Charismatic Church of God
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The Charismatic Church of God is one of the newer Pentecostal/Charismatic Christian denominations, with headquarters in Albuquerque, New Mexico. It is distinct in that it blends four traditions together, the Evangelical, the Charismatic, the Contemplative, and the Sacramental
The precise legal name of this body is The Charismatic Church of God, Inc.. The The Charismatic Church of God operates a seminary to train their ministers. It was incorporated as a nonprofit corporation in the state of New Mexico on July 24, 2007, so it is a relatively new denomination.
The Church was founded by Jay N. Forrest. Rev. Forrest claims to have had a dream on July 7, 2007 in which he saw the church and was lead to start it.
Theologically, the Charismatic Church of God is Evangelical in that they hold to the core beliefs of Evangelicalism (inspired Scriptures, being born again, emphasis on evangelism). They are Charismatic in that they believe and practice living a life full of the Spirit. This life begins with the Baptism in the Holy Spirit, the receiving of spiritual gifts, and the surrender to the Spirit's leading. They claim to be Charismatic rather than Pentecostal; historically a Pentecostal often have believed that tongues are a required evidence of the Baptism in the Holy Spirit. Charismatics, on the other hand, tend to believe that speaking in tongues is not required but that the persons inner experience witness to the reality of the event. They are contemplative in that they believe that union and communion with God is the privilege of every born again believer. Contemplation simply means the loving gaze of the soul upon God, it could be called Christian mysticism. And they are sacramental in that they believe that the sacraments are meant to be more than mere rituals. They are the means of grace when they are received by faith. The belief in the Real Presence really distinguishes this church from other Pentecostal / Charismatic churches, which usually look upon the Lord's Supper as a mere memorial.
The Charismatic Church of God sees itself as a local church with a global ministry. Their mission is to bring people into a living and growing relationship with God; they do this globally by training, credentialing, encouraging, and sending forth ministers to pastor, evangelize, and plan churches; they do this locally by gathering together to worship, learn, take communion, and minister to peoples needs, and by going out to pray, edify, evangelize, and fight evil.
The Charismatic Church of God subscribes to the following foundational Christian doctrines:
- That the Bible is the inspired word of God
- The Trinity - one in essence, three in person
- Moral Law, which is binding upon all mankind as the rule of life.
- Salvation through the universal atonement of Jesus Christ.
- The need of repentance toward God and faith toward the Lord Jesus Christ.
- Sanctification, which is the voluntarily consecrate one's will to the highest good of God and His kingdom.
- Progressive sanctification which grows and increases as one's knowledge grows and increases.
- Christian perfection which means that one can be completely delivered from slavery to sin.
- The Baptism in the Holy Spirit and Spiritual Gifts.
- Divine Healing
- Christian Spirituality, which is spiritual union and communion with God.
- That the devil is the ruler of this world and the god of this age, but God has given us power and authority over him.
- Conditional eternal security, meaning that though one can loose their salvation, the great majority of true believers will persevere.
- The spiritual unity of the universal Church.
- The sacraments of Water Baptism and Holy Communion, including the Real Presence in the Bread and Wine.
- The pre-millennium second coming of Jesus Christ
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