In 1995, Adelle M. Banks wrote an article in the National Catholic Reporter, the title was ‘Pentecostals dress like Catholic bishops’. This article shed light on the main players, purpose, and direction of the Full Gospel Baptist movement (still in its infancy at the time).
“They wear Roman collars around their necks, and they recite the Nicene creed, a profession of faith heard in Catholic Masses and many other Christian liturgies. When the bishops prepare for worship services, a Catholic manual is their reference.
But these clerics are neither Catholic nor even High-Church Episcopalians. Instead, they are part of a small, rapidly emerging movement within the African-American church known as High-Church Pentecostalism, a trend that is reshaping a portion of black religion in America.”
In the article by Adelle Banks J. Delano Ellis is quoted as saying:
"Traditionally ... the Pentecostal church maintained its ardor but was never really known for its order...What we're discovering ... is that order is not blasphemous. Order best represents God."
Bishop J. Delano Ellis is the author of a book called "Vocati Ad Ministrandum: Practical guide to understanding what it means to be an adjutant". In this book, detailed information is presented about etiquette in ministry, Levitical vestments, dress code, Episcopal protocol, and much more. On the books website, it calls Delano one of the leading Fathers in the Holiness Pentecostal Community and also the 'Father of the Adjutancy'. This site also puts a few pages of the book on it, and on page 5, Ellis states that Adjutancy is a military term which means "A staff officer acting as an assitant to a commanding officer". Also, Ellis says this on page 34:
"It was time to create a College of the Princes of the Church..." and the name they came up with was "The Joint College of African American Pentecostal Bishops".
Who are the "Princes of the Church"??:
According to wikipedia, "Every Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church is still called a Prince of the Church".
According to a Time Magazine,
the term Cardinal came from: "(Cardinals were) men who aided the Pope by knowing their way around the bureaucracy of the Roman Empire. Because of their ability to swing between affairs of church and state, they became known as "hinge" men (the Latin word for hinge is 'car do'). On a site called Catholic Pages.com, it states "Most Cardinals are either Archbishops of the largest dioceses in their countries or regions, or the heads of the dicasteries of the Roman Curia (the Pope's Ministers of State)"
J. Delano Ellis says in his book on page 27:
"If you serve a prelate or primate who knows which processional and ressional would be most approriate....processionals are in the ascending order: from the least to the greatest. This kind of processional... is fully vested. In the processional the primary bishop, usually carries the Shepherd's staff. (Which) symbolically display the role of the Good Shepherd; who makes certain that all of the sheep are safely within the fold before he comes in and seals the door. This kind of processional is more pastoral and builds the anticipation among the faithful as they stand in expectation of seeing their 'Father-in-God' and Spiritual Leader."
We can clearly see from reading his book that Ellis has more up his sleeve than just creating “order” in the church; Unless, when he was talking about “order”, Bishop Ellis actually meant “Catholicism”. What type of doctrine/manual did Ellis get this phrase from: “Father-in-God”. This man obviously follows and obeys the Papacy NOT The LORD JESUS CHRIST.
John 10:2-4 "But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out. And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice."
John 10:9 "I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture"
Jesus NEVER said that he was going to SEAL the door behind Him, Christ came to SET US FREE. The 9th verse in John chapter 10 goes back to the Passover where they went INTO their houses, brushed blood on the door post with hyssop, then God passed over, and when the plague was done they came OUT of their houses and they were Liberated from Egypt. It also gives notice to Psalm 23 where He "makes us to lie down in green pastures" and then he "Leads us beside the still waters". NEVER is He SHUTTING US IN!!!! Also JESUS CHRIST GOES BEFORE US!!! In DESCENDING ORDER! GREATEST to LEAST! For we FOLLOW His voice!!! The FIRST shall be LAST and the LAST shall be FIRST. HE is the ALPHA and OMEGA, the Beginning and the END.