The Purpose of the Militia
Today, the Order of the Militia Crucifera Evangelica embraces and perpetuates the spiritual objectives of the movement referred to simply as "the western esoteric tradition".
Not a military order at all in the physical sense, its brothers and sisters are militant only in their personal attitudes about maintaining and fostering spiritual principles in their lives.
One very basic principle concerns the law that the ends do not justify the means in this Earth culture, humanity. Universal or natural laws and principles apply to everyone equally and operate with or without the knowledge and certainly without the control of any individual or group. The eternal quest for knowledge and truth follows the same inner pathway of the heart for all accordingly to natural law, regardless of gender, race, creed or origin. Each individual must be given total freedom to decide which path must be taken personally.
The OMCE has two main functions, self development and service to humanity. Self development of the men and women who join the OMCE and who must have a sincere interest in esoteric, metaphysical. mystical, or non-sectarian spiritual concepts; and the motivation to apply them to a good and active purpose. The Militia itself is not to be considered as an initial training ground for these disciplines - other organisations exist which perform this task admirably. Rather, the OMCE provides an arena of action for those who wish to put their training into practice in an effective manner. "Food for the Soul" is provided to the members in the form of the Order's doctrine which, in accordance with Natural Law, is an evolving and growing process. Doctrine does come down through the chain of command from higher officers but, in the OMCE, doctrine also evolves from the members themselves. Each member is encouraged to give of their experience and insights by writing discourses that, if they are in accordance with the Order's principles, can be incorporated into the official doctrine of the Militia at the Commanderie, Preceptory, Priory, or world level. The esoteric and mystical development of the member is catered for by various rituals, meditations and initiations which can be conducted in Commanderies with other members, or, in some instances, in the privacy of their own home.
Service to humanity
In the Militia there is no true advancement except through service to humanity, and specifically to those outside the organisation. A certain amount of energy is required to maintain the physical side of the Order, of course, but the OMCE and its members try to concentrate their efforts on helping others to grow and develop in accordance with their potential. Commanderies adopt projects which are designed to assist, in a constructive manner, those in their local community, thereby putting their high ideals and aspirations into practice. Members isolated, or who are unable to participate in Commanderie work for a variety of reasons, are encouraged to assist by other means.