Church Of Doug

An alternative perspective to life.

Doug, by the will of God, to the church of God which is on the web, with all the saints who are in the whole of the world: Grace to you and peace from God our Father. Blessed be the God and Father of us all, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in our entire affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.

I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of God and turning to a different gospel -- not that there is another gospel, but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of the Ever Living God. But even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to that which we preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to that which you received, let him be accursed.

For I would have you know, brothers and sisters, that the gospel which was preached by me is man's gospel. For I did not receive it from man, nor was I taught it, but it came through a revelation of my own. For you have heard of my former life, how I persecuted all religions violently and tried to destroy each follow's beliefs; and I advanced in knowledge beyond many of my own. But when he who had set this course for me before I was born, and had called me through His grace, in order that I might preach Him among the people on the web, I did not confer with flesh and blood, nor did I go up to Galacia to those who were apostles before me, but I went away into Iran; and again I returned to the country of my home. Then, after more than seven years in Iran, I went up to the Northfield of Mount Hermon to study, and remained there three years.

When Elders came to my door, I opposed them to their face, because they were not on my path. But when I saw that they were not straightforward about the truth of the gospel, I said to you before them all, "If you, though a codling, live like a Gentile and not like a true follower, how can you compel the Galacians to live like us?" We ourselves, who are devoted followers of the Holy God, yet who know that a man is not justified by works of the law but through faith, because by works of the law shall no one be justified. But if, in our endeavor to be justified in our faith, we ourselves were found to be sinners, is God then an agent of sin? Certainly not! But if I build up again those things which I tore down, then I prove myself a transgressor. I do not nullify the grace of God; for if justification were through the law, then what value is this life?

So, then I say unto you, the path you walk is a fine one. Follow in faith that which you have been instructed, ever watching for self-imposed contradictions. The laws we have received are but behavioral examples of the choices we make based on our faith. We do not take from others nor demand unfairly, not because of the law, but because of our generosity and our recognition that our Lord would want of us to be grateful for what we already have. We do not kill or lie for sake of avoidance of any punishment. Instead, we denounce these actions because we love that which God has created.

But more, my Brothers and Sisters, if a person is overtaken in any trespass; you who are spiritual should restore them in a spirit of gentleness. Look to yourself, lest you too be tempted. Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the will of God.

Peace and mercy be upon all who walk by this rule, upon the realm of God. Henceforth let no one trouble me; for I bear on my body the marks of my past. The grace of our Lord be with your spirit, my friend. Amen.