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Discussion in 'Pentecostal & Assemblies of God' started by rmw8855, May 20, 2008.

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    rmw8855 Robin 8^)

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    Since the links to the rules & guidelines aren't working properly right now, LilMissMontana asked me to post them here for you :)

    Site Wide Rules


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    rmw8855 Robin 8^)

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    Congregation-Wide Guidelines

    These guidelines do not replace the site-wide rules, but rather clarify the rule "Congregational Forums wishing to remain safe havens may choose to limit debate to members of their own denomination, insist that all posts conform to their creed etc."

    These guidelines apply to all congregational forums that have forum-specific guidelines. If a forum has FSGs, they will be stickied at the top of that forum.

    NOTE: Some congregational forums have opted not to have a forum-specific guideline with a Statement of Faith to identify members. In general, this means that non-members may join the discussions in these forums. However, if you do not self-identify as that denomination or group, please remember that you are a guest in their forum, and act accordingly.

    Therefore, posters in the congregational forums must post in conformance with all of the following:

    • The site-wide rules
    • These congregation-wide guidelines
    • Any forum-specific guidelines (FSGs) in the particular forum in which they post.
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    MEMBERSHIP

    Only those who agree with a congregational forum’s Statement of Faith may post as members of that forum. Statements of Faith are found in the congregational forum’s forum-specific guidelines (FSGs), found at the top of each specific forum.

    All are welcome to post in fellowship (see below for definition).

    Those who do not agree with the congregational forum’s Statement of Faith may not debate or post teaching or instruction posts. NOTE: Some forums may allow more debate by non-members than others. If so, it will be stated in their forum-specific guidelines (FSGs).

    In general, questions asked in a congregation’s forum should be answered only by members of that forum.

    DEFINITION OF A FELLOWSHIP POST

    1) It is not debate or apologetics (defense).

    Those who disagree with a congregation’s Statement of Faith will not discuss reasons for or against any subject being discussed on this sub-forum. This includes questions that essentially are rebuttal or argumentative in nature. Those who disagree will not engage in theological discussions that defend their particular point of view on scriptural, theological, doctrinal, social, or political issues.

    2) It is not answering questions or teaching.

    Only a member of the congregational forum may give answers to and instruct on doctrinal questions. While there may be many very good ideas on the subject from non-members, they may not give instruction. Earnest questions are always welcome, from anyone.

    3) What Fellowship is:

    Essentially fellowship is defined as the discussion of topics of association, of companionship - i.e. discussions of things like friends, family, work..... these topics are fellowship. Posts that offer friendship would certainly be described as fellowship.
     
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    rmw8855 Robin 8^)

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    Forum-specific Guidelines (FSGs) for the Pentecostal Sub-Forum

    These guidelines do not replace the site-wide rules, but rather clarify the rule "Congregational Forums wishing to remain safe havens may choose to limit debate to members of their own denomination, insist that all posts conform to their creed etc."

    Additional guidelines on debate: none

    Statement of Faith:

    THE SCRIPTURES - The Bible is the inspired Word of God and the infallible rule of faith and conduct.

    THE GODHEAD - One True GOD in essence, nature, and attributes, but existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

    MAN, HIS FALL, AND REDEMPTION - Though originally good, Man willingly fell to sin ushering in evil and death, both physical and spiritual, into the world.

    THE DEITY OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST - Jesus Christ is the only begotten Son of the Father, conceived of the Holy Ghost, and born of the Virgin Mary. Jesus was crucified, buried, and raised from the dead, He ascended to heaven and is today at the right hand of the Father as our Intercessor and High Priest.

    ETERNAL LIFE AND THE NEW BIRTH - All who, in repentance and faith, receive the Lord Jesus as Savior and Lord are born again.

    WATER BAPTISM - Water Baptism is by Immersion after repenting of one's sins and receiving Christ's gift of salvation.

    COMMUNION - Communion (the Lord's Supper) is a symbolic remembrance of Christ's suffering and death for our salvation.

    BAPTISM IN THE HOLY GHOST - The Baptism in the Holy Spirit is a special experience following salvation that empowers believers for witnessing and effective service, just as it did in New Testament times. The initial physical evidence of the Baptism in the Holy Spirit is ‘Speaking in Tongues,’ as experienced on the Day of Pentecost and referenced throughout Acts and the Epistles.

    THE GIFTS AND THE OFFICES OF THE HOLY SPIRIT - Established by God in the Church, as recorded in the New Testament, and are for today as then.

    DIVINE HEALING - Divine healing is provided for all in the atonement.

    RESURRECTION OF THE JUST AND THE RETURN OF OUR LORD - There will be a resurrection of the just and the unjust; one to everlasting life and one to everlasting damnation. There will be a literal, physical second return of the Lord Jesus Christ.
    HELL AND ETERNAL RETRIBUTION - A Final Judgment Will Take Place for those who have rejected Christ. They will be judged for their sin and consigned to eternal punishment in a punishing lake of fire.
     
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