CONCERNING DOCTRINES

There are some harmful and divisive doctrines that have made their way into certain sects of the Messianic Judaism movement that we at Beth Shalom do not accept and believe are false doctrines not to be promoted with the people in our community, whether they are at the synagogue, in our homes, or elsewhere.  They are as follows:

 

  • Any theology that teaches that any book from B’reishit (Genesis) to Revelation is not valid as Holy Scripture, including the Emissary Shaul’s (Paul’s) writings.

 

  • Any teaching that communicates that we should receive an extra-Biblical book or books as scripture or as authoritative over the body of Messiah in addition to the traditional books of scripture already received by the body of Messiah as found between B'reishit (Genesis) to Revelation. For example, extra Biblical texts or books would include the book of Morman, the works of Ellen G. White, and the Koran, etc., or any other such literary work. This would even include misusing otherwise helpful Jewish literary works such as the Talmud and Mishnah by attempting to elevate them to the level of the Torah and the Word of Adonai.

 

  • Any theology that teaches Torah has been done away with (Mattityahu/Matthew 5:16-19).

 

  • Any theology that teaches that Torah is not for those of the nations whom have put their trust in Yeshua the Messiah and whom have thereby become part of the commonwealth of Yisra'el (B'midbar/Numbers 15:15-16, Ephesians 2, Romans 3:31).

 

  • Any replacement theology that teaches that any group of people has replaced Yisra'el or the Jewish people.

 

  • "Two House Doctrine" also known as "Ephraimite Theology."

 

  • Sacred Name Theology

 

  • "Flat Earth" Doctrine

 

  • "Karaite" theology and reckoning of the Moedim (Holy Festivals).

 

  • Lunar Sabbath Theology

 

  • "Dayspring/Sunrise Sabbath Heresy" Theology

 

  • Teaching that communicates that women should be Torah teachers, Rabbis, or Elders over the men within the congregation. It is also our practice that only the men read the Torah publicly during our various Sabbath services. Based upon Rabbi Shaul's (Paul's) injunction in 1Timothy 2:11-15, the leadership of Beth Shalom believes that it is inappropriate for a woman to be in teaching authority over men.

       Note: We would not consider a woman teaching Messianic Jewish dance within the congregation to be a violation of this.

 

  • Women shall not wear men's clothing (D'varim/Deuteronomy 22:5). The tallit has always been a garment for Jewish men. Therefore, it would be inappropriate for a woman to wear a tallit while attending Beth Shalom. In a similar manner, it would be inappropriate for a woman to wear a kippah while attending our synagogue. It has not been until the last few decades that Feminist Jewish groups have allowed women within the synagogue to wear tallits, kippahs, and so on.