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The Church of God in Kenosha WI invites you to come as you are and experience the love and grace of Jesus of Nazareth.
The Church has a several fold reason for existing in the world today.
These important purposes are divinely originated and are found in the New Testament.
During the subsequent 1,578 years, there were glimmering rays of light as the submerged TRUTH struggled to break forth—by the providence of God—into this world’s “gross darkness.” Then there came a divine revelation on June 13, 1903 in what is now known as Fields of the Wood.
Though it found a welcome in hungry hearts who would give ear to it, and though thousands have accepted it, the enemy of TRUTH has waged an incessant warfare against it.
This alone is the most convincing proof of its veracity.
The faith of the gospel has been committed solely into the hands of the Church and thus the responsibility for keeping and guarding the faith rests upon the Church’s shoulders.
It is The Church of God’s duty to keep the faith pure and unadulterated and to defend it against all enemies.
One phase of keeping and guarding the faith is the searching out and putting into operation God’s laws for the Church, the full restoration of the New Testament doctrine and governing principles.
These teachings are all based on the Scripture; they were taught and practiced by the early Church; and they have been searched out in these last days by godly men and women not concerned with their own opinions.
However, the Church does not make a “hobby horse” of any one teaching or group of teachings, but accepts the whole Bible rightly divided with the New Testament as the only rule for government and discipline.
These teachings of the Church do not constitute a creed or statement of beliefs, for The Church of God accepts the whole Bible as the inspired Word of God.
All those who become members of the Church assume the following obligation: “Will you sincerely promise in the presence of God and these witnesses that you will accept this Bible as the Word of God—believe and practice its teachings rightly divided—the New Testament as your rule of faith and practice, government and discipline, and walk in the light to the best of your knowledge and ability?” This is a “perpetual covenant that shall not be forgotten.” Repentance is both a condition and an act; it is the state of being in Godly sorrow for sins committed and the act of turning from and forsaking those sins.
“For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death” (2 Corinthians 7:10).
Also, read Mark 1:15; Luke 13:3; Acts 3:19.
Repentance is a prerequisite for justification.
Water baptism is the act of being immersed in water according to the commandment and instructions of Christ.
This ordinance has no power to wash away sin but is the answer of a good conscience toward God, representing the death, burial and resurrection of Christ through which one has obtained new life.
Only those who have already been born again are eligible for water baptism.
“The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward god,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ” (1Peter 3:21).
Water baptism has divine approval only when t it is done “in the name of the Father and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.” Read Matthew 28:19; Mark 1:8-10; John 3:22, 23; Acts 10: 47, 48.
The Lord’s Supper was instituted by Christ and is a sacred ordinance which we are commanded to observe.
The Supper consist of unleavened bread, which represents His body broken on the cross for our sins, and the wine (unfermented grape juice), which represent the blood of Christ shed for our sanctification.
This ordinance is observed in commemoration of Christ and His death.
Only sinless and consecrated Christians are eligible to partake of this Supper.
Read Luke 22:17-20; 1 Corinthians 11:23-33.
Tithing is the paying of one tenth of our increase into the treasury of the Church.
It began with Abraham, continued under the law and received Christ’s approval.
“Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cumin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone” (Matthew 23:23).
The obligation of tithing is not fulfilled by giving ten percent to the poor or to some good cause but only by paying it into the Church treasurer.
Giving differs from and is in addition to tithing.
Both are parts of God’s plan to finance His work on earth.
Read Genesis 14:19-20; Malachi 3:10; Luke 11:42; 1 Corinthians 16:2; 2 Corinthians 9:6-9; Hebrews 7:1-21.
The Bible expressly forbids the use of intoxicating beverages.
Even slight indulgence is sinful and not in keeping with Scriptural standards of holiness.
“Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise” (Proverbs 20:1).
Read also Proverbs 23:29-32; Isaiah 28:7; 1 Corinthians 5:11; 6:10; Galatians 5:21.
Divorce and remarriage constitute the sin of adultery.
Matthew 5:32, “But I say unto you, That whosever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced comitteth adultery.” The only allowable causes for remarriage are fornication and death.
However, fornication is not unfaithfulness or simple adultery, but is a state of being married to another’s wife or husband.
1 Corinthians 7:2, “Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife.” Read Matthew 5:32; 19:3-9; Mark 10:12; Romans 7:2, 3; 1 Corinthians 5:1-5, 13; 1 Corinthians 6:16-18; 7:10, 11; Revelation 2:22.