The Black Regiment or Black Robe Regiment were pastors in many communities spread out through the 13 Colonies. Independence was preached regularly from pulpits back then, makes me wonder were the clergy is today.
The great difference between pastors of that day and pastors of today is their understanding of God’s natural law which defines man’s inalienable rights. Post modern American clergy seem to have taken on the roll of a state church. You seldom hear post modern pastors talking about standing against the state when the state becomes tyrannical. They seem far to content to maintain their 501c3 status.
When a church applies for a 501c3, it is asking the state for the permission to exist. The church is not a building or an organization, it is the body of Christ. Part of the agreement in a 501c3 is that the “church” become politically neutered, thus forfeiting their 1st Amendment rights. Under the 1st Amendment, churches do not need permission from the government to exist. That right is already guaranteed. So why do churches do this? I believe the answer is very simple, FOLLOW THE MONEY. The state made a deal with the church that in exchange for silence (thus support), all monies received would be deducted from the givers tax bill. This is used by the church to encourage people to tithe.
As a Christian you tithe regardless of wither the state rewards you for it or not. Tithing is not about getting a tax break. Yet I know Christians who will not tithe to a church that does not have a 501c3 because they are “throwing money away”, in other words they don’t get some of that tithe money back.
99% of churches in America are 501c3 compliant. This raises some questions. Are these churches sacrificing the gospel for government approval? If a church is not speaking out against the state, are they now complicit with the state and its treachery? Is church silence giving approval to sin? The answer is yes to all the above.
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