1: Prolegomena

1.1. Purpose of the Catechism. 

A catechism is a statement of beliefs constructed for the purpose of education. The word catechism is derived from the Greek word katecheo, which means, “to teach, instruct” (Lampe, Patristic Greek Lexicon). This word was used by the early Christians to describe the process of educating or catechizing Christians. Therefore, the purpose of the Christian Separatist Catechism is to serve as a tool for instruction in the true, primitive Christian persuasion as revealed in the New Testament, which was penned by men who wrote under the direct inspiration of Jesus Christ. 

1.2. Methods. 

The Christian Separatist Catechism adheres to the New Testament principle which states that Christians are to “test all things, hold fast to the good” (I Thess. 5:21 AST). Therefore, only those principles that are expressly taught in the Scriptures are put forward in the Catechism; no forms of speculation are allowed herein; neither is using any form of tradition or man-made doctrine in place of or in addition to what is taught in the Scriptures allowed. The Bible clearly states that the Word of God, as contained in the oldest and most reliable Greek manuscripts of the New Testament and Greek Septuagint, is of no private interpretation (II Peter 1:20) and further states that: 

“If anyone adds to these things, God will add upon him the plagues having been written in this Scroll. And if anyone takes away from the words of the Scroll of this prophecy, God will take away his part from the Book of Life, and out of the Separated city, and of the things having been written in this Scroll” (Rev. 22:18-19 AST).

Therefore, Christians are constrained to adhere strictly to what the Word says, adding nothing to it and taking nothing away from it. Passages may not be quoted out of context to prove an unbiblical contention. The Word of God must be read and understood in its total context. The final authority for what the Word of God says is not any particular English translation, though Christian Separatists recognize the Anointed Standard Translation as the best available English translation. The final authority for what the Word of God says is the Greek New Testament and the Greek Septuagint (Old Testament), both in their best available manuscripts.

1.3. Limitations. 

Because the Word of God is the true teaching tool for Christians, then no Catechism or book written by man can be complete. This Catechism is not a substitute for the Word of God, nor does it contain every doctrine taught in the Word of God. It is a document written by men. Of necessity, the Christian is to “let God be true and every man a liar” (Romans 3:4 AST). However, God has maintained His Church throughout the ages and in every generation, for the gates of hell shall not prevail against the Government of God (Matt. 16:18). Christians are therefore to remember that “persuasion is of hearing, and hearing through the Word of the Anointed” (Romans 10:17 AST), and “How then may they call on One in Whom they have not been persuaded? And how may they be persuaded to One of Whom they have not heard? And how may they hear without preaching? And how may they preach if they are not sent?” (Rom. 10:14-15 AST).

Therefore, we are obligated to believe that God is continuing to “commit [His principles of truth] to trustworthy men, who will be competent also to teach others” (II Tim. 2:2 AST).

That which follows is a general outline of Christian Separatist Christology. The word general is herein emphasized, because, in truth, Christian Separatism is solely based upon the Living Word of God. A full and true, saving knowledge of Christ is apprehended only in the leadership of the Mentality of Separation in the searching of the Scripture, especially the Finished Work of Jesus Christ in the Final Revelation of the New Covenant of the King of kings and the Lord of lords (Master of masters).

Therefore, Christian Separatism is rooted and grounded upon the Scriptures. To a Separatist, this is in reference to the Septuagint, as the complete Old Testament, and the New Testament in its earliest Greek manuscripts, now best translated in the Anointed Standard Translation of the New Testament. In addition to this, Christian Separatism can only be understood in the sum total of its teaching contained in its official writings and publications of the Brotherhood of the Christian Separatist Church Society, which constitutes the one Anointed Nation of Jesus Christ, and is therefore the Anointed Nation of the Anointed.

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