Statement of Beliefs
Garner Ted Armstrong Evangelistic Association
God is the supreme creator and sustainer of the entire universe who is
eternal, all present, and all powerful. God is a single spirit family
presently consisting of God the Father and Jesus Christ the Son. God is a
loving, kind, and merciful being who is sharing His magnificent and
eternal existence by reproducing Himself through mankind.
Psalm 19:1; 50:, 6-7; Isaiah 44:6; Nehemiah 9:6,16-17; John 1:12-13; 3:16;
I John 4:8; Romans 1:20; Colossians 1:16; Hebrews 1:1-2; I John 3:1-2
The entire Bible is the divinely inspired Word of God which contains His
plan of salvation, and the record of His participation in history. The
Bible is God's method of revealing knowledge that man cannot discover for
himself; the foundation of knowledge and the guidebook of life. God's
written Word, is revealed in two parts, the Old and New Testaments.
Together, they form the basis of Christianity as taught by the church and
as practiced by the true Christian.
Deuteronomy 8:3; Matthew 4:4; Luke 4:4; John 17:17; Romans 8:16; I
Corinthians 2:7-11; II Timothy 3:16-17; II Peter 1:20
3. JESUS CHRIST
Jesus of Nazareth is the Christ, the Son of God and the Son of man. He is
the Messiah who was prophesied in the Old Testament and described in the
New Testament as being fully human and fully divine. He has existed
throughout eternity as the "Word" and is the second member of the God
family. He divested Himself of His power and His majesty, to become a
human being in order to live a perfect life, thereby re-qualifying for
eternal life. He then died for the sins of all mankind as our loving and
merciful Savior. He was then resurrected and ascended to heaven to become
our Lord and High Priest. Jesus Christ will return to earth to establish
the Kingdom of God where He will rule as King of kings with His saints as
Deuteronomy 18:15; Matthew 17:15-17; John 1:1-14; 3:16; Acts 2:32-33;
Romans 5:8; Philippians 2:7; Hebrews 4:14-15; Revelation 1:13-16
4. THE HOLY SPIRIT
The Holy Spirit is the spiritual extension of God, containing the
essence, power and mind of God. God uses His Holy Spirit to beget
Christians as His sons and daughters. The Holy Spirit spiritually
strengthens Christians, converting their minds to be more like God’s mind.
The Holy Spirit also serves as an earnest or guarantee of future eternal
Acts 1:8; 2:38; Romans 8:9, 14; I Corinthians 2:16; Ephesians 1:13-14
Humans have no inherent immortality as flesh and blood physical
beings; however, they can receive eternal life as a free gift from our
loving and merciful creator God. Although mankind was created by God as
flesh and blood, He did so in His own image. He added a spiritual
component to mankind’s brain to create the human mind.
Genesis 1:26-2;, Job 32:8; I Corinthians 2:11; I John 5:11-13
6. ANGELIC REALM
The angels were created by God as powerful spirit beings then used by
God as His agents and messengers. These spirit beings also function as
ministering spirits, helping mankind attain salvation and have done so
since man's creation. Like mankind, angels also have free moral agency.
Although angels were created to help God, some of them, led by Satan the
devil, rebelled against God and His government. Their rebellious acts
caused them to be transformed into demons.
Psalm 91:11-12; Ephesians 6:12; Hebrews 1:7
The penalty for sin is death, but salvation is the means by which God
saves mankind from the penalty of sin so that he may be given eternal
life. Working through His Son, Jesus Christ, the salvation process
includes one's calling, repentance, baptism, justification, receiving of
the Holy Spirit, then living a life of faith and obedience, and finally,
birth into God's Kingdom as a spirit being. Salvation is a gift freely
given through grace by God, with our ultimate reward given according to
Matthew 16:27; John 3:16-17; Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-9; Hebrews 6:1-2
Faith is the absolute knowledge that God exists and that He can and
will fulfill His promises. Faith is necessary for salvation, of which, the
basic elements are courage, action, and risk.
Romans 1:17; 10:17; Ephesians 3:17; Hebrews 11:1-2; James 2:22-24
Repentance is the act of acknowledging one's sins, and then resolving
to fully obey God and then is manifested by positive change. It begins
when God opens a person’s mind to see himself in comparison with God and
His law. True repentance is the first step toward reconciliation with God,
and therefore ultimate salvation.
Acts 2:38; 3:19-21; 8:22; I John 3:4
Baptism is a ceremony, symbolizing the renunciation of the past sinful
way of life, the burial of the old man in a watery grave, and the
emergence of a new, Spirit-led person living with Christ's mind and
following in His footsteps. The ceremony can only take place after true
repentance and acceptance of Christ's sacrifice, then by full immersion in
the symbolic watery grave. After this ceremony, and as a result of all
these actions, one receives the baptism of the Holy Spirit through the
laying on of hands.
Matthew 3:13-16; Acts 2:38; Romans 6:1-8; Colossians 2:12
11. LAYING ON OF HANDS
The laying on of hands is an act performed for the receiving of God's
Holy Spirit after baptism, at ordinations, anointing of the sick, or for
other special purposes.
Matthew 19:13-15; Acts,6.5-6, 8:17-18; 13:3; I Timothy 4:I 4; Hebrews 6:2
12. KINGDOM OF GOD
The Kingdom of God is the government of God ruled by the family of
God. It will be the world ruling government set up by Jesus Christ upon
His return. Jesus Christ will be the King of Kings and will rule for all
eternity with the resurrected spirit-composed saints ruling with Him. In
the New Testament, the Kingdom of God is referred to as a "mystery". It
was first preached and explained by Christ, then by His church. The
Kingdom of God will be established on earth for a thousand years following
Christ's return. It shall be complete when New Jerusalem and God the
Father come down out of heaven to dwell on the New Earth.
Mark 4:11; Revelation 5:10; 20:4; 21:1-3, 7, 10
The gospel is the message preached by Jesus Christ and His church
about the history of Jesus Christ and the future coming Kingdom of God to
be established by Jesus Christ, the restoration of God’s government on
earth, and how mankind can enter that Kingdom and government. It includes
the message of what Jesus Christ has done in the past, is doing now, and
shall do. Ultimately, it is the message of the entire Old and New
Testaments. The primary purpose and commission of God’s church is to "Go
ye therefore, and teach [make disciples of] all nations, baptizing them in
the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. "
Matthew 3:2; 24:14; 28:19-20; Mark 1:15; Luke 24:47
The hope of all mankind and the promise to the Christian is that they
will be resurrected from the dead. The Bible refers to four resurrections.
(1) the resurrection of Jesus Christ, the firstborn of God and man from
the dead to become the pioneer of our salvation; (2) the resurrection of
the saints at the return of Jesus Christ when the true believers shall
become spirit-composed members of God's family. This is called the "first
resurrection" (3) the resurrection of all who have ever died without
having understood God's way, back to physical life for their first
opportunity for salvation; (4) the resurrection of those who have refused
to repent and have rejected God's way and are called the incorrigibly
wicked, to be consumed in the lake of fire. This is called the "second
John 5:28-29; Acts 2:32; Romans 8:11; I Corinthians 15:20; I Thessalonians
4:13-17; Revelation 20:4-6, 13-14
The time of a person’s judgment is the time of his opportunity for
salvation. That begins from when a person is called by God until his death
changed into spirits upon Jesus Christ's return. The overwhelming majority
shall qualify for God's Kingdom and will inherit eternal life, but those
who deliberately reject God's way shall suffer the second death and be
consumed in the lake of fire.
Matthew 13:49-50; 25:34; I Peter 4:17; Revelation 20:15; 21:8
16. LAW OF GOD
The law of God is a perfect expression of God’s love toward man. It is
a good, right, and perfect system of eternal directives and principles
that reflects God's character and love. God’s law teaches mankind how to
properly worship God, how to love his fellowman, how to live an abundant
life, and how to prepare for an eternal spiritual life as a full member of
the family of God. The law of God is taught in both the Old and the New
Testaments. It requires both physical actions and spiritual convictions.
John 14:15, 21; Romans 7:12; I John 5:2-3
17. BIBLICAL COVENANTS
Both the Old and New Testaments record that God made certain specific
"contracts" or promises called "covenants" with mankind. These covenants
define the terms of God's relationship with individuals and groups in
various circumstances and eras throughout mankind’s history. The best
known covenants were made with the physical nation of Israel. That
covenant was re-established as the New Covenant with "better promises" and
will be fully confirmed with spiritual Israel after the return of Jesus
Christ. The New Covenant makes God's law even more relevant by expanding
it to include one's mental attitude and spiritual intent. It also applies
to the New Testament church from the time of the original apostles.
Matthew 5:21-22; II Timothy 3:15-16; Hebrews 8:6-13
18. TEN COMMANDMENTS
The Ten Commandments were revealed by God to Moses who then codified
them. They were then ratified and magnified by Christ, as the perfect
expression of God's love. They are the foundation of all biblical teaching
and much of man’s law. They show mankind how to express love toward God
and his fellowman, and are consequently the focal point of Christian life.
Exodus 20; Deuteronomy 5; Matthew 5:17-19; Romans 13:10; I Corinthians
7:19; Revelation 12:17; 22:14
The seventh-day Sabbath was instituted at creation. It is to be taught
and kept holy in accordance with the biblical instruction. The Sabbath was
reaffirmed to Israel as a part of the covenant at Sinai, and taught by
Jesus Christ, who is the Messenger of the New Covenant. The keeping of the
Sabbath is fundamental to a Christian's relationship with God.
Genesis 2:2-3; Exodus 16; 20:8-11; 31:12-17; Mark 2:27-28; Luke 4:16
20. ANNUAL HOLY DAYS
The seven annual holy days or "appointed feasts" depict God's plan of
salvation for mankind. They are ordained by God and were kept by the
ancient Israelites. Keeping the holy days have been continued by the early
New Testament Christians and are still kept today by modern day
Leviticus 23; Zechariah 14:16; John 7;8-10; Acts 2:1; 12:3; 20:6, 16;
27:9; 1 Corinthians 5:8; 16.8
Tithing is a private matter between the individual and God because it
is an act of worship. It is not the job of the church to "enforce" or
"police" tithing, but simply teaches the responsibility to tithe. Each
individual has the responsibility to "honor the Lord with his substance
and with the firstfruits of all his increase." Tithing and free will
offerings are the method by which the gospel is proclaimed to the world.
Malachi 3:8-10; Matthew 6:21; 23:23; II Corinthians 9:7
Sin is the transgression of God's law. It is failing to meet the
standards set by the character of Jesus Christ. The penalty for sin is
death in the lake of fire, but all sin can be completely forgiven by God,
who desires that all men be saved. God forgives sin upon the repentance of
the sinner. God therefore accepts the shed blood and sacrifice of Jesus
Christ as payment in full for the penalty of a person’s repented of sins.
Romans 6:23; Ephesians 4:32; Colossians 1:14; I John 3:4
23. THE CHRISTIAN
A true Christian is one who has repented of past sins, was baptized
and in whom the Holy Spirit now dwells.
Romans 8:9; I Corinthians 12:13
24. THE CHRISTIAN FAMILY
The core of a stable society is the family and the marriage
relationship is the basis of the family. Although men and women’s roles
are clearly defined in the Bible, both have equal spiritual potential
before God. The husband, wife and children form the family that is the
primary physical analogy of God's plan for mankind. Therefore, marriage,
child rearing and the family are given a preeminent place in the teachings
of the Bible and the church.
Exodus 20:12; Malachi 4:5-6, Ephesians 5:22-29; 6:1-3; I Peter 3:7
Divine healing is a miracle and gift of God. He may bestow it in His
mercy and love upon those who call upon Him in time of need, but often,
according to their faith. The healings of Jesus Christ described in the
Bible depict and represent His power to express compassion, to forgive
sin, and ultimately, to resurrect the dead and eventually to establish the
Kingdom of God here on earth.
Matthew 9:1-7; James 5:14-15
26. THE CHURCH OF GOD
The church is the spiritual body of Christ. Physically, it is group of
persons called out by God and impregnated with His Holy Spirit. As a
spiritual body, the church is made up of baptized, Spirit-led people
scattered all over the world.
I Corinthians 12:12-14, 27; Colossians 3:15