Common Law (Bible) Trust Explained: Resources

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Lecture entitled “Hierarchy of Law” by 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.

The following resources will be of help in understanding the concept of trust.

Law on Church Organization (Trusts, Property Tax, Etc.)

Links to Essays, Articles, and Other Resources:

The Bible Trust Relationship: Links to Essays and Other Resources

Recommended Articles To Begin Your Understanding of the Trust Relationship Which Are Included in the Above Link:

  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?

1. below links to PowerPoint which explains “trust” (when you click the link, the PowerPoint will download to your computer) and 2. below links to my comments on the PowerPoint:

  1. Powerpoint: 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. 
  2. 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.

General Questions with short answers about Church Organization

The following book, available free online or in printed form (the online PDF of the 2nd edition and the online form are recommended), gives a good overview, biblical and legal, of church corporate and 501(c)(3) or 508 status. As well, Chapter 7 gives information on the use of the “trust” by a church:

Separation of Church and State/God’s Churches: Spiritual or Legal Entities?


Spiritual versus Legal Entities


What is a Church, and What Upholds Her Integrity?


First Amendment Protection of New Testament Churches/Federal Laws Protecting State Churches (Religious Organizations)

Click here to go to the following comprehensive study all relevant Bible principles and facts:

God Betrayed/Separation of Church and State: The Biblical Principles and the American Application


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"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).

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