Essays, Articles, and Other Resources Related to the Doctrine of the Church, Incorporation, 501c3, Etc.

Post Last Updated on May 20, 2019

Why Understanding and Applying Church and State Law Is Important for Believers and Churches (060312)

Click here to go to page with links to all Essays and Articles by Jerald Finney.

The numbers at the beginning of each essay and article is the number assigned on the “Essays” webpage and indicates the order in which the article was added to that webpage.

These essays and articles will explain how a church in America can face the oncoming onslaught against churches in the matters related to sexual perversion. For example, how a church can prevail against a newly proposed California law, if passed. For more on that law, see California Bill Will Outlaw Churches Helping People Out Of LGBT Lifestyle (062018). See also, for more information, ORDER INFORMATION, FREE PDF, AND FREE ONLINE VERSION PAGE FOR BOOKS BY JERALD FINNEY

Essays, Articles, Sermon Transcripts:

124. Doing God’s Work God’s Way: A Bible Call To Preach Outside The Typical American Church Explained (050919)
122. Remnant Churches under Christ in America (013019)
120. The Indiana Board of Tax Review Determines that Property Held in Trust for the Lord Jesus Christ Must Be Granted Property Tax Exemption (012319)
119. My reply to pastor teaching on Matthew 16.18 and Ephesians 1.22 thereafter questioned by accountant about church non-taxable status and the First Amendment (011419)
116. Letter and reply to a believer who left a church that would not discuss the issue of church corporate 501(c)(3) status (010819)
115. Legal answer to Pastor’s inquiry concerning whether a potential donor of substantial gift an claim a tax deduction under IRC Section 508 even though the church will not give an IRS acknowledgement (123118)
114. 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)(120118)
111. What is the history of the First Amendment? (121817)
110. What is the History and Meaning of “Establishment of Religion” in America? (121817)
109. What is an established church? (120417)
108. What is a First Amendment Church? (120117)

Articles 96-107 are short lessons included in the Basic Course which answer questions concerning church corporate 501c3 and 508 status:

107. What is 501c3? (120817)
106. What is 508? (120817)
105. What is a Spiritual entity? (120817)
104. What is a legal entity? (120817)
103. Is a church a Spiritual entity, a legal entity, or a Spiritual/legal entity? (112717)
102. Is it illegal for a church in America not to incorporate? Does a church have to be a 501c3? (112817)
101. Does God Care if our Church is Incorporated? (120117)
100. Should a Church Be a 508 Church? (113017)
99. Does a church in America need an Employer (Tax) ID Number? (112517)
98. What does church, inc. mean? (122217)
97. Who Is the head of an incorporated church? (112817)
96. Did President Trump do away with the Johnson Amendment?(120217)

95. The New Testament of Jesus Christ:  His Executor Named and Empowered (100418)
94. The Bible Answer to the Question, “Is an Incorporated 501(c)(3) or 508 Church a Church of Christ?” (Prepared for a talk given at the September 16-19 Liberty Baptist Church of Albuquerque, NM, Southwest Baptist Heritage Camp Meeting. Click here to go to Part I of the video of that presentation. Click here to go to Part II of that presentation, “Why a Church Is Not a Business.” Part II was removed from Part I. In Part II, Jerald Finney invited Evangelist and Pastor Terry Woodside to tell his story which demonstrates that a church which is a non-legal entity cannot be sued in America. Click here to go to the page which has links to all sermons and presentations at that meeting.)
90. The History and Meaning of “Establishment of Religion” in America (121817)
87. A Call to Anguish: Churches Reject God’s Authority (November 21, 2017)(The real meaning of church 501(c)(3) application and status emphasized in analysis of new article: “A New Religion Forms That Will Worship A ‘Godhead’ Based on AI”)A “Christian” Refuge of Lies: An Expose of “The Church that Birthed America” (113017)

85. What is a Church under Christ (a New Testament Church), and What Upholds Her Integrity? (110217)
81. An Informed Christian Response to the Article, “IRS Again Pressured To Hammer U.S. Churches” (102517)
23. Is Separation Of Church And State Found In The Constitution?
11. Does God and/or Civil Government Require Churches to Get 501(c)(3) Status?
10. Christians Who Call Evil Good and Good Evil
14. First Amendment Protection of New Testament Churches/Federal Laws Protecting State Churches (Religious Organizations) (022610)
19. Spiritual versus Legal Entities
75. Legal Explanation of Incorporation of Churches
30. Corporation: A human being without a soul
27. Church Internal Revenue Code § 508 Tax Exempt Status
66. Romans 13 and Related Verses (020717)
65. The Local Church: A Building or What? (020617)
64. Studies on the Bible Doctrine of the Church (013017)
15. 1,000 Pastors who pledge to defy IRS and preach politics from pulpit ahead of election misunderstand the law and the hierarchy of law (100312)
50. Can a church force a homosexual to turn straight to stay in the church? (090915)
44. The Hierarchy of Law as it relates to sodomy and sodomite marriage
42. 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)
34. More on Romans 13.1-2: The Governments That God Has Ordained
31. Self-proclaimed Non-501c3 Churches Who Are 501c3 Churches
27. Church Internal Revenue Code § 508 Tax Exempt Status(042814)
6. Preaching on Sodomy in a Hate Crime Atmosphere

Books, webpages:

  1. God Betrayed: Separation of Church and State: The Biblical Principles and the American Application
  2. Study Guide for the book God Betrayed
  3. An Abridged History of the First Amendment
  4. Separation of Church and State: God’s Churches – Spiritual or Legal Entities
  5. Render Unto God the Things that Are His: A Sytematic Study of Romans 13 and Related Verses
  6. The Most Important Thing: Loving God and/or Winning Souls
  7. An analysis of Ecclesiastical Law Center Attacks against the Ordinary Trust Recommended by this Old Paths Baptist Church “Separation of Church and State Law Ministry”
  8. Critique of “Church Freedom and the Corporation Sole” Website
  9. Quick Reference Guide for Churches Seeking to Organize According to New Testament Principles (Pamphlet)

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