Statement of Faith... NOT!Here at Chut HaM'shulash, we don't find any evidence in the Tenach that members of any community of faith be required to attach themselves to a "statements of faith," in order to identify themselves as "kosher" enough for social networking, fit for foreign consumpiton, or otherwise be subjected to someone else's theological sobriety test, that makes one acceptable to that community. We have found that such statements serve only to isolate communities, rather then enourage interaction, learning and growth. It seems much better to simply declare solidarity and unity with those who keep the commandments of HaShem, and affirm the messianic hope, through a testimony of Mashiach, as all of us approach the Olam Ha'Bah (the next world), to meet our new king and Kohein Gadol.
To those who issue such statements or depend upon them to determine with whom they are allowed to interact, we can already admit, that not every one has to agree with the conclusions we have reached from the Tenach or messages from the Brit Ha'Chadashah. We also do not feel that we have to agree with every point of doctrine or dogma that someone else has produced, in order to fear HaShem, or be pleasing to Him, or retain our status as members of a broader community of the faithful. Every Statement of Faith is incomplete and partial since all the words of G-d alone contains the full counsel of G-d. Therefore, any person could find things, which he thinks should be in such a statement but are not, or things, which are in that statement but shouldn't be, and use these discrepancies to divide a community, rather than unify it.
To those attaching themselves to the Christian religion, in all of its streams, worldwide, who present themselves as being tolerant of other’s beliefs, yet proceed to issue excommunication orders to anyone who does not adhere to their particular doctrinal perspectives, we say, "HaShem granted all men the freedom to think and to ponder." A true "believer" therefore, in the end of days, according to the NT texts of Sefer Ha'Hitgalut (Rev) 12:17 and 14:12, are judged and identified by two things; 1) S/he observes the Commandments of G-d (i.e. the Torah), and 2) S/he holds to a testimony of Mashiach (an attestation that should not foreign to the teaching of the RaMBaM in his Thirteen Principles of Faith) This should be enough. Everything beyond these two, are nothing more than devices of men, which are altogether unprofitable in every way.
Unfortunately, today, most so-called "messianic" movements, both in and out of the Land of Israel, are suffering an identity crisis. This is because they have lost sight of ONE G-d, our Torah, Jewish heritage, Rabbinic wisdom, and Torah-centered values for living. They claim to possess the "Ru'ach Ha'Kodesh," but ignore the very commandments the Spirit of Ha'Kodosh, baruch Hu, has given them through our Torah. Their requirements of forcing others to sign "statements of faith" else suffer imminent rejection, does not arise from the roots of a Jewish psyche, but from Hellenistic counsel and from the instructions of those who, to this very day, say of AM Israel, "Come, let's eliminate them as a nation, and let the name of Israel no longer be remembered. We shall replace them, their religion and their worldviews with our own. Having obscured Ha'Shem's role and His Torah in the whole affair, we must admit at this time, that we have no part with them, to the same extent as they first resolved that they have no part with us.
Our only identification, therefore, with those involved with such communities or movements in Israel, is limited to providing financial assistance to the poor amongst others, when given opportunity, who observe the Mitzvot of ONE G-d, and wait for the arrival of Mashiach.