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I’m Still Alive and Worshipping Jesus!

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Hi y’all!

Yes, I am alive and still on fire for God! My God’s not dead and neither am I! ūüôā

Basically, some people have posted comments on here recently, and when you do they go to my email¬† for approval and that is what reminded me about¬†this old blog I used to have. I know my last post was one saying that I will be posting more things (which never happened and I am truly sorry for that! Oh life, it interferes with everything!). I’m definitely¬†NOT getting on here to make any promises, like “I will post every day/week/month/etc!” because I really have no idea what my plans are for this blog and I’m not going to promise something I already know I can’t fulfill.

I’m going to try to post whenever I have a message that Jesus leads me to write down. I think that is a good goal right? ūüôā

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To summarize what my life has been like since the last post:

– I never backslid or anything like that, don’t worry! I actually became even MORE involved with church. I am¬†one of the three¬†people who run PA/Sound at my church, I’ve taught some semesters of my church’s Sunday School, and I’m still singing (terribly!) in the choir.¬†I have also been helping my church’s national organization completely¬†reestablish a subdivision of one of their ministries, completely revamping it to reach out to over 250+ souls in need of the word of God.

– I’ve drawn closer to God than ever before in my walk, and I definitely feel blessed and highly favored. You know when you start doing something great and suddenly you just want to do it 24/7; you just want to get better and invest more of your time in it? That is how I am now. I’ve been really busy doing these things for God and the church, and yet all I keep thinking is: I NEED to do MORE. I WANT MORE, I’m NOT WORTHY of His mercy and I’m DESPERATE to do¬†MORE of His will and His work! That may not make sense to many of you, but I will never be worthy of all that He has given me and I’m just pressed to find more ways to show Jesus that I appreciate Him and need Him. (I’m currently toying with the idea of going on a mission overseas…)

– I also have a full-time job that I’m loving! I’m actually jotting this down during my lunch break. It’s sucking up a lot of my time¬†because my commute is about an hour and a half, but it’s providing a paycheck!

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Sometimes I text my close friends little thoughts that come into my mind randomly. In the past couple of days one of my friends suggested I start a blog, and she was the first person I know in real life who I told about this blog. She has urged me again today to revamp it and post on it more, so this is partly because of her! Love you girl! (She still hasn’t discovered the blog though because it is anonymous and I’m not telling!¬†Haha!)

I just wanted to say that I appreciate each and every one of you reading, and I hope you know that more than anything, God loves you. If you don’t go to a Pentecostal/Apostolic church, please find one in your area and just try it out once, your life may never be the same.

‚̧ Passionate Pentecostal

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Day 9: Apostolic Beliefs: Holiness Standards (For Dress)

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I love this topic! In case you have not read the title yet, we will be covering the holiness standards for what we Pentecostals wear. (Tomorrow I want to talk about our hair and our holiness standards for our actions because yet again I went on in this post for longer than I thought and I was not able to talk about hair!)

You may have noticed that us Apostolic/Pentecostal girls, and yes even the boys, tend to dress a certain trademark way. I want to lay out the Biblical reasonings for this way of clothing our bodies. ūüôā

Note: We DO NOT HAVE TO DO THESE to be part of the church! It is our personal convictions and we have found them within the Bible to be true and we want to follow the Word’s teachings! They are not required for salvation, only those actions mentioned in Acts 2:38 are. We are NOT a cult, we are allowed decisions and free thought! ūüôā

Now, a couple of the previous posts in this series (about Oneness and the way to salvation) are strictly set for the majority of Apostolics, but some of the upcoming posts (about hair and holiness standards) really differ with the beliefs of each church’s pastor¬†and that person’s personal convictions. So I want to stress right now, what I am about to say may not be the exact same guidelines that your female Apostolic friend down the street follows. We may even be in the same church organization and differ widely in these standards.

For example, here’s a little story to show my point! A couple of years ago myself and the majority of my church’s youth group went to our organization’s National Youth Convention (where all of the organization’s youth from across the United States get together for about a week and hold church services and fellowship). My church is kind of known for having slightly stricter standards than the majority of the others. This is because it is what our Pastor believes, through researching the Bible and letting God lead him, and so throughout the year he feels it is his duty to teach us what he believes. Therefore, we learn why the Bible says that us ladies should not wear pants, show cleavage, wear makeup or jewelry, etc as listed below. However, other pastors at other churches do not feel the same convictions on the standards of holiness and will not teach them to their individual congregations as our church does. ¬†(This is of course only on issues that are not directly related to salvation, we all abide by Acts 2:38 for example.) So when we were at the National Youth Convention all of the churches across the country were there and after an emotional service with many tears shed, it became quite obvious what churches do not teach against makeup when my church’s group of girls saw another group with mascara and eyeliner smeared faces. Immediately one of our newly converted ladies turned to us girls, who were her friends and the same age as her, and gave us a confused look. Later in the hotel room the tight-knit group of the four of ¬†us had to sit down with her and explain that their pastor did not preach against it and that those girls were not purposefully disobeying the standards of holiness. Long story short, standards differ!

Check out this cool YouTube clip by Tiffany Hubba about Apostolic Holiness!  http://youtu.be/hpKCzvNQYxM

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Here are the standards I follow and when applicable I will list what my church does and then variations that may be encountered:

~Ladies wear skirts that end below the knee in public and men wear pants that cover their legs in public. (Skirt length differs. My church says it only has to be below the knee, but some churches require it to be floor length.)

~In public, ladies do not wear shirts that show cleavage or stomach, and both men and women wear some form of sleeves. (The sleeves issue is widely different across all churches. Mine personally just asks for a sleeve that covers the underarm and is not a cap sleeve. I have seen a range from any type of sleeve, to a sleeve that must reach down to their wrists. Again, it depends on the pastor.)

~Both men and women do not wear unnecessary jewelry or any piercings. (There is varying strictness on jewelry, my church allows one ring on each hand and watches because they have a function. Other churches do not even allow wedding rings! In general though, no necklaces or bracelets, etc. Piercings do not vary however.)

~Ladies do not wear makeup. (As my anecdote showed, this varies. My church is okay with clear lipglosses and a small bit of powder to cover blemishes if needed but it should not be overly applied. Others allow light makeup but no heavy cosmetics.)

~Ladies do not wear colorful nail polishes. (Some allow a french manicure, aka white tips. My church does, although many within my church have personal convictions that feel that only clear polish should be allowed.)

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Now for Biblical and just plain life reasonings!

Deut 22:5 – “The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman’s garment: for all that do so are abomination unto the Lord thy God.” ~Hence why we ladies wear skirts and men wear pants.

1 Peter 3:3 – “Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel” ~This explains our lack of jewelry.

1 Tim 2:9-10 – “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; but (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works.” ~ We should be modest, and another reference to not wear jewelry.

In Biblical times Jewish men and women who were slaves were forced to wear earrings in their ears to show to the world that they were property!¬†Egyptians wore makeup, and every woman mentioned in the Bible who “paints their face” aka wears makeup was labelled a harlot or, excuse my lewd term, a whore (ex, Jezebel). Up until relatively recently, only prostitutes wore makeup.

My pastor has also taught a couple of sermons about how when Adam and Eve were evicted from the Garden of Eden God made them clothing from animal fur. (Gen 3:21 – “Unto Adam also and to his wife did the Lord God make coats of skins, and clothed them.”)¬†This was symbolic for many things, but also, the original term for “coat” in Hebrew or Greek meant an outfit that covered from the elbows to the knees, hence our desire to cover a portion of our arms and wear skirts below our knees.

One of the main reasons for these guidelines are that we should strive to be modest! We should not wear clothes that will distract those of the opposite sex from their walk with God. I would not want to be the reason one of my brothers in Christ struggled or fell! I would feel horrible that I could have possibly prevented it! Also, as a woman I do not want to be looked at in a vulgar way; it does not make me feel sexy, instead it is extremely uncomfortable for me!

In the end, it mainly comes down to the fact that God made us the way we are, and if we were to try and alter God’s creation, it is almost like saying “sorry God, You didn’t do a good enough job, I know better than you what I should look like so I am going to change the beauty that you have created.”

By following my personal convictions I am proudly saying “God, You made me beautiful and I am not ashamed to live the way you want me to as a virtuous woman!

I do this out of love and respect for God, not because I think it is necessary to get to heaven. This is one of my forms of submission to God. I have come to find that these things help to remind me throughout the day that I am God’s and it keeps me in a God-centered life.

God made us a “a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people” (1 Peter 2:9) and we should embrace that. God did not want us to be part of the world but rather to be separate from the world because in the end it is not our home but just a temporary stop! We should not want to fit in with this world that is full of hate, hurt, crime, adultery, pain, and so much sin. Who would want to be¬†affiliated¬†with that when you could be recognized as a child of God?

I hope this helps you understand the Apostolics you know a little bit better. I promise we are not some crazies in a cult! ūüėČ

‚̧ Passionate Pentecostal

Day 8: Apostolic Beliefs: Acts 2:38

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Hi y’all! I had planned on writing three posts today to make up for the two days I missed because I went home for a short break (and we do not have internet at my family home). The last post was really long though so I am¬†amending¬†that to writing just these two posts today and writing two more tomorrow (also in this same series). I really, really want to write ones on the great and infamous hair issue and on the holiness standards, both of which make us Pentecostal girls stand out in a crowd! Those two will probably be tomorrow so look forward to that! Also, I really hope this series I am starting does not offend anyone or start a giant comment war; I just want you guys to know my beliefs and why I believe them. They are part of the core of my being and I want to share that otherwise I am not doing God any justice. If you haven’t looked yet, my Day 7 post was about my belief in Oneness doctrine. I hope you get something out of that post and I hope if nothing else you pulled out your Bible to dispute my verses! ūüôā

This post, I want to briefly go over the Apostolic’s plan of SALVATION. This is summed up in the Bible verse Acts 2:38 where it states “Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.” So short and straight to the point, it is a perfect verse for how to become saved and is the go-to verse for Pentecostals.

1) Repent!! In other words, feel true sorrow for your sins and your actions and ask God for forgiveness.  It also includes turning away from those sins and starting a new life of following Christ.

2) Be baptized in the name of Jesus!! You must be baptized by being fully submerged underwater in order to be cleansed of all of your sins and receive forgiveness for your sins. Even Jesus himself was baptized in order to show us what we have to do to receive salvation, that is how important it is! In the previous post about Oneness doctrine I mentioned in more detail about why it must be in the name of Jesus, so I will just state here that Acts 2:38 specifically states “in the name of Jesus Christ” as a singular name and that name is Jesus. God’s name is Jesus and that is another reason why the Trinitarian “in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost” is not¬†biblically¬†correct.

3) Receive the gift of the Holy Ghost!! This is evidenced by the speaking of other tongues. (Acts 2:4 “And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.”)

If you do all of these three things and continue to live a Godly life, I believe you are saved and going to heaven either when you die or Jesus returns and calls us up. I do feel I need to state that I do NOT believe “once saved, always saved.” People can (and do) backslide and can lose their salvation.

I really hope this helps you in some way and that God touches your life. ūüôā

‚̧ Passionate Pentecostal

Day 7: Apostolic Beliefs: Oneness

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Hey y’all! So sorry for the two days I missed! I finished my final on Monday and called my mom to talk to her. She could hear that I was kind of getting homesick (and I think she missed me too! Haha) so we decided really short notice that I would go home for the two day break I have between my summer classes. We do not have internet at my house so therefore I was unable to post anything for those days I was home. Now, feeling refreshed, I am back at my apartment and ready to get back to daily posts!

To make up for those lost days I thought I would start a series about specifics of what Apostolic Christians believe! I hope you can learn a little bit more about us if you are new to this denomination of Christianity and I hope it gets you searching your beliefs and your Bible! ūüôā

[DISCLAIMER: These are MY beliefs and I understand that we may differ in our Christian doctrines. I would appreciate if you could keep an open mind and be respectful. While I am open to discussions as long as they are religiously tolerant, I would not be rude to you about what you believe and I ask for the same courtesy. Thank you!]

The first thing I chose to talk about is one of the main tenants of Apostolic beliefs: Oneness. (This is where¬†terminology is confusing because through research I have technically found that “Pentecostals” are Trinitarians, “Apostolics” are Oneness; yet people tend to group all of us together and collectively call us “Pentecostals.” Even Apostolics do this, my pastor frequently uses the term Pentecostal for us, even though we are in actuality Apostolics. Just a short lesson on word usage for you! In my blog, I use Pentecostal and Apostolic interchangeably, but I am really talking about those that believe in Oneness.)

Oneness is a belief/doctrine that there is only ONE God rather than the Trinitarian belief in three separate people who are God the Father, his Son Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. Trinitarians believe that these three coexist and are equal, however they are completely separate people. For example, they say that the Father is not the Son or the Holy Spirit, the Son is not the Holy Spirit or the Father, and the Holy Spirit is not the Father or the Son; yet separately the Father is God, the Son is God, and the Holy Spirit is God.

We Apostolics believe that there is one God who is manifested as a Father, Son, or the Holy Spirit. God is all of these things. Much as you can be a daughter and a mother at the same time, or a father to someone and a son of someone at the same time, so too is God.

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I will now go through some Bible verses (all in King James Version) to back up this claim of Oneness, and refute the trinity. This will be long but I will try to explain each one briefly. ūüôā

Deut 6:4 – “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord” ~This is just obvious! God is ONE!

Mark 12:29 – “And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord” ~Jesus even says that He is one!

Isaiah 45:18 – “For thus saith the Lord that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I am the Lord; and there is none else.” ~The Lord created everything, and there is NO ONE else. Yet again, God is ONE.

John 17:3 – “And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.” ~Hm, a little bit trickier, but it says there is ONE TRUE God, who sent Jesus Christ, which I take to mean who sent his form as Jesus. Not so tricky after all.

1 Cor 8:6 – “But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him.” ~Now the Bible stated earlier that there was one God who created everything, and it says here that Jesus created all things, therefore we can see that Jesus is that one God.

Eph 4:6 – “One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.” ~Another plain one, God is ONE.

1 Tim 2:5 – “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus” ~There is ONE God and he took the form of Jesus to connect with us humans.

Jude 1:4 – “For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.” ~There is only the Lord God, and then the Bible calls Jesus Lord, therefore there is only the Lord who can be both God and Jesus.

Jude 1:25 – “To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.” ~This says there is only one God who is our Savior, and the Bible also called Jesus our Savior, so God and Jesus are one.

John 4:24 – “God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.” God takes the form of a Spirit.

1 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.” ~God was manifest as Jesus and the Spirit! God is ONE!

John 14:10 – (Jesus said) “Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.” ~Jesus admits that He IS the FATHER! Jesus is the Father and the Father is Jesus. Both are manifestations of God. God is ONE.

Isaiah 44:6 – “Thus saith the Lord the King of Israel, and his redeemer the Lord of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God.” ~God is the first and last, the only, there is no God other than Him!

Isaiah 43:10 – “Ye are my witnesses, saith the Lord, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me.” ~There is no God formed after Him, therefore Jesus IS HIM.

Matt 1:20 – “But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.” ~Jesus IS the Holy Ghost, this goes against the Trinitarian idea of three separate persons!

Matt 1:23 – “Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.” ~Even Jesus’s name shows that He is God.

John 1:10 – “He (Jesus) was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.” ~This says that Jesus made the world, and one of the above verses says that only God made the world, therefore Jesus is God and He is ONE.

Isaiah 9:6 – “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” ~ Other names for Jesus are God, Son, and Father. He may have different names but He is ONE!

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I could seriously keep going with verses but I know you are probably tired of reading them! In conclusion, God is not three people but there is ONE God who has three manifestations. God is the Savior, and his saving name is now revealed to men as Jesus, so Jesus is the name of God not another person.

If the trinity were really the answer wouldn’t the Bible have specifically made some reference to it? The word “trinity” is not in the Bible even just ONCE! The¬†doctrine¬†was made up at the Council of Nicaea around 300 years after Jesus died. Just because humans decided something definitely does not mean it is correct! I don’t know about you, but I am trying to go by what the Bible tells me!

What I hear quite often is “but what about the Great Commission in Matthew 28:19?!” This is so simple! Matthew 28:19 says “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.” This verse says “in the NAME” which is SINGULAR!!! If these were three separate persons of God, then it would have said “in the nameS of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost” but it does not! It says there is ONE NAME. Well, we know from all of the above that there is ONE GOD with ONE NAME and that name is JESUS. The name of the Father is Jesus, the name of the Son is Jesus, and the name of the Holy Ghost is Jesus! (This is why we Apostolics baptize ourselves “in the name of Jesus!”)

This definitely became longer than I had imagined it would, but I really hope you look into the Bible verses I listed and research this for yourself. I wanted you to know that this is what I believe and that I have strong reasons for this and I feel it is the correct path, but I really want you to make your own decisions about this and examine what you think is the truth. I hope this blesses you. I know it did me.

Thank you God for helping me to grow strongly in you so that I am able to back up my beliefs! I hope that You may use me to reach out to others and share Your truth. In Jesus’s name!

‚̧ Passionate Pentecostal