Have you ever wondered why most churches do not pay taxes? Jesus was in favor of paying taxes. He sent Peter down to the lake to get the tax money. Jesus told him: “Go to the sea and throw in a hook, and take the first fish that comes up; and when you open its mouth, you will find a shekel. Take it and give it to them [to pay the temple tax] for you and me” (Matt. 17:27 AMP). The tax exempt status of churches has a shady beginning. It’s been around for 63 years now. I would venture to say most churches today don’t even know how it began and definitely don’t realize the extent of the curse this seemingly innocent alliance continues to bring into their churches. But it’s time to open blind eyes and break free.
In 1954 Lyndon Johnson was a senator of the United States. He was a 33rd degree mason. I’m not exactly sure what that means, but I know he was influenced by the Illuminati. The most formidable enemy to their plans for America would have been the church. To confront this, they enacted the availability for churches to incorporate into what’s called 501 C3 status, also called the Johnson Act. It allowed tax exempt status and other benefits to the church, in exchange for keeping their mouths shut about what was going on, especially in the political, as well as the social arena. In other words, it was a bribe and the church took it.
Since the time that this Johnson Act has been in play, many things have happened in America, that could have been avoided. One example was in 1963 or ’64, when prayer was taken out of school. The church kept silent because they didn’t want to lose their tax exempt status. Just because the church had more money to do good things with, because it didn’t have to pay taxes, doesn’t make it right. God is not for sale, and we must put a stop to the consequences of a law enacted and ratified with a bribe.
Like I said, most church leaders probably don’t even realize the seriousness of what they entered into when signing this contract and it takes legal action to get out of it. But it is totally doable, and I pray that if you are a church leader, you start the process as soon as possible. (At the end of this article I put a couple links to where you can get help with the process.) What started as a bribe, is still having an effect on good Christian people in the church, without us even knowing why.
The Bible has some strong things to say about taking a bribe. Ecclesiastes 7:7 tells us: “A bribe destroyeth the heart” (KJ21). I looked up the Hebrew word translated “heart” in this verse. It means “the innermost part, the soul of man, his mind, knowledge, thinking, memory, will, conscience, moral character, resolution, determination, understanding and care.” If something can destroy what we care about, that’s bad!
Then I looked up the word for “destroy.” It means: “to go astray, be exterminated, vanished, or lost.” A bribe in the church can cause good people’s moral character to stray, their understanding lost, their resolution and determination exterminated. No wonder so many Christians have become apathetic regarding issues that concerned Jesus and should be concerning us as well.
Deuteronomy 16:19 says: “Neither take a bribe; for a bribe doth blind the eyes of the wise and pervert the words of the righteous.” Good people are twisting some of the basic principles of the Bible and compromising on truth. They’re not able to get accurate revelation from the Lord because it’s being filtered through perverted thinking patterns, and oftentimes, unknowingly.
Ephesians 6:12 says: “We wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”
The rulers of the darkness of this world would love for the churches to continue to think that the tax exempt status is a great thing because it provides for so much more money to do God’s will. But because of the gag order that goes along with it, the adversary has been way more powerful than he should be. He has deceived good churches and good church people into apathy.
The “darkness” in this verse is translated from the Greek word “skotos.” It means “blindness, where the soul has lost its perceptive powers.” That’s putting the church right where Satan wants it. By tricking churches into taking this Johnson Act bribe, the devil has put a veil on many people’s way of thinking and their perceptions are erroneous or have cracks in them. We want to be able to perceive the things of life with a clear conscience, not tainted by association with sin.
God can no longer put up with this. He wants us sharp, vital, involved and making the truth matter. He wants us to be making a positive, Christ-inspired impact on our country and our world. While the churches are legally still under the influence of a bribe, we cannot do this to the full extent of what God desires.
Sixty-three years of a pack with evil is just too much! God has revealed it to us now because He loves us and He trusts us, that we can be bold enough to stop the trend. If you are a church member, please pray for your church leaders to rise up to boldness it will take to be free. And if you are a pastor or church leader, please consider my words and take the steps into this new freedom for yourselves, for your people and for the Lord’s sake. Here are some links to where you can get help: