A State Ministry License Usurps
God's Control Over The Ministry

Applying for a ministry license or a pastor license is one of several ways that churches cross constitutional boundaries to seek and consent to government control and censorship.

A minister's license...or a pastor license...is the way the minister becomes an uncompensated agent of the issuing state legislature rather than an agent of God. A licensed minister's first accountability is to the state rather than to God.

The 501c3 application is the way the church seeks federal control and censorship of the ministry and its activities, especially First Amendment activities.

Ministers and churches must seek...apply for...and consent to this government control because it cannot be imposed on them without violating the anti-establishment clause of the First Amendment to the Constitution.

First look at the ministry license in light of what a license actually is...

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What exactly is a license?

We turn to Black's Law Dictionary (6th edition) and see that there are several ways of defining a license...

  1. Leave to do a thing which the [state] could prevent.
  2. Permission to do a particular thing, the exercise a certain privilege or to carry on a particular business or to pursue a certain occupation.
  3. Permission to do an act, which, without such permission would be illegal...or otherwise not allowable.

All of these things can only be "illegal" after the minister has sought and obtained a license. The minister cannot violate licensing statutes unless he or she first seeks to be governed by those statutes.

Because the First Amendment makes it plain that the state cannot prevent a non-licensed minister from ministering.

A minister exercising his or her religious function is not a privilege bestowed at the whim of a state legislature. It is an unalienable right bestowed by God.

A minister needs no state permission to exericse a religious right which the state cannot infringe upon.

The state can only prevent a minister from doing those things which the minister consents to by seeking state control through a ministry license.

The minister must seek God's permission, not the state's, in order to do effective ministry.


To seek the state's permission to perform as a minister is a violation of the First Commandment on three counts...

How a ministry license violates the First Commandment

  1. Thou shalt not have strange gods before me. When state law, rather than God's law controls the minister, and the minister is accountable to the state, the state becomes a "strange god" who must be appeased and obeyed even when its regulations conflict with God's requirements.
  2. God freed his people from slavery to the Egyptian state. Ministers who govern their activity by state regulations are uncompensated, indentured servants (i.e. slaves) of the state. They have returned to servitude against God's requirement that they not be enslaved by others or to embrace slavery by their own actions.
  3. According to the First Amendment and the First Commandment, religious authority cannot be granted, governed, controlled or removed by the state without the specific consent of the minister.

Even the Israelites had to give their consent to God for him to free them...and many wanted to remain slaves of the Egyptians...

Why did you bring us out of Egypt?
Did we not tell you this in Egypt when we said:
"Leave us alone, let us serve the Egyptians?"
Far better for us to be slaves of the Egyptians
than to die in the desert.(Ex 14:11-12)

When ministers seek the illusion of government protection (rather than Constitutional protection) through government control and regulation via a ministry license, they are not only crossing constitutional boundaries to their detriment but also demonstrating a lack of faith in God's providence.

When they seek a ministry license, they become controlled agents of the state and its political agenda, rather than agents of God and his redemptive agenda.

Every minister, lay or ordained, has to make a choice whether to serve God or mammon. It's one or the other, not both.

A ministry license puts "strange gods" before God.

For more on state control of religion visit the marriage license application page.

You can also go from this ministry license page to separation of church and state.

Or you can...



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