The International Assembly’s
Truth Research Committee:
2010 and 2011 Resolutions
The International Assembly’s Truth
Research Committee (TRC) comprises elders, deacons and preachers of the True
Jesus Church, as nominated by the general assemblies of various countries as
well as the International Assembly (IA) of the True Jesus Church. This
committee was established to study and affirm the truth of the Bible under the
guidance of the Holy Spirit, and in so doing, build up the common faith of the
The TRC meetings are held
annually, and its resolutions are endorsed at the World Delegates Conference(WDC).
The WDC held in Taiwan from March
27 to 28, 2011 has endorsed the following TRC resolutions. By publishing these
resolutions in MANNA, it is our hope that our readers can have a clearer
understanding of the matters discussed by this committee, and that the TRC
resolutions can serve as guiding principles in their life of faith.
1: Biblical Theological Research—Discussion on
To integrate the conclusion in the 5th, 6th, and 7th
points. The amendment of the resolutions is as follows:
5. The purpose for God to bind Satan for a thousand years is “to keep
him from deceiving the nations”; “deceiving the nations” refers to the Great Tribulation
and great battle leading to the end of the world.
6. The thousand years in which Satan is bound and the spiritual
millennial kingdom coincide with the same period when the True Jesus Church
reigns with Christ for a thousand years, starting
from the advent of the True Church in the end time.
7. The following great events will occur at the end of the 1000 years:
(1) Satan will be released and
the greatest persecution and battle will occur.
(2) Satan will be thrown into the
lake of fire and then the great final judgment will begin.
2: Research on the Book of Romans.
The following is the resolution regarding God’s omniscience and the issue
concerning whether Satan is self-existent. Other issues will be discussed upon
submission of research papers.
God is omniscient, omnipotent,
omnipresent, and the only self-existent true God, apart from Him, there is no
God’s omniscience, omnipotence and
omnipresence are absolute, therefore even before the creation, He already knew
all of man’s choices and eventualities.
The above common understanding is
passed by the IA TRC. Differing views must not be discussed at any occasion
other than the Truth Research Meeting. (Isa 41:4; 45:5,18; 48:3,8; Jer
32:17,27; Gen 15:13–16; Deut 31:16; Ps 139; Lk 22:31–34; Jn 1:18–19)
3: To re-discuss a previous resolution: “Biblical
truth is once for all delivered, but gradually becomes evident”
1. To amend 2005 Resolution to: “The
Truth of Salvation is once for all delivered to the saints; it will not change,
and it is only through the Holy Spirit that man is guided into all truth”.
(Jude 3, Jn 16:12–13)
2. The truth that God wants to give us is entirely given in the Bible,
and it does not change. The church’s understanding of truth is through the Holy
Spirit’s revelation. (1 Cor 2:10)
4: Building up the body of Christ by fulfilling
The church must build up the body of Christ by fulfilling our respective
ministries, in accordance with the following seven principles:
Sound policy for ministry of preachers
Establish policy of church governance by elders
and deacons (as agreed in previous TRC)
Sound organization for various church
ministries: match gift to function (organizational implementation)
Follow the principle of self-sufficiency,
self-sustenance and self-propagation in the establishment and management of
The organization of general assemblies or
coordination boards should not go beyond the teachings of the Bible and
governance should be based on the spiritual principle of theodemocracy.
The truth of the Bible should be implemented in
the church, the role of the general assemblies is like that of Paul in Antioch,
the International Assembly should function like the apostles and elders in
Jerusalem, leading the global church in unity of truth and uniformity of
organization, thus achieving complete oneness in the Lord.
Every general assembly should promptly draw up
proper organizational by-laws and management principles in accordance to
biblical truth. The International Assembly shall be responsible for setting up
churches and coordination boards in places without general assemblies.
WDC Resolution: The seven
principles have been passed. TRC members to come up with a brief definition for
the meaning of “spiritual principle of theodemocracy”
5: Should preachers be ordained as elders?
Preachers who fulfill the requirements of an overseer can be ordained as
elders (to be decided according to the needs of the respective GA)
6: The prerequisite for the formation of a choir
and for its members in the view of the Bible
choir serves, exalts, gives thanks and praises God.
members shall possess the following spiritual prerequisites:
living, in order to have God’s abidance (2 Chr 20:21; Ps 29:2)
Pure motive for joining the choir (1 Cor
10:31)—singing with grace from the heart (Col 3:16)
Since choir presentation is a form of holy work,
choir members must in principle be members of TJC. Exceptional cases can be
decided upon by the local church council.
7: To standardize the English version of the Bible
articles and publications: New King James Version required
On the pulpit: New King James Version strongly
For personal study, avoid the following:
(1) The Living Bible/New Living
(2) Good News Bible/Today’s English Version
(3) New International Version
(4) The Message
(5) New English Bible
1: When performing footwashing, the administering
minister girds himself with a towel, then pours water to wash the feet of the
newly baptized. The execution of and view on “girding” differs among the GAs
around the world.
Regarding ‘having a part with Christ’ in the footwashing sacrament: The
efficacy of this occurs when the feet are washed in the name of Jesus. The
minister should emulate the servant image of Jesus during the footwashing
sacrament. As for the act of girding the waist with a towel, this can be adapted
according to local conditions.
2: Can a member remarry and carry on the ministry
work if he/she has divorced before believing in Christ?
to baptism, one must carefully review one’s marital status. After baptism, one
must continue in pursuit of being a new creation (1 Cor 5:17, Eph 4:20–24)
one fulfills the required qualifications for divine office, this one can be
ordained (1 Tim 3:2, 8)
3: Is it proper for a minister who is divorced to
keep carrying on his/her ministry?
Ministers who are divorced are unsuitable to continue in divine office (1
Tim 3:5, 8), but exceptional cases can be raised to either the GA or IA to be
dealt with on a case-by-case basis.