A New Beginning...
For An Old Church...
For An Age-Old Doctrine.
93 Years of Life
25 Years of Unforgettable Moments
92 days into the year, on Saturday April 1, 1922, Ernest William Sellers founded and named his newly established religious organization "Misión Gedeón" (Gideon Mission) in the city of Havana, Cuba. 2015 marks 93 years of this significant event. Today, as we look back, this historical occurrence stands as a testament that the Doctrine of Christ is mighty and carries on even when tested under the raging flames or thunderous storms.
But, you might ask yourself, why celebrate a 25th anniversary? What is the point of celebrating only twenty five years? Daddy John (as we affectionately call our founder, Ernest William Sellers) preached the full Doctrine of Christ. This meant obeying all of his Ten Commandments and following the original teaching of what it meant to be a Disciple, living by faith. Yes, this included the prohibition of images (the representation of nature or anything organic) as prescribed in the Second Commandment. Even after his death all of these things stood well and were followed by subsequent apostles of the Church.
The Very First Insignias of the 1930's:
(L to R: Official Insignia (English &Spanish), Province Majordomo, Preacher, Evangelist, Disciple,Bishop (English & Spanish))
Those That Kept The Doctrine Of Christ Intact:
The Administrations of…
Apostle Ángel María Hernández (1953-1961)
Apostle Arturo Rangel (1961-1966)
Apostle Samuel Mendiondo (1966-1987)
Around the late 1980’s the Doctrine and the Discipleship were tested and challenged, scrutinized by those who believed that this was the modern age, therefore, the teachings of Christ could be changed to conform to the modern era. Challenged by those who believed it made more sense to work outside of the church to earn a living and who thought it more efficacious and reasonable to water down the Doctrine, taking out that which they considered too hard to follow or was “outdated”. The Word of God on the other hand tells us, “No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon” (Matthew 6:24). The Second Commandment and Daddy John’s teaching of what it meant to be a Disciple slowly started to erode.
Out of the midst of chaos, debates, and confusion, the Bishop Rolando G. Washington stood out among the crowd to save what was left of the original Doctrine of Christ and the teachings of the founder, Daddy John, and place them in their rightful place. With bravery of heart and courage, Rolando fought the good fight against those that were chipping away at the heart of the Doctrine.
“But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.
As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.”
In 1990, Bishop Rolando and his wife, Margoth Gonzalez, along with a handful of other missionaries, celebrated the first International Conferences in the city of Bell Gardens, California. Bell Gardens became the home of the main headquarters of the Church, the outpost and safeguard of the Doctrine. A hard time of battle then followed that lasted until 1993, when God gave His Church the victory.
Excerpt from The Message of The Seven Spirits of God
“Inside of her (the deviated Church) remained a small remnant that did not want to diverge from the Doctrine. Like in the times of Elijah the 450 false prophets had distanced themselves from God and His commandments. But there remained a small remnant. And in these times that small remnant did not want to change the Doctrine they had known since the beginning.”
So it is that this year, 2015, marks twenty five years of those first celebrations that have become a hallmark each year for our Church, the International Conferences. Twenty five years of hardships and adversities, cheers and joy, tears and hope, filled with Unforgettable Moments…
New Generation of Insignias:
In this special section celebrating 25 years of the International Conferences and the creation of our church you will find selected writings from the early years of our Church. Read about how the church began in The Truth About the Acts of Our Lives to specific discourses written in the trying early years of the 1990's by the the then Bishop Rolando G. Washington.
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