Assemblies of Yahweh Bethel Pa (info)

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The Assemblies of Yahweh is a nonprofit religious organization with international headquarters in Bethel, Pennsylvania, which developed from the radio ministry of Elder Jacob O. Meyer in 1966.

Mission Statement

In 1969 the Assemblies of Yahweh received its charter from Berks County, Pennsylvania. The core of this charter reads:

Our purpose is to teach and preach the word and sacred Name of our Heavenly Father and the truth of the inspired scriptures, to promote the interest of religion and the spread of spiritual holiness throughout the world.

—(“Assemblies of Yahweh “).,

Membership

Qualifications

To be considered members of the Assemblies of Yahweh individuals must:

  • Profess a dedication to Yahweh, be baptised (by submersion) in water in Yahshua’s Name and have had the hands of the Elders laid on them to receive the Holy Spirit.[1]
  • Maintain a life of total dedication to Yahweh.[1]
  • Agree with the Statement of Doctrine.[1]

Doctrinal Beliefs

The Assemblies of Yahweh profess to strive to follow the sacred Scriptures as closely as possible, building their faith by harmonizing all scriptures in both the Old and New Testaments pertaining to any subject. This causes the group to be viewed as an admixture of Judaism and Christianity although they do not actually mix Christian doctrines with the teachings of the Scriptures.[1] They believe that in order to understand the will of Yahweh, the Bible must be harmonized and adhered to as infallible. Believers must maintain faith in the imminent advent of the Messiah. They choose to call themselves True Worshipers, citing John 4:23 as the basis for this practice.

 Main Points:  Statement of Doctrine [1]

  • The name of the Supreme Being is “Yahweh
  • The name of the Messiah is Yahshua
  • The Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, holds the keys to eternal life and must be obeyed by humanity.
  • The Sabbath is the seventh day of the week and from Friday at sundown to Saturday at sundown a period of rest and worship is observed.
  • In addition to the weekly Sabbath there are annual Holy Days that must be observed. They include: Passover, Feast of Unleavened Bread, Pentecost (Shavuot), Feast of Trumpets, Fast of Atonement (Yom Kippur), Feast of Tabernacles and the Last Great Day.
  • A diet of “Clean Foods” as defined in Leviticus 11, Deuteronomy 14.
  • Tithing

The Assemblies of Yahweh reject as unbiblical:

  • The Trinity
  • Infant baptism
  • Worldly holidays
  • Homosexuality
  • Polygamy
  • Female ministers
  • Inspiration of the Greek New Testament.
  • Eternal hell

Organizational

The Assemblies of Yahweh leadership consists of:

  • A “Directing Elder”, responsible for the Spiritual direction of the Assembly and day to day operation of the Ministry.
  • “Teaching Elders”, ordained to serve as instructional leaders.
  • “Deacons”, ordained to serve in the needs of the assemblies.
  • “Senior Missionaries”, consecrated to serve Yahweh in local areas; many times used as local leader and (or) a new-inquirer contact point.
  • “Missionaries”, consecrated to serve Yahweh in local areas to help spread their Faith.

Since its inception, the Directing Elder of the Assemblies of Yahweh has been Elder Jacob O. Meyer. In addition to the responsibilities listed above, he is the final editor of all publications, the talent behind the radio and television broadcasts and the Pastor of the assembly in Bethel, Pennsylvania. He is assisted by a group of individuals, “the Work of the Ministry”, who assist him in ministerial trips, preaching and visitations and other responsibilities pertaining to the Ministry. Elder Meyer also uses them as counselors in questions of doctrine.

Outreach

The Assemblies of Yahweh uses many tools to spread their message across the world and contact individuals. They are:

Monthly

  • The Sacred Name Broadcaster. (Subscription list contains up to 20,000 names).
  • The Narrow Way Magazine. (Co-Worker Publication).
  • The Narrow Way Newsletter (Co-Worker Publication).

Books

  • The Sacred Scriptures Bethel Edition Bible LCN-81-69752 (In its seventh printing).
  • Psalms, Anthems and Spiritual Songs
  • The Memorial Name Yahweh LCN-87-072550
  • Commentary on Galatians LCN 83-82474
  • Commentary on Micah LCN-2006901945
  • Commentary on Revelation Vol. 1 LCN-2006901947
  • Biblical Ecclesiastical Assembly Administration LCN-2006908256

Radio

Television

Internet

Sabbath Services

  • Local Assemblies around the world.
  • Live Internet Streaming (Audio and Video)
  • Cassette Tape lending program

Ministerial Trips

  • Periodical Bible Conferences
  • Baptism, Marriage, Funeral requests, Prison Visitation, Personal Contact

Local Target Areas

  • Tract Distribution
  • Radio and TV Spots

Educational

The Assemblies of Yahweh has two educational institutions located in Bethel Pennsylvania.

Obadiah School of the Bible

Begun in 1973 as Obadiah Fraternity, a class concentrating on public speaking, Obadiah School has continued to grow and today has an extensive Biblical curriculum. Centered on the Bible class, each course is Biblical in nature. Today the graduates form the core of the Assemblies of Yahweh with many of the graduates going on to lead local Assemblies.

Dalet School

From its rudimentary beginnings in 1976, Elder Jacob O. Meyer designed Dalet School in the reflection of a one-room schoolhouse. The students are given the ability to hear the instruction of under-classmen (as a review) and over-classmen (as a preview). The school contains classes from kindergarten through 12th grade.

Seminars

Periodic seminars are scheduled concerning various topics in different areas. These are typically designed to aid individuals with a localized concern or event.

Assemblies of Yahweh in the News

It should be noted that the Assembly of Yahweh of 1017 N. Gunnell Road, Eaton Rapids, Michigan, and publishers of The Faith magazine [2] since 1969, is a different group than the Assemblies of Yahweh of Bethel, Pa. and in no way connected. There has been a good relationship between the two groups for over 41 years.

References

  1. ^ a b c d “Statement of Doctrine”. Assemblies of Yahweh. 2004. http://assembliesofyahweh.com/sod.htm. Retrieved on 2008-12-31. 
  2. ^ The Faith Magazine

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