PHARISEE WATCH: The IRS Role in Controlling Churches
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PHARISEE WATCH: The IRS Role in Controlling Churches
Sun Jan 11 19:57:28 2004
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Subject: PHARISEE WATCH: The IRS Role in Controlling Churches
Date: Sun, 11 Jan 2004 14:10:56 -0700
From: cecarl@whtt.org
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PART III: WHY CHURCHES DO NOT DEMAND PEACE
THE INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE'S ROLE IN CONTROLLING CHURCHES
By Charles E. Carlson

In the first two parts of this series we examined the corruption of
the so-called evangelical Christian movement (self professed Judeo-
Christianity) by deliberate sabotage of its doctrine. This final
part examines political compromises that have all but completed the
destruction of America's churches, and reach into ever denomination.
A case in point in this 21st century growth spurt is a church I shall
refer to with some affection as "The First Church of the Pierced
Navel." There are few rules to crowd ones style in the FCPN, in
dress code, lifestyle, or Christian doctrine.
http://www.whtt.org/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=25&products_id=52

FCPN is part of what may be the last convulsive growth spurt of so
called evangelicalism, which began innocently in the US near the end
of the 19th century, with a few people praying and waiting for
a "rapture," and which has climaxed with millions supporting serial
war...modern evangelicalism numbers some 70 million according to its
celebrity leaders. In Parts One and Two, now published as a report,
this writer explained that the Judeo-Christian leaders cannot choose
peace, and how and why they are trained to answer to an Israeli war
god that beats a steady cadence for conflict. Parts One and Two
explain why this is modern Pharisaism. http://www.whtt.org/whtt.shtml ?
articles/020807.htm

There is a litmus test for Judeo-Christianity. Almost every
evangelical will readily affirm that, in his mind, the state of
Israel is, without a doubt, a fulfillment of Bible prophesy.

THE SECOND REASON WHY VERY FEW AMERICA'S CHURCHES AND CELEBRITY
CHRISTIAN LEADERS WILL STAND FOR PEACE IS PURELY FINANCIAL. The
leaders of the Church of the Pierced Navel may never have thought
about it, but they are committed to supporting our national political
leader's policy as a condition of staying in business! Most assume
it was always this way. Each one has individually pledged not to
resist or oppose national "public policy." And each has pledged not
to attempt to influence elections or to attempt to pass or defeat
legislation, no matter what it is. In other words, almost every
leader of the congregation and cult has given up his most basic
constitutional rights of free speech and expression.

By agreeing not to see, hear or speak, even when political acts or
legislation is unspeakably evil, Judeo-Christian leaders (as they
call themselves) give up their ability to exert moral leadership.
CHRIST DEMANDS THAT THOSE WHO CALL THEMSELVES BY HIS NAME, LEAD. One
can't lead if one has already surrendered. What would we say of
Paul, who was probably beheaded, if he had signed a pledge to uphold
Roman and Pharisee rules, in exchange for his life? What of Peter,
who was said to have been crucified upside down, or Jesus himself, if
he had capitulated to Pontius Pilate for money?

Let us examine the insidious pledge of "tax exempt, non-profit"
organizations, which includes most churches. They are committed not
to violate our political leaders' public policy of endless serial
wars. Public policy also permits selective abortion on demand.
Notice how few oppose it.

Present public policy is not confined to that ordained by law; it is
every executive order and decree; it is currently the annihilation of
Israel's enemies, including Palestine, Iraq and Afghanistan. Judeo-
Christianity is not alone. Strangely enough, many mosques and
synagogues are falling into the grips of the same trap--accepting tax
exemption for a price. Most have apparently yet to realize it.

In the past we have presented PARTS I AND II OF THE SOURCE OF OUR WAR
PROBLEM in the form of a small booklet that explains in detail how
and by whom most Judeo-Christian churches have been seduced into
using false, heretical study bibles, first published by the Zionist-
influenced Oxford University Press and referred to as Scofield's
Bible. It has created a totem pole god with the Star of David
hanging over it.

We will explain line by line how these churches are chained to this
public policy by their unbreakable commitment to the Internal Revenue
Service (IRS).

THE IRS ROLE IN CONTROLLING CHURCHES
The Internal Revenue Service's instructions tell taxpayers they may
deduct contributions "to most churches or religious organizations."
Tens of millions of Americans do so sacrificially every week. The
IRS then provides lists of organizations that have applied for and
been granted tax-exempt status. Before there was an IRS, no such
list existed. All churches were excluded from taxation.

THE IRS ADMITS ITS LIST IS NOT COMPLETE. It contains only churches
and a vast array of other charities that have made a certain
compromise. Churches and organizations that do not compromise do
not make the list. The result is that churches are influenced to
apply for tax-exempt status to improve their comfort level. There
was not such comfort level for those apostles and disciples on whom
they claim to pattern themselves.

It is bizarre to learn from the IRS rules that all legitimate
churches already "qualify" for tax-exempt status by acts of Congress
and under shelter of the U.S. Constitution without registration; the
process of registration attaches the strings. Those who apply,
including the First Church of the Pierced Navel, must give up the God-
given birthright of free speech if they want the IRS's manufactured
blessing, which is to get their name on its favored list. We find
this explained in the rules from the IRS instructions to taxpayers.

"SEC. 508. - SPECIAL RULES WITH RESPECT TO SECTION 501C3 ORGANIZATIONS
(A) NEW ORGANIZATIONS MUST NOTIFY SECRETARY THAT THEY ARE APPLYING
FOR RECOGNITION OF SECTION 501(C)(3) STATUS
(C) EXCEPTIONS
(1) MANDATORY EXCEPTIONS
SUBSECTIONS (A) SHALL NOT APPLY TO -
(A) CHURCHES, THEIR INTEGRATED AUXILIARIES, AND CONVENTIONS OR
ASSOCIATIONS OF CHURCHES..." (EMPHASIS ADDED)

So churches are a "MANDATORY EXCEPTION" to the IRS rule that requires
application for tax-exempt status. Why? The IRS comes right out and
tells us in the instructions in Publication 1828 - Tax Guide for
Churches and Religious Organizations which states:

"CONGRESS HAS ENACTED SPECIAL TAX LAWS APPLICABLE TO CHURCHES,
RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATIONS, AND MINISTERS IN RECOGNITION OF THEIR UNIQUE
STATUS IN AMERICAN SOCIETY AND OF THEIR RIGHTS GUARANTEED BY THE
FIRST AMENDMENT OF THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES. CHURCHES
AND RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATIONS ARE GENERALLY EXEMPT FROM INCOME TAX AND
RECEIVE OTHER FAVORABLE TREATMENT UNDER THE TAX LAW;"

So we learn, churches are excluded from taxation because Congress
passed a law exempting them, and the Constitution guarantees these
rights. And on page 2, we find another amazing IRS disclosure:

"THE TERM CHURCH IS FOUND, BUT NOT SPECIFICALLY DEFINED, IN THE
INTERNAL REVENUE CODE (IRC)."

So the IRS seeks to register, monitor and control churches, but has
not seen fit to define what a church is! There is always a reason
when government forgets to define something; it's because they wish
to include everything. On page 3 it states:

"CHURCHES THAT MEET THE REQUIREMENTS OF IRC SECTION 501(C)(3) ARE
AUTOMATICALLY CONSIDERED TAX EXEMPT AND ARE NOT REQUIRED TO APPLY FOR
AND OBTAIN RECOGNITION OF TAX-EXEMPT STATUS FROM THE IRS."

So Churches that meet certain requirements do not have to apply, but
who decides if they meet the requirements? The church! Why would
pastors apply if they need not do so? Let us listen to the IRS:

"ALTHOUGH THERE IS NO REQUIREMENT TO DO SO, MANY CHURCHES SEEK
RECOGNITION OF TAX-EXEMPT STATUS FROM THE IRS BECAUSE SUCH
RECOGNITION ASSURES CHURCH LEADERS, MEMBERS, AND CONTRIBUTORS THAT
THE CHURCH IS RECOGNIZED AS EXEMPT AND QUALIFIES FOR RELATED TAX
BENEFITS."

Now let us examine how the trap is sprung:
The church gets it "assurance" from the IRS... In exchange for
registering when it need not register; its name goes on a "good guys"
list. So your church and religious leaders find it worth their while
to agree to do business with the IRS, even though Congress and the
Constitution excuse them from having to do so.

And what do they agree to? IRC Section 501(C)(3) describes
charitable organizations, including churches and religious
organizations, which qualify for exemption from federal income tax
and generally are eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions.
This section provides that:

"1. AN ORGANIZATION MUST BE ORGANIZED AND OPERATED EXCLUSIVELY FOR
RELIGIOUS OR OTHER CHARITABLE PURPOSES,
2. NET EARNINGS MAY NOT INURE TO THE BENEFIT OF ANY PRIVATE
INDIVIDUAL OR SHAREHOLDER,
3. NO SUBSTANTIAL PART OF ITS ACTIVITY MAY BE ATTEMPTING TO INFLUENCE
LEGISLATION,
4. THE ORGANIZATION MAY NOT INTERVENE IN POLITICAL CAMPAIGNS, AND
5. THE ORGANIZATION'S PURPOSES AND ACTIVITIES MAY NOT BE ILLEGAL OR
VIOLATE FUNDAMENTAL PUBLIC POLICY."

THE STRINGS BECOME A CHAIN
The rules say a church must stay out of the politician's realm. A
church (or any sham charity for that matter) that applies can get a
certification that the contributions made to it by taxpayers are
indeed tax deductible. But look at the price extracted.

The church that applies must agree not to organize to influence those
who represent its members in public office; it must agree not to try
to influence legislation; and most amazing of all, IT MUST AGREE TO
ABIDE BY AND NOT "VIOLATE PUBLIC POLICY" no matter what that policy
may be.

This is not about lawbreaking; there are plenty of criminal statutes
to take care of lawbreakers. Violation of "public policy",
especially in this age of executive orders and serial wars, means a
clergyman who declares the bombing and occupying of Iraq is morally
wrong even if he does nothing about it. However it follows that he
is perfectly free to support bombing and killings because serial war
is "public policy." The constitution allows and encourages dissent,
but not the IRS rules for your church.

The rules are devoid of morality, and Number (2), which prohibits
profiting from churches, is not even a good joke. No wonder we have
sham charities by the scores of sharks raising money to feed non-
existent tribes, free non-slaves and carry out countless other
greater and lesser frauds. So long as pubic policy is not
challenged, the door is open. These organizations rarely hear from
the IRS; and you will not see many in conflict with political
leaders. Never in history have there been more flagrant charity
scams than now.

CONGRESS, THE CONSTITUTION, AND FREE SPEECH
Registration with the IRS means a church may never again actively
object to anything that political leaders say is in the public
interest. It means a church or its leaders must not object to the
president's policies of bombing Vietnam, Iraq and Yugoslavia, must
not object to funding Israel's occupation of Palestine, and must not
seriously object to a pro-abortion judgment by the Supreme Court.

You might ask yourself, what moral influence has the tens of
thousands of prosperous tax-exempt churches exerted in each of these
issues? As we showed in Parts One and Two, churches and charities
have exerted little, if any, positive influence for life and against
death. Religious leaders are committed to public policy sight
unseen.

Today's leaders are a pathetic shadow of the pastors who took up arms
against the British in the American Revolution, or who spoke out from
pulpits against slavery in the 19th century when it was public
policy; or who joined the civil rights movement, or who opposed the
drafting of Americans to die in Vietnam (there were only a dwindling
few by the 1960s as most churches were then already "registered").

It is little wonder most churches have done little, or nothing but
talk, against abortion. Church leaders have one hand tied behind
them while the other passes the collection plate labeled "approved by
the IRS." No wonder G. W. Bush has the support of the Judeo-
Christian churches for his serial wars... their tax exempt status
commits them to the support of the Bush/Cheney/Wolfowitz policy of
serial wars and the racist ethnic cleansing of Palestine and the
destruction Islamic nations!

Jesus recruited the apostle Paul on the Damascus road; Paul did not
tell the Master that he would follow so long as he did not have to
violate Roman and Pharisee public policy. Jesus told the twelve to
render unto Caesar (only) what is Caesar's. And Jesus declined to
say a word at his own trial before either the Sanhedrin or the court
of Pontius Pilate. He refused to even recognize their authority over
him, saying "MY KINGDOM IS NOT OF THIS WORLD."

Why didn't Jesus compromise like every Celebrity Judeo-Christian
millionaire today? The Pharisees might have paid his taxes for him
if he had made a few concessions. Shame on you, Pharisees of today,
preaching nonsense and singing inane choruses about eternal love and
perpetual forgiveness to the tattooed crowd. A church that calls
itself by His holy name, but compromises with politicians and agrees
not to violate public policy in exchange for their tax status, is not
His church.

Consider the words of Catholic Bishop John Botean of the American
Romanian Catholic Church, who defied public policy and stood almost
alone among Catholic Bishops in opposing the bombing of Iraq;
obviously he was not thinking about his tax-exempt status when he
made the following public statement last March before the first Iraqi
mother was left grieving over the first dead child:

"(T)HE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT IS ABOUT TO INITIATE A WAR AGAINST
THE PEOPLE OF IRAQ. FOR ROMANIAN CATHOLICS WHO ARE ALSO UNITED STATES
CITIZENS, THIS RAISES AN IMMEDIATE AND UNAVOIDABLE MORAL ISSUE OF
MAJOR IMPORTANCE. SPECIFICALLY STATED THE ISSUE IS THIS: DOES THE
KILLING OF HUMAN BEINGS IN THIS WAR CONSTITUTE MURDER? -------------"

And:
"THEREFORE I, BY THE GRACE OF GOD AND THE FAVOR OF THE APOSTOLIC SEE
BISHOP OF THE EPARCHY OF ST. GEORGE IN CANTON, MUST DECLARE TO YOU,
MY PEOPLE, FOR THE SAKE OF YOUR SALVATION AS WELL AS MY OWN, THAT ANY
DIRECT PARTICIPATION AND SUPPORT OF THIS WAR AGAINST THE PEOPLE OF
IRAQ IS OBJECTIVELY GRAVE EVIL, A MATTER OF MORTAL SIN."

And:
"MY PEOPLE, IT IS AN INCONTESTABLE BIBLICAL TRUTH THAT A SIN LEFT
UNNAMED WILL PROPAGATE ITSELF WITH LAVISH ZEAL. WE MUST CALL MURDER
BY ITS RIGHT NAME: MURDER. GOD AND CONSCIENCE REQUIRE NOTHING LESS IF
THE FACE OF THE EARTH IS TO BE RENEWED AND IF THE SALVATION OFFERED
BY OUR LORD, GOD, AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST IS TO REACH ALL PEOPLE,
INCLUDING US. WE HAVE NO CHOICE BEFORE THE FACE OF GOD BUT TO SPEAK
UNAMBIGUOUSLY TO THE MORAL SITUATION WITH WHICH WE ARE CONFRONTED AND
TO LIVE ACCORDING TO THE WILL OF HIM WHO GAZES AT US FROM THE CROSS
(CATECHISM 1785)." - ENTIRE SPEECH AT HTTP://WWW.WHTT.ORG/WHTT.SHTML ?
RPR/BISHOPBOTEAN_LENT.HTM

Whenever churches agree to abide by "public policy" they are no
better than Henry VIII's private Church of England where warriors'
and politicians' statues are grotesquely enshrined in what are
supposed to be God's sanctuaries. No wonder the Churches of the
Pierced Navel support George Walker Bush's occupation war on
Iraq. "Public policy" is war policy. So are the perpetual grants of
billions of dollars to corrupt and immoral Israel.

AMERICAN CHURCHES ARE GRANTED UNIQUE FREEDOM IN THE U.S. SYSTEM
Nothing could be clearer than an early Supreme Court decision
that "the power to tax is the power to destroy." But efforts to
control and manipulate rel
 


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