The Tax-man Cometh ... Taxes & Tariffs, Tithes & Alms; Laws & Ordinances for our Mutual Good.

Is it truly unfortunate for the suffering of people? People who like everybody really, NEED shelter, the ability to provide for themselves the basic necessities of life, and the opportunities to profit from the sweat of their own brow?

One really wonders where the compassion is in a government that watches and allows this (rampant bank take-over of housing, especially in Detroit) to slowly transpire. What happened to the enshrined declaration “with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor” (U.S.A. Declaration of Independence)? I would like to emphasise “MUTUALLY”.


One can also wonder where the mercies are in various churches that may carry a burden of financial debt, by way of contracts of employment, pension funds, and perhaps even capital mortgages? The results of their business strategies fail, due to the lack of membership and collection of tithes. Or, perhaps they have funnelled their wealth to the private cabal at the tops of their hierarchy.

In any case, the consequence they experience is the inability to implement the very efficiencies of Mercy and Compassion towards those who frequent them; towards those who need the very Good Samaritan in the Good Word they esteem and supposedly study. What happened to the honourable missions of these churches which funnel offerings and gain the riches of the whole world, only to lose their souls, according to the Holy writ they ostensibly parade?

What of the others, whose miserly accounts head them towards bankruptcy ? Will their Parishioners lose their pensions to the markets and insurance companies? Will the banks offer them a reprise - a second and third chance to organize and remit payments owed, or will they initiate a vigorous reprisal of what amounts to an aggressive takeover of chattels and ware, expertly brought on through their team of lawyers in wait, on retainer, at their first recognition of legalistic dominance ?

Perhaps the churches, both shepherds and flocks, who cannot afford to be charitable to those in need should consider if the paradigm they operate under is entirely viable …

Or, could it be that their model of operation and administration does not align to the teachings of the One they declare to espouse, akin to a house that is against itself, surely to fall, as it is written. Perhaps their membership should consider the fruits they can or cannot see. Who is it that does not produce; does it symbolize the fig tree that the Lord caused to wither; could it symbolize the brother to him that is a great waster? (Proverbs 18:9)

Our very well-being depends on a circumspect wisdom that proves the Lord, wherefore, how long can we remain remiss in the wilderness, ultimately by our own choice ? Should we not return to Him that has Promised us that “God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints” ? (1 Corinthians 14:33)


On the other hand, it is NOT the responsibility of Governments to provide for their people, rather only to FACILITATE their providence, and provide the Governance of a FREE and CIVILIZED population and Land (read: Nation as compared to Inter-Nation [al]). It is also their responsibility to prudently “Bank” on this.


Meet the Church:

It is the inherent responsibility of all churches to provide assistance, i.e.: “divine Providence” to their members who find themselves in need. THAT’S WHY they don’t pay taxes - not to pay the wages of and provide income for the clergy and “administration”, but to teach preparedness in the Words they convey; preparedness for this life (character development, and a living relationship with God) and for the subsequent one (eternity, where we are perfectly restored - including the restoration of the character that we have each developed and the resultant relationship that character sought with God) to surely come. They must have recognized the situations being developed in real time (at least), verily, if the members and Preachers, etc. care enough for one another. Divine Providence [Scripture] also clearly describes the necessary caring relationships we must foster with one another, to share one another’s burdens, etc.

Now to the reasonable rational:

“Members” must pay a consistent and honest Tithing; the church “Banks” on this - not to pay filthy lucre to its Priests, etc. but to assist their members when justified. The Holy Book (KJV) of Titus 1:4-16 applies to above and below. It reads:

“To Titus, mine own son after the common faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ our Saviour. (5) For this cause left I thee in Crete, that thou shouldest set in order the things that are wanting, and ordain elders in every city, as I had appointed thee: (6) If any be blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children not accused of riot or unruly. (7) For a bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God; not selfwilled, not soon angry, not given to wine, no striker, not given to filthy lucre; (8) But a lover of hospitality, a lover of good men, sober, just, holy, temperate; (9) Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers. (10) For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, specially they of the circumcision: (11) Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre’s sake. (12) One of themselves, even a prophet of their own, said, The Cretians are alway liars, evil beasts, slow bellies. (13) This witness is true. Wherefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith; (14) Not giving heed to Jewish fables, and commandments of men, that turn from the truth. (15) Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled. (16) They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.”

The Apostle Paul taught in Galatians 6: 2

"Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ."

Jesus Himself taught in Luke 20: 25

"And he said unto them, Render therefore unto Cæsar the things which be Cæsar’s, and unto God the things which be God’s."

Mosiah 4: 16-19

16 "And also, ye yourselves will succor those that stand in need of your succor; ye will administer of your substance unto him that standeth in need; and ye will not suffer that the beggar putteth up his petition to you in vain, and turn him out to perish.

17 "Perhaps thou shalt say: The man has brought upon himself his misery; therefore I will stay my hand, and will not give unto him of my food, nor impart unto him of my substance that he may not suffer, for his punishments are just—

18 "But I say unto you, O man, whosoever doeth this the same hath great cause to repent; and except he repenteth of that which he hath done he perisheth forever, and hath no interest in the kingdom of God.

19 "For behold, are we not all beggars? Do we not all depend upon the same Being, even God, for all the substance which we have, for both food and raiment, and for gold, and for silver, and for all the riches which we have of every kind?"

Meet the Government:

The reasonable rational is that ALL “Citizens” must pay their taxes, consistently and honestly; and let’s face it, the Tax Department has the authority and wherewithal to see that this is done (or, it should be the case). These taxes are meant to pay for the INFRASTRUCTURE a nation requires; such as to Educate (facilitate), Defend, Build and Sustain safe Utilities and Transportation capital, and Manage (Govern) these responsibilities in an Accountable and Democratic manner.

Pay your taxes people! For the infrastructure demands it, and it cannot happen by magic or by wishful thinking, or by crafty design - it is just a fact that this reasonable reality exists. If your politicians are not honest and diligent, keeping in mind that understandings and therefore minds and plans can change, then vote them out, and hold them accountable (like everyone else) for their crimes, if any.

Cherish your vote, and support your democratic freedom. Accept results; yet always endeavour to improve upon them. Be ye angry when justifiable, but sin not. Arouse your faculties and be not slothful - then be resourceful and creative. Hopefully you are living in a Free Country that allows for "free association and lawful assembly" - but do not abuse this right; neither encourage others to do so, especially through the irresponsible use of electronic telecommunications (and your right free speech, as far as it is reasonably protected, i.e.: do not monger hate) - anarchy will only be the inevitable result. It is indeed better to be practical and thrifty than to be whining and scornful.

Do Not Occupy any public property or "territory" that is managed respectfully and peacefully, rather, leave a blessing and a token of respect, and be done with it. Move if you have to move; relocate to anywhere you may peaceably exist in "industrious" fashion. Choose a church that will help you help yourself; hopefully your government allows this - for it only makes sense.

Should not, perhaps, or must not perhaps the government establish a law AND enforce churches to provide for their members through times of hardship? Or, at least ought not they encourage this responsibility?

Is it not ALREADY (by virtue of doctrine or creed) an inherent responsibility of churches to provide for their members housing and basic necessities THROUGH times of hardship? I suggest, if this is not the case, then the particular “church” and /or its doctrine is remiss, and therefore those particular churches should have to pay taxes. Otherwise, the ones which are remiss in this respect are reduced to being just another “educational”, money-making institution, and perhaps even a sham. Yes, there are many religious followings that are indeed shams, if not in its purest sense, then veiled money-grabbing shams. One way to know is if the top leadership is getting rich from their "service" to who they disguise as God; and if they run international gigs, you can bet that they hide their loot somewhere or in some way that they don't have to pay taxes to the government(s) of their citizenship or citizenships.

3 Nephi 14:20

"Wherefore, by their fruits ye shall know them."

Who then will hold into account their churches for this responsibility?

- The members themselves (perhaps by “voting” with their feet)?

- The hierarchy of the church organizations?

- The government of the nations wherein the churches reside without paying taxes?

Who then will - and, WHEN?

Bottom Line:

People, GO to Church, and employ a “Scientific Method to TEST FAITH” (Google this term); is yours up to the challenge? …

Matthew 22: 19-21 clearly states: [The LORD said,] “Shew me the tribute money. And they brought unto him a penny. And he saith unto them, Whose is this image and superscription? They say unto him, Caesar’s. Then saith he unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s; and unto God the things that are God’s.”

Indeed, we have the Onus on us, by way of Command straight from the Lord.

Finally, below is a prayer and petition of mine (which you are welcome to join) to our Heavenly Father Most High, preceded by a poem that I have recently been inspired to compose (and I hope to expand on when possible).

Please comment below and briefly share your viewpoint.





That Your Burdens May Be Light

The Sword of Truth

“The Word of the LORD is the sword of Truth; it pierces hardened hearts. What follows then, from milk to meat - if not trifled with - is a purging of confusion; a desire to Atone; and a wonderful re-union with the One who guides us home.”

© Copyright December 09, 2011, Timothy Alexander Donnelly.


PRAYER for Providence, from God and Government, appropriately in predication upon Tithes and Taxes paid, but also with compassion

Dear God, our Heavenly Father Most High, we come before thee in meekness and want, and ask thee to bless in thine infinite might, the Free and Civilized Nations governed righteously under the LORD. Bless each of us also forthwith, if it is thy will, to individually and collectively have bestowed and mete upon us an appropriate measure of the Divine Providence and Fine Blessings promised to us from GOD, both in a Spiritual and in a Temporal Terrestrial nature, predicated upon our obedience and also upon our desire to come unto thee.

Accept our meagre tithes and alms. Magnify our honest altruism for thy glory and for the welfare of thy children. Accept each prodigal son, and adopt those who cry Abba unto thee. Bring us under thy wing.

Help us, Oh God manage our inheritance in an expedient and responsible way, with a love and compassion for Thine own, and also for the downtrodden.

Help us to repent, and come further into thy grace; yea, bless us even with a remission of sins, so that we may forever gird up our loins and remain faithful and free. Enable us henceforth to more easily flee from the scourge of a reprobate heart, even the carnal nature we are stricken with but desire not.

In deed, help us to discern, hearken and heed thy words and thy promptings; help us to find a sure refuge in the Atonement of Christ. Manifest thy Spirit in our homes, in our schools, in our communities, in our Nations, and also in thine churches, for our profit, Oh Heavenly Father, and for thy eternal glory.

Bless also our enemies where they may be, and those who are poor in Spirit, that they may receive a conviction of conscience, so that we may be more fully protected from the influence of hedonistic lifestyles, and from the abhorrent nature of those with uncircumcised hearts, and also even specially from those liars who are of the circumcision, who lie in wait to encircle us with their pestilent persuasions - full of filth and greed and envy, and all manner of sin.

Oh God, we humbly and with unspeakable awe recognize Thy Glorious Magnificence and Goodwill towards men; and we pray for thy guidance and blessing as we strive to follow only thee.

Etch and sear thy Commandments in our hearts, Oh God, and cause that thy Holy Spirit distil a true understanding of thy teachings in our minds, for a quickening of our spirits, for a greater wisdom, and for an undying and undeniable testimony of the truth of thy Son, even of thy Beloved Son Jesus Christ, the Saviour of the world and THE Redeemer of the faithful - even thy Son whose Immaculate Birth we mark, in grateful praise and adoration, in this celebrated Christmas season. Help us to share the joys of this veritable occasion, and may this prayer reach the ends of the earth, and more specially, may this prayer reach unto the centre of the sphere of the highest heaven, and even unto thee - in the sacred name of Jesus Christ we pray, amen.


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goldenpath 4 years ago from Shenandoah, Iowa, USA

Well constructed presentation! True prosperity and progression must be backed with the support of that which we covet and prize the most as human beings - currency. Our entire lifestyle is built around it. Only through sacrificing this token may be truly develop our faith in that which is unseen - yet is true!

This is true with how we worship every bit as much as it's true with how our nation should function and grow.

Thanks again for your heartfelt and inspired words.

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Timothy Donnelly 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thank you for your gracious comment on my presentation.

I might reiterate that this "token" as you reference it is mandatory, and yet there are so many other ways that we can give alms; and these other ways, as your Hub CELEBRITY CHARITIES suggests, can be something other than the lucre that is necessary to run our economy. Both are, in my understanding, not only commandments to follow with enthusiasm, but veritable gateways to the promises and providence of the Lord; and since all we have comes from Him, it is really our wills (through these deeds) that we sacrifice [as in ego] and surrender unto Him in order to manifest our sole [singular] worship exclusively to Him, and to align ourselves with the will and ethos of our God.

We must ask ourselves whether the love of the “practicality” of having an abundance of money is akin to the love of the money itself, which is the root of all evil. Aye, we must all be careful not to stray from the First Commandment - to love God with all our might, mind and strength - Only then will everything else pale in comparison.

And it is true that our Nations will "grow" when the citizens do all they can, and continue to strive for self-sufficiency, even as we shall be blessed from above, after all that we can do.

Merry Christmas to you and yours, Goldenpath, on the mark of this Holy and Happy season .

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B. Leekley 4 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

Up and Interesting. You cover a lot, and I'd need a second or third reading to sort out what I do and don't agree with or even understand. I think you are saying that both governments and churches (or the equivalent) have the responsibility to use their income to see to the stewardship of their lands and properites and the general welfare and assistance in times of need of their citizens / members. If so, I agree. I couldn't follow your critique of the Occupy movement.

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Timothy Donnelly 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thanks B. Leekley for your comment.

Governments (in my opinion and understanding) tax their citizens in order to pay the wages of the bureaucrats who administer the peoples' money and provide infrastructure and armed forces, etc., or, it ought so to be.

Churches collect a tithe from their members to CARE for the needy, and to pay the expenses of keeping chapels in heat, etc. They are not supposed to collect tithes to pay for the clergy and administration of church services, (in my opinion and understanding).

Jesus reminded us to render to Caesar what is Caesar's (i.e. the government), and to render to the Lord what is the Lord's (i.e. the churches).

In an ideal world, both institutions would have ample monies to provide their legitimate services if there was less corruption and greed, what with the ones in "power" giving themselves raises and kickbacks left, right and centre. A much more critical observation of the Lord's counsel obviously relates to the numerous denominations of churches; and one can judge their righteousness by how they keep their books, and also by if filthy lucre is paid to the "servants" of the Lord, or not.

If people continue to occupy questionable churches who give their clergy wages, benefits and pensions, instead of using the tithes collected for charitable and missionary services and the brick and mortar necessary to do the work of the Lord, then the members really ought to vote with their feet, because these institutions are too big and "powerful" to be changed from the bottom up, which is not the way a church is supposed to be run anyways - it is supposed to be run from the top down (i.e. Jesus is at the top; He should provide the instructions to organize and run His church).

A government (at least in a democracy) provides the forums, venues, and structure to institute change through appropriate communication channels - and of course by vote; an occupy movement does little in comparison to a rigorous debate through those channels, in my opinion.

There is a dichotomy here; church members ought not counsel the Lord, but citizenry must provide intelligent input to the bodies that form their countries' government; both can be supported by the person, or fled from by that same individual, given the free choice, if the means are available - and generally, they are.

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Timothy Donnelly 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

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