Here are some others rules from the United Pentecostal Church Manual. (Again, the wording goes back to at least 2005, with the exception of number 31. In 2005 number 31 said: “No minister having a television in his or her home, shall be permitted to hold license or credentials with the United Pentecostal Church International. Furthermore, no United Pentecostal Church International minister shall be permitted to advertise or minister on television. This does not preclude unsolicited representatives of the news media covering functions.” This changed in 2008 to what is seen in italics below. In 2014, 31 and 32 were replaced. This is explained below. Also a and b were added to 21 in 2008.)
For this second post, I just picked out some of the ones people might be more interested in seeing. Number 14 pertains to the affirmation statement that took effect in 1993. It was annual then and they later changed it to every other year. Also, note that for number 18, the UPC does not just consider licensed ministers as members. It also considers as members any who are members of local affiliated UPC churches. (Not all UPC churches are affiliated.) I will quote that section from the manual at the end of this post. I have even heard licensed ministers proclaim that it is only a ministerial organization, which shows they are not reading their Manual. The old numbers 31 and 32 were laughable, knowing that a number of ministers indeed had televisions and watched Hollywood films.
Sadly, 35 has been broken too often.
14. (This is now #12) All ministers, licensed or ordained, during the same year as the normally scheduled election of the General Superintendent (biennially), shall be required to sign a statement reaffirming their loyalty to the Fundamental Doctrine as stated in the Articles of Faith and the holiness standards as stated in the Articles of Faith of the United Pentecostal Church International. Said statement shall be sent to each minister at least sixty (60) days prior to the expiration of the current fellowship card. Any minister failing to sign and return the statement within this sixty-day period shall be notified that after thirty (30) days the membership fellowship card will be suspended. After this thirty (30) day grace period, a suspended minister must fill out a new application for license or credentials together with a signed statement and appear before the District Board before he or she may be considered for reinstatement.
16. (This is now #14) Any minister holding or seeking to hold credentials or a license with us who speaks or writes in opposition to any Articles of Faith shall be called before the District Board who shall decide upon the penalty to be inflicted.
17. (This is now #15) No minister, whether licensed or ordained, can be a member of any secret lodge society (exclusive of labor unions) and hold license or credentials with the United Pentecostal Church International.
18. The United Pentecostal Church International requires all of its members to avoid mixed bathing or swimming in public places or any other time when there are those of the opposite sex present outside of the immediate family.
21. (This is now #19) No minister who withdraws or is dropped from our fellowship, whose conduct is under question, shall be allowed to preach for any of our ministers, nor pastor any of our churches. Neither shall any minister of the United Pentecostal Church International fellowship be allowed to preach or participate in any form in services (except funerals and weddings) sponsored or conducted by any minister who has withdrawn or been dropped, whose conduct is under question. This does not apply to anyone being used in any capacity in his or her local assembly, with the exception of the position of associate pastor or assistant pastor.
(a) The term “under question” shall be taken to mean a formal decision by a District Board reflecting a concern that conduct in flagrant violation of the Manual of the United Pentecostal Church International has occurred.
(b) The term “conduct unbecoming a minister” shall be taken to mean any conduct of a moral, financial, or ethical nature that would cause reproach upon the ministry.
24. (This is now #22) Any minister committing sins that are a great hindrance to the body and continuing to preach and fill the pulpit shall be silenced indefinitely.
25. (This is now #23) Any minister having knowledge of one being so silenced and admitting such a one to preach and fill the pulpit shall be silenced until proper restitution is made.
30. (This is now #28) No licensed minister who is a student in a recognized Bible school shall be permitted to transfer from his or her home district into the district where he or she is a student in said Bible school as long as he or she is enrolled as a student in same.
31. (2014 to present version, now #29) The use of all media technology must strictly be limited to educational, religious, inspirational, and family content that is consistent with wholesome Christian principles. No minister shall use television or other media technology for the purpose of viewing worldly, carnal and unwholesome media; endeavouring to maintain a Godly atmosphere and influence in their lives.
[ Prior to the 2013 General Conference, the Manual had the following two sections. That year they passed the Media Technology position, replacing the previous positions on Technology and Video Restrictions. None of these changed their stand against watching television and movies as some erroneously believed. In 2013, before this major change, the Manual read as follows: 31. No minister having a television in his or her home, shall be permitted to hold license or credentials with the United Pentecostal Church International. This does not preclude the option to use television for advertising.
32. The use of video must strictly be limited to those areas in which motion picture cameras and projectors are traditionally permitted to be used: namely, in taking of pictures of families, friends, and church activities and the viewing of educational, religious, and inspirational films that are consistent with wholesome Christian principles. Furthermore, we strongly oppose the viewing of all worldly motion pictures and video films that are shown commercially in theaters and on television for entertainment purposes. All video receivers must be altered so that they are not able to receive television channels.]
33. (This is now #30) No minister affiliated with us shall accept any individual recognized as a member from a church pastored by another United Pentecostal Church International minister without a letter of release or transfer. No minister affiliated with us shall refuse a letter of release or transfer to an individual recognized as a member desiring to withdraw from his or her assembly unless proven guilty of misconduct by confession or conviction prior to his or her request for transfer.
34. (This is now #31) A minister shall not be the sole trustee or owner of real property of the local church. Neither shall the majority of the trustees be from the minister’s immediate family. Any extenuating circumstances that warrant an exception to this trustee policy shall be made by the District Board.
35. (This is now #32) When a minister receives information that is a privileged communication, the minister shall not divulge or repeat any part of such communication to any other person unless compelled to do so by law or if the communicant waives the privilege. Privileged communication shall be defined as any confession or communication made to a minister in confidence by a person seeking spiritual advice or consolation and who expects that such information will not be divulged by the minister to another person.
Here is the quote from the UPCI Manual about who is considered a member. To my knowledge, it stated this from their inception in the 1940s. Under the General Constitution, Article II titled ‘Membership’ states: “Membership in the United Pentecostal Church International shall consist of all ministers and missionaries holding an accredited credential or license, AND ALL MEMBERS OF LOCAL ASSEMBLIES WHICH ARE AFFILIATED WITH US, and shall be called “Organization.” (emphasis mine)
To be continued…..
United Pentecostal Church Manual Part 6
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United Pentecostal Church Manual Part 4
United Pentecostal Church Manual Part 3
United Pentecostal Church Manual Part 2
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