AN OPEN LETTER TO THE U.S. PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES — BY PRESIDING BISHOP A.D. BEACHAM, JR, ON BEHALF OF THE COUNCIL OF BISHOPS, IPHC
[Cited from Hugh’s News and Commentary.]
September 5, 2016
I am writing on behalf of the Council of Bishops of the International Pentecostal Holiness Church. Our denomination dates from 1898 and we have congregations and members in forty-eight of the fifty states of our union, as well as in one hundred countries.
First, we write to express our congratulations to you as the nominee for the Democratic/Republican Party. We pray your speeches and debates will address the critical issues we face as a nation.
Second, the Bible commands us to pray for and honor “all who are in authority” (1 Timothy 2:2; 1 Peter 2:17). As spiritual leaders over our flocks in this nation, we commit to you that we will lift you, your family, and your administration in prayer to God. We pray that wisdom and righteousness will be the distinguishing marks of your service.
Third, we want to express some of the core issues we believe are important for the nation and God’s blessings upon us. As members of the National Association of Evangelicals, Pentecostal and Charismatic Churches in North America, and Christian Churches Together, our positions reflect the views of millions of Americans:
Finally, we assure you that as citizens of this nation, and citizens of the “unshakeable kingdom of God” (Hebrews 12:28), we are praying for you. On behalf of the International Pentecostal Holiness Church Council of Bishops, I am,
Dr. A.D. Beacham, Jr.
International Pentecostal Holiness Church