by: Gary North
April 11, 2005
If the church which you attend is a 501(c)(3) church you need to read this.
Today, Congressman Ron Paul posted an important report on his web site. It deals with the politicians' public praise of John Paul II and their voting records, which show that they opposed him at every turn. The report mentions the Federal government's threat to churches: to remove their tax-exempt status. This threat has produced lapdog churches, which is what
the politicians want.
Historically, religion always represented a threat to government because it competes for the loyalties of the people. In modern America, however, most religious
institutions abandoned their independence long ago, and now serve as cheerleaders for state policies like social services, faith-based welfare, and military
aggression in the name of democracy. Few American churches challenge state actions at all, provided their tax-exempt status is maintained. This is why
Washington politicians ostensibly celebrate religion-- it no longer threatens their supremacy. Government has co-opted religion and family as the primary organizing
principle of our society. The federal government is boss, and everybody knows it.
or Click here
I suggest that you click through and read his entire report.
Once again, let me recommend that churches that are presently set up under the Internal Revenue Service's 501(c)(3) tax exemption requirements send the IRS a letter saying that they
are no longer claiming exemption under this section of the Internal Revenue Code. This is because every church is automatically tax-exempt. No church has to ask permission of the
Read the language from the website of the Internal Revenue Service. The key word is "except."
Except for churches, their integrated auxiliaries, and public charities whose annual gross receipts are normally less than $5,000, organizations will not be
treated as described in section 501(c)(3) unless they notify the IRS that they are applying for recognition of section 501(c)(3) status.
From another page:
Annual Exempt Organization Information Returns
Every organization exempt from federal income tax under Internal Revenue Code section 501(a) must file an annual information return except:
A church, an interchurch organization of local units of a church, a convention or association of churches,
An integrated auxiliary of a church,
A church-affiliated organization that is exclusively engaged in managing funds or maintaining retirement programs,
A school below college level affiliated with a church or operated by a religious order, even though it is not an integrated auxiliary of a church,
Certain church-affiliated mission societies that conduct activities in foreign countries, or activities directed at persons in foreign countries,
An exclusively religious activity of any religious
order. . . .
There is no good reason for an American church to apply to the government for anything. If a church or a church-based school is accepting money from the government for faith-based
initiatives, it is time to pull the feeding tube. There is no such thing as free money from the government. There are always strings attached.