The Hypocritical 501c3 Babylonian Church System and its Unholy Alliance with the Federal Government, Secularism, and America’s Greatest Enemies
The word “church” originally comes from an Old English term “kirke.” Centuries ago, the Anglo-Saxons used to refer to their pagan places of worship as a “kirke.” When the Anglo-Saxons accepted Christianity, they simply continued to call their worship centers kirkes, which eventually evolved into “churches.” The word “church” is in fact a pagan term that describes a pagan worship system founded by man.
Early believers were never called “church goers” or even “Christians.” The faith in the Messiah was originally just a sect of Judaism. The first believers were called “Nazarenes” or “Followers of the Way.” In Paul’s trial before Felix, the lawyer for the prosecution said, “We have found this man to be a troublemaker, stirring up riots among the Jews all over the world. He is a ring leader of the Nazarene sect,” Acts 24:5.
So exactly when did the “church” start? Catholics proclaim that the church began when the Savior commissioned Peter to become the first Pope. They believe the apostles were the original Catholics who led the early believers to start the new religion of Christianity. They reasoned that since the Jews killed, God had now turned his attention to the rest of the world. “After the crucifixion, the apostles passed to the Early Church Fathers, the Faith. Later Emperors, like Constantine, and Monarchs accepted the Creed; their subjects followed. That’s how it started,” says one Catholic web site. It was Roman Emperor Constantine who mandated Christianity to be the universal religion. In doing so however, he instituted major changes in the faith. Constantine gave several edicts that would separate the church from Biblical Judaism. These decrees mandated ancient pagan practices, like Christmas, Communion, Easter, and “Sun Day” worship, as “Christian.”
In the preface to Edward Gibbon’s History of Christianity, we read: “If Paganism was conquered by Christianity, it is equally true that Christianity was corrupted by Paganism. The pure Deism of the first Christians . . . was changed, by the Church of Rome, into the incomprehensible dogma of the trinity. Many of the pagan tenets, invented by the Egyptians and idealized by Plato, were retained as being worthy of belief.”
“Ask Jesus into your heart” is found nowhere in the Bible. Neither is “Give your heart to the Lord”, or repeating a man-made “sinner’s prayer”. These practices do not exist in Scripture at all. Soteriology (the doctrine of salvation) is the most important subject in the Bible and clergymen continue to lie about it. These rituals are a total fabrication. They were invented to make salvation “quick and convenient”.
There are many reasons why no true Christian should form a “501c3 tax-exempt religious organization.” If the average pastor, deacon board, or professing Christian knew these reasons, those who love Jesus (opposed to those who merely practice religion, or a profession) would likely “tear their robes” and run like hell (figuratively speaking) from such institutions.
However, the revelation of these facts can be a slow process to the casual church-going Christian. This article covers the main points for you to consider. Even a “partial revelation” of the information here should be enough to make the case why no true Christian should attend a 501c3 “church,” and especially why they should never give money to one again. Acting on this information is, of course, a different matter. Having been a parishioner of several church denominations over the years, my ego easily justified my attendance so long as I remained ignorant of the Bible and church history itself.
Consider the following three points:
1. 501c3 “churches” attempt to serve two masters, but their true and legal head ( their “lord”) is the State, not Jesus Christ
2. 501c3 “churches” sign a waiver to forfeit their 1st Amendment Freedom of Speech rights, and therefore are legally and honor-bound (by their oath) to NOT teach or preach the entire Word of God
3. Money given to all 501c3′s (with paid employees) funds abortions and all manner of ungodliness and are therefore an unclean offering before God
Let’s examine these claims one at a time . . .
1. 501c3 “churches” attempt to serve two masters, but their true and legal head (or “lord”) is the State, not Jesus Christ:
It may surprise you to learn that there is no such thing as a “501c3 church.” TITLE 26 section 501(c)(3) of the IRS code (below) does not even mention churches. There are only “501c3 tax-exempt religious organizations” and they are ALL – by legal definition – “corporations,” NOT churches. True churches are outside the scope of the law in this regard, because of the 1st Amendment and section 508c of the IRS code (see below). Legally, ALL corporations are creations of the State, and can exist solely by the State’s permission. Their right to exist and practice charitable cause(s) — including religion — derives solely from the State granting the applying “charitable organization” the requested permission and requested legal authority to function.
Conversely, the true church is called into existence by Jesus Christ, who is its sole head (Col 1:18) and Sovereign. The church is mandated by God to meet, worship, preach, teach, evangelize, and to collect and distribute funds to the needy, etc, regardless of whether earthly authorities want or permit the church to function or exist. But by incorporating as a 501c3, a group of leaders asks the State’s permission to exist, binds themselves by an oath, and effectively renounces Christ as its head.
The following quotes come from a multi-page article: Woe To State Churches:
“A corporation is a creature of the state… Its rights to act as a corporation are only preserved to it so long as it obeys the laws of its creation…” (Hale v. Henkel, 201 U.S. 43)
“[A corporation is] an artificial person or legal entity created by or under the authority of the laws of a state.”
Black’s Law Dictionary West Publishing Company, 1991; 6th Edition, page 340
“A corporation derives its existence and all of its powers from the State and, therefore, has only such powers as the State has conferred upon it. … the source of this power is the charter and the statute under which the corporation was organized.” Len Young Smith and G. Gale Roberson, Smith and Roberson’s Business Law, West Publishing Company, 1966, page 796
“A corporation derives its existence and all of its power from the State!” The church on the other hand was created by and is the body of Christ. We belong to Him and we are subject to Him and His Laws. The source of any church’s power is supposed to be the Holy Spirit; it’s authority to function solely from God… Why would you bring in a “fictitious entity” no less created by the state and man i.e.: corporation, to run and regulate something that belongs to the Lord? To become a corporation in effect divorces the church from Christ. We also commit idolatry by putting something before Him.”
Read much more relating to the legal definition of a corporation, versus the nature of a true Christian church operating with Christ as its Sovereign from this multi-page article – Woe To State Churches:
The “church” (ecclesia, meaning “assembly” or “called-out ones”) as defined by scripture is called out of both the world’s political and religious systems. By incorporating, Christian leaders turn their backs on Jesus’ headship of His Bride, and wander right back into the religious system of the world. Is “adultery” or “harlotry” too strong a term to describe the church that does this? I don’t think so.
Naive in their intent, most churches today usually apply for 501c3 due to ignorance (or, “lack of knowledge” – Hosea 4:6) . “They think they have to,” or a lawyer recommended that they do so, but most lawyers simply don’t understand that churches are outside the scope of the law. Most also think they need to become 501c3 in order to be “tax exempt” (love of money), but in fact churches in the United States of America are already tax-exempt, and donations to churches are tax-deductible already, without ever becoming a 501c3!
More from Woe To State Churches:
According to the Internal Revenue Code, “a church, its integrated auxiliaries, and conventions and associations of the church are excluded from taxation.” United States Code, Title 26, 508(c)(1)(A).
Section 508(c) of the Internal Revenue Code provides that churches Are Not required to apply for recognition of Section 501(c)(3) status in order to be exempt from federal taxation or to receive tax deductible contributions. Churches are automatically exempt from Federal income tax, and contributions to churches are deductible by donors under section 170.
See also Facts About 501c3 Tax-Exempt Status for churches at Heal Our Land Ministries, which states:
“…note what the IRS says regarding churches and church ministries, in Publication 557:
Some organizations are not required to file Form 1023. These include:
Churches, interchurch organizations of local units of a church, conventions or associations of churches, or integrated auxiliaries of a church, such as a men’s or women’s organization, religious school, mission society, or youth group. These organizations are exempt automatically if they meet the requirements of section 501(c)(3). ”
There is more than enough information available to convince anyone that churches do not have to incorporate to apply for tax-exemptions, and that — even if the tax exemptions were not automatic — it is spiritual adultery for them to do so because all such religious corporations accept The State as their head. Only the State can give permission to incorporate, and this new legal entity is under the jurisdiction of the State alone the minute it incorporates; under U.S. law, all of a corporation’s rights, powers and authority are granted by the State and subject to the State.
However, when Christians regularly assemble for worship, teaching, preaching, etc, they automatically meet the IRS definition of a church without incorporating under State power, or requesting State permission for (and therefore scrutiny of) such activities. There is simply no U.S. law requiring churches to incorporate with The State, and churches are still obeying the “law of the land” by doing all of the above without incorporating. There are, however, many scriptural prohibitions to God’s people “joining,” “covenanting” or being “yoked with” pagan powers and unbelievers — which is the exact definition of 501c3 incorporation of a church.
But these are not the only relevant issues. Those that form a covenant with the State enter into an oath ensuring their silence on many scriptural issues…
2. 501c3 “churches” sign a waiver to forfeit their 1st Amendment Freedom of Speech rights, and therefore are legally and honor-bound (by their oath) to NOT teach or preach the entire Word of God
Most parishioners falsely believe that churches (501c3 organizations, that is) are limited merely from endorsing or opposing political candidates. However, that is only the last line of Title 26 Section 501 (c) (3). The full text which “pastors” (aka “employee agents” / CEOs of the 501c3 Corporations) are required to sign also prohibits “carrying on propaganda” – i.e., public discussion of issues that might at some time, by somebody, be deemed “political.”
TITLE 26–INTERNAL REVENUE CODE
Sec. 501. Exemption from tax on corporations,
certain trusts, etc.
(c) List of exempt organizations
(3) Corporations, and any community chest, fund, or foundation, organized and operated exclusively for religious, charitable, scientific, testing for public safety, literary, or educational purposes, or to foster national or international amateur sports competition (but only if no part of its activities involve the provision of athletic facilities or equipment), or for the prevention of cruelty to children or animals, no part of the net earnings of which inures to the benefit of any private shareholder or individual, no substantial part of the activities of which is carrying on propaganda, or otherwise attempting, to influence legislation (except as otherwise provided in subsection (h)), and which does not participate in, or intervene in (including the publishing or distributing of statements), any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for public office.
Is the word “church” mentioned anywhere in
Title 26 501(c)(3)
of the IRS Code?
NO. 501c3′s are ONLY granted to corporations, community chests, funds & foundations organized for any variety of non-profit purposes. But “churches” are mentioned as automatically “exempt from taxation” under
If you attend or “belong to” a 501c3 organization, you are NOT in a church, but a religious corporation that “belongs to” and is ruled by “the State.” It is neither the creation, property, or agent of Jesus Christ, as HE is not it’s rightful head or Sovereign – your 501c3 paperwork says so!
Consider this: In today’s world is homosexuality a political topic? Abortion? Islam and Sharia Law? What about euthanasia? These are only a few among the topics which 501c3 organizations and their “mouthpieces” are promising by their covenant with the State never to speak on! Pastors (as well as employees – and possibly, in the future even members of 501c3′s who claim tax write-offs) cannot attempt “to influence legislation” on any issue!
Consider this astonishing fact . . .
America would Never have even been founded if earlier churches had signed 501c3 agreements!
In 1954, Lynden B. Johnson introduced the 501c3 system (as documented by Peter Kershaw of Heal Our Land Ministries) in order ” . . . to silence the church and eliminate the significant influence the church had always had on shaping “public policy.”
“One need not look far to see the devastating effects 501c3 acceptance has had to the church, and the consequent restrictions placed upon any 501c3 church. 501c3 churches are prohibited from addressing, in any tangible way, the vital issues of the day.”
“For a 501c3 church to openly speak out, or organize in opposition to, anything that the government declares “legal,” even if it is immoral (e.g. abortion, homosexuality, etc.), that church will jeopardize its tax exempt status. The 501c3 has had a “chilling effect” upon the free speech rights of the church. LBJ was a shrewd and cunning politician who seemed to well-appreciate how easily many of the clergy would sell out. ”
In Caesar’s Grip , by Peter Kershaw
While the IRS has been somewhat slack in punishing pastors and churches who speak against abortion and homosexuality (i.e., revoking tax-exempt status and seizing their property), rest assured, that under the Obama administration, they’re gearing up. Even if the IRS never cracks down, the problem lies in the fact that a pastor (or organization) who signs a 501c3 application, then speaks on these issues, is breaking his word! He made an oath not to, even though he may not have understood the legal jargon or full implications of his oath. 501c3 pastors have promised not to discuss political issues (including those relating more properly to issues of morality).
But the apostle Paul stated that he did not fail to teach “all the counsel of God” (Acts 20:27). Scripture calls God’s people to “love justice” and to “defend the rights of the poor” (legal issues), ensure “honest weights and measures” (economic issues) and decry evil (even in moral and political realms). Jonah preached to an entire city to repent of their sins. Samuel rebuked a king to his face over adultery and murder.
The question is not whether the IRS (or any government agency, the ACLU, etc) chooses to sue or enforce the pastor’s 501c3 oath — the question is How could any true Christian (pastor or otherwise) sign an oath to remain silent on any issue? The Biblical mandate for leaders is to “Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season (i.e., popular, politically correct or not); reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine (2 Tim 4:2).”
But today’s 501c3 churches cannot only not speak to their own people about these issues (legally, or morally, due to their oath). A 501c3 “employee agent” can’t even use church stationary to write his congressman, much less rebuke a political figure personally.
Forget homosexuality – if you do not see the day coming when it will be a “hate crime” to “damage someone’s self-esteem” by telling somebody what’s wrong with being a Muslim or same sex marriage, then you’ve got your head buried in the sand.
The “law of our land” is clear:
The 1st Amendment states that . . .
“Congress shall make no law regarding an establishment of religion,
or prohibiting the free exercise thereof”
The 1st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution made certain that “religious establishments” (including but not limited to Christian churches) could practice, say and do whatever they pleased, without government interference or regulation. By law, any unincorporated religious establishment can (still!) speak on issues of politics and morality, mobilize for any cause, and even finance the election or opposition of any political candidate.
But by applying for and receiving a 501c3 “license to preach” pastors and churches have unwittingly signed away both their legal rights and their God-given responsibility to teach and preach “all the counsel of God.” Just to receive a tax-exemption (that they already possess – Title 508(1)(a)) and some sort of unneeded recognition from the State, “churches” sign away their very fundamental right to speak freely.
Christians often say that we should always vote, “because someone died to give us that right.” Is the Bill of Rights any different? Our Christian forefathers fought and died to secure the Right to Free Speech for the church (establishments of religion), and today’s religious leaders are duped into signing it away. Just as a criminal might “waive his right to an attorney” and sign a confession of guilt in order to plea bargain, today’s pastors of 501c3 churches waive their right to free speech by applying for 501c3 status.
Is the moral decline of America since 1954′s inauguration of the 501c3 system, a coincidence? Of course not. The clergy sold out and hypocrisy has its privileges.
What’s worse is that due to the IRS’s claim on earnings of 501c3 church employees, not only are the people of God unable to condemn Islam and abortion for example, they are actually funding it through their tithes and offerings.
3. Money given to all 501c3′s (with paid employees) funds abortions and all manner of ungodliness, and may be an unclean offering before God
In the beginning of the 501c3 system, pastors and other church workers were legally classified as “ministers” and were exempt from taxation on gifts derived from their service to God and His church. However, in 1984 IRS law changed to require that even so-called “churches” must withhold income taxes from these otherwise sacred positions. All of its workers came to fall under the legal, secular designation of “employees” (of their tax exempt religious corporation) — rather than “laborers,” “workers,” “ministers,” “pastors,” etc, of Christ’s church. In keeping with their scripturally prohibited covenant with earthly power, all 501c3 religious organizations must play the additional role of “tax collector” and IRS informant.
What this means is that a significant portion of a 501c3 member’s gifts, tithes, offerings, etc goes directly to the Federal government, not the so-called House of God.
Consider a religious worker who earns $200 per week in salary (for example). Usually 15-20% of that is taken out before he or she receives it, as well as the 501c3 employer’s additional contribution to Social Security, Medicare, FICA, etc — an additional 15-20%. So in order to pay a pastor or other worker $160 net income per week, approximately $240 has to be taken from the “church coffers” – i.e., from donations intended for God’s work. For every salaried “pastor” who earns $30,000 per year, the federal government receives approximately $9,000-12,000, taken directly from what 501c3 institution members erroneously believe they have sacrificed to God.
Earthly government does some good deeds with the money derived from collecting taxes such as building roads, schools, libraries, paying congressmen and senators’ salaries, defending our borders, etc., etc. However, they also do many things that a Christian may not sanction or willingly fund according to their conscience, e.g. go to war and kill other people, provide funding for abortions, “sex education” or even arts programs that desecrate or blaspheme Jesus Christ.
There is nothing wrong with individuals paying taxes (Romans 13:1-8). The issue raised here is to inform those who give regularly to a 501c3 institution that your gifts and sacrificial offerings are being perverted when your “priesthood” (church board, accountants, etc) willingly turn over such a large portion of your offering to non-kingdom activities. In short, your tithes are not going fully to God, His kingdom, His workers, His ministries, or His eternal purposes for the true church. If your “church” pays “employees,” and if taxes are taken from their paychecks, your offerings to God are possibly unclean because of the nature of the 501c3 system and your institution’s penchant for rendering unto Caesar that which belongs to God.
We can’t help but pay taxes on our own personal income (which God also endorses when the government requires tribute), but as a matter of conscience — if not common sense — no true church or individual should additionally fund the world’s system via offerings sacrificed to God. In fact, no true church does, only 501c3 religious corporations with paid employees do! The true church (ecclesia) is not under the State’s power to legislate or to tax. Only 501c3′s are.
The only way to protect your offerings to God from such desecration is to give non-income gifts directly to individuals in need (alms), directly to those who teach or minister to you, and only to organizations that do not pay salaries to their workers and/or withhold tax. While well-intentioned, 501c3 corporations fund (via withholding taxes) whatever earthly government sees fit to spend your offering on – good, bad, or evil – and the sad fact is that the corporation’s “ministers” are the ones who are contractually bound to the State and the IRS to defile the offerings.
The Church of Jesus Christ is a living organism called into existence by Jesus Christ. Her mandate to meet and to function is a divine mandate, outside the scope of earthly powers to permit or deny. Just as God instructed the Israelites to “make no covenant” (Ex 23:32 ; 34:12) with the members of other lands, the early church likewise “took nothing (such as tax-exemptions) of the gentiles” (3 John 1:7) “for His name’s sake”! True churches functioned throughout history and in America for centuries before the 501c3 system was ever introduced, and no true church needs to be a 501c3 to be legitimate in the eyes of God, or in the eyes of American law. Individual believers must obey all the laws of the land (including paying taxes). However, the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution places The Church as a corporate entity outside the scope of legislation. Even if it did not, there is no law that requires churches to become 501c3 religious corporations anyway, so no one is “obeying the law of the land” by incorporating as a 501c3. They are instead voluntarily subjecting Christ’s church to pagan rule.
To do so reduces a body of believers to the designation of a State Church, rather than the true Church of Jesus Christ and effectively (i.e., legally, on paper, via a signed oath) names the State as its Head and Sovereign authority. This oath prevents the free preaching of the entire counsel of God by the state-licensed “minister,” preventing him from ever calling evil what the State calls good, or from calling good whatever the State may decide to call evil. And instead of the offerings of God’s people going solely to the needy, to widows and orphans, and to funding missionaries, a huge portion of the people’s offerings actually funds the evil they preach against.
There is no reason why any true Christian believer should ever be a member of a 501c3 religious corporation incorrectly calling itself a church – and many compelling reasons why they should leave immediately if they are, and renounce such membership/covenant with the world.
“Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.” Revelation 18:6 (Consider also other “come out from among them” verses addressed to Christians practicing falsehood – 2Cor 6:15-18; 1Tim 6:5; 2Tim 3:5, etc. Take note that none of the above verses offer an immediate solution or “alternative,” such as “come out and do what…?” They only implore believers to turn away from those who practice falsehood and to leave false practices behind. Be willing to “enter the wilderness” if required, and acknowledge God, asking Him to direct your steps.
I don’t mean to insult or disrespect those believers that are “in the harlot church system,” just to wake them up to the hypocrisy of what they’ve bought into — their local 501c3 incorporated institution and the gag order it represents. You are not in a church by legal or scriptural definition — you are in a State controlled “tax-exempt religious organization.” You are in a corporation that has made covenant with an earthly kingdom (Federal Government) and replaced Jesus Christ’s headship with man’s. How, therefore, can we fight such atrocities as Islam / Sharia Law and Same Sex Marriage when we have agreed to a gag order by the State?
“Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean [thing]; and I will receive you, and will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.” 2 Cor 6:14-18
Until next time . . . Wake Up America!
Kevin A. Lehmann
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