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We believe in God the Father, the Almighty Creator of heaven and earth, and Jesus Christ His only Son, which was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under cruel hands of the Roman soldiers, was crucified, dead and buried, but quickened by the Spirit; by which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison. (I Peter 3:19.) The third day He arose from the dead, He ascended into heaven and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in sanctification as a second definite work of grace and in the Holy Ghost, the Christian Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen.

Article 1.

We believe there is but one living and true God, everlasting, of infinite power, wisdom and goodness; maker and preserver of all things, both visible and invisible. And in the unity of this Godhead, there are three persons of one substance, of eternal beings, and equal in holiness, justice, wisdom, power and dignity; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost.

Article 2.

We believe that the Son, who is the word of the Father, the very and eternal God, of one substance with the Father, took Man’s nature in the womb of the blessed Virgin; so that two whole and perfect natures, that is to say, the God head and the Manhood, were joined together in one Person, never to be divided, whereof is one Christ, very God and perfect Man, who actually suffered, was crucified, dead and buried to reconcile us to the Father and to make atonement, not only for our actual guilt, but also for original sin.

Article 3.

We believe that Christ did truly rise again from the dead, and took again His body, with all things appertaining to the perfection of man’s nature. And He ascended into heaven and there sitteth until He shall return to judge all men at the last day.

Article 4.

We believe the Holy Ghost, proceeding from the Father and the Son, is of one substance, majesty, and glory with the Father and the Son, Very and Eternal God.

Article 5.

We believe that eternal life with God in heaven is a portion of the reward of the finally righteous; and that everlasting banishment from the presence of the Lord, and an unending torture in hell, are the wages of the persistently wicked. (Matthew 25:46; Psalm 9:17; Revelation 21:7-8.)

General Rules

Article 1.

No one shall be admitted to full membership in this church who is not in full accord with the teaching of the same as set forth in the Basis of Union.

Article 2.

They must also give satisfactory evidence aside from their own testimony that they have been regenerated, seeking to be sanctified, and seeking the Pentecostal Baptism with the Holy Ghost.

Article 3.

In accordance with these professions, all who remain with us shall take the Authorized King James Version of the Bible as their rule of conduct, and shall conform outwardly as well as inwardly in their daily walk and conversation to its simple teachings (Galatians 6:16). Furthermore, all ministers make a thorough study of English Bible translation, and completely read any translation before making any judgement which might prove to be erroneous or embarrassing.

Article 4.

We are commanded in God’s Word not to be unequally yoked together with unbelievers, and to have no communions or fellowships with the unfruitful works of darkness, such as oath bound secret societies, social clubs and corrupt partisan politics. (II Corinthians 6:14; Ephesians 5:11.) Not to be conformed to this world(Romans 12:2): to come out from among them and be separate (II Corinthians 6:17), and even to turn away from those who have a form of godliness but denying the power thereof

(II Timothy 3:5); to cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit(II Corinthians 7:1), such as the use, growth, sale or handling of tobacco in every form (this does not apply to minors who are forced to grow or sell or in the handling of tobacco by their parents, or wives who are forced to do so by their husbands), or the use of morphine, or intoxicants of any kind, or the use of any habit forming drink of any kind. And not to indulge in filthiness of speech, foolish talking, or jesting, or the use of slang language, to abstain from all appearance of evil such as attending fairs, swimming pools or shows, etc. (I Thessalonians 5:22); to do all we do to the glory of God, and in the name of Jesus Christ, (Colossians 3:17; I Corinthians 10:31); to wear no outward adorning such as golds or jewelry, and to wear no indecent dress which tends to inflame lust in the opposite sex. That all our members dress as becometh Holiness or Godliness. (Deuteronomy 22:5; I Timothy 2:9; I Peter 3:3-4; I Corinthians 11:14-15; "Doth not even nature itself teach you, that, if a man have long hair, it is a shame unto him? But if a woman have long hair, it is a glory to her: for her hair is given her for a covering.") A practical observance of all these scriptural requirements, and a complete separation from anything which does not tend to deepen our own spirituality and promote the Glory of God is hereby required of all our members.

Article 5.

All of our members are required to observe the first day of the week as the holy Christian Sabbath of the Lord. In it both man and beast are commanded to rest from their labors and render holy services to God. It is therefore wrong and unbecoming to Christians to assist or aid in any manual labor or business on the Lord’s day for which we or those concerned receive pecuniary remuneration for services rendered: to buy or sell anything at all on the Lord’s day, except in cases of emergency. (Exodus 20:8-11; Isaiah 58:13-14; Mark 2:23,28; Luke 14:5.)

Article 6.

Also to abstain from mentioning the faults of an absent person, and refuse to listen to those who do, except it be absolutely necessary for the glory of God, and good of the cause and the person concerned.

Article 7.

All our members are required to be patterns of frugality, diligence, faith and charity, taking up the cross daily, and true to the abiding baptism with the Holy Ghost.

Article 8.

Also, to witness on all suitable occasions, even if it costs us our lives, to what the Lord has done for us, especially to sanctification, divine healing, and the baptism with the Holy Ghost and fire.

Article 9.

If any member of a local church shall be found by the church board to be guilty of violations of the General Rules, or out of harmony with the Basis of the Union, after having been brought before the board and given an impartial trial, if he refuses to make satisfactory amends for restoration to the fellowship of the church, his name shall be dropped from the roll of the church. If he shall not be satisfied with the decision of the board, or if a number of the said church equal to the number of the official board that renders the decision shall be dissatisfied with the decision of the board, he/she shall have the right to appeal to the whole church. In case said member shall be dissatisfied with the decision of the whole church he may have the right of appeal to the Annual Assembly, a majority vote of which will be final.

Article 10.

If any accused person is duly notified to appear before the board and fails to do so, his name may be erased from the church roll, and he shall be granted the right of appeal to the Annual Assembly.

Article 11.

This rule shall apply in like manner to the members of any Annual Assembly, the right of appeal to the General Assembly.

Article 12.

In case a member belonging to one local church and living in another community and he shall be charged with immoral conduct or erroneous teachings, the official board of the local church in the community where he is living shall have the right to investigate said charges and report to the official board of the church to which he belongs.

Article 13.

The church adopting this discipline shall not engage in fund-raising programs that would be reflective on the name of our church. This does not prohibit the efforts of any missionary or youth society in the church doing particular work or selling articles in an attempt to raise money for any special need of the work of the church. Any such program shall be under the supervision of the pastor and official board.

Article 14.

The tenth is the Lord’s and shall be recognized as such by all our members. Our churches shall be supported by the tithes and offerings of its members and friends (here read Genesis 28:22; Matthew 23:23; Hebrews 7:2-10; Malachi 3:8) hence, all our members are to pay tithes and offerings.

Article 15.

We require that all organized churches in the Emmanuel Holiness Church must participate in the tithing program to state and general conferences. If they do not participate, the church’s vote will be nullified at the State and General Assembly.


Article 16.

In case a member of the church habitually absents himself from the church services, refuses to bear his proportionate part of the church expenses or casts his influence against the church, his vote shall be void in promoting the church program. The same shall apply to ordained ministers, local preachers and mission workers in promoting the conference work.

Article 17.

We oppose the sin of adultery. (Scripture: Exodus 20:14; Luke 16:18; Matthew 5:31-32; Matthew 19:3-9). Any person that may be found in double marriage (or) has more than one living husband or wife, shall not receive any form of preacher’s license, or missionary certificate, nor shall they serve as bishop, I Timothy 3:1-7, or deacon, I Timothy 3:8-13.

Article 18.

We do request that all Emmanuel Holiness Churches and members take our publication, The Emmanuel Holiness Messenger, and support it with their means and finance.

Article 19.

We welcome all nationalities of people into the Emmanuel Holiness Church.

Article 20.

None of our female members shall wear pants.

Article 21.

The Emmanuel Holiness Church is opposed to the sin of abortion.

Article 22.

The Emmanuel Holiness Church is opposed to the sin of homosexuality and the gay movement. No person who is a homosexual or lesbian will be allowed to be a member of any Emmanuel Holiness Church, hold any office, obtain minister’s license of any form, or hold any office in a church or conference. No person who does not believe that homosexuality is a sin or who believes that it is only a selected lifestyle or believes that a person is born a homosexual, may be a member of any church, obtain minister’s license, or hold any office in any church or conference. If any member, minister, or official changes their belief concerning homosexuality, they will immediately be dismissed from the Emmanuel Holiness Church of which they are a member and from the conference.

Article 23.

The Bible declares, and we believe, that marriage is between one man and one woman. Scripture Genesis 1:27-28; Genesis 2:24; Matthew 19:4-5




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