The Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada stands firmly in the main stream of historical Christianity. It takes the Bible as its all-sufficient source of faith and practice, and subscribes to the historic creeds of the universal church. In common with historical, evangelical Christianity, it emphasizes Christ as Saviour and coming King. It also presents Christ as Healer and it adopts the distinctive position that speaking in tongues is the initial evidence when Christ baptizes in the Holy Sprit (See Section VI. 3).
I. HOLY SCRIPTURES
All Scripture is given by inspiration of God (2 Tim. 3:16,17), by which we understand the whole Bible to be inspired in the sense that holy men of God were moved by the Holy Spirit to write the very words of Scripture (2 Pet. 1:20,21). Divine inspiration extends equally and fully to all parts of the original writings. The whole Bible in the original is, therefore, without error and, as such, is infallible, absolutely supreme and sufficient in authority in all matters of faith and practice (Psa.119:160a; Matt. 5:17,18). The Bible does not simply contain the Word of God, but is, in reality, the complete revelation and very Word of God inspired by the Holy Spirit. Christian believers today receive spiritual illumination to enable them to understand the Scriptures (1 Cor. 2:12-14), but God does not grant new revelations which are contrary or additional to inspired biblical truth (Prov. 30:5,6).
II. THE GODHEAD
The Godhead exists eternally in three persons; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are one God, having the same nature and attributes, and are worthy of the same homage, confidence, and obedience (Matt. 3:16,17; 28:19, 2 Cor. 13:14).
1. THE FATHER
The Father exists eternally as the Creator of heaven and earth, the Giver of the Law, to whom all things will be subjected, so that He may be in all (Gen. 1:1; 1 Cor. 15:28).
2. THE SON
The Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal and only begotten Son of the Father, is true God and true man (John 1:1,14; 10:30; 17; Phil.2:6,7; Heb 1:8). He was conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary (Luke 1:26-35), and by His sinless life, miracles and teaching, gave full revelation of the Father (John 12:49; Acts 2:22; 2 Cor. 5:21; Heb. 7:26). He died upon the cross, the Just for the unjust, as a substitutionary sacrifice (Rom.5:6,8; 1 Cor. 15:3; 1 Pet. 3:18). He rose from the dead (Matt. 26:6; 1 Cor.15:4,20). He is now at the right hand of the majesty on high as our great High Priest (Acts 1:9-11; 2:33; Heb. 8.1). He will come again to establish His kingdom in righteousness and peace (Matt. 25:31).
3. THE HOLY SPIRIT
The Holy Spirit is also God, performing actions and possessing the attributes of Deity (Acts 5:3,4). His personality is shown by the fact that He has personal characteristics and that individuals may relate to Him as a person (John 16:13-14).
1. THE ANGELS
Angels were created as intelligent and powerful beings to do the will of God and worship Him (Ps. 103:20; Rev. 5:11,12). However, Satan, the originator of sin, fell through pride and was followed by those angels who rebelled against God. These fallen angels or demons are active in opposing the purposes of God (Isa. 14:12-17; Ezek. 28:11-19; Eph. 6:11,12;1 Tim. 4:1, Jude 6). Those who remained faithful continue before the throne of God and serve as ministering spirits (Heb. 1:14).
2. THE BELIEVER AND DEMONS
Demons attempt to thwart God's purposes; however in Christ, the believer may have complete liberty from the influence of demons (Heb.2:14; 1 John 3:8; 4:1-4). He cannot be possessed by them because his body is the temple of the Holy Spirit in which Christ dwells as Lord (Matt. 6:24;1 Cor. 6:19,20).
Man was originally created in the image and likeness of God (Gen. 1:26; 2:7). He fell through sin and, as a consequence, incurred both spiritual and physical death (Rom. 5:12; James 1:14,15). Spiritual death and the depravity of human nature have been transmitted to the entire human race (Jer. 17:9; Rom. 3:10-19,23) with the exception of the Man Christ Jesus (Heb. 7:26). Man can be saved only through the atoning work of the Lord Jesus Christ (John 14:6; Acts 4:12; 1 Tim. 2:5,6).
1. ATONEMENT OF CHRIST
Salvation has been provided for all men through the sacrifice of Christ upon the cross (Isa. 53:36; John 12:32, 33; 1 Pet. 2:24). It is the only perfect redemption and substitutionary atonement for all the sins of the world, both original and actual. His atoning work has been proven by His resurrection from the dead (Acts 2:36; Rom. 4:25; 1 Cor.15:14, 17, 20; Heb. 10:12; 1 John 2:2). Those who repent and believe in Christ are born again of the Holy Spirit and receive eternal life (Acts 20:21; 1 Pet. 1:23, 25). Furthermore, in the atonement, divine healing was provided for all believers (Isa. 53:4, 5; Matt. 8:16b, 17).
2. REPENTANCE AND FAITH
Man can be born again only through faith in Christ. Repentance, a vital part of believing, is a complete change of mind wrought by the Holy Spirit (Isa. 55:7, Acts 17:30; Gal. 3:22,26; Eph. 2:8; 1 John 5:10-13), turning a person to God from sin.
Regeneration is a creative work of the Holy Spirit by which man is born again and receives spiritual life (John 3:3b, 5b, 7; 1 Cor. 5:17,18a; 1 Pet. 1:23).
Justification is a judicial act of God by which the sinner is declared righteous solely on the basis of his acceptance of Christ as Saviour (Rom. 3:24; 4:3-5; 5:1-2).
VI. THE CHRISTIAN EXPERIENCE
Assurance of salvation is the privilege of all who are born again by the Spirit through faith in Christ, (John 10:27-29; Rom.8:35-39) resulting in love, gratitude and obedience toward God (John 14:23; Col. 3:17; 1 John 2:6).
Sanctification is dedication to God and separation from evil (2 Cor. 6:14; 7:1). In experience it is both instantaneous (John 17:17,19; Heb.10:10,14) and progressive (1 Thess. 5:23; 2 Tim. 2:19-22; 1 Pet. 1:14-16). It is produced in the life of the believer by his appropriation of the power of Christ's blood and risen life through the Person of the Holy Spirit (Rom. 6:11,13,14,18). He draws the believer's attention to Christ, teaches him through the Word and produces the character of Christ within him (1Cor. 13, Gal. 5.22, 23; 2 Pet. 1:3-4). Believers who sin must repent and seek forgiveness through faith in the cleansing blood of Jesus Christ (1 John 1:9; 2:1-2).
3. BAPTISM IN THE HOLY SPIRIT
The baptism in the Holy Spirit is an experience in which the believer yields control of himself to the Holy Spirit (Matt. 3:11; Acts 1:5; Eph. 5:18). Through this he comes to know Christ in a more intimate way (John 16:13-15), and receives power to witness and grow spiritually (2 Cor. 3:18; Acts 1:8). Believers should earnestly seek the baptism in the Holy Spirit according to the command of our Lord Jesus Christ (Luke 24:49; Acts 1:4, 8). The initial evidence of the baptism in the Holy Spirit is speaking in other tongues as the Spirit gives utterance (Acts 2:1-4, 39; 9:17; 1 Cor. 14:18). This experience is distinct from, and subsequent to, the experience of the new birth (Acts 8:12-17; 10:44-46).
4. THE GIFTS OF THE SPIRIT
The gifts of the Spirit are supernatural abilities given by God through the exercising of which believers are enabled to minister effectively and directly in particular situations (1 Cor. 12:4-11). They serve the dual function of building up the Church and of demonstration the presence of God within His Church (1 Cor 12:7; 12:12, 24-25).
5. DIVINE HEALING
Divine healing provided in the atonement of Christ (Mat. 8:16,17) is the privilege of all believers. Prayer for the sick and gifts of healing are encouraged and practised (1 Cor. 12:28-30; James 5:14).
VII. MARRIAGE AND THE FAMILY
Marriage is a provision of God whereby a man and a woman live together in a life-long relationship (Gen. 1:17; Rom. 1:21-27; 1 Cor.6:9-10) that is legally sanctioned by the state to enable both partners to meet their spiritual, physical and social needs. Marriage is endorsed by Scripture (1 Cor. 7:1-2) and was sanctioned by Christ's presence at the wedding in Cana (John 2:1-11). It is intended to provide the wholesome expression of sexual desires (1 Cor. 7:3-6; Heb. 13:4), companionship (Gen. 2:18) and support to both partners (Col 3:19, 1 Pet. 3:7).
Christian marriage is more than either a temporary relationship of convenience intended to provide personal pleasure or a contract that binds two people together in a legal partnership. Within a marriage a "one flesh" relationship is created which goes beyond a physical union to establish an emotional and spiritual oneness, and to provide for the procreation of children (Gen. 1:28; 2:24; 1 Cor. 6:15-17).
Marriage is to be an exclusive relationship that is maintained in purity (Eph. 5:3,26,27). It is intended by God to be a permanent relationship (Mal. 2:15-16; Matt. 19:4-6). It is a witness to the world of the relationship between Christ and His church (Eph. 5:31-32).
Marriage requires a commitment of love, perseverance and faith. Because of its sanctity and permanence, marriage should be treated with seriousness and entered into only after counsel and prayer for God's guidance. Christians should marry only those who are believers (2 Cor.6:14-15). An individual who becomes a believer after marriage should remain with his or her partner in peace, and should give witness to the gospel in the home (1 Cor. 7:12-14,16).
The Bible holds family life as a position of trust and responsibility. The home is a stabilizing force in society, a place of nurture (Eph. 6:4), counsel and safety for children.
VIII. THE CHURCH
1. THE UNIVERSAL CHURCH
All who are born again are members of the universal church, which is the Body and Bride of Christ (1 Cor. 12:13; Eph. 5:25b; Col. 1:18; 1 Tim. 3:15).
2. THE LOCAL CHURCH
The local church is a body of believers in Christ who have joined together to function as apart of the universal church (Acts 14:23;1 Cor. 16:19). The local church is ordained by God and provides a context in which believers corporately worship God (John 4:23; Acts 20:7), observe the ordinances of the church, are instructed in the faith and are equipped for the evangelization of the world (Acts. 1:8; 11:19-24, 2 Tim. 2:2; 1 Pet.5:2).
(a) The Lord's Supper
The Lord's Supper is a symbol, memorial and proclamation of the suffering and death of our Lord Jesus Christ. This ordinance of communion is to be participated in by believers until Christ's return (Matt. 26:26-28;1 Cor. 10:16-17; 11:23-26).
(b) Water Baptism
Water baptism signifies the believer's identification with Christ in His death, burial and resurrection and is practiced by immersion (Matt. 28:19; Mark 16:15-16; Acts 2:38,41; 8:36-39; Rom. 6:3-5).
A divinely called and ordained ministry is the provision of the Lord to give leadership to the church as it fulfils its purposes (Acts 6:2b-4c; 13:2-4a; 14:23; Eph. 4:8, 11-13).
IX. THE END OF TIME
1. THE PRESENT STATE OF THE DEAD
At death the souls of the believers pass immediately into the presence of Christ, and remain in constant bliss until the resurrection of the glorified body (Rom. 8:22,23; 1 Cor. 15:42-44; 2 Cor. 5:1,4b).
The souls of the unbelievers remain after death conscious of condemnation (Luke 16:22-31; John 3:36), until the final bodily resurrection and judgement of the unjust (Dan. 12:2; John 5:28-29; 2 Thess. 1:7-10; Rev. 20:11-15).
2. THE RAPTURE
The rapture, the blessed hope of the church, is the imminent coming of the Lord in the air to receive to Himself His own, both the living who shall be transformed, and the dead in Christ who shall be resurrected (1 Cor. 15:51-57; Phil 3:20-21; 1 Thess. 4:13-18; Titus 2:13). This event takes place before the wrath of God is poured out during the tribulation. Believers then will appear before the judgment seat of Christ to be judged according to faithfulness in Christian service (Rom. 14:10-12; 1 Cor. 3:11-15;2 Cor. 5:9-10).
3. THE TRIBULATION
The tribulation will be a time of judgment on the whole earth (Matt. 24:15,21-22; 1 Thess. 5:1-3). During this period the Antichrist will emerge to offer false hope to the nations (2 Thess. 2:3-12; Rev. 13:11-18).
4. THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST
The return of Christ to earth in power and great glory will conclude the great tribulation with the victory at Armageddon (Matt. 24:27,30;Luke 17:24,26-30), the defeat of Antichrist and the binding of Satan (Rev.16:12-16; 17:8,12-14; 19:11-20:3). He will introduce the millennial age (Psa.2:6-12; Dan. 2:44-45; Luke 22:29-30; Rev. 3:21; 20:6), restore Israel to her own land, lift the curse which now rests upon the whole creation, and bring the whole world to the knowledge of God (Isa. 1:24-27; 2:1-4; Zech.14:3,4,9: Rom. 8:19-23; Rev. 22:3).
5. THE FINAL JUDGMENT
There will be a final judgment in which the unbelieving dead will be raised and judged at the great white throne, according to their works (Dan 7:9-10; John 12:48; Rom. 2:2,6,11,16; Rev. 14:9-11; 20:11-15). The beast and false prophet, the devil and his angels,and whoever is not found in the Book of Life, shall be cast into the lake of fire, not to annihilation, but to everlasting punishment, which is the second death (Matt. 25:41b; Jude 6; Rev. 20:10,15; 21:8).
6. THE ETERNAL STATE OF THE RIGHTEOUS
The righteous will share the glory of God in the new heaven and the new earth for eternity (Matt. 13:43; John 17:24; 2 Pet. 3:13; Heb.11:10; Rev. 21:1-2,10,22-23).Type your paragraph here.