Traditionally, what do we expect from
our church? We expect unity, a social network, a teacher of moral
values, a forum for the exchange of ideas, a champion for the
needy and downtrodden, a safe haven for all who enter, and (we
hope) the truth. My church, the Universal Life Church, is all
that, and more! On our letterhead you will find the phrase, "We
Are One." We are one. We are one people united in our quest
for religious freedom. We are united in our fierce defense of
the First Amendment that we, too, are entitled to worship our
God in our own way.
The most important people in my life
are involved with this church. My father preaches from the time
he gets up until the time he goes to bed. He alone, has taught
me courage, the power of confrontation, and the gift of "thinking."
My mother has taught me that life is seldom easy. My husband John
has taught me love and loyalty. My church family is closer to
me than my extended family. For these are the people with whom
I am most comfortable and with whom I have the most in common.
The one doctrine, "to do that which
is right," will guide you through any, or all decisions in
your life. You must decide what is right for you and not condemn
others if their 'right' is different than yours.
You will never go to another church
that will exchange ideas and beliefs so varied that you'll leave
with your head spinning! I guarantee it. At our Annual Conventions,
one speaker may talk on devil worship, one on the evil of money,
one of the love of God, and, one on our animal nature, all within
one service. Every congregation has a free flow of ideas that
we all respect.
There is an old story about the hospital
being a place for sick people, a school a place for the uneducated.
Well, our church opens wide its arms to encompass all who might
enter. We are equal. There are no big 'I's' and little "you's".
We can all enter and are alI respected.
For the past 30 years, we have fought
for truth. We have fought long and hard, and, we will continue
to fight, for truth will bring freedom! In this book you will
learn about this very traditional church. It is alive! It is growing!
It is changing the world as we know it! Welcome to our family!
--Manzanita Hensley Lowarch
by Kirby J. Hensley, D. D.
If you are a Bible Student you will
understand what I am about to say. We have had three world orders:
first from Adam to the Flood was about 2,000 years, then there
started a second new order and it lasted about 2,000 years. Next
came Jesus and he started yet another world order and it lasted
about 2,000 years until now 1994. This
brings us to the fourth order, the
Universal Order. No order has worked until now. All three world
orders before had never worked. Why? Because they looked outside
of themselves for direction on which way to go, what to do, why,
etc . . . they were looking for some super natural power.
The new Universal Order teaches men
& women to look within themselves, because it is within men
& women lies the answer.
What does the bible say about the new
world order? We find in the book of Colossians, Chapter 1, Verse
16, from the Universal translation. "For by man all things
were created, that are in heavenly places, or earthly places,
visible or invisible, whether they be thrones or dominions, or
powers, all this were created by man and for man, and without
man there was nothing created. So we see from this verse of scripture
that man is the creator, and not some power outside of man."
We find another scripture, found in
Romans, Chapter 11, Verse 34. "For who hath known the mind
of man. Only man knows the mind of man." Here we find Paul's
saying. Yes, man had to create a power . . . everything was his
and now it's being restored to him, all things. We find here that
all things come by man, for man, and are now being returned back
to man. What are we going to do with this Universal Order? Are
we going to make it work . . . ? Yes!
Here is my prediction why the church
and state is in war. It looks like at this present time that the
church wants to take over the government. There are a lot of people
who are caught up in the spirit of war who are killing. We've
seen this the last couple of years. Different people have been
killing, saying it is gods will for them to kill and that they
are doing god's service by killing. We are going to see more between
the government and the church within the next few years. I am
telling you that the majority of the people on this planet will
turn against the church and state and they will set up and bring
into being the new Universal Order which according to the dictionary
states: a sequence, arrangement; the way one thing follows another;
the condition in which everything is controlled as it should be;
is in its right place, performing its correct function; peaceful
regularity of public life.
We see today many things being changed
out of this right order and this is one of the things that is
destroying the three orders that were. Men and women have began
to rise up, saying we are going to find a way to bring about a
peaceful solution to this planet. As I write this message, right
now today, President Clinton and Russia's Boris Yeltsin are speaking
and it is the same old rigmarole that we heard before.
I would like to quote one more verse
of scripture in closing this message. The writer of the Revelation,
the last chapter, last few verses, makes this statement to the
churches: "Go out and invite everyone to come and join this
freedom . . . freely". He says to include everyone to take
this freedom, the liar, the adulterer, the whoremonger, the murder,
etc. A new Universal Order will include all races. The good, the
bad, the ugly, the beautiful, including all without prejudice.
From time to time we will be writing
in the Universal Newspaper constantly about the Universal Order.
If you have any thoughts or feelings about the Universal Order,
write to me and I will consider printing it into the paper. Universal
Life Church Headquarters, 601 3rd Street, Modesto, CA, 95351.