The Non 501 C 3 Church
A 501(c) organization, also known colloquially as either a 501(c) or a "nonprofit", is an American tax-exempt nonprofit organization. Section 501(c) of the United States Internal Revenue Code (26 U.S.C. § 501(c)) provides that 28 types of nonprofit organizations are exempt from some federal income taxes. Sections 503 through 505 set out the requirements for attaining such exemptions. Many states refer to Section 501(c) for definitions of organizations exempt from state taxation as well.
It is my honest belief that part of the reason why our country has "gone down the tubes" is because our churches have been afraid to speak out against the evils of society which our government endorses. Many politicians would not have been elected if the churches stood up and said, "Don’t vote for this candidate because he endorses abortion" and also address other such issues. If a 501(c) 3 speaks out or gets politically active they endanger their 501 C 3 Statuses.
I've been an Ordain Minister for 3 years now and been an evangelist for the past 13. God may be calling me back to a church House and I want to talk to more pastors of non 501(c) 3's because in my experience a 501 C 3 is not under the authority of God but the Federal Government. (See 5 Videos Below)
People don't realize how insidious the arrangement is. If you really consider how much control they can exert on a given church can be enormous. A church cannot just say I want out of this Status. If they try that they can be forced to repay all monies that have been tax exempted in the past. All offerings, taxes not paid on land, taxes not paid on salaries and materials bought with their tax exempt status will be recouped. So if they built a building they would have to pay all the back taxes on material and write offs they were given for that building, also. This is not the end of it because they will be responsible for the “interest” also. This could lead up to the seizure of church building, property, and assets.
I personally do not want to be equally yoked with the government. With a 501(c) church you are under the state and federal government's authority first instead of God's authority. The bible states 2 Corinthians 6:14 (KJV), 14 “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? And what communion hath light with darkness”?
I talked to a lawyer with multiple years of counseling experience and he states “the fear of losing the 501 C 3 tax exemption by getting into 'politics' is so great, that it has gagged our ministers into silence about the important issues of our day. Since tax law says you can lose that tax exempt status if you engage in politics, most preachers avoid anything that might be perceived as 'too political.' That's why you won't hear most preachers endorse a candidate anymore.”
In this manner, the fascist/socialist left has paralyzed what would otherwise be a great political force in American life. Whether it was intentional or not, that has been the result of federal income tax policy. The very idea that one can divorce actions from beliefs is stupid. Our beliefs inform and direct our actions in life; we all act on our beliefs. For ministers to preach a belief but avoid preaching its implications in our daily lives--that is, what actions we should or should not take, is an abdication of their job as preachers, in my view. I just read a great article on this topic;
I hope you will too:
He says it well, so I don't need to here.
According to that article: Our second President, John Adams, stated: “It is the duty of the clergy to accommodate their discourses to the times, to preach against such sins as are most prevalent, and recommend such virtues as are most wanted."
Martin Luther put it this way: “If I profess with the loudest voice and clearest exposition every portion of the truth of God except precisely that little point which the world and the devil are at the moment attacking, I am not confessing Christ, however boldly I may be professing Christ. Where the battle rages, there the loyalty of the soldier is proved."
All that said, recall the last election and Obama's minister, Rev. Wright. That guy was extremely political in his sermons. Yet his church was never attacked by IRS to revoke its tax exempt status. Why do you think that is? Because his church was black and leftist. Clearly, the tax law is being selectively enforced.
Conservative churches are singled out for scrutiny while leftist ones are not. This is yet another form of government tyranny of our times. And it must be put to an end if liberty is ever to be had in this country again.
I believe many churches go the "tax exempt" route because they don't really understand the tax law. They're afraid they won't be able to receipt tithes to the church, but that is simply not true. I have seen new churches planted before and have studied the regulations concerning 501(c)3 status, and as long as a church is actively involved in carrying out the functions of a church, such as services, weddings, funerals, etc. then they are considered a valid church in the eyes of the IRS, even without a 501(c)3.
Churches: “Although a church, its integrated auxiliaries, or a convention or association of churches is not required to file Form 1023 to be exempt from federal income tax or to receive tax deductible contributions, the organization may find it advantageous to obtain recognition of exemption. In this event, you should submit information showing that your organization is a church, synagogue, association or convention of churches, religious order, or religious organization that is an integral part of a church, and that it is engaged in carrying out the function of a church."
Historically speaking in America after 1953 there are very few churches that are not under government supervision and censorship. Applying for 501 C 3 disestablishes the organization as a church and makes it a tax haven for the congregation. Most ministers, not trusting in God to provide for their ministry, entice donations by creating personal tax advantages for their constituents.
That means 501 C 3 churches are commercial and political in nature and not religious.
That sort of political/commercial activity is allowed by the IRS, while attempts to influence with donations and sermons those politicians who would uphold religious morality is forbidden, if the church wants to maintain its commercial status.
This means that such churches cannot speak God's truth about his law to human-created governments. And that appears to be just fine with most Christians.
Some people form bible study groups in their homes and those are like the original churches. However, some local governments are fining those who host such meetings on the grounds that they violate Local Street parking ordinances. Of course, that policy violates the freedom of assembly clause of the First Amendment. But, unfortunately, most Americans don't know that, having never read our short and to-the-point Constitution, and so cannot defend themselves, or their right to practice their religion.
Hosea said: “My people perish for want of knowledge" Hosea 4:6.
The reality is that you may have to bond with others of like thinking and form your own church. If the congregation does not know their God-given rights, and offer prayers of thanksgiving for them, then they should arrange to meet someplace that has sufficient off-street parking.
You see the early Christians in the Bible met in each other's homes (Philemon 1:2), they were not State-licensed organizations. The Church is not a business!
The L.A. Times has just reported that local ministers are being asked to spread the word about the upcoming digital TV switch. Standing in the pulpit of Mount Moriah Baptist Church in South Los Angeles FCC Commissioner Jonathan S. Adelstein asked the Baptist Ministries Conference of Los Angeles (nearly 50 African American preachers) to include information on the June 12 digital TV switch in their sermons. Woodie Ramsey, a deacon at Southern Missionary Baptist Church of South East Los Angeles, said the ministers were prepared to spread the word: "It's incumbent upon each church to take care of the needs of its ministry, and this is just one more need for our people," he said. "We'll do our part."
In a shocking twist, "The Worldwide Church of God" has refused to divulge how many of its pastors are now on the FEMA payroll, after a member expressed concerns about religious leaders being used to condition their congregation to accept the declaration of martial law.
In a May 2006 a story first broke (& has since been confirmed) the shocking news that FEMA was training pastors and other religious representatives to become secret police enforcers who teach their congregations to obey the government in preparation for a declaration of martial law, property and firearm seizures, and forced relocation. A KSLA news report confirmed that 'Clergy Response Teams' are being trained by the federal government to quell dissent and pacify citizens to obey the government in the event of a declaration of martial law. We will also be covering many more topics that relate to this subject.
Please take the time out to view the videos below:
In closing it was Lyndon B. Johnson that begin the Tax Exemption status known as the 501 C 3 for churches . Johnson was no ally of the church. As part of his political agenda, Johnson had it in mind to silence the church and eliminate the significant influence the church had always had on shaping "public policy."
Although Johnson proffered this as a "favor" to churches, the favor also came with strings attached (more like shackles). One need not look far to see the devastating effects 501 C 3 acceptance has had to the church, and the consequent restrictions placed upon any 501 C 3 churches. 501 C 3 churches are prohibited from addressing, in any tangible way, the vital issues of the day.
Did the church ever need to seek permission from the government to be exempt from taxes? Were churches prior to 1954 taxable? No, churches have never been taxable. To be taxable a church would first need to be under the jurisdiction, and therefore under the taxing authority, of the government. The First Amendment clearly places the church outside the jurisdiction of the civil government: "Congress shall make NO LAW respecting an establishment of religion, nor prohibiting the free exercise thereof."
Churches Have a Mandatory Exception To Filing Tax Returns
Not only is it completely unnecessary for any church to seek 501C 3 status, to do so becomes a grant of jurisdiction to the IRS by any church that obtains that State favor.
In the words of Steve Nestor, IRS Sr. Revenue Officer (ret.):
"I am not the only IRS employee who’s wondered why churches go to the government and seek permission to be exempted from a tax they didn't owe to begin with, and to seek a tax deductible status that they've always had anyway. Many of us have marveled at how church leaders want to be regulated and controlled by an agency of government that most Americans have prayed would just get out of their lives. Churches are in an amazingly unique position, but they don’t seem to know or appreciate the implications of what it would mean to be free of government control."
From the Forward of the book “In Caesar's Grip”, by Peter Kershaw
The church is the most powerful organization on Planet Earth. It's time to return the church back to the power of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and operate under His power and influence.