Membership and association are important terms and concepts.
Membership in the Real Liberal Christian Church (RLCC) and Christian Commons Project (CCP) is full membership, but it does not preclude communing with non-members in other sense-meanings or degrees of the term "communing." The semantics of "member," "membership," and "association," and the like, needs explaining and understanding.
The Denominational Canons state the following that requires fleshing out:
We have a membership not associated with any other church or denomination. [That needs to be understood within the larger context.]
Members of the Church will be free of membership in any other religion or denominations or church.
What it really means is that one's heart will not be given over to that which is anti-Christian Commons. One will refrain from making formal declarations of an anti-Commons nature but rather will declare the Commons right and proper so to do.
It doesn't mean that one may not interact with those who are not of the Christian Commons spirit. In fact, such interaction is required until the end.
Membership and association are terms with ranging connotations and degrees depending upon the context of the member or associate. Jesus was simultaneously a member of the human race while also being not of this world. This is not a false paradox. It is required that members reconcile themselves to the truth of the statement.
The Holy Spirit guides people as to that to which they pledge their hearts. It is that point with which we are concerned here in our use of the terms "membership" and "association," etc.
On-site pages and posts that are impacted by this revelation (not an exhaustive list):
- THE US IRS WANTS A LARGE PAYMENT TO BLESS THIS RELIGIOUS CAUSE
- PART 4: THE KINGDOM IS A COMMONS MEETS SILENCE AND EVASION: THE AGREEMENT OF EVIL
- PART 3: CLARIFYING THE REAL LIBERAL CHRISTIAN POSITION ON THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST
- MEMBERSHIP (JOIN US)
- DENOMINATIONAL CANONS
The following should appear at the end of every post:
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)