Doctrine and Polity Committee Releases Latest Paper

Members of the Church of God Doctrine and Polity (D&P) Committee have released the latest from their research on contemporary cultural topics. The paper, entitled, “Perils of the Hyper-Grace Movement,” was written by Dr. David Han, dean at the Pentecostal Theological Seminary and a member of the D&P Committee.

The paper is the eighth in the series and the first released since July 2018 when the controversial topic of same-sex marriage was addressed. Past topics have included defense of the denomination’s stance on total abstinence from beer, wine, and liquors, a commentary on observance of the Sabbath, and addressing the question of “Why Church?” Other topics have included human cremation, a commentary on Spirit-filled worship, and Speaking in Tongues.

The papers are located on the Church of God website ( under the BELIEFS tab on the home page. They are also available in Spanish at the site.

The Doctrine and Polity Committee was founded in the early 1990s and exists to routinely examine the belief statements, doctrines, and polity in place within the structure of the denomination. The group considers amendments reflective of modern culture and offers recommendations for modifications employing extensive biblical research. Certain members also respond to inquiries of theological and doctrinal nature that regularly come in to the International Offices.

Serving alongside Han are Lee Roy Martin, a professor at the Pentecostal Theological Seminary (PTS), Dr. Jerald Daffe and Dr. Terry Cross, professors of religion at Lee University. Others include, PTS professors Dr. French Arrington and Dr. Steven Land, and Dr. Victor Pagan, retired leader with Church of God World Missions. Second Assistant General Overseer Dr. J. David Stephens serves as executive liaison.

To read the document “The Perils of the Hyper-Grace Movement,” in its entirety, including endnotes, and to read previous papers, please visit and click on BELIEFS.

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