OMBUDSMAN PORTAL – BCS SACRAMENTS

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In the Brotherhood of the Cross and Star (BCS), there are four Sacraments: Child Blessing, Marriage Blessing, Baptism of Repentance and The Holy Spirit, and Love Feast. A sacrament is a sacred ceremony that imparts divine grace, blessings, authority, and power.

Love Feast, one of the Sacraments, is the gathering of the children of God, of believers in the same faith, united in one mind for one purpose, love, to dine with Our Lord Jesus Christ. The Love Feast Sacrament is observed to celebrate and remember God’s undiluted love for humankind through the sacrifice of His first-begotten Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, who paid the last debt of sin for all sinners.

The Love Feast sacrament is amongst the heavenly practices the Holy Father, Leader Olumba Olumba Obu, has taught members of the Brotherhood of the Cross and Star, thus fulfilling the promise that Our Lord Jesus Christ made to mankind in John 16:13- 15 “Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you.

“All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall shew it unto you.” EVG vol.2 1:19 “I have come to remind you of the commandment given by Our Lord Jesus Christ, that is to love one another even as He loves us.” As Our Lord Jesus Christ said in John 14:15, “If ye love me, keep my commandments.”

Love Feast is observed in the Brotherhood of the Cross Star to remember the ‘Last Supper’ Our Lord Jesus Christ had with His disciples before He went to the Garden of Gethsemane to be betrayed, arrested, and later arrayed and sentenced to death on the Cross. We celebrate the significance of the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, which we must all partake of, as mentioned in Matthew 26:26-30, “And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body. And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it; For this is my blood of the New Testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom. And when they had sung an hymn, they went out into the Mount of Olives.” 1st Corinthians 11: 24-26; Luke 22: 14-20.

Love Feast is celebrated whenever members of the Fold gather in Fellowship. There is no limitation to when or where Love Feast can be celebrated. However, there are instructions of what type of food brethren are to use when preparing Love Feast in accordance to statutes of God stated in Genesis 1:29, Genesis 9:3-4, Leviticus 3:17, EVG vol.1 chapter 3 and EVG vol.3 25:43; 48-49.

 Why is Love Feast Practised in the Kingdom of God established on earth?

Our Lord Jesus Christ asked His disciples to celebrate this feast in remembrance of Him. The Holy Father, Leader Olumba Olumba Obu, stated in EVG vol.2 1:16: “If you love everybody as God loves you, you have obeyed every other commandment.” We are indebted to love one another as I have loved you (1 John 3:16, EVG vol.3 73:1-3).

During the Last Supper, Christ said in Luke 22:24-30: “And he said unto them, The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and they that exercise authority upon them are called benefactors. But ye shall not be so: but he that is greatest among you, let him be as the younger; and he that is chief, as he that doth serve. For whether is greater, he that sitteth at meat, or he that serveth? is not he that sitteth at meat? but I am among you as he that serveth. Ye are they which have continued with me in my temptations. And I appoint unto you a kingdom, as my Father hath appointed unto me; That ye may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom, and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.”

It is important to note that Love Feast Sacrament is a moment when the chosen children of God take Holy communion, having love in their hearts. During Love Feasts, Christ, in His Second Coming, His Holiness Olumba Olumba Obu, is in their presence and they honour Him by preparing the Feast and eating thereof in complete humility, solemn reflection, and reverence.

The significance of the Last Supper

 In Matthew 26:17, we are made to know that the Last Supper took place on the first day of unleavened bread, the Passover Feast. These two feasts instructed by God hold similarities in patterns and results. The Passover Feast was the beginning of something new, while the Last Supper was the end of a pattern, a system of life, thus Christ’s last words, “it is finished,” before he gave up the Holy Ghost. The Passover was a feast observed by Jews. This started from the time of Moses when God used him to free the Israelites from the bondage of Egypt. Ten plagues were released unto the land of Egypt: turning water into blood, frogs, lice, a swarm of flies, pestilence of livestock, boils, hail, locusts, darkness, and death of firstborns. To avoid death unto the firstborns of the Israelites, God instructed Moses to tell the Israelites to use the blood of a male lamb in its first year without blemish to mark their doors so when “I see the blood I will pass over thee” saving the children of Israel, (Exodus 12:1-20). God instructed them to eat the lamb and continue to keep this feast to remember the love God showed unto them. The sacrifices of the First sons were used as a sacrifice to judge and redeem. The Holy Father revealed that Our Lord Jesus Christ is the first and last begotten Son of God, therefore, it was not a coincidence that the last supper took place on the day of Passover because that lamb, without blemish, used to save the Israelites symbolised Christ, the lamb of God, whose blood was shed for both Jews and Gentiles.

Throughout the Old Testament, sacrifices of animal blood were used to communicate to God as an offering because humanity was full of sin. God does not associate Himself with sin. As man is not worthy to see the face of God, in the time of Moses, God appointed priests to whom he would communicate on behalf of the people of Israel, Exodus 28:43. When they entered the sanctuary, the holy of holies, they were to be without sin, otherwise, they would die, Romans 6:23. Therefore, they would bear the sacrificed Holy gifts upon their forehead, which were acceptable to God, Exodus 28:38. Once a year, they would make “the blood of sin-offering for atonements” to God throughout generations: it was most holy unto the LORD Exodus 30:10. The Holy Father said in the Everlasting Gospel vol.1 2:56-60, that the sacrifices of animal blood for man’s sin were not sufficient for life. Christ’s bloodshed on the Cross of Calvary entered into the earth, causing an earthquake, and the veil which covered the sanctuary, the holy of holies, was lifted and was removed (Matthew 27:51-53).

What does this symbolise? The sin that blocked man from communicating with God was now removed through the blood of Christ. God no longer sees the sin in man, which would result in judgment and death. Rather, He sees Christ’s blood enabling man to communicate directly with God through Him. Christ’s blood is the new covenant God made with man whereby man would need to go through Our Lord Jesus Christ to communicate with God. (John 14:6-7). This is why no one can go unto God except through Him. They are one (John 14:10- 11).

The Unleavened bread used at the Passover Feast is also key to note. Unleavened means without yeast, bread in its natural form symbolising holiness, Leviticus 6:17. During the Last Supper Christ dipped ‘Sop’ unleavened bread and gave it to Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples, it was at this point Satan entered Judas, and Christ told him to prepare the Feast, John 13:26-29. Similarly, Ruth was instructed to dip unleavened bread into vinegar by Boaz, Ruth 2:14, which represented God’s grace upon the Gentiles. The bread symbolised Our Lord Jesus Christ, the bitters/vinegar was the death for all mankind. When Christ was crucified, they gave him vinegar to drink, Matthew 27:34;48. The death of Christ was set following the scriptures. Judas prepared the feast, which was the sacrifice of Our Lord Jesus Christ for all.

Love Feast signifies the new covenant God has with mankind, Matthew 26:38 “For this is my blood of the New Testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.” The Passover Feast observed by the Jews has four cups representing: sanctification, judgment, redemption, and the kingdom of God. The Last Supper mentioned only one uniting the 4 cups into 1 – Sanctification (John 17:19), Deliverance (John 8:32), Redemption (Galatians 4:4-5), Salvation (Psalm116:13).

This fulfils Jeremiah dream where God said he will make a New Covenant with the house of Israel and Judah breaking the old Covenant that he had with them and creating a new Covenant “I will put my law within them, write in their hearts, and I will be their God and they shall be my people.” Jeremiah 31:31-33.

Types of Love Feast

There are two types of Love Feast in the Brotherhood of the Cross and Star:

·               Fruit Feast: consists of various fruits.

·               Full Feast: made of both fruits and foodstuff.

Composition and Preparation of Love Feast

As enshrined in the Brotherhood of the Cross and Star Handbook, Feasts in the Fold consists of fruits, vegetables, legumes, rice, bread, and water. Of note is that a critical doctrine of the Brotherhood of the Cross and Star is Vegetarianism. Thus the Love Feast must be mandatorily devoid of flesh-eating and dairy products—no meat, fish, or the likes. 

The Love Feast is purely Vegan.

The Love Feast is also not served with any wine, alcoholic or not, soft drink, or any artificially made drink. It is served only with water.

In preparing the Love Feast, holiness and purity are expected from start to finish. Monies are given to the Bethel Mothers or any designated brethren, as it may apply, to purchase the Love Feast items. Those purchasing the items are expected to appear in white and must confess their sins before preparation. As directed by the Holy Father, and enshrined in the BCS Handbook, the process of Feast preparation must be devoid be holy and devoid of anger or quarrels. 

Tithe must be taken out of the feast allocation and paid in the appropriate percentage.

Crucial observances during the Love Feast Sacrament

1.            The Love Feast is shared equally and generally to brethren in fellowship as seen in the Doctrine of the Apostles—Acts 2:42-44. Thus, there is no special Feast for any category of persons;

2.            Bible readings must be observed before the Love Feast is served

3.            In the Bethel, St. John 6:51 and 1st Corinthians 10:16-17 are read in succession.

4.            During house Feasts, Acts 2:42-44 and 1st Corinthians 10:16-17 are read in succession.

5.            Do not eat the Love Feast when it is not yet blessed.

6.            Members must kneel to obtain the Love Feast.

7.            Love Feast must be served alongside the Feast choruses.

8.            The feast must be entirely vegetarian.

9.            Do not quarrel while preparing the love feast.

10.          No amount of money is required to conduct a Love Feast; any amount one has is sufficient.

11.          Members and the general public are free to voluntarily share or partake in the Love Feast sacrament.

Partakers of Love Feast

One Flock and One Shepherd where love abounds. 1 Corinthians 11:27-32 says, “Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup. For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body. For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep. For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged. But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world.” (1 Corinthians 10:21, 1 Peter 4:17).

 Love Feast can only be eaten by the children of God; those who wholeheartedly choose to follow Our Lord Jesus Christ. The Holy Bible refers to Christ being the Bread of Life. John 6: 26-35 “I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.” They do not gather in hunger, gossiping, or drunk claiming to celebrate the feast. 1 Corinthians 11: 18-22. As our body is the temple of God, being God-fearing children, true BCS members are obedient unto the statutes, commandments, and ways of The Holy Father bestowing love, as God is love. True BCS members demonstrate and teach the world to practice as Christ commanded in Matthew 28:19-20.

In conclusion, BCS members celebrate Love Feast to commemorate the Last Supper, where the New Covenant God made with man was shared amongst the followers of Christ to celebrate the body and blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ. The death of Christ was the last sacrifice for the atonement of sin. We remember the redemptive power of the blood that was used for all mankind. The partakers must prepare and eat in reverence, humility, and thanksgiving.

Thank You, Father

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