Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom! At Pentecostals & Charismatics for Peace & Justice (PCPJ), we want to connect Spirit-filled Christians around the world who want to follow Jesus’ ethical teachings on nonviolence, equality and sustainability.
PCPJ is a multicultural, gender inclusive, and ecumenical organization that promotes peace, justice, and reconciliation work among Pentecostal and Charismatic Christians around the world.
Our mission: To encourage, enable, and sustain peacemaking and justice–seeking as authentic and integral parts of Pentecostal–Charismatic Christianity. We witness to the conviction that Jesus Christ is relevant to all tensions, crises, and brokenness in the world and we seek to show that addressing injustice and making peace as Jesus and his followers did is theologically sound, biblically commanded, and realistically possible.
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Hello. We are a mennonite church in Eastern Canada. We are from Pentecostal/Charismatic background and we would want to get in touch and ally with our pacifist brethren in the other denominations. So I would want to know if you have a branch in Canada and if so, do this branch have groups or contacts in the Province of Quebec ?
Thanks in advance for your kind help.
Peace in Jesus.
Ichtus Mennonite Church,
Quebec City, Province of Quebec, Canada
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To whom it may concern,
It is a troubling sign that PCPJ would endorse such an Empire glorifying event as the Azusa gathering. Not only was the event shamelessly exploiting American exceptionalism, it also lacked any ethical component (other than certain persons touting their work on behalf of the ‘poor.’). One did not find anywhere Jesus’ call to nonviolence articulated at this event. I am sorely disappointed that PCPJ would lend their good name to such as this.
Executive Director, Preaching Peace
Hello Michael! Thank you for your comment.
The idea of the PCPJ blog is not that we or our members officially endorse everything we cover. We weren’t present at the Azusa Now event and do not by any mean endorse American exceptionalism. What we did was to interview Jennifer Miskov who lives in community, is ordained by Iris Global that has an impressive development work in southern Africa and who spoke about how the revival she’s praying about includes peace and justice. That’s what we wanted to highlight related to an event that attracted the attention of hundreds of thousands of Pentecostals and Charismatics.
I think out of necessity and in recognition of the complexity in charismatic churches, pcpj tries to acknowledge the good while also speaking out about the bad.
I’ve contributed a little to pcpj so far. But here’s something I wrote shortly after AzusaNow, following a lot of friends happily sharing with me about how the event honored Natives: https://facebook.com/notes/ramone-romero/what-repentance-needs-to-mean/10153509757556127/
I stumbled across this site by accident, landing on the undated “Letter to Donald Trump” page. I am truly shocked and saddened to see scholars such as Dr. Yong and Dr. Keener — men whom I generally respect — willingly affix their names to such a flawed document.
The primary error is that the signatories actually seem to believe that the U.S. is supposed to be a literal, official Christian nation, and almost as bad, that “POTUS” stands for “Pastor of the United States.”
Regarding Point 1 — The teachings of the Obsolete Covenant are not even directly applicable to Christians, let alone to a secular nation such as the U.S., so the Levitical citation is silly. I readily grant that President Trump’s rhetoric is often imprecise and fluid; however, he has frequently clarified that the primary objection is to ILLEGAL immigrants. Unfortunately, I suspect you are probably so soft-hearted and soft-headed that you believe in “open borders,” and hence the “illegal” part is nothing but offensive to you. in regard to “banning millions,” it was always intended to be a prudent but *temporary* measure, contingent on the ability to put in place better methods of vetting. Regarding African Americans, FBI crime statistics show they do commit a disproportionately large percentage of violent crimes.
Regarding Point 2 — As you may have noticed, the President’s bellicose rhetoric, so disturbing to many, has not resulted in war, but instead has motivated Dictator Kim to at least make a decent pretense at being willing to “denuclearize.” I am skeptical, but I would be delighted to see the vision Secretary Pompeo laid out come to fruition, with the Koreas reunited and our country helping the North to become modernized, prosperous, and safe, even if it means Kim stays securely in power, and never answers for his atrocities.
Regarding Point 3 — You should pull your heads out of your ice-holes and listen to some more moderate voices, such as Bjorn Lomborg. He in fact believes in “climate change,” but argues that hasty, vigorous attempts to thwart it only end up harming the poor. And again, no one in a secular government has a reason to care about Scripture as a reason for policy — especially one such as Rev. 11:8, which has nothing obvious to do with the subject at hand, nor does it say what you claim it says.
Regarding Point 4 — Yes, President Trump has a history of being an obnoxious boorish womanizing ass. I’m not aware of recent instances of such behavior.
Regarding Point 5 — Nobody should care what 2 Cor. 8:14 says insofar as crafting policy for a secular government is concerned. You clearly see “equality of OUTCOME” as the goal, in true dopey socialist fashion. Here in the U.S., at least as long as the good guys are in charge, the goal is “equality of OPPORTUNITY.” Sadly, you have embraced the one-sided leftie perspective on the tax cuts, embracing the politics of envy. While the tax cuts disproportionately benefited “the rich” — the ones who PAY most of the taxes — they also contributed to the roaring economy that is creating huge opportunity for blue collar workers. (The other thing benefiting the working class by increasing opportunities is the reduction of regulations, another thing you hate.)
Regarding Point 6 — Yes, it’s a shame President Trump does not lie as subtly and skillfully as his predecessors.
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Norrin, illegal immigrant is already and must remain a misdemeanor punishable by a $250 fine, about what you pay for your most recent speeding ticket. It is not a mud round felony and not even a sin.
Thank you for your recent entry (Was the early church really pacifist?). Your citing of ancient patristic sources was a good reminder what the early church teachings were (and their source was Jesus’ teachings). I am a Mennonite pastor and our church roots go back to the Reformation when the Anabaptists were among many voices trying to reform the mother church. They were part of the ‘radical reformation’ and were subsequently hunted down as heretics, tortured and killed by both Catholics and other Reformers. But they also looked at the early church teachings and interpretations of New Testament scripture and saw the same thing you are writing about.
I found your site via FB friends and have read your posts from time to time. It feels like we are kindred spirits.
Your brother in Christ,