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A 501(c)(3) corporation is a non-profit organization that gains a tax-exempt status under section 501(c) in the U.S. Internal Revenue (IRS) Code [26 U.S.C. §501(c)]. Many types of clubs and groups are eligable for 501c3 incorporated status, but part 3 is developed for religious, educational, and charitable entities.
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THE DOWN side of the 501(c)(3) corporation:
*The creator of a corporation is the State;
*The State is the sole authority and sovereign head over the corporation;
*The corporation is subject to the laws of the State which limits its powers;
*The corporation has no constitutionally protected rights, except 14th Amendment;
*The corporation is an artificial person;
*The corporation submits to a State Charter declaring it is a creature of the State;
*The corporation is created for the benefit of the public;
*The corporation is a State franchise;
*The corporation is a privilege granted by the State.
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Churches and religious organizations, like many other
charitable organizations, qualify for exemption from federal
income tax under IRC section 501(c)(3) and are generally
eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions. To qualify
for tax-exempt status, such an organization must meet the
following requirements (covered in greater detail throughout
* the organization must be organized and operated
exclusively for religious, educational, scientific, or other
* net earnings may not inure to the benefit of any private
individual or shareholder,
* no substantial part of its activity may be attempting to
* the organization may not intervene win political campaigns,
* the organization’s purposes and activities may not be
illegal or violate fundamental public policy.
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Romans 13:1-7 King James Version (KJV)
13 Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.
2 Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.
3 For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same:
4 For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.
5 Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake.
6 For for this cause pay ye tribute also: for they are God's ministers, attending continually upon this very thing.
7 Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour.
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Colossians 1:18 King James Version (KJV)
And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.
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Matthew 5:18 King James Version (KJV)
18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.
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Matthew 4:4 King James Version (KJV)
But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
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originally posted by: chrismarco
a reply to: Profusion
The bigger question here is can any non profit company truly be non profit...I think the entire thing is a scam where these CFO's and CEO's are making six figure salaries in the name of non profit...someone is making a huge profit...usually not the poor people being served...
As far as the church I wonder what the numbers look like on donations and how much of a percentage actually goes to the church versus the Vatican...
Big freaking scam...
originally posted by: Aloysius the Gaul
a reply to: ChesterJohn
In the NT there are no churches at all.