What distinguishes the Reformed Church Of Israel from the Church Of Israel under the leadership of Dan Gayman?
There are considerable differences between the Reformed Church Of Israel and Gaymans COI. As should be obvious, the name Reformed Church Of Israel in and of itself implies that there are serious defects in the COI which make necessary a reform effort or crusade. Indeed, there are many areas of consideration where Gaymans operation comes up lacking and we will not endeavor to delve comprehensively into an effort to itemize them all. A major problem with Dan Gayman is that he is pathologically deceitful. He is the consummate ecclesiastical politician, telling everyone essentially what they want to hear. It is no coincidence that having mastered that shameful art form enables Gayman to maximize the potential service and revenue that he might hope to secure from the individual in question. Sadly, when this man tells you something or even goes so far as to put it in writing, his word means nothing. He will renege, vacillate, or flip flop in a heart beat, depending on what happens to be most beneficial to his immediate cause. As can be imagined, over the years there have been a great many devastations and heart breaks as a result of the duplicity of Dan Gayman. This factor alone would necessitate a reformation effort within the COI. In addition to these factors, however, there are serious doctrinal aberrations that warrant and merit our mention.
Dan Gayman and the COI propound a variation of the practically outworked premise that salvation is linked to and contingent upon the proper observance and execution of certain sacraments of the Church, specifically water baptism and the taking of the elements of communion.
According to the teaching and practices of Dan Gayman, the physical act and process of water baptism is actually a determining factor in the receiving of eternal salvation in the life of the professing believer in Jesus Christ.
Dan Gayman believes and teaches that during the outworking of the ceremony of holy communion, the bread and fruit of the vine actually make a physiological transformation into the literal body and blood of Christ.
It is taught by Dan Gayman that by and large, only those who are either loyally solidified into, or born into the local church community of the COI, have any viable, long term prospects of making the grade as a true member of the covenant family. This position is used as a broad brush mechanism to capriciously dismiss the validity and credibility of the many persons who have become involved with the COI at the local level, only to later fall out of favor and be excommunicated from the church by the unilateral decree of Dan Gayman.
BISHOP OF THE DIOCESE OF MANNASEH/ONE TRUE CHURCH
Dan Gayman has long put forth the notion that the COI is the head Bishopric of the Diocese of Mannaseh [United States of America].. He, of course, is the self appointed Bishop over the self proclaimed Diocese. Such a position unavoidably translates into the serious error of believing the COI to be the one true church.
ROMANS 13 ERROR OF ABJECT SUBMISSION TO GOVERNMENTAL AUTHORITY
Since 1987, Dan Gayman has overtly advocated a stance of acute submission to the powers of the state. While assuming this posture publicly, Gayman has continued personal and institutional resistance on a low key level. He has also made certain secretive deals and arrangements with representations of government in exchange for some manner of protection or immunity from trouble that would otherwise presumably be visited upon him and/or the COI.
The Reformed Church Of Israel totally rejects the idea that any single institution can lay claim to the title of the one true church. Anyone who engages in such folly is afflicted by serious, unfounded delusions.
The Reformed Church Of Israel rejects the doctrinal position that salvation is determined by hereditary factors, and instead asserts that it is a matter of the election and the grace of Almighty God conferred by his sovereign will upon the believer in Jesus Christ.
The Reformed Church Of Israel rejects the idea that at the time of the partaking of the elements of communion, the bread and fruit of the vine then undergo a literal transformation into actual specimens of the body and blood of Jesus Christ. Our position is that these elements are a symbolic representation of the body and blood of the Savior.
The Reformed Church Of Israel rejects the notion that water baptism is somehow integral to the receiving of salvation. Our position is that this act of obedience is entered into as a means of showing outward identification with Jesus Christ and his saving gospel. Like communion, baptism constitutes a symbolic representation of the death, burial, and resurrection that we undergo as we are miraculously translated by the sovereign hand of Almighty God from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of light.
The Reformed Church Of Israel rejects the position that salvation is in any way owing to or contingent upon the keeping of any specifically administered sacraments.
The Reformed Church of Israel believes in Godly resistance to the corrupt exercise of abusive governmental power. Peter said that we ought to obey God rather than men. Jesus commanded that we render to Caesar only that which is Caesars. To render to Caesar that which is Gods is sin! If we fail to assert our God given rights in a Biblical manner we are being poor stewards of our inheritance, and to do such is clearly sinful.
The doctrinal and other matters that have been referred to herein constitute points of distinction between The Reformed Church Of Israel and Dan Gaymans COI. While there remains a great deal more information and material that relates to this question, we believe that what has been covered in this response should constitute amply sufficient cause for the serious, Biblically grounded Christian to choose in favor of the Reformed Church of Israel concerning the matter of church support and affiliation.