The following PDF contains the compiled (and hopefully simplified) results of the general vote taken from December 21, 2017 through January 30, 2018:
The Raw Data is available on the following Excel document:
It is unedited (except for redacting IP addresses). Worksheet tabs may appear at the bottom of the document as there are several pages. Results can all be found on the ‘Raw Data’ tab (Blank tabs e.g., Q4, Q7, Q8 did not import the comments but they are found in the raw data.
The vote is now closed and the compiled information will be made available here in the next few days.
To All Our Sisters and Brothers,
“When a choice is offered, it must be freely offered with no compulsion used to coerce compliance… No document should be forced upon the people. It is pleasing to me that a choice is offered to the people by vote. They must be able to freely choose. Know this, that if a people choose righteously, it will be of great worth to go by the voice of the people. If they do not, those who recognize the dangers of the voice of the people who have chosen unwisely, must act according to the dictates of their own conscience and choose light over darkness. The Guide and Standard is given by wisdom, not by command. Do not use force, compulsion or coercion to seek compliance and feigned unity. I ask you to be one. Be one with me first. Seek not the council of men, but seek to know of my way and abide in that. Great care should be taken regarding which path is chosen. One leads to further light, the other leads to a darkening of the mind and a false sense of security…Present all of the documents to the people and let them choose for themselves. Let it be according to the voice of the people, while allowing people the freedom to choose for themselves…” (From the Answer received over Nonmancaaf Swhafugs pp. 15-16 & p. 19)
Believing these to be the words of the Lord, and in order to be faithful to the Him, we have opened a general vote equally over all the various Guide and Standard versions.
The vote will be open for 40 days; from Thursday, December 21, 2017 through Tuesday, January 30, 2018.
VOTE RESULTS ARE AT THE TOP OF THIS PAGE
We freely invite all to labor over the matter and to vote their conscience without prejudice or fear of reprisal. The Lord alone is judge over this matter; therefore, we invite all to vote as though you were going to have to explain to Him how and why you voted the way you did.
The information gained from this vote will be shared publicly and may be used to assist us all in gaining a greater understanding of each other in order to move toward greater mutual agreement as defined by the Lord. All are free to accept, reject, or use this information as they see best. This includes the scriptures committee as they seek to fulfill their labor for the Lord. The results of this vote should not be construed to mean any individual, document, group or the like are obligated in any way to accept or use these results. They are offered as pure knowledge concerning the desires of the individuals comprising the covenant body.
In the vote, each G&S version will have five options:
- I ACCEPT this as my guide and standard before God.
- I would be WILLING TO ACCEPT this as my guide and standard for the sake of unity.
- I am OKAY WITH THE BODY/ANY OTHERS ACCEPTING this as their guide and standard.
- I RESPECTFULLY DISAGREE with and/or I DISSENT from this guide and standard.
- No opinion.
You are free to select any of these answers for any or all (or none!) of the G&S options.
In voting, we highly recommend keeping the Lord’s original direction in mind.
“…It is not enough to say you love God; you must also love your fellow man. Nor is it enough to say you love your fellow man while you, as Satan, divide, contend and dispute against any person who labors on an errand seeking to do my will. How you proceed must be as noble as the cause you seek…
Study to learn how to respect your brothers and sisters and to come together by precept, reason and persuasion rather than sharply disputing and wrongly condemning each other, causing anger. Take care how you invoke my name. Mankind has been controlled by the adversary through anger and jealously which has led to bloodshed and the misery of many souls. Even strong disagreements should not provoke anger nor to invoke my name in vain as if I had part in your every dispute. Pray together in humility and together meekly present your dispute to me, and if you are contrite before me I will tell you my part.
You are not excused from writing a statement of principles that I have required at your hands. I forbade my servant David from participating, and again forbid him. But I require a statement of principles to be adopted by the mutual agreement of my people, for if you cannot do so you will be unable to accomplish other works that I will require at your hands. When you have an agreed statement of principles I require it to also be added as a guide and standard for my people to follow. Remember there are others who know nothing, as yet, of my work now underway, and therefore the guide and standard is to bless, benefit and inform them—so I command you to be wise in word and kind in deed as you write what I require of you.
Do not murmur saying, Too much has been required at our hands in too short a time. If your hearts were right it was a light thing I have asked. You hinder and delay and then you say I require too much of you and do not allow you time, when, if your hearts were right and you prepared yourselves you could have finished this work long ago. Do you indeed desire to be my people? Then accept and do as I have required.” (Answer & Covenant p. 2 & p. 8)
We also recommend studying out with the Lord each of the Guide and Standard versions. These are made available in easy collections on the www.statementofprinciples.com website (http://statementofprinciples.com/proposals/).
Information is also available on www.guideandstandard.blogspot.com
All the various Guide and Standard versions (of which we are aware, including a ‘write-in’ option) are included in this survey, to be voted upon by name (using the same name and in the same order as listed on the Statement of Principles website to facilitate referencing the documents as they are displayed there; however, the order during the vote will be randomized by the survey tool to facilitate equality). This list can be found on the web page announcing this survey (at www.preservingtherestoration.com) and will also appear in question 2 of this survey.
Guide and Standard versions:
- Jeff Savage Original
- Jeff Savage Original w/ Edits
- Alt Guiding Principles
- DOC Fellowship GP
- June 10th GP
- July 2nd GP
- Alternative GP 1
- Alternative GP 2
- Alternative GP 3
- Alternative GP 4
- August 5th Guide & Standard
- Amalgamation of G&S Versions
- LZ’s Salty Fellowship Guide
- Covenant Approach to GS
- Taylor Child’s Post It.
- Anonymous GP 20171027
- The Rock of Jesus Christ: A Statement of Our Principles
- Simple Guide and Standard
- Revised Statement of Principles
- Eternal Progression
- Eternal Progression (Modern English Version)
- Guide and Standard – Nonmancaaf Swhafugs
- A Guide and Standard Chosen by Lots
- ComeServe Principles
- Doctrine of Christ
- Other (write in)
VOTE RESULTS ARE AT THE TOP OF THIS PAGE