Profiles In Faith: learning Our History pt.2

Profiles in Faith

Introduction-Learning Our History-2

June 14, 2020

Romans 15:4 The Voice You see, everything written in the days of old was recorded to give us instructions for living. We find encouragement through the Scriptures and a call to perseverance that will produce hopeful living.

History is a complete recording of world events that involves people, places, events, and ideologies (a system of thinking).  History really is ‘His-story’, a recording of God’s actions in Creation.  God has enabled certain men and women to work towards His ultimate goal of Full Salvation and Redemption of His Creation from the effects of the Fall.  Our Scripture reveals a key to historical recording ‘to give us instructions for hopeful living.’  This is the reason to provide several historical musings that seek to provide understanding for the creation of the Pentecostal Holiness Church.

History involves vision of important persons.  What persons shape our Scriptural understanding?  John Wesley, John Fletcher, B. H. Irwin, J. H. King,  and G. F. Taylor are few of those leaders.  What are the key Scriptural teachings?  We accept the Full Gospel of Salvation, Sanctification, the Baptism of the Holy Spirit with evidence of tongues speech, Healing in the Atonement, and premillennial Second Coming of Jesus Christ.  Why?  It is extremely important to mine these gems in understanding ourselves.  So let us commit to refrain from speaking this statement “Things aren’t as they used to be.  Have we backslidden over the years from these important teachings?”  We must be forward looking!  This requires us to understand how God used our teachings to reach unsaved folks, empower the preaching of the Gospel, shape the evangelism in the United States and missionary work in the world, and most importantly, development of God’s Saints!

Recommended Reading List for the Pentecostal Holiness Church.  This is a very short list.

The Old-Time Power Revised 1986 A History of the Pentecostal Holiness Church by Vinson Synan.

The Holiness-Pentecostal Tradition by Vinson Synan.

A Brief History of The Pentecostal Holiness Church by A. D. Beacham.

A Plain Account of Christian Perfection by John Wesley (Order from seedbed.com)

Making All Things New: Sermons on the Way to Salvation by John Wesley

Azusa East: The Life and Times of G. B. Cashwell by Doug Beacham

Fire Baptized:The Many Lives and Works of Benjamin Hardin Irwin by Vinson Synan & Daniel Woods

From Plowboy to Pentecostal Bishop: The Life of J. H. King by Tony G. Moon

George Floyd Taylor: The Life of an Early Southern Pentecostal Leader by H. Stanley York

Happy reading and exploring!  Pastor Stan