Trust is a Bible Concept, not an organization

Copyright © by Jerald Finney
July 30, 2021

He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much. If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches? And if ye have not been faithful in that which is another man’s, who shall give you that which is your own? No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.” Lk. 16:10-13

Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God. Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.” 1 Co. 4.1-2

But as we were allowed of God to be put in trust with the gospel, even so we speak; not as pleasing men, but God, which trieth our hearts.” 1 Th. 2:4
According to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which was committed to my trust.” 1 Ti. 1:11

O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called:” 1 Ti. 6:20

EN[i] explains how one can do his own research the concept of the common law trust and the assertions in this lesson and links to and quotes from cases which explain the concept.

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

Introduction

This lesson will explain that:

  1. although man recognizes the concept of trust, secular scholars have not found its origin;
  2. God originated the Bible (common law) Trust; and
  3. there is only one way which a church may organize in compliance with Bible principle. The churches in the New Testament all recognized and applied the doctrine of the Bible Trust.

 1. Although man recognizes the concept of trust, secular scholars have not found its origin.

Efforts of scholars to trace the origin have been futile. Whether these origins are Roman, Canonical or Germanic [or of some other origin] remains an unresolved question. …” Trusts, trust-like concepts and ius commune, 8 Eur. Rev. Private L. 453 (2000), C. H. Van Rhee: See,  En[ii],  (This article can be viewed and/or downloaded at: https://www.academia.edu/5937188/Trusts_Trust_like_Concepts_and_Ius_Commune. It can also be downloaded and viewed at https://www.academia.edu/3568421/On_the_Origin_of_the_Uses_and_Trusts?email_work_card=view-paper.)

The Roman Catholic “Church,” with all its heresies understood this matter, although with some distortion, a long time ago:

  • “Trust-like devices were popular in the Church [speaking of the Roman Catholic ‘church’], since they allowed this institution to accumulate the necessary means to discharge its tasks. At the same time, these devices preempted the criticism that the Church was not practising [sic] its own teachings on the spiritual dangers of wealth. The wealth accumulated by the Church was not regarded as property owned by the Church itself. According to S. Herman, it was said to belong to God the Father as sovereign Lord, the Pope and his clerical lieutenants acting as His stewards. In trust terminology: God acted as ‘settlor’, while the Pope and his clerical lieutenants acted as trustees. Christ, the meek, the poor and the congregation were usually designated as ‘beneficiaries’. God, as the settlor, also figured as the ultimate beneficiary of creation. In this way, the wealth of the Church could be justified, since the Church simply acted as a depositary of goods created for all. Church officials were charged with managing the goods entrusted to them as ‘trustees’ and with using them for the good of the community. ” See Trusts, Trust-Like Concepts and Ius Commune…;Op Cit.

Of course this Catholic misunderstanding allowed the Institution of the Roman Catholic “Church” to prosper and store up tremendous wealth while the clergy live a luxurious life (the “beneficiaries” in practice although not in name) since the trust estate was not used for the benefit of God according to his will, the true owner of everything. Nonetheless, even though misapplying the concept, Catholicism recognized it.

 2. God originated the Bible (common law) Trust.

Had scholars considered all the evidence, they would have discovered that the concept of trust was originated by God in the manner in which He ordered things. The concept started in the beginning, in the Garden of Eden, and is evident throughout the Word of God. “Trust” (also explicitly stated), “trust estate,” “trustor,” (or “grantor” or “settlor”), “trustee,” “beneficiary,” and “fiduciary” are all found in the Bible. The concept is just part of the way things work, the way God arranged things, as He explains in His Word.

The principle of trust originated with God. God embedded this precept in His word and it is seen from Genesis to Revelation and in all dispensations. God has administered his rule over the world in various dispensations or economies as He progressively works out His purpose of world history. Primarily, dispensations are stewardships. All in a particular dispensational economy are stewards (trustees), although one man usually stands out when the church is being examined. For example, Paul was used by God more than any other to reveal His grace and to record the doctrine of the church as dictated by God. Nonetheless, all the apostles and every other believer are also stewards of God’s grace. All have a responsibility to respond to that grace. God will judge those who fail to do so. (Charles C. Ryrie, Dispensationalism (Chicago: Moody Press, 1995), pp. 56-57; for an more detailed analysis of dispensations and dispensationalism, see the short article The Essence of Dispensationalism).

Some meanings of trust, as given in the 1828 Webster’s Dictionary, are:

  1. Confidence; a reliance or resting of the mind on the integrity, veracity, justice, friendship or other sound principle of another person. He that putteth his trust in the Lord shall be safe. Proverbs 29:25.
  2. Something committed to a person’s care for use or management, and for which an account must be rendered. Every man’s talents and advantages are a trust committed to him by his Maker, and for the use or employment of which he is accountable.

This article will deal with definition 2 above. From that definition, one can see that the God ordained a trust arrangement with mankind.

God owns everything—not only the land, but also everyone and everything. That ownership is implicit in the fact that He created it all. (Ge. 1). He clearly stated His ownership of all in His Word:

  • God said, “Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine:” (Ex. 19.5).
  • God said, “The land shall not be sold for ever: for the land is mine; for ye are strangers and sojourners with me.” (Le. 25.23).
  • “Thine, O LORD, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine; thine is the kingdom, O LORD, and thou art exalted as head above all. Both riches and honour come of thee, and thou reignest over all; and in thine hand is power and might; and in thine hand it is to make great, and to give strength unto all” (1 Chronicles 29:11-12).
  • “The earth is the LORD’S, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.” (Ps. 24.1).
  • God said, “For every beast of the forest is mine, and the cattle upon a thousand hills.” (Ps. 50.10).
  • “The heavens are thine [God’s], the earth also is thine: as for the world and the fulness thereof, thou hast founded them.” (Ps. 89.11).
  • “The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, saith the LORD of hosts.” (Hag. 2.8).

Re.4.11God, the true owner of all things, entrusted man, under God, with the earth and all that was in it. God entrusted man with His property. Man was put in trust to administer God’s earthly property according to God’s plan. Man did not own the earth, but, of course, man benefited from use of the property entrusted him. Man was to use the property God entrusted him with for the glory of God, for God’s pleasure (Revelation 4.11). God entrusted a New Testament church to the members of the church. Church members are trustees of the church they are members of.

Man is a fiduciary under God. Fiduciary, as a noun, means “One who holds a thing in trust; a trustee.” Man, as trustee, had a fiduciary duty to hold and administer God’s property for the benefit of God. Church members have a fiduciary duty to organize and operate the church they belong to according to God’s guidelines as stated in the New Testament. Fiduciary as an adjective means, “Not to be doubted; as fiduciary obedience” or “Held in trust.” Man benefits from use of God’s property and church members benefit from belonging to a church under God only.

God, the trustor, ordered man, the trustee, in the Garden of Eden, “Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.” (Ge. 2:16-17). Eating of the tree of knowledge of good and evil was a violation of man’s fiduciary duty to administer God’s property according to the will of the true, beneficial, and equitable owner of the property.

When God entrusted Adam and Eve with the earth and all that is in it, he gave them responsibilities:

Ge.1.26-28“And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.  And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.  And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so.  And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.” (Ge. 1.28-31).

Man violated his duty and God held him accountable. Satan lied to the woman and tempted her to eat of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

“And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.  And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.” (Ge. 3:6-7).

God then judged man, woman, and Satan. Things changed. No longer was all that God had made good.

 “And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever: Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken. So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.” (Ge. 3:22-24)

Man remained in trust of all that God gave him. Mankind continued as trustee of God’s earthly property. Man had legal title to God’s earthly propery. The perpetual principle that nations—Gentile nations and Israel—and individuals were left in trust of land and all things for the benefit of God runs throughout the Bible and continues.

As recorded in the NT, God ordained his church, an institution made up of local autonomous spiritual bodies.

 3. There is only one way which a church may organize in compliance with Bible principle.

He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much. If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches? And if ye have not been faithful in that which is another man’s, who shall give you that which is your own? No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.” Luke 16:10-13

Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God. Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.” 1 Corinthians 4.1-2

But as we were allowed of God to be put in trust with the gospel, even so we speak; not as pleasing men, but God, which trieth our hearts.” 1 Thessalonians 2:4

According to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which was committed to my trust.” 1 Timothy 1:11

O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called:” 1 Timothy 6:20

The churches in the New Testament followed the doctrine given them by God through the apostle Paul. They were “built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief conner stone” and were built “together for an habitation of God through the spirit” (Ephesians 20, 22). They were spiritual, not earthly, entities. God made them to “sit together in heavenly [not earthly] places in Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 2:6). They held no property, owed no debt, entered into no earthly contracts, acted legally in no way. When they gave collectively, someone was entrusted with managing their gifts for the glory of God (See Acts 4:34-37).

They were under the authority of the Lord Jesus Christ, and him alone, entirely separate from all civil governments. Civil government had no authority whatsoever over them. Of course, civil government unlawfully took authority over individual believers, as they had done with our Lord.

God’s doctrine for his churches has not changed. Man’s doctrine has changed. Thus, most churches in America choose to submit to the authority of civil government for many purposes. They choose to become legal entities such as non-profit corporations, unincorporated associations, and Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3) or Section 508(c)(1)(A) tax exempt worldly organizations.

A church can remain a spiritual entity only by utilizing the Bible concept of trust, by establishing an irrevocable common law or Bible Trust, whether declared in writing or not. Churches in any nation can do things God’s way. In many countries they will be persecuted for so doing. Churches in America can, without persecution, choose to operate as did the original churches and a remnant of churches since. They can do so without any documentation other than the Holy King James Bible. However, should they wish their gifts and offerings to God to be held in a bank account, they will need to execute documents which establish a Bible (common law) Trust; then they can open a trust account whose owner is the Lord Jesus Christ. Should they wish some of their offerings to God to be used lease a meeting facility or to buy such a facility, they will need documentation so that the lessee will be in the trust, signed by the trustee, or the owner named on the title will be the trust, not the church.

The church which establishes and honors a Bible Trust leases or owns no property, entangles herself with no civil government, and remains a spiritual entity. Regarding money and property, the church is trustor (establishes the trust relationship). The  trustee is the appointed temporal and legal owner of the trust estate, and the Lord Jesus Christ is the true, beneficial, and equitable owner of the property held in the trust estate. Gifts, tithes, and offerings are to God (to the trust estate which is owned by God), not to the church. The church is the giver, God is the recipient and owner.

The trust is not an entity or organization, but merely a relationship with property. The church remains totally under the authority of the Lord Jesus Christ and His word as long as she does not act legally (See, Lesson 1). The trustee does not hold the property for the church. The trustee holds and manages the property for the benefit of, and according to the will of, the true owner of the property, the Lord Jesus Christ. The trustee is the legal owner of the property and the Lord Jesus Christ is the true, equitable, and beneficial owner. The trustee has a fiduciary duty under God to use the property, not for his own or the trustor church’s benefit, but for the benefit of the Lord Jesus Christ.

When a church assembles together, God owns the land upon which they meet. Although the trustee has the temporal and legal title to the land, God is the true, beneficial, and equitable owner. An equitable owner is “[o]ne who is recognized in equity as owner of the property, because real and beneficial use and title belong to him, even though bare legal title is invested in another.” (BLACK’S LAW DICTIONARY (6th Ed. 1990), 539). “In a trust relationship, as distinguished from a ‘contract,’ there is always a divided ownership of property, to which the trustee usually has legal title and cestui [que trust] an equitable title.” (90 C.J.S. Trusts § 1, fn. 13 (2007). C.J.S., like AM. JUR 2D, is a highly respected, used, and cited legal encyclopedia).

Someone must hold legal title to real property. A New Testament Church is to be a spiritual entity only (See, e.g., Ephesians 2:19-22). Therefore, a church under Christ alone cannot hold title (an earthly legal declaration of temporal ownership) to property. Nor can a church under Christ alone hold “church property through a trustee or trustees. If title to property is in the name of church, or if the church holds property through a trustee of a trust, the church has acted legally and is a temporal earthly entity and not a spiritual entity only because she has entwined herself with man’s earthly legal system. Some trusts state that church property will be held by a trustee for the benefit of the Lord Jesus Christ. That is a type of common law trust arrangement, but it compromises the spiritual only status of the church and combines the holy with the unholy, the church and the state.

Corporations (aggregate of sole, profit or non-profit), charitable trusts, business trusts, and Internal Revenue Code § 501(c)(3) and § 508 organizations are legal entities. A church who owns property through one of these legal devises is asserting ownership, as she is if she owns property in the name of the church.

A  church who does not hold property but puts property into a trust estate of a properly structured irrevocable common law or Bible Trust is not acting legally. By definition, that trust is not a legal entity. The trustee of such a trust holds legal or earthly title to the property in the trust estate. He, like every citizen in his right mind, is a legal entity. Of course, if he is born again, he is also a spiritual entity (1 Corinthians 2:14-16). Thus, any property a church meets on is temporarily held by a legal entity, whether a person, a corporation, a charitable trust, or some other kind of legal entity. However, only with a properly structured Bible Trust is the property declared to be owned by the Lord Jesus Christ. Keep in mind that God owns everything, even if the property is in the name of an earthly entity who does not acknowledge God’s ownership.

The Bible instructs the saved man to obey man as to certain temporal earthly matters and God as to eternal spiritual  matters (See Romans 13 and Render Unto God the Things That Are His/A Systematic Study of Romans 13 and Related Verses). A church under Christ alone is eternal and spiritual and subject to the jurisdiction of God only. God’s desires total separation of civil government and the church: separation of church and state, separation of the temporal and earthly from the eternal and spiritual (See, God Betrayed/Separation of Church and State: The Biblical Principals and the American Application).

Physical property is temporal and earthly and must have a legal owner. The legal owner is entrusted with God’s property, and God, the trustor, desires that the legal owner use the property solely for the benefit of the trustor. This is true regardless of whether the legal owner knows this or not. He is to administer the property, if any, for the benefit of the true owner of the property, the Lord Jesus Christ. Every person has a fiduciary duty to use that with which God has entrusted to him according to the will of God.

When a church establishes the Bible Trust:

  1. She obeys God’s will;
  2. She lessens the chances that the property, and especially the buildings, will become idols. “Their idols are … the work of men’s hands.  … They that make them are like unto them; so is every one that trusteth in them.” (Psalm 115.4-8);
  3. She has not prostituted herself by combining the holy with the unholy;
  4. She has chosen not to be structured like a business or a government created organization;
  5. She can operate according to the principles in the New Testament;
  6. Members of His churches give to Him, not to their church. If church members (a church is made of her members ) give to a church, that church gives to herself. The money given by members of an incorporated church go into the church, inc. bank account. The corporation is owned by the members. When members of a church who give to the church, they are technically giving to themselves since they are the church. Of course, many believers in churches not organized according to the principles of the New Testament, while giving to the churches they are members of, not to God, believe in their heart they are giving to God. I believe God will honor their giving, even though not according to knowledge, understanding and wisdom. However, when one grows to understand the truth about giving to God, he has a responsibility to begin to do things God’s way.
  7. The minds of the members have not been corrupted from he simplicity that is in Christ (See, 2 Corinthians 11:1-3).

Conclusion

The American legal system did not legislate or originate the concept of trust, but merely recognizes the concept.

God instituted the concept of trust in the beginning, in the Garden of Eden. It is a biblical concept which, when properly implemented, keeps a church under God (the Scriptures) only. If a church is a New Testament Church under Christ alone, that church has established a trust agreement with the Lord; her gifts are to a the Lord and are to be held and managed by a trustee solely for the benefit of the Lord.

A church in America can, without persecution, honor God by establishing a Bible Trust relationship with property. Doing so assures that the church remains a spiritual, not legal, entity. Such a trust is not a legal entity; it is not an organization of any kind. It is merely a relationship with property.

The church, the trustor or settlor, establishes the trust relationship. The trustee holds property (if any), which includes money, in a trust estate for the benefit of the Lord Jesus Christ, the true, equitable, and beneficial owner of all things. As trustee, he is the temporal and legal owner of the Lord’s properties and monies held in the trust estate. If he violates his fiduciary duties as God’s trustee, the church should judge the matter, and God will certainly hold him accountable. “For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people. It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.” (Hebrews 10.30-31).

Endnotes

EN[i] One can start his legal research to verify this matter in many places. He can do a word search on a legal website such as Westlaw or Lexis. Since access to these websites is expensive, for the most part only lawyers and paralegals who regularly practice or research law will find it practical to use them. One can also go to the law library and go to case digests, treatises, case reporters, legal encyclopedias and other sources.

I learned the basics of the common law trust in a wills and estate course at the University of Texas School of Law. After beginning my more detailed studies after law school, I started with a legal encyclopedia, American Jurisprudence 2nd, Volume 76, Trusts. In explaining the concept of trust, this author used that resource, with some information from Corpus Juris Secundum, another legal encyclopedia, to give an overall explanation of the concept in its use by churches to remain spiritual entities only, as opposed to incorporated 502(c)(3) legal organizations. See, Chapter 7 of PDF of 2nd Edition of Separation of Church and State: God’s Churches – Spiritual or Legal Entities?

Excerpts from some cases which define and apply the trust relationship:

You may go directly to the cases by clicking the case name.

KOPSOMBUT-MYINT BUDDHIST CENTER, v. STATE BOARD OF EQUALIZATION, 728 S.W. 2d 327 (1986) Court of Appeals of Tennessee, Middle Section, at Nashville. Permission to Appeal Denied, April 6, 1987. IMPORTANT POINT: The court itself declared that the property at issue was held in trust even though there was no writing directly proclaiming a trust. The court did this in order to uphold a property tax exemption. Property held in trust for a Buddhist Temple qualifies for a property tax exemption, if the property is used for religious purposes and the owner, any stockholder, officer, member or employee of such institution is not lawfully entitled to receive and pecuniary profit from the operations of that property in competition with like property owned by others which is not exempt. Property held in trust and which otherwise qualifies for the exemption is to be exempted from property tax.  Of note, for emphasis, it was obvious that corporate, 501(c)(3) status was not a prerequisite for religious property tax exemption. Also, this case deals with a “trust,” not a “business trust” “charitable trust” or some other type of trust that is a legal entity.” The opinion states:

  • “A valid trust need not be in writing. It can be created orally unless the language of the written conveyance excludes the existence of a trust. Sanderson v. Milligan,585 S.W.2d 573, 574 (Tenn. 1979); Linder v. Little, 490 S.W.2d 717, 723 (Tenn. Ct. App. 1972); and Adrian v. Brown, 29 Tenn. App. 236, 243, 196 S.W.2d 118, 121 (1946). However, when a party seeks to establish an oral trust, it must do so by greater than a preponderance of the evidence. Sanderson v. Milligan, 585 S.W.2d 573, 574 (Tenn. 1979); Hunt v. Hunt, 169 Tenn. 1, 9, 80 S.W.2d 666, 669 (1935); and Browder v. Hite, 602 S.W.2d 489, 493 (Tenn. Ct. App. 1980).
  • “The existence of a trust requires proof of three elements: (1) a trustee who holds trust property and who is subject to the equitable duties to deal with it for the benefit of another, (2) a beneficiary to whom the trustee owes the equitable duties to deal with the trust property for his benefit, and (3) identifiable trust property. See G.G. Bogert & G.T. Bogert, The Law of Trusts and Trustees § 1, at 6 (rev. 2d ed. 1984) and Restatement (Second) of Trusts § 2 comment h (1957). We find that the Kopsombut-Myint Buddhist Center has proved the existence of each of these elements by clear and convincing evidence.” [p. 333].

WAUSHARA COUNTY v. Sherri L. GRAF, 166 Wis.2d 442 (1992), 480 N.W.2d 16, Supreme Court of Wisconsin. Submitted on briefs October 4, 1991.Decided February 17, 1992The Supreme Court of Wisconsin reviewed the evidence and concluded that “The evidence indicates that Basic Bible was established to evade taxation. Basic Bible failed to meet its burden of proving that it is a “church” or “religious association” under [Wisconsin law]. The court held that Basic Bible was not property tax exempt.” The fact that the church held “in trust” the property for which a property tax exemption was sought was not a factor in the decision. The Court concluded that incorporation and 501(c)(3) status is not a prerequisite for church property tax exemption; and, again, made clear that the fact that the church held the property “in trust” did not disqualify the church from property tax exemption.

Note. Many, many cases are on the record involving denials of “church,” or “religious organization” property tax exemption for incorporated 501(c)(3) tax scams. See, for some examples, III. Organizations which created religious scams in order to obtain Property Tax Exemption on the webpage, Law on Church Organization (Trusts, Property tax, etc.). WAUSHARA COUNTY v. Sherri L. GRAF is the only case I have found in which a “church” or “religious organization or society” which held property and/or money in trust was held to be such a scam. Also, by reading this entire case with knowledge, one versed in these matters readily sees that Basic Bible did not understand the law nor the Bible. One could write a lengthy analysis proving that. Also very interesting is the analysis of the pro se representation in this case.]. This case reminds one of the unjust steward, an outright crook, in Luke 16. “No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon” Luke 16.13.

The Wisconsin Supreme Court stated, in WAUSHARA COUNTY v. Sherri L. GRAF:

  • “We need not reiterate the excellent discussion and analysis underpinning that conclusion that appears in the court of appeals opinion. 157 Wis. 2d at 539-49” [the citation for this case].

The opinion from the court of appeals referred to by the Wisconsin Supreme Court was WAUSHARA COUNTY v. Sherri L. GRAF, 157 Wis.2d 539 (1990), 461 N.W.2d 143, Court of Appeals of Wisconsin. Submitted on briefs December 8, 1989. Decided August 2, 1990Here are some very important points made on pp. 539-49 of that decision:

The court examined the legislative history of the pertinent statutes to determine if a church or religious organization must be incorporated for its property to be tax exempt [under state law].

  • The court started with examination of the first exemption from taxation of the property of churches and religious organizations—in sec. 24, ch. 47, Revised Statutes of 1849. “Chapter 47 prescribed the procedure by which persons belonging to a church congregation or religious society, “not already incorporated,” could incorporate. … The exemption was not limited to religious societies incorporated under ch. 47.
  • “Chapter 130, Laws of 1868, provided for the assessment of property for taxation and for exemptions therefrom. Section 2, 3d exempted “[p]ersonal property owned by any religious, scientific, literary or benevolent association, used exclusively for the purposes of such association, and the real property necessary for the location and convenience of the buildings of such association . . . not exceeding ten acres. . . .” Chapter 130 did not define “association.”
  • “Section 2 of ch. 130, Laws of 1868, was incorporated, without substantial change, in Section 1038, Wisconsin Statutes of 1898. Section 1038, subd. 3 was renumbered sec. 70.11(4), Stats., by sec. 16, ch. 69, Laws of 1921. Throughout its history, the exemption from taxation of property of churches and religious associations has been accorded in substantially the same language. No “linkage” has existed between the exemption statutes and those affecting the organization of churches and religious associations or societies.
  • “Chapter 411, Laws of 1876, provided for the incorporation of religious societies. Apparently this act replaced ch. 47 of the revised statutes of 1849. Chapter 411 is silent as to the taxation or exemption of the property of religious societies incorporated thereunder.
  • “The procedures for the incorporation of religious societies were included in ch. 91, Revised Statutes of 1878. Nash’s Wisconsin Annotations (1914), sec. 1990, ch. 91 at 753, states: ‘The revisers of 1878 in their note said: ‘Chapter 411, 1876, is taken to have been intended as a revision of the law for the incorporation of religious societies.’ The privilege of organizing a corporation is extended to all classes and denominations, it not being supposed the law means to be intolerant of any religious belief or to be partial in its offer of privileges.’
  • “The same annotation at page 755 states: ‘Church’ and ‘Congregation.’ A church consists of those who are communicants, have made a public profession of religion and are united by a religious bond of common spiritual welfare. It is the spiritual body, not the legal one. But a religious society or congregation, under the statute, is a voluntary association of persons, generally but not necessarily in connection with a church proper, united for the purpose of having a common place of worship and to provide a proper teacher to instruct them in doctrines and duties, etc. [Citations omitted.]
  • “Decisions interpreting ch. 91, Revised Statutes of 1878, make plain that failure of a church or religious organization to incorporate thereunder did not affect the power of the church or religious organization to hold title to property. “Under the repeated decisions of this court, we must hold that the mere fact that [a] church or religious society had not yet been incorporated at the time of the delivery of [a] deed in no way frustrated the trust thereby created, if such trust was otherwise valid.” Fadness v. Braunborg, 73 Wis. 257, 278-79, 41 N.W. 84, 90 (1889) (emphasis in original).
  • “In Holm v. Holm, 81 Wis. 374, 382, 51 N.W. 579, 581 (1892), the facts included that the Norwegian Evangelical Lutheran Church of Roche-a-Cree was a voluntary association until February 7, 1889. The court noted that “[p]rior to that date the title to the churches in which the members of the association worshiped was vested in trustees named in . . . deeds, and their successors in office. . . . The trusts imposed by such deeds appear to have been valid upon the principles stated by this court in Fadness v. Braunborg. . . .” Id.
  • “In Franke v. Mann, 106 Wis. 118, 131, 81 N.W. 1014, 1018-19 (1900), the court further said that ‘[w]hat has been said is in harmony with the law regarding trusts for religious uses, whether the trustees be officers of a religious corporation or of an unincorporated ecclesiastical body. . . .’ Id. at 131-32, 81 N.W. at 1019 (emphasis added).
  • “It is plain from these decisions that the court did not consider that the legislature, by offering to ecclesiastical bodies the advantages of incorporation, intended to impose corporate structure upon such bodies. The property of unincorporated ecclesiastical bodies was commonly held in trust for the benefit of the members.
  • “The Basic Bible Church established that title to the real estate subject to foreclosure was held in the name of the trustees for the benefit of the church. We conclude that the trust constituted an “entity” which could claim tax exemption under sec. 70.11(4), Stats., for the benefit of the Basic Bible Church.”

En[ii] Trusts, Trust-Like Concepts and Ius Commune, 8 Eur. Rev. Private L. 453 (2000), C. H. van Rhee:  This article concludes:

Trust and Ius Commune: an Assessment
On the basis of the above, several conclusions may be drawn. Firstly, it may be concluded that it is very likely that the origins of the trust cannot completely be traced. Whether these origins are Roman, Canonical or Germanic remains an unresolved question. A link between Romanocanonical usus -Roman usus in a Canonical guise- and the trust seems the most promising of all possible links. However, much research needs to be conducted of ecclesiastical records both on the continent and in England. Examining these records should be the primary aim of legal historians interested in the origins of the trust.

“Secondly, the nineteenth-century shift from Roman law to indigenous law as the alleged origins of the trust did not change the position of the trust as a concept which may be placed in the ius commune tradition. Both the Germanic and Romano-canonical origins of the trust are of interest to scholars studying the question of whether trusts are part of a shared European tradition. As we know, ius commune comprised elements from both the Germanic and the Romano-canonical legal traditions.

“And thirdly, it may be concluded that it is very unlikely that there has been an exact
continental equivalent to the English ‘use’ or trust. The conclusion may be drawn that trust law cannot be viewed as an amalgam of concepts from the Corpus Iuris. This conclusion has also been drawn by Kenneth Reid (see his paper), who alleges that the modern trust is a relatively new concept, which cannot be explained solely by a contract/real right model. Nevertheless, we must continue to ask the question whether the uncovered similarities amount to more than parallels reflecting similar social conditions. My answer to this question is that it is very likely that English trust law was influenced by ideas on the Continent. This is not too bold a statement paying regard to the influence of the ecclesiastical courts in England as well as to the fact that English civilians frequently used Roman and Canon law texts when describing trusts.”

An interesting except from the article:

“Trust-like devices were popular in the Church [speaking of the Roman Catholic ‘church’], since they allowed this institution to accumulate the necessary means to discharge its tasks. At the same time, these devices preempted the criticism that the Church was not practising [sic] its own teachings on the spiritual dangers of wealth. The wealth accumulated by the Church was not regarded as property owned by the Church itself. According to S. Herman, it was said to belong to God the Father as sovereign Lord, the Pope and his clerical lieutenants acting as His stewards. In trust terminology: God acted as ‘settlor’, while the Pope and his clerical lieutenants acted as trustees. Christ, the meek, the poor and the congregation were usually designated as ‘beneficiaries’. God, as the settlor, also figured as the ultimate beneficiary of creation. In this way, the wealth of the Church could be justified, since the Church simply acted as a depositary of goods created for all. Church officials were charged with managing the goods entrusted to them as ‘trustees’ and with using them for the good of the community. “

Introduction

Jerald Finney
“Churches under Christ” ministry
July 24, 2021

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

But as we were allowed of God to be put in trust with the gospel, even so we speak; not as pleasing men, but God, which trieth our hearts.” 1 Th. 2:4

According to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which was committed to my trust.” 1 Ti. 1:11

O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called:” 1 Ti. 6:20

Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God. Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.” 1 Co. 4.1-2

He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much. If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches? And if ye have not been faithful in that which is another man’s, who shall give you that which is your own? No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.” Lk. 16:10-13

2 Corinthians 6:14-18”Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? 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

Note. “Property” includes both real and personal property. Personal property, also referred to as movable property, is anything other than land that can be the subject of ownership, including money and bank accounts.

Introduction

American law recognizes, but did not originate, the concept of trust. Efforts of scholars to trace the origin have been futile. See, e.g., Trusts, trust-like concepts and ius commune, 8 Eur. Rev. Private L. 453 (2000), C. H. Van Rhee“… Whether these origins are Roman, Canonical or Germanic [or of some other origin] remains an unresolved question. …” (This article can be viewed and/or downloaded at: https://www.academia.edu/5937188/Trusts_Trust_like_Concepts_and_Ius_Commune. It can also be downloaded and viewed at https://www.academia.edu/3568421/On_the_Origin_of_the_Uses_and_Trusts?email_work_card=view-paper.)

Scholars have not considered all historic evidence. Had they done so, they would have discovered that the concept of trust was originated by God in the manner in which He ordered things. The concept started in the beginning, in the Garden of Eden, and is evident throughout the Word of God. In the Bible one finds, by implication, “trust” (also explicitly stated), “trust estate,” “trustor,” (or “grantor” or “settlor”), “trustee,” “beneficiary,” and “fiduciary.” Actually, the concept is just part of the way things work, the way God arranged things, as He explains in His Word. “Trust” is recognized by American law as will be explained in a future lesson. American law labels the relationship, “common law trust.” One who studies these lessons will learn why I call it, “Bible Trust.”

The Roman Catholic “Church,” with all its heresies understood the this matter, although with some distortion, a long time ago:

  • “Trust-like devices were popular in the Church [speaking of the Roman Catholic ‘church’], since they allowed this institution to accumulate the necessary means to discharge its tasks. At the same time, these devices preempted the criticism that the Church was not practising [sic] its own teachings on the spiritual dangers of wealth. The wealth accumulated by the Church was not regarded as property owned by the Church itself. According to S. Herman, it was said to belong to God the Father as sovereign Lord, the Pope and his clerical lieutenants acting as His stewards. In trust terminology: God acted as ‘settlor’, while the Pope and his clerical lieutenants acted as trustees. Christ, the meek, the poor and the congregation were usually designated as ‘beneficiaries’. God, as the settlor, also figured as the ultimate beneficiary of creation. In this way, the wealth of the Church could be justified, since the Church simply acted as a depositary of goods created for all. Church officials were charged with managing the goods entrusted to them as ‘trustees’ and with using them for the good of the community. ” See Trusts, Trust-Like Concepts and Ius Commune…;Op Cit.

Of course this Catholic misunderstanding allowed the Institution of the Roman Catholic “Church” to prosper and the clergy to live a luxurious life (the “beneficiaries” in practice although not in name) because the trust estate was not used for the benefit of God, the true owner of all things, and for mankind. The Catholic Church, accordingly, has stored up tremendous wealth and actually worships mammon. Nonetheless, even though misapplying the concept, Catholicism recognized it.

Most contemporary “Bible believing Christians” in America have no idea of the concept. Rather, most prostitute their churches through the use of various legal entity devises such as church incorporation and Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3) or 508(c)(1)(A) tax exempt status.

These lessons will examine the Bible doctrine of trust and its proper application by churches. A church can operate according to the principles of the New Testament only should she apply the concept of trust; lease do no summarily discard this statement until you have studied the matter out.

God entrusts a church to her members. He wants each church to operate and organize according to His precepts as laid out in the Bible. According to the New Testament, a church is to be a spiritual entity only. A spiritual entity cannot hold property or money, sue, be sued, enter into contracts or act legally in any way. Only a temporal entity can do those things. Of course, these statements raise many questions about the trust relationship, such as, “Is not the trust then a legal entity?” The answer is no. This will be explained in these lessons.

God wants members of His churches to give to Him, not to their church or church, inc. By the way, the members of a church corporation, not God, own the church, inc. If church members give to a church or to the church, inc., that church gives to herself since the members of the church are the church body, Christ being the Head. Of course, many believers in non-NT churches while giving to the churches they are members of, not to God, believe in their heart they are giving to God. I believe God will honor their giving, even though not according to knowledge, understanding and wisdom. However, when one grows to understand the truth about giving to God, he has a responsibility to begin to do things God’s way.

These lessons will answer the question, “How can a church organize such that the church complies with Bible principles?” The answer in a nutshell is by complying with Bible teaching on the matter. There is only one Bible way to do so. That is by establishing an irrevocable trust relationship with property and remaining true to the Lord thereafter by making sure not to act legally (this will all be explained and all questions answered. Should you show me where I am wrong, I will publicly repent of my error.).

These lessons will explain all aspects of the Bible trust. As an appetizer, let me briefly explain the concept. When church members give to God, they should entrust their gifts and offerings to someone who holds and manages God’s property solely for the benefit of the true owner, the Lord Jesus Christ. With an irrevocable common law trust, all property held in trust (the trust estate) is to benefit the Lord Jesus Christ according to His will as given us in the Bible. No property placed in the trust estate is to be returned to the person who gave it or to any inure to the benefit of any person, except, of course for helping the poor or those in need as the Lord leads and consistent with Christ’s will.

These lessons will explain the trust relationship in some detail. They will cover the following, and more:

  1. The basics of the Bible Trust and how a Church which has established a Bible trust can become a legal entity thereby nullifying status of the church as a spiritual body under Christ and Christ alone
  2. Holding property in trust is a Bible concept
  3. The Trustor
  4. The Trustee
  5. The proper term: “Trustee” or “Steward”
  6. The Beneficiary
  7. A Church Bible Trust agreement and estate
  8. The wisdom of a Declaration of Trust
  9. American law recognizes and applies the concept of trust
  10. Many churches in America are establishing Bible Trusts
  11. Documents establishing the Bible Trust
  12. Whether donors to the trust estate can claim deductions for their gifts on their income tax returns
  13. Property Tax Exemptions on the Lord’s Property held in the trust
  14. Opening a trust bank account: Is it OK to get in EIN for the trust bank account
  15. Income taxes on gifts to the support the pastor and his family
  16. Etc.

In short, the New Testament covers both church doctrine (the heavenly calling of a church) and application (the earthly conduct of a church). These lessons cover the application of the Bible Doctrine of church organization. The course is for those who understand New Testament Church doctrine and agree that God desires a church to be “an holy temple in the Lord” … “builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit” (Ephesians 2:21-22) built solely “upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief cornerstone” (Ephesians 2:20); that a church should not seek legal (temporal, earthy) status under man created laws, rules, and regulations; and that a church should choose to make sure that Christ is “head over all things to the church” (Ephesians 1:22).

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 act legally (explained below) or to contract with the state and/or federal government for status as a non-profit corporation, charitable trust,  business trust, or tax exempt organization under Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3) or 508(c)(1)(A). A church does not apply for, but claims, 508(c)(1)(A) status and puts herself in the same position as a 501(c)(3) church (See Church Internal Revenue Code § 508(c)(1)(A) Tax Exempt Status). A church can also act as a legal organization, an 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) many of which are mentioned below.

Some churches exercise their Bible freedom and duty to operate under the Lord Jesus Christ in all things. By doing so, they apply the concept of the Bible trust even if they do not execute a written Declaration of Trust. 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 not an organization. It is not a charitable trust, a business trust, or some other type of legal organization created and controlled, for  many purposes, 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. It is a relationship with property whereby a trustee holds and manages property solely for the benefit of the Lord Jesus Christ who is the true and beneficial owner of the property held in the trust estate.

The 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. This is one reason that the trustee of a church Bible trust should understand what they are doing when setting up, holding, and administering the Bible trust.

What is a legal entity? A legal entity is an entity that can be sued, sue, charged with a crime, enter 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. In other words, when a church acts like a person would act in any worldly matter, that church becomes a worldly, legal entity under man’s law and the courts of the world as opposed to a spiritual entity subject to Christ and Christ alone. That church has removed herself from the total protection of the First Amendment, as long as government respects the First Amendment, and placed herself under the authority of the Fourteenth Amendment and civil government as an artificial person.

Remember, should a church who is not a legal entity be named in a criminal or civil suit, she should not submit to suit; the pastor or another mature church member with knowledge, wisdom, and understanding of these matters should make a special appearance contesting jurisdiction of the court over the church, pointing out that the church is not an earthly and legal entity. As long as the church has not acted legally, the only correct ruling for the court is to dismiss the case against the church.

How can a church act legally? A church can, for example, hold a credit card, hold deed to real property, open a bank account, get an Employee Identification Number (EIN), 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. Should a church Bible trust obtain insurance (such as liability insurance on real estate) in the name of the trust, the insurance policy should not implicate the church. Some trustees get insurance in the name of the trust, but the insurance policy explicitly covers the church. The trustee must be careful to  make sure that the policy is not a church policy with the name of the trust on it. Insurance sellers are not familiar with the church Bible trust and will, if the trustee of the trust allows, simply put the name of the trust on the standard church policy, thereby setting up the church as a legal entity that can be sued.  Some church Bible trust trustees get insurance in the name of the trust, but the insurance policy sets the church up as a legal entity.

A pastor of a church may also compromise the position of the church as a church under Christ alone by taking a license from the state to act in a pastoral capacity; a license to conduct marriage ceremonies, for example.

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. The First Amendment to the Constitution and corresponding state constitutional provisions recognize this Bible principle. In a tyrannical nation- such as North Korea, China, and many other nations – no such protections are afforded. No matter, “churches and believers should obey God rather than man,” even to the point of martyrdom.

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.

Please contact Jerald Finney should you have concerns of any kind regarding these matters.

God’s Word Commands a Holy, Separated Church

Jerald Finney
Copyright © 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

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