In 1992,Bishop Morton helped to co-found the Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship, a movement to lead and teach Born-Again Christians, primarily in the Baptist denomination, how to operate in the fullness of the Holy Spirit, while becoming more strongly grounded in their faith in Jesus.The church is built on a Baptist foundation and embraces a wide scope of Charismatic influences. Such influences include that of speaking in tongues, prophecy, the Baptism of the Holy Ghost and fire, the "five-fold" ministry (apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers, and evangelists), the acceptance of women in ministry in all ranks and heavy emphasis placed on worshiping God in corporate gatherings in a "Full Gospel" Church. The term "Full Gospel" means that they believe in the entire bible, though some religions only believe in certain parts of the bible (which is easy to understand, and causes no controversy) Bishop Paul S. Morton began with twelve men,Bishop Odis A. Floyd, Bishop Larry D. Trotter, Bishop Carlos L. Malone, Bishop J.D. Wiley, Bishop K.D. Johnson, Bishop Larry D. Leonard, Bishop Kenneth Robinson, Bishop Kenneth Ulmer, Bishop Fred Caldwell, Bishop Robert Blake, Bishop Eddie Long, and Bishop A.R. Williams, all of whom were from traditional Baptist Church backgrounds and continued with him at least until around 1998. The organization's governmental structure is based on an episcopal hierarchy. Leadership extends from the Executive Council, Bishops Council, Auxiliary Bishops, Regional Bishops, State Bishops, State Overseers, General Overseers, District Overseers, Fellowship Assistance, Senior Pastors, State and District Directors.
I know they believe in openly speaking in tongues and the laying of hands, which you don't see in the traditional baptist church. Also there are no Bishops in the Baptist Church. Baptists do believe in the entire bible.
I am fully aware of the foundational principles of the Full Gospel Denomination, but my question refers to that Gospel that has been preached from the beginning of time being anything other than the full Gospel? The New Testament Church was established upon the truth of the Full Gospel, which is Jesus Christ. Therefore, I am led to believe that the term "Full Gospel" was coined to form anther denomination which you have verified by your statement.
I asked that question in high school and the answer I got was similar to what is posted in wikipedia. Full Gospel has been around much longer than the FGBCF. It goes to the turn of the century Pentecostal movement that denounced mainline fundamentalist churches as shallow, unspiritual, theologically liberal (in some cases) and overwhelmingly spiritually oppressive. As a result, small independent Pentecostal churches began preaching what they believed (and insisted) was being left out of those fundamentally sound biblical churchces. When asked what they preached, they simply replied "The full gospel." This version of pentecostalism was built on the Arminian ideas of complete sanctification, second and seperate baptism experience to perfect sanctification, speaking in tongues as a full sign of conversion (Acts 2:38), the abilities to demonstrate various spiritual gifts (charismata) as versed in I Cor 12 and 14 and the restoration of end-time apostolic authority and giftings. The mainline churches ultimately dismissed their practices as futile and senseless and therefore cast them aside. However as the decades of the 50s-70s occured, there was a growing sense of renewed spiritual enthusiasm that swept every major protestant and even catholic churches. This movement embraced the liberation of the pentecostal experience and both lay and clergy began to teach and practice the renewed "Full Gospel."
I was at Bishop Morton's church when the board agreed to add Full Gospel to the name of the church. I had no idea that other churches weren't doing what we were doing. It wasnt unusual at youth camp and state convention to see people shouting and speaking in tongues and being "slain in the spirit." Although I have since somewhat moved away from that, I can see why so many people choose to embrace a full gospel ministry. It is attractive, expressive, and liberating to many people who feel that they did not receive everything they needed in a traditional church.
I can live with that. It is so tragic that we have not realized that we get out of chuch what we have invested into God prior to coming to the place of praise and worship. We short change God then blame it on the particular church where we have chosen to place our membership for all that we do not attain. It is not through man that we get that which God freely gives through His Beloved Son and The Holy Spirit. Th Second Baptism and Santification comes through the grace our God and our total committment to His Word.
Good point brother Owens. We are baptist, and we have an evangelists who fellowships with us so often, and she speaks in tongues. Noboby tells her to be quiet, we just allow the Holy Spirit to have HIS way in the service. If we want to experience the fullness of God, we must give HIM our all.
Pastor Neal, I came across some of the same information you posted above, when I was looking up what Full Gospel means. I spoke with a Pastor a while ago because I wanted to know what Full Gospel meant. He told me the same thing that you posted. And also, it was sort of a slap in the face to the Baptist Church. (no disrespect to anyone, nor am I trying to start an argument).
I agree totally. God is too good for anyone to put Him in a box. He still pours out His Spirit out on whomever He so chooses. Denominations "ain't" gonna get us into The Kingdom of God, nor do they make us better than the other. We need to stop all this separatism and come together as Children of God for the purpose of building His Kingdom on Earth so that we might enter into eternal rest.
Reminds me of what my Pastor says from time to time. When folk ask if he is cogic, he says yes. He's a member of the Gods Church and He is in Christ. Is he pentacostal- yep, he believes in Pentacost. Is he methodist? Yep, he believes in the methods of God and Jesus. Does he belong to holiness church? Yes, we are to be holy. Is he a part of the sanctified church? Yes, he is sanctified through Jesus. Does he belong to the Baptist Church? Yes, our church is a baptist church. lol
I put it this way, "I am Holiness because it is written, "be thou holy for I am Holy"; I am Methodist because God's plan has a method; I am Baptist because I believe in total immersion; I am Penacostal because the Pentacost is real and yet happens for true believers; I am Sanctified because through sanctification I am cleansed. Therefore, I can't be categorized as nothing but a Child of the One One True God, a brother of My Lord and Savior, a Believer, a Christian!