- Paperback: 404 pages
- Publisher: Universal Publishers (April 1, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1581125844
- ISBN-13: 978-1581125849
- Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.8 x 9.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,301,100 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Christianity without the Cross: A History of Salvation in Oneness Pentecostalism
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Also as a former UPCI minister I had the good fortune of coming into the UPCI under a pastor whose father was a UPCI General Official, and his family goes back to early Pentecost pioneers. In talking at length with my UPCI pastor I learned some of the inside story of the UPCI and its merger with the PCI and PAJC. I also learned the "legalist" way of salvation and some of the skullduggery that goes on behind the scenes of the UPCI.
I see Fudge's book as a point by point indictment by God of the UPCI's works-salvation theology (?). Their incessant demand of their standards of holiness, dress, and behavior replaces Justification, Sanctification, and Grace. While the word "Grace" is used from their pulpits, its meaning has a different connotation than what traditional Christianity believes. Sadly, Grace and truth only comes by THEIR doctrine. Outside of their doctrine, there is no Salvation. I have heard some pastors say there are other organizations one can belong to and make it to heaven but they don't really believe it!
Perhaps the most troubling--Fudge points out--is a good number of early Pentecostal pioneers and present UPCI pastors do not have any advanced education in systematic theology, hermeneutics, eschatology, apologetics, and so forth. Much of what they believe--they say--comes strictly by "revelation of God!Read more ›
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This book is a well-written study of Oneness Pentecostalism. Being a former member of a oneness church, I found many of the matters discussed in the book to align with the... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Stefan Caradine
I was a UPCI minister for a dozen years, had issues with standards that had poor scriptural application, but the cross is instrumental in the new birth, the sprinkling of blood... Read morePublished 19 months ago by charles k barrie
Interesting propaganda book claiming to represent the beliefs of UPC/Early Oneness Pentecostals. Redemption and the Cross have consistently been preached behind all the UPCI... Read morePublished on June 5, 2014 by Dwight J. Davis
Having been a part of the UPCI, and known many of the people this book talks about, I can truly say this book was life changing. Read morePublished on December 15, 2013 by Rachel V
Don't waste your time or money. As a member of a UPC, for over 20 years, I can tell you that this book DOES NOT, represent the way the UPC really operates. Read morePublished on June 3, 2012 by ctmb374
From a former ordained member in the UPCI, I am transfering ordination to the United Methodist Church. Read morePublished on March 27, 2010 by G. P. Norton
This book is an eye-opener for those who were or are currently in the UPC. I was impressed with the amount of time Dr. Fudge spent in his research and documenting his efforts. Read morePublished on September 3, 2009 by Blessings
I've been a Spirit filled believer since 1980. In 1993 I transferred my ministerial credentials from the Assemblies of God to the United pentecostal Church. Read morePublished on August 20, 2009 by Eric F. Holly
I really did appreciate the book. I felt it was a honest look at aspects of our past, that isn't talked about to by the Pastors and Elders of the UPCI movement. Read morePublished on July 6, 2009 by Angel Rocha