My parents were members of the Fire-Baptized Holiness Church (FBPH) for the first twelve years of my life
and for many years before my birth. Most of my friends and many family members have never heard the name
of this church, therefore the following is a little history and background which I have found to be very
The church was founded by Rev. Benjamin Hardin Irwin. Irwin accepted holiness beliefs and claimed to
experience sanctification in 1891. He was convinced that there was an experience beyond sanctification called the
"baptism with the Holy Ghost and fire" or simply "the fire". In 1900 Irwin resigned from his leadership position in
this movement and was replaced by Joseph H. King who was formerly a Methodist from
Georgia. By 1906 he led the church into the third-blessing Pentecostalism, taking the line that the baptism in
the Holy Spirit with evidence of speaking in tongues had been the "baptism of fire" the church had been seeking. By
1906, King led the church into third-blessing Pentecostalism, taking the line that the baptism in the Holy Spirit
with evidence of speaking in tongues had been the "baptism of fire" the church had been seeking. After 1908
the denomination split and become the Fire Baptized Holiness Church of God of the Americas.
In further studies you will see many Pentecostal Holiness were formed. Some were International Pentecostal
Holiness, Church of God, and some of the early Baptist were break-offs of the Fire Baptized Holiness Church with
distinct doctrinal positions. Some were against women wearing "needless ornamentation"; this prohibition
applied to men, making it a sin to wear neckties, and a sin to eat anything forbidden by the Old
Testament, such as hog-meat. These are the first things I remember.
I have no knowledge of when my parents were saved and became members of the Pentecostal Fire-Baptized
Holiness Church. It was probably 1924, therefore most of us children were brought up under this strict
doctrine. The electric lights were not used on Sunday, no cooking, (everything was cooked on Saturday for Sunday),
no pork, and not a lot of outdoor playing on Sunday. My daddy didn't wear a neck-tie, my mother wore no jewelry or
outward adornment. She always wore long sleeves and she had long hair. They were godly parents, studied the
Bible and we had a lot of family prayer time.
Did this have an impact on my life__Yes. I could always call on my dad to pray for me and I had complete
confidence in his walk with the Lord. He never stopped studying the Bible so, when I was about twelve years
old he joined The Church of God, headquarters in Cleveland, Tennessee. A lot of things we didn't do we now do
but he was still very strict and was continually praying. He loved to go to the graveyard to pray.
It all had an impact on my life and what I believe today, which is stay with the King James Bible,
(KJV) study for yourself, only the Bible as your guideline. I believe the Bible gives us instructions on how
to study, a little here and a little there, and it will come together. In studying it is important to
study English, some history of the Bible as to who was speaking, when and place and time it was taking place.
Mix lots of prayer. The Lord only speaks to you through His Word.