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The Church of God (Cleveland) is a Pentecostal Christian denomination headquartered in Cleveland, Tennessee, United States. It was founded in 1886 by Ambrose J. Tomlinson and several others.
Tomlinson had been a member of the Church of God (Anderson), but he disagreed with the Anderson church’s views on the baptism in the Holy Spirit and sanctification.
The Church of God (Cleveland) has about 8 million members in over 18,000 churches in the United States, Canada, and other countries. It is a congregational denomination, which means that each church is autonomous and self-governing. The Church of God (Cleveland) has a national body, the General Assembly of the Church of God (Cleveland), which provides resources and support to its member churches.
The Church of God (Cleveland) is a Pentecostal denomination, which means that it emphasizes the baptism in the Holy Spirit and the gifts of the Holy Spirit, such as speaking in tongues, prophecy, and healing. It is also a Holiness denomination, which means that it emphasizes the doctrine of sanctification, or the second work of grace, which believers experience after salvation.
The founder of the Church of God (Cleveland) was the late Ambrose J. Tomlinson, who was its first general overseer. Tomlinson was a controversial figure, and his teachings have been criticized by some other Pentecostal denominations. However, the Church of God (Cleveland) remains a major force in the Pentecostal movement, and it continues to grow and expand its reach.
Here are some of the key beliefs of the Church of God (Cleveland):
- The Bible is the inspired Word of God and is the only infallible rule of faith and practice.
- There is one God, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
- Jesus Christ is the Son of God, born of the virgin Mary, and is fully God and fully man.
- He died on the cross for our sins and rose from the dead on the third day.
- He ascended to heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
- He will return to earth one day to judge the living and the dead.
- Salvation is by grace through faith alone in Jesus Christ.
- The baptism in the Holy Spirit is for all believers.
- The gifts of the Holy Spirit are for the edification of the church.
- Sanctification is a second definite work of grace that enables the believer to live a holy life.
- The church is the body of Christ and is made up of all believers.
- The second coming of Christ is imminent.
- The resurrection of the dead and the final judgment will take place.
List of Christian Denominations in USA
- Conservative Congregational Christian Conference
- Reformed Catholic Church
- North American Baptist Conference
- Church of God Holiness
- African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church
- Congregational Holiness Church
- International Pentecostal Holiness Church
- Christian Reformed Church in North America
- United Pentecostal Church International
- Christian Union
- Church of God Anderson
- Alliance of Baptists
- Association of Free Lutheran Congregations
- Christian Methodist Episcopal Church
- Congregational Methodist Church
- Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church
- Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship
- National Baptist Convention of America
- Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod
- American Baptist Association
- Mennonite Church USA
- Progressive National Baptist Convention
- International Church of the Foursquare Gospel
- Reformed Episcopal Church
- Pentecostal Church of God
- Pentecostal Assemblies of the World
- Missionary Church
- Bible Fellowship Church
- Evangelical Free Church of America
- Independent Baptist
- Reformed Church in America
- Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod
- Orthodox Presbyterian Church
- Disciples of Christ church
- Orthodox Church in America
- Worldwide Church of God
- Brethren Church
- National Baptist Convention
- Evangelical Covenant Church
- Christian and Missionary Alliance
- African Methodist Episcopal Church
- Evangelical Presbyterian Church
- Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
- Church of God of Prophecy
- Church of the Brethren
- Church of God in Christ
- Presbyterian Church in America
- Churches of Christ
- United Church of Christ
- Roman Catholic Church
- Southern Baptist Convention
- Seventh-day Adventist Church
- United Methodist Church
- Calvary Chapel
- Church of the Nazarene
- Assemblies of God
- The Episcopal Church