The Doctrine of Separation
The House of Aaron
James Scott Trimm
My recent blog concerning the false prophecy and false claims to the Aaronic priesthood by the House of Aaron sect in Utah has caused some to respond by invoking the importance of the unity of the Body.
There is a distinction in Scripture between the sins of factionalism and sectarianism, which I have often taught on before, and the Scriptural precept of the doctrine of separation. Sectarianism disrupts the unity of the Body of Messiah, while the doctrine of separation protects the Body of Messiah.
"Have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness…"
The heart and center of the doctrine of separation is summarized in 2Corinthians Chapter 6. Now in 2Cor. 6:11-18 Paul gives us a Midrash (in the form of a poem) on Dt. 22:10 which ties the passage to Is. 52:11/Ezkl 20:34, 41/Zech. 2:11) The midrash is as follows:
Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers.
For what fellowship has righteousness with Torahlessness?
And what communion has light with darkness?
And what accord has the Messiah with B'liya'al?
Or what part has he who believes with an unbeliever?
And what agreement has the Temple of Elohim with idols?
For you are the Temple of the living Elohim.
As Elohim has said:
I will dwell in them
And walk among them.
I will be their Elohim,
And they shall be My people. (see Lev. 26:12; Jer. 32:38; Ezkl. 37:27;
Therefore come out from among them
And be separate, says YHWH.
Do not touch what is unclean, (see Is. 52:11; Zech. 2:11, note 2:7)
And I will receive you. (see Ezkl. 20:41, 34)
I will be a Father to you,
And you shall be My sons and daughters,
Says YHWH Almighty. ( see 2Sam. 7:14, 8; Is. 43:6)
There are many examples in the Torah where the doctrine of separation was invoked. Our Father Avraham is a prime example when YHWH said to him "Get you out of your country, and from your kindred, and from your father's house, to a land that I will show you." (Gen. 12:1)
It was the doctrine of Separation that Pharaoh resisted, and which YHWH used Moshe to accomplish. It was through the doctrine of Separation that the People of Israel were separated from the rebellion of Korakh:
"Separate yourselves from among this congregation, that I may consume
them in a moment… Get you up from about the tabernacle of Korakh…
Depart… and touch nothing of theirs, lest you be consumed in all their
(Num. 16:21, 24, 26)
In the books of the Maccabees, the Chasidim invoked the doctrine of Separation and departed into the wilderness rather than accept the illegitimate High Priest Jason.
The Second Book of Maccabees tells us about a priest named "Jason" who made an illegitimate claim to the office of the High Priest:
"But after the death of Seleucus, when Antiochus, called Epiphanes,
took the kingdom, Jason the brother of Onias laboured underhand to be high priest,"
2Maccabees tells us that since this man claimed the High Priesthood illegitimately he "was no High Priest" (2Macc. 4:13)
The Chasidim refused to accept Jason as a legitimate High Priest. On the contrary they were being faithful to Elohim and His Torah in refusing to acknowledge Jason claims to the Priesthood and separated themselves from him.
Another prime example of the doctrine of separation is found in the Torah in regards to false prophets:
1 (12:32) All this word which I command you, that shall you observe to do; you shall not add thereto nor diminish from it.
2 (13:1) If there arise in the midst of you a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams, and he give you a sign or a wonder,
3 (13:2) And the sign or the wonder come to pass, whereof he spoke unto you, saying,
Let us go after other gods which you have not known, and let us serve them …
4 (13:3) You shall not hearken unto the words of that prophet, or unto that dreamer of
dreams. For YHWH your Elohim puts you to proof, to know whether you do love
YHWH your Elohim, with all your heart and with all your soul.
5 (13:4) After YHWH your Elohim shall you walk, and Him shall you fear, and His
commandments shall you keep, and unto His voice shall you hearken, and Him shall you
serve, and unto Him shall you cleave.
6 (13:5) And that prophet or that dreamer of dreams, shall be put to death, because he
has spoken perversion against YHWH your Elohim, who brought you out of the land of
Egypt, and redeemed you out of the house of bondage, to draw you aside out of the way
which YHWH your Elohim commanded you to walk in. So shall you put away the evil
from the midst of you.
7 (13:6) If your brother, the son of your mother, or your son or your daughter, or the wife of your bosom, or your friend that is as your own soul, entice you secretly, saying, Let us go and serve other gods, which you have not known, you, nor your fathers;
8 (13:7) Of the gods of the peoples that are round about you; near unto you, or far off
from you; from the one end of the earth even unto the other end of the earth,
9 (13:8) You shall not consent unto him nor hearken unto him: neither shall your eye
pity him, neither shall you spare, neither shall you conceal him.
(Deut. 13:1-9 (21:32-13:8) HRV)
Elsewhere the Torah says: "And the man that does presumptuously, in not hearkening… unto the judge, even that man shall die, and you shall exterminate the evil from Yisra'el. (Deut. 17:12)"
However, in the absence of a Theocracy (which will not be re-instated until the return of Messiah) the death penalty is replaced with the penalty of CHEREM (disfellowshipment). .
Messiah said "let him be to you as a Goy or a transgressor" (Matt. 18:17)
Paul said: "Now I entreat you, my brothers, that you beware of those who cause divisions and scandals, outside of the teaching that you have learned; that you keep away from them." (Rom. 16:17)
And again: "… deliver this one to HaSatan for the destruction of his body: for spiritually he will live, in the day of our Adon Yeshua the Messiah…. a little leaven, leavens the whole lump. Purge from you the old leaven: that you might be a new lump as you are unleavened. (1Cor. 5:5-7)
This is an invocation of the doctrine of separation. Notice that it is actually those that teach false prophecy that bring disunity to the body and NOT those who invoke the doctrine of separation.
Yes the unity of the Body is of great importance. But this unity is unity on His terms. It is not unity at all costs. It is not unity at the expense of sound doctrine.
When false claims to the Aaronic priesthood are made based on false prophecy (as is the case with the House of Aaron sect), that is very much a time to invoke the doctrine of separation.
We are bringing the dual message of Torah and Messiah to a lost world, while at the same time having the courage to stand up against false teaching in the Body of Messiah.
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