June 27, 2015

Is It Time For The Christian Church To Give Up Their 501c3?

by F. L. Anderson

By a vote of five to four, the Supreme Court of the United States has ruled that same-sex couples may now marry in all 50 states, striking down the bans of states who have attempted do so.

On a face book post, I commented that this decision is just the beginning.

Although "the majority believe the First Amendment gives religious groups and people "proper protection" to "continue to advocate" their beliefs on traditional marriage, the dissenters are more skeptical and concerned that "people of faith can take no comfort" in the ruling."

The concern now is that religious freedom in America is next. Church leaders who refuse to except or marry same-sex couples could be in jeopardy of losing their 501(c)(3) status. Why? Because the funds that support 501(c)(3) are public/government funds. The request and acceptance of the 501(c)(3) status establishes a covenant (a binding agreement and contract) between the government and the church.

Now that the SCOTUS has legalized gay marriage, or should I say redefined it to fit the sin nature of man, some evangelicals believe that Christians should opt out of government-sanctioned marriage. But should churches also opt out of taking government funding and tax exempt recognition 501(c)(3)?

June 24, 2015

The Shocking Truth About New Testament Giving

by F. L. Anderson
A lie is an untruth. It empowers the one's telling the lie, and deceives those who believe the lie.

Decades of pulpit gimmicks by those with evil intentions, as well as incorrect teaching about new covenant giving, has forced a growing number of believers to turn a deaf ear to any teaching on this subject. 

The subject of tithing and giving have become the "Cain and Abel" of the American church today. Corruption, greed and ignorance has all but killed any thought or consideration to the purpose and process of 1st century Christian giving.

In this blog post, I will talk just a little on what giving is, as it is used in the bible. See my book, Clever Lies and Assumptions on the differences between tithing, offering, and giving.

June 18, 2015

Five Things You Can Do to Keep Your Church Meetings Safe

by F. L. Anderson

By now, I'm sure you have all heard the horrific news of the church shooting in South Carolina. It appears that no place is sacred anymore, not even a place of worship. Have those days come and gone?
Did you know that crimes in church facilities have been on the rise since 1999?
If you want to get an idea of the various crimes occurring daily against churches large and small, located in both rural and urban areas, just sign up for Google alerts under various topic headings, such as: church crime, church shooting, church security, etc., and sit back and review the numerous responses you will receive. Keep in mind that these represent only a small percent of all the crimes that occur because many church crimes never get reported.
Although places of worship are not immune to crime, there are things you can do to reduce your chances of being a victim.

June 14, 2015

Four "Trustworthy" Sayings That are Still Relevant Today

by F. L. Anderson

In the apostle Paul's letters to the early church, he wrote to encourage and support the younger leaders. Each of his letters dealt with important aspects of Christian life and service.

Paul was somewhat of a savvy communicator. He had a formula that was designed to draw attention to his message. For example, he would use sayings like, "Here is a trustworthy saying." It was a phrase that was popular in his time.

Although western "christians" have created an entire vocabulary of words and sayings that only church folks understand, there are words and sayings found in scripture that transcend time.