Monday, October 03, 2011

The Power to Control and Destroy the Church




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Unions/the left at their best?


The New Democrat



Hundreds of pastors thumb noses at IRS
‘Pulpit Freedom Sunday’ targets restriction on sermons about politicians’ moral values

Posted: September 30, 2011
10:00 pm Eastern
By Bob Unruh
© 2011 WND

Just the name Internal Revenue Service can strike fear in the hearts of consumers, business owners and business operations volunteers for churches alike. But this weekend, pastors have the opportunity to thumb their noses at the federal agency—and have the weight of one of the largest Christian and human rights defense teams at their backs.

It’s the weekend for the Alliance Defense Fund’s annual Pulpit Freedom Sunday, on Oct. 2.

That’s the Sunday each year when pastors are encouraged to ‘present biblical perspectives on the positions of electoral candidates’ to ‘exercise their constitutionally protected right to free religious expression.’

The event takes place in the face of a ‘problematic Internal Revenue Service rule that activist groups often use to silence churches.’

Known as the ‘Johnson Amendment,’ it was put into place by then-Senator Lyndon B. Johnson from Texas in 1954 when he was facing public criticism from religious leaders over his behavior in Washington while he was campaigning for re-election.

His rule bans ministers from discussing electoral candidates from the pulpits, even though, logically, ministers’ speech is protected by the Constitution.

The ADF has been promoting Pulpit Freedom Sunday for several years in hopes of bringing a direct confrontation with the IRS into court in which officials and attorneys expect the ‘rule’ would be thrown out. (The problem is, this has to be done more than one Sunday a year to have any impact. The IRS can and has just ignored this one Sunday. It is a meaningless exercise in futility. The Constitutional question is being attacked incorrectly!—my addition)

The program has pastors publicly discuss candidates’ issues from a biblical perspective, record the message and deliver it to the IRS.

The federal agency, however, has not yet risen to the bait. It also has declined to discuss the events with WND.

ADF officials said pastors from more than 475 churches in 46 states have registered to participate this year. That’s nearly five times as many as last year’s approximately 100 participants. This is the fourth year for the event.

‘Pastors and churches shouldn’t live in fear of being punished or penalized by the government,’ said ADF Senior Legal Counsel Erik Stanley. ‘Churches should be allowed to decide for themselves what they want to talk about. The IRS should not be the one making the decision by threatening to revoke a church’s tax-exempt status. No government-recognized status can be conditioned upon the surrender of a constitutionally protected right. (Here’s the easy solution. Drop the non-profit status of churches and the IRS would have no legal control over the churches! The problem is, many churches would rather keep the non-profit status than teach the word of GOD and fulfill their mission. All churches should be involved in all aspects of society to impact society for the sake of CHRIST. At one time, that was true of churches—not so these days. The result is the MURDER of unborn babies, the promotion of homosexual behavior and other immoral sexual behavior, the removal of GOD from the public sector as covered in Saturday’s post, and the continuing destruction of the moral fabric of our society!!!—my addition)

‘That’s why ADF started Pulpit Freedom Sunday: to get the government out of the pulpits of America,’ he said. (One day out of 365 days WILL NOT do it!!!—my addition)

Freedom Sunday is associated with the ADF Pulpit Initiative, a legal effort designed to secure the free speech rights of pastors in the pulpit. It’s goal is the elimination of the Johnson Amendment.

ADF said a national survey it conducted just weeks ago of 1,000 randomly selected senior pastors found that nearly nine out of 10 believe the government should not regulate their sermons. (Is that all!!! It should be 100%!!!—my addition)

‘The survey confirmed what pastors of nearly every persuasion have told us for years: they don’t want the IRS, or any other governmental agency, to censor what they say from their pulpits,’ Stanley said. (THEN DON’T LET THEM!!! Are we serving CHRIST or the IRS?—my addition)

‘No one would suggest a pastor give up his church’s tax-exempt status (I DO!!! The U.S. Supreme Court said early in our history that the power to tax is the power to DESTROY!!! Requiring the church to be tax-exempt gives the IRS the power to CONTROL!!!—my addition) if he wants to keep his constitutional protection against illegal search and seizure or cruel and unusual punishment. Likewise, no one should be asking him to give up his church’s tax-exempt status to be able to keep his constitutionally protected right to free speech,’ he said. (If you dance with the DEVIL!!!—my addition)

The ADF effort points out that before the amendment in 1954, ‘there were no restrictions on what churches could or couldn’t do with regard to speech about government and voting, excepting only a 1934 law preventing nonprofits from using a substantial part of their resources to lobby for legislation.’

Since Johnson’s amendment, ‘The IRS has steadfastly maintained that any speech by churches about candidates for government office, including sermons from the pulpit, can result in loss of tax exemption.’

Consequently, the amendment has intimidated churches into effectively silencing their speech.“

Again, the solution is simply! Drop the non-profit status and the IRS has NO legal CONTROL over churches!!! Which is better for churches, non-profit status or PREACHING the WHOLE WORD of GOD?!!! Where is the BOLDNESS of the modern church? Acts 4: 19-20 (NIV) “But Peter and John replied, ‘Judge for yourselves whether it is right in God’s sight to obey you rather than God. For we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.” We need more men like Peter and John and less men concerned about the MATERIAL COMFORT of the church!!! When are we going to start FIGHTING for GOD rather than bowing before the IRS?!!! WE ARE AT WAR against EVIL!!! EVIL knows it; why doesn’t the CHURCH?!!!

From the Constitution of the United States, Amendment I:

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof….” This IS NOT a freedom of speech issue!!! It is a “Free exercise thereof” issue. This is a portion of the Constitution which has all but been ignored by the Courts, by the Congress, by the President, and by the PEOPLE of the United States. Congress has no Constitutional authority to require churches to be non-profit. Congress has no Constitutional authority to require churches to pay taxes in relation to freely exercising religion!!!

“And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.” (Last sentence of the Declaration of Independence)

It is time, it’s past time to RESTORE THE CONSTITUTION!!!
It is time, it’s past time to RESTORE THE CONSTITUTION!!!
It is time, it’s past time to RESTORE THE CONSTITUTION!!!

It is time, it’s past time to OBEY THE CONSTITUTION!!!
It is time, it’s past time to OBEY THE CONSTITUTION!!!
It is time, it’s past time to OBEY THE CONSTITUTION!!!

It’s time, it is past time to TAKE BACK THE NATION!!!
It’s time, it is past time to TAKE BACK THE NATION!!!
It’s time, it is past time to TAKE BACK THE NATION!!!