The Church of God, with headquarters in Cleveland, Tennessee, United States is a Pentecostal Christian denomination. With over six million members in over 180 countries, it is one of the largest Pentecostal denominations in the world. The movement's origins can be traced back to 1886 with a small meeting of Christians at the Barney Creek Meeting House on the Tennessee/North Carolina border.

Declaration of faith

The Declaration of Faith is the Church of God's doctrinal standard. It articulates both an evangelical and Pentecostal doctrinal position with Wesleyan influences. The following is a summary of the Declaration of Faith:

  • The Church of God believes in the verbal inspiration of the Bible.

  • It believes in one God existing as a Trinity.

  • It believes that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, was conceived by the Holy Spirit, and born of the virgin Mary. It also believes in Christ's Death, burial, resurrection, and ascension.

  • It believes that all have sinned and that repentance is both commanded by God and necessary for forgiveness.

  • It believes that justification, regeneration, and the new birth is made possible by faith in Christ's blood.

  • It believes that, after the new birth, sanctification is acquired through faith in Christ, through the Word of God, and by the Holy Spirit.

  • It believes that holiness is God's standard of living for his people, the church.

  • It believes in receiving the baptism with the Holy Spirit subsequent to "a clean heart".

  • It believes that speaking in tongues is the initial evidence of baptism with the Holy Spirit.

  • It believes in believer's baptism by immersion using the Trinitarian formula.

  • It believes that divine healing is provided for all in Christ's atonement

  • It believes in observing the Lord's Supper and footwashing.

  • It believes in the premillennial Second Coming of Christ

  • It believes in the resurrection of the righteous to eternal life and the wicked to eternal punishment

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