History of First Century Gospel Church by the current Head Pastor James Ambrose Clark, III.
First Century Gospel Church New Jersey, U.S.A. was founded by the late Head Pastor James Ambrose Clark, II, of blessed memory in late 1925.
The grandson of the late founder, Head Pastor James Clark, III, stated that his grandfather was inspired by the teachings of the late Rev. Adoniram Judson Gordon of Boston, MA, in 1886 to practice “Divine Healing.” Divine Healing is exercising 100% faith in God’s Power through prayers, to miraculously heal any sickness or disease. This is accomplished by trusting only in the name and completed work of our LORD and Savior Jesus Christ’s Substitutionary Atonement on Calvary’s Cross, without the application of any medicines.
After examining the scriptural references quoted by Reverend Gordon, the late Ambrose Clark also decided to place his faith in God by trusting in the Power of the Blood of our LORD Jesus Christ to heal his chronic inability to eat solid food after all the doctors and medications had failed him.
To put his newfound faith in the LORD Jesus Christ into action, Pastor Clark instructed his wife to prepare the meal that he had previously been unable to eat. After he ate the meal, Pastor Clark was instantly healed to the glory of GOD. Upon his deliverance, he also decided to start teaching the Gospel of “Divine Healing” of his Savior and Healer, the LORD Jesus Christ. From then on, the Church under Pastor Clark spread rapidly around the world as a result of the miraculous healings wrought on all the sick and afflicted of the devil, through prayer and faith in God’s Word. Please consider some of these Bible facts:
He sent His word and healed them, And delivered them from their destructions. (Psalm 107:20)
Bless the Lord, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless His holy name! 2 Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: 3 Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases, 4 Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies, 5 Who satisfies your mouth with good things, so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. (Psalm 103:1-5)
Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. 5 But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed. (Isaiah 53:4-5)
After ministering at Faith Tabernacle for eight years, and due to some major differences, there was a split, and Pastor A. Clark left the Faith Tabernacle, and in late 1925, established another church. His family and some of the congregation from Faith Tabernacle made up the new First Century Gospel Church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
In the mid 1920s, Pastor Ambrose Clark appointed his eldest son Henry as pastor over stations in New York City, Newark and in Eastern Pennsylvania, while the elder Clark remained the Head Pastor of the First Century Gospel Churches in the USA and worldwide. After Pastor Ambrose was called to glory, a new First Century Gospel Church New Jersey was formed under Pastor Henry Clark.
Since 1947, there have been two separate churches with doctrinal differences: The First-Century Gospel Church in Philadelphia, PA, USA, under the leadership of Head Pastor Nelson A. Clark. The other church, First Century Gospel Church in Trenton, NJ, USA, under Head Pastor, James A. Clark operates independently through the Grace and “Follow-Me” Gospel of the LORD Jesus Christ, please refer to FCGC_Mission Statement.
After he became Head Pastor in 1968, Pastor James Clark moved in the opposition direction from what his grandfather and father had preached on Divine Healing. While we regret any actions that have unfortunately caused the death of adults and children in any organization, First Century Gospel Church New Jersey does not scold anyone for going to the physician or hospital for surgery, birth, or taking medicines for healing, etc. Rather, he and his pastoral staff visit the hospitals to pray for members and other patients afflicted.
First Century Gospel Church and Head Pastor James Clark, III believe that Divine Healing is a high calling gift from GOD through the substitutionary death and redemption provided for by the LORD Jesus Christ for anyone who wants to take advantage of the blessings and benefits. GOD says in Exodus 12:26:
I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the LORD that healeth thee.
As part of his service to God and his community, Head Pastor James A. Clark, III volunteered as a visiting minister for six years at the Hackensack Medical Center in New Jersey. During those years, he used his artistic skills to paint various pictures for cancer children who had a few weeks or months to live, and ministered to them and their parents in obedience to Matthew 25:31-47.
Pastor Clark’s focus has always been on the need for spiritual salvation of the soul rather than on the physical body (divine healing) that some people sought.
For a full understanding of what FCGC NJ believes, please review our FCGC_Statement of Beliefs.
What We Believe About GOD and Jesus Christ:
Because of God’s Amazing Love, Mercy and Grace through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, we strongly believe that our Almighty Father and God, does NOT permit sicknesses and diseases to plague us so that we can draw closer to Him. We believe that the Atonement and Substitutionary Work that our Lord Jesus completed on Calvary’s Cross gives us the right to enjoy God’s perfect peace and protection and healing of our body. Rather, we believe that sin and the devil, satan and deceiver is behind all the sicknesses, problems and bad things happening in the world today. GOD’s Power to heal is still available to all who will obey His Word, trust Him and refuse the lies of the devil. By listening to the lies of the devil we have doubted GOD, but His Word in Hebrews 13 says:
Jesus Christ (the Messiah) is [always] the same, yesterday, today, [yes] and forever (to the ages). Amen.
Would any loving father permit cancer, accidents and all the terrible diseases to inflict his children in order to enable them draw closer to their father? Nothing tragic or evil comes from our Almighty God. The devil is behind all the problems we see in the homes and society, and it is only through the Power of the Holy Spirit which has made us victorious over the devil that can sustain us and protect us. (Psalm 23 and Psalm 91).
We pray that at God’s ripe time, the Grace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and the Eternal (Life) Security that He has given to all true Christians would be evident to our brethren around the world as we express Christian love, unity and harmony with one another. Amen
WE proclaim the Gospel that our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and His Apostles preached in the First Century: the Gospel of Repentance, Baptism, Divine Healing, Faith, Forgiveness, Grace, God’s Grace, Love, Mercy, Obedience, and Salvation unto Eternal Life through Fruits of the Holy Spirit. With the Holy Spirit’s Power, we sincerely love our neighbors (FCGC_Mission Statement) and (FCGC_Statement of Beliefs), sacrifice our time for anyone who might need our services as the Good Samaritan did in Luke 10:30-37; 1 John 4:7-8, we lovingly obey and Carry the Cross and Count the Cost of following our Lord Jesus Christ an eternal blessing. Amen.