Statement of Beliefs
Hebrew Academy of Detroit believes:
- NO RACE BASE SALVATION - We reject the idea that race and ethnicity play a role in salvation. While we do teach that the true Israelites in the Bible were and are black, it has nothing to do with salvation by grace alone (Ephesians 2:8-9). We teach this as a tool for biblical and historical prophetic interpretation.
- NO REPLACEMENT THEOLOGY – We believe that Replacement Theology which teaches that Yah made promises, change his mind, broke those promises, and then make new promises to a different set of people is not biblical. If that was the character of Yah, we could not trust him. Therefore, Replacement Theology is a false teaching that we reject. We believe that Israel is Israel and the Assembly/Church is the Church. In order for Replacement Theology to be true, Yah would have to be a liar, because the promises he made to Israel would be null and void (Jeremiah 31:35-37).
- NEGRO/ISRAEL CONNECTION: We believe that physical Israel was enslaved and scattered among the nations (Luke 21:24). Although we hold the belief that black people in the Americas are the true descendants of Israel, we are not associated with any Black Hebrew Israelite camp or doctrine. Our belief is based solely on Biblical and historical evidence. This have been proven historically, biblically, geographically, manuscript evidence, archaeological evidence, eye witnessed accounts, corroborating accounts, literary consistency, and prophetic consistency. Many blacks and some Messianic Israelites communities are coming to know this truth and are experiencing an awaking. The world, as we know it, will soon witness the "3rd Great Awakening" that Apostle Paul spoke of in Romans 11.
- THE SCRIPTURES – We believe the Bible (The Tanakh and Apostolic Scriptures in their original autographs) is the inspired Word of Yah. The product of ancient Hebrews of old who spoke and wrote as they were moved upon by the Holy Spirit and we accept it as our infallible guide in matters pertaining to conduct and doctrine (II Tim. 3:16; I Thess. 2:13; 2 Peter 1:21).
- THE TORAH AND SANCTIFICATION - We believe that the Torah (five books of Moses) is a comprehensive summary of Yah's foundational laws and ways, as found in both the Tanakh and Apostolic Scriptures (Ex. 19 & 20; Deut. 5; Jer. 31:31-34; Matt. 5:17-19; Matt. 28:18-20; I Cor. 7:19; II Tim. 3:15-16; Heb. 8:10; Rev. 14:12). Additionally, the Bible teaches that without holiness no man can see Yah. We believe in the Doctrine of Sanctification as a definite, yet progressive work of grace, commencing at the time of regeneration and continuing until the consummation of salvation (Heb. 12:14; I Thess. 5:23; II Peter 3:18; Phil. 3:12-14; I Cor. 1:30; Rev. 14:12). Therefore we encourage all believers, both Hebrews and Gentiles, to affirm, embrace, and practice these foundational laws and ways as clarified through the teachings of Messiah Yahusha (Matt. 5:17-19; Matt. 11:28-30) and His Apostles.
- MAN, HIS FALL AND REDEMPTION - We believe that man is a created being, made in the likeness and image of Yah, but through Adam's transgression and fall, sin came into the world. "All have sinned, and come short of the glory of Yah." "As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one." Yahusha, the Messiah, the Son of Yahuah, was manifested to undo the work of the devil and gave His life and shed His blood to redeem and restore man back to Yah (Rom. 5:14; Rom. 3:10; Rom. 3:23; I John 3:8). We believe that salvation is the gift of Yah to man, separate from works and the law (Rom. 3:19-25), and is made operative by grace through faith in Yahusha, producing works acceptable to Yah (Eph. 2:8). Moreover we believe that Yahusha is exclusively the way, the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father except through Him (John 14:6; John 6:29, 40, 44; I John 5:11-12).
- ASSEMBLY/CHURCH – We believe that the assembly/church consist of all Hebrews and Gentile Believers who have accepted Yahusha Ha-maschiach (also-called Jesus Christ) as their personal Savior; and that the local church is an organized assembly of believers who are united for the express purpose of true worship and fulfilling the great commission.
- HOLY SPIRIT - We believe there is one Elohim, eternally existent and revealed in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Ruach haQodesh). In the deity of our Messiah, (Yahusha Ha-Mashiach (Jesus Christ)), in his incarnation, in his virgin birth, in his sinless life, in his atoning death, in his bodily resurrection, and his ascension to the right hand of Yah the Father. (Deut. 6:4; Gen.18; Is. 48:16; John 1:1-2, 14-18; John 10:30; John 14:16-17, 26; John 16:7-15).Matthew 28:19
- BAPTISM OF THE HOLY SPIRIT - We believe the Baptism in the Holy Spirit and fire is a gift from Yah as promised by Yahusha the Messiah to all believers and is received subsequent to the New Birth (Matt. 3:11; John 14:16, 17; Acts 1:8; Acts 2:38, 39). The gift of tongues is one of the many manifestations of the Holy Spirit (Acts 19:1-7; Acts 2:4; I Cor. 12:1-11). We believe in the operation of all the gifts of the Spirit as enumerated in Yah's Word. We embrace all of the ministry of the Holy Spirit.
- GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT - We Believe in all nine gifts of the Holy Spirit continue to be expressed in the assembly/church today, and subject to the order prescribed by the scriptures. I Corinthians 12:4-11.
- WATER BAPTISM – We believe in the mandate to be baptized (immersed) in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, as a public act of ritual conversion from death to life, from the kingdom of darkness to the kingdom of light, from Satan’s domain to Yah’s domain. In regards to salvation it is not efficacious, but is intended to signify our repentance of sin and our turning to Yah by His grace through faith in Yahusha as Savior. This ritual water baptism is the believer’s public identification with the life, death, and resurrection of Yahusha the Messiah (Matt. 28:18-20; Acts 2:37-38; Rom. 6:1-8).
- YAHUSHA THE MESSIAH - We believe in the deity of Yahusha HaMashiach  (John 1:1-18), in His virgin birth (Is. 9:6; Is. 7:14; Matt. 1:18-25), in His sinless life (Is. 53; II Cor. 5:21; Lk. 1:35), in His miracles (Matt. 4:23-25), in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood (Is. 53; Dan. 9:24-27; Rom. 3:21-31; Heb 9&10), in His bodily resurrection (Zech. 12:10 & ch.14; Matt. 28), in His ascension to the right hand of the Father (Ps. 110; Ps. 16:10; Acts 1:1-11; Heb. 1:1-3), and in His personal return in power and glory (John 14:1-4 Acts 1:9-11; I Cor. 15:20-28; Hebrews 9:23-28).
- THE RESURRECTION - We believe in the personal, physical return, in power and glory, of Yahusha the Messiah to judge the living and the dead (John 14:1-4 Acts 1:9-11; I Cor. 15:20-28; Hebrews 9:23-28.) We believe in the physical resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto the resurrection of life, and they that are lost to the resurrection of damnation (Matt: 10:28; John 5:19-29; Rev. 20:11-15)
- ISRAEL - We believe in Yah’s everlasting covenant relationship with the Hebrew people including the physical (Land of Israel) and the spiritual blessings (Genesis 12:1-3, 17:1-7, Jeremiah 31:31-37). In the end times, after tribulation, all of Israel will be saved (Zechariah 14, Romans 11).
- THE GENTILES – We believe Gentiles (non-Hebrews) who place their faith and trust in Yahusha the Messiah, are grafted into Israel through a born again experience. This new birth results in a new identity. This new identity is a child of the Yah of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. As a result, this new child is adopted into the family and ethnos of Israel and becomes a full member and fellow heir of the covenants of promise and blessings made to Israel. The Gentiles who are grafted into Israel do not replace her. Rather, they participate with her as the chosen ones from among the nations who are also called to be a part of His treasured people Israel. In terms of their adoption into the household of Yah, these newly adopted Gentile children are to be treated as if they were native-born descendants of Jacob. As adopted Gentiles, they shall be accorded all the rights, privileges, and responsibilities of being full members of the commonwealth of Israel and fellow heirs of the covenants of promise made to her. They do not replace Israel but neither are they excluded. Like the mystery of the unity of Yah, the two groups are one in Messiah and yet distinct (Ex. 12:37-38; Deut 29:10-15; Deut. 31:9-13; Eze. 47:21-23; Isa. 56:1-8; Matt. 28:18-20; Jn. 10:1-18; Acts 15:11; Romans 9-11; I Corinthians 7:17-19; Eph. 1-3).
- AWAKENING – We believe that many blacks and some Christian communities are coming to know this truth and are experiencing an awakening. The world, as we know it, will soon witness the "3rd Great Awakening" that Apostle Paul spoke of in Romans 11.
- Deep Intimacy with Yah: We highly value cultivating a deep intimacy with Yah. We want it to be the motivation for everything we do; we want to know Him and make Him known through our words and actions.
- Kingdom Character and Power: We highly value demonstrating the kingdom of Yah, both through being transformed by His Spirit (Ruach HaQodesh) and by ministering in the Ruach’s power to others. We want His kingdom to rule in every area of our lives, in the lives of those we touch and over the cities and countries in which we live.
- Authentic Community: We highly value building a Hebrew community through loving and accountable relationships. We want Yah to be glorified through a community that honors Him and reflects His character.