EXPLORE GROUPS: United Pentecostal Church International
United Pentecostal Church International
United Pentecostal Church, UPCI, United Apostolic Church of Uganda, Oneness Pentecostalism, Jesus Only
No one founder.
Dr. David K. Bernard
The Assemblies of God formally affirmed the doctrine of the Trinity at its Fourth General Council in October 1916. As a result, so-called "oneness Pentecostals" withdrew from the organization. In 1917, in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, they formed a Oneness Pentecostal organization called The General Assembly of the Apostolic Assemblies.
Hazelwood, MO USA
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Principally, a vigorous rejection of the historic Christian doctrine of the Trinity, replaced by the heretical doctrine that Jesus is the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (i.e., the "Jesus only" view). As its name indicates, the movement seeks to practice the miraculous “sign gifts” listed in the New Testament, including speaking in tongues.
Fred Sanders writes on the Patheos blog that “Recent years have...seen the outbreak of a major theological controversy within the ranks of Oneness: a handful of pastors have begun teaching that Christ did not receive a body from Mary, but rather that he brought it with him from heaven. This ‘divine flesh’ Christology is driving UPCI headquarters to distraction, especially because it is centered in the ministry of a few pastors in Ethiopia, a church which the UPCI would like to be able to point to as a symbol of everything that is good, vital, and expanding in their movement.”
In many places the group is also known for promoting strict codes of grooming and dress, especially for female adherents (such as not cutting their hair and avoiding use of cosmetics and jewelry). Missionaries for the group actively seek to convert and re-baptize professing Christians belonging to Trinitarian denominations.
Over 3 million worldwide
Afghanistan, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belize, Benin, Bolivia, Brazil, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chile, Congo (Democratic Republic), Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Ethiopia, Fiji, Finland, France, Gabon, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Ireland, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, Mozambique, Namibia, Netherlands, Netherlands Antilles, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Pakistan, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Réunion, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovakia, Solomon Islands, South Africa, South Korea, South Sudan, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Uganda, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Zambia
In Uganda the cult operates as the "United Apostolic Church of Uganda" because another (Trinitarian) church had previously registered itself as the "United Pentecostal Church."