02 May, 2010

What Kind of Church do You Belong to?

...not affiliated with the antichrist!

Why Not 501c3

There are many, many reasons why no true Christian church should become a "501c3 tax-exempt religious organization." If the average pastor, deacon board, or professing Christian knew these reasons, those who love Jesus (opposed to those who merely practice religion, or a profession) would likely "tear their robes" and RUN NOT WALK out of such institutions.

However, the revelation of these facts is usually a slow process. This page is not exhaustive, but covers the main points in brief, and contains many links you may use to study the issue more thoroughly. Even a "partial revelation" of the information here should be enough to make the case why no true Christian should attend a 501c3 "church," and especially why they might never want to give money to one again. Acting on this information is, of course, a different matter. May God grant you grace to wrestle with and rightly act upon this information in His time.

In overview, these reasons can be listed under these headings:

1) 501c3 "churches" attempt to serve two masters, but their true and legal head (or "lord") is the State, not Jesus Christ

2) 501c3 "churches" sign a waiver to forfeit their 1st Amendment Freedom of Speech rights, and therefore are legally and honor-bound (by their oath) to NOT teach or preach the entire Word of God

3) Money given to all 501c3's (with paid employees) funds abortions and all manner of ungodliness, and may be an unclean offering before God

Are you willing to examine these claims? Read on...

1) 501c3 "churches" attempt to serve two masters, but their true and legal head (or "lord") is the State, not Jesus Christ:

It may surprise many to know that there is no such thing as a "501c3 church." TITLE 26 section 501(c)(3) of the IRS code (below) does not even mention churches. There are only "501c3 tax-exempt religious organizations" and they are ALL - by legal definition - "corporations," NOT churches. True churches are outside the scope of the law in this regard, because of the 1st Amendment and section 508c of the IRS code (see below). Legally, ALL corporations are creations of the State, and can exist solely by the State's permission. Their right to exist and practice charitable cause(s) - including religion - derives solely from the State granting the applying "charitable organization" the requested permission and requested legal authority to function.

Conversely, the true church is called into existence by Jesus Christ, who is its sole head (Col 1:18) and Sovereign. The church is mandated by God to meet, worship, preach, teach, evangelize, and to collect and distribute funds to the needy, etc, regardless of whether earthly authorities want or permit the church to function or exist. But by incorporating as a 501c3, a group of leaders asks the State's permission to exist, binds themselves by an oath, and effectively renounces Christ as its head...

The following quotes come from a multi-page article Woe To State Churches:

"A corporation is a creature of the state... Its rights to act as a corporation are only preserved to it so long as it obeys the laws of its creation..." (Hale v. Henkel, 201 U.S. 43)

"[A corporation is] an artificial person or legal entity created by or under the authority of the laws of a state."
Black's Law Dictionary West Publishing Company, 1991; 6th Edition, page 340

"A corporation derives its existence and all of its powers from the State and, therefore, has only such powers as the State has conferred upon it. ... the source of this power is the charter and the statute under which the corporation was organized." Len Young Smith and G. Gale Roberson, Smith and Roberson's Business Law, West Publishing Company, 1966, page 796

"A corporation derives its existence and all of its power from the State!" The church on the other hand was created by and is the body of Christ. We belong to Him and we are subject to Him and His Laws. The source of any church's power is supposed to be the Holy Spirit; it's authority to function solely from God... Why would you bring in a "fictitious entity" no less created by the state and man i.e.: corporation, to run and regulate something that belongs to the Lord? To become a corporation in effect divorces the church from Christ. We also commit idolatry by putting something before Him."

Read much more relating to the legal definition of a corporation, versus the nature of a true Christian church operating with Christ as its Sovereign at this multi-page article Woe To State Churches:

The "church" (ecclesia, meaning "assembly" or "called-out ones") as defined by scripture is called out of both the world's political and religious systems. By incorporating, Christian leaders turn their backs on Jesus' headship of His Bride, and wander right back into the religious system of the world. Is "adultery" or "harlotry" too strong a term to describe the church that does this? Probably not.

While of course not intending anything wrong, most churches today usually apply for 501c3 due to ignorance (or, "lack of knowledge" - Hosea 4:6) . "They think they have to," or a lawyer recommended that they do so, but most lawyers simply don't understand that churches are (or that anything could be) outside the scope of the law. Most also think they need to become 501c3 in order to be "tax exempt" (love of money), but in fact (!) churches in the United States of America are already tax-exempt, and donations to churches are tax-deductible already, without ever becoming a 501c3!

More from Woe To State Churches:

According to the Internal Revenue Code, "a church, its integrated auxiliaries, and conventions and associations of the church are excluded from taxation." United States Code, Title 26, 508(c)(1)(A).

Section 508(c) of the Internal Revenue Code provides that churches are not required to apply for recognition of Section 501(c)(3) status in order to be exempt from federal taxation or to receive tax deductible contributions. Churches are automatically exempt from Federal income tax, and contributions to churches are deductible by donors under section 170.

See also Facts About 501c3 Tax-Exempt Status for churches at Heal Our Land Ministries, which states:

"...note what the IRS says regarding churches and church ministries, in Publication 557:

Some organizations are not required to file Form 1023. These include:
Churches, interchurch organizations of local units of a church, conventions or associations of churches, or integrated auxiliaries of a church, such as a men’s or women’s organization, religious school, mission society, or youth group. These organizations are exempt automatically if they meet the requirements of section 501(c)(3). "
There is more than enough information out there to convince anyone that churches do not have to incorporate to apply for tax-exemptions, and that - even if the tax exemptions were not automatic - it is spiritual adultery for them to do so because all such religious corporations accept The State as their head. Only the State can give permission to incorporate, and this new legal entity is under the jurisdiction of the State alone the minute it incorporates; under U.S. law, all of a corporation's rights, powers and authority are granted by the State and subject to the State. However, when Christians regularly assemble for worship, teaching, preaching, etc, they automatically meet the IRS definition of a church without incorporating under State power, or requesting State permission for (and therefore scrutiny of) such activities. There is simply no U.S. law requiring churches to incorporate with The State, and churches are still obeying the "law of the land" by doing all of the above without incorporating. There are, however, many scriptural prohibitions to God's people "joining," "covenanting" or being "yoked with" pagan powers and unbelievers - which is the exact definition of 501c3 incorporation of a church.

But these are not the only relevant issues. Those that form such a covenant with the State enter into an oath ensuring their silence on many scriptural issues...

2) 501c3 "churches" sign a waiver to forfeit their 1st Amendment Freedom of Speech rights, and therefore are legally and honor-bound (by their oath) to NOT teach or preach the entire Word of God

Most believe that churches (501c3 organizations, that is) are limited merely from endorsing or opposing political candidates. However, that is only the last line of Title 26 Section 501 (c) (3). The full text which "pastors" (aka "employee agents" / CEOs of the 501c3 Corporations) are required to sign also prohibits "carrying on propaganda" - i.e., public discussion of issues that might at some time, by somebody, be deemed "political."

Is the word "church" mentioned anywhere in
Title 26 501(c)(3)
of the IRS Code?

NO. 501c3's are ONLY granted to corporations, community chests, funds & foundations organized for any variety of non-profit purposes. But "churches" are mentioned as automatically "exempt from taxation" under
Title 508(c)(1)(a)
-see above.

If you attend or "belong to" a 501c3 organization, you are NOT in a church, but a religious corporation that "belongs to" and is ruled by "the State." It is neither the creation, property, or agent of Jesus Christ, as HE is not it's rightful head or Sovereign - your 501c3 paperwork says so!

Sec. 501. Exemption from tax on corporations,
certain trusts, etc.
(c) List of exempt organizations

(3) Corporations, and any community chest, fund, or foundation, organized and operated exclusively for religious, charitable, scientific, testing for public safety, literary, or educational purposes, or to foster national or international amateur sports competition (but only if no part of its activities involve the provision of athletic facilities or equipment), or for the prevention of cruelty to children or animals, no part of the net earnings of which inures to the benefit of any private shareholder or individual, no substantial part of the activities of which is carrying on propaganda, or otherwise attempting, to influence legislation (except as otherwise provided in subsection (h)), and which does not participate in, or intervene in (including the publishing or distributing of statements), any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for public office.
See Southern Illinois Patriot League's Deal With The Devil for more

Ask yourself - in today's world is homosexuality a political topic? Is abortion? What about euthanasia? These are only among the topics which 501c3 organizations and their "mouthpieces" are promising by their signature never to speak on! Pastors (as well as employees - and possibly, in the future even members of 501c3's who claim tax write-offs) cannot attempt even "to influence legislation" on any issue! America would never have even been founded if earlier churches had signed 501c3 agreements.

In 1954, Lynden B. Johnson introduced the 501c3 system (as documented by Peter Kershaw of Heal Our Land Ministries) in order "....to silence the church and eliminate the significant influence the church had always had on shaping "public policy." Kershaw continues,

"One need not look far to see the devastating effects 501c3 acceptance has had to the church, and the consequent restrictions placed upon any 501c3 church. 501c3 churches are prohibited from addressing, in any tangible way, the vital issues of the day.

"For a 501c3 church to openly speak out, or organize in opposition to, anything that the government declares "legal," even if it is immoral (e.g. abortion, homosexuality, etc.), that church will jeopardize its tax exempt status. The 501c3 has had a "chilling effect" upon the free speech rights of the church. LBJ was a shrewd and cunning politician who seemed to well-appreciate how easily many of the clergy would sell out. "
In Caesar's Grip , by Peter Kershaw

While the IRS has not yet been "pulling these chains" by punishing pastors and churches who speak against abortion and homosexuality (i.e., revoking tax-exempt status and seizing their property), rest assured, that the chains are in place. Even if the IRS never yanks that chain, the problem lies in the fact that a pastor (or organization) who signs a 501c3 application, then speaks on these issues, is breaking his word! He made an oath not to, even though he may not have understood the legal jargon or full implications of his oath. 501c3 pastors have promised not to discuss political issues (including those relating more properly to issues of morality).

But the apostle Paul stated that he did not fail to teach "all the counsel of God" (Acts 20:27). Scripture calls God's people to "love justice" and to "defend the rights of the poor" (legal issues), ensure "honest weights and measures" (economic issues) and decry evil (even in moral and political realms). Jonah preached to an entire city to repent of their sins. Samuel rebuked a king to his face over adultery and murder. If the Bible has information or The Holy Spirit gives revelation about any topic, the man of God is called to speak it!

The question is not whether the IRS (or any government agency, the ACLU, etc) chooses to sue or enforce the pastor's 501c3 oath - the question is How could any true Christian (pastor or otherwise) sign an oath to remain silent on any issue? The Biblical mandate for leaders is to "Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season (i.e., popular, politically correct or not); reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine (2 Tim 4:2)."

But today's 501c3 churches cannot only not speak to their own people about these issues (legally, or morally, due to their oath). A 501c3 "employee agent" can't even use church stationary to write his congressman, much less rebuke a political figure personally. Antichrist could rise to power and today's church could not oppose him.

Forget homosexuality - if you do not see the day coming when it will be a "hate crime" to "damage someone's self-esteem" by telling someone what's wrong with being a Hindu, then your head is clearly in the sand. And your heart is clearly serving mammon, and fearing the IRS, not God.

The "law of our land" is clear about this however:

The 1st Amendment states that

"Congress shall make no law regarding an establishment of religion,
or prohibiting the free exercise thereof"

The 1st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution made certain that "religious establishments" (including but not limited to Christian churches) could practice, say and do whatever they pleased, without government interference or regulation. By law, any unincorporated religious establishment can (still!) speak on issues of politics and morality, mobilize for any cause, and even finance the election or opposition of any political candidate. But by applying for and receiving a 501c3 "license to preach" pastors and churches have unwittingly signed away both their legal rights and their God-given responsibility to teach and preach "all the counsel of God." Just to receive a tax-exemption (that they already possess - Title 508(1)(a) - and some sort of unneeded recognition from the State, our "churches" sign away their very fundamental right to speak freely.

Many, many Christians often say that we should always vote, "because someone died to give us that right." Is the Bill of Rights any different? Our Christian forefathers fought and died to secure the Right to Free Speech for the church (establishments of religion), and today's religious leaders are duped into signing it away. Just as a criminal might "waive his right to an attorney" and sign a confession of guilt in order to plea bargain, today's pastors of 501c3 churches waive their right to free speech by applying for 501c3 status.

Consider the moral decline of America since 1954's inauguration of the 501c3 system, and know that this is largely because - as Kershaw states - the clergy have sold out. I ask again, "Is harlot too strong a word?"

What's worse is that due to the IRS's claim on earnings of 501c3 church employees, not only are the people of God unable to condemn the antichrist system, they are actually funding it through their tithes and offerings...

3) Money given to all 501c3's (with paid employees) funds abortions and all manner of ungodliness, and may be an unclean offering before God

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In the beginning of the 501c3 system, pastors and other church workers were legally classified as "ministers" and were exempt from taxation on gifts derived from their service to God and His church. However, in 1984 IRS law changed to require that even so-called "churches" must withhold income taxes from these otherwise sacred positions. All of its workers came to fall under the legal, secular designation of "employees" (of their tax exempt religious corporation) - rather than "laborers," "workers," "ministers," "pastors," etc, of Christ's church. In keeping with their scripturally prohibited covenant with earthly power, all 501c3 religious organizations must play the additional role of "tax collector" and IRS informant.

What this means financially - in short -is that a significant portion of a 501c3 member's gifts, tithes, offerings, etc goes directly to the Federal government, rather than to the house of God.

Say a religious worker earns $100 per week in salary (for example). Usually 15-20% of that is taken out before he receives it, as well as the 501c3 employer's additional contribution to Social Security, Medicare, FICA, etc - an additional 15-20%. So in order to pay a pastor or other worker approximately $80 net income per week, approximately $115-120 has to be taken from the "church coffers" - i.e., from donations intended for God's work. For every salaried "pastor" who earns $30,000 per year, the Federal Government receives approximately $9,000-12,000, taken directly from what 501c3 institution members (believe they) have sacrificed to God.

$100 salary = appx $120 expenses from religious institution's funds, or $80 (net) to income earner, while up to $40 goes to the federal government, taken directly from tithes, gifts, offerings, etc
$1000 salary = appx $1200 expenses from religious institution's funds, or $800 (net) to income earner, while up to $400 goes to the federal government, taken directly from tithes, gifts, offerings, etc
$30,000 salary = appx $36,000 expenses from religious institution's funds, or $24,000 (net) to income earner, while up to $12,000 goes to the federal government, taken directly from tithes, gifts, offerings, etc
(All figures here are approximate, and used for illustration purposes only. Check with your local 501c3 corporation for the exact percentage of your offering that is not going to God's work. Particularly large "churches" however - with over half a dozen employees - may be giving over $100,000 per year of God's money to fund unreligious and perhaps even unholy acts.)

Earthly government of course does many good (or at least benign) deeds with the money derived from collecting taxes, such as building roads, schools, libraries, paying congressmen and senators' salaries, defending borders, on so on. However, they also do many things that perhaps a Christian individual may not sanction or willingly fund according to their conscience, such as go to war and kill other people, and provide funding for abortions, "sex education" or even arts programs that desecrate or blaspheme Jesus Christ.

Note that there is nothing wrong with individuals paying taxes, if you owe them (Romans 13:1-8; this is not a "tax protest" stance). The issue raised here is to inform those who give regularly to a 501c3 institution that your gifts and sacrificial offerings are being perverted when your "priesthood" (church board, accountants, etc) willingly turn over such a large portion of your offering to non-kingdom activities (benign or otherwise). In short, your tithes are not going fully to God, His kingdom, His workers, His ministries, or His eternal purposes for The Church. IF your "church" pays "employees," and IF taxes are taken from their paychecks, the point of this writing is to inform you that your offerings to God are possibly unclean, because of the nature of the 501c3 system and your institution's penchant for rendering unto Caesar that which belongs to God.

A true detail of the antichrist nature of the Federal Reserve is beyond the scope of this article - perhaps only the more "conspiracy buff" individuals reading this have gleaned an understanding of that issue. We cannot help but pay taxes on our own personal income (which God also endorses when the government requires tribute), but as a matter of conscience - if not common sense - no true church or individual should additionally fund the world's system via offerings sacrificed to God. In fact, no true church does, only 501c3 religious corporations with paid employees do! True churches are not under the State's power to legislate or to tax. Only 501c3's are.

Note that there a few rare groups of Christian workers organized as a 501c3 that do not pay salaries - these groups would be okay to give to in the sense referred to here, but note that they are still "religious corporations," and subject to all which has been said here in points 1 and 2. Otherwise, the only way to protect your offerings to the Lord from such desecration is to give non-income gifts directly to individuals in need (alms), directly to those who teach or minister to you, and only to organizations that do not pay salaries to their workers and/or withhold tax. While well-intentioned, 501c3 corporations fund (via withholding taxes) whatever earthly government sees fit to spend your offering on - good, bad, or evil - and the sad fact is that the corporation's "ministers" are the ones who are contractually bound to the State and the IRS to defile the offerings.

How the sacred financial gifts of a Christian's worship can be so freely given to the profane is but another inherent snare of being - or belonging to - a 501c3 institution.

The Church of Jesus Christ is a living organism, called into existence by Jesus Christ. Her mandate to meet and to function is a divine mandate, outside the scope of earthly powers to permit or deny. Just as God instructed the Israelites to "make no covenant" (Ex 23:32 ; 34:12) with the members of other lands, the early church likewise "took nothing (such as tax-exemptions) of the gentiles" (3 John 1:7) "for His name's sake"! True churches functioned (flourished!) throughout history and in America for centuries before the 501c3 system was ever introduced, and no true church needs to be a 501c3 to be legitimate in the eyes of God, OR in the eyes of American law. We affirm that individual believers must obey the all the laws of the land (including paying taxes). However, the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution places The Church as a corporate entity outside the scope of legislation. Even if it did not, there is no law that requires churches to become 501c3 religious corporations anyway, so no one is "obeying the law of the land" by incorporating as a 501c3. They are instead simply voluntarily subjecting Christ's church to pagan rule.

To do so reduces a body of believers to the designation of a State Church, rather than a true Church of Jesus Christ, and effectively (i.e., legally, on paper, via a signed oath) names the State as its Head and Sovereign authority. This oath prevents the free preaching of the entire counsel of God by the state-licensed "minister," preventing him from ever calling evil what the State calls good, or from calling good whatever the State may decide to call evil. And instead of the offerings of God's people going solely to the needy, to widows and orphans, and to funding church-planting missionaries, a huge portion of the people's offerings funds evil.

There is no reason why any true Christian believer should ever be a member of a 501c3 religious corporation incorrectly calling itself a church - and many compelling reasons why they should leave immediately if they are, and renounce such membership/covenant with the world.

Any delegate of a 501c3 religious corporation may want to visit www.hushmoney.org for more info and resources pertaining to dissolving your corporation and functioning as a legitimate Christian church.

Any individual in covenant membership with a 501c3 religious corporation of the State (and therefore the world system) may want to share this information with those in your fellowship in hopes that they might change, but most importantly, harken to the words of Jesus Christ:

"Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues." Revelation 18:6 (Consider also other "come out from among them" verses addressed to Christians practicing falsehood - 2Cor 6:15-18; 1Tim 6:5; 2Tim 3:5, etc. Take note that none of the above verses offer an immediate solution or "alternative," such as "come out and do what...?" - they only implore believers to turn away from those who practice falsehood, and to leave false practices behind. Be willing to "enter the wilderness" if required, and acknowledge God, asking Him to direct your steps.

Any individual wanting to practice non-501c3 Christianity, as well as church without unscriptural building expenses, salaried ministers, and a fully participatory meeting that encourages the maturing priesthood of all believers, may want to visit or start an AntiChurch -

FAQ, Related Topics, Common Objections...

My pastor / elders / church board say they will only bother to unincorporate from 501c3 status if "the State" asks them to do something unscriptural....
Your pastor / elders / church board have already committed the unscriptural act of entering into a covenant with pagan powers and receiving from Gentiles (cf Ex 23:32, 3 John 1:7), and have already committed idolatry by placing the State above Jesus Christ as the head of your church. He/they have already committed the unscriptural act of compromising their calling and ministry by swearing an oath to not teach or preach on certain topics. He/they are already poorly stewarding your donations to God by diverting a large portion of them out of God's hands via federal income taxes to employees. Also, if they report your donations to the IRS, they are disobeying the command to let your giving be in secret (Matt 6:3-4. In fact, you may be in violation of these scriptures as well, if you report such donations to the IRS ). EVERYTHING about the 501c3 system is inherently unscriptural to begin with - can you really trust such "leaders" to not ask "how high" the next time the State says "Jump?" Can you really trust those with this level of discernment to be your spiritual authorities in the first place?

Granted, most do all of the things listed on this page out of ignorance of the real issues (Hosea 4:6). We affirm that many in ministry today are sincere workers who love Jesus Christ and have every intention of obeying His Word. Share this information with them, and pray for them to receive revelation, and hope that they will repent. But do not ignore God's command for you to "come out" and "turn away" from those who love and practice falsehood in the meantime.

All this may be true, but my church still does wonderful things and I know God still uses us, despite our faults. Consider Jesus' words to the church at Ephesus: "I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience... and for my name's sake hast laboured... Nevertheless I have [somewhat] against thee, because thou hast left thy first love... Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent." (Rev 2) We do not deny that your group may have done many wonderful deeds for the Lord, or that He may be moving among and through you. However, Jesus often still "has issues" with those whom he loves and uses. What could be more akin to forsaking Him as first love than seeking State incorporation and full control of His church? His counsel is to repent. If the leaders of your church will not repent, you should probably leave (but see below*). You should embrace your rightful role as king and priest (and head of household, where applicable). You should follow God's commands without the interfering fog of mediators other than Jesus Christ between you and God. The only thing stopping you is the probable negative opinions of others, worrying about what they will say (fear of man). Didn't you leave all that behind at the cross anyway, when you first obeyed God's call to follow Jesus Christ? Again, His counsel from the letter to the church at Ephesus is to do your first works again.

* (On a personal note, it took this author quite some time of sorting through this type of information before becoming firm enough in my convictions to finally leave the institutional church. May God grant you grace to walk humbly and mercifully with those you share this information with, and may His Spirit guide you in your decisions.)

Teaching like this is more likely to destroy the church as a whole, rather than benefit it. On a personal note, don't you care about such things? Mark 14:58 says "We heard him say, I will destroy this temple that is made with hands, and within three days I will build another made without hands." I suppose that I too have "heard him say" such a thing, and frankly have no concern over whether or not man-made or institutional religion survives the wake of this article. (In fact, I believe it will survive just fine, as most 501c3 corporations would be able to financially weather the departure of any "remnant" that leaves based on this single article. I am fully aware that most people will not heed it anyway, but will remain in the system in which they are comfortable with and accustomed to.) Even if I did somehow manage to destroy the institutional system (doubtful), I am at worst following the example of Jesus, and the precedent of God's destruction of the Temple in 70 A.D. I am most concerned with the welfare and building of God's kingdom, which I do not believe is or can be rightly expressed through the 501c3 system. This article is intended only as my contribution to edifying those believers who truly wish to build Jesus Christ's church. Those who wish to build the State's church, I wish well, but don't have time for.

I don't know of a "free church" or antichurch in my area. Isn't it better to remain in some sort of church in the meantime? Yes, if you can find a true church. Odds are however, you only know of 501c3 religious corporations, and these are not churches - just see #2 above. "Come out" as the scripture commands, and follow the Holy Spirit from there. It's amazing what you will often see right around you once the scales have fallen from your eyes, and you've obeyed the last thing God made clear to you. Until you obey however, no further revelation or direction is likely to be given (but see God's promise in 2Cor 6:18, below).

What's stopping you from gathering two or three others and starting an antichurch in your area?

I don't like your attitude - who are you to say I'm not in a true church? I truly do not mean to be insulting or disrespectful to those brethren "in the system" when saying this. I especially do not mean that you (as an individual) are not part of Christ's invisible church of the ages (or His Body and Bride), but refer here to your local 501c3 incorporated institution. I know most are only there out of a sincere desire to serve Jesus Christ, and you are merely doing what we have all been told for decades to do. The facts are plain, however, due to your organization's signed paperwork : you are not in a church by legal or scriptural definition - you are in a State controlled "tax-exempt religious organization." You are in a corporation that has made covenant with an earthly kingdom and replaced Jesus Christ's headship with man's. The only way for you to exist and function as Christ's church (on earth, in a local assembly of other called-out ones) is to completely dismantle the organization you are in, or to leave it.

"Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness?
and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?

And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God;
as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in [them]; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.

"Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean [thing]; and I will receive you,
And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty."
2 Cor 6:14-18

God's promise is IF you come out from "them," HE will be a Father to you.
Trust him to provide a proper "church home," fellowship, accountability, service to Him, etc
once you have done your part and obeyed the command to leave the corrupt system behind.

Copyright 2006 Guy Malone. All Rights Reserved
Disclaimers and Notices: All information presented here is done so under the protection of the First, Fourth, Ninth, and Tenth Amendment of the United States Constitution. No warranty of accuracy is intended or implied, but merely reflects the best of my current non-professional research into these matters, to date. Nothing here should be interpreted or taken as legal or tax advice, as the author is not an attorney nor tax professional, and the author assumes no responsibility for any actions resulting from believing or acting upon this material. Everything presented should be thoroughly researched against the Holy Bible, U.S. and State laws for your area, and with God and your conscience before taking any action from reading this material. Actually, I guess you could pray, since there's no law against that - unless of course you're in school right now.

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