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‘Abuse Of Power’: Christian Group Slams Democrats’ Push For IRS Investigation of ‘Church’ Status

‘Abuse Of Power’: Christian Group Slams Democrats’ Push For IRS Investigation of ‘Church’ Status

‘Abuse Of Power’: Christian Group Slams Democrats’ Push For IRS Investigation of ‘Church’ Status

‘Abuse Of Power’: Christian Group Slams Democrats’ Push For IRS Investigation of ‘Church’ Status

Some Democrats in the U.S. Congress are calling for an investigation of the Internal Revenue Service’s official identification of a conservative Christian advocacy group as a “association of churches.”

The Family Research Council, a socially conservative organization based in Washington, D.C., has recently garnered controversy for having the IRS grant it the status of an “association of churches.”

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Democratic representatives sent a letter on Monday to U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen and IRS Commissioner Charles P. Rettig. The letter came in response to a report published by ProPublica last month, which found that FRC filed an application with the IRS seeking reclassification as an “association of churches” in 2020. The IRS under the Trump administration approved the reclassification that summer.

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FRC President Tony Perkins defended the new designation in a statement emailed to The Christian Post on Thursday, noting that the organization had changed its designation previously in 2005.

“In 2005, FRC shifted its 501(c)(3) status from an education non-profit to a religious non-profit. This change was made to reflect our mission,” Perkins stated.

‘Abuse Of Power’: Christian Group Slams Democrats’ Push For IRS Investigation of ‘Church’ Status

“Additionally, this change was required so that we could be an organization that has a statement of faith, and has the ability to hire people and pursue our mission in accordance with our faith and not be imposed upon by regulations from the local government.”

Family Research Council President Tony Perkins testifies before the Senate State, Foreign Operations Subcommittee on March 11, 2015. | (Photo: Family Research Council / Carrie Knepper)

According to Perkins, FRC “applied for an IRS designation as an association of churches” because it “more accurately reflects our expanding ministry work.”

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“Based upon a lengthy application process and audit of our activities, the IRS granted our status as an association of churches,” he added.

Perkins denounced the recent effort by 40 Democrat members of the U.S. House of Representatives to have FRC’s status reviewed, saying in the statement that they “continue in their efforts to weaponize the IRS and the government against Christian organizations like Family Research Council with whom they disagree.”

“This is an egregious abuse of power,” he asserted. “The Democratic Party’s attempts to silence religious organizations, with whom they disagree, will not stop with FRC.”

‘Abuse Of Power’: Christian Group Slams Democrats’ Push For IRS Investigation of ‘Church’ Status

“If their targeting of FRC succeeds, they will turn their efforts towards churches that also teach and preach biblical truth,” he warned. “This is not speculation. Since September 2019, House Democrats have sought to eliminate the tax exempt status of Christian groups that they deem ‘hate groups.’”

The Democratic representatives wrote in their letter that they are concerned with “the Family Research Council’s (FRC) tax-exempt status as an ‘association of churches.’”

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“In addition, we request a review of the existing Internal Revenue Service (IRS) guidance related to political advocacy organizations self-identifying as ‘churches’ to obtain the status of churches, integrated auxiliaries, and conventions or associations of churches,” the letter states.

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The letter contends that the FRC’s claim of being a church “strains credulity,” noting that “they do not hold religious services, do not have a congregation or affiliated congregations, and do not possess many of the other attributes of churches listed by the IRS.”

The lawmakers identified FRC as “one example of an alarming pattern in the last decade – rightwing advocacy groups self-identifying as ‘churches’ and applying for and receiving church status.”

“Tax-exempt organizations should not be exploiting tax laws applicable to churches to avoid public accountability and the IRS’s examination of their activities,” they proclaimed.

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Members of Congress who signed the letter included Suzan DelBene of Washington, Jared Huffman of California, Donald Beyer of Virginia, Eleanor Holmes Norton of the District of Columbia, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, Adam Schiff of California, Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida and Rick Larsen of Washington, among others.

‘Abuse Of Power’: Christian Group Slams Democrats’ Push For IRS Investigation of ‘Church’ Status

In its report, ProPublica cited documents received via the Freedom of Information Act, speculating that the group sought a reclassification to reduce financial accountability.

“Once the IRS blessed it as an association of churches, the FRC was no longer required to file a public tax return, known as a Form 990, revealing key staffer salaries, the names of board members and related organizations, large payments to independent contractors and grants the organization has made,” states the report.

“Unlike with other charities, IRS investigators can’t initiate an audit on a church unless a high-level Treasury Department official has approved the investigation.”

On Form 1023, which organizations seeking classification as an “association of churches” must complete, FRC answered in the affirmative to a series of questions designed to determine whether an organization meets the definition of an “association of churches.”

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Specifically, the organization maintained that it had a “written creed, statement of faith, or summary of beliefs,” “a form of worship,” “a formal code of doctrine and discipline” as well as a “distinct religious history.”

‘Abuse Of Power’: Christian Group Slams Democrats’ Push For IRS Investigation of ‘Church’ Status

“FRC conducts regularly scheduled worship services at its headquarters,” the form explains. “Local churches who share FRC’s Christian beliefs, core values and sense of mission may associate with FRC (and other churches) to jointly pursue their common beliefs and mission.”

Stressing that “all FRC partner churches have regularly scheduled worship or prayer services, at least weekly and often more frequently,” the document listed the church’s shared mission as “to hold all life as sacred, to see families flourish, and to promote religious freedom.”

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Dr Abel Damina Was Wrong For Saying This About Dunsin Oyekan’s Song

Dr Abel Damina Was Wrong For Saying This About Dunsin Oyekan's Song

Dr Abel Damina Was Wrong For Saying This About Dunsin Oyekan’s Song

Trending on the internet is a video of Dr. Abel Damina who is known for his controversial take on issues concerning the body of Christ and is seen by many as a heretic or controversial preacher saying the song Channels Of My Spirit by Dunsin Oyekan is unscriptural. This has caused a mixed reaction from ministers, musicians and the general audience who are for or against Abel Damina’s take.

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However, looking at the revelation behind the song, we would agree that Dr Abel did not understand the context. In the video below he referred to the channel as a frequency, not as a pathway for a body of water. The Bible says in JOHN 7:37b -39 feast, Jesus stood up and called out in a loud voice, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. 38Whoever believes in Me, as the Scripture has said: ‘Streams of living water will flow from within him.’” 39He was speaking about the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were later to receive. For the Spirit had not yet been given, because Jesus had not yet been glorified

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OUR TAKE 

A channel in the spirit could mean a pathway by which we reflect the embodiment of the Holy Spirit in us, in our everyday life, jobs, academics, careers and ministry that will in turn make others give glory to God. Anything that affords you the privilege to reflect the God in You is a channel of the Spirit. The Bible says by their fruits we shall know them.

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Watch the video to have a full grasp of the concept and revelation behind this song which is proof that Dr. Abel was incorrect for berating the sanctity and revelation behind the song.  Above all, let love lead!! Let us refrain from the bathers on social media and pray for one another.

 

 

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Apostle Arome Osayi & Apostle Mike Orokpo Reconcile After Years Of Feud

Apostle Arome Osayi & Apostle Mike Orokpo Reconcile After Years Of Feud

Apostle Arome Osayi & Apostle Mike Orokpo Reconcile After Years Of Feud

Good news to the body of Christ in Nigeria as the much anticipated reconciliation between Apostle Arome Osayi and Apostle Mike Orokpo took place on the 3rd of June, 2024. This was made possible by the intervention of great servants of God such as Dr Akpami (the spiritual father of Apostle Arome Osayi), Dr. Paul Enenche who was revealed to have played a major role in this regard. Other men of God involved include; Pastor David Ogbueli and Evangelist Anthony Ogbuche.

We are happy to see this happen after a long time, but this is much expected as the highest expression of Priesthood is Love!!. The enemy is fighting against the body causing discord and bringing many into contention and completion . But, if we stand together as a whole body united and in love we will defeat the enemy.

Apostle Arome Osayi & Apostle Mike Orokpo Reconcile

He has agenda to make the house divide against itself, for the scripture to be fulfilled. In Matthew 15:25 ‘Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and every city or household divided against itself will not stand. Therefor, anything that brings about unity and peace amongst shepherd must be encouraged.

Thus, we  are on body and we serve the Living God! See the Official post in the Image below;

THE ZARIA RECONCILIATION AND PEACE ACCORD.
We bless the name of the Lord of peace Himself who has brought peace between his servants Apostle Arome Osayi and Apostle Orokpo Michael.
The meeting which held on Monday June 3, 2024 in Zaria was specially summoned by Apostle Arome’s father in the Lord, Dr. John Akpami, the heavenly arbitrator who saw off all matters in a most Holy Ghost charged atmosphere of love after a blunt session of truth revelations and discernment.
Special appreciation to Dr. Paul Enenche who did everything within his powers to ensure that the meeting holds to bring the needed peace to the both parties cum the body of Christ.

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Apostle Arome Osayi & Apostle Mike Orokpo Reconcile

Heart felt gratitude also to Dr David Ogbueli, Evangelist Sunday Ogwuche and all the fathers of faith who insisted on the reconciliatory initiative.
What our hearts longed for, our eyes have seen today.
We are eye witnesses of these things.
Jesus is Lord forevermore.
May be an image of 2 people
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Pastor Ezekiel Atang Buried In Uyo See Photos & Guests Who Attended

Pastor Ezekiel Atang Buried In Uyo See Photos & Guests Who Attended

Pastor Ezekiel Atang Buried In Uyo See Photos & Guests Who Attended

Pastor Ezekiel Atang Buried In Uyo See Photos & Guests Who Attended

Late Pastor Ezekiel Atang Burial and Service Of Songs 

The body of late Pastor Ezekiel Atang, the Presiding Pastor of God’s House of Refuge, Uyo laid to rest in his hometown.

The Pastor died on Sunday, February 20, 2022, while in active pastoral duties at Onitsha, Anambra where he was invited to a 3-day crusade. READ HERE

The late cleric kicked off his final home journey on Wednesday, March 31 with a Service of Songs at the church auditorium in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.

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There was a lying-in-state on Thursday, March 31 at the church premises by 8 am while a funeral service was held at the Ibom Hall Ground, which was attended by the state governor, Udom Emmanuel and other clerics.

Pastor Ezekiel Atang Buried In Uyo See Photos & Guests Who Attended

However, Some of the guests include the governor of Akwa Ibom state, Rev Dr Uma Ukpai, Dr Pasul Enenche and Many others.

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See pictures below.

             

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Accept Jesus Christ today and secure a life of eternal rest and Glory …

Say this 1 Minute Prayer

Lord Jesus, I believe you died for my sins, Forgive me of all my iniquities. I accept you as my Lord and Saviour from today and forevermore. Come and Be the Lord of my life and I am willing to obey your command and live according to your will as you help me, Thank you for accepting me into your fold. AMEN

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