On what authority?
I have been asked basically to defend my use of delivering sermons. By what authority, what organization, or what religion do I exercise my religious freedom. This is not a very complicated subject.
I guess what is important to know is what my background is since that seems to be a topic of interest.
What my current beliefs are.
Why I delivery sermons at all.
I was raised in a Mormon (LDS) home, of non-practicing members of the LDS church who did attend the Mormon church, and did baptize their children in to the Mormon church, but while I was a child did not keep the basic tenants of the faith, yet expected their children to hold higher standards than they themselves did.
I was in and out of jail as a teen and young adult, mostly for cannabis. I ended up being homeless for two years in Washington, which put my focus inward so that I could figure somethings out by doing some soul searching.
I sought and found a relationship with God, and devoted my life to Christianity at age 22.
I resigned my membership from the LDS church at age 22 as well, by sending an official “remove my name from your membership records” letter to my bishop and to the LDS church records department.
I felt like I had never believed in the LDS church and the only reason why I joined was because of family and peer pressure to get baptised at the ripe ol’ age of 8. So in my letter to the LDS church I told them that I have never believed and that I think it’s wrong to have a system that absorbs an 8 year old in and intends to indoctrinate him/her with few other sources of choices or competing ideas.
Since then I was baptized in Provo River by Pastor Gene Short. I have never joined up or signed my name for any other church membership since age 22, though I have attended several church meetings and I have held several of my own.
In jail after turning myself in on bench warrants for marijuana at age 22, I held meetings in jail with like minded and curious folks instead/inplace of doing NA 12 steps meetings.
After getting out of jail I tried to find places to volunteer and live my faith. I volunteered for Community Action, The Food and Care Coalition, and Cup of Cool water, and other times I would just find someone to feed who needed it.
After becoming a cannabis patient and learning more about the ancient cannabis sacrament, I have been ordained as a minister by Universal Life Church. Something that I always thought would be interesting to check out since reading Soldier of Fortune magazine and other Survivalist magazines when I was a teenager and pre-teen. When I heard Rev. Roger Christie talking about this in 2008, I got ordained as a minister myself.
Since then I have been doing online sermons and I have done many before getting ordained as well. I have 4 YouTube accounts, 2 of them are dedicated purely to faith and spiritual issues. The other two I use for religious sermons and political activism. Between all of these accounts I have reached over 500,000 people on YouTube alone.
I have recently started holding live inperson meetings that I stream over the internet as well.
I’ve also proposed some theories of mine online;
What reason or authority do I consider for congregating together,
Reference, not only people who have a theistic or deistic belief are considered religion/religious. Religion also applies to government, groups of atheists, schools, etc..
a set of beliefs concerning the cause, nature, and purpose of the universe, especially when considered as the creation of a superhuman agency or agencies, usually involving devotional and ritual observances, and often containing a moral code governing the conduct of human affairs.2.a specific fundamental set of beliefs and practices generally agreed upon by a number of persons or sects: the Christian religion; the Buddhist religion.
3.the body of persons adhering to a particular set of beliefs and practices: a world council of religions.