We have all seen, and are seeing, the continued attack by secular humanity against religious beliefs, specifically that of Christianity, and the word of God, the Bible. They have successfully removed God from most schools, the government, and are continuing their attack on these beliefs and practices.
Well, all Christians in this Republic of ours, the true, original the united States of America, now have a huge landmark Supreme Court case, and other laws, to stand on in defending against any and ALL secular laws or statutes that would hinder our religious beliefs and practices.
On January 11, 2012, the Supreme Court ruled on a case involving the right for a religious organization to fire one of their ministers. The lady involved Cheryl Perich, a gal who had been trained as a "called teacher," who became sick, and had to leave her position for about a year. When she was better, she returned to take up her position, but was told that she had been replaced. She immediately went to the secular government's own "Equal Employment Opportunity Commission" to bring suit against the church group instead of the church itself.
SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES
HOSANNA-TABOR EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH AND SCHOOL
CERTIORARI TO THE UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE SIXTH CIRCUIT
The Supreme Court ruled (9 to 0) against Cheryl Perich based on multiple criteria, the main being that the church, under the first Amendment, had the right to control what they did in their own organization, and that the courts or government had no authority to dictate to the church its secular laws on the employment issue.
While this case was based on the "ministerial exception" loophole conjured up many decades ago by the courts to deal with this type of dilemma, it was NOT left to involve just "ministers." While this ruling was specific for this issue, it also included another concurring written opinion that was included which left the door wide open for anyone in a church group to be included in having the religious right to practice, teach, believe, and whatever, and NOT be interfered with by Government or the courts.
This means what?
This means that every Christian Church in this Republic can stand on this decision and cite it when dealing with virtually ANY element of practice or beliefs that do not damage others rights or property. For example;
Unlawful government spending on such things as abortion, illegal wars, or any other issues of conscience wherein the government is forcing people, via the IRS and its illegal taxation scheme, to pay taxes on things we do NOT condone or support. This makes it a violation of the first Amendment;
"NO LAW" means "NO LAW..." can be made that would affect the "establishment" of religion, OR prohibit the "free exercise therof."
In fact, the Catholic Church now has about 12 suits against the Federal Government on this very issue... that of abortion and the church members paying for it from public funds.
How did we get into this pathetic position to lose our religious rights?
When a church accepts the 501(c)(3) status, that church immediately...
This means that all churches who have opted for the "tax exempt status" of a 501(c)(3) have elected to obtain a privilege, which is another word for "permission" to do something... be tax exempt. However, with this unnecessary permission and privilege from the government comes strings attached.
501(c)3 organizations... "tax exempt" is simply another ploy by government to control the churches. All churches are already tax exempt via the IR Code and Constitution, and don't need the "privilege" of being "tax exempt." This merely allows the government to legally be able to tell churches what they can and can't say or preach because of their new "privilege." They aren't about to let anyone know about this, either. See 501(c)(3) Myths and the book, "In Caesar's Grip," by Peter Kershaw.
All donations, contributions, gifts, etc., given to churches were automatically tax deductible under the old English common law known as the "Law of Charities."
Does the IRS recognize this? YES! It is called the 508(c)(1)(a).
For a complete discussion on this topic, please download the PDF file COG-Ecclesiastical Courts, Secular Government and law which was sent to a good number of church groups and members around the country for their consideration. We have to begin exercising our liberties and rights or they will all soon disappear. Please pass this on to YOUR church and wake them up as to thei authority and rights in dealing with the beast government.
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