Statement Archive

A Pentecostal View on Human Government and Law Enforcement
07/27/2016 , UPCI
How should Pentecostals approach human government generally and, more specifically, law enforcement agencies and personnel? First, we follow Romans 13:1-7, which advocates respect and submission rather than opposition to governmental authorities, acknowledging that “the powers that be are ordained of God.”
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Statement on Kiling of Police Officers in Dallas
07/08/2016 , UPCI
The UPCI unequivocally condemns the killing of police officers in Dallas yesterday.  Our hearts are broken in the aftermath of this unjustifiable, horrific event.
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A Statement on Recent Police Shootings
07/07/2016 , UPCI
The recent police shootings are tragic and troubling, for as Christians, we believe that human life is sacred. Each situation needs to be investigated thoroughly with the goal of ascertaining the truth and ensuring that justice is served.
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A Pentecostal Response to California Senate Bill 1146: Religious Freedom of Christian Colleges
06/26/2016 , UPCI
California Senate Bill 1146 proposes to limit the freedom of religious educational institutions. This bill would deny Christian colleges the right to require current students to abide by a code of conduct based on biblical principles, or to refuse admission to students who are in violation of biblical teaching.
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A Pentecostal Approach to Transgenderism
05/19/2016 , UPCI
As Christians we should treat everyone with love, respect, and compassion. We should also bear witness that God has created humans as male and female (Genesis 1:27). While some erroneously suggest that gender is merely a social or psychological construct, it originates in God’s creative purpose and is rooted in genetic and biological reality.
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Women In Ministry
04/28/2016 , UPCI
The United Pentecostal Church International has always recognized the ministry of women, including ordination to the preaching and teaching ministry. Over the past several decades, the percentage of credentialed ministers who are women has declined, but in recent years there have been renewed efforts to affirm and encourage women in ministry.
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A Pentecostal Response to HB 1523, The "Protecting Freedom of Conscience From Government Discrimination Act"
04/06/2016 , UPCI
Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant signed HB 1523 into law Tuesday, April 5, 2016. This bill, known as the “Protecting Freedom of Conscience from Government Discrimination Act,” seeks to protect “sincerely held religious beliefs or moral convictions.”
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A Pentecostal Approach to Political Involvement
02/02/2016 , UPCI
As Christians, we are sometimes faced with ethical dilemmas in which two or more principles seem to be in conflict. A classic example is the hypothetical Nazi-at-the-door situation. In such a case, should one lie to protect their family, or should one tell the truth and send their innocent family to an unjust death?
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Oneness Pentecostals are Committed to Diversity and Inclusion
12/17/2015 , UPCI
The Bible teaches that every human being is of equal worth in the sight of God. God is no respecter of persons (Acts 10:34; Romans 2:11). The church has diversity of members but is one body; by one Spirit we are all baptized into one body (I Corinthians 12:12-13).
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A Christian Stance Toward Refugees
11/21/2015 , UPCI
“Thus speaketh the Lord of hosts, saying, Execute true judgment, and shew mercy and compassions every man to his brother: And oppress not the widow, nor the fatherless, the stranger, nor the poor; and let none of you imagine evil against his brother in your heart” (Zechariah 7:9–10).
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Media Technology
10/01/2013 , UPCI
This position paper was adopted by the UPCI General Conference in 2013.
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The Biblical Ideal of Marriage and Family
10/01/2012 , UPCI
This position paper was adopted by the UPCI General Conference in 1990 and 2012.
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Church and State Relations
10/01/1984 , UPCI
This position paper was adopted by the General Conference in 1984.
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Church Schools
10/01/1983 , UPCI
This position paper was adopted by the General Conference in 1983.
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Unity of Oneness Believers
10/01/1975 , UPCI
This position paper was adopted by the General Conference in 1975.
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10/01/1974 , UPCI
The position paper was adopted by the General Conference in 1974 and expanded in 1988. The General Board made a small revision in 2009.
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Ethics (Ministerial)
12/30/1970 , UPCI
This position paper was adopted by the UPCI General Conference in 1964.
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