Perhaps if we had real churches we would have real preachers. A real preacher would preach the Law to the oppressor and Liberty to the people.
Brother Scott — with tongue firmly in cheek — gives quick perspective with his Reasons Why I Cannot Do Without the “501c3” Status
To be recognized as a legitimate church or ministry the government requires that we be “501c3” (dependent)
Being “501c3” is the way it must be done in this country and since the early Roman Catholic Church some 1650 years ago—after all the Bible does says to “render unto Caesar” and to “honor the king” and also “always submit to the authorities”
The IRS doesn’t ask that much of me for the benefit, just that the church be incorporated with the governor as the Vice-Head and the IRS Commissioner as the Head of the church and not Jesus Christ
We like being underwritten by the US Government and thereby subsidized through the 501c3 spiritual and political bondage program
Being able to say “We are 501c3…” gives our ministry credibility and opens doors that God cannot
We are able to accept other donations such as food, clothes, vehicles, real estate when we have the tax exempt status
We must have the ability to issue tax-deductible receipts in order for people and businesses to support this church or ministry
People will not give as much if they cannot deduct it on their taxes
The Board is afraid of losing its biggest supporters if we do not have “tax-exempt” status and of being personally sued without the non-profit incorporation
All the strings that are attached by 501c3 make me feel secure
I do not have faith strong enough to trust God to be my Source instead of man’s salary
(I am not genuinely called to the ministry by God and therefore He will not support me)
I need a formal benefits program that only a 501c3 can provide (sorry God)
I do not believe I can trust God to provide for all of my needs
I like hiding behind 501c3 rules regarding political positions and therefore am justified in not preaching against the many sins in and out of the church
If not in a 501c3 group I would be in an extremely small minority of Christian ministers and I do not like being in a minority of anything
I would be embarrassed to explain why we are not 501c3 when asked by other Christians, ministers, or secular organizations to do so
Richard Hoskins, in the Hoskins Report 6/98 outlined 29 IRS regulations ertaining to 501(c)(3) churches:
1. Church must be incorporated.
2. Church must have a «recognized» creed and IRS approved form of worship. (Who does the approving and accepts the «form» is not covered in the regulations)
3. The church must have a definite and distinct ecclesiastical hierarchical government. (?)
4. The church must have an IRS approved formal «code» of doctrine and discipline. (Type and what discipline are not identified in IRS regs)
5. It must be a denomination with a distinct religious history. (?)
6. Must have «ordained» ministers. (?)
7. Ministers must have been educated in state accredited colleges. (More opportunity for PC indoctrination of ministers)
8. Must be neutral on political issues. (Helps explain why churches never preach against the sins and blasphemies of government officials, despite blatant violations of the Law of God)
9. Must have a «tax exempt» status issued by the IRS.
10. Must pay a fee to the IRS for this «tax exempt» status.
11. Must be engaged in furthering exclusively public purposes. (?)
12. The church cannot bar its services to the public. (?)
13. The pastor must answer to the IRS as to the daily activities of the church.
14. The IRS must be privy to all financial transactions, including sources, donors, expenditures, and if cash is used, a possible association with money-laundering is suspected.
15. Books and records must always be available.
16. The Pastor must inform the IRS of the names of all donors.
17. Gifts to missionaries and evangelists exceeding $600 requires filing form 1099.
18. The church may use only IRS approved methods of fund raising.
19. The Pastor will be called to account by the IRS over any stand taken against the tax system. 501(c)(3) requires church pastors to preach on taxpaying. (Ever notice how pastors preach a sermon about ‘rendering unto Caesar’ on the Sunday before April 15th?)
20. Must submit names of all church workers, down to and including maintenance people.
21. Must give unlimited submission to civil magistrates pertaining to all laws — federal, state and local — including public policy. (Judeo-Christian clergy are more obedient to man’s government than to the Royal Law of God)
22. The church must advocate and promote racial integration.
23. Must not publicly oppose licensing of churches.
24. May not engage in political activities opposing pornography. (Now you can see why there are no sermons on this)
25. May not support legislation saying that children belong to parents and not the state.
26. May not form a political action committee or actively support legislation opposing lotteries and gambling.
27. May not advocate support of the U.S. or State constitutions as the supreme law of the land. (Helps explain why our Judeo-Christian pastors do not speak out)
28. May not participate in opposing the school system. (As they may find that God has been removed)
29. May not publicly declare that the church is to obey God rather then man’s government.
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