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The True Jesus Church is a non-denominational Christian church that originated in Beijing, China, in 1917. The current elected chairman of the TJC International Assembly is Preacher Yong-Ji Lin.[1] Today, there are approximately 2.5 million members[2] in fifty three countries and six continents. The church was established during the establishment of the Pentecostal movement in China in the early 20th century. This movement started in United States and spread to China during the time of the first Pentecostal revival or, the Azusa Street Revival in Los Angeles led by William J. Seymour in 1906-1908. The church believes in One True God theology.[3] They were also one of the three[4] indigenous Chinese house churches that existed before the Communist Party of China ascension in 1949.[5] The church aims to unite the churches as One Body of Christ and to preach the gospel to all nations before the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.



[edit]The ten main doctrines and beliefs

The Church believes the sacraments must fulfill three requirements according to the Scripture. First, they must have been performed by Jesus Christ himself as an example; second, they must be directly related to our salvation, eternal life, entering the Heavenly Kingdom, and having a part with Jesus. Lastly, they must be of the sacraments which Jesus Christ instructed the disciples to do as well.[6] The ten essential doctrines and beliefs, which True Jesus Church believe in to worship God correctly, are:

1. Holy Spirit: "Receiving the promised Holy Spirit, evidenced by speaking in tongues, is the guarantee of our inheritance of the Kingdom ofHeaven".[7]

2. Baptism: "Water baptism is the sacrament for the remission of sins and for regeneration. The baptism must take place in natural living water, such as the river, sea, or spring. Baptism, along with faith and repentance, is necessary for the forgiveness of sins.[8] The Baptist, who has already received baptism of water and the Holy Spirit, conducts the baptism in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. And the person receiving the baptism must be completely immersed in water with head bowed and face downward".[9]

3. Foot Washing: "The sacrament of washing of feet enables one to have a part with the Lord Jesus. It also serves as a constant reminder that one should have love, holiness, humility, forgiveness and service. Every person who has received water baptism must have their feet washed in the name of Jesus Christ. Mutual feet-washing may be practiced whenever is appropriate".[10]

4. Holy Communion: "The Holy Communion is the sacrament to commemorate the death of the Lord Jesus Christ. It enables us to partake of the fleshand blood of our Lord and to be in communion with Him so that we can have eternal life and be raised on the Last Day. This sacrament shall be held as often as possible. Only one unleavened bread and grape juice shall be used".[11]

5. Sabbath Day: "The Sabbath day, the seventh day of the week (Saturday), is a Holy Day, blessed and sanctified by God. It is to be observed under the Lord's grace for the commemoration of God's creation and salvation and with the hope of eternal rest in the life to come".[12]

6. Jesus Christ: "Jesus Christ, the Word who became flesh, died on the cross for the redemption of sinners, resurrected on the third day and ascended to heaven. He is the only Saviour of mankind, the Creator of the heavens and earth, and the only True God".

The church differs from most Christian denominations in that they do not believe the doctrine of the Trinity—A doctrine affirmed in the city ofNicaea by the First Ecumenical Council, which met there in 325 A.D. They believe in the One True God theology which is similar to the Oneness Pentecostal view of God.[13]

7. The Bible: "The Holy Bible, consisting of the Old and New Testaments, is inspired by God, the only scriptural truth, and the standard for Christian living".

8. Salvation: "Salvation is given by the grace of God through faith. Believers must rely on the Holy Spirit to pursue holiness, to honour God, and to love humanity".

9. The Church: "The True Jesus Church, established by our Lord Jesus Christ, through the Holy Spirit during the time of the 'latter rain', is the restored True Church of the Apostolic time".

10. Second Coming: "The Lord's Second Coming will take place on the Last Day when He descends from heaven to judge the world: the righteous will receive eternal life, while the wicked will be eternally condemned".

This is the latest English version that was adopted during the 9th TJC Delegates Conference in May 2005

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