Declaration of Faith
The New Testament Church of God believes the whole Bible to be
completely and equally inspired and that it is the written Word of God.
The New Testament Church of God has adopted the following Declaration of
Faith as its standard and official expression of its doctrine.
In the verbal inspiration of the Bible.
Verbal: God inspired
all Scripture and guaranteed the accuracy of every word of Scripture.
Though each author expressed his message in his own style of writing, he
was governed in his expression by the actions and guidance of the Holy
Inspiration: The Scriptures are the “breath of God,” issued
through the personal work of the Holy Spirit.
Bible: 39 books of the Old Testament and 27 books of the New
Testament. In its autographs (that is, the documents originally written
by human authors in Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek), the Bible is without
Scripture Affirmation: Matthew 5:17, 18; Luke 16:17; 1 Peter 1:10,
11; 2 Peter 1:20, 21; 2 Timothy 3:16, 17.
In one God eternally existing in three persons; namely, the Father, Son,
and Holy Ghost.
One God: There is one
indivisible, unlimited, eternal, perfect, personal Being.
If we believe God is before all things, there can only be one Being who
is before all other existence. If we believe that God is beyond
measurement, there can be but one Being who is immeasurable (that is,
infinite). If we believe that God is all-powerful, there can be no one
else as powerful as He and none can be more powerful. If we believe that
God is eternal, there can be no being in existence prior to His
existence; there is no existence prior to His.
Three Persons: The term “person” is used to identify the Father,
Son, and Holy Ghost (Spirit) as individual distinctions in the Godhead.
Each of these Persons is distinguished from the other in the following
respects: name, will, word and nature. There is eternal Oneness and
eternal Trinity in the Godhead. The Father is Father because he begets
His Son and that from eternity. The Son is Son because He is begotten as
Son (the only begotten of the Father) from everlasting. The Holy Spirit
is Spirit of God because from eternity He has proceeded from the Father
Scripture Affirmation: Deuteronomy 6:4; 1 Corinthians 8:4-6; Matthew
28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14; John 1:1, 2; Hebrews 9:14.
That Jesus Christ is the only
begotten Son of the Father, conceived of the Holy Ghost, and born of the
Virgin Mary. That Jesus was crucified, buried, and raised from the dead.
That He ascended to heaven and is today at the right hand of the Father
as the Intercessor.
Jesus: By definition
the name Jesus means “Saviour.” The name is the historical name given to
Jesus at His birth.
Christ: By definition this term means “anointed one.” By
application the tern designates the Messiah.
Only begotten Son of the Father: He alone is begotten. He is Son
of the Father’s nature, eternally Son and eternally equal to the Father
in glory and Power.
Conceived of the Holy Spirit: This conception accounts for the
origin of the historical Person of Jesus in His human nature.
Virgin Mary: The Scriptures affirm that Mary was a virgin at the
time of the conception of Jesus in her womb and that she remained a
virgin until after His birth.
Scripture Affirmation: Matthew 1:23; John 20:28; Luke 2:7; Acts
2:22; Matthew 1:18-20; Luke 1:26-35;
John 1:18; 3:16; Matthew 17:5; Hebrews 4:15.
That all have sinned and come short of the glory of God and that
repentance is commanded of God for all and necessary for forgiveness of
Sin: Acts of
transgression and impurity of nature. Sin is both overt (that is,
external - appearing in outward acts of disobedience) and covert (that
is, inward – realised in unholy attitudes of mind, will and heart).
Glory of God: The infinite superiority of God over all creatures.
The glory of God also consists of the excellence of His moral nature: He
is absolute and infinitely perfect in righteousness, holiness and love.
Repentance: A change in mind, heart and will during which one
sorrows over and rejects the sinful way of life and denounces ones
Scripture Affirmation: Romans 3:9, 23; Luke 13:1-3; Acts 2:38; Luke
24:47; Acts 17:30.
That justification, regeneration, and the new birth are wrought by faith
in the blood of Jesus Christ.
removal of sin (list of charges) from the account of the accused.
Justification also attributes the good deeds of Christ’s life and the
merits of His shed blood to the account of the believer.
Regeneration and the new birth: The implantation of the Word of
God which births a new/godly nature in the believer. The agents of this
experience are the Word and Spirit of God.
Scripture Affirmation: Romans 3:19, 20, 24, 25; Romans 5:1; John
3:3, 5, 6; 1 Peter 1:23.
In sanctification subsequent to
the new birth, through faith in the blood of Christ; through the Word,
and by the Holy Ghost.
Sanctification: To make
holy. As used in reference to the experience of salvation, refers to
three things: separation from the world unto God, purging (cleansing)
from pollution of sin and crucifying of the carnal nature.
Scripture Affirmation: 1 John 1:9; 2 Corinthian 7:1; Romans 6:11,
12, 17, 18.
Holiness to be God's standard of
living for His people.
Holiness: Holiness as a
pattern for living means a life dedicated to Christ, separated from the
world and that does not practice sin. Its standard is the perfection of
God and it is defined in the law of God in terms of love for God and
love for one’s neighbour.
God’s standard: The measure of righteousness that God has
established in Scripture, based on justice, purity and love.
God’s standard from the Old Testament is expressed in Genesis 17:1, “I
am the Almighty God; walk before me and be perfect.” In the New
Testament Matthew 5:48, “Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your
Father in heaven is perfect.”
Holiness of life is specifically prescribed in first and greatest
commandment and in the second commandment: that we love God with our
whole being and that we love our neighbour as ourselves.
Love for God means that we love His Personal Being, that we love His law
and that we obey His law. Love for neighbour involves our acting toward
the neighbour as God has acted toward us; it is indeed loving one’s
neighbour as oneself.
Scripture Affirmation: Genesis 17:1; Matthew 5:48; Mark 12:29-31;
In the baptism with the Holy Ghost subsequent to a clean heart.
Baptism: Baptise is to
immerse. This baptism is poured out upon the believer from heaven (also
identified as being filled with the Holy Spirit).
Holy Ghost: The Holy Spirit or Spirit of God, the third person of
the divine trinity.
‘Ghost’ as translated in the KJV is the old English word for ‘guest.’
Subsequent: term to show the order of spiritual experience.
Clean heart: The inner nature purified as a result of
Scripture Affirmation: Mark 1:7, 8; Acts 1:8; John 14:16, 17; Luke
11:13; Acts 19:1-6.
In speaking with other tongues as the Spirit gives utterance and that it
is the initial evidence of the baptism of the Holy Ghost.
Other tongues: A
language that the speaker does not know or naturally understand.
As the Spirit gives utterance: As initiated and sustained by the
Initial evidence: The first manifestation that may be observed
outwardly is that the recipient speaks in tongues by the power of the
Scripture Affirmation: Acts 2:4, 7-8; Acts 8:17-19; Acts 10:44-46;
Acts 11:15-17; Acts 19:5-6.
In water baptism by immersion, and all who repent should be baptized in
the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.
Water baptism: An
outward act and symbol of a believer’s repentance and regeneration,
which are the works of God’s grace.
Immersion: The submersion of the believer in water.
All who repent: Baptism presupposes a previous experience of
faith in Christ and repentance toward God.
Name: “Name” is used to designate the divine Persons of the
Trinity which represent the Presence, Power and Person of God. The use
or the Name (or Names) represents the authority in which this rite is
Father, Son and Holy Spirit: See note under article two.
Scripture Affirmation: Matthew 28:19; Romans 6:4, 5; Colossians
2:11, 12; Acts 2:38.
Divine healing is provided for all in the atonement.
Divine healing: The
restoration of physical, mental or emotional health by direct, divine
intervention. Reference is made here to the provision of healing by the
redemptive work of Christ.
Atonement: The redemptive work in which Christ not only satisfied
the judgement of sin against us, but also broke the power of sin and
thus provided deliverance from the consequences of sin.
Scripture Affirmation: Psalm 103:2, 3; Isaiah 53:4, 5; Matthew 8:16,
In the Lord's Supper and washing of the saints' feet.
Designated “Lord’s Supper” because Christ hosted its inauguration and
remains the Host in all instances of its celebration.
Feet washing: Christ washed the feet of His disciples on the
night He instituted the Lord’s Supper. It is designed to represent the
perpetuation of cleansing and humble service.
Scripture Affirmation: Matthew 26:26-29; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26;
John 13:3-17; 1 Timothy 5:10.
In the premillennial second
coming of Jesus. First, to resurrect the righteous dead and to catch
away the living saints to Him in the air. Second, to reign on the earth
a thousand years.
prefix “pre” designates the order of Christ’s return and reign of a
thousand years on the earth. He will return before He establishes His
Second coming: The Second Advent is Christ’s bodily return that
will cover from the rapture of the church to the consummation of the
Resurrect the righteous dead: The raising up of bodies in a
physical and literal manner.
Righteous dead: Old and New Testament saints who have died in
faith before the return of Christ.
Living saints: Believers in Christ who are alive at the time of
Reign on earth: Christ’s literal, physical presence as the
righteous ruler established over the world.
Thousand years: A literal period of time: hence the word
Scripture Affirmation: John 14:3; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 1 John
3:2; Revelation 20:1-3.
In the bodily resurrection; eternal life for the righteous, and eternal
punishment for the wicked.
The literal and physical raising up of bodies of the dead.
Eternal life: The reward of everlasting blessedness for those who
believe in Jesus.
Righteous: Those who believe in Christ and clothed in His
Eternal Punishment: The judgement of eternal damnation for those
who rejected Jesus.
Wicked: Those who reject the life of righteousness and holiness
and refuse to trust in the power and grace of God.
Scripture Affirmation: Daniel
12:2; Mark 9:43-48; John 5:24-29; Romans 6:23; Revelation 20:4-6, 13-15.
In 1948 the 8000 delegates at the General Assembly adopted the above
Fourteen Articles of the Declaration of Faith, which have not been
changed to this day.