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

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

My answer was as follows:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jerald Finney
January 12, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Now to my reply to the emails above

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Not a video, but accurate report: Navarro Report

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

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

Some good online resources for truth:

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

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

Endnote

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

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

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

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

https://youtu.be/Q1aI3heMvN0 

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

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

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

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

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

Democratic Plans for America: A Biblical Analysis

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

Jerald Finney
Copyright © December 19, 2020

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

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

Democratic Plans for America: A Biblical Analysis

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

Glen Beck recently wrote on his website:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Relevant Bible Studies:

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

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

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


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

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

8. Biblical principles of church heresy and apostasy exemplified: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Article: Scofield’s “true church” doctrine

Left click to listen to sermon. Right click link, then left click “Save link as…” to download.

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

Glen Beck recently wrote on his webiste:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Relevant Bible Studies:

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

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

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


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

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

8. Biblical principles of church heresy and apostasy exemplified: 

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

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

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

Left click the above links to hear the sermons.
Right click link, then left click “Save link as…” to download.


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

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

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

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

Article: Scofield’s “true church” doctrine

Left click to listen to sermon. Right click link, then left click “Save link as…” to download.

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

Jerald Finney
October 27, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

 

Lazarus Is dead

(In loving memory of my dear brother who passed away unexpectedly October 1, 2020)

John 11:14: “Then said Jesus unto them plainly, Lazarus is dead.” One day, the news that a loved one is dead will come to us all. Will we have any hope?

In John 11, we read that Jesus went to Bethany that Mary and Martha might have hope because he loved them. John 11:5: “Now Jesus loved Martha, and her sister, and Lazarus;” as he loves us all: John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

“Light has come into the world” (John 3:19). He brought light into the darkness. He was physically on earth and could not be everywhere at the same time. In John 13, Jesus tells His disciples of his betrayal. In John 14, he lets them know that He is going away to prepare a place for them. In John 15:16, He tells them that He will not leave them alone, but that He will send a Comforter, the Holy Spirit, to abide with them forever. Now, He is with every believer even here on earth; the light is with every believer. But here, in John 11, He brings the light, Himself, to Mary and Martha to give them hope.

  • John 11:8-10: “His disciples say unto him, Master, the Jews of late sought to stone thee; and goest thou thither again? Jesus answered, Are there not twelve hours in the day? If any man walk in the day, he stumbleth not, because he seeth the light of this world. But if a man walk in the night, he stumbleth, because there is no light in him.”
  • 1 John 1:5: “[Jesus who is] God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.”
  • In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness apprehended it not” (John 1:4-5). Jesus was “… the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world” (John 1:9).
  • John 11:11-14 “These things said he: and after that he saith unto them, Our friend Lazarus sleepeth; but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep. Then said his disciples, Lord, if he sleep, he shall do well. Howbeit Jesus spake of his death: but they thought that he had spoken of taking of rest in sleep. Then said Jesus unto them plainly, Lazarus is dead.”
  • John 11:15 “And I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, to the intent ye may believe; nevertheless let us go unto him.”

After receiving the news that Lazarus was sick, that was no news to the Lord, Jesus tarried two days waiting for Lazurus to die (v 6). This was all for the glory of God (vs 4, 40).

If you want to know how Jesus feels about the death of our loved ones, look at verse 33: “Jesus wept.” Death is a frightful thing, actually. We can be sure of one thing, though. Jesus enters into sympathy with us. His sympathy is for the living, not for the dead. 

Mary knew that Lazarus would rise again at the resurrection (v 24). She grieved because Lazarus had died and was no longer on this earth. John 11:31-33: “The Jews then which were with her in the house, and comforted her, when they saw Mary, that she rose up hastily and went out, followed her, saying, She goeth unto the grave to weep there. Then when Mary was come where Jesus was, and saw him, she fell down at his feet, saying unto him, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died.”

When one dies, This is how Jesus feels at his or her funeral: 

  • “When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews also weeping which came with her, he groaned in the spirit, and was troubled” (v33).
  • “Jesus wept” (v 35). When one’s loved one dies, Jesus weeps. He joins you in shedding tears, but not for the loved one that is in Christ, not for the one who is going to be with Christ, but for those who remain.

Of course, the Jews missed it (verse 36).

We know that Jesus sympathy was with the living, that Lazarus would rise again, and that Martha knew that Lazarus would rise again at the resurrection. We read in verses 23-26:

“Jesus saith unto her, Thy brother shall rise again. Martha saith unto him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day. Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die.”

Here, Jesus is speaking of the eternal. Praise the Lord for those family and friends who, like Mary, are believers. John 11:27: “She saith unto him, Yea, Lord: I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world.”

Finally, let me say that you cannot cover up death by embalming and prettying up the dead body. It is the body that dies, not the soul. The soul of the person in Christ will be with the Lord. The greatest benefit is eternal life. This life is nothing compared to eternity. The big question in any religion and in this life is, “Can Christ raise the dead?” This life is a great mystery and this life is meaningless if there is no resurrection of the dead.

Modernism wants the practical, not the doctrinal. Modernism does not realize that the most practical thing of all is eternal, not temporal life. The modernist promises so much here, but nothing eternal.

If one is flying high today, one day he is going to land. He better learn how to land.

This account of Lazarus is written, as is the book of John, that we may believe:

John 20:30-31: “And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book: But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.”

Imagine: A Bad, Bad Song and a Bad, Bad Idea

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Click pictures above to go to articles. Links to more articles which prove the thesis at the end.

Jerald Finney
September 26, 2020

Contents:

  • Lyrics of “Imagine by John Lennon” and links to some performances
  • Essay
  • Some relevant Bible verses and an insight from Patrick Henry
  • Proof of the thesis of this essay, a small sampling

“Imagine” by John Lennon

Imagine there’s no heaven
It’s easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people living for today

Imagine there’s no countries
It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people living life in peace, you

You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope some day you’ll join us
And the world will be as one

Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people sharing all the world, you

You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope some day you’ll join us
And the world will be as one

Imagine, a song sung around the world.

Imagine (UNICEF: World Version)

Lady Gaga – Imagine (Live at Baku 2015 European Games Opening Ceremony)

It’s a sign of the times on the way to the one world government/religion forecast in the Bible. Many in America and in the world, having discounted God and His Word, are wanting to reimagine the way the government solves problems such as “police brutality,” pandemics such as Covid19, etc.  The establishment uses real crises, and concocts others, in order to create chaos and destroy the existing order thereby opening the door to “reimagine,” to “build back better,” to bring about the “great reset,” or – as the Bible explains – to bring in the final one world political, religious establishment.

Nothing is sacred in their warfare. Lying, cheating, stealing, and killing are all fine and dandy. They have no problem in destroying economies, attacking churches, assaulting children and adults of both sexes, looting and burning down businesses, and killing people, including old people (as did Governor Como when he put old people with Covid19 into rest homes so as to infect and kill thousands), and constantly serving a steady stream of lies to the unlearned. They operate on the national political level (the Clintons, Obama, Biden, Harris, et al.); in the establishment (Democrat) media (ABC, CNN, NBC, CBS, MSNBC, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Huffington Post, et al.); on the international level (the United Nations and political leaders throughout the world); in practically all government controlled public schools, universities, and colleges; and on the streets of America (Antifa, Black Lives Matter).

Witness the reaction of the typical person when he or she listens to Imagine: Queen + Paul Rodgers – Imagine (Live in Hyde Park). When God and His Word is forgotten, the song seems so reasonable to the emotions; that is, unless one gives it serious consideration, assuming that one is capable of doing so.

“Liberal,” “Marxist” politicians and others have been and are, more and more openly, using the word “reimagine” on a regular basis these days, especially when supporting the Marxist looters and criminals who are running wild in some of the liberal strongholds of America:

  1. “In these horrifying and divisive times, all of us — progressives and right-wingers, Karens and corona doves — need a cause around which we can unite. The question is what, though. On Wednesday, Bill de Blasio provided the answer: ‘I don’t mean to make light of this,’ the mayor of New York City said in reference to the worst rioting America has seen in my lifetime, ‘but I’m reminded of the songImagineby John Lennon [Bold red emphasis mine]. We played it at my inaugura

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    tion. I think everyone who hears that song in its fullness thinks about a world where people got along differently.'” Quote from Matthew Walther, “‘Imagine’ is a bad, bad song,” June 4, 2020; this is an excellent  article from a non-Biblical perspective showing that some people, although not familiar with the word of God, still use their common sense and listen to their God given conscience (See Romans 2:14-15).

  2. Kamala Harris

    Kamala Harris told “The View” in June of this year that “a big part of this conversation really is about reimagining how we do public safety in America, which I support,” according to the Western Journal. Quote from News American Patriot, Kamala Harris Caught Contradicting Her Own Platform In Public. [Bold red emphasis mine].

Let us go beyond our common sense and conscience and directly to the Word of God for the definitive analysis of this matter. Man, created in innocence and placed in the Garden of Eden, failed his first test under God when he ate of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. God judged the serpent, the woman, and the man (Genesis 3:14-19). God then drove out man, who now knew good and evil, from the Garden (Genesis 3:22-24).

“Expelled from Eden and placed under a new covenant, man was responsible to do all known good, to abstain from all known evil, and to approach God through sacrifice. Abel, a type of spiritual man, approached God through the approved offering, the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof (Genesis 4:4). His sacrifice, in which atoning blood was shed (Hebrews 9:22), was therefore at once his confession of sin and the expression of his faith in the interposition of a substitute, ultimately the seed of the woman, the Lord Jesus Christ (Hebrews 11:4).”

“But God had no respect for the offering brought by Cain, the fruit of the ground” (Genesis 4:3). “The religion of Cain, as a type of the mere man of the earth, was destitute of any adequate sense of sin, or need of atonement. Seven things are said of him:

  1. He worships self-will;
  2. is angry with God;
  3. refuses to bring a sin offering;
  4. murders his brother;
  5. lies to God;
  6. becomes a vagabond;
  7. is, nevertheless, the object of the divine solicitude.”

His offering being rejected by God, Cain rose up and slew his brother Abel (Genesis 4: 8). He was punished directly by God:

“And Cain said unto the LORD, My punishment is greater than I can bear.  Behold, thou hast driven me out this day from the face of the earth; and from thy face shall I be hid; and I shall be a fugitive and a vagabond in the earth; and it shall come to pass, that every one that findeth me shall slay me. And the LORD said unto him, Therefore whosoever slayeth Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold. And the LORD set a mark upon Cain, lest any finding him should kill him” (Genesis 4:13-15).

The LORD was making clear that He was giving man no authority over man. He forbade man from punishing evil doers. God himself judged Cain and made clear that only He was to take vengeance.

Antifa and Anarchists riot, loot, assault, and kill

Within a relatively short period of time man, being controlled only by his conscience, his knowledge of good and evil, utterly failed. “And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually” (Genesis 6:5). [Bold red emphasis added]. “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it” (Jeremiah 17:9)? “The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence. And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth” (Genesis 6:11-12).

The only remedy was judgment. Man’s conscience was not sufficient to control his evil imagination. Only Noah, and his family, “found grace in the eyes of the LORD.” The judgment of the flood followed for all others.

Civil government “is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil” (Romans 13:4).

Under Conscience, as in Innocency in the Garden of Eden, man utterly failed, and the judgment of the Flood marks the beginning of a new way of God’s dealing with man. God subjects man to a new test. Its distinctive feature is the institution, for the first time, of human government–the government of man by man. The highest function of government is the judicial taking of life. All other governmental powers are implied in that. Under the new dispensation of human government, man is responsible to govern the world for God. That responsibility rested upon the whole race, Jew and Gentile, until the failure of Israel under the Covenant God make with Israel before she went into the promised land under Joshua. See Deuteronomy 28.-30.1-10. The failure of Israel under that Covenant brought the judgment of the Captivities, when ‘the times of the Gentiles’ (See Luke 21:24; Revelation) 16:14) began, and the government of the world passed exclusively into Gentile hands. (Daniel 2:36-45; Luke 21:24; Acts 15:14-17). That both Israel and the Gentiles have governed for self, not God, is sadly apparent.”

The judgment of the confusion of tongues ended the racial testing; that of the captivities the Jewish; while the Gentile testing will end in the smiting of the Image (Da 2.) and the judgment of the nations Mt 25:31-46.

The whole earth, after the flood, was of one language and speech. In direct rebellion against God:

“[I]t came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar; and they dwelt there.  And they said one to another, Go to, let us make brick, and burn them throughly. And they had brick for stone, and slime had they for morter. And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth” (Genesis 11:2-4). This was the first attempt to establish a one-world government in direct defiance of God. Mankind, in general, has never forsaken this goal, as is very apparent in these times.

“And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded. 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. Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech. So the LORD scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city. Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the LORD did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the LORD scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth” (Genesis 11:5-9). [Bold red emphasis added].

The imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth (Genesis 8:21). This is a universal truth. With such a heart, imagination is leading mankind to the final judgments prophesied in God’s Word. There is a heaven and a hell. There is a God who is in control, who tests mankind, and who judges mankind when he fails. Mankind, except for God’s remnant, led by his evil imagination will again fail God, even in this time of God’s grace; and God will ultimately, by force, subdue the nations by force and reign for a thousand years on earth. Until then, there will be killing, religion, wars and rumors of wars, greed and hunger. Thus it will be. The answer for the individual is explained, not by the song “Imagine,” not by reimagining, but in God’s Word. See God’s Plan of Salvation.

For more study on this, do a word search for “imagination” and “imagine” in the King James Bible. Better yet, study the King James Bible from beginning to end.

Note. When an individual, a family, a nation, or a church rejects God and begins to reimagine, he always does so according to Satanic principles. For more on this, see: Lessons on Satan from the Word of God.

Some relevant Bible verses and an insight from Patrick Henry

  • Psalms 9:17 The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.
  • Psalms 11:3 If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?
  • Proverbs 14:34: “Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.”
  • Proverbs 20:26: “A wise king scattereth the wicked, and bringeth the wheel over them.”
  • Proverbs 29:2: “When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.”
  • Paul said in his sermon on Mars’ hill: “God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands; … And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation; That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us: For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring” (Ac. 17.24, 26-31).

“Where are your checks in this government? Your strongholds will be in the hands of your enemies.  It is on the supposition23 that your American governors shall be honest, that all the good qualities of this government are founded; but its defective and imperfect construction puts it in their power to perpetrate the worst of mischiefs, should they be bad men. And sir, would not all the world, from the eastern to the western hemispheres, blame our distracted folly in resting our rights upon the contingency of our rulers being good or bad? Show me that age and country where the rights and liberties of the people were placed on the sole chance of their rulers being good men, without a consequent loss of liberty.” (John Eidsmoe, Christianity and the Constitution: The Faith of Our Founding Fathers (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Baker Book House, 1987), p. 309, quoting Patrick Henry, Virginia Ratifying Debates; quoted by Tyler, Patrick Henry, p. 328.).

Proof of the thesis of this essay, a small sampling


Galatians

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NOTE. For more details see, McGee, Galatians. This study is taken from that book with some modifications.

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Written by Paul (Galatians 1:1) about A.D. 57, to all the churches in Galatia.

Galatians is a stern, severe, and solemn message (Galatians 1:6-9; 3:1-5). It does not correct conduct as the Corinthian letters do, but it is corrective. The Galatian believers were in grave peril because the foundations of their faith were being attackedeverything was threatened.

The epistle, therefore, contains no word of commendation, praise, or thanksgiving. There is no request for prayer, and there is no mention of standing in Christ. No one with him is mentioned by name. If you compare this epistle with the other Pauline epistles, you will see that it is different.

In this epistle, the heart of Paul is laid bare, and there is deep emotion and strong feeling. This is his fighting epistle. He has on his war paint. He has no toleration for legalism. Someone has said that the epistle to the Romans comes from the head of Paul while the epistle to the Galatians comes from the heart of Paul. A theologian has said, “Galatians takes up controversially what Romans puts systematically.”

The epistle is a declaration of emancipation from legalism of any type. It is interesting to note that legalists do not spend much time with Galatians. It is a rebuke to them. It has been called the Magna Carta of the early church. It is the manifesto of Christian liberty, the impregnable citadel, and a veritable Gibraltar against any attack on the heart of the gospel.

Galatians is the strongest declaration and defense of the doctrine of justification by faith in or out of Scripture. It is God’s polemic on behalf of the most vital truth of the Christian faith against any attack. Not only is the sinner saved by grace through faith plus nothing, but the saved sinner lives by grace. Grace is a way to life and a way of life. These two go together.

Outline

I. Introduction, 1:1-10

  1. Salutation—Cool Greeting, 1:1-5
  2. Subject Stated—Warm Declamation, 1:6-10

II. Personal—Authority of the Apostle and Glory of the Gospel, 1:11-2:14

  1. Experience of Paul in Arabia
  2. Experience of Paul with the Apostles in Jerusalem, 2:1-10
  3. Experience of Paul in Antioch with Peter, 2:11-14

III. Doctrinal—Justification by Faith, 2:15-4:31

Faith vs. Works, Liberty vs. Bondage

  1. Justification by Faith—Doctrine Stated, 2:15-21
  2. Justification by Faith—Experience of Galatians, 3:1-5
  3. Justification by Faith—Illustration of Abraham, 3:6-4:18
  4. Justification by Faith—Allegory of Hagar and Sarai, 2:19-31

IV. Practical—Sanctification by the Spirit, 5:1-6:10

Spirit vs. Flesh, Liberty vs. Bondage

  1. Saved by Faith and Living by Law Perpetrates Falling from Grace, 5:1-15
  2. Saved by Faith and Walking in the Spirit Produces Fruit of the Spirit, 5:16-26
  3. Saved by Faith and Fruit of the Spirit Presents Christian Character, 6:1-10

V. Autographed Conclusion, 6:11-18

1. Paul’s Own Handwriting, 6:11
2. Paul’s Own Testimony, 6:12-18
(a) Cross of Christ vs. Circumcision, 6:12-15
(b) Christ’s Handwriting on Paul’s Body, 6:16-18
(The New Circumcision of the New Creation)

  1. Introduction, 1:1-10

Galatians is God’s polemic against legalism of every and any description. The Mosaic law is not discredited, despised, nor disregarded. Its majesty, perfection, demands, fullness, and purpose are maintained. Yet these very qualities make it utterly impossible for man to come this route to God. Another way is opened for man to be justified before God, a way which entirely bypasses the Mosaic law. The new route is by faith. Justification by faith is the theme, with the emphasis on faith.

Three epistles in the New Testament quote Habakkuk 2:4, “The just shall live by faith.” Romans 1:17 emphasizes the just. Hebrews 10:38 emphasizes shall live. Galatians 3:11 emphasizes by faith.

In Galatians, Paul is defending the gospel from those who would add law to justification by faith. Faith plus law was the thrust of Judaism. Faith plus nothing was the answer of Paul.

The Judaizers questioned Paul’s authority as an apostle and his teaching that simple faith was adequate for salvation. Paul defends his apostleship and demonstrates the sufficiency of the gospel of grace to save.

  1. Salutation—Cool Greeting, 1:1-5

In verse 1, Paul states he is an apostle. Paul states that his is not “of men.” He also declares that his apostleship is not “by man.”

Paul was an apostle by Jesus Christ, and God the Father, who raised Him from the dead. Jesus laid His hand upon Paul, called him, and set him apart for the office (Acts 9:15, 16).

Men had nothing to do with Paul’s apostleship. This differs from the pastor who is ordained by men.

Paul’s greeting in verse 2 is cool, brief, formal, and terse. No one is personally mentioned. He is writing to “churches of Galatia,” not to a universal church. Of course, the principles apply to every church, to every local assembly.

Two main views of “the church” are proposed. The first says that one meaning of church includes the entire body of believers, of all different groups, who have trusted Christ as Saviour. The other meaning of church refers to local assemblies. There were local churches, or local assemblies, in many parts of Galatia. This first view takes the position that Ephesians looks at the corporate believers—the invisible church. But the invisible body is to make itself visible today in a corporate body.

The other view of the church is that there is no universal body of believers today, known as the church. Rather, the church is an institution which today is made up of local assemblies of believers. When one is saved, he becomes a member of the family of God, not a member of a universal church. Then, such as are saved should become part of a local assembly of believers, a local church. That is the view which, for many reasons, I believe is correct. I have heard arguments for both sides, and I find many holes in the former view. We can all agree that believers should be identified with a local body of believers.

Verse 3 is Paul’s formal greeting that he uses in most of his epistles.

Verse 4: Jesus Christ “gave himself for our sins.” He could give no more. “That he might deliver us from this present evil world.” There is a present value of the gospel which proves its power and genuineness. The gospel can deliver you. It can deliver one from alcohol, drugs, and sex sins. Christ alone can deliver in cases like that. This proves the genuineness of the gospel. Christ died for us and rose from the dead “that he might deliver us from this present evil world.” You and I cannot add to that. We have nothing to add.

This is “according to the will of God and our Father.” He can deliver us, not according to law; but according to the will of God. The will of God is that after He has saved us, we are not to live in sin. He can deliver us. He wants to deliver us. He will deliver us, and He will do it according to the will of God.

When one turns to God, and puts His faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, God makes of him a new creature. That new creature is indwelt by the Holy Spirit and no longer desires to wallow in sin. He will sin, but he will now grieve over his sin. He will never be content with his sin again.

Verse 5: “To whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.” Paul praises God, as we should also.

  1. Subject Stated—Warm Declamation, 1:6-10

v6 There are two aspects of the gospel, and it can be used in two senses: (1) the facts of the gospel, and (2) the interpretation of the gospel. The facts of the gospel are the death, burial, and bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ. Paul said to the Corinthians, “For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received [Paul didn’t originate the gospel; he received it], how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; and that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures” (1 Co. 15:3, 4). These are the historical facts of the gospel which cannot be changed. You have never preached the gospel unless you have stated these facts.

The second aspect of the gospel is the interpretation of the facts. They are to be received by faith plus nothing. The subject of Paul’s letter to the Galatian believers concerns the interpretation of the facts of the gospel. The Judaizers who had followed Paul into Galatian country challenged the interpretation of the gospel (heresy), not the facts of the gospel. Five hundred witnesses had followed Paul into Galatian country. They were very sly and subtle, and said something like, “Brother Paul is accurate as far as he goes (in that he preached the gospel to you and you accepted it), but he doesn’t go far enough. Did he tell you that you should keep the Mosaic law? He didn’t. Well, he should have told you that. Yes, you are to trust Christ, but you must also follow the Mosaic law or you won’t be saved.”

This is one of the oldest heresies known, and it is still with us today. It is adding something to the gospel of grace; it is doing something rather than simply believing something. Every cult and ism has something for you to do in order to be saved.

Christ told the apostles to preach the gospel of salvation by grace. They were not to do anything to gain their salvation, but they were to trust what Christ had done for them. The gospel shuts out all works. Had man been able to believe in the coming Messiah and keep the Mosaic law for salvation, there would have been no reason for Christ to come and die for their sins.

v7  To attempt to change the gospel has the effect of making it the very opposite of what it really is.

v8 Paul says that even if an angel dared to declare any other message than the gospel, he would be dismissed with a strong invective. There are many today who are trying to give us another “gospel.” They may look like angels to you—after all Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light, and his ministers are transformed and the ministers of righteousness (2 Co. 11:14, 15).

v9 Paul says if any man preach any other gospel, let him be damned. The gospel shuts out all works. Romans 4:5:“But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.” The only class that God saves is the ungodly. The Lord Jesus said he did not come to save the righteous to repentance; He came to call sinners. The reason He said that is because there is and was  none righteous, no not one. Even the righteousness of man is as filthy rags in God’s sight. Law condemns man and makes him speechless before grace can save us.

Romans 3:19 “Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.” The real difficulty is not that people should be “good enough” to be saved, but that they are not “bad enough” to be saved. Humanity always refuses to recognize its lost condition before God.

The Judaizers did not deny the facts of the gospel. They denied that this was adequate. They insisted that you have to keep the law plus trusting Christ. Paul says let the one who mingles law and grace be damned! Why? Because they pervert the gospel. They do not deny the facts of the gospel. They pervert the gospel.

v10 The preaching of the gospel is not pleasing to lost man. No man can please both man and God. Preaching the gospel today may get you into trouble because the sinner hates it. The gospel of grace puts us in the dust and makes us beggars before God.

By nature man responds to legalism. He thinks he does not need a Saviour. All he needs is a helper. I have heard sermons on the radio where the preacher, many times highly regarded by the “Christians” who listen to him, talk about Jesus coming into the world, about His death and resurrection. But they failed to mention that the listeners were sinners and needed a Saviour. He neglected to inform them that Jesus died for them and that, to be saved, they had to trust Him, to put their faith in him. These preachers often talk about commitment. They invite folks to commit their lives to Christ. Christ does not want your old life, nor does He want mine. We have nothing to commit to him.  He wants to do something through us today.

God is not even asking you to live the Christian life. You cannot live it. God is asking that He might live the Christian life through you. The epistle to the Galatians teaches this. But first, we must come to Christ as hopeless lost sinners and be saved. Churches are filled with people who have never come to Christ and received His as Saviour. You have nothing to commit to him. He is the one who died, and he is on the giving end. “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:23).

Man’s conscience, his knowledge of good and evil, witnesses to the law, and legal conviction will lead to works. Man tries to compensate for the fact that he is not doing enough. He tries to balance his good works against his sins and have enough on the plus side to be saved.

The Holy Spirit witnesses to grace today. This is gospel conviction that leads to faith. The law denies the fall of man—this was the position of Cain. Grace acknowledges the fall of man, as Abel did when he brought his offering to God.

II.  Personal—Authority of the Apostle and Glory of the Gospel, 1:11-2:14

 1.  Experience of Paul in Arabia, 1:11-24

v11 Paul is again stating that he is a God-appointed apostle. He did not get the gospel he preached from man. The Judaizers questioned Paul’s message and Paul’s apostleship.

v12 Paul did not receive his apostleship by going to school, by being ordained, or by hands being laid on his head. His apostleship came by direct revelation of Jesus Christ. The gospel is a revelation, just as is the book of Revelation. The gospel was unveiled to the Apostle Paul.

v13 Paul says you have heard of my manner of life in the Jewish religion in which he was brought up. He was saved not in Judaism, not by Judaism, but from Judaism.

vv15-17 Paul did not combine Judaism with Greek Philosophy to come up with Christianity, as some modernists assert. He received the gospel by direct revelation of Jesus Christ.

v18 This is the same record given in Acts 9:26-29:

“And when Saul was come to Jerusalem, he assayed to join himself to the disciples: but they were all afraid of him, and believed not that he was a disciple. But Barnabas took him, and brought him to the apostles, and declared unto them how he had seen the Lord in the way, and that he had spoken to him, and how he had preached boldly at Damascus in the name of Jesus. And he was with them coming in and going out at Jerusalem. And he spake boldly in the name of the Lord Jesus, and disputed against the Grecians: but they went about to slay him.”

God trained Moses in the desert. He put Abraham in a rather unique place to train him, and Elijah had that same type of experience.  It has been God’s method to put his man out on the desert to train him. David was outdoors in the caves of the earth while he was running away from King Saul. God sent Paul into the desert for less than three years. Then he went to Jerusalem, saw Peter, and stayed with him fifteen days.

v19 Paul had no contact with the apostles except Peter and James, the Lord’s brother; and he received nothing from them.

v20 Paul says he does not lie. The modernist, mentioned above, said Paul got the gospel by making a homogenized stew out of Greek philosophy and the Mosaic system. One of the two is lying.

vs21-24 In these verses, Paul outlines his first years after his conversion. I don’t think they were the happiest years of his life. Apparently he tell us something about the failure in his personal life in Romans 7. There were three years in the life of the Apostle Paul”

  1. Paul was a proud Pharisee. He had a marvelous mind and was an expert in the Mosaic Law. As many of his biographers have said, the world would have heard of Paul even if he had not been an apostle and even if he had not been converted. Dr. McGee does not think there as any question about that. He was an outstanding man. But he was a proud young Pharisee who thought he knew it all. He hated Christ. He hated the church and attempted to eliminate it. He was ruthless in his persecution of the churches.
  2. The second period began on the Damascus Road when he was knocked down into the dust. This brilliant Pharisee found out he did not know Jesus Christ, whom to know is life. He thought Jesus was dead. And he asked, “Who art thou, Lord?” Jesus replied, “I am Jesus whom you persecute. When you persecute my church, you persecute me.” When Paul became acquainted with his Lord, he immediately asked, “Lord, what wilt thou have me to do?” After Paul met Christ, he spent some time in Arabia. During those first years he attempted to minister and found that what he wanted to do he could not do. Finally he cried out, “O wretched man that I am? who shall deliver me from the body of this death?” (Romans 7:24). It was not an unsaved man who said that; it was Paul the Apostle in the first stages of his conversion.
  3. Then came that glorious period when he walked in the Spirit. That was the time he could live for God. See Romans 7:24 – Romans 8). That is the place where many of us need to be today. There are so many unhappy Christians. They are saved, Dr. McGee thinks, but as Dwight L. Moody put it in his quaint way, “Some people have just enough religion to make them miserable.”

Since Paul received the gospel apart from the other apostles—who were with the Lord three years and saw the resurrected Christ—is Paul preaching the same gospel? If he is not, something is radically wrong. In the next chapter, we will see that Peter and the other apostles in Jerusalem approved Paul’s gospel as being the same as theirs.

 2.  Experience of Paul with the Apostles in Jerusalem.

v1 Paul took Titus with him to Jerusalem. Titus was a young preacher and a Gentile. This, Dr. McGee believes, is the 1st great council at Jerusalem as recorded in Acts 15. The question to be settled: Whether men are saved by the grace of God or whether they should come under the Mosaic law. Titus was Paul’s exhibit # 1. Titus had not been circumcised. Would he be forced to be circumcised? The Judaizers in the church in Jerusalem, an all-Jewish church, held that all believers in Christ should be under the Mosaic law. Paul and Barnabas came there to get the official word regarding law and grace.

v2 Paul realized that if they were preaching a different gospel from what the other apostles were preaching, something was radically wrong, that he would be wrong, and would have run in vain.

vs3, 4 Titus was not compelled to be circumcised by the church at Jerusalem. Some who were not believers had come where Paul had been preaching to spy out the liberty they had in Christ. To compel circumcision for salvation would be to put one right back under the bondage of the Mosaic law rather than enjoying the freedom by the Spirit of God and the freedom in Christ.

v5 Paul rejected the teaching of the false brethren. Titus was saved by faith apart from the law.:

v6 Paul says we sat down and communicated the gospel there at Jerusalem.  Paul found out that these apostles did not have anything to add to what he has been preaching. He was preaching the grace of God. They find they are in full agreement. They are all preaching the same gospel.

v7 There are not two gospels in the sense of Peter’s gospel and Paul’s gospel. These men were in complete disagreement. The gospel of the circumcision and the gospel of the uncircumcision refer to the groups the gospel was going to. Paul was called to go to the Gentiles, Peter to his own Jewish brethren who were the circumcised.

v8 When Peter and Paul preached the gospel, quite a few were saved. Both were preaching the same gospel.

v9 The apostles accepted Paul’s apostleship.

v10 The apostles remind Paul to remember the poor. Paul came back later with an offering for the poor saints at Jerusalem. They had been persecuted and were in a sad condition. This was a social service. James 2:15-17: “If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit? Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.”

3. Experience of Paul in Antioch with Peter, 2:11-14

In this personal section of Paul’s life we have seen his experience in Arabia with the Lord Jesus Christ, and his experience with the apostles in Jerusalem. Now we see his experience with Simon Peter in Antioch. The church in Antioch was largely Gentile, although it was a mixture of Jew and Gentile. The early churches had a love for a feast held in connection with the Lord’s supper. Paul has a lot to say about this in 1 Corinthians. The early believers came together for a love feast, before they celebrated the Lord’s supper. The Gentiles had been accustomed to eating meat that had first been offered to idols, and they also ate pork and other animals designated as unclean in the law of Moses.

To keep from offending the Jewish Christians, two tables were established. One, the kosher table; the other the Gentile table. Paul ate at the Gentile table. He taught that whether you eat mean or you don’t eat meant makes no difference—meat will not commend you to God.

When Peter came to visit Paul in Antioch, he had never eaten anything unclean. Remember what he told the Lord on the roof in Joppa before he went to the home of Cornelius (Acts 10). Peter had been a believer for some time when he came to Antioch.

vs11, 12 Peter ate at the Gentile table; but when some elders from Jerusalem arrived, he ate at the kosher table.

vs 13, 14 For fear of the brethren from Jerusalem, Peter went back to the kosher table. By his actions, he is saying the Gentile table is wrong. The brethren from Jerusalem were austere legalists, and under grace that was their privilege. Dr. McGee has no objection to those who feel that you should not eat certain meats. But they are also to give me the liberty of eating what I choose to eat. Simon Peter turned from the liberty he had in Christ back to Judaism.

The nature of Paul’s rebuke shows, first of all, the inconsistency of lawkeeping. If it was right for Simon Peter to live as the Gentile believers lived, why should he desire the Gentiles to live as the Jews? That is what he was saying when he left the Gentile table for the kosher table. If Gentile living under grace apart from the law was good enough for Peter, was it bad for the Gentiles themselves? If Simon Peter was free to live outside the law, was it not lawful for the Gentiles to do the same?

III. Doctrinal—Justification by Faith, 2:15-4:31
Faith vs. Works, Liberty vs. Bondage

1. Justification by Faith—Doctrine Stated, 1:15-21

v15 Jews in that day looked upon Gentiles as sinners. Gentile and sinner were synonymous terms. Therefore, Paul’s rebuke shows the folly of lawkeeping.

v16 This is a clear-cut and simple statement of justification by faith. The legalist has trouble with this verse. To say that you have to add anything to faith in Christ absolutely mutilates the gospel. If a Jew had to leave the law behind, to forsake it, Paul’s question is, “Why should the Gentile be brought under the law?” That was the great argument at the council in Jerusalem in Acts 15: “Should the Gentile be brought under the law?” The answer was that the Gentile was not under the law for salvation—nor for his daily living, as he was called to a much higher plane.

The Jews had already proved that justification under the law was impossible. They had the law for almost 1500 years and had not been able to keep the law at all. Why force the Gentile under that which had not saved even one Israelite?

“Knowing that a man.” You can know this. All men are on  one level before the cross. That level is “sinner.”

“Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law.” Paul embraces the whole legal system that is found in every religion. Only Christianity is different. Every other religion instructs us to do something. Christianity tells us that we are justified by faith; faith in an accomplished act and fact for you. Every other religion says do. Christianity says done. The great transaction is done, and we are asked to believe it.

1 Corinthians 12:3: “Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost.” The question is, “How can we call Jesus accursed?” If someone says to me, “When you came to Christ and accepted him as your Saviour, you didn’t get all that was coming to you. The Holy Spirit  can give you something that you didn’t get in Christ, and you ought to seek that today.” My friend, to do that depreciates the work of the Lord Jesus on the cross when he came to this earth to die for you and work out a salvation so perfect that when he went back to heaven he sat down at the right hand of God (Hebrews 1:3). He sat down because there was nothing else to be done. When you say he did not do it all for  me, you are saying that Jesus is accursed. And you can’t say that by the Holy Spirit of God. That is, you are not giving me the word of the Holy Spirit. Jesus said, ” “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” (John 16:13-14). When you came to Christ, he gave you everything you will need in this life. Christ is the one who administers all the gifts. The Holy Spirit is the one who gives them, but he is working under the supervision of the second person of the Godhead. We have everything in him. He is the Alpha and Omega. He is the Amen—and when you say amen, you are through. Christ did it all.

This verse is so clear that it is impossible to misunderstand it. It is  not faith plus something. It is faith plus nothing.

The verse continues: “even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ.” By “we,” Paul includes himself, meaning we Israelites. Jews have to leave the law, come to Christ and trust him in order to be justified by the faith of Christ rather than by the works of law.

The conclusion of the verse is very clear and means what it says: “for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.” I was a hell doomed sinner. I trusted Him as my Saviour, and I received a perfect salvation from him.

v17Justification, a legal term, means “a reason to be found not guilty.” When a person dies, he will stand before Jesus Christ, who will judge him either “guilty” or not guilty. All men as sinners are guilty. Without a reason to be found not guilty, they will spend eternity in the lake of fire. The only reason one can give to be found not guilty, even though he is guilty, is that he has turned to God (repented) and put his faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, the lamb of God who taketh away the sins of the world.

  • Ezekiel 33:13 “When I shall say to the righteous, that he shall surely live; if he trust to his own righteousness, and commit iniquity, all his righteousnesses shall not be remembered; but for his iniquity that he hath committed, he shall die for it.”
  • Romans 10:3: “For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.”
  • Philippians 3:9;” And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:”

The sense of this verse seems to be this: Since the Jew had to forsake the law in order to be justified by Christ and therefore take his place as a sinner, is Christ the One who makes him a sinner? Paul’s answer is, “Of course not.” The Jew, like the Gentile, was a sinner by nature. He could not be justified by the law, as he demonstrated. The same thought was given by Peter in his address before the great council at Jerusalem: “Now therefore why tempt ye God, to put a yoke upon the neck of the disciples, which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear? But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved, even as they” (Ac. 15:10-11). You see, Peter and Paul were in agreement on the doctrine of justification by faith.

v18 Paul is saying, “If I go back under law, I make myself a transgressor.” But he is free from the law. How did he become free from the law?

v19 Paul is saying, “When Christ died, He died for me. He died in my stead because the law had condemned me.” The law was a ministration of condemnation; a ministration of death (2 Co. 3:7). It condemns me. Even under the legal system, God had to destroy the nation Israel. But He gave the sacrificial system—five sacrifices—all of them pointing to Christ. God, by his marvelous grace, was able to save. Therefore, the mercy seat was a throne of grace where a nation could find forgiveness of sins. We stand guilty before the law which condemns and accuses man. If one is dead to the law, he is no longer responsible to the law which has already killed me. Therefore, the law could not do for me what Christ did. He took my place, died for me, and gave me life. The law arrested, condemned, sentenced, and slew us. If you come by the law route, you will get death. Only Christ can give life.

v20 Believers are not to seek to be crucified with Christ. We have already been crucified with Him. The principle of living is not by the law, which has slain us because it found us guilty. We are to live by the faith in the Son of God. The death of Christ on the cross was penal (paid the penalty for our sins), and substitutionary.  He was the sacrifice for sin, but also the substitute for all who believer.

Paul declares that under the law he was tried, found guilty, condemned, and in the person of his Substitute was slain. The believer, we are told, had been put in Christ.

The believer cannot live the crucified life. There are many ways one can end his life, commit suicide; but you cannot do so by crucifying yourself. Paul said, “I am crucified with Christ.” This happened when Christ died. Christ died a substitutionary death. He died for Paul, your you, and for me.

In Romans 6, we are told that we have been buried with Christ in baptism, by identification. We have been raised with Him in newness of life, and now we are joined to the living Christ. We do not know Him any more after the flesh. Christ is at God’s right hand. He is the glorified Christ.

The law executed us; it could not give us life. Christ gave us life. How do I live. “Yet not I, but Christ liveth in me.” He died for me down here that I might live with Him up yonder, and that He might live in me down here.

“And the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God.” This is a life of faith–saved by faith, live by faith, walk by faith. This is what it means to walk in the Spirit.

Christ loved me, but He could not love me into heaven.  He had to give Himself for me. “The gift of God is eternal life. in Christ Jesus.” You can only receive a gift by faith. That applies to any gift. You have to believe the giver is sincere. You have to reach out in faith and take it before it belongs to you.

You can trod underfoot the precious blood of Christ by ignoring Him, turning away from Him, or turning against Him as Paul did. But it was for that crowd that Jesus prayed, “Father forgive them; for they know not what they do.”

v21 The thought is that if there had been any other way to save sinners, then God would have used that method. The only way was to send His Son to die.

2. Justification by Faith—Experience of Galatians, 3:1-5

Paul now goes back to the experience of the Galatians. How were they saved, by law or faith in Christ?

  C3, v1 “O foolish Galatians” what has gotten into you. It was Christ’s death on the cross which made possible your salvation.

v2 Experience must be tested by truth. Many today reason from experience to truth. The Word of God goes from truth to experience. Dr. McGee thinks that Paul means by “the hearing of faith” the whole process—the ear, the organ of hearing and the receiving the message, and the message itself.

This section raises several questions. He tells the Galatians to look back on what had happened to them and asks six questions which have to do with their experience.

Question #1: “Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?” Nowhere, even in the OT, did anyone ever receive the Holy Spirit by the works of the law. He is received by the hearing of faith. The Holy Spirit is the evidence of conversion. Romans 8:9: “But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.” Ephesians 1:13 :”In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise.”

v3: Second question: Galatians 3:3: “Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?” The question is, “Now that you are indwelt by the Spirit of God, are you going to turn your back on the law (which was given to control the flesh) and think you are going to live on a high plane?”

v4 They are reminded that they paid a price for receiving the gospel. Was it all going to be in vain, without a purpose?

v5 The third question: Galatians 3:5″ “He therefore that ministereth to you the Spirit, and worketh miracles among you, doeth he it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?” Paul reminds them that he came to their country, preached the Word of God to them, and performed miracles among them. He did it by the hearing of faith, not by the works of the law. When he preached the Lord Jesus Christ as the One who died for them, was raised again, and in whom the placed their trust, they were regenerated.

The important thing is that Paul came to them as an apostle preaching Jesus Christ, not as a Pharisee preaching the law. Justification by faith was the experience of the Galatians. The gospel is true irrespective of the experience of the Galatians or anyone else. The gospel is objective; it deals with what Jesus Christ did for us. Experience will corroborate the gospel, as Paul is demonstrating in this section. The gospel is sufficient—experience confirms this.

 3. Justification by Faith—Illustration of Abraham, 3:6-4:18

Ga.3.6C3 v6 “Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.” This is a quote from Genesis 15:6, which is also quoted in Romans 4:3. Abraham is a great example of justification by faith. Paul uses him as an example in both Romans and Galatians. The law was not given until 400 years after Abraham. Abraham was justified before God gave him the commandment of circumcision. Circumcision was the badge and evidence of Abraham’s faith, just as baptism is the badge and evidence of a believer’s faith today. Neither can save. They make no contribution to salvation, but are simply outward evidences of an inward work.

In Genesis 15, after Abraham rescued his nephew Lot from the kings of the East and returned the booty from the kings of Sodom and Gomorrah, God appeared to him to assure him he had done right. Abraham reminded the Lord that He had promised him a son. God tells him Abraham that he cannot count the stars and that he will not be able to count his offspring. Genesis 15:6 “And he [Abraham} believed in the LORD; and he counted it to him for righteousness.” Abraham believed God, and at that moment God declared him righteous. Not because of his works. His works were imperfect. Paul will develop this a little later on. Although he did not have perfection at that time, afterwards he did because his faith was counted for righteousness.

Abraham, in effect, asked God to put it in writing (Ge. 15:8). We read in Ge. 15:9-21 of the covenant God then made with Abraham.  In those days, they cut a sacrifice into two parts and put half on one side and half on the other side, then they joined hands and walked between the two halves. That sealed the covenant. We are told that God put Abraham into a deep sleep. Why? Because Abraham is not going to walk with God between the two halves. Abraham is not to promise anything. God is doing the promising. God is making the covenant. Abraham’s part is only to believe God. If the covenant depended on Abraham’s faithfulness, he might miss one night, and the promise would be no good. The covenant depended on God’s faithfulness alone.

2000 years ago Christ came to the cross to pay for your sins and mine. God is asking you to do nothing to be saved. He is asking you to trust His Son who died for you. He makes the covenant. The old covenant he made with Abraham. Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness. God is still asking us to believe Him. Put your trust in Christ and you will be saved.

v7 “Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham.” When a person trusts in Christ as Saviour, he is saved the same way Abraham was saved.

v8 The blessing was to Abraham’s faith, not his works. God preached the Gospel to Abraham. Abraham obeyed the voice of God. He demonstrated by his action that he had faith in God. He believed God, and he believed in the Lord, and He counted it to him for righteousness.

There is no contradiction between what Paul said about Abraham and what James said. James 2:20-21: “But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead? Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar?” James then says, “Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect” (James 2:22). Saving faith is a dynamic, vital faith that leads to works. James is not talking about the works of the law. He is talking about the works of faith. Faith produces works.

God sees our hearts. He knows when one is saved. He lives in the one who is saved. This is a dynamic, living faith which will produce works. James 2 reveals that James used the history of Abraham to show that faith without works is dead—it is the last of Abraham’s history because this is the last time God appeared to Him. It is not that portion of Scripture to which Paul refers in Galatians where he says that Abraham was justified by faith. Paul says that faith alone is sufficient and proves his point from Abraham’s history as recorded in the 15th chapter of Genesis. James says that faith without works is dead and proves it by referring to Abraham’s history as found in the 22nd chapter of Genesis. If Abraham had said to God in Genesis 22, “Wait a minute, I really do not believe what you say. I have been putting on an act all of these years,” then it would have been obvious that Abraham’s faith was a pseudo-faith. But God knew back in Genesis 15 that Abraham had a genuine faith. A faith that is dead is no faith at all.

The works that James speaks of are not works of the law at all. The law had not been given. James 2:23: “And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God.” James, at the beginning of this verse, is going back to the reference that Paul gives at first concerning the beginning of Abraham’s life of faith. Then Paul says that the gospel was preached to Abraham at the end of his life when God made this promise to him.

There is no contradiction when you examine passages like the ones written by Paul and James. They are saying the same thing. One is looking at faith at the beginning. The other is looking at faith at the end. One is looking at the root of faith. The other is looking at the fruit of faith. The root of faith is “faith alone saves you,” but that saving faith will produce works.

Paul is speaking of that which justifies man before God, faith alone wholly apart from works (Ro. 4); James, the proof before men, that he who professes justifying faith really has it. Paul speaks of what God sees—faith; James of what men see—works as visible evidence of faith. Paul’s illustration in Romans 4 is from Genesis 15:6; James’ from Genesis 22:1-19. James’ key phrase is “you see) (Ja. 2:24) for man cannot see faith except as manifested through works. Ps. 26: a life should back up faith.

v9 God saves the sinner today on the same basis that He saved Abraham. God asked Abraham to believe that He would do certain things for him in the future (including providing “himself” a sacrifice). Now, God has done certain things for us in giving His Son, Jesus Chrrist, to die for us. Faith saves man today, Abraham’s faith saved him.

v10 The important word here is “continueth.” The verse says, “Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them.” If I kept all the laws of Texas all the years of my life here (which are many) I would not be rewarded for it. But if I went out then and robbed a store, I would be arrested and prosecuted. The law does not reward you. It does not give you life. The law penalizes you.

v11 Even the Old Testament taught that man was saved by faith. If you find that someone was saved by keeping the law, let me know. I have never read of anyone who was saved by keeping the Mosaic law. This verse says it is evident that “the just shall live by faith.” Habakkuk 2:4 says that “the just shall live by faith.”

v12 Faith and law are contrary principles for salvation and also for living. They are diametrically opposed. If you are going to live by the law, then you cannot be saved by faith. If you want to be saved by faith and by law, you can try it, but God has not made an arrangement for this. If you try it, it will not work. “The law is not of faith: but, The man that doeth them shall live in them.”

v13 “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law”—the Mosaic law condemned us. I am not rewarded for keeping the civil laws of Texas, but if I break one, I am condemned. Christ redeemed us from the penalty of the Mosaic law by “being made a curse for us.”

“For it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree.” See, De. 21:22-23). Christ became a curse when He hanged on the cross.

v14 Israel had the law for fifteen hundred years, and failed to live by it. At the Council of Jerusalem, in Acts 15, Peter said in effect, “We and our fathers were not able to keep the law. Why do we want to put the Gentiles under it? If we could not keep it, they won’t be able to keep it either.” Christ took our place that we might receive what the law could never do. The Spirit is the peculiar gift in this age of grace.

v15 A contract between men is a contract that can be enforced.

v16 God made Abraham a blessing to the world through his seed, Jesus Christ, a descendant of Abraham. The word “seed” refers specifically to Jesus Christ. “And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice” (Genesis 22:18). “Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad” (John 8:56).

v17 The law came 420 years after God’s covenant with Abraham, and it did not change anything as far as the promises made to Abraham were concerned. God never goes back on His promises. He promised to give Abraham a son and a people that will be as numberless as the sand on the seashore; He promised to give him a certain land. God fulfilled that promise and brought from Abraham the nation Israel, and several other nations. God also promised to  make Abraham a blessing to all people. The only blessing in this world today is in Christ. Jesus Christ is the supreme gift given to every person who will receive Him.

v18 The promise concerning Christ was made before the Mosaic law was given, and that promise holds as good as though there had been no law given. The promise was made irrespective of the law.

The Lord, through Paul, is trying to help people understand the purpose of the law. He shows the law in all its majesty, in its fulness, and in its perfection. But he shows that this very perfection the law reveals is the reason it creates a hurdle which no one can get over in order to be accepted of God.

Now the Lord, through Paul talks about the purpose of the law.

v19 The law was added because or for the sake of transgressions. “Till the seed should come” means that the law was temporary—from the interval between the time of Moses until the time of Christ. “For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ” (John 1:17).

The law was given to reveal, not remove sin. It was not given to keep man from sin because sin had already come. It was to show man himself as being a natural, ugly, crude sinner before God. Any honest man who looks at the law will see himself guilty. It was not given as a standard by which man becomes holy. No one can become holy by the law because one cannot keep the law in his own strength. Man is already a sinner, he does not become a sinner. A man commits sin because he is a sinner. A man steals because he is a thief. He lies because he is a liar. Someone asks, “How are you feeling today?” I say, “Fine,” when in fact I am feeling terrible. Someone says “It is a beautiful day,” when it is an ugly stormy day, and I say, “Yes it is.” Two lies right there. The law was given to show that you and I are sinners and that we need a mediator, one to stand between us and God, to help us out.

v20 If God could have given a law by which sinners could be saved, He would have done so.

v22 The Scripture has “concluded all under sin;” therefore all died. What is needed is life. All the law can do is bring death. All are equally dead and equally in need. It is not the degree of sin, but the fact of sin that brings death.

Consider three men working on the 24th floor of a skyscraper. One says I can step off and does. As he passes the 10th floor someone shouts, “How is it going.” He replies, “So far, so good.” But he has not arrived yet. There is death at the bottom. One slips and falls as he walks a beam. the 3rd is thrown off by some gangsters whom he has offended. All three broke the law of gravitation and death was inevitable. It is the fact, not the degree.

The law of gravitation which took them down cannot give them life. The Mosaic law cannot give you life any more than a natural law can give you life after you have broken it and died. Death follows wherever sin comes. The law of sin knows nothing of extenuating circumstances. It knows nothing about mercy. It has no elasticity. It is inflexible, inexorable and immutable. Ezekiel 18:20  The soul that sinneth, it shall die. …””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” (Genesis 2:17). “… will by no means clear the guilty. … (Exodus 34:7). Therefore, all have sinned and by the law we are all dead. The law slew us.  It is a “ministration of death.”

“The scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe” is a tremendous statement.”

v23 “Before faith came” means, of course, faith in Jesus Christ who died for us. Until the Lord Jesus Christ came, the law had in it mercy because it had a mercy seat. Itt had an altar where sacrifices for sin could be brought and forgiveness could be obtained. Mercy could be found there. All the sacrifices for sin pointed to Christ.

3:24 Paul is making it very clear here that the Mosaic law could not save. Romans 4:5: “But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.” God refuses to accept the works of man for salvation. Isaiah 64:6: “But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.” The law was not given to save sinners. It was given to let them know that they are sinners. The law does not remove sin, the law reveals sin. It will not keep you from sin because sin has already come.

The bathroom mirror does not remove dirt. It reveals it. Multitudes of people today are rubbing against the mirror of he law thinking they are going to remove their sin. The Word of God is a mirror which us who we are: sinners that have come short of the glory of God. Thank God that there is a basin below the mirror. It is the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ that cleanses.

Now God, through Paul tells us what He means by “the law is our schoolmaster.”

v25 The law takes you by the hand and leads you to the cross of Christ. You are lost and you need a Savior. The purpose of the law is to bring people to Christ—not to give them an expanded chest so they can walk around claiming that they are keeping the law.

v26 God, through Paul, is going to show in the remainder of this chapter, and in the first part of chapter 4, some of he benefits that come to us by trusting Christt that we could never receive under law. The law could never give a believer the nature of a son of God. Christ can do that. Only faith in Christ can make us sons of God.

You are made a true son of God by faith in Christ, and that is all it takes. An individual Israelite under the law was never a son, only a servant. God called the nation, “Israel my son;” but the individual in that corporate nation was never called a son. He was called a servant of Jehovah. See, e.g., Joshua 1:2, 1 K. 11:38.

Even if one could keep the law (he can’t) your righteousness would still be inferior to the righteousness of God. Sonship requires His righteousness. Jn. 1:12: “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:” Jesus said to Nicodemus, who followed the law meticulously, “Ye must be born again” (John 3:7).

The damnable heresy, the universal Fatherhood of God and he universal brotherhood of man,” has caused America to give away billions throughout the world; and because of it, we are hated throughout the world. All people are children of God, they say, and we must act like sons of God. So we sit down at council tables and engage in diplomatic squabbles with some of the biggest rascals the world has ever seen. We talk about acting like the sons of God. Jesus never said anything like that. He said, for example, to a group of religious rulers: “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” (John 8:44). The devil has a lot of people in the world today. The only way you can become a son of God is through faith in Jesus Christ.

v27 The baptism of the Holy Spirit places you in the family of God.

v28 In Christ are no racial lines; In Christ there is neither bond nor free. In Christ is neither male or female. Christ does what women’s lib can never do. He can make us one in Christ.

v29 If one is in Christ, he belongs to Abraham’s seed, and we are heirs according to promise.

Galatians 4:1-18 (Justification by Faith—Illustration of Abraham continued) Chapter 4 continues the section of justification by faith. Faith in Christ gives us something we could never get by the works of the law—he position of sons of God. It brings us to the place of full-grown sons. When we start out in the Christian life, we are babes, and we are to grow to maturation. However, God gives us the position of a full grown son to furnish us with a capacity  hat we would not otherwise have.

4:1: Here, “child” in context means a little child without full power of speech.

4:2: What is “the time appointed of the father?” I is the time when the father recognizes that his son is capable of making decisions of his own, and he brings him into the position of a full-grown son. It is the father who determines the age of maturity. It is not an arbitrary law. In Paul’s day, the father decided when the age of maturity was reached. Then they held a ceremony, known as the toga virilis, which gave him the position of a full-grown son in the family.

4:3: Paul is saying it was the childhood of the nation Israel when they were under rules and regulations.

4:4: At a predetermined time, God the Father sent forth God the Son, born of a woman, born under the law.

4:5: The purpose was twofold: (1) To redeem those under the law. (2) That they might receive he adoption of sons.

1 Corinthians 2:9-10 “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.” This means that the truth of the Word of God can only be interpreted by the Spirit of God, and until He interprets it, man cannot understand it. Isaiah 64:4: “For since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O God, beside thee, what he hath prepared for him that waiteth for him.” If you want to know Christ, only the Spirit of God can reveal Him o you. The Spirit of God can teach the new believer and the old believer.

Now we come to the third thing that faith in Christ does for us that the law could never do for us—the experience of the sons of God.

4:6: Romans 8:16 says it this way: “The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God.”

If you are a child of God, you will want to be led by the Spirit of God. Romans 8:11-14 “But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.  Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.” The flesh may get a victory in your life, but it will never make you happy. You will never be satisfied with it. Romans 8:15-16 “For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God.”

The translators of the King James Bible did not translate “Abba” because it was such an intimate word.

4:7 The Spirit therefore, gives us an experience of being a son of God whereby we can call God our Father. Some believe that the only way you can have an experience is either by reaching a high degree of sanctification—you have to become holy or you have to seek the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Not so. If you are a new believer or a weak believer, you can have an experience as a son of God without reaching those levels, because sonship comes to you through faith in Jesus Christ. When folk have reached a high level of spirituality, they tend to think they are superior to the rest of us. My friend, we are always God’s foolish little children. We are always filled with stubbornness and sin and fears and weaknesses. We are never wonderful. He is wonderful.

God makes Himself real to us in times of trouble, times of distress. The Lord stood by Paul and He will stand by you. When Paul was in prison, he could say, 2 Timothy 4:16-17a “At my first answer no man stood with me, but all men forsook me: I pray God that it may not be laid to their charge. Notwithstanding the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me….”

4:8 The Galatians had been idolaters. In 1 Co. 12:2, Paul called idols “nothings.” They were nothing and could say nothing. He is telling the Galatians hat idols are to real and cannot make themselves real to those who worship them.

4:9 They had come to Christ through faith. Most are Gentile believers. Now they are turning to the Mosaic law, which is like going back into the idolatry they came out of.

4:10 They are observing days (Sabbath days). Colossians 2:16: “Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days.”

“Months” probably refers ot the observance of the “new moon” practiced by the people of Israel during the time of the kings. The prophets warned them against it.

“Times” should be translated seasons, meaning feasts. God had given Israel seven feasts, but they all had pointed to the Lord Jesus Christ.

“Years” would refer to the sabbatic years. The observance of all these things would put these Gentile believers completely back under het Mosaic law.

Legalists claim they are keeping the Mosaic law, yet they only keep the sabbath day.  James 2:10: “For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.”

4:11 Paul is saying, in a nice way, that he thinks he has wasted his time among them. Since they have been saved by grace, their returning to the law is the same as returning to their former idolatry.

Now we come to a personal section (verses 12-18). Paul injects a polite word into this epistle.

4:12 Paul writes: “We are all believers, all in the family of God. In view of this we ought to be very polite to one another.

4:13 Now Paul makes an appeal to them on the basis of his thorn in the flesh.

4:14 His thorn in the flesh is his temptation (his rial).

4:15 Paul writes that they just ignored his eye trouble and received him wonderfully when he preached the gospel to them.

4:16 Most churchgoers nowadays do not want the preacher to tell the truth. They want him to smooth their feathers and make them feel good. The “churches” today do a lot of back-rubbing rather than declare the truth.

4:17-18 Paul writes that it is good to seek that which is the very best, but these Judaizers are after you in order to scalp you. This same crowd of Judaizers had gone to Corinth. See 2 Co. 12:12-15. I am amazed at the fine presentations the cults and apostates make. I have watched them on television programs that are done to perfection. Everything is beautiful to look at and the presenters are attractive people. One told the Christmas story. No one could have told it better. But his interpretation revealed that he did not believe the virgin birth.

 4. Justification by faith–Allegory of Hagar and Sarai, 4:19-31

This study is complete to here. The following outline will be filled as the study progresses.

IV. Practical—Sanctification by the Spirit, 5:1-6:10

Spirit vs. Flesh, Liberty vs. Bondage

  1. Saved by Faith and Living by Law Perpetrates Falling from Grace, 5:1-15
  2. Saved by Faith and Walking in the Spirit Produces Fruit of the Spirit, 5:16-26
  3. Saved by Faith and Fruit of the Spirit Presents Christian Character, 6:1-10

V. Autographed Conclusion, 6:11-18

1. Paul’s Own Handwriting, 6:11
2. Paul’s Own Testimony, 6:12-18
(a) Cross of Christ vs. Circumcision, 6:12-15
(b) Christ’s Handwriting on Paul’s Body, 6:16-18
(The New Circumcision of the New Creation)

 

 

John MacArthur and Grace Community Church Continue to Dishonor God and Make a Mockery of Truth

John MacArthur and Grace Community Church: Displeasing our Lord and harming the cause of Christ.

Jerald Finney
August 17, 2020

Note. After writing this article, Brother David Houston informed me that GCC lost on appeal. See, BREAKING: LA County wins Appeal: County can ban church services.  I have looked at Court filings in the case and find that McArthur and Grace Community Church omit facts (such as the facts about Religious Corporation Law in California, the second head of the two headed monster called Grace Community Church). The Church/McArthur filings also reveal heresies of Grace Community Church. I have decided that I do not have the time to do a complete analysis which would have to be extensive to do it justice.

This article is a follow-up on A Warning From God’s Word to Pastor John MacArthur and Grace Community Church which explains that Grace Community Church violated the Bible principle that a church should be solely under the authority of the Lord Jesus Christ. How?  By becoming a legal entity, a “fictitious person” under the authority of civil government via the Fourteenth Amendment, by incorporating and obtaining Internal Revenue Code § 501(c)(3) tax exempt status. She rejected her Biblical, spiritual, eternal, First Amendment status in favor of secular, earthly, temporal, compromised status. Churches such as GCC have a form of godliness but deny the authority of God. This article will, very briefly, comment on subsequent developments in the GCC situation and how they dishonor the Lord Jesus Christ. A final note below this article explains the biblical road that MacArthur and GCC should have followed.

GCC filed suit in civil court, and claimed victory in that suit. In CA Pastor Hires Prominent Lawyers To Fight Newsom’s ‘Unconstitutional’ Order To Shut Down Church, July 7, 2020. GCC went to her chosen authority seeking permission to hold services. The article exposes God dishonoring arguments that the lawyers made to the church’s chosen authority, the court. The believer who cannot correctly, on the basis of Bible principle, analyze the problems with those arguments, needs to delve into deep study of the Bible. Believers and churches are commanded to fight a spiritual warfare and how to do so:

“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.)

Instead, MacArthur and GCC totally ignore their Supreme Commander’s orders. Neither MacArthur nor his attorneys, at least in the statements in the article, mention one Bible verse or principle to back up their position. Their arguments are secular. They fight in the devil’s courtroom using secular arguments. Their arguments and statements are not biblical.

It remains to be seen whether the state will appeal, and, if they do, the outcome. From the perspective of the word of God, GCC loses, no matter the final court decision.

As reported in the articles, MacArthur incorrectly stated, for example:

  • “Never before has the government invaded the territory that belongs only to the Lord Jesus Christ” and told us, we can’t meet. We can’t worship. We can’t sing.” [This is a lie. The territory does not belong only to the Lord Jesus Christ as explained in A Warning From God’s Word to Pastor John MacArthur and Grace Community Church]
  • “This is not the first time we as Christ’s church have stood for Truth.” “We will continue to stand firm for the Truth today like we have every prior day in our 63-year history and in the over 2000-year history of the biblical, New Testament Church. [GCC is not a Church under Christ, it is not “Christ’s church.” It is a church which is substantially, for many matters, under the authority of the state of California, through its chosen corporate status, and the federal government, through it’s chosen 501(c)(3) status. They choose which “truths,” if any, they will stand for.]
  • We stand firm to continue fulfilling our biblical mandate from Christ to proclaim the Gospel and assemble together, and I earnestly hope that our stance will encourage other pastors, churches, and the general public across America and the world to also stand firm for biblical Truth. [They have not stood firm on that mandate. They are asking the state to give them permission to meet. Below, this article will briefly explain how they could have stood firm the Bible way, God’s way. Their stance grieves those pastors and churches who know God and His word. Their stance does not stand firm for biblical Truth; instead, their stand denies Bible truth. MacArthur and GCC cause the general public to blaspheme the name of Jesus because lost people know a fake when they see it.]
  • Church is essential. [Not churches like GCC. GCC betrayed the Lord many years ago. She is not a biblical New Testament Church. Yes, they decided, after initially folding on the issue of assembling, to fight their authority in their authority’s court. They were obliged to do so because they had freely chosen their authority. No matter the decision of their authority, they lose, in the eyes of God. That is, unless they repent toward God, get rid of their legal status, and proceed according to God’s Word.]

In Historic Win: John MacArthur in Lawsuit over Church Restrictions, we read that “A judge ruled late Friday afternoon that Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California, can continue hosting indoor worship services and does not have to adhere to any attendance caps or bans on singing.” “MacArthur said in a response to the court’s ruling, “I am very grateful the court has allowed us to meet inside and we are happy for a few weeks to comply and respect what the judge has asked of us because he is allowing us to meet. This vindicates our desire to stay open and serve our people. This also gives us an opportunity to show that we are not trying to be rebellious or unreasonable, but that we will stand firm to protect our church against unreasonable, unconstitutional restrictions.” It remains to be seen whether the state will appeal, and, if they do, the outcome. By the way, who is he referring to when he says, “We” and “our people?” A church is an assembly of believers, all working together exercising their God given gifts. A church under Christ is a spiritual body made up of born again spiritual believers:

  • “Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant. Ye know that ye were Gentiles, carried away unto these dumb idols, even as ye were led. Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost. Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues: But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will” (1 Corinthians 12:1-11).
  • “And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love. This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind” (Ephesians 4:11-17).
  • “For the body is not one member, but many. If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body? And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body? If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling? But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him. And if they were all one member, where were the body? But now are they many members, yet but one body. And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you. Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary: And those members of the body, which we think to be less honourable, upon these we bestow more abundant honour; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness. For our comely parts have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, having given more abundant honour to that part which lacked: That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another. And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it. Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular” (1 Corinthians 12:14-27; 1 Corinthians was written to the local church at Corinth and the principles apply to all local churches. The “ye” (a plural in the King James English) spoken to is the church at Corinth.).

How sad is the whole affair from a Bible Christian perspective. Compromising churches and pastors cause the world to blaspheme the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and the rapid decline of the percentage of those being saved in America. Again, lost people know a fake when they see it. GCC and most churches in America are modeled after and run like businesses, to one degree or another. They, like businesses are legal, not spiritual entities, organized according to legal, not Bible, principles. They are entertainment centers who find out what people want and give it to them. Most fight a worldly political warfare, not a heavenly spiritual one. They seek to turn America to God when they themselves have turned from God and his principles. Their hope is in America, not in God. They fail to understand preeminent Bible principles such as the principles of government, church, the relationship of church and state and the application of those principles.

The Biblical Methodology

The First Amendment to the United States Constitution and corresponding state constitutional provisions protect those churches who choose to remain under Christ and Christ alone. No law mandates that a church in America become a legal entity. Were there such a law, the Bible commands churches not to obey that law. See, for example, Render Unto God the Things that Are His: A Systematic Study of Romans 13 and Related Verses. Churches in China, North Korea, and many other nations of the world have been forced to go underground in order to honor the Lord. Churches in America can choose to remain under Christ alone, without persecution. This ministry helps churches who choose to organize according to Bible principle. See, Churches under Christ Ministry Website. The website covers the many matters – Bible principles, legal precedents, explanation of incorporation and 501(c)(3) status and other legal status, history and meaning of the First Amendment, etc.

Once a church is so organized, that church will not be a legal entity. She will be under Christ only. By suing, submitting to an attempted suit against the church, or doing anything in the legal system, she chooses to forfeit her status as a church under Christ alone. Should someone attempt to name her in the suit, she must, through a person, inform the court that she is not a legal entity (contest jurisdiction). At that point, facts must be presented by the adversary to establish that she is a legal entity and there are no such facts: the church owns no property ( a church can, for example, meet in someone’s property, in property owned by a trust arrangement whereby all trust property belongs to the Lord Jesus Christ), the church has no employees or salaries (the church members can, according to the Bible, provide for the pastor and his family, if able, through gifts for which the pastor can pay income taxes without compromising the integrity of the church), the church has no bank account (God’s  money can be placed in a bank account owned by the Lord Jesus Christ).

The only option, for the state who wishes to come against a Church under Christ, is to come against the individuals of the church. This is how church-state establishments, atheistic states such as the Soviet Union, Red China, Korea, and many Moslem nations have always handled the matter. Roman Catholic establishments brutally tortured and murdered fifty million plus so-called heretics who would not bow down to their ungodly organizations. In the present crisis, a Church under Christ alone could obey God. They could meet, worship God, sing praises to His name, and do all they are called to do regardless of civil law. A tyrannical state could cite, arrest, and charge individual church members. The state  might choose go against only one person, probably the pastor. If released, he could again obey God; or another could step up, be cited, charged, and arrested. Etc. Each could claim their Bible and First Amendment positions. Each could confront the adversary. Each could wrestle against principalities, powers, the rulers of darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Each could, like Bible believing martyrs since the beginning of the church, give their all for their Lord and fight God’s warfare God’s way. Each could display to the world the power of God. Had authentic churches, from the founding of this nation and on, like the colonial dissenters whose stand resulted in the First Amendment to the United States Constituion (see, The History of the First Amendment), done so, America would not be the moral, political, and spiritual cesspool that she has become.

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A Warning From God’s Word to Pastor John MacArthur and Grace Community Church

Preface

Pictured above is Pastor John MacArthur.

I received the following e-mail the other day:

California Pastor Says ‘God Has Not Granted Civic Rulers Authority’ Over How The Church Meets | CBN News

david huston dhuston2000@yahoo.com To:Jerald Finney Sun, Jul 26 at 11:08 AM

https://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/us/2020/july/california-pastor-says-god-has-not-granted-civic-rulers-authority-over-how-the-church-meets

Good day brother Finney! I couldn’t wait to send this hot-off-the-press, “potential” 501(c)(3)-related issue your way! Interestingly, just this past week, SCOTUS sided with Nevada over similar legal questions. Would this fall under the 501(c)(3) prohibition against “violating fundamental public policy” concerns?Moreover, now that John MacArthur et al. has formally [i.e. legally] thrown Grace Community Church’s proverbial hat into the ring of civil and/or legal disobedience – will something like this ultimately boil-down to a 501(c)(3) decision – due to everything you’ve been teaching us about this issue?I hope you’ll be able to take a little bit of time to evaluate this, and maybe write, or speak about it somewhat openly??It’s a shame you can’t sit down and have a face-to-face conversation with the corporate exec. Pastor, John MacArthur, and his corporate legal eagles. And may God bless you immensely brother…have a very blessed week! Thank you for ALL you do, for the perhaps soon coming outward manifestation of the Kingdom of God on planet earth! Brother David HustonTallahassee, FL.

Besides that email, another pastor asked me about the same matter while we were talking over the telephone. We briefly discussed the issue. That pastor forwarded the following email to me (I have removed identifiers):

———- Forwarded message ———
From: ___________________ Date: Mon, Jul 27, 2020 at 9:55 AM Subject: RE: Question To: ___________

Yes, since you are a student / friend of _____ and are much aware of theology and the 501 c 3 crisis, I would be interested in your opinion of Grace Church (a 501 c 3) and John McArthur’s change of position from compliance to resistance. See: https://www.gracechurch.org/news/posts/1988

[My note on the post at https://www.gracechurch.org/news/posts/1988: The post demonstrates that MacArthur does not understand God’s desired relationship between church and state as expressed in the Bible. He does not understand Romans 13 and all Bible teachings on church, state, and God’s desired relationship between church and state as stated in God’s Word (the King James Bible). The short article below cannot delve into all matters raised by MacArthur’s waffling positions and unlearned teachings. For an examination of the Bible postion on these matters, see, for example, God Betrayed/Separation of Church and State: The Biblical Principles and the American Application. For a correct understanding of Romans 13 and related verses, see Render Unto God the Things That Are His. Other relevant and helpful books, in free online form, PDR, and with ordering information for those in print can be accessed at Books by Jerald Finney. The following website has articles, essays, books, and other resources covering relevant issues, law, history and facts for those interested in these the institution Christ loved and gave Himself for, the church: Churches under Christ.]

John … teaches that the church should be subject to all powers (Romans 13:1) and agreed to shut down his church for two months. Suddenly, John reversed his position (probably because the church was sinking like a lead balloon financially) and opened up Grace Church in defiance of Governor Gruesome. …

This is a good case study on the church, [church incorporation and] 501 c 3 status, and confrontation with the State. …

Yes, I would like your thoughts on this. Thank you. Pastor ______________

Please read the following article, the target of the post below, to understand the context. If the quotes are inaccurate or out of contest, please let me know. Again, the link to the article is:

https://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/us/2020/july/california-pastor-says-god-has-not-granted-civic-rulers-authority-over-how-the-church-meets

A Warning From God’s Word to Pastor John MacArthur and Grace Community Church
Jerald Finney
July 29, 2020

Follow-up article: John MacArthur Continues to Dishonor God and Make a Mockery of Truth 

One uneducated in these matters may look at the quotes attributed to MacArthur in the article and believe he eloquently articulates the issues very well. However, a believer who has studied these matters immediately sees that his statements are Biblically and legally flawed. The issue is one of authority. The Bible is clear that God gave civil government no authority over churches who honor their relationship with Him and that He desires that Christ be the only head (authority) over His churches. EN [i]. MacArthur’s reference to Grace Community Church’s “faithfulness to Christ” is misplaced. They are not “faithful to Christ” since they chose to deny the authority of Christ in all church matters. The authority of the state offered additional benefits,  temporal benefits, beyond those supplied by God, so they reasoned.  Churches like this are mightily damaging the cause of Christ in America.

Neither God in His Word nor the United States, because of the First amendment to the Constitution, has granted California, or any other state in the United States, authority over how a church under Christ and Christ alone meets. Grace Community Church (“GCC”) is not such a church because she has freely chosen to place herself under the authority of the state of California (through her non-profit corporation status) and the federal government (through her federal “tax exempt” status). Pastor MacArthur can argue whatever he wishes to argue; but, as he knows, the authority of GCC in the matter involved, the state through its courts, will decide – if the state proceeds with this matter – whether this is an ecclesiastical matter which government officials have a right to interfere “in a way that undermines or disregards the God-given authority of pastors and elders.”

No matter what the court decides, the church displeases our Lord by putting herself under an authority other than the Lord Jesus Christ. She, like most American churches, is a spiritual harlot. These churches are doing great harm to the cause of Christ. They have chosen to combine the holy with the unholy and are therefore corrupted. Once a church takes one step that dishonors our Lord Jesus Christ, other steps inevitably follow. The slide toward heresy and apostasy has begun. First incorporation, then gradual compromise of one Bible precept after another. Many solid Bible believing churches planted during the colonial and early national period who chose to incorporate have now fallen away from the faith. Pastor MacArthur and GCC may be right about some things, but they are dead wrong about the relationship they should have with the state of California and the federal government.

GCC has rendered unto Caesar the things that are God’s. God’s Word teaches separation of church and state (not separation of God and state). God ordained civil government. He also ordained the local church. He gave each a distinct jurisdiction. The jurisdiction of a church is eternal, heavenly, and spiritual. The jurisdiction of a civil government is temporal, earthly, and fleshly. God’s Word reveals that civil government and churches under Christ should both be under God; but neither is to be under, over, or combined with the other.

Christ, not Caesar, is the only authority over a church who chooses to remain under Christ and Christ alone. The First Amendment enacted the Bible principle of separation of church and state; it did not  separate God and state. Because of the First Amendment, churches have an option: remain under Christ alone without legal persecution, or place yourself under the law and authority of man. The United States Supreme Court separated God and state. To understand the First Amendment and how the Supreme Court separated God and state, see EN [ii].

The First Amendment, and corresponding state constitutional provisions, protect churches who do not submit themselves to civil government. The First Amendment grants religious freedom to churches who choose to remain First Amendment or New Testament churches with Christ as their only head. Churches who choose to become legal entities, established churches such as non-profit corporate 501(c)(3) or 508(c)(1)(A) tax exempt organizations lose much of their First Amendment protection. They are treated as “artificial persons” under The Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution. If GCC had not, of her own free will, chosen to be a legal entity, the state could take no action against the church. The state would not be an authority over the church.

This does not mean that the state could not take action against a member of or members of the church, since every citizen in his or her right mind is a legal entity. A legal entity is an entity that can be charged with a crime, sue, be sued, enter into contracts, own property, or act legally in some other way.  Civil governments and church state establishments have taken jurisdiction over, and brutally murdered and tortured, untold millions of believers who would not bow down to Caesar or to the state church.  Caesar can kill the body, but not the soul. A civil government, like a church, can choose to be tyrannical and act against the the principles that God proclaims for its guidance, for the time being. The United States become tyrannical and can, but has not to this point, disregard or pervert the meaning of First Amendment religious and soul liberty. Regardless of what the United States or any state therein does, believers and churches “should obey God rather than man” with regard to eternal spiritual matters within the sole jurisdiction of the Lord.

He further states according to the article:

  • “As government policy moves further away from biblical principles, and as legal and political pressures against the church intensify, we must recognize that the Lord may be using these pressures as means of purging to reveal the true church,” he wrote.
  • “Succumbing to governmental overreach may cause churches to remain closed indefinitely. How can the true church of Jesus Christ distinguish herself in such a hostile climate? There is only one way: bold allegiance to the Lord Jesus Christ.”

He expects the government, composed of heathens, to stay within biblical principles when GCC has strayed so far from New Testament Church Doctrine as declared in the epistles of Paul? He says that the Lord may be using these pressures as a means of purging to reveal “the true church.” True churches are churches who honor their head, the Lord Jesus Christ, in all matters. GCC certainly is not, according to the epistles of Paul, true to the Lord. GCC is not a “true church.”

A true church can distinguish herself in such a hostile climate just as she could have when the climate were not hostile: by doing things God’s way, by remaining a non-legal entity (a non-established church), and by following all God’s guidelines for local church as to nature, purpose, and form of organization. A local church under Christ, unlike GCC, is an organism, the body of Christ; instinct with His life, and heavenly (not earthly) in calling, promise and destiny; and again, such a church is under the authority of the Lord Jesus Christ alone.

Christians and churches, since the beginning of the church age, have been and are being persecuted for their refusal to bow down to civil governments and to church state establishments. Because of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution and corresponding state constitutional provisions, Christians in America have soul liberty and churches can choose to do things God’s way without persecution. EN [iii] GCC has chosen to prostitute herself.

Now, I will briefly address Brother Huston’s question regarding the 501(c)(3) “shall not violate fundamental public policy” rule. Perhaps the state might argue that the church has violated that. As far as I know, that rule has not yet been applied to 501(c)(3) or 508(c)(1)(A) churches; but that does not mean that it will not happen. I expect that it will sooner (or maybe later) be applied to established churches such as GCC in the area of same sex “marriage.” See, EN [iv]. Pastors and “Christian” lawyers have long anticipated that this may occur. They have taken steps such as inserting their Bible beliefs concerning such matters in their corporate Constitutions and by-laws. However, a state court, the authority in the matter – if controlled by anti-Christian, anti-God judges – will find that fundamental public policy outweighs the church’s unilaterally made policies. Not only that, but many churches have already, and more do so by the day, fold on the matter of sexual perversion and same-sex marriage. Satan surely takes great delight in pointing this out to God. Of course, God, who prophesied the apostasy of the churches, already knows the way the churches, except for a remnant, are going. EN [v].

God ordained a theocracy, the nation Israel, to be directly under His authority alone. Israel wanted to be like all the other nations and demanded a king. I Samuel 8. Samuel was “displeased and prayed unto the Lord.”  “And the LORD said unto Samuel, Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee: for they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected me, that I should not reign over them” (1 Samuel 8:7). God, through Samuel, then warned them about the actions of an earthly king.

  • “Nevertheless the people refused to obey the voice of Samuel; and they said, Nay; but we will have a king over us; That we also may be like all the nations; and that our king may judge us, and go out before us, and fight our battles. And Samuel heard all the words of the people, and he rehearsed them in the ears of the LORD. And the LORD said to Samuel, Hearken unto their voice, and make them a king. And Samuel said unto the men of Israel, Go ye every man unto his city.” 1 Samuel 8:19-22.

God wants his people in this age of grace, those who are saved, and His churches to remain under Him alone. But He honors the free will of man. He gave Israel what they requested. Israel, at least, acknowledged that they had committed a great evil, but Israel did not repent. 1 Samuel 12:19. God, through Samuel, told them:

  • “And Samuel said unto the people, Fear not: ye have done all this wickedness: yet turn not aside from following the LORD, but serve the LORD with all your heart; And turn ye not aside: for then should ye go after vain things, which cannot profit nor deliver; for they are vain. For the LORD will not forsake his people for his great name’s sake: because it hath pleased the LORD to make you his people.” 1 Samuel 12:20-22.

However, Israel had taken the first step away from their lover. The slide into apostasy had begun.  The Old Testament history chronicles the downward slide of Israel into apostasy and judgment. Just as the Lord, through His prophets, told Israel in advance all that was to come, He has told Christians and churches of  the future history of the world, of nations, and of the churches, to include the apostasy that is now apparent to one studied in the Word of God. The apostasy of the churches parallels the apostasy of the nation Israel. Once a church takes that first step to dishonor her espoused, other steps inevitably follow, unless the church repents. God’s message to GCC, as made clear from a study of His Word, is “Turn to me and repent of this great wickedness which you have done.”

The consequences

Millions blaspheme the name of the Lord as they view worldly organizations like GCC, churches with a form of godliness, who call on the name of God but deny the power thereof. Lost people know a business disguised as a church when they see it. The percentage of churchgoers, much less born again believers, in the United States is diminishing at an alarming rate because of fake churches and false teachers who have betrayed God.

Note. See EN [vi] for links to short essays which explain related matters such as “What is a corporation,” “What is 501(c)(3),” etc.


Endnotes

EN [i] To fully understand this, see God Betrayed/Separation of Church and State: The Biblical Principles and the American Application.

 EN [ii] See, e.g., for an understanding of the First Amendment:

See, for an explanation of how the Supreme Court has removed God from practically all civil government matters: The Supreme Court Reinterprets the First Amendment and Removes God.

EN [iii] See:

 EN [iv] See:

EN [v] See the articles and essays on the apostasy of the church at: The Biblical Doctrine of the Church.

EN [vi] Short Answers to some important questions:

  1. What is a Spiritual entity?
    2. What is a legal entity?
    3.Is a church a Spiritual entity, a legal entity, or a Spiritual/legal entity?
    4. Is it illegal for a church in America not to incorporate? Does a church have to be a 501c3?
    5. 
    Does God Care if our Church is Incorporated?
    6. 
    Should a Church Be a 508 Church?
    7. 
    Does a church in America need an Employer (Tax) ID Number?
    8. 
    Did President Trump do away with 501(c)(3) Requirements?
    9. What does church, inc. mean? 
    10. Who Is the head of an incorporated church?
    11. What is 501c3?
    12. What is 508?
    13. What is the history of the First Amendment?
    14. What is the History and Meaning of “Establishment of Religion” in America?
    15. What is an established church?
    16. What is a First Amendment Church?
    17. Question from a Church Concerning Church Organization
    18. The Bible Answer to the Question, “Is an Incorporated 501(c)(3) or 508 Church a Church of Christ?”

"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).