Restored Church of God

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Restored Church of God
ClassificationChurch of God
LeaderDavid C. Pack
RegionInternational
HeadquartersWadsworth, Ohio
FounderDavid C. Pack
Origin1999
Separated fromWorldwide Church of God, Global Church of God

The Restored Church of God (RCG) is one of the many churches to form following major doctrinal changes in the Worldwide Church of God (WCG) which was founded by Herbert W. Armstrong. It is one of the Sabbatarian Churches of God that emerged following WCG's major schism in 1995. RCG claims to retain the tenets, style, and structure of the earlier WCG before Armstrong's death in 1986.

Foundation[edit]

RCG was formed in May 1999, in the midst of ongoing upheaval in the wake of a departure from WCG's established beliefs[1]. It is based in Wadsworth, Ohio.

RCG's founder and leader is David C. Pack (born 1948). As Pastor General of the Restored Church of God, David C. Pack oversees the operations of the church. He attended Ambassador College and entered WCG's ministry in 1971. Following the 1995 schism in WCG, Pack became a minister in the Global Church of God, but was fired on May 3, 1999, and established his own church. Since then, he has established over 50 congregations, authored more than 20 books, written hundreds of booklets and articles,[2] and appeared on The History Channel.[3] The church attendance is claimed to be in the thousands,[4] but no reliable numbers have been published.

Doctrines[edit]

RCG asserts its doctrines are very similar to its predecessor, as

"...it claims to be “the only true extension of The Worldwide Church of God” as it was before Armstrong’s death."

adhering to what is often referred to as Armstrongism, which includes belief in the impending Apocalypse followed by the millennial reign of Jesus Christ on Earth, along with Old Testament dietary laws, tithing, observance of seventh-day Sabbath, bans on holidays and festivals with pagan roots like Christmas and Easter, and most of Herbert W. Armstrong's other teachings.[5][6]

The church has been noted by Time magazine for its strong stance against the Halloween tradition of Trick-or-treating[7]

Publications[edit]

RCG's flagship magazine is The Real Truth, of which Pack is editor-in-chief. Pack hosts the program The World to Come, and has written a two-volume Biography, and a booklet titled Here Is The Restored Church of God, which explains more about his church. RCG's literature and programs are offered free of charge to the public.

  • The World to Come: weekly video and daily audio programs preaching the church's doctrines
  • Hundreds of free books and booklets, articles, lessons, and magazines (also in Spanish, French, German, Dutch, Afrikaans, Italian, Polish, Swahili, and Chinese)[8]
  • The Real Truth: monthly flagship magazine analyzing world news in the light of Bible prophecy—styled as a continuation of The Plain Truth magazine, as produced from 1934 through the mid-1980s
  • Bible Introduction Course: 30 lessons introducing the basic RCG doctrines
  • The Splinter Explanation Packet: a series of ten books, as well as sermons, written for former WCG members
  • The Pillar: the church's bi-monthly magazine for members
  • Ambassador Youth: a bi-monthly magazine for RCG's teenagers

Schools and camps[edit]

RCG runs Ambassador Center, a two-year institution to train RCG's future ministers and leaders, modeled after WCG's Ambassador College. The church also runs Ambassador Youth Camp, an annual summer camp for its teenagers.

The church, as noted by the Wall Street Journal, discourages conventional 2-person romantic dating among teenagers, preferring group-based social activities. [9] It also discourages participation in blogs, especially among youth, citing concerns over victimization.[10]

Wadsworth headquarters[edit]

RCG started construction on its world headquarters in Wadsworth, Ohio, in 2012, modeled in part on Armstrong's Ambassador College campus in Pasadena, California. The church's plans for the project include a four-story Hall of Administration building, a 450-seat auditorium, an educational training center, a studio, and a mail-processing building.[11] The project broke ground on May 10, 2012,[12] and the administration building officially opened June 21, 2013.[13][14]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Who Is David C. Pack?
  2. ^ "Who is David C. Pack?". David C. Pack. The Restored Church of God. Retrieved 15 September 2012.
  3. ^ Pack, David C. "David C. Pack Appears on the History Channel". RCG. The Restored Church of God. Retrieved 15 September 2012.
  4. ^ "RCG Fruits — Obvious Fingerprints of God!". David C. Pack. The Restored Church of God. Retrieved 30 November 2012.
  5. ^ Who Was Herbert W. Armstrong?
  6. ^ The Price of Change. Christian Research Institute
  7. ^ "Trick-or-Treating Can Make Kids Selfish and Entitled". Time Magazine.
  8. ^ "A Look Inside the Restored Church of God". David C. Pack. The Restored Church of God. Retrieved 15 September 2012.
  9. ^ "All Together Now". The Wall Street Journal.
  10. ^ "Some bloggers have no shame". The Sydney Morning Herald.
  11. ^ Jenkins, Colette M. "Church plans world headquarters in Wadsworth". Ohio.com. Akron Beacon Journal. Retrieved 15 September 2012.
  12. ^ "Restored Church of God holds groundbreaking for new complex". The Post. wadsworthpost.com. Retrieved 15 September 2012.[permanent dead link]
  13. ^ "Restored Church of God's new world headquarters is open". The Akron Beacon-Journal. ohio.com. Retrieved 6 July 2013.
  14. ^ "Restored Church of God opens new headquarters". The Post. Retrieved 8 July 2013.

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