Philadelphia Church of God Beliefs
Jesus Christ said that we should live our lives in accordance with “every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4). This is the guiding principle behind the beliefs of the Philadelphia Church of God. “Living by every word” means treating both the Old Testament and New Testament as the inspired word of God, “profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness” (2 Timothy 3:16).
For an in-depth study of what the Bible teaches and what we believe, you are welcome to enroll in our free Bible correspondence course. Here, though, is a brief summary of our general beliefs.
Statement of Beliefs
- The Philadelphia Church of God believes and teaches that the Bible is the full Word of God, inspired by God, and thereby available for instruction.
- Each doctrine maintained by the Church is provable from the Holy Bible.
- Only God can cause a person to become a member of the Church; therefore, we do not proselytize for members by any means.
- The Church’s responsibility is to teach the laws of God to whoever may desire to learn at absolutely no cost.
- The Church does not seek financing from the public at large, but depends solely upon the tithes and freewill gifts from its members and co-workers; therefore, we do not solicit funds from the public by any means.
- The Church teaches its members that the integrity of the family is critical to the health of the nation.
- Ministers are to be true servants to the membership and therefore must avoid extremes in lifestyle and lavishness.
- All members are to subject themselves to the laws and regulations of the government of the land while following the example and instructions of Jesus Christ.
- The Holy Spirit is a gift received from God, upon true repentance, which leads to salvation.
- Jesus Christ is the Head of the Church, not any man.
- All men will ultimately be resurrected, and those who are worthy will fellowship with God and Christ forever.
- Sin, unrepented of, separates an individual from God and Christ.
- Jesus Christ died to pay the penalty for our sins so that we may be given immortal life.
- We should rejoice in our trials because God is using them to build His character in us.
- The Church is responsible to inform the public at large of the soon-coming, glorious Kingdom of God.
To read a summary of our main doctrines, please click here.