Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Apostolic. . .

I am a Oneness Pentecostal. . . Sometimes known as a Jesus name Pentecostal, or as we name ourselves, Apostolic Pentecostals.

This doctrine is not merely another flavor on the vast denominal menu of Christianity. This doctrine predates all other Christian denominations. It is by definition the beliefs of the Apostles. We trace none of our tenets to various councils, or creeds, or historical edicts or traditions. We base our beliefs solely upon Scripture.

We did not stray from mainline Christianity. The reverse is the case. We remain rooted with Holy Scripture as our only defining document. We believe as the apostles, and the first century church did. We baptize in Jesus name as described in the Bible. We believe in the words of Jesus, that one must be born of the water and of the Spirit. . . We believe as Peter preached, that you must repent and be baptized in the Name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. We believe in 1 God as did the Apostles, not a third century innovation of an incomprehensible confused godhead of 3 co-equal co-eternal separate, but same entities.

Ours is not a new doctrine. There have been Oneness believers documented in every century since the day that Christ last walked the earth. We have been labeled heretics and blasphemers, ostracized, persecuted. . . burnt at the stake, and otherwise massacred and killed in numbers of many thousands by the Church.

Our heritage is not one of crusades, and inquisitions. . . no armies of conquest have ever flown an Apostolic banner. Ours is a quiet history. Our continuing and compelling desire is always to love God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength, and to love our fellow man as ourselves. . . Seeking Him in every aspect of our lives. . . Following Him in every way that we know how.

Luke 13:23-30
Then said one unto him, Lord, are there few that be saved? And he said unto them, (24) Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able. (25) When once the master of the house is risen up, and hath shut to the door, and ye begin to stand without, and to knock at the door, saying, Lord, Lord, open unto us; and he shall answer and say unto you, I know you not whence ye are: (26) Then shall ye begin to say, We have eaten and drunk in thy presence, and thou hast taught in our streets. (27) But he shall say, I tell you, I know you not whence ye are; depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity. (28) There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when ye shall see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the kingdom of God, and you yourselves thrust out. (29) And they shall come from the east, and from the west, and from the north, and from the south, and shall sit down in the kingdom of God. (30) And, behold, there are last which shall be first, and there are first which shall be last.

I love you my God. . .
I thank you my God. . .


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