As some long-time listeners of our ministry are already aware, we published a popular article called "501c3: The Devil's Church" in which we expose the truth about the denial of Christ by those church buildings, elders, and pastors who sign the corporate contract with the IRS. This is why most people will be confused about the title to this article, and I was deeply convicted to try my best to explain to Christians what many of them still seem not to understand, which is that 501c3 is NOT the cause of leaven in the church, it is the SYMPTOM of the underlying cause.
Let's begin by quoting Donald Trump in a speech he gave during a presidential rally in Janesville, Wisconsin in March of 2016:
TRUMP: "I probably had 50 of the ministers and pastors, different folks, came up to my office, and |
The Christian Post reported:
Trump vowed to end a ban enacted in the Johnson Amendment of 1954 that punishes churches and other 501(c) tax-exempt nonprofit organizations by stripping them of their tax-exempt status if they engage in political activities or endorse candidates for public office. 'I think maybe that will be my greatest contribution to Christianity— and other religions — is to allow you, when you talk religious liberty, to go and speak openly, and if you like somebody or want somebody to represent you, you should have the right to do it,' the Washington Post quoted Trump as saying."
-Samuel Smith, "Donald Trump Tells Evangelical Leaders He Will End Decades-Old Ban on Church Politicking," The Christian Post, June 22, 2016, retrieved Nov 14, 2016, [http://bit.ly/2g6Sbtx]
There is a lot wrong with this, and I'm fully aware that almost no one is going to listen to me and heed my warnings. I can only hope that the few of the sanctified remnant of Chirst will hear me out and consider the matter. In the end, the love of money, respect, and tradition are the reasons these pastors and elders signed up for 501c3 in the first place.
What Trump doesn't understand is that these "evangelicals" had just as much freedom of speech as "somebody walking down the street" BEFORE they signed their 501c3 contract. These church-goers have a choice; it's not like they were held at gunpoint by the government and forced into silence. These pastors only lost their freedom of speech after they signed the contract, and what most people foolishly keep focusing on is this question: "What do we need to do to give them their rights back?" However, the born-again Christian should be asking, "Why did they give up liberty and denounce Christ in exchange for cash?"
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.
-1 Timothy 6:10
The defensive excuse that I almost always hear from church-goers trying to defend their pastor is this: "Well, he didn't know what he was getting into." I usually laugh and shake my head when I hear this response because that doesn't make the situation better. That excuse actually makes what the pastor did worse because this means church-goers are putting their trust in (and learning every week from) a man who, in his blissful ignorance, doesn't even bother to think about or look into what he's doing before he does it. (Do you honestly think it's a wise idea to let your children and family learn from such a man?)
Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye.
A wicked man taketh a gift out of the bosom to pervert the ways of judgment.
The king by judgment establisheth the land: but he that receiveth gifts overthroweth it.
Thy princes are rebellious, and companions of thieves: every one loveth gifts, and followeth after rewards: they judge not the fatherless, neither doth the cause of the widow come unto them.
When a pastor or elder has fallen into covetousness, eventually, his choices will reflect the covetousness in his heart. Don't be fooled; none of them will ever outloud, directly say "Yes, I'm man given to covetousness," because that would hurt his current standing. In order to live with himself as hypocrite, preaching the Biblical doctrine against covetousness while acting out the covetousness in his heart, he has to convince himself and others that his decisions are not evil, and that's the reason we see so many excuses when it comes to 501c3 contracts.
And he said unto them, Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God.
The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?
He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool: but whoso walketh wisely, he shall be delivered.
Removing 501c3 does NOT remove|
the wickedness from a pastor's heart.
|To put it another way, 501c3 is like the top of the iceberg in cold waters that looks relatively small, but what sinks a ship is not the top of the iceberg, but the huge problem underneath that they can't see on the surface. So many well-meaning folks have written me saying they are fighting the battle against 501c3 contracts in church buildings, but the major problem is that when Trump removes it, they're going to think the problem's been solved, and that all church buildings are suddenly good and unleavened again; THIS IS FOLLY. Even if you remove the top of the iceberg, all it does is make the danger harder to see, and even if you remove 501c3, all it does is make the leaven and wickedness of church buildings harder to see; the ship will still sink, and church-goers will still fall into the trap of leaven without proper discernment.|
Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess.
The primary goal of the huge majority of "pastors" in this country is to get more people sitting in pews every week, and to make sure those anti-Christian tithes keep flowing into the church building's pocket. The hearts of these men need to be fixed first, and then the 501c3 issue will solve itself. 501c3 is not a threat to Christianity; the danger is coming from deceptive men who sign contracts denouncing Christ and then make excuses with fair speeches and flattering lips to the people who provide for their paychecks.
Help, LORD; for the godly man ceaseth; for the faithful fail from among the children of men. They speak vanity every one with his neighbour: with flattering lips and with a double heart do they speak.
A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.
Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.
This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.
Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD.
In a 2015 interview, Trump was questioned at the Family Leadership Summit in Ames, Iowa. Let's read his responses:
INTERVIEWER: "You used the word 'Christian', have you ever asked God for forgiveness?"|
TRUMP: "That's a tough question. I don't think in terms of--I'm a religious person... [Trump then goes on for about 60 seconds to talk about his denominational background; as a typical politician will do when avoiding a question.]"
INTERVIEWER: "But have you ever asked God for forgiveness?"
Just like other "christian" cults out there (like Catholics, Jehovah's Witnesses, Mormons, etc), Trump is relying on his own good works to get him into heaven.
Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.
For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.
-2 Corinthians 7:10
(Read "Is Repentance Part of Salvation" here at creationliberty.com for more details.)
But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
-1 Corinthians 2:14
Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!
And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.
-2 Timothy 2:24-26