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President of ECFA says that churches to be controlled financially

The preachers of America didn't have to wait long to find out where this Grassley probe was heading. It's heading further toward Nicolaitanism, which God told the church at Ephesus, he hated.
Nicolaitanism is where there is a special priesthood that is exalted above the people. In order to keep the people happy in their slavery, the government through the IRS is producing approximately a million Judas Goats in America by giving pastors, Rabbis, imams, and other cult leaders, special tax breaks and benefits that regular church workers such as music ministers, Sunday school directors, Christian school teachers, clerical workers, etc. do not receive. Even though the church may license these "lesser workers" as ministers, unless they do what the IRS defines as "sacerdotal duties", which is defined as "baptizing, giving communion or performing marriages" they do not qualify as a state clergyman. Even if they do reach that high and lofty perch, they had better keep exact records, or they will be denied their benefits. Read on and weep.
Where this is all heading is a point at which the IRS will stipulate the amount the pastor may receive, based on the amount the church receives in offerings.
The following is a summary of Dan Busby, President of ECFA (Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability), responding to a request for recommendations.
God, Government and Me – Money in the Church
By Dan Busby
Monday, March 14, 2011
Following a three-year investigation of six churches (televangelists organized as churches), Senator Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) closed the investigation and handed off 61 pages of primarily church-related tax policy issues to the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) on January 6, 2011. The ECFA has, in turn, created the Commission on Accountability and Policy for Religious Organizations, with CPA Michael Batts as chair.
Among several issues from the investigation that will be reviewed by the commission are: housing allowance exclusions for clergy; whether churches should be required to file detailed financial reports; and the status of "love offerings" to ministers.
As this work proceeds, what lessons of the Grassley investigation can be applied to churches? Here are a few:
Church disbursements must be limited to church-related expenses. In reports prepared by Grassley's staff, there are suggestions that certain expenditures made by some of the churches were personal expenses and unrelated to the ministry of the church.
This is a wake-up call for churches that are not careful in distinguishing between expenses that are church-related and those that are not. Where does this danger make its appearance in the life of the church? Usually in paying staff-related expenses.
Occasionally staff may submit expenses for reimbursement that are not church-related. Examples: A pastor takes his family out for a meal. This is not a church-related expense. Or, a pastor joins a gym or a softball team, because he is trying to stay in shape. Again, these are not church-related expenses.
Determining those eligible for the ministerial housing allowance. In the report prepared by Grassley's staff, there is the suggestion that churches sometimes afford ministerial treatment to those who do not qualify for these benefits, which includes qualifying for the housing allowance.
Love offerings are almost always taxable when paid to a pastor. If you don't believe the federal government is serious about treating love offerings as taxable, it would be enlightening to read about the court case that led to a Charlotte-based pastor and his wife recently being sentenced to prison for six and eight years, respectively. They received significant sums of love offerings and failed to report the amounts as taxable income, in addition to other issues.
Love offerings are generally reportable on Form W-2 as compensation. If the amounts are reported on Form W-2, they are generally considered to be subject to SECA-type Social Security tax (if paid to lay staff, subject to FICA-type Social Security tax).
ECFA's new Commission on Accountability and Policy for Religious Organizations will review the above issues and much more over the next two-to-three years. Stay tuned, because some of the issues could potentially affect every congregation in America.
Dan Busby is a certified public accountant, president of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA), and the author of the Zondervan Clergy Tax & Financial Guide.
Editors note: If anyone has any doubt that EFCA is the biggest Judas Goat of all just wait until their final recommendations are handed over to Grassley. It will be no different that when the Sanhedrin handed the Lord Jesus over to Pilate, only this time it will be all of the clergy persons and churches of America in one fell swoop. And for the first time in the history of the nation, all churches will have to open their innards to the Internal Revenue Department to view every activity of the church.
It is reported that Rothschild said long ago, "Give me control of a nation's money supply, and I care not who makes its laws" So it is, "Give the IRS control over the churches money supply and they care not about its doctrine." That church has been defanged.

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Comment by Dean Miska
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All of the churches were taken over at the top by the Jesuits during the 60's. They have joined back with Babylon in spirit and are working with her behind the scenes in crafting Sunday law legislation to enact the mark of the beast. The fallen churches say we have to get back to the 10 commandments, (except the Sabbath, God's sign and seal, of course,) but at the same time to excuse their libertine values they will tell you that the 10 commandments were done away with at the cross! Jesus said "until heaven and earth pass away, not one jot or tittle will in no wise pass from the law."

I have it 2nd hand by someone I trust Implicitly who was told this at headquarters of one of the last holdout churches in the 70's.

FEMA has thousands on the payroll just waiting for martial law when these pastors will tell their sheeple to obey the government. 

Spiritual Jezebel , the churches are now joined with Spiritual Ahab the gov and soon any true Christian will have to hide in the wilderness like Elijah.

Comment by Charleston Voice
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Long overdue is to abolish church tax shelters - and ALL other of the non-profit IRS charters which are un-Constitutional and a great burden to taxpayers!

Comment by James Eldridge
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I want to go to church, but after relearning the real history of the United States, UK, France, Russia, others and of course that nasty little state called Israel, I have become very disenchanted with the main stream churches. I want to hear the gospel as Jesus preached it and I want to hear that truth about Israel. Even some of the Jewish groups I read info about have said that it should not be in existence. A few years ago I asked the Lord to show me the truth about these United States and of course Israel and after reading much I find myself among a few that do know these real truths, but as for those churches out there, I feel they do not speak these truths because they would lose their tax exempt status. That makes going to a church so difficult when I hear the minister talk about Israel and never mention the horrible actions of the people that say they are Jews, but lie, and they are that synagogue of Satan spoke about in the book of Revelations. Just because someone calls themselves a Jew, that does not automatically make them a descendent of the true Hebrews. This truly is a heavy burden to know these things and finding myself alone among the church congregation that I look at as the blind following the blind/false leader into that pit. I love my pastors, but I do not know how it is that they will not come forward and speak out against the cruel actions of this present state of Israel and its leaders. I also know that they do have that close walk with the Lord God, but where is He in opening up their eyes to these things that I have found out? Some preacher says that God does not enter the politics of this fight between the Jews and the Palestinians. I take that as a cop out. It very well says to me that maybe these ministers really don't have that close walk with the Lord. See what knowledge does for someone that has asked for it! Are there others out there that feel the same way and want that closer walk with the Lord?

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