Written Lessons

*A course of instruction offered by Separation of Church and State Law Ministry

This course is presented in both written and video format. The video lecture accompanying each written lesson will be 3 1/2 to six minutes. The student should not only watch the video but also read the short but more detailed written lesson. The written lessons and accompanying Youtube lectures are being added as completed.

If you miss one part of the puzzle that is being put together in these studies, you will Not clearly see and understand the whole picture.

Links to completed segments underlined in green

Parallel 3 1/2 to 6 minute Video Lectures at: Course on Youtube

December 23, 2017: Introduction and Purpose of Separation of Church and State Law Ministry

Overview of Basic Course

General Questions Answered [Links to course segments follow these questions]:

1. What is a Spiritual entity?
 What is a legal entity?
3. Is a church a Spiritual entity, a legal entity, or a Spiritual/legal entity?
4. Is it illegal for a church in America not to incorporate? Does a church have to be a 501c3?  
Does God Care if our Church is Incorporated?
Should a Church Be a 508 Church?
Does a church in America need an Employer (Tax) ID Number? 
Did President Trump do away with 501(c)(3) Requirements?
9. What does church, inc. mean? 
10. Who Is the head of an incorporated church?
11. What is 501c3?
12. What is 508?

I. Foundational Bible Principles

A. Bible Doctrine of Government

  1. Introduction 
  2.  Self-government
  3. Family Government and Conscience
  4. Civil Government
  5. Israel
  6. God Desires That All Nations Choose To Glorify Him
  7. God Judges Nations 
  8. Satan

B. Bible Doctrine of Church

  1. Introduction 
  2. Christ Ordained the Church and Builds It upon the Rock
  3. A Church Is a Mystery, an Assembly, a Spiritual Body
  4. The Holy Spirit Forms a Church which Is a Temple, a Spiritual Body, the Body of Christ
  5. Christ, the Head/Bridegroom/Husband of the Local Church
  6. The Love between Christ and His Churches
  7. Other Bible Metaphors for a Church: Family, Etc.
  8. How To Recognize a New Testament Church
  9. Heresy and Apostasy
  10. Conclusion

C. Bible Doctrine Concerning Relationship of Church and State

  1. Introduction
  2. Definitions of “Separation of Church and State,” “Established Church,” and “Religious Freedom or Soul Liberty”
  3. Dispensation Theology versus Covenant Theology and Their Importance to the Issue of Church and State Relationship in America
  4.  Distinct Differences between Church and State Which Render Them Mutually Exclusive
  5. Render Unto God the Things That Are His: A Study of Romans 13 and Other Verses Taken Out of Context to Support Union of Church and State
  6. Christ-church, Husband-Wife, Bridegroom-bride
  7. Conclusion

II. The American Application of the Biblical Principles

A. Religious liberty in America

The student who wants to study the history of religious liberty in America without waiting until these studies are complete may go to The history of the First Amendment in a Nutshell, An Abridged History of the First AmendmentThe Trail of Blood of the Martyrs of Jesus, or online version of The History of the First Amendment.

  1. Introduction
  2. The Light Begins to Shine
  3. The Pilgrims and Puritans in Massachusetts
  4. The Baptists in Rhode Island
  5. The Separates and Baptists in New England
  6. From New England to the South
  7. To Virginia
  8. Religious Freedom in America!
  9. Conclusion

Questions with Short Answers:

  1. What is the history of the First Amendment?
  2. What is the History and Meaning of “Establishment of Religion” in America?
  3. What is an established church?
  4. What is a First Amendment Church?

B. Union of Church and State in America

It will be some time before this portion of this study is started. The interested student may read a short, but not as short as these studies, booklet which covers these matters: Separation of Church and State: Spiritual or Legal Entities in online form, PDF, or downloadable audio. Click here to go to the order page for books by Jerald Finney.

  1. Introduction
  2. Legal Meaning of Incorporation of Churches
  3. Federal Government Control of Churches through 501(c)(3) or 508 Tax Exemption
  4. The Incorporation-501(c)(3) Control Scheme
  5. Spurious Rationale for Incorporating: Limited Liability
  6. Spurious Rationale for Incorporating: To Hold Property
  7. Spurious Rationale for Corporate 501(c)(3) Status: Tax Exemption and Tax Deduction for Contributions
  8. Spurious Rationale for Corporate 501(c)(3) Status: One’s Convictions
  9. Spurious Rationale for Corporate 501(c)(3) Status: 
  10. Spurious Rationale for Corporate 501(c)(3) Status:
  11. The Most Important Thing: Loving God or Winning Souls?
  12. The Results of Ignoring the Bible Principle of Separation of Church and State
  13. Conclusion

III. The Bible Trust – Organizing a Church the Bible Way

How can a church organize according to Bible Principle?

*Answers by Jerald Finney, a Christian lawyer who has done intense studies of the history of the First Amendment and Bible principles of church, state, and separation of church and state. Study the Bible to verify his Biblical teachings. See the following webpages for some of the scholarly sources which support his historical and legal teachings:

Defining and Applying the God Ordained Relationship between Church and State

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