10: Nomology (The Study of the Law)

10.1. The Ten Commandments. 

Christian Separatists affirm that the Ten Commandments are just as binding today as they ever have been, but they are in force under the administration of Christ and Christian interpretation, not the Mosaic administration and Mosaic interpretation. 

The Ten Commandments 

(Exodus 20:3-17 LXX).

1. You will not have other gods besides Me.

2. You will not make an idol.

3. You will not use the authority of the Master your God vainly.

4. Remember the rest day to keep it separated.

5. Honor your father and your mother.

6. You will not mongrelize.

7. You will not steal.

8. You will not murder.

9. You will not bear false witness against your neighbor.

10. You will not lust after your neighbor’s woman.

As an example of how the rule of Christian interpretation is applied to the Ten Commandments, we may examine the fourth commandment, “Remember the rest day to keep it separated.” If we turn to the New Testament Scriptures, we find the Christian interpretation. In Mark 2 and elsewhere, we find the Pharisees accusing Jesus of violating the Sabbath according to their understanding of the Mosaic interpretation of the law. Jesus told them, “The sabbath came into being for the sake of man, not man for the sake of the sabbath. So then, the Son of man is Master also of the sabbath” (Mark 2:27-28 AST). 

Jesus said in Matthew 11:28-29 (AST):

“Come to Me, all those laboring and being burdened, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke on you and learn from Me, because I am gently and lowly in heart, and you will find rest to your lives.”

With Christ was not the end of the law, but the end of the Mosaic, ritualistic practice of keeping the Sabbath, and the clarification of the true meaning of the Sabbath. Christian Separatists believe that the true principle is to enter the rest of Christ, the true Sabbath.

The same can be said of the fifth commandment, “honor your father and your mother.” Jesus clearly interpreted this law in the earthly realm as “honor your faithful, Christian mother and father” in Matthew 12:47-50 (AST):

“But while He was speaking to the crowds, behold His mother and brothers stood outside, seeking to speak to Him. ⎣And one said to Him, ‘Behold, Your mother and Your brothers are standing outside, seeking to speak to you.’⎦ And He answering, said to them speaking to Him, ‘Who is My mother, and who are My brothers?’ And stretching out His hand on His students, He said, “Behold, My mother and My brothers. For whoever does the will of My Father in the heavens, that one is My brother and sister and mother.’”

Jesus was unmistakably pointing out that the evil of one generation will continue forever if the children emulate their parents and do not break with their iniquity. The Scriptures are there for any and all of Adam to read and understand. It is by this understanding that our earthly parents are judged as righteous or disobedient to God. Jesus showed us who our true Mother is: the Body Politic. Jesus revealed to us who our true Brothers and Sisters are: members of the Body Politic. Jesus Anointed, Almighty God in the flesh, unlocked the mystery of the fifth commandment: “Honor your Father (God), and your Mother (the Church).”

Other commandments are not subject to any interpretation, but are explicit and unchanging: You will not mongrelize, you will not steal, you will not murder, etc. 

10.2. Fulfillment of the Mosaic Law by Christ. 

Christian Separatists believe that the Bible teaches very clearly that the laws of God are eternal, immutable, and unchanging. This law existed before Eden and still exists today. However, we recognize that the administration of that law or the way in which the law is applied has changed. The law was practiced by Adamic man before Moses, but the law was codified as recorded in the Old Testament under the administration of Moses. This Mosaic law, or Mosaic administration, of the law was not perfect, as the Bible teaches, because a particular law or ordinance could be kept by an Israelite even though that Israelite might have lived in violation of the real principle. 

For example, an Israelite might have been outwardly circumcised, on the eighth day, in keeping with the Mosaic law, and therefore not be in violation of the precept, yet, he might not have the circumcision of the heart, which we learn in the New Covenant is the perfect application of the underlying precept. Romans 2:28-29 (AST) states: 

“For he is not a Judean that is one outwardly, nor is circumcision that outwardly in the flesh, but he is a Judean that is one inwardly, and circumcision is of the heart, in the Mentality, not in letter, of whom the praise is not from men but from God.”

Christian Separatists believe, as the Bible clearly teaches, that the law, therefore, was not done away with by Christ, but fulfilled by Him. Matthew 5:17 records these words of Christ: 

“Do not think that I came to annul the law or the prophets. I did not come to annul, but to fulfill” (AST).

We believe that the law, as it was interpreted under the administration of Moses, would be impossible to keep today. With no standing temple and no genealogically legitimate high priest of the Aaronian priesthood, many of the most important precepts of Moses’ codification cannot be kept. However, we have a new and everlasting High Priest of the tribe of Judah Who is forever our Priest after the order of Melchizedek. 

“But He with the taking of an oath through Him Who says to Him, ‘The Master swore and will not change His mind; You are a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek;’ … Who does not have day by day need, as do the high priests, to offer up sacrifices, first for their own failures, then for those of other people. For He did once and for all, offering up Himself” (Heb. 7:21, 27 AST). 

Indeed, “now He has gotten a more excellent ministry, by so much also He is a Mediator of a better covenant, which has been enacted on better promises. For if this first was faultless, place would not have been sought for a second” (Heb. 8:6-7 AST). 

10.2.1. Food Laws. 

Christian Separatists are not bound to the Mosaic interpretation of God’s Law regarding the principle of ingestion, but rather we follow the administration and application of this law by Jesus Christ. In Acts 10:9-16, God came to Peter in a vision and commanded him to eat food which under the Mosaic law would be considered unclean. God told Peter, “What things God made clean, you do not make common” (AST). The Ambassador Paul said in I Corinthians 8:8, “But food will not commend us to God. For neither do we excel if we eat nor are we behind if we do not eat” (AST). Jesus teaches us the true principle behind the law of ingestion in Matthew 15:11 (AST):

“It is not the things entering into the mouth that makes the man common, but the things coming forth from the mouth that makes the man common.”

And in Mark 7:20-23 (AST), Jesus further explains:

“That passing out of the man is that which makes the man common. For from within, out of the heart of men, the thoughts of evil pass out: mongrelization, whoredom, murders, thefts, greediness, iniquities, deceit, lust, a wicked eye, blasphemy, haughtiness, foolishness. All of these evil things pass out from within and make the man common.” 

Thus, the principle behind the law of ingestion is that whatever a man’s mind feeds upon, and ingests, these things go into the man and when these ideas are converted into actions and words and come out of the man, that is what makes him unclean or common. We believe that this is the state of having a mongreled mentality. 

10.2.2. Holidays. 

Holidays, or Holy Days, are another example of a principle of the Mosaic administration of the law that now has found its perfect meaning in the administration of Christ. A Holy Day is really a Separated Day, a Day Separated unto God, and with Christian Separatists, every day is a day separated unto God, just as every day is a Sabbath day in which we have entered into Christ’s rest, not just one day a week. Paul told the Galatians (4:10-11 AST):

“You observe days and months and seasons and years. I fear for you, lest somehow I have labored among you in vain.” 

Just as with the Sabbath principle or the food laws, Paul wanted the Galatians to understand the true principle behind the various holidays they were celebrating, each of which was really just a special Sabbath. 

Nevertheless, Christian Separatists do commemorate certain days of the year, but not with a ritualistic observance, but with an appreciation and remembrance of the meaning and importance of the events those days signify, such as Pentecost, Resurrection Sunday, and the Day of Vindication. 

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