Discipline of The
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A. E. Robinson, General Secretary
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From the highest to the lowest of God's creation we see the most perfect organization. The stars are all placed in order; the sun and moon have their tabernacles; the solar system is a display of God's wonderful arrangement. When we turn to God's dealings directly with man, we see the same carefulness of system and order. Look at His government of the children of Israel; at Sinai, laws are given, commandments delivered, and specifications are laid out with most positive command to "see thou makest all things according to the pattern shown thee in the mount." When we come to the work of Christ and His apostles, we observe the same care for a simple but sufficient form of church government. He chose His twelve apostles, gave them proper training, and gave them the commandment concerning the kingdom, "Go ye, therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost; teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you, and lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the age." (Matt. 28:20.)
The apostles went forth, preaching everywhere, and the people were converted, sanctified, and baptized with the Holy Ghost, forsook not the assembling of themselves together as the manner of some now, but formed the saved into local congregations, and called them churches, and ordained elders and deacons, and always left some one to look after the spiritual and temporal interests of the Church. Let us humbly follow Christ, our great Leader, and take His Word for our rule of faith and practice. Amen.
The Pentecostal Holiness
Basis of Union,
1. We believe that Jesus Christ shed His blood for the remission of sins that are past; and for the regeneration of penitent sinners, and for salvation from sin and from sinning (Rom, 3:25; 1 John 3:5-10; Eph. 2:1-10).
2. We believe, teach and firmly maintain the Scriptural doctrine of justification by faith alone (Rom, 5:1).
3. We believe also that Jesus Christ shed His blood for the complete cleansing of the justified believer from all indwelling sin and from its pollution, subsequent to regeneration (1 John 1:
4. We believe also that entire sanctification is an instantaneous, definite, second work of grace, obtainable by faith on the part of the fully justified believer (John 15:2; Acts 26:18).
5. We believe also that the Pentecostal baptism of the Holy Ghost and Fire is obtainable by a definite act of appropriating faith on the part of the fully cleansed believer, and that the initial evidence of the reception of this experience is speaking with other
tongues as the Spirit gives utterance (Luke 11:13; Acts 1:5; 2:1-4; 8:17; 10:44-46; 19:6).
6. We believe also in divine healing as in the atonement (Isa. 53:4,5; Matt. 8: 16,17; Mark 16:14-18; James 5:14-16; Ex. 15:26).
7. We believe in the imminent, personal. premillennial second coming of our Lord Jesus Christ (1 Thes. 4:15-18; Titus 2:13; 2 Peter 3:1-4; Matt. 24:29-44), and we love and wait for His appearing (2 Tim. 4:8).
8. The Pentecostal Holiness Church is utterly opposed to the teaching of the so-called Christian Scientists, Spiritualists, Unitarians, Universalists and Mormons. We deny, as false and unscriptural, Seventh-day Adventism, annihilation of the wicked, conditional immortality, antinomianism, absolute perfection, so-called come-outism, the so-called resurrection life, the so-called redemption or glorification of the body in this life, the doctrine of the restitution of all things, as set forth in millennial-dawnism; and the teaching that we are not born of God until we are sanctified wholly.
9. The Lord says, "Marriage is honorable in all, and the bed undefiled," and The Pentecostal Holiness Church firmly holds that there are certain relations between husband and wife which are strictly private according to the Word of God, and into this sacred privacy no one has any right to inquire (Heb. 13: 4; 1 Cor. 7:1-5).
10. No subsequent General Conference shall have authority to change the Basis of Union, until the proposed change has been submitted to each local church, and the majority voting favorable to the change.
1. No one shall be admitted to full membership in this church who is not in full accord with the teachings of the same as set forth in the Basis of Union.
2. He must also give satisfactory evidence aside from his own testimony that he is regenerated, clearly justified, seeking to be sanctified, and groaning after the Pentecostal baptism of the Spirit.
3. In accordance with these professions all who remain with us shall take as their rule of conduct the Word of God, and shall conform outwardly as well as inwardly in their daily walk and conversation to its simple teachings (Gal. 6:16).
4. We are commanded in God's Word not to be unequally yoked together with unbelievers, and to have no communion or fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, such as oathbound secret societies, social clubs and corrupt partisan politics. " Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers; for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?" (2 Cor. 6:14). "And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness. but rather reprove them " (Eph. 5:11). We are commanded also not to be conformed to this world. "And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God" (Rom. 12:2). We are commanded to come out from among them, and be separate. "Wherefore come out from
among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you" (2 Cor 6: 17). We are even to turn away from those who have the form of godliness but deny the power thereof. "Having the form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away" (2 Tim. 3:5). We are to cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, such as the use, growth, sale, or handling of tobacco in every form, or of morphine, or intoxicants; filthiness of speech, foolish talking, or jesting. or the use of slang language. Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness. in the fear of God" (2 Cor. 7:1). We are commanded to abstain from the appearance of evil. "Abstain from all appearance of evil" (1 Thes. 5:22). We are to do all we do to the glory of God, and in the name of Jesus Christ. "And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by Him" (Col. 3:17). "Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God (1 Cor. 10:31). We are commanded to wear no outward adorning, such as jewelry, gold, feathers, flowers, costly apparel, or ornamentation of any kind. "In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls. or costly array " (1 Tim. 2:9). "Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel" (1 Peter 3:3). A practical observance of all these Scriptural re-
quirements, and a complete separation from anything which does not tend to deepen our own spirituality and promote the glory of God, is hereby required of all our members.
5. All our members shall be required to observe the Lord's day according to the teachings of Jesus Christ and the holy apostles, and to abstain from doing their own pleasure thereon (Ex. 20:8-11; Isa. 58:13; Mark 2:27,28).
6. Also, to abstain from mentioning the faults of an absent person. and refuse to listen to those who do, except it be absolutely necessary for the glory of God, and the good of the cause and the person concerned.
7. All our members are required to be patterns of frugality, diligence, faith and charity, taking up the cross daily, and true to the abiding baptism of the Holy Ghost.
8. Also, to witness on all suitable occasions, even if it costs us our lives, to what the Lord has done for us, especially to sanctification, divine healing and the baptism with the Holy Ghost and fire.
9. If any member of a local church shall be found by the Official Board to be guilty of violation of the General Rules, or out of harmony with the Basis of Union, after having been brought before the Board and made his defence, or upon refusal to do so, his name shall be erased from the roll of the church. If he shall not be satisfied with the decision of the Board, or if a number of the members of the said church equal to the number of the Official Board that renders the decision shall be dissatisfied with the decision of the Board, they shall have the right
to appeal to the whole church. In case said member shall be dissatisfied with
the decision of the whole church, he may have the right of appeal to the Annual Conference, a majority vote of which shall be final.
10. In case a member belonging to one local church and living in another community shall be charged with immoral conduct or erroneous teaching, the Official Board of the local church in the community where he is living shall have authority to investigate said charges and report to the Official Board of the church to which he belongs.
11. The church adopting this discipline shall not engage in festivals, ice cream suppers, oyster stews, fairs, bazaars, or in any other business in the name of the church for the purpose of its financial support, but each member shall give directly of his means for the support of the cause as God has prospered him. While the individual member is left free to decide for himself the amount which he ought to give to God, yet we, as a church, believe that one-tenth of our net income really belongs to God, and that in addition to this we ought to give free-will offerings for the Support of His cause, and that according to His promise, He will pour upon us abundant blessing for so doing. (Malachi 3: 8-10.)
12. All our evangelists and workers shall cause the members -to know what is expected of them regarding every thing expressed or implied in the general rules, and shall deal faithfully with every one.
All candidates for baptism shall have the right of choice between the various modes as practised by the various evangelical denominations. Christian parents and guardians shall have liberty of conscience in the baptism of their children.
The Supper of the Lord.
The Supper of the Lord is a sacrament of our redemption by Christ's death. It points us to Calvary, and to the return of Jesus, whose blood cleanseth us from all sin and prepares us for His blessed coming again.
It should be administered to all Christians in both kinds, and unfermented wine only should be used.
The Lord's table should be open to all who love Him, and all of the Lord's children should be invited to His table to commemorate together the death of their common Lord.
Each individual member of The Pentecostal Holiness Church shall have liberty of conscience in the matter of foot-washing.
1. This body of Christian worshippers shall be known as The Pentecostal Holiness Church.
2. Any local church may adopt any rule or regulation for its own government, other than these written in this discipline, provided such rules and regulations do not annul or conflict with what is herein written, and any Annual Conference may also have the same right.
3. There shall be a periodical published in the interest of the work of The Pentecostal Holiness Church.
Organization of Churches.
1. Where there are three or more persons in one place desiring to be organized into a Pentecostal Holiness Church, they shall call for a person properly authorized to organize such a church, and he shall read and explain the Basis of Union, general rules and government of The Pentecostal Holiness Church; and after prayer, he shall take the names of those desiring membership. After this there shall be nominated and elected at least one deacon, and a Secretary and Treasurer, after which the officiating person shall ordain the deacon according to the form of ordination elsewhere given in this book of discipline. Then there shall be elected a Board of Trustees, consisting of three or five persons, who shall hold in trust the church property.
2. Each local church is advised to create a fund for the purpose of evangelizing its local section. The Official Board of each church shall decide who shall conduct these meetings. Out of this fund the evangelist shall receive at least enough to pay expenses in coming and getting the meeting started.
1. The boundaries of each Annual Conference shall be determined by the General Superintendent, with the consent of the preachers and local churches.
2. Each Conference shall be composed of its Superintendent, ordained preachers, licensed preachers, mission workers, at least one delegate from each local church, but not more than one for every fifty members in each church, and the general officers when they are present.
3. Any ministerial member of an Annual Conference shall hold his membership in the Annual Conference as the body to which he alone is amenable, but he may, if he so desires, hold membership in any local church, but said relation shall be nominal.
4. There shall be held within the territory of each Annual Conference every three months a gathering to be known as the Quarterly Conference.
It shall he the duty of the Superintendent of the Annual Conference to hold the Quarterly Conference, and he may divide his territory into as many districts as he shall see necessary in order to reach every church within said territory.
In the event that the Superintendent of the Annual Conference can not be present to hold the Quarterly Conference, the Assistant Superintendent shall, at his request, hold said Conference at the place designated.
The Quarterly Conference shall be composed of the Superintendent, the pastors of the churches, and a delegate from each church within said territory.
The duties of the Quarterly Conference are as follows:
(a) To receive reports from pastors and churches: first, as to their spiritual condition; second. as to their financial needs and progress.
(b) To devise means for the furtherance of the work of the church.
5. There shall be held annually in the territory of each Annual Conference at least one Bible Conference.
6. The General Superintendent shall have the authority to transfer a member from one Annual Conference to another by mutual consent of the Superintendents of the Annual Conferences and the preacher involved in the transfer.
7. Each Conference shall determine the time and place of its own sitting.
8. The Superintendent may, with the consent of the General Superintendent, call for an extra session of the Annual Conference at any time during the year.
9. Each Conference shall have the minutes of its sessions published, and the minutes of each Annual Conference shall be the official register of the same.
10. The business of each Annual Conference shall be transacted as follows:
(b) Fixing the Hours of Business of the Conference.
(c) Examination and passage of character of Officers of the Conference.
(d) Appointment of Committees.
(e) The examination and passage of the characters of the members of the Conference; provided that those who are unable through sickness or financial embarrassment to attend, shall report in writing of their experience, work. and the amount received for their service; and on failure to do so for two
successive years, they shall be dismissed from the Conference.
(f) The suspending from the ministry and the depriving of credentials persons who are inefficient, or negligent of the duties assigned them.
All charges against preachers shall be in writing, and an exact copy of said charges presented to the accused party at least two weeks before the annual sitting of the Conference. Where offence has been committed after this time, the charges shall be presented as soon as possible.
In case an expelled minister applies to he restored to membership in the Conference, he shall be received on the same basis as an applicant for license to preach.
(g) The examining, licensing, and ordaining of applicants; provided no one shall be licensed to preach who can not recite the books of the Bible in consecutive order, and has read it through at least once, or who promises to do so; and provided farther that no one be ordained who has not served two years in the itinerant ministry, read the Bible through at least twice, and read at least one thousand pages of books in harmony with the teaching of The Pentecostal Holiness Church.
(h) The examining and receiving of ordained ministers from other Christian bodies.
(i) Mission Work.
(j) Reports of Committees.
(k) Election of Officers.
(l) Miscellaneous Business.
(m) Time and Place of next Conference.
(n) Report of Stationing Committee.
1. The General Conference shall be composed of the General Superintendent, Assistant General Superintendent. the General Secretary, the General Treasurer, the General Trustees, the Superintendents of the Annual Conferences, at least one clerical delegate from each Annual Conference, but not more than one for every twenty-five preachers, and at least one lay delegate from each Annual Conference, but not more than one for every five hundred lay members.
2. The General Superintendent, the Assistant General Superintendent, the Editor of the Official Organ, the General Secretary (if he be a minister of the gospel), shall hold their membership in the General Conference, and to this body alone they shall be amenable, but they may, if they so desire, hold their membership in an Annual Conference; but said membership shall be nominal.
3. There shall be a regular meeting every four years, provided, that in case of necessity, the General Superintendent shall have authority to call a General Conference at such time and place as he may designate, for the transaction of such business as may properly come before it.
4. The object of the General Conference shall be to confer together and to adopt such measures and devise such means as shall be deemed expedient for the promotion and furtherance of the cause of Pentecostal holiness.
5. The General Conference shall assemble in regular session on the first Tuesday in May, 1921, and on the same day for each successive quadrennium.
6. In case there is a charge against
the General Superintendent between sessions of the General Conference, the Assistant General Superintendent shall call a session of the General Official Board. The offending party shall abide by the decision of the Board until the meeting of the General Conference. The right of appeal to the General Conference is granted.
7. The following business shall be transacted at the General Conference:
(b) Fixing the Hours of Business for Conference.
(c) Examination of Officers.
(d) Appointment of Committees.
(e) Receiving of Quadrennial Reports from the Annual Conferences.
(f) Reports of Committees.
(g) Election of Officers.
(h) Miscellaneous Business.
Officers of Local Churches.
1. All the officers of The Pentecostal Holiness Church shall be in the experience of sanctification at the time of their election, and their term of office shall expire at the discretion of the church.
2. The officers of each local church shall constitute the Official Board, which shall be composed of at least one deacon, the secretary and treasurer, and the pastor.
3. Each local church shall elect three trustees of church property.
4. It shall be the duty of the deacon or deacons to look after the spiritual and temporal welfare of the church. He shall provide the elements of the Lord's Supper; see that the church is warmed and lighted; in the absence of the pastor, with the mutual
consent of the church. see that proper persons are appointed to conduct services; and see that financial remuneration is provided for those engaged in the work of the church, that proper literature is circulated among the members, that no unscriptural doctrine is preached, and that order is maintained in the church.
5. It shall be the duty of the trustees to hold in trust the church property, to examine deeds and titles to the same, seeing that they are properly drawn and recorded, and to arrange as far as possible to protect the property against foreclosures for debts and other claims, and not to allow the church property to be used for any purpose that does not meet the approval of the majority of its members.
6. It shall be the duty of the Secretary and Treasurer to keep a faithful record of all the business proceedings of the church, and an account of all monies received, including all collections for whatever cause, and for what causes the same was paid out.
He shall also keep a register, in which shall be recorded the names of all who shall join the church, with the manner and date of their reception and disposal.
It shall be his duty further to prepare the report for the delegate to the Annual Conference, on blanks furnished by the General Secretary.
7. It shall be the duty of the pastor to preach the Word, to visit all the members, if possible, especially the sick; to administer the ordinances of the church, and to sit as chairman of the Official Board and church conferences. In case of the absence of the pastor, or in case of a church having no pastor, the Superintendent of the
Annual Conference shall sit as chairman of the Official Board and church conference.
8. It shall be the duty of the Official Board to investigate rumors which may reflect upon the members of the church, to hear complaints against, and to settle differences between them, when possible, without a church trial.
Officers of Annual Conference.
1. All officers of the Annual Conference shall be elected annually, and shall be in the experience of the Pentecostal baptism of the Spirit at the time of their election.
2. The officers of each Annual Conference shall consist of a Superintendent, an Assistant Superintendent, a Secretary and Treasurer, which together with a committee of two elected by the Conference, shall constitute the Official Board.
3. It shall be the duty of the Superintendent to preside at the Conference in the absence of the General Superintendent, to preside at the Quarterly Conference, to act as chairman of the Official Board, and to preach the Word, giving his influence, and as far as possible his entire time, to the spreading of Pentecostal holiness through-out his jurisdiction.
4. It shall be the duty of the Secretary and Treasurer to keep a faithful record of all the business proceedings of the Conference, and an account of all monies received, including all collections for whatever cause, and for what causes the same was paid out. It shall be his duty also to prepare and have published the minutes of proceedings of the Conference, including
tables. which shall be the official record.
5. It shall be the duty of the Official Board to investigate rumors which may reflect upon the preachers of the Conference, to hear complaints against and to settle differences between them, when possible, without a trial before the Conference.
6. Immediately after the Annual Conference, the State Official Board shall, if they so desire, decide the amount necessary to support the State Superintendent, and shall call upon each local church to supply this amount. Local churches must bear the railroad fare of the Superintendent when he visits them.
7. In case a preacher belonging to one Annual Conference and living in the territory of another Annual Conference shall be charged with immoral conduct or erroneous teaching, the Official Board of the Annual Conference in the territory where he is living shall have authority to investigate said charges and report to the Official Board of the Annual Conference to which he belongs.
8. In case of trial originating in the Annual Conference. the right of appeal to the General Conference is granted, a majority vote of which shall be final.
Officers of the General Conference.
1. All officers of the General Conference shall be elected quadrennially, and shall be in the experience of the Pentecostal baptism of the Spirit at the time of their election. The General Superintendent and the Assistants shall have been members of some of the Annual Conferences for at least two years preceding their election.
2. The officers of the General Conference shall constitute the Official Board, which shall be composed of the General Superintendent, one or more Assistant General Superintendents, the General Secretary, the General Treasurer, and at least three General Trustees of church property.
3. It shall be the duty of the General Superintendent to preside at the General Conference, at the Annual Conferences when present, to act as Chairman of the General Official Board, to ordain preachers and organize Conferences in new territories, to preach the Word, giving his influence, and as far as possible his entire time, to the spreading of Pentecostal holiness throughout the entire church.
4. It shall be the duty of the General Secretary to keep a faithful record of all the business proceedings of the General Conference.
It shall be his duty further to have published the minutes of the General Conference, including the tables of the reports from the Annual Conferences, which shall be the official record of the church.
It shall be his duty further to have printed and keep on sale blank reports for local and annual secretaries.
5. It shall be the duty of the General Treasurer to keep a faithful record of all monies, including all collections for whatever cause, and for what cause the same was paid out.
6. It shall be the duty of the General Board of Trustees to hold in trust abandoned church property, and property and money bequeathed to The Pentecostal Holiness Church for general distribution.
7. It shall be the duty of the Official Board to investigate rumors which may
reflect upon the character of the General Superintendent, and to settle differences between preachers of separate Conferences, when possible, without trial before the General Conference; to examine into deeds and titles of general church property, seeing that they are properly drawn and recorded, and to arrange as far as possible for the protection of such property against foreclosures for debts and other claims.
8. The General Official Board shall once a year ascertain the amount necessary to support the General Superintendent, and shall call upon the Annual Conferences to supply the same.
Deeds and Title.
1. Let each church appoint a Board of Trustees, to whom deeds for church property shall be made, in accordance with the laws of their respective States and Territories, whose duty it shall be to receive and hold in trust all property that may be deeded to The Pentecostal Holiness Church, for the benefit of the individual church to which they may belong.
2. This board shall secure a warranty deed to all property whenever it is practicable. When said property shall cease to be used by the society for religious purposes it shall revert to the General Board of Trustees, unless otherwise specified in the deed.
3. Let It be specified in each deed to church property that it shall be for the use and benefit of the ministry and membership of The Pentecostal Holiness Church.
1. The Official Board of the General Conference shall constitute the General
Mission Board of The Pentecostal Holiness Church.
2. All candidates for the mission field shall be examined by the General Official Board as to their qualifications for mission work, but in the case of their acceptance by the Official Board of an Annual Conference, they shall be accepted by the General Board in case it is impossible for them to appear before the General Board.
3. Persons on the mission field desiring to unite with The Pentecostal Holiness Church may be received by the Official Board upon satisfactory evidence of their sincerity, soundness of faith, and acceptance of the doctrines and discipline of this church. Provided, nevertheless, that this shall apply only to applicants who have not had an opportunity to connect themselves with this church while in the homeland.
4. Upon the reception of such candidates, the General Official Board may assign them as members of such Annual Conferences as they may deem proper, provided there be no Conferences organized in the field to which they belong.
5. All missionaries of The Pentecostal Holiness Church are required to make an annual report as to their work, present experience, and doctrine. This report shall be made to the General Treasurer, and he shall report for them to the Annual Conference to which they belong.
6. The General Official Board shall receive and disburse all money forwarded to them, in harmony with their knowledge of the facts relative to the need of each field, except in case where the donors (not members of this
church) specify to which field they wish their contributions sent.
7. Each local church shall organize a Missionary Society, and all its members will be expected to join and use their influence to build up and increase the membership of the society, and to increase its offerings for missions.
8. The Secretary and Treasurer of each local society should forward regularly all mission money to the Treasurer of the General Official Board.
At the proper time and place the person organizing the church, or if it be at a church already organized, the pastor, shall read 1 Tim. 3:8-13 and Acts 6:1-8, and ordain the deacon or deacons accordingly.
At any Annual Conference the Superintendent shall read 1 Tim. 3: 1-7, and the persons desiring to be ordained shall kneel before the altar, and the Superintendent shall call to his assistance any number of ordained preachers he may desire, and they, together with the Superintendent, shall lay hands upon the persons to be ordained and pray over them.
FORMS AND CEREMONIES.
Reception of Members.
Persons applying for membership in The Pentecostal Holiness Church shall be placed conveniently before the congregation, and the pastor, or if there be no pastor, the State Superintendent, shall say:
"Brethren, the Church is of God, and will be preserved to the end of the age for the promotion of His Word, the maintenance of Christian fellowship and discipline, the edification of believers and the preparation of a people for the coming of the Lord. All, of every age and station, stand in need of the means of grace which it alone supplies; and it invites all alike to become fellow citizens with the saints and of the household of God. It is therefore the duty of all, who desire to be admitted into its communion, to express their faith in its doctrines and discipline, and to assume its obligations. It is our duty therefore to demand of these persons present whether they are resolved to assume the same."
Then shall the minister address the candidate as follows:
1. Have you the forgiveness of your sins? 1 John 1:9.
2. Have you peace now with God through our Lord Jesus Christ? Rom. 5:1.
3. Have you the witness of the Holy Spirit agreeing with your spirit that you are a child of God? Rom. 8:16.
4. Has no sin, inward or outward, dominion over you? Rom. 6:14.
5. Are you wholly sanctified, according to 1 Thes. 5:23?
6. Have you the personal Holy Ghost as promised in Luke 11:13; John 14:16; 15: 26; 16: 13 and Acts 19:2?
7. Do you believe in divine healing as in the atonement, and in the laying on of hands, and in anointing with oil? Isa. 53:3-5; Matt. 8:17; Mark 16:14-18; James 5:14-16.
8. Do you believe in the imminent, personal. premillennial second coming of our Lord? 1 Thes. 4:15-18; 2 Peter 3:1-4.
9. Will you faithfully and loyally witness to all these experiences? Isa. 43:10; Luke 24:48; Acts 2:32.
The Lord's Supper.
At the close of the sermon or Scripture lesson, or at any time that may be deemed proper, the pastor, with any members present, and with the deacons who are to participate, may gather round the table and kneel with the whole congregation, and the following prayer, or an extemporary one if preferred, shall be offered.
"Almighty God, our Heavenly Father, we praise Thee for the great love expressed in the gift of Thy blessed Son, who suffered death on the cross for our redemption, and made there a full and sufficient sacrifice and satisfaction for the sins of the whole world, and did institute this blessed sacrament to be a perpetual memorial of His precious death until He comes again. We pray Thee that Thou wilt grant that we who receive these Thy creatures of bread and wine, emblems of His broken body and shed blood, in remembrance of His death and passion may be partakers of His nature by faith in His precious blood, who in the same night that He was betrayed took bread, and when He had given thanks, brake it, and gave it to His disciples, saying, 'Take, eat; this is My body, which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.' Likewise after supper He took the cup, and when He had given thanks, He gave it to them, saying,
Drink ye all of this: for this is My blood of the New Testament; which is shed for you, and for many, for the remission of sins. Do this as oft as ye shall drink it, in remembrance of Me.' Amen."
Here the minister may partake of the communion in both kinds himself, and deliver to the others around the table, the people still kneeling and repeating the Lord's prayer after the minister, after which a suitable song may be sung, and all Christians present, regardless of denomination, shall be invited to the altar to commemorate together the death of their blessed Savior. In the administration of the elements, the parties carrying the bread and giving to the participants may say:
"The body of our Lord Jesus Christ, which was given for thee, to preserve thee unto everlasting life. Take and eat this in remembrance that Christ died for thee, and feed on Him by faith with thanksgiving."
And the one that delivereth the cup shall say:
"The blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, which was shed for thee.
preserve thee unto everlasting life. Drink this in remembrance of His shed blood, and be thankful and rejoice in Him."
After all have partaken, the service may close with a prayer or a song, or the benediction, or all these.
The candidate shall have the right to choose whatever mode of baptism he prefers. The minister may read a lesson of his own selection from the
Word, after which he shall address the congregation, saying:
"Dearly Beloved: The last command of our risen Lord was to go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature, and His representative, the blessed Holy Spirit, throughout the Book of Acts enforced this command through the apostles in relation to all who believed in Christ; therefore it is our bounden duty as possessors of His grace to conform to this great commission, both in the preaching of the Word and the administration of the ordinance of baptism, as opportunity affords,"
Here let the candidates for baptism be invited to stand before the congregation, the minister addressing them as follows:
"Dearly Beloved: This act of yours, coming seeking baptism in the name of the Lord, is a public testimony of your professed subjection to Christ and the grace vouchsafed to you in the pardon and cleansing of your soul from sin. But that you may further declare your determination to walk in the commandments of the Lord and in the faith of Christ, you shall, In the presence of God and of this congregation, give answer to the following questions:
1. "Have you faith in Christ?" Ans. I have."
2. "Have you the witness of the Spirit to your acceptance with God?" Ans. " I have."
3. "Will you endeavor to walk in the fear of God and in the way of His commandments to the end of life?" Ans. " I will endeavor to do so by His grace.
4. "Will you endeavor to seek after all the fullness of God, till all His will
and good pleasure are fulfilled in you?" Ans. "I will do so by His grace helping me."
5. Will you attend divine services as opportunity affords, and contribute of your means for the spread of the full gospel?" Ans. " I will."
6. "Do you desire to be baptized in this faith?" Ans. "That is my desire."
Here the minister shall proceed to administer the ordinance to the candidate. saying:
In obedience to the command of the Word of God, I baptize thee in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, and may the blessings of the Triune God rest upon you."
After the baptism of the candidate, the congregation shall sing a hymn, following which prayer shall be offered and the service closed with the benediction,
The Solemnization of Matrimony.
At the time appointed, the persons to be married standing together, the man on the right and the woman on the left, the minister shall say:
"Dearly Beloved: We are here assembled in the sight of God, and in the presence of these witnesses, to join together this man and this woman in holy matrimony; into which holy estate these two persons now come to be joined; therefore, if any can show just cause why they may not be united together, let him now speak, or hereafter, forever, hold his peace."
Addressing the couple, the minister shall say to the man:
M--, wilt thou have this woman to be thy wedded wife, to live together after God's ordinance in the holy bonds of matrimony? Wilt thou love her, comfort her, honor her, and keep her, in sickness and in health; and, forsaking all others, keep thee only unto her, so long as you both shall live?"
The man shall answer: "I will."
Then shall the minister say unto the woman:
"N--, wilt thou have this man to be thy wedded husband, to live together after God's ordinance in the holy estate of matrimony? Wilt thou reverence him, love him, honor and keep him, in sickness and in health; and, forsaking all others, keep thee only unto him, so long as you both shall live?"
The woman shall answer: "I will."
Then shall the minister join their right hands and say:
"Those whom God hath joined together let no man put asunder. Forasmuch as M-- and N-- have consented together in holy wedlock, and have witnessed the same, before God and this company, and have pledged their faith either to the other, and have declared the same by joining hands, I pronounce that they are husband and wife together, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen."
While they stand in this position the minister may offer a short extemporary prayer.
Burial of the Dead.
The corpse being brought into the church and placed in position, or if in
a private house, when the company has gathered, or wherever it may take place, the service may be opened with a suitable song and prayer, and by the reading of a Scripture lesson, at the discretion of the minister. If the Scripture should be read, we suggest 1 Cor. 15:20-58, or 1 Thes. 4:13-18, or any other suitable Scripture, after which a song may be sung and a short talk or sermon appropriate to the occasion may be made. When the corpse is let down in the grave, the minister shall say:
Inasmuch as we are called upon to perform this sad duty for the deceased, we commit this body to the ground, earth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust; looking to Him who is the Resurrection and the Life, at whose second coming in glorious majesty to reign over the earth He will bring those who sleep in Him, and change their corruptible bodies, and make them like unto His own glorious body, according to the mighty working whereby He is able to subdue all things unto Himself."
The following prayer may here be made:
"0 Merciful God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is the Resurrection and the Life; in whom whosoever believeth shall live, though he die; and whosoever liveth and believeth in Him shall not die eternally: We pray Thee to grant that when we shall depart this life, we may rest in Him; that at His coming to reign with His saints, we may be raised from the dead, and being found acceptable in Thy sight, may receive that blessing which Thy well beloved Son shall pronounce to all that love and fear Thee, saying, 'Come, ye blessed of My Father. inherit the kingdom prepared for you
from the foundation of the world,' Grant this, we beseech Thee, our Father, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen."
When the grave is filled up, the benediction shall be pronounced:
"The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen."
Dedication of a Tabernacle.
The services may be conducted as on other occasions, The lessons may be Gen, 28:10-22 and Heb, 10:19-25, or any other, at the discretion of the minister. A collection (if any) may follow the sermon. The officers of the church shall then address the minister through one of their number as follows:
"God has been gracious to us, and through His goodness we have been enabled to build this tabernacle as a house in which to worship Him. We thank Him for it. It is His house, not ours; therefore we present it to you to be set apart from all unholy or common uses, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost."
Congregation respond: "So may it be."
Then shall the minister request the congregation to stand, and shall say:
"We heartily thank God for having put it into the hearts of His people here to build this tabernacle for His worship. He has graciously blessed them in the work, and enabled them to complete it in His name and for His glory. Therefore we solemnly dedicate it to His service for the reading and the preaching of His blessed Word; for
the administration of His ordinances, and for all other acts of religious worship. And now, that He may accept this house as the work of our hands and add His approval and blessings to the same, let us devoutly pray."
Then all kneeling. the minister shall offer the following prayer or any other, at his discretion:
"0 Lord, our Heavenly Father, with grateful hearts we bow in Thy presence at this hour, to thank Thee for all of Thy goodness to us; especially that Thou didst put into the hearts of these, Thy people, to build this place for Thy worship; and that Thou didst give them the means with which to complete it; and that Thou didst incline the hearts of the people who were not even Christians to contribute to this blessed work. Thou gavest us friends that we knew not of. For all this we thank Thee, and pray Thy richest blessings upon all who helped in this way, with money, or labor, or even good will, in erecting this house. May they be richly rewarded for what they have done. And now we ask Thee that Thou wilt accept this house as an humble expression of our love to Thee for the gift of Thy precious Son; and as Thou didst fill the temple with Thy presence and glory, so we pray Thee that Thou wilt fill this house continually, with Thy presence and with Thy glory, Preserve this house which we set apart to Thy service from injury and desecration. Let Thy Holy Spirit accompany Thy Word and ordinances that shall be here administered from time to time. May sinners be convicted here and many sons and daughters be born to the Lord God Almighty. May believers be sanctified, and baptized with the Spirit, and the suffering bodies of Thy
children be healed of all their diseases. Let Thy people be abundantly satisfied with the fatness of Thy house, and make them to drink of the river of Thy pleasure. May their children here be safely sheltered in the fold of Christ, and brought up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. May living waters go forth from this sanctuary, carrying joy and gladness to many hearts and homes. Let Thy work appear unto Thy servants, and Thy glory unto their children. Let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us; and establish Thou the work of our hands upon us; yea, the work of our hands, establish Thou it. Let those who shall minister here be clothed with salvation, and let Thy saints ever shout for joy. Make this house, 0 Lord, Thy dwelling-place through the Holy Spirit. Now, blessed Father, it is in Thine hands. The house is Thine; we are Thine; and the kingdom, and the glory and the power are Thine; bless us and this house, and use us for Thy glory, for Jesus' sake. Amen."
Services may then be concluded with the doxology and the benediction, or in any other way, at the discretion of the minister.
Form of Church Letter.
This is to certify that the bearer hereof ----------, is an acceptable member of The Pentecostal Holiness Church at ----------
This certificate shall be void after one year.
Forms of License.
Mission Worker's License.
This is to certify that the bearer hereof, ---------- , has been duly licensed as a Mission Worker of The Pentecostal Holiness Church, and is hereby affectionately commended to the fellowship of all Christians with whom ---------- may be called to labor in the service of the Lord,
Local Preacher's License.
This is to certify that the bearer hereof, ----------, has been duly licensed to preach, according to the Word of God and the Discipline of The Pentecostal Holiness Church.
Done at ----------, this -----day of ----------19--.
This is to certify, that the bearer hereof, ----------, has been duly appointed as a Missionary of The Pentecostal Holiness Church, and is hereby affectionately commended to the fellowship of all Christians with whom ----------may be called to labor in the service of the Lord.
Done at ----------, this ----- day of ---------- 19--.
General Official Board.
Certificate of Ordination
This is to certify that the bearer hereof, ----------, has been duly and regularly ordained as a Minister of the Gospel, according to the Word of God and the Discipline of The Pentecostal Holiness Church, ---------- gifts being such as to qualify ---------- for this ordained position. The bearer hereof shall have authority to administer the Sacrament, to solemnize matrimony, and to perform all the duties of necessity belonging to the ministry of the Word, as long as ---------- life and conduct become a Minister of the Gospel.
In token whereof we have hereunto set our hands this ----- day of ---------- 19--.
Quarterly Meeting Report.
-- Pentecostal Holiness Church at --
Number of Members -----
New Members -----
Members dismissed by letter -----
Number expelled -----
Number saved -----
Number sanctified -----
No. baptized with the Holy Spirit -----
No. S. S. teachers and officers -----
No. that attend Sabbath School -----
Amount paid for literature $---
Amount paid to Pastor $---
Amount paid State Superintendent $---
Amount paid Evangelists $---
Amount for Foreign Missions $---
Amount for Home Missions $---
General Superintendent J, H. King,
Assistant General Superintendent S. D. Page
General Secretary A. E. Robinson
General Treasurer G. F. Taylor
General Trustees G. 0. Gaines, H. B. Beall,
Number of Conferences.
2. North Carolina.
3. Western North Carolina.
4. Lower South Carolina.
5. Upper South Carolina.
We, having been called out of the · world by the blessed Spirit of God, and having become acquainted with the articles of faith and polity of The Pentecostal Holiness Church, and believing it to be of God, and having given our names and thereby become members of the same, do solemnly, but cheerfully, and with joy and gladness enter into this Covenant: We will watch over one another with brotherly love and kindness, not that we may have whereof to accuse our brother but that
we may with meekness correct each other's faults. We will abstain from frivolous conversations, such as foolish talking and jesting, and from backbiting and tattling or taking up a reproach against any one, especially our brother. We will heed the injunction of the apostle, who exhorts us to walk worthy of the vocation wherewith we are called, with all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one
another in love; endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. We will bear one another's burdens and so fulfill the law of Christ. We will also heed the exhortation of the apostle recorded in 1 Thes. 5:12: "And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labor among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you; and to esteem them very highly in love for their work's sake. And be at peace among yourselves. Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly (disorderly), comfort the feeble minded, support the weak, be patient toward all men; see that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves and to all men." And
we will recompense to no man evil for evil, but provide things honest In the sight of all men, and if it be possible, as much as lieth in us, we will live peaceably with all men (Rom. 12:17). And we will be kind one to another, tender hearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven us (Eph. 4:32). As opportunity affords we will be engaged In works of mercy; such as visiting the sick, and imprisoned, and the distressed, and to all who may need and will accept our ministrations. We will have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness (Eph. 5:11), but keep ourselves by the grace of God (1 Peter 1:5), unspotted from the world (James 1:27). All this will we do, God being our Helper.
Response. We accept the obligations of this Covenant in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.
The absolute and eternal separation of church and state is a fundamental principle in the constitutional law and polity of the American nation, and unqualified loyalty to this principle is essential to its preservation and welfare in all departments of government, both state and national, and The Pentecostal Holiness Church affirms its adherence to said principle and polity without reservation.
In view of this all-important fact, we can but place upon any deviation therefrom our unqualified condemnation. This declaration leads us to note with pain the subtle encroachment into every branch of our government, municipal, state and national, of the Roman Catholic Church, seeking to fill and control the same for the purpose of placing its authority above other ecclesiastical bodies, restricting their liberties, restraining their privileges, in harmony with the false claim of the Roman pontiff to dictate all the affairs of all nations and governments of the whole world.
We deny such a claim, and pledge ourselves to wage unflinching warfare against the encroachment of the Roman Catholic Church ("For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but-mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds," 2 Cor. 10:4), or any other ecclesiastical body, seeking to control any or all branches of government in its own interest, which we deem contrary to the fundamental law of our national and state constitutions.
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