Free Speech, Free Church,
& Free School
not controlled but free
This freedom should apply
to all speech, all educational institutions, and all
World religious freedom
exists in a continuum from martyr to slave. To a lesser
extent this applies to all schools worldwide. Lesser
because the propaganda value of educating the young
shrinks the public school continuum to degrees of slavery.
All governments know their
future depends on indoctrinating children in government's
vision of the proper "team spirit." There
has not been a large government that has ignored this
public schooling power source for centuries.
If you are in America
you may be thinking the title 'free church' is redundant
since the Constitution guarantees government will not
interfere with religion. The first amendment is actually
where you will find that American government is limited
The Bill of Rights is
a document written expressly to control government.
People are born with their rights - governments steal
them. The American founding fathers rightfully feared
government and wanted it under the people's thumb -
not the traditional opposite.
who is supposed to create the few federal laws in areas
not addressed by States, has created a plethora of agencies
making rules and regulations with the effect of laws.
A large number of these rules and regulations can impact
The IRS, that behemoth
agency that considers all citizens guilty until they
prove themselves innocent, has taken away a church's
tax free status for saying things in the pulpit that
some politicians dislike. This has muzzled many churches
who now fear loss of their tax free status.
It appears to be ok for
politicians to grab votes by speaking at a church about
politics using religious rhetoric; but against IRS rules
for a church leader to make political pronouncements.
At the state level there
can be even more interference with local churches. Most
American churches have incorporated, and are now controlled
by their state's corporate law. As corporations they
must have board members, file regular reports, have
state mandated meetings and votes, etc. If you have
seen a divided church, it is frequently over legal governance
issues, the result of rendering unto Caesar that which
belongs to God.
A church that ends up
in court is frequently there due to their legal status.
Christians should be in prayer meetings, seeking God's
will and asking for his assistance. Instead they end
up in a secular court arguing law before a secular judge.
A local church must choose to subjugate themselves to
government to be in this position.
How does a church get
under the thumb of government? By filing for tax free
status they became a nonprofit organization, not a church,
at least in IRS eyes.
By becoming a corporation
a church must follow all statutes, regulations, and
forms required by state government. Instead of a Biblically
defined leadership, they end up with governing boards
and employees. Their actions are then defined by statute
rather than God.
As Christians we need
to always be free to follow Jesus Christ. First pray
and decide; is it God's will? If so, there is only the
choice to follow God or not follow God. It
is to everyone's benefit to follow God, he loves us
and is smarter and wiser than we are.
We can not let a bribe
of a tax deduction be our decision criteria. God is
more than big enough to sustain or grow a ministry he
values without deductible contributions. If God does
not want to sustain the ministry, let it die.
If your church is not
incorporated or is not proclaimed tax free by the IRS
with their 501c3 edict is there a problem for contributors?
According to Free the 501c3 Church and ecclesia.org
there is no problem. The direct quote from the second
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, §
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.
Only if Churches put themselves
under law, will they be controlled by law.
The founding fathers looked
at the monarchy ruled Church of England and wanted to
eliminate problems created in both government and religion
by subservience of church to state.
Separation of church
and state is to protect religion from government interference;
and to protect the people from a government that would
use religion to gain power. Separation was not instituted
to limit the churches.
We believe that scripture
teaches that the head of the Christian Church is Jesus
Christ. At Junior
Partner Ministries, at Bastiat
Free University, and at our partner
charities Jesus Christ is the authority to which we
You must chose you this
day whom you will serve.And the
people said unto Joshua, The Lord our God will we serve,
and his voice will we obey. Joshua 24:24
Partner Ministries is not and will not
be incorporated. We will follow Jesus Christ. We will
not file for an IRS ruling of 501c3 status. God's
Church is not exempt from taxes, it is outside of tax.
By the provisions of the
First Amendment to the Constitution: "Congress
shall make no law regarding an establishment of religion,
or prohibiting the free exercise thereof."
The Church is therefore
immune to government limitations; unless a local church
willingly subjects itself to government control, and
thereby surrenders Christ's headship.
Jesus is Lord!
God is our service ministries'
source, not any man made government; and not even you
my friend. If the government closes our assembly doors
we will still praise God, and follow him. To see how
our model, the early church, handled government orders
read Acts chapters 3 & 4.
If we get no tax benefit;
well and good. Junior Partner Ministries is a free Church
and has equally free auxiliaries such as the university
and partner charities. God is able to supply all our
needs, exceedingly, abundantly, above all we can ask
We think those who contribute
to our church and live in America are safe taking their
deductions if they wish. Regardless of man's rules and
how they change, we will not trade God's unlimited eternal
provision for man's limited promise.
Ask God's Holy Spirit
where and how He would have you contribute, and then
follow His leading. If you are to give to us, give joyfully.
If you can not give joyfully, don't give. God will provide
for us from some other quarter. Jesus Christ is our
As Christians our home
is heaven, we are ambassadors here on Earth - and not
ruled by any worldly government.
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