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Apostolic is defined on AFF as:

Those that believe that every sinner must repent of their sins.
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Re: Forum Rules

Please refresh your memory on the forum rules since it seems so many have NEVER EVEN READ THEM!!!!!
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From time to time it needs to be reminded that the Admin are not Omnipresent nor Omniscient and simply can't be logged in 24/7 nor read every single post.

That is why it's up to YOU to REPORT a post and let us know about it.

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Admin may remove any offensive post, or ban any members at the sole discretion of the Admin on duty at that time. In the event a thread is closed, or a person is banned, Admin staff will review the situation, and either agree to uphold the ban, or reinstate the poster. If you are banned, you have forfeited your right to communicate and post in the forums. Persons attempting to access AFF via another user ID (new or existing) are in further violation of their previous banning condition(s) and may be subject to an immediate, permanent banning. Persons relaying communications from banned users may also be banned at Admin discretion. You may receive no warning before you are banned. Discussing the ban of another member openly is prohibited. It is your responsibility to have read the rules and to know them. If you break them it will be assumed that at the time you knew you were breaking them. With the exception of those that are just "out of control", we will follow the following guidelines for banning:
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Let it be understood that Apostolic Friends Forum is an Apostolic Forum.
Apostolic is defined on AFF as:


  1. There is One God. This one God reveals Himself distinctly as Father, Son and Holy Ghost.
  2. The Son is God himself in a human form or "God manifested in the flesh" (1Tim 3:16)
  3. Every sinner must repent of their sins.
  4. That Jesus name baptism is the only biblical mode of water baptism.
  5. That the Holy Ghost is for today and is received by faith with the initial evidence of speaking in tongues.
  6. The saint will go on to strive to live a holy life, pleasing to God.
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Old 11-10-2013, 09:45 PM
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Re: Forum Rules

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From time to time it needs to be reminded that the Admin are not Omnipresent nor Omniscient and simply can't be logged in 24/7 nor read every single post.

That is why it's up to YOU to REPORT a post and let us know about it.

Self-Moderated Board & Banning Penalties For Unruly Posters
The Apostolic Friends Forum is for the most part a self-moderated discussion board. If you feel that a user is not in compliance with the rules of this board please use the report button to report inappropriate posts, or send a private message to an Admin. The Admin will make a determination to allow the post, remove the post and warn the user, or immediately remove the user.

Admin may remove any offensive post, or ban any members at the sole discretion of the Admin on duty at that time. In the event a thread is closed, or a person is banned, Admin staff will review the situation, and either agree to uphold the ban, or reinstate the poster. If you are banned, you have forfeited your right to communicate and post in the forums. Persons attempting to access AFF via another user ID (new or existing) are in further violation of their previous banning condition(s) and may be subject to an immediate, permanent banning. Persons relaying communications from banned users may also be banned at Admin discretion. You may receive no warning before you are banned. Discussing the ban of another member openly is prohibited. It is your responsibility to have read the rules and to know them. If you break them it will be assumed that at the time you knew you were breaking them. With the exception of those that are just "out of control", we will follow the following guidelines for banning:
  • First Offense: 3 day ban
  • Second Offense: 7 day ban
  • Third Offense: 1 month ban
  • Fourth Offense: 3 months - 1 year OR Permanent ban (at Admin's discretion)
Any member who is banned can petition Admin via email to ask for reinstatement prior to the ban being lifted. Admin will review this and make their decision.
I second what Prax has stated and would like to add that if everybody would post in a christian manner we would not have to worry about moderation.

However reality has shown that some people's christian principles do not extend to posting on a christian forum.

I would also like to remind people that this forum is intended to be a welcome place for Pentecostal / Apostolics from many different viewpoints but that a universal principle should be civility.

It is sad that on a Pentecostal / Apostolic forum we have to state that being profane, crude, making sexual references or innuendoes, cursing, etc are prohibited and cause for being banned. This should be a given.
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"We did not wear uniforms. The lady workers dressed in the current fashions of the day, ...silks...satins...jewels or whatever they happened to possess. They were very smartly turned out, so that they made an impressive appearance on the streets where a large part of our work was conducted in the early years.

"It was not until long after, when former Holiness preachers had become part of us, that strict plainness of dress began to be taught.

"Although Entire Sanctification was preached at the beginning of the Movement, it was from a Wesleyan viewpoint, and had in it very little of the later Holiness Movement characteristics. Nothing was ever said about apparel, for everyone was so taken up with the Lord that mode of dress seemingly never occurred to any of us."

Quote from Ethel Goss (widow of 1st UPC Gen Supt. Howard Goss) book "The Winds of God"
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