A free-church is not some radical-fringe concept. Rather, the free-church was one of the most influential, and certainly one of the most common, institutions in early American history. It is the right of any church to operate free of the corrupting and compromising influence and control of the State; and it is a right guaranteed by the Constitution.
In fact, the very concept of a Corporation Sole is a old one; and although rarely invoked in our legal language historically, has been around since before the foundation of this country. In fact, before there even was such a thing as the IRS, churches were considered free churches and not state churches under governmental influence or control, as is so prevalent in European nations throughout history.
The 501c3 was birthed by the IRS in 1954, called the Revenue Act of 1954, allowing Charity Organizations the benefit of tax deductions. In 1969, when President Lyndon Johnson signed IRS Tax Reform Act, expanding the code 501c3 into law, placing the 508c1a into it, there was absolutely no need for it from the church’s perspective; which leads one to the logical conclusion that its intent was to silence the church in matters of government and public policy, wooing them into tax deductions. Now, in less than 50 years, 100% of registered or incorporated churches in the United States are now lawfully considered entities of the state, and not a “church.”
And as such, these 501c3 churches are now legally and contractually obligated to adhere to the restrictions of 501c3 in order to claim the “conditional privilege” of tax exemption, including speaking out on specific public policy and/or the endorsement of any political candidates!
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