Verily I say unto you, “Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of Yahweh as a little child, he shall not enter therein” (Mark 10:15)
Do You Know What I Believe?
A common question asked by new believers in the faith is, “What do I tell my friends and family?” This is a guide to assist you, the new believer. We are all to work out our own salvation. Philippians 2:12, So then, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. That being said, we are also to assist our brothers and sisters in their walk, as well (Matthew 18:15).
You are learning so much and practicing what you learn. You try to share what you are reading, seeing and learning with your family and friends, but they just do not seem to get as excited as you do. This can be a very difficult time, but something you must remember is, For many are called, but few are chosen (Matthew 22:14). We can only plant the seeds. It will hurt many times to see your loved ones not open their hearts to Yahweh.
A young family had been asked, by unbelieving family members and friends, what they were teaching their children. This couple knew their intent was good, but they also realized they better be “up front,” sincere and have scriptural authority for what they believed and were teaching their young ones. They came up with a “Synopsis of Beliefs,” which may help you in your situation. Following are excerpts from an older article entitled "Synopsis of Beliefs":
All Bible references will be taken from The New Scofield Reference Bible, Authorized King James Version Oxford University Press, 1967.
SYNOPSIS OF BELIEFS
HalleluYah means “praise ye Yah.” “Yah” is the abbreviated form for the first part of our Heavenly Father’s Name. We believe a common error among most Bible translators is their elimination of heaven’s revealed Name of the Most High, Yahweh, and the Name of His Son, Yahshua the Messiah, and substituting titles and names of local deities, expressly transgressing Yahweh’s commandments as given in Exodus 20:7 and 23:13
The Messiah was of the tribe of Judah. He was a “Jew.” He has a Hebrew name which has a very important meaning. He was not a Greek Ieseus or a Latin Jesus. Yahshua means "Yah saves" or "Yah will save." This is pointed out in the note at Exodus 14:13. Baal, which means “Lord” is pointed out in Hosea 2:16, 17.
It seems strange that almost 7,000 times in the Bible, the personal name of our Creator has been stricken out and replaced with the words LORD and GOD.
We believe Yahweh will call out a people for His Name (Acts 15:14); and His people will know His Name (Isaiah 52:6); and whosoever shall call on the Name of Yahweh shall be saved (Joel 2:32). The Name of the Father and the Name of His Son will be written on our foreheads or in our minds (Revelation 14:1 and 22:4). His Name must be kept holy (Matthew 6:9). We will trust in His Name (Matthew 12:21). We must be baptized in His Name and in the Name of His Son (Matthew 28:19).
If we truly believe what the Bible says, then a dilemma arises over the use of the Messiah’s true name, Yahshua, and the substituted Greek name Ieseus—“Jesus.” Acts 4:12, Neither is there salvation in any other; for there is NO OTHER NAME under heaven given among men, whereby WE MUST BE SAVED. There is only one name. We totally believe the Bible concerning the name of the Father and the name of the Son. I am come in My Father’s Name, and ye receive Me not; if another shall come in his own name, him you will receive (John 5:43).
Regarding the day that we try to keep holy—Saturday, the Sabbath, we believe that, at the creation of the world (Genesis 2:3), Yahweh blessed the seventh day and made it holy. We believe Exodus 20:8-9, 10 and 11 where the Creator asks us to remember the Sabbath day and to keep it holy. We do not find any verse in the Bible whereby the Creator or His Son changed the weekly Sabbath to any other day, especially not to Sunday—the Day of the Sun. There remains, therefore, a Sabbath to the people of Yahweh (Hebrews 4:9). In His New Kingdom, we will still be keeping the Sabbath (Isaiah 66:23).
We also believe in the seven High Sabbaths or High Holy Days, fully explained in Leviticus 23, Exodus 12 and elsewhere throughout the Bible.
We begin and end our days as the Creator ordained—from sunset to sunset (Genesis 1:5, 8, 13, 19, 23, 31; Leviticus 23:32). We begin our year according to Exodus 12:2 and we determine the first month according to Deuteronomy 16:1, Watch for [observe] the new moon [month] of green ears [Abib]… When we see the new moon and there are green kernels on the stalks of barley, that is the first month, the month of Abib. We believe the Creator determines the first month and it is not based on any of man's calendar calculations.
We do not keep any holy days that are not sanctioned in the Bible. This includes the spring festival honoring Ishtar (the consort of Baal)—the spring fertility goddess; nor do we advocate the use of her fertility symbols (i.e., colored eggs, rabbits, potted plants, etc.). We also refrain from any part of any sunrise services (Ezekiel 8:15, 16).
We do not celebrate the ancient festival of the birth of the new sun which begins at the winter solstice (sometimes called the Saturnalia, Brumalia, Yuletide, etc.). This festival included the lighting of houses to encourage the dying sun, the decorating with greenery, the burning of the Yule log, etc. When the ancient pagans noticed the sun again climbing in the sky, they then celebrated by gift-giving and drunken merry-making—the 25th of December. This is confirmed by any comprehensive history or encyclopedia. We do not believe we should bring a green tree into our home and decorate it as we are warned against this in the Bible (Jeremiah 10:2-5).
We are also warned not to follow the pagan customs or to utilize them in the worship of the One and Only Creator. We are to observe what He commands and not add to, nor diminish from it (Deuteronomy 12:30-32).
We believe that, at Creation, the Creator made certain animals and plants to be eaten; others are not to be eaten and are called in the Bible “unclean.” The difference in clean and unclean was recognized from the very beginning of mankind (Genesis 7:2). A fuller explanation is found in Leviticus 11 and elsewhere in the Bible. Since the Creator Himself has made a distinction between clean and unclean, we try our best to abide by His word. We, therefore, do not eat eagles, falcons, crows, hawks, seagulls, owls, cats, rats, pigs, clams, crabs, etc.
We believe there is only one true body of believers (congregation or assembly) and that we are called into it by Yahweh. No person can make us members or disqualify us from being members. The only head of this body is Yahshua the Messiah. In any assembly or meeting, we do have men who are knowledgeable in the scriptures and they are referred to as “elders.” They are the shepherds of the flock. All of this is explained in the Bible. We believe and try to abide by the Bible even though there are many mistranslated verses, e.g., Revelation 22:14: Blessed are they that wash their robes, that they might have right to the tree of life. The verse actually reads, Blessed are they that do His commandments, that they might have right to the tree of life. This is only one of many mistranslations. We believe what the Messiah taught in Matthew 19:17, ...if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.
We do not force our beliefs on anyone; we only try to follow the Bible. There are also many other points that we believe are probably contrary to what most “Christians” believe. Should you have any questions pertaining to any specific points, we will do our best to clarify our beliefs.
We read in 1 John 2:4-6, The one who says, “I have come to know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him; but whoever keeps His word, in him the love of Yahweh has truly been perfected. By this we know that we are in Him: the one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked. Did Yahshua keep the commandments? Do you think He went to church on Sunday? What about eating a pork chop? Yahshua is our model.
Here’s what we have to look forward to: He who overcomes will thus be clothed in white garments; and I will not erase his name from the Book of Life, and I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels, (Revelation 3:5). Then you will take delight in YAHWEH, and I will make you ride on the heights of the earth; and I will feed you with the heritage of Jacob your father, for the mouth of YAHWEH has spoken (Isaiah 58:14).
A big thing to remember is, you were called. If you weren’t, you would not be reading these very words. From everyone who has been given much, much will be required, and to whom they entrusted much, of him they will ask all the more (Luke 12:48). Be faithful to what you are learning—there is salvation through it. For those items that are not black and white: IF you think it is a sin AND you do it, you are sinning (James 4:17). If you are rebellious (doing something intentionally, knowing it is wrong) and unrepentant, you will NOT receive salvation. We know that sin is transgression of the law (1 John 3:4); sinners will not enter the Kingdom (Matthew 5:20); and YAHWEH hates those who do iniquity (Psalm 5:5).
If you would like any additional information on this or any other topic, please contact us and we will help you to find the answers you are seeking through His words. May our Heavenly Father guide you as you walk towards Him!