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To: Jerald Finney <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Saturday, September 22, 2018 7:41 PM
Subject: Re: Law Professors Explain THE INTERNAL REVENUE CODE § 501(C)(3) EXEMPTION-DEFINITION-CONTROL SCHEME
Amen brother, nice meeting you folks also. I enjoyed hearing what you had to say. I have always been against registering anything with the government concerning the church and ministry.
Just curious. I posted a question about to incorporate or not to on a preacher forum that I belong to and one of the guys is one of those Christian lawyers a Jim Robideau, and this was his response. Just curious what you think about his comments.
“We don’t take a position on incorporation one way or another; we explain the pros and cons under the applicable state law and love you whichever decision you make.
A couple of things. Some states have addressed issues faced by unincorporated churches by adopting some version of the Uniform Unincorporated Non Profit Association Act (UUNPAA). (Ohio and Pennsylvania have versions of this law.) This gives unincorporated churches many of the benefits incorporated churches enjoy, such as limited liability. It does not make it easier to borrow money in the unincorporated church’s name, nor does it force banks NOT to seek the personal guarantee of church debts by those who sign loan papers on behalf of the unincorporated church.
Not incorporating will not prevent the IRS from auditing or local authorities from enforcing laws against the unincorporated church. Incorporated and unincorporated churches are treated by the government in exactly the same way. The act of incorporation does mean the church will file paperwork with the state Secretary of State. An incorporated church, when filing incorporation papers, must name an agent who can receive court paperwork on behalf of the church. If they desire to conduct certain transactions, like borrow money, lending agencies will want to see an incorporated church’s Statement of Good Standing (sometimes called Statement of Continuing Existence) to show the lender that the incorporated church’s paperwork is on file with the Secretary of State. Incorporated churches may also have to file a five year report (the time period varies from state to state) verifying or updating the corporate officers on file.
Last, incorporation is done at the state level. It has nothing to do with the IRS or tax exempt status. There is no dark connection between the two that prevents you from exercising your religious freedom and building a church. We have seen good churches organized both ways.” -Jim
The question I have is, are the tithes and offerings tax deductible to the giver?
Click here to see the inquiry and answers to the following questions given by Jerald Finney (July 6, 2018). The answer briefly discusses the heresy of “pastoral authority,” church corporate 501c3 status and other matters. The included the following questions:
was as follows:
Question (July 6, 2018): You emphasize that salvation is based on the fact that Christ “paid the penalty for our sins.” Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance has no entry for “penalty,” nor did Jesus or the apostles ever mention that a penalty for our sins was paid. If I ask fellow Christians where to find this view in the Bible, either they don’t know the answer or they imply that I’m not saved. I pose that question to you.
Question (July 11, 2018): I read with empathy and agreement your excellent article “Jews, Gentiles, and the Church.” However, one thing you said puzzled me. It was this: “Essential also is an understanding that the church was created through offering to both Jews and Gentiles a ‘new covenant’ relationship with God.” My understanding of the “new covenant” is Jeremiah 31:31-40. This covenant is identified clearly as the New Covenant. It is a covenant addressed solely to the Nation of Israel. The church has no part in it—indeed it will not be instituted until after the close of the church age (the catching up of the church). Your statement, quoted above, seems to imply that the new covenant was offered to the church. Is that what you meant, or have I misunderstood you?