First Century Bible Church

First Century Bible Church is a diverse and widely dispersed body of Christian believers, organized in house churches and other congregations around the world, or by virtual fellowship on the Internet, united in a desire to rediscover the faith and practices of the early church as understood from the Hebrew cultural perspective of the Apostles and Disciples of Christ, and committed to affirming church sovereignty under God, independent from government control in all matters of doctrine and church polity, and entrusted by God to exercise its faith assertively and redemptively in all spheres of civil society, including the realms of politics, media, academia, art, commerce, and international relations, for the purpose of advancing the Kingdom of Christ among humankind and preparing the world for His promised return.

Our Beliefs and Practices are published under the auspices of First Century Bible College HERE. In short, we embrace the essentials of the faith as defined in the Revised Nicene Creed of 381, to which we add the behavioral essentials of Biblical marriage and sexuality. Charitable tolerance for differences on non-essentials is vigorously pursued as an aspiration requiring continual discussion, study and prayer as specific issues arise in the body.

Anyone, anywhere can be a member of First Century Bible Church by affirmation of this core doctrinal perspective and registration with the church office (below). Alternatively, congregations of any size or form may register as a body. Membership is not exclusive, and in fact FCBC members are encouraged to maintain membership in other churches to facilitate “cross-pollination” of our philosophy of “unity in the essentials, charity in all else.”

Our Legal and Organizational Structure: As acknowledged in the First Amendment of the United States Constitution, to wit “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,” and as extended by the Fourteenth Amendment, which makes the individual state governments equally subject to the restrictions of the Bill of Rights, the Christian church is a sovereign sphere of human life outside the jurisdiction of government.

First Century Bible Church fully claims and exercises its sovereignty by declining to register under IRS code 501(c)(3). First Century Bible Church was simply declared into existence by Pastor Lively (a retired Christian attorney), who serves as Trustee in all matters, similar to the role of the Apostles in their relationship to the various church networks they founded in the First Century. First Century Bible Church doctrines and polity is ultimately governed by the Holy Bible, and by specific subservient and refinable policy positions derived from it by the inspiration and guidance of the Holy Spirit, and the continually unfolding process of history and prophecy by which God’s plan for mankind becomes ever clearer.

Due to the complexities of banking and other laws which the governments seek to enforce upon churches in violation of the constitution, First Century Bible College, a ministry of Redemption Gate Mission Society, a 501(c)(3) congregation affiliated with First Century Bible Church, serves as Trustee of the assets of First Century Bible Church until such time as it is able to manage its own assets without running afoul of the government.

A Set of 34 Breaking News Bible Study Broadcasts showcase FCBC’s holistic view of Christian church and civic duties HERE or click on the above graphic. For 2021 the name of the show has been changed to Swamp Rangers (a ministry of First Century Bible Church designed to evangelize and disciple conservative populists and other American patriots through teaching and modeling Biblical constitutionalism as it was understood by America’s founding generations).

The above video may be accessed by clicking on the graphic.

The text of this video commentary and a second off-the-cuff video on the same theme may be accessed HERE
In this video, Dr. Lively talks about “sincerely held religious belief” as perhaps the strongest basis for non-compliance with potential vaccine mandates, and has drafted the “Declaration and Doctrine of First Century Bible Church on Governmental Health Mandates Including Vaccines” for his church, and invites believers everywhere to join and or register with the church if they agree with its basic non-denominational philosophy and this document, as a means of establishing and documenting their own doctrinal position now, before they find themselves in the future situation of deciding to defy a mandatory vaccine order when the sincerity of their belief may be called into question. Membership in FCBC is not exclusive, and in fact members are encouraged to have membership in a local congregation for more personal fellowship than an Internet-based network can provide, and for “cross-pollination” of the FCBC philosophy of “unity in the essentials, charity in all else” and its philosophy that Christians are to be salt and light in all spheres of society including business, politics and culture.

Declaration and Doctrine of First Century Bible Church on Government Health Mandates Including Vaccines

First Century Bible Church’s policy on governmental mandatory edicts rests upon two
pillars as its foundation: the Bible as the inerrant Word of God, and America’s Bible-based founding documents, the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, both of which honor the liberty of individuals to pursue their own happiness subject to the revealed guidance of God and, among other things, to determine for themselves what, if any, health measures they wish to pursue.

Our Church believes in the absolute sovereignty of God in all things, and His delegation
of authority to human beings over the control of their own minds and bodies (Colossians
1:16–17; 1 Corinthians 6:19-20). We believe we possess both the God-given ability to
reason and the gift of free will to make our own choices regarding our lives, inclusive of
our health and well-being, and that individuals should be the ones to make their own
decisions pertaining to any and all medical services and medications, including all
decisions regarding vaccines no matter what conditions—including pandemics—may be

The choice to use or accept any forms of external intervention to address any mental or
physical health problem remains a sacred personal right, notwithstanding the opinion of
other people, including medical professionals and government officials. Regarding the
question of Covid 19 vaccines and other emerging medical technologies, we hold that
the use of any product containing or derived from the remains of unborn babies
terminated by abortion is absolutely forbidden and that knowingly accepting such a
product into one’s body is to become an accessory to murder, subject to the full force of
Biblical law (Proverbs 28:17; 1 Samuel 3:13).

Furthermore, any medical product designed to alter one’s genetic code or to create a
“biometric” or comparable mark or other identifier by which one can be tracked by
government or its agents is also absolutely forbidden as a surrender to idolatry. If such
mark is not technically the Mark of the Beast warned against in Scripture, it is so close in
form and substance as to be at least preliminary preparation for it, if not a binding
spiritual substitute (Revelation 19:20; 1 Corinthians 8:4-7).

In summary, we recognize only God as our ultimate authority in all things, and that He
has delegated to each of us authority over our own lives and choices in matters of
health, including that of vaccines, and we hold that the serious, potentially eternal
consequence attaching to our choices, strongly outweighs any dictate of government to
the contrary.

This Declaration shall serve as effective notice of demand for religious accommodation
to exempt the bearer from receiving any mandated vaccine or other invasive identifier
such as ID2020, upon presentation by a member of First Century Bible Church or its registered affiliate congregations to any government or public health authority.

Scroll down to learn about becoming a member of First Century Bible Church with the right to officially claim this declaration as your personal religious doctrine.


Pastor Lively Gives his Christian Testimony

Pastor Lively on Preparing for the Underground Church


Our congregation is diverse and global. Membership requires only agreement with what we view as the essentials of the faith, as articulated above, and carries with it the expectation that members will assist in the financial support of the church as they are led by the Holy Spirit.

Because we view our role as encompassing both open and underground believers and congregations, registration of membership is optional, but if one of your reasons for joining the church is to claim your religious right to refuse the Covid 19 vaccine, registration would help you to assert that right in good faith if the need arose. Upon registration you can print a Certificate of Membership bearing the date of your acceptance.


Register as an individual member, a family, an affiliate congregation. Or register your adoption of the church doctrine on vaccine policy (without becoming a member) by checking the **asterisk box in the “Statement of Affirmation” Section below.

Download a PDF Version of the Declaration and Doctrine of First Century Bible Church on Government Health Mandates Including Vaccines here…