Christian Laws from the Scriptures

10.3. Christian Law. 

Christian Separatists have identified the following fourteen sections of Christian law, each based upon Scripture. While this codification is by no means exhaustive (since only the Scripture itself, in its entirety, is the final authority), the following does lend itself to the systematic study of the explicit laws contained in the New Covenant. 

§1. Christian Duty to the Brotherhood of the Government of the Living God

(Government Discipline)

1. Christians are to seek first the Government of God and all Christ’s justice (Matthew 6:33 AST).

2. Christians are commanded to come out from among them and be a Separate people, and to love not the things of the world (Jacob 4:4; II Corinthians 6:17; I John 2:15; I Peter 1:16 AST).

3. Christians are to exercise preference one to another (Romans 13:8 AST).

4. Christians are to submit themselves one to another (Romans 12:16; Colossians 3:12-13; Ephesians 5:21; I Peter 5:5 AST).

5. Christians are not to lie to one another (Colossians 3:9; Ephesians 4:25 AST).

6. Christians are not to quench or extinguish the Spirit of Truth (Jacob 4:10; I Thessalonians 5:19; Ephesians 4:30 AST).

7. Forsake not the assembling of ourselves together as God’s Government (Hebrews 10:25 AST). 

8. Christians are not to think of men above that which is written (I Corinthians 4:6 AST).

9. Christians are not to think of one brother over another (Jacob 2:1; I Timothy 5:21; Romans 2:11 AST).

10. Christians are not to bear false witness one toward another (Jacob 4:11 AST).

11. Christians are not to bring quarrels among brothers (Proverbs 6:19 LXX).

12. Christians are to hold fast to the faith or persuasion once and for all times delivered (Jude 3 AST).

13. Christians are not to teach anything contrary to the teachings of the Mentality as recorded in the New Covenant (II Thessalonians 2:15; II John 9; Galatians 1:9 AST).

14. Christians are to prove all things, hold fast to the good (I John 4:1; I Thes. 5:20 AST).

15. Christians are to be of one mind and one accord with the Body of Christ (I Peter 3:8; Phillipians 2:2; I Corinthians 1:10, 12:12 AST).

16. Christians are not to eat with or to speak favorably of nonbelievers, or else take on their sins (I Corinthians 5:11; II John 10-11; Romans 1:32 AST).

17. Christians are to render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s and unto God what is God’s (Mark 12:17; Matthew 22:21; Luke 20:25 AST).

18. Christians are not to give heed to any Judaizing myths (I Timothy 6:20; Titus 1:14; Matthew 7:15 AST).

19. Christians are not to add to or take away from the Word of God (Revelation 22:18-19 AST).

20. Christians are not to let anyone judge them in meat or drink or holidays (Romans 14:3; Colossians 2:16 AST).

21. Christians are to be good stewards (I Peter 4:10 AST).

22. Christians are to give double honor to the overseers of the Church if they are worthy of the honor (I Timothy 5:17 AST).

23. Christians are to be respectful of their Christian elders (I Timothy 5:1; Hebrews 13:17 AST)

24. Christians are to walk honorably and forthrightly with their brothers (Romans 12:17; Acts 5 AST).

25. Christians are to provide things honestly in the sight of all men (II Corinthians 8:21 AST).

26. Christians are to sell their shirts to buy swords if they do not have any (Luke 22:36 AST).

27. Christians are to let God be true and every man a liar (Romans 3:4 AST).

28. Christians are to draw back from an undisciplined brother (II Thessalonians 3:6; Titus 3:10; II Thessalonians 3:14 AST).

29. Christians are to confess to one another and pray for one another (Jacob 5:16 AST).

30. Christians are to comfort the Christian despondent and care for the Christian infirmed (I Thessalonians 5:14 AST).

31. Christians are to deliver the ungodly to Satan (I Corinthians 5:5 AST).

32. Christians are not to have lawsuits with each other (I Corinthians 6:7 AST).

33. Christians are to reprove those failing before all (I Timothy 5:20 AST).

34. Christians are not to receive an accusation against an elder unless it is by two or three witnesses (I Timothy 5:19 AST).

35. Christians are to bear one another’s burdens (Galatians 6:2 AST).

36. Christians are not to let their good be blasphemed (Romans 14:16 AST).

37. Christians are to do whatever they do in word or action in the authority of Jesus (Colossians 3:17; I Corinthians 10:31 AST).

38. Christians are to be imitators of God (Ephesians 5:1; III John 11 AST).

39. Christians are to earnestly show themselves approved to God, rightly dividing the Word of Truth (II Timothy 2:15 AST).

40. Whatever the Body Politic looses on earth is loosed in Heaven. Whatever is bound on earth is bound in Heaven (Matthew 18:18, 16:19 AST).

41. Christians are to forgive their brothers (Luke 17:4 AST).

42. Christians are to bring God’s enemies before Him and slay them (Luke 19:27 AST).

43. Christians are to lay down their lives on behalf of their brothers (I John 3:16 AST).

44. Christians are to guard themselves from idols (I John 5:21 AST).

45. Christians are to test themselves to see if they are in the Mentality of Separation (II Corinthians 13:5 AST).

46. Christians are to offer sacrifices of the Mentality acceptable to God (I Peter 2:5 AST).

47. Christians are not to envy one another (Galatians 5:26 AST).

48. Christians are not to overreach in the matters of their Christian brothers (I Thessalonians 4:6 AST).

49. Christians are not to let those eat that do not want to work (II Thessalonians 3:10 AST).

50. Christians are not to be meddlers (II Thessalonians 3:11 AST).

51. Christians are not to be gossipers (I Timothy 5:13 AST).

52. Christians are not to be conformed to this age (Romans 12:2 AST). 

53. Christians are not to marvel if the world hates them (I John 3:13 AST).

§2. Commandments for Partnership 

in Christ’s Ministry

1. Christians are to visit the Christian widows, orphans, and prisoners (Jacob 1:27; Hebrews 13:3 AST).

2. Christians are not to cast their pearls before swine and feed the bread of the children to dogs (Matthew 7:6 AST).

§3. Christian Law Regarding the 

Individual in the Church

1. Christians are to bring every thought into subjection to Christ (Jacob 4:7 AST). 

2. Christians are to present themselves a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable, which is their reasonable service (Romans 12:1 AST). 

3. Christians are not to look back if their hand is on the plow (Luke 9:62 AST).

4. Christians are not to blaspheme the doctrines of Christ (Matthew 12:31; Luke 12:10; Mark 3:29 AST).

5. Christians are not to lie against the Holy Spirit of Truth (Jacob 3:14 AST).

6. Christians are not to corrupt their seedlines or their brothers’ (Matthew 5:27 AST).

7. Christians are to let the Spirit of God be in them (Jacob 1:21 AST).

8. Christians are to search the scriptures daily (Acts 17:11 AST).

9. Christians are to love their brothers as themselves in honorable, racial, brotherly love (John 13:34; Jacob 2:8; I Thessalonians 4:9; Galatians 5:14; Romans 13:9; Mark 12:31; Matthew 22:39; II John 4; I John 4:7 AST).

10. Christians are to walk in the Word (Jacob 1:22; I Thessalonians 2:12 AST).

11. Christians are to avoid the very appearance of evil (I Thessalonians 5:22; II Corinthians 6:3, 13:7 AST).

12. Christians are not to be unequally yoked with an unbeliever (II Corinthians 6:14 AST).

13. Christians are to let their yes be yes and their no be no (Jacob 5:12; Matthew 5:37 AST).

14. Christians are not to be addicted to much wine (I Timothy 3:3,8; Ephesians 5:18 AST).

15. Christians are not to be a stumbling block to brothers (Romans 14:13 AST).

16. Christians are to be ready to give an answer for the confidence that lies within them (II Timothy 2:24; I Peter 3:15 AST).

17. Christians are not to think of themselves more highly than they ought to think (Romans 11:20, 12:3 AST).

18. Christians are to rejoice always and pray unceasingly (I Thessalonians 5:17; Colossians 4:2 AST).

19. Christians are not to seek praises of men (Matthew 6:1; I Thessalonians 2:6 AST).

20. Christians are not to be double-minded (Jacob 1:8, 4:8; I Corinthians 10:21; Matthew 6:24; Luke 16:13 AST).

21. Christians are to ask God if they lack wisdom (Jacob 1:5 AST).

22. Christians are to be swift to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger (Jacob 1:19 AST).

23. Christians are not to complain against one another (Jacob 5:9 AST).

24. Christians are not to boast of tomorrow (Jacob 4:13-14 AST).

25. Christians are to be rich in good actions (I Timothy 6:18 AST).

26. Christians are not to take forethought for lusts of the flesh (Romans 13:14; I Peter 2:11 AST).

27. Christians are not to touch, taste, or handle the things that lead to mongrelization (Colossians 2:22 AST).

28. Christians are to be kind to one another (Ephesians 4:32 AST).

29. Christians are not to set up treasures on earth but in Heaven (Matthew 6:19-20; Luke 12:33, 14:33 AST).

30. Christians are not to be anxious for the needs of the body (Matthew 6:25; Luke 12:22 AST).

31. Christians are not to fear for ones able to kill the body, but fear God (Matthew 10:28; Luke 12:4-5 AST).

32. Christians are not to love mortal people above God (Matthew 10:37; Luke 14:26 AST).

33. Christians are to work out their preservation with fear and trembling (Philippians 2:12 AST).

34. Christians are to obey the just laws of the land that are in accord with Christian law (I Peter 2:13 AST).

35. Christians are to control the tongue (I Peter 4:11; I Peter 3:10 AST).

36. Christians are to commit their lives to well-doing and not to be despondent in well-doing (I Peter 4:19; I Thessalonians 3:13 AST).

37. Christians are to be hospitable to one another without murmuring (I Peter 4:9 AST).

38. Christians are not to be lovers of money (Hebrews 13:5 AST).

39. Christians are to always offer praise through confessing His authority (Hebrews 13:15 AST).

40. Christians are to be persuaded until death (Revelations 2:10 AST).

41. Christians are to be separated in all conduct (I Peter 1:15-16; I Timothy 5:22 AST).

§4. Christian Law Regarding The 

Disciplining Of Wayward Brothers

1. Christians are to let the dead bury the dead (Luke 9:60 AST).

2. Christians are to go and reprove their brothers alone if their brothers have sinned against them. If the brothers do not hear, then two or three witnesses are to be taken along. If he still fails to hear, then the Christian needs to tell it to the Body Politic (Matthew 18:15-18 AST).

§5. Christian Law Regarding the 

Christian Family and Parenting

1. Christian parents are to raise their children in the teaching of the Scriptures (Ephesians 6:4; I Timothy 3:4; Philippians 2:14-15 AST).

2. Christians are to provide for their families first (I Timothy 5:8 AST).

§6. Christian Marriage

1. Christians are to be fruitful and multiply (Genesis 1:28; II Corinthians 6:13 AST).

2. Christians are to keep the marriage bed unmongrelized (Hebrews 13:4 AST).

3. Christians are to keep their wives or husbands if they consent to live with them as Christians; if they do not, the Christian brother is sister can be separated from them, for they are not bound in this matter (I Corinthians 7:12-15 AST).

4. Christians are to render that which is due to the woman and likewise women to men (I Corinthians 7:3-4 AST).

§7. Specific Admonitions for Men

1. Christian men are to love their Christian wives as themselves (Colossians 3:19; Ephesians 5:25,28 AST).

2. Christian men are to rule their homes (I Corinthians 11:3; I Timothy 3:4,12 AST).

3. Christian men cannot put aside their wives without just cause (Matthew 5:32; Matthew 19:9 AST).

4. Aged Christian men are to be “temperate, self-respecting, of sound mind, sound in the persuasion, in love, in patience” (Titus 2:2 AST).

5. Younger Christian men are to “be of sound mind, having shown concerning themselves a pattern of good actions concerning all things, in the teachings, in racial purity, self-respecting, incorruptible, in sound speech, beyond reproach, that he who is opposing may be dishonored, having nothing bad to say about us” (Titus 2:6-8 AST).

§8. Specific Admonitions for Women

1. Christian women are to submit themselves to the authority of Christian men (Ephesians 5:22; Colossians 3:18; I Timothy 2:12; Titus 2:5; I Peter 3:1 AST).

2. Christian women are to be lovers of Christian men and children (Titus 2:4 AST).

3. Widows are to remarry if they are under the age of sixty (I Timothy 5:9 AST).

4. Women are to remain silent in Body Politics (I Corinthians 14:34 AST).

5. Women are to wear modest clothing (I Timothy 2:9 AST).

6. Aged Christian women are to “in reverent behavior, not diabolical, not having been enslaved by much wine, teachers of good, that they may train the young women to be lovers of men, lovers of children, of sound mind, pure, homeworkers, good, being subject to their own men, that the Word of God be not blasphemed” (Titus 2:3-5 AST).

§9. Specific Admonitions for Children

1. Christian children are to obey their Christian parents (Colossians 3:20; Ephesians 6:1 AST).

§10. Qualifications for 

Overseeing Elders (Bishops)

1. “It is an obligation, then, for the overseer to be without reproach: man of one woman, temperate, sensible, modest, hospitable, apt to teach, not a violent alcoholic, not a batterer, but reasonable, not quarrelsome, not covetous, ruling his own house well, having children in subjection in all reverent fear; but if anyone does not know to rule his own house, how will he care for a Body Politic of God? Not a novice, lest being clothed in absurd conceit, he may fall into the judgment of the Diabolical One. And it is an obligation for him also to have a good witness from those outside, lest he fall into reproach and into a trap of the Diabolical One” (I Timothy 3:2-7 AST).

2. “For it is binding on the overseer to be unaccusable, as an administer of God, not self-pleasing, not rageful, not given to wine, not argumentative, not greedy of dishonorable gain, but a lover of hospitality, a lover of the good, of sound mind, just, approved by the law of nature, temperate, clinging to the word according to the teaching of the persuasion, that he may be able both to require by the sound teaching, and convict those contradicting” (Titus 1:6-9 AST).

§11. Qualifications for Other Servants (Deacons)

1. “Likewise, deacons should be fearfully reverent, not double-tongued, not addicted to much wine, not greedy of filthy gain, holding the mystery of the persuasion with a racially pure conscience. And also, let these be tested first, then let them serve, being without reproach. Likewise, women to be fearfully reverent, not slanderers, temperate, having persuasion in all things. Let deacons be the man of one woman, ruling their own household and children well. For those having served well gain for themselves a good rank, and great freedom of speech in the persuasion, those in Anointed Jesus” (I Timothy 3:8-13 AST).

§12. Relationship with Subordinates

1. Christian slaves are to count their masters worthy of all honor so as not to blaspheme (I Peter 2:18; Ephesians 6:5; I Timothy 6:1; Titus 2:9; Colossians 3:22 AST).

2. Christian masters are to treat their slaves fairly (Colossians 4:1; Ephesians 6:9 AST).

§13. Christian Law by Implication

1. Christians are to uphold the ten commandments.

2. Christians are not to ask a brother to pay usury.

3. “If anyone teaches differently, and assents not to sound words, those of our Master Jesus Anointed, and the teaching according to godliness, he has been clothed in absurd conceit, understanding nothing, but is mentally ill concerning doubts and warring with words, out of which comes envy, strife, blasphemies, evil suspicions, meddling, of men whose mind has been mongrelized and deprived of the truth, supposing gain to be godliness” (I Timothy 6:3-5 AST).

4. God hates the “eye of the haughty, a tongue unjust, hands shedding the blood of the just; and a heart devising evil thoughts. and feet hastening to do evil…” (Proverbs 6:17-18 LXX).

§14. Prohibitions of Illicit Behavior

1. Christians are not to associate with whores, the greedy, robbers, idolaters, and are not to associate intimately with someone who is called a brother but is a whore, or greedy, or a drunk, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a robber. We are to cast out the evil from us (I Cor. 5:9-13 AST).

2. “Or do you not know that the unjust ones will not inherit the government of God? Do not be led astray, neither prostitutes, nor idolaters, nor mongrelizers, nor effeminates, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor greedy persons, nor drunks, nor revilers, nor robbers will inherit the government of God” (I Corinthians 6:9-10 AST).

3. “…knowing this, that the law is not laid down for a just one but for the lawless and insubordinate, for the ungodly and failures, for the unsacred and profane ones, for father-murderers and mother-murderers, for men-murderers, for whores, for homosexuals, for man-traders, for liars, for perjurers, and if any other thing opposes sound teaching according to the good message of the reputation of the blessed God, which was entrusted with me” (I Timothy 1:9-10 AST).

4. “For I fear lest somehow coming I find you not as I wish, and I be found by you as you do not wish; lest somehow there be strife, envying, angers, rivalries, evil speakings, whisperings, proud thoughts, disturbances; that in my coming again my God may not humble me with you, and I shall mourn many of those previously failing and not repenting over the uncleanness and whoredom and lustfulness which they have practiced” (II Corinthians 12:20-21 AST).

5. “Now the actions of the flesh are clearly revealed, which are: Mongrelization, whoredom, impurity, raping, idol-service, pharmakeia, enmities, strife, jealousies, angers, rivalries, divisions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunken-ness, revellings, and things like these, which I tell before, as also I said previously, that those practicing these things will not inherit the government of God” (Galatians 5:19-21 AST).

6. “Having been filled with all injustice, wickedness, greediness, cowardly evil, full of envy, murders, quarrels, adulterated seductions, maliciousness, becoming gossipers, slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, unintelligent, covenant-breakers, without natural affection, holding grudges, unmerciful; who knowing the judgment of God, that not only are the ones practicing such things worthy of death, but also all those giving consent to the practicing of them” (Romans 1:29-32 AST).

7. “As in the day, let us walk becomingly, not in carousings and drinking, not in sex and lustful acts, not in fighting and envy. But put on the Master Jesus Anointed, and do not make forethought for the lusts of the flesh” (Romans 13:13-14 AST).

8. “Remind them to be subject to rulers, authorities, to be obedient, to be ready in every good action, to slander no one, to be unconquerable, forbearing, showing forth discipline to all men. For we also once were unreasonable, disobedient, led astray, slaving for various lusts and pleasures, living in evil and envy, hateful, hating one another” (Titus 3:1-3 AST).

9. “But whoredom and all indecent uncleanness and greediness, let it not be named among you, as is right for Separated Ones, also shamefulness, and foolish talking or joking of the things not appropriate, but rather thanks-giving. For know this, that every whoremonger, or unclean person, or greedy person, who is an idolater, has no inheritance in the government of the Anointed and of God” (Eph. 5:3-5 AST).

10. “Also, flee youthful lusts, and pursue justice, persuasion, honorable brotherly love, peace, with those calling on the Master out of a racially pure heart. But refuse foolish and uneducated questionings, knowing that they generate quarrels” (II Timothy 2:22-23 AST).

11. “But this you know, that in the last days grievous times will be at hand. For men will be self-lovers, money-lovers, impostors, extravagant, blas-phemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, contrary to the laws of nature, hateful, entering no covenants, satanic, without self-control, wild, haters of good, traitors, reckless, without intelligence, pleasure-lovers rather than God-lovers, having a form of godliness but having denied its power - turn away from even these. For of these are those creeping into houses and leading silly women captive, having been heaped with failures, being led by various lusts, always learning and never able to come to a full knowledge of truth” (II Timothy 3:1-7 AST).

12. “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 a man common” (Mark 7:21-23 AST).

13. “For from the heart come forth evil thoughts: murders, mongrelization, thefts, lyings, blasphemies. These are those that make the man common, but to eat with unwashed hands does not make the man common” (Matthew 15:19-20 AST).

14. “Then laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil words, as newborn babes desire the pure milk of the Mentality, that you may grow by it into salvation” (I Peter 2:1-2 AST).

15. “But for the cowardly and the nonpersuaded, and those having become abominable, and murderers, and whores, and pharmakeia promoters, and idolaters, and all the liars, their part is in the Lake burning with fire and brimstone, which is the second death” (Revelation 21:8 AST).

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