Qualifications for credentials through the Coalition of Torah Observant Messianic Congregations are based on sound doctrine, the wisdom of experience and proven tradition. CTOMC does not make any claim that the qualifications are infallible, nor that their credentials necessarily proves the qualifications and ability of anyone to do the work of ministry. The credentials are intended to be an encouragement to responsibility and accountability for the minister. CTOMC has chosen the qualifications which it esteems to be the best and safest for recognizing a calling to ministry.
* MESSIANIC MINISTRY APPRENTICE
* MESSIANIC RABBI/REBBITZIN
The following is a list of several movements, not necessarily all, who's members and adherants will NOT be accepted as candidates for licensing or ordination:
Yahwist or Sacred Name is not approved: Any group espousing that the Name of G-d must be said, written or performed in a unique way to be saved, or that the Name should be said usually and commonly, or that restrict the use of L-RD or G-d as acceptable usage. We also consider the use of "Yahweh" and "Yahshua" in light conversation to be disrespectful of the Most High and indicative of this movement. Why are we oppsed to all this? Because no one can say authoritatively how the actual Holy Name was or is pronounced, and our Messiah said we should say "Our Father" ("Avinu"), and no one should make up Hebrew words which are unknown to Hebrew speaking people, for such brings a reproach on the message of Messiah to them. Finally, the Hebrew way of saying our Messiah's name has been well known and accepted among Messianic and Israeli Jews as "Yeshua" or "Y'shua" for centuries and any other pronounciation is contrived.
Classical/Medieval Christian is not approved: Any group which honors Christmas, Easter or any other "christianized" pagan celebration. Also, any group which does not honor the seventh day Sabbath as the L-RD's holy day, or any group which teaches all animals are the same for consuming in G-d's sight. Finally, any group which denegrates or annuls the Torah and Hebrew Scriptures as saying they are no more in effect or that G-d no longer keeps His covenants with Israel.
"Two House" or "Ephraim and Judah" teaching as it is known is not approved: It is our experience that this emphasis in groups causes division and confusion within the Messianic movement. It is an opinion of prophetic interpretation that is not Torah (commanded to be followed by G-d).
Racial supremacy doctrine is not approved: CTOMC does not accept the concept of physical supremacy of any people, neither do we believe that heritage profits anything in comparison to knowing Messiah Yeshua as Adonai. This holds for all races, colors, and peoples, including Jewish. Once a person has come into the knowledge of Messiah Yeshua they have reached the pinnacle of personhood in G-d and have entrance into all the covenants. This hour's emphasis on the Jewish people is to complete the promises for the glory of G-d, not for the glory of persons.
Messiah as man alone or "just another prophet" is not approved: Any group which denies Yeshua as Melech Moshiach - King Messiah, the virgin birth or His crucifixion and resurrection, or that will not publically confess such.
Any other factions who's members we cannot accept as admins will be listed here as they are identified.
NOTE: The above exclusions in no way defames individuals or judges the salvation of those who join these movements. That is for Messiah only to decide, and judge our hearts as well. For example, we have good personal relations with many Catholics: we simply do not agree as a matter of faith with many of their institution's key beliefs, yet we cannot and will not judge their salvation as individuals. All that is said here is to define what CTOMC is focused on.
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