Is your church a sanctuary or a corporation?


The following is an excerpt from a book written by Albert Lynn Barcroft

NOTE:  I have changed some of the words this author has used.   People in general, by my observation, study the Internal Revenue Code just about as well as they study Scripture; i.e. never or just a little.  Or worse, believe themselves into comfort by simply accepting what a preacher or priest has to say on the matter, or in this case what an attorney has to say on the matter.  Sad.

The church has been referred to as a ‘sanctuary’ for hundreds of years.   Even today, many refer to the church as a sanctuary.   But the truth is that there are two types (formations) of the “Christian”Church.   Both types are recognized within the United States Code; more specifically, within the Internal Revenue Code.   Th at likeness is about all the two have in common except that they both claim to worship Christ.   The first of the two types of churches is found at Section 501(c)(3) of the IRC, where it states, “ List of exempt organizations….  Corporations, and any community chest, fund, or foundation, organized and operated exclusively for religious, charitable, scientific, testing for public safety, literary or educational purposes, or to foster national or international sports competition (but only if no part of its activities involve the provision of athletic facilities or equipment), or for the prevention of cruelty to children or  animals, no part of the net earning of which inures to the benefit of any private shareholder or individual, no substantial part of the activities of which is carrying on propaganda, or otherwise attempting to influence legislation (except as otherwise provided in subsection (h)), and which does not participa te in, or intervene in (including the publishing or distributing of statements), any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for public office.”   I printed this entire subsection so that you might better understand who or what this/these ‘church(es)’ is/are in relevance to the rest of society, and what the rules this/these church(es) must abide by in order to keep status as an exempt organization.

First, please take note that this ‘church’ is a corporation.   That’s right, each church wishing to be tax exempt under 501 (c)(3) of the IRC is incorporated.   What that actually means is that their origin and source is of the government i.e. the UNITED STATES; therefore, there is a list of rules which must be obeyed in order to maintain that status.   The UNITED STATES is actually the ‘grantor’ of this church’s being.   So, where does The ALL Mighty ONE fit in?   Very carefully, if at all, is the correct answer.   As you will note from the code itself, this church is very limited in its ability to do certain things.   For instance, it cannot beco me political in any way.    That seems a little ridiculous to most people.   After all, don’t most religious people want to consult their religious leaders about possible candidates for public office?   And, don’t most Christians want to have a say in who represents them?  Well, if the church’s leaders are discovered making political statements or giving assessments on who would be a good representative and why, the church can lose its exemption.   This very thing happened to a Baptist Church in Massachusetts in 1992.   The minister said from the pulpit that a vote for Bill Clinton would be a mortal sin, and the IRS pulled his church’s tax exempt status as a result.   Any of you who watch the 700 Club on TV probably followed that story; but that church still has not gotten its exemption back.   But what if The ALL Mighty ONE did in fact direct this minister to tell his flock to vote for a particular person, or not to vote for a particular person?   In a real Christian Church, would the government be able to tell the minister not to obey what he believes The ALL Mighty ONE told him to do?   Well, if he does not disobey The ALL Mighty ONE in this case, his church looses its tax exemption.

Now, you ask, why would any church obligate itself to such ungodly rules?   That answer, too, is simply – MONEY!   The church gets a large portion of its income from people who wish to deduct their gift (tithes, offerings, donations, etc.) from their own personal tax return at the end of the year.   Many other major contributions are made for the explicit reason that they can be deducted directly off the giver’s tax return; and, many times, can throw that person into a lower tax bracket in the process.   That means that such a contribution can very well wind up actually making the giver money as a result of the lower bracket.   If the church could not accept tax deductible contributions, their revenues would fall sharpl y.   Consequently, the churches actually prostitute many of their principles just to maintain this exemption.   But, you say, “Not my church.   We follow The ALL Mighty ONE, and the government has nothing to do with the way we run our church’s affairs.”   There is a way that you can know for sure if that is true.   Simply ask your church for a receipt so that you can deduct your contributions from your tax return; and, if you are given one, your church has its foundation based upon the trust, not upon The ALL Mighty ONE.

In the Bob Jones University case, the Supreme Court ruled that a contribution to a 501 (c)(3) church was always tax deductible because it was, in fact, a government subsidy.   Could that mean that your money that is given to the church is actually going to the government?& nbsp;  Well, as a matter of fact, yes it could mean exactly that.   You see, that church [that offers tax deductions to its contributors] is actually a corporation, and it has as its origin and source, the trust doing business as the UNITED STATES.   Therefore, anything going to the church is really going directly into the trust account; and, is therefore, tax deductible.   It’s tax deductible because it’s being paid directly into the trust system at its origin.

Now, you ask, just which church is this that we’re talking about?   It’s just about every church that you have ever thought of as being a church.   It’s the Baptist, the Methodist, the Catholic (as we know it in this country), the Church of God, and most of the others which you can think of with a very few notable exceptions that we will cover later.   If you bel ong to one of these church’s, and you don’t believe what I’m telling you, go to your pastor or church accountant and ask to see the form that is filled out and sent to the IRS every three months.   It’s 13 pages long!   It covers everything from who gave contributions to exactly what is done with the contributions.   It probably says something about you in there.   Then ask to see a list of the corporate rules that the church is required to follow in order to keep its tax exempt status.   If you are told that there is no such thing, you are being lied to – yes, your church leaders or the people that work for them just lied to you [call the IRS and get a copy of the regulations].   Remember, there are always rules that must be kept in order to maintain a corporation.   If you don’t believe that, file a corporation and see.   Also, remember that your church leaders are n ot going to want you to know the whole truth about what they are being forced to do in order to keep the tax exempt status.

What all this means is that the church that you thought was independent and of The ALL Mighty ONE, is actually very dependent and of the trust.   This church actually represents the equivalent of what the Church of England represented to our forefathers.   It is the church of, by, and for the government.   It is also represented in the New Testament by the Pharisees.   Remember those guys who were always trying to collect taxes from Jesus.   It’s the same people in a new costume.

There is another church, but few even know of its existence.   It is found in the IRC at 508 (c), where it states, “(c) Exceptions  (1) Mandatory exceptions: Subsections (a) and (b) shall not apply to, (A) churches, their integrated auxiliaries, and conventions or associations of churches…”.    This section is referring to the filing requirements for 501 (c)(3) organizations, and it clearly says that churches are an exception (not an exemption) to the law.   Note that in 501 (c)(3), the church there is a corporation.  If your church files a tax return, it is a corporation, and it is not the church referred to in 508 (c).   The church referred to in 508 (c) is obv iously unorganized and definitely not a corporation; and, as such, it is outside of the jurisdiction of the IRS and the UNITED STATES.   No filing is or can be required of it, because it stands alone outside of the trust jurisdiction.   It can truly be The ALL Mighty ONE’s Church, and it is formed on the very basis that our Redeemer Kinsman set out while on Earth.   It is the sanctuary that we have always heard that the church is supposed to be, and it is a resting place and safe shelter for those who seek refuge from the tyrannical government now in place.

You may wonder what churches fall under this umbrella.   There are, in fact, many; but probably only a few that you have heard of.   The most noted church or group that you would recognize is the Amish.   Most of you know that the Amish are well known for not partaking of the ‘system’ or its ways.   What many don’t know is that they don’t pay taxes of any kind [they won’t take social security numbers, so they cannot pay taxes], and they are only subject to the jurisdiction of the government if they break one of the ‘common laws’ for which jurisdiction was surrendered by our forefathers.   The fact that they don’t use modern tools or equipment has nothing to do with the sov ereignty they enjoy in their everyday lives.   In fact, there are many churches which are a product of Americans who have been studying the law as it applies to them and their freedoms.   Those Americans have found a refuge in the unincorporated 508 (c) church where they can live their lives, both spiritually and literally, without the trust’s interference.   For those people, the 23rd Psalms will take on a whole new meaning.   Matthew 23 can also be read with a whole new meaning and understanding.   Once you understand what a 508 (c) church is, go back and read these verses, and you will receive a new and wonderful understanding.

The proof of the above is abundant.   A 508 (c) church can open a bank account that nobody, not even the IRS, can even look at.   Remember, the 508 (c) is an exception to the law (in other words, it’s outside the law), not an exemption that the code gives as a privilege.   Anything the 508 (c) church owns cannot be taxed or seized by the government.   It resides in a different jurisdiction.

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