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Legal Packet of “Do It Yourself”
To Establish a
A "FREE CHURCH" of
The Lord Jesus Christ!
In USA, A “Five-Fold” Constitutional; First Amendment, Establishment-of-Religion;A "FREE CHURCH!" Local, Independent, & Unregistered; With Immediate Tax-Exemption;
The Church Legal Packet was prepared by *(See p-2) CambridgeChurchLegalServices@Gmail.com
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Dear Church Founders:
The greatest and most vital growth of Christianity comes from “New Ministries - New Wineskins” as Jesus called them . . . not revival of “Old Wineskins.” Without a doubt, it is easier to “give birth” than “resurrect the dead!”Legal Name of New Church:
We have put together what we believe is the best “Church Planting Packet” available today. It is the best we know how to make. When finished, have a Christian Lawyer look it over for compliance sake.
Dear Leader, we urge you and founding members to read through this packet. Many “Teach Through it” to their people, so everyone understands WHY there is no need to appeal to the IRS for “permission and approval” . . . WHY NOT to incorporate under state authority (this actually invites lawsuits, rather than hinders them!)
WHY? Without a Corporation, someone has to prove evil intent against an individual. . . and this is very difficult to do against any sincere Minister!)
When organized, you may sign and return this very page for your legal “Church Charter.” [Not Mandatory!] It is a beautiful gilt-edged document to hang in your facility, or put among your legal papers, affirming your tax exemption . . . . and there is no charge (though we do ask a “Love Offering” to help us in this Ministry, so we may continue to save New Churches thousands of dollars in getting started quickly, properly, with a Charter Covering, etc.).
We, the undersigned, helped found the New Ministry named above in all sincerity to Preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and return this request for our “Official Charter” with our “Love Offering” in appreciation to Cambridge Theological Seminary & Bible Churches United For Christ. (Each signature below witnessed by another Signatory).
Date of Local Church Founding: __________________________________________
Signature Founding Leader: _____________________________________________
Signature Member/Deacon: _____________________________________________
Cambridge Confederation of Bible Community Churches (CCBCC): 19,676 Affiliated Local Churches world-wide as of 1-1-2012 778 New Churches a Month Used This Packet in 2011;
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Table of Contents
 LEGAL BASIS of a “Five-Fold First-Amendment Free Constitutional Church” - Page-3
 Scriptural Church Structure, Nature, and Function: DEFINITIONS - Pages 4-7
 Church of the Lord Jesus Christ: PREEMINENCE & PURPOSES - Page 8
 Church of the Lord Jesus Christ: PRACTICE & PRINCIPLES - Page 9
 GOD’S GOALS: May be the Most Important Quiz you ever take! - Page 10
 Church of the Lord Jesus Christ: PRAYER PRIORITIES - Page 11
 Church of the Lord Jesus Christ: “CHRIST‘S CALL TO UNITY” - Page 12
 Statement on Inspiration of Scripture, and “APOSTOLIC CALL TO UNITY” - Page 13
 Statement of Faith for “FIRST-CENTURY CHRISTIAN UNITY” - Page 14
 Basic Necessities for a non-incorporated and non-registered Church to function, (considered by states as “Association-Type-Organization” - with the following entities)
[A] Legal Name and Address of Church Office
[B] Definition of Church & Purpose (Mission Statement)
[C] Charter Leadership: Elders & “Full-&-Legally” Ordained Minister(s)
[D] Charter Members: (of Legal Age)
[E] Church Charter by an authoritative Body - Optional
[F] Statement of Faith Regarding the Holy Scriptures
[G] Church Constitution: Rights & Responsibilities
[H] By-Laws Congregational - Robert’s Rules of Orders)
[I] Church Dissolving Statement, Disbursement of Assets
[J] Checking Account and Bank Name and Address
[K] Treasurer-Name & Address
 Local Church with Automatic 501(c)(3) Status: See IRS Publication 1828 “IRS Tax Guide for Churches & Religious Organizations” - p-3, para 3-4 (Appendix);
When finished, have a Christian Lawyer look it over for local zoning/compliance sake.
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***NOTE! We the USA: Claim “Blessings” and “Ordain” Our Constitution!
"WE THE PEOPLE of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, Establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, Provide for the common defense, Promote the general Welfare, And Secure the 'Blessings of Liberty' to Ourselves and our Posterity, 'Do Ordain' and Establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
[SOURCE: Preamble to the Constitution of the United States of America, 1789].
"WE THE PEOPLE Of the Lord Jesus Christ, in Order to form a more perfect Union,Establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, Provide for the common defense, Promote the general Welfare, And Secure the Blessings of Liberty to Ourselves and our Posterity, 'Do Ordain'and Establish this Constitution for this Local Church in the United States of America.
[SOURCE: Preamble to the Constitution of this Local Church, USA].
"Five-Fold Free Constitutional Church" (TM)*"Congress shall make No Law Respecting an ESTABLISHMENT of Religion!" (Local Churches are part of "THE ESTABLISHMENT" of Religion);  Or Prohibit the FREE EXERCISE thereof (Freedom to do Ministry!), Or Abridge the Freedom of SPEECH (Freedom to Preach and Persuade!),  Or Abridge the Freedom of the PRESS (Freedom of God’s Word in Public!),  Or the Right of the People Peaceably to ASSEMBLE, (Freedom to all Assembly!), or Or the Right of the People (Church is People!) to PETITION the Government for a redress of grievances. (see below)
*[LEGAL NOTE: No Law can force Church Members to forfeit these “Constitutional Rights,Just because a Citizen becomes a Member of Christ’s Church,Neither can Churches be forced to give up Political Convictions, Or forfeit heir Constitutional Right to ‘Free-Exercise-&-Full-Express!’]
[SOURCE: First Amendment to the United States Constitution, "Bill of Rights!"].
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*CHURCH: GUARANTEED to SUCCEED!
The CHURCH Prophesied to COMBAT VICTORY by Jesus:
"I WILL BUILD MY CHURCH! And the 'Gates of Hell' shall NOT prevail against it. - Jesus the Christ, Matthew 16:18
[That “Gates” shall not prevail - presupposes the "Walls of Hell" being ATTACKED!]
CHURCH is Prophesied to ETERNAL INCREASE by Isaiah: For unto us a Child is Born, unto us a Son is given: And the Government shall be upon His Shoulder:And His Name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the INCREASE of HIS GOVERNMENT and Peace there shall be no end, Upon the throne of David, and upon his Kingdom, to order it, And to establish it with (by) judgment and with justice From henceforth (from hence, the birth of the son born) even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts WILL perform this.
[NOTE: This is ALL for His FIRST COMING Coming! Note the BIRTH of Jesus!]
- Isaiah Prophesied of the Christ! Isa 9:6-7
CHRIST'S CHURCH DEFINED MAXIMALLY;CHURCH IS NOT: A Corporation, Philosophy, Organization, Business or Public Charity;
CHURCH IS: "EKKLESIA!" (See APPENDIX DOCUMENT #6) The Body of Jesus Christ, with Christ as the “Only Head“ - a “Committed Community of Voting Believers (Koinonia)” baptized into One Body of Christ;
Matt 16:18, 18:16-18, 16:20, Acts 2:41-46, 4:32, 34, Acts 7:38, I Cor 6:15, 12:12, 12:18-27,
CHURCH IS: "PRIESTHOOD!" of Believers ("A Ruling Class"); Ruling and Reigning with Christ who wields a "ROD of IRON!"
1 Pet 2:9, Rev 5:10, Eph 1:22, 4:25, 5:24, 30 Col 1:18, 1:24, Heb 12:23, Acts 15:22, Rev 2, 3 (7-Churches);
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CHRIST'S CHURCH DEFINED MINIMALLY;CHURCH IS NOT: A “physical sanctuary", a building, meeting place, or property.
CHURCH IS: A "Spiritual Sanctuary" - “Where ever two-or-three are gathered together in my Name, there am I in the midst of them” - Lord Jesus the Christ, Matt 16:18, Is the temple of the Holy Spirit! I Cor 3:16, 6:19-20
Jesus Christ to His 12 Apostles, Collectively: Mat 16:15-19
“He saith unto them, (collectively speaking) But whom say ye that I am? And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. And Jesus answered and said unto HIM, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.
And I say also unto THEE ('thee' is plural as Christ was teaching the 12-Apostles. 'Thee', 'Thou', 'Thy' & 'Thine' are all singular-&-plural like the word "you"), That 'thou' (ALL 12) art ‘petros’ (rock foundation, NOT Peter the man!), and upon this foundation)I will build My Church!
[NOTE: Rev 21:14 "...the city had twelve foundations, and in them the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb" Likewise Eph 2:20].
Indisputably, Peter was NOT the whole foundation!
Jesus continues: "And I will give unto thee (plural, 12 Apostles) the keys of the kingdom of heaven: And whatsoever thou (“collectively” not individually) shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven:
and whatsoever thou (“collectively” not individually) shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. Mat 16:15-19
Please note that these are very popular Scriptures, the "Keys of Christ’s Kingdom given to the Church Assembled" - not individuals (Example Acts 15:22).
FACT! No where in Scripture did any human ever bound the devil! (An Angel did Rev 20:1-2) If so, Peter, James or Paul would have bound him from all hindering of God’s people thousands of years ago! Instead they suffered multitudes of martyrs!Our power is to RESIST! James 4:7
If you think you have this personal power, you need to bind him from you, your family, your Church and your nation for all sickness, accident and poverty forevermore! . . . Please read this carefully: Christ addresses His full group of Disciples as a group, as the Church - not as individuals. Compare to Matthew 18:15-19 where Christ again teaches on binding & loosing.
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CHRIST'S CHURCH DEFINED LOCALLY;
CHURCH IS NOT: Denomination, Republic, Dictatorship, a Religious or Singing Club.
CHURCH IS: Ekklesia, Christ’s Government, Those-called-unto-Office Assembled: (APPENDIX DOCUMENT-6)
Jesus Christ to His Disciples Collectively:
Mat 18:15-20 “Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother.
But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.
And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican.
Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye (The Church) shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye (The Church) shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. Again I say unto you (The Church), That if two of you shall agree on earth (The Church making decisions) as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.
For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them (My Church!).Mat 18:15-20
Please note again that these are very popular Scriptures, the “Keys of His Kingdom” Jesus called them a little earlier. (Mat 16:18-20)
Note this context is ONLY the Church assembled, and legally, officially ruling on a matter, and Christ guarantees that whatever they bind here on Earth will be bound in Heaven . . .
[NOTE: This is NOT a "Promise" to fulfill Human Greed for Mansions and Millions$$$.]
Christ encourages them by promising that even if there are only a couple of them who meet to deliberate, whatever they decide and rule upon in agreement, it shall be bound in Heaven just as promised: (I Cor 6:1-9)
It doesn’t take 200-300 . . . just 2 or 3!
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CHRIST'S CHURCH DEFINED LOCALLY;CHURCH IS NOT:
A social club, singing club, worship club, place of entertainment, or "place" - period.
Though Church Assembled may Worship - it is NOT a worship center - True Worship being “submission to”, to “bow to”, "obedient to", "a servant to" and is even translated "work!"
FACT: “Church & Worship” are never mentioned in the same sentence in Scripture! Worship is OBEDIENCE!!! Not singing "I LOVE YOU LORD! Thus Jesus demands: "Why call ye Me Lord, Lord and DO NOT THE THINGS WHICH I SAY!" Luke 6:46
Are YOU and YOUR Church going into "'Streets and Lanes of the city, Highways and Hedges' COMPELLING them to come in that Christ's House might be FILLED? (OR just gather and sing about it?) Jesus commands: "FOLLOW ME! And I will make you to be FISHERS of MEN! From henceforth, thou shalt CATCH MEN!" Matt 4:19, Luke 5:10
CHURCH IS: Christ's Government: A House of Prayer, a House of Judgment, the House of Christ, Isaiah 9:6-7, Mat 21:13, I Cor 6:1-8, Matt 18:16-19, Heb 3:1-6
CHRIST'S CHURCH DEFINED LEGALLY;CHURCH IS NOT: A Corporation, Association or Public Charity (IRS Definition!):
CHURCH DOES NOT ask government for the right to exist, permission to operate, or approval of beliefs and practices.Church meets in the 'Catacombs' if need be!
CHURCH IS: Believers voluntarily joined in Baptized Covenant with called Scriptural leaders, obedient to Word of God in all matters, Spiritually and Corporeally alike!
CHURCH DEFINED OFFICERS/LEADERSCHURCH IS NOT:
Led by “Clergy”, has no “Laity”, no state-decreed “Trustees”, “Superintendents”, “Cardinals”, no “Hired-Employees who flee when the wolf comes" (John 10) and no “Spectators!”
[EVERY person must provide a needed function, compared to the human body where every part and joint supplieth needs! Eph 4:16
CHURCH IS: Led by “God-Called” Ordained Leaders: Apostles (Missionaries! Those "sent-forth!), Prophets, Teachers, Bishops, Elders, Deacons, Evangelists, Pastors, Saints, Lawyers, Presbyters and Councils of the above, as needed by Scripture.
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CHRIST'S CHURCH FUNCTIONS;CHURCHES IN SCRIPTURE DID NOT:
Own property, go in debt, pay interest (strictly forbidden and cursed by God . . . look at our nation!), hire professional clergy, pay salaries, do marriage for government, IRS; NOR seek government approval, permission or funds!
CHURCHES IN SCRIPTURE DID: Geographically assemble in homes, public buildings, or the marketplace; received offerings, fulfilled needs of Community (Acts 6:1-6), with Called Leaders paid by offerings: OBEDIENT TO CHRIST!
CHURCHES DID Disobey government whenever they LIMITED or HINDERED MINISTRY, even when it meant going to jail or took their life! WHY DO WE GIVE IN CONSTANTLY?
[A] Definition of Christ’s Church: “The CHURCH,..."For where two or three are gathered together in My Name (by His Authority to do His Expressed Will!), There am I in the midst of them!" - Jesus Christ, Mat 18:17-20
[B] Christ’s Church & Purpose/Mission Statement “And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying,'All power is given unto me in Heaven and in Earth! Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you:And, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” - Jesus Christ, Mat 28:18-20
[C] Christ Gives Church Authority:“And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in Heaven and in Earth. Go ye therefore, . . . observe (keep-obey) All things whatsoever I have commanded you:" - Jesus Christ, Mat 28:18-20
[D] Scripture: Christ Over Government in Conflict: "Did not we straitly command you that ye should not teach in this name? Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We must obey God rather than men!" - Apostle Peter, Acts 5:28-29
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[E] Jesus Christ: His OVER-RIDING PURPOSE!”"For the Son of Man is come to 'Seek-&-Save that which was lost!” - Jesus Christ, Luke 19:10
"But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd. Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few;" "Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest." - Jesus Christ, Mat 9:36-38 & Luke 10:2
[F] Jesus declares it is “Harvest Time!”
[G] Jesus said: “Behold I send you forth!”"Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: Be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves." - Jesus Christ, Mat 10:16
[H] Christ’s Command to “Go Where they are!”"Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in hither the poor, and the maimed, and the halt, and the blind." ". . . and yet there is room. And the Lord said . . . , Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled." - Jesus Christ, Luke 14:21-23
[I] Christ’s Command to become “Fishers of People!” "And he saith unto them, 'Follow me, and I will make you ‘Fishers of Men’from henceforth thou shalt catch men." - Jesus Christ, Mat 4:19 & Luke 5:10(As many have noticed, if we are following Christ, we WILL be "Fishing" and "Catching" souls!)
[J] Christ’s command to go “Two-by-Two”"The Lord appointed other seventy also, and sent them TWO and TWO;" - Jesus Christ, Luke 10:1
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The most IMPORTANT "3-QUESTION QUIZ" you'll ever Take?
The Adversary’s Goals:
SCRIPTURE: "The ‘Devil’ ... walketh about seeking whom he may DEVOUR." I Pet 5:8
SCRIPTURE:"The ‘Thief’ (Devil) cometh not, but for to steal, to kill and to DESTROY." John 10:10
QUESTION: Do you Believe Satan the Adversary Succeeds?___ Or Fails?___
God the Father’s Goals:
SCRIPTURE: "For God sent NOT His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world though Him might be SAVED! See John 3:16 John 3:17
SCRIPTURE: "Beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, ... The Lord is ... NOT willing that any should perish, but that ALL should come to repentance. 2 Pet 3:9
QUESTION: Do you Believe God the Father Succeeds?___ Or Fails?___
God the Son’s Goals:
SCRIPTURE: "For the Son of Man is come to seek and to SAVE that which is lost!" Luke 19:10 "For I came NOT to judge the world, but to SAVE the world. John 12:47
SCRIPTURE: "And I, if I be lifted up from the Earth, I WILL DRAW ALL men unto Me." John 12:32
QUESTION: Do you Believe God the Son (Jesus Christ): Succeeds?___ Or Fails?___ center>
God the Spirit’s Goals:
SCRIPTURE: Jesus declares: "'I ’WILL’' send Him (Holy Spirit) unto you, and when He is come 'He ’WILL’' testify of Me: John 14:26
SCRIPTURE: "He ’WILL’ reprove the world [convict, convince, correct] of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment: John 16:7
SCRIPTURE: (1) Of sin, because they believe not on me; ... (2) Of righteousness, because I go to my Father; ...(3) Of judgment, because the 'Prince of this World' IS JUDGED![A] John 16:8-10
QUESTION: Do you think God the Spirit Succeeds?___ Or Fails?___
ULTIMATELY, WHO, ACHIEVES STATED GOALS? GOD or Satan?
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[L] Christ’s Prayer Command for His House: "And said unto them, It is written, My House shall be called 'The House of Prayer ';" - Jesus Christ, Mat 21:13
"When you Pray, Say:Thy Kingdom come, Thy Will be done on Earth, As it is in Heaven!" - Jesus Christ, Mat 28:18-20
[M] Christ’s Priority in Our Prayer;
"Then saith he unto his disciples, The Harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; Pray ye therefore the Lord of the Harvest, that he will send forth labourers into His Harvest;" - Jesus Christ, Mat 9:37-38
[N] Christ’s Priority in Our Prayer Requests;
"Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; THAT they all may be ONE; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, THAT they also may be ONE in us: THAT the world may BELIEVE . . .
[O] Christ’s Priority in His Prayer, While Perspiring Blood in the Garden. . . in the "Shadow of the Cross!"
And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; THAT they may be ONE, even as we are ONE: I in them, and thou in me, that THEY may be made perfect in ONE; andTHAT the world may KNOW!"
- Jesus Christ, John 17:20-23
Thus we see the Greatest Burden on the heart of the Bleeding Christ within house of Crucifixion WAS THE UNITY OF HIS CHURCH!
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[P] Christ’s Prayer for Believers’ Unity:See that Christ literally "Sweat Blood" while praying for Believer’s Unity,(and this is the ONLY thing Christ prayed Five Times!)In the Shadow of Cross,Christ wept over Believers’ Pride, and Independent Stubbornness!Our UNWILLINGNESS to "Cooperate for Christ's Cause!" - Jesus Christ, John 17:20-23
[Q] Paul’s Command for Believers’ Unity, 1 Cor 1:10:"Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye 'ALL' speak the 'SAME' thing, and that there be 'NO DIVISIONS' among you; but that ye be PERFECTLY! JOINED! TOGETHER! in the SAME mind and in the SAME judgment." - Apostle Paul, 1 Cor 1:10-11
Paul continues CONDEMNING their DIVISION and DENOMINALTIONALISM!"For it hath been declared unto me … that there are contentions among you…. That every one of you saith, I am of (the Baptist); I am of (Luther); I am of (Wesley); (I am Independent) IS CHRIST DIVIDED?" - Apostle Paul, 1 Cor 1:10-14
[R] Christ’s Guarantee "IF" Divided: "EVERY kingdom (every, includes Christ’s!) Divided against itself is 'brought to desolation'! and EVERY City or House (Including 'The House of God', 'The House of Prayer')DIVIDED (making it be) against itself, shall NOT stand." - Jesus Christ, Mat 12:25
[S] Christ’s Command to Avoid Division: "Ye blind guides! (Pastors/Teachers) Which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel!" - Jesus Christ, Mat 23:24
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[T] Cambridge Statement On Inspiration of Scripture:
THE WORD of GOD: AXIOM-1
"IF" there exists any such thing as 'The Word of God' (and evidence PROVES it exists!)
"THEN" by inherent definition - it must be:Holy, Inspired, Inerrant, Infallible, Indestructible, Inalienable, Immutable, Inexhaustible, Infinitive, Invincible, Impossible-to-Improve: and Eternal! NEVER FAILING and ALL CONQUERING!
DEDUCTING from the simple fact - that God equates His Word with Himself!
"In the Beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God, . . ." John 1:1 (and other Scriptures), Thus the 'Word of God' can have no lesser standard than stated above;
And "IF IT BE NOT" - Holy, Inspired, Inerrant, Infallible, Indestructible, Inalienable, Immutable, Inexhaustible, Infinitive, Invincible, Impossible-to-Improve and Eternal - whatever else it may be . . . it cannot be the Incomparable Word of the Great Creator God!
[U] How to ATTAIN “Believers’ Unity” Christ prayed for?
(1) Obey Christ’s command “not to strain at gnats (trivial) & swallow camels”
(2) Obey Paul’s command “charge them before the Lord that they strive not about words to no profit, but to the subverting of the hearers.”
(3) Obey James’s command “be not many masters (teachers), knowing we shall receive the greater condemnation. For in many things we offend all." James 3:1-2
(4) NewtonStein: James is saying that if we take positions on many things - addressing issues GOD NEVER MENTIONS! - and teach “many things” we WILL “OFFEND ALL” - and receive “greater damnation!”
(5) Follow Paul’s example “For I determined nothing among you save CHRIST & HIM CRUCIFIED!” 1 Cor 2:2
(6) Scripture commands NOT TO ADD TO The Word of God, NO additional doctrines, addressing NO other issues: Deut 4:2, Rev 22:18.
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[V] Faith Foundation to Attain “Believers’ Unity”:
[NOTE: We are NOT promoting nay "Creeds!" Check the 600,000-plus webpage Archives of Cambridge Theological Seminary, and you will see we neither use - nor promote - “Creeds” of any kind.
That being said, in striving to be as Christ-Prayed-in-Gethsemane-Sweating-Blood in order that the “whole World may KNOW & BELIEVE that Jesus is the Christ!”
We see the simple statement below as the most wide-spread and earliest Doctrinal Summary of the Christian faith:
That 'ALL' Bible Believers can agree upon; upon;That 'ALL' Bible Doubters will disagree upon;
“The Apostle’s Creed”(In the Shorter Form, which is the Very Oldest of the several Extant Forms;Perhaps from AD-33. Translated from the Original Greek Language!
WE BELIEVE IN; God The Father Almighty, And in Jesus Christ His Son, Who was Born of the Virgin Mary, Crucified under Pontius Pilate & buried; Who Arose from the dead on the third day (bodily) And Ascended into the Heavens; Who sits (enthroned) at the Right Hand of the Father, And Reigns o’re the "Kingdom of God!" From whence He Shall Come to Judge the quick and dead; And in The Holy Spirit,  And in Christ’s Holy Church, And the Resurrection of the Flesh, with Life Everlasting!
This doctrinal statement is beyond dispute the Oldest Creed, from the Apostolic Generation, and has been used nearly 2000 years:
Memorized by hundreds-of-millions for millennia, said by 1st-Century Christians at *Baptism, by the *Church Assembled, at *Worship, at *Communion and *Death of Believers!
WARNING!**Scripture COMMANDS that we “TEACH NO OTHER DOCTRINE” - which FORBIDS (A) CHANGING it, FORBIDS (B) ADDING to it! - Apostle Paul, 1 Tim 1:3
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[W] The Church Constitution:
Is the Historic Constitution of the Puritan-Pilgrims, "THE MAYFLOWER COMPACT” Adapted by Name and Date to each Local Church; Originally used,By the local Pilgrim's Church at Scrooby, England, 1500’s);
Pilgrim-Puritans' Church Member Covenant:
“In the Name of the Lord Jesus! Amen!” WE, Whose names are underwritten, as Committed Members of this Local Church: _________________________________________ Having undertaken this Local Church Ministry For the Glory of God and Honour of Christ our Saviour, The Advancement of the Christian Faith;
WE, By these presents, Do Solemnly and Mutually in the Presence of God and one of another, Covenant and Combine ourselves together into a 'Civil Body Politic' (Church Government), For our better ordering and furtherance of the ends aforesaid; And by virtue hereof to enact, constitute and frame such just and equal; Laws, Ordinances, Acts, Constitutions and Offices, as shall be believed most fitting and proper; According to the Word of God, for spiritual restoration of this Nation, And unto which We Promise all due Submission and Obedience, As determined by the Will-Of-Majority of the undersigned. In witness whereof we subscribed our names at _______________________, _____________ of the USA, ___________ in the Year of Our Lord _______ WE, Whose names are underwritten, ____________________ ____________________ ________________________________________ ____________________ ________________________________________ ____________________ ________________________________________ ____________________ ________________________________________ ____________________ ____________________
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[I] Specific Information & By-Laws for your “Local Church:”
 Church Name _______________________________________________
 Church Address _____________________________________________
 Founder(s), Minister(s) ______________________________________
 Checking Account Bank Name: ________________________________
 Church Treasurer(s) _________________________________________
 Church Secretaries: _________________________________________
 Church & Minister’s Telephone: Cell ___________________________
Church ________________________ Home_________________________
 Emails: ____________________________________________________
 Website: ___________________________________________________
 FEIN Number: ______________________________________________
 Other: ____________________________________________________
 Other: ____________________________________________________
 Other: ____________________________________________________
 Other: ____________________________________________________
 Other: ____________________________________________________
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[II] Founding Ministers/Leaders/Pastors: ________________________________ ________________________________
[A] Rights & Responsibilities:
[B] Terms of Service:
[C] How Chosen:
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[II] Founding Elders: _______________________________ ________________________________
[A] Rights & Responsibilities
[B] Terms of Service
[C] How Chosen
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[III] Founding Deacons: _______________________________ ________________________________
[A] Rights & Responsibilities
[B] Terms of Service
[C] How Chosen
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[IV] Founding Charter Members: ________________________________ ________________________________
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[A] Rights & Responsibilities
[B] Terms of Members
[C] How Chosen
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[V] Money By-Laws:
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[VI] Secretary & Treasurer’s Responsibilities:
[VII] Business Minutes & Meetings: When, Where, What, by Whom:
[VIII] Congregational Government (Robert’s Rules of Orders):
[X] Church Dissolving Statement, Disbursement of Assets ONLY to Like-Minded Ministry: ABSOLUTE!
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[XI] Missions Programs:
What Ministries will your Local Church Focus on?
[XII] Ministry Programs:
(5) Single parents;
(8) Special Needs;
(9) Soul Winning;
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[Y] Amendments as Needed:
A Scriptural New Testament Church Ministry of Cambridge Theological Seminary (P-26) APPENDIX: DOCUMENT-1: Operating a Church in the USA;
How does a group of “Believers in Christ” operate with the legal status of a CHURCH?
This has been done since the United States of America was founded - and for nearly 2000 years before - without the use of Corporations, Associations, Trusts, or Public Charities.
We will use the term 'Scriptural Church' (some call it a "Free Church!" ) to distinguish it from churches that are corporations, associations, etc.
(Please realize that our use of the term "free church" is not a reference to denominations or groups that use the term "free church" in their title—many of those groups are now incorporated, and some adopted that term in relation to being "Free from Slavery"n previous generations).
A 'Scriptural Church' needs a legal existence so that its members can receive offerings, disburse them, and take other actions on behalf of Jesus Christ, rather than themselves.
There is no standard government form or laws explaining how to create a free church because governments and courts do not have authority or jurisdiction over them.
There is not even a standard title for the document that creates a Scriptural Church, "Free Church", but names such as Declaration of Establishment, Declaration of Independence, Church Covenant, Establishment of Congregation, etc., can be used.
The name is not as important as the need to clearly and truthfully write what is being done in church and biblical terms (not business or government term!).
In order for a 'Scriptural Church' to have a legal existence, it should have documents that answer the basic questions of: who, what, when, where, why, how and dissolving:
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Functions as Corporation......Functions as Corporation.......Functions as a Church
Uses Debt & Pays Interest....Uses Debt & Pays Interest.....NO Debt, Pays NO Interest
Corporation has CEO............Corporation has CEO............NO Corporation, NO CEO
Considered Public Charity......Considered Public Charity......“The Father’s Business”
Leader is Corp. President......Pastor is Corp. President.......Leader is God-Called-Minister
Led by Board Directors.........Led by Board Directors..........Led by Deacons/Elders
Trustees Legal Authority.......Trustees Legal Authority........Ministers have Legal Authority
Seeks IRS 501-c-3 Approval..Seeks IRS 501-c-3 Approval..Does NOT seek IRS Permission
IRS Defines a Charity...........IRS Defines a Church.............Christ Defines His Church
IRS Defines Officers.............IRS Defines the Ministers.......Christ Defines His Ministers
Silence makes Tax-Exempt....Silence makes Tax-Exempt.....Silence is anti-Scriptural
Can’t support Candidates.....Can’t support Candidates.......Supports all Biblical Candidates
Gov Defines Marriage...........Gov Defines Marriage............God Defines:male/female!
Gov Licenses Marriage.........Gov Licenses Marriage...........Church Approves Marriage
Ministers need License.........Ministers need License..........Ministers need NO License
Ministers file Gov paper........Ministers file Gov Paper..........Ministers file NO papers
Ask Gov Permit to exist.......Asks Gov Permit to exist.........Doesn’t Ask Gov. permission!
Gov Approval ongoing.........Gov Approval ongoing.............Doesn’t Ask Gov. Approval
Which Model Will You Choose?
___PLANNED-PARENTHOOD, ___MODERN CHURCH, ___CHRIST’S CHURCH
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IRS PUBLICATION § 508.
[SOURCE: http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/uscode26/usc_sec_26_00000508----000-.html ]
IRS PUBLICATION § § 508. Special rules with respect to section 501 (c)(3) organizations
(a) New organizations must notify Secretary that they are applying for recognition of section 501 (c)(3) status,
Except as provided in subsection (c), an organization organized after October 9, 1969, shall not be treated as an organization described in section 501 (c)(3)—
(b) Presumption that organizations are private foundations Except as provided in subsection
(c) any organization (including an organization in existence on October 9, 1969) which is described in section 501 (c)(3) and which does not notify the Secretary, at such time and in such manner as the Secretary may by regulations prescribe, that it is not a private foundation shall be presumed to be a private foundation.
(c) Exceptions: Churches
(1) Mandatory exceptions: Subsections (a) and (b) shall not apply to—
(A) churches, and
>> their integrated auxiliaries,
>> and conventions,
>> or associations of churches,
(B) any organization which is not a private foundation (as defined in section 509 (a) and the gross receipts of which in each taxable year are normally not more than $5,000.
(2) Exceptions by regulations
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Definition of Church by IRS for the Purpose of EIN
 For tax purposes, a "church" refers to any organization claiming to be a *church or any *convention or *association of churches.
 The word "church" includes temples, mosques, and other houses of worship.
 To be considered a church for tax purposes:
[A] a group must be part of an organized religion,
[B] must have a mission statement, (Purpose)
[C] and must be formally organized as a distinct legal entity.
Certain characteristics are generally attributed to churches.
• A distinct legal existence and religious history
• A recognized creed, form of worship, and literature of its own
• A definite and distinct ecclesiastical government including a formal code of doctrine and discipline
• An organization of ordained ministers, selected after completing prescribed courses of study
* Established places of worship with regular congregations, religious services, and/or religious instruction for members.
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IRS PUBLICATION § 1828.
Congress has enacted special tax laws applicable
>> to churches,
>> religious organizations,
>> and ministers
In recognition of their unique status in American society and of their rights guaranteed by the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States.
Churches and religious organizations are generally exempt from income tax and receive other favorable treatment under the tax law; However, certain income of a church or religious organization may be subject to tax, such as income from an unrelated business.
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) offers this quick reference guide of federal tax law and procedures for churches and religious organizations to help them voluntarily comply with tax rules. The contents of this publication reflect the IRS interpretation of tax laws enacted by Congress, Treasury regulations, and court decisions.
The information given is not comprehensive, however, and does not cover every situation. Thus, it is not intended to replace the law or be the sole source of information. The resolution of any particular issue may depend on the specific facts and circumstances of a given taxpayer.
In addition, this publication covers subjects on which a court may have made a decision more favorable to taxpayers than the interpretation by the IRS.
Until these differing interpretations are resolved by higher court decisions, or in some other way, this publication will present the interpretation of the IRS.
For more detailed tax information, the IRS has assistance programs and tax information products for churches and religious organizations, as noted in the back of this publication.
Most IRS publications and forms can be downloaded from the IRS Web site at www.irs.gov, or ordered by calling toll-free (800) 829-3676.
Specialized information can be accessed through the Exempt Organizations (EO) Web site under the IRS Tax Exempt and Government Entities division via www.irs.gov/eo or by calling EO Customer Account Services toll-free at (877) 829-5500.
The IRS considers this publication a living document, one that will be revised to take into account future developments and feedback.
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CHURCH IS: "EKKLESIA!"
CHURCH IS: Ekklesia, Christ’s Government, Those-called-unto-Office Assembled: (A) “Ekklesia” has only been - and always been - from 800 BC forward; a congregational-style government of, by, and for, the people.
(B) Ekklesia, CHURCH-in-the-Wilderness (Acts 7:38), at Sinai, Exodus 19, 20.
(C) “Christ’s Church” is for the carrying out of God’s Will as expressed in God’s Word, with God’s Purposes from judging private disputes (Mat 18:15-20) to legal disputes (I Cor 6:1-9).
Thus we are taught to pray: “Thy Kingdom becoming, THY WILL BE DONE ON EARTH, as it is in Heaven!” Jesus, Matt 6:7
(D) Church is Christ’s Government, Court, Care of seniors, and Widows, Orphans, etc., (I Cor 5:1-9, Acts 6:1-4, I Timothy 5:9, James 1:17)
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TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN:
This publication is designed to provide accurate and correct information in regard to starting a true, genuine local Church in the USA. It is offered with the understanding as follows:
>> The publisher is strictly Bible Ministry and is NOT engaged in rendering legal, accounting, or other professional services.
>> We offer this information for your convenience and education;
>> If legal advice or other expert assistance is required, the services of a competent professional person should be sought in your home state;
>> It is the responsibility of all leaders of a new Local Church to learn the laws of their locality and make decisions thereby;
We regret that we are not able to offer specific information or advice by phone or email, but helping 40-New Churches A Day sort out details is far too much for our current staff;
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