It has recently been argued to me that, in the various states, because the Uniform Marriage and Divorce Act(s), the Uniform Child Custody Justice Enforcement Act(s), and because most congregations (and denominations) have formed non-profit corporations (in the USA congregations usually become 501(c)3 non-profit corporations for tax purposes) visible, institutional churches are in these compromised by an unholy alliance with and/or submission to the state. I’m familiar with the latter claim, that by gaining status as a corporation a church makes itself a “creature of the state.” I’ve also seen this claim disputed. It would be useful to have some thoughtful responses from both sides on this. I’m not familiar, however, with the argument that by submitting to the various state versions of the UCCJEAs and UMADAs that ministers and churches have compromised their integrity and independence from the state. In this connection it has been argued to me that ministers should not acting as agents of the state in conducting weddings. If I understand the argument it seems that at least one other implication is that state-sanctioned weddings are also illegitimate for Christians. These are not rhetorical questions. The argument claims that these acts have changed significantly in recent years thus making them problematic for believers. I’m not a lawyer and don’t play one on the web. Are you familiar with such claims? Are these claims legitimate or are they part of some radical separatist (conspiracy-theorist) movement? Again, it would be helpful to have thoughtful input to help us sort through the issues.