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Apostolic faith not just about ‘Jesus Only’

Published:Saturday | March 4, 2017 | 12:00 AMShanique Samuels

For many years, the Apostolic faith has been branded as 'Jesus Only' but according to Pastor Errol Grey of the Mount Zion Apostolic Church in Beckford Kraal, Clarendon, persons who believe in such a myth have gotten it wrong. "They say we don't preach about the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost and that is how they arrive at the term 'Jesus Only' but we are not 'Jesus Only'.

Take, for instance, the persons who say they are 'Trinitarians' and say they believe in the Father, Son and Holy Ghost - they say there are three Gods, but that is a wrong concept because there is only one God. So we are not 'Jesus Only': we deal with the Father, Son and Holy Ghost because John said these three are One. What the Bible teaches is that they come in three different manifestation of dispensation," he explained. "The first is the Father and Creator of heaven and earth and all things within, but to prove to man so they can understand He sent His son, Jesus Christ. Now that is where the Son comes in as the representative and intercessor through which we can get access to Almighty God (the Father)."

THE COMFORTER

Pastor Grey further reasoned that based on the teachings of the Bible, after the crucifixion of Jesus Christ (the Son) on earth, He went back to His Father in glory. "On His ascension, He said 'if I don't go, the Comforter will not come, but if I go, I will send the Comforter in my name so when he shall come he shall teach you and bring back things to your memory', and that now is the Holy Ghost," he told Family and Religion.

He says people who brand the Apostolic faith as 'Jesus Only' gives the impression that they only believe in and preach about Jesus, but according to the pastor of over four decades, "The Bible says if any man don't confess and believe that Jesus Christ came in the flesh then they are not of God." He further noted that the Apostolic Church has its origins from the Apostle Paul and others which were organized in AD 33 after the death of Jesus Christ. Acts 1 and 2 tell of the formation of the Apostolic faith. "I really don't know where these people came up with the idea that we don't believe in the Father, the Son or the Holy Ghost and is only Jesus we talk about. That is a wrong concept and they have branded the church in a wrong way.

I tell my people they cannot say there are three gods because they believe in the Father, Son and Holy Ghost. There is only one God. Ephesians 4-6 tells us there is one body, and one Spirit, 'even as ye are called in one hope of your calling': one Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all." The veteran pastor says people should stop branding other people and their faith because that is likened to a false accusation. Pastor Grey pointed out that the members of his church are not affected by being labelled 'Jesus Only' because they know it is not so. "We can't talk about Jesus and not talk about God and the Holy Ghost. There is the Father who is the Creator, the Son who is the Savior and the Holy Ghost the Comforter."

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