Clarification from the Assemblies of God

The Pentecostal Evangel, the official organ of the Assemblies of God (AG) recently published an article entitled "What is a Cult?" One paragraph indicated that Oneness Pentecostals are a cult because of their denial of the trinity and their belief that Jesus is the true God. Previously, however, the AG had stated, "While the Assemblies of God has continued to view the Oneness teaching on the Godhead as erroneous (and heretical)...the label of 'cult' sociologically and theologically undeserved" (Assemblies of God Heritage, Spring 1991)

After United Pentecostal officials wrote to request a clarification, the Pentecostal Evangel issued the following statement: "The inclusion of Oneness Pentecostals in the 'What Is a Cult' article was an editorial oversight which the editorial staff of the Pentecostal Evangel regrets."

The general superintendent of the AG, Thomas E. Trask, stated in a letter responding to Jerry Jones, general secretary of the United Pentecostal Church International: "We have not intentionally wanted to place you folks in the cult category. We, in leadership, do not view the United Pentecostal Church in that framework. As you stated in your letter, there are differences; and we certainly can acknowledge that. However, we have great respect for your church and what your people live and practice...I will take steps to see that this does not happen again in our publications. Again, please accept our apology. We pray God's richest blessing upon you tuhat the Lord will continue to use the UPC for His honor and glory."

- Forward/ Fall 1999