We have beliefs, values and history that have shaped our identity over the years. These have been a part of who we are not simply from tradition but because for generations there have been ancestors of ours who were hungry for God, longed to experience all that Jesus had promised for His people and who sought to faithfully live out and proclaim all aspects of the Gospel that had transformed them.
While some change is inevitable it remains critical that the core values and beliefs that make them who they are remain. Pastor Upton's writings provide us as a Pentecostal family a plumb line to prayerfully evaluate what is core to who we are. May all who come behind us find us faithful.
Rev. Dr. David Wells, General Superintendent
The Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada
"The Plumb Line" passionately reminds Pentecostals of their heritage. Gordon Upton presents the historical Pentecostal fundamentals without apology: Jesus saves, heals, baptizes, and is coming again.
The book is comprehensive and takes the reader all the way from the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost to the renewal of the Pentecostal experiences of the twentieth century.
This book is a voice that calls us back to our roots, and impels us to reflect upon who we are and where we are on our faith journey. "Plumb Line" is very timely in light of the recent findings on Pentecostalism surveys and can be used to vet the many viewpoints arising in our Pentecostal circles. Every pastor and congregant should read this book.
Dr. Carl Verge, Former Academic Dean and President
Master's College and Seminary
Rev. Gordon R. Upton has served as a minister with the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada for more than sixty-five years. For twenty years he was in pastoral ministry, prior to being elected district superintendent of Eastern Ontario and Quebec, where he served for almost ten years. In 1982, he was elected as the Executive Director of Home Missions and Bible Colleges for the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada located at its international headquarters in Toronto. He "retired" in 1992, and in the succeeding years has served a number of congregations as their interim pastor, assisting them in times of transition. He presently devotes his time to writing and to ministry as occasions arise.