Template:Sacred Purpose Trust
A Sacred Purpose Trust
- "... In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established." 2 Corinthians 13:1
When property or assets are to be held by a Church or its entrusted ministers, there are different methods for the protection of the Church and congregation, both externally and internally. Christ had a plan and we may see it in the Biblical text if we examine the historical record and are willing to look at all things anew.
Much of what you may read or hear in these studies for the first time may not seem correct because you are unfamiliar with the terms and arrangements of the different steps in forming the Church. There are reasons for almost everything and to get more explanations and clarifications join the Network.
There are additional documents and procedures offered by His Holy Church to protect the sacred purpose of the Church established by Jesus the Christ. There are many things put in place because of the permanent nature of obtaining and holding the beneficial interest in real property. But the purpose must always be rooted in The Way of Christ which is to teach us how to serve one another in the righteousness of His love.
Sacred is defined "connected with God (or the gods) or dedicated to a religious purpose and so deserving veneration." But of course, there are gods many according to Paul the Apostle and certainly many purposes for trusts.
Anything given for Christ's prescribed purposes is counted as given to Him. He was separate from the world. If what is given is completely given to men who are also separate from the world the offering is considered to be consecrated. Making an offering has been one of the earliest forms of expressing our relationships with men and with God. Those original “burnt offerings” were actually gifts freely given up entirely into the control of other unregulated men.
- - Consecrate. To declare or set apart as sacred. 2. Eccles. a. To change (the elements of the Eucharist) into the body and blood of Christ. b. To initiate (a priest) into the order of bishops. 3. To dedicate to a given goal or service. 4. To make venerable. adj. Dedicated to a sacred purpose; sanctified. The American Heritage® Dictionary: Fourth Edition. 2000.
- - Sanctification, 1. The act of making holy. In an evangelical sense, the act of God’s grace by which the affections of men are purified or alienated from sin and the world, and exalted to a supreme love to God. ... 2 Thess. 2. 1Peter 1. 2. The act of consecrating or of setting apart for a sacred purpose; consecration.
- SANCTIFY, v.t. Low L. sanctifico; from sanctus, holy, and facio, to make. 1. In a general sense, to cleanse, purify or make holy. 2. To separate, set apart or appoint to a holy, sacred or religious use... 4. To separate, ordain and appoint to the work of redemption and the government of the church. John 10. 5. To cleanse from corruption; to purify from sin; to make holy be detaching the affections from the world and its defilements, and exalting them to a supreme love to God. Sanctify them through thy truth; thy word is truth. John 17. Eph. 5. 6. To make the means of holiness; to render productive of holiness or piety. Those judgments of God are the more welcome, as a means which his mercy hath sanctified so to me, as to make me repent of that unjust act. 7. To make free from guilt... To secure from violation. ... To sanctify God, to praise and celebrate him as a holy being; to acknowledge and honor his holy majesty, and to reverence his character and laws. Is. 8. God sanctifies himself or his name, by vindicating his honor from the reproaches of the wicked, and manifesting his glory. Ezek. 36. 
Like a will, deed or testament the terms are often written out like a contract with details concerning what should and can be done.
It has been stated that “As a general proposition, it may be asserted that one who creates a trust may mold it into whatever form he pleases, and that whatever one may lawfully do himself he may authorize another to do for him”. And that “Doing so requires no benefit, privilege or franchise from any government or other outside-party; and, therefore the parties owe no duty to any government or other outside-party to the extent that no common-law criminal or civil wrong is the purpose”. HARWOOD V. TRACY, 118 Mo. 631, 24 S.W. 214, 216; see also SHAW V. PAINE, 12 Mass. 293; “. . . a person who creates a trust may mould it into whatever form he pleases.” PERRY ON TRUSTS, I, §§ 67, 287 (4th Amer. ed.); UNDERHILL ON TRUSTS, p. 57 (Amer. ed.). See HALE V. HENKEL, 201 U.S. 43, 74 (1906). Reports of Cases Determined by the Supreme Court of the State of Missouri, Volume 118 p 636
Uniform Church Guidelines and Ministrative Guidelines written with these same principles of liberty and responsibility are provided to Churches for the holding of property and the management of assets. Additional procedures, training, and assistance are provided by ordained ministers.
It is important to realize that if a Church is to be free and autonomous under God, it must belong to God. There is no precedent for giving an offering to God and still controlling that offering. Things given must be given entirely. The Church must belong to Christ and Our Father if it is to be free.
For any government to function, there must be participation by the people in the supply and demand of services. The titular leaders of a free government, unlike the governments of the world, cannot be given power to exercise authority over how much or when the people entrust their ministers with their contributions. Christ commanded that His appointed ministers not “exercise authority”. When the people lose their daily right to choose, the power of choice, they are made subjects.
What is given is given completely, like a burnt offering or bread cast upon the water, but the free will choice to give must remain with the people. The choice and manner of service provided by that gift must remain entirely with the minister, who is a servant of God. In essence, this form of sacred purpose trust, with the minister as the steward (a kind of trustee), is at the foundation of His Church.
If a church has a need for a financial account it will need to select an acting minister and alternates to fulfill those duties if the acting minister became incapacitated. There must be at least one ordained minister of the Church acting as overseer. The Holy Spirit is our Protector, but if there is no named protector an officer(or officers) of a state might be tempted to assume jurisdictional control of the Church.
Although we have referred to this arrangement as a ‘Sacred Purpose trust’ the emphasis is not on the word ‘trust’ but upon the words ‘Sacred Purpose’. In one sense it is like an altar of God and should not be confused with a statutory trust that could be regulated by the State. An offering is entrusted to the control of the minister, but the status of the overseer is critical to the autonomy of that altar of the Church.
Since the offerings are entirely given to God, under the control of the minister of trust, the people’s act of faith is not like a grantor trust. The corpus of the gift may only return to the people by way of hope and charity. The gift is like that bread cast upon the water, or the burnt offerings upon the altars of the past. Once an offering is given the minister of this sacred altar of the Church must choose how it shall be used like those unregulated or unhewn stones of those ancient living altars of worship.
The daily free election to grant a visible offering to God in love of your neighbor to a titular minister chosen by the individuals as a representative of Christ is a sacred purpose trust allows the people to remain at liberty in free assemblies. The communion of such a community is the Eucharist of Christ. That offering is not a fee or poll tax but freewill offerings of the people, by the people and for the people in any amount to express the measure and “substance” of our faith and trust in the ability of the minister to do God’s service to the congregations of the people.
But since the ministers do not exercise authority over the people or even over one another they must be given a covering by the people. The documentation offered by the people gives credence to the ministers who also gather in free assemblies of tens. That covering of the Sacred Purpose Trust Form is the breeches of the Levites provided by the people.
- Definition from Webster’s American Dictionary of the English Language, 1828.
- Fundamental Church Guidelines Appendix 10.
- Ministrative Guidelines Appendix 11.