Normally this site does not publish all the latest news reports concerning the United Pentecostal Church, its ministers or members. I am making an exception this time as it hit the papers that New Life Tabernacle Church in Siloam Springs, Arkansas has made the decision to no longer promote the dress and hair codes of the UPCI. This is not a small issue within the organization.
On Saturday, June 18, 2005, the Arkansas Democrat Gazette published an article titled, "Pentecostal Pastor Places Dress Code in Closet". The article cannot be viewed online without either subscribing to the paper or paying $1.95 to obtain a copy. Their web site is http://library.ardemgaz.com (the archive section) for anyone who wishes to do so.
The pastor is Tim Estes, a UPCI licensed minister, who states the church is still with the UPC but will leave if their remaining with them causes problems for the organization. He's already had negative reactions from some pastors he knows. The article notes that so far they have only lost about three members from the change and the number of visitors has increased.
According to the report, the pastor started looking into the teachings over three years ago and even wrote a book entitled, "The Premise of Change" (it wasn't made clear if this is available to the public but was read to the church board). He is quoted as stating that the "pat answers" he learned about the codes during five years in Bible college "did not align themselves with the Word of God in context."
There is now a site where the article may be viewed at no charge.
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