June 8, 2014

Ain't No Unity In Oneness

by F. L. Anderson

Recently, I took the opportunity to sit in on a panel discussion that was hosted by a great group of believers in celebration of Pentecost Sunday. The three individuals on the panel were very knowledgeable about the historic background of the Apostolic/Pentecostal movement that took place in America, in the early 1900's.

Like the moderator of the panel, the one thing that concerned me were references like - "In our reformation." I thought to myself. The word reform means to change, or transform. I know brothers and sisters, friends and mentors in every denomination, and I have never heard this word used in such a way.

After discussing this matter with an elder I respect and admire, he confirmed my suspicions that this is just an attempt by groups who have come up with what they believe, is a better way or doctrine than another. "I moved to this belief and everybody else is wrong.  Another group with part of a truth, that builds a doctrine that excludes others."

Having been raised in the UPC church as a young boy, and involved with (PAW) as a Christian education director, and with (UPC) as a Sunday school superintendent, I used to talk about their inability to change without compromising God's word.

Since 1901, the Apostolic/Pentecostal/Oneness organization has gone from one "reformation" to another.
  • Reformation, because of race (Pentecostal Assemblies of the World - PAW) to (United Pentecostal Church - UPC)
  • Reformation, because of Trinity vs Oneness doctrine (Church of God in Christ - COGIC) (Assemblies of God - AOG)
  • Now, it appears that there are reformations within the Oneness organization because of interpretation,denominational protocols and cultural changes.
These new "reformations" include The New Apostolic Reformation (NAR,) which has been described by some to be a "militant movement of the church", Glorious Apostolic Assemblies, Bible Way Church World Wide, and some others.

I agree that there needs to be many changes in this institution, but when you see all of these new institutions being birthed, it is a sign of the vast divide plaguing these groups. So, what I continue to see is that the Apostolic/Pentecostal church is still trying to find itself. The Greek word for oneness is Henotes, which means to be one. My biggest concern about these "Oneness" organizations is that there is no unity among them.   #iTEACH

1 comment:

  1. Good post. Many denominations, not just the one's you cite, pride themselves with their distinctives rather than the purposes of God's Kingdom.