dr. Rutger Perizonius
van der Heimstraat 5
2582 RX The Hague, HOLLAND
25 September 2000
tel. 0031 703556418
INVENTORY OF DOCTRINAL OUTPUT
the sign, given at this day, will be enlightenment
Swedenborg to Oetinger, 11 nov. 1766
To all those who may know from experience that the Last Testament has an internal sense,
Whereas the idea of episcopal authority and also the idea of assembly authority is wholly alien to the Lord’s New Church Which is Nova Hierosolyma, both ideas being in fact directly or indirectly copied from the old Christian church, and
whereas the main principle of the Lord’s New Church Which is Nova Hierosolyma is that the order of the government of the church should descend purely from the doctrine which the church has received, and
whereas within the Lord’s New Church Which is Nova Hierosolyma this doctrine is defined as the internal sense of the Last Testament revealed by enlightenment from the Lord, and further
whereas the ability to receive such enlightenment from the Lord runs parallel with the successive stages of the regeneration process, and
whereas because of this parallelism it had been realized within the Lord’s New Church Which is Nova Hierosolyma that every individual, priests and lay persons alike, ought to be longing to independently search the Last Testament, and finally
whereas unfortunately this need to ascend into the interior understanding of the Last Testament is no longer seen as the ultimate end of the Lord’s New Church Which is Nova Hierosolyma, doctrinal authority at this day having been replaced by either episcopal authority or assembly authority,
therefore I hereby have resolved to try to collect the prime quality of everything that has been received by enlightenment so far
let us communicate one to the other the things of the Lord that from the internal mind
have come to our consiousness.
Harrie Groeneveld, 19 june 1935; Sixth Fascicle Hemelsche Leer, p. 35.
In order to be able to make a survey of the doctrinal output since 1937 I hereby kindly ask you to comply with the following three requests:
prime quality of your personal doctrinal output
doctrine here is defined as the internal sense of the Last Testament revealed by enlightenment from the Lord
As criterion for “prime quality” I ask you to use the fact that the better your doctrinal output the more distinctly it will seem to yourself as if your own, and the more clearly you will perceive that it is from the Lord (confer Divine Providence 42-45)
1) Please send me by mail copies (if possible in English) of the three best doctrinal articles or addresses that you have ever written or delivered. Perhaps you also have had important new doctrinal ideas which were never worked up into an article or into an address? If so, please mail me these ideas as well.
your personal doctrinal output in the last five years
2) Please send me by mail copies (if possible in English) of all your doctrinal output (articles, addresses, ideas) since january 1996.
prime quality of your personal doctrine as far as this is based
on the doctrinal output by others
those who do not procure doctrine for themselves, first inquire whether the doctrine given by others, and received by the common multitude, agrees with the Word; and to those things which agree they assent, and from those which do not agree they dissent. In this way their doctrine is formed for them, and, by means of the doctrine, their faith. But this takes place only with those who, not being distracted by the affairs of the world, are able to see.
Doctrine of the Sacred Scripture 59
3) Please mention me by mail which doctrinal articles, written by others since the start of the Lord’s New Church Which is Nova Hierosolyma in 1937, to your opinion are the three best. In case of unpublished articles please add a copy.
PLEASE SUPPORT DISTRIBUTION
This letter is directed at all those who may know from experience that the Last Testament has an internal sense (see page 1) and as a consequence I have tried to send it out internationally to as much members and friends of the Lord’s New Church Which Is Nova Hierosolyma as possible. But of course there are members and friends whose addresses I do not have. Therefore, if you know somebody who may know from experience that the Last Testament has an internal sense, please check whether he or she got this request for doctrinal output, and if not, be so kind to send him or her a copy.
FIRST RESULTS WITHIN TWO MONTHS
Everybody who has sent me by mail his or her doctrinal output will automatically be informed about the first results of this inventory within two months. Others, who would also like to know the results of this inventory, only have to let me know this by mail. The information about the first results of the inventory will be accompanied by a mailing list of all those who responded to this letter.
Since it seems to be not uncommon that Last Testament activities by individuals are more or less secretly supported financially by one or other New Church organisation, I hereby like to stress the fact that in this case there has been no financial support from whatever religious or non-religious organisation, and that this whole “Inventory of doctrinal output” project is nothing else than the personal initiative of an independent Last Testament searcher.
only from our advance into the understanding of the Last Testament
can arise those internal principles of doctrine which
internally govern all things of the church
(see Handbook page 18)