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The Name of Our Ministry
The original name of our congregation
was Family Bible Church for the reasons outlined on this page. Our name
has subsequently been changed to B'nei HaMelech (Children of the King)
Messianic Fellowship because we have decided to conduct our lives, our
fellowship, and our worship in a manner that more accurately reflects our
position in relationship to the Covenants of the
Please note: This is a very large website and it is going to take quite a while to edit every page so that there is a consistent vocabulary and “mindset” used throughout. Please bear with us as we make the transition from a primarily Non-Jewish (or “Gentile”) frame of reference to a primarily Jewish frame of reference.
When we first organized our fellowship, we originally chose the name “Family Bible Church” because we hoped that the name would truly reflect what we stand for and believe, and how we manage the affairs of our fellowship. Although this page refers to the original name of our fellowship, the ideas expressed herein have not changed.
We hold the marriage vows to be an irrevocable covenant
between a man and a woman in the same manner as
… because we hold the Bible—both the Tanakh (the Hebrew
Scriptures or so-called “Old Testament”) and the (Apostolic Writings or
the so-called “New Testament”) taken together as a single, inseparable,
compound unit [echad in Hebrew] to be our sole source of revelation
… because “church” is the name that the English Bible [quite inaccurately, we are convinced] gives to those who are part of the “Body and Bride of Christ.” Since our original foundation as a local body of Believers, however, we have come to learn that there is a more accurate term for the Body of Mashiach.
Although we do not now necessarily “object” to the use of the word “church” when used for a Gentile body of Believers, it should be clearly understand that the use of the word “church” in the English “New Testament” has absolutely no valid linguistic reason or precedent beyond Gentile (specifically Roman Catholic) tradition. It is an incorrect (and, we believe, originally intentionally misleading, manipulative, and deliberately anti-Semitic) translation of the Greek word ekklesia (ekklesia), which is in turn a valid translation of the Hebrew word lhq (qahal), which should be translated as “called out,” “called out ones,” “assembly,” or “congregation.” [Please see our article “Where Did the Word ‘Church’ Come From?” for a more detailed discussion of the word “church.”]
There are many within the “Messianic Restoration” movement who object to the use of the word “church” for a congregation of Messianic Believers because of the historical record of well over 1,500 years of persecution of the Jews by an apostate “Church,” and we would be forced to agree with that objection.
We are absolutely convinced that it was never Yeshua’s intent to “start a new religion” but rather only to fulfill, complete, and correct what was wrong with the Judaism into which he was born. We therefore believe that the most valid form of worship is that practiced by Yeshua and His talmidim (disciples). We have therefore chosen to identify ourselves with that group of believers that is known variously as “the Messianic Movement,” “Messianic Judaism,” or “Messianic Restoration” [not to be confused with “Hebrew Christianity” or “Jewish Christianity” which is almost completely Gentile in nature].
We further believe that much of the conflict that now exists between Christians and Jews has been caused by anti-Semitic and anti-Gentile language that has crept into the household of faith. For example, the word “Jesus” is nothing but a compounding of errors, which may or may not have been intentionally anti-Semitic in their origin. Nobody who ever knew Yeshua in the flesh ever referred to Him by that word. In fact, it grammatically impossible to say that word in either Hebrew or Aramaic, as neither language has the “jay” sound.
The Hellenistic Nazarenes (Believers in Messiah, both
Jewish and non-Jewish, who longed to be a identified with the Greek
culture) of the second century and later transliterated His name
from the Hebrew Yeshua [wXy into
Greek as Iesou (Iesu).
[“Transliterate” is to write a word from one language phonetically using
the alphabet from a different language.] When the “church” became centered
in Rome and the Greek Scriptures were translated into Latin, the Romans
added an “s” on the end of His name (because virtually all masculine Greek
and Latin words end in “s”) making it
Iesouß or “Iesus.” Then the Germans came along during the
Reformation and changed the “I” to a “J” making the word “Jesus.” And then
the men who translated the Latin and German version of the Scriptures into
English didn’t bother to correct the error, and the error has been
continued unabated by nearly all more recent translators. In the meantime,
as more and more Gentiles were brought into Nazarene (or Messianic)
Judaism, Yeshua became thought of less as the Jewish Messiah and more as
As the Gentile “Church” became more and more anti-Semitic and the persecutions “in the name of Jesus” became more and more severe, Jews around the world began to hate that word more and more, and for good reason. But just stop and think how difficult that persecution would have been if the Gentiles had remembered that they were nothing more nor less than “adopted” members of a distinctly (and originally exclusively) Jewish movement. And how much more difficult it would have been to persecute Jews “in the name of” Yeshua, the Jewish Messiah. (See also our discussion on the word Jehovah.)
In an attempt to help “restore” the Biblical faith to that form practiced by Yeshua and the Talmidim, we have chosen to identify ourselves as a Messianic Jewish fellowship, refer to ourselves as “Miqra,” “Congregation,” or “Community” instead of “church,” and we are now in the process of learning how to follow the Jewish forms of worship. We are still registered with the government (sigh!) as a “church” for the purposes of Section 501(c)(3) of the Infernal Revenue Code, which keeps the government from interfering with our organizational operation.
For these reasons we now refer to our fellowship as B'nei HaMelech Messianic Fellowship.
B'nei HaMelech Messianic Fellowship
is an independent “non-charismatic” fellowship of Messianic
Believers (Jews and non-Jews who believe that Yeshua of Nazareth is
Israel’s Messiah and
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