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Apostolic Church of New Israel
|Apostolic Church of New Israel|
Deus lo vult - God Wills It
|- Bishop of Augustinople||Markus II|
|- Grand Inquisitor||Pending appointment|
|Episcopal Jurisdiction||Holy Empire of New Israel|
The Holy Apostolic Evangelical Church of New Israel, also known as the Apostolic Church of New Israel, or simply the New Israeli Church is the established Christian church of the Holy Empire of New Israel, officially created upon the ratification of the New Israeli Constitution in May 2013. Under the Second Constitution of New Israel, currently deliberated upon, the Church is hereafter known as Apostolic and Evangelical, situated in the capital of Augustinople, and governed by a Supreme Apostolic Governor who presides over an Imperial Christian Synod.
The polity of the church is effectively presbyterian, being organized into congregational, classical, and synodical assemblies, with some terminology borrowed from episcopalianism. The title Bishop, for example, is given to the moderators of presbyteries and synods, who have particular oversight. Bishops have parity with other presbyters and therefore have no power to make decisions unilaterally, but they are the foremost public representatives of their assemblies, charged with ensuring that the Church's constitution is upheld by them, and they have a casting vote.
The Imperial Christian Synod is the broader governing body of the Church, composed of representatives from each imperial state of New Israel. Among these representatives are bishops from each state synod and other presbyters. In the event of sede vacante of the Governor, the bishops are the candidates for election for the next Governor.
The Synod is tasked with formulating church doctrine and overseeing the Holy Office, which is led by a High Inquisitor. The Inquisition opposes and denounces heresies and blasphemous activities. Accordingly, several mainstream "Christian" affiliations, i.e., the Latter-Day Saints, are opposed by the Apostolic Church as heretical. The Holy Office is required to make necessary judgments, within reason, of Christian congregations within New Israel and abroad, and making assessments of said congregations' Biblical orthodoxy.
Ratification of Ecumenical Creeds
An official deliberation of the Imperial Synod will ratify the creeds promulgated by the seven ecumenical councils.
The apostolic constitution of the Church, contained within the Constitution of the Holy Empire of New Israel, creates the Holy Office of the Inquisition, which is led by a Grand Inquisitor. The Grand Inquisitor will be appointed by the Imperial Synod in the coming months.
|Biblical Canon - English name||Notes||Apocryphal Canon - English name||Notes|
|Old Testament||Protocanon; recognized universally by the Church||Catholic and Orthodox Canon||Recognized the Catholic/Eastern Orthodox Churches|
|Leviticus||Additions to Esther|
|Ruth||Baruch/Letter of Jeremiah|
|1 Samuel|| • Susanna
• Song of the Three Children
• Bel and the Dragon
|2 Samuel||1 Esdras|
|1 Kings||2 Esdras|
|2 Kings||Prayer of Manasseh|
|1 Chronicles||Psalm 151|
|2 Chronicles||3 Maccabbees|
|Esther||Orthodox Tewahedo Canon|
|Proverbs||1, 2, & 3 Meqabyan|
|Ecclesiastes||Paralipomena of Baruch|
|Song of Solomon||Syrian Church Canon|
|Isaiah||Letter of Baruch|
|New Testament||Recognized universally by the Church|