As the leadership of the International Pentecostal Holiness Church reflected on the Seven Affirmations, we realized that our movement had been supportive of the Affirmations from our understanding of Scripture.
I attended a TJCII meeting years later at Baruch HaShem Synagogue in Dallas, Texas and I was introduced to Rabbi Marty Waldman. I also met at this meeting friends of mine, Jack Hayford and John Dawson. What I heard at that meeting inspired me. To my surprise, at the close of the meeting, the leaders of TJCII asked me to consider walking with them for a year to determine if the Holy Spirit was leading in my joining the leadership team.
Throughout that year I continued to read of how the Holy Spirit is calling the body of Christ to repent of, and reject, the replacement theology that has dominated almost every branch of Christendom since the second and third centuries of the Christian era. As I met with the leadership group in the home of Marcel Rebiani in Jerusalem, I was humbled to be among godly people representing the cross-section of global Christianity. The warm hospitality, engaging conversations, and authentic prayer and prophetic ministry touched me greatly. The diversity of experience among us is rooted in our common experience as followers of Yeshua.
I joined TJCII because of my firm conviction that reconciliation among Jewish and Gentile believers in Yeshua is key to the manifestation of God’s blessings to the world. I believe we are at historic crossroads where leaders across the body of Christ are being led by the Spirit to reassess theological perspectives of Holy Scripture. The Holy Spirit is opening doors for me to share TJCII with the larger Pentecostal tradition (which is my experience) and among others in the body of Christ.
The International Pentecostal Holiness Church responded positively to the Seven Affirmations because we believe they accurately reflect what the Bible teaches regarding Israel, Jews, and Gentiles. We believe the Seven Affirmations call God’s people to expressions of fundamental unity and reconciliation that will be sources of blessing to the world.
by: By Doug Beacham, Superintendent of International Pentecostal Holiness Church (IPHC)