Greetings in the Name of the Lord,
Who are We?
We are a Pentecostal Church, which describes many churches today.
In the Pentecostal realm there are a number of different doctrines that are adhered to. The real question is, which one is right?
5 One Lord, one faith, one baptism,
The word faith in the King James version of the Bible is translated from a Greek word that means
πίστις pistis; from 3982; persuasion, i.e. credence; moral conviction (of religious truth, or the truthfulness of God or a religious teacher), especially reliance upon Christ for salvation; abstractly, constancy in such profession; by extension, the system of religious (Gospel) truth itself: — assurance, belief, believe, faith, fidelity.
So we see that there is only one truth. In a court of Law we are asked to swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. Understanding that all Christians will be judged by the word of God at some point in time it is important that the whole truth is faithfully followed.
The Bible, and especially the New Testament in these days we live in gives us the whole truth about how to attain salvation, and how to stay saved. There are no short cuts, or long cuts. God has made it clear that we in our limited wisdom are not permitted to add to God’s word, or to take away from it. The pathway to salvation cannot be tampered with.
Pentecostal churches have long been considered to be just another branch of Christianity, and sadly they have been kind of thought of as the crazy cousin, and not without good reason. Many of them are extreme in their behavior which to a lot of people is scary. That behavior (being “slain’ in the Spirit”, dancing in the Spirit, running around the church, shouting, and many more strange behaviors) in the church is not scriptural. there are those that claim it is, but scripture needs to be really twisted in it’s meaning to satisfy that claim. The extreme behavior is actually in opposition to Paul’s direction to the Corinthian church where he admonished them for their disorderly gatherings and told them in 1 Corinthians 14:40 Let all things be done decently and in order. Decently is to be seemly (not offensive or extreme) and orderly, in it’s correct place in the order of a meeting. There is a time for everything. Tongues should not be heard during the preaching for example, but in many pentecostal churches today there are outburst of people speaking in tongues randomly just because they “feel the Spirit moving”. God’s Spirit (Holy Spirit, Holy Ghost) is always under our control and is not disruptive.
“The Church” began on the day of Pentecost! There was no other church in existence! How did it begin?
4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
They all spoke in tongues! This is how the church began, and nothing has changed. If this is the way GOD began the church then without really getting the scriptures all twisted up to mean something they do not, the expectation is that The Church” should consist of people that have all had the same experience. However because of theological gymnastics we find that today there are few churches that believe that speaking in tongues is necessary, even amongst Pentecostal churches!.
Another thing that has changed over time is baptism. This has been changed to “Christening” in many churches today, and has become more and more an option that so many just “opt” out of. Baptism as the word is used in the Bible can mean nothing other than full immersion in water. Anything else is most definitely not baptism, and does not satisfy God’s command for us to be baptized. No baptism, no salvation! We ask ourselves why? Because many years ago someone without a real understanding of God’s word said it was not needed, and introduced “Christening”. Just because the word “Christen” has the name of Christ in it, it does definitely not mean that has any effect on the salvation of anyone. “Christening” or sprinkling does not appear anywhere in connection with saving the person involved in the process so why do it? Convenience is about all we can think of, and it’s a nice emotional ceremony to invite the relatives to when a baby is involved. That brings us to another problem. Everyone that was baptized in the Bible was an adult and was expected to believe in God, Jesus, and the word of God (the Bible today).
Acts 2:38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. 39 For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.
Nothing has changed since Peter Spoke those words on the day of Pentecost. If the churches today are not doing this we have to ask, who changed it? Nowhere in the new testament does the formula for salvation change until Jesus Christ returns, and he has not done that yet, so what are you waiting for? are you waiting for God to change his mind to fit your belief system and doctrines. He isn’t going to do that just for you, or anyone else. Waiting only puts your eternal life in serious danger.
The short answer is: We believe that the foundational doctrine of the church today should be the same as that as the one established by God, through the Holy Spirit experience. All those making the claim that they are Christians must speak in tongues as the initial evidence (sign) of receiving the Holy Spirit. No tongues, no Holy Spirit!
Should you ask us what you need to do to be saved, our answer will be the same as Peter’s was on the day of Pentecost, no different.