THE ASSEMBLIES OF GOD STATEMENT ON THE GEORGE FLOYD KILLING

I have been a minister with the Assemblies of God, an Evangelical/Pentecostal Christian movement, for almost 32 years. City Church of Orlando stands in agreement with our movement against racism and in promoting reconciliation and healing in our land. The Assemblies of God was born out of the Azusa Street Revival, which was led by a black preacher, William J. Seymour. At this revival, people of all races gathered together and were baptized in the Holy Spirit. Frank Bartleman, a writer and a man who attended this revival, noted that “the color line was washed away in the blood of Jesus.” We are humbled to be part of this Pentecostal movement, which has likely reached more people from different ethnic origins and races than any other Christian movement.
-Pastor Eugene R. Smith

THE STATEMENT FROM THE EXECUTIVE PRESBYTERY OF THE GENERAL COUNCIL OF THE ASSEMBLIES OF GOD.



Today, America is in crisis. The death of George Floyd has once again brought us face to face with the sins of racism and injustice that Christians must respond to in word and deed.

In August 1989, The General Council of the Assemblies of God adopted its “Resolution on Racism.” We, the Executive Presbytery of the Assemblies of God, redouble not only our commitment but our Fellowship’s commitment to the course of action laid out by that historic resolution.

Therefore:
We oppose the sin of racism in any form....

We call any and all to repentance who have participated in the sin of racism through personal thought or action, or through church and social structures, or through inactivity in addressing racism as individuals or as a church.

We pray to God to give us the courage to confront the sin of racism where it may be found in our own lives, in our churches, in our social structures, and in our world.

We resolve to participate with the Holy Spirit in actively working against racism at home and abroad, and we seek the reconciliation of people to God and to one another.

George Floyd’s death cannot be just another name added to a list of senseless killings. He was created in the image of God, and his life mattered. As ministers of the gospel of Jesus Christ, we continue to stand with our African American brothers and sisters, committing to use our voices and actions to be agents of reconciliation.

Let us therefore “mourn with those who mourn” (Romans 12:15), let us follow the Messiah who “seeks justice and speeds the cause of righteousness” (Isaiah 16:5), and let us proclaim Him who “is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility” (Ephesians 2:14)."

May we serve the Lord Jesus in humility and love by promoting healing and justice for all.

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