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

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

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A. The biblical doctrine of “Government” (Part One, Section I of God Betrayed/Separation of Church and State: The Biblical Principles and the American Application):

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  1. Introduction to articles on “The biblical doctrine of government”  (Section I, Chapter 1 of God Betrayed/Separation of Church and State: The Biblical Principles and the American Application)
  2. The Motivation and the Goal (Section I, Chapter 2 of God Betrayed)
  3. Biblical teaching on self-government (Section I, Chapter 3 of God Betrayed)
  4. Biblical teaching on family government and conscience Section I, Chapter 4 of God Betrayed)
  5. Biblical teaching on civil Government (Section I, Chapter 5 of God Betrayed)
  6. God desires nations to choose to glorify Him (Section I, Chapter 6 of God Betrayed)
  7. Israel-The only theocracy ordained by God (Section I, Chapter 7 of God Betrayed)
  8. God is the God of Israel (Section I, Chapter 8 of God Betrayed)
  9. God desires Gentile nations to glorify Him (Section I, Chapter 9 of God Betrayed)
  10. God Judges Nations (Section I, Chapter 10 of God Betrayed)
  11. Satan orchestrates the world system (Section I, Chapter 11 of God Betrayed)
  12. Conclusion to ”The biblical doctrine of government” (Section I, Chapter 12 of God Betrayed)

For Jerald Finney’s audio teachings on the above, click the following link:
Audio teaching on the Biblical Doctrine of Government

B. The biblical doctrine of “Church” (Part One, Section II of God Betrayed/Separation of Church and State: The Biblical Principles and the American Application):

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  1. Introduction to articles on “The biblical doctrine of the church” (Section II, Chapter 1 of God Betrayed)
  2. Definition, organization, and purposes of a church (Section II, Chapter 2 of God Betrayed)
  3. Christ, the Head/Husband/Bridegroom of His churches (Section II, Chapter 3 of God Betrayed)
    (Articles on Church apostasy: 4-10 below):
  4. Heresy and apostasy (Section II, Chapter 4 of God Betrayed)
  5. Church Incorporation, 501(c)(3), Heresy, and Apostasy 
  6. Recent Accelerated Apostasy in the United States (Section II, Chapter 5 of God Betrayed)
  7. Apostasy at the end of the church age (Section II, Chapter 6 of God Betrayed)
  8. On Jack Hyles Sermon, “The Treasure is in a Field” 
  9. Jack Schaap, First Baptist of Hammond, Heresy and Apostasy 
  10. Outcome Based Religion: Purpose, Apostasy, & the New Paradigm Church by Mac Dominick, Cutting Edge Ministries 
  11. The church will reign with the Lord (Section II, Chapter 7 of God Betrayed)
  12. Conclusion to articles on “The biblical doctrine of the church” (Section II, Chapter 8 of God Betrayed)

For Jerald Finney’s audio teachings on the above, click the following link:
Audio teachings on the Biblical Doctrine of the Church 

C. The biblical doctrine of “Separation of Church and State” (Part One, Section III of God Betrayed/Separation of Church and State: The Biblical Principles and the American Application):

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  1. Introduction to the biblical doctrine of “Separation of Church and State” (Section III, Chapter 1 of God Betrayed)
  2. Definitions of “separation of church and state,” “established church,” and “religious freedom or soul liberty” (Section III, Chapter 2 of God Betrayed)
  3. Dispensational Theology versus Covenant Theology (Section III, Chapter 3 of God Betrayed)
  4. Distinct differences between church and state render them mutually exclusive  (Section III, Chapter 4 of God Betrayed)
    (The complete book, Render unto God the Things that Are His: A Systematic Study of Romans 13 and Related Verseswith some minor modifications, is reproduced in items 5-12 below. This book is a more detailed version of Section III, Chapters 5 and 6, of God Betrayed.)
  5. Introduction to “Render unto God the Things that Are His: A Systematic Study of Romans 13 and Related Verses” (Chapter 1 of Render Unto God the Things that Are His: A Systematic Study of Romans 13 and Related Verses. This material was also covered in less detail in God Betrayed, Section III, Chapters 5, 6.)
  6. Doth not your Master pay tribute? Matthew 17.24-27 (Chapter 2 of Render Unto God the Things that Are His)
  7. Render unto Caesar…? Luke 20.25, Matthey 22.21, Mark 22.17 (Chapter 3 of Render Unto God the Things that Are His)
  8. Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers? Romans 13 (Chapter 4 of Render Unto God the Things that Are His)
  9. Submit to every ordinance of man? 1 Peter 2.13 (Chapter 5 of Render Unto God the Things that Are His)
  10. Pray for all rulers? 1 Timothy 2.1-6 (Chapter 6 of Render Unto God the Things that Are His)
  11. Conclusion to “Render unto God the Things that Are His: A Systematic Study of Romans 13 and Related Verses” (Chapter 7 of Render Unto God the Things that Are His)
  12. Article: “American Abuse of Romans 12.1-2 and Related Verses.” This article shows the biblical bankruptcy of the false teaching that Romans 13 and some other verses taken out of context teach almost unlimited submission by Christians and churches to civil government. This article was not included in Render Unto God The Things That Are His.
  13. Christ-Church-Husband-Wife, Bridegroom-bride (Section III, Chapter 7 of God Betrayed)
  14. Conclusion (Section III, Chapter 8 of God Betrayed)

“Iron Sharpeneth Iron” TV interview of Pastor Jason Cooley and Christian Attorney Jerald Finney.
Host is Pastor Brandon Teague of Old Paths Baptist Church in Paris, Texas.
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Romans 13 explained (Program # 172)

Relevant sermons by Pastor Jason Cooley follow.
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Pastor Jason Cooley, “Romans 13 in Context,” July 13, 2012

Pastor Jason Cooley, “Romans 13, Part 3: Christ Above All,” January 31, 2013

Pastor Jason Cooley, “1 Peter 2.13: Proper Submission to Government,” August, 2012

For Jerald Finney’s audio teachings on the above, click the following link:
Audio teaching on the Biblical Doctrine of Separation of Church and State 

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D. The history of religious liberty in America (Part Two, Section IV of God Betrayed/Separation of Church and State: The Biblical Principles and the American Application,  “History of Religious Freedom in America”):

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Our Baptist forefathers stood in times of severe persecution. They did not deny their faith to get out of being persecuted. They “suffered persecution.” As a result of the stand of our Baptist foretathers, Americans, to this point, have enjoyed religious freedom, as well as freedom of speech, press, assembly, and the right to petition the civil government for a redress of grievances. In other words,Americans owe their First Amendment to the United States Constitution (pictured above) to the Baptists. The question for believers is, are we ready to suffer persecution if that is the price of standing for Christ? The question is important because, from all appearances, the time may soon come when believers may have to choose between suffering or denial of Christ. “Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution” (2 Timothy 3:12).

Two sermons by Pastor Jason Cooley relevant to standing in times of trouble and tribulation are placed below.
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Pastor Jason Cooley, “Romans 5.1-3: The Grace to Stand in Times of Trouble and Persecution,” December 26, 2012 (Morning service)

Pastor Jason Cooley, “Romans 5.3-5: Tribulation’s Work in the Life of the Believer,” December 26, 2012

  1. Introduction to “The History of Religious Freedom in America” (Section IV, Chapter 1 of God Betrayed)
  2. Secular and Christian revisionism (Section IV, Chapter 2 of God Betrayed)
  3. The consequences of secular and Christian revisionism (Section IV, Chapter 3 of God Betrayed)
  4. The light begins to shine (Section IV, Chapter 4 of God Betrayed)
  5. The Pilgrims and the Puritans in Massachusetts (Section IV, Chapter 5 of God Betrayed). The Congregationalists (Puritans) brutally beat ObadiahBeating of Obadiah Holmes
    Holmes for his beliefs. Holmes said of his beating: “As the man began to lay the strokes upon my back, I said to the people, though my flesh should fail, yet God will not fail: so it pleased the Lord to come in, and fill my heart and tongue as a vessel full, and with audible voice I break forth, praying the Lord not to lay this sin to their charge, and telling the people I found He did not fail me, and therefore now I should trust Him forever who failed me not: for in truth, as the strokes fell upon me, I had such a spiritual manifestation of God’s presence as I never had before, and the outward pain was so removed from me that I could well bear it, yea, in a manner felt it not, although it was grievous.” When he was released from the post, he said to the magistrates, “Ye have beaten me as with roses.” He was another Baptist hero whose sufferings contributed to the adoption of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.
  6. The Baptists of Rhode Island (Section IV, Chapter 6 of God Betrayed)
    Click the following link to read the Portsmouth Compact (1638).
    Click the following to read the Rhode Island Charter of 1663.
    These documents and the history surrounding them are chronicled in Section IV, Chapter 6 of Jerald Finney’s book, God Betrayed which is reproduced in the above article, The Baptists of Rhode Island. Rhode Island showed us the way to draft its legal documents in such a way as to explicitly establish a government under Jesus Christ while honoring the biblical principle of separation of church and state (also called religious liberty, soul liberty, and freedom of conscience).
  7. The Separates and the Baptists in New England (Section IV, Chapter 7 of God Betrayed)
  8. From New England to the South (Section IV, Chapter 8 of God Betrayed). Photo of Shubal Stearns preaching at Sandy Creek, North Carolina follows. His preaching led to a great revival which resulted in the planting of untold numbers of Baptist churches throughout the south. Shubal Stearns
  9. To Virginia (Section IV, Chapter 9 of God Betrayed).
    Click the following link to read what James Madison thought of union of church and state: Memorial and Remonstrance Against Religious Assessments.
    Click the following link to read what Thomas Jefferson thought of union of church and state: The Virginia Act for Establishing Religious Freedom
    Click here to read President James Madison’s letter explaining why he vetoed a bill to incorporate a church in the District of Columbia.
    Have you ever read these very important documents in Christian revisionist literature? Find out much more about these and other historical facts in Virginia by reading Section IV, Chapter 9 of God Betrayed which is reproduced in the above article, To Virginia.
  10. To the new nation (Section IV, Chapter 10 of God Betrayed). Photo of Leland Madison Memorial Park:
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  11. Conclusion to “The History of Religious Freedom in America” (Section IV, Chapter 11 of God Betrayed)

For Jerald Finney’s audio teachings on the above, click the following link:
“The History of the First Amendment”

010610 An Abridged History of the First Amendment. Since this topic is so vast, this article is longer than most articles on this blog—21 single spaced pages, excluding endnotes (not so long considering the wealth of information distilled on this vital subject). Sadly, very few Christians know the facts presented in this history. Tragically, few Christians want to know it. To fully understand the issue of separation of church  and state, one must have knowledge of the history of the First Amendment.

E. Articles on Supreme Court Religion Clause jurisprudence (In other words, articles explaining what the Supreme Court has done with the religion clause of the First Amendment)(Part Two, Section V of God Betrayed: Separation of Church and State/The Biblical Principles and the American Application).

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  1. Introduction to “Religion Clause Jurisprudence” 
  2. The 19th Century Supreme Court interpretation of “separation of church and state” 
  3. Application of the First Amendment to the states: 1868-1947 
  4. Separation of God and state: 1947-2007 
  5. Conclusion to “Religion Clause Jurisprudence” 

For Jerald Finney’s audio teaching on the above, click the following link:
Supreme Court Religion Clause Jurisprudence  

F. Articles on “God Betrayed: Union of Church and State in America” (Part Two, Section VI of God Betrayed/Separation of Church and State: The Biblical Principles and the American Application):

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Pastor Jason Cooley calls 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. For one who has some concept of the biblical principles involved, the author was encouraged to write Separation of Church and State: God’s Churches: Spiritual or Legal Entities?, a 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. This study presents both books.

  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 ofSeparation 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

For Jerald Finney’s audio teachings on the above, click the following link:
God Betrayed: Union of Church and State in America

Information on Books by Jerald Finney:

God Betrayed/Separation of Church and State: The Biblical Principles and the American Application (Link to preview of God Betrayed) may be ordered from Amazon by clicking the following link: God Betrayed on Amazon.com or from Barnes and Nobel by clicking the following link: God Betrayed on Barnes and Noble. All books by Jerald Finney as well as many of the books he has referenced and read may also be ordered by left clicking “Books” (on the “Church and State Law” website) or directly from amazon.com at the following links: (1) Render Unto God the Things that Are His: A Systematic Study of Romans 13 and Related Verses (Kindle only); (2) The Most Important Thing: Loving God and/or Winning Souls (Kindle only); (3) Separation of Church and State/God’s Churches: Spiritual or Legal Entities? (Link to preview of Separation of Church and State/God’s Churches: Spiritual or Legal Entities?) which can also be ordered by clicking the following Barnes and Noble link: Separation of Church and State on Barnes and Noble. Complete ordering information for all books by Jerald Finney is on the “Books Page of Church and State Law” website.

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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:

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