About Us

 

 

Our History

The vision that became Living Epistles Ministries and Christ-Centered Kabbalah was initiated by the Lord Jesus Christ one day in the Fall of 1987, when the Lord Jesus Christ asked Sheila Vitale, the Pastor, Teacher and Founder of Living Epistles Ministries, if she would teach His people.

 

Pastor Vitale was driving from a church service to the house of friends who had invited her for dinner, when she spoke to the Lord about her need for mature teaching. Where is the church that will satisfy me? she asked, and, much to her surprise, the Lord answered, saying, Will you do it?

 

At that time Pastor Vitale was traveling 2-1/2 hours to work in Manhattan, and 2-1/2 hours back, 5 and sometimes 6 days a week. In addition, Pastor Vitale had been chronically ill since she was 12 years old, and was a physically weak and sickly person. In view of Pastor Vitale's circumstances at the time, it is understandable that she respectfully declined, saying, Lord, how can someone in my condition, who does not know from day to day whether they will be able to get up and go to work, make a commitment to study and teach on a regular basis?

 

Shortly thereafter, in the Fall of 1987, the Lord approached Pastor Vitale again, and this time Pastor Vitale submitted saying, if You want me to do it, Lord, I will try.

 

Sheila Vitale received the call to study kosher Jewish Kabbalah in August of the year 2000 while evangelizing in Greenville, South Carolina. At that time, the Spirit of God directed her to read and study the teachings of Rabbi Luria, as written by his student, Chayyim Vital, in The Tree of Life: The Palace of Adam Kadmon. She could not understand it, but continued to read anyway. Shortly thereafter, she saw an angel enter into her, and the eyes of her understanding began to open. Pastor Vitale attributes her ability to understand and teach authentic Jewish Kabbalah and Christ-Centered Kabbalah, which she believes is beyond the grasp of the human mind, to the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

Pastor Vitale had moved in the Office of Prophet for several years before she began to teach, so now she was a Prophet and a Teacher of Apostolic Doctrine. She did not begin to move in the Office of Pastor until 1992, however, when she returned from her first trip to Africa, where the Ministry of the Evangelist was birthed in her. Pastor Vitale has been training as a Pastor under the strong hand of Christ Jesus since 1982, and will continue to be a disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ until such time as she accurately reflects His nature. (Top)

 

 

What We Do

Christ-Centered Kabbalah is a teaching ministry which dispenses free Judeo-Christian literature  to the Body of Christ (our literature may be viewed or printed from the internet, free of charge), and free audio CDs through the establishment of lending libraries in the United States, Africa, Europe and various other geographic areas.

 

Christ-Cented Kabbalah allocated more than 20% of its income, in the form of tithes and free-will offerings, to various ministries that provide food, clothing and medical treatment to the poor and needy, and to organizations that support Judeo-Christian principles and defend the Constitution of the United States. A list of the recipients of Christ-Centered Kabbalah's Tithes and Offerings is posted to the CCK Donate Page.

 

Hard copies of Christ-Centered Kabbalah's Published Books and Transcripts, and CCK audio CDs, are available for a nominal donation. To order, please visit the CCK Order page.  (Top)

 

 

 

About Pastor Vitale

Prior to Pastor Vitale's initiation into the Ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ, she spent five years studying under an anointed Deliverance Minister who supported her during many difficult times. He taught her many things, including how to pray and cast out demons.

 

Pastor Vitale has been the recipient of Deliverance Ministry, the program that the Lord Jesus provided during that period of her life, to save her from premature death. Three curses of death were broken over her life.

 

Pastor Vitale fought her last battle with premature death in 1990, when she was hospitalized for 3 months. No one thought that she would survive, BUT JESUS...

 

Pastor Vitale was delivered from an incurable disease in 1991, and has been healing, spirit, soul and body, ever since. Today, Pastor Vitale maintains a heavy work schedule, teaching, preaching, translating, ministering prophetic and personal counseling, and evangelizing. Pastor Vitale also oversees the CCK Transcribing, Editing and Translating Teams, as well as the overall operation of Christ-Centered Kabbalah.  (Top)

 

 

 

Pastor Vitale's Testimony

I was born a Jew, of secular Jewish parents. There are no Christians in our family. I attended an orthodox Hebrew school as a child, where I was encouraged to attend synagogue on Shabat. I did not know what was happening to me, but I would cry throughout the whole 3-hour service. I did not understand the Hebrew prayers, but the melodies were so beautiful, it was almost too much for me to bear. I wanted God so much.... my mother let me light Shabat candles, and I would cry out of my soul to God with all of my strength.

 

I wanted to understand the Scripture so badly. I asked and asked, until my father finally took me to the Jewish book store and bought me a Bible. I was devastated, however, to find out that the Scripture made no sense to me at all.

 

Shortly after that, at 12 years old, I became very ill and almost died. I left Mt. Sinai hospital in New York alive, but was chronically ill for years thereafter. I begged my parents to send me to yeshiva. My mother went from yeshiva to yeshiva, but could not find one that was affordable, so I went to public school. I stopped attending Hebrew school, but never forgot about that wonderful feeling that had touched me in the Young Israel of Tremont, in the Bronx, New York.  I did not know that I had been touched by God.

 

To make the story short, I suffered with infirmities for many years. I went to all kinds of synagogues: Orthodox, Conservative, Reformed... I was so desperate to find that feeling again that I looked for God everywhere, even in church, but He was not in church either. I still wanted to understand the Scripture, but had no idea how to pursue that desire, and eventually that desire took a back seat in my life.

 

Years later, while I was still suffering from infirmity and from many problems in my life, I was invited to a church service where I was happily surprised to hear a man teaching the Scripture. I started  to attend church regularly and to read the Bible, but still could not understand a word that I was reading, especially when I read the Prophets. I would not give up, however, and forced myself to read several chapters a day.

 

After about six months, while I was reading the Scripture, a vision appeared in my mind, of a very large angel. He had one foot on the water, the other foot on the land, and was waving his right arm at Heaven. I had absolutely no idea what this meant, but from that day forward, I started to understand the Scripture.

 

Soon, thereafter, I realized that I was dissatisfied with what I was being taught in church, and started to study the Hebrew Scripture, one word at a time.

 

I spent approximately eighteen years pouring over reference books which enabled me to study the Scripture in Hebrew, one word at a time, and praying over each word, sentence and spiritual concept that I could recognize. At the time, I was only seeking God for the improvement of my health and my life, in general. I had no intention of becoming a teacher. I just wanted to stay alive long enough to see my daughter grow up, and pouring through the Hebrew and Greek texts seemed to be keeping me alive.

 

What I was learning, however, sounded nothing at all like what was being taught in the Church. On the contrary, I was criticized severely and called a heretic by many. But I knew that the wonderful presence that had touched me in my early childhood was with me. I prayed fervently that God would deliver me if what I was learning was coming from an unholy influence, but the wisdom kept coming, and I developed (what I now understand to be) a system of wisdom and knowledge that the Lord calls The Divine Doctrine.  (Top)

 

 

 

Pastor Vitale's Bio

Sheila R. Vitale is the founding teacher and pastor of Living Epistles Ministries and Christ-Centered Kabbalah. In that capacity, she expounds upon the Torah (Scripture) and teaches “The Ways of God” through a unique Judeo-Christian lens.

 

Pastor Vitale has been studying the authentic Jewish Kabbalah of several rabbinic scholars, including Moses Nachmanides (Ramban), Moses Cordovero (Ramak) and Isaac Luria (The Ari), since May of 2000. Some of the English translations of their writings that she has studied include, The Gate of Reward (Ramban), Pardes Rimonim (Orchard of Pamegranates) (Ramak), The Tree of Life (The Palace of Adam Kadmon) (The Ari) and The Gate of Reincarnations (The Ari).

 

Pastor Vitale attributes her ability to understand and teach Kabbalah, which she believes is beyond the grasp of the human mind, to the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

Sheila R. Vitale has been studying Torah (Scripture) and the New Testament, in-depth, since the 1970s, and began to teach her understanding of it, which she calls “The Doctrine of Christ,” in January of 1988. Pastor Vitale also began to study and teach Kabbalah in the year 2000. Since then, she has woven her constantly evolving understanding of the Doctrine of Christ and Jewish spiritual philosophy into a fascinating and unparalleled course of study that she calls, “The Divine Doctrine.”

 

Pastor Vitale asks everyone who would like to know more about her, to please note that ALL Kabbalah is not “kosher” (authentic). Pastor Vitale teaches authentic Kabbalah, which glorifies God, and shuns “the occult Qabalah of personal power” which, all too frequently, is used to control unsuspecting persons, acquire wealth by spiritual power,  or punish one’s enemies. Pastor Vitale warns her students often about the dangers of Qabalah that is not “kosher.”

 

Sheila R. Vitale has been responsible for the distribution of free Judeo-Christian literature for many years since she founded Living Epistles Ministries in the late 1980s. She has also overseen the creation of lending libraries across three continents, as well as the organization’s charitable giving. Under her direction Living Epistles donates a significant percentage of its income to organizations that advocate for Judeo-Christian values, defend the US Constitution and serve individuals most in need.

 

Today, Sheila R. Vitale remains a passionate teacher and author. She has written more than a dozen books, including The Noah Chronicles, Not Without Blood and The Three Israels. She has also developed more than 500 transcribed messages, many of which may be viewed at no charge through the Living Epistles Ministries and Christ-Centered Kabbalah websites.

 

Pastor Vitale’s signature work is the three volumes of “The Alternate Translation Bible.”  The Old Testament, The New Testament and The Book of Revelation. The Book of Revelation, as well as several other books, has been translated into Spanish. “The Alternate Translation Bible is an esoteric translation of the Scripture. It is not intended to replace traditional translations.

 

Pastor Vitale focuses, daily, on studying, teaching and writing. (Top)

 

 

Pastor Vitale's Testimonies
(Christ-Centered Kabbalah, Living Epistles Ministries)

 COMMENT: Hello, I have a question or two that I would like to ask, if its not a problem. I accidentally ran across your kabbalah web-site...noticed that you  wrap these teachings around 'Jesus'.

 

Who is "your Rabbi" that you mention?

 

Also who are "your torah scholars" that were mentioned?

 

PASTOR VITALE: I have studied the on-line writings of more than one Rabbi, but I do not have "a Rabbi" that I am submitted to. I have a very unusual background which I will outline briefly in response to your next question.

 

COMMENT: It would be nice to see information about your organization's background, beliefs, etc. in the "about you" section of your web-sites.

 

PASTOR VITALE: I apologize that the information that you seek is not available on our web pages. Time is very short here, and this is one incomplete area. Here is my story:

 

I was born a Jew, of secular Jewish parents. There are no Christians in our family. I attended an orthodox Hebrew school as a child, where I was encouraged to attend synagogue on Shabat. I did not know what was happening to me, but I would cry throughout the whole 3-hour service. I did not understand the Hebrew prayers, but the melodies were so beautiful, it was almost too much for me to bear. I wanted God so much.... my mother let me light Shabat candles, and I would cry out of my soul to God with all of my strength.

 

I wanted to understand the Scripture so badly. I asked and asked, until my father finally took me to the Jewish book store and bought me a Bible. I was devastated, however, to find out that the Scripture made no sense to me at all.

 

Shortly after that, at 12 years old, I became very ill and almost died. I left Mt. Sinai hospital in New York, alive, but was chronically ill for years thereafter. I begged my parents to send me to yeshiva. My mother went from yeshiva to yeshiva, but could not find one that was affordable, so I went to public school. I stopped attending Hebrew school, but never forgot about that wonderful "feeling" that had touched me in the Young Israel of Tremont, in the Bronx, New York.  I did not know that I had been touched by God.

 

To make the story short, I suffered with infirmities for many years. I went to all kinds of synagogues: Orthodox, Conservative, Reformed... I was so desperate to find that "feeling" again that I looked for God everywhere, even in church, but He was not in church either. I still wanted to understand the Scripture, but had no idea how to pursue that desire, and eventually "that desire" took a back seat in my life.

 

Years later, while I was still suffering from infirmity and from many problems in my life, I was invited to a church service, where I was happily surprised to hear a man teaching the Scripture. I started  to attend church regularly and to read the Bible, but still could not understand a word that I was reading, especially when I read the Prophets. I would not give up, however, and forced myself to read several chapters a day.

 

After about six months, while I was reading the Scripture, a vision appeared in my mind, of a very large angel with one foot on the water and the other foot on the land, The angel was waving his right arm at Heaven. I had absolutely no idea what this meant, but from that day forward, I started to understand the Scripture.

 

Soon, thereafter, I realized that I was dissatisfied with what I was being taught, and started to study the Hebrew Scripture, one word at a time.

 

I spent approximately eighteen years pouring over reference books which enabled me to study the Scripture in Hebrew, one word at a time, and praying over each word, sentence and spiritual concept that I could recognize in the Scripture. At the time, I was only seeking God for the improvement of my health and my life, in general. I had no intention of becoming a teacher. I just wanted to stay alive long enough to see my daughter grow up, and pouring through the Hebrew text seemed to be keeping the alive.

 

What I was learning, however, sounded nothing at all like what was being taught in the Church. On the contrary, I was criticized severely and called a heretic by many. But I knew that the wonderful presence that had touched me in my early childhood was with me. I prayed fervently that God would deliver me if what I was learning was coming from an unholy influence, but the wisdom kept coming, and I developed (what I now understand to be) a system of wisdom and knowledge that is called "The Doctrine of Christ."

 

I knew the word "Kabbalah," but had been taught that Kabbalah was "Jewish Mysticism," a course a study that was spiritually dangerous and completely "verboten." So you can imagine my shock when I found out that almost all of the spiritual principles that I was teaching could be found in the Zohar. I was absolutely amazed!

 

I started looking for information on Kabbalah, mostly on the Internet, and found a translation of the first volume of The Tree of Life, by Rabbi Chaim Vital. I picked the book up and put it down several times, without consciously realizing that it was so difficult that it was painful for me to read it. To be honest, my initial reaction to the subject matter was, "this is insanity." Eventually, however, I realized that God wanted me to study  The Tree of Life, so I submitted, under great duress, and with great frustration. I look back on those days now, and laugh at how confused I was.

 

Please remember that I knew nothing of Kabbalistic teaching at that time, so I had no idea what was happening to me when, suddenly, through the corner of my eye, I saw a facsimile of what appeared to be an angel (I knew that it was an image and not the real thing), rushing towards me at breakneck speed. The "angel" impacted me and entered into me. I sat completely still, very frightened, and prayed, saying, Lord, I know that something entered into me. If it was not of you, please help me, because if you do not, I am in a lot of trouble. Then, I resisted my fear, and continued to study  The Tree of Life. Well, to my absolute amazement, I started to understand the text on a level that I was not previously capable of, and since that time, i have not had to struggle to understand the first volume of  The Tree of Life. 

 

I am presently studying a translation of Rabbi Luria’s,  The Gate of Reincarnations, which presents some interesting and exciting explanations and confirmations concerning spiritual experiences that I have had. For example, I believe that it was Tevunah, the first influx of Zer Anpin’s Brains, that entered into me, and equipped me to pursue the study of Kabbalah.

 

Since that time, my spiritual teacher, which I believe to be the glorified Jesus Christ, the most recent garment that covers the one who previously incarnated as Elijah, has been weaving  The Doctrine of Christ together with Lurianic Kabbalah.

 

Christ-centered Kabbalah, the union of the two systems, is more than one + one = two. The integration of the two philosophies has produced a new, vigorous approach to spiritual ascension (rectification) which offers a fresh hope to all those who wait for Israel (both natural and spiritual) to be restored to Adam’s first estate, and to an even higher estate, one from which he will never fall down again.

 

The Doctrine of Christ may be experienced at http://www.livingepistles.org.

 

Thank you very much for writing. I will post this e-mail to the "About Us" link on the Christ-Centered Kabbalah Web Site.

 

COMMENT: Thank you for your time

 

PASTOR VITALE: You Are Very Welcome.

 

By the way, I am no longer dying, and my health increases day by day!

 

Also, if you are trained in Kabbalah, I would be most interested in discussing, from a scholarly point of view, any issue that you choose.

 

COMMENT: God's Peace

 

PASTOR VITALE: To you too..  xxxx

 

For more information, see About Us on the Living Epistles Ministries Website.

 

Christ-Centered Kabbalah was born out of Living Epistles Ministries on October 5, 2000.

 

God Bless You!

 

Sincerely in Christ,

 

Sheila R. Vitale,
Pastor, Teacher & Founder
Christ-Centered Kabbalah

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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