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The Social Positivists

 the society for the advancement of positive knowledge 

The Basic Structure

An Exchange applies the direct market ideas to the principle of direct ownership using direct funding and direct democracy scaled and customized to a specific situation. Exchanges may be referred to as a Direct Exchanges or just Exchange.

An Exchange has an average of 12 persons though the actual number is not important and will vary as needs dictate. So long as the numbers correspond to what is considered adequate to perform a function the number is sufficient to form an Exchange. The numbers are relevant only to the ability of the group to work effectively together.

All Exchanges are formed to build the Christian church by overcoming the state. Building the church is defined as increasing the assets of the church. To make this clearer think of a world in which there are two opposing belief systems. Every word you utter or idea you express empowers one and weakens the other or weakens one and strengthens the other. Exchanges are systems in which everything you think, say and do can and will be directed to the belief system of your choice. There is two diametrically opposed systems, each at war with the other.

God is a God of science and precision and numbers and orders of magnitude. God makes sense in measurable and quantifiable ways. Gods belief system is not subjective or opinionated or without foundation. God created His world first and so He grabbed the moral high ground and the most defensible position. The devil may have mounted an offensive, but he occupies the muck and the mire and the shaky ground. Logic and science are both in God’s service.

Building the church is a measurable activity. As we add value to the church we can measure this value. Babylonians have their systems of ascertaining value, but these are not as powerful or as accurate as Gods. Capitalist enterprises for example will argue they are making a profit when in fact liabilities mount. Perhaps a lawsuit waits in the wings or a subsidy has made an investment that will bring the entire company down. The accounting of a business is never very accurate. No company measures the pollution they create or add this cost to their price of their products. But these are real costs.

The church can and must do better. Babylon cannot provide us with the tools to fix the world. The monetary system, the worlds economics and politics are all contaminated by evil. If you cannot build a house with rotten wood and rusty nails do not attempt to build the church with the divisive politics of democracy or the avarice generating monetary system offered by the banking industry.

Exchanges as a small group program generates its own money. Exchanges do not require the assistance of either banks or bureaucrats. Building the church is as much about separating from the world as about moving in a different direction. Building the church is not just about developing and using new tool it is about divesting oneself of the tools and methods one has been using.

The idea about the church being wherever two or three are gathered in the name of Jesus is about a few people starting from ground zero and working out from there to establish a totally distinct culture from that lived before.

Think of conversion as crossing an invisible line. This is the church of Laodicea. The congregation has learned the name Jesus and have perhaps converted in principle, but they have no left the point at which they began. They are still on this line. Building the church requires us to strike out an entirely new direction. The church is a new cultural experience.

As Jesus told the young man who had prepared himself to follow Jesus, all that is left to do is to sell all one has and follow him. For most this is not possible and not feasible. We cannot unthinkingly sell everything. If this is so, then is it possible to follow Jesus? What does all of this even mean? The yoke of Jesus is meant to be light, not impossibly burdensome.

The point is that we are to build the church and the church is built not by individual accomplishment and benefit but by corporate success. This is why we must divest ourselves of our assets, especially what the world calls private or commercial goods, those things used to operate a business. Personal possessions are not an issue at this point.

The key in understanding how Exchanges work to build the church is to understand how Exchanges deal with ownership, specifically how the church fulfills the conditions of ownership as laid out in Scripture.

Members of the body of Christ sell their assets to the church for preferred shares; they receive equity in exchange for their assets. Equity is a financial vehicle used to express value. A piece of equipment sold for $500.00 is an asset worth $500.00 and therefore represents $500.00 worth of equity.

Equity is represented by preferred shares. An Exchange that receives an asset valued at $500.00 is able to issue 500 preferred shares valued at $1.00 each to the member who provided the asset. Preferred shares have economic value and can be exchanged for goods and services. Preferred shares represent a fully backed currency issued by the Exchange and used as a unit of value in all economic transactions.

Christians are required to divest themselves of personal wealth and yet they are required to be doers of good works, including the care of their families. The only way these parameters can be satisfied is through the formation of a Direct Exchange. As was said personal property required for the care of oneself and family is not the issue here. What is on the table is capital or commercial assets. All surplus goods need to be given to the church. What we have has to be committed to the nation of God. Our personal goods are those things that enable us to work for God. They make our foundation strong. What is not needed by us for our walk with the Lord is needed by others to help them in their walk. All this must be donated to the church.

Exchanges are organizations given a specific mission to build the church. The church is all the wealth and glory not given over to Babylon. The church is everything that we have not put into the hands of Satan and his minions.

By assuming ownership of our assets and reimbursing us with a currency created by the church we have sold all we have. This currency is used for the purchase of goods and services. It can be freely given away because it will always serve to build the church. There is no way to divert this into the economy of Satan i.e. Babylon.