What We Believe
Fundamental Doctrinal Statement
The basic fundamental doctrine of Seed of Abraham Apostolic Fellowship shall be the Apostolic Message of repentance, baptism in water by immersion exclusively in the Name of the Messiah (as appropriately spoken in any language) for the remission of sins, and the baptism of the Holy Spirit with evidence manifested through Spiritual Gifts i.e. speaking in other tongues as the Spirit gives the utterance, as recorded in the book of Acts.
The Fruit of the Spirit
We believe that if one has the Holy Spirit dwelling in their lives they will bare the fruit of that Spirit which is found in Galatians 5:22-23 as Messiah stated in Matthew 7:16-20 a tree will be known by it's fruit.
We proclaim His Eternal Kingdom which shall restore all things and reign in peace.
- The Royal Law of this Kingdom is given by the Creator Himself in the 10 Commandments (including the 7th Day Sabbath whatever day that may be to the individual believer) and written in the hearts of those who will have right to the tree of life and enter through the gates into the city Jeremiah 31:21-33; Hebrews 8:8-10, James 2:8.
We endeavour to keep the unity of the spirit until we all come into the unity of the faith, at the same time admonishing our ministry that they shall not contend for their different views to the disunity of the body.
1. The Holy Bible
The Bible, consisting of the Old and New Testaments, is God’s inspired Word. Inerrant in its original writing, the Bible is the only authoritative and infallible rule of faith and conduct for humanity.
The sovereign deity of the universe is Yahuah the "I AM", who is to be worshiped in spirit and in truth. He is eternal, infinite, holy, self-existent Spirit who created, sustains, rules, redeems, and judges His creation. He is one in nature, essence and being. God has manifested in Scripture as Father in creation, as Son in redemption, and as Holy Spirit in emanation.
God the Father
God the Father of whom are all things, whom no one has seen nor can see, reigns in the heavens and transcends our complete knowing. He is revealed as our loving heavenly Father. Ultimately, God the Father will restore perfect harmony to all creation through Messiah and reign eternally over the redeemed.
Yahusha/Jesus the Son
Yahusha Ha Mashyach or as known in the English language as Jesus Christ is declared by the Angel Gabriel to be Emmanuel - “Elohim/God With Us”, and by the Apostle Paul to be "Elohim/God manifested in the flesh" (1st Timothy 3:16). According to John the Apostle, Yahusha/Jesus was the "WORD (Logos) made flesh" who in the beginning was with God, and was God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. Born of the virgin Mary by the power of the Holy Spirit, He became the only "brought forth" Son. In His Son-ship He "took on the seed of Abraham" and was "made like unto his brethren". In that God is not a man, the scripture declares that God was "in Christ" reconciling the world unto Himself. As the Son, He humbled Himself to be subordinate to the Father and, obedient unto death. He lived without sin, died as an atoning sacrifice for our sin and not His own, was entombed for three full days and three full nights, resurrected Himself bodily, ascended to the glory He had before, reigns as Lord in heaven, and will return to earth as judge and King.
The Ruach HaKodosh/Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is the promised divine helper. The Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit) literally translated is "Holy Breath" and is God’s presence and power in the world indwelling believers. Thus the Holy Spirit is not “A” person “IN” the Godhead, but is rather the Spirit of God Himself. By His Holy Spirit, God inspired and illuminates the Scriptures; convicts and regenerates sinners; sanctifies, teaches, comforts, guides, and preserves believers; and empowers them for service.
Hebrew Names and Titles of God
We believe His Name is honoured and sacred when spoken in any language. Though this website often uses Hebrew pronunciations such as Yahuah, and Yahusha etc, this is not to the exclusion of any other language or pronunciation. We realize the original audible sound of these names in Hebrew is both unknown and unknowable with the ancient sound of the letters lost to history. This is an indisputable fact. Thus, we can not know with certainty that one pronunciation is more accurate than another. There is also no scripture which declares that a name is more acceptable when spoken in Hebrew or any other language.
We believe that as Revelation shows that in the last days many will praise Him in many languages as He ordained it to be.
Revelation 7:9 After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands.
For more information on this please see our articles on "The Hebew Names of God" in the teaching section of this website.
3. Man, Satan, Sin, and Death
Humanity was created in the image of God: sinless, though not naturally immortal. Through Adam and Eve’s disobedience, all human beings became sinners by nature and by choice. The penalty for our sin is alienation from God, physical death (without consciousness) and, ultimately eternal death for those who do not receive the salvation offered by Messiah. It was Satan, the adversary of God, who tempted our first parents in the garden. The Devil is still capable of transforming himself into an angel of light but will finally be destroyed in the lake of fire.
4. Man, Salvation, and Life
Sinful humanity may be saved from the penalty of eternal death and receive eternal life instead. Atonement for sins, with its attendant promise of eternal life, comes through Messiah’s death, burial, and resurrection on our behalf. We are able to connect to these three elements through…
1) The Death – Repentance: We believe that repentance is initiated through Godly sorrow, and is a call to turn from sin and mortify the deeds of the flesh.
2) The Burial - Water Baptism: We believe Scriptural water baptism to be sacramental for the "remission of sins" and is commanded in the scriptures to be done in the singular "Name" of the Messiah, rather than the nameless trinitarian titles and to be by full water immersion.
3) The Resurrection – Infilling of the Holy Spirit: We believe that true believers are filled by the Holy Spirit in the same way as the first Believers in Acts. Thus, evidenced by the supernatural gifts of the Spirit. (Acts 10:44-46)
5. The Congregation
The Congregation in Scripture is a spiritual body of believers who hold the faith of Yahusha/Jesus and keep the commandments of God. Under the lordship of Messiah and the authority of His Word, the Congregation is His Government of Kings and Priests, and exists universally and locally for purposes of worshiping God, preaching the Kingdom, nurturing believers, and serving humanity. All Saints should participate in this mission by service to others and fellowship with believers.
6. The Torah, The Ten Commandments, and The Book of the Law of Moses
We believe that the Bible goes to great lengths to distinguish God's Ten Commandments from the “Book of the Law of Moses”. The Ten Commandments written by the creator in stone forever establish the Law of His Kingdom while the “Book of the Law” written by Moses on scrolls contains instructions rather than law and guides in understanding the “Culture of the Kingdom”. Justification cannot be accomplished by the “Book of the Law of Moses”. We believe that the penalties "added" and required by the Book of the Law have all been paid by the sacrificial Blood of the Lamb of God which takes away the sins of the world. These penalties have been "Nailed to his cross".
To distinguish God's 10 Commandments from the hundreds of laws that were "added" later "because of transgressions" is to distinguish that which is "unalterable" from that which contained shadows, penalties, and symbolisms which would have their application altered by the New Covenant.
(NOTE: Some mis-characterize Seed of Abraham Apostolic Fellowship's position as "Anti-Torah". It is important to understand that Seed of Abraham Apostolic Fellowship hold the Torah in the highest regard. It is to be studied through the Holy Spirit, and "spiritually" applied under the New Covenant. We believe all scripture (Including Torah) is given by inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, and for instruction in righteousness. We embrace the precepts found in the Torah as ELEVATED by Messiah from their legalistic and literal application and applied spiritually and allegorically under the New Covenant. Thus, we honour every jot and tittle. It is those who insist on a literal and legalistic application who must exempt themselves from the scores of Torah commands when they find them either inconvenient or expensive ... Our 100% commitment to the Torah is through a glorious New and Living Way under the New and Better Covenant.)
For a more indepth understanding please see our article: What do we mean by the word "Turah"?
Marriage is an institution of God and is an exclusive lifetime union between a man and a woman for the purpose of perpetuating humanity and enriching human experience. Reflecting the bond between Christ and His church. Like the Sabbath, marriage dates to Creation week, is intrinsic to the moral law, is reformed in Christ’s teachings, and finds its ultimate meaning at His return.
8. Christian Living
Christians are called to holiness in thought, word, and deed and to express faith in Christ through devotion to God and godly interaction with others. As a result — not a cause — of redemption, believers should ...
1) develop their relationship with God through Bible reading and study, prayer, fasting, worship, and obedience;
2) relieve the physical and spiritual needs of humanity by compassionate social action and gospel witness;
3) oppose pride, envy, indolence, lust, covetousness, and other evils in the spirit;
4) refuse immoral amusements and practices such as pornography, sexual immorality, and homosexuality in the flesh; and
5) observe these Bible principles: give tithe and freewill offerings for the support of the congregation and its gospel ministry.
According to scripture, two sacraments are connected to the remission of sin. They are water baptism exclusively in the Name of the Messiah (as appropriately spoken in any language) and subsequently the Blood of the New Covenant which we have through the cup which we bless. Both Sacraments are wrapped in the scriptural phrase “for the remission of sins” (Acts 2:38 & Matthew 26:28). Thus, the believer has remission in the Water and in the Blood of the New Covenant (1st John 5:6). Initially through water baptism and subsequently through the cup which is a symbol in which we are to remember the blood of Messiah that was shed for the remission of sins. See also Luke 22:17-20.
10. The Kingdom of God
The kingdom of God (kingdom of heaven) is realized in three phases:
The Present Kingdom
The spiritual kingdom exists now as God rules in the hearts of obedient believers. This kingdom was announced and revealed through the prophets and the ministry of Yahusha HaMashyach/Lord Jesus Christ.
We enter this kingdom when we turn from sin to serve God through faith in Yahusha HaMashyach/Jesus Christ.
The Millennial Kingdom
Yahusha/Jesus will return to earth in power and glory to resurrect the righteous dead in the first resurrection, bestow immortality and eternal life upon the resurrected and the living righteous, avenge the saints, and be glorified in them. This great Sabbath Rest of one thousand years will be a universal kingdom in which all principalities, powers, and enemies are overcome. During this age, the Messianic promises to Israel and the Oaths to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and David will be fully realized. At the end of the thousand years, the rest of the dead will be resurrected, judged before the great white throne, and the wicked will suffer annihilation in the second death.
The Eternal Kingdom
After the annihilation of the final rebellion, God’s eternal kingdom will last through ages without end. God will dwell with the redeemed in a new heaven and a new earth where no disappointment, defilement, or death can enter and where righteousness and peace will prevail forever.