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3 Beliefs That Set Apostolics Apart From Other Christians

By    |   Thursday, 02 Apr 2015 02:46 PM

The Apostolic Christian Church maintains 90 congregations throughout the United States, Japan, Mexico, and Canada, with its membership concentrated in the Midwest. While it shares beliefs with other evangelical Christian sects, it offers distinguishing tenets as well.

Here are three beliefs that set Apostolics apart from other Christians:

1. The Ministry of Apostles and Prophets:

Apostles and prophets arose before the existence of church buildings and Christianity was mainly a wandering religion. These individuals were chosen by Jesus Christ and were tasked with building the foundation of the Christian Church. Other denominations believe once this foundation was set, apostles and prophets were no longer needed.

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According to Apostolics, however, these offices were not just for starting a Christian church. Some apostles were spiritual guides, meaning they just did not just receive the office but also the 'gift' of apostleship. In their viewpoint, people who exhibit the same spiritual abilities in modern times are also apostles and should receive the title and guide others to better faith.

2. Speaking of Tongues is Necessary for Holy Spirit Baptism:

The speaking of tongues occurs when words are granted to the believer by God in a language unknown to them. The believer speaks the foreign words out loud in a message directly from God. Most Christian churches consider this a gift and a miracle, but do not make it a requirement for salvation.

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Apostolics believe the spiritual baptism is necessary to enter the kingdom of God. The evidence of this step is the ability to speak in tongues. Therefore, this level of spiritual unity with God is sought out earnestly by all Apostolic Christians.

3. Believers Strive To An Image of Christ:

Christians will often speak of having a relationship with Jesus Christ. It is a focus on being the best one can be with their human limitations.

Apostolics embrace Theosis, which elevates the divine capabilities of humans. The goal is not just to maintain a relationship with Christ but to become like Him. According to the church's website, "The believers live separated, sanctified lives and are not conformed to the world." Expectations are higher and sins are often difficult to forgive. Virtue is valued and human limitations often unacknowledged.

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