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.
Doctrines of the African Methodist Episcopal Church:
Our beliefs are based on the Word of God. Some of the doctrines of the A.M.E. Church are as follows:
Christian Perfection (Holiness):
Through Methodist never claim that such a perfect, sinless life was never attained (except Jesus); they teach that it is attainable. Most important is the teaching that every Christian must strive towards perfection and should show some evidence of progress in that direction.
This proclaims that Jesus died for all and that all can be saved, not just a select few: “Whosoever will, let him come.”
Justification by Faith:
This belief professes that one is saved by faith in the saving grace of Jesus Christ alone. One’s acts and deeds are expressions of one’s faith itself.
The Witness of the Holy Spirit:
The inner certainty that assures us that we are a child of God and that God is at work in the world, as well as in our lives, bringing on the Kingdom of God; Our church acknowledges the gifs of the Spirit. Falling From Grace: There is a real responsibility that a Christian can be lost. He or she can so live that he or she will reject God’s grace. ________________________________________
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 form the dead; He ascended into Heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty, from thence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in Holy Spirit; the Church Universal, the communion of Saints, and the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body and life everlasting. Amen.