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Holiness Church

































Constitution and General Rules

of the

Fire-Baptized Holiness Church




This organization shall be called the Fire-Baptized Holiness Church.



The object and purpose of this church is three-fold:

    1. The deepening of the spiritual life among ourselves, so that all of
    2. our members shall attain the highest state of Christian experience possible in this life.

    3. The ordination and appointment of Elders, Pastors, Evangelists and
    4. Missionaries divinely called, qualified and set apart to the work.

    5. All our Elders, Pastors, Evangelists and Missionaries shall be
    6. required to teach and preach the doctrines set forth in the basis of union.

    7. All our regularly ordained Elders, Pastors, Evangelists and

Missionaries shall have authority to administer the ordinances of the Lord’s supper and baptism and to solemnize matrimony.



    1. We believe that Jesus Christ shed His blood for the remission of
    2. sins that are past (Rom. 3:25), and for the regeneration of penitent sinners and for salvation from sin and from sinning (I. John 3:5-10; Eph. 2:1-10).

    3. We believe, teach and firmly maintain the scriptural doctrine of
    4. justification by faith alone, as taught by John Wesley and the early fathers of Methodism (Rom. 5:1).

    5. We believe also that Jesus Christ shed His blood for the complete
    6. cleansing of the justified believer from all indwelling sin, and from its pollution subsequent to regeneration.

    7. We believe also that entire sanctification destroys and eradicates
    8. inbred sin (Rom. 6:6; Heb. 13:12; I. John 1:7-9; I. Thes. 5:23; John 17:17; Acts 26:18).

    9. We believe that the entire sanctification is an instantaneous,
    10. definite, second work of grace, obtainable by faith on the part of the fully consecrated believer.

    11. We believe also that the baptism of the Holy Ghost is obtainable by
    12. a definite act of appropriating faith on the part of the fully cleansed believer (Acts 1:5; 2:1-4, 38; Luke 11:13; Acts 19:6).

    13. We believe also that the baptism with fire is a definite, scriptural
    14. experience, obtainable by faith on the part of the Spirit-filled believer (Matt. 3:11; Luke 3:16; Rev. 15:2; Psa. 104:4; Acts 2:1-4; Heb. 12:29; Ezek. 1:4-14; 10:2-7; Isa. 33:14; 6:1-8).

    15. We believe also in divine healing as in the atonement (Isa. 53:3-5;
    16. Matt. 8:16, 17; Mark 16:14-18; James 5:14-16; Ex. 15:26).

    17. We believe in the imminent, personal, pre-millennial, second coming of our Lord Jesus Christ (I. Thes. 4:15-18; Titus 2:13; II. Peter 3:1-14; Matt. 24:29-44), and we love and wait for His appearing (II. Tim. 4:8).
    18. We do not believe that the baptism with fire is an experience
    19. independent of, or disassociated from, the Holy Ghost, but we do believe that the divine baptism of Jesus is two-fold. Christ’s baptism is with the Holy Ghost and with fire. We believe that it is He, the Comforter, abiding in the heart of the purified believer, who creates an intense longing for the experience of the baptism with fire, and, as the Executive of the Godhead, baptizes those in whom He dwells with the baptism of fire, and that none can receive the experience of the baptism with fire except those in whom the personal Holy Ghost already abides.

    20. The Fire-Baptized Holiness Church is utterly opposed to the
    21. teaching of the so-called Christian Scientists, Spiritualists, Unitarians, Universalists and Mormons. We deny as false unscriptural Seventh-Day Adventist, annihiliation of the wicked, conditional immortality, anitinomianism, absolute perfection, so-called come-outism, the so-called resurrection life, the so-called redemption or glorification of the body in this life, and the doctrine of the restitution of all things as set forth in millennial dawnism and taught by Jukes and others, and the false teaching that we are not born of God until we are sanctified wholly.

    22. The Lord says, "Marriage is honorable in all, and the bed undefiled," and the Fire-Baptized Holiness Church firmly holds that there are certain relations between husband and wife which are strictly private according to the Word of God, and into this sacred privacy no one has any right to inquire (Heb. 13:4; 1 Cor. 7:1-5).
    23. No subsequent General Council, State Convention, local church or other body shall have authority to change the basis of union of the Fire-Baptized Holiness Church.








    1. No one shall be admitted to full membership in this church who is not in full accord with the teachings of the same as set forth in the basis of union.
    2. He must also give satisfactory evidence aside from his own testimony that he is regenerated, clearly justified, sanctified wholly, and is groaning after the fulness of the Spirit and the definite experience of the baptism with fire. Provided, also, that applicants in the enjoyment of the experience of scriptural justification may be received as probationers for the period of three months. Provided, further, that no one shall be received into full membership no entitled to a vote who does not enjoy the experience of entire sanctification and is agonizing after the fulness of the Spirit and the definite experience of the baptism with fire.
    3. In accordance with these professions, all who remain with us shall take as their rule of conduct the Word of God (Gal. 6:16) and shall conform outwardly as well as I inwardly in their daily walk and conversation to its simple teachings.
    4. We are commanded in God’s Word not to be unequally yoked together with unbelievers, and to have no communion or fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, such as oathbound secret societies, social clubs, and corrupt partisan politics (II. Cor. 6:14; Eph. 5:11); not to be conformed to this world (Rom. 12:2); to come out from among them and be separate (II. Cor. 6:16), and even to turn away from those who have the form of godliness, but deny the power thereof (II. Tim 3:5); to cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit (II. Cor. 7:1), such as the use, growth, sale or handling of tobacco in every form, or of morphine, or intoxicants, filthiness of speech, foolish talking or jesting, or the use of slang language; to abstain from all appearance of evil (I. Thes. 5:22); and to do all we do to the glory of God and in the name of Jesus Christ (Col. 3:17; I. Cor. 10:31); to wear no outward adorning, such as jewelry, gold, feathers, flowers, costly apparel or ornamentation of any kind (I. Tim. 2:9; I. Peter 3:3); and a practical observance of all these scriptural requirements, and a complete separation from anything which does not tend to deepen our own spirituality and promote the glory of God, is hereby required of all our members.
    5. Every member of the Fire-Baptized Holiness Church shall be required to observe the Lord’s day according to the teachings of Jesus Christ and the holy apostles, and to abstain from doing their own pleasure thereon.
    6. To abstain from mentioning the faults of an absent person, and refuse to listen to those who do, except it be absolutely necessary for the glory of God and the good of the cause, and of the person concerned.
    7. The tenth is the Lord’s and shall be recognized as such by all our members (Gen. 28:22; Matt. 23:23).
    8. All our members are required to be patterns of frugality, diligence, faith and charity, taking up the cross daily, and true to the abiding baptism of fire.
    9. To witness on all suitable occasions, even if it costs us our lives, to what the Lord has done for us, especially to sanctification, divine healing, and the baptism with the Holy Ghost with fire.

These are the general rules of the Fire-Baptized Holiness Church,

and we believe them to be in accordance with the teachings of God’s Word, and therefore for the good of our own souls and for the glory of God.

All our evangelists and workers shall cause the members to know

what is expected of them regarding everything mentioned, directly or indirectly, in the general rules, and shall deal faithfully with every one.




    1. Have you the forgiveness of your sins? (I. Jno. 1:9.)
    2. Have you peace now with God through our Lord Jesus Christ? (Rom. 5:2.)
    3. Have you the witness of the Holy Ghost agreeing with your spirit that you are a child of God? (Rom. 8:16.)
    4. Has no sin, inward or outward, dominion over you? (Rom. 6:14.)
    5. Are you wholly sanctified according to I. Thes 5:23?
    6. Have you the personal Holy Ghost as promised in John 14:16, 26; 15:26; 16:13; Luke 11:13 and Acts 19:2?
    7. Have you the experience of the baptism with fire? and if not, are you earnestly seeking it with all your heart? (Matt. 3:11; Luke 3:16; Acts 2:4; Eph. 3:20; Heb 1:7.)
    8. Do you believe in divine healing as in the atonement? And in the laying on of hands, and in anointing with oil? (Isa. 53:3-5; Matt. 8:17; Mark 16:14-18; James 5:14-16.)
    9. Do you believe in the imminent, personal pre-millennial, second coming of our Lord? (I. Thes. 4:15-18; II. Peter 3:1-4.)
    10. Will you faithfully and loyally witness to all these experiences? (Acts 2:32; Isa. 43:10; Luke 24:48.)

No one shall be received into full membership who shall not pass

satisfactory examination upon the foregoing questions.




    1. Have you been called of God to preach the gospel, and can you say as the apostle said: "Woe is me if I preach not the gospel?"
    2. Will you "preach the Word" without fear or favor, seeking the honor that comes from God only reproving, rebuking and exhorting with all long-suffering and doctrine, contending earnestly for the faith once delivered to the saints?
    3. Will you take the Word of God as your charge and only rule of conduct, and strive to regulate your life and manner of living by its sacred teachings? (II. Tim. 4:1-5; I. Cor. 9:16; I. Tim. 4:10-16; II. Tim 1:1-13; Acts 20:17-35.)
    4. Having a dispensation committed unto you, will you undertake to preach this gospel, not as a hireling, nor by constraint, neither as being lords over God’s heritage, nor for filthy lucre, but willingly, and of a ready mind, doing all for the glory of God and the salvation of lost men?
    5. Have you counted the cost, and do you fully commit yourself for life to the cause of fire-baptized holiness?

In addition to the above, the Local Ruling Elders shall be required to pass

satisfactory examinations as to qualifications upon the following Scriptures: Titus 1:5-9; I. Tim 3:2-7, and I. Peter 5:2-4.

Let all these examinations be close and searching, and let all our workers be required to conform strictly to these requirements.




We recognize and acknowledge our Lord Jesus Christ as the Supreme Head and Rightful Governor of the Fire-Baptized Holiness Church in all its various departments, and His infallible Word as the man of our counsel, and as our only rule of faith and practice.


    1. There shall be a General Overseer, who shall have the general oversight and care of all the church, and whose tenure of office shall continue during good behavior. He shall preside at all the General Councils, and when present, at all the state, provincial and territorial associations.
    2. There shall be a General Secretary and General Treasurer, appointed by the General Overseer. The General Secretary shall keep the minutes of each General Council, and a correct list of the membership of the church, as furnished by the Ruling Elders. The General Treasurer shall have charge of all money contributed for the benefit of the church at large, and pay the same by order of the Board of Trustees.
    3. There shall be a Board of Trustees, consisting of not less than three or more than nine, appointed by the General Overseer, who shall be chairman of the same. They shall hold in trust and have charge of al property deeded or bequeathed to the Fire-Baptized Holiness Church.




    1. The General Overseer shall appoint the Ruling Elders for the state, provincial and territorial churches, both domestic and foreign, and shall have power and authority to remove the same and appoint others, whenever, in his best judgement, the good of the cause requires it.
    2. It shall be the duty of the Ruling Elders to preach the Word, giving their time, talents and influence to the spread of fire-baptized holiness throughout their respective jurisdictions. They are expected to so direct the work in their respective territories that the greatest possible good may be accomplished and the greatest number of souls saved. They shall obtain a list of the members of the churches in their respective territory and report the same to the General Secretary once each year.
    3. The power to appoint pastors for the local churches is hereby given to the General Overseer, or the Assistant General Overseers, upon the recommendation of the Ruling Elder, appointment to be made at the state convention. Provided, further, that in case of necessity, between state conventions, the Ruling Elder shall supply pastors to the local churches.




    1. The General Overseer shall have power and authority to ordain Elders and Evangelists in every place where there is need of such, and, under the immediate direction of the Holy Ghost, to separate them unto the work whereunto the Lord hath called them, according to the precedent given in Acts 13:1-3, always remembering the scriptural requirement that an elder must not be a novice, "lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil" (I. Tim. 3:6), and also that other wholesome apostolic injunction, to "lay hand suddenly on no man" (I. Tim. 55:22).
    2. The General Overseer shall have authority to delegate to any Ruling Elder or regularly ordained Evangelist the power to ordain Elders in special cases whenever he may deem it wise and expedient for the promotion of the fire-baptized work.
    3. A certificate of ordination shall be issued to each ordained minister in the connection, officially signed by the General Overseer and the Ruling Elder granting same.
    4. In view of the increasing number and efficiency of women who are evidently called of God unto the evangelistic, missionary and rescue work, provision is hereby made for the appointing, ordaining and sending forth women thus called of God, exactly the same as men, thus placing fire-baptized women, called of God, upon the same footing with our brethren of the stronger sex.
    5. As the question of water baptism has always been a subject of fruitless strife among carnal professors, we leave it entirely to individual conscience, as to whether they shall be baptized and as to the mode by which the rite shall be administered.
    6. In the administration of the Lord’s supper only unfermented wine shall be used.




    1. The General Council shall be composed of the General Overseer, the Assistant General Overseers, the Associate Editors of the official organ, the Trustees, the Ruling Elders, the General Secretary, the General Treasurer, and a delegate to be elected by each state convention.
    2. There shall be one regular meeting every two years, provided, that in case of necessity the General Overseer shall have authority to convene the General Council at such time and place as he may designate, for the transaction of such business as may properly come before it.
    3. The object of the General Council shall be to confer together and to adopt such measures and devise such means as shall be deemed expedient for the promotion and furtherance of the cause of fire-baptized holiness.
    4. In the event of the death, removal or disability of the General Overseer, the Active Editor of the official organ and the Board of Trustees shall have authority to call a meeting of the General Council, who shall, by prayer and fasting, seek to know the mind of the Spirit with regard to filling the vacancy, and the one plainly designated by the Holy Ghost shall be accepted as the divinely appointed one.
    5. The General Overseer and three Ruling Elders shall constitute a quorum to transact business.




    1. The foreign missionary work shall be under the general supervision

of the General Overseer, who shall have the power and authority to appoint one or more Superintendents of Foreign Missions, as the exigencies of the times may demand.




    1. Each state, provincial and territorial church shall hold at least one fire-baptized holiness convention each year, to be open on all the lines of divine truth, especially on the lines of sanctification, the baptism of fire, and divine healing. The time and place of these camp meetings shall be designated by the Ruling Elder.
    2. Each state, provincial and territorial convention shall be composed of the Ruling Elder thereof, the Evangelists and Pastors within the jurisdiction of the same.
    3. The following business shall be transacted at the state, provincial or territorial conventions:
    1. The examination and passage of the character of the Ruling Elder, Evangelists and Pastors belonging to the same.
    2. The examination and recommendation of applicants for ordination.
    3. To suspend from the ministry and deprive of credentials persons who are inefficient or negligent of the duties assigned them.
    4. Evangelists who are unable to attend the state convention shall report in writing to the General Secretary once a year regarding their personal experience and work.




    1. Three or more persons in any community, having the required qualifications for membership in the local organization, may be organized into a fire-baptized local church, by an evangelist, helper or missionary. If he deem it wise and expedient, he shall appoint a leader, who shall report to the Ruling Elder. Should a vacancy occur the society may elect a leader.
    2. It is hereby provided that the Ruling Elder or Evangelist organizing any local church shall have authority to appoint a committee, whose duty it shall be to attend to the finances of the church.
    3. This committee shall consist of the leader, who shall be ex-officio chairman of the same, a secretary, treasurer, and as many others as he may deem necessary.
    4. This committee shall report to the local church once a quarter, and shall thereafter be elected annually by the church.
    5. In every local church meetings shall be held when practicable, either in meeting houses, private residences, or in the open air, at least once every Lord’s day, and once during the week.
    6. The state, provincial or territorial conventions only shall have authority to license proper persons to preach upon due examination, when their qualifications and usefulness warrant the same.




There shall be an official organ of the Fire-Baptized Holiness Church, of which the General Overseer shall be editor-in-chief. He shall also have the general management of the same, and may appoint as many assistants as he shall deem necessary.




1. When the General Overseer shall be accused or immoral conduct or neglect of duties assigned him, it shall be the duty of the Ruling Elder, in or nearest whose jurisdiction said acts of immorality may be committed, to call together the Ruling Elders, whose duty it shall be thoroughly investigate the case, and if he be found guilty, they


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