8: Ecclesiology

8.1. The Definition of the Terms Body Politic and Government. 

Christian Separatists use the term Body Politic for the more common term Church, and the term Government for the more common term Kingdom. This is based upon the true meaning of the Greek words for which these terms are given as a translation. 

The word church has become such a euphemism in modern English that it only poorly expresses the intent of the Greek word ekklesia, which is translated as Body Politic in the Anointed Standard Translation. LSJ defined the word ekklesia as follows: “an assembly of citizens summoned by the crier, the legislative assembly.” It was understood by all Greek-speaking peoples that ekklesia was the word used in reference to their local governmental assemblies or legislative assemblies, which were, in fact, groups of local citizens. In the Christian sense, the word is properly understood to be in reference to a closed society, i.e., the governing body of the closed community or society of the Anointed. The first-century Christian would have been very familiar with this word from its numerous occurrences in the Old Testament (LXX). We believe that this is an important, but often overlooked, fact. The Greek-speaking first century Christians, who used the Greek Septuagint as their Bibles, would have understood that the Body Politic or ekklesia of the Israelites was the same ekklesia or Body Politic of Jesus Christ. There was no difference. There was continuity between Old and New Covenants. The Body Politic or Church was not invented in the New Testament, but was an existing and functioning Body in Israel. 

The word government in the AST is translated for the Greek word basileia. In the true Christological sense, the Kingdom, or Government of God, is manifested in the people chosen as God’s portion of the earth (See 5.1.3). It is therefore not geographical, but is rather biological, inasmuch as God’s original intent, restored in Christianity, is for His Spirit-Mind to dwell in the bodies of believers. Thus, the Government is only geographical in the dominion exercised by believers.

Thus, the Body Politic is a political entity representing the Government of God on earth. To be a member of the Government of God, one must be a member of its earthly manifestation, and, therefore, one must be a member of the Body Politic.

8.2. Organization of the Body Politic. 

The structure and function of the Body Politic are compared to a living body, often in reference to the female gender (see I Corinthians 12:14-26; Romans 12:4-5). Individual believing Christians are described and referred to as members of the Body, and it becomes clear that our connection to Christ, Who is declared to be the Head of the Body, is directly dependent upon our membership in His Body, which is the Body Politic of living Christians forming the congregation and Anointed Nation of the Lord. We believe that the New Testament states very clearly in Colossians 1:17-18 that the Body of Christ and the Body Politic are one and the same (AST):

“He is before all things, and all things are held together in Him, and He is the head of the body, the Body Politic.”

There is no question that to be in Christ is to be in the Body Politic. We believe that the nomenclature of the New Testament Body Politic is governmental and militaristic in nature. Christ is the King, or Basileus, of the Government or Kingdom, or basileia. Those who are in that Government, that is, Christians, compose the Body Politic, or ekklesia. The use of the word apostolos (épÒstolow) or ambassador or apostle also was a militaristic/governmental term. 

We further believe that the New Testament describes in detail certain offices of the Body Politic, such as deacon and elder. We refer to an overseeing elder as a Bishop. 

8.3. The Exclusivity of the Body Politic. 

We believe that the Bible very clearly teaches that just as there is only one body of Christ, so there is only one Body Politic. Ephesians 4:4-6 (AST) states: 

“There is one body and one mentality, even as you also were called in one confidence of your calling, one Master, one persuasion, one baptism, one God and Father of all, He being above all, and through all, and in all.”

Christian Separatists, therefore, vehemently reject the notion that there is more than one Church or Body Politic, or more than one denomination. There is only one Body Politic, only one persuasion, just as there is only one baptism and one God, one mentality and one body. The concept of denominations is itself predicated upon the false belief that there is a core principle which can make one a Christian, and beyond this core principle or set of principles there are allowable differences of opinion. We believe that this denominationalism is blasphemy. There is only one truth, which exists only in its entirety, not in bits and pieces and mixed in with lies and blasphemies. There can be only one true Church, as the Scripture clearly states, and only in that true Body Politic is salvation possible. 

8.4. The Necessity of the Body Politic for Salvation. 

We believe that the Church or ekklesia is the living and physical political body of Holy Spirit-filled and God-indwelled members of the Living Body of Christ on the earth. We believe that the Body Politic is literally the Body of Christ, the same as a wife’s body belongs to her husband through the holy sacrament of covenantal marriage.

We believe that the true Church is the Government of the Israel of God and therefore the true Church is the true Israel of God and constitutes a theopolitical government. As the Government of the true Israel of God was a theocratic republic, so too is the everlasting Anointed Nation and Government of Christ, constituting a nation of administrators and priests.

We believe that the communal Government of Christ is mandated with the sole authority to govern and administrate the world, by and for the sake of Christ. 

We believe that only God the Father can add to the Church and that by Him only, through the drawing of His Holy Spirit, and by men hearing the voice of Jesus Christ, can men enter the Kingdom or Government of God. The Scripture says that except you repent, be converted, and enter as little babes, you cannot enter the Government of God. We believe that God’s Government is ordained by example and principle in the New Covenant and that the New Covenant constitutes Christian law.

We further believe that the Scripture identifies the true Body Politic as those who are of one persuasion, believe in one baptism, know and are known of the One God, and who are of one mind and act in one accord, all speaking the same thing, and who constitute the pillar and ground of truth (I Tim. 3:15).

8.5. Citizenship in the Anointed Nation. 

As Christian Separatists, we firmly believe that to be in Christ is to be in the Body Politic of Christ, and that there is no salvation outside the Body Politic. For in truth, the Church is the mother of us all; it is the place of gestation for the new man or the Christ being formed in us. We also believe that the Church, identified as those people who are the pillar and ground of truth, who are all preaching and teaching the same things and who are of one mind and one accord, which is the true description of the true Church or the Israel of God, are a chosen people and a chosen race and a nation for possession (Ex. 19:5-6; Deut. 7:6, 14:2, 26:18; Ps. 134:4; I Pet. 2:9; Tit. 2:14), that is to be indwelled by the Mentality of Separation and owned by the Master, Jesus the Anointed. 

We further believe that our Owner and Master and Kinsman Redeemer has received all authority of both Heaven and earth and that only His authority may give salvation to those who take Him at His Word and trust and obey Him. We further believe that of this authority and government, God our Father has decreed in His Word the power and right of loosening and binding to the Body Politic that meets the above description of the Church (Matt. 16:19), inasmuch as the Church is part of the Government of Heaven, and whatever the Church shall bind on earth will be bound in Heaven. This means that the Church has inherited the right to perform instructive ceremonies in line with the traditional teachings of the Old Israel of God for the sake of edification; and that the Church is the exclusive body of believers by definition and are the only people who may grant citizenship or membership in the Church and/or the National Government of the Anointed. 

Thus, we believe that the Church and the Government of God are synonymous, and that membership in the Anointed Nation of God is obtainable only by the approval and the binding of the Brotherhood of the true Government of God. We further believe that the Church, as the teacher, has the right of cross-examination and of testing (I Tim. 3:10), inasmuch as it is the duty of the Church to instruct and to edify, and it is the duty of believers to wait upon their teaching and to be brought to maturity in the Body Politic and sent out by the Body Politic after it has determined the proof of their right-thinking and maturity in Christ. As we have said many times, there is no authority given under Heaven or earth whereby men may be saved, except through the Anointed, and that anyone seeking to do so by any other way is a thief and a robber (John 10:1). 

8.5.1. Tithes in Christian Stewardship. 

The Christian Separatist Church Society of the Anointed Nation and the true Israel of God firmly believe that the tithing Law of God continues to be mandatory and in force upon God’s people. This literally means that 10% of whatever financial blessings and/or other blessings which come to the believer is to be given to God as God’s national tax for the support of this Anointed Nation and the many ministries administrated thereby. We further believe that our Father and our God does bless and increase blessing to those who obey His Law. We also believe that those who fail to obey His Law suffer the consequences of Cain, who slew his brother out of envy, and who became a murderer because he had withheld a portion of the full ten percent of his offering from God. We would also cite Ananias and Sapphira as persons who sought to cheat God and to rob God (Acts 5:1-11). On the other hand, we remember Father Abraham who paid tithes to the priesthood of Melchizedek (Gen. 14:18-20) and was blessed of Almighty God for his tithing integrity. We conclude by saying that one cannot out-give God. 

8.5.2. Gifts and Offerings in Christian Stewardship. 

A gift or offering is that which is given above the tithe that is due to God. In fact, it may be said that we are not giving anything until we have first given the tithe. Therefore, giving begins after the tithe, wherein we are assured to receive back many-fold what we freely give to Christ through seeing to the needs of the Brotherhood. As a Society and Nation, we do not lay heavy stress on sermons about tithing. We believe that this is a Law of God and is a given. We rather lay stress upon Christian Stewardship, which entails first knowing that all that we have is a gift from the Father of Lights up above (Jac. 1:17), and that secondly, all that we have is to be used to increase the greater reputation of our Owner and Master Jesus Anointed. We are directly responsible to God for every possession, for every dollar, and we are to give an account of our possessions to our God as we are individually judged, naked and alone, appearing before Him. 

Christian stewardship is needed more so today than ever before with the exception of the First-Fruits Christians of the first century. Today, real Christianity is, once again, an underground movement in great peril and jeopardy. As believers in racial integrity, we are made enemies of a humanistic, Talmudic state. As a people we have been robbed of our privileges of tax-exemption, of receiving bequests without being robbed by the state, and we today find ourselves once again in the same circumstances and persecution of the First-Fruits Christians. This means that our brothers and sisters must be men and women of absolute honor and integrity and must be trustworthy for receiving and holding property and administering properties and monies as individuals. Moreover, we believe that though the Church is bound together in the bond of peace and, as a whole, constitutes the Anointed Nation, still it is constituted in different geographical locations as embassies of the nation, and so each individual Church governed by its local Pastor, is, as a local body, to be responsible for its own property and to administer its tithes and offerings in honorable administration. Wherein possible, they are to administer to the widows and orphans at their own location, and to see to the needs of the Christian political prisoners of and from their geographical area.

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