9: Ordinances and Sacraments

9.1. Baptism. 

  We believe that God came to baptize His chosen and elect people with the Baptism of Fire, which we believe to be the gift of the indwelling Holy Spirit of God in the mind of the believer. This brings about adjustment to the just judgments of God and constitutes reconciliation to the Mind of God. The Mind of Christ indwelling is the gift of the Holy Spirit to the believer and is brought about by the power of God’s Word. We do not believe that Christ came to institute water rituals, nor can we see any Christian law-commands in Scripture that obligates the Christian believer to participate in water rituals in order to be saved.

  

  We believe that the true baptism commanded of the Scripture is the Baptism of Fire constituted in the indwelling of the mind by the Mentality of Separation, and that those Scriptures that speak of baptism are in reference to the Baptism of Fire, and are binding in their true meaning.


9.11. The Baptism of Fire or Mentality. 

   We believe that the one, true Baptism taught in the Scripture is the Baptism of the renewing of the mind, known as the Baptism of Fire (Lk. 3:16; Eph. 4:23), wherein God in the person of the Mentality of Separation cleanses and purges the believer’s mind of all alien words, concepts, and ideas, leading and guiding and teaching the individual believer to grow in the grace and knowledge of the Master unto a mature Christian or anointed man or woman, until they are able in the end to join the mentalities of just men made perfect or mature in God’s Paradise or Heaven. 

The Baptism of Fire is a spiritual or mental baptism. It is the one true baptism that is absolutely necessary for entering into the Government of God and His true Body Politic. It is by the indwelling of the Spirit-Mind of Jesus Christ in the believer that the believer is renewed and Christ is formed in him. It is by the consuming fire of the truth of God’s Spirit that a believer is adjusted from maladjustment to the justice of God to be made just before a just and Holy God. 

The Baptism of the Mentality of Separation and of Fire is the baptism referred to when the New Testament speaks of baptism. Paul tells us in I Corinthians 12:13 (AST): 

“For also we were all baptized into one body by one Mentality, whether Judean or Greek, whether slave or free, and we were all given to drink into one Mentality.”


John the Baptist said in Matthew 3:11-12 (AST): 


“I indeed baptize you in water to repentance. But He coming after me is stronger than I, of Whom I am not worthy to bear the sandals. He will baptize you in the Mentality of Separation and fire; Whose fan is in His hand, and He will purify His floor, and will gather His wheat into the barn. But He will burn the chaff with unquenchable fire.”

And Paul says in Titus 3:4-6 (AST): 

“But when the kindness and love of our Savior God appeared toward man, not by actions in justice which we had done, but according to His compassion He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Mentality of Separation, which he richly poured out on us through Jesus the Anointed, our Savior…”

This was the baptism with which Peter baptized 3,000 people on the Day of Pentecost. We believe that it is important to understand that in many cases when the word water is used in reference to Baptism, it is a metaphor for the cleansing power of the Word, which is the process of the Baptism of Fire. Paul says in Ephesians 5:26 (AST): “That He might separate them, purifying by the washing of the water by the Word.”


The Word of God is a symbol of the Baptism of Fire, and it is equated with the Bread of Life, which, in turn, symbolizes Jesus Christ. Thus, in the Christian administration, that which separates men unto God is the Baptism of the Spirit of Separation and the Baptism of Fire through the operation of the Holy Spirit, or Mentality of Separation.

9.2. Physical Baptism. 

As we have said, the one true baptism is the Baptism of the Mentality of Separation and of Fire. Nevertheless, the Body Politic of Israel has used physical acts to symbolize this true baptism. However, we reject the relatively modern teachings wherein the emphasis is placed upon physical baptism as a religious ordinance that is clearly not taught or required by the Word of God.

9.2.1. The Mode of Physical Baptism. 


Christian Separatists recognize that a physical baptism, symbolic of the true Baptism of Fire, is taught in both the New and Old Testament in reference to sprinkling from above or pouring out. However, we staunchly reject the pagan and Jewish baptismal practice of full-body immersion for proselytes. We affirm that nowhere in the Bible or in the history of the early Christian Church or the Church of Old Israel is full-body immersion taught. We find from study of the Old Testament that only sprinkling and pouring were acceptable forms of physical baptism. 


Knowing that Jesus Christ, when He was baptized by John the Baptist, would not have been in violation of Mosaic Law, then we know that He absolutely was not full-body immersed, nor did he employ this pagan mode in His ministry; nor was His participation in the pouring and sprinkling ritual by John the Baptist done for the remission of sins, since Christ had no sin and was not a law-breaker; rather, Christ submitted to John to receive authority for His priesthood as well as the right to inaugurate a new Government by witness of the Eternal Father, who declared, “This is My Son, the Beloved, in Whom I delight; Hear Him” (Matt. 17:5 AST). Moreover, it was the privilege of John the Baptist to make straight the way of the coming Anointed One of Israel; it was his privilege to be the recognized high priest of God, as well as to have been clothed in the clothes of a prophet, thereby being the last priest and prophet of Old Israel. As the last priest of Old Israel, it  was his privilege to deliver both priestly and prophetical authority to Christ. 

9.2.2. Symbolism of Physicial Baptism. 


We believe that water baptism, in the forms of sprinkling and pouring, are merely water rituals carried over in Israelite tradition for separating or setting things apart unto God, and are outward signs of the real Baptism, which is the Baptism of Fire, or the Baptism of the Mentality of Separation. The water is a metaphor for the cleansing power of the Word. It is the truth of the Word that cleanses a person’s mind as he or she houses the Mentality of Separation. Ephesians 5:26 (AST) reads: 


“That He might separate them, purifying by the washing of the water by the Word.”


And Peter defined water baptism as merely a figure of the true baptism, in I Peter 3:21 (AST): 


“Which figure now also saves us, baptism, not a putting away of the filth of the flesh but of a good conscience and an answer toward God through the resurrection of Jesus Anointed.”


We do not, however, reject the authority of the Body Politic to administer sprinklings, pourings, anointings, and other separating and dedicating rituals. We believe that the purpose of such rituals and/or ceremonies must be to convey the higher spiritual realities. There is no question that first century believers were required to submit to Israelite sprinklings, pourings, or anointings in order to be officially admitted into the physical Body Politic of the Apostles. 


Thus, the ritual of baptism for the remission of sins and public admission to the Body Politic served as the moment in time wherein the earthly Body Politic bound over, in a public way, the individual believer, who was also affirming that he or she had believed unto receiving the gift of the Baptism of the Mentality of Separation and thereby affirming that we are all baptized by one baptism into one Body. 

9.2.3. Role of Circumcision and its Relation to Physical Baptism. 


Christian Separatists believe that the Bible teaches clearly that when physical circumcision, which was required under the Mosaic administration, was performed, the thing which sanctified, separated, set apart, or dedicated unto God was not the act of circumcision itself but the act of sprinkling the circumcision, which was an ordained part of the ceremony. God has never eliminated the Israelite practice of sprinkling. We take note that under the Christian administration of the eternal law, the act of circumcision has been done away with as a necessity, yet the sprinkling remains. We are told in the New Covenant that our purified, baptized hearts or consciences are what constitute a true circumcision. We note that what makes that heart acceptable unto God is the same sanctifying act of sprinkling. At this time, the sprinkling is that of the Holy Spirit of Truth, or being poured upon by the Mentality of Separation and Fire. We further affirm that no other baptism besides that of the Baptism of the Mentality of Separation and its cleansing fire can bring about a purified, changed mind, and true repentance in the believer. 


9.2.4. Infant Baptism (Pedobaptism) and Confirmation of Youth. 


The Government of God has always included children as part of the Living Church. We Christian Separatists dedicate or christen our children by sprinkling. Yet, it is only a sanctification ritual for dedicating the child unto the true Commonwealth of the true Israel of God to service to his Lord and race. The emphasis in Christian Separatist Baptism and dedication of children is to call the parents to a solemn and holy responsibility and have them affirm in the congregation of the Master their desire and duty to raise up the child in the Way. The Scripture teaches clearly that children are in the favor of Almighty God until such time as they come unto an age or a time of accountability as God shall decide, that is to know the consequences of the law of sin and death. Children are wards of the Government, as are the mentally retarded. 


The Christian law states that, “everyone given much, much will be demanded from him” (Luke 12:48 AST). The reverse of that law is that to those whom little is given, little is required. Those who are children of body and of mind are in a saved estate, that is, within the favor of Almighty God. Young people, after reaching the age of accountability, should be confirmed in the Body Politic by way of dedication, with either anointing or sprinkling, and the laying on of crossed hands. This act reaffirms the young person’s birthright as an Adamic child of God. 

9.3. The Eucharist. 

We do not believe that our Lord was instituting a ritual observance, theologically called a sacrament, in the instructions He gave to His disciples on the evening of the last Passover supper. We believe that the Master’s instructions are to be taken figuratively and in a spiritual sense inasmuch as a full context study of God’s New Covenant makes it clear that our Lord used the term bread in reference to Himself as the Living Word of God. Therefore, we believe that bread is in reference to the delivered revelation of the New Testament, which constitutes the persuasion once and for all times delivered to the chosen and called-out Body of Christ.


Moreover, we believe that the cup is also to be taken metaphorically in reference to the trials and blessings of the Christian life and experience, inasmuch as a literal interpretation of the Scripture would mean that all Christians would literally have to drink of the same chalice employed that night in the Lord’s supper.

Thus, we believe that the reading and the study of the Word of God, as taught and instructed by the Holy Spirit in the Mind of Christ, is the eating of the bread, which is Christ, and that such study and reverent contemplation constitutes the true love-feast of the Separated Ones.

We further believe that Christ is also the true Vine (Jn. 15:1), and His discipline and persuasion is the true cup of genuine persuasion in God. Thus, we hold that while ritual observance is not forbidden, it was instituted only as a means of teaching a greater meaning and understanding of the principles of order and decency.

We believe that the primary requirements of Christian law, in the assembling and coming together of the Separated Ones, is for the purpose of testifying to the truth of God’s Word in Scripture in declaring the good news that Adamic men do not have to die, and also constitutes the act of breaking the sacred Bread of God. This same view extends to the understanding of Christ as the true Vine of God.

We believe that all admonitions of Scripture instructing men to participate in the love-feast of obeying Christ in the study of His Word and the assimilating of His Mind and judgments are directed for the purging of the conscience and are exclusive of commanded ritualism.

Thus, the Eucharist, or love-feast of the Separated Ones, may be participated in wherever two or more are gathered in His authority. For there He has promised that He, Jesus Christ, in the person of the Holy Spirit, would be in the midst and present for those who seek His Word in diligent and earnest desire of truth (Matt. 18:20).

We believe that the language of the New Covenant is to be understood metaphorically and by principle, and that religious rituals carry no more literal presence of Christ, nor are to be interpreted as such, than the expression of Christ commanding us to drink of His blood and eat of His body in a literal sense.

9.4. Marriage. 

Adamic Marriage is a mutual agreement or contract between a man and a woman witnessed and bound by Almighty God only through His appointed representatives. In the marital contract, the man and woman agree to live together in accordance with the principles of abundant life laid down in the Living Word of God. The primary purpose of the relationship is to establish a household and to produce offspring; that is, God-fearing children raised in the fear and admonition of the Lord. The marriage estate is entered once and for all under the Law of God, so long as the man shall live. Should the man die physical death or spiritual death, then the woman is free from the law of marriage. 


God has appointed the man as head of the woman, and the woman is said to be the “weaker vessel” (I Pet. 3:7 AST). While both are to strive to establish household and to teach and train the children, it is the man who is entrusted with the overall administrative or patriarchal authority, which includes supporting and protecting his wife and family from insult or injury. The wife is bound by law and example to live with the man wherever he will decide. His God shall be her God, and the woman becomes a part of the man’s family, taking the man’s name and perpetuating the man’s name. Most all of ancient Hebrew law is concerned with promoting the patriarchal family. This stands in complete opposition to the Hedonistic practice of promoting matriarchal families, which are, in truth, not families at all. This applies as well to so-called “alternative” lifestyles and “families,” such as seen today with homosexuals. The woman’s duties include performing domestic service, caring for children, and promoting the man’s interests and happiness.

Marriage is entered with the understanding that both the man and the woman are already married to Christ and have already entered a marital relationship with the Living God through the Church. For the woman, physical marriage is but the acting out of her nuptial agreements and service agreements to the Lord Jesus Christ. For, in truth, both the man and the woman are married to Christ through the Church. While this does not set aside manifested destiny, and manifested obligations as males and females, it does order the priorities and right behavior of the Christian man and woman in marriage.

9.4.1. Marriage To Christ. 


The living Church has been the Wife of Christ since the consummation marriage supper of the Lamb in 70 AD. We learn from reading the Book of Revelation that this marriage supper took place on the Day of Vindication. In ancient Israel, if you had a brother who had married and died, the law required that you take his wife and raise up seed unto his name. This was known as the Levirate law. This was in addition to your wife, if you were already married. Since all Separated Ones must be Christians before they can marry, then the first Wife of all Separated men is the Church, the Christian State. Christ is not only our Older Brother, but He is also the Master, and we are the ones for whom He died and we, as the Brotherhood, are under contract to act in His stead and take unto us His wife; we are to protect Her, we are to be the salvation of Her body, we are to raise up children for the Name of Christ. These are our spiritual duties, and they take precedence over our physical lives. The Brotherhood is married to the State of Christ, to the Separated Society of the Living Christ.


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