Beliefs

Rather than list a point-by-point statement of faith here, I’d rather just say that in general I agree with evangelical Christian teachings.  I also believe that the Holy Spirit is actively working today enabling believers to live out our faith and guiding us in our understanding of God’s Word.  I believe also that it is crucial to test the spirits as we are told in 1 John  4:1. “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world.”  In general I hold to a pre-trib view of the rapture, but I don’t believe this is a salvation issue and am grieved by believers who are spitefully divisive over its timing.

I also want to make it very clear what I do NOT believe.  I do not believe that Jesus was born again after He bore all sin on the Cross as some are teaching in error today.  Jesus is fully God and was fully Man at the same time yet without sin.  Being without sin, he had no need to be born again for the remission of sins.  I firmly believe those teaching this are preaching “another Jesus.”  It is a deception that attempts to negate the deity of Christ.  In II Corinthians 11:3-4, we are told, “But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him (KJV).”  I pray you are not deceived by this kind of teaching!

I also do not believe we need to return to keeping the law and the feasts, but since our Lord is descended from the Hebrew people through his mother Mary, and He came to the Jews first (Romans 1:16), I believe we gain much understanding of the Bible by learning about the culture and language of God’s “people, the children of Israel.” (Exodus 3:10, 5:1, 7:4, I Samuel  9:16, etc.)  Because of this, from time to time, I may refer to God as Yahweh and Jesus Christ as Yeshuah Ha Mashiach (which means Jesus the Messiah).  There are other Hebrew words that are very meaningful that I may use and I’ll explain them as I use them (such as right now)

Shalom (peace to you), my friends!

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