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By Official Resolution from the 2005 Conference

"We reject preterist notions"

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THE COMING OF THE LORD

In this increasingly post-denominational world there is decreasing emphasis on doctrinal teaching. In such a climate, mention of the second coming of the Lord is often absent from songs, teaching, and preaching. Even in the Oneness Pentecostal church, there has sometimes been a de-emphasis on this important doctrine, leading to apathy and in some cases acceptance of erroneous teaching. One false teaching, generally termed preterism, alleges that the coming of the Lord was fulfilled in the first century. Preterists teach that most, if not all, of the scriptural prophecies of the coming of the Lord addressed judgment upon the Jews, which culminated in the destruction of Jerusalem in A.D. 70.

While the UPCI allows diversity in views regarding the timing of the second coming of the Lord, particularly with reference to the Tribulation, the expectation of the soon return of the Lord is integral to our identity as a movement. In fact, the modern Pentecostal movement was reborn at the beginning of the twentieth century out of the anticipation that the Lord wanted to prepare His bride for His soon return. We believe that when the New Testament speaks of the "soon" return of the Lord, it gives this promise to assure the church of its future hope. Paul expressed this anticipation, for although he expected martyrdom, he promised that a crown was not merely waiting for him alone, but for all those who love His appearing. (See II Timothy 4:8)

We reject preterist notions that the prophecies of Revelation 4-19 were fulfilled prior to A.D. 70, that Satan is bound, and that we are now living during the thousand years described in Revelation 20. As Oneness Pentecostals, we believe that Revelation 4-19 refers to events that are yet future and that New Testament prophecies of the return of Christ are literal, still to be fulfilled. Further, while Israel has been blinded in part, there will come a time when they will be grafted in again (Romans 11: 17-26). We look forward to a time when the church will reign with Christ in the Millennium, a time when Christ will reign supreme and will restore peace on the earth.

The early church universally believed the prophecies of Revelation and the promise of the return of Christ to be future and not past. It was the medieval church that formally did away with a futurist reading of the Book of Revelation and taught that the church was living in the Millennium. As Oneness Pentecostals, we reject any new "revelation" which suggests that the consistent teaching of the ancient and modern Oneness Pentecostal church is in error and that the medieval teaching is in fact correct. We are looking for the catching away of the saints, the return of the Lord Jesus Christ to earth, the establishing of Christ's millennial kingdom, and ultimately the institution of the new heaven, the new earth, and the New Jerusalem.


Resolutions:

WHEREAS the close of the New Testament canon contains Christ's threefold assurance, "I come quickly" (Revelation 22:7,12, 20); and

WHEREAS the hope of His soon return served to fuel the expansion and evangelical urgency of both the early Church and succeeding generations of true believers; and

WHEREAS the anticipation of His second coming was partly responsible for the resurgence of the apostles' doctrine in modern times and was integrated into the Articles of Faith of most Pentecostal organizations including that of the United Pentecostal Church International; and

WHEREAS the teaching of preterism seeks to shift attention from the soon coming of the Lord and of His establishment of a future Kingdom on the earth; and

WHEREAS the General Board of the United Pentecostal Church International along with the Unity of the Faith Commission have examined this doctrine and found that it conflicts with several of the Articles of Faith including, but not limited to, the Translation of Saints, the Second Coming, The Millennium, and Eternal Judgment;

Therefore be it RESOLVED that Article VII, Section 2, Paragraph 7 be modified to read as follows:

"License or Certificate of Ordination shall not be issued to anyone who teaches the doctrine of unconditional eternal security, and/or annihilation of the wicked dead, and/or the divine or heavenly flesh of Christ, (defined as that the flesh of Jesus Christ had no biological or genetic relationship to other human beings), and/or all forms of preterism. (Please see the pertinent position paper for a more detailed definition)."
 

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Date: 05 Mar 2007
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8. Luke 24:50-53. What did Jesus do about 40 days after His resurrection? Who was with Him? How did the disciples feel and what did they do?

9. 1 Peter 1:8. What specific action do believers take in relation to Jesus, even though we have not seen Him? How is a Christian’s joy described? Do you have this joy?

10. Jude 1:24. What did Jude say that Jesus would do for believers when He
returns? What will be Christ’s attitude toward His people when He comes again?


Date: 03 Nov 2007
Time: 06:21:44

Comments:

The UPC believes in many truths but they have shot themselves in the foot with this one they are acting like the Catholics with this dogmatic unscriptual stance.


Date: 14 Jun 2009
Time: 04:07:48

Your Comments:

I was saved in the UPC as a young 16 year old. many pastors believe in the annihilation of the wicked dead as this is clearly what the bible teaches. I cant believe they can ban people from having a tv set and turn a blind eye to it i know numerous upci pastors who have a tv despise signing a solomn oath to the contrary0 and yet kick people out who believe in the second death...


Date: 06 Jul 2009
Time: 13:50:09

Your Comments:

I applaud the UPCI whole heartedly...pretersim is false teaching!!


Date: 07 Aug 2009
Time: 18:19:03

Your Comments:

I think that the Article V11 Section 2, Paragraph 7 being requested for modification is an imposition and an offense to the interpretation of the local church/ministry.

All agree to Acts 2:38 and Oneness Theology. It should not be the right of the denomination to tell a church what they can or cannot preach. Catholocism is adamant that their parishes be taught only what the Mother church teaches. Jehovah Witnesses teach each week the same message and formats because they do not want any challenges to their overall doctrine.

Interpretations in eschatology, soteriology, and other ologies should be up to the local church and not to the governing body/the ruling denomination.

Many in the oneness pentecostal faith do not believe in pre-mid-post tribulation because of many reasons.

I could say more but this is my objection to this form of control.


Date: 17 Dec 2009
Time: 09:39:14

Your Comments:

First of all, I believe that the UPC is teaching a false doctrine. Their doctrine is so terribly wrong that they are preventing people to live an abundant life in Christ, rather having them live in fear and slavery to man made rules and regulations. Were saved through Grace of God and not by "man made rules". God have MERCY on the UPC organization.


Date: 11 Feb 2010
Time: 07:27:34

Your Comments:

I have often thought about the "soon coming of Christ" idea that motivated the 20th century move of the Pentecostal movement. This is what I am thinking: The same mistake could be happening now as happened at the first advent of Christ. Namely, the Jewish people were expecting the coming of their Messiah, but missed Him because He came in a manner that they did not expect. The LOrd did, indeed, come in the last century in an erchomai class coming. When one acknowledges the coming of the Holy spirit into the earth in a manner that heretofore had not occurred, then it is possible to see ;the coming g of the Lord in the person of His Church into the earth. A study of Daniel chapter 7 (in particular) reveals that Christ comes and rules in the person of the Church. The appearance of the Spirit filled church in the earth during the 20th century is indeed an erchomai class coming. As we move into the 7th millennium we cross over into the Sabbath of the creation story. Could it be that after a time of travail the new age of Christ's universal rule will appear upon the earth.
Are these thoughts not worthy of consideration?
Peace to All
Bishop J. L. Hayes
 


Date: 08 Jul 2010
Time: 10:26:52

Your Comments:

As a former Oneness Pentecostalist minister...i find it amusing that 'preteristic notions' could disqualify a person from holding license with this organization. My God in Heaven...talk about straining a gnat & gulping down a camel...look rather my brethren to those more serious extremes such as tongues speech or hell, God's conditional love, heaven as something earned, & a Christianity without the cross. Now these are issues for ministerial consideration. RFJ


Date: 17 Dec 2010
Time: 08:19:07

Your Comments:

I am a former ALJC (0neness) pastor. The futurest theology promoted by the UPC and other oneness organizations have spurned the opportunity for a closer examination of their confusing "end time" theology. They are so heavily entrenched in the position they hold that honest discourse on the subject has become an impossibility. I submitted my resignation back in 2003 when I percieved that discussion on the subject of fulfilled prophecy was not appreciated among the brethren.
Francis Gregory Febus
www.fulfilledprophecy.net


Date: 29 Dec 2010
Time: 15:14:45

Your Comments:

Matthew 10:23- truly I say to you, you will not finish going through the cities of Israel until the son of man come.
Matthew 16:27-28- truly I say to you there are some standing here who will not taste of death until they see the son of man coming in his kingdom.
Matthew 24:34- truly I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place.
Matthew 26:64- You the high priest will see the son of man coming on the clouds of heaven.
First Corinthians 10:11on us the ends of the ages have come
First Peter 4:7 the end of all things is at hand
First Jn 2:18 it is the last hour...we know that it is the last hour
Luke 23:27-30 Jesus was about ready to be crucified when he spotted a woman crying for him. He told her weep not for me but for yourself and your children. He told her for the days are coming when you will say to the mountains fall on us and unto the hills cover us. This happened in Rev 6:15-17 so his coming had to have happened in their lifetime.
Are you really 100% sure that there is no chance the preterist are right? Are you so sure that you are willing someday to stand before God and say I was part of the group that decided to kick out all people (preterists) that did not believe like me. Did all of you really study it out before making such a big decision because the bible says; Judge not a matter before you hear it or it is a shame and folly.


Date: 17 Dec 2010
Time: 08:19:07

Your Comments:

I am a former ALJC (0neness) pastor. The futurest theology promoted by the UPC and other oneness organizations have spurned the opportunity for a closer examination of their confusing "end time" theology. They are so heavily entrenched in the position they hold that honest discourse on the subject has become an impossibility. I submitted my resignation back in 2003 when I percieved that discussion on the subject of fulfilled prophecy was not appreciated among the brethren.
Francis Gregory Febus
wwww.fulfilledprophecy.net
 


 

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