Posted by: Apostolic Oneness Pentecostals | May 1, 2010

What ever happened to the statement of faith portion of your church’s website?

Isn’t it funny you can watch tele-evangelist on TV and wonder to yourself what foundation is their church or teachings built on? You go to their website and there is NO STATEMENT OF FAITH! No “what we believe” section. You click on the “about us” tab and then another tab opens up that gives you the biography of the Pastor and First Lady. What ever happened to not being ashamed of the DOCTRINE that your church teaches??????? Do people even know what their church’s believe anymore. Is it just shouting and speaking in tongues? THATS IT????????????

Check this out. If I were to convert to Islam or Buddhism, the first thing they would do is be able to clearly tell me from whatever book they read, what their DOCTRINE is and what their religion stands for. Why is it with Christianity we skip over “The Book” (The Bible) and go straight to blessings and miracles and a donation section to support the ministry financialy??? I’ll never get it.

Acts 2:42 And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers. If the Apostles Doctrine was good enough for the saints of The New Testament Church, then it should be good enough for the Saints of 2010 and beyond. What kills me is that the church of today does not even attempt to mimic the New Testament Church. We hide things under the guise of “Well its a new day, we don’t need that anymore”. Understand this, if on the Day of Pentecost 3,000 people were added to the church in Jerusalem just by preaching EXACTLY what Jesus left the Apostles to teach (hence the Apostles Doctrine) why is this not happening in our churches today? Is it because we prefer to throw away DOCTRINE and place more importance on the biography of a Pastor???? Not once did you see any New Testament preacher introduce themselves by telling you what synagogue they grew up in and when they received their Masters of Divinity. It was always a humbling experience to be called to preach the Gospel and they consistently wanted to hide themselves under the DOCTRINE of the cross.

If the Apostles aint teach it, I don’t want it and you shouldnt either. Its time to get back to the basics.


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  1. You head on now there, bro! Wonderful insight! I have found the very same thing! “The doctrine” is one of the very first things I check out when I’m looking at a particular minister’s ministry. Another thing I’ve found that IF there is a statement of faith, it is so “broad and open” that anything can be read into it! Is the dollar (sorry, Creflo!) that Almighty that certain ministers are afraid to stand for the Word of the Lord? For if they were to stand for the Word of the Lord in its pure form, there might not be as many radio listeners, television-watchers, and money contributors?

  2. We need to be careful, also, of how the Word of the Lord is (mis)used in these situations. For example, principles such as sowing into the Kingdom, sowing and reaping, confessing Scripture, living as if the prayer is already answered — these are all standard fare for Apostolic Pentecostal believers. However, when taken to the Nth degree and perverted — followers of such practices can be left in spiritual (and financial) shipwreck. A main point of safety can be the answer in the Biblical call to salvation given to the hungry crowd on the Day of Pentecost: “Then Peter stood up from among them and said, ‘Repent, and be baptized, every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.'” (Acts 2:38, 39) Look for “the Plan” in that minister’s statement of faith. If s/he does not stand for the truth of the gospel, it’s pretty likely one is not going to be taught the unadulterated Word of the Lord!

  3. true!

  4. well the true is that we need a last weaking up in the apostolic doctrine one more time and also we need to become people of hours of prayer not just minutes because even christ say to peter in matthew 26: 40
    Then He came to the disciples and found them sleeping, and said to Peter, “What! Could you not watch with Me one hour? 41 Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
    in this scripture the lord is saying to them to pray hours and not just minutes and be constant at it.
    we need prayer and fasting and faith to can get up and make the impossible because it is a call from God. matthew: 17:22 and 23

    20 So Jesus said to them, “Because of your unbelief;[d] for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you. 21 However, this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.”[e]

    lets make a better battle with prayer and fasting but with faith that it have power.

  5. Brother David is on the right page with what the Lord gave him to write as as comments!

    While it is never my attempt to purposefully offend people with gospel truths, sometimes people are, and on this one, some people might be. I would much rather be on the Lord’s side on the type of prayer and fasting Brother David speaks of than “special fasting” with the town’s ecumenical council where we all get together and “fast” with chocolate milk-shakes!

    “Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke? Is is not to deal thy bread to the hungry?, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out into thy house? (Is Glenn Beck reading this? :-). When thou seest the naked, that thou cover him? and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh? (Isaiah 58:6-7).”

    Be careful saints — for what the Lord gave the Apostle Paul to write is very true. “A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump.” In a sense he’s saying that “One bad apple spoils the whole bunch.”

    It DOES matter what we “let” into our souls!

  6. Mmmmmmmm YES Praise HIM! Keep the comments coming. I’m actualy learning a lot (and glad I’m not the only one that notices these weak or so called “statement of faiths”.

    TESTIFY PEOPLE OF GOD! TESTIFY!!!!!!

  7. So many of us “out here” in day to day life are very appreciative and grateful for you, Brother. For (keeping) God’s holy standard, and raising the bar for His holiness in this age when the spiritually lazy are doing the opposite. How our inward parts ache when we observe the Brothers and Sisters we once churched, shouted, and shared Truth with, cause even sinners to blush in embarrassment! Sinners don’t even participate in some of the worldliness that these “saints” (that now have mega-bucks) do!!! Some of their activities are too “sinful for the sinners”!

    But thanks be to God, who poured out part of Himself upon us with the Baptism of the Holy Ghost. “For when He, the spirit of truth is come, He will guide you into all truth.” Jesus promised how it would be when He returned as the Treasure in earthen vessels! Simply listen to Him, folks! You don’t need the “magic trick of the month” from the revivalist on television to get you through! God’s word will do it! If you can’t understand it — get with some study buddy’s and you can all read it together. That will make understanding it easier!

    Stay close to His side. Read His word and fast, just as Brother David shared with us earlier. He won’t fail us.

  8. YES LORD!

  9. So I am known to have a different mind set than most people and see things from a different perspective. So I am warning you that this is going to be a very different opinion and feeling on your topic. I feel that churches are not ashame of what they believe in but want to reach everyone. I think they feel that by putting that section on their website will cause someone who has a bad experience with a church that belives the same as them to not come to church and in turn not give their life to Christ. I feel that the Apostolic churches have hurt and wounded alot of people by some of the actions done. I am a very proud Apostolic young man but feel like as
    Apostolics we sometimes come off a bit self righteous like we are the only ones who have it right. I do feel that being baptized in Jesus is the Biblical instruction God gave man for salvation. I also feel that someone baptized in the three person is still saved as I am if they have received the Holy Ghost. I have met some Apostolics who do not agree. The sad thing is that some Apostolics do not consider other Apostolics are truly sved becaused of issues such as dress and ect. I feel God is calling for unity in His church even across denominational lines and organizational lines. I feel that we as christians need to focus more on saving souls and not what this organizations allows and what this one doesn’t. It is time out for that people are dying daily with out recieving Christ in there life. I pray I did not offend anyone but I am just expressing how I feel

  10. God is NOT calling for unity across denominational lines. That is false my dear brother. Someone has to be TRUE and someone has to be FALSE. There can be no blending of denominations UNLESS all are going to agree in the same plan of salvation. God IS however calling all to operate in total TRUTH.

    Do you know why we have denominations? Its because of different belief systems that cause numerous branches to form. Someone has to be erroneous eventualy after so many “isms” and “schisms”.

    Now, lets step back for a moment and scratch the NAME of certain denominations or organizations completely off the list. We are left with basic Christianity. Christianity teaches only ONE way to inherit eternal life. There are not numerous roads which all end up somehow at the same destination. Its funny how there are numerous ways to end up in hell (the list of sins are too many to list) however the bible only speaks of ONE way to end up in heaven. The biblical plan of salvation does include SOME while it EXCLUDES others (meaning those that will not be obediant to the Word). Understand this, there is only one MODE of baptism and only one mode to be filled with the Holy Ghost (and the evidence that follows it). Regardless of the name of the denomination, we ALL must go down that ONE road or we simply will perish.

    Salvation is INCLUSIVE of all nationalites, races and creeds however it is EXCLUSIVE to only those who will obey the biblical command of being baptised in water in Jesus Name and filled with the Holy Ghost.

    Remember, “when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth” John 16:13. If one claims to be Holy Ghost filled, they must abide by the truth that the Holy Ghost reveals unto them.

    Your comments are always welcomed and no offense was taken. Your post was very tasteful.

  11. I agree, Brother. No offense here, and the post was very tasteful.

    As I have gotten older, I realize that on Mount Sinai, the Lord DID NOT give unto Moses the Ten Suggestions, but the Ten Commandments. When Peter preached to the crowd on the Day of Pentecost when the Holy Ghost was initially poured out, and the church began, he did not teach A way of salvation, but THE way of salvation. In John 14:6, Jesus Christ did NOT say He was A Way, but that He was THE Way.

    “There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end therof is destruction.”

    I’ll leave the business of “who is” and “who isn’t” saved up to the Lord, and obey the word!

  12. Quote from post:
    “Isn’t it funny you can watch tele-evangelist on TV and wonder to yourself what foundation is their church or teachings built on?”

    You know what else is funny…The people who clammor after them, exalt them, hype them up all the while questioning their foundation. People should not turn their foundational beliefs on and off like a faucet, and nor should people get hype when they give seemingly sound doctrine during one sermon if the rest of the stuff they say is nonsense.

    Quote by Apostolic Pentecost:
    “God is NOT calling for unity across denominational lines.”

    Did God ask for denomiations either?

  13. Ok so I am a little confused by your blog you promote different activities and talk about different things going on in various organization even some who are not Apostolic which to means you are promoting and supporting other denominations. So if you can support or promote other denominations why can you not promote unity within the body of Christ.

    Before I say my next statement I want to say that I am a true believer of the Apostolic doctrine. I am a firm believer that God intended for all people to be baptized in the name of Jesus and that everyone needs to be fill with the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in unknown tongues. I say that all to say that if God can fill someone with the Holy Spirit who is not baptized in Jesus why can’t we accept them as our sibling in Christ. TO me the fact that other denominations can receive the Holy Spirit shows me that God accepts them and so should us as Apostolics.

  14. The Apostle Peter did not, under the unction of the Holy Ghost, give a myriad or a series of “several plans of salvation” in which an individual can choose one and *kaboom* he’s saved. Is the Lord pouring out of His Spirit upon all flesh? Oh Yes yes yes! People are getting to the Upper Room and are having their own person Pentecostal experiences by the millions! But — never do I read that “this is the plan of salvation until 1975. After that, you don’t need Jesus’ name.” That is NOWHERE to be found! It is not “being true” to a group of religious organizations, either. Just read the history of the church when it started. In every instance when an individual was water baptized, it was in the name of Jesus Christ. This in NO WAY negates the experience(s) with the Lord that s/he already has, but the name of Jesus is essential — just look at the Scriptures!

  15. Good post, brother. I’ve noticed for a while now that many churches, even so-called “Apostolic” churches have been hiding their beliefs, and not posting a statement of Faith.

    It seemed to me that a S.O.F. used to be standard on almost every church website I went to, but it seems like little by little, churches are leaving that off their websites. Sad. Are they afraid to show their “real” doctrine, because they dont want to scare people off by being “too Apostolic”??!! Shame on them.


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