The Church of God follows God’s teachings in the Bible.
Being “different” doesn't mean being “wrong.” The two words appear to be similar in meaning, but in fact, they are very different. The dictionary defines the word “different” as “not the same.” For instance, we say that apples and oranges are different, but not wrong.
However, being “wrong” means a calculation, a fact, or a logic is faulty and “not correct.”
Many people do not perceive the difference between the two words; they regard those with different opinions as being wrong, and insist that only they are right. Misunderstandings and conflicts arise frequently because they do not recognize such differences.
The Church of God believes in God the Father and God the Mother as described in the Bible.
We keep the Passover of the new covenant and observe the seventh day Sabbath on Saturday, according to the example of Jesus Himself. Women wear veils during prayer or worship, but men do not wear anything on their heads. We reject the worship of the cross because it is an idol according to the Bible, and we do not celebrate Christmas because December 25 is the birthday of the sun god.
In these aspects, the Church of God is distinctly different from many other churches in the world.
For those who believe in God, the standard of judgment between right and wrong is not a church’s doctrine or a person’s opinion. Just because a certain doctrine is adopted by the majority, it does not mean that it is true.
The Bible is the only standard of judgment. It’s because God’s word given to save mankind is the only truth and the way of salvation.
Many people seek the truth and salvation, longing for the word of God and heaven. We hope you will come to God the Father and God the Mother, who lead mankind to salvation and eternal life, so that you can find the truth and receive the free gift of the water of life.
Many people believe there is only one God—God the Father. However, the Bible testifies that there is “Our Father in heaven” (Mt 6:9), and also that “The Jerusalem that is above is free, and she is our mother” (Gal 4:26).The Church of God believes in God the Father and God the Mother on the basis of the Bible.
The Church of God firmly believes in the Trinity, the core doctrine of Christianity. The Trinity means that God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit are one and the same although God works with different names in each age. Jesus is God the Father Jehovah who came as God the Son in the New Testament times, and Ahnsahnghong is God the Holy Spirit—Christ who has come a second time—in this age according to the prophecies of the Bible.
The terms father and mother are used in the family. The Bible says that God is our spiritual Father (Mt 6:9) and our spiritual Mother (Gal 4:26), and we are God’s children (2 Co 6:17–18). As you have a family on the earth—a community of love, so you have a spiritual family in heaven—a community of eternal love. The members of the earthly family are related by blood. In the same way, the members of the heavenly family are related by the blood of the covenant granted through the Passover.
Christianity is a religion that fundamentally believes in God who comes in the flesh to save mankind. God is omnipotent and omniscient. He can come as a human being when He wants it. In regard to Jesus who was born as a baby 2,000 years ago, the Bible says that God, the Word in the beginning, became flesh and made His dwelling among us. It is prophesied in the Bible that Christ is to appear a second time to bring salvation to those who are waiting for Him (Heb 9:28). As Christ always exists as a spirit, His “second coming” means His coming in the flesh just like His first coming.
The Passover is the truth of life, which God established to give eternal life to mankind. The name means “Disasters pass over.” According to the Bible, the Passover is to be celebrated at twilight on the fourteenth day of the first month in the sacred calendar, which falls on March or May in the solar calendar. To save people from the chains of sin and death, Jesus Christ came 2,000 years ago and promised them the forgiveness of sins and eternal life, giving them the bread and wine which represents His body and blood. “This cup is the new covenant in My blood,” He said. When we celebrate the Passover, following the example of Jesus, we receive God’s flesh and blood and become God’s children.
Nowadays, most churches worship on Sunday, but the Bible defines the seventh-day Sabbath as a holy day to worship God. The Sabbath was the day when God rested from creating the heavens and the earth for six days. He blessed the seventh day and made it holy, and commanded His people to keep it. Historical facts and calendars show that the Sabbath is Saturday in today’s seven-day week system.
The feasts of God include the weekly feast—the Sabbath day—and the seven annual feasts in three times: the Passover, the Feast of Unleavened Bread, the Day of Resurrection, the Pentecost, the Feast of Trumpets, the Day of Atonement, and the Feast of Tabernacles. All these are the feasts of the new covenant taught by Jesus and celebrated during His three-year public gospel ministry. Each feast contains God’s blessings of eternal life, the forgiveness of sins, resurrection, and the Holy Spirit.
Baptism is a ceremony whereby one is born again, as the body of sin is buried in water. According to the Bible, baptism is the sign of a covenant with God—the sign of salvation. Baptism is the first step toward the life of faith, and those who are baptized have their citizenship in heaven as the true people of God. In this age, baptism can be valid only when it is given in the name of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit just as Jesus Christ said, “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”
Based on the Bible, men do not wear anything on their heads whereas women wear veils during prayer or worship in the Church of God. According to 1 Corinthians 11, observing the regulation on veil is following the example of Christ. It was established to keep order in the church and it reflects God’s providence of Creation.
Everyone thinks of the cross when they hear the word “church.” However, the Church of God has no cross. The early Church, which Jesus established and the apostles attended, never erected the cross or had a doctrine where the cross was regarded as a symbol of faith. It’s because having the cross and giving meaning to it is an act against the second of the Ten Commandments, “You shall not make for yourself an idol.” History shows that the cross was used by many ancient religions as a symbol of faith. It was an execution tool in the time of Jesus. As Christianity got secularized, the cross was introduced into the church. The Church of God rejects the images of the cross because it is an idol, and values Christ who sacrificed Himself on the cross and the meaning of His precious blood.
December 25 is called Christmas and celebrated as the birthday of Jesus. The whole world is in a festive mood, regardless of the East and the West. According to church history, however, December 25 is not the birthday of Jesus, but the birthday of the Roman sun god. As Christianity became secularized, the day got associated with the birthday of Jesus. The Church of God does not celebrate Christmas which has nothing to do with Jesus.