Michael Grant
Alaska Overseer

"There shall be an handful of corn in the earth upon the top of the mountains; the fruit thereof shall shake like Lebanon: and they of the city shall flourish like grass of the earth."

Psalm 72:16

General Headquarters Websitehttp://www.thechurchofgod.org/

Welcome to The Church of God. We are delighted that you have taken the time to visit us here on the Internet. I encourage you to browse through the tracts, sermons, and other information we have made available. It is our desire to be a blessing to you.

The Church of God is fully committed to the Bible, and every member has covenanted to accept and live by its teachings. We embrace the New Testament as our rule of faith, practice, government and discipline. Our desire is to share the good news of salvation through Jesus Christ and to fulfill Jesus' command, "Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you:" (Matthew 28:20).

The founding of The Church of God occurred when Jesus Christ called together his twelve apostles (Mark 3:13-19) and with them organized His Church. According to the history of the Church, this occurred approximately June 13, AD 31 on the Horns of Hattin near Jerusalem in Palestine, now known as Israel.  Before the foundation of the world was laid, God had already made some choices concerning who would be in The Church of God (Ephesians 1:4-5) We do not teach personal predestination (that you have no choice) we do believe the path you choose leads to an eternal destination - ie strait is the gate and narrow is the way that leadeth to eternal life or broad is the way that leadeth to destruction.  We each make choices that lead us to a destination already predetermined by where the path takes us (Matthew 7:13-14.)

The Church continued under theocracy, governed by the immediate direction of God, growing and expanding until it’s influence was felt in all the known world. Its success and identity were interrupted, however, in 325 A.D. by the Council of Nicaea when the Church, under the power and influence of the Roman government, headed at that time by the Emperor Constantine, abandoned theocracy and established an Episcopal form of government to replace it. It was at this point that the true Church ceased to function. However, that organization continued and became known as the Catholic Church. Read and study Isaiah 54:7 and II Thessalonians 2:3.

After 1578 years, a time known in history as the Dark Ages, the true Church arose from its long sleep and again began to function (Isaiah 60:1). The time was June 13, 1903 and the place was Cherokee County, North Carolina. In this historic meeting, one among the group who came together to pray and study the Word of God, A. J. Tomlinson, made the statement after he had gone to the top of Burger Mountain nearby for an extended session of prayer: “I came back down the mountain and entered the meeting. Questions were asked. Bible answers were given. They said they took the whole Bible rightly divided as their only rule of faith and practice. I said, Well if you take the whole Bible rightly divided, that makes it The Church of God...” Then I said, “you have agreed that this that I have said makes it The Church of God, and will you be willing to take it and keep it The Church of God?” They said they were willing. I then asked if they were willing to take me in with the understanding that it is The Church of God --- not going to be, but is The Church of God. They were willing... Brother Spurling... took the Bible and gave it to me. He handed it to me and said, "Will you take this (Bible) as the word of God, believe and practice it, obey its precepts and walk in the light as God is in the light?" Right there I gave my hand to Brother Spurling... I took the obligation with deep sincerity and extreme sacredness, never to be forgotten. (Upon This Rock, Vol. 3, p. 64, C. T. Davidson, White Wing Publishing House and Press, Cleveland, Tennessee, 1976).

From that humble restoration of the Church which Christ established in 28 A.D. to this present day there have been glorious times, great victories and reports of great revivals, healings, and divine deliverances. There was a disruption in 1923 and again in 1993. With Holy Ghost direction the Church is now operating in over 47 countries with more countries being opened each year. This site is maintained with the hope that peoples in countries where the Church may not yet be reestablished, may by Holy Ghost direction find and contact us. We are driven by the command of the head of the Church which requires that we go...into...all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature (Mark 16:15) and teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you (Matthew 28:20.)  Won’t you join in this great work which Christ ordained nearly 2000 years ago?

Stephen Smith General Overseer

Isaiah 60