Ladies I friend of mine brought this to my attention, and I immediately jumped on the board to share it with you. It is Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Most call it the contract with the devil because of the church's loss of rights. It is a tax exemption churches can become apart of by becoming a corporation. Great idea right? BUT of course there are consequences of accepting the exception. I will only post certain paragraphs, but urge you all to research this information to find out more. Bring it to your Pastors attention - make a difference! (Source: directoryupdate.net) Section 501(c)(3): Declares that churches are TOTALLY prohibited from participating in the political process. Below is the actual wording from the 2002 IRS Guideline for churches & religious organizations. All section 501(c)(3) organizations, including churches…are absolutely prohibited from directly or indirectly participating in, or intervening in, any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for elective public office. Other agreements that appear to be required are: A minister can not express his views on a candidate’s position in any meeting sanctioned by the church. If a church allows a candidate to speak, it must provide the same opportunity for the opposing candidate to speak. It appears that even if a conversation occurs at an outside, but church sanctioned meeting (like a small group), and an opinion is given by the small group leader… the law has been violated. The info below has yet to be verified, however it is posted to get your attention: 17 of 30 requirements for 501(c) (3) Churches. Department of Treasury I R S Pub 1826 (9-94) Cat. no. 21096G, churches must: 1. Be incorporated (BECOME A BUSINESS) 2. Have a recognized creed and "IRS approved form of worship." 3. Have "IRS approved code of doctrine". 4. Have ordained ministers educated in "state accredited colleges." 5. Be "neutral on political issues." 6. "Have tax exempt status issued by IRS." 7. Pastor must answer to the IRS as to "daily activities of the church." 8. The IRS must be privy to "all financial transactions" of the church. 9. Pastor must supply "names of all donors"- make books records available. 10. May only use "IRS approved" fundraising methods. 11. Pastor will be "called to account over any stand taken against the tax system." 12. Church "must advocate and support racial integration." (Multiculturalism) 13. May "not" engage in activities "opposing pornography." 14. May "not" support legislation saying "children belong to parents" rather than state." 15. May not form a Political Action Committee nor support legislation "opposing lotteries and gambling activity." 16. May not "oppose the public school system." 17. May "not publicly declare" we are to "obey God rather than the government." (Those requirements only pertain to churches that want to escape paying taxes.) (Source Wikipedia) 501 (c)(3) It states that: 501(c)(3) exemptions apply to corporations, and any community chest, fund, or foundation, organized and operated exclusively for religious, charitable, scientific, testing for public safety, literary, educational purposes, to foster national or international amateur sports competition, promote the arts, or for the prevention of cruelty to children or animals. Another provision, 26 U.S.C. § 170, provides a deduction, for federal income tax purposes, for some donors who make charitable contributions to most types of 501(c)(3) organizations, among others. Regulations specify which such deductions must be verifiable to be allowed (e.g., receipts for donations over $250). Due to the tax deductions associated with donations, loss of 501(c)(3) status can be highly challenging to a charity's continued operation, as many foundations and corporate matching programs do not grant funds to a charity without such status, and individual donors often do not donate to such a charity due to the unavailability of the deduction. In addition to the tax emption, the organization looses it's rights. See below: "Under the Internal Revenue Code, all section 501(c)(3) organizations are absolutely prohibited from directly or indirectly participating in, or intervening in, any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for elective public office. Contributions to political campaign funds or public statements of position (verbal or written) made on behalf of the organization in favor of or in opposition to any candidate for public office clearly violate the prohibition against political campaign activity. Violating this prohibition may result in denial or revocation of tax-exempt status and the imposition of certain excise taxes. In contrast to the absolute prohibition on political campaign interventions by all section 501(c)(3) organizations, public charities (but not private foundations) may conduct a limited amount of lobbying to influence legislation Satan is quickly making his move - The bible warns us about this! It is his plan to remove the church from the world, and it's happening right before our eyes. It won't be long before all churches must abide by section 501 (c)(3). WAKE UP PEOPLE! Tell a friend, and continue to pray for God's mercy and grace on this wretched world.