501c3 Hypocrisy

Christians in  America today have become consumed by and divided over political ideology. This is unfortunate, and I would argue  “unchristian” as well. I would also argue that it reveals the hypocrisy prevalent in mainstream American “christianity.”  What do I mean? Let me explain.

The “christians” on the right lament, “The left is the antichrist!” Those on the left cry, “The right is the antichrist!” The Libertarians cry, “Both parties are the antichrist!” But they all have one thing in common. No matter who is in charge, the “church” gladly holds on to their 501c3 and takes advantage of the tax breaks concerning tithes and offerings. The “church” claims that a government that uses tax dollars to fund birth-control goes against their religious beliefs, but then allows those same “atheistic tax dollars” to pay for their churches.  You can wrap “it” up in pretty paper, put bows and ribbons on it, but it’s still hypocrisy.

You may not agree with me, but I think the whole political system is “antichrist.” It’s time for the Church to get “out of bed” with the government, and be the bride of Christ. I believe that in the not so distant future the precious 501c3 will be taken away from any group that preaches the truth about Jesus. I believe that the gospel will be labeled as “hate speech,” and persecution/prosecution will be visited upon those who preach it. Why not throw this “yoke” off right now, and repent of the carnal allegiances that divide the body of Christ.

“Come out of her, my people,that you will not share in her sins, so that you will not receive any of her plagues;for her sins are piled up to heaven, and God has remembered her crimes.”

 

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3 thoughts on “501c3 Hypocrisy

  1. I thought the 501c3 was just for nonprofit companies & organizations. (I guess many might have a religious tie with a church.) I don’t think a church uses 501c3. I thought churches just automatically had tax exemption from paying taxes because of separation of church and government. Most of the time churches don’t get to take advantage of the services that tax-paying companies do because they don’t pay taxes. Maybe somebody that is a tax specialist could clarify some of this for us?

  2. Yo Kyle, 501c3 is based upon the separation of Church (institutions) and State (institutions). Churches don’t use atheistic tax dollars to supplement themselves financially. And 501c3 charities shelter donations to churches and other charities from taxation by government. The problems with church and government financing goes far beyond simple 501c3 rules. Here’s an even stickier problem: All salaries paid to clergy and the military have a “housing allowance” exemption. That is, if a church designates a portion of a pastor’s salary as housing allowance, those monies up to the fair rental expenses or home ownership expenses are not reportable or taxed as income. Ah, Isn’t God good. So, getting bent out of shape about any part of this argument on either side is useless for kingdom purposes. And each side skews and misinterprets to the degree they don’t have all the facts and don’t understand the history behind it all. By the way, God has used these “evil” exemptions and benefits to fund and send missionaries around the world. “All things work together for good to those who are the called according to His purpose.” And if God sees fit to allow these financial benefits to be removed, we should praise Him for His supernatural provision. Getting bent out of shape by any of this does not serve a kingdom purpose.

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