Q: Is Island Aloha Christian Ministries a Catholic or Protestant church?
A: Neither,… just Christian. Although we have benefitted much from both Catholic and Protestant traditions, we prefer a non-denominational approach free of any church authority, governance, or binding creeds. We are just Christian.
Q: What Creeds or Doctrines does Island Aloha Christian Ministries follow?
A: We do not have any ecclesiastically binding creed. We simply follow the Bible with liberty of conscience and freedom of interpretation. Although we have no binding creed, that does not mean that we are completely opposed to the use of creeds, but only that we do not require conformity to the exact words of any one theological creed. One creed that we pray regularly as a general Statement of Faith is the historic Apostle’s Creed. .
Q: Do you use Holy Water?
A: We have water,… always available for the people,… that has been prayed over and blest by the pastor, however, we do not refer to it as “Holy Water” since only God can truly make things “Holy.” Instead, we prefer to call it “Inspirational” or “Living” water since it is intended to be a reminder of the healing and cleansing power of our Baptismal vows. That said, you a free to call it “Holy Water” if you desire.
Q: Do you make the Sign of the Cross?
A: People are free to make the Sign of the Cross in our worship/liturgy. It is encouraged as a reminder of the Trinity,… Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,… and as an outward sign of our interior faith. Do as you please with regard to this but we find nothing wrong in making the “Sign of the Cross”… as long as done properly, with reverence, and in an appropriate setting.
Q: Do you believe that at Communion the bread and wine become the true Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Christ like the Catholics profess to believe?
A: Yes,… but we also believe it is real bread and wine as well. One only has to drink enough of the wine (the Blood of Christ) and become intoxicated to realize that this is true. God created us with 5 beautiful senses (sight, smell, taste, touch, and hearing). We do not believe He would try to trick our senses just to test our faith. We believe Jesus is the Bread of Life because that’s what Scripture tells us (John 6:53-58),… and so we believe He is truly present in the Eucharist at Communion. But the bread and wine are also real. Our God given senses confirm that.
Q: Do your pastors/ministers act “In Persona Christi” (in the person of Christ) as priests do in the Roman Catholic Church during Confession or during the Mass?
A: No, Never. We do not believe that anyone can take the place of Christ in any situation or circumstance. As humans, we are an instrument of God’s love,… but we are not God Himself.
Q: What do you believe about Mary?
A: We give Blessed Mary a very special place of honor because she is the Mother of God the Son, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. We have devoted an entire separate tab on our website to Mary and our position regarding her. Please visit “About Mary” on this website.
Q: Can I go to Communion without confessing my sins to a priest.
A: Yes, you can go to Communion without confessing your sins to a priest,… but you still must confess and repent of your sins to the Lord before doing so. We offer an inclusive Communion, not an exclusive one. No one is ever denied the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus. We only ask that you be sincerely repentant (to the Lord) of any personal sin and make your best attempt at a firm purpose of amendment.
Q: Do you believe in Purgatory?
A: While we believe that a purification or cleansing “may” ultimately be necessary before we can enter heaven,… we leave that all up to Jesus. We do not believe in a certain period of time that someone must stay in a certain place,… such as in purgatory, suffering,… in order to make it into heaven someday. As such, we also do not believe in the notion that people here on earth can somehow pray or tithe you out of suffering in purgatory.
Q: Do you believe in the Saints?
A: Believe in them,… yes,… in the sense that we may freely honor the memory of their life of faith and sacrifice here on earth. The saints are often very great and profound examples for us regarding our own faith and trust in God. That said, we do not attempt to communicate with them or invoke them as intercessors in the way that Roman Catholics do. We are comforted knowing that at anytime, we can communicate with Christ Jesus,… our only intercessor and mediator.
Q: Do you believe that once you are saved, you’re always saved and can’t lose your salvation?
A: This is also know as “Eternal Security” or “Blessed Assurance.” Several verses in the Bible seem to support the notion of “Once Saved, Always Saved”,…. and that is cause for joyful celebration! However, several verses in the Bible also seem to concluded that you can lose your salvation even after you have been saved,… and that is cause for great concern. Since the Bible very clearly supports both a “yes” and “no” answer to this question, beware of anyone, or any church, claiming to know the definitive answer. While we fully respect individual interpretation of Scripture, we believe that only God knows the answer to this question. And so, we propose for consideration a few simple steps that will likely “keep you saved” after you have initially repented, been baptized, and given your life to Christ, if that is your concern: 1. Repent once you become aware that you have sinned (and we all will); 2. Do your best (not perfection,… just do your best) to live a life that is pleasing to God by loving Him with all your heart, soul, strength, and mind,… and then loving your neighbor as yourself (Luke 10:27).
Q. Are Faith and Works necessary for our salvation,… or just Faith alone?
A: The Bible is clear that faith is necessary for our Salvation, however, no where does it say we are saved by faith “alone.” Scripture in many places indicates we will also held accountable (judged) by what we do,… or our works. Some claim that good works is the measure, or temperature, or testament of our faith and if we don’t have any good works,… then we probably don’t have a saving faith either. This concept seems to be supported in the Epistle of James where it says we are justified by works and not by faith alone (2:24) and that faith without works is dead (2:26). Note: James 2:24 is the only place in all of Scripture where you will find the words faith and alone together. The Bible is replete with verses regarding the necessity of good works. While we fully respect individual interpretation of Scripture, we propose for consideration that both faith and works are necessary for Salvation,… on the words of Scripture alone.
Q. Is going to church necessary for salvation?
A: What we find in the Bible (in the 10 Commandments),… that many people confuse with a requirement to go to church,… is the commandment to Keep the Sabbath Day Holy. As such, we propose for your consideration that you do not have to be inside the walls of a church building to Keep the Sabbath Day Holy,… although that may be a preferred place for many people. The church is not defined by a structure or an organization, rather, the church is the body of Christ, the community of believers,… the people,… and people can Worship God and Keep the Sabbath Day Holy anywhere and with anyone. Worship of God is good and pleasing to our Lord wherever it takes place.
Q. Is Baptism necessary for salvation?
A: We propose for your consideration that the Bible identifies Baptism as a sacrament or sacred ordinance necessary for salvation. We further propose that the administration of Baptism is no where restricted explicitly, implicitly, or conceptually to only adult believers,… nor as a requirement for infants. Based on the words of Scripture, Baptism should be available to all,… for adult believers, as well as for parents who wish to induct their child into Christianity 40-days after their child’s birth (following the tradition of Mary and Joseph’s presentation of Jesus in the Temple on the 40th day).
Q. What kind of people attend a Worship Service celebrated by Island Aloha Christian Ministries?
A. People attending one of our Worship Services come from many different backgrounds for sure,… but the one thing we all have in common is that we are Christians dedicated to worshipping our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Some people come from a Roman Catholic, Lutheran, or Anglican/Episcopal background who,… for various reasons,… have left their Church.
- Some indicated they were being denied Communion and participation in other Sacraments.
- Others struggled with Church authority/teachings (Dogmas/Doctrines/Disciplines) in what they considered to be an intrusion into their personal life.
- Others felt that their church had become so liberal and modernized that they could no longer,… in good conscience,… participate.
Those who do come from a Roman Catholic, Anglican/Episcopal, or Lutheran background will experience a Liturgy that is somewhat familiar to them.
Those who come from a Reformed, Evangelical, or Fundamental Protestant background will experience a very structured, traditional Christian service which continues to emphasize that there is no way to the Father except through Christ Jesus,… our one and only mediator.
Regardless of religious backgrounds or denominational affiliations, people come to formally worship God and participate in the sacraments in a loving, structured, and traditional Christian Liturgy,… and the Island Aloha Christian Ministries provides that environment for them.
Q. I am a Roman Catholic. Can I attend your Service and if so, will it satisfy my Sunday obligation ?
A: Yes and No.
- Yes,… in that you are always welcome to Worship with us, wherever we celebrate the liturgy.
- No,… in that doing so will likely not satisfy any obligations you have to your local Catholic diocese or parish.
Q. Do I have to go to Confession before I go to Communion ?
A. If you know that you have unconfessed sin,… then yes. We should never receive the Bread of Life, Jesus, in an unworthy manner (1 Cor 11:27). There are three (3) simple and effective ways to confess your sins and receive the Lord’s forgiveness,… either one will work just fine:
- Personally,… with a repentant heart and a firm purpose of amendment, personally confess your sins directly to God wherever you are (sooner is always better than later).
- In Community,… (together with others),… quietly confess your sins to God duringt he Worship Service during the General Confession Prayer, prior to Communion.
- Privately,… confess your sins to one another,… or to the Minister (in a semi-private place) prior to the start of the Worship Service. Some people find this method helpful as it allows them to “hear“… from the Minister,… that God has forgiven their sins. This traditional method of confession is always offered and available,… but never demanded or required.
Whichever method of confession you prefer, it is important to remember that we believe it is God,… and only God,… who forgives you of any sin. The Minister is merely a sign of God’s merciful love and one of the instruments He uses to compassionately lead all people to healing and a greater love for each other. At no time does the Minister act “In Persona Christi” (in the person of Christ or as another Christ) as is done in some religious traditions.
DIVORCE, ANNULMENTS, and RE-MARRIAGE
Q. Can I re-marry in your Church ?
A. Yes,… we permit the remarriage of divorced persons after a very brief period of counseling to ensure everyone understands what a marriage is in the eyes of the Lord.
Q. Do I have to have an annulment before I can re-marry ?
A. No,… we do not require annulments. Occasionally we get asked by Roman Catholics who are divorced from a previous marriage if they can get married again,… sacramentally,… without their previous marriage having been annulled.
The answer is, Yes,… of course you can.
- For starters, we are not comfortable in saying that a marriage did or did not exist for a given sum of money (costs associated with the review, interview, and investigative phases of the annulment process).
- Secondly, the annulment process often creates more problems than it solves by opening up old wounds & painful memories during the interview/investigative phase.
- Lastly, we believe in the words of Jesus that all sin is forgivable to the person with a repentant heart.
In light of this, we do not require annulments as a pre-condition to marriage. We want you to move forward with your life,… not get bogged down or stagnate in complicated/difficult Church rules, regulations, and requirements.
Q. My previous marriage ended in divorce and I have since remarried. Can I still attend your worship Service and receive Communion ?
A. Yes,… you are always welcome and encouraged to Worship with us,… wherever we celebrate it,… and participate in Communion. Jesus,… the Bread of Life,…is given to ALL baptized Christians who come top the table in true faith.
A few words about divorce: Divorce is always a very unfortunate and often painful end to a marriage that usually results in a tremendous amount of emotional suffering and personal challenge. We believe that Jesus would want us to keep you close to Him during times of struggle,… not separate you from Him by denying you His loving presence at Communion.
The presence and comfort of our Lord is especially important following the difficulties of a divorce,… as well as during the many adjustments associated with remarriage. Stay close to the Lord,… call on Him frequently,… and come receive Communion, at every opportunity. Frequent reception is joyfully encouraged.
Whether you are divorced or remarried, Jesus loves you and wants to reside in your heart,… to commune with you,… and you with Him. As such, Communion will not be denied to anyone who is repentant of their sins and wants to draw closer to God in Communion. Come receive the Bread of Life.
Q. Can I take birth control pills and still participate in the sacraments ?
A. We believe that family planning is left to the conscience of the married couple. We do not believe that if you are using the birth control pill (Anovulan pill) for the purpose of “preventing” (not terminating) a pregnancy that you are committing mortal sin (as some churches believe). That said, we reject any teaching that abortion is acceptable once pregnancy is confirmed.
Q. What Bible should I bring to the Worship Service ?
A. You can bring any Bible you want but for our readings we will be using the Authorized 1611 KIng James Version (KJV).
Q. How long does your Worship Service last ?
A. Our Worship Service lasts approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour. Depending on individual circumstances and limitations, times can be adjusted to accommodate a shorter service.
Q. What should I wear to a Worship Service ?
A. At Island Aloha Christian Ministries, you will find a casual, friendly environment where everyone is welcomed in whatever they decide to wear. That said, individual clothing should not be so distracting or revealing that it offends others or takes the focus off of Christ and the purpose of worship. We prefer that clothing with any political messages, sexually suggestive wording, alcohol or drug messages not be worn. You get the idea,… be comfortable but appropriate for the occasion.
For questions regarding Blessed Mary, please go to our “About Mary” tab.
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