FREE booklet : Fundamental Beliefs of the United Church of God
Fundamental Beliefs of the United Church of God
¬ God the Father, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit
¬ The Word of God
¬ Satan the Devil
¬ Humanity
¬ Sin and God's Law
¬ The Sacrifice of Jesus Christ
¬ Three Days and Three Nights
¬ Repentance
¬ Water Baptism
¬ The Sabbath Day
¬ The Passover
¬ The Festivals of God
¬ God's Food Laws
¬ Military Service and War
¬ Promises to Abraham
¬ God's Purpose for Humanity
¬ The Church
¬ Tithing
¬ The Resurrections
¬ Jesus Christ's Return
   
Note: This booklet first lists a summary of each fundamental belief from the Constitution of the United Church of God, an International Association, then explains and expands on each of those beliefs. Additional booklets on these topics are available free of charge.
   
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Sin and God's Law

We believe that sin is the transgression of the law. The law is spiritual, perfect, holy, just and good. The law defines God's love and is based upon the two great principles of love toward God and love toward neighbor. It is immutable and binding. The Ten Commandments are the 10 points of God's law of love. We believe that breaking any one point of the law brings upon a person the penalty of sin. We believe that this fundamental spiritual law reveals the only way to true life and the only possible way of happiness, peace and joy. All unhappiness, misery, anguish and woe have come from transgressing God's law (1 John 3:4; 5:3; Matthew 5:17-19; 19:17-19; 22:37-40; James 2:10-11; Romans 2:5-9; 7:12-14; 13:8-10).

We believe God created humankind to ultimately become members of His family, destined to inherit immortality and live in a harmonious relationship with Him and each other for eternity (Hebrews 2:6-13).

To share eternity with God, we must also share His thoughts, agree with His approach, embrace His way of life and appreciate and uphold His values as expressed by His law (Philippians 2:5-13). God's written revelation to mankind, the Holy Scriptures, reveals this essential knowledge to us through His laws and teachings (2 Timothy 3:15-17). This forms the foundation and basis for the everlasting relationship God desires to have with us. Therefore it is imperative that anyone who seeks this ultimate relationship with God heed the directives of God's law as revealed in His Word.

Sin, the transgression of the law, was introduced to humanity in the Garden of Eden. Satan lied to Adam and Eve concerning the tree of the knowledge of good and evil (Genesis 3:4; John 8:44). Contrary to Satan's deceptive prediction, Adam and Eve did die. As their descendants, we all share the common condition of mortality (Hebrews 9:27). It's no coincidence that sin's universal presence in all humans (Romans 3:23) is connected to death and the withholding of God's gift, eternal life (Romans 6:23).

The pervasive nature of sin and death is demonstrated by the human tendency to disregard and disobey God's law (Romans 8:7). Self-deception frequently accompanies this departure from God's perfect guidelines (Jeremiah 17:9; 10:23). The influence of Satan is unmistakable in this pattern, both directly (Ephesians 2:1-3) and indirectly through those he deceives (2 Corinthians 11:13-15).

Having become the adversary of God through his own rebellion, Satan has covertly enlisted the human race in his battle, since all sin, in addition to its effect on humans, is by definition against God (Genesis 39:9; Psalm 51:4).

Violating any of God's instructions is sin (1 John 5:17), but it is also sinful to omit doing what one should do (James 4:17) or to violate one's conscience (Romans 14:23). Furthermore, sin is an enslaving power from which we need redemption and release (Romans 7:23-25). We are powerless to bring about this redemption on our own (1 Peter 1:18-19). Since sin in any form brings about alienation from God (Isaiah 59:1-3; Ephesians 4:17-19) and eventual death, no amount of obedience following such conduct can reverse its effect, even though obedience is expected. Only the perfect sacrifice of Jesus Christ can procure our release (Hebrews 2:14-15) and reconcile us to God.

Through forgiveness of sin, available by God's grace (Romans 3:24), a Christian finds freedom in obeying God's law (James 1:21-25). Rather than being enslaved to sin by disobedience, we serve God by obedience and walk the path God intends, to be led to eternal life in His kingdom by His generous and undeserved gift (Romans 6:16-23).

To return to a former life of sin is a serious matter in the sight of God (2 Peter 2:20-22). However, the only sin that cannot be forgiven is the willful rejection of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, by which forgiveness of sin is made possible (Hebrews 6:4-6). This sin is described by Christ as "blasphemy against the Spirit" (Matthew 12:31), a knowing rejection of the power and authority of God. After every human being has had a full opportunity for salvation, those still unrepentant will be destroyed (Revelation 20:14-15), thus fulfilling the ultimate penalty of sin, the second death.

Although every person is responsible for his own sin (Ezekiel 18:4, 20), Satan the devil is identified as the deceiver of mankind and the one ultimately responsible for leading humanity into sin (Revelation 12:9; 20:1-3).

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