Is the Church of God a landmark or a restoration movement?

Posted by Charles Page in Facebook's Pentecostal Theology Group View the Original Post

Is the Church of God a landmark or a restoration church?

R. G. Spurling disagreed with Landmarkism, an ecclesiology which held that only churches descending from churches with Baptist doctrine were true Church and that they should not associate with Christians of other traditions. Spurling felt that there needed to be another reformation of the Church that went beyond the Protestant Reformation so that Christians would be united together by love and not by creeds, which he believed divided. On August 19, 1886, after being barred from his local Baptist church, he and eight others organized the Christian Union at the Barney Creek Meeting House in Monroe County, Tennessee. They agreed to free themselves from man-made creeds and unite upon the principles of the New Testament. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Church_of_God_(Cleveland,_Tennessee)

Charles Page [09/15/2015 1:40 PM]
That was also the same belief of Alexander Campbell years earlier over the split with Landmarkism. A. J. Tomlison seemed to hold this view and maintained it over the eventual faction of the Church.

Tomlison seemed to regret he went with a constitutional change along with the denominational elders.

Charles Page [09/15/2015 1:41 PM]
It is a denomination not clearly restoration nor Landmarkist.

John Kissinger [09/16/2015 11:26 PM]
Church of God (Restoration https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Restorationism

2 Comments

  • Reply September 5, 2016

    Charles Page

    The Church of Christ call themselves restoration and the Mormons are restoration.

    Some people refer to the Pentecostal movement as restoration but I prefer to call it “landmark” rather than restoration.

  • Reply September 6, 2016

    Gilberto Rosado

    The Pentecostal with slight perspective clarity would be more restoration than even the Mormons. Mormons with extra-biblical basis are really disqualified in a major way from this classification.

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