(6:A) The Patriarch
The procedures concerning the function of the office of the Patriarch, the execution of duty, the inauguration into office, events relating to the vacancy of office and the death of current office holders shall be defined by this article of the Ordinance and any amendments passed according to the Bylaws of the Church.
6:A-1 Notice of Divine Title, Right and Power of Patriarch
By the power and authority of this Ordinance, The Mystical Order of Spiritual Baptist Inc, 2012 is granted by Notice of Divine Title and Right and Power of the Patriarch the right to represent the interests of One Heaven and One Earth.
The Notice of Divine Title and Right and Power of Patriarch shall represent a sacred object of simple paper, which is first properly authorized by and within the Word of God, secondly under the Seal of the Articles of Association of the Church and thirdly records in the Bylaws of authority of the Mystical Order of Spiritual Baptist Inc, 2012.
As such it shall be regarded as a Supremely sacred and valuable object, to be held with great veneration and Authority.
6:A-2 Supreme Powers and Authority of the Patriarch
By the authority of this Ordinance and by the power of the ceremony of Supreme Instantiation the Powers and Authority of Patriarch, the Patriarch shall have the following real ceremonial and spiritual authorities:
(i) The Patriarch shall himself become the Most Sacred and Holy Living Instrument of Power, a Holy Person of High Spiritual importance, a Living Embodiment of the New Covenant between Heaven and Earth;
(ii) When the Patriarch speaks in regards to the holy scripture of One Faith in God, it shall be recognized as having authority across all levels and branches of The Mystical Order of Spiritual Baptist Inc, 2012.
(iii) The Patriarch shall have the spiritual authority to perform the sacred ceremony of Supreme Blessing of the Church;
(iv) The Patriarch shall have the spiritual and legal authority to Seal a Deed of Supreme Sovereignty granted by virtue of Affiliation that joins as a Member Church of One Faith in God;
(v) The Patriarch shall have the spiritual and legal authority to perform the official ceremony of Supreme Blessing of the Executive upon the appointment of a new Head of State or Government of a Nation;
(vi) The Patriarch shall have the spiritual authority to perform supreme cleansing, so that what he binds on Earth is bound in Heaven and whatsoever is loose on Earth is also loose in Heaven
(vii) The Patriarch shall have the spiritual authority to perform exorcisms, so that what he decrees authority over disruptive spirits they shall be bound in heaven and the spirit world commanding all of all the spiritual energy that has ever existed for the Earth;
(viii) The Patriarch shall have the spiritual authority to perform bindings so that what is decreed as bound on Earth in regards to justice and equity shall be bound in heaven and the spirit world by the power of all the spiritual energy that has ever existed for the Earth;
(ix) The Patriarch shall without prejudice in his own judgement make decisions for the benefit of the church when the Executive council fail to meet. All decisions shall be conveyed to the Archbishop and Apostolic Head in writing and to the Divine Secretary. These decision will not be reversed but will be viewed and recorded as Patriarchal Orders.
6:A-3 The Patriarch as a living instrument of power
By the very definition of the role, the Patriarch is the purest form of teacher and guide. It is for the value of the message and the discourse of knowledge. It is not for the closing or entrapment of mind, but the freeing of the chains that make us believe we are less.
The Patriarch embodies the very covenant of this Ordinance and as the Patriarch represents in himself and the role of the instrument of power- a living national embodiment of this Ordinance.
6:A-4 Authority to speak on behalf of One Heaven and the Great Spirits
By the power of this Ordinance and the Notice of Divine Title and Right and Power of The Patriarch, it shall be granted to the office of the Patriarch the authority to speak on behalf of One Heaven and Earth.
Furthermore, by the power vested in this Ordinance that when the Patriarch speaks, he does so with the Authority and voice of the Holy Spirit and of The Mystical Order of Spiritual Baptist Inc, 2012. And so in speaking as a voice of the Holy Spirit of One Faith in God, he is also speaking as a leader of Heaven and Earth.
6:A-5 Qualification of the Patriarch
By the authority of this Ordinance, only a living man meeting all of the following criteria shall be permitted to hold the Office of Patriarch by Extraordinary Qualification, Special Qualification or Ordinary Qualification:
6:A-6 By Extraordinary Qualification
(i) That the current candidate is the existing Archbishop or his Successor from the Executive to be the Presiding Prelate of The Mystical Order of Spiritual Baptist Inc, 2012, also known as His Beatitude,
(ii) That the current candidate, his Clergy, Bishops, and Ministers consent to this Agreement and Understanding and have pledged their solemn oath and obedience to the commands of God as pronounced by this Ordinance and The Word of God.
6:A-7 By Ordinary Qualification
(i) Currently holds the position of a (permanent) Archbishop, or is a Bishop in Succession in The Executive Council to stand as a candidate for office of Patriarch;
(ii) That the Apostolic Head and Archbishop declines to be elevated to the office of Patriarch.
(iii) That the term of office has expired and does not stand for re-appointment.
6:A-8 Protocols and standards of the Office of the Patriarch
By this Covenant, the Supreme Council of The Mystical Order of Spiritual Baptist Inc, 2012 are authorized to forge a formal set of protocols and standards regarding the Office of the Patriarch which relates to the detailed definition and requirements of operational procedure and function necessitated by such a high office.
These standards themselves must embody and be consistent with the specific articles of this Ordinance.
The Patriarch is all of the Archbishop and Bishop, Cardinal, Apostle, and Deacon.