What happens when a church Inc.orporates?

- By Brook Stockton, PHD

 

Please consider:

It has become necessary to speak directly and bluntly against incorporation in part because churchman lack legal competence (failing the Scriptural requirement for even being an Elder) . . . and in part because the nominal church has embraced apostasy in different areas.
Please read the following with discernment, and if some statements seen harsh and blunt, please evaluate it by the Canon of Holy Writ (Isaiah 8:20).

 

What’s Wrong with Church Incorporation?

When you (pastors, elders, and deacons) incorporate this is what happens:

You betray Christ.

Ephesians 1:22 And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,

When you incorporates with the IRS, you reject the Headship of Christ and willingly, voluntarily and without compulsion appoint the IRS as head of your 501 c 3 church organization.

Any “church” that is incorporated has deposed Jesus Christ from His rightful position as Head over His own Body and has surrendered that Body to the dominion of the State. Selah.

You commit treason to Christ.

Treason is a betrayal of trust. More people are concerned about committing treason against the government than they are about committing treason against Christ. Treason to the United States is punishable by death, but treason to the state can only happen with an elected official.

When a church marries the world, it commits adultery. When a church applies to be a 501 c 3 organization, it abandons its Charter. To reject Christ as the Head of the church and to legally appoint the IRS as head of the new 501 c 3 church organization is treachery—a violation of His trust, plain and simple.

You make a Deal with the Devil.

Incorporating is a contractual agreement.

Satan is the “god of this world” and He has his minions in high places–in government.

The Devil used Herod to kill John the Baptist. He used Herod and the Sanhedrin and Pilate to execute Christ. The Devil used Rome to murder Peter and Paul. Every apostle lost his life at the hands of some government administration.

When a church incorporates it makes a contract with the IRS . . . it joins the Church of the Almighty Dollar . . . the IRS Super church. Is there any doubt that the Infernal Revenue Service is the most Devilish agency on Planet earth; that is, the Great Satan?

You emasculate the church.

In today’s “church” organizations the testosterone levels are low and the estrogen levels are off the charts.

The Lord’s church has allowed itself to be emasculated by the United States government’s poisonous propaganda program of the illusive “tax exempt” status. Church leaders shake with fear when challenged to confront government or claim their guaranteed, First Amendment rights as iterated in the United States Constitution.

The courts have always recognized “…a church is not an entity recognized in law”, therefore the courts have no jurisdiction over a real church. The courts are set up for corporations, not sentient beings.

You form an unholy union.

When you incorporate, you create a union with such despicable, wicked, Satanically-controlled 501 c 3 groups like the Planned Parenthood Assassins, atheists, the church of Wicka, flesh pedaling pornographers, pedophiles, and hundreds of other worthless, vile, anti-Christ organizations.

You commit spiritual suicide.

The church is “in Christ.” Like a baby in the womb, its life is dependent on the Head of the body.

When a church detaches itself from Christ and attaches itself to a corpse state, its life cannot be sustained.

Incorporation means death to the people of God because the church no longer functions as a church. It just rolls around the graveyard of corporations trying to figure out how to stuff more people into its coffin.

You practice witchcraft.

When in the pulpit, the pastor teaches that the flock is to worship Christ and to worship him by giving to the Lord. This is correct!

But, if you are a 501c3 organization, the minute that “offering” goes into the church office, the black spirit of incorporation slithers into the room and your accountant practices the Satanic art of black magic: “Abra cadabra, abac, Melkh, Aboo Bambara . . . a frog’s tail . . . some toe nails . . . a chicken feather. . . a few touches of the key board . . .  and Walla:

A ministry is transformed into a “business.”

Deacons are transformed into “corporate executives.”

The offering is transformed into an “income.”

Gifts are transformed into “taxable income.”

Love is transformed into a debt “obligation.”

Worship is transformed into allegiance to the United States, and often, to false Israel.

The church pastor is transformed into a CEO of a business organization.

The church is transformed into a 501 c 3 organization

Secret giving is transformed into a financial record.

Sacrificial gifts are transformed into “deductions.”

The church treasure is transformed from a disciple into a Judas tax collector for the IRS.

Church staff are transformed into government “employees.”

The church treasurer becomes a secret informant working for the government.

Church law is abandoned and replaced with tax law.

You convert God’s church into a business:

Take these things hence; make not my Father’s house an house of merchandise [emporium]” ordered the Savior [John 2:16].

Not only does a religious organization have its charter and articles of incorporation on file with the Secretary of State, but it is also required to list a President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer.

None of these offices were instituted by Christ for His church (Ephesians 4:11-12), because they exist to control the business dealings of a corporation, not the holy duties of the Body of Christ.

The irony of all this is that the corporation pays the pastor a salary to teach the flock how to live by faith!

You become a dead organization instead of a living organism.

The church is part of Christ’s Body and as such is a living organism by virtue of our Lord’s resurrection. An incorporated Church is not an organism, but an organization. An organization is a creature of the State, and as such must hold allegiance to the creator of their organization—the state.

You become subject to the rules imposed by the State.

Every corporate entity become subject to the rules and regulations of the parent corporations issuing their charters. They are obligated to obey all the various regulations imposed by statutory laws and codes of the parent State.

Practically, the religious organization is focused on the laws of the State and pleasing the State rather than being focused on the laws of God and pleasing Him. If a church was focused on the Ten Commandments, they would not break the first commandment, “an thou shall have no gods (laws) before me” by incorporating with the United States, Inc.

You accept the status of a debtor.

When you incorporate, you become “subsumed” into the bankruptcy of the UNITED STATES, INC. and subject to liquidation by international bankruptcy trustees; that is, the organization is no longer free and sovereign under Christ, but a debtor that pledges all its assets to pay for the out-of-control debt of the U.S. Inc. When it comes time for Peter to pay Paul, religious property can be sold to pay for the debt.

You proclaim the death of God among men.

When a church incorporates to become a 501c3 Organization it publicly renounces Christ as Lord; mutinies against the Headship of Christ; publicly confesses that Jesus Christ is no longer competent to govern His people; that Christ is impotent and can no longer protect and provide for His own church. God is dead!

You break with the church’s Founding Charter.

The church is the institution ordained and established by Jesus Christ Himself. It’s Charter is the Word of God based on the new covenant and the shed blood of Christ.

No church has Christ’s permission to delegate its authority to the state. Christ has never delegated His authority to the any civil jurisdiction to rule in the affairs of His church. The churches charter is in heaven, organized in heaven by heaven’s authority.

The church has no power, no right, no authority to surrender its sovereignty to a godless, pagan state. And, if it does, it commits ultra vires acts and all its work is “null” and “void.”

You grant permission to the state to do the work of the church.

The only purpose of government is to protect individual rights. Moreover, the First Amendment forbids the State from governing the church . . . but, church incorporation yields these constitutional restrictions by contract.

When a church joins the IRS Super Church, the state takes on the duties of the church and feels it has to be charitable. Thus, the nanny state is born . . and today America is known as the welfare state.

Liberals are demanding the state provide free education, free lunch programs, free health care, free birth control, and free everything. All of this costs money and the nanny state is busy creating new ways to finance all its nanny state programs.

You give up your God-given rights.

The church has its own unique calling, and its own jurisdiction (Philippians 3:20).

When a church becomes a 501 c 3 organization it gives up its natural God-given rights as secured by the First Amendment and accepts the rights granted to it by the State. The IRS organization receives its legal rights from the government whatever they might be.

“[A] corporation is not considered as a person within that clause of the fifth amendment to the constitution which protects a “person” against self-incrimination” Len Young Smith and G. Gale Roberson, Smith and Roberson’s Business Law, p. 787.

Consider this Supreme Court ruling:

“[A] corporation is not considered as a person within that clause of the fifth amendment to the constitution which protects a “person” against self-incrimination” Len Young Smith and G. Gale Roberson, Smith and Roberson’s Business Law, p. 787.

“Whenever a corporation makes a contract it is the contract of the legal entity …The only rights it can claim are the rights which are given to it in that charter, and not the rights which belong to its members as citizens of a state” Bank of Augusta v. Earle, 13 Pet. 586).

Understand, a corporation has no rights, only privileges. And these may be revoked any time when its creator sees fit.

Individual members (“share-holders” or “corporate franchises”) also surrender their rights on account of their legal union with the corporation. Thus, the IRS may audit the corporation’s financial records at any time, because, as one former IRS commissioner stated, “The churches… hold in trust that which belongs to the government.” This is the law, and it cannot be changed by amendments to church by-laws, or even by the good intentions of church leaders, or by claiming Scripture.

You voluntarily appoint the despicable, godless IRS as legal head of your organization.

The IRS, not Jesus, become the great mediator between god and man.

The 501c3 contract appoints the the IRS to be the final arbitrator and authority of what is and is not a church—something the government has no authority to do; to certify religion and to state who we can worship, what we can or cannot believe, and who we can give our tithes to.

It is sheer madness when the church feels compelled to go to sinners to seek legitimacy. This is like asking the Canaanites for permission for Israel to be a nation in Canaan.

You cause the CEO to masquerade around as Biblical Pastor.

The CEO is double minded in that he pretends to be a pastor but is legally an underling of the state, an executive of a commercial business. In his own mind, the preacher is a pastor of God’s flock; but, in the mind of the IRS, the preacher is a government employee responsible for managing their corporation. And, when push come to shove, the mind of the IRS will always prevail!!!

You unlawfully create employees of the government out of church staff.

Since the mid-1980s, church boards have been making “legal decisions” to classify their ministers as “employees” for Social Security purposes; that is, they are practicing law without a license.

The IRS exists to regulate revenue which is internal to the federal government. Consequently, in the Internal Revenue Code, an “employee” is specifically defined as follows: “an officer, employee, or elected official of the United States, a State, or any political subdivision thereof” (26 U.S.C. 3401-C). By illegally classifying the pastor and his staff as an “employee” who earns “income,” the incorporated church is unknowingly identifying him as one who works for the federal government.

You become a creature of the state instead of a “new creation” in Christ.

When a sentient person places their faith in Christ, they are born again, and become a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17). When a church places its faith in government, it is stillborn into a “legal person,” a “creature of the state,” in the dead fictional world of corporations.

You convert the church into a government franchise.

According to law, “a corporation must have a franchise.” Who are the franchises of an incorporated church? The congregation, of course!

In corporate, legal terms, the congregation becomes the “shareholders” in the business. This is proven by the fact that the so-called “congregational meetings” of the incorporated church must follow the legal guidelines of any other corporate meeting.

For example, motions must be made and minutes must be kept of the proceedings, and financial records must be kept according to IRS standards. By-laws must be maintained and any additions (amendments) must be voted on by the members of the church. Where is any of this in the Bible? (Len Young Smith and G. Gale Roberson, Smith and Roberson’s Business Law, p. 786.)

You agree to be a servant of the government and must obey the IRS.

The church should be a servant of the Christ, but when it signs the 501 c 3 contract, it agrees to be a slave of the government and to serve “public policy.”

“As a general proposition, a party is held to what he signs…. One cannot obtain a release from contract liability upon the ground that he did not understand the legal effect of the contract”

You change the character of the ministry from “salt” into “sugar.”

A 501 c 3 is pragmatically more interested in being right with the State than right with God.

Jesus could say of the early church, “You are the salt of the earth” (Matthew 5:13); but, if Christ were comeback today He would find the 501 c 3 church organization to be like Super Sugar Slap cereals. Simply put, the 501 c 3,”church” has lost its “snap, crackle, and pop.”

You commit cowardice.

Incorporation is easy. Being unincorporated is hard. It takes study and courage to be God’s free church in corporate America.

Your pastor will ends up crawling to Caesar with bones shaking and hands quivering seeking the grace of the State to please not tax the church.

“On moral matters where right and wrong are involved, and where the Bible clearly speaks, many preachers have so compromised and sold out, and are so afraid of their congregations, that they cannot give the clear Word of God. God pity the preacher who is afraid to preach against sin just because somebody will cry ‘politics’!”

You effectively gag and harness your CEO pastor.
 

By law, the pastor cannot preach against public policy—and public policy permits the murder of the unborn, socialism,  perversions, and theft in the name of taxation, etc.

Pastors need to repent for letting their church become “an arm of Rome” and bowing to the will of the state as opposed to seeking “thy will be done.”

You convert back to paganism and practices Baal worship.

Baal was state worship. The term “Molock” is a perversion of the Hebrew word “Melech,” which means “king.” Molock or Malcom or Baal were all terms describing a religious-political system that saw the state as the ultimate authority on earth. To die for the state was to die for God. The Roman gladiators said, “Hail Caesar, we who are about to die, salute thee.”

When a church becomes a 501c3 organizations it forsakes Christ and coverts back to paganism—the practice of treating government as a god. (Not profession, but practice). Churches don’t profess the state is a god; churches practice the state is god.

“’Ichabod’ will be written about the church that soft-pedals on unpleasant truth or that stands not unwaveringly for ‘the faith once delivered.’”

You cease to be a God-approved church and become a government “approved” organization.

Read the statutes.

When a local church converts to paganism, it ceases to be God’s church. It becomes a member of the IRS Super Church called charitable or religious organizations. It is demoted from being the corpus of Christ to become ta despicable dead corpus of government.

You ceases to have a prophetic role in your community.

When a church incorporates it becomes a “non-prophet organization.” It is more interested in pleasing men . . . attracting new members . . . instead of addressing sins of the age.

The Rev. J. Kennedy observed the following (regarding incorporated church entities):

“The federal government has proved a tremendous impediment to the ongoing work of Christians. In all the laws that they have passed against Christian schools, gagging the church, taxation, and all kinds of things that they have done, they have made it harder for the church to exercise its prerogatives and to preach the gospel.

Not only do you become a non-profit organization, you become a non-prophet, non-profitable organization.

You violate the church’s privacy rights.

In January of each year, members and contributors will receive an itemized report of their financial contributions to the church for tax purposes. The church treasurer-IRS agent distributes contribution records that shows a beginning and ending “balance” for each member. Does not this practice directly contradict the Lord’s command about giving alms before men (Matthew 6:1-4)? So much for eternal rewards (Matthew 6:4).

You depose Jesus Christ from His rightful position as Head over His own Body and surrender that Body to the dominion of the State.
You betray your covenant responsibility
 to Christ.

The corporation is organized for the purpose of “limited liability,” which means that the corporation cannot be held legally responsible for the actions of the individual members: “A corporation… should be distinguished from the individuals who compose it and those who control it as well as from the property which it owns” (Len Young Smith and G. Gale Roberson, Smith and Roberson’s Business Law, p. 785).

You become one with the whore of Babylon.

This is not just rhetoric. The Apostle John calls the Roman Commercial System ruled by the Great City of Rome, the Whore of Babylon. Babylon, the first city to enslave men and develop an economy on slave labor has a spirit and that spirit morphs its way through history. Today, the whore of Babylon has morphed its way into Washington D.C. and behaves very much like the city on seven hills. To join the 501c3 club is to copulate with the the whore of Babylon as a state concubine.

You become proud.

By incorporating, you assert your will above the will of God. This is an act of pride.

The 501 c 3 church is more than likely to see itself as a legitimate state approved, non-taxable organization and to see all the small, struggling churches who rent store fronts as illegitimate churches.

Since when does a church become legit by gaining the approval of the state?

Do not hear what is not being said!!

This criticism of 501 c 3s  does not mean, however, that when the visible, local corporate Body of Christ converts to a 501 c 3 that the people cease to be Christian people.

What has changed is the legal status of the community, not the constitution of the individual believer.

The gospel does not change, but its handlers may be very selective in what they preach and teach. One can still go to a 501 c 3 church organization and hear a very good message from the Bible. More than likely, however, they will hear a sweet popcorn sermon designed to make people feel good.

What has changed is not the Scripture, but the ability of the corporate community to actively be the church as the church before the State and its subsidiaries.