This New Moon I thought it appropriate that we discuss the matter of our collective beliefs as the body of Christ. We in CCG are dedicated to the restoration and teaching of the true faith, which is the faith once delivered to the saints as we see from Jude 3 and for which we contend.
For us to demonstrate the true faith we must be able to demonstrate a collective body of beliefs that has remained unchanged for twenty centuries. There are minor differences but by and large the body of beliefs are, like the moon, waxing and waning examples of a common faith. To that end we have reconstructed the faith once delivered in a clear historical perspective. We have recently published this doctrine in the paper The Original Doctrines of the Christian Faith up to the Quartodeciman Disputes of 154-192 CE (No. 88) at www.ccg.org/english/s/p088.html. You will also see the historical doctrines in the paper the Role of the Fourth Commandment in the Historical Sabbath-keeping Churches of God (No. 170) at www.ccg.org/english/s/p170.html.
The common doctrines of the Churches of God, which are Unitarian from the beginning, are these:
1. We believe in God the Father Almighty;
2. And in Jesus Christ His only son our Lord;
3. Who was born of the Holy Spirit and of the Virgin Mariam (wrongly termed Mary);
4. He was Crucified under Pontius Pilate and buried;
5. The Third Day he rose again from the dead;
6. He ascended into heaven,
7. He sits on the Right Hand of the Father;
8. Whence he shall come to judge the living and the dead,
9. And in the Holy Spirit;
10. The Holy Church;
11. The Forgiveness of Sins; and
12. The Resurrection of the Body.
We believe, and the true body of Christ has always believed, that Christ was the Great Angel of Yahovah that gave the Law to Moses at Sinai.
We believe that Christ will return to rule this planet at Jerusalem, and that the Temple will be restored and refurbished, and that the elect will rule with him for a thousand years; after which the General Resurrection of the Dead will occur in which all mankind will be given the chance to repent.
We provided this information to the Roman Senate by way of our official declaration of the faith in 154 CE through the Church of God in Rome, and we have not changed that belief or hope of our faith. In our declaration of the faith to the Roman Emperor we showed that Christ was the Great Angel at Sinai, and in our apology to the Senate we said that if they came across anyone claiming to be Christians who said that when they died they went to heaven they were not to be believed in that they were not Christians. We have never changed our faith. Since that time over the centuries, the church at Rome has become an apostate immoral farce but the body of Christ has not changed.
Over the centuries the church has been penetrated by fifth columnists from the false system and paganism. They have instituted false doctrines and sought to destroy the Churches of God wherever they could penetrate them.
In the twentieth century they have been very successful and the Churches of God have been broken down as foretold by the prophet Daniel. And when they have made an end of breaking in pieces the power of the Holy People, all these things shall be finished (Dan. 12:7).
The fifth columnists in these latter days came in various forms with the power of Satan. Some came from the Trinitarians. Some came from the secret societies. Some came as long-term sleepers and penetrated the ministries, and others established families as power groups. When they were successful in destroying the doctrines on the nature of God they followed on to attack the things that flowed from that position. They established Ditheism, and then Binitarianism, and then finally when they were able to do so they established Trinitarianism and all that flows with that system, as we saw initially from the Sun cults and Sunday worship with Easter and later Christmas, from the second to the sixth centuries. Most of us are aware of these activities but many are not, and many do not recognise how these people operate.
The bulk of the Sabbath-keeping Churches of God were broken down in the twentieth century. Many of their own people do not realise how late it actually was that they became apostate. For example, the Seventh Day Adventists do not realise that they were only officially Trinitarian finally in 1978. Up until 1931 they were entirely Unitarian and would have dismissed anyone who denied that Christ was the Great Angel of the Old Testament. The Seventh Day Baptists were undermined from their United States Churches, and their International Confession is still Unitarian to this day. It is so also with the Church of God (Seventh Day) in its branches. The other heretical aspect has come in with the Radical Unitarians who deny the pre-existence of Christ and do as much damage in their teaching as the Trinitarians do in theirs.
The WCG system was broken down systematically with error and ignorance and
fraud on the part of its leadership. The fifth columnists divided into two groups.
One penetrated the ministry and the sleeper families tried to hang on to the
organisation. When it became apparent that could not be done then it split into
two groups. One remained with the Trinitarian heresies. The other major section
formed around the old but nevertheless corrupt older teachings. What also happened
was that a number of these sleepers and a large number of unconverted fellow
travellers formed around the anti-organisational structure to stop the reorganisation
of the body of Christ as a true working body. A number of people also formed
into groups so that they could justify their own indolence and inactivity. Many
of these people sought to use the doctrines of the faith but make them easier
so that they could act as a silt trap and catch people being called by God in
the last days. Many would not realise what it was that they were doing however.
It was in the light of this background that Christian Churches of God formed and organised its structure to prevent the fifth columnists from doing to us what they had done to the others. There is a streak of naivety that runs in the Children of Light. Many do not realise what is being done to them, and the Holy Spirit often protects us from the results of our own collective stupidity. CCG also has been protected from destruction by these known, and sometimes unwitting, fifth columnists.
From the outset it was obvious to us that if we were to survive and to fulfil the commission of the Church we had to protect ourselves from those who claimed to be our friends and brothers. In the past we were often underground and mostly outlawed and persecuted into extinction in many places. That very persecution made us cautious but in these days we became vulnerable through our own complacency.
CCG saw that they must have a legal documentation to protect themselves from litigation against their members as a whole and to operate within the society under law. This fact necessitated a constitution. Some silly people think that they don't need to be incorporated. The fact is simply if you are not incorporated with a written constitution, then common law supplies the missing details and it must be litigated and all members are subject to the costs of the litigation to the extent of their estates. If you think you are safe and smug in a house church that is not registered, wait until the first accident and watch the litigation. The courts are littered with the case law of unregistered bodies of religious believers. Also if you have a leadership that is unincorporated, who keeps the books and how are they accounting for the funds? The fact that some do not tithe prevents a work being done. Incorrect accounting of any funds opens any group to fraud and misuse. Many people who think this way are usually either traumatised by bad leadership or simply bone idle.
The second arm to the CCG armour was that of the Statement of Beliefs. We have seen people counselled for baptism and been totally unready to make such a commitment because of the requirements and yet these people have been baptised elsewhere and then claimed their Statement of Beliefs is the Bible. We have found this amusing, as when we are invited to speak at these groups, as has been the case in the past, for fifteen people you will have some sixteen opinions on the faith. One for each of them and the one the Bible actually says.
How did CCG develop its position? I have seen some of the disorganised rabble that attack us claim that the Statement of Beliefs is actually the beliefs of Wade Cox and that I insist on making everyone agree with the Statement before they can attend. The fact is that some of them have tried to penetrate us and attend in various places but have been asked to agree with and abide by the Statement and the Constitution. Their purpose is to penetrate us and find out who and where we are so that they can break us up. However, given this requirement they are then exposed and open to removal and even litigation in fraud so they refuse and then attack us.
The fact is that the Statement of Beliefs was drafted by the executive of CCG and vetted by a team. It was then passed by referendum of the entire voting membership of the church. It cannot be changed except by referendum of the Church. It has been so amended according to law. It is double entrenched by the Constitution, which was drafted and adopted in the same way. It is no more "anyone's" Statement than the Constitution of Australia and the USA are the Constitutions of the people who helped with drafting those documents. To say it is, is a breach of the Ninth Commandment. A false witness will not go unpunished. The Statement of Beliefs is the formal declaration of the combined beliefs of the entire body of the Christian Churches of God. It is also more than just that. It is the historically provable basic statement of the faith once delivered to the saints. The coordinators of the CCG are required to enforce it and protect it so that we who gather under its premises may do so without hindrance from those who believe contrary to that document. If it is wrong, then tell us how and where and we will change it.
The fact is that the Statement is never attacked on matters of fact. It is always attacked as being an unnecessary document or the beliefs of one person. Our people are isolated and attempts are made to persuade individuals that they really are somehow ineffective because they agree and follow it. The pattern is familiar and we should be able to recognise it for what it is. Usually these people are those in the groups that do nothing and tithe to no one and do no work. Sometimes they are part of something more organised. For example if, as has happened, an officer of CCG has his family on a full-time scholarship from a religious or other organisation that is dedicated to our total destruction, then some serious questions should be asked about his loyalties. If someone in the Churches of God sends their children to another church schooling system, then their loyalties and judgment need to be called into question. We have seen the results of both types. Remember the maxim: Just because you are paranoid does not mean someone is not out to get you. Whenever you forget that fact, go and look at the timeline (The Timeline of the Churches of God (No.30) at www.ccg.org/english/s/p030.html.
Remember we are all sinners. If I am attacked as a sinner I will be the first to agree with my detractors. God only deals with sinners, as we are the ones who need Christ the most. Do not rejoice that the demons are subject to us but rather than our names are written in heaven.
Remember that this is our first commission now, and making disciples of all men is our second commission.
Mat 24:14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world for a testimony unto all the nations; and then shall the end come.
Remember that we are doing this job and we are doing it in all languages as fast as we can. When the witnesses get here they will take up much of the work but we still, even then, have a work to do as far as we are able. We are required to work. If you do not have a job to do, then get one and give your talent to those who can make it productive. A threefold cord is not easily broken. Work together with others but work and don't be idle, either in the faith or with your tithes and the assistance of others. If you don't work you don't eat and that is both physically and spiritually.
Do not be discouraged by those who would attack and denigrate us. Stand for
the faith and give an account of the hope that lies within us all. Love one
another and protect them from attack and the darts of the enemy.
Greater love hath no man than he lay down his life for another. Defend the faith and pray for each other. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength; and love your neighbour as yourselves.
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