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Articles of Faith                                              General Superintendent

1. There is but One living and true God, the                        Bishop Ronald Wilson
     great Creator, and there are three Persons
     in the Godhead: the Father, the Son, and                  DAYS OF DESTINY
     the Holy Ghost. Genesis 1:1-27; Matthew
     28:19; 1st John 5:7.                            THE JOY OF THE LORD

2. We believe the Holy Bible to be the                    Jesus says, “These things have I spoken unto you, that My joy might
     inspired Word of God. 2nd Timothy 3:16;          remain in you, and that your joy might be full” (John 15:11). For a Christian,
     2nd Peter 1:20, 21.                              joy is the outward expression of an inward experience. Christ living on the
                                                      inside will manifest Himself on the outside. Hundreds of years before the
3. We believe we are justified when we repent         earthly incarnation of Jesus, Nehemiah said, “The joy of the Lord is your
     of our sins and believe in Jesus Christ.         strength” (8:10). He made that statement during an extremely difficult time
     Mark 1:15; Acts 13:38-39; Romans 5:1.            in the history of God’s people. After many years of captivity, they were
                                                      finally granted permission to go back to their beloved city of Jerusalem
4. We believe Sanctification to be a definite         and rebuild the walls. Although the process was difficult, they learned that
     work of grace subsequent to Salvation. St.       perseverance and determination are strengthened by an inward joy, which
     John 15:2, 17:16, 17; Ephesians 5:25-27; 1st     can only come from the Lord.
     John 1:9.
                                                          America is facing unprecedented challenges, especially with respect
5. We believe in the Baptism with the Holy            to our Christian values. Although I am writing this article prior to the
     Ghost, and speaking in other tongues             upcoming presidential election, you will not read it until after America
     as the Spirit gives utterance to be the          has made its choice. An uncertain tomorrow seems to be creating fear
     initiatory evidence of this experience. Acts     and panic in the hearts of many people, even those who profess to be
     2:4, 19:6, 10:44-46. Since the Spirit gives      Christian. That inner turmoil is not likely to change regardless of which
     the utterance when one is baptized with          political party wins. So the question then becomes, How do we intend to
     the Holy Ghost, we reject the teaching           live considering such uncertainty? Will we respond in the same manner as
     that one who has received the Baptism            the world, or will we rise to a heavenly calling and standard? Can we find
     of the Holy Ghost can speak in tongues           peace in the midst of the storm? I not only believe we can, I believe we
     at will, without the Spirit prompting the        must. The world is in dire need of an example of true Christianity that rises
     utterance.                                       to a higher level of living. If we respond the same way as those who do not
                                                      know Christ, what does that say about what we have?
6. We believe in divine healing for the body.
     Acts 3:2-12, 9:32-43, 5:15, 16; James 5:14. We       The land of Judea was also facing distressing days when Jesus was
     do not condemn medical science.                  born in Bethlehem about two thousand years ago. From the natural

7. We believe every gift we receive from God,           “The world is in dire need of an
     including divine healing, comes through           example of true Christianity that
     the merits of the atonement. Romans 5:11;          rises to a higher level of living.”
     James 1:16-17.
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8. We believe in the operation of the nine
     Gifts of the Spirit. We also believe in the
     manifestation of the nine Fruit of the
     Spirit and recognize that these should be
     present in the life of every believer. 1st
     Corinthians 12:1-12; Galatians 5:22-23.

9.	 We believe in the imminent rapture of the
     church, and the personal, pre-millennial
     Second Coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
     Acts 1:10, 11; 1st Thessalonians 4:13-18;
     Revelation 1:7.

10.	 We, as a church, believe in the eternal
     redemption of all saints who are faithful
     to the end. Matthew 24:13; Revelation 2:10.
     We reject the theory of “once in grace
     always in grace” regardless of conduct. 1st
     Corinthians 10:12; Galatians 5:4.

11.	 We believe all who die out of Christ will
     be punished eternally, but those who die
     in Him shall share in His glory forever.
     Daniel 12:2; Matthew 24:46; St. John 5:29;
     Jude 7.

12.	 We believe the Bride of Christ is
     composed of the entire spiritual church.
     1st Corinthians 12:25; 2nd Corinthians 11:2;
     Galatians 3:28, 29; Ephesians 4:16, 5:23-33;
     Revelation 19:7, 8.

13.	 We believe in the sacredness of marriage
     between one man and one woman. We
     promote commitment to strong family
     values. Ephesians 5:31-33, 6:1-4; Hebrews
     13:4; Matthew 19:5; Leviticus 18:22; Genesis

14.	 We require all our ministers to speak the
     same thing and that there be no division
     among us in doctrine concerning our
     Articles of Faith. 1st Corinthians 1:10.
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