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MEMBER: Bible Churches United for Christ, Global
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This is a genuine Christian ministry of four-decades founded by:
A Non-Profit Educational Corporation 501(c)(3) in 34th year;
Office Only, North Arrowhead Rd, Cambridge, OHIO 43725
A "Church" - Member Bible Churches United for Christ!
Our "Application Packet" is Pages Long - Not an "Email"
You must sign a "Statement of Faith"
You must sign a "Statement of Authenticity"
You must have "Seven-years Experience in Ministry"


Truly a "NO CHARGE" Degree Program

We receive Tithes & Offerings from those who want you to have a D.D. Title
We receive support from over 80 Nations, to allow you to have a D.D.
Many sincere prayers are prayed, for you to avail this opportunity

This "Doctor of Divinity" is neither 'awarded-nor-sold' to non-Christians
This "Doctor of Divinity" is not awarded to Homosexuals
This "Doctor of Divinity" is not awarded to those who reject Authority of God's Word
This "Doctor of Divinity" is awarded in the tradition of Dr. Billy Graham, Dr. Jerry Falwell and Dr. D. James Kennedy, etc.
(For list of 100 such well-known ministers, see)
Well-Known Ministers using/used our "Doctor of Divinity" Degree-&-Title-Premise

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[1] Is online Ministerial Ordination a legal ordination?

Yes, for "Cambridge Theological Seminary" as a Ministry of "The Church of the Lord Jesus Christ", an independent Church - locally, on the web, and around the world with scores of thousands of members. We are non-denominational and our only qualification to be a member is "Profession to be Born-Again" as defined in the Holy Scripture: I John 5:1 "Whoseoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God"

"The Church of the Lord Jesus Christ", as well as all other true Churches - local, global or on the web - have the same legal rights as any other church. This includes the right to legally ordain ministers, to issue independent church charters, and other legally recognized church activities.

[2] Is this defined by US Law?

Yes, in two ways:

One way, is by the US Constitution itself, in the very first of the Bill of Rights it guarantees "Congress shall make NO LAW respecting an establishment of religion, nor prohibiting the FREE EXERCISE thereof.

[3] The second way is an explicit case-law established not long ago by the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California, Civil No. S-1954 in a lawsuit by the religious cult known as the Universal Life Church (you'll see them on the web under Free Ordination. They are not a New Testament Church at all, do not believe the Bible, or that Jesus is the Christ.

They "ordain" witches, wiccans, New Agers, homosexuals and all the rest. However, in the USA they are still classified as a real religion - even as bizarre as they are. In 1974, they sued the United States government in response to the government's challenge to their right to have a tax-exempt status.

When the judge ruled on this case, he also addressed the question of mail-order ordination, independent church charters, etc. While the Universal Life Church is not really a Christian ministry, nevertheless they performed a great service to all non-traditional ministries by fighting this case in court and eventually winning.

The following is excerpted from the court's decision in this case. The Universal Life Church is referred to as Plaintiff:

" Honorary Doctor of Divinity is a strictly religious title with no academic standing. Such titles may be issued by bona fide churches and religious denominations, such as plaintiff, as long as their issuance is limited to a course of instruction in the principles of the church or religious denomination... The statute is silent as to recognized honorary titles conferred for some meritorious recognition."


The court then addressed the issue of whether the ordination of ministers, granting of church charters, and the issuance of Honorary Doctor of Divinity certificates are substantial activities which do not further any religious purpose. The following is excerpted from the court's decision:

"Certainly the ordination of ministers and the chartering of churches are accepted activities of religious organizations... The fact that the plaintiff distributed ministers' credentials and Honorary Doctor of Divinity certificates is of no moment. Such activity may be analogized to mass conversions at a typical revival or religious crusade."

Now here is the real meat of the court's decision, and the part that guarantees the legality of your ordination:


[1] "Neither this Court, nor any branch of this Government, will consider the merits or fallacies of a religion.

[2] Nor will the Court compare the beliefs, dogmas, and practices of a newly organized religion with those of an older, more established religion.

[3] Nor will the Court praise or condemn a religion, however excellent or fanatical or preposterous it may seem. WERE THE COURT TO DO SO, IT WOULD IMPINGE UPON THE GUARANTEES OF THE FIRST AMENDMENT."

So your ordination is completely legal, as much as any ordination from any other church. If you'd like to read the complete case decision, it's filed in the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California, Civil No. S-1954.

4. How is an ordination from The First International Church Of The Web different from an ordination from the Universal Life Church, World Christianship Ministries, or other mail-order ordination services?

That's a good question. Since there are differences in the two, let me first address the ULC, then World Christianship Ministries and others.

First, it is important to recognize that the Universal Life Church, while it is a "legal church", is not really a "Christian church". Their only doctrine of belief is that one should "do what is right", and they make no definitive statement of what is right, but leave that up to each individual member.

The ULC openly and as a matter of policy embraces all belief systems, even atheism. Thus, even an atheist can be ordained by the Universal Life Church. These are all openly stated policies of the ULC. If you are a Christian who has been ordained by ULC, you are especially encouraged to join our church and receive a truly Christian ordination.

World Christianship Ministries, as well as United Faith Ministries, and others like them, are what is known as "Ordination Ministries", and are sometimes referred to as "mail-order ordination services". As such, they provide a service and fill a need, and it is not my intention to claim otherwise or in any way defame them.

However, they are not churches. They don't have a church membership, beyond their own records of ordination, or certain "associations" of clergy, membership to which they charge a fee. In all fairness, they don't claim to be churches. They are, in fact, exactly what they say they are, "Ordination Ministries".

Cambridge Theological Seminary of the "Church of the Lord Jesus Christ" - and our Global Missions thrust 'Bible Churches, United for Christ, USA-&-GLOBAL" is a Christian Church, based on the Bible and its teachings, and committed to spreading the Gospel of Christ.

We have an active membership of thousands of Christians around the world. Membership in our church is free, as are our ordinations to qualified applicants.

So, when you've been ordained by Cambridge Theological Seminary with the "Church of the Lord Jesus Christ" you can rest assured that your ordination is from an established, Christ-centered Church. That is what makes our ordination different from those offered by the Universal Life Church, World Christianship Ministries, and many other "Ordination Ministries".

[5] Okay, but I haven't donated any money, or gotten a Certificate of Ordination, or anything like that. I received a free ordination, and all I have is my "Letter of Good Standing" downloaded from the web. Is this legally recognized?

Yes, this private posting of your Credential is a legal document. Of course, you should print or save the letter of ordination for your own records.

Also, many of our clergy do like to have the Certificate of Ordination and laminated wallet ID card

If you're planning to perform marriages, there are some cities / counties who require this same letter with "two-signatures, notarized" which we do.

Some areas accept the "Letter" with the "Certificate of Ordination" and a "ministers' License" from us. It simply For more information about these and other materials available to our members, see

[6] Okay, I've been ordained, and I'm ready to start a ministry or church. How do I get an Independent Church Charter? What's that cost?

Church Charters are available for order from our catalog page for a very small contribution. When ordering, please include a URL to your church's web site or some other means for this ministry to verify that you're chartering a Christian ministry. This ministry will not knowingly issue a charter to a non-Christian ministry.

[7] I got ordained so I could perform marriages. What do I need to do to legally perform marriages?

You just need to check with your local County Clerk's Office and get details on things like filing the marriage license, ages of consent, blood test requirements, etc. They'll be happy to give you all the details and necessary forms. While you're there, ask them to show you how to fill out the license, so you can be sure you do everything correctly. Other things to check on are whether you need to file a copy of your ordination credentials before doing weddings, whether you need a license from the state or county to do weddings, how many days before you must return the marriage license to the county, which office to file the license with, and are there any other requirements before you can perform weddings.

Nevada, Oregon, and New York City all have laws that may require you to have a formally recognized church with a congregation before being allowed to do weddings.

Canada has particularly restrictive laws regarding who may register to perform marriages. But even in Canada your ordination is acceptable for all other regular duties of any member of the clergy.

Rev. Dr. Lance Micklus has created an excellent resource page on having a marriage ministry. It includes information on counseling couples, and gives detailed instructions on performing several types of marriage ceremonies. To visit this marriage ministry page, Click Here.

[8] I'm glad I got ordained, but some of the people I tell about it don't seem to take it seriously. What should I do?

As an ordained Christian minister, it's up to you to make the most of it. If you minister to others, show Christian love in all your actions, start a church or ministry, and otherwise demonstrate your calling as a Christian minister, who can argue with your ordination?

Look at it this way - do people respect the Rev. Billy Graham because he carries around a document that says he's ordained? No, of course not! They respect him because he is obviously a man who has committed himself to serving Our Lord. If you are also committed to service and ministry, you'll be respected as a minister, no matter where your ordination came from.

[9] Becoming an ordained minister has changed my life, and I'd like to help support the ministry that ordained me. How can I contribute to Cambridge Theological Seminary with the "Church of the Lord Jesus Christ"?

For your convenience, you may also make a contribution to this ministry using your credit card by clicking on the donation button below.

Another great way to help support our church is to participate in our Dollar-A-Day Church Support Ministry.

[10] What exactly is the "Penny-Penny" Church Support Ministry" program?

The Penny-A-Day Church Support Ministry is a program so those members truly committed to the continued growth and prosperity of our church can support our church in the amount of one dollar a day. This is a wonderful ministry for any of our ordained clergy to participate in. For more information, Click Here.

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