The Living Church of God practices the faith of the First Century Church. Approximately 2,000 years ago, Jesus Christ founded His Church, and the apostles spread His gospel of the Kingdom of God. In subsequent centuries, religious authorities rejected many of the first century doctrines, and in 364 AD, the Council of Laodicea declared much of the original faith anathema. This original Christianity has been restored at the Living Church of God.
In 1952 Dr. Roderick C. Meredith was ordained as a minister of Jesus Christ. Dr. Meredith served as an evangelist, theology professor, and Church administrator in the Worldwide Church of God. That organization abandoned many of its Bible-based doctrines soon after the death of its founder, Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong. In December of 1992, Dr. Meredith stepped out in faith to revive the Work of the Church. That work now continues through the Living Church of God, with Dr. Meredith as its Presiding Evangelist.
The Church leadership includes evangelists Dr. Roderick C. Meredith, Mr. Richard F. Ames, Dr. Douglas S. Winnail, and Mr. Gerald Weston. In addition, the Church has a council of elders which meets, regional directors and regional pastors, and many other ministers in the U.S. and around the world. Church headquarters are in Charlotte, NC.
We preach the gospel of the coming Kingdom of God and Jesus Christ as Lord, Savior and King of kings, although we do not set dates for His return. We believe in the remission of sins through Christ's sacrifice. We also teach the love of God and the love of mankind as Christ and the apostles taught, and we shepherd the flock that God calls. We believe in obedience to all ten of The Ten Commandments, including the biblical Sabbath and annual Holy Days.
We reject mankind's racism and violence. We believe that the world's problems are spiritual, and therefore we do not engage in political activity. We do not proselytize, and we do not solicit money from the public, although we gratefully accept donations. For a statement of beliefs, go to www.lcg.org/statement-of-beliefs.shtml.
The Living Church of God has an ethnically diverse ministry and membership on six continents. Each week, on the biblical Sabbath, congregations meet throughout North and South America, the United Kingdom, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Asia and Africa. Audited financial statements are published to the membership annually.
Living University is an online Bible university founded in 2007. Students from around the world take classes online, learning from the Bible and other sources. L.U. offers Bachelors and Associates degrees in Theology in addition to nine Diploma and Certificate programs. For more information, see www.livinguniv.com.
The Living Church of God produces a television program, magazines, booklets, and a Bible Study Course. Publications are available in Spanish, French, Afrikaans, and German, with a growing number in Czech, Dutch, Chinese and Russian. Since 1999, over five million booklets, Bible lessons, and recordings have been sent free to those who request them, in addition to 16 million magazines. People who are interested in the Church may request a ministerial contact.