Can churches teach and act on the beliefs that they think God has inspired them to communicate to society and live by? A commissioner of the EEOC, Chai Feldblum, said in 2016 that, “There can be a conflict between religious liberty and sexual liberty, but in almost all cases, sexual liberty should win.” Church Autonomy Doctrine states that government officials are not allowed to interfere in ecclesiastical matters in 4 areas: 1. Church government, 2. Doctrine, 3. Membership, 4. Employment decisions. It is important to understand what the laws are, how they are applied and how to act toward people in love. Kevin Theriot helps you protect your church from legal challenges by giving you information and direction for creating and updating your by-laws, facility use policies and membership agreements.
Legal and Political Issues in the Church
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In the United States today, it is important to protect your church from legal liability in areas of ministry, facility use, and membership. Kevin Theriot gives you some direction in how to do this by how you set up your policies, by-laws, and membership agreements. Dr. Jeffrey Ventrella explains that the Constitution protects the church from the state, and he encourages the church to address both issues and individuals in the political process.