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A brief history and description of the Mount Zion Church of God

As a local church, we like to trace our roots in terms of doctrine and beliefs as far back as some brand of early Jewish Christianity, namely some part of the so-called Ebionite or/and Nazarene movement (while we do accept the virgin birth, we do not believe that Scriptures teach the Messiah to be God in whatsoever form). We strongly believe in the relevance, in terms of doctrine and practice, of the Hebrew roots of our faith. We recognize ourselves in the European Radical Reformation, in Anabaptists and martyrs such as Oswald Glaid, Andreas Fisher and Adam Pastor, as well as in nonconformists such as Edward Elwall, an Unitarian Seventh Day Baptist and Gilbert Cranmer, a Biblical Unitarian and the founder of the Church of God (7th Day) in North America.

Mount Zion Church of God is a seventh-day Sabbath-keeping church. We hold to the basics of the Christian faith: salvation through Jesus Christ (the Messiah Yeshua) and by the grace of God, and we remains strongly attached to the Torah, the Hebrew roots of our Messiah's faith. Among other doctrinal beliefs, we believe Jesus Christ to be the Son of God and the Saviour of men. We believe in the divinity of his mission and in the divinity of his doctrines. We believe that the Gospel which he proclaimed came from God; that the knowledge it imparts, the morality it enjoins, the spirit it breathes, the acceptance it provides, the promises it makes, the prospects it exhibits, the rewards it proposes, the punishments it threatens, all proceed from the Great Yehovah. But we do not believe that the Messiah Yeshua (Jesus Christ) is the Supreme God. We believe that, though exalted far above all other created intelligences, he is a being distinct from, inferior to, and dependent upon, the Father Almighty (John 17:3; 1 Corinthians 8:5-6). We observe the seventh-day Sabbath according to Genesis 2:2-3 and Exodus 20:8.

The church observes two ordinances - baptism by immersion and the Lord's supper observed annually at Passover according to the sighting of the crescent new moon as a memorial of Christ's death and resurrection. The eating of unclean meats such as pork and shellfish is discouraged, as well as the use of alcohol, tobacco or illegal drugs. The church also opposes the observance of traditional holidays such as Christmas and Easter because of their pagan roots, and does its utmost to avoid all traditions associated with paganism. We understand that they may be disagreement as to the mandatory practice of the Leviticus chapter 23rd Feast Days, as those Feast Days are to be kept in the context of the Promised Land, of the Temple and cannot be kept properly unless accompanied with sacrifices performed under the levitical priesthood. We equally welcome followers of Christ who choose to celebrate the Feast Days for the spiritual and prophetic values they find attached to them, as well as those who believe there is no absolute obligation to do so. We like to celebrate those Feast Days according to the Aviv barley and the sighting of the New moon in Israel.

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"Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit" (Acts 2:38).

Mount Zion Church of God (7th Day) Winnipeg