Controversy

On March 4, 1968, The Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of the now infamous J. Edgar Hoover, circulated a staff memo, entitled:

Counterintelligence Program: Black Nationalist - Hate Groups Racial Intelligence.

 

This 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." Indeed.

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." This wholly unwarranted covert activity has contributed to a climate of hate and fear in America toward those of us among the supposed "African-American" people who have awakened to our true national identity.

Now to be sure, within any social or political 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 false accusations, coming from every ethnicity, social class, political view, and religious persuasion; and particularly from our own "families," "friends," and associates. And so it is.... 

Here are TCVI's responses to the top five most common accusations:
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You're anti-Christ.

Our response: To begin with, to suggest that any group of people are a monolith is simply inaccurate. And of course, this holds true for the Hebrew Yisraelite Movement. Obviously, there are believers in Messiah-Christ among us and non-believers as well, just as there are among "mainstream Judeo-Christians."

Now, what most Hebrew Yisraelite groups refer to as Christianity (and 'Christ-ian' simply means "in Christ"), TCVI chooses to refer to as Churchianity; meaning the ancient Emperor Constantine's pseudo-Christian Mithraism, mixed with the true faith delivered unto the original saints. It is this Mithraic "Roman Catholicism" - which Protestants have never fully corrected - that all Hebrew Yisraelites, including us, wholeheartedly reject, and that with no apologies.

 

TCVI is a universal ministry of Yisraelites. And we believe in Christ and His atoning work at Calvary. But we do not believe in the false Euro-Gentile image, which is not the true Christ, but a concocted "god" of the ancient Roman Emperor's wicked imagination. We know and understand full well that the true Messiah of Yisrael is a Hebrew Yisraelite, or "black" man - not a European son of Japheth. Plain and simple. And yes - skin color matters. If not, there would never have been a false change of His ethnic identity to begin with...

 

Even our 'African Methodist Episcopal' (A.M.E.) kinsmen are aware of this. But the Hebrew Yisraelite-aware among our people have fully reclaimed our original identity and culture. And even as we speak, traditional Christians are turning to their Hebrew roots in great numbers - which by the way, is a genuine move of Ruakh Ha Qodesh-the Holy Spirit!

2

You're "legalists."

Our response: Based upon a heathen, Greco-Romanized 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, 'Churchianity believes that those of us who are returning to our Hebrew roots are frustrating the grace of GOD.

 

But in truth, according to the book of Hebrews, the only part of the Law that is no longer applicable to the saints are the carnal ordinances of the Aaronic-Levitical Priesthood which were replaced with the Priestly Order of Melchizedek; since Christ Himself being the Eternal High Priest, sprang not from Lewi, but from Yahudah. (Ezek. 44:10-31, Heb. 7:11-19).

 

In fact, the new Temple which is soon to come is divinely designed according to this change of the Priesthood, with very critical differences such as no Menorah, no veil before the Holy of Holies, and so on. (Ezek. chapters 40-47). Therefore, the civil, moral, and dietary laws of the Torah have in no wise been abolished in Christ!

 

Now 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 Ruach Ha Qodesh-the Holy Spirit, so that we may be able to comprehend and fulfill the Torah (the divine instructions), unto everlasting life.

 

The real truth is that the greatest teachers and keepers of the Torah who ever lived were our Messiah and His disciples! The 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 recognize the Torah-based relationship and proper balance between Law and Grace. As it is written, "Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the Commandments of YAHUWAH, and the faith of Yah'shua." (Rev. 14:12).

3

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 are absolutely guilty, [with religion as defined in the epistle of Messiah's brother Yah'qob.] (James 1:27). 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 that they are. 

 

The truth is that 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 that all are guilty based upon the extremism and danger of some, is at best, unwise. And at worst, it represents the very folly that led to the rejection of the Messiah and the destruction of ancient Yisrael.

4

You're a racist, sexist, homophobic hate group.

Our response: To begin with, TCVI teaches that racism - judging, or even condemning someone's behavior on the basis of "race" - is illogical, physiologically inaccurate, and anti-Torah; and has proven to be foolish by the fear-mongering antics and inflammatory rhetoric of "race" supremacists of all kinds. However, we do find it hypocritical and narcissistic to be referred to as racist, sexist, and homophobic, by racists, sexists, and homophobes.

 

Now are there those among the Hebrew Yisraelite-aware who judge people by color? Of course. But again, that does not mean that all of us are "racist," any more than it does among any other group. As for TCVI being sexist and homophobic, we wholeheartedly believe in the biblical Kingdom order of male and female; and we do not fear anyone but YAHUWAH our GOD!

 

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 Messiah?

 

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 Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is YAHUWAH." (I Cor. 11:3). So was the apostle confused, or inconsistent? YAH forbid!

 

Despite those who reject the apostle 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 plan of redemption is the same for all, regardless of "race," gender, or social status.

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You're terrorists.

Our response: This particular accusation is perhaps the most absurd of them all. The idea that the Hebrew Yisraelite Movement 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 repatriation, through unfounded and/or threatening verbal attacks on the part of certain Hebrew-aware individuals and factions are in truth, a legitimate concern.)

 

Nevertheless, despite any evidence of violence being carried out by the Hebrew Yisraelite-aware, this media-driven myth continues to persist. And from our perspective, as the descendants of indigenous "Indians" and involuntarily imported slaves, to be labeled as violent by a nation that has perpetrated some of the most brutal terrorism in the annals of human history is perhaps the ultimate irony. 

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