1 John 4:9 In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.
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, a church under Christ, a church of Christ. May the Lord richly bless you through this website. The purpose of this site is to glorify God by providing resources for believers and churches who want to learn and apply the biblical principles regarding church, state, and separation of church and state with emphasis on the local visible church of Christ as opposed those churches (assemblies of people, ekklesias coming together) who are not under Christ. The latter include churches who have voluntarily placed themselves partially or wholly under a head other than the Lord Jesus Christ, for example, corporate 501(c)(3) or 508 churches.
Oh how He loves us. Cannot we at least obey and serve the One who stepped down from heaven to save individuals, who loved the church and gave Himself for it?
This website provides essays, books, interviews, radio broadcasts, sermons, articles, etc. relating to the issues involving church, state, and the relationship of church and state. 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). This website will be invaluable to those churches who are seeking to glorify God and please the Lord Jesus Christ by organizing according to biblical principles, according to the highest and controlling church and state law.
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 while protected by man’s highest law, the First Amendment to the United States Constitution and corresponding state constitutional provisions, and without persecution. Man’s highest laws regarding religion in America correspond to God’s New Testament laws regarding the organization of His churches.
The highest American law, in accord with Bible principle, protects churches who choose to do things God’s way by remaining under Christ Jesus only, who choose not to become legal entities such as corporations, unincorporated associations, charitable trusts, corporations sole, or 501(c)(3) tax exempt organizations.
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. God’s children and churches are not law breakers; they are law keepers. They obey the highest law first and man’s law second. By so doing, they are ideal citizens of both heaven and earth.
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?‘ …”
Click “THE QUESTION that CHANGED MY LIFE” to read the remainder of the article.
The Rose of Sharon (Transcript of a sermon depicting the love relationship between Christ and His local visible church , emphasizing the importance of organization under Christ only as opposed to corporate 501c3 or 508 status or legal status of any kind)
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: “Are such churches churches of Christ?”
This website is dedicated to those believers and churches who not only understand, or want to understand, the Bible doctrine of the New Testament church but also want to please the Lord and glorify God by applying that doctrine in the organization of the local visible assembly.
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?
JERALD C. FINNEY
BAB, HB, BBA, JD
801 Elgin St.
Amarillo, TX 79118
Phone : (512) 785-8445