LOGOS APOSTOLIC CHURCH OF GOD ARTICLES OF FAITH
These are the articles of faith for LOGOS APOSTOLIC CHURCH OF GOD worldwide, showing what we, as a church, believe and accept as true doctrine. As their basis is the Word of God alone, these articles of faith are the basis of what we do and practice. To become a member of LOGOS APOSTOLIC CHURCH OF GOD a person must accept these articles of faith in principle. That does not mean that they must believe or understand everything that is written here, as belief and understanding comes through patient study, and that takes time.
We believe that there is only one true God (Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 44:6; John 17:3; 1 Corinthians 8:6), who is eternal, or everlasting (Genesis 21:33;
Deuteronomy 33:27; Isaiah 40:28; Jeremiah 10:10; Romans 16:26), self-sufficient, that is, he needs no one else to sustain him (Exodus 3:14), immutable, that is,
he does not change (Malachi 3:6; James 1:17), omnipotent, that is, all powerful (Genesis 17:1; 18:14; Job 42:2; Luke 1:37; Revelation 19:6), omnipresent, that is,
present everywhere (1 Kings 8:27; Psalm 139:3-10; Jeremiah 23:23), omniscient, that is, all knowing (1 Chronicles 28:9; Job 37:16; Isaiah 46:10; Matthew 24:36),
holy (Exodus 15:11; 1 Peter 1:15-16; Revelation 4:8; 15:4), and possessing absolute, indivisible deity.
Jesus was born of a virgin (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:21-23), but God was his Father (Matthew 1:18; 1:20), so that on his Father's side he was divine, but on his
mother's side, he was human. Therefore he was known as the Son of God and also the Son of man. The fact that Jesus Christ was the son of God was confirmed by
the Father himself (Matthew 3:17; 17:5; Mark 1:11; Luke 3:22), by angels (Matthew 1:18:23; Luke 1:28-32), by John the Baptist (John 1:34), by Jesus'
disciples (Matthew 16:16; John 1:49; 6:69; 20:31), and by many others.
The truth, that the holy Spirit is God himself, is obvious because God is spirit (John 4:24), and he is holy (Exodus 15:11; 1 Peter 1:15-16; Revelation 4:8; 15:4), and there is only one Spirit (Ephesians 4:4). Other scripture also confirm this:
(Acts 5:3-4) "But Peter said, Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit, ... you have not lied to men, but to God."
(1 Corinthians 3:16) "Do you not know that you are the temple of God, and that
the Spirit of God dwells in you?"
The bible does not mention the word "Trinity", nor does it say that God is three persons. Therefore we do not accept that the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are three separate persons.
In the Old Testament God used many different words, names, or titles, referring to himself. "El", "Eloah", and "Elohim" are all
translated "God" in various places, "El" being used in a number of compounds. The four letters YHVH are extremely common, and are usually
translated LORD. It is used in many compound names, and the exact pronunciation of it is not now known with any certainty, but possibilities are "Yahveh",
"Yahoh", and "Yahuh". However we can say that it is not "Jehovah", because this comes from putting the vowel points of "adonai"
(which means "Lord") under the consonants YHVH, and is in fact a made up word.
Bible Study: RP506 What is God's Name? YHVH/YHWH is not Jehovah
God promised the baptism of the Holy Spirit for his people through the prophet Joel (Joel 2:28-29), through John the Baptist (Matthew 3:11; Mark 1:8; Luke
3:16; John 1:33), through Jesus (Mark 16:17; Luke 11:13; John 7:38-39; 14:16-7; 14:26; Acts 1:5), and through the apostle Peter (Acts 2:15-18;
2:38-39). The purpose of the baptism of the Holy Spirit is to endue us with power for service (Luke 4:14; Acts 1:5; Romans 15:13, 15:19), enable us to
speak in tongues (Acts 2:4; 10:46; 19:6), enable us to receive spiritual gifts (1 Corinthians 12:1-11), and to seal us in Christ (2 Corinthians 1:21-22;
Ephesians 1:13-14; 4:30).
(Acts 2:4) "They were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak with other tongues (languages), as the Spirit gave them utterance."
This baptism can sometimes be an experience that people get when they first believe, Cornelius and his household for example (Acts 10:44-46), but in the vast majority of cases this is an experience which follows some time after being born again (Acts 8:5-17; 19:1-6). It is an experience which all Christians need in order to be successful in their Christian walk, because it provides the supernatural power that we need to live spiritual lives, and be witnesses for Christ (Luke 24:49; Acts 1:8).
Speaking in tongues is a supernatural manifestation of the Holy Spirit, who gives people the utterance (Acts 2:4) to speak either with tongues (languages) of
men, or of angels (1 Corinthians 13:1). Speaking in tongues is a sign following true believers, "And these signs shall follow those who believe ... they shall
speak with new tongues." (Mark 16:17), and the ability to do it comes with the baptism of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:4; 10:44-46; 19:6).
There are nine spiritual gifts which can be manifested through any person who is baptised in the Holy Spirit. They are, the word of wisdom, the word of knowledge, faith, the gifts of healing, the working of miracles, prophecy, discerning of spirits, various kinds of tongues, and the interpretation of tongues (1 Corinthians 12:8-10). They are to profit everybody (1 Corinthians 12:7), and enable the church to prepare itself for the second coming of Jesus (Revelation 19:7). Some say that spiritual gifts have passed away, but this is obviously false, as in the very last days two prophets will prophesy in Jerusalem (Revelation 11:3), work miracles (Revelation 11:6), and be killed by the Antichrist, who is known as "the beast" (Revelation 11:7). Paul told us, "covet earnestly the best gifts:" (1 Corinthians 12:31), so they are to be sought for, and received by faith.
Because everyone has sinned against God (Romans 3:10; 3:23; 1 John 1:8; 1:10), everyone needs to be saved. God provided this salvation when he sent his son Jesus Christ to die on the cross, and to pay for the sins of the world to be forgiven (Isaiah 53:5-6; Romans 5:8; 1 Peter 2:24; 1 John 2:2). Salvation therefore is only through Jesus Christ:
(Acts 4:12) "Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is no other name under heaven, given among men, whereby we must be saved."
God's will is for all men to be saved (1 Timothy 2:3-4; 2 Peter 3:9), and it is offered to us as a gift:
(Ephesians 2:8) "For by grace are you saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:"
The first step to salvation is to be born again, for Jesus said, "except a man is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God." (John 3:3),
"Except a man is born of water, and of the spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God." (John 3:5), and "You
must be born again." (John 3:7). This is when the spirit of Jesus Christ first enters into a person, not in its fullness, but like a babe (1 Corinthians 3:1;
and 1 Peter 2:2). From then on it is a process of growth (1 Peter 2:2), until a mature Christ lives in us (Galatians 4:19; 1 John 5:18). No one can be saved
without some measure of the spirit of Jesus Christ (Romans 8:9; 2 Corinthians 13:5; Colossians 1:27; 1 John 5:12).
Bible Study: RP101 Salvation Bible Study.
The Greek word for repentance is "Metanoia" which literally means "after thought". The verb to repent is the Greek word
"Metanoeō", from two words, "meta" which means "after", and "nous", which means "mind, thought,
understanding". Repentance is to have the mind, thinking, and understanding changed.
(1) Believe in Jesus (Acts 10:43; 13:38). There can be no true forgiveness without this because he
has paid the price for our sins to be forgiven (Isaiah 53:5; 1 Peter 2:24; 1 John 3:5), and he is the one who delivers us from sin (Matthew 1:21; Acts 3:26;
and 1 Peter 2:24).
Every Christian should repent diligently, as God has commanded all men everywhere to repent (Acts 17:30). Jesus said, "Except you repent you shall all likewise perish" (Luke 13:3), and that, "repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem." (Luke 24:47).
Divine healing is a supernatural healing brought about on a physical body by the supernatural power of God alone. God does not need drugs, medicines or
surgery to heal, and he has always healed his people when they have called upon him in faith. The first covenant that God made with the children of
Israel after they were brought out of Egypt was a covenant of healing, conditioned upon their obedience, where he revealed himself as, "the LORD
who heals you" (Exodus 15:26).
(Isaiah 53:5) "with his stripes we are healed."
We see from this that divine healing for the body is in the atonement, and healing is available to all who believe. Jesus said of believers, "They
shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover." (Mark 16:18).
In the New Testament, water baptism was always administered as soon as possible after a person became a believer in Jesus (Acts 8:36-38; 10:47; 19:1-5). The correct method is by immersion, typifying us following Jesus into:
(1) His death (going down into the water) (Romans 6:3; 6:4),
The correct name (meaning authority) to be baptized in (Greek: en) is the Lord Jesus Christ, which is the way the apostles always did it (Acts 2:38; 10:48; Colossians 3:17). The name (meaning character) of the Father and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19), is what we are baptised into (Greek: eis), not the name (authority) that we are baptised with, and is therefore not a formula for water baptism.
During the Passover supper ["supper being ended" (John 13:2 KJV) is a mistranslation] Jesus washed his disciple's feet:
On the night of our Lord's betrayal, he ate the Passover supper with his apostles. After Jesus had washed his disciples" feet (John 13:2-17), and Judas had left (John 13:27-30), Jesus instituted the ordinance of eating bread and drinking wine (Matthew 26:26-28; Mark 14:22-24; Luke 22:19-20; 1 Corinthians 11:23-25). We keep this ordinance because of the words of Jesus:
(Luke 22:19; 1 Corinthians 11:24) "this do in remembrance of me."
Jesus instituted the use of unleavened bread, and the fruit of the vine, which are partaken of literally, as emblems of his broken body and shed blood.
When God gave the Ten Commandments to Israel (Exodus 20:2-17; Deuteronomy 5:6-21), he spoke
them audibly himself (Exodus 20:1; 20:22; Deuteronomy 5:4; 5:22) to around two million
people. He has said that he will, "not alter the thing that has gone out
of my lips." (Psalm 89:34), and as he cannot lie (Numbers 23:19; Titus 1:2), the
Ten Commandments still stand today. He also wrote them himself on two
tablets of stone (Deuteronomy 5:22), they were "the work of God" (Exodus 32:16),
and all "his work is perfect" (Deuteronomy 32:4). We also need to fulfil them in a spiritual sense, "That
the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit." (Romans 8:4), and this is
done by love (Matthew 22:37-40).
(Matthew 5:17-19) "Do not think that I have come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I
have not come to destroy, but to fulfil.
Because of these words of Jesus, we believe that we should still keep the spirit of the Ten Commandments, including the Sabbath day, which Jesus himself habitually kept (Matthew 4:23; 9:35; Mark 6:2; Luke 4:16; 4:31; 6:6; 13:10). As part of the New Covenant the Ten Commandments are now to be written in the heart of the believer (Jeremiah 31:33; Hebrews 8:10; 10:16).
Bible Study: RP 208 The Sin Of Breaking The Sabbath Day.
Justification and righteousness are different translations of the same Greek and Hebrew
words, and mean essentially the same thing. It may refer to a state of being
declared to be in right standing with God, or to a state of actually being
in right standing with God, being free from past sin (Isaiah 43:25-26; Acts
13:39; Romans 3:25; 4:6-8), being free from current sin (Ecclesiastes 7:20; Ezekiel 3:20;
Romans 3:9-10; 6:18-20; 1 Corinthians 15:34; 1 Peter 2:24), operating in faith motivated
by love (Compare Ephesians 6:14 with 1 Thessalonians 5:8; Rom4:11-13; Galatians 5:6), believing God's
word (Romans 4:3; 4:21-24; Galatians 3:6; James 2:23), having God's law in one's
heart (Psalm 37:30-31; Isaiah 51:7), and walking in obedience to God's word (Isaiah
48:18; 58:6-8; Ezekiel 18:5-9; Romans 2:13; 6:16-18; Compare Matthew 7:24-25 with Proverbs 12:7).
Godly living should characterize the life of every child of God, and we should live according to the pattern and example given in the Word of God.
(Titus 2: 11-12) "For the grace
of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that,
denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously,
and godly, in this present world".
We disapprove of our people indulging in any activities which are not
conducive to good Christianity and godly living, such as theatres, dances,
mixed bathing, women cutting their hair short (Deuteronomy 22:5; 1 Corinthians 11:6;
11:15), men having long hair (Deuteronomy 22:5; 1 Corinthians 11:14), wearing of make-up
(2 Kings 9:30; Ezekiel 23:40) and jewellery (Hosea 2:13; 1 Timothy 2:9; 1 Peter 3:3; Revelation 17:4),
body piercing and tattoos (Leviticus 19:28).
Bible Study: RP 212 When is Watching Television a Sin?.
In the beginning God created one man and one woman to be together as man and wife (Genesis 1:27; 2:18; 2:21-24), and they are now meant to live together until death separates them (Romans 7:1-3; 1 Corinthians 7:39). Jesus commanded that man and wife should not be put apart (Matthew 19:6; Mark 10:9), and was therefore against divorce. He went on to say that putting away one's partner and marrying another was adultery (Matthew 5:32; 19:9; Mark 10:11-12; Luke 16:18; Romans 7:3), and made only one exception, which was "fornication" (Matthew 5:32; 19:9). This fornication does not refer to adultery by one of the partners with someone outside of that relationship, but rather it refers to fornication inside unlawful marriage relationships, which were forbidden by God at some point in time. These include:
(a) Any type of incestuous relationship with close family (Leviticus 18:6-18;
20:11-12; 20:14; 20:17; 20:19-20). This is fornication.
Widows are free to remarry if they so choose, but "only in the Lord." (1 Corinthians 7:39; 1 Timothy 5:14).
Bible Study: RP 209 When Is Divorce And Remarriage A Sin?
We recognize the institution of human government as being of divine ordination,
and therefore affirm loyalty to our Government and to the laws of our
country (Romans 13:1-6; 1 Peter 2:13-14).
(1) When the laws of the country
forbid preaching in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ (Acts 4:17-20).
Therefore, as far as is possible, we encourage all members to be law abiding citizens, and to acknowledge our responsibility to pray for our Government (1 Timothy 2:1-4).
We firmly believe that the members of the Church should have no connection whatever with secret societies, or any other organization or body, in which there is a fellowship with unbelievers, bound by an oath (Matthew 5:33-37; 2 Corinthians 6:14-18; Ephesians 5:11; James 5:12).
A tithe is one tenth of a person's gross income, or increase. Tithing is part of
God's financial plan to provide for his work, and has been since the days
of Abraham (Genesis 14:18-20; Hebrews 7:1-4). It continued with Jacob (Genesis
28:20-22), and was a part of the law given by Moses (Leviticus 27:30; Deuteronomy 14:22;
Malachi 3:10). The tithe belonged to God (Leviticus 27:30-34), but was used for the
service of the Levites (Numbers 18:21-29; Deuteronomy 26:12), and to support strangers,
widows, and orphans (Deuteronomy 14:28; 26:12; Acts 6:1-3). Tithing is really an
act of faith, because God has promised a blessing if we do it, and a curse
if we don't (Malachi 3:8-11). Because the tithe belongs to God (Leviticus 27:30-34),
he considers not paying it as robbing him (Malachi 3:8). Modern day tithes
should be paid to the church treasury for the support of the ministry, and
widows and orphans in the church (Acts 6:1-3). Some functions of the
Levites, such as teaching the word of God (Exodus 18:20; Deuteronomy 24:8; 2 Chronicles 15:3;
Ezra 7:10), are now part of the ministry of the church (Acts 13:1; 1 Corinthians 12:28; Ephesians 4:11).
Bible Study: RP206 The Sin of Robbing God in Tithes and Offerings
Offerings are any donations given to the church treasury which are on top of, and separate to, tithes. These are given as a matter of freewill, and not an obligation.
(2 Corinthians 9:7) "Every man according as he purposes in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loves a cheerful giver."
Sacrificial giving was commended by Jesus (Mark 12:42-44; Luke 21:2-4), and was taught by him for discipleship and perfection (Luke 14:33; Matthew 19:21). It was practised willingly by the New Testament church (Acts 2:44-45; 4:34-37; 2 Corinthians 8:1-4).
We disapprove of school students attending shows, dances, dancing classes,
theatres, engaging in school activities against their religious principles,
or being taught false religious teaching (Proverbs 22:6).
Christmas is nowhere taught in scripture. Neither Jesus, nor the apostles, nor any New testament Church ever celebrated it, and therefore we encourage every member of the church to have nothing to do with it. It is not the birthday of Jesus, and it is pagan in origin. Its fruits are feasting and gluttony, merrymaking, drunkenness, lies and idolatry (Father Christmas), pagan religious customs, such as the Christmas tree, evergreens, and mistletoe, none of which are godly, and should be avoided by every sincere Christian.
Bible Study: RP 207 The Sin Of Observing Christmas.
In the beginning God created man innocent, pure and holy (Genesis 1:27; 1:31), but through the sin of disobedience, Adam and Eve allowed the knowledge of good and evil into this world, and fell from their pure, holy state. God banished them from the paradise of Eden, and the ground was cursed to bring forth thorns and thistles (Genesis 3:17-18). Since that time man has lived in an imperfect world, with the knowledge of good and evil ever present, and all of mankind has been corrupted, such that, "all have sinned and come short of the glory of God." (Romans 3:23; Romans 5:12). Therefore all men now are in need of salvation.
The fact that Jesus is coming again the second time in person, was clearly
taught by the words of the Lord Jesus himself (Matthew 24:30; Mark 13:26; Luke
21:27; John 14:3), by an angel (Acts 1:11), and in the early Christian
church by the apostles and others (1 Corinthians 11:26; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-8; Titus 2:13).
Therefore, the children of God today can earnestly, and hopefully, look forward to this glorious event.
Bible Study: RP 355 The Post-Tribulation Rapture.
The scripture teaches that there will come a time when the dead will all be raised up (Job 14:12; Daniel 12:2; John 5:28-29). The righteous dead will be raised to everlasting life (Daniel 12:2) on the last day of this present age when Jesus returns (Matthew 24:29-31; Mark 13:24-27; John 6:39-40; 6:44; 6:54; 11:24; 1 Thessalonians 5:15-18), and the unrighteous dead will be raised after the millennium reign of Jesus Christ (Revelation 20:5), to judgement (Revelation 20:11-13) and the lake of fire (Revelation 20:15; 21:8).
When Jesus Christ returns for the second time, he will set up his kingdom upon this earth, and will reign with his saints for one thousand years (Revelation 20:4; 20:6). During this time the Devil, Satan, will be bound in the bottomless pit (Revelation 20:1-3) and therefore there will be no war (Isaiah 2:4). There will be many people alive on the earth outside of the New Jerusalem during the millennium (Zechariah 14:16-19, Revelation 20:7-9, 22:14-15). At the end of the one thousand years, the Devil will be loosed from the bottomless pit, and shall gather all nations to war against the saints, but they will be destroyed by fire (Revelation 20:7-9).
When the thousand year millennium reign of Jesus Christ is finished, there will be a resurrection of all the unrighteous dead, who will be summoned before the great white throne for their judgment (Revelation 20:11-12). The Devil, Satan himself, will be cast into the lake of fire (Revelation 20:10), along with Death and Hades (Revelation 20:14), and all whose names are not found written in the Book of Life shall be cast into the lake of fire (Revelation 20:15; 21:8).
When the millennium reign of Jesus Christ has ended, God will create a new heaven and a new earth, upon which the righteous shall live for ever (Psalm 37:11, Isaiah 65:17; Matthew 5:5; 2 Peter 3:13; Revelation 21:1-7).
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