Ecclesiastical Courts and Protection from Government Encroachment
The government has been encroaching into church affairs for decades, with horrible results, however, it is the church's fault for this, because we have always had our own authority in a number of areas that we can enforce.
The Church/Religion has a powerful Ecclesiastical position regarding government encroachment into our affairs, per the following:
1. Most church's have incorporated and request a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS. This status is nothing but permission to do something they already have the authority to do... that is, be tax exempt.
The 501(c)(3) status does this for the church:
- Waives its freedom of speech.
- Waives its freedom of religion.
- Waives its right to influence legislators and the legislation they craft.
- Waives its constitutionally guaranteed rights.
- Is no longer free to speak to the vital issues of the day, against government policy or dictates.
- Becomes controlled by a spirit of fear that if it doesn't tow the line with the IRS it will lose its tax-exempt status.
- Becomes a State-Church.
In other words, the church is asking permission for a "privilege" of being "tax exempt," and in any privileges given by government, there are catches... strings attached, and this gives the government the authority to have a say in what the church can then do. Not good for any of us.
Is there a solution to this self-inflicted injury?
(1) Mandatory exceptions (Not "exemption"*)
(A) churches, their integrated auxiliaries, and conventions or associations of churches,
* Not "exemption..." an "exemption" actually is still having your foot in the door of their rules and jurisdiction, still obtaining their permission. The "exception" is a done deal when a church claims and declares this as their position. The government cannot prevent it lawfully.
2. CONGRESS DECLARES BIBLE "THE WORD OF GOD" - PUBLIC LAW 97-280 OCT. 4, 1982
3. 1st Amendment: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;"
This means NO LOW can interfere with our beliefs and practices, whether regarding vaccinations, how we spend our money, as in to government for abortions (Obamacare), for illegal wars, or ANY other expenditures against our beliefs. THIS IS THEIR LAW!!!
4. Kedroff v. St. Nicholas Cathedral, 344 U.S. 94 - (1952) ... 8, 26, 27>>>
"In this country the full and free right to entertain any religious belief, to practice any religious principle, and to teach any religious doctrine which does not violate the laws of morality and property, and which does not infringe personal rights, is conceded to all. The law knows no heresy, and is committed to the support of no dogma, the establishment of no sect. The right to organize voluntary religious associations to assist in the expression and dissemination of any religious doctrine, and to create tribunals for the decision of controverted questions of faith within the association, and for the ecclesiastical government of all the individual members, congregations, and officers within the general association, is unquestioned. All who unite themselves to such a body do so with an implied consent to this government, and are bound to submit to it. But it would be a vain consent and would lead to the total subversion of such religious bodies, if any one aggrieved by one of their decisions could appeal to the secular [344 U.S. 94, 115] courts and have them reversed. It is of the essence of these religious unions, and of their right to establish tribunals for the decision of questions arising among themselves, that those decisions should be binding in all cases of ecclesiastical cognizance, subject only to such appeals as the organism itself provides for." Id., at 728-729.
5. January of 2012, the Supreme Court, in "HOSANNA-TABOR EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH AND SCHOOL v. EQUAL EMPLOYMENT
OPPORTUNITY COMMISSION ET AL. CERTIORARI TO THE UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE SIXTH CIRCUIT" stated clearly that the church has the right to its own beliefs and practices, and that the government cannot interfere with those beliefs and practices.
Does the bible support our own courts and laws?
1 Corinthians 6
1 DOES ANY of you dare, when he has a matter of complaint against another [brother], to go to law before unrighteous men [men neither upright nor right with God, laying it before them] instead of before the saints (the people of God)?
2 Do you not know that the saints (the believers) will [one day] judge and govern the world? And if the world [itself] is to be judged and ruled by you, are you unworthy and incompetent to try [such petty matters] of the smallest courts of justice?
3 Do you not know also that we [Christians] are to judge the [very] angels and pronounce opinion between right and wrong [for them]? How much more then [as to] matters pertaining to this world and of this life only!
4 If then you do have such cases of everyday life to decide, why do you appoint [as judges to lay them before] those who [from the standpoint] of the church count for least and are without standing?
5 I say this to move you to shame. Can it be that there really is not one man among you who [in action is governed by piety and integrity and] is wise and competent enough to decide [the private grievances, disputes, and quarrels] between members of the brotherhood,
6 But brother goes to law against brother, and that before [Gentile judges who are] unbelievers [without faith or trust in the Gospel of Christ]?
Paul, here is stating that the church itself has the right and authority to judge its own affairs among ourselves. As strange as this might seem, this includes secular issues or crimes if we would only exercise such authority among ourselves.
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