Attention All Ministers! Please Join Us For Coffee With The Bishop on Thursday, June 18 @ 10:00 AM EST!
Bishop Ainsworth would like to invite you to a conversation about Racial Injustice:
- How has the recent deeply troubling events in our nation impacted you?
- What is the position of the IPHC on racial injustice?
- What is the role of the pastor in helping others understand and respond biblically to the sin of racism?
- What are some practical ways we can initiate opportunities to listen, love and lead in bringing healing, reconciliation and lasting change in our communities?
He has shown you, O man, what is good;
And what does the Lord require of you
But to do justly, to love mercy,
And to walk humbly with your God? – Micah 6:8
As members of the National Association of Evangelicals, the IPHC affirms the following NAE statement regarding racial injustice, viewable at https://www.nae.net/nae-addresses-racial-turmoil-calls-for-action.
Recent events surrounding the wrongful deaths of Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia, Breonna Taylor in Kentucky, and George Floyd in Minnesota illustrate severe racial injustices in the United States. The National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) laments the recurring trauma experienced by African Americans. We condemn racism and the violent abuse of power, call for justice for victims and their families, and exhort churches to combat attitudes and systems that perpetuate racism. We are grateful for law enforcement officers who honorably serve and protect our communities, and urge our members to uphold them in prayer.
Solemn Assembly is an expression of common resolve by a people to corporately join together before the face of God to be reconciled from sin and to seek His will for their future. Bishop B.E. Underwood and the General Executive Board of the International Pentecostal Holiness Church have in obedience to God called us together to repent of the sins of our past and to seize by faith the promise of our future.
Our church can rejoice in the legacy of achievement left to us by our forefathers in the faith. There are many spiritual giants in our history whose performance has been a great inspiration to our own efforts today. As a denomination we can boldly say that there is “a past to build upon.”
However, there are systemic sins in our past that if ignored will prevent us from the promise of our tomorrow in Christ. There is a “future to fulfill” for the International Pentecostal Holiness Church, but the seven deadly sins of our past that we confess today cannot be a part of it, i.e. spiritual pride, judgmentalism, controlling spirit, racism, male domination, elder brother syndrome, and greed.