STATEMENT OF FAITH
NOTE: This is not an exhaustive statement of every single thing we do or do not belief. This is a basic statement. If you have questions about specific beliefs, please contact us.
OUR HEAVENLY FATHER
We believe in One Creator of all heaven and earth. He created the sun, moon, stars, seed-bearing plants, animals, us, and more (Colossians 1:16. Genesis 1-3, etc). The world refers to Him commonly as God or Elohim in the Hebrew language. In the oldest texts of manuscripts of the Bible that mankind has discovered, we see clearly that the Father had a Name that consisted of four Hebrew letters: 𐤉𐤄 𐤅𐤄 (see Strong's 3068). He asked us to call on Him by His Name throughout multiple Scriptures, but sadly most English translations rendered His Name as "The LORD," which is a title, not a name. We believe His Name is Yahuah (to read more on that, click here), and we believe He requires us to keep His laws, statutes, and commandments. We do not believe He's part of a Trinity nor Triune in nature. We believe there's no other Elohim besides Him (Isaiah 45:5-7; Exodus 20:3) and that He doesn't want anyone to perish and patiently desires everyone to come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9), that He sent His only begotten Son into the world so that all people might be saved & have eternal life (John 3:16,17). n our faith journey, we recognize the intimate connection we have with our Creator, Yahuah. Through His revealed Name, we are invited into a personal relationship, where He lovingly guides us through His laws and statutes, desiring our well-being and ultimate salvation
OUR BELOVED MESSIAH
We believe the Father has a Son, just like the Bible says, that whoever believes in Him with their heart and confesses with their mouth, "Yahusha is Master," they will not perish but have everlasting life (Romans 10:9-10; John 3:16). This can't be a casual or simple belief that Elohim exists; Scripture tells us that even the demons believe in Yah... and shudder (James 2:19). The belief must be evident in every aspect of our lives, including being obedient servants and keeping the laws, statutes, and commandments of our heavenly Father, Yahuah (Leviticus 18:4; Deuteronomy 11:13–15; Deuteronomy 28:1–14). The Son also says, "If you love me, keep my commandments" (John 14:15), and the Son says that He who loves Him will be loved by His Father, and that He will also love him and show Himself to him. We believe there is only One Way to the Father, through Yahusah ( ). He is the Everlasting Way ( ). We believe the Son's Name is not Jesus, as it's rendered from the Greek in most English translations of the Bible. We call Him Yahusha, the English equivalent of Joshua (as can be readily seen when studying the original language of the texts), which means, "He who Saves." He is our beloved Messiah and Savior. We do not believe he is also the Father. We believe the Father & Son are separate, but hold a unity of purpose. For example, the Father Our Creator made use of His Son to architect the world, according to Proverbs 8:30-36. We also believe many of the appearances of messengers in the Torah or the Old Testament are actually Yahusha, but as an assembly, we do not attribute Yahusha to being any specific named messenger or angel in Scripture, such as Michael the Arc Angel. This is not a doctrine our elders have collectively studied or agreed on.
THE SET APART SPIRIT
We believe our heavenly Father has a Spirit, a Holy Spirit, referred to in the Hebrew language as the Ruach Ha'kodesh. We don't consider the Ruach its own separate, person as taught in many Christian churches. We do not believe the Ruach is an individual being apart from the Father that forms a so-called Trinity with the Father & Son. Rather, we believe the Ruach is the Spirit of the living God. We refer to the Ruach as Yah's Spirit. We avoid referring to the Ruach as a He, for the Ruach is not a person; in like manner, we do not believe the Ruach is a She (a false doctrine that that stems from misinterpreting passages in Proverbs). We believe the Ruach was sent into the world to be our comforter ( ). We also believe Yah's Spirit was present with His people in the days of Torah, that Acts 2 was not the first appearance or pouring out of Yah's Spirit on all flesh. We believe the Ruach teaches us all things ( ) and that one way the Spirit teaches us is through teachers within the Body of Yahusha who have the spiritual gift of teaching ( ) and through our elders ( ). We believe in the indwelling of Yah's Spirit in us, that our bodies are His temple ( ), and that Yah's Ruach empowers us to be His witnesses ( ). We reject the idea that The Ruach can reveal something that cannot be validated in Scripture or that contradicts Scripture. We also reject the idea that every thought or action a believer takes is not prompted by the Ruach; these leaves no room for accountability when a believer has sinful thoughts or behavior due to their flesh and carnal mind, which of course is not the leading of the Ruach.
THE SET APART SCRIPTURES
We believe in the Bible from cover to cover, and we believe that all 66 Books have relevance to our lives today. We don't believe like many churches within Christianity that only the New Testament Scriptures apply or that the law was somehow abolished or no longer applicable once Yahusah gave His life on the stake. He came to fulfill the law, not destroy it, and He was often quoted from the law or Torah (Matthew 5:17-20). We also realize there are many English transliteration errors in the Bible, even known errors in the Strong's concordance of the Bible & other lexicons and commentaries. We predominately read from the Masoretic text, as most English translation Bibles today are translated from it, but we research other texts too such as the Septuagint. We believe the Bible is the inspired Word of Yah by the men He used to pen it. We strive to rightly divide the Word of Truth which can involve doing word studies, researching lexicons, looking at various texts, studying the original languages of ancient Bible scrolls, and more. We believe that guidance for all of life is found within Scripture.
Not all apocryphal or hidden books are equal in terms of validity. So we don't lump all hidden books or extra-biblical books into one pot and then endorse the entire pot. Aprocpha is a beautiful Greek word that simply means "hidden." While we have been lied to for years and years about the Truth of Scripture in many churches within Christianity and other religions, we must be careful to avoid readily embracing every extra book or wind of doctrine just because it was not originally part of the Bible. For example, Maccabees is a great, historical account and we accept this text, specifically Maccabees 1 and Maccabees 2 wholeheartedly; however, we cannot say this about every single apocryphal book. In fact, in our group studies, we found that allowing people to quote from *any* book was not prudent nor fruitful and caused a lot of confusion since people were quoting from all extra-biblical texts as though it was 100% inspired Scripture, especially for new believers. We believe Yah desires our specific assembly to prioritize better understanding the 66 books before venturing into the other books. Therefore, in our group studies that are recorded for YouTube, we stick to the 66 books. However, we have no issue or problem and even encourage more seasoned saints to test all things, including the extra-biblical books, as our elders have who read these extra books, to see what is true and lines up with the established 66 books (Acts 17:11). In like manner, the elders read the writings of Josephus, and many apocryphal and other historical books as well to understand the full account of Scripture.
THE DEVIL AND FALLEN ANGELS
We believe in fallen angels most commonly referred to as demons. All demons are fallen angels (Jude 1:6, 2 Peter 2:4, Revelation 12:9). The most popular fallen angel is Lucifer who was cast from heaven when he wanted the other angels to worship him (Isaiah 14:12, Ezekiel 28:16, Revelation 12:7-9). However, we do not believe that fallen angels or demons have impregnated humans nor do we believe in the doctrine of the Incubus demon. For demons to impregnate human women, our heavenly Father would have fashioned them to have sexual organs and the ability to produce sperm. This is highly unlikely since Yahuah did not create angels to procreate, as they are immortal beings (Luke 20:36); therefore, they would not have the necessary organs or sperm or ability to be aroused to impregnate women, nor does the biblical text when read in context with proper exegesis support these ideas or doctrine. Usually, people misinterpret Genesis 6:1-22 or quote from the apocryphal Book of 1 Enoch to assert otherwise. We believe there is an adversary, the devil or HaSatan, also known as Lucifer. He is very real and roams about like a lion seeking whom he may devour ( ), and he's constantly scheming against us ( ). We believe that it's important not to give the devil a foothold ( ), to submit to Yahuah and resist him ( ), for the battle is often in our mind which he tries to attack. We do not believe believers can slay or kill demons as some purport. We also believe that demons can masquerade as angels of light ( ). The spiritual warfare detailed in Ephesians 6 talks about a battle in our minds, which is why it's important to renew our minds daily; once the enemy has our minds, he begins to win.
THE SABBATH & WHEN A DAY BEGINS
We believe that observing the Sabbath Day is a commandment found throughout Scripture, most notably as part of the Decalogue or Ten Commandments ( ). Perhaps Yah knew we'd forget because He starts this command with, "Remember, to keep the Sabbath Day Set Apart." We observe the Sabbath as the seventh day of the week, beginning at sunset on Friday and ending on Saturday at sunset. We have multiple videos on our YouTube channel that go into depth on this matter. We reject the teaching that the day begins at midnight or in the morning on Saturday and also reject the Lunar Sabbath doctrine and doctrines where people are observing the Sabbath Day on random days or in the middle of the week. The Sabbath Day, oftentimes referred to as "Shabbat" or break is a time of rest where we abstain from all servile work. The Father Himself rested on the very first Sabbath as soon as He created the world ( ). He called it Set Apart, holy or kodesh in the Hebrew language. We take Yah's commandments very seriously. We reject the idea that it's OK for us to "do what we've gotta do" and intentionally accept jobs that have us working on the Sabbath. Those who take a step of faith and quit jobs that don't give them off for Shabbat, usually readily find different jobs that let them honor the Shabbat, as Yahuah lives up to His Name: Yahuah Yireh. We are to lean to His understanding, not our own ( ); Abba knows best.
BIBLICAL FEAST DAYS & APPOINTED TIMES
We believe in keeping all of the mandatory biblical feast days found in the Bible. Certain aspects of the feasts we do not practice as it's no longer necessary, such as slaughtering lambs during Passover, since Yahusah was our Passover lamb. However, we still keep the principle of the law or feast day in those cases. To learn more about biblical feast days and our beliefs about them, view the videos on our YouTube channel or visit the Feasts section of this website. We believe in these seven mandatory (7) appointed times: ______________. We also acknowledge these non-mandatory feasts that are optional to embrace: _________. We reject pagan holy days or holidays such as Christmas, which has nothing to do with the Messiah, and many of its practices have an origin of witchcraft (such as the mistletoe, Christmas trees, the yuletide, and many more). We have a course on pagan holidays available here.
THE PEOPLE OF THE BOOK
We believe the bible is full of melanated people, contrary to the very whitewashed imagery that many churches portray of the people in the Bible, especially in America. Even many children's church books and movies produced in Hollywood portray a very Lilly White depiction of the people in the Bible when there was no way the Messiah was caucasian nor Moses and many others when you consider all of the text. So yes, we believe many of the nations in the Bible are prominently melanated: the Israelites, the Canaanites, the Moabites, and many nations. However, we do not believe that only people of color with African or Hebrew heritage are going to make it to heaven or the New Jerusalem. We believe that whosoever believes in Yahusha will be saved (John 3:16). While bloodline is important, being obedient to Yah's statutes, laws, and commandments is far more important. It's possible to be of the bloodline and not make it to the New Jerusalem due to disobedience. The purpose of the Israelites was to be a City on a Hill (Matthew 5:14), to be living epistles (2 Corinthians 3:2-3) and let their Light Shine before all men, and to draw all men unto Yahuah (Matthew 5:16). Our assembly is full of diverse peoples from all over the world, of many nationalities, reflective of Yah's very own inclusion of whosoever believes (John 3:16).
POLYGAMY AND MULTIPLE WIVES
We do not condone or endorse the practice of polygamy, which is having more than one spouse simultaneously. This includes polygyny which is the practice of having multiple wives. A marriage should be between one man and one woman. Always. If you obtained a marriage license to be in a lawfully recognized union or covenant with your spouse, then you must obtain the proper legal divorce license to acquit your marriage, in all circumstances. We have videos on our YouTube channel explaining the details surrounding why we do not embrace the idea that Yah wants men to have more than one wife. Furthermore, Scripture forbids our spiritual leaders such as elders or pastors from having more than one wife ( ).
We see in Titus and other places in Scripture that women are very capable and even anointed teachers, meaning they can have the Spiritual Gift of Teaching. We believe that older women in the faith who have sound doctrine, have their households together, are good role models, & encourage upholding Yah's commandments certainly should teach other women and also teach children, especially their own children. Men in our assembly, even our elders, can certainly learn from their wives or other women. We can also learn from children, boys and girls. However, for the sake of order and according to what we see in the biblical text, formal teachings of the Word taught or preached to both women and men when we assemble are brought forth by a man of Yah. While comments & insights are encouraged from both men and women during all studies of Scripture, the main Word or teaching is brought forth by a man, usually an elder, according to Scripture ( ). That said, we have women who teach in our assembly, who teach women and children, and we also have women who teach both men and women on special topics like food preservation, job hunting tips, or naturopathic remedies, etc, but not teaching the Bible, especially on the Sabbath Day. In general, we reject the belief or idea of women pastors and self-appointed prophetesses who seek or desire to preach or prophesy out of turn within our assembly.
THE HEBREW LANGUAGE
We believe our Father and His Son have Hebraic names. Some may refer to the original or ancient Hebrew language as Abry or Ābarayat. We also believe Torah was originally written in Hebrew and many of the ancient manuscripts found of the Old Testament books were written in Hebrew. Therefore, we find great value & appreciation for studying the language, to have a better understanding of Yah's Word. Knowing the basics of the language helps when doing word studies and getting to the bottom of what certain words mean, especially in their greater context. It is common for us to greet one another with "Shalom" as in biblical days, when the Apostle Paul often penned greetings of "Grace & Shalom" to believers. For those who choose not to speak Hebrew, that's fine too. Others enjoy saying certain words in Hebrew, as is a popular practice in many restored Name Bibles, such as the HalleluYah Scriptures where words like "heaven" or "earth" are written in Hebrew instead of English. We also believe the Ancient Hebrew script contained pictures. For example, the letter Dalet was a picture of a door. Later, the script evolved into various scripts over time, including Paleo Hebrew, and now today we have the modern Hebrew script which has very little resemblance to the original letters; however, this is a language still very rich in meaning, especially Hebraic names. Furthermore, we contend it is not possible to speak "Paleo Hebrew," the same way it's not possible to speak English in cursive. Paleo Hebrew is a script. Surely, dialect played a key role in how words or even letters were pronounced in Moses' day and now, but we have no way of knowing with absolute certainty how any word was truly pronounced back then.
MOVEMENTS TO WHICH WE DON'T BELONG
We are not part of and have no official or unofficial affiliation with the following movements:
- The Sacred Name movement
- Radical Hebrew Israelite camps
- Seventh Day Adventists
- Messianic Jews (but we do believe in Yahusha)
- Churches within Christianity who teach the Trinity & other false doctrines
- Any and all Hate Groups
CHURCHES AND ASSEMBLIES
We avoid the use of the word church since it carries so many bad connotations, as it often refers to churches within Christianity that teach many lies & false doctrines. However, if you do a word study on the word assembly, it simply means church. It's not a physical place, but a group of people. Yahuah often commands us to assemble, most notably at appointed times. It's a mandate. We are also told not to neglect the assembling of ourselves, especially as the Day draws nigh ( ). Yahusah also told us to partake of the Master's Supper (communion) often in remembrance of Him, so this is another reason we frequently assemble. We assemble on the Sabbath Day and throughout the week for various studies or prayer time. Belonging to a community of faith is also an opportunity for iron to sharpen iron as we study together ( ). It's also a way to foster a community for the spiritual gifts of the Body of Yahusah to be in operation. We assemble in the Name of Yahuah, so we call our fellowship, "Assembly of Yahuah."We believe belonging to a local Body of believers has many benefits, including accountability. We reject the idea of those who teach that all assemblies are bad. We are a group of believers genuinely seeking Yah together, to understand His Word better and experience fellowship with like-minded believers. We meet with believers all over the world, mostly online. To learn more about our assembly, click here.
DIVISIONS IN THE ASSEMBLY
The Bible is clear. It's OK to be angry, but don't let the sun go down while you are still angry. Keep short account of grievances. If you think your brother's got an issue with you, leave the altar and go to him ( ). More importantly, if you are the one who has an issue with your brother (i.e., you believe he is sinning), Yahusah tells you to go to the person one-on-one and if that doesn't work, take two or more witnesses, and if there is still no resolution, appear before the elders or your assembly. Usually a little communication can go a long ways towards resolution. Remember, that if you don't forgive others, Yah won't forgive you ( ). Be mindful too of posible logs in your eye while focusing on the specs in the eyes of others ( ). Avoid the temptation to be like Quorah and rising up against who Yah has put into leadership, because ultimately you may not have a problem with the person but rather with Yah who placed the person there ( ). Instead, schedule a meeting with your elders to discuss, send them an email, or get Torah-based counseling. Don't let bitterness take root and spread your poison to others. It's best to fellowship elsewhere if you can't follow Scripture which declares to not have divisions within the assembly ( ). A disagreement is not a division. It's bad attitudes and thoughts against one another or one another's positions that cause divisions. We welcome opposing views when they are expressed showing Scripture, to have a dialogue together about the opposing view, because we believe in basing all of life and everything we do on Scripture.
OUR BELIEFS VERSUS JUDIASM & CHRISTIANITY
View the below video that answers how what we believe differs from Judaism & Christianity.
Again, this is not an exhaustive statement or list of everything we believe on every topic or everything in the Bible. If you have a specific question about the Bible, we invite all questions on our Questions page. In addition, we do not believe that we must all agree on every single doctrinal topic to fellowship together. However, we do believe that Korah-like attitudes that stir up dissension by having a divisive attitude are not good and even dangerous.