Constitution and General Rules
and General Rules
organization shall be called the Fire-Baptized Holiness Church.
object and purpose of this church is
1. The deepening of the spiritual life among
so that all of our members shall
the highest state of Christian
possible in this life.
2. The ordination and appointment of Elders,
Evangelists and Missionaries divine-
called, qualified and set apart to the work.
3. All our Elders, Pastors, Evangelists
Missionaries shall be required to teach
preach the doctrines set forth in the
4. All our regularly ordained Elders, Pastors, Evangelists and
Missionaries shall have au-
to administer the ordinances of the
supper and baptism and to solemnize matrimony.
We believe that Jesus Christ shed His
for the remission of sins that are past
3: 25), and for the regeneration of
sinners and for salvation from sin
from sinning (I. John 3: 5-10; Eph. 2: 1-
We believe, teach
and firmly maintain
Scriptural doctrine of justification by faith
(Rom. 5: 1).
3. We believe also
that Jesus Christ shed
blood for the complete cleansing of the
believer from all indwelling sin, and
its pollution subsequent to regeneration.
4. We believe also
that entire sanctification
an instantaneous, definite, second work of
obtainable by faith on the part of the
5. We believe also
that the Pentecostal
of the Holy Ghost and fire is obtain-
by a definite act of appropriating faith
the part of the fully cleansed believer, and
the initial evidence of the reception of
experience is speaking with other tongues
the Spirit gives utterance (Luke 11: 13;
1: 5; 2: 1-4; 8: 17; 10: 44-46; 19: 6).
. We believe also in divine
healing as in
atonement (Isa. 53: 4, 5; Matt. 8:16, 17;
16: 14-18; James 5: 14-16; Ex.
7. We believe
in the imminent, personal, premillennial, second coming of our Lord
Christ (I. Thes. 4: 15-18; Titus 2: 13; II.
3: 1-14; Matt. 24: 29-44); and we
wait for His appearing (II. Tim.
8. The Fire-Baptized Holiness Church is
opposed to the teaching of the so-call-
Christian Scientists, Spiritualists, Unita-
Universalists and Mormons. We deny
false and unscriptural Seventh-Day Ad-
annihilation of the wicked, condi-
immortality, antinomianism, absolute
so-called come-outism, the so-call-
resurrection life, the so-called redemption
glorification of the body in this life, and
doctrine of the restitution of all things as
forth in millennial dawnism, and the false
that we are not born of God until we
The Lord says, “Marriage is honorable
all, and the bed undefiled,” and
Holiness Church firmly holds that
are certain relations between husband
wife which are strictly private according
the Word of God, and into this sacred pri-
no one has any right to inquire (Heb. 13.
I. Cor. 7: 1-5).
10. No subsequent General Council shall
authority to change the basis of union of
Fire-Baptized Holiness Church, without a
representation from the local bands.
1. No one shall be admitted to full mem-
in this church who is not in full ac-
with the teachings of the same as set
in the basis of union.
2. He must also give satisfactory evidence
from his own testimony that he is re-
clearly justified, sanctified wholly,
is groaning after the fulness of the
Provided, also, that applicants in the
of the experience of Scriptural
may be received as probationers
the period of three months. Provided,
that no one shall be received into
membership nor entitled to a vote who
not enjoy the experience of entire sancti-
and is agonizing after the fulness of
3. In accordance with these professions, all
remain with us shall take as their rule
conduct the Word of God (Gal. 6:16), and
conform outwardly as well as inwardly
their daily walk and conversation to its
4. We are commanded in God’s Word not
be unequally yoked together with unbeliev-
and to have no communion or fellowship
the unfruitful works of darkness, such
oathbound secret societies, social clubs
corrupt partisan politics (II. Cor. 6: 14;
5: 11); not to be conformed to
(Rom. 12: 2); to come out from among
and be separate (II. Cor. 6: 17), and
to turn away from those who have the
of godliness, but deny the power there-
(II. Tim. 3: 5); to cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and
spirit (II. Cor. 7:
such as the use, growth, sale or handling
tobacco in every form, or of morphine, or
filthiness of speech, foolish talk-
jesting, the use of slang language; to
from all appearance of evil (I. Thes.
22); and to do all we do to the glory of
and in the name of Jesus Christ (Col.
17; I. Cor. 10:31); to wear no outward
such as jewelry, gold, feathers,
costly apparel or ornamentation of
kind (I. Tim. 2: 9; I. Pet. 3; 3); and a
observance of all these Scriptural re-
and a complete separation from
which does not tend to deepen our
spirituality and promote the glory of
is hereby required of all our members.
To abstain from mentioning the faults
an absent person, and refuse to listen to
who do, except it be absolutely neces-
for the glory of God and the good of the
and of the person concerned.
7. The tenth is the Lord’s and shall be
as such by all our members (Gen.
22; Matt. 23: 23).
8. All our members are required to be
of frugality, diligence, faith and
taking up the cross daily, and true
the abiding baptism of the Holy Ghost.
9. To witness on all suitable occasions,
if it costs us our lives, to what the Lord
done for us, especially to sanctification,
healing, and the baptism with the
Ghost and fire.
All our evangelists and workers shall
the members to know what is expected
them regarding everything mentioned, di-
or indirectly, in the general rules, and
deal faithfully with every one.
are the general rules of the
Holiness Church, and we be-
them to be in accordance with the
of God’s Word, and therefore for
good of our own souls and for the glory
FOR THE RECEPTION OF PRIVATE
Have you the forgiveness of your sins?
(I. Jno. 1:9.)
2. Have you peace now with God through
our Lord Jesus Christ? (Rom. 5: 1.)
Have you the witness of the Holy Spirit agreeing with your spirit that
you are a child
God? (Rom. 8:16.)
4. Has no sin,
inward or outward, domin-
ion over you? (Rom. 6: 14.)
you wholly sanctified according to
Have you the personal Holy Ghost as promised in John 14: 16, 26; 15:
26; 16: 13;
11: 13 and Acts 19: 2?
Do you believe in divine healing as in
the atonement? and in the laying on of hands,
and in anointing with oil? (Isa. 53:
Matt. 8: 17; Mark 16: 14-18; James 5: 14-16.)
Do you believe in the imminent, per-
sonal, premillennial, second coming of our
Lord? (I. Thes. 4: 15-18; II Peter 3; 1-4.)
Will you faithfully and loyally witness to
all these experiences? (Acts 2: 32; Isa. 43:
Luke 24: 48.)
one shall be received into full member-
who shall not pass satisfactory examina-
upon the foregoing questions.
TO APPLICANTS FOR THE MIN-
Have you been called of God to preach
gospel, and can you say as the apostle said,
is me if I preach not the gospel?”
Will you “preach the Word” without
or favor, seeking the honor that comes
God only, reproving, rebuking and ex-
with all long-suffering and doctrine,
earnestly for the faith once delivered
Will you take the Word of God as your
and only rule of conduct, and strive to
your life and manner of living by
sacred teaching? (II. Tim. 4: 1-5; I. Cor.
16; I. Tim. 4: 10-16; II. Tim. 1: 1-13; Acts
Having a dispensation committed unto
will you undertake to preach this gospel,
as a hireling, nor by constraint, neither
being lords over God’s heritage, nor for
lucre, but willingly, and of a ready
doing all for the glory of God and the
of lost men?
Have you counted the cost, and do you
commit yourself for life to the cause
addition to the above, the Ruling Elders
be required to pass satisfactory exam-
as to qualifications upon the following Scriptures: Titus 1: 5-9: I. Tim.
3:2-7; 1. Peter
all these examinations be close and
and let all our workers be required
conform strictly to these requirements.
recognize and acknowledge our Lord
Christ as the Supreme Head and
Governor of the Fire-Baptized Holi-
Church in all its various departments, and
infallible Word as the man of our counsel
as our only rule of faith and practice.
1. There shall be a General Overseer,
shall have the general oversight and
of all the church, and whose tenure of
shall continue during good behavior.
shall preside at all the General Councils,
when present, at all the state, provincial,
There shall be a General Secretary and
Treasurer, appointed by the General
The General Secretary shall keep
minutes of each General Council, and a correct list of the membership of the
furnished by the Ruling Elders. The
Treasurer shall have charge of all
contributed for the benefit of the
at large, and pay the same by order
the Board of Trustees.
There shall be a Board of Trustees, consisting of not less than three
by the General
who shall be chairman of the same.
shall hold in trust and have charge of all property deeded or bequeathed to
the Fire-Baptized Holiness Church.
The General Overseer shall appoint the
Ruling Elders for the state, provincial and territorial churches, both
domestic and for-
and shall have power and authority to
the same and appoint others, when-
in his best judgment, the good of the
2. It shall be the
duty of the Ruling Elders
preach the Word, giving their time, talents
influence to the spreading of Pente-
holiness throughout their respective
They are expected to so direct
work in their respective territories
the greatest possible good may be ac-
and the greatest number of souls
They shall obtain a list of the mem-
of the churches in their respective ter-
and report the same to the General
once each year.
The power to appoint pastors of the
churches is hereby given to a stationing
committee, which shall be appointed by the
convention. Provided, further,
of necessity, between state conventions,
Ruling Elder shall supply pastors to the
The Genera] Overseer shall have power
authority to ordain Elders and Evangel-
in every place where there is need of
and, under the immediate direction of
Holy Ghost, to separate them unto the
whereunto the Lord hath called them,
to the precedent given in Acts 13:
always remembering the Scriptural re-
that an elder must not be a novice,
being lifted up with pride he fall into
condemnation of the devil” (I. Tim. 3: 6),
also that other wholesome apostolic in-
to “lay hands suddenly on no man”
Tim. 5: 22).
The General Overseer shall have au-
to delegate to any Ruling Elder or
ordained Evangelist the power to
Elders in special cases whenever he
deem it wise and expedient for the pro-
of the Pentecostal work
3. A certicate of ordination shall be is-
to each ordained minister in the connec-
officially signed by the General Over-
4. In view of the increasing number and
of women who are evidently called
God unto the evangelistic, missionary and
work, provision is hereby made for the appointing, ordaining and sending forth
thus called of God, exactly the same
men, thus placing Spirit-filled women,
of God, upon the same footing with
brethren of the stronger sex.
As the question of water baptism has
been a subject of fruitless strife
carnal professors, we leave it entirely
the individual conscience, as to the mode
which the rite shall be administered.
In the administration of the Lord’s sup-
only unfermented wine shall be used.
1. The General Council shall be composed
of the General Overseer, the Assistant Gen-
Overseers, the Trustees, the Ruling El-
the General Secretary, the General
and a delegate to be elected by
There shall be a regular meeting every
years, provided, that in case of necessity
General Overseer shall have authority to
the General Council at such time and
as he may designate, for the transac-
of such business as may properly come
3. The object of the General Council shall
to confer together and to adopt such
and devise such means as shall be
expedient for the promotion and
of the cause of Pentecostal
4. In the event of the death, removal or
of the General Overseer, the Board
Trustees shall have authority to call a
of the General Council, who shall,
prayer and fasting, seek to know the
of the Spirit with regard to filling the
and the one plainly designated by
Holy Ghost shall be accepted as the di-
5. The General Overseer and three Ruling
shall constitute a quorum to transact
The foreign missionary work shall be
the general supervision of the General
who shall have power and authori-
to appoint one or more Superintendents of
Missions, as the exigencies of the
1. Each state, provincial and territorial
shall hold at least one Pentecostal
convention each year, to be open on
the lines of divine truth, especially on
lines of sanctification, the baptism of the
Ghost and fire, and divine healing. The
and place of these camp meetings shall
designated by the Ruling Elder.
2. Each state, provincial and territorial
shall be composed of the Ruling
thereof, the Evangelists, Pastors and Missionaries within the jurisdiction of
The following business shall be transact-
at the state, provincial or territorial con-
The examination and passage of the
of the Ruling Elder, Evangelists,
and Missionaries belonging
The examination and recommendation
of applicants for ordination.
(3) To suspend from
the ministry and de-
of credentials persons who are ineffi-
or negligent of the duties assigned to
(4) Evangelists who are unable to attend
state convention shall report in writing to
General Secretary once a year regarding
personal experience and work.
1. Three or more persons in any commun-
having the required qualifications for membership in the local organization,
may be organized into a local church by any evangel-
helper or missionary. If he deem
expedient, he shall appoint a leader, who
report to the Ruling Elder. Should
occur, the society may elect a leader.
2. It is hereby provided that the Ruling
or Evangelist organizing any local
shall have authority to appoint a com-
whose duty it shall be to attend to
finances of the church.
3. This committee shall consist of the
who shall be ex-officio chairman of the
a secretary, treasurer, and as many
as he may deem necessary.
4. This committee shall report to the local
once a quarter, and shall thereafter
elected annually by the church.
5. In every local church meetings shall be
when practicable, either in meeting
private residences, or in the open air,
least once every Lord’s day, and once during
1. When the General Overseer shall be
of immoral conduct or neglect of du-
assigned him, it shall be the duty of the
Elder, in or nearest whose jurisdiction
acts of immorality may be committed,
call together the Ruling Elders, whose
it shall be to thoroughly investigate the
and if he be found guilty, they shall
him of his credentials and expel him
the church. Three Ruling Elders
a quorum in the trial of this case.
2. When any evangelist shall be accused
immoral conduct, the Ruling Elder shall
to his aid a committee of not less than
nor more than nine from among the
evangelists, whose duty it shall be
investigate the charges, and if he be
guilty, they shall suspend him from
ministry until the ensuing session of the
convention, which shall make final dis-
of his case. Provided, further, that
case any evangelist living in a state or
where there is no annual convention
be accused of immoral conduct, the
Overseer shall have power to deal
3. When the leader of the local church
be accused of immoral conduct, notice
shall be given to the Ruling Elder,
duty it shall be to call a committee
among the local church of which he is
member, who shall investigate the case,
if he be found guilty, he shall be expelled
membership in the church.
4. Any member violating the general
or found guilty of immoral conduct,
leader of the band shall admonish him of
error of his ways, and if he repent not,
shall take with him two or more others,
if he refuse to hear them, he shall be
before the society, who, after due
shall have power to expel him.
REGARDING DEEDS, TITLES, ETC.
Let each church appoint a Board of
in accordance with the laws of their
states, territories, etc., whose
it shall be to receive and hold in trust
property that may be deeded to the Fire-
Holiness Church for the benefit of
individual society to which they may be-
This board shall secure a warranty deed
all property whenever it is practicable.
said property shall cease to be used
the society for religious purposes it shall
to the General Board of Trustees, un-
otherwise specified in the deed.
This local board shall report to the
Board the amount and estimated
of all property held by them.
Let it be specified in each deed to
property that it shall be for the use
benefit of the ministry and membership
the Fire-Baptized Holiness Church.
Hereafter no person shall be ordained
having previously served at least
years in the capacity of a local preacher
Provision is hereby made that ministers
to us from any other church or asso-
having certificate of ordination, shall
received and recognized as such.
minister may read a lesson of his own
from the Word, after which he shall
the congregation, saying:
Beloved: The last command of our
Lord was to go into all the world and
the gospel to every creature, and
Representative, the blessed Holy Spirit,
the Book of Acts enforced this
through the apostles in relation to
who believed in Christ: therefore it is our
duty as possessors of His grace to
to this great commission, both in
preaching of the Word and the adminis-
of the ordinance of Baptism, as our
let the candidates for baptism be
to stand before the congregation, the
addressing them as follows:
Beloved: This act of yours, coming
baptism in the name of the Lord, is
public testimony of your professed subjec-
to Christ and the grace vouchsafed to
in the pardon and cleansing of your soul
sin. But that you may further declare
determination to walk in the command-
candidate sha1l have the right to choose
mode of baptism he prefers.
ments of the Lord and in the faith of Christ,
shall, in the presence of God and of this congregation, give answer to the
1. Have you faith in Christ?
Ans. I have.
2. Have you the witness of the Spirit to
acceptance with God? Ans.
3. Will you endeavor to walk in the fear
God and in the way of His commandments
the end of life? Ans. I will endeavor to
so by His grace.
4. Will you endeavor to seek after all the
of God, till all His will and good
are fulfilled in you? Ans.
I will do
by His grace helping me.
5. Will you attend divine services as op-
affords, and contribute of your
for the support and spread of the full
Ans. I will.
6. Do you desire to be baptized in this
Ans. That is my desire.
the minister shall proceed to admin-
the ordinance to the candidate, saying:
obedience to the command of the Word
God, I baptize thee in the name of the
and of the Son, and of the Holy
and may the blessings of the Triune
rest upon you.
the baptism of the candidate the
shall sing a hymn, following
prayer shall be offered and the service
with the benediction.
THE SACRAMENT OF THE LORD’S SUPPER.
minister officiating shall read a lesson
the Word, either from the Gospels or
as he may deem appropriate. After
Scripture lesson he may address the con-
in Christ: This precious sacrament commemorates the suffering and death of our
whereby He offered Himself a ransom
our souls, making atonement for our sins
His own blood, and thus satisfying the
of Divine justice against us. It also
to His return to earth, when He shall
of it anew with us in the kingdom of
Father. Let us draw near in deep hu-
and take this sacrament to our com-
and, devoutly kneeling. render our sin-
thanks to Almighty God.
the minister shall offer extemporary
consecrating the elements to their
use. After prayer, the invitation
be given as follows:
invite all true Christians, all who have
with the Father and with His Son
Christ, and who sincerely love the ap-
of our Lord, to come and partake of
sacrament in the name of the Lord.
brief prayer may be offered for the
blessing of the Lord upon the com-
immediately before the elements
distributed. This may be done as
of communicants are served.
table of communicants may be dis-
with the following benediction:
and go in peace in the name of the
and may the grace of our God go with
all have partaken of the elements, a
shall be sung, closing with
prayer, the congregation kneeling, at the close of which
doxology may be sung and the service
contracting parties presenting them-
before the minister, he shall address
present as follows:
Beloved: The marriage relation was
of God in the time of man’s inno-
in the Garden of Eden, and was de-
for the mutual happiness and good of
entering into its relation, and for the uncorrupted preservation and
human family. It was hallowed by the
of Christ at the marriage in Cana of
and is declared by the Apostle Paul
be an honorable estate for all. These
and it is our purpose to so unite them,
just cause here be shown why they
not be united; therefore if any one here
can show just cause why this union
not be effected, let them now speak, or
hereafter hold their peace.
cause being given, the minister shall
the couple as follows:
Will you take this woman to be your law-
and wedded wife, to live with her after
ordinance in the bonds of holy matri-
love, cherish and keep her, in sickness
in health, and, forsaking all others, cleave
unto her so long as ye both shall live?
Will you take this man to be your lawful
wedded husband, to live with him after
ordinance in the bounds of holy matri-
love, honor and obey him, in sickness
in health, and, forsaking all others,
only unto him so long as ye both shall
Ans. I will.
shall the minister pronounce the fol-
the presense of God and this company I
you husband and wife. Whom God
joined together, let no man put asunder.
General Officers of the Fire-Bap-
tized Holiness Church.
H. King, Royston, Ga.
D. Page, Chadbourn, N. C.
General Secretary and Treasurer.
E. Robinson, 1106 Taylor street,
Carolina and Lower South Carolina--
J. Carter, Chadbourn, N. C.
and Upper South Carolina -- G. O.
H. King, Royston, Ga.; Samuel D.
Chadbourn, N. C.; G. O. Gaines,
General Secretary will supply all who
copies of this Constitution. Price,
50c. per dozen, postpaid.