By Pastor Dick Carmack
May 16, 2015
The Chosen of this generation are under attack on every side by purveyors of fear. Fear of persecution, fear of prosecution, fear of death and horrors of horrors, fear of loss of tax exemption!
A recent article concerning the possible loss of tax exemption by religious institutions, primarily churches, for refusing to perform same-sex “marriages,” would probably be the best thing that could happen to America’s churches. If the church loses their tax exemptions maybe they’ll wake up, kneel down and say, “Lord forgive us for worshipping the state and its powers!”
If the state (any governmental body) has the power to grant tax exemption to churches, then that same body has the power to take it away. Since when does the church go hat in hand to Caesar to beg to be relieved of taxes? I can’t imagine Peter, Paul, Matthew, Mark, Luke or John petitioning the king and arguing that because of the nature of their calling, they should be granted relief from taxes. Didn’t Jesus tell Peter to get money out of the mouth of a fish to pay the tax collector?
We hear cries from the pulpit about “separation of church and state,” but when the rubber meets the road most of those preachers line up to file their forms so they can avoid paying property taxes and give exemptions to their tithers. In that case they are embracing and kissing up on the state trying to maintain something they should never have applied for in the first place. If you accept corporate status, or 503-3-C status from a government body, you have become A CREATURE OF THE STATE and have betrayed the One who called you to preach the Gospel. He called you to be His preacher not to be a financial advocate for your organization.
Because of widespread ignorance of the law and pure cowardice, these pastors have held out their arms for the Federal handcuffs and mentally justified it by telling themselves they are doing it for their members. The members are able to take care of themselves. If someone gives a gift to God because his tithes are tax deductible, the church is better off without them.
Part of the problem can be traced back to Senator Lyndon Johnson in 1954 who reportedly was upset by pastors who preached messages on politics that he didn’t like so he proposed an amendment to a bill making changes in the tax code, that supposedly prohibited churches from involving themselves in politics. The media picked it up and by the time they were through with their twists, omissions and lies, hundreds of thousands of pastors rolled over and went to their deacon boards and told them they could no longer criticize the government. The deacons bowed down and said, “OK pastor you know best, we sure don’t want to lose our tax exemptions!” Here is a brief synopsis of the bill as given by a supposedly authoritative “encyclopedia.”
“Organizations recognized under Section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. tax code are subject to limits or absolute prohibitions on engaging in political activities and risk loss of status as tax exempt status if violated Specifically, they are prohibited from conducting political campaign activities to intervene in elections to public office.”
Talk about misleading people. The above is worded to induce fear in preachers and churches. The key is in the title “501(c)(3) prohibition.” If you are not a government slave by virtue of accepting 501-3-C status, then you don’t belong to them. Sure you’ll have to pay property taxes but most people think you should anyway. Church buildings were constructed with the offerings of working people who pay taxes every day so why should the church be any different? Besides, it’s entirely possible to receive state tax reduction without applying for, or accepting state or federal “tax exemption.” Many states automatically recognize non-profits and they won’t tell you to curb your tongue either.
On top of that, the IRS code itself states the following:
“Recognition of Tax-Exempt Status
Automatic Exemption for Churches
Churches that meet the requirements of IRC section 501(c)(3) are automatically considered tax exempt and are not required to apply for and obtain recognition of tax-exempt status from the IRS. Although there is no requirement to do so, many churches seek recognition of tax-exempt status from the IRS because…” (Emphasis added)
If you look a church, act like a church and walk and talk like a church, the tax monsters will ignore you, it’s the law. In their own words, it’s automatic. Look it up. It simply amounts to the fact the “Johnson Amendment” notwithstanding, that America’s preachers have been running scared for over 60 years from a boogey man that doesn’t exist because they, or their accountants were too afraid, or never bothered to look up the law. More likely, there seems to be feeling of security when you cozy up to the state and get patted on the head. If churches don’t want to be slaves to the Feds the FIRST thing they need to do is throw their 501 exemptions in the trash and start preaching the Word with faith and power!
This leads us to “Clergy Response Teams” where a reported 26,000 to 28,000 U.S. pastors have been trained to be Federal spies and lapdogs preaching Romans 13 to mean “do whatever government says you should do,” don’t question it, don’t protest, just do it. Much like you are taught in the military, when an order is given “your duty is to obey.” And as Alfred Lord Tennyson said, “Ours not to reason why, ours but to do and die.” As a young Christian I remember my Sunday School teacher interpreting Rom 13:1-7 that way (he worked for the government) and even then something didn’t ring true.
“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. (Ro 13:1)” Conveniently, they ignore most of the rest of the passage.
It has been observed by many writers before me that God didn’t create Adolph Hitler, Joseph Stalin, Genghis Khan or Pol Pot to be mass murderers but they were certainly the “powers that be” at that time. They were the powers of their respective countries, but certainly not deserving of allegiance let alone obedience. If a gang of armed thugs break down your door, beat you up, rape your wife and threaten to kill your children they are certainly the present “powers that be.” Does God want us to bow down and ask what else they want? Absolutely not. A literal reading of the passage (Rom 13:1-7) teaches us LEGITIMATE governments are to be obeyed but illegitimate ones are to be opposed. Should we obey God or man? (Acts 5:29) It’s a perversion of Scripture to say we are supposed to obey ungodly, rotten people who have grasped temporary control of a government.
Alex Jones reported in 2007: “A shocking KSLA (Louisiana) news report has confirmed the story we first broke last year, that Clergy Response Teams are being trained by the federal government to "quell dissent" and pacify citizens to obey the government in the event of a declaration of martial law.” The same article continued: “A whistleblower who was secretly enrolled into the program told us the Feds were clandestinely recruiting religious leaders to help implement Homeland Security directives in anticipation of a potential bio-terrorist attack, any natural disaster or a nationally declared emergency.”
“NDAA Section 1022, subsection c allows “(1) Detention under the law of war without trial until the end of the hostilities authorized by the Authorization for Use of Military Force.”
Many fear the “detention” areas are American concentration camps and will end with gas chambers like Nazi Germany. The same game plan followed by Hitler is being followed by the New World Order of Chaos, and the eventual goal is to reduce the population of the earth to “sustainable levels.”
Ask your pastor about Romans 13 and listen carefully to his answer. Bear in mind, the “powers that be” are intent on reducing America’s population by 90% or more. That means when it’s all over (if they are successful) the U.S. will have a population around 30-40 million.
[See 2 pastors from two big churches in Grants Pass, Oregon peddle Romans 13 to ignorant masses below also, read Pastor Butch Paugh's article to those two pastors]
“Current global population of over 7 billion is already two to three times higher than the sustainable level. Several recent studies show that Earth’s resources are enough to sustain only about 2 billion people at a European standard of living.” Others such as the notorious “Georgia Guidestones” advocate only ½ billion left living out of the present seven plus billion number. How can this be accomplished without mass murder? Who has the capability to reduce the world’s population so drastically? It certainly can’t be accomplished by natural attrition.
Will America’s pastors who form the “Clergy Response Team” be able to justify all they are doing on Judgment Day when they advise us to docilely return to Egypt or to bow the neck for the chopping block? God tells us the only king we should set over ourselves is a brother, not a stranger (De 17:15). I don’t know the folks in Washington, D.C., maybe you claim them but I’ll guarantee you most are not my brothers.
We are today faced with the reality the Lord Himself is bringing Judgment upon not just America but on the whole world. Matthew 24 is especially eloquent is describing the steps that are today being taken to subjugate the earth under a boot on the neck of a “stiff necked and rebellious people.” The events described in Matthew have been recorded for almost 2,000 years and cannot be altered. That’s not to mean however we are supposed to go quietly to our deaths. We are taught consistently in the Holy Word that men have resisted evil since evil existed and we are to do no less.
“Again the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, 2 Son of man, speak to the children of thy people, and say unto them, When I bring the sword upon a land, if the people of the land take a man of their coasts, and set him for their watchman: (Ezek 33:1,2)”
Please note the phrase “when I bring the sword upon a land.” God is plainly saying that He is bringing the sword and we are to warn the people with all our might and by the Word, we are taught to resist evil and to obey God.
Ezekiel 33 tells pastors they should be watchmen on the wall. If they see danger coming they should blow the trumpet, otherwise the blood of those who perish will be on their hands.
Ask your pastor what Romans 13:1-7 means. Ask him if he belongs to that select group of 28,000. Ask him if he says he does, will he be able to wash the blood from off his hands? Should we quickly agree with what our leaders tell us or should we question their wisdom and motives? If he refuses to answer the question or says we are obligated to follow all orders, perhaps it’s time to look for another pastor or church.
Maybe it’s time to study the life of Medal of Honor winner Sgt. Alvin York in WW 1 who though he was a devout believer, singlehandedly outshot an entire German machine gun battalion, killing 25 men in the process, and later the same day, along with seven of his men brought in 132 German prisoners.
The Bible teaches us to resist evil and to actively fight against it when it oppresses us. Any pastor, no matter what his motives, that teaches we are to knuckle under to every directive of government is betraying his calling. The hour is very late and decision time is upon us.
Train Clergy To "Quell Dissent" During Martial Law.
2. Johnson Amendment.
3. Tax guide for churches and religious organizations.
4. Feds Train Clergy To "Quell Dissent" During Martial Law.
5. Current Population is Three Times the Sustainable Level.
© 2015 Pastor Dick Carmack – All Rights Reserved
Carmack is a retired pastor living in rural New Mexico. The Carmacks
have over 60 descendents with many in active Christian work. He
has written three books and was a columnist for the Biblical Evangelist
for four years.
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