Nevertheless, two excellent
frames-of-reference for this senseless mayhem perpetrated on your behalf by the "supposed
leader of the free world" come from the 1996 and 2000 Libertarian nominee
for President, Harry Browne,
CORPORATION OR BODY OF CHRIST?
BELLY OF THE BEAST OR CORPUS CHRISTI?
acknowledgement in the recent ABC News Barbara Walters interview that Iraq had
no Weapons of Mass Destruction is self-admitted culpability in the slaughter of hundreds
of thousands of innocent Iraqis, Americans and others. Prior to the February 2003 Iraq
Attack BushCo spoke with unqualified
certainty that Iraq had existent (not potential) WMDs. GWBushs proclaimed
reality (not likelihood) of Iraqi WMDs was sufficient, necessary and compelling
enough for the US to go to war. For example:
"Simply stated, there is no doubt that Saddam Hussein now has weapons of mass
destruction. There is no doubt he is amassing them to use against our friends, against our
allies, and against us." - Vice President Dick Cheney, Aug. 26, 2002.
"After 11 years during which we have tried containment, sanctions, inspections,
even selected military action, the end result is that Saddam Hussein still has chemical
and biological weapons and is increasing his capabilities to make more." - President
Bush, Oct. 7, 2002.
"Saddam Hussein is a man who told the world he wouldn't have weapons of mass
destruction, but he's got them." - Bush, Nov. 3, 2002.
BushCo, collectively and individually, has lied America into a sandbox version
of Vietnam. There are direct parallels to LBJs intentional fraud about the North
Vietnamese attack on the US Navy in the Gulf of Tonkin, which was another premeditated
fabrication. Innocent people have died and are now dying needlessly. As with LBJ,
apparently there will be no temporal consequences to GWBush for his baseless war of aggression.
To date the silence of the institutional/corporate church in condemning the human
catastrophe wrought by this "supposed fellow Christian" has
- What say you, Billy Graham?
- What say you, Greg Laurie?
- What say you, Charles Colson?
- What say you, Franklin Graham?
- What say you, Jerry Falwell?
- What say you, D. James Kennedy?
- What say you, T. D. Jakes?
- What say you, Bishop Franklin Griswold?
- What say you, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger?
Where is the public outrage from Americas pulpits, the supposed seat of
moral leadership for the nation?
"In other words, the Butcher of Baghdad was correct; the President of the
United States of America was wrong. The Butcher of Baghdad will be put on trial for
"war crimes." The President of the United States of America was reelected to
"lead" the country for four more years."
and from Michael
Harris, commentator for the Ottawa Sun
"Quit his anchor job over a bad story call? I think Dan (Rather) would
rather not. But he did. Quit his job over a war launched by a fiction? It wouldn't cross
Dubya's mind. And he won't. Accountability in journalism, none in the barnyards of power."
For this writer, the institutional/corporate church standing mute can be
understood in one of two ways. One, that it is perfectly consistent with the teachings of
Jesus to kill innocent people without cause or provocation, much less apologize or repent
afterwards. Or two, there exists some prior restraint on Americas pulpits from
speaking righteous condemnation about the lawlessness of President GWBush. For anyone who
has read the Gospels, especially Matthew, the aptness of number one is beneath contempt
thus leaving option two for consideration.
Since 1954, the vast majority of Americas churches have needlessly
subjected themselves to the authority of the federal government and the IRS as 501c3
non-profit corporations. Regardless of what CPAs or attorneys (both groups are
licensed agents of the State) might say, churches and your contributions to churches
automatically qualify as tax
exempt [see IRS Publication 526 and IRS Code § 170(c)(2)(B)]. There is no need for a
local church to be incorporated (embodied) by the state government for your offerings to
qualify as valid tax deductions.
However, if your local church has surrendered
its sovereignty to the FedGov and the IRS, then it is subject to certain restrictions.
IRS Code § 501c3 reads as follows:
Sec. 501. Exemption from tax on corporations, certain trusts, etc.
(c) List of exempt organizations
(3) Corporations, and any community chest, fund, or foundation, organized and operated
exclusively for religious, charitable, scientific, testing for public safety, literary, or
educational purposes, or to foster national or international amateur sports competition
(but only if no part of its activities involve the provision of athletic facilities or
equipment), or for the prevention of cruelty to children or animals, no part of the net
earnings of which inures to the benefit of any private shareholder or individual, no
substantial part of the activities of which is carrying on propaganda, or otherwise
attempting, to influence legislation, (except as otherwise provided in subsection (h)),
and which does not participate in, or intervene in (including the publishing or
distributing of statements), any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any
candidate for public office.
Corporations are a type of legal entity/legal fiction/legal person (different
from a living being with a soul) whose conception dates back to the Roman Empire and Roman
Civil Law. Corporations are the creation of man and are arbitrarily given certain rights
and functions within society via the civil law. The construction of a modern corporation
typically requires the filing of certain documents through the authorizing governmental
branch and only "comes to life" with the deposit of a certain amount of money in
a bank account. Similarly, trusts are another type of legal fiction that "come to
life" when the corpus or body of the trust (money, land, stock, bonds, personal
property, etc.) has been contributed and put under the control of the trustee. Hopefully
the theological, moral and political complications of a church (literally - called out ones from the Greek ecclesia) having been incorporated under the
authority of the State are becoming evident.
Pauls Epistle to the Ephesians speaks abundantly about
- What is the Church,
- Who forms it,
- Under Whose authority does it come into being,
- Of What it is comprised,
- Who brings the Church to Life and
- How it is to function.
(All citations are from the New American
20 which He brought about in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at
His right hand in the heavenly places,
21 far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and every name that is
named, not only in this age but also in the one to come.
22 And He put all things in subjection under His feet, and gave Him as head over all
things to the church,
23 which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.
8 For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the
gift of God;
9 not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.
10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God
prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.
4There is one body and one Spirit, just as also you were called in one hope of your
14As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves and
carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in
15but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the
head, even Christ,
16from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by what every joint
supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of
the body for the building up of itself in love.
25 Therefore, laying aside falsehood, SPEAK TRUTH EACH ONE of you WITH HIS NEIGHBOR,
for we are members of one another.
26 BE ANGRY, AND yet DO NOT SIN; do not let the sun go down on your anger,
27 and do not give the devil an opportunity.
28 He who steals must steal no longer; but rather he must labor, performing with his
own hands what is good, so that he will have something to share with one who has need.
6 Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God
comes upon the sons of disobedience.
7 Therefore do not be partakers with them;
8 for you were formerly darkness, but now you are Light in the Lord; walk as children
9 (for the fruit of the Light consists in all goodness and righteousness and truth),
10 trying to learn what is pleasing to the Lord.
11 Do not participate in the unfruitful deeds of darkness, but instead even expose
12 for it is disgraceful even to speak of the things which are done by them in secret.
13 But all things become visible when they are exposed by the light, for everything
that becomes visible is light.
as Christ also is the head of the church, He Himself being the Savior of the
24 But as the church is subject to Christ,
12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the
powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of
wickedness in the heavenly places.
13 Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the
evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm
In bowing-the-knee to the embodying and authoritative power of the State-FedGov-IRS,
the institutional/corporate church has muzzled itself in order to facilitate and encourage
contributions of money (mammon?). Possibly much worse has occurred. When the pulpits of
the visible church are silent and not raining ceaseless condemnation on "supposed
fellow Christian" GWBush for the unwarranted and illegal savagery caused by his
fraudulent war, then willful disobedience to the Word of God is not too strong and
apostate is likely more accurate in categorizing the institutional/corporate church.
Nathanael is self-employed and lives in
Dallas, Texas. He had only ever been a life long registered Republican
but changed to the Constitution Party in May of 2004. It would jeopardize his career
if his real name was used, hence the pseudonym of Nathanael. He is a regular
columnist for Ether Zone.
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Published in the January 20, 2005 issue of Ether Zone.
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