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No. The chuch I belong to doesn't claim they invented the Bible, nor do they worship a man as the Holy Father, nor do they kiss a mans hands and bow down to him, nor do they practice religion in what amounts to golden palaces among golden relics and statues and "saints", nor do they pray to mother mary as a goddess, nor do they hold beer raffles and bingo nights, nor do they offer absolution of sin by confessing to a man in a box and praying to mary.
So tell us then what church/denom you belong to?
Church of Christ. Churches of Christ doesn't have man made "doctrine", we follow the Bible.
Are they a corporation?
DOES THE TRUE CHURCH OF CHRIST HAVE AUTHORITY FROM CHRIST TO GIVE UP HER SOVEREIGNTY TO THE STATE VIA INCORPORATION IN THAT STATE?
1) ONE OF THE THREE CHURCHES WITHIN THE CHURCH OF CHRIST:
Just make your checks payable to "Church of Christ Inc." Churches in America have incorporated for more than 200 years. The myth is you can't be sued if you are incorporated. Other reasons are, "we want to sell bonds in order to build a church building, and the IRS requires it."
After becoming an elder of the church along with one other man, we needed to be on the bank signature card. I requested a card and we signed it. After a few months I had a friend who worked for the bank and asked her to check to make sure we were on the card. She told me no so I inquired at the bank as to why. I was told the IRS requires a different form for churches who wants information regarding officers, meetings, etc. I said we will see about that. So I wrote to my Senator and he promptly forwarded my letter to the IRS. The reply from the IRS was this; "we do not interfere with churches." I knew they were fibbing, but so long as we got our signatures on the card it really didn't matter. Even on the card we signed it had a place to sign at the bottom that we did so truthfully or be under penalty of perjury laws. Needless to say we did not sign that part. I took the letter and the new card to the bank and that was the end of that. I really don't know if the bank put us on the card, or they just went ahead and cashed the checks we signed. We didn't sign that many anyway seeing we had a treasurer.
Some people think a church being incorporated is different from other corporations. Wrong! They are the same except for some minor differences. If there are no elders of a church who is incorporated, then at the annual meeting male and female members must vote on the agenda items. My son Paul preached for a small congregation in Alaska who had no elders and they did that very thing except he declined in the voting. Now this is really getting out of hand: the church now is a political subdivision of that state, subject to its laws whether preachers deny it or not. The church is the same as any other political subdivision such as schools, municipalities, water districts, counties and the list goes on.
Next we will look at some of the things pertaining to incorporation found in the two lawsuits we have already discussed.