Basis of the Union: The supreme and sole purpose of this Union is to inspire individuals to seek salvation through obedience to the Commandments of God. We believe that this organization is founded upon biblical precepts which govern the lives of mankind. These precepts, as further defined, enable each believer to pattern his/her life according to the teachings of Jesus the Christ and His Apostles. And further, we believe that “all scripture is given by the inspiration of God, is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction and for instruction in righteousness.”
The biblical references of this document and our belief are based on the Authorized King James Version of the Holy Bible (1611 AD translation).
Church Creed: We believe in God the Father, almighty maker of Heaven and Earth, and in Jesus Christ, his only begotten Son. We believe that Jesus Christ was conceived of the Holy Ghost and born of the Virgin Mary. We believe that Jesus Christ suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, buried and on the third day arose from the dead. We believe Jesus Christ is the anointed of God and now is seated at the right hand of power. We believe in the second coming of Jesus Christ in the clouds of heaven to receive his own and to judge the quick and the dead. We believe in the Holy Ghost, the Church of the Living God, the communion of Saints, the forgiveness of sins, the redemption of the body, and the resurrection from the grave into life eternal. AMEN.
The Ten Commandments: We believe that the Ten Commandments, as stated in the Holy Bible in the book of Exodus, Chapter Twenty (20), expresses God’s great love for mankind. We believe that because of His great love, He saw it fitting to give to mankind directives to ensure man’s harmony with man, his environment and ultimately with Him. We believe that the Commandments are holy, just and good.
The Seventh Day Sabbath: The fourth Commandment teaches man to do our earthly and natural work in the first six days of the week and to refrain from all labor on the seventh day (Saturday) and to set this day of rest in order to worship God. Jesus Christ taught that it was lawful to do “good” on the Sabbath Day. Such “good” is describe as healing of the sick; helping a neighbor in an unpreventable or unforeseeable predicament. The Sabbath Day begins at sunset Friday and ends at sunset Saturday.
Law of Clean and Unclean: We believe that only certain living creatures are to be eaten. The blood of flesh shall not be eaten because it contains the “life” of the animal. The judgment for eating unclean food is found in the Holy Scriptures. We believe in and adhere to those dietary laws found in the Book of Leviticus.
We believe that the body is the temple of the Holy Ghost, and that God’s people should be clean, refraining from any behavior/practice which would defile their bodies physically or spiritually. Therefore, smoking, chewing or snuffing of tobacco, drinking in excess of alcoholic spirits (beers, wines, liquors) and the use of illegal drugs are not to be practiced.
Baptism: We believe in water baptism according to the Books of Acts and St. John. Jesus Christ was baptized by John the Baptist in the River of Jordan. Jesus Christ came straightway out of the water which indicates total submersion.
The Holy Ghost: We believe the Holy Ghost (Holy Spirit) is the Comforter promised by our Lord Jesus Christ, who will abide in the hearts of those who diligently seek Him. We further believe that He will guide us into all godly truths and give us power. We believe that speaking in other tongues as the spirit God gives utterance is the initial evidence of the presence of the Holy Ghost; however, we believe that the Holy Ghost must also be manifested both in word and by the fruit of the spirit and the keeping of the Commandments of God. Furthermore, as in Acts 2:4, “And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost and began to speak in other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.”
The Lord’s Supper: The Lord’s Supper, also referred to as Communion, is an ordinance given to the Church as a memorial of the death of Jesus Christ, and it should be observed annually at the appointed time. Unleavened bread and the fruit of the vine, wine, should be used in this service as emblems of the body and the blood of Jesus Christ. The ordinance of feet washing was given by Jesus Christ as an example for us to teach humility and is to be practiced in connection with the observance of the Lord’s Supper. The washing of feet shall be followed by the Lord’s Supper.
Tithes and Offerings: The Holy Bible plan of financial support for the Church and its mission is the payment of tithes and offerings by members of the Church. The tithe is one tenth (1/10th) of the increase and should be paid as part of the Christian obligation, and should be given liberally as one is prospered of God. Tithes and offerings should be paid on the Sabbath Day. If an individual fails to pay a portion of his tithes and offerings for any given reason, twenty percent (20%) shall be added to the unpaid portion of tithes.