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John Alexander Dowie and the Christian Apostolic Church Rolvix Harlan

John Alexander Dowie and the Christian Apostolic Church

Rolvix Harlan

Published February 1st 2008
ISBN : 9781408635254
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208 pages
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The religious movement ina gurateadn d inspired by Mr. Do vie came to 11e known as the Christian Catholic l postolic Church in ion, after fr. Uoxvie announced himself First L postlein September, 1904. It has been through an evolutionary process,MoreThe religious movement ina gurateadn d inspired by Mr. Do vie came to 11e known as the Christian Catholic l postolic Church in ion, after fr. Uoxvie announced himself First L postlein September, 1904. It has been through an evolutionary process, which with the progress of Mr. Do vies assumptions of office and authority, xvill appear in later chapters. Since the revolt in pril, 1906, the word i postolic has been dropped, not by Mr. lloxvie of course, hut 11-the new regime 11nder Deputy General Orerseer oliva. 11Ir. I o-ieh xs been vario islyd esignated l-his follolvers. They were accllstomed to refer to hirn affectionately as the L 6 L Doctor, or the General Overseer, or as the First . pestle. This of course was llefore the overthrow of his authority, for now scarcely an-one can I e fonnd so submissive as to do him rererencr. His organization is popularly called ion, h i c ltoi the r knon-ing means the Kingdom of God referred to in thc Old Testament nnder the name Zion. The C. C. l. C. in Zion is regarded as one of the agencies for establishing the Kingdom of God. The denominational churchcs are regarded as apostate. hut arealso, so far as they are the gospel, considered to be a part of the Kingdom of God. The nembers n-110 are truly Christian are a part of ion, altlio they may not hc in the restored, primitive C. C. I. C. in Zion. This is their theoretical attitude, altho Is. Dowie would hardly be thought to be villing to concede as much, when 1x-e hear him sa-in The purpose of Zion is to smasll e-eryother church in existence. . . . The Much of this was written while Mr. Dowie was still in power and for the sake of vividness it has been thought best not to change the tenses. churches oftoday have gone in the way of Baal . . . There are multitudes of good people within these churches. There are multitudes of Godly ministers within these churches. . . . They are deceived by their leaders. . . . Gods will is the destruction of every organization which does not extend the Kingdom of God . . . Zion has arisen, a Kingdom which cannot be shaken, the Kingdom of God Mr. Voliva is practically a ditto of Mr. Dowie at this point. See L. of H. Vol. 18, No. 26, P. 458. In this discussion we will use the term Zion as referring to the C. C. A. C. in ion, or the people whom Mr. Dowie has so organized. The first organization was effected in February, 1896 as the C. C. C. in Zion, and altered in September, 1904 to C. C. A. C. in Zion. Mr. Dowie was known as General Overseer, then as Prophet, and since September, 1904, as First Apostle. This he has demanded of his followers. In the organization of the church are found various officers. Overseers, who have the supervision of fields of labor or departments of work, e. g. the Overseer of Zion City, or for Africa, or for Australia, etc. Elders, who administer appointed branches or stations Evangelists, who teach the wag of the Kingdom of God and who hold missions at various points Deacons and Deaconesses, who are resident in branches or gatherings, devoting their time to secular duties of their own choosing or church appointment. A woman may hold any of these offices. Mrs. Jane Dowie is the only one who has held the office of Orerseer, Voice from Zion, Vol. 4, No. 8, pp. 12, 13. The bitter opposition of the churches to Mr...