BIBLICAL DOCTRINE AND PRACTICES

Repentance
Repentance is the presence and work of the Holy Spirit upon the human heart which is God’s divine plan to restore the human race unto himself. The Holy Spirit is the only one that can bring conviction and conviction leads to repentance. In John 16:7-11 Jesus tells us that it was necessary that he left so that the Comforter (Holy Spirit) would come and that he would reprove (convict) the world of sin, righteousness and judgement. This means that the Holy Spirit would make very clear what sin is, what righteousness is, and what judgment is. To convict means to make a declaration of what is truth or factual. Therefore, working on the human heart, he brings conviction so that mankind would see their hopeless condition outside of Christ and turn to him for salvation. They will understand the difference between the world's standard and God's standard and know that the world's standard is a deviation from God, their Maker's perfect will. 2 Corinthians 7:10, 11 tell us that godly sorrow brings about repentance to salvation, of this salvation is the saving of the soul. This godly sorrow and repentance brings no regret because it brings forth life but the sorrow of the world brings forth death. The godly sorrow that leads to repentance causes the human heart to desire righteousness. The result of repentance is justification, and justification leads to regeneration, also known as being the “born again” experience.

Justification
“Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God” (Romans 5:1, 2). Jesus Christ exhausted all the judgment of God when he was on the cross. In other words, all God’s judgment for sin was laid upon Jesus Christ and therefore those who accept the free gift of salvation through Christ stand justified before God, which means the state of being without offense before God. God’s act of forgiving the sins that one has repented from, declaring the person accepted in a new relationship, is a justification that is by faith in Jesus Christ alone. This simply means that one’s sins are covered by the atoning blood of Jesus Christ and God no longer holds that person accountable for those sins. Because of this, a new life has begun in the person. Romans 5:17-18, “For if by one man's offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.” Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life. New spiritual life, referred to as regeneration, has now begun.

Regeneration / Born Again
Every human being is born “dead in trespasses and sins” because of the fall of man. Adam and Eve, the first human being who were created, sinned against God before the existence of another human being, therefore through them the human race became tainted with sin. This is because all human beings came through Adam and Eve therefore their nature is passed on to every person. Everyone must receive salvation which is through Christ in order to be made anew in him. Ephesians 2:1 tells us, “And you hath he quickened who were dead in trespasses and sins.” The Holy Spirit "quickens" or bring to life (regeneration) the peron who has accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior. Titus 3:5, “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost.” Regeneration or being born again is a new life attained by the person. The righteous seed of Christ is planted inside the person and enables him to live a righteous life. Titus 2:11, 12, “For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world.” We are taught to live a righteous life by the Holy Ghost who resides in us.

Sanctification
Once a person has godly sorrow for his sins, and then repented of his sins, and because of that God has justified his repented heart (declared righteous) because of his faith (believing in the salvation of Jesus Christ) then and only then he will experience regeneration which is the born again experience.  Once he is born again, the believer is sanctified, meaning, he is made pure and holy and will be used for God's purpose. This sanctification spans the entire life of the believer because it is a daily walk as Paul declares in 1 Corinthians 15:31b, "I die daily." The believer is mandated to  "mortify the deeds of the body" through the Spirit (Romans 8:12, 13) and to "Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry" (Colossians 3:5). Repentance, justification, regeneration and sanctification are all definite work of grace. This work of the Holy Ghost is one package and it is instantaneous. As one repents, the Holy Ghost completes the work of salvation and sets the new believer on a path of righteousness. The old Adamic nature is crucified and the believer is cleansed because 2 Corinthians 5:17 says, "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature : old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new." This enables the believer to be free from the dominant rule of sin. Romans 6: 6, 7, 14, “Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. For he that is dead is freed from sin. For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.” 1 Corinthians 6: 11 says, “And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God." The old adamic nature has been dethroned. Second Peter 3:17, 18 further encourages growth in God’s grace and in the knowledge of Jesus Christ: "Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own steadfastness. But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen." The believer has a responsibility to "put off" bad practices, and to "put on" righteous practices. This means that there is a responsibility of the believer to purposely work on living a holy life. Ephesians 4:22– 32 tells us to put off the old man, put on the new man and grieve not the Holy Spirit of God. Whe we are sanctification we are empowered us against sin’s control over our lives. The new believer has a renewed mind and desires to be transformed into the image of Christ (Romans 12:1, 2). He desires to be holy and live a life pleasing to God (2 Corinthians 7:1).

Holiness
God is holy and righteous and he demands that we live a holy and righteous life. This demand is satisfied in our faith in Jesus Christ which automatically credits us with the righteousness of Christ as if we have done the works of righteousness.  In Romans 12: 1, 2, the Apostle Paul says, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God." First Peter 1:14-16, “As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy." What is holiness? Holiness is exhibiting the life of Christ through the power of the Holy Ghost.  Holiness is being able to overcome the habitual life of sin by the sanctifying power of the Holy Ghost. It is being able to live above the ways of the world and to live according to God's righteous standard. God’s sanctifying and cleansing work on the heart of the believer enables this new life to be possible (Romans 6:11-14; 1 Corinthian’s 6:11). In order to live a life of holiness, the believer must maintain an active, passionate and whole-hearted pursuit of Christ. Titus 2:11- 15, “For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee." Hebrews 12:14 says, "Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord." We see in 1 Thessalonians 4:7 that God expects a believer to maintain a holy life: For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness. Second Corinthians 7:1 says, "Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God." As each believer lives a righteous life, the Church on a whole will be righteous. First Peter 2:9, 10 say, "But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light;
Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy." Holiness unto the Lord now and forever.

Baptism with the Holy Ghost and Speaking in Other Tongues
The baptism with the Holy Ghost was of vital importance during the early church and is still vital today for the body of Christ. It is important that we make the Holy Ghost a prt of our lives and of the church of the living God. Jesus spoke these vital words to his disciples just before he was taken up into glory, “And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high” (Luke 24: 49).  The Holy Ghost is the power of God. In Acts 2:1-4, 38, 39 the writer declares, “And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call." From generation to generation every believer in Jesus Christ has the promise of the indwelling of the Holy Ghost as it happened in Jerusalem on the day of Pentecost.  The filling of the Holy Ghost happened in several places in the Book of Acts.  Places such as Samaria where the Samaritans received the Word of God and the filling of the Holy Ghost (Acts (8:14–17); the Gentiles also were filled with the Holy Ghost (Acts 10:44–47); The disciples of John the Baptist also received the indwelling of the Holy Ghost (Acts 19:2–6). This experience of the filling of the Holy Ghost is an experience for all believers after they are saved and sanctified. According to the Word of God, the baptism of the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues is for all believers until the end of time. This proof is found in Acts 2:39 which says, "For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call." When a person receives salvation they are called by God threfore the promise is for them. We are the ones who are "afar off" and those who will be after us.  The moment a believer begins to speak in other tongues is the very moment that that believer is filled with the Holy Ghost. Speaking in other tongues is the evidence that one is baptized with the Holy Ghost. As the baptism of the Holy Ghost was given to the disciples of the early church, so it is being given to all believerw today and Living Waters Church of God, Incorporated teaches that the baptism of the Holy Ghost is necessary and is for all believers today.


Water Baptism
Jesus Christ commanded that water baptism be done throughout all nations (Matthew 28:19). Baptism is the act of being immersed in water which is symbolic of being "buried with him (Christ) by baptism into death (Romans 6:4). This act of water baptism has no power to wash away sins because our sins are cleansed onlu by the shedding of the blood of Jesus Christ but it is an outward presentation to the world that a person has been transformed from the kingdom which is of this world to the kingdom of God through Jesus Christ. It is an answer of a good conscience toward God by the resurrection of Jesus Christ (Peter 3:21). Water baptism represents the death, burial, and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 6:3–5). Baptism is a necessary step because the Lord Jesus Christ gave this command to his disciples and delares the importance of this command in Mark 16:16: “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved but he that believeth not shall be damned.” When the audience who witnessed the movement of the Holy Ghost on the day of Pentecost asked the disciples what they must do, the apostle Peter told them to: “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost” (Acts 2:38). As we continue in the kingdom of God, we must be careful to follow his command. “Then they that gladly received His word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls” (Acts 2:41). We too must follow his command and we will see the advancement of the kingdom of God on earth.

The Lord’s Supper and Feet Washing
Jesus Christ instituted the Lord’s Supper before he left the earth. His instruction to the disciples was that this was to be done as often as they desire which is showing forth their remembrance of him . “And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and said, Take this, and divide it among yourselves: For I say unto you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine, until the kingdom of God shall come. And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, “This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me. Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you" (Luke 22:17-20). In administering the Lord’s Supper, the Church uses unfermented grape juice which is free from alcohol. In St. John 13:4, 5, 12-15, “He riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself. After that he poureth water into a bason, and began to wash the disciples' feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded. So after he had washed their feet, and had taken his garments, and was set down again, he said unto them, Know ye what I have done to you? Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.” Living Waters Church of God, Incorporated teaches that the sacred Lord’s Supper and feet washing is still required by believers today and we will continue to follow the Lord's example and instructions until he returns.


Fruit of the Spirit
The manifestation of the fruit of the Spirit evidence in the life of a believe who is totally committed to God and who pursues God on a daily basis. Galatians 5:22-23, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.” It is impossible for the flesh to produce the fruit of the Spirit. It is not capable to produce the things of the Spirit. According to Galatians 5:19-21, “Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. How does one maintain a holy walk? By walking in the Spirit. Being led of the Spirit of God is vital to the spiritual sustenance of a believer's walk with God.  By walking in the Spirit, meaning, allowing the Holy Spirit to direct one's life, a person will be able to resist the devil "and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh (Galatians 5:16). The Holy Spirit gives the believer the power to live holy.

Gifts of the Spirit
The Holy Spirit distributes various gifts to individuals. The purpose of these gifts according to Ephesians 4:12-14 is "For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive." These gifts operate through believers by the manifestation of the work of the Holy Spirit in the believer (1 Corinthians 12:4–11; Romans 12:4–8; Ephesians 4:7–16). Living Waters Church of God, Incorporated teaches that spiritual gifts exist in the body of Christ and are manifested by the Holy Spirit as it pleases Him. Living Waters Church of God, Incorporated encourages individuals to humbly know and fulfill their calling to Christian service in response to the Spirit’s leading and with the abilities He gives. The gifts of the Spirit are expected to serve to edify the body of Christ in these last days just as those same gifts did in earlier times.

Signs Following Believers
The Lord Jesus Christ gave the body of Christ these divine promises found in Mark 16:17-20, “And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover. So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God. And they went forth, and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.” The Holy Spirit still works miracles today therefore, signs and wonders may manifest through the works and ministries of true believers. Living Waters Church of God, Incorporated believes that signs and wonders will follow believers even today because God promises to validate his word by confirming it with signs and wonders.

Divine Healing
Living Waters Church of God, Incorporated teaches that divine healing and salvation come in the atonement of the precious blood of Jesus Christ. Isaiah 53: 4-5 say, “Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.” Psalms 103: 2-5, “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies; Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle's.” 1 Peter 2:24, “Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.” Proverbs 3:8, “It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.” Jesus showed how important the health of Man is to him by defying the Pharisees' tradition by healing a man with a withered hand on the Sabbath day (Mark 3:1–5); by healing those with diverse diseases (Mark 3: 9–12); and he ordained his 12 disciples and gave them power to heal sicknesses and to cast out devils, cleanse the lepers and to cast out devils (Mark 3:14, 15; Matthew 10:8); The Lord worked special miracles by the hand of Paul in Acts 5:12-16 where signs and wonders were performed and the sick healed. Living Waters Church of God, Incorporated believes that divine healing is accomplished by the power of God without the aid of medicine or surgical skills. In Matthew 8:14–17 the Lord shows us that it is his will to heal mankind and that healing takes place by the power of his Word . Divine healing is absolutely possible and it is the biblical duty of the elders and ministers of the Church to pray for and visit the sick according to James 5:14–15. Healing takes place through faith  (Acts 3:6, 16) and by God’s special mercy (Philippians 2:27). It is God's will that we are well therefore we must continue to pray and lift our faith "unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think  according to the power that worketh in us (Ephesians 3:20). 


Financial Support
Proverbs 3:9, “Honour the Lord with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase.” The scriptures declares that they who preach the Gospel should live, or be supported of the Gospel. It is important that there be no hinderance to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. For a leader to be able to focus fully on the ministry, it is of necessity that the ministry supports the leader so that he or she can focus on the things concerning ministry.  First Corinthians 9:14 says, "Even so hath the Lord ordained that they which preach the gospel should live of the gospel." This is so that a minister of the Gospel do not have the worries and cares of seeking sustenance for his life and family in the secular world so that they can devote much time in seeking God, studying his word, caring for the sheep, etc, where he is not too bogged down or exhausted to carrying on the work of the Lord. Luke 10:7 tells us that "the laborer is worthy of his hire." Giving of offerings is a part of God’s plan to finance His work on earth. 1 Corinthians 16:1–2 says, “Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given order to the churches of Galatia, even so do ye. Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come.” The Apostle Paul is teaching the Corinthians that it is of necessity that financial care be given to those who work in the kingdom of God. The Lord declares that "It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35). Offerings are used for the building up and advancement of the kingdom of God of which we are called to carry out the great commission to go ye into all the world with the Gospel of Jesus Christ (Matthew 28:19).

The Five-Fold Ministry
Living Waters Church of God, Incorporated teaches the importance of the five-fold ministry in the building up of the body of Christ so that it can become perfected, a church "not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing (Ephesians 5:27).  Ephesians 4:4-14 says “There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ. Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men. (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth? He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.) And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive." The five-fold ministry is the engine of the church. It completes the church in that it equips the church to function as the complete body of Christ. With the operation of the five-fold ministry, the work of the Gospel can be further enhanced as we use the tools we are given by the Holy Spirit to maintain the church and to reap the harvest.

Resurrection And Eternal Life For the Righteous
There is life after this earthly life. According to the Word of the Lord there will be a resurrection of the dead where there will be eternal reward.  St. John 3:16 tells us of the incredible love that God has for mankind, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”  The "whosoever" means that any person, regardless of their race, gender, nationality, etc., has the opportunity to receive eternal life in Jesus Christ. The Lord Jesus Christ promises eternal life to those who come unto him. In John 14:6, “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the father, but by me.” Jesus Christ is the one and only way to God the Father. 1 Thessalonians 4: 15, “For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.” Those who die in the Lord and those who are alive and serving Him when He returns will receive the reward of eternal life. Eternal life awaits those who are born again and continue to remain in him.

Eternal Punishment for the Wicked
God is holy and righteous and he is a just God. He told Adam that the day they eat of the forbidden tree that they would die. Sin must be punished. Man disobeyed and therefore sin entered Man's nature and must be punished by death but the great and merciful God made a way of escape so that man can be redeemed from the punishment of sin. God sent his only Son to pay the penalty of sin so that those who put their trust in him will receive his righteousness and be relieved of the punishment and consequence of sin. If he is rejected then Man will bear the punishment of sin himself. Imagine, no one has to be eternally lost. A way is made so that man can be forgiven and live eternally. Christ is the way out. Once a person accepts Christ, their sins are forgiven and there is no need to punish them for sin because sin is no longer in them because they now bear the righteousness of Jesus Christ. He took our place so that we can take his place of righteousness and right standing with God. We have a choice given to us to either choose Christ and live with him eternally or reject him and live in eternal punishment. How we live our lives in this present world determines our eternal destiny. The unconverted and the wicked are doomed to eternal punishment from which there is no escape. There will be no hope of redemption. God is righteous and just and sin must be punshed. Sin was punished in Christ-he took our punishment so we do not have to be punished. Wherever sin is, it will be punished. If there is no sin found in us we will not be punished. If sin is found in a person, that person will be punished. God does not want to punish Man. He wants to punish sin. Whatever is the container of sin, when sin is being punished, the container will feel the punishment of that sin. So if sin is in a person, when sin is being punished, that person will feel the punishment of sin because it is inside of them. To escape punishment, sin has to be removed and there will be no need for punishment. Matthew 25:46, “And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.” It is of vital importance that a person see about their eternal soul. Revelation 21:8, “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.” There is no repentance in the grave. Repentance can only take place while someone is alive on this earth. Giving heed to God is more serious than anything in this world. Second Thessalonians 1:7-9, “And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power.” This is the time of grace where God is gracious and will receive all who come to him. When the period of grace is over then there will be judgment. There is no grace after death for those who have rejected Christ while they were alive. Luke 16:22-25) say, “And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried; And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame. But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented.” A person will be fully conscious of his plight and will remember his life on earth and will know that his punishment is just because of the way he lived his life. Nothing is worht losing one's soul.
 
The Sabbath
The Old Testament Scriptures are filled with types and shadows of Jesus Christ.  He is the substance of all the ordinances that the children of Israel performed. God chose Israel and gave them ordinances that separated them from the rest of the world and that showed that they were God's chosen people. In Genesis 2:2, 3 the Scripture tells us that on the seventh day, God ended His work and blessed that day and sanctified it. One of the ordinances that God gave the children of Israel was to keep the Sabbath. Jesus’ disciples plucked the ears of corn on the Sabbath day and the Pharisees’ condemned them for not keeping the strict observance of the Sabbath (Mark 2:27, 28) but Jesus placed people above the strict ordance of keeping the Sabbath. Jesus declared that he was Lord over the Sabbath. The shedding of Jesus' blood brought about a new dispensation. It brought about a new covenant. This new covenant, or new testament nullified the ordances that were required by the law. The observance of the Sabbath day was not carried over into the Grace Dispensation. Scripture tells us that the law was a schoolmaster that points us to Christ and that he is  the end of the law – Jesus Christ brings grace: "Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster. For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise (Galatians 3:24-29). Jesus Christ fulfilled all the righteousness required of the law and according to Romans 8:2, "
For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death." We are now under the Grace dispensation. In that case, as the Sabbath symbolically signifies a day of rest, and as it being a part of the law that pointed to Christ, Jesus Christ is our spiritual rest and in him we rest from the labor of sin: "There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his. Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief" Hebrews 4:9- 11). When God rested from his creative work of the creation, he had no need to return to work. He had ceased from his work. Keeping the Sabbath is a temprary rest because one has not ceased permanently from his work. He rests on the Sabbath day and then returns to work, then rests, then return to work again and the cycle goes on but in Jesus Christ, he is our rest and we cease from our labor permanently. We are not required to observe the Sabbath therefore we do not observe the Sabbath and esteem one day above the other. Every day is a day of worship. We choose to worship on Sunday, not as observing the Sabbath, but as a day set aside where we meet corporatively to worship God and to be fed by him through the shepherd that he has placed over the local church. Worship on Sunday is appropriate because The Early Church referred to Sunday as “the first day of the week.” "And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them..." (Acts 20:7) and later as “the Lord’s Day” or “Resurrection Day." "The first day of the week cometh Mary Magdalene early, when it was yet dark, unto the sepulchre, and seeth the stone taken away from the sepulchre. Then she runneth, and cometh to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and saith unto them, They have taken away the Lord out of the sepulchre, and we know not where they have laid him" (John 20:1, 2). As Christ's folowers, we are required to keep every day holy rather than just one particular day of the week. Colossians 2:16, “Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holy day, or of the new moon, or of the Sabbath days; Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.” We thank God that we can enter into the rest of Christ and reap the benefit of his labor of love towards us.

The Pre-Millennial Second Coming of Christ
Jesus himself declares in Scriptures that he will come again and receive us unto himself. "In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also (John 14:2, 3). He is coming back to earth again. Acts 1:11 states, “Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.” The return of Christ will be two-fold: his first return will be in mid-air to resurrect those who have died in him and to catch away the saints who are alive. This First Coming of Christ is called the Rapture where both the living and dead who are born again will be quickened and be changed into their new eternal body celestial to meet their Savior in the air. This is so that all who are in Christ can be at the marriage supper of the Lamb. First Thessalonians 4:16, 17 say, “For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.” First Corinthians 15:51-54, “Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.” This coming of Christ is the hope of Christians. Revelation 19:9,  “And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God.” The Second Coming of Christ will be when he returns with the saints whom he had raptured away in the First Coming and they will reign with him on earth for a thousand years. Revelation 20:4, 5, “And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years. But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection."

Smoking and Drugs
As born-again Christians, our bodies are the temple of the Holy Ghost who dwells in us. "What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? (1 Corinthians 6:19). Romans 12:1, 2 also tells us, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” God expects us to honor our bodies and to be good stewards of the body he has given us. Abuse and neglect of our bodies and not a part of God's perfect plan for his people.  Second Corinthians 7:1 says, “Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.” Scripture tells us that in the last days knowledge shall increase. We have a world of information that has opened up our eyes to wisdom beyond what our forefathers have experienced. As God has increased knowledge, it behooves us to take advantage of that knowledge so that we can maximize on our health and service to the King. Anything that is adverse to our wellbeing both emotionally, physically, and otherwide must be monitored to ensure that we are doing our ultimate best to protect our health that God has given to us as a precious gift. First Corinthians 6:19, 20, “What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.” Living Waters Church of God, Incorporated forbids the use of cigarets, tobacco, and marijuana, as well as the use of narcotics or other habit-forming drugs such as cocaine, crack, etc. Addictions is enslavement and when a person looses control to drugs or other substances it brings them into bondage of which Christ has come to set us free. Our bodies God's holy vessels which have been consecrated for his purpose. First Thessalonians 4:4, “That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour.” Being under the influence of the stronghol of addiction does not bring honor to God. It enslaves and bring to ruin sacred lives that Christ has sacrificed his blood to save. First Corinthians 10:31 says, “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.” Losing control to addiction to substances does not bring glory to God, therefore, the child of God must strive, through the power of the Holy Spirit, to present his or her bodies a living sacrifice of self-discipline and holiness unto God. 

Liquor or Strong Drinks
We read of the first incident of drunkeness when Noah got drunk. Proverbs is a book of wisdom written by King Solomon whom God had made the wisest man of his time.  In Proverbs 20:1 the Scripture declares that, “Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.” Many will argue and abuse their freedom in Christ by indulging in things they ought not. Isaiah 28:7, “But they also have erred through wine, and through strong drink are out of the way; the priest and the prophet have erred through strong drink, they are swallowed up of wine, they are out of the way through strong drink; they err in vision, they stumble in judgment.” Alcohol and strong drink can be an entrapment and it is wise to make sure that one does not give place to the devil (Ephesians 4:27). Proverbs 23:20, 21 declare, “Be not among winebibbers; among riotous eaters of flesh: for the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty: and drowsiness shall clothe a man with rags.” Because of these and other biblical texts, Living Waters Church of God, Incorporated teaches abstinence from the use of intoxicating beverages. Scriptural teaching is, “And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit” (Ephesians 5:18). We are also advised “That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour” (1 Thessalonians 4:4).

Foods and Restrictions
God has not placed a food restriction in our Grace dispension period. The restrictions of the Mosaic Law concerning what foods to eat and what foods to avoid were not extended into the Grace Dispensation: "Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ" (Colossians 2:16, 17). “For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.” (Romans 14:17). Living Waters Church of God, Incorporated does not restrict on what any person should eat. First Corinthians 8:8, “But meat commendeth us not to God: for neither, if we eat, are we the better; neither, if we eat not, are we the worse. But take heed lest by any means this liberty of yours become a stumblingblock to them that are weak.” We are at liberty to enjoy food, though we must be careful not to cause offense in others. First Timothy 4:1–5, “Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth. For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving: For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.” The Word of God is true; the Word of God is eternal.