Church of God (Seventh Day) Shows the Way to Peace
Church of God (Seventh Day) Resolution, October 2010
Whereas, the Church of God
(Seventh Day) has historically declined to observe the annual festivals
outlined in Leviticus 23:4-44, but has accepted into membership and
ministry those who celebrate these festivals in a Christ centered manner,
Whereas, the Church of God (Seventh Day) has a heritage of embracing
those whose variant beliefs and practices do not challenge the Church’s
Be It Resolved that the
North American Ministerial Council:
the Church’s historical declination to observe these annual festivals;
those ministers and congregations who locally celebrate the annual
festivals without insisting on their observance as a test of fellowship and
who do not consider their observance as essential to salvation.
Be It Further Resolved
that congregations who promote the annual festivals must include in all
promotions a disclaimer stating that their celebration of these festivals
does not reflect the historical position of the Church of God (Seventh Day).
For many decades, brethren
of many “Church of God” denomination debated whether or not to observe the
Biblical Feast days summarized in Leviticus 23:4-44 and found many other
places in Scripture. At times, people on both sides of the argument have
called each other “unbelievers” over this difference.
The Church of God (Seven Day), headquartered in Denver, Colo., officially took a stand to help heal this schism by issuing the
Resolution at right. They essentially recognized an individual’s or a
congregation’s right to obey the scriptures as they understand them as long
as they did not make it a point of division themselves. What a wonderful
When a person is convicted of a certain truth in Scripture, they
should be diligent to do it themselves (Jms ).
Unfortunately, we humans have a tendency to want a church group to decide
what all of the “true doctrines” are so we can point to their doctrinal
statement and say, “I believe the truth”. In reality, we are each responsible
for learning and doing the words of Scripture (2Tim ; Rom -13;
Many church groups are divided over their doctrinal statements.
Members often do not know the differences in these doctrines and can get
along quite well with each other. But they do not work together because the
leaders point to differences in their doctrinal statements which keep them
We hope that many other congregations can follow the example of the Church
of God (Seventh Day) in many
areas: Let their members and ministers practice what they understand from the
Bible as long as they don’t make it a “test of salvation” or represent it as
the organization’s teaching. Not only will these church groups be able to act
with conviction and accomplish more, to the outside world they will look more
like real Christians, rather than spoiled children fighting over doctrine.