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Save Our Church - Code of Respect & Integrity
7/7/03

As a member of Save Our Church I will do my best to further its spiritual mission by striving to maintain our Code of Respect
and Integrity.

1. I will respect all Church authorities and obey them unless obedience violates the Christian faith. I will not judge the motives of
those who I perceive to act inappropriately or wrongly. I will seek to attribute the best possible motives for any action of our Church
leaders. It is better to error on the side of grace and personally suffer wrong from it than to attribute evil intent by mistake. "Obey
those who have the rule over you." Hebrews 13:17 "Judge not lest ye be judged." Matthew 7:1 "Love . . . believeth all things, hopeth all things." I Corinthians 13:7

2. I will seek to attribute to all persons the best possible motives for their actions. "Love . . . believeth all things, hopeth all things."
I Corinthians 13:7

3. I will not speak of the wrong of others to anyone unless they are part of the solution to the problem as either one able to give wise counsel or one needing the information in order to act appropriately. I will strive to always speak in such cases in such a way and in such a spirit, than were my heart and words made public, I would not be ashamed or find I had hurt any soul. "Love covers a
multitude of sins." I Peter 4:8 "Speaking the truth in love." Ephesians 4:15

4. I will avoid the use of all derogatory adjectives toward those we are at odds or towards those whom we disagree or laughing or
gloating at any humiliation or any perceived personal triumphs of our enemies or opponents. If the humiliation was deserving then
we should be grateful for it, only because it is God's grace to draw them to Him. I will strive to maintain respect even for our worst
enemies as they are God's children and above all in need of God's grace. "Bless them that persecute you." Romans 12:14

5. I will accept with humility that we will learn more about our faults and failures from those who oppose us than from our friends.
"Giving thanks always for all things!" Ephesians 5:20

6. I will be truthful to all. Hiding the full truth out of love for another or because the person has no right to a complete understanding
is not wrong, if what is said is true, even if it is designed to mislead. "Lie not one to another." Colossians 3:9 "Let your yeas be yeas
and your nays be nays." James 5:12

7. I will be patient with those around me who fail me in these matters but actively seek ways to foster the development of these virtues in all our members for the sake of the mission to which we have been called. "Walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, with all lowliness and meekness and longsuffering, forebearing one another in love." Ephesians 4:1-3

It will take this kind of love and integrity to make fruitful all needed confrontation with the erring. We need to pray for
one another that God's grace and love will prevail in our hearts.

=============================================================================================== Jesus to Maria Valtorta on the conversion of Mary of Magdala:
"God is good. He is good to everybody. He does not measure by means of human measures. He does not discriminate between
mortal sins. Sin, whatever it may be, grieves Him. . . . But the main cause of forty percent, if not fifty percent of non-conversions
is the negligence of those responsible for conversions, that is a mistaken false zeal protecting real selfishness and pride, whereby
one is happy in one's refuge, without having to descend into dirt to save a heart from it." The Poem of the Man-God, Vol. II, p. 502

Jesus to Peter who had been drawn into what appeared to be a well deserved public reproof of Judas Iscariot who had expressed this dissatisfaction at the presence among them of two new converts that he felt would offend the Jewish leaders.
"Do you not know that an imperfection of yours is more harmful to the redemption of a heathen or a sinner, than all the errors of paganism?" The Poem of the Man-God, Vol. II, p. 631 ===============================================================================================

Members of Save Our Church must commit to implementing these principles, especially when representing the organization.