Profiles In Faith,Introduction

Profiles in Faith

Introduction: Learning Our History

June 7, 2020

Why record the works of our forefathers and foremothers in the founding of a denomination? Kenneth Scott Latourette wrote, “The history of Christianity, therefore, must be of concern to all who are interested in the record of man and particularly to all who seek to understand the contemporary human scene.” I talk to folks about their reading habits and their major reading interest is history. Yes, we have an unquenchable interest to know the real story. Therefore, I will endeavor to compose short insights weekly as we need to know ‘who the Pentecostal Holiness Church is and what are our theological roots.’

We are going to meet interesting characters along the way such as, the High Sheriff of the Pentecostal Holiness Church was F. M. Britton, stories of the 1927 General Conference questioning the pastors of possible membership in the KKK, the Roanoke Revival, early missionary stories and theological questions such as whether it is a sin to visit the doctor and take medicine or live by faith only.

So please indulge me as we travel from Missouri to eastern North Carolina to Royston, Georgia to foreign fields of Africa, China, and India. Feel free to ask questions so that I may attempt to leave no stone unturned.

Glossary of terms for Holiness/Pentecostalism

God’s Holiness is the requirement of entire sanctification and rooted in God’s holiness. Romans 6:19 & 22

Carnality/Cleansing Carnality is the remaining inbred sin in believers and Cleansing is cutting this original sin off at its roots. Titus 2:12

Perfect Love is receiving the grace of God. This grace works to create a whole new heart and love for your neighbor as yourself. Ezekiel 36:25-26

Christlikeness is the indwelling ministry of the Holy Spirit to conform us to Jesus.

Romans 12:2 & 1 Peter 1:14

Names Used Entire sanctification is known by Christian perfection, perfect love, heart purity, the baptism with the Holy Spirit, the fullness of blessing, full salvation, the deeper life, Christian holiness, scriptural holiness, the rest of faith, and the promise of the Father. Proverbs 22:11, Colossians 1:19, 22, Acts 1:4, Luke 24:49

Assurance is God giving the witness of His Spirit when we are sanctified wholly. Hebrews 10:22

Blessings! Pastor Stan