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Pentecostal Church of God


Date Founded:  1919

Membership: 44,850 Number of Clergy: 677 as of 2016

Headquarters:  2701 Brown Trail, Bedford, TX 76021

Schools & Seminaries:  Messenger College

Publications: The Pentecostal Messenger, Messenger Publishing


Social Media:  Facebook, Twitter

Core Beliefs:

  • The Scriptures: The Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the inspired Word of God (2 Timothy 3:16) presenting to us the complete revelation of His will for the salvation of men, and constituting the Divine and only rule of Christian faith and practice (2 Peter 1:21).
  • The Godhead: We believe there is but one true and living God, who is everlasting, infinite in power, wisdom and goodness; that He is the Creator of all things, visible and invisible, and Preserver of all things.
  • Man, His Fall, and Redemption: Man is a created being, made in the likeness and the image of God, but through Adam’s transgression and fall, sin came into the world.
  • Salvation: Salvation is made possible through the meritorious work of Jesus Christ on the cross and through Holy Spirit conviction. Godly sorrow works repentance and makes possible the experience of the new birth, and Christ formed within us is the gift of eternal life. Salvation is the gift of God to man, separate from works and the Law, and is made operative by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, producing works acceptable to God. Man is a free moral agent and can at any time after the new birth experience turn away from God and die in a state of sin, with the consequences of hell to look forward to.
  • The Church: The true Church, built upon the Foundation of Jesus Christ, is the Body of our Lord; Christ being the Head. Its earthly constituents are all true believers, born again of the Spirit and of the Word, who are living an overcoming Christian life. To the Church, through its members, are delegated the various gifts and offices of the Holy Ghost which are necessary for the successful evangelization of the world and the perfecting of the Body of Christ. This universal, invisible, sanctified Church is the chaste virgin Bride of Christ . It is this Bride for whom Jesus Christ will return, just prior to the Great Tribulation, to catch her away and take her to heaven.
  • The Ministry: God, through the Holy Spirit, definitely calls such as He desires to serve as apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers, and specifically endues the one called with the talents and gifts peculiar to that office or offices. Under no circumstances should anyone be ordained or set apart to any such office unless the calling is distinct and evident.
  • Water Baptism: Baptism in water is by immersion, a direct commandment of our Lord, and is for believers only. The ordinance is a symbol of the Christian’s identification with Christ in His death, burial and resurrection. The following recommendation regarding the water baptism formula is adopted: "On the confession of your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ the Son of God, and by His authority, I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen."
  • The Baptism of the Holy Ghost: The Baptism of the Holy Ghost and fire, is a gift from God, as promised by the Lord Jesus Christ to all believers in this dispensation of time, and is received subsequent to the new birth. The Baptism of the Holy Ghost is accompanied by speaking in other tongues as the Holy Spirit Himself gives utterance as the initial physical sign and evidence.
  • Sanctification:The Bible teaches that without holiness no man can see the Lord. We believe in the doctrine of sanctification as a definite, yet progressive, work of grace, commencing at the time of regeneration and continuing until the consummation of salvation.
  • Divine Healing: Healing is for the physical ills of the human body and is wrought by the power of God, through the prayer of faith, and by the laying on of hands (Mark 16:18; James 5:14, 15). It is provided for in the atonement of Christ and is available to all who truly believe.
  • Resurrection of the Just: The Bible promises, "This same Jesus...shall so come in like manner". His coming is imminent; when He comes, "The dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air". Following the tribulation, He shall return to earth as King of kings and Lord of lords, and together with His saints, who shall be kings and priests, He shall reign a thousand years.
  • The Coming of the Lord: We believe the Bible presents the coming of Christ as personal, imminent, pre-tribulational and pre-millennial. We further contend that this position alone admonishes watchfulness, incites holy living, prevents spiritual declension, and provides maximum incentive and motive for urgency and zeal in evangelizing the unsaved. As demonic deception and satanic darkness deepens, we urge our ministers to maintain and proclaim this doctrinal viewpoint as the "blessed hope" of the Church. Furthermore, we recommend that should any of our preachers hold to the mid or post-tribulation doctrine, they refrain from preaching and teaching it. Should they persist in emphasizing this doctrine to the point of making it an issue, their standing in the fellowship will be seriously affected.
  • Hell and Eternal Retribution: The one who physically dies in his sins without Christ is hopelessly and eternally lost in the Lake of Fire, and therefore has no further opportunity of hearing the gospel or for repentance (Hebrews 9:27). The Lake of Fire is literal. The terms "eternal" and "everlasting" used in describing the duration of the punishment of the damned in the lake of fire, carry the same thought and meaning of endless existence, as used in denoting the duration of joy and ecstasy of saints in the presence of God.

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Short History:  Founded at a meeting in Chicago, IL, in response to the lax organization of many Northern Pentecostal churches.  Church headquarters moved to the town where the general secretary worked during his term in office.  Leader of the church is now called the General Bishop and the management structure has become more centralized.

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Local Churches:  There are no churches in the Louisville area.  The closest are two churches are:

New Life Worship Center, 770 Ridgeview Dr., Frankfort KY 40601-1429

Victory Chapel,1973 Mills Ln., Frankfort KY 40601-8424

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