Church of God history
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#1 Aug 2, 2009
In the 1820's in Harrisonburg, Pa., Rev. John Winebrenner and his congregation split from the German Reformed Church, and started the Church of God. The group spread over Pa., Ohio, and Indiana.
Following the Civil War, Daniel S. Warner became a part of thia group. He seperated from the Ohio Eldership over the doctrines of Sanctification (living a HOLY life) He found fellowship in Indiana, but in 1880, seperated from "all man-made forms of church government" His followers later became what are usually referred to as "First Church of God"
Many other groups thruoghout the nation also took up the title "Church of God" (specifically the Pentecostal group from Cleveland, Tennessee.
Locally, Church of God congregations formed at Russells Point, West Liberty, Bellefontaine, Ridgway, and the old Mt. Tabor neighborhood.
There were eventually three congregations in the DeGraff area. Sister Yoder and Brother McDonald were active in those groups
Around 1948, or in the early 50's the old church burned. at about the same time Nolan Bogart came to Mt. Tabor. Ralph Shellenbarger was at Russells Point. Both of these men had VERY strict ideas of personal discipline and life style. Both had issues with the national church leadership. Both urged their congregations to seperate from "Anderson" At the same time there was a split involving Bro. Wilson of Newark, Ohio. This is when Mt. Tabor went it's seperate way from other mainstream "Church of Gods"
In the early 1970's Nolan Bogart personally attacked the ministry of Rev. Tom Smith of the Bellefontaine First Church of God, and attempted to split his congregation. MANY families were divided by this action. MANY hurts are not healed to this day.
Enuff for now.
#2 Aug 2, 2009
In your prior post you said that Mt Tabor was a congergation all on its own. You mentioned also in the prior post that Mt Tabor was affiliated with Possum Rd Church of God and they have been seperated since the 70' cleansing split. Maybe you can learn something as well.
#3 Feb 6, 2011
In the cog they preach and teach so much about "unity" but have such a LONG history of splits and divisions. When one congregation does not believe exactly like another, they are "cut off" from the group, and stop fellowshipping and worshiping together (and have little, if anything to do with each other at all) Their actions do exactly opposite of what they preach along this line.....Just wonder what God thinks when He looks down on the cog mess.....
#4 Feb 6, 2011
Seperate SHB separate.
#5 Feb 6, 2011
I have yet to hear of a denomination that does not have some sort of split at some time, whether it be the church as a whole or a local congregation, it happens all over the place. Many times it's just a large group of people leaving and finding other church homes, not starting their own or splitting the church up. Why point it out just at COG? Why not call them all out if you are so much better than them??
Grace Chapel in West Liberty
Hillcrest in Bellefontaine (more than once over the years)
Rushsylvania Church of Christ
#6 Feb 7, 2011
Why do people misspell cavalry all the time??? Call out their name in time of need, and they ride to the rescue.
#7 Feb 7, 2011
what the hell are you talking about? Cavalry?
#8 Feb 7, 2011
obviously Spel Checker needs a dictionary;
Cavalry is a bunch of guys with guns on horses,
Calvary is a hill in Jerusalem
#9 May 5, 2012
There comes a time when all those that proclaim to be a followers of God need to realize that there will always be some negativity no matter what "Christian Label" or "Church Affiliation" one chooses to represent. Find one perfect church or one perfect religion..there are none. Everyday, we live by faith and not by sight. The moment we take that step outside, we live by God's marvelous grace. We need to stop pointing fingers at faults of others or their affiliation. It is time that the followers of God, need to focus more than ever to work together and practice what is taught to us through God's marvelous words. As long as we continue to bash or put down another person's church, the more we are feeding into the negativity and allowing division to enter. "One Faith, One Word, One God and he is the "Alpha and the Omega". He is the beginning and the end.
"Religion is flawed, because man is flawed".
#10 May 6, 2012
So are you advocating that we should just ignore churches that abuse? Because Mt Tabor Church of God is a ran by a minisrty that abuses its congergants. i don't think its appropriate to ever ignore abuse. Mt Tabor is beyond flawed.
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