ABOUT OUR NAME
The Church of the Everlasting Gospel is part of the ekklesia, (Greek for church or “called out ones”), a body of believers world-wide who believe in an Everlasting God (Ps 90:2) with everlasting mercy, who before the foundations of the world were laid made an everlasting covenant to provide, protect and save for eternity those who honor, love and please Him by keeping His commandments written on our hearts (Ps 103:17-18).
The Church of the Everlasting Gospel believes Our Everlasting Father is none other than Jesus Christ, a most Wonderful Counselor (The Holy Spirit) and The Prince of Peace (Isa 9:6), and that He has a non-worldly Everlasting Kingdom that is enduring throughout all generations (Ps 145:8-13).
The Church of Everlasting Gospel believes Our Lord Jesus Christ is the One True God, the Living God, and an Everlasting King (Jer 10:10-12) who loves us with an everlasting love (Jer 31:3).
The Church of the Everlasting Gospel believes all the promises made by Jesus in the Bible (His Word); especially the ones that say: everyone who believes in Him (John 6:47); forsakes the things of this world for His name’s sake (Mat 19:28-29); and cooperates with the angels in preaching the Everlasting Gospel to every nation, kindred, tongue and people on the earth (Rev 14:6), shall inherit everlasting life!
We believe in One God and Father Almighty, who is the Creator and Redeemer God, The Lord Jesus Christ and in His Holy Spirit.
Gen 1:1; John 1:1; Matt 1:23; Titus 2:13; Ex 3:1-15, and 20:1-3; Deut 6:4, 7:9; Isaiah 9:6; Isaiah 40:25-28; Isaiah 42:5,6,8; Isaiah 43:3, 5, 7 plus 10-12,14 plus 15,21 and 25; Isaiah 44:6,8 and 24; Isaiah 45:5,18 and 21-23; and all of Isaiah 53; John 8:45-59; John 14:6-21; John 10:24-33; John 20:24-28; Col 2:8,9; Heb 1:1-3; Rom 8:9; 2 Cor 5:19; Rev 1:7, 8; Rev 21:1-3 plus 5 and 7; Rev 22:12-14; and Rev 22:16-21.
We believe the scriptures of both the Old and New Testaments are the inspired Word of God. That they contain an all-sufficient revelation of God’s will to mankind, and are the only unerring rule of faith and practice for all human beings.
2 Tim 3:15-17; 2 Pet 1:20, 21; and John 5:39.
We believe that Jesus Christ, while retaining His divine nature, took upon himself the nature of the human family; lived upon the Earth as a man, exemplified in His life, as our example, the principles of righteousness. That He worked miracles died for our sins on the cross, rose from the dead, and ascended into Heaven, to prepare a place there for repentant sinners.
John 1:10-14 and 3:16; Rom 1:21-26; Heb 2:9, 18; and 1 John 2:20-25.
BEING BORN AGAIN
We believe that to obtain salvation each person must experience a “new birth” through Jesus Christ, by faith in His shed blood, and by trusting in His love and mercy.
John 3:16 and 3:1-21; and Acts 2:36-42.
BAPTISM BY IMMERSION
We believe that baptism is an ordinance of the Christian Church, is commanded by Jesus Christ, and shows belief in Christ’s atoning death, burial and resurrection. We believe the proper form of baptism, according to scripture, is by immersion, and that infant baptism or baptism by sprinkling is not scriptural.
John 3:3-5; Mark 16:16; Rom 6:3-9; Mark 1:4-12; Acts 8:26-39; John 3:23; Matt 28:18-20; Mark 10:13-16; James 4:17; Deut 1:39, 40; 1 Cor 10:1, 2; Col 2:6, 11-12; Acts 19:1-6; and Acts 2:32-47.
THE TEN COMMANDMENTS
We believe that the will of God, as it relates to moral conduct, is comprehended in His Law of Ten Commandments. That these are great moral and unchanging precepts, binding upon all men and women in every age. That they will, of necessity, be kept by all who ascribe to the Two Great Commandments of love given by Jesus Christ: “To love God with all our heart, and soul and mind” (the keeping of the first four of the Ten Commandments), and “To love our neighbor as ourselves” (the keeping of the last six commandments!) We do not believe the Ten Commandments were “nailed to the cross.” and are no longer valid. They stand fast forever as the only words in the Bible that were both spoken by God and written with His very finger!
Ex 20:1; and 31:18; Deut 9:10; and Rev 14:12.
CEREMONIAL LAWS, ORDINANCES & STATUTES
While the Ten Commandments are eternal, the ceremonial law, which God gave to the Nation of Israel, ended at the cross. This ceremonial law embraced the types and shadows that entered into the sacrificial system of Israel. All the sacrificial offerings, the feast days, and the rituals of priesthood, were all typical of the sacrifice and ministry of Jesus Christ and met their fulfillment on Calvary’s cross. Paul expresses it well in Ephesians where he says Christ “abolished in His flesh, the enmity, even the law of commandments CONTAINED IN ORDINANCES! Paul says in Colossians, Christ Himself accomplished the “blotting out of the HANDWRITING OF ORDINANCES which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to His cross.”
Eph 2:15; and Col. 2:14.
THE SEVENTH DAY SABBATH
We believe that the Fourth Commandment of the Decalogue requires the observance of the Seventh-day Sabbath, a memorial of Christ’s creation, a sign of sanctification, and the believer’s faith and rest in Jesus Christ. As with the rest of the Commandments, we believe that the Fourth Commandment is still binding upon all men and women today, for what God blesses is blessed forever!
Gen 2:1-3; Ex 16:14-30; Ex 20:8-11; Ex 31:13-18; Neh 9:12-15; lsa 58:13, 14; Isa 66:22,23; Ezek 20:12-13 and 20; Matt 12:8; Mark 2:27-28; Luke 6:5; Matt 24:20; Matt. 28:1; Mark 16:1-2; Luke 4:16; Luke 23:52-56; Acts 13:14, 27, 42 and 44; Acts 16:13; Acts 17:2; Acts 18:4; and Heb 4:1-9.
We believe that all men and women are saved by grace (i.e. the unmerited favor of God), through His Love and through faith in His sacrifice for sin on the cross. That it is a gift of God, freely bestowed upon sinful men and women, theirs for the asking. That no person is saved by their works, and that “good works” while bringing other rewards, are useless as a means of obtaining salvation.
Eph 2:8-10; Rom 4:4-5; Titus 3:5; Rom 3:20 and 23.
We believe that God only has immortality; that mortal humans possess a nature inherently sinful and dying; that eternal life is a gift of God through faith in Jesus Christ; that he that has the Son has life; and that immortality is a gift, bestowed upon the “righteous” at the Second Coming of Christ, when the righteous dead are raised from the grave and the “living righteous” are translated together with them to meet the Lord in the air. It is then the Scriptures tell us, that those counted faithful “put on immortality.”
1 Tim 6:16; Rom 6:23; 1 John 5:12; and 1 Cor 15:51-55.
STATE OF THE DEAD
We believe that the condition of men and women in death is one of unconsciousness; and that all, good and evil alike, remain in the grave from their death until the resurrection.
Eccl 9:5; Psalms 146:3-4; and John 5:28-29.
We believe that there will be a resurrection, both of the just and the unjust, and that the resurrection of the just takes place, according to the Scriptures, at the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. The resurrection of the unjust will take place a thousand years later, at the close of the millennium.
John 5:28, 29; 1 Thess 4:13-18 and Rev 20:5-10.
DESTRUCTION OF THE WICKED
We believe that the finally impenitent, including Satan, the author of all sin, will, by the fires of the last day, be reduced to a state of nonexistence. That these will be consumed, thus purging God’s universe and cosmos of sin and sinners.
Rom 6:23; Mal 4:1-3; Rev 20:9-10; Obadiah 16; and Ezek 28:18-19.
We believe that the true sanctuary, of which the tabernacle on earth was a type, is the Temple of God in the New Jerusalem in Heaven, and of which the Lord Jesus Christ is the Great High Priest.
Hebrews: Chapter 8 and onward
We believe that the divine principle of tithes and offerings for the support of the gospel ministry is an acknowledgement of God’s ownership of our lives, and that we are “stewards” who must render account to Him of all that he has committed to our possession.
Lev 27:30; Mal 3:8-12; Matt 23:23; 1 Cor 9:9-14; and 2 Cor 9:6-15.
We believe that God has placed in His Church the gifts of the Holy Spirit, as named in 1 Corinthians Chapter 12 and Ephesians Chapter Four; that these gifts operate in harmony with the divine principles of the Bible, and are given for the perfecting of the saints, the work of the ministry, and the edification of the Body of Christ.
1 Cor 1:5-7; and Eph 4:8-12.
SECOND COMING OF CHRIST
We believe that the Second Coming of Jesus Christ is the great hope of the church, and the grand climax of the gospel plan of salvation. We believe His coming will be literal, personal and visible. Many important events are associated with His return, such as the resurrection of the dead, the death of the wicked living, and the reward of the righteous and their ascension to heaven.
We believe that the prophetic Word and the current signs of the time show that His coming is near “even at the doors.” The exact time of His appearing has not been foretold, and not even the Angels in Heaven know when it will be. But we are exhorted to be ready “for in such an hour as you think not, the Son of Man shall be revealed.”
Matt 24:33; Matt 24:27; Luke 17:26-30; Luke 21:25-27; John 14:1-3; Acts 1:9-11; Heb 9:28; Rev 1:7; James 5:1-8; Joel 3:9-16; 2 Tim 3:1-5; Dan 7:27; and Matt 24:36-44.
We believe that the biblical Millennium covers the period between the first and second resurrections, during which time the saints of all ages live with their Blessed Redeemer in Heaven. At the end of the millennium, the Holy City (New Jerusalem), with all the saints therein, will descend to the earth. The wicked, raised in the second resurrection, will go up on the breadth of the earth (with Satan at their head) to compass the camp of the saints about, and at this time God will call fire (hellfire) down from out of heaven, and devour them. In the conflagration, which destroys Satan, his angels, and his followers, the earth itself will be recreated and cleansed from the effects of the curse. Then the universe and cosmos of God will be finally purified from the foul stain of sin.
Rev 20; Zech 14:1-4; 2 Pet; 3:7-10
WE ALSO BELIEVE AND AFFIRM:
In accordance with the above stated beliefs and doctrines we also affirm the following:
- Free Will Choice, Not Predestination: We believe Jesus Christ created men and women free moral agents; that each person is free to accept or reject the offer of salvation through Jesus Christ. We do not believe that God has predestined some persons to be saved and others to be lost.
- Conditional Immortality: We believe the scriptures clearly teach that mankind was endowed at creation with conditional immortality. We do not believe that man has innate immortality of his own or an immortal soul.
- Destruction of the Wicked: We believe that the unrepentant wicked will be punished by suffering and complete destruction in the lake of fire (hell-fire), but we do not believe in an eternally burning hell in which souls are tormented for all eternity. (Nahum 1:9).
- Literal Creation: We believe that the creation of the world was in six literal days. We do not believe that man was an accomplishment of random events produced by long eons of evolutionary processes.
- Prophetic Interpretation We believe that the correct view of Bible prophecy is best set forth by what is known as the Historical School. We do not accept the prophetic systems espoused by either the preterists or futurists.
- Separation of Church and State: We believe all persons were endowed with free-will by their Creator and that the conscience of each person is inviolate. We believe there must be total and absolute freedom of religion for all persons.
- Foot Washing: We believe the ordinance instituted by Jesus, washing one another’s feet, given at the time of the Lord’s Supper, is to be practiced by the saints. We do not believe that it was merely an accommodation to the customs of the time. (John 13:3-17).
- Seal of God and the Mark of the Beast: We believe these two symbols (mentioned in Revelation) are the symbols of two opposing forces, good and evil, which clash in the last great conflict just before Jesus Christ returns the second time.
- Spirit of Prophecy: We believe the Spirit of Prophecy remains in the Church through the Holy Spirit of Christ, and that the Spirit of Prophecy is the testimony of Jesus Christ.
- Rev 12:17; Rev 19:10; and 1 Cor 1:5-7.
- Church Fellowship: While we teach the Seventh-day Sabbath, a tithe, an unconscious state of the dead etc., no person, believing that Jesus Christ is Lord, and that salvation is by grace through faith, would be considered out of fellowship with the church. We recognized that Christ is King and Judge and that no human being is infallible and therefore cannot compel the conscience of another human being, not even in the name of the Lord! So that some in our fellowship might hold varying considerations of the doctrines set forth above. The critical necessity for membership in our church is the belief that Jesus Christ is Lord, that He died at Calvary for the sins of mankind, and will save those who call upon Him with a desire to be born again and keep His commandments.
- Conversion: Lastly, we hold that The Great Commandment to love God with all our heart and mind and soul and strength, and love our neighbors as ourselves is the strongest evidence of a soul’s conversion and commitment.