I don’t have much time to post anything, today, so I thought I would do a quick “post and run.”
Very recently I was talking with someone who had been confronted by a “friend” on Facebook with a number of false statements and accusations. As I have mentioned before, there are many, many out there who have recast Mr. Herbert Armstrong in their own image and have made an idol for themselves out of that image–something Mr. Armstrong, himself, would have taken great umbrage about (and did so while he was alive on a number of occasions). These were such people.
Some who display a particular variety of that idolatry once contacted me and accused our church’s leaders of being “in bed” with the government because they complied with U.S. 501(c)(3) regulations regarding non-profit status. When I explained that Mr. Armstrong did so, as well, they disagreed–passionately and vehemently. When I presented evidence that he did so, they said that was before the receivership crisis, asking for proof that he did so afterwards. So then I provided proof that he still complied with 501(c)(3) status even after the receivership crisis, just as I was asked to do. Did that finally work? No, it did not, and it is my understanding that they still preach the same goofy stuff–both indirectly insulting and condeming the man they claim to honor and demonstrating that evidence doesn’t matter to them. If they need to keep moving the goal posts, apparently they will do just that, so sometimes we simply have to decide we aren’t going to play anymore.
But in talking with this kind person this week, I realized that I’ve been sitting lazily on this document when it might be helpful to others, as well. So, without any further ado, here’s Mr. Armstrong’s signature on a document agreeing that the finances of the WCG would, indeed, be handled in complete compliance with 501(c)(3) regulations. And because the next recorded change in these documents is with his death and the change to Mr. Tkach’s administration, it means that this agreement was in force for the rest of Mr. Armstrong’s life.
So, either Mr. Armstrong was a puppet of the government like we supposedly are (BTW: he wasn’t and we aren’t), or the conspiracy theories regarding 501(c)(3) are a little off. (And by “a little” I mean “completely and absurdly.”) You can’t eat your cake and have it, too.
I’ve actually covered the topic of 501(c)(3) in some depth and, IMHO, rather simply and straightforwardly before (specifically, here: “Should the government have a say in your church’s ministry? (and more 501(c)3 stuff)”), so I won’t go into all of that again. Rather, my point was to provide the document above, which I don’t think I had posted before.
(By the way, I do not presume to pretend that such evidence is sufficient for some. In my experience, there is no rational limit to what some will do to maintain their private beliefs, however irrational, in accordance with Jeremiah 17:9–a warning good for all of us. There are times when we simply have to shake the dust off our feet in the manner of Matt. 10:14-15 and let them say what they will and accuse however they will. But you never know who might be helped by such evidence, even if some refuse to be.)
[EDIT: Actually, it looks as though I have posted these before in my "Nonprofit and non-prophet" post. My apologies! So I suppose there was no need for this post at all. Move along... nothing to see here... ]