If you look to the right side of each page of this blog, under the category of Religion, you’ll notice a link called Hush Money. Hush Money is a Christian ministry. Their goal is to inform the masses and especially the Christian churches of the difference between a state-church and a free-church, and to help state-bound churches become free-churches. A state-bound church is one that has entered into an agreement with a state through incorporation and/or 501c3 (tax-exempt) status and receives state favors in exchange for following the rules of that agreement. For example, to quote from the Hush Money web site:
For a 501c3 church to openly speak out, or organize in opposition to, anything that the government declares “legal,” even if it is immoral (e.g. abortion, homosexuality, etc.), that church will jeopardize its tax exempt status. The 501c3 has had a “chilling effect” upon the free speech rights of the church.
When a church accepts the 501c3 status, that church:
- Waives its freedom of speech.
- Waives its freedom of religion.
- Waives its constitutionally guaranteed rights.
- Is no longer free to speak to the vital issues of the day.
- Becomes controlled by a spirit of fear that if it doesn’t toe the line with the IRS it will lose its tax-exempt status.
- Becomes a State-Church.
Other points from Hush Money:
- A corporation is “a creature of the State.”
- The State is “sovereign” over the corporation.
- The corporation is “incorporated for the benefit of the public.”
- A corporation is a State “franchise.”
- Incorporation is a State “privilege.”
- A corporation is “subject to the laws of the State.”
- “Its powers are limited by law.”
- It must “obey the laws of its creation.”
Now, the LDS Church is not a free-church. It is incorporated as a Corporation Sole. The name of the corporation is CORPORATION OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS. I believe it also has 501c3 status.
Because it is not a free-church, it cannot speak freely about any topic. It cannot criticize the government or its leaders. It cannot call a government to repentance. It can lose its property if it doesn’t follow the agreement it has with the state. It is important to keep this in mind when trying to understand why the leaders speak on one topic, but not on another. Or, when they address one topic, that has clear scriptural application, without taking a stand on it.
Although I do not see it happening in the present environment, it may be beneficial for the Church to employ the services of Hush Money and un-incorporate itself, becoming, again, a free-church. Only when that happens will the gags of the State be removed and perhaps we will hear much more interesting sermons being preached from the pulpit…
[Note: when I use the term “Church,” I’m referring to the incorporated entity known as the CORPORATION OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS and when I use the term “church” I’m referring to the baptized and confirmed people of God, who are the latter-day saints.]
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