Wednesday, April 28, 2021

When Will Churches Be Empowered to Stop Tyranny? 

When Will Churches Be Empowered to Stop Tyranny? The simple answers is this: when they are willing to give up their tax-exempt status.

In 1954, then-senator Lyndon Baines Johnson sponsored and promoted legislation that added Section 501(c)(3) to the United States Internal Revenue code. By requiring churches to incorporate so that donations received are exempt from taxes (and so that donors may deduct donations to their churches at tax time) the government now essentially "licenses" churches. If a church is found in violation of any of the 501(c)(3) provisions it risks losing its tax-exempt status, incurring "excise taxes", and/or paying back taxes from which it was previously exempt.

The IRS website page entitled, Exemption Requirements - 501(c)(3) starts out with this leading paragraph:

To be tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, an organization must be organized and operated exclusively for exempt purposes set forth in section 501(c)(3), and none of its earnings may inure to any private shareholder or individual. In addition, it may not be an action organization, i.e., it may not attempt to influence legislation as a substantial part of its activities and it may not participate in any campaign activity for or against political candidates. See link to IRS page.

In other words, a church's tax exempt status precludes the church from criticizing government policies or officials.

By incorporating and obtaining 501(c)(3) status, a church self-imposes a gag order. It is no longer free to advocate the will of God if God's will doesn't align with that of the government.

When will a church be free to criticize government policies, laws, and mandates? When will a church be able to resist unlawful mandates, unconstitutional laws, and immoral policies dictated by governmental bodies or officials? When will a church be free to advocate for policies that align with the Ten Commandments and fully worship God rather than the state?

Answer: Only when a church is willing to give up its tax exempt status and thereby become a pariah to the state. When that day comes, such a church will no doubt face major persecution at the hand of the government. But it will also then be able to draw down the unlimited, unconquerable powers of Heaven. What a glorious day of miracles that will be!

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Chuck Baldwin weighs in. See link.

History of 501c3 Government Licensing of Churchs by David J Stewart

1 comment:

  1. Thoughts? My guess is that once tax-exempt status is gone, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will probably have to sell off other assets just to be able to maintain the temples. We can do without chapels if we must. And BYU is pretty far gone from the cause of liberty anyway. On the upside, the Church would be free to speak out against government corruption, social ills such as abortion, and anti-liberty actions such as restricting religious gatherings, etc.


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