Church Order and Sound Doctrine

The concerns of this “Separation of Church and State Law” ministry: Church Order and Sound Doctrine

Jerald Finney
Copyright © July 31, 2015

1Today’s American churches, except for a remnant, have (1) either grown careless or abandoned the truth of God (sound doctrine) and (2) ignored the order of God’s house. See EN 1 below for some Bible notes from 1 Timothy and Titus on church order and sound doctrine.

downloadThe “Separation of Church and State Law” ministry is specifically concerned with helping churches organize according to the principles of the New Testament as spiritual entities only. However, to do this, the ministry is very concerned with making sure that churches who ask for help meet Bible qualifications. Accordingly, the first step in helping a church is for the pastor to read the initial letter and answer and return a questionnaire (Click here to go to an online copy of the letter and questionnaire). Discussions follow. The pastor and church should begin to educate themselves concerning relevant church doctrine. A fairly concise book which can be read in a few hours (study may take longer) is Separation of Church and State: God’s Churches, Spiritual or Legal Entities which is available free in online and PDF form, in softback-see the Order information for books by Jerald Finney page.). A second updated edition of Separation of Church and State: God’s Churches, Spiritual or Legal Entities is now complete, but not yet published; however, the Table of Contents and the audio recordings of each chapter are available at audio of Separation of Church and State: God’s Churches, Spiritual or Legal Entities. Sometimes those discussions are with the pastor only, sometimes with the pastor and men of the church. If this ministry and the church agree on essentials, the next step is to draft the documents (Resolution, Declaration of Trust and Appendix). Some variations may be made to the documents if requested by the pastor and church and if this ministry agrees that those changes do not violate clear Bible principle(s). This ministry cannot help any church who does not agree with the “Eleven earmarks of a New Testament church.”

A biblical and historical Baptist principle is that God desires separation of church and state, not separation of God and church or separation of God and state. Study Jerald Finney's writings and/or audio teachings to discover the truth about and how to apply the principle.Our goal is the glory or God. See the following article: The motivation and the goal.

We are historic Baptist as defined by doctrine (New Testament doctrine), not name. “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” (Jude 1:3).

May the Lord bless and keep you as you seek to honor Him in all matters, including church organization.


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