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PENTECOSTAL HOLINESS CHURCH CONTINUING - Remove not the ancient landmark, which thy fathers have set
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Written in 2007 -08
(2013 comments written in brown
2013 Note: The Links were active in 2008 but may not be today!)
 
III. The Apostolic Church
The following original tenets have been copied from the website of the Apostolic Church in 2008.
 
Today's tenets are compared with the original ones to see if they match up with the original Bible of the Apostolic Church.
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Tenet No. 1
Please Note: The original tenets of the Apostolic Church were published in English in 1920 (Up to 1919 they had been in Welsh)
 
ORIGINAL:
No. 1: The unity of the Godhead and the Trinity of the Persons therein.
 
Philippians 2:6 (King James Version)

Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
 
The issue of the co-existent, co-equal Godhead is crucial with the infiltration of masters and inferiors heavy shephereding practice that has infiltrated the Pentecostal denominations today.
It is very significant that the "new translations" the Apostolics now generally use do not have I John 5:7
 
1 John 5:7 (King James Version)

For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.
 
MODERN:
 
1. The one true and living God who eternally exists in three persons in unity: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
 
Neither tenet can be supported by the scriptures widely used in the Apostolic Church of today!
 
“New translations” agree with New World Translation on “lesser than Jehovah God” point!
 
NWT Jehovah’s Witness:
 
Phil.2: 6 who, although he was existing in God’s form, gave no consideration to a seizure, namely, that he should be equal to God.
NIV Phil. 2:6 Who, being in very nature God,
 did not consider equality with God something to be grasped,
 
NASB Phil. 2:6 who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped
 
AMPLIFIED Phil. 2:6 Who, although being essentially one with God and in the form of God [possessing the fullness of the attributes which make God God], did not think this equality with God was a thing to be eagerly grasped or retained,
 
NLT Phil. 2:6 Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to.
 
ESV Phil 2: 6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped,
 
How can you have a tenet which declares the unity of the Godhead and a “Bible” that declares that Jesus could not grasp equality with God!!!!!!!
 
I am awaiting on evidence that the Apostolic Church used to teach in its College the "co-existent, co-equal Godhead". There is no evidence in the modern tenent that this is still the case.
Signs confirm the Word and strange activities confirm the false Word!!!!! As we have discovered also, “new translations” do not declare that it was “God manifest in the flesh”!
 
“New translations” agree with New World Translation on “God did not manifest in the flesh” point! “He” or “Christ” is not admitting God manifest in the flesh!
 
NWT: I Tim. 3:16 Indeed, the sacred secret of this godly devotion is admittedly great: ‘He was made manifest in flesh, was declared righteous in spirit, appeared to angels, was preached about among nations, was believed upon in [the] world, was received up in glory.’
 
NIV: 1 Tim. 3:16 Beyond all question, the mystery of godliness is great: He appeared in a body, was vindicated by the Spirit,
was seen by angels, was preached among the nations, was believed on in the world, was taken up in glory.
 
NASB: 1 Tim. 3:16 By common confession, great is the mystery of godliness:He who was revealed in the flesh,
Was vindicated in the Spirit,Seen by angels. Proclaimed among the nations,Believed on in the world,Taken up in glory.
 
AMPLIFIED: 1 Timothy 3:16 And great and important and weighty, we confess, is the hidden truth (the mystic secret) of godliness. He [God] was made visible in human flesh, justified and vindicated in the [Holy] Spirit, was seen by angels, preached among the nations, believed on in the world, [and] taken up in glory.
Footnotes: a) 1 Timothy 3:16 Some manuscripts read "God."
(Note; where Amplified says “some manuscripts – it is insultingly downgrading Textus Receptus – the PURE WORD OF GOD!)
 
NLT I Tim. 3:16 Without question, this is the great mystery of our faith: Christ was revealed in a human body and vindicated by the Spirit.He was seen by angels and announced to the nations. He was believed in throughout the world and taken to heaven in glory.
 
ESV I Tim. 3:16 Great indeed, we confess, is the mystery of godliness:He was manifested in the flesh,vindicated by the Spirit, seen by angels, proclaimed among the nations, believed on in the world, taken up in glory.
 
AUTHORIZED VERSION says clearly
“GOD MANIFEST IN THE FLESH”
 
I Tim. 3: 16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.
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Tenet No. 2
ORIGINAL: The utter depravity of human nature, the necessity for repentance and regeneration, and the eternal doom of the finally impenitent.
Mark 16:15-16 (King James Version)

And he said unto them,Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.
 
MODERN:The inherent corruptness of man through the Fall; The necessity of repentance and regeneration by grace and through faith in Christ alone and the eternal separation from God of the finally unrepentant.
 
The toned down modern tenet is more in keeping with the "new translations", "doom" having been replaced by "separation. This is in line with the change from the use of the word "damned" to "condemned".
 
NKJV Mark16: 15 And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. 16 He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.
 
NIV Mark 16:15He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation. 16Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.
 
 
WEBSTERS DICTIONARY on “DAMNED” - People who are condemned to eternal punishment; "he felt he had visited the realm of the damned".
 
On “CONDEMNED” - Pronounced or proved guilty; "the condemned man faced the firing squad with dignity"; "a convicted criminal".
 
“Damned” is much more serious as this relates to eternal punishment according to Webster’s Dictionary, whereas “condemned” means to be made dead in the context of immediate death – not the context of Mark 16.
 
NKJV, NIV therefore, gives credence to the annihilationist theory rather than the Biblical perspective of damnation which is what Jesus saved the “born again” believer from.
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Tenet No 3
 
ORIGINAL: The Virgin Birth, sinless life, triumphant Resurrection, Ascension, and abiding Intercession of our Lord Jesus Christ; His Second Coming and Millennial Reign upon earth.
 
Luke 2: 33 (King James Version)
And Joseph and his mother marvelled at those things which were spoken of him.
 
MODERN: The Virgin birth, sinless life, atoning death, triumphant resurrection, ascension and continuing intercession of our Lord Jesus Christ; His second coming and millennial reign upon earth.
 
However, it would seem that the new "bibles" widely used by the "Emerging Apostolics" that there was no virgin birth! Joseph was Jesus father!
 
“New translations” agree with New World Translation on “Joseph was Jesus father” point!
 
NWT Jehovah’s Witness Luke 2:33 And its father and mother continued wondering at the things being spoken about it.
 
NIV Luke 2: 33 The child's father and mother marveled at what was said about him.
 
 
NASB Luke 2:33 And His father and mother were amazed at the things which were being said about Him.
 
AMPLIFIED Luke 2:33 And His [legal] father and [His] mother were marveling at what was said about Him.
 
NLT Luke 2:33 Jesus’ parents were amazed at what was being said about him.
 
ESV Luke 2:33 And his father and his mother marveled at what was said about him.
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Tenet No 4
 
ORIGINAL: Justification and Sanctification of the Believer through the finished work of Christ.
 
However, today the Alpha Course, so commonly used by the Emerging Apostolics does not portray the finished work of Christ, but allows for continuous confession to a Priest.
 
Would the prophets and apostles of the early Apostolic Church allowed for such an infiltration into their doctrinal stand?
 
MODERN: The Justification and sanctification of believers through the finished work of Christ.
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Tenet No 5
 
ORIGINAL: The Baptism of the Holy Ghost for believers, with signs following.
 
MODERN: The baptism of the Holy Spirit for believers with supernatural signs, empowering the church for its mission in the world.
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Tenet No 6
ORIGINAL: The Gifts of the Holy Ghost for the comfort, edification and building up of the Church, which is the Body of Christ.
 
1 Corinthians 14:3 (King James Version)

But he that prophesieth speaketh unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort.
 
MODERN: The gifts of the Holy Spirit for the building up of the Church and ministry to the world.
 
It would seem the Apostolic Church of today are using the terms of Alpha rather than the terminology of the Apostolic Church founders. The founders clearly referred to the Holy Ghost and used the Biblical terms of comfort and edification in their original tenet. This is now gone and as one looks at the decadent websites of the New Apostolics it is clear the movement is being lost to charismania!
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Tenet No 7
 
ORIGINAL: The Sacraments of Baptism by immersion, and of the Lord's Supper.
 
MODERN: The Sacraments of Baptism by immersion and of the Lord’s Supper
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Tenet No 8
 
ORIGINAL: The Divine Inspiration and Authority of the Holy Scriptures.
Reference to the Authorised Version
 
MODERN: The divine inspiration and authority of the Holy Scriptures.
Reference to Gnostic Versions as it is these generally quoted on this "Emerging" Movement's websites
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Tenet No 9
 
ORIGINAL: Church Government by Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors, Teachers, Elders and Deacons.
 
In the Bible of the founders this was for "Perfecting the Saints"
 
Ephesians 4:11-12 (King James Version)

And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
 
MODERN: Christ’s leadership of the Church through apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, teachers, elders and deacons, for unity, maturity and growth of the church.
 
This is a significant doctrinal change particularly in view of the new tenets not having the Church as "the body of Christ". This I know is an allowance for heavy shepherding.
 
The Church is the Body of Christ, the five fold ministry being for perfecting the saints, but here the new Apostolics see Christ as a separate entity giving no allowance for John 17, no allowance for perfection.
 
We clearly have a new movement with a new creed, a million miles away from the passions and wholehearted surrender of the early Apostolics in Wales.
 
 
The new "Bibles" of the Apostolics deny the "perfecting".
 
 
Ephesians 4:11-12 (New King James Version)
 
And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ,
Ephesians 4:11-12 (New International Version, ©2010)
 
 
So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers,
to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up
 
 
With the new NIV Apostolics there is now Christ and his people. With the founders of the Apostolic Church - the Church was THE BODY OF CHRIST - perfected because of THE FINISHED WORK OF CHRIST.
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Tenet No 10
 
ORIGINAL: The possibility of falling from Grace.
 
 
MODERN: The security of the believer as he remains in Christ
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Tenet No 11
ORIGINAL: The obligatory nature of Tithes and Offerings.
 
MODERN: The privilege and responsibility of bringing tithes and offerings to the Lord.
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Our cry to the Apostolic Church is to come back to the landmark, to the land of thy birth.
 
My father, trained under Rees Howells came from a very similar background to thee.
 
 
Mining families of the South Wales valleys but I tell thee today, Thou hast forsaken thy landmark, the Lord requires thee to come back, to receive the joys of Pentecost.
 
Of thy fathers when at an Apostolic meeting,
those in sin would be called forward to repent.
 
These days are returning, saith the Lord. My judgment is upon all those who have forsaken my landmark.
Come back to me, saith the Lord.
 
Forsake these men pleasing approaches of seeker sensitivity.
Come Back! Come Back! Come Back!
 
2013: The Remnant is getting stronger in each of these Pentecostal Denominations and there are clear divisions and splits - only those of the original call are allowed to continue under the Ministry Name