God the Father

We, the Church of God, firmly believe the Trinity, and regard knowing the name of God as a matter directly related to salvation. The definition of the Trinity is that the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are one and the same even though God the Father works in different names in each age. We believe that Jesus who came as the Son in the New Testament times is God the Father Jehovah in the Old Testament times, and that Jesus who comes a second time in this age according to the prophecy of the Bible—the Holy Spirit—is Christ Ahnsahnghong.

It is prophesied in the Bible that Christ is to sit on the throne of David when He comes as the Savior in the age of the Holy Spirit. David was anointed to be king when he was thirty years old and reigned for forty years. As for Jesus, however, He was baptized at the age of thirty and was crucified after preaching the gospel only for three years. Therefore, when Jesus comes a second time, He must be baptized at the age of thirty and preach the gospel for the remaining thirty-seven years. The One who fulfilled this prophecy is Christ Ahnsahnghong. Christ Ahnsahnghong was born in the Republic of Korea, the land at the ends of the earth in the east, began His ministry in 1948, and went up to heaven in 1985.

The major reason we believe in Christ Ahnsahnghong as Jesus who has come a second time is that He gives eternal life to mortal mankind. On the night before the His crucifixion, Jesus Christ promised eternal life and the forgiveness of sins through the Passover bread and wine that represent His flesh and blood, and He called it the new covenant. The Passover of the new covenant was observed until the apostolic age. However, it disappeared as the churches became secularized, and no one was able to restore it for 1,600 years through the Dark Ages and the Reformation period. The prophecies of the Bible tell us that the One who gives mankind eternal life again is only God, the Second Coming Jesus.

Therefore, Christ Ahnsahnghong, who has restored the new covenant and led us to eternal life and salvation, is Christ who has come a second time and our God the Father.

God the Mother

Faith in God the Mother is a key feature of the Church of God. Many believe that God is only one, the Father, but we believe in God the Mother as well. The Bible testifies about both the Spiritual Father and Mother: “Our Father in heaven” (Matthew 6:9) and “Jerusalem that is above is free, and she is our mother” (Galatians 4:26).

The Church of God pays attention to the androgyny of God shown throughout the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. In Genesis 1, God created man, saying, “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness,” and male and female were created in the image of God. This conclusively suggests that there is not only the male image of God [Father] but also the female image of God [Mother].

Moreover, the plural noun Elohim [Gods] is used in the original Hebrew Bible more than 2,500 times, starting from the first verse of the Bible that reads, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” The Creator of the heavens and the earth is not one, but Elohim [Gods]. The Church of God believes that the word Elohim in the Bible refers to God the Father and God the Mother. On the last page of the Bible, the Spirit and the bride appear and say, “Come! . . . take the free gift of the water of life.” Only God has the authority to give us the water of life. Therefore, the Spirit refers to God the Father, and the bride who gives the water of life with Him refers to God the Mother.

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Heavenly Family & Earthly Family

The titles father and mother are used in the family. The earthly family, which consists of a father, a mother, and their children, is a copy and shadow showing that the heavenly family too consists of Heavenly Father, Heavenly Mother, and Their children. Family is a community of love. That you have a family here on earth shows that you have a spiritual family in heaven—a community of eternal love. Just as the members of the earthly family are related by blood, the members of the heavenly family are related by the blood of the covenant that God gives through the Passover.

Faith in God the Father and God the Mother has a great influence on the lives of the members of the Church of God. We take pride in being the children of God and the members of the heavenly family. As the earthly family reflects the heavenly family, we value the family and make efforts for the family’s harmony and happiness. For example, we try to make our families a small heaven by honoring our parents, respecting our spouses, loving our children, and taking care of our brothers and sisters, according to the teachings of the Bible. Regarding all people as the members of one large family who will come to God the Father and God the Mother and enjoy eternal happiness together, we pay attention to everyone’s happiness and well-being and carry out volunteer services and relief work.

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God in the Flesh

Christianity is essentially a religion that believes in God who comes in the flesh to save mankind. The Church of God believes that God the Father and God the Mother appear in the flesh in the age of the Holy Spirit to save mankind, not only existing as spirits. Almighty God can certainly come to the earth in the flesh, and mankind must believe in God who comes in the flesh according to the prophecies of the Bible.

The Bible testifies about Jesus Christ who was born as a baby 2,000 years ago: “God, the Word in the beginning, became flesh and made His dwelling among us” (John 1:1–14). The Christian doctrine that God came as a human being provoked great antipathy among the followers of Judaism which was the mainstream religion in those days. The Jews attempted to kill Jesus, saying, “You, a mere man, claim to be God,” and they eventually crucified Him, bringing false charges against Him.

After the resurrection and the ascension of Christ, the disciples strongly preached about the man Christ Jesus (1 Timothy 2:5), emphasizing the faith in God who came in the flesh, so Jesus Christ has been proclaimed throughout the world as the Savior of mankind and worshiped by people all around the world.

The Bible prophesies that Christ will appear a second time to bring salvation to those who are waiting for Him (Hebrews 9:28). Christ is always present in the spirit, so the prophecy of His second appearing indicates His coming in the flesh in the same manner as His first coming. The Spirit and the bride say, “Come . . . take the free gift of the water of life.” This, too, means that God the Father and God the Mother, who are the Word, come to the earth in the flesh just like two thousand years ago.

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The Passover

The Church of God is the only church that observes the Passover just as Jesus Christ and His disciples did two thousand years ago. The Passover was the day when the Israelites were saved from the horrible plague—the killing of every firstborn—by putting the blood of the Passover lamb on the sides and tops of the doorframes of their houses and were set free from slavery in Egypt 3,500 years ago. The word “Passover” means “disasters pass over.”

On this day two thousand years ago, to save mankind bound by sin and death, Jesus Christ gave His disciples bread and wine symbolizing His flesh and blood, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood,” and promised them the forgiveness of sins and eternal life. The day before His crucifixion, Jesus made his last will—the new covenant—to give mankind life and salvation. When we keep the Passover according to the example of Christ, we become God’s children who inherit God’s flesh and blood just as God has promised, and we can love one another as brothers and sisters of the true heavenly family.

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The Sabbath Day

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 after creating the heavens and the earth for six days. He blessed the seventh day and made it holy, and commanded us to keep it. Historical facts and calendars show that the Sabbath is Saturday in today’s seven-day week system.

Jesus Christ declared that He is Lord of the Sabbath, and set the example of keeping the Sabbath of the new covenant by worshiping God in spirit and truth and doing good, instead of sacrificing lambs according to the Old Testament regulations. Jesus Christ and His disciples kept the Sabbath, and Apostle Paul and his companions too kept the Sabbath on their missionary journeys. However, at the end of the apostolic age, the observance of the Sabbath began to decline as Christianity became secular and the Western Church, led by Rome, advocated the observance of Sunday worship.

In A.D. 313, the Roman Emperor Constantine issued the Edict of Milan, officially recognizing Christianity, and in A.D. 321 he decreed that Sunday should be a day of rest and worship, calling the first day of the week the “venerable day of the sun.” This helped the church in Rome [Catholic Church] further solidify the doctrine of Sunday-keeping. Since then, Sunday worship has become the church’s tradition and now most churches, both the Catholic Church and Protestant churches, worship on Sunday. However, the Church of God worships on the Sabbath—Saturday, holding fast to the truth and faith of the early Church as the Bible teaches.

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The Seven Feasts in Three Times

The major feasts of the Church of God include the weekly Sabbath and 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. Like the Sabbath, the seven feasts in three times are all God’s feasts based on both the Old and New Testaments. The Church of God does not observe any man-made feasts like Christmas which originated with the winter solstice festival of ancient Rome and Thanksgiving Day from American frontier history.

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The Cross Is an Idol

When it comes to churches, most people think of the cross. However, the Church of God has no cross. There was no cross in the early Church that Jesus established and the apostles attended, nor was there any doctrine that regarded the cross as an object of worship or a symbol of faith. It was because the act of establishing a cross and giving a meaning to it itself is against the second commandment of the Ten Commandments, “You shall not worship an idol.”

Church history books and encyclopedias say that the cross was used by ancient pagans as a religious symbol or a talisman for the deceased, and it was an instrument of execution in the time of Jesus Christ. During the secularization of the church, the cross was introduced into the church and was used as personal fashion accessories as necklaces and rings. For this reason, the Church of God denounces the cross as an idol, and emphasizes the meaning of the holy blood of Christ who was crucified, not the cross itself.

Baptism

Baptism is a ceremony whereby one is born again as the body of sin is buried in water.

According to the Bible, baptism is a sign of a covenant with God—the sign of salvation. The Church of God believes that baptism is the first step to begin the life of faith and that those who are baptized have their citizenships in heaven as the true people of God. Following the teachings Jesus Christ, “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,” baptism can be valid only when it is given in the names of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit in this age, and the receiver of baptism must have faith in God the Father and God the Mother.

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Regulation of Veil

In the Church of God, men do not cover their heads with anything and women cover their heads with veils during prayer or worship services. This is based on the regulation of the Church of God, which is written in the Bible.

1 Corinthians chapter 11 says that observing the regulation of veil is following the example of Christ. This regulation was established to keep order in the church and it reflects God’s providence over creation. Apostle Paul explained the regulation of veil by mentioning the human nature that regards a man with short hair as good and a woman with long hair as beautiful.

In the Protestant churches today, women, like men, do not wear veils. In the Catholic Church, prelates wear birettas or mitres during mass. These practices are not based on the Bible at all. The Church of God is the only church that observes the regulation of veil exactly according to the Bible.

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