STATEMENT OF FAITH


WE BELIEVE:

The Creator of the universe is El Shaddai (God Almighty), One, omniscient, omnipotent, omnipresent. "To us [there is but] one Elohim, the Father…" (
1 Cor. 8:6)

The Holy Spirit is the outward working of Elohim in the hearts and lives of men.

Yeshua (Jesus) of Nazareth is the Messiah (Mashiach, Hebrew for Anointed One; Christos, or "Christ" in Greek) of YHWH. In the beginning, he was the Word through which the universe was created. He became flesh to dwell among men, died at the hands of the Romans at the insistence of a faction of Jews, was raised again to defeat death and the grave, becoming a sacrifice for the sins of man, and lives forevermore at the right hand of YHWH. He WAS, during his time in the flesh on earth, a PROPHET, speaking forth the word of his Father. He IS, during this present age, our HIGH PRIEST before the King of the universe. When he returns on the clouds of glory, he WILL BE KING of kings and Master of masters.
The Bible is the inspired, infallible, authoritative word of YHWH in its original version (mostly Hebrew), but not inerrant because of the hand of man in copying and translating. It is as pertinent today as when it was originally written and is "given by inspiration of Elohim, profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of Elohim may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works." (2 Tim. 3:16-17) It was written by Jews in the Jews' language (Hebrew, not Aramaic, the Syrians' language), and to be understood properly, it must be interpreted from that background.


The Torah (Instruction) of YHWH is a commandment forever, and "good works" are a sign of the believer (Matt. 5:16; Eph. 2:10; 2 Tim. 3:17; Titus 2:7, 14; Heb. 10:24; 1 Pet. 2:12).

"The Kingdom of Elohim is at hand," (Matt. 10:7) which means now, as well as in the future. It is "within" (Lk. 17:21) those who have responded to the Gospel message. The Bible does not tell how to "go to heaven." The Kingdom is entered by faith as of a little child (Mk 10:15), repenting of sin (Matt. 4:17), and doing the will (obeying the commands) of YHWH ( Matt. 7:21). Salvation is by the faith of Yeshua, and we shall receive rewards according to our works. (Rev. 2:23)

Eternal life has always been a belief of the Jews, and the righteous of all nations will have a place in the "world to come." The "immortal soul" is not mentioned in the Bible but is an idea brought into Christianity by pagan doctrines. "Salvation" in the Bible is never equated with "eternal life." At death, "the dust return(s) to the earth as it was: and the spirit [breath; Hebrew ruach] shall return unto Elohim who gave it." ( Eccl. 12:7) "The living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing." (Eccl. 9:5) Resurrection at the end of days awaits all, some to everlasting life and some to the "second death" (Rev. 2:11; 20:6, 14; 21:8). Immortality is brought to light through the Gospel (2 Tim. 1:10) -- Therefore, it was not known prior to that.

YHWH's (not "the Jews'") Holy Days are enumerated in Leviticus 23 (the seventh-day Sabbath [v. 3], the seven Days of Unleavened bread begun with the Passover sacrifice (Pesach) [v. 5-6], the Feast of Firstfruits [v. 10], the Feast of Weeks (Shavu'ot [Pentecost]) [v. 15], the Feast of Trumpets (wrongly called Rosh HaShanah, the New Year) [v. 24], the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur) [v. 27], the Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot) [v. 34], and the Eighth Day of Tabernacles [v. 36, 39]) and elsewhere in the Torah (Instruction - the books of Moses). YHWH's people will observe these Holy Days. The holidays of the Roman Catholic Church (Lent, Easter, Christmas, All Saints' Day, etc.) are not found in the biblical canon, and the traditions and practices associated with them were brought into Christianity by those enticed or coerced into becoming Christians from pagan religions.

The doctrine of the "Trinity" was a belief of some early church fathers and was instituted in the fourth century by what later became the Catholic Church. It is supported, but not named, in the Bible only by controversial passages which do not appear in the earliest known manuscripts.




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