The Doctrine of Separation

The Doctrine of Separation

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We believe that the saved are called into a life of separation from religious apostasy, and from all worldly and sinful pleasures, practices, and associations. This separation is in at least three areas: Church/State, ecclesiastical, and personal.

Church / State

We believe that civil government is of divine appointment, for the interests and good order of human society; and that magistrates are to be prayed for, conscientiously honoured, and obeyed except only in things opposed to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Rom.13:1-7Gen.9:5,6Ex.18:211 Tim.2:2,3Acts 4:19,205:27-29

We believe that the saved are called into a life of separation from religious apostasy, and from all worldly and sinful pleasures, practices, and associations. This separation is in at least three areas: Church/State, ecclesiastical, and personal.

Ecclesiastical

While recognizing the unity of all believers, it is also evident that unbelief and error in many organized fellowships have developed to the point where recognized and indisputable apostasy exists. Therefore, we believe that we must stand up against and reject the position of the World Council of Churches and any other association or fellowship that would be in sympathy with them. We stand in opposition to the Ecumenical and Charismatic Movement; Liberalism, Modernism, Neo-Orthodoxy, New-Evangelicalism, and cooperative evangelistic programs between churches and people not of like precious faith.

2 Cor.6:14-18Eph.5:11,12Lk.12:51

Personal

We believe that every believer has the right to exercise Christian liberty, but that an individual must deny various worldly practices, dress, sin, and attitudes to enjoy the freedom of the Christian life, and to raise a proper standard and example of purity to the lost world and weaker Christians. Romans chapter 14 explains that there are going to be areas where believers are going to disagree on matters which they call sin. The stronger brother will be able to do things that the weaker cannot. The weaker will do things that the stronger will not. In such matters, every Christian should be persuaded in his own mind.

Rom.14:5,616:17Acts 20:26-311 Cor.5:9-138:4-132 Cor.6:14-18Eph.5:11Titus 3:102 Thess.3:14,152 Jn.7-11Jude 3