STATEMENT OF FUNDAMENTAL BELIEF
 
The following is the Statement of the Fundamental Beliefs of the Church of God, established in Modesto. This statement is intended to list the most basic doctrines of the Church of God, established in Modesto, and is not intended to be exhaustive or complete. However, all additional teachings should fit within this fundamental framework.
  1. GOD THE FATHER. We believe in God the Father, eternally existing in the heavens, who is a spirit, a personal being of supreme intelligence, knowledge, love, justice, power and authority, the Creator of the heavens and the earth and the divine Father of Jesus Christ.
     
  2. JESUS CHRIST. We believe Jesus of Nazareth was the Messiah, the Christ, the divine Son of the living God, begotten of the Holy Spirit, born in the human flesh of the virgin Mary, and that He is true God and true man; that He was God in the beginning, that He was and is a member of the Godhead, and that God the Father created all things by and through Jesus Christ. We believe without Christ nothing was made that was made and that He was the Lord God of the Old Testament and the God of ancient Israel. We believe He lived a sinless life, was crucified to pay for the sins of mankind and was resurrected after three days and three nights in the grave as the Saviour of all mankind.
     
  3. THE HOLY SPIRIT. We believe in the Holy Spirit as the Spirit of God the Father and Christ. We believe it is the power of God with which all things were created and made, and that through the Holy Spirit God is everywhere present. We do not believe the Holy Spirit is a personage or a separate member of the Godhead.
     
  4. WHAT IS MAN AND WHAT IS HIS DESTINY. We believe man was created in the image and likeness of God, formed of flesh, and is wholly mortal without possibility of eternal life inherent in himself, except as he receives the Holy Spirit as the gift of God upon the laying on of hands at baptism. We believe that the reason for man's existence is to be born into the family of God at the resurrection to immortality and to literally become a God-being at that time. We believe we are only begotten of the Holy Spirit at baptism, heirs of the promise not yet inheritors. We believe the Church is the Kingdom of God in embryo, and that God is reproducing himself in man.
     
  5. SATAN THE DEVIL. We believe Satan is a spirit being and as the devil is an adversary of God and the children of God and that he now has dominion over the world which God has allowed him to rule for 6000 years.
     
  6. THE COMMANDMENTS OF GOD. We believe sin is the transgression of the law of God and that the law of God is spiritual, perfect, holy, just and good and is summed up in the word love. We believe that the law involves the two great principles of love to God, and love to neighbor, and that the ten commandments compose the ten supreme points of the law, and that breaking of only one point makes one guilty of sin.
     
  7. THE HOLY SABBATH. We believe Friday sunset to Saturday sunset is the seventh day of the week and is the Holy Sabbath of the Lord our God. On this day we believe we must rest from our physical labors and pursuits and be spiritually rejuvenated by assembling together with God's people to worship God wherever possible thereby following the command of Jesus Christ and the example of the original apostles, the Apostle Paul and the New Testament Church of God.
     
  8. GOD'S SACRED HOLY DAYS. We believe the seven annual Holy Days listed in Leviticus 23 were ordained by God and commanded to be observed as holy convocations by his people and were observed by Old Testament Israel. These Holy Days and festivals were observed by Jesus Christ, the twelve apostles, Paul and the new testament church. Each festival has special meaning depicting an important step in God's plan for man. The festivals and Holy Days are Passover (a festival but not a holy day), the two Holy Days during the Seven Days of Unleavened Bread, Pentecost, Trumpets, Atonement, the first day of the Feast of Tabernacles, and the Last Great Day of the Fall feast. We believe that these Holy Days and festivals are preserved in the Sacred Calendar that God delivered to the nation of Israel.
     
  9. THE GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM OF GOD. We believe that Jesus Christ was the messenger sent by God the Father to announce and preach the gospel of the Kingdom of God and that any other gospel beside that which Jesus preached is a false gospel. We believe that it is necessary to repent and believe this gospel in order to receive salvation.
     
  10. THE CHURCH. We believe the Church is that body of believers, the first fruits in God's plan, who have and are being led by the Holy Spirit; that the true Church of God is not a denomination or a corporate body; and that the inspired name for this spiritual organism is THE CHURCH OF GOD. We believe that the mission of the Church is to preach the gospel of the coming Kingdom of God and to reconcile to God through Christ such people as are now called. We believe only those God the Father draws to the Church through Christ can become, by repentance and baptism through submersion and receiving of the Holy Spirit by the laying on of hands, part of the first fruits. We believe the Church is only the first fruits and not the end of God's plan of salvation, and that the Church is being taught and trained to teach and rule in the millennium under Christ when Christ sets his hand to save the rest of mankind.
     
  11. THE MILLENNIUM. We believe at Christ's return He will establish the Kingdom of God on the earth and rule the earth with the spirit born saints under Him for one thousand years. The government of God through Christ in the millennium will bring peace and prosperity to the earth with salvation open to all mankind. We believe that in advance of the return of Christ the government of God has already been restored to His Church and that all saints in preparation for ruling in the Kingdom must be subject to it.
     
  12. THE SPIRIT IN MAN. We believe man is not and does not have an immortal soul, but a human spirit which is imparted to the human brain. The human spirit is not a conscious element of man, rather it enables man to reason, to think, to be aware of his own existence thereby separating man from animal. Man's spirit needs to be united with the Spirit of God in order to fulfill God's purpose for man. The Holy Spirit united with the spirit of man enables man to understand the Bible and the spiritual truths of the Bible that the human eye cannot see nor the human ear hear concerning the things God has in store for us.
     
  13. THE RESURRECTIONS TO LIFE. We believe there will be a resurrection to spiritual life of all the faithful saints who have ever lived at Christ's return, and that those faithful saints who are alive at his return will be changed to immortality. We believe following the millennium there will be a resurrection to physical life during the Great White Throne Judgment spoken of in Revelation 20 to give opportunity for salvation and spiritual birth into the Kingdom of God to all those who have lived down through history and have never had the opportunity to know God. We believe those who have not been called of God into his Church at this time have not lost their opportunity for salvation. We believe there is a resurrection of the incorrigible to the lake of fire.
     
  14. IDENTITY OF MODERN ISRAEL. We believe the promise to Abraham of the scepter which included both the kingly line and spiritual promises including Christ the Messiah and salvation through Him were passed to Judah. We believe salvation is through Jesus Christ alone and is not inherited through the birthright and that salvation is offered to all nations, ethnic groups and races of people. We believe the physical promises called the birthright made to Abraham and his physical descendants are being fulfilled in this day. We believe that the western democracies of English speaking people are largely the descendants of Joseph, the son of Israel; and they are enjoying the material and national blessings of the physical birthright which was handed down through Joseph's sons, Ephraim and Manasseh. We believe the knowledge that God is fulfilling the spiritual promise through Jesus Christ and the physical birthright promises to modern day Israel is necessary for understanding prophecy in our day.
     
  15. THE TITHING SYSTEM. We believe the tithing system established by God in the Old Testament, confirmed by Jesus Christ, and practiced by the New Testament Church is applicable to and binding upon Christians today.
     
  16. DIVINE HEALING. We believe that God is our divine healer. We believe He has promised to heal us if we come to him in faith through anointing accepting the sacrifice of Christ to cover any sins involved in our illnesses. We believe that the broken unleavened bread that we partake of at the annual Passover service symbolizes Jesus's body broken to make payment for our physical sins, which makes possible our physical healing.
     
  17. DIETARY LAWS. We believe that certain foods called "unclean" are not to be eaten under any circumstances as they are harmful to body and health and also violate our bodies which are called the temple of the Holy Spirit of God.
     
  18. MILITARY SERVICE. We believe that Christians as disciples of Christ are forbidden by him in the Commandments of God to kill in any manner, directly or indirectly, to purposely take any human life. We believe that bearing arms is contrary to this fundamental doctrine of our belief and we therefore conscientiously refuse to bear arms or to come under military authority.
     
  19. THE INFALLIBILITY OF THE BIBLE. We believe the scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are God's revelation and complete expressed will to man, inspired in thought and word, and infallible in the original writings; that they are of supreme and final authority in faith and in life. We believe the word of God is the foundation of all knowledge and the source of truth. We believe all teachings contrary to the Holy Bible are false. We accept the Holy Bible alone, and not the Bible and something else.
     
  20. CHURCH GOVERNMENT. We believe the form of government in the Church is expressed in Ephesians 2:19-21 as being a hierarchical structure. We believe that Jesus Christ is the living head of the Church, and that church doctrine has been established by Christ through the apostles. We believe the Bible, for our time, is complete, and that the Church has had its fundamental doctrines and teachings restored by the living Christ through his chosen apostle, Herbert W. Armstrong.
     

Dated December 6, 2000