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       Government Operated Churches to Remain Gagged


ARTICLE I of the Bill of Rights states: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. [emphasis added]

Amazingly, Congress has made no law! They have however created statutory entities known as non-profit, tax exempt corporations to afford 'protections' to those who may in the end ultimately cheat their neighbor; and wish to be absolved from the responsibility of making things right. They encourage those people who wish to peaceably assemble [as in places of worship to include, but not limited to, evangelical ministries, missionary organizations, Bible translators, churches, assemblies, synagogues, temples, mosques, religious clubs and the like ...] to seek out those protections by offering them a pseudo tax-exempt status'. This tax-exempt status is the benefit of relinquishing their natural rights for state sanctioned protections. They must then, "render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's." Those 'things' which they render are their allegiance and servitude toward their master - the State.

Hopes of liberating the harlequin tongues of 501(c)3 churches - those once faithful bodies of believers who have organized under the banner of 'Church, Inc.' and willingly exchanged their personal inalienable rights for the oxymoronic pottage of 'government benefits' will remain gagged - and rightly so. Any corporate officer of the State Church violating the rules found under section 501(c)3 is still in danger of having their Steeple Corporation liquidated. 'Free speech' protected by the First Amendment to share what's deemed politically incorrect words, suggestions, thoughts, or ideas when the faith is involved is not free for those whose master is the State. So says Congress in its recent vote to down the latest Bill supported by various Parrot Church Organizations [PCOs also 501(c)3 or 4].

The balance of power that these PCOs seek would no doubt provide them political power if the current Bill passed. A more apropos and dreaded Free Speech Bill in the future might come to the floor by them, such as: The Hell-Freezes-Over Bill, introduced as... 'Free the Whore's Tongue further so we can gossip about what a bad tipper the Government John is'. Remember the cliché about the snowball in hell?  Any Bill that came remotely close to the real issue of free speech when tax exemption is the focus, and the rules associated with such a benefit has exactly the same chance.

The Tax Freedom 101 Report must commend Congress by their skilled use of these PCOs, which are nothing less than controlled opposition for maintaining the smoke-n-mirrors illusion of the widely heralded mantra, Separation of Church and State. They've managed to pull-the-wool over the eyes of trusting sheep yet again as they condition them for their own slaughter. Routinely defeating this and other similar bogus Bills that will be brought before Congress will maintain the deception of a required tax exemption for new Churches, and the ribbon of servitude securely fastened around parishioners mouths. Being preoccupied with their suffocation the laity will look to the government puppets in the pulpits as they use their slight-of-hand to strip the white robes from that of the true Church. The scattered piles of wool left on the shearing room floor are good annual reminders for us all on the puffery required to place hope in the minds of an ignorant public that they truly have rights, but only as the State dictates.     Tax Freedom 101

October 3, 2002

House defeats effort to allow tax-free politics in churches!



The House yesterday rejected a bill that would have let religious leaders talk freely about politics without endangering their organizations' tax-exempt status.

The bill, which caused splits in the religious community and inside the Republican Party, was defeated on a 239-178 vote. The bill's main proponent, Rep. Walter B. Jones Jr., North Carolina Republican, told lawmakers that he would try again next year.

"Today we took a very important step toward bringing freedom of speech back to our pulpits," Mr. Jones said. "From the first day of the 108th Congress, I will continue this fight because I believe this battle can be won and will be won. Congress must return First Amendment rights to our houses of worship."

The bill would have given religious leaders the right to talk about politics and make endorsements, effectively lifting the Internal Revenue Service's ban on political activity at churches, synagogues and mosques.

The issue divided lawmakers during debate Tuesday night.

Rep. Christopher Shays, Connecticut Republican, said the bill would "erode the separation of church and state, a bedrock value of our nation" and probably would enable big donors to funnel money through churches.

Rep. John Lewis, Georgia Democrat, said, "If this legislation is allowed to pass or stand, you could have a minister coming into a pulpit and saying, 'Vote for so and so because God told me.'"

The bill was supported by the Christian Coalition, the Family Research Council and the Association of Christian Schools International, but opposed by other religious organizations.

"Most Americans do not want their churches turned into smoke-filled rooms where political deals are cut and partisan politics replaces worship," said the Rev. Barry Lynn, executive director of Americans United for the Separation of Church and State. "When people put their money in the collection plate, they don't expect it to be used for candidates' campaign literature and attack ads."

The prohibition on political activity was imposed in 1954 by Congress on all 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations under an amendment offered by Sen. Lyndon B. Johnson. Before that, religious leaders were involved freely in political debate.

Religious groups and the government have locked horns over the years when it comes to politics and the Constitution's guarantees of both free speech and freedom of religion. After a decade-long battle, for example, the IRS concluded in 1999 that the Christian Coalition should not be tax-exempt because of its distribution of voter guides in churches.

Warning ~  <<Social Commentary On>>  Individuals which gather together under the auspices of government licensed organizations [like in China], and controlled corporations with a privileged 501(c)3 designation [meaning pseudo tax-exempt status], have exchanged their natural rights afforded to them under the Constitution of the United States for worldly 'benefits' dished out at the determination of a harsh Master. A Master whom they deny, yet ultimately serve to the detriment of all the faithful. These posers who call themselves 'people of faith' have sold out their birthright for a bowl of pottage! They do not deserve to partake in the rights granted to a free and sovereign people, one of which is the very First Amendment granting Free Speech - the blue ribbon amendment that Steeple Corporations now wish to have untied from their blasphemous tongues. People who attend and support these government run steeple corporations through their tribute are deceived and their spiritual leaders are an abomination to the founders of this nation, and to God. They continually pervert the word of God to justify their government creation as a rightful standing before God and deceive the steeple. They are an affront to the Saints who spilled their blood for a Nation that provides freedom speech, and freedom from and for religion. Today this false church has the power and authority not seen such time as was present during the inquisition. This harlot church should be chastised to the fullest to save those souls who have been blinded by the lies of the deceiver.  <<Social Commentary Off>>    Tax Freedom 101

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Religious organizations in America have been flocking by the thousands at Secretary of State offices in all fifty states and territories of the United States to get their IRS 501(c)3 "tax exempt" status approved by the government ~ you know, those politicians who have twisted the words of the Bill of Rights to come up with a new slogan "separation of church and state" ~ so they can open their doors to those worshippers of G-d.

What did the "believers" do to get a "tax exempt" status before 1929 so tithes and offerings could be a income tax deduction? Oh, excuse me, there wasn't any income tax back then. There was however a trust between the clergy and the assembly.  What a great idea! Why not create congregations into entities that DO NOT OWE THEIR EXISTENCE TO THE STATE and re-organize under the banner of common law trusts?

Query:     Could this be why the IRS wrote Notice 97-24?

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Americans will one day wake up and cry out in a loud voice "Now, there arose a new king [the IRS] over Egypt [America] that knew not Joseph [the Constitution]."  Exodus 1:8 

Internal Revenue Service:

by Dr. Greg J. Dixon

The most prominent and successful certified public accountant firm in the nation today, that specializes in keeping churches out of trouble with the Internal Revenue Service, is now boldly saying to the pastors of America that they not only have to be "ordained by God, but also the IRS."

They also say that the IRS is dictating terms to the churches by declaring in clear and no uncertain terms that, "The government doesn't want your Bible, they want your checkbook!" In seminars all over the US, Chitwood and Chitwood of Chattanooga, Tennessee, is repeating this startling announcement to pastors and church leaders. Without so much as a blush, Michael Chitwood, the main speaker, says, besides the above quotes, "Pastor, if you don't get your house in order, get ready, you are going to have a jail ministry" as he practically screams out to those present as to what pastors and church leaders must do to avoid jail time and the confiscation of church property by the federal government.

Besides giving the pastor his job description, which is based on the Roman Catholic model of worship and polity, the IRS is demanding many other things that are clearly designed to make the IRS Commissioner the new head of the churches in America Some of these demands are as follows: The church must collect a Federal ID (Social Security) number from visiting evangelists, missionaries, preachers and singers before they invite them to the pulpit. They must give a Form 1099 to any minister who receives up to $600 in a years time, which includes missionary support. If the ID is not received, the church leaders must withhold a jeopardy assessment of 39% on the spot and send it to the IRS. They must agree to the IRS definition of benevolence. They cannot deal in cash at any level, but must deposit all offerings into a checking account and write checks for every purpose. This means, of course, that the church, in order to conduct its ministry, has to have an Employer Identification Number which must be provided by the IRS by filing Form SS-4 which a true New Testament church could never do and remain obedient to her Lord. In fact, church leaders would have to misrepresent the church as a religious organization rather than a N.T. Church to do so. Other things that pastors and church leaders are required to do are to be an informer against their members and also to preach only IRS prescribed sermons. Also, all fund raising material must be submitted to the IRS for their approval. 

The job description for pastors is a list of nine specific sacerdotal duties which again is a Roman Catholic definition meaning sacred. The Catholic church teaches that these sacraments, when administered by a priest, are essential to ones salvation. This is totally opposite to the Bible definition which states that baptism and communion are memorials of the death, burial and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, and that they follow salvation. The nine duties are: baptisms, weddings, serving the Eucharist (the Catholic sacrament of communion), teaching , spiritual counseling, christenings or baby dedications, administration of church affairs and the regular conducting of worship services. If the pastor does a substantial number of these things, he will receive very lucrative tax breaks. This is in clear violation of the scriptures concerning the doctrine of the Nicolaitanes which the Lord Jesus said that He hates (Rev. 2:6, 2:15). It is the setting up of a privileged class of clergy with benefits from the state that lay members do not receive. Others who minister to the church in the area of music, youth, children, education and other areas of responsibility don't qualify.

This is consistent with what officials of the IRS told Attorney David Gibbs of the Christian Law Association (CLA) in 1984 when they said that their definition of church is "once per week adult worship." They said that they did not consider such ministries as Sunday school, Christian school, busses, youth camp, vacation Bible school, nursing home, etc., to fall within their definition of the word "church". This Gibbs/IRS meeting took place in Washington, DC at the time that the so called champion of Christian liberty was hammering out a compromise with the Dole Committee (Sen. Bob Dole-R-Kansas) in the US Senate to bring the churches into compliance with the FICA tax (social security) laws. This was the deal that would eventually cause the raid and seizure of the Baptist Temple 17 years later. It's too bad that Gibbs didn't sound the alarm at that time and call the Bible believing pastors together for a summit meeting to map out a strategy that could have possibly saved our churches and ministries. The unregistered church pastors tried, but unfortunately our words fell on deaf ears. The so called "big" preachers were too busy receiving their tax deductible gifts and building their empires to be concerned over the future of God's work. Now the enemies of Christ have sprung the trap and it is too late.

These requirements should be intolerable enough by just the fact that the IRS would even dare to suggest duties for pastors, but to impose under the penalty of imprisonment and confiscation of property the same responsibilities of Roman Catholic priests is nothing short of naked tyranny. Obviously, the inquisition has returned and the pastors and churches of America are not even aware that it has arrived. The raid and seizure of the property of the Baptist Temple is the direct result of the pastors and church refusing to bow down to this new wave of Catholic terror that has come upon our land. The issue in the Baptist Temple case isn't taxes as the IRS, with the help of the media, has led the people of Indianapolis and nation to believe. The issue is very simple. Will the churches of America bow down to the IRS in violation of the first commandment, "Thou shalt have no other gods before me," or will they bow down to the Lord Jesus Christ? Our Lord said, "No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon" (Matthew 6:24). The purge is now on as we hear of churches and ministries being closed on a regular basis. But there is still no evidence that the pastors have awakened from their stupor.

The benevolent requirements for churches are beyond atrocious. They are five in number: (1) food, (2) clothing, (3) housing, (4) medical emergencies and (5) utilities. The church cannot help with transportation or auto repairs and a myriad of other things that churches have historically done on a regular basis. The church cannot make loans to the pastor, members, or others which churches have always done. Obviously, they want to make sure that the money lenders get their profits even from the poor. Can you imagine the government of the US limiting a church as to its duties in regarding charitable activity? There is no subject in the Bible that is nearer to the heart of God than charity. According to the apostle James, it is the test of pure religion (James 1:27). Paul the Apostle declares that charity is of higher value even than preaching and sacrifice (I Cor. 13:1-3). For the churches to debase such a high and noble service to Christ by submitting its administration to the wicked IRS is beyond belief. How will the preachers of America give an account of caving into this coercion by an abusive Bush administration who is continuing with the policies of those before him? How will church leaders face the Lord Jesus at the Judgment Seat of Christ when He asks them why they violated His clear commands concerning alms giving? He said, "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 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." But now the churches are required to get the permission of the IRS before helping someone other than in the manner and purpose that they approve. Then records will have to be kept for the IRS so that the publicans can make sure that the church is in fact following their guidelines. And, of course, they expect church leaders to report this alms giving to the IRS so that they can even gouge the poor for more tribute. And all of this so the churches can keep their tax exemption and the people can get their precious tax deductions for their tithes and gifts. As James Dobson's organization said when challenged, "It's just good stewardship." Thievery, good stewardship? How sad.

It may be that the churches have now gone too far. When they begin building their dynasties on the backs of the poor our Lord, no doubt, will be swift in His removal of their candlestick. He said to the church at Ephesus, "Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works: or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent" (Rev. 2:5).

All Churches Now Required to Join IRS Super Church

Two other developments concerning IRS control of churches has risen recently that should literally send shock waves through the religious community. First, while the churches are arguing doctrinal positions among themselves, and won't even spit on each other for the most part, the IRS has now developed its own super church. Independent Baptists in particular pride themselves in their anti-ecumenism. No fundamentalist preacher worth his salt would be caught dead at the local church federation meeting where he has to rub shoulders with a charismatic or liberal preacher. However, they don't think twice about paying a large fee to go to a Chitwood or CLA seminar and sit next to one of these religious outcasts to learn how to be a good IRS approved church and pastor.

It is now a fact that in order to get and keep the tax-exempt status a church must agree that all religions are equal. The new Application for Recognition of Exemption Form 1023 Schedule A for Churches (Rev. September 1998) demands a declaration to this effect with the following words at point #3: "Does the organization require prospective members to renounce other religious beliefs or their membership in other churches or religious orders to become members? Yes__ No__. If "Yes," describe."

It doesn't take much intelligence to figure out where they are going with this. In order to be considered a legal church (tax exempt) in America, the church or religious organization will have to declare that all religions are equal. They will also have to declare that they do not believe that their doctrinal position only results in converts to their faith having eternal life. They must renounce this narrow inclusivist position. Maybe we now know why Billy Graham, Robert Schuller, Pat Robertson, and other TV preachers have been making such fuzzy remarks about adherents of other religions, though sincere, going to heaven without receiving Christ. In that tax exemption is government subsidy, according to the Supreme Court in the Bob Jones University case, it is now clear that the US government will not support any religion that clings to the narrow minded belief that salvation is in Jesus Christ alone. Remember? "Come Shekels, Come Shackles." The world church isn't coming; it is already here, and the preachers don't have a clue as they go merrily along hand in hand with the Great Harlot to the wedding with the anti-Christ. (Rev. 17).

US Government Through the IRS Outlaws Preaching on Second Coming of Christ

One of the reasons the IRS gave to Texe Marr's Living Truth Ministries for removing their tax exempt status is as follows: "Much of the material you disseminate promises to address possible conspiracies or threats, either from individuals, groups or various agencies, against Christianity, freedom or other rights. This is evident from a review of your newsletters and order forms. The titles and promotional materials are designed to sensationalize and grab the readers attention. They usually imply that the works will expose certain prominent groups, individuals, politicians or government agencies as being part of or linked to some threat or conspiracy." One of the titles that the IRS gave as an example included "Bible Prophecy and The Conspiracy."

Any grade school child in Sunday School knows that you can't teach or write on Bible prophecy without dealing with the second coming of Jesus Christ. But just as the Russian pastors under communism were forbidden to speak on this subject, we are now coming to the same place in our beloved land. It is obvious that if one believes in the literal return of the Lord Jesus Christ that they will be considered a domestic terrorist. In that the Lord Jesus will destroy wicked government upon His return in great glory and break the back of Gentile world rule, this message isn't popular with the in-for-hells and the high-heeled-belles that run our country today. Of course, they don't believe that He is coming, but they believe that we who do will be involved in what they call self-fulfilled prophecies and try to hasten His coming by blowing up everything in sight. Further evidence of this type of anti-Christ thinking surfaced recently when a brochure put out by the FBI in Phoenix, Arizona, named "potential domestic terrorists" that law enforcement should be aware of. One of those groups is "Doomsday/Cult-Type." Obviously, this would include all Bible believing preachers and churches in America. We not only believe that there will be a literal doomsday, we believe that the Lord Jesus Christ will bring the doom when He comes (Rev. 6:12-17). It won't do any good to claim that your church is not a "cult". The IRS definition fits the average Bible believing church to a tee.

Many have asked if we can actually show them this in the law. Our answer is no, we can't because you won't find a specific law that says that you can't preach on the Second Coming of Jesus Christ in America today. That's because they don't have to write a law to gain the same effect. All Congress has to do is to give an outlaw agency like the IRS a carte blanche privilege of making up their own so-called laws as they go along. The churches agreed to this when they signed their tax-exempt contract. They said that they would obey all laws, federal, state and local, presently and in the future. But they apparently didn't read the fine print. The new churches filing for tax exemption must agree to the following: "The Corporation or organization shall have no power to take any action that would be required for a tax exemption under Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3) and related regulations, rulings, and procedures." It is now the "procedure" of the IRS to refuse tax exempt status to those churches that will not agree that all religions are equal and who refuse to join through tax exemption, the world church. Also, preaching on Christ's coming is taboo.

For those churches which are foolish enough to believe that Sec. 508 of the IRS code allows an automatic exemption for churches, need to read it again. It doesn't say "exemption," it says, "...churches have a mandatory exception." The exception is from filing a Form 1023 to make application for not for profit status. Here is the kicker. Churches have to abide by the same rules that those that do file for this privilege. And if they do not, the IRS can, and most assuredly will, remove their tax exemption. The only thing missing is the annual Form 990 that other religious organizations have to file. When this is required, the churches will be under total control of the IRS with no wiggle room.

In the Baptist Temple court case, the church learned that a New Testament Church does not legally exist in the US today because there are no longer any First Amendment protections left. The genius of the First Amendment and various religious freedom clauses of the fifty states is that, for the first time in history, a N. T. Church could exist legally without having in the words of the IRS a "distinct legal existence." Now even a N.T. Church will be assigned by force the legal status of an association and will be expected to meet the same standards that the not for profits have to meet. But, they still won't have their God given right of a non-taxable status. This status is in contrast to an exempt status which is a privilege not a right.

IRS Agent Says That Churches are Trapped

The evidence as to what we are saying, though denied by most preachers, was made clear on January 24 this year in Tampa, Florida. IRS agent Melvin Blough testified in federal court that "once a church obtains the status of 501(c)(3) under the IRC they are trapped. The only way to be removed from a 501(c)(3) status is if the IRS chooses to remove the exemption. So if you dissolve the corporation and continue on as ABC church, an unincorporated church, you're still trapped in their web and under their control." He further testified that a church is automatically exempt under federal law without a 501(c)(3) designation. He also stated under oath that churches request the status just to get the governments stamp of approval. Even though Blough used the word "exemption" rather than "exception," he is essentially correct in his assessment of the plight of the churches of America. It is obvious that, regardless, the result is the same.


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