Incorporation

Not only should the church fight for the freedom of incorporated existence, but Christians need to establish a wide variety of Christian foundations to meet their wide-flung responsibilities in Christ. Educational foundations to further the promotion of Biblical faith and knowledge are needed. Christian charitable trusts to minister to the needs of the poor, prisoners, the sick, delinquents, and more are urgently needed. Hospitals are a product of Christian corporate activity to minister to human need; they were once all Christian. There is a need to reclaim this ministry which, in humanistic hands, has become increasingly a problem.

Christian corporations or foundations were once the ministries in the spheres of health, education, and welfare, and there is a growing return to responsibilities in these areas. These agencies use God’s tax, the tithe, to exercise government in key spheres of life in the name of Christ. They are outside the sphere of statist taxation and control, because they are areas of Christ’s Kingdom and government.

We have a weak doctrine of corporation today because we have a weak doctrine of the body of our Lord, and of communion. If we limit the doctrine of corporation to the institutional church, we limit the scope of Christ’s work in the world. To incorporate means to give body to something; we need to incorporate our faith into the total context of our world and to minister and govern in our various spheres in Christ’s name and power.

Incorporation
By R. J. Rushdoony
Chalcedon Position Paper No. 50, May 1984

It’s time to Christianize the world.

The Kingdom of God must expand, starting today. And Christians are called to put their back into it.

The Kingdom of God must expand, not at the point of a gun — “Who do you think you are? Marxists?” — but with good works and a robust expansion of an era of liberty and co-operation, without grovelling before the fake-god Universal Institutional State, or a fake-god Universal Institutional Church.

I assume that as the Body of Christ, we will not be so stupid as to worship ourselves, but only our head, Jesus Christ.

Scripture tells us that the Holy Spirit works through the renewing of the mind. We must therefore be disciplined in our thinking according to what Scripture teaches. And Scripture does not teach Reformation. It teaches Exodus. There have been no Reformations in the history of the Church, only Exoduses and new beginnings.

But there is an even greater danger waiting for us here than merely being led astray in our language and thinking, namely, that at least for a great many Christians the real reason they refuse to leave Egypt is that they have made an idol out of it and they prefer idolatry to liberty, because as John Owen so aptly put it, the Church is the greatest idol that ever was in the world.

The Reformation never happened. The Reformers wanted it, desperately, but they did not get it. They asked God for a stone, but he gave them bread instead (Mt. 7:9). “If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?” (Mt. 7:11). We need an Exodus not a Reformation, and we need to pray for an Exodus not a Reformation, because God will not give us a Reformation and we need to pray according to Scripture and God’s will.

CHRISTIAN RENAISSANCE: WHY THERE NEVER WAS A REFORMATION
Stephen C. Perks

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