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EDITORIAL BY SIMEON YOUNG SR.

Old Faith for a New Day he term “the faith” in Scripture refers to a system of Christianity as it is revealed in the gospel. Since faith is the primary element in Christianity, it follows that the combined doctrines of Christianity comprise “the faith.” Personal faith in Jesus should be vital, vibrant, growing, and renewing. The system of revealed truth, however, has never changed, and it never needs to be updated. Everything made by man needs to be modified. Midcourse corrections, for instance, are programmed into computers on space vehicles to compensate for earth-wobble, as well as for human error. Many academic disciplines are in constant flux. Dr. Walter Stewart of Princeton University asked several students coming out of a seminar, “How did it go?” One student replied, “Wonderful; everything we knew about physics last week isn’t true.” The gospel, however, is still true. It is also relevant and actionable—actionable in the sense that humans can act in obedient faith upon its requirements. The gospel is ever God’s powerful method of saving sinners. Nothing else works as well. Nothing else works at all. The gospel is unpopular with many. Paul said, “The preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God” (I Corinthians 1:18). The gospel was regarded by the contemporaries of the apostles as weak and base and ineffective. But God chose the “foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; and base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: that no flesh should glory in his presence” (I Corinthians 1:27-29). The gospel is too simple for some. They want a sophisticated system of salvation that challenges their intellect. Paul said these people are “ever learning, and never

The antinomians of Jude’s day were the first in a long line of peddlers of cheap grace. Like their ancestral models, modern antinomians want the church to accomodate the world. A growing chorus of evangelical voices is arguing for salvation without repentance, discipleship, or separation. able to come to the knowledge of the truth” (II Timothy 3:7). They are unwilling to embrace God’s simple plan of salvation. They refuse to accept a theology that is defined with the word simplicity. Naaman the leper is the timeless archetype of all who reject the simple command to “wash and be clean,” opting instead for some so-called “great thing.” (See II Kings 5:13.) The gospel is unappealing to the “wise” and the “mighty.” God does not try to keep people out of Heaven. But He does insist that He get all the glory when a person is saved. Thus the gospel was made base and despicable to the “wise” and “mighty” so that no flesh should glory in His presence. The gospel is too demanding for some. The antinomians in Jude’s day played loose with grace and turned it into license for immorality. They wanted to relax the moral strictures of the gospel. They taught that “the faith” was too legalistic and that it held people in bondage. These people would make the gospel accommodating to their sinful lifestyles. They had insinuated themselves into the Christian church, at first unnoticed, but then their filthy behavior as well as their open contempt for all spiritual authority soon exposed them for what they really were—libertines of the darkest hue. Their presence in the church was likened to “spots in your feasts of charity” (Jude 12). Yet for all this, they sported outward appearances of Christianity. Jude’s withering denunciation was they were “trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots.”

The antinomians of Jude’s day were the first in a long line of peddlers of cheap grace. Like their ancestral models, modern antinomians want the church to accommodate the world. Sadly, a growing chorus of evangelical voices is arguing for a salvation without repentance, discipleship, commitment, or separation. Zane Hodges writes in The Gospel Under Fire, “Christian conversion involves no commitment whatsoever.” Charles Ryrie says in Balancing the Christian Life that the Bible promises salvation to anyone who simply believes the facts about Jesus and claims eternal life. Ryrie also believes that it is “not necessary to turn from sin, that there is no need to change your lifestyle, and that no commitment or willingness to yield to the Lordship of Jesus is required.” James Boice responded to this heresy by saying in an article in Table Talk magazine, “It is time for we pastors to stop deluding people in order to keep unbelievers happy and augment church rolls. It is time for preachers to proclaim the whole gospel.” Pardon me, no-commitment Ryrie. Excuse me, no-repentance Hodges. I’m still proclaiming the timeless message of Acts 2:38. I am contending for the faith once and for all time delivered to the saints of the first century. Simeon Young Sr. is the editor of the Pentecostal Herald.

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PENTECOSTAL HERALD | JULY 2013 Fundamental Doctrine

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The basic and fundamental doctrine of this organization shall be the Bible standard of full salvation, which is repentance, baptism in water by immersion in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and the baptism of the Holy Ghost with the initial sign of speaking with other tongues as the Spirit gives utterance. We shall endeavor to keep the unity of the Spirit until we all come into the unity of the faith, at the same time admonishing all brethren that they shall not contend for their different views to the disunity of the body.

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It’s Camp Meeting Time! T.F. Tenney

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Tiffini Countaway

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12 | Bake at 350 Degrees for One Hour

A Trilogy of Apostolic Anthems R.L. Gilstrap

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In the Mouth of Three Witnesses: Urshan, Haywood, and Ewart Daniel L. Segraves

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The Conversion and Early Ministry of G.T. Haywood

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The Unpardonable Sin he Bible teaches that God is gracious and merciful, yet it also speak of an unpardonable sin. What is this sin, and how do we know if it has been committed? We find a description in Matthew 12. Some Jewish religious leaders wished to discredit Jesus but could not deny the miracles He performed, so they said He cast out demons by the power of Satan. Jesus responded, “Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men” (Matthew 12:31). In the context Jesus warned religious leaders who should have been knowledgeable of the work of God’s Spirit yet attributed it to the devil. He did not directly accuse them of having committed this sin but warned that their conduct was dangerous. If they persisted in denying the evident work of the Spirit, they could eventually reach the point where they no longer recognized God’s leading and so could not be saved. Thus, blaspheming the Holy Spirit means more than speaking evil of, cursing, or mocking God’s Spirit, but it involves denying the work of God’s Spirit to such an extent that God can no longer reach the person. We should not think of the unpardonable sin as one act so bad that God simply refuses to forgive it. The overwhelming witness of Scripture is that God is merciful, gracious, and forgiving. His grace is exceedingly abundant, even toward blasphemers (I Timothy 1:13-14). No matter how much sin abounds, His grace abounds even more (Romans 5:20). We receive forgiveness of sins according to the riches of His grace (Ephesians 1:7). His mercies and compassions never fail (Lamentations 3:22-23). If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us (I John 1:9). He admonishes us to extend forgiveness continually (Matthew 18:21-22), and He will do no less. Eventually, however, there will be a day of judgment, for God does not deal with people forever (Genesis 6:3). If we re-

God does not arbitrarily cut people off, but people can cut God off through persistent rejection. ject God’s presence we have no guarantee of another opportunity, not because God is unmerciful but because our sins separate us from Him. If we turn to Him in repentance, however, He will abundantly pardon. (See Isaiah 55:6-7; 59:1-2.) In short, God does not arbitrarily cut people off, but people can cut God off through persistent rejection. The way that God draws someone is by His Spirit. If people become so spiritually deluded that they think God’s Spirit is the work of the devil, then they place themselves beyond His reach. Every time He would move upon them, they would attribute this work to the devil and so would not respond. A similar example would be if they attribute the work of the Spirit to mere emotionalism or psychological manipulation. As in the case of Paul, those who blaspheme Christ can eventually be saved if they remain open to the work of God’s Spirit, because they can still be led to Christ. If they reject every means by which God would lead them, however, there is no opportunity for forgiveness. (See Matthew 12:32.) There may be another reference to the unpardonable sin in I John 5:20, which speaks of “a sin unto death.” This verse may refer to physical death, however. The Book of Hebrews warns against “falling away,” or apostasy, when a Spirit-filled believer denies the very basis of salvation, such as turning from the gospel to a non-Christian religion or completely denying the truth of the gospel. This book was written to urge Jewish Christians not to turn from the Cross back to old covenant sacrifices for salvation. Those who knowingly reject the sacrifice of Christ cannot repent because they crucify Him afresh (Hebrews 6:4-6). Those who deliberately keep sinning after coming to the truth likewise reject Christ’s

sacrifice, for they trample Christ underfoot, profane His blood, and insult the Spirit of grace (Hebrews 10:26-31). The point is not that an act of rejection is unforgiveable but that there is no salvation outside Christ and His sacrifice for us. Someone who persists in denying Christ and the Cross, by word or deed, cannot be saved in that condition. A backslider can be restored to salvation (James 5:19-20). Simon the Magician believed and was baptized but later tried to buy the ability to bestow the Holy Spirit. Peter rebuked him for his wickedness and said he was “in the gall or bitterness, and in the bond of iniquity.” Yet Peter told him to repent in order to be forgiven. (See Acts 8:18-23.) We should also realize that even though we can receive forgiveness when we repent, sinful choices can result in a permanent loss of certain blessings or opportunities. (See Hebrews 12:17.) To summarize, the unpardonable sin involves people who have been very knowledgeable of God’s work, which under the new covenant probably means receiving the Holy Spirit, but later they reject and deny God to such an extent that they can no longer desire, recognize, or respond to His presence. Those who want to be saved and who acknowledge God’s presence have not reached this state, including those who fear they have committed the unpardonable sin. People who repeatedly discount, dismiss, and explain away God’s presence are in greater jeopardy. No matter our situation, we should always maintain a humble, open heart toward the Spirit of God. David K. Bernard is the general superintendent of the United Pentecostal Church International. JULY 2013

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It’s Camp Meeting Time! amp meeting: type of outdoor revival meeting that was held on the American frontier during the nineteenth century by various Protestant denominations. Camp meetings filled an ecclesiastical and spiritual need in the unchurched settlements as the population moved west (www.britannica.com).

That, my friends, is the official first answer when you Google “the first camp meeting in America.” What the encyclopedia fails to capture is the essence of what camp meetings really were and still are. They were and are so much more than just “a type of outdoor revival meeting” that “filled an ecclesiastical and spiritual need.” Camp meetings are the Christian American equivalent to the ancient Jewish feasts—designated gatherings of God’s people in a particular place for a particular purpose, with Jesus Christ the guest of honor. In the days of the American frontier, people would travel hundreds of miles to a religious encampment site. Families and friends would come together for days and weeks as great revivals broke out in these gatherings. Camp meetings among us today are held on campgrounds, some owned and some rented. They are also held in hotels and church sanctuaries. Camp meeting is a time when we as a church body gather in His presence seeking outpouring, direction, and strength. We come to hear His anointed Word. There is singing and shouting as God is worshiped in “spirit and in truth.” It’s camp meeting time and we welcome His presence in a unique way to a unique gathering of His children. Revival fires spark at camp meetings and are carried home to rural and urban churches alike. And yes, Britannica, spiritual needs are met. Some things just don’t change. Presbyterian James McGready led camp meetings held at Red River and Cane Ridge, Kentucky, in the 1790s and early 8

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1800s that are considered among some of the first camp meetings in America. However, most historians recognize that there were other similar gatherings as many as fifty years prior to that in North Carolina and the Appalachian foothills. Other men and other places place prominently in the growth of camp meetings across the newly formed nation. One such individual was Peter Cartwright, an itinerant preacher who attended the Cane River camp meeting sometime around 1800 or 1801. His autobiography, published in 1856, details his own personal conversion and the subsequent meetings where “the mighty power of God was displayed in a very extraordinary manner.” His description reads: Ministers of almost all denominations flocked in from far and near. The meeting was kept up by night and day. Thousands heard of the mighty work, and came on foot, on horseback, in carriages and wagons. It was supposed that there were in attendance at times during meeting from twelve to twenty-five thousand people. Hundreds fell prostrate under the mighty power of God, as men slain in battle. Stands were erected in the woods from which preachers of different churches proclaimed repentance toward God and faith in our Lord Jesus Christ … The heavenly fire spread in almost every direction.

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2011 Louisiana Camp Meeting. Photo courtesy of the Louisiana District.

Those camp meetings did not affect just the common man; ultimately the ripples reached the White House. At age seventeen, Abraham Lincoln sang a song at his sister’s wedding. The lyrics were from the words of Matthew Henry, the great minister and author of Matthew Henry Commentary. Historian F.W. Beorun explains how the man who would be president came to be acquainted with the writings of Matthew Henry: There is an incident described by Judge Herndon—a thing that happened many years before Abraham Lincoln’s birth—A camp meeting had been in progress for several days. It was the early 1800s. Religious fervor ran at fever heat. The company awaited with awed anticipation the falling of celestial fire. Suddenly the camp was stirred. Something extraordinary happened. The fire fell. The kneeling multitude sprang to its feet and broke into shouts which rang through the forest. A young man who had been absorbed in prayer began leaping, dancing, shouting—simultaneously, a young woman sprang forth, her hat falling to the ground—her hair tumbling about her shoulders in graceful braids—her eyes fixed heavenward. Her lips vocal with strange unearthly sounds. Her rapture increased until grasping the hand of the young man they blended their voices in ecstatic melody. These

two, Thomas Lincoln and Nancy Hanks, were married a week later and became the parents of the great president. Matthew Henry was often quoted in those meetings by various preachers and evangelists. Matthew Henry’s writings and sayings followed the trail of an old camp meeting to Nancy Hanks and Thomas Lincoln. Decades later their son stood in the White House with his face in his hands pleading to God to do something for this nation. Arroyo Seco, California, was the camp meeting location used from 1907, just a year after the outpouring of the Holy Ghost in nearby Los Angeles in a cottage on Bonnie Brae and at the Azusa Street Mission, until somewhere around 1920. An online site of the Assemblies of God archives contains a copy of the Spring 1983 Assemblies of God Heritage, an issue devoted to the historical documentation of the early years of the Pentecostal movement, with a front page article by Wayne Warner titled, “The 1913 Worldwide Camp Meeting.” R.J. Scott had been a part of the Azusa Street revival. He was one of the primary promoters of the Arroyo Seco camp meetings. He had a dream of hosting a worldwide gathering and was willing to do the work to make it come to pass: Other Pentecostals of the new movement had conducted regional camp meetings throughout the United States. But the JULY 2013

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promoters of this 1913 meeting had the faith and courage to call it the “Apostolic Faith Worldwide Camp Meeting.” As it turned out, it was a truly international event. Hundreds of people flocked to Arroyo Seco from thousands of miles away. More than two hundred ministers—many of them well known in the Pentecostal movement—were there. A five thousand-seat tent was set up on the temporary Hallelujah Avenue. Scores of smaller tents formed a tent city around the larger tent. Many were saved, healed, and baptized in the Spirit. And a great number of these early Pentecostals left Arroyo Seco with fire burning in their hearts to win the world for Christ. R.J. Scott visited Dallas in the fall of 1912 and was in services led by Maria B. Woodworth-Etter. She was in the midst of a fivemonth campaign where people were being healed and receiving the baptism of the Spirit. There were miracles, signs, and wonders. Scott invited Woodworth-Etter to be the speaker at his camp meeting in the spring of 1913. Frank J. Ewart, who later became a pioneer in the Oneness movement, was present at the meeting in Arryo Seco. He wrote, “The oneness doctrine born at Arroyo Seco was a shot ‘destined to resound throughout all Christendom.’” R.E. McAlister fired the “shot” when, as the designated speaker at a campground baptismal service, he proclaimed that the apostles baptized in the name of Jesus, citing Acts 2:38 rather than the Trinitarian formula. When confronted about it, McAlister explained that he simply preferred the shorter Acts 2 version instead of the longer Trinitarian formula. So the issue was temporarily laid to rest. That is until J.G. Scheppe, a minister attending the meeting, “ran through the camp before dawn one morning shouting he had just received a new revelation.” He had spent the night in prayer and been given “a glimpse of the power of the name of Jesus.” According to Wayne Warner, former director of the Flower Pentecostal Heritage Center, “The ‘revelation’ drove the campers to their Bibles as they searched for more light concerning ‘the name of Jesus.’ Frank J. Ewart was one of the more earnest seekers. About a year later he began to teach that believers should be baptized with the shorter formula. Soon hundreds of people accepted the ‘new issue’ teaching and were rebaptized according to Acts 2:38.” While camp meetings continued to be held across the American continent, coast-to-coast and from north to south, including Canada, my personal knowledge is specific to the history of my beloved Bayou State. The first camp meeting held in Louisiana under the Pentecostal name was held beginning August 15, 1915, in the town of Merryville. Robert LaFleur was the evangelist. Harvey Shearer was the chairman. These men held ministerial credentials with the newly formed Assemblies of God. People came in covered wagons and camped out for days at a time. The men and boys would sleep under the wagons, while wives and daughters slept in them. People brought enough food to last a few weeks, not knowing for sure how long the meeting would last.

The then-current issue of The Word and Witness contained an article by E.N. Bell titled “The Sad New Issue.” Bell expounded on the heresy of the new practice adopted by some in the northern states of baptizing only in the name of Jesus. However, while the Merryville meeting was in progress, the August issue of the publication arrived with an article from Bell (“Who Is Jesus Christ?”) in which he explained how he had been mistaken and that this “new issue” was a truth God wanted to reveal to His people. Great controversy broke out over the issue. The leaders decided to lay the issue to rest until they could call a Bible conference to discuss it further. It sent those gathered at Merryville to the Word searching for their own revelation. The Bible conference, scheduled to settle the issue once and for all, would be held in Elton, Louisiana, in December. Spirit-filled believers and Spirit seekers from all over the country gathered to Elton on December 15, 1915, to join together in prayer, fasting, and seeking God for the true Bible answer to the question of what formula should be used for baptism, and for clear direction in the Oneness of the Godhead issue. O.F. Fauss was present at that meeting. In his book What God Hath Wrought, he shares some insight into both the program of the meeting and the spirit of the people participating:

The first camp meeting held in Louisiana under the Pentecostal name was held beginning August 15, 1915, in the town of Merryville. Robert LaFleur was the evangelist. Harvey Shearer was the chairman.

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In addition to preaching, the agenda consisted of lengthy sessions of prayer and Bible study. From the very beginning the atmosphere seemed to be charged with the power and presence of God. The hearts of many were set on fire by the message of the name of the Lord.

It was a Sunday morning, December 19th, when Harvey Shearer announced there would be a message titled, “Baptism in Jesus Name.” There would be a baptismal service that same afternoon. Fauss recalls: I shall never forget the morning when those in charge gave in and allowed the message of baptism in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ to be preached … As I was facing a strong, cold north wind, I tried desperately to decide what course of action to take. I had been baptized once, what need was there to be baptized again? But the name of the Lord Jesus Christ had never sounded so sweet in all my life … Robert LaFleur and Oliver Fauss held a Jesus Name baptismal service earlier in 1915. LaFleur, who was the leader of the DeQuincy meeting, had concluded after studying the Scriptures on water baptism that “we might as well do it right this time or we will have to come back and do it over.” There are two interesting aspects of this part of the story. Neither LaFleur nor Fauss at that time had been baptized in Jesus’ name. LaFleur, at this point, still embraced the Trinitarian concept of the Godhead, but had seen the light on Jesus Name baptism. In fact, he was one of the last at

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1966 Louisiana Camp Ground. Photo courtesy of the Louisiana District.

the Elton Bible Conference to capitulate to the revelation of the absolute deity of Jesus Christ. That cold December morning in Elton, Robert LaFleur and Oliver Fauss were the first two to wade into the water. They baptized each other in the name of Jesus Christ by immersion in those chilly waters. Thirteen were baptized that first day. According to Fauss’ notes, people continued to be baptized in Jesus’ name throughout the conference “until it numbered in the dozens.” His final recollections include this summary: The record shows that all the ministers and gospel workers and many of the saints who attended the Elton Bible conference were baptized in Jesus’ name in that conference or soon after. Every church in the southwestern part of Louisiana and most all in eastern Texas, had baptizings after the conference, where there were from few to scores baptized in the name of Jesus. So great was this truth, that seemingly it set the world country on fire.

There was only one minister in attendance at the Elton Bible Conference who never accepted Jesus Name baptism. From 1915 to 1946, camp meetings in Louisiana were held in various locations around the state with the pioneers of this Pentecostal message leading and speaking. Men such as Andrew Urshan, Oliver Fauss, D.C.O. Opperman, Robert LaFleur, and B.E. Echols became the voices of Pentecost in Louisiana and across the South. In 1946 the Louisiana District purchased acreage in Tioga, Louisiana. In 1947 a tent was pitched on the property for camp meeting. In 1948 Nathaniel A. Urshan preached his first Louisiana camp meeting under the tent. By 1949 a block building had been erected on the site. Through lots of changes and building renovations and expansion projects, the ol’ campground in Tioga continues to be sacred ground to Louisiana’s Pentecostal populace. July 2014 we will gather in Tioga for the 100th camp meeting in Louisiana. Y’all come!   T.F. Tenney is the bishop emeritus of the Louisiana District UPC. He served as district superintendent of that District from 1978 to 2005. He has been the evening speaker or daytime Bible teacher at many camp meetings across our fellowship over the past six decades. He attended his first Louisiana camp meeting in 1949. The camp meeting in 2013 will mark his sixty-fifth Louisiana camp meeting. In honor of the 100-year anniversary of the Jesus Name message, Word Aflame Productions is releasing a new documentary, Landmarks on the Road Home, telling the story of the emergence of the Oneness Pentecostal movement. Watch the trailer and order your copy at: wordaflamepress.com

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Bake at 350 Degrees for One Hour DORSEY BURK

t was one of those Pentecostal services where you know anything could happen. As the Urshan College choir proclaimed the majesty and might of God with great anointing at New Life Center, Bridgeton, Missouri, the Spirit moved and the altar area quickly filled. Nearby me, a lady stood with her hands raised in worship. Her oldest daughter had been in and out of the hospital for a couple of weeks with an undiagnosed illness. Her marriage was recovering from some stress fractures. Her business had suffered during the recession and she needed a way out. As I glanced at her, I thought, God must really trust her and have something special for her. Then out of the blue, I remembered instructions from a recipe my wife had recently used. It said, “Bake at 350 degrees for one hour.” I tried to clear my head and reconcile the two thoughts. Then it struck me: The Spirit can do anything, but sometimes it takes time. The difference between a swampy bog, a lump of coal, and a sparkling diamond is simply the amount of pressure and time exerted on the vegetation. Each is made from carbon. As a pastor to elder saints, I enjoy hearing their stories. They can recite testimony after testimony of how God saved them from the cesspools of sin, how God provided for them when they had no food to set on the table—or money to buy anyhow God healed when the doctor gave no hope, and how God had kept them for sixty or more years. These are people whose names may never be known outside church and family circles. They may never have any claim to worldly fame or riches. However, they are spiritual giants—men and women of Christian character and strength, full of the fruit of the Spirit. Through thick and thin, through the good times and the bad, they’ve held on to the promises of God. Their salvation may have been instantaneous as they demonstrated their faith in God by repenting of their sins, taking on the 12

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name of Jesus in baptism, and receiving the Holy Ghost like the 120 in the upper room on the Day of Pentecost. Their Christian experience, however, developed through years of hardship and testing. Like the three Hebrew men, they went through the furnace of adversity and came through without the smell of smoke. These are men and women who have passed through the Refiner’s fire and now shine as gold. I salute men and women such as Jerry and Donnie, Rose, Florence, Harold, Bobby and Peggy, Jerry and Jean, Barbara, Darline, Fred, Don and Pat, George, and a host more. They know how to touch God. They have words of encouragement. They know how to lift someone who has stumbled and bandage the scraped knees. These are the ones who are products of “Bake at 350 degrees for one hour.” Have you ever been impatient and pulled out a batch of brownies or a cake before the prescribed time? Did you toss it in the trash? What else could you do with the half-baked, gooey mess? Like you, I get tired of the stress, the relentless tests, the temptations, the struggles. And like you, I fleetingly question if it is worth it all. But then I see gold shining through their silver hair and say again, “Yes, Lord. Your way is always best. Through Your grace, I too will endure the heat.” Others may seek an easier way, but I want to remember that the “Heavenly Chef ” knows my ingredients, knows how to mix them all together, and knows how long to bake a dish worthy of His table. I’m going to keep my eye on that lady in the altar service. She has struggles. She may even stumble at times. However, I smell a sweet aroma and know the Chef is working. Dorsey Burk is an executive assistant for Global Missions. He serves on the pastoral staff at New Life Center, Bridgeton, Missouri.

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MY HOPE RADIO BY TIFFINI COUNTAWAY

Three Minutes with Joy McGarr

ell us a little about your family. My parents, Elmer and Wanda Killmon, are firstgeneration Pentecostals. They were both raised in the Church of Christ. My father came to the Lord in 1968 after being diagnosed with cancer. The doctors had sent him home to die. He told the Lord he wanted to die saved. He was introduced to the truth by a backslidden neighbor, baptized in Jesus’ name, and filled with the Holy Ghost. God healed him completely, and when my mother witnessed the healing she was converted. I have six siblings—I am the youngest. I’m married to a wonderful man of God, Jason McGarr. We are both licensed ministers with the UPCI. What is your salvation story? I was four years old. At the church I grew up in we had youth service on Saturday night. We had a great service that night, and my sisters were still caught up in the afterglow. My parents did the weekly grocery shopping after church on Saturday nights after we went to bed. This was because it was not smart to take seven children to the grocery store—no matter how well behaved we were. That night my parents instructed us to say our prayers before going to bed. We lived in a three-bedroom house with nine people, and I shared a full-size bed with two of my older sisters. When we knelt to pray, both of my sisters plugged back into that power from the service and began to cry and speak in tongues. I started crying because they were, but I remember feeling the warmth of the Holy Ghost come over me, and I spoke with other tongues. When our parents returned all my siblings were rushing to the door to tell them I had received the Holy Ghost. My father picked me up and sat me on the edge of the kitchen table and said, “All right, we are going to pray again. If she really received it, she will speak again.” So that’s what we did. In a matter of moments, I was speaking in tongues again.

is what keeps us holding on to the promises of God. Some blessings may take awhile to come into effect, but that’s OK. God will answer when He sees it’s the best time for that blessing in our lives. We wait on the Lord and keep our lives busy with serving the kingdom of God. Working for the Lord keeps a lot of frustrations and depression at bay because we do not have time to feel sorry for ourselves.

I had a previous scary incident with water, and so my parents knew if I was talking about baptism that night they should get me baptized right then. I was so small that the baptismal tank at the church would have engulfed me, so my parents called a friend who was Apostolic. That night my father baptized me in Jesus’ name in the neighbor’s bathtub. What is your music background? Who influenced you and when did you start singing? My family traveled, evangelized, and sang together. My father had a background in music when he was in the world. He played in a southern blues band and sang for several years. He was a perfectionist when it came to music. Even when we were small, we learned to pick up parts quickly. We grew up without a television, so we mainly played records and tapes. Every Sunday morning, we would listen to two broadcasts: Harvestime and the ministry of Grace Apostolic Church, which was a PAW church in Indianapolis. Their choir was outstanding. We loved to hear Bishop Golder preach the Word.

What would you say to someone desiring to pursue music as a ministry? Pray hard. I always pray before every performance that God will wash my heart clean so that nothing will hinder the flow of His Spirit. It is also important to be faithful in the small things. If you want people to notice your talent, be faithful to choir practice, church services, and prayer. Show your leaders that they can count on you. Keep your heart clean. If you make mistakes, own up to them and repent. Do whatever you have to do to get back to your calling. Where can we listen, purchase, and connect with you? My solo project can be found at www. pentecostalpublishing.com, www.voicevision.com. You can find the entire If We Wait album on iTunes. It can also be heard on MyHopeRadio.com. Read Joy’s complete interview online at www.myhoperadio.com. Tiffini Countaway is the producer of myhoperadio.com.

What is the vision or message of your latest CD? Because my husband and I have suffered through some tragedies in the past few years it was important for me to have songs of healing and faith. The project is called If We Wait. I wanted to convey that our faith JULY 2013

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R.L. GILSTRAP

A Trilogy of Apostolic Anthems

hree men and three songs. What a trilogy of blessedness. G.T. Haywood, William E. Booth-Clibborn, and George R. Farrow composed “I See a Crimson Stream of Blood,” “Down From His Glory,” and “All In Him.” This trilogy of anthems of the Apostolic church has raised the spirits of worshipers and elevated appreciation for the fundamental truths Apostolic believers hold so dear. A common thread is evident in the lyrics of all three anthems. This thread weaves a doctrinal tapestry of salvation and the oneness of the Godhead. As many of the current songs of the church praise the Lord and emphasize His love, many of the old songs of the early Pentecostal movement expressed basic cardinal doctrines of the Bible. Whether slaves in a field of cotton or patricians in a Roman court, people sing. Whether wholesome songs sung around a family tradition or bawdy tunes belted out in a bar, people sing. Whether soldiers on a battlefield or saints in a village church, people sing. Inspired by their surroundings or challenged in spite of their situations, people manage to express their sorrow and their joy in songs. Often their deep emotions as well as their ideologies provide the lyrics for their melodies. Listen to people sing, whoever, wherever, or whenever they are, and you will find out something about their emotions, dreams, and beliefs. 14

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As we look at these three anthems of the Apostolic church, “I See a Crimson Stream of Blood,” “Down From His Glory,” and “All In Him,” we not only hear a group of people expressing strong emotional overtones, but we see some deep beliefs revealed: the incarnation of Jesus Christ and the oneness of the Godhead. G.T. HAYWOOD The early days of Pentecost cannot be discussed at any length without the name of G.T. Haywood (1880-1932) being mentioned. As an African American pastor and songwriter, he was an early secretary of the Oneness Pentecostal group called the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World (PAW). Although Haywood composed many gospel songs including “Jesus, the Son of God” and “Do All in Jesus Name,” many of his songs were published in The Bridegroom Songs, which was published by Christ Temple, a thriving church he founded in Indianapolis, Indiana, in 1909. Christ Temple had a biracial membership of four hundred to five hundred, which later grew to fifteen hundred. He is better known for composing the anthem, “I See a Crimson Stream of Blood.”

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I See a Crimson Stream of Blood On Cal’vry’s hill of sorrow Where sin’s demands were paid, And rays of hope for tomorrow Across our path were laid. Refrain I see a crimson stream of blood, It flows from Calvary, Its waves which reach the throne of God, Are sweeping over me. Today no condemnation abides to turn away My soul from His salvation, He’s in my heart to stay. When gloom and sadness whisper, “You’ve sinned—no use to pray,” I look away to Jesus, And He tells me to say. And when we reach the portal Where life forever reigns, The ransomed hosts’ grand final will be this glad refrain.

925-1000 word article WILLIAM E. BOOTH-CLIBBORN INCLUDING THE BIO. Perhaps no other song has ever been written that has so embodied God’s identity and mission as “Down From His Glory.” The first few lines encapsulate both: “Down from His glory, ever living story; My God and Savior came, and Jesus was His name.” This anthem not only is beautiful in its presentation of the good news of Jesus Christ, but it is a clarion statement of a cardinal doctrine of the Apostolic church. “Down From His Glory” was written by William Emmanuel Booth-Clibborn in 1921. His inspiration for this great anthem of the church that has encouraged and still encourages multitudes came to William when he was discouraged and financially broke. He and his evangelistic party had enjoyed a successful revival in Lodi, California. Encouraged to move farther south to Holtville, they set up their tent expecting another successful campaign. Instead they were faced with small crowds due to heavy rains. Lacking sufficient funds, they took a temporary job of harvesting corn to pay for the electric bill of the failed revival. Not being used to such hard physical labor and still smarting from the failure of the closed tent revival, Booth-Clibborn sat down, much as Elijah did when he sat under the juniper tree, and felt the circumstances caving in on him. In the midst of a pity party, God began to speak to him in his spirit. Born out of this state of discouragement were the words of the song we all love so well, “Down From His Glory.” As the words came down, his spirit soared. He quickly penned the words of this immortal hymn. Down From His Glory A photo caption could go here, if Down from His glory, needed. Can be changed to white Ever living story, and placed over a dark image. Just depesnds on the design. My God and Savior came, And Jesus was His name. Born in a manger, To His own a stranger, A man of sorrows, tears, and agony. Without reluctance, Flesh and blood His substance, He took the form of man, Revealed the hidden plan, O glorious myst’ry Sacrifice of Calv’ry, And now I know Thou art the great “I AM.” Refrain O how I love Him! How I adore Him! My breath, my sunshine, my all in all. The great Creator became my Savior And all God’s fullness dwelleth in Him. What condescension, Bringing us redemption; That in the dead of night, Not one faint hope in sight God, gracious, tender, Laid aside His splendor, Stooping to woo, to win, to save my soul.

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Prior to all of this in 1908 young William accompanied his father as they visited a group of Pentecostals holding services in the Plumstead District of London. On the way to the meeting his father challenged him to rededicate his life to God, because at a boarding school he had lost the fervor he had in his earlier years. Praying from 10:00 in the evening until 1:00 in the morning, he experienced a return of the hunger and enthusiasm of his earlier years. The following Sunday he and his father attended an evening service in a private home. It was there that William received the baptism of the Holy Ghost, speaking and singing in tongues. He wrote, “I found myself singing in a beautiful language entirely foreign to me. Its charm and surprising sounds saturated me with an indescribable ecstasy. Every sweet sentence fully and adequately expressed the pent-up feelings of my inflamed heart. Direct from the altar of my heart, rising in surging burning billows, the most pleasing incense was reaching the throne.” (From the out-of-print book, Too Much: The Filled to Overflowing Experience by William Booth-Clibborn.) Although the lyrics for “Down From His Glory” came down from glory to Booth-Clibborn, he borrowed the tune from a well-known Italian song, “O Sole Mio,” written by Eduardo di Capua. William E. Booth-Clibborn was born in 1893 and passed away in 1969. He was the son of Arthur and Catherine Booth-Clibborn and the grandson of William and Catherine Booth who founded the Salvation Army. When their daughter, Catherine, married Arthur S. Clibborn they changed their names. Their descendants would be known as Booth-Clibborn.

Verse 3 The Alpha and Omega, Beginning and the End, The Living Word incarnate, The helpless sinner’s Friend, Our wisdom and perfection, Our righteousness and power, Yea, all we need in Jesus We find this very hour. Verse 4 “Our God for whom we’ve waited” Will be the glad refrain Of Israel recreated, When Jesus comes again; Lo! He will come and save us, Our King and Priest to be, For in Him dwells all fullness, And Lord of All is He. Chorus It’s all in Him, It’s all in Him, The fullness of the Godhead is all in Him; It’s all in Him, It’s all in Him, The Mighty God is Jesus, and It’s all in Him.

GEORGE R. FARROW Although little is known of the man who composed the anthem “All In Him,” early Apostolic antiquity reveals that in the first half of the twentieth century George R. Farrow was a well-known minister and author writing several articles with strong doctrinal assertions. For an example of his doctrinal stance, in 1930 in an article entitled “The New Birth—What It Is; What It Does,” he said, “First we wish to state that being born of water and of the Spirit, and being baptized in water and with the Spirit, means one and the same thing. For if being baptized in water and the Spirit as in Acts 2:38 is not the birth that Jesus referred to in the third chapter of John, then we will search the New Testament in vain for the description of an experience which is that.” (From United We Stand, Arthur L. Clanton and Charles E. Clanton.) All In Him The mighty God is Jesus, The Prince of Peace is He, The Everlasting Father, The King Eternally, The Wonderful in wisdom, By whom all things were made, The fullness of the Godhead in Jesus is displayed. Verse 2 Emmanuel God with us, Jehovah Lord of hosts! The omnipresent Spirit, Who fills the universe, The Advocate, the High Priest, The Lamb for sinners slain, The Author of redemption; Oh glory to His name! 16

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FAITH & CULTURE BY EUGENE WILSON

A Christian Response to Homosexuality n last month’s Faith & Culture column I wrote about the growing acceptance of same sex marriage. The title was “A Christian Response to Same Sex Marriage.” In this month’s article I continue to address the subject with special emphasis placed on a Christian’s response to homosexuality. What is the root cause in the changing of views in support of same sex marriage? When asked this question in a recent survey, people offered an array of answers. Thirtytwo percent said they changed their views in support of gay marriage because they know someone—a friend, family member, or other acquaintance—who is a homosexual. Eighteen percent stated their change in views was due to society’s general acceptance of same sex marriage. They think, “Since the shift is inevitable, I might as well support it.” Statistics reveal that the increasing support for same sex marriage is largely due to the Millennial Generation. The Millennial Generation consists of individuals from eighteen to thirty-two years old. This generation, comprising 27 percent of adults, is far more supportive of gay rights than any previous generation. A recent survey conducted by Pew Research found that 70 percent of Millennials favor same sex marriage. Society’s increasing support of the homosexual agenda is pressuring people to believe there is nothing wrong with homosexuality. But is society’s acceptance the determining factor in whether something is wrong or right? Not according to Scripture. The apostle Paul stated that we are not to be conformed to this world (Romans 12:2.) Barnes Notes on the Bible says that Paul was saying, “Christians should not conform to the prevailing habits, style and manner of

the world, the people who know not God. They are to be governed by the laws of the Bible.” Regardless what the world says or thinks, God’s Word is the ruling factor in defining what is wrong and right. A Biblical Response to Homosexuality So what does the Bible say about homosexuality? Furthermore, according to Scripture and scriptural principles, what should our response be? Here are four things to consider: 1. Homosexuality is wrong, as are any sexual relationships outside of marriage between a woman and a man. There is a concentrated effort on the part of homosexuals to redefine Scripture in an attempt to defend homosexuality. However, nowhere in Scripture did the apostle Paul discuss homosexuality as an “orientation.” Michael Holmes, a professor of Biblical Studies at Bethel University, stated in a forum on homosexuality that when Paul “discusses behaviors he never discusses them in isolation. When he talks about same-sex behavior it’s in the context of opposite-sex behavior as well. Paul has a category in which sex is rightfully exercised and enjoyed—in marriage between a man and a woman—and another category in which it’s not: for those outside such a marriage. His categories are not heterosexual and homosexual; they are married or unmarried.” Homosexuality is wrong, as are all sexual relationships outside of marriage between a woman and a man. 2. Desire does not make something right. A few years ago a homosexual tried to convince me that he was justified in being gay because he has always been attracted to men. He said he was born that way. I have

Is society’s acceptance of homosexuality the determining factor in whether something is wrong or right? Not according to Scripture.

reason to doubt he was telling the truth. But even if he was, desire does not eliminate moral responsibility. We all have appetites and desires. It is a part of who we are. But if we are going to be morally pure we must not act on all of our desires. Instead, we must bring those desires under the lordship of Jesus Christ. 3. We need to believe all of God’s Word. According to Scripture, homosexuality is a sin. But sadly, so is the response of many Christians. There are eight verses in Scripture that talk about homosexuality, but many more verses of Scripture address social justice. However, some Christians are more apt to stand against homosexuality than to stand for social justice. It is imperative that we Christians not only stand against what is wrong but that we also stand for what is right. Homosexuality is wrong, but it is also wrong for Christians to pick and choose which passages of Scripture they will adhere to and which ones they will ignore. 4. We need to be balanced. Those who support homosexuality often label those who believe homosexuality is a sin as “homophobic.” Although we may be unable to change that perception, we should be careful not to behave in an inappropriate and derogative manner toward others, including homosexuals. Furthermore, we should seek to distance ourselves from those who do behave in derogative ways toward homosexuals. We should seek to be like Jesus who maintained balance in the case of the woman caught in the act of adultery. Jesus said, “I don’t condemn you. Go and sin no more” (John 8:11). We should hate the sin but love the sinner. Eugene Wilson lives in Olive Branch, Mississippi.

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“And God Did” The Ministry of Wanda Potter ANN AHRENS

istening is an act of love,” states author Dave Isay. Oh, the treasure we mine in return when we take a few moments or hours to hear another’s story! The creator of “StoryCorps,” Isay recognized the unique treasure of each individual life and set out to document as many everyday stories as possible. His goal is about “shaking us out of a reality TV-induced slumber and redirecting our energy toward careful listening, honoring our elders and embracing our neighbors.” Within the Oneness Pentecostal subculture are found many fascinating stories that anchor us to our heritage. And you never know when one of these stories might be discovered as some elder begins to reminisce. I had the privilege of interviewing Wanda Potter, who at age ninety still holds license with the United Pentecostal Church. A mother of three and a pastor’s wife, Wanda Potter had her hands full as she cared for her family and congregation. Yet when she 18

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sensed the Lord leading her into preaching ministry, with little hesitation she added yet another great responsibility to her life’s résumé. To meet Wanda is at once overwhelming and underwhelming. Her sweet, gentle tone and almost constant smile remind you of a grandmother whom you would visit to enjoy a sweet, home-baked treat. Yet under this gentle exterior lies a passionate love for people and a bold desire to lead them to the Lord. Wanda Louis Coffman was born on March 6, 1923, in Gosport, Indiana. Wanda and her siblings were orphaned at a young age when their mother passed away, and were sent to live with other friends and family members. Eleven-year-old Wanda was taken in by her Aunt Gladys, her mother’s sister, who reared her in the Christian church. In 1942 at age nineteen, she was baptized in Jesus’ name and received the Holy Ghost in Martinsville, Indiana. As she spoke in tongues and wept, she realized she had been filled with the Holy Ghost, a gift she never thought herself worthy to receive. At that time, her sweetheart, Bob, was “practically an alcoholic.” She prayed, “You talk to him like You talk to me. And if You talk to him

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like You talk to me, he’ll be saved. And God did.” Soon after, Bob was filled with the Holy Ghost. After Bob and Wanda Louis were married on November 4, 1946, they opened and operated for nearly ten years the Wings of Love Teenage Living Center, a small orphanage for boys connected to their church. In addition to the orphaned boys at Wings of Love, they took Wanda’s younger brother into their home. The pain and loss experienced in Wanda’s childhood was recycled into a gift of compassion that would define her ministry. In 1960, at age thirty-seven, Wanda was juggling a full-time load of raising three children and being a pastor’s wife alongside her husband in Martinsville, Indiana. In addition to supporting her husband’s ministry, she was busy caring for visiting evangelists and their families and attending to the needs of the congregation. It was at this busy time that she began to hear the Lord speak to her about preaching ministry. Wanting to be sure it was the Lord, she “fleeced” the Lord telling Him she would tell no one, but instead would wait for the Lord to send someone else to confirm the calling. She tells the story:

“I won’t tell this to anyone so then they’ll know it’s not me calling me. But this will be between You and me, Lord. If this is really You, then if You would send someone to come ask me, then I will know.” So a few days later, I was ironing, and [my brother said], “I want you to do something for me, Lou.” I said, “What do you want, darlin’?” He said, “I want you to come and preach the Word for me.” I know my heart just went right out my feet and I said, “Me, preach? What in the world would make you think I could preach?” He said, “The Lord told me, sis.” Of course, that is what I asked [the Lord] to do, so I said, “I’ll come and we’ll see what the Lord does.” And He’s still doing! And so began her preaching ministry that would last until age eighty-five. Staying primarily in Indiana, Illinois, and Kentucky, Wanda was able to evangelize and still care for her family and church. Revivals would last anywhere from a few nights to ten weeks straight, but she never hesitated to go, to touch the lost, the JULY 2013

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lonely, the forgotten. Along the way she became a fixture at the Indiana youth camp to which she devoted thirty years ministering to youth and adults. Weather was not an obstacle, for she trusted the Lord to keep her and her “road warriors”—the friends and family who were her traveling companions. Miracles became a common theme in Wanda’s life and ministry. She tells the story of one evangelist’s wife who was stricken with an eye disease while staying at the Potter home: This young evangelist was Rev. Raymond Parnell and his lovely wife, Loretta. As the revival progressed, Sister Parnell was stricken with an eye disease that the doctor said would blind her. Her eyes were infected with ulcers and even the most minute light was so painful. If they were not removed she would go blind. As I prepared the evening meal my soul ran ahead with anticipation to our nightly service. Suddenly God interrupted my personal service and spoke to my soul to pray for Sister Loretta. I proceeded to her room. I entered and asked to pray for her. I didn’t see the lighting flash or the thunder roll, but oh, how our mighty King arrives always on time. Sister Parnell sat up and was instantly healed by His awesome miracle power. Sister Loretta came to the table, we finished our dinner, and were on our way to His revival. As Sister Parnell left for the next revival, she left without scarring or ulcers in her eyes. She has never had a problem again with her eyes. In 1973 at age fifty, her children raised, God began to speak to Wanda about the next chapter in her ministry, which would include missionary work to Kenya, Liberia, Ghana, Togo, Madagascar, and Hispaniola. Although accustomed to support from her husband and “road warriors,” she knew now she would be going alone. But the Lord always provided, often in miraculous ways. Once on a latenight flight to Africa she found herself alone, tired, and needing to stay awake to take medication. She was surprised to find a young woman who took her to a beautiful lounge in the airport where she could rest until her flight. The young woman stayed with her, waking her in time to take her medication and catch her flight. Later on another trip, that beautiful lounge was not there. Wanda Potter states, “Some way, God just moved me into a different realm. This had to be an absolute transport of the Spirit.”

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In 1973 at age fifty, her children raised, God spoke to Wanda about the next chapter in her ministry, which would include missionary work to Kenya, Liberia, Ghana, Togo, Madagascar, and Hispanolia. Often Wanda’s missionary journeys took her to primitive areas that would place her in danger. Deadly snakes, poisonous spiders, large, voracious ants, and steep cliffs over which one could easily fall became familiar travel companions. “Jump high, Mother Potter,” would be the admonition as the native people of Madagascar would lead her across ground infested with driver ants that would eat a person alive. And yet she was undeterred, and continued to travel long after most would have retired. Wanda’s final missionary journey was at age seventy-eight when she traveled to Kenya and Liberia to minister and teach in the local Bible college. At age ninety, Wanda is still vibrant when she speaks of her love for the Lord and other people. Wanda Potter believes that “written across the soul of every person is the longing, ‘I want someone to love me.’ If you can love that soul, you can win that soul.” She recites, “And oh, the souls are many that we meet along the way. Do we ever stop to talk to them? Do we ever ask them to pray?” Though the last time she was a guest preacher at a church other than her own was at age eighty-four, she still seeks ministry opportunities wherever she goes as the work of the Lord is always on her mind. Despite her health and age, when she prays, there is an authority in her voice that is not the least diminished—proof of her relationship with her Lord. And yet, in a sense, age has not confined her as she has turned to the Internet site, Facebook, where she has nearly five thousand “friends.” Here she continues to do what she loves best—to write, to exhort, to pray, and to care for people across the world. Ann Ahrens is associate professor of music at Urshan College. She attends New Life Center in Bridgeton, Missouri. Garry Tracy is the pastor.

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The Old Sermons That Still Live The Preaching of Vily Able Guidroz (October 6, 1906 - November 24, 1985) V. ARLEN GUIDROZ

“To Hell we go. To Hell we go. To Hell we go! Marching, marching, marching. To Hell we go! … We’re going to Hell. Why are we marching? We’re going to Hell. Merrily we go to Hell …” he Death March!” These haunting words, throbbing and repeated to the drumbeat of marching masses of humanity, imprinted a never-to-be-forgotten sermon into the conscience of those present. “The Death March” by Vily Able Guidroz made such a lasting impact that even today it is still referred to as one of the most powerful sermons ever preached. At the Texico District camp meeting in Amarillo, Texas, V.A. Guidroz, my father, told in his own words how the sermon was born in his heart: In 1938 or 1939, in Columbus, Ohio, at 1017 West Broad, [when preaching] for W.T. Witherspoon, one day I was praying and I woke up with the thoughts of the world and its masses as it was drifting on and it seemed no one could stop it. I even was so desperate about it I wanted to go down in the middle of the town and scream out and ask if there was anybody in that town who knew anything about God. Just a few blocks away there was a huge football game: Ohio State was playing some big university. I could hear the howling masses, and I could hear the drumbeat of the bands as they played. It seemed as if noth22

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ing could ever stop [them] … The Lord inspired me then to pick up a little thought. I used it then and I use it again tonight … I take my text … it’s in the Bible but it’s not inspired Scripture. It never was written by an apostle, and it wasn’t written by a patriarch. It wasn’t written by the inspiration of the Holy Ghost. Yet it’s in the Bible—Revelation 22:21. After that are two words: “The End!” Coupled with that I read from I Peter 4:17: ‘For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?’ What shall the end be?” And he read from Isaiah 28:14-18, “We have made a covenant with death, and with hell are we at agreement.” And then he announced his subject, “The Death March!” I first heard him preach “The Death March” in Murfreesboro, Illinois, at their district youth camp when I was about fourteen years of age. He began the sermon by marching in place as he preached. The hollow wooden platform reverberated from the noise of his marching. He would march to a cadence during most of the sermon. At a certain point he signaled the first row of the choir to stand and join him in marching. The preaching continued. But by the time three rows of the choir were standing, each member marching in unison with V.A. Guidroz, the congregation’s attention was glued to the event as though they could hear the world’s masses marching toward Hell. They could feel the thunder of legions of marching feet, as they imagined the masses of humanity and felt as though they themselves were in the death march. The introductions to his sermons were quite awesome, as in “The Death March!” He began by saying,

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Vily A. Guidroz was a voracious reader. He spent countless days in libraries during his early evangelistic ministry, as well as attending scores of criminal trials. He would be considered a scholar, having mastered Civil War history, Mexican history, Egyptian history, and United States history. This is a congregation of religious people. We are facing the great catastrophes of the culmination of time. You can’t get yourself out of it. You’re in it with all your might. You’re going to give account of everything that is said in this camp meeting. You can play with it or you can spit it out and walk away from it. But you’ve got to face it just the same. We’ve got to be serious about it. God lives or He’s dead. Jesus Christ was the Son of God, born of the virgin Mary or it’s the biggest joke in the world. Men and women speak in tongues as inspired by the Holy Ghost or that is the biggest farce ever put between two lids of a book. Either people are born again or we are just deceiving a whole lot of folks. We have our names written in the Lamb’s Book of Life, or we’re just playing the biggest joke upon the biggest bunch of innocent people the world has ever known. We either have a Hell beneath us and a Heaven above us, and we’ve got to win one and lose the other one, or else we are sitting here tonight just playing away our time. May the heavenly Father bless you tonight as we go on with camp meeting. Above all, V.A. Guidroz is remembered as a preacher of neverto-be-forgotten sermons. His unique style cannot be copied. He was born in Louisa, Louisiana, near New Iberia and Vermillion Bay. When his father became sick, my father had to drop out of school to support his family by working in the sugarcane fields. His education ended after the eighth grade, but his thirst for knowledge drew him to books and he became a lifelong voracious reader. He spent countless days at libraries during his early evangelistic ministry, as well as attending scores of criminal trials. He would be considered a scholar, having mastered Civil War history, Mexican history, Egyptian history, and United States history. His descriptive illustrations as well as his colorful personal stories and experiences made the gospel live in the minds and hearts of those who heard him preach. You may wonder if “The Death March” was his only great sermon. The answer is, not in the least. TEXAS DISTRICT CAMP MEETING MORNING DEVOTIONS: Perhaps the most talked about of all were his morning devotions for several years during the Texas District UPCI Camp Meeting at Lufkin, Texas. These tender, down-to-earth services and messages are remembered as being classics of simple pure worship and inspiration. GENERAL CONFERENCE, LONG BEACH, CALIFORNIA: His sermon, “Seeing Jesus Through the Eyes of the Apostle Peter,” was taken from II Peter 1:16: “We … were eyewitnesses of his majesty.” This became one of his most requested sermons to be repeated.

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GENERAL CONFERENCE, DULUTH, MINNESOTA: He used the story of Joseph overcoming his temptations. The sermon title “My Conscience, My Record, My Witness, and My God” explained why Joseph did not sin and what kept him clean. V.A. Guidroz often illustrated his sermons. The Duluth Conference is where he first demonstrated the thought that those who carry the cross of Christ are not comfortable in all settings. He used a chair, which he held across his shoulder. When he would—supposedly—go with this cross on his shoulder into a bar or other places with worldly influence, the cross always got in the way, keeping him from entering. DISTRICT CONFERENCE, LUFKIN, TEXAS: During his nineteen and one-half years as Texas District superintendent (19521972), for many years V.A. Guidroz would preach at seven sectional conferences once each quarter (twenty-eight times per year for many years, and two times a year in eleven sections for a few years). Pastors, evangelists, and ministers flocked to these gatherings, mainly to hear him preach. Perhaps the most notable sermon he preached to the Texas District was before the business session at one of the conferences. The atmosphere was tense because of the elections the next day. “The Seven Faces of Our Wonderful Lord” was his message title. In the sermon we saw Jesus in several painful, piercing, intense, and tender ways. Before my father could close his Bible, the assembled ministers fell on their faces at the pews and in the aisles and at the altars almost as one, weeping before the Lord Jesus. Needless to say, the political tenseness of the meeting dissipated as men and women wept their way close to Jesus. The preaching of V.A. Guidroz was a unique visual experience. His approach to the pulpit, his magnificent demeanor, the visual demonstrations, the illustrations, the personal experiences and stories, and of course the words all combined for an unforgettable experience. Many who heard him often said, “I can tell you every sermon I ever heard him preach!” To all who remember him, he was “The Preacher’s Preacher.” V. Arlen Guidroz is pastor/bishop of The Life Church in Dallas, Texas. He is also the director of Honoring Our Ministers for the Church Division of the UPCI 2003.   NOTE: A CD copy of “The Death March” can be obtained by making a contribution of $10 or more to The Center for the Study of Oneness Pentecostalism. Send to John Smelser at 8855 Dunn Road, Hazelwood, MO 63042 (phone 314-837-7300).

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BOOK REVIEW BY VANCE BOWMAN

Start

by John Acuff verything begins somewhere. The old familiar saying, “The journey of one thousand miles begins with one step” is accurate. Every great invention traces its discovery back to the first experiment. Every poet wrote his first rhyming word, every author penned his first sentence—for everything there is a genesis. The Bible begins with the statement, “In the beginning God.” Conversely, how many books or poems haven’t been written? How many inventions haven’t been discovered? How many journeys have never been taken? How many dreams haven’t come to pass? How many things and thousands more like this could be accomplished if someone would simply start? Best-selling author Jon Acuff has written a new book aimed at getting people to do exactly what the title suggests: Start. Acuff’s other works include Stuff Christians Like and Quitter. This talented writer has written another book that is motivating. Start is both inspiring and hilarious. As I read this book that I could hardly put down, I found myself chuckling out loud at times and moments later saying to myself, “Oh, me! I have to get started.” Acuff prods the reader to choose awesome over average. The book begins with the author encouraging the reader to find out where he or she is located. You see, “The best map in the world doesn’t matter if you don’t know where you are.” Acuff offers the idea that every awesome life has experienced the same phases: learning, editing, mastering, harvesting, and guiding. Knowing where you are in relation to these five stages is extremely important. If you know where you are, then you’ll know where to start. The most incredible part of the book for me personally is the way the author attacks the most common thing that keeps people living an average life rather than an awesome life: fear. Before you can overcome fear, you’ll need to know a little more about how it operates. Here is the author’s description:

In the chapter about learning he declares: I was scared to write a book. Talking about it was easier and safer than trying it and possibly finding out I didn’t have what it takes. I had clutched apathy tightly like a shield to my chest for years, pretending I didn’t really care about writing a book. I was also lazy. I was content to be an average husband and an average dad.

Fear tends to argue both sides of the coin, leaving you absolutely no room to stand. Here are two of the complete opposite things it will tell you: “Don’t chase your dream at all.” And, “If you chase your dream, you have to do it all at once.” Do you see the absurdity of that? “Don’t do it! Don’t do it! Don’t do it!” fear screams. Then, when you ignore those cries, fear changes its tactic and screams, “Do it all at once! Do it all at once!” Both statements are lies. What gripped me and would not let me go while I was reading Start was the transparency of the author. This isn’t a book written by someone who has been doing this for decades and simply gives you a bunch of punch lists to tackle so that when you finish, you’ll be awesome. Throughout Start, Acuff removes the veil from his own life. You know, the veil we all like to hide behind, the one we like to show people because it is what we want people to think about us. It’s the image we want people to see. Jon Acuff is candid about his own failures. He is open about how he used to think. He will walk you off the road to average and put you on the road to awesome, if you’ll just start.

Throughout the book you’ll find comical sentences such as: “I’ve had that goal of not being in a triathlon for years and so far have been able to accomplish it.” At the end of the book there is a section entitled “What Now? Action Always Beats Intention.” This section alone is worth the price of the book. The author’s writing style is easy to read. Actually, it’s fun to read. There is a flow to his writing that is simple to follow yet impressive and thought provoking. Simple, yet profound. Funny, yet inspiring. Start will be a blessing to you. I kept thinking as I read that there would likely be many people who will accomplish great things in the coming months and years, and they’ll trace the beginning of their life of awesome back to when they read Start. So, punch fear in the face, escape average, and do work that matters. Start! Vance Bowman serves as the pastor of the United Pentecostal Church in Shawnee, Oklahoma.

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WORLDLINE BY BRUCE A. HOWELL

Thank God for the Mud ou and I have sung “Thank God for the Blood.” I am thankful that Jesus, “who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame” (Hebrews 12:2). Here is a different angle on that thought, sent to me by Bennie DeMerchant, missionary to Brazil. “Flying along the crooked, muddy Jurua River for safety, the green rainforest stretched to the horizon on all sides. My destination was Cruzeiro do Sul, a remote city with no outside roads in the far west of Brazil near Peru. I wanted to plant His name there, and I splashed down the first time in 1973. “While taxiing along on the water and looking for a safe place to tie up, I spotted a low flat beach with high bushes nearby that seemed the ideal place to tie up my Cessna seaplane. I was downtown, and curious folks stared from the high bank. “The floatplane slowly coasted to a slow, soft stop. With the current pushing on one side, I had to move fast. I quickly unbuckled my safety belt, grabbed the coiled rope, stepped on the pontoon, ran to the front, dropped a loop of rope around the pontoon’s front rope cleat, and with the other end of the rope in hand, jumped for the shore. “Wow! What a surprise! The shore I saw was quicksand! When I stopped sinking, it leveled with my belt. The crowd on the upper bank roared with laughter! “Soon there were hundreds of curious spectators. Every time I moved in this mud, the deeper I sank. The suction of pulling one leg higher only lowered the other that much and more. With every move I made, the crowd laughed again and again. “Something seemed to whisper in my ear, ‘And you are going to start a new church in this city? It will never happen! Go home! You are the laughingstock of the town!’ “A dugout canoe slowly eased up alongside of me. The owner dropped a flat, wide board under my armpit and in Portuguese told me to work myself out of the mud and up onto it. It seemed like an eternity, but I made it and rolled into his canoe.

“The shore I was on was quicksand! What a surprise! When I stopped sinking, it leveled with my belt. The crowd on the upper bank roared with laughter!” — Bennie DeMerchant “Fast forward forty years later to the present, and Cruzeiro do Sul is now connected to the rest of Brazil with daily flights and a paved road for hundreds of miles. A few months ago, I landed at the airport there and walked to the reception area. When I came through the glass door, I was surprised and embarrassed to see a plastic banner welcoming ‘The Bishop of UPC of Brazil’ held by many church people and Bible school students, who were singing the national church song with airport security watching. I was ushered to their shiny vehicle that took me to their prepaid, first-class hotel downtown. Looking through the back window of the car, I tried to hide my weeping as I looked at a motorcade of Bible school students and church members. The city is district headquarters for west Acre, whose already divided area still has thirty churches. I spoke to our local ABI group of forty-five Bible school students and college-trained teachers. In church service that night there was standing room only. “I value the low valley experiences that He has turned around. Satan is a liar! “To God be the glory! “Thank God for the mud!” Following are testimonies from other parts of the world. Ted and Patricia Grosbach report from South Africa: “We conducted a weekend of training on altar work in the Tembisa Township in South Africa. Sunday morning there were twenty people in the altar and eleven received the Holy Ghost!” From Guatemala, Brad and Regina Thompson report, “One hundred and twenty-five teachers from four nations recently

attended a power-packed GATS Faculty Development Seminar in Guatemala. We have close to four hundred students in our Bible school in Guatemala this year. Training and equipping is the heart of our revival!” Missionaries to East Asia in the Pacific Region, Lionel and Johanna Dabbs report from the deputation trail: “We are thankful for the Lord pouring out His Spirit. Thus far we have seen over three hundred receive the Holy Ghost and over 160 receive immediate healing.” They also wrote the following words about Steve Willoughby, who went on to his reward in Heaven this year. “People’s success is gauged by what they gain in this life, but Steve Willoughby’s life can be gauged by what he gave. We were changed through his loving, faith-filled leadership. He wrote this in his book, Entering the Restricted Zone: ‘Why does God choose to take, and other times He chooses to give? Why does He give life to some, but takes it from others? I don’t know. But I do know what His intention is. He harvests some of His redeemed jewels. He gathers them unto Himself, and we, who lived under the cool, comfortable, refreshing presence of their shade, are by His design in their absence propelled into the sunlight of divine action. We are pushed to take up their mantle and step up into the sunlight of His love, to flourish like never before.’ Thousands are closer to Jesus and doing His will because of Steve Willoughby.” Bruce Howell is the general director of Global Missions. Through mud or through snow, by land or by sea, the message of the gospel is going forward all around the world. JULY 2013

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[VOICES FROM THE PAST]

DANIEL L. SEGRAVES

In the Mouth of Three Witnesses:

Urshan, Haywood, and Ewart

uly 4 was more than an American holiday for Andrew D. Urshan. At 2:30 am on that date in 1908, Urshan was baptized with the Holy Spirit during a prayer meeting on the Chicago shore of Lake Michigan. For several hours he spoke in a variety of languages under the influence of the Spirit. This ongoing outdoor prayer meeting, which included about fifteen young Persian men who had been converted under Urshan’s ministry, began when they were ordered by their rooming house landlady to quit praying so loudly in the house. The prayer meeting moved to an unoccupied plot of ground where the participants would pray until the early morning hours, sometimes kneeling on fragments of rock and at other times in the snow. Their hair would freeze because they would not cover their heads in prayer to God. During these prayer meetings, Urshan had visions of Christ on the cross, causing him to weep almost constantly for two weeks. He sensed the presence of the heavenly Father and His protecting arms in that holy place. This protection was demonstrated one night when two men came to drive the Persians away, intending to stone them. But as they attempted to pick up the stones, the strength left their hands and they were unable to do so. The fear of the Lord came 30

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upon these men, convicting them of sin. They confessed their sins to Urshan and those praying with him. At another time, a big, rough sea carpenter appeared, boasting that he would put an end to these prayer meetings. But as he approached, he fell to the earth in deep conviction and was converted. During those early morning hours on July 4, Urshan had been praying for another man to receive Spirit baptism. As he prayed, Urshan’s body began to shake. Looking up, he saw Jesus standing above his head and said, “My Lord and Savior, I praise thee!” He began to speak in what he described as “a beautiful language which [he] had never heard before and which caused [him] great joy.” Describing this event, Urshan wrote, “I became blissfully conscious of the fact that GOD had come into my heart to abide there forever.” Shortly after Urshan was baptized with the Holy Spirit, the words “Father, Son, and Holy Ghost” began to “course through” his being together with “Lord Jesus Christ.” He deduced from this that the name of the Father was “Lord,” the name of the Son “Jesus,” and the name of the Holy Ghost “Christ.” Beginning in 1910, Urshan baptized new believers in Chicago in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. The first Pentecostal service Urshan attended was apparently at William Durham’s North Avenue Mission in Chicago. Although he was baptized with the Holy Spirit at the lakeside prayer meeting

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In a personal letter to his son Nathaniel dated November 9, 1964, Andrew described his encounter with Durham and Ewart and also said that he had previously discussed these things with Haywood in 1910. rather than in any church, Urshan was ordained by Durham in 1910 and supported by Durham in his work with the Persian mission. In 1912, he discussed his understanding of Scripture with Durham, who was at that time pastor of a church in Los Angeles, and with Frank Ewart, Durham’s assistant. I was warned by Pastor Wm. Durham and Ewart of Los Angeles not to preach and teach the doctrine of the New Birth of water baptism in the name of the Lord for the remission of sins, in the name of Jesus and baptism of Spirit with tongues as the new birth of the Spirit. I was also warned not to preach oneness of God in the person of Jesus Christ our Lord; saying, I was going into too deep things of Theology for a young man. In a personal letter to his son Nathaniel dated November 9, 1964, Andrew described this encounter with Durham and Ewart and

also said that he had previously discussed these things with G.T. Haywood in 1910. In 1920, Urshan wrote of this event: I was but a young man and young in the ministry, and when some older men, both in age and ministry learned that I was beginning to preach the … revelations, they advised me not to because they said these things were too deep and mysterious to anybody and how much more to me, being only a young minister. While listening to them I did not make my God-given revelations and scriptural illuminations known doctrinally, but I did exalt the Name and the Person of Jesus Christ just as much as I do now both in life and word but not in theology. Ewart’s and Haywood’s failure to endorse Urshan’s views could have shaped a much different future for Oneness Pentecostalism. But while he was in Persia on a missions trip that very much JULY 2013

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resembled the apostolic journeys of the first century, Urshan received a letter from G.T. Haywood saying that he and Frank Ewart had both embraced water baptism into the name of Jesus Christ. These three voices, Urshan’s, Haywood’s, and Ewart’s, united to have a powerfully effective influence on the future of the Pentecostal movement. Urshan is the only one of these pioneers of Oneness Pentecostalism whose origins are found in the eastern rather than the western world. The cultural influence of his Assyrian-Chaldean heritage in Persia, the theological influence of Syrian Christianity, and the spiritual influence of his Presbyterian home all combined with his American experiences among holiness and Pentecostal believers to shape his distinctive approach to Oneness theological claims. Frank J. Ewart, a Baptist minister from Australia who immigrated to Canada in 1903 and who was baptized with the Holy Spirit in 1908, made his way to Los Angeles, California, after being dismissed from his pastorate in Canada by the Baptist organization with which he was affiliated. In 1911, Ewart became assistant pastor to William Durham in Los Angeles. Upon Durham’s death in 1912, Ewart became pastor of the church. While attending the 1913 “Worldwide Camp Meeting” in Arroyo Seco Park in Los Angeles, he heard Canadian evangelist R.E. McAlister point out that “the apostles invariably baptized their converts once in the name of Jesus Christ” and “that the words Father, Son, and Holy Ghost were never used in Christian baptism.” After studying the matter for one year, Ewart began baptizing in Jesus’ name on April 15, 1914. Through the periodical Meat in Due Season and at least eight books, he contributed to the development and spread of Oneness Pentecostal theology.

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G.T. Haywood was an African-American born in Greencastle, Indiana, who obtained ministerial credentials in 1911 with the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World (PAW) before the rise of Oneness Pentecostalism. Haywood was baptized with the Holy Spirit in 1908 and founded what is now known as Christ Temple Apostolic Faith Assembly in Indianapolis, Indiana. In 1915, after hearing the “Jesus name message” from Glenn Cook—who was the first person to be baptized in Jesus’ name by Frank Ewart and who had, in turn, baptized Ewart—Haywood accepted Cook’s message, was rebaptized in the name of Jesus, and likewise rebaptized 465 members of Christ Temple. A prolific author and songwriter, Haywood also contributed to the development of Oneness Pentecostal theology by means of his charts and paintings. At one point, an onlooker would have thought these three men were on quite different faith journeys that would never meet. But by the miraculous leading of the Holy Spirit, a Persian, an Australian, and an American met in unity at the revelation of the mighty God in Christ, water baptism in His name, and Holy Spirit baptism with the initial sign of speaking in tongues. Three unique voices … one biblical message. Daniel L. Segraves is professor of biblical studies at Urshan Graduate School of Theology. His doctoral dissertation is titled “Andrew D. Urshan: A Theological Biography.”

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NEW START BY CARLTON COON

The Impact of a Plant tarting new churches is the most effective evangelism method in North America. Every mature church that invests many dollars into missions started as a baby church. That mature church may have started in a living room, storefront, or garage. It did not start with the markings of success. It was birthed in prayer, fasting, evangelism, disciple making, and much hard work. Veteran church planter Frank Bounds has planted three thriving churches (Glenn Ferris, West Virginia, Salt Lake City, Utah, and Parkersburg, West Virginia). He said, “We need more church planters. As a preacher called of God, I would hate to think that I spent my life just sitting in the farmhouse, enjoying the comfort of home, hoping for a harvest rather than working for a harvest!” Recent reports from North America’s church planters show their impact and their challenges. Brian Young (missionary to Maysville, Kentucky) said, “This past Sunday 71 percent of our attendees/members were not attending a church of any kind before coming here.” Church planter Jonathan Arneault (Gulf Breeze, Florida) said, “We’ve had a deaf couple coming since we had Evangelist Billy Hughey a couple of months ago. Our ASL translator had a basic class in high school. Today, that couple brought two more deaf friends. I am teaching “Take Root” in our adult Sunday school class. I had the privilege of walking them through baptism in Jesus’ name. All four were excited, signing to one another as we went from Scripture to Scripture. The Spirit of the Lord filled the room.” North American missionary Jeff Marchand (Shoreview, Minnesota) said, “We had forty-seven in church today. Native American intra-cultural Missionary/Evangelist Stanley Wilt was with us. Three Native Americans were baptized in Jesus’ name.” Career church planter Ron Roberts said, “We are embarking on our third church

plant. We have been approved by the SoCal District to plant a church in Mesquite, Nevada. Last night a new pastor was elected at our most recent church plant in Ogden, Utah.” (The Roberts’ first plant was in New Hampshire.) Church planter Jonathan Sanders (New York) said, “I look forward to a great Sunday. We have two new families committed to being in service today.” Shawn Plant (missionary to Galveston, Texas) said, “Except a man be born of the water and the Spirit he cannot enter the kingdom of Heaven. I have found the greatest tool in getting people baptized and filled with the Spirit is to present it every time we have church. People want deliverance. This month we have baptized twelve in Jesus’ name.” Metro missionary Rick Perry (New Haven, Connecticut) said, “At times church planting is like pushing a freight train uphill. Yet when you look behind you and see how far Jesus has brought you, you realize you are not strong enough to do what you are doing, yet the church is progressing. Thank you, Lord, for allowing us to be church planters—a significant part of what You are doing in these days.” Church planter Lee Wells (Rockwall, Texas) said, “We had a great day at Landmark. Thirty-two people were in the house. A first-time family and another lady were visiting with us today.” Jason Sloan (missionary to Port Angeles, Washington) said, “It is official: we are North American missionaries. Just met the Washington District board and it’s a go. We have a nice building rented for two hundred dollars per month.” Eddie Gann (missionary to Columbia, South Carolina) said, “YES! We signed the lease on our own location! I am so ready to get out of the Holiday Inn. I am going to pick up the building permit today and we are going to saturate this new location in prayer tonight before we start the remodeling.” Aslam Malik (X-Project Missionary in Montreal. X-Project is North American

Missions’ equivalent to Global Missions Associates in Missions) said, “We had a great Bible study in Laval, with eighteen people in attendance. Tomorrow we start a preaching point in Park-Extension, Montreal, where we will have services in Hindi/Punjabi every Wednesday night from 6-8 pm.” Church planter Jason Upton (Somerset, Pennsylvania) asked a Facebook forum a question that brings home the reality of a church planter’s sacrifice: “What is the hardest thing you have had to deal with church planting? We have three young children and the hardest thing we deal with is trying to take care of them before, during, and after church.” Veteran church planter Art Wilson (Detroit, Michigan) said, “After long and intense prayer and planning we are starting another church. I am looking forward to being part of Church Planting U.” Across North America tiny church plants are being established. Any one of them in any geographic area has the potential to become as impacting as Calvary Tabernacle in Indianapolis (Pastor Paul Mooney), The Pentecostals of Alexandria (Pastor Anthony Mangun), Norwalk, California’s La Senda Antigua UPCI (Church Planter Raul Orozco), Manchester, Connecticut’s Faith Tabernacle (Pastor Kent Elliott), or the Portland Pentecostals (Church Planter Steve Hanson). If you would like to partner with North American missionaries through Metro Missions, a directed contribution, or through Friends of American Missions, contact our office (bhord@upci.org). If you have family members or friends in any of the areas mentioned, our church planters are always seeking new contacts. Carlton Coon is the general director of North American Missions.

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The Conversion and Early Ministry of G.T. Haywood TALMADGE L. FRENCH

hortly after the outbreak of the Holy Ghost revival at the Azusa Street Mission in Los Angeles,v the power of God began to fall in Indiana early in 1907. G.T. Haywood’s mother and sister, Celia, had already received Spirit baptism by the time of Garfield’s conversion in 1908. Ben and Ann Haywood raised their family in the 900 block of N. Bismarck Avenue (renamed Pershing during WWI) just to the west of the White River in the Haughville community of Indianapolis. Garfield and his young family were living next door to his parents. For weeks Oddous Barber, a friend, attempted to convert the twenty-seven-year-old Haywood, but he was finally convinced to visit the downtown African American mission by Henry Prentiss, the pastor who had come from Azusa. Haywood slipped into the crowded mission on a snowy night in the third week of February 1908. In a rather rare semi-biographical, historical sketch regarding the mission and his own conversion, Haywood wrote, “Night after night scores of anxious souls would make their way to that little dusty, bay window building and tax it to its capacity. Long before one could reach the door, songs of praise could be heard floating in the air for several blocks away.” An eyewitness oral account of his Spirit baptism that night says he was sprawled prostrate on the floor once the 34

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power of God began to move upon him. Then suddenly “the power of the Lord fell on him like a lightning bolt!” The July 1908 issue of Azusa’s paper, The Apostolic Faith, printed an article containing Haywood’s testimony (“Pentecost in Indianapolis”). Here is a brief portion of what he noted most about his own experience of receiving the baptism of the Spirit: A light shined about me and I fell to the floor, and when I tried to get up found that I was helpless. I could see no one … I tried to say, “What is it?” but could not, for the flow of Latin words which were readily recognized. It was no longer I that spoke but the Spirit of God that was in me. Suddenly my speech was changed and German words flowed from my lips. I was wonderfully blest. Within days of Haywood’s Spirit infilling, Prentiss, with some of his saints, attended the Allen Chapel AME a couple of miles east of the mission and interrupted the service by bursting into speaking in tongues during the sermon. Prentiss was arrested for his behavior. Shortly afterward, the press immediately connected him to Glenn Cook’s interracial revival of the previous year, which the Indianapolis press had dubbed the “gliggy bluk” revival. A reporter had heard these words, or sounds, in tongues speech at the meetings and used them to deride and poke fun at the experience. The Indianapolis press followed the March 4 trial with great interest, and in April, Prentiss was found guilty. The

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The notable conversion of G.T. Haywood would come to be recognized as crucial to developing early Oneness Pentecostalism. Haywood led in its unique and successful interracial vision and was prominent in the coalescing of the theological and ecclesiological elements essential to the forging of a solidly viable movement. Allen Chapel trial coverage evidenced considerable growth in Prentiss’ church, numbering his trial supporters at about one hundred. Several had joined him from Bethel AME on W. Vermont Street just blocks from the W. Michigan Street mission. They had to relocate to larger quarters half a block down Michigan at Minerva, an area now part of the Indiana University campus. The July issue of The Apostolic Faith reported: “At least 200 have received the baptism of the Holy Ghost in Indianapolis in the past year.” The June 1908 news clip stated that “several hundred have been baptized with the Holy Ghost, now under the leadership of Brother Haywood.” Conventional historical accounts have assumed that Haywood worked for a year under Prentiss, who then turned the church over to Haywood in February and departed back east. Although the circumstances are not clear, Prentiss did not head east, and as The Apostolic Faith clarifies, Prentiss no longer led the mission in June 1908. This means, amazingly, that Haywood had become pastor within four months of his conversion. It is quite clear now that Prentiss remained in Indianapolis for some time. Thirteen years her senior, Prentiss married Josephine Woodring in Indianapolis on June 2, 1908, at about the time of the change in leadership at the mission. Their son, Francis, was born in Indianapolis in June 1910. By this time Haywood and his church were becoming renowned throughout Pentecostalism and the wellknown paper, The Voice in the Wilderness, had already rolled off the presses. Haywood’s congregation too had relocated a bit north. “In February, 1909, with about thirteen Saints,” he explained, “we opened up another little assembly in a vacant storeroom on the corner of Twelfth and Lafayette Streets.” Yet this little band of thirteen shook the Pentecostal world! Few early Pentecostal leaders experienced the level of ministerial success and influence that accompanied Haywood’s rise to prominence. And soon his church became a dominant influence throughout Pentecostalism. The rapid expansion of Haywood’s church began late in 1911 with the popularity of his annual convention, the widening circulation of The Voice in the Wilderness, his writings and music, his interracial and revival zeal, his acclaim as a Bible scholar and preacher, and the recognition of his extraordinary leadership abilities. Grant Wacker, in his history of early Pentecostalism, Heaven Below, made the following interesting observation regarding Haywood:

remembered. Instead, contemporaries and biographers emphasized his astonishing mastery of the King James text of the Bible, including his ability to fire biblical passages like bullets from a Gatling gun. Indeed, the notable conversion of G.T. Haywood would come to be recognized as crucial to developing early Oneness Pentecostalism. He led in its unique and successful interracial vision, and was prominent in the coalescing of the theological and ecclesiological elements essential to the forging of a solidly viable movement. As such, Oneness Pentecostalism quickly learned to dare to soar upon its own wings, chance the complete loss of the support of the broader movement, and nest itself in the heights of a new, radical vision of Pentecostalism. It swept the flagship organizational body of Azusa Street, the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, into the vital flow of its theological and structural development, drawing more than a quarter of the ministers of the Assemblies of God along as well. The early Oneness movement did all of this with the emphases of the theological, the value of experiential faith, the dependence upon God’s power, and the reality of a tenacious racial equality. For the Oneness proponents their dream of Pentecost was viewed as the re-fulfillment of opportunities lost in translation and blurred in the failures of Azusa Street’s experiences, but of which they were confident. These indeed were not peripheral events, but rather the story of early Pentecostalism itself. Talmadge L. French is pastor in Atlanta (South) of Apostolic Tabernacle UPC, Jonesboro, Georgia. He received his PhD in 2011 from the University of Birmingham, United Kingdom, with the dissertation “Early Interracial Oneness Pentecostalism, G. T. Haywood and the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World. NOTE: This article is an excerpt adapted from the new book, Early Interracial Oneness Pentecostalism, G.T. Haywood, and the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World (1901-1931), by Talmadge L. French and published by Wipf & Stock, Eugene, Oregon, under the Pickwick Publishers imprint, to be released October 2013.

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MULTICULTURAL MINISTRIES BY KENNY MARSHBURN

Perfecting Our Connecting returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all” (Ecclesiastes 9:11). Words are not sufficient to describe how thankful I am that I know about the one God, Jesus Name Apostolic truth. Time and chance came to me because someone took the time and the chance to share this marvelous truth with me. The world is in a state of emergency, crying, “We are out here, and we are lost. Please send someone as soon as possible!” Two worlds are described in the Word of God: the world we are not to love as mentioned in I John 2:15, and the world mentioned in John 3:16—the world God so loved that He gave Himself to save it. The world of I John 2:15 is a system that opposes everything the church stands for; the world of John 3:16 is a host of individuals longing for someone who will take the time to give them a chance to feel God’s love. The Jews had a problem with Simon Peter after the great revival with Cornelius and his family in Acts 10. But Peter had learned the profound truth through that experience that “God is no respecter of persons.” The record of Acts 10 teaches us we can connect with people of other cultures and creeds. The Lord demands that this message go to the whole world, and to do that we must venture beyond our comfort zone. Where is the prize for withholding good when it’s in the power of our hands to do it? If all we do is what we’ve always done, then all we’ll ever have is what we’ve already got. We must not be satisfied with that. Let’s get outside the class, the house, and the church and watch great things unfold for this end-time multicultural church.

Paul preached everywhere, then turned around and did it again and again. Although this apostle had a deep connection with God, he said, “I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:14). He had crossed many cultural barriers to establish connections, but he was still not satisfied. One may ask Paul, “When is enough, enough?” I think his reply would be, “When the whole world has heard the whole gospel from the whole church!” Simply put, accomplishing what every apostle of Jesus Christ commissioned us to do is going to take perfecting our connecting.

ise that when you find the secret place you will clearly hear the Lord speaking, and He will give you the strength, the ability, and the will to accomplish the task. We as the church are the world’s last hope! The writer of Ecclesiastes declared that time and chance will come to us all. Never before has the opportunity for all been any more readily available than right now. Multicultural Ministries Director Don Hanscom and his team have worked zealously at perfecting our connecting to every color, creed, and nationality of this world. Language and communication are no longer the barriers they were in the past because of the technology and ready-made materials we have at our disposal through the Multicultural Ministries websites and team members. This wondrous world you and I live in is not only filled with color, culture, and creed— it is filled with broken, diseased, and terribly lost individuals who would pounce on the slightest opportunity to be made whole. They deserve a time and a chance to hear about this great salvation. The first Asian, Hispanic, German, or Russian you win to the truth may become the first interpreter for the new five-hundred-seat multicultural auditorium that will have to be constructed in your city because of the rapid influx of diverse cultures into your congregation. Why not ask God to give you His passion for reaching this world? He has placed you in the perfect position to offer the lost a divine connection. Today is the day of salvation—if not yours then someone else’s from somewhere in this world. And that someone just may be living right next door.

Why not ask God to give you His passion for reaching this world? He has placed you in the perfect position to offer the lost a divine connection. God’s Word teaches that time and chance happen to us all, and if we don’t take the time and the chance, could it be possible we may disrupt the success of a worldwide Apostolic revival and harvest? It is a sobering thought. Pastors, outreach directors, and other leaders, we must establish connections to people of diverse ethnic groups and cultures in our area. You can learn how to make these connections by visiting www.globaltracts.com to obtain Apostolic literature now available in sixty languages. If we can’t hear the clarion call to get into the field and reach this world in the time that is left, it could be that we need to go to the secret place of the Most High. When Isaiah found this secret place he saw the Lord high and lifted up. Then when the Lord asked, “Who will go for us?” Isaiah responded, “Here am I: send me.” I prom-

Kenny Marshburn lives in Lexington, North Carolina. He has pastored Landmark UPC for over twenty-three years.

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2012 Christmas for Christ Offering—Top 20 Churches Pentecostals of Alexandria The Pentecostals of Bossier City The Pentecostals of Fort St John South Bay Pentecostal Church Saint Laurent UPC Apostolic Pentecostal Church First Pentecostal Church Apostolics of Portland Cedar Grove Pentecostal Church Abundant Life UPC First United Pentecostal Church United Pentecostal Church United Pentecostal Church of South Bend Apostolic Lighthouse Tabernacle Calvary Gospel Church Living Way Pentecostal Church Life Tabernacle Cardville United Pentecostal Church Moss Bluff Pentecostal Church Apostolic Tabernacle

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The Purpose of Holiness oliness is one of those topics that elicits a myriad of responses. Ask an elder in a Pentecostal church and he might tell you that a lack of holiness is what’s wrong with Christianity today. Ask a young adult just starting to take ownership of his faith, and he might express curiosity at the necessity of holiness. Ask a young adult who walked away from his faith and he might tell you that holiness is just someone trying to force control on him and he feels freer without its restraints. The truth, without trying to sound too postmodern, is that they are all right, at least partially. An absence of holiness is more noticeable in our world today, but there are young adults who are trying to grasp its truth and incorporate it into their lives. And for those who have left it behind completely there is a sense, albeit misleading, of freedom, because at its core holiness is about reigning in the flesh to fulfill God’s purpose. If you are struggling to understand the need for holiness, write this down somewhere: holiness is about fulfilling god’s purpose for your life. The word “holy” comes from the Greek word hagios. It means to be different, other. Moses was given specific instructions 40

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for how the Tabernacle and its furniture were to be arranged and made holy. Aaron and his sons were also to be made holy. This ritual consisted of them being washed with water, dressed in priestly garments, and anointed with oil. (See Exodus 40:12-13.) We see these same elements expressed in the plan of salvation outlined in Acts 2:38. Repentance (new garments), baptism in Jesus’ name (washing), and the infilling of the Holy Spirit (anointing with oil) are the beginning of holiness. At that point, we are separated unto God for His purpose. In the Old Testament, once the furniture, utensils, vessels, and priests were consecrated as holy they were not to be used for any other purpose. The same goes for us today. The process of holiness is about maintaining our status as being set aside for God’s purpose. To understand what holiness is, it might be easier to start with what holiness isn’t. Holiness isn’t about earning salvation by good works. To believe this would be a direct contradiction of Scripture (Ephesians 2:8). Holiness isn’t a scorecard that allows us to compare ourselves to others. It isn’t a checklist to confirm our salvation. It isn’t a weapon that gives its wielder the right to attack others. It isn’t just about how one looks or where one goes. It isn’t something that can be forced on someone. It isn’t bondage. It isn’t optional. Salvation is free, but once we have been given this gift the onus falls on us as individuals to make the most of it. This is where holiness comes in. Holiness is about adding or subtracting elements from

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our lives in order to draw closer to God and move further away from carnality. It is about growth, discipleship, boundaries, and commitment. It is commanded by God (Leviticus 11:44-45), reaffirmed by Jesus (Matthew 5), and reiterated by the apostles (I Peter 1:16). It is necessary if we are to see the Lord (Hebrews 12:14). Holiness is a process, an idea which seems to elude many. It is a journey that ends when we hear the words “Well done, good and faithful servant” (Matthew 25:23). It is true that we are made holy by the anointing of the Holy Spirit, but this is simply the starting point of holiness. We are called to grow in grace (II Peter 3:18). The writer of Hebrews said that we are to “go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God” (Hebrews 6:1). The word translated perfection actually refers to stages of growth. The author is saying that we’ve already laid the foundation of repentance and simple faith in God, now let’s start moving toward maturity and perfection. Where we are now is built on where we were, and where we will be is built on where we are now. Sin is the enemy of God’s purpose. Sin can derail us and render us ineffective in the kingdom of God. God can and does forgive our sin, but sin can rob us of time and focus. How can you move toward perfection if you have to keep rebuilding the foundation of repentance? The journey of holiness moves us away from sin and toward God. From the moment of salvation we begin the process of avoiding sin. If you’re a liar, you stop lying. If you’re a thief, you

stop stealing. If you’re a serial killer, you stop killing. This initial step of holiness is elementary, and for the most part universally accepted throughout Christianity. Paul drew inspiration from the words of Isaiah when he said, “Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you” (II Corinthians 6:17; cf. Isaiah 52:11). Once we are separated from the world, we are not to touch sinful things, and in the process God will receive us. A mature Christian understands that through the use of boundaries and restraint, a buffer can be placed between him and sin. Although no one ever becomes immune to sin, we can make it harder for temptation to take hold in our lives. We see this principle played out in the days leading up to Adam and Eve’s eviction from the Garden of Eden. God told Adam that he was not to eat of the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. This was God’s command, and to violate it was to sin. Although he may not have realized it at the time, to sin would invalidate the holiness that God had given him, force his removal from a holy place, and cost him his purpose of tending the Garden. Regardless, he did know that God said that eating the fruit was very bad. So when the serpent came to tempt Eve, we see that some precautionary but ultimately ineffective measures had been taken. The woman told the serpent they were not to eat of the fruit; moreover they were not even allowed to touch it (Genesis 3:3). We have JULY 2013

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no record of God forbidding them to touch the fruit, but in Eve’s words we can see the concept of mature holiness. If I’m not supposed to eat the fruit, then a ban on touching makes it much harder to do that. We know this buffer failed them, but the measures we take to protect our holiness are only as strong as our resolve to keep them. In our world, this concept of mature holiness may be as simple as installing an Internet filter on your computer. It may mean having an accountability partner who has full access to your life. It definitely means adopting personal spiritual disciplines, which require a sacrifice of time, energy, and money. It may result in the realization that certain relationships are unhealthy and need to be broken. Even things such as how we dress and talk can have a positive or negative impact on our journey of holiness. As adults we can make the argument that any one of the above scenarios is a limitation on our personal freedoms, and that argument would be sound. We see this argument sometimes filed under the heading “Is this a Heaven or Hell issue?” Paul contributed to this conversation by stating he had the freedom to do whatever he wanted, but he understood that not everything was good for him to do. He refused to become a slave to negative behaviors that would derail his godly purpose. What we have to understand is that holiness means making decisions that will further our godly purpose.

Boundaries aren’t always bad. Accountability does not equate to oppression. Modesty isn’t an injustice. Purity isn’t old-fashioned. Gender distinction isn’t irrelevant. It’s what we need to do in order to protect our purpose. God has a purpose for each one of us, but to what degree we accomplish this purpose is left up to the individual. There was a rich young ruler who played by all the rules, but he loved his money (Mark 10:17-22). Jesus told him that if he wanted to follow Him, he would have to sell all he had and give it to the poor. The young ruler balked at this idea. Having money wasn’t a sin, but the love of money is the root of all evil (I Timothy 6:10). Jesus knew that even though this young man knew how to avoid sin, eventually his love of money would lead to sin, and his discipleship would be derailed. In this case simple holiness meant selling everything he owned and giving it to the poor. That guy left Jesus rich in money but poor in purpose. Who knows what he could have become if he had only said yes. We might actually know his name. Joel Gray is a member of the Hyphen national team and on the pastoral staff at First Apostolic Church in Marion, Illinois. Ron Walls is the pastor.

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Some Things I’ve Learned AUTHOR UNKNOWN

’ve learned that the best classroom in the world is at the feet of an elderly person.        I’ve learned that I wish I could have told my mom that I love her one more time before she passed away. I’ve learned that when you’re in love, it shows. I’ve learned that just one person saying to me, “You’ve made my day!” makes my day. I’ve learned that having a child fall asleep in your arms is one of the most peaceful feelings in the world. I’ve learned that being kind is more important than being right.  I’ve learned that you should never say no to a gift from a child. I’ve learned that I can always pray for someone when I don’t have the strength to help him in some other way.  I’ve learned that sometimes all a person needs is a hand to hold and a heart to understand. I’ve learned that we should be glad God doesn’t give us everything we ask for. I’ve learned that money doesn’t buy class.   I’ve learned that it’s those small daily happenings that make life so spectacular. 42

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I’ve learned that often under people’s hard shell is someone who wants to be appreciated and loved. I’ve learned that to ignore the facts does not change the facts. I’ve learned that when you plan to get even with someone, you are only letting that person continue to hurt you.  I’ve learned that the easiest way for me to grow as a person is to surround myself with people smarter than I am.  I’ve learned that opportunities are never lost; someone will take the ones you miss. I’ve learned that when you harbor bitterness, happiness will dock elsewhere. I’ve learned that one should keep his words both soft and tender, because tomorrow you may have to eat them. I’ve learned that a smile is an inexpensive way to improve your looks.           I’ve learned that when your newly born grandchild holds your little finger in his little fist, you’re hooked for life. I’ve learned that the less time I have to work with, the more things I get done.

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Letters to the Editor My wife and I attend Grace Fellowship United Pentecostal Church in Hamilton, New Zealand. Our pastors are Robert and Judy Addington. We are regular readers of the Pentecostal Herald, and we were really challenged by two articles in the April 2013 issue: “Something Came Up” by P. Daniel Buford and “A True Pentecostal Man” by Robert Moyer. There are still faithful, committed servants about. Praise God! —Keven and Barbara Ferry

who could develop an Apostolic-based curriculum for school age children. It would be an awesome step that could bring the UPCI to the next level in education. —Crystal Ball

I was standing on my front porch, talking on the phone with my husband, crying my eyes out in frustration because it seemed like my prayers were getting nowhere. As I was standing there, I looked at the mailbox and decided to check the mail. In it was the May 2013 issue of the Pentecostal Herald. I went inside with it and as I turned to the first page I noticed the title “In the Day of Adversity, Consider.” As I skimmed through the article, still on the phone with my husband, I said, “I think this article is for me; I need to read it.” Turned out it was EXACTLY what I needed at EXACTLY the right time. I finished the article and had to apologize to God. He does know what is best for me and what I need. And He used an article in the Pentecostal Herald to show me. —Kimberly Ellis

Here in prison I read every Christian publication I can get my hands on. But by far, the Pentecostal Herald is the most spiritually anointed, bar none! I feel the Holy Spirit’s presence in each article I read in the magazine. There is a long waiting list of men waiting to read my copy each month. The Pentecostal Herald is a lifeline for a lot of men in this place. —Roger Moyer

I enjoyed the May 2013 issue of the Pentecostal Herald. The information was very encouraging for those of us with questions about how to improve education for the whole family. One of my favorite articles was Anthony Braswell’s “Apostolic Christian Schools: Alive and Well or Nearly Extinct?” It made me want to start a Christian school, even though my husband and I evangelize and it would not be feasible for us. My biggest thought concerning Christian education for our children is the lack of an Apostolic-based curriculum. There is a huge need for a 100 percent truth-filled curriculum—one where the Holy Ghost, baptism in Jesus’ name, modesty, and other core values could be found. I do not feel qualified for such a feat, but surely there are many qualified individuals

Thank you for the article in the April 2013 issue of the Pentecostal Herald titled “The Backside of Calvary” by Nick Mahaney. It was very good. Also, I would like to thank you for the AYC report. That was awesome. —Bethany (age 13) “Revenue from the Internal Word” (April 2013) was a great article. Receiving revenue from the internal Word is perhaps the greatest need inside and outside the Apostolic church. What a profitable article. —Rodney Pamer

Text Message I loved the article “In the Day of Adversity, Consider” in the May 2013 issue of the Pentecostal Herald. —Donald Haymon I

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My Lord, and My God This article was taken from an early issue of G.T. Haywood’s periodical, The Voice in the Wilderness.

n October 29 a brother and myself had gone to the mission about 11:30 am, and while we were there alone we began to talk over some matters concerning the work, which were very important, and while we were about to close our conversation, Brother Lawson, from Columbus, Ohio, and Brother Toles suddenly dropped in on us, whom we were least thinking about at the time. We, of course entered into conversation with our brethren, leaving ours for another time. However, as we drifted along talking of the good things, the Spirit seemed to come upon Brother Lawson in such a manner that he picked up the thread of our conversation, about the same matters we had dropped, giving us the very information we desired without us even mentioning a word to him of what we had said. Praise the Lord! As our brethren started to go, Brother Lawson again seemed to be touched by the Spirit, and came back to read us some scripture concerning the FACT of Jesus being God, and as he began to expound the word to us, we withstood him for a time, but what was the use, he had the Word. My soul became so inapt that I went home and began to go into the Word for myself, and as I went along, it finally got so that I could not seem to find anything else but Jesus being the Almighty God. The next morning I awakened with the thought in my mind—“Why, God is Jesus; Jesus is God! Why who else can he be?” As this great question began to roll in on my soul, I saw the great sovereignty of God as I never had seen it before. Jesus seemed to grow larger and larger in the bosom of my soul until the very vibrating cords of my rejoicing heart seemed to cry out, with Thomas—“MY LORD AND MY GOD!” (Which Jesus accepted). “Why haven’t I seen this wonderful truth before?” The sovereignty, wisdom, greatness, glorious goodness, abundant mercies, deepness of His love, seem to so now fill the whole earth, that I say with Paul, “O the Depth of the riches, both of the 44

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wisdom and knowledge of God (JESUS). How unsearchable are his judgments, and His ways past finding out.” There is no power, but of God. Rom. 18:1, yet ALL POWER is in Jesus, both in Heaven and earth—Math. 28:18. All power, honor, greatness, wisdom, riches, truth, grace, love, patience, salvation, belongeth to our “God and Saviour,” Jesus, Who are ONE, because He said so—John. 17:22. Why should we try to oppose such a statement coming from the lips of Jesus? He did NOT say, “we are two or three,” but in plain words, “WE ARE ONE!”— Jno. 17:22 Blessing, honor and glory be unto him, Hallelujah to the Name of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost (JESUS). “Unto us a child is born; unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon His shoulders; and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, the mighty God, the everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace.” Who could the prophet be talking about here? Why, no one could deny the fact that it is Jesus—whom he declares to be the ALMIGHTY GOD; also the EVERLASTING FATHER. He was known to Abraham as THE ALMIGHTY GOD, and to Moses for the children of Israel—“I AM;” and in other times as JEHOVAH; but now unto us as “JESUS.” God is the Lord—Psalm 118:27. Read John 1:1 and 14 carefully. “I even I, am Jehovah; and beside me there is NO SAVIOUR.” Isa. 43:11. The ends of the earth, for I am God; and there is none other.” Isa. 25:22. A just God and Saviour; there is none beside me. Isa. 45:21. Read Titus 2:13—“The Great God and Saviour Jesus Christ.” I do not have paper sufficient to hold the scriptures that bear me out in the wonderful truth, so will have to ask the reader to take God’s Word and diligently search the scriptures on this point without opposition in your heart, and see where you will find yourself in one hour. I believe you will find yourself just where I am, with precious truth so large on your hands that you will wonder why you haven’t seen it before. I also believe there are great things yet to be revealed, and you know that God can not reveal anything to a LOCKED HEART, or an OPPOSING HEART! So beloved, keep your heart open to God. —W. M. Robinson, associate pastor, Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania

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Revival in the Rotunda THOMAS BROOKS III

here we were, standing under the marble dome of the Rhode Island Statehouse. A thunderous roar boomed through the air as prayers were being lifted up by hundreds of people from all over the state. Apostolics and various other Christian denominations united in a single cause: to preserve the definition of marriage as between one man and one woman. Every year since 1997 a bill to legalize same sex marriage has been introduced in Rhode Island. Thankfully, it has been defeated each time. Being the only state in New England in which same sex marriage is not legal, one can imagine the attention that our state government gets when this issue is brought before them. In the past pro-same sex marriage groups have garnered vast numbers of supporters by busing them in from out of state, in an attempt to intimidate the legislators into voting their way. By doing this the number of people supporting the agenda usually dwarfs the other side. But on January 15, 2013, something changed drastically. The people supporting the traditional definition of marriage were overwhelmingly in the majority. The pro-traditional marriage rally started at 4:00 pm with the Rhode Island House Judiciary committee meeting starting at five o’clock. Jay Stirnemann (Maryland/Rhode Island district superintendent), Peter Moraites, and I attended this rally to represent our church and support the cause. However, we had no idea what God was actually planning. Many speakers took the microphone. Some preached; some taught. Everybody was excited to see the large number of people there willing to stand for traditional marriage. After about an hour or so, one of the ministers declared a prayer time. All of a sudden almost everyone in the rotunda (approximately three hundred to four 46

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hundred people) either bowed their heads or got on their knees and started praying. The prayer was so loud and thunderous that you could hear it echoing from every distant corner of the building. To us few Apostolics one thing was abundantly clear: God was there. After prayer many people went upstairs and stood in line to testify before the committee. However, there were still people downstairs in the rotunda so the organizers of the rally decided to have another one. With the permission of the organizers we took the mic. It was time for church. Pastor Stirnemann opened the second rally by announcing that we were having church right then and there. The fun was just starting. Pastor Stirnemann allowed me to open up the second rally by preaching the life-altering power of the one God named Jesus. Afterward, Peter Moraites testified about Jesus changing his life and delivering him from a past of substance abuse. Pastor Stirnemann then preached for a while about Jesus, and then the testimony service began. People were coming to the mic and giving God glory. The Hispanics (the vast majority of people there) were even coming to the mic and praising Jesus in Spanish. The presence of God was awesome that night, and He was getting the praise. Pastor Stirnemann suggested that we pray for each other and the youth who were there, so we did. Preaching, prayers, praises, and testimonies were being lifted up. After a good while the service ended, but the miracles were just starting. During the prayer for the young people, Peter Moraites prayed with a teenage girl from Cranston. After the service that night she approached him and said that when he was praying for her she felt something different. Peter informed her that what she felt was the Holy Ghost and that if she wanted it, God would fill her with His Spirit right there. She decided she wanted the Holy Ghost and we started to pray. God filled her with the Holy Ghost and she began to speak in tongues. This got the attention of the group she was with and the other people wanted to share in this experience too. One

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by one Peter and I prayed with people who wanted the Holy Ghost. Pastor Stirnemann, who had gone to the committee room to testify before this all began, soon texted me that it was my turn to speak. I responded, “I can’t; people getting HG down here.” Looking back I probably should have been a little more descriptive, because he was wondering if people were getting sick. I called him back and told him someone had received the Holy Ghost and that others were praying for it. He rushed down to the floor of the rotunda and prayed with two more people who received the Holy Ghost. Altogether, five people received the Holy Ghost with the evidence of speaking in tongues.

The battle for traditional marriage in Rhode Island still looms. But through it all God is using this battle to expose people to truth. As a result of that rally at the statehouse, five young people received the Holy Ghost and another one was baptized in the name of Jesus a couple weeks later. For what I believe is the first time in the history of the Rhode Island Statehouse, we had revival in the rotunda. Thomas Brooks III is a licensed minister who attends Christ Temple UPC in Tiverton, Rhode Island. J.R. Stirnemann is the pastor.

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Ladies Ministries:

Investing in Ministry to Every Generation GWYN OAKES

he Ladies Ministries Division of the United Pentecostal Church International brings women of all ages together and forges them into a dynamic force for world evangelism. Since its inception it has been the goal of Ladies Ministries to reach every age by all means possible. We have been consistent in our support of New Beginnings with its home for unwed mothers and Tupelo Children’s Mansion, an adoption program for the child who has either temporarily or permanently been displaced. Troubled teens are ministered to through the Lighthouse Ranch for Boys and Haven of Hope for Girls. Today’s Christian Girl, a free website club, helps young girls connect with other groups and know they are not alone in believing and living out the teaching of the Word of God. Mothers join others around the world in focused prayer for their children on the first Monday of every month with our Daughters of Zion prayer commitment. This is an effective tool for reaching the community and inviting mothers to “come as they are” to pray for children in the community and local schools. Many of these children become “regulars” and are soon born again through the plan of salvation. Meaningful literature has been written for those who seek godly direction in life. More to Life Bible studies continue to be a means of strengthening our women while bringing others to the saving knowledge of Christ. Free ongoing Bible studies are offered on our website. Thirty thousand or more attend Ladies Ministries conferences in North America annually to hear anointed speakers on subjects that strengthen our core beliefs. These conferences are an open door for lady ministers to fulfill their calling. Breakout sessions target and strengthen our youth in their walk with God. Widowed ministers’ wives are undergirded with our Women of Worth program. This is beneficial in helping them know they are still valuable to the kingdom of God though the ministering husband is no longer with them. HOPE (Healing Our Painful Experiences) reaches out to ministers’ wives who are dealing with separation or divorce. Qualified counselors answer every confidential email. Several have taken advantage of this program. If we help even one person through this traumatic time in life, we are grateful. In addition to the above, our annual Mothers Memorial fund drive assists the following UPCI endorsed ministries: Global Missions—student support, appliances for missionaries, children’s birthdays, and family Christmas checks; North American Missions— family emergency fund and prison ministries literature; Division of Education—Summer Institute and Urshan Graduate School of Theology Library fund.

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Following is a summary of our ministries: • Annual Mothers Memorial funds lend support to many other ministries of the UPCI. • District and sectional women’s conferences lend fellowship and spiritual growth. • Daughters of Zion focused prayer for children, which provides a free electronic newsletter in several languages. • Women of Worth for widows of UPCI ministers, which provides a free electronic newsletter. • HOPE, ministry to separated or divorced ministers’ wives, which provides free private electronic support. • Today’s Christian Girl targets ten- to eighteen-year-old girls across the nation and around the world to help them grow spiritually and socially; a free electronic leadership letter is provided. • SISTERS, for women and their families in the military, which provides a free electronic newsletter. • Pure Path newsletter is a free electronic newsletter for preserving our heritage of truth. • Reflections magazine is a bimonthly subscription publication written by women for women. Literature and products available through Ladies Ministries: • Prints of commissioned paintings for Mothers Memorial Drive • Tapestries of our popular prints, I Will Do It, The Alabaster Box, and Leaving A Legacy • More to Life Bible studies • Alive in Him for new converts, prison ministry, and self-help • This Is Life, I Need Answers, and I Need More Answers provide practical advice for Christian living • Praying the Word Effectively • Parents and Sons Talk and Parents and Daughters Talk (promise box available) • The Good Life, a Bible study for young women • Pure Path series addressing principles of modesty and holiness: • The Girl in the Dress • Covered by Love • Unmasked For more information, visit www.ladiesministries.org or call 314-837-7300 and ask for Ladies Ministries. Gwyn Oakes has served as Ladies Ministries president since January 1994. She is a licensed minister, an author, and an artist. She taught a Women in Ministry course at Gateway College for three years. She served with her husband, L.G. Oakes, who pastored in Bald Knob, Arkansas, for thirty-six years. They attend one of their three daughter works in Beebe, Arkansas, where Rich Price is the pastor.

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LAUNCH YOUR MINISTRY BY ROBERT STROUP

Launch Your Ministry Will Benefit Your District saw Nathan Scoggins at the hotel where I was staying in Odessa, Texas, while attending J.T. Pugh’s funeral. Nathan Scoggins had addressed the general board concerning Launch Your Ministry (LYM) on a few occasions and I was interested. It seemed fitting that we should discuss this topic just prior to paying our respects to J.T. Pugh because he had devoted his life to mentoring young preachers. I asked Nathan Scoggins to tell me more. It did not take much prompting. It was as if J.T. Pugh’s mantle of mentoring had now fallen on him. Nathan wept as he shared his passion for training young people who feel a call into ministry. He related some statistics, including the small percentage of licensed ministers in the UPCI at that time who were in their twenties and thirties. When you hear that “only 6 percent of our preachers are under the age of thirty and only 22 percent of our preachers are thirtynine or under” it is obvious that something needs to be done. LYM was something we had to implement in the Indiana District! I wanted our district board to hear what I had heard and to feel what I had felt. I asked Nathan to come to Indiana. He shared the need for LYM with our board members and they responded as I had. We wanted and needed to make this happen in Indiana. Our next step was to appoint a LYM coordinator. The person we chose for this position would either make it or break it in our district. Our board wisely selected our district secretary, Mark Johnson. He is not just a dreamer; he is a doer. He has taken this responsibility to heart, and more than anyone else he has made this work in Indiana. Mark Johnson and I then developed a LYM team. We decided that this team should include all of our district department heads. It was important to have them as part of this team so LYM would not be perceived as a program of just one department. We wanted every department focused on the same goal. We wanted them all on the same team, going in the same direction, and working toward

Three years into LYM, we are beginning to reap wonderful results. The number of license applicants has increased significantly. Daughter works are being started. the same end. LYM has been a great unifying factor in Indiana. We then asked every department in all their district meetings to focus on launching young men and women into ministry. At our 2010 Holiday Youth Convention months before our actual LYM kick-off, more than one hundred young people came to our first breakout sessions for those who felt a call into ministry. The atmosphere in that room was electrifying. Launch Your Ministry was off and running. The District Men’s Ministry now hosts a breakfast at each year’s men’s conference for pastors and young men from their churches who feel a call to ministry. Each year approximately fifty to seventy-five young men respond with uplifted hands when we ask how many of them aspire to being licensed with the UPC at some point in the future. The Ladies Ministry has hosted many meetings over the past few years. Some of these meetings are for ladies with a calling to ministry and some for the wives of young preachers. These meetings have been very beneficial. The Sunday School and Youth departments are using their district meetings to help our children and young people be open to a call into ministry. At this year’s Holiday Youth Convention, right in the middle of the final night’s service, an invitation was given for young people who were feeling a call to ministry. The response was overwhelming as over six hundred youth filled the altar area at Calvary Tabernacle. The preacher did not preach that night because God’s anointing fell on these future leaders of the church. We have asked our camp meeting speakers to spend some time with groups of

young ministers. They have had breakfast with them, answered their questions, and offered wise instruction. We have also had Marriage in Ministry seminars for preachers and their spouses. We have had many other such activities too numerous to list. Our intent has not been for just the district board and department heads to be sold on LYM. Our goal has been to get every pastor in the district to buy in. General Superintendent David K. Bernard (who set the pace for all of us with his great example when he pastored in Austin where he met with and mentored aspiring young preachers and leaders) has videoed over twenty lessons that any pastor can access and share with his ministerial trainees. Many more training videos by other speakers have been recorded and will be added to the website shortly. These lessons can be accessed at launchyourministry.com. Now, three years into LYM, we are beginning to reap wonderful benefits. The number of license applicants has increased significantly. In 2012 we had forty-five applicants for either first-time ministerial licenses or upgrades, including fifteen ordinations. The Lord is granting us a revival of sending in Indiana. Target cities are being manned. Daughter works are being started. LYM has been a tremendous blessing to us. It will greatly benefit your church and district as well. Robert Stroup serves as pastor of The Pentecostals of South Lake in Merrillville, Indiana. He is also the superintendent of the Indiana District.

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Yes, I Am Peculiar KERRI WILSON

My true Apostolic identity is found in my faith in who God is and who I am in Him. My desire is for people to see Christ, not religion, in me.

enjoy running as one of my forms of exercise, and I am able to do so while continuing to maintain an outward ladylike appearance. It is interesting how many stares I get from strangers as I run past them wearing my running skirt. I have often wondered how many stares a woman would get if she ran past those same people wearing a long robe and head covering. Maybe she would get more than I or maybe none at all. My point is there have been many throughout the ages who have stood out because of their outward appearance. There are still many who stand out today for this same reason. I understand that as an Apostolic I am set apart from the world and am mostly identified as different because of how I look on the outside. I am thankful for and unashamed of this aspect of being Apostolic. I have enjoyed the many benefits of spiritual protection that have been afforded me through my obedience and submission to God’s Word and the leadership He has placed over me throughout my life. However, while others identify me as different because of how I look and behave outwardly, the outside of me in and of itself is not my true identity. My true Apostolic identity is found in my trust and faith in who God is and who I am in Him. My Apostolic witness is found in my perseverance through difficult times, testifying to a real, living, and saving God. My hope is that the distinguishing mark of who I am opens people’s ears to God’s voice, allowing it to be louder than the voice of human understanding. 50

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As I run past the stares of strangers, I accept without shame that I look different. But know this: I choose to look different on the outside simply because (1) I am filled with the Holy Ghost and am daily seeking His direction to lead me into all truth; (2) I stand firm through adversity, knowing only God is the source of my survival; and (3) I eagerly listen to the voice of conviction and give myself to the freedom and revelation found through His power. The outside of me is born out of matters of my heart. It is rooted in my genuine love for my Maker, grounded in my trust in His lordship, and planted in my obedience to His call to commitment. So, as others watch me pass by, my desire is for them to see Christ, not religion, in me. Kerri Wilson lives with her husband, Eugene, and their two children, Kade and Jaelyn, in Olive Branch, Mississippi.

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