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From the Editor
By: David Deschesne
Editor/Publisher, Fort Fairfield Journal, August 20, 2014
I.R.S. To Begin Legally Monitoring/Restricting Church Messages
A lawsuit filed by the atheist group known as “Freedom From Religion Foundation” (FFRF) asserted that the Internal Revenue Service ignored complaints about churches violating their tax-exempt status by routinely promoting political issues, legislation and candidates from the pulpit.
The FFRF has temporarily withdrawn its suit in return for the IRS's agreement to monitor sermons and homilies for speech that is illegal for non-profit corporations to engage in; speech the foundation believes includes things like condemnation of gay marriage and criticism of ObamaCare for its contraceptive mandate.
According to a comment made at www.investors.com, “Congress can make no laws prohibiting the free exercise of religion. So it's not clear where the IRS gets off doing just that by spying on religious leaders lest they comment on issues and activities by government that are contrary to or impose on their religious consciences. Our country was founded by people fleeing this kind of government-monitored and mandated theology last practiced in the Soviet Union.”
Hold on a minute. Congress hasn't made a law that violates a church's freedom of religion or freedom of speech here. In fact, all the I.R.S. is doing is enforcing a contract the churches voluntarily entered into with them to begin with. That contract is called the 501(c)3 non-profit corporation status. Little do most church leaders know that when they sign up for non-profit corporation status, they have submitted control of their church group to man and man's atheist, demonically-inspired government, rather than the true head of the church - Christ Yeshua (a/k/a Jesus).
A chapter excerpted out of my book Satanic Counterfeits explains how the government dupes pastors into accepting a non-profit corporation status - which they do not need to preach the Word of God - in order to allow it to control the church's message:
Since Yeshua (Jesus) is head of the Christian Church, why do 90 percent of today’s Christian congregations allow Satanists, Atheists, Pagans and Evolutionists to run their churches? Christians began that incredible practice in the 1960s when they allowed the Federal Government, through the IRS, to gain control of God’s church through an IRS licensing scheme as outlined in section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code, and declare unlicensed church congregations as unlawful. A license is “a revocable permission to commit some act that would otherwise be unlawful.”1 Today, New Testament churches are scrambling to become non-profit corporations. Non-profit corporations are not allowed to accumulate capital. They must use all their capital for their original purposes intended and are under strict rules against accumulation. Some examples of non-profit corporations are athletic boosters clubs, music boosters, Lions Club and Rotary International. Each performs a function that if they didn’t perform, government would be called upon to. In the United States, government was never intended to function as the distributor of God’s word in lieu of the church.
According to Dr. Gene Scott, Ph. D. (Stanford Univ.): “The assumption behind foundations and non-profit corporations is that the government allows them to exist because of a stated purpose deserving of exemption because it is a purpose that otherwise might fall as a burden on all society.” The purpose of the Church is primarily to worship and serve the Lord Yeshua and teach its followers in the doctrine of Faith - responsibilities which, if the Church did not perform, the government certainly wouldn’t be charged with. Before the U.S. government could even be allowed to come into existence, it had to acknowledge the right of the Church to exist and agree to not interfere with it. Non-profit corporations enjoy no such rights. “There is no Constitutional right for private, non-profit corporations to exist,” explains Dr. Scott. “It is the largesse of government that allows them to exist and they are given something from the government as long as their achievement of the stated purpose that gave them right to come into existence is being achieved. They thus are, quite properly, monitored.”
...While charitable support to the community via a giving Spirit is a definite side-effect of the Lord living in, and working through people in the Church congregation, it is the members’ - not the Church’s primary responsibility to provide said charity. We are commanded by the Lord Yeshua to pay our alms (tithe) in secret, not to be seen of men.3 But, whenever donating money to a 501(c)3 non-profit church corporation, the money is reported publicly, along with the name of the donor. To compound the betrayal of that secrecy maxim, Christians then deduct the tithe from their income tax - showing their tithe to men in the anti-Christ bureaucracies of government - in direct violation of Yeshua’s tithing in secret doctrine. Those who choose to submit their church congregations to man’s will, through the non-profit corporation license, are submitting to a bureaucracy that is filled with all of the formerly mentioned anti-Christ religions. Many Christians today are passively admitting that the gathering of two or more people in Christ’s name (a.k.a. Christian fellowship) is actually unlawful, unless approved and regulated by the government.
501(c)3 Churches submit their congregations to man’s rule, instead of Christ’s, upon adoption of man’s systems. The 501(c)3 Church status is lumped in with: Community Chests, Funds for Scientific research, Testing for Public Safety, Literary or Educational Purposes, or to Foster International Amateur Sports. 501(c)3 Churches are prohibited from “carrying on propaganda, or otherwise attempting, to influence legislation and which does not participate in, or intervene in (including the publishing or distributing of statements), any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for public office.”4
When adopting a 501(c)3 status, the Church submits all authority to govern its affairs to man’s atheist, anti-Christ government, rather than God’s ordained Pastor. The Pastor should be the head of the congregation, as Christ is the head of His church. Man’s government, the IRS and any of man’s laws have no Biblical authority or bearing on the operation of Christ’s church; if they did, He wouldn’t be Lord - a concept that is an anathema to Christians.
Now I know most church leaders claim they have to have the non-profit corporation status for tax purposes so those who pay tithes to them may deduct them from their taxes. However, as noted in my book excerpt, the act of deducting tithes from taxes goes against the scripture they claim to be preaching from where our Lord says plainly:
"Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven.Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have the glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth: That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly," (Matthew 6:1 KJV).
The tithe, given out of compassion and a testament to the worth of God’s word and teaching is to be given in secret. When a person logs that tithe as a donation on their tax form, they are doing so to gain recognition and favor from government in the form of a tax deduction. This is in blatant violation of the scripture Christians claim to be following but Christian pastors too sheepish to actually preach God’s word and place Christ at the head of the church instead of man seem to be intimidated at teaching the true word lest it adversely affect their financial income. Well, they have chosen sides then, haven’t they? When they signed on to that 501(c)3 non-profit corporation contract, they waived their first amendment rights to freedom of speech and religion. The Constitution was intended to protect us from government, but nothing in it can protect us from ourselves; it can’t stop us from voluntarily and unwittingly waiving our rights via contract. We have to stop contracting our rights away and the churches need to take the lead by rescinding their non-profit corporation status and placing Christ back as the head of the church. Only then will these nefarious actions by the I.R.S. monitoring church messages begin to cease.
Notes from Satanic Counterfeits:
1. Black’s Law Dictionary, 7th ed. ©1999 West Publishing
3. Mat. 6:1-4
4. 26 USC 501 (c) 3
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