1. We believe the Bible to be the only inspired Word of God. The Word of God includes the Tanach (Old Testament) and the Brit Chadashah (New Testament).
2 Timothy 3:16: All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.
2. We believe in the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the one true God
Deut. 6:4: Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, The LORD is one"
and Yeshua, God's Son, the only Messiah for Jews and Gentile.
Acts 4:12: Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
3. We believe in the absolute unity of God the Father, the Son (Moshiach), and the Ruach (Spirit/Shakan). God is 'Echad', One. Deut. 6:4: Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD. They are all one and it is a mystery that makes them one. This is clearly Biblically-based but not fully understood by finite man. Genesis
Genesis 1:2: And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. John 1:14: He was in the beginning with God. 3All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.
4. We believe in Deity of the Messiah as proclaimed in the Scriptures:
Isaiah 9:6: For to us a child is born. to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, EL GIBOR, Everlasting ABBA, Prince of SHALOM.
Micah 5:2: But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, Thou you are little among the thousands of Judah,out of you shall come forth to Me; The One to be Ruler in Israel, Whose goings forth are from of old, From everlasting.
John 1: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2The same was in the beginning with God.
John 10:27-38. My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. 28And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. 29My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand. 30I and My Father are one… If I do not do the works of My Father, do not believe Me; 38but if I do, though you do not believe Me, believe the works, that you may know and believe that the Father is in Me, and I in Him.”
5. We believe in the miraculous birth of the Messiah by the virgin Miryam:
Isaiah 7:14: Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel;
Matthew 1:18-25: Now the birth of the Messiah Yeshua was as follows: After His mother Miryam was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit. 19Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not wanting to make her a public example, was minded to put her away secretly. 20But while he thought about these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Miryam your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. 21And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.22So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying: 23“Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” translated, “God with us”. 24Then Joseph, being aroused from sleep, did as the angel of the Lord commanded him and took to him his wife, 25and did not know her till she had brought forth her firstborn Son. And he called His name Yeshua.
6. We believe it's God's desire to redeem all mankind.
2 Peter 3:9. The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. His means of atonement for the world is through the suffering, death and resurrection of Messiah, Yeshua.
Isaiah 53: 4-11: Surely He has borne our griefs, And carried our sorrows. Yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions,bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him… Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise Him; He has put Him to grief. When You make His soul an offering for sin, He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in His hand. He shall see the labor of His soul, and be satisfied. By His knowledge My righteous Servant shall justify many, for He shall bear their iniquities, and by His stripes we are healed.
Lev. 17:11: For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that makes an atonement for the soul.
John 14:1-6: Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. 2In 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. 3And 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.4And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know… I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. We receive this salvation by faith in Yeshua and God's grace.
Ephesians 2:4-8: But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, 5even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Messiah (for by grace you have been saved), 6and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Messiah Yeshua, 7that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Messiah Yeshua. 8For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9not of works, lest anyone should boast.
Romans 3:23; 6:22, 23; 10:8-13: For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in the Messiah Yeshua, 25whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood… But now having been set free from sin, and having become slaves of God, you have your fruit to holiness, and the end, everlasting life. 23For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Yeshua the Messiah, our Lord… 8But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith which we preach): 9that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Yeshua, and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 10For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.” 12For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him. 13For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
7. We believe that when a Jew or non-Jew puts his trust in Yeshua as Messiah, they are grafted (or re-grafted) into the olive tree of Israel, by faith. Faith in Israel’s Messiah Yeshua makes one a member in the commonwealth of Israel. Our Father, Abraham believed God and it was credited to him as righteousness. If we are in Messiah, we are Abraham’s seed and heirs according to the Promise
(Romans 11:17-27, John 8:33-39, Ephesians 2:11-19, Galatians 3:29).
17 If some of the branches have been broken off, and you, though a wild olive shoot, have been grafted in among the others and now share in the nourishing sap from the olive root, 18 do not consider yourself to be superior to those other branches. If you do, consider this: You do not support the root, but the root supports you. 19 You will say then, “Branches were broken off so that I could be grafted in.” 20 Granted. But they were broken off because of unbelief, and you stand by faith. Do not be arrogant, but tremble. 21 For if God did not spare the natural branches, he will not spare you either.22 Consider therefore the kindness and sternness of God: sternness to those who fell, but kindness to you, provided that you continue in his kindness. Otherwise, you also will be cut off. 23 And if they do not persist in unbelief, they will be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again. 24 After all, if you were cut out of an olive tree that is wild by nature, and contrary to nature were grafted into a cultivated olive tree, how much more readily will these, the natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree! 25 I do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery, brothers and sisters, so that you may not be conceited: Israel has experienced a hardening in part until the full number of the Gentiles has come in, 26 and in this way[a] all Israel will be saved. As it is written: “The deliverer will come from Zion; he will turn godlessness away from Jacob. 27 And this is my covenant with them when I take away their sins.”
They answered him, “We are Abraham’s descendants and have never been slaves of anyone. How can you say that we shall be set free?”34 Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. 35 Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. 36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. 37 I know that you are Abraham’s descendants. Yet you are looking for a way to kill me, because you have no room for my word. 38 I am telling you what I have seen in the Father’s presence, and you are doing what you have heard from your father.” 39 “Abraham is our father,” they answered.“If you were Abraham’s children,” said Jesus, “then you would[b] do what Abraham did.
11 Therefore, remember that formerly you who are Gentiles by birth and called “uncircumcised” by those who call themselves “the circumcision” (which is done in the body by human hands)— 12 remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world. 13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ.14 For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, 15 by setting aside in his flesh the law with its commands and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace, 16 and in one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility. 17 He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near. 18 For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit.19 Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household,
29 If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.
8. We believe that Messiah commanded all disciples to participate in mikvah (water) immersion as an outward sign of our inward faith, not for salvation. This is also an identification with our new life in Messiah His death and resurrection.
Acts 2:37-38: Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Yeshua the Messiah, for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call.” Acts 8:34-38. Now as they went down the road, they came to some water. And the eunuch said, “See, here is water. What hinders me from being baptized? Then Philip said, “If you believe with all your heart, you may.”And he answered and said, “I believe that Yeshua the Messiah is the Son of God.”38So he commanded the chariot to stand still. And both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water, and he baptized him. 39Now when they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught Philip away, so that the eunuch saw him no more.
9. Every believer should participate in the ceremony of communion, which Yeshua established as a memorial for all believers, the night before he died, at His last meal:
Luke 22:17-20: And when He had taken a cup and given thanks, He said, “Take this and share it among yourselves; 18for I say to you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine from now on until the kingdom of God comes.” 19And when He had taken some bread and given thanks, He broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” 20And in the same way He took the cup after they had eaten, saying, “This cup which is poured out for you is the new covenant in My blood. Paul also writes in1 Cor. 11:23-34: 23For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you, that the Lord Yeshua, in the night in which He was betrayed took bread; 24and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “This is My body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” 25In the same way He took the cup also after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood; do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.” 26For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes. … For the Messiah, our Passover also has been sacrificed. 8Therefore let us celebrate the feast, not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.
10. We believe in New Heavens and New Earth: We believe that the New Heaven and New Earth is the final destination of the saints, and the place where we will spend eternity in a glorified body after life on earth, in a new and better individual existence, consistent with Yeshuas’ numerous promises of eternal life.
Rev 21:1. Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and earth had passed away, and the sea was no more.
Isaiah 51:11 So the ransomed of the LORD will return And come with joyful shouting to Zion, And everlasting joy will be on their heads. They will obtain gladness and joy, And sorrow and sighing will flee away.
Isaiah 65:17 "For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth; And the former things will not be remembered or come to mind.
Isaiah 66:22 "For just as the new heavens and the new earth Which I make will endure before Me," declares the LORD, "So your offspring and your name will endure.
Romans 8:21 that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God.
John 10:27 My sheep listen to My voice; I know them, and they follow Me.
Hebrews 12:26 At that time His voice shook the earth, but now He has promised, "Once more I will shake not only the earth, but heaven as well."
Hebrews 12:27 The words, "Once more," signify the removal of what can be shaken--that is, created things--so that the unshakable may remain.
1 Peter 1:4-5 and into an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, reserved in heaven for you, who through faith are protected by God's power for the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.
2 Peter 3:13 But in keeping with God's promise, we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells.
Revelation 20:11 Then I saw a great white throne and the One who sat on it. The earth and the heavens fled from His presence, and no place was found for them.
11. We believe that every member of the body of Messiah should strive to live a life that is holy and reflects a Biblical standard.
Gal 5:16-25. But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh. 17For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, so that you may not do the things that you please. 18But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the Law. 19Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality, 20idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, 21envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you, just as I have forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. 22But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. 24Now those who belong to Yeshua the Messiah have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit. We acknowledge man's continued struggle in striving against the sin nature, condemned by the Law of God.
Romans 7:4-25. What shall we say then? Is the Law sin? May it never be! On the contrary, I would not have come to know sin except through the Law; for I would not have known about coveting if the Law had not said, “You shall not covet.” 8But sin, taking opportunity through the commandment, produced in me coveting of every kind… So then, the Law is holy, and the commandment is holy and righteous and good.13Therefore did that which is good become a cause of death for me? May it never be! Rather it was sin, in order that it might be shown to be sin by effecting my death through that which is good, so that through the commandment sin would become utterly sinful… 4For we know that the Law is spiritual, but I am of flesh, sold into bondage to sin. 15For what I am doing, I do not understand; for I am not practicing what I would like to do, but I am doing the very thing I hate. 16But if I do the very thing I do not want to do, I agree with the Law, confessing that the Law is good. 17So now, no longer am I the one doing it, but sin which dwells in me. 18For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh; for the willing is present in me, but the doing of the good is not. 19For the good that I want, I do not do, but I practice the very evil that I do not want. 20But if I am doing the very thing I do not want, I am no longer the one doing it, but sin which dwells in me…. 24Wretched man that I am! Who will set me free from the body of this death? 25Thanks be to God through Yeshua Messiah, our Lord! Yet, this does not give excuse to anyone who lives in the consistent practice of unrepented sin. We should live in purity and holiness, walking with, and focused on God.
1 John 1:5-10: This is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all. 6If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth; 7but if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin. 8If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us. 9If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar and His word is not in us.
Ephesians 5:1-21: But immorality or any impurity or greed must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints; 4and there must be no filthiness and silly talk, or coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks….17So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. 18And do not get drunk with wine, for that is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit, 19speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord; 20always giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Yeshua the Messiah to God the Father; 21and be subject to one another in the fear of Messiah. Forgiveness of sin by God does not mean we have been granted permission to sin; rather, it means we are free from being in bondage to sin.
Romans 6:1-7: What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin so that grace may increase? 2May it never be! How shall we who died to sin still live in it? 3Or do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Messiah Yeshua have been baptized into His death? 4Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as the Messiah was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life. 5For if we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall also be in the likeness of His resurrection, 6knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, in order that our body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin; 7for he who has died is freed from sin.
12. We believe that the Ruach HaKodesh (God's Holy Spirit) gives spiritual gifts to believers, though no one particular gift is given to every believer.
1 Corinthians chapters 12, 13, 14:4 Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit. 5And there are varieties of ministries, and the same Lord. 6There are varieties of effects, but the same God who works all things in all persons. 7But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good… 11But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually just as He wills…. 13For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free, and we were all made to drink of one Spirit…. 27Now you are Messiah’s body, and individually members of it. 28And God has appointed in the church, first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrations, various kinds of tongues… 1If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3And if I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I surrender my body to be burned, but do not have love, it profits me nothing. 4Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, 5does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, 6does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; 7bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things…. 13But now abide these three; faith, hope, love; but the greatest of these is love.
13. The Sabbath Biblical Israel was required to keep the Shabbat for two chief reasons: (1) to commemorate the creative activity of God who after the six days (yamim) of creation rested on the seventh (the Shabbat); and (2) to commemorate the Exodus from Egypt when God had delivered His people from the unrelenting labors of slavery. As a free people, they were to take the Shabbat as a true day of rest in gratitude for God’s liberation from the restless bondage they had endured and honor the Creator who had also rested on the Shabbat. The biblical pattern of resting on the Shabbat has proven to be the sound model for God’s worshippers. God recognized the health benefit too that a weekly day of rest would provide the people He so loved. He wanted all His people to have a weekly respite from their labors so as to rejuvenate their minds, bodies, and souls with a divinely mandated rest period. All God’s people would do well to benefit by following this biblical model with deep gratitude to God for His loving instruction to rest.
"And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it He had rested from all his work which God created and made." - Genesis 2:3
Exodus 20:8-9, "Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. 9 "Six days you shall labor and do all your work."
Exodus 23:12, "Six days you are to do your work, but on the seventh day you shall cease from labor in order that your ox and your donkey may rest, and the son of your female slave, as well as your stranger, may refresh themselves."
Exodus 31:15, "For six days work may be done, but on the seventh day there is a sabbath of complete rest, holy to the Lord; whoever does any work on the sabbath day shall surely be put to death."
Deuteronomy 5:12, "Observe the sabbath day to keep it holy, as the Lord your God commanded you."
Leviticus 26:2, "You shall keep My sabbaths and reverence My sanctuary; I am the Lord."
It's important to remember that the Sabbath was never change by God, but by men.
In 1562, the Archbishop declared that tradition now stood above scripture.“The authority of the Church is illustrated most clearly by the scriptures, for on one hand she recommends them, declares them to be divine, and offers them to us to be read, and on the other hand, the legal precepts in the scriptures taught by the Lord have ceased by virtue of the same authority. The Sabbath, the most glorious day in the law, has been changed into the Lord’s day. These and other similar matters have not ceased by virtue of Christ’s teaching (for He says that He has come to fulfill the law, not to destroy it), but they have been changed by the authority of the Church.” – Gaspare de Posso Archbishop of Reggio, Council of Trent.
Most denominations incorrectly believe the fourth commandment refers to Sunday. The Catholic church amazingly acknowledges this fact. Many of their official writings point to the fact that they changed the Biblical worship from the biblical Sabbath (Saturday) to Sunday.
Here are some revealing Catholic source quotes which show the incredible audacity of this “christian” church:
CONSTANTINE: MAR. 7TH, 321 AD, DECREES: “Let all judges and towns people, and the occupation of all trades rest on the venerable day of the Sun……”
COUNCIL OF LAODICEA 364 A.D. CANON XXIX (29) “Christians must not judaize by resting on the Sabbath, but must work on that day, rather honoring the Lord’s Day; and, if they can, resting as Christians. But if any shall be found to be judaizers, let them be anathema from Christ”
“Is not every Christian obliged to sanctify Sunday and to abstain on that day from unnecessary servile work? Is not the observance of this law among the most prominent of our sacred duties? But you may read the Bible from Genesis to Revelation, and you will not find a single line authorizing the sanctification of Sunday. The Scriptures enforce the religious observance of Saturday, a day which we never sanctify.” – James Cardinal Gibbons, The Faith of Our Fathers (1917 edition), p. 72-73 (16th Edition, p 111; 88th Edition, p. 89).
“For example, nowhere in the Bible do we find that Christ or the Apostles ordered that the Sabbath be changed from Saturday to Sunday. We have the commandment of God given to Moses to keep holy the Sabbath day, that is the 7th day of the week, Saturday. Today most Christians keep Sunday because it has been revealed to us by the [Roman Catholic] church outside the Bible.” – Catholic Virginian, October 3, 1947, p. 9, article “To Tell You the Truth.”
“The holy day, the Sabbath, was changed from Saturday to Sunday. ‘The day of the Lord’ was chosen, not from any direction noted in the Scriptures, but from the (Catholic) Church’s sense of its own power…People who think that the Scriptures should be the sole authority, should logically become 7th Day Adventists, and keep Saturday holy.” – St. Catherine Church Sentinel, Algonac, Michigan, May 21, 1995.
“Question – Which is the Sabbath day? Answer – Saturday is the Sabbath day. Question – Why do we observe Sunday instead of Saturday? Answer – We observe Sunday instead of Saturday because the Catholic Church, in the Council of Laodicea (A.D. 364), transferred the solemnity from Saturday to Sunday.” – Peter Geiermann, C.S.S.R., The Convert’s Catechism of Catholic Doctrine, p. 50, 3rd edition, 1957.
“It is well to remind the Presbyterians, Baptists, Methodists, and all other Christians, that the Bible does not support them anywhere in their observance of Sunday. Sunday is an institution of the Roman Catholic Church, and those who observe the day observe a commandment of the Catholic Church.” – Priest Brady, in an address reported in The News, Elizabeth, New Jersey, March 18, 1903.
“They [the Protestants] deem it their duty to keep the Sunday holy. Why? Because the Catholic Church tells them to do so. They have no other reason…The observance of Sunday thus comes to be an ecclesiastical law entirely distinct from the divine law of Sabbath observance…The author of the Sunday law…is the Catholic Church.” – Ecclesiastical Review, February 1914.
“It was the Catholic church which…has transferred this rest to Sunday in remembrance of the resurrection of our Lord. Therefore the observance of Sunday by the Protestants is an homage they pay, in spite of themselves, to the authority of the (Catholic) church.” – Monsignor Louis Segur, Plain Talk About the Protestantism of Today, p. 213.
“I have repeatedly offered $1,000 to anyone who can prove to me from the Bible alone that I am bound to keep Sunday holy. There is no such law in the Bible. It is a law of the holy Catholic Church alone. The Bible says, ‘Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy.’ The Catholic Church says: ‘No. By my divine power I abolish the Sabbath day and command you to keep holy the first day of the week.’ And lo! The entire civilized world bows down in a reverent obedience to the command of the holy Catholic Church.” – father T. Enright, C.S.S.R. of the Redemptoral College, Kansas City, in a lecture at Hartford, Kansas, February 18, 1884, printed in History of the Sabbath, p. 802.
“Even if the Pope were Satan incarnate, we ought not to raise up our heads against him, but calmly lie down to rest on his bosom. He who rebels against our Father is condemned to death, for that which we do to him we do to Christ: we honor Christ if we honor the Pope; we dishonor Christ if we dishonor the Pope. I know very well that many defend themselves by boasting: ‘They are so corrupt, and work all manner of evil!’ But God has commanded that, even if the priests, the pastors, and Christ-on-earth were incarnate devils, we be obedient and subject to them, not for their sakes, but for the sake of God, and out of obedience to Him.” – St. Catherine of Siena, SCS, p. 201-202, p. 222, (quoted in Apostolic Digest, by Michael Malone, Book 5: “The Book of Obedience”, Chapter 1: “There is No Salvation Without Personal Submission to the Pope”)
14. We believe in honoring Yeshua (Jesus) during the rehearsal of the biblical feast. The Feasts of YHWH are undeniable pictures of past, present and future events concerning Yeshua the Messiah.
Lev 23:2 "Speak to the people of Israel and say to them, These are the appointed feasts of YHVH that you shall proclaim as holy (set-apart) convocations; they are my appointed feasts.
The biclical feast acording to Leviticus 23 are Pesach (passover) HaMatzo (unleavened bread) Bikkurim (first fruits) Shavuot (pentecost) Yom Teruach (day of Trumpets) Yom Kippur (day of atonement) and Succot (tabernacles). He honor and try to keep the feast to the best of our understanding without the rabinical traditions and witting a MalkiTzaddik covenant. (book of Hebrews)
15. Kashrut/Kosher Laws
Do you think God is concerned about what we eat? Before you answer that, let me ask you this. Does God care about where you go? What you say? What you listen to? Then perhaps, He just might care about what we eat. Men, and women, spend a lot of time and effort trying to discover what is healthy for us to eat, and what is not. Believe it or not, our Father gave us good instructions in this area, if, we choose to listen. And after all, He should know!!
Kashrut is the body of commandments dealing with what foods we can and cannot eat and how those foods must be prepared and eaten. "Kashrut" comes from the Hebrew root Kaf-Shin-Reish, meaning fit, proper or correct. It is the same root as the more commonly known word "kosher," which describes food that meets these standards. Contrary to popular misconception, rabbis or other religious officials do not "bless" food to make it kosher. There are blessings that observant belivers recite over food before eating it, but these blessings have nothing to do with making the food kosher. Food can be kosher without a rabbi, a pastor or priest ever becoming involved with it: the vegetables from your garden are undoubtedly kosher (as long as they don't have any bugs, which are not kosher!)
Biblical kosher refers to the dietary laws as outlined in the Scriptures, forbidding the eating of (1) animals that God calls unclean (Lev. 11:47), (2) animal fat (Lev. 3:17), or (3) animals that still have the blood in them (Lev. 17:12-14) as food. Lev. 11 talks about clean and unclean foods. Clean animals include cows, sheep, goats, and deer. Unclean animals include pigs, horses, camels, rats, cats, dogs, snakes, raccoons, squirrels, and most insects. Clean birds include chicken, turkeys, geese, ducks, and doves. Unclean birds include eagles, sparrows, and crows. Clean seafood includes salmon, trout, and other fish with fins and scales. Unclean seafood includes catfish, sharks, shrimp, eel, octopus, squid, shellfish, and whales. The story of Noah shows that the distinction between clean and unclean foods existed early in human history, long before God ratified His covenant with Israel. Almost a thousand years before there was a covenant with the nation of Israel, God told Noah to take two pairs of unclean animals and seven pairs of clean animals into the ark (Gen. 6:19-7:2). Yeshua knew these biblical dietary laws and obeyed them.
16. Marriage We believe that Scripture teaches the home was the first institution provided to man by God himself. We believe that marriage is a sacred relationship that is between a man and a woman.
Marriage is used as a symbol that describes the relationship between the Creator and His bride. ( Genesis 1:27 / Genesis 2:18-25 / Ephesians 5:25 / Hebrews 13:4 / Revelation 19:7-9) We believe that Scripture teaches men and women are spiritually equal in position before God, but that God has ordained distinct and separate spiritual functions for men and women in the home and the Assembly. ( Romans 3:23 / Romans 5:12 / 1 Corinthians 14:25 / Ephesians 5:22-25 / Colossians 3:16-19 / 1 Timothy 3:12 / Titus 2:1-5 / 1 Peter 3:1-7 / 1 Timothy 3 )
17. Human Sexuality
We believe that God has commanded that there be NO sexual intimacy or sexual activity engaged in outside of the sanctity of covenant between one man or one woman. We believe that the acts of homosexuality, bisexuality, bestiality, incest, fornication, adultery, and pornography are sinful and ungodly perversions of the gift of sex God has given to husband and wife in the sanctity of marriage. We also believe that God forbids and disapproves of any attempt to alter one's gender by medical surgery or appearance.
Exodus 22:16-17 - And if a man entice a maid that is not betrothed, and lie with her, he shall surely endow her to be his wife. If her father utterly refuse to give her unto him, he shall pay money according to the dowry of virgins.”
Hebrews 13:4 - Marriage [is] honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.
1 Corinthians 7:2 - Nevertheless, [to avoid] fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband.
Galatians 5:19-21 - Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are [these]; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,
1 Corinthians 5:1 - It is reported commonly [that there is] fornication among you, and such fornication as is not so much as named among the Gentiles, that one should have his father's wife.
Romans 1:26-28 For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error. And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done.
Leviticus 18:22 Do not have sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman; it is abomination.
Leviticus 20:13 If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination; they shall surely be put to death; their blood is upon them.
1 Timothy 1:10 The sexually immoral, men who practice homosexuality, enslavers, liars, perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound doctrine,
We believe that human life begins at conception and that the unborn child in a mothers womb is a living human being. Abortion constitutes the unjustified, unexcused taking of unborn human life. Abortion is murder. We reject teachings that the abortions of pregnancies is an acceptable and godly practice.
Exodus 21:22 If men strive, and hurt a woman with child, so that her fruit depart from her, and yet no mischief follow: he shall be surely punished, according as the woman’s husband will lay upon him; and he shall pay as the judges determine.
Jeremiah 1:5 Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart.
Galatians 1:15 But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother's womb, and called me by his grace,
Psalm 139:13,16 For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother's womb. 14 I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. 15 My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. 16 Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.
Isaiah 44:2 This is what the Lord says—He who made you, who formed you in the womb
Because man is made in God’s own image (Genesis 1:27), each life is of great value to God: Children are a gift from God. Psalm 127:3 He even calls our children His own: You took your sons and daughters whom you bore to Me and sacrificed them… You slaughtered My children. —Ezekiel 16:20,21
God, the giver of life, commands us not to take the life of an innocent person: Do not shed innocent blood. —Jeremiah 7:6
Cursed is the man who accepts a bribe to kill an innocent person
Taking the life of the unborn is clearly murder
He didn’t kill me in the womb, with my mother as my grave.
and God vowed to punish those who…ripped open the women with child —Amos 1:13
The unborn child was granted equal protection in the law; if he lost his life, the one who caused his death must lose his own life: If men who are fighting hit a pregnant woman, and she gives birth prematurely, but there is no serious injury, the offender must be fined …if there is serious injury, you are to take life for life. —Exodus 21:22,23
19. Authority Framework and how to deal with conflict in the body. The Awakening Place authority framework uses the original model given by God to the first congregation recorded, which was led by Moses. Yeshua is the top authority. The next layer of authority is the Beit Din (explained below) and the Sr. Pastor. Elders, Deacons, Ministry Leaders, and the Body submit to the "Nasi" (president) and Beit Din. The Sr. Pastor submits to the Beit Din, Financial Board, Ministry Advisory Committee, and is a servant to the Body. The protection that we have is that we all submit one to another in the fear of YHVH. (Eph 5:21)
Matthew 18:15 is our instruction for handling conflict. When the scripture refers to taking the matter to the assembly, the 1st century church called this the Beit Din. The Beit Din (meaning “House of Judgment”) is the ruling by the elders whose purpose is to restore relationships, assess punitive damages, and decide guilt or innocence. The ultimate goal of this ministry is to develop strong, spiritually healthy individuals, which creates strong families. This, in turn, creates a strong, healthy congregation that can truly be a light to the nations. Fulfilling our mandated Biblical role of bringing the gospel of Yeshua and the blessing of His Torah to the nations is our fundamental mission.