We believe that God's word admonishes all believers to be ready
always to give an answer of the hope that lies within them. The
Church of God Restored reflects a hope based on God's inspired
word. This hope is expressed in the doctrines taught in scripture and
affirmed by this church. Below is a statement of beliefs that contains
the primary doctrines of the Church of God Restored. It is not
the intent of this document to defend these beliefs but rather to
express them without ambiguity or uncertainty.
We believe the Bible is God's instruction book for mankind. Further,
we believe that all scripture is given by divine inspiration
(God-breathed) and is profitable for doctrine, reproof, correction, and
instruction in righteousness. We believe that no scripture is of private
interpretation but that the Bible interprets itself. However, we do
believe God inspires a greater level of scriptural understanding to
those who submit to Him and are led by His spirit and that this
understanding will be revealed in God's time.
See: 2 Timothy 3:16; Daniel 12:8-9; Amos 3:7; 2 Peter 1:20-21
We believe God is the eternal King of the universe. We believe He is
the life-giver, the law-giver, the creator, sustainer, and governor of
the destiny of that universe. Further, we believe that He resides in the
highest heaven where His will is performed continually. We believe He is
eternal in existence, and infinite in power, righteousness and love. We
believe God is spirit and those who worship Him must do so in spirit and
in truth. We believe God is perfect. Further, we believe God created all
things through His Son, Jesus Christ. Additionally, we believe that God
has an extraordinary plan that will culminate with his children
inheriting the Kingdom. At that time, all who will yield to Him will be
born into His family as His children. We in the Church of God
Restored do not embrace the doctrine of the trinity.
See: Revelation 4; Psalm 90:2; 99:9; 106:5; Jeremiah 32:17; John
4:24; 1:1-4; 5:26; Acts 17:24-26, 28; Isaiah 40:22-28; Isaiah 46:9-10; 1
We believe Jesus is the Son of God and has eternally existed. We
believe that through Jesus, God created all things and nothing has been
created that was not created by Him. We believe that Jesus is the God of
the Old Testament and that all authority has been given to Him by the
Father. We believe Jesus has many titles that dramatically declare who
He is. These titles include Savior, Redeemer, Mediator, the Word of God,
High Priest, and Advocate, to name a few. We also acknowledge Jesus as
King in our life. Further, we believe that Jesus demonstrated the
supreme act of love in giving His life as a ransom for the sins of all
mankind. We further believe that Jesus is the author and the finisher of
our salvation, that He was crucified and buried and on the third day
rose again from the dead. We believe He sits on the right hand of the
Father and will return to this earth as King of kings and Lord of lords.
We also believe that Jesus is the active head of His church as well as
of individual human families who yield to Him.
See: Hebrews 1:2; 7:1-3; Revelation 11:15; 19:13; John 1:1-4; 6:63;
Romans 8:14; Galatians 2:20; Ephesians 1:20-22; 3:9; Colossians 1:16; 1
The Holy Spirit
We believe that all Christians are exhorted to have the mind of
Christ. We in the Church of God Restored believe that mind is
imparted by the Holy Spirit. We believe the Holy Spirit is God's power
given in measure to His children. We believe the Spirit empowers God's
children with the strength, courage, wisdom, and knowledge of God's
will. Further, we believe that Jesus promised to make that Spirit
available and He fulfilled that promise on the Day of Pentecost which
began the original Christian church. We believe God's Holy Spirit is the
dynamic and personal presence of God in the life of those who yield to
See: Exodus 31:2; Daniel 5:13-14; John 3:8; 14:15-20; 16:7,13; 1
Corinthians 2:9-16; Acts 2; 4:31; Philippians 2:5
We believe the gospel is a message of the good news of the Kingdom of
God. Further, we believe this gospel was powerfully proclaimed by Jesus
Christ, the King of that Kingdom. We believe that the preaching of the
gospel is one of the commissions given to God's church and that Jesus
Christ indicated that His coming was predicated on the gospel being
proclaimed as a witness to all nations.
See: Mark 1:14-15; Matthew 24:14; Luke 9:1-2; Luke 10:9; Acts 8:12;
20:25; 28:30-31; Mark 16:15
We believe the Kingdom of God is a literal kingdom that will be
established on earth. This kingdom will be presided over by Jesus Christ
and His saints. At that time, God's word will cover the earth as the
waters cover the sea and all will come to know the Eternal. This Kingdom
will reflect a period of great peace and prosperity. God will put a new
spirit in the citizens of this kingdom and write His law upon their
hearts. We believe the Bible provides a glimpse into that kingdom; it
describes its cities, its government, its language, and its economy. The
most notable features about this kingdom are that its citizens will be
both physically and spiritually whole, that peace will be in abundance,
that God's word will radiate throughout it, and that sorrow and sighing
will flee away.
See: Revelation 11:15-19; Micah 4:1-4; Daniel 7:18, 22; Revelation
1:6; Isaiah 2:4; 32:18; 35:5-6, 10, 11:6-9; Zechariah 8:4-5; Jeremiah
We believe that sin is the transgression of God's immutable law and
that the consequence of sin is eternal death. Furthermore, we believe
that God hates sin and that sin actually separates us from Him. It is
our belief, based on God's word, that all have sinned and come short of
God's glory. However, we believe that God has provided a plan in which
the penalty of sin has been paid by Jesus Christ, thus making salvation
and entrance into God's Kingdom available to all who would claim that
sacrifice and yield to God's will in their lives.
See: 1 John 3:4; Romans 3:23; 6:23; Isaiah 59:1-2; Titus 2:14;
Ezekiel 18:4, 20
We believe being born again is a process that begins upon receipt of
God�s Holy Spirit (a form of conception) and culminates at the
resurrection when God's children will be raised as incorruptible spirit
beings and members of His family. At that time, we believe that His
children will be like Him and that they will be partakers of His nature.
This culmination takes place at the last trump when the dead in Christ
shall be raised incorruptible. Furthermore, we believe that it is
impossible to enter God's Kingdom without this birth. We believe that
Jesus Christ spoke of this process of being born again and clearly
indicated that if a man does not consent to this birth, he cannot
inherit the Kingdom.
See: John 3:1-8; 1 Corinthians 13:12; 15:50-52; 1 John 3: 1-2;
Philippians 3:21; Psalms 17:15; 2 Peter 1:3-4; 1 John 3:9
We believe the Sabbath (Friday evening to Saturday evening) is a gift
from God and an identifying sign of His children. Further, we believe
the Sabbath was made by God on the seventh day of creation, and at that
time, God sanctified it. We believe that the Sabbath was made a formal
command on Mount Sinai and that the commandment was written personally
by God. We believe the Sabbath was practiced by God's people in the Old
Testament, by Jesus and His apostles in the New Testament, by Paul and
the first century church, and remains in effect to this day.
Additionally, we believe that Jesus Christ is the Lord of the Sabbath
and that the Sabbath will be kept when He establishes His millennial
Kingdom on this earth.
See: Genesis 2:1-3; Exodus 20:8-11; 31:13-18; Mark 2:27; Acts 13:42;
17:2; 18:4; Isaiah 66:23
We believe that God has created seven annual Holy Days and has
instructed His children to assemble on these days as well as on His
weekly Sabbath. We believe that these days picture God's plan of
salvation for mankind and are a shadow of things to come. Additionally,
we believe that God has instructed His children to present an offering
to Him on each of these days. Further, we believe that God's festivals
are a time of great rejoicing and we consider them to be a tremendous
blessing from Him to His people. Additionally, we believe the scriptures
clearly demonstrate that the Feasts of the Eternal were kept by the
children of Israel, by Jesus and His apostles, by Paul and the New
Testament church, and will be kept in God's Kingdom during the
Millennium. See the Holy Days page.
See: Leviticus 23; Colossians 2:16-17; Exodus 34:18-22; Deuteronomy
16:3-17; Ezra 6:22; Acts 18:21; 20:6; 1 Corinthians 5:7; Zechariah
We believe that salvation is a process that culminates with entrance
into God's Kingdom. Further, we believe salvation is a gift from God and
cannot be earned. However, we do believe this gift is conditional and
that God will not give it to anyone who would hold it in contempt. We
believe the gift of salvation will be given to those who turn from sin,
accept God's authority in their lives, and claim the sacrifice of Jesus
Christ. We further believe that it is God's will that all would come to
repentance and that none would be lost.
See: Ephesians 2:8-9; Hebrews 10:29; Acts 2:37-40, 4:10-12; Romans
6:23; 2 Peter 3:9; 1 Timothy 2:3-4; John 6:40; Titus 2:11; 1
We believe repentance is a foundational doctrine of God's true
church. We believe all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.
Furthermore, we believe that sin separates us from God and that the
ultimate result of sin is eternal death. However, we also believe that
sin can be repented of and forgiven. It is the belief of the Church
of God Restored that repentance is required in order to be forgiven
and that repentance involves change. Further, we believe that an
essential step in this change is a change of mind and heart. Basically,
we believe that when one truly repents, he or she does not look backward
at the sin as much as they look forward to living a righteous life with
the help of a loving God.
See: Romans 3:23, 6:23; Isaiah 55:7; 59:2; Acts 2:38; Luke 13:1-9;
Jeremiah 3:13-15; Joel 2:13; Ezekiel 14:6, 33:11, 14-16
We believe God has a prior claim of ownership on everything we
possess. Tithing is a way we acknowledge that fact. We further believe
that the practice of tithing was commanded by God in the Old Testament
and affirmed by Jesus Christ in the New Testament. Additionally, we
believe that failure to honor this command constitutes an act of theft
and is warned against in scripture. We believe it is important to
understand that tithing is an expression of faith toward God and a
statement of what His children place as most important in their lives.
Further, we believe God has promised to bless those who faithfully tithe
and that He has even challenged His children to test this promise.
See: Haggai 2:8; Leviticus 27:30-34; Genesis 14:17-20; 28:20-22; 1
Samuel 8:15; Malachi 3:8-10; Matthew 23:23
Laying On of Hands
We believe the laying on of hands is a foundational doctrine of God�s
true church. We believe that the laying on of hands is designed to
convey a special blessing from God upon His children. Further, we
believe the laying on of hands was practiced in the Old Testament by
God's people as well as throughout the New Testament. Additionally, we
believe the laying on of hands was a part of baptism which facilitated
the conveying of God's spirit. We also believe the laying on of hands is
designed to set one apart for special use by God.
See: Genesis 48:14; Acts 6:6; 8:17; 19:6; 28:8; 1 Timothy 5:22; Mark
5:23; 6:5; 16:18
We believe the resurrection is a foundational doctrine of God's true
church. Further, we believe that all who are in the grave will be
resurrected to either eternal life or eternal judgement. We of the
Church of God Restored believe the Bible clearly describes three
The first resurrection is reserved for those whom God has called in
this life and have surrendered to His authority. We believe the
scriptures declare that this is a resurrection to which all Christians
should attain; it is the culmination of a process that involves true
repentance and conversion and an acknowledgment that Jesus Christ is
sovereign. This resurrection will take place at the last trump in which
the dead shall rise and take on incorruption. At that time, these first
fruits shall be a part of God's family for all eternity.
The second resurrection is for all those who have not been called in
this life. This resurrection, which will take place at the conclusion of
the Millennium, will enable the billions of people who have never heard
God's word to be taught God's way and to make a decision concerning it.
This is a physical resurrection in which those who are in the graves
shall be made mortal comprised of flesh and blood and bone.
The third resurrection is reserved for all those who have rejected
God and His rulership in their life. This is a resurrection to eternal
judgement (the second death).
See: Isaiah 26:19; Ezekiel 37; Hebrews 11:35; John 5:28; Luke 14:14;
Revelation 20:4-6, 11-12, 13-15; 1 Corinthians 15:35-56; 1 Thessalonians
We believe eternal judgement is one of the foundational doctrines of
God's church. We believe that God is a judge, and that God's judgement
is filled with mercy and justice. Additionally, we believe that God is
eternal, and his plan for mankind is eternal. Further, we believe that
every work will come into judgement and that ultimately, the end result
of God's judgement on all people is either eternal life with Him or
eternal death. Additionally, we believe that God has appointed times of
judgement regarding eternal matters. We believe that God's judgement is
now upon those whom He has called but that ultimately, all will be
See: James 2:13; Psalms 116:5; Revelation 20:12-15; John 5:28-29;
Hebrews 9:27; Romans 14:10-11; 2 Corinthians 5:10; 1Peter 4:17
Clean and Unclean Meats
We believe that God designed certain plants and animals to be
consumed by man while others are to be avoided. We believe that God's
laws concerning clean and unclean meats were given before the flood,
were restored to the congregation in the wilderness, were honored by
God's people in the Old Testament, and were kept by Jesus Christ and His
apostles and all of the New Testament churches. The Church of God
Restored honors God's instruction concerning clean and unclean
See: Genesis 7:1-5; Leviticus 11; Deuteronomy 14; Acts 10:14
We believe that all Christians are admonished in God's word to
earnestly contend for the faith once delivered. Additionally, we believe
complacency is a mortal enemy to faith and that salvation is predicated
on God's people enduring to the end. We believe the doctrine of "once
saved, always saved" is not taught anywhere in scripture. Furthermore,
we believe that God's word instructs us to let no man take our crown and
to not look back. We also believe the scriptures warn that the faith can
be lost and that names can be removed from God's Book of Life.
See: Jude 3; 1 Corinthians 9:27; 10:12; Hebrews 6:4-6; Revelation
3:11; 22:19; Luke 9:62
We believe baptism is a foundational doctrine of God's true church.
Further, we believe that baptism is an expression of faith in the death,
burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Baptism symbolizes a Christian
putting to death the works of the flesh and rising in newness of life.
We believe that Jesus Christ Himself was baptized as an example and that
He commanded His disciples to continue this practice. We believe baptism
was practiced in the early New Testament church and that upon baptism
and the laying on of hands, a true Christian will receive the gift of
the Holy Spirit. It is the belief of the Church of God Restored
that all Christians are commanded to be baptized and that baptism is
preceded by repentance. Additionally, we believe the scriptures declare
that baptism is to be done by immersion.
See: Hebrews 6:2; Mark 16:15-16; John 3:22; Matthew 28:19-20;
Colossians 2:12; Romans 6:3-6; Acts 2:38; 8:12; 22:16
We believe that although it is impossible for a Christian to be saved
by works, works represent a significant role in a believer's life. We
believe that God is very concerned with works and that every work will
ultimately come into judgement. Further, we believe that although a
Christian is saved by grace, he or she is rewarded according to works.
We of the Church of God Restored also believe that works and
faith are inseparable.
See: Ecclesiastes 12:14; 1 Timothy 5:25; Revelation 2:23; 22:12;
Romans 2:6; Matthew 16:27; Hebrews 6:10
The Unpardonable Sin
We believe that although God's mercy is infinite, He has fixed His
perfect will to create a "point of no return" with respect to sin.
Further, we believe that the Bible clearly identifies this point. We
believe the consequence for the unpardonable sin is eternal death.
See: Matthew 12:31-32; Hebrews 6:4-6; 10:26; Revelation 22:19; Luke
13:1-9; Psalm 37:9-10, 20; Isaiah 66:24; Malachi 4:1-3
We believe grace is God's divine favor on His children. Further, we
believe that we are saved by grace and not by works. We believe that the
sacrifice of Jesus was the ultimate expression of divine grace.
Additionally, we believe that God's grace begins when He calls His
children to repentance and continues as He works with His children so
they can become more like Him.
See: Ephesians 2:8-9; Romans 2:4; 3:23-25; 5:6-8; 11:5-6; Galatians
We believe that faith is a foundational doctrine of God's true
church. Further, we believe faith is a gift of God's spirit and that it
is impossible to please God without it. We believe faith is essential to
salvation and that faith is made manifest by submitting to God and His
will. We believe God has instructed His children that faith must be
exercised and that His children are to "walk by it." We believe faith
comes by hearing, and hearing by God's word. We do not believe faith is
expressed by emotion, but rather by action, and apart from obedience to
God and yielding to His ways, faith is meaningless.
See: Hebrews 2:4; 11; James 2:15-26; Ephesians 2:8; Galatians 2:16;
5:22; Romans 1:17; 5:1-2; 2 Corinthians 5:7
We believe God has created both spiritual laws and physical laws.
Further, we believe that the breaking of His physical law (sometimes
referred to as physical sin) brings upon us physical consequences, and
if severe enough, could ultimately cause our physical death. We believe
God is a great healer and that the Bible chronicles numerous examples of
God's intervention in man's physical life. In a very real sense, we
believe healing is the process in which God forgives the breaking of His
physical laws and removes the consequences associated with it. We
believe healing is an event beyond the power of any known physical law
to produce and that it is a supernatural occurrence produced by the
power of God. Further, we believe God has outlined specific instructions
for His children when they are sick. This instruction includes asking in
faith for God's intervention, calling on the elders of the church,
having them pray over the sick, and anointing the sick with oil.
See: Psalm 107:17; Exodus 15:26; Psalm 103:3; James 5:14-15; Matthew
9:2-7; Luke 8:48; 18:42; Acts 14:8-10; Jeremiah 30:17