This book is for pastors and Christians who deeply love the Lord and seek to please Him by organizing the churches they belong to according to Biblical principles. The Lord Jesus-whom the Bible likens to the Husband, Bridegroom, and Head of His churches-"loved the church and gave himself for it; That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word" (Ep. 5.25-26). Believers should follow the example of Paul who stated to the churches, "For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ" (II Co. 11.2). Read and learn principles Christians need to know in order to keep the churches they belong to pure and chaste. Jerald Finney is lead counsel for the Biblical Law Center ("BLC"). The goal of the BLC is to help churches in their efforts to honor Jesus Christ by structuring themselves as New Testament churches according to biblical principles. God has prepared him practically, academically, and spiritually for this calling. He grew up in the Texas Panhandle, where he worked on farms as a child growing up. Since graduating from high school, he has earned his BBA degree from Texas Tech, served as an Army Officer in Viet Nam, worked for the railroad, and owned and operated a small business. Since the Lord saved him in 1982, he has been a faithful church member and a diligent student of the Bible. God called him to the legal profession, and he received his JD degree from the University of Texas Law School in 1993. Since then, he has consistently striven to study and apply principles from the Word of God as he has served the Lord in the legal arena.
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