United Pentecostal Church
Within the Pentecostal movement, the United Pentecostal Church is quite unusual. It holds some non-traditional beliefs that separates it from being called Christian. It is important to understand that the body of Christ can afford to differ on nonessential issues, but not when it comes to the essentials of the Christian doctrine. It is therefore important to remember that a cult according to the Word of God is any group of people that worship anything or anyone other than Jesus Christ, and believe anything contrary to His Word as found in the Bible. The Bible is truth, but should never be twisted and wrangled so that it will fit a particular belief as the UPC has done.
- They believe that the ability to speak in tongues is a necessary indication of a valid religious conversion. They deny the legitimacy of the conversion of "born again" Christians from other denominations where tongues are rarely, if ever, spoken. "No tongues means no salvation." So, for example, they would regard essentially all Southern Baptists as unsaved, even though most had repented of their sins and trusted Jesus as their Lord and Savior. The Bible never says that speaking in tongues is a sign of salvation; in the New Testament, it is recorded that some people began speaking in tongues, but others did not. For example, how about the disciples/apostles? Did they speak in tongues when they were saved? They spoke in tongues on the day of Pentecost, but they were already saved long before that event.
- They share with other "Oneness Pentecostals" the practice of baptizing in the name of Jesus Christ only. (See Acts 2:38) Jesus Christ gave instructions on baptism in Matthew 28:19. He specifically said to baptize in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit; any deviation from this commandment is unacceptable.
- They believe that anyone who is not baptized in the name of Jesus only will not be accepted into heaven when they die. This is nonsense and not found anywhere in the Bible.
- They reject the traditional concept of the Trinity. They do not believe that the Godhead is composed of three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. They believe that God is a unity, a Spirit, who has manifested himself in three roles to humanity." An analogy would be a single man who plays three different roles: that of father, son, and husband -- either sequentially or at the same time. They interpret the Bible incorrectly. It is true that the Godhead is one (I John 5:7), but God exists in three separate and distinct personalities at the same time. Evidence of this is found when Jesus was baptized, the Holy Ghost came upon Him and the Father declared that this was his Son in whom he was well pleased. Matthew 3:16-17, Mark 1:9-11, Luke 3:21-22.
- They believe there is no salvation outside of the United Pentecostal church. The Bible says there no salvation outside of Jesus Christ, not a church. John 1:12; 3:1-8, Romans 10:8-13.