first united pentecostal church

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spamomatic

Enfield, IL

#1 Jul 30, 2012
Seems like there is a United Pentecostal Church, or two, in every little town around Marion. Anybody know about them?
ol lady

Joliet, IL

#2 Aug 1, 2012
spamomatic wrote:
Seems like there is a United Pentecostal Church, or two, in every little town around Marion. Anybody know about them?
Nope. we need more CATHOLIC churches around here!!!!. you'd think this was the bible belt. helllooooo,we're in illinois people!!!
xupc

Enfield, IL

#3 Aug 3, 2012
They often range from exclusive club to vile hate group, in some ways.
Just saying that they may be the kind of religious nuts who would choose their sky daddy over a human isn't enough.
When a church openly encourages malice toward human beings, they are no longer a church in the true sense.
Joe

Tyler, TX

#4 Aug 19, 2012
UPC or UPCI churches are churches you should stay away from. They Deny the Trinity, believing in a Oneness theology. Most the time women/girls can only where long dresses, no make up and not allowed to cut their hair. They believe in baptism by submersion only, baptism in Jesus name only, but wait you're still not saved until after baptism you receive the Holy Spirit by speaking in tongues. Then once this happens you are saved. Not allowed to have a TV. They believe that they are the true Apostolic Church and that their faith has the only Full Gospel. In my opinion they are very repressive towards women and go about their faith as very elitist. Thinking that all other Christian sects are basically going to Hell because they are not true christians and we don't have the fullness of faith in a sense. I could go on but I think I paint a pretty good picture. I work with a UPCI member and I as a Practicing Roman Catholic have some interesting debates. Oh yeah that reminds me. This may not be true of all UPCI memebers (hopefully not)but they are taught many lies and misconceptions about that Catholic faith.
Sgt Schultz

Herrin, IL

#5 Aug 19, 2012
Basically they're good folks who are caught up in theological error mixing law, grace and pharasaism,just like a lot of denominations. So I guess the rule of thumb is to determine what is emphasized: if it's not Christ and His birth, death and resurrection , it's probably best to steer clear.

Major on the majors...minor on the minors.
here

Herrin, IL

#6 Aug 19, 2012
Legalism is heavily practiced in the UPC churches. Some people are very friendly while others act like you're not worthy of sitting in the same restaurant. Speaking of restaurants, they love buffets. If you arrive at Western Sizzlin later than noon on Sunday they have the place packed, and many look like they should really avoid buffets.
Sgt Schultz

Herrin, IL

#7 Aug 19, 2012
That's typical of legalistic practice-- smoking and drinking are anathema, but gluttony is OK.... Legalism is always looking for a loophole.New Covenant Christianity recognizes the finished work of the Cross, obviating the need to look for an "out".
Please

Fontana, KS

#8 Aug 19, 2012
Tvs, cutting hair, smoking all that is a personal choice that is between that person and god, as for making fun of their eating at resturants, really , as for hell, There are guide lines in every church, and the catholics belive you can rape and murder and ask a pervert to help you confess your crime or sin and all is better, christians and there are many beleive in alittle bit of everything, just do enough to get by,as for chosing someone in the sky over a human, doesnt happen. It is usually the ones that reckonize what real religion is that bitch about them the most. I have been to many and they do not encourage hate.
tool

Enfield, IL

#9 Aug 25, 2012
Sgt Schultz

Carterville, IL

#10 Aug 26, 2012
tool wrote:
http://www.lifes-big-questions .org/downloads/WebFINALFINALHa s%20Science.pdf
Pretty good. Worth a look...presented in a factual, non-looneytune way that schoolkids could understand...especially important given today's comment from Bill Nye the Science Guy that the study of Biblical Creation is"inappropriate" for students.
spamomatic

Enfield, IL

#11 Aug 29, 2012
About the UPCI, is it sort of wierd that if you were raised in their church and "have the Holy Ghost" you can later confess to and be imprisoned for molesting children for years, and they say you are a good man going through a trial; however, if you do not go to their church or, worse, if you left there, you will be accused of everything they can think of and considered worse than a pedophiile?
Sorry, I know it is a sickness and no one condones it, it just seems crazy in a cult sort of way that they have this double standard, of sorts. Hate outsiders blindly, love their own blindly...seems almost sick.
prag

Marion, IL

#12 Aug 29, 2012
Joe wrote:
UPC or UPCI churches are churches you should stay away from. They Deny the Trinity, believing in a Oneness theology. Most the time women/girls can only where long dresses, no make up and not allowed to cut their hair. They believe in baptism by submersion only, baptism in Jesus name only, but wait you're still not saved until after baptism you receive the Holy Spirit by speaking in tongues. Then once this happens you are saved. Not allowed to have a TV. They believe that they are the true Apostolic Church and that their faith has the only Full Gospel. In my opinion they are very repressive towards women and go about their faith as very elitist. Thinking that all other Christian sects are basically going to Hell because they are not true christians and we don't have the fullness of faith in a sense. I could go on but I think I paint a pretty good picture. I work with a UPCI member and I as a Practicing Roman Catholic have some interesting debates. Oh yeah that reminds me. This may not be true of all UPCI memebers (hopefully not)but they are taught many lies and misconceptions about that Catholic faith.
So what you are saying is that their bullsh(t is a lot different than everyone else's bullsh(t.
Jean Skirt

Marion, IL

#13 Aug 29, 2012
I can tell you one thing about Pentecostal chics, they keep it trimmed up tight and like to get on top and ride.
d day

Enfield, IL

#14 Sep 10, 2012
Ok maybe some of the Christ bots on this site can 'splain this to me.
Earlier this summer a 20 year old nephew on my ex wife's side was arrested and confessed to molesting a little boy, numerous times for several years.
While he was doing this, he was raising money to go on a foreign missions trip with compassion international. He was reised in a United Pentecostal Church and always wanted to preach.

Now for those of you who haven't thrown up in your mouth yet, here's the kicker. Ever since he has been in jail he has been showered with love frm this church, everyone haas been praying for him, making excuses for him and going to visit him. I have not heard ONE of these christians pention the little boy or express anything but indifference toward the victim.

If you really know me you know it took an act of will to complete that last paragraph without any four letter words.

BTW this is the same group of Christ tards that never welcomed or wanted me in their assembly, or wanted anything to do with me, and do you think they come visit me after I left the fold. bahaahah don't be silly. I am worse to them than this pedophile who was raised in their midst, and my ex's family thinks worse of me too.
These are the people who wouldn't pee on me, or anyone else who leaves the church, if I was on fire unless they could pee gasoline! Defending a pedo.

So, what say you xtians to this?? Got any explanations?
Why do you justify your own people's actions and condemn others for less. I'll be waiting.
Marion

Marion, IL

#15 Sep 10, 2012
Hi! First of all as long as someone is still breathing, they are reachable for the gospel. I cannot speak for the UPC church's stand on this issue any more than McDonald's ownership can speak on the type of food served at Burger King. All I know is he did commit a disgusting act, but he is not doomed to hell while he is still alive.

I have no problem with them praying for the offender. I cannot explain the excuses made for him or the lack of need to reach out to the family of the victim, especially if he was a prominent member of their church. At this point, the church needs to recognize that the offender's fate is now in the hands of the legal system all the while approaching the victims family with an apology that one of their prominent members/leaders committed such an act.

At my church we do not justify the actions of anyone who has committed a crime or even simply moral failure but we also do not turn our backs on them. Everyone is accountable for their actions and Christians are held to a higher accountability.

You are always welcome at my church regardless of your background or feelings towards Christianity. Come have a cup of coffee, soda, or OJ, and a donut and enjoy the service. Come dressed casual. Shorts, T shirt, and flip flops, jeans and T shirt, or whatever you like to wear. So come to Cornerstone sometime when you get a chance. Kick back and relax.

Lastly, it states clearly in the Bible that we absolutely cannot judge those not proclaiming Jesus as their savior. All we can do is present the gospel to them and let that person make their own decision. On the ther hand, it's very clear that when a fellow Christian is out of line they are to be rebuked/scolded/checked/judged , whatever you choose to call it. Look at Jesus. He hung out with the least respected people of society and befriend those no one else wanted any association with. We are called to do that. To hang with, and befriend the "weird" people hanging out up town or have a beer and brat at Miners game with your non-Christian neighbor. How else do Christians reach people when they're staying within their own tight circles.

Thanks for sharing your concerns and questions and God bless!
smokengunns

Belleville, IL

#16 Sep 16, 2012
OK first off I want to say I attend a UPC church. I was NOT raised in this church though, I think there has been some valid points made here but instead of bashing these churches why dont you pray for them if you dont think they are right, bashing them isnt going to make a difference and it shows your ignorance. Next I would like to say that I dont agree with all the "ideas" set forth by the UPC actually I dont agree with much they have to say. They are man made rules. So just because someone goes to a certain church doesnt make them a bad person. Catholic priest were molesting little boys for years does that make all Catholics bad people? The UPC has very open worship and that why I go there.
yep

Enfield, IL

#17 Sep 16, 2012
prag wrote:
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So what you are saying is that their bullsh(t is a lot different than everyone else's bullsh(t.

They have developed a more disgusting brand of bull...t.
forums

Enfield, IL

#18 Sep 19, 2012
For those who want to know what the UPCI puts people through, here's a huge forum for ex members.

http://expentecostalforums.yuku.com
proplayer

United States

#19 Sep 21, 2012
God is a lie. Jesus was just a man and the bible is was mangled by the catholic church. Think with your brain. Not some myth that has been perpetuated over thousands of years. Just think about why you believe the way you do. Just like your parents!
pariah

Enfield, IL

#20 Oct 11, 2012
I am so disgusted with the very idea that some kind of God exists, and what people are willing to do in the name of their God. Not to mention the kind of disgusting acts people will hide behind their "god forgave me" bs. All the while condemning others for much less because they aren't one of God's "chosen." It makes me want to puke!

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