CHAPTER 22: PROCEEDS TO TEACH AND DO: THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A CONSERVATIVE-REPUBLICAN CHRISTIAN: JESUS IS A SMALL-C COMMUNIST

Proceeds from this work and all other church efforts and from offerings, tithes and better, and other donations will be used to further teach and do in accordance with Jesus's teachings and doings to the best of our God-given abilities.

Rest assured, we will treat proceeds as entrusted to us by God to be used in the furtherance of the mission laid out in the Gospel as interpreted in this work and as the Holy Spirit further directs, since we are growing and learning. We wish to be and to remain good shepherds and stewards.

To head off inevitable negative criticism and misunderstanding concerning the Gospel message and before we elaborate upon how proceeds will be used, we declare upfront and openly here that we will be living off proceeds but decidedly not to become rich in mammon. We will not hoard or build up for personal, private monetary or material gain. A worker though truly does deserve his wage. We would expect nothing less for anyone else. Just as the Apostles, we will pay bills and debts associated with meeting the necessities of the body so we may work in furtherance of the spirit.

As with the ministry of Jesus while he walked this earth, this ministry, his ministry, will grow with the help of direct financial support from people such as you. We are raising funds through this work. Most importantly as word of this work spreads and people are moved to read it, many ought to be moved by the Holy Spirit of truth to tithe (to give one-tenth of annual income), or better, to this effort. Many will make additional offerings. Every bit that flows in will further the mission.

Practice what we preach

We are not writing just to write. We are not to teach just to teach. We are not to pay lip service. It is a sin. We must support our stated emotional convictions with actions that match to bring forth results that match. To work at anything less is obviously irrefutably dead of the Holy Spirit. We must put into practice as efficaciously as possible all we have written. We must do this thoughtfully and carefully. We must not waste the opportunity. We are to practice what we preach. We are to save, strengthen, and vitalize. We must enlighten and not deaden.

This work is about bringing forth. It is about results worthy of repentance and conflation. Therefore, all help in the form of monetary contributions, proceeds from this work, any other endeavors, property, etc., will be known as, entrusted to us by God.

Buying back the commons

Now, here is the central thrust of this work. Everything entrusted will be entrusted for the cause of developing fertile ground, real liberal, real Christian, nonprofit [mundane sense], charitable, all things in common, communes for member-workers to serve each other and be dependant upon each other and supporters all through the message of Jesus in God to spread the church community through the use of commune surpluses (bounty) to establish additional communes to feed in body and spirit all the lambs and sheep of the world. This is to be done always mindful of God's power and willingness in his mercy to provide for a faithful and worthy world without toil.

Money is not the means

Money is not the means to be rid of itself. Love is the means to convert what money will buy from gaining more selfish profit to giving and sharing all with all: The commons. We shall buy back the commons. "He may prepare it, but the just shall put it on, and the innocent shall divide the silver." (Job 27:17). Do you understand?

When we say nonprofit, we mean in the capitalistic sense. We will most certainly be profitable in the sense that our efforts will be beneficial. It won't be for the benefit of capitalist investors at the expense of others. Contrary to the motivation of capitalists, it will not be for recompense. It will be profitable in the sense of bringing forth the real bounty in the Isaiah and Christian sense as opposed to the churlish sense. The capitalistic way, the selfish way, is not the way. This will be born out before all is done. The time to begin is now.

The intention is to be recognized by the various temporal authorities in the world as a nonprofit endeavor in the sense described above. Subsequent editions of this work or new books and other materials and sources will contain up-dated information on this subject. From the outset, we are already covered in the United States. When we go to form communities in other nations, the Holy Spirit will move experts in the field of nonprofit law within their given country to set things up and handle them for the cause.

Taxes

We cannot chisel things in granite concerning taxes. Tax codes are constantly under revision, and the tax code in the US, for instance, has been made very complicated due to all the competing interests. Also, there is much case law (court decisions) that both complicates and clarifies tax-code interpretation. This has forced many organizations to appeal US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) decisions in court in order to obtain tax-exempt status. We are confident going forward that God will make everything possible.

It is critical that we not compromise what we have put forth in this work for the sake of obtaining temporal approval in countries with different hurdles from those of the US. At the same time, we hold the view that Jesus had vis-à-vis the publicans (tax collectors). The powers coerce monies for often dubious works. While we would rather that all monies given to us be tax deductible for the giver and while we would rather all our efforts to house and feed, etc., the poor of the world through the efforts of our members be tax exempt, we will go forward regardless. We will face different requirements in different jurisdictions. We are confident that our work will ultimately be acknowledged as completely religious, which it is and will remain.

It has been determined that our communities will most likely be 501(c)(3) entities. (The Real Liberal Christian Church is a United States Internal Revenue Code §501(c)(3) Nonprofit, Public Charity, Religious Organization (ministry), as defined by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service, the principal purpose of which ministry is the advancement of religion, namely Christianity.)

There will be the church and communes under the secular law. All commune members will be church members, just as with a number of other recognized religious organizations. For tax purposes within the US, we will be viewed as two different entities operating under one tax-exempt umbrella.

Denominated churches do not have to apply to the IRS to be qualified organizations for accepting tax-deductible contributions. We are inherently denominated under the secular law, whether or not we consider ourselves in the same way the traditional denominations view themselves.

As an example, the Roman church, despite recent ecumenical moves, still considers itself to be the one and only universal church. They still consider all other denominations to be astray. They have seen it that way by virtue of their self-proclaimed apostolic succession. They believe that Peter was the highest of the Apostles and that Peter was the first bishop of Rome. They have believed that once the church in Jerusalem was scattered and the Roman Empire proclaimed Christianity (as conceived by Constantine) as the official state religion, they (the Romans) became the apostolic heirs of Christianity. It is a very worldly view. Nevertheless, for tax purposes they are considered a denomination by the IRS.

Many denominations consider each other true Christians. They do not know where heathenism versus Christianity starts and stops. Jesus was both an absolutist and a relativist, so we have no problem with this. We simply seek to have the single eye of light.

The light of the body is the eye: therefore when thine eye is single, thy whole body also is full of light; but when thine eye is evil, thy body also is full of darkness. (Luke 11:34).

We are our fruit. We say, as you have been told, real Christians are to bring forth only that which is worthy of repentance: Fruits of the spirit of the first and great commandment and the second like it. Christians are what they do. Those who do not overcome procrastination are Christians in name only. It is death, darkness, falsehood, hypocrisy. It is the wide path to hell.

Denominated: Real Liberal Christian Church

We consider ourselves as real Christians, being clear of those human traditions (ungodly precepts) that have built up over centuries in apostate churches in which such traditions have caused fracturing or denominating and obvious obfuscation and procrastination. Therefore, we are relegated to having our names "Christian" and "the church" qualified and officially assumed by the US taxing authority to be denominated as the Real Liberal Christian Church.

For so-called official purposes of that taxing authority, their forms require declarations that are not applicable to the Real Church. They have required a date when the church began. They have required the declaration of a leader. Theirs are assumptive and arbitrary questions, because the secular powers are not guided by the Holy Spirit. They are devoid of understanding.

This is not a new church. It is the oldest church. It is the original church. It is as old as the spirit in which we are to conflate. Its leader is that spirit: The spirit of God in Christ in all.

Language divided divine from mundane

Not to offend the authorities at the time, Jesus had Peter pay Peter's and Jesus's tax. We will sign their forms and so forth. However, we say emphatically here that "blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord." (Matthew 21:9). We are not coming in our own names. Truly, Jesus founded our congregation. We will treat the language as divided between the divine and the mundane. The tax authorities think and speak and act in the mundane sense, obviously. Please be sure to keep that in mind when considering our dealings with them.

The meaning of the name: Real Liberal Christian Church

The name, Real Liberal Christian Church, though speaks best to the thrust of this work. Once each term in the name is grasped within the language of the revelation, the whole name reminds one of the one path of ultimate righteousness: Love, peace, truth, and all the rest of the good taught and exemplified by Jesus. Each of the four words within the name repeats and clarifies that spirit of oneness and narrow way.

According to the IRS publication entitled, Tax Guide for Churches and Religious Organizations (Publication 1828, Revised 09-2003), the following are the basics concerning whether or not our IRS-denominated church may receive your US tax-deductible contributions:

Churches and religious organizations, like many other charitable organizations, qualify for exemption from federal income tax under IRC section 501(c)(3) and are generally eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions.

To qualify for tax-exempt status, such an organization must meet the following requirements (covered in greater detail throughout this publication):

■ the organization must be organized and operated exclusively for religious, educational, scientific, or other charitable purposes,

[We are and will remain exclusively religious and educational under the aegis of the church.]

■ net earnings may not inure to the benefit of any private individual or shareholder,

[Per the rules, there will be no private benefit that will trigger the "substantial" prohibition.]

■ no substantial part of its activity may be attempting to influence legislation,

[It is not anticipated that we would ever be lobbying the government in any substantial way, if at all.]

■ the organization may not intervene in political campaigns

[We will not campaign for or against candidates for secular political positions anticipated under the tax code. As stated in this work, we are not endeavoring to change the system from within the system. We are looking to the day when there will be a new wineskin for the new wine. We are, therefore, officially always nonpartisan. We will have more to say on this matter below.], and

■ the organization's purposes and activities may not be illegal or violate fundamental public policy.

[We are not engaged, nor will we engage in, illegal activities. Of course, it must be understood that keeping the first and great commandment and the second like it is inherently never illegal or in violation of the ultimate spirit of fundamental public policy (secular or not). We certainly will never be terrors to good works, quite the contrary. We are though against all wars regardless of whether or not the IRS or any other institution under the secular authorities seeks to economically coerce us into being silent on this or any other issue. We do not meet tax-exempt status by agreeing to be gagged. As we have stated elsewhere in this work, Christianity touches upon everything including every law and every policy.]

The church will not engage in the following:

…payment of dividends, the payment of unreasonable compensation to insiders, and transferring property to insiders for less than fair market value.

The following will also pertain to the church:

…beneficiaries of … [the] organization's activities must be [will be] recognized objects of charity (such as the poor or the distressed).

The quoted matter is from that same IRS publication cited above.

Secular political campaigns

Concerning the prohibition against engaging in secular political campaigns, we believe that freedom of religion includes freedom of speech. This includes freedom of political speech. Anything else is hypocritical. People collectively as a religious body ought to be able to announce the shepherds and stewards they choose for following. There certainly should be no wall past which they may not tread concerning their corporate views. As this work has made abundantly clear, there is no separation of church and state in heaven. God wants no such separation.

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this. (Isaiah 9:6-7).

The secular finally gives way.

The real Church is the real state. It is religious freedom to be able to state this openly. Also, this work has made abundantly clear that environmentalism is sacred, that capitalism and the current ideology of conservatism are wrong, and that anything called liberalism that includes vileness or villainy is false. There are elected politicians who are against the real Church and real state, who are against environmentalism, who are rabid capitalists, and who license vileness and villainy. Because we are devising real liberal devices and will stand by them, teaching and exemplifying the spirit of the first and great commandment and the second like it upon which all the law and the prophets hang, are we, our members, our donors, to be taxed while others calling themselves churches are not?

That tax code is designed to cause a direct disconnect between the message of Jesus and the condition of the state. It is our religion to speak out against hypocrisy and injustice. That is the spirit of prophecy. If a public official or someone running against him or her fits the bill, they have been so identified by those who see it that way.

Jesus didn't name names but rather referred to the prince of this world. Jesus would have failed by being executed for violating the law of Rome against treason and sedition in the form of speaking publicly against paying tribute or taxes to caesar or those whom caesar authorized. This is why those false-hearted Jews who sought to murder Jesus attempted to trap Jesus into saying that people do not have to pay taxes or tribute. They failed to trap Jesus. They failed to obtain that justification (or any justification) for having Jesus executed. We will not either be trapped.

No tax evasion

We are telling no one to stop paying his or her taxes with secular money of the global oligarchy's privatized banks (such as the Federal Reserve) even though, just as in the time of Jesus, such taxes are used to produce and use weapons of war that are murderous implements.

We agree with Jesus, of course, that the powers that be have been given authority from above. They are allowed for a time. Those in leadership positions perpetuate the collusion to be self-appointing: To gain and hold power and control through coercion. We know, as did Jesus, that often the basest of men are put in high places and that their hearts are hardened for wrath against willful and iniquitous people, even though that truth remains lost on so many. Evil is unleashed to destroy the destroyers and be itself destroyed. Evil is called up to usurp the usurpers. It is a dark spirited people who always have to experience this first-hand before turning from evil.

And when the chief priests and Pharisees had heard his parables, they perceived that he spake of them. But when they sought to lay hands on him, they feared the multitude, because they took him for a prophet. (Matthew 21:45-46).

You can see how the system is not conducive to thy kingdom come. The mundane law of the worldly system at least within the US Empire is that either the church keeps its mouth shut about those seeking election to run the state, or the state will tax the church. Is that the free exercise of religion? Regardless, as we have said, we are not about reforming an old wineskin that cannot hold the new spirit. Otherwise, that old wineskin will burst and that new spirit will be spilled and wasted.

Now, what is their fear and why should that fear override the free exercise of religion? Some will say that if the church is allowed to state the truth during candidacies, every taxed group wishing to express an up or down opinion about a politician's campaign for elected office within the Empire system would seek to be a tax-exempt church. It is prophetic. The real Church has no part in this current state that is in apostasy. That state has no part in the real Church. The current state is still that state run by the princes of this world doomed for failure.

This current state comes from those who were unable to differentiate the real Church of peace from the usurped, apostate church that used the coercive force of elitists of the also apostate state. That state controlled, and still controls, the military. It was used to further that false church's agenda. The real Church never sought, or seeks, such use of any military. The false church has been living a lie from its inception. It is still living a lie with all of its support for militarism as has been clearly pointed out in this work.

The Real Liberal Christian Church is never campaigning to have any particular candidate win or loose any election to run the secular, necessarily apostate, government. Neither are we ever seeking humans to undertake the violent, wrathful, overthrow of the worldly system. We seek peace always. We advocate pacifism always. We don't seek insurrection. We don't seek people to revolt or disobey the secular laws where those laws don't violate the first and great commandment and the second like it. This is not a problem, because the secular laws cannot be sustained when found to be against the first and great commandment and the second like it. We advocate doing the first and great commandment and the second like it. We are seeking the undivided house. That house cannot be built upon the tenets of the current worldly US Empire and other worldly states. Those tenets are inherently divisive. They are inherently unjust, because they promote selfishness. However, that undivided house can be built to displace the divided house without violating the highest secular law as interpreted in the true spirit. That is what Jesus taught us. He taught the proper interpretation, and he showed us that there are those who will corrupt the lesser, secular laws for selfish ends. We must be willing to withstand the persecution of those who subvert the law. We must follow the commands of God and not human beings, because God is the law.

As stated, we are seeking the undivided house. That house cannot be built upon the tenets of the current worldly US Empire and other worldly states. Those tenets are built from the top down and bottom up, and when they are held to the standard of consistency, they fail the test. There is a mental disconnection in people between the lesser secular laws and the spirit to which the highest secular laws suggest to be aspiring. This is because that spirit is unselfishness while the lesser laws are riddled with the spirit of selfishness. These are incompatible.

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According to the IRS, "Know the law: Avoid political campaign intervention":

Tax-exempt section 501(c)(3) organizations like churches, universities, and hospitals must follow the law regarding political campaigns. Unfortunately, some don't know the law.

Under the Internal Revenue Code, all section 501(c)(3) organizations are prohibited from participating in any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for elective public office. The prohibition applies to campaigns at the federal, state and local level.

Violation of this prohibition may result in denial or revocation of tax-exempt status and the imposition of certain excise taxes. Section 501(c)(3) private foundations are subject to additional restrictions.

Political Campaign Intervention

Political campaign intervention includes any activities that favor or oppose one or more candidates for public office. The prohibition extends beyond candidate endorsements.

Contributions to political campaign funds, public statements of support or opposition (verbal or written) made by or on behalf of an organization, and the distribution of materials prepared by others that support or oppose any candidate for public office all violate the prohibition on political campaign intervention.

Factors in determining whether a communication results in political campaign intervention include the following:

  • Whether the statement identifies one or more candidates for a given public office
  • Whether the statement expresses approval or disapproval of one or more candidates' positions and/or actions
  • Whether the statement is delivered close in time to the election
  • Whether the statement makes reference to voting or an election
  • Whether the issue addressed distinguishes candidates for a given office

Many religious organizations believe, as we do, that the above constitutes a violation of the First Amendment of the US Constitution.

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

That said, we make the following absolutely clear here:

  • The Real Liberal Christian Church and Christian Commons Project not only do not endorse any candidate for any secular office, we say that Christianity forbids voting in such elections.
  • Furthermore, when we discuss any public-office holder's position, policy, action or inaction, we definitely are not encouraging anyone to vote for that office holder's position.
  • We are not trying to influence secular elections but rather want people to come out from that entire fallen system.
  • When we analyze or discuss what is termed "public policy," we do it entirely from a theological standpoint with an eye to educating professing Christians and those to whom we are openly always proselytizing to convert to authentic Christianity.
  • It is impossible for us to fully evangelize and proselytize without directly discussing the pros and cons of public policy and the positions of secular-office holders, hence the unconstitutionality of the IRS code on the matter.
  • We are not rich and wouldn't be looking for a fight regardless. What we cannot do is compromise our faith (which seeks to harm nobody, quite the contrary).
  • We render unto Caesar what is Caesar's. We render unto God what is God's.
  • When Caesar says to us that unless we shut up about the unrighteousness of Caesar's policies and practices, we will lose the ability of people who donate to us to declare their donations as deductions on their federal and state income-tax returns, we say to Caesar that we cannot shut up while exercising our religion in a very reasonable way.
  • We consider the IRS code on this matter as deliberate economic duress (a form of coercion) and a direct attempt by the federal government to censor dissenting, free political and religious speech.
  • It's not freedom of religion if they tax it.

And when they were come to Capernaum, they that received tribute money came to Peter, and said, Doth not your master pay tribute? He saith, Yes. And when he was come into the house, Jesus prevented him, saying, What thinkest thou, Simon? of whom do the kings of the earth take custom or tribute? of their own children, or of strangers? Peter saith unto him, Of strangers. Jesus saith unto him, Then are the children free. (Matthew 17:24-26)

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    Employment: 2008 - present, website developer and writer. 2015 - present, insurance broker. Education: Arizona State University, Bachelor of Science in Political Science. City University of Seattle, graduate studies in Public Administration. Volunteerism: 2007 - present, president of the Real Liberal Christian Church and Christian Commons Project.
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