World Mission Society Church of God – refutations from scripture

I met today with several members of the World Mission Society Church of God (WMSCOG). These people were faithful, sincere members of their organisation who sought to have me join with them in fellowship.

Unfortunately, there are two main areas where scripture refutes their beliefs. In writing the below my aim is not to teach anyone, as I am a woman and this is forbidden in Scripture (1 Tim. 2:12). What I have done is to refute the doctrine I was given today by drawing upon the teachings of the following Christian apologetics sites:

http://carm.org/world-mission-society-church-of-god
http://catholicdogmarefuted.com/mass.htm

1. Incarnation
WMSCOG:
Believes Mother Jerusalem to be the female incarnation of God.

Bible:
a. Jesus is the unique incarnation of God as the one and only begotten Son of God who is both God and Man (John 1:1). Since Jesus is the unique incarnation of God, there are not other incarnations of God who are female.

b. Jesus is God (John 1:1). Jesus also created all things (Col. 1:16-17), is called God (Rom. 9:5, Heb. 1:8), and is worshipped (Matthew 2:2; 14:33), and prayed to (1. Cor. 1:2; Acts 7:55-60).

c. Jesus is Man: Jesus rose from the dead as a physical man (Luke 24:39, John 20:19-20), ascended into heaven as that same man (Acts 1:11) and is still a man right now since He is our Mediator as man (1 Tim. 2:5) and eternal High Priest as a man after the order of Melchisedec (Heb. 6:20; 7:25). Scripture also speaks of Him presently dwelling in bodily form (Col. 2:9).

d. There is only 1 God in all existence (Isa. 43:10; Isa. 44:6, Isa. 44:8). Therefore there are not other Gods – male or female – who incarnate. Jesus is the only one.

2. Eucharist
WMSCOG:
Believes that spiritual blessings flow from celebrating the eucharist.

Bible:
The eucharist was to be a symbolic rite only as per a literal, child’s view interpretation of Luke 22:15-22 and 1 Cor. 11:23-27. Nowhere in scripture does it say that we would receive spiritual blessings or a ‘real presence’ in this memorial.

The practice of eating Gods or flesh is in Pagan rites and rituals.

At the Passover, Jesus showed His disciples that He was the lamb, the Messiah who would lay down His life for the whole world (John 3:14-17).

The lamb died only once. Jesus offered Himself only once (as per the book of Hebrews), He was not offered again and again to distribute ‘blessings’ as a continued sacrifice (Hebrews 9:19-28).

The eucharist is symbolic commemorating the death of Jesus in keeping with the Passover which was established by God before the Lamb came in the flesh.

The ‘host’, ‘presence’ or ‘blessing’ of Jesus in the eucharist is totally unscriptural due to the symbolic nature of Passover and the absence of any flesh eating or blood drinking from the actual body of Jesus at Passover.

Paul says:

“For now do I persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ” (Gal. 1:10).

This is not an attack on any members of the World Mission Society Church of God (WMSCOG) but a biblical answer to the doctrines espoused by them.

Unfortunately I can have no fellowship with the WMSCOG as they have departed from the Word of God as outlined in the Old and New Testaments.

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