Our Beliefs statement of faith

  

Our Statement of Faith


Yeshua

We believe with perfect faith that Yeshua (Jesus) is the Messiah, the Son of Elohim. Yeshua was born of a virgin and conceived of the Holy Spirit. Yeshua is the literal word of YHWH or YaHWeH manifested in the flesh.


Our beliefs stands firm that Yeshua (Jesus) is the literal spoken word of YHWH or YaHWeH our Elohim; he did not pre-exist in any form other than this. In the beginning, when YaHWeH said, “Let there be light, the light came about by the power of His word; it is the word of YaHWeH that created light. This fact brings clarity to several scriptures in the apostolic writings:

 

In the beginning was the Word. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. All things were made through Him, and apart from Him nothing was made that has come into being. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overpowered it. There came a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify about the light, so that through him everyone might believe. He was not the light, but he came to bear witness concerning the light. The true light, coming into the world, gives light to every man. He was in the world, and the world was made through Him; but the world did not know Him. (John 1:1-10 TLV)


He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by Him all things were created—in heaven and on earth, the seen and the unseen, whether thrones or angelic powers or rulers or authorities. All was created through Him and for Him. He exists before everything, and in Him all holds together. He is the head of the body, His community. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead—so that He might come to have first place in all things. For God was pleased to have all His fullness dwell in Him and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, making peace through the blood of His cross—whether things on earth or things in heaven! 

(Colossians 1:15-20 TLV)


 We believe that the various “Christophanies” in the scriptures, are in actuality manifestations of the spoken word of YaHWeH. We do not believe in the Churches doctrine of “The Trinity” or any other dogma that proclaims a pre-existing Christ as the Son of Elohim in any form, other than the literal spoken word of our Elohim.

 

We believe in the miraculous virgin birth of Messiah. Yeshua was conceived of the Holy Spirit (power of YaHWeH) when the Angel spoke the word into the ears and womb of Miriam (Mary).

 

The angel spoke to her, “Do not be afraid, Miriam, for you have found favor with God. Behold, you will become pregnant and give birth to a son, and you shall call His name Yeshua. He will be great and will be called Ben-Elyon. Adonai Elohim will give Him the throne of David, His father. He shall reign over the house of Jacob for all eternity, and His kingdom will be without end.” 

(Luke 1:30-33 TLV)


And the Word became flesh and tabernacled among us. We looked upon His glory, the glory of the one and only from the Father, full of grace and truth. 

(John 1:14 TLV)

The word of Elohim cannot be less than Elohim. As the Word, Yeshua is YaHWeH Elohim in every way. As Yeshua the Messiah, he is a man of like passions and weaknesses as any of us.

 

For surely He is not concerned about angels, but about the seed of Abraham. Therefore He had to be made like His brothers in all things, so He might become a merciful and faithful Kohen Gadol in matters relating to God, to make atonement for the sins of the people. Because He Himself suffered when put to the test, He is able to help those being tested. 

(Hebrews 2:16-18 TLV)


Death and Resurrection

We believe with perfect faith that Yeshua was crucified on Passover, and rose from the dead three full days later.


We believe that Yeshua the Messiah was crucified on the holy day of Passover and that he was in the grave for three literal days and three literal nights. Yeshua (Jesus) was not crucified on a Friday and resurrected on Sunday morning. This is a very important issue regarding proof of his Messiahship. When Yeshua was asked for a sign, to prove he was the hoped for Messiah, Yeshua said:

 

For just as Jonah was in the belly of the great fish for three days and three nights, so the Son of Man will be in the heart of the earth for three days and three nights. 

(Matthew 12:40 TLV)


To proclaim that Messiah died on Friday and resurrected Sunday morning is to proclaim he is not the Messiah. It is impossible to get three days and three nights out of a Friday death and a Sunday resurrection! What else have you been lied to about?

 

One way to the Father

We believe with perfect faith that Yeshua is the only way to the Father.

 

While it may not be politically correct to say, the only way to be saved is through the work of Yeshua (Jesus). This fact is offensive to all religions outside of Christianity and the Messianic movement, but perhaps none so much as the religion of Judaism (s). It is never our desire to offend people in any way, but Messiah himself said:


Woe to the world because of snares! For snares must come, but woe to that man through whom the snare comes! 

(Matthew 18:7 TLV)


If the words of scripture offend a person, it has nothing personal to do with us; we can do nothing but proclaim the word, and let the chips fall where they may. It is written:

 

Yeshua said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life! No one comes to the Father except through Me. If you have come to know Me, you will know My Father also. From now on, you do know Him and have seen Him.” 

(John 14:6-7 TLV)


Salvation by Grace

We believe with perfect faith that salvation is by grace alone, and that faith is revealed in our desire to obey the laws (Torah) of Elohim. Faith without works is dead.

 

Often times, Messianic believers are falsely accused of legalism; we are accused of teaching salvation by works. The fact is, Messianic believers believe fully in salvation by grace; salvation is a finished work, made possible by the death, burial and resurrection of Yeshua the Messiah. Let me be perfectly clear, no man can earn salvation by keeping any commandment - not of Elohim or man.

 

As Messianic believers, we believe in keeping the law (Torah) of YaHWeH, because of our salvation by grace – not to earn salvation. If we were not saved (by grace), there would be no point in keeping ANY commandment given by Elohim. The law (Torah) is for those that belong to YaHWeH; it is not a way to become the people of YaHWeH. This was true of Israel of old, and it is true of us today.

 

“Do not think that I came to abolish the Torah or the Prophets! I did not come to abolish, but to fulfill. Amen, I tell you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or serif shall ever pass away from the Torah until all things come to pass. Therefore, whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others the same, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven. But whoever keeps and teaches them, this one shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I tell you that unless your righteousness exceeds that of the Pharisees and Torah scholars, you shall never enter the kingdom of heaven! 

(Matthew 5:17-20 TLV)


In Matthew 5:20, the term “Righteousness” refers to the Torah and or commandments. The Scribes and Pharisees followed what is known as “Oral Torah”, it is a canon of traditions and twisted interpretations drawn from the Torah of YaHWeH. Most Christians confuse the oral torah with the scriptural Torah of YaHWeH. Yeshua said that our righteousness (Torah) must exceed the (oral torah) of the scribes and Pharisees; in other words, our Torah must be the written Torah of YaHWeH found in scripture, and not the oral torah of the scribes and Pharisees, drawn from scripture and tradition. WARNING: Do not let any man tell you that they are the same; mark them as liars or ignorant!!


 

Finally, a word from Paul: 

Do we then nullify the Torah through faithfulness? May it never be! On the contrary, we uphold the Torah. 

(Romans 3:31 TLV)


Oneness of Elohim

We believe with perfect faith: Hear O Israel, YaHWeH is our Elohim; YaHWeH is one. (Deut. 6:4)


While all of Christianity proclaims faith in one Elohim, the Churches doctrine of “The Trinity” flies in the face of their confession. Many Messianic believers still cling to this Church doctrine, while tweaking it with terms like “triunity”; the fact is, the doctrine of the trinity is a pagan influenced teaching that is ripe with polytheistic trappings.


YaHWeH is ONE; The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit are all revelations of the one true Elohim. Yeshua, the Son, is the very spoken word of YaHWeH manifested in the flesh; he never existed as a person before the manifestation, but only as the invisible spoken word of Elohim. The Holy Spirit is the active power and creative force of YaHWeH, not a third person in some heavenly polyistic godhead.

“Hear O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one . 

(Deuteronomy 6:4 TLV)


H259 'echâd  ekh-awd'  one, only, other, some, together.

To argue that echad (one) can only mean “unity” is ignorance of overall scripture; while the Hebrew word “echad (one) can mean a unity, context and overall scriptural witness must be applied. The scriptures make it clear – there is no Elohim but YaHWeH.


Do not dread or be afraid. Have I not told you and declared it long ago? So you are My witnesses! Is there any God beside Me? Is there any other Rock? I know of none. 

(Isaiah 44:8 TLV)


Thus says Adonai, your Redeemer, who formed you from the womb: “I am Adonai, Maker of all things, stretching out the heavens alone, spreading the earth abroad by Myself, 

(Isaiah 44:24 TLV)


The Scriptures

We believe with perfect faith in the inspiration of the original autographs of the scriptures we believe in one complete canon of scripture, undivided, into two testaments.


This may be a bit more controversial. We believe in one canon of scripture, made up of the Torah (Genesis – Deuteronomy), the writings (history, wisdom and psalms), the Prophets, the Gospels (Matthew-John), and the epistles (Acts, Paul, other apostles/disciples); in other words, the protestant canon). That being said, we do not count the whole of scripture as the Word of YaHWeH, but it is a canon of scripture that contains within it, the words of YaHWeH. All scripture is inspired by YaH, but inspiration does not automatically translate into the very word of YaHWeH.

 

All scripture must be built upon and tested by the foundation of all scripture, which is the Torah. If any scripture, in anyway, alters the truth of Torah, while the overall book may be inspired, that specific scripture is not inspired. I personally have not found such an instance in scripture, but the principle stands nonetheless. (I have heard a lot of interpretation of scripture that would bring this principle into account).

 

We believe the original autographs of the scriptures were written in Hebrew and or Aramaic, and later translated into Greek; the only possible exceptions are the letters of Paul. That being said, even the letters of Paul, if they were written in Greek, were written by a Hebrew scholar who was translating Hebraic thoughts and concepts into the Greek language – as such, they are ripe for miscommunication due to the processes of language transference (especially when you add to that the translations into (Latin, German and English). When we add to the mix the infection of religious dogma and theological fear mongering, the writings of the epistles must be fully tested and approved by the foundation of Torah and prophetic revelation found in the TeNaKh (O.T.). One does not build a foundation on the roof of a house – this is the act of religion.

 

The Law (Torah)

We believe with perfect faith in the everlasting, unalterable law of Elohim; no law can ever be added to it or taken away from it. While some of the commandments may not be presently applicable in our dispersion, they are nonetheless eternal, and will be fully restored.


We believe in the words of Messiah, that the Law (Torah) of YaHWeH is eternal and that not one bit will be changed.

 

“Do not think that I came to abolish the Torah or the Prophets! I did not come to abolish, but to fulfill. Amen, I tell you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or serif shall ever pass away from the Torah until all things come to pass. 

(Matthew 5:17-18 TLV)


No writer of scripture has authority to change the Law (Torah) of YaHWeH; to do so automatically marks the individual as a false Prophet and or apostle. No new revelation of scripture does away with a previous revelation of scripture. The law (Torah) of YaHWeH is eternal and for all Israel; it is not Jewish law; it is the law of YaHWeH our Elohim. The term Israel refers to all who are in covenant with YaHWeH, it is not a term for a select race of people.

 

While we would like to see the full Torah of YaHWeH restored in the here and now, it is a fact that it is only in the state of being restored; many of the commandments of Torah will not be restored until Messiah returns and sets up his Kingdom. At best, for many commandments, we can only practice them as rehearsals. While we in the Messianic movement take great pride in keeping the Holy days of YaHWeH, the reality is, at best we are only rehearsing for the real thing.


I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book. If anyone adds to them, God shall add to him the plagues that are written in this book; and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his share in the Tree of Life and the Holy City, which are written in this book. 

(Revelation 22:18-19 TLV)


“Whatever I command you, you must take care to do—you are not to add to it or take away from it. “Suppose a prophet or a dreamer of dreams rises up among you and gives you a sign or wonder, and the sign or wonder he spoke to you comes true, while saying, ‘Let’s follow other gods’—that you have not known, and—‘Let’s serve them!’ You must not listen to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams—for Adonai your God is testing you, to find out whether you love Adonai your God with all your heart and with all your soul. Adonai your God you will follow and Him you will fear. His mitzvot you will keep, to His voice you will listen, Him you will serve and to Him you will cling. 

(Deuteronomy 13:1-5 TLV)


Authority

We believe with perfect faith that the oral laws of the Rabbis are not binding upon the children of YaHWeH; and this includes all Church dogma that does not line up with the Torah.


Whether we are speaking about Judaism or Christianity, the religious spirit is alive and well. Judaism is a religious system that is legislated by oral torah; it is the traditions of men, based on manipulation of Torah that guides this ancient religion. While there is much to be learned by our Jewish brethren, we are not being restored to Judaism, but to the Torah of YaHWeH. Christianity is also a religious system legislated by tradition; whereas Judaism has perverted the Torah and the Prophets to create their system of faith, Christianity has perverted the apostolic writings and infused within the matrix a plethora of pagan tradition and practice. Just as there is much to be learned from Judaism, there is much to be learned from Christianity – but neither Judaism nor Christianity is the apostolic pattern of faith.

 

As men and women who are being restored to the truth, we are being called back to the Torah of YaHWeH; we are being awakened to a Hebraic mindset. This restoration – this awakening – is a process; we are on a journey that will not be complete until our Messiah splits the Eastern skies and sets up his Kingdom on this Earth. The return to Torah is a matter of sanctification, it is not about justification; we do not keep the Torah to earn salvation; we keep Torah, because we are saved (for the lack of a better term).


While there may be much wisdom in the traditions of religion, those traditions must never be elevated to the commandments of YaHWeH. As Messianic believers, we follow many Jewish traditions, our Passover rehearsals would be very bland without the traditions of Judaism to give them structure; this is true of Sabbath and other faith issues.

Yeshua never railed against tradition; he railed against tradition that made the word of YaHWeH of no effect – there is a big difference! Tradition must be tested against the Torah of YaHWeH; whether that tradition is from Judaism or from Christianity. In ALL things, let YaHWeH be true and EVERY man a liar.

 

Everyone practicing sin also practices lawlessness—indeed, sin is lawlessness. 

(1 John 3:4 TLV)


Sin is not the transgression of religious tradition and dogma; sin is the transgression of the Law of YaHWeH. We are not servants of men/religion; we are servants of YaHWeH. Do not elevate man to the position of Elohim.

 

Resurrection of the dead

We believe with perfect faith in the resurrection of the dead.


There is not a lot that can be added to this statement. We believe what is written in the scriptures:

For this we tell you, by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord shall in no way precede those who are asleep. For the Lord Himself shall come down from heaven with a commanding shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the blast of God’s shofar, and the dead in Messiah shall rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left behind, will be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air—and so we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore encourage one another with these words. 

(1 Thessalonians 4:15-18 TLV)


This is the point where Messiah sets up his Kingdom on Earth for one thousand years. We do not believe in a pre-trib rapture; the “I’ll fly away” doctrine is not scriptural. We believe that the coming of Messiah, and the setting up of his Kingdom are simultaneous events.

 

The Name YHWH

We believe with perfect faith in the name of Elohim, and that name is YaHWeH (YHWH), and rejects the use of the titles (The LORD, God, Adonai...) in replace of His name. This is not to suggest that YaHWeH is not Lord/Adonai, but only that His name is not to be hidden by this and other titles.

 

The name of Elohim is YaHWeH (YHWH); while we hold no disunity with brethren who choose to spell/pronounce the name of Elohim in other ways, we do find detesting those who make such an issue a personal war. This also holds true in regards to the name of Messiah.

While YaHWeH holds many titles, His name has been revealed to be YaHWeH (YHWH) nearly 7,000 times in the TeNaKh (O.T.); and who knows how many times it is hidden in the apostolic writings.

The name YaHWeH is stealthfully hidden throughout the bible by the titles “the LORD” and GOD”; this was not done by the will of YaHWeH, but by the religious superstitions of men/scribes and translators.

 

How can you say, ‘We are wise! The Torah of Adonai is with us’? In fact, it is the lying pen of the scribes that have made it a lie. 

(Jeremiah 8:8 TLV)


You dwell in the midst of deceit. In deceit they refuse to know Me.” It is a declaration of Adonai. 

(Jeremiah 9:5 TLV)


The deceptive practice of blotting out the name of Elohim (YaHWeH) is a practice initiated by the scribes of Judaism and continued by Christianity.

The use of the titles of YaHWeH, such as Lord, King, Father, Savior, Redeemer, almighty, etc.…. are perfectly fine; but they must never be used to hide the true name YaHWeH.

There is good evidence that blotting out the name of Elohim is a transgression of the fourth commandment


“You must not take the Name of Adonai your God in vain, for Adonai will not hold him guiltless that takes His Name in vain. 

(Exodus 20:7 TLV)


The Hebrew word that is translated as “vain” is the word “shav”, and it has the meaning of bringing something to nothing.

H7723  שַׁו שָׁוְאo  shâv' shav  shawv, shav

From the same as H7722 in the sense of desolating; evil (as destructive), literally (ruin) or morally (especially guile); figuratively idolatry (as false, subjectively), uselessness (as deceptive, objectively; also adverbially in vain): - false (-ly), lie, lying, vain, vanity.

As for the common title “God”, we have come to learn that this is the actual name of a Babylonian deity of luck and fortune, and therefore, we will not use this word in anyway in reference to YaHWeH.


Isaiah 65:11 But ye are they that forsake YaHWeH, that forget my holy mountain, that prepare a table for Gad (pronounced God), and that furnish the drink offering unto that number.


Two-House Theology

We believe with perfect faith in the two house restoration of all Israel. 


The two house restoration is the epitome of “the Gospel”. YaHWeH divorced and scattered the house of Israel (Ten Tribes) among the Gentiles in 723 BC and made a promise that he would one day send out fishermen to restore them to His eternal covenant.


“Therefore, the days are quickly coming,” declares Adonai, “when it will no longer be said. ‘As Adonai lives, who brought up the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt.’ Rather, ‘As Adonai lives, who brought up the children of Israel from the land of the north and from all the lands where He had banished them.’ So I will bring them back into their land that I gave to their fathers. “Behold, I will send for many fishers,” says Adonai, “and they will fish for them. After that, I will send for many hunters, and they will hunt them down from every mountain and from every hill, and out of the clefts of the rocks. 

(Jeremiah 16:14-16 TLV)

 

Yeshua the Messiah came and proclaimed the beginning of this restoration, a beginning that has taken on rapid fulfillment in our days.


“Now is the fullness of time,” He said, “and the kingdom of God is near! Turn away from your sins, and believe in the Good News!” Passing along by the Sea of Galilee, He saw Simon and Simon’s brother Andrew casting a net in the sea, for they were fishermen. And Yeshua said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you become fishers of men.” 

(Mark 1:15-17 TLV)


Mark 1:15-17 And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of YaHWeH is at hand: repent (return to the Torah), and believe the gospel. Now as he walked by the sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew his brother casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers. And Yeshua said unto them, come ye after me, and I will make you to become fishers of men.

While many have their own opinion as to the reason Yeshua came, Yeshua makes the reason for his coming very clear


But He responded, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” 

(Matthew 15:24 TLV)


Let me make this clear, the lost sheep of the house of Israel is not a reference to the Jews; it is a reference from Prophecy directed at the Ten tribe house of Ephraim who YaHWeH divorced in 723BC; these Hebrews of the Northern tribes lost all identity as Israel and Hebrews and they became totally swallowed up by the nations, becoming Gentiles in every way.


Due to the nature of the Genitalization of the house of Israel, YaHWeH had to open a door for ALL Gentiles to return to the covenant as full Hebrews and Seeds of Abraham; this miraculous regeneration is the work of the Holy Spirit within the born again experience.


Therefore if anyone is in Messiah, he is a new creation. The old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Messiah and gave us the ministry of reconciliation. That is, in Messiah God was reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them; and He has entrusted the message of reconciliation to us. 

(2 Corinthians 5:17-19 TLV)


Therefore the Torah became our guardian to lead us to Messiah, so that we might be made right based on trusting. But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian. For you are all sons of God through trusting in Messiah Yeshua. For all of you who were immersed in Messiah have clothed yourselves with Messiah. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female—for you are all one in Messiah Yeshua. And if you belong to Messiah, then you are Abraham’s seed—heirs according to the promise. 

(Galatians 3:24-29 TLV)


Therefore, keep in mind that once you—Gentiles in the flesh—were called “uncircumcision” by those called “circumcision” (which is performed on flesh by hand). At that time you were separate from Messiah, excluded from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Messiah Yeshua, you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of the Messiah. For He is our shalom, the One who made the two into one and broke down the middle wall of separation. Within His flesh He made powerless the hostility— the law code of mitzvot contained in regulations. He did this in order to create within Himself one new man from the two groups, making shalom, and to reconcile both to God in one body through the cross—by which He put the hostility to death. And He came and proclaimed shalom to you who were far away and shalom to those who were near— for through Him we both have access to the Father by the same Ruach. So then you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but you are fellow citizens with God’s people and members of God’s household. You have been built on the foundation made up of the emissaries and prophets, with Messiah Yeshua Himself being the cornerstone. In Him the whole building, being fitted together, is growing into a holy temple for the Lord. In Him, you also are being built together into God’s dwelling place in the Ruach. 

(Ephesians 2:11-22 TLV)


New (renewed) Covenant

We believe with perfect faith that the New (renewed) covenant is for the two houses of Israel alone. All who desire to take part in the New (renewed) covenant must become seeds of Abraham (Isaac and Jacob). The new (renewed covenant) is not for the Gentiles.

 

YaHWeH made His covenant with Israel; He did not make His covenant with the Gentiles. That being said, He is a gracious and loving Elohim, who loves all of His creation and doesn’t desire that any should perish. Before Messiah came, YaH made provisions for the Nations by allowing them to enter Israel (His covenant people) by becoming strangers and alien residents; it is written that there would be one law for Israel and for the stranger that dwelt among them. Fast forward to the coming of Messiah, and the beginning restoration of the house of Israel; the house of Israel (Ephraim) was booted out of the covenant in 723BC for their failure to guard the commandments of YaHWeH; Ephraim wanted to live like the Gentiles, so YaHWeH caused them to become Gentiles. In order that YaHWeH could keep His promise of restoration to Ephraim, He had to open a door to all nations (Gentiles) to become Hebrews (the seed of Abraham); in order for YaHWeH to re- graft this wild olive branch back into the natural olive tree, He had to recon all Gentiles who answered the call as the lost sheep of the house of Israel; this is the message of the gospel; this is the message of Paul to the Gentiles.

 

When a Gentile answers the call / message of the gospel (RESTORATION), they become the seed of Abraham; they become new (renewed) creations in Messiah; old things (identities) are passed away and all things become new. Identity is everything; we must be able to internalize this very real miracle of the born again experience that we might cease to behave as Gentiles and start living as Hebrews.

 

Gifts of the Holy Spirit

We believe in perfect faith in the gift of the Holy Spirit (Ruach Hakodesh); we believe in the gift of tongues, as well as the gifts of the spirit.


 


The gift of the Holy Spirit is promised to all who repent of their sins (Torah transgressions) and receive the work of Yeshua the Messiah on their behalf. The Holy Spirit is not a New Testament phenomenon; it was alive and well in the Prophets and Israel of old. There does seem to be a new mission (if you will) of the Holy Spirit; whereas the Holy Spirit at one time moved on individuals for certain ministry purposes, the Holy Spirit was now to anoint all believers in Messiah and regenerate them as new creations (Hebrews). Even the Jews (who never lost covenant standing) had to be born again of the Spirit, in order to be counted as Abraham’s seed (I understand that is controversial and offensive to some); but we can see this clearly taught by Yeshua in his dealings with the Pharisees and Nicodemus. In other words, it is not those who are physically born the seed of Abraham that are counted as the seed, but those who are born of the will of YaHWeH.

We believe in the gift of speaking in tongues – as the Spirit gives utterance; let me qualify that statement. We do not believe in teaching people to speak in tongues, or in mimicking what one has heard; true tongues is that which flows like a river from YaHWeH. It is my personal opinion that the babbling of tongues is due to the impossibility for our carnal mind and tongue to express the divine utterances that flow forth. We do not teach or believe that speaking in tongues is necessary to be considered saved; neither do we hold to a belief that tongues only come forth in the form of babbling or unknown words. The expressions of speaking in tongues may come forth as tears, weeping or other manifestations.

The gifts of the Holy Spirit are in full force; as are all offices of the body of Messiah.

 

The Sabbath

We believe with perfect faith in the Seventh day Sabbath. (Sunset Friday to sunset Saturday)


As believers in the continuation of Torah, we obviously believe in keeping the seventh day Sabbath sanctified by YaHWeH our Creator. The Sabbath begins at sunset Friday evening (which biblically begins the new day) and ends at sunset on Saturday evening.


In our dispersion among the nations, Sabbath can be a difficult commandment to keep; yet it is a blessed gift and appointment that our Father has set down for all time. There are many traditions within Judaism regarding the keeping of the Sabbath (Shabbat); some of these traditions are rebuked by Messiah, but many of them are not. The most important thing to do on Sabbath is to rest, and the second thing to do – if you are able – is to join with other believers in fellowship and worship.

 

There is always the danger of turning your Sabbath rest into some legalistic ritual; this is what the Pharisees had done to great lengths; the Pharisaic legalism is still alive and well within many sects of Judaism, and even within fringe elements of the Messianic movement.

 

Many fringe groups and or believers will condemn worship of YaHWeH on Sunday, as if the first day of creation is evil or taboo; TTM does not support such unscriptural legalism as this. Sunday (the first day of the week) is not, nor has it ever been, the Sabbath; it is a wonderful day of the creation work of YaHWeH. Sunday is not scripturally designated as “The Lord’s day”, this is a fabrication of Christianity. That being said, Sunday is a wonderful day to worship YaHWeH and enjoy fellowship with friends and family – as is any other day of the week. I would only add to this that we make sure are Sabbath rest and observance be set apart from the other days of the week; if our Sunday or Wednesday is no different than our Sabbath, how have we obeyed the commandment to sanctify the Sabbath. Shabbat shalom.

 

Baptism (immersion)

We believe with perfect faith in immersion in water in the name of Yeshua the Messiah (Acts 2:38).


We believe that Water Immersion (Baptism) is only for adults, and children who have come to the age of accountability. Immersion is to be performed by the individual, with one or more witnesses present. Immersion is to be in living water (preferably) and in water deep enough to immerse the entire body. While we do not say the immersion cannot be done by a minister, it is preferable for the individual to immerse themselves in front of witnesses. The person who is being immersed is to first repent of their sins – it is important that the person being immersed understand that sin is the transgression of the Law (Torah) of YaHWeH. The act of repenting is not only summed up in pious sorrow for breaking YaHWeH’s law (Torah); but also the full intent on learning and practicing the law (Torah) from this point forward. The return to Torah is a process, and one should expect they will need to repent along their journey of restoration.

 

When the individual is ready to be immersed, they should do so according to Acts 2:38

 

Peter said to them, “Repent, and let each of you be immersed in the name of Messiah Yeshua for the removal of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Ruach ha-Kodesh. For the promise is for you and your children, and for all who are far away—as many as Adonai our God calls to Himself.” 

(Acts 2:38-39 TLV)


An example may be: “Father YaHWeH, I come before you in the name of your son Yeshua; I have sinned in not keeping your righteous commandments; I repent of my sins and seek to learn and follow your Torah; I immerse myself in the name of your son Yeshua the Messiah for the remission of all my sins, and ask you to fill me with your Holy Spirit”.

 

*Please note that the above quote is only an example, and not to be deemed some legalistic formula.

 

Sin

We believe with perfect faith that the only definition for sin is transgression of the Torah (The commandments of Elohim).

 

There are many things in this life that is not advisable, but not everything that is ill-advised is a sin. Sin is the transgression of the Torah of YaHWeH; it is not defined simply as bad choices. When we break a commandment given by YaHWeH, we have committed sin. Sin is not the transgression of the oral torah of the Rabbis; sin is also not the transgression of a Church or denominations standards and dogma.

 

Everyone practicing sin also practices lawlessness—indeed, sin is lawlessness. 

(1 John 3:4 TLV)


For the Torah brings about wrath; but where there is no law, neither is there a violation. 

(Romans 4:15 TLV)


It is because the law of YaHWeH is still binding on all His covenant people that we are so in need of Grace. If the law is annulled, grace is a useless commodity. If the law is nailed to the cross, we have no need to repent, or even have anything to repent of.

 

Congregational rules and standards are very important, as are rules in any organization; but those rules – as important as they may be – are not to be used to define what sin is (unless the rules are taken directly and in context from the Torah.