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Dr. Rickard (Ari) Levitt-Sawyer (ywlnb yra, Ari ben Levi) has been privileged to serve as Professor of Systematic Theology and Comparative Religion, Assistant Dean of Directed Individualized Studies, and Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs at Spring Valley Bible College and Seminary (Alameda, CA); as Academic Dean and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Golden State School of Theology (Oakland, CA); and as Administrator of Grace School of Theology and Ministry (Pleasant Hill, CA). He has also conducted numerous graduate and postgraduate courses and seminars in Bible doctrine, church administration, comparative religion, and the cults since 1983. He holds a Master of Theology degree in Systematic Theology, a Doctor of Theology degree in Cults and Comparative Religion, a Doctor of Ministry in Bible College Administration and Curriculum Development, and a Master of Business Administration in Church Administration (all summa cum laude).
Since 1967 he has served in numerous Church leadership positions including Pastor, Associate Pastor, Teaching Elder, Youth Minister, Director of Education, Church Chairman/Administrator, Deacon, Adult Education Chairman, and Christian Education Board Chairman, and presently serves as Pastor/Teacher of Family Bible Messianic Ministries in Parkersburg, West Virginia. Dr. Sawyer has authored numerous briefs and papers on Christian and Messianic Jewish theology, church administration, world religions, the cults, and the occult, as well as a church management handbook which has been used successfully by numerous churches as a guide to reorganization for increased effectiveness and efficiency of ministry. He has been an active Bible teacher in local congregations for over 50 years, and has offered ministry consultation services since 1983. He has known Adonai Yeshua HaMashiach as his personal Lord and Savior since 1953.
In 1999 Adonai laid it upon his heart to seek out his Jewish “roots,” as he is a physical descendant of Avraham, Yitzhak, and Ya'akov, his ancestral name (Levitt/Leavitt) suggesting possible relationship to the tribe of Levi. In the course of that quest he “discovered” the so-called “Messianic Restoration,” a rapidly growing group of Jewish and non-Jewish believers in Yeshua HaMashiach who believe that Adonai’s Elect, whether Jew or Gentile, living before or after the Cross, are all one in the Body of Yeshua, and are the “true Israel.”
This position is in conflict with the traditional Gentile Christian teaching that “the Church” is distinct from Israel, and consists of all believers in “Jesus Christ” from the Day of Pentecost until the Rapture. This traditional position is the one that the author held and taught for over 40 years. However, the word “church” per se never actually appears in Scripture. The author now believes that the word is actually an unfortunate Gentile translation error that has caused much of the rift between Jews and Gentiles for the past 1,800 years. (See also here.)
The overarching goal of the Messianic Restoration is to reunite Jewish and Gentile believers in Yeshua HaMashiach into one Holy Family, and to offer to all who so desire, both Jew and non-Jew, the opportunity to return to the style of worship that was actually practiced by the Nazarene sect of Judaism, or “The Way,” as the followers of Yeshua were called until well into the second century of the Common Era. It is their belief that true Biblical faith is properly best understood as a “completed and correct” form of Judaism, and that true “Judaism” is that which recognizes Melech Yeshua HaMashiach as Israel’s Messiah. This makes perfect sense if one stops for just a moment to consider a few basic points:
 It is impossible to determine whether the error was intentionally or unintentionally anti-Semitic, but more likely the work of HaSatan to divide the Holy Community into “us” and “them” and thereby weaken the work of Adonai’s Elect. [RETURN]
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In the event of my suspicious demise, let be clearly understood that I am not suicidal. I have, however, received countless death threats from “moderate Muslims” in response to the content of this website. I now have reason to expect retaliation from my own government as well. Here’s why.