The history of the Church of God (Seventh Day) dating back 182 years or more as written by Elder John Kiesz is amazing to read. The 100-page manuscript, though barely readable includes history and excerpts from The Hope of Israel. Here one can read statements in an individual’s own words, which, in 1965, Elder Kiesz was able to transcribe, showing it is very wise to preserve old documents and books or booklets. Other examples are “The Bible Home Instructor” from the 1920’s, ‘30’s ‘40’s and 1970’s, and “The History of the True Church” which is an account of various Sabbath keeping groups of many eras up to 1936. Church history manuscripts are also available by S. J. Kauer, Ray Benight, John Kiesz, and Robert Coulter. One can enjoy seeing what the many churches, state conferences and individuals believed and how they defended the doctrines and developed their beliefs. There are still available classroom teaching materials and doctrinal studies from Midwest Bible College, Stanberry, MO. Here are 10 “principles” from the first issue of The Hope of Israel, 1863.
1st. “That the Bible, and the Bible alone,” contains the whole moral law; and that its precepts are sufficient to govern God’s people in every age of the world, without the addition of any human creed or articles of faith.
2nd. “That sin entered the world and death by sin;” and that as the “Dead know not anything, death signifies neither more nor less than a total extinction of being.
3rd. That “Sin is the transgressions of the law.” and that we cannot know sin but by the law; and furthermore that the law by which sin is known is the law of the “Ten Commandments”.
4th. That man having sinned and sentence of death having been passed upon him, he can have no hope of eternal life, except through Christ; and that too, by a resurrection from the dead. This, Paul says, was his hope. For this he endured all his trials, all his afflictions and sore persecutions; and for this he finally laid down his life.
5th. We shall contend that this was the hope of the twelve tribes of Israel, of the Fathers, and of the Apostles, and all the primitive Church.
6th. That God is about to set up His Kingdom in the Earth. That Christ as King will sit upon the throne of his father David. That the twelve apostles will sit upon twelve thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
7th. That the reward of the righteous, as well as the wicked will be on the earth.
8th. That the faithful saints, with all Abraham’s innumerable seed, will sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the Kingdom of God, on the new earth, which will be the final abode of the righteous.
9th. That God will dwell in the New Jerusalem; that paradise will be restored; or rather that the earth will be restored to more than its Eden glory and beauty.
10th. That there man will have a right to the tree of life, from which he was driven on account of transgression. That “there will be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there by any more pain.”
The following Scriptures tell us why we should know our Bible and live by the Bible alone. Acts 20:29 “… grievous wolves enter in among you…” Acts 15:24 “Forasmuch as we have heard, that certain which went out from us have troubled you with words, subverting your souls,…:” I John 2:19 “…even now are there many antichrists;…They went out from us, but they were not of us;…” I John 4:1 “… believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets…” II Peter 2:1 “But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies,…” The only way to know who is false or true; subverting or giving truth; who is a false teacher or teaching truth is to read the Bible and study it in order to know the truth.
Pastor Ed, Westside Church of God