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Church of The Lord Jesus Christ
Assemblies of The Apostolic Faith
Atlanta, Georgia - USA
Apostle Dennis G. Smith, Pastor and Spiritual Overseer

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   Date: August 16, 2020

To all the Saints of God,

Grace and peace be unto all the Saints of God around the World.  As this Coronavirus Pandemic continues, we are continually reminding the Saints of God that we are obeying the magistrates and following the guideline of the health and governmental authorities for the safety of all people. 


     Health authorities and governmental officials continue to strongly encourage people to wear face coverings in public and use social distancing, wash your hands, and get tested with or without symptoms.  In some places wearing face mask is mandatory in all indoor and outdoor public spaces.  

     Health authorities are indicating that the covid-19 infection data for the City of Atlanta, Georgia is not favorable at this present time, therefore the in-person services will remained on hold until further notice. Our city is requesting people to stay -at-home or shelter-in-place at their homes and only leave for essential tasks.


     As we obey the Magistrates, we have complete faith that God will continue to hear our prayers and provide a way for us through these uncertain times.


Romans 13:2-4 Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.


TITUS 3:1-2 Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work, To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men.  

This week’s encouraging words of growth focuses on:


 By Apostle Dennis G. Smith

     The scripture reference commonly called the Great Commission is what many people also refer to as the Holy Trinity.  The Great Commission in Matthew 28:16–20 is the command of the resurrected Jesus Christ to his disciples to teach the gospel to all the nations of the world and to baptize all nations in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.  The singular name of these three titles is Jesus Christ according to the bible and is clearly explained and indicated in the bible book of Acts of the Apostles which gives a biblical historical account of what the Apostles taught and did.

     The question as to whether the Trinity of titles in Matthew 28:19 refer to manifestations of God or to the of essential nature of God as separate persons has been raised again and again in the history of the Church after the Biblical Apostles died by men who had no authority from God to change one word.  When we speak of three manifestations of One God, many oneness believers call it a trinity of manifestations because the non-biblical word trinity means a group of three things.  In most dictionary books the word person means an individual being characterized by consciousness, rationality, morality, and consisting of both a body and a mind or soul.  Because God is one being in the teaching of all Godhead doctrines the use of the word persons has been declared as misleading and erroneous even by those who claim to be trinitarians.  Many then began using the word personality to replace the false doctrine from the use of the word three separate persons.  But personality refers to the combination of characteristics or qualities that form an individual's distinctive character.  While it is true that God is Holy in character as it pertains to the title Holy Ghost, the father and the son would apply to relational titles and not personalities or character titles.  Can you now see the controversy caused by men trying to appease the corrupt debates of ungodly men?

     The commission from Jesus has been interpreted by evangelical Christians as meaning that his followers have the duty to go, make disciples, teach, and baptize all nations on the planet.  The command is clearly to teach and baptize all nations in the singular name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.  The interpretation is to teach and baptize all nations in the singular name of the one God who is known and revealed as Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.  Why is he known this way?  Because he revealed himself as Father when he made all things,  as son when he was born of the virgin Mary for our redemption, and as Holy Ghost when he poured out his spirit on the day of Pentecost and moved men to speak his Holy Word through various times.  Notice the command of the one God is not to debate all nations as to their views and explanations about his being, but to teach them of his commands and baptize them in his name which is Jesus Christ.  This is what the Apostle Peter did as recorded in Acts 2:37 – 38 in obedience to the command of Jesus Christ on the day of Pentecost the birthday of the New Testament Church.  This is the reason why those who follow the Apostle’s Doctrine are referred to as Pentecostal and Apostolic.   In doing so we teach all nations the gospel of the birth, death, burial resurrection, and ascension of Jesus Christ.  We baptize them in the Name of Jesus Christ and assure them of the promise that they shall receive the Gift of the Holy Ghost with the sign following speaking in other tongues as the Spirit of God gives them utterances. 

Matthew 28:16 -20  Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them.  And when they saw him, they worshipped him: but some doubted.  And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.  Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost  Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

·        The controversy concerning how many Gods exist? 

We teach all nations that there is one God and none other but he.  Any statement or teaching that there is more than one God is False doctrine.

Deuteronomy 6:4 - 5 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD: And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.

     The doctrine of the Trinity was first formulated among the so-called fathers of the Church as they attempted to rationalize the titles of the modes or manifestations of the way God revealed himself or the titles by which he is known.   Most people know from the reading of the Bible that the word trinity is not a scriptural term used by any Biblical Apostle, Prophet, Bishop, Elder or Teacher, but the word manifestation or manifest is used by the Lord Jesus Christ and his Apostles. Therefore, when anyone disputes the use of the word manifestation, they are disputing truth statements in the bible. 

     The three titles, three manifestations , or three modes by which the one God is known today is the understanding that many Christians call the oneness form of trinity  when expressing a triadic or triune understanding of God from Matthew 28:19.   Reflection by early Christians on the Great Commission: " Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost " while at the same time obeying the Jewish the old testament command: " Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD: " has led theologians across history in attempting to articulate the relationship between the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  Eventually, the diverse references to God, Jesus, and the Spirit found in the New Testament were brought together to form the doctrine of the Trinity—one God subsisting in three persons and one substance.  Because the use of the word persons and separate and distinct persons when referring to the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost gives the implication of three separate beings or three Gods depending on the linguistic understanding of the word person and has caused much controversy and false teaching, the core belief today for many Christians is: There is One God, who is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.   Or if speaking from the natural life of the son, there is One God, who is Father in creation, was Son in redemption because the natural body of Blood is now deceased and the glorified body of spirit which rose from the grave and ascended into heaven now stands, and Is the Holy Ghost the indwelling Spirit empowering the Believer in the Church.

     The doctrine of the Trinity was used to oppose alternative views of how the three are related and to defend the church against charges of worshiping two or three gods.  From his historical point of view, we can see that anyone who claims multiple Gods in any way is proclaiming false doctrine according to the biblical oneness viewpoint, or the non-biblical trinitarian viewpoint for they both emphasize and teach one God only.

·        The controversy of the name of the One God…...

We teach all nations that there is one name given whereby men must be saved and that there is no other name given under heaven whereby men can be saved.  Any statement or teaching of other names for salvation is False doctrine.  While the bible uses other names to describe various attributes of God, the only name given for salvation is Jesus Christ.  And the only name used for baptism by the Apostles of God was Jesus Christ or Lord Jesus.

Acts 4:7 - 12 And when they had set them in the midst, they asked, By what power, or by what name, have ye done this?  Then Peter, filled with the Holy Ghost, said unto them, Ye rulers of the people, and elders of Israel,  If we this day be examined of the good deed done to the impotent man, by what means he is made whole;  Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole. This is the stone, which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner.  Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

Acts 2:36 – 42 Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ. A Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do?  ACT2:38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.  For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.  And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation.  Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.  And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.

     No Apostle or Prophet of the true Church was involved in the intellectual and theological debates in the early centuries that led to the formulation of the three separate and distinct persons in the Godhead of what some call the orthodox doctrine of Trinity.  For this reason, we see a doctrine formed by intellectual debates rather than by what the Lord Jesus Christ or his Apostles and Prophets actually taught.  During these dark periods we often see debates not between truth and error, but between one error and a different error—a fact seldom recognized by many modern scholars who are critical of the oneness or Jesus only understanding of the Godhead which is based  on the actual teachings of the Apostles and Prophets of God.

     One writer reports that a classic example of this was the dispute over the nature of Christ that led the pagan Roman emperor Constantine the Great to convene the Council of Nicaea (in modern-day western Turkey) in A.D. 325.

As emperor in a period of great tumult within the Roman Empire, Constantine was challenged with keeping the empire unified. He recognized the value of religion in uniting his empire. This was, in fact, one of his primary motivations in accepting and sanctioning the “Christian” religion (which, by this time, had drifted far from the teachings of Jesus Christ and the Apostles and was Christian in name only).

In sanctioning the Christian religion, Constantine faced a new problem that had to be solved which was the doctrine of God which split Christians into bitterly warring groups.

     Constantine, although held by many to be the first “Christian” Roman Emperor, was actually a sun-worshiper who was only baptized on his deathbed.  He was said to be also anti-Semitic, calling customs that were in fact rooted in the Bible and practiced by Jesus and the Apostles “the detestable Jewish crowd” and “the customs of these most wicked men.”

As emperor, Constantine was in the unusual position of deciding church doctrine even though he was not really a Christian.  Constantine convened the Council of Nicaea in the year 325 as much for political reasons—for unity in the empire—as religious ones. The primary issue at that time came to be known as the Arian controversy. 

The ongoing disagreements were at times violent and bloody. Some historians refer to the aftermath of the Council of Nicaea as a time when more Christians were slaughtered by other Christians than by all the persecutions of Christians by pagans in the history of Rome.   While claiming to be Christian many believers fought and slaughtered one another over their differing views of God!  We have witness similarities of warring Saints over non-biblical views in our modern lifetime.  This is the reason why the Saints must always remember and continue steadfastly in the Apostle’s Doctrine.  Each generation will produce presumptuous and highly opinionated men and women who will seek to promote their own agendas and you must never follow their evil ways.

     One Trinitarian writer indicates that Christianity has reason to guard itself, as it has generally sought to do, against tritheistic (three God) conceptions. Both the unity(oneness) and the tripersonal(three persons) nature of God must to be maintained.  And thus the proper baptismal formula according to trinitarians is not “In the name of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit,” but the words as our Lord gave them (Matt. 28:19).   You can see clearly that this is not the baptism which was done by the Apostles in the Book of Acts the historical book of the Biblical New Testament Church.  The Apostles obeyed the words of the Lord Jesus and baptized in his name.

The trinitarian writer indicates also that the word person may be inadequate and is doubtless used often in a way that is misleading. And it is to be noted that this teaching of the church has been called forth for the purpose of combating various forms of error and is not held as a complete or perfect expression of the truth concerning the unfathomable being of God, but rather as a protest against the denials of the personality and supreme deity of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. 

As we can see front this statement from trinitarian writers, that the doctrine of three separate and distinct persons in the Godhead is not held to be an expression of truth, but a defense against those who deny that the Son of God and the Holy Ghost is God almighty.  In other words, those that deny that Jesus Christ is God Almighty.  All people should now understand that many of those who claim to be trinitarians are clearly false teachers when they teach that the Jesus Christ is not God almighty and deceive their congregations proclaiming that they are trinitarians.  If they even hint on there being more than one God in the Godhead, they are simply false teachers under the disguise of trinitarianism.  You can also see that the incorrect baptismal formula or method of baptism in the titles of Father, Son, and Holy Ghost is what also makes them trinitarian not only their misunderstanding of Godhead.

We continue with A message from Apostle S. C. Johnson taped and written during his lifetime and still played in many Churches today………...



By Bishop S. C. Johnson

Greetings everyone! This is the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith.  Here you have an opportunity to visit and hear the Truth; then line up with God's One Way of salvation.  That is the reason I am condemning the religious world.  In Isaiah 28:7, the people are referred to as "out of the way".  Isaiah spoke by the Spirit because the Bible says, "For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost." (II Peter 1:21).

Go to church and hypocrite, but the Truth of God is here now. Therefore, you have no excuse. God has sent forth the truth in its fullness. This is a Gospel which no one can condemn. This has not been done since the days of the Apostle.  They could not do it, because no one knew what they were doing; they could not go strong on it.  When you do not know where you are going, you do not drive seventy miles an hour, unless you are a fool.  If you do not know where you are going, you drive slowly, and someone can detect that you need help.  My God! I can go strong. I can blast this gospel to the very top of my voice with all the strength God gives me.  I am going to prove that everyone is a hypocrite. This is of God, not of myself.  I was ignorant of God as any human being born into the world.  But I can now say of a truth, that He has made known unto me the mystery and therefore, I am delivering what God has given me, to the world. 

   "But they also have erred through wine, and through strong drink are out of the way (Isaiah 28:7).    

     When a man gets full of wine, you cannot trust him. You cannot trust a drunk man. God likens false prophets unto a drunk man. When you do not know the truth, you have the same Spirit as someone who is drunk.  There are two spirits, you know:  The spirit of God and the spirit of the devil.  The spirit of the devil told man that there were three distinct persons in the godhead.  Every time the devil leads you, he carries you out of the way. We are having a battle with creation now over the subject of three- distinct persons in the godhead, but we can win.

When you perform your baptism, false prophet, you were led by the devil who took you in the water and said, "l will therefore baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost;" . . .you left off the name and were only using the titles.

     The devil has a perfect understanding of Matthew 28: 19. He knows that the name Of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost is Jesus. But the preacher takes this message from the devil and delivers it to his people, destroying them. Once, in discussing baptism with a woman, she claimed she was "immersed." I asked her how and in what name.  

     Some people are fool enough to believe that you do not need any water at all. The devil has blinded people to the extent that they cannot think of the fact Jesus went to John for baptism.  Following that, Jesus told Nicodemus, "Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God." (John 3:5)  Some people are too shallow to consider these facts. The devil has another bunch of fools who will christen a baby at two weeks old. There is no Bible for this damnable doctrine; yet, we have fools in our midst.  How many? I do not know. '

'But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them and bring upon themselves swift destruction." (II Peter 2:1)  

Of course, you are aware of the bunch of fools who come along and baptize according to the titles of Jesus, "Father, Son and Holy Ghost". Jesus told them in Matthews 28:19 to baptize in the "name" of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost.  Everyone knows that if you were to transact business 'for your father, you would not sign your father's name as "Son, husband or father." You would leave off these titles and write his name which might be John Jones. He has the title "son” because he was a man-child or born of a woman.  He married and took on -the title "husband," because he had a wife. When his first child was born, he was entitled to be called "father".  BUT IS SON, HUSBAND, AND FATHER HIS NAME? No!!

This Sermon from Apostle Johnson may sound harsh to some of you, but you must realize that the consequence of following false doctrine and deception can lead to eternal damnation in the lake of fire.  While they promise you liberty and salvation, they are the servants of corruption.

We will continue with this message on next week….

May the Lord Bless you and Keep you and eternally hold you in the center of his will, may he open your understanding that you will come to know that you must repent of your sins and be baptized by immersion in water in the Name of Jesus Christ for the remission of your sins, then continue in prayer, tarrying until you receive the gift of the Holy Ghost with the sign following speaking with other tongues as the spirit gives you utterances.  Then you must leave the principles of the doctrine and go on to perfection overcoming the love of the world, the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life and continue steadfastly in the Apostle’s Doctrine remembering always that he that endures until the End, the same shall be saved.  In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ who is God Almighty. Amen

With perfect love,
Apostle Dennis G. Smith


Coronavirus Testing among the local Saints in Atlanta:

Apostle Dennis Smith, First Lady Sarah-Geraldine Smith have tested negative for the third time for the Month of August even though they work with contractors almost daily and continue shopping at building supply, grocery stores etc.. but have maintained mask wearing, social distancing and washing mitigation as requested by the health authorities.   Sister Jasmine Soto, Brother Joel Soto, Sister Sabina Arnesen, Sister Rachel Arnesen, Brother Cornelius Arnesen have tested negative for the Month of August their second negative test.  Many other local Atlanta Saints have also tested negative for the previous Months.  We encourage all Saints to be vigilant and watchful for the health and safety of all people.

Coronavirus outbreak in Churches from health reports:   This indicates that there is some infection risk for in-person services.  So Personal Protective Equipment is needed to minimize the risk of infection and spreading the virus. 

·        New outbreaks of the coronavirus are surging through churches across the country where in-person services have resumed.  The virus has infiltrated Sunday sermons, meetings of ministers and Christian youth camps.  It has struck churches that reopened cautiously with face masks and social distancing in the pews, as well as some that defied lockdowns and refused to heed new limits on the numbers of worshipers.  Pastors and their families have tested positive, as have church ushers, front-door greeters, and hundreds of churchgoers.    

·        Although some governors have issued a statewide order mandating masks, many people attending Church services are not obeying.   This is reported to be true at many Churches in America: If they are told they have to wear a mask, they will stay home. 

·         Any indoor activities, such as in-person worship services, pose a particularly high risk for coronavirus transmission even with masks, especially when they include singing is the latest reports by some health authorities.  While coughing or sneezing can spread larger respiratory droplets, singing, and talking release smaller infectious particles that can hang in the air and circulate in enclosed spaces.

·        The circumstances of having groups of people together without masks and singing without mask is a setup that is called a superspreading event.


Present Guidelines for Individuals and Businesses in Phase 1:


 Social Distancing guidelines:

When to Wear a Mask:

Those who are staying home and have no close contact with people who are infected with COIVID-19 do not need a mask most of the time. However, wearing a nonmedical or homemade mask may be helpful in certain situations or for certain populations. Wear a Mask when:

Because homemade masks protect everyone else from the droplets created by the wearer, it is important that as many people as possible wear these masks when leaving their homes. This helps prevent those who may be infectious but are only mildly symptomatic or not symptomatic from spreading the virus to others in the community.

Everyone should remember the phrase: “My mask protects you; your mask protects me.” By increasing the overall number of people who are containing their coughs, sneezes, and other droplets, it will help us control the overall spread of the virus.