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Thou shalt have no other gods before me.  (Exodus 20:3)

The United Pentecostal Church International, or UPCI is a "Oneness" or "Jesus Only" Pentecostal group.  Their official website and information on their group from their perspective may be found at http://www.upci.org/.  I neither agree with nor condone much of the information on this website, but present this URL in the interest of fairness.  While I must confess that I have met several wonderful individuals associated with the UPCI, the official teachings of the UPCI disturb me greatly.

After both research and much soul searching, I have been forced to come to several conclusions about this group.  According to my studies, the UPCI is, quite simply,  a pseudo-Christian cult. They are no more "Christian" than many other currently popular religious cults. They selectively interpret the Bible and deny orthodox Christian beliefs as well as Apostolic teachings.

I strongly caution any inquirer from becoming involved with any church or group belonging to this cult.  Listed below you will find links to websites which will provide information about the UPCI which you will not find on their official website as well as comparisons of UPCI teachings to those of orthodox Christianity.

Please!  Join with me in praying for the conversion and salvation of the members of the UPCI and their return  to the arms of the Christian Church established by Jesus Christ and his Apostles.

May God bless you, and guide you in your search for truth!

All Christian Churches and/or Denominations share certain characteristics in common.  For example:

  1. They accept the Holy Bible as the inspired Word of God.

  2. They accept the creeds as statements of faith (i.e., Apostles' Creed, Nicene Creed, and/or Athanasian Creed).

  3. They baptize believers with the Trinitarian formula (i.e., "I baptize thee in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost." This was the form given by Jesus Christ to His Disciples in Matthew 28:19.)

Any church or denomination which does not conform to the above three characteristics is NOT a Christian church or denomination, although they may claim to be so.


We welcome suggestions for links and other information about this organization. Please feel free to send them to the webmaster.

Characteristics of CultsLists of some common characteristics of cults from various sources.
The Didache:  The Lord's Teaching Through the Twelve Apostles to the NationsWritten by Barnabas, provides instruction from the Apostles to the early Church.  The section on Baptism should be of interest to any who embrace the "Jesus only" error.
UPCI Cult Discussion Forum (Blog).

(These links are to other, remote, websites.  Questions regarding the content of these websites should be directed to their webmasters.)

8 Characteristics of a Counterfeit Christian Church.
Answering "Oneness" Pentecostalism.
Aplogetics for Christians.
Apostasy of the so-called Apostolic Church… (Dokimos).
Association of Former Pentecostals.
Can you tell something about the United Pentecostal Church?
Christian Apologetics & Research Ministry.
Christian-Koinonia Support Group.
Christian Life Center - UPCI Analysis Conclusion.
Christian Research Institute. (PDF)
Conceptualizing "Cult" and "Sect".
Cult of United Pentecostal Church (European American Evangelistic Crusades).
DepartingUPC:  Safe Haven for Departing Pentecostals.
Different Gospels:  The United Pentecostal Church .
Examining the United Pentecostal Church International.
Ex-Cult Resource Center.
Gospel According to Oneness Pentecostalism (Mike Barden).
Growth & Threat of Christian Cults.
Identifying a Cult.
Is the United Pentecostal Church Teaching the True Godhead Doctrine?
"Jesus Only" Isn't Enough. Where Exactly Do "Oneness" Pentecostals Stand in Relation to Orthodoxy? Are They In or Out?
Modalism:  As taught by the United Pentecostal Church.
Oneness Pentecostalism (The Bereans).
Oneness Pentecostalism (Interfaith Evangelism Belief Bulletin).
Oneness Pentecostalism (Sovereign Love).
Oneness Pentecostalism is Heresy, not Hairsplitting.
Petersburg Gospel Center.
Refuted:  "Sixty Questions on the Godhead".
Short Review of Personal Experience in the United Pentecostal Church (Jeff Jacobsen).
Stop Spiritual Abuse.  (Focuses on spiritual abuse in "Bible-based" churches with a secondary focus on the United Pentecostal Church.)
Testimony of David Vivas.  (CARM)
Trinity: The Role of Constantine in the Nicene Creed.
United Pentecostal Church from "Charts of Cults, sects, and Religious Movements", by Dr. H. Wayne House.
United Pentecostal Church (Cult Awareness & Information Centre).
United Pentecostal Church / UPC (FACTNet).
United Pentecostal Church International (Rick A. Ross Institute).
Warning "oneness" Church a Cult & Threat to Christianity!
Watchman Expositor: Oneness Pentecostalism.
Watchman Expositor:  United Pentecostal Church.
Wolves Among the Flock.

These are only a few of the many links to information about the United Pentecostal Church International available on the world-wide-web.  Using any search tool, such as Yahoo!, or Google, will undoubtedly provide you with much more.

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