Confirming and Condoning the Articles of Affirmation
Ps.101:6 Mine eyes shall be upon the faithful of the land, that they may dwell with me: he that walketh in a perfect way, he shall serve me.
I will attempt to show why I cannot and why I feel we should stop this practice of making our ministers guilty of heretical practices; when we make them sign the articles of affirmation of our faith; what we teach in the Lord’s scriptures and how we are to live our lives before our creator. Who are we to set parameters and boundaries? Is not the Bible our instruction book for that? If I can show one reason why we should not, then all of these practices are to be in question and should be stopped right away, for just the mere fear of offending the Father above and stepping into the realm of blasphemy of our very own scriptures, such as 2Tim3:16All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.
And James5:12But above all things, my brethren, swear not, neither by heaven, neither by the earth, and neither by any other oath: but let your yea be yea; and your nay, nay; lest ye fall into condemnation. What part of condemnation did we miss?
Condemnation or condemned may refer to: A strongly worded rebuke (beat back, chop down, as in hack down a forest or grove, to lay waste, as in kill it.) Damnation, the antithesis of salvation:
Jesus on Oaths Taking: Matt.5:
33Again, ye have heard that it hath been said by them of old time, Thou shalt not forswear thyself, but shalt perform unto the Lord thine oaths:34But I say unto you, Swear not at all; neither by heaven; for it is God’s throne: 35Nor by the earth; for it is his footstool: neither by Jerusalem; for it is the city of the great King.36Neither shalt thou swear by thy head, because thou canst not make one hair white or black.37But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatso-ever is more than these cometh of evil.
First we are not to sign pledges or oaths to anyone but our Father which is in heaven Exo.20.1-5:
1And God spake all these words, saying,2I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.3Thou shalt have no other gods before me.4Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.5Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me. This clearly shows that your piece of paper is just as bad as being an idol that we have to bow down to, in order to preach (serve) His word in our churches of the UPCI; I thought they were His churches! If anyone was to know better than this it should have been us. In God alone will I trust all my actions and affirmations to, Him only will I pledge an oath to, for only He is worthy. Rom9:15 from Exo.33:19 I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show mercy on whom I will show mercy, where is the UPCI’s mercy? By deitizing our words of the articles of affirmation over scripture we are in fact no better than the Cardinal Law of the Roman Catholics in trying to make ourselves deity above all scripture, and into a denominational universal church, are we not?
As I go forward with my rebuttal of the articles of Faith, I do not have to but prove one error with its being in violation to God’s commandments and that should be but enough, to discontinue its use, and we would be better off to be teaching His scriptures, than to be trying to make man made laws and manmade doctrines, in trying to justify our views and practices. Is it not enough that all men will face their Lord on judgment day? Phil.2:10That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; then why are we to bow before this man made constitution of the articles of affirmation of faith? Have we not learned a lesson from our fore fathers, such as the Sanhedrin, as well as the Roman Catholics? Why are we pursuing these things? Is it so important to try and keep out the adversary, when God can do that all by Himself? Is not our God all powerful and all things are possible with Him alone all by Himself? Matt.19:26But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.
Mark10:27And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible. And Luke18:27And he said, (Jesus) the things which are impossible with men are possible with God.
The Lord alone is all sufficient to bring about salvation why then are we trying to hinder His people with our rules and regulations? Our compassion and tolerance to sinners and the faithful alike where are they? Prov26:12Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit? There is more hope of a fool than of him. Prov.21: 2Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but the LORD pondereth the hearts.3To do justice and judgment is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice.4An high look, and a proud heart, and the plowing of the wicked, is sin. Are not our Presbyters treading on dangerous grounds, when they put themselves above His scriptures? Are we not to strive to have unity?
Where is the unity when our ministers must sign an illegal oath in order to stay with the UPCI? For in James we should have learned that our ya should be ya and our ney should be ney and that is all that is required of the Lord’s people: (James5: 12But above all things, my brethren, swear not, neither by heaven, neither by the earth, neither by any other oath: but let your yea be yea; and your nay, nay; lest ye fall into condemnation.) Then why are we to be forced into an oath? Prov.21: 11When the scorner is punished, the simple is made wise: and when the wise is instructed, he receiveth knowledge.12The righteous man wisely considereth the house of the wicked: but God overthroweth the wicked for their wickedness. Should not we consider His words for instruction, and then consider ourselves as wise? For our Lord will not be mocked; are we not acting foolishly? For without a doubt this UPCI is dividing its own house and a house divided cannot stand.
UPCI is trying to instruct its own ministry as though they were children, with these articles of faith; we all are to seek and work out our own salvation with fear and trembling according to scripture; surely we in the ministry have searched the scriptures and are capable of rightly dividing the word and teaching the same to our people so that all shall be saved even ourselves: (1Tim4: 16Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.) Instead of being accused of a spirit of immaturity, as to be considered as one of those that need to be weaned from our mother’s breast: Should we not do as the Holy Spirit instructs us to do and say to our congregations? Should this be all that is required of God’s apostles, preachers, evangelist, prophets and teachers as well? I thought Gal.1:8But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that, which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. 9As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed. And Rev.22:18For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: 19 and if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.
Surely God was saying we were not to add or take away from this book, surely He was saying the entire Bible; would He not mean the whole, of all the books of His scriptures, as in every word as instructed by Paul in 2Tim3:16 as well?
For we all must stand before our creator and justify ourselves Gal.6:1-18: (1Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted. 2Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.3For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself.4But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another.5For every man shall bear his own burden.6Let him that is taught in the word communicate unto him that teacheth in all good things.7Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.8For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.9And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.10As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.11Ye see how large a letter I have written unto you with mine own hand.12As many as desire to make a fair shew in the flesh, they constrain you to be circumcised; only lest they should suffer persecution for the cross of Christ.13For neither they themselves who are circumcised keep the law; but desire to have you circumcised, that they may glory in your flesh.14But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.15For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature.16And as many as walk according to this rule, peace be on them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God.17From henceforth let no man trouble me: for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus.18Brethren, the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.)
And should we be as our Lord and Saviour and not be a respecter of persons as in James 2:1My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect of persons. 2For if there come unto your assembly a man with a gold ring, in goodly apparel, and there come in also a poor man in vile raiment; 3And ye have respect to him that weareth the gay clothing, and say unto him, Sit thou here in a good place; and say to the poor, Stand thou there, or sit here under my footstool: 4Are ye not then partial in yourselves, and are become judges of evil thoughts? 5Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him? 6But ye have despised the poor. Do not rich men oppress you, and draw you before the judgment seats? 7Do not they blaspheme that worthy name by the which ye are called? 8If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well: 9 But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors.10For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all. Is that not what this affirmation of Faith is but a judging system for the righteous-ness of UPCI minister’s to teach to our congregations other than just true apostolic doctrines? How can the UPCI board stand before our creator on judgment day without being judged by their own standard’s, my Bible tells me judge not lest ye be judged. (Matt7:12)
Are not the words of the Lord’s guidelines sufficient for His believers to preach from His irrefutable Words 2Tim3:16, 17 is all we need to concern ourselves about; instead of signing something that carries no weight according to God’s authority. Just who do we think we are? Is this not the foolishness of man that is surely to perish before our Lord? That we put our rules and legislature above His written authority. Who are you trying to fool and bring along side your own folly but another foolish man unaware of God’s irrefutable scriptures, and bowing down under the pressure of his peers to keep a certification so he can stay in your organization just so he can attend your B.O.T.T. and to be able to vote on your committees’ ?
Does not our Lord tell us that we are not to be a respecter of persons, why are you? If one goes to your schools of instruction; one is awarded a certificate of completion and rewarded with credentials, surely this is as much as receiving a bribe in the disguise of an education. You have made us into a denominational church when you alone say that no one without a license from UPCI can stand and minister a sermon in one of the Lord’s churches without one of your credentials, what are we to do when the Lord gives us a calling, to go and preach, and teach; let alone, as He commissioned each and every one of us when He said to pick up our cross and follow Him, did He not? And if we don’t we are none of His and not worthy of Him. We cannot do this unless, we hold your credentials, and we cannot hold your credentials unless we sign your article of Affirmation of Faith; what is the reasoning behind this? You have made us no better than the Roman Catholic Church as trying to be deity themselves and setting doctrine over that of our Lord’s.
After we have been redeemed with His blood and baptized in His glorious Spirit and become new, why are we being withheld from doing His scripture for the sake of manmade traditions again? 2Cor5: 17Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. 18And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; 19To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. 20Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God. 21For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
The great commission of Jesus unto His disciples has given all of us the authority to go and preach repentance, baptism in Jesus name, for no other name is given by which we must be saved or in which salvation comes and to be filled with His Spirit and reborn in newness of life in the Spirit and no longer bound by the flesh, are we not? But yet we cannot baptize our converts without your credentials, let alone start a church of our lord Jesus Christ in our home or Lord help us if we want to bring salvation to the General public, without your authority, where is the reconciliation with that policy?
The Bible tells us that no one man is to interpret the prophesies or scriptures (2Pet.1:20Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.) of our Lord, for the Holy Ghost will instruct all of us in all truths and lead all men in all righteousness of God’s will, He will direct our steps and paths. Matt.6:33 & Rev.3:20 let us just take a look at Rev.3:20Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.21To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.22He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.
If we seek the Lord with all that is in us and walk in all righteousness of the Holy Spirit then we are commissioned, no we are commanded to go and preach this glorious gospel to the entire world, to all people and nations to all that draw a breathe. Matt.10:38And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.39He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.
So why is it, that we cannot do all that is commanded of us by our Lord in the UPCI without signing this document that man has made up, instead of following the word of the Lord?
If we vary away from one scripture, we might as well vary away from all scripture. When you promote and tell us we are not to abide or abed any wrong doers and unfaithful or nonbelievers and those that destroy property, and we are not to yoke ourselves to those that are nonbelievers or those who are unfaithful and then in the next breath tell us that we do not support killing and that we will not support cowards, and yet you want us to serve a country that is in direct conflict with our Lord’s teachings, and you want us to aid in the support in abiding with our government’s killing and destroying the people of Islam or any race for that matter: This would be against the Lord’s commandments, and our own government is trying to get away from its alliances with Israel as well and we all know those who curse Israel will be cursed and those who bless His people will be blessed. So why are we to make a pledge or oath to our government: that is in direct conflict with His living word in which we are to abide by, which you are promoting in the articles of faith? (Matt.5:43, 43Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.44But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; etc.) Take heed to your Affirmation my brothers. I will take this stand only for our Country and for our Enemies and you also; Luke 23:34Then said Jesus, Father; forgive them; for they know not what they do. As well as in Acts7:60; Matt5:44; (Luke5:27-31: 27And after these things he went forth, and saw a publican, named Levi, sitting at the receipt of custom: and he said unto him, Follow me.28And he left all, rose up, and followed him.29And Levi made him a great feast in his own house: and there was a great company of publicans and of others that sat down with them.30But their scribes and Pharisees murmured against his disciples, saying, Why do ye eat and drink with publicans and sinners? 31And Jesus answering said unto them, They that are whole need not a physician; but they that are sick.32I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.)
How can you tell us to abide with them who willingly destroy their enemies against God’s words and to work in a role of support to help them who destroy, which in the previous paragraph you told us not to do so? You cannot have it both ways, you are contradicting yourself.
I know we are to keep our allegiances to our country and pay our taxes and to keep her laws, as Jesus told us to render unto them who had authority over us. But that is as far as we have to go to being compliant with their laws, for me to obey; I must keep myself righteous to my Lord and Saviour and our Father’s scriptures, and that is all I have to worry about. We are not to take oaths and we are to keep the Royal Law (James5:12; 2:8) as for it is like unto the first to love our brethren, our brothers in this world and even those who are sinning and bring them to the Lord, and to Love our God with all that is in our possession, our mind, spirit, soul, and strength and everything that is in us, we are to give freely as was given to us by our Lord; as Peter and John did on the way into the Temple, all that we have, we are to share with our fellow man. James2:8If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well: 9But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors. 10For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.
I cannot see how standing up for and supporting our country as it destroys her enemies is going to keep my salvation with the Lord. I never heard one of our representatives saying that they reached this decision after great and meaningful prayer and fasting, and that the Lord told him that we were to go kill all or any of them, but I heard Bush say that the whole world will see what happens when someone attacks our nation, I always thought the Bible said to repay evil with kindness so that your enemies will reap buckets full of hot coal Prov.25: 21If thine enemy be hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he be thirsty, give him water to drink: 22For thou shalt heap coals of fire upon his head, and the LORD shall reward thee. And vengeance is mine sayeth the Lord; Romans12:17Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men.18If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.19Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. 20Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.21Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.Heb.10: 30For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people. 31It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. If UPCI follows on this course of oath taking then will it not fall by its own words?
So why are we to take an oath to this country as well as this UPCI and put their oaths over our Lords scriptures and our oath at repentance with our maker as being our all in all? Even though I agree with most all of what is in the oath or the articles of affirmation of Faith that is beside the point, it is the Precedence that they are trying to set and get away with which is the principle of the thing.
We allow our organization to do this once; what is next? We alone should know by all means who is sovereign, why is it then we are always trying to make ourselves equal to Him? Have we not learned anything from our fore-father’s in this and even in other religious movements, as well as governments?
If you can find fault in one law of the Articles of Faith then all are in question and we all must be aware of God’s precepts upon precepts when we cross one we are to correct it or find ourselves an adversary against the very one we say we love and follow. Isa.28:13But the word of the LORD was unto them precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little; that they might go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken. Can we violate one of His Laws so that good will abound, “God Forbid” as Paul would say in Romans6: Romans 6:1What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? 2God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? 3Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? 4Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.5For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: 6Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. 7For he that is dead is freed from sin.8Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him:9Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over Him. 10For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God.11Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through (Greek, ἐν en which is In Christ Jesus.) Jesus Christ our Lord (KJV).12Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. 13Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God. 14For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.15What then? Shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.16Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? 17But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.18Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.19I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness.20For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness.21What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death.22But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.23For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
So then, can we then in all good consciousness sign anything that could be wrong on one point, I think not. As for me and my house we will serve the Lord and Him only will we serve. (Josh.24:15)
Dear brethren, let us pray in all faith that we will receive enlightenment from our Lord Jesus in this matter as to keep our sanctification, consecration that comes from Him alone and not from a certificate. I don’t know about the rest of you; all I can do is try and keep my righteousness that I received from Him and I must be about His business regardless of the UPCI’s position. God help us all if it comes down to ministering to the general public about our Lord’s mercy and grace and not being able to because of a lack of a card from man’s organizational institution in as much as we see that we have become in this instance! Who are we to answer to God or man?
I suggest we show some discernment in this matter and remember what the apostles taught us in Acts4:19But Peter and John answered and said unto them: Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye.
For surely the Lord our God has called us to serve Him only and to teach His ways, by the power of His Spirit in us we are called to fulfill all righteousness. This is getting near impossible with our organizational structure in the UPCI. For we cannot fulfil scripture as it was written by our Lord with the ways our churches are currently structured and its bylaws and so called constitution or Article of Affirmation of Faith; I rest my case on the Affirmation of Faith, with this Prov.30:6Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.
We must admit that all are called but few are chosen, who are we to decide who has been chosen unless we hear those who wish to preach His word, and allow the Holy Spirit to guide us with His power of discernment and move us in a direction of truth by the hearing of His words being preached.
One last example of how our structured rules are not of a Biblical structure Eph.4:1-32. I have shown my Pastor many times how the Lord has shown me or told me to tell our congregation as well as the rest of the churches things that He wanted us to do, and then the Pastor brings in an Evangelist and confirms my prophetic preaching to my Pastor several times and as yet, I am not regarded as a Prophet and if I was, should I not have been proven by now? And in the Lord’s Holy Word we find that a Prophet is held in first order after an Apostle in Eph4:11And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; 12For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: So would this not entitle me to hold such a distinguished piece of paper as those of you?
If our church government cannot remedy this and other types of questionable actions then why are we to attend this type of church and pay our tithes to those who are not properly structuring our churches, in a true Biblical system set by our Apostles doctrines, the very same, that we say we are teaching?
No matter the gift of God that we receive from Him, we still must go to your schools and pay the bribe price of your education, before we are to enter into the alumni of your prestigious ranks. How hypocritical, this is why I see that you have decided to put just another man made hindrance (tradition) before our Lord God’s people, because of man’s arrogance to be the creator, instead of the created. This you do to support the claim that because we have gone to school, college, and graduate college, surely the general public will let us bully them into submission, by our vast knowledge we are so much better than they and thusly you have just become a respecter of persons. For you respect those who have college doctorates’ over us who do not.
Where is the grace, where is the compassion to bring a brother of lower degree to a higher degree? Where is the benevolence of God that we are to be teaching our congregations? How are we about His business when we are always about our structure and honoring our leaders in our own ranks, and you cannot tell me that there is no favoritism in generational children coming up through the ranks? If it were not for Isa.59:21 and the truth of this word being preached, I would not be in your churches, but the hypocrisy is getting hard to take, I’m not judging, I’m just stating facts; I would love to become one of the administration; so that I could vote on such matters but we have had that taken away from us with the way the structure is currently. Only Pastors of certain ranking can vote in the general conference; which is wrong and is yet again being a respecter of persons.
Why is it not open to the whole public and open to voting from all the congregations of all the people, even those abroad (such as the AIMer’s, are they not doing the work of a missionary?); we could hold them in a coliseum or a sports arena, and open them up to state wide evangelism at the same time?
Why is it that our organization cannot become more transparent on our web site as well, it took me a week to find out who our general superintendant was for our district, just to ask him what our regulations were so I could get my requirements meet to become a certified minister, just so I can baptize my converts; if I can bring them to the lord and get them through repentance, and receive Jesus as their personal savior you would think I could baptize them, but not according to UPCI. Now I’m no certified theologian, philosopher, psychologist, or any of the above but I have a strong desire to know all of Him and I’m in an in-depth study of all of His ways which makes me somewhat a Christian Theologian by proxy, and I would much rather be for UPCI than against, but how can I, with all that is going on in our ranks? Right now the words of John the Baptist come to mind, and we are not making His paths straight, for they seem kind of, not so much crooked but really curved, and we are not to get out of His path to the right hand or the left, narrow is the way, is it not? Prov.29:4The king by judgment establisheth the land: but he that receiveth gifts overthroweth it. Our Lord established our church, and now we have to pay to preach in it: We see how our church is getting undermined from the top down, is this not how the veil was ripped in two? Why are we setting doctrine? The Bible does that all by itself without us! Prov.30:13There is a generation, O how lofty are their eyes! And their eyelids are lifted up.
And we are supposed to know how the Lord feels about High and Haughty eyes and a Proud Heart! But if we repent, we will be shown mercy from our Lord, Prov.28:13He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.
Now I know no other Church Organization that I would prefer to belong to than the UPCI, for I dearly love the way we reach out to the lost with missions, evangelism, and the rest of our depts. It sorely pains me in my heart, to have to say anything against our foundational truths, or the way we are to conduct ourselves. If we stay entirely within our scriptural truths and basic doctrines handed down from our founding Apostles then I would gladly keep my trap shut, and not be like one of the Proverbs I keep bring up. I pray that I’m not overstepping boundaries right now, such as those in Prov.29:20Seest thou a man that is hasty in his words? There is more hope of a fool than of him. And 30:10Accuse not a servant unto his master, lest he curse thee, and thou be found guilty.
I can only pray for forgiveness if I am; it is not my intentions to cause dissentions; and ask the Lord to forgive me, for who am I to council the Lord’s chosen, who try their best to lead us in all righteousness with all their hearts, minds, souls, spirits, and strengths, I’m sure! I’m proud of our people for the zeal and the fire that we have burning in our hearts. Only let our zeal not be in vain, but in all reverence to our Lord and creator our Jesus, let Him lead us in this matter I pray. In the only name that we behold to be Devine the name above all names in Jesus’ name: Amen, and Amen.
God bless us and let us pray on this and come to His understanding in these situations we are facing here and now, and finally let us do His will: All wisdom and glory be forever yours, sweet Jesus lead us on in your righteousness our King of Kings, Jesus our lord and Redeemer, save us now from ourselves in Jesus name I pray Amen.
Let me leave this thought with all concerned in this matter: Psalm 131:1Lord, my heart is not haughty, nor mine eyes lofty: neither do I exercise myself in great matters, or in things too high for me.2Surely I have behaved and quieted myself, as a child that is weaned of his mother: my soul is even as a weaned child.3Let Israel hope in the LORD from henceforth and forever. Should not we do the same, and let the Lord be Lord and we follow Him and just humble ourselves and preach and make disciples of all people and nations and have that be enough for us!
Ecc.3:14I know that, whatsoever God doeth, it shall be forever: nothing can be put to it, nor any thing taken from it: and God doeth it, that men should fear before him.
Before we continue with anything, above all, let us remember one more thing, that to fear the Lord is the beginning of wisdom and when we fear Him, this is truly understanding, why must we continue as though we are in darkness; let us come out into His eternal light and step back and just resume our lives in great faith, and allow Him room to do His will instead of ours! In closing this final thought let us not make it more difficult than it already is trying to please God our Lord Jesus than this. Ecc.12:13Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. 14For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.
This is truly the totality of the matter, let God be God and let us try to resume our position, as to be His humble and faithful servants and that is all we are! Finishing up with one last excerpt from our own Meet the UPCI manual for up and coming ministers, that is required reading, to be read from the Word Afalme Elective Series: (Page number 47) To the ancient Israelites, Moses said, “Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you”. Deu.4:2
Later, Agur (Which means hire or hireling a synonym for Solomon) added, “every word of God is pure: He is a shield unto them that put their trust in Him. Add thou not unto His words, least He reprove thee, and thou be found a liar. Prov.30:5-6”
“The only safe course of action for those who wish to please God is to reject all doctrines which appeal to any authority but the Scripture”.
These are your words that I quoted from not mine, you cannot have it both ways, you have to live by God’s commandments and scriptures and make them our own commandments too! James2:10For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all. And 5:12But above all things, my brethren, swear not, neither by heaven, neither by the earth, and neither by any other oath: but let your yea be yea; and your nay, nay; lest ye fall into condemnation. Jesus said in Matt.5:37But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil.
And finally 1Tim4:16 16Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.
Thank you for allowing me to voice my humble opinion, and far be it from me, to try and set any rules, let alone doctrines, for that matter; all the Apostles have already done that as far as I’m concerned, wouldn’t you also have to agree with this prophet, laymen, and wantta be preacher, and say so yourself?
One last quote from the required reading course books for our Local Ministry License: From “Their Story: 20th Century Pentecostals”, pages 20, 21: By Stopfard A. Brooke said, “If a thousand old beliefs were ruined in our march for truth, we must still march on.” And Emerson said “The greatest homage we can pay to truth is to use it.”
Acts2:47Praising God, and having favor with all the people. Can we say that today? If not then we have lost the true apostolic heritage that we claim to have!
2Tim1:7For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. John4:24God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. Then if we want to worship and move in the supernatural realms with God in the Holy Spirit, then we have to be in truth or the Spirit will leave us for the Holy Ghost will not dwell in sinful vessel. Gal.6:7Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. Remember 2Tim2:19-26, if we follow all scripture correctly we would be in persecution right now if we were to follow Paul’s teachings in 2Tim1-18 and adhere to the heart of the scriptures from Matthew to Revelations we surely would be in dire straits as the apostles were continually. The reason we are not is because we follow what we think is going to get us by the Lord’s requirements with the least amount of stripes, but why are we just fooling ourselves? If we know the scripture as we should, as Paul said in Phil.2:12Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling: Then we should endeavor to know the very heart of the matter of everyone of the Lord’s Devine scriptures so that we adhere to every syllable, and not violate the intention or His very heart and mind of the matter!
These and many other scriptures are being violated every day and our Lord is very weary of the lack of seriousness and reverence we have behind the pulpit and lack of enthusiasm and fire in His people. Every one of our material possessions, children, wives, and even our jobs we put before our master’s service, to reach the lost and dying generations going to hell as we speak. This truly is our first calling after receiving the Holy Ghost and that is to reach those who are in the world and to bring them to a new understanding and way of life; and then we set the perimeters in which they can operate in and tell them we must come out from among the heathens and then watch our pastors sail off on another cruse with them that are in the world. What a hypocrisy of the very nature of the scripture to come out from among them and I will make you a priestly nation! These are those who are spending and miss apportioning the Lord’s money. We find them spending money on trips called fellowship going off yet again to a show in Branson, when they themselves tell us not to go to amusement parks and football, baseball, and some say public schools because of the sex education classes being in a mixed population in the classroom or even the material being discussed should be discussed between the parent and the child; but yet we cannot keep our pews separated from having girls as well as boys on the same pews. This was not the way of our forefather’s and are we not in violation of the commandment to honor our fathers and mothers and do as they have instructed their children? The Lord changes not why are we? Now you know well as I that I could make this an all day and all night sermon on the things that need to be discerned and corrected!
In conclusion, I feel we owe it to Brother Russell as well as the UPCI, since this is not a perfect world and always in transition, even though the Lord is not changing, we must not either. In all honesty and righteousness, we must come clean and confess our faults before the Lord Jesus in order to make His book of life ours. Matt.5:48 was not put in the Bible as some goal to shoot at but it was put in there to do and observe with fear and trembling! 48Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect. This Bible we have is not just for guide lines but it is to be laid down as a law before us to live or perish by! Therefore if the UPCI is doing wrong, should we continue along with the same unethical principals: And considering our moral obligations to our Lord’s irrefutable words and to continue and allow Brother Russell our pastor to violate ethics as well as moral understanding before our Lord as well as us that now know the truth of the matter at hand before us? Should he not if he is signing these articles of affirmation to receive his credentials, must he not carry out what he has signed? And if so should we not as a church stand behind our pastor and adhere to all of the UPCI’S codes of conduct, even though they cannot keep them themselves, just to keep our faith in the organization we claim to be part of? We love that name Pentecostal but we should be looking to a more righteous title and that is as our founding fathers titles as Apostolic Apostles and servants of the Lord Jesus Christ.
I have been brought to my knees before our Lord Jesus and have seen Him and I will have you now He is not happy. The only scripture that I know out of the whole Bible which describes His feelings with this world is this; Luke12:49I am come to send fire on the earth; and what will I, if it be already kindled?
There are many other things that were told and shown me that I cannot even begin to tell, words do no justice; they would have to be spoken in an unknown language, a heavenly language! And the more I speak unto you about these matters the more accountability you are going to be responsible for! Luke12: 48But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more. Now if Brother Russell went and agreed to uphold some manmade traditions should not we; we are a corporate church body that is to support our pastor and adhere to these worthless policies; for truly it is the Lord that knows all and sees to the very heart of man and knows all his ways and his outcome before we know ourselves. This is how He knows whose heart to forgive and who is righteous and will try with all their hearts to fulfill His requirements, commandments, statutes, and precepts. If Brother Russell signed it, we need to start living by it! Who holds the greater sin the Lord will and has already sorted out but Cindy and I will not be part of it!
So in all actuality this is our good bye to this congregation and we are in truth just letting you know what I know because the Lord gave me to this body of believers, and I have told all of these things to Brother Russell and now you know enough, Brother Russell knows the rest of what the Lord has given me to tell him and the things I still know that are for me and Him (our Lord) and no other until the time that He will tell me to speak it. Whether Brother Russell gives these to you is up to him but I will leave you with this: John4:44For Jesus himself testified, that a prophet hath no honour in his own country. So with this being said, I will cut this off for I could truly continue for days, months, and years could not contain the truths that the Lord has shown me and continues to show me. As soon as I quit giving His testimony to whomever He will allow me to tell; I will go home to Him, but there is still work to do here, while we have the light we are to continue in His ways! What I can tell you is this, Gabriel has the trumpet to his lips and is ready to blow, for us to meet Him in the air and to go home for awhile before we come back to rule with Him in His kingdom on earth. When the last soul is saved in the last remote country and Island in the Pacific we will be going home! Mtt.24:14And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come. This is why our priority needs to be reaching the lost at all costs, this will allow the end time progressions to come to pass sooner, it is up to us to reach them, and we need to be about His business when He comes or perish! This is truly how He knows who are His, if they will forsake all for Him and do His work. John14:15; 15:14 and Matt.12:48But he answered and said unto him that told him, Who is my mother? And who are my brethren? 49And he stretched forth his hand toward his disciples, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren! 50For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.
I will not lose my inheritance and will be about His business when He comes, as for me and my house we will follow Him in all things, no matter what comes to us, it is in the Lord’s hands to show us what we must suffer for His Name’s sake! If you have been baptized in His Holy Spirit you are called to serve Him with every fiber of your being, with all your gifts from Him; for if you do His Will; He will give further gifts according to your faith! So do as Paul said and seek the best of those: 1Cor12: 31But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way. Now covet in the Greek used here means to seek as well as hold on to as well as desire for, you seek the Lord and He will come closer to you.Matt.6: 33But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. So in word or deed, do in the name of Jesus Christ my brothers, keep the faith at all costs to you, because if we are truly doing right in our Lord’s eyes, we will start getting persecuted, it was fore told by Jesus Christ Himself and our fore father’s have born witness to persecutions and tribulations as well! If we are not being persecuted, it is because we are too close to and living as those who will be condemned. For one reason they have not put Jesus first in their hearts, minds, spirits and do not give Him all their strengths, at all times!
Our country is going to perish because it is living a lie; it is said in God we trust and it does not! If it trusted in God it would allow God to protect it from her enemies, and if she were truly living correctly she wouldn’t have any enemies to begin with, if we were to spend our nations budget on defense, converting people and helping our brothers and sisters; all counties, even our own people, would respect living for our God because only blessings comes from doing good for evil. This would truly prove our faith with our Lord; we all know the lesson taught by our Lord Jesus in Matthew chapter 5; why are we not living it, where is our faith? Why would any country try and destroy a country that was trying to help them and feed them? If they don’t want to know the Lord our way we are to keep helping them and be that light on the hill Jesus was talking about and eventually they would convert to loving a God that was good and generous as ours (Ro.2:4), if you keep my commandments all these things will be added unto you! We need to put our faith in our everyday lives, as well as All His Commandments not just the ones we want! Sin is Sin, one equals death! Lord knows I could preach on, for there is so much He wants you to know and find, but we are to seek out our own salvation with fear and trembling! I’m out of time but not out sermon, now let us come to a decision in this matter, I know what I’m going to do but this is a personal decision for each of you to make, I have done what I was told to do! Now seek out your own salvation! Just keep this truth in mind; John4: 24God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit (not only the Holy Ghost but in the very heart of the matter, the true spirit of the commandment, by doing it with a pure heart, willingly and out of Love for Him) and in truth. I usually never use the Amplified Bible translation but it is so much more descriptive than the King James I must use it here: Gal6:7Do not be deceived and deluded and misled; God will not allow Himself to be sneered at (scorned, disdained, or mocked by mere pretensions or professions, or by His precepts being set aside.) [He inevitably deludes himself who attempts to delude God.] For whatever a man sows; that and that only is what he will reap. KJV: 7Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. So in conclusion let us pray for guidance and for forgiveness for violating His scripture in our ignorance; for our Father which is with us will surely forgive a repentive heart; as we try to find the truth of the matter, who is with us right now with us in our presence as I speak to all of you. For where two or more are gathered in My name He is in the midst of them; so let us pray to Him now for guidance into all truths!
Lords Way Ministries
Rev. G. L. Boyett, Sunday Aug. 7, 2011 revised Sunday Nov.13, 2011.