Matthew 16:18: “And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”
Ephesians 1:22: “And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church.”
The above verses and others raise an important question: An assembly of people who call themselves a church, a worldly organization such as an incorporated 501(c)(3) church, etc. are indeed churches or assemblies. But the question is, in light of the above verses studied in context, is: “Are such churches churches of Christ?”
1 Corinthians 12:8 “For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; A great pastor and Bible teacher said this, commenting on that verse:
“‘Wisdom’ means insight into truth. I do not think everyone can come to an understanding of the Bible, which is the reason we need teachers, and the Spirit of God has given us teachers. ‘Wisdom’ is insight into the truth of the Word of God. ‘Knowledge’ means to investigate or to dig into the truth. Many people simply do not have the time to dig into the Word of God to dig out the nuggets. I think [teaching the Bible] is my gift. The teacher and the student should be working together as partners, each exercising his own gift.”
Dear friends, the Holy Spirit has given me the gift of teaching the Bible principles of church, state, and separation of church and state and the American application of those principles. Along with my Bible studies and training under certain pastors and other teachers, I have studied American law in one of the best law schools in the nation, always remembering that the Bible is to be the authority in all matters. I have practiced church/state law now for 13 years (as of 2018).
Accordingly, I teach that, according to Bible principles, a church who incorporates, gets 501c3 or 508 status violates the Bible principles for church, state, and separation of church and state. This website is dedicated primarily to teaching on those matters.
A church can organize according to the principles of the Word of God by adhering to the Bible principle of trust, a principle which is recognized but not created by the American legal system. Again, this website has teachings which explain all these matters. Among those are the following, for example:
Click here to go to Articles, Essays, and Other Resources Related to the Doctrine of the Church, Incorporation, 501c3, Etc.
Click here to go to a concise teaching on the meaning of church corporate, 501c3 or 508 status, organization as a trust, false reasons given by pastors and other men of God for church incorporation, etc. Separation of Church and State/God’s Churches: Spiritual or Legal Entities?
Having said that:
Welcome to the website that will give a Bible believer all he needs to know to please the Lord and Glorify Him by organizing a church according to the Lord’s New Testament principles. May the Lord richly bless you and your church through this website. The purpose of this site is to glorify God by providing resources for believers and churches who want to learn the biblical principles regarding church, state, and separation of church and state. This website provides books, interviews, radio broadcasts, sermons, articles, etc. relating to the issues involving church, state, and the relationship of church and state. Taking advantage of these resources will educate the believer who wants to understand the theology (true theology in the word of God), history, law, etc. concerning the preeminent doctrines of church, state, and separation of church and state (as opposed to separation of God and state). Thus, this website will be invaluable to those churhces who are seeking to glorify God and please the Lord Jesus Christ by organizing according to biblical principles–in other words according to the highest and controlling church and state law.
In the articles, books, audio teachings, and other resources on this website one can learn the biblical principles and facts that show that church legal entity status such as incorporation sole or aggregate, unincorporated association, charitable trust, Internal Revenue Code § 501(c)(3) or § 508 tax exempt status, etc. grieves our Lord and results in dire consequences. The New Testament makes clear that God wants his churches to be spiritual entities only.
Unlike believers and churches in many countries such as China, Afghanistan, Iran, North Korea, Columbia, and many other nations, American churches and Christians can please the Highest Authority by complying with His New Testament principles for church organization and civil government law as well. A church can choose to be under God only without disobeying any civil government law and without persecution.
American church and state law does not say that churches must become legal entities such as corporations, unincorporated associations, charitable trusts, corporations sole, or 501(c)(3) tax exempt organizations. Churches can choose to operate as New Testament churches under God only without persecution, because the First Amendment to the United States Constitution as well as corresponding state constitutional provisions guarantee freedom of religion and conscience, speech, press, and assembly, as well as the right to petition the civil government for a redress of grievances.
While operating solely under God, churches can still use all properties (real estate, vehicles, etc.) that a church organized as a legal entity utilizes. While so doing they will they will not deny the power of God; they will not grieve God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost by putting themselves under another authority; they will still be free to follow all God’s directives for the organization, position, relationships, privileges, and duties of the church; they may preach on abortion, marriage, politicians, politics or on any subject they desire without any governmental oversight or interference.
That said, Christians should have the highest of integrity. They should be ideal citizens. God, the Highest Authority, has laid out, in His Word, principles for and the jurisdictions of individuals, families, churches and civil government. Should a Christian or Christians commit a crime or tort, God gives civil government jurisdiction to deal with the offender.
May the Lord bless you and the church you are a member of as you seek to glorify Him in these and all matters.
THE QUESTION that CHANGED MY LIFE a short but dynamic article by David Ryser,
The Question that Changed My Life
by David Ryser
“A number of years ago, I had the privilege of teaching at a school of ministry. My students were hungry for God, and I was constantly searching for ways to challenge them to fall more in love with Jesus and to become voices for revival in the Church. I came across a quote attributed most often to Rev. Sam Pascoe. It is a short version of the history of Christianity, and it goes like this:
“‘Christianity started in Palestine as a fellowship; it moved to Greece and became a philosophy; it moved to Italy and became an institution; it moved to Europe and became a culture; it came to America and became an enterprise.’
“Some of the students were only 18 or 19 years old–barely out of diapers–and I wanted them to understand and appreciate the import of the last line, so I clarified it by adding, ‘An enterprise. That’s a business.’ After a few moments Martha, the youngest student in the class, raised her hand. I could not imagine what her question might be. I thought the little vignette was self-explanatory, and that I had performed it brilliantly. Nevertheless, I acknowledged Martha’s raised hand, ‘Yes, Martha.’ She asked such a simple question, ‘A business? But isn’t it supposed to be a body?’ I could not envision where this line of questioning was going, and the only response I could think of was, ‘Yes.’ She continued, ‘But when a body becomes a business, isn’t that a prostitute?‘ …”
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