Christ’s Truth or Satan’s Folly

Denise Porter
August 24, 2015

This dynamic article by Denise Porter was actually a letter written in response to a facebook posting linking to my online article, “Secular and Christian revisionism.”

Friends & family yet wandering out in sin & under its dominion and the wrath of God, fearing truth and fearing death & under bondage: will you humble yourselves to seek truth & follow it to seeking God in His word as He makes it evident to you? (Romans 1-8; John 1,3 & 8) Following it to freedom through repentance not to be repented of & faith? Christ’s yoke is truly the easier. (Matthew 10)

Why would anyone persist under Lucifer’s hard yoke & false covering in double-mindedness & selective receiving of offensive truth, which is God’s loving & merciful, freeing grace extended toward every soul, to be apprehended of faith? Where will you ultimately anchor your faith? —-Will you persist in loving selfish desire, idolatry & delusion —-even with Christian labels —–to the bitter end? —–I almost did. Or will you surrender to the true Christ by the conviction of the Spirit of truth and the word of God received with repentance & faith as written?

The hope of which unity, which catholicity, which brotherhood —& which power & justification & hope —will you choose? That of the Godhead revealed & evidenced in the word & Creation through the Father, Son and Holy Spirit and sound doctrine as the Rock? or some other doctrine as the sand?

Reality? or virtual reality?

——- Even to the outcome of active or passive participation in the violent persecution of any who dare to point out the vanity & folly of maintaining & clinging to those selective sin-excusing lying idols & false gospels and christs of human and demonic imagination & manufacture which cannot save? Those bringing or evidencing the word & light & blessing of God wrought through obedience, even unto suffering –and not as those proud rebels, those self-transforming & impositional builders seeking glory & self-justification, and fellow builders, fellow members of their craft? fellow masons? seeking initiates & exploitable slaves & dupes to merchandise? 2 Cor 11. Colossians. Galatians. 1 Thess 5. 1 Timothy 4. 2 Timothy 2-4. 2 Peter 2&3. 1-3 John. Jude. Revelation.

1 Corinthians 10 & 2 Corinthians 10. Romans 9-11. The Prophets.

The guttering candles & leaky cisterns of humanism & idolatry, the ‘secret wisdom’, the ‘better wisdom’ of false familiar spirits & human intuition —the false ‘inner light’ of the deceived, the ‘new’ truth & way of the faithless & willfully unbelieving, science falsely so-called, the bloodless sacrifice of the self-righteousness of the proud, or the perverse sacrifice of those who offer the blood of others in the twisted fashion of proud and bitter Cain & those sacrificing children to Molech & Fortune, the many words of philosophy & theosophy, & all false religion —–are not new at all. They are as old as the Fall and the Curse that marred God’s perfect Creation & brought the curse of judgment in the first place, so early on.

They do not stand the current & graciously lingering witness of truth & the conviction of the Holy Spirit of Truth, & they will not stand through the coming judgment of death to eternal life & immunity against the second death. They cannot suffice to assuage God’s wrath against sin, and they will provide no covering in that great and terrible Day of the Lord when His graciously restrained wrath that souls might be saved through His provision of Christ, is finally loosed. They cannot sustain men to sanctification and the keeping of their vessels against that Day. All the nations & all mankind will answer individually for rejecting the unmerited & undeserved covering that God provided through Christ’s blood and atonement and righteousness. John 1,3 & 8. Deuteronomy. Ephesians. 1&2 Thessalonians. Daniel and Revelation.

What is covered in this link & related articles is precisely what I found as I investigated these things myself —in a much more humble & inconsistent, sin-compromised manner. The investigation commenced at first with misguided trust in, & ignorance of the duplicity of, the elitist nicolaitans taking lordship over & wresting scripture through presumption, disobedience to the command to be sober & vigilant, proving all things with the joy of the Lord my strength through the knowledge of new birth salvation going on to Romans 8-Hebrews 5 experience——- & with their higher criticism unquestioned. But the evolution of truth & the word of God are steps that must come before biological evolution, demoralization & accusation of false authority tyranny (Isaiah 14, Ezekiel 28; Romans 1-8, 2 Thess 2, Rev 17-19) can commence & gain ground —-they are the first spiritual enemies we must combat.

I was trusting self & fearing man more than fearing God, but the mercies of God endureth forever & He is faithful to extend grace through truth and His word if we will only apprehend & receive it. Those who cry out for Him to act in truth & justice, without His mediating tender mercies and forgiveness —-are deceived, proud, blind & vain —-neither understanding or knowing God & His revealed nature, or their own.

If we suffer those enemies of God & truth to stand unchallenged & tolerated in willing ignorance of truth & God, and in disobedience ——–then the consequential leaven results in the blindness and self-sufficiency of pride & self-deification, dishonoring & blaspheming God so that He gives us over, with more & more of our individual souls, and the souls of men at large & societally, infected with a lack of goodwill toward our fellow man, & with the poisoned, illegitimate fruit of impure, fornicating love divorced from truth & waxed cold —-growing into corruption & the impositional order of tyranny.

The dialectic. Which Isaac Backus described so well!!

The only stay to this decay, this devolution, this consequential curse —– is the receipt of God’s grace through His word & the faithful preaching of His word with repentance & faith: acknowledging sin and our sin-debt toward God, our false works of Babel-building salvation (the work of God is to believe on the one whom He hath sent —John 6:28-29) & false allegiance to the world’s spirit & kingdom, and placing our faith in Christ’s finished work in our behalf—receiving it as a gift to the new birth of God’s will & power, exchanged citizenship & allegiance & attendant inheritance, and going on to share the promises & way of God revealed in the final, written and preserved testament of His word & in Christ —-sharing the true gospel and Christ with whosoever will receive it. Having freely received, we freely offer.

Revival comes of faith & the word, by grace —-and in God’s sovereign will and perfect timing. It does not come by sorcery & spiritual techniques of mystery or hidden knowledge, or by the will of man. The mystery of God is plainly revealed in Christ and the written, preserved word of God. Revival is preceded by the knowledge of the word & testament of God freely received & freely, faithfully kept in obedience & passed on. It is preceded by the prayers of the saints, & the forewarning of prophets & faithful preachers called & raised up of God before the people, and whose testimony stands proving by the word of God.

This is not what is received or taught today by those godmen & sorcerers involved in fundamentally transforming free American Christianity back towards the Old Word Tyranny & catholicity of the Great Whore.

I stumbled frequently in the pursuit of truth—-the word is true & sin has consequences, but praise God! His mercy extended faithfully through truth still calls, pricking conscience, not willing that any should perish. 2 Peter 3. 1 Timothy 2. John 1,3 & 8.

There were times of comfort in error, times when busy-ness & worldliness crowded & choked the good seed, and times when Satan got the upper hand through accusations of guilt justly deserved, but through it all the grace & mercy of God would speak through the word continued in, some prodding truth upon conscience would prick, & the investigation & conviction & coming out to Christ would continue.

I have decided to follow Jesus….the world behind me, the cross before me….though none go with me, I still will follow. God has no grandchildren. Every generation, every soul, must choose.

The investigation continued, but increasingly with mounting horror as the implications of truth became more and more apparent by the grace of God extended through the true revelation of the Law, Christ’s fulfillment of the Law, & evident truth….the struggle of faith & truth & flesh & sin ongoing until, aided by the grace of God through the word received and apprehended, it thankfully ended in repentance & surrender to God through Christ, bringing peace with God —-and not surrender to Lucifer’s yoke through turning from evident truth & utterly surrendering to selfish desire & godmen to be given over of God.

Knowing both the terror and the faithfulness, the justice and the mercy, the holiness of God — souls have more than just the form of godliness denying the power, and must warn others in love: speaking the truth in love. The saints of God overcome through the blood of the Lamb and the word of their testimony, loving not their lives unto the death. Like Jesus said.

Oh, that the drag of flesh ended there at the new birth! and that obedience & a faithful walk were automatic! —that’s why we groan and say, Come soon, Lord Jesus! Yearning to please Him. Yearning to be with Him. Yearning to be free of this corruptible & clothed in the incorruptible, with faith made sight. But the word of God is true, and the battle is ongoing even for the new creature born of God: sealed & indwelt by the Spirit, until we lay down this corruptible flesh in death, or that last whosoever known of God & elect comes in that the age of the Gentiles be fulfilled & Christ catches away His Bride—-the corruptible being changed in a twinkling —- 1 Corinthians 15, 1 Thessalonians 4&5, Revelation 19.

…And God is worthy of the struggle & suffering, and faithful to accompany & sustain us in & through our sufferings—chastening as necessary, as we enter in through the strait gate to the narrow way, taking up our crosses to follow Christ & warn the perishing amongst whom we all have walked & despising the shame ——all of His grace & will & power, with no merit or work of our own to add to His gift: merely receiving with humility & thanksgiving.

He is good & has preserved & provided us with the grace of His word and the quickening, sustaining Spirit in & through it, indwelling and testifying with our spirit. He still has His remnant though we’re tempted to look out with the eyes of flesh rather than the eyes of faith, walking in the flesh & the old man, rather than in the Spirit, in Christ. It is by grace we are saved to the good works of ambassadors and pilgrims and servants through this perishing field white unto harvest ——until He calls us home or catches us up: His kingdom come, His will be done.

All must be done His way and according to His holiness, will & timing —not the proud, impatient & impure way of the world’s Babel & its spirit —-or else it is all in vain. 1 Thess 5. 2 Thess 2. Romans 9-11. Psalm 127. We have been so deceived & wicked in our proud age!! What a miracle that any can be saved.

I could not figure out why these ‘Christian’ ministers & ministries would pick apart the word of God & refuse to stand upon it, or why they would point out logical inconsistencies and fallacies in the ‘secular’ realm & preach about holiness and service and love —and submission to authority, while committing the same fallacies themselves in regards to the Bible and the faith once delivered the saints, pointedly ignoring huge swaths of God’s definition of holiness, right service and faithful love undivorced from truth & true grace, and presuming to assume illegitimate authority apart from truth & out of the bounds of scripture in regards to the priesthood of believers, the Body of Christ and the polity & ordering of the churches & their relationship to one another & the world’s powers.

Rather than receiving exhortation or critique as among brethren & in the light, as those truly pursuing truth, they would either ignore & stonewall without responding to questions or critique substantially and/or fully, wrest scripture out of context & refuse to acknowledge challenge pointing that fact out, play games of selective censorship to give the appearance of responding and honest discourse without addressing the real points of contention & question, or take refuge in the smoke & shadows of mysticism with demands that all not joining them in their concessions to antichrist were antichrist themselves!

….and continually seeking, with the puffing of vanity & the flattery of intellect, the wooing of vain ambition & seduction of impurity & sin, to initiate & draw men into allegiance & under them in their vain, sin-denying, faithless, idolatrous, bloodless Psalm 2 and 82 ‘offering’ and agenda of ‘gods’ and aspiring equals to God as Lucifer! Do not be deceived. Heed the warning of truth & the Holy Spirit of Truth upon conscience. Flee the City of Destruction. Flee the wrath to come. ——coming ALL the way out.

One Church Under God

Jerald Finney
Copyright © August 16, 2015

Is the church you are a member of being prepared for His coming?
Is the church you are a member of being prepared for His coming?

Note. This article is also a page on ABibleTrust website. The material covered in this article is explained in much more detail in Separation of Church and State/God’s Churches: Spiritual or Legal Entities? which is free on the internet in both online and PDF form or may be ordered in softback form by going to Order information for books by Jerald Finney.

God desires those who are saved to become spiritual, not remain carnal (1 Co. 3). When a child of God becomes spiritual, he is then in a position to judge all things since he has the mind of Christ (1 Co. 2.14-16). Likewise, a church is to be a spiritual body or organism made up of born-again spiritual beings (see, e.g., 1 Co. 12, Ep. 4), not a worldly organization made up of earthly minded, earthly named (CEO, secretary, treasurer, employees-not one of these positions comports with and all of these positions are contrary to New Testament church doctrine-etc.), earthly acting (as laid out in non-biblical methods of operation including non-profit corporation law, Internal Revenue Code law, or any adaption of man’s methods or methods of operation) congregation of unsaved and/or saved people.

The spiritual organism that is a church is to be organized according to the guidelines of the New Testament only; Christ is to be her only head (Ep. 5.23-32, Co. 1.18); etc. See, “Eleven Earmarks of a First Amendment [New Testament] Church” which is found in Quick Reference For Churches Seeking To Organize According To New Testament Guidelines.

A church can hold no property and be a New Testament church. A church who places herself under any other head(s) or becomes any kind of legal entity grieves our Lord. Legal entities include non-profit corporations (sole or aggregate), unincorporated associations, business and charitable trusts, 501(c)(3) religious organizations, etc. All these types of legal status are the creation of state or federal law; any church who organizes under man’s law is a creature of the state.

How can church members give to God as opposed to giving to a religious organization such as First Baptist Church, Inc.? How can a church meet on property without being the legal owner of that property? How can church members utilize hymnals if those hymnals are owned by God, not the church? In other words, how can God be declared to be the true, beneficial, and equitable owner of the tithes and offerings of the church (the church members) and of real and personal property which is utilized by a New Testament church? How can this be done without making the church the legal owner of the property?

God’s law tells us how—by recognizing that God, not a religious organization, is the true, equitable, and beneficial owner of all things, including all money and all real and personal property; by further recognizing that God has entrusted all worldly money and properties to men; and finally by recognizing that God desires (but does not force) men are to utilize that money and property for His benefit (for His glory). A church in America can do this in a way which is both biblical and legal. This can be accomplished in such a manner that a church remains a spiritual entity only, as opposed to a legal entity; that is such that the church does not become the legal owner of the money, property held in trust for Him. A church can do this by establishing an ordinary Bible trust.

The concept of trust is biblical. The Bible is, among other things, a Declaration of Trust (“DOT”). OF course, the Bible does not use that term; but, as will be shown in this article, it declares the concept of trust and accompanying terms (trust estate; trustor, grantor, or settlor; trustee, and beneficiary) This is covered in some detail in Section VI, Chapter 7 of God Betrayed. (Click here for the online version of that chapter; that chapter, among other things, compares the ordinary trust to incorporation and explains how the ordinary trust complies with both legal and Bible principles.). The Bible makes clear that God has entrusted all men, as trustees, with temporal, material things. He has trusted His children, born again believers, as trustees of the spiritual things of God as well as with the material things which God has given them. Here are a few examples: Adam and Eve were trustees of the Garden of Eden, Moses of the children of Israel, the Kings of Israel and Judah of their respective nations, the Levites of the Jewish religion, the prophets of the word of God entrusted to them, etc.

1Ti.6.20“If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches?  And if ye have not been faithful in that which is another man’s, who shall give you that which is your own” (Luke 16:11-12)?   “But as we were allowed of God to be put in trust with the gospel, even so we speak; not as pleasing men, but God, which trieth our hearts” (1 Thessalonians 2:4).  “According to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which was committed to my trust” (1 Timothy 1:11).

The concept of the trust, trustor (God), trustee (individuals), and beneficiary (God, the true, beneficial, and equitable owner of all things) is clearly stated in Luke 19.12-23 and also Luke 20.9-16:

Luke 19.12-23: “He said therefore, A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return. And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come.  But his citizens hated him, and sent a message after him, saying, We will not have this man to reign over us. And it came to pass, that when he was returned, having received the kingdom, then he commanded these servants to be called unto him, to whom he had given the money, that he might know how much every man had gained by trading.  Then came the first, saying, Lord, thy pound hath gained ten pounds. And he said unto him, Well, thou good servant: because thou hast been faithful in a very little, have thou authority over ten cities. And the second came, saying, Lord, thy pound hath gained five pounds. And he said likewise to him, Be thou also over five cities. And another came, saying, Lord, behold, here is thy pound, which I have kept laid up in a napkin: For I feared thee, because thou art an austere man: thou takest up that thou layedst not down, and reapest that thou didst not sow. And he saith unto him, Out of thine own mouth will I judge thee, thou wicked servant. Thou knewest that I was an austere man, taking up that I laid not down, and reaping that I did not sow: Wherefore then gavest not thou my money into the bank, that at my coming I might have required mine own with usury?”

Luke 20.9-16: “Then began he to speak to the people this parable; A certain man planted a vineyard, and let it forth to husbandmen, and went into a far country for a long time. And at the season he sent a servant to the husbandmen, that they should give him of the fruit of the vineyard: but the husbandmen beat him, and sent him away empty. And again he sent another servant: and they beat him also, and entreated him shamefully, and sent him away empty. And again he sent a third: and they wounded him also, and cast him out. Then said the lord of the vineyard, What shall I do? I will send my beloved son: it may be they will reverence him when they see him. But when the husbandmen saw him, they reasoned among themselves, saying, This is the heir: come, let us kill him, that the inheritance may be ours. So they cast him out of the vineyard, and killed him. What therefore shall the lord of the vineyard do unto them? He shall come and destroy these husbandmen, and shall give the vineyard to others. And when they heard it, they said, God forbid.”

Thus, the Bible makes clear that God, the true, beneficial, and equitable owner, has entrusted (1) all men with the temporal, legal ownership of all temporal material things and (2) believers with spiritual matters, all for His glory. From reading the Bible, including the above verses, one can understand how the Lord feels about believers/churches who violate their spiritual trust by organizing churches under man as legal entities such as non-profit corporations, unincorporated associations, charitable trusts, 501(c)(3) tax exempt religious organizations, etc.

A trustor, settlor, or grantor is one who creates a trust. The trustor gives the trust estate to the trustee to be used according to the directions of the trustor. God was the trustor, settlor, grantor of, for example, the Garden of Eden trust. Adam and Eve were the co-trustees. The trust estate was the Garden of Eden, the earth, and all that is in it. They were given the legal ownership of the earth and all that was in it and were to glorify Him, the true, equitable, beneficial owner, the beneficiary. Adam and Eve’s purpose, as trustees, was to glorify God by overseeing the trust estate according to His directions (See Genesis 1.28-30).

Anytime someone gives money or property to a person who is to use it for the benefit of another, and not for the benefit of the person who is entrusted with the gift (the trustee), the giver is a trustor, settlor, or grantor. The trustee becomes the legal owner of the property, and has a fiduciary duty to use the property for the benefit of the true owner (the beneficiary). The person for whose benefit the money or property is held is the true, equitable, and beneficial owner of the property. In other words, a trust relationship has been created. If the relationship is reduced to writing, the document creating the relationship is called a DOT. The relationship does not have to be made known to the legal system at the time of its creation or thereafter nor must it be in writing. However, if the relationship is brought to light in the legal system, the system will determine the type trust involved and the status of the trustor, trustee, and beneificiary. A DOT which creates an ordinary Bible trust is not to be hidden by a church since it is according to Bible precept. Believers are to proclaim truth to the world, not hide it.

Just as God stated his principles of trust, trustor, trustee, and beneficiary in the Bible, a book or document written for the light of the world, a church who wishes to establish an ordinary trust in line with Bible (and legal, in America) precept is wise to do likewise through a DOT. God proclaimed the principles to all the world; his children should do likewise. Believers are not to follow the principles of Satan and his followers, who love darkness rather than light. Believers are to shine the light of God in a dark world. God desires his children to act according to knowledge, understanding and wisdom. As long as man’s law allows for doing things God’s way, believers do not dishonor God by doing things as provided for by man’s law. When doing things man’s way causes one to disobey God, then a believer is told to “obey God rather than men” (Acts 5.29).

The legal system recognizes several types of trusts. A trustor, settlor, or grantor can create several types of trusts either by written declaration, by actions, or words which encompass all the elements of a trust. This Separation of Church and State Law Ministry (“SCSLM”) recommends a non-legal entity type of trust which in trust law is sometimes called an ordinary trust. This type of trust complies with biblical precept. Wisely, the SCSLM advises creation of the ordinary Bible trust by means of a DOT.

The Bible trust recommended by this ministry has a trustor who creates the trust, a trustee who administers and is legal owner of the trust estate, and names the in fact true, beneficial, and equitable owner of all things, the Lord Jesus Christ. The church remains a non-legal, spiritual entity only.

If a trustee or trustees holds property for a church, the church has become a legal entity because the church is the legal owner of the property. This is true whether the trustee(s) hold(s) the property for the benefit of the true, beneficial, and equitable property of the Lord Jesus Christ or not. Of course, all property must have an earthly owner who is to hold that property for the benefit of the true, beneficial and equitable owner of all things.

Therefore, for a church to remain a spiritual entity only and not a legal entity, the trustee must remain the sole legal entity who holds the money/property for the benefit of the Lord Jesus Christ. God established the concept of trust. The church recognizes that concept by establishing a Bible trust with a trustee and beneficiary. As trustor, the church names the trustee, but the church does not hold the trust estate through a trustee; the trustee holds the trust estate for the benefit of the true, beneficial, and equitable owner of the money/property. The trustee, not the church, is the legal owner. The church is not the trust, nor is the trust the church. The ordinary Bible trust merely creates a fiduciary duty by a trustee to administer the trust estate for the benefit of the Lord Jesus Christ. The trust estate is to be used, not for the benefit of the church, but for the benefit of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Any church may establish an ordinary trust. Few will do so since most believers and churches are carnal and not spiritual. They lose (or never had) the power of God since they are not spiritual. They remain carnal. A carnal state prevents spiritual growth. Their pastors continue to feed them with the milk of the world instead of the meat of the word of God; therefore, there is no increase. Their worldly religious organizations do things the world’s way according to the world’s principles. Thank God for the remnant: Does that include you and your church?