No doubt, Christ “loved the church and gave himself for it.” The question is, “Do you love the church and will you give yourself for it.” Have you left your first love? If so, remember the words of our Lord as recorded in Revelation 2:4-5: “Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love. Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.”
The following resources will be of help in understanding the concept of trust.
The most important question, is: “Does the concept conform to Bible principles.” The following article answers this question:
How a Church Can Organize to Remain a New Testament Church (Holding Property In Trust For God Is A Scriptural Principle Which Churches Should Honor)
The following PowerPoint explains “trust.” If you click the link, the PowerPoint will download onto your computer:
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.
The following notes help explain the above PowerPoint, page by page:
Click here to go to PDF of comments which help explain the Powerpoint directly above. The presenter also stated other things, but these notes over the most important matters.
The following webpage has resources which address some legal questions:
Law on Church Organization (Trusts, Property tax, etc.) – Cases, Law, Etc.
The following book, available free online or in printed form, 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?
Article: Spiritual versus Legal Entities
Click here to go to a comprehensive study all relevant Bible principles and facts:
God Betrayed/Separation of Church and State: The Biblical Principles and the American Application