Are You a 501(c)(3) Church?
No, we are not a 501(c)(3) church.
A church is automatically considered a nonprofit organization by the IRS without any request by the church. We have chosen not to incorporate, so there was no need to solicit the IRS for approval as a nonprofit organization under IRC 501(c)(3).
The U.S. government, including the IRS, have long recognized the independence of local churches and ordained ministers of the gospel that officially lead them. They have provided special tax benefits for church members and ministers of the gospel for many decades.
If it were not for so-called patriots abusing “ordinations” or “churches” to illegally avoid taxes, the IRS would care even less about the issue of churches and charitable contributions to them.
We are thankful to God for our country. We pray for it and its leaders (Jer 29:4-7; I Tim 2:1-2).
We know we are under a de facto government, so we gladly pay Caesar (Matt 22:15-22; Rom 13:1-7).
We are thankful for the Bible that tells us to obey every ordinance of man (I Pet 2:13-17; Titus 3:1).
We are thankful the Bible uses harsh language against those who criticize government (Pr 24:21-22; Eccl 10:20; II Pet 2:10-12; Jude 1:8-10).
We are thankful the Bible tells us to use every subsidy, support, tax break, or legal protection we can draw from the government (Isaiah 49:23; Acts 25:10-11; etc.).
For many more arguments from God’s precious word that settles all political controversies for us:
God Bless the IRS!
The Christian and Taxes
God’s Ordinance of Authority