Appendix to Simply Church

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Simply Church: The Holy Union of Christ and His Local Church

Links to books, essays, and articles which explain all matters related to the church/state relationship from God’s perspective as prescribed in His Word. These resources explain why church non-profit corporation status, federal tax-exempt status, charitable trust status, or legal entity status of any kind is spiritual prostitution; combine the heavenly with the earthly, the holy with the unholy, the eternal with the temporal; grieve our Lord; start a church on a downward slide toward heresy and apostasy; and corrupt the church, the state, and the people. All aspects of these matters are covered in the materials linked to below.

All resources and links below are from on jeraldfinney.com.

Bible Studies on the Doctrine of the Church

Separation of Church and State: God’s Churches: Spiritual or Legal Entities. This book explains why church corporate status, church Internal Revenue Code § 501(c)(3) or § 508(c)(1)(A) tax-exempt status or legal status of any kind is spiritual fornication. Churches who obtain such status betray their first love.

God Betrayed/Separation of Church and State: The Biblical Principles and the American Application. This book covers the Bible principles regarding God’s desired relationship between church and state and the American application of those principles. Section VI, “God Betrayed: Union of Church and State,” is an amplified version of Separation of Church and State: God’s Churches: Spiritual or Legal Entities.

Short Course covering the material in God Betrayed/Separation of Church and State: The Biblical Principles and the American Application.

Short Answers to Some Important Questions
gives links to short relevant articles which serve as good quick references:

The New Testament of Jesus Christ: His Executor Named and Empowered

  1.  What is a Spiritual entity?
  2.  What is a legal entity?
  3. Is a church a Spiritual entity, a legal entity, or a Spiritual/legal entity?
  4. Is it illegal for a church in America not to incorporate? Does a church have to be a 501c3?
  5. Does God Care if our Church is Incorporated?
  6. Should a Church Be a 508 Church?
  7. Does a church in America need an Employer (Tax) ID Number?
  8. Did President Trump do away with 501(c)(3) Requirements?
  9. What does church, inc. mean?
  10. Who Is the head of an incorporated church? 
  11. What is 501c3?
  12. What is 508?
  13. What is the history of the First Amendment?
  14. What is the History and Meaning of “Establishment of Religion” in America?
  15. What is an established church?
  16. What is a First Amendment Church?
  17. Question from a Church Concerning Church Organization
  18. The Bible Answer to the Question, “Is an Incorporated 501(c)(3) or 508 Church a Church of Christ?”

 Analysis of False reasons of Christians and Lawyers for church corporate, 501(c)(3) or 508(c)(1)(A) tax-exempt status or legal status of any kind

Essays and articles linked to at https://jeraldfinney.com/miscellaneous-articles/.
Here are links to articles there which are relevant to church/state relationship:

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

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