The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution: God’s law honored by man’s law

Jerald Finney spearheads the Churches under Christ Ministry, which is under the authority of Charity Baptist Tabernacle of Amarillo Texas. Ben Hickam is pastor of Charity Baptist Tabernacle. Finney is a licensed Christian attorney who specializes in church organization according to New Testament principles. The CUCM helps churches organize under Christ and Christ alone.

The underlying authority for all matters is the Word of God, the King James Bible, not man’s law. In America, churches can do things God’s way without violating man’s law. The highest law of the land concerning church organization and practice, the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, is a statement of Bible principles and protects the “establishment of religion” and “the free exercise” of religion. States have corresponding provisions in their Constitutions.

So don’t fall for the argument that a church must have corporate 501(c)(3) status because churches and believers must “obey every ordinance of man,” because of Romans 13.1 or for any other reason. See, for examples of churches who have organized and operate under Christ and Christ alone and whose pastor/trustee have successfully challenged the legal system for violating their First Amendment rights, Another Victory for a Church under Christ (092419) and The Indiana Board of Tax Review Determines that Church Property Held in Trust for the Lord Jesus Christ Must Be Granted Property Tax Exemption. All arguments given for church legal entity status (establishment) and against New Testament approved church organization through establishment of a common law (Bible) trust are patently false and are exposed for what they are by resources on this website.

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"Churches under Christ" is a ministry of Charity Baptist Tabernacle of Amarillo, Texas, Benjamin Hickam Pastor. Jerald Finney, a Christian Lawyer and member of Charity Baptist Tabernacle explains how a church in America can remain under the Lord Jesus Christ and Him only. "And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church" (Ephesians 1.22).

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