Posts tagged ‘Faith and Practice’

25.  We believe that ministry and membership should abstain from the use of tobacco, intoxicating liquors and narcotics, and should not affiliate with any society which administers oaths or covenants in conflict with the law of God, or which interfere with their duties as freemen and citizens.

We should abstain from anything that could cloud our judgment. Under the influence of these drugs we lose control of our selves. We should also not go against God by joining organizations that conflict God. This goes against the basic commandments of God and Christ. Further study read Romans 1:16-32, Hebrews 11:25, and Ephesians 5:18.


We believe that a New Jerusalem shall be built upon this land “unto the remnant of the seed of Joseph” (Ether 6: 6-8; 3 Nephi 10: 1-4), which city shall be built, beginning at the temple lot.

The temple will be the center of Christ’s kingdom on earth. He will rain from the temple and the gospel will go out from there. For further study read Message 104:9 and Ether 6.

Article 23.

We believe a temple will be built in this generation, in Independence, Missouri, wherein Christ will reveal himself and endow his servants whom he chooses with power to preach the gospel in all the world to every kindred, tongue, and people, that the promise of God to Israel may be fulfilled.

Christ said that he would come back to his temple. For that to happen, we have to build it first. This will happen in the near future. The messages several times mention the building of the temple. When the time comes to build it, God will provide the will and the way. For further study read Malachi 3:1, Message 1:2-4, Message 6:1-9, Message 36:7, Message 48:16-20, Message 102:20, and 3 Nephi 16:18.

Article 22.

We believe in the literal gathering of Israel, and in the restoration of the ten lost tribes.

When Christ returns Israel will be gathered. Most people today think of the country when they hear Israel, but Israel today is mostly Jews. When Israel is restored as promised, it will be all twelve tribes, not just the Jews that most people know today. We cannot forget the other ten tribes, they are still part of God’s chosen people. For further study read 3 Nephi 17:4-5, Zephaniah 3:16, Message 84:11 and Message 87:8)

Article 21.

We are opposed to war. Men are not justified in taking up arms against their fellows except as a last resort in defense of their lives and to preserve their liberty.

Self defense is the only reason to take up arms against other people. We should not look for war.  All life is a gift from God and we should not kill people lightly. We do have to the ability to defend both our lives and our freedom. God wants his people to live in peace. For further study read James 4:1-3 and Alma 60:29

Article 20.

We believe that marriage is ordained of God, and that the law of God provides but for one companion in wedlock for either man or woman. In case of a breach of this covenant the innocent one may remarry.

Marriage is for life. Marriage on this earth is symbolic of Christ and his Church. Christ would never leave his Church, so we should not leave our partner. In order to have a great marriage, we have to remember to keep Christ in our lives. If we don’t do this, it becomes harder to have a great marriage that lasts a long time. In the world today it has become socially acceptable to quite a marriage at the first sign of a hardship instead of working through it.  For further study read Genesis 2:23, Matthew 19:4-6, Mark 10:5-12, Matthew 5:31-32.

Article 19.

We believe that the temporal affairs of the general church are to be administered by the general bishopric under the supervision and direction of the general conferences of the Church. The temporal affairs of the local churches shall be administered by local bishops under the supervision and direction of the local congregations.

The bishops are in charge of the money of the church. There are seven bishops in the Church. The bishops and apostles work together to do the work of the Church. The bishops also help the local churches in their finances and affairs. For further study read 1 Timothy 3:1-7, Titus 1:5-9, and Acts 6:1-6.


We believe that men should labor for their own support and that of their dependents. Ministers of the gospel are not absolved from this responsibility, but when chosen or appointed by the Church to devote their entire time to missionary work, their families are to be provided for out of the general church fund. The admonition of Christ that the ministry should not provide purse or script for their journey, but go trusting in God and the people, is applicable.

When the apostles of old we out to teach the word of God, they did not take much with them. They depended on the people of support. The same is true today. Each minister when doing the work of God depends on the people and does not receive pay. When the ministers are not out doing missionary work, they work to support their family.  For further study read 2 Corinthians 11:6-9, 2 Thessalonians 3:5-10, Acts 18:1-4, and Mosiah 18:24-28.

Article 17.

We believe that all men are stewards under God and answerable to him not only for the distribution of accumulated wealth, but for the manner in which such wealth is secured. The primary purpose of stewardship is not the increase of church revenue or the mere contribution of money by those who have to those who have not, but to bring men to a realization of the common fatherhood and the universal brotherhood of man in all the affairs and expressions of life, and to maintain such social adjustments that each may enjoy the bounty and gifts of God, and be free to exercise his talents and ability to enrich the life of all.

Tithes are an import part of the Church. God gives us all of our things in our lives. We should give 10% of what we have to God, for he is the one that gave it to us. This money is used for the missionary work and helping the needy. The Church does not keep large bank accounts, but always has the money need to do the work of God.  For further study read Malachi 3:7-8, Alma 13:15, 3 Nephi 24:8-10, Acts 5:1-8, Deuteronomy 26:7-13, and Message 91:28.



We believe the Church of Christ comprehends the true brotherhood of man where each esteems his brother as himself and wherein the divine command to “love your neighbor as yourself”’ is demonstrated by the prevalence of social equality.

It is our responsibility to share our good fortune with other people. We must be kind and love all mankind.  We do this by charity and kindness to others. If someone is in need, it is our responsibility to help them. This could be financially, spiritually, or emotionally.  For further study Matthew 6:1, Romans 13-8, Galatians 5-16, and 1 Timothy 1:5.


15.  We believe that local churches should govern their own affairs and that general church officials should not dominate or interfere therewith. On invitation such general officers may, with propriety, give counsel and assistance. Local congregations are subject to the Articles of Faith and Practice and must be governed thereby.

Each person and local are subject to the Articles of Faith and Practice. The local churches know what is best for their congregations and govern accordingly. The General officers of the church can and will help the local churches in the business as required to help local operate efficiently and according to the gospel. For further study Acts 15.

14.  The primary function of the general church, of which each local church is a component part, is missionary and the building up and extension of the Kingdom of God in all the world.

It is our responsibility to spread the word of God. The apostles are in charge of organizing the ministry in this objective. The messages will go to all nations and to all people. The local churches are even a part of the lager plan. Each person can share the love of Christ in their day to day lives. For further study read Matthew 28:15-20, Message 86:71.


13.  We believe in the same church organization as existed in the time of Christ and his apostles. The highest office in the Church is that of an apostle, of whom there are twelve, who constitute special witnesses for Jesus Christ. They have the missionary supervision and the general watch care of all the churches.

Christ’s church has not changed. The organization that Christ left was the way he wanted it, so why would we want to change what Christ created. The apostles have the responsibility for the general watch care of the church as well of overseeing missionary work.  For further study read Mathew 10, Ephesians 4, Colossians 9:1, Mormon 9:18, Message 112:13.

Article 12.

We believe that a man must be called of God by revelation, and ordained by those having authority, to enable him to preach the gospel and administer the ordinances thereof.

A person cannot call himself into an office of the ministry. God chose the people that he wants in the ministry of the church. We can prepare ourselves for a calling, but until God calls us into the ministry be revelation or by the messenger, we cannot take the office. Both the Apostles and Bishops must be called though Messenger. For further study read Mathew 4:18-22, Mathew 9:11-15, Acts 9:1-18, Galatians 1:12 Alma 8:24.

Article 11.

We believe that where there are six or more regularly baptized members, one of whom is an elder, there the Church exists with full power of church extension when acting in harmony with the law of God.

It does not take a large body of members to make a church. In fact we have people all around the world that are not close to a local at all. For the people that are not close to a local, our church offers a weekly online service. Anyone can join the online service and listen to Sunday School or the preaching service. The services start at 10:00 AM Central time. For further study read Acts 5:42 and Romans 16:1-5

Article 8

We believe the fruits of the Spirit to be love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and temperance.

The spirit is a wonderful thing that can comfort us and let us know that God is always around. The fruits are ways that we know it is hear. With the spirit we are able to worship God better. For further study read 1 Corinthians Ch 13 & 14, Galatians 5:16-26, and Message 84:6-7.

Article 7

We believe in the powers and gifts of the everlasting gospel; viz.: the word of wisdom; the word of knowledge; the gift of faith; the gift of healing; working of miracles; prophecy; discerning of spirits; divers kinds of tongues; interpretation of tongues.

The spirit of the Lord has power over all things. With this power we can do all the things listed above. It takes faith, humility, and prayer to receive the gifts, but anyone who is faithful can receive the gifts. For further study read 1st Corinthians 14, Message 102:11, Message 81:9, 2 Timothy 2:15, Romans 15:19, 1st Thessalonians, and Moroni 10.

Article 6

We believe in the literal second coming and millennial reign of Jesus Christ; in the Resurrection of the dead, and in Eternal Judgment; that men will be rewarded or punished according to the good or evil they may have done.

Jesus will come back to earth and reign for a 1000 years. There will be a day of judgment where each one of us is judged according to our actions on earth. Only our own actions will be considered in this judgment and not the actions of others. We can be reassured that if we follow the teaching of Christ that we will receive a good judgment and spend eternity with God. For further study read Revelations 20:4-15, Mathew 24, Message 62:6, 1st Thessalonians 4:16-17, Message 1:6-9, and Alma 40.

Article 5

We believe that through the atonement of Christ all men may be saved by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the gospel; viz.: Faith in God and in the Lord Jesus Christ; Repentance and Baptism by immersion for the remission of sins; Laying on of Hands for: (a) Ordination; (b) Blessing of children; (c) Confirmation and the gift of the Holy Ghost (Acts 8:17); (d) Healing of the sick.

There is only one gospel of Christ. It must be followed fully to receive the benefits. Mankind over the last few thousands of years have changed, added, and taken away from this gospel.  The Church of Christ with the Elijah Message teaches the full gospel of Christ, just like it was taught 2000 years ago. For further study read Acts 8:17, Hebrews 6:1-2, 1 Corinthians 2:5, John 14:1-26, Moroni 8:25-26, Message 102:22, Message 99:12, and Message 114: 15

Article 4

We believe that men will be punished for their own sins and not for Adam’s transgression, and that as a consequence of the atonement of Christ “all little children are alive in Christ, and also all they that are without the law. For the power of redemption cometh on all they that have no law; wherefore, he that is not condemned, or he that is under no condemnation, cannot repent, and unto such, baptism availeth nothing.” (Moroni 8:25, 26)

Each person will be judged according his or her own works, not the works of others. Only each individual can affect our own judgment, not our family or people that come before or after us. This does not start at birth though. All little children are perfect in the eyes of the Lord. Once we learn about sin and have an understanding of right and wrong, then we can start to be judged for our actions. Through Christ we can have our sins washed way. For further study read Moroni 8:25, 26) (Moroni 8:17-26, Mosiah 26:29-32, Ether 4:12, Galatians 6:4-5, Message 12:4, and Message 44:5