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