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

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Date: January 2, 2022
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 gatherings and use social distancing, wash your hands, and get tested to help stop the spread of the Covid-19 virus.  In some places wearing face mask is mandatory in indoor public spaces.
     We are continuing limited indoor, in-person services with face mask, social distancing, temperature checks and Covid-19 testing. We are also continuing online services through Zoom, Facebook, and YouTube.   In-person Baptism and prayer service are available by attending our local service on site, attending our services on Zoom, or 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:
 Faith without works is dead being alone (part 1)
By Apostle Dennis G. Smith
     To keep people from debates and arguments about salvation, let me begin by saying that according to Apostle Paul, we are saved by faith. The words that stated that we are saved by “faith alone” is reported to have been added to the teachings contained in the bible by so-called reform theology teachers to refute many teachings in the Catholic Church.  

     When the bible states that we are justified or forgiven of our sins by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ without doing any of the works that are contained in the law it is speaking of bringing offerings to God for the forgiveness of our sins.   The Bible is not teaching that we are saved by faith alone without any actions of obedience to the commandments of Jesus Christ as some reform theologians teach.  All should now see the reason why we sometimes refer to them as doctors of dumbness not for the purpose of offending anyone, but to cause everyone to examine themselves according to the word of God. 

   The general statement concerning faith by most Christian believers usually states in some form of words, that if we truly trust in the Lord Jesus Christ with complete confidence it will produce actions of love for him and obedience to his every command.  When we understand that there is a difference between true faith and  lip service faith which is when a person just says I believe, but produces no results sometimes called mental faith, which is not true faith.

     True faith does not stand alone but produces results that causes one to grow and obey the word of God.  True Apostolic Christians must come to acknowledge that sinners are justified by faith in the saving action of the Lord Jesus Christ who is God Almighty taking on flesh and blood and dying on the cross as payment for our sins, by the action receiving the gift of the Holy Spirit with the sign following speaking in other tongues as the Spirit gives them utterances, and which produces actions causing them to go on to perfection overcoming the ways of the sinful world in living a holy lifestyle, then continuing steadfastly in the Apostle’s Doctrine. All of these actions are the products of a person that has true faith and not lip service. In believing and obeying the commandments of the Lord Jesus Christ True Apostolic Christians are granted the gift of salvation, a gift that was not earned by the good works of a person but a gift given because of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ that produced good works which is the basis for the whole Christian life. True Apostolic Christians place their trust in God's gracious promise that whosoever believes and is baptized shall be saved but those that donot believe are eternally lost which includes hope in God and love for him. 

Mark 16:16 - 19 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.  And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.  So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God.

Such a faith is active in love and obedience thus the Apostolic Christian cannot and should not remain without good works.  This biblical proof text should cause all people to understand once and for all that true faith always produce good works and never stands alone. From this light we can all now see that forgiveness without the deeds of the law is speaking of the end of the animal sacrifice offerings for sins and and the end of the need for circumcision under the old covenant but is establishing the law of forgiveness by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.

Romans 3:28 Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the lawRomans 3:29 Is he the God of the Jews only? is he not also of the Gentiles? Yes, of the Gentiles also:  Romans 3:30 Seeing it is one God, which shall justify the circumcision by faith, and uncircumcision through faith. Romans 3:31 Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law.

     Every person in the world can now come to complete peace because we have the law of forgiveness established by God Almighty for every believer regardless of  whether they are a Jew or Gentile.  This is one of the reasons why we must all come to realize that the Bible alone is our measuring rod or the tool that we use to determine whether a teaching is true or false based on the teaching of the Apostle’s Doctrine contained in the bible.   Therefore if any local or national Church teach the Apostle’s Doctrine correctly and obey the Apostle’s doctrine they become a part of the Body of Christ.  This should also establish in all people the need to examine the teachings of all the Church gatherings that they attend to see whether or not they are a part of the Body of Christ. Those gatherings or assemblies of people that do not teach the Apostle’s Doctrine are not a part of the Body of Christ which is the Church of the living God and are therefore false Churches.

1Corinthians 12:27 Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.  1Corinthians 12:28 And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracle, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.

     Many Christians believe that the statement of salvation by faith alone is a misinterpretation on the part of Martin Lutheran and others and that Apostle Paul was actually speaking about receiving forgiveness of sins and being saved by faith in the blood of Jesus Christ without keeping the ceremonial laws such as the law of Circumcision, Dietary laws, Sabbath laws, and Levitical Priestly Animal Sacrifices and Temple services that were considered essential for forgiveness of sins for the Jews under the Old covenant before the death of Christ.  These services are no longer necessary because they were actually shadows and types that pointed to the sacrificial death of the Lord Jesus Christ on the cross as payment for the sins of those who believed in him.   

Romans 3:20 - 28 Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.  But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets;  Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:   For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;  Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus. Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith. Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.

     To obtain good understanding we must fully recognize and know the difference between Moral law known as the ten commandments which are the laws of relationship with God and Mankind, the Ceremonial Law which are laws for the forgiveness of sins and the Civil Law which are laws for justice among men and governmental authority in the bible for the Jewish nation. All nations of the world have some form of Civil laws.  In simplicity Moral Laws determine the natural relationship of a person toward God and all mankind; Ceremonial Laws determines the order of the Divine worship and forgiveness of sin and Civil Law is judicial laws for  issues of judgement for determinations of the justice to be maintained when men commit criminal acts among men and the establishment of national and local governments.  We can readily see that certain laws were given to the Jews and other laws are found among all nations of the world.

      The Ten Commandments sometimes called law 1, or the Two tablets of the Testimony, also known as the Moral Law and the Decalogue which is the knowledge of sin or law of love or character toward God and our fellow man or neighbor.   Law number 2 also known as the Law of Moses, the Book of the Law, Mosaic Law, the Ordinances, or the Ceremonial Law pointed to forgiveness of sins.  And Law 3 the Civil Law or Judicial law , which are determinations of the justice to be maintained among men. Law two and Law three are sometimes seen as parts of one law.

      If an Israelite sinned, he broke the moral law being the Ten Commandments. He then had to bring his offering according to the ceremonial law, the sacrificial law to receive forgiveness and restore a righteous relationship with God and his action could also result in punishment under civil law as well.  This is the relationship between the laws.  The Moral defines sin, as sin is the transgression of the Ten Commandments. Nine were cited in the New Testament and one fulfilled in Christ.

1John 3:4 - 7 Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.  And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin. Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him.  Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.
Ceremonial Law defined sacrifices which was the remedy for sin.  So when Apostle Paul speaks of justification or forgiveness without the deeds of the law, he is referring the laws that pertained to the forgiveness of sin. This is made clear as explained in Acts 15 Chapter.   
Acts 15:1 And certain men which came down from Judaea taught the brethren, and said, Except ye be circumcised after the manner of Moses, ye cannot be saved. Acts 15:2 When therefore Paul and Barnabas had no small dissension and disputation with them, they determined that Paul and Barnabas, and certain other of them, should go up to Jerusalem unto the apostles and elders about this question. Acts 15:3 And being brought on their way by the church, they passed through Phenice and Samaria, declaring the conversion of the Gentiles: and they caused great joy unto all the brethren. Acts 15:4 And when they were come to Jerusalem, they were received of the church, and of the apostles and elders, and they declared all things that God had done with them. Acts 15:5 But there rose up certain of the sect of the Pharisees which believed, saying, That it was needful to circumcise them, and to command them to keep the law of Moses.  Acts 15:6 And the apostles and elders came together for to consider of this matter. Acts 15:7 And when there had been much disputing, Peter rose up, and said unto them, Men and brethren, ye know how that a good while ago God made choice among us, that the Gentiles by my mouth should hear the word of the gospel, and believe. Acts 15:8 And God, which knoweth the hearts, bare them witness, giving them the Holy Ghost, even as he did unto us;  Acts 15:9 And put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith.  Acts 15:10 Now therefore why tempt ye God, to put a yoke upon the neck of the disciples, which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear?  Acts 15:11 But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved, even as they.
We continue with a Message from Apostle S. McDowell Shelton … "Without Faith It Is Impossible To Please Him"
By Bishop S. McDowell Shelton

      This is Bishop S. McDowell Shelton coming to you from the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith.  We are hearing from people throughout the world—from Asia, from Africa, from Europe, from North, Central and South America. Yes, we are hearing from people of many nationalities, as well as colors and tongues, and religious denominations.

    In our Bible Study Course, there are many people of varied religious beliefs. We receive prayer requests from all around the world—from people of many walks of life: rich, poor, learned, and unlearned, bound, and free. Evidently, they have seen something in our message that they have not been able to find at any other place. They have found a thought of peace, they found a thought of tranquility, they have found a fountain of hope. They came upon something that was able to reunite, to rejoin the disconnected and discordant things of life to make it right—to see the light, to see the truth. Some are just hearing us for the first time, even though we have been preaching for such a long time and this message has been going out over the air. It must continue to reach, and it is!

     When you have had a beautiful experience about something—when you have had something good happen to you, when you have been uplifted, when there is something new and good added unto your life —you want to share it with people. You want to tell people about it. You want them to know how good it is, and if you are not selfish you want them to try it, for you wish they had it.

     For this reason, and because we have the truth, we tell people to repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ and to continue steadfastly in the Apostles' doctrine and to taste and see that the Lord is good. We invite them to come into this experience with us and to know the fullness of this truth. We have indited this good matter and we want the whole world to know about it. We want to share it with the whole world. 

     In our letters that we receive daily, we have heard from just about every section, if not all sections, of the world and we are increasing our broadcast in Asia, as well as in the Caribbeans. Wherever we hear from—people may speak a different language, or they may have a different government; but one thing that holds true is that there is always so much hurt— there is always so much pain—there is always so much misery—there is always so much suffering—there is always so much need. All humanity is searching, all humanity needs salvation.

         They need relief from that destroying one who is seeking to devour them, who is seeking to swallow them up. This message of the Apostolic Faith brings a new life, it brings a new hope, it brings a new peace, it gives you a solid foundation, it gives you a new start.

     This Apostolic message gives mankind in this time and this day a chance to be saved, a chance to see God, a chance to know joy, a chance to have eternal life, and an opportunity to have answers to their prayers.

     Despite all the doubt, with all the gainsayers, with all the trouble surrounding you in this world, you must get back to that childlike faith that God intended mankind to have from the beginning. 

     In one way, we have it more difficult, than Adam and Eve did in the beginning, because they, initially, were in a state of innocence and did not know the difference between good and evil. They had not been exposed to all of the tempting things of this life; therefore, they were in a state of innocence. But we were born in sin and sharpened in iniquity and in sin did our mothers conceive us. 

     We must come through this world seeing, knowing, touching, feeling, and experiencing. We must live in an alien world and in a hostile society—not closed off in some Garden of Eden, but right out there in the thick of things. And then in all this thick of the battle, and of temptation, and of doubt—of reason, and of scientific belief and theory and all the other things that would pull you away from faith, God says to us—"Without faith it is impossible to please me."

We will continue with these messages in part 2………

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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