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Title: Is the Church of God really the church of God?


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Is the Church of God really the church of God?
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Introduction
  • The following presentation is not intended to
    judge nor to condemn any man.
  • I will spend much of our time educating you on
    the practices and doctrines of the Church of God.
  • With the time remaining I want to address
    specifically some of what I believe to be the
    error and false teaching contained.
  • Galatians 16-9

3
Introduction
  • The information that I will share with you was
    obtained by permission from the Church of God
    International offices located in Cleveland,
    Tennessee.
  • If you wish to verify any of these claims, you
    may contact them at (423) 472-3361.
  • In our study tonight, we will examine the
    history, practice, and doctrinal commitments of
    the Church of God as it relates to the Word of
    God.

4
My Duty
  • Let me emphasize again that as a preacher of the
    gospel, it is my duty to preach the word and to
    reprove, rebuke and exhort, with complete
    patience and teaching. For the time is coming
    when people will not endure sound teaching, but
    having itching ears they will accumulate for
    themselves teachers to suit their own passions,
    and will turn away from listening to the truth
    and wander off into myths. (2 Timothy 42-4)

5
  • Founded in 1886 on the Tennessee North Carolina
    border by 8 Christians at the Barney Creek
    Meeting House.
  • 21 years after the formation of this union, the
    growing movement would establish itself
    permanently as the Church of God.

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  • Presently, the Church of God has a world-wide
    membership of over 6 million with a presence in
    nearly 150 countries.
  • Leaders of the Church of God are recognized as
    some of the most respected Pentecostal leaders of
    today.

7
  • Christian
  • First and foremost the Church of God is a
    determinedly Christian church. It is built upon
    the person of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. The
    doctrines and practices of the church are based
    upon His teachings.

8
  • Protestant
  • The Church of God is founded upon the principles
    of Protestantism, although not a traditional
    follower of any specific leader of the Protestant
    Reformation. The denomination stands firmly for
    justification by faith, the priesthood of
    believers, the authority of the Bible, religious
    freedom and the separation of church and state.
    It stands against the abuses and extravagance of
    ecclesiastical ritualism and dogmatism.

9
  • Foundational
  • The Church of God subscribes to the following
    five foundational Christian doctrines
  • The inerrancy and infallibility of the Bible.
  • The virgin birth and complete deity of Christ.
  • Atoning sacrifice of Christs death for the
    worlds sins.
  • The literal resurrection of the body.
  • Christs second coming in bodily form to the earth

10
  • Evangelical
  • The church of God has aligned itself with the
    basic statement of faith of NAE (National
    Association of Evangelicals), the largest
    association of evangelicals in the USA. Members
    of NAE subscribe to a common statement of faith.
    The Church of God can be described as positioned
    in the mainstream of Evangelical Protestantism.

11
  • Pentecostal
  • In 1896, many members of the Church of God
    experienced a spiritual outpouring they
    identified as the baptism of the Holy Spirit.
    Because it was so similar to the experience of
    the early Christians on the day of Pentecost, it
    came to be called a Pentecostal experience, an
    enrichment of the Christian life through the
    power of the Holy Spirit that empowered believers
    to be effective witnesses of Christ.

12
  • Charismatic
  • The charismata (Gr.) or gifts of the Spirit
    appeared early in the life and ministry of the
    Church of God. The Holy Spirit bestows these
    gifts and those who accept the validity of these
    gifts are called Charismatic.The gifts can be
    divided into three categories
  • Gifts of Revelation wisdom, knowledge,
    discernment
  • Gifts of Power faith, miracles, healing
  • Gifts of Utterance or Inspiration prophecy,
    tongues

13
  • Evangelistic
  • From its inception the Church of God has been a
    revival movement. Evangelism has been in the
    forefront of all its activities. The church has
    maintained an aggressive effort to take the
    message of Christ throughout the world by all
    means and methods. Every program of the church
    reflects an evangelistic attitude revivalism,
    conferences, worship services, teaching,
    preaching and its missionary efforts.

14
  • Organized
  • The magnitude of the Great Commission requires a
    united effort. This united endeavor is
    efficiently served by guidance, support,
    resources and leadership from a common center.
    The church of God is centrally organized.
    Centralized church government is administration
    from the international, state or local levels.
    It helps facilitate the fulfillment of the
    mission of the church.

15
  • The Church of God believes the whole Bible to be
    completely and equally inspired and that it is
    the written Word of God. The Church of God has
    adopted the following Declaration of Faith as its
    standard and official expression of its doctrine.

16
  • The Church of Gods Practical Commitments offer
    Scriptural guidelines for practical Christian
    living. They are
  • Spiritual Example 5. Behavioral
    Temperance
  • Moral Purity 6. Modest Appearance
  • Personal Integrity 7. Social Obligation
  • Family Responsibility

17
  • You should have all received a copy of the
    Doctrinal Commitments as promoted by the Church
    of God International Office located in Tennessee.
  • Please keep this list and search the Scriptures
    to see if these things are so!

18
  • We have spent much of our time this evening
    looking at what exactly the Church of God does
    and what it teaches.
  • Although I believe there are more than just
    three, I want to address what I believe to be
    three key points of error that are held by the
    Church of God.

19
  • History
  • The Church of God openly admits to being a
    denomination that has its roots among men
    starting in 1886.
  • The church of God has biblical historical
    references beginning a few years after the death
    of Christ Acts 2028 1 Cor. 12 1122 Gal.
    113

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  • Denominationalism
  • Again, the Church of God openly admits to being a
    denomination that has its roots among men
    starting in 1886.
  • The church of God is not denominational!
  • John 1720-21 Acts 2028-30 1 Tim. 41-3
  • Ephesians 44 1 Corinthians 1213 ONE BODY!

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  • Leadership
  • The Church of God is led by the General Assembly
    that is made up of laity and ministers and meets
    biennially.
  • The church of God is led by its head, Jesus
    Christ, and local churches are led by elders who
    oversee the flock.
  • Eph. 122-23 Acts 2028 1 Peter 51-4 Titus 15

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Conclusion
  • Time does not allow me to address many of the
    fundamental key points of doctrine that are
    taught by the Church of God.
  • I hope that by simply seeing these three basic
    errors in the Church of God, that although it may
    claim to be the Church of God it is,in fact, not
    the church of God that we read about in the New
    Testament.
  • Galatians 16-9
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