An Answer to the Pentecostal
Systematic Theology of the Assemblies of God
Stanley M. Horton
~ Revised Edition ~
Contents to be Examined and Answered:
By Rev. G. L. Boyett
Lord’s Way Ministries International & Bible College
Professor/ Dean Rev. G. L. Boyett
List of Contributors to Systematic Theology (5) /
Edited by Stanley M. Horton
Preface / 7
Historical Background / 9
Gary B. McGee
Theological Foundations / 39
James H. Railey, Jr.
Benny C. Aker
God’s Inspired Word / 61
John R. Higgins
The One True God / 17
Russell E. Joyner
The Holy Trinity / 45
Kerry D. McRoberts
Created Spirit beings / 179
Angels: Carolyn Denise Baker / 179
Satan and Demons: Frank D. Macchia / 194
The Creation of the Universe and Humankind / 215
The Origin, Nature, and Consequence of Sin / 255
The Lord Jesus Christ / 291
David R. Nichols
The Saving Work of Christ / 325
Daniel B. Pecota
The Holy Spirit / 375
Mark D. McLean
The Holy Spirit and Sanctification / 397
Timothy P. Jenny
The Baptism in the Holy Spirit / 423
John W. Wyckoff
Spiritual Gifts / 457
Divine Healing / 489
Vernon L. Purdy
The New Testament Church / 525
Michael L. Dusing
The Mission of the Church / 567
Bryon D. Klaus
The Last Things / 597
Stanley M. Horton
Glossary / 639
Selected Bibliography / 657
Scripture Index / 676
Subject Index / 701
This concludes the pages in their book’s Contents;
List of their Contributors:
Benny C. Aker, Ph.D., Professor of New Testament and Exegesis at Assemblies of God Theological Seminary:
Carolyn Denise Baker, M. Div., Instructor in the Bible and Theology at American Indian Bible College and National Appointed Home Missionary:
Michael L. Dusing, D. Min., Professor and Department Chair,
Theology and Philosophy as Southwestern College of the Assemblies of God:
John R. Higgins, Th.D., Educator, Missionary to India:
Stanley M. Horton, Th.D., Distinguished Professor Emeritus of the Bible and Theology as Assemblies of God Theological Seminary:
Timothy P. Jenny, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Pastoral Ministries at North Central Bible College:
Russell Joyner, MATS, Associate Pastor of West End Assemblies of God, Richmond, Virginia:
Byron D. Klaus, D. Min., Professor of Church Leadership at Southern California College:
David. Lim, D. Min., Senior Pastor of Grace Assembly of God in Singapore:
Frank D. Macchia, Th.D., Associate Professor of Theology at Southeastern College of the Assemblies of God:
Bruce R. Marino, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Bible and Theology at Valley Forge Christian College:
Gary B. McGee, Ph.D., Professor of Church History, Chair, Bible and Theology Department at Assemblies of God Theological Seminary:
Mark. D. McLean, Ph.D., Professor of Bible at Evangel College:
Kerry D. McRoberts, M.A., M.C.S., Assistant Professor of Bible and Theology at Trinity Bible College:
Timothy Munyon, M.A., Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies and Greek at Trinity Bible College:
David R. Nichols, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Pastoral Studies at North Central Bible College:
Daniel B. Pecota, D. Min., Professor of theology, Greek, and Bible, Divisional Coordinator for Religious and Ministerial Studies at Northwest College of the Assemblies of God:
Vernon Purdy, Ph.D., Candidate, Assistant Professor in Bible, Central Bible College:
James H. Railey, Jr., Ph.D., Candidate, Associate Professor of Practical Theology at the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary:
John W. Wychoff, Ph.D., Professor of Bible and Theology, Chair, Church Ministries Division at Southwestern Assemblies of God College:
Rebuttalist’s Qualifications and Preamble:
Reverent Servant to the Most High God, Jesus Christ, by revelation only as seen in Lk.21:14-15! (Seen in verses: 12 But before all these, they shall lay their hands on you, and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues, and into prisons, being brought before kings and rulers for my name’s sake.
13 And it shall turn to you for a testimony.
14 Settle it therefore in your hearts, not to meditate before what ye shall answer:
15 For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist.)
Rev. Gary L. Boyett of Lord’s Way Ministries International and Bible College:
I stand alone against all these and the Word of God as my testimony against them and their so called “Holy Trinity of Catholicism”!
I a Oneness Monotheistic Jesus Only, God called and commissioned (Apostle) of Jesus the Christ. I alone stand against all these named above in defense of TRUTH!
QUOTES: From Their Story: 20th Century Pentecostals by Fred J. Foster, pgs. 20 & 21,
First by Emerson who said this, “The greatest homage we can pay to truth is to use it.”
The second is by Stopfard A. Brooke who said this, “If a thousand old beliefs were ruined in our march for Truth, we would still have to march on.”
Here is the main reason why; Jesus is Grace and Truth Jn.1:17, and if we are ordered to Love Him and Keep His Commandments Jn.14:15, then we had better have a firm grip and knowledge and a clear understanding of His Grace found only in His words to us Ac.20:24 & 32, by His Holy Spirit Baptism (Ac.11:1-18) so we can have His mind in us 1 Cor.2:1-16 so we can be one with God and be His Holy Vessel (2 Cor.6:14-18) seen in 2 Tm.2:19-22, that has a pure heart, Mt.5:8 for only they will see God, they who are cleansed by the very words given to us by Jesus, Jn.6:63 & 68 seen in Jn.15:20 and His Apostles to us as called forth for a testimony in Eph.5:26 & 27, of those who are taught of God by Himself in us lk.21:14-15 seen in Jn.6:45, Jer.31:31-34, Is.54:13, for they are taught of God by Him; and are in no need of a teacher 1 Jn.2:20 & 27, for they are a True Saint (mono hagios 2 Pt.1:21, apo Theou Antropoi!) Holy One’s of God’s Work and Word in us Jn.1:12-13 of God’s doing!
Indexes and Contents will be built as we go and pages noted in the final drafts:
Any references that will be used by others will be duly notes and cataloged in the proper place by an * and noted at the bottom of the current page:
My Preface will be as seen by the existing references and abbreviations used by the preface in the writings we are examining today most we use Thayer’s Lexicon and Concordance as well as BDB as well as Wigram’s Englishman’s Concordance and Lexicons, as well as Strong’s Concordance, for any Hebrew or Greek references needed:
Systematic Theology of the Pentecostal Assemblies of God; in review:
First Edition of Lord’s Way Ministries International & Bible College Systematic Theology 101:
By Rev. Gary L. Boyett
Written in the Last Days, 4/24/2016!
An Answer to Assemblies of God Systematic Theology, Creed and Dogma!
As far as the History of the Assemblies of God and their preface by Stanley M Horton and General Editor; I will not spend much time with, due to the fact the History of any organization is subject to real justification and verifiable facts, otherwise it is all subjective to dispositions of memory of how one perceived them to be! Look at Josephus for example, and even Philo, not to mention all the mistakes found in Eusebius as well. So I will not spend any time with this but move right into this thesis:
An answer to Assemblies of God, Systematic Theologies by Rev. G. L. Boyett. No comment on chapter one. It was mostly history of the Pentecostal Movement and a review of as to what they believe and why. Much has to be said about this section as to their beliefs but we can move into that in chapter 2; it is most likely to be redundant at this time to enter into a debate on anything said in chapter 1; only to say this; that none of them up to this point has entirely left the Roman Catholic Church or the Dogma of three gods being co-equal and co-eternal of the same substance which is oxymoronic and is un-defendable pre or pro-supposition to try to debate, let alone base a Creed of Fundamental Axioms on: At least as far as I am concerned! I will show why later on, when we study their own theology, by the way is their Christology as well; let us begin.
Chapter 2; Theology or theological foundations: by James H. Railey, Jr. & Benny C. Aker
Every paper of theology or philosophy that are nothing more than the existence of idealism or beliefs, regardless if realism plays a major fact or not, some things must be taken on faith, or there is no religion or beliefs at all to begin with; as well as no pleasing God, Heb.11:6! So let us get to the first of their main points or axioms: (page 39 paragraph 1): We see here that they need two persons to defend their three god system of theology. Can two walk together unless they agree? No! Otherwise they go separate ways. This is why the churches in general lost their power, they have to return to their first love and that is Jesus Christ, who is both “LORD” and “The CHRIST” Ac.2:38 who is LORD of ALL Ac.10:36! See Rev.2:4-5 as to what those churches need to do!
Chapter 2 second paragraph page 39:
When starting a Systematic Theology paper we need to set definitions or axioms also called a maxim, to terms used in the paper; we see here that they start off with the subject of God and that God does exist and has made Himself known to mankind; so far I too am in agreement, so far; but in the case of the Assemblies of God, they have their gods as well; namely three (1.) The Father (2.) The Son of God, Jesus the Christ, (3.) The Holy Spirit, (The power of God and responsible for gifts of the Spirit. Stated by Melvin L. Hodges speaking at the Congress at Wheaton College in April 1966, where he recognized the importance of the Kingdom for understanding a New Testament Theology of Mission, he declared the Church to be “The present manifestation of the Kingdom of God in the Earth, or at least, the Agency that prepares the way for the future manifestations of the Kingdom. Its mission therefore is the extension of the Church throughout the world…It is the Holy Spirit that gives life to the church and imparts gifts and ministries as well as power for their performance.” Page 33.)
But in all fairness the first paragraph is trying to set a maxim or an axiom for a foundational thought in which to lay stones, and foundation in which to build upon: So the belief in God, not “An” or “A” God but just God for them is safe to say here: To my estimation they are making a safe call here; they say He, God has revealed himself to mankind and made Himself available to mankind of anthropology and to anthropologists! Unfortunately to the AOG! See Mt.11:27; Lk.10:22; and Jn.6:45. The true children of God, have seen Him and know Him as seen in 1 Tm.3:16 and Jn.1:1-18 when the Holy One manifested Himself in a seed of a Levite girl called Mary, whose mother was sister to Elizabeth also from the tribe of Aaron and married to a High Priest Zechariah in the English translation and written as Zacharia in the Greek, Englishman’s Interlinear, Lk.1:1-fs. Verse number 12 looked at here for example. But we true Pentecostals see Jesus manifested in the Spirit without measure is placed in the seed of Mary (Jn.3:34), as seen there. Thus making the Holy Spirit which is the Father that is inside Jesus who doeth the works (Jn.14:7-9), and is the very God seen and told to us by Jesus Himself to us by Godly men of Old 2 Pt.1:19-21, who have a more sure foundational theology than of those men of the Assemblies of God, that they are trying to establish here and now; but back to see who God is, in the very eyes of Jesus, for He told us God is a Spirit, Jn.4:24! The same God that told us to be Holy because He is Holy (1Pt.1:13-16 and Ex.19:6)!
We left off with God being the Holy Spirit, because Jesus told us who God is, just that simple Jn.4:24, everything the Hebrews have known and understood from the Zech.14:9, That God is One Deu.6:4! Imagine that True Monotheism; just as Jesus told us all along that the Father in Him is One Jn.10:30! And when we see Jesus we are seeing the same God “ONE-HIMSELF (Jn.16:28 & 1 Tm.6:13-16)” Who sent (Manifested Mt.1:18, 20 and 23; Lk.1:35, who can do all things Lk.1:37 & Mt.19:26) in and by Himself, Jn.12:45, when you see Me we have seen the Father the very one who sent Him! Even as Jesus has explained to us Himself in Jn.8:58; that He alone was before Abraham in the Spirit, see Heb.12:9, for God is the place, “Thee Place” from which all spirits originate Heb.12:9, and to which all spirits return Ecc.12:7 to Jesus Christ, seen in Phil.2:10 to which every man who is to know God. Will return to for judgment, Mt.16:27, Phil.2:10-12 and Rev.14:13: Where we must work out our own salvation by His requirements not a religious council! Or a Systematic Theology Course! But here is the main subject matter that needs to be brought forward in this Thesis; if they fail on the first axiom on which they try to build upon as here and miss the mark as they did not knowing the God-man Jesus the Christ is God with us our Immanuel, that is the Holy One, who was, and is, and is to come; Rev.4:8, God Almighty Himself as seen in Is.9:6, they lost their chief corner stone of their foundation to begin with and all the rest they have to say is pure conjecture and Heretical Hearsay!
Rev. G. L. Boyett
Lord’s Way Ministries International & Bible College
Written in the Last Days 4/26/2016!