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Lesson 1: Basics of the Bible Trust Relationship and How a Church Can Nullify the Trust Relationship

Jerald Finney
July 21, 2021

“… Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. … For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.” (Ephesians 5.25-27, 30).

Acts 20:28 “Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.”

Go to the following webpage for links to additional lessons as they are added: Lessons on the Bible (Common Law) Trust.

The only way I believe that a church can remain under the authority of the Lord Jesus Christ alone (See, e.g., Ephesians 1:22-23 and Colossians 1:16-18, King James Bible) and keep herself holy and separate from unholy civil government (see, e.g., 2 Corinthians 6:14-18, KJB) is by establishing a trust relationship with property, not by choosing to apply to the civil government (state or federal in America) to act legally (explained below) or to become a legal organization such as a non-profit corporation, a charitable trust, a business trust, a 501(c)(3) or 508(c)(1)(A) tax exempt organization, or by acting as a legal organization. A church acts as a legal organization and is classified as an unincorporated association by acting legally—by holding property in the name of the church, holding insurance in the name of the church, opening a bank account in the name of the church, entering into a contract, having employees, or by acting legally in some other way(s).

The common law or Bible trust is not a charitable trust, a business trust, or some other type of organization created by man’s law. This type of trust is recognized by man’s law, but is not the creation of man’s law. It is not statutory.

The Bible trust is not an organization. It is a relationship with property whereby a trustee holds and manages property solely for the benefit of the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus, the true and beneficial owner of the property.

The First Amendment to the United States Constitution.

Some churches exercise their Bible freedom and duty to operate under the Lord Jesus Christ in all things. American churches who desire to do so are protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution and corresponding state constitutional provisions. “And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence” (Colossians 1:18).

The “common law” or “Bible” trust is a fiduciary relationship with real and personal property (personal property includes intangible property such as money and bank accounts) recognized, but not created by, man’s law. This relationship is created by an agreement between a trustor and trustee, is private, creates no contract with the state (the state is not a party), and is not subject to control by civil government and its courts. Trust documents, if any, are never required to be filed in man’s legal system through any of its courts or agencies. This type of trust is not a legal entity.

The trust relationship can be established orally or in writing. If not in writing, and if the facts show the intent to establish a relationship with property to be held by a trustee for the benefit of the true owner of the property, then a trust relationship has been established. This is so no matter the terms used. It is not necessary to use the terms “trust,” “trustor,” “trustee,” “trust estate,” or “beneficiary” for a trust relationship to come into existence if the essentials of the relationship are there.

The trustor creates the relationship and names a trustee who agrees to administer a trust estate funded by the trustor (and others, if any, who wish to contribute to the trust estate) solely for the benefit of another, the true owner of the trust estate, the beneficiary (the Lord Jesus Christ). The trustor merely establishes the trust relationship. The trustee administers the trust estate solely for the benefit of the owner of the trust estate. Once assets are placed in the trust estate, those assets permanently belong to the beneficiary, not to the trustor (in an irrevocable trust).

An inactive trust is no trust at all. The elements of valid trust are: trustor, trustee, beneficiary, and trust estate. If an element is missing, there is no trust. If there is no trustor, trustee, trust estate and beneficiary there is no trust. Without a trust estate, there is no trust. For a trust relationship to exist, all elements of the trust must exist. If there is no trust estate, there can be no trust. One cannot establish a fiduciary relationship with property if there is no property.

Some churches have properly drafted and executed documents establishing a proper trust relationship in order to remain under the Lord Jesus Christ only; but they have nullified their efforts by never listing trust property to the trust estate in an appendix to the trust document. All property and assets in the trust estate should be listed in the appendix. Again, if no property is placed in the trust estate, the trust is non-existent. The Appendix should list all personal property (song books, pews, musical instruments, etc., checking account, etc.), real property, motor vehicles, and other assets held in trust estate.

Churches who have set up a trust relationship with money and property – through a Declaration of Trust, Procedures, or whatever the document is titled – nullify their efforts to remain under Christ only by acting legally. When a church acts legally, she is a legal entity subject to the jurisdiction of civil government, an unincorporated association.

What is a legal entity? A legal entity is an entity that can be sued, sues, can be charged with a crime, enters into contracts or acts legally in any way. When a church acts legally or applies to the state or federal government for legal status (incorporation, charitable trust, 501(c)(3), etc.), she has declared herself to be a legal entity.

How can a church act legally? She can, for example, hold deed to real property, open a bank account, hold title to motor vehicle(s), hold insurance, contract, borrow money, incorporate the church or a ministry of the church, claim Internal Revenue Code § 508(c)(1)(A) status for the church or a ministry of the church, have employees, pay salaries or do anything else in accordance with or subject to man’s legal system and not according to New Testament church guidelines and example. A church who holds insurance admits that she is a legal worldly entity who can be sued. Operating legally in any way makes a church a legal entity subject to the authority of man’s law.

Of course, civil government has authority under God to punish individual evildoers and reward those who do good, no matter how a church is organized. But God did not give civil government authority or jurisdiction over a church who chooses to remain under Jesus Christ and Jesus Christ alone.

A properly implemented trust relationship with money and/or property keeps a church entirely out of man’s earthly legal systems and under the Lord Jesus Christ in all things. That is, if the church does not misstep and declare herself to be a legal entity subject to the law of man in some other way. Thank the Lord and the martyrs of Jesus who in putting Christ first in all things paid the price that gave all Americans freedom of religion and soul liberty as guaranteed by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution and corresponding state constitutional provisions.

God’s Word Commands a Holy, Separated Church

Jerald Finney
May 2, 2021

Christ … loved the church and gave himself for it” (Ephesians 5:).
Christ purchased the church with his own blood (Acts 20:28).

“The biblical doctrine of separation is based upon one of God’s essential attributes—His holiness.” “God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth” (1 John 1:5-6). “The perfect will of God is always the same: ‘[B]e ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.”

God’s Word lets us know “what fellowships are permissible, as well as which ones are not.” Separation from error and the errant is for a believer’s spiritual well-being,” that of others, “and usefulness in service.” Separation glorifies God. Union with the worldly, the profane, false teachers, and disobedient brothers displeases God.

Most believers agree that God’s Word proclaims the principle of separation, but few are concerned with personal or church application; fewer even want to open their minds and heart to the principle as applied to the relationship between church and state. The Bible teaches separation of church and state. “Separation from evil and every false way is always God’s order. We are called to be separated unto Christ and declared positionally sanctified ‘in Him’ the moment we believed and were saved…. Separation is a Biblical truth—past, present, and future.”

Christians find it “a problem to understand why” God commands churches to be solely under the authority of the Lord Jesus Christ, even if this means they must separate, not only from civil government (incorporation, 501(c)(3), 508(c)(1)(A), etc.), but also from compromised Christian organizations, ministries, and churches. “And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them” (Ephesians 5:11). False teaching from within (1 Co. 5:6-8) or without (Lk. 12:1) taints or corrupts. An established church, a church who has combined with the state, has false teaching from within the church, and has invited false teaching from without the church.

Churches are to separate from worldliness. The influence of worldliness through man’s law—incorporation, federal tax exempt status, legal status of any kind—“destroys sensitivity to what is truly acceptable to God and what is not.” God commands:

Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever” (1 John 2:15-17).

Churches are to separate from false teachers. They should not enter into fellowship with churches, ministries, and organizations “which have rejected God’s infallible and final Revelation:”

  • “And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty” (2 Corinthians 6:14-18).

God’s desire is that a church never join with civil government and any man-ordained and -created organizational scheme or any organization not in “strict adherence to the truth of the Word of God.” “Any common religious or spiritual endeavor (worship, evangelism, prayer, education, relief, etc.) with those who have rejected Bible truth is in direct conflict with this Biblical commandment of separation if [a church] participates with them.”

Rejection of Bible truth is wickedness, and “it is His will for His own to separate from all such evil.” God says He will “‘be a Father’ unto those who separate from apostasy (2 Corinthians 6:18).” “Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God” (2 Corinthians 7:1).

Churches must not only separate, but they must also “have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them” (Ephesians 5:11). We should vehemently sound a warning to all groups “riddled with unbelief … but we must also vehemently sound a warning to all believers who might be drawn subtly into complicity with” heresy and apostasy.

Churches are to separate from spiritual fornicators—those who fornicate with civil government and justify it through false teaching, heresy. A heretic who denies Bible truth is to be rejected, not embraced: “A man that is an heretick after the first and second admonition reject” (Titus 3:10). A Bible believing and practicing believer, and church by extension, must not find himself in common cause with such,

  • “whether it is by ecclesiastical affiliation, or by any form of joint ministry or worship. The clear call is for everyone who names the name of Christ to separate himself from every dishonorable vessel; that is, those who have turned away from the truth of the infallible Word. Only then will a vessel be ‘meet for the Master’s use, prepared unto every good work.’ Only when a believer has ‘depart[ed] from iniquity’ and has separated from those ‘who concerning the truth have erred’ can he truly have fellowship ‘with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.’”
  • “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness. And their word will eat as doth a canker: of whom is Hymenaeus and Philetus; Who concerning the truth have erred, saying that the resurrection is past already; and overthrow the faith of some. Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.  But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour. If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work. Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart(2 Timothy 2:15-22).
  • On this point, most churches “turn away from the plain teaching of God’s Word because of:

“their refusal to separate from false teachers and … affiliations as previously mentioned. For them, the desire for visible unity, respectability, popularity or success; or the avoidance of appearing to be schismatic or ‘too negative’ takes precedence over simple obedience to the Bible. They may even justify their disobedience on the basis of love or opportunities to witness. But it is still disobedience, and God says we are not to walk in fellowship with disobedient brethren:

Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly, and not after the tradition which he received of us. And if any man obey not our word by this epistle, note that man, and have no company with him, that he may be ashamed. Yet count him not as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother’ (2 Thessalonians 3:6, 14-15).

  • “There is no such thing as so-called ‘first and second degree separation,’ just Bible separation, plain and simple.”

Many brethren in state affiliated churches say and do many commendable things. But, “by their very church association … they are repudiating Biblical separation.” Refusing the call to be separate is sin. No matter how impressive are their “numbers and far-reaching influence, if they do not hold to sound doctrine” and warn of against union with the world, God’s Word is slighted. “It cannot be pleasing to God when there is not, first of all, an agreement on—and then practice of—the Truth. “Can two walk together, except they be agreed” (Amos 3:3)? “All who support and thereby join in the fellowship with compromising ministries are partakers with that error. Loss of reward awaits all who thus identify themselves with those who do not hold to the ‘doctrine of Christall of it, from Genesis through Revelation.

Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them” (Romans 16:17): “One who practices Bible separation is not the one who causes divisions between believers. Divisions are caused by those who do not practice sound doctrine.” What is more important than the purity of the church? “Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it” (Ephesians 5:25).

Reasons for Bible separation include:

  1. It maintains church purity.
  2. It promotes spiritual well-being.
  3. Full reward at the judgment seat of Christ. “And if a man also strive for masteries, yet is he not crowned, except he strive lawfully” (2 Timothy 2:5); See also, e.g., 1 Corinthians 3:13-15 and Revelation 3:11). God is a jealous God and He wants our undivided loyalty. “He is not pleased when His children are identified, even in the slightest, with compromise or error. Such doublemindedness prevents our fellowship with Him (1 Corinthians 10:16-21).”
  4. “Finally, separation from disobedient brethren is necessary in order to maintain a strong, consistent testimony in the midst of theological turmoil and confusion. Compromised fellowship clouds the issues, dulls the spiritual discernment and silences Scriptural reproof.

Be not deceived, evil communications corrupt good manners [right conduct]]” (1 Corinthians 15:33). Only a separated Bible believer is able, in obedience to God’s clear command, to sound a faithful warning concerning the deception that Satan is sowing in the Church today (Acts 20:28-31). Always remember that our God is HOLY, and He calls us to be holy. In order to be obedient to His command, we must endeavor, but the grace of God, to be separated wholly unto Him, regardless of the cost or the scorn of man.”

Note. The unattributed quotations are from the tract, “What Does the Bible Say about SEPARATION?” Fundamental Evangelistic Association; P.O. Box 6278—Los Osos, California 93412.

Sad that the state of the church has become the church of the state

See, for more on this, Render Unto God the Things that Are His, a Study of Romans 13 and Related Verses.

Pastor Neal Arthur
March 31, 2021

It has become a sad day in America when the state of the Church has become the Church of the State.  The Covid pandemic has served a purpose in separating the true from the false,  in most cases, as far as I’m concerned.

Churches across the land followed the orders of their state by shutting down and obeying what their governors or legislators demanded. These weak entities that they considered their church were proven to be nothing more than a ward of the state.  For fear of losing tax breaks and any other goodies that went along with their 501(c)3 status,  they chose to remain under the yoke of their state.

Myers Park United Methodist Church in Charlotte, N.C., is one of many United Methodist churches across the U.S. that are choosing not to have on  the website worship (if there is such a thing) until the coronavirus threat subsides. In other words, this church chooses to disobey God.

Whether or not this so-called pandemic was “planned” to oust President Trump remains to be seen. However, what it DID do was expose a whole conglomeration of false prophets, who prophesied that Trump was going to to be re-elected for a 2nd term.  Not that we needed much proof of who these blind leaders of the blind were anyway. It’s almost comical, if it weren’t so serious, to watch them all back-peddle, or move the goal posts as the saying goes, on their failed prophecies. These false teachers and so-called prophets are leading multitudes into a devil’s Hell. And many of them are regular church-goers.

I also, voted from President Trump, but what Pastor Neal says in this article is true. What about the believers who are deceived by the false prophets? See False Prophets in America Are Doing Great Damage to the Cause of Christ.

There are also plenty of Christians and “professing” Christians who have put Donald J. Trump on a pedestal. Don’t get me wrong, I voted for him twice, and probably would do so again.  Many who claim to be followers of Christ don’t realize that in the eyes of others, and particularly their pastors, they worship Trump more than they do their Lord. I know a lot of professing Christians who speak of Trump as though he were the 2nd Coming, and go in to public and say nothing about their Saviour Jesus Christ. I’ve witnessed it time after time.

When Moses came down from the mount, he saw the people had fallen into idolatry. How could Aaron think Moses to be so stupid that they threw their gold into the fire and out jumped a golden calf? I hate to say it, but Donald Trump is the golden calf that has captured the awe of Christianity.  Take note, this man has no marks of a saved person, no matter how many Catholic churches he stands in front of holding a Bible. What was his intent that day for doing that?

Click the above to go to the essay, Is Separation of Church and State Found in the Constitution?

Donald Trump’s spiritual advisors were heretics and apostates. That was the group he surrounded himself with, led by the apostate and false prophet Paula White. Yes, I am of the opinion that Donald Trump is the golden calf of Christianity. Pastors, pray for your people who have been hornswoggled by this superficial Christianity. Right-wing politicians don’t make everything right. The majority of them are also deceived, and cannot be trusted.

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Related article by Jerald Finney: A Warning From God’s Word to Pastor John MacArthur and Grace Community Church (072920)

This Is Not a Communist Country’: CA Pastor Pleads With Gov. Newsom (March 16, 2021)(Article and video. Watch this pastor plead and beg the heathen governor of California to let the church, a religious corporation with 501(c)(3) tax exempt status, open. This man, those who attend the church he is over (Christ is not over that church), Liberty Counsel, and lawyer Matt Staver are a disgrace to the name of Christ, a stench in the nostrils of God. The “pastor” mentions not one Bible verse and only gives secular reasons for his plea. By the way, California is a communist led state, and America, because of pastors like this, is fast becoming a communist country, ruled by globalist (Satanic), not Bible, leaders, pastors, and principles.)

See also, False Prophets in America Are Doing Great Damage to the Cause of Christ.

Note. Of course, there are a relatively small remnant of churches in America who still obey God rather than men.

 

Some things you can know, without doubt, about America.

Jerald Finney
February 12, 2021

God, the Sovereign of the Universe, ordained the nations and civil government, to include the United States. (Romans 13:1). God gave the nations their authority and jurisdiction, and He will hold them to account. 

He ordained civil government for the earthly benefit of man: to control evil doers (Romans 13:3-4). He, in the Old Testament, states the fate of all nations, that of Israel and of the Gentile nations. God ordained human government after the flood. See Genesis 8:21-9:6. He ordained government of man by man, civil government, as a direct control over evil men who commit certain crimes, mainly the crime of premeditated murder. Under the dispensation of conscience which extended from the fall to the flood, man utterly failed, and the judgment of the flood marks the end of the second dispensation, conscience, and the start of the third, human government. God’s only remedy, after man showed that the constraint of conscience was not sufficient to control his evil imagination, was judgment, the judgment of the flood.

After the flood, God divided the “isles of the Gentiles into their lands; every one after his tongue, after their families, in their nations” (Genesis 10:5; 11; Deuteronomy 32:8). God did this because, if all worldly government were consecrated in one world government, the potential for evil would be unlimited. “The people, instead of obeying God’s command to scatter and fill the earth, conceived the idea of staying together and building the tower of Babel to achieve their aim. Fellowship with man replaced fellowship with God.” Soon after this division into nations, mankind attempted to build the world’s first “United Nations” building (Genesis 11:4). “And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do” (Genesis 11:6). God’s only remedy was judgment the judgment of the confusion of languages and the reaffirmation of nationalism (Genesis 11:9; see also, Deuteronomy 32:9 and Acts 17:26).

Besides controlling evil, a second purpose of civil government can be inferred from an admonition of Paul to Timothy (1 Timothy 2:1-6). Civil government, to honor God, should allow all men the freedom to choose God, no god, a god or gods according to their own free will.

A third purpose of civil government, as seen in God’s dealing with Gentile nations in the Old Testament, and in the New Testament, is to teach. A nation under God will base its law upon biblical principles. It will remain within its God-given earthly jurisdiction, but will also point to God as the Sovereign who ordained the nations; this in its organic documents. It will point to truth, including the ultimate truth that Jesus stated: “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no  man cometh unto the Father but by me.” This is why it is important that government leaders and officials pray in other name than the name of Jesus. On the other hand, a nation which dishonors God  teaches the principles of Satan, the god of this world. A nation under God will enforce the second table of the law, not the first table. See, God Betrayed, especially Sections III and IV of God Betrayed.

Before God called out a nation unto Himself, the nation Israel, “history was that of the whole Adamic race. There was neither Jew nor Gentile; all were one in ‘the first man Adam.” Sometime after ordaining civil government, God called out Abram to be the father of Israel. Israel was to be a the only theocratic nation he ever ordained. After that, humanity must be thought of as a vast stream from which God, in the call of Abram and the creation of the nation Israel, has but drawn off a slender rill, through which He may at last purify the great river itself.

“The human race, called Gentile in distinction from Israel, goes on under the Adamic and Noahic covenants; and that for the race (outside Israel) the dispensations of Conscience and of Human government continue. The moral history of the great Gentile world is told in Ro. 1:21-32 and its moral accountability in Romans 2:1-16. Conscience never acquits: it either “accuses” or ‘excuses.’ Where the law is known to the Gentiles it is to them, as to Israel, ‘a ministration of death,’ a ‘curse’ (Romans 3:19; 7:9-10; 2 Corinthians 3:7; Galatians 3:10). A wholly new responsibility arises when either Jew or Gentile knows the Gospel (John 3:18-19; 15:22-24; 16:9; 1 John 5:9-12).”

God called Israel for specific purposes: to be a witness to the unity of God in the midst of universal idolatry (Deuteronomy 6:4; Is. 43:10-12); to illustrate the blessedness of serving the true God (De. 33:26-29); to receive and preserve the divine revelations (Ro. 3:1-2; De. 4:5-8); and to produce the messiah (Genesis 3:15; 21:12; 28:10; 49:10; 2 Samuel 7:16-17; Is. 4:3-4; Matthew 1:1). God promised Abraham, among other things, that He would bless those nations who blessed Israel and curse those nations that cursed Israel (Genesis 12:3, 15:18; the Abrahamic Covenant). God’s histories and prophecies concerning Gentile nations, as related to Israel, and as to their religious and moral state, are the key to understanding their position and fate.

“From Genesis 12. to Matthew 12.45 the Scriptures have primarily in view Israel, the little rill, not the great Gentile river; though again and again the universality of the ultimate divine intent breaks into view (e.g., Genesis 12:3; Is. 2:2; 5:26; 9:1; 11:10-12; 42:1-6; 49:6,12; 52:15; 54:3; 55:5; 60:3,5,11-16; 61:6; 62:2; 66:12,18-19; Jeremiah 16:19; Joel 3:9-10; Matthew 1:11 Romans 9. 10. 11. Galatians 3:8-14.

God desires Gentile nations choose to glorify Him. However, the Word of God says that no civil government, Jew or Gentile, since all are made up of sinful men, will, before the return of Christ, follow the principles of God for any significant time. That both Israel and the Gentiles have governed for self, not God, is sadly apparent. Therefore, every civil government that has ever existed or which will ever come about prior to the return of the Lord will be judged by God. The Lord will return and crush the Gentile world-powers existing at the time of His return which, led by the beast and the false prophet, will come and besiege Israel. (Re. 19:19). The nation Israel will then be restored to the land which God gave them according to His covenant with them. (Many verses in the Bible verify this. Here are a few: Isaiah 11.11-16; 14.1-8; 27.12-13; 43; 45.17; 48; 49.8-21; 51; 52; 54; 61.3-62; 65.17-66.24; Jeremiah 16.14-16; 23.3-8; 24.6; 30.8-11, 16-24; 31; 32.37-44; 46.27; 50.19-20; Ezekiel 11.17-21; 16.60-63; 28.25-26; 34.11-31; 36; 37.21-25; 37; 39.25- 29; Hosea 2.14-23; Joel 3; Amos 9.13-15; Micah 4.6-8; Zephaniah 3.4-20; Zechariah 10; Acts 1.6-7; Romans 11.25-27). God will do this for His “holy name’s sake, which [Israel had] profaned among the heathen.” Ezekiel 36: 22-23, 32. Then, Satan will be cast “into the bottomless pit, that he might deceive that nations no more, til the thousand years be fulfilled,” (Revelation 20:1-3) the nations shall be judged, (Matthew 25:32-46), and the Lord Jesus Christ will set up His thousand year reign on earth. (Daniel 2:34-36, 44).

God Judged Sodom and Gomorrah. See “Religious Organizations (Apostasy), The Sodomite Agenda (Pride in Gross Immorality), and Civil Government Tyranny

God judges nations. He has given them their authority (Daniel 2:37-40), and will hold them to account (Psalms 2; 9:17-20; 47:2-3; 135:6, 10-11; 136:17-21). God used Assyria to judge Israel, then judged Assyria for its pride in boasting that she had done this ((Isaiah 10:5-190).

God, through his prophets, told of the coming judgments on all nations, and the reasons for those judgments. Here is just a sampling from the Old Testament: destruction of Moab (Isaiah 15-16); destruction of Damascus (Isaiah 17); burden of Egypt (Isaiah 19:17); prophecy that Assyria will waste Egypt and Ethiopia (Isaiah 20:18); burden of Tyre (Isaiah 23); woe of Ephriam (Isaiah 28); Armageddon: “the indignation of the LORD is upon all nations, and his fury upon all their armies: he hath utterly destroyed them…. (Isaiah 34));”judgment of Babylon (Isaiah 47:22); judgment on Israel’s oppressors (Isaiah 49.22-26; 51); all nations to be judged—many nations listed to be judged (Jeremiah 25.11-14, 15-38; 26.18-38); destruction of Egypt, Philistia, Tyre, Moab, Ammonites, Edom, Damascus, Elam, Babylon, Chaldea, etc.—read through Jeremiah 46-51 and notice the reasons given for destroying these nations; Babylon destroyed because Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, scattered Israel (Jeremiah 50.17-18); because they [strove] against the LORD (Jeremiah 50.24); the judgment against Babylon and all the inhabitants of Chaldea because of the violence and evil done to Israel (Jeremiah 51.24, 35-36. 27); judgments against various nations in Ezekiel 25-32—the reason for each judgment given and the judgment; judgment of the Gentile nations in Joel 3.2-8 after Armageddon; judgments on people surrounding Israel prophesied in Amos 1.1-2.3; judgments on certain nations prophesied in Zephaniah 2.4-15; Zechariah, more than Haggai or Malachi, gives God’s thoughts about the treatment of Israel by nations surrounding Israel—He has given them their authority and will hold them to account, the test being their treatment of Israel. “For thus saith the LORD of hosts; After the glory hath he sent me unto the nations which spoiled you: for he that toucheth you toucheth the apple of his eye” (Zechariah 2.8).

One Old Testament Scripture which is on point as to the judgments of the nations is Jeremiah 25:15-38, King James Bible. All nations will be judged. All nations reach the point where the only remedy is judgment. All nations includes America. The three stages in the downfall of a nation are religious apostasy, moral awfulness, and political anarchy. See, e.g. Dr. J. Vernon McGee, Judges, a great Bible teaching on this matter. The book of Isaiah opens with God giving this philosophy of history, by outlining these three steps which cause the downfall of nations. Likewise, Romans 1:18-32 lays out these steps, at least the first two, in the downfall of nations.

America is a Gentile nation. America is well into the third stage toward her downfall. There is a small remnant of true believers in America, but”

  • Religious apostasy, even among so-called Christians and Christianity, pervades the land.
  • Moral awfulness prevails.
  • Political tyranny, nationally, and for many states, prevails.

God’s judgment of America has begun. When America curses Israel, God’s final judgment will fall.

False Prophets in america are doing great damage to the cause of christ

Deuteronomy 18:20-22

False prophets in America are leading millions of believers the wrong way, taking them from the truths and prophesies of the word of God, and causing millions of lost people, people whom our Lord loved enough to lay down his life as a ransom for their sins, to blaspheme God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost. Before their declarations that God told them that President Trump was going to be the President again in 2021, they had all given many false prophesies, but their followers were not phased in their support of these deceivers. Many of their followers are devoid of Bible knowledge, at least on this matter, and continue to follow their chosen authorities, the false prophets.

The Old Testament gives God’s guidelines for His prophets who predict future events. You can see the video linked to below and also the webpage study (not anywhere near completion) linked to below for some help in figuring this matter out.

The New Testament makes clear, to one who contextually studies the issue, that the New Testament prophesies were a sign to the Jews and that they would and have ceased. The prophet of God, since the cessation of prophecy in the Old Testament sense, applies perfect Bible principles and prophecies to unfolding world events.

I have some dear Christian friends who follow these false prophets. I have a friend who himself is a false prophet and prophesied to his mailing list, a week before January 20, that God told him that President Trump was going to be President. I emailed him after the election and confronted him on his false prophecy. I have talked to others who proclaimed the same thing. I have seen them online, for example at the December 12, 2020 rally in Washington D.C. By the way, that rally revealed to me the chaos that is “Christianity” in America.

Here is an email from a wonderful and dear Christian couple, sent me On Friday, January 15, 2021, 03:00:25 PM CST, _______________:

Hi Jerald!

____ & I watched this.  Thanks for sharing!  It is amazing – the depth of the corruption that will be going down, and IS going down right now!

I believe President Trump was born, and is now being used by God, for such a time as this!  No other person could have weathered the “daily” attacks, witch hunts, lies, etc., like he has.  He has been (through ALL of this evil) the BEST President we have EVER had!!!

I believe God is not done with America yet, and when the many, many corrupt, deep state people are arrested, taken out for treason, or those that choose to suicide out, the next 4 years with President Trump – a TRUE leader who loves God and loves America/Americans and is putting America FIRST, I believe the greatest revival of all times will be ushered in and many will be saved, before our Lord and Savior comes, in the clouds of Heaven, at the Rapture, and will catch away his true Bride!

What a day that will be!!! 🙌🏻😁🙌🏻

It was SO great for Rock and I to speak with you yesterday, Jerald!

And, yes, let’s not let it be so long until we speak again!

God richly BLESS you, brother!!!

Love In Christ,
________________________

I replied to them:

Jerald Finney jerald.finney@sbcglobal.net To:_____________Fri, Jan 15 at 7:43 PM

Hi, Dear Brother and Sister,

I hope that you are right about President Trump. As you know, I love you and vice versa. To love means to tell the truth. One of us is wrong about some things. I know that you love the Lord as do I. So you tell me what you believe to be the truth and vice versa. I am so glad that we can disagree and still love each other.

However, I know you are wrong about America. The foundation for what I believe is the Bible, not modern day false prophets or God’s direct revelations to me through dreams, visions, or any other means. Ultimately, sooner or later, much greater judgment will come to America. God has a small remnant in America. For the most part, America and Americans are corrupt to the core. The federal government is corrupt and follows the principles of the God of this world. President Trump fought hard against the corruption there; his stand was confronted by the followers of the devil as all hell broke loose. But worse yet, “Christian” churches, except for a remnant, are likewise corrupt prostitutes who have chosen to join themselves to the world.

If God does not finally judge America (of course He is already doing so, but less than His ultimate judgment), then He is inconsistent, and God is never inconsistent; He puts His Word above His name. By the way, cannot one see that God is now judging America and trying to wake up “Christians” first and America second? He has not succeeded at this point. Even “Christians” do not get it.

God often uses famine and pestilence for a couple of reasons: (1) to test His people and (2) to judge a people. Much of the world is, and has in the past, experienced pestilence and famine. America is now experiencing pestilence. This pestilence, whether of God or not, is testing those who claim to be His people; and it is definitely affecting everyone in the world.

Even President Trump could not anticipate or cope with the pandemic. Everything seemed to be great in America unless one looked at the whole picture. Since not even most Christians were doing so, one could surmise that God wanted to wake them up, as well as the nation as a whole.

I heard no contemporary “prophet” foretell the pandemic and the consequences of the pandemic to the world, much less to America. Why? Because they were false prophets as proven by the false prophesies they made.

With the pandemic, suddenly everything changed. Catastrophe hit America hard, and it continues. Catastrophe did not bring repentance on a national level or a church level. Even to this day, many  Christians are proclaiming the greatness of President Trump and of the nation instead of turning to God with a humble and contrite spirit and acknowledging through prayer that America is wicked, that most churches are wicked, seeking God’s face, and turning from their wicked ways as believers and churches. Instead, their desire is to have their ears tickled. Churches have prostituted themselves by forming unholy alliances with civil governments, operating according to business principles instead of Bible principles (becoming entertainment centers whose purpose is to tickle ears as opposed to preaching the Word of God, etc.).

If God says judgment will happen given certain situations, it will happen, and He said it would happen. A nation can repent, but God’s Word makes clear that once a nation reaches a certain point, the only remedy God has is judgment for that nation. Why, because once a nation reaches that point, the nation will not repent. For more on this, see the Biblical Doctrine of Government.

On the national level, believers falsely proclaim that America is great instead of seeking national repentance. At the December 12 rally in Washington, no one said, “Let us cry out to God. Let us repent of our sins as individuals. Let us repent of our sins as churches. Let us repent of the sins of the nation.” There was no repentance. They said the name of God, but their hearts were far from Him. They bragged on America. They were proud. God hates pride.

Inherent in repentance is a broken and contrite spirit, not pride. Christians in America, have a besetting sin. They are proud. They believe that America is great. They call other nations evil but proclaim that America is great. All the while, America is wicked to the core as a nation. America has been blessed by God because America once, to a great degree, honored God; but only God is great. America as a nation has dishonored God. So how can America be great?

Yes, I have, in the past, been thankful to have been a citizen of America. Why? because I have had it easy in the earthly sense. When I was lost, I was blessed materially; but material worldly prosperity could not fill that void which can only be filled by God. Jesus Christ filled that void in me when he saved me. Since salvation, I have not been persecuted for doing what God told me to do. In truth, I would have been blessed to a far greater extent eternally had I been a believer persecuted and martyred for my faith in the Lord in a tyrannical country. Americans have been blessed materially. Americans are no longer blessed spiritually. God’s reservoir of material prosperity for America is running out of water.

The great majority of churches are heretical or apostate, nothing but businesses with little Popes who are building their little empires, using the name of God. Some honor Him with their tongues but their hearts are far from Him. They keep for commandments the commandments of men. They marry up with other lovers, the state and federal governments. And I could continue on this, but will not.

I, in my limited understanding, am for the reelection of President Trump.  However, he is lacking in spiritual knowledge, understanding, and wisdom. Yes, he was great for the economy and he did much good according to the Bible. He greatly improved the economy, stood against abortion as much as he was able, closed the borders, got most of our servicemen out of foreign countries, cancelled some wicked treaties, stood up for Israel, etc.

God does not judge a country based upon the economy; and most “Christians” point mainly to what he has done for the economy. President Trump needs to lead America toward repentance toward God (and away from its sins) and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ. Instead of glorifying America, Christians need to glorify God by repenting of their national sins – self-righteousness, heretical and apostate churches and Christians, the disregard of the Word of God and the principles therein, hedonism, abortion, sodomy, lesbianism, etc. For national revival, America will have to repent of her wickedness. How can a nation made up of mostly lost people, most of whom reject God and His principles, repent? How can a nation repent when that nation is filled with untold millions, even some falsely so-called “Christians,” who God has given up to a reprobate mind (see Romans 1:18-32)?

How can America have national revival when even believers and churches, except for a remnant, are totally out of order without hope of real revival? How can anyone, including Donald Trump and his devoted Christian followers, think that they can straighten America out when they cannot order their lives and their churches according to the principles in God’s Word?

Every believer and church needs to get down on their knees and repent for their own sins, and for their sins as a church. That is not happening in the great majority of churches since they have little or no spiritual understanding. Spiritual understanding comes when a believer bows down to the Word of God. On the national political level, President Trump and all the other “Christians” in government and in the nation, need to get down on their knees and repent, with weeping, when they assemble. See, A Call to Anguish: Churches Rejection God’s Authority; see also, in conjunction with that article, a 7 minute, 24 second excerpt from a sermon entitled A Call to Anguish.

Again, I love you both. Time will tell and I believe time will confirm the Word of God.

For His Glory,
Brother Jerald

Click to go to an unfinished Bible study: Prophets and Preachers-Good and Bad

Click to go to a good online video teaching on false prophets in America today (he even names some names) of an evangelist and member of Charity Baptist Tabernacle: Caleb Hickam Bible teaching on false prophets with application to contemporary false prophets in America.

Jer. 14:11-14  Then said the LORD unto me, Pray not for this people for their good. When they fast, I will not hear their cry; and when they offer burnt offering and an oblation, I will not accept them: but I will consume them by the sword, and by the famine, and by the pestilence. Then said I, Ah, Lord GOD! behold, the prophets say unto them, Ye shall not see the sword, neither shall ye have famine; but I will give you assured peace in this place.  Then the LORD said unto me, The prophets prophesy lies in my name: I sent them not, neither have I commanded them, neither spake unto them: they prophesy unto you a false vision and divination, and a thing of nought, and the deceit of their heart. Etc. See following verses as well.

God reaches the point where he will not hear the cry of a nation. America may have reached that point.

 

Answer to the question, “Why do you feel so strongly about the King James Bible?”

Someone mailed me the following question: Why do you feel so strongly about the King James Bible?

My answer was as follows:

You ask a very important question that is not quickly answered in its entirety. I have studied this issue for years, mainly through listening to those who have devoted their lives to studying it. I have read several books that deal with the issue. Let me give you just a very small sampling of my reasons.

Before I begin, let me refer you to: King James Bible Page which will give more information. Also, you may want to look at my online book review of The Word: God Will Keep It.

One related argument is: “Only the originals are divinely taught.” That argument is really ludicrous, because it does not take into account that there are no originals nor does it take into account God. If only the originals are divinely inspired, there is no word of God. However, that God can reproduce his word, even if it is destroyed, lost or decomposes – should be evident to a born again believer. Those who make the argument that only the originals are inspired have a small god, not the God of the Bible. See Jeremiah 36 for witness to the power of God when man attempts to destroy it. God has preserved his word through men. See below.

(1) First and foremost, I believe the Bible, and I am totally convinced that the KJB is the Bible in English.

(2) All English Versions except the KJB (at least all significant versions, and I think all versions except the KJB) come down through the Catholic/Alexandrian line, a contaminated line. The KJB lineage goes back to Antioch. A lot of study has gone into this issue.

(3)  If one version is not the word of God, then there is no word of God. If there is a word of God in English, which I am convinced beyond a doubt that there is, there can only be one. All versions are different, significantly different, so they cannot all be the word of God. God said he would preserve his words. Psalms 12:6-7 (which many versions eliminate-check yours) “The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.” Notice that the “words” are pure, not the thoughts, etc. By faith, I believe whatever God says. Every word is precisely where it is for a reason. Every word is like a piece of a puzzle-it has to be there for the puzzle to be complete. Altering the words can significantly impact the study of the precepts, since one must consider every word spoken on a topic to get a full understanding of the topic. Only the KJB is consistent and interprets itself. This is because the KJB translators set out to do a word by word translation, not an interpretation like those who interpreted the other versions. The interpretors of the other versions started with contaminated manuscripts and further contaminated them by their methods of interpretation.

(4) The Bible testifies as to its own inspiration:

(a) The writers affirm, where they speak of the subject at all, that they speak by direct divine authority.
(b) They invariably testify that the words, and not the ideas merely, are inspired. An important passage is 1 Co. 2.7-15 which is copied and pasted below.
(c) The whole attitude of Jesus Christ toward the Old Testament, as disclosed in His words, both before His death and after His resurrection, confirms its truth and divine origin, and He explicitly ascribes the Pentateuch to Moses.
(d) In promising subsequent revelations after the predicted advent of the Spirit (John 16:12-15 copied and pasted below) our Lord prepared the way for the New Testament.
(e) The writers of the New Testament invariably treat the Old Testament as authoritative and inspired. (2 Pe. 1:19-21 copied and pasted below; 1 Co 2:13 copied and pasted below with note).

Here are just a small sampling of Bible verses which testify of the power of God to preserve His Word and the danger of tampering with the words in the Bible. The meaning and thoughts are conveyed by the words, and changing the words alters the overall meaning of the words and the thoughts behind those words.

1 Corinthians 2:7-15:  “But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory: Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.”

John 16.12-15: “I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now. Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you. All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall shew it unto you.”

2 Peter 1:19-21:  “We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts: Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.” Note. That is, made more sure by fulfilment in part. Fulfilled prophecy is a proof of inspiration because the Scripture predictions of future events were uttered so long before the events transpired that no merely human sagacity or foresight could have anticipated them, and these predictions are so detailed, minute, and specific, as to exclude the possibility that they were mere fortunate guesses. Hundreds of predictions concerning Israel, the land of Canaan, Babylon, Assyria, Egypt, and numerous personages–so ancient, so singular, so seemingly improbable, as well as so detailed and definite that no mortal could have anticipated them–have been fulfilled by the elements, and by men who were ignorant of them, or who utterly disbelieved them, or who struggled with frantic desperation to avoid their fulfilment. It is certain, therefore, that the Scriptures which contain them are inspired. “Prophecy came not in olden time by the will of man; but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.

1 Corinthians 2.13 (It is good to read all of 1 Corinthians 2 on this matter) Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.” 

2 Timothy 3:16,17 “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.”

2 Peter 1:20,21 “Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.”

Note.  (1) The writers of Scripture invariably affirm, where the subject is mentioned by them at all, that the words of their writings are divinely taught.
(2) 1 Co. 2:9-14 gives the process by which a truth passes from the mind of God to the minds of His people:

(a) The unseen things of God are undiscoverable by the natural man (1 Co. 2:9).
(b) These unseen things God has revealed to chosen men (1 Co. 2:10-12).
(c) The revealed things are communicated in Spirit-taught words (1 Co. 2:13). This implies neither mechanical dictation nor the effacement of the writer’s personality, but only that the Spirit infallibly guides in the choice of words from the writer’s own vocabulary (1 Co. 2:13).
(d) These Spirit-taught words, in which the revelation has been expressed, are discerned, as to their true spiritual content, only by the spiritual among believers 1 Co. 2:15-16.

Revelation 22:19:  “And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.

Deuteronomy 4.1-2: “Now therefore hearken, O Israel, unto the statutes and unto the judgments, which I teach you, for to do them, that ye may live, and go in and possess the land which the LORD God of your fathers giveth you. Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you.

Psalm 12:6-7: “The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.”

Psalm 119:89: “For ever, Oh Lord, thy word is settled in heaven.”

Psalm 138.2 :“I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.”

Proverbs 30:5-6: “Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him.  Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.

Standing Against the Wiles of the Devil on All Fronts: The Evidence (Truth) Presented via Live Video: The 2020 Presidential Election Was Stolen

Jerald Finney
January 12, 2020

I was moved to publish this when I received the following emails:

  • On Tuesday, January 12, 2021, 09:06:45 AM CST, __________ wrote: Hey brother! God bless you. I would love to see the links you spoke of revealing the instances of voter fraud. We live in some crazy times. I appreciate all you do!

I sent the links below to my email lists a few minutes ago and received back the following emails:

  • ______________ To:Jerald Finney Tue, Jan 12 at 12:01 PMThis is great, thank you!
  • ____________ To:Jerald Finney Tue, Jan 12 at 12:14 PM Hi Gerald I really appreciate the information that you’re sending because I know the election was stolen however I don’t have the evidence so now you’re giving me the evidence in this is validating my gut instinct and now I can show it to people that are in doubt as to what really happened thank you so much keep them coming if you can… I apologize for the giant run on however I’m dictating this right now as I’ve got both hands doing dishes;-D

First, before giving my reply to the above, it is important that one be saved and then be discipled; otherwise, he cannot understand these matters. If you have not repented toward God and put your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, please do not read any further until you do so. To understand how to become a child of God, click God’s Plan of Salvation.

After salvation, one is to be discipled, to go through spiritual boot camp if you will, to prepare him for the spiritual battles Christians are called to fight on all fronts. We are to fight the spiritual warfare using spiritual, not physical or material weapons. Ephesians 6:10-18:

“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.  Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.  Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints” Ephesians 6:10-18. [Emphasis added]

  • Hosea 4:6 “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.”
  • 2 Peter 1:5-10 “And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.  But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins. Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall.”

Now to my reply to the emails above

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He is lying. How do you know? His mouth is moving.

The communist media which includes the sports media, CNN, NBC, ABC, CBS, MSNBC, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Huffington Post, the Wall Street Journal, et al., as well as social media outlets such as Yahoo, Google, Facebook, and Twitter, and Communist politicians such as Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, Nancy Pelosi, et al. are spiritually wicked and promote lies while censoring truth. The way to know if a communist is lying is to observe whether his mouth is moving or he wrote something. Another way is to take the time to get the facts and compare the facts to what he says. I did this, starting in 1964, and in 1980 I decided, as a lost man at that time, that they are liars and quit listening to them and reading their lies; or, on the rare occasions of backsliding, listened or read knowing that they were lying. You will find that they are of their father the devil and do the lusts of their father in whom is no truth because he is a liar and the father of it. See John 8:36-47 (quoted in the Endnote), Satan orchestrates the world system, and The biblical doctrine of “Government.”

I have a lot more links to evidence that the 2020 Presidential election was stolen, but below are some links to videos of legislative hearings and other evidence that the election was stolen by principalities, powers, the rulers of darkness of this world, by spiritual wickedness in high places. Since publishing this article, I added the following webpage which has links to more resources which show that the election was stolen: WAS THE 2020 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION STOLEN? IF SO, BY WHOM AND WHY?

Georgia: Georgia (in two parts) this is one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EjbAFuoQOvo

Georgia continued: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uSfbEiV-Uxg

Pennsylvania Watch live: Pennsylvania GOP holds hearing on voter fraud with Giuliani, Trump campaign

Wisconsin: https://www.theepochtimes.com/programming-alert-live-coverage-of-wisconsin-state-legislature-election-hearing_3614160.html?utm_source=newsnoe&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=breaking-2020-12-11-1

Arizona:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KXyOtzADUCU

Michigan:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=isenuYXI24A

Michigan: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=isenuYXI24A

Not a video, but accurate report: Navarro Report

Article: Navarro Report Highlights How Dems Stole the Election by “Theft of a Thousand Cuts” | Conservative Beacon Post

See, for more on the stolen election, see Was the 2020 presidential election stolen?

Some good online resources for truth:

  • The Epoch Times <newsletter@theepochtimes.com>
  • Wolf of Washington <newsletter@thewolfofwashington.com>
  • Conservativevideoalerts conservativevideoalerts.com
  • Patriot Power News <news@patriotpowernews.com>
  • The Tea Party Daily <newsletter@theteapartydaily.com>

Since publishing the above article, I added the following webpage which has links to more resources which show that the election was stolen: WAS THE 2020 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION STOLEN? IF SO, BY WHOM AND WHY?

Endnote

John 8:36-47: “If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed. I know that ye are Abraham’s seed; but ye seek to kill me, because my word hath no place in you. I speak that which I have seen with my Father: and ye do that which ye have seen with your father. They answered and said unto him, Abraham is our father. Jesus saith unto them, If ye were Abraham’s children, ye would do the works of Abraham. But now ye seek to kill me, a man that hath told you the truth, which I have heard of God: this did not Abraham. Ye do the deeds of your father. Then said they to him, We be not born of fornication; we have one Father, even God. Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me. Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word. Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.  And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not. Which of you convinceth me of sin? And if I say the truth, why do ye not believe me? He that is of God heareth God’s words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God.”

Pastor Martin Jones, a Hero of the Faith: Testimony Concerning His Battles Against Government Intrusions into God’s Churches

Pastor Martin Jones, pastor of Trinity Springs Baptist Church in Shoal Indiana, is a hero of the faith. He decided long ago that churches should come out from among them, the corporate 501(c)(3) churches, and become separate, set apart for the glory of God. He gives his testimony in the following sermons. He has fought government intrusion into God’s churches for 46 years.

In Part 1, he tells of fighting spiritual battles against civil government intrusion into God’s churches starting in the 1970s and 1980s:

https://youtu.be/Q1aI3heMvN0 

In Part 2, he gets into some Bible church doctrine, liberty in Christ, church incorporation, 501(c)(3), etc.:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=59J-5PlxVro&feature=youtu.be

I agree with him 100% on the things he preaches. Listen and be blessed.

See also, as to one of Pastor Martin’s recent victories:

THE INDIANA BOARD OF TAX REVIEW DETERMINES THAT CHURCH PROPERTY HELD IN TRUST FOR THE LORD JESUS CHRIST MUST BE GRANTED PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTION

Democratic Plans for America: A Biblical Analysis

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God’s Word explains that this man, who falsely claims to be a woman, is an abomination to God and the ramifications of the proliferation of sexual immorality for an individual, families, churches and nations. The Democratic Party is full speed ahead in pushing sexual perversion.

Jerald Finney
Copyright © December 19, 2020

Comments added January 25, 2021: The truth of what was written below on December 19, 2020 is rapidly being confirmed. To see this go to news articles linked to at:

Their tactics explained: Perp Studies 101 – Part III – No Place To Hide: The Strategy and Tactics of Terrorism (1982)

Democratic Plans for America: A Biblical Analysis

Democrats are making no bones about their plans for America. Their march toward the New World Order is proceeding with breathtaking speed. Most importantly, according to God’s Word, they want to drop Israel in favor of Iran, they plan to support abortion anywhere and everywhere they can, and they plan to attack individuals and families who oppose their teachings concerning, for example, sexual abominations. Those are just a small sampling of their vision and agenda. More is revealed in a document released by “secular” Democrats (almost all Democratic leaders) on their plans for America. The  author of their anti-God, anti-Bible, pro-Satan plans is Satan himself, the god of this world; this is apparent from a reading of their own writings.

Glen Beck recently wrote on his website:

  • “The war on Christmas is very real but that’s not the ultimate target of the far-left — YOU ARE. A document was just released by the Secular Democrats of America detailing their plan to strip our nation of any and all of our Judeo-Christian values and wage an all-out war on Christ and urge the Biden administration to clampdown on conservative Christians. Don’t read the news stories about it without reading the full document yourself — there’s a LOT MORE to it than they will tell you!”

You can read that document by clicking Restoring Constitutional Secularism and Patriotic Pluralism in the White House. This document was prepared exclusively by Secular Democrats of America PAC for President-elect Joe Biden and Kamala Harris Transition Team. Although Republicans are lacking, when examined in the light of God’s Word, they are far closer to God’s ideal than are the Democrats.

2Co.11.14Another revealing document is the 2020 Democratic Platform. “Each year, the platform highlights the Democratic Party’s priorities and political agenda for the nation, and this year, the DNC was not coy about their support for radical policies that will expand abortion, overturn pro-life legislation, and ultimately continue the slaughter of millions of American babies – over 60 million since 1973” See 2020 Democratic Party Platform – A “Rough” Draft on Life for a good analysis of how the Democratic Platform addresses the murder of unborn babies. Please keep in mind, when reading the platform, that Satan always makes his way sound good. “And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light” (2 Corinthians 11:14). See also, Know the Issues and Share with Others.

Just as the doom of individuals, families, and churches (except for a remnant) is directed by Satan, so will the downfall of all nations be orchestrated by Satan. See Satan Orchestrates the World System. It is important to remember, however, that God gives every individual, every family, every church, and every nation a choice between going by His or Satan’s principles. All individuals and institutions are doomed if they let Satan’s principles of force, greed, selfishness, ambition, and/or pleasure influence them to give in to their lusts and follow Satan. For complete Bible studies of these matters, see God Betrayed/Separation of Church and State: The Biblical Principles and the America Application.

Some believers assume, rather than studying the Word of God to find the answer, that believers are not to be concerned with the affairs of this world, that personal soul winning is the only front on which they are to fight. As a result of this mistaken philosophy, far fewer souls are saved and the world is rapidly descending into darkness. God’s Word lays out important principles concerning the four types of governments: individual, family, civil, and church. Believers are called to acquire and apply God’s knowledge, understanding, and wisdom concerning each of these types of governments. Sadly, few have done so.

Ultimately, as the Bible reveals, the hope of the individual is to repent (turn to God with a humble and contrite spirit) and trust the Lord Jesus Christ as his/her personal savior. This will be the beginning of a new life. The believer who continues in God’s Word will become His disciple and will know the truth which will set him free (See Jn. 8.31-32). The truth that He is to know is in the Word of God. See God’s Plan of Salvation.

According to the Bible, the believer is to become a spiritual soldier:

  • “Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier” (2 Timothy 2:3-4).
  • “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. (Ephesians 6:10-11).

Children of God, those who are born again, are to fight on all fronts—individual, family, civil government, and church. As explained in much detail in the Bible, each of these institutions was ordained by God. God gave each a specific purpose and lays out the principles upon which it is to proceed. God commands believers to fight, using God’s methods:

  • “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.  Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.  Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.”

The highest places are families, civil governments, and churches. Only a small remnant of churches and  families, since believers have not studied and applied the principles in God’s Word, get things correct and order themselves according to Bible doctrine. Likewise the nations have steadily headed toward the final end time prophesies of the Word of God, toward a catastrophic one world government. How can Christians hope to be effective in properly ordering civil government when they attend churches (if they attend churches) which are heretical or apostate?

Although Satan has deceived America to a great extent, America still has not completely caved. President Donald Trump’s reversal of many of Satan’s advances greatly hampered the march toward the end times. As a result, something had to be done, so Satan devised and implemented, through his disciples in the Democratic Party, an intricate plan to make sure that, no matter the will of the American people, Donald Trump would be defeated. He perpetrated the greatest fraud in American history and rigged the election.  He had done the same thing in the 2016 election, but his efforts were not thorough enough. He did not make the same mistake twice. This was a vital part of Satan’s ferocious warfare designed to bring America within his fold. For more on this, see the following webpages added to this article on January 28, 2021: 

  • President Trump
  • Was the 2020 presidential election stolen? The answer is: “A mountain of evidence being hidden by the Communist media says it was stolen.” Links to videos and other resources which prove that it was.
  • Biden/Harris: The Great Reset
  • New World Order

The first 3 webpages above have been removed because it was impossible to keep up with all the news on these matters and my other responsibilities. 

Even though God’s Word assures us that the end time one world religious/political system will come to pass, believers should continue the fight. The purpose, as with all the warfare believers are called to fight, is to shine the light of the gospel for the world to see. Without light, people perish. The light is to shine in darkness:

  • “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. (John 1:1-5).

Relevant Bible Studies:

A. The biblical doctrine of “Government” (Part One, Section I of God Betrayed/Separation of Church and State: The Biblical Principles and the American Application):

  1. Introduction to articles on “The biblical doctrine of government” (Section I, Chapter 1 of God Betrayed/Separation of Church and State: The Biblical Principles and the American Application)
  2. The Motivation and the Goal (Section I, Chapter 2 of God Betrayed)
  3. Biblical teaching on self-government (Section I, Chapter 3 of God Betrayed)
  4. Biblical teaching on family government and conscience (Section I, Chapter 4 of God Betrayed)
  5. Biblical teaching on civil Government (Section I, Chapter 5 of God Betrayed)
  6. God desires nations to choose to glorify Him (Section I, Chapter 6 of God Betrayed)
  7. Israel-The only theocracy ordained by God (Section I, Chapter 7 of God Betrayed)
  8. God is the God of Israel (Section I, Chapter 8 of God Betrayed)
  9. God desires Gentile nations to glorify Him (Section I, Chapter 9 of God Betrayed)
  10. God Judges Nations (Section I, Chapter 10 of God Betrayed)
  11. Satan orchestrates the world system (Section I, Chapter 11 of God Betrayed)
  12. Conclusion to ”The biblical doctrine of government” (Section I, Chapter 12 of God Betrayed)

For Jerald Finney’s audio teachings on the above, click the following link:
Audio teaching on the Biblical Doctrine of Government


B. The biblical doctrine of “Church” (Part One, Section II of God Betrayed/Separation of Church and State: The Biblical Principles and the American Application):

1. Introduction to Bible Studies on “The Biblical Doctrine of the Church” (Section II, Chapter 1 of God Betrayed)c
 2. Definition, organization, and purposes of a church (Section II, Chapter 2 of God Betrayed)
3. Christ, the Head/Husband/Bridegroom of His churches (Section II, Chapter 3 of God Betrayed)
(Articles on Church apostasy: 4-10 below):
4. Heresy and apostasy (Section II, Chapter 4 of God Betrayed)
5. Church Incorporation, 501(c)(3), Heresy, and Apostasy
6. Recent Accelerated Apostasy in the United States
 (Section II, Chapter 5 of God Betrayed)
7. Apostasy at the end of the church age (A significant revision of Section II, Chapter 6 of God Betrayed)

8. Biblical principles of church heresy and apostasy exemplified: 

8a. On Jack Hyles Sermon, “The Treasure is in a Field”
8b. Jack Schaap, First Baptist of Hammond, Heresy and Apostasy
8c. Letters from Pastors Regarding Hyles/Schaap and Other Articles (Published September 6, 2010)
8d. More letters from pastors and others regarding issues raised on this “Separation of Church and State Law” blog (Includes more letters concerning Hyles, Schaap, and First Baptist Church of Hammond. Published April 18, 2010)
8e. Article: The Richest Cult Leaders in the World (List includes, e.g., Rick Warren, Joel Olsteen, T.D. Jakes, Charles Blake, L. Ron Hubbard, Charles Manson, Crefo A. Dollar, Thomas F. Monson, Joyce Meyer, Benny Hinn, Kenneth Copeland and a host of others.
8f. Romans 13.18-32 Lessons Learned from Street Preaching Encounter with a Reprobate (121117)

9. Outcome-Based Religion: Purpose,  Apostasy, & the New Paradigm Church by Mac Dominick, Cutting Edge Ministries
10. The coming universal church will reign with the Lord (A significant revision of Section II, Chapter 7 of God Betrayed)
11. Conclusion to Bible Studies on the Biblical Doctrine of the Church (Section II, Chapter 8 of God Betrayed)

For Jerald Finney’s audio teachings on the above, click the following link:
Audio teachings on the Biblical Doctrine of the Church

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C. The biblical doctrine of “Separation of Church and State” (Part One, Section III of God Betrayed/Separation of Church and State: The Biblical Principles and the American Application):

  1. Introduction to the biblical doctrine of “Separation of Church and State” (Section III, Chapter 1 of God Betrayed)
  2. Definitions of “separation of church and state,” “established church,” and “religious freedom or soul liberty” (Section III, Chapter 2 of God Betrayed)
  3. Dispensational Theology versus Covenant Theology (Section III, Chapter 3 of God Betrayed)
  4. Distinct differences between church and state render them mutually exclusive (Section III, Chapter 4 of God Betrayed)
    (The complete book, Render unto God the Things that Are His: A Systematic Study of Romans 13 and Related Verses , with some minor modifications, is reproduced in items 5-12 below (click the above link to go to a more graphic online version of the book). This book is a more detailed version of Section III, Chapters 5 and 6, of God Betrayed.)
  5. Introduction to “Render unto God the Things that Are His: A Systematic Study of Romans 13 and Related Verses” (Chapter 1 of Render Unto God the Things that Are His: A Systematic Study of Romans 13 and Related Verses. This material was also covered in less detail in God Betrayed, Section III, Chapters 5, 6.)
  6. Doth not your Master pay tribute? Matthew 17.24-27 (Chapter 2 of Render Unto God the Things that Are His)
  7. Render unto Caesar…? Luke 20.25, Matthey 22.21, Mark 22.17 (Chapter 3 of Render Unto God the Things that Are His)
  8. Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers? Romans 13 (Chapter 4 of Render Unto God the Things that Are His)
  9. Submit to every ordinance of man? 1 Peter 2.13 (Chapter 5 of Render Unto God the Things that Are His)
  10. Pray for all rulers? 1 Timothy 2.1-6 (Chapter 6 of Render Unto God the Things that Are His)
  11. Conclusion to “Render unto God the Things that Are His: A Systematic Study of Romans 13 and Related Verses” (Chapter 7 of Render Unto God the Things that Are His)
  12. Article: “American Abuse of Romans 12.1-2 and Related Verses.” This article shows the biblical bankruptcy of the false teaching that Romans 13 and some other verses taken out of context teach almost unlimited submission by Christians and churches to civil government. This article was not included in Render Unto God The Things That Are His.
  13. Christ-Church-Husband-Wife, Bridegroom-bride (Section III, Chapter 7 of God Betrayed)
  14. Conclusion (Section III, Chapter 8 of God Betrayed)

“Iron Sharpeneth Iron” TV interview of Pastor Jason Cooley and Christian Attorney Jerald Finney. Host is Pastor Brandon Teague of Old Paths Baptist Church in Paris, Texas. Click link and scroll down to program: Romans 13 explained (Program # 172)

Click here to go to the article “Is Separation of Church and State Found in the Constitution?”

Article: Scofield’s “true church” doctrine

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For Jerald Finney’s audio teachings on the above, click the following link:
Audio teaching on the Biblical Doctrine of Separation of Church and State 


D. The history of religious liberty in America (Part Two, Section IV of God Betrayed/Separation of Church and State: The Biblical Principles and the American Application,  “History of Religious Freedom in America”):

Our Baptist forefathers stood in times of severe persecution. They did not deny their faith to get out of being persecuted. They “suffered persecution.” As a result of the stand of our Baptist foretathers, Americans, to this point, have enjoyed religious freedom, as well as freedom of speech, press, assembly, and the right to petition the civil government for a redress of grievances. In other words,Americans owe their First Amendment to the United States Constitution (pictured above) to the Baptists. The question for believers is, are we ready to suffer persecution if that is the price of standing for Christ? The question is important because, from all appearances, the time may soon come when believers may have to choose between suffering or denial of Christ. “Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution” (2 Timothy 3:12).

  1. Introduction to “The History of Religious Freedom in America” (Section IV, Chapter 1 of God Betrayed)
  2. Secular and Christian revisionism (Section IV, Chapter 2 of God Betrayed)
  3. The consequences of secular and Christian revisionism (Section IV, Chapter 3 of God Betrayed)
  4. The light begins to shine (Section IV, Chapter 4 of God Betrayed)
  5. The Pilgrims and the Puritans in Massachusetts (Section IV, Chapter 5 of God Betrayed). The Congregationalists (Puritans) brutally beatObadiah Holmes for his beliefs. Holmes said of his beating: “As the man began to lay the strokes upon my back, I said to the people, though my flesh should fail, yet God will not fail: so it pleased the Lord to come in, and fill my heart and tongue as a vessel full, and with audible voice I break forth, praying the Lord not to lay this sin to their charge, and telling the people I found He did not fail me, and therefore now I should trust Him forever who failed me not: for in truth, as the strokes fell upon me, I had such a spiritual manifestation of God’s presence as I never had before, and the outward pain was so removed from me that I could well bear it, yea, in a manner felt it not, although it was grievous.” When he was released from the post, he said to the magistrates, “Ye have beaten me as with roses.” He was another Baptist hero whose sufferings contributed to the adoption of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.
  6. The Baptists of Rhode Island (Section IV, Chapter 6 of God Betrayed)
    Click the following link to read the Portsmouth Compact (1638).
    Click the following to read the Rhode Island Charter of 1663.
    These documents and the history surrounding them are chronicled in Section IV, Chapter 6 of Jerald Finney’s book, God Betrayed which is reproduced in the above article, The Baptists of Rhode Island. Rhode Island showed us the way to draft its legal documents in such a way as to explicitly establish a government under Jesus Christ while honoring the biblical principle of separation of church and state (also called religious liberty, soul liberty, and freedom of conscience).
  7. The Separates and the Baptists in New England (Section IV, Chapter 7 of God Betrayed)
  8. From New England to the South (Section IV, Chapter 8 of God Betrayed). Photo of Shubal Stearns preaching at Sandy Creek, North Carolina follows. His preaching led to a great revival which resulted in the planting of untold numbers of Baptist churches throughout the south.
  9. To Virginia (Section IV, Chapter 9 of God Betrayed).
    Click the following link to read what James Madison thought of union of church and state: Memorial and Remonstrance Against Religious Assessments.
    Click the following link to read what Thomas Jefferson thought of union of church and state: The Virginia Act For Establishing Religious Freedom.
    Click here to read President James Madison’s letter explaining why he vetoed a bill to incorporate a church in the District of Columbia.
    Have you ever read these very important documents in Christian revisionist literature? Find out much more about these and other historical facts in Virginia by reading Section IV, Chapter 9 of God Betrayed which is reproduced in the above article, To Virginia.
  10. To the new nation (Section IV, Chapter 10 of God Betrayed). Photo of Leland Madison Memorial Park:
  11. Conclusion to “The History of Religious Freedom in America” (Section IV, Chapter 11 of God Betrayed)

For Jerald Finney’s audio teachings on the above, click the following link:
“The History of the First Amendment”

010610 An Abridged History of the First Amendment. Since this topic is so vast, this article is longer than most articles on this blog—21 single spaced pages, excluding endnotes (not so long considering the wealth of information distilled on this vital subject). Sadly, very few Christians know the facts presented in this history. Tragically, few Christians want to know it. To fully understand the issue of separation of church  and state, one must have knowledge of the history of the First Amendment.


E. Articles on Supreme Court Religion Clause jurisprudence (In other words, articles explaining what the Supreme Court has done with the religion clause of the First Amendment)(Part Two, Section V of God Betrayed: Separation of Church and State/The Biblical Principles and the American Application).

  1. Introduction to “Religion Clause Jurisprudence”
  2. The 19th Century Supreme Court interpretation of “separation of church and state”
  3. Application of the First Amendment to the states: 1868-1947
  4. Separation of God and state: 1947-2007
  5. Conclusion to “Religion Clause Jurisprudence”

For Jerald Finney’s audio teaching on the above, click the following link:
Supreme Court Religion Clause Jurisprudence


F. Articles on “God Betrayed: Union of Church and State in America” (Part Two, Section VI of God Betrayed/Separation of Church and State: The Biblical Principles and the American Application):

Some have called God Betrayed: Separation of Church and State/The Biblical Principles and the American Application the encyclopedia of information on the issue of separation of church and state. For one who has some concept of the biblical principles involved, the author was encouraged to write Separation of Church and State: God’s Churches: Spiritual or Legal Entities?, a book which gets to the church issues of incorporation, 501(c)(3), how a church may utilize property without becoming a legal entity, etc. much more succinctly. This study presents both books.

  1. Preface to “God Betrayed: Union of Church and State in America”
  2. Introduction to Separation of Church and State: God’s Churches: Spiritual or Legal Entities? (Chapter 1 of Separation of Church and State: God’s Churches: Spiritual or Legal Entities. This introduction is more suitable for one who has not read God Betrayed.
  3. Introduction to Chapter 1, Section VI of God Betrayed: Separation of Church and State/The Biblical Principles and the American Application. This introduction is far one who has read the first 5 sections of God Betrayed.
  4. Spiritual versus legal entities (Chapter 2 of Separation of Church and State. This is a summary of important information for one who has not read God Betrayed.).
  5. Incorporation of Churches (Section VI, Chapter 2 of God Betrayed; Chapter 3 of Separation of Church and State)
  6. Incorporation of churches in the colonies and the new nation (Section VI, Chapter 3 of God Betrayed; Not included in Separation of Church and State)
  7. Federal government control of churches through 501(c)(3) tax exemption (Section VI, Chapter 4 of God Betrayed; Chapter 4 of Separation of Church and State)
  8. The church incorporation-501(c)(3) control scheme (Section VI, Chapter 5 of God Betrayed; Chapter 5 of Separation of Church and State)
  9. Spurious rationale for church incorporation: limited liability/incorporation increases liability of church members (Section VI, Chapter 6 of God Betrayed; Chapter 6 of Separation of Church and State)
  10. Spurious rationale for church incorporation: to hold property (Section VI, Chapter 7 of God Betrayed; Chapter 7 of Separation of Church and State)
  11. Spurious rationale for church corporate-501(c)(3) status: tax exemption and tax deductions for contributions OR Tax reasons given for church corporate 501(c)(3) status: a biblical and legal analysis (Section VI, Chapter 8 of God Betrayed; Chapter 8 of Separation of Church and State)
  12. Spurious rationale for church corporate-501(c)(3) status: one’s convictions (Not included in God Betrayed or Separation of Church and State)
  13. Spurious rationale for church corporate-501(c)(3) status: winning souls is more important than loving God/The Most Important Thing: Loving God and/or Winning Souls (Not included in either God Betrayed or Separation of Church and State)
  14. The results of ignoring the biblical principle of separation of church and state (Section VI, Chapter 9 of God Betrayed; Chapter 3 ofSeparation of Church and State; Not included in Separation of Church and State)
  15. Conclusion to Separation of Church and State
  16. Conclusion to Section VI, Chapter 10 of God Betrayed: Separation of Church and State/The Biblical Principles and the American Application

Democrat Plans for America in Black and White
Jerald Finney
Copyright © December 19, 2020

Democrats are making no bones about their plans for America. Most importantly from God’s Word, they plan to drop Israel in favor of Iran, the plan to support abortion anywhere and everywhere they can, and their plan to attack individuals and families who oppose their abominable teachings concerning, for example, sexual abominations. Those are just a small sampling of their vision and agenda. More is revealed in a document released by “secular” Democrats (almost all Democratic leaders) on their plans for America. These and other plans are apparent. Their plans are anti-God, anti-Bible and pro-Satan. The ultimate author of their plans is Satan, the god of this world.

Glen Beck recently wrote on his webiste:

  • “The war on Christmas is very real but that’s not the ultimate target of the far-left — YOU ARE. A document was just released by the Secular Democrats of America detailing their plan to strip our nation of any and all of our Judeo-Christian values and wage an all-out war on Christ and urge the Biden administration to clampdown on conservative Christians. Don’t read the news stories about it without reading the full document yourself — there’s a LOT MORE to it than they will tell you!:

You can read that document by clicking Restoring Constitutional Secularism and Patriotic Pluralism in the White House. This document was prepared exclusively by Secular Democrats of America PAC for President-elect Joe Biden and Kamala Harris Transition Team. Although Republicans are lacking, when examined in the light of God’s Word, they are far closer to God’s ideal than are the Democrats. Another revealing document is the 2020 Democratic Platform. “Each year, the platform highlights the Democratic Party’s priorities and political agenda for the nation, and this year, the DNC was not coy about their support for radical policies that will expand abortion, overturn pro-life legislation, and ultimately continue the slaughter of millions of American babies – over 60 million since 1973” See 2020 Democratic Party Platform – A “Rough” Draft on Life for a good analysis of how the Democratic Platform addresses the murder of unborn babies. Please keep in mind, when reading the platform, that Satan always makes his way sound good. “And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light” (2 Corinthians 11:14). See also, Know the Issues and Share with Others.

Just as the doom of individuals, families, and churches (except for a remnant) is directed by Satan, so will the downfall of all nations be orchestrated by Satan. See Satan Orchestrates the World System. It is important to remember, however, that God gives every individual, every family, every church, and every nation a choice between going by His or Satan’s principles. All individuals and institutions are doomed if they let Satan’s principles of force, greed, selfishness, ambition, and/or pleasure influence them to give in to their lusts and follow Satan. See

Some believers assume, rather than studying the Word of God to find the answer, that believers are not to be concerned with the affairs of this world, that personal soul winning is the only front on which they are to fight. As a result of this mistaken philosophy, far fewer soul are saved. God’s Word lays out important principles concerning the four types of governments: individual, family, civil, and church. Believers are called to acquire and apply God’s knowledge, understanding, and wisdom concerning each of these types of governments. For more understanding on what the Bible teaching on each, see,  Sadly, few have done so.

Ultimately, as the Bible reveals, the hope of the individual is to come to God with a humble and contrite spirit, repent of sins, and trust the Lord Jesus Christ as his/her personal savior. This will be the beginning of a new life in which one who continues in His Word will become His disciple and will know the truth which will set him free (See Jn. 8.31-32). The truth that He is to know is in the Word of God, the King James Bible.

According to the Bible, the believer is to become a spiritual soldier:

  • “Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier” (2 Timothy 2:3-4).
  • “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. (Ephesians 6:10-11).

He is to fight on all fronts—individual, family, civil government, and church. As explained in much detail in the Bible, each of these institutions was ordained by God. God gave each a specific purpose and lays out the principles upon which it is to proceed. Most importantly, God commands believers to fight, using God’s methods:

  • “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.  Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.  Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.”

The highest places are civil government and the church. Of course, only a small remnant of churches get things correct, order themselves according to Bible doctrine and operation. Likewise the nations have steadily headed toward the final end time prophesies of the Word of God, toward a catastrophic one world government. Although Satan has deceived America to a great extent, America still has not completely caved. President Donald Trump reversed many of Satan’s advances greatly hampered the march toward the end times. Something had to be done, so Satan devised and implemented, through his human disciples and the Democratic Party, an intricate plan to make sure that no matter the will of the American people, Donald Trump would be defeated. He perpetrated the greates fraud in American history and rigged the election.  This was a vital part of Satan’s ferocious warfare designed to bring America within his fold. Even though God’s Word assures us that this will come to pass, believers should continue the fight with God’s knowledge, understanding and wisdom. The purpose, as with all the warfare believers are called to fight, is to shine the light of the gospel for the world to see. Without light, people perish. The light is to shine in darkness

  • “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. (John 1:1-5).

Relevant Bible Studies:

A. The biblical doctrine of “Government” (Part One, Section I of God Betrayed/Separation of Church and State: The Biblical Principles and the American Application):

  1. Introduction to articles on “The biblical doctrine of government” (Section I, Chapter 1 of God Betrayed/Separation of Church and State: The Biblical Principles and the American Application)
  2. The Motivation and the Goal (Section I, Chapter 2 of God Betrayed)
  3. Biblical teaching on self-government (Section I, Chapter 3 of God Betrayed)
  4. Biblical teaching on family government and conscience (Section I, Chapter 4 of God Betrayed)
  5. Biblical teaching on civil Government (Section I, Chapter 5 of God Betrayed)
  6. God desires nations to choose to glorify Him (Section I, Chapter 6 of God Betrayed)
  7. Israel-The only theocracy ordained by God (Section I, Chapter 7 of God Betrayed)
  8. God is the God of Israel (Section I, Chapter 8 of God Betrayed)
  9. God desires Gentile nations to glorify Him (Section I, Chapter 9 of God Betrayed)
  10. God Judges Nations (Section I, Chapter 10 of God Betrayed)
  11. Satan orchestrates the world system (Section I, Chapter 11 of God Betrayed)
  12. Conclusion to ”The biblical doctrine of government” (Section I, Chapter 12 of God Betrayed)

For Jerald Finney’s audio teachings on the above, click the following link:
Audio teaching on the Biblical Doctrine of Government


B. The biblical doctrine of “Church” (Part One, Section II of God Betrayed/Separation of Church and State: The Biblical Principles and the American Application):

1. Introduction to Bible Studies on “The Biblical Doctrine of the Church” (Section II, Chapter 1 of God Betrayed)c
 2. Definition, organization, and purposes of a church (Section II, Chapter 2 of God Betrayed)
3. Christ, the Head/Husband/Bridegroom of His churches (Section II, Chapter 3 of God Betrayed)
(Articles on Church apostasy: 4-10 below):
4. Heresy and apostasy (Section II, Chapter 4 of God Betrayed)
5. Church Incorporation, 501(c)(3), Heresy, and Apostasy
6. Recent Accelerated Apostasy in the United States
 (Section II, Chapter 5 of God Betrayed)
7. Apostasy at the end of the church age (A significant revision of Section II, Chapter 6 of God Betrayed)

8. Biblical principles of church heresy and apostasy exemplified: 

8a. On Jack Hyles Sermon, “The Treasure is in a Field”
8b. Jack Schaap, First Baptist of Hammond, Heresy and Apostasy
8c. Letters from Pastors Regarding Hyles/Schaap and Other Articles (Published September 6, 2010)
8d. More letters from pastors and others regarding issues raised on this “Separation of Church and State Law” blog (Includes more letters concerning Hyles, Schaap, and First Baptist Church of Hammond. Published April 18, 2010)
8e. Article: The Richest Cult Leaders in the World (List includes, e.g., Rick Warren, Joel Olsteen, T.D. Jakes, Charles Blake, L. Ron Hubbard, Charles Manson, Crefo A. Dollar, Thomas F. Monson, Joyce Meyer, Benny Hinn, Kenneth Copeland and a host of others.
8f. Romans 13.18-32 Lessons Learned from Street Preaching Encounter with a Reprobate (121117)

9. Outcome-Based Religion: Purpose,  Apostasy, & the New Paradigm Church by Mac Dominick, Cutting Edge Ministries
10. The coming universal church will reign with the Lord (A significant revision of Section II, Chapter 7 of God Betrayed)
11. Conclusion to Bible Studies on the Biblical Doctrine of the Church (Section II, Chapter 8 of God Betrayed)

For Jerald Finney’s audio teachings on the above, click the following link:
Audio teachings on the Biblical Doctrine of the Church

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C. The biblical doctrine of “Separation of Church and State” (Part One, Section III of God Betrayed/Separation of Church and State: The Biblical Principles and the American Application):

  1. Introduction to the biblical doctrine of “Separation of Church and State” (Section III, Chapter 1 of God Betrayed)
  2. Definitions of “separation of church and state,” “established church,” and “religious freedom or soul liberty” (Section III, Chapter 2 of God Betrayed)
  3. Dispensational Theology versus Covenant Theology (Section III, Chapter 3 of God Betrayed)
  4. Distinct differences between church and state render them mutually exclusive (Section III, Chapter 4 of God Betrayed)
    (The complete book, Render unto God the Things that Are His: A Systematic Study of Romans 13 and Related Verses , with some minor modifications, is reproduced in items 5-12 below (click the above link to go to a more graphic online version of the book). This book is a more detailed version of Section III, Chapters 5 and 6, of God Betrayed.)
  5. Introduction to “Render unto God the Things that Are His: A Systematic Study of Romans 13 and Related Verses” (Chapter 1 of Render Unto God the Things that Are His: A Systematic Study of Romans 13 and Related Verses. This material was also covered in less detail in God Betrayed, Section III, Chapters 5, 6.)
  6. Doth not your Master pay tribute? Matthew 17.24-27 (Chapter 2 of Render Unto God the Things that Are His)
  7. Render unto Caesar…? Luke 20.25, Matthey 22.21, Mark 22.17 (Chapter 3 of Render Unto God the Things that Are His)
  8. Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers? Romans 13 (Chapter 4 of Render Unto God the Things that Are His)
  9. Submit to every ordinance of man? 1 Peter 2.13 (Chapter 5 of Render Unto God the Things that Are His)
  10. Pray for all rulers? 1 Timothy 2.1-6 (Chapter 6 of Render Unto God the Things that Are His)
  11. Conclusion to “Render unto God the Things that Are His: A Systematic Study of Romans 13 and Related Verses” (Chapter 7 of Render Unto God the Things that Are His)
  12. Article: “American Abuse of Romans 12.1-2 and Related Verses.” This article shows the biblical bankruptcy of the false teaching that Romans 13 and some other verses taken out of context teach almost unlimited submission by Christians and churches to civil government. This article was not included in Render Unto God The Things That Are His.
  13. Christ-Church-Husband-Wife, Bridegroom-bride (Section III, Chapter 7 of God Betrayed)
  14. Conclusion (Section III, Chapter 8 of God Betrayed)

“Iron Sharpeneth Iron” TV interview of Pastor Jason Cooley and Christian Attorney Jerald Finney. Host is Pastor Brandon Teague of Old Paths Baptist Church in Paris, Texas. Click link and scroll down to program: Romans 13 explained (Program # 172)

Click here to go to the article “Is Separation of Church and State Found in the Constitution?”

Article: Scofield’s “true church” doctrine

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For Jerald Finney’s audio teachings on the above, click the following link:
Audio teaching on the Biblical Doctrine of Separation of Church and State 


D. The history of religious liberty in America (Part Two, Section IV of God Betrayed/Separation of Church and State: The Biblical Principles and the American Application,  “History of Religious Freedom in America”):

Our Baptist forefathers stood in times of severe persecution. They did not deny their faith to get out of being persecuted. They “suffered persecution.” As a result of the stand of our Baptist foretathers, Americans, to this point, have enjoyed religious freedom, as well as freedom of speech, press, assembly, and the right to petition the civil government for a redress of grievances. In other words,Americans owe their First Amendment to the United States Constitution (pictured above) to the Baptists. The question for believers is, are we ready to suffer persecution if that is the price of standing for Christ? The question is important because, from all appearances, the time may soon come when believers may have to choose between suffering or denial of Christ. “Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution” (2 Timothy 3:12).

  1. Introduction to “The History of Religious Freedom in America” (Section IV, Chapter 1 of God Betrayed)
  2. Secular and Christian revisionism (Section IV, Chapter 2 of God Betrayed)
  3. The consequences of secular and Christian revisionism (Section IV, Chapter 3 of God Betrayed)
  4. The light begins to shine (Section IV, Chapter 4 of God Betrayed)
  5. The Pilgrims and the Puritans in Massachusetts (Section IV, Chapter 5 of God Betrayed). The Congregationalists (Puritans) brutally beatObadiah Holmes for his beliefs. Holmes said of his beating: “As the man began to lay the strokes upon my back, I said to the people, though my flesh should fail, yet God will not fail: so it pleased the Lord to come in, and fill my heart and tongue as a vessel full, and with audible voice I break forth, praying the Lord not to lay this sin to their charge, and telling the people I found He did not fail me, and therefore now I should trust Him forever who failed me not: for in truth, as the strokes fell upon me, I had such a spiritual manifestation of God’s presence as I never had before, and the outward pain was so removed from me that I could well bear it, yea, in a manner felt it not, although it was grievous.” When he was released from the post, he said to the magistrates, “Ye have beaten me as with roses.” He was another Baptist hero whose sufferings contributed to the adoption of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.
  6. The Baptists of Rhode Island (Section IV, Chapter 6 of God Betrayed)
    Click the following link to read the Portsmouth Compact (1638).
    Click the following to read the Rhode Island Charter of 1663.
    These documents and the history surrounding them are chronicled in Section IV, Chapter 6 of Jerald Finney’s book, God Betrayed which is reproduced in the above article, The Baptists of Rhode Island. Rhode Island showed us the way to draft its legal documents in such a way as to explicitly establish a government under Jesus Christ while honoring the biblical principle of separation of church and state (also called religious liberty, soul liberty, and freedom of conscience).
  7. The Separates and the Baptists in New England (Section IV, Chapter 7 of God Betrayed)
  8. From New England to the South (Section IV, Chapter 8 of God Betrayed). Photo of Shubal Stearns preaching at Sandy Creek, North Carolina follows. His preaching led to a great revival which resulted in the planting of untold numbers of Baptist churches throughout the south.
  9. To Virginia (Section IV, Chapter 9 of God Betrayed).
    Click the following link to read what James Madison thought of union of church and state: Memorial and Remonstrance Against Religious Assessments.
    Click the following link to read what Thomas Jefferson thought of union of church and state: The Virginia Act For Establishing Religious Freedom.
    Click here to read President James Madison’s letter explaining why he vetoed a bill to incorporate a church in the District of Columbia.
    Have you ever read these very important documents in Christian revisionist literature? Find out much more about these and other historical facts in Virginia by reading Section IV, Chapter 9 of God Betrayed which is reproduced in the above article, To Virginia.
  10. To the new nation (Section IV, Chapter 10 of God Betrayed). Photo of Leland Madison Memorial Park:
  11. Conclusion to “The History of Religious Freedom in America” (Section IV, Chapter 11 of God Betrayed)

For Jerald Finney’s audio teachings on the above, click the following link:
“The History of the First Amendment”

010610 An Abridged History of the First Amendment. Since this topic is so vast, this article is longer than most articles on this blog—21 single spaced pages, excluding endnotes (not so long considering the wealth of information distilled on this vital subject). Sadly, very few Christians know the facts presented in this history. Tragically, few Christians want to know it. To fully understand the issue of separation of church  and state, one must have knowledge of the history of the First Amendment.


E. Articles on Supreme Court Religion Clause jurisprudence (In other words, articles explaining what the Supreme Court has done with the religion clause of the First Amendment)(Part Two, Section V of God Betrayed: Separation of Church and State/The Biblical Principles and the American Application).

  1. Introduction to “Religion Clause Jurisprudence”
  2. The 19th Century Supreme Court interpretation of “separation of church and state”
  3. Application of the First Amendment to the states: 1868-1947
  4. Separation of God and state: 1947-2007
  5. Conclusion to “Religion Clause Jurisprudence”

For Jerald Finney’s audio teaching on the above, click the following link:
Supreme Court Religion Clause Jurisprudence


F. Articles on “God Betrayed: Union of Church and State in America” (Part Two, Section VI of God Betrayed/Separation of Church and State: The Biblical Principles and the American Application):

Some have called God Betrayed: Separation of Church and State/The Biblical Principles and the American Application the encyclopedia of information on the issue of separation of church and state. For one who has some concept of the biblical principles involved, the author was encouraged to write Separation of Church and State: God’s Churches: Spiritual or Legal Entities?, a book which gets to the church issues of incorporation, 501(c)(3), how a church may utilize property without becoming a legal entity, etc. much more succinctly. This study presents both books.

  1. Preface to “God Betrayed: Union of Church and State in America”
  2. Introduction to Separation of Church and State: God’s Churches: Spiritual or Legal Entities? (Chapter 1 of Separation of Church and State: God’s Churches: Spiritual or Legal Entities. This introduction is more suitable for one who has not read God Betrayed.
  3. Introduction to Chapter 1, Section VI of God Betrayed: Separation of Church and State/The Biblical Principles and the American Application. This introduction is far one who has read the first 5 sections of God Betrayed.
  4. Spiritual versus legal entities (Chapter 2 of Separation of Church and State. This is a summary of important information for one who has not read God Betrayed.).
  5. Incorporation of Churches (Section VI, Chapter 2 of God Betrayed; Chapter 3 of Separation of Church and State)
  6. Incorporation of churches in the colonies and the new nation (Section VI, Chapter 3 of God Betrayed; Not included in Separation of Church and State)
  7. Federal government control of churches through 501(c)(3) tax exemption (Section VI, Chapter 4 of God Betrayed; Chapter 4 of Separation of Church and State)
  8. The church incorporation-501(c)(3) control scheme (Section VI, Chapter 5 of God Betrayed; Chapter 5 of Separation of Church and State)
  9. Spurious rationale for church incorporation: limited liability/incorporation increases liability of church members (Section VI, Chapter 6 of God Betrayed; Chapter 6 of Separation of Church and State)
  10. Spurious rationale for church incorporation: to hold property (Section VI, Chapter 7 of God Betrayed; Chapter 7 of Separation of Church and State)
  11. Spurious rationale for church corporate-501(c)(3) status: tax exemption and tax deductions for contributions OR Tax reasons given for church corporate 501(c)(3) status: a biblical and legal analysis (Section VI, Chapter 8 of God Betrayed; Chapter 8 of Separation of Church and State)
  12. Spurious rationale for church corporate-501(c)(3) status: one’s convictions (Not included in God Betrayed or Separation of Church and State)
  13. Spurious rationale for church corporate-501(c)(3) status: winning souls is more important than loving God/The Most Important Thing: Loving God and/or Winning Souls (Not included in either God Betrayed or Separation of Church and State)
  14. The results of ignoring the biblical principle of separation of church and state (Section VI, Chapter 9 of God Betrayed; Chapter 3 ofSeparation of Church and State; Not included in Separation of Church and State)
  15. Conclusion to Separation of Church and State
  16. Conclusion to Section VI, Chapter 10 of God Betrayed: Separation of Church and State/The Biblical Principles and the American Application

Church Property Ownership: Another Lame Excuse for Contracting with Civil Government for Church Corporate Status

Jerald Finney
October 27, 2020

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

Ephesians 5:25-27: “Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.”

2 Corinthians 11:1-3: “Would to God ye could bear with me a little in my folly: and indeed bear with me.  For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ. But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.”

Ephesians 1:22-23: And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.”

Colossians 1:18: “And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.”

No church in the New Testament and no church for a long time thereafter owned property. Churches were built according to the doctrine of the church as explained by our Lord as he laid the foundation before his death, burial, and resurrection; and, after His resurrection, by the epistles of the Apostle Paul as inspired by the Holy Spirit. “Christian” attorneys (e.g., David Gibbs) and others will tell you flat out that today’s churches simply cannot do things God’s way. They explain, without Bible reasoning, that they cannot operate like that. Being “practical” trumps New Testament church doctrine and example. They state that churches must become worldly organizations with fleshly, temporal goals to one extent or another. According to them, churches must own, or seek to own, property on which to build meetinghouses. Of course, the more “successful” churches will also build gyms, restaurants, buildings for Bible institutes and colleges, and auditoriums for rock concerts, plays, bookstores, etc. To do so they believe that they must violate Bible principles and sacrifice the status of the local church as an entity under the authority of Lord Jesus Christ and Him alone. They become spiritual harlots and dishonor their Bridegroom.

A church who does not act legally is not a legal entity; she is a church under the authority of Christ and Christ alone. A church who acts legally is a legal entity. Legal entities are under the authority of civil government for many purposes. One way a church can act legally is to own property. A church may buy property in the name of the church, and become a legal entity, without incorporating. A legal entity, as opposed to a New Testament church, is an entity which can sue, be sued, contract, go into debt, buy and sell, be charged with crime, or act legally in other ways. Churches can also become legal entities by voluntarily submitting themselves to man’s law through incorporation, Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3) or Section 508(c)(1)(A) status, charitable trust law, or unincorporated association law.

One reason churches give for incorporation is “to own property,” even though the church may buy property in the name of the church without incorporating. Either method of owning property is wrong, because either results in the church becoming, if it is not already, a legal entity. Church incorporation is the least desirable method of the two because it brings a lot of red tape which entwines the church in the many provisions of the law of incorporation. For example, see the California Corporations Code or the California Attorney General’s Guide for Charities. A religious corporation in California is classified as a charity.

The incorporation laws of the states vary, but they all give the state considerable control over the church and they all make the corporate church a legal entity. To understand the legal status and powers granted a religious corporation in California see, California Code, Corporations Code – CORP, TITLE 1. CORPORATIONS, DIVISION 2. NONPROFIT CORPORATION LAW, PART 4. NONPROFIT RELIGIOUS CORPORATIONS, CHAPTER 1. Organization and Bylaws, ARTICLE 4. Powers, 9140. Section 9140 begins by stating, “Subject to any limitations contained in the articles or bylaws and to compliance with other provisions of this division and any other applicable laws, a corporation, in carrying out its activities, shall have all of the powers of a natural person, including, without limitation, the power to: ….” A corporation is a legal entity controlled according to the law of the state of incorporation.  As a legal entity, the corporate church has voluntarily given up much of its First Amendment protection. For more on church incorporation, see, e.g.,(1) What does church, inc. mean?, (2) Who Is the head of an incorporated church?, (3) What is an established church? 

Owners of real property, whether an individual or an unincorporated or incorporated church, usually get liability insurance on that property. Liability insurance covers the liability of, to the extent of the limits of the insurance policy, the legal owner, others who may have been assigned or volunteered to make sure the property is safe, and perhaps those members of the organization who knew of, but ignored, the dangerous condition. Liability insurance is an admission that the legal owner of the property is a legal entity in that it gives protection against being sued.

Almost all churches become owners (and possessors) of property; and, as legal owners of the property, they can be sued should someone be injured on that property. The little old lady who slips on the ice on the entrance can sue.

Our Lord, when meeting with His apostles and disciples as he laid the foundation of the church, met on property with them. As recorded in the New Testament, many times their meetings were outdoors. Christ owned and owns all things. However, He, for the time being, entrusts legal (earthly, temporal) ownership to the earthly owners. A church, an assembly of believers, must meet on property. The churches in the New Testament, and churches for a long time thereafter, never met in buildings they owned.

So how can a church honor both God and man in the matter of property ownership? The original churches met on property owned by the Lord Jesus Christ, the owner of all things, but legally owned by someone, not by the church. The church was not the legal owner or owner in any sense of the property they met on. Every piece of property they met on was legally owned by a person or persons who, whether they realized it or not, was entrusted by the real, true owner of the property – the Lord Jesus Christ –  to hold and manage the property for His benefit..

Churches in America can still obey God and His principles on the matter of assembling together. They can meet on property owned by others as long as they have the permission of the owner. They can meet on property owned or leased by a person: a church member or someone else. They can meet on public property. For example, a church in Austin Texas meets under a bridge. Or, they can meet on property held by a person in trust for the benefit of the true owner of the property, the Lord Jesus Christ.

Many churches in America are now choosing to establish an irrevocable trust relationship with property whereby a trustee holds and administers the property in the trust estate for the benefit of the true owner of the property, the Lord Jesus Christ. This “common law” or “Bible” trust is a fiduciary relationship with real and/or personal property (personal property includes intangible property such as money and bank accounts) recognized but not created by man’s law. This relationship is established by an agreement between a trustor and trustee, is private, creates no contract with the state (the state is not a party), and is not subject to control by civil government and its courts. Trust documents, if any, are never required to be filed in man’s legal system through any of its courts or agencies. This type of trust is not a legal entity. The trust relationship can be established orally or in writing; a properly drafted writing is much better than an oral trust, especially if the trust estate is to hold real estate, vehicles, or other property which requires a written title. If not in writing, and if the facts show the intent to establish a relationship with property to be held by a trustee for the benefit of the true owner of the property then a trust relationship has been established. Also, should the trustee desire to open a trust bank account, written documents will probably be required by the bank.

It is not necessary to use the terms “trust (or steward, etc.),” “trustor (or grantor, steward, donor, etc.),” “trustee (or steward, etc.),” “trust estate,” or “beneficiary” for a trust relationship to come into existence if the essentials of the relationship are there.

The trustor creates the relationship and names a trustee who agrees to administer a trust estate funded by the trustor (and others, if any, who wish to contribute to the trust estate) solely for the benefit of another, the true owner of the trust estate, the beneficiary. The trustor merely establishes the trust relationship. Again, the trustee administers the trust estate solely for the benefit of the owner of the trust estate. Once assets are placed in the trust estate, those assets permanently belong to the beneficiary, not to the trustor  (in an irrevocable trust).

When this relationship is created, the church remains non-legal entity as long as she does not misstep and act legally in some way. For more on this see, The Church Bible Trust Relationship Explained and How a Church Can Nullify Her Effort To Remain under Christ Only.

What about the little old lady who slips on the ice at the door of the meeting house? A church which is a legal entity (incorporated, 501(c)(3) or 508(c)(1)(A), unincorporated association, charitable trust, etc.) can be sued. Any member of that church who can be held to have violated a duty to maintain safety on the property can be sued. This could go to the officers of the corporation, the janitor, the one who volunteered to remove the ice, etc. Thus, the corporation gets liability insurance. More importantly, should a church member desire to displease our Lord and apply to man’s law, state law, for corporate or other legal status, so that their liability is limited such that they will not be required to help that little old lady injured on the ice? Another consideration is that the members of the church own the corporation and ultimately pay the debts and liabilities of the corporation: they pay for the insurance and any obligation not covered by the insurance.

What about the church under Christ and Christ alone? Believers should take care of that little old lady who slips on the ice which a responsible party intentionally, recklessly, or negligently failed to remove or salt down; especially when the property is used for a meetinghouse open for attendance to the church members and others. If the church meets in someone’s house, the homeowner should, and probably does, have homeowner’s insurance. Should the church establish a common law trust and acquire property for a meetinghouse, the trustee, as legal owner of the property, should obtain liability insurance, in the name of the trust, him being the legal owner of the trust estate.

Property owners, especially believers, should be responsible for the safety of the property they legally own. This is common sense. This is Christian. This is Bible. The new Testament Church, not being a legal entity, cannot be sued, but those legally responsible can be sued. Nonetheless, those injured on the Lord’s property due to the failure of the legal owner of the property to make sure that the property is safe, are to be taken care of.

In conclusion, many believers in America, seeing the problems with church legal status, are leaving their legally established churches and forming house churches. Others, when the need for a larger facility arises or should a bank account be desired to secure God’s money, are establishing trust relationships with property as described above. Sadly, even though the First Amendment to the United States Constitution and corresponding state constitutional provisions guarantee that churches may choose to do things God’s way without persecution, the overwhelming majority of churches betray our Lord and become legal entities. One of their many excuses is that it is not practical to do things God’s way in the matter of property ownership. Not so. It is always practical, from God’s viewpoint, for believers and churches to honor their love relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ.


For analysis of other false reasons for betraying our Lord see:

False Reasons of Christians and Lawyers for Church Corporate, 501(c)(3) Status or Legal Status of Any Kind


For more information on the common law (Bible) trust, see:

  1. The Church Bible Trust Relationship Explained and How a Church Can Nullify Her Efforts to Remain Under Christ Only
  2. How a Church Can Organize to Remain a New Testament Church (Holding Property In Trust For God Is A Scriptural Principle Recognized by American Law) 
  3. What God Has Committed to Man’s Trust: “Ye Cannot Serve God and Mammon”: Steward or Trustee?
  4. The Bible Trust Relationship, Essays and Other Resources