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It doesn't matter whether or not the state is telling you what to preach; the question is, WHO IS YOUR LORD?! Contrary to the contentions of ignorant preachers who see this as a non-issue, this all-important DOCTRINAL issue goes to the heart of who is the Lord Jesus, what is His role in the Church, and will He share His glory with another!
This urgent message carefully explains why a New Testament church CANNOT become a 501c3 tax-exempt corporation without a treacherous surrender of Christ's headship over the church to the state; without surrendering God's word the Bible to man's law as its sole authority, or without acknowledging the state as a higher authority than God, in effect declaring, "we have no king but Caesar." The message explains why, by civil law, the creator and head of every 501c3 corporation is the STATE, not the Lord Jesus; its primary law of operation is its corporate charter and the TAX CODE, not the Bible; and its purpose of existence is for the benefit of the PUBLIC (the world), not for the Lord Jesus or for His saints.
The churches of America have collectively made the same mistake Joshua made with the Gibeonites, when he entered into agreement with the heathen of the land without seeking the Lord's will or even reading the terms of the contract. In this case the churches' error has led them into apostasy and idolatry, even to out-rightly "denying the Lord that bought them" (2 Peter 2:1). Judgment begins at the house of God; the hour is late, but if America is to have any hope of revival it must start with widespread repentance in the churches for having allowed the state to dictate their terms of service!
Great Sermon! When I first started going to a church and got tax refunds for my tithes and offerings, I knew something was rotten in Denmark. Now I know what is going on here. Chuck Baldwin is now talking about this non-sense as well. Unfortunately, I can't find a non 501C3 church anywhere. When I tell people about the 501C3, they tell me not to get caught up in that stuff, just focus on the word.
Great Sermon! I agree with Pastor Sam Adams, this question of "who is Lord" is the most important in the universe and in Christ's church today, everyone needs to listen to this message!