Christ founded His church (Matthew 16:18), gave it His teachings
(Matthew 28:20), proclaimed Himself its leader (Ephesians 1:22),
and promised never to forsake it (Matthew 28:20). The Church of
God, International is a human organization comprised of members
of Jesus Christ's own spiritual church, and is faithful, so far
as human frailty permits, to Christ's example, teachings, and directives
as recorded in the Bible and further clarified by the influence
of the Holy Spirit in the context of the modern world. These statements
may sound similar to those made by many other Christian churches,
but we of the CGI make one further claim which we challenge any
other church to perform: to prove whether its statements are the
truth. Let us see how the CGI came to be organized, what we do,
and what we believe.
A Very Brief Look at 2,000
Years of History
the pages of the New Testament, you read of Jesus Christ founding
his church, and of the early exploits of that church. Jesus Christ
set the example of serving, teaching and living according to the
principles of the Old Testament, not merely on a physical letter-of-the-law
basis, but on a higher level— that of a spiritual, mental intent.
then opened the way for everyone to live at that level. First, through
his crucifixion, death and burial, each of us may obtain forgiveness
of our own sins, our own disobedience to God and His commandments.
Then, through his resurrection and ascension to the Father, each
of us may attain to the glory of eternal life with the Father.
there is much, much more to Christ's personal teaching, and its
further expansion throughout the pages of the Bible than that essential
kernel. To spread this entire message, Christ selected His apostles,
established His church, and sent out His people as witnesses and
teachers of His way.
The latter books of the New Testament
tell of many of their travels, and of the mighty works they performed
through the power of the Holy Spirit.
it wasn't long before false apostles, false ministers, and pagan
or perverse doctrines began to subvert the church. The true apostles
had to instruct their flocks to "strive for the message once delivered
to the saints." But it was a losing battle, so far as the bulk of
Christianity was concerned. Down through the centuries more and
more of Christ's original teaching has been lost and a great variety
of pagan doctrines, customs, and ideas introduced. The result is
that today there are hundreds of disagreeing "Christian" sects and
denominations, some of which even go so far as to proclaim that
one can entirely disregard Christ, His teachings, and all the Bible,
and still be on the road to salvation.
the brighter side, history records that there have always been small,
often scattered, groups of Christians who have rejected pagan ideas
and human hierarchies. They have clung loyally and tenaciously to
the crystal-clear teachings of Christ and the Bible, and have resisted,
often to death, the many attempts to expunge them. As sparkling
lights across the dark centuries, one can see such names as the
Nazarenes, the Bogomils, the Waldensians, the Church of God 7th
Day), and many others.
such groups do not last forever. They may simply die out; they may
finally yield to the great pressures they are under; or they may
forget that we are commanded to continue to "grow in grace and knowledge"
and so lose their sense of direction and purpose. Nevertheless,
Jesus stated that His church would always exist; the "gates of hell"
would never prevail against it. Thus, even in this secular, materialistic,
dangerous world, there are still true followers of Jesus trying
their utmost to follow His leadership. It is of such that the Church
of God, International, is composed.
The CGI: Are We Only a TV
most conspicuous members of the CGI are the ministers like Vance
Stinson, Bronson James, Charles Groce and Bill Watson, who are hosting
of God" television program. This leaves an impression that they
are all there is to the Church. Far from it. All over the United
States and in many other parts of the world, (such as the Philippines,
Australia, Canada…) there are local church groups meeting on a weekly
basis. It is these local church groups, which provide a considerable
portion of the resources, which enable our TV Hosts to speak out
via the various media and proclaim Christ's good news.
is nearly stated throughout the Bible, and reinforced by the example
of Christ and the apostles, the day of which Jesus is Lord, the
day on which we are to rest from our labors and draw closer to God
is the Sabbath (Saturday). So, each Sabbath, numerous CGI church
groups meet to fellowship together and hear God's ministers expound
the Bible to them. Others, smaller groups watch videotapes or hear
audiotapes of sermons sent from the CGI Home Office in Tyler, Texas.
groups may have other activities and programs as the Spirit leads
them. However, all celebrate God's own annual commanded holy
and the FEAST
OF UNLEAVENED BREAD, PENTECOST,
OF TRUMPETS, and the DAY
OF ATONEMENT (Leviticus 23). In particular, during the FEAST
OF TABERNACLES and THE
LAST GREAT DAY , as many as are able to, the entire membership
of the CGI meet at various locations to worship God, hear his Word
proclaimed, and reinforce our commitment to the Work of the Church
Some Questions We Are Frequently
Can I visit with a local church
Everyone is always welcome at our weekly Sabbath (Saturday) services.
(Here in the Philippines, write to The Church of God International,
Makati Central P.O. Box 2450, Makati City, Philippines 1264 or
Tel. No. (632) 995-0294. See accompanying
There is never any pressure to join, or to contribute money. Offerings
are not taken up during church services except on the annual holy
days, the time periods when they are commanded of God (Deuteronomy
How Can I become a Member?
bible is very clear on this, and its instructions are straightforward:
"Repent and be baptized" Acts 2:38). To repent means to profoundly
regret the way of life you have been living in disobedience to God's
laws, and resolve deep down to live from now on according to both
the physical and spiritual intent of those laws. To be baptized
means to be immersed completely in water, as picture of the death
of your old way of life, your old self, then to be raised, in newness
of life, accepting Jesus Christ as your own personal Saviour who
made this "resurrection from a watery grave" possible by His sacrifice
for your sins.
minister will then lay his hands on your head, and pray, and God
will give you the gift [which is] the Holy Spirit, thus making you
His child spiritually, and a member of His church.
What relationship do you have to
are in accord, or try to be, with everyone who is seriously, sincerely,
and open-mindedly trying to follow the teachings of Jesus and the
words of the entire Bible. We welcome such into our midst and recognize
them as our brothers.
are, however, no part of any "ecumenical movement" in which different
denominations and sects are hoping to unite together by everyone
compromising a little on what each person believes.
are several church organizations which have similar doctrines to
us in many respects. We have been closely associated with some of
the time of its "founding" in 1978, dedicated men and women, have
continued to perform the work they are called to do. The CGI holds
no animosity towards its brothers and sisters in the Worldwide Church
of God, and in other "churches of God" and maintains an open door
What are your main doctrines?
a tall order! How can we summarize what the Bible says, and all
that the Holy Spirit has further revealed trough historical research,
scholarship, and the lives of people who are living according to
God's Word? Nevertheless, here are some key themes you may want
to look into further.
Christ, the Son of God the Father, was the God of the Old Testament.
He was conceived, born, lived, and died as human being. His suffering
and death paid the penalty for our sins and obtained for us forgiveness.
His resurrection to spiritual life and ascension to the Father has
opened us salvation and eternal life. Jesus and the Father are one
in attitude and intension, and form a family of which a human family
is a representation.
Holy Spirit, a power sent from God, enters each true Christian,
after repentance, baptism, and the laying-on of hands. It begets
that person as a child of God, and is an earnest of the resurrection
to eternal life, which will occur at the return of Jesus Christ
to this earth.
and the Christian way of life are defined in terms of God's
law, which is holy, just and good, and is summarized in the Ten
Commandments and their spiritual intent, as explained in the Sermon
on the Mount.
is to live by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God,
which in our day means the entirety of the Bible. Living according
to the Bible means renouncing many pagan ideas and practices, such
as Christmas, Hallowe'en, Easter, and Sunday worship. It also means
obeying God's instructions such as observing the Sabbath and the
annual holy days, following God's dietary laws, tithing, and living
according to the spirit of the loving God with all of one's heart
and mind, and loving one's neighbor as oneself.
return of Jesus Christ
to the earth will occur just at that instant in time when human
life is about to obliterate itself from this planet. It will be
preceded by many events prophesied in the Bible, in particular the
"Great Tribulation," and it will be part of the "Day of the Lord."
The Great Tribulation will be God's punishment for the sins of the
modern-day descendants of the ancient house of Israel (long separated
from the ancient house of Judah, the Jews). These modern descendants
are the United States of America, Great Britain and many former
British colonies, and many countries of Northwestern Europe. They
are prophesied to be taken into captivity by a combined ten-nation
superpower to arise in Europe, the final "resurrection" of the Holy
Christ's return, the righteous will be resurrected from their graves
to eternal life; the devil will be thrown into a symbolic pit; and
the Kingdom of God will be established on earth for 1,000 years.
After this, Satan will be released for a little season, lead another
rebellion, and eventually end with him being cast into a "lake of
fire." Then all who did not have a chance for salvation in this
life will be resurrected to a mortal life. They will at last be
given their chance to repent and have an opportunity to become God's
spiritual children. Finally, all the incorrigibly wicked
will be killed, obliterated forever, when the earth is burned up
with heat and all things are made new.
For our Statements of Beliefs click
How can I find out more?
is so much more that we could write, much of which we have already
made available in other literature or on tape. Please request
the "Armor of God" TV and Radio programs may be seen or heard in
many parts of the United States each week in addition to limited
radio and TV coverage in foreign countries. The messages are always
eye-opening, and often shocking.
final word. We cannot make you a member of God's church. God must
call you, and you must accept His calling. However, we will do all
we can to help you along the path to the glory of eternal life as
a member of the family of God, with Jesus Christ, our Elder Brother
and the Captain of our salvation, and God, our Father and giver
of all blessings.