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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: June 6, 2021
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 encourage people to wear face coverings in public gatherings and use social distancing, wash your hands, and get tested for the Covid-19 virus.  Though some restrictions on gathering and face mask are being lifted, in some places wearing face mask is still mandatory in indoor and outdoor public spaces.

·        As of June 2, 2021, the City of Atlanta, Georgia remains in Phase 3 of the Reopening Plan   
·        Social distancing is recommended by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) to control the spread or for individual safety. Small, limited gatherings with face mask are allowed.
·         Covid-19 vaccinations in Georgia are offered to everyone 12 years of age and older.  Note: Pfizer is the only COVID vaccine currently approved for children aged 12 and older.
     We are continuing limited in person services and continuing online service through Zoom, Facebook, and YouTube.   In person Baptism and prayer service are available using social distancing and personal protective equipment by emailing your request to: or
      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:
  Are You Damaged by False Teaching? (part 2)
 By Apostle Dennis G. Smith
2Peter 2:1 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.

     Heresy is usually understood to be different from backsliding and apostasy.  Backsliding and apostasy implies returning to your past sinful ways or the rejection of your religious principles, your religious beliefs or in some cases your religious actions, attitudes, and behavior.   Backsliding, also known as falling away is sometimes described as "committing apostasy", which is a term used by Christians to describe the process by which an individual who converted to Christianity reverts back to their old sinful unrighteous habits and lapses or falls back in into a sinful lifestyle.  This mostly refers to any person who turns from God to pursue their own sinful desires.  Anyone who returns back to sin or wrongdoing, who lapses and returns back to bad attitudes, bad conduct, and bad behavior will receive eternal damnation in the lake of fire.

     Some Christians believe that if you continuously declare with your mouth that, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you are faithful and you are saved from your sins.

Romans 10:8 - 11 But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.  For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.  For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.

They may also thus believe that backsliding is when you revert back to your state of unbelief or cease to believe in what you have declared with your mouth which indicates to them that you then were never saved when you spoke with your mouth the first time, that you were just a professor but not a believer. 

     Oneness Apostolic Pentecostal Christians mostly believe that backsliding is a state which any free-willed believer is capable of committing if they do not continue to live a holy lifestyle each day of their lives.   The backslidden individual is in danger of eventually going to Hell if he does not repent or cease the practice of sinful ways because his salvation is conditioned on his continuous belief and obedience to the word of God usually referred to as the doctrine of Conditional Security.  This belief is rejected by those teaching the doctrine of unconditional eternal security who endorse the doctrine of the perseverance of the saints which may seem to imply to some people that they can continue to practice sinful behavior.   The Doctrine of unconditional eternal security is rejected by most Oneness Apostolic Believers as not correct teaching concerning salvation and the Parable of the Prodigal Son is generally understood by some to be a biblical account of a backslider that repented.

2Peter 2:20 - 22 For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning.  For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them.  But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire.

      Blasphemy is usually understood as speaking against or acting against the Holy commandments of God Almighty with insults, lack of respect, lack of honor, lack of worship, and in some cases lack of love concerning the sacred things of God.   

     As we go through our daily life, we must constantly be aware of the false teachings and disrespectful behavior of evil people who may try to offset us in our walk with Christ or in our determinations to overcome all of our short comings and sinful ways.  People make a choice to live holy without practicing sin or live unholy continuing to practice sinful ways on their own but can influence the people who love them in detrimental ways. Though we may find it hard to accept the fact that those we love may try to mislead us, we must also be able to recognize heresy as the individual choice to follow or  teach a doctrine or a gospel other than the Apostle’s Doctrine.

Titus 3:8 - 11 This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable unto men.  But avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain.  A man that is an heretick after the first and second admonition reject; Knowing that he that is such is subverted, and sinneth, being condemned of himself.

      A divisive person, a person who is deliberately trying to stir up confusion, strife, conflict, or a person who by his individual choice is against the Apostle’s Doctrine should be warned twice before separating from him.  Though we wish all people would turn from their evil ways we also know we must hold to correct teaching and sound doctrine not only because it builds us up in the faith, but because it protects us against the corrupting influence of false teachers no matter who they may be.  False teachers may be our beloved natural family members or our enemies.  Though we function in love for all mankind we must point out the teaching that are not taught by the Apostles of God Almighty.
1.   Jewish teachings that Jesus was not the Christ and Savior is called heresy by all Christian believers.
2.   Many view the concept of Apostolic Succession from the Catholic Church as heresy. Most believe that God calls and Chooses whomever he will. God is not limited to the Bishop of Rome.
3.   Heresy among some Christians most commonly refers to those beliefs declared heretical by the first seven Ecumenical Councils usually referring to the Catholic Church. One should examine this declaration based on what the Apostle’s Doctrine of the Bible teaches.
4.   The doctrine of antinomianism – the belief that Christians were free from the moral law contained in the Ten Commandments is known as heresy. Most believe that the Law of God is the knowledge of sin and continues to guide people in how they were to live before God. The Law is fulfilled in Christ and love.
5.   Denying the reality of the incarnation, or teaching against the manifestation of God in the Flesh, or the denying Christ's divinity, or teaching against the true fact that Jesus Christ is God Almighty is also known to most Christians believers as heresy.  1Timothy 3:16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.
6.   Teaching that there is more than one God.  Or teaching that the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost are three separate Gods is pure heresy to all true Christians. Thought this is explained in different ways. Denying the doctrine of One God revealed to us as Father, Son, and Holy Ghost known as the Oneness of the Godhead and referred to as the Trinity by some is considered heresy by most Christians.  

ome consider Modalism or Oneness a form of Economic Trinity since the teaching emphasizes the one God revealing himself and known in the Bible as Father, Son, and Holy Ghost which is summarized by some teachers who use the non-biblical word “trinity” which means three titles or three manifestations of one God to most oneness believers. 

     The Oneness doctrine opposes the use of the word phrase separate and distinct persons because it implies three Gods and the baptism using the titles Father, Son and Holy Ghost rather than the singular Name Jesus Christ because they were never taught by the Biblical Apostles.

 Most Apostolic Oneness believers are seen as non-trinitarian because they baptize as the Apostles of the Bible did using the singular name of Jesus Christ.
7.   Once again Baptism using the titles Father, Son, and Holy Ghost was not taught or carried out by the Biblical Apostles in the Historical Book of Acts of the Apostles or anywhere else in the Bible which gives us an account of the things that Apostles taught and did. 
Acts 8:14 - 17 Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John:  Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost: (For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.)  Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost.
8.   Teaching that it is wrong to wash feet or to have a Foot Washing Service is heresy.
9.   Teaching that it is wrong to pay Tithes and offerings is heresy.
10. Teaching that it is wrong to play musical instruments during the Church Service is heresy.
11.  Teaching that the 12 Apostles with the Lord Jesus Christ while he was in the flesh were the only ones to speak in tongues is heresy.
12. Teaching against speaking in tongues or that speaking in tongues is not for the Church today is heresy.
13.  Teaching that divine healing and miracles is not for the Church today is heresy.
14. Teaching that we must take communion or serve the Body and the Blood every first day of the week called Sunday is heresy.
15. Teaching the sonship of God as to proclaim that there is a separate Human Bodily presence of the Father and a separate Human Bodily presence of the Son in Heaven as to imply that there are two Gods or to imply that Jesus Christ is in the role of Sonship now is heresy.
These are teachings that you must learn the truth about as many of them seem to come up again and again during each generation and causes great damage to some people who follow false teachings making and agreement with hell.

2Peter 2:1 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.
We continue with a Message from Apostle S. McDowell Shelton …. “An Agreement with Hell” ………
By Bishop S. McDowell Shelton
You have no power over death” because you would not take the power in your salvation.  Jesus said: “……All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth." (Matthew 28:18) You should have taken his name into your salvation; that name of Jesus who indeed is the Christ.  It was testified of him that he was the Christ. That same Jesus was the Rock which followed the children of Israel. 

1Corinthians 10:1 - 4 Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea;  And did all eat the same spiritual meat;  And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.

     If you had taken His name into your salvation, then after the Holy Ghost came upon you, you would have had power.  This is the same Jesus who came in the manifestation of speaking in other tongues as the Spirit of God gave the people utterance.  Since He is no longer coming to sit on your shoulder as a dove, He came as the Holy Ghost, as a witness, that He was inside—outwardly shown by the speaking of other tongues.  He comes as the wind.  With all of your vision, you cannot see the wind itself; you only feel the effects of it and see the signs of its Likewise was a sign given to follow them that believed-----they would speak with new tongues.
        I do not care who you are or how self-righteous you may feel, the Bible says: "Verily. verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.’ (John 3:5)

     If you do not have both, the water’ and the spirit, you will not enter into God’s kingdom.  I am not talking about “some kind of emotion” that you feel you have — a nervous condition, I am talking about the Spirit of God when God himself comes and dwells in you.  That is what I am talking about.  

     When the Spirit of God “enters into” your life, a change takes place.  You are motivated differently.  You undergo a complete and absolute change. A new man emerges out of the ashes of the old man.  From the grave of the water, from the grave of repentance and casting aside all the weights and all of the former habits, emerges a new man to walk in the new life—in the good life.  A man who was in past times a creature habit, a creature of weakness; but now he is a creature who has strength, power, and hope. Now he is a creature who is fighting the good fight. 

      Out of the watery grave emerges a man who once fought rowdy brawls and sought sensual vengeance, but now without carnal weapons, he fights.  Now, without the shedding of innocent blood, he fights. Though he fights, yet in his sweep he destroys principalities and powers; he pulls down things which are not of God but does not destroy the fabric of society.  He destroys the power of the devil which rules in it and in turn, builds it up on a strong and sure foundation.

      "For the bed is shorter than that a man can stretch himself on it: and the covering narrower than that he can wrap himself in it." (Isaiah 28:20)

     Here he lays.  Uncomfortable. Here he lays and cannot really cover himself, exposed, where there is no help and no rest. He is tormented day and night. "For the Lord shall rise up as in mount Perazim, he shall be wroth as in the valley of Gibeon, that he may do his work, his strange work; and bring in pass his act, his strange act." (Isaiah 28:21)

     No wonder people cannot believe it.  It is a strange act. It is not something you can just sit down and accept every day. "Now therefore be ye not mockers, lest your bands be made strong: for I have heard from the Lord God of hosts a consumption, even determined upon the whole earth.  Give ye ear and hear my voice: hearken and hear my speech." (Isaiah 28:22, 23) 
      Hear the word of the Lord and be baptized every one of you in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ for the remission of your sins today!

"Doth the plowman plow, all day to sow: doth he, open and break the of his ground? When he hath made plain the face thereof, doth he not cast abroad the fitches, and scatter the cummin, and cast in the principal wheat and the appointed barley and the rie in their place?" (Isaiah 28:24, 25)

     The scripture is saying that the plowman is not always loosening up the ground.  He is not always “protesting against” society and not offering anything to build it up again.  It is all right if you are going to open the ground but put a little seed in there so something can grow out of it.  If you break it up and do not plant anything in it, then the rain is going to come and wash the soil away.

        "For his God doth instruct him to discretion, and doth teach him." (Isaiah 28 :26) 

     When God is teaching you, then He will give you some discretion; some sense on how to use good judgment and how to be discreet.  This is the same thing to those who are saved.  If you had any God in you at all, it would tell you to stop going all through town with that sweetheart; stop displaying your sin and put on a dress long enough to hide your nakedness. It would tell you to stay out of those tap rooms and out of those ( fornication and pornography)movie lines. You would not be so bold, having no discretion.

      "In that day shall the Lord of hosts be for a crown of glory, and for a diadem of beauty, unto the residue of his people, and for a spirit of judgment to him that sitteth in judgment, and for strength to them that turn the battle to the gate.  But they also have erred through wine, and through strong drink are out of the way; the priest and the prophet have erred through strong drink, are out of the way; the priest and prophet have erred through drink, they are swallowed up of wine, they err in vision they stumble in judgment." (Isaiah 28:5-7)
     If the people erred through wine, what will they do through LSD and reefers? Your preacher has erred, that is why he has a need for prestige.  He is drunk with the desire to get his false doctrine over and because of his drunkenness, he sees three persons in the Godhead.  He errs in his vision and stumbles in his judgment. They are all out of the way through strong drink.

     "For all tables are full of vomit and filthiness, so that there is no place clean." (Isaiah 28:8)

       You talk about having found something else.  I do not care how much you have found.  What can you find? There is nothing else. The only reason you can be satisfied with something other than the Truth of God is because you are a vomit lover.

      You come to the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ today and be baptized in water in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of your sins, and receive the Holy Ghost speaking in other tongues as the Spirit of God gives you utterance.

     May the Lord bless you; may the Lord keep you.  May the Lord lift, up His countenance upon you, in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.  Amen.

     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
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     Everyone age 12 and older.  Note: Pfizer is the only COVID vaccine currently approved for children aged 12 and older. People younger than 18 years of age are not authorized to receive either the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines.
 Present Guidelines for Individual and Businesses in PHASE 3: MAINTAIN (GREEN ZONE)
·        Limited trips outside; vulnerable populations should continue to stay home
·        Wearing a face mask in public is a mandate
·        Frequent hand washing
·        Social distancing
·        Limited occupancy in food and retail establishments to accommodate social distancing
·        Continue practicing teleworking where feasible.
·        Frequent cleaning of public and high touch areas
·        Small gatherings with social distancing
·        Non-essential City facilities remain closed to the public
·        City continues to accept special event applications subject to COVID safety requirements
·        Continue communication with local and State authorities to monitor public health metrics
 Social Distancing guidelines:
·                 Social distancing means staying away from close contact in public spaces. It includes actions like staying out of places where lots of people gather and maintaining distance — approximately 6 feet — from others. 
·                 Social distancing also includes minimizing contact with people when possible, limiting nonessential travel, working from home, and skipping social gatherings. 
·                 All people should practice social distancing — not just those who are seriously ill or at high risk. 
·                 Social distancing is a proven way to slow the spread of pandemics. 
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:
·             Shopping at essential businesses, like grocery stores or pharmacies. 
·                 While visiting your health care provider. 
·                 Traveling on public transportation. 
·                 Interacting with customers/clients at essential businesses. 
·                 When feeling sick, coughing, or sneezing. 
·                 In all public spaces indoors and outdoors.
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.