Scroll of the Rule - Section 4

IV. Penance Days

 

 1     And these are the ordinances by which they shall judge

when there is a breech in virtue:

 

2   If there is a person among them who lies to deceive or for gain

                and does this knowingly

        they shall do forty days

And whoever answers their fellow disrespectfully

        or speaks impatiently shall do four days of repentance

And anyone who violates a formal order by one inscribed before them

        or is vengeful

        shall be punished likewise four months

 

3     And if anyone speaks irritably

        against one of the men of service inscribed in the book

        they shall do four days of repentance

Or if a person insults their fellow they shall do three months

                or deceptively they shall do three months likewise

        or if they speak arrogantly they shall do four days

 

4     And if anyone shows themselves to be negligent to the detriment of their fellow

        by breaking something to the point of causing the grief of loss they shall do thirty days

        or if it is to the detriment of the Storehouse of God

                they shall do sixty days of repentance and repair the lose

 

5     And whoever bears malice shall do three months of days

        or if he retaliates with reproval

        and in this way dishonors repentance they shall do one year of days, day for day

And whoever utters a foolish word to interrupt the Spirit shall do ten days

        or interrupts the words of their fellow they shall do four days

And whoever stretches out and sleeps during worships shall do four days

        or is disrespectful in the midst of the Many

        either by word or by leaving in anger

                shall do forty days

 

6      Anyone who demonstrates pride shall do four days

                and whoever speaks sarcasm or is selfish shall do four days

                Anyone who is negligent in burying their toilet shall do four days

 

7      For speaking slang a person shall do four days

                        but if they use profanity they shall do ten days

                Anyone who does not keep the Sabbath according to the rule shall do ten days

                        but if they break the Sabbath inadvertently they shall do four days

 

8      Anyone who leaves blessings or worships without permission up to three times shall do ten days

                Any person who leaves a blessing after being asked not to shall do thirty days

                Anyone who is covetous or snoops shall do ten days

                And any who murmurs against his fellow without speaking to him first shall do thirty days

 

9      Anyone who is not clean and tidy in the midst of the assembly shall do thirty days

                Any person who is not clean and tidy in their home shall do ten days

                A person who establishes the practice of being a slackard shall do thirty days, day for day

 

10   Any who have the heat of anger shall do days

                If the heat of anger is against reproval they shall do thirty days, day for day

                If the anger is against a child, they shall do sixty days

                        If against their fellow or an animal they shall do ten days

                        If they show heat of anger against an object they shall do four days

 

11   If someone should pacify others away from their repentance

they shall do thirty days of repentance

                        if done inadvertently they shall do six days

                Anyone who loaths the repentance of another they shall do thirty days, day for day

                Any who has perversity of heart shall do thirty days

                        those who bear malice or a grudge shall do three months of days, day for day

                Those who dishonor their fellow by not accepting his apology

shall do three months likewise

 

12   Anyone who disrespects the righteous use of element shall do days for four months

                        any who inadvertently disrespects righteousness shall do four days

                Anyone who dishonors righteousness shall do six months, day for day

 

13   Those who speak ill against any of the foundations of Community shall be expelled

                Anyone who does not use discretion with the truth

                        to the point of bringing harm to the Community shall do six months of days

                Any person who uses the element of wickedness

shall be separated from the Community for two years

 

14   Anyone who speaks irritably against the men of service shall do thirty days

                        if they speak inadvertently they shall do six days

                Anyone who does not keep their word or do their duty shall do ten days

                        and after the third occurrence they shall do ninety days

                Any person who is irresponsible

to the point of bringing the burden of loss to the Storehouse shall do thirty days

                Anyone who spits to the Glory-side shall do four days

 

15   Any who violate the Storehouse

                        by handling money

                        eating unclean food

                        or pressuring others to acquire for them from the world

                                shall do thirty days

                Disrespecting an Older Elder shall result in thirty days

       

16   Anyone who dishonors repentance in the following ways

                shall be separated from common consent for one years, day for day

                        if they are not one of the Council of the Many and it was inadvertent

they shall do ten days

·         Thinks of others first when hearing reproval

·         Only thinks of what a reproval means to themselves

·         Makes the sin smaller in order to resolve it

·         Shares reproval in the heat of anger

·         Uses reproval to retaliate or manipulate

·         Discourages others from sharing an expanded understanding of the reproval

·         Does not teach children repentance

·         Does not bring to anothers awareness their dishonoring repentance

·         Has public and private manners with regard to reproval

 

17     Whoever laughs stupidly and loudly

        while in the presence of the use of element shall do ten days

And whoever allows their nakedness to protrude from their garment

        is immodest in their dress

        or goes naked before their fellow without being gravely ill

                or in the midst of travail

                        shall do thirty or sixty days depending upon the severity

 

18    And anyone who goes about speaking ill of their fellow

        by not speaking directly to their fellow about their complaint shall do six months

                or does not assume the best of their fellow

                        shall do twenty-two days

If anyone speaks ill of any of the men of Bara

        they shall come before the Council

                to determine if they are able to remain in the midst of Community

And whoever speaks ill of the Many

        shall be sent away from them and not return

 

19    And whoever discloses the names of the Angels to the wicked

        shall depart and not return

But if they have done so from fright

        or under the blows of distress

        or if they have inadvertently done so while reading or pronouncing blessings

                they shall do days for six months for their lack of discretion

 

20     And any person who complains against the Four Foundations of the community

        shall be sent away and shall not return

                but if they murmur against their fellow then they shall do thirty days

 

21    Whoever commits fornication

        adult to adult

        that is not dealt with conclusively with repentance

                shall be a visitor or expelled

                        according to the decision of the Council

Whoever commits adultery shall become a visitor again if decisive repentance is shown

If not 

then they shall depart never to return again



22     Adult to child sexual activity of any kind

        under any circumstances

        for any reason

                will result in immediate and permanent expulsion

        and the police notified

 

23    Child to child sexual activity will be dealt with

        by effective and conclusive repentance by all children and parents

If it becomes clear to the Council of Community that the repentance is not effective

        the family whose children initiated the offense

                will be sent away and not return
Physical abuse of women

        children

        the handicapped

        the elderly

        or the simple

                will result in the offender becoming a visitor if met with repentance

                        or shall leave and not return if repentance is not effective

 

24     And the person whose spirit betrays

        or turns away from supporting the purpose and task of Community

                to the point of betraying the Truth

                and walking in the stubbornness of their heart

                        they shall be sent away

And if they return they shall be examined carefully for two years

When the two years are accomplished for them

                day for day

        the Council shall consider their case

                and if they are directed to approach

                        they shall be inscribed in their place

                                but shall enter no more into the Council of Common Consent

 

25   And anyone who is in the Council of the Community for more than ten whole years

        and whose spirit turns back to the point of betraying the Community

        and who goes out from before the Community

                to walk in the stubbornness of their heart

                and in the way of the people

                        shall not return again to the Council of the Community

And among the members of the Community

        whosoever mingles in worship

        the use of element

        or in possessions with them who have turned away

                and denigrate the Community or any of its residents

                and they do so without the permission of the Many

                        their case shall be the same and they also shall be sent away

                                and shall not return to the Council

               

26     Let no man stretch out his hand to any outsider

        for the sake of riches or gain

                and let him take none of their possessions unless it is the order of the Council

And the contents of our granary or food stores

        let all refuse with all their strength

                to not sell or give anything to them

 

27    Concerning the Sabbath

        that it may be observed according to the Lord’s will regarding it

Let no work be done on the Sabbath day

     and on the Sabbath day let no foolish or vain word be spoken

Let a man lend nothing to his fellow

Let there be no discussion on matters of riches or gain

Let there be no talk of work or labor to be done on the morrow

Let only that be eaten on the Sabbath which was prepared the previous day

Let no man require a stranger to do his task on the Sabbath day

Let no man put on himself soiled garments on the Sabbath day

Let no man fast voluntarily on the Sabbath

Let no man have heat of anger against an animal that is stubborn

     for such animals should not be made to go out of their house on the Sabbath day

Let no sealed vessel be opened on the Sabbath

Let there be lifted no dust of cleansing in the dwelling place

Let no rock be moved on the Sabbath day for it will make it afraid

Let not the Sabbath be celebrated in the vicinity of those who denigrate the Community

Let nothing be offered on the altar on the Sabbath

     except by those who are clean in their spirits

          and not defiled in any manner lest they render the altar unclean

Whosoever enters the house of worship

        let them not enter into the use of element lest they have washed themselves

And when the world’s Sabbath arrives

        whether it is early or late

        all work shall not cease for it is not a holy time