For example: If a human says that “Jesus used hyperbole.” The word “hyperbole” is not found in the Bible and therefore, this testimony about what Jesus did is rejected. Man’s popular interpretations today which nullify words God spoke yesterday will be strictly forbidden as God wrote: Psalms 89:34 "My covenant I will not violate, Nor will I alter the utterance of My lips. If God will not alter the utterance of His lips, who are we to do it by adding to the Holy Scriptures or taking away from them.

      3. If scientific research is given as evidence of the truth in the Bible, the evidence will be allowed only if it is founded on the standard for “Science” adhered to by “Answers in Genesis” and “The Institute for Creation Research.” This is merely agreement with scriptures through proven laws established by God. For example: science has proven that atoms bounce around and hit each other in such a way as to hold things together. The Bible says that all things are held together by the word of God and that the word of God is living and active. Here is the connection. It is written in Hebrews 12:26 “And His voice shook the earth then, but now He has promised, saying, "YET ONCE MORE I WILL SHAKE NOT ONLY THE EARTH, BUT ALSO THE HEAVEN." If God’s voice can shake the heavens and the earth on a huge scale, then His voice can certainly shake up a few atoms on a tiny scale. We may not be able to see the wind but we most certainly can see the effects of the wind, John 3:8, Ecclesiastes 11:5. In other words, what science has observed testifies to the truth of what was already recorded in the Bible hundreds of years before scientists formed theories, tested those theories and recorded their observations.

      4. If scientific evidence is presented that makes God’s words out to be lies, said scientific evidence will be rejected without hesitation for a house divided against itself will not stand.

    2. Unity with God will be accomplished by:

      1. Establishing as part of membership a common ground environment for God to communicate who God says He is directly to the members of His choosing, Matthew 11:27; Luke 10:22; John 1:18, 3:32, 6:46, 14:6-9, 17:3, 6:25-26; 1 John 3:6, 4:12, 20.

      2. Providing every individual the freedom to research God’s claims both corporately and independently in an environment conducive to hearing from God, Isaiah 41:9, 45:4, 65:1-16, 66:4; Matthew 22:1-14, Luke 6:13; 1 Peter 2:9; Revelation 17:14.

      3. Establishing as part of membership a code of conduct to co-exist without hostility between different ethnic groups, religious groups and political agendas while everyone searches for the truth on their own, Deuteronomy 17:12; Proverb 24:21; Ecclesiastes 8:1-5, 10:4; Matthew 22:21, 23:2-3, Romans 13:1-7, 14; Titus 3:1-7. Said code of conduct shall restrict individual behavior, appearance and speech to a predefined, accepted, and agreed upon code of conduct as defined in LC-IHOP’s policies and procedures in order to provide a secure environment for service.

      4. Providing membership the freedom to search and discover the truth individually without condemnation and without retribution should the individual maintain different opinions or fail to agree with the teachings of the established leadership, Acts 17:11; 1 John 4:1-21.

      5. As unity in the body increases through individual acceptance and agreement with the words of God as literal truth without human interpretation, members will be given the privilege to increase their service to God within the LC-IHOP corporate structure.

  3. The third goal will be to re-establish Israel into her rightful position as One who rules with God as evidenced by God’s authority, Isaiah 62, Romans 9-11. This will be accomplished by:

    1. Proclaiming God’s promises over her until she believes and walks in them.

    2. Interceding for the remission of her sins and restoration of her identity before her Creator.

    3. Dedicating resources as needed to the fulfillment of prophesies written in the Torah.

  4. LC-IHOP’s fourth goal is to build a web based communication network of individuals who have agreed to dedicate their lives and resources to minister sacrificially before the Creator who created heaven and earth:

    1. In a joint effort of non-stop worship and intercession,

      1. By providing a place to worship corporately in spirit and in truth, John 4:23-24.

      2. By providing a place to study the word of God corporately, Acts 17:11.

      3. By providing a place to corporately intercede on behalf of others through prayer, Luke 21:36, fasting and seeking God’s blessings upon them.

    2. In building up and preparing His bride in humility into the fullness of God,

      1. By speaking to one another in psalms, hymns and spiritual songs, Ephesians 5:19.

      2. By operating in the gifts of the Spirit as each one has faith, Romans 12:6.

    3. In obedience to God’s ordained authority whether social, governmental or spiritual as established by His written word, the Holy Bible,

      1. By living a fasted lifestyle as demonstrated by lack of debt, Luke 16:13.

      2. By abstaining from all immorality as defined by God’s word. Matthew 19:9; 1 Corinthians 5:1, 6:18; Colosians 3:5.

    4. In monetarily prospering God’s kingdom that no one would be in lack, Acts 4:32.

      1. By giving whether out of wealth or poverty.

      2. By owning and operating businesses for the purpose of funding God’s kingdom purposes.

  5. LC-IHOP’s fifth goal which will be achieved by the time Christ returns is to redeem creation by:

    1. Restoring the land to it’s original beauty through singing of the new song, Exodus 15:2; Psalms 40:3; 98; 118:14; Isaiah 12:2; John 4:24, 6:63.

    2. Removing the curse from creation through preaching the gospel of Christ Jesus though all creation, Mark 16:15, and returning creation back to God’s rule, 1 Corinthians 15:28.

    3. Providing the proper food for all life as it is written in Genesis 1:29-30.

    4. Restoring the garden for the purpose of encountering God, the Father.

  6. LC-IHOP’s sixth goal will be to establish a city of refuge before the coming war between the servants of Christ and the anti-christ by:

    1. Maintaining a house of worship for the public to “run into God” and be saved.

    2. Maintaining an environment where everyone is healed of all sicknesses, pains, and deformities.

    3. Maintaining an environment where people are raised from the dead.

    4. Petitioning the Lord Jesus Christ to make our cities a safe zone where the implements of war cannot penetrate and cause harm to the land or inhabitants.

  7. LC-IHOP’s seventh goal will be to protect the shepherds of God’s bride from God’s wrath prophesied in Jeremiah 12:10-14 by:

    1. Removing the public eye from pastors, teachers, evangelists, prophets, and apostles as God will not share His glory with anyone yet at the same time giving them a outlet to function freely in the gifts of Holy Spirit.

    2. Removing man’s conjecture and traditions in order to return to the pure words that proceed from the mouth of God as He desires in Hebrews 8:8-12 and Isaiah 54:13.



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