Introduction: We believe the Bible to be the direct and absolute Word of ELOHIM (II Timothy 3:16), given to us by the inspiration of the Holy Ghost as it moved upon the tongues and pens of men who had received the special anointing of ELOHIM for this express purpose: (II Peter 1:21). “For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of ELOHIM spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.” We believe the Bible to be ELOHIM’s means of doctrine, instruction, and comfort to the Church today, infallible in its authority, singular in interpretation, and man’s only avenue of access to ELOHIM.
ELOHIM (G-D): We believe in the One ever-living, eternal ELOHIM; infinite in power, holy in nature, attributes and purpose, and possessing absolute, indivisible Deity. This one true ELOHIM has revealed Himself as Father in creation, through the Son in redemption, and as the Holy Ghost by emanation (I Corinthians 8:6; Ephesians 4:6; II Corinthians 5:19; Joel 2:28). The Scripture does more than attempt to prove the existence of ELOHIM; it asserts, assumes and declares that the knowledge of ELOHIM is universal (Romans 1:19, 21, 28, 32; 2:15). ELOHIM is invisible, incorporeal, without parts, without body and therefore free from all limitations. He is Spirit (John 4:24), and “a spirit hath not flesh and bones…” (Luke 24:39). The first of all commandments is, “Hear, O Israel: the LORD our ELOHIM is one LORD:” (Mark 12:29; Deuteronomy 6:4). “One ELOHIM and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all:” (Ephesians 4:6). This one True ELOHIM manifested Himself in the Old Testament in divers ways, in the Son while He walked among men; as the Holy Ghost after the ascension.
Son of ELOHIM: The one true ELOHIM, the Jehovah of the Old Testament, took upon Himself the form of man, and as the Son of man, was born of the virgin Mary. As Paul says, “And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: ELOHIM was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory” (I Timothy 3:16; John 1:10). “He came unto his own, and his own received him not.” (John 1:11). This one true ELOHIM was manifested in the flesh, that is, in His Son Yeshua HaMashiach. “ELOHIM was in HaMashiach, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them;” (II Corinthians 5:19). We believe that, “… in Him (Yeshua) dwelleth all the fullness of the godhead bodily.” (Colossians 2:9).
The Name: “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son in given: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty ELOHIM, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6). This prophecy of Isaiah was fulfilled when the Son of ELOHIM was named, “And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name YESHUA: For he shall save his people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21). “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).
Man and His Fall: ELOHIM created man in His own image (Genesis 1:26,27), innocent, pure and holy (Romans 5:11, Ephesians 2:3). Man needed a redeemer which has been supplied in the seed of the woman, which seed bruised the serpent’s head (Genesis 3:15; Luke 2:10,11); that is, Our Lord and Savior Yeshua HaMashiach in whom we have redemption through His blood, even the forgiveness of sins (Ephesians 1:7; Revelation 1:5).
The Grace of ELOHIM: “For the grace of ELOHIM that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in this present world.” (Titus 2:11,12) “For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Yeshua HaMashiach.” (John 1:17). A Christian, to keep saved, must walk with ELOHIM and keep himself in the love of ELOHIM (Jude 21), and in the grace of ELOHIM. The word “grace” means “favor.” When a person transgresses and sins against ELOHIM, he loses favor. If he continues to sin and does not repent, he will eventually be lost and cast into the lake of fire. (Read John 15:1,6; II Peter 2:20-22) Jude speaks of the backsliders of his day and their reward. (Read Hebrews 6:4-6) “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of ELOHIM:” (Ephesians 2:8).
Communion: Melchizedek, the priest of the Most High ELOHIM, gave the first communion, consisting of bread and wine (Genesis 14:18), to our father Abraham. HaMashiach, being “made a high priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.” Evidently administered the same (Hebrews 7:21; Matthew 26:26-29; I Corinthians 11:23-32). On the night of our Lord’s betrayal, He ate the Passover supper with His apostles, after which He instituted the Communion service. “And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me. Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the New Testament in my blood, which is shed for you” (Luke 22:19, 20). Paul instructed the Church how to observe it (I Corinthians 11:23, 24,25).
The Washing of Feet: This ordinance is as much a divine command as any other New Testament ordinance. Yeshua gave us an example that we do even as He had done. He said that we ought to wash one another’s feet. And again, “If ye know these things, happy are ye if you do them” (John 13:4-17). There is scriptural evidence that this was practiced by the church in the days of the apostle Paul (I Timothy 5:10).
Divine Healing: The physical suffering of the Lord Yeshua HaMashiach purchased healing for our bodies, as His death, burial and resurrection provided for the salvation of our souls, for “… with his stripes we are healed,” (Isaiah 53:5). Matthew 8:17 reads, “… Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses.” (See also I Peter 2:24) We see from this that healing for the body is in the atonement. That being true, then it is for all who believe. Yeshua said of the believer, “… they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.” Later James wrote in his epistle to all the church, “Is any sick among you? Let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much” (James 5:14-16).
Repentance and Remission of Sin: The only grounds upon which ELOHIM will accept a sinner is repentance from the heart for his sins that he has committed. A broken and contrite heart He will not despise (Psalm 51:17). John preached repentance, Yeshua proclaimed it, and before His ascension commanded that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name, beginning at Jerusalem (Luke 24:47). Peter fulfilled this command on the day of Pentecost when he declared, “Repent and be baptized everyone of you in the name of Yeshua HaMashiach for the remission of sins,” (Acts 2:38). The word remission simply means a pardon or forgiveness, so upon repenting and being baptized, our sins are pardoned.
Water Baptism: Baptism serves many different functions for the Christian believer; it serves for the remission of sins (Luke 24:47, Acts 2:38), it keeps us in obedience to the command of ELOHIM (Matthew 28:19, Mark 16:16, John 3:5), it identifies us with the Lord’s death, burial, and resurrection (Romans 6:3-11, 1 Corinthians 12:13, Galatians 3:27), and it serves in keeping us mindful of HaMashiach (1 Peter 3:21). The scriptural mode of baptism is by full immersion in water as exampled by the Lord Yeshua HaMashiach in Matthew 3:16 as well as Acts 8:36-38, and is only for those who have fully repented, having turned from their sins and a love of the world (Acts 2:38). It should be administered by a dully authorized minister of the Gospel in obedience to the Word of ELOHIM and in the Name of Yeshua HaMashiach according to the Acts of the Apostles (Acts 2:38, 8:16, 10:48, 19:5), thus fulfilling Matthew 28:19.
Baptism of the Holy Ghost: In keeping with the teachings and experiences of the early Christian Church, we believe in the baptism of the Holy Ghost with the initial physical evidence of speaking in unknown tongues. The Upper Room experience on the Day of Pentecost recorded in Acts 2 is still being experienced today by believers the world over. According to both Joel and the Book of Acts, this supernatural experience was given by ELOHIM to the believers to edify the whole church as well as the individual believer. The Bible declares, “For with stammering lips and another tongue will HE speak to HIS people,” (Isaiah 28:11). We read in Matthew 3:11 that, “HE shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost.” Even Yeshua declares in the Book of Acts that, “ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence,” (Acts 1:5). The experience of speaking in an unknown tongue is first seen in the initial baptism of the early church and remains so throughout its early history, “and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance,” (Acts 2:4). We read another instance in the Book of Acts where tongues were a sign of the infilling of the Holy Ghost, “While Peter yet spake the words, the Holy Ghost fell on them which heard the word. And they of the circumcision (Jews) which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because on the Gentiles (Non-Jews) also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost. For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify ELOHIM,” (Acts 10:44-46). Yeshua declares in Mark 16:15-17, “And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved, but he that believeth not shall be damned. And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils, they shall speak with new tongues.” The term Baptized with the Holy Ghost, Filled with the Holy Ghost, and the Gift of the Holy Ghost are synonymous terms which are interchangeable throughout the Bible.
The Apostolic Doctrine of the New Birth (Salvation and Sanctification): We believe the Biblical doctrine of salvation in its full form. The Scriptures are plain when it comes to salvation and being a part of the Bride of HaMashiach. One must first realize that one is a sinner and in need of salvation, (Romans 3:23, 5:19-21, 6:23). After one has acknowledged that they are a sinner, one must believe on the Lord Yeshua HaMashiach, acknowledging that He is the only way to heaven, (John 14:6) and beside Him there is NO OTHER way, (Acts 4:12, Romans 5:8, 6:23). The Bible clearly states that one must repent of their sins (Acts 2:38) and call upon the Name of the Lord (Acts 2:21, Romans 10:9-13). Once they have acknowledged their sinfulness and the need for salvation, repenting and calling on the Name of the Lord, one is saved, “by grace through faith and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of ELOHIM: not of works, lest any man should boast,” (Ephesians 2:8-9). The Apostolic doctrine as well as Scripture teaches that in order to maintain a “more excellent way,” (1 Corinthians 12:31), we are to follow the commands of ELOHIM through HaMashiach Yeshua. The Lord declared in Mark 16:15-16, “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.” The Apostle Peter preached on the Day of Pentecost, “Repent, and be baptized everyone of you in the name of Yeshua HaMashiach for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost,” (Acts 2:38). As we can see from these two examples, baptism is an essential part of the New Birth experience. Not only does it help identify us with the Lord Yeshua HaMashiach, but it is also a command from the Lord, both through Himself, and by the power of the Holy Ghost (Prophecy) through the Apostle Peter at Pentecost (Acts 2:40). The Bible is clear where salvation is concerned. In order to be saved and maintain their salvation, one must be repent of their sins, be baptized in the Name of Yeshua HaMashiach for the remission of sins, be obedient to the commandments of ELOHIM, and live a life of peace and holiness, without which NO MAN shall see the Lord, (John 14:15-20, Hebrews 12:14, 1 John 3:24, 2 John 6).
Holiness: We believe that gody living should characterize the life and walk of all saints according to the signs and examples found throughout the Word of ELOHIM, notably Galatians 2:20, Titus 2:12, Hebrews 12:14, 1 Peter 1:15-17, 2:21. Holiness is not only an inward presence of ELOHIM, but it is also reflected in the outward life of the Christin in their conduct in this present world, and while many who confess to the holiness doctrine focus on the issue of modesty in dress, we believe that modesty is not confined to dress alone, but also includes conversation and manners. The Bible teaches us to, “Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand,” (Philippians 4:5). We believe we are to “cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of ELOHIM,” (2 Corinthians 7:1) to “abstain from all appearance of evil,” (1 Thessalonians 5:22) and to turn away from those who have a “form of godliness, but deny the power thereof,” (2 Timothy 3:5).
Tithe and Offering: We believe that tithing is ELOHIM’s financial plan to provide for the work of ELOHIM while commissioned to reach the world. Tithing has been in effect since the days of Abraham, where it was first instituted. Aside from the tithe of the believer, we believe, according to scripture that the giving of offering is an important part of our worship experience. (Genesis 14:20, Leviticus 27:30-32, 2 Chronicles 31:5-12, Malachi 3:8-10, Hebrews 7:1-10, 1 Corinthians 16:1-2. 2 Corinthians 9:5-7).
Marriage and Commitment: We believe that marriage and commitment were divinely given by ELOHIM to HIS creation in order to fill the need of companionship. While some argue that marriage was given for the sole purpose of procreation, the Bible clearly states, “And the LORD ELOHIM said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make a help meet (one who helps) for him,” (Genesis 2:18).