Principles of Holiness

Resolution Relative to the Principles of Holiness of the Church

The foundation of the Church of God is laid upon the principles of Biblical holiness. Even before the Church experienced the outpouring of the Holy Ghost, its roots were set in the holiness revival of the past century. It was, and is, holiness, Church – holiness in fact and holiness in name.

The passing of a century has not diminished our holiness position or convictions. The years have, instead, strengthened our knowledge that without holiness it is impossible to please God.

We hereby remind ourselves that the scriptures enjoin us at all times to examine our own hearts. The continuing and consistent life of holiness requires this. Conditions of our day desperately require it. The subtle encroachment of worldliness is a very real and unrelenting threat to the Church. We must therefore beware lest we become conformed to the world, or lest a love for the world take root in our hearts to manifest itself as lust of the flesh, lust of the eye, or the pride of life.

For these reasons, we present the following: WHEREAS, Church of God is historically a holiness, Church, and WHEREAS we enjoined by the Scriptures to be so and WHEREAS, a tide of worldliness threatens the spirituality of the Church.

BE IT RESOLVED, that we the Church of God reaffirm our standard of our holiness, in stated doctrines, in principles of conduct, and as a living reality in our hearts.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that we ministers maintain this standard in our own lives, in our home, and in our pulpits.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that we, as ministers and members rededicate ourselves to this purpose and guard our lives against conformity to the world, in appearance, in selfish ambition, in carnal attitudes and in evil associations.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that we, as ministers and members seek to conform to the positive virtues of love, mercy and forgiveness as taught by Jesus Christ.