Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are.
THE ORDER OF CENTURIONS IS AN INDEPENDENT NON-DENOMINATIONAL CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP
WE ARE ORTHODOX IN OUR FAITH AND DOCTRINE, TRADITIONAL IN MATTERS OF THE CHURCH, AND HOLD THE UNIVERSAL FAITH AS HANDED DOWN IN SCRIPTURE AND THROUGH THE APOSTLES.
ALL CHRISTIANS WHO WISH TO LIVE BY THE RULE AND HAVE SAID THE VOW ARE WELCOME
Our membership includes Greek Orthodox, Anglican, Methodist, Baptist, Roman Catholic, etc. We are all Christians, and we endeavor not to promote any denomination or controversial theology over another.
Being independent, we are not formally affiliated with any organized Church or society. We salute those orthodox churches where the Word is rightly expounded, the sacraments duly administered, and perhaps most importantly, where the witness of the people agrees with the tradition of the Apostles and the Word of God. Several centurions in their various churches have set out a philosophy of Essentials of Affiliation, which Legio Christi salutes.
The Order does not make any treaties, concords, joint-statements, or other type of inter-organizational instruments as a matter of policy.
We monitor email submissions for pertinence and to ensure a conservative and ecumenical tone. We try to ensure that no doctrines are promoted that are specific to one denomination, being especially careful of those doctrines, dogmas and worship styles that are contentious. We encourage centurions as independent agents to become active in community and church life and organizations. This is a requirement in the Labarum Guard. We encourage centurions in the same geographical area to form Cohorts for fellowship. We promote doctrine and worship of the early, undivided Church as is stated in our historical section. If you have ever been in the Military and have noted the tone and demeanor of Military chaplains who endeavor to be broad enough in their ministry to serve all Christians, then you have an understanding of what we endeavor to promote here. The Order supports all chivalric, religious, civic, and other types of organizations of good will as a declared rule, and it encourages members to become active in them.
Our philosophy is to similar to that of CS Lewis' in Mere Christianity, a book which was developed from a series of Radio Broadcasts during World War II to the British Royal Air Force: ... I offer no help to anyone who is hesitating between two Christian 'denominations'. You will not learn from me whether you ought to become an Anglican, a Methodist, a Presbyterian, or a Roman Catholic. This omission is intentional...;. I am not trying to convert anyone to my own position. Ever since I became a Christian I have thought that the best, perhaps the only, service I could do for my unbelieving neighbours was to explain and defend the belief that has been common to nearly all Christians at all times. [Preface to Mere Christianity]
We look to centurions of the past and today for examples. We champion those who defend the weak and war against tyranny. We pray for fellow members, friends and families. We promote learning about the history of the Church and of the Roman Legions. We rejoice in the fellowship of the saints.
There is only one Christ, Jesus, one faith. All else is a dispute over trifles
We and our people, God be praised, follow no novel and strange religions, but that which is ordained by Christ, sanctioned by the primitive and Catholic Church, and approved by the consentient mind and voice of the early fathers.
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Essentials of Affiliation and Articles of Affiliation :
- Essentials & Diversities -
Whereas, we believe in unity in essentials, diversity in non-essentials and in all things charity;* and
Whereas, we believe there are many valid, and diverse forms of legitimate worship; and
Whereas, we believe that Christ Jesus did not establish denominational boundaries (John 17); and
Whereas, we believe that all those who hold the essentials of Christianity, in common with us, are our brothers and sisters within the Body; and
Whereas, we desire to strengthen the bonds between ourselves and all who believe in the essentials of the faith.
Essentials of Christianity
1. The Deity of our Lord Jesus Christ (John 1:1; John 20:28; Heb. 1:8-9), the Creator God Himself (Col. 1:16; compare Gen. 1:1); Who "laid the foundation of the earth" (Heb. 1:10-12 compare Psalms 102:24-27).
2. The Virgin Birth (Isaiah 7:14; Mt. 1:23; Luke 1:27).
3. The Blood Atonement (Acts 20:28; Ro. 3:25; Ro. 5:9; Eph. 1:7).
4. The Bodily Resurrection (Luke 24:36-46; 1 Cor. 15:1-4; 1 Cor. 15:14-15).
5. The Second Advent of Christ Jesus to set up God's Kingdom on Earth and in Eternity (Isa. 9:6,7)
6. The inerrancy of the scriptures themselves (Psalms 12:6-7; Ro. 15:4; 2 Tim. 3:16-17; 2 Pet. 1:20)....
So among ourselves, we may vigorously debate other items, such as the merit or means of baptism; the validity of various Bible translations; the authority of the Presbytery; etc. Such disagreements are perfectly acceptable within the confines of Christianity, because our salvation does not hinge upon those doctrines.
[As proffered by Praefectus Castrorum Legio Christi]
unity in essentials, diversity in non-essentials, and in all things charity
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