We believe God is the life-giver, law-giver, creator, sustainer, and governor of the universe. We believe God resides in the third heaven where His will is performed continually. We believe He is eternal in existence and infinite in power, righteousness, and love. We believe God is spirit and those who worship Him must do so in spirit and in truth. We believe God is perfect. Further, we believe God created all things through His Son, Christ.
Additionally, we believe that God has an extraordinary plan that will culminate with His children becoming literal members of His family. At that time, His children will have the perfect righteous character of God and be comprised of spirit, just as He is. We believe that this is the destiny of all who yield to Him.
The Eternal Church of God does not embrace the doctrine of the trinity. We believe God is a family currently consisting of God the Father and Jesus Christ, His Son. However, this family will one day include all those who have surrendered their will to the Father.
Rev. 4; Psa. 90:2; 99:9; 106:5; Jer. 32:17; John 1:1-4; 4:24; 5:26; Acts 17:24-26, 28; Isa. 40:22-28; 46:9-10; 1John 4:8,16; Eph. 3:15
We believe that Christ is the Son of God and has eternally existed. We believe that through Him God created all things. We believe that Jesus is the God of the Old Covenant and that all authority has been given to Him by the Father. The Savior has many titles that dramatically declare who He is. These titles include Messiah, Redeemer, Mediator, the Word of God, High Priest, Emmanuelle, King of kings, and Advocate. We also acknowledge Christ as King in the Christian’s life.
We also believe that Christ demonstrated the supreme act of love in giving His life as a ransom for the sins of all mankind. We further believe that Christ is the Author and the Finisher of our salvation, that He was crucified, put in a sepulcher, and on the third day rose from the dead. We believe He now sits at the right hand of the Father and will return to this earth as King of kings and Lord of lords. We also believe that Christ is the active head of His Church as well as the guiding light of every individual who truly seeks to obey God.
Heb, 1:2; 7:1-3; Rev. 11:15; 19:13; John 1:1-4; 6:63; Rom. 8:14; Gal. 2:20; Eph. 1:20-22; 3:9; Col. 1:16; 1Tim. 2:5
The Bible is God’s instruction book for mankind. We believe that all Scripture is given by divine inspiration (God-breathed), and is profitable for doctrine, reproof, correction, and instruction in righteousness. There is no verse of private interpretation. The Bible interprets itself. However, we do believe God gives a greater level of understanding to those who submit to Him, and are led by His Spirit. That understanding will be revealed to individuals as He sees fit. For more on this subject, please read our booklet–Read the Book.
2Tim. 3:16; Dan. 12:8-9; Amos 3:7; 2Pe. 1:20-21
The Ten Commandments
God’s Ten Commandments are His moral law given to humanity. They are ethics that that express love toward God and love toward fellow human beings. They were never done away, nailed to the cross, or pronounced null and void. The Ten Commandments have always been, and continue to be, a moral set of guidelines that all people should follow. For more on this subject please read or request our book—The Ten Commandments, are they required today?
Exo. 20; Mat. 5:17-19; Rom. 7:12; Psa. 199:172; John 14:15; 2John 1:6; 1John 3:4; Mat. 22:37-40; Ecc. 12:13-14; Rev. 22:11-15
The Holy Spirit
We believe that all Christians are exhorted to have the mind of Christ and that His is imparted by the Holy Spirit. We believe the Holy Spirit is God’s power given in measure to His children. We believe the Spirit empowers God’s children with the strength, courage, wisdom, and knowledge of God’s will. Further, we believe that Jesus promised to make that Spirit available and He fulfilled that promise on the Day of Pentecost which began the original Christian church. We believe God’s Holy Spirit is the dynamic and personal presence of God in the life of those who yield to His will.
Exo. 31:2; Dan. 5:13-14; John 3:8; 14:15-20; 16:7,13; 1Cor. 2:9-16; Acts 2; 4:31; Php. 2:5
The gospel is a multifaceted message. Although it includes a message about Christ, it is primarily the good news of the Kingdom of God. Further, we believe this gospel was powerfully proclaimed by Jesus Christ who is the King of that Kingdom. We believe that the preaching of the gospel is one of the commissions given to God’s Church and that Christ indicated His coming will be preceded by the proclaiming of the gospel to all nations. For more on this subject, please read our free booklet—The Gospel of the Kingdom of God.
Mark 1:14-15; Mat. 24:14; Luke 9:1-2; Luke 10:9; Acts 8:12; 20:25; 28:30-31; Mark 16:15
The Kingdom of God
The Kingdom of God is a literal territory that will first be established on earth upon Christ’s return. This kingdom will be presided over by Christ as its King and His saints as assistant kings and priests. At that time, the knowledge of God will cover the earth as the waters cover the sea, and all will come to know the Eternal. That Kingdom will bring a period of great peace and prosperity. God will put His Spirit in the citizens of that kingdom and write His law upon their hearts. We do not believe that the Kingdom of God resides simply in the hearts of people.
We believe the Bible provides a glimpse into that kingdom; it describes its cities, its government, its language, and its economy. The most notable features about this kingdom are that the earth and its inhabitants will be healed. Peace will be in abundance as God’s word radiates throughout the planet, and sorrow and sighing will flee away.
We also believe that the coming earthly Kingdom is a precursor to the ultimate Kingdom of God that will exist after the lake of fire burns up the universe. God will then establish a new heavens and earth, and new Jerusalem will come down from to become the headquarters for His government throughout the new creation. For more on this subject, please read our booklet—The Gospel of the Kingdom of God.
Rev. 11:15-19; Mic. 4:1-4; Dan. 7:18, 22; Rev. 1:6; Isa. 2:4; 11:6-9; 32:18; 35:5-6, 10; Zec. 8:4-5; Jer. 33:10-11
The Sabbath is from Friday evening at sunset to Saturday evening at sunset. It is a gift from God and an identifying sign of His people. Further, we believe the Sabbath was made by God on the seventh day of creation and at that time God sanctified it.
We believe the Sabbath was practiced by God’s people in the Old Covenant, by Christ and His apostles in the New Testament, by Paul and the first century church, and remains in effect to this day. Additionally, we believe that Christ is the Lord of the Sabbath and that the Sabbath will be kept when He establishes God’s Kingdom on this earth. The seventh day Sabbath was never changed, nor did Christ abolish the need for it to be kept. For more on this subject, please read our booklets—Sabbath Confessions and The Sabbath Test.
Gen. 2:1-3; Exo. 20:8-11; 31:13-18; Mark 2:27; Acts 13:42; 17:2; 18:4; Isa. 66:23
The Annual Holy Days
God created seven annual Holy Days and has instructed His people to assemble on these days as well as on His weekly Sabbath. We believe that these days are prophetic and picture God’s plan of salvation for mankind.
Additionally, we believe that God has us present an offering to Him on the three pilgrimage festivals; the Feast of Unleavened Bread, the Feast of Weeks (Pentecost) and the Feast of Tabernacles. We also believe that God’s festivals are a time of great rejoicing and consider them to be a tremendous blessing from Him to His people.
The scriptures clearly demonstrate that the Feasts of the Eternal were kept by Israel, by Christ, by His apostles, by the New Testament Church, and will continue to be kept in God’s Kingdom during the Millennium. For more on this subject, please read our booklets—God’s Annual Holy Days and The Calendar Controversy.
Lev. 23; Col. 2:16-17; Exo. 34:18-22; Deu. 16:3-17; Ezra 6:22; Acts 18:21; 20:6; 1Cor. 5:7; Zec. 14:16-19
Sin is the transgression of God’s law. The consequence of sin is death. Furthermore, we believe that God hates sin and that it actually separates us from Him. It is our belief that all have sinned and come short of God’s glory. However, God has provided a plan in which the penalty of sin has been paid by Christ. Thus salvation and entrance into God’s Kingdom is available to all who would claim that sacrifice and yield to God’s will in their lives.
1John 3:4; Rom. 3:23; 6:23; Isa. 59:1-2; Tit. 2:14; Heb. 1:3; Eze. 18:4, 20
Repentance is foundational to conversion. We believe all have sinned fall short of the glory of God. Sin separates us from God, and the result of unrepentant sin is eternal death. However, we also believe that sin can be repented of and forgiven. Real repentance involves a change of mind and heart. It requires turning from living our way to living God’s way. This means keeping the commandments both in the letter as well as in their spiritual intent.
Rom. 3:23, 6:23; 8:8; Isa. 55:7; 59:2; Acts 2:38; 3:19; Luke 13:1-9; 24:7; Jer. 3:13-15; Joel 2:12-13; Eze. 14:6, 33:11; 14-16
Salvation is a process that begins with repentance and culminates with entrance into God’s Kingdom. Further, we believe salvation is a gift from God and cannot be earned. However, this gift is conditional and God will not give it to anyone who would hold it in contempt. We believe the gift of salvation will be given to those who turn from sin, accept God’s authority in their lives, and claim the sacrifice of Christ. Further, it is God’s will that all would come to repentance and that none would be lost. For more on this subject, please read our booklet—Is This the Only Time of Salvation?
Eph. 2:8-9; Heb. 10:29; Acts 2:37-40, 4:10-12; Rom. 6:23; 2Pe. 3:9; 1Tim. 2:3-4; John 6:40; Tit. 2:11; 1Ths. 5:9-10
God has a prior claim of ownership on everything we possess. Tithing is a way we acknowledge that fact. We also believe that the practice of tithing was commanded by God in the Old Covenant and affirmed by Jesus Christ in the New Testament. Additionally, we believe that failure to honor this command constitutes an act of theft and is warned against in scripture.
It is important to understand that tithing is an expression of faith toward God and a statement of what His children place as most important in their lives. Further, we believe God has promised to bless those who faithfully tithe and that He has even challenged His children to test this promise. For more on this subject, please read our booklet—The Truth about Tithing.
Hag. 2:8; Lev. 27:30-34; Gen. 14:17-20; 28:20-22; 1Sam. 8:15; Mal. 3:8-10; Mat. 23:23
The wonderful gift of God’s creation, the life He gives us, and His law that guides us are a gift, but this is not the definition of God’s grace. Although Christ’s sacrifice for mankind reveals the incredible depth of God’s generosity, we do not believe it is a free pass into either heaven, or His Kingdom. The Bible clearly shows that the literal definition of the word “grace” means God’s “divine influence upon the heart, and its reflection in the life” (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible, G5485). Therefore, though eternal life is a gift that cannot be earned, it is not given to everyone without regard to how they live. In order to receive salvation, God’s grace must motivate us to practice our faith by keeping the Ten Commandments. The grace of God is how we are to strive to live with other human beings in this life. It is the way those who will be saved will live together in His Kingdom. His grace begins when He calls people to repentance and continues to influence individuals throughout their entire life. As long as we submit to His law with tangible efforts, we experience His grace. It is an aspect of God’s work with man to mold humanity into the image of Christ. A clear example is found in the verse that states that “we love Him because, He first loved us.”
Exo. 18:20; Deu. 6:6-9; Eph. 2:8-9; Rom. 2:4; 3:23-25; 5:6-8; 11:5-6; Gal. 1:15; Heb. 12:28
Faith is a foundational doctrine of God’s true Church. We believe faith is strengthened by God’s Spirit and that it is impossible to please God without it. Faith is essential to salvation and faith is made manifest by submitting to God and His will.
We believe God has instructed His children that faith must be exercised and that His children are to “walk by it.” We believe faith comes by hearing, and hearing by God’s word. We do not believe faith is expressed by emotion, but rather by action. Apart from obedience to God and yielding to His ways, faith is meaningless.
Heb. 2:4; 11; Jam. 2:15-26; Eph. 2:8; Gal. 2:16; 5:22; Rom. 1:17; 5:1-2; 2Cor. 5:7
God has created both physical and spiritual laws. Further, we believe that the breaking of His physical law can bring physical consequences. If they are severe, they could ultimately cause our physical death. However, there is an element of time and chance amongst godless societies.
Still, God is a great Healer and the Bible chronicles numerous examples of God’s intervention in man’s physical life. In a very real sense, we believe healing is the process in which God forgives the breaking of His physical laws and removes the consequences associated with it. We also feel that God can express mercy to those who are innocent of breaking these laws and find themselves stricken by illness.
Miraculous healing is an event beyond the power of any known physical law, and is a supernatural occurrence produced by the power of God. Further, we believe God has outlined specific instructions for His children when they are sick. This instruction includes asking in faith for God’s intervention, calling on the elders of the Church, having them pray over the sick, and anointing the sick with oil.
Psa. 107:17; Exo. 15:26; Ecc. 9:11; Psa. 103:3; Jam. 5:14-15; Mat. 9:2-7; Luke 8:48; 18:42; Acts 14:8-10; Jer. 30:17
Though it is impossible for a Christian to be saved by works alone, we believe that works represent a vital role in a believer’s life. We believe that God is very concerned with works and that every work will ultimately come into judgment.
Further, we believe that people will be rewarded according to their works. We also believe that works and faith are inseparable.
Ecc. 12:14; 1Tim. 5:25; Rev. 2:23; 22:12; Rom. 2:6; Mat. 16:27; Heb. 6:10; Eph. 2:10
Laying on of Hands
The laying on of hands is designed to convey a special blessing from God upon His children. This was practiced in the Old Covenant by God’s people as well as throughout the New Testament. Additionally, we believe the laying on of hands was a part of baptism which facilitated the conveying of God’s spirit. We also believe the laying on of hands is designed to set one apart for special use by God (ordained). Additionally, the laying on of hands is enjoined in scripture to set one apart for God’s healing.
Gen. 48:14; Acts 6:6; 8:17; 19:6; 28:8; 1Tim. 5:22; Mark 5:23; 6:5; 16:18; Jam. 5:14
Resurrection is the hope of all Christians. We believe that there are three resurrections clearly described in the Bible. There is a resurrection to eternal life, one to flesh, and another to judgment of either life or death.
The first resurrection is reserved for those whom God has called in this life and have surrendered to His authority. The scriptures declare that this is a resurrection to which all Christians should strive to attain. It will take place at the last trump in which the dead shall rise and take on incorruptibility and immortality. At that time, these first fruits shall be a part of God’s family for all eternity.
The second resurrection is for all those who have not been called in this life. This resurrection, will take place at the conclusion of the Millennium. It will allow the billions of people who have never heard God’s word, and never truly understood His truth, to be taught God’s way enabling them to make a decision concerning it. This is a physical resurrection in which those who are in the graves shall once again be comprised of flesh and blood and bone.
The third resurrection is reserved for all of those who are not a part of the first resurrection. This will include those who lived during the Millennium as well as those who lived during the second resurrection. During the third resurrection, these people will appear before Christ for final judgment. Some will inherit eternal life while others will be cast into a lake of fire and experience the second death. For more on this subject, please read our booklet—The Truth about the Resurrections.
Isa. 26:19; Eze. 37; Heb. 11:35; John 5:28; Luke 14:14; Rev. 20:4-6, 10, 13-15; 1Cor. 15:35-56; 1Ths. 4:16
Unclean and Clean Meats
We believe God designed certain plants and animals to be consumed by man while others are to be avoided. To this end, God created specific laws concerning clean and unclean meats. We believe that, although these laws pertain to that which is physical, their purpose is profoundly spiritual. In these laws God is illustrating that He makes a distinction between the holy and the profane. We believe the laws concerning clean and unclean meats were given before the flood, were restored to the congregation in the wilderness, were honored by God’s people in the Old Covenant, and were kept by Christ, His apostles, and the New Testament Church. The Eternal Church of God honors God’s instruction concerning clean and unclean meats. For more on this subject please read our booklet—Why the Unclean and the Clean?
Gen. 7:1-5; Lev. 11; Deu. 14; Acts 10:14
We do not accept the doctrine of eternal security. Instead we believe that all Christians are admonished in God’s word to earnestly contend for the faith once delivered. Additionally, such a doctrine ultimately breeds complacency which is a mortal enemy of legitimate faith that leads to salvation. The Scriptures state that eternal life is predicated on God’s people keeping His commandments, and enduring to the end. We believe the doctrine of “once saved, always saved” is a fallacy not taught anywhere in Bible. In this regard, God’s word instructs us to let no man take our crown and to not look back. We also believe the scriptures warn that faith can be lost and that names can be removed from God’s Book of Life.
Gal. 5:13; Jude 3; 1Co. 9:27; 10:12; Heb. 6:4-6; 1Th. 5:19; Rev. 3:11; 20:15; 22:19; Luke 9:62
Baptism must be performed in order to move forward in conversion. We believe that all who wish to be followers of Christ must be baptized, and that their baptism must be preceded by sincere repentance. Each person’s baptism is a physical act that is an outward expression of their faith in the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ. We believe that baptism also pictures the new believer putting to death the works of his or her flesh, rising as a new person, and living a new way of life. At the same time, this ceremony foreshadows the Christian’s future by portraying the hope of our literal death, burial, and resurrection to eternal life. Therefore, we teach that baptism must be by total immersion. In addition, upon baptism, the laying on of hands by an ordained elder must be performed in order to receive the gift of the holy Spirit.
Heb. 6:2; Mark 16:15-16; John 3:22; Mat. 28:19-20; Mat. 3:15 : 1John 2:6; Col. 2:12; Rom. 6:3-6; Acts 2:38; 8:12; 22:16
We believe being born again is a process that begins upon receipt of God’s holy Spirit (a form of conception), and culminates at the resurrection when the individual is literally born as a spirit being. At that time, God’s elect will fully partake of His divine nature and be like Him. We believe the chosen will be born again at the last trump when the dead in Christ are raised. Furthermore, we believe that it is impossible to enter God’s realm without being born again. For more on this subject, please read our free booklet titled What Does it Mean to be Born Again?
John 3:1-8; 1Cor. 13:12; 15:50-52; 1John 3: 1-2; Php. 3:21; Psa. 17:15; 2Pet. 1:3-4; 1John 3:9
God is a merciful and just Judge and His judgment is perfectly righteous and unimpeachable; even by those who are found guilty. We believe that every work will come into judgment and that the end result of God’s judgment on all people is either eternal life with Him or eternal death. Additionally, God has appointed times of judgment regarding these matters. We believe that God’s judgment is now upon those whom He has called, but that all will be judged.
Jam. 2:13; Psa. 116:5; Rev. 20:12-15; John 5:28-29; Heb. 9:27; Rom. 14:10-11; 2Cor. 5:10; 1Pet. 4:17
The Unpardonable Sin
Although God’s mercy never fails; we believe that He has fixed His perfect will to create a point of no return. Further, we believe that the Bible clearly identifies this point and the consequence for the unpardonable sin is eternal death.
Mat. 12:31-32; Heb. 6:4-6; 10:26; Luke 13:5; Mal. 4:1-3