“And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name Jesus. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: and he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end,” Luke 1:31-33.
The interpretation of these verses draws one of the defining differences between the World Mission Society Church of God and other Christian or Catholic religions.
While most religions do not believe Jesus has returned to earth the Church of God believes he was born in 1918 – Christ Ahnsahnghong.
“We must not just have faith. We need to be like the salt and the light of the world,” said Gaurav Gautam of the World Mission Society Church of God. “It just takes 3 percent of salt to purify the world. To purify it takes 3 percent of salt, so we believe that even if 3 percent of us throughout the world participate that 3 percent can purify the whole world.”
To help spread their beliefs and interpretation of the Bible the Church of God does community service all over the globe. The organization donated over 4,000 hours of their time, which won them the President’s Volunteer Service Award.
“Throughout the whole world our church is actively participating in volunteer activities, so we can spread the word that if we are all like this how much of a greater society we can live in,” said Gautam.
Last year the church, which is a national organization, held a concert in Korea where they raised about $100,000 for areas that have been struck with disaster.
“We’ve been doing street clean-up and volunteering at nursing homes and disaster relief,” said Gautam. “When we raised $100,000 our general pastor went directly to the [United Nations] to give that gift to them.”
To further spread their reach throughout the world they are working to establish an organization at UNC Charlotte. Students interested in finding out more about the Church of God and the university organization can visit www.english.watv.org.