Answer to a Bible College Vice-President’s Article on Church Incorporation: “To Incorporate or Not to Incorporate?”

Many Bible Colleges and their leaders give advice on church incorporation without Bible, legal, or historical knowledge, wisdom, and understanding. Click here to go to an article giving such advice by “Dr.” Charles Brown, Executive Vice President of Landmark Baptist College; plus a rebuttal article by Jerald Finney published in “The Trumpet.” The title of the article is “To Incorporate or Not to Incorporate.?” The issue is also covered in Chapter 9, page 97 of the 3rd edition of Separation of Church and State/God’s Churches: Spiritual or Legal Entities?  (Click to go to a PDF of that book).

Note. I would now change some terminology used in the rebuttal argument mentioned above. For example, I referred to “pure New Testament church” in the article. After many more years of study, I would now use instead, “church under the authority of Jesus Christ and Him only” or something similar to that. Nonetheless, such minor misnomers do not change the truth of the conclusions.

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.” This is the first verse in the Bible with the word “church.” There are many “churches” (local visible assemblies) in America today who profess to follow Jesus Christ. Is it not important that such a church, for one thing, be built under the sole authority of the Lord Jesus Christ and the principles for Christ’s churches (assemblies) laid out in the New Testament?

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