Summary of Our
Our community of faith began as an outgrowth of the
desire to restore the original faith as practiced in the Jerusalem
church in the years following the death and resurrection of Jesus. Since
we were largely comprised of members and former members of the Worldwide
Church of God (WCG), we naturally sought to do so in a way that would
keep the peace.
We launched our gathering into official church status,
legally and spiritually, on Pentecost May of 1999. Our intention was to
keep the original faith and stay within the WCG at the same time. Since
the WCG leadership had claimed to be tolerant, we wanted to become a
church within a church. We called this attempt the Third Option.
We met with Mr. Joseph Tkach, the head of the WCG, to
reach an understanding of positions. Mr. Mardy Cobb, Director of our
community sat down with Mr. Tkach on June 2, 1999 at 10:00 AM. Mr. Tkach
made promises that he would not disfellowship or attack us because of
our doctrinal positions. We promised to continue to acknowledge him as
our Pastor General.
Then Mr. Tkach reversed his position and
disfellowshipped Mr. Cobb, as well as disfellowshipping and threatening
others. Mr. Tkach stated that his reasoning for the reversal of his
promise was due to our Statement of Beliefs which he characterized as
vile, cult-like and wholly unchristian.
Mr. Tkach followed his reversal with a public
declaration in response to our church. In it he stated to the ministry
that anyone who teaches or publicly advocates the keeping of the
Sabbath will be disfellowshipped. Mr. Cobb responded on behalf of our
community that we understand this to be Mr. Tkach resigning as the
Pastor General of anyone who believes in the original faith.
Our community issued a statement declaring that we
would no longer consider him our Pastor General, nor would we offer any
financial assistance to an organization which attacks the faith and
practice of the original church and the Apostles.
In recognition of the change in our relationship to the
WCG we have dropped the Worldwide from our name. Whereas we once
referred to ourselves as the "Worldwide Church of God, Restored," we
will no longer do so.
We have reached the day where the original Christian
faith is officially forbidden by our former Pastor General, the Pastor
General of the Worldwide Church of God. We dare not accept such a
judgement. We cannot wait. We will not allow them to silence our
declaration of the hope.
God has been gracious to our church over the last few years. We are
grateful for his patience with us. He has shown us the fields in which
we are to labor.
We peer through the glass darkly even as Paul, the Apostle taught.
And amazingly God has opened our eyes to a better vision of that light
that comes from Christ.
We seek to restore the original faith. We look to the Jerusalem
church that blazed forth in the wake of the resurrection of Jesus and
Pentecost. We believe that faith is not a purely intellectual endeavor.
It requires a restoration that encompasses our hearts, our souls, and
We preach the Kingdom of God as the family of God. For some that
information is not new. However, to talk it is one thing, to walk it is
sometimes entirely different. We believe that God has helped us to see
We live in a time when many of the faithful have been scattered. The
darkness of our world and the coldness of so many religious leaders make
it a challenge for God's children to find safe pastures. We believe God
will provide the shepherds. We believe those leaders provided by God
will be different than those who came before. Less invested in corporate
mentality, less interested in control, more given to loving leadership,
more generous in service. Less arrogant, less contentious, more humble,
more patient with the imperfections of their brethren.
We seek the little ones. We hope to serve those rejected and
belittled by other religious affiliations. We believe that among the
unappreciated live the firstborn.
We believe that the greater works of Christ are yet to be done. We
believe that our King expects us to turn the world upside down. We know
that there is absolutely no way, no method, no business plan, no amount
of subscriptions, or booklets, nor budget that can achieve what Jesus
expects. Not by might nor by power but by the Spirit of God will we, an
insignificant, unimpressive, family of faith, achieve His desires.
Therefore, may it always be to His glory. There is much to do, and yet a
little window of opportunity to do it the right way. May the Spirit of
truth and love guide all His children, everywhere.
May you live forever with the King, Creator, and Savior.
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our director Mardy Ben Cobb