Church/State Law Ministries

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 the writings and audio teaching and preaching of Pastor Jason Cooley and attorney Jerald Finney to discover the truth about and how to apply the principle. Finney's teachings prove that the revisionist view of Separation of Church and State accepted without examination by most American "Christians" is false and has done great damage to the cause of Christ and to America.

We are living in confusing times with a recent Baptist history that has left out the truth of  the biblical relationship between the local New Testament church and the state and federal governments. Old Paths Baptist Church has been called by the Lord to address the issues involving the relationship of church and state. Thus, the pastor of Old Paths Baptist Church with the full support of the church body initiated this very important ministry. Attorney Jerald Finney, a member of Old Paths Baptist Church, is a church and state law expert. His standard for all matters with which he deals is the Bible. He examines man’s law concerning church and state from a biblical perspective. His goal is the same as that of Pastor Cooley and the Old Paths church body – the glory of God. This website, and the “Separation of Church and State Law” website, contain a wealth of information – books, articles, audio teachings, sermons, radio interviews, etc. – which explain the biblical teachings about the doctrines of government, church, separation of church and state and the American application of those doctrines. The issues are approached from a biblical, legal, and historical perspective. Of course, the Bible is the standard for all analyses.

Do you want to master the biblical doctrines of government, church, and separation of church and state. Do you want to understand and be able to explain the meaning of Romans 13? Do you want to understand the history of the First Amendment? Do you want to know how incorporation and IRS Code Section 501(c)(3) violate biblical principles? Etc. If so, click the following link:

Free self-study course developed by Jerald Finney, BAB (Born-Again Believer), BBA (Bachelor in Business Administration), and JD (Doctor of Jurisprudence):

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

Pastor Jason Cooley preaching Whose House Is It Anyway?  Click here to go to other sermons dealing with the doctrines of church, government, and separation of church and state.

Click here to go to links to articles by Pastor Jason Cooley.

Click here to go to links to messages and sermons by Pastor Cooley on Youtube.

Click here to go to messages and sermons by Pastor Cooley on sermonaudio.

The following 5 segments from the audio teachings for a radio program Jerald Finney did several years ago are from the book Render unto God the things that are His: A Systematic Study of Romans 13 and Related Verses by Jerald Finney. This book, Render unto God…, is a more detailed and expanded study of Section III, Chapters 5 and 6 of God Betrayed. All of Jerald Finney’s books have been reproduced on “Separation of Church and State Law” blog (scroll to the bottom of the page for the audio teachings); you have free access to them there. Should you wish to order a book, see the Books page of “Church and State Law” website. This study of Render unto God … is presented in 5 audio teachings below (Jerald Finney’s complete audio teachings from God Betrayed are on ”Separation of Church and State Law” blog) which deal with verses which are taken entirely out of context to mean the opposite of their contextual meaning. These audio teachings are not as detailed as the book:

Matthew17.24-27: “Doth not your master pay tribute?” (Begins with song and prayer. 13 min. 42 sec).
Luke 20.25, Matthew 22.21, Mark 12.17: “Render unto Caesar” (4 min. 47 sec.).
Romans 13: Let soul be subject to the higher powers (24 min. 15 sec.).
1 Peter 2.13: “Submit to every ordinance of man….”  (6 min. 6 sec.).
1 Timothy 2.1-6: “Pray for all rulers….” (8 min. 6 sec.).

The following is a 2008 radio interview of Jerald Finney by Aaron Brackeen of “Go Ye International” podcast which is an audio book review of God Betrayed/Separation of Church and State: The Biblical Principles and the American Application, the first book published by Jerald FinneyAaron Brackeen, of Go Ye International, was the first to interview Jerald Finney after the publication of God Betrayed in 2008. In the interview, Mr. Brackeen actually reviewed the entire book. The interview may also be heard on the Go Ye International website. The interview is presented in three segments on the About Jerald Finney” page of “Separation of Church and State Law Blog.” This interview is presented below in three segments:

Segment 1: “Go Ye International Interview of Jerald Finney”
Segment 2: “Go Ye International Interview of Jerald Finney”
Segment 3: “Go Ye International interview of Jerald Finney” 

Finney’s writings and teachings are available on “Separation of Church and State” blog. By clicking the link in the preceding sentence, you will go directly to the contents page of the blog. Other pages one might wish to examine are: (1) Salvation and After Page(2) Pastor Jason Cooley’s Page(3) About Jerald Finney; (4) Sermons Page; (5) Book Reviews Page. Besides “Separation of Church and State“ blog, the first website started by Finney is still online: “Church and State Law.” These websites offer the believer who loves the Lord all the resources he will need to understand the issues of separation of church and state.

The following is the latest mailing of the ministry, with links:

Free simplified study of Church incorporation and 501c3 tax exempt status by Christian attorney on website AND a radio interview of the attorney.
It’s Free, with no strings attached! 

The believer who truly loves and desires to please the Lord in the legal and biblical organization of the church he attends has access to all the information he needs to understand the biblical doctrines of church, government, and separation of church and state and the legal and biblical way to organize a church in America. The information is all on “Separation of Church and State Law” blog.

Jerald Finney, a Christian attorney and graduate of one of the premier law schools in America, called by the Lord into the “church and state law” ministry (a biblically ordered ministry of Old Paths Baptist Church of Northfield, Minnesota, Pastor Jason Cooley), has fully explained church incorporation and 501(c)(3) tax exemption of churches in his books, websites, and radio broadcasts, and audio teachings. Click the links below for a complete and simple study.

Believers have a responsibility under God to do things His way. One reason for the ill consequences in America is that even true believers have not taken the time to understand God’s principles concerning his churches and their relationship to the civil government.

If Christians do not wake up and get busy, the downward slide in America will continue.

You may, at absolutely no charge, understand the biblical and legal issues concerning the matters mentioned above by clicking the links below. A Christian attorney who loves the Lord has made the study very simple for you by doing all the work himself.

The motive: the Glory of God, and not monetary gain!

Below are links to every chapter of Separation of Church and State: God’s Churches: Spiritual or Legal Entities?, a  short 100 page book which gets to the church issues of incorporation, 501(c)(3), how a church may utilize property without becoming a legal entity, etc. much more succinctly. Click to following to go to the online PDF of the book: PDF of Separation of Church and State: God’s Churches: Spiritual or Legal Entities?. That book is a shortened and simplified version of Section VI of God Betrayed: Separation of Church and State/The Biblical Principles and the American Application the encyclopedia of information on the issue of separation of church and state. All Jerald Finney’s books, articles, pamphlets, and audio teachings are available free online (Click here to go to page with links to online and PDF versions of books); but one may, if he desires to have a book, click here for ordering information on Finney’s books. The following articles or chapters cover both Separation of Church and State… and Section VI of God Betrayed plus more:

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

For audio teachings on the above, click the following link: God Betrayed: Union of church and state in America

LINKS TO RADIO INTERVIEW: 

To hear an 2008 Southwest Radio Ministries radio interview of attorney Jerald Finney by Larry Spargimino go to this YouTube site:

Larry Spargimino interviews Jerald Finney on the subject of Separation of Church and State
Click “Southwest Radio Church” and scroll down to 7/3/08 and 7/4/08 and click to hear both of Larry Spargimino’s interviews of Jerald Finney. Mr. Spargimino is especially well versed in the issues concerning church and state law and his questions and comments were especially insightful.

Some other interviews of Jerald Finney are linked to at Radio Interview page of Church and State Law

Click here to go to “Separation of Church and State Law” blog which posts comprehensive studies of the issue of Separation of Church and State to include what is below and much more.

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 the writings and audio teaching and preaching of Pastor Jason Cooley and attorney Jerald Finney to discover the truth about and how to apply the principle. Finney's teachings prove that the revisionist view of Separation of Church and State accepted without examination by most American "Christians" is false and has done great damage to the cause of Christ and to America.

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