The Churches Under Christ Ministry: Helping churches organize according to the principles of the New Testament

Here is Love Vast as the Ocean

The Rose of Sharon
Sermon by Jerald Finney


  1. Study Lessons: Church Bible (Common Law) Trust
  2. The Churches under Christ Ministry Is a Legacy of Dr. Greg Dixon
  3. Ministry Newsletters and Announcement
  4. Need Help?
    * Initial Letter
    ** Initial Letters to Pastors Interested in Organizing Under Christ Alone)
    * Policies, Procedures and Guidelines
    Questionnaire 1
    * Questionnaire 2
    * Documents Which Establish a Church under Christ Alone
  5. Miscelanneous Matters Concerning the Love Relationship between Christ and His Churches (The Bible Trust Relationship)
    * Christ and His Local Visible Churches: A Love Story
    * One Church under God
    * Common Law Bible Trust Explained: Resources
    * Bible Basics: The Trust Relationship of Churches under Christ
    * Questions and Answers on Various Topics (Starting 070118)
    * Questions and Answers on Variouys Topics (Before 070118)
  6. Analysis of False Reasons of Christians and Lawyers for Church Corporate, 501(c)(3) Status or Legal Status of Any Kind


The purpose and goal of all ministry publications is to glorify God. When one seeks Bible truth and presents what he believes to reflect that truth, the only motive that pleases God is love for the Lord and His truth. If you disagree with anything in this lesson, open minded debate is encouraged. Please do not become angry. Rather, engage this ministry in a Bible based search for truth (See, Ephesians 4:11-16), with the goal of glorifying God and finding the truth. Reasoning together should include include the Bible principles and analysis of the common law or Bible trust as applied to the Bible principles. Open debate and honest study, with the Bible as the foundation, glorifies God, especially when considering the institution God loved and gave himself for. Respond in love as this and all lessons are inspired by love for God and His truth. I will publicly repent of any error which is revealed to me by love-centered discourse. God bless.
Ephesians 4:11-16: “And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:  That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:  From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.”


Christ loved the church and gave himself for it” (Ephesians 5.25).

This website is dedicated to Him who is altogether lovely, the Lord Jesus Christ. To understand a little how lovely He is, click here to go to The Loveliness of Jesus.

PowerPoint – Basics: 

Once you download a PowerPoint and display it, remember to click the “Slide Show” icon in the lower right. You must do this to view the whole slide show. However, when you do that, you will not be able to see the notes at the bottom which appear on the screen before clicking the  “Slide Show” icon. To go back to the first view, right click anywhere on the screen, and then click “End Show.”

The Basics of the Bible Principle of Trust in Church Organization

Explanation of “Trust,” as opposed to “Business Trust,” “Charitable Trust,” and other kinds of trusts. How can you know who to trust for the truth about these matters? How can you know if what is presented here is the truth? Etc.

Click here to go to PDF of comments which help explain the PowerPoint directly above. The presenter also stated other things, but these notes cover the most important matters.

Related article:
The Only Way a Church Can Organize to Remain a New Testament Church (Holding Property in Trust for God Is a Scriptural Principle Churches Should Honor)
referred to in the above presentation.

The Question that Changed My LifeProstitute
by David Ryser

“A number of years ago, I had the privilege of teaching at a school of ministry. My students were hungry for God, and I was constantly searching for  ways to challenge them to fall more in love with Jesus and to become voices  for revival in the Church. I came across a quote attributed most often to  Rev. Sam Pascoe. It is a short version of the history of Christianity, and  it goes like this:

“‘Christianity started in Palestine as a fellowship; it moved to Greece and became a philosophy; it moved to Italy and became an institution; it moved to Europe and became a culture; it came to America and became an enterprise.’

“Some of the students were only 18 or 19 years old–barely out of diapers–and I wanted them to understand and appreciate the import of the last line, so I clarified it by adding, ‘An enterprise. That’s a business.’ After a few moments Martha, the youngest student in the class, raised her hand. I could not imagine what her question might be. I thought the little vignette was self-explanatory, and that I had performed it brilliantly. Nevertheless, I acknowledged Martha’s raised hand, ‘Yes, Martha.’ She asked such a simple question, ‘A business? But isn’t it supposed to be a body?’ I could not envision where this line of questioning was going, and the only response I could think of was, ‘Yes.’ She continued, ‘But when a body becomes a business, isn’t that a prostitute?’ …”

Click “THE QUESTION that CHANGED MY LIFE” to read the remainder of the article.

This website is dedicated to Him who is altogether lovely, the Lord Jesus Christ. To understand a little how lovely He is, click here to go to The Loveliness of Jesus.

1 John 4:9: “In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.”

Matthew 16:18: “And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”

Ephesians 1:22: “And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church.”

Ephesians 5:25: “Christ loved the church and gave himself for it.”

The above verses and others raise important questions. An assembly of people who call themselves a church, a worldly organization such as an incorporated 501(c)(3) church, etc. are indeed churches or assemblies; but, in light of the above verses studied in context: “Are such churches under Christ in all things? Are they built by Christ and his principles? Are they churches of Christ?”

This website is a valuable resource for those believers and churches who not only understand, or want to understand, the Bible doctrine of the New Testament church but also want to please the Lord and glorify God by applying that doctrine in the organization of the local visible assembly. This website will give a Bible believer all the information he needs to know to please the Lord and Glorify Him by organizing a church according to the Lord’s New Testament principles, a church under Christ, a church of Christ.

Oh how He loves us. Cannot we at least obey and serve the One who stepped down from heaven to save individuals, and loved the church and gave Himself for it?

Lecture entitled “Hierarchy of Law” by Attorney Jerald Finney on August 26, 2012 at Old Paths Baptist Church in Fayetville, Tennessee on the 16th anniversary of that church and also the day the church finalized their change from incorporated 501(c)(3) religious organization and legal entity to a non-legal, spiritual enity only.

For more audio resources go to: Audio and Video Teachings by Jerald Finney.

Resources herein include essays, books, interviews, radio broadcasts, sermons, articles, etc. relating to the issues involving church, state, and the relationship of church and state. These resources will educate the believer who wants to understand the theology (true theology in the word of God), history, law, etc. concerning the preeminent doctrines of church, state, and separation of church and state (as opposed to separation of God and state).

UnionOfChurchAndStateUnlike believers and churches in many countries such as China, Afghanistan, Iran, North Korea, Columbia, and many other nations, American churches and Christians can please not only the Highest Authority by complying with His New Testament principles for church organization and also civil government law as well. A church can choose to be under God only while protected by man’s highest law, the First Amendment to the United States Constitution and corresponding state constitutional provisions, and without persecution. Man’s highest laws regarding religion in America correspond to God’s New Testament laws regarding the organization of His churches.

The highest American law, in accord with Bible principle, protects churches who choose to do things God’s way by remaining under Christ Jesus only, who choose not to become legal entities such as corporations, unincorporated associations, charitable trusts, corporations sole, or 501(c)(3) tax exempt organizations.

While operating solely under God, churches can still use all properties (real estate, vehicles, etc.) that a church organized as a legal entity utilizes. While so doing they will not deny the power of God; they will not grieve God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost by putting themselves under another authority; they will still be free to follow all God’s directives for the organization, position, relationships, privileges, and duties of the church; they may preach on abortion, marriage, politicians, politics or on any subject they desire without any governmental oversight or interference.

That said, Christians should have the highest of integrity.  They should be ideal citizens. God, the Highest Authority, has laid out, in His Word, principles for and the jurisdictions of individuals, families, churches and civil government. Should a Christian or Christians commit a crime or tort, God gives civil government jurisdiction to deal with the offender. God’s children and churches are not law breakers; they are law keepers. They obey the highest law first and man’s law second. By so doing, they are ideal citizens of both heaven and earth.

May the Lord bless you and the church you are a member of as you seek to glorify Him in these and all matters.

Doing God’s Work God’s Way: A Bible Call To Preach Outside The Typical American Church Explained (050919)
The Shameful Social Gospel
See also chapters 4-9 on apostasy at
The Bible doctrine of the church.

Martyr’s Song by Watchmen
When Did the Church Become a Business? a song by Jason Bellard

Click here to go to articles and essays on the church.

Click here to go to Articles, Essays, and Other Resources Related to the Doctrine of the Church, Incorporation, 501c3, Etc.

Click here to go to Essays on The Bible Trust Relationship: Links to Essays and Other Resources.

Click here to go to a concise teaching on the meaning of church corporate, 501c3 or 508 status, organization as a trust, false reasons given by pastors and other men of God for church incorporation, etc. Separation of Church and State/God’s Churches: Spiritual or Legal Entities?

Anabaptist Martyr Hymns

Be blessed: Click here to hear
Wondrous Love 


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14 thoughts on “THE CUCM BIBLE TRUST”

  1. I think my church is a 501c3 incorporation I want to help my church out of this. I’m a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ that regularly attends this “church” with a sincere local body of believers but I’m not a member of it because I don’t believe membership is biblical. What can I do to help this process if my preacher is willing to repent of this? And can I help start the “church” moving into the right direction?

  2. Bless you! I have had deep prophetic convictions of this for a long time… And the quote of “making the church in business a whore”, was exactly what I heard…
    Pay Caesar what is Caesars… Well, after giving out whole heart, mind and soul to God as commanded…What is left for Caesar???
    I have some Prophecies yet to be released… It is concerning “the angel of light” and Revelations 11:18…our current end-times… I pray your protection. Thank you for speaking Christs heart… In His Holy Eternal Love…
    – Clay InThePottersHands

  3. If one establishes a church entity using a Church Establisment Affidavit, which makes the church a separate entity free and standing alone. How then can the administration of banking and managing of the business affairs of the church accomplished without the 508 c 1a? Please advise, as it is my desire and goal to be established only under the law of the kingdom.

    1. You have a great desire. As you may know, desire does not determine spiritual and earthly reality. The only Church Establishment Affidavit I have seen was deeply flawed. It did not make the church a separate entity free and standing alone. I have examined that Affidavit at: The proponent of that Affidavit is misleading people and churches and does not know what he is talking about. I explain, in my writings, how a church can organize as a spiritual entity only, under God only according to the New Testament doctrine of the church and as protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. I explain church incorporation (sole and aggregate), church 501c3 and 508 status, the history of the First Amendment, etc. For an examination of the use of the corporation sole by churches, see One needs to understand what he is doing in order to please God. The Word of God commands God’s children to proceed with knowledge, understanding, and wisdom. In order to answer your question fully, I need to know all the facts. I need to examine your “Church Establishment Affidavit” and any other church organizational papers. 508 status puts a church in the same position she would be in had she claimed 501c3 status. If you will read and study my writings and teachings, you will find the answers to your questions. I suggest that, before reading what I have to say, do in depth studies of the Word of God. That will lead one to salvation first (if he is not saved), and then to an understanding of the deeper things of God. 2 Timothy 2:15: “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” For more on this, see my written studies on one’s responsibilities as a believer after salvation at My written comments, which are supported by cited Scripture taken in context, follow all the introductory material on that page.

      1. The links supplied in the above article are broken. Can they be repaired or redirected? Looks like interesting articles. Thanks!

  4. Aloha Mr. Finney, i am overwhelmed by your website. Is there a shortcut to find out if there is a non 501C3 church here in Hawaii [island of Oahu]? Mahalo

  5. If it walks like a duck, looks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it’s an unincorporated association duck trying to hide behind a Trust. It will be treated at law the same as a corporation.

    1. You forgot the whole cliche which is: “If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, then it probably is a duck.” The test implies that a person can identify an unknown subject by observing that subject’s habitual characteristics. Of course, the common law trust can never be a legal entity such as an unincorporated association, corporation, or 501(c)(3) 0r 508(c)(1)(A) tax exempt organization. See, “Study Lessons, Bible (Common Law) Trust” page on the website for understanding of the common law trust. However, a church which declares such a trust with the intent of remaining under Christ only can misstep and set herself up as an unincorporated association by acting as a legal entity. She can act like a legal organization by opening a bank account, purchasing real estate, entering into a contract, having employees, paying salaries, executing a constitution and/or by laws, etc. Thus, the church who declares the common law trust, a relationship with property only, must be careful not to act legally, thereby setting herself up as unincorporated association by walking like a duck and quacking like a duck. This is explained in the lesson, “Lesson 1: The basics of the Bible Trust and how a Church which has established a Bible trust can become a legal entity thereby nullifying status of the church as a spiritual body under Christ and Christ alone (July 21, 2021).” The church must be careful not to act legally or she becomes a legal entity.

      I hope you are not trying to act as a teacher on these matters in any public forum so as to mislead truth seeking churches and believers. You obviously are not studied in these matters. I say that in love. The example of Christ, the apostles, and true Christians is to speak the truth, no matter what. The correct response from a believer who has been shown to be an heretic is to humbly and contritely repent. I submit that you have a lot of studying and repenting to do should you wish to please and glorify God in your understanding of church organization according to New Testament doctrine.

  6. First of all thanks for making this website i just stumbled across it when i was looking for instructions to start a 508c1a and I agree with you 100% that a common law trust is the way to go instead of 501c3 or 508c1a. You have really put a ton of work and information into it this site.

    I have a couple of questions to ask please forgive me if you covered them I haven’t read everything on here yet I just found your site a few hrs ago.
    Corinthians says your body is a temple and that God and the holy spirit is within you and that you were bought with a price and that your body is Gods.
    My first question is can we put our body under the common law trust/CUCM Bible Trust so that we can also be non subjects to the Feds or the State laws and only be subject to Gods laws and common law?

    Also Id like to start my non-taxable body/temple/church and I dont have any property accept for a car to put into the trust I haven’t started a ministry yet but would like to just set it up so my car is in the trust and would like to have a bank account for my job to write non-taxable checks to the trust instead of to my legal NAME and then when Im able to buy property or anything else I could put in the name of the ministry and just write amendments to the appendix right?

    Also do you help ppl like me? I see you helped churches that already have 501c3 or 508c1a established.. I just have a mark of the beast (SSN) and I want to stop using it and if I have a good trust like this I can finally do a revocation of election and start living free instead of a free range prisoner/chattle/property of the government. After all my body is a church and i want to get away from Washington DC 14th amendment citizenship/slavery.

    1. You have some good questions, but it would take a book to answer them. I suggest that you read “God Betrayed.” That will give you some Bible teachings and principles on goverment (self-government, family government, civil government, and church government), God’s desired relationship between the individual, family and state; and between church and state. It also applies Bible principle to the American landscape. Go to the following for info on how to get the book (which is also in free downloadable PDF):

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Churches under Christ Ministry Website: Understanding and Applying God's Principles for Church Headship "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" (2 Corinthians 11:1-3). ————————————This Ministry is under the authority of Charity Baptist Tabernacle of Amarillo, Texas. Jerald Finney, a Christian Lawyer and member of Charity Baptist Tabernacle, having received this ministry in the Lord, explains how a church in America can remain under the Lord Jesus Christ and Him only. "As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen" (1 Peter 4:10-11; See also, Ephesians 4::1-16 and 1 Corinthians 12:1-25). "Take heed to the ministry which thou hast received in the Lord, that thou fulfil it" (Colossians 4:17). "And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church" (Ephesians 1.22; See also, e.g. Colossians 1:18).

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