24 votes

30 Pieces of Silver: An indictment of American Churches

WARNING!: This article is intended for a specific audience (Christians). If you are not a Christian and topics of a religious nature offend you, please read no further and return to the main page. I am posting it to the DP, because there are a number of Christians who frequent this site and I believe it is a topic of vital importance that has played a pivotal role in the loss of liberty in this country. I think it is one that all Christians should be aware of and should respectfully and prayerfully speak with their pastors about.

****

I want to start this essay by giving all Glory, Honor, Thanks & Praise to my Heavenly Father, who by His might created all the Heavens and the Earth and who sent His only begotten Son, My Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, to bear the sins of the world upon His shoulders that we who believe in Him may have everlasting life in eternity with Him.

I write this essay with much fear and trembling. Indicting God’s church is not something that should be done on a whim, or without much prayer and direction of the Holy Spirit. I would not publish this essay without a firm conviction that what I am about to say is truth, in accordance with His Word. I pray for God’s mercy and that my words will be heeded:

American Churches have sold out, for 30 Pieces of Silver, and have taken America down with her. Many decades ago, the Churches decided that God’s voice was not needed in the political arena and traded their God given freedom of speech for a (501)c3 tax exemption. For those of you who are not aware, churches are given this exemption, by their master’s the IRS, in return for staying out of the political arena...No political speech or mention or endorsement of political figures is allowed by the clergy, lest they lose their coveted tax exemption. Look around you today and you will see the dire consequences of their ill-advised action. When God’s voice is removed from the governing authorities, the inevitable result is a removal of His voice from all corners of that society. Many people will claim that if we do not curb the rampant spread of immorality in our society (divorce, abortion, homosexuality, promiscuity, fraud, deceit, corruption, etc.) we risk judgement from God; however, I assert to you that these things are merely proof that God’s judgement is already upon us. Did we really believe that we could turn a blind eye to the sinful men that have unlawfully set up their authority over us and suffer no consequence?

I am fully aware of the Romans 13 argument and I assert to you that, as it is used for justification for looking the other way while Satan reigns over us, it is a false argument, a coward’s argument that flies in the face of logic. It is true that Romans 13 states that we are to “be in subjection to the governing authorities”; however, this statement is further qualified with the statement that “rulers are not a cause of fear for good behavior, but for evil”...and further that governing authority is “a minister of God to you for good”...and also that “for because of this you also pay taxes, for rulers are servants of God, devoting themselves to this very thing.”

In this country, we have but one properly enacted, God-ordained governing authority and it is called the United States Constitution. In reference to our federal government, it is the single governing document from which all of our governing bodies derive their just powers from. It is the document that each of our public officials take an oath before God to protect and defend from all enemies, both foreign and domestic. When it is followed, it truly is a document that requires governing authority in this country to be “ministers of God to you for good”. It protects our rights in many aspects, not the least of which is our right to freedom of speech and freedom of religion and freedom of worship. I submit to you that it is our First Amendment Rights which guarantee us the right to follow God’s greatest Commission unimpeded; spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We see even today, first hand, what happens in countries where no such rights are guaranteed and I have read many a story of believers jailed and even murdered for seeking to do nothing more than preach the Gospel to those in desperate need of it.

But what happens, when our public officials, acting outside of the boundaries of their lawful authority, no longer serve as “avengers who brings wrath on the one who practices evil”, but instead become the ones who are practicing evil themselves? How is God’s Church to react to this? Are we then to ignore our God-ordained governing document, the U.S. Constitution and look the other way while evil and unjust authority rule over us? God forbid such a conclusion!

Should not the correct response to this by God’s people be to expose our public officials for the lawbreakers, oathbreakers and usurpers that they have become? Should we not seek to have them removed from their unjust authority and replace them with those that will honor their oath sworn on the Bible before God? Oh that’s right, we can’t do that without violating our “contract” with the Devil...oops, I mean the IRS and losing our sacred tax exemption. That’s all right, I am sure that God will understand....

How does any God-fearing Christian think that it could ever be preferable to God that His Church keep silent about tyranny, injustice and oath-breakers in return for mere monetary gain?! I would assert that those who feel it is better for the church to have a few extra dollars rather than the ability to speak the truth has no faith in their Creator to provide for them at all. I can imagine no circumstance where the Almighty God of the Bible would need an agency such as the IRS as a means of providing for His people - at the high cost of the ability to speak the truth about those that would seek to represent them...unless of course it was as a form of judgment for their failure to do what is right in His eyes.

This country, like all others before us, stands on a precipice. Once again, humanity has shown it’s inability to achieve anything but utter destruction when it wanders from the path that God has laid out for us. Show me where in the entire Bible that God’s people have ever been exempt from reaping the often painful results of sinful actions. I assert to you that serving monetary needs over matters of truth is a sinful action in God’s eyes. God is perfectly capable of providing for His church and He does not need an IRS tax exemption to do so!

While, for some of us, our souls may be saved, (hallelluia!), that does not guarantee that our children and grandchildren will not reap the results of our failure to be watchmen on the walls for them. Our churches have allowed themselves to be bribed and deceived by the enemy and the point of this essay is not to call a fallen world to Repent and be Saved (as vital as that also is), but to call God’s church to Repentance and Forgiveness for allowing their voices to be silenced for monetary gain, lest we continue to bring God’s Just Wrath upon our nation as a whole. It will be our children and grandchildren who pay the heaviest price of living under an unjust governing authority that knows not God, nor the rebuke of His people. Luke 16:13: “No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.” Choose your master wisely and I beseech God’s churches to stop allowing the enemy to buy your silence for any price! We are God’s people, we are to boldly speak the truth and fear God, not any man or agency of the Devil!!



Trending on the Web

Comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.

....

You say your essay is for Christians

but you pretty well line out why I flatly refuse to call myself a "Christian" any more.
2000 years of waging war in Christ's name is enough to make me suspect they are not really hearing what Christ said. I'm all done with them. These new "mega churches" are straight up mass hypnosis and if a person does not come to have a relationship with their Creator in full, freely chosen awareness, the relationship is not worth having.

Love or fear? Choose again with every breath.

Almost correct

While the Johnson executive order concerning churches was recended, there is still the stifling effect from the IRS that can still shake down a church. And the Johnson era mentality is still there.

So this article is technically incorrect but the thought still applies...

Here is a good source of facts on 501c3 law and churches.

http://hushmoney.org/501c3-facts.htm

“ANARCHY is the radical notion that other people are not your property.” ~Lysander Spooner

Denise B's picture

Not sure where

you're getting your information from; however, the IRS routinely threatens 501(c)3 churches for what they deem to be "political speech". Please see the attached links:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/20/pastors-conservativ...

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2012/09/20/pastors-unite-aga...

http://www.lifenews.com/2012/10/08/almost-1600-pastors-defy-...

Not sure about your claim that "executive order concerning churches was rescinded"; however, the fact remains that the IRS still acts as if it is in full effect.

The good news; howevever, as you will see if you check the links, is that many pastors are now starting to stand against the IRS on this issue.

The solution is painfully simple

Don't file as a tax-exempt organization.

The bulk of taxes churches avoid are local property taxes. But, to avoid federal taxes, the best thing would be for a pastor to file as a business. Then they have exemptions they can use and loopholes. Tithes are then calculated as income, as they should be in my opinion. Of course, as we all know about consequences, no one could deduct their tithes from their personal taxes either in that case.

The large top-down religious groups, Catholics, Lutherans, etc... would have a hard time doing this. And, one of the main reasons this all happened was so Catholic and Lutheran Churches could afford to build their large Cathedrals.

"In the beginning of a change the patriot is a scarce man, and brave, and hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot."--Mark Twain

Tithes are not meant to be

Tithes are not meant to be income, but for assistance to the needy.

Tithes given to a true church (as opposed to a tax exempt non profit organization) are tax deductible from the donors tax return.

Churches do not need to file for tax exempt status. They are by their very nature tax EXCLUDED. It is when they file for this tax exemption status that they cease to be a church and become instead a Non profit organization. The IRS's literature even states this very clearly, but then continues to explain that a Church may want to file this status in order to gain OTHER benefits (such as free postage and other very minor ENTICEMENTS, dainty meats)

"When thou sittest to eat with a ruler consider diligently what is before thee and put a knife to thy throat if thou be a man given to appetite. Be not desirous of his dainties for they are deceitful meat." Proverbs 23

----------------------------------------------------------
"Ehhh, What's ups Doc?" B.Bunny "Scwewy Wabbit!"E. Fudd
People's Awareness Coalition: Deprogramming Sequence

Just Curious

I grew up Catholic - so our weekly tithe went into a bulk fund for the diocese. Our priests earned a tiny income but the church paid for the house for the priests and nuns, etc... It also went for the perochial school system, etc...

So, if your tithes go to charity, how does the pastor make money? How is the church heated and cooled?

I know the Neocon/Bankster Cabal builds the megachurches, but how does everyone else do it?

"In the beginning of a change the patriot is a scarce man, and brave, and hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot."--Mark Twain

Most people work to pay their

Most people work to pay their way...

The PEOPLE are the Church. Food and water are sufficient for heating and cooling, as provided by nature.

----------------------------------------------------------
"Ehhh, What's ups Doc?" B.Bunny "Scwewy Wabbit!"E. Fudd
People's Awareness Coalition: Deprogramming Sequence

this Christian agrees with you--

even those of us who are members of 'corporate' churches can work quietly behind the scenes--

and must . . .

to restore liberty and also educate others in our churches about the wrongness of it all--

baby steps--

it's hard to be awake; it's easier to dream--

Not Gods Church

Government is full of people who follow the teachings of "the church" you speak of and what good has it gotten us? The church you speak of is not Gods church and most certainly is not Gods voice because they do not adhere to the sound teachings of Scripture. The church has plenty of voice in government by way of all the christian politicians who have always been a majority and they are just as void of Scriptural truth as the churches they go too. They sold out a long time ago when they rejected the truth and fell in with the rest of the world.

Don't blame Gods Church. Put the blame false Christianity and the rest of the worldly minded people.

yes, but not every Christian has the spiritual maturity--

to know the difference between true and false Christianity--

'young' Christians (whether young or old in age) who haven't gone deep . . . won't get it--

and hence are easily led away by false religions--

it's a quagmire--

and those of us who know and care need to spend much time bent in prayer--

it's hard to be awake; it's easier to dream--

Denise B's picture

If they are

"void of Scriptural truth" then they are not Christians, but false Christians, just as you say. So where then is God's real church and why are they not represented in the government, nor do we often hear of any concerted effort by them to expose and oust the criminals in government? The whole point of my post was directed at God's churches, not those that falsely claim that they are. There was a time in this country when the church would run a politician out of town for far less agregious behavior than what we witness them getting away with today. So where is God's church and why are they silent while tyranny and false Christianity reign? Jesus says in the Sermon on the Mount: "Blessed are those who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven". To be persecuted, you must first take a stance against unrighteous authority. Where are all the churches that are taking their stances?

To be accurate, there are some, but they are very few and far between, certainly not enough to make a blip on the screen.

WOW, Missed this thread earlier

This is needed now as well. The Scripture does say: "If My people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray, and turn from their wicked ways, and seek My face, then I will hear from heaven, I will forgive their sins, and i will heal their land."

2nd Chronicles 2:14

We Christian Libertarians should graciously communicate the value of freedom to our brothers and sisters who are not like minded.

"Hence, naturally enough, my symbol for Hell is something like the bureaucracy of a police state or the office of a thoroughly nasty business concern." ~~C.S. Lewis
Love won! Deliverance from Tyranny is on the way! Col. 2:13-15

I've posted this probably 10

I've posted this probably 10 times in the last several years, guess I'll post it again.
The Bible is LITTERED throughout with mistranslations...thank you King James.

==========================================================

And for the TRUE meaning of Romans 13, let's look at the original word in the Greek text that is translated "power" in Romans 13.

"Exousia", which the translators of King James translated as "power", has a primary definition: "power of choice, liberty of doing as one pleases"

Indeed, when we look at non biblical authors of the time, "liberty", "freedom of choice" was the common definition of the word "Exousia".

The Greek Glossary of Aristotelian Terms states that exousia means "right".
http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/aristotle-politics

Aristotle actually exemplifies its use in the statement, "The right (exousia) to do anything one wishes..."
http://paul.bullen.com/BullenLawmakers.html

And in Plato's notes "Greek words for freedom (is) eleutheros (liberal/Free), exousia (Freedom/Power to do something), ..."
http://www.uiowa.edu/~lsa/bkh/lla/plato

Again in Bryn Mawr's Classical Review we see, "Enomaos maintained that we are absolutely masters of the most necessary things (52-53). Brancacci notices that the term used by Enomaos to refer to human freedom is not the typical Cynic one (eleutheria), but exousia, which expresses 'the new concept of freedom in opposition to the already defunct and unhelpful eleutheria'."
(Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2001.08.19 On this issue, see S. Bobzien, Determinism and Freedom in Stoic Philosophy, Oxford 1998, chap. 6 (not quoted by Brancacci, but listed in the bibliography)http://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/bmcr/2001/2001-08-19.html

“Let every soul be subject unto the higher liberty. For there is no liberty but of God: the liberties that be are ordained of God. Whosoever therefore resisteth (opposes) the liberty, resisteth (opposes) the ordinance of God: and they that resist (sets one's self against) shall receive to themselves damnation. For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the liberty? Do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same.” Romans 13: 1,3

----------------------------------------------------------
"Ehhh, What's ups Doc?" B.Bunny "Scwewy Wabbit!"E. Fudd
People's Awareness Coalition: Deprogramming Sequence

THE PLOT AGAINST THE CHURCH BY MAURICE PINAY

http://www.catholicvoice.co.uk/pinay/

Luke 3:38
Isaiah 43:3-5

You make a good point about reclaiming lost rights but

You are painfully mistaken if you think the Constitution will come to your aid. The document was written by lawyers for lawyers who were then bought by bankers who...well you know the rest.
Here:
Do your homework:
The article is written by a (real) Christian
http://www.iahushua.com/WOI/conman.html
It is a horibly enslaving document. Want good direction. Read about the men who refused to sign that federalist document

A patriot must always be prepared to defend his country from his government.

Denise B's picture

I skimmed your link

and although I agree with some of what you've said, there are other portions I take issue with. When I have time I will study further what you've written and it would be interesting to discuss some of these points with you....It was James Madison who penned much of the Constitution, not Hamilton, although Hamilton certainly attempted to influence portions of it...Hamilton was a traitor, no doubt about that and did in fact fight for the creation of a central bank, which Madison and Jefferson were able to defeat. I agree the Constitution is not perfect, but many of the concepts and rights enshrined in it are based on biblical precepts. Also, you say that "someone said that any law which is repugnant to the Constitution is void" and it was not just any someone who said that, it was the Supreme Court who declared it and that precedent still stands today, although the people (and the churches) have decided not to seek to have it enforced. No piece of paper will ever save you from anything, you must fight to defend it and your liberty.

When I say that it is a God-ordained document, I certaintly do not put it on the same level as the 10 Commandments and certainly concede that it was written by human hands and is not perfect, but the truth still remains that when it is followed as it was originally written it does protect our liberties in many ways, but that only works when we defend it. Can you imagine where we would be today if the Bill of Rights had not been established? I think you could look at North Korea as a good example of where we would probably be...

Mikerascan's picture

It can be done and undone

A church voluntarily subjugating themselves to the state for a tax deduction they already had is nuttier than a squirrel turd.

I for one was happy to play a role in setting up a non 501 church and have not looked back since. There was even a Sunday when I gave a presentation on monetary policy after services.

As for those who currently are, please consider reversing that incorporation. Trust me, it is truly liberating.

Denise B's picture

That is very inspiring!

Thanks for sharing. If enough churches would do what you have done and tell the IRS to stay out of their churches and out of their business and take the time to educate their flocks and encourage them to stand against evil and tyranny whereever it exists (especially when it comes to those who would unlawfully attempt to rule over us), you would finally see things turn around in this country. Jesus said "You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has become tasteless, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled under foot by men" Matthew 5:13

Children and Grandchildren?

Yes, I understand this sentiment, due to my three teenagers. I tried to push back for them but finally have recognized (that without Divine Intervention) there's no putting the squirt back in the grapefruit.

Check the Book of Revelation
The first chapter is John basically explaining where he is and that he's having visions from the Alpha and Omega -- John begins to describe what he sees. Chapter 2 is really the beginning of John's information and what do we find there? Letters to the Churches. I'd say there's a reason that is the first item addressed wouldn't you? What do we find to be God's chief concern?
See Rev 2:4 Nevertheless I have [somewhat] against thee, because thou hast left thy first love. What's supposed to be the church's "first love"? God!

I'd say we're already there Sis. This is one reason I've given up on the "system of things" so to speak and have turned my focus more toward "The Kingdom of God".

Jimmy Cliff - No Justice

Freedom is not: doing everything you want to.
Freedom is: not having to do what you don't want to do.
~ Joyce Meyer

Good post sister!

Yes, the falling away in the last days is especially pointing at the church of our day!
It's shameful, and I look for His coming real soon!

Peace everyone!

" In Thee O Lord do I put my trust " ~ Psalm 31:1~

BIG BUMP!

I keep trying to tell people that our reckless foreign policy is making the Christian's job much more difficult. Foreigners think Americans are all Christians and they have gotten a really bad taste in their mouths.

Christians should not be warmongers! http://www.lewrockwell.com/vance/vance87.html

two appropriate quotes . .

10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
I Timothy 6:10

In every country and every age, the priest had been hostile to Liberty.
Thomas Jefferson

Jackson County Georgia

War is an instrument entirely inefficient toward redressing wrong; and multiplies, instead of indemnifying losses.
Thomas Jefferson

It's Not Only Interesting to Hear What They Talk About

in church, but what they don't. Anybody have any topics that you think your minister should, but won't, discuss?

Fed-Up

Taboo Subjects.

+1. the topics all congregations avoid are the ones that create divisions, all the priests want the flock (of sheeple) to grow in numbers, - not split up or leave, nor stop contributions.

There are three main subjects the priests wont discuss, or lead away from.

1. The Name. ReCall The Lord's prayer, "May Thy Name be held Holy".
Read, Matthew 6:9. In discussions Luke 2:21 may crop up.

2. Robbery, it$ forms, specially the tricky ways, e.g. usury.
The Commandment is = "Thou shall not steal".

Forgotten also is the Holy-Day, 7th, Sabbath.

Interesting

But not sure that I fully understand about "The Name".

Fed-Up

e.g. name "Adam", & Civility.

Most folks are unaware because The Name is kept Off-the-agenda.

1st teachings of children is names, same were the teachings in the 1st records of man. See Genesis 2:19-20 - " ~ ~ and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof. 20 And Adam gave names to all ~ ~ ".
This is the easy part, it relates to common nouns (or names). The problem in the west is with proper-nouns, or personal names, e.g. "Adam". These names are Not translated or altered, they can be transliterated in other languages, but retain the same sound.

The name "Adam" has not changed over time, location - country, language, religion or sect. Adam has remained the same - all over the world. It is a shining example that a lot of mischief is going on in the world, specially in the religious domain.

This subject was discussed briefly on DP last week -
http://www.dailypaul.com/223623#comment-2773812
read a few post above and below this link-post.

Please meditate or ponder upon "Civility". Hope to hear more from you, thanks.

Denise B's picture

I would say open

support for Ron Paul would have been nice, or any other candidate that espouses the same qualities. Or how about open condemnation of the unjust wars we are currently engaged in and a call for the removal of the individuals responsible for them. I think any topic which involves unlawful authority or harm being inflicted to the "flock" or others should be fair game. Can you imagine how much further Ron Paul would have gotten if the churches had gotten behind him, the only true Christian running for office? The fact that they did not speaks volumes.

Also, I am certaintly not implying that these things should take preference over the weekly service and worship; however, they also should not be forbidden topics of discussion either that could take place after service or on a separate day all together.

Good Answer

BTW, I like your post.

Fed-Up

The truth about local church governance is feared and thus hated

The doctrine of Jesus actually functioning as the head (not just given lip service to as being the head) is simply not practiced in what I've seen in America. The solo pastor has become high priest and usurped the rightful place of JESUS.

Pastors are only one of the gifts. They were never intended to become CEO of the local flock.

The biblical pattern is for local men(plural) who meet the biblical qualifications, to oversee the flock as they are led of the Holy Ghost. Any deviation from or lack of desire to see biblical accountability which is found in servant minded leadership come to pass, misses the mark and disqualifies itself from being a New testament church.

Since most pastors teach tithing, the doctrine of biblical eldership is anathema as it threatens not only their source of income but the mini elite world they inhabit. It takes a strong man to admit he and maybe even his daddy were wrong for decades. But when one is presented truth, it is a dangerous move to reject it.

I am for peace: but when I speak, they are for war. Ps 120:7
--
Better to be divided by truth than united in error.
--
The local church(not a building -a people) is the missing link. The time to build is now.