Critique of “BY-LAWS OF A LOCAL SPIRITUAL ASSEMBLY”

Posted on May 24, 2009. Filed under: book analysis |

{Bahá’í World 1979-1983 (p. 564 and 565)}

…the standard set forth by Shoghi Effendi

On page 564 of the heterodox Bahá’í publication, The Bahá’í World 1979-1983, the title of the page reads: “BY-LAWS OF A LOCAL SPIRITUAL ASSEMBLY” On the next page, page 565, is found ARTICLE V of those BY-LAWS, from which the following words are quoted:

“The Bahá’ís of…for whose benefit this Corporation has been established shall consist of all persons of the age of 15 years or over resident in…who are accepted by the National spiritual assembly as possessing the qualifications of Bahá’í faith and practice required under the following standard set forth by the Guardian of the Faith:

“…loyal and steadfast adherence to every clause of `Abdu’l-Bahá’s sacred Will;…”

Let the reader conclude why that “standard set forth by” Shoghi Effendi, the first Bahá’í Guardian has been rejected/abrogated by the Heterodox/sans-Guardian Bahá’í administration of Mt.Carmel/Wilmette.

That Shoghi Effendi’s standard for “the qualifications of Bahá’í faith and practice required” for any and every individual woman and man in order for that woman or man to be accepted as a member of a Local Spiritual Assembly has been abolished by the heterodox Bahá’í administration currently in Haifa is glaringly evident when we examine the following clauses of the sacred Will and Testament of `Abdu’l-Bahá’ to which clauses that administration DOES NOT ADHERE:

“By this body all the difficult problems are to be resolved and the guardian of the Cause of God is its sacred head and the distinguished member for life of that body.” (The Master’s immutable Instruction concerning a legitimate Universal House of Justice)

“O friends of ‘Abdu’l-Baha’! …This fixed money offering..is to be offered through the guardian of the Cause of God,…” (The Master’s immuitable Instruction concerning the Huqúq’u’lláh)

From paragraph 17, Will and Testament: “My object is to show that the Hands of the Cause of God must ever be watchful and so soon as they find anyone beginning to oppose and protest against the guardian of the Cause of God cast him out from the congregation of the people of Baha’ and in no wise accept any excuse from him.”

From paragraph 25, Will and Testament: “Should he not attend in person its deliberations, he must appoint one to represent him.”

“Should any of the members commit a sin, injurious to the common weal, the Guardian of the Cause of God hath at his own discretion the right to expel him, whereupon the people must elect another one in his stead.” (Will and Testament, Paragraph 25

From paragraph 19: “The Hands of the Cause of God must elect from their own number nine persons that shall at all times be occupied in the important services in the work of the guardian of the Cause of God.”

From paragraph 20: “O friends! The Hands of the Cause of God must be nominated and appointed by the guardian of the Cause of God.”

The heterodox/sans-Guardian UHJ violates/ignores/rejects these and many, many other clauses enshrined in the Master’s sacred and immutable Will and Testament, all which clauses were included in the intent of Shoghi Effendi when he established the “standard” of requirements for membership in Local Spiritual Assemblies of the Bahá’í Faith, which standard requires of each member: “…loyal and steadfast adherence to every clause of `Abdu’l-Bahá’s sacred Will:”

His Holiness the Christ warned that if a blind man leads a blind man, both will tumble into a pit.

And concerning spiritual blindness:

What can we say about the Heterodox Bahá’í leadership of Haifa/Wilmette who are unable to see these clauses shining forth brilliantly from the Master’s sacred and immutable Will and Testament?

The website of the living Guardian of the Bahá’í Faith:

http://www.Bahai-Guardian.com

By Hand of the Cause Ross Cambell

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