The concerns of this Charity Baptist Tabernacle “Separation of Church and State Law” ministry: Church Order and Sound Doctrine

Jerald Finney
Copyright © July 31, 2015

1Today’s American churches, except for a remnant, have (1) either grown careless or abandoned the truth of God (sound doctrine) and (2) ignored the order of God’s house. See EN 1 below for some Bible notes from 1 Timothy and Titus on church order and sound doctrine.

downloadCharity Baptist Tabernacle “Separation of Church and State Law” ministry is specifically concerned with helping churches organize according to the principles of the New Testament as spiritual entities only. However, to do this, the ministry is very concerned with making sure that churches who ask for help meet Bible qualifications. Accordingly, the first step in helping a church is to send the pastor a letter and questionnaire (Click here to go to an online copy of the letter and questionnaire). Discussions follow. The pastor and church should begin to educate themselves concerning relevant church doctrine. A fairly concise book which can be read in a few hours (study may take longer) is Separation of Church and State: God’s Churches, Spiritual or Legal Entities which is available free in online and PDF form, in softback-see the Order information for books by Jerald Finney page.). Sometimes those discussions are with the pastor only, sometimes with the pastor and men of the church. If this ministry and the church agree on essentials, the next step is to draft the documents (Resolution, Declaration of Trust and Appendix). Some variations may be made to the documents if requested by the pastor and church and if this ministry agrees that those changes do not violate clear Bible principle(s).

A biblical and historical Baptist principle is that God desires separation of church and state, not separation of God and church or separation of God and state. Study Jerald Finney's writings and/or audio teachings to discover the truth about and how to apply the principle.There are many facets to church order as described in the Bible doctrine of the church: For example, headship of the church (Christ is to be the only head of a New Testament church); requirements for membership; requirements for becoming pastors (ordination, qualifications, etc.); guidelines for pastors, deacons, families, widows, husbands, wives, children, masters, and slaves; the operation of the church as a spiritual body as opposed to a religious organization and/or legal entity; the preaching of the word to the assembled church and its purpose; the preaching of the word in the world and its purpose; the purposes of the assembly of the church; spiritual warfare (most Christians are incorrectly taught that their warfare is in the legal and political realm and never taught that God, in his word, tells Christians to fight a spiritual warfare and how that warfare is to be fought); discipline of members, etc. Most are wrongly taught, against Bible guidelines, that preaching is to be done only inside the walls of a building to a congregation of people not to a New Testament body of born again believers and that one is not to preach in the public forum (on the sidewalks and in the parks) to the lost, including to the lost religious crowd because many of them will be offended.

The Bible is clear: the goal of a born again believer is to be the glory of God. Very few pastors, church members, or saved people understand this. They have been falsely led to believe that their goal is happiness, not only in heaven, but also on earth. For Bible teaching on this (which also has links to additional resources covering the motivation and goal of the believer and the church), go to the following article: The motivation and the goal.

The Macedonian Call; A Vision For The Brethren Scattered Abroad In Apostate America,” on sermonaudio.com (080215)(Click here for Youtube of this sermon.)

Endnote

Note. I do not agree with all the Scofield Reference Edition teaches. However, there is much to glean from those teachings. One must study the Bible himself to divide truth from heresy, no matter the source.

Headnote to Titus. “THEME Titus has much in common with First Timothy. Both Epistles are concerned with the due order of the churches. The distinction is that in First Timothy sound doctrine is more prominent (1Ti. 1:3-10), in Titus the divine order for the local churches (Tit 1:5). The permanent use of these Epistles lies in this twofold application, on the one hand to churches grown careless as to the truth of God, on the other, to churches careless as to the order of God’s house. The importance of this order is made solemnly emphatic in that the tests by which true elders and deacons may be known are repeated (1Ti. 3:1-7; Tit. 1:6-9). There are two divisions: I. The qualifications and functions of elders, 1.1-16. II. The pastoral work of the true elder, 2.1-3, 15.”

Titus 1: The divine order for local churches.

Titus 1:5 “For this cause left I thee in Crete, that thou shouldest set in order the things that are wanting, and ordain elders in every city, as I had appointed thee:”

N1 to Titus 1.5, p1283: “It is not at all a question of the presence in the assembly of persons having the qualifications of elders, made overseers by the Holy Spirit (Ac. 20:28) that such persons were in the churches of Crete is assumed; the question is altogether one of the appointment of such persons. These assemblies were not destitute of elders; but were “wanting,” in that they were not duly appointed. There is a progress of doctrine in respect of the appointing of elders. Cf. v. 5, note.”

N2 to Titus 1.5, p1283 “Elder (presbuteros) and bishop (episcopos = “overseer”) designate the same office (cf Tit. 1:7; Ac. 20:17, 28) the former referring to the man, the latter to a function of the office. The eldership in the apostolic local churches was always plural. There is no instance of one elder in a local church. The functions of the elders are: to rule (1Ti. 3:4; 5:17) to guard the body of revealed truth from perversion and error (Tit. 1:9) to “oversee” the church as a shepherd his flock (Ac. 20:28; Joh. 21:16; Heb. 13:17. 1 Pe. 5:2). Elders are made or “set” in the churches by the Holy Spirit (Ac 20:28) but great stress is laid upon their due appointment (Ac. 14:23; Tit. 1:5). At first they were ordained (Gr. “cheirotoneo,” “to elect,” “to designate with the hand,”) by an apostle; e.g. (Ac. 14:23) but in Titus and First Timothy the qualifications of an elder become part of the Scriptures for the guidance of the churches in such appointment. (1 Ti. 3:1-7).”

Verses in Titus dealing with sound doctrine in the churches:

Titus 1:7-16  “7 For a bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God; not selfwilled, not soon angry, not given to wine, no striker, not given to filthy lucre; 8 But a lover of hospitality, a lover of good men, sober, just, holy, temperate; 9 Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers. 10 For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, specially they of the circumcision: 11 Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre’s sake. 12 One of themselves, even a prophet of their own, said, The Cretians are alway liars, evil beasts, slow bellies. 13 This witness is true. Wherefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith; 14 Not giving heed to Jewish fables, and commandments of men, that turn from the truth. 15 Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled. 16 They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.”

Titus 2:1-2 “But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine: That the aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in charity, in patience.”

Titus 2:15 “These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee.”

Titus 3:9-11 “9 But avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain. 10 A man that is an heretick after the first and second admonition reject; 10 Knowing that he that is such is subverted, and sinneth, being condemned of himself.

Headnote to 1 Timothy: “THEME As the churches of Christ increased in number, the questions of church order, of soundness in the faith, and of discipline became important. At first the apostles regulated these things directly, but the approaching end of the apostolic period made it necessary that a clear revelation should be made for the guidance of the churches. Such a revelation is in First Timothy, and in Titus. The key-phrase of the Epistle is, “That thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God.” Well had it been with the churches if they had neither added to nor taken from the divine order. The divisions are five: I. Legality and unsound doctrine rebuked, 1.1-20 II. Prayer and the divine order of the sexes enjoined, 2.1-15 III. The qualifications of elders and deacons, 3.1-16 IV. The walk of the ‘good minister,’ 4.1-16 V. The work of the ‘”good minister,’ 5.1-6.21.”

Some of the verses in 1 Timothy dealing with sound doctrine in the churches:

Some of the verses in 1 Timothy dealing with sound doctrine and order in the churches:

1 Timothy 1:5-11 “5 Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned: 6 From which some having swerved have turned aside unto vain jangling; 7 Desiring to be teachers of the law; understanding neither what they say, nor whereof they affirm. 8 But we know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully; 9 Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, 10 For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine; 11 According to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which was committed to my trust.”

1 Timothy 1:19-20 “19 Holding faith, and a good conscience; which some having put away concerning faith have made shipwreck: 20 Of whom is Hymenaeus and Alexander; whom I have delivered unto Satan, that they may learn not to blaspheme.”

1, Timothy 2 deals with prayer and the divine order of the sexes.

1 Timothy 3 covers qualifications of elders and deacons.

1 Timothy 3:15 “But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.”

1Ti4.11 Timothy 4:1-2 “1 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; 2 Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;

1 Timothy 4:6-7 “6 If thou put the brethren in remembrance of these things, thou shalt be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished up in the words of faith and of good doctrine, whereunto thou hast attained. 7 But refuse profane and old wives’ fables, and exercise thyself rather unto godliness.”

1 Timothy 4:13 “Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine.”

1 Timothy 4:16 “Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.”

Read all of 1 Timothy 4-6 which deal with doctrine, order, and discipline in the church; giving directions for treatment  and actions of elder women, younger women, widows, elders, church members in general, servants, masters, the rich, etc.

1 Timothy 6:5 “Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.”

1 Timothy 6:20-21 “20 O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called:  21 Which some professing have erred concerning the faith. Grace be with thee. Amen.

Republican Response to Obergefell – Wrong!!!!

Jerald Finney
Copyright © July 7, 2015

One may, for the time being, go to the following articles to get some sense of what is going on.

5(109) Now’s the Time To End Tax Exemptions for Religious Organizations (062815)(Written by a supporter of gay rights. He has the right answer, but for the wrong reasons. The federal government will probably not end tax exemptions for religious organizations because of the control they would lose over such organizations.)
(108) Republicans begin push for First Amendment Defense Act (062615)

4The answer of “Christians,” except for a small remnant, in America to the Obergefell decision is, as usual, political, not spiritual; and the answer of their Republican Congress is all wrong on so many counts. They propose a First Amendment Defense Act. As they have for a long time, they believe that they can get America right under God even though the churches they are members of are not biblically right, nor are they under God – they are under the state and federal governments as guaranteed by their corporate, 501c3 or 508 status. Tragically, they chose legal status as opposed to First Amendment separation of church and state status; they violated both God’s law and the First Amendment and put themselves under state corporate status and federal government 501c3 or 508 status. In other words, their churches are voluntarily, to one degree or another, under the god of this world, so how in the world can they believe that they can straighten out civil government, which is – by Christ’s own teaching as explained throughout his word – under the god of this world?

Pat Robertson
Pat Robertson

Many  “Christians” spend tremendous time and effort in their efforts to “bring America back under God” by working politically, usually in the Republican Party. They spend so much time doing so that they do not have time to study the Bible, history, and law from a spiritual perspective, indeed, from any perspective. They  gobble up the false teachings of David Barton and others as they scurry about in their futile efforts. They think that we owe our religious freedom as guaranteed in the First Amendment, for example, to the Pilgrims and Puritans. They are told that the Pilgrims and Puritans came to America for religious freedom and because of that, we have our First Amendment. They do not know that that is ridiculous. For example, they do not know that the Puritans came to America to establish a colony with religious freedom for themselves only. They do not know anything about Puritan persecution of “heretics” in the New England colonies and that the first government in the history of the world with complete religious freedom was Rhode Island. They know little or nothing of the history of the colonies between the arrival of the Puritans and the Revolutionary War. They know nothing of the actual history of the First Amendment.

Ralph Reed
Ralph Reed

You may ask, “How does he know that what he said in the last paragraph is true?” The answer is simple. After being saved in 1982, I worked in the Republican Party for 20+ years. I served on committees, worked as judge and clerk at elections, served as precinct chairman, went to the precinct and higher Conventions. I read “Christian” books, articles, and essays which were constantly being repackaged and disseminated to “Christians.” I read more scholarly books by “Christian” law professors and authors. I fell hook, line, and sinker for this false propaganda. By the late 1990s, I began to see that all our efforts were counterproductive. American morality was much worse than 10 years before. In 2003, I began serious Bible studies. As before, I was still trying to find out the history of the First Amendment. God led me to discover the true history of the First Amendment – to what really happened between the arrival of the Puritans and the adoption of the First Amendment. He showed me the truth about the Christian revisionism I had been subjected to. For more on this, see the following: Secular and Christian revisionism (Section IV, Chapter 2 of God Betrayedand The consequences of secular and Christian revisionism (Section IV, Chapter 3 of God Betrayed).

The political endeavors of most “Christians” are not according to knowledge; and most never seem to learn this. Worse yet, as they work politically, they do nothing spiritually in their churches according to the biblical principles of church, state, and separation of church and state and pursuant to the guidelines for God’s soldiers of the cross in the Bible. They are being destroyed because of lack of knowledge. Other “Christians” work nowhere – in their churches or their civil governments. They just seek the American dream and are puzzled, at best, about what is going on in this country. They “believe in God” and go to church, sometimes. Of course, there is, as always, a small remnant who follow the Lord.

Those “Christians” outside the remnant who wish to begin to gain some insight into the correct response of Christians to what is happening, see the resources on this website beginning with the article, My Response to Obergefell, the United States Supreme Court same sex marriage decision. My writings already explain what is wrong with all Republican plans, including this latest one, and with the political and religious activities of “Christians.” This quickly written article and other resources on this website, some linked to in this article, explain all a true believer who is diligently seeking truth needs to know to see what is wrong and what believers need to do now, and in the past. The remnant already has it figured out.

1Can you imagine, a law to protect the First Amendment? The name of the law itself is ridiculous. The First Amendment is the highest man made law of the land. It is above any lower law. Sadly, it is not above the Supreme Court. As one of my law professors said, “The First Amendment means what the Supreme Court says it means.” However, God and his law is above the Supreme Court, and above all man-made laws including the Constitution. As long as man’s law reflects God’s law, man’s law should be honored. Furthermore, tax-exempt churches have taken themselves out from under the First Amendment and placed themselves under the Fourteenth Amendment for many purposes. More importantly, they have grieved our Lord by combining themselves with the state through incorporation and with the federal government through tax exempt (501c3 or 508 status). They have voluntarily placed themselves under government laws (state non-profit corporation laws are laws which a church places herself under when she incorporates; 501c3 and 508 are laws), thereby violating the First Amendment:

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”

What good is it going to do, then, for the government to pass a law defending the First Amendment? The Supreme Court can easily declare that law null and void. Should the Court do so, the words of the First Amendment would still be there. The Supreme Court may declare a law unconstitutional without any real reason, as they have done many times; usually, when they have done so, their “opinion,” although sounding very scholarly to the unlearned, is illogical and contrary to reason. State incorporated 501c3 and 508 churches have taken themselves from under the First Amendment for many purposes.

The First Amendment has stood the test of time, so far, but the day is fast approaching when the First Amendment, as conceived, will be nullified. That day is hastened by the complete ignorance – past, present, and future – and the unknowledgeable and unwise actions of “Christians” acting politically, not spritually, in America. Based upon some First Amendment Supreme Court jurisprudence, it is not inconceivable that the Supreme Court could declare the First Amendment unconstitutional.

8I repeat, by placing themselves under a law, churches violate the First Amendment and the Bible principle of separation of church and state. They place themselves partially under another head. Christ wants to be the only head of his churches. Incorporated 501c3 or 508 “churches” are, by legal definition, religious organizations. A corporation is a creature of the state. An incorporated church is under the law which creates it. A 501c3 or 508 church is under or subject to the rules which come with 501c3. Those rules are made by the federal government. In fact, the fifth rule, “shall not violate fundamental public policy,” was added by the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) and upheld by the United States Supreme Court. See God Betrayed, pp. 386-388 (link to PDF of the book). Thus, one 501c3 rule that churches are under and afraid of was made by the IRS. 501c3 states the other four rules. Keep in mind that the federal legislature, as well as the IRS, can add additional rules to 501c3.

As explained in the following, the First Amendment is a statement of the biblical principle of separation of church and state (something most American “Christians” do not understand):

The History of the First Amendment
An Abridged History of the First Amendment

“I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish” (Luke 13.3, 5). These words need to be heeded by all Americans, but especially by all American “Christians.”

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The Sodomite Agenda, Religious Organizations and Government Tyranny

I Pledge Allegiance to God and His Kingdom, Not to America

The Proper Response by believers and churches to Obergefell, the United States Supreme Court same sex marriage decision (063010)

The Hierarchy of Law as it relates to sodomy and sodomite marriage (060115)

Will Churches in America Have a Choice about Sodomite Marriage: A short critique of the Article “Christian schools will have no choice about gay marriage: Column” as it relates to churches (052315)

Preaching on Sodomy in a Hate Crime Atmosphere (06_10)

Preparing for the Underground Church in America

Note: The article “Preparing for the Underground Church In America” follows the initial list of resources.

Martyr’s Song by Watchmen
Those who love the Lord: You must hear this song.

The Trail of Blood of the Martyrs of Jesus: A Case of Premeditated Murder

Sermons by Brother Russell Hildebrandt:

Sadly, some “believers” in America are already going underground. This page was not meant to encourage or lead anyone to do that. This is not the time to go underground. American believers still have the freedom to preach the truth without sacrificing their and their families lives. The Bible instructs us to be a light. For more on this, listen to Going Underground: Christians Hiding Their Light & Running From the Beast” on sermonaudio.com (060816)(Click here for Youtube of this sermon.)

Jerald Finney’s Bible study notes and more on Persecution and Suffering

Beheading In The Bible: Are You Ready To Lose Your Head For Christ?” on sermonaudio.com (071915)(Click here for Youtube of this sermon.)

Running The Christian Race Against The Rise Of Antichrist,” on sermonaudio.com (071915)(Click here for Youtube of this sermon.)

Rage Against the King_ The Biblical and Political Reality of the New World Order,” on sermonaudio.com (072215)(Click here for Youtube of this sermon.)

Satan’s Kingdom Coming In Like A Flood – God Is Raising Up Deliverers,” on sermonaudio.com (083115)(Click here for Youtube of this message with graphic images.)

For more on persecution and suffering, see The History of the First Amendment
or
An Abridged History of the First Amendment

For free online Newsletter on present day persecutions sign up at:
Persecution Newsletter

What should we learn from Christian martyrs?

Book: Martyr’s Mirror in online PDF (Can be downloaded)

Once one reads the following very insightful letter, he should listen to the following sermon: “Counterfeit Christians Filling The Church Of Antichrist,” on sermonaudio.com (071515)(Click here for Youtube of this sermon.)” Most churches, even fundamental Baptist churches are prepared to accept the anti-christ. In fact, they have already succumbed at least partially by becoming legal entities such as incorporated 501(c)(3) or 508 churches. Additional betrayals follow an unrepented of initial betrayal. Unchecked erosion of the foundation results in destruction of the house.

The following was posted in March, 2015 at:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/555542837824716/permalink/840922529286744/

Some one wrote to me today about
“UNDERGROUND CHURCHES.”
Here is my reply:
____________________________
Dear Concerned Church Member:

Mt5.10-12My work for nearly thirty years has been in and out of two communist countries, and we have spent our years planting underground churches as well as training men to pastor underground churches in authoritarian regime-run countries. Nothing I say about these matters comes from “conspiratorial theories” in the wild-eyed sense, but from observation with our own eyeballs, and from studying the verbiage and dogma of the communists. I am not a young man; I am nearly 60.

If the Lord does not return soon America will also see a day when Bible-believing churches will be subject to the kind of scrutiny that will force them to operate without government permission or exemptions; hence, “underground”. Our own country is settling in to a state of NON-resistance against tyranny, and toward a tolerance for socialism. The rise of Islam, the rise of Marxist-style and European socialism, the rise of the sodomite agenda, the dismantling of national borders, the disrespect toward our Christian history and heritage in both the educational system and the courts, all speak to a day when government will ask, “Why do these churches operate without our control?” “Why cumber they the ground?” “Why are they tax-exempt?” “Why aren’t their properties on the tax rolls?” “What are those preachers preaching behind those walls?” “Are those sermons violative of public policy?” Etc.

It is not a wild-eyed conspiratorial mind set, but to the contrary, it recognizes that ” . . . in the last days, PERILOUS times shall come . . . ” We are not guaranteed exemption from this. New Testament churches in regions all over the earth must meet underground NOW in OUR generation.

 7Brother Randy Pike, 60-year veteran independent Baptist missionary, served 40 of those years in South Africa (a continent with many thug-run Marxist regimes). Unknown to most Americans was that the communist party of South Africa (to which Nelson Mandela belonged) threatened the freedom of the fundamentalist churches of South Africa in the 1970s and 80s (while Brother Pike was still there). Churches that had operated freely for a hundred years were taking courses on how to survive as underground churches. You can hear Brother Pike’s own instruction on this subject by way of the Internet. Brother Pike is still living today in Greenville, SC, and still deals with these issues to prepare missionaries. Brother Pike is not a wild-eyed conspiratorialist, but rather a highly-regarded independent Baptist veteran, and a very godly man.

Brother Paul Pearson leads the Old Paths Baptist Church of Northfield, MN street preaching ministry.
Brother Paul Pearson leads the Old Paths Baptist Church of Northfield, MN street preaching ministry.

Our response to these things is not a bunker mentality, but rather to encourage American believers to use what liberties we have remaining to get out publicly into the markets and civic places to boldly preach Jesus Christ and the Cross. Our response is to do all we can to plant brand new Bible-believing Baptist churches around America. Our response is to do all we can to instill a missionary spirit into our young people. Our response is to encourage American Christians to write often to their elected representatives and make it known that there is still a people of God left in this country.

We also need to remember, when we speak of conspiracies, that the Bible is FULL of them, from the Garden in Genesis 3 to the reign of the antichrist in Revelation 13. Absalom conspired against David. Study the conspiracies of Ahab, Jezebel, Atahaliah, Judas, the Jews against the Saviour, Saul (Paul) against the Churches in the early Acts period, the Jews against Paul in the latter Acts period, and so many more in Scripture. Read 2 Thessalonians chapter 2 and consider. See if you can not find there a conspiracy there against the souls of men and the word of God. The conspiracy of the god of this world is to blind the minds of them which believe not (2 Cor. 4:4). Then, in church history, the conspiracies of Rome against the Waldenses, Albigenses, Paulicians, Petrobrusians, Lollards and Wycliffe. Consider the conspiracies of the Protestants against the Baptists in New England (1600s & 1700s), and the conspiracies of the Anglicans against the Baptists of the North Carolina Piedmont and the battle of Alamance (early 1700s).

1The word “Conspiracy” occurs in American law and American documents of juris prudence literally THOUSANDS of times. Law and diplomacy both recognize that conspiracy exists, it is not theory: Conspiracy to kidnap; conspiracy to commit murder; conspiracy to defraud; conspiracy to commit treason.

Conspiracy is defined as: “a secret agreement between two or more people to perform an unlawful act.” cabal – “a plot to carry out some harmful or illegal act.” confederacy – “a group of conspirators banded together to achieve some harmful or illegal purpose.” Those things happen all around us every day of the calendar, from the world of the lowliest citizen to the top echelons of government. The Bible is chock full of these; history is full of these; todays news is full of these.

There are INDEED conspiracies against the Lord’s churches today in our generation, in the spiritual realm, in the religious realm, and in the political realm. After serving in communist countries, I suppose our ears and eyes are more acute to these things, and it can tend to make many professing Christians uncomfortable to hear us talk about it.

To walk circumspectly and to be prepared while we wait to see Christ in the air is very simply prudent.

In the Surety of His Blood,
____________________ (awaiting permission to publish name of author)
Philkippians 1:6; 2:13

I Pledge Allegiance to God and his Kingdom, not to America

Jerald Finney
Copyright © July 3, 2015

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Click the above to go to Paganism Mingled With Patriotism, sermon by Pastor Jason Cooley on July 7, 2013
The problem is that America is under Satan, not under God
The problem is that America is under Satan, not under God

For some time, I have resolved to never say the Pledge of Allegiance to the United States of America again. I did this because I discovered that America is a morally awful and satanic nation and because I realized that my allegiance was to the Lord Jesus Christ, not to a temporal nation. By working for the Lord and according to his precepts and commandments, I benefit the nation. By working for the nation and the precepts of the nation, I only contribute to the nation’s downfall and slide into further depravity. As long as the morality and guidelines of the nation reflect God’s word, I honor them. The problem is that the nation (and all nations) until the millennial kingdom follow the precepts of the god of this world to one degree or another (See Satan orchestrates the world system; for more indepth studies, see Links to Lessons on Satan).

America has gone its satanic anti-God way. The United States Supreme Court systematically removed God from practically all civil government matters (See, The Supreme Court Reinterprets the Constitution and Removes God). Those nine black-robed (dressed in the appropriate color) temporal judges have also wrecked havoc with morality and with the principles of God.

AbortionSCtThe two worst examples of their unjust rulings are Roe v. Wade (struck down state anti-abortion laws thereby declaring that the murder of unborn babies is legal) and now Obergefell (allegedly redefined marriage). Both decisions legalize Satan’s principles and reject the truths of God concerning life, individual, family, government as expounded by the small remnant and the churches they are members of; this does not include state, legal entity, corporate, 501(c)(3) churches and their members. The decisions are a satanic frontal attack with an ancestry of deceptions. Even the “Christian” community in America has taken part in the gradual slide into religious apostasy, moral awfulness, and political tyranny by accepting and widely publishing false history, theology, and law; by teaching and practicing false theology concerning the relationship of church and state. State churches dishonor the relationship of God’s churches to their bridegroom, husband, and head, the Lord Jesus Christ. As to organization, they do this by becoming legal entities such as state corporations (includes corporation sole), unincorporated associations, charitable trusts, etc. and by getting 501(c)(3) or 508 tax exempt status. When a church becomes a legal entity, they contract with the state and usually the federal government. The civil government thereby becomes their head/authority for many purposes. For example, a church incorporates under state law; incorporation creates contracts between the church and the state. In the event of problems concerning many matters, the state has jurisdiction since the state is the controlling party. Only man’s law will be looked at in addressing those problems. Even should no issue ever be taken into state court by a state church, a member thereof, or someone who claims to have been harmed by the state corporation, state law still defines the corporate organization and its operation. Do you see this? The issue is one of authority. Do you understand that the Bible makes clear that the Lord desires his churches to be under his authority only? Do you not understand how important these principles are.

Even before Obergefell, church legal entity status defied Bible principles. The next stop after Obergefell is that state churches will be forced, sooner or later, to conduct marriage ceremonies between people of the same sex. Their authority, as they contracted for and agreed to, is the civil government, both state and federal. Should a state church refuse to marry two people of the same sex, these people can go to the church’s highest authority on the matter, the civil government court system, and the church will be required to abide by the decision of that authority (See  Preaching on Sodomy in a Hate Crime AtmosphereCan a church force a homosexual to turn straight to stay in the church?). Should they refuse, they will be in rebellion to that authority. God expects his children to honor their agreements. See the dilemma?

Members of state churches say that they are God’s children. This claim raises many questions. Are they God’s children? If they are God’s children, why did they violate Bible church doctrine and subject the church to other heads – the state and federal governments? Why are many of the members of state churches now claiming that sex outside marriage is OK (remember that, according to God, marriage is only the union of a man and a woman)?

The United States government and all earthly government is temporal. I pledge my allegiance to the highest authority. The sovereign to whom I pledge allegiance assures us that the God of the universe will put up with this rebellion and allow this downward slide to continue until it is time to crush the world powers, bind Satan in chains for 1,000 years, set up his kingdom, release Satan for a time, and finally conduct the last judgment.

GreatWhiteThroneRevelation 20:1-15: “And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season. And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years. But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years. And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea. And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them. And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever. And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.  And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.”

NewHeavenEarthThose whose names were not written in the book of life will be cast into the lake of fire. Then, Christ will establish a new heaven and a new earth (Revelation 20-21).

Revelation 21:7-8  “He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.  But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

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The article, What’s Conservative about the Pledge of Allegiance?, explains more about the Pledge.