We believe that Salvation is deliverance from all sin and unrighteousness through the atonement of Jesus Christ. A person receives Salvation by repentance of sin, water baptism in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and receiving the baptism of the Holy Ghost, and the continuance of living a godly life (Acts 2:36-41)
We believe that water baptism, being born of water, is an essential part of New Testament salvation. Without the proper mode of baptism it is impossible to enter the kingdom of God (St. John 3:5). Water baptism can only be administered by immersion (Mark 1:10, Acts 8:38-39; Romans 6:4; Colossians 2:12). The name in which baptism is administered is in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. The Lord Jesus Christ commissioned his disciples to go into all nations and baptize in the name (singular) of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost (Matthew 28:19). The disciples executed this commission on the Day of Pentecost by baptizing converts in the Name (singular) of Jesus Christ. The disciples knew that Father, Son, and Holy Ghost are not names, but TITLES of positions held by God. They also knew that the fullness of God was manifested in Jesus Christ (Colossians 2:9). All case histories of New Testament baptism were administered (as on the Day of Pentecost), in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ (Jesus Christ, or the Lord Jesus). Without the Name, water baptism in void.
Baptism of the Holy Ghost:
We believe that the receiving of the baptism of the Holy Ghost, being born of the Spirit, is an essential part of New Testament salvation. Without the baptism of the Holy Ghost it is impossible to enter the kingdom of God (St. John 3:5). The baptism of the Holy Ghost is evidenced by speaking in other tongues (other languages) as the Spirit of God gives utterance. If this supernatural manifestation does not take place, one has not received the baptism of the Holy Ghost (a prerequisite). God gives gifts as it pleases Him (I Corinthians 14:4-28). The gift of the Holy Ghost and the Gifts of the Spirit are different spiritual concepts.
The Gifts of the Spirit VS. The Gift of the Spirit (Holy Ghost):
Many in the Church world are confused about the differences between the gifts of the Spirit and the gift of the Spirit. In the Apostle Paul's first letter to the Corinthian church, he dealt with church members who were selfishly misusing the gifts of the Spirit that the Lord had placed in the church for edification (I Corinthians 14:5). The vocal gifts (prophecy, tongues, and interpretation of tongues) were being misused by those who had been spiritually endowed. These church members had already received the Gift of the Holy Ghost (I Corinthians 1:2), for Paul addressed this letter to "the church," which consisted of them that were "sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints." In as much as they had been born again, the Lord had given each person, gifts according to His Will (I Corinthians 12:11). The word gift in the phrase Gift of the Holy Ghost is rendered by the Greek word "Doron," which means "a sacrifice." This refers to the life (of Jesus Christ), which was sacrificed (on the cross) and given to us (in the form of the Holy Ghost). Everyone who receives the Holy Ghost will speak in tongues as the Spirit gives utterance (Acts 2:4;10:46; 19:6). The absence of this miraculous experience means that absence of the Holy Ghost. In his first letter to the Corinthians, Paul was not expounding on the subject of the New Birth and being filled with the Holy Ghost, he was expounding on the subject of "spiritual gifts" (I Corinthians 12:1). There is a difference. The word Gifts, which is plural, is rendered by the Greek word "charisma," which are spiritual endowments, or religious qualifications, or miraculous faculties of the Holy Ghost. Those receiving the various gifts of the Spirit already have received the Gift of the Spirit (Holy Ghost). The gift of tongues, being one of the gifts of the Spirit, is not given to everyone who receives the Holy Ghost. Those who receive this gift can speak in tongues at will (I Corinthians 12:10). Everyone who receives the Holy Ghost will initially speak in tongues as the Spirit gives the utterance, even though the Lord does not give him the Gift of tongues whereby he can speak anytime at will. For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body (I Corinthians 12:13). The New Birth experience, which includes speaking in tongues as initial evidence of the Holy Ghost, places a person into the body of Christ. Once in the body, the Lord gives gifts dividing severally as it pleases Him
(I Corinthians 12:11). To receive the gift of the Holy Ghost is to receive life; to receive the gifts of the Holy Ghost is to receive the functions that demonstrate there is life within.
Holiness – Pentecostal – Apostolic...What’s the difference?
Those who profess Holiness believe and teach that members must live clean moral sanctified lives to please God. This belief encompasses no smoking, drinking, cursing, or any type of sexual sins. Those who profess to be Pentecostal believe in Holiness in addition to receiving the Holy Ghost with the initial evidence of speaking in tongues. Those who profess to be Apostolic believe and teach Holiness, having the Pentecostal experience of receiving the Holy Ghost in addition to being baptized in water in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, as was also executed on the Day of Pentecost. There are many who profess Holiness who do not believe in receiving the Holy Ghost with the initial evidence of speaking in tongues or being baptized in water in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ. There are many who call themselves Pentecostals that do not believe in being baptized in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ, even though they believe in Holiness. The Apostolic believe in Holiness, the Pentecostal experience of the baptism of the Holy Ghost speaking in tongues as the Spirit gives the utterance, and baptism in the Name of Jesus Christ.
Just as the natural birth consist of the contribution of two parents--the father begets and the mother conceives, so is the spiritual birth, it consists of two elements coming from two spiritual parents--Jesus Christ the father begets by the Word (I Corinthians 4:15) and the Church is the mother which conceives and brings forth the child of God. The New Birth consists of repentance, water baptism by immersion, in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ, and receiving the Holy Ghost with the initial evidence of speaking in other tongues as the Spirit of God gives utterance (Acts 2:3-4, Acts 2:38). We firmly believe that salvation is predicated on the New Birth (St. John 3:3, St. John 3:5).
We believe that holiness is God's prescribed standard of living for His people of all ages (Leviticus 19:2; Luke 1:74-75). We further believe that a holy sanctified life is the only true standard of a Christian life (Hebrews 12:14; I Peter 1:15-17). We are commanded to live soberly, righteously, and godly in this present world (Titus 2:12). We must present ourselves Holy unto God (Romans 12:1), cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit (II Corinthians 7:1), and separate ourselves from all worldliness (James 4:4). No one can live holy by his own power, "But ye shall receive power, and after the Holy Ghost is come upon you... (Acts 1:8)."