3: Revelation of God

3.1. The Scriptures. 

We teach that the New Testament Scriptures are the inerrant, enabling, and knowable Word of the Most High God. We believe in the whole and the entirety of the Word of God, both Old and New Testaments; however, for clarity, we reject the Jewish deception of the Masoretic Text and recognize only the Septuagint as the inspired Scriptures, which Jesus Christ and His Apostles recognized to be the Scripture. We further believe and accept the New Testament in its original and oldest Greek writings prior to their being tampered with and added to by the western churches.

We believe the Living Word of God to be the inerrant, supreme, revealed, and Living Word of God. We hold that the covenants of prophecy of the Old Testament were written for and about a specific elect and chosen family of people who are children of the Living God (Luke 3:38; Ps. 82:6), and that this chosen people are through the seedline of Adam (Gen. 5:1). All Scripture is given as a moral and behavioral standard for our exaltation, admonition, correction, instruction, and example (II Tim 3:16). Thus, believers are bound by the whole counsel of God in total context and are forbidden to add to or take away. We are rather to walk, continue, and abide in the leadership of the Word as witnessed by the Mentality of Separation in the trying of the mentalities. 

3.1.1. The Inspiration and Immutablity of the Scriptures. 

Christian Separatists believe that the Scriptures of both Old and New Testaments, as originally penned in the original autographs, were the product of divine inspiration. The Scriptures repeatedly establish this fact (1 Cor. 2:13; 2 Cor. 3:3; Jer. 43:2; Acts 1:16; 2 Tim. 3:16-17; 2 Pet. 1:20-21, 3:15). This doctrine then establishes as blasphemous and antichrist any attempts by men or denominations to discount certain Scriptures as merely the writer’s opinion or interpretation (e.g., “That was Peter’s interpretation…”). 

Furthermore, since every word of Scripture was penned through inspiration by an immutable God through an indwelling of the authors by the Mentality of Separation, then the Scriptures too are immutable (Mal. 3:6; Heb. 6:17-18; Jac. 1:17). Christian Separatists then reject any qualification of Scripture as irrelevant or without effect because of the times during which the Scripture might have been written or because of the author who penned it (e.g., modern denominations state that the Biblical prohibitions of homosexuality were merely reactionary to the times or merely Paul’s or other apostles’ opinions and are therefore void today). 

3.1.2. The Canon of the Scriptures. 

Christian Separatists accept the following guidelines for determining the canon of the Old and New Testaments, as described in The History of the Bible:

For the New Testament:

1) All books that can be accepted as having been written under divine inspiration and therefore included in the New Testament canon were written before AD 70;

2) All of these books must in no way contradict one another.

For the Old Testament: 

1) Whatever books were accepted as Scripture by Jesus Christ and the Apostles.

In practical terms, this means that Christian Separatists accept as canon the twenty-seven books of the New Testament commonly found in most Bibles, all of which were written before 70 AD, and the fifty books of the Greek Septuagint, which were the Scriptures in use by Jesus Christ and His Apostles in the first century. These fifty Old Testament books include the thirty-nine books of the Old Testament commonly found in English Bibles, though in many cases significantly different from the corrupt Hebrew form now used by most Judeo denominations, and also the eleven books of the so-called Apocrypha which our best evidence indicates were contained in the first century Septuagint used by Jesus and the Apostles, specifically I Esdras, the Wisdom of Solomon, the Wisdom of Sirach, Judith, Tobit, Baruch, the Epistle of Jeremiah, and I, II, III and IV Maccabees. We also accept The Song of the Three Children, Susanna, Bel and the Dragon, and the Prayer of Manasseh, which some separate out as separate books. However, the first three are actually part of the Book of Daniel and the Prayer a part of II Chronicles. 

Christian Separatists reject any other books as meeting these standards of canonicity, though we do acknowledge the historical importance and antiquity of such books as The Didache, Barnabas, the Shepherd of Hermas, etc., and recognize the importance of studying these documents while keeping in mind that they are not canonical. 

3.1.3. The Preservation of the Scriptures. 

Christian Separatists reiterate the fact that the original autographs and manuscripts of the Old and New Testaments and the original translation of the Hebrew Old Testament into Greek in the form of the Greek Septuagint were products of divine inspiration and guidance, but that since the time of these original documents, fallible men have both accidentally corrupted these documents while making copies of them and purposefully corrupted these documents through a process of addition, deletion, and alteration. 

Thus, Christian Separatists stress the importance of scientifically reconstructing the original texts of both Old and New Testaments through the process of textual criticism. This is done by careful analysis and comparison of all available witnesses to the Greek New Testament and the Greek Septuagint. The Hebrew Old Testament, as it exists today, is a Jewish perversion known as the Masoretic Text and is nearly 1000 years newer than the manuscripts we have of the Greek Septuagint. Christian Separatists believe that, as the majority of true Israelites were losing the ability to read and understand Hebrew, God used members of His priesthood, and skilled men from the various tribes, to produce the Septuagint translation of the Hebrew Scriptures and that this Septuagint was recognized by Jesus and His Apostles as the Scriptures. It enjoyed equal status with the Greek New Testament among the early Church as it does today in the Christian Separatist Church.

Nevertheless, it is still necessary to reconstruct the text of the original Septuagint with the same science used in reconstructing the text of the New Testament Greek, and Christian Separatists acknowledge the value of any evidence that would aid this effort, including the use of ancient Hebrew fragments of the Old Testament, such as those found at the caves of Qumran, though the Hebrew Masoretic Text has been hopelessly corrupted by Talmudic Jews and is of little, if any, value. 

3.1.4. Translations of the Scriptures. 

Christian Separatists acknowledge the importance and necessity of honest translations of the Scriptures based upon the very best textual evidence, while acknowledging that no translation is perfect and efforts must continually be made to improve any translation that is made. Christian Separatists use the Anointed Standard Translation of the New Testament and believe it to be the best translation currently available. 

3.1.5. Pseudepigrapha and Other Writings. 

We adamantly reject the many hundreds of spurious works that have been passed off over time as authentic, “lost” books of the Bible or as alternate forms of revelation. Some of the more popular books of this description include Enoch, the Book of Jashar, II Enoch, the Report of Pilate, the Book of Jubilees, the 29th Chapter of Acts, the Gospel of Nicodemus, the Letter of Abgar, and even the Book of Mormon. Time and space preclude an in-depth rebuttal of each of these and other books in turn, but this work has been done elsewhere. 

3.2. No Other Revelation. 

Christian Separatists believe that there will be no other revelation of God’s Mind, of the Mentality of Truth, or of the Will of God, than the Scriptures. There will be no new Scriptures and there will be no new prophets. We have the complete revelation of God in the Scriptures and all truth is readily obtainable and knowable. We are therefore instructed to “test the mentalities, if they are of God, because many false prophets have gone forth into the world” (I John 4:1 AST). 

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