STATEMENT OF FAITH
At Association of Former Pentecostals (AFP), we have no spiritual or religious agenda. Likewise, we have no
"Statement of Faith." This site and all of its services were created to
assist people who have left Pentecostalism and the Charismatic Movement --
not to promote any particular spiritual faith. The services of this site
are not about the direction any of us are going, but rather where we've
come from: this new "scourge" on Christianity.
We do not discriminate against anyone -- or refuse help to anyone -- based
on their religious preference (or absence thereof), race, gender,
handicap, political affiliation, creed, country of origin, or sexual
orientation. We have an open door policy since those leaving these
churches have gone in all sorts of directions -- we make no religious or
spiritual demands on anyone!
We believe that people have the capacity within themselves to discern
truth and find their path. Our only goal is to provide a mode of
communication and fellowship among those leaving these faiths, without
regard to their current life or spiritual circumstances.
At AFP, our goal is
to help you -- the former Pentecostal or ex-Charismatic -- find fellowship
with others who've left this belief system, and to help you find answers
through resources such as thoughtful essays, and internet resources. We
also accomplish this by providing active discussion and support
Often, people leaving these faiths feel alone, confused, or doubtful --
feeling that perhaps they've made a mistake. We're here to let you know
that you are not alone! Many people have "walked away" and are living
better for it! We hope this site and our resources can be of interest --
and perhaps even some help -- for you. Even if you're already completely
"over" this religion, we hope you'll hang around and help us help others!
Check us out! All of our resources,
forums, etc. are absolutely free!
It had long been a desire of mine to create
a service that told only truth about Pentecostalism and all of its
manifestations. At the end of 1998 and the beginning of 1999, I created a
simple website called "Apostolics Anonymous" which featured monthly
essays, some links, and a guestbook for feedback. After a few months, I
eventually gave up the site, not really knowing how to improve or market
Then, in late 2001, only a few short months after the 9/11 tragedy, I ran
across Yahoo!Groups, and realized that this could be an interesting way to
fellowship with former Pentecostals, especially within my former
denomination, Apostolic (or "Oneness") Pentecostalism. On November 14 of
that year, I quickly threw together an email discussion list on that
service called, "Ex-Apostolics." I discovered quite quickly that I wasn't
the first one at the ball-park -- that there were two other such groups
competing for the same target audience on Yahoo!Groups. Both were aimed at
former members of the largest organization of Apostolic Pentecostalism
(the UPCI), so I carved my niche by focusing on the larger Apostolic
movement, and not one organization.
The discussion list quickly became successful, attracting dozens of
members within a few short months. Of course, we had some problems at
first, but they were quickly resolved as we began to grow.
By February of 2002, I decided to create a newsletter for this group, but
realized that this could be the beginning of something greater. Something
was happening to our group I had yet to realize. We had several members
that joined that had not been Oneness, but traditional Pentecostal or from
the Charismatic movement. To my amazement, many of their stories of
spiritual abuse and manipulation were remarkably similar -- it seemed our
only differences were in dress code and in our "understanding" of the
Godhead. So, to test my theory, instead of making the newsletter an
Ex-Apostolic one, I made it one for ex-Pentecostals and former
Charismatics. On February 15th, the first issue of "Delivered! (later
named "XPC-Examiner") newsletter was sent out to our then 50 members from
the Ex-Apostolics group. The subscription grew, eventually being sent out
to over 200 individuals a month.
Later that year, I decided to create two additional forums, one called
"Pentecostal Debate," and the other, "Ex-Pentecostals." The first one was
created out of necessity to keep heated debate over Pentecostal issues off
of the Ex-Apostolics site (being the support and discussion group that it
was). "Ex-Pentecostals" was created for the same target audience as the
newsletter, to provide a support and discussion list for this larger
group. Over time, there was so much overlap between the two discussion
group that a decision was made later that summer to merge two groups
together. "Azusa Street Survivors," a discussion group for all former
Pentecostals and ex-Charismatics, was the result of that list merger.
Also that summer, this web-site was born. Ex-Pentecostals.org (ex-pentecostals.org
between 5/02 - 11/03) serves as a portal for our discussion groups and as
an information clearinghouse, providing fellowship and research resources
for those who've left (or are leaving) Pentecostalism. Thousands of people
have visited our site and used our services, saying it has helped them
bring closure to a painful past and helped them reclaim their lives. We
hope it can do that for you as well.
In November of 2003, our company, Gatekey Publishing, was created to not
only publish our web pages, but to grow our services! Future plans include
publishing a variety of materials -- from counter-tracts to books -- and
to one market gift items and other promotional materials to market and
support our site and services.
Due to time constraints, our monthly newsletter is not being published at
this time. However, we are spending our time improving our existing
services, especially this website. To view archived newsletters and
discussion lists, please check out our archives!