The Tax-exempted Church
I believe that there are many bible believing Christians that attend their church faithfully never realizing that their church is a corporation, that was incorporated so to take advantage of the tax-exempt status that our U.S. government has set in order for any non-profit organization of which they want to politically control. The benefit for having that tax-exempt status is to find a savings in one's taxes in giving to that organization. But there is a deal attached to that status which is defined below. In the case of churches, or any other non-profit organization, they can not influence their members or the public to take a stand on any legislation or political candidate. In other words, they've traded taking a stand on the righteousness of God in the laws of our country for the tax benefit. Can anyone really think that the apostle Paul would of stood with this decision and action of the incorporated church. I don't think so! And I very seriously doubt that God approves of this either.
Consider this, the incorporated church was voluntarily created and given under the authority of a government that today denies even the existence of our creator, God Almighty and His Son, Christ Jesus, our Lord and Savior by the government funded schools that teach our children evolution rather our divine Creator. Consider this, evolution teaches that death came before sin, also denying both the Father and the Son, nullifying the Sacrifice of Christ Jesus. It says in 1 John 2:22 He is antichrist who denies the Father and the Son. Therefore in my opinion, the incorporated church is under the authority of a government that today is politically antichrist.
Black's Law Dictionary:
Corporation: An artificial person or legal entity created by or under the authority of a state. The law treats the corporation itself as a person which can sue and be sued.
Controlled Group: A controlled group of corporations is required to share a lower-level corporate tax rates and various other tax benefits among the members of the group
Tax laws listed in Title 26 of the IRS tax code:
List of Exempt Organizations Sec. 501 (c) 3
1. Corporations, and any community chest, fund, or foundation, organized and operated exclusively for religious, charitable, scientific, testing for public safety, literary, or educational purposes etc..
Sec 504 (a) (2)
2. To disqualify for the exemption described in 501 (c) (3)
A. By reason of carrying on propaganda, or otherwise attempting, to influence legislation, or
B. By reason of participating in, or intervening in, any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for public office,
In other words to disqualify for the tax-exempt status, if the corporate church is found doing either (A.) or (B.) that is grounds for them to lose their tax-exempt status. What a trade off, silencing the children of God of manifesting God's righteousness for the sake of the money saved in a tax break. Just consider that the devil also offered Jesus many materialistic deals which Jesus turned down and then after 40 days of temptations, the devil left, seeking for a more opportune time. According to Scripture, every child of God is to be politically responsible. In the political process, the righteousness of God can be exposed to the world by those that are in Christ. There should be no political silence when the church comes together. Those that understand the true gospel of Christ, know that those in Christ, live by faith, being led by the convictions that are revealed by God's Holy Spirit, submitting their lives to the righteousness of God in love.
Romans 1: 16. For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. 17. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, "The just shall live by faith.''18. For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, 19. because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them.
1 Corinthians 15:34. Awake to righteousness, and do not sin; for some do not have the knowledge of God. I speak this to your shame.
Philippians 2: 4. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.
Satan has convinced many that there are two things that are to be silenced when in the presence of others and that is politics and religion. The bible demands the opposite from the children of God. Those are the two most important things that should not be publically silenced. The children of God are to speak and live their faith publically and their righteous political stand should not be denied nor hidden by the influence of their tax-exempt corporate church.
Luke 12:8. "Also I say to you, whoever confesses Me before men, him the Son of Man also will confess before the angels of God. 9. "But he who denies Me before men will be denied before the angels of God.
1 Timothy 6:10. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. It is clear that the tax-exempt status was pursued because of the love for money which is the root of all kinds of evil.
11. But you, O man of God, flee these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness.12. Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. 13. I urge you in the sight of God who gives life to all things, and before Christ Jesus who witnessed the good confession before Pontius Pilate, 14. that you keep this commandment without spot, blameless until our Lord Jesus Christ's appearing,
Through the gospel of Christ, the children of God are to manifest God's righteousness in all that they do to include fulfilling their political responsibilities of speaking and voting the righteousness of God! Because of the tax-exempt limitations, many have been silenced for the sake of money. This is why the corporate church, in my opinion, is so responsible for the wickedness that has become the law of our land, laws that are in total opposition to the righteousness of God. I cannot see this not being brought up on that Day of Judgment for those that have chosen to be spiritually and politically silenced.