Economic Solutions, by Peter Kershaw
UNLICENSING THE CHURCH - THE RESTORATION OF RELIGIOUS LIBERTY SOLUTION
Within the past fifty years, the vast majority of churches in America have undergone a radical transformation. They have converted their legal status from churches into regulated business franchises of the State. Not content with the protections afforded them by the First Amendment, they signed up for a cornucopia of government "benefits" by incorporating and taking a 501(c)3, both of which are forms of government licensure. In exchange for their government goodies, licensed churches must agree to stand mute regarding the government. In effect, this is government hush money. There is a direct correlation between the exponential growth of government tyranny, and the muzzling of churches by licensure.
America was founded with unlicensed churches. Were it not for unlicensed pastors, the Declaration Of Independence likely never would have been drawn up. Patriot preachers were the single most influential and united force in pressing for independence. They did so because they were principled men of conviction, and they would never compromise with tyrants or blasphemers. The king of England declared himself "sovereign head" over not only the Church Of England, but also over the churches in America. America's preachers considered this to be nothing less than blasphemy, and they coined the phrase, "No king but King Jesus!" All religious worship and religious publications were required to be licensed, and unlicensed religious pratices subjected the "nonconformist" to stiff penalties.
America's unlicensed churches has long served as the moral compass of society. They were a friend of the statesman and a formidable foe of the sleazy politician. Their silencing through government licensure has had disastrous repercussions upon our freedoms. Expecting that liberty can ever be restored to Amercia, without first breaking the yoke of bondage that is upon the necks of our churches, is unrealistic, and it doesn't square with our history. This author has written, what is to date, the most exhaustive and in-depth legal, theological and historical expose of the perils of church incorporation and the 501(c)3: Sanctuary of Silence. Those who are committed to restoring liberty to America need to seriously consider on begining the process of freeing our churches.