Constitution of Freedom Church of God
We members of Freedom Ministries and Freedom Church of God have as God’s purpose for us to exercise His love and power to set people free. By the anointing of the Holy Spirit and the name of Jesus, our Father in heaven employs us to show God’s people and our nation the hindrances that have kept them from blessing and healing in their bodies, minds, emotions, spirits and in their finances.
Although we are presently a team of about 45 in Edmonton, over seven hundred people have received help and deliverance through our ministry locally — not to mention the thousands who have been blessed by freedomtruthseekers.com and our church web site, freedomchurchofgod.com. We have over 200 members in Kenya who are zealous for the Word of God. Our body of listeners of our Internet radio station, freedomtruthseekers.com is growing daily worldwide. We have plans to expand to satellite coverage in Africa.
We meet in a private place pending our registration as a church in Kenya. In the meantime we operate as a project, helping widows and orphans, thus fulfilling our commission to be repairers of the breach in families (Mal. 4:6) and helping "orphans and widows in their distress" (James 1:27), allowing our Father Love to be a "father of the fatherless and a judge for the widows" (Ps. 68:5).
We are called along with other ministries to fulfill the prophecy of Matthew 24:14, preaching the gospel of the Kingdom of God as Jesus did as a witness to all nations. We are not a proselytizing group, seeking to save souls at all costs and in the process offending and alienating people. We know that it is our Father Love who draws people to Jesus (John 6:44), so we do not try to get people to accept Jesus. We trust God to call people. We simply fulfill Jesus command to disciple those called and teach them all that Jesus commanded (Mat. 28:19-20).
Special understanding of miraculous financial provision will enable us to fulfill our commission as a church, encapsulated in Isaiah 58 and Isaiah 59:1-3.
Practically speaking, this commission involves Jesus working through us to free people from all kinds of addictions, burdens, traumas, curses, illnesses, and demonic bondages. It involves fasting to see people set free, as well as freeing them from falseness by exposing the sins of God's people. We are called to repair the breach between God and man, between fathers and sons, husbands and wives, and the breach caused by not keeping the fourth commandment, the Sabbath.
Ministerial Appointment and Dismissal
We believe in the five-fold ministry outlined in Ephesians 4:11-13.
When ministry officials seriously compromise these qualifications by blatant unconfessed sin, the apostle and/or pastor relieves them of their duties. If and when confession to God and a desire to change is evident, they are reinstated and continue to minister as long as it is evident that God is working through them. These decisions are based on prayer and the guidance of the Holy Spirit – as are the ordinations.
We have an apostle as well as three pastors, several evangelists and one teacher in Edmonton, and we have ordained a senior pastor for the teaching of truth in the area of Rongo, Africa, as well as a deacon and another pastor in that area.
We believe, as Jesus said, that we are to live by every word of God, not just the New Testament, but by every command of love Jesus gave in both Testaments (Mat. 4:4; II Tim. 3:15-16). While we denounce legalism and religiosity, we endeavor to worship God in spirit and in truth (John 4:24) by keeping His laws of love by His grace or empowerment (Titus 2:11-13; Eph. 2:8-10). We believe in the triune God, our Father of love, the Son and our Brother of love, Jesus, and our Comforter of love, the Holy Spirit (John 14:26-27; Isa. 48:16; Ps. 110:1; John 1:1-18; Gen. 1:26-27).
We are saved – not by our human works — but by the precious blood of Jesus. When we accept Him as Divine Master and Savior, surrendering to Him our lives, He takes our sin nature and replaces it with His loving nature and places upon us His coat of righteousness (II Cor. 5:17,21; Phil. 2:5; Gal. 2:20; John 1:12-13).
When we accept Jesus, God no longer calls us sinners, but saints who occasionally sin (I Cor. 1:2). When we do, we confess the sin and are cleansed anew by Jesus’ blood (I John 1:9). God’s desire is for us to choose to obey and follow His way of love, expressed in the Ten Commandments and all the laws of both Testaments that expand and explain that way of love and abundant life (Deut. 5:29; 30:19; John 10:10).
Our obedience to one of those commandments distinguishes us. We keep the fourth commandment that Jesus and His disciples observed, remembering weekly the day of rest God gave to all mankind in Genesis 2:1-2. This day is the seventh – Friday night sunset to Saturday night sunset (Ex.20:8; Mark 2:27-28).
We also keep the annual holy days and festivals kept as well by Jesus and the apostles (Lev. 23, Acts 20:6,16). They celebrate the exciting plan of our Father of love who will eventually call all people who have ever lived to a personal relationship with His Son Jesus (John 6:44, Rev. 20:5, II Pet. 3:9).
Another factor that sets us apart is that we call on the name of Jesus rather than referring to Him and the Father or Holy Spirit as “Lord” or “the Lord.” Using the name of Jesus rather than a title brings intimacy, power and anointing or special empowerment from the Holy Spirit (Acts 4:12, Rev. 3:8, Col. 3:17, Acts 3:6,16).
We believe in the gifts of the Holy Spirit, a few of which are mentioned in Romans 12 and I Corinthians 12. We believe that it is the fruits of love in our lives that show we are Christians. We activate, however, the gift of speaking in tongues, as did the apostle Paul (I Cor. 14:18). One aspect of this gift is a heavenly language used in prayer to bring greater intimacy with our Father of love and an effective tool in praying according to God’s will in areas where our human knowledge is insufficient.
We do not believe in forcing our convictions on those who have not yet accepted Jesus as Savior. We do not condemn these people to hell, understanding that God will resurrect them at a later time on the earth for an opportunity to know Jesus and live eternally with Him. We endeavor to live a life of love that will be a witness to them of what God is like. And we know that the Father will draw them to Jesus at the best time for them, whether in this life or in a future resurrection (Rom. 5:17-21).
We believe in the importance of water baptism by immersion, as practiced and commanded by Jesus (Mat. 28:19-20). Once we accept Jesus and are baptized in water, which demonstrates our decision to bury the old ways and accept newness of life in the resurrected Jesus (Rom. 6:1-15; Mark 1:9-11), the next step in our discipleship is to be baptized in and into the name of Jesus (Acts 2:38).
Those addressed in Acts 2:38 had already been baptized by John, so Peter in this verse was not talking about something physical. This spiritual immersion into Jesus means that we choose life in Jesus and His ways above all else.
We receive a small “down payment” of the Holy Spirit’s power when we accept Jesus. When we show ourselves ready to surrender every aspect of our life to Jesus, He then baptizes or immerses us in or into the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:5). The 120 assembled in obedience to God on Pentecost in Acts 2 had accepted Jesus, been baptized in water and had been baptized in or into the name of Jesus. They had amply shown they had chosen life in Jesus above all else, and they had surrendered every aspect of their lives to Jesus, even under heavy persecution.
Jesus therefore immersed or baptized them in the Holy Spirit. Spectacular manifestations of wind and fire accompanied this first outpouring of the Holy Spirit, as well as speaking in unknown foreign languages, one of the aspects of tongues. The baptism in the Holy Spirit, however, is a spiritual phenomenon and is not necessarily accompanied instantly by the signs of Mark 16:17-20. The Word says you will know them by their fruits (Mat. 7:20) – not their tongues.
This understanding separates us from the doctrine of most tongues speaking churches. We are indeed a unique part of the body of Christ — a Holy Spirit-empowered, tongues-speaking, healing ministry, a church that majors on miracles and deliverance and keeps the Biblical, seventh-day Sabbath. We also keep all of God's appointed times, including the annual Sabbaths and feast days, and we lay down our long-term burdens to Jesus on the new moon every month (Isa. 66:23). Such fervent observance of all that Jesus commanded is virtually unheard of, but it meets the Biblical standard.
Furthermore, we preach the gospel of the Kingdom of God through published books. The first was an encyclopedia of healing explaining hindrances to healing, Why Doesn’t God Heal Me?
The second was Peace or Rejection — You Choose.
The third is Bible Code Broken — The Truth about the Christian Sabbath,
all available for order HERE
Our God-given mission is to show the church the sins that have kept it from the full blessings of God. Our job is also to proclaim to our Western nations the reason 9-11 happened. God has removed His protection because of our sins. The Ezekiel 33 warning must be issued.
We endeavor to keep our bodies in good health. We recognize that our bodies house the Holy Spirit, and are thus temples of God that should not allow anything unclean to come into them. We avoid meats God calls unclean (Leviticus 11, Deuteronomy 14), just as Peter had done ten years after Jesus' ascent to heaven (Acts 10:14). God had shown Peter that the vision of unclean animals he was to eat had nothing to do with eating unclean meats. It was a message from God to teach him that those who had been considered unclean spiritually, the Gentiles, could be part of the church, spiritual Israel (Acts 10:28; Gal. 6:16; Gal. 3:28-29).
Our principal passion is to see God’s people set free from sickness, poverty, depression, mental illness. and everything that hinders them from enjoying the abundant live God has in store for them. We also yearn for the salvation and healing of those God chooses to call to Jesus in this age, in this city and nation, and around the world.
We have already been a distribution center for meeting even physical needs of many of Edmonton’s needy people. And God has shown us that we will have an even greater opportunity to be a center for miraculous provision for many in need, including the urgent and dire needs of those needy people in Africa.
We are called eventually to be a network of house churches in various places. The largest area of harvest so far is in Africa, where a number of house churches have been established.
Presently we meet in a handsome basement sanctuary in a home owned by Malachi 4 Foundation for Family Unity, a sister organization that housed and ministered to some 450 abused and abandoned teenagers for 25 years. Now the group home is a house of healing jointly served by the church and the foundation. Many have been helped. Our Kenya foundation is "Malachi 4 Foundation Charity Organization Group Kenya." We have been blessed with a donation of land on which we hope to establish a school and receive orphans who need food and education.
We meet for worship services and prayer from 2 to 10 PM on Tuesdays and Saturdays, providing a meal and fellowship at 5 PM on those days. Some come for the afternoon services, some for the evening and many attend all through the day. The Tuesday format is usually more interactive Bible study and prayer. We begin with an hour of praise and worship music on Saturday, followed by a lengthy sermon, questions and meal. A shorter worship session is the custom on the evenings, followed usually by either a teaching and/or prayer.
We observe a weeklong festival with meetings every day in the fall and in the spring, celebrating Jesus' future reign on the earth as well as His death, resurrection, and His cleansing us from all sin. These observances are based on Leviticus 23 and on numerous examples of the New Testament church observing them.
We are called to give a message of hope to a weary world in need of Jesus. We announce that He is coming back to stop the world's suffering, and that is a major part of the good news of the Kingdom of God.
God is in the process of setting us free so we can be instruments of His freedom in Jesus. We welcome anyone who wants to know more about Jesus and seeks the joy and freedom He offers in His Word.