Why Another One?
There are hundreds of religious organizations that wave the banner of Christ Jesus, each one of them systematically defining their legitimacy to exist so then, why another?
The majority of religious organizational structures are designed to keep certain ones out and others in; as a result, there is an immense vacuum between organizations. Within this vacuum there are many ministers who are frustrated, isolated and discouraged, and are yearning to be a participant in a movement that will not endanger their uniqueness of ministry or individual consciences. Some of them are labeled as “rebels” and are acutely suffering from religious rejection.
It sounds ludicrous, but diversity of ministry can exist without adversity until a state of harmony can be achieved through the working of the Holy Spirit. This opportunity is provided for in the constitution of the Full Gospel Fellowship of Churches and Ministers International of Oregon, Inc. The goal of the Full Gospel Fellowship is to provide unique churches and ministers an opportunity to exist together in peace with this assurance: protection for the sovereignty of each local church and liberty of conscience for each minister. This goal is expressed distinctly by the Prophet Isaiah, “The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together…the cow and the bear shall feed; they young ones shall lie down together…they shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain; for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea” (Isa. 11:6-9). The freedom to identify with one another as being a member of the body of Christ is a giant step toward the unity described in the priestly prayer of Jesus (St. John 17). The Holy Spirit is committed to bring fulfillment to that prayer and to anoint any organizational vehicle dedicated to that end.
Active fellowship between the members of the Body of Christ forms a perimeter of defense against an enemy dedicated to isolate, then destroy the individual members of that Body. Active fellowship is a major bulwark against the stratagems of the devil.
Historically, a fellowship of churches and ministers that offered a zone of neutrality for interaction was needed. The uniqueness of the Full Gospel Fellowship has provided that option for churches and ministers to exist together within the same body without fear of ecclesiastical expulsion or penalty.