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'A return to holiness!'

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"Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go thereat:  Because strait is the gate, and narrow  is the way which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it."  (Matthew 7:13-14)
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Table of Contents

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'And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free'

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Introduction

.                                               Section One - The One True God
                                             
Section Two - Nature of the New Birth
                                             Section Three - The Coming Judgment
                                             Section Four - Foundations of Society
                                              Section Five - Perfectly In His Will
                                                            Summation
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Introduction
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The word 'holiness' in the sub-title does not refer to an individual Church, a denomination or to any Fellowship of Independent Churches.  The words rather refer to a true faith and belief in the Almighty God in Christ Jesus, the Holy Scripture and Prayer, as exemplified by a living testimony!

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When I think of having faith in the Almighty God in Christ Jesus our Lord and Savior, and belief in the Holy Scripture.   A greater majesty comes to mind then denominationalism, and the differences, which divide Christendom.  A prayer closet is opened unto us, greater then any man made construction, as I look up into a clear night sky, and behold the stars, and the planets.  Realizing that even the moon was shaped by his power!   All the heavenly bodies were sent spinning through the galaxies of space by the Almighty God.  I stand in awe before the creator of such splendor, and I am humbled.
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Yet this same God, found it in his grace to create man, and gave him of his own likeness and image.  Among those precious gifts endowed to us in creation, we find our unalienable rights, which he himself gave to us, along with the breath of freedom that we might live, and do so more abundantly.
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Therefore, whether you call yourself a Baptist, Methodist, Pentecostal, Presbyterian, Roman Catholic, Lutheran or some other denomination.  After reading this statement of faith, my prayer is that you find that highway of holiness, spoken of in the aforementioned scripture.  Thereby cease living as if you are defending that which is indefensible.  My struggle is that I might so live my own life, that life itself will become an example and a testimony unto the entire world!   That as we live and practice our faith, those things that are not always easy to say in words, might be made clear.
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Section One

                    The One True God

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We first begin the process by describing in general terms what is meant by The Christian Faith' and thereby the 'Highway of Holiness.'   We shall described herein those divinely ordained principles and beliefs we have titled  'like

Precious faith.'
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1. The Almighty God of the Holy Scripture 'is God' and beside him, there is none other.  The one true God is manifested in three persons or manifestations, Father, Son and Holy Ghost.  "...ye are even my witness.  Is there a God beside me?  Yea, there is no God; I know not any."  (Isaiah 44:8).  Also:  "Then said I, Lo, I come in the volume of the book it is written of me..." This verse is also stated in Psalms 40:7 of the Old Testament.
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2.  The Holy Scripture, consisting of 66 books of the Old and New Testament, as presented in their original manuscripts, are inerrant and infallible.  The King James Version of the Holy Bible of 1611 provides the best linguistic and spiritual translation.  "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness." (II Timothy 3:16).  This version 'is the Holy Scripture' in the English language.
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The proper understanding of words and phrases contained in the scripture may require a reference to an unabridged dictionary, and perhaps a minimal knowledge of history and culture, rather then a new translation.  As for modern translations: "For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophesy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book.  And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book." (Revelations 22:18-19).  Also read: Deuteronomy 12:32.  It is a dangerous thing to meddle with the Word of the Living God, making it more palatable, or to deny the scripture, under pretense of law, regulation and adjudication.   God's Law is law, and those who stand against it, will be judged!
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3.  Jesus Christ is the only begotten son of the Almighty God, conceived of the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, crucified, dead and buried.  He arose again bodily from the dead on the third day.  He ascended into heaven, to the right hand of the Father, as our intercessor.  There is no other name given among men, whereby we must be saved (born again).   See:  (Matthew 1:18-25 and Luke 2:26-38 and Acts 4:12).
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4. Through the shed blood of Jesus Christ on Calvary's Cross-, we are justified through faith in him.  We are sanctified, or set aside (separated) by the New Birth, in salvation.  The New Birth takes place upon our recognition that we were born in sin.  When we have confessed 'all' of our sins, while having a contrite heart and an humble spirit, having completely accepted of him as Lord, Savior and Master of our lives, according the Holy Scripture.  See repentance: (Mark 1:15, Luke 13:3, John 3:3, Acts 3:19).  Justification: (Romans 5:1 and Titus 3:5).  Regeneration (Titus 3:5).

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5.  Salvation consists of more then a ritualistic utterance of a prayer, and an intellectual or passing belief in the existence of Almighty God, through Jesus Christ our Savior and of the Holy Ghost.  A change in attitude, interest, mindset and lifestyle takes place, as complete and total, as the original biological birth.   The New Birth: (Matthew 12:50, John 3:1-8, I Corinthians 10:21, II Thessalonians 2:10, I Peter 1:23 and I John 3:9).
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6.  The Christian message is not one of begging the unbeliever, to bow before our Lord Jesus Christ.  "For it is written, As I live saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.  So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God." (Romans 14:11-12).   The issue is not will every individual bow?   But will the individual do so under his love, grace and mercy, or wait until time has passed and it is to late.  Thus we fall under his wrath and judgment!
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Section Two

                 Nature of the New Birth . 

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We believe in a separate and distinct baptism in the Holy Ghost, with the evidence of speaking in other tongues.  Speaking in other tongues should not be confused with 'babbling' or nonsensical sounds, but real languages never learned, and sent of the Holy Ghost, for divine purposes.   This gift is exemplified by a person having reached adulthood, and found to be able to speak a multitude of foreign languages, in their proper dialect and accent, having never studied them.   See (Matthew 3:11, Luke 24:49-53, Acts 1:4-8 and Acts 2:1:14).

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1.  Baptism by complete immersion in water, symbolic of a clean spirit, as directed by the scripture, should be carried out as soon as practice after salvation, as a testament of the New Birth.   See: (Matthew 28:19, Mark 1:9-10, John 3:22-23, Acts 89:36-38).

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2.  The Last Supper should be carried out in fellowship, with those truly of the faith.  This should be partaken once a year, on the evening before 'Crucifixion Friday.' See: (Matthew 26:21-25, John 13:2-30).
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3.  We believe spiritual gifts will follow believers.  We speak here of real gifts and miracles such as healing of the sick and casting out of devils.  An example of miracle working power is a young man possessing the ability to play classical music on a concert piano, with the skill and talent of the masters, having no background in music.  Such miracles are outside the realms of science, and human understanding.  While these gifts may be impersonated, they can not be duplicated, save through the Holy Ghost.   See:  (I Corinthians 12:1-7-10-28-31 and I Corinthians 14:1).   Also note:  (Matthew 8:178, James 5:14-16 and I Peter 2:24).
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4.  We believe firmly, that Christians, by the nature of the New Birth, will hunger and thirst after righteousness.  They will desire to become a living witness, testimony and an example.  "Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled." (Matthew 5:6).  They will also dress in modest and non-sensual attire, according to the traditional dress of men and women respectively, as appropriate to their own sex.  Clothing styles or garments resembling those of the opposite sex, as exemplified in unisex fashions, will not be worn.   In effect Christians are to 'set the style' as it were, not follow those of the popular culture, and do so in the spirit of holiness.  If every believer did so, pagan clothing manufacturers would either follow suite or face bankruptcy; their fashion designers in New York and Paris, would go out of business, or measure up.  Afterward replaced by those of the Christian Faith!  As it is, we are faced with wearing such as the pagan world may furnish.  Even so, we do have choices, and we should exercise those choices in the way of holiness.  "The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman's garments: for all that do so are abomination unto the Lord."  (Deuteronomy 22:5).   Also: Leviticus 10:10, Proverbs 7:10, Matthew 5:28, and II Corinthians 6:14-17).
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5.  We do not believe it appropriate for believers to decorate or punch holes in their bodies with ornamentation, jewelry, earrings, finger rings, bracelets, lockets, except wedding bands, or wear painted faces.  We believe women should have long hair, and men short hair, according to the Holy Scripture.  There is no intent here of becoming involved in a technical or theological debate, for those of the New Birth and of a Godly nature, will know and understand.  As for the others, it is our hope that you will be found at an alter of repentance and prayer.  See: (I Timothy 2:9 and I Peter 3:1-6)
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6.  We believe proper Christian mannerisms and the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ in ones life, will allow condoning vulgar speech, fowl language or off color remarks, in any form.   See: (Genesis 20:7 and Deuteronomy 5:11)

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7.  "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves; it is a gift of God: Not of Works, least any man should boast." (Ephesians 2:8-9).  How many times have these verses been quoted?  Standing alone, these verses are not the whole story.  One must continue reading!   "For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them." (Ephesians 2:10).  This last verse is normally left out of the discussion.  The principle here is a 'holy lifestyle and mindset,' brought about through the New Birth.   Also read: (Ephesians 2:5 and II Timothy 1:9).
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                                 Section Three
                 The Coming Judgment
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We believe eroding values have caused the feminization of men, and causing women to become masculine.   Ever spiraling downward into apostasy, decadence and debauchery, resulting in a pagan form of Christianity.   See:  (II Timothy 1:6 - 4:2-8, II Peter 2:4-8 - 3:3-7 and Titus 2:1).

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1.  We believe there will be a pre-millennial bodily 'taking away' in the twinkling of an eye of the true believers, known as 'The Rapture.'  The dead will be raised first, then immediately after, those believers which remain alive. This will be followed by seven years of tribulation such as the world has never known, nor shall ever be again.  Afterwards it will come to pass that our Lord and Savior will come again in the fullness of His Glory, bodily to the earth.   See:  (I Corinthians 15:52, I Thessalonians 4:15-17, II Thessalonians 2:1).

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2.  The Lord Jesus Christ will reign supreme upon the earth for 1,000 years, followed by the bodily resurrection and ascension of the righteous, to eternal life in the glories of heaven, and the unsaved to eternal damnation of the wicked in hell.  See:  (Matthew 25:46, Luke 18:30, John 10:28, Romans 6:22, I John 5:11-13).  We also recommend (Matthew 25:41-46, Mark 3:29, II Thessalonians 1:8-9, Revelations 20:10-15 & 21:8).
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3.  There shall be a judgment of the wicked known as the Great White Throne Judgment. "And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was no place for them.  And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works." (Revelations 20:21-22).  There will be no in between state; there will be death, and then the judgment.  "And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment."  (Hebrews 10:27).

4.  Those believing in faith plus nothing ignore half the teachings on salvation.  "What doth if profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works?  Can faith save him?  (James 2:14).  Being half right only means being totally wrong, for "Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, and being alone." (James 2:17).  Again, the principle is 'holiness,' thus the New Birth changes us.  Holiness is the process of a changed life but it does not cause the New Birth, rather it is a result of the experience.
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                                   Section Four
                             
Foundations of Society
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We believe modern society has become characteristic of ancient pagan and heathen civilizations, such as Sodom and Gomorrah or Babylon.  Where there are no absolutes of right and wrong, and freedom has become a 'free-for-all.'   Those believing in Almighty God, the Holy Scripture and prayer are considered extremist, intolerant and bigoted.  Those choosing the 'highway of holiness' are mocked and ridiculed, even by those churches, which once proclaimed 'the way,' in practice and doctrine, if not in terminology.  "And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but it shall be for those: the wayfaring men: though fools, shall not err therein."  (Isaiah 35:8).
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1.  We believe marriage is a holy institution and bond between a man and woman, ordained of Almighty God.  The taking of the wedding vows is a lifetime oath and commitment, in his presence.  We are not to violate, or break this precious oath, by committing adultery or divorce.  And you O man, it is your responsibility to provide for the woman, and hers to provide for the home.  See:  (Mark 10:1-12, Luke 16:18, I Corinthians 7:10-15 and Hebrews 13:14).

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2.  We believe any form of fornication (sex), before or outside of marriage is a sin and a violation of the ordinances of God, whether committed by a male or female.   Therefore, for a man and a woman to domicile together, as would a husband and wife, outside of wedlock is not only a sin, but also a mockery of the institution of marriage.  Take note of: (I Corinthians 12:21, Galatians 5:13, Ephesians 5:3, Colossians and I Thessalonians 4:3).
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3.  We believe homosexuality of any sort, is a sin and an abomination toward both God and man.  "For this cause God gave them unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another: men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet...Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them." (Romans 26:27-32).   Therefore, there is no such thing, as a 'homosexual Christian!'
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4.  We believe it is a sin against Almighty God, for a man to stand in the stead of a woman.  Likewise a woman sins when she stands in the stead of, or usurps authority over a man.  A man sins when he fails to accept responsibility, either in regard to his appearance, conduct, mannerisms, occupation or lifestyle.  The entertainment world, popular culture, mass media and the politically correct, are not exempt from this teaching.  See: (Deuteronomy 22:5, Proverbs 7:10, I Timothy 2:8-15, Ephesians 5:23 and Titus 2:3)
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5.  We are opposed to membership in any private order or club requiring a secret oath, ceremonies or bonds, except as a normal and necessary part of local, state or national defense, carried out under constitutional, lawful and honorable conditions.  See: (Hebrews 4:12-13, Mark 4:22 and Luke 8:16-17).
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6.  Christian standards do not mean social withdrawal, nor lack of participation in the joys of life.  Quite the contrary, we take our values and our witness into every area of society.  Striving toward the day when all aspects of society will reflect the Christian Witness.  We do so with love, peace, joy and a pure heart!  See: (Matthew 24:18-20).
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                   Perfectly In His Will
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We believe one can become 'perfectly in the will of the Lord God' and thereby achieve perfection as a Christian.   "Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect." (Matthew 5:48).   The word 'perfect' in this verse does not mean 'mature' but 'perfect' just as it says.  It is a dangerous thing to redefine scriptural words or phrases to fit our preconceived notion as to their intended meaning.
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1.  We could have quoted hundreds of verses of scriptures in support of our faith, but we have rather chosen these assorted verses, the obedience of which would not only change lives, but the history mankind.  "...Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbor as thyself."  (Luke 10:27).  Should you do these things, you will be perfect in the will of the Lord God and a powerful witness, for you have been with Jesus.
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2.  The Almighty God cannot be redefined, so as to become a 'designer god' to fit our modern mold.  That which had been sin millenniums ago remains sin today and one are not judging by proclaiming sin to be evil.  "And God said ... I AM THAT I AM: … " (Exodus 3:14).  God is indeed love and mercy above all else, but he is also justice, judgment, wrath, and a God of Holiness.  "And he said, draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground." (Exodus 3:5).  The area was made holy by the presence of Almighty God!
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3.  We have played down the fundamentals of our faith.  While we could not be all-inclusive, nor could we detail every situation.  We believe we have given a sufficient and adequate introduction.  We believe living a holy life, is the 'result of salvation, not its instrument,' and becomes natural to the believer.  Scriptural teachings, precepts and commandments have not been  "...written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God, not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart."  (II Corinthians 3:3).    Should our citizenry believe the Holy Scripture, place them in their hearts, obedience would come natural, and our inalienable rights would rest upon no greater foundation.

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4.  When the trump of God sounds, and the dead, together with the living Christians depart, don't expect a traffic jam in the skies.  "Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it." (Matthew 7:14).  Most are willing to talk the talk, without walking the walk.  Some are convinced everyone will be taken in the rapture, even they themselves!  Believing ones self to be home free, by being listed on the 'church rolls' is like placing one's name on the barn door and expecting to become a mule.  Such a membership roll does not define 'What is and is not Christian?'  He does, the great 'I AM!'

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5.  We will now speak of tithing to 'the church' as described in the Holy Scripture, which does not mean paying tribute to an imperial dynasty, exemplified by our modern 'religious empires.'  Religious empires builders often teach tithing from the standpoint of greed.   Surrounded by these empires, ministers and teachers often avoid teaching the truths of the Holy Scripture, side stepping controversial subjects, speaking of sing only in generalities, and seldom spelling out what constitutes sin.  Speaking only in general terms, allows them to fill their coffers.  These choose to find easy targets in the 'holiness people' thereby stirring the emotions of their congregations.  In the end, "...they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers having itching ears." (II Timothy 4:3).   Our tithe should aide the Church of the Holy Scripture, even if that means forming a local fellowship prayer group, and building it into a church.  Many great works of Almighty God have started from such humble beginnings.  Also take note of Luke 11:42, I Corinthians 9:6-9 - 16:2 and Hebrews 7:1-21).

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                         Summation

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We chose the name Confederate Churches in order to illustrate our belief and commitment, that society must offer 'freedom OF religion,' rather than 'freedom FROM religion.'  The history, heritage and culture of any people and nation, must prepare the way for a moral and just society, capable of sustaining our inalienable rights.

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If you’re congregation or you yourself are of 'like precious faith' according to what you have read here, you are welcome to communicate with us.  You might want to begin a'Cottage Prayer Meeting' or 'Home Bible Study and Worship.'   If we are indeed going to restore such a society, base upon Almighty God in Christ Jesus and the Holy Scripture.  It must begin with each and every one of us!

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God save the Confederacy
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The Ten Commandments

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“Let not your heat be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.  In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you.  I go to prepare a place for you.  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.”  {John 14:1-4}.
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