Question: When were you established?
Answer: The Eternal Church of God was established in March 2000.
Question: From where did you come?
Answer: We trace our roots to the Jerusalem Church established on the day of Pentecost, 31 AD. More recently, our roots can be traced to the Worldwide Church of God. However, most of our members separated themselves from the Worldwide Church of God in 1992-1993 because of the clear apostasy being advanced by the leadership of that time. Some of our members attended with a few of the prominent splinter groups. Regrettably, factions within those groups became a distraction. Several doctrinal issues were also ignored by the dissenting leadership. As a result, our members felt compelled to begin this community of believers.
Question: How are you financed?
Answer: The Eternal Church of God is financed through tithes and offerings of its members and others who find value in this branch of God’s work. We have been able to sustain a large work including sending free books, booklets, CD, DVDs, and correspondence worldwide even though our budget has remained quite modest.
Question: How can I contribute to this work?
Answer: You may contribute with tithes and offerings by one of two options. You may send contributions through the mail, or you may use an online payment method. Select this link for further information.
Question: Do you believe you are the only true Church of God?
Answer: We believe that the Church of God cannot be found in any single organization. The Church Christ built is a spiritual organism comprised of those who have the Spirit of God (Romans 8:9, 14). We do not believe we are the only organization where Spirit led Christians can be found. There are many Churches of God where faithful individuals can be found. In addition, those who have been called are at varying levels of understanding. Most Christians are striving to honor God in the way they know best. We rejoice in that fact and respect their efforts. However, the majority of these organizations are not entirely conforming to what the Scriptures declare.
Question: Why don’t you join a larger group?
Answer: We recognize that there are other organizations within the Church of God that are striving to honor God’s law in their own way. However, a large number of these groups are misusing the Scriptures. For example, some believe the commission to preach the gospel has been fulfilled. This belief goes contrary to our understanding of the Scriptures. Some teach particular doctrines that we find are not biblical and refuse to accept anything different than their own understanding. We believe it is the duty of elders to feed the flock with an honest and accurate understanding of God’s commandments, statues, and judgments. This commission includes not only spiritual nourishment, but also creating an environment in which all of God’s people are respected by the leaders of His Church. To this end, the leadership of the Eternal Church of God feels no sense of superiority over its members, nor does it believe it has the right to subjugate them. We believe the role of the ministry is to proclaim the truth and edify brethren—not to propagate agendas in an attempt to strengthen the Church by being inclusive, adding new members, and striving to increase tithes and offerings. We are committed to serving the needs of God’s people, and believe these responsibilities are best served in a fellowship that is dedicated to proclaiming nothing but the truth.
Question: Do you have an ordained ministry?
Answer: The Eternal Church of God has ordained elders that are dedicated to serving the needs of God’s people which includes: counseling, baptism, laying on of hands, anointing, preaching the gospel, authoring literature, and providing guidance and encouragement.
Question: Do you approve of other Church of God fellowships?
Answer: We believe it is important to understand that God’s spiritual family is not limited to those in any single fellowship or organization. It is also not our place to pass judgment on other congregations (Mat. 7:1-5). However, we take Christ’s admonition seriously when He said to “judge with righteous judgment” (John 7:24). While we may not agree with every teaching and practice of the various splinter groups, we love our brethren. However, we are not afraid to make it known that something is wrong according to the Scriptures. Nonetheless, we feel no superiority over other congregations. We see both their members and their leaders as brothers and sisters in Christ. We rejoice in their success and lament their trials. We look forward to the time when Christ will gather all His sheep into one pasture where we will once again be one body.
Question: What about the former Worldwide Church of God which is now known as Grace Communion International? Would you encourage your members to visit it?
Answer: No. We believe the former Worldwide Church of God has repudiated the teachings embraced by the apostolic Church as restored by Herbert W. Armstrong. We believe attending such a group is problematic at best and is even warned against in the Scriptures (2Cor. 11:13).
Question: Would you recommend a particular Church of God?
Answer: The Eternal Church of God recommends attendance with a congregation striving to hold fast to the truth according to the Scriptures (1Ths. 5:21). Though there are many splinter groups, some are more closely adhering to biblical principles than others. In addition, there are some splinter groups that have become toxic. Please contact us to discuss possible options in your area. You are welcome to attend with us live on the internet or on a conference call. Please select this link for more information.
Question: Who are your leaders?
Answer: The current Director of Pastoral and Administrative Services is Terry Moore. Mr. Moore was raised in the Church of God and has served the Eternal Church of God since its inception. Mr. Moore was given the responsibilities of Art Braidic who retired as pastor in 2015 after 35 years of serving God’s Church. However, Mr. Braidic is still an active member who continues to serve as an elder in the Eternal Church of God.
Question: What is your opinion of choosing to stay at home for Church services?
Answer: There are many individuals who choose to stay at home rather than aligning themselves with an organized body. We believe many of these people constitute the casualties of poor leadership and even misguidance of brethren within God’s Church. The Bible identifies these abuses in Jeremiah 23 and Ezekiel 34. Attending services is a great benefit to all brethren. It is designed to benefit the entire Church. We believe that whenever possible, brethren should assemble on His Sabbath and annual holy days. However, we also understand that there are times when individuals may feel that their local congregation is damaging to them spiritually. For this reason, we offer our services live on the web as well as on a conference phone call. Our purpose of providing these services is so that people may have a form of fellowship during what are difficult times within the fragmented Church of God.
Question: How are you different from other Churches of God?
Answer: The Eternal Church of God agrees with the most of the doctrine of the wider Church of God. However, we differ from other organizations if several ways. First, we tend to be more conservative when it comes to doctrine. For example, we teach that Christians are not to do business on the Sabbath. This business in includes purchasing food and services at restaurants. And we strictly adhere to the scriptures in Deuteronomy 16:16 which enjoin giving offerings three times a year instead of seven as taught by most Church of God organizations. We also feel that those who are chosen to escape the tribulation will not be directed to flee by one or more ministers. In addition, we believe it is our duty to partake of unleavened bread each day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread. We also believe that the Scriptures provide significant evidence to support a doctrine of Church eras. We have also published a book explaining God’s plan found in the 144,000 mentioned in Revelation 7 and 14. Also, Christ’s principles for resolving conflict in Matthew 18 have vastly not been applied by most Church of God organizations. This has led to abuse of leadership and damage to many brethren. For more on these subjects, please read the following literature.
- The Sabbath Test
- Three Times a Year
- A Place of Safety
- Must We Eat Unleavened Bread
- Evidence for Eras
- The 144,000
- The Truth about Matthew 18
In addition to these topics, the Eternal Church of God is generally more liberal when it comes to dealing with people. We realize that each person is at a different level in his spiritual growth and we therefore do not condemn those who might be considered weak in the faith, but rather encourage them to study the Scriptures and to grow in grace and knowledge. This is part of the reason that we host a question and answer period session after each weekly Sabbath service in which members can ask questions and comment on the sermon without fear of repercussion.
Question: What is the purpose of the question and answer period after services?
Answer: As mentioned above, the question and answer period is designed to gain clarity with respect to the Bible readings, sermonettes, and sermons delivered. It also allows those in attendance to respectfully challenge the speakers if they believe something that was presented is incorrect. We believe this is a unique aspect of our Sabbath observance which has proven to be extremely valuable and should be practiced by all congregations.
Question: Who authors your books, booklets, and articles?
Answer: All material produced by the Eternal Church of God represents a collaborative effort. In fact, we ensure that nothing produced reflects the opinion of only one author. God’s word states that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word is established, and where two or more agree Christ will be in the judgment (Mat. 18:18-20). This is a principle that can be applied to many Church functions. For this reason, the Eternal Church of God requires the concurrence of at least one elder and two or more faithful individuals to reflect this principle. In addition to authoring original material, we have a small community of Spanish speaking brethren that translate many of our publications.
You are welcome to contact us if you have further questions.