In Matthew 16:18 Jesus said to Simon Peter, “And I say also unto thee, that thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” From this passage it is very obvious that Christ is the builder or founder of the New Testament church and that he calls this church his church. Any church founded by someone other than Christ is not Christ’s church. David, in the Old Testament, announced a great truth when he said, “Except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it” (Psalm 127:1). In the New Testament we learn that the “house of God is the church of the living God” (1 Timothy 3:15). If the Lord did not build the house (church) those who did build it labored in vain. Jesus declared, “Every plant which my heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up” (Matthew 15:13). No one should be a member of any spiritual household, religious plant, or church which man was responsible for starting. One should be a member of the church Christ established!
GOD GAVE ME THIS VISION for this ministry Echad in 2004, which should be established as a Bible type institute that encompass various other ministries. In 2014 we came together to make this vision a reality begins services in our home and continued to evangelized the gospel of salvation as the Lord has inspired. It is also relevant and conducive for me to expand on the vision on the meaning of “Echad” and to enlighten people of similar views to understand how important Echad is in the Bible.
The Bible repeatedly asserts that God is one. Deuteronomy 6:4 Moses enunciated that “Echad” is one: Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord and James 2:19 from the disciple standpoint he argues that “Thou believes that there is one God; thou does well: the devils also believe, and tremble!” Oneness Apostolic doctrine for us underpins Yeshua as one. Romans 6:5 which speaks of the Gentiles which were grafted into the family vein of salvation. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection. It is important to understand how God called Israel to be His people and how they failed to fulfill that calling. As the seed of Abraham, the children of Israel were chosen by God to be a separate people, holy to the Lord. God’s design was for them to be a light to the Gentiles so that they, too, might know God (Genesis 18:17–19;Isaiah 42, 49). Instead, the Israelites chased foreign gods and betrayed their calling (Ezekiel 23; Hosea 11). But God, who knew they would do this, had already promised to restore His kingdom to Israel after they rebelled and then eventually repented (Deuteronomy 30:1–10). So God sent His Son, preceded by a forerunner, to invite Israel to “repent, for the Kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matthew 3:2; 4:17).
However, when Jesus revealed Himself as the promised Davidic King who would restore Israel (Matthew 11—12; Acts 3:19–22), He was rejected by the Jews, exactly as Isaiah had prophesied (Isaiah 52—53). Jesus therefore called His disciples to fulfill Abraham’s commission to bless the nations (Genesis 12:2–3) by preaching the gospel of the Kingdom to all nations until the end of this age (Matthew 28:18–20). Paul thus preached the gospel of the Kingdom to the Jews and was repeatedly rejected (Acts 13—28); in consequence, Paul brought the good news to the Gentiles, who in turn became Abraham’s spiritual seed by faith and heirs of the promises to Abraham and his seed (Galatians 3—4). This is what Paul meant in Romans 11 by the Gentiles being “grafted” into the “olive tree” and nourished by the “root” (the promises to Abraham). The tree thus signifies the collective people of God; the “wild branches” grafted in are Gentile believers; the “natural branches” that are cut off are the Jews in unbelief. Jewish believers remain in the tree but are joined with Gentiles and “made” into a “new body,” the Church (Ephesians 2:11–22). Romans 11 thus conclusively shows Gentile believers that God is not yet “done” with Israel, who has only temporarily lost the privilege of representing God as His people. Since “the gifts and calling of God are irrevocable” (11:29), “all Israel will be saved” in order to fulfill God’s covenant with ethnic Israel (11:25–28), including the promise of land inheritance (Deuteronomy 30:1–10). While the “natural branches” were cut off because Israel failed, God’s purposes are not complete until Israel is also grafted back into the people of God to share in the promises to Abraham and his seed. This brings full circle God’s larger redemptive plan (Romans 11:30–36) for both Jews and Gentiles as distinct populations within the people of God in the Davidic (or Millennial) Kingdom. Indeed, the prophets saw this Kingdom as the “final form” of the olive tree, so that Israel—reversing roles—would then bless the Gentiles, enabling them to join the people of God (see Zechariah 8:13, 20–23). In principle I would like to define the term “legalism” which according to standard dictionary definition points to a strict adherence, or the principle of strict adherence, to law or prescription, especially to the letter rather than the spirt. The second definition view legalism as the doctrine that salvation is gained through good works; the judging of conduct in terms of adherence to precise laws.
Holiness churches hold on to legalism concept where a Christian keeps certain laws and regards other Christians who do not keep his level of holiness with contempt is a frequent problem in the church. Now, we want to make it clear that all Christians are to abstain from fornication, adultery, pornography, lying, stealing, etc. Christians do have a right to judge the spirituality of other Christians in these areas where the Bible clearly speaks. But, in the debatable areas we need to be more careful, and this is where legalism is more difficult to define. Rom. 14:1-12 says that we are not to judge our brothers on debatable issues. One person may eat certain kinds of foods where another would not. One person might worship on a particular day where another might not. We are told to let each person be convinced in his own mind (Rom. 14:5). As long as our freedom does not violate the Scriptures, then everything should be okay. Traditional Apostolic Pentecostal have feverously tarnish the prospects of many people’s views of being a legalistic group. Legalism, in Christian theology, is a usually pejorative term referring to an over- emphasis on discipline of conduct, or legal ideas, usually implying an allegation of misguided rigor, pride, Superficiality, the neglect of mercy, and ignorance of the grace of God or emphasizing the letter of law at the expense of the spirit. Legalism is alleged against any view that obedience to law, not faith in God’s grace, is the pre- eminent principle of redemption. On the Biblical viewpoint that redemption is not earned by works, but that obedient faith is required to enter and remain in the redeemed state. In reference to such legalistic regime we are not people of such delegation but a responsible group of people who believes in social mosaic of people from different racial and ethnic background. Our focus is on presenting you with the simple mission of Jesus Christ which is to redeem people from their sins and create an opportunity for everlasting life which is life beyond the confines of this present world. Echad Apostolic Ministries (EAM) is a United States nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization founded by Bishop St. Hylton R.J Coombs. The ministry has been based in Atlanta Georgia with a mission of reaching the loss ones through the inspiring word of truth. The church teaches a doctrine of holiness and living a practical Christian life. The most important teaching of the church pertains to people connecting to the omnipotent God who alone can create new pathway for believers. Our Ministries core philosophies encompass community outreach, prison mission, and hospital mission, conduct special programs for children and youth coordinate building and construction Projects, and teach discipleship programs and Bible studies. Additionally, our ministry intends to establish a Divinity Schools, which will develop teaching materials on the principles and history of the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ; preparing ministry workers with the necessary Tools needed to spread the gospel according St. Luke 24:47 As true witnesses of the Lord Jesus Christ, we are amplified to evangelized everywhere from the Caribbean, Greater Antilles, Haiti, South America, Africa, Asia and the Middle East. During the Welsh Revival (1904-05) over one hundred thousand people were converted many of them called themselves the “Children of the Revival.” One such group held meetings in a house in Penygroes, Llanelli, U.K. In February 1910 they opened a building called ‘The Evangelical Church’, Penygroes. During the Revival some had experienced speaking in tongues and prophecy. In the new church these manifestations of the gifts of the Holy Spirit began to be heard more frequently. A miner Mr. D.P. Williams (1882-1947) began to attend some of the services. He had been converted in the Revival on 25 December 1904 when Mr. Evan Roberts, the Revivalist, laid his hands on him. He became a well-known preacher in the Independent (Congregational) chapels in and around Penygroes and was baptized in the Holy Spirit in 1909. This experience brought him to a time of decision. He decided to leave the Independents and joined the Evangelical Church in 1910. He was baptized in water and shortly after that visited Pastor W.O. Hutchinson’s Emmanuel Mission Hall in Bournemouth where he and a friend were greatly blessed. Repentance is the activity of reviewing one’s actions and feeling contrition or regret for past wrongs. It generally involves a commitment to personal change and resolving to live a more responsible and humane life. The practice of repentance plays an important role in the soteriological doctrines of the world’s major religions where it is considered necessary for the attainment of salvation. Acts 2:38. 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. The Scriptures are always true. The Apostles understood the importance of the water baptism and were taught by our Lord Jesus to follow in obedience of his word. Thousands of born again believers where baptized in Jesus’ name. This is what the scriptures prove over and over again; according to Luke 24:45 then opened He their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures. 46 And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it beloved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: 47 and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. Acts 1: 7-8. And he said unto them, it is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power. But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. The Apostolic movement was originated by The Lord Jesus Christ who called 11 leaders to spread the good news of salvation to all the world.