Pentecostal Churches of the Apostolic Faith is the
continuation of the great revival that began in Jerusalem, on the
Day of Pentecost, AD 33. This organization has as its foundation
the doctrine of the Apostles and Prophets, and we claim Jesus Christ
Himself as the Chief Cornerstone of our faith. (Acts
2:11-12) (Ephesians 2:19-20). The true followers
of Christ have always suffered persecution and near extinction,
but God has always sounded a refreshing note that in every age He
would have a people who would yield themselves to His Word and His
divine plan; and, because of this, God has ordained that the true
church should "earnestly contend for the faith that was once
delivered to the saints" (Jude
1:3). That is to say that we must hold to our biblically
based tenets of faith.
As the Sons of God,
Jesus Christ's visible representatives in this world, we recognize
that God is at work and has manifested Himself in the United States,
Great Britain, Canada and the uttermost parts of the world, and
has validated His presence through signs, wonders and many miracles.
The advent of Christ
and the descent of the Holy Ghost began on the Day of Pentecost
and can be traced back to the days of Tertullian (AD 33), Chysostom
(4th Century), Christians of the Thirteenth Century, the early Quakers,
Wesley, Whitfield and Irving. The Church has always manifested the
gifts of the spirit as was in evidence during the many revivals
that swept over America in the late Eighteenth Century.
history reveals that in 1901, in the State of Kansas, this revival
broke forth in a mighty way and moved southward through Texas, reaching
Los Angeles, California in 1906. This revival, manifested by the
outpouring of the Holy Ghost, spread throughout the whole earth,
entering into nearly every nation under heaven, penetrating even
into the heathen darkness of India, China, Africa and the isles
of the sea, fulfilling the great commission of our Lord, "Go
ye into all the world and preach the Gospel every creature,"
(Mark 16:15-20; Matt. 28:18-19; St. Luke 24:47-49 and Acts 1:4-11)
by proclaiming the soon coming of the Lord.
So great was this awakening
that, in just a few years, many towns and cities, large and small,
were witnessing the Pentecostal outpouring of the Holy Spirit. Not
long afterwards, there began to appear, hi various localities, places
of worship designating themselves by such names as: The Apostolic
Faith Mission, Pentecostal Mission, Apostolic Faith Assembly, Full
Gospel Assembly/Mission, Assembly of God, etc.; their one common
aim being to contend for and preserve the faith which was taught
to the saints in the days of the Apostles, proclaiming the Bible
as their Creed, Discipline, Rule of Order and Charter.
It is the primary aim
of the Pentecostal Churches of the Apostolic Faith to glorify our
Savior, Jesus Christ, who alone gave His life upon the cross, that
He might redeem us from all iniquity and purify unto Himself a peculiar
people zealous of good works. The Lord Jesus desires that we should
show forth His praises, since it was He that called us out of darkness
into this marvelous light of salvation. Our Lord requires and expects
that we be blameless and harmless, the Sons of God without rebuke,
in the midst of a crooked and perverse society.
that the light He has placed in us would truly shine outwardly into
a world that is groping in spiritual darkness. We are hold forth
the Word of Life in such a way that we can give spiritual understanding
"to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to
guide their feet in the way of peace (Titus
2:1-13; I Peter 2:9; Phil. 2:15 and Luke 1:79).
It is our
Christian duty to lift the fallen, visit the sick, strengthen the
weak, encourage the fainthearted and comfort the feebleminded. We
should further seek to point the lost to the way of salvation and
urge all believers to seek a spirit filled life. (Eph
5:18 and Acts 19:1-16) and to prepare for the coming
of the Lord Jesus Christ (James 1:27;
I Thess, 5:4; Mark 16:15-18 and Matt 25:1-13).
It is our
indispensable duty, as partakers of the "Royal Priesthood,"
to offer supplications, prayers, intercessions and giving of thanks
for all men: for kings, presidents, governors, magistrates, and
all that are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceful
life in all godliness and honesty (I
Tim. 2:1-4; Rom. 13:1-7; I Peter 1:9 and Rev. 1:6, 5:10).
of the Most-High God, we pledge to submit ourselves to every ordinance
and law of man, whether that submission be to the governor, or a
representative of the state that is authorized and carries the powers
of the state to punish evil doers, so long as these ordinances do
not infringe upon our God-given liberties, which include service
toward God according to the dictates of our conscience
(I Peter 2:13-17; Titus 3:1-12 and Matt 22:21)