Endorsement is a way of aligning your chaplaincy with a religiously-oriented organization (faith-group) for “the world” to have a reference point (or niche) to put you into.
It's understandable that most everyone wants to know what “denomination” we are, so they can put us into a slot. Although we are only under the authority of Yahushua, our only Rabbi and “Nabi” (president), the world seeks to identify us by a general label. The most commonly understood label (or faith-group) for us to use would seem to be “Messianic”, so this would be the general term of identification for our walk. There is only "one body", however it is highly fractured at this time - but Yahushua is actively working to restore us to His Covenant in unity.
Our Covenant identification is “Israel”, specifically Natsarim Yisrael, because we are:
1. in the Covenant (obeying the Torah of Yahuah), and
2. holding to the testimony of Yahushua, believing in Him, and obeying Him.
When needed, I accept the role of endorser for chaplains that believe and teach Torah obedience and trust in Yahushua for salvation, whether military or otherwise, for the faith-group “Messianic”.
We differ from Christians primarily in the area of Torah observance, but we have all the love in the world for Christians; however I could not endorse a Christian chaplain. This would align me with lawlessness.
Many who follow Torah have not come to a knowledge of the Name, so through exposure to it perhaps more will embrace this wonderful truth.
As director for Institute for Scripture Research – North America (USA), I am in a position within a recognized organization that can endorse any Messianic chaplain.
If you decide to align yourself with me as your faith-group endorser, all that is needed to do is for us both to agree on this alignment, and I will need to create a file folder with your name, address, phone, e-mail, and a general statement of your beliefs as a “Messianic” follower of Yahushua.
As you need to reference me from that time on as your endorser, you may certainly do so.
For those in the U.S. military serving as chaplains who are seeking a civilian endorser for the Messianic faith group, Messianic elder Lew White may be contacted at:
Institute for Scripture Research - USA
Strawberry Islands Messianic Publishing
2303 Watterson Trail - suite 102
Louisville, KY 40299
Messianic Faith Group - we're working to become recognized
Our "walk" is according to the Torah, because we feel it is vital to be in the Covenant with the Creator, Yahuah. The "Mediator" of the Re-newed Covenant is Yahushua ha'Mashiach, Who writes a love for His Covenant upon our hearts. Sometime soon, we hope to become recognized by the Pentagon as the Messianic faith group, but until then chaplain candidates who wish to officially be called "Messianic chaplain" may contact the endorsing executive of The Coalition of Spirit-Filled Churches (a Christian organization that is sympathetic to Messianics).
Tell the endorsing executive you wish to become endorsed by chaplain Lew White as a Messianic chaplain:
Chaplain Dave Plummer (endorsing executive) E-mail: email@example.com
PO Box 6606, Newport News, VA 23606
Click on this line for a statement of Messianic faith and teachings, with casual questions and answers on many topics.
MESSIANICS & CHRISTIANS - A BRIEF COMPARISON
Messianics are followers of Yahushua ha'Mashiach of Natsarith who also obey Torah (The Covenant with Israel).
While there is a Christian misunderstanding of this term "Messianic", perhaps this can be better understood if properly explained. Men and women who were raised in "Jewish" homes and synagogues occasionally find their Messiah, and they are given the label "Messianic" to distinguish them from "Christians". Christians have preferred to refer to themselves as "Gentiles", and they usually consider those raised in "Judaism" as non-Gentile. A Gentile is, by Scriptural definition, anyone that is a foreigner to the Covenant with Israel, and thus an unbeliever. Usually, they were considered to also be idol-worshippers.
This distinction between a "Jewish" (Yahudi) believer in Yahushua and a "Gentile" believer in Yahushua creates a "two-body" system, yet in Messiah there is only one body. This is the "wall of separation" or "dividing wall" between the native-born Israelite and the foreigner brought near through the Covenants that was abolished in Yahushua's flesh, in order to create in Himself ONE NEW MAN. Gentiles who convert (obey the Covenant and trust in Yahushua's atonement) are no longer "Gentiles", so in reality they become "fellow citizens" of ISRAEL. There is to be no distinction:
"For it is by (chasid, unmerited lovingkindness) you have been saved, through faith-and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of (Elohim), not by works (of men's hands, i.e., circumcison), so that no one can boast. For we are (Elohim)'s workmanship, created in (Mashiach Yahushua) to do good works, which (Elohim) prepared in advance for us to do. (These "good works" are the Torah, the Covenant with Israel).
Therefore, remember that you who were formerly Gentiles in the flesh, and called "uncircumcised" by those who call themselves "the circumcision" (that done in the body by the hands of men)- remember that at that time you were separate from (Mashiach), excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of promise, without hope and without (Elohim) in the world. But now, in (Mashiach Yahushua), you who once were far away, have been brought near through the blood of (Mashiach).
For He Himself is our peace, who has made the two one, and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, by abolishing in His flesh the law with its commandments and regulations (the ceremonial law, not the Torah). His purpose was to create in Himself one new man out of the two, thus making peace, and in this one body to reconcile both of them to (Elohim) through the (tree), by which He put to death their hostility." Eph 2:8-16
conclusion to draw
from these clear
writings is that there
is no one who
currently obeys the
Covenant that is a
- they may have
Gentiles in the
flesh", but are
now members (or
Israel. This is
not an allegorized,
Israel as many have
supposed through other
such as the doctrine
While the term
be used to apply to a
geographic area, in
Scripture this term
refers to those who
have joined themselves
to Yahuah through His
Covenant, also known
as His Torah (the Ten
Through the centuries,
there has been a
of the faith, a
(apostasy) from Torah
observance, and the
adoption of formerly
Pagan terms and
Sabbath and moed'im
(appointed times) were
the Name was
favor of non-specific,
and over time the
persecuted became the
"Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens (Gentiles, goyim), but fellow citizens with (Elohim)'s people and members of (Elohim)'s household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with (Mashiach Yahushua) Himself as the chief cornerstone. In Him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a (qodesh, set-apart) temple in (Yahuah). And in Him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which (Elohim) lives by His Spirit." Eph 2:19-22
Congregations that separate themselves apart from the concepts in the above texts are of man-made origin, and have produced the "denominationalism" we see in today's world. We should all strive to enter into the Covenant, and believe in the atoning work of Yahushua. The great fear that many seem to have is that the "Commandments are too difficult to obey", and if we obey the Commandments of Yahuah, we are "legalists". Better to be legalists, than illegalists, eh?
"Great shalom have they which love thy TORAH: and nothing shall offend them." Psalm 119:165
"Then the dragon was enraged at the woman and went off to make war against the rest of her offspring
-those who obey Elohim's Commandments (TORAH) and hold to the testimony of Yahushua."Rev 12:17
The meaning of the word (and etymological source) CHAPLAIN: orig. "custodian of St. Martin's cloak"
Chaplain:1340, from O.Fr. chapelain "clergyman" from M.L. cappellanus "clergyman" orig. "custodian of St. Martin's cloak" (see "chapel"). Replaced O.E. capellane, from the same M.L. source.
A chaplain today does not care for, wear, or even possess a cape, with the exception perhaps of certain bishops within the Catholic or Anglican Churches. The pope wears a cape, and you may recall the style of royal cape worn by kings that often is made of leopard skin. People today who are called chaplains can read (clergy), however they are not the custodians of the cloak of Martin. The word "clergy" is from the Greek clericos, becoming the Latin clericus, and simply means "literate one" -- a person that can read. So, the words clergy, cleric, and clerk are all derived from the Greek word meaning "literate one". They simply took on secondary meanings because the common people were so "illiterate" - their oppressors were those who could read, and education was controlled because knowledge was power - and still is. Your chaplain can read, so he is "clergy", and so are you if you can read this. If he "oppresses" you now, it is only to repent and obey your Creator, Yahuah. The term "chaplain" used here is a pronoun, and not a nicolaitan pedestal to stand upon.
It is not a rank, but pertains to a particular "job", nothing more.
For those interested, the crown and scepter of a king are both symbolic of:
crown: the horns of an ox, symbolizing strength and power.
scepter: a shepherd's staff to prod or pull, directing the sheep.
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