The Principles and Practices for
The First House of Electors,
Christ county, kingdom of God
Officially compiled from Resolutions passed in Assembly,
effective as of the close of the seventy-seventh Assembly,
held on the nineteenth day of the seventh month,
in the year of Our Lord and Savior Jesus, the Christ, nineteen hundred ninety-eight.
Table of Contents
The Christ county Compact
Be it Known and Remembered by
Ourselves, Our Posterity, and All to
Whom these Presents shall come, that:
We, the Peculiar People of Christ county, kingdom of God, Servants Dedicated to the House of Our Sovereign Lord and King, Jesus, the Christ, the First and the Last, and in the Presence of YHVH, Who Bears Witness with Us meeting in Lawful popular Assembly by the Authority and Power of Our King, that We may Glorify and Honor Our Heavenly Father, Who created Us through His Son, Jesus, the Christ, and Obey the Will of Our King, Seek His Kingdom and Righteousness, Preserve His ecclesia, and Advance His Faith, Blessings, and Providence, in Order to Secure the Lives, Liberties, and Properties given to Us by Our King; do solemnly and mutually make This Oath to covenant and combine Ourselves together into the Ecclesia known as Christ county, kingdom of God, and located in west central Michigan; and by the Inspiration of Our King, do solemnly give Notice to Christ's Church and all the world, that Our Positive Law is the Holy Scriptures as written in their Original Tongues and translated into the Books of The King James Bible, Authorized Version, Anno Domini, sixteen hundred and eleven, which is the Living Word of God, and the Law of Our Hearts, Land, Banner, and courts; that said Holy Scriptures are made a part hereof as though fully presented herein, unto which We promise all due submission and obedience, and by which We shall administer Christendom to Further the Righteous Ends aforesaid; and do extend the same to God's People of like Mind and Heart, throughout the earth; For ever and ever. In the Name of Jesus, the Christ. Amen.
In Witness whereof, and to Duly Authorize This Compact, We have hereunto below written Our Christian Appellations, and sealed the same, to establish The Great Roll of Christ county, kingdom of God, at Tustin, on the fourth day of the fifth month, Anno Domini, nineteen hundred and ninety-seven.
By the Grace of Jesus, the Christ, I have the Honor of being a Christian Man,
The People of Christ county, kingdom of God,
in lawful popular assembly.
Enactment of the Principles and Practices
for the First House of Electors,
Christ county, kingdom of God
We, the Undersigned Electors, acting on behalf of Our respective Households, and assembled together in the Name of Our Lord and King Jesus, the Christ, and constituting a quorum of Qualified Electors assembled in lawful popular assembly of the First House of Electors, Christ county, kingdom of God, hereinafter "House," on this fourteenth day of the sixth month, in the year of Our King, nineteen hundred ninety-eight, do hereby make the following known to Christ's church and all the world:
We bind Ourselves and Our Households to the Law of the Only True God; and
We approve, ratify, and enact the Resolutions passed by a quorum of the Qualified Electors of this House assembled, hereinafter "Resolutions," as of the Seventieth Assembly; and
We approve the form of the compiled Resolutions known as The Principles and Practices for the First House of Electors, Christ county, kingdom of God, hereinafter "P&Ps," as the authorized form in which to present said Resolutions; and
We further ratify the future acts of said House, and authorize the Scribe for said House to append and/or amend said acts to said P&Ps, forever reserving to each elector the right of secession described in Resolution One-hundred-twelve of said House.
Sealed by the voluntary act of Our own Hands, and witnessed by Our Lord and King Jesus, the Christ, this fourteenth day of the sixth month, in the year of Our King, nineteen hundred ninety-eight.
The Qualified Electors for the First House of Electors,
Christ county, kingdom of God,
in lawful popular assembly.
Building this House
Article One, The Oath
Section One. Compact: The Christ county Compact is made a part hereof as though fully presented herein.
(History: HR 116; HR 109; HR 107; HR 7; HR 3)
Section Two. The House Appellation: The deliberative body of the electors, convocating in Lawful Popular Assembly under the Christ county Compact and this Principles and Practices, shall be hereafter known as "The First House of Electors, Christ county, kingdom of God," and may be referred to herein as "the House," or "this House." (History: HR 303; HR 302; HR 95; HR 26)
Section Three. Banner: The Authorized Banner for Christ county, kingdom of God, and this House, shall Herald to Christ's church and all the world the Venue, Jurisdiction, Law of the Place (lex loci) and Law of the Forum (lex fori) for this House and the People therein. Said Banner shall have the true and correct proportions, construction, colors, and usage as follows:
|Banner Part ||Factor || 3 ft Hoist
|Hoist (H) || 1.000 x H || 36.0 inches || - - -
|Fly || 0.667 x H || 24.0 inches || - - -
|Field Hoist || 0.833 x H || 30.0 inches
|Field Fly || 0.500 x H || 18.0 inches
|Cross Post || 0.667 x H || 24.0 inches
|Cross Bar || 0.028 x H || 12.0 inches || Blue
|Border Stripe|| 0.083 x H || 3.0 inches
The Cross of Christ shall be constructed as follows:
The Cross Post shall be vertical and centered within the Hoist Union.
The Cross Bar shall be horizontal and centered within the Fly Union; the
Cross Bar, perpendicular to the Cross Post, shall be placed 0.333 units
of the length of the Cross Post measured down from the top of said Cross
Post. The following drawing illustrates the Standard:
The Cross of Christ shall be the color blue, and shall symbolize Righteousness, Judgment, and Mercy. The Union Field shall be white, and shall symbolize Purity and Truth. The Border Stripe shall be the color red, and shall symbolize the Blood of Christ as a covering of Our sins.
The Banner shall be presented by being vertically hung or flown.
(History: HR 25)
Section Four. Seals:
- Great Seal: The Great Seal for Christ county, kingdom of God, and for this House, shall Herald to Christ's church and all the world the Venue, Jurisdiction, Law of the Place (lex loci) and Law of the Forum (lex fori) for this House and the People therein, and shall guarantee the authenticity of all documents certified by the officers therefor. Said Seal shall have the true and correct proportions, construction, and usage as follows: The Great Seal shall be of the embossing type, and contained within a circle, one and seven-eighths inches in diameter. Centered inside said circle shall be the image of the Christ county Banner, with a hoist of one and one-eighth inches. Centered around said banner shall be a second circle, one and one-eighth inches in diameter. Within the boarder created by the two circles shall be, centered at the top, the words "The People of Christ county" and centered at the bottom, the words "kingdom of God". The raised portions shall be the two circles, the lettering, and the cross post, cross bar, and border of the Banner. The following drawing illustrates the device:
The Seal may be used anywhere upon original documents sealed or acknowledged by authorized officers of this House, and upon documents certified by the Scribe as true copies. The Seal should be placed over signatures, to verify their authenticity. (History: HR 303; HR 84; HR 78; HR 73)
- Post Seal: The Post Seal shall consist of a miniature Christ county seal in red ink over laid by a date stamp in blue ink and placed in the lower left corner of all post matter. (History: HR 321) An example of the Post Seal is as follows:
Section Five. Duration: Christ county, kingdom of God,
shall be a lasting and permanent society. (History: HR 62)
Section Six. Procedure for Division: This House may only be
divided in the following manner:
(History: HR 292; HR 128; HR 121)
- Notice of intent to bring the issue of division before the
Assembly, must be given to all electors not less than thirty days prior
to any vote effecting division of this House.
- Resolutions resulting in the division of this House for the
purpose of setting off a new house must be approved by election of a
three-quarters majority of a Quorum assembled, and must
include all of the following:
- Metes and bounds description for the boundaries of the new house.
- Assignment of all jurisdiction over the venue of the proposed house.
- Day on which assignment of jurisdiction shall become effective.
- Require notice of acceptance of jurisdiction be given this House, and Christ county, no less than three days prior to effective day.
- Require that jurisdiction over the Venue of said new house shall revert back to this House in the event that said new house shall be dissolved, or these Provisions are not met."
Section Seven. Dissolution: Christ county, kingdom of God,
cannot be dissolved except by giving a minimum of two weeks notice to
all members and then passing a resolution to dissolve by three-quarters
majority vote of a Quorum assembled.
(History: HR 291; HR 64)
Article Two, The Land
Section One. Elector's Venue: Each Elector shall give Notice to the Scribe of this House, of the delimited boundaries of said Elector's Venue, and the Scribe
shall give notice of Same to the Scribe for Christ county, kingdom of God. (History: HR 219, 119)
Section Two. Supreme Jurisdiction: Each Elector shall have
supreme jurisdiction over the Venue of said Elector's household.
(History: HR 118)
Section Three. Elector's Inheritance: The laws of inheritance and
descent of each Elector's household shall not be infringed. (History: HR 120)
Section Four. House Venue: The Venue for this House
shall be described as follows:
- "Beginning at a point at the intersection of the common ways known as,
"Michigan Sixty-six (M66)" and "Eisenhower Road"; thence westerly along
the centerline of said Eisenhower Road to a point intersecting the
common way known as, "Newcosta Avenue"; thence southerly along the
centerline of said Newcosta Avenue to a point intersecting of the common
way known as, "Twenty-two (22) Mile Road"; thence westerly along the
centerline of said Twenty-two Mile Road to an point intersecting a line
extended due south from the intersection of the common ways known as,
"Maple Island Road" and "Eightieth (80th) Street"; thence northerly
along said extended line to and centerline of said Maple Island Road to
a point intersecting the common way know as, "Skeels Road"; thence
westerly along the centerline of said Skeels Road to a point
intersecting the shoreline of "Lake Michigan"; thence due west to a
point which intersects the east boundary line of the state of Wisconsin;
thence northerly along said east boundary line to a point which is three
miles due north of the most northerly edge of North Manitou Island;
thence northeasterly to a point which is three miles north of the most
northerly edge of the Leelanau peninsular; thence to a point five mile
due east; thence southerly to a point which is two miles north of the
most northerly edge of the Old Mission peninsular; thence to a point two
miles due east; thence due south to a point intersecting a line extended
due west of the centerline of the common way known as, "Town Line Road";
thence due east to the center of the "Elk Lake"; thence southerly along
the centerline of said Elk Lake to the intersection of Elk Lake and
"Lake Skegemog"; thence easterly along the centerline of said Lake
Skegemog to a point intersecting with a line extending from the
centerline of the common way known as, "Baggs Road"; thence southerly
along the centerline of said Baggs Road to the intersection of the
common way known as, "Michigan Seventy-two (M72)"; thence easterly along
the centerline of said Michigan Seventy-two to the intersection of said
Michigan Sixty-six; thence southerly along the centerline of said
Michigan Sixty-six to the common way known as, "Hilbrand Road"; thence
easterly along the centerline of said Hilbrand Road to the common way
known as, "Burkett Road"; thence southerly along the centerline of said
Burkett Road to the intersection of said Michigan Sixty-six; and thence
southerly along the centerline of said Michigan Sixty-six to the point
of beginning." (History: HR 79; HR 31)
- Said Venue shall further be extended to include all land under the dominion of any Christ county Elector. (History: HR 163)
Section Five. Superior Jurisdiction: This House shall have superior
jurisdiction over its Venue. (History: HR 121)
Section Six. House Inheritance: The laws of inheritance and descent of
this House shall not be infringed. (History: HR 121)
Section Seven. Limitation of Jurisdiction: This House has original
jurisdiction over the Venue of Christ county, kingdom of God, and shall
maintain jurisdiction over same until such time that another house of electors is established. (History: HR 95)
Section Eight. Seat of Government: The seat of government of this House is at Tustin, or wherever that Court might be from time to time.
(History: HR 122)
Article Three, The Foundation
Section One. Just Weights & Measures:
- Language. All writings of this House, and the Committees thereof, shall be in the English language. (History: HR 300; HR 149)
- Clarification. All terms of the King James Bible, Authorized Version, A.D. 1611, shall be subject to clarification using The New Strong's
Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible, published by Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1990; (History: HR 300; HR 148)
- Definition. Unless otherwise defined in the duly Authorized Dictionary of this House, or in these Principles and Practices, all words, terms, and phrases shall be construed as defined in Webster's Unabridged Encyclopedic Dictionary, A.D. 1957. If said Webster's Dictionary fails to define said words, terms, or phrases, then same shall be construed as defined in Black's Law Dictionary, Sixth Edition, published by West, 1994. The use of any word, term, or phrase shall be subject to the Interpretation and Ruling of this House, and recorded within said Authorized Dictionary. (History: HR 300; HR 293; HR 158)
Section Two. Electors: An Elector shall be defined as any household having signed or ratified the Christ county Compact, and having given notice of Same to the Scribe of this House. (History: HR 338; HR 300; HR 132)
Section Three. Qualified Electors: Electors shall be deemed Qualified Electors, who have met with all of the following provisions:
(History: HR 300)
- Must have relinquished all voting rights within any worldly government. (History: HR 141)
- Signed or ratified the Principles and Practices for this House; (History: HR 132)
- Been accepted by a majority of a Quorum in Assembly; (History: HR 132)
- Shall receive mail only at general delivery, or make a continuing, earnest attempt to establish Same. (History: HR 296; HR 135)
- Shall pay or settle all lawful dues within thirty days of the Same becoming due. (History: HR136)
- Dues shall be paid in the amount of four dollars in silver coin of the united States of America, minted pursuant to the Mint and Coinage Act of A.D. 1792 and as amended in A.D. 1837, and that said dues shall be paid quarterly. (History: HR 32)
- The first quarter for each calendar year shall be the first month thereof, followed by the fourth, the seventh, and the tenth months. Dues shall be payable on the first day of the month in which they become due. (History: HR 33)
- Dues owed to this House may be settled by presenting goods or services of comparable value, provided that Same is accepted by the Treasurer, or a quorum assembled. In cases of hardship, lesser value may be accepted in the same manner. (History: HR 205)
- Shall have completed a probationary period. Said period shall be deemed complete when an Elector has done all of the following:
All existing Electors at the time of the Twenty-third Assembly are exempt from this provision.
(History: HR 297; HR 134)
- Must have been an Elector for no fewer than six months.
- A member of Elector's own household must be present at no fewer than four-fifths of all Lawful Popular Assemblies of this House.
- All delegations of authority which are not of the Qualified Elector's immediate family shall be in writing, and must be recorded with the Scribe. (History: HR 298; HR 144)
Section Four. Right to Vote: Only Qualified Electors will be allowed a vote. No Elector shall be allowed more than one vote. (History: HR 300; HR 143; HR 133)
Section Five. Secession: Any Elector may secede from this House, with or without cause, by giving written notice to the Scribe. (History: HR 300; HR 112)
Section Six. Expulsion: Any Elector shall be expelled from this House, and removed from the Roll of this House, when a resolution to consider said expulsion is passed by a majority of a Quorum assembled, and then a resolution for expulsion is passed by a four-fifths majority of the next regularly scheduled assembly wherein a Quorum is present. (History: HR 339: HR 300; HR 142)
Article Four, The Walls
(Fullness of Creation)
Section One. Assembly: Qualified Electors for this House shall meet, in Lawful Popular Assembly, at its seat of government from time to time as determined by resolution, or by the provisions set forth for Special Assembly. (History: HR 122; HR 63; HR 6; HR 1)
Section Two. Special Assembly: Ten percent of the Qualified Electors may call a Special Assembly by giving not less than ten days notice of same to all Electors for this House. Special Assemblies differ from other assemblies only by the way in which they are scheduled. (History: HR 306; HR 63)
Section Three. Parliamentary Procedure: Robert's Rules of Order shall be the parliamentary procedure for all assemblies of this House,
and the specific version shall be Robert's Rules of Order: The Standard
Guide to Parliamentary Procedure, with Illustrations by Will Eisner, Bantam edition / November 1986. (History: HR 6; HR 2)
Section Four. Quorum: A Quorum shall be made up of a simple majority of the Qualified Electors who have not been absent from three consecutive Assemblies, beginning with the Assembly for which the Quorum is being determined, and counting backward. (History: HR 307; HR 45; HR 6)
Section Five. Amendments: Amendments to these Principles and Practices shall only be authorized by a four-fifths or greater affirmative vote of the Qualified Electors. Notice of all Amendments shall be given by recording said Amendment within the
appropriate Part, Article, and Section therein, together with the complete history thereof, and annotated thereto. (History: HR 111)
Article Five, The Roof
Section One. General Eligibility: All Delegates elected to offices within this House shall meet the following requirements:
- Time. Must first be Qualified Electors for a minimum of six months. (History: HR 314)
- Oath of Office. Each Qualified Elector, before taking any office in this House, shall give the Holy Oath of Office, to be administered by the Electors, with said officer's hands placed upon the King James Bible opened to the Book of Deuteronomy, chapter twenty-eight, and said Oath shall be as follows:
Said officer shall subscribe His Signature upon a copy of Same, which shall be filed with the Scribe. (History: HR 308; HR 110)
"As the Son of the One True God liveth, I, [Full Christian Appellation] will hear the causes between My brothers, and Judge Righteously between every man and his brother, and the stranger that is with him, and will hear the Small as well as the Great; that I will not respect persons in Judgment; that I will not wrest Judgment, neither take a gift; that I will not be afraid of the face of man, for the Judgment is God's; and that I will follow that which is altogether just, and faithfully and impartially do all the duties incumbent upon Me as [Office], that I may assist the electors of the First House of Electors to Inherit and have Dominion over the Land, and the Fullness thereof, that God has given Them, and to bring Peace therein. In the name of Jesus, the Christ. Amen."
Section Two. Limitation of Authority: The authority of each office shall be limited to that which has been lawfully delegated by the Electors of this House. (History: HR 317)
Section Three. Election Procedure:
(History: HR 299; HR 196; HR 152)
- Pro tempore elections. All officers of this House shall be elected by nomination, and majority vote of a Quorum assembled, and shall sit pro tempore until lawfully noticed elections are held. (History: Established precedent, i.e. HR 96; HR 91; HR 90; HR 56; HR 36; HR 9)
- General Election.
- Definition. The term "General Election" shall be defined as that election required to be held once, yearly, by resolution of this House.
- Schedule of General Elections:
- First General. The first General Election for this House shall be held on the Twelfth day of the Eleventh month, in the year of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus, the Christ, Nineteen hundred ninety-seven. The term of the first year of office shall be that time between the First General Election, and the Second General Election. (History: HR 202; HR 200)
- Second General. The second General Election for this House shall be held on the last thursday of the Fourth month, in the year of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus, the Christ, Nineteen hundred ninety-nine. (History: HR 313; HR 201)
- Subsequent General. All subsequent General Elections for this House shall be held on the last thursday of the Fourth month of each year subsequent to the Second General Election. (History: HR 313; HR 201)
- Vacancy and Special Elections.
- Limitation. No Special Elections shall be held within three months next preceding a General Election. (History: HR 196)
- Term. Elections and/or appointments to fill a vacancy shall be limited to the expiration of the current term of any office. (History: HR 155)
- Appointment. The Chair may fill vacant offices by appointment, when the elected officers, and their deputies are unable to fulfill their duties, and the actions of said appointees shall be the responsibility of the Chair. Said Appointments may be struck down by a two-thirds majority vote of a Quorum. (History: HR 157)
- Place of elections. Elections shall be held at the seat of government, or at any place for which notice is lawfully given.
- Minimum Notice Requirements for elections.
- First General Election and Special Elections. The Clerk shall give not less than thirty days' notice of the First General Election, and of all Special Elections.
- General Elections. The Clerk shall give not less than ten days' notice of General Elections.
- Posting. Notice of elections shall be visibly posted at the place of the last Assembly prior to posting, and at not fewer than three additional places generally frequented by the public.
- Content. Notices of election shall contain:
- the day and place of election;
- the times at which votes shall be accepted;
- the offices which will be filled;
- the names of all nominees, and the offices for which they are nominated.
- Form. Each ballot shall be in writing, and shall bear the signature of a Qualified Elector. No secret ballots shall be allowed.
- Receipt and Count. Ballots shall be received and counted in the presence of not less than three officers of the Chief Committee, who shall receive votes over a period of not less than three hours.
- Proxy. Delegated authority to vote in elections shall only be given by specific written proxy, recorded with the Scribe.(History: HR 300; Established precedent)
- Election Results; posting and effect. Election results, together with the appellations of the Qualified Electors voting for each office, shall be posted at the Assembly next following the election. Results shall not be final until one week thereafter.
- Plurality of votes to elect. In elections for any office, the man receiving the greatest number of votes shall have been duly elected.
- Transfer of Authority: Upon an officer elect giving his Oath, the transfer of authority from the prior officer shall immediately take effect. (History: HR 233)
Section Four. Offices:
- The term of office for Chairman shall be two years. (History: HR 167)
- The office of the Chairman shall act as moderator during all lawful popular assemblies of this House. (History: HR 190)
- The Chairman shall be commander-in-chief of the militia, with the power to call forth the militia of Christ county to protect Our People. (History: HR 160)
- The Chair shall have the power of appointment to fill vacancies in office, subject to existing restrictions placed on Same. (History: HR 157)
- The Chairman shall have the power to delegate authority to ambassadors, and the Chairman shall be responsible for the actions of said Ambassadors. (History: HR 172)
- The term of office for Constable shall be one year. (History: HR 184)
- The duties of the office of Constable shall include the following:
(History: HR 191)
- preserve the peace;
- execute the judgments and process of Our courts;
- summon, and take charge of juries;
- attend all sessions of Our courts;
- take charge of Our jails;
- take charge and custody of all court related evidence.
- The Constable shall be second-in-command of the militia. (History: HR 160)
- The Constable shall have the authority to appoint deputies, and the actions of all deputies shall be the responsibility of the Constable. (History: HR 153)
- The term of office for the office of Judge shall be two years. (History: HR 167)
- The term of office for the office of Associate Judge shall be one year. (History: HR 221)
- The offices of Judge and Associate Judge shall have the duty to oversee the judicial functions of the Peoples' court Christian. (History: HR 315)
- The term of office for the office of Scribe shall be two years. (History: HR 220)
- The Scribe shall keep a journal of the minutes of each Assembly, and copies of said journal shall be made available to the public. (History: HR 156)
- The office of Scribe shall be one and the same as the court Clerk. (History: HR 177)
- The Scribe shall have the authority to appoint a deputy, and the actions of the deputy shall be the responsibility of the Scribe. (History: HR 154)
- The term of office for the office of Treasurer shall be one year. (History: HR 185)
- The office of Treasurer shall be charged with the receipt and custody of all property belonging collectively to the People of this House, and at the direction of this House, shall pay all necessary costs. (History: HR 186)
- The term of office for Parliamentarian shall be one year. (History: HR 166)
- The office of Parliamentarian shall advise the Chair when a question of procedure arises. Decisions of the Chair shall be final, unless the Chair should be overruled by a two-thirds majority resolution, brought on by a privileged motion. (History: HR 192)
- Post General.
- The term of office for the office of Post General shall be one year. (History: HR 185)
- The office of Post General shall be charged with the careful receipt, custody, and handling of all mail and packages delivered to him by, or for, the Electors of this House. (History: HR193)
- The term of office for Sergeant-at-Arms shall be one year. (History: HR 165)
- The Sergeant-at-Arms shall be responsible for keeping order at the Assemblies of this House, under the direction of the Chairman, and to guard said Assemblies against unwanted intrusions, and he shall eject those disturbing the peace within said Assemblies. (History:HR 316; HR 164)
Section Five. Succession to Chair: The Order of Priority for officers to take the Chair shall be the Chairman, Constable, Judge, Scribe, and Treasurer. (History: HR 129)
Section Six. Chief Committee: The Chief Committee of this House shall be composed of the Chairman, Constable, Judge, Scribe, and Treasurer. (History: HR 189)
Article Six, The Court
(Man's Wisdom and Labor)
Section One. Tribunal. The House Judges, acting together, shall be known as the Tribunal. (History: HR 331)
Section Two. Clerk. The office of Court Clerk shall be administered by the Scribe. (History: HR 177)
Section Three. Judicial Council. The Judicial Council shall consist of the Chairman, Scribe, and the House Judges, and shall have the following Duties: (History: HR 332)
- Amending the Rules and Procedures of the courts Christian for this House, to make them suitable for their use by this House. (History: HR 347; HR 333)
Section Four: Court Rules. The Rules for mediation and arbitration submitted to this House by the Christian Dispute Resolution Council are adopted by this House, and submitted to the Judicial Council for the purpose of amendment to make them suitable for their use. (History: HR 347; HR 333)
Article Seven, The Tree
Section One. Militia. All men over the age of twenty years shall be part of the Militia, and the women, and those under the age of twenty years may volunteer with the written permission of the head-of-household. (History: HR 300; HR 173; HR 159)