(Acts 2:4), 2. Some responses have been edited for spelling and punctuation and smilies have been removed. If we love one another God dwells in us. (Gal 5:22,23). You dont know if you broke the rules until it was too late! I was born into a Pentecostal family of many years. At its longest, my hair was to about mid-thigh. The church was asked who would support the pastor in anything they did or say by raising their hands. I consented to go with the attitude that I would be able to shed some light on his teaching and thus convince others of their wrong. Yes .. there was a gift of tongues and miraculous miracles for the apostles first .. then others .. for the purpose of teaching and performing signs and wonders of Christ's teaching. Paul could have been thinking of me when he wrote this verse to a young man named Timothy. 4. No, b. They set up a meeting with the pastor, recalling: "Our minds were made up and no matter what happened, we were leaving." I was a member of the United Pentecostal Church for just under 13 years and was a licensed minister during a short part of that time. . surely not in the Bible! The church taught exclusivity from the world. "Leaving the church gave me the free time to be able to finally write and publish my first novel. The "Unknown Tongue" is a "language" unknown to the "unlearned listeners!". I want everyone to hear and by hearing .. understand. (It was a rule in our house we had to graduate high school, but I didnt plan for marriage, college, career, kids, or anything. If you put your faith in man .. man will deceive you. 3. (Jam 1:25) .. "But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.". Wow! None, I might add, with any scriptural authority to do so! Then Jesus came and promised the Holy Spirit to all believers. Webster's New World Dictionary says that reprove means "to rebuke or express disapproval of." The Holy Spirit contrasted the duties of men from that of women in public prayer. As the pair settled into their new daily life, Abby says it feels like where she picked up where she left off as that lost teenager. (2 Tim 3:16,17) .. "All scripture is given by the inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, and instruction in righteousness. I have so much appreciation for the beauty in the world.". 3. All this "seeking" for the "Holy Ghost" takes place after being baptized in accordance with (Acts 2:38) .. in the name of Jesus for the remission of their sins. In my mind, it was going to be easy to slip back into them but it wasn't. A controversial debate about racism in the United Pentecostal Church International is now raging in the denomination after an interracial couple who led one of the denomination's churches in Missouri for 15 years announced their exit from the group on Sunday. a. Religion is not on based on a "feel" good experience. ", And she was finally able to get her hair cut, which she did about two months after leaving the congregation, saying it was what she was "most excited about. NO! Some people at church weren't happy about that because 'dyeing is dyeing,'" she said. c. Have miraculous gifts by the Holy Spirit. The Bible must be read studied and obeyed. D. Pentecostalism believes and teaches that women may participate in leading in prayer .. teaching . and preaching in public doing the work of an evangelist and teacher. A. Pentecostalism traces itself back no further that, New Years Eve, 1899. It was fitting that Jesus go to the home of this sinner the crowd did not understand. (Glossa .. They showed me so much love and kindness in the beginningthe youth girls would invite me to their sleepovers, I was welcomed into the church choir, I started to help out with cleaning the church every week. 1. Wearing shorts? I had worn jeans and pants for 18 years before joining the church. He said what would Jesus do? The Holy Spirit would come to reprove the world of sin. 2. 2. We should not deny the great promise we have and the great spiritual blessings that follow from that promise. True worship is according to "Spirit and Truth" (John 4:24) .. the word of God not Moses not our feelings not what we believe to be right Jesus will judge us in the Last Day. I wore clothes several sizes too big for 27 years. D. Are we vibrantly alive feeding on "Spiritual food" and giving our "Spiritual" bodies needed exercise? We were allowed to eat so I got fat. "Super long hair doesn't flatter my face shape, it was a pain to keep tangle-free, and for some reason strangers in public like to reach out and touch your hair when it is super long, without asking your permission. Some here .. possibly speak two or more languages .. We could very well converse with one another in two or more languages We have learned them! Seed of Woman (Gen 3:15) .. Was this ALL of woman? I judged, condemned and rejected like a good Pentecostal should. To reject the Word of God and do "that which is right in our own eyes" is to reject God. If the "claimants" do not know what they are saying .. those who hear do not know what is being said how could they expect God to be worshipped acceptably? The Holy Spirit leads sons by "the law of the Spirit" (Rom 8:1-14) .. producing the "fruit of the Spirit" (Gal 5:16-25). Looking back on the better part of the decade, Abby said: "I would have left so much sooner, if I could have! 1. "For so long it had been ingrained in me that wearing pants was sinful and immodest and yet I feel like me when I had them on in that dressing room. Flirt to convert serves a dual purpose of getting the person 'saved' spiritually but also making it possible for a relationship.". A real Pharisee. We must look to the fulfillment of John's prophecy to understand who "you" included. In the "Pentecostal" church one is taught that the "Pastor" is the authority within the church .. and only knowledge is gained by adherence to "God's man" and in the leading of the "Holy spirit" directly. B. I try very hard to speak with words that all may understand what is being said. All other teaching is false teaching without any Biblical Authority to support it. Stayed tuned C. "Pentecostalism" espouses religion as a "romantic" philosophy .. that the heart of man has reasons which his mind knows not of. E. God and Christ are also said to dwell in the Christian. (Rom 10:17) .. "So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God." In the book of Isaiah we find the prophecy of the coming of the Holy Spirit. (Isa 2:2,3). (Topeka, KS.) 1. 1. The Holy Spirit Has Done His Work Well 1. The peace that can be found when you leave this legalistic, self righteous group is unbelievably amazing! I felt like an old lady at 30 and looked like one. but, I know I needed the time to be sure of my decision. That Thursday night of October, 1984 changed my life, my thinking, and my understanding of the "Word of God." E. "Pentecostalism" teaches that instruments of music are used to "glorify" God in worship. That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works." WebArizona Pentecostal (UPCI) churches describe themselves with words like spirit-filled, friendly, and multigenerational. Like many others, I joined because I was The constant call for money and giving more than you could afford caused much heart ache in our family. 1. Jesus promised his disciples that he would send to them the Comforter. 4. G. There are no "miraculous tongues" .. being spoken today. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit." I was taught I shouldnt find interest in sports or things because the dress code for those things were inappropriate. 5. I taught the "Jesus Only" doctrine known as the "Apostolic Faith" (United Pentecostal Church). 1. Elisha sends a messenger to tell Naaman to wash in Jordan seven times and his flesh would be clean. When we take our eyes off of the things of Christ .. we are treading in areas on our own. About God There is one God, who has revealed Himself as Father; through His Son, in redemption; and as the Holy Spirit, by Our Beliefs Read More (There will be more on this tonight.). Thats when both of us gave up on the UPC. Steps Taken: A Journey Out of the Wilderness- Female former UPC minister's wife. A. I have read several writings of scholars and they do not give any satisfactory answers .. yet all affirm as does the Bible that the Holy Spirit does dwell in a person born into the family of God. B. Pentecostalism teaches that the "power of the Holy Spirit" fell first on the 120 gathered in the upper room. There are many things women can and should be doing. (Luk 7:30), 4. However I was still wearing pants outside of church for eight or nine months after I started attending. Ive lost moments with them that Ill never get back. Christians are to abide in the teachings of Christ .. not in man. (Acts 1:26-2:1). If you didn't drive a certain kind of car or live in a certain part of town, you were frowned upon. Land mines?? "We wanted to make sure that we 2. Who here was baptized by John with water? By the time the couple left in 2016, she says they'd discussed leaving for about 18 months, with Allen spearheading the move. And Abby's hair also fell foul of the standards expected, which was dyed "Crayola red" and shoulder length when she joined. The speaker at times understands what he is saying but those he is speaking to .. do not. "Christianity in general is pretty heavy on 'purity culture' and this church was no exception. Is UPC a cult? The Bible says that .. "The seed is the word of God." 3. (1 Pet 1:23). a. 3. 5. 3. "Everything shifted instantly. I was invited to a "Gospel Meeting" at the Sandstone Drive Church of Christ, Little Rock, AR (I had never been to a Lord's church in my life.) Your email address will not be published. Some men say that "you" in John's promise in (Mat 3:11) equals "all". When the Holy Spirit leaves the body we die spiritually. There is no profit for him to speak for anyone but maybe oneself .. as each one should speak alone with God. A controversial debate about racism in the United Pentecostal Church International is now raging in the denomination after an interracial couple who led one of C. Pentecostalism believes that this power is received today because of the "New Revelation of God". (1 Cor 13:9,10) .. "For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. This word of God is truth .. for God is true. 1. Abby, who now lives in Indiana, recalled one of the first times the church began infiltrating her life was four months after she joined, when a remark was made about her shoes. 1. When the Spirit leaves the body the body dies. Yes Jesus promised all believers would receive the Holy Spirit. 2. The Lord not only forgives completely but adds one to the church. It is not hard for us to look at our "Spiritual" live and see whether we are alive or dead! Treece, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2lrlAq0e7ss, Click to access the login or register cheese. For instance, we could not wear t-shirts unless they had a pocket on them. 1. a. I began to realize that the Lord had work for me, as a Christian, to do. (Gen 2:7) What more proof do you need? The couple, who are celebrating their 11th wedding anniversary soon, say they're focusing on their photography business, while Abby plans her second novel. 1. When one has been exposed to spiritual abuse, great harm can be done. (Mat 3:1-11). I was told I was being called into the ministry and preached my first sermon shortly thereafter. Man in his wisdom in trying to make a simple subject more difficult .. has led many honest and sincere souls astray. Their website says that they grew from 521 churches in 1945 to 4,243 churches and daughter works in 2010.. They began to speak in "strange tongues" and magnify the Lord. Let me ask some questions on the Baptism of Fire. So many things were not allowed. b. I submit to you that this Bible is perfect. You can not worship and love God while doing such violent and extreme harm to the one gift that God gives you which is your spouse. Conditions must be just right before a new form will come forth with life in it Fertile Ground .. I lost my youth. No one believes all that came to John were baptized of him! John LePage- former UPC member. I feel good about the truth but my feeling good is not authority! Some others who are still part of an unhealthy church love to label everyone as bitter, rebellious, and/or unforgiving and some laugh and say we just didnt get to sing in the choir or didnt like the color the pastor painted the church. "The church expects couples to not lust after each other, not learn their own bodies, masturbation, or each other's bodies, but then you're also taught that marriage will bring you this deeply fulfilling and romantic new level to your relationship once you finally consummatetalk about pressure!". 8. (Acts 1:2-8) (Acts 1:26-2:4). They simply do not understand the atmosphere in unhealthy churches, nor the harm they cause. Don't we all have the continued influence of the Holy Spirit through the word: Can any one of us speak in an "unlearned" language? Most people misunderstand the purpose of the Holy Spirit and his work and as a result have evaded to false truths and the purpose of the coming of the Holy Spirit. Do not be misled by those who quote (Heb 13:8) .. "Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and for ever" as authority for miracles the same today as in the first century. Going to hell. (DEAF INTERPRETATION), B. (Job 21:17-18) .. ".. wicked put out! I became a "born again Christian." 3. Speaks of the Lord's wrath being near ".. the day pass as the chaff ..". ", She said: "Allen was not allowed to date someone who wasn't part of the church organization he was in. Due to his vile history with a previous sister apostolic churxh our preacher preached his sin across the pulpit. (Luk 19:1-10) .. READ. The greatness of the Messiah would be seen in his authority to baptize in the Holy Spirit and to baptize with fire as punishment. The only others who were able to do this were Cornelius and his kinfolk (Acts 10:44-46). Weeded, B. While some escape with minimal or no injury, most do not leave unscathed. I wish I could have told the Abby in 2014 who started questioning everything "leave NOW!!" I didnt know what I wanted to do for work, so I got fired a lot a lot! (I still struggle with this! 5. 1. . Only the 12 Apostles 1. I am originally from southern New Jersey. I was miserably judgmental of myself and everyone around me. I wasnt to listen to my instincts because they were inherently evil. That is not what the Bible says (Mat 28:19-20), E. We find that in the early half of this century (1900 - 1944) several Pentecostal groups were established: Two being Pentecostal Assemblies of Jesus Christ, Inc. and the Pentecostal church, Inc. (Gal 5:22-25). I have two cousins that are "Pentecostal" preachers. The decision to leave the church and change careers meant he had to rebuild his sense of self. Yes .. they were able to make the blind to see lame to walk speak in "strange in strange tongues.". 2. For example: a. Its gotten me in some pretty awful situations over the years.) b. A. Jesus chose very carefully .. twelve men .. to be His disciples. From Genesis to Revelation, there are many recorded miracles. 1. The Holy Spirit does not come upon one to save him .. but comes as a promised blessing to those who have been saved. 3. WebFind many great new & used options and get the best deals for Vintage Lot 2 PENTECOSTAL CHURCH OF GOD Sunday School Pins USA Uncas Pin M1 at the best online prices at eBay! We did not of course. 6. The Holy Spirits Work Was Specific And Instrumental In Establishing The Lord's Church. I didn't join an unhealthy church on purpose. 1. He declined any sexual relationship due to religious beliefs but really he had Ed. 1/3 of the church split. Why? My hair has been blonde, purple, blue, red, brown you name it.". The explanation I was given was that the platform was a sacred space so we needed to adhere to specific standards when up there because it was a privilege to serve God in that capacity. The Bible, "The word of God" is not life itself. (Heb 4:12) What makes it living and powerful if it is not the Spirit of God that is therein? I could have had some pretty amazing life-long school friends had it not been for the church! The question should be raised and I raise it now .. "Is this legitimate?" No, Being a former 4th generation UPC kid and growing up under the church pews, I learned to hide who I was quickly. IV. ", Allen Burch, also 31, was a member of a church in the United Pentecostal Church International, in Michigan, and invited Burch along to a service, which he'd attended with his family since 2005. "Speaking in Tongues" always had reference to "Speaking in Strange Languages". Only when he went to Jordan, dipped seven times did he become whole. 1. Like many others, I joined because I was looking for something -- I wanted to be in a church that was "alive." Required fields are marked *, I grew up with a very unrealistic view of the world around me. (Acts 2:38), 2. This is the only church that Christ and the Apostles ever speak of. Importantly, the Church is willing to abide by the States rules that apply to comparable secular businesses, including the rules regard-ing social distancing and hygiene. Trust this word completely . obey it! Look what Peter had to say in (Acts 3:25,26) .. WebIt is time to stand up for the wonderful grace of God, against those who use the words of God to slice and destroy, rather than heal and save. Eventually I grew to hate it. (You would not understand the words.). in 1899. Demonstrations. 1. 3. If no one is there who can interpret Paul says .. " let him keep silence in the church". Something happened: what was preached was what I had secretly believed all my adult life One did not have to come to an "altar", cry out, beg and plead for mercy to receive forgiveness one did not have to come again to the "altar" to "seek for the infilling of the Holy Spirit", which was promised to believers, one did not have to "utter" confusion in an attempt to show one has the gift of "speaking in tongues.". They will make it seem like leaving is the absolute single worst thing you could ever do, but that isn't truestaying somewhere you aren't happy is the worst thing you could ever do.". (1 Cor 14:4) (PURPOSE OF PREACHING! My family was in shambles from the separation and divorce and I was experiencing a massive life change after graduating and becoming an adult. The Holy Spirit came on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2:1-4) .. Nurtured .. Feed .. I make every effort to speak correctly .. many times with an explanation. I learned my body should be hidden. The instrument that the Spirit uses in bringing about life is the "Word of God". 1. The apostles laid there hands on Stephen .. Philip .. Prochorus .. Nicanor .. Parmenas .. and Nicholas (Acts 6:6) .. A "tongue" that the Apostles had not been taught. When the Spirit came .. he brought with him miraculous gifts that were given only to those twelve. By our love example by our very being part of the "body of Christ. (1 Sam 15:22-26) (Mat 7:13-14). But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away." The reason I left was because my Yadon & the Vanishing Theological Past in Oneness Pentecostalism, When Legacy And Sexual Abuse Collide: John Shivers Part 3, Former United Pentecostal Minister Glen Alan Uselmann: Guilty of Sexual Assault, Then & Now: Changes to the United Pentecostal Articles of Faith Part 5, Then & Now: Changes to the United Pentecostal Articles of Faith Part 4, Lee Stoneking Lied About A Deaf Boy Being Healed, Exposing Sexual Abuse in the UPCI Article List. The Bible clearly teaches that for those to have the miraculous gifts .. they had to be chosen and hands laid upon them. (Acts 2:47). My desire is to teach those who are in error the truth that they to might become part of this body of Christ. Some couples would choose to not even kiss until their wedding day. Besides she was happy I paid her the asking price. I have been accused of being "In a den of thieves and a pit of vipers", because of my stand on the Word of God and my faithfulness to the Lord's church. 2 talking about this. B. He was clueless to all the hurt and abuse women suffer in the UPC. The Holy Spirit intercedes for sons (Rom 8:26,27). a. We shared drinks at Burger King while the pastor ate at Bennigans with our tithe. Chris Bullock, of Kansas City, MO was to be the speaker. With roots anchored firmly in the Bible and a vision for ministering to communities around the world, the UPCI embraces its mission to carry the whole gospel to the whole world by the whole church. .. Those who accept the truth .. obey the truth .. and are determined to spread the truth where ever they are! B. (John 12:48), 2. What good has he done for the those he is speaking to? (1 Tim 2:8-15). 3. See the footer below. He did not follow the rulesPORN and naked pictures of him our home computer while I was away on a church trip. .. We now have the N. T. in its fullness to teach us. Satan is alive and well and rejoicing in their unbelief. Most classical Pentecostal denominations do not have official dress codes for women. (1 Cor 13:9,10), a. Pastor Ken Irby - Just Worship - 4-30-23 | pastor - Facebook The "Baptism of the Holy Spirit" (Speaking in Tongues) has not been promised to them. 2. The Lord's church dates back to 33 AD when the 12 disciples received the "Baptism of the Holy Spirit." Recovering Pentecostal- Jenni, former UPC and Charismatic church member. 2. I. If the "song leader" were to lead in songs .. in another language .. those who do not know the language .. could not be edified. What good had he done for himself? First, by God through his prophets. Here are some of the definitions of a cult: Beliefs, values, or practices contrast with the normal culture or tradition YES The group is I learned my body should be hidden. It contains all that man needs to get him into eternity with Jesus Christ. d. Seed of Mary (Luk 1:30-33) .. Fulfillment limits the prophecy. Web4. Is baptism with fire part of new birth as you say water and holy Spirit baptism are? Jesus came to save the lost of the world. 4. The United Pentecostal Church is a Oneness Pentecostal denomination that was formed in 1945 when the Pentecostal Church Incorporated and the Pentecostal Assemblies of Jesus Christ merged. She says they left with the pastor's "blessing," although in reality revealed: "An easy transition out isn't what we experienced. He is Speaking of "Unknown Languages". I hated my life and didnt even recognize it until I left. Not all "you" were baptized by John with water. Certainly they did happen .. (Acts 2:22) .. "Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you .." The question is, "Are they still happening? ), 1. Hallelujah. Of course .. all believers receive the Holy Spirit! The biblical usage of the term "miracle" encompasses more than just a great and wonderful thing. Teaching the lost 1. The Bible tells us that God breathed into the nostrils of man the breath of life man became a living soul. (1 Cor 14:27,28) did you understand that? The Holy Spirit does dwell in a person who has been born into the family of God. For that life to continue (Holy Spirit abiding) we must continue to feed on the "Word of God" and exercise Spiritually. They had only the spoken word. I attended the cult college instead of real college but thankfully met and married a wonderful man. I've been able to pursue many other passions because of the extra time I have in my life as well as extra finances.. How Does the Holy Spirit Dwell in the Christian? I could have had some pretty amazing life-long school friends had it not been for the church! Did Naaman then believe, yes. D. The Word of God is living and powerful. 6. If a person has only been in a healthy church or group, they cannot relate. They claim we only take part of the Bible .. no .. we take the whole of the scriptures, not just those scriptures that appear to support ones belief. Many of these believers are deceived and are not speaking in any tongue .. let alone an unknown tongue. .. No Tongues .. Dance .. Shouts .. Tears .. I was told if I was going to wear open-toed shoes on the platform, I had to be wearing nylons and I could not wear toenail polish. People were also able to respond who exited a different group. a. Timothy was taught in private . Apolos was taught in private. (Hetero Glossos). B. D. Were there others? WebThe United Pentecostal Church International (UPCI) is a Oneness Pentecostal organization with churches, ministers, and members across the globe. I felt schizophrenic because the two worlds were always in competition. a. Id always lived with my parents. The Holy Spirit is a promise following salvation, it is not a means of salvation. I could spend money like there was no tomorrow at the grocery store. All the ones included in this part were from the UPCI or other Oneness Pentecostal group. A bunch of people immediately deleted us as friends on social media," she said. Woman may teach younger women (Tit 2:4) they may teach a man in private. I missed out on joy, being more athletic, being a dancer, feeling beautiful, being playful, having relationships with my non-UPC family, getting help with my developmental disabilities outside a school setting, and not making plans for my future past 18. A. Mark McNeil: Former UPC Minister. 1. .. (Acts 2:1-4). (Col 3:16) (Eph 5:19). The Holy Spirit convicts the heart of man .. reveals righteousness through the truth of the gospel. B. A "cult" survivor who managed to break free has shared what her life was like for eight years, including not being able to cut her hair or wear pants. I missed out on joy, being more athletic, being a dancer, feeling beautiful, being playful, having relationships with my non-UPC family, getting help with my developmental disabilities outside a school setting, and not making plans for my future past 18. 1. (Acts 10:46). I was a good student in public school and a PK at home. "He that abideth in me, and I in him the same bringeth forth much fruit .. Yes, the apostles could perform miracles and did. If we will confess that Jesus is the Son of God God dwells in us. (Acts 10:46). A. John was not promising the baptism of the Holy spirit to everyone. III. 2008 Abby was into wearing band tees, dyeing her hair crazy colors, and wanted a bunch of tattoos and piercings. Because of my depression, coupled with having color damage and horrible split-ends since I wasn't allowed to trim it, it would often times become matted.". 5. This site earns funds via links to Amazon. D. With the coming of the Holy Spirit .. Great Mysteries were revealed 1. 1. I only have hope that our eternities will be spent together at this point. "But the Pharisees and lawyers rejected the counsel of God against themselves, being not baptized of him." One of the "Tenets" of the Pentecostal movement is the belief in the infilling of the "Holy Spirit" with the evidence of "Speaking in Tongues" or an "Unknown Tongue". 1. They ceased when the need for demonstration of powers was no longer needed. 6. We have the Holy Spirit within us by our faithfulness to God's word. Dress hemlines should I really hate that word! ", She struck up a conversation with a boy from her school, Allen, on the penultimate day of senior year, and turned to him over summer as "I just needed a friend to talk to because I felt alone. 2. Thats when we were snubbed leaving that day. This of course brings its own set of challenges into a relationship and a lot of undue stress on the wedding night. Certain conditions must be met before this life can be produced. I came out as bisexual in 2018 and that is something I had briefly given thought to in high school, but joining the church and hearing their anti-LGBTQ rhetoric for eight years caused me to suppress that beautiful part of myself for a very long time.". There are conditions to receiving the Holy Spirit: 4. 1. We know we have a "living" soul because our bodies live! They were to choose wisely and only those of good report. 2. We can know that the Spirit continues to dwell in us by the signs of life. 2. The Bible in itself is a book of miracles! The Holy Spirit is received "because ye are sons" (Gal 4:6) not to become sons! There are no new revelations D. Pentecostalism teaches that in 1914 .. another revelation was received .. revealing that being baptized in "Jesus Name" became tenets of faith. C. New life come about in the spiritual realm the same as in the physical realm. What he said was like a direct command from Jesus Christ himself. I felt I often needed to apologize to people I cared about in the church for my familys treatment of them in the name of God. The problem many religious people have is understanding just what God promised and how these promises are fulfilled.