Should a New Testament Christian church have a 501c3 tax exemption?

  1. celafoe profile image64
    celafoeposted 5 years ago

    Should a New Testament Christian church have a 501c3 tax exemption?

    Many churches have a 501c3 Tax exemption from the government.   Is this scriptural?  Is not scriptural?    Scriptural answers please, not "I believe",

  2. SidKemp profile image91
    SidKempposted 5 years ago

    "Rend unto Caesar that which is Caesar's. Rend unto God that which is God's." This would be a relevant scripture. It would suggest that a Church should reject all government control of its congregation, as people are made in the image of God and go to God. It also suggests that a Church should pay any required taxes, as, taken in context, it referred to the fact that the image of Caesar was on coins (money) and that, therefore, money (taxes) should go to Caesar.

    But scripture never addressed the issue of a government that created separation of Church and State and chose not to tax churches. That idea didn't happen until after the American Revolution. So, in the US, it is legal and accepted for a Church not to pay taxes or even file tax returns. The US Government believes that religious freedom extends to a church to the point where the Church has no accountability to government around how it uses its money.

    So you might say that the US Government has already rendered its interpretation of scripture: It has said that money that goes to the Church belongs to God, and not to the government. Rend unto the Lord what is the Lord's. Filing for the appropriate tax exemption makes this possible.

    One note: All honesty in the collection and use of charitable donations, adhering to GAAP (Generally Accepted Accounting Principles) is scriptural. It falls under keeping the commandments not to steal and not to lie.

    1. celafoe profile image64
      celafoeposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      actually there are supreme Court  decisions that are binding that say  a "church" does not need a 501C  to be deductable as thee are laws making this so.. the 501C3 is a means of control and nothing else as is incorporation


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