If your church has the 501(c)(3) tax exemption then the clergy of these churches CAN NOT speak out against Government officals who support laws which violate a number of bible principals. Also the clergies of churches can not show support for or against a polical parties or speak out directly against the president and other members of government if his/her policies are in direct conflict with the bible. And did you know that if or should a clergy speak out to their members againts the president and/or govement officals is grounds for the governmet to remove the 501 (c)(3) tax exemption status.
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PandN- Research has revealed that Catholic, Baptists, Mormons, JW, SDA and more more churches out these have the 501(c)(3) tax exempt status.In these you will never hearthem (clergy)speak out against government policies that violate bible principals.
A 501(c)(3) entity is a corporation, being an artificial person. An the artificial entity called church is a counterfeit of the real thing. The Ekklesia in contrast are LIVING stones being built up by Jesus Christ as a spiritual house.
PandN- I agree. Thank you very much for a great answer and comment.
It's not a matter of the polical arena. It's a matter of right and wrong. And most clergy who relie on the 501 (c)(3) tax exempltion for their "church" are greedy and cowards. Thanks for your answer.
If the Church is a business, then what does it make of the people who attend it?
celafoe- Thanks for your answer. Like you said it's a business for those who make a profit so they sould call it "Church Inc."
And it shouldn't be left out that many so called "ministries" are the same.
grace-- just thinking, i believe the law requires that all corporations have either inc, incorporated, limited or such be a part of their names as a warning for people to know who they are dealing with, a govt entity
Thanks celafoe, I'm aware of it.
dashingscorpio- It's my opinion that no church should received 501(c)(3). This code prevents them from speaking out against issue that Government or Government officals support that is in violation of bible principals. Its money churches care about.
Churches aren't forced to file for 501(c) tax exempt status. They (want) to tax free benefits! They may not "officially" endorse candidates but candidates pretty much knows who their "supporters" are. Apparently tax free money is more important.
dashingscorpio- I realize there are a few churches out there who have not and will not apply for the 501(c)(3) tax exemption. But they are as rare as hens teeth.
Rich- I agree 100% and thanks for your answer.
Good point Rich,
"The hireling is a root cause of much of the problem," but the people desire to have a CEO to run their corporate business entity called "senior pastor," who lives off of their backs.
Jeremiah 5:31 The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests exercise rule at their own hands and by means of the prophets. And My people love to have it so! But what will you do when the end comes?
The limitations only apply if you are in the tax-exempt status. If the church pays taxes on its income, then it can preach whatever the hell it wants.
Tsad- I'll assume for the moment that you don't know that 501(c)(3) is something a church applies for through the IRS. As far as I'm concern the "churches" asked for their problems. In 501 (c) 3) code there is no seperation between church and state.
Funny how the problems Peter had were with the "Religious" not the Government. Money wasn't an issue in the NT yet today it is the subject of cute sermons to attract the plebs to their seats. I don't remember Christ preaching about the constitution.
Tsad- You seem to think there is some requirement on my part to answer your question. I gave you my reply. I can delete your answer in a heart beat big mouth.