|American religious lineage (Lineage to Melchizedek: American
|European religious lineage (Lineage to Christ)
Churches that claim the historic episcopate include the Roman Catholic Church, Eastern Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox, Assyrian, Independent Catholic, the Anglican Communion, and several Lutheran Churches. The same applies to the Universal One Church.
Roman Catholics recognise the validity of the apostolic successions of the bishops, and therefore the rest of the clergy of the Eastern Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox, Assyrian, Old Catholic, and some Independent Catholic Churches. Rome does not fully recognise all Anglican orders as valid. This conflict stems over the Anglican Church's revision of its rite of ordination for its bishops during the 16th century. Most of today's Anglican bishops would trace their succession back through a bishop who was ordained with the revised form, and thus would be viewed as invalid. However, all Anglican bishops in Europe today can claim a line of succession through bishops who had only been ordained through the old rite. This was achieved through several different means: ordinations by the schismatic Catholic bishops of the Old Catholic and Independent Catholic Churches who converted to Anglicanism.
|African religious lineage (Lineage to Melchizedek: African branch)
|Native American therapeutic-religious lineage (Lineage to Pahana)
|Origins of Christian Episcopate
Most Bible versions in Exodus 35:19 call Aaron — the older brother of Moses, and a prophet of God — a priest. The Douay–Rheims Bible, however, is a little more accurate in this regard, and calls him a high priest. Aaron the Levite represented the priestly functions of his tribe, and became the first kohen gadol, the first high priest of the Israelites.
The high priest was the chief religious official of the Israelite religion until the destruction of the Second Temple of Jerusalem. High priests belonged to the Jewish priestly families that traced their paternal line back to Aaron, the first high priest and elder brother of Moses.
It is important to understand that although all priests were Levites, not all Levites were priests. Aaron offered the various sacrifices and performed the many ceremonies of the ordination of new priests. So the Levite high priest was a prototype for the Christian bishop, who can also ordain and consecrate new priests and bishops.
Types of Christian Episcopate
In the Christian churches of the historical episcopate, it is held that only a person in apostolic succession, a line of succession of bishops dating back to the Apostles, can be a bishop, and only such a person can validly ordain Christian clergy. While the line of Levitical high priests was a succession from father to son, the succession of bishops in the churches of the historical episcopate is through the laying on of hands, and only through the line of succession of bishops dating back to the Apostles.
Each church has its own rules of recognition, but the Cesidian Church recognises the following churches as part of the historical episcopate: Roman Catholic, Anglican, Eastern Orthodox, Eastern Rite Catholic, Oriental Orthodox, Old-Catholic, Moravian Church, Independent Catholic, Assyrian Church of the East, and Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
There is also another interesting side to this matter. Yeshua HaNotzi ("Jesus the Nazarene") came from the tribe of Judah, not from the tribe of Levi, and yet Hebrews 4:14 calls him our great high priest. Is there any explanation for this?
There were actually two orders of the priesthood in Israel: the Melchizedek and the Levitical. The Melchizedek order preceded the Levitical order.
In Abraham's day the priest Melchizedek was king of Salem, as well as priest of the Most High God. Although little is known about Melchizedek, we can understand from Hebrews that he was very important. Abraham gave him 10 percent of the spoils of war (Hebrews 7:4). The old covenant required the Israelites to give 10 percent to the Levites, but Abraham gave Melchizedek 10 percent even though he was not a Levite (Hebrews 7:5-6). Melchizedek was getting priestly honours even before Levi was born! The major point to understand is this: Abraham is greater than Levi, since Abraham is Levi's ancestor, and Melchizedek is greater than Abraham, since Abraham paid tithes to him. This demonstrates that Melchizedek is even greater than Levi.
So if you are not a Bishop of the historical episcopate, a Bishop with valid apostolic succession and lineage to Christ, you can still be a Bishop after the order of Melchizedek. In the latter case it is the Holy Spirit which has laid its hands on you, not a Bishop with valid apostolic succession.
In Christian theology, a charism (in Greek: χαρίσμα; plural: charismata; in Greek: χαρίσματα) in general denotes any good gift that flows from God's love to man. The word can also mean any of the spiritual graces and qualifications granted to every Christian to perform his or her task in the Church. In the narrowest sense, it is a theological term for the extraordinary graces given to individual Christians for the good of others. So a Bishop after the order of Melchizedek can be logically seen as part of the charismatic episcopate.
There is at least another form of episcopate. Sedevacantism (derived from the Latin words sedes or "seat", and vacans or "vacant") is the position, held by a minority of Traditionalist Catholics, that the present occupant of the papal see is not truly Pope and that, for lack of a valid Pope, the see has been vacant since the death of Pope Pius XII in 1958. A tiny number of these claim the vacancy actually goes back to the death of Pope Pius X in 1914.
Catholics are not the only kinds of Christians who hold beliefs similar to sedevacantism. According to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (sometimes referred to as Mormons) teaching, a period of universal apostasy followed the death of the Twelve Apostles. Without apostles or prophets left on the earth with legitimate priesthood authority, the true teachings and practices of Christianity were lost (a form of earliest, not latter sedevacantism). Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints believe that eventually these true teachings and practices of Christianity were restored to the prophet Joseph Smith and various others in a series of divine conferrals and ordinations, by angelic men who had held this legitimate priesthood authority during their lifetimes. So a Bishop (or High Priest) whose apostolic succession was somehow restored can be logically seen as part of the restored episcopate.
Mormon-type beliefs are also the guiding light of the Ryamecah (Restored Yamecah) Confederation. The Ryamecah Confederation is a restoration of the pre-colonial sedentary indigenous people, as well as their updated sacred indigenous ways.
About Bishop Sachem Tallini's Therapeutic-Religious Progeny
Christians, especially Catholic Christians, place great emphasis on having a valid religious lineage; this, however, is still one's religious past. Catholic Christians should take even greater care to ensure that they are also preparing a religious progeny, as this is their religious future. A body that doesn't breathe is dead. In the same way, a faith that does nothing is also dead (James 2:26). Christians, therefore, should always ensure that their religious progeny is at least as important as their religious lineage.
Bishop Sachem Cesidio Tallini does not live in the past, and brings forth a Melchizedek-Christ-Pahana triple religious progeny as a Nondenominational Bishop, an Independent Catholic Bishop, and Ryamecah Sachem and Medicine Man.
Many Christians may call him Christ or Messiah, but Yeshua in the past was called Melchizedek, and he presented some evidence of this when he said, "before Abraham was born, I am!" (John 8:58). In this sense, Yeshua is as immortal as his daddy — Abba in Aramaic actually means "daddy", not "father" — in Heaven. In the near future, Native Americans will call him Pahana, the lost White Brother even they await. No, Yeshua will not be Native American by blood according to Hopi eschatology. So in Melchizedek-Christ-Pahana we have three different men, from different times, but the same soul.
The Cesidian therapeutic-religious progeny is therefore Christian and Catholic, and thus supernaturalistic, but it also has Pagan elements, and is thus also inclined towards religious naturalism. It also has the characteristics of all the types of Christian episcopate, being simultaneously a charismatic, historical, and restored episcopate.
While Protestant Christians place great emphasis on the authority of sacred texts, and Catholic Christians on the authority of tradition, Cesidians have at least seven sources of religious authority to consider: sacred texts, tradition, reason (and science), prophets, personal experience, orthodox syncretism, and mathematics.
The Roman Catholic Church has seven sacraments. They have sacraments of initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist), vocation (Matrimony and Holy Orders), and healing (Reconciliation and Anointing of the Sick). The words Holy Orders refer to the three orders of bishop, priest, and deacon, but while the order of Matrimony is open to both sexes, the order of Holy Orders is open only to one, unmarried sex. The Cesidian Church has no such limitation or contradiction.
The Roman Catholic Church has no eighth sacrament called Healing of the Sick. Other Christian churches have no such thing either, unless the bishop or priest is a medical doctor as well, but this is practically a non-existent tradition, with the roles of healer and minister usually rigidly separated by the State, just as rigidly, perhaps, as the Roman Catholic Church separates those who may participate in the sacraments of Matrimony, or Holy Orders. The Cesidian Church does have an eighth sacrament called Healing of the Sick. Care of the body is as important as care of the soul.
Cesidianism also carries a post-modern pluralistic view of religion, which is very different from any of the religious views of the past.
In the monistic view (typical pantheism), there is no real difference between the creator and the creature. This view is common in the Aryan religions (Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism).
In the dualistic view (classical theism), the creator and the creature are completely different from one another. This view is common in the Semitic religions (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam), where the concept of God is entirely based on monotheism.
However, in the pluralistic view (merodepantheism: doctrine that God is a part or a subset of the universe), the creator and the creature are not necessarily the only kinds of beings in existence, and/or there is a real relationship between the creator and the creature. This view has a little concreteness in some progressive forms of Christianity today, but is only fully integrated in Cesidianism, where God is a little less than completely omnipotent, and actually merodepantheistic, and human beings are a little more than mere creatures, mere subjects, or mere citizens.
Our most advanced understanding of biology is beginning to indicate that even in our relationship to ourselves, there is a lot more than the simple Cartesian mind-body dichotomy would suggest. Ninety percent of the cells residing in the human body are not human cells; they are microbes. It is often said by enlightened Christians that Christianity is not just a religion; it is a relationship with God. A Cesidian would suggest that there is a desperate need today to widen that relationship also to the natural world that surrounds us, and that is quite significantly actually within us.