1 www.pentecostalcontinuing.org Restoring the Heritage PENTECOSTAL HOLINESS CHURCH CONTINUING Doctrinal Statement February 2008 A statement that fights ……… 2 www.pentecostalcontinuing.org Restoring the Heritage PENTECOSTAL HOLINESS CHURCH CONTINUING Ephesians 6:10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. 11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. 13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; 15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: 18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; 19 And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak. God has ordained such a time as this …… Writes Rev David P Griffiths, Founder of the PHCC & Sons of God Network as heard from the Lord He has warned in HIS WORD to remove not the “Ancient Landmark” and so he has called Lindsay, Apostle David Owen and others to make a stand against all the Jezebellic infiltration of the Egyptian “false translations” like NIV, NASB, NKJV, NLT etc. etc. and all this infiltration of Jezebellic tolerating/acceptance of sin love that abounds in UK “churches” today. 3 www.pentecostalcontinuing.org Restoring the Heritage PENTECOSTAL HOLINESS CHURCH CONTINUING He has called us to pull it all down – and all the “Mickey Mouse” unity movements that smile at each other in a false kind of love. God has ordained a judgment – a removal of the landmark’s replacement and a restoration of true Pentecostal holiness with power! The statement of power follows. It is the statement that fights as it is firmly rooted in the blood bought Authorized Version – the Holy Bible. Proverbs 22: 28 Remove not the ancient landmark, which thy fathers have set. Acts 10: 38 How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him. 39 And we are witnesses of all things which he did both in the land of the Jews, and in Jerusalem; whom they slew and hanged on a tree: 40 Him God raised up the third day, and shewed him openly; 41 Not to all the people, but unto witnesses chosen before God, even to us, who did eat and drink with him after he rose from the dead. 42 And he commanded us to preach unto the people, and to testify that it is he which was ordained of God to be the Judge of quick and dead. 43 To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins. Cover Picture of Smith Wigglesworth: http://www.blretail.com/images/Wigglesworthfra me.JPG 4 www.pentecostalcontinuing.org Restoring the Heritage PENTECOSTAL HOLINESS CHURCH CONTINUING God has ordained that there be a mighty movement taking up the mantles of Wigglesworth, Jeffreys, Rees Howells, Campbell, Wesley, D.C. Williams, Howard Carter, Charles Harthern etc. to bring about the continuation of a Church (at present in its remnant state) that has not bowed down to the Alexandrian corruption. This is the Pentecostal Holiness Church Continuing with the Sons Of God Network that is growing to awesome proportions – full of Holy Ghost anointed preaching of God’s Word that reveals who we truly are in Christ Jesus! The remnant is bigger than we thought! Rees Howells http://www.normangrubb.com/images/ReesHowell.jpg 5 www.pentecostalcontinuing.org Restoring the Heritage PENTECOSTAL HOLINESS CHURCH CONTINUING During the preparation months I have been contacting faithful Ministers of the Word to lay down before God a doctrinal statement in line with the precious Authorized Version of the Bible that is consistent with the vision of Holiness Pentecostal pioneers. This is a STATEMENT that fights for our nation’s Christian Constitution, a STATEMENT that demands a return to the ethical standards demanded by God and also it is a STATEMENT that insists on a return to SOUND DOCTRINE, the DOCTRINE of the AUTHORIZED VERSION rather than the false doctrine of the “new translations”! I truly believe with all my heart that I have TRULY HEARD FROM God, this whole operation pulsates from my heart. I believe the time of revival is near as Jezebel’s counterfeit is exposed for what it is – a mish mash of Egyptian Alexandrian bondage placing what was the “church” in fear rather than Holy Ghost Fire and Anointing. Rev. David P. Griffiths 6 www.pentecostalcontinuing.org Restoring the Heritage PENTECOSTAL HOLINESS CHURCH CONTINUING It is the responsibility of the Church in Britain to restore the King James Version of the Bible back to its PRIMARY POSITION in British Society for it is this Bible that the present Queen, Queen Elizabeth swore upon pledging herself as Supreme Head of the Church of England (The Act of Supremacy 1534) to cause law and justice in mercy to be executed in all her judgements as well as to the utmost of her power maintain the laws of God, the true profession of the gospel and the Protestant reformed religion established by law (Coronation Oath Act, 1689). The Pentecostal Holiness Church Continuing is constitutionally obligated to do the same and will not accept as law any apparent Act of Parliament that would endeavour to prevent the Continuing Church to be part of this Constitutional obligation. Any such attempt would be seen as an Act of Treason before Almighty God & the Nation. Indeed the Pentecostal Holiness Church Continuing has an obligation to remind the Monarch and Her Government of these demands. Whilst it is understood by the Pentecostal Holiness Church Continuing that Britain is now a multi cultural society with many different beliefs and understandings, the Pentecostal Holiness Church Continuing hereby establishes its determination to point out to the nation that it is only the Protestant Reformed Religion, which has been established by law, and that it is the role of the Monarch constitutionally to defend this faith and no other (Coronation Oath Act, 1689; Act of Settlement, 1700). 7 www.pentecostalcontinuing.org Restoring the Heritage PENTECOSTAL HOLINESS CHURCH CONTINUING Any attempt to repeal the Constitutional Acts of our nation would be seen as an act of treason by the Pentecostal Holiness Church Continuing which is dedicated to wholeheartedly maintain the Constitutional Acts of 1534, 1689 and 1700. It is accepted by the Pentecostal Holiness Church Continuing that constitutionally symbols that represent the Nation have to reflect our Protestant Christian heritage and so in Wales the Pentecostal Holiness Church Continuing will insist that the Nation refrains from waving a flag of devilish origin and wave a flag of our Christian heritage like the citizens of England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Cornwall do. In Wales this is the flag of David. Rev. 12: 9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. Away from the defeated symbol As I was burdened for Wales and prayed for the success of the kingdom of God and battled against the forces of darkness I was burdened by the necessity of removing the dragon from being the emblem of our country. As the religion of Wales is based on the Holy Scriptures and because the red dragon in the scriptures is a symbol of the devil is it not scriptural to remove it? When the devil sees his symbol on the flag of a Christian country that professes to hate him it is a source of joy to him. Is there not a cry in the hearts of thousands of followers of the Lamb in Wales against this inconsistency between their profession and their emblem? 1905 Revivalist Evan Roberts 8 www.pentecostalcontinuing.org Restoring the Heritage PENTECOSTAL HOLINESS CHURCH CONTINUING to the real flag of Wales In addition to this, the Pentecostal Holiness Church Continuing hereby points out that due to the obligation upon the present Queen to maintain the laws of God, it is thereby obvious that such apparent laws that have been passed by Parliament and given the Royal signature that are not matching up to the principles and guidelines given by God in His Word such as the Abortion Act of 1967, then of course the Act is not legal, and so it is to be the role of this Pentecostal Holiness Church Continuing to point out such unbiblical actions and bring the nation before God in repentance for its sinful actions. Statement on the British Constitution Whilst the Pentecostal Holiness Church Continuing firmly argues that Christ Jesus himself is the Head of the Church; Col. 1:18. The Pentecostal Holiness Church Continuing fully understands that as the Act of Supremacy 1534 itself points out, that when the Act refers to the Monarch as the supreme Head of the Church of England, the comment itself is relating to earth. It is accepted in the act the Lordship of Jesus Christ for the act itself places obligation on the Monarch to visit, repress, reform, order, correct, restrain and amend error, heresy, abuses, offences, contempts and enormities; these actions being in line with gaining the pleasure of Almighty God and the increase in virtue of Christ’s religion, this being linked with the conservation of the peace, unity and tranquillity of the realm. 9 www.pentecostalcontinuing.org Restoring the Heritage PENTECOSTAL HOLINESS CHURCH CONTINUING The Pentecostal Holiness Church Continuing also accepts that when Constitutional acts refer to “England” the points raised apply to Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland also due to each respective Act of Union. It is, therefore, perfectly legal for the Pentecostal Holiness Church Continuing as subjects of the Monarch to take action in line with this Act and so the Pentecostal Holiness Church Continuing will continue to correct error as directed by God and this will involve removing the widespread acceptance of immoral acts like abortion and homosexuality. The Coronation Oath Act of 1689 refers to the statutes, laws and customs of the British Realm. The God given role of the Pentecostal Holiness Church Continuing in this respect is merely to point out this serious obligation before God. The Pentecostal Holiness Church Continuing believes that this obligation has to be understood as referring to the Christian root of our nation, the statutes, laws and customs, therefore to be legal need to have their foundations in the Word of God. This is clearly established in the Act for the Archbishop of Bishop asks the forthcoming Monarch at his or her coronation whether he or she solemnly promises to govern according to the statutes in Parliament agreed upon, and the laws and customs of the same following this by a promise to cause law and justice to be executed in judgements, and thus following this by a promise to maintain the laws of God, the true profession of the gospel and the Protestant Reformed religion. The Pentecostal Holiness Church Continuing acknowledges and understands that within modern day cultures such obligations are seen as being “politically incorrect”. The Pentecostal Holiness Church Continuing in reply to such objections simply points out 10 www.pentecostalcontinuing.org Restoring the Heritage PENTECOSTAL HOLINESS CHURCH CONTINUING that political correctness has been written down and political correctness simply means being in line with British Constitutional values that have been established in God’s Word. The Pentecostal Holiness Church Continuing fully accepts and understands the obligation on the Monarch not to have communion with the Church of Rome, profess the Popish religion or marry a Papist; Act of Settlement 1700. Whilst it is not the desire of the Pentecostal Holiness Church Continuing to restrict or suppress lawful activities of the Roman Catholic Church, it is the decision of the Pentecostal Holiness Church Continuing to bring a full understanding of the obligations of the Monarch to defend the Protestant Reformed faith and that this does mean that the Royal Family must be fully Protestant. It is understood from the work of Chris Richards of the Protestant Alliance that the act refers to succession to the throne coming through the Protestant Hanoverian line. Despite of contemporary thinking, the Monarch according to constitutional acts has to be Protestant and a Defender of that faith. This is entirely in line with the obligations of the 1689 Coronation Oath Act, these obligations making it impossible for anyone but a Protestant to fulfil those obligations, in the same way that the obligations placed on the Pope could not be fulfilled by a Protestant and so it is the presentation of the Pentecostal Holiness Church Continuing that the Act is not at all discriminatory, but simply keeps the nation back on track to its original heart and vision for without that vision, the people will perish including those of other persuasions; Proverbs 29:18. As regards to the current social conditions in Britain: this is the position of the Pentecostal Holiness Church Continuing 11 www.pentecostalcontinuing.org Restoring the Heritage PENTECOSTAL HOLINESS CHURCH CONTINUING In the Pentecostal Holiness Church Continuing the unchanging Word of God will take priority over changing social conditions. The Unchanging Word of God is the answer for the whole of humanity and instead of bowing down to the four horns that are polluting the World and the “Church” the Pentecostal Holiness Church Continuing will expose the activities of the “horns” and offer a lifeline to the people. Zechariah 1:18 Then lifted I up mine eyes, and saw, and behold four horns. 19 And I said unto the angel that talked with me, What be these? And he answered me, These are the horns which have scattered Judah, Israel, and Jerusalem. 20 And the LORD shewed me four carpenters. 21 Then said I, What come these to do? And he spake, saying, These are the horns which have scattered Judah, so that no man did lift up his head: but these are come to fray them, to cast out the horns of the Gentiles, which lifted up their horn over the land of Judah to scatter it. The Pentecostal Holiness Church Continuing accepts this is a prophetic utterance through Zechariah seeing the social conditions today as being the same that scattered Judah, Israel and Jerusalem. With the power of the Holy Ghost the Pentecostal Holiness Church Continuing will counteract the activities of these “horns” which are as follows: I. The Spirit of Intellectualism, humanism and Pride in Man’s Achievements. This sees everything in black and white, reasoning everything to a logical conclusion, man being the superior being and the mind as the source of all knowledge. 12 www.pentecostalcontinuing.org Restoring the Heritage PENTECOSTAL HOLINESS CHURCH CONTINUING Apostle John Wesley The devil has given to the Church a substitute for faith which looks and sounds so much like faith some people can't tell the difference = MENTAL ASSENT. Within this understanding there is a development of an over-stressed society for man is incapable of finding out truth which only comes through Jesus Christ and so the Pentecostal Holiness Church Continuing will hold out a hand to an over stressed society to receive freedom through the blood of our Precious Saviour. II. The Spirit of Anti-Christ I John 4:3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world. We live in a questioning society that is denying Biblical truth replacing this truth with a series of ideologies that result in men suffering torment in this life and eternal punishment in hell. “New translations” contribute to this confusion with their Gnostic perspectives and so it is recognised by the Pentecostal Holiness Church Continuing that we need a programme of God to counter-act Anti-Christ activity both in what is known as “Church” and in society as a whole. 13 www.pentecostalcontinuing.org Restoring the Heritage PENTECOSTAL HOLINESS CHURCH CONTINUING III. The Spirit of Immorality Within the present social conditions this spirit has been having a hey–day for society and “Church” has moved away from Biblical truth. Romans 1: 25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. 26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: 27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. This is a road to destruction and the Pentecostal Holiness Church Continuing will portray the only way to salvation. John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. IV. The Spirit of Lust or Materialism I Tim. 6: 9 But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. 10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. This spirit creates a society intent on creating wealth for itself developing an uncontrollable desire to get more. It is in the areas of sexual lust, love of money and intellectualism that families are being destroyed, and even today there are those in the “Church” who are discouraged 14 www.pentecostalcontinuing.org Restoring the Heritage PENTECOSTAL HOLINESS CHURCH CONTINUING with the conditions that have been brought about through the activities of the four “horns”. Acknowledgement to Maldoado, G. The Ministry of the Apostle p.168-179 The Solution …. Zech. 4: 6 Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts. 7 Who art thou, O great mountain? before Zerubbabel thou shalt become a plain: and he shall bring forth the headstone thereof with shoutings, crying, Grace, grace unto it. Present day “Zerubabbels” operating in the offices of Prophet and Apostle will move in this power and it is the policy of the Pentecostal Holiness Church Continuing to bring the conditions for these offices to manifest in the strength of the Lord. The Pentecostal Holiness Church Continuing does not accept that Britain has become a multi-faith, secular humanist society as scripturally preference is given to that which is written. It is, therefore written that the following practices and objects are contrary to scripture and are thus not permitted under our Protestant Constitution. Yoga, Fortune Telling, Palmistry, Charms, Zodiac/Birth signs, Spiritism, Tarot Cards, Hypnosis, Clairvoyance, Psychic powers, Handwriting analysis, Halloween, Age of Aquarius, Horoscopes, Dream interpretation, ESP, Hand reading, Teacup Reading, Seances, Martial arts, Ju-jitsu, Taekwondo, Ch’uan-fa, Taoism, Kung-fu, Mushindo karate, T’ai Chi Ch’uan, Karate, Numerology, 15 www.pentecostalcontinuing.org Restoring the Heritage PENTECOSTAL HOLINESS CHURCH CONTINUING Incantatations, “Holy” objects, Addictions, Spoon bending, Voices in the mind, Standing stones ceremonies, Ley lines, Religious idolatry, UFO’s, Drugs, Kissing of idols, Old Moore, Obelisks, Fairies and pixies, New thought, New Age, Universalism, Astrology, Mary worship, Abortion, Alternative Medicines including homeopathy, Curseing, Acupuncture, Reflexology, Aromatherapy, Indian Head Massage, Many Health Food Shop products, Holistic beauty, Metaphysical cults, Positive thinking, “Churches” with altars made with hands, Heb. 9:24; In addition to this the Pentecostal Holiness Church Continuing is utterly opposed to the teachings of: Christian Scientists, Mohammedism, Spiritualists, Unitarians, Universalists, and Mormons. We deny as false the teachings of the Seventh Day Adventists (Galatians 3:11; Colossians 2:16-17), Annihilation of the Wicked, Conditional Immortality and Anti-nomianism, teaching against an organized church, the Resurrection Life, the Redemption of Glorification of the body in this life, Jehovah Witness and the false teaching that we are not born of God until we are sanctified wholly (Mark 9:43-45; Revelation 20:10-14), Roman Catholicism (Matt. 17:5), the belief systems and practices of the Occult, Sorcery (Exodus 20:3; Exodus 22:18; Leviticus 19:31; Leviticus 20:6, 27; Deuteronomy 18:10-13; Acts 8:9-24; Acts 16:16-19; Galatians 5:20), Witchcraft (1Samuel 28:8-19; Micah 5:12), Psychics, Psychic telephone lines, Numerology, and so-called New Age practices. 16 www.pentecostalcontinuing.org Restoring the Heritage PENTECOSTAL HOLINESS CHURCH CONTINUING I. Marriage This can only be between a male and female, clear from Genesis onwards. Gen. 1: 27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. 28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth. Marriage involves companionship, there being a social and spiritual union as well as a sexual one. Mal. 2:14 Yet ye say, Wherefore? Because the LORD hath been witness between thee and the wife of thy youth, against whom thou hast dealt treacherously: yet is she thy companion, and the wife of thy covenant. I Cor. 7:2 Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband. 3 Let the husband render unto the wife due benevolence: and likewise also the wife unto the husband. 4 The wife hath not power of her own body, but the husband: and likewise also the husband hath not power of his own body, but the wife. As regards to the sexual union, these relations are threefold: 17 www.pentecostalcontinuing.org Restoring the Heritage PENTECOSTAL HOLINESS CHURCH CONTINUING Propagation: Gen. 1:28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth. Unification: Gen. 2:24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh. Recreation: Prov. 5:18 Let thy fountain be blessed: and rejoice with the wife of thy youth. 19 Let her be as the loving hind and pleasant roe; let her breasts satisfy thee at all times; and be thou ravished always with her love. Sexual intercourse before marriage is not permitted and is referred to as “fornication” in the Holy Scriptures. Acts 15:20 But that we write unto them, that they abstain from pollutions of idols, and from fornication, and from things strangled, and from blood. I Cor. 6:18 Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body. Sexual intercourse outside of marriage is called “adultery” in the Holy Scriptures. Ex. 20:14 Thou shalt not commit adultery. Matt. 19:9 And I say unto you, Whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry 18 www.pentecostalcontinuing.org Restoring the Heritage PENTECOSTAL HOLINESS CHURCH CONTINUING another, committeth adultery: and whoso marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery. Sex is ordained by God for marriage only. Matt. 13:4 Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge. Marriage is a lifetime commitment. The Pentecostal Holiness Church Continuing fully recognises the existence of evil forces looking to steal our young people away from the Word of God. To counteract this activity the Pentecostal Holiness Church will issue a certificate entitled “True Love Waits” with appropriate God-given scriptures to young people who desire to express their decision to save themselves for their wedding night. Eph. 5:21 Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God. 22 Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. 24 Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing. 25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; 26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, 27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. 28 So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. 29 For no man ever yet hated his own 19 www.pentecostalcontinuing.org Restoring the Heritage PENTECOSTAL HOLINESS CHURCH CONTINUING flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church: 30 For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. 31 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. 32 This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church. 33 Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband. II. Homosexuality God did not ordain same-sex sexual relations, sex being within a family context only. Both the Old and New Testaments condemn the act of homosexuality, Jude 7 referring to the sins of Sodom as still being sin today. Jude 1:7 Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire. Not only does homosexuality defile the persons involved, it also defiles the land where it is permitted. Whatever man may have done to apparently legalise homosexuality in Britain, in God’s eyes which never change homosexuality is a gross sin requiring repentance by the individual and in the nation as a whole where it is tolerated. Under our Protestant Constitutional Acts, conflicting laws to the Acts have to bow the knee, for Constitutional laws are higher as they have been God given. The Pentecostal Holiness Church Continuing will, therefore, continue to expose the sin of 20 www.pentecostalcontinuing.org Restoring the Heritage PENTECOSTAL HOLINESS CHURCH CONTINUING homosexuality and express God’s Word as the Holy Ghost gives us utterance. Leviticus 18:22 Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination. 23 Neither shalt thou lie with any beast to defile thyself therewith: neither shall any woman stand before a beast to lie down thereto: it is confusion. 24 Defile not ye yourselves in any of these things: for in all these the nations are defiled which I cast out before you: 25 And the land is defiled: therefore I do visit the iniquity thereof upon it, and the land itself vomiteth out her inhabitants. The Pentecostal Holiness Church Continuing does not accept that somehow Jesus in the New Testament released mankind from adhering to this law, but rather there is a greater emphasis on the Church staying pure. Rom. 1:25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. 26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: 27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. 28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; 29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, 30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, 31 Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: 32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they 21 www.pentecostalcontinuing.org Restoring the Heritage PENTECOSTAL HOLINESS CHURCH CONTINUING which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them. III. Medical Ethics Abortion: It is the conviction of the Pentecostal Holiness Church Continuing that this issue is No.1 on God’s medical ethical agenda. God wants us to deal with the issue of bringing life rather than death to the child in the womb. How can a nation possibly hope to control its youth when the nation is guilty itself of allowing innocents to be slaughtered mercilessly? It is reported that 6.7 million abortions have been performed by doctors in Britain since the implementation of the 1967 Abortion act – deemed illegal under our nation’s Constitution. http://www.bmapetition.org.uk/ The first God-given principle given to us is to save life. The whole issue we believe is dependent on whether or not a child in the womb is fully human, potentially human or subhuman. British Constitutional obligations on government are to protect life rather than destroy it depending on whether or not the child in the womb is a living being or not. The Pentecostal Holiness Church Continuing declares without doubt that a child in the womb is fully human, and no human being including the child’s mother has any right whatsoever to kill a child precious to God, and all those who declare that life is above death. It is understood by The Pentecostal Holiness Church Continuing that those who favour the availability of 22 www.pentecostalcontinuing.org Restoring the Heritage PENTECOSTAL HOLINESS CHURCH CONTINUING abortion would consider a child in the womb as either being potentially human or subhuman. If the government of the day understands the child in the womb as fully human, then that government would be guilty of the crime of murder if it allowed the crime of abortion to take place. It is recognized that those who take the subhuman perspective might well regard having one’s first breath as the point of the beginning of a human life. The Bible, however, points out human beings continue to exist after they stop breathing. For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better. Phil. 1:23 Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord; (For we walk by faith, not by sight;) We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord. II Cor. 5:6-8 And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held: Rev. 6:9 In addition to this the scripture refers to human life in the womb long before breathing begins from the point of conception. Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me. Psalm of David. Psalm 51:5 But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. Matthew 1:20 23 www.pentecostalcontinuing.org Restoring the Heritage PENTECOSTAL HOLINESS CHURCH CONTINUING As well as this scriptural proof, it is also a fact medically that many who stop breathing are later revived or have life aided by a machine. Having the first breath therefore clearly does not mark the beginning of humanness. It is also the position of the Pentecostal Holiness Church Continuing that medical proof does not support the concept that a baby in the womb is subhuman for if self-consciousness is essential to humanness then those who have found themselves in a coma are not human. It is also a scientific fact that an embryo is not an extension of the mother for the baby has its own sex from conception, and after forty days has its own individual brain waves. Within a few weeks the baby has its own blood type and unique fingerprints, birth simply, therefore, changing the method of receiving oxygen and food. In reply to the argument that “legalized” abortion has saved lives, it is simply not true to say that it has saved thousand of mothers from dying, but is true to say that it has killed millions of babies. We in the Pentecostal Holiness Church Continuing believe it to be our call to save the lives of these babies. Information from Norman Geisler’s book on Christian Ethics gives figures of 1/100 of 1% maternal death rate whereas abortion operations have a 100% death rate. It is the position of the Pentecostal Holiness Church Continuing that even saving the lives of hundreds of mothers does not justify costing the lives of millions of babies. 6.7 million babies have been slaughtered in Britain since 1967 and so it is the position of the Pentecostal Holiness Church Continuing that if we are to show to generations growing up that violence and abuse against others is wrong, then government has to show its repentance for being the main perpetrator of it. Figures show from the U.S.A. that between 1973 when abortion 24 www.pentecostalcontinuing.org Restoring the Heritage PENTECOSTAL HOLINESS CHURCH CONTINUING was legalized and 1982 child abuse increased by more than 500% proving the Biblical principle of sowing and reaping. If you therefore, place violence onto youth, youth will return violence back to you particularly from a world now seemingly devoid of family stability. The Young Generation is growing up surrounded by immorality and violence. Instead of changing the Word of God to match the change in social conditions, the Pentecostal Holiness Church Continuing in not removing the Ancient Landmark opens up its arms for sinners to repent. Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. Gal. 6:7 It is the position of the Pentecostal Holiness Church Continuing that deformity is no justification for abortion pointing out in making this statement that this reason for abortion covers only a tiny percentage of abortions carried out. If abortion for the deformed unborn is acceptable then so is mass execution for mentally and physically handicapped people. On stating this, however, it is the position of the Pentecostal Holiness Church Continuing that if a nation repents and follows God, in Britain’s case according to its Constitution then God is obligated to honour us by healing us; Ex. 15:26; Deut. 28. On the subject of the mother’s rights here, it needs to be pointed out that there is not one known organization working with physically and mentally handicapped people in favour of slaughtering those who they care for. It is widely accepted that mothers bond with such children very successfully and to care and love such a child is certainly God’s will for a family as we stand 25 www.pentecostalcontinuing.org Restoring the Heritage PENTECOSTAL HOLINESS CHURCH CONTINUING together for complete and absolute healing, not death. To argue for the mother to have rights to decide to kill the unborn is the same as arguing for murder to be legalized in society. With the exception of criminal rape each person involved in intercourse is responsible for the consequences of this, therefore in the vast majority of abortions the “guest” has been invited in, and so, therefore, the law of this nation to be in line with its Constitution must not permit individuals to be able to decide whether or not to kill a baby, for the status of the unborn biblically and scientifically is that we are dealing with a human being. There are two innocent parties of three involved in a rape that results in a pregnancy. The two innocent parties in a rape instigated by a man are the mother and the baby. Why then should the baby pay the ultimate price for the illegal intercourse? To quote Norman Geisler; Abortion does not take away the evil of the rape; it adds another evil to it. The rape problem is not solved by killing the baby. Penal correction therefore should be given to the guilty party, and to the 50% of people who in such cases seem to not want the baby, then adoption should be offered as opposed to abortion. It is, therefore, the position of the Pentecostal Holiness Church Continuing to view a foetus as fully human, Biblical and non-Biblical evidence following. The evidence, which we regard as overwhelming, therefore, places a human being in the womb, a human being that has the same rights to life as those human beings outside the womb. The Bible calls unborn children “children” the same word used of infants and young children. This is consistent with a medical report given through the Abortion Gallery 26 www.pentecostalcontinuing.org Restoring the Heritage PENTECOSTAL HOLINESS CHURCH CONTINUING Website - http://www.mttu.com/abort-pics/ on a child in the womb eleven weeks after conception: HEART IS BEATING (SINCE 18-25 DAYS) BRAIN WAVES HAVE BEEN RECORDED AT 40 DAYS THE BABY SQUINTS, SWALLOWS, AND CAN MAKE A FIST THE BABY HAS FINGERPRINTS AND CAN KICK THE BABY IS SENSITIVE TO HEAT, TOUCH, LIGHT AND NOISE THE BABY SUCKS HIS OR HER THUMB ALL BODY SYSTEMS ARE WORKING THE BABY WEIGHS ABOUT 1 OUNCE AND IS 2 1/2 TO 3 INCHES LONG THE BABY COULD FIT COMFORTABLY IN THE PALM OF YOUR HAND Following is a child of the Wetzel family at 16 weeks in the womb and after birth: 27 www.pentecostalcontinuing.org Restoring the Heritage PENTECOSTAL HOLINESS CHURCH CONTINUING Courtesy of the Abortion Gallery Website And it came to pass, that, when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost: For, lo, as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in mine ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes lying in a manger. And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. Luke 1:41,44; 2:12,16. If men strive, and hurt a woman with child, so that her fruit depart from her, and yet no mischief follow: he shall be surely punished, according as the woman’s husband will lay 28 www.pentecostalcontinuing.org Restoring the Heritage PENTECOSTAL HOLINESS CHURCH CONTINUING upon him; and he shall pay as the judges determine. Ex. 21:22 The Bible declares that the unborn are created by God, as God created Adam and Eve in his image. For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother’ womb. Psalm 139:13 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. Gen. 1:27 Old Testament punishment for those doing harm to the unborn is the same as to an adult. If men strive, and hurt a woman with child, so that her fruit depart from her, and yet no mischief follow: he shall be surely punished, according as the woman’s husband will lay upon him; and he shall pay as the judges determine. Ex. 21:22 Whoso sheddeth man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man. Gen. 9:6 Christ Jesus was human from the point he was conceived in Mary’s womb. But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins. Matthew 1:20, 21 And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth. 29 www.pentecostalcontinuing.org Restoring the Heritage PENTECOSTAL HOLINESS CHURCH CONTINUING To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. Luke 1:26, 27. God’s image includes male and female, and it is a scientific fact that sex is determined from conception. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. Gen. 1:27 Unborn children have personal characteristics like sin and joy! Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me. Psalm of David. Psalms 51:5 The Bible uses personal pronouns to describe unborn children. Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations. Jeremiah 1:5 But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins. Matthew 1:20,21 The Bible declares that God knows the unborn personally and intimately, just as He would know any other person. My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the 30 www.pentecostalcontinuing.org Restoring the Heritage PENTECOSTAL HOLINESS CHURCH CONTINUING earth. Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them. Psalm 139:15,16 Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations. Jeremiah 1:5 The Bible declares that the unborn are even called by God before birth. And the children struggled together within her; and she said, If it be so, why am I thus? And she went to inquire of the Lord. And the Lord said unto her, Two nations are in thy womb, and two manner of people shall be separated from thy bowels; and the one people shall be stronger than the other people; and the elder shall serve the younger. Gen. 25:22,23. And there was a certain man of Zorah, of the family of the Danites, whose name was Manoah; and his wife was barren and bare not. And the angel of the Lord appeared unto the woman, and said unto her, Behold now, thou art barren, and bearest not: but thou shalt conceive, and bear a son. Now therefore beware, I pray thee, and drink not wine nor strong drink, and eat not any unclean thing: For, lo, thou shalt conceive and bear a son; and no razor shall come on his head: for the child shalt be a Nazarite unto God from the womb: and he shall begin to deliver Israel out of the hand of the Philistines. Then the woman came and told her husband, saying, A man of God came unto me, and his countenance was like the countenance of an angel of God, very terrible: but I asked him not whence he was, neither told he me his name: But he said unto me, Behold, thou shalt conceive, and bear a son; and now drink no wine nor strong drink, neither eat any unclean thing: for the child shall be a Nazarite to God from the womb to the day of his death. Judges 13:2-7 31 www.pentecostalcontinuing.org Restoring the Heritage PENTECOSTAL HOLINESS CHURCH CONTINUING Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The Lord hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. And now, saith the Lord that formed me from the womb to be his servant, to bring Jacob again to him, Though Israel be not gathered, yet shall I be glorious in the eyes of the Lord, and my God shall be my strength. Isaiah 49:1,5 But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb, and called me from my mother’s womb, and called me by his grace, Galatians 1:15 Scientific evidence presented by Norman Geisler in his book on Christian Ethics certainly is consistent with biblical passages, it being a genetic fact that a fertilized human ovum is 100% human, the sex of the child having been determined at conception, the female ovum having 23 chromosomes, male sperm likewise having 23 chromosomes, the normal adult human having 46 chromosomes and so at the very moment of conception when the males sperm and female ovum unite, a new, tiny, 46 chromosome human exists. This scientific fact therefore fully supports the Biblical perspective that a child in the womb is 100% human and so constitutionally in Britain the Pentecostal Holiness Church Continuing declares that all violent action taken against a child in the womb is already a crime of murder, this Church not even recognizing the Abortion Act of Parliament as it promotes death and not life, a concept not in keeping with British Constitutional values. 32 www.pentecostalcontinuing.org Restoring the Heritage PENTECOSTAL HOLINESS CHURCH CONTINUING Euthanasia In today’s social climate there is tremendous pressure to adapt the Word to suit the changing conditions, and this is particularly acute in the area of medical ethics. God’s Word, however, does not change even though there might well be situations arise in Church life where euthanasia is being considered, whether it be active, passive or natural passive. Active euthanasia allows the taking of a life to avoid suffering whereas passive allows death to occur to avoid suffering. As regards to active euthanasia, the Pentecostal Holiness Church Continuing standing on the British Constitutional Acts is in no position either Biblically or constitutionally to allow the taking of a life. Thou shalt not kill. Ex. 20:13 As regards to passive and natural passive euthanasia which allows death rather than takes life, the Pentecostal Holiness Church Continuing understands that with a secular humanist approach this makes sense, but Britain does not have a secular humanist Constitution and so this cannot be allowed to take place in Britain. God holds human beings responsible for human life, human life being sacred for God made mankind in his image. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. Gen. 1:27 Having bloodshed and violence in the earth resulted in the flood, God not permitting the taking of blood. The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence. Gen. 6:11 33 www.pentecostalcontinuing.org Restoring the Heritage PENTECOSTAL HOLINESS CHURCH CONTINUING Whoso sheddeth man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man. Gen. 9:6 Jonah appealed to God to take his life. God did not accept this request. In addition to this, God certainly did not approve King Saul’s suicide and Abimelech’s assisted suicide. Therefore now, o Lord, take, I beseech thee, my life from me; for it is better for me to die than to live. Jonah 4:3 Then said Saul unto his armourbearer, draw thy sword, and thrust me through therewith; lest these uncircumcised come and thrust me through, and abuse me. But his armour bearer would not; for he was sore afraid. Therefore Saul took a sword, and fell upon it. I Sam. 31:4 Then he called hastily unto the young man his armourbearrer, and said unto him, Draw thy sword, and slay me, that men say not of me, A woman slew him. And his young man thrust him through, and he died. Then God rendered the wickedness of Abimelech, which he did unto his father, in slaying his seventy brethren: Judges 9:54, 56. Biomedical Issues New medical techniques and discoveries have brought about new ethical issues for the Church to deal with. These new practices include artificial insemination, test-tube babies, surrogate mothers, organ transplantation, organ harvesting, gene splicing and cloning. It has to be remembered that Britain is a nation of the Judeo-Christian tradition and so a secular humanist approach in relation to government of biomedical issues is strictly prohibited. The Pentecostal Holiness Church Continuing standing on the British Constitutional 34 www.pentecostalcontinuing.org Restoring the Heritage PENTECOSTAL HOLINESS CHURCH CONTINUING Acts will not allow the humanist, secular approach to pre-emanate for this relates the answer to decisions of patients, doctors, society, family or whoever? Are we really to discriminate, therefore on the basis on which we operate – age, race, social rank? Scientist and medics can literally be allowed to play God unless there is a Church that stands up for the nation’s Christian Constitutional Acts. And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence. Col. 1:18 For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring. Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man’s device. And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent. Acts 18:28-30 Giving Christ Jesus the pre-eminence enables God to be God and thus avoiding the consequences of the humanist approach, which might cure some problems with the cost of producing greater ones. Unless there is an acknowledgement with medical research of the Creator, then such research is bound to fail, the sensible motor mechanic giving heed to the manufacturer’s handbook to bring about the cure of a car, likewise the scientist and doctor must give heed to God’s handbook so as to bring about a successful conclusion. To deal with recent medical advances the Pentecostal Holiness Church Continuing is committed to allow organ transplantation, hundreds of people having had their lives extended, its concept being completely in line with God’s Word. 35 www.pentecostalcontinuing.org Restoring the Heritage PENTECOSTAL HOLINESS CHURCH CONTINUING Greater love has no man than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13 In allowing transplantation to continue the Pentecostal Holiness Church Continuing emphasizes personal choice in the issue for no one should be forced to participate, the individual being responsible for his own body. It is understood that the fresher the organ is then the greater chance of success there is, and so the Pentecostal Holiness Church Continuing affirms in this context that it is unlawful for anyone to extract an organ that results in a person’s death. It is understood that death is difficult to define but in general terms it is acknowledged that when breathing, pulse, nerve reaction and brain waves have ceased then a person is dead. ….. but the excellency of knowledge is, that wisdom giveth life to them that have it. Ecc. 7:12 In relation to genetic surgery this is only permitted on the basis of restoring life as God intended, and is not permitted for creating, God’s will being for us to be perfect even in a fallen world. As regards to the scientific ability to know the sex of a baby in a mother’s womb then this is fully acceptable; detection being fully acceptable whereas selection is not. In all matters, therefore, the Pentecostal Holiness Church Continuing is committed to the concept of marriage and the family. It is important to understand that medical advances are to restore and not create. Please note - the Pentecostal Holiness Church Continuing in stating “will allow” is relating this comment to our nation’s Constitution, the Protestant Church being obligated to ensure that the Monarch adheres to Her constitutional promises before God and does not sign acts that 36 www.pentecostalcontinuing.org Restoring the Heritage PENTECOSTAL HOLINESS CHURCH CONTINUING allow abortion and immorality in our God-given nation. We acknowledge the considerable assistance in presenting this ethical statement of the following excellent book of Christian Ethics. Norman L. Geisler Christian Ethics c. 1989 Baker Book House Company. Apollos (an imprint of I.V.P.) Leicester, England. 1) In one God who exists eternally; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are the one God; consisting of the same substance, co-eternal and co-equal in power and glory. He is self-existing and independent of His creation, Omnipotent, Omniscient and Omnipresent, God making man in his image, CHRIST JESUS being the image of the Invisible God I John 5:7 For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. Gen. 1:26-28; 26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. 37 www.pentecostalcontinuing.org Restoring the Heritage PENTECOSTAL HOLINESS CHURCH CONTINUING 27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. 28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth. Col. 1:15,16. 15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: 16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: 2) Christ Jesus’ Deity as a Biblical Reality i) Manifest in the Flesh and Justified in the Spirit I Timothy 3:16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory. ii) Equal with the Father Phil. 2:6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: iii) All things made “by him”, not “through him” John 1:3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. iv) Existed from “everlasting” – not “ancient times” as in “new translations” Micah 5:2 But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he 38 www.pentecostalcontinuing.org Restoring the Heritage PENTECOSTAL HOLINESS CHURCH CONTINUING come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting. v) Jesus was worshipped in the New Testament Matthew 8:2 And, behold, there came a leper and worshipped him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean. vi) The Judgement Seat is of Christ Romans 14:10 But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. vii) Jesus had no earthly “father” Luke 2:33 And Joseph and his mother marvelled at those things which were spoken of him. viii) Jesus is the “begotten son” – not created or made John 1:18 No man hath seen God at any time, the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him. 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. ix) Jesus is “The Son of God” not “a son of the gods” as in “new translations” Daniel 3:25 He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God. x) Jesus is the “Only Lord God” Jude 1:4 For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. 39 www.pentecostalcontinuing.org Restoring the Heritage PENTECOSTAL HOLINESS CHURCH CONTINUING xi) Christ was raised up Acts 2:30 Therefore being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him, that of the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh, he would raise up Christ to sit on his throne; 3) The Everlasting Gospel – not “a” or “an” Gospel as in “new translations” Rev. 14:6 And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, Titus 1:4 To Titus, mine own son after the common faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ our Saviour. Acts 14:15 And saying, Sirs, why do ye these things? We also are men of like passions with you, and preach unto you that ye should turn from these vanities unto the living God, which made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all things that are therein: 4) SALVATION: Redemption is through the BLOOD of THE SON OF GOD, the sinner repenting of inbred sin Col. 1:14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: I Peter 4:1 Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin; 40 www.pentecostalcontinuing.org Restoring the Heritage PENTECOSTAL HOLINESS CHURCH CONTINUING Acts 8:37 And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. 5) ETERNAL PUNISHMENT is for the unsaved DAMNED in hell – not the “grave” or “Sheol” as in “new translations” Psalms 9:17 The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God. 6) JESUS IS “THE MORNING STAR” AND “DAY STAR” – not Lucifer as depicted in “new translations” Rev. 22:16 I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star. II Peter 1:19 We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts: 7) THE PENTECOSTAL PIONEERS PASSION for the FOURSQUARE GOSPEL a. JESUS THE SAVIOUR, born of a virgin who committed no sin becoming “Sin For Us” II Cor. 5:21 John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. John 3: 14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: 15 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. 16 For God so loved the world, that he gave 41 www.pentecostalcontinuing.org Restoring the Heritage PENTECOSTAL HOLINESS CHURCH CONTINUING his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. 18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. THIS PROCLAMATION IS OF ONE SAVIOUR, AND ONE SAVIOUR ALONE JESUS. b. JESUS THE HEALER: Acts 10:38 How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him. The very first COVENANT PROMISE OF GOD is in the Old Testament: Exodus 15:26 And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the LORD that healeth thee. Even under the Law the Priest made atonement for leprosy six times in Leviticus 14 and in Numbers 16: 46-48 Aaron made atonement for plague removal. Hebrews 9:14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? 42 www.pentecostalcontinuing.org Restoring the Heritage PENTECOSTAL HOLINESS CHURCH CONTINUING Jesus commanded the Church to “lay hands on the sick”! Mark 16:18 ….. they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover. I am not moved by what I see I am not moved by how I feel I am moved by what I believe and I believe THE WORD OF ALMIGHTY GOD! Smith Wigglesworth S.W. What will make men believe the divine promises of God? Beloved, let me say to you today, God wants you to be ministering spirits, and it means to be clothed with another power. And this divine power, you know when it is there, and you know when it goes forth. Dr. T.J. McCrossan : Satan caused Adam and Eve to sin then Satan is the Author of sin, sickness and death. John 5:14; 10:10 George Jeffreys – Founder of Elim : Bible reveals Satan as a personal devil, opposed to God and the Human Race ....The Israelites understood that deliverance from all bodily ailments was by the power of God, that immunity from disease was a privilege they could enjoy provided they rendered perfect obedience to His will. Ex. 15:26 43 www.pentecostalcontinuing.org Restoring the Heritage PENTECOSTAL HOLINESS CHURCH CONTINUING In Isa. 53 “griefs and sorrows” relate to sicknesses and pain – the Hebrew words being Choli/Makob Choli examples : Deut. 7:15; 28:6; I Kings 17:17; II Kings 1:2; 8:8; II Chron. 16:12; 21:15. Makob examples : Job 14:22; 33:19 Borne (nasa) means to take away, to lift up, to bear away, to convey, remove to a distance as with the scapegoat Lev. 16:22 Isa 53:1 Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed? 2 For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him. 3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. 4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. 5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. Matthew 8:16 When the even was come, they brought unto him many that were possessed with devils: and he cast out the spirits with his word, and healed all that were sick: 17 That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses. God has loosed the pangs of death Acts 2:23 Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain: 24 Whom God hath raised 44 www.pentecostalcontinuing.org Restoring the Heritage PENTECOSTAL HOLINESS CHURCH CONTINUING up, having loosed the pains of death: because it was not possible that he should be holden of it. The Hosts of Darkness have been put to nought Hebrews 2:14 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; Whom He Justified – He also Glorified – Not Future Tense! Rom. 8:29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. 30 Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified. In Earth – As it is in heaven …….. Col. 1:17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence. 19 For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell; 20 And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven. 2:15 And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it. Jesus always used the harsh word Epitimao to rebuke devils and used the same word to rebuke sickness. He talked to a “being” rather than a “thing”. 45 www.pentecostalcontinuing.org Restoring the Heritage PENTECOSTAL HOLINESS CHURCH CONTINUING Luke 4: 35 And Jesus rebuked him, saying, Hold thy peace, and come out of him. And when the devil had thrown him in the midst, he came out of him, and hurt him not. 36 And they were all amazed, and spake among themselves, saying, What a word is this! for with authority and power he commandeth the unclean spirits, and they come out. 37 And the fame of him went out into every place of the country round about. 38 And he arose out of the synagogue, and entered into Simon's house. And Simon's wife's mother was taken with a great fever; and they besought him for her. 39 And he stood over her, and rebuked the fever; and it left her: and immediately she arose and ministered unto them. Luke 13: 11 And, behold, there was a woman which had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bowed together, and could in no wise lift up herself. 12 And when Jesus saw her, he called her to him, and said unto her, Woman, thou art loosed from thine infirmity. 13 And he laid his hands on her: and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God. 14 And the ruler of the synagogue answered with indignation, because that Jesus had healed on the sabbath day, and said unto the people, There are six days in which men ought to work: in them therefore come and be healed, and not on the sabbath day. 15 The Lord then answered him, and said, Thou hypocrite, doth not each one of you on the sabbath loose his ox or his ass from the stall, and lead him away to watering? 16 And ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan hath bound, lo, these eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the sabbath day? Luke 9:25 When Jesus saw that the people came running together, he rebuked the foul spirit, saying unto him, Thou dumb and deaf spirit, I charge thee, come out of him, and enter no more into him. Mark 9: 23 And there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit; and he cried out, 24 Saying, Let us alone; what have we to do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth? art 46 www.pentecostalcontinuing.org Restoring the Heritage PENTECOSTAL HOLINESS CHURCH CONTINUING thou come to destroy us? I know thee who thou art, the Holy One of God. 25 And Jesus rebuked him, saying, Hold thy peace, and come out of him. This authority HE GAVE TO THE CHURCH; Mark 16; John 14 John 14 Who can do greater works? John 14:10 Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works. 11 Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works' sake. 12 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. 13 And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. This authority is now even greater through the Sons of God on earth as we now have the completed VICTORY THROUGH CHRIST JESUS! George Jeffreys, Founder of Elim: : We teach people to seek bodily healing as one of the immediate benefits of Christ's atoning and redeeming work on the cross ... not the effect of mind over matter - but the power of Christ over disease Acts 4:7-10 George Jeffreys Steps to Healing i) Be In Line With God's Will I John 5:14 ii) Be saved I Tim. 2:3-4 iii) Be restored Hosea 14:1,4; II Chron. 7:14 iv) Obey the Commandments of God John 15:15 v) If saved, be baptized Acts 10:48 vi) Remember the Lord's death I Cor. 11:24-26 vii) Tithes Mal. 3:10,11 47 www.pentecostalcontinuing.org Restoring the Heritage PENTECOSTAL HOLINESS CHURCH CONTINUING viii) Confess wrongdoing James 5:16 ix) Manifest love to other Christians I Peter 1:12 c. JESUS – THE BAPTIZER IN THE HOLY GHOST Smith Wigglesworth ... Baptism in the Holy Spirit Beloved, all that I speak this morning is burning in my soul. The baptism of the Spirit has come for nothing less than to eat the whole of my life. It set up Jesus as King, and nothing can stand in His holy presence when He is made King. Everything will wither before Him. I am realizing this. Smith Wigglesworth. What an inward burning, what an inward craving God can give! It is a taste of the heavenlies! Acts 1:5-8. 05 For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence. 06 When they therefore were come together, they asked of Him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the Kingdom to Israel? 07 And He said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in His own power. 08 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. Wigglesworth's Points. 1. TO BE CONTINUALLY FULL OF HIS UTTERANCES AND REVELATIONS AND DIVINE PERCEPTION - CONTROLLED BY THE SPIRIT OF GOD. 48 www.pentecostalcontinuing.org Restoring the Heritage PENTECOSTAL HOLINESS CHURCH CONTINUING 2. IS RESURRECTION POWER - NOTHING EARTHLY CAN REMAIN - i.e. DISEASE. ALIVE TO GOD - Rom. 6:11 by the Spirit. Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. 3. HOLY GHOST = UNLIMITED SOURCE OF POWER - NOTHING STATIONARY IN GOD - INTO LINE WITH THE MIND OF GOD. SEVEN STEPS TO BEING BAPTIZED IN THE HOLY GHOST! Acts 1:8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come UPON you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. 1) Shout and receive! 2) Be Ready to Receive! 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. 3) Laying on of hands Acts 8: 12 But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women. 13 Then Simon himself believed also: and when he was baptized, he continued with Philip, and wondered, beholding the miracles and signs which were done. 14 Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and 49 www.pentecostalcontinuing.org Restoring the Heritage PENTECOSTAL HOLINESS CHURCH CONTINUING John: 15 Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost: 16 (For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.) 17 Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost. Mark 16:15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. 16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. 17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; 18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover. 19 So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God. 20 And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen. Acts 5:12 And by the hands of the apostles were many signs and wonders wrought among the people ( and they were all in one accord in Solomon’s porch. …..) 4) Speaking in other Tongues Acts 2:4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, AS THE SPIRIT GAVE THEM UTTERANCE. Acts 10:44 While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word. 45 And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost. 46 For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. Then answered Peter, 50 www.pentecostalcontinuing.org Restoring the Heritage PENTECOSTAL HOLINESS CHURCH CONTINUING Acts 19:6 And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied. I Cor. 14:1 Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy. 2 For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries. 3 But he that prophesieth speaketh unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort. 5) Put aside the foolish teaching that you might receive something counterfeit. Luke 11:11 If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent? 12 Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? 13 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him? 6) Be filled with the Spirit Eph. 5:18 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; 19 Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; 20 Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; PNEUMA akin to PNEO to breathe, blow; Gal. 4:29 But as then he that was born after the flesh persecuted him that was born after the Spirit, even so it is now. 30 Nevertheless what saith the scripture? Cast out the bondwoman and her son: for the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir with the son of the freewoman. 31 So then, 51 www.pentecostalcontinuing.org Restoring the Heritage PENTECOSTAL HOLINESS CHURCH CONTINUING brethren, we are not children of the bondwoman, but of the free. 5:1 Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage. John 7:37 In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. 38 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. 39 (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.) 7) Those all gathered should Pray in the Spirit Acts 2:1 And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. 2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. 3 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. 5 And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven. 6 Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language. d. JESUS – THE SOON COMING KING I Thess. 4: 16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught 52 www.pentecostalcontinuing.org Restoring the Heritage PENTECOSTAL HOLINESS CHURCH CONTINUING up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Titus 2:12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; 13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Hebrews 9:28 So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation. 8)HOLINESS True holiness is manifest through the Believer who recognizes his/her own inability to keep rules knowing that it is one’s own dying to self that is the key to success. Gal. 2:20; Col. 3; II Cor 7:1; 12:9; Gal. 3:3; Rom. 6 If you are a dead man – then who is left? PHCC therefore firmly declares the need for sanctification after justification. Gal. 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: neverthless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. Col. 3: 3 For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. 4 When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory. II Cor 7:1 Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God. 12:9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly 53 www.pentecostalcontinuing.org Restoring the Heritage PENTECOSTAL HOLINESS CHURCH CONTINUING therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Gal. 3:3 Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh? Rom. 6: 3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? 4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. 5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: John 17:21 Did Jesus pray that we be one in the Father and Son? Did Jesus have a successful prayer life? This is true holiness. John 17:21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. 22 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: I Cor.6:17; Eph.5:30; Jer. 3:14 Joined unto the Lord – members of his body, flesh and bones! Holiness! I Cor.6:17 But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit. Eph.5 30 For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. 31 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. 32 This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church. 54 www.pentecostalcontinuing.org Restoring the Heritage PENTECOSTAL HOLINESS CHURCH CONTINUING Jer. 3:14 Turn, O backsliding children, saith the LORD; for I am married unto you: and I will take you one of a city, and two of a family, and I will bring you to Zion: Rom. 12:1 What do we present holy? Rom. 12: 1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. I John 4:17 As He is – So Are we ? I John 4:17 Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world. Rom. 8:17; Gal. 4:7 What does being equal mean? Rom. 8: 17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. Gal. 4:7 Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ. The name of the Head of the Church is JESUS as is the NAME OF THE BODY Rom. 11; John 15:7 If we are the branches or the lump – how can we bear a different name? Rom. 11:16 For if the firstfruit be holy, the lump is also holy: and if the root be holy, so are the branches. John 15: 5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much 55 www.pentecostalcontinuing.org Restoring the Heritage PENTECOSTAL HOLINESS CHURCH CONTINUING fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. 6 If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. 7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. Matt. 5:48; 19:21; II Tim. 3:16,17; Eph. 4:11,12; Phil.2:5; Eph.4:24; Col. 1:27-29; I Peter 1:16; 5:10; Heb. 6:1; 10:14; James 1:4; Are we called to be perfect? Matt. 5:48 Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect. 19: 21 Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me. II Tim. 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works. Eph. 4: 11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; 12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Phil.2: 5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Eph.4: 24 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. Col. 1: 27 To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory: 28 Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; 56 www.pentecostalcontinuing.org Restoring the Heritage PENTECOSTAL HOLINESS CHURCH CONTINUING that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus: 29 Whereunto I also labour, striving according to his working, which worketh in me mightily. I Peter 1: 16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy. 5: 10 But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you. Heb. 6: 1 Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God, 10: 14 For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified. James 1: 4 But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. II Peter 1:4; Col. 1:12; Rom. 8:30; Heb. 3:14 Partakers of the divine nature and glorified? II Peter 1: 4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. Col. 1:12 Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Rom. 8:30 Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified. 57 www.pentecostalcontinuing.org Restoring the Heritage PENTECOSTAL HOLINESS CHURCH CONTINUING Heb. 3:14 For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end; John 1:12-14; I Peter 1:23 Born of blood, flesh or of God beholding whose Glory? John 1: 12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: 13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. 14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. I Peter 1: 23 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever. I Cor 3:16-23; II Cor 6:16-18 Is the temple of God not holy? I Cor 3: 16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? 17 If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are. 18 Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise. 19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness. 20 And again, The Lord knoweth the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain. 21 Therefore let no man glory in men. For all things are your's; 22 Whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come; all are your's; 23 And ye are Christ's; and Christ is God's. II Cor 6: 16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God 58 www.pentecostalcontinuing.org Restoring the Heritage PENTECOSTAL HOLINESS CHURCH CONTINUING hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you. 18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty. 9) FULL IMMERSION BAPTISM It is true to say in quoting Matthew 28:19 that the terms “Father”, Son, and “Holy Ghost” are not names but titles, and the scripture does say to baptize “IN THE NAME!” This can only relate to one name and this name is JESUS! Col. 2:9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. Matthew 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: (Note “Name” is singular and “Father” “Son” “Holy Ghost” are titles and not names) 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. Acts 10:48 And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then prayed they him to tarry certain days. Acts 19:5 When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. The examples of the way the Early Church baptize give further support to baptising this way and it is not good enough as some Trinitarians state that the instruction is to 59 www.pentecostalcontinuing.org Restoring the Heritage PENTECOSTAL HOLINESS CHURCH CONTINUING baptize using the Trinitarian formula with the name referring to “in the authority of”. This simply does not make sense, but using the right formula is surely not the essential point. This has to be the individual’s life before God for it is with the heart we believe unto righteousness for the letter killeth and the Spirit gives life! Rom. 10: 9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. II Cor. 3: 6 Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life. Romans 6:3 declares that those who were baptized were baptized into the death of the Lord Jesus. This surely places the onus on the individual’s heart rather than on the person doing the baptizing! Has there been a realisation that this baptism was a baptism into death? This is the most important point for it is with the heart that we believe unto righteousness. This is where one of the Evangelical doctrines supported by James A. Fowler comes in because there has to be the Christological oneness of Christ Jesus and humanity taking part in this process, a process that goes further with the one being baptized being joined as one spirit with Jesus. Romans 6: 5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: Jer. 3:14 Turn, O backsliding children, saith the LORD; for I am married unto you: and I will take you one of a city, and two of a family, and I will bring you to Zion: 60 www.pentecostalcontinuing.org Restoring the Heritage PENTECOSTAL HOLINESS CHURCH CONTINUING I Cor. 6: 15 Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot? God forbid. 16 What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh. 17 But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit. 18 Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body. 19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? 20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's. The conclusion coming out of this, therefore, is that surely it is a matter between the individual and God, God seeing the heart, the individual being baptized by the heart into the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, the individual confessing the name JESUS. Whether Father, Son and Holy Ghost are expressions or persons of the Godhead is not the essential question here for JESUS is the fullness of the Godhead. JESUS is in the central position here and it is his NAME being referred to in Matthew 28. His name, however, is not to be used as a statement of legal formula but rather a heart felt cry from the heart. Within this context, therefore, the Pentecostal Holiness Church Continuing will baptize IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER, AND OF THE SON, AND OF THE HOLY GHOST – that is INTO THE NAME OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST – HIS DEATH – AND HIS RESURRECTION. 10) The “Every Creature Commission” The Pentecostal Holiness Church Continuing fully endorses the position taken by Rees Howells in 1934. This relates to the heart of God which is to reach every creature with the Gospel, the 61 www.pentecostalcontinuing.org Restoring the Heritage PENTECOSTAL HOLINESS CHURCH CONTINUING responsibility for this being through Christ’s body on earth. Matthew 9:38 Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest. The Pentecostal Holiness Church Continuing will emphasize missions ministry having the Sons of God Network as its missions operation working to reach every creature worldwide through its network membership. This will involve worldwide prayer warfare to bring the conditions for a great harvest all over the World. Full commitment towards this call of God is required to fulfil our Lord’s command and it is envisaged having a College that is fully committed to equipping ministers for the worldwide harvest. As it was in the days of Joshua so the Pentecostal Holiness Church Continuing looks to take the promised land for the Lord, our nation Britain having been taken over by Gnostic forces, but we gather around these walls going through a process of personal sanctification and personal expectation by lifting up the genuine WORD OF GOD high, and crossing the Jordan to realise our vision Joshua 3:1 And Joshua rose early in the morning; and they removed from Shittim, and came to Jordan, he and all the children of Israel, and lodged there before they passed over. 2 And it came to pass after three days, that the officers went through the host; 3 And they commanded the people, saying, When ye see the ark of the covenant of the LORD your God, and the priests the Levites bearing it, then ye shall remove from your place, and go after it. 4 Yet there shall be a space between you and it, about two thousand cubits by measure: come not near unto it, that ye may know the way by which ye must go: for ye have not passed this way heretofore. 62 www.pentecostalcontinuing.org Restoring the Heritage PENTECOSTAL HOLINESS CHURCH CONTINUING 5 And Joshua said unto the people, Sanctify yourselves: for to morrow the LORD will do wonders among you. 6 And Joshua spake unto the priests, saying, Take up the ark of the covenant, and pass over before the people. And they took up the ark of the covenant, and went before the people. 7 And the LORD said unto Joshua, This day will I begin to magnify thee in the sight of all Israel, that they may know that, as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee. 8 And thou shalt command the priests that bear the ark of the covenant, saying, When ye are come to the brink of the water of Jordan, ye shall stand still in Jordan. 9 And Joshua said unto the children of Israel, Come hither, and hear the words of the LORD your God. 10 And Joshua said, Hereby ye shall know that the living God is among you, and that he will without fail drive out from before you the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Hivites, and the Perizzites, and the Girgashites, and the Amorites, and the Jebusites. 11 Behold, the ark of the covenant of the LORD of all the earth passeth over before you into Jordan. 12 Now therefore take you twelve men out of the tribes of Israel, out of every tribe a man. 13 And it shall come to pass, as soon as the soles of the feet of the priests that bear the ark of the LORD, the LORD of all the earth, shall rest in the waters of Jordan, that the waters of Jordan shall be cut off from the waters that come down from above; and they shall stand upon an heap. 14 And it came to pass, when the people removed from their tents, to pass over Jordan, and the priests bearing the ark of the covenant before the people; 15 And as they that bare the ark were come unto Jordan, and the feet of the priests that bare the ark were dipped in the brim of the water, (for Jordan overfloweth all his banks all the time of harvest,) 16 That the waters which came down from above stood and rose up upon an heap very far from the city Adam, that is beside Zaretan: and those that came down toward the sea of the plain, even the salt sea, failed, and were cut off: and the people passed over right against Jericho. 17 And the priests that bare the ark of the covenant of the LORD stood firm on 63 www.pentecostalcontinuing.org Restoring the Heritage PENTECOSTAL HOLINESS CHURCH CONTINUING dry ground in the midst of Jordan, and all the Israelites passed over on dry ground, until all the people were passed clean over Jordan. 11) The Just shall live BY HIS FAITH! Hab. 2: 1 I will stand upon my watch, and set me upon the tower, and will watch to see what he will say unto me, and what I shall answer when I am reproved. 2 And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it. 3 For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry. 4 Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his faith. It is not with our faith that we move, but HIS FAITH. This a powerful statement and the Pentecostal Holiness Church Continuing will emphasize the personal “dying to self” so as to be an empty vessel for HIS FAITH to operate through us! The Negative And be not conformed to this world; Rom. 12:2 The Positive but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind Rom. 12:2 Upon the Earth that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. Rom. 12:2 Fused with the Holy Ghost But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. John 14:26 64 www.pentecostalcontinuing.org Restoring the Heritage PENTECOSTAL HOLINESS CHURCH CONTINUING The Negative I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just, because I seek not mine own will, John 5:30. The Positive but the will of the Father which hath sent me. John 5:30. Upon the Earth - Fused with the Holy Ghost And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: John 16:8 It is easy to cry out to God when you have been living on the edge of a war-zone for eighteen years – seen many of your loved ones eliminated because of war – perhaps it is easier for them to die to self than for us? Is this excuse one God will accept from us – or must we die too? The Negative If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this World, let him become a fool, I Cor. 3:18 The Positive that he may be wise. I Cor. 3:18 Upon the Earth And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. Mark 16:15 Fused with the Holy Ghost For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. Rom. 8:14 The Negative and to die is gain. Phil. 1:21 I am crucified with Christ : Gal. 2:20 65 www.pentecostalcontinuing.org Restoring the Heritage PENTECOSTAL HOLINESS CHURCH CONTINUING The Positive For to me to live is Christ Phil 1:21 nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. Gal.2:20 Upon the Earth That I should be the minister of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles, ministering the gospel of God, that the offering up of the Gentiles might be acceptable, being sanctified by the Holy Ghost. Rom. 15:16 Fused with the Holy Ghost Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. Rom. 8:26 12) The Lord’s Supper and the Bringing of Tithes are the essential parts of the covenant meal Melchizedek brought forth bread and wine: Gen. 14:18 And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the most high God. 19 And he blessed him, and said, Blessed be Abram of the most high God, possessor of heaven and earth: 20 And blessed be the most high God, which hath delivered thine enemies into thy hand. And he gave him tithes of all. Jesus did the same: I Cor. 11: 23 For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread: 24 And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me. 25 After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of 66 www.pentecostalcontinuing.org Restoring the Heritage PENTECOSTAL HOLINESS CHURCH CONTINUING me. 26 For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord's death till he come. 27 Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. 28 But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup. 29 For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord's body. 30 For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep. 31 For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged. Jesus – High Priest forever after the order of Melchizedek Hebrews 6:19 Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil; 20 Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec. Hebrews 7: 1 For this Melchisedec, king of Salem, priest of the most high God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings, and blessed him; 2 To whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all; first being by interpretation King of righteousness, and after that also King of Salem, which is, King of peace; 3 Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God; abideth a priest continually. 4 Now consider how great this man was, unto whom even the patriarch Abraham gave the tenth of the spoils. Ye are “Abraham’s” seed and like Abraham we bring forth tithes to the Table of the Lord – we give and HE GAVE - a covenant meal Gal. 3: 27 For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male 67 www.pentecostalcontinuing.org Restoring the Heritage PENTECOSTAL HOLINESS CHURCH CONTINUING nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise 13) The Ephesians 4:11 to 13 Operation of the Five Fold Ministry and Local Church Offices as intimated in the PHCC Church Government Document – special emphasis being given to “perfecting” the Saints from than “equipping” as in NKJV. Eph. 4: 11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; 12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: 13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: 14) The Divine Inspiration and Authority of the Holy Scriptures coming along the Antioch line only rather than the Gnostic influenced “scriptures” of Alexandria. II Tim. 3: 16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works. Acts 18: 24 And a certain Jew named Apollos, born at Alexandria, an eloquent man, and mighty in the scriptures, came to Ephesus. 25 This man was instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in the spirit, he spake and taught diligently the things of the Lord, knowing only the baptism of John. 26 And he began to speak boldly in the synagogue: whom when Aquila and Priscilla had heard, they took him unto them, and expounded unto him the way of God more perfectly.
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