The Church of God of Abrahamic Faith
The Church of God of the Abrahamic Faith (COGAF) is a religious group that is closely linked with the Christadelphians. The group first came into existence in the 1860's, when fourteen "obedient ones," as they termed themselves, established a congregation in Cleveland, Ohio. This initial body of believers came into existence under the leadership of Mark Allen, originally from Woburn, Massachusetts. Allen had previously spent some time in Geneva, Illinois working with Benjamin Wilson, who was baptized by Christadelphian founder John Thomas.

Wilson was the founder of the Church of God of the Abrahamic Faith Oregon Conference, which was based in Oregon, Illinois (Today this group is known as the Church of God General Conference and is based in Atlanta, Georgia). Allen's group, while having the same name and believing many of the same doctrines, evolved into a separate group and has no affiliation with the COGAF Oregon Conference. The COGAF congregation based in Cleveland, after much discussion and examination of the scriptures, decided not to embrace the doctrine of a literal devil, a universal resurrection, and decided to practice membership communion. The Oregon Conference did not crystalize their thinking on many issues, leaving them open to individual churches whereas Cleveland did.

By 1888 the same beliefs held by the Cleveland congregation were shared by two other churches. Today, there are eight churches that hold to the same fundamental teachings referred to previously. They are located in: Unionville, Salem, and Chesterland, Ohio; Gainesville, Miami and Flagler Beach, Florida; Perryville, Kentucky; and Roll, Indiana. Presently, members of this section of Church of God of the Abrahamic Faith number around four hundred.

Although the Christadelphians and COGAF community hold fast to many of the same doctrines, contact between the two groups has been limited until recently. Talks are currently being undertaken to discuss and resolve the small differences between this community of believers in the Faith of Abraham and the Christadelphian community.

The Church of God of the Abrahamic Faith, much like the Christadelphians, seeks to return to the basic principles and doctrines of the first century church. They perceive that Christianity has been changed dramatically since the death of the Apostles, and believe that the Bible is the only true source of inspired revelation. As a result, both COGAF and Christadelphians place a heavy emphasis on Bible study and understanding . They believe that only through a complete understanding of God and His purpose will one find the path to eternal salvation.

"Now this is eternal life, that they may know thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom thou hast sent." John 17:3


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