DEVOTIONAL:  A Slave To Man Or Servant Of God-Reluctance To Speak God’s Truth In His House

This devotional is not to judge anyone.  I am simply going by personal understanding, also verses associated with studies related to the topic.

Proverbs 6:16-1916 These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto Him:17 A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,18 An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief,19 A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.

Acts 20:28 Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which He hath purchased with His own blood.

Any Shepherd of a Christian church should be willing and has the responsibility before God to preach as the Lord leads each time he addresses the congregation in his leadership role, rather than what the government dictates.
 
Galatians 6:7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

Choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.Joshua 24:15  

No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.Matthew 6:24

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R48n0QTkyEc

I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of My mouth.Revelation 3:15-16

501c3 “Prior to 1954, churches were free to evaluate the positions of political candidates on moral issues without fear of the Internal Revenue Service revoking their tax-exempt status. That year, then-Senator Lyndon Johnson amended the tax code to add the threat of IRS action against churches if their pastors mentioned the positions of specific candidates from the pulpit. Citing that rule, groups like AU [Americans United] have repeatedly threatened to report churches to the IRS if they speak out on such issues.”
 
March 7, 2006, President George Bush Administration put into law EXECUTIVE ORDER 13397 – CHURCH AS GOVERNMENTAL AGENCY

Thirty Ways The IRS Tries To Control Preachers and Churches in America

 (As inspired from the list with the same name, by Dr. Greg Dixon)

If your church has a “tax exemption” granted by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). then you must examine it

to determine if it is worthy in the eyes of God. Review this and then, decide if you do need to make a change in the church you are supporting.

1). The church must have a “distinct legal existence:” According to IRS publication #557 that legal existence would date from incorporation, pg. 3. Therefore, a church must be incorporated or it cannot be called a church.

2). The church must admit that it exists by a privilege granted by the IRS (tax‑exempt), rather than by RIGHT, as granted by God through the Holy Scriptures (non‑taxable);  the latter of which is recognized and guaranteed autonomy by the U.S. Constitution, Bill of Rights, 1st Amendment. The church must thereby recognize another as Head, the State, as opposed to the true Head, which is God.

3). The church must have a “recognized creed and form of worship.” The IRS must approve (recognize) the creed (belief) and form (manner) of worship.

4). The church must have a “definite and distinct ecclesiastical government.” That is, the church must be ruled in the form of a hierarchy or hierarchical (as is found in many so‑called main stream churches –e.g., Catholic, Methodist. etc.), and not individually ruled by the local church’s ministry (pastor/leader) and/or congregation (as in Baptist, Christian‑Israel, James Lloyd or Christian Media Ministries or some other autonomous‑type of church/ministry/movement).

5). The church must have a “formal code of doctrine and discipline,” as in some churches who have established “doctrines” or “traditions of men,” as opposed to those Christians whose churches/groups/ministries have established their faith, practices and doctrines solely from the Holy Scriptures. Unfortunately, many of the 501(c)3 churches have established doctrine/traditions that are not in accordance with the WORD of God.

6). The church must have a “distinct religious history” that is denominational – e.g. Catholic, as opposed to being “autonomous” or serving its congregation as an “independently acting, Bible‑oriented, body of believers.”

7). The church must be structured as an “organization.” Again, this is modeled after the Catholic church‑type organization, not the autonomous‑type of church – e.g. Baptist.

8). The church must be an “organization of ordained ministers.” The local Baptist church approves its own ministers, many of whom could be laymen, such as Charles Haddon Spurgeon and the late G. B. Vick – men “ordained of God,” as opposed to men that are ordained and licensed by institutions, state or religious.

9). The church must have these ordained ministers who are “selected after completing prescribed courses of study”. Again, Catholic‑style, not Baptist. Like the Apostles, who had only “been with Jesus” (taught and ordained by him to serve His kingdom), local autonomous churches many times approve pastors who have not received any formalized institutional religious training – but are ordained of God because of their Faith, Practice, Study, and Example.

10). The church must have “established places of worship.” Many churches, ministries, groups have no permanent address or facility (place of worship ‑ some meet in parks or other scenic places, some have only radio facilities) for a variety of reasons (because they are circuit preachers, because of persecution, because of their type of ministry, etc., they move from place to place or have no congregation meeting facility per se).

11). The church must submit to the IRS by paying a “user fee” (tribute) for tax‑exempt status. This is contrary to the Scriptures, the U.S. Constitution and all the State Constitutions.

12). The church must be engaged in activities that further “exclusively Public purposes, rather than Private interests.” The true church of Christ exists for the Personal and Private interest of Christ and His Elect, and not the State.

13). The church must answer to the IRS as to its “daily activities.”

14). The IRS dictates its control over all financial activities of the church – including sources of income, donors of $100.00 or more, and expenditures.

15). The church may not use cash, or it will be suspected of “money laundering.” All books and records must be made available for IRS inspection at all times.

16). The church must serve the IRS in the capacity of “informer” – by reporting a history of who serves in the various jobs within the church – e.g. Pastors, associates, counselors, directors, teachers, office/clerical/maintenance personnel.

17). The church must inform the IRS who it is that receives charitable help from the church.

18). The church must inform the IRS about “love gifts and offerings” in excess of $600.00 given to evangelists and missionaries, by filing a Form 1099 on each recipient, including on those who are regularly supported.

19). The church must use only IRS approved methods of fund raising.

20). The pastor of the church must not preach against the U.S. tax system, or say anything against the practices and tactics of the IRS.

21). The pastor of the church must answer to the IRS and give unlimited submission to the civil magistrate pertaining to all laws – federal, state and local, including “Public Policy.”

22). The pastor of the church must advocate, promote, and actively encourage race mixing (interracial marriage), which is in violation of the “kind after kind” standard established by God at the creation, if the church has an educational ministry.

23). The pastor of the church cannot influence legislation concerning the licensing of church ministries.

24). The pastor of the church cannot promote or engage in any political activity that opposes pornography.

25). The pastor of the church cannot actively support legislation that declares that children belong to their parents as opposed to the authority of the state.

26). The pastor of the church cannot actively support legislation that opposes a state’s lottery or other “legalized” gambling pursuits.

27). The pastor of the church cannot advocate support of the concept that the U.S. or state Constitutions are the Supreme Law of the Land or the various states, respectively.

28). The pastor of the church cannot actively participate in any activity that is in opposition to the public school system.

29). The pastor of the church can make no public declaration that the church congregation is to obey God and not the government, even if the government’s stand is in violation of God’s laws, commandments, statutes, and judgments.

30). The pastor of the church cannot oppose laws that are in support of or legalize “sodomy” – which is in direct conflict with the Word of God.http://www.jesus-is-savior.com/Evils%20in%20Government/Police%20State/501c3_unbiblical.htm


Prayer

Most Precious Lord

Please keep the feet of Your chosen leaders

Grounded in Your Truth

Rather than running blindly toward entanglement with the world

Please open hearts, eyes and ears to discerning

The many ways the enemy tries to manipulate what is said in Your house

To Your children

Anything that stifles Your Word, Lord

Is not of You..We desperately need the full, unfiltered Truth of our Living God

Let no man nor government determine what is proclaimed from the pulpit

You ALONE are our Authority

Please allow the Holy Spirit to speak through those who are willing to be used to proclaim God’s perfect Word

We are not called to seek anyone’s permission to proclaim Your Word

Please forgive us for forfeiting rights

Yielding to the whims of man

Rather than conforming to Your Will

To the point where speech is restricted

Concerning ourselves more with manmade contract rather than a sacred covenant

What have we become?  How does that honor You when we dare not speak out against those things that are sinful for fear of losing earthly benefits?

We cannot be a servant to You

And a slave to anyone or anything

The world is watching, Lord

What do they see?  Do they notice Christians speaking out boldly or hiding timidly, afraid of the consequences a wicked world may impose?

Fill us, please, with boldness and courage rather than fear and intimidation

 You are with us always!

You provide a way, Father

Please give our hearts peace

Knowing You will work all things out for those who love You

And are called according to Your purpose

You tell us, Father, that we will have trials

Please let us accept hardship, Father

Especially if it comes at the cost of diluting the Word

In the Name of Jesus,

AMEN

Songs

“Open The Eyes Of My Heart”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wutmEjdbedE


“Go Tell It On The Mountain

“https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0EWWKdUZARY

“How He Loves Us”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RxTOsQ3LDE4


Credits: FATHER, JESUS, HOLY SPIRIT, SCRIPTURES

Encouraging words of family and friends

Word of God

Ability to share Scripture

Google, YouTube, various sources cited above

Stories from God’s word, experiences of my own, family and friends 




About voicevessel bwc

First, and most importantly, I love Jesus Christ and I trust in Him as my Lord and Savior. I was raised in a Christian home by a godly dad and mom (who planned and had me in July before turning 42 in August), and 5 older siblings. My father passed away when I was 7 and my mother (who went to be with the Lord in 2005 at 81) never remarried. As a child, I was bullied at school, so I did not have many friends. I didn't want to tell my mom this because I knew she had enough worry being a widow at 50. I know what it is like to be lonely. As an adult, God showed me the value of His Friendship and has blessed me, too, with rich relationships with dear friends who also love the Lord. My husband and I (married 31 years as of 2020), have three wonderful, adult children and son-in-law as well as three darling grandchildren. Along with many others, my husband lost his job, but we refuse to be fearful or angry. The Lord has provided for us and we are so thankful for the opportunity to express gratitude through personal contact and occasional memories I share through writing. I believe the Lord has given me a venue to engage with others and a means to share His Word. Thank you for checking out my page. I hope you enjoy what you read. If there is anything positive or insightful in the devotionals (NOT CALLING MY WRITING "INSPIRED" by any means!), I give all credit and glory to Jesus Christ! On the other side of that, when something makes no sense, that's all me
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