2012 Church of God Resolution on Immigration

WHEREAS, the church’s interaction and dialogue with the laws and policies of the nations of the world must be founded on the Word of the Lord, and the earliest Scriptures reveal that every human being is created in the image and likeness of God (Genesis 1:26, 27; 5:1); and,

WHEREAS, Abraham, Sarah, and the patriarchs “sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country” (Hebrews 11:9); “confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth” (v. 13); and “when they went from one nation to another, from one kingdom to another people, God permitted no one to do them wrong; yes, He rebuked kings for their sakes, saying, ‘Do not touch My anointed ones, and do My prophets no harm’” (Psalm 105:13-15, NKJV); and,

WHEREAS, when Joseph was sold into a foreign country as a slave, God himself providentially directed so that: “The king sent and released him, the ruler of the people let him go free. He made him lord of his house, and ruler of all his possessions, to bind his princes at his pleasure, and teach his elders wisdom” (Psalm 105:20-22, NKJV); and,

WHEREAS, when God led His people of Israel out of Egypt, He specifically instructed them: that they were never to forget that they had been strangers in Egypt (Exodus 22:21; Leviticus 19:33, 34); that God “loves the stranger, giving him food and clothing”; and said to His redeemed children, “Therefore love the stranger” (Deuteronomy 10:18, 19); and,

WHEREAS, the Word of truth reveals that the deliverance of the Israelites out of the bondage of Egypt was a foreshadowing of the redemption of believers today out of the bondage of sin (1 Corinthians 10:1-11); and,

WHEREAS, the family of Jesus sought sanctuary in the foreign nation of Egypt when Herod determined to kill the child who was born to be the Christ (Matthew 2), and Jesus revealed that He will judge His brothers and sisters by his words, “I was a stranger, and you took me in,” and, “inasmuch as you have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, you have done it unto me” (Matthew 25:35, 40);

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT, the Church of God reaffirms its commitment to the following principles of a just process for immigration: “that immigrants be treated with respect and mercy by churches; that governments develop structures that safeguard and monitor national borders with efficiency and respect for human dignity; that governments establish more functional legal mechanisms for the annual entry of a reasonable number of immigrant workers and families; that governments recognize the central importance of the family in society by reconsidering the number and categories of visas available for family reunification; that governments establish a sound, equitable process toward earned legal status for currently undocumented immigrants; that governments legislate fair labor and civil laws for all; and that immigration enforcement be conducted in ways that recognize the importance of due process of law” (from Memo on “Immigration Concerns,” April 30, 2010).

1990 Church of God Resolution on Immigration

BECAUSE OF social, political, and economic circumstances, people from various parts of the world are immigrating in unprecedented numbers. These immigrants provide an evangelistic and discipleship challenge which must be recognized. This is an opportunity for the church to exemplify love and compassion as the gospel is ministered to these newcomers.

THEREFORE WE RESOLVE

To receive these new arrivals with open fellowship, regardless of nationality, race, social or economic status

To create an awareness among the constituents of the Church of God of the needs of these immigrants, both physical and spiritual

To develop a liaison between sending and receiving countries, thus building bonds of respect and trust

To recognize the leaders among the immigrants and to disci-ple others to work within their own cultural group

To make existing buildings available for more than one lan-guage group

To pursue a vigorous emphasis of planting churches by every means possible

To recognize cultural differences and to allow for expressions of worship in the tradition of the immigrants

To weld the international church together by providing a systematic process for transfer of members from one country to another

To give ourselves to prayer, diligent research, and witnessing, to reap this great harvest during this last decade of the 20th century (63rd A., 1990, pp. 66, 67).

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100 thoughts on “2012 Church of God Resolution on Immigration

  1. Terry Wiles says:

    Interesting. Virtually no discussion left about the primary question, “Is the god of Islam the same God?” Would be interesting to resurrect the discussion. Many are being influenced by the politically correct group. It’s time to develop a reasoned response. Perhaps there is something written with an intelligent defense.

  2. Jack Green says:

    Pope’s remarks to the latter recognized that Muslims “worship the one living and merciful God, and call upon him in prayer.” In this he echoed the 1964 dogmatic constitution Lumen Gentium, which gave a nod to “the Mohammedans, who, professing to hold the faith of Abraham, along with us adore the one and merciful God, who on the last day will judge mankind.” Now, both Lumen Gentium 16 and Pope Francis’s words have a pastoral rather than doctrinal purpose. http://www.catholic.com/blog/todd-aglialoro/christians-muslims-and-the-one-god

  3. John Ruffle says:

    “Hippy / new age values meeting the real world.. only the love of Jesus will overcome. I’m having a hard time with refugees who have such anger and a spirit if entitlement – let alone thise bent on destroying the west … but I don’t know if that’s the media worthy outbreaks only or typical. Don’t see much humility also – it’s only the ones with money or connections or with illegal means that make it. Personally I see it as a 5th columnb of Islamic infiltration. I’ve not heard the pope suggest that, although he has said “”world war III”” .

    NO EASY ASNSWERS. TIME FOR SERIOUS PRAYERCABD DEVOTION TO GOD andvm wait his orders.”

  4. Alan Lavine says:

    The ghosts of the 1990s have returned to confront Hillary Clinton, released from the vault by Donald Trump and revved up by a 21st-century version of the scandal machine that almost destroyed her husband’s presidency. This is a moment that her campaign has long expected. What remains to be seen is whether a reminder of allegations of sexual impropriety against Bill Clinton — which were deemed to have varying levels of credibility when they were first aired — can gain new traction in a different context https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/the-bill-clinton-scandal-machine-revs-up-and-takes-aim-at-his-wife/2016/01/06/a08cf550-b4be-11e5-a76a-0b5145e8679a_story.html?wpisrc=nl_az_most

  5. Brent Welke says:

    Dunno. I think the people will think having a male nymphomaniac loose in their White House as cringeworthy. Nixon taught us it’s not the crime, but the coverup. Hillary’s enabling of Bill will not resonate in tandem with her pro-woman rhetoric.

  6. Ricky Grimsley says:

    No doubt america is in trouble. A good percentage of people actually think hillary is great. Its delusional. Perhaps the “strong delusion” is here. Lol

  7. Jammie Singer says:

    Wanted to spark discussion on this very central 21st century, but seems like not much interest. Where do you think these refugees will go after they reach their final destination in Western Europe?

  8. John Ruffle says:

    The article us not too clear to my dull head. “Houston, we have a (massive!) problem!” The thing is; Islam is intent on world domination. It is planting millions of followers of a false Christ right within the borders of the “free” world. Once the balance of power shifts toward the possibility if an Islamic state in the west, there is already a sleeping army if millions of families ready to swear allegiance in a split second of time. The question is, which western nation will be the first one to fall? I suspect the devil will wait until it can become a dominio effect and too late to take remedial action. By 2030, USA and Europe could easily by Moslem.

  9. Jammie Singer says:

    Wanted to spark discussion on this very central 21st century, but seems like not much interest. Where do you think these refugees will go after they reach their final destination in Western Europe?

  10. John Ruffle says:

    The article us not too clear to my dull head. “Houston, we have a (massive!) problem!” The thing is; Islam is intent on world domination. It is planting millions of followers of a false Christ right within the borders of the “free” world. Once the balance of power shifts toward the possibility if an Islamic state in the west, there is already a sleeping army if millions of families ready to swear allegiance in a split second of time. The question is, which western nation will be the first one to fall? I suspect the devil will wait until it can become a dominio effect and too late to take remedial action. By 2030, USA and Europe could easily by Moslem.

  11. Jammie Singer says:

    Hope you didn’t just get this from google. I see they do have a great Lutheran refugee resource page http:–lirs.org- Do Anglicans have a similar resource page as well? William DeArteaga

  12. Jammie Singer says:

    Hope you didn’t just get this from google. I see they do have a great Lutheran refugee resource page http:–lirs.org- Do Anglicans have a similar resource page as well? William DeArteaga

  13. Jammie Singer says:

    For the lack of other voices, though not a complete solution, the following practical steps are much more Christ like and suitable to the situation than a theoretical assimilation, which may prove to be nothing more than a 21st century crusade

  14. Jammie Singer says:

    noticing that both organizations are based in the U.S. – how do they effectively work in EU or are they just non-profit fund raisers with a commonwealth purpose? Volk my original question was about actual organizations that are helping refugees in EU right now – not just raising funds in another country about it; there’s but a few that I have found and even less of them are actually church related. May be Volk can point us to a Lutheran one

  15. Jammie Singer says:

    For the lack of other voices, though not a complete solution, the following practical steps are much more Christ like and suitable to the situation than a theoretical assimilation, which may prove to be nothing more than a 21st century crusade

  16. Jammie Singer says:

    noticing that both organizations are based in the U.S. – how do they effectively work in EU or are they just non-profit fund raisers with a commonwealth purpose? Volk my original question was about actual organizations that are helping refugees in EU right now – not just raising funds in another country about it; there’s but a few that I have found and even less of them are actually church related. May be Volk can point us to a Lutheran one

  17. Jammie Singer says:

    Hope you didn’t just get this from google. I see they do have a great Lutheran refugee resource page—Do Anglicans have a similar resource page as well? William DeArteaga

  18. Jammie Singer says:

    Hope you didn’t just get this from google. I see they do have a great Lutheran refugee resource page—Do Anglicans have a similar resource page as well? William DeArteaga

  19. John Ruffle says:

    “Hippy / new age values meeting the real world.. only the love of Jesus will overcome. I’m having a hard time with refugees who have such anger and a spirit if entitlement – let alone thise bent on destroying the west … but I don’t know if that’s the media worthy outbreaks only or typical. Don’t see much humility also – it’s only the ones with money or connections or with illegal means that make it. Personally I see it as a 5th columnb of Islamic infiltration. I’ve not heard the pope suggest that, although he has said “”world war III”” .

    NO EASY ASNSWERS. TIME FOR SERIOUS PRAYERCABD DEVOTION TO GOD andvm wait his orders.”

  20. Brent Welke says:

    Dunno. I think the people will think having a male nymphomaniac loose in their White House as cringeworthy. Nixon taught us it’s not the crime, but the coverup. Hillary’s enabling of Bill will not resonate in tandem with her pro-woman rhetoric.

  21. Alan Lavine says:

    The ghosts of the 1990s have returned to confront Hillary Clinton, released from the vault by Donald Trump and revved up by a 21st-century version of the scandal machine that almost destroyed her husband’s presidency. This is a moment that her campaign has long expected. What remains to be seen is whether a reminder of allegations of sexual impropriety against Bill Clinton — which were deemed to have varying levels of credibility when they were first aired — can gain new traction in a different context https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/the-bill-clinton-scandal-machine-revs-up-and-takes-aim-at-his-wife/2016/01/06/a08cf550-b4be-11e5-a76a-0b5145e8679a_story.html?wpisrc=nl_az_most

  22. Ricky Grimsley says:

    No doubt america is in trouble. A good percentage of people actually think hillary is great. Its delusional. Perhaps the “strong delusion” is here. Lol

  23. Carlos Aliante Smithera says:

    Yea yea yea… the biased liberal news media will squash this story too. Bury it beneath all the GOP trash and other world problems.

  24. Carlos Aliante Smithera says:

    Yea yea yea… the biased liberal news media will squash this story too. Bury it beneath all the GOP trash and other world problems.

  25. Terry Wiles says:

    Interesting. Virtually no discussion left about the primary question, “Is the god of Islam the same God?” Would be interesting to resurrect the discussion. Many are being influenced by the politically correct group. It’s time to develop a reasoned response. Perhaps there is something written with an intelligent defense.

  26. Jack Green says:

    Pope’s remarks to the latter recognized that Muslims “worship the one living and merciful God, and call upon him in prayer.” In this he echoed the 1964 dogmatic constitution Lumen Gentium, which gave a nod to “the Mohammedans, who, professing to hold the faith of Abraham, along with us adore the one and merciful God, who on the last day will judge mankind.” Now, both Lumen Gentium 16 and Pope Francis’s words have a pastoral rather than doctrinal purpose. http://www.catholic.com/blog/todd-aglialoro/christians-muslims-and-the-one-god

  27. Jammie Singer says:

    “Franklin Graham on Trump: as reported by the Washington Post.

    Franklin Graham

    Public Figure · 3,118,991 Likes · December 9, 2015 at 8:52am ·

    For some time I have been saying that Muslim immigration into the United States should be stopped until we can properly vet them or until the war with Islam is over. Donald J. Trump has been criticized by some for saying something similar. The new Speaker of the House Paul Ryan said yesterday that he disagrees—saying that “such views are not what this party stands for and more importantly it’s not what this country stands for.” Politicians in Washington seem to be totally disconnected with reality.

    Research shows that there are 2.75 million Muslims living in the U.S. According to a poll commissioned by the Center for Security Policy, 51% of Muslims living in America believe “Muslims in America should have the choice of being governed according to sharia” (Islamic law) instead of the U.S. Constitution. 29% agree that violence against those who insult Mohammad is acceptable, and 25% agree that violence against America can be justified as part of global jihad. Among males under the age of 45, that number rises to 36%. And 29% of males under 45 believe that violence against America is justified in order to make Sharia the law of the land. This is frightening.

    Our politicians are not listening to the truth—my prayer is that God will open their eyes. This affects our security and the future of our nation. If you agree, email your Congressman or Senator today, and SHARE this with others (be sure to copy & paste this text when sharing).”

  28. Jammie Singer says:

    “Franklin Graham on Trump: as reported by the Washington Post.

    Franklin Graham

    Public Figure · 3,118,991 Likes · December 9, 2015 at 8:52am ·

    For some time I have been saying that Muslim immigration into the United States should be stopped until we can properly vet them or until the war with Islam is over. Donald J. Trump has been criticized by some for saying something similar. The new Speaker of the House Paul Ryan said yesterday that he disagrees—saying that “such views are not what this party stands for and more importantly it’s not what this country stands for.” Politicians in Washington seem to be totally disconnected with reality.

    Research shows that there are 2.75 million Muslims living in the U.S. According to a poll commissioned by the Center for Security Policy, 51% of Muslims living in America believe “Muslims in America should have the choice of being governed according to sharia” (Islamic law) instead of the U.S. Constitution. 29% agree that violence against those who insult Mohammad is acceptable, and 25% agree that violence against America can be justified as part of global jihad. Among males under the age of 45, that number rises to 36%. And 29% of males under 45 believe that violence against America is justified in order to make Sharia the law of the land. This is frightening.

    Our politicians are not listening to the truth—my prayer is that God will open their eyes. This affects our security and the future of our nation. If you agree, email your Congressman or Senator today, and SHARE this with others (be sure to copy & paste this text when sharing).”

  29. Charles Page says:

    It seems to me that the COG is concerned about keeping it’s liberal constituents who presently protest the current administrative extreme vetting rules. This liberal element within the COG is growing vocal and the church is attempting to silence the vocal conservatives from addressing this liberal crowd.

  30. Charles Page Charles Page says:

    It seems to me that the COG is concerned about keeping it’s liberal constituents who presently protest the current administrative extreme vetting rules. This liberal element within the COG is growing vocal and the church is attempting to silence the vocal conservatives from addressing this liberal crowd.

  31. THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT, the Church of God reaffirms its commitment to the following principles of a just process for immigration: “that immigrants be treated with respect and mercy by churches; that governments develop structures that safeguard and monitor national borders with efficiency and respect for human dignity; that governments establish more functional legal mechanisms for the annual entry of a reasonable number of immigrant workers and families; that governments recognize the central importance of the family in society by reconsidering the number and categories of visas available for family reunification; that governments establish a sound, equitable process toward earned legal status for currently undocumented immigrants; that governments legislate fair labor and civil laws for all; and that immigration enforcement be conducted in ways that recognize the importance of due process of law” (from Memo on “Immigration Concerns,” April 30, 2010). How are you resolving for the government. Aren’t you supposed to submit to governmental authority? Take that COG money and love the immagrants if you want but support the USA. Are you little here but big overseas? Is that the real issue? You want more of your constituents flooding in here. We already have a crisis on our hands with out a denomination making resolutions.

    1. It is part of the church’s prophetic role to speak truth to power. The prophets always preached to the kings. Submitting to the government is not our only responsibility to the government. The church is the conscience of the larger society and must raise the alarm when governments violate God’s standards.

    2. Daniel Blaylock long live Homer Tomlinson king of the world. We are to preach the Gospel and remember the poor. This world is not our kingdom. We are not making it better for Jesus. We are not called to shape society. We are to submit to God’s plan and move humbly through the history He has ordered.

    3. Our Cog Our Cog says:

      Nov. 26, 1908 Cleveland. During my sermon I broke down and went to crying, and the Holy Ghost caught up Homer, my own son, and he went to preaching in tongues until he and I and others fell under deep groans and weeping and praying. This continued for some length of time, which was really demonstrating the last part of my text, but after while I was able to finish my sermon and close the meeting. http://ourcog.org/a-j-tomlinson-speaking-in-tongues-in-1907-church-of-god-of-prophecy-cleveland-tn/

  32. Dale Endres Dale Endres says:

    Should a CoG knowingly recieve and allow for “illegal immigrants” to seek refuge, or offer aid and comfort to said immigrants? Should facilities be offered to congregations for the purposes of worship and evangelism, which may harbor or facilitate illegal immigration, in the course of their ministries? While this may not be know initially, it may be eventually discovered, what would be the proper response? It may be discovered that the legitimate congregation is itself unaware of “illegals” among them, but becoming aware, should they be forced to disclose that to a host church? Our Biblical mandate is to love all and attempt to evangelize the world. While should not hesitate to take a stand against crime and criminal activity among us, the immigration issue seems to bring us to an impasse in this country. Our COG resolutions would most likely vary from country to country, because of much tougher policies in foreign nations.
    These are not hypothetical situations, I faced some of these issues, but for the most part they did work themselves out.

    1. I am unaware of any law that says my church may not allow an illegal immigrant to attend a worship service, prayer meeting, or Bible study.

      If ICE won’t start preaching revivals, I won’t start checking immigration records!

  33. A lot of flowery language and probably necessary for our public stance. I would like to know what our leadership asks the local pastor to do when:

    1. Someone is in the local church and admits to being in the country illegally.
    2. Asks for sanctuary.
    3. We are questioned about an attendee by a govt. official/police etc.
    4. We come to the knowledge that a congregation member employs illegal aliens.

    I know how I am but it would help to understand COGs official policy.

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