2010 to 2018
1972 – 1973
75. The Wesleyan Holiness Church has grown out of a revival movement which has historically given itself to one mission – the spreading of scriptural holiness throughout every land. The message which ignited the Wesleyan revival was the announcement that God through Christ can forgive man of his sins, transform him, free him from inbred sin, enable him to live a holy life, and bear witness to his heart that he is indeed a child of God. The message was based on the Scriptures, was verified in personal experience, and came not only in word but in the power of the Spirit. It was dynamic and contagious, and was communicated from heart to heart and from land to land. It adapted itself to and gave new vitality and purpose to various kinds of church organizations .
76.The Wesleyan Holiness Church believes that to spread scriptural holiness throughout every land involves joining the entire church of Christ in a full-orbed mission to the world, including the following:
Gen. 1:1; 17:1; Ex. 3:13-15; 33:20; Deut. 6:4; Ps. 90:2; Isa. 40:28-29; Matt. 3:16-17; 28:19; John 1:1-2; 4:24; 16:13; 17:3; Acts 5:3-4; 17:24-25; I Cor. 8:4,6; Eph. 2:18; Phil. 2:6; Col. 1:16-17; I Tim. 1:17; Heb. 1 :8; I John 5:20.
Ps. 68:5; Isa. 64:8; Matt. 7:11; John 3:17; Rom. 8:15; I Peter 1:17.
Ps. 16:8-10; Matt. 1:21,23; 11:27; 16:28; 27:62-66; 28:5-9,16-17; Mark 10:45; 15; 16:6-7; Luke 1:27,31,35; 24:4-8,23; John 1:1,14,18; 3:16-17; 20:26-29; 21; Acts 1:2-3; 2:24-31; 4:12; 10:40; Rom. 5:10,18; 8:34; 14:9; I Cor. 15:3-8,14; II Cor. 5:18-19; Gal. 1:4; 2:20; 4:4-5; Eph. 5:2; I Tim. 1:15; Heb. 2:17; 7:27; 9:14,28; 10:12; 13:20; I Peter 2:24; I John 2:2; 4:14.
Job 33:4; Matt. 28:19; John 4:24; 14:16-17; 15:26; 16:13-15; Acts 5:34; Rom. 8:9; II Cor. 3:17; Gal. 4:6.
The canonical books of the Old Testament are:
Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, Joshua, Judges, Ruth, I Samuel, II Samuel, I Kings, II Kings, I Chronicles, II Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther, Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, The Song of Solomon, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel, Daniel, Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi.
The canonical books of the New Testament are:
Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Acts, Romans, I Corinthians, II Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, I Thessalonians, II Thessalonians, I Timothy, II Timothy, Titus, Philemon, Hebrews, James, I Peter, II Peter, I John, II John, III John, Jude, Revelation.
Ps. 19:7; Matt. 5:17-l9; 22:37-40; Luke 24:27,44; John 1:45; 5:46; 17:17; Acts 17:2,11; Rom. 1:2; 15:4,8; 16:26; II Cor. 1:20; Gal. 1:8; Eph. 2:15-16; I Tim. 2:5; II Tim. 3:15-17; Heb. 4:12; 10:1; 11:39; James 1:21; I Peter 1:23; II Peter 1:19-21; I John 2:3-7; Rev. 22:18-19.
Lev. 19:18,34; Deut. 1:16-17; Job 31:13-14; Jer. 21:12; 22:3; Micah 6:8; Matt. 5:44-48; 7:12; Mark 12:28-31; Luke 6:27-29,35; John 13:3435; Acts 10:34-35; 17:26; Rom. 12:9; 13:1,7-8,10; Gal. 5:14; 6:10; Titus 3:1; James 2:8; I Peter 2:17; I John 2:5; 4:12-13; II John 6.
Gen. 1:27-28; 2:18,20,23,24; Isa. 54:4-8; 62:5b; Jer. 3:14; Ezek. 16:3ff.; Hosea 2; Mal. 2:14; Matt. 19:4-6; Mark 10:9; John 2:1-2,11; I Tim. 5:14; I Cor. 9:5; Eph. 5:23-32; Heb. 13:4; Rev. 19:7-8.
Gen. 6:5; 8:21; Deut. 30:19; Josh. 24:15; I Kings 20:40; Ps. 51:5; Isa. 64:6; Jer 17:9; Mark 7:21-23; Luke 16:15; John 7:17; Rom. 3:10-12; 5:12-21; I Cor. 15:22; Eph. 2:1-3; I Tim. 2:5; Titus 3:5; Heb. 11:6; Rev. 22:17.
Isa. 52:13-53:12; Luke 24:46-47; Job- 5:16; Acts 3:18; 4:12; Rom. 3:20,24-26; 5:8-11,13,18-20; 7:7; 5:34; I Cor. 6:11; 15:22; Gal. 2:16; 3:2-3; Eph. 1:7; 2:13,16; I Tim. 2:5-6; Heb. 7:23-27; 9:11-15,24-28; 10:14; I John 2:2;4:10.
Repentance is prompted by the convicting ministry of the Holy Spirit. It involves a willful change of mind that renounces sin and longs for righteousness, a godly sorrow for and a confession of past sins, proper restitution for wrongdoings, and a resolution to reform the life. Repentance is the precondition for saving faith, and without it saving faith is impossible. Faith, in turn, is the only condition of salvation. It begins in the agreement of the mind and the consent of the will to the truth of the gospel but issues in a complete reliance by the whole person in the saving ability of Jesus Christ and a complete trusting of oneself to Him as Savior and Lord. Saving faith is expressed in a public acknowledgment of His Lordship and an identification with His church.
Mark 1:15; Luke 5:32; 13:3; 24:47; John 3:16; 17;10; 20:31; Acts 5:31; 10:43; 11:18; 16:31; 20:21; 26:20; Rom. 1:16; 2:4; 10:8-10,17; Gal. 3:26; Eph. 2:8; 4:4-6; Phil. 3:9; II Thess. 2:13; II Tim. 2:25; Heb. 11:6; 12:2; I Peter 1:9; II Peter 3:9.
We believe that we are accounted righteous before God only on the basis of the merit of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, being justified by faith alone, and not on the basis of our own works.
We believe that regeneration is that work of the Holy Spirit by which the pardoned sinner becomes a child of God. This new life is received through faith in Jesus Christ, and by it the regenerate are delivered from the power of sin which reigns over all the unregenerate, so that they love God and through grace serve Him with the will and affections of the heart, receiving the Spirit of Adoption.
Justification: Hab. 2:4; Acts 13:38-39; 15:11; 16:31; Rom. 1:17; 3:28; 4:2-5; 5:1-2; Gal. 3:6-14; Eph. 2:8-9; Phil. 3:9; Heb. 10:38.
Regeneration: John 1:12-13; 3:3,5-8; II Cor. 5:17; Gal. 3:26; Eph. 2:5,10,19; 4:24; Col. 3:10; Titus 3:5; James 1:18; I Peter 1:3-4; II Peter 1:4; I John 3:1.
Adoption: Rom. 8:15; Gal. 4:5, 7; Eph. 1:5.
Witness of the Spirit: Rom. 8: 16-17; Gal. 4:6; I John 2:3; 3: 14, 18-19.
Matt. 5:16; 7:16-20; John 15:8; Rom. 3:20; 4:2,4,6; Gal. 2:16; 5:6; Eph. 2:10; Phil. 1:11; Col. 1:10; I Thess. 1:3; Titus 2:14; 3:5; James 2:18,22; I Peter 2:9,12.
Mal. 3:7; Matt. 18:21-22; John 15:4-6; I Tim. 4:1, 16; Heb. 10:35-39; I John 1:9; 2:1, 24-25.
Gen. 17:1; Deut. 30:6; Ps. 130:8; Isa. 5:1-6,35; Ezek. 36:25-29; Matt. 5:8,48 ; Luke 1:74-75; 3:16-17; 24:49; John 17:1-26; Acts 1:4-5,8; 2:1-4; 15:8-9; 26:18; Rom. 8:3-4; I Cor. 1:2; 6:11; II Cor. 7:1; Eph. 4:13,24; 5:25-27; I Thess. 3:10,12-13; 4:3,7-8;5:23-24; II Thess. 2: 13; Titus 2:11-14; Heb. 10:14; 12:14; 13:12; James 3:17-18; 4:8; I Peter 1:2; II Peter 1:4; I John 1:7,9; 3:8-9; 4:17-18; Jude 24.
Luke 11:13; 24:49; Acts 1:4; 2:38-39; 8:19-20; 10:45; 11:17; Rom. 12:4-8; I Cor. 12:1-14:40; Eph. 4:7-8,11-16; Heb. 2:4; 13:20-21; I Peter 4:8-11.
Matt. 16:18; 18:17; Acts 2:41-47; 9:31; 11:22; 12:5; 14:23; 15:22; 20:28; I Cor. 1:2; 12:28; 16:1; II Cor. 1:1; Gal. 1:2; Eph. 1:22-23; 2:19-22; 3:9-10,21; 5:22-33; Col. 1:18,24; I Thess. 1:1; II Thess. 1:1; I Tim. 3:15; Heb. 12:23; James 5:14.
We believe that water baptism is a sacrament of the church, commanded by our Lord and administered to believers. It is a symbol of the new covenant of grace and signifies acceptance of the benefits of the atonement of Jesus Christ. By means of this sacrament, believers declare their faith in Jesus Christ as Savior.
Matt 3:13-17; 28:19; Mark 1:9-11; John 3:5,22,26; 4:1-2; Acts 2:3839,41; 8:12-17,36-38; 9:18; 16:15,33; 18:8; 19:5; 22:16; Rom. 2:28-29; 4:11; 6:3-4; I Cor. 12:13; Gal. 3:27-29; Col. 2:11-12; Titus 3:5.
We believe that the Lord’s Supper is a sacrament of our redemption by Christ’s death and of our hope in His victorious return, as well as a sign of the love that Christians have for each other. To such as receive it humbly, with a proper spirit and by faith, the Lord’s Supper is made a means through which God communicates grace to the heart.
Matt. 26:26-28; Mark 14:22-24; Luke 22:19-20; John 6:48-58; I Cor. 5:7-8; 10:3-4, 16-17; 11:23-29.
Job 19:25-27; Isa. 11:1-12; Zech. 14:1-11; Matt. 24:1-51; 25; 26:64; Mark 13:1-37; Luke 17:22-37; 21:5-36; John 14:1-3; Acts 1:6-11; I Cor. 1:7-8; I Thess. 1:10; 2:19; 3:13; 4:13-18; 5:1-11,23; II Thess. 1:6-10; 2:1-12; Titus 2:11-14; Heb. 9:27-28; James 5:7-8; 11 Peter 3:114; I John 3:2-3; Rev. 1:7; 19:11-16; 22:6-7,12,20.
Job 19:25-27; Dan. 12:2; Matt. 22:30-32; 28:1-20; Mark 16:1-8; Luke 14:14; 24:1-53; John 5:28-29; 11:21-27; 20:1-21:25; Acts 1:3; Rom 8:11; I Cor. 6:14; 15:1-58; II Cor. 4:14; 5:1-11; I Thess. 4:13-17; Rev. 20:4-6,11-13.
Eccl. 12:14; Matt 10:15; 25:31-46; Luke 11:31-32; Acts 10:42; 17:31; Rom. 2:16; 14:10-12; II Cor. 5:10; II Tim. 4:1; Heb. 9:27; II Peter 3:7; Rev. 20:11-13.
Dan. 12:2; Matt. 25:34-46; Mark 9:43-48; Luke 13:3; John 8:21-23; 14:2-3; II Cor. 5:6,8,10; Heb. 2:1-3; 9:27-28; 10:26-31; Rev. 20:14-15; 21:1-22:5,14-15.
130. To be identified with an organized church is the blessed privilege and sacred duty of all who are saved from their sins, and are seeking completeness in Christ Jesus. From the church’s beginnings in the New Testament age, it has been understood that such identification involves putting off the old patterns of conduct and putting on the mind of Christ. In maintaining this Christian concept of a transformed life, The Wesleyan Holiness Church intends to relate timeless biblical principles to the conditions of contemporary society in such a way as to respect the integrity of the individual believer, yet maintain the purity of the church and the effectiveness of its witness. This is done in the conviction that there is validity in the concept of the collective Christian conscience as illuminated and guided by the Holy Spirit. The following items (131) represent historic ethical and practical standards of The Wesleyan Church. While it is hoped that our people will earnestly seek the aid of the Spirit in cultivating a sensitivity to evil which transcends the mere letter of the law, it is expected that those entering into the covenant of full membership shall follow carefully and conscientiously these guides and helps to holy living. Disregard of the principles embraced in these Membership Commitments subjects a member to Church discipline (132: 1556:2; 1631).
131. Those admitted to full membership in our churches commit themselves to demonstrate their new life in Christ in such ways as:
(1) To reverence the name of Deity and to observe the Lord’s Day by divine worship and spiritual edification, avoiding all unnecessary commerce, labors, travels and pleasures which do not contribute to the moral and spiritual ends of this Day.
Gen 2:3; Ex 20:3, 7-11; Deut. 5:11-15; Isa. 58:13-14; Mark 2:27; Acts 20:7; Heb 4:9.
(2) To abstain from all forms of spiritism, such as witchcraft, astrology, and the like.
Lev. 19:31; 20:6; Deut. 18:10-14; Acts 19:18-19; Gal. 5:19-20.
(3) To run with patience the race which is set before them, denying themselves, and taking up their cross daily, submitting to bear the reproach of Christ.
Luke 9:23; Heb. 1:26; 12:1; I Peter 4:14.
(4) To recognize their responsibility to God and the Church by careful use of their time, engaging only in such activities as may contribute to their spiritual, moral, intellectual, and physical well-being and that of those who share in them.
Eph. 5:16; Col. 3:17.
(5) To make wise use of their material resources, ever mindful of their obligation to Christ’s church (remembering the principle of tithing which is basic to the New Testament standard of stewardship), and the needs of their fellowmen, exercising strict self-discipline in personal indulgence and demonstrating Christian liberality toward those whose distress they may help to alleviate, thus laying up treasure in heaven.
Prov. 3:9; Mal. 3:10; Matt. 25:34-40; Acts 20:35; I Cor. 16:2; II Cor. 9:7; James 2:15-16; I John 3:17.
(6) To dress so as to adorn the gospel, giving clear testimony to Christian purity and modesty by properly clothing the body and refraining from superfluous adornment; and to observe principles of application that may be given from time to time by the General Board of Administration after consultation with the several district boards of administration.
I Tim. 2:9-I0; I Peter 3:3-4.
(7) To abstain from all forms of gambling.
Ex. 20:I7; Rom. 14:21; 1 Cor. 6:12. Gambling violates the principle of Christian stewardship and the tenth commandment, is harmful to the individual in that it is emotionally addictive, is a poor example to others, and pollutes the moral climate of society.
(8) To abstain from using or trafficking in substances known to be destructive of physical and mental well-being, such as alcoholic beverages and tobacco, and from using drugs for other than proper medical purposes.
Prov. 20:1; Rom. 6:12; 14:21;1 Cor. 6:12-20; 10:23; II Cor. 7:1; Eph. 5:18; I Thess. 5:22. Christians are to regard their bodies as temples of the Holy Spirit. While no “thing” of itself is sinful, the Christian should avoid the use of anything which would not help build the fellowship of the church, would not help the believer to realize his full potential in Christ, or which would enslave him. In the light of the scientific knowledge of our day concerning the actual and potential harm of these substances, total abstinence is more in keeping with these biblical principles than is moderation.
(9) To respect all duly constituted authority in the home, the church, and the state, except when to do so violates the clear teachings of the Scriptures.
Ex. 20:12; Rom. 13:1-7; Eph. 5:21-25; 6:1-3; I Tim. 5:1; Titus 3:1; Heb. 13:17; I Peter 2:13-14.
(10) To observe the teachings of the Scriptures regarding marriage and divorce. We affirm that monogamy is (God’s plan for marriage, and we regard sexual sin of the spouse, such as adultery, homosexual behavior, bestiality, or incest, as the only biblical grounds for considering divorce, and then only when appropriate counseling has failed to restore the relationship.
Ex. 20:14, 17; 22:19; Lev. 20:10-16; Matt. 5:32; 19:19; Mark 10:11-12; Luke 16:18.
(11) To preserve the sanctity of the home by honoring Christ in every phase of family life, encouraging the nurture and education of the children in the Christian faith so as to bring them early to the saving knowledge of Christ, and to encourage by all possible means their Christian education.
Prov. 22:6; Mark 10:9; Eph. 5:28; 6:4.
(12) To strive together for the advancement of God’s kingdom and for the mutual edification of fellow believers, in holiness, knowledge, and love; to walk together in Christian fellowship, in carefulness, giving and receiving admonition with meekness and affection; to pray one for the other; to aid one another in sickness and distress; to cultivate Christian sympathy, and to demonstrate purity, charity, and courtesy in all manner of life.
Rom. 15:1-2; Eph. 4; I Thess. 5.
(13) To grow in the knowledge and love of God by attending upon all the means of grace, such as the public worship of God, the ministry of the Word either read or expounded the Supper of the Lord, family and private prayer, searching the Scriptures, and fasting or abstinence.
Mark 2:18-20; Acts 13:2-3; 14:23; Rom. 12:12; 1 Cor. 11:23-28; Eph. 6:18; Phil. 4:6; I Tim. 2:1-2; II Tim. 3:16-17; Heb. 10:25; I Peter 2:2; II Peter 3:18.
(14) To abstain from membership in secret societies and lodges which are oath bound, believing that the quasi-religious nature of such organizations divides the Christian’s loyalty and their secret nature contravenes the Christian’s open witness and the secret nature of their oaths is repugnant to the Christian conscience.
Ex. 20:3; Matt. 5:34-36; John 18:20; Acts 4:12; James 5:12. These prohibitions do not restrict membership in labor civic, or other organizations which do not contradict loyalty to Christ and the Church When in these relationships Christian principles are violated, members shall be dealt with because of such violations and not because of the membership itself:
(15) To preserve the fellowship and witness of the Church with reference to the use of languages. The Wesleyan Holiness Church believes in the miraculous use of languages and the interpretation of languages in its biblical and historical setting. But it is contrary to the explicit teaching of the Word of God as understood by The Wesleyan Holiness Church to teach that speaking in an unknown tongue or the gift of tongues is the evidence of the baptism of the Holy Spirit, or of that entire sanctification which the baptism accomplishes (l 17-1 18); therefore only a language readily understood by the congregation is to be used in public worship. Furthermore, the use of a so-called ecstatic prayer language has no clear scriptural sanction, but tends rather to be controversial and divisive; therefore there should be no seeking for, promoting of, or witnessing to a possession of such a prayer language among us.
Acts 8:14-17; I Cor. 12:1-14:40; Gal. 5:22-24.
(16) To do good of every possible sort and as far as possible to all men especially to them that are of the household of faith: to their bodies, of the ability which God gives, by giving food to the hungry, by clothing the naked, by visiting or helping them that are sick or in prison; to their souls, by instructing, reproving, or exhorting them in love with all possible diligence, that the gospel be not blamed.
Matt. 25:31-46; Eph. 5:11; I Thess. 5:14; Heb. 3:13; 10:23-25.
(17) To respect the inherent individual rights of all persons, regardless of race, color, or sex.
I Cor. 8:13 12:13; Gal. 3:28; I Tim. 5:21.
(18) To live honestly, be just in all our dealings and faithful to all our commitments.
Eccl. 5:4-5; Rom. 12:17; Phil. 4:8-9; I Peter 2:12.
Matt. 18:15-17; I Cor. 5:6-7,9-13; II Cor. 2:5-7; 5:18-20; 6:14-18; Gal. 6:1-10; Eph. 4:25-32; Titus 3:10
Address: Torrington, Westmoreland
PASTOR : Rev. George N. Haughton
Torrington Weekly Services
Sunday Divine Worship - 10:00 a.m.
Bible Study – 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday Prayer Meeting – 7: 00 p.m.
Wednesday Fasting – 10:00 a.m.
Friday Youth Service 7:00 p.m.
Saturday Prayer Meeting 6:00 a.m.
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Address: Bessie Baker, Hanover
Pastor: Rev. Dr. Lorrel Garwood
|Schedule of Services
Sundays: Divine Worship Service: 11:00am
Tuesdays: Prayer Meeting/Bible Study – 6:00pm-7:30pm
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Address: Baulk, Westmoreland
Pastors: Rev. Jerome Chisholm & Rev. Casseil Chisholm
Schedule of Services
Sundays: Sunday School 9:30am
Sundays: Divine Worship Service: 11:00am
Wednesdays: Prayer Meeting & Bible Study - 5:30pm
Thursdays: Wesleyan Women & Men Meeting - 6:00pm
Sundays: Wesleyan Children Meeting - 5:00 pm
Wesleyan Youth Meeting – Time varies.
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Address: Big Bridge, Westmoreland
Pastors: Rev. Feona Vassell-Kerr
|Service and Meeting||Time & Day|
|Sunday School||8:30am – 9:30am|
|Divine Worship||9:30am – 11:30am|
|Bible Study||7:00pm – Sundays (online)|
|Prayer Meeting||7:00pm – Wednesdays (online)|
|Fasting Service||10:00am – Wednesdays|
|Wesleyan Men||7:00pm – Every 3rd Saturday of each month|
|Wesleyan Women||6:30pm – Every 4th Thursday of each month|
|Youth Fellowship||5:30pm – Fridays|
|Wesleyan Children for Mission||5:00pm – Fridays|
|Candidates Class||5:00pm – Mondays|
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