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Are we in CG7 dead? Come and see
By Calvin Burrell

Calvin Burrell
The writer is editor of The Bible Advocate, published by the Denver, Colorado–based Church of God (Seventh Day).

HOUSTON, Texas—In his article on seven church eras (The Journal, Feb. 28), Robert Thiel recalls Herbert Armstrong’s teaching that the Church of God (Seventh Day)—CG7, below—fits the description of the Sardis church in Revelation 3:1-6: "essentially dead."

We in the CG7 might answer the charge by debating the point on which Dr. Thiel based it, namely that the CG7 is "moving toward Christmas observance" (The Journal, Dec. 24, 2004).

It will be more fruitful, however, to recognize that the writers of both articles use different criteria from the ones we use for determining the life in a church. Their analysis turned on whether the church "holds fast" to secondary doctrinal points, as taught by Mr. Armstrong. Our evaluation refers more to gospel criteria, like the description of a living church in verses beginning with 1 Peter 2:4.

The CG7 is a Bible-based, Christ-centered, Sabbath-observing group of believers. We have not grown large since our founding in the 1800s, but there are signs of life.

In the U.S.A. and Canada, for example, we serve 200 congregations and 10,000-plus attendees.

Around the globe, our International Ministerial Congress works with national conferences in more than 25 countries representing 200,000 to 300,000 people.

Our Bible Advocate magazine, in its 142nd year, goes to readers in about 90 countries.

Are we dead?

Come and see. We welcome guests to any CG7 congregation. They’re listed on the church’s Web site (, where you can also request a no-cost, no-obligation subscription to The Bible Advocate.

We welcome guests to our biennial convention in Denver, Colo., from July 4 through 9, 2005, and to our conference offices at 330 W. 152nd Ave., Broomfield, Colo. 80233. Call us at (303) 452-7973.

We salute all our brethren in every church, those who love the Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity and truth.


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