Separation of church and state?
Not if your church has a 501c3 tax-exempt status! In reality, most churches in the “Land of the Free” have an IRS status of 501c3. The application for this status is not required in order to be tax exempt, but the status does offer certain advantages to the church who chooses to apply. HOWEVER, along with those certain advantages, come a list of restrictions.
Link: 501c3 Churches – Q & A
For example, a 501c3 church is not allowed to teach what Jesus really taught about taxation. They are not allowed to criticize governments and bureaus, including, but not limited to, the IRS. The rules are rather extensive, but the reality is that if a church signs a contract with the State/Government/IRS, and agrees to the rules thereof, who is the real master of that church? God or the State? If certain teachings are restricted by the State, then the fullness of truth or of Biblical teachings cannot be taught, and the State/Government/IRS is the master. The following two documents are published by the IRS and give a vague outline of the requirements and responsibilities of a 501c3 church. More specifically, a list of 35 prohibition follows.
It must also be understood that occasionally churches do promote an idea or agenda which is in opposition to IRS rules, BUT, the IRS has the power to revoke a church’s 501c3 status if it so chooses. The important thing to understand is this: If you attend a 501c3 church, you are attending a church which is controlled by the federal government via a contract between the church and the IRS! How does one know whether their church is a 501c3 church? You can use the GuideStar link (below), or you can simply ask! Ask your clergy. Write to the national “headquaters”. Most likely, unless you attend a small, indpendent church, your church has a 501c3 status…but even a small, independent church can apply for 501c3 status. (GuideStar non-profit search.)
On his website, Texe Marrs provides a list of 35 things that 501c3 churches are NOT permitted to do. The list is as follows, and can be accessed here. I would like to add that it does not matter whether you are for or against some of the issues mentioned. The fact is, that government has no right to restrict the teaching of any belief, and once a church gives that right to the government by applying for 501c3 status, it has consented to the control of that government.
Also note that rules do change! The following list may be outdated, and may be either more extensive or less extensive now. I encourage the reader to research the issue for themselves to learn more about 501c3 churches.
501c3 Church Prohibitions:
1. Expose conspiracies.
2. Criticize the New World Order.
3. Say or publish anything negative about any politician, Republican or Democrat.
4. Criticize government agencies and bureaus—the IRS, FBI, BATF, CIA, EPA, DEA, OSHA, DOJ, etc.
5. Criticize an institution of government such as the White House, the Congress, the Federal Reserve Board, or the Supreme Court.
6. Encourage citizens to call or write their congressman, senator, governor, mayor, or other public official.
7. Criticize any proposed or pending bill or legislation that would take away the rights and freedoms of the people.
8. Make disparaging remarks about, or criticize, any other faith group, cult, or religion.
9. Expose or criticize the New Age Movement.
10. Support or encourage a law-abiding citizen’s militia.
11. Support or encourage the Second Amendment, the right of the people to keep and bear arms.
12. Discourage young women from getting an abortion, or endorse the pro-life movement.
13. Teach that abortion, especially partial birth abortion, is murder and is the killing of innocent babies.
14. Identify homosexuality as a sin and an abomination to God.
15. Express an opinion on any subject or issue.
16. Appeal to peoples’ emotions by employing an evangelization method (such as “fire and brimstone” preaching) not considered a “reasoned approach” by the IRS.
17. Discuss or identify threats to Christianity.
18. Discuss subjects or topics the IRS deems “sensationalist.”
19. Criticize well-known public figures or institutions the IRS deems “worthy,” such as the super-rich elite, international bankers, the Hollywood movie industry, etc.
20. Publish or broadcast information on any topic without giving credence to the opposing viewpoints of Christ’s enemies.
21. Publish and offer books, tapes, or products that expose the elitist plot against humanity and God.
22. Criticize the Pope or the Vatican, or contrast the New Catholic Catechism with the truths found in the Holy Bible. (Note: only liberal churches are permitted by the IRS to criticize the Catholic Church).
23. Criticize the United Nations or such globalist groups as the Council on Foreign Relations, the Bilderbergers, and the Trilateral Commission.
24. Criticize the Masonic Lodge, the Order of Skull & Bones, or other Secret societies.
25. Highlight or otherwise bring attention to immorality of public officials or corruption in government.
26. Complain of government wrongdoing or injustice, such as happened at Waco, Ruby Ridge, and elsewhere.
27. Criticize the Jewish ADL or other Jewish lobby groups.
28. Say anything positive about the “religious right” or the “patriot movement.”
29. Support home schooling, home churches, or unregistered churches.
30. Spend money on missionary projects or charitable causes not approved by the IRS.
31. Promote or encourage alternative healthcare (herbs, vitamins, etc.).
32. Expose false teachings of any kind by anyone.
33. Support or encourage persecuted Christians suffering under anti-Christian regimes in Red China, Cuba, Russia, Israel, Saudi Arabia, the United States, and elsewhere.
34. Ordain a pastor whose training or qualifications are not approved by the IRS.
35. Advocate or teach any Bible doctrine that is politically or religiously incorrect, or is inconsistent with any “public policy” (abortion, feminism, gay rights, etc.) currently being enforced by the IRS.