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Open Letter from Christian Attorney to Amarillo Mayor Concerning Her Letter Addressing “A Drag Queen Christmas” Event

The picture above is being plastered on billboards in Amarillo, Texas.

This letter was hand delivered and emailed to the Amarillo Mayor and Amarillo city counsel members. Satan and his henchmen are working hard to corrupt every noon and cranny of America. Amarillo is in one of the more coservative areas of the United States, but, like the rest of America, is quickly sliding toward the judgment of God.

Other articles on this matter which also include a copy of the Mayor’s letter:

Amarillo Mayor responds to concerns surrounding drag Show

Organizations ‘upset’ after letter from Amarillo mayor on drag show (Wicked organizations use every opportunity to publish their evil philosophies and influence others to accept or join in their practices and warfare against God.)

Drag Queen brags about what he can do in the open, says children should be exposed to his abomination

“The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman’s garment: for all that do so are abomination unto the LORD thy God” ( Deuteronomy 22:5).

Jerald Finney
Attorney at Law
801 Elgin Street
Amarillo, TX 79118

November 22, 2022

RE: Open letter concerning Mayor Ginger Nelson’s letter to churches concerning “A Drag Queen Christmas”

Mayor Ginger Nelson
601 Buchanan Street
Amarillo TX 79101

To the Honorable Mayor Ginger Nelson:

In this letter, I wish to introduce myself, thank the Amarillo Police Department, and express both my agreements and also my disagreements regarding your letter concerning the use of city facilities for “A Drag Queen Christmas.”

I am a citizen of Amarillo, Texas, and the United States of America; a member of Charity Baptist Tabernacle in Amarillo; and a lost sinner saved by the blood of Jesus. In obedience to our Lord’s commission to God’s children, I, and other members of Charity Baptist Tabernacle, will be outside the “A Drag Queen Christmas” event with signs telling people about Jesus and how to become a child of God. Some may preach, and we will all be available to council those who wish to know how to become a born-again child of God. We will also be available to discuss deeper spiritual matters involved in the spiritual warfare presented by this wicked event with those who already know the Lord as their Savior. Thankfully, First Amendment protections allow us to speak the truth in the public forum without persecution and with the protection of the government.

We appreciate all Amarillo Police Department Officers and personnel. They honor their God-ordained duties including the protection of peaceful and law-abiding speakers and speech in the public forum. We understand and apply our God-given duty as spiritual soldiers to remain peaceful and not to obstruct the movement of others. We understand that law enforcement has a duty to make sure we, and those who disagree with and oppose us, honor that duty. Pastor Larry Hickam, now retired, has explained to me that, due largely to his efforts years ago, the Amarillo Police Department has diligently done their job in protecting those involved in speech in the public forum and especially street preachers.

In your letter, you extend your leadership as mayor to include spiritual leadership and advice. You encourage citizens who are concerned about the “messages and possible content of this show” to take certain actions. Your letter to selected church groups around the city, and others by extension, stated among other things:

“I am praying that this event will give our city an opportunity to engage with people who do not know Jesus and don’t share our beliefs. I pray that our kindness and compassion will be attractive to them as they visit our city and that it will lead to questions and curiosity about our beliefs. … Most of all, I’m praying that those who don’t know Jesus or His grace will meet Him in Amarillo and be changed forever. I hope you will pray with me for these things.”

Do you agree with Charity Baptist Tabernacle that the authority in all matters of faith and practice for the believer in Jesus Christ, for you and the other leaders and employees of the City of Amarillo, is the Word of God? Based upon that understanding, let me briefly address some questions raised by your comments quoted above.

  1. First, if you, in referring to one who “knows Jesus,” mean that such a person is a child of God through the new birth, we are in agreement on that matter. To be born-again, a child of God, a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ, God says in His Word that one must realize that he can do nothing to earn his salvation, agree with God concerning his sin, repent (turn to God) with a humble and contrite (not proud) spirit, and trust Jesus Christ to save him from His sin. At the moment of salvation, the newly born child of God is a spiritual baby. The baby Christian is then to be discipled—taught the Word of God and how to study the Word of God and its application in this world. He is to test all that he is taught against the Word of God.
  2. I believe that your call to prayer is according to the will of God, but woefully incomplete. Of course, God instructs his children to pray about all things, but God’s Word makes clear that this matter calls for more than prayer. This is spiritual warfare against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. The instigator of this warfare and the influencer of the “Drag Queens” and their supporters is the “god of this world,” not God. The following gives children of God their marching orders:

“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).(Bold emphasis added).

God’s Word is truth (John 17:17). It covers knowledge of all aspects of every spiritual warfare, including the one at hand. God’s Word lays out His truths and principles for all governments—individual government, family government, human government, and church government—their God-given jurisdictions, interrelationships, and much more. God desires that His soldiers apply God’s doctrines, testimonies, precepts, commandments, principles, etc. as they represent Him in this world. By the way, God makes clear that children of believers are to obey their parents and that born-again parents are to bring up their children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord (Ephesians 6:1-4). The home is to be the bootcamp for the spiritual warfare that children will face when they come of age.

“The powers that be are ordained of God” (Romans 13:1c, the context is human government). Human governments have limited God-given jurisdiction (Romans 13:3-4, 8-9; 1 Peter 2:14; those verses and others in the New Testament reflect the much more detailed Old Testament teaching on human government). The God-given jurisdiction of human government extends to matters dealing with man’s relationship with man but not to matters dealing with man’s relationship to God as expressed in the first four of the Ten Commandments (Romans 13:8-9; much more can be learned about these matters from a study of the Old Testament). Render Unto God the Things that Are His: A Systematic Study of Romans 13 and Related Verses (https://jeraldfinney.com/god-betrayed/books/render-unto-god-the-things-that-are-his-a-systematic-study-of-romans-13-and-related-verses/ ), explains the details about man’s obligation to human government. When a human government rule conflicts with what God commands, “We should obey God rather than men” (Acts 5:29).

Civil governments are to “punish evildoers.” Sinners are evil doers; but according to God’s Word, all crimes are sins, but not all sins are crimes. Thus, civil governments are not to punish all sins. Are adultery, homosexual conduct, lesbianism, transgenderism, and men acting as women and vice-versa sins? Definitely. Does God desire that civil government punish them as crimes? I have given much thought to that matter, with God’s Word as my authority.

One thing I know for sure, God will judge individuals, families, churches, and nations who commit, promote, and/or take pleasure in such things (See, e.g., Romans 1:32; for context read Romans 1:18-32 King James Bible, the Bible which was the authority of those persecuted dissenters in colonial America whose stand for religious liberty, freedom of press, freedom of speech, and freedom of assembly paved the way for the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. For a history of that spiritual warfare in the American colonies, see  Section II of The Trail of Blood of the Martyrs of Jesus: Christian Revisionism on Trial)( https://jeraldfinney.com/god-betrayed/books/the-trail-of-blood-of-the-martyrs-of-jesus/ ).

Does God desire that a human government allow such practices to be openly practiced and promoted. I think not. Although God’s Word teaches that God desires separation of church and state, it also teaches that God does not desire governments to apply and practice separation of God (and His principles) and state. I explain that in some detail in Part I of God Betrayed: Separation of Church and State/The Biblical Principles and the American Application (https://jeraldfinney.com/god-betrayed/books/god-betrayedseparation-of-church-and-state-the-biblical-principles-and-the-american-application/ ).

Allowing sinners to openly and pridefully practice abominable sins in an open public forum corrupts and leads to the eventual judgment of God, not to mention the natural consequences of sin. Pride is an abomination to God (Proverbs 6:16-17). “Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners” (1 Corinthians 15:33). The principle of separation runs from Genesis to Revelation. When one combines the holy with the unholy, the unholy always corrupts the holy, and never the other way around. What happens when one puts a teaspoon of arsenic in a glass of water. The concerns for the effects of “A Drag Queen Christmas” on the children of Amarillo (as well as many adults) are well founded. This event is to occur in a city owned facility, paid for by Amarillo taxpayers. Thus, Amarillo, by not taking a firm stand against this event is implicating the political leaders and employees of the city, but also all the taxpayers and citizens of Amarillo. I personally believe not only that you should apologize to but also recompense all Amarillo taxpayers who disagree with your stand on this matter.

America has witnessed the growing acceptance of adultery, fornication, perversions of all kinds, immorality in general, and pride in that immorality. The increase in immorality and acceptance of such over the last ten or twenty years has been at an ever-accelerating rate. This increase has been fueled by postmodernism—the idea that all lifestyles, philosophies and truth claims are equal and no one has a right to say that his truth is superior to that of another—has been taught by our public schools and universities and disseminated by liberal news outlets, magazines, and all kinds of literature. To the postmodernist, the most hateful thing one can is God’s principle that we should hate the sin but love the sinner. Postmodernism is a direct frontal attack on God and His Word. Much of America is now in the grips of this wicked philosophy. Amarillo is still behind and is still somewhat conservative. Yet even Amarillo has it’s “gay pride” parades and other events, as well as businesses, churches, and organizations which are corrupting this city and the citizens who still believe in God and His Word. Sadly, the resistance is not according to God’s knowledge, understanding and wisdom. I have heard church-going people condone sodomy, lesbianism, and same sex marriage. As a sidenote, there is no such thing as same sex marriage. God ordained and defined marriage in the Garden of Eden and never gave civil government any jurisdiction regarding the marriage relationship. See what Jesus said about marriage in Matthew 19:3-6.  No matter what the Supreme Court or any other earthly power says, the marriage union is available only to one man and one woman.

At the very least, the individual believer—no matter his station in life—is to warn everyone of the nature of sin and the consequences for the unrepentant sinner. One cannot be saved if he takes pride in his sin and/or refuses to turn to God and trust Jesus to save him from his sin.

So what is a believer who is a political leader to do? Every believer, whatever his or her post in life, should “obey God rather than men.” The highest law is God’s law, not man’s law. When man’s law contradicts God’s law, the believer should stand on God’s law. Many in America like to proclaim that America is “one nation under God.” The truth is that every nation is under God. However, for the time being, every nation and human government past, present, and future is on probation. There comes a time in the existence of every nation when it will be judged by God; when God’s only remedy is judgment. That time is fast approaching for America, Texas, and Amarillo. For details from the Word of God on this matter, see The Biblical Doctrine of Government (https://jeraldfinney.com/god-betrayed/books/god-betrayedseparation-of-church-and-state-the-biblical-principles-and-the-american-application/online-version-of-the-book-god-betrayed/the-biblical-doctrine-of-government/ ); see also, for more on the hierarchy of law, First Amendment Protection of New Testament Churches/Federal Laws Protecting State Churches (Religious Organizations) (https://jeraldfinney.com/2010/02/26/laws-protecting-new-testament-churches-in-the-united-states-read-them-for-yourself/ )

  1. You stated:

“I am are praying that this event will give our city an opportunity to engage with people who do not know Jesus and don’t share our beliefs. I Pray that our kindness and compassion will be attractive to them as they visit our city and that it will lead to questions and curiosity about our beliefs.”

I agree that individual believers in a city like Amarillo—a city whose leaders have failed to perform their God-given responsibilities—should be kind and compassionate, according to God’s way. One does that by giving forth and exemplifying the truths of God’s Word in a straightforward manner. We should speak the truth in love. We should openly proclaim that their practices are sin; an abomination to God; an attack on God and God’s order for the individual, the family, and human government. We should give them God’s eternal solution. We should do this with the hope that they will recognize their hopeless condition, repent, and trust Jesus Christ to save them from their sin.

Thank you for taking the time to read and consider my concerns and the concerns of some other Amarillo citizens and taxpayers. Hopefully, those who wish to unite against the evils of our day can come together in truth according to the Word of God. Again, my heart-felt thanks to Amarillo law enforcement as they maintain order and protect the rights of all citizens of this city.

Very truly yours,

Jerald Finney


Cole Stanley, Councilmember Place 1 cole.stanley@amarillo.gov, 601 Buchanan Street, Amarillo TX 79101

Freda Powell, Councilmember Place 2 freda.powell@amarillo.gov, 601 Buchanan Street, Amarillo TX 79101

Eddie Sauer, Councilmember Place 3 eddy.sauer@amarillo.gov, 601 Buchanan Street, Amarillo TX 79101

Howard Smith, Councilmember Place 4 howard.smith@amarillo.gov, 601 Buchanan Street, Amarillo TX 79101

Doing God’s Work God’s Way: God’s Call To Preach Outside The Typical American Church Explained

Jerald Finney
May 9, 2019


Me preaching outside Trinity Fellowship Church in Amarillo TX on a very windy day.

Ephesians 5:11: “And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.”

Titus 1:9: “Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers.”

Jude 3-4: “Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints. For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Colossians 2:8: “Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.”

Postmodernism, to put it simply, is a philosophy which, among other things, teaches that one can create reality through rhetoric. If someone says something is true, so it is, at least for that person. The postmodernist will tell you that all truths are equal and that you have no right to insist that your truth is superior to that of another, that there is only one truth. Thus, no one has the right to say that Jesus Christ and His directions for salvation is the only way. If someone says, “I am Jesus Christ,” you have no right to say he is not. The postmodernist states: “We tolerate everything but the intolerable.”

In the emerging church movement,  the pastors and leaders simply say and write what they feel is truth and what experience proves will produce the results that they want. This is postmodernism in action. This is mysticism – feelings and emotions, not the proclamations of “truths” in a book, control. America is full of people who have been immersed in (baptized) to one degree or another (through Bible Colleges, Seminaries, “Christian Schools,” public schools, colleges, universities, secular and religious media), believe, and practice this philosophy.

Postmodernists will, of course, seek out a religion which makes them feel good and which will support their feelings, emotions, and actions (their search for temporal earthly prosperity, power, approval and encouragement of their actions, and their innate, God given knowledge of and yearning for God). Thus, the postmodern leaders find out what the people want and sell it to them. The postmodern church gives them what they want. In return, the people give the postmodern church their money and religious allegiance.

Postmodernism is used to gain and maintain political, economic, and religious power and wealth. Success for the postmodernist is measured by relative worldly, earthly standards, whereas success for the born again believer and the church under Christ is measured by obedience to the absolute eternal spiritual standards revealed in God’s word.

Postmodern churches emphasize politics and political involvement by churches and the “churched.” The right religious and political leaders and philosophies are necessary for the earthly prosperity and success their feelings and emotions lead them to desire. Postmodernist religious teachers proclaim that the church and state will work together to establish the Kingdom of Heaven on earth.

Postmodernists churches are therefore antithetical to Bible believing churches. Unkowingly, they are working to bring in the “falling away,” the apostasy foretold in the New Testament. This falling away will usher in the One World Satanic political/religious system of the end times.

There are degrees of postmodernism in religion. Indeed, probably everyone errs by practicing that philosophy to one degree or another. Anytime one allows feelings, emotions, human reasoning or anything else to override the clear mandates of Scripture, he has succumbed to postmodernism. Here is one example: the believer who condones church incorporation and 501(c)(3) or 508 status. Such a person resorts to mysticism and human reasoning to support a type of church organization that obviously violates New Testament principles for church organization. He may seek out other postmodernists to assure him that he is doing nothing unbiblical. His vested interest is in traditional postmodern religion that assures him, he thinks, of temporal earthly success. His measures of success are temporal earthly wealth, pleasure, and power.

The Shameful Social Gospel
See also chapters 4-9 on apostasy at
The Bible doctrine of the church.

Sermon Explaining My Calling To Preach Outside The Typical American Church Explained

The Holy Spirit impressed on me the need to preach outside the emerging church, postmodern churches which are not under Christ in all things (some are totally apostate and under Christ in nothing). I had questions that needed complete Bible and factual answers before proceeding. What are these churches doing that is harming the cause of Christ? How are they harming the cause of Christ? Even if they are in error, should a Christian openly expose their error? After reviewing past studies and also doing further study, I felt assured that I was called by God to initiate this battle.

In this sermon I will answer some questions for you. Are these state churches doing God’s work God’s way? Are they churches of Christ, churches under Christ, or are they doing more harm than good to the cause of Christ? According to the Bible are my actions in line with what God would have me do? Does the Bible say that this battle is of God?

What I will cover:

  1. The Bible Principle: Doing God’s work God’s way;
  2. God’s Churches: Doing God’s Work God’s Way;
  3. Am I doing God’s work God’s way?
  4. More Matters [Apostasy and the results and more]
The typical American church: a product of the church growth movement. Go to The Bible Doctrine of the Church and find  essays on church apostasy which chronicle the church growth movement.

I. The Bible Principle: Doing God’s Work God’s Way

1 Peter 1.15-16: “But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.”

Holy means “set apart to a sacred use, or to the service or worship of God.” The principle of holiness would have a believer and a church to do God’s work, God’s way. God wants his children to be holy and to do His work, His way. This principle runs from Genesis to Revelation.

This principle applies to this ministry and it applies to this church.

Some Bible examples:

A. Hebrews 11:4. “By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh.”

We see this principle with Cain and Abel. God had told Cain and Abel how to approach Him. Abel approached God God’s way, thereby showing that he was righteous. Can acted in self-will, doing things his way rather than God’s way.

B. We see this principle in Exodus 30, the great worship chapter. The altar of incense was a type of prayer and praise for the Lord, spiritual, not sensuous.

Exodus 30:9 “Ye shall offer no strange incense thereon, nor burnt sacrifice, nor meat offering; neither shall ye pour drink offering thereon.”

Here we learn that  were two prohibitions given concerning worship: (1) No  “”strange” incense was to be offered. This speaks of simulated or purely formal worship. (2) No “strange” fire was permitted. This refers to the excitation of “religious” feelings by merely sensuous means, and to the substitution for devotion to Christ or any other devotion as to religious causes, or sects.

C. We see this principle of holiness when God called out Israel as a people unto Himself. God informed His people, of the manner by which they were to approach Him. In Leviticus God speaks out of the tabernacle in which He dwells in the midst of His people, to tell them that which befits His holiness in their approach to, and communion with Himself, Leviticus gives the details of the walk, worship, and service of that people. In other words, Leviticus stands in the same relation to Exodus, the record of redemption for the Israelites, as do the Epistles to the Gospels.

The Gospels and Exodus are the records of redemption. Exodus, as a record of redemption for the children of Israel, like the Gospels for born again believers, lays the foundation of the cleansing, worship, and service of God’s people, the Israelites in the Old Testament, believers in the New Testament. Leviticus, for the OT Israelite, and the epistles, for the New Testament believer and church, gives the detail of the walk, worship, and service of the people of God. God wants his people to honor those details. God wants His Work done His way.

Leviticus 10.1-2 “And Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, took either of them his censer, and put fire therein, and put incense thereon, and offered strange fire before the LORD, which he commanded them not. And there went out fire from the LORD, and devoured them, and they died before the LORD.”

The sin of Nadab and Abihu was in acting in the things of God without seeking the mind of God. It was “will worship” which often has a show of wisdom and humility. It typifies any use of carnal means to kindle the fire of devotion and praise. The results were bad for Nadab and Abihu.

Colossians deals with subtle forms of error which were at work in the church at Colosse—The first was legality in its Alexandrian form of asceticism (“touch not, taste not) with a trace of the Judaic observance of the “days” the object of which was the mortification of the body.

The second was mysticism. A mystic seeks by contemplation and self-surrender to obtain unity with or absorption into the Deity or the absolute; experience, feelings and emotions guide the mystic. Colossians was written to the church at Colosse as warning for that church and for churches in all days and has specific relevance and application to most churches in America today.

As to mysticism, Colossians 2:18-19 says: “Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind,  And not holding the Head, from which all the body by joints and bands having nourishment ministered, and knit together, increaseth with the increase of God.”

As to asceticism, Colossians 2:20-23 says: “Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances,  (Touch not; taste not; handle not; Which all are to perish with the using;) after the commandments and doctrines of men? Which things have indeed a shew of wisdom in will worship, and humility, and neglecting of the body; not in any honour to the satisfying of the flesh.”

Colossians 1.15-19: “Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. 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.  For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;”

Colossians 2:6-8 “As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving. Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.”

D. We see this in the life of David. Even a true man of God can do a right thing in the wrong way.  A man of God whose heart is right can err concerning truth out of ignorance or heresy.  But when he learns of his error, he corrects it wholeheartedly.

2 Samuel 6.1-11 “Again, David gathered together all the chosen men of Israel, thirty thousand. And David arose, and went with all the people that were with him from Baale of Judah, to bring up from thence the ark of God, whose name is called by the name of the LORD of hosts that dwelleth between the cherubims.  And they set the ark of God upon a new cart, and brought it out of the house of Abinadab which was in Gibeah: and Uzzah and Ahio, the sons of Abinadab, drave the new cart.  And they brought it out of the house of Abinadab which was at Gibeah, accompanying the ark of God: and Ahio went before the ark.  And David and all the house of Israel played before the LORD on all manner of instruments made of fir wood, even on harps, and on psalteries, and on timbrels, and on cornets, and on cymbals. And when they came to Nachon’s threshingfloor, Uzzah put forth his hand to the ark of God, and took hold of it; for the oxen shook it.  And the anger of the LORD was kindled against Uzzah; and God smote him there for his error; and there he died by the ark of God.  And David was displeased, because the LORD had made a breach upon Uzzah: and he called the name of the place Perezuzzah to this day.  And David was afraid of the LORD that day, and said, How shall the ark of the LORD come to me? So David would not remove the ark of the LORD unto him into the city of David: but David carried it aside into the house of Obededom the Gittite. And the ark of the LORD continued in the house of Obededom the Gittite three months: and the LORD blessed Obededom, and all his household.”(also in 1 Chron. 13 where David did a right thing the wrong way). We see King David seeking to bring the ark of God to Israel. Read v. 3.

God had given explicit directions how the ark should be borne. See, Numbers 4:1-15.

Numbers 4:15 “And when Aaron and his sons have made an end of covering the sanctuary, and all the vessels of the sanctuary, as the camp is to set forward; after that, the sons of Kohath shall come to bear it: but they shall not touch any holy thing, lest they die….”

But David adopted a Philistine expedient. The Philistines had built a new cart to return the ark to the Jews.1 Samuel 6.7,8 (“Now therefore make a new cart, and take two milch kine, on which there hath come no yoke, and tie the kine to the cart, and bring their calves home from them: And take the ark of the LORD, and lay it upon the cart; and put the jewels of gold, which ye return him for a trespass offering, in a coffer by the side thereof; and send it away, that it may go.”) was the Philistine expedient adopted by David in 2 Samuel 6:3. (“And they set the ark of God upon a new cart, and brought it out of the house of Abinadab that was in Gibeah: and Uzzah and Ahio, the sons of Abinadab, drave the new cart.”). David transported it on a cart pulled by 2 milch kine.  Now David was a man of God—a man after God’s own heart.  He was excited about bringing the ark back. “And David and all Israel played before God with all their might, and with singing, and with harps, and with psalteries, and with timbrels, and with cymbals, and with trumpets” (I Chronicles. 13:8).

Failure to do things God’s way always brings bad consequences.  The result of David not doing the things of God God’s way—God kills Uzzah for touching the ark when the oxen shook it.  David was displeased.  But He was also afraid of God and said, “How  shall I bring the ark of God home to me” (2 Samuel 6:9; 1 Chronicles 13:12)? Then he did it God’s way—“Then David said, None ought to carry the ark of God but the Levites for them hath the LORD chosen to carry the ark of God, and  to minister unto him forever” (1 Chronicles 15:2)—but not until he saw that the LORD blessed the house where the ark was left—the house of Obed-edom.  David wanted God’s blessing.

This story of David’s new cart and its results is a striking illustration of the spiritual truth that blessing does not follow even the best intentions in the service of God except as that service is rendered God’s way. It is a constant point of failure. Churches are full of Philistine ways of doing service to Christ. See, e.g., 1 Chronicles 15.2 (“Then David said, None ought to carry the ark of God but the Levites: for them hath the LORD chosen to carry the ark of God, and to minister unto him for ever.”); 1 Corinthians 1.17-31; 2 Corinthians 10.4-5 “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;  Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;”

II. God’s Churches: Doing God’s Work God’s Way

Matthew 16:18 “And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church….” Christ said He would build His church. He laid the foundation in the gospels. For more on this see The New Testament of Jesus Christ:  His Executor Named and Empowered. He knew that there were already other churches (ekklesias), assemblies of people coming together regularly for certain purposes. He knew that there would be churches in the future. But He said His churches would be built by Him.

Christ’s churches under Him in all things. See Ephesians 1:19-22; Colossians 1:18; Hebrews 2:8; the whole NT doctrine of the church beginning in the Gospels.

Christ’s churches are spiritual organisms not worldly organizations. See, e.g., Ephesians 4 and 1 Corinthians 12.

Churches which are not of Christ or under Christ organize as worldly religious entities, partially under God at best or wholly under man at worst. They do not do God’s work, God’s way. Examples are churches who operate as legal entities of any kind including unincorporated associations, corporations, and 501(c)(3) or 508 tax exempt religious organizations. Many of these churches use business, not Bible, principles to bring people in, to “church” people; to develop a sense of community” as Trinity Fellowship Church calls it. In church, they give rock concerts in a nightclub atmosphere, show movies, and provide programs to help those churched find their purpose, as Trinity Fellowship calls it. They appeal not to the Bible but to mysticism, business methods, occultism,  etc. and not the Bible (“Experience God,” “Develop a Sense of Community,” “Find your purpose” Trinity Fellowship Church says).

A. The Corporate 501c3 church.

The corporate 501c3 church is not under God in all things. They may be under Christ in some things, but they are not under Him in all things. A corporate 501c3 church is to one degree or another, a temporal, earthly, fleshly man made organization built by man according to state non-profit corporation and federal Internal Revenue Code law. A church under Christ, is an eternal, heavenly, spiritual organism built by Christ according to the principles in the New Testament.

A corporation is a creature of the state.

I quote from an essay I wrote and posted on my website: “Some define corporation to mean ‘a human being with no soul;’ of course this statement makes an important point even though it is not literally true. A corporation is not a human being, but it is an “artificial person” (a legal fiction) who acts legally, by, for example, entering into contracts, buying and selling property, suing and being sued. And, as an ‘artificial person’ with no soul, the corporation, whether profit or not for profit, will act accordingly. Human beings with souls in a corporation act within an unnatural, soulless, Godless, state-created fiction; because of the contracts created by their act of incorporation, all disputes can be taken to secular courts where only man’s law and rules will be tolerated; do not try to argue God’s law in that environment. The ‘church’ non-profit corporation will be polluted to some degree, greater or lesser, by the immoral, soulless part of the two-headed monster.” Corporation: A human being without a soul.

Here are a few of the many attributes of a corporation (for a more complete understanding, see the fairly concise articles Who Is the head of an incorporated church? and What does church, inc. mean? for much more information on incorporation.

  1. An incorporated church and a New Testament Church have different creators. The state creates the former and God creates the latter.
  2. The state creates the corporation through state non-profit corporation law. A corporation is an artificial being, invisible, intangible, and existing only in comtemplation of man’s earthly law.
  3. The sovereign of a corporation is the state of incorporation. No corporation can exist without the consent or grant of the sovereign since the corporation is a creature of the state and derives its powers by legislative grant.
  4. An incorporated church is a monstrosity with two heads which are at odds with one another. Whenever there is an incorporated church, there are two entities—the one, the church as such, not owing its ecclesiastical or spiritual existence to the civil law, and the other, the legal corporation, each separate although closely allied. Such a church gets part of her powers from God and part from civil government.
  5. Their organizations are different.
  6. Ownership of a New Testament Church and a corporation differ. Members in a non-profit corporation are the owners of the corporation. Jesus Christ owns a New Testament Church.
  7. The properties utilized by the corporate church and that utilized by the New Testament church have different owners. The non-profit corporation owns any property used by the incorporated church. The Lord Jesus Christ owns the property held by a New Testament Church. See Short Answers to Some Important Questions about incorporation, 501(c)(3), 508 and other matters.

For details about 501(c)(3) see What is 501c3? For more detailed analysis see the articles on 501(c)(3) at God Betrayed/Church Corporate-501c3 Status: Union Of Church and State.

501(c)(3): Product of federal law—Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3). 5 rules come with it. In the event of disagreement, the Internal Revenue service agency process decides the issue. If a church loses there, she can appeal to federal court. Again, do not take your Bible and don’t rely on the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution since you have given up your 1st A protections when you applied for and received 501c3 status. You became tax exempt as opposed to non-taxable.


Other matters:

B. Business Techniques and Practices

Businesses. Mega-churches and other incorporated 501c3 religious organizations are run like businesses:

Trinity Fellowship Home Page

Business model: These churches use business techniques and practices. A business finds out what the people want and gives it to them. Bible students readily see all the deviation from God’s principles in this.

They find out what people want (community surveys) and give it to them. “Rock and roll music.” “Country music.” Nightclub atmosphere. Worldly activities such as movies, etc., heretical preaching. They may preach salvation, but that is about all. They bring the world into the church. They do not go into the world, preach the gospel and add those saved to the church.

A church is for saved born again believers. Christ’s commission is for church members to go into the world and preach the gospel. Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 16.15-16; Luke Luke 16.47, Acts 1:8. The pattern is salvation, baptism, church membership. That is the way it has been since the day of Pentecost. Acts 2:41, 47(b) “Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them [the first church, the church at Jerusalem] about three thousand souls…. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.”

The draw of the typical American church: “Experience God, Find Community, Fulfill Your Purpose.”

Trinity Fellowship Rock Concert

Hence, Christian Rock Concerts, Cowboy churches with cowboy bands and everything else designed to appeal to “cowboys.” Movies, worldly entertainments of all kinds, etc.

Cowboy Church Technique: The brings them in and the pastor keeps them with watered down preaching.

[Here I presented a little introduction to Godly versus Satanic music.]

C. The ultimate authority for these mega churches is not the Bible; rather, they appeal to mysticism, to experience, emotion; sometimes to occultism, philosophy, vain deceit, the rudiments of the world, etc.

III. The application of the principle of doing God’s work God’s way to the preaching of God’s Word

We have no problem preaching to the porn houses, in front of businesses, going door to door. Yes, according to the NT we are to go to all those places. Why not also to religious organizations that are doing far more harm to the cause of Christ than any business, porn house or other place where people gather.

A church under Christ is an assembly of believers, a spiritual organism (Ephesians 4, I Corinthians 12, the whole New Testament teaching on church doctrine) – the lost can visit of course but are not to be baptized and admitted into membership unless they get saved. A church under Christ is “for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the  ministry, for the edifying of the body” (Ephesians 4.12). Her commission is given in Matthew 28:18-20; also Mark 16:15-18 and Luke 24:47; Acts 1:8.

Jesus, the apostles went outside the church (the assembly) and preached house to house and publickly. They preached at the religious places, the places where religious people, as in the mega churches and most churches in America today, were not following the teachings of the Bible and ignorantly or willingly preaching and plotting against the Savior and His principles.

Jesus preached at the synagogues starting as a 12 year old. Do a word search of the word “synagogue’ in the Gospels. Here are just a couple of examples:

Luke 4:16-20 “And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read. And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written, The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord. And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him.”

A comparison with the passage quoted by Jesus in the above veres, Isaiah 61:1-2 affords an instance of the exquisite accuracy of Scripture. Jesus stopped at, “The acceptable year of the Lord,” which is connected with the first advent and the dispensation of grace. “[T]he day of vengeance of our God” belongs to the second advent. Jesus quit reading because He was emphasizing that this was His first advent, His first coming and that the Jews needed to read and study Scripture and recognize Him as Messiah and Savior.

John 18:20  “Jesus answered him, I spake openly to the world; I ever taught in the synagogue, and in the temple, whither the Jews always resort; and in secret have I said nothing.”

As to the churches, Jesus preaches to them in the entire NT from Matthew to Revelation. In the Gospels, he is laying the foundation of His churches.

Peter preaching outside the temple.

What about the apostles?

Again, do a word search of “temple” and “synagogue.”

On the day of Pentecost they first preached to the Jews from every nation. In Acts 3, Peter preached outside the temple.

The result: Acts 4:1-4. They jailed them. Then they Peter preached to the rulers, elders and scribes who commanded them not to preach in the name of Jesus and let them go. Then prayed that God would embolden them to continue doing what they had been ordered not to do. Then, as we read in Acts 5, they imprisoned them again.

In Acts 5.20 the angel of the Lord commands them, after breaking them out of prison, to “Go, stand and speak in the temple to the people all the words of this life. (21) And when they heard that, they entered into the temple early in the morning and taught….” When they were brought before the religious rulers, they answered the high priest “We ought to obey God rather than men” (Acts 5.29).

Stephen disputed with rulers of the synagogue and preached to them Acts 6-7. The apostles preached and taught in the synagogue Acts 13:14-43; Acts 14:1; Acts 17:1-4 (Acts 17:1-2 “Now when they had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where was a synagogue of the Jews: And Paul, as his manner was, went in unto them, and three sabbath days reasoned with them out of the scriptures, …). Acts 18:4 “And he [Paul] reasoned in the synagogue every sabbath, and persuaded the Jews and the Greeks.” Acts 18:19, 26. Acts 19:8. Acts 22:19, 26:11: “And I punished them oft in every synagogue, and compelled them to blaspheme; and being exceedingly mad against them, I persecuted them even unto strange cities.”

Me preaching outside Trinity Fellowship Church in Amarillo TX on a very windy day.

Do a word search of temple and synagogue in Acts. Read the gospels, the book of Acts.

The epistles of Paul, and other New testament books, preach to churches. Revelation 1.4–3.21 preaches to the churches. How shall the heretical and apostate churches know their condition without a preacher? They certainly are not going to read and study the Word of God.


There are more professing athesits in America now than Evangelical “Christians” (those who profess to be Christians and attend a church, not matter how infrequently) or Catholics. Of course only a small portion of those “Christians” are actually saved. So the number of professing atheists vastly outnumbers born again believers in America, especially those who are doing God’s work God’s way. Why? Because true churches in America long ago lost the power of God and the world knows that most churches are powerless businesses posing as religious organizations using worldly techniques and religion and the name of Jesus to avoid property taxes, income taxes, and to gain worldly advantage over other businesses.

But this is to be expected. The New Testament lays out the apostasy.

On the road to apostasy: 2 Peter 2. 2 Peter, 2 Timothy, Jude, Second and Third John have to do with the walk and testimony of a true servant of Christ in a day of apostasy and declension.

2 Timothy 3 predicts the apostasy.

2 Timothy 4.1-4 describes the actions of a faithful servant in times of apostasy.

(Taken by an atheist jogger who I witnessed to and gave a tract).


2 Ti. 2.1-5.

For more on Bible teaching on church apostasy and the apostasy of American churches, see the relevant articles at: The Biblical Doctrine of the Church.

The theme of Ephesians 6 is that members of a church are soldiers. The training ground starts in the home (Ep. 6.1-4), and is to be displayed at work (vs. 5-9). In verses 10-18 explains the spiritual warfare of the members of a church. We wrestle against (v12).


The message I carry to those churches: To individuals I encounter: Are you saved? If so, and if they are a member of the church, Revelation 2.1-7.

[The above message was delivered to Charity Baptist Tabernacle on May 8, 2019.]