Statement of Beliefs of The British-Israel Church of God
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God is the supreme creator and sustainer of the entire universe who is eternal, all present, and all powerful. God is a single spirit family presently consisting of God the Father and Jesus Christ the Son. God is a loving, kind, and merciful being who is sharing His magnificent and eternal existence by reproducing Himself through mankind.
Psalm 19:1; 50:, 6-7; Isaiah 44:6; Nehemiah 9:6,16-17; John 1:12-13; 3:16; Romans 1:20; Colossians 1:16; Hebrews 1:1-2; I John 3:1-2
The entire Bible is the divinely inspired Word of God which contains His plan of salvation, and the record of His participation in history. The Bible is God's method of revealing knowledge that man cannot discover for himself; the foundation of knowledge and the guidebook of life. God's written Word, is revealed in two parts, the Old and New Testaments. Together, they form the basis of Christianity as taught by the church and as practiced by the true Christian.
Deuteronomy 8:3; Matthew 4:4; Luke 4:4; John 17:17; Romans 8:16; I Corinthians 2:7-11; II Timothy 3:16-17; II Peter 1:20
3. JESUS CHRIST
Jesus of Nazareth is the Christ, the Son of God and the Son of man. He is the Messiah who was prophesied in the Old Testament and described in the New Testament as being fully human and fully divine. He has existed throughout eternity as the "Word" and is the second member of the God family. He divested Himself of His power and His majesty, to become a human being in order to live a perfect life, thereby re-qualifying for eternal life, and then he died as a sacrifice for the sins of all mankind as our loving and merciful Savior. He was then resurrected and ascended to heaven to become our Lord and High Priest. Jesus Christ will return to earth to establish the Kingdom of God where He will rule as King of kings with His saints as co-rulers forever.
Deuteronomy 18:15; Matthew 16:15-17; John 1:1-14; 3:16; Acts 2:32-33; Romans 5:8; Philippians 2:7; Hebrews 4:14-15; Revelation 1:13-16
4. THE HOLY SPIRIT
The Holy Spirit is the spiritual extension of God, containing the essence, power and mind of God. God uses His Holy Spirit to beget Christians as His sons and daughters. The Holy Spirit spiritually strengthens Christians, converting their minds to be more like God’s mind. The Holy Spirit also serves as an earnest or guarantee of future eternal life.
Luke 1:35; Luke 24:49; Acts 1:8; 2:38; Romans 8:9, 14; I Corinthians 2:16; Ephesians 1:13-14
Humans have no inherent immortality as flesh and blood physical beings; however, they can receive eternal life as a free gift from our loving and merciful creator God. Although mankind was created by God as flesh and blood, He did so in His own image. He added a spiritual component to mankind’s brain to create the human mind.
Genesis 1:26-2;, Job 32:8; I Corinthians 2:11; I John 5:11-13
6. ANGELIC REALM
The angels were created by God as powerful spirit beings then used by God as His agents and messengers. , These spirit beings also function as ministering spirits, helping mankind attain salvation and have done so since man's creation. Like mankind, angels also have free moral agency. Although angels were created to help God, some of them, led by Satan the devil, rebelled against God and His government. Their rebellious acts caused them to be transformed into demons.
Psalm 91:11-12; Ephesians 6:12; Hebrews 1:7
The penalty for sin is death, but salvation is the means by which God saves mankind from the penalty of sin so that they may be given eternal life. Working through His Son, Jesus Christ, the salvation process includes one's calling, repentance, baptism, justification, receiving of the Holy Spirit, then, to continue in faith and obedience to the law of God, and finally, birth into God's Kingdom as a spirit being. Salvation is a gift, given to us by God. God is gracious to us through his law, with our ultimate reward given according to our works.
Matthew 16:27; John 3:16-17; Romans 6:23; Romans 5:17; Ephesians 2:8-9; Hebrews 6:1-2; Isaiah 64:4-5; Psalm 119:29 (NIV).
Faith is the absolute knowledge that God exists and that He can and will fulfill His promises. Faith is necessary for salvation, of which, the basic elements are courage, action, and risk.
Romans 1:17; 10:17; Ephesians 3:17; Hebrews 11:1-2; James 2:22-24
Repentance is the act of acknowledging one's sins, and then resolving to fully obey God and then is manifested by positive change. It begins when God opens a person’s mind to see themselves in comparison with God and His law. True repentance is the first step toward reconciliation with God, and therefore ultimate salvation.
Acts 2:38; 3:19-21; 8:22; I John 3:4
Baptism is a ceremony, symbolizing the renunciation of the past sinful way of life, the burial of the old man in a watery grave, and the emergence of a new, Spirit-led person living with Christ's mind and following in His footsteps. The ceremony can only take place after true repentance and acceptance of Christ's sacrifice, then by full immersion in the symbolic watery grave. After this ceremony, and as a result of all these actions, one receives the baptism of the Holy Spirit through the laying on of hands.
Matthew 3:13-16; Acts 2:38; Romans 6:1-8; Colossians 2:12
11. LAYING ON OF HANDS
The laying on of hands is an act performed for the receiving of God's Holy Spirit after baptism, at ordinations, anointing of the sick, or for other special purposes.
Matthew 19:13-15; Acts,6.5-6, 8:17-18; 13:3; I Timothy 4:I 4; Hebrews 6:2
12. KINGDOM OF GOD
The Kingdom of God is the government of God ruled by the family of God. It will be the world ruling government set up by Jesus Christ upon His return. Jesus Christ will be the King of Kings and will rule for all eternity with the resurrected spirit-composed saints ruling with Him. In the New Testament, the Kingdom of God is referred to as a "mystery". It was first preached and explained by Christ, then by His church. The Kingdom of God will be established on earth for a thousand years following Christ's return. It shall be complete when New Jerusalem and God the Father come down out of heaven to dwell on the New Earth.
Mark 4:11; Revelation 5:10; 20:4; 21:1-3, 7, 10
The gospel is the message preached by Jesus Christ and His church about the history of Jesus Christ and the future coming Kingdom of God to be established by Jesus Christ, the restoration of God’s government on earth, and how mankind can enter that Kingdom and government. It includes the message of what Jesus Christ has done in the past, is doing now, and shall do. Ultimately, it is the message of the entire Old and New Testaments. The primary purpose and commission of God’s church is to "Go ye therefore, and teach [make disciples of] all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. "
Matthew 3:2; 24:14; 28:19-20; Mark 1:15; Luke 24:47
The hope of all mankind and the promise to the Christian is that they will be resurrected from the dead. The Bible refers to four resurrections. (1) the resurrection of Jesus Christ, the firstborn of God and man from the dead to become the pioneer of our salvation; (2) the resurrection of the saints at the return of Jesus Christ when the true believers shall become spirit-composed members of God's family. This is called the "first resurrection" (3) the resurrection of all who have ever died without having understood God's way, back to physical life for their first opportunity for salvation; (4) the resurrection of those who have refused to repent and have rejected God's way and are called the incorrigibly wicked, to be consumed in the lake of fire. This is called the "second death".
John 5:28-29; Acts 2:32; Romans 8:11; I Corinthians 15:20; I Thessalonians 4:13-17; Revelation 20:4-6, 13-14
The time of a person’s judgment is the time of their opportunity for salvation. That begins from when a person is called by God until his death changed into spirits upon Jesus Christ's return. The overwhelming majority shall qualify for God's Kingdom and will inherit eternal life, but those who deliberately reject God's way shall be suffer the second death and be consumed in the lake of fire.
Matthew 13:49-50; 25:34; I Peter 4:17; Revelation 20:15; 21:8
16. LAW OF GOD
The law of God is a perfect expression of God’s love toward man. It is a good, right, and perfect system of eternal directives and principles that reflects God's character and love. God’s law teaches mankind how to properly worship God, how to love his fellowman, how to live and abundant life, and how to prepare for an eternal spiritual life as a full member of the family of God. The law of God is taught in both the Old and the New Testaments. It requires both physical actions and spiritual convictions. The law of God once man is saved from his sins, must "continue" in the law to maintain salvation.
John 14:15, 21; Romans 7:12; I John 5:2-3; Isaiah 56; Isaiah 64:4-5; Matthew 19:16-19
17. BIBLICAL COVENANTS
Both the Old and New Testaments record that God made certain specific ‘contracts’ or promises called "covenants" with mankind. These covenants define the terms of God's relationship with individuals and groups in various circumstances and eras throughout mankind’s history. The best known covenants were made with the physical nation of Israel. That covenant was re-established as the New Covenant with "better promises" and will be fully confirmed with spiritual Israel after the return of Jesus Christ. The New Covenant makes God's law even more relevant by expanding it to include one's mental attitude and spiritual intent. It also applies to the New Testament church from the time of the original apostles.
Matthew 5:21-22; II Timothy 3:15-16; Hebrews 8:6-13
18. TEN COMMANDMENTS
The Ten Commandments were revealed by God to Moses who then codified them. They were then ratified and magnified by Christ, and are the perfect expression of God's love. They are the foundation of all biblical teaching and much of man’s law. They show mankind how to mankind is to express love toward God and their fellowman, and are consequently become the focal point of Christian life.
Exodus 20; Deuteronomy 5; Matthew 5:17-19; Romans 13:10; I Corinthians 7:19; Revelation 12:17; 22:14
The seventh-day Sabbath was instituted at creation. It is to be taught and kept holy in accordance with the biblical instruction. The Sabbath was reaffirmed to Israel as a part of the covenant at Sinai, and taught by Jesus Christ, who is the Messenger of the New Covenant. The keeping of the Sabbath is fundamental to a Christian's relationship with God.
Genesis 2:2-3; Exodus 16; 20:8-11; 31:12-17; Mark 2:27-28; Luke 4:16
20. ANNUAL HOLY DAYS
The seven annual holy days or "appointed feasts" depict God's plan of salvation for mankind. They are ordained by God and were kept by the ancient Israelites. Keeping the holy days have been continued by the early New Testament Christians and still kept today by modern day Christians.
Leviticus 23; Zechariah 14:16; John 7;8-10; Acts 2:1; 12:3; 20:6, 16; 27:9; 1 Corinthians 5:8; 16.8
Tithing is a private matter between the individual and God because it is an act of worship. It is not the job of the church to "enforce" or "police" tithing, but simply teaches the responsibility to tithe. Each individual has the responsibility to "honor the Lord with his substance and with the firstfruits of all his increase." Tithing and free will offering are the method by which the gospel is proclaimed to the world.
Malachi 3:8-10; Matthew 6:21; 23:23; II Corinthians 9:7
Sin is the transgression of God's law. It is failing to meet the standards set by the character of Jesus Christ. The penalty for sin is death in the lake of fire, but all sin can be completely forgiven by God., who desires that all men be saved. (The unpardonable sin is the sin for which the sinner does not repent of and asks no pardon from God.) God forgives sin upon the repentance of the sinner. God therefore accepts the shed blood and sacrifice of Jesus Christ as payment in full for the penalty of a person’s repented of sins.
Romans 6:23; Ephesians 4:32; Colossians 1:14; I John 3:4
23. THE CHRISTIAN
A true Christian is one who has repented of past sins, was baptized and in whom the Holy Spirit now dwells, the law is then carved on the hearts of the believers, as evidence of the Holy Spirit.
Romans 8:9; 1 Corinthians 12:13; 2 Corinthians 3:3; Revelation 12:17
24. THE CHRISTIAN FAMILY
The core of a stable society is the family and the marriage relationship is the basis of the family. Although men and women’s roles are clearly defined in the Bible, both have equal spiritual potential before God. The husband, wife and children form the family that is the primary physical analogy of God's plan for mankind. Therefore, marriage, child rearing and the family are given a preeminent place in the teachings of the Bible and the church.
Exodus 20:12; Malachi 4:5-6, Ephesians 5:22-29; 6:1-3; I Peter 3:7
Divine healing is a miracle and gift of God. He may bestow it in His mercy and love upon those who call upon Him in time of need, but often, according to their faith. The healings of Jesus Christ described in the Bible depict and represent His power to express compassion, to forgive sin, and ultimately, to resurrect the dead and eventually to establish the Kingdom of God here on earth.
Matthew 9:1-7; James 5:14-15
26.THE CHURCH OF GOD
The church is the spiritual body of Christ. Physically, it is group of persons called out by God and impregnated with His Holy Spirit. As a spiritual body, the church is made up of baptized, Spirit-led people scattered all over the world.
I Corinthians 12:12-14, 27; Colossians 3:15
27. CHRIST'S MINISTRY IN THE HEAVENLY TABERNACLE
There is a sanctuary in heaven, in which the Old Testament tabernacle was a copy of. In it Christ ministers on our behalf, making available to believers the benefits of His atoning sacrifice offered once for all on the cross. He was inaugurated as our great High Priest and began His intercessory ministry at the time of His ascension. It is a work of which is part of the ultimate disposition of all sin, typified by the cleansing of the ancient Hebrew sanctuary on the Day of Atonement. In that typical service the sanctuary was cleansed with the blood of animal sacrifices, but the heavenly things are purified with the perfect sacrifice of the blood of Jesus. This reveals to heavenly intelligences who among the dead are asleep in Christ and therefore, in Him, are deemed worthy to have part in the first resurrection. It also makes manifest who among the living are abiding in Christ, keeping the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus, and in Him, therefore, are ready for translation into His everlasting kingdom. This vindicates the justice of God in saving those who believe in Jesus. It declares that those who have remained loyal to God shall receive the kingdom. The completion of this ministry of Christ will mark the close of human probation before the Second Advent.
Heb. 8:1-5; 4:14-16; 9:11-28; 10:19-22; 1:3;
2:16, 17; Dan. 7:9-27; 9:24-27; Num. 14:34; Lev. 16; 20:12; 14:12; 22:12.
28. BIBLICAL DIETARY LAWS
Biblical dietary laws, including the prohibitions of Leviticus 11 and Deuteronomy 14, are among the many health laws God gave to Israel. Jesus, the apostles, and the early New Testament church observed them, and they remain in effect today. Scripture indicates that laws pertaining to “clean” and “unclean” animals were recognized and observed from earliest times.
Genesis 7:2–3; 8:20; Leviticus 3:17; 11; Deuteronomy
14:3–21; Matthew 5:17–19; Acts 10:9–15, 28
29. HEBREW CALENDAR
The British-Israel Church of God uses the Hebrew calendar to establish God’s holy days. The book, The Comprehensive Hebrew Calendar, by Arthur Spier, lists all the holy days of the Jewish calendar from 1899 to 2100 A.D., and thoroughly explains all the rules the Church has consistently used. The New Testament affirms that the Jews were entrusted with the “oracles of God.” We believe that those oracles included not only the Old Testament Scriptures, but the maintenance of the calendar given by God, with its rules and regulations. This calendar is designed to deal with the lunar-solar nature of the heavens and God’s holy days, and has been in existence since early Old Testament times. It seems logical that calculations developed as a reliable standard to be used when the new moon could not be observed. A special committee of the Sanhedrin, with its president as chairman, had the mandate to regulate and balance the solar with the lunar years. This calendar council calculated the beginning of the seasons on the basis of astronomical figures, which had been handed down as a tradition of old. In the fourth century, when oppression and persecution threatened the continued existence of the Sanhedrin, the patriarch Hillel II took an extraordinary step to preserve the unity of Israel by making public the system of calendar calculation. Hillel II formally sanctified all months in advance, and intercalated all future leap years until such time as a new, recognized Sanhedrin would be established.
30. MAN’S SPIRITUAL RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD
Man’s spiritual relationship with God begins with repentance and faith. When these criteria are met, God “begets” us with His Spirit; He becomes our Father and we become His children. A family relationship has begun. To maintain this family relationship, a bond is formed as we fellowship with each other, and with God the Father and Jesus Christ. Communication as we fellowship is the tool that builds this family relationship. The tool of communication with God is nourished through four basic components: prayer, Bible study, meditation, and fasting. As we use the tool of communication, a warm personal relationship is established that gives us peace of mind, spiritual confidence, and faith that comes from knowing the Designer, Sustainer, and Ruler of the entire universe.
Matthew 6:5–13; Acts 2:38; Romans 8:15–16; 1 Timothy
2:15; 3:16; Hebrews 1:1–2, 24–25; 1 John 1:3; Daniel 6:10
31. MAN’S RELATIONSHIP WITH HIS FELLOW MAN
First, we must realize that we are a family—we all have the same roots. As a family we need to live in peace with one another as much as is possible, as amplified in the last six of the Ten Commandments. Jesus Christ gave us the principal discipline that would make it possible to live in peace with our fellowman. He said to love our fellowman as ourselves, and gave specific instructions for settling problems with our fellowman. Scripture urges us to consider the needs of others, and offer help to those in need when possible.
Exodus 20:12–17; Deuteronomy 22:1–4; Matthew 18:15–17;
22:39; 25:34–40; Philippians 2:2–4; Luke 10:29–37; Hebrews 12:14; James 2:8
32 THE MISSION OF THE CHURCH
The church has a mandate to continue with the witness and message of Jesus Christ initiated through His life, teachings, and sacrifice for every person and all nations. This will be accomplished by the resources available to the “body of Christ” and furthered through the spiritual gifts bestowed by our Heavenly Father. As the “body” consists of individual members, it is each person’s privilege to follow the Savior and “repent…and believe the good news.” Living as new creatures in Christ, it then becomes evident that a devoted membership will carry on the work begun by Jesus to announce “in all the world” that the “Kingdom of God is at hand.” Furthermore, Christ’s promise of vitality to His church for all ages will be evident in the love of each member for their “brothers and sisters in the faith,” and their fellow man, regardless of gender, race, or social status. Through spiritual design, the body of Christ will extend beyond a local community as members support one another, taking care of their “own,” visiting the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and keeping themselves unspotted from the world.
The church is also appointed to do the work of the Watchman to Israel, to preach the prophecies of the Bible, and warn the wicked of their ways.
Matthew 28:19–20; Mark 1:15; 16:15–16; Acts
1:7–8; Matthew 16:18–19; Luke 24:44–47; Luke 4:18–19; Ezekiel 33:7; Isaiah 58:1;
Matthew 25:13; Mark 13:37
33. THE MINISTRY
The ministry of Jesus Christ and the New Testament church is a ministry of service to God and His people, and a continuation of the earthly ministry of Jesus Christ. The ministry has the responsibility of teaching, edifying, and overseeing the Church of God. The ministry of Jesus Christ is a team effort and not subject to one-man rule. The Bible outlines the offices and job functions for the ministry of the Church of God, and dictates high moral and ethical conduct for all members of the ministry.
Matthew 4:23; Luke 4:18–19; 1 Corinthians 1:24; 12:28;
Titus 1:5–9; 1 Timothy 3:1–13; 5:17–21; 2 Timothy 2:24–26; 1 Peter 5