6.9-6.10: Soteriology

6.9. Salvation and Perseverance. 

We believe, according to the Scripture, that salvation is day by day, as men are renewed in Mentality of Separation and that “For everyone, ‘whoever may call on the authority of the Master, will be saved’” (Romans 10:13 AST). We believe that the answer of God to the contrite and repentant failure is immediate, certain, and everlasting salvation upon the first day of salvation. We believe that the receiving of God’s favor in the person of the Mind of Christ to indwell the believer can only justly be compared to the resurrection of the dead; for we believe, in truth, that ungodly men are dead as they live and are without hope, dead unto God in a metaphorical grave of death, which is an estate of hopelessness and alienation from the Living God. We therefore believe that Jesus is the only Way, the Truth, and the Life, and that He alone is the resurrection for the spiritually dead (John 11:25). 

“Jesus said to him, ‘I am the Way, and the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me’” (John 14:6 AST). 

“Most assuredly, most assuredly, I say to you, he not entering through the door into the sheepfold, but going up by another way, that one is a thief and a robber” (John 10:1 AST).

We believe that living of the life that is in Christ Jesus only is an ongoing experience; that God’s reckoning for judgment on the life of the individual believer is constituted by the time frame of one day. We believe that the means of God the Father administering His favor to His chosen children is through the Baptism of Fire, which is the ongoing work of the Spirit of Truth, Whose purpose and goal is to mature and perfect the believers until they may, in character, measure up to the man Christ Jesus and thereby be counted worthy to join the spirits of just men made mature or perfect. 

With this understanding of salvation, it is therefore essential to know and understand that the instrument of Almighty God’s cleansing and purifying work is that of the Holy Spirit or Mentality of Separation, Who is to become our Instructor and Leader, that He may lead and guide us into an understanding of all truth, that we might not only comprehend but apprehend the Mentality of Christ in His fullness. As such, the Spirit of Christ is therefore our Advocate and Everlasting Comforter. In this respect, Jesus Christ is truly the Wonderful Counselor. It is this Theistic Separatist point-of-view that clearly identifies Jesus Christ as the power and person of the Holy Spirit, now and forever ministering to God’s chosen people, whom He shall never leave or forsake.

We further hold that it is the duty of each Christian to present himself a living sacrifice, holy and separated and acceptable unto God, which is his reasonable service. We believe that part of the meaning of this reasonable service is to act upon the leadership of the Holy Spirit of Truth and the witness of God’s Word in the written record. Each Christian must, each day of salvation, die to the false system and economy by claiming and reaffirming our positive belief in Jesus Christ as our only God and Savior. 

Thus, in the common faith and common salvation experience, as the individual believer grows in the measure and stature of Christ, and Christ is formed in them, he must engage in self-purging.

“By how much more the Blood of the Anointed, Who through the Everlasting Mentality offered Himself without spot to God, will purify our conscience from dead actions, for the serving of the Living God” (Heb. 9:14 AST).

Yet, even this self-purging is truly the work and favor of God our Father. 

“But God, being rich in compassion, because of the great love with which He loved us, even we being dead in transgression, He made us alive by the Anointed (by favor you are saved), and raised us from the dead up together and seated us together in the Heaven in Anointed Jesus, that He might show in the coming ages the exceeding riches of His favor in kindness toward us in Anointed Jesus. For by favor you are saved, through persuasion, and this is not of you, but is a gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should brag; for we are of His making, created in Anointed Jesus into good workmanship, which God before prepared that we should walk in them” (Eph. 2:4-10 AST).

Christian Separatists teach that salvation is a day-by-day experience regulated by the laws of life set forth in the Word of God. Christian Separatists teach, therefore, that to be absent from the body is to be present with the Master Jesus Christ in the place of eternity future or Heaven that Christ went to prepare for His called and chosen people. Thus, Christian Separatists teach that we receive our new bodies and the formation of them here and now in this present, physical life, and that true believers grow in the favor and knowledge of the Lord until they measure up to the stature of Christ in spiritual knowledge, power, honor, and character. 

The first Adam became spiritually dead or alienated from God and in need of redemption and reconciliation and justification to life. Thus, we believe, according to the Scripture, that Almighty God calls His people unto His Government through the administering of the gift of His Holy Spirit, and that to those able to retain the Mind of God, through the surrender of their will to choose, God gives a greater measure of His life-giving Spirit, which literally comes into the mind of the believer to wash and to burn away all alien words, concepts, and ideas that are contrary to the Holy Spirit of Truth witnessed by the Word of Truth. 

We believe the Baptism of Fire is the function of the Spirit of Truth, Whose inward dwelling presence only can bring about true repentance or change of mind in true godly sorrow; that is, in having pity upon the Innocent Lamb of God and comprehending the infamous murder of God in the flesh. Thus, we believe the Scripture that says, “Whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Joel 2:32 LXX; Rom. 10:13 AST; Acts 2:21 AST).

6.9.1. Man is Not Once Saved, Always Saved. 

Christian Separatists reject the erroneous doctrine that teaches that once a person is saved, he is always saved. We believe that the Bible clearly teaches that an Adamic man, even after he has genuinely and sincerely made a profession of his persuasion and accepted Christ as his Savior, can commit a sin unto death and fall from favor. A profession of faith is merely the first step in a day-by-day process. One must continue to remain, walk and abide in the persuasion. We read in I John 2:24-26 (AST): 

“Then what you heard from the beginning, let it remain in you. If in you remains what you heard from the beginning, you will remain both in the Son and the Father. And this is the promise which He promised us: everlasting life. I wrote these things to you concerning those leading you astray.” 

The New Testament teaches clearly that one may depart from the persuasion. For example, in I Timothy Paul makes several references to those losing persuasion: 1:19, “made ship wreck concerning the persuasion;” 4:1, “depart from the persuasion;” 5:8, “denied his persuasion;” 5:12, “set aside the first persuasion;” 6:21, “missed the mark concerning the persuasion,” and in II Timothy 2:18, “overturning the persuasion” (AST). And Jesus makes it clear that the believer has the responsibility to remain in Him. “Unless one remains in Me, he is cast out as the branch, and is dried up; and they gather and throw them into the fire, and they are burned” (John 15:6 AST). Finally, we remember the words of Peter: 

“For it was better for them not to have fully known the way of justification than fully knowing to turn back from the commandment of separation delivered to them. But that of the true proverb has happened to them, ‘The dog turning to his own vomit, and the clean sow to wallowing in the mud’” (II Pet. 2:21-22 AST). 

6.10. Rejection of Man-Made Doctrines of Salvation. 

Christian Separatists reject all man-made doctrines of salvation which seek to circumvent the clear teachings of the Bible. Jesus clearly stated, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6 AST). Therefore, there is only one way to salvation and justification, and this plan is explicitly taught in the New Testament. Anything beyond what is taught is merely an attempt by man at self-justification. Two such systems are the Catholic doctrines of supererogation and purgatory. 

6.10.1. Supererogation. 

Supererogation is the man-made doctrine that good works done above and beyond what is required in the Bible can be accumulated as credit or merit and used for the benefit of souls in purgatory or other penitent persons. This false doctrine claims that there are some things which are mandatory in the law and other things which are merely advisable. When one does both the mandatory and the advisable, one earns credit. This is in itself a blasphemous teaching. The Bible clearly states that every point of Christian law is just as important as any other point. Jacob 2:10 (AST) states: “For he who keeps all the law and stumbles but in one, he has become guilty of all.” In other words, there are not some points of law which are optional. Furthermore, the Bible also clearly teaches that the good works of one cannot save another. Ezekiel 33:12 (LXX) states: 

“Say to the sons of your people, The justice of the just one will not save him, in the day wherein he errs: and the lawlessness of the ungodly shall not harm him, in the day wherein he turns from his lawlessness, and the just one will not be able to save himself.”

6.10.2. Purgatory and Penance. 

The Catholic Church also teaches the false doctrine of purgatory, wherein they believe sinners are required to pay penance for their sins, and if they die before completion of their penance, they go to an in-between place, neither Heaven nor hell, where others can redeem them with supererogation. Penance is any type of self-punishment or act designed to show sorrow for failure, but which is done irrespective of the blood of Christ. It usually involves repetitive praying, physical abuse and fasting, or monetary payments. Christian Separatists reject every aspect of this doctrine, which even Catholics admit is not taught in the Bible. This blasphemous doctrine makes men, not Christ, intercessors for sinners, and teaches that their own works can justify sinners, not the blood of the Christ. The idea that one can save oneself through penance, or that penance is even needed, is clearly refuted in the Bible. Romans 3:23-25 (AST) states: 

“For all failed and have come short of the reputation of God, being justified freely by His favor through the redemption in Anointed Jesus, Whom God set forth as a propitiation…”

Paul goes on to say, in speaking of justification and salvation, “Then where is the boasting? It was excluded” (vs. 27). There is no boasting because salvation is not a system of self-justification through penance. 

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