About The Church of God

The Arise-Shine Marker, which sits at the bottom of Prayer Mountain, in the Fields Of The Wood.

The Church's History in a Nutshell

The founding of The Church of God occurred when Jesus Christ called together his twelve apostles (Mark 3:13-19) and with them organized His Church. According to the history of the Church, this occurred approximately 28 A.D. on Mt. Kurn Hattin near Jerusalem in Palestine, now known as Israel.

The Church continued under theocracy, governed by the immediate direction of God, growing and expanding until its influence was felt in all the known world.

Its success and identity were interrupted, however, in 325 A.D. at the Council of Nicaea when the Church, under the power and influence of the Roman government, headed at that time by Emperor Constantine, abandoned theocracy and established an Episcopal form of government to replace it. It was at this point that the true Church ceased to function but the organization continued. Read and study Isaiah 54:7 and II Thessalonians 2:3.

After 1578 years, a time known in religious history as the Dark Ages, the true Church arose from its long sleep and again began to function (Isaiah 60:1). The time was June 13, 1903 and the place was Cherokee County, North Carolina. In this historic meeting, one among the group who came together to pray and study the Word of God, A. J. Tomlinson, made the statement after he had gone to the top of a mountain nearby for an extended session of prayer: "I came back down the mountain and entered the meeting. Questions were asked. Bible answers were given. They said they took the whole Bible rightly divided as their only rule of faith and practice. I said, Well if you take the whole Bible rightly divided, that makes it The Church of God... Then I said, you have agreed that this that I have said makes it The Church of God, and will you be willing to take it and keep it The Church of God? They said they were willing. I then asked if they were willing to take me in with the understanding that It is The Church of God --- not going to be, but is The Church of God. They were willing... Brother Spurling... took the Bible and gave it to me. He handed it to me and said, 'Will you take this (Bible) as the word of God, believe and practice it, obey its precepts and walk in the light as God is in the light?' Right there I gave my hand to Brother Spurling... I took the obligation with deep sincerity and extreme sacredness, never to be forgotten." (Upon This Rock, Vol. 3, p. 64, C. T. Davidson, White Wing Publishing House and Press, Cleveland, Tennessee, 1976).

From the humble restoration of the Church Christ established in 28 A.D. to this present day there have been glorious times, great victories and reports of great revivals, healings, and divine deliverances. With Holy Ghost direction the Church is now operating in over 47 countries with more countries being opened each year. This site is maintained with the hope that peoples in countries where the Church may not be reestablished may by Holy Ghost direction find and contact us. We are driven by the command of the head of the Church which requires that we go into all the world, and preach the gospel (Mark 16:15).

On June 13, 1903, in the same year that the Wright Brothers took their historic flight at Kitty Hawk, A.J. Tomlinson climbed up Burger Mountain to be alone with God. There, he prayed and prevailed for true revelation of the the Church of God of the Bible. The modern day Church of God is the fruit of that momentous prayer. More importantly, prayer, the Word of God and the Holy Spirit-born fires of divine revelation are the inheritance of The Church of God and every covenant member of the Body of Christ who loves and embraces the timeless truths of the Holy Bible.


Bishop A.J. Tomlinson returns to the spot where he prayed for divine revelation of the NT Church.


The Nature & Heart of the New Testament Church

The Church of God is comprised of many different nationalities, languages and cultures on every continent of the globe that is capable of supporting human life. Remarkably, despite their differences of appearance, dialect and cultural background, each of the churches bearing the name The Church of God adheres to the same Biblical teachings and operates within the same New Testament government, based upon the model outlined in the pages of God's Word. In fact, they share far more than just their name and General Headquarters, which is located just outside of Cleveland, TN). They also fly the same flag, which represents the spirit and truth for which they stand. That spirit and truth, more than anything else, join them together in a deeply spiritual way that transcends language and cultural barriers. They are one in heart, one in vision, one in their calling, and one in the Spirit. They are many congregations, yet they are but one Body - the Body of Christ.

Their primary mission, as the Church of the New Testament is to fulfill the Great Commission (cf. Matthew 28:19,20; Mark 16:15,16), which their Lord Jesus first entrusted to the Church when He organized the body of called-out disciples in 28 A.D.  (cf. Mark 3:13,14 ; Luke 6:12-16), a core group of trusted ones to whom He would commit His ministry and anointing, amid the multitudes who followed Him.

Ultimately, as the Good Shepherd of the sheep, He desires to bring together all the Kingdom saints into One fold (John 10:16). Along with the message of salvation and the teachings of Christ, which are able to bring complete deliverance from sin, the Church must be about the business of bringing in the true sheep, in preparation for the Lord's return. The sheepfold of the Lord's Church affords a place of strength and safety, where false doctrines and carnal appetites are kept in check by divine truth and the Holy Ghost, who imparts holiness of life and empowers the saints of God for effective ministry to others.

The Church of God accepts the King James Version (KJV) of the Bible as the inerrant, infallible, inspired Word of God.  Born-again believers are encouraged to join the Church by entering into a covenant relationship with the Lord and each other that is based upon both scriptural principles and example. This they do by affirming the following covenant:

    Will you sincerely promise in the presence of God and these witnesses that you will accept this Bible as the Word of God-believe and practice its teachings rightly divided-the New Testament as your rule of faith and practice, government and discipline, and walk in the light to the best of your knowledge and ability?”

Our General (International) Headquarters and publishing facilities are located at 197 Tillie Road in Cleveland, Tennessee, and is open during regular business hours, Monday through Friday, to all visitors. All are welcome to visit us in person or contact us by email, phone or postal mail. We are happy to answer and questions or assist you in your spiritual journey, as you discover and apply the Word of God.


The Church of God

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