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WHAT WE BELIEVE

The Motto "God Our Father, Christ Our Redeemer, the Holy Spirit Our Comforter, Humankind Our Family" is a great summary of what the African Methodist Episcopal Church believes.

 

Also known as the A.M.E. Church for short, the denomination is Methodist in terms of its basic doctrine and order of worship. It was born, through adversity, of the Methodist church and to this day does not differ in any major way from what all Methodists believe. The split from the main branch of the Methodist Church was not a result of doctrinal differences but rather the result of a time period that was marked by man's intolerance of his fellow man, based on the color of his skin. It was a time of slavery, oppression and the dehumanization of people of African descent and many of these un-Christian practices were brought into the church, forcing Richard Allen and a group of fellow worshippers of color to form a splinter denomination of the Methodist Church. To find the basic foundations of the beliefs of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, you need look no further than The Apostles' Creed and The Twenty Five Articles of Religion:

Apostle's Creed

 

I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ his only son our Lord who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead; and buried. The third day he arose from the dead' he ascended into heaven and sitteth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Church Universal, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body and the life everlasting. Amen.

Twenty-Five Article's of Faith

 

Article 1: Of Faith in the Holy Trinity
Article 2: Of the Word, or Son of God, Who Was Made Very Man
Article 3: Of the Resurrection of Christ
Article 4: Of the Holy Ghost
Article 5: Of the Sufficiency of the Holy Scriptures for Salvation
Article 6: Of the Old Testament
Article 7: Of Original or Birth Sin
Article 8: Of Free Will
Article 9: Of the Justification of Man
Article 10: Of Good Works
Article 11: Of Works of Supererogation
Article 12: Of Sin After Justification
Article 13: Of the Church
Article 14: Of Purgatory
Article 15: Of Speaking in the Congregation in Such a Tongue as the People Understand
Article 16: Of the Sacraments
Article 17: Of Baptism
Article 18: Of the Lord’s Supper
Article 19: Of Both Kinds:
Article 20: Of the one Oblation of Christ, finished upon the Cross
Article 21: Of the Marriage of Ministers
Article 22: Of the Rites and Ceremonies of Churches
Article 23: Of the Rulers of the United States of America
Article 24: Christian Men’s Goods
Article 25: Of Christian Men’s Oath