what tikvat yisrael does not believe...

The following articles and white papers are official positions of the Board of Elders at Tikvat Yisrael Messianic Synagogue and are in agreement with our affiliation with the IAMCS, (International Alliance of Messianic Congregations & Synagogues). 

  • We, as Messianic Jews, have become increasingly concerned that there are a growing number of individuals and groups today promoting the idea that all the world’s believers in the Messiah - Gentiles especially - ought to be observing Torah principles, particularly the Shabbat, the feasts, and kosher diet. The doctrine has been around since the day of the Apostles, in different forms, but today it has come to be known as “One Law One People” or just “One Law,” for short. It insists upon Gentile Torah observance universally. Most of those who teach it, also promote false theories about Israel identity as well. Recently, some of the more prominent One Law teachers have banded together and begun using the label “Hebrew Roots” to describe themselves as a movement. This nomenclature is regrettable from our point of view, since it causes confusion, it does not follow the Jewish Apostles teaching in Acts 15 & 21 and is simply unbiblical. Click the link to download the entire explanation here.  A secondary white paper is also available entitled "Ephraimite Error" here.

  • Another "false teaching" that has pervaded our movement is known as "Unrecognized Mediation".  Unrecognized Mediation is a theological concept stating that some unspecified number of traditional Jewish people are saved by Yeshua and  walking in that salvation without knowing it or having a conscious personal relationship with the Messiah. They have never consciously received Him by faith.  Click this LINK to download the position paper, or the title above or image to the left.  

  • See this white paper for our community's policy on claims of Jewish identity.

  • Not to be confused with legitimate African-Jews from Ethiopia and other nations, this position paper identifies a dangerous, extreme and sometimes violent philosophy that preys on African-Americans primarily.  This position paper exposes the false teachings, but also validates Tikvat's position on true African Jews such as the Beta Israel from Ethiopia.  Click the image left or the title above to download the position paper.