Church of Israel

A religious group known for its controversial doctrines including Kinism, Dominionism, and the serpent seed theory.

The Church of Israel, formerly known as the Church of Our Christian Heritage, is a denomination that emerged from the Church of Christ (Temple Lot) within the Latter Day Saint movement. It distinguishes itself through a commitment to the historic Christian and Apostolic faith, advocating for teachings based on the Authorized King James Version of the Bible and the 1928 Book of Common Prayer. This church, located in rural southwestern Missouri, prides itself on remaining steadfast to the moral boundaries set in Scripture amidst the cultural transformations of the last seventy-five years.

The church’s doctrine emphasizes traditional Christian beliefs, including the Trinity (referred to as the Godhead), the continuation of the Gifts of the Spirit, and the celebration of the seventh-day Sabbath. It notably diverges from mainstream Christianity in its adoption of Kinism and Dominionism, along with a distinct interpretation of the “serpent seed” doctrine, which posits a racialist theology asserting white people as the descendants of Adam and chosen by God, contrasting with Jewish people as descendants of Cain. This belief aligns the Church of Israel with elements of the Christian Identity movement.

Moreover, the Church of Israel harbors deep distrust towards government, evidenced by a past reluctance to engage with Social Security numbers, driver’s licenses, or marriage licenses, and discourages the use of mainstream medical services, reflecting an anti-vaccination stance. Its political and medical views, combined with its unique theological positions, position the Church of Israel as a controversial entity within the wider Christian landscape.

Worship services at the Church of Israel adhere to a traditional format, utilizing the historic hymns of the Christian faith, and the church observes biblical Holy Days such as Passover & Unleavened Bread, Pentecost, Trumpets, the Day of Atonement, and the Feast of Tabernacles. The church issues a quarterly newsletter, The Watchman, to communicate with its congregation and broader audience.

The Church of Israel’s adherence to what it views as unaltered Christian doctrine and practice since its establishment in 1941, along with its controversial beliefs and practices, mark it as a distinctive voice within American religious communities, particularly those with roots in the Christian Identity movement​​​​.