Do BRITISH Assemblies of God still hold premillennial eschatology?

Do BRITISH Assemblies of God still hold premillennial eschatology?
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  • Reply January 27, 2019

    Varnel Watson

    After conversation with Angel Ruiz about the NAR influence there short answer is YES – Most UK / Ireland AG ministers still hold to pre-mil though there was some debates about 1999-2003 to accommodate the post-mil Elim into the General Conference

    • Reply January 27, 2019

      Terry Wiles

      sp “intentionality”? The ones I know hold to the imminent return. However it seems there is some challenge in some circles.

    • Reply January 27, 2019

      Varnel Watson

      CORRECTION on ELIM

      every Elim minister must adhere to the tenet: “We believe
      in the personal and pre-millennial return of our Lord Jesus Christ
      to receive unto Himself the Church

      Pentecostal groups
      in this country which developed in the earlier part of this century,
      the major ones being the Apostolic Church, the Assemblies of God
      and the Elim Pentecostal Church. Since the 1960s many people
      within the main denominations, including the Roman Catholic
      Church, have entered into a new experience of the reality of the Holy
      Spirit. Sometimes these people are called Neo-Pentecostals or members
      of the “Charismatic Movement”. They owe much to the earlier
      Pentecostals although there are certain differences. However, within
      the limitations of this article we will not be able to discuss this later
      development in detail.
      It is important to realise that the Pentecostal believes he can align
      himself with the traditions of the main body of the Church. A
      publication written on behalf of the British Pentecostal Fellowship
      states: “Indeed, it could be safely affirmed that the Pentecostal
      Movement as a whole could heartily subscribe to the Apostles’
      Creed.” 1 It is an unashamedly fundamentalist movement, taking a
      literal interpretation of scripture. Biblical criticism is rejected, often
      as satanic. This attack was particularly vicious in the embryonic
      stages of the movement. The theory of evolution is frequently criticised.
      There is a great stress on a particular view of eschatology. For
      instance, every Elim minister must adhere to the tenet: “We believe
      in the personal and pre-millennial return of our Lord Jesus Christ
      to receive unto Himself the Church, and afterwards to set up His
      throne as King”.2 Pentecostal hymns look forward with joyful anticipation
      to the imminent Second Coming of Christ. Of course, this
      particular interpretation of Christian faith is by no means the
      exclusive preserve of Pentecostals.

      Pentecostal Theology – Biblical Studies.org.uk
      https://biblicalstudies.org.uk/pdf/bq/27-7_282.pdf
      instance, every Elim minister must adhere to the tenet: “We believe in the personal and pre-millennial return of our Lord Jesus Christ to receive unto Himself the Church, and afterwards to set up His throne as King”.

      http://www.pentecostaltheology.com/pentecostal-theology-in-21/

    • Reply January 28, 2019

      Angel Ruiz

      Troy Day just to be clear on Elim… What group do u speak of when u say Elim?

      I asked cuz in the hispanic World Elim originated in Gutemala and they are on the border of Neo Pentecostalism… I have found some ministers in Elim Guatemala that ignore there own internal theology and embrace assemblies of God views

    • Reply January 28, 2019

      David Rollings

      The Elim Pentecostal Church in the UK is one of the oldest Pentecostal groups in this country.

    • Reply January 28, 2019

      Angel Ruiz

      David Rollings can u give me more info because like I said I know of an Elim denomination but they are from Guatemala

    • Reply January 28, 2019

      David Rollings

      Angel Ruiz Elim UK started in 1915 here is a link to their website https://www.elim.org.uk/

    • Reply January 28, 2019

      Angel Ruiz

      David Rollings thanks

    • Reply January 28, 2019

      Varnel Watson

      David Rollings as I was sure Elim is post-mil I just encountered several sources that say their ministers hold to pre-mil So which one is it – do you know?

      Also, what church are you from – I had you as part of our AG but then was reading most of your knowledge about AG is from the internet. I hope I am wrong on this one though 🙂

    • Reply January 28, 2019

      David Rollings

      Troy Day I am a Charismatic Baptist but I have worked closely with Elim Pastors in the past.The Elim Statement of beliefs does not take a postion on the millenium all it says is ” The Coming King

      We believe in the personal, physical and visible return of the Lord Jesus Christ to reign in power and glory.” I really don’t know what the majority would hold to but I suspect many would hold the historical premill position

    • Reply January 28, 2019

      Varnel Watson

      personal, physical and visible return means pre-mil bro David post-mil believe you dont need personal, physical and visible return of Jesus to have the Millenium Many NAR believe we live in the Millenium right now

      Specifically in the case of AG/UK seems like there is NO direct statement made but things are talked around in order to keep them in our General Conference They do have position papers however that state

      every Elim minister must adhere to the tenet: “We believe
      in the personal and pre-millennial return of our Lord Jesus Christ
      to receive unto Himself the Church
      https://biblicalstudies.org.uk/pdf/bq/27-7_282.pdf

      I found several more directed to AG in UK stating the same. After speaking with some bretheren ministering there AND reaching to their Donald Gee research center this seems to be the conclusion

    • Reply January 28, 2019

      David Rollings

      I don’t think any British person would read the statement of belief to mean pre-mil, ypu ca’t impose an American meaning on a British statement of faith. as to the article you refer to it seems that Elim may have revised its position all I am going by is there current website. The NAR is not an issue over here so need to discuss it in a British context.

    • Reply January 28, 2019

      Varnel Watson

      it wasnt intend to be read as pre-mil David Rollings And the meaning is not American but Biblica. It was modified on purpose to allow post-mil into our General Conference. The Actual AG statement of faith still remains pre-mil though Terry Wiles may correct me if needed Maybe political move

    • Reply January 29, 2019

      David Rollings

      Troy Day But Elim are not part of the AOG they are a seperate denomination.

    • Reply January 29, 2019

      Varnel Watson

      hence my correction above if you read it

  • Reply January 28, 2019

    Varnel Watson

    David Rollings was Rees Howells: Intercessor Elim or something else?

    • Reply January 29, 2019

      David Rollings

      As far as I can tell Rees Howell did not belong to any particular Pentecostal group, he may not of even considered himself a Pentecostal his main influence was the Welsh Revivalof 1904-1906

    • Reply January 29, 2019

      Varnel Watson

      After a long period of closure his College has now been purchased, refurbished and reopened by Cornerstone church based in Singapore.

  • Reply January 29, 2019

    Varnel Watson

    David Rollings Daniel J Hesse Angel Ruiz While we mourn the loss of eschatology clarity we do need to stick to the facts on this one

    We;ve received information from the Hyde vs Garrard debate Hyde was younger, pleasant, clearer in speech and argument, seemed more reasonable and contemporary, known personally to some people. He was also English and in active ministry, rather than from the perceived ‘ivory tower’ of the Bible College like Garrard. His argument was about what was fundamental and essential – what you would give your life for, etc. – rather than what was believed to be true

    The actual studies are still a subject of being processed but the conclusion IMO is pretty clear

    Troy Day David Rollings Terry Wiles The Assemblies of God in Great Britain & Ireland Statement of Fundamental Truths
    WE BELIEVE in the Virgin Birth, Sinless Life, Miraculous Ministry,
    Substitutionary Atoning Death, Bodily Resurrection, Triumphant
    Ascension and Abiding Intercession of the Lord Jesus Christ
    and in His Premillennial Second Advent
    as the blessed hope set before all believers. Isa. 7: 14; Matt. 1: 23; Heb. 7: 26; 1 Peter 2: 22; Acts 2: 22; 10: 38; 2 Cor.5: 21; Heb. 9: 12; Luke 24: 39; 1 Cor. 15: 4; Acts 1: 9; Eph. 4: 8-10; Rom.8: 34; Heb. 7: 25; 1 Cor. 15: 22-24,51-57; 1 Thess. 4: 13-18; Rev. 20: 1-6.
    p 184 in
    Proselytism, Retention and Re-affiliation: ‘
    The Hybridisation of an Assembly of God Church
    by
    Malcolm Gold
    PhD dissertation University of Warwick, Department of Sociology
    November 2000
    http://wrap.warwick.ac.uk/55811/1/WRAP_thesis_Gold_2000.pdf
    For the historical use of AoG truths in the UK see
    Kay, William K. (1989) A history of British Assemblies of
    God. PhD thesis, University of Nottingham, p330
    Garrard, David J. (2003), ‘The Importance of Keeping Premillennial Rider in any Statement of Faith regarding the Second Corning of Christ’, A Discussion Paper sub to the General Council of the Assemblies of God, 1 Donald Gee Centre, Mattersey Hall, nr. Doncaster. United Kingdom
    Hyde, Bob (2002), ‘Do Pentecostals Need to Be Premillennial?’ A Discussion Paper submitted to tb General Council of the Assemblies of God, The Do Gee Centre, Mattersey Hall, nr. Doncaster. United Kingdom
    Pelts, David (2001), Letter to the Executive Council of Assemblies of God, concerning a proposal to revise 10, The Donald Gee Centre, Mattersey Hall, nr. Doncaster. United Kingdom

    Although the early Pentecostals were not trained in sociology, they seemed to have a
    natural instinct for the importance of separation from the larger world if their distinct worldview
    were to be retained. As Blumhofer (1993:142) noted, “. . .early Assemblies of God members
    professed little interest in contemporary society; they had either not yet glimpsed a broader
    social world or had consciously turned from it.” They began their sojourn as pilgrims, but
    slowly and steadily moved toward becoming citizens. Nowhere is this better illustrated than in
    the move from an apolitical (once pacifist) stance with a strong sense of Spirit-led destiny to
    embracing the political agenda of Fundamentalism/Evangelicalism. An eschatology proclaiming
    a soon-coming end-times, the immanent rapture of the church, and premillenialism that once
    kept Pentecostals at bay from politics, now seems to undergird a staunchly conservative political
    agenda (Guth, Green, Smidt, Kellstedt, and Poloma 1997). Spiritual power (empowerment) has,
    at least for some, reverted into political power.

  • Reply January 31, 2019

    Varnel Watson

    Daniel J Hesse Angel Ruiz Terry Wiles before publishing my findings and some NEW AG stats I have just gotten I would like to quote here Dr. William K Kay who wrote the Ph.D dissertation and recently wrote

    “The word ‘premillennial’ was certainly retained until 1995. British AoG went through major constitutional changes 2004-7 and it is possible doctrinal changes were included with the other changes intended to strengthen the position of the General Superintendent.”

    After reading the actual 2003 debate it is my understanding that the changes were done to accommodate the new post-mil churches that were taken in However, for the most UK / IRA AG ministers are still pre-mil

    For the historical use of AoG truths in the UK see
    Kay, William K. (1989) A history of British Assemblies of
    God. PhD thesis, University of Nottingham, p330
    Garrard, David J. (2003), ‘The Importance of Keeping Premillennial Rider in any Statement of Faith regarding the Second Corning of Christ’, A Discussion Paper sub to the General Council of the Assemblies of God, 1 Donald Gee Centre, Mattersey Hall, nr. Doncaster. United Kingdom
    Hyde, Bob (2002), ‘Do Pentecostals Need to Be Premillennial?’ A Discussion Paper submitted to tb General Council of the Assemblies of God, The Do Gee Centre, Mattersey Hall, nr. Doncaster. United Kingdom
    Pelts, David (2001), Letter to the Executive Council of Assemblies of God, concerning a proposal to revise 10, The Donald Gee Centre, Mattersey Hall, nr. Doncaster. United Kingdom

  • Reply January 31, 2019

    Daniel J Hesse

    Our forefathers never expected to see 2000. Much of the 90’s push was a way to usher us into premillenial return of our Lord. The theme of the mid 70’s …this Gospel shall be preached to the ends of the earth and the end shall come resonated in the hearts of many including this servant. We were doing only what we knew at the time. Please forgive me.

  • Reply January 31, 2019

    Varnel Watson

    Thanks for picking it up a bit Daniel J Hesse As I already posted to Terry Wiles and Angel Ruiz This should be sufficient to clear the rumors in the OP and move to previous question http://www.pentecostaltheology.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/50eskato.png

    • Reply February 1, 2019

      Varnel Watson

      Terry Wiles Angel Ruiz did yall review the highlighted stuff?

    • Reply February 2, 2019

      Daniel J Hesse

      Troy Day yes, I wholeheartedly embrace doctrines. Yet like each of us, i am always ready with a listening ear. I wonder Troy how many of our <40 leaders share these views? For many years, I signed the dotted line to commit and preach and teach these "infallible" distinctives. I'd like to hear from resident sage Terry Wiles

  • Reply February 3, 2019

    Varnel Watson

    • Reply February 3, 2019

      Daniel J Hesse

      Troy Day curious about the Pentecostal church and its effect? I did not see it mentioned. God forbid, they are on the decline.

    • Reply February 3, 2019

      Daniel J Hesse

      Troy Day wonder how this data is gathered and the accuracy across the board? I wonder if these are really the clearest pictures?

  • Reply February 5, 2019

    Varnel Watson

    Tom Torbeyns David Rollings is the Elim church in UK even Pentecostal ?

    • Reply February 5, 2019

      David Rollings

      Yes they certainly are, they are one of the original Pentecostal groups in this country and they still hold to the doctrine of the Baptism of the Holy Spirit and the use of spiritual gifts in the church. Eschatology is not an important issue in most evangelical and Pentecostal circles in the UK

    • Reply February 5, 2019

      Tom Torbeyns

      They also don’t hold that tongues are the only initial physical evidence

    • Reply February 5, 2019

      David Rollings

      Tom Torbeyns That is true but that has been the distinction between them and the AOG since the early days of the Pentecostal movement in the UK

  • Reply February 5, 2019

    Varnel Watson

    Philip Williams Elim retained the restoration hope? How so if hey dropped pre-mil? Are you talking about Elim in the UK?

    • Reply February 5, 2019

      Philip Williams

      Troy Day I see that i am referring to Elim Bible Institute in America founded by Ivan Q Spencer. The relation with the British Elim Movement, I don’t know. Perhaps someone else does.

    • Reply February 5, 2019

      Philip Williams

      Troy Day Elim in America were closely associated with the Latter Rain movement but not so much with the New Order which they predate.

    • Reply February 5, 2019

      Varnel Watson

      yes in the US not so much in the UK

    • Reply February 5, 2019

      Philip Williams

      Troy Day but the common roots is the rejection of Dispensational premillennialism? Retention of Old Fashion postmillenial revivslism that birthed Pentecostalism with the expectation of a Latter Rain of the Church?

  • Reply February 5, 2019

    Tom Torbeyns

    I am talking of Elim UK. I don’t know the American variant.

    • Reply February 5, 2019

      Philip Williams

      Tom Torbeyns there must have been some connections. Did you know that Charles Parham held British Israel beliefs?

    • Reply February 5, 2019

      Tom Torbeyns

      yes

    • Reply February 5, 2019

      Philip Williams

      Tom Torbeyns remarkable

    • Reply February 5, 2019

      Tom Torbeyns

      I have at least some brain cells 😉

    • Reply February 5, 2019

      Philip Williams

      Tom Torbeyns I know Parham’s only surviving granddaughter. Interestingly, she is highly respected in Israel and among certain scholars there and at Cambridge. Perhaps due to her patronage.

    • Reply February 5, 2019

      Tom Torbeyns

      Oh, maybe she is a Christian Zionist servant… I disagree with Parham in this regard…

    • Reply February 5, 2019

      Varnel Watson

      Philip Williams is she on FB – anyway you can bring her in the group so we can talk to her?

    • Reply February 5, 2019

      Philip Williams

      Troy Day she is elderly and not in good health.

    • Reply February 5, 2019

      Philip Williams

      Tom Torbeyns I’m really not sure, especially in the sense of the Dispensationalists. Some Zionists see the land as the future home of the Lost Tribes.

  • Reply February 5, 2019

    Varnel Watson

    Yes Tom Torbeyns Elim NY is very Pentecostal Elim UK not so much However, seems like because of Elim UK our AG in UK may drop the premil statement as David Rollings tried to point out IYP do you thing premil is being discarded across EU churches?

    • Reply February 5, 2019

      David Rollings

      Pre-mil never has been a big issue over here unlike in America.

    • Reply February 5, 2019

      Varnel Watson

      you mean like Darby and the rapture revelation in Port Glasgow, Scotland 🙂

    • Reply February 5, 2019

      David Rollings

      Troy Day not just that but I would include that but most British churches have not given a prominent position to any eschatology . The only thing that is deemed essential is that Jesus will come again.

    • Reply February 5, 2019

      Varnel Watson

      not sure how you can say that when the official Anglican church has had a very prominent position in any eschatology BUT YES I Do hear from other UK ministers that the gay issues are taking over the Protestant churches and they dont talk that much about the end time debates any more

    • Reply February 5, 2019

      David Rollings

      Troy Day The Anglican Church has not had a position on eschataology that binds everyone to a pre-mil posoition The 39 articles of the Church of England does not teach this.. Gay issues are not overtaking most churches overhere we just have a different approach to eschatology. I am finding this discussion a bit of a waste of time because you seem to want to fit everything into an American theological mould which just does not apply to the UK

    • Reply February 6, 2019

      Daniel J Hesse

      David Rollings David I am curious about the lasting effects of Keswick or Deeper Life teachings and their present role in the churches? Can these be revived? Also, how do leaders address the declines in many churches of the motherland?

    • Reply February 6, 2019

      David Rollings

      Daniel J Hesse I am not sure about the lasting effects of Keswick, although the Keswick convention still happens. As for the growth seen in some churches in the UK a lot of that can be attributed to the Alpha course. Many Church groups are growing but are not included in the statistics because they are neweer Charismatic groups. We have a long way to go but various organ isation including the Evangelical Alliance arre trying to motivate the church to work together for the spread of the gospel.

  • Reply February 6, 2019

    Tom Torbeyns

    As David Rollings has pointed out, we are not Americans. We, European Pentecostals, don’t need the American excesses. Lots of stuff that comes from America is very detrimental.

    • Reply February 6, 2019

      Daniel J Hesse

      Tom Torbeyns please share your perspective on excesses…

    • Reply February 6, 2019

      Daniel J Hesse

      Tom Torbeyns would you graciously compare and contrast from your viewpoint?

  • Reply February 6, 2019

    Varnel Watson

    Tom Torbeyns David Rollings from EU we have the excess of Ulf shooting demons in the sky with machine guns, dropping Bibles over people and then going Catholic all the way

    we have german bishopry supporting Hitler

    Roman empire establishing kingdom on earth

    charismatic Anglican, Scottish churches ordaining homosexuals

    higher criticism bringing the most liberal theology of all times in the whole Christian era

    witch hunts

    calvins geneva persecutions of other Christians

    the forcing of Pilgrims out of EU

    current migrant crises the church cannot contain

    a Pope who kisses with Islamic persecutor of churches

    also prophetically 10 EU kingdoms = 10 horns

    and finally we have french fries that are actually Belgian – We have ALL learned from EU excess SO a few charismatics prophecies in America + ol Benny Hinn are hardly an equal comparison to EU excess 🙂

  • Reply February 7, 2019

    David Rollings

    Well I really am almost speechless at your gross distortion of history. Which Pilgrims are you referring to be be forced out of the EU. 10 Euroean Kingdoms=the EU , this is rubbish because the EU consissts of 28 nations, it is this sort of scripture twisting that puts us off prophetic speculation over here. So many of the assertions you make are distortions or just plain wromg. I really can’t be bothered on wasting my time on replying to them all.

    • Reply February 7, 2019

      Varnel Watson

      are you seriously asking Which Pilgrims am I referring to?

    • Reply February 7, 2019

      David Rollings

      Troy Day Yes, becaus if you are speaking of the Pilgrim Fathers that happened 300 years before the EU existed. Many of your illustrations show a lack of historical perspective

    • Reply February 7, 2019

      Varnel Watson

      you dont think EU is the revised Roman Empire?

    • Reply February 7, 2019

      David Rollings

      Troy Day No, that does not make any sense to me.

    • Reply February 7, 2019

      Varnel Watson

      you must not be Pentecostal at all then

    • Reply February 7, 2019

      David Rollings

      Troy Day that is a very judgemental statement, which I quite frankly don’t understand. How can being a Pentecostal rely on affirming that the EU is a part of a revised Roman Empire?

    • Reply February 7, 2019

      Varnel Watson

      are you familiar with any Pentecotal eschatological charts that were popular in Pentecostalism between 1910-1970?

    • Reply February 7, 2019

      David Rollings

      Troy Day No

    • Reply February 7, 2019

      Varnel Watson

      well…

    • Reply February 7, 2019

      David Rollings

      Troy Day I became a Christian in 1969 but did not become open to the gifts and baptism of the Spirit until 1980

  • Reply February 7, 2019

    Varnel Watson

    Daniel J Hesse Terry Wiles Angel Ruiz If the goal is to depart from pre-mil into post-mil, the only option is to get into dominionism which is a bad bad thing for Pentecostals becoming part of the nominal church

    we have seen this overwhelmingly in this country since 2015 and many many pentecostals are jumping on this sorry band wagon

    I have long argued with Link Hudson Gary Micheal Epping and others that pos-TRib is the first innocent step toward post-mil which always leads to nominal church political and legal dominionism even world domination http://libertymagazine.org/article/the-rise-of-dominionism-and-the-christian-right

    • Reply February 7, 2019

      Daniel J Hesse

      Troy Day is the word-Totalitarianism? I am concerned when I disagree and fail to show grace and humility in respect to a differing viewpoint. Our European brethren may have a strong point concerning some of the very interesting presuppositions and biases we in the American church carry. Troy, let’s create a bridge of understanding and mutual regard and respect. I know you are smart enough to do this good work.

    • Reply February 7, 2019

      Varnel Watson

      Totalitarianism is more of a socialist thing – this new dominionism evolves from the Social Gospel and Liberation Theology which I;ve long argued its a socialist thing David Rollings

    • Reply February 7, 2019

      Daniel J Hesse

      Troy Day circular reasoning?

    • Reply February 7, 2019

      Daniel J Hesse

      Troy Day look at what you wrote.

    • Reply February 7, 2019

      Varnel Watson

      circular reasoning is what socialism is ALL about and so is post-mil a-mil theology that backs it up

    • Reply February 7, 2019

      Daniel J Hesse

      Troy Day you are after it this week. Have you been eating ramps again?

    • Reply February 7, 2019

      Varnel Watson

      ahaha already registered for the RAMPfest 🙂 http://www.centreforchurchplanting.org/conference/

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    Varnel Watson

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    Varnel Watson

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