Welcome to the wiki page of the Church of God Perspective website!
Many in the world claim to be Christian, but are they really? Many simply accept they are following the teachings of Christ without asking the appropriate questions. When looked at closely, many mainstream Christian beliefs cannot even be found in the Bible!
Questions Christians Should Be Asking
- What do you mean "Church of God"?
- What is true Christianity?
- Have Christians as a whole left behind the teachings of Christ?
- What were the Fundamental Beliefs of the early Church?
- What is the true Gospel? If it is such "good news", then why all the bad news?
- What do you mean Kingdom of God?
Uncovering Apostolic Christianity
During the twentieth century, one of the central figures in the Church of God was Herbert W Armstrong. While he was sometimes a controversial figure with controversial ideas, he is also credited with restoring many of the lost doctrines to the Church and publicizing those same truths worldwide. He produced many booklets, magazines, TV and radio shows proclaiming the word of God as he understood it, but it wasn't until late in life that he wrote Mystery of the Ages, which was a systematic theology of the doctrines he discovered and declared.
Some of the doctrines of the Church of God are not all that controversial. The Church of God believes you are saved by grace (in spite of what critics claim by twisting words), through the shed blood of Jesus Christ, Who sacrificed His own life for our own to pay the penalty for our sins. Jesus Christ was God and was with God in the beginning, appeared throughout the Old Testament as the Preincarnate Jesus Christ, became God in the flesh, died for our sins and returned to the Father to await His second coming.
However, much of the rest of mainstream Christianity is filled with doctrines that came from pagan religions and not the Bible, and so there are several distinctive Church of God doctrines:
- God is not a trinity.
- The Ten Commandments, including the seventh day Sabbath, are still in force.
- God's holy days are still to be honored rather than replaced by pagan worship traditions.
- The biblical principle of tithing, including additional funds for taking care of the poor and using for holy day expenses, is still in force.
- Jesus did not do away with the distinction between clean and unclean meats.
- Jesus preached repentance, baptism and the Kingdom of God, which would come to this earth.
- The Bible teaches the resurrection of the dead, and it does not teach that mankind has an immortal soul that goes to either Heaven or Hell upon death.
- The Bible teaches that the purpose of humanity and the fate of the saints are to be powerful rulers, born again in the spirit, with Christ in the Millennium and ultimately to live with God forever in His Kingdom. However, the fate of the incorrigible wicked is an eternal second death.
- The Bible teaches that there is more than one resurrection.
Also, through a literal understanding of the Bible and by sifting through history, the Church of God has certain prophetic understandings that few others even acknowledge as possible:
- The English speaking peoples of the United States and United Kingdom of Anglo-Saxon descent are the physical descendants of the lost ten tribes of Israel and thus are "Israel" in Bible prophecy.
- The modern state of Israel are mostly descendants of ancient Judah, from which the word "Jew" comes, and they are "Judah" in prophecy.
- The Great Harlot of Revelation is identified as "Babylon" and is a continuation of her culture and especially her religion, although it masquerades itself as "Christianity".
- The Beast the Great Harlot rides is a resurrection of the Holy Roman Empire, which was an unholy union between the Roman Empire and the Catholic Church.