A course of instruction offered by Separation of Church and State Law Ministry
Started November 29, 2017.
Short/basic lessons which systematically examine the Bible Doctrines of Government, Church, Separation of Church and State and the Application of those doctrines to the American experience.
The course is presented in both written and video format. The video of each segment will be limited to 3 1/2 to six minutes. The student should not only watch the video but also read the more thorough short written lessons. Written lessons and videos are being produced and links will be added as they are finished.
It is OK to disagree on issues. The important thing is thinking and trying to glorify our Lord. Should anyone disagree on anything, please let me know. We can talk about it. If you prove me incorrect, I will repent and change the teaching. I do not get into the issue of the pastoral role, the roles of Deacons and elders, etc. The main issue considered are whether church and state should be united (whether a church should be established; see What is an Established Church?) or separate; and how to keep church and state separate. If you want to do the latter, you have come to the right place.
Make sure you proceed with the proper motive and goal:
The Motivation and the Goal
Excellent Article: “I Will Build My Church“
From the article with some of my added comments:
From an “I Will Build My Church”
The article does an excellent job in, for one thing, exposing the false theologies which spiritualize away the truth of Scripture by equating Israel and the church.
“We must ever remember that Christ intended for the church to be something new and separate from Israel. It would neither partake of nor interfere with God’s promises to His earthly people, promises that will be fulfilled in their time. The church would be separate, too, from Israel’s religious ordinances. Here, again, the cults have gone astray.
“Mormonism, for example, pretends to have both an Aaronic and Melchisedec priesthood. Roman Catholicism claims to have a sacrificial priesthood that offers Christ continually as a sacrifice upon its altars. Some Baptists believe only the pastor is privy to the Holy Spirit and that he is God’s man on earth responsible for directing the temporal and spiritual lives of the members of “his” church. On the contrary, in the church every believer is a priest (1 Peter 2:9) and the sacrifices offered are “praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name” and “to do good” (Hebrews 13:15-16).”
“That being the case, in love with our Bridegroom and longing to see Him face to face, let us hold the things of earth lightly and live for eternity. Let us please Him alone, not following men or organizations but by faith allowing our Head to nourish, sustain, and direct us and to live His life through us to His glory. ”
[Every church member is indwelt by the Holy Spirit and the Holy Spirit speaks to and guides every member who walks in the Spirit. The Holy Spirit gifts every church member for a particular spiritual job or jobs and purpose:
“Ephesians 4:11-16 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love..”]
What happened to the Fundamental Baptist movement? What happened to Jack Hyles, the Christian law association and David Gibbs? Why did they turn their back on truth about the Doctrines of Authority and Church? Because they, except for a small remnant, no longer understood the essentials, the New Testament Doctrine of Authority and the Doctrine of the Church. They turned to man’s methods and reasoning instead of to the Bible. What about you and your church? Do you understand and practice what the Bible says about these and other related matters?