Our official responses to the top five most common accusations:
On March 4, 1968, The Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of the now infamous J. Edgar Hoover, circulated a staff memo, entitled:
The deep state-sponsored FBI program, which came to be known as 'COINTELPRO,' stated that one of its main goals was to "Prevent the RISE OF A 'MESSIAH' who could unify, and electrify, the militant black nationalist movement."
By 1999, the United States Government considered the Hebrew Israelite Movement to be more of a threat to its internal security than "...terrorists and jihadists." Selah. This covert activity has contributed to a climate of blanketed hate, fear and even dread in America, toward those of us among so-called "African-Americans" who have awakened to our true national identity.
Now, to be sure, within any group or social movement, there are fringe or extremist elements that reflect poorly upon the whole... No doubt. Nevertheless, all of us as Hebrew Yisraelite-aware face constant accusations coming from every ethnicity, social class and political persuasion; and especially from our own "families" and "friends" on a regular basis. And so it is....
Our response: To begin with, to suggest that any group of people are all one thing is simply inaccurate. Of course, this holds true for the Hebrew Yisraelite Movement. There are believers in Mashiakh/Christ among us, and non-believers as well, just as there are among "mainstream" "Judeo-Christians."
What many Hebrew Yisraelites refer to as "Christianity" is more precisely referred to as "Churchianity," or the ancient Roman Emperor Constantine's Mithraic "Catholicism," mixed with the true faith of the original disciples. This is the religion of mainstream "Sunday Christianity" that Hebrew Yisraelites, including us, wholeheartedly reject -- and that, with no apologies.
TCVI is a fellowship of Yisraelites. We believe in Christ and His atoning work at Calvary; but not in the false European image, who is not Christ. This is the concocted god of the ancient Roman Emperor's wicked imagination. We teach that Ha Mashiakh is a Hebrew Yisraelite, or "black man" -- not a European son of Japheth. And yes, skin color matters. If not, there would never have been a need to change His ethnic identity to begin with. Selah.
The African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) denomination for example, believes this also. Hebrew Yisraelites have simply returned to our original culture. And even as we speak, many traditional Christians are turning to their "Hebrew roots" -- which by the way, we believe is a genuine move of Ruakh Ha Qodesh/the Holy Spirit.
Our response: Based upon a heathen, Greco-Romanized Western mindset, much if not most of mainstream "Christianity" has grossly misinterpreted the writings of the Apostle Paul, and believe that the curse of the Law is the Law itself. In other words, they believe that those of us who are returning to our Hebrew roots are frustrating the grace of YAH.
As for keeping the Law: even as the tablets of stone were placed inside the Ark of the Covenant, with the Torah scrolls placed beside the Ark; the Ten Commandments have been written in our hearts by Ruakh Ha Qodesh-The Holy Spirit, so that we may comprehend and fulfill the Torah (the Instructions), unto everlasting life.
The truth is, the greatest teachers and keepers of the Torah who ever lived were Ha Mashiakh and His disciples. Seventh Day Adventists for example, have for decades displayed the wisdom to keep the Shabbat -- both in the natural and the Spirit. And many other groups are beginning to understand the true Torah-based relationship and proper balance between Law and Grace.
It is written, "And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of YAHUWAH, and have the testimony of Y'shua Ha Mashiakh" (Rev. 12:17). Selah.
You're a cult.
Our response: According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, a cult is "a small religious group that is not part of a larger and more accepted religion, and that has beliefs regarded by many people as extreme or dangerous."
By that definition, we're absolutely "guilty "of "religion" as defined in the epistle of Mashiakh's brother Ya'aqob-James. Having said that, the fact that some people may regard TCVI's beliefs, or any other set of beliefs, as "extreme or dangerous" does not necessarily mean they are. Period.
The truth is, our Messiah Himself, and His original Movement, were viewed in that same fashion -- along with every other significant political or "religious" reform in history. For example, in 2014, President Barack Obama pointed out publicly that many atrocities, including the Crusades of the "Middle Ages" and the Trans-Atlantic slave trade, were committed as the result of the radical religious beliefs of "mainstream" Christianity.
So again, to conclude all as guilty based upon the extremism and danger of some, is at best, unwise. At worst, it represents the very folly that led to the rejection of the Messiah and the destruction of ancient Yisrael.
You're racist, sexist and homophobic.
Our response: TCVI teaches that racism - judging, or even condemning someone's behavior on the basis of "race" -- is illogical, psychologically inaccurate, anti-Torah, and has proven to be foolish by the fear-mongering antics and inflammatory "debates" of "race" supremacists of all kinds. We do find it hypocritical and narcissistic to be referred to as racist, sexist and homophobic, by racists, sexists and homophobes.
Are there those among the Hebrew Yisraelite-aware who judge people by color? Of course. But again, that doesn't mean that all of us are so-called racist, anymore than it does among any other group. As for TCVI being sexist and homophobic, we do believe in the Kingdom order of male and female, and we don't fear anyone but YAHUWAH.
The truth is, almost without exception, across all factions, cliques, denominations, etc., the clarion call for the removal of gender distinction is: "There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for you are all one in Christ Jesus." (Gal. 3:28). But is this verse really a doctrine that says the order of male and female has been removed in Mashiakh?
In reality, the same apostle who wrote "...there is neither male nor female" also wrote, "But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Mashiakh; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Mashiakh is YAHUWAH." (I Cor. 11:3). Was the apostle confused, or inconsistent? YAH forbid.
Despite those who reject Sha'ul-Paul as the instigator of a lawless movement; the answer, in our judgment, is clear - Paul was absolutely consistent. Rather than removing class, gender or nationality, the apostle was simply confirming to the "Judaized" Galatians that contrary to the doctrine of the "Judaizers," the way of salvation is the same for everyone, regardless of "race," sex, or social status.
Our response: This particular accusation is probably the most absurd of them all. The idea that the Hebrew Yisraelite Movement at-large is somehow linked to extremist Muslims, based upon similar garments or other cultural features, is a notion born of paranoia that should be routinely dismissed.
(Although clearly, lawlessness in the name of 'sovereignty,' and abusive or threatening verbal attacks on the part of certain Hebrew-aware individuals and factions are in truth, a legitimate and serious concern.)
Nevertheless, despite any evidence of actual violence being carried out by the Hebrew Yisraelite-aware, this myth continues to persist. And from our perspective, as the descendants of indigenous "Indians" and involuntarily imported slaves, to be labeled as violent or dangerous by a nation that has perpetrated some of the most brutal terrorism in the annals of human history is perhaps the ultimate irony.