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Union of Church and State in America: Incorporation and 501(c)(3) Tax Exemption of Churches

Jerald Finney
© October, 2009

Persecuted Christians down through the last two thousand years, including untold millions in the world today, have understood the biblical principles of separation of church and state and have refused, even under the penalty of torutre, imprisonment, and/or death to submit the church and spiritual matters to the ungodly – to the state-religion combination or to civil government.

The First Amendment to the United States Constitution as well as state constitutional provisions and laws allow churches in America to operate totally free from civil government without persecution. Nonetheless, American churches line up to incorporate, become unincorporated associations, corporations sole, charitable trusts and get their 501(c)(3) tax exemptions, thereby violating the biblical principle of separation of church and state. When they do that, they grieve our Lord who is the Bridegroom, Husband, and Head of His churches.

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1. Introduction to Section VI of God Betrayed  (Song and prayer is 4 min. 34 sec. Total is 6 min. 13 sec.)

2. Spiritual versus legal entities  (7 min. 22 sec.)(This may also be assessed in a more thorough written form by clicking the following link: Chapter 2 of Separation of Church and State/God’s Churches: Spiritual or Legal Entities?)

3. Incorporation of churches (Section VI, Chapter 2 of God Betrayed; 30 min. 7 sec.)

4. Federal government control of churches through 501(c)(3) tax exemption (Section VI, Chapter 4 of God Betrayed; 19 min. 46 sec.)

5. The incorporation-501(c)(3) control scheme The incorporation-501(c)(3) control scheme (Section VI, Chapter 5 of God Betrayed; 3 min. 37 sec.)

6. Spurious rationale for incorporating: limited liability Spurious rationale for incorporating: limited liability (Section VI, Chapter 6 of God Betrayed; 13 min. 58 sec.)

7. Spurious rationale for incorporating: to hold property Spurious rationale for incorporating: to hold property (Section VI, Chapter 7 of God Betrayed; 42 min. 10 sec.)

8. Spurious rationale for corporate-501(c)(3) status: tax exemption and tax deduction for contributions (Section VI, Chapter 8 of God Betrayed; 17 min. 52 sec.)

9. Conclusion to Section VI of God Betrayed Conclusion to Section VI of God Betrayed (Section VI, Chapter 10 of God Betrayed; 6 min. 42 sec.)

Note. All the chapters of Section VI of God Betrayed are not included above. All the chapters of Section VI in written form, plus more, follow:

  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 of Separation 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

END

For His Glory,
Jerald Finney
Christian and practicing attorney


3 Comments

  1. Rex Demeritt says:

    Thank you for your honesty in this matter of the 501 (c) (3) Tax Exemption for Churches.It explains why the Institutionalized Churches have remained silent on our countries most vital issue’s.My wife Carol, and I ,and our grandchildren would like to thank you for these audio teachings you have made available for the building up of the saints. Your teaching’s on relious freedom, and seperation of church and state have enlightened us . Thank you once again , GOD bless. Rex, Carol, Wesley, Austin

  2. Dear Rex,

    Thanks for your comment which greatly encouraged me. May the Lord continue to richly bless you and your family.

    For His Glory,
    Jerald

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