What We
Believe
& Why
The Holy Trinity
By Bishop Terry
Crews
WE
BELIEVE:
"There are
three that
bear record in
heaven, the
Father, the
Word, and
the Holy
Ghost: and
these three
are one" (1
John 5:7).
Knowing God is man's greatest
privilege in life. A person's
concept of God has all to do
with his or her faith and
stability.  If we have the wrong
concept of God, we are wrong
Holy Trinity and stand on this
truth; and that this doctrine is
sufficiently evident in our English
versions, in language laymen can
understand.  We believe the
only way one can possibly
understand differently is by
wrestling the Scriptures.
Plurality
"The original word Elohim,
God, is certainly the plural form
of El, or Eloah, and has long
been supposed, by the most
highly learned and pious men, to
imply a plurality of persons in
the divine nature. As this
plurality appears in so many
parts of the sacred writings to
be confirmed to three persons,
hence the doctrine of the Trinity,
which has formed a part of the
creed of all those who have
been deemed sound in the faith,
from the earliest ages of
Christianity" - Adam Clarke,
(Genesis 1:26; 3:22; 11:7; John
1:1-3; Hebrews 1:2,10).

The Trinity in the Old Testament
In our English versions of the
Bible, plurality of the Godhead
is not as frequently recognized
by the ordinary reader in the
Old Testament as in the New
Testament; however, they make
the trinity absolutely clear in the
very first chapter of Genesis. "In
the beginning God," Verse 1;
"and the Spirit of God moved
upon the face of the water,"
Verse 2; also God was in
communication with others
when He said, "Let US make
man in OUR image, after OUR
likeness," Verse 26. "And the
Lord God said, Behold man is
become as ONE of US"
(Genesis 3:22). "Let US go
down, and there confound their
language" (Genesis 11:7).

The Third Person
The New Testament makes it
clear that the other person with
God the Father and God the
Holy Spirit in creation was
Christ Jesus the Word.
"In the beginning
was the Word, and
the Word was with
God, and the Word
was God. The same
was in the beginning
with God. All things
were made by him;
and without him was
not anything made
that was made"
(John 1:1-3).
"God who at sundry
times and in diverse
manners spake in time
past unto the fathers by
the prophets, hath in
these last days spoken
whom he hath
appointed heir of all
things, by whom also
he made the world"
(Hebrews 1:1-2).
"Thou Lord, in
the beginning
hast laid the
foundation of
the earth; and
the heavens are
the works of
thine hands"
(Hebrews 1:10).
Paul referred to Jesus the Son
of God, "Who is the image of
the invisible God, the
first-born of every creature.
"For by him were all things
created that are in heaven,
and that are in the earth.
Visible and invisible, whether
they be thrones, or dominions,
or principalities, or powers: all
things were created by him
and for him" (Colossians
1:15-16).
Thus, Jesus Christ
was clearly the one
in reference in the
Old Testament.  
There are many
other references in
the Old Testament
of the Spirit of God
also.

The Trinity in the
New Testament
Evidence of the
Trinity in the New
Testament is
definitely clear and
to further verify the
doctrine and the Old
Testament. The
New Testament
abounds in
references to
prophesies which
confirm the doctrine.
answered, The Holy
Ghost shall come
upon thee, and the
power of the Highest
shall overshadow
thee: therefore, also
that holy thing which
shall be born of thee
shall be called the
Son of God" (Luke
1:35).
When John
baptized Jesus,
"He saw the Spirit
of God . . .
lighting upon him:
and to a voice
from heaven
saying, This is my
beloved Son, in
whom I am well
pleased"
(Matthew
3:16-17; John
1:32-34).
Jesus commanded
His followers to
baptize in the name
of the Father, and
the Son, and the
Holy Ghost
(Matthew 28:19).
"Behold I
send the
promise [the
Holy Ghost]
of my Father
upon you..."
(Luke 24:49;
Acts 1:4,5;
2:32, 33).
"I will pray the
Father, and he
shall give you
another
Comforter (John
14:16).
The Comforter,
which is the
Holy ,Ghost,
whom the
Father will send
in My Name, he
shall teach you
all things..."
(John 14:26).
The epistles
abound in
statements that
are clearly
Trinitarian.
Read (Romans,
Chapter 8; 1
Peter 1:1-3;
Jude 20-21;
Revelation 2:7).
"The grace of the
Lord Jesus
Christ, and the
love of God, and
the Communion
of the Holy Ghost
be with you all,
Amen" (2
Corinthians
13:14).
Jesus is God
"But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne O God, is forever and ever..." (Hebrews 1:8).  "Consider the Apostle and High
Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus; Who was faithful to him that appointed him, as also Moses was faithful in all his
house. For this man was counted worthy of more glory than Moses, inasmuch as he who hath builded the house hath more
honor than the house. For every house is builded by some man; but he that built all things is God" (Hebrews 3:1-4).  "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" (1 Timothy 3:16).
Eternally Existent
"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly
places in Christ: according as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world..." (Ephesians 1: 3-4). "All things
were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made" (John 1:3). "He is before all things..."
(Colossians 1:17.) "Before Abraham was, I am" (John 8:58). This associates Jesus with Him who appeared to Moses in
the burning bush. "...I am the first and the last: I am he that liveth, and was dead, behold, I am alive for evermore..."
(Revelation 1:17-18).

Men and Angels Worship Him
"When he bringeth in the first begotten into the world, he saith, and let all the angels of God worship him" (Hebrews 1:6;
Luke 2:13-14; Revelation 4:8-11; 14:7).
"God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee
should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth. And that every tongue should confess that
Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God" (Philippians 2:9-11).

Men Are Forbidden to Worship Men or Angels
"And as Peter was coming in, Cornelius met him, and fell down at his feet and worshipped him. But Peter took him up,
saying, Stand up, I myself also am a man" (Acts 10:25-26; see also Acts 14:11-15.  "Let no man beguile you of your
reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed
up by his fleshly mind" (Colossians 2:18).

The Holy Ghost is God, a Person
Whereas the King James Version uses the name Holy Ghost in the New Testament, others use Holy Spirit. Yet the King
James refers in both terms sometimes in the same verse (John 7:39).  The Holy Ghost is referred to as a person by Jesus
Himself. He is called a Comforter. The pronouns He, Him, Himself are used in reference. He comforts, reproves of sin,
and of righteousness, and of judgment. He will guide into all truth. What He hears He speaks. He will show you things to
come. (John 14:26; 15:26; 16:7-8,13-15; 1 Timothy 4:1-5).  He speaks (John 15:26); gives utterance to others to speak,
thereby edifying the speaker, also reveals mysteries (Acts 2:4; 1 Corinthians 14:2, 4). "The Holy Ghost said, Separate me
Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them" (Acts 13:2).
So, we believe
and affirm: There
is but one living
and true God,
the great
Creator, and
there are three
persons in the
Godhead: The
Father, and the
Son, and the
Holy Ghost.
Inspiration of the Bible
By Rev. Billy Anderson
WE
BELIEVE:
"The Holy
Bible to be
the inspired
Word of
God."
There is no shadow of doubt,
that the Bible claims to be the
Book of God. Luke 1:70, "As
he spake by the mouth of his
holy prophets which have been
since the world began." The
Bible is what "God spoke by
the mouth of His holy prophets."
2 Timothy 3:16, "All scripture is
given by the inspiration of
God..." The word "inspiration . .
. spiro-inspiro . . . It means, "to
breathe into." The Bible is a
"God-breathed Book."
Therefore, the scriptures are the
result of divine in-breathing. 2
Peter 1:20-21, "Knowing this
first, that no prophecy of the
scripture is of any private
interpretation. For the prophesy
came not in old time by the will
of man. But holy men of God
spake as they were moved by
the Holy Ghost."

The Spirit of God was within
the authors, and the
supernatural Holy Ghost upon
their minds caused them to write
in obedience to the command of
God and gave them guidance
that kept them from error.  
Psalm 12:6  "The words of the
Lord are pure words, as silver
tried in a furnace of earth
purified seven times."  2
Timothy 3:16  "ALL
SCRIPTURE" This includes
Genesis, this includes Jonah,
parts you understand and parts
you do not understand; all
scripture.  Someone has defined
inspiration as:  "Inspiration"
denotes that sacred action of
the Spirit on the faculties of a
living messenger by which he is
enabled to receive, utter or
record the divine message.
Scripture is the result of that
sacred influence embodied in
written form.

I. JESUS CHRIST BELIEVED
IN THE INSPIRATION OF
THE SCRIPTURES
Luke 24:27, "And beginning at
Moses and all the Prophets, he
expounded unto them in all the
scriptures the things concerning
himself."  So Jesus set His seal
of approval on all the Old
Testament. Matthew 5:18,
"...One jot or one tittle shall in
no wise pass from the law till all
be fulfilled." Jesus not only
taught word for word inspiration
but the inspiration of the very
letters. He said that the "jot"
which is the smallest letter in the
Hebrew alphabet, and the
"tittle" a diacritical marking of
some kind was perfect. John
10:35, "...and the scripture
cannot be broken."

Jesus Declared the Books of
the Law Were Inspired
Jesus endorses the
Genesis account of
the creation.
Matthew 19:4,
"And he answered
and said unto
them. Have ye not
read, that he which
made them at the
beginning made
them male and
female."
He endorses the account of
the flood and the
destruction of Sodom and
Gomorrah in Luke 17:26,
"As it is was in the days of
Noe, so shall it be in the
days of the Son of Man."
and Luke 17:29, "But the
same day that Lot went out
of Sodom it rained fire and
brimstone from heaven and
destroyed them all."
Two thousand years
ago when Jesus was
teaching the Word
of God to the
people in Luke
16:31, He said, "...If
they hear not Moses
and the prophets,
neither will they be
persuaded though
one rose from the
dead."
"And beginning at
Moses and all the
prophets he
expounded unto
them in all
scriptures the things
concerning himself."
(Luke 24:27)
II. WE BELIEVE IN THE
INSPIRATION OF THE
SCRIPTURES BECAUSE
OF ITS ENDURANCE
It is a miracle
when we think
how the Bible
has withstood
the battle of the
ages, yet God
said it would
be that way.  
The Bible is not
a temporary
book.
Psalm 119:89,
"Forever, oh
Lord, thy word
is settled in
heaven."
Isaiah 40:8,
"The grass
withereth, the
flower fadeth
away, but the
word of God
shall stand
forever."
If you go back to the
beginning of the Bible,
you will be going back
approximately six
thousand years; and
Psalm 119:160 says,
"Thy word is true
from the beginning;
and every one of thy
righteous judgments
endureth for ever."
Luke 1:70, "As he spake by the
mouth of his holy prophets
which have been since the
world began." It is not the Book
of the week, or of the month or
of the year, but the Book of the
Ages. Voltaire said: The Bible
will be extinct by the nineteenth
century. Yet we sell more
copies today than ever before.
Someone said: "If you destroy
Christianity, you must first
destroy man's belief in the
Bible." The Bible meaning "The
Book," is the textbook of
Christianity. Men have sunk it
by shiploads into the sea,
burned it by fire, cut it with a
penknife of modernism and
liberalism, but the foundation of
God stands sure today, and the
Bible is still true.
Matthew
24:35,
"Heaven and
Earth shall
pass away but
my words
shall not pass
away."
1 Peter 1:23,
"...The Word of
God which liveth
and abideth
forever." The
endurance of the
Bible assures its
inspiration.
III. WE BELIEVE IN THE
INSPIRATION OF THE
SCRIPTURES BECAUSE
OF FULFILLED
PROPHESIES OF THE
SCRIPTURES
No man can explain how the
Bible can predict things
hundreds, even thousands of
years into the future and be
exactly right. It was not mere
human skill when the prophets
looked through the future and
were able to predict the birth
of our Lord in a certain town
called Bethlehem many
hundred years before it came
to pass.

1. Isaiah 9, The birth of Christ
was predicted 750 years
before it happened.  Isaiah
conceive and bring forth a
Son." This was fulfilled in
Matthew 1:22, 23.

2. John the Baptist as the
forerunner of Christ was
prophesied 450 years before
his birth. Malachi 3:1, "I will
send my messenger and he
shall prepare the way before
me." This was fulfilled in John
1:23, (450 years later) ... "I
am the voice of one crying in
the wilderness, make straight
the way of the Lord."

3. The crucifixion of Jesus
Christ was predicted centuries
before it happened. Psalm 22
tells in detail what would
happen. These details are
fulfilled in the Gospels.

Kenyon's testimony is: The
Christian can take the whole
Bible in his hand and say
without fear or hesitation that
he holds in it the true Word of
God handed down without
essential loss from generation
to generation throughout the
centuries.

We believe the Bible was
written by the finger of God
and by Holy Men of God as
they were moved upon by the
Spirit. It is harmoniously
woven around one Man; the
Man, Christ Jesus, and
presents a pattern of likeness
to all mankind.
Justification
By Rev.
Horace Martin
WE
BELIEVE:
"We are justified,
when we repent
of "We are
justified, our sins
and believe in
Jesus Christ.
(Mark 1:5, Acts
13:38-39;
Romans 5:1).

I.  Whole World
Guilty (Romans,
Chapter 3)
Adam broke a direct
transgression of God's law
when he sinned. Although he
was created to be immortal, his
sin separated him from God,
bringing him to a spiritual death.
Because Adam was the federal
head of mankind, this spiritual
death was passed to the unborn
generations that followed.
Romans 5:12-14, "Wherefore
as by one man sin entered into
the world, and death by sin, and
so death passed upon all men,
for that all have sinned. For until
the law sin was in the world: but
sin is not imputed when there is
no law. Nevertheless death
reigned from Adam to Moses,
even over them that had not
sinned after the similitude of
Adam's transgression, who is
the figure of him that was to
come."

Our problem is, we are all
sinners. Our predicament is, we
cannot save ourselves. So, we
need a Redeemer, someone to
satisfy God's justice by paying
the penalty for our sins. The
believer's justification is
obtained by satisfaction of
God's standard. Christ did not
cancel the Law, but He fulfilled
it. Man is justified without the
deeds of the Law. The Law
condemns, or gives knowledge
of sin, but it does not have the
power to save. Christ's atoning
sacrifice satisfied God's holy
law, thus making it possible for
God to forgive sinners and
remain just Himself. Thus, Jesus
Christ became our Redeemer,
to give us deliverance from sin
and its penalties. Galatians
4:4-5, "But when the fullness of
the time was come, God sent
forth his Son, made of woman,
made under the law, to redeem
them that were under the law,
that we might receive the
adoption of sons."

II.  Justification by Faith  
(Romans, 3-4)
The scripture teaches us, that
the Just shall live by Faith
(Galatians 3:11). Only faith in
Christ will pardon and cancel
the death penalty on our lives
inherited through Adam's sin.
God cannot declare one
righteous or remit one's sin
without faith in the atonement.
Therefore, we are justified (just
as if I had never sinned) by faith
not works. Abraham was
justified by faith, 430 years
before the Law, without the
deeds of the law. David was
justified by faith, while under the
Law. Therefore, Abraham and
David were justified, by faith,
apart from the Law (Romans
4:2-6).

We call Abraham the Father of
all believers, not in connection
with law or circumcision, but by
Grace. He was the physical
Father of the Jews, but he is
also the Father to all who follow
his steps of faith. True faith is
counting things that are not as
though they were. Paul
describes Abraham's faith to
give an example of what gospel
faith is like. Abraham and Sarah
were well past childbearing age,
but God had promised a child.
Abraham was fully persuaded
that what God had promised,
He could do. He, against hope,
believed in hope that he might
become the father of many
nations. Therefore, it was
imputed to him for righteous
(Romans 4:16-22).

God has declared us righteous
through Jesus Christ. His
righteousness can now be
imparted, by faith, to penitents,
and they are justified purely
based on His grace. Jesus died
for our sins and was resurrected
for our justification.

III.  Peace With God (Romans,
5)
Therefore, being justified by
faith, we now enjoy the
blessings of peace with God.  
The atoning blood of Jesus
Christ has settled our account in
full on the cross. We now have
access to God, through Jesus
Christ, our High Priest. Our
hope is in the atoning blood of
Christ, not in our works, good
intentions, gifts, or prayers.
God's love has been proven to
us at the cross. When we were
weak, enslaved by sin, always
missing the mark of perfection,
haters of God, Christ died for
us. How much more will God
do for us, since His blood has
justified and reconciled us as
His children. If His death has
saved us, how much more can
He save us by His life? The
basis of our justification is found
on level ground at the cross.
Through Adam's sin, a sentence
of death without a promise of
resurrection, was passed upon
all human flesh. However, by
the obedience and willingness of
Christ to take man's place, the
sentence of death was
completely eradicated, and
complete reconciliation was
restored. We were made
sinners through Adam. We are
made righteous through Christ!
Having the blood applied, we
can point to the cross and say,
"He died for me!" Christ's own
words are, "As Moses lifted up
the serpent in the wilderness,
even so must the Son of Man
be lifted up, that whosoever
believeth on him should not
perish, but have eternal life"
(John 3:14, 15). This is the
exact parallel of justification by
faith. Just as the simple act of
turning their eyes toward that
brazen serpent restored the
dying Hebrew in the wilderness,
so it is still possible for all of us,
even while in the trespasses of
sin, to look with eyes of faith
toward calvary and say, "Who
is he that condemneth? It is
Christ that died." By His death
He paid our debt. "He was slain
for our offences." This is our
justification.
Sanctification
By Dr. Hugh
Skelton
WE
BELIEVE:
"Sanctification to be
a definite work of
grace subsequent to
salvation" (St. John
15:2, 17:16, 17;
Ephesians 5:25-27;
1st John 1:9).
It is the purpose of this
article to emphasize the
Church's position on the
doctrine of
sanctification. We take
the stand that
sanctification is a definite
work of grace
subsequent to salvation.  
We believe
sanctification to be an
experience to be
received and enjoyed.
Why is it that we allow
ourselves a certain looseness
and inaccuracy of statement in
regard to the work of
sanctification?  The plea is,
"Why be so technical?  We all
mean the same although we may
use different terms or
expressions to convey our
thoughts." We do not allow
ourselves a like looseness or
inaccuracy of statement when
we speak of the Person and
work of the Lord Jesus.
Therefore, we believe Saints
should not be deprived of the
benefits of sanctification
because of obscurities and
inaccuracies so prevalent in
much of our teaching regarding
this work of grace.  Though
clearly stated in the Bible, no
doctrine has suffered from
misunderstanding and
misstatement more than the
doctrine of sanctification.
Because of this, we set forth the
following consideration on the
doctrine of sanctification.
Firstly, the doctrine of
sanctification must be rightly
related to every other Bible
doctrine.  Disproportionate
emphasis on any one doctrine,
or the habit of seeing all truth in
the light of one line of Bible
teaching, leads to serious error.
The doctrine of sanctification,
like all other doctrines of the
scriptures, represents and
defines an exact field within the
purpose of God, and since it
aims at definite ends, it suffers
as much from overstatement as
from understatement.
Secondly, the doctrine of
sanctification in the light of
human experience must be
found in accord with the
scriptures.  It is the function of
the Bible to interpret
experience, rather than the
function of experience to
interpret the Bible. Therefore,
an analysis of some personal
experience must not be
substituted for the teaching of
the Word of God. No human
statement, no matter how
exhaustive, could ever exactly
describe the full measure of the
divine reality of this experience.
of the doctrine of sanctification
depends upon the consideration
of all the scriptures bearing on
this theme.  The body of
scripture presenting this doctrine
is much more extensive than
appears to the one who reads
only the English text. The same
root Hebrew and Greek words
which are translated "sanctify,"
with their various forms, are
also translated by two other
English words, "holy" and "saint"
with their various forms. It is not
our purpose in this article to
expand on all these forms but to
bring into focus the teaching on
sanctification.

The word "sanctify" is used at
least one hundred and six times
in the Old Testament and
thirty-one times in the New
Testament. It means to "set
apart," or the "state of being set
apart." Webster defines it thus:
"The act of making holy, the
state of being thus purified or
sanctified. To make holy, the
state of being thus purified or
sanctified. To make free from
sin." Thus, sanctification is the
act of divine grace whereby we
are made holy and set apart
unto a holy purpose.

Sanctification is a supernatural work
wrought in our hearts by the Holy
Ghost, who is the Agent (Romans
15:16; 2 Thessalonians 2:13; 1 Peter
1:2).  In the broad sense, sanctification
includes all Christian experience from
justification to glorification, beginning
with the New Birth and continuing in
the Christian life until we meet the
Lord face to face. However, the word
sanctification is also used in a narrow
sense, referring to a CRISIS
EXPERIENCE FOLLOWING
JUSTIFICATION AND
REGENERATION. Justification is the
legal aspect and regeneration the
moral and vital aspect of our salvation.
At salvation we are both forgiven and
born again. Yet salvation is just the
beginning of the Christian life. After
this experience, we should grow in
grace. This we must do by embracing
the doctrine of sanctification.

We believe sanctification to be
more than a "religious luxury" or
"fringe benefit." We believe that
the Bible teaches that this
experience is necessary to
victorious living in Christ and
that it is that relationship with
God into which men enter by
faith in Christ, (Acts 26:18; 1
Corinthians 6:11), and to which
the sole title is the death of
Christ (Ephesians 5:25;
Colossians 1:22; Hebrews
10:10-29; 13:12).

Sanctification is also used in the
New Testament regarding the
separation of the believer from
evil things and ways. It is God's
will for the believer (1
Thessalonians 4:3), and His
purpose in calling him by the
gospel, verse 7. It must be
learned from God, verse 4, as
He teaches it by His Word
(John 17:17, 19); and it must be
pursued by the believer,
earnestly and undeviatingly (1
Tim 2:15; Hebrews 12:14). It
cannot be transferred or
imputed. It is an individual's
possession, as the result of
obedience to the Word of God,
and of following the example of
Christ (Matthew 11:29; John
13:15; Ephesians 4:20); in the
power of the Holy Spirit
(Romans 8:13; Ephesians 3:16).

The verb "sanctify" is derived
from two Latin verbs: sancio
which means to "make holy,"
facio meaning "do." The literal
translation then would mean: I
make holy and I do continue to
make holy. So sanctification
unmistakably means to make
holy as well as to set apart.

The cleansing elements are the
Blood of Christ and the Word
of God. The Blood is not
directly necessary for us to be
"set apart," but it is directly
necessary for us to be cleansed
in a CRISIS OF DEFINITE
EXPERIENCE AND TO
KEEP US HOLY. (Hebrews
13:12) " . . . that he might
sanctify the people with his own
blood." Again, "if the blood of
bulls and goats, and the. ashes
of an heifer sprinkling the
unclean, sanctifieth to the
purifying of the flesh," (not the
setting apart of the flesh, but the
purifying of the flesh), "how
much more shall the Blood of
Christ, who through the eternal
spirit offered Himself without
spot to God, purge or cleanse,
or sanctify your conscience
from dead works to serve the
living God."

The Word is also a vital part of
our sanctification. (John 17:17),
"Sanctify them through thy truth:
thy word is truth." The Word
also washes us and cleanses us,
as Christ said, "Now ye are
clean through the Word which I
have spoken unto you."
Through Christ, we are put to
death on the cross, but by the
Living Word we are alive unto
God, God wills to work in us
bringing about our sanctification.

Returning to the thought of
sanctification being a work of
grace subsequent to salvation,
John Wesley spoke of this
experience as a "second
blessing or entire sanctification."
"And the very God of peace
sanctify you wholly and I pray
God your whole spirit and soul
and body be preserved
blameless unto the coming of
our Lord Jesus Christ. Faithful
is he that calleth you, who also
will do it" (1 Thessalonians
5:23,24).

The word "wholly," in the
original language, means
complete or through and
through. Entire sanctification
completes the work of
cleansing, healing, and
empowering through the work
of the Spirit, and as a result of
the faith of the individual by the
blood of the atonement. It is an
instantaneous work of grace in
the soul to which life was
imparted at regeneration.
Through entire sanctification, we
become complete in Him. It is
true that there is a development
or growth in the experience, but
not into the experience.
Depraved inclination in the
justified soul is not outgrown by
spiritual development, but killed
by the power of the Holy
Ghost, through a specified act
of faith. The old man must be
crucified (Romans 6:6).

This experience cannot be
entered by those who are yet in
their sins. The seeker after
Christian Holiness must know
clearly that he is a child of God.
God calls sinners to repentance,
whereas He calls believers to
Holiness.

In summary, we understand that
sanctification is the purpose of
the Father, made possible by
the sacrifice of the Son, wrought
in us by the agency of the Holy
Ghost. That it is the will of God
for believers, and can be
received when one recognizes
the love of God, yields fully to
Him by the aid of the Spirit,
depends upon the efficiency of
the shed blood and believes
without doubt the truth of God.
We believe that God is able,
that God is willing, and that God
does sanctify.
The Baptism of the Holy
Spirit and Speaking With
Other Tongues
By Rev. Bobby Ford
WE BELIEVE:
"In the baptism
with the Holy
Ghost, and
speaking with other
tongues, as the
Spirit  gives
utterance to be the
initiatory evidence
of this experience.
Acts 2:4;
10:44-46; 19:6."
And they were all filled with the
Holy Ghost and began to speak
with other tongues as the Spirit
gave them utterance" (Acts
2:4).  The prophet Joel
prophesied in Joel 2:28-29,
"That in the last days the Lord
would pour out his spirit upon
all flesh." The Baptism with the
Holy Ghost is an experience of
grace that is invaluable in the life
of a born-again Christian.  Jesus
prepared His disciples for this
event and impressed upon them
the importance of the Baptism
of the Holy Ghost. During the
closing days of His life before
the cross, Jesus told His
disciples, "Behold, I send the
promise of my Father upon you:
but tarry ye in the city of
Jerusalem until ye be endued
with power from on high" (Luke
24:49).  ". . . and being
assembled together with them,
commanded them that they
should not depart from
Jerusalem, but wait for the
promise of the Father, which
saith he, ye have heard of me.
For John truly baptized with
water; but ye shall be baptized
with the Holy Ghost not many
days hence" (Acts 1:4-5).

The Baptism of the Holy Ghost
is an experience following the
New Birth and Sanctification. It
is the Holy Ghost that convicts a
sinner's heart and works the
work of redemption in the heart
of those that believe in Jesus
Christ and accept Him as
Savior. The Baptism of the Holy
Ghost and fire, with the
evidence of speaking in tongues,
and the endorsement of the
power is an experience that can
only come after an individual
has been born again, made a
new creature in Christ,
sanctified, set apart and fully
dedicated to a life of Holiness.

The Baptism of the Holy Ghost
is the heritage of everyone who
believes on Jesus Christ. No
follower of Christ should be
satisfied with anything other than
the complete fullness of the
Spirit.  The Bible records three
outpourings of the Holy Ghost.
The circumstances were not
exactly the same, but the results
were the same. Many enjoy the
experience who do not
understand the doctrine. There
are things in the natural that, if
we waited until we understood
all the fundamentals, we would
never enjoy them. The same is
true in the spiritual. The early
church enjoyed the fullness of
the power of Pentecost while
the doctrine concerning the
experience was still taking
shape.
1.   In Acts 2:1-4, "The 120
were in the upper room in
Jerusalem as they had been
commanded by Jesus. When
the day of Pentecost had fully
come, there came a sound as of
a mighty rushing wind and there
appeared unto them cloven
tongues like as of fire and it set
upon each of them and they
were filled with the Holy Ghost
and began to speak with other
tongues as the Spirit gave them
utterance." There was a great
event taking place. Their shouts
of praise rolled out into the
streets below and was noised
abroad. There were devout men
in Jerusalem out of every nation
under heaven and they were
amazed saying one to another,
"are not all these that speak
Galileans? And how hear we
every man in our own tongue,
wherein we were born speaking
the wonderful works of God?"
2.   In Acts 10:1-2, "there was a
certain man in Caesarea called
Cornelius, a Centurion of the
band called the Italian Band, a
devout man, and one that feared
God with all his house and gave
much alms to the people and
prayed to God always." One
day while Cornelius was
praying, he was visited by an
angel from God and instructed
to send to Joppa and ask for
one called Peter who would tell
him things he ought to know.
Peter also had a vision wherein
God was showing him that he
should not call anything
common or unclean that God
had cleansed. In verses 44-48,
we see where those at
Cornelius' house received the
Holy Ghost and those that were
with Peter were astonished
because the Holy Ghost was
poured out on the Gentiles.
They knew this because they
heard them speak with tongues
and magnify God.
3.   In Acts 19:1-6,
approximately 20 years after the
outpouring of the Holy Ghost,
we find "Paul in Ephesus who
there finding certain disciples
asked them if they had received
the Holy Ghost since they
believed." These disciples had
not heard about the baptism of
the Holy Ghost but were only
baptized with the baptism of
repentance. Paul explained that
there was a deeper experience
of baptism and when he had laid
his hands on them and prayed,
they were baptized with the
Holy Ghost and spoke with
tongues and prophesied.
To understand the purpose of
the baptism with the Holy Ghost
we must look beyond the
external manifestation. It is
essential to recognize that it
required a dynamic inward
experience to account for the
outward demonstration. The
baptism of the Holy Ghost is to
empower us to be witnesses of
the Grace of God. "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 parts of the earth"
(Acts 1:8). According to John
14:26, He imparts wisdom:
"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." The Holy Ghost
empowers us to stand against
the wiles of Satan. He is that
inner strength needed to face
the difficulties, heartaches and
disappointments of life. He is
peace in the midst of turmoil.

Now concerning speaking in
tongues: first, it is the initial
evidence, or outward
manifestation of the Baptism of
the Holy Ghost, as mentioned in
the previous scriptures. When
the Holy Ghost was given, the
evidence was that. they spoke
in tongues, magnified God and
prophesied. Speaking with
tongues edifies the believer
(1Corinthians 14:4). This makes
speaking with tongues an
important exercise in the
Christian life and in his worship.
Speaking with tongues is a
direct spiritual communication
with God (1 Corinthians 14:2).
The words, "Speaketh not unto
men, but unto God," "he
speaketh mysteries" and "no
man understandeth him" indicate
that it is a private line of
communication between the
believer and his God. Its
incomprehensibility neither
negates its genuiness nor
diminishes its value to the
believer or to the church.
Speaking with other tongues is a
sign to the unbeliever (1
Corinthians 14:22). This
supernatural manifestation of
God has a particular significance
to the unsaved person. It is a
sign to show him that God is
present among His people. The
Holy Ghost witnesses to his
heart's need and makes him
aware that he is outside the fold
and needs a Savior.

The promise and precious
Baptism of the Holy Ghost of
God is available to all, along
with the accompanying evidence
of speaking with other tongues
(Joel 2:28-39; Isaiah 28:11;
John 7:37-39; Acts 2:4; Acts
2:28-39; Acts 10:46; Acts
19:6, Mark 11:8; Matthew
3:11; Acts 1:4-5); to all who
ask God (Luke 11:13) for the
gift of His Spirit and obey Him
(Acts 5:32), they will become
the recipient of the most
wonderful and
never-to-beforgotten
experience of the Baptism of the
Holy Ghost with the evidence of
speaking with other tongues.
Divine Healing
By Rev. Terry
Fowler Sr.
WE
BELIEVE:
"In divine healing
for the body
without condemning
medical science."
The doctrine of
divine healing is one
of the most dynamic
doctrines in the
Word of God. We
can define it as: A
definite act of God,
by the power of the
Holy Ghost by which
the human body is
healed, without the
aid of medical
science.
When we ask the question,
"what causes sickness and
disease," we must make three
considerations. The first is the
fall of man. When Adam
committed high treason and
sinned, a door was opened for
him to die. Satan and his
demons now had access to
work against all mankind. In the
New Testament, Jesus often
had to rebuke evil spirits in
order to heal the sick, thus
teaching us Satan's role in
sicknesses.
God told Adam and
Eve not to eat of the
tree in the middle of
the garden or they
would die. They ate
the forbidden fruit, and
death entered the
earth. Next, because
of their actions, sin
entered the world. Sin
now works death in all
the descendants of
Adam.
Romans 5:12, "
Wherefore, as by one
man sin entered into
the world, and death
by sin; and so death
passed upon all men,
for that all have sinned."
Lastly, we must consider the
law of sowing and reaping.
Whatever a man sows, that shall
he also reap. If we refuse to
take care of our body or
partake in destructive living, we
God is not the author of sin and
sickness; Satan is. God has
made provision to cleanse us
from all our sin and to heal all
our diseases.  We must
understand God's healing
provision and understand that
"original sin" and the law of
sowing and reaping brings
sickness.  If you get sick, we
are not saying that you have
sinned.
Some, in times past, have done
great damage to the Kingdom
are only saying that because of
"original sin," sickness comes on
humanity.  Disease germs enter
our bodies, thus bringing into
existence the sickness. God
called sickness "captivity" in Job
42:10, "And the LORD turned
the captivity of Job, when he
prayed for his friends: also the
LORD gave Job twice as much
as he had before."  Satan was
the culprit.  Job 2:7, "So went
Satan forth from the presence of
the LORD, and smote Job with
sore boils from the sole of his
foot unto his crown."  The Holy
Spirit calls sickness
"oppression."  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."
God allows us to
understand Him through
the names attributed
Him.  One of the most
beautiful words in the
Old Testament is
Jehovah-rapha. It means
that God is our healer.  
We find many Old
Testament examples to
confirm His name:
Genesis 20:17,
"So Abraham
prayed unto God:
and God healed
Abimelech, and
his wife, and his
maidservants,
and they bare
children."
Deuteronomy
7:15, "And the
LORD will take
away from thee
all sickness, and
will put none of
the evil diseases
of Egypt, which
thou knowest,
upon thee; but
will lay them upon
all them that hate
thee."
2 Kings 5:14,
"Then went he
down, and dipped
himself seven
times in Jordan,
according to the
saying of the man
of God: and his
flesh came again
like unto the flesh
of a little child,
and he was clean."
2 Kings 20:5, "Turn
again, and tell
Hezekiah the captain of
my people, Thus saith
The LORD, the God
of David thy father, I
have heard thy prayer,
I have seen thy tears:
behold, I will heal thee:
on the third day thou
shalt go up unto the
house of the LORD.
Psalm 103:3,
"Who forgivith all
thine iniquities;
who healeth all
thy diseases..."
Psalm 107:20,
"He sent forth his
word, and healed
them, and
delivered them
from their
destructions."
4:22, "For
they (the
words of
God) are life
unto those
Proverbs that
find them,
and health to
all their flesh."
We could go on and list
scriptures for Sarah, Hannah,
and the widow's son, but space
will not permit. We must admit
that God healed His people in
the Old Testament. Two,
possibly, three million Jews left
Egypt and there "was not a
feeble one among them." (Psalm
105:37), "He brought them forth
also with silver and gold; and
there was not one feeble person
among their tribes."
When we look into the New
Testament, we notice that Jesus
took our infirmities and bare our
sicknesses. (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." (Matthew 8:17), "That it
might be fulfilled which was
spoken by Esaias the prophet,
saying, Himself took our
infirmities, and bare our
sicknesses." Matthew tells us
that Jesus is fulfilling Isaiah 53:4,
"Surely he hath borne our griefs,
and carried our sorrows: yet we
did esteem him stricken, smitten
of God, and afflicted." Here we
learn that Jesus, in the
atonement, bares our infirmities
and sicknesses. This is another
lesson that sickness and disease
are intertwined with sin and
death. God's provision for sin
must also include a provision for
sickness.
We need only to look at the
ministry of Jesus in the New
Testament to discover God's
will concerning healing. Jesus
said that He and His father
were one, or we might say,
"just alike." Then, let us ask
ourselves some simple
questions. How many people
did Jesus make sickly while
on earth? The answer is, none.
How many people did Jesus
kill while on earth? None. I
can find reference after
reference that He healed all
that came to Him, but none
that teach He made any
sickly. Only in His own
hometown was He limited;
this because of their unbelief.
After Jesus ascended to the
Father, the followers of
Christ continued to heal the
sick by the power of the
Holy Ghost. They would lay
hands on the sick, anoint
them with oil, or minister to
them through the gifts of
healing.  In the New
Testament, we see the
healing of a variety of
sicknesses and diseases.
1.   Fever.
(Matthew
8:14), "And
when Jesus
was come into
Peter's house,
he saw his
wife's Mother
laid, and sick
of a fever."
2.   Blindness. (Matthew
9:27-30), "And when Jesus
departed thence, two blind men
followed him, crying, and
saying, Thou Son of David,
have mercy on us. And when he
was come into the house, the
blind men came to him; and
Jesus saith unto them, Believe
ye that I am able to do this?
They said unto him, Yea, Lord.
Then touched he their eyes,
saying, According to your faith
be it unto you. And their eyes
were opened; and Jesus straitly
charged them, saying, see that
no man know it."
3.   A Withered
Hand.
(Matthew
12:13), "Then
saith he to the
man, Stretch
forth thine hand.
And he
stretched it
forth; and it was
restored whole,
like as the
other."
4.   Leprosy. (Mark
1:41-42), "And Jesus,
moved with
compassion, put forth
his hand, and touched
him, and saith unto him,
I will; be thou clean.
And as soon as he had
spoken, immediately
the leprosy departed
from him, and he was
cleansed."
5.   Blood Disease. ( Luke
8:43-44), "And a woman
having an issue of blood
twelve years, which had
spent all her living upon
physicians, neither could be
healed of any, came behind
him, and touched the
border of his garment: and
immediately her issue of
blood stanched."
6.   The Lame Man. (Acts
3:1-8), "Now Peter and John
went up together into the temple
at the hour of prayer, being the
ninth hour. And a certain lame
man from his mother's womb
was carried, whom they laid
daily at the gate of the Temple
which is called Beautiful, to ask
alms of them that entered into
the temple; who seeing Peter
and John about to go into the
temple asked an alms. And
Peter, fastening his eyes upon
him with John, said, Look on
us. And he gave heed unto
them, expecting to receive
something of them. Then Peter
said, silver and gold have I
none, but such as I have give I
thee: In the name of Jesus Christ
of Nazareth rise up and walk.
And he took him by the right
hand, and lifted him up:
immediately his feet and ankle
bones received strength. And he
leaping up stood, and walked,
and entered with them into the
temple, walking, and leaping,
And praising God."
7.   Palsies. (Acts
8:7), "For
unclean spirits,
crying with a
loud voice, came
out of many that
were possessed
with them: and
many taken with
palsies, and that
were lame, were
healed."
In ( Acts 10:38), we see how
Jesus was used to heal all that
were oppressed of the devil. In
(Mark 16:18), Jesus empowers
us and sends us forth to do the
serpents; and if they drink any
deadly thing, it shall not hurt
them; they shall lay hands on the
sick, and they shall recover."
According to (John 14:12), we
shall do those same things.
"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."  First Peter 2:24
tells us, "Who his own self bare
our sins in his own body on the
tree, that we, being dead to
sins, should live unto
righteousness: by whose stripes
ye were healed."

By now you may be asking, "If
all this is true, why is not
everyone healed?" We do not
know everything that is between
God and another person. Some
things will hinder a person from
receiving healing. It would be
good for us to review them.
1.   One of the foremost
hindrances is unconfessed sin.
(James 5:16), "Confess your
faults one to another, and pray
one for another, that ye may be
healed. The effectual fervent
prayer of a righteous man
availeth much." If we have any
un-confessed sin in our lives, we
must ask forgiveness
immediately. Sin will stop God's
healing power.
2.   Next, we must make sure no
fear is found in our lives. (Phil.
4:6), "Be careful for nothing; but
in everything by prayer and
supplication with thanksgiving
let your request be made known
unto God." Fear and worry rob
us of the faith we need to
receive from God in any area of
our life. God has not given us
the spirit of fear, and we do not
need to let it rule us.
3.   False teaching is another
area of hindrance. (Mark 7:13),
"Making the Word of God of
none effect through your
tradition, which ye have
delivered: and many such like
things do ye." When the Bible is
clear about the will of God and
healing, we must not allow
anyone to convince us that
healing is not for us today. This
false teaching will steal your
faith and ultimately, your healing.
4.   Lastly, unbelief will hinder
your healing. (Mark 6:5-6),
"And he could there do no
mighty work, save that he laid
his hands upon a few sick folk,
and healed them. And he
marveled because of their
unbelief. And he went about
villages, teaching. The promise
is to everyone that believes."
(Romans 1:16), "For I am not
ashamed of the Gospel of
Christ; for it is the power of
God unto salvation to every one
that believeth; to the Jew first,
and also to the Greek." Unbelief
is probably the greatest problem
in the Christian church. It is such
a simple answer, yet it is so
profound in that we have great
difficulty believing God.
Remember, the Word of God
when believed, is transformed
into your healing. (Mark 10:52),
"And Jesus said unto him, Go
thy way; thy faith hath made
thee whole. And immediately he
received his sight, and followed
Jesus in the way."
We may
take certain
steps that
will help us
receive our
healing for
the Lord.
Some of
these are:
1.   Make sure you
have a right
relationship with
God. ( Matthew
6:33), "But seek ye
first the kingdom of
God, and his
righteousness; and
all these things shall
be added unto you."
2.   Saturate your life
with the Word of
God. (John 15:17), "If
ye abide in me, and
my Words abide in
you, ye shall ask what
ye will, and it shall be
done unto you." (Rom
10:17) , "So then faith
cometh by hearing,
and hearing by the
word of God."
3.   Call for the elders of the
church to pray for you. (James
5:14-15), "Is any sick among
you? Let him call for the elders
of the church; and let them
pray over him, anointing him
with oil in the name of the
Lord. And the prayer of faith
shall save the sick, and the
Lord shall raise him up; and if
he have committed sins, they
shall be forgiven him."
Anyone teaching that healing is
not for us today is guilty of
religious forgery. The Bible is
clear that God wants to heal
sick people. A person must
rewrite the Word to make it
say anything else. The Bible is
the will of God. We must not
let anyone cheat us out of our
inheritance.
Merits of the Atonement
By Rev. Leslee Bailey
WE
BELIEVE:
Every Blessing we
receive from God,
including divine
healing, comes
through the merits
of the atonement
(Romans 5:11;
James 1:16- 17).
"And not only so, but we also
joy in God through our Lord
Jesus Christ, by whom we have
now received the atonement"
(Romans 5:11). Among other
things, the word atonement
means: "to forgive or cancel,
appease, cleanse, disannul, be
merciful, pacify, pardon, purge,
put off, reconcile." The
atonement provides salvation
for all humans alike. God who
made all things said that "All we
like sheep have gone astray; we
have turned every one to his
own way; and the Lord hath
laid on him the iniquity of us all"
(Isaiah 53:6). God promised
that "whosoever shall call on the
name of the Lord shall be
saved" (Acts 2:21). "For there
is no difference between the
Jew and the Greek: for the
same Lord over all is rich unto
all that call upon him. For
whosoever shall call upon the
name of the Lord shall be
saved" (Romans 10:12-13).
God has received the
atonement, "And to a voice
from heaven, saying, this is my
beloved Son, in whom I am well
pleased" (Matthew 3:17). If we
but receive it, the work is done.

"Do not err, my beloved
brethren. Every good gift and
every perfect gift is from above,
and cometh down from the
Father of lights, with whom is
no variableness, neither shadow
of turning" (James 1:16-17).
Healing is included in our
salvation because healing is on
the same basis as forgiveness of
sins. "Is any sick among you?
Let him call for the elders of the
church; and let them pray over
him, anointing him with oil in the
name of the Lord: and the Lord
shall raise him up; and if he have
committed sins, they shall be
forgiven him. Confess your
faults one to another and pray
one for another, that ye may be
healed. The effectual fervent
prayer of a righteous man
availeth much" (James 5:14-16).
Gifts of the Spirit
By Rev. Danny Jones
WE
BELIEVE:
"In the operation of
the nine gifts of the
Spirit" (1
Corinthians
12:1-14).
concerning spiritual gifts,
brethren, I would not have you
ignorant. Ye know that ye were
Gentiles, carried away unto
these dumb idols, even as ye
were led. Wherefore I give you
to understand, that no man
speaking by the Spirit of God
calleth Jesus accursed: and that
no man can say that Jesus is the
Lord, but by the Holy Ghost.
Now there are diversities of
gifts, but the same Spirit. And
there are differences of
administrations, but the same
Lord. And there are diversities
of operations, but it is the same
God which worketh all in all.
But the manifestation of the
Spirit is given to every man to
profit withal. For to one is given
by the Spirit the word of
wisdom; to another the word of
knowledge by the same Spirit;
To another faith by the same
Spirit; to another the gifts of
healing by the same Spirit; To
another the working of miracles;
to another prophecy; to another
discerning of spirits; to another
divers kinds of tongues; to
another the interpretation of
tongues: But all these worketh
that one and the selfsame Spirit,
dividing to every man severally
as he will. For as the body is
one, and hath many members,
and all the members of that one
1 Corinthians 12:1-14 Now
concerning spiritual gifts,
brethren, I would not have you
ignorant. Ye know that ye were
Gentiles, carried away unto
these dumb idols, even as ye
were led. Wherefore I give you
to understand, that no man
speaking by the Spirit of God
calleth Jesus accursed: and that
no man can say that Jesus is the
Lord, but by the Holy Ghost.
Now there are diversities of
gifts, but the same Spirit. And
there are differences of
administrations, but the same
Lord. And there are diversities
of operations, but it is the same
God which worketh all in all.
But the manifestation of the
Spirit is given to every man to
profit withal. For to one is given
by the Spirit the word of
wisdom; to another the word of
knowledge by the same Spirit;
To another faith by the same
Spirit; to another the gifts of
healing by the same Spirit; To
another the working of miracles;
to another prophecy; to another
discerning of spirits; to another
divers kinds of tongues; to
another the interpretation of
tongues: But all these worketh
that one and the selfsame Spirit,
dividing to every man severally
as he will. For as the body is
one, and hath many members,
and all the members of that one
body, being many, are one
body: so also is Christ. For by
one Spirit are we all baptized
into one body, whether we be
Jews or Gentiles, whether we
be bond or free; and have been
all made to drink into one Spirit.
For the body is not one
member, but many.

The ministry of the Holy Spirit
has not changed since the Day
of Pentecost when the church of
Jesus Christ was born. The
divine manifestation and
workings of the Holy Spirit are
as active and present today as
they were during the time of the
Book of Acts. The Holy Spirit
enables and empowers the
church to carry forth into all the
world the life-changing message
and anointed ministry of Jesus
Christ (Acts 1:8). It is within this
ministry that the manifestation
and operation of the nine gifts of
the Holy Spirit occur within the
lives of individual believers. The
gifts of the Spirit have been
referred to as the manifestation
gifts. The word manifestation in
Greek (I Corinthians 12:7)
means “to make manifest or
visible or known what has been
hidden or unknown; to manifest,
whether by words, or deeds, or
in any other way” (Thayer 648-
649). The word gifts (I
Corinthians 12:4) is translated
from the Greek word charisma.
The word charisma means a gift
of God’s grace that is
supernaturally bestowed upon a
believer to do the work of God.
The gifts are “gracious
endowments, leading to
miraculous results” (Clarke). It
is God’s will and plan that these
gracious gifts of the Holy Spirit
manifest themselves in the lives
of Spirit-filled believers within
the local church.

The Corinthian Church was a
true Spirit-filled church where
the gifts of the Spirit were very
powerfully in operation. Yet
because of abuse and
misunderstanding in the church,
Paul gave basic explanation and
instruction of the true nature and
working of the gifts of the Holy
Spirit in his first Corinthian
letter. This same Biblical
understanding and teaching is
very imperative within the
church today and will serve to
keep the church both spiritually
sound and Biblically balanced.
1.   The Gifts
of the Holy
Spirit Are for
the Church
Today.
One incorrect and unbiblical
view states that the miracles and
gifts of the Holy Spirit ceased at
the death of the apostles and at
the canonization and collection
of the New Testaments books.
Some make allusion to I
Corinthians 13:10, “But when
that which is perfect is come,
then that which is in part shall be
done away.” While those of this
belief state that the word
“perfect” is a reference to the
collection of Scriptures into the
Bible, the word “perfect”
actually refers to the Lord Jesus
Christ when He returns. It also
would be unbiblical and illogical
to believe that whereas God the
Father does not change, and
God the Son does not change;
yet somehow God the Holy
Spirit has changed and the gifts
ceased. This thinking is not only
ridiculous, but denies the total
unity and immutability
(unchanging nature) of the
Trinity.
2.   The Gifts
of the Holy
Spirit
Always
Point to
Christ.
The manifestations of the gifts of
the Holy Spirit always exalt and
point to the Lord Jesus Christ
(John 15:26). Paul states to the
Corinthians that no one
speaking by the Spirit of God
calls Jesus accursed, and that
no one can say from his heart
that Jesus Christ is the Lord
except it is by the Holy Spirit (I
Corinthians 12:3). This same
principle applies to the
manifestation of all of the gifts of
the Holy Spirit. The
manifestation of the gifts will
never exalt man or appeal to the
fleshly nature of man. The gifts
of the Spirit will never deny
basic Biblical truth or encourage
unbiblical, immoral behavior
(John 16:13). The
manifestations of the gifts of the
Holy Spirit will always point
people directly to Jesus Christ
as Lord.
3.   The Gifts
of the Holy
Spirit Are
Given For the
Common
Good of the
Church.
Paul states in I Corinthians 12:7,
Spirit is given to every man to
profit withal.” This simply means
that the gifts of the Holy Spirit
are manifested upon all
individual Christians for the
good or benefit of the entire
church. The gifts of the Spirit
are not to benefit or exalt a
single person. Neither is their
manifestation in the life of a
believer is to be a badge of
super-spirituality. The purpose
of the gifts is to allow the
Gospel message and the
miraculous ministry of Jesus
Christ to be presented through
the body of Christ—the
Church! This was the earmark
of the early Church. Mark 16:
20 states, “And they went forth,
and preached every where, the
Lord working with them, and
confirming the word with signs
following.” Jesus ascended to
Heaven in order that the Holy
Spirit could be given and that
Jesus’ ministry could be
manifested through the church.
John 14:12 states, “ 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.” These works were not
greater in quality, but greater in
quantity and dispersion as the
church led by the Holy Spirit of
God blazed forth the message
of Jesus into the world.
4.   The Gifts of
the Holy Spirit
Are Distributed
As the Holy
Spirit Wills.
1 Corinthians 12:11 states, “But
the selfsame Spirit, dividing to
every man severally as he will.”
The Holy Spirit is a person, and
it is the sovereign will of the
Holy Spirit that decides which
gift to bestow upon which
believer. The Holy Spirit knows
the needs of the church for each
particular time and place. The
choice of the Holy Spirit’s
manifestation of a particular gift
upon a particular individual is
not based upon that individual’s
natural abilities or talents. It is
based on the Holy Spirit’s will
and sovereignty. This
completely eliminates the false
teaching that the gifts operate at
the will and whim of man. It
reinforces the Biblical truth that
the gifts of the Holy Spirit do
the gifts of the Holy Spirit do
not become the exclusive
permanent possession of an
individual believer. The gifts
reside in the Holy Spirit, and are
bestowed as needed upon
believers for the benefit of the
church as the Spirit wills. “We
must ever seek the Giver, and
leave the dispersing of gifts up
to Him” (Underwood, Gift of
the Spirit 49).
5.   The Gifts
of the Holy
Spirit Are
Varied.
diversities of gifts, but the same
Spirit (I Corinthians 12:4). The
Apostle Paul outlines nine
typical manifestation gifts of the
Holy Spirit. But it should be
understood that the ministry of
the Holy Spirit is not limited to a
mere list. God can work in the
life of any believer through any
supernatural means that He
chooses. Some scholars have
suggested that as many as 16
spiritual manifestation gifts may
be found in the New Testament.
It also should be noted that the
gifts of the Holy Spirit often
overlap and coordinate
according to God's plan. Note
the following grouping and
explanation of the gifts of the
Holy Spirit.
A)  Revelation
Gifts:
Gift of the Word of of the
Holy Spirit is the
supernatural ability to apply
truths or knowledge to the
needs, problems, and
situations of life. It can
involve being given a sense
of divine direction as one is
led by the Spirit to act
appropriately within
particular circumstances
(Acts 6:1-5; Acts 15:28).
Gift of the Word of Knowledge:
This gift involves the
supernatural revelation of God’s
divine will or plan (Acts 5:1-12,
14:9,10). “The gift of the word
of knowledge is a manifestation
of the Holy Spirit in which God
the Holy Ghost imparts to a
human being, for a specific
purpose, on a particular
occasion, information or facts
which only God may know, in
order to supernaturally assist the
church in her ministry”
(Underwood, Gift of the Spirit
30).
Gift of Discerning of
Spirits: This is
supernatural insight
into the spiritual realm
enabling a person to
distinguish between
the spirit of light and
the spirit of darkness;
the spirit of truth and
the spirit of error; the
Holy Spirit, the human
spirit, and the evil
spirits (Acts 8:20-23).

B)  Power Gifts:
Gift of Faith: This is a
supernatural ability to It is
the unwavering confidence
that God will intervene in
the believer’s behalf
regardless of the seemingly
impossible circumstances. It
is a supernatural faith given
to a particular person at a
particular time for a
particular need (Acts 27:
22,25).
Gift of Miracles: It is the
supernatural intervention and
display of God’s power to do
that which is impossible
according to the natural laws of
the universe. The gift of miracles
is used to authenticate the
preaching of God’s Word and
is displayed powerfully in the
Book of Acts (Acts 6:7,8; 8:5-
7; 19:10,11). It should be noted
that the gift of miracles is closely
associated with the gifts of faith
and healing.
Gifts of Healings: This is the
supernatural healing of diseases,
illnesses, infirmities, and
weaknesses of the body, soul,
wholeness. Both words are
plural in the original Greek. The
use of “gifts” seems to indicate
the many “manifestations of
grace that work, from time to
time, and from place to place
through members of the church
(Soards 259). The word
“healings” refers to the
atonement of healing of Jesus
Christ that accomplishes total
wholeness for the total man---
physical, spiritual, and mental
(Psalm 103:3, Isaiah 53:4,5).

C)  Speaking Gifts:

Gift of Tongues: This is a
definite supernatural utterance in
an unknown language that is
often called a “message in
tongues.” This is a divine means
of communication whereby God
gives a special word or message
to a particular group at a
particular time for a particular
need (I Corinthians 14:27). The
gift of interpretation should
always accompany this
manifestation of the gift of
tongues. It should be noted that
the gift of tongues is not the
same as the “sign of tongues”
which accompanies the Baptism
of the Holy Spirit.
Gift of Interpretation of
Tongues: This is the
supernatural speaking forth of
the meaning of a “message in
tongues.” This is not a direct
translation, but a divine
declaration of the meaning or
explanation of that which has
been spoken. The gift of
interpretation of tongues should
always accompany the gift of
tongues (Acts 14: 27,28).
When a message in tongues has
occurred, earnest prayer should
be offered that the interpretation
should be given (I Corinthians
14:13).
Gift of Prophecy: This gift
involves supernaturally speaking
forth in one’s own language. It
is a word or message from the
Lord given with great clarity,
anointing, and understanding. It
can be uttered from any
member of the body for the
“encouragement, edification, or
exhortation of the church”
(Underwood, Spiritual Gifts
68). This manifestation of the
Holy Spirit is the calling forth of
words as given by the Spirit of
God (Hayford 647). Prophecy’
s source is the Spirit of God,
not merely the intellect of man.
There are two types of the
manifestation of the gift of
prophecy: forth telling and
foretelling. Forth telling is a
prophetic word or message of
God that is needed for that
particular time, place, and
circumstance (I Corinthians 14:
3). Foretelling is a prophetic
message that actually speaks of
future events and occurrences
(Acts 21:10,11). All prophetic
utterances must be judged
solely upon the Word of God.

By the 3rd Century A. D. the
Gospel of Jesus Christ had
reached all known parts of the
world without modern
transportation, communication,
and technology. The message
blazed across continents
because of the boldness of
Spirit-filled believers that
proclaimed Jesus as Lord. God
confirmed His Word with signs,
wonders and the gifts of the
Holy Spirit. The same power
and manifestation of the Holy
Spirit is for the church of the
21st Century. May we open our
hearts and lives to the Holy
Spirit and allow God to “do it
again.”
Premillennial Second
Coming of Christ
By Rev. Dennis Phillips
"In the imminent, personal,
premillennial, second coming of
our Lord Jesus Christ."

"For the Lord himself shall
descend from heaven with a
shout, with the voice of the
Archangel, and with the trump
of God" (1 Thessalonians 4:16).

The Sounding of the Trumpet

Five days before the most
celebrated presidential
inauguration of the century, the
young president-Elect, John
Fitzgerald Kennedy asked Dr.
Billy Graham a question that is
being asked by many in our
day. "Billy," he asked, "Would
you tell me about the second
coming of Jesus Christ?" This is
the greatest question of our day
and carries a wonderful answer.
Then he asked a second
question. "What does my
church teach about the second
coming of Jesus Christ?"

I would like to deal with that
subject from our church view
and the Bible view. "What does
my church teach about the
second coming of Jesus Christ?"
We believe in the imminent,
personal, premillennial second
coming of our Lord Jesus
Christ. These are the words of
one of our Articles of Faith. Let
us look at this article.

The World Book Encyclopedia
says that this word imminent
means: "likely to happen soon;
about to occur." This is what we
believe about the coming of our
Lord. "It is likely to occur
soon." The greatest day in
history did not take place on
July 20, 1969, when Astronaut
Neil Armstrong walked on the
moon, as former President
Richard Nixon said. Up till that
time, the greatest day had
occurred on Easter Sunday
morning, some two thousand
years ago, when the crucified
Savior rose again from the
dead! But soon God is going to
have an even greater, grander,
and more glorious day than the
resurrection of His Beloved Son
- and that event is His return to
earth again! Surely John the
Apostle must have penned the
following words with grapesized
goose pimples! "And the
seventh angel sounded; and
there were great voices in
heaven, saying, the kingdoms of
this world are become the
kingdoms of our Lord, and of
his Christ; and he shall reign for
ever and ever" (Revelation
11:15).

Paul said, "Behold, I shew you
a mystery; we shall not all sleep,
but we shall all be changed, in a
moment, in the twinkling of an
eye, at the last trump -for the
trumpet shall sound, and the
dead shall be raised
incorruptible, and we shall be
changed. For this corruptible
must put on incorruption, and
this mortal must put on
immortality" (1 Corinthians
15:51-53). Have you ever
wondered how fast a "twinkling
of an eye" is? When a preacher
spoke to a group on the topic,
"In the Twinkling of an Eye," he
noticed a young man in the front
row take out a pad of paper, a
pen, and a small slide rule. For
the rest of the preacher's
message, this young man looked
at his slide rule and wrote on the
pad. Being a curious fellow, the
preacher finished speaking and
walked over to the young man.
"Forgive my curiosity," he said,
"But may I ask what you have
been doing with your slide rule,
paper and pen?" The young
man replied, "Oh, I was just
trying to figure our how fast a
twinkling of an eye was." "Well,
what did you come up with?" "I
figured," said the young man,
"That a twinkling of an eye is
one-sixth of a nanosecond." "A
`whato' second?" countered the
preacher. "A nanosecond! A
microsecond is one-millionth of
a second, and a nanosecond is
one-billionth of a second. I
figured that a twinkling of an eye
is one-sixth of a nanosecond."

The preacher asked the young
man how he had come up with
such a number. He replied, "I
figure that a twinkling of an eye
is the time it takes for light
entering the iris to reach the
retina at the rear of the eye.
That is a distance of about one
inch at the speed of 186,000
miles per second!" Will the
calling out of believers only take
one-sixth of a nanosecond? I do
not know, but it is bound to be
dazzling! Just think this event is
imminent. This coming is also to
be personal. "The Lord himself
shall descend from heaven."
There will be no substitute. The
One who comes is none other
than the Lord Jesus Christ. As
the first coming was literal in
every sense, so will His second
coming be literal in every sense.
There will be a personal, visible,
bodily, glorious reappearing of
Jesus Christ.

Let me remind you that when
Christ comes, there will be a
resurrection. ". . .The dead in
Christ shall rise first" (1
Thessalonians 4:16). Those who
die out of Christ are not blessed
and holy. They must stay in their
graves another one thousand
years. Then after the millennium,
they will be raised and brought
in judgment before the Great
White Throne where they will
receive the condemnation of
Hell.

"Blessed and holy is he that hath
part in the first resurrection: on
such the second death hath no
power, but they shall be priests
of God and of Christ, and shall
reign with Him a thousand years
(Revelation 20:6). ". . . Blessed
are the dead which die in the
Lord. . ." (Revelation 14:13).
There are sleeping Christians in
many different places of the
earth. Most of them are in
manmade graves. However,
many Christians have gone
down into the seas while many
have been burned to death.
Some have been lost in the wild
places of the earth, and their
bones have been picked clean
by the birds of the air. Others
have suffered and died in the
deserts, their bones have been
left to bleach in the broiling sun.
Some have been torn to pieces
in explosions, some have flown
away in airplanes and have
never been found. None of this
matters to Jesus for He knows
everything. He knows where
they are, and He will show forth
His power over death when He
comes, for His loved ones will
rise from everywhere and not
one of them will be lost.

When we attend a funeral of a
Christian, we can truly say to
him, "Goodby, I will see you
with Jesus after a little while."
We can say this of all who
know Jesus, for we know that it
is well with them.

Now when the dead are taken
up, this is the first resurrection .
. . it is not a resurrection of the
dead but a resurrection from the
dead. The lost dead will be left
in their graves, but the saved
ones will be raised incorruptible.

Not only is it the imminent and
personal, but the premillennial
second coming of our Lord
Jesus Christ. His coming will be
before the millennial reign, but
not after, as some teach. The
word millennium is a Latin term
that signifies "One thousand
years." ". . . and they lived and
reigned with Christ a thousand
years" (Revelation 20:4).

.In the first seven verses of
Revelation 20, John mentions
the thousand-year period no
less than six times! In spite of
this, some have argued that,
since this number is found in
only one New Testament
passage, one cannot insist that
the thousand-year period will
really come to pass! To
emphasize their point, reference
is made to 2 Peter 3:8,

" . . . one day is with the Lord
as a thousand years, and a
thousand years as one day." It is
interesting (and perhaps
revealing) to note that the same
group that attempts to shorten
the thousand-year period of
Revelation to one day (and thus
do away entirely with the
millennium) also attempt to
expand the six days of creation
in Genesis to thousands of
years! One is tempted to ask,
"Why can't God mean exactly
what He says?"

This reign of Jesus on earth is
no incident nor accident, but the
purpose of God. This kingdom,
ordained from the beginning, is
no post creation afterthought of
God, but a pre-creation thought
in His mind from all eternity.
When Jesus comes, the pattern
prayer of the saints, "Thy
kingdom come, Thy will be
done on earth as it is in heaven,"
will be heard. Jesus, the
rejected, will seize the reigns of
government and rule in
beneficent power and victory.
Since the millennium is to be a
time of righteousness and
peace, it is absolutely necessary
that Satan be removed from the
earth. How can you have a
Golden Age without getting rid
of the devil? Satan, too strong
to be overcome by any human
power, will be locked up by the
Omnipotent Christ. The arrest
of Satan before the millennium!
A thousand years of peace in a
Satanless world! Think of it -
and rejoice! Satan is silenced.
This is what we call the
millennium.
"Be ye, also ready, for in such
an hour as ye think not the Son
of man cometh" (Matthew
24:44).
Eternal Security
By Bishop Cullen
Hicks
"In the eternal
redemption of all
saints who are
faithful to the end
(Matthew 24:13)
and (Revelation
2:10). But, we
reject the theory of
`Once in grace,
always in grace'
regardless of
conduct" (1
Corinthians 10:12
and Galatians 5:4).
Does the Bible teach `Once in
grace, always in grace'? We, as
a church, reject the doctrine
outright. We understand the
doctrine of `Eternal Security,' to
fall without foundation in view of
the scriptures as a whole. No
man can boast of being eternally
saved in this world. Not until we
reach heaven will we be able to
say we are eternally saved.
Space would not permit an
extensive study on the subject,
nor do we intend to answer
every argument on the subject,
but the following is given for
your consideration.
The Bible, to a degree, teaches
eternal security, but not the way
many are teaching it today We
mean that it teaches eternal
security to this extent; that
God's grace is eternally secure,
and it will keep us from sin in
this life and save us at last in
heaven. Yet, it is up to the
individual whether he continues
in the faith and serves God or
goes back into sin. One does
not become a puppet when he
is born again. He still retains his
free-moral agency.
At first let us say that we do not
believe in backsliding as many
seem to practice it. There are
those who claim to receive
Christ and salvation in every
revival. An experience of that
nature leaves room for doubt,
and we question the validity of
such an experience. If every
person who has professed a
born-again experience would
have truly been born-again, we
are certain that we would not
have heard so much about back
sliding.
We have reason to hope that
those who are truly born-again
will continue in the faith and be
saved by God's all sufficient
grace. Yet the Bible issues too
many warnings and statements
of caution to the Christian,
warnings against backsliding
and apostasy, to say that a
believer cannot fall away and
make shipwreck of his faith.
These warnings would be
useless words if one cannot fall.
The last and closing threat of the
Bible is that "If any man shall
take away from the words of
the book of prophecy, God
shall take away his part out of
the Book of Life," signifying that
he to whom this could happen
did have a part in the Book of
Life.
Is it possible for a righteous man
to turn away from God and die
in that condition and be lost?
Let scripture answer that
question.
(Ezekiel 18:24-26), "But when
the righteous turneth away from
his righteousness, and
committeth iniquity, and doeth
according to all the
abominations that the wicked
man doeth, shall he live? All his
righteousness that he hath done
shall not be mentioned; in his
trespass that he hath trespassed,
and in his sin that he hath
sinned, in them shall he die. Yet
ye say, The way of the Lord is
not equal. Hear now, O House
of Israel; is not my way equal?
Are not your ways unequal?
When a righteous man turneth
away from his righteousness and
committeth iniquity, and dieth in
them; for his iniquity that he hath
done shall he die."

Now the last word of the above
scripture, "die" must certainly
have reference to death of the
soul rather than physical death,
for the following verse (27)
says, "Again, when the wicked
man turneth away from his
wickedness that he hath
committed, and doeth that shall
save his soul alive."
Consequently, if the wicked
person's soul is saved by his
turning from his wickedness and
doing the right, then likewise will
the righteous person's soul be
lost if he turns from his
righteousness and does that
which is wrong.

To teach `once in grace, always
in grace' is not only unscriptural,
it is an encouragement to
carelessness concerning a holy
life and separation from the
world. If one cannot be lost,
then why be concerned about
self-examination as Paul exhorts
the Corinthian Christians in (2
Corinthians 13:5) "Examine
yourselves, whether ye be in the
faith; prove your own selves."

The writer to the Hebrews was
writing to Christians rather than
sinners when he wrote in
Chapter 2, "Therefore we ought
to give the more earnest heed to
the things which we have heard,
lest at any time we should let
them slip." The Revised Version
reads thus, "Lest at any time we
drift away from them." The
writer continues, "For if the
word spoken by angels were
steadfast, and every
transgression and disobedience
received a just recompense of
reward: How shall we escape if
we neglect so great salvation."

Jude relates to us, "How that
the Lord, having saved the
people out of the land of Egypt,
afterwards destroyed them that
believed not. And the angels
which kept not their first estate,
but left their own habitation, he
hath reserved in everlasting
chains under darkness unto the
judgment of the great day."
These are examples set forth for
our warning and admonition.
Yet, why the warning if we are
eternally saved now?

It is possible to draw back unto
perdition after once having the
Faith. For (Hebrews 10:38)
says, "Now the just shall live by
faith; but if any man draw back,
my soul shall have no pleasure
in him." Still, some would
answer, "But the next verse says
that `We are not of them who
draw back unto perdition, but
of them that believe to the
saving of the soul." Yes, that is
true, we are not of them that
draw back unto perdition, but
there is the possibility that one
can draw back or verse 38
would not have said, "But if a
man draw back..." Again, (2
Peter 1:9-10) reads, "But he
that lacketh these things is blind,
and cannot see afar off, and
hath forgotten that he was
purged from his old sin.
Wherefore, the rather brethren,
give diligence to make your
calling and election sure; for if
you do these things, ye shall
never fall."
backslide, to go away from
God. In the words of the
scripture it is worse to know
God, and then turn back, than
to never be saved. The
backslider is really more
responsible than the sinner who
has never known God because
of having had the greater light.
(2 Peter 2:20-22), "For if after
they have escaped the pollution
of the world, through the
knowledge of the Lord and
Savior Jesus Christ, they are
again entangled therein and
overcome, the latter end is
worse with them than the
beginning." David said, "The
wicked shall be turned into hell,
and all the nations that forget
God" (Psalm 9:17).  Now it is
unreasonable to assume that
you can forget something or
someone whom you did not
know. So David is saying that
the nation (and a nation is made
up of individuals) that forgets
God, whom they knew, shall be
turned into hell, or shall be lost.
Again he states in (Psalm
50:22), "Now consider this ye
that forget God, lest I tear you
in pieces, and there be none to
deliver."
To the Hebrew Christians the
warning was given as follows:
"Take heed, brethren, lest there
be in any of you an evil heart of
unbelief, in departing from the
living God.  But exhort one
another daily, while it is called
Today; lest any of you be
hardened through the
deceitfulness of sin. For we are
made partakers of Christ, if we
hold the beginning of our
confidence steadfast unto the
end."
In the strictest sense of the
word, a backslider (and by that
terminology we have reference
to a person who begins the
Christian life and for some
reason turns back into sin) is
nothing more than a sinner and
to get back to God he must be
converted again.  James
5:19-20 reads: "Brethren, if any
of you do err from the truth, and
one convert him, let him know,
that he which converteth the
sinner from the error of his way
shall save a soul from death,
and shall hide a multitude of
sins."
It has been offered as an
argument in favor of eternal
security that once a person is
born into a family he cannot be
unborn. To that we may heartily
agree. However, though he
cannot be unborn, he can
certainly die. Many parents
have had sons to be born into
their homes and have lost their
sons, not because they were
unborn, but because they died.
Remember, scripture says, "The
soul that sinneth, it shall die."
In the Apostle Paul's last words
to Timothy, he emphasized the
fact that "I have finished my
course, I have kept the faith."
According to the doctrine of
eternal security, he had to finish
his course and he could not help
but keep the faith, for he could
not lose it. Now if he could not
lose his faith, why would he tell
Timothy that he had kept it?
The Apostle Peter penned his
first Epistle to the "Elect
according to the
foreknowledge of God the
Father . . . " to Christians,
mind you, and to them he
said, "Be sober, be vigilant;
because your adversary the
devil, as a roaring lion,
walketh about, seeking whom
he may devour." The word
"devour" means the same as
"destroy."
Jesus said in ( St. John 17:12),
speaking to His Father, "Those
that thou gavest me I have
kept," and many would stop
there. Yet it continues, "And
none of them is lost, but the son
of perdition . . . " Here He has
references to Judas whom the
Father had given Him. Jesus
must have had Judas at one time
in order to lose him. However,
some have argued that Judas
was a devil from the beginning.
However, the Bible makes no
such statement. Jesus did say of
him in (St. John 6:70), "Have
not I chosen you twelve, and
one of you is a devil." Jesus did
not say Judas was a devil but
that he is a devil. Just at what
time Judas became of such
character the Bible does not
say, but one thing we do know,
Judas `fell by transgression'
(Acts 1:25).
We are aware that most any
belief can be proven by
scripture if that scripture is
lifted out from its context and
from the whole of the
scriptures. However, when a
doctrine is substantiated by
the general teachings of
scripture rather than by an
isolated quotation, we can
then without fear, preach and
teach such a doctrine.
We have briefly touched on a
few of the scriptures relative
to our teachings, but many,
many more could be
mentioned. Our admonition
to all men is found in the
words of Jesus when He
said, "Watch ye therefore . . .
lest coming suddenly he finds
you sleeping" (St. Mark
13:35-36).
The Resurrection
By Rev. Annie Mae
Sproles
WE
BELIEVE:
Our eternal hope
is based on the
death and
resurrection of
Jesus Christ.
Christ's personal, literal, and
undeniable rising from the grave
is fundamental to the existence
of the church. The hope of
every believer rests in the fact
that ". . . every one which seeth
the Son and believeth on Him,
may have everlasting life: and I
will raise him up at the last day"
(John 6:40).

For example, when the church
met to choose someone to
replace Judas, the criteria for
this ordination into apostleship
was that he must be ". . . a
witness with us of His
resurrection" (Acts 1:22).
Therefore, Jesus' resurrection
was the life-giving message of
the church, for He laid the
foundation in His own
preaching. Then, the church
structured all that it taught and
practiced on the assurance of
the resurrection of its Founder.
Thirdly, to propagate this
message, the church leadership
must bear witness of this vital
truth. Finally, as He stated, ". . .
Because I live, ye shall live also"

(John 14:19), the resurrected
Christ Conqueror and head of
the church. Besides the
resurrection being the life-giving
message of the church, it was
also the power that prepared
the believer for a bodily
resurrection with the righteous,
but the ungodly were
resurrected to eternal
destruction.

A) THE FOUNDATION OF
THE CHURCH WAS LAID
UPON CHRIST'S OWN
PREACHING OF THE
RESURRECTION:
Jesus' resurrection became the
doctrine upon which all that the
church taught was established.
His death and resurrection
provided eternal life for all
believers. As He promised near
the grave site of His friend
Lazarus, "I am the resurrection
and the life: he that believeth in
me, though he were dead, yet
shall he live" (John 11:25).

Consequently, to take away this
demonstration of Christ's
authority; His death and
resurrection would destroy the
foundation of the church. In
essence, to take away the
resurrection of Christ,
Christianity would be nothing
more than the admiration of a
man and his teachings. So the
faith of the `born again' was
grounded in His resurrection.
Without the resurrection, the
church would never have been
born; or it would have died
leaving little to the journals of
history. The resurrection and the
existence of the church
depended totally upon each
other in that they would either
stand or fall together.

Jesus used two Old Testament
examples in which He explained
figuratively His death and
resurrection. He did not give the
sign to the Pharisees that they
expected. The fact that He
could cleanse the temple should
have been sufficient proof of his
authority. Yet, He responded
with an example, "Destroy this
temple and in three days I will
raise it up" (John 2:19).
He told of His death and
resurrection in terms normally
denoting something else.
Another example, He called it
"the sign of the prophet Jonas,"
For as Jonas was three days
and three nights in the whale's
belly, so shall the Son of man be
three days and three nights in
the heart of the earth" (Matthew
12:39-40). Jesus had already
given throughout His ministry an
abundance of signs that proved
Him to be sent from God.
Likewise, the preaching of Jesus
should have been sufficient as in
the case of Jonah, "They
repented at the preaching of
Jonah." Jesus was greater than
both the temple and Jonah. He
knew they would continue to
disbelieve in spite of all that He
said or did.
Signs confirmed faith, but Jesus
denied giving them, when they
demanded them, because of
unbelief. Yet, the message
contained here would be
reserved for their conviction.
Furthermore, it was intended to
be the evidence that Jesus was
the Messiah. John explained the
later response of His followers
to the destruction and raising of
the temple. "When, therefore,
He was risen from the dead, His
disciples remembered He had
said this unto them; and they
believed the Scriptures, and the
word which Jesus said" (John
2:2).
B) THE RESURRECTION
ESTABLISHED WHAT THE
CHURCH TAUGHT AND
BELIEVED:
The Apostles, in their earliest
preaching days, were staggered
by Jesus' proclamation of His
death and resurrection. "From
that time forth began Jesus to
shew unto His disciples, how
that He must go unto Jerusalem,
and suffer many things of the
elders and chief priests and
scribes and be killed, and be
raised again the third day. Then
Peter took Him, and began to
rebuke Him, saying, be it far
from Thee, Lord, this shall not
be unto Thee. But He turned,
and said unto Peter, get thee
behind Me, Satan: Thou art an
offence unto Me: for thou
savourest not the things that be
of God, but those that be of
men" (Matthew 16:21-23).
When He arose, His place as
the Messiah had been
approved, justified, and glorified
the resurrection and the
preaching of the Gospel became
primary and basic to their faith
in Christ. Paul declared to the
church at Corinth. "If Christ be
not risen, then is our preaching
vain, and your faith is vain" (1
Corinthians 15:14). The witness
of the disciples to the
resurrection of Jesus was so
empowered by the Holy Ghost
that they said of themselves,
"We cannot but speak of the
things which we have seen and
heard" (Acts 4:20).
As a result, the resurrection of
Christ upheld what Jesus taught
and did and what the disciples
believed due to their relationship
with Him. Indeed, those who
had deserted Him and the one
who had denied Him would not
have been rallied again if it had
not been for His resurrection. It
is reasonable to assert that the
Gospels illustrate how the
foundation of the church was
laid in His death and
resurrection. Then, in the Acts,
they raised the church upon the
power of His resurrection under
the official authority of the Holy
Ghost. Thirdly, anointed men
developed in the Epistles the
explicit details for the church as
they opened the mysteries of
Christ's resurrection.
C) THE EXPANSION OF
THE CHURCH
DEPENDED ON ITS
LEADERSHIP'S
KNOWLEDGE OF
WHOM JESUS WAS
AND WHO THEY
WERE IN CHRIST:
Jesus had given hints of His
sufferings when He said
"Destroy this Temple." Again,
when He spoke of "the Son of
man being lifted up" and of
"eating His flesh and drinking
His blood." He continually
directed their minds toward His
mission in the world. Beginning
in Matthew 16:20, Jesus
commenced to show them more
plainly that He would have to
suffer and die. It was evident
from Jesus's rebuke of Peter
that His followers did not
understand or know Him for
who He was.
Admittedly, His disciples
needed to know much more
about Him. Then, they needed
to understand His work of
grace in their lives before they
would be fit, or able, to confess
Him before men. Sometimes, as
the experience of the Apostle
Peter displayed, the most
unfitted of all for the preaching
of the Gospel, his death and
resurrection, are those who
suppose themselves the most fit.
Peter was an excellent example.
He must know who Jesus was,
and He must know what His
work of grace meant.
When Christ spoke of His
death, He always combined it
with His resurrection. The Lord
loved the work of redemption.
No doubt, for Him, the
resurrection took away the
reproach of death on the cross,
and for His disciples, it should
have taken away the grief. A. T.
Robertson explained, "They
continued not to understand.
They were agnostic on the
subject of the death and
resurrection even after the
Transfiguration experience." As
they came down the mountain,
they were puzzled again over
the Master's allusion to His
resurrection (Mark 9:10).
Matthew 17:23 notes that "they
were exceeding sorry" to hear
Jesus talk this way again, but
Mark adds that they "were
afraid to ask Him . . . " Luke
9:45 explains that "it was
concealed from them," probably
by their own preconceived
ideas and prejudices" (Word
Pictures in the New Testament
Vol. l p. 344).
Each of the Gospel writers gave
an account of Christ's
resurrection. They presented it
with the assurance of true
church leaders. Those upon
whom Jesus would depend to
build His church must exchange
their conflicting ideas and
prejudices for a solid faith in His
death and resurrection. Each
recorded from different
perspectives, but their accounts
enhanced and gave full proof
that Jesus Christ was the Son of
God. What Jesus told His
disciples of His suffering actually
happened. They tried Him,
abused, convicted, and killed;
but He arose.
Although He had given notice to
his disciples of His suffering,
when it came, they were both
surprised and terrified. To
Peter, it was as if he had never
heard what the Lord had
repeatedly told them. Yet, it
was Peter who called for one to
be chosen who can speak from
his own experience of the
ministry, resurrection, and
ascension of the Lord. Also, his
message of Acts 2, at a time
when it was possible to test the
validity of its content, openly
proclaimed the resurrection as a
fact. He needed no evidence,
for what he declared was
known to his hearers. Not only
that, but the Apostle goes back
to the Old Testament, Psalm
16, the resurrection Psalm, to
support what they witnessed.
God used unbelievers, both
political and religious, to
announce who Jesus was. He
intended it to be the proclaiming
of Christ upon the cross, the
king of the Jews. Pilate did not
know what he wrote when he
placed the words "the King of
the Jews" on the cross. Neither
did Caiaphas who said, "And
this spoke He not of himself,
but, being high priest that year,
he prophesied that Jesus should
die for that nation" (John 11:51).
Christ emptied Himself: not of
His divine nature, that was
impossible. He continued to be
the Son of God. He gave up His
environment of glory, and took
upon Himself the limitations of
place. He was without sin,
though He was tempted as a
man. He stripped Himself of the
insignia of majesty. His humanity
was as real as His deity. It was
a voluntary humiliation on the
part of Christ. He came as
God's Son incarnated in the
flesh as Mary's Son to the most
despised death of all, a
condemned criminal on the
accursed cross (Philippians
2:6-8). Paul said in 1
Corinthians 1:15, proclaimed
His resurrection and its benefits
for the believer, "But now is
Christ risen from the dead, and
become the first fruits of them
that slept. For since by man
came death, by man came also
the resurrection of the dead" ( 1
Corinthians 15:20-21). Christ is
the Conqueror!
D) THE CRUCIFIED,
RESURRECTED CHRIST IS
THE CONQUEROR AND
HEAD OF THE CHURCH:
When He hung on the cross, He
conquered His and His people's
enemies. Not only that, He
triumphed over them, "Blotting
out the handwriting of
ordinances that was against us,
which was contrary to us, and
took it out of the way, nailing it
to His cross; And having
spoiled principalities and
powers, He made a show of
them openly, triumphing over
them in it" (Colossians 2:14-15).
When Christ took on our human
flesh and stepped upon the field
as the Captain of our salvation,
the conflict man faced from the
fall reached its climax. In dying,
the crucified Christ stripped off
the evil forces of Satan that man
could not overcome himself. It
is evident. The victory of man is
involved in the victory of Christ.
In the cross, there was the
greatest triumph: for the law
was fulfilled, God's program
was vindicated, death was
robbed of its prey in his
resurrection, then Satan "the
prince of this world" was cast
out. The world that was
imprisoned had been set free.
Christ conquered!

The resurrection message gave
life to the church, and it was the
power of the Holy Ghost that
gave it witness. In the Bible,
there were two methods by
which God's power was gaged.
In the Old Testament, Micah
7:15 explains it as the power
which God brought Israel out of
Egypt. The New Testament,
according to the Apostle Paul,
says it is " . . . His mighty
power, Which He wrought in
Christ, when He raised Him
from the dead, and set Him in at
His own right hand in the
heavenly places" (Ephesians 1:
19-20).
THE SPIRITUAL
RESURRECTION is identified
as the power exerted by
Christ's resurrection, and it is
brought to bear in raising divine
life in a person who is dead in
trespasses and sins.
Furthermore, the aspirations of
the believer results in the desire
to achieve something higher and
greater. That is, to know ever
more the power of His
resurrection. "That I may know
conformable unto His death"
(Colossians 3:10). This passage
not only gives the believer the
promise and assurance of the
present power and victory, but
also of future glorification.

E) THERE WILL BE A
BODILY RESURRECTION
OF THE BELIEVER:
As Paul explains, "For as in
Adam all die, even so is Christ
shall all be made alive" (1
Corinthians 15:22). Christ's
appearance to the disciples in
bodily form was evidence of His
bodily resurrection. In fact, it
was so important that He
remained forty days upon the
earth after His resurrection.
During this time, He gave
infallible proofs to the claims of
His own preaching.

As long as Christ lay in the
grave, there was no assurance
that His redemptive work had
been acceptable to God. But as
Paul explains, "Who is he that
condemneth? It is Christ that
died, yea rather, that is risen
again, who is even at the right
hand of God, who also maketh
intercession for us" (Romans
8:34). The apostle is speaking
of physical death in Adam, and
physical resurrection in Christ.
Christ's work gave assurance to
the redemptive work in the lives
of believers.

William Evans describes the
resurrected body in this manner.
"What was the nature and
likeness of Christ's resurrection
body which our resurrection
body is to resemble. It was a
real body (Luke 24:39);
recognizable (Luke 24:31; John
20:16); powerful (John 20:19).
Summing up these passages, we
may say that the resurrection
body of the believer will be like
the glorified body of Christ"
(The Great Doctrines of the
Bible p. 248). Further
characteristics of the believer's
resurrected body are discussed
in 1 Corinthians 15.

The resurrection of the believer
is connected with the return of
Christ. Indeed, the reality of the
resurrection of the body
convinces the believer of
salvation and the hope of
immortality.

The Old Testament is not as
clear on the resurrection of the
saints as the New Testament,
because Christ brought light on
the subject. Job 19:25-27
stated, ". . .

In my flesh shall I see God . . . "
Isaiah 26:19 declared, " . . .
Together with my dead body
shall they rise . . . " The people
of the Old Testament were not
without hope.

They believed that God's Holy
One would redeem them from
Sheol. Psalms 16:10 and: Ps
49:15- point to the fulfillment of
this in Jesus' death (Matthew
12:40; Luke 23:42-43).

The resurrection of Christ
ensures that all men, both the
wicked and the good, the
unbelieving and the believing,
shall be raised. They will not be
raised at the same time. Christ
was the first fruit of the
resurrection. True believers will
come forth at His second
advent (1 Thessalonians
4:13-18). The unbelievers will
be raised to come before God
for judgment.

THE RESURRECTION OF
THE WICKED is defined as
those who never accepted Jesus
Christ as the Son of God and
the Savior of the world. For a
person to be a part of the first
resurrection, that individual must
know Jesus in the power of His
death and resurrection. Because
Christ has been made head over
all things for the church,
everyone must become subject
to Him. This decision separates
the believer from the unbeliever.
It separates the church from the
world, and it separates the
righteous and the wicked in the
resurrection. Furthermore, it will
separate their eternal destinies.

There is no message more
powerful than that of the
resurrection. When it is
embraced into the church life
with the same fervency as the
New Testament Church in its
doctrine, practices, and
leadership, it will bring
reformation and revival to the
church. Christ, the Head of the
church, is in charge of His work
here. He is more than able to
lead people with resurrection
lives from sin and destruction to
victory. His victory is the victory
of the church. In His
resurrection, He was more than
the Conqueror.
The Bride of Christ
By Rev. David L.
Hodges
WE BELIEVE:
"The Bride of Christ is
composed of the entire spiritual
church" (1 Corinthians 12:25; 2
Corinthians 11:2; Galatians
3:28, 29; Ephesians 4:16, Eph
5:23-33; Revelation 19:7-8).

While we do believe this and
the above scriptures indicate
this, I would like to say that
there is a wide range of parallels
between the Church and a
Bride.

First, I want to look at the entire
spiritual church. The word
"church" means an assembly or
the "called out" ones. Paul
teaches in Romans 12:4-8 that
the church is like a human body
and in Ephesians 5:23 and
Colossians 1:18 that Christ is
the Head. Every believer, like
every part of the human body,
has individual functions to do.
Christ is the Head of the church,
which means He has the
authority over the church to
guide it. This also means that
Christ (the Head) and the
church (the body) exist together
in organic unity.

We must remember when this
body is attacked (and it will be
attacked as our physical bodies
are attacked) that Christ is the
Head. A body cannot drown
until the Head goes under, and
He is never going under.  Paul
states in 1 Corinthians 12:18
that God "set the members
every one of them in the Body,
as it pleased Him." This signifies
that God has chosen each
member and that each member
is of equal importance to God,
as every body part is important
to the body.  In 1 Corinthians
12:15-17, Paul shows why, as
members of this body, we
should not feel we are more
important than another member.
In verse 17, he states, "If the
whole body were an eye, where
were the hearing? If the whole
were the hearing, where were
the smelling?"  In Ephesians
4:3-6, Paul exhorts this body to
unity based on the oneness of
the body. He states in these
verses that there is one Spirit,
Hope, Lord, Faith, Baptism,
and one God and father of all.

Christian unity in the body of
Christ is damaged by mistrust,
anger, unwholesome talk,
bitterness, wrath, and clamor.
All of this among fellow
members (Ephesians 4:25) is to
be put away. To be able to put
these things away, we must be
kind, tenderhearted, and
forgiving to one another.

Secondly, when the Word of
God speaks of the Church
being the Bride of Christ, it is
referring to both the symbolic
and the actual Bride of Christ
(Ephesians 5:31, Revelation
19:7; 21:9).  Figuratively
speaking, the church is likened
to the marriage relationship
between a husband and a wife.
The reason being that the
relationship is monogamous and
is a commitment for life. The
Children of God, who comprise
the church, are to have a "one
and only one God" relationship.
That is, a life-long commitment
on the part of the Husband
(Christ) as well as the Wife
(Church).
In Revelation 19:7 she is not
called His bride, but His wife.
That is a deeper, dearer, more
matured word than "bride." "His
wife hath made herself ready."
The Church has now come to
the fullness of her joy and has
taken possession of her status
as "His Wife." What does "hath
made herself ready" mean? It
means first, that she is willingly
and of her own accord, coming
to her Lord to be His, and to be
with Him forever. This she does
with all her heart: "she hath
made herself ready." She does
not enter this engagement with
reluctance.
Notice the preparation! It is
described in the eighth verse:
"To her was granted." This
speaks for itself. Whatever
preparation it was that she
made, in whatever apparel she
was arrayed, it was granted to
her. Look at the apparel of the
wife: "To her was granted that
she should be arrayed in fine
linen, clean and white." How
simple her raiment! Only fine
linen, clean and white! Noting
the first, and only, Hebrew
word in the Revelation is
`worthy'. Alleluia is the supreme
shout of praise, and is not heard
until the marriage celebration
takes place (Revelation 19:1).  
It is a beautiful, loving
relationship with which we, as
mortal man, can identify. The
intimacy, caring and affection
pictured in the marriage
relationship are a longing and a
desire felt and known by all
those who claim the name of
Christ.
What a wonderful
view we have into
the very heart of
God as we are
likened to a Bride.
At any moment,
the trumpet could
sound, and we
could be
summoned to the
glorious Marriage
Supper of the
Lamb.
Can't you hear the
wedding bells
ringing?
The Virgin Birth
By Bishop Ronald
Wilson
WE
BELIEVE:
"That Jesus
Christ is the only
begotten Son of
the Father,
conceived of the
Holy Ghost, and
born of the
Virgin Mary."
The doctrine of the virgin birth is
one of the most precious beliefs
that all true Christians hold dear
to their hearts. Through the
years, the ungodly have tried to
dispute and destroy this great
Bible truth. To attack the virgin
birth, in effect, attacks the deity
of Christ. The entire Gospel
message falls apart if Christ
were not God in the flesh. If
belief in the virgin birth is
destroyed, salvation for the
sinner does not exist, we have
no hope of deliverance and
healing in this life, and certainly
no home in heaven when this life
is over. If the conception and
the cradle of Christ are treated
as myths, His cross and tomb
have no value either, for they
were built upon lies.
Those who deny the virgin birth
do so in complete disbelief and
rebellion against God's Word.
They also deny the power of
Almighty God. In their
blindness, these unbelievers
seem to have forgotten that God
created all things in the
beginning by simply speaking
them into existence. If God
could create Adam without a
man or a woman, and if God
created Eve from the rib of
Adam without a woman,
causing the birth of Jesus
without an earthly father would
be easy for God. As many
preachers before me have said;
"The same God who brought a
motherless woman from the
body of a man brought a
fatherless man from the body of
a woman."
In chapter 7, verse 14, Isaiah
prophesied the virgin birth of
Jesus; "Therefore the Lord
Himself shall give you a sign;
Behold, a virgin shall conceive,
and bear a Son, and shall call
His name Immanuel." Mary
acknowledged her virginity and
her purity when she asked the
angel Gabriel this question;
"How shall this be, seeing I
know not a man?" (Luke 1:34).
The idea that Mary was just a
young woman, which is how the
Revised Standard Version
translates Isaiah 7:14, and not a
virgin, cannot be validated with
any scripture in the Bible. In
fact, whether Mary was a young
woman or not, has nothing to
do with the issue. Mary could
have been a young woman and
not a virgin, or she could have
been a virgin and not a young
woman. However, if Mary had
been with child out of wedlock,
she certainly would not have
been highly favored with God as
Gabriel said to her. "Hail, thou
that art highly favored, the Lord
is with thee: blessed art thou
among women" (Luke 1:28).
The Bible makes it clear that
Mary had never had any sexual
relations with a man when she
was found to be with Child.
In the book of Genesis, after
Adam and Eve sinned, God
promised them a Savior would
be born into the world. "And I
will put enmity between thee
(Satan) and the woman (Eve),
and between thy seed and her
seed; It shall bruise thy head,
and thou shalt bruise his heel"
Genesis 3:15. From the
beginning, the prophecy said
nothing about the seed of man,
but the seed of woman. Jesus
would be born of a woman, yet
the method of His conception
would be unlike anything the
world had ever known. It would
be a special birth for earth's
most special Child.
As we come back to the
Gospel of Luke, in response to
the question Mary asked, the
angel Gabriel said to her; "The
Holy Ghost shall come upon
thee, and the power of the
Highest shall overshadow thee:
therefore also that holy thing
which shall be born of thee shall
be called the Son of God"
(Luke 1:35). The clear meaning
of this scripture is that Jesus
was to be born of Mary without
a human father. The Holy Ghost
conceived the Child inside her.
In the Gospel of Matthew, we
read this account of the birth of
Jesus. "Now the birth of Jesus
Christ was on this wise: When
as His mother Mary was
espoused to Joseph, before
they came together, she was
found with Child of the Holy
Ghost. Then Joseph her
husband, being a just man, and
not willing to make her a public
example, was minded to put her
away privily. 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
form their sins. Now all this was
done, that it might be fulfilled
which was spoken of the Lord
by the prophet, saying, Behold,
a virgin shall be with Child, and
shall bring forth a Son, and they
shall call His name Emmanuel,
which being interpreted is, God
with us. Then Joseph being
raised from sleep did as the
angel of the Lord had bidden
him, and took unto him his wife:
And knew her not till she had
brought forth her firstborn son:
and he called His name Jesus"
(Matthew 1:18-25).
The fact that Joseph was not the
father of Jesus is perfectly clear
if one reads the Scriptures.
Mary was espoused to Joseph,
but the marriage had not been
consummated. When Joseph
learned that Mary was to
become a mother, he decided
to divorce her. Joseph reached
this decision because he knew
that Mary's Son was not his
son. However, the customs of
that day forced Joseph to make
a choice. If he divorced her
openly, both parties must
present themselves to the elders
of the city in a public meeting. If
the woman was found to be
with child by another man, she
would be taken outside the
gates of the city and stoned to
death. Joseph knew this would
happen to Mary if he publicly
divorced her. He did believe
Mary had been unfaithful to him,
but he loved her so much that
he did not want her to die. The
only other option Joseph saw
was to put her away privately,
which is what the Bible tells us
he intended to do.
If Joseph were not the father of
Jesus, who was? If Jesus was
not born of a virgin, then Mary
was a woman of ill repute. If
Jesus was not begotten of God
and conceived by the Holy
Ghost, then two unmarried and
immoral people who were
responsible for His birth
concocted the most incredible
story ever perpetrated upon the
world to cover up their sin. If
that is true, then Christianity is
built upon the most horrible
fraud of all time. If you take
away the virgin birth, what is
left?
If Jesus were an illegitimate
child, do you think the angels
would have rejoiced? "And
there were in the same country
shepherds abiding in the field,
keeping watch over their flock
by night. And lo, an angel of the
Lord came upon them, and the
glory of the Lord shone round
about them: and they were sore
afraid. And the angel said unto
them, Fear not: for behold I
bring you. . ." Did the angel say
that he brought sad news from
heaven that a woman who had
given birth to a child conceived
out of wedlock? Was that the
news that caused heaven to
rejoice? No! The angel said:
"Fear not: for, behold, I bring
you good tidings of great joy,
which shall be to all people. For
unto you is born this day in the
city of David a Savior, which is
Christ the Lord. And this shall
be sign unto you; Ye shall find
the Babe wrapped in swaddling
clothes, lying in a manger. And
suddenly there was with the
angel a multitude of the heavenly
host praising God, and saying,
Glory to God in the highest, and
on earth peace, good will
toward men" (Luke 2:8-14).
Heaven rejoiced because God's
Son and earth's Savior had
been born!
John 3:16 is said to be the most
quoted verse in the Bible, but
notice the wording. "For God
so loved the world, that He
gave His only begotten Son. . ."
Begotten means to be the father
of. I know many people like to
skip all the begats of the Bible,
but you miss something when
you do. Take the begats of the
New Testament. In Matthew's
account of the genealogy of
Jesus, he begins in verse two
with Abraham and proceeds
toward the birth of Jesus with a
total of 39 "begats." Abraham
begat Isaac, Isaac begat Jacob,
Jacob begat Judas, and so on
until he comes to Joseph. When
he gets to Joseph, this is what
the Bible says. "And Jacob
begat Joseph, the husband of
Mary, of whom was born Jesus
who is called Christ" (Matthew
1:16). Matthew did not say that
Joseph begat Jesus. Why? The
reason: an earthly father did not
sire Jesus.
The genealogy of Jesus in
the book of Luke, which is
the lineage of Mary, goes
all the way back to Adam.
This was done to show
that Mary was the woman
through whom the
"promised Seed" had
come. Just as God had
promised, her Seed would
bruise the head of the
serpent.

When the angel of the
Lord instructed Joseph to
go into Egypt, he did not
say to him, take your wife
and your son. But rather,
"Take the young Child and
His mother." Joseph had
nothing to do with the
conception of Jesus.
Throughout the Gospels, Jesus
is called the Son of Mary, the
Son of David, the Son of man,
the Son of God, the Only
begotten of the Father, the Son
the most High. With one
exception, only His enemies
called Him the Son of Joseph.
The exception was the occasion
when Jesus was twelve years
old. During the celebration of
Passover, He became
separated from His earthly
family. When Mary and Joseph
found Him in the Temple, she
said; "Son, why hast Thou thus
dealt with us? Behold, Thy
father and I have sought Thee
sorrowing." The answer Jesus
gave to His mother was a gentle
rebuke. He said to her; "How is
it that ye sought Me? Wist ye
not that I must be about My
Father's business?" (Luke
2:48-49). Mary had spoken of
Joseph as his father. Jesus
reminded her that God was His
father.
If Jesus were in fact the Son
Joseph, then years later the
Jewish leaders were correct
when they charged Him with
blasphemy. They were right to
demand His death. They knew
the Son of Joseph could not
save us from our sin. You see, it
does make a difference whose
Son Jesus was. Divine birth
proves Sonship, and only divine
Sonship provides divine
redemption.
If Jesus were not born of a
virgin, then He had a human
father. If He had a human
father, He inherited the sin
nature of that father. If He were
born in sin, He was under the
curse and penalty of sin Himself.
When He claimed that He had
power over His own life and no
one could take His life from
Him, if He were only the son of
an earthly father, that was
nothing more than another lie. If
Jesus had a finite father, he
would have been a finite son. If
Jesus were a finite son, He
could not have been an infinite
Person. If He were finite, He
was not God. If He were not
God in the flesh, then salvation
is nothing more than a cunningly
devised fable.
A person who denies the
virgin birth snatches the
robe of divine royalty off
our Lord. They strip Him
of His sinless humanity,
denounce His deity,
make the cross a failure
and disgrace, and tell us
we have to face eternity
with no hope. In
essence, they destroy
Christianity.
Let the agnostic and
infidels say what they
please, but we
believe the Bible
speaks with clarity
on this most vital
doctrine; "Jesus
Christ is the only
begotten Son of the
Father, conceived of
the Holy Ghost, and
born of the virgin
Mary."
Water Baptism
By Rev. Wayne
Hicks
WE
BELIEVE:
"In Water
Baptism by
immersion, and all
who repent
should be
baptized in the
name of the
Father, and of the
Son, and of the
Holy Ghost."
New Testament Christianity
cannot be labeled a ritualistic
religion. At the very heart of
Christianity is man's direct
contact with God through the
Spirit. These are two
ceremonies that are essential
because they are divinely
ordained. These two
ceremonies are Water Baptism
and the Lord's Supper. The
characters of these are very
sacred and, because of this,
they are sometimes described
as sacraments . . . literally,
"sacred things," or "oaths
consecrated by a sacred rite."
They are also described as
ordinances because they are
ceremonies "ordained" by the
Lord, Himself.

In this article we will study the
sacrament of Water Baptism.

Both the words `baptism' and
`baptize' have their root in the
Greek word, "Bapto," meaning
to immerse, dip, or plunge
under water; to wash. As
strange as it may seem, baptism
was not an invention of
Christianity. Both Judaism and
the pagan mystery religions used
baptism as initiation into their
group. Baptism first appears in
the New Testament when we
read of John the Baptist.
Crowds were "Baptized of him
in the river Jordan, confessing
their sins" (Mark 1:5). His
baptism was accompanied by
repentance and was symbolized
by the same. Jesus, Himself,
was baptized by John, showing
the continuity between their
ministries. Baptism is in the
name of the Father, the Son,
and the Holy Ghost. Baptism is
into Christ, or His Name,
signifying union with Him. This
union involves sharing in His
death, burial, and resurrection,
of which baptism is an obvious
symbol. Two of the verses that
emphasize the significance of
baptism are 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," and Acts 22:16, "And
now why tarriest thou? Arise,
and be baptized, and wash
away thy sins, calling on the
name of the Lord."

Baptism is an initiatory rite.
Though the act of baptism is not
the act of joining the church, it is
signifying through public
proclamation that the believer is
joined to Christ and is identified
with Christ and His Church.
This sacrament was instituted by
Christ when He gave the "Great
Commission" in Matthew 28:19.

The Biblical formula for baptism
is also stated in the Great
Commission, "Baptizing them in
the name of the Father, and of
the Son, and of the Holy Ghost"
(Matthew 28:19). This formula
worships the Triune God in the
administering of the sacrament.
When we baptize in the name of
the Father, then we are
recognizing Him as the Father of
our Lord Jesus, and as the
Author of redemption. When
we baptize in the name of the
Son, we are recognizing Him as
the begotten of God. When we
baptize in the name of the Spirit,
we are recognizing Him as the
eternal Spirit and as the
Administrator of divine graces
through redemption. Since this
formula recognizes the divine
Trinity and the distinction of the
three persons in the Trinity, this
is the only formula of baptism
that the Congregational Holiness
Church recognizes and accepts.
The word "Baptize" used
throughout the New Testament
means literally to "dip or to
immerse." Therefore, the mode
of baptism recognized in the
scriptures is immersion. Even
scholars belonging to churches
that baptize by sprinkling admit
that immersion was the earliest
mode. For several years, the
Congregational Holiness Church
allowed candidates to be
immersed or sprinkled. This
was later changed, and the only
mode accepted now is baptism
by immersion. The Scriptural,
original mode of baptism is by
immersion, which is true to the
symbolic meaning of baptism:
namely death, burial, and
resurrection (Romans 6:1-4).
All who sincerely repent
of their sins and accept
Christ as their Lord and
Savior are eligible for
water baptism. Baptism is
a spiritual duty and
privilege. All of those who
receive Christ as their
Lord and Savior are to
receive this sacrament,
and to willfully neglect it is
sinful (James 4:17; Luke
7:30).
Water baptism, itself, has no
saving power. People are
baptized not to be saved, but
because they are saved.
Therefore, we cannot say that
Water Baptism is essential to
salvation, but we may say that
it is essential to full obedience
to God's Word. Water
baptism is our public
inauguration as a member of
the Church of Christ.
Baptism is not a sacrament
that the believer needs to
repeat. Baptism is the initiating
sacrament showing the
believer's continuing faith.
Though baptism is not
normally repeated, all
believers can have a
re-experiencing of the spiritual
blessing of this sacrament if
they so desire.
The very act of baptism
shows that the convert
has been spiritually
identified with Christ.
The immersion declares
that Christ died "for" sin
so that man might die
"to" sin. The raising from
the water declares that
Christ arose from the
dead, so this man might
live a new life of
righteousness.
When a convert
is baptized, he
has "put on" the
very character of
God. As a
soldier wears the
uniform of his
country, so does
the baptized
convert don the
uniform of the
Kingdom of
Christ.
The Lord's Supper and
Feet Washing
By Kenneth Law
WE
BELIEVE:
"In the Lord's
Supper and
Washing of the
Saint's Feet."
The Lord's Supper speaks
special truths, and all point to
the cross. The bread and wine
both say, "Remember Me and
My Death." They show the of
the blessing that flows to us
therefrom. When we remember
the Divine Covenant, the
forgiveness of sins, the new life
and the fullness of Joy, we
should all glory when we think
of the Lord's Supper.

(Matthew 26:26-30) says, "And
as they were eating, Jesus took
bread, and blessed it, and brake
it, and gave it to the disciples,
and said, take eat; this is my
body. And he took the cup, and
gave thanks, and gave It to
them saying, Drink ye all of it;
For this is My Blood of the
New Testament, which is shed
for many for the remission of
sins. But I say unto you, I will
not drink henceforth of this fruit
of the vine, until that day when I
drink it new with you in my
Father's Kingdom. And when
they had sung an hymn, they
went out into the Mount of
Olives."
The lesson that
Jesus was setting
forth was that the
Passover would
not be needed
anymore because
of the new
agreement He
brought through
the shedding of
His Blood.
He then gave the ordinances to
be practiced by His followers
until He comes again. Jesus
wants us to remember that His
be practiced by His followers
Blood was shed so that we
might be redeemed from the
curse of sin. Like the Passover
curse of sin. Like the Passover
Lamb that was slain and the
Lamb that was slain and the
blood applied to the doorpost
for the saving of the firstborn, so
did Jesus die that His blood
could provide life for all if we
would accept it. He then tells us
to remember His death by
eating the Lord's Supper.
The Apostle John gives
additional accounts of the
Lord's Supper in (St. John
13:4,5), "He riseth from supper,
and laid aside his garments; and
took a towel, and girded
himself. After that, he poureth
water into a basin, and began to
wash the disciples' feet, and to
wipe them with the towel
wherewith he was girded." This
lesson recorded by John gives
us a great example in being
servants one to the other. Jesus,
King and Lord took the role of
a servant then, with marvelous
self-abasement, washed the
disciples' feet. The disciples
were twelve strong men, yet
they could not do without a
servant: therefore their Lord
supplied the vacant place.
Christ is gone into Heaven, and
His church still needs servants,
and we will never be so clean
that we will have no need of feet
washing.
Because of the nature of
self-love, men sometimes say,
"If he needs his feet washed,
let him wash his own feet," but
the nature of a Christian is: "I
am willing to let others help
me become holy, and I also
want to help others become
the same." You will often find
it more humbling to have your
own feet washed, than to
wash another's feet.
The lesson goes far beyond the
realm of the walls that they
enclose us in, for we see that
Jesus was teaching that to those
who needed a service, there
had to be someone to be the
server. To find the real blessing,
we must sometimes go past the
ceremonial foot-washing service
within the church, into the place
of residence of an individual
who stands in a real need of the
service that, we as his servants
could supply
If we could hear
the Apostle Peter
acclaim now in
person, I am sure
he would say unto
us. "All of you gird
yourselves with
humility to serve
one another, for
God resisteth the
proud, but giveth
grace to the
humble."
There are some who try to
discount the account that John
recorded, by saying that it was
a custom of those days. I find
no record anywhere that it was
a custom for Kings to wash
peasant's feet. Christ provided
us a great example in washing
His disciples' feet, and went on
to proclaim that when we realize
that the servant is not greater
than his Lord, how happy we
could be if we would perform
like-services.
When we realize the
great importance of
partaking of the Lord's
Supper and can grasp
the great lesson He
taught about being real
Christians one to
another, we can
certainly have a greater
influence upon the
humanity among which
we dwell.
Holiness
By Bishop
Chet Smith
WE BELIEVE:
"Holiness" is God's standard of
living for His people; this is what
the Congregational Holiness
Church teaches.

The Psalmist wrote, "Thy
testimonies are very sure:
Holiness becometh thy house,
O Lord forever" (Psalm 93:5).
From the pen of the Psalmist
comes the assurance that
holiness will never be
superseded nor become
obsolete. The teachings of
holiness will always be sure and
steadfast. In these last days,
with liberalism, worldliness and
permissiveness abounding,
holiness must be proclaimed
with a loud voice. Holiness of
belief and practice is not
optional, but required. Under
"The Condition of Membership"
the Discipline of the
Congregational Holiness Church
states: "He or she must be in
harmony with the Articles of
Faith, also must abstain from the
use of tobacco in every form,
the use of slang language and
other things that are contrary to
holy living and take the Bible as
his or her rule of conduct."

God's holiness is proclaimed
throughout the pages of the
Bible. Holy Scriptures reveal
the holy nature of God from
Genesis to Revelation. The
Apostle Peter wrote, "But as
He which hath called you is
holy, so be ye holy in all manner
of conversation; because it is
written, be ye holy for I am
holy" (1 Peter 1:15-16). This
admonition was written to the
early Christians who were
scattered throughout Pontus,
Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia and
Bithynia. Peter was calling these
scattered Christians to a life of
holiness. He reminds them that
the God who declares His
holiness in the Old Testament
also declares His holiness in the
New Testament. In His
unchanging essence of what He
was, He still is, and what He is,
He will always be. Moses wrote
of a God who is holy. Malachi
wrote of a God who changes
not.

The Greek word for holy is
"hagios." Hagios translated
means "to be righteous, pure,
sinless and godly." It also means
to be separated and entirely
different from all other beings
and things. In the Living
Webster Encyclopedic
Dictionary of the English
Language, "Holy" is described
as "consecrated to God, saintly
in character and of divine
origin." What becomes
increasingly evident in the Old
Testament is overwhelmingly
evident in the New Testament:
that holiness means the pure,
loving nature of God, separated
from evil, and it is aggressively
seeking to universalize itself.
Peter wrote, "According as his
divine power hath given unto us
all things that pertain unto life
and godliness, through the
knowledge of him that hath
called us to glory and virtue,
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" (2 Peter 1:3-4).
God's plan of universalizing His
holiness is for every believer to
be translated from the kingdom
of darkness into the kingdom of
his Son.

It then can be said of the
believer that he is to be holy.
God's divine power will enable
him to live a separated life that
is entirely different from all who
live worldly. The Apostle Paul
wrote of Jesus, "Who is holy,
harmless, undefiled, separated
from sinners, and made higher
than the heavens" (Hebrews
7:26). Holiness is of a divine
origin and not of laws passed
down from traditions or
man-made philosophies. The
best righteousness that man
could produce would not satisfy
the demands of a God who is
righteous, pure and the
embodiment of absolute
holiness. All self-made
righteousness is as filthy rags to
God and would never produce
holiness of heart, mind, and
body.

He who is holy has called
believers to be holy in mind,
spirit and body. He does not
want the Christian to be
corruptible and dying with the
world. To live with God
eternally, the believer must be
like Him. Therefore, the believer
must live a holy, pure and
righteous life. He must pursue,
seek and go after holiness.
Scripture demands holiness, for
it is written, "Ye shall therefore
be holy for I am holy" (Leviticus
11:45). The Apostle Paul
wrote, "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" (2 Corinthians 7:1). In the
book of Hebrews, there is the
great cry for the paths of
holiness, "Follow peace with all
men and holiness without which
no man shall see the Lord"
(Hebrews 12:14).

The words `holiness,' `saints'
and `sanctification' are all
translated from the one Greek
word, "Hagios." The Old
Testament equivalent Hebrew
word is "Kadosh." The basic
meaning of "Kadosh" is "to be
set apart, separated and
different from all others or
things". When it is applied to
individuals, it means pure,
sinless, righteous, holy. The
believer has been separated
from the world and set aside for
God to use. We are thereby
called holy unto the Lord. There
are several things in scripture
called holy unto the Lord
because of their special
connection to him. The ground
that Moses stood upon was
called Holy Ground (Exodus
3:1-5). The temple that worldly
King Herod built was called
Holy (Matthew 24:15). Within
the holy temple was the Holiest
of Holies (Hebrews 9:2-3). The
Apost