God Of The Old Testament

Doctrine Study Project

Sermon Announcing This Web Site:

This sermon, given in Spokane Washington on April 26, 2019, describes how Israel refused to honor God according to His word and was eventually sent off into captivity. Tragically, spiritual Israel in our time has done the same thing. Most of the churches of God have become corporations run by modern Pharisees teaching their own Talmud; they are teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.

The record and explicit warning of scripture is clear. We are not to add to, or take away from, what God has said. We are to point people to God, rather than to man. The most destructive teaching of the Church of God today is that Jesus Christ is the God of the Old Testament. It denies the active personal involvement of God the Father in His creation on the basis that He cannot be in the presence of sin. Replacing God the Father with His Servant is idolatry (Exodus 20:3) and is not something Jesus Christ ever taught or did.

Video Audio 52 minutes

Adding To (And Taking Away)

Mark Mickelson

Sermon on Last Day of Unleavened Bread, Friday, April 26, 2019, in Spokane, Washington

Introduction To The Doctrine Study Project:

W elcome,

This project, with the appendices, was presented to the Chairman of the Doctrine Committee of the Council Of Elders of the United Church of God (UCG) in July of 2017 and was accepted with the confirmation that it met all the required criteria. The presentation of the material was in accordance with the Process For Submitting Doctrinal And Prophecy Papers and also in compliance with the instructions given by the Council Chairman.

The study began three years earlier when, in serving on the Doctrine Committee, I was tasked with assessing a paper regarding events surrounding the return of Jesus Christ. In that study it became evident that understanding the accounts of Jesus Christ prophetically, required understanding the accounts of both God and Jesus Christ historically; the basis on which the project then continued. Various elements of the study were presented to the committee over the next two years with the research necessarily expanding beyond the initial questions that were raised.

In 2017 the administration prepared a sermon for Steve Myers entitled: "Jesus: The God Of The Old Testament?" which laid out seven points addressing the roles of God and Jesus Christ in the Old Testament. The sermon was given and posted on the archives, and subsequently sanctioned by Victor Kubik as the official UCG teaching. Steve's sermon served as the structural basis for the final presentation of this material.

Some of the edit dates of the appendices are shortly after the presentation date but no substantive changes were made. They are the copies retained in my files. The one-page paper (The Most High God Dwells In The Most Holy Place) is different. It was not part of the original project but was addressed to the Doctrine Committee at its final meeting when a ballot was to be taken and a recommendation to the Council made. This paper was in response to arguments by various members of the Council and the administration that UCG be Christ-centered, including the belief that Jesus Christ was the presence in the holy of holies of the temple, and our relationship to Him includes both our worship and our prayers.

The appendices are study papers rather than doctrinal statements and work on the project continues. The material that was presented to the Doctrine Committee, and then the Council, is being provided in its original form in response to many requests and to assist in a more open discussion concerning the record of God and Jesus Christ in scripture taking place.

All verses, unless noted otherwise, are from the NKJ.

Mark Mickelson

Links To The Project Documents

  • Jesus: God of the Old Testament? (Sermon: Steve Myers)
  • Appendices:
    • God And Jesus Christ in Scripture (scriptures)
    • The LORD Of Hosts
    • John's Use Of God (scriptures)
    • God And Jesus In The New Testament (scriptures)
    • The Creator God
    • The Invisible God
    • The Father As LORD (scriptures)
    • The God Of Abraham
    • The Friend Of God
    • The LORD And The Three Men
    • The Burning Bush
    • The Living God
    • The I Am
    • Make Straight The Way Of The LORD
    • The Rock That Followed Them
  • The Most High God Dwells In The Most Holy Place

Progression Of Sermons On Topic:

The following sermons were given over a period of two and a half years. The first one, God (The Father), was included on a CD that was shared with UCG members and was also posted to YouTube. The second one, The Oneness Of God, was printed as an article in the United News. Eventually though, all of these sermons were pulled from public access as not being in compliance with the doctrinal teaching of UCG.

The first Fundamental Belief of UCG (as is listed in the Constitution) states:

We believe in one God, the Father, eternally existing, who is a Spirit, a personal Being of supreme intelligence, knowledge, love, justice, power and authority. He, through Jesus Christ, is the Creator of the heavens and the earth and all that is in them. He is the Source of life and the One for whom human life exists. We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ of Nazareth, who is the Word and who has eternally existed. We believe that He is the Messiah, the Christ, the divine Son of the living God, conceived of the Holy Spirit, born in human flesh of the virgin Mary. We believe that it is by Him that God created all things, and that without Him was not anything made that was made. We believe in the Holy Spirit as the Spirit of God and of Christ. The Holy Spirit is the power of God and the Spirit of life eternal.

This statement was overwhelmingly ratified by the elders of UCG in 1995, including myself, and is biblically accurate. It states that the one God is the Father and He is the Creator and the living God. All other descriptions and commentary regarding the first Fundamental Belief were added at a later date and were not ratified by the General Conference of Elders.

None of these sermons are in conflict with the first Fundamental Belief as it is recorded in the Constitution. Some of them are in conflict with various long-held customs and traditions. Page four of UCG's Fundamental Belief booklet states the one God is the Father and page five states the one God is the Father and the Son. It cannot be both.

These sermons are offered as an archive in the form they were given. Growth in understanding is a process and no sermon, or any of man's instruments, can be considered the final word.

Video Audio 35 minutes

Blessed Is He Who Comes In The Name Of The LORD

By Mark Mickelson

Sermon on Saturday, May 13, 2017, in Spokane, Washington

Judgement, mercy, and faith is the process we move through as we learn to look to God fully. These concepts are taught in the Old Testament as well as the new. Our response to Christ's sacrifice should be to do our very best to live as God would have us to do.

Video Audio 49 minutes

Our Redemption

By Mark Mickelson

Sermon on Saturday, April 08, 2017, in Spokane, Washington

We have earned the death penalty, and have no way of paying that penalty ourselves. The Father redeemed us with the sacrifice of Christ's life. With our sins forgiven, we're freed from the bondage of sin and are free to serve God.

Video Audio 33 minutes

Remember Your Creator

By Mark Mickelson

Sermon on Saturday, March 04, 2017, in Spokane, Washington

The word "creator" is only used a few times in scripture. We are admonished to "Remember our Creator", so we need to know Who it is we are to remember.

Video Audio 50 minutes

Sons Of The Living God

By Mark Mickelson

Sermon on Saturday, February 18, 2017, in Kennewick, Washington

Our Heavenly Father is referred to in both the Old and New Testaments as "The Living God". We are his sons and daughters, and He, as our Father, is intimately involved in our lives.

Video Audio 54 minutes

The God Of Abraham

By Mark Mickelson

Sermon on Saturday, November 12, 2016, in Spokane, Washington

The New Testament contains many quotes from the Old Testament, which are then expounded upon and clarified. Our knowledge of God and Christ can grow if we look up the Old Testament references given in the New and see what the entire passage says. Abraham knew God; we need to as well.

Video Audio 46 minutes

The Ekklesia Of God

By Mark Mickelson

Sermon on Saturday, September 17, 2016, in Spokane, Washington

Misunderstandings often exist because of the way the word "Ekklesia" is translated in scripture. Translating that word as "church" causes people to think of a physical entity instead of a spiritual entity, while translating "ekklesia" as "assembly" would more accurately communicate. Several places in the Bible are examined where our understanding can be skewed because of the incorrect use of "church" rather than "assembly".

Video Audio 49 minutes

Fear Kills

By Mark Mickelson

Sermon on Saturday, September 10, 2016, in Spokane, Washington

Fear opposes love. If we live life with a positive expectation, we'll be healthier physically and spiritually. Fear will suffocate us, love will liberate us - we must choose love.

Video Audio 44 minutes

Like Father, Like Son

By Mark Mickelson

Sermon on Saturday, July 18, 2015, in Spokane, Washington

God the Father and Jesus Christ are each identified as Savior, King, Redeemer, and Rock. We must take care to correctly understand which person each scriptural reference applies to.

Video Audio 40 minutes

The Word

By Mark Mickelson

Sermon on Saturday, April 25, 2015, in Kennewick, Washington

The only true God (John:17:3) and the Word work together as one in perfect unity. They have always worked together that way and they will continue forever in that relationship. The Supreme God, the Father, is our savior. His Son, Jesus Christ, is also our savior as well. They are each referenced repeatedly throughout the bible in context of working and being together in unity as one.

Audio 44 minutes

The Servant

By Mark Mickelson

Sermon on Saturday, March 14, 2015, in Spokane, Washington

Jesus Christ was the Rock that led Israel to appear before God. Christ worships God through His service and sacrifice and following His lead we also worship God the Father through our service and sacrifice.

Video Audio 55 minutes

The LORD Of Hosts

By Mark Mickelson

Sermon on Saturday, March 07, 2015, in Kennewick, Washington

"The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the God of our fathers" (Acts:3:13) is the same Supreme God and Father of Jesus Christ.

Video Audio 57 minutes

The Word And The God

By Mark Mickelson

Sermon on Saturday, February 28, 2015, in Spokane, Washington

Adds to our scriptural understanding of the relationship of God, our Father, "of whom are all things" with Jesus Christ, our Lord and Brother, "through whom are all things" along with further clarification of John:1:1 and makes distinction between specific non-interchangeable names and descriptions of God the Father and the Word.

Video Audio 38 minutes

The Oneness Of God

By Mark Mickelson

Sermon on Saturday, January 10, 2015, in Kennewick, Washington

God and Christ are one in a way that is hard for us to even image. We are supposed to draw nearer to God in such a way that we can actually partake of that oneness. As we drink in of God's spirit and do His will more fully, we'll begin to be part of that oneness.

Video Audio 36 minutes

God (The Father)

By Mark Mickelson

Sermon on Saturday, December 13, 2014, in Kennewick, Washington

We live in a society that tends to diminish the role of God the Father in salvation and that can impact our perspective as well. As the Assembly called by the Father, we must recognize Him as supreme, and also recognize the role He plays in our spiritual lives today

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