What is The True Apostolic Pentecostal Faith And Church
Despite popular opinions and perceptions considered to be facts of what the Apostolic Pentecostal Faith and church is, and its
interpretations of doctrines and customs believed; therefore adopted and practiced; those opinions, perceptions and interpretations are not True Biblical perceptions and interpretations of the
Apostolic Faith and Church in general practices, teachings, interpretations nor customs; such as the wearing of prayer caps, floored dresses, no wearing of pants or make up by women nor jewelry by
men and women, no women ministers, baptizing only in Jesus name, the interpretation of Christ being the whole of the God head and trinity as though God His Father doesn't exist when He said this is
my beloved Son in whom I'm well pleased, and you have to speak in tongues to receive basic salvation or to be born again, which is in complete violation of salvation through grace and justification
by faith, faith in Christ and what He has accomplished on the Cross (John 3:16) as the only begotten Son of God (Ephesians 2:8).
All of these interpretations and perceptions of the Pentecostal Apostolic Faith is not the Biblical teachings of the Holy Bible, they are the personal beliefs and standards of men attempting to sanctify themselves, others and exert domination by those religious means, however, not discerning the scriptures by the Holy Spirit but by Religious Zeal, with the lack of understanding that Christ has sanctified believers by His Cross, His righteousness and God’s grace, because if you don’t understand the Cross of our Lord Christ, you will not understand the benefits of the Cross and the opporation of the Holy Spirit in relations to the Cross and every day living (Hebrew 10:14;) nor basic truths of God’s Divine Scriptures.
The word Apostolic is derived from the word Apostle, which means sent one or one who's sent to declare Christ and Him crucify/The Message of The Cross. As known, the Apostles were the twelve men called by Jesus Christ as disciples or students of the Lord. (Peter, Philip, James the son of Zebedee, John, Andrew, Bartholomew, Thomas, Mathew, Thaddeus, Simon, and James the son of Alphaeus). However, there are disagreements whether Mathias or Paul is the 12th Apostle; moreover, it is the Apostle Paul whom our Lord made the Master builder of the church, (1Cor. 10-15) and whom God gave the revelation of the New Testament who is Jesus Christ and Him crucify, and it is Paul who wrote ¾ of the New Testament and whom God gave The Tenants of The Faith, Faith in Christ/Cross and the foundational doctrines of the New Testament Church and Government
So in short, it is evident that the central theme of the Apostolic Faith or any church for that matter, was, is and forever should be Jesus Christ and Him crucify; and because it was, God moved mightily in those days through signs, wonders and miracles by His divine power in epidemic proportions, simply because God will only honor faith in Christ and what He has accomplished on the cross; it is so dear to the heart of God that it became His prescribed order of one's deliverance, grace and victory over the world, flesh and the devil; Romans 8:2; (this is the most our essential component of the Apostles doctrine, and as an Apostolic we are to adhear to it that it may become our very own, or any Christian organization or believer).
As it is quite obvious, the Apostolic Faith and church according to the Holy Bible, is really the Pentecostal church’s counterpart in its government and doctrines, although, as used in various denominations, Apostolic Pentecostal or Pentecostal Apostolic is united to the church in its original doctrines, actions and events, such as Acts the 2nd chapter which is the account of the Baptism or infilling of the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in other tongues, and the 9 gifts of the Holy Spirit given in 1st Corinthians 12th chapter. However on the contrary, many who are considered to be dispensationalists believes that these divine demonstrations and gifts in the book of acts were only contemporaries of the first century church and are not relevant to these times.
Although, others believe these 9 gifts (The word of knowledge, The word of wisdom, The gift of prophecy, The gift of faith, The
gifts of healings, The working of miracles, The discerning of spirits, Different kinds of tongues, The interpretation of tongues) along with the Baptism or infilling of the Holy Spirit has ceased
since the completion of the canon of scriptures, or were only for the Apostles, nevertheless, many who believe are experiencing the same events in their lives as did the first century church.
Finally, as we draw to a close, at the heart of the true Apostolic Faith is The Message of The Cross of Christ; if there's a desire to grow in grace and the knowledge of Christ's Cross, God will take
any confessing Christian as far as they are willing to believe in His timeless Truths. Pual says, as he lays down the mandate and message of the New Testemant Church in
1Corinthians 1:17; For Christ sent me not to Baptize, but to Preach the Gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the Cross of Christ should be made of none effect. The Apostle sums it up in verse 23.
by saying, but we Preach Christ cruxify, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks/Gentiles foolishness. So in short, Pual is saying every thing we need is in the Cross, not only our
Salvation but also our Sanctification, Justification and Redemption.
The Day of Atonement Represented Christ
The Day of Atonement is an invitation and command, calling believers, to identify with the death and sufferings of Christ. It was also a prophecy that Christ would suffer, and has been fulfilled in the sacrifice of the Son of God.
Hebrews 9:1-8: The high priest entered the most holy place once a year on the Day of Atonement. "The Holy Spirit was showing by this that the way into the Most Holy Place had not yet been disclosed."
John 14:5-6 "Thomas said to him, Lord, we don't know where you are going, so how can we know the way?" Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
This is teaching that the Most Holy Place was symbolic of the Father's Presence. We know that eternal life or Salvation, is to know the Father and his Son Christ Jesus, John 17:3.
Leviticus 23:29, "Anyone who does not deny himself on this day must be cut off from his people". Verse 32 say that you must "deny yourselves" by fasting "afflicting your souls" for 24 hours, on the Day of Atonement.
What is God revealing to us by commanding that we fast, afflict our souls and suffer on this day?
The reason, we are commanded to fast on the Day of Atonement is: that we may identify with Messiah; by taking part in the fellowship of Christ sufferings, and also be rejected by the world's leaders as He was.
Sadly, many Christians today are looking for acceptance by the world. If the world loves you, you do not belong to Christ. We should accept and expect to be rejected and persecuted by the world, as Jesus Christ was, and wear that persecution like a crown. Acts 5:41"Counted worthy of suffering" for Jesus Christ.
2 Corinthians 1:3-5 the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives.
Philippians 1:29 "It has been granted to you on behalf of Christ, not only to believe in him, but also to suffer for him".
Philippians 3:10-11 I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow to attain to the resurrection of the dead
1 Peter 4:1 "Since Christ suffered arm yourselves with the same attitude".
1 Peter 2:20-21, if you suffer for doing good and endure it, this is commendable before God. "To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example that you should follow in his steps".
1 Peter 4:12-13 "rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ".
Isaiah 53:3-12, describes the great suffering of our Savior, Christ Jesus.
Leviticus, 16:3-22 reveals the way God commanded the sacrifice to be performed on this day. The High Priest went into the Most Holy Place once a year on the Day of Atonement. 16:7-8, two goats presented before the Lord; one for the Lord and one for the scapegoat. Verse 15-17 the goat for the Lord is sacrificed to make Atonement; picturing, the death of Christ.
Verse 20-22, the sins of all Israel are placed on the head of the live goat or scapegoat and taken away to a solitary place. This pictures God removing the sins of all who accept the sacrifice "for the Lord" the death of the Son of God.
Praise the God and Father of our Savior, Christ Jesus.
Did God create the heavens and earth in six days? Yes!
I remember listening to a church of God preacher telling the church that the earth has to be millions or billions of years old. He pointed out that it would takes millions of light years for the light from a distant galaxy to reach the earth, therefore the earth has to be millions of years old. He is demonstrating a lack of understanding of God’s word, or a preference to accept man’s word instead of God’s revelation. We should realize that God’s power is limitless and many scriptures point out that God “stretched out the heavens”.
We should consider and believe the word of God and his revelation above the (false revelations) of the so called experts in this world. The premise of their argument is: (the entire universe came from nothing very slowly) beginning with a big bang and if you do not believe that they will trumpet that it took millions, or billions of years. And then the stupid will say; now that you put it that way, I believe everything came from nothing or I believe evolution. They will not accept the fact that nothing comes from nothing. God displays his creation in front of our eyes; the heavens declare the glory of God. The creation speaks for itself, that God is God. The millions or billions of year’s argument is like me telling you that the earth is being carried through space on the back of an invisible elephant; it’s invisible and therefore can’t be disproved ha ha, so it must be true
Consider how the heavens and earth really came to existence. Isaiah 42:5 This is what God the Lord says-he who (created the heavens and stretched them out), who spread out the earth and all that comes from it, who gives breath to its people, and life to those who walk on it. Isaiah 45:12 “It is I who made the earth and created mankind upon it (My own hands stretched out the heavens); I marshaled their starry hosts.” Jeremiah 10:12 But God made the earth by his power; he founded the world by his wisdom and (stretched out the heavens by his understand.) Jeremiah 51:15 “(and stretched out the heavens by his understanding)” To those who have eyes to see: The understanding of God, his glory and power is without speech. Psalm 19:1-4 “the heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour fourth speech; night after night they display knowledge”. As soon as the stars of heaven were created their light shined on the earth; for God stretched them out so that man will have the witness of his power and glory in the heavens.
WHAT WAS CREATED ON THE FIRST DAY? Genesis 1:2; now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. Verse 3, And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and he separated light from darkness. God called the light day, and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day.
What was created on the first day? Earth – Water – Darkness – Light – a separation between light and darkness – evening and morning, one day; as soon as the earth appeared it began its 24 hour revolution. At this point it is obvious it would be “formless and empty” because it would not be (formed and filled) until the 6th day. Many Christian preachers falsely teach that there were millions or billions of years between verse 1 and verse 2 of Genesis the first chapter. That would be a lie because that teaching calls God a liar; for God said in Genesis 1:5 it was the “first day”. If there were billions of days before the first day then the Word of God would not true; and we know that, God’s word is truth, John 17:17. Also our Lord said in John 10:35, “Scripture cannot be broken”.
WHAT ELSE WAS CREATED on the first day, THAT IS NOT specifically RECORDED? THE CORE OF THE EARTH; THE PHYSICAL FOUNDATION WITHOUT WHICH; LIFE COULD NOT EXIST. THE EARTH’S “SELF-SUSTAINING GEOMAGNETIC DYNAMO
Have you ever been Angry with God? When tragedy strikes, many people become angry with God
however He is always by our side. In my work, I often deal with those who have experienced tragedies in their lives. Many times, they
become angry with God because of these tragedies and wonder how God could allow them to happen. On the other hand, these people often feel guilty that they are mad at God. In reality,
however, the bottom line is that God did not cause these so called tragedies to occur, nor did He ignore their prayer request. Every thing that happens in our lives is a learning experience for
the growth of our souls. Sure, we could learn life's lessons in easier ways, but sometimes we do not listen until there is a crises. During various times in our life, our souls may create
events such as illnesses that forces us to wake up and make changes we wouldn't otherwise have made. Continue Reading
Christ And the Cross Our Victory
Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 2 And when He had fasted forty days and nights, afterward He was hungry. 3 Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, “If you are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread”. 4 But He answered and said,“ it is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God’”
5 Then the devil took Him up into the Holy City, set Him on the pinnacle of the holy city, set Him on the pinnacle of the temple, 6 and said to Him, “If you are the son of God, throw Yourself down. For it is written: He shall give His angels charge over you; and in their hands they shall bear you up, lest you dash your foot against a stone.’” 7 Jesus said to him,“ It is written again, you shall not tempt the Lord your God.’”
8 Again, the devil took Him up on an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. 9 And he said to him, “All these things I will give You if you will fall down and worship me.” 10 Then Jesus said to him, away with you, Satan! For it is written, You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.’” 11 Then the devil left Him, and behold angels came and ministered to Him.
Jesus overcame allurement without a doubt. You, also, can have triumph over enticement by completely confiding in God's Word and filling your faith with it. See how each time Satan enticed Christ in the wild, He addressed Satan's enticements with the power of Scripture. He didn't struggle about it and He didn't examine it. Jesus accepted God's Word, and He personally lived, contemplated and retained the Word of God. He cited God's Word, considered it—and, yes, He even protected it with righteous indignation.
Furthermore, when your faith is involved and clothed with the Word of God, you, too, will have triumph over temptation against all odds. To be a victor and not a victimized person, mimic the life of Christ. To annihilate Satan schemes against you, put God's word into practice in your life and Christ preeminence.
Well, one of the greatest questions today, and rightly so, is how do we receive the same victory over the vices of Satan as our Lord did nearly eighteen hundred years previous, now that Christ has ascended to heaven and we as believers are still dealing with continued attacks from the devil through the world and flesh. Jesus said in John 14:18 – I will not leave you comfortless (helpless): I will come to you (through the Person of the Holy Spirit) John 14:26 – But the Comforter (Helper), which is the Holy Spirit (Proclaims the Third Person of the Godhead), Whom the Father will send in my Name (because Jesus paid the price on the Cross, enabling the Holy Spirit to come in a completely new dimension).
Now! that we have the Aid of the Holy Spirit, we can Overcome the Vicious on-slots of Satan, only through the Cross of Christ. In other words, the victory that
Christ Won on Calvary becomes our victory, simply, because we are in Christ and Christ is in us, “it’s called the Divine Entanglement” (Galatians 2:20). As Jesus exhibited Faith in the Word, so
must we exhibit Faith in Him, for He is the living (logos) Word and the Benefits of the Atonement, only made possible by His Obedience, even unto the Death of the Cross, (Philippians 2:8) then, the
Holy Spirit is Free to work in our life and begin the Now! legal process of strengthening and transforming us unto the image of Jesus Christ, through the Power of the Holy Spirit because our faith is
in the correct object, whom is Him. It is essential to know that the Holy Spirit doesn't demand a lot from us, "but Only! that our Faith be Forevermore in Christ."
Grace, can only come as a result of the finish work of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, as we accept Him as our Savior and "Maintain" our Faith in Christ and what He accomplished on the Cross for the whole of humanity, that Grace, only received through believing and declaring Him as Lord of our life, will be prevalent in our walk with the Holy Spirit, as Apostle Paul said in 2 Corinthian 12:9 – But He said to me, My Grace is sufficient for you. In essence, Jesus is saying My unmerited favor has made you victorious, you don’t need anything else to be triumphant you already are, because your Faith is "Exclusively in Me and My Atoning Work on Mount Calvary." Therefore, you are hid in Me in God. Colossians 3:3 - For you are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. My victory is your Victory because I am that source in which you draw every ability, power, strength and heavenly might, through the Holy Spirit. However, you walk in the Spirit as your Faith is Exclusively in Christ and what He has done via the Cross on Golgotha's Hill, the place of the skull. Zachariah 4:6 - Then He answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit, saith the LORD of Hosts.
by Bishop Amos Elliott
The Message of the Cross Church, also known as the Church Purchased With His Blood, declares original bible truths, now lost in the churches of today. They believe
that in order to receive God given results, you must not leave God’s prescribed order of doing things. This can be altered through new age ideologies, beliefs and shallow philosophies nurtured by
humanistic views and overtones.
Charleston, SC, January 28, 2014 -- The Message of the Cross Church, located in Charleston, SC, declares the original message of the cross, a practice that sets it apart from many other churches in Charleston and the surrounding areas. The original message, given by God and taught by the Apostle Paul, was ministered in the power of the Holy Spirit by churches founded by the Apostles in the first century. They preached the cross for salvation as well as born again believers’ sanctification. Unlike modern churches, the Message of the Cross Church is devoted to teaching and practicing “original God given Bible truths.” Continue Reading
Series: Biographies of Unbelief
Sermon: Uncertain Belief
Main points and observations of Sunday's teaching
Expositor's Study Bible:
17 And one of the multitude answered
and said, master, I have brought unto You my son, which has a dumb spirit.
18 And wheresoever he (the demon spirit) takes him, he tears him: and he foams, and gnasheth with his teeth, and pines away: and I spoke to Your Disciples that they should cast him out; and they could not (the idea is, they tried repeatedly, but without success; hence, the taunts of the Scribe).
Observation 1. The Scribes were taunting the
Disciples because they could not cast the demon out but, they them selves would not and could not help the young boy. Sometimes, those who don't want to follow the Lord or the True Gospel of Christ
and Him Crucified, would begin to taunt or talk negative about those who are trying to serve the Lord in Spirit and Truth, but, they themselves are lost or don't have the courage to accept Christ as
Savior or leave (False Doctrine), if they claim to be save.
Observation 2. The Disciples lacked Power to cast the demon out of the young boy. However, they would receive the ability to do so in Acts Chapter 2. after that the Holy Spirit came upon them, they were Baptized with the Holy Spirit with the evidence of Speaking in Other Tongues as the Spirit gives utterance, which is the physical evidence of the infilling of the Holy Spirit. Moreover, they represented the results of the Church with out the Mighty Power of the Baptism With the Holy Spirit.
Because, of the (Lack of Belief) and teaching the Baptism in the Holy Spirit (With) the Evidence of Speaking in Other Tongues, the Preaching and (Proper) understanding of the Cross and Faith in Christ, churches are resorting to psycology, sociology and other (Worldly) means, God has not sanctioned by His (Word) for believers and even the unchurch alike, to receive victory over the world the flesh and the devil. The church today is in the worse condition since the reformation, because of (False Doctrine) and (False Faith) which Christ is not the object of, and a Lack of True Belief.
Observation 3. Many believe that this young boy was
possessed with a lunatic and suicidal demon, because he would foam at the mouth and the demon tried to kill him several times. However, all demon poses people are not intentionally killing themselves
nor foaming at the mouth, nontheless, they are parishing in sin because they will not ask the Lord to pardon thier sins and eccept Him into their hearts as Lord and Savior so they can be Quickened
and made Spiritually alive in Christ by the Holy Spirit in order to receive that Everlasting and abundant Life which can "only" come through Jesus Christ and the Cross of
by Bishop Amos Elliott
The core of the earth, (about the size of our moon) HAD TO BE CREATED ON THE FIRST DAY. According to today’s knowledge the core of the earth is a solid metal inner core and molten liquid metal outer core. They produce a self-sustaining loop known as the earth’s “geomagnetic dynamo. The revolution of the earth produces a constant spin of the Earth’s (liquid metallic outer core, around the solid metal inner core) and generates an (invisible) magnetic force field that shields our planet from harmful radiation in space. Without this (invisible) magnetic force, the earth would be defenseless against the lethal effects of solar wind and cosmic rays. This (magnetic shield) extends thousands of miles into space protecting us mainly, from the harmful radiation generated by the sun. This creation of the core or “foundation of the earth” allowed for the creation of the atmosphere on the second day otherwise we would not have the breath of life; the air we breathe would dry up. Some scientist suggest that the Earth’s protective magnetic field is weakening and may be gone within a few hundred years, exposing the Earth to the relentless blast of charged particles from space with dire, unpredictable, consequences for the atmosphere and life on our Planet. All this reminds me of what Isaiah 48:13
“My own hand laid the (“foundation of the earth”), and my right hand spread out the heavens.” Zechariah 12:1 this is the word of the Lord concerning Israel, who lays the (foundation of the earth), and who forms the spirit of man within him.
Speculation - WHAT DAY DID GOD CHOOSE FOR THE FIRST DAY OF CREATION?
LET’S BEGIN WITH WHAT SEASON GOD WOULD CHOOSE FOR THE (FIRST DAY)? WOULD IT BE, IN THE SUMMER, WINTER, FALL, OR SPRING? THE FIRST DAY OF CREATION WOULD OBVIOULSY BE IN THE SPRING. AND, THE FIRST DAY WOULD BEGIN WITH GOD’S MOST IMPORTANT HOLY DAYS, THE PASSOVER, AND THE DAYS OF UNLEAVENED BREAD. FOR CHRIST WAS SLAIN FROM THE FOUNDATION OF THE WORLD. Revelation 13:8 SAYS “the Lamb that was slain from the creation of the world." THE (FIRST DAY OF CREATION) WAS THE 15TH DAY OF THE FIRST MONTH,) THE MONTH ABIB IS THE FIRST MONTH OF GOD’S CALENDAR, Exodus 12:2, 34:18. THIS MONTH CORRESPONDS WITH APRIL. THE DAY BEGAN IN DARKNESS; OUR LORD WAS SLAIN JUST BEFORE THE BEGINNING OF DARKNESS ON THE 15th DAY OF THE MONTH; TWILIGHT OF THE 14TH. Leviticus 23:5 The Lord’s Passover begins at twilight on the 14th day of the first month.
OUR CREATOR WORKED FOR SIX DAY AND RESTED ON THE SEVENTH DAY, CREATING THE SABBATH. WE COULD SPECUALTE THAT EACH DAY OF THE SEVEN DAYS OF UNLEAVENED BREAD, REPRESENTS A DAYS OF CREATION. THE PASSOVER WAS, DAY ONE OF, GOD’S CREATION; OUR HEAVENLY FATHER’S MERCY PROVIDED FROM “THE BEGINNING”